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Posts Made By: Dave Snope

November 1, 2008 10:57 PM Forum: Politics


Posted By Dave Snope

Zomblog has obtained an extremely rare copy of the first issue of Osawatomie, the Weather Underground Newspaper:

Much of Osawatomie, which was written at a time when the Dohrn-Ayers wing of the Weather Underground was transitioning from terrorism to “working from the inside” for revolution, concerns itself with the need to encourage “organizers” who will work in “communities” and use “audacity” to bring about “socialism” in America.

Rather than analyze the significance of the parallels between the ideas in Osawatomie, Barack Obama’s personal history as a “community organizer,” and the strategies, slogans and goals of his campaign for the presidency, I will let you the reader decide for yourself.

Noteworthy passages are reproduced below, along with exact transcriptions. The full pages, with each passage in context in high resolution, are found at the bottom of this post.

November 1, 2008 11:42 PM Forum: Politics

Started Reading "Praire Fire"

Posted By Dave Snope

At first I just wanted to see if it was true that Ayres & Dohrn actually dedicated the book to Sirhan Sirhan. What I didn't expect is that it has an actual list of all the buildings they bombed and why they bombed them, and much, much talk of armed struggle, killing, victory or death. The book is written to "communist-minded people, independent organizers, and anti-imperialists".

As far as the Sirhan Sirhan dedication rumor, it's sort of true, but it's not dedicated to him alone. The book is dedicated to "all political prisoners of the U.S." followed by a long list, over a hundred names, of assorted murderers, criminals, black panthers, etc. Sirhan Sirhan is in that list. Assassinate RFK, a presidential candidate -- makes you a "political prisoner" in Bill Ayres' eyes. I had a chuckle when I saw Tookie William's name on the list too. Ron Karenga, too (former head of the United Slaves, inventor of Kwaanza, convicted torturer, ordered killings, and now Cal State Long Beach professor). There are some good people dedicated on the list like Harriet Tubman and John Brown, just to show how crazy Ayres is. Che Guevera gets his own full-page dedication, which I can "totally dig it" because he outpaced all the others by a huge margin of murders, and he got children too. Surprised not to see Angela Davis on the list. She killed and became a University Prof too. She must have been free by then. I could spend a couple days on the dedication list alone, and have some fun. How many are now University Profs? How many are on death row? Stuff like that.

Well, back to the fun...

November 2, 2008 04:45 PM Forum: Politics

Obama Promises Tol Bankrupt Coal Industry

Posted By Dave Snope


ATTN: Coal states Virginia , Ohio, Pennsylvania, Colorado, and Indiana, guess what Obama told San Francisco about you?

Here's the transcript via Free Republic from his talk to the San Francisco Chronicle in January 2008:

Let me sort of describe my overall policy.

What I've said is that we would put a cap and trade system in place that is as aggressive, if not more aggressive, than anybody else's out there.

I was the first to call for a 100% auction on the cap and trade system, which means that every unit of carbon or greenhouse gases emitted would be charged to the polluter. That will create a market in which whatever technologies are out there that are being presented, whatever power plants that are being built, that they would have to meet the rigors of that market and the ratcheted down caps that are being placed, imposed every year.

So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it's just that it will bankrupt them because they're going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that's being emitted.

That will also generate billions of dollars that we can invest in solar, wind, biodiesel and other alternative energy approaches.

The only thing I've said with respect to coal, I haven't been some coal booster. What I have said is that for us to take coal off the table as a ideological matter as opposed to saying if technology allows us to use coal in a clean way, we should pursue it.

So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can.

It's just that it will bankrupt them."


November 3, 2008 02:44 AM Forum: Politics

Cool "Bark for Barack" Poster

Posted By Dave Snope

It's catchy, I admit, and I'm a dog guy so I like it even more, and I've been seeing pictures of these posters around the web for the last week.

But I never knew that it was based on the powerful imagery of a famous graphic designer. Once again, the iconography of the Obama campaign amazes me in it's audacity.

Check out the posters here:

February 26, 2009 06:11 AM Forum: Global Warming - REAL or NOT

Japan's Scientists: No Kyoto IPCC is "Ancient Astr

Posted By Dave Snope

Japanese scientists have made a dramatic break with the UN and Western-backed hypothesis of climate change in a new report from its Energy Commission.

Three of the five researchers disagree with the UN’s IPCC view that recent warming is primarily the consequence of man-made industrial emissions of greenhouse gases. Remarkably, the subtle and nuanced language typical in such reports has been set aside.

One of the five contributors compares computer climate modelling to ancient astrology. Others castigate the paucity of the US ground temperature data set used to support the hypothesis, and declare that the unambiguous warming trend from the mid-part of the 20th Century has ceased.

The report by Japan Society of Energy and Resources (JSER) is astonishing rebuke to international pressure, and a vote of confidence in Japan’s native marine and astronomical research. Publicly-funded science in the West uniformly backs the hypothesis that industrial influence is primarily responsible for climate change, although fissures have appeared recently. Only one of the five top Japanese scientists commissioned here concurs with the man-made global warming hypothesis.

JSER is the academic society representing scientists from the energy and resource fields, and acts as a government advisory panel. The report appeared last month but has received curiously little attention. So The Register commissioned a translation of the document - the first to appear in the West in any form. Below you’ll find some of the key findings - but first, a summary.

Three of the five leading scientists contend that recent climate change is driven by natural cycles, not human industrial activity, as political activists argue.

Kanya Kusano is Program Director and Group Leader for the Earth Simulator at the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science & Technology (JAMSTEC). He focuses on the immaturity of simulation work cited in support of the theory of anthropogenic climate change. Using undiplomatic language, Kusano compares them to ancient astrology. After listing many faults, and the IPCC’s own conclusion that natural causes of climate are poorly understood, Kusano concludes:

“[The IPCC's] conclusion that from now on atmospheric temperatures are likely to show a continuous, monotonous increase, should be perceived as an unprovable hypothesis,” he writes.

Shunichi Akasofu, head of the International Arctic Research Center in Alaska, has expressed criticism of the theory before. Akasofu uses historical data to challenge the claim that very recent temperatures represent an anomaly:

“We should be cautious, IPCC’s theory that atmospheric temperature has risen since 2000 in correspondence with CO2 is nothing but a hypothesis. “

Akasofu calls the post-2000 warming trend hypothetical. His harshest words are reserved for advocates who give conjecture the authority of fact.

“Before anyone noticed, this hypothesis has been substituted for truth… The opinion that great disaster will really happen must be broken.”

March 19, 2009 05:50 AM Forum: Global Warming - REAL or NOT

Global Warming Expedition Stranded

Posted By Dave Snope

I wish them a fast rescue in that dangerous weather. I mean it. An icy sleeping bag puts you close to the end of the line. I've been there...walk or die.

Oh, and let's take up a collection to buy enough carbon credits to offset all of those rescue flights. Thousands of SUV's are going to have to be idled to break even on this adventure.


Three global warming researchers stranded in the North Pole by cold weather were holding out hope Wednesday as a fourth plane set off in an attempt deliver them supplies.

The flight took off during a break in bad weather after “brutal” conditions halted three previous attempts to reach the British explorers who said they were nearly out of food, the Agence France-Presse reported.

“We’re hungry, the cold is relentless, our sleeping bags are full of ice,” expedition leader Pen Hadow said in e-mailed statement. “Waiting is almost the worst part of an expedition as we’re in the lap of the weather gods.”,2933,509735,00.html

March 24, 2009 07:54 PM Forum: Politics

How Would He Pronounce "Cassiopeia"?

Posted By Dave Snope

Hey, this is about astronomy-related politics:
Everyone knows that Barack Obama is lost without his teleprompter, but his latest blunder, courtesy of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, via the Corner, suggests that the teleprompter may not be enough unless it includes phonetic spellings. Obama was speaking at a White House roundtable on clean energy systems, and repeatedly saluted Orion Energy Systems, whose CEO, Neal Verfuerth, was present at the event. So Obama referred to "Orion" a number of times. Only problem was, he appeared to be unfamiliar with the word:

All terrific press for Orion, except that Obama kept pronouncing the company's name wrong, calling it OAR-ee-on.

Unbelievable. Orion is one of the best-known constellations, mostly because it actually looks like its namesake. So evidently we have to add astronomy to history and economics as subjects of which Obama is remarkably ignorant. I'm beginning to fear that our President has below-average knowledge of the world. Not for a President, but for a middle-aged American.

March 26, 2009 08:46 PM Forum: Global Warming - REAL or NOT

Obama's Solar Panels Will Take 110 Years to Pay Fo

Posted By Dave Snope

The solar panels that Barack Obama and Joe Biden inspected before signing the Generational Theft Act in Denver, Colorado will take until 2118 to pay for themselves. So, to reduce AGW and increase energy independence, all we have to do is have the taxpayers pay for most of the energy so it's almost no cost to the consumer. Right.

March 27, 2009 07:48 PM Forum: Global Warming - REAL or NOT

Obama: Dakota Floods Caused by GW

Posted By Dave Snope

President Obama says potentially historic flood levels in North Dakota are a clear example of why steps need to be taken to stop global warming. Heavy rain and blizzards have caused eight rivers in the state to swell to flood levels and emergency management officials are warily watching the Red River, which could surpass record levels late this week.

"If you look at the flooding that's going on right now in North Dakota and you say to yourself, 'If you see an increase of two degrees, what does that do, in terms of the situation there?'" Obama told reporters at the White House Monday. "That indicates the degree to which we have to take this seriously."

Uhhhm, Mr. President, please check your own NOAA climate data. You see that dark blue area that is the same color as your suit? That shows record cold temperatures in North Dakota. Care to rephrase your statement? Naah, didn't think so. Nobody needs to look behind the curtain. Does every disaster have to be blamed on AGW to justify your $660B cap-and-trade tax?

April 2, 2009 07:08 PM Forum: Global Warming - REAL or NOT

Dispelling the Global Warming Myth

Posted By Dave Snope

Nice overview of key charts from the ICCC presentations showing long term climate trends, the current cooling trend, solar correlation, and of course, that there is no correlation between atmospheric CO2 levels and temperature. I don't see any new data here, but a good overview.