October 24, 2014

David Perdu for Georgia

I shouldn't have to spend any focus here, but it seems I do. Georgia should be a reliably Republican state, and David Perdu seems to be a great option for voters. So support David Perdu, Georgia.

Nate Silver is helping me out

Self proclaimed libertarian/liberal Nate Silver is helping me out.  The man who has had an extremely successful political prognostication record is aiding me in my Yahoo football pool.  Not directly or personally, but via his Five Thirty Eight NFL prediction lab.  Silver's initial forays into notoriety were as a baseball analyst.  Let's face it, sports statistics are powerful tools, just as political statistics are.

Predictive analytics are a wonderful field and so powerful in being able to effectively predict many things.  While our political alignments are not synchronous, I really respect Silver's analytic abilities.  
And when it comes to football, where I previously used to use a model I had created to predict winners (albeit an unsophisticated model), and I did pretty well, I have not kept it up and have regressed to a feel-based approach with some rudimentary analysis appended to it.  Silver's picks year to date have outperformed my fairly significantly; so why not leverage his insights, I figure?

Go Packers. Maybe.

Friday Musical Interlude - On and On

Another throwback - On and On by Stephen Bishop from 1977.

More thoughts on the Canadian terror situation

President Obama is still reluctant to call a terrorist a terrorist, because as we all know, he already solved the problem of terrorism when the U.S. military (NOT him) killed Osama Bin Laden.  Even when the terrorism happens in other countries, it's not terrorism.  Obama has removed the need for that word to exist in the English language.  Or any other language for that matter.  We should be cleaning up the world's dictionaries by now.

Yes, this was a single shooter incident in Canada.  Yes, he had significant problems before his conversion to Islam.  Clearly the conversion did nothing to help him with his issues, it simply directed them in a worse, more deadly direction.  He was converted and radicalized.  That does not happen in a day.  There is more to be uncovered there if someone decides to do more than just scratch the surface of this tragic event.

No, he was not connected to the man involved in the recent vehicular homicide incident in Quebec by a radical Islamist convert.  But this shooter was not acting alone.  More details will eventually come out.  I'm not sure if they will come out soon, but there is more to this angle of the story as well. Someone, somewhere is either lying or withholding information. I am certain of that.

There was an account on Anderson Cooper 360 two nights ago in which a phone interviewee said he saw someone similarly garbed near the scene who apparently fled. That is just one account of the incident that needs to be investigated.

The lock-down that took place was for an unusually long period of time for just one shooter who was dead within the first few minutes of events.  Police are still tracking others to be sure, even if it is not making the news cycle.

It seems like the story is being sanitized and whitewashed. Either for the purposes of uncovering accomplices (or a network) or else for the purposes of political expediency.

October 23, 2014

Another Climate Change skeptic is born

John Coleman, who co-founded the Weather Channel, shocked academics by insisting the theory of man-made climate change was no longer scientifically credible.  
Instead, what 'little evidence' there is for rising global temperatures points to a 'natural phenomenon' within a developing eco-system. 
In an open letter attacking the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, he wrote:
"The ocean is not rising significantly.
"The polar ice is increasing, not melting away. Polar Bears are increasing in number.
"Heat waves have actually diminished, not increased. There is not an uptick in the number or strength of storms (in fact storms are diminishing).
"I have studied this topic seriously for years. It has become a political and environment agenda item, but the science is not valid.
Not an insignificant addition to the roll call of skeptics.

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