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Perusin' & Musin'

Perusin' & Musin'Some random thoughts from perusin’ the web…

Warming related to clouds?  Think again…In case you haven’t followed it, climate change idiots skeptics crowed when the peer-reviewed journal “Remote Sensing” recently published a paper by Roy Spencer that Fox News (of course), Forbes (of course), and other conservative “media” outlets touted as proof that climate change was a scam.   Uh-oh, idiots skeptics.  The paper was widely panned by REAL climate change scientists, and the journal’s editor has now resigned, admitting his journal shouldn’t have published it.   I wonder if Fox or Forbes will report on THIS side of the story with the same fervor that they reported on the paper’s publication?

Photographer Fakes Nature Photos — Not a surprise that an award-winning nature photographer was caught digitally faking photos.  It’s hard not to be cynical about “nature” photography after you’ve been involved in it for a while.  It’s gotten to the point where more often than not when posting my photos for critique on nature photography websites, I’ll get comments saying I should “clone out” distracting branches or other photo elements.   You know, “distracting” things like actual habitat.   The saying “if it sounds to good to be true” can be altered to “if it looks to good to be true”, when it comes to nature photography.  There are some truly amazing “nature” photos out there.   There are also a heck of a lot of them that are either staged shots, or are digitally altered.

Divorce Rates High in Bible BeltWhat?!?!  How can this BE?!?!?  How can divorce rates be so low in the godless, liberal Northeast, and so high in the morally superior Bible belt?!!?  I like how the religious spokesmen in the article somehow take the facts and totally turn them around to come up with the conclusion that the “key to a divorce-proof marriage is strong faith”.   If there’s one thing you QUICKLY learn from “perusin” the headlines, it’s that there’s no correlation between supposed religious belief and morality.

Republicans Skipping Obama’s Speech to Congress – How nice.  Let’s not even PRETEND to have any respect for what a non-Republican has to say now.  Let’s not even PRETEND to have any respect for the office of the presidency.  The “my way or the highway” approach of the GOP, putting politics before the good of the country, is a hell of a good way to run us further into the ground.

Photo from iPhone 5 May have Surfaced! – WHO FLIPPIN’ CARES!?!?!  I wonder what percentage of television or web ads are for cell phones/electronic devices?   Am I the ONLY one who is perfectly happy with a cell phone that just makes calls?  Am I the ONLY one who couldn’t care less that a photo of the next iPhone “may have surfaced”?   Does this “story” REALLY deserve front page coverage on the Washington Post website?

Huskers Win!  Fans in a Panic!! – Such is the nature of being a Nebraska Cornhusker fan!  Nebraska beat a hopelessly outmanned UT-Chattanooga team last Saturday, 40-7, but the win has had many fans worried about how “bad” our offense looked.  I’m a scientist!  I’m a logical man!! But as a born and bred Husker, EVEN I am not immune to the dangers of Husker paranoia!  It’s not enough that we win by 33 points!  We must win every game!  We must win impressively, or we Husker fans will worry!  It’s in our blood!!!

Perusin' and Musin'

Perusin & Musin'Some random thoughts from perusin’ the web…

Merriam-Webster adds “Tweet”, other new wordsIt certainly tells you a lot about today’s culture when you see the new words that have been added.  Helicopter Parents? Boomerang Child?  Bromance?   I can honestly say that while these are now words or phrases listed in Merriam-Webster, I truly doubt I will ever find a situation where I will use these words in casual conversation. And BTW, my spell checker is really choking over the term Bromance.

Top 100 Most Powerful Women - Oh c’mon.  Michelle Bachmann?  22nd most powerful woman in the world?  She’s gotten attention to this point for what…acting like a complete buffoon?   Sure, the media has paid attention to her because wackiness sells, but sorry Michelle, you’re being out-wacko’d by Rick Perry now.  Your 15 minutes of fame have lasted far too long already, and it would come as a complete shock to me if you are ever ranked this high again.  And don’t get me started on Palin being #34 on this list.  Please tell  me WHAT she has accomplished the last 2 years to deserve that ranking?

Dorothy Burlingham’s Twins - Ah, if only my parents would have read this before I was born!  You see, I am a twin.  And I am scarred for life, after being forced to wear matching twin cloths as a young child.   Twins need independence, says Burlingham!!!  My twin brother and I have never been close, a situation that hasn’t really changed since we’ve gotten older.  I blame matching outfits worn as a 2-year old.  We may be the only twins on earth who sometimes forget each other’s birthdays (sad, but true!!).

Irene Rare, Dangerous Hurricane - First an earthquake, and now the East Coast is going to get brushed with a hurricane.  As one who lived in D.C. for a couple of years and witnessed the entire area completely shut down if 2 inches of snow fell, I can only imagine the apocalyptic images going through the minds of folks living there!  Hopefully it turns a little further east than expected.

Vaccines Generally Safe – The National Academy of Sciences says vaccines are safe.  Jenny McCarthy says they cause autism.  Guess who many people believe?  Damn scientists…we’re always lying.  It’s those checks we always get to keep participating in conspiracies such as these.  Buw-wah-ha-ha-ha (he cackles evilly).

87% in U.S. Disapprove of Congress – This is one of those rare cases where I actually agree with the majority of the American public.