Thursday, February 24, 2005
Vermont - Snow - Beer and some Moose = Good Times!
"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." - Benjamin Franklin
Off to Vermont for a long weekend of skiing, drinking and moose watching.
Lots of ideas should develop for the entire 'mighty blog' produkt line:
Monday, February 21, 2005
Today is Presidents Day
Thursday, February 17, 2005
Global Warming and the Kyoto Protocol
- the historical temperature record shows a rise of 0.4-0.8 °C over the last 100 years
- the current warmth is unusual in the past 1000 years (see Temperature record of the past 1000 years)
- the warming of the last 50 years is likely caused by human activity (see attribution of recent climate change)
- humankind is performing a great geophysical experiment and if it turns out badly - however that is defined - we cannot undo it.
- climate models can reproduce this trend, but only when using greenhouse gas forcing
- climate models predict more warming, and other climate effects (sea level rise, etc) in the future
- action should be taken now to prevent or mitigate warming (see Precautionary principle)
- the IPCC reports correctly summarise the state of climate science
- IPCC draw firm conclusions unjustified by the science, especially given the acknowledged weakness of cloud physics in the climate models.
- Using "consensus" as evidence is an appeal to the majority argument rather than scientific discussion.
- Earth's climate has been both colder and warmer than today, and these changes are adequately explained by mechanisms that do not involve human greenhouse gas emissions.
- There is no significant global warming relative to the expected natural trends.
- Climate science can not make definitive predictions yet, since the computer models used to make these predictions are still evolving and do not yet take into account recently discovered feedback mechanisms.
- Climate models will never be able to predict the future climate, until they can predict solar and volcanic activity
- Global warming studies have errors or have not been reproduced.
- Since carbon dioxide levels have no significant impact on global temperatures, support for the Kyoto Protocol is entirely misguided.
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
Didier Bourguet, 41, is facing charges of sexual abuse and rape in France. His lawyer, Claude de Boosere- Lepidi, said in court last week that there was a network of U.N. personnel who had sex with underage girls and that Bourguet had engaged in similar activity in a previous U.N. posting in the Central African Republic.
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
Welcome - Wilkommen - Bienvenue - Tervetuloa
A new look for the mighty blogs!!
I am no Picasso, but do you like?
Not looking for praise or bashing...I just wanted my own little feel to the blog.
Special thanks to Vector at Hydrogen and Stupidity for lending his time and html skills.
Monday, February 14, 2005
Happy Valentines Day
I am truly happy to say today, that I love someone...actually quite a few people.
According to the legend, St. Valentine was beheaded on Feb. 14, at Rome, under Claudius. The old notion was that birds began to couple on that day, and hence arose the custom of young persons of both sexes choosing each other as 'Valentines' for the ensuing year by a species of lottery, and of sending love missives to each other.
One legend runs that Claudius II, believing that single men were better soldiers, forbid young men from marriage -- a decree that Valentine flouted by continuing to marry young lovers. Another version has Valentine rescuing Christians from Roman prisons, getting caught, falling in love with the jailer's daughter, and before being executed, sending her a love letter "from your Valentine."
No matter what the actua orgination is,l I have been a better person since allowing myself to love someone, to be selfless and not be be embarassed for it. Valentines Day for me is a warm experience and one that I treasure.
Yet despite such strong and sincere feelings...I still forgot to buy a card! :(
Tuesday, February 08, 2005
Don't Want To Be An American Idiot!!
Friday, February 04, 2005
Max Schmeling...Rest in Peace World Champion
It was June 22nd, 1938. The long anticipated rematch between the Bronx Bomber Joe Louis, and Max Schmeling is to take place. The fight was portrayed by most as the battle of the Germany Aryan versus the American Negro. Schmeling was the former heavyweight champion of the world (to this day he remains the only German every to hold such a title), and Joe Louis was the up in coming star.
Louis was avenging, at the time his only loss as a professional, to Schmeling 2 years earlier. At that time Schmeling entered the fight a 10-1 underdog. He was to be easy pickings, for the then invincible Joe Louis. Schmeling won the fight by knockout in the twelfth round. Some say this was the upset of the century. For his victory, Schmeling was further cast by the Nazi propagandist (a party he refused to join) as the German Superman and a true example of Aryan superiority. For his loss Joe Louis suffered initial embarassment and stress as he carried the wait of his race and nation on his shoulders.
On this night Joe Louis won the rematch by a first round knockout in one of the most famous fights of all time. It was a lightning quick victory for Louis, who by this time was much the better fighter. The radio broadcast of the fight in Germany was cut short at the bequest of Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels. Joe Louis went on to become one of the greatest heavyweights of all time. Max Schmeling this time carried the same weight and undue racial/national burdens as Louis did two years earlier, back home with him to Germany.
After years of disappointing Adolf Hitler by not joining the Nazi party, nor to tow the Nazi propaganda line, and because he was no longer champion, he was drafted into the German paratroopers and was sent on several suicide missions. On one mission Max was seriously injured requiring a hospital stay of several months.
After World War II, Schmeling fought five more times, finishing with a career record of 56-10-4 with 39 knockouts. From these final fights, the last of which was a loss to
Walter Neusel, Schmeling made enough money to purchase a Coca-Cola dealership. Max Schmeling is known throughout Germany as someone who was a very generous philanthropist.
Max Schmeling's life story is deeper though. Schmeling was often portrayed (quite unfairly) as being in line with Nazi ideology. Nothing could be further then the truth. Over Goebbels' personal protest, he refused to stop associating with German Jews or to fire his American Jewish manager, Joe Jacobs. At the time of Kristallnacht in November of 1938, when Nazi pogroms against Jews rose to new levels, Schmeling agreed to hide two teenage sons of a Jewish friend, David Lewin. Schmeling then helped them flee Germany to safety and they subsequently came to the United States. This is so little known because it was not until 1989, when one of the brothers, Henry, who had becme a prominent hotel owner, invited Schmeling to Las Vegas to thank him for saving his life.
Max Schmeling also had a quality especially rare amongst those in a pugilistic sport such as boxing and that was of tremendous compassion and camaraderie that he had with most of his ring oponents, including Joe Louis in his later down-and-out years (for whom he gave regular gifts and money to). This generosity continued after Joe Louis' death as Schmeling helped pay for the funeral. During the 1936 Olympics in Germany, Schmelling also exacted a promise from Hitler that all U.S. athletes (including the black and Jewish athletes) would be well protected.
Max Schmeling was also a devoted husband to his wife of 54 years, Anny Ondra. The Czech born Ondra was also a point of contention with leading Nazis and they considered it yet another blemish against his character. Ms. Ondra died in 1987.
Understandably Max Schmeling is best known for his two fights against Joe Louis. I suggest that on equal footing Max Schmeling be remembered for the class act he was as an athlete, German citizen, and human being. It would be overly gratuitous to offer the title of "Greatest Fighter", but I certainly believe a strong case for "Greatest Heart" could be justified.