Greenhouse Effect PV=nRT

I know this is going to go over a lot of people’s heads here. Thermodynamics is probably one of the most difficult subjects in the physical sciences. In my Nuke School Class it washed out about 1/2 the class. I got a top mark. That said – let me give you the short version. The temperature of the earth has nothing to do with the composition of the atmosphere. It only depends (for the most part) on the pressure of the atmosphere and solar heating. There are some short term complicating factors – like heat storage in the oceans. But the big effects are the atmosphere itself and solar heating.

Let me add that I twigged to this by reading the linked post at Tallbloke’s Talkshop – Cutting edge science you can dice with.

Unified Theory of Climate

Expanding the Concept of Atmospheric Greenhouse Effect Using Thermodynamic Principles: Implications for Predicting Future Climate Change

Ned Nikolov, Ph.D. & Karl Zeller, Ph.D.
USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fort Collins CO, USA

We present results from a new critical review of the atmospheric Greenhouse (GH) concept. Three main problems are identified with the current GH theory. It is demonstrated that thermodynamic principles based on the Ideal Gas Law must be invoked to fully explain the Natural Greenhouse Effect, which essence is the boost of global surface temperature above that of an airless planet exposed to the same solar irradiance. We show via a novel analysis of planetary climates in the solar system that the physical nature of the so-called Greenhouse Effect is in fact a Pressure – induced Thermal Enhancement (PTE), which is independent of the atmospheric chemical composition. Hence, the down – welling infrared radiation (a.k.a. greenhouse – or back – radiation) is a product of the atmospheric temperature (maintained by solar heating and air pressure) rather than a cause for it. In other words, our results suggest that the GH effect is a thermodynamic phenomenon, not a radiative one as presently assumed. This finding leads to a new and very different paradigm of climate controls. Results from our research are combined with those from other studies to propose a Unified Theory of Climate, which explains a number of phenomena that the current theory fails to explain. Implications of the new paradigm for predicting future climate trends are briefly discussed.


The War On Drugs Is Lost – Still

First the New York Times and now National Review. Except the National Review post is a repost from 1996. That would make the Times only 18 years behind the times. The times they are a changin.


NY Times Comes Out Against Federal MJ Prohibition

Tne New York Times has come out against Federal Marijuana prohibition. And Yahoo gives the usual pot joke headline. It gets tiresome. Don’t they have any jokes not written by Cheech and Chong? Or anything serious to say?

The New York Times editorial board on Saturday…

Saturday? Saturday? What exactly are they trying to hide?


When they win, you lose


First I read that an American governor (a Republican often thought of as having a libertarian bent) is ordering American troops to perform domestic law enforcement.

HOUSTON — When Gov. Rick Perry of Texas announced plans to deploy 1,000 National Guard troops to help with the border crisis, it came with a power unexpected by some. By deploying them himself rather than through Washington, he has the power to order the troops to make arrests and apprehensions, something Guard troops in past border deployments have been prohibited from doing.


A 19th-century federal law that makes it a crime for military personnel to perform civilian law enforcement activities does not apply to state-duty troops.

Oh, isn’t that just reassuring as hell?

Then I read that Obama’s Border Patrol is threatening Boy Scouts with 10 years in prison for taking pictures.

Jim Fox, leader of the Mid-Iowa Boy Scout Troop 111, told an Iowa television station one of his scouts took a photo of a Border Patrol official and agents immediately leapt into action. “The agent immediately confiscated his camera, informed him he would be arrested, fined possibly $10,000 and 10 years in prison,” he said. Fox alleges one agent drew his pistol and pointed it a scout’s head after the scout attempted to retrieve luggage from the top of the van in which the scouts were traveling.

The CBP denies it, so who knows what actually happened? The point is, liberals and conservatives work in collusion to expand government power at every turn, and no one seems to know what to do about it. Those who want to be left alone keep voting, but the more they vote, the more the monster grows. That’s because electing them gives them power.

It’s almost enough to engender feelings of superstitious nostalgia.


On The List

Did you know you could be on a secret no fly list? Tallbloke has the news. I’m a little late to the party but I thought it would be a good opportunity to do some Gilbert and Sullivan.


26 de Julio?

Shit! Did I just forget* the magnificent anniversary of the sainted Cuban Revolution?

Nah, fuck em!

Or whatever.

* I really don’t think I have actually forgotten in the true (either the Orwellian or modern silly honest) sense, because it’s only 11:00 p.m here in Berkeley.

MORE: I’m still on the road in my head but this is better than the above:

So is this:


Laramie to Winnemucca

I’m now in Winnemucca, Nevada, and too damned tired to blog about anything which might require brain activity. Laramie to Winnemucca is 741 miles, many of which are windy, mountainous, and under construction. Glad I made it, as I was beginning to distrust my driving skills

Much as I enjoy seeing spinning fruit, there’s no time to gamble. Like I say, I’m getting too old for this sort of nonsense.

My MP3 collection makes it endurable, though.

Perfect driving music for me and the dog.


Rational Engineering

Blatantly stolen fro JoNova’s.

Fortunately I mostly worked in aerospace and this sort of thing was kept to a minimum. But I did work with some college trained commercial engineers once who were convinced that rubber springs had no hysteresis. And another college guy who thought that drawing power in pulses caused no additional losses compared to DC. So I guess in fact I have been to that meeting.

And please go to JoNova’s for more war stories.


Parkinsons Patient Treated By Cannabis

I found the video at Man with Parkinson’s able to Drive after Cannabis where they say:

What doctors refuse to tell most people is that they can live a normal life with Parkinson’s disease and do most things others can do with the help of cannabis. Cannabis is still labeled as a schedule 1 drug in line with heavy hitters such as Heroin and Cocaine. Of course these two drugs have been marketed in the past to cure many ailments including coughs and insomnia. they are not marketed as such anymore because there is no real evidence that suggest that people should take either heroin or meth for their cough problems.

The debate still rages on…for some reason…as to the efficacy of cannabis. The studies have proven that we as human beings were created with an Endocannabinoid system that is designed for the uptake of cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. this plant was made for us to heal; it is that simple. Why else would we have these receptors that lead to not only the reduction or elimination of cancer from organs, but also the return of many damaged organs to their previous state. It is proven and there are thousands of people that serve as living proof of how well this plant works. Yet, the debate still rages on.

Parkinson’s disease claims so many lives every year that is is criminal that more people do not have access to the extracts from this plant. The reason why cannabis oil works is because the whole plant is used and thus all of the beneficial cannabinoids are utilized in the system. there is not evidence that anyone has ever been harmed by cannabis and it is probably the least toxic substance on earth.

He goes on to wonder if Jesus’ medical miracles were actually cannabis miracles.

I have done a few posts on that:

Christians Oppose Healing The Sick On Moral Grounds

Marijuana Prohibition Is A Crime Against Humanity

Hebrew Etymology


On the road in Laramie

I left Ann Arbor yesterday and tonight I am in Laramie, Wyoming. Considering my past record-setting drives across the country, that’s moving pretty damn slowly. I got pulled over in Omaha for absolutely nothing except the crime of not wanting to be pulled over (which means I stayed at that stupid town’s  60 mph limit, which seemed to actually draw the attention of the corrupt local cops). The guy (an obvious drug cop in an SUV canine unit) followed me for some time and made me nervous as hell before finally turning on the lights, and as my biggest fear was that he would shoot my dog for defending the car (precisely why I am so paranoid about being pulled over), I begged him over the barking to let me get out of the car, which fortunately he did. (Maybe he understands a little bit about dogs!) He made me sit in the front seat of the police car and asked me endless questions (as if he was trying to figure me out), and during the ritual he would repeat the same questions (obviously to determine whether I would change my story). Finally he gave me a warning (to stay in my lane, even though I had not left it). It was an incredibly creepy experience, and I am glad the dog didn’t get shot, because he was defending the car by lunging at the glass. Defending me, that poor noble creature. A wonderful dog, if unsuited for the modern age. He would die for me without hesitation, and that is an enormous responsibility for me.

Insisting on my “rights” could have pissed off the cop and meant the death of my dog. In quotes because the War On Drugs is nothing but a War On the Fourth Amendment, with courts, liberals, conservatives, and media in full accord. Police can basically do whatever they want with impunity. (Bastards. I like to rant, but obviously my ranting is ineffectual*.)

Anyway a couple of tunes stood out along the drive.

And this unreleased gem:

Home is where I wanna be right now!

I’m getting too old for long road trips.

* I hate experiencing the police state firsthand. Figures it would be in an urban area, where “white privilege” is not only waning, but is increasingly fueling a perverse sort of quota.


Lost Hope Lack Of Change

Millennials Going Republican? I would like to think so. But the article gives the usual caveat.

If Republicans fixate on social issues again, they will lose again.

That is always the problem with Republicans isn’t it?


On the road

I will be driving west for the next few days, and may or may not be online depending on circumstances.

Here’s something that recently came out of the kiln.


And some turtles I made (in progress at the time), before they were all sold at the Ann Arbor Art Fair:



Should have made more, but I didn’t have time.


The Hamas Charter

The Hamas Charter is one of the obstacles to peace between the Israelis and their neighbors.

Initiatives, Peace Solutions and International Conferences
Article 13:

The initiatives conflict, what are called “Peaceful Solutions” and “International Conferences” to solve the Palestinian problem. As far as the ideology of the Islamic Resistance Movement is concerned, giving up any part of Palestine is like giving up part of its religion. The nationalism of the Islamic Resistance Movement is part of its religion, in that it educates its members, and they perform Jihad to raise the banner of Allah over their nation. And Allah Hath full power and control over His affairs; but most among mankind know it not.

Sura 12:Yusuf:21

From time to time the invitation is made for an international conference to look into solving the problem. Some accept and some reject the idea, for one reason or another, asking for some condition or conditions to be fulfilled in order to agree to attend and participate in the conference. Due to the Islamic Resistance Movement’s knowledge of the participating parties of the conference, and the participants’ past and present opinions and stands on Muslim interests, the Islamic Resistance Movement does not perceive that the conferences are able to deliver the demands, provide the rights, nor do justice to the oppressed. Those conferences are nothing but a form of enforcing the rule of the unbelievers in the land of Muslims. And when have the unbelievers justly treated the believers? Never will the Jews or the Christians be satisfied with thee unless thou follow their form of religion.


“The Guidance of Allah – that is the (only) Guidance.”

Wert thou to follow their desires after the knowledge which hath reached thee, then wouldst thou find neither Protector nor Helper against Allah.

Sura 2:Baqara:120

There is no solution to the Palestinian Problem except by Jihad. The initiatives, options, and international conferences are a waste of time and a kind of child’s play. The Palestinian people are nobler than to be fiddling with their future, rights, and destiny.

I don’t think there will be peace any time soon.


For those of you not getting the full import of the above I have the illustrated version below.

Death To Israel


Gonna happen?

Are conservatives tolerant of libertarians?

This might be helpful too, although it may not. So might this.

I’m almost beyond caring.


Riddle me this

You know what? I have a question that suddenly seems very important. It’s 2014. Why the fuck aren’t there bold, italics, and underline text formatting options on Facebook?

I reiterate: it’s the year two thousand fourteen.

I get that they don’t want the screen exploding in crazy font sizes, screaming colors, and blinking monstrosities, but this is pretty basic stuff.  They’re the three fundamental text formatting options—something word processors have offered since the 80’s for fuck’s sake. So why, people, WHY doesn’t Facebook, which is quite likely the most widely used word processor on planet Earth (think about it), have the classic [B] [I] [U] buttons? AND WHY THE HELL ARE WE PUTTING UP WITH IT?

Anyone feeling the urge to write: “I think you just answered your own question,” in the comments section, feel free not to.


World News – Support For Palestinians On The Decline?

I was looking for news about this image which was part of a video posted here and came across this bit of news.

As Israel’s Offensive Into Gaza Grows, France Bans Pro-Palestinian Protests

In France the government placed a ban on Saturday’s expected rally as tensions between Jewish and Muslim communities is spiking. Citing a “threat to public order”, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve backed the police ban on the widely-advertised mass demonstrations, after members of the Jewish Defense League (LDJ) and pro-Palestinian groups clashed last Sunday.

So it is not a decline of support. It is that the demonstrations become violent. What has been somewhat unusual is that Hamas has not been given a LOT of support by Western Governments.

Another headline from the same site announces Palestinians Killed by Israeli Military, Pawns for Hamas. So maybe some reporters are catching on to the human shield game the Palestinians play. The more dead the better for Hamas. Disgusting. More from that link:

Hamas continues to fire rockets into open spaces in Israel. Is this a provocation for war? Yes. But the death toll on the Israeli side is incredibly low. In fact, since this latest battle has begun, as I mentioned above, only one Israeli civilian has died. Is Hamas incapable of harming Israelis? No. Sources again tell me that Hamas is playing a political game and wants to see the death toll among Palestinians as high as possible for international sympathy, aid and support. These sources work on the ground to protect the Palestinians from abuses by the Israeli government and abuse by Hamas. They tell me that Hamas does not care for the Palestinian people and sees them as the means to an end. The deaths of innocent people is what Hamas is hoping for.

Therefore, I am told that when the “roof knockers” are fired over homes that at times civilians and families are kept inside, held at gunpoint. These civilians are literally prevented from leaving the building in hopes that they are killed by an airstrike. The higher the number of civilian casualties, the better for Hamas.

The more dead bodies the better for Hamas. That is some ugly shit. And reporters seem to be waking up to what is going on. At this point I wouldn’t say that sympathy for Israel is rising. But sympathy for the Palestinians in particular an Arabs in general is definitely falling.


Fish are more important than people!

Oh yes.

One of the worst droughts in California’s history has devastated more than a half-million acres of the most fertile farmland in America. In communities like Sacramento, “water police” go from door to door to enforce conservation measures. There’s even a mobile “app” to report neighbors to city authorities so they can be fined for wasting water.

With the Sierra snowpack at 4% of normal as of May 20, Californians will desperately need what little water remains behind its dams this summer. Authorities have warned some towns like Folsom—home of Folsom Lake—to expect daily rationing of 50 gallons per person, a 60% cut from average household usage.

Yet last month the Bureau of Reclamation drained Folsom and other reservoirs on the American and Stanislaus rivers of more than 70,000 acre feet of water—enough to meet the annual needs of a city of half a million people—for the comfort and convenience of fish.

Government officials who are entrusted with the careful management of our water squandered it in less than three weeks to nudge baby salmon toward the Pacific Ocean (to which they swim anyway) and to keep the river at just the right temperature for the fish by flushing the colder water stored in the reservoirs.

But of course!

This illustrates one of the problems with democracy.

Some people actually vote for being ruled.

As subjects.


Good shit, man!

No, seriously.

It’s even being called the Origin of Feces.


Stairway To Heaven


This Is What Happens

Originally found at Rap: Catchy, True, Sad

One of the images was in response to the police burning a baby in a drug raid. Proceeds from sales of the video will go to that baby: “Money from sales willl be donated to support Baby Bou Bou, the baby who was hit by the SWAT team grenade.”