A day late, but I plead a miserable cold that has settled into my chest and sinuses. I woke up about every hour last night, either from discomfort or the weird anxiety dream that I kept falling back into when I did manage to nod off. I got a good hour and a half nap in this morning and that helped.
14 people were injured in an explosion and fire that tore through a Minneapolis grocery store that also had apartments on the second and third floors. Some people appear to be missing, so it's possible that there are bodies in the rubble. The fire partially collapsed the second and third floors and the sub-zero temps make the search effort difficult and dangerous. There's no word on the cause yet, but it probably is furnace related given the temps. However, we can't ignore that all of the residents were apparently single Somali men who had immigrated recently. Nobody should leap to conclusions, but all of the possibilities have to be investigated until the cause is found.
This is just ridiculous:
The Minnesota Vikings fired head coach Leslie Frazier on Monday. There's lots of doubt around here about how much power Frazier really had in deciding who started at QB, but if the owners and GM are telling the truth then Frazier needed to go just for sticking with Christian Ponder as long as he did. Ponder simply can't check off quickly enough to other receiving options when his primary target is cover and his accuracy beyond 25 yards or so is abysmal. He's not an NFL caliber quarterback.
It wouldn't be brutally cold weather without a couple of stupid climate change stories to twist the knife.
The first is the news of an expedition intended to highlight the effects of climate change on Antarctica. Keep in mind that summer started down there about two weeks ago. Well, the expedition became trapped in ice and a Chinese vessel coming to the rescue also became trapped. Today a helicopter from the Chinese ship was able to ferry all 52 passengers from the first ship to safety. The two trapped ships should be freed when the typical melt this time of year resumes.
Professor Steven Sherwood’s newest climate crystal ball foretells that unless something drastic is done, terrible things are going to happen to our climate. And like in the regular fortune-telling business, there are plenty of customers just slurping it up.
Professor Sherwood of the University of New South Wales and a team of scientists now claim that climate models have underestimated global warming. Because clouds have not been correctly taken into account, the globe will likely heat up by close to 3° instead of 1.5°C by the end of the century. Study here.
Here's why that is a load of crap, just like all of the other models that have attempted to predict "climate change" decades into the future:
Why climate models are unreliable for predicting the future of a non-linear chaotic system that is as variable as the climate is succinctly illustrated by Prof. Christopher Essex (photo right) in a presentation which I commented on here.
Because of the huge uncertainties involved in climate modeling, Prof. Essex, a leading international expert in computer modeling, calls projections for decades and centuries ahead using even today’s state of the art “Welcome to Wonderland”. The climate system is just too complex and it would take even today’s most powerful computer billions of years to run through a proper algorithm.
Naturally, defenders of the claims by Sherwood have responded to critics with the immaculately reasoned charge of "flat-earthers."
If a scientist claims to know where Earth's climate will be in 86 years, you are not really dealing with a scientist but a religious fanatic.