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Unbelievable #FAIL at “Forecast the Facts”

Another proud moment for the Organization with the Stupidest Name

See if you can spot it, before I explain it (and before they edit the original page):

Obama bin Laden

Yes Ladies and Gentlemen…it’s “OBAMA BIN LADEN”!! Brad “My Breivik article has been temporarily disappeared by Joe Romm” Johnson going for the proverbial Freudian Slip

Plus of course it’s a Press Release so who knows how many newspapers and websites will simply reprint it as-is propagating a rather nasty and completely unfounded rumor about the President of the United States!!

Denier-in-Chief

Has skepticism invaded the Oval RoomOffice? Just as the Climate Czarine finds something better to do with her life, President Obama allocates six-thousand-eight-hundred words to the State of the Union, in which we can notice:

  1. Zero instances of “climate change”
  2. Zero instances of “global warming”
  3. Zero instances of “climate”
  4. Zero instances of “environment”
  5. Zero instances of “sustainability” (in the greenish sense)
  6. One instance of “protect our planet”

The one or two optimists among the climate alarmists will find solace in the concept that one is infinitely more than zero.

Notably, Obama’s “Sputnik moment” (what a lame analogy…as if China had just come out with a 100-TW solar power station the size of a football field…) concerns itself with getting 80% of electrical (only electrical) power by 2035 using clean (that is, not necessarily sustainable) means.

Then it’s time for “clean coal” and the curtains closing down on the Romm- and Gore-esques of “the defining challenge for our generation”.

Dear Tamino’s, Greenfyre’s, McKibben’s, Skeptical Science’s, Connolley’s of the world: stop wasting your time with us dull, pea-brained, big-oil-paid skeptics, and try to get at least the consensus of One.

Until you manage that, everything else will be a joke.

President Obama Bows To Exxon's Evil Power

Having travelled to Camp David for Valentine’s day, sadly the Obamas have decided to get back to the White House because of the weather, I beg your pardon, because of global warming.

(Climate) Change you can believe in!

So That’s What Obama’s “Audacity of Hope” Is About…

A deal in Copenhagen? Hopefully. A meaningful deal in Copenhagen? Perhaps. Will there be substantive actions in order to stay within the 2C limit? Maybe. Is there going to be a plan to significantly reduce emissions? It’s a promise.

After all, what’s a President that is also the first preventative Nobel Peace Prize winner going to be good at selling? Hope, mostly hope.

Hope in the face of uncertainty. The audacity of hope!

The real audacity is in pushing oneself forward almost exclusively counting on the fact that hope is the last to die.

And I hope the USA will get out of Afghanistan by 2011.

Copenhagen: Lo Speranzoso Audace Colpisce Ancora…

Arriva il Presidente Obama e che succede al summit di Copenhagen? Forse, viene raggiunto un accordo globale. Si pensa, che sara’ un accordo significativo. Viene espresso il desiderio, che in futuro vengano messe in atto azioni effettiva per ridurre le emissioni. La soddisfazione e’ nel fatto, che viene compiuto un primo passo nella direzione di evitare un aumento delle temperature oltre i 2C.

D’altronde, cosa possiamo aspettarci dall’intervento del primo Presidente premiato preventivamente per (la) Pace? Speranze, soprattutto speranze. La vera audacia e’ nel mantenersi a galla contando soprattutto sul fatto che la speranza e’ l’ultima a morire.

So That's What Obama's "Audacity of Hope" Is About…

A deal in Copenhagen? Hopefully. A meaningful deal in Copenhagen? Perhaps. Will there be substantive actions in order to stay within the 2C limit? Maybe. Is there going to be a plan to significantly reduce emissions? It’s a promise.

After all, what’s a President that is also the first preventative Nobel Peace Prize winner going to be good at selling? Hope, mostly hope.

Hope in the face of uncertainty. The audacity of hope!

The real audacity is in pushing oneself forward almost exclusively counting on the fact that hope is the last to die.

And I hope the USA will get out of Afghanistan by 2011.

Obama Vince Il Novel Per La Pace 2009

Oslo, 9 Ottobre (MNN) – L’incessante menzionare del termine “pace” da parte del Presidente USA Barack Obama e’ stato premiato con il Novel per la Pace 2009. “No, non e’ un errore fatto alla tastiera da qualcuno troppo stanco un Venerdi’ sera“, ha detto una fonte anonima. “Il fatto e’ che preferiamo premiare un futuro pieno di speranze piuttosto che un passato pieno di rimorsi“.

In altre notizie: i blogger di tutto il mondo sono contentissimi oggi di sapere che, per intascarsi un milione di dollari e piu’, tutto quello che bisogna fare e’…parlare!

Novel Peace Prize 2009

Oslo, October 9 (MNN) – U.S. President Barack Obama incessant mentioning of the word “peace” has been rewarded with this year’s Novel Peace Prize. “No, it’s not a mistake by a person hitting the wrong key at his laptop on a Friday night,” said an anonymous source. “The Committee simply decided it was time to reward the possible future, as it looks so much better than the actual past“.

In other news: bloggers all around the world are rejoicing. Now they know, all it takes to bag over a million dollars, is to talk about nice things.

Isaia: 11, 6

Isaia: 11, 6
Isaia: 11, 6

Il lupo abiterà con l’agnello, e il leopardo giacerà col capretto, il vitello, il giovin leone e il bestiame ingrassato staranno assieme, e un bambino li condurrà

Isaiah: 11, 6

Isaiah: 11, 6
Isaiah: 11, 6

The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them

A Plea To The (Almighty) G8 Group

Dear Presidents and Prime Ministers of the Group of Eight

I am glad to hear that you have “agreed on Wednesday to try to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius“.

While you’re at it, could you also please try to transform parts of the central Mediterranean into jacuzzis during the month of August, and provide in those same areas a gently cooling breeze, preferably between 2-4pm?

The final bill, to the taxpayer of course!

Many thanks and Best Regards
Maurizio

(heavily inspired by a comment to this blog)

Enough With Anti-Iran Propaganda!

In the UK, and in Italy, and I am sure in the USA as well for what I can read on the International Herald Tribune, we are being bombarded by anti-Iran propaganda. There is no attempt at explaining, let alone understanding the complexities of the present situation, and one side is depicted as “good”, the other as “bad”.

Italian daily “Corriere della Sera”‘s home page a couple of days ago was literally drooling at the rumors of a “lake of blood” in front of the Majlis, the Iranian Parliament. Why? Because that would finally seal the concept of a violent, evil regime. Trouble is, there is an unfortunate number of dead but it has nothing to do with what you would expect from a violent crackdown by armed thugs and police firing live round on the crowd.

President Ahmadinejad’s fight against corruption is never mentioned, just as only few will have noticed that the opposition’s eminence grise is Ayatollah Rafsanjani, former President himself and whose sons appears to have “magically” become the richest people in Iran during that tenure.

What is requested by the opposition is never explained either. What has apparatchik Mousavi got to do with people asking to be freed from the long hands of the Moral Police, is left to the reader’s imagination. Supreme Leader Khamenei is belittled for having himself allied with Ahmadinejad and the Veterans of the Revolution.

What do we read instead in Western newspapers, but absurdist analyses showing very little respect for Muslimhood, let alone the Islamic Republic of Iran? (I’ll put a link about that soon…)

In this atmosphere it is clear that too many powerful, and truly evil forces, in Iran, in the USA, in the UK, in the Arab world and in Israel have a heavy interest in keeping Iran as a trouble spot and impeding a geostrategically completely natural alliance with the United States itself.

There isn’t much a person, or even a group of people can do. But denouncing the propaganda is one possibility.

Not All Civilians Are Born Equal

Reuters: “Obama condemns Iran crackdown on protests” Tue Jun 23, 2009 12:45pm EDT

“we deplore violence against innocent civilians anywhere that it takes place,” [Obama] said

BBC: “‘Dozens dead’ in US drone strike” Page last updated at 12:22 GMT, Wednesday, 24 June 2009 13:22 UK

There have been more than 35 US strikes since last August – killing over 340 people – and most have landed in the North and South Waziristan tribal regions

For President Obama, Energy Is More Important Than Climate Change

(You can read previous blogs on similar topics here, here and here).

In “Can Obama Change the Climate?” (New York Review of Books, June 11, 2009) Bill McKibben has warm words for President Barack Obama, including the following

“Obama himself has continued to mention global warming at every turn, and in commendably strong terms”

I am afraid Mr McKibben is missing the point. During the first 6 months in office, President Obama has mentioned “global warming” almost exclusively as just one aspect of the “energy” issue.

Take for example the New York Times’ archives, where between January 1 and June 11 2009 there are:

  • 114 articles about President Obama speaking on “energy
  • 22 articles about him mentioning “global warming
  • 16 articles with the President of the United States talking about “global warming” and “energy

That is, only 6 articles are left when “global warming” appears without “energy“.

There are also 42 articles with President Obama talking on “climate change”: only 12 of which are not about “energy”.

Remarkably, the situation is more skewed when one visits the White House’s own website (www.whitehouse.gov).

A search via Google on that website shows:

  • 3,260 pages with “Obama” and “energy
  • 68 pages with “Obama” and “global warming
  • the very same 68 pages with “Obama”, “global warming” and “energy

That is, 3,066 “Obama” whitehouse.gov pages talk of “energy” but not of “global warming”; and not even once “Obama” pages mention “global warming” but not “energy”.

Just out of curiosity: only 4 “Obama” pages talk of “climate change” but not of “energy”.

One can safely assume that for President Obama, global warming/climate change is a sideshow to the far, far bigger issue of the future of energy. Therefore, when and if a choice will have to be made between “energy” and “global warming”, in all likelihood the current US Administration will choose “energy”.

In The Obama Administration, Two Incompatible Faces On Climate Change

Is Climate Change such a high priority for President Obama as he sometimes claims it to be, and for what reasons exactly?

Apparently, US Secretary of Energy Steven Chu is convinced that “a shift away from fossil fuels is essential to combat global warming“. So for Chu the course of action is to change on Energy in order to deal with Global Warming. In other words _the_ problem is Global Warming, and Energy just a means to solve it.

In truth, though, Chu is (still?) not the person taking “the key decisions on energy and climate change policy“. That is in the hands of a restricted group headed by the “politically savvyCarol Browner, an Al Gore’s “acolyte” and President Obama’s Climate Czar.

Browner believes that climate change is “the greatest challenge ever faced“, so we are back to Chu’s stance.

However, there are still all indications that the President himself takes a different approach, considering Climate Change as just one part of the wider issue of Energy, and not viceversa. For Obama himself, in other words, _the_ problem is how to get a safeguarded and stable supply of Energy, and Climate Change just a politically useful, additional reason to push for it.

As an example to support the above, take the President’s speech at Costa Mesa Town Hall Meeting, last March 18. The one and only mention of climate change is in an undescript part of the full text, and just as a corollary to the Energy problem. It is so tiny, I am underlining the relative sentence to make it stand out:

Because we know that enhancing America’s competitiveness will also require reducing our dependence on foreign oil and building a clean energy economy, this budget will spark the transformation we need to create green jobs and launch renewable energy companies right here in California.  It makes clean energy the profitable kind of energy.

It invests in technologies like wind power and solar power and fuel-efficient cars and trucks powered by batteries like the ones I’ll be seeing in Rosemead tomorrow, all of which will also help combat climate change — because the weather is already nice in Orange County, we don’t want it to get warmer.

Just as interestingly, there is talk about Energy but no Global Warming or Climate Change even when the President makes a list of upcoming challenges

Well, I say our challenges are too large to ignore.  The cost of health care is too high to ignore.  The dependence on oil is too dangerous to ignore.  Our education deficit is too wide to ignore.

What will Czarine Browner think of the above?

Politically, the situation appears to be on the edge of untenable: if they really believe in what they are saying, Gore’s “acolytes” will not be able to accept being simply a “side-show”, subordinate to Energy. And if the President wants to carry forward the “Yes, we can” mantra, there will be no much space left to the doomers and gloomers. As I wrote last November:

Climate Change has been explicitly presented time and again as “THE challenge for the present generation” by the likes of Al Gore. Well, Barack Obama’s “Change” is enough of a generational challenge in itself, much bigger than Climate Change and perfectly capable to outlive it

Anche Su Google, Obama In Vantaggio Su McCain

Anche su Google, Barack Obama sembra essere (quasi sempre) in vantaggio…

Per esempio: cercando “obama 666” si ottengono 1,380,000 pagine. “mccain 666” riporta solo 848,000 risultati.

Oppure “McCain eats babies” (mangia bambini) = 1,460. “Obama eats babies” = 3,050.

L’unica ricerca dove McCain e’ davanti anche se di poco: “McCain is a nazi” (e’ un nazista)= 5,610. “Obama is a nazi“=5,130.

Pronostici Elettorali Obama vs. McCain

Questa lista (estratta da noisefromAmerika) porta a diversi siti web dove il pronostico per le elezioni presidenziali USA e’ fatto Stato per Stato, al di la’ cioe’ dei soliti e inutili sondaggi nazionali: per la semplice ragione che i Presidenti sono eletti dal Collegio Elettorale, e non direttamente:

Obama vs. McCain Electoral-College Forecasting

A list of websites (from Italian blog “noisefromAmerika“) devoted to more serious US election forecasting than the usual, absolutely pointless nationwide polls: for the simple reasons that Presidents are elected via the Electoral College system, not directly.

Le Grandi Finzioni della Campagna Presidenziale USA 2008

  • John McCain non e’ cosi’ conservatore come si sforza di presentarsi
  • Barack Obama non e’ cosi’ conservatore come si sforza di presentarsi

E no, non c’e’ nessun errore nel testo qui sopra…

The Big Lies of the 2008 US Presidential Election

  • John McCain is not as conservative as he tries so hard to make you believe
  • Barack Obama is not as conservative as he tries so hard to make you believe

And no, there’s no typo in the text above…

Obama’s Swift Riposte to McCain’s Challenge

NOTE ADDED SEP 8: Gov. Palin’s Vogue cover below is a fake

Denver, Aug 31 (MNN) – Sen. Barack Obama, Democratic Nominee for the 2008 US Presidential Election, has recruited today two well-known characters to fight back the unexpected challenge from the youth/women side by Sen. John McCain and his VP choice, Gov. Sarah Palin.

Sen. Obama said he was very glad to introduce, in the newly-created positions of Vice-Vice-Presidents, Betty Boop and Swee’Pea.

Sarah Palin Betty Boop

His remarks may cause controversy though (“Betty would look better on Vogue!” and “Swee’Pea’s got much less experience in foreign or any other matters“) .

According to uninformed sources, Sen. McCain is planning to up the ante by revealing that he himself years ago was in a Hollywood blockbuster (the second episode of Jurassic Park), playing a character named “Kelly Curtis Malcolm” …

Obama E’ Piu’ Conosciuto dei Beatles

Era 42 anni fa che John Lennon faceva scalpore dichiarando che i Beatles erano piu’ grandi, piu’ popolari cioe’ di Gesu’ Cristo.
 
Chissa’ cosa avrebbe detto a vedere l’ascesa di Barack Obama?
 
Adesso su Google, una ricerca per “Obama” ritorna 131 milioni di pagine. Per “Beatles”, “solo” 52milioni e mezzo.
 
Il candidato Democratico alle Presidenziali USA 2008 e’ molto piu’ di un Candidato alle Presidenziali. E’ un fenomeno pop, probabilmente globale.
 
ps “Jesus” su Google ha 176 milioni di pagine. Vuol dire che a Obama gliene mancano solo 45 milioni…

Obama: Bigger Than The Beatles

The Democratic Presidential Candidate for the US Elections 2008 is much more than a Presidential Candidate. Obama is on his way to become a pop icon.

Actually, he’s there already.

Google search for “Obama”: 131,000,000 pages

Google search for “Beatles”: 52,500,000 pages

Poor John Lennon…how could he have imagined having the wrong target in mind?

ps btw: Google search for “Jesus”: 176,000,000 pages. Only 45 millions to go, for the junior Senator from Illinois

John “July 4th” McCain to the Rescue

Coincidences pile up in the extremely good news of the rescue in Colombia of Ingrid Betancourt and 14 other hostages: among them, the fact that US Presidential Candidate John McCain, outspent at home and behind in the polls, is visiting Colombia in the same period, just by pure chance of course.

McCain is so lucky he will be able to bring home three American hostages just in time for the 4th of July. Furthermore, it is now known that Colombian President Alvaro Uribe considers the US Senator trustworthy enough to reveal all details of an extremely risky rescue attempt, the night before.

The only thing missing is a picture of Obama with an “I love FARC” t-shirt and the White House will see another Republican President.

Straw Men vs. Obama

(UPDATE: a shortened version of the text below has been published in the Letters section of the International Herald Tribune, May 25, 2008)

Truly there must be something powerful in Barack Obama’s message for the US Presidential Campaign of 2008, if critics are so busy setting up flawed arguments about his heritage, or foreign policy ideas.

First we had Luttwak’s improbable stint as a Shari’a scholar, somehow “demonstrating” that Obama’s Muslim father would be a liability… in the Muslim world. And now, how do N Thrall and J J Wilkins criticize Obama’s suggestion that, in foreign policy, talks are better than wars-by-proxy?

Why, they try to make a rather esoteric analogy with a Kennedy-Khrushchev summit of 47 years ago (“Kennedy talked, Khrushchev triumphed“, IHT, May 23).

Never mind that Obama has never suggested starting off by meeting face-to-face with the Presidents of Iran or Hamas, for example; that the world is vastly different from 1961’s; and that as anybody living in the real world knows very well already, the Administration of President George W Bush has engaged in talks with “America’s enemies” such as Lybia and North Korea.

And rightly so! Well, if Messrs Thrall and Wilkins are so convinced that the mere act of talking brings huge risks of being considered “too weak”, perhaps they should suggest closing off much of the State Department.

A flawed argument is also known as a “straw man”. Well, I for one think there have been enough of those scarecrows set up, especially against Obama. Please, can we have now some serious political discussion instead?

Republican Alert: Major Presidential Speeches Warning

The Economist quotes outgoing Republican congressman Tom Davis:

When Bush tries to articulate a vision, he will butcher the Gettysburg Address. Obama, he will make an A&P grocery list sing.

Obama has already managed to star in a “presidential speech” in Philadelphia, when challenged about race. The risk for McCain is to inspire more exceptional performances, eg about women (after attacks on Michelle Obama) and white working-class poverty (if remarks of Obama being too sophisticated for his own good keep coming).

Yet more signs that this is going to be a sedate campaign, with two candidates simply too nice to each other to inspire any enthusiasm…

Luttwak Goes Ga-Ga on Obama

How else to interpret this rambling Op-Ed where renowned Edward N. Luttwak, “fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and author of Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace” transform himself into an improbable Shari’a expert, declaring Obama an “apostate”?

President Apostate? By EDWARD N. LUTTWAK – Published: May 12, 2008

I am perfectly sure that even in the darkest Afghanistan at the time of Mullah Omar, somebody’s religious choices in his 20’s, starting from an almost perfectly blank slate, would not have been considered evidence for “apostasy”.

Luttwak disingenuosly tries to justify his poor arguments with “all the well-meaning desires projected on Senator Obama, the hope that he would decisively improve relations with the world’s Muslims is the least realistic“. Methinks there is one way to improve relations with the world’s Muslims, and that is to have a President that is not called George W Bush.

Blissfully, the US Constitution will make that happen, on January 20, 2009.

252 days to go…

Time for Hillary Clinton To Let Go

Wouldn’t it be a great time for Hillary Clinton to halt her campaign to become Democrat candidate for the 2008 USA Presidential elections? While she’s still appearing to be “riding high” even if not high enough.

Also because, she’s kind of “officially lost”.

With the media machine moving onward and forward, in fact, it is possible to understand what exactly has happened in the Pennsylvania primaries:

Popular vote:
Clinton: 54.6%
Obama: 45.4%
Difference: 9.2%. Note that newspaper reported a 10% difference instead, by mishandling the decimal digits…

Estimated national delegates:
Clinton: 85
Obama: 73
% Difference: 7.6%

With Clinton desperate for a double-digit win, I do not see how these figures can be interpreted as anything else than an invitation for her to find something else to do with her life.

Feeling Just Fine About USA 2008

I am not that worried this year about the results of the Presidential elections in the USA.

If Hillary Clinton wins, we’ll get four years of Clintonism. Nothing to celebrate, but not that bad either.

If Barack Obama wins, we’ll get kick-started into the XXI century, with an experimentally fresh jump in the unknown (a bit like Reagan in 1981, and Clinton in 1993…).

If John McCain wins, there’ll be the steady hand of a maverick commanding the Superpower nation. Who knows, maybe like fellow ex-serviceman Eisenhower in the 1950’s, President McCain will be able to isolate the centers of power from the Military-Industrial Complex that has been pushing the USA towards an interminable series of wars and ingerences, for more than a generation.

Plenty to be optimistic about 2009 onwards then…

My personal preferences:

Obama-Clinton: Obama.
McCain-Clinton: McCain
McCain-Obama: I’d likely stay home as a sign of my approval, whatever the result.

Anche l’Economist, dopo Obama e Tremonti

Ormai il consenso riguardo la necessita’ di regolare meglio i mercati finanziari e’ pressocche’ unanime. Dopo Obama e Tremonti, ecco il liberalissimo Economist:

Adesso che le Banche di Investimento sono tenute in piedi dallo Stato, devono essere regolamentate di nuovo. Con attenzione