American Elephants

Obama’s Going To Regret This Statement! by The Elephant's Child

(h/t: Bookworm  Room)

Attacking American Success, Mr. Obama, Is Just Going Too Far! by The Elephant's Child

The entire speech given in Irwin, Pennsylvania is available here. Entirely off-the-cuff, and a real barnburner.

Climate in Northern Europe Has Been Constructed for the Past 2,000 Years. New Discoveries. by The Elephant's Child

An international team including scientists from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) has published a reconstruction of the climate in northern Europe over the last 2,000 years based on the information provided by density measurements of sub-fossil pine trees originating from Finnish Lapland. Professor Dr. Jan Esper’s group at the Institute of Geography at JGU’s measurements produce a reconstruction reaching back to 138 BC.

In these reconstructions, the researchers have been able, for the first time, to precisely demonstrate that the long-term trend over the past two millennia has been towards climatic cooling. “We found that previous estimates of historical temperatures during the  Roman era and the Middle Ages were too low,” said Professor Dr. Jan Esper. “Such findings are also significant with regard to climate policy, as they will influence the way today’s climate changes are seen in context of historical warm periods.” The new study has been published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

Was the climate during the Roman era and Medieval times warmer than today? A study suggests that the Britain of 2000 years ago experienced a lengthy period of hotter summers than today. We have records in literature of grapes growing in northern England. These are the questions that the discipline of paleoclimatology tries to answer.

Why are earlier warm periods important when what we are interested in today is current global climate changes? Thermometer records are recent. Scientists analyze indirect evidence of climate variability, such as ice cores and ocean sediments, and so reconstruct the climate of the past. The annual growth rings in trees are the best witnesses we have over the past 1,000 to 2,000 years as they indicate how warm and how cool past climate conditions were.

In the cold environment of the Nordic taiga in Finnish Lapland, trees often collapse into one of the numerous lakes, where they remain well-preserved for thousands of years. The density measurements correlate closely with the summer temperatures in this cold area. Researchers were able to create a temperature reconstruction of unprecedented quality.  It provides a high-resolution representation of temperature patterns in the Roman and Medieval Warm periods and also show the cold phases that occurred during the Migration Period and the later Little Ice Age.

The new climate curve exhibited an unexpected phenomenon in this form. For the first time, researchers were able to use the tree-ring data to calculate precisely a much longer-term cooling trend that has been playing out over the past 2000 years. This trend involved a cooling of -0.3° per millennium due to gradual changes to the position of the sun and an increase in the distance between the Earth and the sun.

Dr. Esper said “This figure we calculate may not seem particularly significant. However, it is also not negligible when compared to global warming, which up to now has been less than 1°C.  Our results suggest that the large-scale climate reconstruction shown by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) likely underestimate this long-term cooling trend over the past few millennia.”    (click to enlarge)


If He Could, What Would He Do Differently? Tell More Stories! by The Elephant's Child

Policies were fine? Apparently he believes all his policies were correct, he just didn’t tell the public enough stories about them, offer enough “inspiration.” Wish there were a little more veracity to go along with the storytelling.

He has such contempt for the American people. They are just out there being ignorant, and waiting to be “inspired.” How offensive.

President Obama Is “Telling Stories” Again. by The Elephant's Child

“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.”

Obama has been channeling Elizabeth ‘high cheekbones’ Warren, who was caught on video last August, decrying the GOP’s charge that Democrats are engaging in ‘class warfare.’ No, she said. ” There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody.” Uh huh.

You built a factory out there? Good for you. But I want to be clear: you moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for; you hired workers the rest of us paid to educate; you were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did.

Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea? God bless. Keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.”

The Warren video went viral, because it was such a preposterous idea. Henry Ford didn’t get federal grants to build the Model T, and he didn’t get highways built for him. The Wright brothers didn’t get federal subsidies, fortunately, and no one built airports for them. Aviation advanced exponentially before any government made any airstrips, and early automobiles used the same roads and streets that the buggies had been using all along.

With Obama’s spectacular record of failure at government support for business, his quote about ‘social help’ rings a bit hollow. Those crumbling roads and bridges still have not been renovated — remember Obama’s admission that the shovel ready jobs weren’t really “shovel ready.” And then he took on the American automobile industry, gave Chrysler ( a big chunk of it) to Fiat, General Motors (a big chunk of it)  to the unions, put the dealers out of business,  wrecked the used car industry, and left the taxpayers in the hole. Then we have all the useless federal investment in green energy bankruptcies. You remember Solyndra.

The left is heavily invested in the utopian idea of ‘community’ which sounds nice in late nights in the dorm; but in the real world, people have a hard time getting along in the nuclear family.

Government exists because of private enterprise. Government has no money of its own, and must depend for its very existence on taxing the funds earned in private business. A  president may have big ideas about the wonderful things he is going to build and develop and invent with all the ‘government money,’ but too much squandering of hard-earned private money from businesses built and developed and invented by private people — and that president is going to get fired.

Those hard working people in private business don’t have the option of wasting money and financing failing businesses. If they do, they’re out of a job promptly, fired even faster than a president.

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