Jul 23 2012
My apologies to everyone who looks forward to reading my trivial thoughts on the great issues of the day. This has been a brutal week of meetings, a big corporate function, ferrying kids across the state, a family reunion and a bad cold that turned into an infection. I have been operating on the very edge, and all down time was dedicated to getting some needed sleep.
I hope to post again today, though it will be later since the day job’s fire-drills are just beginning to pop.
But here is a quick Fly-By of some topics I would have posted on if I had had the time.
First up: The Norfolk Police n the UK ended their investigation into the publication of FOIA related CRU emails and data that are known today as Climategate. The information released so far does impart one important detail which shows ALL the information released to actually be CRU information:
… The second was entitled FOIA 2011 and contained 23 documents, 5292 e-mails and 220,000 files.
… the data was taken between September 2009 and November 2009 during a series of remote attacks via the Internet, which accessed an internal back-up server.
The information collected off the CRU back up server still looks to be carefully culled information focused on a few well known issues with CRU. It is specific to FOIA requests pending at CRU over many years of trying to hide the decline and other crap. In the brief period over which the data was ‘stolen’ off the CRU server, there was no time to screen a larger random set of data and be left with Climategate information and its level of focus. We know CRU has a lot more information in its servers and email logs than just this. So while the ‘theft’ of the data is not resolved, the content is clear. This data was a vast amount of FOIA data collected by CRU (and blocked) in response to FOIA requests. Thankfully, CRU compiled all this in one location so someone who apparently knew about it could go collect it and make it public.
Next up, Obama’s bad polls against Romney. This one must of scared the daylights out of the Dems:
According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney remain in a deadlocked contest, tied at 47 percent among registered voters and basically where they stood in late May.
If Obama is at 47% among ‘registered voters‘, he should see around 44% in the election with real ones. This is confirmed at RCP, which has the President today at 45.9% (basically 46%). This is dead-lame-duck region for any sitting President. And I know he is desperately flailing away to find some way to regain support (e.g., the moronic claim people who build businesses don’t actually do it themselves). My prediction is this will be another epic wipe out for the Dems, who will of course go insane trying to deny the fact they have been complete disasters – and they ended support for government solutions in general. It will take a series of elections to right this mess, so don’t believe it will all be peachy in 2013. But as long as the GOP starts cutting back the oppressive government and set the people free to invent and invest, we will get back on track.
Finally, I have to address the massacre in Aurora, CO. This level of horror, suffering and selfless acts of bravery always result in people pretending more restrictions on the behavior of normal citizens will stop the insane from doing damage.
Three survivors of the Colorado movie-theater massacre escaped with minor wounds, but were left with broken hearts because their heroic boyfriends died saving them.
In final acts of valor, Jon Blunk, Matt McQuinn and Alex Teves used their bodies to shield their girlfriends as accused madman James Holmes turned the Aurora cineplex into a shooting gallery.
If we could control events, we would not need heroes like the ones we saw in Aurora. I think Adolf Hitler and Stalin put the nonsense of state control equaling peace and serenity to rest. But many will always want to pretend we can stop the randomness of nature (both natural and human) by controlling the individuals. It does not work.
When someone goes off and kills their kids, or someone else’s kids, it is always horrible – but never avoidable. Fate has a way of creating random conditions that are explosive and deadly. While most of the time we are able to stabilize and isolate inherent random behavior (Dahmer comes to mind) we cannot stamp it all out without having everyone on house arrest and 24×7 surveillance. So forget about turning the incidents like this to zero. As we strive for more and more benign behavior over time, we will necessarily have the occasional horror-filled event pop up.
And while the horror of the event is devastating, the upside is these are very, very rare (one of 300 million or more) and most of the time we live happy and fruitful lives. In other words, it ain’t heaven, but isolated eruptions of hell does not mean we are going the way of Hades.