It has been rumored for a few weeks now that Barack Obama was preparing to ban one of the most common rounds of ammunition in the country through Executive Action and according to this story it is now on the fast track.
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As promised, President Obama is using executive actions to impose gun control on the nation, targeting the top-selling rifle in the country, the AR-15 style semi-automatic, with a ban on one of the most-used AR bullets by sportsmen and target shooters.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives this month revealed that it is proposing to put the ban on 5.56 mm ammo on a fast track, immediately driving up the price of the bullets and prompting retailers, including the huge outdoors company Cabela’s, to urge sportsmen to urge Congress to stop the president.
Earlier this month FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler released his recommended net neutrality rules to the FCC Commissioners, who will vote on these recommendations tomorrow. The secrecy surrounding these new regulations, and the fact that Tom Wheeler placed a gag order on the FCC Commissioners, is troubling because we have no idea what is included in these regulations. It appears as if he does not want the American people to know what is in the regulations until it is too late for them to oppose the regulations.
One of the two Republican Commissioners, Ajit Pai, has been very vocal in his displeasure with the new regulations and yesterday one of the Democratic Commissioners, Mignon Clyburn, asked for the regulations to be scaled back.
This was followed by a push from some left wing organizations to scale back the regulations as well. (How they know what is in the regulations which are being withheld from the American people is a story which should be examined at a later date.) But then Google joined the fray and it now appears as if Tom Wheeler has acquiesced to the demands and has tweaked his proposed regulations.
Earlier this month FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler released his recommended net neutrality regulations. However “released” is probably not the right word to use for nothing is known by the American people about these potential regulations because only the five FCC Commissioners have been allowed to see the regulations and they have been placed under a gag order.
This led one of the two Republican Commissioners to come out swinging against the recommendations–going so far as to call this “Barack Obama’s plan to regulate the internet.” Of course proponents of the net neutrality regulations–who have no idea what is actually contained within–to naturally claim this was a partisan hack job.
Well that changed today because with the vote just two days away one of the Democratic Commissioners, Mignon Clyburn, has asked Tom Wheeler to scale back the proposed regulations.
A new global warming report entitled “Why Models Run Hot: Results from An Irreducibly Simple Climate Model” which was coauthored by four experts is now calling into question the models which are being used to predict global warming.
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Dr. Briggs, who has a Ph.D. in mathematical statistics from Cornell, was assistant editor for the Monthly Weather Review, and is widely published on matters concerning climate. He explained that for decades “the computer climate models on which the IPCC and others rely, make forecasts where the temperature will be way up there. But, the reality is the temperature has been way down here. So these models are running hot!”
The reason that the models are running hot is based on a “firm scientific principle,” says Briggs. “If a model is making bad predictions, which these climate models are, the theory that underlies them must be wrong. So these models must be wrong.”
Briggs explained that atmospheric reaction to carbon dioxide, known as climate sensitivity, is probably too high for these models. “If you take this climate sensitivity model and tone it down, you get a much closer match to reality.” He contends that the computer models are overcompensating for the addition of CO2’s to the atmosphere.
You can read the full report here.
In the last couple of weeks there have been some reports which allege NASA has been “adjusting” some temperatures from bygone years in order to make it appear as if the earth is warming when in fact it might not be. Some of these “adjustments” have been called “breathtaking.” I meant to do a post on this issue but I never got around to it.
Here is some more background on this:
We have written many times about the fact that the scientific agencies which are keepers of the world’s historical temperature data are all, or nearly all, under the control of warmists. These warmists have systematically altered historic temperature records, so that the temperatures they report today for past eras are not the same as what were measured, say, 70 or 80 years ago. The effect of these adjustments is strikingly consistent: they almost always make the past look cooler than it was measured at the time, so that the present looks warmer by comparison. The opposite–an adjustment that results in reporting a historic temperature higher than what was published contemporaneously–never, or almost never, happens. These adjustments may or may not be explained; sometimes, they are kept quiet until someone stumbles across the original data and points out a discrepancy.