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Democratic FCC Commissioner asks for proposed net neutrality regulations to be scaled back

February 24, 2015

department-of-the-Internet-1024x683  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.

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Experts under fire for releasing a report which claims the global warming models are wrong

February 23, 2015

  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.

  Here is more:

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.

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The Congress will investigate NASA global warming temperature ‘adjustments’

February 22, 2015

 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.

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Open thread for Sunday, February 22nd: Pudding Time

February 22, 2015

open-thread Here is the open thread for Sunday, February 22nd. Please feel free to post links to interesting articles and to discuss whatever issues arise during the course of the day. Nothing is off-topic here.

 Last week was a very slow week by my standards with only 6 posts but did you miss any of them? If so there is an easy way to make sure it does not happen again. I understand that all of you are busy and cannot always find the time to check the blog for updates so why not subscribe to America’s Watchtower and receive email updates whenever I write a new post? That is the easiest way to follow the blog to ensure you never miss another post.

  In addition to subscribing you can also follow America’s Watchtower on Facebook and Twitter by clicking the links on the right. But you will get more than that for I often post links to articles I probably will not be writing about so it is a great way to keep up with what is happening.

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  In addition to a lack of motivation and what I consider to be a lack of interesting topics to write about I was also distracted for the last few days with my new laptop. I only use the computer for the internet and for simple word processing so I have little need for all of the bells and whistles others are interested in. Because of this I prefer a netbook to a full-blown laptop; I love the small size and the fact it is dedicated to my needs.

  For the last several years I have been blogging using an Acer Aspire One D260 Netbook but it was getting old and the performance of late has been severely lacking. Normal internet browsing and blogging had become painfully slow despite my  best efforts to clean up the computer and make it manageable.

  I decided it was time to buy a new Acer netbook and I thought it would be very inexpensive due to the popularity of new technology such as tablets. However I soon learned that the price to be paid by this new technology was the discontinuation of the netbook. It was simply obsolete technology and nobody was interested in it any more.

  However, I found a compromise between purchasing a full sized laptop and the netbook and that came in the form of the Dell Inspiron 11.6″ notebook 2-1 computer. This computer functions as a combination of a small laptop and a tablet. It is a laptop but the display can rotate completely around for use as a tablet. I am in love! Blogging and browsing is going to be much less frustrating going forward. (Save the frustration of following politics in general.)

  This computer is slightly larger than my previous netbook yet smaller than a laptop and it is much faster than what I have been dealing with for awhile now. To make a long story short (if that is possible at this point) I have spent the last few days trying to personalize my new computer to my liking by deleting all the crap which came with it that I will never use as well as making it look and function the way I want it to. I have also been trying to get used to Windows 8.1, and now that I am figuring out how it works I have to say the new Windows is pretty cool once you get passed the differences from Windows 7.

  With my long-winded excuse for not posting as much as I would have liked to last week out of the way it is time to move on to the musical selection of the week. This week I give you the band Primus performing “Pudding Time” live on the Jimmy Kimmel Show.

  Slap that bass!

The Obama regime is ‘reconsidering’ the Afghanistan withdrawal timetable

February 21, 2015

Protestors+Mark+Eighth+Anniversary+War+Afghanistan+2xW7vwjJ3Bil  In a much-hyped event in the Rose Garden in May of 2014 Barack Obama committed to the withdrawal of combat troops in Afghanistan by the end of 2016. I happen to agree with this: in my opinion it is time to get out of the region and it is time to let the various factions figure out their future on their own without the further loss of American lives.

  However, despite Barack Obama’s much ballyhooed announcement, we are now learning, according to this story, that his new Defense Secretary, Ashton Carter, is working on a plan to extend the United States’ presence in the region beyond the 2016 timeline. 

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Obamacare: 800,000 people received incorrect tax forms from Health and Human Services

February 20, 2015

 It is now tax season and as people begin to prepare to file their tax returns those who have signed up for Obamacare, and who have received subsidies, received a new tax form from the Department of Health and Human Services. Unfortunately 800,000 people (20% of those who signed up) received incorrect tax forms from HHS.

  Here is more:

About 800,000 people received tax forms with incorrect information about their Obamacare coverage, officials from the Health and Human Services Department said Friday.

The errors occurred on a new form that helps Obamacare enrollees figure out whether they qualify for a subsidy that would pay all or part of their premiums, and how big that subsidy should be. Information used to calculate those subsidies was wrong on about 20 percent of tax forms, HHS officials said. The errors would cause some taxpayers to claim too large a subsidy and others to claim less than they’re actually eligible for.

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Firewall with Bill Whittle: Brass Tacks on Immigration

February 20, 2015

 In his latest Firewall video entitled “Brass Tacks on Immigration” Bill Whittle takes on the issue of illegal immigration. As usual he hits this one out of the park.

  Enjoy:

Malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

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