Friday, December 30, 2005

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Thursday, December 29, 2005

Dinosaurs cooked by global warming

Fresh fossil leaves analysis shows there was a sudden and dramatic rise in carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere 65 million years ago. It's what killed the dinosaurs, say researchers. C02 was injected into the atmosphere in vast amounts by the impact of an asteroid striking CO2 rich limestone rock and the ensuing blistering heatwave that followed raised global temperatures by as much as 7.5 Celsius making it impossible for the ancient reptiles and countless other lifeforms to survive. CO2 levels were estimsted to be four to five times higher for 10,000 years after the impact

The researchers from the University of Sheffield, UK, and Southwest Texas State University and Pennsylvania State University, US, studied the fossilised pores of leaf of gingkoes and ferns that grew around the time of the dinosaurs' demise. The number of carbon dioxide-absorbing pores in the fossils reflects the amount of carbon dioxide in the air: the fewer the pores, the more carbon dioxide.

By using computer simulations and doing real experiments on plants, the scientists can show there was a sudden, five-fold increase in CO2 at the end of the Cretaceous.

This can only be explained, they believe, by the sudden vaporisation of between 6,400 and 13,000 billion tonnes of carbon - a substantial component of the limestone rocks that lined the shallow sea that existed at Chicxulub 65 million years ago.

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Sunday, August 07, 2005

Google Search: 07-Aug-05 22:18

Result: about 38,000 for "struggle against violent extremism". (0.24 seconds)

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Google Search: 04-Aug-05 17:53

Results: about 25,000 for "struggle against violent extremism". (0.25 seconds)

So President Bush says he thinks that he is still at war, and that is that? No more MSM discussion. A fickle lot. But search results increasing at roughly 120 per day show that the conversation is still somewhat alive in blogland: search: 658 posts about: "struggle against violent extremism".
I searched Google to see how "War on Terror" is doing and I got about 8.1 million results, which is going backwards from yesterday's 8.6 million. Maybe Google gets tired of counting in the pre-double digit millions and means it when it says "about 8" point something million results.
Meanwhile, those most affected by it are searching for their own meaningful descriptors.
Macomb community decides on name for Iraq war

"August 4, 2005, 4:37 AM

"Call it Iraq. That's how the war in which U.S. Army Pvt. Mark Barbret died will be described on a monument honoring the 22-year-old Macomb County soldier."

"Some favored the 'War on Terror' and others 'Operation Iraqi Freedom,' Pentagon designations for the war. Others said those names amount to pro-war editorials, rather than neutral descriptions of the conflict."

"After postponing action last month, the township board on Tuesday unanimously adopted Barbret's family's request that his name appear on the memorial under the word "Iraq," The Macomb Daily of Mount Clemens reported."

I know what is vampiring the topic. It's this idiotic notion of "Intelligent Design":

Technorati Search Results: 17,751 posts about: "intelligent design"

According to Technorati "Intelligent Design" is the most posted blog topic as we go to press.

President Bush has stated that he supports ID theory being taught alongside Darwin's Theory of Evolution through Natural Selection in schools. If he means it's OK to introduce ID theory into religious classes, then fine. Plenty of religions have press-ganged pseudosciences into service for them. But it is still odd that our dear leader of the free world is concerning himself with a minutia of the school curriculum for about 20 schools in Texas. The recently reclaimed G-WOT must be going well indeed. And if he means for this theory to be taught in the social science classes then he may have some grounds to mount a defensible argument. Some people just might find it interesting that this meme has any traction and want to study why. But if he means for ID to be taught in biology class, well he can just fuck off!!

Science, my friends, is sacred. And, hey Dubya, Darwin sits high the Pantheon.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Google Search: 03-Aug-05 17:09

Results: about 25,000 for "struggle against violent extremism". (0.15 seconds)

Ah, now the wheels are digging in. But wait ... let us eavesdrop on those of the blogosphere before we jump to conclusions. The following via Fish Wars on Cars suggests an insight into why our new baby is kangaroo-hopping and clutch-starting all over the shop:
"Last fall I was told by friends in the counter terror community that the NSC was pushing to change the Global War on Terrorism into the War on Extremism (WOE). "The original intent was to eliminate GWOT and replace it with WOE (I realize this sounds like a skit from the Daily Show, but it is the honest to God truth). Apparently someone at the White House realized that WOE would provide endless grist for comedy writers and decided instead to go with GSAVE."
No kidding, but I don't think one can say "Struggle against Jihad" and keep much of a straight face for any length of time either. The last para captures my first impressions (although I had not known about WOE):
"At the end of the day this episode is a reminder of why Bin Laden is still at large. We cannot even agree on what to call the fight against Islamic radicals (FAIR is already taken as an acronym). We had WOT, thought about WOE, moved to GSAVE and may go back to WOT. Someone needs to find out WHAT is happening."

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Google search: 02-Aug-05 11:40

Results: about 19,500 for "struggle against violent extremism". (0.15 seconds)

It looks like we have lost traction here. Nary a mutter on the matter. And with the bloggers? search: 534 posts about: "struggle against violent extremism"
Just shy of 100 more posts, as the blogs chew over the cud. Or is that crud? So how strong is the parent brand doing?
Google Search: -
Results: about 8,640,000 for "War On Terror". (0.29 seconds)
600,000 more references than on 30/07/2005. Guys, unless you have money to throw at the problem, your new brand is going to sink. I'll check in next week.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Google search: 01-Aug-05 01:18

Results: about 19,500 for "struggle against violent extremism". (0.65 seconds)

Oops, a stumble. Let us check Technorati: search: 439 posts about: "struggle against violent extremism". This meme has stalled on us.

Sunday, July 31, 2005

Google search: 31-Jul-05 01:18

Results: about 15,900 for "struggle against violent extremism". (0.22 seconds)

Now we see a threefold increase in the populating of G-SAVE. A quick glance at the top thirty listings showed that the term has hit the blogwaves accompanied by hoots of derision. Just how is the term going down as a replacement for the cuckolded "War on Terror"? There are indications that there is still some life in the old boiler yet:
NewsRadio 600 WREC Radio Poll:Are we in a "war on terror" or a "global struggle against violent extremism?"
The Bush administration has stopped using the phrase "War on Terror", instead describing the conflict as a "global struggle against violent extremism." Which term do you think should be used?

War on terror .................................54.1%
Global struggle against extremism ......45.8%
Perhaps most people still perceive that 'War' and not 'Struggle'is the appropriate response to bombings in London, resurgences of Taliban activity, bombings in Egypt, and ongoing carnage In Iraq.

It baffels me why no one seems to be picking up on the obvious: That the 'violent extremism' being referred to is generated by those that call their global venture 'Jihad', which, translated, is 'struggle'.

Are we saying that none of the geniuses in marketing realised they signed off on a Struggle against Struggle? Don't no one study Aristotlian Logic no more? If our enemies retort by declaring a "Jihad against Jihad" then what? I said THEN WOT?

OK, there is a subset of 234 people ( or rather 234 results from a Google search of terms "jihad" and "struggle against violent extremism" - so far) who have made the connection. That is 1.49% of today's 15,900 Google returns. No wonder Bush was re-elected.

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Google search: 30-Jul-05 01:18

Results: about 5,530 for "struggle against violent extremism". (0.36 seconds)

The MSM is now spitting it out. This stuff works! A ten-fold increase in dissemination over 24 hours. However there is a long way to go:

Results: about 8,040,000 for "War On Terror". (0.07 seconds)
That is what a three year march will get you. You've got a l,ooo,ooo,ong way to go boys. Keep jawing!
How viral is the new brand proving to be in blogland?
search: 315 posts about: "struggle against violent extremism" search: 79,395 posts about:"war on terror"

Friday, July 29, 2005

Google search: 29-Jul-05 01:11

Results: 500 for "struggle against violent extremism". (0.32 seconds)

Coming across a strange rumour of the rebranding of the so called "War On Terror" I did the above Google search. It's true! Nouns will no longer be the subject of military actions. I noticed that a lot of the links were to US Embassys around the world and US military and government websites. A few blogs were catching on as well. Michael Moore was quick off the blocks making fun (Must Reads 27 July 05). The MSM were just starting to pick up on the new phrase.