Tuesday, 23 November 2010
Thursday, 18 November 2010
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
p209–266Numerical Simulation of Precipitation in Yellowstone National Park with a Warm Ocean: Continuous Zonal Flow, Gulf of Alaska Low, and Plunging Western Low Case Studies
Check it out at answeringenesis!
Hat tip to the Guardian
by Larry Vardiman and Wesley BrewerPrecipitation from three winter storms during December, 2005; November, 2006; and October, 2008 in Yellowstone National Park was simulated with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) mesoscale weather model called WRF (Weather Research and Forecasting model). The sea-surface temperature of the Paciﬁc Ocean upwind of the western United States was prescribed with six different ﬁxed temperatures and the resulting simulated precipitation compared to the actual storm precipitation. Sea-surface temperatures over 30°C (86°F) increased the precipitation above normal by as much as a factor of four. Based on the likely four-fold increase in precipitation rate and doubling of the frequency of storms following the Genesis Flood, glaciers over a kilometer (3,300 ft.) thick would have developed in a few hundred years
Check it out at answeringenesis!
Hat tip to the Guardian
Posted by Dr Phil at 15:55
Friday, 12 November 2010
The accuracy of a second statement by Deputy Police Minister Maggie Sotyu in support of her argument that the judiciary is racist has been challenged. Sotyu was quoted this week as saying: ‘it is a fact that the judiciary is not transformed. The whites are still the majority (on the Bench).’ A Volksblad report notes that statistics provided by the Department of Justice and the Magistrates’ Commission show that her claim is not true. In 2009, 45% of the country’s judges were white, while 43% of magistrates were white. Sotyu caused a storm this week when she claimed white criminals get lighter sentences. It later turned out that one of the cases she used as an example to illustrate her point had not yet been finalised.
Full Volksblad report
What an awesome person to have co-running the Police Department.
Posted by Dr Phil at 13:13
Thursday, 11 November 2010
Wednesday, 10 November 2010
The criminal justice system is racist and needs to be transformed urgently, according to newly-appointed Deputy Police Minister Maggie Sotyu, who pointed out that our courts issue lighter sentences to white criminals. According to a Beeld report, she raised the issue after a parliamentary presentation by the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) on violent crimes. Sotyu said ‘a white person or boer who drags a black farm worker behind his bakkie gets away with a fine of R10 000’, but that ‘a black man who murders a white farmer gets life imprisonment’. ‘It is racist politics,’ she concluded. ‘It is about time that our courts realise it is now the new SA.’
Prominent Judge Kathy Satchwell has warned that the South Gauteng High Court was slowly ‘creaking to a halt’ due to bad management. ‘No one with any experience of this High Court can dispute that the entire system has been creaking to a halt over the last few years,’ Satchwell says in a letter to Business Day published yesterday. A Mail & Guardian Online report notes that she added that justice spokesperson Tlali Tlali appeared to have ‘no real knowledge’ of the state of affairs at the court. Satchwell was responding to Tlali being quoted in The Sunday Independent newspaper as describing criticism by Judge Neels Claassen as ‘glaringly false’. This was after Claassen, who is the chairperson of the library committee, accused the government of ‘losing its moral high ground by projecting an attitude that the courts are the enemy’. Claassen has complained more than once about the state of the court library. In her letter, Satchwell said the allegations against Claassen were ‘neither accurate, true, nor well-founded’. ‘I am qualified to comment,’ she wrote, stating that the library was in bad condition, the cleaning was inadequate, as was air-conditioning in courtrooms. She added that the toilets were unuseable and files regularly went missing from court.
Full Mail & Guardian Online report
Posted by Dr Phil at 11:17
Tuesday, 9 November 2010
Did something this eve I have not done for ages - looked at some SAFA news websites. I find some morbid pleasure in reading the comments people leave on articles and things (in particular the subsequent media furore - M&G and more - surrounding the Gareth Cliff "Letter to Government") were a little scary at times. But then I found this. And while many of you have probably already read it, I just wanted to share it. Cause in a very sentimental but serious way, I found it inspiring and the commentary exciting.
I am back on joumaseblog!
Monday, 8 November 2010
Sirius. I don't know if you get them in SA, but Australia (Sydney in particular) is awash with ill-informed tossers following the professional reviewers to all the new restaurants and eating what the reviewer had, giving the same review as the reviewer, and patting themselves on the back for having their finger on the pulse, all the while jerking each other off as they breathlessly recount how they saw Tetsuya at the organic market on the weekend, and HE WAS EATING A BACON AND EGG ROLL!!OMG! Was it organic? Bacon and egg rolls are SO HOT RIGHT NOW! Organic bacon made from pork belly is the new bacon! O-M-FUCKING-G! Its like the fucking Life of Brian, but in real life.
And you know what pisses me off the most? It's the stupid pictures they take. Get a really fast lens, say f1.4, preferably a macro CHECK! Get a digital SLR (number of cool features doesn't matter, only use aperture priority) CHECK! Only shoot with lens wide open, 0.005mm depth of field, focus in on a single piece of micro-cress with rest of restaurant blurry in the background CHECK! Marvel at the cool 'bokeh' from the shitty canon slr lens that came free with the camera. CHECK! Send shout-outs to 'sister-blogger' (most of the bloggers are women, or very camp gay asian men) in Singapore when you have a tasty roti at Mamak CHECK!
Fuck, it does my head in. If you think I'm blowing it out of proportion, just check it...
And thats just the start...
Posted by Greg at 10:46
Wednesday, 3 November 2010
The Andy Hadfield Blog: ANC Youth League to shut down Twitter...: "I know we shouldn't laugh at ignorance. But hell's teeth chaps, if you're going to put out a press release, make sure you can back up your militant action."
I belong to a craft circle, much to Franci's dismay. But we make shit, drink tea and chat about life once a week. Clearly we are trend setters as Amy Sedaris has just written a whole book on crafting. I have now come to the realization that our craft circle is so much fun because we are often high on glue, but no one has complained so far.
But being written by a Sedaris, it looks like a damn funny book. http://www.etsy.com/storque/handmade-life/simple-times-crafts-for-poor-people-10849/. And it is amazing what you can do with a glue gun, googly eyes and peanuts. You are all getting home made poresents for Christmas!
P.S. Since the blog is dying and no one even reads posts let alone writes them I don't care if you have no interest in crafting. The sad fact is that we are about to surpass the October post total of 4 and it is only the 3rd of November!
Tuesday, 2 November 2010
He he - I can relate as I still don't understand all the rules and spent the Currie Cup final dancing on the lawn to Lonesome Dave in the sun instead of in a sweaty loud marquee!
Monday, 1 November 2010
Is blogging dead? No, if is definitely not. I went to an interesting Heavy Chef's talk by Seth Rotherham and Rich Malholland last week on the topic and although other forms of social media Facebook, Twitter, Buzz etc are increasing, they are all reliant on blogs and often the content that blogs produce.
Which lead me to the question: Is our blog dead? Yes, I am afraid that it is dying a slow, drawn out, painful death. Well it is not like I have been single handily keeping the blog alive and I am very much to blame. So I am going to post some more. I promise.
But blog master, don't you want jazz up our blog and inspire us with a fresh look?