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Compare and Contrast April 20, 2007

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Exhibit A: ‘Devastating’ Moyers Probe of Press and Iraq Coming

Exhibit B: ‘I found Saddam’s WMD bunkers’

*Sigh*

I’d heard rumor of the bunkers a couple of years ago, but never ran into any follow-up. I guess this is why.

Quick Hit April 19, 2007

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Spinning Intel.

Yet Another Summary of the Facts around Iraq/al Qaeda April 14, 2007

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National Review has a summary of a larger article basically taking exception to Senator Levin’s and the Washington Post’s denial of what we knew and surmised about Saddam’s connection to al Qaeda before the war. It gets tiresome attempting to refute all of the lies told by the Left, in their ongoing smear campaign against Bush and the War on Terror. If only the Bush Administration would spend some time defending themselves, it might not seem so hopeless.

Update: A follow-up by Andy McCarthy–More Connection — the 1998 Fatwa–in which he highlights some important points in the ’98 Fatwa issued by bin Laden. OBL uses Iraq as a central argument for issuing the Fatwa. Funny that.

But I’m sure there was never any connection between al Qaeda and Iraq. None at all. Just keep repeating that to yourselves while you click your heals together. I’m sure Oz is right around the corner….

Links of the Day April 12, 2007

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How to configure SQL Server 2005 to allow remote connections.

SQL Server 2005 Stored Procedure Execution Statistics.

Doug Feith found innocent?

Doing My Duty … April 11, 2007

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… to help take down yet another frivolous libel lawsuit.

Heh.

Oops. Forgot a piece: JL Kirk Associates. Snicker!

Links for the Day April 9, 2007

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Clauswitz in Wonderland from the Hoover Institute.

Thesis: The Last Lap April 9, 2007

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I’m on page 28.  Gasp.  Wretch.  Groan.  Is it done yet???

I’m hoping to be done with the first draft by Wednesday.  I can give it to Goran for review while I work on the presentation.  I defend on the 18th at 11am.

I’m already nervous.  Scared shitless, actually.  I feel like such a fraud.  How can I possibly pretend to know anything about neural networks?  I wish I remembered more math.  Even some straight-forward Linear Algebra would be good right now.  Eigen values and vectors?  Meh.  A distant memory.

Math libraries optimized for vector calculations (at the op-code level, preferrably) would absolutely shred on some of this code.  It’ll be interesting to see how I can optimize some of this over the summer.  If I’m not so burned out by then that I don’t want to touch it ever again….

Update: Ack! Just found out that my defense date has been moved up to the 17th!!!! I know, I know. It’s only one day. Nonetheless, I’m in a complete panic. Breathe, breathe, breathe….

Anthropogenic Global Warming: Is That a Hole in Your Theory, or Are You Just Happy To See Me? April 9, 2007

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Newsweek, not exactly known for its robust reporting, actually gets one right this time. They’ve published an opinion by noted MIT Climatologist Richard S. Lindzen. He basically shreds AGW theory:

Judging from the media in recent months, the debate over global warming is now over. There has been a net warming of the earth over the last century and a half, and our greenhouse gas emissions are contributing at some level. Both of these statements are almost certainly true. What of it? Recently many people have said that the earth is facing a crisis requiring urgent action. This statement has nothing to do with science. There is no compelling evidence that the warming trend we’ve seen will amount to anything close to catastrophe. What most commentators—and many scientists—seem to miss is that the only thing we can say with certainly about climate is that it changes. The earth is always warming or cooling by as much as a few tenths of a degree a year; periods of constant average temperatures are rare. Looking back on the earth’s climate history, it’s apparent that there’s no such thing as an optimal temperature—a climate at which everything is just right. The current alarm rests on the false assumption not only that we live in a perfect world, temperaturewise, but also that our warming forecasts for the year 2040 are somehow more reliable than the weatherman’s forecast for next week.

This is just his warm-up. Read the whole thing. He eviscerates the scare-mongers, and basically brings logic and science where none had dared tread before. It’s a great read. I’m sure it will be dismissed by all who’ve already made up their minds (or who are making loads of cash off of the current craze–and believe me, there’s a ton of money to be made by advocating for AGW). For the more critically minded folks out there, this is a must-read.

By the way, that last highlighted point is one I’ve been making for years now.  I’m amazed at how people have been so willing to take the long-term forecast models at face value, when we can’t even go beyond a couple of days without losing incredible accuracy.  It boggles my mind, actually.  People’s critical facilities have atrophied.