Month: October 2006

  • Gray Area Websites
    - Possibly the best place to get any television show you want for free.
    This site has links to everything from The Simpsons to Family Guy,
    Southpark to The Office. I love almost every show that DailyEpisdoes
    has. The best part about it is the videos play directly in your
    browser, just like YouTube. This site is definitely something to
    bookmark if you love comedy television.
    - I decided I would throw in my favorite torrent site just for the hell
    of it. I’m sure by now everyone knows about a great torrent site that
    they use and are loyal to, but this site is just excellent. Great
    graphical layout, easy to use search, and something like 500,000
    torrents! You can get any little thing you want, and it’s so easy to
    - By now you all must have heard something about this Russian-based
    website. Does it get any better than an iTunes music store that sells
    full CD’s for a little more than $3 dollars? This is a fully operating
    business, not some bootlegger posting music from his mommy’s basement.
    They have been all over the news lately due to the continuing pressure
    the United States is putting on the Russian government to ban
    copyright-violating websites such as this. Recently, Visa and
    Mastercard have denied allofmp3 users their service, which has cost
    them loads of money. They have taken legal action against these credit
    card companies for their recent service denial. The site doesn’t look
    like it’s going anywhere soon though. If you are sick of paying $12
    bucks for a CD on iTunes, this is the site to check out.
    - Dailymotion is the evil step brother of YouTube. It doesn’t have all
    the features, or even close to the number of users that YouTube brings
    in. All that aside, dailymotion has some really great content like
    X-Files and King of the Hill (two of my favorite shows). Although this
    site is not actually illegal, much of the content uploaded by its’
    users is. That just means more good stuff for us.

    Source Here

  • More Gore…

    Eight Reasons Why ‘Global Warming’ Is a Scam

    Written By: Joseph L. Bast
    Published In: Heartlander
    Publication Date: February 1, 2003
    Publisher: The Heartland Institute

    When Al Gore lost his bid to become the country’s first “Environment
    President,” many of us thought the “global warming” scare would finally
    come to a well-deserved end. That hasn’t happened, despite eight good
    reasons this scam should finally be put to rest.

    It’s B-a-a-ck!

    Similar scares orchestrated by radical environmentalists in the
    past–such as Alar, global cooling, the “population bomb,” and
    electromagnetic fields–were eventually debunked by scientists and no
    longer appear in the speeches or platforms of public officials. The New York Times
    recently endorsed more widespread use of DDT to combat malaria, proving
    Rachel Carson’s anti-pesticide gospel is no longer sacrosanct even with
    the liberal elite.

    The scientific case against catastrophic global warming is at least
    as strong as the case for DDT, but the global warming scare hasn’t gone
    away. President Bush is waffling on the issue, rightly opposing the
    Kyoto Protocol and focusing on research and voluntary projects, but
    wrongly allowing his administration to support calls for creating
    “transferrable emission credits” for greenhouse gas reductions. Such
    credits would build political and economic support for a Kyoto-like cap
    on greenhouse gas emissions.

    At the state level, some 23 states have already adopted caps on
    greenhouse gas emissions or goals for replacing fossil fuels with
    alternative energy sources. These efforts are doomed to be costly
    failures, as a new Heartland Policy Study by Dr. Jay Lehr and
    James Taylor documents. Instead of concentrating on balancing state
    budgets, some legislators will be working to pass their own

    Eight Reasons to End the Scam

    Concern over “global warming” is overblown and misdirected. What
    follows are eight reasons why we should pull the plug on this scam
    before it destroys billions of dollars of wealth and millions of jobs.

    1. Most scientists do not believe human activities threaten to disrupt the Earth’s climate.
    More than 17,000 scientists have signed a petition circulated by the
    Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine saying, in part, “there is no
    convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide,
    methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the
    foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s
    atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate.” (Go to for the complete petition and names of signers.) Surveys of climatologists show similar skepticism.

    Petition Here.

    2. Our most reliable sources of temperature data show no global warming trend. Satellite
    readings of temperatures in the lower troposphere (an area scientists
    predict would immediately reflect any global warming) show no warming
    since readings began 23 years ago. These readings are accurate to
    within 0.01ºC, and are consistent with data from weather balloons. Only
    land-based temperature stations show a warming trend, and these
    stations do not cover the entire globe, are often contaminated by heat
    generated by nearby urban development, and are subject to human error.

    3. Global climate computer models are too crude to predict future climate changes.
    All predictions of global warming are based on computer models, not
    historical data. In order to get their models to produce predictions
    that are close to their designers’ expectations, modelers resort to
    “flux adjustments” that can be 25 times larger than the effect of
    doubling carbon dioxide concentrations, the supposed trigger for global
    warming. Richard A. Kerr, a writer for Science, says “climate modelers have been ‘cheating’ for so long it’s almost become respectable.”

    4. The IPCC did not prove that human activities are causing global warming.
    Alarmists frequently quote the executive summaries of reports from the
    Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a United Nations
    organization, to support their predictions. But here is what the IPCC’s
    latest report, Climate Change 2001, actually says about
    predicting the future climate: “The Earth’s atmosphere-ocean dynamics
    is chaotic: its evolution is sensitive to small perturbations in
    initial conditions. This sensitivity limits our ability to predict the
    detailed evolution of weather; inevitable errors and uncertainties in
    the starting conditions of a weather forecast amplify through the
    forecast. As well as uncertainty in initial conditions, such
    predictions are also degraded by errors and uncertainties in our
    ability to represent accurately the significant climate processes.”

    5. A modest amount of global warming, should it occur, would be beneficial to the natural world and to human civilization.
    Temperatures during the Medieval Warm Period (roughly 800 to 1200 AD),
    which allowed the Vikings to settle presently inhospitable Greenland,
    were higher than even the worst-case scenario reported by the IPCC. The
    period from about 5000-3000 BC, known as the “climatic optimum,” was
    even warmer and marked “a time when mankind began to build its first
    civilizations,” observe James Plummer and Frances B. Smith in a study
    for Consumer Alert. “There is good reason to believe that a warmer
    climate would have a similar effect on the health and welfare of our
    own far more advanced and adaptable civilization today.”

    6. Efforts to quickly reduce human greenhouse gas emissions would be costly and would not stop Earth’s climate from changing. Reducing
    U.S. carbon dioxide emissions to 7 percent below 1990’s levels by the
    year 2012–the target set by the Kyoto Protocol–would require higher
    energy taxes and regulations causing the nation to lose 2.4 million
    jobs and $300 billion in annual economic output. Average household
    income nationwide would fall by $2,700, and state tax revenues would
    decline by $93.1 billion due to less taxable earned income and sales,
    and lower property values. Full implementation of the Kyoto Protocol by
    all participating nations would reduce global temperature in the year
    2100 by a mere 0.14 degrees Celsius.

    7. Efforts by state governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are even more expensive and threaten to bust state budgets.
    After raising their spending with reckless abandon during the 1990s,
    states now face a cumulative projected deficit of more than $90
    billion. Incredibly, most states nevertheless persist in backing
    unnecessary and expensive greenhouse gas reduction programs. New
    Jersey, for example, collects $358 million a year in utility taxes to
    fund greenhouse gas reduction programs. Such programs will have no
    impact on global greenhouse gas emissions. All they do is destroy jobs
    and waste money.

    8. The best strategy to pursue is “no regrets.” The
    alternative to demands for immediate action to “stop global warming” is
    not to do nothing. The best strategy is to invest in atmospheric
    research now and in reducing emissions sometime in the future if the
    science becomes more compelling. In the meantime, investments should be
    made to reduce emissions only when such investments make economic sense
    in their own right.

    This strategy is called “no regrets,” and it is roughly what the
    Bush administration has been doing. The U.S. spends more on global
    warming research each year than the entire rest of the world combined,
    and American businesses are leading the way in demonstrating new
    technologies for reducing and sequestering greenhouse gas emissions.

    Time for Common Sense

    The global warming scare has enabled environmental advocacy groups
    to raise billions of dollars in contributions and government grants. It
    has given politicians (from Al Gore down) opportunities to pose as
    prophets of doom and slayers of evil corporations. And it has given
    bureaucrats at all levels of government, from the United Nations to
    city councils, powers that threaten our jobs and individual liberty.

    It is time for common sense to return to the debate over protecting
    the environment. An excellent first step would be to end the “global
    warming” scam.

    Joseph L. Bast is president of The Heartland Institute.

    Source Here.

    Smoking, Not So Bad For You!!!!!

    Junk Science

    How harmful is smoking
    to smokers? Public health advocates who claim one out of every three,
    or even one out of every two, smokers will die from a smoking-related
    illness are grossly exaggerating the real threat. The actual odds of a
    smoker dying from smoking before the age of 75 are about 1 in 12. In
    other words, 11 out of 12 life-long smokers don’t die before the age of
    75 from a smoking-related disease.

    In a 1998 article titled “Lies, Damned Lies, and 400,000 Smoking-related Deaths,”
    Levy and Marimont showed how removing diseases for which a link between
    smoking and mortality has been alleged but not proven cuts the
    hypothetical number of smoking-related fatalities in half. Replacing an
    unrealistically low death rate for never-smokers with the real fatality
    rate cuts the number by a third.

    Controlling for “confounding factors”—such as the fact that smokers
    tend to exercise less, drink more, and accept high-risk jobs—reduces
    the estimated number of deaths by about half again. Instead of 400,000
    smoking-related deaths a year, Levy and Marimont estimate the number to
    be around 100,000.

    This would place the lifetime odds of dying from smoking at 6 to 1
    (45 million smokers divided by 100,000 deaths per year x 75 years),
    rather than 3 to 1. However, about half (45 percent) of all
    smoking-related deaths occur at age 75 or higher. Calling these deaths
    “premature” is stretching common usage of the word. The odds of a
    life-long smoker dying prematurely of a smoking-related disease, then, are about 12 to 1.

    Source Here.