The New Terrapin Gazette

Number 274
24 October, 2012

There comes a point when you suddenly find yourself behaving like Robert Browning as characterized by Gerard Manley Hopkins: “a man bouncing up from a table, his mouth full of bread and cheese, saying that he meant to stand for no more blasted nonsense”.

This Sums It Up

Two significant scenarios are unfolding as the sixth of November approaches: first, the expected October Surprise launched by Team Obama is late, and may well never arrive. Second, it’s becoming ever more clear that the White House attempted systematically to deceive the nation about the Libyan disaster; at one point, there seemed to be an honest dispute about that, but the facts are coming to light.

This means Romney might win. To this newsletter, that seems a remote possibility because of the massive voter fraud that will be employed by the devil-may-care apparatachiki in the collectivist camp (SEIU, ACORN remnants, racists, self-proclaimed wannabe assassins, hard-core Occupy activists, and many others whose ethics do not hinder their zeal). — This just in: the news media seem to be catching up with this newsletter’s constant harping on the issue; see this post and then this one. Stories like these are a small sample of the coming fraud, the overwhelming majority of which will never be detected.

Unfortunately the GOP faithful are under the misapprehension that President Romney could do the right thing for the nation. If he had dictatorial powers, perhaps he could; given the high probability that the Democrats will hold the Senate, however, there is little hope of reform. The more good Romney might try to do, the greater would be the opposition from an electorate that is not prepared to undergo the pain of necessary reform.

In one respect, however, a Romney victory is to be hoped for: over the next four years, Obama can be expected to name several federal supreme court associate justices, and his choices will certainly be of monumental importance.

He Took The Bait!

Mike Mann, the architect of the hockeystick graph, has sued. What could be the most delicious news story in decades is about to unfold (lots more here), and climate science may never be the same. If the defense is halfway competent, it will collect some embarrassing facts in discovery; if it is good, Mann and his fellow fraudsters will be exposed and disgraced. The warmers have hidden a great deal, and for understandable reasons. — Memo to Lance Armstrong: make room.


This graph depicts what is probably quite accurate information about temperatures in the past. Note the warm period in Roman times and the later medieval warming, both of which were significantly warmer than the present relatively warm period. Neither of those ancient warmings could possibly have been caused by human activity, yet there they are.

The stunning phenomenon of the present day is the voluntary, even masochistically eager, assumption of blame for any alterations at all in what is (incorrectly) perceived as “normal” climate.

Man is a most peculiar animal: he presumes himself culpable for all manner of things, and expiates his guilt irrationally. Plagues, droughts, floods — all can be imagined to be punishments for man’s sinful acts and refusals to believe.

This is harmless, unless it leads to human sacrifice, as among the Mayas and Aztecs. Unfortunately modern man can fail to recognize that he too can assign false causes to unwelcome events.

Modern science is presumed to be enlightened. It takes a wrenching act of will to detach oneself from blinding cultural assumptions and see that any science that proceeds to preconceived conclusions based on unfounded claims of causation is not rational.

How great can the effect of carbon dioxide be, given that its impact is logarithmic (meaning that the more of it there is in the atmosphere, the smaller will be the impact of additional amounts of the gas)? By what reasoning can anyone be certain that the cause of warming and cooling is (a) singular, and (b) human?

Science cannot explain climatic cooling and warming. Why then are people eager to believe that the fluctuations of climate are necessarily caused by human activity? In the absence of information, how can a cause be rationally linked to any phenomenon?

Anthropogenic global warming is just as much a faith-based cult as is any religious practice that attempts to propitiate supernatural beings in order to make the crops grow.


Sandy could be a huge problem. Says a meteorologist: “I can look at all the computer runs and sense something’s wrong. Too many things are happening I’ve never seen before.” More here, but you might want to Google for more recent reports.

Muslim leader Farrakhan is an interesting guy. He’s very media-savvy. He can hold the attention of folks who feel chronically disenfranchised (you know, as if they lost World War I in spite of the fact that not a single enemy soldier set foot on their nation’s soil). Listen and you will hear Hitlerite propaganda delivered with aplomb that makes Hitler sound like an amateur. Indeed Farrakhan is skilled at his filthy task.

This information has appeared here before in other forms, and it is back because it is critically important.

Robert Spencer mentions “…the efforts by the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim Brotherhood-linked Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) to stop Muslims from cooperating with (US) law enforcement. …the fact (is) that not a single mosque in the entire United States has any kind of program to teach young Muslims and converts to Islam the errors of the al-Qaeda view of Islam, which they supposedly abhor and reject.” Source.

Weapons of the future might make the carrier pigeon useful again.

What would you expect the USA to do if this sort of thing characterized its relationship with Mexico? Of course the question assumes that Washington would be following a rational policy; in fact the current administration is unconcerned by the occupation of hundreds of square miles of the state of Arizona by an army of alien mercenaries, but you get the idea.

A survey of US physicians regarding Obamacare was conducted. At the link: a .pdf document for download. There’s a good summary of the conclusions posted on this weblog.

In late August of this year, Number 265 of this newsletter said regarding the Boy Scouts, “It may be wise to exclude homosexuals from this organization, given its activities and young membership.” Then some stories broke, of which this is just one. It appears the Scouts were not prepared….

If the physicists who work in quantum mechanics are correct (according to an article in the NY Times), a new type of computer may become possible. It may be “…a million, trillion, trillion, trillion times faster than the most modern supercomputer.” When will this miracle happen? Possibly never, or possibly in a decade or two. In any event, the implications are impossible to contemplate. Information technology is not at all like fire, electricity, or atomic energy: it is infinitely more dangerous and prone to abuse, for it provides the worst humans with superhuman capabilities. Not every thug can have an atom bomb, but six year-olds can have computers.

Killing bin Laden is not a foreign policy.” Amen.

In Numbers 231 and 254 of this newsletter, it was pointed out that because the CIA did not talk to the FBI, jihadi hijackers were able to kill almost three thousand people on September 11, 2001. A similar situation has been revealed in the recent Libyan incident. A competent president would compel the various insular agencies of the federal government to understand the nature and ultimate purpose of their jobs.


A Tip For Linux And Apple Users

This is not the second in a series, because there is no series, but it is the second time some material has been added to NTG for the edification of those who do not use the Microsoft operating system. (Don’t count on a third such inclusion.)

You are in luck, for here’s a complex solution to a simple problem that nobody ever has: suppose you need to copy the files in one directory (some call it a folder) to another directory, but you want to leave one file uncopied. It can be done from the command line with a single entry (assuming you are using the bash shell, which most Linux users have by default, and which is found in Apple computers, as well). Isn’t that amazing?

Do it with the rsync application, a very nifty little program that you may not have installed. Check by making this entry as user:

$ which rsync <—-‘

If it’s installed in your computer, you will get this response (or something similar):

$ /bin/rsync

Rsync is a powerful program with many uses, but for today, just consider it an excellent replacement for the cp (copy) command.

Now imagine that in directory (some folks call directories “folders”) /report you have five files, namely: one.txt, two.txt, three.txt, four.txt, five.txt. Suppose you want all but three.txt copied to directory /interviews. Further suppose that both /report and /interviews are directories in the directory in which you are presently working, /investigation.

Here is the command you would enter to do the job:

$ rsync –exclude=three.txt ./report/* ./invesigation <—-‘

When you look into directory /report, you will see all the files still there, and a check on the contents of directory /investigation will show all but three.txt are present.

Now take another look at that command, and consider what each part of it means. Obviously you have named the file you want to exclude from copying, and you can see that it comes immediately before the name of the directory it’s in. After the name of that directory is an asterisk, which is a “wild card” standing in for all the contents of the directory. Then comes the target directory, which will contain the copies you are making.

You can add some helpful things to this command, and you can specify two files to be excluded from the copying process, if you want. Add -vc just after rsync, and the application will verify that the copies match their originals and tell you that the process is complete, even telling you how many bytes were involved. If you are a data junkie, add -vcaP, and you will have more information than you can imagine anyone might need. The purpose? To be certain you have done what you wanted to do without having to go over to the target directory and list its contents. Life just got a bit easier, and your accuracy has been guaranteed.

If you want to hold two files back from being copied, simply list them in front of the directory they are in, like this:

$ rsync -vcaP –exclude=two.txt –exclude=five.txt ./report/* ./investigation <—-‘

Each file must have its own –exclude= just before it, and there can be no spaces in that.

There is a lot more to the rsync program than this, so you might want to look it up. Meanwhile know that the way to copy a file and verify that it’s been done perfectly is to use rsync, not cp.

You thought you was the cool fool
Never could do no wrong
Had everything sewed up tight
How come you lay awake all night long?

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