Posted by: Sean Fitzpatrick | November 5, 2009

National Education Standards.

Is a new set of national standards for education a bad idea? Bernard Darnton discusses the issues here.

Posted by: Sean Fitzpatrick | October 30, 2009

Climate Change Disproved with one letter.

Posted at the Mises Institute blog (thanks to Not PC)

Physicist Howard Hayden’s one-letter disproof of global warming claims

October 29, 2009 12:47 PM by Stephan Kinsella (Archive)

Physicist Howard Hayden, a staunch advocate of sound energy policy, sent me a copy of his letter to the EPA about global warming. The text is also appended below, with permission.

As noted in my post Access to Energy, Hayden helped the late, great Petr Beckmann found the dissident physics journal Galilean Electrodynamics (brochures and further Beckmann info here; further dissident physics links). Hayden later began to publish his own pro-energy newsletter, The Energy Advocate, following in the footsteps of Beckmann’s own journal Access to Energy

I love Hayden’s email sign-off, “People will do anything to save the world … except take a course in science.” Here’s the letter:


Howard C. Hayden
785 S. McCoy Drive
Pueblo West, CO 81007

October 27, 2009

The Honorable Lisa P. Jackson, Administrator
Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, DC 20460

Dear Administrator Jackson:

I write in regard to the Proposed Endangerment and Cause or Contribute Findings for Greenhouse Gases Under Section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act, Proposed Rule, 74 Fed. Reg. 18,886 (Apr. 24, 2009), the so-called “Endangerment Finding.”

It has been often said that the “science is settled” on the issue of CO2 and climate. Let me put this claim to rest with a simple one-letter proof that it is false.

The letter is s, the one that changes model into models. If the science were settled, there would be precisely one model, and it would be in agreement with measurements.

Alternatively, one may ask which one of the twenty-some models settled the science so that all the rest could be discarded along with the research funds that have kept those models alive.

We can take this further. Not a single climate model predicted the current cooling phase. If the science were settled, the model (singular) would have predicted it.

Let me next address the horror story that we are approaching (or have passed) a “tipping point.” Anybody who has worked with amplifiers knows about tipping points. The output “goes to the rail.” Not only that, but it stays there. That’s the official worry coming from the likes of James Hansen (of NASA­GISS) and Al Gore.

But therein lies the proof that we are nowhere near a tipping point. The earth, it seems, has seen times when the CO2 concentration was up to 8,000 ppm, and that did not lead to a tipping point. If it did, we would not be here talking about it. In fact, seen on the long scale, the CO2 concentration in the present cycle of glacials (ca. 200 ppm) and interglacials (ca. 300-400 ppm) is lower than it has been for the last 300 million years.

Global-warming alarmists tell us that the rising CO2 concentration is (A) anthropogenic and (B) leading to global warming.

(A) CO2 concentration has risen and fallen in the past with no help from mankind. The present rise began in the 1700s, long before humans could have made a meaningful contribution. Alarmists have failed to ask, let alone answer, what the CO2 level would be today if we had never burned any fuels. They simply assume that it would be the “pre-industrial” value.

  • The solubility of CO2 in water decreases as water warms, and increases as water cools. The warming of the earth since the Little Ice Age has thus caused the oceans to emit CO2 into the atmosphere.

(B) The first principle of causality is that the cause has to come before the effect. The historical record shows that climate changes precede CO2 changes. How, then, can one conclude that CO2 is responsible for the current warming?

Nobody doubts that CO2 has some greenhouse effect, and nobody doubts that CO2 concentration is increasing. But what would we have to fear if CO2 and temperature actually increased?

  • A warmer world is a better world. Look at weather-related death rates in winter and in summer, and the case is overwhelming that warmer is better.
  • The higher the CO2 levels, the more vibrant is the biosphere, as numerous experiments in greenhouses have shown. But a quick trip to the museum can make that case in spades. Those huge dinosaurs could not exist anywhere on the earth today because the land is not productive enough. CO2 is plant food, pure and simple.
  • CO2 is not pollution by any reasonable definition.
  • A warmer world begets more precipitation.
  • All computer models predict a smaller temperature gradient between the poles and the equator. Necessarily, this would mean fewer and less violent storms.
  • The melting point of ice is 0 ºC in Antarctica, just as it is everywhere else. The highest recorded temperature at the South Pole is -14 ºC, and the lowest is -117 ºC. How, pray, will a putative few degrees of warming melt all the ice and inundate Florida, as is claimed by the warming alarmists?

Consider the change in vocabulary that has occurred. The term global warming has given way to the term climate change, because the former is not supported by the data. The latter term, climate change, admits of all kinds of illogical attributions. If it warms up, that’s climate change. If it cools down, ditto. Any change whatsoever can be said by alarmists to be proof of climate change.In a way, we have been here before. Lord Kelvin “proved” that the earth could not possibly be as old as the geologists said. He “proved” it using the conservation of energy. What he didn’t know was that nuclear energy, not gravitation, provides the internal heat of the sun and the earth.

Similarly, the global-warming alarmists have “proved” that CO2 causes global warming.

Except when it doesn’t.

To put it fairly but bluntly, the global-warming alarmists have relied on a pathetic version of science in which computer models take precedence over data, and numerical averages of computer outputs are believed to be able to predict the future climate. It would be a travesty if the EPA were to countenance such nonsense.

Best Regards,

Howard C. Hayden
Professor Emeritus of Physics, UConn

Posted by: Sean Fitzpatrick | October 18, 2009

Quote for today

“Ownership turns the fighting man into the economic man. Only the exclusion of private property can maintain the military character of the State. Only the warrior, who has no other occupation apart from war than preparation for war, is always ready for war. Men occupied in affairs may wage wars of defence but not long wars of conquest.”

Free market economist Ludwig Von Mises in his book, Socialism51zhq-wUL2L._SL500_AA240_

Posted by: Sean Fitzpatrick | October 14, 2009

Keep Kids Safe Online

As a martial arts instructor serving families I see my task as helping equip parents in as many ways as possible with tools to help raise their kids to be the very best they can be.  Teaching them martial arts is only a part of this.

As a father myself, I know that keeping kids safe from danger is a massive concern for all parents.  Dangers are everywhere in to-days world, including right here where we are now – on-line!

I was delighted to recently discover a useful software tool called PC Tattletale that enables parents to monitor everything their children do on-line.

It monitors everything from URL’s, chats, keystrokes, emails – it even takes screen shots.  It also functions in total stealth mode.  There is a Mac version available too.

Check it out here at our dedicated parents resource blog, “Growing Better Kids” and remember to comment here what you think of it – and if there are any other good ideas / links / services you think are helpful for families!

Posted by: Sean Fitzpatrick | October 9, 2009

Family Martial Arts Demo

For those who have not yet seen it, here is a video we did about two years ago around some of our kids classes.  Included is some shots from a tournament in Gold Coast we went to in 2007.


Posted by: Sean Fitzpatrick | October 4, 2009

Adventure Playgrounds

My friend Peter at (one of NZ’s best pro-freedom blogs) has posted about this interesting article on re-introducing a little adventure and, heaven forbid, risk into the upbringing of young children.

To me the interesting issue is not the proposal in itself – it is the idea that such a measure is seen as somehow ‘novel’.

To anyone born before the mid-seventies, a childhood full of falling over on concrete covered school-yards, getting stuck up trees or trying to fetch one’s soccer ball from a gorse bush was all par for the course.  It provided us with life experiences, choices to be made and consequences to be handled.  It prepared us all for life.

For us at our martial arts academy I think it is recognition that children need these experiences in life that brings so many kids (and their parents) through our doors.  A desire to try things out and discover the joy of discovery itself!

Posted by: Sean Fitzpatrick | September 20, 2009

Welcome to new friends and others not so new!

Hello and welcome to the new web log of Sean Fitzpatrick; Wellington’s most qualified professional martial arts instructor.

This blog is intended to be a meeting point dedicated to issues of life, personal growth, success, achievement, creativity, freedom and reaching one’s full potential – and beyond!

I hope you all will enjoy this journey with me – we have a lot to learn from each other so I invite and welcome your comments in anticipation of the many to come!

Live long, live loud!