Monday, February 26, 2007
Card and My Picks:
Jason Gilliam Vs. Jamie Varner (Lightweight)
Jason makes his debut in the UFC after dispatching 15 previous opponents. He does not yet know defeat. Jason favors the G&P KO as his favorite way of finishing. Of said 15 wins only one is a decision, three are from chokes, and the rest are KOs. He knows how to stop guys.
Varner returns to the Octagon after taping to a Hermies Franca armbar. Jamie put up a great fight dominating Hermies, until the fateful crazy armbar submission. Jamie is a good submission guy, going 11-2, 7 submissions, before getting caught by Hermies.
Jason will want to get this fight to the ground, and I don't think that Jamie will care that it goes there. Neither one of these guys has won a fight that featured above "B" level opposition. The biggest difference here is that Jamie has been to the big show and Jason has not. Jason has not had a fight go in to the third round since 2004, and while I normally see that as a plus, I don't here. Jamie as very good gas, a good chin, and I think that will decide this fight. Jamie by decision.
Gleison Tibau Vs. Jason Dent (Lightweight)
Last time we saw Gleison, he got his lights put out by Nick Diaz. Before that Gleison was 9-2, mostly fighting in Brazil. Gleison has been training with the guys at ATT, and picking up all he can. Being from Brazil, and now training at a primarily BJJ school, it is no surprise that Gleison mostly wins by submission. He likes the RNC best finishing three of his opponents that way.
Jason Dent came out on the bad side of a decision after his fight with Roger Huerta last time we saw him. Jason is mainly a submission guy, using the ground to win 10 of his 15 wins. His losses, 7, are mainly from decisions. Jason likes the bottom submissions best, favoring the triangle chokes.
This should be an interesting ground battle, both guys like to fight on the ground, and both are well versed in submissions. Gleison will be the bigger man in the fight, he is cutting down from 170 to fight the always lightweight Jason. I think that the weight will be the deciding factor as the fight goes on. Gleison by decision.
Jon Fitch Vs. Luigi Fioravanti (Welterweight)
Fitch is now 4-0 in the UFC, beating Brock Larson (Decision), Josh Burkman (RNC), Thiago Alves (KO), and Kuniyoshi Hironaka (Decision). Jon trains at the excellent AKA, and shows it by winning in all sorts of ways.
Luigi scored a KO win in the closing seconds of round one over Dave Menne in his last UFC fight. Before that Luigi knocked out Salomon Hutchenson, and lost a decision to Chris Leben. The Leben fight was perhaps the most boring fight in UFC history. Yes I did conceder Gracie v Shamrock 2. It was a snoozer. Anyway, Luigi is a submission guy who can punch, winning 6 by KO, three coming in his last three fights. Overall Luigi is 11-1.
Who comes out on top here? The kickboxer who can grapple or the grappler who can punch? I think the kickboxer comes out on top. Jon by decision.
Rex Holman Vs. Matt Hamill (Light Heavyweight)
Rex is 4-1... against less than stellar opposition.
Matt Hamill is the deaf wrestler from season 3 of TUF. Matt is a good wrestler and likes to yell "Wooooo."
This is a fight so that the UFC can showcase its stance on equal opportunity employment. Matt is a good story, and the UFC would hate to throw him to the wolves just yet, they can make much more bank feeding him cream puffs and padding his record first. Matt by G&P KO second round.
Jason Lambert Vs. Renato Sobral (Light Heavyweight)
Jason returns to the UFC after getting knocked out by Rashad Evans in September of 2006. Before meeting up with Rashad Jason was 2-0 in the UFC, 22-5 overall. Jason is a dynamic fighter winning mostly by KO, but throwing in some very slick submissions (Jason McDonald) in the mix as well.
Babalu just lost his rematch to Chuck by KO. Sad because Babalu is such a good, well rounded fighter. His BJJ has gone to the next level training with Gracie-Barra, and his striking has always been top notch. Babalu was on a 10 fight win streak before loosing to Chuck, and not against bad opposition too. Babalu has been in with the best, and beat most of them. Only the elite get past him (Fedor, Dan Henderson, Chuck)
Both of these guys are looking to come back big. Jason wants to get back on track for title contention, and Babalu needs to cement his status as the gatekeeper for the Light Heavyweight elite. I don't think that Jason has the experience or the talent to get through Babalu. Sobral by triangle choke first round.
Rich Franklin Vs. Jason MacDonald (Middleweight)
Rich came out with the worst game plan in history in his last fight. Trying to beat Anderson Silva is like trying to beat Luke to the last hamburger. It just ain't going to happen. Rich is an all around great fighter, with his strongest points being his boxing and his head movement. It is very difficult to hit Rich, and his 22-3 record shows it.
Jason is the new up and comer in the Middleweight division. He is 2-0 in the UFC taking out Chris Leben by Guillotine, and Ed Herman by triangle. Jason finishes by submission more often than not, scoring the tap 13 times out of his 16 wins. He can strike though, but chooses to use strikes to set up the sub.
I think that the UFC hates Jason MacDonald and wants to see him fail. First they fed him to Chris Leben, then to Ed Herman, both times wanting him to loose to their poster children. Now they feed him to the recovering Rich Franklin. I don't see Jason getting out of this one with the W. Rich by KO second round.
Drew McFedries Vs. Martin Kampmann (Light Heavyweight)
Drew won his last fight, knocking out the very tough Alessio Sakara in the last minute of the first round of their fight. Drew is 10-1 and a bit of an enigma. He likes the stand up game, and showed it Sakara. Drew trains at MFS, and is well versed in the MMA game.
Martin beat Thales Leites by decision on the final of TUF 4. Martin is primarily a Muay Thai guy, and it shows winning 7 of his 18 by KO. He has a ground game however, winning six, including his UFC debut over Crofton Wallace, by submission.
This should be a stand up war, which is why the UFC put this fight on the PPV. Both guys are well versed in the stand up game, and both guys like to throw. I give the edge to Martin, he just looked lethal against the very tough Leites. Martin by KO third round.
Chris Lytle Vs. Matt Hughes (Welterweight)
Chris was the runner up in TUF season 4, loosing a very close decision to Matt Serra. Chris is a well rounded fighter, with good stand up and a good ground game. Chris really isn't outstanding in anything, just good. His record is 22-13-5.
Matt Hughes lost his last fight by KO to GSP. Matt looked way over matched in that fight. Matt was the most dominate Welterweight fighter of UFC history, winning with a combination of powerful wrestling and slick submissions. Matt's stand up is improving, but is the obvious weak part in his game.
This is a warm up fight for the rubber match with GSP. Matt will walk through Chris. Matt by Kimura first round.
Tim Sylvia Vs. Randy Couture (Heavyweight)
Tim won his last fight over Jeff Monson by decision where we saw new skill from the "Maniac." At one time Tim actually was threatening Jeff with a triangle choke. In the end Tim managed to stay on his feet and take the win. Tim relies on his big right hand to win fights for him, he really has no ground game to speak of. Tim is on a six fight win streak, boosting his record to 25-3.
Randy retired after he lost his last fight by KO to Chuck Liddell. When it was all said and done, Randy's record was 14-8. Randy was known for his dirty boxing, Greco Roman takedowns, and G&P.
This is a tough fight to call. The Randy of old could certainly take down Tim Sylvia, and win the fight on the ground. I don't know if Randy can do it now. Tim has Randy by almost 40lbs and 7 inches. Tim's main weakness seemed to be the single leg takedown, but submission wrestler Jeff Monson could not get Tim down with it. Can Randy? Check that can the 44 year old Randy? Randy looked like he lost a step in the fight with Mike Van Arsdale, and he looked downright geriatric vs Chuck. Tim can hit as hard as Chuck, and looked plenty athletic against Monson. I don't like picking against Randy, because he always proves me wrong. If anybody has the skills to beat Tim it is Randy, but is his 44 year old body up to the task? I think so!!! Randy did just hold ace submission wrestler Jacare to a draw in a sub match, and looked better than most 20 year olds doing it. I think that Randy has one more left in him. Randy will win the belt and then retire for good, on top where he belongs. Randy by decision!!!!
That said, I did get to see some of the fights, thanks to the criminals at YouTube. Some of the fights would have gone much differently had they been in Japan. With no kicks and knees to a downed opponent, it severely limits the ground game, and those who win by using these weapons.
Joachim Hansen def Jason Ireland Submission (Armbar) 2:33 rnd 3
My Pick: Hansen by KO first round
The only surprise here is that Ireland lasted till round three!! Way to go Jay!!
Frank Trigg def Kazuo Misaki Decision
My Pick: Frank Trigg by KO first round
Frank seems to be back, and better than ever.
James Lee def Travis Wiuff Submission (Guillotine Choke) 0:39 rnd 1
My Pick: N/A
Time for Travis to hang up the gloves, or find some new training partners.
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou def Antonio Rogerio Nogueira KO (Punch) 0:23 rnd 1
My Pick: Minotoro by armbar first round
Look for the message boards to call Sokoudjou the next coming of Fedor. Minotoro got caught with a big left hand. It happens. In 1000 fights Sokoudjou only wins one. Too bad the one was the first one...
Hayato Sakurai def Mac Danzig KO (Punch) 4:01 rnd 2
My Pick: Sakurai by KO first round
Sergei Kharitonov def Michael Russow Submission (Armbar) 3:46 rnd 1
My Pick: Sergei by armbar first round.
Yes it is true. I have the sight. Again, I beg of you, don't worship me, just send money.
Mauricio Rua def Alistair Overeem KO (Punches) 3:37 rnd 1
My Pick: Shogun by KO second round
Shogun lands the HUGE right hand inside Overeem's guard to knock him stupid. This is a fight that may have gone the other way had it been in Japan. Overeem had Rua in a position several times to throw knees to his head while they were down... On the other hand Overeem really does
Nick Diaz def Takanori Gomi Submission (Gogoplata) 1:46 rnd 2
My Pick: Gomi by KO second round
Gomi gasses in the very beginning of the first round, leaving his hands down. Not just a little down, but down by his waist. Diaz tees off hitting Gomi with everything and the kitchen sink. Gomi responds by landing a huge right hand that knocks Diaz on his can, and splits open his left eye. Diaz manages to get back up and unload about a thousand unanswered punches. Round ends. Gomi does not seem phased, just really really tired. Second round begins, Gomi lands a left uppercut that splits a NASTY cut open below Nick's right eye. They have the good fight doctor there, and he lets the fight go on. Gomi starts complaining to the ref that Nick is bleeding on him, and first two rows. The fight has become a Gallagher act. Gomi goes for a weak double leg, but manages to take Nick down. Nick then slaps on the fastest gogoplata in history and Gomi taps out. Wow.
Watch it quick before the copyright cops take it down.
Never in a billion years, unless he was fighting Nino Schembri, would I predict that Gomi would loose by gogoplata.
Dan Henderson def Wanderlei Silva KO (Punches) 2:08 rnd 3
My Pick: Silva by KO second round.
Dan manages to pepper Silva for two rounds, and Silva starts to get desperate, and sloppy. In an exchange Silva gets caught and goes out like someone shot him.Dan Henderson is now the PRIDE Welter and Middleweight Champion. Very cool.
This was one fight where Silva had Dan in a front head lock several times. Silva relies heavily on knees to the dome in this position, and could not use this obvious weapon due to stupid Nevada rules banning knees to a downed opponent. In Japan, where they have other silliness, but not that particular silliness, I think that the fight goes much differently. If I were Dan I would accept the rematch, but only if it is in the US.
Neat event, I go five for eight.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
The good news is an additional fight was added to the card. Sergei Kharitonov will face Mike Russow in a heavy weight showdown!!
Sergei Kharitonov vs Mike Russow
Sergei is in a slump. The Russian fighter was first knocked out by Alistair Overeem in Feb. 2006, then was knocked out again by Aleksander Emelianenko in September 2006.
Sergei have very good stand up, he had knocked out many good strikers, Pedro Rizzo and Ninja Rua being the best of the bunch. Sergei also has a very good ground game. He fought and lost a decision to Nog, and has submitted a good number of his opponents. He has very good top control, and a good G&P game. His total destruction of Semmy Schilt comes to mind when thinking of his G&P game.
Mike Russow is 3-0 in MMA. I know nothing about him, other than he has some connection to Travis Wiuff.
Mike is going to be destroyed. The only problem is figuring out how Sergei is going to finish him. Sure Mike out weighs Sergei, but Sergei has been fighting in PRIDE for a while, fighting the best guys in the world. Experience plays a huge factor here, and I am very surprised that the NAC would allow this fight. Sergei by armbar first round.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
For those that don't know, (I say that as if someone other than my mom is reading. Mom knows all about gi/nogi training, she is cool like that, Ninja moms always are.) training with the gi sharpens your ground technique. This is because there are so many different ways to hold on to position with the gi, that you just don't have with out the gi. That means that your technique must be absolutely perfect in order for it to work against a skilled guy. Escapes and reversals that work by just straight power with out the gi, just make you tried with.
Monday, February 19, 2007
Joachim Hansen vs Jason Ireland (Lightweight)
Hansen is looking to come back after loosing to Aoki by gogo plata on the NYE show. Hansen is the first person that I know of to loose by gogo plata, it is such an unusual and difficult sub to set up, it is amazing that a seasoned fighter like Hansen could fall prey to such a move, but he did.
Anyway Hansen has been in with the best at his weight class, and beat many of them. Luiz Azeredo (KO), Yves Edwards (Decision), Gomi (Decision) and Caol Uno (KO) all fell to Hansen. Joachim is known for heavy hands, and strong ground work. His record is 14-4-1.
Jason Ireland is the two time Victory Fighting Championship Lightweight title holder. This fight will be the first time he steps in to a major show's ring. Jay is known for strong wrestling, good cardio, and good submissions. Jason has been on the cusp for a long time, but falling just short of the big time. He beat Justin James, just to be beaten by Mac Danzig. He beat Allen Williams, Alonso Martinez, and Kendrick Johnson in one night, just to be tapped out by Jorge Gurgel. Jason is dangerous, but untested in the big shows with the big boys.
I think that Jay is being brought in to get his head handed to him by Hansen. Jay could barely handle Justin James, if Justin would have been in better shape that fight might not have gone as it did... He could not handle Jorge Gurgel's relentless stand up. How is he going to handle Hansen's? Hansen pounded out Caol Uno. Jay is not better than Caol. Hansen knocked out Rumina Sato. Jay is no where near Sato's level. This will be a brutal, brutal KO of a local boy. Hansen by KO first round.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs Thierry Sokoudjou (Lightheavyweight)
Minotoro walks in to the ring after knocking out Alistair Overeem way back in July 2006. Minotoro is, of course one of the very famous BTT Nogueira brothers. His style is BJJ and BOXING. The reason Minotoro has taken so much time off, was because he was busy becoming the boxing champion of Brazil. Minotoro has serious hand skills, and even more serious ground skill. The only problem that I have with him is that he is not as dynamic as he could be. He tends to play a very cautious game, and ends up with a lot of decision wins. Sure, he finishes when he can Dan Henderson (armbar), can tell you that, but overall his game is about control. Minotoro is 12-2, 2 KOs, 4 subs and the rest decisions.
Sokoudjou is a Team Quest fighter... that's pretty much it. He does have a record of 2-1, his most recent fight was his first loss to Glover Teixeira by KO in the WEC. Coming from Team Quest you can bet that he has good wrestling and fair stand up.
This fight may get as close as we can come to government sanctioned murder. Not only does Sokoudjou have no experience, but he is up against one of the most complete and dangerous guys in the world. Sure Sokoudju has a good team to train with, but COME FREAKING ON!!! His primary trainer, Dan Henderson, lasted only eight minutes with Minotoro, and that was after he had 19 fights and countless international wrestling matches under his belt. The only question I am struggling with here is how Minotoro will finish Sokoudjou. He could knock him out, or submit him just as easily... I think it will be the latter, Minotoro by armbar first round.
Mauricio "Shogun" Rua vs Alistair Overeem (Light Heavyweight)
Shogun is coming off of a decision win over the very tough Kazuhiro Nakamura. Shogun is back to form after his injury loss to Mark Coleman. Beating a hapless Cyrille Diabate nearly to death with stomps on the ground, then breaking Kevin Randelman's knee at the last USA PRIDE show ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5ilFuhdTp4 honestly Kevin, lean some submission defense!!). In my opinion, Rua is at the top of the Light Heavyweights. He has the power to KO you, or submit you. He is the total package.
Overeem has shown flashes of brilliance in his wins over Igor Vovchanchyn and Vitor Belfort, but then looked like absolute crap (KO loss) against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (Minotoro) and Ricardo Arona (KO loss). I have gone between hating Alistar and liking him, but I can never really come down to being a fan of his. His style is fun, he has good kicks and good ground work, but he is so damn inconsistent. Alistair has lost two in a row now, putting his over all record at 24-9.
I don't believe that Alistair has a chance here Rua has been simply too much for anybody to handle. In his last three fights, nobody gave Rua any trouble. He could not finish Nakamura, but dominated the fight. Alistair tends to fold when the going gets tough. Against Shogun, the going will get tough. Shogun by KO second round.
Kazuo Misaki vs Frank Trigg (Welterweight)
Misaki is the current Welterweight GP winner, loosing to Paulo Filho by armbar, then "winning" a decision over an injured Dennis Kang. Misaki has been around for a while, and has been in there with the best. He has wins over Phil Baroni (Decision), Ed Herman (Side choke), and Dan Henderson (Decision). Misaki, like most Japanese fighters, is primarily a ground guy; winning by submission and decision. He has a couple of KOs in there, but don't expect him to like to throw the leather.
Frank Trigg is a wrestler who, despite his talent, is known for having very little RNC defense. He was finished by Matt Hughes (twice) and GSP by Rear Naked Choke. The talent I spoke of is very real, Frank has fought many good fighters and beaten them, most recently he knocked out the very good Jason Miller in Hawaii. Before that he won a decision over Ronald Jhun, knocked out Renato Verissimo, knocked out Dennis Hallman (twice), and stopped Fabiano Iha (KO). Frank's G&P is for real and very dangerous.
This fight could go either way, Misaki could take Frank's back, and Frank could over power and smash Misaki, in the end, I think that Frank will be too powerful for Misaki. Frank Trigg by KO first round.
Hayato Sakurai vs Mac Danzig (Lightweight)
Sakurai has had excellent success as of late, winning his last two fights by knock out (Olaf Alfonso and Luciano Azevedo). Sakurai has been around a long time, beating Caol Uno in his first fight by armbar, way back in 1996. Since then his record reads like a who's who of the Light and Welterweight divisions. He has been in there with Matt Hughes (loss KO), Frank Trigg (win KO), Anderson Silva (loss Decision), Luiz Azeredo (win decision), Dave Menne (win KO), Shooto's new golden boy Shinya Aoki (win Decision), Jens Pulver (win KO), and many more. Sakurai has been around, and mixed it up with the best guys.
Mac Danzig lost his last fight, a title fight for the King of the Cage organization. Clay French managed a decision win over Mac. King of the Cage is as big as it gets for Danzig, he has mostly been working away in the smaller shows. Danzig is known for his submissions, winning most (12) of his 20 wins that way. He has a few KOs and decisions in there as well.
Danzig is way out of his league here. Of his three losses all have been to "B" level UFC fighters all of which would get schooled by a guy like Sakurai. This is such a miss match it makes me wonder if Don King was involved in the match making. Sakurai by KO first round.
Kazuhiro Nakamura vs Travis Wiuff (Light Heavyweight)
Nakamura lost his last fight being absolutely dominated by Shogun Rua. Nakamura fought a very defensive fight against Rua, and I must say that I can not blame him. After fighting a very aggressive fight with Wanderlei Silva, then getting highlight reel KOed by said Silva, using the same game plan against a guy who is arguably better than Silva is not a good idea. Nakamura is a Judo guy who uses plenty of Judo in his matches. He caught Rua with several good throws, but could not hold up to the Brazilian's attack on the ground. That said, Nakamura is a decent ground fighter, doing well enough to tapp a couple of fighters, and well enough to get decision nods on many.
Travis Wiuff is the current VFC heavyweight champion. He has not fought in the VFC since 2003, but he still is listed as the champion. Travis is a wrestler. That's really it. He is a one dimensional fighter who needs to get you on the ground to win. The good news is that Travis gets you on the ground rather easily. Travis has been fighting in the IFL for his last four fights going 2-2. He won his last two fights ( Jason Guida and Wojtek Kaszowski) by decision.
This too is a tough one to call. While Travis has been around the block, he is vulnerable to submissions. While Nakamura is a good ground guy, he has difficulty finishing anybody, and is vulnerable to powerful wrestlers. All in all I think that Nakamura's skill will get him through. Nakamura by decision.
Takanori Gomi vs Nick Diaz (Welterweight)
Gomi has been all but unstoppable in the PRIDE Welterweight division. Aside for a little problem with Marcus Aurelio, Gomi has out boxed, and out wrestled everybody PRIDE has thrown at him. His only losses come at the hands of the best of the best in the division, BJ Penn, Marcus Aurelio, and Joachim Hansen have gotten the better of Gomi, but Ralph Gracie, Jens Pulver, Luiz Azeredo (twice), Tatsuya Kawajiri, and Tatsuya Kawajiri have all fallen by the way side.
Nick Diaz after dropping three in a row in the UFC, got back to his winning ways big time tapping out Josh Neer with a Kimura, then knocking out Gleison Tibau. Nick is known for heavy hands and solid submission skills, but mostly he is known for the massive chip he carries around on his shoulder. Nick hates everybody... maybe that is why I like him so much. Even if you are Nick's friend, he only mildly dislikes you, if he is fighting you, he hates you to your core. Perhaps it is this bad blood with everybody that makes Nick such an exciting fighter to watch.
As much as I like Nick, no amount of anger will get him through the wrecking machine that is Gomi. To win Nick would have to get Gomi to the ground soften him up and finish him with some sort of choke. Not going to happen. Gomi will be a bit flustered with Nick's stand up, but not enough to make a difference. Gomi by KO second round.
Wanderlei Silva vs Dan Henderson (Light Heavyweight)
Silva is back in the ring after getting completely destroyed by Cro Cop in the Open Weight Grand Prix. Ever since Ricardo Arona beat him back in 2005, Silva just has not been the same fighter. We have gotten used to the fighter who practiced the adage that the best defense is a great offence, that the defensive counter puncher that has walked in to the ring the last few times is just alien to us. Silva used to win off of effective aggressive striking. I am not sure what the new Silva uses to win.
Dan Henderson last fought in the first PRIDE USA show beating Vitor Belfort by decision. Dan must be wanting to cut less weight, because he seems to like fighting at Light Heavy.
Though Dan is a superb wrestler, his main weapon is his HUGE right hand. Dan likes to close the distance and drill you with the big one. That is really his entire strategy. If the fight goes to the ground Dan will usually look for position, then hit you with the big right hand.
This is a rematch from a December 2000 fight that saw Dan loose by decision, but do more damage to Silva than any man before. Dan left Silva's left eye roughly the size of a baseball. Silva was able to win with aggressive striking, but he definitely had his hands full. I hope the old Silva will make an appearance, and turn this fight in to a barn burner. Silva by KO second round.
Friday, February 16, 2007
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Monday, February 12, 2007
Who is Henrik Svensmark?
Quite simply he is a Danish scientists who has proven a facet of Global Climate change. Only you won't hear about him from the Danish government, the European Union, or even the media in the United States. Why? Because the facet of Global Warming he proved does not fit in to the agenda of the above groups. Those groups NEED Global Warming to be man made. They have invested all of their political capital in that theory. So they have to cover certain "inconvenient truths" up. Such as, the Medieval Warming Period, the Little Ice Age, Viking settlements and farms on Greenland, mythical passes in the Swiss Alps appearing, the fact that the Southern pole's ice is growing thicker, and the fact that the Global Temperature has not increased in eight years. Oh, and now one more thing, thanks to Dr. Svensmark the correlation between cosmic rays and cloud creation.
Why does cloud cover matter? Fewer clouds means more ground is exposed to the sun, more ground exposed to the sun causes the Earth to warm up, warmer Earth means... well you get the idea. Dr. Svensmark found that there is a direct correlation with the Sun's activity and the amount of cosmic rays that get to us. The more active the Sun is, the fewer rays get to us, thus fewer clouds form. It acts as a one, two punch for climate change. More sun spots mean the sun is "hotter" than normal heating us, fewer clouds in the sky act to heat us even more, and BLAMO, you got yourself Global Warming. You also explain the earlier heating and cooling periods before industrialization, and all of the other problems to the "man made" theory. Don't take my word for it, read the studies: http://www.dsri.dk/~hsv/.
This hypothesis was first forwarded in 1997. Why did it take eight years before Dr. Svensmark could gather funding for his relatively simple experiment to prove his thoughts? Leave that to the Conspiracy Theorists... If you can find any.
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Thursday, February 8, 2007
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
Speaking on oil company profits:
"The Democrats know what needs to be done. Again, we're working trying to tryThis is wrong on many levels so let's first start with the basics. First the Contract Clause from the Constitution:
push this agenda forward. The other day the oil companies reported the highest
profits in the history of the world. I want to take those profits and I want to
put them into a strategic energy fund that will begin to fund alternative, smart
energy; alternatives and technology that will begin to actually move us toward
the direction of independence." -- Hilliary Clinton 2/3/2007
What this means is that the state can not impair the contracts between individuals. How is that relevant? When you buy gas you are initiating a contract with the company that sells the gas. The Constitution states that it will not impair that transactions. It also means that the company that you bought the gas from has a legal right to the money that you paid for the gas with. Got that?
From Article I Section 10 or the Constitution of the United States:
No State shall ... pass any ... Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts.
Ok, moving on:
What this means is that the government can not take your property (money) with out due process of law. It also states that your private property (money) can not be taken with out compensation. This also applies to companies.
From the fifth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States:
No person shall...be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law;
nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
This was reiterated in the 14th Amendment:
No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
What Hillary is saying in her quote is that she would confiscate the profits of oil companies to fund research in to alternative energy systems. This is unconstitutional and illegal.
The oil companies are making money, and lots of it. If you don't like that, don't buy their product. No one is forcing you to fill up your car. No one is forcing you to buy a car that burns gasoline. It is completely up to you. If enough people do not buy the overpriced product, the oil companies will be forced to drop their prices accordingly to entice you to buy. That is how the Free Market system works. That is how the Constitution works.
If Hillary and her friends are allowed this slight to the Constitution, what is next?
Sunday, February 4, 2007
Meyer's Pick: N/A
Ryoto Machida def Sam Hoger Decision (Unanimous)
Meyer's Pick: Machida by KO second round
Good job to Sam by fighting to a decision.
Frank Edgar def Tyson Griffin Decision (Unanimous)
Meyer's Pick: Tyson by KO first round
Tyson lost because he was too nice. He had a kneebar at the end and couldn't or wouldn't snap Frank's knee... Too nice looses you the fight.
Terry Martin def Jorge Rivera KO (Punches)0:14 rnd 1
Meyer's Pick: Jorge by KO second round
Wow. I was wrong.
Patrick Cote def Scott Smith Decision (Unanimous)
Meyer's Pick: I think it will be Patrick by decision
HA! I am right
Quinton Jackson def Marvin Eastman KO (Punches) 3:49 rnd 2
Meyer's Pick: Quinton by KO on the ground first round
Too easy Drill Sargent!!
Roger Huerta def John Halverson TKO (Strikes) 0:19 rnd 1
Meyer's Pick: Huerta by RNC second round
Nice quick KO by Roger
Mirko Filipovic def Eddie Sanchez TKO (Strikes) 4:33 rnd 1
Meyer's Pick: Mirko Cro Cop by KO (Graveyard) first round.
Eddie did better than I thought...
Anderson Silva def Travis Lutter Submission (Strikes) 2:11 rnd 2
Meyer's Pick: Silva by KO first round
Silva needs to work on his takedown defence. Lutter took him down at will.
6 out of 8 this time out. I am getting better everyday!!
Friday, February 2, 2007
First, it is a very hot political issue. This always muddles the science as governments and political parties get involved. This issue is so hot, that funding depends on certain results, and we have seen many times that press releases, abstracts, and conclusions claim to have definitive proof that are weakly or not supported by the data. The conclusion was worded a certain way as to draw attention, and additional funding to the study group.
This new report was written by scientists AND governments. This is never good. Governments, like school children, hold grudges, and have petty issues with other governments. One government will do anything to weaken another as to gain power for themselves.
Next you have to look at who is behind the groups that are pushing for the green movement. They are typically socialist or outright communist organizations. After the fall of socialism in Europe, these groups went underground to find a new cause they could use to attack capitalism. They found the Environmental movement. It is difficult to extract the class warfare from the science that has permeated the environmental movement. This is by design.
After that you look at what else is going in the solar system. First and foremost, we see that there is a relation to the amount of solar activity (sun spots) and the warmth of the climate on the inner planets. We see that the sun has been very active the past 1000 years and especially active the last 20. We see that the sun had a cooling period during the "Little Ice Age" during the 13th to 17th centuries. We see that the sun was very active during the Medieval Warming Period. We know that the polar ice caps on Mars are shrinking at relatively the same rate as the caps on Earth.
There is enough evidence to suggest that the temperature of the earth has risen slightly. Yet, where the UN and this latest report suggests that the temperature has risen over a degree C, the most accurate and long lasting weather data comes from the United States, our data shows that the average temperature has only risen approximately 0.3 degrees in the last 100 years.
I am not convinced that Global Warming is specifically man made. It is much more likely that we are simply in a warming phase of climate, the same that has happened time and time again.