Saturday, 23 July 2011

Manufactured indices and other units

In the video above, Rush Limbaugh critisizes the use of the so-called "heat index", which inflates temperatures by adding the imagined effect of relative humidity. If the relative humidity is high, the heat index is higher than the actual temperature, and if it is low then is lower than the actual temperature. Rush says:
They’re playing games with us on this heat wave, again. Even Drudge, drudge getting sucked in here. Gonna be a 116 in Washington. No, it’s not. It’s going to be a 100, maybe 99. The heat index, manufactured by the government, they tell you what it feels like when you add the humidity in there.
By using the heat index, the government tries to make us believe that it is warmer than it actually is. The heat index is essentially a form of psy op, indendent to scare people so they will not oppose the new world governance.

But the heat index is not the only unit manufactured by the government. There are also these:

  • Temperature anomaly - the word anomaly is chosen by the government to make us think that there is something wrong, even unnatural, with the temperature changing, but the temperature has always changed. What would be an anomaly is the temperature being static, never changing. 
  • Degrees Kalvin - this you get by adding 273.15 to the temperature in degrees Celsius. For instance, 293 degrees Kalvin sounds incredibly hot, but in reality it is only 20 degrees Celsius. One understands that "Kalvin" is nonsense when one observes that its name is derived from a comic book character!
  • Arctic sea ice volume - as we all know, water expands when it freezes. That's why ice floats. By calculating the ice volume, and not the corresponding water volume which would be the correct thing to do, the amount of ice is exaggerated. And this means that any decline in Artic sea ice volume also is exaggerated! Horror, horror, the Arctic is melting! Well, acutally it is not.
  • Parts per million - for measuring the concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. The fraction of CO2 is currently 0.000391, which is a very small number. However, by using parts per million, one can make it appear to be much much bigger: 391 parts per million. 391 is a large number, and when you then read "million", it appears even larger. "Million" is usually associated with large quantities.
  • Permille - this is not strictly related to the climate, but to another issue where the government wants to interfere in our lives: alcohol and driving. If you, purely hypothetically, have lets say 4 permille alcohol in your blood when driving home after enjoying a couple of beers in the local gasthaus, what that really means is that the fraction of alcohol is a measly 0.004. Yes, that's right: there are three zeroes in front of that 4. Of course, the police will not listen to that when one tried to explain it to them. Bloody Gestapo! And they don't like being called Gestapo, I can tell you! What the heck is the problem with calling them Gestapo? It actually means "Secret State Police". Now, they sure are police, and they belong to the state. That is 2 out of 3. Ok, they may not be so secret, but that's nothing to get upset about, is it? And what if I was holding up an image of a Swastika while saying it? Does that somehow imply that I was calling those officers Nazis? What poppycock! No, they are just trying to suppress my freedom!


  1. It's outrageous how they're always trying to spin these things. What has humidity to do with temperature anyway? Absolutely nothing! That's why it's called relative humidity: it's all relative. We blog sceintists should always relate things to biblical units and shy away from "sceintific" units such as kilometers, kilograms and degrees Calving. You think the flooding in the Missississippi earlier this year was extreme? Well, if you compare it with Noah's flood it was nothing. In other words, the relative flooding was neglibile.

  2. Endorphin Monkey24 July 2011 at 21:12

    Rush Limbaugh can tell the truth about the Climate Carbon Conspiracy Program (CCCP), the Islamic alien base on the moon, the Liberal Reptilian Anti-Christ and whatever chimpanzees are plotting now, but he should be told... Leave our Heat Index alone!!

    Why? Because we cannot surrender bragging rights to desert cities like Phoenix and Las Vegas. In the summer their temperature occasionally soars above 110 degrees F. The rest of the country pales in comparison, so the Heat Index is the great equalizer. We can say things like "With the Heat Index, it felt like 112 degrees." We can hold our heads high and not cringe with the shame of not suffering as much as they do (Curse them and their extreme climate).

    Rush should focus on braying his abuse against atrocities like the metric system. Imperial measures like the peck, furlong, chain or rood were handed down by God to the King of England. They don't have to make sense, unlike the overly logical metric system, which was spawned by the common pitchfork-waving rabble of pre-Napoleonic France. Yes, another perfidious French mind-control program, which, like wine appreciation, has infested the hipster classes of this fulsome planet.

    It's summer. We have the RIGHT to sweat like a racehorse.

  3. The King of Puns28 July 2011 at 14:23

    Manufactured indices... And a Mann-ufactured hockeystick.


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