More Cowbell Redux

More Cowbell - Full Clip from Stuart Smyth on Vimeo.



This news article appeared in the Village Voice Blogs today:
The body of an Astoria man was found with his pants around his ankles at a Queens cemetery yesterday morning, which is bizarre. The fact that a cowbell was found near his partially nude body makes it really bizarre.

The deceased has since been identified as 42-year-old Robert Zaretz. Authorities say there was no sign of foul play, although his nose had been bleeding prior to his death.

Zaretz's body was found about 9 a.m. yesterday near a headstone at the Calvary Cemetery in Woodside by a mourner paying respects to a loved one. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

It's unclear whether Zaretz's death is a criminal matter -- the Medical Examiner's Office plans to conduct an autopsy later today to try and determine the cause of death.

The NYPD opted to not speculate when asked this morning if there were any theories about what a half-naked man was doing in a cemetery with a cowbell nearby -- and neither will we.

The New York Post caught up with some of Zaretz's neighbors. From the Post:
A neighbor said he'd bumped into Zaretz, who was with his wife and a cousin, Friday night as they were headed into the Knights of Columbus hall to celebrate Zaretz's birthday.

"The three of them were going in to have a drink," said the man, who lives on the same floor as Zaretz.

Another neighbor, Claudio Vasilescu, said he heard shouting inside the apartment later that night.
The incident immediately brought to mind the original Saturday Night Live "More Cowbell" skit which featured the Blue Oyster Cult Band** with Will Ferrell as fictional Gene Frenkle on cowbell and Christopher Walken as producer Bruce Dickinson -- who famously said; "I put my pants on, like the rest of you, one leg at a time, except once my pants are on I make Gold Records."

Eerily, the Blue Oyster Cult song with the cowbell sound was "(Don't Fear) The Reaper."

** BOC Cast
Eric Bloom played by Chris Parnell
Buck Dharma played by Horatio Sanz
Alan Lanier played by Chris Kattan
Bobby Rondinelli played by Jimmy Fallon

There is No Such A Thing As Fossil Fuel

The Russians figured it out first, when Joseph Stalin became worried about a stable oil supply prior to 1950.  A study was begun to determine where oil and natural gas came from.

In 1956, Prof. Vladimir Porfir’yev announced their conclusions: "Crude oil and natural petroleum gas have no intrinsic connection with biological matter originating near the surface of the earth. They are primordial [originating at the time of Earth’s formation] materials which have been erupted from great depths." The Soviet geologists had turned Western orthodox geology on its head. They called their theory of oil origin the "a-biotic" theory—non-biological—to distinguish from the Western biological theory of origins.
Western petroleum geologists pretty much continue to hang together as a group in proclaiming that hydrocarbon fuels (oil - gas - coal), have biological origins tracing back some 500 million years to the Palaeozoic Era.
While organic theorists have posited that the material required to produce hydrocarbons in sedimentary rock came from dinosaurs and ancient forests, more recent argument have suggested living organisms as small as plankton may have been the origin.
 Except for independent scientists,such as deceased astronomer Thomas Gold (who wrote the defining book on hydrocarbon abiogenics entitled "The Deep Hot Biosphere: The Myth of Fossil Fuels"), most Western scientists representing rent-seeking "Big Energy" companies have joined with the radical environmentalists and their government allies to hold out the "fossil fuel" theory.  The reason is quite simple; hydrocarbon production, particularly oil and natural gas from shallow wells has been deliberately allowed to decline worldwide, in  order that the so-called "Peak" theory could be advanced which suggests that we will run out of hydrocarbon fuels within 50 years.  Secondarily, burning hydrocarbons produces CO2 which the Environmentalism Church maintains is the cause of global warming despite the fact that no empirical proof exists to support such a claim (and there is no recent global warming).

New drilling technology rigs, such as the now infamous Deepwater Horizon ship, can operate in water that is 8,000 feet deep and drill down some 30,000 feet into a well itself.  Because of compression existing at such depths, fossil fuels cannot be formed there. Fast-rising methane gas, which is necessary for abiotic oil formation,  blew up the Deepwater Horizon whose drill hole had reached 18,360 feet below the sea bottom and about 24,600 feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico.  Overall, between April 20, 2010 and July 15, 2010 an estimated 4.9 million barrels of abiotic oil flowed into the Gulf.  But as best as I can remember, no one has brought up the subject that this oil could not have formed from fossils.

As a result of the BP Macondo well spill, President Obama shut all deep water drilling in the Gulf and elsewhere and has not been approving land drilling on public-owned lands. This fits nicely with his strategy to push "renewable" energy that he defines as wind, solar and crop-based ethanol.  Billions of dollars thrown to these technologies that cannot operate without subsidy continue to hold back economic recovery and even the giveaways to Gulf Coast residents has not brought back the economic levels that existed pre-spill.

By the way, we now have proof that the abiotic oil is renewable. Check out the story here and here.

A Nondescript Blog History

I made my first post on this blog way back on July 21, 2008 -- just ahead of the grand collapse of the American economy and just before the Obama Marxists assumed power. Five hundred and sixty one posts later -- I have yet to change the world.

Among my posts were a whole variety of articles covering conservative politics, my opposition to environmental movements and climate change, and some contrarian views on a wide variety of topics. I tend to write about topics that require reconstructing and clarification of some history - I suppose because I like the subject.

Today I thought I would give you the list of articles that have been popular over time. I don't pay for the total history of hits on my posts so I do not have absolute proof but by memory, I think that my top ten are:

  1. The Real Life and Times of Martin Luther King published on  April 4, 2009.
  2. Rockin' The Bakkan: Jobs in Williston, ND published on January 29, 2011.
  3. Islamic "Honor Killings" Now In America published February 15, 2009.
  4. Is Thorium The Modern Philosophers Stone? published September 5, 2010.
  5. The EU Financial Crisis in Three Minutes published May 29, 2010.
  6. Climatology Redux:  Drought Follows The Plow published December 12, 2009.
  7. Incestuous Stereotypes: Cornish & Hillbillies On Even Footing published Jan 30, 2010.
  8. From Providence, The One In Rhode Island published October 16, 2010.
  9. On This Day In History:  Paul Revere's Ride published April 18, 2010.
  10. Galileo And The Inquisition published July 10, 2010
For people with no life, like me, check them out.  My anemic hit count could use a boost.  In 2011 this blog averaged slightly under 1,000 per month.  It could have been worse had the search engines not found these ten.

Remember 1958? The Edsel Twist? Remember 2011? The Volt Burning?


Weeks before the traditional launch of the 1958 model year, Chubby Checker was doing the Twist when Ford opened the doors of 1200 spanking new Edsel dealerships to show off the car designed for the upwardly mobile consumer. The people came out in droves to see the car referred to as either " a Pontiac pushing a toilet seat" or "an Oldsmobile sucking on a lemon" -- they kicked tires but they didn't buy.

The bean counters said that 400 cars had to be sold daily, but in the first model year there were but 68,000 sold.  Back to the drawing board for 1959, the number of models were halved, the grill was tamed down, the transmission shifter was returned to a normal design but even less, 42,000 cars, were sold.  The 1960 radical design change made the car Chevy-like, but just a month and about 3,000 car sales later the brand was eliminated.  Total losses to Ford amounted to 250 Million in 1960 dollars.


For you youngsters out there, the Edsel flop was called the greatest failure in the history of the auto industry.  Now we have the adventure of Government Motors' Chevy Volt. In the 2011 calendar year, "the electric car that runs on gasoline" sold exactly 7,651 vehicles; vehicles that cost the American taxpayer $250,000 each for a total screwing of $3 Billion dollars  - that's according to Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

Worse, the brand is literally going down in flames as the huge lithium batteries burst into flames inside owners' garages.  But not to worry;  the real reason that the Volt is not selling, if you listen to Think Progress and  Greenies, is that Rush Limbaugh told his mind-numbed followers not to buy the vehicle.  But now that Obama has succeeded in getting gasoline prices back over $4.00 heading for $6.00 - sales of the overpriced vehicle will soar.

In the past month, Obama's GM has taken two distinctly opposite actions regarding the vehicle.  First of all, CEO Dan Akerson has announced that our auto company will produce 120,000 Volts in Detroit during 2012 in order to be ready for higher fuel prices.  But after selling 1,023 Volts in January and only 600 more in February, the automaker has admitted that it has more than enough vehicles on hand to meet present demand; so production is shut for the next five weeks starting with the first week of March.  Sales will now have to average 12,000 per month to make the 120,000 goal.

H/T: Carpe Diem


Now we get to "the rest of the story."
When a car company fails to sell a new model in big quantities, obviously production slows down, and fewer models are put into existence than once hoped. Should a renewed interest in the car surface years (or decades) later, the makings of a classic are in place. Such is the case with the Edsel, a version of which recently sold for about $50,000.   (...)

So what overlooked models today might be the darlings of the used listings tomorrow? The Chevrolet Volt is a good candidate, because it’s not selling well and features a technology new to the market. Future generations might pine after its quaint gas/electric drivetrain. Of course, it’s hard to imagine prices increasing over the $40K MSRP the car carries now.
All of you savvy investors looking for a long-term gain on your investment might want to rush out to your Chevy dealer  to take advantage of dealer discounts and Obama's Volt tax credit for 2012.  Then you can park your wife's car in the driveway and garage the Volt (after first disconnecting the battery) for 20 years.

Update:  3/6/2012:

Chevy Volt - Building a Better Tomorrow from Mister Smith Media on Vimeo.