December 2009

Sorry for the lack of blogging. I've been having computer problems. So let's get things back on track with this Saturday post.  A reader writes: As you know, if someone forgets to confess a mortal sin in confession, it is forgiven, but the penitent still must confess it the next time he goes to confession. […]

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Here we go: 1. Is a validly baptized baby baptized into the Catholic Church or are they merely baptized as a Christian (whatever that means)? Is it better to say that they are baptized into Christ, but not necessarily the Church (although I do not see how that is possible) All people who are baptized […]

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Once a Catholic . . .

by Jimmy Akin

in Canon Law

Pope Benedict has released a new motu proprio titled Omnium in mentum which revises the Code of Canon Law on two points. First, before getting into the changes, let me offer a high five to canonist Edward Peters for predicting, over ten years ago, that this would be the model followed in the future for […]

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The reliability of data used to document temperature trends is of great importance in this debate. We can’t know for sure if global warming is a problem if we can’t trust the data.
The official record of temperatures in the continental United States comes from a network of 1,221 climate-monitoring stations overseen by the National Weather Service, a department of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Until now, no one had ever conducted a comprehensive review of the quality of the measurement environment of those stations. During the past few years I recruited a team of more than 650 volunteers to visually inspect and photographically document more than 860 of these temperature stations.
We were shocked by what we found. We found stations located next to the exhaust fans of air conditioning units, surrounded by asphalt parking lots and roads,
on blistering-hot rooftops, and near sidewalks and buildings that absorb and radiate heat. We found 68 stations located at wastewater treatment plants, where the process of waste digestion causes temperatures to be higher than in surrounding areas.
In fact, we found that 89 percent of the stations – nearly 9 of every 10 – fail to meet the National Weather Service’s own siting requirements that stations must be 30 meters (about 100 feet) or more away from an artificial heating or radiating/
reflecting heat source.
In other words, 9 of every 10 stations are likely reporting higher or rising temperatures because they are badly sited.
It gets worse. We observed that changes in the technology of temperature stations over time also has caused them to report a false warming trend. We found major gaps in the data record that were filled in with data from nearby sites, a practice that propagates and compounds errors. We found that adjustments to the data by both NOAA and another government agency, NASA, cause recent temperatures to look even higher.
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The above information has to at least give the average person doubts about the science behind supposed man-made global warming/climate change.
Take care and God bless,
Inocencio
J+M+J

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Well, Darn

by Jimmy Akin

in Uncategorized

I've been busy with a home improvement project of late and haven't been able to blog (that's now getting toward being done; yay!). I was going to blog this morning about the apparent discovery of magnetic monopoles that was recently announced. Monopoles, for those who may not be aware, are magnets that effectively have only […]

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