Japan has not warmed since 1989!
1989 is the year that Dr. James Hansen, then Director, NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, testified before a Senate subcommittee, its name too long to matter. Prior to the hearing, air conditioning was turned off in the room and the windows opened. They wanted people to be hot and uncomfortable. This was the hearing that introduced the world to the concept of Global Warming, later changed to Climate Change (probably to avoid the embarrassment of absence of warming).
This article shows three graphs, one each for Tokyo, the island of Hachijō-jima, and the entire island of Japan. Winters there have not warmed since 1987 (the entire island), and 1984 (Tokyo). The graph for Hachijō-jima goes all the way back to 1947. If anything it shows a slight cooling trend.
Above is the graph for Tokyo, said by the authors to be taken from “the untampered data from the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).” Tampering with the past is a huge problem , as Climate Alarmists are not honest about the trends of the future, so why would they not alter the past? The graph looks like a jumble, as weather varies widely from year to year. It can be seen that the rolling average line has declined from 7.2 degrees centigrade to 7.0 degrees (about 45 Fahrenheit) during the 37 years in question. There is no warming going on in Japan.
I learned something new reading this piece: applying a rolling average line to a graph as done here is not something done without rigorous rules, called the Western Electric Rules, or WECO. These are eight rules used in statistics to detect out-of-control or non-random data in a chart like the one presented above. They were developed in 1956 by a Western Electric committee. You can read about those rules here, and yes, the charts presented in the piece about Japan’s winters are vetted and have passed the WECO rules. The island of Japan is not warming. If anything, it is cooling.
It’s quiet here … too quiet
We feed birds on our back deck, a fun and relaxing activity. Birds, according to some expert I once listened to, will take in up to 20% of their diet from feeder food. As population follows food supply, I reckon that many of our birds are alive due to us, that is, they never would have come into existence without us. Winter is the best time for feeding, especially during storms when we have wild activity all day long. During breeding season, there is no activity at all. This, according to the same expert, is because when birds are feeding their young, they switch from seed food to insects. Young chicks need more protein than seeds provide. So in late spring we remove the feeders.
Two days ago we were having the usual frenzy out there, and then it suddenly stopped. No bird in sight anywhere, just dead silence. Having been at this for a while, I suspected I might know the reason, seen below:
That is a sharp-shinned hawk. That species is known for coming in to cities and towns and preying on birds around feeders. Its diet consists of other birds.
This particular bird sat on that branch for maybe half an hour, and during that time not one bird offered up a target for him/her. (Male/female sharp shinned hawks are virtually identical in appearance.) Often when they come around we will find a pile of feathers, or see feathers on a beak. This time it had no luck. In fact, I wondered if this is a young bird, as it lacked stealth. All predators develop tricks to trap their prey. I would think this one would want to stay a little more hidden, and then swoop. Its position here is maybe twenty feet from the feeders. It left empty-handed, or empty-taloned, I should say.
The comedian Lewis Black was not a fan of Britney Spears. [On a Super Bowl commercial starring Spears:] “She came out, and she was singin’ about Pepsi. But you don’t know what she’s singin’, ’cause she can’t SING!” You have to imagine Black, his tiny hands shaking, his voice rising to almost shouted anger. I suspect he was privy to real-mic, or un-Autotuned versions of her actual performance, as she cannot sing.
The video below is four minutes, but I urge that you only glimpse into it, as it is painful. What we hear is true of many performers, I imagine.
In 1997, Autotune was invented by Andy Hildebrand, and was instantly a massive hit in the music business. Spears above is not sounding that bad in concert because a studio version of the song, corrected with Autotune, is what the audience hears. She is merely lip syncing and we are (un)fortunate to be able to pick up what the microphone is hearing.
Autotune is controversial. A Jay-Z song is titled D.O.A., meaning death of Autotune. Music critic Neil McCormick says Autotune is “… a particularly sinister invention that has been putting extra shine on pop vocals since the 1990s” by taking “a poorly sung note and transpos[ing] it, placing it dead centre of where it was meant to be”
I imagine that without Autotune, live performances by star singers and groups would diminish. They’d be exposed for what they are, a selected few with aristocratic ties who are chosen for fame and puffed up, none dare calling them out for lack of talent. In the 1960s and 70s we had the Wrecking Crew for that very reason – the star attractions lacked the one thing to make it in the business, real talent.
I am curious if the whole of the music business, but especially the concert venue, is but a show backed by electronics but lacking real talent. If they could fake it for Britney, why not for all of them? Is anything real in that business?
But there is another side of the story, not about Spears, but one of my favorites, Karen Carpenter. I ran across the Wings of Pegasus YouTube channel, and I do not know the narrator’s name. He is part of the band, and has injured his hand and so is doing talking videos like this one. In it he analyzes KC in the recording studio and in concert (1971, long before Autotune). It is 19 minutes long, and very interesting, but it you don’t have time, I’ll give you the details below the video.
Karen (can) could sing. She hit notes precisely, and was even better in live performances than in the recording studio. She was close to pitch perfect. Our Wings of Pegasus friend uses visual aides to confirm this, and finds that even though her rendition of the Burt Bacharach song Close to You differs slightly in tempo from studio to stage, that she is amazingly consistent and musically dead-on.
Interesting note: Even in 1971 they were not taking chances in concerts. The Carpenters concert in which she sings Close To You is her real live voice, but everything else is studio recordings. The guitars, drums, even Richard on piano, are muted for the performance, which had to frustrate him. He is a gifted and versatile musician and song writer, but had to take a back seat to her remarkable voice. To sit there banging on silent keys – he must have been swearing like a blue comedian (Lewis Black?) under his breath.