July 1, 2015

Positivity: CARRIER UNVEILS INNOVATIVE SOLUTION TO PRESERVE MICHELANGELO’S FRESCOES IN THE SISTINE CHAPEL

Filed under: Business Moves,Marvels,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

This is from October of last year. I became aware of it by reading Michelle Malkin’s June 24 column:

VATICAN CITY

State-of-the-art heating, ventilating and air-conditioning system highlighted at Vatican Museums cultural heritage event

Carrier announced Wednesday the completed installation of an innovative heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) solution for the Sistine Chapel, developed to help preserve Michelangelo’s masterpieces against deterioration caused by increasing numbers of visitors.

The new Carrier HVAC system design will be presented over the next two days to an international audience specializing in cultural heritage preservation at a Vatican Museums event, “The Sistine Chapel 20 Years Later: New Breath, New Light,” in Rome. Carrier, the world’s leader in high-technology heating, ventilating and air-conditioning solutions, is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).

The new system uses two Carrier AquaForce® 30XWV water-cooled chillers with Greenspeed® intelligence, each with 580 kilowatts of capacity. It leverages specially designed software and components, as well as patented, energy-saving technologies to maintain optimal climate conditions for the protection of the paintings within the chapel. An intelligent system of controls, linked with an advanced video application from UTC Building & Industrial Systems, enables the HVAC system to anticipate visitor levels and adjust its performance intuitively. The new system delivers twice the efficiency and three times the capacity of the former system, which was built and installed by Carrier in the early 1990s. To ensure the smooth operation of the new system, the Vatican has chosen to enter into a five-year maintenance contract with Carrier Distribution Italy SpA.

“Our aim now is not restoration, but conservation. This is why we have chosen Carrier, because a masterpiece like the Sistine Chapel needs a comparable masterpiece of technology,” said Antonio Paolucci, director of the Vatican Museums.

The company’s expert global team of AdvanTE3C engineers developed the solution, working in close collaboration with the Vatican’s technical teams and using leading-edge computer modeling and simulation techniques. The engineering team overcame several challenges to meet the chapel’s unique requirements. The system carefully manages the flow, humidity, quality and temperature of the air; maintains sound at “church-quiet” levels; is virtually invisible to visitors; and uses pre-existing duct openings in a protected, historic landmark setting. It was also designed to be adaptable to future needs.

“Supporting the Vatican with our advanced technologies to preserve the extraordinary heritage of the Sistine Chapel was a remarkable opportunity,” said Geraud Darnis, President and CEO, UTC Building & Industrial Systems. “We put our world-class engineering and design resources into this project and are exceptionally proud of the outcome.”

In 1993, Carrier designed and installed the Sistine Chapel’s first air-conditioning system to accommodate a maximum load of 700 simultaneous visitors. Today, with daily visitor traffic of approximately 20,000 people, the new system is designed to accommodate up to 2,000 visitors at one time in nearly any weather condition. …

Go here for the rest of the company’s press release.

June 30, 2015

Sen. Tammy Baldwin: ‘Freedom of Religion’ For ‘Institutions of Faith’ — Period

Filed under: Business Moves,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 1:19 pm

The latest confirmation that Erick Erickson’s original warning at RedState that “you will be made to care” about the legalization of same-sex “marriage” even if you think it doesn’t affect you comes from Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin.

On Saturday, the day after the Supreme Court’s related ruling, Baldwin was on MSNBC’s “Up w/ Steve Kornacki” program. Baldwin was asked, “Should the bakery have to bake the cake for the gay couple getting married? Where do you come down on that?” The short version of her answer: “Damn right they should.”

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June 29, 2015

Hillary Deleted Passages, Edited Emails Delivered to State; Will Press Ignore?

Yeah, yeah. This post is about Hillary Clinton. The left and the press (but I repeat myself) insist that nobody cares about her scandalous behavior, or her evasiveness, or her demonstrated serial dishonesty. And even though a large and growing percentage of Americans don’t trust her, that doesn’t matter either, because she’ll still get most of their votes. That’s because no one wants to ever-ever-ever-ever see a non-Democrat take the White House again. So yeah, I know, we should just shut up already. Well, if you’re on the left and reading this, do us a favor and spare us any condescension you might include in the comments. People who remain in touch with reality will recognize that what follows is pretty darned important. Perhaps by some miracle someone in the establishment press with a conscience will too.

Six weeks ago, I marveled at how nobody in the press thought that it was the least bit unusual that Hillary Clinton’s team submitted supposedly complete paper copies of the “non-personal” emails present on the secret private server she kept at her New York home while serving as the nation’s Secretary of State. A Washington Examiner report today (HT Ace) has provided the likely best (i.e., really the worst) reason why Mrs. Clinton handled the situation as she did.

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June 15, 2015

Daily Beast Critic: ‘Jurassic World’ Has ‘Backward Sexual Politics’

Marlow Stern at the Daily Beast, who reviewed Jurassic World on June 10, must be absolutely furious.

The Steven Spielberg-produced movie just had “the highest-grossing opening weekend of all time.” Not bad for a film Stern panned as “A Big, Dumb, Sexist Mess” — with heavy emphasis on the “sexist” part.

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June 7, 2015

Houston Chronicle’s Chris Tomlinson Pushes Strawman Argument: Fracking Industry Wants ‘No Regulation’

After the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a draft report on Thursday declaring that, in his own words, “The government has no public safety justification to ban” hyrdraulic fracturing, or fracking, Houston Chronicle business writer Chris Tomlinson falsely claimed that the industry believes it “needs no regulation.”

Tomlinson formerly toiled at the Associated Press, and it shows. One of his low points there was hypocritically taking James O’Keefe to task for “editing” his videos, even though the Project Veritas founder routinely posts accompanying raw footage, something those in the far more heavily-edited mainstream press where Tomlinson works rarely do. In the current instance, he accused the American Petroleum Institute of making an argument that anyone who read the first sentence of its press release would know it didn’t make.

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June 4, 2015

My Email to the President of Citizens Against Government Waste

Filed under: Business Moves,Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 1:14 pm

Apparently Citizens Against Government Waste has run out of examples of waste, fraud and abuse inside the federal government to report, and has now turned its eyes on trade.

I received an email urging me to contact my congressional representative to urge him to support the Obama administration’s fast-track Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) in connection with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Here’s my emailed response:

CAGWemailOnTrade060415

Assuming he sends me the full agreement, I’ll post it here. (/ heavy sarcasm)

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UPDATE, 2:55 P.M.: Sean Motley at Human Events

Is the TPP actually free trade? Well, we don’t know – it’s shrouded in lock-down, totalitarian secrecy.

The fact that it’s shrouded in secrecy makes it very likely that it’s not free trade — something which MAY have been present in NAFTA at first, but has gradually been compromised with each successive trade agreement.

May 27, 2015

LA Unions Lobby for Exemption From $15/Hr. Minimum Wage Law They Pushed

This has to be the month’s top entry in the “Just when you think you’ve seen it all” category — and it will be more than a little interesting to see how the nation’s press handles it.

As the Associated Press reported a week ago, the City Council in Los Angeles, by a vote of 14-1, ordered the drafting of a law mandating a citywide minimum wage of $15 per hour by 2020, noting that “the support of Mayor Eric Garcetti virtually guarantee its eventual adoption.” Now that it’s almost a done deal, labor unions whose members earn less want to be exempt from the law. Seriously. And it’s not that the unions were caught off guard, because the person who is most visibly arguing for the exemption “helps lead the Raise the Wage coalition”! Apparently caught completely flat-footed, three Los Angeles Times reporters, in a rare break from the paper’s non-stop leftist bias, filed a fair and balanced report on the truly offensive situation.

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AP: Bill Clinton’s Shell Company Only Evidence of ‘Complexity’

The Associated Press and Stephen Braun did all they could to cover for the Clintons yesterday.

First, the wire service attached the most boring headline imaginable to Braun’s story about Bill Clinton’s shell company shenanigans: “Bill Clinton company shows complexity of family finances.” The message to subscribers, particularly the broadcast networks: “This is boring and time-consuming. Don’t waste your time reading this, let alone using it.” As Scott Whitlock at NewsBusters noted early this afternoon, “All three networks on Wednesday ignored the latest questions to hit the Clintons and their foundation.” So if there was a strategy, it worked. Braun’s story was seemingly designed to induce a MEGO (my eyes glaze over) reaction:

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May 26, 2015

AP Pair Seem Almost Offended That Some CEOs Are Paid As Well As Elite Entertainers

Seldom does one see such an obvious betrayal of reporters’ biased mindsets as the one found in the opening paragraph of an Associated Press report earlier today on CEO pay at major U.S. publicly-held companies.

It would appear, according to the AP’s Steve Rothwell and Ryan Nakashima, that entertainers, whose incomes are derived from leveraging special physical and artistic talents, deserve all the money they can get their hands on. But CEOs at major companies — well, not so much:

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May 18, 2015

At WashPost, Philip Bump’s Anti-GOP Amtrak Harangue Is Chock Full of Falsehoods

It’s bad enough, as Bryan Ballas at NewsBusters noted on May 16, that the Washington Post’s Philip Bump dishonestly used last week’s Amtrak tragedy to rip Republican members of Congress for somehow being responsible for the (theoretically) for-profit entity’s “constant struggle” for funding.

As Sean Davis at the Federalist explained, Amtrak has really had no funding struggles. Bump had to make things up to create that impression, and even when caught, issued a “clarification” containing serious errors (HT Patterico, who has demanded corrections; bolds are mine):

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May 17, 2015

PolitiFact’s ‘Half True’ Evaluation of Fiorina Layoffs Claim Is Utterly False and Dishonest

On May 5, PolitiFact’s Louis Jacobson kept with the alleged “fact-checking” web site’s actual role as pack of leftist hacks by issuing a fundamentally dishonest “Half True” ruling on a statement made by CarlyFiorina.org’s cybersquatter. I raise the matter now because the web site’s critics, while raising most of the relevant points, haven’t gone far enough in tearing apart Jacobson’s work.

As his headline states, the cyberquatter “accuses Carly Fiorina of wishing she’d laid off 30,000 employees more quickly” during the Republican presidential candidate’s tenure as Hewlett-Packard’s CEO which ended a decade ago. The squatter is lying. She didn’t make that statement in connection with H-P’s layoffs. That should have been the end of it, but Jacobson still pretended that the lie is “Half True” in his evaluation.

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May 10, 2015

Burned Again: Fiorina Registers ChuckTodd.org After He Cites Her ‘Lost’ .org Domain

Chuck Todd should have been ready for this, but he wasn’t.

Just a few days days ago, on the very network at which Todd toils, “Late Night” comedian Seth Meyers thought he would be cute and embarrass GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina over not registering the CarlyFiorina.org domain, thereby allowing a critic to take it and use it as a platform for criticizing her tenure as H-P’s CEO. Fiorina then informed Meyers that she had just purchased SethMeyers.org moments earlier. When the ignorant comedian speculated that doing so must have been expensive, she told him that the price tag was cheap. On Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” Todd went after Fiorina over the same matter, with the same eventual result.

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April 30, 2015

AP Writers: Cities Hit by 1960s Riots ‘Have Taken Decades to Recover’; They Haven’t Recovered At All

An Associated Press report on small businesses hit with looting, fires and property destruction in Baltimore during the past several days wraps up with a final paragraph only a historically ignorant person could possibly believe.

Without getting too personal, David Dishneau and Joyce M. Rosenberg, the two AP writers responsible for that final sentence, appear to be old enough and learned enough to know better than to have written that final paragraph. But here it is:

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PunditFact Calls an Accurate Assertion About the Clinton Foundation by the Federalist and Rush Limbaugh ‘Mostly False’

If Rush Limbaugh told his audience that the sun rose in the east today, it seems that PunditFact, an arm of Politifact, would find a way to determine that he wasn’t telling the truth.

That’s pretty much what you have to conclude from the web site’s laughable evaluation of Limbaugh’s true assertion that “The Federalist reports only 15 percent of the money donated to the Clinton Family Foundation went to actual charitable causes.” So its beef isn’t really with Limbaugh anyway, but the cynical evaluators at the web site knew that they would catch more eyeballs by going after Rush.

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April 28, 2015

Orioles to Play in an Empty Stadium on Wed., Play 3 Home Games in Tampa

At NewsBusters this morning, Matthew Philbin posted on how Michael Eric Dyson, in a guest appearance on MSNBC (where else?), placed a great deal of blame for Baltimore’s blight on “the ways in which the Baltimore Ravens and Baltimore Orioles with their tax-exempt status were given tremendous goodies to stay into the city.”

It would be reasonable to believe that Dyson, who has revealed a vengeful streak in the recent past — in July 2013, after George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin in Florida, he said that “Not until, and unless, the number of white kids die that approximate the numbers of black and other kids who die, will America see” — is quite pleased at the financial losses the Orioles, their employees, and businesses in the vicinity are being forced to absorb. Thanks to arguably necessary decisions made today, they will continue.

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