Sunday, May 3, 2015

Sunday Fun: Comments From Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger

Via the Wall Street Journal are comments from yesterday's Berkshire Hathaway 50th anniversary annual meeting (BHAM):

A New York-based shareholder writes in that being invested in Berkshire over the years has essentially been at least partly about being [invested in] sugar companies. With the increasingly known health effects of high sugar consumption and changing consumer habits, the shareholder asks if we’ve reached an inflection point in the American consumer and, specifically, if Coca-Cola’s moat (competitive advantage) is narrowing.
(Berkshire has a big stake in Coke.) 
“It’s an enormously wide moat, but it’s also true the trends you describe are happening,” answers Mr. Buffett. But he thinks all food and beverage companies will adjust to the expressed preferences of the consumers. “No company ever does well ignoring its consumer,” he adds. Twenty years from now, Mr. Buffett predicts there will be more Coke cases consumed than now by some margin. Mr. Buffett jokes that one-quarter of all the calories he consumes come from Coca-Cola.
“I’m not sure which quarter,” he adds. 
There’s a lot to be said about being happy what you’re doing, he says. ”If I lived my whole life eating broccoli and brussell sprouts, I probably wouldn’t live as long.”
He subtly picks up the box of See’s [Candy which BH owns] on the table in front of him and passes it to Munger. The crowd laughs. Eating broccoli, he says, is “like going to jail.”
It’s a pretty good bet that an awful lot of people are going to like the same thing, says Mr. Buffet. “I don’t see smiles on the faces of people at Whole Foods, so I like the brands we’re buying.”
Munger jokes that sugar “prevents premature softening of the arteries.” If sugar shortens his life, he says, it’ll spare him “a few months of drooling in a nursing home.” Munger is 91.
Of course, Berkshire Hathaway owns BNSF Railway. One of the highlights of the BHAM is the giant BNSF/BH layout with one building for every one of the companies BH owns. 

Above, of course, are Warren Buffett and BH co-chair Charlie Munger (did you know he is a meteorologist?) celebrating their anniversary via a sign on the layout. 

The BNSF/BH layout was done by Trainworx of Dallas the same people that created my amazing layout. 
BNSF is a client of AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions. My layout's goal is to celebrate my family and my career. Trainworx did an amazing job executing my dream. 

I couldn't agree more with Mr. Buffett's advice that being happy is a key to longevity. I suspect that both of our layouts accomplish that for both of us. 

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Weather Pattern Changing to Wet

After a dry workweek across the Plains, the weather pattern will flip to wet this upcoming week. And, best of all, even though it is May there will be little severe weather.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Behind-the-Scenes at the Vatican Global Warming Conference

Here is a wittily written behind-the-scenes summary of what was the Catholic Church's worst scientific fiasco since Galileo.

The ploy to keep us out — if that is what it was — was thwarted by Heaven. A dark raincloud passed over. The heavens opened. The police — not in on the plot — took pity on the children waiting in line and waved them all through, and us with them. We’d have been delayed a fatal ten minutes otherwise.
We dashed past the Swiss Guards and joined the group of journalists just as it was marched briskly off up the south flank of St. Peter’s and round the apse to the Vatican Gardens.
We entered the Cottage by the garden door and found ourselves in a tall room with a dazzling marble and stucco ceiling painted in restrained, elegant hues.
We waited for a few minutes there. Behind us, La Stampa was demanding to photograph Ban Ki-Moon, and the London Times was murmuring into its cellphone that [catastrophic global warming] skeptics had been allowed in. The Vatican press officer who had cleared our credentials jumped. He was visibly startled that we were there, and expressed astonishment that we had succeeded in getting in.
Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Yes, Really

Tom Fuller
Big Environment wants to keep affordable energy out of Africa and away from the poorest of the poor. Moral? Hardly. Matt Ridley has some well-considered thoughts here.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Two Letters on Global Warming That Are Worth Reading

With the weather very quiet (yay!) for a few days and with global warming in the news, please let me recommend two items well worth your time.

The Cornwall Alliance Letter to Pope Francis. Click here.

The EcoModernist Manifesto's way forward (superb!). Click here.

Most of the global warming cult wants to tear western society down (metaphorically live in the dark and starve) while it is OK for them to run around in private jets. I reject that. I want to built everyone up (most especially the poorest of the poor) as the EMM recommends.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Actually, Summer is Responsible for Most Hot Days

The Associated Press' in-house member of the climate cult, Seth Borenstein, brings us more climate silliness.

The whole story is here.

All you need to know about it is in this paragraph:
Lead author Erich Fischer, a climate scientist at ETH Zurich, a Swiss university, and colleague Reto Knutti examined just the hottest of hot days, the hottest one-tenth of one percent. Using 25 different computer models. Fischer and Knutti simulated a world without human-caused greenhouse gas emissions and found those hot days happened once every three years.

These are the same computer models that, over and over and over again, run too hot. But, climate 'science' -- and Borenstein -- are impervious to that reality.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Today's Tornado Risk Areas

The brown areas have a significant risk of tornadoes today.

Tornado Watch: Louisiana

Well, we start today where left off last night. A tornado watch is in effect for Louisiana from the same line of storms that formed south of Ft. Worth about midnight.

Important Article on Storm Safety

From my friend, Mark Bogner.

Important Tornado Safety Rule

AccuWeather has video (recommend watching full screen) of a tornado that forms close to a photographer who is then forced to run for his life.
If a tornado is not changing angles but is getting larger, it is coming right at you!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Metroplex Severe Weather Threat

There is a tornado in the Blum-Rio Vista area moving east. Tornado warning (red polygon) continues in effect. More thunderstorms are developing to the southwest of the Metroplex. With the storms continuing to develop, a flash flood threat may develop during the night.
Above is the radar at 9:49pm. Green = flash flood warnings. Yellow = severe thunderstorm warnings (large hail and damaging winds). Red = tornado warning.

This will be the last blog update for the night. I'll continue posting a while longer on Twitter @usweatherexpert. 

Tornado Moving Toward Cleburne, Texas

A confirmed tornado was located just south of Glen Rose about 10 min. ago. Radar at 9:15pm has is just south of US 67 moving ENE (circled).
Radar shows this may be a strong tornado. Please make sure your friends and relatives in this region are aware of the threat and in shelter. 

8:30pm N Texas Tornado Update

As of 8:27pm, we have two areas of rotation (circled) and two tornado warnings (red polygon).
Ft. Worth is at the upper right hand corn of the image. These storms may last long enough to move into the Metroplex.

Heads Up Metroplex

We now have three large supercells moving toward the Metroplex. Each has large hail and the leading storm (red polygon) has a tornado warning. Please monitor for warnings as the storms approach. They are moving ENE to E.

Remember: I am tweeting @usweatherexpert.