Friday, November 27, 2009

A Claque Of Scientists Massaging Data To Make It Fit Their Theories

Kimberly A. Strassel at the Wall Street Journal has an article titled 'Cap and Trade Is Dead'.

The Climate Fraud revealed by the release of the CRU emails is a game changer. Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe is confident now that the controversial extremist Cap and Trade bill is dead.

I am not so confident. The AGW hysteria was never so much about science and facts as it was about wipping up political hysteria to garner support for government control of ever aspect of our lives, from what we eat to how we get to work to what ever they could imagine that an elite class could better plan and coordinate than could the proletariat. They will not give up so easily. I think that the cap and trade bill can be ramed through the congress in much the same way the Reid and Pelosi have rammed through their Rationed Health Care Scheme.

In the event that Cap and Trade does fail this congress, there is the next, and the one after, and so on for them to bring it up again in whole or in parts.

The CRU email scandel shows that the AGW scientist at the core of this are more than willing to mold and bend, even make up out of whole cloth, the rationalizations that they need to justify their ends.

Their correspondence show a claque of scientists massaging data to make it fit their theories, squelching scientists who disagreed, punishing academic journals that didn't toe the apocalyptic line, and hiding their work from public view. "It's no use pretending that this isn't a major blow," glumly wrote George Monbiot, a U.K. writer who has been among the fiercest warming alarmists. The documents "could scarcely be more damaging." And that's from a believer.
Cap and Trade may be dead this congress, . . .may be . . .

They will not give up.

Rigged From The Start

There is an article in the Wall Street Journal that points to the heart of the problem of the Climate Debate and the Leaked Emails.

But the furor over these documents is not about tone, colloquialisms or even whether climatologists are nice people in private. The real issue is what the messages say about the way the much-ballyhooed scientific consensus on global warming was arrived at in the first place, and how even now a single view is being enforced. In short, the impression left by the correspondence among Messrs. Mann and Jones and others is that the climate-tracking game has been rigged from the start.

I think it has been rigged from the start.

From Paul Ehrlich's The Population Bomb, to Rachael Carson's Silent Spring, to the great AGW hoax, too many people have had vested interests, both spiritual and financial, in keeping the cons going.

The integrity of the scientific method has taken a terrible drubbing of late. Those that felt it was alright to lie a little bit for the good of the cause have made a farce of science.

Which relates directly to the problem of the Discovery Institute's abuse science.

Every time that we hear someone bitch about the Discovery Institute's abuse of the scientific method, we need to suggest that they take a look at the tree in their own eye before they fuss about the splinter in another's. You can't rebuke the one group without also rebuking the other. It is hypocrisy to even try. They both do the same thing for the equivalent of the same reason; "The Good of the Cause."

The Discovery Institute would be the ignorable laughing stock it deserves to be if it were not for the AGW crowd validating fraudulent science for the good of the cause.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

When Science is hijacked by politics

An article in the Wall Street Journal on Carol Browner's dismissal of "Climate-gate." The article mentions a particular email exchange that discusses how a data set could be manipulated to show a desired result.

The part about an intent to delete a file rather than release it under an FOI request is very important. It highlights how the whole peer review process on Anthropogenic Climate Science needs to be called into question.

Actually, all Scientific Peer Review Processes are now under some doubt. If this level of fraud could have been allowed to exist this long, unchecked, and unchallenged, we have to wonder how much of the rest of the scientific peer review process has also been hijacked by politicians posing as scientist.

The controversy is not likely to go away too soon. Republicans in Congress are launching their own investigation. Conservative newspapers and Web sites are buzzing. Of particular note has been the exchange between Professor Phil Jones, the head of the Climate Research Unit at East Anglia, and Professor Michael E. Mann at Pennsylvania State University.

Among the emails tapped by a hacker is one in which Jones talks to Mann about the “trick of adding in the real temps to each series … to hide the decline [in temperature].”

“If they ever hear there is a Freedom of Information Act now in the UK, I think I’ll delete the file rather than send to anyone,” Jones allegedly told Mann.

Their AGW Climate Change con was just too big for them to maintain. It would have been revealed at some point in time. It is disturbing that the scientific community let the fraud go on for as long as they have.

Carol Browner and her fellow travelers may hope that this will all just blow over.

It won't.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

7% of all U.S. banks are on the list and face a higher probability of failure

An article in the Wall Street Journal talks about the growing number of banks that are at risk of failure.

The FDIC's quarterly banking profile, which analyzed data from 8,099 federally insured banks, reported that 552 financial institutions, with combined assets of $345.9 billion, were on the government's problem list at the end of September, up from 416 with $299.8 billion of assets at the end of June. That means roughly 7% of all U.S. banks are on the list and face a higher probability of failure.

FDIC officials don't disclose the names of banks on the list, in part because it could lead to bank runs.

With the dollar crashing and hyperinflation looming on the horizon, hard times seem to be a real and growing possibility.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The UN and the Politics of Science

The Wall Street Journal has an article on the leaked emails.

The emails include discussions of apparent efforts to make sure that reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a United Nations group that monitors climate science, include their own views and exclude others. In addition, emails show that climate scientists declined to make their data available to scientists whose views they disagreed with.

The IPCC couldn't be reached for comment Sunday.

There is a link located in this article at the WSJ where you can download and read the leaked emails and other documents yourself.

This issue may stay hot for awhile.

Will the Real Jobless Rate Please Stand Up!

There is something a little “Slim Shady” about the official US jobless rate of 10.2%.

Jeff Cox at has an article posted that is worth reading.

According to the government's broadest measure of unemployment, some 17.5 percent are either without a job entirely or underemployed. The so-called U-6 number is at the highest rate since becoming an official labor statistic in 1994.

The number dwarfs the statistic most people pay attention to—the U-3 rate—which most recently showed unemployment at 10.2 percent for October, the highest it has been since June 1983.

Pray for recovery, prepare for depression.

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

AGW Climate Extremists in the spotlight.

The following is from an article in the Washington Post.

In one e-mail, the center's director, Phil Jones, writes Pennsylvania State University's Michael E. Mann and questions whether the work of academics that question the link between human activities and global warming deserve to make it into the prestigious IPCC report, which represents the global consensus view on climate science.

"I can't see either of these papers being in the next IPCC report," Jones writes. "Kevin and I will keep them out somehow -- even if we have to redefine what the peer-review literature is!"

If the hacked e-mails are real, then the AGW climate extremest may find themselves hoisted by their own petards.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Get off your ass and get a job!

The truth behind much of the economic happy-talk that the Obama administration is putting out is that we are in hard times at the moment, with the probability of things getting far worse.

Nouriel Roubini has an article in the New York Daily News that is worth taking a few moments to read.

Think the worst is over? Wrong. Conditions in the U.S. labor markets are awful and worsening. While the official unemployment rate is already 10.2% and another 200,000 jobs were lost in October, when you include discouraged workers and partially employed workers the figure is a whopping 17.5%.

While losing 200,000 jobs per month is better than the 700,000 jobs lost in January, current job losses still average more than the per month rate of 150,000 during the last recession.

If you have a job, try to keep it.

If you don't, then you had better be busting your ass to get one. Every day that goes by that you remain unemployed increases the number of people that are in line with you looking for work. Many o these people will be better qualified and more desirable for a company to hire than you are.

Do not rest on your laurels – you don't have any.

Be prepared for some rough times.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Climate Change extremist Al Gore Protested in Florida

Al Gore is finding that his message of social control through Climate Change fear mongering is ginning up some vocal opposition.

From the Palm Beach Post.

The former vice president spoke on climate change at the Mizner Park Amphitheater to a crowd of about 800. More than 200 protesters gathered across the street from the event, and their boos and chants could be heard inside the amphitheater as Gore began his presentation.

Climate Change is real. The insanity promoted by Al Gore and his fellow travelers that would give government ever greater control of our personal lives is at its core more about controlling people than it is about controlling climate. Power is what motivates these eco-wackos, all masked in the guise of altruism.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Venezuelan Water and Electricity Shortages.

Socialists always seem to be in the dark about why life in a socialist paradise sucks.

There is an interesting article in the New York Times on the confusion in Caracas.

CARACAS, Venezuela — This country may be an energy colossus, with the largest conventional oil reserves outside the Middle East and one of the world’s mightiest hydroelectric systems, but that has not prevented it from enduring serious electricity and water shortages that seem only to be getting worse.

President Hugo Chávez has been facing a public outcry in recent weeks over power failures that, after six nationwide blackouts in the last two years, are cutting electricity for hours each day in rural areas and in industrial cities like Valencia and Ciudad Guayana. Now, water rationing has been introduced here in the capital.

The deterioration of services is perplexing to many here, especially because the country had grown used to cheap, plentiful electricity and water in recent decades. But even as the oil boom was enriching his government and Mr. Chávez asserted greater control over utilities and other industries in this decade, public services seemed only to decay, adding to residents’ frustrations.

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A private business must make a profit to survive. A government bureaucracy is not so encumbered.

The incentives are different. A private business thrives off of profit. A bureaucracy thrives off of rationing. With a private business, there is always push for surplus. With a bureaucracy, there is always a necessity for shortage.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Living In The Land Of Make Believe And Wishful Thinking

In the wake of the Fort Hood Massacre, our nations leadership will try to make us all ignore the obvious.

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — The U.S. Homeland Security secretary says she is working to prevent a possible wave of anti-Muslim sentiment after the shootings at Fort Hood in Texas.

Janet Napolitano says her agency is working with groups across the United States to try to deflect any backlash against American Muslims following Thursday's rampage by Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, a Muslim who reportedly expressed growing dismay over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

I think that we have to come to an honest consensus about what Islam is and is not.

Is Islam what the Qur'an and the Haddith describe? Or is it something else?

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Massacre In Texas

Is this a Jihadi attack?

Twelve people have been killed and 31 wounded in a shooting spree at a Texas military base by what officials believe was possibly carried out by an Army officer.

The suspected gunman was identified by ABC News as Major Malik Nadal Hasan.

The shooter was killed and two other suspects, who are also soldiers, have been apprehended, Lt. Gen. Robert W. Cone said.

Later in the article

Cone said the motive for the attack, which took place just after 1:30 p.m. CT, is unclear.

Some things come to mind.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Venezuela Is Drying Up

Water is becoming scarce is Venezuela. The ugly tyrant is trying to blame "the rich" for the shortage of water.

Water is not a luxury. A city without water will fail. This could be the beginning of the end for Caracas. They are discovering that you can't drink the oil.

Weather forecasters blame the "El Nino" weather phenomenon, saying the periodic weather system has markedly reduced rainfall and created drought conditions.

Others blame the shortage on poor government management of the country's water resources, while President Hugo Chavez faulted the excesses of capitalism.

"What will the rich fill their swimming pools with?" the country's leftist leader asked recently.

"With the water that is denied inhabitants in the poor neighborhoods," he said, blaming the lack of sufficient water on "capitalism -- a lack of feeling, a lack of humanity."

What will they do?

That is an easy one Hugo.

The smart ones will pack their bags, walk away from their houses and flee with their talent and their remaining wealth to freedom in the US or some other country.

The stupid and the poor will remain in Venzuala.