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Senate Dems Give the Finger

Posted by greg2213 on March 18, 2013

In a show of complete and utter contempt for anything resembling fiscal rationality the Democrats of the US Senate have offered up a budget.

A budget that increases spending by 62% over the next ten years.

That ain’t Bush’s fault.

On Wednesday, WA Sen. Patty Murray unveiled the first budget proposal from Senate Democrats in 4 years. Looking at the top-line numbers, it is easy to see why the Democrats were so coy with their spending plans. Virtually ignoring the debt crisis that is causing the public deep anxiety, the Democrats plan to boost spending by 62% over the next ten years.

Here’s the rest:

I expect most of the Democrat media (NY Times, etc.) will be praising the utter wonderfulness of this budget.


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Here Come the Activists, into the IPCC

Posted by greg2213 on March 6, 2013

It’s well known that at least of part of the IPCC is activist driven. This doesn’t matter to the alarmist/hysteric crowd and is only slightly bothersome to the warmists. The rest of us, however…

It’s official. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is cognitively impaired. It is wholly incapable of learning from its mistakes.

The IPCC is comprised of three working groups. Working Group 3 is led by Ottmar Edenhofer, an economist at Germany’s Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.

Three days ago that institute posted an announcement on its website calling for “expert reviewers” to provide feedback to Working Group 3′s draft report. The first paragraph of that announcement includes the following:

The scientists who are organizing this process ask for voluntary contributions from experts across all sectors, from scholars to business people or NGO representatives. [bold added]

Here we go again. The World Wildlife Fund is an NGO. Greenpeace is an NGO. The people who work for those organizations are not scientific experts. They are advocates, activists, and partisans. They have an agenda. They are paid a salary to advance that agenda.

Go here for the rest: IPCC Invites In the Activists


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Environmentalists and Creationists Find the Common Ground

Posted by greg2213 on March 1, 2013

It’s very simple. Since everything bad is caused by humans and since without humans nothing bad would ever happen, the dinosaurs must have been killed by humans!!!

Terrific parody here:

(AP) – It was as odd a gathering as it was unexpected. Several hundred scientists, representing over two-dozen of North America’s most respected universities and institutes, holding a weeklong seminar with “creationists” who reject evolution and modern theories about the age of the earth. And they had gathered not to debate, but to promote a common goal – to make it known that humans and dinosaurs did indeed exist together at the same time.

“I’m very proud to have been able to put this conference together,” Dr. Edward Schoenfeld, professor of environmental science at UCLA, told the AP. Dr. Schoenfeld is a leading voice in the fastest-growing sector of the scientific community – the Anthropogenicists. “Anthropogenicists understand that all things on earth are, and have always been, man-caused.

Weather, climate, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, oceanic temperatures, red tides, species extinctions, and species-on-species violence. It’s all man-caused,” Dr. Schoenfeld explained. “Without humans, there would be nothing in this life but bliss. Animals would live together in peace, in perfect mild temperatures, with no threats beyond a natural death from old age.”

Dr. Schoenfeld’s organization, the Anthropogenic Scientific Scholars Educational Society, has been at the forefront of forcing governments to face the consequences of man-made global warming. “We’ve done amazing things. We’ve gotten governments to raise taxes, ban energy production, close factories, outlaw asthma inhalers, force people to use mercury-filled lightbulbs, and even install non-energy consuming traffic lights that can’t be seen when it snows.

Every time a human is killed by one of those things, I think to myself, another small victory for Anthropogenicism,” said Dr. Andre Billaud, chair of the environmental sciences department at the University of Oregon. Dr. Billaud has been on the forefront of the recent attempts to ban and stigmatize cat ownership, on the grounds that it creates a climate of violence between cats and rodents.

“The anti-science know-nothings will claim that cats killing rodents and birds is ‘natural.’ That it is part of some koo-koo concept of a ‘natural order.’ Such ignorance!” Dr. Billaud proclaims. “It is, like everything else, human-caused. In Anthropogenicism, one finds the answers to all environmental issues.”


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Time to Vote on the #1 Blogs

Posted by greg2213 on February 25, 2013

It’s time for the Bloggies Awards.

Go here for all the info and instructions and how to be counted.

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Is This the UN’s “Final Solution?”

Posted by greg2213 on February 23, 2013

A peer reviewed paper laying out the things “out to be” according to the UN. Peer reviewed.

Well, with authors such as the infamous Paul Ehrlich I wonder how credible said peers are? Probably just a cheering section from the WWF or some UN groupie squad.

That’s really an embarrassing face-palm is that at least some of these guys are US “scientists,” though I doubt the word “top” applies in any way. I’m sure the NY Times would consider it a wonderful paper, as would the rest of the far-green nutjob crowd. More rational people might have to start keeping a closer eye on these people, to keep them from hurting themselves. And the rest of us.

Can’t see how this differs much from what Hilter, Stalin, and other luminaries wanted to do. Watermelons, indeed.

Top U.S. Scientists Call for Draconian UN Social Engineering

A controversial peer-reviewed paper set to be published next month, authored by a dozen prominent scientists and other experts, is coming under heavy criticism, primarily for calling on policymakers to adopt draconian measures to change social norms and values through coercion — essentially mass social engineering under the guise of environmentalism, whether the public wants it or not. The dubious plan outlined by the academics, however, is already being blasted by analysts as a scheme to erect an “eco-dictatorship under United Nations rule.”

Indeed, a draft version of the paper, scheduled to be published in the March 2013 edition of the American Institute of Biological Sciences’ journal BioScience, openly calls for defying public opinion and restructuring society under the guidance of UN “teams.” Entitled “Social Norms and Global Environmental Challenges: The Complex Interaction of Behaviors, Values, and Policy,” the controversial document is uncharacteristically honest in outlining its wild recommendations to transform human civilization.

“Substantial numbers of people will have to alter their existing behaviors to address this new class of global environmental problems,” claim the authors, who include Nobel Prize winners and even the infamous but largely discredited biologist and “population bomb” alarmist Paul Ehrlich (shown above). “Alternative approaches are needed when education and persuasion alone are insufficient.”

In simpler terms, the self-styled arbiters of proper environmental stewardship and human values are seeking to use the force of government — without the consent of the governed, if need be — to radically change people’s thoughts and behavior. If taxpayer-funded propaganda and brainwashing fail to convince enough of the public to submit, coercion in the form of new rules, regulations, fines, and other policies will be needed, the authors claim.

“Policy instruments such as penalties, regulations, and incentives may therefore be required to achieve significant behavior modification,” the paper claims matter-of-factly. In a table included within the document, some potential examples of the envisioned “policy instruments” are outlined, starting from taxpayer-funded propaganda — “active norms management: advertising, information, appeals,” as the authors put it — and moving on through taxes, fines, subsidies, and other “financial interventions.”

Finally, at the bottom of the table: laws and regulations demanding obedience at the barrel of a government gun. “Effective policies, then, are ones that induce both short-term changes in behavior and longer-term changes in social norms,” the paper continues, offering some examples of successful and failed efforts to transform human behavior and values using the coercive force of government. “Government is uniquely obligated to locate the common good and formulate its policies accordingly.”

Here’s the rest. The article includes lots of links to more info.

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Green Damage to the Environment?

Posted by greg2213 on February 12, 2013

One example of this, obviously, is clear-cutting forests to put up massive farms of bird-shredders windmills, devices with unreliable power generation and little practical use, in addition to the anti-environmental aspects of the things.

NoTricksZone has an article claiming that the greens are rather stunned by their destructive policies. In the off chance that this might be true I will stifle my scoffing.

From the article: 

I was truly horrified by the scale of the environmental destruction and mayhem brought on by the recent climate protection movement. It is truly madness at a whole new level and dimension. If you have the chance to see the documentary, then do so. You’ll be shaking your head throughout the film.

Indeed the level of destruction with respect to loss of eco-systems, biodiversity, erosion, etc. brought on by the “green economy” is far beyond anything man-made climate change was ever fantasized of causing by the year 2100. The current damage caused by the “green economy” is real, and it’s happening here and right now. Worse, it’s all taking place with the official green stamp of approval.

In the film, environmental economist Nico Paech says:

Climate protection as it is practiced now is throwing the baby out with the bath water.”

The green economy, intended to rescue the climate from a man-made climate catastrophe in a computer, is in reality systematically accelerating the wide-scale destruction of the environment today by at least a factor of ten.

Many greens are having their eyes opened for the first time, and are now grudgingly admitting that something has gone terribly awry. Wiping out the Earth’s eco-system to rescue the climate is not what they had in mind.

Yet they still refuse to acknowledge that they’ve erred with the climate science, and that all the destruction was unnecessary. They still insist the computerized catastrophe is real, approaching fast, and that we need to act rapidly. The only thing they’re admitting is that the “green energy” sources of hydro-power and biofuel are no longer options. In their view the human race is now in a dilemma because so many sources of energy must never be used. There’s no painless way out.

Here’s the link: Greens Now Stunned/Stumped By The Massive Environmental Collateral Damage From Climate Protection

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Sierra Club Takes Oil Money

Posted by greg2213 on January 27, 2013

Word just fail me. Well, not entirely.

One of the major “fossil fuels are evil” groups, a leading pusher of the CAGW meme, takes oil money and lots of it.

And that’s really what the whole thing is about, isn’t it? Power and money.

All the juicy details are here: The Sierra Club’s Broken Moral Compass

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Evidence for Warmer Interglacials from Ice Cores

Posted by greg2213 on January 12, 2013

Ok, let’s pretend this paper is onto something (yes, I noticed the 2009 date.)

6K warmer than this interglacial. Let’s pretend that Climate Sensitity is 3K (it’s a lot lower.) That’s two doublings of CO2, meaning that CO2 levels were roughly 15-1600 ppm back then.

So either the was a massive human civilzation back then pouring out gigatons of CO2, several times, since there were several interglacials, or a whole bunch of volcanoes poured an insane amount of CO2 into the air without adding the aerosols to cool things (and do it on a cyclical basis,) or…

The CO2 theory is bunk and CO2 is trivially important to global temps. Or this paper is bunk and we move on.

The abstract:

Stable isotope ratios of oxygen and hydrogen in the Antarctic ice core record have revolutionized our understanding of Pleistocene climate variations and have allowed reconstructions of Antarctic temperature over the past 800,000 years (800 kyr; refs 1, 2).

The relationship between the D/H ratio of mean annual precipitation and mean annual surface air temperature is said to be uniform ±10% over East Antarctica3 and constant with time ±20% (refs 3–5). In the absence of strong independent temperature proxy evidence allowing us to calibrate individual ice cores, prior general circulation model (GCM) studies have supported the assumption of constant uniform conversion for climates cooler than that of the present day3, 5.

Here we analyse the three available 340 kyr East Antarctic ice core records alongside input from GCM modelling. We show that for warmer interglacial periods the relationship between temperature and the isotopic signature varies among ice core sites, and that therefore the conversions must be nonlinear for at least some sites. Model results indicate that the isotopic composition of East Antarctic ice is less sensitive to temperature changes during warmer climates.

We conclude that previous temperature estimates from interglacial climates are likely to be too low. The available evidence is consistent with a peak Antarctic interglacial temperature that was at least 6 K higher than that of the present day —approximately double the widely quoted 3 ± 1.5 K (refs 5, 6).

The whole paper is behind a paywall, as usual, but the abstract is here.


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Most Published Medical Research Findings are False?

Posted by greg2213 on January 6, 2013

A journal of the NIH posted a very interesting paper.

Ok, so this is for medicine, where there is some incentive to publish accurate results. I mean, we do want the patient to survive the treatment, right? What about purely theoretical sciences (eg: Climate) where the goal of the research is to get the next grant or to support a Gov’t policy?

Now, admittedly, the human body is complex. I seem to remember a quote (by Hawkings?) that the human body is more complex than black hole physics, or somesuch. Couldn’t find it.

Is this research in itself even accurate? Food for thought.

There is increasing concern that most current published research findings are false. The probability that a research claim is true may depend on study power and bias, the number of other studies on the same question, and, importantly, the ratio of true to no relationships among the relationships probed in each scientific field.

In this framework, a research finding is less likely to be true when the studies conducted in a field are smaller; when effect sizes are smaller; when there is a greater number and lesser preselection of tested relationships; where there is greater flexibility in designs, definitions, outcomes, and analytical modes; when there is greater financial and other interest and prejudice; and when more teams are involved in a scientific field in chase of statistical significance.

Simulations show that for most study designs and settings, it is more likely for a research claim to be false than true. Moreover, for many current scientific fields, claimed research findings may often be simply accurate measures of the prevailing bias. In this essay, I discuss the implications of these problems for the conduct and interpretation of research.

The paper is here: Why Most Published Research Findings Are False

Update 1/9/13: Seems that a lot of the scientific papers that are retracted are retracted due to fraud.

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Global Warming is Dead, Big Al Sells Out to Al J.

Posted by greg2213 on January 2, 2013

Blink blink…


Al Gore sells out to oil funded media giant Al Jazeera.

One’s mind boggles.

From WUWT:

Middle East “Big Oil” funded media outlet buys Al Gore’s CURRENT TV with plans to infiltrate offer the English Al Jazeera channel into American homes –  my Irony Meter pegged.

Will it be the “All Al” channel now?

Here’s the rest of this yummy story.

Update 1/3: Twitchy grabs some tweets having fun at Gore’s richly deserving expense.


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