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Sunday, January 03, 2010

The Blind Shall ... Continue To Be Blind

This from a Washington Post guest columnist is laughable for its blind stupidity:
The central lesson of Climategate is not that climate science is corrupt. The leaked e-mails do nothing to disprove the scientific consensus on global warming. Instead, the controversy highlights that in a world of blogs, cable news and talk radio, scientists are poorly equipped to communicate their knowledge and, especially, to respond when science comes under attack.
(1) "The central lesson of Climategate is not that climate science is corrupt."  Wrong.  The central lesson of Climategate is that climate science is corrupt to its core.  The leading scientists/advocates of global warming cooked the data, lied about findings, "hid the decline," and colluded in twisting facts. 

(2) "The leaked e-mails do nothing to disprove the scientific consensus on global warming."  Wrong.  The leaked e-mails DO disprove the scientific consensus on global warming. In the emails, leading global warming scientists discuss with one another the best ways to keep dissenting reports - from non-consenting scientists - from reaching the public.  The successful censorship of opposing views does not consensus make.

(3) "The controversy highlights that in a world of blogs, cable news and talk radio, scientists are poorly equipped to communicate their knowledge."  Pardon me while I laugh hysterically.  Climate "scientists" have had every forum on the planet - including those put forward by the United Nations with all its wealth - including every fawning branch of the mainstream media - including the public relations departments of every university on the planet - including the websites of well-financed eco-fund-raising organizations like the Sierra Club - to get their messages out.  "Scientists are poorly equipped to communicate their knowledge"?  Are you joking?

Might I add the fact that it's a whole lot easier to "communicate their knowledge" if those scientists didn't refuse to communicate their knowledge.  See addendum below.

(4) "Scientists are poorly equipped to ... respond when science comes under attack."  Only when those scientists have been caught in a monumental fraud.  Only when it is exposed that the foundations upon which their conclusions regarding anthropogenic global warming are no more than sand.  How might they respond when they are caught red-handed in manipulating data and building "fudge factors" into their computer models?  With a glitzier PowerPoint presentation?

Is this nitwit serious?

I don't know how it is that this columnist wormed his way onto the pages of the venerable Washington Post but his presence makes a laughingstock of everyone associated with it.

My suggestion would be for someone to give more consideration next time to the content of that which is offered for publication rather than the credentials of the person making the submission.

This is pathetic.

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In Response

The Roanoke Times is all orgasmic over the fact that Virginia Tech is taking concrete steps to reduce its environmental impact.


Those of us in the real world, those who don't have hundreds of millions of dollars in reserve, are just trying to scrape together payment for the electric bill.

Two worlds.  So near yet so far.

He Really Means It This Time

Obama in July to the terrorists in Iran:

Iran's leadership responded with jeers and laughter.

Obama's deadline came and went two days ago.

In today's news:

One can imagine what the terrorists' response will be.

It Got Him Elected

But attacking Republicans just doesn't seem to work when you're commander-in-chief and the country is under attack.

The London Telegraph:
In his weekly radio address yesterday, President Barack Obama patted himself on the back for having "refocused the fight - bringing to a responsible end the war in Iraq, which had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks".

He then told people to remember that "our adversaries are those who would attack our country, not our fellow Americans", before decrying "fear and cynicism" and "partisanship and division" - the code phrases for horrid Republicans used during his 2008 election campaign.

Complacency, faux moralising and partisan shots at Republicans. It was a neat summary of where Obama is going wrong after the Christmas Day debacle when the Nigerian knicker bomber managed to waltz onto a Detroit-bound flight.

For a man who campaigned denouncing the politicisation of national security under President George W Bush, it is worth noting how intensely political Obama's treatment of what might henceforth be known as Underpantsgate has been.

His White House recognised its political vulnerability more readily than it comprehended the level of danger faced by Americans.
In a few words that speak volumes, here's our president addressing those who man the walls and risk their lives every day to keep us safe:

"You Guys Make a Pretty Good Photo Op."

That is the extent of his moral attachment to national security.

"Bush is bad" just doesn't seem to get the desired response anymore.  Got a Plan B, fellas?

Outrage. Sorrow. Futility.

"Was that harsh? Prove me wrong, Democrats. Make me eat those words. I’ll gladly slather them in barbecue sauce, and savor every last consonant."

The harsh reality.

And Obama doesn't give a damn.

It's So Cold Outside ...

Will the United Nations soon be convening one of its signature wastefests to formulate plans for a global tax to combat global freezing?  I'm holding my breath ...

Perhaps they should consider it though.  Here are the headlines on this morning's Climate Depot:

Note the third and fourth news items down.  While the global alarmists talk endlessly about the millions of human beings who are going to someday die from global warming (millions ... someday), thousands are dying now, freezing to death.

Said climate expert Richard Branson last week: "There are some of us who believe that the problem of warming is as bad as the First and Second World Wars combined."

Meanwhile, here in the real world, it should be noted that 24 human beings froze to death yesterday in Uttar Pradesh.  No response, yet, from Richard Branson.

Click on the image to enlarge it.

I Blame Bush

Here's what 10% unemployment, a runaway deficit, international embarrassment, and the ruination of the finest health care system on the planet will do for you:

And, except for the poorest among us who smoke, he hasn't even raised taxes ... yet.

It's not like you all weren't warned though.

Graphic courtesy of Rasmussen Reports and Glenn Reynolds.

While Rome Burns ...

Government can always be expected to be there for you when times are toughest:

If you are dependent on tax revenue, that is.

But if you're an unemployed schmo just trying to feed your family, well, tough cookies.