Friday, December 11, 2009

Friday morning ramble #666

Okay, time to ramble round the web again on another fine Friday, based on links I’ve been updating at my Twitter page.  There’s a bit of a theme here, this week . . .

 

  • Check this out.  'There's probably no God' coming to a bus near you.
    http://bit.ly/8W4wMC
    Come on NZers-vote like the world is watching, because they are:
     http://bit.ly/7ki7fS)
  • Updated blog post: Scroll down to see John Christy debate Gavin Schmidt on CNN
    http://tinyurl.com/yba9lsz -
  • Yaron Brook talks ClimateGate, explaining the ethics & politics at the heart of the warmist religion:
    1. Guilt &
    2. Redistribution of wealth
    It’s politics, not science.
    http://bit.ly/5HLuq2
  • New blog post: http://tinyurl.com/ykztosa - Easter in the bureaucracy
  • Here’s the interview Frank Bainimarama needs to hear. In this interview, Ayn Rand discusses:
    The importance of a written constitution; A republic vs. a democracy; The nature of the checks and balances in America’s constitution; Electoral re-apportionment and “one-man-one-vote”; Amending the Constitution.
    Listen Now: Structure of Government [audio]
  • Speaking of interviews, Raymond Chandler & Ayn Rand both appear on Kim Hill’s show tomorrow, Saturday. Well, a Rand biographer anyway - of sorts. Along with talk about my favourite Chandler, The Big Sleephttp://bit.ly/5ABjm1   
    Listen in here: www.radionz.co.nz/saturday
    [UPDATE: That was appalling.  One of the first jobs of a biographer is surely to know her subject, but Heller falls down completely on that job.  To take just one example, to talk about your subject’s “contradictions” as she did is simply an admission that you don’t know your subject.  It’s a biographer’s job to explain things that to them appear contradictory; to be unable to do so is a confession that you’re not up to the job. Which Heller clearly isn’t. Bizarrely, Kim Hill appeared to know more.]
  • And speaking of Ayn Rand biographies, Robert Mayhew reviews the other Rand biography making waves at the moment, Jennifer Burns’s Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand & the American Right
    He says, “What readers might have expected—what such a book could have been—is a presentation of the development of Ayn Rand’s political thought and its basis in her more fundamental philosophy, a history of her political activities and interactions with others on the right explained largely in terms of her philosophy, and a discussion of how she compares to others on the right in terms of essentials… Burns, however, has no grasp of or interest in Rand’s philosophical ideas or arguments, and chose to write a different sort of biography . . . ”
    Read REVIEW: 'Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right' by Jennifer Burns
  • When in Rotorua this summer, check out the award-winning Croucher's beer-one of 8 beers judged as NZ's best.
    http://bit.ly/87fwyy
  • A Hockey stick has been observed in NOAA ice core data:
    http://wp.me/p7y4l-3CP
  • "An Answer for Businessmen" by Ayn Rand: ". . . to save capitalism there is only one type of argument you should adopt." Here it is:
    http://bit.ly/5YPN54
  • Now this is real science. CERN's Big Bang machine records first hardcore atom smash. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=10614570 
  • New blog post: Warmist Witch Doctors
    http://pc.blogspot.com/2009/12/witch-doctors-meet-attila.html
  • New blog post: A tribute to the model-makers of climate & macroeconomics . . .
    http://tinyurl.com/yet8rns
  • It’s a ClimateGate Christmas, y’all


  • 12 NZ children were killed through abuse over the two years since Sue Bradford’s anti-child-abuse law was introduced. That’s as many as the previous two-year period. So that worked well.
    http://bit.ly/7X3OiB
  • New blog post: http://tinyurl.com/yz4xd5p - School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore–CPG Consultants
  • New blog post: http://tinyurl.com/yzweow9 - Quote of the day: Comrade Lysenko in Copenhagen 3:24 AM Dec 9th from API
  • Marsha Enright on "Montessori's Liberating Ideas on Social Skills": “

    “Maria Montessori's thinking and work presents some of the most liberating ideas about education to be found on the planet.
    “Here's her answer to a question about how the set-up of her classrooms advances excellent social skills which prepare the child for a life of productive work, trade, collaboration, and individual expression . . .”
    http://direttoressa.livejournal.com/22842.html

_quote So the New Zealand Government is reforming SOEs
to forcibly reduce power bills, having just legislated
an Emissions Trading Scheme to increase power bills. Clever.”

        - Mark Hubbard

  • CO2 Regulation: “It’s the essence of immorality”:



  • The evidence really does say ”we can’t account for the lack of warming” and we are going through ”a slight cooling trend.” How inconvenient.
    http://bit.ly/7VGzk9
  • Save, save, save we’re told; we need to save the economy.  What’s this “we”? Whose “need”?
    "Saving money is not an end in itself, and forcing me to do so is wrong."
  • Many parents use rewards -- stamps, star charts and the like – as a means to discipline their children. Two good posts here argue the point:
    Rational Jenn doesn’t use reward systems to encourage our kids to do certain things or behave in a certain way, and she explains way. “There's some interesting discussion in the comments, too."
    Read Discipline Without Rewards.
    Jenn says no, Amy Mossoff says “sometimes."
    Read Reward Systems.
    (And if you’re really interested in the subject and want more, read Alfie Kohn’s excellent book Punishment by Rewards.)
  • Andrew Bernstein answers questions:
    • Is the purpose of Objectivist ethics to increase the number of human beings and maximize their number?
    • How does Ayn Rand’s egoistic ethics reconcile with the fact that we live in a universe of finite resources?

 

  • Observe the long queues and organisational cock-ups at the CopenHuggin- the UN can’t organise a simple conference yet they assume they can restructure the global economy! Yeah right.
    http://bit.ly/86aRI9
  • Last year, ExxonMobil donated $7 million to a grab-bag of public policy institutes, the bastards.
    http://bit.ly/5OAtBg
  • At Wall Street Journal's site, Bret Stephens on Copenhagen and the psychology of true belief [HT Stephen Hicks]:
    http://tinyurl.com/ykf4atj
  • Warming, cooling, warming, cooling . . . 100 years of climate scaremongering reveals a basic AGW fact: Fear equals funding.
    http://bit.ly/18c6sD
  • "Look at the graph." Which graph? James Hansen's GISS keeps changing them. See:
    http://bit.ly/5OLVa6
  • It’s the new Father Ted - 'For The Love of Mrs Brown' - [HT Simon Pound]. Very funny if you like good Irish old person comedy : http://bit.ly/632v2Q


  • GlobalWarming science is settled? Not so, say 141 scientists from 17 countries in an open letter tabled in CopenHagen
    http://bit.ly/89iH0a
  • A bar owner uses the Coase Theorem to flout anti-=smoking bans. Smart stuff!
    http://bit.ly/8I5sjd
  • Top 10 travel loves and hates. What are yours?
    http://bit.ly/4Kq122
  • Horner, McIntyre & Oppenheimer Speak Up on #Climategate http://bit.ly/90M0da revealing the "trick." James Hansen concedes the point.
  • Daily Beast fabricates an AynRand quote, see article http://bit.ly/6y2hUO then c/f w/ actual text: "Loathe your ideals." http://bit.ly/8LQQAr Typical web scholarship.
  • "Atlas Shrugged and Public Choice: The Obvious Parallels"
    http://ow.ly/JZwP
  • America's Religious Right Takes a Deep (& Frightening) Philosophical Breath
    http://bit.ly/5niAKJ
  • Cooking the decline [update 5: TVNZ debate climate & ClimateGate]
    http://tinyurl.com/yzjsx3t
  • It’s NOT just "scientists are bad, but the data is OK.” The data is bad, too. The Smoking Gun is Darwin Zero.
    http://bit.ly/7Hy40x
  • American's belief of global warming sinking - below 50% for the first time in 2 years:
    http://wp.me/p7y4l-3BH
  • #Climategate in WSJ: "latest twist is hidden notations in the data": "Apply a VERY ARTIFICIAL correction for decline!"
    http://bit.ly/8lj3Fa
  • A Climate Depot Exclusive: Real Climate Exposed! A Comprehensive Report on "neutral" climate blog RealClimate.org, run by Michael “Hockey Stick” Mann, and Gavin “Warmist Shill” Sdhmidt.
    http://bit.ly/eYcL4

_quoteThe EPA declared CO2 a pollutant, and I joked that maybe I should stop breathing.
Then realized that was the whole point.”

- Vodka Pundit

  • mg20427381.200-1_300 The world is divided into "dog people" and "cat people," each passionately believing that their preferred pet is superior.
    New Scientist magazine checks out new evidence either way.
    Read Dogs vs cats: The great pet showdown
  • New blog post: Cooking the decline [update 4: Darwin & the Smoking Gun]
    http://tinyurl.com/yzjsx3t
  • CBS finally reports on Climategate. Expat kiwi Kevin Trenberth defends his work & his email . . .
    http://bit.ly/8La8Xf
  • Lapped by the Gulf of Mexico, Houston normally boasts balmy year-round climate. Except this winter and the last one, when they’ve been shovelling up several inches of global warming.
     http://bit.ly/7PPL4q
  • Mises' Theory of Money and Credit: Beautiful Cover, Amazing Price, Best explanation yet for booms and busts.
    http://tinyurl.com/yd96f9d
  • New book 'An Ideal Guide to Keynes's Dangerous and Destructive Economics .' And so it is.
    http://bit.ly/5OcbZ3
  • Sitting down, Kiwis? Chris Trotter thinks National Govts follow laissez-faire - ROTFL. http://bit.ly/7K2D6B
  • New blog post: Warmist flip-flops
    http://tinyurl.com/yer9cob
  • New blog post:NOT PC’s Blog Stats for November
    http://tinyurl.com/yhb2dsq
  • There’s no other way to say it. Reading ClimateGate’s "HARRY_READ_ME.txt" it's clear that the data & files representing the backbone of climate science are a mess.
    http://bit.ly/5G6QSj 


               _quoteComplex things must have been created by even more complex beings.
  (Note: doesn't apply to me.)”

- Tweeted by @almightygod

  • New blog post: Stossel on Fox, Rand, Gekko and more
    http://tinyurl.com/ybghubc -
  • Sarah Palin: "I feel so at home here in Washington. I can see the Russian Embassy from my hotel room!”
     http://bit.ly/4xslHi
  • CNN: Climategate “has landed like a bomb” -- Phil Jones Has 'Literally Gone Underground' - well, figuratively anyway.
    http://bit.ly/5cPgwI
  • And for Copenhagen's opening ceremony some fear mongering
    http://bit.ly/8pYEXB
  • Ocean Acidification: Another Failing Scare Story?  You betcha.
    http://bit.ly/7UN88Y
  • Check out this hilarious site:
    http://autocompleteme.com/
  • ClimateGate: One by one they’re waking up. Megan McArdle is persuaded there IS something to see here. "I've become considerably more concerned"
    http://bit.ly/5uVvq2
  • Ben Bernanke's great. "Inflation will not get out of control," he says. No, really, he is great.  His comedic skills rival those of Baghdad Bob.
    http://bit.ly/6hZfwu

 

_quoteI now accept that it is looking increasingly likely that
Tiger Woods is, in fact, straight.”
- Stephen Fry

 

  • Straw man alert! Who says the market economy is a perfectly balanced, self-regulating machine? Certainly not market economists anyway!
    http://bit.ly/4qnCpu
  • While NIWA was cooking the data their raw figures were cooking themselves: NIWA's Kelburn station, against which all Wellington’s data for one-hundred years is correlated, is surrounded by cars, asphalts and tourist buses. Can they even spell Urban Heat Island?
     http://bit.ly/7ZbRGb
  • Here's how to "hide the decline": just ramp up the fudge factors to fake the figures. That's how Keith Briffa does it
    http://bit.ly/84UGfN
  • ClimateGate: BBC's Newsnight examines the CRU source code : well below commercial software standards say s-ware dvlprs
    http://bit.ly/8wuN72
  • ClimateGate fallout continues Stateside:
    http://bit.ly/6d8CjX
  • More measurement errors: If you want to measure the world's CO2, why would you measure it next to the world's volcanoes and exhaust stacks? Unless . . .
    http://bit.ly/4Rj5PY


_quoteShould the next Nobel Peace Prize go to the
unnamed Hadley hacker or whistleblower?”

- EricCrampton

  • Enviro-wacko Ed Begley does shoutfest & finger pointing about ClimateGate "You're spewing your nonsense again" he doesn’t say to himself.
     http://bit.ly/6LeIJv
  • New blog post: 2025, Don Brash, Garth George, and the letter the Herald would/wouldn‘twould/wouldn‘t print
    http://tinyurl.com/yfwmuuw
  • New blog post: Here’s rejection letter we'd like to see
    http://tinyurl.com/ykh8mdh
  • New blog post: That homeopathic emergency room look
    http://tinyurl.com/ydkkk4k
  • 1,200 Limos, 140 Private Jets—Let the Copenhagen Hypocrisy Begin!
    http://bit.ly/6m7d5x
  • McCartney’s Meat-Free Mondays? Why stop there? Meat-Free Mondays, Travel-Free Tuesdays, Wash-Free Wednesdays, Technology-Free Thursdays...
    http://bit.ly/6mwPEU
  • New blog post: How do you feel about that “That Afghan Plan."
    http://tinyurl.com/ycb44u4
  • Updated Anna Woolf's ‘Last Post’ with her funeral music and ongoing tributes: http://tinyurl.com/ybe5az7
  • New blog post:- Anna Woolf's Funeral, and the catharsis of music
    http://tinyurl.com/yflffp6
  • And finally, courtesy Lindsay Perigo, the Finale to Tchaikovsky's Second Symphony. To the Grandeur of Man. Between us we dedicate it to Phil Jones, Anne Heller and the world they don't believe in:

Tuvalu: not drowning, just waving

Since Tuvalu “stopped” the CopenHagen Hug-In yesterday to call for even greater impositions on the world’s producers  – sparking cheers from ignorant young “climate activists” in the room—saying in essence that sea levels are rising at an increasing rate, that industrial production is causing the increase, and therefore without a complete shut-down of the world’s economies low-lying Tuvalu itself will soon be buried under sixty centimetres of water, and the world’s producers are responsible, and should be made to pay.

Sounds like a money grab to me.

And sounds like all those “climate activists” should start getting their “science” from somewhere other than an Al Gore movie.

Because that fact is that Tuvalu’s very real problems have nothing to do with global warming.

Let’s start with seal level. The mean world sea level has been rising at around 3mm per year for at least the last century, and the latest figures confirm that this rate has continued in recent decades. The rise has been constant for at least a century. No acceleration, no increase; no increase, nobody to blame. Which means Tuvalu, Kiribati, Vanuatu, the Maldives, and Uncle Tom Cobley and all should look to other means to rescue themselves from their penury instead of coming to the world’s conclaves with a begging bowl in one hand and a gun at the world’s producers with the other.

Because there’s no doubt at all that there’s been no rising sea levels due to global warming: since the rise has been constant and has accompanied periods of both cooling and warming, it’s simply not possible to draw that sort of conclusion.

And there’s no doubt either that sea levels themselves around Tuvalu itself haven’t been rising at all (as data gathered by the National Tidal Facility of Adelaide demonstrates).

But the fact remain that all those islands do have problems with sea water. So what’s going on?

Well, despite what everyone knows or think they know about Tuvalu, as the late John Daly pointed out a few years back,

_quote The reported `plight' of the Tuvaluans is not about sea level rise at all - it's about over-population. With such a high population density, the fresh water table on the atolls is subject to rapid depletion, especially in dry years. In addition, the development which would follow from such a high density will bring the inevitable coastal erosion, a problem which the Tuvalu government falsely blames on climate change and sea level rise. Tide gauge data from all around the South Pacific shows the same pattern as the one at Funafuti - no sea level rise. It is, and always was, a bogus claim, with few in the outside world bothering to check the accuracy of the claim.”

Now, you might object that John Daly wrote those words back in 2001, and that things have changed since then – and you’d be right.  One thing has changed. What’s changed is that the outside world has started to realise this is all a load of horse manure. Indeed, when a British High Court did bothered to check the accuracy of the claim, as found in the very Al Gore film that those dimwit “climate activists” got their climate learning from, it discovered that the film was “littered with nine inconvenient untruths,”* including the one Tuvaluans thought would be their meal ticket.

Too bad that the world is now on to them. They were told by the CopenHagen group gropers to go take a hike.

* * * * *

* Regarding the Goracle’s film, be a good time for you to check out the nine "errors" found by the British court, the "thirty-five" inconvenient truths found by Christopher Monckton, or the 120 one-sided, misleading, exaggerated, speculative, or wrong assertions that Marlo Lewis points out in his 'Skeptics Guide to An Inconvenient Truth.

* * Just to counter the notion that non-New Zealand readers might hold, as a result of Al Gore’s lies, that New Zealand has been inundated by thousands of “climate refugees” fleeing Tuvalu, the raw figures are these (from the 'Pacific Profiles: 2006'  report of the NZ Statistics Department):

In 2006, Tuvaluan were the seventh largest Pacific ethnic group in New Zealand, making up 2,625 or 1 percent of New Zealand's Pacific population.

  • The Tuvaluan population increased by 34 percent (660) between 2001 and 2006 [largely through births].
  • Tuvaluans born in New Zealand account for 37 percent (954) of the total Tuvaluan population.

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The Defense of Sebastopol - Alexander Deineka, 1942

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Here’s a question for you: does heroic art supersede the politics it celebrates? In other words, is good art didactic, or something else.

In the painting above, by the Soviets’ leading figurative painter, Russian fighters defend the Soviet city of Sebastopol from Nazi invaders.

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christmas gifts for the real man in your life

_quote Among real men there’s always been one simple rule:
Never settle with words what you can settle with a flamethrower.”

- Bruce Feirstein

Other sites offer advice on what to buy the woman in your life this Christmas. Here, I’d like to offer readers advice on what to buy the real man in your life.

Here they are, a small sample of the sort of gifts that will make your real man melt this Yule – or at least let his stern steel-grey eyes flicker towards you more benevolently. [Hat tip Peter L.]

ATT00074
                      ATT00071

                     ATT00086ATT00077 ATT00089  ATT00095       ATT00098

ATT00080 ATT00092

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An Easter tale, sadly not a fairy story

One upon a time in a pathetic authoritarian backwater . . .

Easter_Trading

And so it was, and so it ever shall be. The end.

Moral of the story: The state still owns your shop at Easter. And it still owns you all year.

[Cartoon by Nick Kim, originally in The Free Radical ]

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Warmist Witch Doctors [updated]

THE REVELATIONS OF CLIMATEGATE have bruised the Copenhagen conclave, but not battered it. Why would they, when everyone there has the same single ambition – which is anything but science.

But first, let’s just remind ourselves what was revealed by ClimateGate’s whistle blower.

Certainty, What Certainty?

CLIMATEGATE SHOWS THE LEADING warmists with their pants down – and I don’t just mean the free sex that delegates to Copenhagen are enjoying with their caviar wedges.

If the leading revelation of the entire treasure trove is the sort of jiggery-pokery exposed in the ReadMe file of Ian ‘Harry’ Harris and the fudge factors added to temperatures to jack up the temperatures of recent decade (and hold down those of the past), then the leading revelation of the emails published so far is that when talking in public the IPCC coterie and their model-makers evince absolute certainty -- “the science is settled!” they huff – yet in private they’re much more tentative. In fact, they’re downright uncertain.  Notes Robert Murphy,

_quote The true signficance of Climategate [is that] . . . experts such as Lindzen, Michaels, and Spencer have raised serious critiques of the global climate models used by the IPCC, or at least of the conclusions that the IPCC has drawn from such simulations. In response, the IPCC’s standard bearers (such as the crew of RealClimate) have confidently stated that the consensus is in, the debate is over, there is no serious doubt about what the models are telling us, etc.
    “Now as an outsider with no formal training, I personally can’t truly judge these disputes. I can think of analogies in economics where the position of Phil Jones et al. is understandable. For example, a few years ago many critics of outsourcing were arguing that the standard economic case for free trade was based on flawed assumptions. Most economists–including me–dismissed these “dissenters” as making minor technical objections that didn’t really affect the final policy decisions, and worse they were feeding into the hands of politicians who cared nothing about economic models but wanted to pass pro-union protectionist legislation. So I thought it was certainly possible that the mainstream climate modelers were telling the truth when they said they had no doubt about the reliability of their models. Perhaps their critics–who may have been perfectly sincere–really were making mountains out of molehills, and worse yet were being used by politicians who didn’t really care about the truth of the science.
    “The revelations from Climategate have made me much more willing to believe the critics who claim that the global climate models cannot bear the weight that so many are putting on them.”

I think that’s true, and in their more honest public moments so too do the likes of Brit eco-warrior George Monbiot and even Aussie eco-worrier Tim Flannery, chairman now of the Copenhagen Climate Council, who admitted that: "We can't pretend we have perfect knowledge: we don't."

They sure don’t, but they do pretend. At least when they’re out in public.

Outlook Instead of admitting it out in the open however, the high priests of warmist are instead circling the wagons. Like conjurers they’re playing with either misdirection or flat-out lies in response to the lid being lifted on their private doubts – or, like a little child or Al Gore, they’re just not reading them at all in the hope they go away.

Nothing to see here? There sure as hell is. What they most don’t want you to notice is the degree of their own uncertainty about their so-called science – their own knowledge that when you pull back the curtain on all their leading studies and assumptions (all the stuff backing up all the projections of disaster on which all the politics is based) it’s all held together with little more than string and sellotape and a lot of ‘white lies.’ 

Lies

MURPHY TALKS, FOR EXAMPLE, about the email exchange between Kevin Trenberth and Tom Wigley in which Trenberth stated, “The fact is that we can’t account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can’t.”

And so it is. But there was an even more jaw-dropping confession of their science’s uncertainty in that same email chain, [scroll down to ‘True Jaw-Dropper: The Wigley and Trenberth Exchange.’], and more examples in other Wigley emails of what Australian journalist Andrew Bolt reckons are scientists “choking on the deceit.”

As evidence, Bolt posts a series of emails in which Wigley

  • attacks Keith Briffa’s hockey stick and tree-ring charade as “a mess,” which is being polite;
  • expresses his concern over Phil Jones intention to withhold his data from outside study;
  • tells off Mr Hockey Stick himself (Michael Mann) for sending a “very deceptive” graph, and suggests too many warmist scientists rely on “dishonest presentations”;
  • and expresses extreme concern that his colleagues, the world’s so-called leading climate scientists, don’t appear to be properly addressing some very serious objections to how they address the Urban Heat Island Effect – i.e., the means by which modern temperatures are adjusted down (or are supposed to be) to account for the increasing heat of increased urbanisation – the importance of which was dismissed by Phil Jones in the IPCC’s report, based mostly on the now discredited work of a Professor Wang Wei-Chyung of Albany, State University of New York.

And what did Wigley say when his bald statements going to the heart of his science were held up to the light of day? He thrice denied them. He said he didn’t say them. He said plain English was something else. He said data wasn’t destroyed when it and wasn’t withheld when it was; that what amounts to a record of his private doubts have “no significance”: that what he said he didn’t say. He went on Australia’s ABC and told a pack of lies to extricate himself and his colleagues from their richly-deserved opprobrium.

Andrew Bolt has the whole sorry saga.

Misdirection

SO THEY’RE LYING NOW in public attempting to cover up what they said in private. That what they’re peddling is literally Mann-made global warming. And to cover that up they’re now circling the wagons and pointing in all different directions, mocking “deniers,” uttering soothing reassurances, and talking all sorts of nonsense about one world government and the like simply to misdirect attention from the heart of the story: that the level of their private uncertainty about their science is as great as the skeptics’ public assertions of uncertainty – the chief difference is that the warmists don’t have their integrity.

The Pay-off

WHY DO THEY DO this? Why does their private uncertainty butter no public parsnips? Why does the climate bandwagon roll on regardless – right over the facts, and right over the real data?  The answer is simple: it’s power.  The answer is simple: it’s not science, it’s politics – as becomes clear when science and data not consistent with the politics are either suppressed or distorted or simply fudged to fit.

Don’t follow the money, follow the power.

It’s not about global government or anything so conspiratorial.  It’s all about simple human power lust. Climate scientists and politicians are natural allies against liberty.

Scientists want their research grants, true – CRU’s Phil Jones, for example, was sucking down 22 million dollars worth of those – which buys them more than just a good a meal ticket. But what it buys them chiefly is power and influence, celebrity and vanity, a place in the sun and a seat on a plane to every world warmist conference in every warming part of the world. 

And the politicians? They want the warmists’ science, no matter how tainted – a Lysenko-like science that gives them (they think) an excuse for socialism, central planning and big government. And what politician could resist such an invitation, especially when they get to play the hero?

Both the Witch Doctors of warmist science and the Attilas of politics need each other – and always have. As Ayn Rand noted,

_quote Just as the Witch Doctor is impotent without Attila, so Attila is impotent without the Witch Doctor; neither can make his power last without the other.

Attila and the Witchdoctor are a team, and have been for most of history – one the controller of men’s production, the other the controller of his ideas – one ruling his body, the other his brain - one preaching enslavement, the other carrying it out – one bearing a gun, the other bearing a parchment, or a clipboard.

Behind every King is his Priest extolling the ‘Divine Right of Kings’; behind every politician at Copenhagen is a Witch Doctor calling for action – for government action to ban private action. As Mike sums up:

_quoteThe job of the Witch Doctor [has always been] to provide Attila with a moral justification or at least a rationalization for his continued rule by force.”

Neither the Attilas in their limousines nor the Witch Doctors eating caviar wedges are going to abandon that job voluntarily.

UPDATE: When Ian Wishart & Gareth Morgan clashed on TVNZ’s Close Up the other night, I and other bloggers said that while it was great finally seeing that sort of debate on prime time local  television, it was a pity that TVNZ hadn’t instead engaged two actual scientists for the debate.

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer has gone to that trouble, putting two of the heaviest hitters in climate science head-to-head on his CNN programme to discuss ClimateGate, climate modelling and climate science: UAH’s John Christy (who collects the reference-standard satellite data) and Real Climate’s Gavin Schmidt (who’s been running interference full-out on his blog since the ClimateGate storm broke).

Take-home message from Christy” when they say ‘hide the decline’ that’s exactly what they were trying to do – it even is in the computer code.” And then there was this exchange:

CHRISTY: “Our ignorance of the climate system is enormous, and our policy-makers need to know that.”
SCHMIDT: “Our ignorance of climate systems is very large . . . ”

And by the way, I’ve linked before to debates featuring both Schmidt and Christy in which the character of both men is starkly revealed.

And just so you know, Gavin’s site Real Climate carries water for every single one of the people in those hacked CRU emails, as one of  them demonstrates:

From: “Michael E. Mann”
To: Tim Osborn, Keith Briffa
Subject: update
Date: Thu, 09 Feb 2006 16:51:53 -0500
Cc: Gavin Schmidt

guys, I see that Science has already gone online w/ the new issue, so we put up the RC post. By now, you’ve probably read that nasty McIntyre thing. Apparently, he violated the embargo on his website (I don’t go there personally, but so I’m informed).

Anyway, I wanted you guys to know that you’re free to use RC in any way you think would be helpful. Gavin and I are going to be careful about what comments we screen through, and we’ll be very careful to answer any questions that come up to any extent we can. On the other hand, you might want to visit the thread and post replies yourself. We can hold
comments up in the queue and contact you about whether or not you think they should be screened through or not, and if so, any comments you’d like us to include.

You’re also welcome to do a followup guest post, etc. think of RC as a resource that is at your disposal to combat any disinformation put forward by the McIntyres of the world. Just let us know. We’ll use our best discretion to make sure the skeptics dont’get to use the RC comments as a megaphone…

You can only imagine the emails that are going around now that the wagons are circling.

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A tribute to the model-makers of climate & macroeconomics . . .

. . . because they’ve all done so well lately, haven’t they.

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School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore – CPG Consultants

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Three views of this five storey grass-roofed art school in Singapore, finished in 2007. More here and here.

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The architects’ website is here.
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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Quote of the day: Comrade Lysenko in Copenhagen

_quote Anthropogenic global warming has become for its supporters what Lysenko's theory of heredity was for the Stalinists.”

                                        - Alex Alexiev, in ‘Comrade Lysenko in Copenhagen’ 
                                                    [hat tip Jack Wheeler]

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DOWN TO THE DOCTOR’S: Control Freaks Have Their Say

Libertarianz  leader Dr Richard McGrath takes his regularly irreverent look at some of the past week’s headlines, and finds a world full of control freaks. 

1. “World Gets Warmer As Climate Talks Start” [NZ HERALD] – Just as the anti-capitalists gather in Copenhagen, some propaganda from an organization called the World Meteorolgical Organisation tells us that this year is the fifth warmest year since climate records began in the 1850s. Reading down, one finds that the president of the WMO’s agricultural division is, wait for it, disgraced warmist Jim Salinger. Oh dear.

At least the WMO admit that some of its temperature readings come from land-based stations, which are notoriously unreliable because of urban heat effect and other factors. One paragraph in the article suggests 190 nations are seeking a deal to control global warming. This should read: “Politicians from 190 nations are seeking a deal to tax, control and ultimately destroy industry internationally.”

The IPCC’s top propagandist pulled a 2 degree rise out of his hat – inevitable, he claims, unless industry is shackled and poor people driven toward starvation within five years. One alarming piece of information in this Herald article indicated that the United States Environmental Protection Agency can regulate gas emissions in the absence of legislation from Congress. In other words, the EPA is now a law unto itself, so watch out.

The most embarrassing paragraph came toward the end of the article with a Fijian climate campaigner reportedly sobbing as she called for action to save her homeland from rising sea levels. Where’s the evidence for this rise? And has she checked that it’s not small islands sinking, rather than sea levels rising, that may be fuelling her concerns, as has been the case in other countries?

No mention was made of the medieval warming period, where temperatures were much higher than currently; nor that global temperatures have failed to rise as predicted for the last 8-10 years. We are being fed selective information, and the ClimateGate revelations of data manipulation at the CRU, which throws the whole AGW hypothesis into question, have not been taken seriously.    

2. “Opening [Copenhagen] Speeches Unwavering On Warming Threat [NZ HERALD] – I might be unwavering too, if I were confronting damaging evidence from the University of East Anglia that now threatens millions of dollars of my research funding. The IPCC’s chief shill, Rajendra Pachauri, as expected, attacked the whistleblowers who exposed the damning e-mails from the CRU without addressing the contents of these e-mails and the anti-scientific corruption of data from these researchers.

American warmist Jonathan Pershing, in gross denial, suggests that this new information merely “adds to the robustness of the science.”  Like hell it does!

Engineer Pachauri recycled the usual doom and gloom scenarios including droughts, floods, extinction of species, hurricanes, melting polar ice sheets and rising sea levels – based, of course, on those computer models which have been thoroughly discredited in the past but which these propagandists keep using to make predictions suited to their political end, which is: shackling industry and taxing everyone.

The one grain of truth in the mindset of these control freaks is the fact that some climate change is unavoidable. In fact, none of it is avoidable. Man makes so small a contribution to the climate that to even try to change it is akin to sitting in King Canute’s chair. Until humans manage to control volcanic eruptions and the activity of sunspots, we may as well adapt to the weather and enjoy the rise instead of trying to fight the inevitable.

3. “Labour, Green MPs Join PM In Copenhagen” [NZ HERALD] – For pity’s sake, won’t anyone think of the children? Isn’t it enough that Key has taken Green Party infiltrator Nick Smith with him - along with Tim Groser (who should know better) – but now Smith’s fellow travellers in spirit Jeanette Fitzsimons and Kennedy Graham are becoming fellow travellers on the flight to Scandinavia, along with the mincing, oleaginous Charles Chauvel. I’m hoping I didn’t have to help pay for these parasites to fly halfway around the world in business class, but have a horrible feeling we’ve all been dicked again.

Reminds me of Australian free-market man Ron Manners, who says he always flies economy class because it avoids the possibility of meeting politicians in mid-flight.

4. “Let Latta Be Last Word On Smacking Law[NZ HERALD] – Good and bad things from this news item – but more of the latter than the former.

Having helped himself to taxpayer largesse as head of a review panel on the smacking law, Nigel Latta tells us that some smacking is permissible. That parents may lightly smack their children. But the law is quite clear: it says smacking is not permitted as a means of correction alone.

So much for Mr Latta’s knowledge of the law.

Can Dr Latta understand that even though the scales may have fallen from his eyes, many of us with children have not undergone the same epiphany? The law is confusing and parents will remain fearful of being seen disciplining their children in public. Dr Latta admits in this article that “the law change will make no difference to good parents or bad. He doubts its message will make much difference in the households Ms Bradford was hoping to reach.” Shouldn’t that be reason enough to question the necessity for this terrifying legislation? And what about the ‘review panel’ that effectively recommended by a vote of 87% to 13%, and at great expense, that the law be struck down?

The real kicker is the glib statement toward the end of the article that “the concerns of the majority can be laid to rest, and the whole subject can be left to the discretion of the police.” That’s a comforting thought, isn’t it. After all, there is no such things as police corruption and if you’re innocent, what do you have to fear, eh?

See y’all next week!
Doc McGrath

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Making CO2 illegal [update 2]

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In the face of Obama’s flagship cap-and-tax scheme collapsing in the Senate (collapsing in the unlikely shadow of Senators standing athwart the legislative guillotine saying “No!”) Obama’s tame flunky at his mis-named Environmental Protection Agency has stepped up to rescue him, announcing instead –- all ready for the Messiah’s appearance at CopenHagen -- that she is preparing to make CO2 illegal.

Illegal?  Yep. The quango set up by Richard Nixon to battle pollution that was setting rivers afire and smog that was choking Los Angeles* has now officially labelled carbon dioxide a “public danger.”

CO2: the gas that is a natural part of earth’s atmosphere.

CO2: plant food; the fertiliser for earth’s green revolution.

CO2: the gas that you and I breathe out.

As the Vodka Pundit says,

_quote EPA declared CO2 a pollutant, and I joked that maybe I should stop breathing. Then realized that was the whole point.”

Ayn Rand said back in 1971 that “the logic of environmentalism leads to a society without technology.” Ask yourself what a society without CO2 would look like – or just one where it’s controlled by the government as a “public danger.”

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UPDATE 1: This is “the ultimate win-win situation” for the ObaMessiah, says The Objectivist Individualist. 

Look at all the special interests you can make happy and beholden to you . . .”

UPDATE 2: Welcome to Vodka Pundit readers and viewers. Salut!

While here, why not trawl the rest of NOT PC including the recent weekly ramble round the interweb so you don’t have to.

And there’s posts aplenty here on ClimateGateGlobal Warming and all the other fish in today’s poisonous political seas.

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ClimateGate’s Smoking Gun [update 4]

You’ve no doubt heard it said that what ClimateGate exposed was only about scientists behaving badly, that it said nothing about the underlying science, that all it showed was some bad practice and some bad language but the data is OK. 

People who say that are wrong. As Willis Eschenbach demonstrates,

_quote At least one part of the data is bad, too. The Smoking Gun for that statement is at Darwin [Airport].”

Let me explain as briefly as I can. There are three world data sets in which the raw temperature is collected and maintained.  The East Anglia Climate Research Unit’s Phil Jones lost one set, the one labelled CRU, but the basic one on which all three rely is the Global Historical Climate Network (GHCN).

Their figures purport to show that temperatures over the last century rose by around 0.6 degrees Celsius.  But when Eschenbach looked at the GHCN date set for Australia, he discovered that for no reason whatsoever, the GHCN boffins applied a temperature adjustment of 2.4 degrees Celsius, changing this

darwin_zero5 into this!

darwin_zero7That black line you see on the bottom graph is the adjustment.

_quoteBefore getting homogenized, temperatures in Darwin were falling at 0.7 Celsius per century … but after the homogenization, they were warming at 1.2 Celsius per century. And the adjustment that they made was over two degrees per century … when those guys ‘adjust,’ they don’t mess around. And the adjustment is an odd shape, with the adjustment first going stepwise, then climbing roughly to stop at 2.4C.”

Folks, the temperature record is stuffed. Its collection methods and materials are shoddy beyond words, and the manipulation of data is beyond dishonest.

Coming just a fortnight after NIWA were exposed as data manipulators, and three weeks after the ClimateGate hack was released to the world, this exposes what’s now going on in CopenHagen as nothing more than a simple but effective con.

Read the whole piece here: The Smoking Gun At Darwin Zero, at WATTS UP WITH THAT. It’s a doozy.

_quoteI've just completed Mike [Mann]'s Nature trick of adding in real temps to each series for the last 20 years ... and from 1961 ... to hide the decline."
- Climate Research Unit Director Phil Jones writing to Mann and others on Nov. 16, 1999.
Mann has come out saying that by "trick" they meant a clever way to solve the problem.  But as McIntyre says in a recent Chicago Tribune article, the 'trick' was not clever so much as it was misleading—and in essence it was quite simple: instead of showing the decline in their tree-ring data, they decided instead to not show it [hat tip Not Evil].

Phil Sage has the trick, and as you’ll see its hardly clever.  Watch the video first, in which McIntyre also explains in simple language the relevance of the trick and of the tree-ring data:

UPDATE 2: And the BBC, where Nigel Lawson clashes with Environment Secretary Ed Miliband [hat tip Climate Realists:

UPDATE 3: The science is settled? Not so, say 141 scientists from 17 countries, including six scientists from New Zealand, who signed an open letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon which was tabled today at CopenHagen. 

The letter challenged the UNFCCC and supporters of the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to produce convincing observational evidence for their claims of dangerous human-caused global warming and other changes in climate – specifically, for each each of the ten fundamental assertions that underlie current climate concerns – see http://www.copenhagenclimatechallenge.org/.

     _quoteThe six, Drs Jock Allison (Dunedin), Chris de Freitas (Auckland), Willem de Lange (Hamilton), Vincent Gray (Wellington), David Kear (Whakatane) and Gerrit van der Lingen (Christchurch) have joined 135 international colleagues in challenging supporters of the hypothesis of dangerous human-caused climate change to demonstrate evidence of 10 specific climate related claims, including that variations in global climate in the last 100 years are outside the natural range experienced in previous centuries, and that humanity’s emissions of carbon dioxide and other ‘greenhouse gases’ are having a dangerous impact on global climate.
    “ ‘With revelations that critical temperature data used by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change appear to have been intentionally distorted to increase warming trends, national representatives to the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference must demand a thorough re-examination of the scientific evidence supporting proposed mitigation actions,’ said challenge endorser Dr. Tim Patterson, ICSC Chair and Professor of Earth Sciences at Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada). ‘This should not be limited to simple temperature data auditing but must also include a re-evaluation of many of the climate-related assertions uncritically accepted by politicians and media worldwide.’
    “Most significant among the scientists’ challenges was for proponents of AGW theory to comprehensively substantiate claims that:

  • Recent climate change is unusual in comparison with historical records;
  • Human emissions of carbon dioxide and other ‘greenhouse gases’ (GHG) are dangerously impacting climate;
  • Computer-based models are reliable indicators of future climate.


    “ ‘The science of climate change is not settled; it is evolving rapidly with critically important discoveries, many of which contradict IPCC findings, coming out every month,’ said ICSC science advisor, Dr. Robert M. Carter, also a challenge endorser and Professor, Marine Geophysical Laboratory, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia), currently at sea on a field trip taking sediment samples from ocean depths off the South Island.  ‘The already weak case for dangerous man-made global warming is getting weaker still as our understandings advance, so governments need a several decade long time-out while the science matures before even considering the possibility of GHG emission restrictions.’
    “ ‘While policies designed to conserve energy, reduce pollution and help vulnerable peoples adapt to climate change are important to pursue, proposals to severely curtail GHG emissions in an effort to control climate make no sense, given the current state of scientific knowledge,’ concludes Challenge endorser Dr. Wibjörn Karlén, Professor Emeritus, Physical Geography, Stockholm University (Uppsala, Sweden). ‘Instead we need to focus on environmental issues we know we can positively impact - air, land and water pollution being primary examples.’ ”

UPDATE 4: “Climate Claims Fail the Science Test” says Melbourne geoscientist Michael Asten summarising the first day of the Copenhagen climate party for The Australian newspaper. Apparently, says Asten, there was too much dissent and too many inconvenient truths emerging to satisfy the warmist express. Even Little Aussie Warmist Tim Flannery, strutting around as chairman of the grandly-named Copenhagen Climate Council, had to admit that, "We can't pretend we have perfect knowledge: we don't."

    _quote We had the ‘grandfather of climate change,’ James Hansen, describing the proceedings as counter-productive and "a farce", while the chief Saudi Arabian negotiator to the summit, Mohammed al-Sabban, doubts the current science and suggests there is no longer any point in seeking agreement to reduce emissions. . .
    “Results released this year suggest that the degree of scientific certainty falls short of that desirable before we set binding targets and dollar values on carbon emissions. . . ..meanwhile two recent results published by top scientists cast doubt on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's theory about the link between atmospheric carbon dioxide and global warming. . . These are of of significance because whereas the climate models used by the IPCC rely on software to represent a large number of highly complex Earth processes, these results are equivalent to experimental observations on the Earth itself. . .”
    “Another key parameter in climate modelling is the warming amplification associated with increasing CO2 in our atmosphere.
    “This amplification factor is generally believed to be greater than one, giving rise to an understanding that increases in atmospheric CO2 amplify warming (a positive feedback in the physical process), and the IPCC has quantified this to deliver the finding that most of the observed increase in global average temperatures since the mid-20th century is very likely due to the observed increase in man-made greenhouse gas concentrations.
    However since the IPCC's fourth report, our Laboratory Earth has also delivered new data on this CO2-induced amplification factor.”
    “The result of [this analysis by John Christy and colleague David Douglass] is a CO2-induced amplification factor close to one, which has implications clearly at odds with the earlier IPCC position. . .
    “What this means is that the IPCC model for climate sensitivity is not supported by experimental observation on ancient ice ages and recent satellite data.”

Read the whole account here: Climate Claims Fail the Science Test [hat tip Micky’s Muses]

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