Motives and Whistleblowers - By Grant DaviesRecently there have been two cases of people blowing the whistle on the US government for wrongdoing. Both cases exposed significant violati...
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Doo Doo Economics are the policies of overspending, printing money, neglecting the key economics issues, bad science and promoting entitlement programs which all add up to higher taxes during a recession and economic unsustainablility.
Professor Richard Muller, of Berkeley University in California, and his colleagues from the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperatures project team (BEST) claimed to have shown that the planet has warmed by almost a degree centigrade since 1950 and is warming continually.
Published last week ahead of a major United Nations climate summit in Durban, South Africa, next month, their work was cited around the world as irrefutable evidence that only the most stringent measures to reduce carbon dioxide emissions can save civilisation as we know it.
It was cited uncritically by, among others, reporters and commentators from the BBC, The Independent, The Guardian, The Economist and numerous media outlets in America. The Washington Post said the BEST study had ‘settled the climate change debate’ and showed that anyone who remained a sceptic was committing a ‘cynical fraud’.
But today The Mail on Sunday can reveal that a leading member of Prof Muller’s team has accused him of trying to mislead the public by hiding the fact that BEST’s research shows global warming has stopped.
Prof Judith Curry, who chairs the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at America’s prestigious Georgia Institute of Technology, said that Prof Muller’s claim that he has proven global warming sceptics wrong was also a ‘huge mistake’, with no scientific basis.
Prof Curry is a distinguished climate researcher with more than 30 years experience and the second named co-author of the BEST project’s four research papers.
But a report to be published today by the Global Warming Policy Foundation includes a graph of world average temperatures over the past ten years, drawn from the BEST project’s data and revealed on its website.
This graph shows that the trend of the last decade is absolutely flat, with no increase at all – though the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have carried on rising relentlessly.
‘This is nowhere near what the climate models were predicting,’ Prof Curry said. ‘Whatever it is that’s going on here, it doesn’t look like it’s being dominated by CO2.’
Prof Muller also wrote an article for the Wall Street Journal. It was here, under the headline ‘The case against global warming scepticism’, that he proclaimed ‘there were good reasons for doubt until now’.
Media storm: Prof Muller's claims received uncritical coverage in the media this week This, too, went around the world, with The Economist, among many others, stating there was now ‘little room for doubt’.
Such claims left Prof Curry horrified.
‘Of course this isn’t the end of scepticism,’ she said. ‘To say that is the biggest mistake he [Prof Muller] has made. When I saw he was saying that I just thought, “Oh my God”.’
In fact, she added, in the wake of the unexpected global warming standstill, many climate scientists who had previously rejected sceptics’ arguments were now taking them much more seriously.
They were finally addressing questions such as the influence of clouds, natural temperature cycles and solar radiation – as they should have done, she said, a long time ago
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TOP TWEET: @BlackStewie:George W. Zimmerman 159 Edgewater Circle. Sanford, Florida. 32773, y'all know what to do.. Retweet this. He gone learn today.(3/27/2012 10:11 AM) Barack Obama, Spike Lee, Al Sharpton and many others have blown the story of Trayvon Martin into a race war for personal gain. This evil act has now led to calls for violence against George Zimmerman before the facts of the case are clear.
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The Trayvon Martin shooting down in Florida continues to descend into a sad spectacle of unhinged leftist hatred.Another important aspect of the case is when the death occurred. Information is still being uncovered that reveals what happened. It is understandable when partial information leads to the wrong conclusion. However, Trayvon Martin was killed more than a month ago on February 26, 2012.
Perhaps, fortunately, for George Zimmerman, this
lynchjustice mob couldn't organize a rock fight..
Trayvon Slimm Martin:Zimmerman's mailbox may be a literal reference pointing out that Trayvon had taken notice of where George Zimmerman lives.
Nah n*gga Found this fat f*ck at my dads house Gonna f*ck with him Names Zittertit or sumdingMichael Suave French:
Ah yeh, n*gga hells yea U onna rob him Just beat his ass?Trayvon Slim Martin:
Imma sh*t in his mailbox Thats how a true n*gga rolls Whoo Whoo
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|This important and hugely successful event was organized by Americans Protecting Property Rights and CfactSoCal.org. The hall was overflowing and video conference rooms were required for the additional attendees. Lord Monckton was friendly and open to questions before and after the event.|
The excellent efforts of the volunteer organizers are greatly appreciated. It is good to see such forward thinking and competence in organization from fellow tea party volunteers. The familiar faces and welcoming attitudes are a hallmark of the movement.
For examples of attitudes from the left, look no further than ThinkProgress.org's coverage of Lord Monckton.
You can also follow Lord Monckton's exploits as a contributor at Whats Up With That. Americans Protecting Property Rights is also found on facebook.
"I was born in a democracy. I will die in a democracy."America is an idea, based in freedom. So I proclaim that our ally Lord Monckton is a great American. We need more great Americans to stand at our side.
"The new findings once again clearly underscore that the last several thousands of years are characterized by natural temperature cycles that are controlled by fluctuations in solar activity (see p. 68-75 in ‘Die kalte Sonne’). The logical continuation of these natural cycles through today shows that an important part of the warming of the last 150 years has to be attributed to the increase in solar activity. It is not a mere coincidence that the last decades have been the most solar active of the last 10,000 years.
The climate models used by the IPCC are not able to reproduce these millennial cycles because they assign only a very small climate impact to the sun. Also the recently introduced new climate model from the Max Planck Institute in Hamburg suffers from the same deficiency, and thus the results of that model are essentially unrealistic.”
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The Republican victories in the 2010 midterm election were also decided by these voters. Independents supported Democrats by 18 points in 2006. But driven by their concern about the nation's economy and strong opposition to Democratic spending and health-care initiatives, they supported Republican congressional candidates in 2010 by the overwhelming margin of 56 to 38 percent, a 36-point swing from 2006.
Money is the driving force in the American political system... It's not just the mother's milk of politics -- it's the cottage cheese and yogurt too.
How obvious is it that oil prices, set on a world market, are all but impervious to government policies? So obvious that even Rupert Murdoch’s WSJ and the Koch-fueled Cato Institute feel compelled to make the case.Well, it is not obvious as Reuters is reporting that "U.S., Britain set to agree on emergency oil stocks release."
(Reuters) - Britain is poised to cooperate with the United States on a release of strategic oil stocks that is expected within months, two British sources said, in a bid to prevent fuel prices choking economic growth in a U.S. election year.A government policy of releasing supply from the strategic petroleum reserve MUST affect world market prices. There is no reason for the Obama administration, the British government or previous U.S. administrations to release the oil reserves without such an effect. Supply does matter.
While there is no significant disruption of world oil supplies at the moment, sanctions on Iran are expected to cut its output when a European Union embargo takes effect from July.
Minor stoppages from South Sudan, Yemen and Syria also have contributed to the rise in oil prices.
"At the moment there is no need to use it," IEA executive director Maria van der Hoeven said of reserves at an industry conference in Kuwait on Wednesday.
"There is more supply coming to the market from OPEC countries. There is no price trigger for the stocks release, the trigger is a disruption in physical supplies."
"There is no real supply disruption, this is just price management", said Olivier Jakob from Vienna-based consultancy Petromatrix(...)
While the U.S. release would be of crude oil from the national SPR, the UK contribution is likely to come from a reduction of the minimum reserves of crude and refined products that UK commercial oil companies are required to hold.
The United States has sold crude oil directly from the 700-million barrel SPR only a handful of times, almost always in conjunction with the IEA.
In addition, the U.S. Department of Energy has arranged unilateral short-term loans from the reserve about a dozen times since it was filled in the 1980s, typically in much smaller amounts."Simple deduction, my dear Dr. Watson."
Gee, that would create a temporary dip in gas prices right around... oh, what's happening this fall anyway?Blog.Heritage.org has more detail on "How the Strategic Petroleum Reserve Affect Gas Prices"
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RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it." Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)The War on Catholics has a major upside for the Obama reelection effort. By attacking the Pope, someone somewhere will equate Obama with the Antichrist. If the administration is lucky, a Rick Santorum supporter will make the statement. A talk radio host would be a big catch, but it seems unlikely at this moment. Even if it is a random citizen caught by a progressive camera, it will be used to slander everyone who opposes Barack Obama and keep focus off of the economy.
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