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Shock: Dishonesty in Illinois ...

Here in California, a la-la land run by progressives like Schwarzenegger and Jerry Brown, we can see the fundamental dishonesty of our progressive legislature that has squandered California’s sunny future into a insolvent state facing the spectre of total financial collapse if the citizens don’t support “just one more” massive tax raise.

And, unfortunately, we are not alone. It appears that Illinois, the home of such prominent progressives as  Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel, Valerie Jarrett, Pat Quinn and notable crooks like Rezko and Blagojevich, is facing a similar situation.

What the politicians don’t seem to understand is that we have reached into our pockets and there is not much more to give and what little remains must be spent to benefit our families – not the special interests who trade campaign funding for the privilege of stealing from the public treasury.

Consider this recent e-mail from the Governor of Illinois …

Dear Friends,

This is a call to action. I am writing to ask you to support Senate Bill 3, a debt restructuring plan to pay Illinois' bills.

As you know, for too long, the State of Illinois has failed to pay its bills - 'balancing' its books on the backs of its vendors, health care organizations, and social service agencies.

As a result of our state's failure to pay its bills, organizations around the state are unable to make their payroll, have been forced to lay off employees, and some have even had close their doors entirely.

But there is hope - and we need your help.

Senate Bill 3 is a plan to immediately pay down all the bills that Illinois already owes, and is paid for by revenues from the recent tax increase.

Debt restructuring - similar to consolidating credit cards - is the only way for Illinois to pay its bills and save money today, rather than six months or a year later.

Legislators need to hear from you.

Please call, email or write your State Representative and State Senator today and tell them that Illinois must pay what it owes, and it must pay it now. Ask them to vote 'yes' on Senate Bill 3, so vendors, health care organizations and social service agencies can continue providing essential services.

This plan means the difference between our state's essential services functioning - or not.

Please see this fact sheet and visit payourbills.illinois.gov for more information on the restructuring plan and on contacting your legislator. You can use this template to encourage your State Representative and State Senator to support Senate Bill 3 today.

Sincerely,

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Pat Quinn, Governor

Did Quinn say  in his e-mail “I am sorry for all of the Illinois politicians who spent your hard-earned money on parties, perks and privileges for government workers before spending money to repair or replace our crumbling infrastructure?”

Did Quinn say in his e-mail  “I will try to reform the system and put these savings toward paying down our current debt – much of which is owed to Wall Street and others from whom we borrowed to “balance our budgets?”

But he did threaten you – in the manner of all politicians past, present and future: pay up or we will cut essential services. You know, the services you rely on: police, fire, medical and sanitation. Many heavily unionized and priced beyond what can be purchased in the private sector. Yes he did threaten you – even though there are thousands of unproductive cubicle workers passing paper back and forth among themselves rather than doing something for the citizens who pay their wages.

Did Pat Quinn explain why, in spite of billions of dollars in federal aid, the inner cities of Chicago are democrat-run cesspools of crime, corruption and decay? Where did that money go? Perhaps we should ask Barack Obama where all of the money flowing to community organizers and others was actually spent.

They want to keep you beholden to the politicians for essential services. Why else would the push for gun control over crime control – disarming law-abiding citizens to promote a target-rich environment for those crooks who do not obey the law?

If there is little money left in the Illinois State Treasury to pay its rightful debts, maybe the State should  fire and possibly prosecute those legislators who have mismanaged the money they were given. Funding union-driven projects which went radically above budget and over-time – on purpose. Fire those who do not provide actual services to citizens – including the cops sleeping in the cars on cold mornings.

Don’t tell the citizens that it is our duty to maintain this corrupt dunghill by giving you even more money. Especially when you can’t guarantee it won’t be flushed down the same political rat hole as before.

Senate Bill 3 should be defeated – prove to us that you can restructure the debt, cut the waste, fraud and abuse of the system and we might just continue to let you and your political cronies survive for one more campaign season.

And you do not need a “template” to encourage your state politicians to support Senate Bill 3 – make a phone call and tell them NO!

Bottom line …

It is about time to tell the politicians NO! And if you cut our essential services, we will prosecute you for failing your oath of office and not prioritizing the essential work to be done. If you don’t cut back on non-productive city workers and reform pensions NOW – we will vote you out of office.

We know you and your party is in the midst of fundraising for the 2012 election cycle. Perhaps if you spent more time concentrating on the citizen’s problems instead of the party’s problems – the state and the nation would be a better place.

-- steve

Reference Links:

Senate Bill 3

“Amends the State Finance Act. Creates the General Obligation Restructuring Bond Fund and the General Obligation Restructuring Bond Debt Service Fund as special funds in the State treasury. Provides that the Comptroller shall transfer into the General Obligation Restructuring Bond Debt Service Fund certain amounts to service debt due on State General Obligation Restructuring Bonds. Amends the General Obligation Bond Act. Increases total authorized amount of General Obligation Bonds. Provides that the $8,750,000,000 of Bonds authorized by this amendatory Act shall be used to pay vouchers that are at least 60 days past due, medical expenses incurred by the State under its health plans, corporate income tax refunds, and other operating expenses of the State. Provides that the proceeds of these Bonds shall be deposited in the General Obligation Restructuring Bond Fund. Provides for the conditions for issuance and sale of State General Obligation Restructuring Bonds. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.”

The Fact Sheet

“To stabilize the budget and grow jobs, Illinois must pay its bills, while continuing to improve education, health care, human services, and public safety.”

Translation: we need to keep the unions and unionized government workers well-paid (even if the rest of you suffer) because we need their vote in 2012!

“Debt restructuring is similar to consolidating credit card or loans. Senate Bill 3 allows us to pay our bills in a lump sum and save money, while we also have dedicated revenue streams to pay it back:

  • The lender will pay all of Illinois bills now;
  • Illinois will repay the lender over a period of 14 years;
  • Repayment will come from the 0.5% of the revenue increase specifically set aside for this plan.

This is not ‘new borrowing’. This is a strategic restructuring to pay down debts already owed by the State of Illinois.”

What a lie – this is exactly like credit card borrowing where you can never pay off your debt to the card issuer and continue making minimum payments forever. If this is not “new borrowing,” what does a revenue increase mean?  It means they won’t borrow the interest payments from the credit card issuer – they will take these payments out of your pocket.

Enough with the dishonesty – perhaps it is time to throw the bums out instead of continuing to elect people like Pat Quinn and Rahm Emanuel.


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



Ronald Wilson Reagan ...

What more can you say …

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“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



Global Warming: A Climate Coup?

Those who regularly follow this blog will have noted that I am an avid reader/explorer of all things dealing with the intersection of science and politics. In particular, the computational modeling of global climate and the politics of global climate change.

It is of great concern to me that those whom I label as global warming alarmists continue to demand that governments enact self-serving laws, rules and regulations which manipulate public policy for the promotion of progressive politics and special interests profits. All the while a complacent population sits back and is spoon-fed biased information by a media that has been thoroughly corrupted by the progressive political debate.

Therefore, I became interested in a book that is about to be released (April 20, 2011) from the Cato Institute and decided to review the book to determine its honesty, relevance and usefulness in explaining what the government has done and attempting to do now and in the future.

It succeeds on all fronts and I am highly recommending it as a good backgrounder on some of the most significant faults, failings and flatulations of the global climate debate.

The book …

Recommended Reading

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ISBN: 978-1-935308-45-4

CLIMATE COUP

GLOBAL WARMING'S INVASION OF OUR GOVERNMENT AND OUR LIVES

Edited By Patrick J. Michaels

Publication date: April 20, 2011 from the Cato Institute

$24.95, cloth, 300 pages

($16.47 @ Amazon.com)

The burb …

Summary (from the back cover) …

Despite convincing evidence that observed climate changes do not portend a calamitous furor, global warming alarmism is invading nearly every aspect of our society.

Children are flooded with apocalyptic visions and ideas in our schools.

Poor countries shake down rich ones in the name of climate "justice."

Lawmakers try to impose tariffs and sanctions on nations that don't agree with their environmental preconceptions.

Even the military uses climate change as an excuse to enlarge its budget.

Perhaps most ominously, the courts are now compelling the federal government to impose massive restrictions on the amount of energy we can use and the way we can use it.

All of these topics and more are covered by a team of first-rate experts in health, education, defense, development, law, trade, and academic publication to produce this comprehensive documentation of the pervasive influence of global warming alarmism on almost every aspect of society.

My position …

To provide context for this review, it is my belief that the subject of global warming is a political scheme based on speculative science, inadequate computer models, highly-manipulated and suspect data, and promoted by a number of self-serving politicians, institutions, researchers and special interests.

I also believe that carbon dioxide was chosen as the demon gas because it provided a rationale for public policies that could be used to control the production, distribution and use of the energy which is required to sustain and expand our economic growth.

That the scientific findings, relative to global climate change, to this very day, show that the global mean temperature is well within the tolerance and noise levels of nature’s own variability. And that the correlation between rising carbon dioxide levels and an increase in the global mean temperature is not causal and can be easily explained by other more significant factors such as the Sun’s energy output, the Earth’s position relative to the Sun, the Earth’s planetary dynamics, volcanic activity, ocean currents and the greatest greenhouse gas of all, water vapor. All part of a chaotic system featuring self-regulating feedback loops. And all to be anticipated by the warming of our world as we emerge from the little ice age.

My review …

I would like to start out by cautioning casual readers that this is a scholarly work and was not written for consumption by those looking for a easy summer read. It does require a fair bit of work to understand and digest what is contained between the pages.

Where to start …

I rarely read non-fiction books, cover-to-cover, preferring instead to start out with the most interesting section.

Contents …

Introduction

1. The Executive State Tackles Global Warming -- Roger Pilon and Evan Turgeon

“Roger Pilon, details how we have strayed from constitutional restraints and have removed obstacles for implementing a global warming agenda, all of this occurring in direct opposition to the Constitution's original provisions for securing limited government.”

2. A Hot Political Climate: Recent Evolution of Global Warming Policy and Regulation -- Patrick J. Michaels

Michael’s speaking about the passage of ACES, the American Clean Energy and Security Act … “The vote was delayed and time to avoid the Friday evening news cycle, effectively short-circuiting any serious coverage of it until the next week.”

3. Bias in the Peer Review Process: A Cautionary and Personal Account -- Ross McKittrick

“I decided to take this story public because of what it reveals about the journal peer review process in the field of climatology.”

4. Global Warming, Environmental Threats, and U.S. Security: Recycling the Domino Theory – Ivan Eland

“Ivan Eland shows how global warming exaggerations are braided with security matters with no regard to their true impact. Eland writes, ‘When the cold war ended, new threats were needed to justify defense expenditures. Environmental degradation was one of many.’"

5. Climate Change and Trade -- Sallie James

“When politicians – even the true believers in disastrous global warming – contemplate the economic costs of actions to mitigate climate change, they don’t like what they see. They then call for even more government intervention in the form of subsidies or barriers to international competition, ostensibly to counteract the unintended progression of consequences of earlier intervention. This is how climate change has entered the international trade policy debate.”

6. Economic Development in Developing Countries: Advancing Human Well-Being and the Capacity to Adapt to Global Warming -- Indur M. Goklany

“Indur Goklany confronts the too- easily accepted myth that global warming reduces the quality of life in developing countries and that many long-held assumptions are completely out of phase with reality.”

7. Global Warming and Human Health – Robert E. Davis

“Davis begins with three basic, and perhaps (at first glance) contradictory truths about this issue:

  • Global warming will affect human health across the planet;
  • The extent of this effect is unknowable; and
  • No one in earth’s history ever has (or ever will have) died or been hospitalized from global warming.”

8. Learning Fear: Climate Change and Public Education -- Neal McCluskey

Neal McCluskey looks at global warming and education to reveal how the imposition of climate change education is at times tantamount to ‘fearmongering and social engineering under the guise of education’."

Based on a casual page flip-through, I started reading at Part Three: “Bias in the Peer Review Process: A Cautionary and Personal Account,” by Ross McKitrick. A scientist I highly respect both for his integrity and his courage in bucking a system which severely punishes those who disagree with the so-called "consensus" view.

A compelling personal tale of how the so-called “peer review” process had been subverted by the manipulation of formerly-respected scientists to defend certain papers while excluding others from publication. Some of the sub-heads which caught my eye.

  • “The background issue: Temperature Data Contamination”
  • “Absence of Evidence versus Evidence of Absence”
  • “The Journal Game”

Unfortunately, McKitrick’s tale is disheartening to those of us who believe in scientific integrity and the natural predisposition of scientists to be skeptical of any and all work that cannot be replicated. The mere fact that many scientific papers were submitted to journals without accompanying computer programs and datasets, makes the replication of results much harder than need be. For those who claim that submitting such materials would compromise their claim on intellectual property and may jeopardize future research grants, I might say that much of the work was funded by government grants and thus should be in the public domain for all to use as they see fit.

“Obviously, the free exchange of data is at the core of healthy science, as is the curiosity on the part of competitive researchers and the need to replicate results independently.”

On to the next section, Part Four: Global Warming, Environmental Threats, and U.S. Security: Recycling the Domino Theory, written by Ivan Eland.

Other than the fact that the military is willing to exploit the subject of global warming to enlarge their mission, funding and assets, one significant take-away from reading the chapter is that all of the scenarios feature the United States taking the leading role and assuming much of the costly burden for combatting the effects of global warming.

“The underlying philosophy that leads both hawks and environmentalists to inflate the security threat from global warming is the archaic notion that the United States must police the world. According to the projections of such alarmists, most of the ill effects of global warming will occur in the developing world, which is too poor to cope with it.”

In the chapter Climate Change and Trade, one finds that there are two inescapable truths that will disadvantage the United States and drive jobs elsewhere.

Or as the editor comments …

“Without any binding international agreements on carbon dioxide emissions, any nation places itself at a competitive disadvantage by artificially raising the price of carbon-containing energy with a tax or a cap-and-trade system.”

“Such disparities invite ‘leakage’ of jobs and manufacturing to nations that do not have such emissions restrictions.”

Clear logic that should influence the artificial restrictions that are about to be unilaterally imposed by the State of California on its residents – courtesy of movie star cum legislator Arnold Schwarzenegger as he pursues his own political interests in global warming. Perhaps hoping to win his first Oscar to achieve parity with that other global warming actor/fakir, Al Gore.

And, of course, there were many other excellent observations and passages, too numerous to list in this short blog item. Another reason why this book needs to be read and appreciated by those who want a look at how the global warming sausage is being made and promoted.

About the editor …

“Patrick J. Michaels, senior fellow in environmental studies at the Cato Institute, is widely acknowledged by climate alarmists as today's most effective synthesizer of the non-apocalyptic view of climate change.”

“He is the author of multiple books on global warming, including Climate of Extremes: Global Warming Science They Don't Want You to Know.”

One waste of paper …

The book is not without its faults … primarily an exclusion of additional exploratory material which would be impossible considering the book’s 262 pages. So it is really not the fault of the editor who tried to encapsulate the essence of the debate in a succinct style.

However, it should be noted that the biggest waste of paper were two color illustrations. One, a picture of Air Force One with the caption “President Obama Returns from the Copenhagen Global Warming Conference, December 19, 2009;” and two, a picture captioned “Guinean Students Study under the Lights of the Conakry Airport Parking Lot, June 2007.” Both set among color charts illustrating various facets and findings related to global climate change. Space that could have been better used to illustrate some of temperature data collection sites which yielded false and misleading data that seemingly helps to incorrectly signify higher temperatures where none exists.

Bottom line …

While the book did not change any of my fundamental beliefs, it did reinforce my opinion that the field of climate science has been hopelessly compromised by bad actors using data so heavily manipulated that even tracking down the original raw data and starting over may be impossible.

It should be noted that when scientists become activists or their paths of inquiry are shaped by funding resources, one can hardly rely on the science to support the public policies offered by even more corrupt politicians.

"Climate Coup: Global Warming’s Invasion of Our Government and Our Lives" should be mandatory reading for even casual students of politics wishing to understand the perversion of science to drive social policy.

I found the book to be credible, well-documented, and a valuable summary to a subject which should concern us all in today’s environment of corrupt politicians driving self-serving public policies.

I have no reservations in recommending this book to my readers, friends and others interested in the subject.

-- steve

About the publisher …

“The Cato Institute is a nonprofit nonpartisan public policy research foundation in Washington, D.C., and received the overwhelming majority of its funding from some 15,000 individuals.”

Reference Links …

Some of my previous blog entries for context are listed here in no particular order.

GLOBAL WARMING: A DAY OF RECKONING APPROACHES ...
GLOBAL WARMING/COOLING/CHANGE: NUMBERS WITHOUT SUBSTANCE
Global Warming: The real question is highlighted in a new report ...
Global Warming: The Pretense of Knowledge
Global warming: new research annoys alarmists.
Global Warming: How is it that we are making public policy decisions when we still have much to learn?
Global Warming: Going Beyond The Science ...
A COOLER YEAR: GLOBAL WARMING WEATHER ANOMALY OR THE BEGINNING OF A "REGRESSION TO THE UNKNOWN TEMPERATURE MEAN?"

“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



Is the Nobel Peace Prize Relevant or is it the Norwegian version of Time Magazine's Person of the Year?

In my mind, the Nobel Peace Prize has been severely compromised by the progressives who have awarded the once-prestigious prize to their fellow progressives – in some cases people so far removed from the concept of “peace” as to undermine what little credibility the prize may have once had.

Examples include:  

Barack Obama for doing absolutely nothing!

Al Gore and the IPCC for promoting a global weather scam which cannot be substantiated by science.

Yasser Arafat, an extortionist thug who fomented discord in the Middle East and kept his people in abject poverty while lining his pockets with billions of dollars.

I can understand recognizing the significant accomplishments of Nelson Mandela who’s lifelong struggle against apartheid resulted in significant political change and a move towards freedom for an entire people. But what can be said for the committee awarding the Prize to Liu Xiaobo who is incarcerated in a Chinese prison for his political activism. He has accomplished little or nothing and the awarding of the prize to this individual speaks more to the activism and showboating of the award committee than it does for the man’s actual accomplishments. 

And now we hear that WikiLeaks may be nominated for the prize …

Reuters is reporting that

“Anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks has been nominated for the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, the Norwegian politician behind the proposal said on Wednesday, a day after the deadline for nominations expired.”

“The Norwegian Nobel Committee accepts nominations for what many consider as the world's top accolade until February 1, although the five panel members have until the end of the month to make their own proposals.”

“Norwegian parliamentarian Snorre Valen said WikiLeaks was "one of the most important contributors to freedom of speech and transparency" in the 21st century.”

"By disclosing information about corruption, human rights abuses and war crimes, WikiLeaks is a natural contender for the Nobel Peace Prize," Valen said.”

I could make the case that Twitter is more deserving on the prize for its online, real time ability to transmit onsite breaking news that not only facilitated peaceful demonstrations but saved lives by helping potential participants to avoid dangerous situations. Or YouTube and Facebook for allowing those freedom-loving individuals of like mind to congregate, discuss ideas and to organize against their oppressors. Or, reminiscent of Time’s mirrored “You” cover – all Americans who support peace around the world with their significant contributions of both blood and treasure. 

Are the judges honest, fair or even respectful of the Nobel legacy?

While one can make the case that Yasser Arafat actually participated in “peace conferences,” what excuse can be given for Barack Obama, Al Gore and the IPCC?

One might even question if the judges have a decidedly anti-America bias given that they are progressives in a decidedly socialistic country.

According to Reuters, the Nobel Prize …

“…was endowed by Alfred Nobel, the Swedish inventor of dynamite, who said in his will it was to be awarded to whoever ‘shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.’"

And that …

“ …In past decades the committee, appointed by the Norwegian parliament, has stretched Nobel's definition to include human rights, climate activism and even micro-financing, which have been a source of criticism from Nobel traditionalists.”

Bottom line …

Remember, this is not the same award as the ever-prestigious Nobel Prize given out by the Swedish Committee for actual and demonstrable achievements in specific categories. Unlike the the Swedish-sponsored Nobel Prize, any politician, professor of law or political science can make nominations for the so-called Peace Prize. Perhaps why radio talk show hosts Rush Limbaugh and Bill Handel have also been nominated for the prize. In Limbaugh’s case, perhaps a justifiable nomination as Limbaugh hold an “on-air” peace conference each and every day.

Proof positive that the award has been subverted to reflect the political activism of the individual committee members is that reportedly there is  significant discussion within the community that the award needs to be given to a women to demonstrate gender-justice. Perhaps even to Hillary Clinton for her job as Secretary of State? Justifiable to the progressive committee even though she is an American because  Hillary is also viewed by much of the world to be an Alinsky-admiring progressive that appears to be promoting the cause of international socialism.

Perhaps the only suitable analogy that can be used for the Nobel Peace Prize is that it now appears to have the equivalent status and prestige of the American Oscars – a popularity contest among Hollywood people who promote their own views; for their own personal power, prestige and profits using the same smoke and mirrors used by today’s politicians and political activists.

On this basis, I would assume that George Clooney could be awarded the prize for his well-publicized work in Darfur, Sean Penn for his work in Haiti and Angelina Jolie-Pitt for her work with the children and Oprah Winfrey for her scandal-plagued orphanage … and a host of others who, at the very least, did more for “peace” than Barack Hussein Obama.

-- steve

Reference Links …

WikiLeaks among nominees for Nobel Peace Prize | Reuters


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



Does the Bible hold the key to global climate change?

Those who exploit global climate change for their own personal and political reasons rely on the general ignorance of the public when it comes to science and the scientific method.

The bible has it right …

Genesis 8:22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

Ecclesiastes 1:4 One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.

And so the natural order of things appears to be both cyclical and beyond man’s current ability to drastically alter nature on a global scale.

What they are not saying …

1. It appears that the main purpose of those who are promoting the issue of global climate change are doing so in order to promote a political agenda or to pursue a personal agenda of fame and fortune.

2. All of the dire predictions are based on computer models which were created and operated by scientists whose organizations are either controlled directly by the government or who have significant government funding.

3. Without the appearance of catastrophic outcomes, media attention would fade and the public could not be manipulated into accepting draconian political policies which promote socialism, enlarge the sphere of government, raise taxes and limit personal freedoms.

4. Many of the models do not correlate well with historic projects and, upon closer inspection, appear to have been created with dodgy assumptions, suspect programming and highly manipulated data.

5. The public has been sold on the idea that “peer review” somehow implies acceptance by the broader scientific community, when in fact, peer review is a scientific journal publishing process that assures that the published works meets the journal’s standards for basic credibility and clarity. Reviewers do not replicate or test hypotheses, nor do they closely examine the underlying data. They simply reject “kooky” ideas. dot the I’s and cross the T’s while making sure that the article is clear, logically presented and devoid of obvious flaws.

6. The climate change alarmists have promoted the idea that climate change skeptics are out-of-touch or have evil “capitalist” intents. What the public most often fails to realize is that the scientific method demands skepticism and the replication of results. And that a single researcher, working in their home, is as likely to produce a scientific breakthrough as well-credentialed scientists working for prestigious institutions. In fact, some amateur climatologists have made very significant contributions to the science of global climate change by pointing our physical and mathematical inconsistencies in the research of others.

7. The simple truth is that climate appears to be cyclical. With repetitive periods of hot and cold climate; with more or less atmospheric carbon dioxide. And the great majority of natural processes, seem to contain built in feedback loops that control the process.

8. It can be quite easily demonstrated that the drivers of global climate change, as well as our daily weather, are the Sun’s output, the Earth’s position relative to the Sun, the Earth’s planetary dynamics, volcanic activity, deep ocean currents and the greatest and most significant greenhouse gas of all, water vapor.

It can also be quite easily demonstrated that carbon dioxide is not the proximate cause of global climate change nor the solution to influencing the global climate. Those who confuse correlation with causation fail to understand that the rise in carbon dioxide levels lags the rise in temperature by 600 –1000 years depending on the dataset used. Easily explained by considering that the atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide and the levels of carbon dioxide dissolved in the Earth’s Oceans is more or less constant; and according to Henry’s Law, the warming oceans will increase the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere as the oceans warm. Conversely, as the oceans cool, they will hold more dissolved carbon dioxide

9. The Earth has been hotter, colder, with more atmospheric carbon dioxide and less atmospheric carbon dioxide – even before the industrial revolution; there it is unlikely that any man-made carbon dioxide can influence climate on a global scale.and all will be right with the world.

10. Due to the availability of time, money, manpower and other assets; most scientific studies are done in isolated sites, yielding small datasets. Which may present huge statistical errors when such relatively small datasets are projected into a global scale. To consider that Penn State climatologist Michael Mann’s famous “Hockey Stick” graph was based on a limited sample size of trees. Not something reliable enough to base United States public policy upon.

11. We have seen pictures of a number of weather stations which have been severely compromised by their locations. Giving rise to the theory that what these stations are actually reporting is the temperature record of increasing urbanization or “heat islands.” Especially since rural stations are overcome by the encroachment of asphalt-paved roads when cities are built out.

12. It appears that all climate findings to-date appear to have fallen within the band of nature’s normal variability and that any man-made restrictions on carbon dioxide may not be measurable within the noise levels of nature’s normal climate variability. Not to mention that we might have to wait 600 – 1000 years to see any results at all.

13. It also appears that all of our current weather issues can be traced to other factors (“multidecadal oscillations, or natural variations, can imprint on regional, hemispheric, or even global climate changes”) rather than global warming as the media pundits might claim. Something which may not be well-modeled. (“In neither study was the model able to capture interdecadal variability as it occurs in nature.”)

“A paper by Semenov et al. (2010) shows that natural variability contributed significantly to the warming period in the last few decades of 20th century and even may be responsible for the majority the warming.”

For those who want to see a driver of significant weather effects, it is suggested that you review both the NAO (North Atlantic Oscillation) and ENSO (El Niño/Southern Oscillation) and its affects on weather.

Dishonesty unmasked …

Evidence from the so-called “Climate-gate” e-mails, tend to indicate that Mann not only cherry-picked his data, but that he may have spliced together data from other research to create his allegedly dishonest legacy finding.

From: Phil Jones <p.jones@xxxxxxxxx.xxx>
To: ray bradley rbradley@xxxxxxxxx.xxx, mann@xxxxxxxxx.xxx, mhughes@xxxxxxxxx.xxx
Subject: Diagram for WMO Statement

Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 13:31:15 +0000
Cc: k.briffa@xxxxxxxxx.xxx, t.osborn@xxxxxxxxx.xxx

Dear Ray, Mike and Malcolm,

Once Tim's got a diagram here we'll send that either later today or first thing tomorrow.

I've just completed Mike's Nature trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (ie from 1981 onwards) amd from 1961 for Keith's to hide the decline. Mike's series got the annual
land and marine values while the other two got April-Sept for NH land N of 20N. The latter two are real for 1999, while the estimate for 1999
for NH combined is +0.44C wrt 61-90. The Global estimate for 1999 with
data through Oct is +0.35C cf. 0.57 for 1998.

Thanks for the comments, Ray.

Cheers

Phil

Phil, of course, is the famous climatologist Phil Jones of the prestigious CRU (Climate Research Unit) located at the East Anglia University.

Other e-mails tend to indicate that the peer-review process was subverted and a relatively small number of climate scientists were dishonestly involved with driving the story forward.

Bottom line …

Big money and corrupt politics continue to drive the debate over global climate change. With the politicians seeking control over energy production and usage in order to dictate social policy and engage in socialistic wealth redistribution. The special interests seeking government subsidies for projects that cannot stand on their own financial or operational merit are supporting the government initiatives. Thus a circle of toxic corruption is able to pollute American politics to the detriment of all American consumers and taxpayers.

Any funding for social policies associated with global climate change should be re-directed to eliminating pollution, providing food, clean water and sanitary conditions to the Earth’s population – along with strengthening our shelters and adaptive mechanisms to the vagaries of the Earth’s unstoppable physical processes.

And in the final analysis, we simply cannot trust the findings of those who continue to prompte man-made global warming to the extent of allowing our government to interfere with our lives in order to promote their own political agenda and special interest profits.

So it appears the Bible may be more accurate in explaining the phenomenon of global climate change than the scientists.

-- steve

Reference Links …

Thanks to Facebook friend Ron Fenner for contributing the biblical quotes.

Climate Models Fail to Match Observed Historical Data (25 Jan 2011)

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Polar Bears Reproduce Faster Than Previously Thought (25 Jan 2011)

Cronin, M.A., Amstrup, S.C., Talbot, S.L., Sage, G.K. and Amstrup, K.S. 2009. Genetic variation, relatedness, and effective population size of polar bears (Ursus maritimus) in the southern Beaufort Sea, Alaska. Journal of Heredity 100: 681-690.

Impacts Assessments Systematically Overestimate Net Damages from Global Warming (25 Jan 2011)

Mont Blanc Glaciated Areas Not Affected by 20th Century Climate Change (26 Jan 2011)

Vincent, C., E. Le Meur, D. Six, M. Funk, M. Hoelzle, and S. Preunkert (2007), Very high-elevation Mont Blanc glaciated areas not affected by the 20th century climate change, Journal of Geophysical Research 112 D09120, doi:10.1029/2006JD007407.

The Fate of Tropical Rainforests in a Super CO2-Enriched and Warmer World (26 Jan 2011)

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Have Natural Variations in the Arctic and North Atlantic Region influenced Recent Global Temperatures? (26 Jan 2011)

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“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



CALIFORNIA: JERRY BROWN'S STATE OF THE UNION SPEECH -- SHUCK AND JIVE

There were no new prescriptions for legislative initiatives to lift California out of its fiscal, social and jobs crises. It could all be summed up – do you want to suffer now or face an even greater catastrophe down the road.

Never acknowledging or admitting that the blame for the current crisis falls squarely on the state’s leadership. A mix of radical, aging sixties hippies, many with a with marxist viewpoint.

The speech was an implicit threat of further discomfort to come and an appeal to fellow legislators to seek a sense of the will of the people … by placing a tax-raising initiative on the upcoming ballot. The problem is that they can’t do it alone. They need a relatively few Republicans to vote with the democrats in order to place the issue on the ballot.

 Déjà vu -- How many can remember when six carefully chosen Republicans signed on to the last record tax increase with the democrats? The Republicans meeting behind closed doors – selecting those legislators who were termed out of office or who could be bribed with promises of future political gifts. Abel Maldonado comes to mind: the corrupt douchebag who was appointed to the Lieutenant Governor’s slot by Arnold Schwarzenegger – a progressive democrat with a republican tag.

Déjà vu again It now appears that the Republicans are going to cave-in again. This time spearheaded by Mimi Walters (R-Laguna Beach) who appears to be readying a legislative package requiring the state to change the current defined benefit system which is bankrupting the state to a 401(k)–like pension system like that routinely found in the public sector. All in exchange for placing the tax increase initiative on the ballot. A pyrrhic victory because the tax increase will precede the pension reform – with the pension reform most likely to be killed by union intervention.

In his own words …

“California faces a crisis that is real and unprecedented. Each of us will have to struggle with our conscience and our constituencies as we hammer out a sensible plan to put our state on a sound fiscal footing, honestly balance our budget and position California to regain its historic momentum.”

“We are still a very rich society. In two years alone, Californians will have added more than $100 billion to their personal income.”

“Under our form of government, it would be unconscionable to tell the electors of this state that they have no right to decide whether it is better to extend current tax statutes another five years or chop another $12 billion out of schools, public safety, our universities and our system of caring for the most vulnerable.”

“My plan to rebuild California requires a vote of the people, and frankly I believe it would be irresponsible for us to exclude the people from this process. They have a right to vote on this plan. This state belongs to all of us, not just those of us in this chamber. Given the unique nature of the crisis and the serious impact our decisions will have on millions of Californians, the voters deserve to be heard. “

That’s it … once on the ballot, the unions will spend millions of their member’s dollars to remind us about the children, the police, the firemen and the nurses. They will not mention thousands of cubicle workers or unionized employees manipulating system to maximize overtime and pension payouts.

What was not emphasized …

You did not hear Jerry Brown, progressive, union supporter and sponsor of social programs for illegal aliens say anything about doing the four things needed to return California to its formerly golden status.

One, reduce superfluous, nonsensical regulations which demand a huge state bureaucracy to administer. This includes all of the global warming nonsense based on little or no real science.

Two, stop the special interest spending on unionized infrastructure projects and renegotiate the labor contracts. We do not need a high-speed rail system that nobody will use and whose destinations are calculated for political advantage not consumer benefit.

Three, immediately implement e-Verify for all employment and social services care. Reduce or eliminate all care for illegal aliens until legal citizens have been covered.

Four, eliminate the unions who only add to the time, cost and effort. Stop the proliferation of new employees and overtime to prevent outrageous unearned compensation. If they want a vote – let the Citizen’s vote on whether they want to pay for a privileged class of public workers who’s jobs, income, medical benefits and retirement are guaranteed for life – unlike the rest of us. Unions which corrupt politicians with their bribes of campaign funding, media and voter support – and threats of retribution.

Bottom line …

If Jerry Brown cannot manage pension reform, union reform and curtail the restrictions which are driving individuals and businesses out of our state – and use the savings to resolve our debt – then he should be recalled.

I do not know why I need to support illegal aliens or pampered unionized public employees at the expense of my own health and welfare. I do not know why I need to help cure global warming when the government cannot produce proof beyond a few computer models and highly manipulated data.

And I certainly do not approve of feeding the beast more of my money so they can continue to buy more political support from government workers and the special interests.

Jerry Brown is a progressive hack – articulate – but the type of politician who is helping to bring America to her knees in the face of rising socialism.

Jerry, you don’t need our money. You need the guts to act – to do what is right for the legal, law-abiding citizens of California. Not what is best for Mexico, illegal aliens or the alarmists who are promoting global warming for their own political power and profits.

-- steve

Reference Links …

Jerry Brown’s State of the State Address


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS