Friday, November 27, 2009

Friday November 27 -- Got news or an update?

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Anonymous said...

Climategate: White House Involvement in Scandal Will Make It Harder for MSM to Ignore (NewsBusters) The biggest scientific scandal in history It will require the biggest political cover-up in history.

Yesterday Brian Williams delivered an NBC Nightly News report about President Obama attending the Copenhagen global warming summit. Guess what hot topic was left untouched?

If you had guessed Climategate you would have been correct. Not only Williams but also the other TV networks, with the exception of FOX News, have completely ignored what is considered to be the biggest scientific scandal in history. However, new Climategate revelations made by the Canada Free Press about a White House connection to the scandal will soon make it much more difficult (and ridiculous) for the networks to ignore.

Canada Free Press editor Judi McLeod and Canadian climatologist Dr. Tim Ball reveal the involvement of White House Science Czar John Holdren (photo) in the Climategate Scandal. The picture presented of Holdren is not a pretty one:

Lift up a rock and another snake comes slithering out from the ongoing University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit (CRU) scandal, now riding as “Climategate”.

Obama Science Czar John Holdren is directly involved in CRU’s unfolding Climategate scandal.

In fact, according to files released by a CEU hacker or whistleblower, Holdren is involved in what Canada Free Press (CFP) columnist Canadian climatologist Dr. Tim Ball terms “a truculent and nasty manner that provides a brief demonstration of his lack of understanding, commitment on faith and willingness to ridicule and bully people”.

Anonymous said...

I wonder why most of the ClimateGate articles are from the UK?

Will the state-run, fringe- media be bold enough to try to hide this, too?

Obama’s socialist Science Czar John Holdren, who once said that forced abortions were needed to save the planet, is involved in the Climategate Scandal.

Anonymous said...

Greenpeace Leader Admits Arctic Ice Exaggeration (BBC)

Gerd Leipold, the outgoing leader of Greenpeace, admitted that his organization's recent claim that the Arctic Ice will disappear by 2030 was "a mistake."

Greenpeace said in a July 15 press release that there will be an ice-free Arctic by 2030 because of global warming.

BBC reporter Stephen Sackur on the "Hardtalk" program pressed Leipold until he admitted the claim was wrong.

Anonymous said...

BBC wobble on Climate Change: the Corporation and the dead-tree media have lost the war (The Telegraph)

Call it the Domino Effect. After Monday’s Newsnight item on the Climategate scandal it is evident that the leaked e-mails allegedly from the University of East Anglia’s manmade global warming propaganda unit are threatening to bring down more than just the IPCC/Al Gore axis.

The much-derided mainstream media are waking up to the fact that their own credibility and hence commercial viability are imminently threatened by their clinging to the climate change superstition.

Do not misunderstand me. The Newsnight package was in no sense a mea culpa by the BBC; nor was it a resiling from the Corporation’s fanatical attachment to the global warming legend.

Many of the familiar features were in evidence: Paxman’s scepticism of scepticism; the interviewing of a sceptic scientist in his overcoat, outdoors, somewhere in central London, while Professor Bob Watson, from the University of East Anglia, lorded it comfortably in the studio.

Yet there was something new. BBC Kremlinologists could not fail to notice just a scintilla of unease, reflected in Susan Watts’ relatively open-minded presentation of the issue; above all, the fact that the BBC felt compelled to address the matter at all.

Clearly, someone at the BBC realised that this is a global scoop in which the blogosphere has left the Corporation and all the dead-tree media standing.

Those media are already facing increasing marginalisation without marginalising themselves by refusing to report news that is viral on the Internet.

Is it even just possible that some trillionaire BBC executive, somewhere in the depths of Broadcasting House, retained just enough of his youthful news-hound instincts to feel a hollow pit in his stomach and to ask himself: “Ohmigod, what if it is all a crock and we are left looking like a bunch of complete self-abusers...

Anonymous said...

Climate change scandal deepens as BBC expert claims he was sent 'cover-up' emails (Daily Mail)

The controversy surrounding the global warming scandal today deepened after a BBC correspondent admitted he was sent the leaked emails more than a month before they were made public.

Paul Hudson, weather presenter and climate change expert, claims the documents allegedly sent between some of the world's leading scientists are of a direct result of an article he wrote.

In his BBC blog two days ago, Hudson said: 'I was forwarded the chain of emails on the 12th October, which are comments from some of the world's leading climate scientists written as a direct result of my article "Whatever Happened To Global Warming".'

That essay, written last month, argued that for the last 11 years there had not been an increase in global temperatures.

It also presented the arguments of sceptics who believe natural cycles control temperature and the counter-arguments of those who think it's man's actions which are warming the planet.

The leaked files - which show 4,000documents which have allegedly been sent by scientists over the past 13 years - were apparently taken from servers at the University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit, which is a world-renowned centre focused on studying climate change.

Anonymous said...

Climategate: How They All Squirmed (MSM excuses) (Daily Telegraph)

Among the many great amusements of the Climategate scandal are the myriad imaginative excuses being offered by the implicated scientists and their friends in the MSM as to why this isn’t a significant story. Here are some of the best:

Most brazen “doth protest too much” defence:

Real Climate is the website established and run by a claque of scientist friends of Michael Mann –inventor of the discredited Hockey Stick curve. They are also closely associated with the crowd at the disgraced Climate Research Unit.

They clearly feel no apology is necessary:

More interesting is what is not contained in the emails. There is no evidence of any worldwide conspiracy, no mention of George Soros nefariously funding climate research, no grand plan to ‘get rid of the MWP’, no admission that global warming is a hoax, no evidence of the falsifying of data, and no ‘marching orders’ from our socialist/communist/vegetarian overlords.

Well, boys, if you say so...

Anonymous said...

WE WILL CREATE GREEN 'NEW DEAL' SAYS GORE Global campaigner calls for 'sustainable capitalism' ( home)

For a man with the very survival of human civilisation weighing heavily on his broad shoulders, Al Gore cuts a surprisingly relaxed figure. With a Diet Coke in hand, and chewing gum rolling around inside his mouth, one of the great "what ifs" of modern political history strolls into the boardroom of his London-based asset management firm, located in one of the city's "most environmentally friendly buildings".

Gore is in the capital, as he is every few months, to spend a couple of days meeting with his partners at Generation Investment Management, the "sustainability-driven" asset management firm he set up in 2004 with David Blood, who, as the former chief executive of Goldman Sachs Asset Management, once managed investments worth $325bn (£232bn).

As is the case everywhere, the numbers are somewhat smaller these days, but the firm they both wanted to call Blood and Gore (sadly, it was overruled by the rest of the board) still manages a pot of investments worth billions, according to Blood.

As chairman, Gore, 61, says he spends about "one day a week" working for Generation, but his press handlers won't expand on what investments he holds or remuneration he receives. . .

Anonymous said...

Protesters Chase Junk Scientist Al Gore Down the Street After Book Signing (GatewayPundit)
The protesters chased his vehicle down the street.

Protesters in Chicago crashed Al Gore’s book signing this week.

Al Gore signs a copy of his new book at the Borders book store in the Loop on Tuesday. Hundreds of fans showed up but protesters took advantage of the event to tell the former vice president that his science was “bunk.”

Justin Mangano, from Australia, was beaming after Al Gore signed his book Tuesday when his star-struck moment was interrupted by a protester being hauled out of the Borders bookstore in the Chicago Loop.

Gore was at the book store promoting the just released “Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis.”

Fans were there to get his autograph and opponents came to challenge his message.

Members of the group, We Are Change, were the most outspoken of Gore’s naysayers at the former vice president’s appearance at 150 N. State St. Gore’s security guards escorted the protesters from the store.

...“We need to wake up to this now, or it’s going to be too late.

They want to tax the air we breathe and the meat we eat,” said activist Saad Ali, one of about 30 protesters at the event.

‘There are 30,000 scientists trying to sue this bum,” he screamed as he was escorted from the building.

Anonymous said...

Climate change scientist at centre of leaked email row 'absolutely' stands by his findings (

Professor Phil Jones, director of the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit, said the suggestion that there was a conspiracy to alter evidence to support a theory of man-made climate change was "complete rubbish".

And he insisted the research unit had never manipulated or deleted data or emails to support the evidence of global warming it was producing.

Professor Jones broke his silence after environmental campaigners including George Monbiot called for him to resign over his reference in an email to a "trick" he applied to raw data to "hide the decline" in global temperatures.

In another email, he appeared to respond to the death of a climate sceptic with the words "in an odd way this is cheering news!".

Anonymous said...

Climategate Scandal Spreads to New Zealand as MSM Continues Ostrich Act (NewsBusters)

Oops! If the mainstream media was hoping that the Climategate scandal would be limited to the University of East Anglia's Climate Reasearch Unit (CRU) in Norwich, England, they are out of luck.

This scandal has now reared its ugly head on the other side of the globe at New Zealand's National Institute of Water and Atmospheric research (NIWA) which is that nation's chief climate advisory unit.

Watts Up With That? reposting from New Zealand's Investigate magazine's breaking news forum explains this latest development in the widening Climategate scandal:

The scandal breaks as fears grow worldwide that corruption of climate science is not confined to just Britain’s CRU climate research centre.

In New Zealand’s case, the figures published on NIWA’s website suggest a strong warming trend in New Zealand over the past century.

Anonymous said...

Global Frauding [Mark Steyn]

The CRU scandal has already ensnared Britain’s leading climate “scientist” Phil Jones (whom one principled leftie says has only “a few days left in which to make an honourable exit”) and his American counterpart Michael Mann (as in “Mann-made global warming”).

Given that these two men and their respective institutions are the leading warm-mongers on the planet, and the guys who dominate the IPCC, Copenhagen et al, it would be most unlikely if the widespread data-raping were confined only to the United Kingdom and the United States.

Here’s an interesting snippet from my colleagues at Investigate magazine in New Zealand re their National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research:

NIWA’s David Wratt has told Investigate magazine this afternoon his organization denies faking temperature data and he claims NIWA has a good explanation for adjusting the temperature data upward.

Wratt says NIWA is drafting a media response for release later this afternoon which will explain why they altered the raw data.

At least they only “altered” the data, unlike the CRU, which managed to lose it.

Upon examination of said “raw data”, it seems that the country’s temperature increased 0.06° over a century - ie, nada. But by the time Dr James Salinger (a big cheese at NIWA, the CRU and the IPCC), had “adjusted” the data New Zealand was showing an increase of 0.92° - ie, some 15 times greater than the raw data showed. Why?

It might be that “climate change” is an organized criminal conspiracy to defraud the entire developed world. Or there might be a “good explanation”.

I’d be interested to hear it. Fortunately for NIWA et al, among the massed ranks of “environmental correspondents”, plus ça climate change, plus c’est la même chose.

Anonymous said...

REPORT: CARB hid information about scientist in diesel emission rules fight (California) (

Strict regulations on diesel emissions that the California Air Resources Board approved in December 2008 are coming under renewed fire. At the time, members of the trucking industry and others complained that CARB was acting all Chicken Little and exaggerating how bad the diesel emissions were for human health.

Since then, it turns out, one of the scientists involved in the study that detailed the negative health effects misrepresented his credentials.

Instead of getting his Ph.D. in statistics from the University of California Davis, Hien Tran actually got a mail-order Ph.D. from a "university" based at a mailbox at a UPS office in New York City.

Anonymous said...

Even Russian TV Does Better Job Reporting ClimateGate Than CNN (NewsBusters)

It only took CNN six days to notice the growing international scandal known as Climategate, and when it finally reported on the matter, it predictably did so by downplaying the significance.

Maybe even more embarrassing for the supposedly "Most Trusted Name In News," Russia Today did a far better job of detailing what happened at Britain's Climate Research Unit and how the global warming debate is impacted by it.

Throughout her report on Wednesday's "The Situation Room," CNN correspondent Brooke Baldwin regularly referred to the "global warming consensus."

Even worse, she complained about there being "very little context" in the e-mail messages hacked from a "climate research institute," but never actually read ONE complete message or named ONE of the scientists involved.

Baldwin also withheld from viewers the connection these scientists have to the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as well as their ties to the White House and Congressional Democrats (videos embedded below the fold with CNN transcript):

Anonymous said...

How to Forge a Consensus: Rigged From The Start (WSJ Opinion)

But the furor over these documents is not about tone, colloquialisms or even whether climatologists are nice people in private.

The real issue is what the messages say about the way the much-ballyhooed scientific consensus on global warming was arrived at in the first place, and how even now a single view is being enforced.

In short, the impression left by the correspondence among Messrs. Mann and Jones and others is that the climate-tracking game has been rigged from the start.

Dan Rather would say that fraudulent, misleading, and deceptive manipulation of the data is unimportant because even if the data and reports were fake, the conclusion is accurate.

Yep, expect the GWA’s (Global Warming Alarmists) to use the “fake but accurate” mantra.

Anonymous said...

Another Kind of Climate Change Denial (Updated x2) PATTERICO


UPDATE: The White House has some explaining to do, too:

“Canada Free Press editor Judi McLeod and Canadian climatologist Dr. Tim Ball reveal the involvement of White House Science Czar John Holdren (photo) in the Climategate Scandal. The picture presented of Holdren is not a pretty one:

Lift up a rock and another snake comes slithering out from the ongoing University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit (CRU) scandal, now riding as “Climategate”.

Obama Science Czar John Holdren is directly involved in CRU’s unfolding Climategate scandal.

In fact, according to files released by a CEU hacker or whistleblower, Holdren is involved in what Canada Free Press (CFP) columnist Canadian climatologist Dr. Tim Ball terms “a truculent and nasty manner that provides a brief demonstration of his lack of understanding, commitment on faith and willingness to ridicule and bully people”.

Examples are provided at the link, and it concludes with this summary of John Holdren: “Holdren was blinded by his political views, which as his record shows are frightening.

One web site synthesizes his position on over-population as follows, “Forced abortions. Mass sterilization. A “Planetary Regime” with the power of life and death over American citizens.”

Presumably, as Science Czar, John Holdren has direct access to President Obama when it comes to global warming and science issues.

UPDATE 2 — The Obama Administration isn’t taking Monbiot’s advice:

“Skeptics of global warming science, meanwhile, criticized Obama for pushing a climate deal amid a scandal in Britain, where computer hackers obtained and posted online e-mails and other documents from leading climate scientists.

The skeptics say documents show that scientists have overstated the case for global warming.

Obama administration officials said that they had seen the stolen e-mails and dismissed the arguments.”

Anonymous said...

Globwarm Myth of the Day: Eating Less Sausage Will Save the Planet (JamieWearingFool)

As the scandal of the century mushrooms further and the credibility of the global warming hoaxers evaporates faster than Barack Obama's approval rating, today's exercise in stupidity bring us this inane drivel out of the U.K.

Cutting a sausage a day from the average British diet is necessary to save the planet, scientists claim.

Their controversial report, which partly blames meat-eaters for climate change, was backed by Environment Secretary Hilary Benn's department last night.

The scientists called for a 30 per cent reduction in the number of farm animals bred for meat to prevent rising temperatures and rising sea levels.

The average meat intake in men is 970g a week and in women 550g a week. A 30 per cent reduction in men is equivalent to seven 40g sausages, two 130g chicken breasts, four 70g lamb chops or 12 bacon rashers of 25g.

Such a reduction would also bring significant health benefits, the scientists said, by reducing premature deaths from heart disease in Britain by 17 per cent -equivalent to 18,000 lives a year.

They claimed food production from animals was a major source of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, and that by 2030, rising demand for meat was expected to drive up livestock production globally by 85 per cent from 2000 levels, leading to substantial emission increases.

The authors, led by Dr Alan Dangour, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Dr Sharon Friel, from the Australian National University in Canberra, wrote in the medical journal The Lancet that improvements in agricultural efficiency were 'necessary but not sufficient to meet targets to reduce emissions'.

Ah yes, The Lancet, the home of those bogus Iraq fatalities from several years ago, a report funded by the thug George Soros.

Meanwhile, more climate change fraud has been exposed.

Rather than admit they've all been in on the greatest hoax of modern time, the reality deniers are just doubling down with more hysteria.

Their credibility has been shattered yet they still move forward, inching ever close to the cliff's edge. Their fall will be a steep one

Anonymous said...

Climategate e-mails sweep America, may scuttle Barack Obama's Cap and Trade laws (Telegraph Uk)

Just a few considerations in addition to previous remarks about the explosion of the East Anglia Climategate e-mails in America.

The reaction is growing exponentially there. Fox News, Barack Obama’s Nemesis, is now on the case, trampling all over Al Gore’s organic vegetable patch and breaking the White House windows.

It has extracted some of the juiciest quotes from the e-mails and displayed them on-screen, with commentaries.

Joe Public, coast-to-coast, now knows, thanks to the clowns at East Anglia’s CRU, just how royally he has been screwed.

Senator James Inhofe’s Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works has written to all the relevant US Government agencies, acquainting them with the nature of the e-mails.

But the real car crash for Obama is on Capitol Hill where it is now confidently believed his Cap and Trade climate legislation is toast.

It was always problematic; but with a growing awakening to the scale of the scientific imposture sweeping the world, as far as the Antipodes, the clever money is on Cap and Trade laws failing to pass, with many legislators sceptical and the mid-term elections looming ever closer.

At the more domestic level, the proposed ban on incandescent light bulbs, so supinely accepted in this servile state of Britain, is now provoking a huge backlash in America.

US citizens do not like the government coming into their houses and putting their lights out. Voters may not understand the cut and thrust of climate debate at the technical level, but they know when the Man from Washington has crossed their threshold uninvited.

The term that Fox News is now applying to the Climategate e-mails is “game-changer”.

For the first time, Anthropogenic Global Warming cranks are on the defensive, losing their cool and uttering desperate

Anonymous said...

Some Inadvertent ‘Truth In Advertising (Sweetnetss-Light)

From the ‘store’ at Mr. Obama’s perpetual campaign site,

Organizing For America Fleece Blanket $40.

Just in time for Eid/Kwanza!

Anonymous said...

'Cap and Trade Is Dead'---So declares Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe,
(The Wall Street Journal)

The recently disclosed emails and documents from University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit compromise the integrity of the United Nations' global warming reports.

So declares Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe, taking a few minutes away from a Thanksgiving retreat with his family.

"Ninety-five percent of the nails were in the coffin prior to this week. Now they are all in."

If any politician might be qualified to offer last rites, it would be Mr. Inhofe. The top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee has spent the past decade in the thick of Washington's climate fight.

He's seen the back of three cap-and-trade bills, rode herd on an overweening Environmental Protection Agency, and steadfastly insisted that global researchers were "cooking" the science behind man-made global warming.

This week he's looking prescient. The more than 3,000 emails and documents from the University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit (CRU) that have found their way to the Internet have blown the lid off the "science" of manmade global warming.

CRU is a nerve center for many of those researchers who have authored the United Nations' global warming reports and fueled the political movement to regulate carbon.

Their correspondence show a claque of scientists massaging data to make it fit their theories, squelching scientists who disagreed, punishing academic journals that didn't toe the apocalyptic line, and hiding their work from public view.

"It's no use pretending that this isn't a major blow," glumly wrote George Monbiot, a U.K. writer who has been among the fiercest warming alarmists.

The documents "could scarcely be more damaging." And that's from a believer.

Anonymous said...

‘ACORN Member’ Roseanne Barr Confirms... Shock Admission: ACORN Got Obama Elected (Big Government)

Before Media Matters starts hurling childish invective about how we here at Big Government aren’t “real journalists” because we don’t follow the ridiculous guidelines they set up and then fail to adhere to themselves, it brings me great pleasure to back-up today’s post about “Bon Bon” Hurd with a second source: None other than Roseanne Barr.

Thanks to a tip from “Jim C,” a reader of Big Government, Rosanne’s interview from earlier this year at the Huffington Post reveals that it’s pretty common knowledge within the power structure of ACORN that they did, indeed, work to get President Obama elected:

But, the most impressive thing is that they elected Barack H. Obama through their fantastic organizing skills and knowledge.

Anonymous said...

Nevada ACORN Executive Sentenced In Vote Fraud Conspiracy
(Canada Free Press)

Christopher Edwards, a former Nevada ACORN executive, received a sentence of three years probation and a $500 fine today for his role in an illegal voter registration conspiracy, the Las Vegas Sun reports.

In August the former ACORN field director pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit a crime of compensation for registration of voters. The newspaper reported

The attorney general’s office said Edwards organized and operated a quota system called “blackjack” or “21+” through which the group paid canvassers based on the number of voter registration cards they collected each day.

The canvassers were to gather at least 20 completed cards daily and anyone who turned in 21 or more would be given an extra $5.

Edwards has agreed to testify against Amy Busefink, a former regional director for ACORN who allegedly participated in the scheme.

ACORN the group is also charged in the case. The trial is scheduled for April 19 next year.

Anonymous said...

ACORN OKLAHOMA Document Dump: The Oklahoma Power Plan (BIG GOVERNMENT)

ACORN’s San Diego office isn’t the only place its been careless with sensitive documents.

Late last year, ACORN abandoned an office in Oklahoma. In its haste to vacate the office–and skip out on the landlord’s claim of back-rent–ACORN abandoned piles of documents, as well as a computer.

Below is a copy of ACORN’s “Oklahoma Power Plan,” a long-term political plan to reshape politics in the Sooner State.

The “Power Plan” is a very interesting document. First, it provides another example for how ACORN’s political operation thinks strategically. The plan is focused on impacting state legislative races to create momentum and a power base to affect political races next year.

The second interesting feature of the document is how overtly partisan it is. At the beginning of the document, ACORN makes clear its goal is to put the Democrats in charge of the state Legislature:

Second, become an influential organization by shaping a handful of strategic legislative districts that, by themselves, can change who controls the state legislature.

In other words, by taking credit for controlling some swing seats that return state senate power to progressives in 2008 and the state house to progressives in 2010, ACORN may not have members in a majority of districts, but we will be seen as the force that is making Oklahoma a progressive state in the way that it was 100 years ago.

By using this power to win significant changes for working people, by the end of our 5 years, we will have legitimized the progressive takeover of the statehouse and head into 2012 with a real possibility of changing what Oklahomans look for and expect out of their Congressional delegation.

Anonymous said...

Less than 10 percent of Obama cabinet has private sector experience (Washington Examiner)

So as Obama wants to turn the economy around, less than ten percent of the cabinet officials he would presumably turn to for advice have ever worked in the private sector.

Not encouraging.

Anonymous said...

Katie Couric was a guest at Obama's state dinner. How is it that this mainstream media phony will be allowed to report "objectively" after dining at the White House and sucking up to the president and his pals? Her credibility is already shot and CBS News is being beaten by O'Reilly on a cable news channel!

Anonymous said...

Has anybody read a story about how our national security is safe after those two loonies crashed the White House dinner? Seems like a logical question to ask when these two can infiltrate the White House and hang with Obama. Osama could have danced with Michelle with this kind of "national security."

Anonymous said...

***it’s pretty common knowledge within the power structure of ACORN that they did, indeed, work to get President Obama elected:
But, the most impressive thing is that they elected Barack H. Obama through their fantastic organizing skills and knowledge.***

So what?

Anonymous said...

ACORN is so over. The pres better organize another criminal enterprise if he really wants to get re-elected.

John Altevogt said...

No, if ACORN was a conservative organization it would be over. If you're part of an immoral ideology it doesn't matter what you do, your liberal ideological cronies will take care of you. Eric Holder will see that you can still get taxpayer funding, and Jerry Brown will ignore your destruction of the records he is supposedly "investigating".

Liberalism has descended into outright corruption and totalitarianism. It is engaging in what Svetozar Stojanovich referred to as mendacious consciousness, i.e., they're lying. They know they're lying, you know they're lying, but the fact that they can still lie with impunity demonstrates that they still have power and that gives comfort to their allies.

McClatchy Watch said...

Some in the MSM are paying attention to Jerry Brown's ACORN investigation... Orange County Register to Jerry Brown: Get Serious About Investigating ACORN