Saturday, April 17, 2010

More on the GW Fraud – and as always, it is the English Papers that lead

Climategate: a scandal that won’t go away

From Macbeth to Watergate, it’s not the act that leads to nemesis, but the attempts to 'trammel up the consequence’ , writes Christopher Booker.

Rajendra Pachauri, right, with Al Gore, receiving the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the IPCC in 2007

Rajendra Pachauri, right, with Al Gore, receiving the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the IPCC in 2007

The first report centred directly on the IPCC itself. When several of the more alarmist claims in its most recent 2007 report were revealed to be wrong and without any scientific foundation, the official response, not least from the IPCC’s chairman, Dr Rajendra Pachauri, was to claim that everything in its report was “peer-reviewed”, having been confirmed by independent experts.

But a new study put this claim to the test. A team of 40 researchers from 12 countries, led by a Canadian analyst Donna Laframboise, checked out every one of the 18,531 scientific sources cited in the mammoth 2007 report. Astonishingly, they found that nearly a third of them – 5,587 – were not peer-reviewed at all, but came from newspaper articles, student theses, even propaganda leaflets and press releases put out by green activists and lobby groups.

In its own way even more damaging, however, was the report from a team led by Lord Oxburgh on the scientific integrity of the East Anglia Climatic Research Unit (CRU).  The crown jewels of the IPCC’s case that the world faces catastrophic warming have been all those graphs based on tree rings which purport to show that temperatures have lately been soaring to levels never known before in history – thus eradicating all the evidence that the world was hotter than today during the Medieval Warm Period, long before any rise in CO2 levels. Best known of these graphs, of course, was Michael Mann’s “hockey stick”, comprehensively discredited by the expert Canadian statistician Stephen McIntyre and Professor Ross McKitrick.

The most widely quoted of the Climategate emails was that from the CRU’s director, Philip Jones, saying that he had used “Mike’s Nature trick” to “hide the decline”.

The significance of this sleight of hand can scarcely be exaggerated. Why, in using this misleading graph, did the IPCC not explain the trick that had been played by its leading scientists? If tree rings were so inadequate in reflecting 20th-century temperatures, why should they be relied on to reflect temperatures in earlier centuries? Why, when fresh Siberian tree ring data came to light, making a nonsense of the CRU’s earlier temperature reconstructions, did the CRU simply ignore the new data?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/christopherbooker/7601929/Climategate-a-scandal-that-wont-go-away.html

A Mouth, A Bear and a Wooly Pig. Wait, what?

An enormous Whale Shark's mouth is cleaned of plankton by Cardinal Fish, off Darwin Island in the Galapagos Islands

An enormous Whale Shark's mouth is cleaned of plankton by Cardinal Fish, off Darwin Island in the Galapagos Islands

Peter Haworth, from Bristol, was with a group of Americans taking pictures of three polar bears at Kaktovik, on Barter Island off Alaska. One of the bears began to run towards the group and they fled to the safety of their truck, leaving three tripods standing on the ice. Mr Haworth continued to take pictures as the bear knocked down two of the tripods before running off with a third

Peter Haworth, from Bristol, was with a group of Americans taking pictures of three polar bears at Kaktovik, on Barter Island off Alaska. One of the bears began to run towards the group and they fled to the safety of their truck, leaving three tripods standing on the ice. Mr Haworth continued to take pictures as the bear knocked down two of the tripods before running off with a third

Three rare woolly pigs have arrived at a UK zoo as part of a programme to help save the breed from extinction. The cute curly-coated Mangalitza pigs, which look more like sheep, are now a dying breed. They originate from Austria and Hungary but are similar to the native Lincolnshire curly coat breed which died out in Britain 40 years ago. Experts at Tropical Wings zoo in Essex hope they can help the breed of pigs survive

Three rare woolly pigs have arrived at a UK zoo as part of a programme to help save the breed from extinction. The cute curly-coated Mangalitza pigs, which look more like sheep, are now a dying breed. They originate from Austria and Hungary but are similar to the native Lincolnshire curly coat breed which died out in Britain 40 years ago.

Looks Pretty Good. I like the return of curves and full body women.

Kim Kardashian Just Says 'No' to Retouching

The reality star lets magazine pub nude photos without their normal retouching routine.

 

  • Kim Kardashian in Harper's Bazaar

Let’s Dance said David Bowie.

Dance Therapy Improves Seniors' Gait, Balance, Researcher Finds

ScienceDaily (Apr. 16, 2010) — For seniors, dancing isn't just for fun; it also can be therapeutic. Two recent studies conducted by University of Missouri researchers found that participation in dance-based therapy can improve balance and gait in older adults

 

O and the Jews

Israeli strategic affairs minister Moshe Ya’alon:

“If we are talking about coexistence and peace, why the [Palestinian] insistence that the territory they receive be ethnically cleansed of Jews? Why do those areas have to be Judenrein? Don’t Arabs live here, in the Negev and the Galilee? Why isn’t that part of our public discussion? Why doesn’t that scream to the heavens?”

Always fear those that seek power

The difference between power and money

An interesting idea -

Now, the pursuit of power is a zero-sum game: you acquire power only by taking it away from someone else. The pursuit of money, however, is not a zero-sum game, which is why it is a much more innocent human activity. It is possible to make a lot of money without inflicting economic injury on anyone. Making money may be more sordid than appropriating power—at least it has traditionally been thought to be so—but, as Adam Smith and others pointed out, it is also a far more civil activity. -Irving Kristol, quoted by Chicago Boyz and Maggie's Farm

“Unexpected Unemployment” Explained

For the past several months, the media has tried helping the White House spin unemployment numbers.  Whenever initial jobless claims go down, media analysts hail it as a sure sign that the “recovery” is gaining strength.  When initial claims rise, it’s an “unexpected” sign that the recovery may take a while longer to show some effects.

All of that is nonsense.  The employment picture hasn’t changed much at all in the past six months despite all of the media spin.  Initial jobless claims have been flat since the end of October, as this chart from Uncommon Misperceptions shows:

More on Clinton comparing Americans to Tim McVeigh

Remember how the left went crazy over Ari Fleischer’s advice to “watch what you say?” But now Bill Clinton is comparing Tea Partiers to Tim McVeigh and proffering rather Fleischeresque advice. Maybe Clinton should watch what he says, when it comes to branding large numbers of nonviolent Americans as terrorists. But this statement serves as a useful reminder to those who have come to think of Clinton as some sort of cuddly, not-so-bad figure. He was a demagogue who would say whatever he thought might work when he was President, and he still is.

"Faultless Chic"...From Paris


"Cool beauty"
"Faultless chic"
"Hitchcock blond"
"Amazing Grace"
"Classic glamour"
These Grace Kelly descriptions from Net-a-Porter, reinforce the importance of timeless classic beauty. I searched to find a photograph of Grace Kelly with a flaw; a photograph that wasn't perfect. I couldn't find one.
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The hundred year old theory is holding up. And he did it as a thought experiment.

Einstein's Theory Fights Off Challengers

ScienceDaily (Apr. 16, 2010) — Two new and independent studies have put Einstein's General Theory of Relativity to the test like never before. These results, made using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, show Einstein's theory is still the best game in town.

This composite image of the galaxy cluster Abell 3376 shows X-ray data from the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the ROSAT telescope in gold, an optical image from the Digitized Sky Survey in red, green and blue, and a radio image from the VLA in blue. The "bullet-like" appearance of the X-ray data is caused by a merger, as material flows into the galaxy cluster from the right side. The giant radio arcs on the left side of the image may be caused by shock waves generated by this merger.

Each team of scientists took advantage of extensive Chandra observations of galaxy clusters, the largest objects in the Universe bound together by gravity. One result undercuts a rival gravity model to General Relativity, while the other shows that Einstein's theory works over a vast range of times and distances across the cosmos.

The first finding significantly weakens a competitor to General Relativity known as "f(R) gravity."

I think we have a disconnect

F/A-18 Super Hornets Over Afghanistan

 

This Department of Defense image of F/A-18 Super Hornets flying over Afghanistan (lit by some sort of flare?), makes mechanized war look as romantic as any chick flick. The refueling shot is pure sci-fi:

F/A-18 Super Hornets Over Afghanistan

Best Photo Ever of the Sun

 

The Most Spectacular Sun View to Date

Here's the Sun showing its largest eruption in 15 years, according to NASA. 126 Earths fit into that plasma 500,000-mile-long tongue

Eyjafjallajökull


Volcanic Eruptions May Disrupt European Air Traffic for Months...
Chaos...
 

Yesterday in D.C.

MSNBC space reporter: No NASA workers allowed at Obama’s speech yesterday.

'CAP AND TAX' IS BACK! Senate climate bill to be unveiled April 26...

California jobless rate hits modern record at 12.6%...

GE: $0 U.S. Tax bill...

GOLDMAN SACHS rallies for Obama in Wall Street 'reform'?

Prediction: crime will go down in Arizona and so will deaths involving firearms. Way to go John Thomas

A CIVIL RIGHTS VICTORY OUT WEST: Arizona legalizes carrying concealed gun without a permit.

The Dems have been preaching this for over a year. In that time the violence has been from the left. Look at who is at the tea parties, it is middle America. They are scared and are trying to scare America

FBI Warns of Terror on the Homefront

FBI Director Robert Mueller warns that 'home-grown and lone-wolf extremists' are now as big a threat as Al Qaeda
Bill Clinton Says Tea Party Could Incite Extremism

Giving it up for a BMW?...From Paris


Limelife ran a recent study asking men and women a simple question. "What would you give up sex for?"
Women:
35% romance
25% BMW
9% chocolate (seems reasonable)
5% bacon (bacon?)
Men:
27%BMW
13% alcohol
10%Facebook
9% bacon (bacon?)

Give Up?...From Paris