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Global Warming Fraud and the Future of Science
American Thinker ^ | November 29, 2009 | J.R. Dunn

Posted on 11/28/2009 11:39:04 PM PST by neverdem

The East Anglia Climate Research Unit (CRU) revelations come as no real surprise to anyone who has closely followed the global-warming saga. The Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) thesis, to give it its semi-official name, is no stranger to fraud. It would be no real exaggeration to state that it was fertilized with fraud, marinated in fraud, stewed in fraud, and at last served up to the world as prime grade-A fraud with nice side orders of fakery and disingenuousness. Damning as they may be, the CRU e-mails are merely the climactic element in an exhaustively long line.

A short tour of previous AGW highlights would include:

The Y2K Glitch.  This episode involved the NASA/GISS team led by James Hansen, possibly the most fanatical and unrelenting of all warmists, a man who makes Al Gore look like a skeptic. (Among other things, Hansen has demanded that warming "deniers" be tried for "crimes against humanity".)  While examining a series of NASA temperature graphs, Canadian statistician Steve McIntyre, himself not so much a skeptic as an anti-warming Van Helsing, uncovered a discontinuity occurring in January 2000 that raised temperatures gathered over widespread areas by 1-2 degrees Fahrenheit. McIntyre had no easy time of it, since Hansen refused to reveal what algorithm he'd used to process the data, forcing McIntyre to perform some very abstruse calculations to figure it out.

Once notified, Hansen's team promised to correct the error, stating that it was an "oversight". When the corrected figures were at last released, they rocked the church of warming from bingo hall to steeple. Vanished was the claim that the past few years were "the warmest on record". Now 1934 now took precedence. A full half of the top ten warmest years occurred before WW II, well prior to any massive CO2 buildup.

No explanation has ever been offered. We have a Y2K glitch that behaves like no other computer glitch ever encountered, uniformly affecting a large number of sources distributed almost nationwide. Although the incident trashed all recent data and raised uncomfortable questions about the warming thesis as a whole, NASA itself made no effort at an investigation or inquiry. All that we're ever going to hear is "oversight". I guess that's how they do things at NASA/GISS.

The Arctic Ice Melt. We've been informed for the better part of a decade that Arctic ice was melting at an unprecedented rate, and that the North Pole would be ice-free in twenty, thirty, or forty years, depending in the hysteria level of the media platform in question. In truth, ice thinning was due to a cyclical weather pattern in which winds blow ice floes south into warmer water. Everybody involved knew that this cycle occurred, everyone had seen it happen previously time out of mind. But it was too good an opportunity to pass up. Worse yet, when the weather returned to its normal pattern two years ago, large numbers of scientists put in considerable effort to suggest that the "new" ice was thinner than usual and would vanish in a flash as soon as the temperatures went back up. The media went along with the joke. The Germans have a phrase to cover such eventualities: this crew should be stripped of their trade. (Several expeditions setting out for the Pole to "call attention" to the coming Arctic catastrophe had to stop short due to icy conditions. In one case, both women involved suffered serious frostbite.)   

The Poor Polar Bears
. Closely related is the saga of the polar bears, staring extinction in the face due to warming while, somewhere beyond the aurora, Gaia weeps bitter tears. This was evidently inspired by a single photograph (you've seen it -- the entire world has at this point) of a woebegone polar bear crouched on a melting iceberg. That bear had to be sulking over allowing a nice juicy seal to escape, because it was in no danger. Out of the twenty major polar bear populations only two are known to be decreasing. Estimates of bear population (there are no exact figures) have increased over the past forty years, from 17,000 to19,000 to the current number of 22,000 to 27,000. The bears are becoming pests in municipalities such as Churchill and Point Barrow. (As clearly shown here.)  Despite all this, last year the bear was put on the U.S. "endangered" list.

The Hockey Stick That Wasn't. The "hockey stick" is a nickname for a chart prepared by Michael Mann, a University of Pennsylvania professor and leading warmist. The chart purports to show temperature levels for the past millennium, and consists of a straight line until it reaches the late 20th century, when it suddenly shoots upward, creating the "hockey stick" profile. This chart was a major feature of International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports on global warming and is a commonly-used media graphic.

This chart creates immediate doubt in anyone knowledgeable about the climate of the past millennium, which more resembles a roller coaster than a straight line. It developed -- in yet another impressive McIntyre takedown, this time with an assist from Ross McKitrick -- that Mann was utilizing an algorithm that would produce hockey sticks if you fed it telephone numbers. (Mann is the "Mike" mentioned in the CRU e-mails, and this is one of his "tricks".) Despite this disclosure, Mann has never withdrawn the chart, offered an explanation, or made a correction. The chart remains an accepted piece of evidence among warmists.

Tree-Ring Circus. Due to the fact that direct temperature measures for past epochs are lacking, climatologists utilize "proxy measures", such as tree rings, glacial moraines, and lake sediments. Tree rings have played an important part in the warming controversy, as evidence backing the claim that temperatures have been consistently lower worldwide until recently. A crucial series of measurements, utilized by Mann among others, involves trees located on the Yamal peninsula in Siberia. How many trees were measured, you ask? A hundred? A thousand? Ten thousand?

The answer is twelve. A number perfectly adequate to trigger international panic, overthrow the capitalist system, establish a Green totalitarianism, and completely turn Western culture on its head.

But it turns out that further measurements were in fact made in the area, involving at least thirty-four other trees. And when this data is added to the original twelve, then the warming evidence disappears into the same branch of the Twilight Zone as the blade of Mann's hockey stick. Another "oversight", you understand.

We could go on to mention the automated U.S. weather stations chronicled by the tireless Anthony Watts, which were conscientiously placed next to air-con vents, atop sewage plants, in parking lots, and in one case, in a swamp (as many as 90% may be giving spurious high readings). The glaciers that are vanishing worldwide except where they aren't. The endless papers demonstrating that the coral reefs, along with various birds, animals, insects, and plants, are facing extinction even though no warming whatsoever has occurred for twelve years. (And in the thirty years before that, the total rise was 1.25 degrees Fahrenheit, easily within normal variation.) Powerful stuff, this warming -- it maims and destroys even when it's not happening.  

It's within this context that the East Anglia e-mails must be judged. The vanishingly small number of  legacy media writers who are paying attention behave as if the messages comprise some kind of puzzling anomaly, with no relation to anything that came before. In truth, they stand as the internal memos from the East Anglia branch of the Nigerian National Bank, which can save us from the horrors of global warming after payment of a small up-front fee.

There is always a deeper level to the damage caused by fraud. It strains social relationships, generates cynicism, and debases standing institutions. What has suffered the most damage from AGW is faith in the scientific method, the basic set of procedures -- it could be called an algorithm -- governing scientific investigation. These procedures embody simplicity itself: you examine a phenomenon. You gather data. You construct a hypothesis to explain that phenomenon. And then...

Well, first, let's cover what you don't do.


What you do, if you are a serious scientist operating according to the established method, is attempt to falsify your hypothesis. Test it to destruction; carry out serious attacks on its weakest points to see if they hold up. If they do -- and the vast majority of hypotheses suffer the indignity embodied in a phrase attributed variously to Thomas Huxley and Lord Kelvin: "a beautiful theory slain by an ugly fact" -- then you have a theory that can be published, and tested, and verified by other scientists. If you don't, you throw it out.

None of this, amidst all the chicanery, fabrications, and manipulations, appears to have been done by anyone active in global warming research, the CRU least of all. From which point we are forced to conclude that AGW is not science, and that any "consensus" that can drawn from it is a consensus of fraud. 

(The late-breaking revelations of temperature manipulations at New Zealand's NiWA institute   -- another one of Mike's tricks? -- merely underlines the lesson of CRU. Now that the dam has busted, we'll be hearing dozens of stories like this over the weeks and months to come.)

The West is a technological society. Science is as responsible for making us what we have become as any other factor, including the democratic system of government. The two are in fact complementary, each supporting and encouraging the other across the decades since this country was established. (And yes, I am aware that Britain and Germany were both centers of scientific progress, both of them nations liberalized by the example of the United States. Even the utterly authoritarian Bismarck was forced to heed the voice of the people despite his inclination to do anything but.)

The technology developed from scientific research has created a world that would be unrecognizable to our forebears of even a century ago. Technology has transformed diet, health, communications, and transportation. It has doubled lifespans in advanced countries. Prior to the modern epoch, few ever caught a glimpse of the world past their own farming fields. India, China, and Africa were wild myths, the Pacific and Antarctica utterly unknown, the planets and stars merely pretty lights in the sky. Technology opened the world, not just for everyday men and women, but for invalids, the disabled, and the subnormal, who once lived lives of almost incomprehensible deprivation. Technology was a crucial factor in the dissolution of the ancient empires, the humbling of the aristocracies.

As Paul Johnson has pointed out, a technological breakout appeared imminent at a number of points in the past millennium. Consider the anonymous Hussite engineer of the 15th century who left a notebook even more breathtaking than that of Leonardo, or the revolutionary English Levelers of the 17th century who dreamed of flying machines and factories. If a breakout had occurred at those times, the consequences would have been unimaginable. But the Hussites were destroyed by the German princes, the Levelers by the reestablishment of the English crown. It required the birth of a true democratic republic in the late 18th century to provide the setting for a serious scientific-technical takeoff, one that after 200 years has brought us to where we stand today, gazing out at the galaxies beyond the galaxies with the secret of life itself within reach.

It is this, and no less, that scientific fraud threatens. This is no trivial matter; it involves one of the basic elements of modern Western life. When scientific figures lie, they lie to all of us. If they foment serious distrust of the scientific endeavor -- as they are doing -- they are creating a schism in the heart of our culture, a wound that in the long run could prove even more deadly than the Jihadi terrorists.

Such failings are not relegated only to climatology. With the apparent success of the climate hustlers, it has infected all areas of research. Over the past decade, stem-cell studies have proven a hotbed of fraud. Recall Dr. Hwang Woo Suk, the South Korean biologist who claimed to have cloned various higher animals and isolated new stem cell lines, to worldwide applause. Suk was discovered to have faked all his research, prompting the South Korean government to ban him from taking part in any further work. Nor was he alone. Researchers throughout the field have been caught fabricating and manipulating data, and at least one large biotech company has developed the habit of announcing grand breakthroughs to goose its stock prices.

A number of factors are responsible, among them the grant-making process, which rewards extravagant claims and demands matching results, and the superstar factor, in which media adulation creates a sense of intellectual arrogance -- as in the case of Dr. Suk -- unmatched since Galileo's heyday. But the major problem lies in politics, specifically as involves ideology.

In both major recent cases of fraud, science had become entwined and infected with ideology to a point where its very nature had been transformed. It was no longer science in the classic mold, boldly asking basic questions without fear or favor. It had become an ideological tool, carrying out only such research as met with the approval of political elites. Stem-cell research had become enmeshed with the abortion question. Embryonic stem cells, obtained by "processing" aborted babies, received the lion's share of funding and attention despite its showing no potential whatsoever. Adult stem cells, obtainable from bone marrow, skin cells, or virtually any other part of the body, were shunted aside despite extraordinarily promising research results. This bias permeated the entire field and distorted all perceptions of it -- one of the reasons Dr. Suk was so wildly overpraised was his willingness to attack Pres. George W. Bush for limiting embryonic stem-cell exploitation.

The climatology story is little different. Environmentalist Greens needed a threat, one that menaced not only technological civilization but life on earth itself. They had promoted an endless parade of such threats since the 1960s -- overpopulation, pollution, runaway nuclear power, and global cooling -- only to see them shrivel like popped balloons. They required a menace that was overwhelming, long-term, and not easily disproven. With warming, the climatologists gave them one. In exchange for sky-high funding, millennial scientists, the heirs of Bacon, Copernicus, and Einstein, men who bled and suffered for the sake of their work, continually inflated the nature and extent of the CO2 threat, using, as we now know, the sleaziest methods available. The result has been complete intellectual degradation. 

Scientists were once among the most trusted figures in Western public life, similar to bankers, priests, and doctors, but in a real sense standing above them all. Scientists were honored as truth-tellers, aware that their reputation for veracity and seriousness was their only real asset. And while exceptions existed (read the story of Blondlot and his N-rays,   for one example), the public took them at their own valuation.

That is ended, one with the scholastic monasteries and the academy at Athens. Scientists today are well on their way to becoming an amalgam of the cheap politician and the three-card monte dealer. They are viewed by the less educated as a privileged class making alarming and impudent claims for their own benefit. The better informed find ourselves in the uncomfortable position of being unable to defend something we once admired.

The next set of questions in physics cannot be answered without equipment costing billions at the very least, and possibly much more. Will a disbelieving public pay for that? We are facing serious dilemmas concerning breakthroughs in biology, not only in stem-cell technology but also in neurology and synthetic biology, breakthroughs that threaten to distort the very nature of humanity itself. Should we leave the solutions up to people who want us to pick a card, any card?

The collaboration between science and democracy is one of the great achievements of human history. It is now threatened by the behavior of people at the very heart of that collaboration. If it is destroyed, something of unparalleled value will have vanished, something that will be nearly impossible to replace. If the Western world wishes to continue its magnificent upward journey, we will have to save science from itself. An errant and corrupt climatology is the place to start.


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KEYWORDS: climategate; globalwarming; globalwarmingfraud; integrity; science; scientificmethod
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1 posted on 11/28/2009 11:39:05 PM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem

As RUSH (the NON Scientist) was fond of saying...

“IF you NEED Consensus ... IT’S NOT SCIENCE

To all the “Scientists” that told RUSH to SHUT UP Because he was NOT A SCIENTIST..

Guess RUSH was RIGHT ALL ALONG... I’m going to have to believe RUSH before believing a ... “””Scientist”””


2 posted on 11/28/2009 11:53:54 PM PST by gwilhelm56 (Pray for Obama: Psalm 109:8 "Let his days be few; and let another take his office. ")
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To: neverdem

Reputation and credibility are fragile things. You can lose either in the blink of an eye and spend a lifetime trying with no luck to ressurect them. Science and scientists better start policing their own lest they all suffer in the end. The need to prostitute themselves to government and academic grant-providers will eventually drive their reputations down to the same gutter where lawyers and the MSM live—if they let it happen.


3 posted on 11/28/2009 11:57:44 PM PST by PaleoBob
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To: neverdem

There once were some whores at East Anglia
Who could very well tickle a ganglia
Twas not ass they were selling
But CO2 they were smelling
It was odorless, colorless but could strangl’ya


4 posted on 11/28/2009 11:58:06 PM PST by Titus-Maximus (Light from Light)
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To: neverdem

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5 posted on 11/29/2009 12:02:46 AM PST by jonascord (Hey, we have the Constitution. What's to worry about?)
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To: neverdem

This is not a scam, it’s a worldwide conspiracy.


6 posted on 11/29/2009 12:04:45 AM PST by DHSMostWanted (Vote Ben Nelson out of office in 2012)
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Obama Says A Baby Is A Punishment

Obama: “If they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.”

7 posted on 11/29/2009 12:05:32 AM PST by narses ('in an odd way this is cheering news!'.)
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To: neverdem

This is worse than Stalin era Lysenkoism and Nazi era anti Jewish science, but all of these including AGW and the bias in stem cell research had been and is due to Left Wing corruption of science to meet their political agendas.


8 posted on 11/29/2009 12:26:32 AM PST by Post Toasties
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To: neverdem

“...Such failings are not relegated only to climatology. With the apparent success of the climate hustlers, it has infected all areas of research. Over the past decade, stem-cell studies have proven a hotbed of fraud. Recall Dr. Hwang Woo Suk, the South Korean biologist who claimed to have cloned various higher animals and isolated new stem cell lines, to worldwide applause. Suk was discovered to have faked all his research, prompting the South Korean government to ban him from taking part in any further work. Nor was he alone. Researchers throughout the field have been caught fabricating and manipulating data, and at least one large biotech company has developed the habit of announcing grand breakthroughs to goose its stock prices....”


And what we don’t see are the people getting away with- or who have already long since gotten away with similar science scams. How much “settled science” that was bought with liberal grant money can still be trusted? I know that in the pharmaceutical area there have been a lot of scams that ended up getting FDA backing over the years—bogus cures for ADD and including all kinds of charlatan remedies for “what ails ya.”

But how much more “science” is just politically motivated BS. These CRU grifters shared in the Gore Nobel prize, didn’t they? It demonstrates to what extremes worldwide poltical interests will go to to prop up “science” that fits the agenda.

We now have a so-called science czar who believes in forced sterilization (using the water supply!), mass abortions, crazy stuff that makes even cloning and embryonic stem cell research seem tame. At what point will “science” be concocted that advises the removal of, say, the white race? Hitler used science and scientists to exterminate selected groups. The Soviets used psychiatrists to declare individual dissidents “insane” so as to lock them away in Siberia.

Look at Gore and AGW and you see what happens when a direct link between obsessed politicians and grant-needy scientists is created. Could a pipeline carry any more slime than the one down which hundreds of millions of dollars in global warming backing went to universities?

This is reckless and dangerous stuff.


9 posted on 11/29/2009 12:28:44 AM PST by PaleoBob
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To: neverdem
Global Warming Fraud and the Future of Science

What kind of premise is that around which to build an entire column?

Waste of time.

Science has a solid grasp in the imagination of society and the expectation of expanding knowledge and general benefits to mankind.

The Global Warming pseudo science does not and has not. Simply because it's not science. Never was and never will be.

Using computer models as "science" is an oxymoron. Any competent person educated in math and science knows that; or should.

The fact that it took a gross in-your-face meltdown of the fraud for the ordinary person to take notice is sad.
As is the sight of fourth-rate actors having canniption fits on TV screaming "Peer reviewed!... peer reviewed..." when he obviously and demonstrably hasn't a clue what "peer reviewed" means.

10 posted on 11/29/2009 12:38:13 AM PST by Publius6961 (…he's not America, he's an employee who hasn't risen to minimal expectations.)
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To: neverdem
Mann was utilizing an algorithm that would produce hockey sticks if you fed it telephone numbers. (Mann is the "Mike" mentioned in the CRU e-mails, and this is one of his "tricks".) Despite this disclosure, Mann has never withdrawn the chart, offered an explanation, or made a correction. The chart remains an accepted piece of evidence among warmists.

There is one thing I expect to happen before Mann goes off into the sunset to take drive-in orders at McDonalds:

A demand from the real scientific community that he answer all those questions. To face his huge "FAIL' like a man and resign before he is fired.

Anything less will guarantee that this series of frauds go down in the history of Science right alongside "Piltdown Man."

11 posted on 11/29/2009 12:58:05 AM PST by Publius6961 (…he's not America, he's an employee who hasn't risen to minimal expectations.)
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To: neverdem

Science, by definition, limits itself to the dispassionate, objective evaluation of data. Subjectivity is not allowed, so “activist science” is a contradiction in terms. Being human, scientists are often wrong in their claims or findings. However, because data and methods are presented for review by other scientists, the process is normally self correcting.

The sleazy practices of an evil, politicized cabal of “scientists” that has dominated the global warming debate involved in the deliberate selective use or exclusion of data to advance preconceived conclusions, and to discredit individual scientists who disagreed with them. They were enabled universities, government organizations, and private companies that would profit by their “findings”.

In the final analysis the whole global warming “debate” amounted to an attack on science that corrupted the peer review process.


12 posted on 11/29/2009 1:13:04 AM PST by haroldeveryman
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To: neverdem

Maybe mankind has advanced.

It took 40 years to thoroughy debunk
the Piltdown Man hoax, which was based on cobbled-together “evidence.”

Thanks to the hackers, it might take only 20 years to thoroughly debunk AGW, which is also based on cobbled-together “evidence.”


13 posted on 11/29/2009 1:15:50 AM PST by syriacus (It took 40 years to debunk Piltdown Man; 20 years to debunk Meltdown Men, Al Gore and James Hansen.)
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To: neverdem

I never swallowed the fraud.

I knew the truth from the beginning, just not the specifics, so there was no reason for me to put my two cents into the conversation.

I know many of you are the same way. It is obvious to the “Truly” logical/scientific mind what the truth is and what fraud is.

If it was hotter in the past and it is cyclical there is nothing we humans can do but adapt. Since it never happens overnight that is easy to accomplish.

It has long been known that about every 800 years Britain produces great abundances of grapes as well as high quality wine and was the prime reason Rome took such an interest in the wines that were produced there.

One could go on and on about the cycles that have been known and are completely ignored by pseudo “Climate” experts.

There are some local phenomena that man has screwed up a region by stripping it bare or even by developing irrigation to artificially enhance areas which might not produce food and environments that nature might not. Those are localized and do not affect the complete Eco system.

I R so smart n I didn’t go to no fancy school to learn just how stuped sum a my fellow humans think I r.


14 posted on 11/29/2009 1:39:25 AM PST by jongaltsr (Hope to See ya in Galt's Gulch.)
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To: neverdem

This is an excellent synopsis of the collapse of the “global warming” scam.
People should go to prison.


15 posted on 11/29/2009 1:43:55 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: neverdem
The article offers a good summary of the fraud. The author could have included the Ozone Hole fraud as one more example, but one where the hucksters succeeded and continue to succeed with their global governing bodies.

The author makes the presumption that the gig is up on AGW theory. I don't think so. This is a huge industry and they aren't going to give up over something as trivial as facts. Obama's heading to Copenhagen after all. Why? To give added weight to the Luddites' efforts to constrain modern civilization through carbon socialism.

Most people have no clue and the media's not informing them. Ask around. See how many people are remotely aware of climategate. Few are.

Look at the antipathy the public holds towards socialized medicine. And yet, Reid, Pelosi, and Obama are ramming it down out throats despite the opposition. Obama's 52.7% electorial victory is being treated by the press and Obama's permanent campaign as a sweeping mandate.

Truth will out, but truth doesn't matter to these people. It's too early to declare victory.

16 posted on 11/29/2009 2:55:01 AM PST by Entrepreneur (The environmental movement is filled with watermelons - green on the outside, red on the inside)
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To: Entrepreneur

So who was the beneficiary of the Ozone Hole Scam? In my opinion it was Dupont whose patent was running out on R12. Companies all over the world were gearing up to produce it once the patent expired and then all of a sudden we get news stories about “scientists” who have discoverd the holes in the ozone.

Then all of a sudden in the nick of time R134a shows up as a solution but it requires some modifications to every thing on the face of the planet to make it work on R12 systems. Look at all the money that was made on just the evacuation and recharging os refrigerant systems, not to mention the new patent for R134a.

The difference is that a certain number of worldwide companies made their killing but it didn’t involve massive worldwide legislation and taxation as the “cure”. The governments knew this as well and saw it as the model to launch what we are now seeing in the AGW debates. This involvement is not lost on the right or the left in regards to beurocrats. They are all in the game and the game this time is not just money, it is ultimate power.


17 posted on 11/29/2009 4:16:34 AM PST by mazda77 (Rubio for US Senate)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...

:’) Thanks neverdem.


18 posted on 11/29/2009 5:11:37 AM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: neverdem

Science nerds have the playground of their dreams in the leaked material. Manning and the rest of the hoaxers are in for a very long ride.


19 posted on 11/29/2009 5:15:17 AM PST by Brugmansian
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To: mazda77

I have reviewed the R12 thing and agree with you. The fact that Reagan signed the Montreal Protocol is troubling. Perhaps it was the need to have a tax increase that most people did not notice.


20 posted on 11/29/2009 5:24:05 AM PST by Raycpa
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To: neverdem
The real power of the emails isnot in what they reveal, but in the fact that they confirm what many were already saying. Let's stop treating them as a revelation and start treating them as evidence.
21 posted on 11/29/2009 5:37:17 AM PST by ez ("Abashed the Devil stood and felt how awful goodness is..." - Milton)
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To: Lancey Howard

Yes it is and yes they should. Will be using this article in my continuing effort to convince some of the liberals in my family that Global Warming has been and is a huge hoax aimed at destroying our way of life, our freedoms,our economic wellbeing, and at surrendering our national sovereignty to a Global Communistic cabal...run by he eco-communists.

Al Gore should be sued for everything he is worth and cap and trade should immediately be thrown into the trash bin and every cap and trade company, scheme, green business that is tied to GW farce, should go bankrupt....especially Algore’s.


22 posted on 11/29/2009 5:48:33 AM PST by Freedom'sWorthIt (Obama's Deathcare ---- many will suffer and/or die unnecessarily.)
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To: Publius6961
"There is one thing I expect to happen before Mann goes off into the sunset to take drive-in orders at McDonalds: A demand from the real scientific community that he answer all those questions. To face his huge "FAIL' like a man and resign before he is fired."

I believe I read somewhere that Penn State was going to do a soup to nuts investigation of Mann.

Hopefully it won't be a cover-up.

23 posted on 11/29/2009 5:50:27 AM PST by SnuffaBolshevik
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To: neverdem
•You don't manipulate data. (As CRU chief scientist Phil Jones stated he was doing in the now-famous "Mike's trick" e-mail, not to mention throughout the now-famous source code.) •You don't fabricate data. (As one CRU scientist did while compiling weather-station data. Running into problems, he states, "I can make it up. So I did." He adds an evil smiley face. This e-mail has gone under radar up until now. It can be found in the comments on James Delingpole's blog. •You don't deny data to other investigators. (As Hansen, Jones, and, it appears, everybody else in the warming community has done at one time or another.) •You don't destroy evidence. (As the members of the CRU did following a Freedom of Information request.) •You don't bury contradictory data. (As Jones and several colleagues did in an attempt to undercut the impact of the Medieval Warming Period.) •You don't secretly manipulate the argument from behind the scenes. (As the CRU staff did with the website Realclimate.org., screening comments to allow only those that supported the warming thesis.) •You don't secretly undercut your critics. (As Mann advised the CRU to do concerning the scientific journal, Climate Researh: "I think we have to stop considering ‘Climate Research' as a legitimate peer-reviewed journal. Perhaps we should encourage our colleagues in the climate research community to no longer submit to, or cite papers in, this journal.") •You don't try to get a journal editor critical of your case fired. (As the CRU staff evidently succeeded in doing with an editor for Geophysical Research Letters.)

You do if you're part of a conspiracy to commit fraud on a global scale.

24 posted on 11/29/2009 6:05:26 AM PST by highlander_UW (To anger a conservative tell him a lie. To anger a liberal tell him the truth.)
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To: neverdem
Come on - the OZONE Hole - Population Bomb - Global Freezing - too many science scams have been left off.

Y2K wasn't a liberal scam - no one was making money off it. That really was honest people who were concerned. The rest of the crap was pure goldmine for grant gobblers.

25 posted on 11/29/2009 6:09:56 AM PST by GOPJ (Anthropogenic global warming-the most costly and widespread scientific FRAUD in history-James Lewis)
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To: neverdem

Algore’s business card must read Bridge salesman.


26 posted on 11/29/2009 6:22:41 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: GOPJ
Y2K wasn't a liberal scam - no one was making money off it. That really was honest people who were concerned.

I personally know people who were laughing all the way to the bank with the money they made from panicky people and institutions (say, hospitals) "correcting" the Y2K problems with their computers and software.

27 posted on 11/29/2009 7:02:31 AM PST by woofer
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To: woofer
Look - there were problems with some of the software - but companies solved problems very early. We lacked faith in the private sector - a mistake.

But there wasn't a political scam going on with government grants going one way and political donations going the other way. That's what I mean by "scam". Global Warming was a scam - an intention lie to defraud.,,

28 posted on 11/29/2009 7:11:18 AM PST by GOPJ (Anthropogenic global warming-the most costly and widespread scientific FRAUD in history-James Lewis)
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To: neverdem
The Y2K problem, though over hyped, was a real problem.

Guess what? They threw a lot of resources at it and fixed it. I was one of those "resources".

It wouldn't have been the end of the world, but it would definitely have been a great big mess not to fix it until afterward.

By dragging Y2K in, you weaken an otherwise good argument and make yourself look stupid.

29 posted on 11/29/2009 7:59:08 AM PST by Salman
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To: neverdem

What made me suspicious in the early days of of warmist fearmongering was their rabid insistence that we we’re ALL GOING TO DIE!!! if we didn’t immediately switch from our present life-styles to a type of Unabomber existence where we all ate dead grass for sustenance and walked to our jobs. Which probably wouldn’t exist anyway if the warmists had their way. Why weren’t there warmists who said warming was going on, but it would be good for us? Or not cause too much harm? They all predicted unmitigated disaster when we know full well the earth has been much warmer in the past, and here we still are.


30 posted on 11/29/2009 9:35:49 AM PST by driftless2 (for long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion)
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To: driftless2
Why weren’t there warmists who said warming was going on, but it would be good for us? Or not cause too much harm? They all predicted unmitigated disaster when we know full well the earth has been much warmer in the past, and here we still are.

The "scientists" and politicians were doing a big SHAKE DOWN - and for that to work - to prime the money pump - they had to scare people.

One of these days, I hope Rush or Hannity or Stossel will get together a list of all scare stories - from our cities being destroyed to the oceans boiling and ... and make a special out of it. I'd watch...

I hate those effing liberals... I really do.

31 posted on 11/29/2009 9:41:06 AM PST by GOPJ (Anthropogenic global warming-the most costly and widespread scientific FRAUD in history-James Lewis)
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To: neverdem

Something else you don’t do is tout the output of your computer models as supportive of your theory, when those models are predicated on demonstrating the very same phenomenon you’re trying to prove.


32 posted on 11/29/2009 9:50:09 AM PST by omni-scientist
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To: Salman; GOPJ
By dragging Y2K in, you weaken an otherwise good argument and make yourself look stupid.

Methinks some speedreading happened. The author only referenced Hansen's Y2K Glitch in which the NASA/GISS team led by Hansen "raised temperatures gathered over widespread areas by 1-2 degrees Fahrenheit."

The Y2K Glitch. This episode involved the NASA/GISS team led by James Hansen, possibly the most fanatical and unrelenting of all warmists, a man who makes Al Gore look like a skeptic. (Among other things, Hansen has demanded that warming "deniers" be tried for "crimes against humanity".) While examining a series of NASA temperature graphs, Canadian statistician Steve McIntyre, himself not so much a skeptic as an anti-warming Van Helsing, uncovered a discontinuity occurring in January 2000 that raised temperatures gathered over widespread areas by 1-2 degrees Fahrenheit. McIntyre had no easy time of it, since Hansen refused to reveal what algorithm he'd used to process the data, forcing McIntyre to perform some very abstruse calculations to figure it out.

Once notified, Hansen's team promised to correct the error, stating that it was an "oversight". When the corrected figures were at last released, they rocked the church of warming from bingo hall to steeple. Vanished was the claim that the past few years were "the warmest on record". Now 1934 now took precedence. A full half of the top ten warmest years occurred before WW II, well prior to any massive CO2 buildup.

No explanation has ever been offered. We have a Y2K glitch that behaves like no other computer glitch ever encountered, uniformly affecting a large number of sources distributed almost nationwide. Although the incident trashed all recent data and raised uncomfortable questions about the warming thesis as a whole, NASA itself made no effort at an investigation or inquiry. All that we're ever going to hear is "oversight". I guess that's how they do things at NASA/GISS.


33 posted on 11/29/2009 9:54:12 AM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: omni-scientist
Something else you don’t do is tout the output of your computer models as supportive of your theory, when those models are predicated on demonstrating the very same phenomenon you’re trying to prove.

Let them shoot themselves in the foot as much as they please. Their vaunted computer models completely failed since 1998 in predicting the lack of warming and recent cooling.

34 posted on 11/29/2009 10:05:26 AM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem; Little Bill; Nervous Tick; 4horses+amule; Desdemona; Fractal Trader; grey_whiskers; ...
 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

35 posted on 11/29/2009 10:07:01 AM PST by steelyourfaith (Time to prosecute Al Gore now that fellow scam artist Bernie Madoff is in stir.)
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To: neverdem

You wonder why everything the government touches turns to sh*t. Its because everything they try to do involves large amounts of money which attracts all the scamers.


36 posted on 11/29/2009 10:12:46 AM PST by ully2 (ully)
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To: neverdem
When the corrected figures were at last released, they rocked the church of warming from bingo hall to steeple. Vanished was the claim that the past few years were "the warmest on record". Now 1934 now took precedence. A full half of the top ten warmest years occurred before WW II, well prior to any massive CO2 buildup. No explanation has ever been offered.

Neverdem - I really like that practical, logical, factual approach you have to things. It's strangely comforting. I didn't know the NASA connection to Y2K... If I had known, I would have been much more skeptical at the time.

37 posted on 11/29/2009 10:20:01 AM PST by GOPJ (Anthropogenic global warming-the most costly and widespread scientific FRAUD in history-James Lewis)
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To: Lancey Howard
People should go to prison.

I predict that some will.....

.....if Obama leaves office.

If Obama stays in office through some emergency ploy, nobody guilty will be prosecuted. The people opposing the climate change agenda will be prosecuted. That means you and I probably.

38 posted on 11/29/2009 10:34:51 AM PST by SteamShovel (When hope trumps reality, there is no hope at all.)
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To: aflaak

ping


39 posted on 11/29/2009 10:37:49 AM PST by r-q-tek86 ("A building has integrity just like a man. And just as seldom." - Ayn Rand)
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To: woofer

Y2K was a scam for the vast majority of applications. It made a lot of money for IT consultants and some companies. Those that spent tons of money had no significant problems. Those that spent little or no money also had no significant problems. The problem was widely inflated by IT vendors and consultancies that saw it as a quick way to make a buck. It’s ever been thus, and will continue to be so.


40 posted on 11/29/2009 1:01:47 PM PST by NHResident
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To: neverdem
Has anyone else noticed that it is a bit strange that world CO2 levels are measured in Hawaii, on top of a volcano?

lol...

41 posted on 11/29/2009 1:16:20 PM PST by JasonC
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To: neverdem; Alamo-Girl; TXnMA; CottShop; tacticalogic
What you do, if you are a serious scientist operating according to the established method, is attempt to falsify your hypothesis. Test it to destruction; carry out serious attacks on its weakest points to see if they hold up. If they do -- and the vast majority of hypotheses suffer the indignity embodied in a phrase attributed variously to Thomas Huxley and Lord Kelvin: "a beautiful theory slain by an ugly fact" -- then you have a theory that can be published, and tested, and verified by other scientists. If you don't, you throw it out.

None of this, amidst all the chicanery, fabrications, and manipulations, appears to have been done by anyone active in global warming research, the CRU least of all. From which point we are forced to conclude that AGW is not science, and that any "consensus" that can drawn from it is a consensus of fraud.

We aren't used to thinking of science as a moral enterprise. But if it isn't that, then it isn't science. It's "sanctified" chicanery.

Great article, neverdem! Thank you so very much for posting it!

42 posted on 11/29/2009 2:31:09 PM PST by betty boop (Without God man neither knows which way to go, nor even understands who he is. —Pope Benedict XVI)
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To: betty boop

[[What you do, if you are a serious scientist operating according to the established method, is attempt to falsify your hypothesis. Test it to destruction; carry out serious attacks on its weakest points to see if they hold up.]]

Not anymore- You simply propose a hypothesis, and then attack ANYONE that doesn’t beleive you- prevent them from publishign in peer reveiw magazines, DENY that you’re preventing them from publishing, and manipulate data and hide data that doesn’t support the theory- Apparently this is how sceicne began to be run startign around 150 years ago or so- right aroudn the time the peer review system became nothign more than a big boys club, where dissenting opinions need not apply


43 posted on 11/29/2009 2:37:11 PM PST by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: betty boop
We aren't used to thinking of science as a moral enterprise. But if it isn't that, then it isn't science. It's "sanctified" chicanery.

The moral failure seems to be the abandonment of professional ethics. If carbon rationing can be effected, the people who control the rationing are going to get rich.

44 posted on 11/29/2009 4:50:22 PM PST by tacticalogic ("Oh bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: betty boop; TXnMA; neverdem; CottShop; tacticalogic
We aren't used to thinking of science as a moral enterprise. But if it isn't that, then it isn't science. It's "sanctified" chicanery.

So very true, dearest sister in Christ!

This episode should be a wake-up call to the science community and peer reviewed journals. In ordinary business, this kind of behavior would be called "fraud" and the actors would be prosecuted in civil or criminal courts of law.

45 posted on 11/29/2009 10:17:06 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: betty boop; Alamo-Girl; neverdem; CottShop; tacticalogic
Below (verbatim, with HTML markups intact) is a comment I made on another FR thread on global warming:


"...director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change..."

~~~~~~~~~~~~

Braaaaacckkkk!!!! (Alert klaxon)

There is a title with a foregone conclusion!

It should be something like,

Tyndall Centre for Climate Study..."

... or "Measurement" or "Analysis", etc...

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Once an "investigator" (or organization, or movement -- or half the whole world -- gets on a mission to "PROVE" something, (rather than search for unadulterated evidence to refine current understanding) they cease to be scientists (or theologists)-- or, even, truthful...


And, by "truthful", I include being "truthful" to themselves...

I have precisely the same objection to the "GoreBull Warmists" who are twisting facts to PROVE that humans are destroying Earth as I do to the "YEC" proponents who are out to "PROVE" that their adherence to Ussher's [mis]interpretation of Genesis outweighs all the true scientific observation that has ever been done.

IMHO, aside from mathematics or trial law, the concept of "PROOF" has no place in honest, rational discourse.


(BB & A-G, can you recall the last time one of us claimed we had "PROOF" -- of anything?)

46 posted on 11/30/2009 8:16:15 AM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...!!)
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To: tacticalogic; Alamo-Girl; TXnMA; neverdem; CottShop; metmom; GodGunsGuts
The moral failure seems to be the abandonment of professional ethics.

Seems to be? That's putting it mildly, tacticalogic! But you're absolutely right — "If carbon rationing can be effected, the people who control the rationing are going to get rich" — on the basis of thoroughly corrupt science. This is not even to mention the vast transformation of the world order that the upcoming global warming summit in Copenhagen envisions, which is entirely justified on the basis of this corrupt science.

This is not about science; it's all about money, prestige, influence, and — finally — POWER (political and financial). The AGW boosters propound a global wealth transfer from rich to poor nations, and a complete restructuring of the world economy under an unaccountable international bureaucracy. Again, all this justified on the basis of this crappy AGW "science."

This is breathtakingly scandalous!!!

Not only is science a moral enterprise; but if anybody doubted that it is (as Niels Bohr insisted) a public enterprise as well, this case should be the wake-up call.

An interesting question is why is science abandoning its "professional ethics?" Especially since it should be obvious that if science turns its back on ethical criteria, it undermines its own method and instantly ceases to be science.

47 posted on 11/30/2009 8:58:07 AM PST by betty boop (Without God man neither knows which way to go, nor even understands who he is. —Pope Benedict XVI)
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To: betty boop

[[This is not even to mention the vast transformation of the world order that the upcoming global warming summit in Copenhagen envisions, which is entirely justified on the basis of this corrupt science. ]]

And that is the maddening part of this whole issue- We have to sit back and watch world leaders extort $$ from everyone based on nothign but a lie- a lie that was recently exposed as such- but which these leaders care nothign about. Copenhagen, by all rights, should be indefinately postponed pending further ‘research’ into the issue at the very least, but nope- they’re going right ahead with this as though the lie about man’s suppsoed involvement in climate change is still hidden from the public- which of course, it isn’t.

[[An interesting question is why is science abandoning its “professional ethics?”]]

The same reason the president and the far left are abandoning their duty to prefessional ethics- because it wasn’t workign for them, plain and simple- the president and the far left aren’t even being coy about their desire to trample on our constitutional rights anymore- aren’t even tryign to hide their agenda anymore- they are throwing it right in our faces and daring us to take a stand against them

[[This is breathtakingly scandalous!!!]]

Aint it though? And the worst part about it is we can do absolutely nothign to stop it- IF they won’t even recognize that they’ve been exposed as liars and fraudsters, and are continuing along as though nothign ever happened to expose them, then we, and the TRUTH, doesn’t stand a chance agaisnt these thugs who simply wish to redistribute wealth by force- Ethics be damned!


48 posted on 11/30/2009 9:39:15 AM PST by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: betty boop
"...it should be obvious that if science turns its back on ethical criteria, it undermines its own method and instantly ceases to be science.

Exactly!!!

Those who do not have that "love of discovery" that "drives" a true scientist simply cannot comprehend how destructive the mere concept of "foregone conclusion that must be 'proven'" is to the bedrock foundation of the scientific endeavour.

As a "retired" scientist, I still keep a stereomicroscope here on my desk (and a differential interference metallurgical microscope nearby) -- simply because my mind will not allow me to bypass a question that can be answered via direct observation.

True science is not a "business" -- it is an inescapable "lifelong personal passion for knowledge"!

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Without ethics and passion for truth, "science" is not "dead" -- it is not "science" at all!


49 posted on 11/30/2009 9:43:05 AM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...!!)
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To: TXnMA; Alamo-Girl; tacticalogic; CottShop; metmom; GodGunsGuts; xzins
(BB & A-G, can you recall the last time one of us claimed we had "PROOF" — of anything?)

Goodness, you never heard that word coming out of my mouth! I strongly doubt my dearest sister in Christ, Alamo-Girl, ever uttered the word "proof" either, except to note that "proof" is a word that pertains to the domain of logic/mathematics. Certainly I have never heard it from you, TXnMA!

Anyhoot, human beings living their lives are not mathematical objects. In the sphere of human life and action, there are never any "proofs"; moreover there is never perfect certainty about anything.

"Proofs" are only available where deductive methods are employed. Deductive reasoning starts from a general case assumed to be true, and moves down to specific instances, which are then tested against it. But the scientific method is just the reverse, inductive: One starts with the specific instances (evidence), and then tries to move to the general case (what the evidence shows).

I totally agree with you here:

Once an "investigator" (or organization, or movement — or half the whole world — gets on a mission to "PROVE" something, (rather than search for unadulterated evidence to refine current understanding) they cease to be scientists (or theologists) — or, even, truthful....

And that's a FACT!

Thanks ever so much for your wonderful insights, TXnMA, for pointing us to the "loaded language" involved in the Tyndall Center's self-description — and how the language itself helps to shape the public debate towards a preconceived conclusion.

50 posted on 11/30/2009 9:43:21 AM PST by betty boop (Without God man neither knows which way to go, nor even understands who he is. —Pope Benedict XVI)
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