Friday, February 26, 2010

I'm sorry, what was that?

CLIMATE scientists yesterday stunned Britons suffering the coldest winter for 30 years by claiming last month was the ­hottest January the world has ever seen.

The remarkable claim, based on global satellite data, follows Arctic temperatures that brought snow, ice and travel chaos to millions in the UK.

At the height of the big freeze, the entire country was blanketed in snow. But Australian weather expert Professor Neville Nicholls, of Monash University in Melbourne, said yesterday: “January, according to satellite data, was the hottest January we’ve ever seen.
Source here.

The climate gate scandal showed us that true believers and scientists with their funding on the line are happy to alter data, lie about data, fabricate data and try to change history (by covering up the Medieval Warming Period) to keep people believing in the lie of anthropogenic global warming.

My take on this story is simple: Check their data. If it appears unaltered, check the satellites.

Remember NASA's 2008 claim that October had been the hottest on record, which they then had to retract? Fortunately, lies, cover ups and scandals have made many people skeptical of Global Warming alarmist claims. I suspect this new claim will do nothing to bolster the credibility of this phony movement.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Now we know why Obama is soft on terrorists

It turns out, 9 appointees in the Department of Justice directly represented terrorists in legal proceedings. I kid you not:
Attorney General Eric Holder says nine Obama appointees in the Justice Department have represented or advocated for terrorist detainees before joining the Justice Department. But he does not reveal any names beyond the two officials whose work has already been publicly reported. And all the lawyers, according to Holder, are eligible to work on general detainee matters, even if there are specific parts of some cases they cannot be involved in.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Stop using Acrobat Reader right now

According to ZDNet, malicious PDF files comprised 80 percent of all exploits in 2009. PDF files are now the target of choice by hackers, when just opening the file will compromise your machine. Adobe has yet to show they're serious about security.

I use the free Foxit PDF reader myself, and I find it faster, more lightweight, and generally a better experience than Adobe Acrobat reader. Do yourself a favor and uninstall Acrobat Reader and replace it with Foxit. For extra security, turn off Javascript in the reader after you install it.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

More Climate Gate Fallout

I've always been taught that science is about questioning, not faith. When discussing science, skepticism is healthy, as other scientists must be able to replicate an experiment and get the same result to validate it, or examine collected data, analyze it and come up with their conclusions.

Professor Phil Jones, The academic at the center of the ‘Climategate’ affair, has basically admitted he's been lying for years.

He blames his fabricated missing data on poor paperwork, but there's a lot more to it.
Professor Jones also conceded the possibility that the world was warmer in medieval times than now – suggesting global warming may not be a man-made phenomenon.

And he said that for the past 15 years there has been no ‘statistically significant’ warming.
He also agreed that there had been two periods which experienced similar warming, from 1910 to 1940 and from 1975 to 1998, but said these could be explained by natural phenomena whereas more recent warming could not.

He further admitted that in the last 15 years there had been no ‘statistically significant’ warming, although he argued this was a blip rather than the long-term trend.
If we had warming trends from 1910 to 1940 and 1975 to 1998 (the second one, by the way, shattering the global cooling scare similar to the current global warming charade), then why are 30 year and 23 year trends meaningful but a 15 year period simply a blip?
Sceptics believe there is strong evidence that the world was warmer between about 800 and 1300 AD than now because of evidence of high temperatures in northern countries.

But climate change advocates have dismissed this as false or only applying to the northern part of the world.

Professor Jones departed from this consensus when he said: ‘There is much debate over whether the Medieval Warm Period was global in extent or not. The MWP is most clearly expressed in parts of North America, the North Atlantic and Europe and parts of Asia.

‘For it to be global in extent, the MWP would need to be seen clearly in more records from the tropical regions and the Southern hemisphere. There are very few palaeoclimatic records for these latter two regions.

According to the records we do have, however, the Medieval Warming Period was quite real, and global warming true believers have been trying to cover it up, as indicated in the earlier climategate e-mails.

Go a bit farther back and ice core analysis says drastic global temperature change has occurred long before humankind could have had anything to do with it.

Here's the truth: The only constant in global climate is change. That change in the past has much more to do with solar activity and other natural factors than any human activity. To claim with certainty that any global climate change is anthropogenic isn't scientific, it's the act of a person trying to protect his funding or a fanatic protecting his faith.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

The media continues to get it wrong

From Reuters:
DRESDEN, Germany (Reuters) – At least 10,000 Germans formed a human chain in Dresden on Saturday and stopped neo-Nazis staging a funeral march to remember victims of the Allied air raid that flattened the city 65 years ago.

About 5,000 neo-Nazis, clad in black, had gathered at Dresden's Neustadt station -- where Nazis once packed trains with Jews bound for the Auschwitz concentration camp -- hoping to stage Germany's biggest far-right march since 1945...

But large numbers of anti-neo-Nazi protesters, who turned out despite freezing temperatures, stopped the far-right sympathizers from getting into the town center.

I'm always shocked at the "far-right" label given to Nazis. The Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, or National Socialist German Workers' Party wasn't at all right-wing, as their name makes clear. While they didn't overtly take government control of the means of production, they used coercion and regulation to achieve the same effect.

Hitler's gas chambers were inspired by the early 20th century progressive movement's strong support for eugenics.

The most commonly suggested method of eugenicide in America was a "lethal chamber" or public locally operated gas chambers. In 1918, Popenoe, the Army venereal disease specialist during World War I, co-wrote the widely used textbook, Applied Eugenics, which argued, "From an historical point of view, the first method which presents itself is execution… Its value in keeping up the standard of the race should not be underestimated." Applied Eugenics also devoted a chapter to "Lethal Selection," which operated "through the destruction of the individual by some adverse feature of the environment, such as excessive cold, or bacteria, or by bodily deficiency." -Edwin Black, The Horrifying Roots of Nazi Eugenics
Hitler's propaganda was inspired by the work produced by Woodrow Wilson's administration. From an interview about George Creel, propagandist for the Wilson administration:

My initial interest in Creel predated the Iraq War. He was a figure who had received very little attention, yet who single-handedly created a vast propaganda machine that was so impressive it became a model for the Nazis. Joseph Goebbels told a reporter who conveyed this to Edward Bernays, that Goebbles read all of Bernays books, and Hitler himself in Mein Kampf cited the propaganda efforts of America in World War I as a model for what propaganda would do. -How America Was Sold on World War, Remembering George Creel, the founder of modern war propaganda

The Nazi movement was socialist in name and progressive in inspiration, the very definition of a far-left movement. The Nazis were authoritarian, and the progressive movement has worked hard to redefine them on that basis alone to distance themselves from that horrific evil wrought by Hitler.

When one thinks of large, controlling government dictating individual behavior through regulation and ultimately force, however, it's clear that the progressives and the far-left have much more in common with Nazism than any far-right movement. The far-right has plenty of dangerous extremists, but they tend to be anarchist, not authoritarian. Yet the left has so thoroughly rewritten history that it proudly proclaims itself progressive despite the deeply disturbing roots and spawn of that movement.

The relevant bit of this video is through about 1 minute and 27 seconds.

It would surprise me deeply if Ms. Clinton were ignorant of the early history of the Progressive movement. She and other progressives like her are counting on the fact that most Americans are.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

How Sacramento plans to have you raped or murdered

A federal judge ordered changes to California's state prison system (reducing the overcrowding) or release prisoners. The state's budget is leaking red ink. One proposed reduction in cost is to release some "non-violent" inmates.

The problem is, some of these people being released aren't non-violent offenders:

One of the inmates the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department released early as part of an effort to reduce the state's prison population was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of attempted rape, less than 24 hours after getting out of jail, The Bee has learned.

Kevin Eugene Peterson got out of jail Monday night after serving about two months on a four-month sentence for violating probation on a prior felony conviction. Peterson was arrested 12 hours later, around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, on suspicion of an attempted rape involving a female counselor at the 1300 block of North C Street, a Sacramento Police Department spokesman said. He was booked into the Sacramento County jail at 3:21 p.m. Tuesday on suspicion of attempted rape, sexual battery, false imprisonment and violating the terms of his probation.

Oops. So how did this guy get out? His most recent crime was non-violent:

Sheriff John McGinness on Tuesday said only nonviolent inmates jailed on misdemeanors would be eligible for early release. Peterson was convicted for felony assault with a deadly weapon in 2008 - a violent crime. His most recent stint in jail, however, was for a probation violation.

"The probation violation was nonviolent," McGinness said.

When lawmakers say they'll only be releasing non-violent offenders, they don't mean offenders with no violent crimes on their rap sheet.

In fact, did you know that Phil Garrido, the man you kidnapped Jaycee Lee Dugard and held her captive for 18 years had been released early after a rape conviction?
Garrido served 10 years in the federal prison in Leavenworth, Kansas, before being granted parole. He then served seven months for the rape conviction in a Nevada prison before being granted an early release in August 1988. Less than three years later, he allegedly kidnapped Dugard.
Keep that in mind when politicians assure you that no violent offenders will be released early.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi steals millions of taxpayer dollars

When the Democrats took control of the House of Representatives and the Senate, they promised the most open, transparent Congress in history. Much like the President, they had no intention of keeping that promise, even while continuing to tell us they are. Recently, Speaker Pelosi said of the health care bill, "There has never been a more open process for any legislation," while other members of Congress indicated the process would likely happen behind closed doors.

That's maddening enough, but even worse is Speaker Pelosi's massive waste of taxpayer dollars. She's been using military flights to ferry her family members around for personal travel, without any congressional presence on the flights.

You may recall that Congress spent a fortune on their recent junket to Copenhagen.
For 15 Democratic and 6 Republican Congressmen, food and rooms for two nights cost $4,406 tax dollars each. That's $2,200 a day - more than most Americans spend on their monthly mortgage payment.

Total hotel, meeting rooms and "a couple" of $1,000-a-night hospitality suites topped $400,000.

Flights weren't cheap, either. Fifty-nine House and Senate staff flew commercial during the Copenhagen rush. They paid government rates -- $5-10,000 each -- totaling $408,064. Add three military jets -- $168,351 just for flight time -- and the bill tops $1.1 million dollars -- not including all the Obama administration officials who attended: well over 60.
It might come as a surprise that the cost to taxpayers for shuttling her family about has been much higher. Judicial watch reports that the Pelosi family's military travel Cost the United States Air Force $2,100,744.59 over a two-year period, including $101,429 for in-flight expenses (read food and adult beverages).

Even more maddening is that the Pelosis are very wealthy, easily capable of paying for this travel without reaching into your pockets to do it.

Additional commentary at American Thinker and Doug Ross's blog.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Liar in Chief

Thank you Breitbart for putting this video together, 16 lies in 7 minutes.

This was one of my biggest concerns about Obama before the election. That he seems to have no compunction against telling obvious lies. They are legion, and they are well documented.

All politicians fudge on their promises. But this president manages to transcend the normal political exaggeration and dissimulation. Whereas past executives shaded the truth, Barack Obama trumps that: on almost every key issue, what Obama says he will do, and what he says is true, is a clear guide to what he will not do, and what is not true. It is as if “truth” is a mere problem of lesser mortals.
When will Obama fans notice this?