A Perfect Storm Is Brewing For The UN-IPCC

February 28, 2010

The news from sunny Bali that there is to be an international investigation into the conduct of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and its chairman Dr Rajendra Pachauri would have made front-page headlines a few weeks back. But while Scotland and North America are still swept by blizzards, in their worst winter for decades, there has been something of a lull in the global warming storm – after three months when the IPCC and Dr Pachauri were themselves battered by almost daily blizzards of new scandals and revelations. And one reason for this lull is that the real message of all the scandals has been lost.

The chief defense offered by the warmists to all those revelations centered on the IPCC’s last 2007 report is that they were only a few marginal mistakes scattered through a vast, 3,000-page document. OK, they say, it might have been wrong to predict that the Himalayan glaciers would melt by 2035; that global warming was about to destroy 40 per cent of the Amazon rainforest and cut African crop yields by 50 per cent; that sea levels were rising dangerously; that hurricanes, droughts and other “extreme weather events” were getting worse. These were a handful of isolated errors in a massive report; behind them the mighty edifice of global warming orthodoxy remains unscathed. The “science is settled”, the “consensus” is intact.

But this completely misses the point. Put the errors together and it can be seen that one after another they tick off all the central, iconic issues of the entire global warming saga. Apart from those non-vanishing polar bears, no fears of climate change have been played on more insistently than these: the destruction of Himalayan glaciers and Amazonian rainforest; famine in Africa; fast-rising sea levels; the threat of hurricanes, droughts, floods and heatwaves all becoming more frequent.

All these alarms were given special prominence in the IPCC’s 2007 report and each of them has now been shown to be based, not on hard evidence, but on scare stories, derived not from proper scientists but from environmental activists. Those glaciers are not vanishing; the damage to the rain-forest is not from climate change but logging and agriculture; African crop yields are more likely to increase than diminish; the modest rise in sea levels is slowing not accelerating; hurricane activity is lower than it was 60 years ago; droughts were more frequent in the past; there has been no increase in floods or heat-waves.

Furthermore, it has also emerged in almost every case that the decision to include these scare stories rather than hard scientific evidence was deliberate. As several IPCC scientists have pointed out about the scare over Himalayan glaciers, for instance, those responsible for including it were well aware that proper science said something quite different. But it was inserted nevertheless – because that was the story wanted by those in charge.

In addition, we can now read in shocking detail the truth of the outrageous efforts made to ensure that the same 2007 report was able to keep on board IPCC’s most shameless stunt of all – the notorious “hockey stick” graph purporting to show that in the late 20th century, temperatures had been hurtling up to unprecedented levels. This was deemed necessary because, after the graph was made the centrepiece of the IPCC’s 2001 report, it had been exposed as no more than a statistical illusion. (For a full account see Andrew Montford’s The Hockey Stick Illusion, and also my own book The Real Global Warming Disaster.)

In other words, in crucial respects the IPCC’s 2007 report was no more than reckless propaganda, designed to panic the world’s politicians into agreeing at Copenhagen in 2009 that we should all pay by far the largest single bill ever presented to the human race, amounting to tens of trillions of dollars. And as we know, faced with the prospect of this financial and economic abyss, December’s Copenhagen conference ended in shambles, with virtually nothing agreed.

What is staggering is the speed and the scale of the unravelling – assisted of course, just before Copenhagen, by “Climategate”, the emails and computer codes leaked from East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit. Their significance was the light they shone on the activities of a small group of British and US scientists at the heart of the IPCC, as they discussed ways of manipulating data to show the world warming faster than the evidence justified; fighting off legitimate requests for data from outside experts to hide their manipulations; and conspiring to silence their critics by excluding their work from scientific journals and the IPCC’s 2007 report itself. (Again, a devastating analysis of this story has just been published by Stephen Mosher and Tom Fuller in Climategate: The CRUtape Letters).

Almost as revealing as the leaked documents themselves, however, was the recent interview given to the BBC by the CRU’s suspended director, Dr Phil Jones, who has played a central role in the global warming scare for 20 years, not least as custodian of the most prestigious of the four global temperature records relied on by the IPCC. In his interview Jones seemed to be chucking overboard one key prop of warmest faith after another, as he admitted that the world might have been hotter during the Medieval Warm Period 1,000 years ago than it is today, that before any rise in CO2 levels temperatures rose faster between 1860 and 1880 than they have done in the past 30 years, and that in the past decade their trend has been falling rather than rising.

The implications of all this for the warming scare, as it has been presented to us over the past two decades, can scarcely be overestimated. The reputation of the IPCC is in shreds. And this is to say nothing of the personal reputation of the man who was the mastermind of its 2007 report, its chairman, Dr Rajendra Pachauri.

It was in this newspaper that we first revealed how Pachauri has earned millions of pounds for his Delhi-based research institute Teri, and further details are still emerging of how he has parlayed his position into a worldwide business empire, including 17 lucrative contracts from the EU alone. But we should not expect the truth to break in too suddenly on this mass of vested interests. Too many people have too much at stake to allow the faith in man-made global warming, which has sustained them so long and which is today making so many of them rich, to be abandoned. The so-called investigations into Climategate and Dr Michael “Hockey Stick” Mann seem like no more than empty establishment whitewashes. There is little reason to expect that the inquiry into the record of the IPCC and Dr Pachauri that is now being set up by the UN Environment Programme and the world’s politicians will be very different.

Since 1988, when the greatest scare the world has seen got under way, hundreds of billions of pounds have been poured into academic research projects designed not to test the CO2 warming thesis but to take it as a given fact, and to use computer models to make its impacts seem as scary as possible. The new global “carbon trading” market, already worth $126 billion a year, could soon be worth trillions. Governments, including our own, are calling for hundreds of billions more to be chucked into absurd “carbon-saving” energy schemes, with the cost to be met by all of us in soaring taxes and energy bills.

With all this mighty army of gullible politicians, dutiful officials, busy carbon traders, eager “renewables” developers and compliant, funding-hungry academics standing to benefit from the greatest perversion of the principles of true science the world has ever seen, who are we to protest that their emperor has no clothes? (How apt that that fairy tale should have been written in Copenhagen.) Let all that fluffy white “global warming” continue to fall from the skies, while people shiver in homes that, increasingly, they will find they can no longer afford to heat. We have called into being a true Frankenstein’s monster. It will take a mighty long time to cut it down to size.

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Exporting MANPADS: Anti-Aircraft Missiles Intercepted From North Korea Alarm Scientists

February 27, 2010

Really good terror weapons …

VOA News: A group of American scientists is expressing alarm at a possible attempt by North Korea to ship portable anti-aircraft missile systems abroad. The missiles were part of a an airborne cargo intercepted by authorities in Thailand in December.

The Federation of American Scientists, based in Washington, is urging more vigilance by the international community after the discovery of so-called MANPADS missile systems aboard a cargo plane loaded in North Korea.

The plane was intercepted during a landing in Thailand two months ago. The U.S. group cites a report to the United Nations Security Council as saying the plane contained “five crates” of MANPADS, which stands for man-portable air defense system.

“These are normally shoulder-fired, always man-portable, surface-to-air missiles,” said Matt Schroeder, the manager of the FAS Arms Sales Monitoring Project.


Ubuntu: “One Music” Store Ready To Launch With Lucid Lynx ?

February 27, 2010

Taking a page from Apple’s playbook, could be. Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx is expected to launch on April 29th – and could land with a big bang. Canonical, sponsor and developer of Ubuntu, is working hard on an iTunes-like music store. Rumors are saying that the music store will be a part of the Ubuntu single sign on service – providing a single, central login service for all Ubuntu-related sites and applications, thus making it more convenient for Ubuntu users and community members to access information, communicate, and contribute.

Lucid Lynx comes with a newly designed Software Center where you will be able to purchase music from the same application that allows you to browse, search and install applications. Most likely this will be a partnership with Amazon’s digital music download service (seeing as how Amazon already has a version of its MP3 download tool for Linux). The music service will likely work in conjunction with either Rhythmbox or Banshee.

Having a music store build into an operating system without the need of adding extra software plus the already available and coming features to “Ubuntu One” including back up, store, sync and share your data with other Ubuntu One users – how simple and easy is that? If all goes to plan, soon enough commercial software will join the mix inside of the Ubuntu Software Center. How cool is all that going to be.

If you still want just a basic stable OS to use for daily work, Lucid Linx should be great, and cheap, it’s free.


Ubuntu 10.04 LTS “Lucid Lynx” Hits Alpha 3

February 27, 2010

I am running it now, and it looks really good, going to be a hot chase for windows 7. For those that have been waiting to try out Ubuntu 10.04 (a.k.a. the Lucid Lynx) until it gets closer to a beta state, the third and final alpha release is now available.

It’s becoming increasingly clear that Microsoft with Windows 7 will have difficulty putting any daylight between Windows 7 and the Ubuntu operating system, it’s free as well. It boots way fast, which is impressive for those users who want to power down their systems between uses.

It’s not perfect yet. If you need perfect, better to wait on future releases. The final is due on April 29. It’s the real deal. Free with five year support.


Crist: Circling The Drain

February 27, 2010

“Moderate” Florida governor Charlie Crist’s Senate campaign is circling the drain. And it’s mostly his own fault.

Crist, a formerly conservative politician who “grew in office” and became a full blown RINO, shortly after becoming governor in 2007, Crist blew through a 50-point lead over conservative former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio faster than Sherman went through Georgia. Polls released this week by Rasmussen and the Florida Chamber of Commerce both show Rubio with an 18-point lead over Crist in a race for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate seat Mel Martinez resigned from last summer.

In the general Rubio has a commanding lead over the little known Meek. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in the state shows Meek trailing Crist by 16 points and Rubio by 20 in general election match-ups, margins that are virtually unchanged from a month ago

Crist’s fall and Rubio’s ascendance have been so steady and uninterrupted that key members of Crist’s political organization are leaving in order to pursue “other opportunities”. When  Crist appointed a liberal justice to the Florida Supreme Court — That drove the final nail.

The sounds you hear of many hands clapping are those of grassroots Florida Tea Party activists, pleased at the prospect of Crist’s long but undistinguished political career coming to an end. Not to mention the prospect of a young, energetic, intelligent conservative representing Florida in the U.S. Senate instead of the Arlen Specter wannabe Crist has become.

Growing in office instead of hold to the Constitution and your values and principles is proving deadly for Crist. I remember in January he was running ads maybe hourly, trying to prop up his Conservative bona fides with lies. Lies aren’t values, they show character. The Internet is changing politics in ways never envisioned by the political elites.

Rasmussen Reports.


China: Will Buy Half Of IMF’s Gold

February 26, 2010

Pravda reports — China has confirmed the intention to purchase 191.3 tons of gold from the International Monetary Fund at an open auction, Finmarket news agency said.

World central banks started to increase their gold reserves after prices on gold began to climb in 2001. The IMF sells gold within the scope of a program to diversify sources of income and achieve an increase in lending.

The IMF announced an intention to sell 403.3 tons of gold in accordance with the adequate decision made by the board of directors of the fund in September of 2009. India, Mauritius and Sri Lanka purchased about 212 tons of the amount at the end of 2009. India purchased the most – 200 tons.

The coming crash ?


Sarah Palin: Summit Would Have Been Better With Beer

February 26, 2010

Palin tells tea partiers to ‘take over’ Republican Party

Bipartisan health care reform negotiations would be more productive if lawmakers just had a buzz, according to Sarah Palin. The former Alaska Governor told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that the White House “beer summit” accomplished more than Thursday’s health care reform summit.

“I think Michele Bachmann summed it up very well earlier today. She suggested that maybe the beer summit was more productive and fruitful than what we saw today out of the health care summit,” said Palin.

“Maybe these guys should have popped some tops off some [Miller Genuine Draft beers] and gotten really down to business and gotten the work done,” Palin recommended.

Sarah believes that the health care summit was a “victory” overall for Republicans because Americans got to hear their ideas, many for the very first time.

Palin had a message for tea party protesters who are considering starting a third party to run against Republicans — “Now a simple answer to a challenge we face today with the tea party movement — and I believe that I’m a part of that because I’m such a believe in freedom and that’s what the tea party is all about — a simple answer to the challenge that they face and not knowing kind of where we belong right now is to essentially pick a party because we are a two party system,” said Palin.

“It’s a heck of a lot easier to get in there a reform one of the parties and get the people in the party to understand what has built this great country and what will allow for a brighter future for this great country than it is to form a whole new machine and a whole new process via a third party,” she continued.

“Let’s just get in there and take over one of the parties. I vote take over the Republican Party, tea partiers, and get them to see the light,” Palin suggested.

Hannity Interview:


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