Even The NYT Begins To See CRU Hoax

Buried in the ‘Science’ section (D1 of the print edition) of the New York Times:

E-Mail Fracas Shows Peril of Trying to Spin Science

Published: November 30, 2009

If you have not delved into the thousands of e-mail messages and files hacked from the computers of British climate scientists, let me give you the closest thing to an executive summary. It is taken from a file slugged HARRY_READ_ME, which is the log of a computer expert’s long struggle to make sense of a database of historical temperatures. Here is Harry’s summary of the situation:


That cry, in various spellings, is a motif throughout the log as Harry tries to fight off despair. “OH [EXPLETIVE] THIS!” he writes after struggling to reconcile readings from weather stations around the world.



Informative Overview On Climate-Gate

From the UK’s Register:

Climategate: Why it matters

The scandal we see and the scandal we don’t

By Andrew Orlowski

30th November 2009

Reading the Climategate archive is a bit like discovering that Professional Wrestling is rigged. You mean, it is? Really?

The archive – a carefully curated 160MB collection of source code, emails and other documents from the internal network of the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia – provides grim confirmation for critics of climate science. But it also raises far more troubling questions.

Perhaps the real scandal is the dependence of media and politicians on their academics’ work – an ask-no-questions approach that saw them surrender much of their power, and ultimately authority. This doesn’t absolve the CRU crew of the charges, but might put it into a better context.



Chelsea Engaged (To Son Of An Ex-Con)

From ABC News:

Chelsea Clinton Engaged

By Jake Tapper

November 30, 2009

ABC News has learned that Chelsea Clinton is engaged to her longtime boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky, a spokesman for former President Clinton confirmed to ABC News.

Clinton, 29, is the only child of the former president and current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She and Mezvinsky — the son of former Rep. Ed Mezvinsky, D-Iowa, and former Rep. Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinksy, D-Penn. — became friends in Washington, DC, and closer friends when they both attended Stanford University.

The two sent out an email the morning of Friday November 27 saying: "We’re sorry for the mass email but we wanted to wish everyone a belated Happy Thanksgiving! We also wanted to share that we are engaged!



Only 10% Will Survive ‘Global Warming’

From the Scotsman:

Warming will ‘wipe out billions’

By Jenny Fyall

29 November 2009

MOST of the world’s population will be wiped out if political leaders fail to agree a method of stopping current rates of global warming, one of the UK’s most senior climate scientists has warned.

Professor Kevin Anderson, director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change, believes only around 10 per cent of the planet’s population – around half a billion people – will survive if global temperatures rise by 4C.

Anderson’s warning comes just eight days before global leaders meet in Copenhagen for the most crucial talks on climate change reversal since the Rio summit in 1992. Current Met Office projections reveal that the lack of action in the intervening 17 years – in which emissions of climate changing gases such as carbon dioxide have soared – has set the world on a path towards potential 4C rises as early as 2060, and 6C rises by the end of the century.



IPCC Head: Tax Unsustainable Lifestyles

From the ‘Observer’ page of the UK’s Guardian:

Rajendra Pachauri accepts the Nobel prize on behalf of the IPCC in 2007

Western lifestyle unsustainable, says climate expert Rajendra Pachauri

Ahead of the Copenhagen summit, leading scientist and IPCC chair Rajendra Pachauri warns of radical charges and regulation if global disaster is to be avoided

James Randerson
Sunday 29 November 2009

Hotel guests should have their electricity monitored; hefty aviation taxes should be introduced to deter people from flying; and iced water in restaurants should be curtailed, the world’s leading climate scientist has told the Observer.

Rajendra Pachauri, the chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), warned that western society must undergo a radical value shift if the worst effects of climate change were to be avoided.



CRU “Set Agenda” On Climate Change

A University of East Anglia press release from last summer:

CRU key to setting environmental agenda

Wed, 11 Jun 2008

The University of East Anglia – in particular its Climatic Research Unit – is the only university to be included in a list of the key bodies that have set the environmental agenda in the UK over the past 30 years.

The influential ENDS (Environmental Data Services) Report, a regular policy briefing for business professionals, is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a fact-packed special supplement reviewing the fast changing UK environmental scene over the past three decades.

In it, it outlines the most important people, ideas and policies during this period. Among the government bodies, the pressure groups and the businesses, the supplement names just one university: ‘The University of East Anglia (and its Climate Research Unit)’.



BBC Weatherman Sat On Climate Emails

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

BBC weatherman ‘ignored’ leaked climate row emails

28th November 2009

The BBC has become tangled in the row over the alleged manipulation of scientific data on global warming.

One of its reporters has revealed he was sent some of the leaked emails from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia more than a month ago – but did nothing about them.

Despite the explosive nature of some of the messages – which revealed apparent attempts by the CRU’s head, Professor Phil Jones, to destroy global temperature data rather than give it to scientists with opposing views – Paul Hudson failed to report the story.

This has led to suspicions that the scandal was ignored because it ran counter to what critics say is the BBC’s unquestioning acceptance in many of its programmes that man-made climate change is destroying the planet.



Climate Is The Cause Of Conflict In Africa

From the true believers at BBC News:

[BBC caption:] Climate has been cited as a factor behind civil conflict in Darfur.

Climate ‘is a major cause’ of conflict in Africa

By Richard Black
Environment correspondent, BBC News website

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Climate has been a major driver of armed conflict in Africa, research shows – and future warming is likely to increase the number of deaths from war.

US researchers found that across the continent, conflict was about 50% more likely in unusually warm years.

Writing in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), they suggest strife arises when the food supply is scarce in warm conditions.

Climatic factors have been cited as a reason for several recent conflicts.

One is the fighting in Darfur in Sudan that according to UN figures has killed 200,000 people and forced two million more from their homes.



CPUSA Honors SEIU, AFSCME ‘Leaders’

From the Communist Party USA’s People’s World (formerly the Daily Worker):

Three union leaders to be honored at ‘Keep the Ball Rolling’ event

November 28 2009

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Three Connecticut labor leaders, Art Perry, Anna Montalvo and Gwen Mills, will be honored on Sunday, Dec. 6, with the annual Amistad Award presented by the People’s World, on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the Communist Party USA. The reception, "Keep the Ball Rolling … to win jobs with union rights, health care, peace and equality!" will be held at 4 p.m. at the New Haven People’s Center, 37 Howe Street, New Haven.

The three are being recognized for their contributions in mobilizing in the workplace and community and building coalitions for social change.



Iran To Build Ten New Enrichment Plants

From Iran’s Press TV:

A Russian technician walks inside the Reactor building of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, in southern Iran in 2006.

Iran set to construct ten new enrichment plants

Sun, 29 Nov 2009

Days after a new resolution by the UN nuclear watchdog called on Iran to halt the construction of its Fordo enrichment plant, the Iranian government tasks the Atomic Energy Organization (AEO) with building ten more nuclear enrichment sites.

According to the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the AEO should begin the construction of five of the requested enrichment facilities over the next two months.

Upon the Iranian government’s request, the organization should also propose locations for the remaining five enrichment plants within a two-month period.

According to the report published on the Iranian president’s website, the request for the construction of the new sites comes as the Iranian government is expected to provide the country’s power plants with 20,000 megawatts of electricity for domestic use.



Swiss Ban Muslim Minarets – AP Outraged

From an outraged Associated Press:

Walter Wobmann, president of the committee ‘Yes for a ban of Minarets’, gestures in Egerkingen, Switzerland, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009.

Swiss ban mosque minarets in surprise vote

By Alexander G. Higgins, Associated Press Writer

GENEVA – Swiss voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional ban on minarets on Sunday, barring construction of the iconic mosque towers in a surprise vote that put Switzerland at the forefront of a European backlash against a growing Muslim population.

Muslim groups in Switzerland and abroad condemned the vote as biased and anti-Islamic. Business groups said the decision hurt Switzerland’s international standing and could damage relations with Muslim nations and wealthy investors who bank, travel and shop there.

"The Swiss have failed to give a clear signal for diversity, freedom of religion and human rights," said Omar Al-Rawi, integration representative of the Islamic Denomination in Austria, which said its reaction was "grief and deep disappointment."

About 300 people turned out for a spontaneous demonstration on the square outside parliament, holding up signs saying, "That is not my Switzerland," placing candles in front of a model of a minaret and making another minaret shape out of the candles themselves.



Yippee! More People Are On Food Stamps

From an ecstatic New York Times:

Across U.S., Food Stamp Use Soars and Stigma Fades


November 29, 2009

MARTINSVILLE, Ohio — With food stamp use at record highs and climbing every month, a program once scorned as a failed welfare scheme now helps feed one in eight Americans and one in four children.

It has grown so rapidly in places so diverse that it is becoming nearly as ordinary as the groceries it buys. More than 36 million people use inconspicuous plastic cards for staples like milk, bread and cheese, swiping them at counters in blighted cities and in suburbs pocked with foreclosure signs.

Virtually all have incomes near or below the federal poverty line, but their eclectic ranks testify to the range of people struggling with basic needs.



Cindy Sheehan, Code Pink Attack Veteran

We almost missed this story from the Sacramento, CA CBS affiliate CBS13:

Tempers Flare At Anti-War Rally At Travis AFB

November 28, 2009

FAIRFIELD, Calif. (CBS13) ― A Saturday rally led by anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan at Travis Air Force Base nearly ended in a brawl when a military veteran physically confronted the protesters.

Anti-war group Code Pink demonstrated at the military base Saturday morning in the first of six planned protests against unmanned military drones currently in use in overseas war zones.

Sheehan, a well-known anti-war activist whose son was killed while serving in Iraq in 2004, was leading the demonstration with a megaphone when a man dressed in a formal military uniform stepped up to her and berated her.

Videotape of the incident shows that Sheehan yelled "Get out of my face" through the megaphone at the man, who slapped the device away.



Dems Claims Bush Let Bin Laden Escape

From the endlessly despicable New York Times:

Special operations forces with Afghan soldiers in the Tora Bora region of eastern Afghanistan in 2001.

Senate Report Explores 2001 Escape by bin Laden From Afghan Mountains


November 29, 2009

WASHINGTON — As President Obama vows to “finish the job” in Afghanistan by sending more troops, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has completed a detailed look back at a crucial failure early in the battle against Al Qaeda: the escape of Osama bin Laden from American forces in the Afghan mountains of Tora Bora in December 2001.

“Removing the Al Qaeda leader from the battlefield eight years ago would not have eliminated the worldwide extremist threat,” the committee’s report concludes. “But the decisions that opened the door for his escape to Pakistan allowed bin Laden to emerge as a potent symbolic figure who continues to attract a steady flow of money and inspire fanatics worldwide.”

The report, based in part on a little-noticed 2007 history of the Tora Bora episode by the military’s Special Operations Command, asserts that the consequences of not sending American troops in 2001 to block Mr.



‘Scientists’ Admit Climate Data Dumped

From the UK’s Times:

Climate change data dumped

Jonathan Leake [sic], Environment Editor

November 29, 2009

SCIENTISTS at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have admitted throwing away much of the raw temperature data on which their predictions of global warming are based.

It means that other academics are not able to check basic calculations said to show a long-term rise in temperature over the past 150 years.

The UEA’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU) was forced to reveal the loss following requests for the data under Freedom of Information legislation.

The data were gathered from weather stations around the world and then adjusted to take account of variables in the way they were collected. The revised figures were kept, but the originals — stored on paper and magnetic tape — were dumped to save space when the CRU moved to a new building.



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