Month: November 2011

ClimateGate Strikes, Again!

You might remember that right before the Copenhagen global warming convention, thousands of emails written by the greatest and most popular climate scientists were exposed to the public.The emails showed that these supposedly respectable scientists had been diddling the data, and spiking their algorithms to present a false story of rapid, and dangerous global warmng.

The ClimateGate emails played a role in making Copenhagen a joke of a meeting, along with record snowfalls, and President Obama in danger of becoming snowbound in Denmark. 

Now, we have an additional 254 megabytes of emails and documents in a zip file posted initially on a Russian web server. The Russian server seems to be down, now, but you can download he zip file FOIA 2011 here.

The traditional README file you find with downloads gives us a reason why the emails are being released.
 FOIA 2011 — Background and Context ///

“Over 2.5 billion people live on less than $2 a day.”

“Every day nearly 16.000 children die from hunger and related causes.”

“One dollar can save a life” — the opposite must also be true.

“Poverty is a death sentence.”

“Nations must invest $37 trillion in energy technologies by 2030 to stabilize
greenhouse gas emissions at sustainable levels.”

Today’s decisions should be based on all the information we can get, not on
hiding the decline.

This archive contains some 5.000 emails picked from keyword searches.  A few
remarks and redactions are marked with triple brackets.

The rest, some 220.000, are encrypted for various reasons.  We are not planning
to publicly release the passphrase.

We could not read every one, but tried to cover the most relevant topics such

Then the release agent gives dozens of examples.

3066> Thorne:
I also think the science is being manipulated to put a political spin on it
which for all our sakes might not be too clever in the long run.

<1611> Carter:
It seems that a few people have a very strong say, and no matter how much
talking goes on beforehand, the big decisions are made at the eleventh hour by
a select core group.

2884> Wigley:
Mike, The Figure you sent is very deceptive […] there have been a number of
dishonest presentations of model results by individual authors and by IPCC […]

<2009> Briffa:
I find myself in the strange position of being very skeptical of the quality of
all present reconstructions, yet sounding like a pro greenhouse zealot here!
<3062> Jones:

We don’t really want the bullshit and optimistic stuff that Michael has written
[…] We’ll have to cut out some of his stuff.
<i>note: with this email it is apparent that the scientists are tired of Michael Mann’s bogus Hockey Stick study. They know the study is fraudulent, yet they still publicly defend it.</i>

<1485> Mann:
the important thing is to make sure they’re loosing the PR battle. That’s what
the site [Real Climate] is about.
<i>note: This email is from Michael Mann about Real Climate, a supposedly straight scientific web site run by a group of top scientists. Now, you find out it is all PR.</i>

<5111> Pollack:
But it will be very difficult to make the MWP go away in Greenland.
<i>note: The so-called consensus scientists have been trying to get rid of the Mideaval Warm Period (1000 years ago) when it was warmer than the present. The MWP defeats their claim that today’s temperatures are unprecedented. Now, you know it is all BS.</i>


In my house I am privileged to be the grocery shopper. I have apparently behaved myself, and have been rewarded with this exciting social activity.

Grocery shopping is a very interesting thing. You can see people at their best, and at their worst. You can see if they are thrifty, or extravagant in their tastes. Some people are in a terrible hurry, and some of us consider shopping a leisure activity. Some people are friendly, and some are not.

If you seek diversity in people, a grocery store is one place guaranteed to produce the desired result.

Yesterday, at the grocery store I kept passing the same woman while I shopped. She seemed to be taking the opposite route route through the store. She was going up and down the aisles, and I was going down and up. This meant that we met each other at least half-a-dozen times.

Now, here in the South, we are courteous, polite, and sometimes a bit flirty. We always acknowledge the presence of another person, especially one of the opposite sex. It is not that grocery shopping is a sexual pursuit, but some swear on the abundance of opportunities on the produce aisle, or in the ice cream section. You can probably meet a common sense person on the oatmeal aisle.

I know one guy who met his future wife at a Walmart prescription counter. This may not have been a good place for amorous encounters.  She had more diseases than a hospital, and no health insurance.

But, I digress…

At any rate, I kept meeting the same woman on the grocery aisles, and at first, we just smiled in acknowledgement of each other. The rest of the time nobody made a big deal of the meetings. When we seemed to be heading for the same grocery line it seemed appropriate to say something.

“It looks like you are preparing for a crowd at Thanksgiving”, I said. She replied that she would be preparing dinner for about sixteen people. The conversation was short, polite, and was not inappropriate. She was just another harried shopper trying to get ready for the big family event. I am sorry to disappoint if you were expecting something lascivious.

Our original Thanksgiving pioneers did not have grocery stores, and they probably had very few smiles. You see, pioneering can be a really hard, and hungry job. If you land on a strange shore and cannot find fertile land, plentiful game, and adequate water supplies in quick order, you are screwed. You stand a good chance of starving, as many colonizing pioneers did.

Remember the stories of the settlers at Jamestown and Roanoke, Virginia. Starvation, disease, troubles with the native Indian tribes were big problems. They had to put up with each other, too.

The Roanoke colony did not survive, and Jamestown was touch and go for several years. The Massachusetts Bay colony was fortunate in its survival, too.

Colonial success was not guaranteed.

We have our intractable problems, today, but they do not go to our very basic physical existence. Our problems are political, economic, spiritual, and personal. They are important, but one reason for Thanksgiving is to keep all this stuff in perspective.

Happy Thanksgiving, people. My advice is to spend the day enjoying life, and to devote some time for prayer.

Life Is One Continuous Fall

Earlier this week, I got out the leaf blower and rake, and worked up three huge piles of leaves just from one side of the driveway. Before I could put the leaves in the requisite trash bags dictated by the city, it started to rain.

Now, I have three huge piles of wet leaves, and no inclination to take up a career of working in that soggy biomass.

To make matters worse, last night a storm blew through town, and every leaf on every tree came off at once. In my neighborhood, there is a natural phenomenon such that when the wind blows, all the neighbor’s leaves wind up in my yard.

I don’t have an oak tree or maple tree, but right now my driveway is ankle deep in oak and maple leaves. The situation is so bad that my little miniature daschund, Sam, has to burrow his way under the leaves, and finds the old leg hiking routine almost impossible because he is in over his head. He winds up peeing on himself.

Where is the justice in all this? Is my karma so bad that I inherit all my neighbors woes? What has my little dog done wrong except pick a lazy owner?

It occurs to me that life is one continuous fall, as in autumn. Please don’t misunderstand me, here. I am not talking about the beautiful allegory of the seasons of life. I am talking about real world stuff, here.

Whether in the spring, summer, or fall of life we contend with all sorts of problems. Whenever we finish solving one problem, or cleaning up one mess, there always seems to be another one waiting to smash you.

As my Dad used to say, “Whenever you think you are getting ahead, something comes along to wham you!”.  That’s what I mean.

I just raked the leaves, and then along comes a storm to undo my hard work. I have to do it all over again.

Life is all about living, and living is all about surviving. We cannot survive without solving problems, and life becomes one problem after another.

Where am I going wrong, here?

Penn State Has History In Denial

Pennsylvania State University has a history of ignoring problems. Whenever, there is a problem in the Penn State community, they go into full denial mode. We read, now, that their famous football coach and the President of the University have  been fired for not exercising the proper diligence in investigating some of the incredible failings of their staff members and faculty.

A pedophile coach was seen raping a 10 year old boy by a graduate assistant. It was reported to the Administration (Coach Joe Paterno, and his supervisor). Nothing was done, and the pedophile was allowed to continue molesting children for several years thereafter. Why did the coach and the administrators let this happen? It gets real simple.

Follow the money. Football at Penn State is a huge business, bringing in millions of dollars every year into the schools coffers. The coaches and administration were protecting the franchise.

This is not the first time Penn State has gone into denial.

Climate Scientist Dr. Michael Mann, Director, Earth System Science Center at Penn State represents another dark chapter in that school’s history. Dr Mann, author of the infamous debunked Hockey Stick study, was discussed prominently in the Climate Gate emails that were released, possibly hacked, from the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit in the U.K.

Dr Mann had conspired with CRU scientists in encouraging others to delete important emails that were the subject of a freedom of information request. Penn State instituted an investigation of Mann, but never interviewed any of the critics or other accusers addressed in the emails.

Penn State whitewashed the wrongdoings of Dr Mann. Why?  Follow the money. Dr Mann brings in hundreds of thousands of research grants each year to Penn State.

Steve McIntyre at Climate Audit documents the Penn State investigation very well in this linked article.

Penn State has a history of protecting rogue members of its community. The pedophile scandal is one thing they cannot deny any longer.

Gingrich vs Cain Texas Smack-Down

Last night Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain spent 90 minutes debating their versions of entitlement restructuring. The debate was at The Woodlands, Texas, a community just north of Houston, and was billed as a Lincoln-Douglas style of debate.

Lincoln – Douglas style debate? Fagettaboudit! Like lots of things coming out of Texas, this debate was bigger and better. Now, that’s style!

The format was thrown out early, as the contestants agreed to be able to talk as long as they wanted, and reply as long as they wanted. The moderators did keep things moving, but the problem was that both Cain and Gingrich agreed on pretty much everything.

It was obvious that Gingrich had a better command of the issues, but Cain was just as strong with his business experience in relating to the Washington problem.

Some will say that there was no debate because Cain and Gingrich agreed on almost everything, but, it is the format that was important. I am of the opinion that the traditional television network style debate is not adequate. We need to give the candidates unlimited time to articulate their positions and visions.

I don’t want to see another network style debate. I don’t care how much time it takes, but the American people deserve better.

My advice to the media is to take the time to do it right, and respect the candidate’s desire to articulate, fully, their vision for our country. Cut out the ridiculous time limits on answering questions and responding to opponents.

We deserve better media coverage than what we are getting.

The Real Boobs of Atlanta

When I arrived home after an evening of general debouchery last night, I was surprised that my wife was not waiting up for me with a gun in her hand, as usual. Instead, she was laughing at an episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. There was a Real Housewives of Atlanta marathon showing on TV, and within 5 minutes I was hooked.

When I started paying attention to the dialog, one of the wives was inviting everyone else to a sundown barbecue to get all the wives together. Her goal was to get Nene with Sheree and Kim to kiss and make up. The drama was building.

Well, then came the next episode with Kim and Sheree not coming to the big barbecue. It seems that Sheree was a fashion designer, and she was pitching a huge party the next night, and was having all sorts of problems with the event. She simply didn’t care enough about the barbecue to call and cancel. Bad feelings continued to erupt.

During all these scenes, there is lots and lots of cleavage on display. Kim has a chest that has appeared in a couple of movies, like, “Dumb And Dumber 2”.

Nene started her public life as a stripper, and I am sure she was very popular. Her personal, professional attributes are, as we in the men’s world would say, admirable.

Her professional name was, “Silk”. Silk made lots of money at the pole.

Kim, on the other hand, was having her own troubles, and she had sided with Sheree against the indomitable Nene (aka, Silk). Poor Kim cannot seem to escape the stereotype of a dumb blond, and I am here to tell you she is not stupid. Just how a single mother of three can afford to live in her house, drive her cars, wear her clothes, and spend the money she does is beyond belief, and not stupid at all.

Kim is recently engaged to an Atlanta Falcons football player. Indeed, professional sports money is one of the underlying themes of the ostentatious portrayal of wealth in this reality series.

Two of the Atlanta wives are married to professional athletes, and both are at the ends of their careers due to injuries. The money train is about to come to an end for them.

Now, they face a new reality. Now, they will return to real life, where most people are not megabucks athletes, or rock stars. Unless they have socked away most of those millions that were thrown at them, there’s a new day a-coming.

If worst comes to worst, there will be even more well figured women with rich tastes hanging around looking for a Sugar Daddy. There always are.