|Lift up a rock and another snake comes slithering out from the ongoing University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit (CRU) scandal, now riding as “Climategate”.
Obama Science Czar John Holdren is directly involved in CRU’s unfolding Climategate scandal. In fact, according to files released by a CEU hacker or whistleblower, Holdren is involved in what Canada Free Press (CFP) columnist Canadian climatologist Dr. Tim Ball terms “a truculent and nasty manner that provides a brief demonstration of his lack of understanding, commitment on faith and willingness to ridicule and bully people”.
“The files contain so much material that it is going to take some time t o put it all in context,” says Ball. “However, enough is already known to underscore their explosive nature. It is already clear the entire claims and positions of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) are based on falsified manipulated material and is therefore completely compromised.
“The fallout will be extensive as material continues to emerge.
While the mainstream media is bending into pretzels to keep the scandal under the rug, Climategate is already the biggest scientific scandal in history because of the global policy implications.
A throwback to the intro of the television series Dragnet, “Ladies and Gentlemen: “The story you are about to hear is true, only the names have been changed to protect the innocent”, the innocent in Climategate have already been thrown to the ravening wolves.
“There is a multitude of small but frightening stories in the massive files,” Ball writes. “For example I’ve known solar physicists Sallie Baliunas and Willie Soon for a long time. I’ve published articles with Willie and enjoyed extensive communication. I was on advisory committees with them when Sallie suddenly and politely withdrew from the fray. I don’t know if the following events were contributing factors but it is likely.
“Baliunas and Soon were authors of excellent work confirming the existence of the Medieval Warm Period (MWP) from a multitude of sources. Their work challenged attempts to get rid of the MWP because it contradicted the claim by the proponents of anthropogenic global warming (AGW). Several scientists challenged the claim that the latter part of the 20th century was the warmest ever. They knew the claim was false, many warmer periods occurred in the past. Michael Mann ‘got rid’ of the MWP with his production of the hockey stick, but Soon and Baliunas were problematic. What better than have a powerful academic destroy their credibility for you? Sadly, there are always people who will do the dirty work.”
Indeed, Holdren’s emails show how sincere scientists would be made into raw “entertainment”.
“A perfect person and opportunity appeared. On 16th October 2003 Michael Mann, infamous for his lead in the ‘hockey stick’ that dominated the 2001 IPCC Report, sent an email to people involved in the CRU scandal; “
Thought you would be interested in this exchange, which John Holdren of Harvard has been kind enough to pass along…” At the time Holdren was Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy & Director, Program in Science, Technology, & Public Policy, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government. (Editor’s Note: He is now Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, and Co-Chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology—informally known as the United States Science Czar. )
““In an email on October16, 2003 from John Holdren to Michael Mann and Tom Wigley we are told:
”“I’m forwarding for your entertainment an exchange that followed from my being quoted in the Harvard Crimson to the effect that you and your colleagues are right and my “Harvard” colleagues Soon and Baliunas are wrong about what the evidence shows concerning surface temperatures over the past millennium. The cover note to faculty and postdocs in a regular Wednesday breakfast discussion group on environmental science and public policy in Harvard’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences is more or less self-explanatory.”
The Wednesday Breakfast Group
“This is what Holdren sent to the Wednesday Breakfast group.
“I append here an e-mail correspondence I have engaged in over the past few days trying to educate a Soon/Baliunas supporter who originally wrote to me asking how I could think that Soon and Baliunas are wrong and Mann et al. are right (a view attributed to me, correctly, in the Harvard Crimson). This individual apparently runs a web site on which he had been touting the Soon/Baliunas position.”
“The exchange Holdren refers to is a challenge by Nick Schulz editor of Tech Central Station (TCS). On August 9, 2003 Schulz wrote;
“In a recent Crimson story on the work of Soon and Baliunas, who have written for my website [1 techcentralstation.com, you are quoted as saying: My impression is that the critics are right. It s unfortunate that so much attention is paid to a flawed analysis, but that’s what happens when something happens to support the political climate in Washington. Do you feel the same way about the work of Mann et. al.? If not why not?”
“Holdren provides lengthy responses on October 13, 14, and 16 but comments fail to answer Schulz’s questions. After the first response Schulz replies, “I guess my problem concerns what lawyers call the burden of proof. The burden weighs heavily, much more heavily, given the claims on Mann et.al. than it does on Soon/Baliunas. Would you agree?” Of course, Holdren doesn’t agree. He replies, “But, in practice, burden of proof is an evolving thing-it evolves as the amount of evidence relevant to a particular proposition grows.” No it doesn’t evolve; it is either on one side or the other. This argument is in line with what has happened with AGW. He then demonstrates his lack of understanding of science and climate science by opting for Mann and his hockey stick over Soon and Baliunas. His entire defense and position devolves to a political position. His attempt to belittle Soon and Baliunas in front of colleagues is a measure of the man’s blindness and political opportunism that pervades everything he says or does.
“Schulz provides a solid summary when he writes, “I’ll close by saying I’m willing to admit that, as someone lacking a PhD, I could be punching above my weight. But I will ask you a different but related question. How much hope is there for reaching reasonable public policy decisions that affect the lives of millions if the science upon which those decisions must be made is said to be by definition beyond the reach of those people?”
“We now know it was deliberately placed beyond the reach of the people by the group that he used to ridicule Soon and Baliunas. Holdren was blinded by his political views, which as his record shows are frightening. One web site synthesizes his position on over-population as follows, “Forced abortions. Mass sterilization. A “Planetary Regime” with the power of life and death over American citizens.”
“Holdren has a long history of seeking total government control. He was involved in the Club of Rome providing Paul Ehrlich with the scientific data in his bet with Julian Simon. Ehrlich lost the bet. Holdren’s behavior in this sorry episode with Soon and Baliunas is too true to form and shows the leopard never changes his spots,” Ball concludes.
Meanwhile, even with an AWOL mainstream media, the Climategate snakes continue to slither out from under the rocks.
Source: Canada Free Press.com, November 24, 2009
By: Dr. Tim Ball and Judi McLeod
Canada Free Press 2006-2007 Archives: Dr. Tim Ball & Tom Harris
PLEASE NOTE: The scum dressed up as ‘scientists’ aren’t denying the emails were theirs. Instead they turn to the mother of all spinners aka Bush and Blair Corporation, and let them loose on the hackers. The BBC is posting this shattering information for the sole purpose of demonising free interent use.
The e-mail system of one of the world’s leading climate research units has been breached by hackers.
E-mails reportedly from the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU), including personal exchanges, appeared on the internet on Thursday.
A university spokesman confirmed the email system had been hacked and that information was taken and published without permission.
An investigation was underway and the police had been informed, he added.
“We are aware that information from a server used for research information in one area of the university has been made available on public websites,” the spokesman stated.
“Because of the volume of this information we cannot currently confirm that all of this material is genuine.
“This information has been obtained and published without our permission and we took immediate action to remove the server in question from operation.
“We are undertaking a thorough internal investigation and we have involved the police in this enquiry.”
Researchers at CRU, one of the world’s leading research bodies on natural and human-induced climate change, played a key role in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report, which is considered to be the most authoritative report of its kind.
Graham Cluley, a computer security expert, suggested that December’s key climate summit in Copenhagen, which has made headlines around the world, could have increased the university’s profile as a possible target among hackers.
“There are passionate opinions on both sides of the climate debate and there will be people trying to knock down the other side,” Mr Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos, told BBC News.
“If they feel that they can gather inside information on what the other side is up to, then they may feel that is ammunition for their counterargument.”
Mr Cluley added that universities were vulnerable to attacks by hackers because so many people required access to IT systems.
“You do need proper security in place; you need to be careful regarding communications and make sure your systems are secure.
“I trust that they will now be looking at the systems, and investigating how this happened and ensuring that something like this does not happen again.”
|This incredible photograph illustrates the full extent to which the credit crunch has hit even the super rich.
Pawnbroker Paul Aitken poses with six Rolex watches, two Ferraris, a Porsche – and even an aeroplane – which have all been pawned during the recession.
Both Ferraris – F430 F1 paddle-shift models worth a total of £270,000 with a top speed of 198mph – were pawned by bankers who lost their jobs.
The £75,000 175mph Porsche 911 Carrera 4S was pawned by a property developer whose assets crashed, leaving him desperate for much-needed capital.
Aitken took possession of the aeroplane, a French-built two-seater Cap 10 aerobatic stunt plane worth £100,000, four months ago when its owner fell on hard times.
The Rolex watches are among more than 1,000 designer timepieces, worth a total of more than £1 million, which have been used as deposit for pawn loans.
Among them are a Breitling Crosswind diamond set worth £3,000, a £33,000 Lange & Sohne Flyback Datograph gents wristwatch in 18ct rose gold, and a £20,000 Patek Philippe 18ct gold gents wristwatch.
Yesterday Aitken, 37, managing director of online pawnbrokers http://www.borro.com, said: ‘We’ve seen the biggest economic crisis hit this country for years, and everyone is feeling the disastrous effects.
‘When someone rang us asking to pawn his Ferrari we thought he was joking.
‘This really shows how hard the recession has hit people – even those who are well-off have had to adjust their standard of living.
‘Last week a newly married man gave us his Rolex watch his wife bought him as a wedding present.
‘But he isn’t alone, as many wealthy businessmen are having to take extreme measures once they’ve realised they aren’t able to maintain their lavish lifestyles.
‘And that might mean giving up the keys of their Ferrari, Porsche or plane for some much-needed cash.’
While other businesses have struggled to make ends meet over the last two years, Oxford-based http://www.borro.com has seen a staggering increase in trade.
They have loaned money to everyone from struggling millionaires to Premiership footballers and postmen, all in need of a few quid.
The company, which is the world’s first online pawnbrokers, currently has more than £1m worth of supercars in storage.
They hang on to items for six months and then have the right to sell the item to cover their costs, returning any remaining money to the customer.
Aitken added: ‘Our average loan is over £1,000 versus £130 on the high street.
‘We are attracting a new type of customer to Pawnbroking. In the last ten weeks our loan book has doubled and this year we are up 1,700 per cent.
‘Our business works because it is a repeat business; nine out of 10 customers repay their loans and return when the need is there.
‘The industry as a whole has been working hard over the past number of years to improve its image and with credit becoming much harder to secure, people have been more open to this form of borrowing which in turn, is helping to reduce the stigma associated with pawnbroking.
‘That said a key factor in our success is that Borro.com offers a highly efficient, easy to access, and very discreet service which is attractive to those who do not like the idea of visiting a high street operator.’
Turning Medicare into an income redistribution program. Another day, another tax increase to finance the trillion-dollar health-care overhaul.
The latest schemes are leaking out of the Senate, where Majority Leader Harry Reid is scrambling to find enough money while not offending Big Labor. The Senate Finance bill imposes a 40% tax on expensive private health plans, many of which belong to union members as part of their negotiated contracts. So Mr. Reid wants to reduce this tax and is floating a new Medicare payroll tax surcharge as a substitute.
Just what an economy with 10.2% unemployment rate needs: Another tax on hiring.
The versions leaked so far would add as much as 0.5% on workers who earn more than $200,000. If assessed on both the worker and employer, this would increase the Medicare tax rate to 3.9% from 2.9% today. It would also create the first progressive payroll tax in American history, with wealthier workers paying a higher Medicare payroll tax rate than lower income workers.
Until 1993 the Medicare tax was capped— the Social Security tax still is capped at $106,800 this year—because Medicare was supposed to function like an insurance program. For example, the rich don’t pay more for auto insurance than the poor do. But Democrats lifted the cap with their 1993 tax increase, so the Medicare levy now amounts to a marginal rate tax on every new dollar of wage income. Mr. Reid’s payroll surtax would sever the link between the tax paid over a lifetime and the medical benefits received, officially making Medicare an income redistribution program.
In another trial balloon, Mr. Reid would impose the payroll tax on all income, not just wages and salaries. This means applying the tax to capital gains, dividends and other investment income. This would convert the Medicare levy into a de facto version of the income tax.
The tax on expensive health plans would at least provide some incentive to spend less on health care, which is what Democrats still pretend their “reform” is about. In reality, it has became nothing more than a vast scheme to redistribute income, as their mad tax-a-day scramble for revenue shows. If all of this damages job creation and the economy in the process, Democrats don’t seem to mind.
Source: Wall Street Journnal.com, Nov 15 2009
November 2009 Comment: This is one of those pictures that truly IS worth a thousand words…
Ed Stein — main page, — Nov 13, 2009
Wired Magazine reports that Americas spy agencies want to read your blog posts, keep track of your Twitter updates — even check out your book reviews on Amazon. In-Q-Tel, the investment arm of the CIA and the wider intelligence community, is putting cash into Visible Technologies, a software firm that specializes in monitoring social media.
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The U.S. government uses foreign wars to distract people’s attention from internal problems. That’s according to rapper and political activist ‘Immortal Technique’. In an exclusive interview with RT’s Marina Portnaya he says America’s bad decisions are covered up with lame excuses.
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UK: What pandemic? Brits were told to expect 85,000 deaths in 2009. With only six weeks to go, the death toll is 154
Pandemic? What flu pandemic?
More Americans are bypassing banks and turning to Peer-to-Peer lending groups on the Internet. Such loans now total over $3 billion and are expected to double by next year.
With the credit crunch making it tough to get a loan and the recession hammering interest rates for investors, “peer-to-peer lending,” or “P2P,” is becoming increasingly popular. P2P
P2P lending sites were forced to close briefly in 2008 when a new rule required them to
Recent problems in the financial system have contributed to that growth. Despite the bailout
The average investor at Prosper makes $3500 in loans and earns 9.38% interest. But with
Experts urge potential investors to approach P2P with caution, diversifying their portfolios into
While P2P lending is growing quickly, the service “still is proving itself,” says Mark Schwanhausser, an analyst at Javelin Strategy and Research. Right now, he adds, more people are interested in borrowing with P2P than investing.
Source: Parade.com, November 08, 2009
Every fiat currency ever created in the history of the world has collapsed in disaster”
Please also read, The Law – By Frederic Bastiat
A fiat currency is a worthless piece of paper having no intrinsic value, since it cannot be redeemed for a tangible asset such as gold or silver.
A fiat currency is money issued by a government order that it must be accepted as a means of payment by law extortion. Without the threat of using force (such as jailing or killing recalcitrants), no fiat currency would ever come to existence. A fiat currency remains in circulation as long as its government make it illegal to its citizens to conduct business in gold or silver. If a government would partially
Because a fiat currency can be printed on paper, it makes it easy for the government to spend more than they tax, thus nflating the money supply. Printing fiat money is the favorite means for politicians to buy votes. Since most people are ignorant about inflation, voters are misled to believe they are receiving more money from the government compared to what they pay in taxes. The truth is government cannot create any wealth. All the government can do is confiscating wealth from one group and give it to another group, in exchange for a few votes. Ironically, the inflation tax affects the poorest in society, usually the very ones voting for more government.
Printing Money and the Inflation Tax
What most people fail to realize that inflation is a tax.
Ending inflation would cause your money to buy more and more as the economy grows, instead of less and less, as it does today. Stopping inflation would also end bubbles and booms, and the recessions they cause.
Printing Money Creates Mass Poverty
It is a Crime to Counterfeit
The Founding Fathers of the United States knew that a fiat currency would create poverty, slowly increasing it until it overcomes us. All our modern presidents, Republican and Democrat, are doing is taking advantage of the ability we gave them to print money. Greed has corrupted our government. It is our own fault because we allowed it, and the longer we let it continue, the less we can do to change it without complete revolution. The shrinking middle class is only a symptom of a deeper problem, and we are perpetuating and falling victim to it by using debt as a financial tool in everyday living.
Our founding fathers debated this very issue and Thomas Payne said in 1786 that it should be considered treason for
Over the last 230 years we have let laws accumulate on the books that are contrary to our values as a country. That has accumulated to the point that our courts are starting to use unconstitutional laws to justify decisions not directly related to the case in question, yet it goes unchallenged still because people rarely sue to change unconstitutional laws, which in effect puts the court’s stamp of approval on the law. Congress doesn’t consider the constitutionality question to be its responsibility, when it passes law – that is the Court’s job.
Over time, what was considered treason and punishable by death at the Constitutional Convention is now allowed and even
The root of the problem is the fact that we have allowed our government to violate the original intent of our constitution and pass an amendment that allows them to create a fiat currency.
Fiat Money is the High Road to Hyperinflation
Gold is the Antithesis of Fiat Money
Gold is money, however gold cannot be printed. Any currency backed by
Without gold as money, governments can print as much money as they want, destroying wealth through inflation.
Lawsuit highlights employer limits in fighting flu
The Service Employees International Union Local 1107 is suing the operators of Sunrise Hospital and Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center, claiming the hospitals’ H1N1 vaccination policies are a violation of its collective bargaining agreement. But the lawsuit may only be the start of litigation over how far employers can go in the name of disease prevention.
The federal complaint filed Oct. 29 named Sunrise and Southern Hills’ parent Healthcare Corporation of America, and seeks an injunction until an arbitration hearing can be held. At issue is the new policy of the HCA hospitals to require employees to get the seasonal flu shot.
The H1N1 vaccine was also initially mandated, but that requirement was later dropped due to the shortage of the vaccine, Local 1107 union spokeswoman Amber Lopez-Lasater said. The union is also making a pre-emptive strike against any forced H1N1 vaccination policy in its lawsuit.
“We think it should be an individual decision made by the trained health care providers,” she said.
HCA’s refusal to meet and negotiate with union representatives sparked the lawsuit, added Lopez-Lasater. She claims such a meeting is required under the collective bargaining agreement.
Under the new policy, if an employee refuses to be vaccinated for the seasonal flu, they are required to wear masks and badge markers indicating they had not received the flu vaccine. Hospital workers may face discipline up to termination for refusing to do either, according to the federal complaint.
Sunrise and Southern Hills Hospital spokesman Dan Davidson confirmed the regular flu shots are mandatory for the hospitals’ health care providers, and those who refuse vaccinations must wear masks. HCA also operates Sunrise Children’s Hospital.
“This is all part of our comprehensive infection control program and about protecting our patients,” he said in a statement. “It is the flu season and the president (of the United States) has declared the pandemic a national emergency.”
About 90 percent of the hospitals’ staff members have already opted for a flu shot, Davidson said.
He defended HCA’s actions.
“We are on the front lines of patient care and during the emergent times we must take swift actions to ensure we can take care of our patients.”
The protection afforded hospital patients by the masks may not be as much as it seems, Lopez-Lasater countered.
“The proper masks aren’t available, and OSHA has said the N95 respirator masks are the ones needed to protect the people,” she said.
The Southern Nevada Health District does not recommend the wearing of face masks for unvaccinated health care workers, except under certain circumstances, such as a tracheostomy procedure. That operation would require a N95 respirator mask, said Dr. John Middaugh, the district’s director of community health.
The health district’s recommendations on flu prevention guidelines mirror those of the Center of the Disease Control in Atlanta.
“Flu vaccination recommendations have been standard for many years,” he said. “For the new H1N1 vaccine, the recommendation was made when we thought it would be more plentiful.”
That H1N1 vaccination recommendation has since been rescinded due to the shortage of the vaccine. So far, the health district has received between 30,000 to 40,000 doses of the H1N1 vaccine, with local physicians and hospitals getting another 35,000 to 45,000 doses, Middaugh said.
“The manufacturer of the vaccine is considerably behind,” he added. The shortage has limited the H1N1’s availability to the vaccine to the highest risk groups. Those include health and child care providers, pregnant women, and caregivers for infants.
The emergency state declared by President Barack Obama and the shortage of H1N1 vaccine have left many employers gripped by fear of a deadly local outbreak. They may choose workplace and customer safety first, and worry about the legal implications later, some attorneys said.
“In general matters, employers have both the right and obligation to maintain a safe work environment,” said Jeff Winchester, a labor lawyer with Fisher & Phillips.
Employers can send sick workers home, without running afoul of either the Americans with Disabilities Act or the Family and Medical Leave Act. Winchester also advises employers to not discipline employees for calling in sick, and to provide paid sick time whenever possible.
As for the lawsuit against HCA, Winchester surmised it will come down to the details of the collective bargaining agreement, and whether the document gives the hospital the right to enact workplace safety policies.
However, forced vaccinations can be tricky, even among health-care workers, he said.
Contact reporter Valerie Miller at email@example.com or 702-387-5286.
Source: Las Vegas Business Press.com, Nov 12 2009