Archive for October, 2011

KOCH BROTHER ANTI-CLIMATE FUNDING BACKFIRED

October 31, 2011

Here is a posting that the Teabaggers need to read to educate themselves.  Here is the proof that the Ultra Right Wing LIV Lemmings have been lied to for decades.

For the rest of us who are more enlightened, review and attach the Stupid Right Conservative Blog Sites to Bitch Slap them with these facts…..Enjoy!!

A prominent physicist and skeptic of global warming spent two years trying to find out if mainstream climate scientists were wrong. In the end, he determined they were right: Temperatures really are rising rapidly.

The study of the world’s surface temperatures by Richard Muller was partially bankrolled by a foundation connected to global warming deniers. He pursued long-held skeptic theories in analyzing the data. He was spurred to action because of  Climategate,” a British scandal involving hacked emails of scientists.
Yet he found that the land is 1.6 degrees warmer than in the 1950s. Those numbers from Muller, who works at the University
of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, match those by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric administration and NASA.
He said he went even further back, studying readings from Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. His ultimate finding of a warming world, to be presented at a conference Monday, is no different from what mainstream climate scientists have been saying for decades.

(NOW HERE’S THE CATCH AND THE GOOD PART!)

One-quarter of the $600,000 to do the research came from the Charles Koch Foundation, whose founder is a major funder of skeptic groups and the tea party.  The Koch brothers, Charles and David, run a large privately held company involved in oil and other industries, producing sizable greenhouse gas emissions.
Muller’s research team carefully examined two chief criticisms by skeptics. One is that weather stations are unreliable; the other is that cities, which create heat islands, were skewing the temperature analysis.
“The skeptics raised valid points and everybody should have been a skeptic two years ago,” Muller said in a telephone interview. “And now we have confidence that the temperature rise that had previously been reported had been done without bias.”
Muller said that he came into the study “with a proper skepticism,” something scientists “should always have. I was somewhat bothered by the fact that there was not enough skepticism” before.
There is no reason now to be a skeptic about steadily increasing temperatures, Muller wrote recently in The Wall Street Journal’s editorial pages, a place friendly to skeptics. Muller did not address in his research the cause of global warming. The overwhelming majority of climate scientists say it’s man-made from the burning of fossil fuels such as coal and oil. Nor did his study look at ocean warming, future warming and how much of a threat to mankind climate change might be.
Still, Muller said it makes sense to reduce the carbon dioxide created by fossil fuels.
“Greenhouse gases could have a disastrous impact on the world,” he said. Still, he contends that threat is not as proven as the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says it is.

On Monday, Muller was taking his results — four separate papers that are not yet published or peer-reviewed, but will be, he says — to a conference in Santa Fe, N.M., expected to include many prominent skeptics as well as mainstream scientists.

“Of course he’ll be welcome,” said Petr Chylek of Los Alamos National Lab, a noted skeptic and the conference organizer. “The purpose of our conference is to bring people with different views on climate together, so they can talk and clarify things.”

Shawn Lawrence Otto, author of the book “Fool Me Twice” that criticizes science skeptics, said Muller should expect to be harshly treated by global warming deniers. “Now he’s considered a traitor. For the skeptic community, this isn’t about data or fact. It’s about team sports. He’s been traded to the Indians. He’s playing for the wrong team now.”

And that started on Sunday, when a British newspaper said one of Muller’s co-authors, Georgia Tech climate scientist Judith Curry, accused Muller of another Climategate-like scandal and trying to “hide the decline” of recent global temperatures.

The Associated Press contacted Curry on Sunday afternoon and she said in an email that Muller and colleagues “are not hiding any data or otherwise engaging in any scientifically questionable practice.”

The Muller “results unambiguously show an increase in surface temperature since 1960,” Curry wrote Sunday. She said she disagreed with Muller’s public relations efforts and some public comments from Muller about there no longer being a need for skepticism.

Muller’s study found that skeptics’ concerns about poor weather station quality didn’t skew the results of his analysis because temperature increases rose similarly in reliable and unreliable weather stations. He also found that while there is an urban heat island effect making cities warmer, rural areas, which are more abundant, are warming, too.

Among many climate scientists, the reaction was somewhat of a yawn.

“After lots of work he found exactly what was already known and accepted in the climate community,” said Jerry North, a Texas A&M University atmospheric sciences professor who headed a National Academy of Sciences climate science review in 2006. “I am hoping their study will have a positive impact. But some folks will never change.”

Chris Field, a Carnegie Institution scientist who is chief author of an upcoming intergovernmental climate change report, said Muller’s study “may help the world’s citizens focus less on whether climate change is real and more on smart options for  addressing it.”

Some of the most noted scientific skeptics are no longer saying the world isn’t warming. Instead, they question how much of it is man-made, view it as less a threat and argue it’s too expensive to do something about, Otto said.

Skeptical MIT scientist Richard Lindzen said it is a fact and nothing new that global average temperatures have been rising since 1950, as Muller shows.  “It’s hard to see how any serious scientist (skeptical, denier or believer — frequently depending on the exact question) will view it otherwise,” he wrote in an email.

Latest Independent Study Confirms Global Warning’s Existence!!

October 23, 2011

An independent investigation of global warming solidified that global warming remains supported by scientific evidence, leaving skeptics speechless. This study represents that most comprehensive independent review of historical temperature records to date.  Of course you can expect the LIV to repeat the misinformation that has be spewed out by their Blow Hard Talking Heads telling them that it is nothing more than a special interest non-issue.  But as many in the TRUE science fields know that this is not the case.  I only wonder how Gush Limblob will twist these new founded facts.

First of all, the study is independent. No government sponsored it, there are no directors, and so there is absolutely no direct
political pressure whatsoever. It is also open source the entire dataset is public and everybody can access it and interpret it any way they want.

Furthermore, and this is where it gets interesting, it is sponsored only by donations, and the single largest donation was given by
Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation; in case you are unaware, this foundation openly supports climate skepticism, and there is evidence that it even funds studies just to support climate skepticism the Koch Company is involved heavily in the oil and chemical industry. So if the Koch brothers gave the money here, and the study still backs global warming, you just know something’s happening.

To finish it off, this study addresses the concerns that skeptics raised about previous studies. This includes the potential effect of
urban heat islands, the quality of temperature monitoring stations, and selection bias risk.

So even this open source study, funded by climate skeptics finds that global warming is a major issue, you would expect people to just back off and admit they were wrong, RIGHT?!?  I mean, if I root for something, and my own people show me I’m wrong, I admit I’m wrong and that’s that.  Nope, this is not the case.  You can still expect people to deny climate change in an almost pathological fashion…… you can still expect people to ignore the evidence……. and we still have a lot to wait for real, global
measures against global warming to take place.

This is the wonderful world we live in; hopefully, by the time people are convinced, it won’t be too late.

Harold Camping’s Doomsday Prediction Fails To Happen Yet Once Again

October 22, 2011

Harold Camping suffered a mild stroke three weeks after his prediction that the world would end but failed to materialize in May.  But this still did not stop him spreading the word through his Family Radio International website that another prediction was set for Friday, October 21, 2011.

Many of Harold Camping’s followers were crestfallen and hoodwinked in May when the rapture did not occur, particularly those who had quit their jobs or donated some of their retirement savings or college funds for the more than 5,000 billboards and 20 RVs plastered with the Judgment Day message.

The California ministry that warned once again that the end of the world would come this past Friday awoke once again to discover that the Earth was undergoing its usual gyrations with no signs of a cataclysmic event.  Just like Harold Camping’s prediction of just a couple of months ago proved to be idiotic crap but that it did not stop his followers touting his predictions once again.

You would think they would wake up to the religious crap this man has been marketing daily on his Oakland based “Family Radio International” program.  But as usual with these religious lemmings he once again stirred a global frenzy when the prediction of the rapture would take 200 million Christians to heaven on May 21.

(On a side note you can be sure that these same ignorant but over zealous religious LIV lemmings will be voting for the sanctioned “Conservative Christian Values Republicans” in this next election.  People this stupid should loose their right to
vote.)

Today, Saturday, October 22, 2011, the ministry and its 90-year-old leader, Harold Camping, are avoiding the media this time around and perhaps a repeat of the international mockery that followed the previous prediction.

Stephane Hessel’s “Time for Outrage”

October 16, 2011

The latest lie being propagated by the multi-national companies is that the U.S. needs to loosen up the migration laws because they cannot find the talent and help with the latest technological edge.

Now what just jumped into my mind was that these same hi-tech companies just laid off over 10,000 of their well experienced talent who brought these same companies into the technological lead these same companies are currently enjoying.  There are thousands of current Stanford, MIT, etc well educated graduates who are applying and looking for hi-tech jobs with the latest cutting edge education but who are not being hired with college loans needing to be paid back.

So the question is, if the hi-tech demand is so high that companies cannot find the talent but by just laying off the well educated and experienced older workers and all the availability of freshly educated with the knowledge of the latest cutting edge technology, why do we need to import foreign workers to take these hi-tech jobs?

Maybe it is because these same companies want to eventually send to foreign nations our leading brain trust knowledge to  develop the new products utilizing this cutting edge technology.  I would reiterate with, “So the few segments of our lead in knowledge here in the United States verses the world, and our lead in developing technology and developing new products with this technological lead; will be sent to the countries these immigrants are coming from with new slacken immigration laws.  Yes let’s just call it the last bastion of jobs being outsourced and exported into a foreign country and the U.S. be damned once again.

This now brings me to the introduction of Stephane Hessel.  One of the literary world’s unexpected successes over the past year has been a book written by former World War II French resistance fighter Stephane Hessel.  In “Time for Outrage,” Hessel calls for young people to resist the injustices of today’s world, and it would seem he’s struck a nerve.

Time for Outrage sold nearly 2 million copies in France and has been translated into more than 30 languages. It’s now on sale across Europe and Latin America, and will even be released soon in China, although according to his editor the publication date has mysteriously been delayed.  It comes out in theU.S. this week.

In 1940, Hessel, then a soldier in the French army, was captured by German forces.  He managed to escape from a prison camp in France and make his way south through Spain and Portugal to North Africa, then to London, where he joined Gen. Charles de Gaulle’s resistance forces in March 1941.

Hessel returned to occupied Franceas a resistance fighter, but was soon captured by the Gestapo and only narrowly avoided execution in a Nazi concentration camp before escaping to rejoin the Allies.

He tells his story in the sitting room of his small Parisapartment. Now 94 years old, Hessel is trim and dapper in a coat and tie. His eyes twinkle with generosity, but that spark of resistance seems to have never left him.

“If you want to be a real human being, a real woman, a real man, you cannot tolerate things which put you to indignation, to outrage,” he says.  “You must stand up. I always say to people, Look around; look at what makes you unhappy, what makes you furious, and then engage yourself in some action.”

So I will close by saying, buy the book, “Time for Outrage,” and stand up against this manipulation of our employment opportunities here in the United States and its citizens by sending more well paying jobs overseas!

Viva la Occupy Movement USA!!!

Sarah Palin Is Not Going To Run For President?!?! Say It Aint So!!

October 6, 2011

After running around the country economically bilking citizens with her book and fueling the fantasies of the Tea Party and Ultra Conservative Loonies, Sarah Palin announced to her mentally weak and challenged fans that she will not be running for the office of President of the United States…..like she would have been a serious thought for the office in the first place.

Sarah Palin then went on to say that said she thought she could be more effective in helping others get elected.  (I could not think of a sure death nail to any political candidate’s chances that getting the approval of Sarah Palin.)

I say the real truth is that there are so many more millions to be made by selling books spilling out conservative pabulum speak to the “Ultra Conservative and Stupid.”