Friday, February 19, 2010

Here She is World, Ready or Not

Henna Renee, my newest grand niece. Born Feb 18, 2010, 10:55pm. 8 lbs/6 ozs.

Ten minutes old with a birth certificate, and already $40,294.69 in debt.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Climate Change at U.N.

Work place climate has got too hot for The Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Yvo De Boer, who announced to AP he's quitting the United Nations Climate fiasco.
Top U.N. climate change official Yvo de Boer told The Associated Press Thursday that he was resigning after nearly four years, a period when governments struggled without success to agree on a new global warming deal. His departure takes effect July 1, five months before 193 nations are due to reconvene in Mexico for another attempt to reach a binding worldwide accord on controlling greenhouse gases.
De Boer's resignation comes in the wake of the continuing Climate-gate scandal -- a story that began with the leak of stolen e-mails from top climate scientists and led to revelations of
sloppy science, efforts to suppress dissenting opinions and ultimately flaws in the U.N.'s top climate policy document.

The embattled ex-head of the research center at the heart of the Climate-gate scandal recently dropped a bombshell of his own, admitting in an interview with the BBC that there has been
no global warming over the past 15 years.

"If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen," President Harry S Truman said many years ago. Good to know someone at the U.N. was listening.

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News From 1862

"Lee Gets Armey" , Politico, Kenneth P. Vogel, 2/18/10 12:44 pm EST.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Bayh: Congress Created 0 Jobs

Outgoing Democrat Sen. Evan Bayh took a parting shot at Congress.
“If I could create one job in the private sector by helping to grow a business, that would be one more than Congress has created in the last six months.”
Too bad he found courage the day after announcing his retirement.

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Obama Undeserving of Second Term - CNN Poll

Obama is statistically tied with any Republican candidate for the 2012 presidential race says Politico. A February 1-3 Gallup Poll reported last week had Obama with only a 2% advantage against a nameless, generic, garden variety Republican like myself.

A CNN poll to be released Tuesday shows a majority do not think Obama deserves a second term.
52 percent of Americans said President Barack Obama doesn't deserve reelection in 2012, according to a new poll.

44 percent of all Americans said they would vote to reelect the president in two and a half years, less than the slight majority who said they would prefer to elect someone else.

Obama faces a 44-52 deficit among both all Americans and registered voters, according to a CNN/Opinion Research poll released Tuesday. Four percent had no opinion.
Read the pdf here.

Seems Obama's days are numbered. I just wish there were fewer days on the calendar between now and November 2012.

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Umm... The Dog Ate My Climate Change Data

Global climate change flashback:
Leo Hickman and agencies, Tuesday 24 November 2009 17.55 GMT

Professor Phil Jones Director of the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia in Norwich says charges of conspiracy over climate change are 'rubbish'. Photograph: University of East Anglia

The climatologist at the centre of the
leaked emails row said today that he "absolutely" stands by his research and that any suggestion that the emails provide evidence of a conspiracy to manipulate or hide data that do not support the theory of man-made climate change was "complete rubbish".

Professor Phil Jones, director of the University of East Anglia's
Climate Research Unit, said that the past week had been "the worst few days of my professional life". He added that since the emails were leaked he had received personal threats which have now been passed on to the police to investigate.
Flash forward to February 7, 2010, The Sunday Times:

THE scientist at the centre of the “climategate” email scandal has revealed that he was so traumatised by the global backlash against him that he contemplated suicide.

Professor Phil Jones said in an exclusive interview with The Sunday Times that he had thought about killing himself "several times."
Flash forward to today, Daily Mail l, 14th February 2010:

Climategate U-turn as scientist at centre of row admits: There has been no global warming since 1995, By Jonathan Petre

* Data for vital 'hockey stick graph' has gone missing
* There has been no global warming since 1995
* Warming periods have happened before - but NOT due to man-made changes

The academic at the centre of the ‘Climategate’ affair, whose raw data is crucial to the theory of climate change, has admitted that he has trouble ‘keeping track’ of the information.

Colleagues say that the reason Professor Phil Jones has refused Freedom of Information requests is that he may have actually lost the relevant papers.

Professor Jones told the BBC yesterday there was truth in the observations of colleagues that he lacked organisational skills, that his office was swamped with piles of paper and that his record keeping is ‘not as good as it should be’.

The data is crucial to the famous ‘hockey stick graph’ used by climate change advocates to support the theory.

Professor Jones also conceded the possibility that the world was warmer in medieval times than now – suggesting global warming may not be a man-made phenomenon.

And he said that for the past 15 years there has been no ‘statistically significant’ warming.

The raw data, collected from hundreds of weather stations around the world and analysed by his unit, has been used for years to bolster efforts by the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to press governments to cut carbon dioxide emissions.
The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) relied heavily on the dataset accumulated by Jones concluding that rising global temperatures were caused by human pollution, that the evidence was "unequivocal." The UN warned, "It warned that greenhouse gases had already heated the world by 0.7C and that there could be 5C-6C more warming by 2100, with devastating impacts on humanity and wildlife."

However, Professor John Christy, Atmospheric Science, Univ. of Alabama, Huntsville and former chief IPCC author was quoted in today's Sunday Times,
"The temperature records cannot be relied on as indicators of global change."

The doubts of Christy and a number of other researchers focus on the thousands of weather stations around the world, which have been used to collect temperature data over the past 150 years.

These stations, they believe, have been seriously compromised by factors such as urbanisation, changes in land use and, in many cases, being moved from site to site. (...)

"The story is the same for each one," he said. "The popular data sets show a lot of warming but the apparent temperature rise was actually caused by local factors affecting the weather stations, such as land development."
Professor of economics at the University of Guelph, Canada, Ross McKitrick released his own study which has not yet been peer stating,

"We concluded, with overwhelming statistical significance, that the IPCC’s climate data are contaminated with surface effects from industrialisation and data quality problems. These add up to a large warming bias."
Anthony Watts supports those conclusions. The American meteorologist climate change skeptic has co-written a study focusing on weather station locations exhibiting readings distorted by heat generating equipment. The study has not been peer reviewed. However, the study is illustrated with photographs showing weather stations

next to air- conditioning units or are on waste treatment plants. One of the most infamous shows a weather station next to a waste incinerator.

Watts has also found examples overseas, such as the weather station at Rome airport, which catches the hot exhaust fumes emitted by taxiing jets.

In Britain, a weather station at Manchester airport was built when the surrounding land was mainly fields but is now surrounded by heat-generating buildings.
Even with the admissions, Professor Phil Jones maintains he did not cheat on

"the data or unfairly influenced the scientific process, and said he still believed recent temperature rises were predominantly man-made.

Asked about whether he lost track of data, Professor Jones said: ‘There is some truth in that. We do have a trail of where the weather stations have come from but it’s probably not as good as it should be."
Jones' colleagues have described his office as "piled high with paper, fragments from over the years, tens of thousands of pieces of paper, and they suspect what happened was he took in the raw data to a central database and then let the pieces of paper go because he never realised that 20 years later he would be held to account over them" and he confessed "the lack of organisation in the system had contributed to his reluctance to share data with critics, which he regretted."

Skeptic Dr. Benny Pieser, Global Warming Policy Foundation director, said Professor Jones' 'excuses' for his failure to share data were hollow as he had shared it with colleagues and 'mates'.

Someone should ask Prof Jones if he has a dog just to be sure.

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