Looking Around, Festivus Edition

ClimateGate/Copenhagen: aftershocks on Festivus

Today some of us (atheists, Seinfeld fans,…?) observe the fictitious winter holiday of Festivus (Dec. 23) — marked, among other things, by an “airing of the grievances”.

There is still some ClimateGate news trickling in:

  • Roger Simon wonders if ClimateGate is a dead issue following the publication of a paper attributing most global warming in recent years to a combination of cosmic rays and ozone layer depletion due to CFCs. Sure enough, this is still at least “human-assisted GW”, but, as CFCs are already being phased out in any case… Commentars argue that this was all never about climate in the first place, and all about bureaucratic power and control… and that a new “crisis” justifying same will eventually be found after people stop taking AGW seriously.
  • Andy Pollack, who appears to be a conservationist if not an outright environmentalist, wonders if AGW is the environmental movement’s Tet Offensive.
  • Joel Kotkin: the Green movement’s misanthropy
  • Copenhagen Coda: over 100 dead from cold in Europe , with temperatures dropping as far as -33 C.
  • Noted Pastafarian “snork”/earth2moonbat at The Blogmocracy argues that open ideological advocates like Jim Hansen actually do less damage to science than people like Gavin Schmidt who try to keep up pretenses of objectivity. (Similarly, I have much less of a problem with the overtly partisan press than with the CNNs and TIMEs of this world.) More on Schmidt (and the misnamed realclimate.org) at Roger Pielke Jr.’s blog.
  • Iowahawk has video of Gordon Brown leading Al Gore into a broom closet, and shows similarities with the “hello Cleveland!” scene of the cult movie Spinal Tap. (H/t: Robomonkey)
  • more updates to follow if any further stories come

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0bamacare circus roundup, Dec. 22

Tool-using humans half a million years ago?

The Jerusalem Post reports

Fish and crab bones, stone tools and pieces of wood used for fuel dating back to 750,000 years ago have been found by Hebrew University of Jerusalem archeologists in the Bnot Ya’acov Bridge area in the northern Jordan Valley – providing evidence, they claim, of “advanced human behavior” 500,000 years before it was previously believed to have existed.

A study by researchers at HU’s archeology institute that discusses the find has just appeared in the prestigious journal Science.

The actual paper, if you have access to the journal, can be read here.

When the archeologists analyzed the spatial distribution of what they found, they said they discovered a specific pattern in which activities were carried out, rather than haphazard evidence. This kind of designation, they wrote in the paper, “indicates a formalized conceptualization of living space, requiring social organization and communication between group members. Such organizational skills are thought to be unique to modern humans.”

Until now, attempts to trace the origins of such behavior at various prehistoric sites in the world have concentrated on spatial analyses of Middle Paleolithic sites dating back only to some 250,000 years ago, the authors maintained.

The high density of fish remains at Gesher Bnot Ya’acov indicated that the processing and consumption of many fish were carried out in this area – “one of the earliest evidences for fish consumption by prehistoric people anywhere.”

n a second area, they saw evidence of more varied domestic activities, “all of which took place in the vicinity of a hearth. The many wood pieces found in this area were used as fuel for the fire. Processing of basalt and limestone was spatially restricted to the hearth area, where activities indicate the use of large stone tools such as hand axes, chopping tools, scrapers and awls. The presence of stone hammers, and in particular of pitted anvils (used as nutting stones), suggest that nut processing was carried out near the hearth and may have involved the use of nut roasting. In addition, fish and crabs were probably consumed near the hearth.”

The article does raise some doubts — it all sounds a bit too se non e vero e bene trovato. (“If if’s not true, it was well invented” — Dante).

Music as “torture” at Club Gitmo

Once upon a time, the word ‘torture’ meant the real deal. Nowadays, using the language of ‘warfare by other means’, the pawns of our enemies have expanded the meaning of ‘torture’ to encompass such things as playing loud music.

Reportedly this includes making prisoners listen to Britney Spears (OK, this isn’t just torture but a crime against music), to the ‘Barney and Friends’ theme song (admittedly a crime against the huge manatee), to REM,… These artists have their undies in a knot over this and are planning to include moments of silence in their concerts. This should be encouraged, I believe — to be extended over the whole concert.

Not everybody thinks that way. Metal is traditionally a genre that’s fairly tolerant of artists with right-wing views, and “Drowning Pool’s bassist said he’s honored his music ‘could be used to quell another 9/11.'”

Metallica frontman James Hetfield had some fun with the interviewer in this clip. (The Gitmo question starts at about 4m45s in, where the video should start.) He basically says he feels proud the band’s music is so powerful that it might be used for this purpose, but stresses that the band’s lyrics try to remain apolitical. Also, that making him listen to Arabic music would undoubtedly be torture to him.

Climategate/Copenhagen roundup: after words

This will presumably be the last ClimateGate update for a while.

The nuance of modeling is that while scientists ask the objective question “is this true,” engineers ask the subjective question “does this solve my problem”?

We know what problem the wizards of Wall Street were trying to solve. “How do I develop derivatives models that maximize my year-end bonus?” That approach delivered fantastic bonuses right up until it didn’t, at which point the entire world economy was driven into a ditch.

And climate modelers? Scientists living on the public weal get compensated via a mix of government grants and scientific prestige. Their problem they are trying to solve is “How do I get my papers published in the most prestigious journals so I can maximize the size of my next grant?”

If you’ve ever done computer modeling you know that there are a thousand ways to make a set of curves fit retrospective data in underconstrained systems. And right now, both the government grant and scientific prestige markets are dishing out significant rewards for models that predict runaway climate disaster. So which curves do you think savvy modelers are going to pick?

Calling these climate models “science” and then having the audacity to call them “settled” is the same kind of Big Lie that allowed Congress to assure us that Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae were completely safe so we had nothing to worry about when they embarked on an orgy of sub-prime lending. Every computer model predicting the future behavior of the mortgage market fit all the historical data – right up until the moment that they didn’t.

Before we let suspect computer models developed by a handful of people drive the entire world economy into a ditch, don’t you think we should take the covers off and invest a little more time and effort to thoroughly examine how these models work? Hopefully this will include analytical critiques from a wider cast of characters than the self-serving cabal whose mendacity and ham-handed attempts to marginalize dissent were recently exposed. Perhaps an open process will help both “sides” focus on attacking weaknesses in the models themselves rather than attacking each other’s tribal affiliations. Only then can we hope to get real value for all the money we taxpayers fork over to support these scientists.

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In the dead of night: a giant step on the road to serfdom

As by now you all know, Dingy Harry Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid rammed cloture on the healthcare law through the Senate at 1 am on the longest night of the year. The vote went along strict party lines, with even the two RINOs from Maine voting against.

Some relevant links:

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), using exceptionally heated language, called the health care bill on Sunday “seedy Chicago politics,” “backroom deals that amount to bribes,” “Enron accounting,” “the worst of Washington,” “phony,” and a “sham,” adding that Obama’s campaign slogan of “change you can believe in, after this health care bill debacle is now becoming an empty slogan.”

Asked it the Senate bill was a done deal, Graham, appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union,” replied:

“This is far from over. The House and Senate bills are in many ways irreconcilable. But you know, I like David. He ran a brilliant campaign, but they’re doing a lousy job governing the country, in my view. You know, change you can believe in, after this health care bill debacle is now becoming an empty slogan. And it’s really been replaced by seedy Chicago politics, when you think about it, backroom deals that amount to bribes. […]”

“You and I know — you’ve been around this town a long time — that the Senate and the House is not going to impose those cuts. So when you put that into the health care mix, this thing doesn’t save money; it costs money. And that’s phony.”

“So it is Enron-accounting. It is a sham. You collect taxes for 10 years and you pay out benefits for six years, and the Class Act, which no one’s talking about, is a completely new government entitlement.”

Future generations will marvel at Washington’s political class today the way we marvel at Emperor Caligula’s horse being a senator. In fact, I think the US senate is making do with half the horse.

ClimateGate/Copenhagen roundup: winter solstice edition

We’ve all pretty much had it up to our keesters with the brusque and dismissive treatment that commenters who don’t agree with the RC world view get over there. This is why many of us have simply given up trying, there’s no point in attempting to have a relevant and open discussion there anymore.

It should be foremost on the minds of many that the RealClimate.org webserver domain is funded by Fenton Communications, an eco media group. Further, our tax dollars pay the salaries of people like Dr. Gavin Schmidt of NASA GISS who has been (according to several post and comment times noted) using his taxpayer paid time at work to participate in that blog.

One of the missions of RC (Actually most of the mission, as it was setup as a response to the McIntyre and McKitrick paper in E&E, ENERGY &  ENVIRONMENT VOLUME 14 NUMBER 6, November 1st 2003) is to counter skeptical arguments. One of the ways they do this in to provide a list of people they disagree with, with links to rebuttals.

  • … and still yesterday’s two foot of GoreFlakes™ in the NorthEast haven’t melted yet 😉 Federal agencies get ‘snow day’ on Monday
  • Dominic Lawson in the Sunday Times: “Glad tidings all around” (h/t PaladinPhil). Just one of many nuggets: “The most interesting of those leaked [CRU] emails came from Kevin Trenberth, head of the climate analysis section of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Colorado. After observing — this was an email dated October 12, 2009 — that in freezing Boulder, “We have broken records the past two days for the coldest days on record … it smashed the previous records for these days by 10F”, Trenberth turned to the fact that the planet’s average temperature over the past 10 years seemed to have been static and wrote: “The fact is that we can’t account for the lack of global warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can’t.” Two days later he reiterated: “We cannot account for what is happening in the climate system.”
  • Eurostar train service suspended indefinitely due to severe weather conditions in northern France. Oh divine irony 😉 (H/t: Russkilitlover)
  • more updates to come as the day progresses

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Climategate/Copenhagen roundup, Dec. 20: flatulence awards edition

  • Today’s featured article: Lorrie Goldstein in the Toronto Sun hands out the “Copenhagen flatulence awards“. Hilarious — go read it all.
  • Green Jobs in Germany: the grass is not so green
  • Jerry Pournelle: Damage control in Big Science. See also Samuel Thernstrom’s response.
  • Noted skeptic James Randi expressed some mild AGW skepticism and immediately had to issue a ‘clarification‘ following flak from the usual suspects. A lot of people have an interest in making this a false dichotomy: either you’re uncritically on board with strong AGW, or you’re a ‘global warming denier’. (Which are ‘fighting words’ to this Jewish AGW agnostic here.) Just to show you we’re talking ideology here, not science.
  • Rasmussen Reports (h/t realwest): percentage of likely voters who believe global warming is primarily due to one of the following causes: 50% long-term planetary trends, 34% human activity; 6% some other reason; 10% not sure. 32% thinks it is a very serious problem, 25% somewhat serious, 23% not very serious, 18% not at all serious. 59% consider it likely that scientists ‘cooked’ at least some research data to support their own theories and beliefs about global warming. 71% say job creation higher priority than combating AGW.
  • Copenchange – the musical” by noted Pastafarian Snork/Earth2Moonbat
  • And meanwhile, the Northeast is coping with as much as 2 feet of GoreFlakes™. C2 denizens “littleoldlady” and “robomonkey” reported live from Philly and DC, respectively, on coping with the snow. See also DC cop brings gun to snowball fight.
  • Kenneth Anderson: Compenhagen [sic] as UN redistribution politics, not climate change substance. “At bottom, the question is one of legitimacy and what it means to say that a climate change deal requires, in Secretary General Ban’s words, an ‘equitable global governance structure’ to administer it, and the many, many, many things that apparently fall under its tent. What is this global governance? What makes it equitable and, therefore, legitimate? Is it legitimate to do a deal of global proportions, on climate change or anything else, and not involve everyone? If your issue is simply the substance of climate change policy, and not UN politics, then you don’t much care about these abstract issues of legitimacy, global governance, and the UN. Until the end of Copenhagen, in which it turns out that — given the breathtaking scope of things to be governed under the rubric of climate change, starting, really, with the whole of the global economy — that the meanings of global governance, legitimacy, and the UN matter after all. . . . That’s not a problem for me, because I ascribe minimal legitimacy to the UN and zero to the General Assembly and its members qua members. But for a large number of international law experts and devotees, among others, this is a problem.”
  • UPDATE 1: Shady deals by UN climate change guru Rajendra Pachauri. See also “A liberal con worth billions” at  the Stratasphere.
  • And speaking of Strata,  here he explains why he sees [strong] AGW is pure science fiction. We link, you decide.
  • UPDATE 2: Roger Simon: “I have seen the future and it stinks“. “I saw it with my own eyes: COP15 was only peripherally about ‘climate change’ and almost entirely about UN hegemony.”
  • And Dutch novelist Leon de Winter, who appears to be an AGW believer: “Mr. President, You Can’t Save the Economy and Save the Planet”
  • more updates to come as the day progresses

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0bamacare, political prostitution, and belated buyer’s remorse

The following famous exchange has been variously attributed to George Bernard Shaw and Winston Churchill — two opposite poles politically who had their rapier-like pens and tongues in common:

Churchill to socialite: “Madam, would you sleep with me for five million pounds?” [about $350 million today, give or take]:
Socialite: “My goodness, Mr. Churchill… Well, I suppose… we would have to discuss terms, of course…”
Churchill: “Now madam, would you sleep with me for five pounds?” [about $350 today]
Socialite: “Of course not, Mr. Churchill! What sort of a woman do you think I am?”
Churchill: “We have already established that, Madam. We are merely haggling about the price.”

I am neither surprised nor offended at Joe Lieberman supporting the bill — he’s a honest liberal who had principled objections to a “public option” and got the White House to blink first.

Ben Nelson, however, just surpassed Mary Landrieu as Political Prostitute of the Month in my book (or should there be a separate category “political rent-boy of the month”?). Instapundit snarks: “Also paid for: Bernie Sanders. Why not? It’s your money they’re buying votes with, not theirs.”

In fact, I think most actual prostitutes have higher moral standards than the typical hack politician.

In the above Instapundit post, he links one of two poster girls for “0bama voter buyer’s remorse”, Megan McArdle (a.k.a. “Jane Galt” of yore).

“No bill this large has ever before passed on a straight party-line vote, or even anything close to a straight party-line vote. No bill this unpopular has ever before passed on a straight party-line vote. We’re in a new political world. I’m not sure I understand it […] We’ve just increased substantially the supply of unrepealable, unsustainable entitlements. We’ve also, in my opinion, put ourselves on a road that leads eventually to less healthcare innovation, less healthcare improvement, and more dead people in the long run.”

Her eloquent criticism (and that of the other poster girl, Ann Althouse) are much appreciated. It is said in my religion that “the most righteous man stands in the shadow of a baal teshuvah (sincerely reformed sinner)”. But what were all these smart people thinking when they pulled the lever for this poseur?

Racial guilt-mongering, social pressure, New Class consciousness, you name it… The end result is the same: the USA is now hip-deep in doo-doo, and it will get worse before it will get better.

[The historian Robert Conquest got a lot of flack when he published his book on Stalin’s Great Purges, “The great terror”. After the fall of the Soviet Union, archives were opened, and his already high estimated death tolls were revealed to be too low, if anything. When the publisher asked him for a subtitle for a new edition of his book, he reportedly proposed: “I told you so, you f*cking fools!”]

A Hebrew proverb says that a smart man will get out of messes that a wise man would never have gotten into in the first place. Here’s hoping that some of these smart people have acquired wisdom from their mistake, and that the damage done is not irreparable.

UPDATE: Heh: in response to a post on the American Spectator that mentions further obstacles:

“Obstacles,” indeed. Ben Nelson could realize how badly he has dishonored himself and commit seppuku [a.k.a. harakiri — NCT]. Unlikely, of course, but theoretically possible […] Readers who think I’m actually advocating that Nelson engage in ritual disembowelment are mistaken. Seppuku is an expression of the shogun’s honorable acknowledgement of his own dishonor. Nelson obviously has no sense of honor.

Climategate/Copenhagen roundup, Dec. 19: glass half full or wholly empty?

Today’s featured post, “Glass half full or wholly empty?”, is by Wretchard at Belmont Club:

The “historic deal” left behind by Barack Obama, who decamped for Washington, has descended into chaos as a number of countries rejected the text, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The “historic” climate change deal at the Copenhagen climate summit has descended into chaos after some developing nations rejected the plan for fighting global warming championed by US President Barack Obama. …

Tempers flared during an all-night plenary session, held after most of 120 visiting world leaders had left.

Lumumba Stanislaus Di-Aping, the Sudanese negotiator, said the draft text asked “Africa to sign a suicide pact”.

One Saudi delegate said it was without doubt “the worst plenary I have ever attended.”

Ed Miliband, the Environment Secretary, warned delegates that the plan would have to be endorsed to unlock funds outlined in the deal, including $30 billion in “quick-start” aid from 2010-12, rising to $100 billion a year from 2020.

He has some further posts:

The overall impression I get is of “a measure for nothing” (as the priceless Dutch expression goes). Watts Up With That seems to agree.

  • Biofuels advocate Robert Zubrin agrees with much of what Lord Monckton said, but refutes his claims that biofuels cause famine.
  • A poet critiques Al Gore’s AGW doggerel
  • Roger Simon: Cope Notes 3: Welcome back to the Middle Ages
  • “WE STAND UPON THE PRECIPICE, and it is time to jump!” [Snarks Instapundit:] Freudian slip? And if Bush 43 had spoken the same malapropism, how many days would we be seeing headlines about it?
  • Always a reliable source of pompous windbaggery laced with shtoopid concentrate, John Kerry : “This can be a catalyzing moment. It’s a powerful signal to see President Obama, Premier Wen, Prime Minister Singh, and President Zuma agree on a meeting of the minds. These are the four horsemen of a climate change solution…” [Bwaahaahaa]
  • Unexpected snowstorm forces Nancy Peelousy to cut her “global warming” junket short.
  • At Ace f Spades, “krakatoa” has a ClimateGate roundup of his/her own.
  • Lorrie Goldstein: “This is all about 3rd-world kleptocrats extorting money which they will spend, not on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but on anything they d*mn well please”
  • More additions as the day progresses
  • And in case you missed it yesterday, don’t miss “Climategatekeeping #2” (see also Climategatekeeping #1). Warning: if you’re a real scientist who still believes in seeking the truth without fear or favor, it just might make your blood boil.
  • One more thing (H/t: Russkilitlover via Robomonkey): Brits are indeed good at snark:

“When your attempt at recreating the Congress of Vienna with a third-rate cast of extras turns into a shambles, when the data with which you have tried to terrify the world is daily exposed as ever more phoney, when the blatant greed and self-interest of the participants has become obvious to all beholders, when those pesky polar bears just keep increasing and multiplying – what do you do? … If there were not $45 trillion of Western citizens’ money at stake, this would be the funniest moment in world history. What a bunch of buffoons. Not since Neville Chamberlain tugged a Claridge’s luncheon bill from his pocket and flourished it on the steps of the aircraft that brought him back from Munich has a worthless scrap of paper been so audaciously hyped.”

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Friday night beauty: J. S. Bach, Brandenburg Concerto #5 in D major, BWV 1050. 1st mvt., Allegro

In the spirit of the combined joys of the Sabbath and the last day of Chanukah, here is one of the most joyous pieces of classical music I know: the first movement of Bach’s Fifth Brandenburg Concerto for flute, violin, and keyboard. This performance (using modertn instruments and in standard tuning) is by the Munich Bach Orchestra, with as soloists: Otto Büchner on violin, Paul Meisen on flute, and the late lamented Karl Richter on harpsichord and conducting.

The only performance I like still better is Glenn Gould’s, but the available video recording’s soundtrack is marred by heavy distortion in the solo part. Should you wish to hear it regardless, here it is: part 1 (1st movement up to beginning of keyboard solo), part 2 (remainder of 1st movement + 2nd movement), part 3 (3rd movement).


Senate Healthcare Circus

I’m sure you’ve been rivetedly following the Senate healthcare three-ring circus like I have. (Al Franken is of course serving as Bozo the Clown.) Not much can be added here, but here are some interesting headlines that suggest maybe the left is starting a circular firing squad:

...It’s also worth noting how completely antithetical claims are advanced to defend and excuse Obama. We’ve long heard — from the most blindly loyal cheerleaders and from Emanuel himself — that progressives should place their trust in the Obama White House to get this done the right way, that he’s playing 11-dimensional chess when everyone else is playing checkers, that Obama is the Long Game Master who will always win. Then, when a bad bill is produced, the exact opposite claim is hauled out: it’s not his fault because he’s totally powerless, has nothing to do with this, and couldn’t possibly have altered the outcome. From his defenders, he’s instantaneously transformed from 11-dimensional chess Master to impotent, victimized bystander.

The supreme goal is to shield him from all blame. What gets said to accomplish that goal can — and does — radically change from day to day…

Petitional prayer in Judaism. 1. Within the framework of the Amidah

And now for something completely different.

On several online communities (including the one in whose Diaspora many of use find ourselves) there were/are online “prayer lists” circulating on behalf of sick members, sick relatives of members, members that lost their jobs,…

Said communities had/have quite a few Jewish members, including religiously traditional ones. This post explores the traditional Jewish way of handling petitional prayer in some detail (a bit longer than a typical blog post here). If you are interested in such matters, press “Read more” to read the remainder of the article.

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ClimateGate/Copenhagen roundup, Dec. 18: California dreaming edition

Yup, the “warming” is all in the black “adjustment” line. Deliberate fudging or “confirmation bias” (coming up with rationalizations for “corrections to measurement flaws” that just happen to fit one’s preconceptions)? My money’s on the latter.

I would not be surprised if textbooks on scientific ethics 20 years from now will discuss AGW at some length…

  • FEATURED: Victor Davis Hanson, in The Long Road from California to Copenhagen, looks at California as a laboratory for “eco-friendly policies” , and gives the experiment failing grades.
  • See also “Wretchard” (Richard Fernandez): A deal in Copenhagen?
  • Claudia Rosett: Despots descend on Copenhagen. See also Roger Simon: “So many despots, so little time
  • Joseph d’Aleo: “Paint-by-numbers global warming” Looks like classic “data cherry picking” writ large.
  • William Briggs: “Environmentalists will chage hats and move on“. “After a decade of global temperatures stubbornly refusing to play nice, and things turning out to be not nearly as bad as predicted, the Copenhagen-created program will not die. […] It will morph into an ossified, entrenched behemoth whose mission will, through time, quietly morph into “environmental justice.” Climate change, the original impetus, will have been long forgotten.”
  • UPDATE: The Telegraph: “When your attempt at recreating the Congress of Vienna with a third-rate cast of extras turns into a shambles, when the data with which you have tried to terrify the world is daily exposed as ever more phoney, when the blatant greed and self-interest of the participants has become obvious to all beholders, when those pesky polar bears just keep increasing and multiplying – what do you do?” (H/t: Russkilitlover)
  • UPDATE 2: (H/t: Pi Guy) Coyote Blog: will work for food. Some quotes:

“Here is the perfect analogy for the Third World’s sudden interest in climate:  The “I will work for food” sign.  Beggers learned that (at least for a while) this sign was a good marketing tool.  They had no intention of doing any work  (I had a friend who used to drive up to all of them and offer them landscaping work in exchange for lunch, always to be turned down flat) but they knew it made potential donors more sympathetic –  see, they really want to work but are just down on their luck. If you haven’t seen the movie Interstate 60, you really need to.  Relevant clip available here.

This is exactly the equivalent of the Third World’s sudden interest in climate change.  Up to this point, their leaders have shown no interest in stopping the raping of their own local ecosystems.  These guys are certainly not conservationists, but they know a good marketing tool.  Copenhagen is about these guys putting their hands out, and using climate as the marketing tool to soften up their marks in the West.  These nations certainly have no intention of having any targets or restrictions place on their countries.  They just have their hands out.  And it looks like they may succeed, at least in the treaty phase.

Obama has positioned himself in such a way that he feels that he has to have something he can call a win at Copenhagen.  So he goes to the politician’s traditional playbook, which is use taxpayer money to buy a deal to try to make himself look better.  He is working to do this with the passage of the health care bill and he probably will do this in Copenhagen, agreeing to $100 billion a year in payoffs to third world kleptocracies so he can look like a winner to western socialists.”

  • more updates to follow as the day progresses
And a week before Xmas, let’s not forget “The 12 days of Global Warming”:

Stranger than fiction: the Nazi Gay Parade

Robomonkey posted this bizarre ad:

As it turns out (link via comments), this was actually part of an anti-Nazi protest:

Once a year busloads of Nazis from all over Scandinavia arrive at the little town of Lund, Sweden. They come to march in honour of [Charles XII], who is buried there. Despite people[‘s] disgust and negative media coverage, the Nazi community is still growing. To annoy the Nazi marchers the town was covered with banners and posters for a fake “Nazi Gay Parade”.

An inconvenient truth about Israel

Melanie Phillips reprints a remarkable address by historian Andrew Roberts at the 60th anniversary gathering of the Anglo-Israel association. Go read the whole thing, but allow me to quote the last paragraphs:

Very often in Britain, especially when faced with the overwhelmingly anti-Israeli bias that is endemic in our liberal media and the BBC, we fail to ask ourselves what we would not do placed in the same position? The population of the United Kingdom of 63 millions is nine times that of Israel. In July 2006, to take one example entirely at random, Hezbollah crossed the border of Lebanon into Israel and killed 8 patrolmen and kidnapped 2 others, and that summer fired 4,000 Katyusha rockets into Israel which killed a further 43 civilians. Now, if we multiply those numbers by nine to get the British equivalent, just imagine what we would not do if a terrorist organization based as close as Calais were to fire 36,000 rockets into Sussex and Kent, killing 387 British civilians, after killing 72 British servicemen in an ambush and capturing a further eighteen? I put it to you that there is absolutely no lengths to which our Government would not go to protect British subjects under those circumstances, and quite right too. So why should Israel be expected to behave any differently?

There has hardly been a single year since Brigadier-General Deedes established AIA in 1949 when a speaker has not been able to say that Israel faced a crisis, and on some occasions – in 1956, 1967, 1973 and especially in the face of the present Iranian nuclear programme today – these were existential. At a time when Barrack Obama appears to be least pro-Israeli president since Eisenhower, the dangers are even more obvious. For there is simply no way that Obama will prevent Ahmadinejad, perhaps Jewry’s most viciously outspoken and dangerous foe since the death of Adolf Hitler, to acquire a nuclear Bomb.

None of us can pretend to know what lies ahead for Israel, but if she decides pre-emptively to strike against such a threat – in the same way that Nelson pre-emptively sank the Danish Fleet at Copenhagen and Churchill pre-emptively sank the Vichy Fleet at Oran – then she can expect nothing but condemnation from the British Foreign Office. She should ignore such criticism, because for all the fine work done by this Association over the past six decades – work that’s clearly needed as much now as ever before – Britain has only ever really been at best a fairweather friend to Israel.

Although History does not repeat itself, it’s cadences do occasionally rhyme, and if the witness of History is testament to anything it is testament to this:

That in her hopes of averting the threat of a Second Holocaust, only Israel can be relied upon to act decisively in the best interests of the Jews.

ClimateGate/Copenhagen roundup, Dec. 17: From Russia with Love II edition

  • BREAKING: James Delingpole in the Telegraph: Russians confirm that UK scientists manipulated data to exaggerate global warming.
  • This story is now the #2 #1 meme on Memeorandum. Go there to follow further coverage. This could be huge.
  • Associated Press lied for Al Gore
  • Euro carbon indulgences credits trading system plagued by fraud. I am shocked, shocked!
  • Prince Big Ears Charles used up seven months of the average person’s ‘carbon footprint’ to get him to and fro a speech on climate change. Sanctus Hypocritus, ora pro nobis.
  • ClimateAudit is all over the story, and dug up an “interesting” Email from the CRU hack archive worth quoting here:

    On Mar 31, 2004 [Phil] Jones wrote to [Michael] Mann as follows:
    “Recently rejected two papers (one for JGR and for GRL) from people saying CRU has it wrong over Siberia. Went to town in both reviews, hopefully successfully. If either appears I will be very surprised, but you never know with GRL.”
    Say no more.

  • More updates to follow
  • And finally a “heh” moment: Greenpeace gets a dose of its own medicine: see here and here.

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