and I wish I was still asleep; it's cloudy and chilly out there, be a perfect morning for sleeping in. If I could. Since I can't I guess I'll torture myself with news, and make you suffer with me.
Couple of key 'graphs from this piece:
None of this is to say that global warming isn't real, or that human activity doesn't play a role, or that the IPCC is entirely wrong, or that measures to curb greenhouse-gas emissions aren't valid. But the strategy pursued by activists (including scientists who have crossed the line into advocacy) has turned out to be fatally flawed.
“I don't think it's healthy to dismiss proper skepticism,” says John Beddington, the chief scientific adviser to the British government. He is a staunch believer in man-made climate change, but he also points out the complexity of climate science. “Science grows and improves in the light of criticism. There is a fundamental uncertainty about climate change prediction that can't be changed.” In his view, it's time to stop circling the wagons and throw open the doors. How much the public will keep caring is another matter.
One of the reasons a lot of people screamed so much about the AGW bullcrap was precisely this: the damage it was doing and would do to science: when anyone who doubts a theory is insulted and treated like a Holocause denier, that's got nothing to do with science, it's advocacy of the dirtiest kind. And all the "The science is SETTLED! The consensus has SPOKEN!!" bullshit just made it worse.
And let's not forget damage to the major media weenies; lots of people are taking notice that, just like with Obama, the media didn't do their damned job:
Nothing prevented Ms. O'Neil from taking a firsthand look at the IPCC report herself. She, like me, could have typed "WWF" (which stands for the activist group, the World Wildlife Fund) into a search box and found the 16 distinct WWF citations in the IPCC's 2007 report. Within a few minutes she could also have found the eight Greenpeace papers listed...
Instead, Ms. O'Neill - who has 25 years experience as a journalist - was utterly bamboozled by the PR machine which is the IPCC. She fell for their slick mirage. And then she passed it along to her viewers and readers.
As Steyn points out it was Laframboise, a lowly blogger, who dug up the above while the major media weenies didn't bother to do anything but treat IPCC press releases as confirmed fact; but we're supposed to trust in a believe every word the poodles like O'Neill throw out. Actually, I guess it's their credibility they threw out...
Oh, I like this idea. Howzabout a 0 dollar bill with Washington saying "Here's your payoff, you corrupt bastard"? There's a bunch of people on ALL levels of government who should receive those.
I like the title Althouse used: Sarah Palin was a blithering idiot until she became a devious genius. I'll throw in two things:
She could decide to never run for office again, and she'll still have helped make a big change in things.
There's an awful lot of people out there trying to figure out either why everybody else doesn't hate her, and some thinking "How the hell did I misjudge this so bad?"
...Besides, he said, almost everyone was on some sort of pension, disability, or government benefit, and was unwilling to work, so his choices were either illegal immigrants or broke foreign students. Then he launched into a blast against socialism, and explained how he was forced to become an expert tax dodger, how he would barter for all the transactions he could, and why he hated the government. He finished by sighing that in Greece, the people spend their time either devising ways to get government money or scheming to avoid the tax collectors — or, preferably, both.
Greece, not Chicago or some other place here. Unfortunately, sounds like a lot of places here, doesn't it?
The other day was Ronald Reagan's birthday; the man was human, had his flaws, but as a President he was pretty damn good.
Back to Climaquiddick for a minute, let's not forget that a lot of people, like Gore and Pachauri, have made a buttload of money off this AGW crap.
Sorry Jane, but MoveOn are retarded to the lowest degree possible to still breathe. They are physically and mentally incapable of contributing anything productive to society, so they went into politics and now have bare majority ownership of the Democratic Party. They are, quite literally, a collective ambulatory vegetable with a point of view and a bank account.
Oh, I have got to get by CCiZ more often; as Phil says, drink warning in effect.
So if a woman has 'too small' a cup size to suit the censors... Australia, what the hell's happened to you?
Oh good grief, can't the IPCC check or correct ANYTHING?
Oh, this is just freakin' wonderful: massive overuse of antibiotics leading to highly resistant superbugs. Disaster in the making, folks.
'Carbon criminals' and 'no more snow'; uh huh.
And finally, Amnesty International: Friend of Terrorists
Gita Sahgal, head of the gender unit at Amnesty’s international secretariat, believes that collaborating with Moazzam Begg, a former British inmate at Guantanamo Bay, “fundamentally damages” the organisation’s reputation.
In an email sent to Amnesty’s top bosses, she suggests the charity has mistakenly allied itself with Begg and his “jihadi” group, Cageprisoners, out of fear of being branded racist and Islamophobic.
Sahgal describes Begg as “Britain’s most famous supporter of the Taliban”. He has championed the rights of jailed Al-Qaeda members and hate preachers, including Anwar al-Awlaki, the alleged spiritual mentor of the Christmas Day Detroit plane bomber.