Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Do You Smell Something?

Twenty years from now, there may be a new classification of mental illness.  A significant population of mental institutions may be composed of those who think their planet is frying when it's really not.  .

The classification has yet to be codified, so these poor delusionals are currently wandering the halls of Congress, pottering about in labs trying to find evidence for what "must be true," giving Peace Prizes to one another, and carrying out political powerplays to defend unethical scientific practices.

If you are one of that number, you can remove the thermometer from the earth's armpit.  No, it doesn't have a fever.  If you feel something heating, it's just the hot air and red-hot tempers in the crowd that's surrounding you.

Though there are those "deniers" -- those Mordecais in the path like me -- at least you have the comfort of other delusionals.  Facing the fact that you're not going to burn up within the next twenty years can be heart-rending if you go it alone.  So always travel with groupies.  Group-think is your deliverance.  Don't allow yourself to watch Fox or listen to Michael Savage.  Even though the world is baking, insulate, insulate, insulate.

And repeat the mantra taught to you by Father Gore: "Ohhhhhhmmmmmm.  Just-as-we-search-you... for-one-of-the-millions-of-missing-links... Mother-Nature...  Ohmmmmm... we-search-for-data-showing-us-that.. .  you-have-a-fever.  Ohmmmmmm... and-when-we-falter... when-we-collapse... when-we-realize-we-have-grounds-for-believing-neither... Darwin-nor-Gore... evolution-nor-climate-change ... we remember-it-doesn't-matter... we-believe-in-the-facts-of-our-faith... though-we-have-only-our-faith-and-no-facts.  Ohmmmmmmm..."

Here's a few analogies that should warm the cockles of your heart:

Darwin:Gore as racism:classism (how many poor people from the "reforms" posited by climate change proponents?  And how many yuppie pockets are already being lined as "green" hysteria hits?)
plaster:fudge as bone:data

And for heaven's sake stop watching those movies about lemmings!  Remind yourself: "big money" is behind the "climate denying" scheme.  Nobody -- especially not Al Gore -- has any money vested in fearmongering over climate change.  It's moneygrubbing versus planetloving, folks.  That's all it is.

All I can figure is that the authors of the email below have grown so used to rotten science that they don't notice the smell anymore.  Their innuendo in the email is thick: "Hackers stole," "few," "cherry-picked," etc.  The fact that the back door of the kitchen has finally let out some of the stench of what they've been cooking up isn't enough to bring the truth home yet.

If the climate change community would like to continue its defense of unethical actions, here's a question.  You take exception to quotes being taken from the leaked emails to characterize the whole body of writing.  What in these writings clear the reputation of the authors? 

Also consider that it just takes one whiff to tell you that sauerkraut's on the stove.  Sometimes is just takes one sentence to indicate what's in that certain pot of burbling lawlessness.  Incriminating examples: "It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is."  "Read my lips."  "God damn America."  And it wasn't just one sentence that was leaked in ClimateGate.  These emails expose systematic abuse by high-level scientists who clearly weren't separating laboratory and state.  If anybody needed a textbook example of politically-motivated scientific ethical breaches, look here.

The climate change fearmongerers could have risen from the garbage heaps of their credibility ratings (in my book) if they'd at least admitted the wrongdoing here.  But in characteristic liar fashion, this movement is admitting nothing, and volunteering nothing.  Not only can we wonder at their wanton denial of the implications of emails of evidence, we must also wonder what other information has been suppressed. 

The blind defense of these miscreants is akin to the Soviet Union's opacity when it came to its mistakes.  Transparency, anyone?

And who in the world is a "climate denier"?  Does anyone actually deny that climate exists?  "I deny that raindrops exist."  "The Four Seasons is only a hotel chain."  "Salting roads in 'so-called winter' is a big-business conspiracy headed by the Morton Salt company.  Their mascot, which attempts to make a role model of a young girl, is corrupting our youth."  C'mon, folks.  Your ignorance is glaring.  Will you please at least try to understand the positions of your opponents?

(And will you please get your story straight?  Do "deniers" exist or don't they?  One minute I'm told I don't exist because the debate is over.  Then the next minute I'm being derided as something that really and truly doesn't exist -- a "climate denier"!)

The overwhelming irony is that while one finger wags and the word "denier" flies off the lips, three fingers are digging into their palm, pointing out the true deniers.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Ben Wikler - Avaaz.org <avaaz@avaaz.org>
Date: Tue, Dec 8, 2009 at 5:23 PM
Subject: Climate science sabotage

Dear friends,

Spin by climate deniers about hacked emails between scientists is threatening to drown out the call for a strong climate deal in Copenhagen, but Avaaz is fighting back in media across the planet. Chip in now to stop the deception and help save the climate talks:

Climate deniers and fossil fuel lobbyists are stopping at nothing to kill a Copenhagen deal.

Two weeks ago, hackers stole thousands of emails between a few climate scientists--and then released cherry-picked quotes out of context, absurdly claiming that they question the science behind climate change.

With big money behind it, this misinformation tactic aims to distract the media and the public from the most important conference of our time in Copenhagen -- we have to make sure it doesn't work.

We urgently need to chip in funds to step up our successful protests and ad campaign in Copenhagen and key cities to counter the denial lobby and get our media and politicians back on track. The industry lobbies are scaling up their fight, let's take ours to the next level:


In the last 48 hours, the Avaaz community's voice on climate has been featured in media across the planet, including the Financial Times, the New York Times, the China people's daily and China's cable news station, the Guardian, Associated France Presse and many more. Our voice is successfully competing directly with the industry lobby's scams for attention, now we need to up the volume.

30 years of climate science are being borne out before our eyes, and 2009 closes out the hottest decade in recorded history. One study estimated that climate change already kills 300,000 people every year. Despite these facts, Climate denial -- a movement funded for decades by fossil fuel companies -- is now threatening our chance for a fair, ambitious, and binding global climate treaty.

It's a heartbreaking lack of responsibility for our planet. But we can't let it slow us down. We've already got the infrastructure in place, from 12/12 candlelight vigils around the world to our youth Climate Action Factory in Copenhagen. Funding now can scale up Avaaz's campaigns overnight -- and help keep the pressure on politicians to focus on action, not fall back on false excuses about unsettled science. Chip in below:


With hope and determination,

Ben, Iain, Taren, Luis, Ricken, Sam, Alice, Milena, Paul, Julius, and the whole Avaaz team


Financial Times -– "Copenhagen we can't risk failure":

Nature -- "Climatologists under threat":

Source Watch – The Heartland Institute:

Guardian – "The science still points to Copenhagen":

Desmogblog – "The oily machine behind climate-gate":

BBC -- "Climate email hack will impact on Copenhagen summit":

For more information on the climate denial industry check out the new book "Climate Cover-Up": http://www.desmogblog.com/climate-cover-up

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