October 8th, 2010
By Ron Ewart
Scientific method: ..... refers to a body of techniques for investigating phenomena, acquiring new knowledge, or correcting and integrating previous knowledge. To be termed scientific, a method of inquiry must be based on gathering observable, empirical and measurable evidence, subject to specific principles of reasoning. A scientific method consists of the collection of data through observation and experimentation, and the formulation and testing of hypotheses.
It doesn’t seem to matter. As the skeptics of man-caused global warming mount and documented evidence is presented by credible scientists and well-respected scholars and the fraud exposed by journalists, the United Nations, all governments (including the U. S.), environmentalists, social justice types, much of academia and the news media that aids and abets the rest, continue to “hang on” to the money-making and wealth-distribution scheme that is climate change ..... alias “man-caused global warming”.
So what is the rationale for holding onto this irrational belief that is without a valid premise? It is the collective belief by wild-eyed environmentalists and the international bullies that support them, that “man” is irreparably harming the planet and he and his actions must be controlled to prevent the environment from potential harm. The modus operandi for the scheme is the so-called “precautionary principle” (PP). PP essentially states that even if there is no credible evidence that man is creating harm to the environment, nevertheless the controllers of man must institute draconian policy and regulations to prevent man from inducing any harm to the environment that MIGHT be caused by man’s actions, no matter how much the new regulations cost or what rights must be surrendered. Ludicrous!
But now, more cracks in the climate change debate have opened up, as a highly credible scientist, Dr. Harold Lewis, just resigned from the American Physical Society, University of California at Santa Barbara, with a scathing indictment of the societies’ corruption of global warming science ..... FOR MONEY! (Source)
Harold Lewis is Emeritus Professor of Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, former Chairman; Former member Defense Science Board, chmn of Technology panel; Chairman DSB study on Nuclear Winter; Former member Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards; Former member, President’s Nuclear Safety Oversight Committee; Chairman APS study on Nuclear Reactor Safety Chairman Risk Assessment Review Group; Co-founder and former Chairman of JASON; Former member USAF Scientific Advisory Board; Served in US Navy in WW II; books: Technological Risk (about, surprise, technological risk) and Why Flip a Coin (about decision making)
Here is Dr. Harold Lewis’ opening salvo, in his letter of resignation to the President of the American Physical Society.
“When I first joined the American Physical Society sixty-seven years ago it was much smaller, much gentler, and as yet uncorrupted by the money flood (a threat against which Dwight Eisenhower warned a half-century ago). Indeed, the choice of physics as a profession was then a guarantor of a life of poverty and abstinence—-it was World War II that changed all that. The prospect of worldly gain drove few physicists. As recently as thirty-five years ago, when I chaired the first APS study of a contentious social/scientific issue, The Reactor Safety Study, though there were zealots aplenty on the outside there was no hint of inordinate pressure on us as physicists. We were therefore able to produce what I believe was and is an honest appraisal of the situation at that time. We were further enabled by the presence of an oversight committee consisting of Pief Panofsky, Vicki Weisskopf, and Hans Bethe, all towering physicists beyond reproach. I was proud of what we did in a charged atmosphere. In the end the oversight committee, in its report to the APS President, noted the complete independence in which we did the job, and predicted that the report would be attacked from both sides. What greater tribute could there be?”
“How different it is now. The giants no longer walk the earth, and the money flood has become the raison d’être of much physics research, the vital sustenance of much more, and it provides the support for untold numbers of professional jobs. For reasons that will soon become clear my former pride at being an APS Fellow all these years has been turned into shame, and I am forced, with no pleasure at all, to offer you my resignation from the Society.It is of course, the global warming scam, with the (literally) trillions of dollars driving it, that has corrupted so many scientists, and has carried APS before it like a rogue wave.”
“It is the greatest and most successful pseudoscientific fraud I have seen in my long life as a physicist. Anyone who has the faintest doubt that this is so should force himself to read the ClimateGate documents, which lay it bare. (Montford’s book organizes the facts very well.) I don’t believe that any real physicist, nay scientist, can read that stuff without revulsion. I would almost make that revulsion a definition of the word scientist.”
Dr. Lewis closes with:
“I do feel the need to add one note, and this is conjecture, since it is always risky to discuss other people’s motives. This scheming at APS HQ is so bizarre that there cannot be a simple explanation for it. Some have held that the physicists of today are not as smart as they used to be, but I don’t think that is an issue. I think it is the money, exactly what Eisenhower warned about a half-century ago. There are indeed trillions of dollars involved, to say nothing of the fame and glory (and frequent trips to exotic islands) that go with being a member of the club. Your own Physics Department (of which you are chairman) would lose millions a year if the global warming bubble burst. When Penn State absolved Mike Mann of wrongdoing, and the University of East Anglia did the same for Phil Jones, they cannot have been unaware of the financial penalty for doing otherwise. As the old saying goes, you don’t have to be a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing. Since I am no philosopher, I’m not going to explore at just which point enlightened self-interest crosses the line into corruption, but a careful reading of the ClimateGate releases makes it clear that this is not an academic question.”
“I want no part of it, so please accept my resignation. APS no longer represents me, but I hope we are still friends.”
How many more decorated and credible individuals must come forward, put their careers at risk and debunk this planet-wide, international-sponsored scam before the general population wakes up, opens their eyes, and tells all who are supporting and endorsing this fraud, where to get off?
Even NASA has succumbed. We just recently received an e-mail from an invitee to NASA’s invitation-only annual gala held in the Air & Space Museum, which the invitee attended, where a classic “bait-and-switch” maneuver took place. Man-caused global-warming (G/W) was promoted instead of the pre-publicized keynote address on satellites. As many know, e-mails surfaced earlier this year from dissenting NASA scientists. Nevertheless, the message of NASA’s last week’s presentation was clear: “Get onboard or lose your funding.” Strong arm tactics at best. Outright coercion at worst. One wonders who is pulling the strings, as if we didn’t know?
All government policies, including Cap and Trade legislation, that are adopted from this pseudo science are as fraudulent, as is the “Made-As-Instructed” science that spawns them. Any politician and we do mean ANY politician, that champions this scheme should be drummed out of office, or brought up on corruption charges, or impeached. Public monies funding climate change should be shut off and scientists that are guilty of fabricating their science should be summarily fired, or prosecuted for criminal behavior.
The scientific method has been so corrupted since man-caused global warming first appeared on the scene, as to make it wholly unrecognizable and totally untrustworthy, as is anyone who spouts it. Science has been bought off with our money, for purely political reasons.
Thank God there are some scientists, like Dr. Lewis and Dr. Timothy Ball (as well as a host of others), who have not been corrupted and they still are true to the foundation of the scientific method. As in so many other things, when honor evaporates, trust and respect evaporate with it. How sad it is that science, once the last bastion of truth, has been corrupted and perverted by money, politics and the globalists, for control of the masses on a global scale. Can men in chains be far behind?
NOTE: The author has studied science for over 50 years and is an avid reader of science volumes, in all disciplines.
October 8th, 2010
US News And World Report
By Paul Bedard
Former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP Sarah Palin is raising new speculation in conservative circles that she is already preparing for a 2012 presidential bid. In the latest and clearest example of her plans, Palin met with some 50 national conservative leaders Wednesday in Palm Beach, Florida where she discussed economic and diplomatic policy and led some to declare that she's in the race.
"This was an indication that she's strongly considering running," said one insider. "She was very knowledgeable and gave intelligent answers, despite how she's been characterized," added the insider. "And she was extremely charming."
The meet-and-greet was organized by the conservative magazine and website Newsmax and its boss Christopher Ruddy. Palin, currently a Fox News contributor, has said Newsmax is one of her favorite news sources. Her trip sprung from an accidental meeting in June at the Belmont Stakes race in New York when Palin and Ruddy bumped into each other.
Ruddy, whose Web site helped sell 250,000 of Palin's 2008 campaign book, arranged for Palin to be interviewed by radio host Michael Reagan for an upcoming webcast dubbed "Make America Great Again." Palin will kick off the webcast campaign October 12. Her next book, America By Heart, is due out next month.
Because of its ties to conservative leaders and donors, Newsmax plays a broad role in conservative politics and is fast becoming the place for potential 2012 GOP candidates to be seen. Already Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush have stopped by for interviews. One conservative leader told Whispers that Palin's trip to Newsmax was the strongest sign yet that she's planning to run.
During her stop, Ruddy and his staff presented Palin with a faux Newsmax cover showing her running for the presidency. It was headlined: "Yes in 2012."
At a later reception and dinner, she made her case on several issues to top conservative leaders, among them, Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, pundit Dick Morris, activist Ralph Reed, and John Raese, the West Virginia Republican Senate candidate who holds a surprise lead over Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin.
"This was an indication that she's strongly considering running," said one insider.
Conservatives have warmed to Palin in part because of her golden touch in picking Tea Party candidates to back in House and Senate races, giving her a ready-made support base in a presidential bid.
Pictured Above (top to bottom): Sarah Palin and Newsmax boss Christopher Ruddy entering Newsmax's offices in Palm Beach, Florida; Palin meets with Ruddy in his Palm Beach office; Palin and Ruddy in the editor's office; Palin gets a chuckle out of a faux Newsmax magazine cover that reads "YES in 2012."
October 8th, 2010
Cr Editor's Note: Our prayers & great hopes go out to Glenn, he appears to be under extreme attack.
by Scott Baker
This morning on his radio program, Glenn Beck discussed in more detail some of the physical challenges he’s been facing. Glenn told his audience that he will be taking several days off next week to undergo tests at a hospital “out west.”
On recent broadcasts he’s discussed that he has been having problems with feeling in his hands and feet. Today he explained that “small fiber” issues may be involved but that testing will provide more understanding. “We don’t even know what all of the symptoms are at this point,“ he explained adding that he believes ”physical, mental and spiritual are all tied.“ By ”small fibers,” he was referring to the possibility of a small fiber neuropathy diagnosis. But that is just one possibility among many things that will be considered.
Glenn also said the listeners may have noticed a change in how he sounds on the air. He said he’s been having problems with his vocal cords and that doctors will also be examining this problem.
Glenn talked at length about how the bond he has with his radio audience has been built on a foundation of disclosure and that he felt it was important for him to share as much information as he could, “So that you will understand my mindset.”
This post will be updated throughout the day to add information and clips from the program.
October 8th, 2010
"This is not your father's Republican party. This is a different brand," Vice President Joe Biden said in Washington state.
Cr Editor's note: Well, yes, in actuality, "But you truly have no idea Joe"
October 8th, 2010
Posted By Rich Trzupek On October 8, 2010 @ 12:14 am
Preliminary reports issued on Wednesday by the national oil spill commission indicated that the Obama administration covered up the worst-case  – and as it turned out most accurate – estimates of the amount of crude released into the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in April. Charges of “cover up” are flying about the blogosphere, but there’s another side to this story. Regular readers of FPM know that your humble correspondent is a scientist who has been employed in the environmental industry for decades. Accordingly, my perspective here is going to be a little different than what you will read or hear in other places. At the end of this tale, it will be necessary to throw the Obama administration under the bus over its approach to the spill, but not for the reasons most other commentators will be moved to do so. For Obama’s biggest error was not in suppressing information that suggested that more oil was being released, but rather in failing to inject calmness and reason into a discussion that grew ever more hysterical with each passing day.
One motivation for the administration burying the worst-case spill estimates is the fact that Obama and some his supporters in Congress have received millions in contributions from BP employees and BP funded PACs over the years. According to Politico , “Obama received a total of $77,051 from the oil giant and is the top recipient of BP PAC and individual money over the past 20 years.” It would be foolish to dismiss this aspect of the story out of hand, yet there was another factor at work as crude continued to gush out into the Gulf this summer. The Obama administration suddenly found itself facing the same “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” choice that industry routinely faces whenever it is forced to divulge an environmental incident.
Several federal laws and regulations force industry to self-disclose such an incident when it occurs. How you disclose is a tricky question. If you employ a conservative approach and report the worst-case scenario, doing so provides ammunition to environmental activists and the media who will use it to demonize you to a public that doesn’t have the skills to put the incident in any reasonable context. If you’re more upbeat about reporting the extent of the problem, you take the chance that initial estimates will be proven incorrect as the investigation continues and you will thus be accused of suppressing information. Since this administration has virtually zero real world experience in dealing with environmental issues, it’s not surprising that they chose the latter course. That’s not to excuse the fact that they suppressed data, but is rather an explanation. Their reaction, in other words, doesn’t appear to have been so much a conscious effort to conceal and cover up, but is instead, another example of the naiveté and lack of real world experience that Obama and his advisors displays on an almost daily basis.
When it comes to the Gulf, the administration’s biggest failure was that it did nothing to diffuse the wild, doomsday discussions that flew around the internet and throughout the mainstream media, as the well continued to spew crude. Deepwater Horizon and Exxon Valdez were routinely linked in media outlets throughout the summer, but the two incidents could not have been more different. The Exxon/Valdez spill occurred in cold, relatively enclosed coastal waters. The Deepwater Horizon leak encompassed a vast area of warm water. The difference matters. Mother Nature, contrary to popular opinion, can be a tough old broad. In Prince William Sound, the site of the Exxon Valdez disaster, there wasn’t much chance for oil to disperse and because of the climate, natural biological activity couldn’t do much to clean up the spill. The warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, on the other hand, are teaming with microbial life which will happily chew up crude oil, even as that oil continued to disperse and evaporate. Obama’s Energy Czar, Carol Browner, belatedly acknowledged this phenomenon, when she declared that most of the oil is “gone” during an interview on NBC’s Today Show. It wasn’t actually “gone” at the time, but those natural, self-correcting mechanisms, didn’t allow the spill to have nearly the effect that the doom-sayers had predicted. What oil microbes hadn’t eaten yet, had been diluted or evaporated into insignificance.
However, the administration now finds itself tied into patently ridiculous, contradictory positions. The spill in the Gulf was a disaster big enough to warrant a ban on any further deep-water oil drilling, even though it didn’t actually cause all that much environmental harm. They suppressed worst-case estimates of the leak, but those estimates were proven correct at the end of the day. Today, many an industrial operator can be forgiven for considering the Obama administration’s response to this “crisis” and quietly observing: “welcome to my world.”
The President missed an opportunity, although it’s hard to believe he would have jumped at it, even if he had been aware of it. Had he had the courage to put the Deepwater Horizon spill into some reasonable perspective when the explosion happened, rather than let Carol Browner do so six months after the fact, Obama could have taken the wind out the sails of the worst of the radical environmentalists who have done so much damage to this country. No President in modern times could have had done more to restore balance and sanity within the environmental arena. Clearly, if George W. Bush had appealed for restraint if such an incident had occurred during his watch, environmental interests would have demonized him for defending his big oil buddies. No one would attempt to tar and feather Barack Obama with the same brush. He could have said – should have said – that no matter how bad the spill was, the combination of clean up efforts and naturally-corrective mechanisms would ultimately take care of the problem. Instead, the President tried desperately to have his cake and eat it too: declaring at the time that the Gulf oil spill was an unprecedented ecological disaster, even as he now tries to minimize the incident and the way his administration responded to the problem.