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These items caught my eye – 28 April 2013

Each week, I’ll pull together a range of items that have attracted my attention. I hope you will find the variety of topics covered both interesting and enlightening. Please remember to read the comments, as the information (and the links) contained in them often put the main article into context.. If you follow a site that is, maybe, a bit off the beaten track and think it would be of interest, please contact me and I’ll take a look.
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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Idiot

Posted on 28 April, 2013 by Alan Caruba

Alan Caruba

What kind of idiot would write, “Until we fully understand what turned two brothers who allegedly perpetrated the Boston Marathon bombings into murderers, it is hard to make any policy recommendation other than this: We need to redouble our efforts to make America stronger and healthier so it remains a vibrant counterexample to whatever bigoted ideology may have gripped these young men.”

“Whatever bigoted ideology”? This is what Thomas L. Friedman of The New York Times wrote on April 21.

Friedman had spent years in Lebanon, first as a reporter for the United Press International from 1979 to 1981. From 1975 to 1990, Lebanon was convulsed by a civil war between its Christian population and Palestinian forces aligned with Syrian-backed Muslims. In 1981 he was hired by the New York Times and won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon after years of Katyusha rocket attacks on northern Israel. He also won the George Polk Award for Foreign Reporting.

He would serve as the Times Bureau Chief in Jerusalem from June 1984 to February 1988, receiving a second Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the first Palestinian intifada. He witnessed Islamic terrorism first hand and learned nothing from it.

If that is not sufficiently moronic, his column, “How to Put America Back Together Again” was devoted to “healing our economy” and his answer was higher taxes in general and a carbon tax in particular. “We need to raise more revenues, in the least painful way possible.”

No, Mr. Friedman, what we need to do is stop spending more than the nation takes in by reducing spending, fixing the tax code, and reforming entitlement programs, but that is never part of the liberal agenda.

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Latest Hurricane Stats From NOAA

Posted on April 28, 2013 by Paul Homewood

Hurricanes

NOOA’s National Hurricane Centre keep records of all US landfalling hurricanes, starting in 1851. The decadal numbers are shown below, including 2012, which recorded two Cat 1’s, Isaac and Sandy.

Despite the busy seasons in 2004 and 2005, the 10 year trends show no increase since, and are not unusually high by historical standards. It is also perhaps significant that, despite these two years, current decadal averages for Cat 4 and Cat 5 storms are below average.

This surely gives the lie to the claim that hurricanes are becoming more intense.

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Secret Climate Meetings

April 28, 2013 by Donna Laframboise

Donna Laframboise

Donna Laframboise

There’s a disturbing article in the weekend edition of Canada’s National Post. It’s titled Federal politicians use non-partisan climate group to meet in ‘safe space’ behind closed doors.

Apparently, our elected Members of Parliament (MPs) are on a par with sex abuse victims. They need a “safe space” to talk about what’s supposed to be the planet’s most pressing problem. Confronted with what some believe is a house on fire, they retire to the shadows and whisper to each other in secret.

The article quotes Green Party Leader Elizabeth May:

You just don’t want people to be feeling that it’s an area of political risk to participate in the climate caucus. We want it to be a trusting, safe space, in which any member of Parliament from any party can come and ask any question or make any comment and it’s all off the record and all in shared confidence.

I am not opposed to MPs of all political stripes getting together to talk about important issues. The world needs respectful dialogue between people with diverse points-of-view.

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The Green mantra of “No we can’t” is unsustainable

Posted on April 28, 2013 by k2p blog

It is a bright, sunny Sunday morning and I refuse to allow Green predictions of impending doom dent my optimism.

The Greens – no doubt – mean well.

Earnest, self-righteous, Malthusian, smug, often sanctimonious but rarely rational, the Greens of today are always ready to tell others what to do and what is best for them. From being – once upon a time – a constructive movement with practical and laudable objectives of improving local environments, it has developed into an authoritarian, arrogant, dogmatic, semi-religious and mildly fascist ideology. It has been perverted by scenarios of catastrophe and subverted by delusions of grandiose global ambitions. It is more concerned with forbidding behaviour it considers undesirable and of coercing people to comply. It has forgotten that humanity is an integral and necessary part of the environment.

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Bureau of Meteorology fail Mathematics … Hamilton fails Science

Posted on April 28, 2013 by pindanpost

Warwick Hughes fact checks BoM on a regular basis, discovering years of failed forecasts and predictions, now Ed Thurstan finds that even their data bases are wrong.

ACORN-SAT – The Australian Bureau of Meteorology temperature database – is not to be trusted

It’s no wonder they keep getting the Science of forecasting weather wrong. It only encourages ABC journalists to parrot rubbish like Jonathon Green and Clive Hamilton did this morning. The latter is so disturbed that he is promoting civil disobedience to push the ideology. I fail to see how anyone could ever take this pair seriously. The blind leading the blind.

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Cannibalism update and insight on the timing of media hype

Posted on April 19, 2013 by polar bear science

In my last post, I went over some of the spin and misrepresentation of fact contained in the claim by leading polar bear biologists Steven Amstrup, Ian Stirling and Andrew Derocher (Amstrup et al. 2006; Stirling and Derocher 2012) that cannibalism is on the increase because of the effects of global warming on Arctic sea ice.

I’ve had an opportunity to follow up on three points that puzzled me. Three relate to the Amstrup et al. paper that described three cases of cannibalism in the southeastern Beaufort Sea in 2004 and one to the incidents in western Hudson Bay in 2009. In the process, I found at least three more misrepresentations of fact and gained some insight on why these incidents of cannibalism were hyped so enthusiastically when they were.

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