Hip and Thigh: Smiting Theological Philistines with a Great Slaughter. Judges 15:8

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Peer Reviewed Snake Oil Salesmen

I recently was involved with agitating a nest of young progressive minded folks regarding the pseudo-scientific hoax people call "climate change." It use to be called "global warming" until the environmental hustlers reorganized their marketing campaign.

The liberal leaning moderator -- of what I consider to be a well done local news and opinion blog -- occasionally makes it his annoying habit of highlighting things Sarah Palin says. Even when what Sarah Palin says has absolutely no relevance to anything going on in the town of Santa Clarita where I live. This particular time she was in Redding, CA, last week which is, if I am not mistaken, about a 10 hour drive north of my home town.

At any rate, what got her noticed is the fact that she likened global warming, er, I mean climate change studies, to "scientists" selling us snake oil. She is right of course, but because it is Sarah Palin saying it instead of Oprah or Matt Damon, her comment supposedly exposes her as an idiot or something.

I then left a comment agreeing with her sentiment, but in addition to agreeing with Palin, I directed folks to some links to the climategate scandal I have noted here last November-December. But like Palestinian protesters drawn to a burning car, out came the anthropogenic climate changing faithful to hurl cruel mockery upon me.

Now, most reasonable people would scratch their heads and ask, "I wonder why NPR hasn't mentioned this climategate thing?"

Nope, not here.

Instead of self-reflection upon what they had been told to believe by the zeitgeist of their modern day echo chamber, it was suggested that this climategate thing was a right-wing blogger conspiracy. One person noted a Wikipedia entry about one of the writers blogging on climategate stating that he was prone to exaggerated hysteria. Yeah. Wikipedia. That infallible vanguard of truth. Another commenter wrote that these climate critics aren't "peer-reviewed." Only "peer-reviewed scientist" should be offering any criticism and the consensus of all legitimate scientists undoubtedly say man-made global warming is real.

Well. As the saying goes, "time and truth go hand in hand." In this case, just three days later:

There has been no global warming since 1995 (be warned of the semi-risque celebrity pictures in the side-bar)

Or so says one of the main climate changing gurus, Phil Jones.

And more from the WSJ about the so-called "settled science" of climate change:

The Continuing Climate Meltdown

Maybe we can get a consensus of scientists together to settle the science on Man-Bear-Pig?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: There has been no global warming since 1995...

If you read the original BBC interview with Phil Jones, what he actually said was:

"Do you agree that from 1995 to the present there has been no statistically-significant global warming?

Yes, but only just. I also calculated the trend for the period 1995 to 2009. This trend (0.12C per decade) is positive, but not significant at the 95% significance level. The positive trend is quite close to the significance level. Achieving statistical significance in scientific terms is much more likely for longer periods, and much less likely for shorter periods."

So, there has been "no statistically-significant global warming" since 1995. Which is a distinction without a difference, but all of the AGW true-believers are having kittens over this alledged mis-representation of what Jones said by we climate deniers. Whatever...

12:05 PM, February 16, 2010  
Blogger donsands said...

Here in Maryland we just 47 inches of snow. The most ever; a record. Yet, it was because of global warming, some say.

I would ask them if it was 60 degrees warm this week, instead of two blizzards, what would that be from?

I'm sure they would say, "That would be global warming, absolutely."

Made me think of our Savior's words:

“But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their playmates,

“‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;
we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’

For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.”

No matter what is said, it's the same old same old.

I read where Sarah jumped all over Obama's right hand man for cussing, and using the word, retard. That made me cringe a bit.

I feel, and think, she is sort of in the same mold as all the others. I like her, and she's a sister in Christ, but she seems to play the game of politics as the others.

The only one I am impressed with lately is Ron Paul. he seems to be cut from a very different mold. But, I'm still learning about him.

4:14 PM, February 16, 2010  
Blogger Highland Host said...

Of course, the fact that the university where the Climategate scandal occured is investigating the scientists involved does rather show it's NOT a right-wing blogger conspiracy. That and the fact that UEA is the world's top Environmental Science department. This isn't Luton we're talking about!

12:48 AM, February 17, 2010  
Blogger threegirldad said...


Some (many? most?) of these online articles have a "Print this article" link at the bottom. Point people to that one, and they can avoid potential side-bar unpleasantness.

Even if there's no unpleasantness, I just hate all the visual clutter.

Alternate link

12:30 PM, February 17, 2010  
Blogger Fred Butler said...

Thanks for the info. I'll keep that in mind.

The ironic thing about that link from LGF is how Johnson was on the opposite side of the fence just 2 years or so ago.

12:44 PM, February 17, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Johnson has become a contortionist extraordinaire when it comes to his unrelenting and irrational defense of AGW.

7:51 AM, February 18, 2010  
Blogger Fred Butler said...

Yes. I know. It is so strange. But in reality, his flip-flopping from being a moderate left to moderate right, to being right, to now being left just demonstrates an unstable mind; someone who is easily pliable. I am sure he attempts to justify his new found leftism, but it's like he is trying too hard to be part of the team that he becomes an embarrassment.

8:34 AM, February 18, 2010  

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