Archive for December 2nd, 2009
Declan McCullagh / CBS News – December 2, 2009
Ripples created by the disclosure of global warming files now being called “ClimateGate” continue to spread, with congressional attention growing and the head of a prominent climate change group stepping aside.
Phil Jones, the head of the Climactic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, said on Tuesday that he will relinquish his post while the U.K. school conducts an investigation into allegations of scientific and professional misconduct.
Jones’ announcement comes as he and his allies, who published some of the foundational data used to support the claim that global warming exists, have been pummeled by waves of criticism. As CBSNews.com reported last week, the leaked files show that prominent scientists were so wedded to theories of man-made global warming that they ridiculed dissenters who asked for copies of their data, plotted how to keep researchers who reached different conclusions from publishing, and concealed apparently buggy computer code from being disclosed under the Freedom of Information law.
The reverberations have extended beyond the campus of the University of East Anglia and the CRU. E-mail messages from Michael Mann, a professor in the meteorology department at Penn State University who has argued that mankind is threatening “entire ecosystems with extinction in the decades ahead if we continue to burn fossil fuels at current rates,” appeared in the leaked files. Now Penn State has opened an investigation into Mann’s work, and the U.K.’s weather agency has been forced on the defensive as well.
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F. Swemson / News Real Blog – December 2, 2009
The whistleblower deep in the basement of one of the ugly, modern tower-blocks of the dismal, windswept University of East Anglia could scarcely have timed it better.
In less than three weeks, the world’s governing class – its classe politique – would meet in Copenhagen, Denmark, to discuss a treaty to inflict an unelected and tyrannical global government on us, with vast and unprecedented powers to control all once-free world markets and to tax and regulate the world’s wealthier nations for its own enrichment: in short, to bring freedom, democracy, and prosperity to an instant end worldwide, at the stroke of a pen, on the pretext of addressing what is now known to be the non-problem of manmade “global warming.”
As usual, we can always count on Lord Monckton to deliver the entire story. His new report: “ClimateGate: CAUGHT GREEN-HANDED!” Is a “Must Read” for anyone who wants to know the truth about all the nasty details of the biggest scientific fraud of the modern era.
Read the entire report here
Julianna Goldman and Nicholas Johnston / Bloomberg – December 2, 2009
Dec. 2 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama said a troop surge in Afghanistan serves a “vital national interest” as he sought to appeal to a war-weary American public, prod allies in Afghanistan and reassure Pakistan of the U.S. commitment there.
Obama last night defended his decision to add 30,000 more troops at a cost of $30 billion per year, calling Afghanistan and Pakistan the “epicenter of violent extremism practiced by al Qaeda” and warning that U.S. security is at stake.
Saying his new strategy for the eight-year-old war would push Afghans to take responsibility for their own security, Obama set a target for U.S. troops to begin withdrawing in 18 months. He praised Afghan President Hamid Karzai, while admonishing members of the Afghan government that tolerate corruption. “The days of providing a blank check are over,” he said.
In his address at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, Obama took on full responsibility for the outcome of a war that has deteriorated since the U.S. ousted the Taliban from power following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Public support has dropped as fighting has intensified, and Obama is facing increasing skepticism about the U.S. efforts from members of his own Democratic Party.
Obama called Pakistan a linchpin in the region. He pledged to work with the government in Islamabad to root out al-Qaeda and prevent terrorists from establishing a base along the border with Afghanistan.
“It is from here that we were attacked on 9/11,” Obama said in the nationally televised speech. “And it is from here that new attacks are being plotted as I speak. This is no idle danger, no hypothetical threat.”
The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: And there are American’s who still believe this crap? – SJH
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