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Free Think

Posted by Jeff Id on February 26, 2015

Wei-Hock Soon is accused of failing to disclose funding from corporations in his research.  We don’t seem to know if the funding was for any of the research but to the left-wing climate radicals, that doesn’t really matter.

This isn’t about climate folks.   This never was.   It is about politics and enacting a totalitarian style socialist government with the same faux democracy you see in China and North Korea.  It is an openly visible government plot to gain ever more power.  Driven by bureaucrats personally incentivized by the massive money and power government offers.   It IS LED by liberal “progressive” Democrats and it is leading to a very bad place.   Unfortunately, no political party is immune from power and the two primary parties we get to pick from are just different rates of change in the same very bad direction.  Don’t believe me, then you need to learn your history better.   You have been duped.

We are losing our freedoms in America at a massive rate, the internet just took a huge and completely unnecessary blow today.  The unelected portion of the government gave itself the power to tax, regulate, limit and redistribute internet access.   How long until we find preferred content getting favorable treatment.  No Jeff, that would be illegal!  If you think like that, you are again wrong… ever hear of the IRS. Are you really naive enough to believe that tax laws aren’t used as a political weapon? —I doubt it. Americans have no clue how much of their own medical freedoms they have just lost either, and it will be decades before they really figure it out.  The massive tax increases which were finally enacted last year are already having a huge impact on businesses and employment.  I have personal experience with that particular impact.  Not that people care about business when the government adjusts the government employment performance numbers to hide their failure.

So illegal aliens being converted to automatic citizens while leaving the border open.   Does anyone really believe that is for anything except automatic votes?  Free social security, medicaid and health care for them.   How about the new push to have 16 and 17 year olds vote?  That shouldn’t tweak the numbers in the liberals favor should it?   It is about power and votes and guaranteed continuation of both…. nothing else.  Hmmm.. I recall hearing about that same sort of voting system in some other country?..

I’ve been personally attacked in two left-wing psychology papers in journals because liberals don’t like that I speak out against the lies of climate science, and they obviously fear me (and you).  There is no other reason to call out my name and imply some sort of delusional personality disorder to me.   It is these same selfish, self-serving progressives who are doing it for the money.  NO business organization would pay multiple millions of dollars for poor class of work created by Michael Mann or Lewandowsky.  In the GOVERNMENT funded world, their mathmagical masturbation can be held up as the best in class, published in the compliant left-wing media and distributed as fact to increase law and regulations by government organizations. To government employees, that sort of nonsense actually has a real value!

Literally hundreds of billions of dollars in government money is funneled to left-wing extremists posing as scientists.   The money doesn’t change their minds, the “scientists” were already that biased, many were already willing to lie or exaggerate for the “cause”.   These are the people who get preferentially paid over their now nearly extinct colleagues who won’t repeat the complete bovine scatology that climate models are somehow working.   Or somehow models haven’t badly overstated the climate sensitivity to CO2 (as several fake papers have tried to claim), or the ridiculous claims of more extreme weather which has been recorded EXACTLY NOWHERE ON THE PLANET.

Theses are false unscientific lies published in droves by the IPCC, the EPA, the LIBERAL PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRAT PARTY etc….. The liberals are the ones saddling us with these massive losses of freedom across the board.  They are the ones twisting every law for purposes of guaranteed election wins.   They are the ones attempting to prevent funding of any group which doesn’t promote increased government control of every aspect of our lives.  They are the ones poisoning our population with unhireable moronic dependents who drop out of highschool and will never do anything except collect government checks and stay home — until its time to vote democratic.  Seriously, have you ever hired an employee that can’t read?   I’ve tried.  He made it a few weeks too.

EPA,FCC,IRS,ATF,IPCC,WHO,etc… on and on and on.. Hundreds of billions of tax dollars, stolen from industry and handed over to corrupt liberals.  That is who is doing this, and NO that doesn’t make the conservatives clean, but it does make them better than the other guy.

How may of those corrupt, fraudulent, left-wing extremist scientists disclosed their obvious conflicts of interest in receiving government money when publishing their fake work?  How many disclosed their side business money, because it seems pretty clear from basic research that near half receive side money for speaking on climate, conferences, personal green business ventures, etc…   Not nearly as many as should disclose, that’s for sure.

The government money is creating and empowering the fraud — INTENTIONALLY!  This is not an accident. The purpose of the climate science exaggerations from the government perspective, is reduced freedom and increased government power.   That is the value of the exaggerations on climate, and that is what we are being taxed for. There is nothing else in climate science that you really need to know.

So YES I’m pissed off about the Soon thing or investigations of Pielke, Spencer or Curry.  It is a blatant left-wing political attempt to prevent them from receiving any funding at all by marginalizing companies who would contribute. To put fear in the hearts of their employers and chill any dissent to their pro-regulation plans.  And in the case of Peilke Sr., stunts like this have worked and he is not publishing anything in climate anymore.

We are in big, big trouble as a country, as the damage the progressive liberals are doing in centralizing all control is nearly irreversible barring a major civil war.   I fear for our children and grandchildren.  My international readers shouldn’t take it as some kind of American hubris when I point out that the loss of American freedom is a very bad thing for the rest of the world.

It is an ugly place when universally left-wing government officials with no personal skin in the game make decisions about every aspect of our lives.  We will see soon enough and hopefully we will still be smart enough to figure out what happened.   I would write that if you are voting for these people it’s time to wake up but really it is already way too late for that.   We are already on that rollercoaster and the car has left the gate.

 

 

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Paul Matthews — A Journal Publication on the Air Vent Reader Background Thread

Posted by Jeff Id on February 11, 2015

How can you start an anonymous blog, writing on a topic of science, with near zero advertising and expect to have any readers.   Seriously, the first article I wrote here had like 9 views in 24 hours!  The unlikely visitors were probably looking for furnace vents or something. It hardly justified the time put into writing but everyone has an opinion so better out than in right….   Well this is a lot of years later and after some time this blog was blessed with a lot of readers. As Paul Matthews paper demonstrates, the readership here was far from an average slice of the population.   The comment level was so high on this (and other skeptic blogs), that I started a reader background thread to capture the social profile of what is happening.  It quickly became one of my favorite threads here and I put a permanent link to it at the top of the page. Reader Paul Matthews found the thread interesting enough that he has written — and published — a journal article describing distribution of the skeptical blog community and unsurprisingly to those who have traversed these pages, it is comprised of a group of highly educated and extremely scientific individuals.

A link to Paul Matthews announcement of publication is here .  A preprint version of the article is online here:

At his blog, Paul writes:

A little over a year ago I noticed a call from the journal Environmental Communication for a special issue of articles on “Climate change communication and the internet”.  For some time I had been thinking vaguely about writing something about the interesting Reader Background thread at Jeff Condon’s Air Vent blog, so I wrote a paper on this and sent it to the journal.

 

Some interesting quotes:

A particularly striking aspect of the comments on the Reader Background thread is
the high level of educational background. Forty of the 154 sceptics state that they have
a PhD degree. Of these, 12 are in chemistry, 8 in some form of engineering, 8 in physics,
4 in mathematics, 3 in biological sciences, and the remaining 5 in arts subjects, computer
science, economics or unspecified. A further 11 contributors cite an MSc degree as their
highest educational level, while three have an MBA. Of the remainder, 46 have a BSc and
14 a BA degree.

This relatively high proportion of contributors who changed their opinion substan-
tially on the issue of climate change does not provide support for the hypothesis that
the views of individuals are largely determined by their worldview or cultural background
(Kahan et al., 2012; Poortinga et al., 2011), and fits better with the view of Smith and
Leiserowitz (2012) that worldview and political ideology are minor factors.
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This emphasis on scientific details is to be expected given the scientific focus of this
particular blog and the high level of scientific and technical background of the commenters,
noted in the previous section. In this regard, the blog is typical: a survey of climate sceptic
blogs found that the most prominent of these generally tend to concentrate on scientific
aspects of the climate debate (Sharman, 2013)
I couldn’t agree more that the skeptical climate blogs are typically very high science content.  This is true even in comparison to the AGW advocacy groups like the ironically named “skeptical science”.  While tAV readers of the past and present are my personal favorites ;),   the concept Paul Matthews expresses of high education and limited bias holds true across most skeptic blogs.  The Blackboard, Climate Audit, Tallbloke, Judith Curry, WUWT, Lubos Motl’, Brandon Shollenberger, Trees for the Forest, Jo Nova, on and on and on….. The readership and authorship is educated and intelligent far beyond what is generally portrayed in media. The reality is that the threads of these blogs often contain as much or more information than the posts.
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I was very much surprised to see a publication on the Air Vent thread, (at least one which doesn’t involve accusations of a nonsense conspiracy theory) and am especially pleased to see the recognition of quality of the readership here and skeptical blogs in general.  As the article notes, the Air Vent has seen better days.  It leaves me longing for the old days when our company was smaller and I had more time for serious climate study.  The recognition of the readership of these blogs is the real story and that is well past due.
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Congratulations to Paul Matthews et al. and even more to the general open-minded climate community.

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