We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Looking back it is easy to see that the emails, far from being just trivial statements exchanged between pals, partners in deceit, and collegial others, were indeed the window into the entire mind-set that drove and sustained what is looking to be the largest and most far-reaching hoax in the history of science; a hoax perpetuated across decades by dozens if not hundreds of "scientists" for the sake of "saving the planet" and money, and fame, and status, and power. Indeed, this hoax makes Bernard Madoff look like a street-corner three-card-monte hustler. Looking through the window provided by the emails you can discern, with no effort of imagination whatsoever, the much greater real-world environment in which the hoax was born, grew, took on a life of its own, and was fed and sustained until it swept the whole world into its maw.
Re: Climategate, it's been fun watching the MSM dance around the issue. Some, like Fox News, are trying to play both ends from the middle. At the top of this morning's Fox page:
• Scientists' Credibility Hit | Probe at Penn State
• YOU DECIDE: Has Scandal Changed Your Views?
• EXCLUSIVE: U.N.'s Environmental Power Play
• FOX FORUM: 'Climate-Gate' Nonevent? Think Again
So, it looks like they're getting on the bandwagon, right? But -- you guessed it -- down in their (tee-hee) "SciTech" section it's:
• Global Warming Scandal Hampers Progress, Experts Say
In other words, you common folk can believe whatever you want, but here's what the experts say. Of course, this is the same (giggle) "SciTech" section that runs articles on the latest Big Foot sighting and UFO peril, so it's a little hard to tell just where their credibility lies.
And some of the other MSM outlets are doing something similar (the rest are just ignoring it). They're giving it lip service, but just to mollify us 'tiny group of skeptics'. As damning as Climategate is, I don't see it slowing down the juggernaut. Money talks, truth walks?
"Two hours later all that's left is some bone residue and a syrupy brown liquid that is flushed down the drain."
Down the drain? Given all the chemicals we ingest over our lives, I'm surprised they don't have to file an environmental impact report.
I was involved with a citizen's group that fought a "DUMBP Site" site near our neighbourhood (years ago) and one slogan (which bears truth) was: "The Solution to Polution is Dilution". Dump a gallon of mercury (not you Doc) into the middle of Lake Michigan and, by the time 'they' take a sample, it will conform to the PPM of the State's enviornmental regulations.
Funny, my brother said that years ago when he was doing the post office fuel tank removal project. Unfortunately diluting the pollution so that it just goes away (off the ppm scale) isn't on the cards of 'acceptable' solutions to greenies and their enablers. 'They' say you just can't wash away that pollution. It has to be removed. uh-huh. To where? Then what do you do with it?
I still remember the underground leaked fuel remediation projects along Stevens Creek blvd in Cupertino. The lots sitting closed for use for years while the superfund poured money into 'washing' the pollution from the ground by injecting water on the boundaries and pumping it out from the middle. YEARS of pumping, filtering, injecting, repeat. I moved after 2-1/2 years of Californication and that whole time one site was injecting and pumping and injecting, pumping. How much pollution did all that electrical generation cause trying to remove a few gallons of spilled gasoline from the ground? What was the carbon exchange on that? Oh, right. Since the carbon was generated cleaning up past pollution, it doesn't count.
I just wonder what it will take for people to wake up on the green scam.... total collapse of the economy maybe?
I have reached such a stage of uneasy disgust with the 'greenies' and their drive to deprive me of my comforts while cutting themselves huge amounts of slack, that when I visit my grocery store and see the sign 'environmentally safe' or 'save the planet' [it can take care of itself, thankyouverymuch and has been doing so for hundreds of thousands of years] I bypass the product being touted, since it will be twice as expensive, and only half as tasty. The sign 'organically grown' is another con game, because the products are puny compared to those grown by modern efficient methods and, again, much more expensive. Besides, if it wasn't organic, our bodies couldn't absorb it.
How stupid do these folks think we are? Very -- apparently.
I love the Colt models in that ad from the early '50's. Check out those prices, would you? That shows just how bad inflation has been since the middle of the 20th century. I bought mine about 9 years ago, and paid 5-6 times what they sold for new. Now the multiplier is closer to 8-9. It's a real shame that Colt doesn't produce any of these models or anything close to them anymore.
This corruption of science is nothing new. Research the anti-smoking zealots campaign against tobacco. The fraud and deceit that went on was justified because it was for a good cause. Now the fraud and deceit are commonplace as the emails show.
"syrupy brown liquid" .... Did anyone else read that and think "Soylent Green"? That just sounded like the raw materials for a recycled product.... albeit one to soon be recycled into luscious protein for the masses. YES! You too can live again in the bodies of thousands of your fellow citizens. Do your part! When it is your time, make time to return via the Soylent Green facility nearest you.