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Climategate and Mediagate

Dec 1, 2009

Thank God for the alternative media. And a pox on the mainstream media. The former has done wonders in running with the Climategate story while the latter has shown its true colours as a censorious, bigoted and biased bunch of ratbags.

Thanks to the alternative media, the Climategate scandal is everywhere being talked about. Google the term – as I just have – and you will find well over 12 million search results. That is a lot of web activity devoted to this story – perhaps the most important story of the decade.

And the more we learn about Climategate, the uglier it looks for the Chicken Little brigade. It is not at all pretty. No wonder the MSM is involved in such a massive cover-up, just like the scientific community has been. Once the average Joe starts to hear the truth about all this, there will be a lot of anger and resentment out there.

We have been conned big time it seems, both by parts of the scientific community, and by large parts of the MSM. Now that some truth is starting to emerge, the true believers are going ballistic over this. They are using every trick in the book to cover up this story, and to shoot the messenger.

Indeed, they are the real sceptics, the real deniers, and the real danger to society. They are foaming at the mouth about those who question climate change. As one great example of this, see “Ed Begley, Jr. Loses Control Over ClimateGate”: www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIl2gdDtbCg

In the meantime, some important articles have been penned about Climategate. Of course they mostly appear in the alternative media, but that’s OK. The AM is well on the way to displacing a discredited and out-of-touch MSM. Consider three recent articles. They all deserve some wide promotion here.

Christopher Booker argues that “this is the worst scientific scandal of our generation”. He starts by noting the magnitude of Climategate: ‘The reason why even the Guardian‘s George Monbiot has expressed total shock and dismay at the picture revealed by the documents is that their authors are not just any old bunch of academics. Their importance cannot be overestimated. What we are looking at here is the small group of scientists who have for years been more influential in driving the worldwide alarm over global warming than any others, not least through the role they play at the heart of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).”

This is damaging stuff for several reasons: “There are three threads in particular in the leaked documents which have sent a shock wave through informed observers across the world. Perhaps the most obvious, as lucidly put together by Willis Eschenbach (see McIntyre’s blog Climate Audit and Anthony Watt’s blog Watts Up With That), is the highly disturbing series of emails which show how Dr Jones and his colleagues have for years been discussing the devious tactics whereby they could avoid releasing their data to outsiders under freedom of information laws.”

He continues, “They have come up with every possible excuse for concealing the background data on which their findings and temperature records were based. This in itself has become a major scandal, not least Dr Jones’s refusal to release the basic data from which the CRU derives its hugely influential temperature record, which culminated last summer in his startling claim that much of the data from all over the world had simply got ‘lost’. Most incriminating of all are the emails in which scientists are advised to delete large chunks of data, which, when this is done after receipt of a freedom of information request, is a criminal offence.”

His entire article is well worth reading. So too is the piece by Bruce Walker. He recalls earlier cases of scientific fraud in his valuable article, “The Ghost of Lysenko”. Says Walker:

“The imaginary science of man-made global warning can now be entered into the infamous history of politicized science, the results of which have threads in our lives today. Consider the residue of such frauds as Rachel Carson, Alfred Kinsey, and Margaret Mead. Carson’s invented findings and unscientific methods led to the banning of DDT, which in turn cost the lives of tens of millions of children in undeveloped nations. Kinsey’s tortuously doctored ‘sex research,’ as Dr. Judith Riesman has so amply demonstrated, was not only invented to sate his perverted lusts, but created scientific myths about normal and abnormal behavior which haunt us to this day. Mead also simply invented research to fit her idea of what the science of anthropology ought to be in order to justify her own immature and immoral behavior. Carson, Kinsey, and Mead had an agenda before they did any research, and this agenda governed everything else.”

He continues, “Science is supposed to be the impartial blend of data with theory that allows human knowledge to go wherever the evidence leads. Serious science must be firmly grounded in moral absolutes. This sounds untrue to modern ears because we have been indoctrinated with a false history of science. Without faith in an ordered universe according to discoverable principles, science cannot exist. The assumption that life and the universe are rational is religious in nature. There must be a belief in ultimate truth – a faith, something which religion brings that is not found in a man-centered mindset. If man is all there is, then why can’t truth be relative?”

Walker reminds us of the infamous case of the Soviet scientist Lysenko, “the man who ruled the life sciences of Soviet Russia from the late 1920s until the early 1960s. He had a theory which fit Marxism perfectly: acquired characteristics can be inherited. This is not true, of course, but Lysenko had the Politburo and Stalin behind him. It was science that fit the political needs of the Bolsheviks, and so it was science backed by the awful power of the party and the state.”

He concludes, “The ghosts spawned by Lysenko still haunt us today. The ‘science’ of a modern Lysenko — Albert Gore, Jr. (son of the famous racist, Albert Gore, Sr.) – is totalitarian nonsense. The only question is this: How many good men must be consigned to the gulag before the dulled consciences of the administrators of academic ‘learning’ smell Lysenko’s stench?”

Finally, Mark Steyn shows us how spurious the entire “peer-reviewed” process is in the light of Climategate: “The more frantically they talked up ‘peer review’ as the only legitimate basis for criticism, the more assiduously they turned the process into what James Lewis calls the Chicago machine politics of international science.

“The headline in the Wall Street Journal Europe is unimproveable: ‘How To Forge A Consensus.’ Pressuring publishers, firing editors, blacklisting scientists: That’s ‘peer review,’ climate-style. The more their echo chamber shriveled, the more Mr. Mann and Mr. Jones insisted they and only they represent the ‘peer-reviewed’ ‘consensus.’ And gullible types like Ed Begley Jr. and Andrew Revkin of the New York Times fell for it hook, line and tree-ring.”

He concludes, “Looking forward to Copenhagen next month, Herman Van Rumpoy, the new president of the European Union and an eager proponent of the ecopalypse, says 2009 is ‘the first year of global governance.’ Global government, huh? I wonder where you go to vote them out of office. Hey, but don’t worry, it’ll all be ‘peer reviewed’.”

Yes, what a pity for all the gloom and doomists assembling soon in Copenhagen. Climategate could not have happened at a worse time for these zealots. And with Tony Abbott just elected the new leader of the Liberal Party here in Australia, and the defeat of the ETS now looking quite likely, it seems there is hope yet.

www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/christopherbooker/6679082/Climate-change-this-is-the-worst-scientific-scandal-of-our-generation.html
www.americanthinker.com/2009/11/the_ghost_of_lysenko.html
www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/nov/30/censoring-contradictions/?page=2

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36 Responses to Climategate and Mediagate

  • Thank God for the alternative media. And a pox on the mainstream media. The former has done wonders in running with the Climategate story while the latter has shown its true colours as a censorious, bigoted and biased bunch of ratbags.

    Amen.

    Louise Le Mottee

  • … and a resounding AMEN from this little corner of the galaxy too.
    Kev Downes

  • Thank God Tony Abbot was voted in. The ETS will not pass through the Senate as hoped by Labor, and now Kevin Rudd can really nurse his fat ego.
    Jane Petridge

  • Amen, again.

    The founders of the US understood how vital a genuinely free press is (an essential part of free speech), yet the US doesn’t have free press now (not that Australia does either, mind you).

    Leon Brooks

  • Bill,

    Thanks for all these great links which I have passed on to friends and family. We are being brainwashed to the max, and this scandal just confirms it!!!

    Jane Petridge

  • The Ben Stein documentary “Expelled” talked about exactly this–the suppression of discussion and debate in the area of evolution and creation. It showed the collusion behind academia, the media and the courts. The good thing about Climategate is that the public are being alerted to the problem.
    Tasman Walker

  • Thanks guys

    Another good article here:
    http://www.usnews.com/blogs/peter-roff/2009/11/30/global-warming-e-mails-scandal-show-scientists-may-have-cooked-the-facts.html

    Some good lines: “the LameStream Media”. Obama lied to get us into a war – against climate change.

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • Awesome. I was so glad to see RT (Russia Today) giving the issue plenty of air time. Have a look on youtube: “RT global warming bogus” and “RT climate experts debate” and a few more I think. Will also check out Abbott, looks promising.
    Servaas Hofmeyr

  • One thing also worth mentioning when explaining this story to people being kept in the dark by the MSM, is to ensure they are aware of the indoctrination of children to set them against their parents.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/net_result_sure_beats_nut_revolt_qafIP4m2M9TAty2eLxyz5M/0

    People generally don’t like that. This link is older but probably even more chilling:

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2008/07/27/hey-kids-be-a-climate-cop-rat-on-your-family-friends-and-classmates/

    Ask them if they want their children on board with that kind of ethos. Now I suspect that people might attempt to defend this by saying it’s just a fun way of motivating kids or something – blithely unaware that the worst atrocities in history were committed by perpetrators convinced from the beginning that they were doing a great good. C.S. Lewis has been quoted often by others, but it bears repeating:

    Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

    Mark Rabich

  • Hi Bill,
    Interesting that you mention Lysenko. I was reading something the other day about his theories. It seems that his ghost is not quite dead yet … there is some evidence emerging that some acquired characteristics can in fact be inherited (in cases where the characteristic is triggered by environmental pressures on a creature). But I guess all that shows is that science never stands still, and that yesterday’s truth can become today’s falsehood and tomorrow it can become truth again (in another form). Why people subscribe to a form of Scientism is beyond me.
    Stephen Frost, Melbourne

  • What a tragedy that the well being of the planet can be so marred by agenda driven zealots. Now that the hasty ETS has been defeated in the Senate maybe we can now take a nice deep breath (without being ashamed of breathing out) and take a thorough, balanced look at whether there really is a problem with our climate. Well done Tony Abbot!
    Anthony McGregor

  • …and this from a professor of meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Although it assumes long-ages at one point, it’s still useful reading.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703939404574567423917025400.html

    The ETS is now officially dead (at least for this term of government). Would it be too much to hope for that Copenhagen gets exposed for the farce it is quickly going to become?

    Mark Rabich

  • Thanks Anthony

    Yes it has been quite a week, and many people have been praying, and seeing answers to prayer. We now finally have a decent opposition leader, and the results have been immediate, with the defeat of that monstrous $120 billion tax slug ETS. Good news indeed.

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • For a more historical perspective, here’s Vaclav Klaus, President of the Czech Republic weighing in to the whole motivation behind it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzGm-z-kB_s

    Also Michael Crichton had this to say about environmentalism back in 2005. Although his view of Christianity and scientific enquiry is off (not surprising since he wasn’t a Christian) his words about why this is fundamentally a religious movement are extremely well put.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vv9OSxTy1aU

    Here’s some fun you can use as wallpaper, or even really cheese off those environazis by printing out:

    http://media.townhall.com/Townhall/Car/b/cb1125wj20091125061749.jpg
    http://media.townhall.com/Townhall/Car/b/mrz112509dAPR20091201041804.jpg
    http://iowntheworld.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/Ed_BegleyJr2.jpg
    http://iowntheworld.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/agw_590.jpg
    http://www.danegerus.com/weblog/images/GlobalWarmingists.jpg

    Mark Rabich

  • Now the poor ABC has to deal with the issue. This from Andrew Bolt’s blog:

    Beverley O’Connor fills in for Jon Faine on Melbourne ABC’s morning show, and it’s politics as usual.
    One of her very first interviews is with a NSW gay and lesbian campaigner on how terrible it is that Abbott is against gay-marriage, and is Christian as well. Only in her last question, perhaps prompted by listeners’ texts, does O’Connor remind the campaigner that Kevin Rudd is also a Christian and also against gay marriage. This seems to startle the activist, who up to that point made Abbott seem in a troglodyte class of his own..

    Tony Abbott then comes on the line and is greeted with O’Connor playing an entire Labor hit-ad at him before asking him to comment. When did the ABC start an interview with Rudd by playing a Liberal ad? O’Connor asks him if he’s been promoted above his competence.

    O’Connor laughs along with a caller who rings up for an extended spray against the “sneak” Abbott that embraces everything from being a “failed priest” and having shifty eyes.

    Later she has on veteran Howard-hater Mungo McCallum (who, for instance, has sneered that Howard was an “unflushable turd”). They agree that Abbott was a “thug” and a “hitman”. O’Connor notes that Paul Keating at least had “dignity” – a quality that will have escaped many. By this stage conservative listeners have had enough: the first on air tells the pair to give Abbott a fair go. He is cut off. The second informs McCallum his facts are wrong. No more calls are taken.

    McCallum then goes on to praise Rudd for doing great things. His only criticism is that Rudd could have done more, and we must wait for his second term. O’Connor agrees Rudd is believing criticised by some of not giving us all he’d promised. More please!

    O’Connor then has on two “spin doctors” who are meant to represent both sides of the political divide. Yet all agree on the need to “do something” on “climate change”. O’Connor suggests those against the emissions trading scheme tend to be those who simply don’t “want to engage”. All agree as well that Abbott is “divisive”. Turnbull wasn’t?

    Again, the first caller to this segment complains about lack of balance, pointing out the program had, with the McCallum interview, sounded like a broadcast from “Trades Hall”. The third caller agrees with the first that Rudd seems insincere. The fifth doubts the global warming science and is cut off.

    Does the ABC truly think this kind of political coverage – just one example of thousands we could produce over a year – is fair and balanced? Even its listeners now are complaining.

    There’s currently a poll on the ABC where the results are probably not going as planned. Feel free to add your vote.

    http://www.abc.net.au/newsradio/supp/poll/default.htm

    Mark Rabich

  • I’ve read (and checked) that Google does not show ‘climategate’ as a search suggestion (instead it suggests ‘climate Guatemala’). And climategate ought to be a trending topic on Twitter given the volume of tweeting there has been about it.
    The other day I asked some colleagues at CSIRO if they’d heard of ClimateGate, and they hadn’t. It’s almost maddening.
    Dominic Snowdon

  • Congratulations Mr Tony Abbott! The Lord is with you!
    Jane Byrne

  • Thanks Dominic

    Yes that is what it suggests for some reason. Interestingly, Google now is showing 17,800,000 hits for ‘climategate’! And yes, the ignorance (wilful?) which is out there is maddening, especially among those who should know better.

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • Websearches Bing and Yahoo also censor climategate in their automatic search suggestions. And if I type ‘climate gate’ into Yahoo it suggests ‘climate gateway’ or ‘climate gates’. Surely this has to be due to deliberate blacklisting of the word.
    Dominic Snowdon

  • Thanks again Dominic

    Yes sadly it seems that you are right.

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • The MSM may suppress the story, and people like the Brazenly Biased Corporation may still try to play it down, etc. – but the fact is that in 40-50 years’ time the seas will NOT have boiled, etc., and people will know that it was all a scam; lies only last for so long, the truth comes out in end whatever is done to stop it. In 80 years’ time, only a few historians will have heard of “AGW”.
    John Thomas, UK

  • As of this morning…

    Google has 18,700,000
    Yahoo has 22,300,000
    Bing has 53,000,000 results

    That many yet the story is not even 2 weeks old. The signs are that some of the mainstream media is actually beginning to wake up to the extent that this has infiltrated into the unwashed masses. As climatologist Patrick Michaels has said “This is not a smoking gun; this is a mushroom cloud.”

    On the front page of the Daily Express, the first British paper to put it on the front page.
    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/jamesdelingpole/100018556/climategate-its-all-unravelling-now/

    The above includes a link to the following… Hilariously, from Denmark – you know, with that city, Copenhagen? We get this headline:
    Denmark rife with CO2 fraud

    CBS are actually beginning to report it, albeit just on their website.
    http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2009/12/02/taking_liberties/entry5860171.shtml
    http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2009/12/02/taking_liberties/entry5866076.shtml

    With so many search results it’s now difficult to know where to look. But here is a good summary from Lord Monckton

    Michelle Malkin also has an excellent write-up which has more than enough links to satisfy the curious.

    Mark Rabich

  • Science–from ‘scire’ – to know, or it used to be. Once again TRUTH is shown to be ‘whatever advances your cause’.
    Stan Fishley

  • Bob Hawke was asked what opposition leader Tony Abott would make just after the anouncement of Tony’s win. Bob replied: “A temporary”.
    Tony Abott may surprise all of us with what he brings and his duration as leader and most likely next election winner. Remember those in the MSM who belittled ‘Johnny’ Howard.
    For those who are believers (in a Creator) Tony’s win is such a God thing! Amazing grace for Australia!
    Thank you Bill for an excellent forum.
    Erik Werps

  • Hi Bill
    I just received this email from Senator Barnaby Joyce. I think we should pray for our Prime Minister and for our Government. Congratulations to Tony Abbott and god bless him.

    “SENATOR BARNABY JOYCE

    Leader of the Nationals in the Senate

    4th December 2009

    Dear Petition Signers

    Well we did it! I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support. What complete insanity the Labor Government was proposing for us. Now we have Dr James Hansen, the grandfather of global warming, saying an ETS is a failure and we have to look for other alternatives.

    We all played our part in this massive debate about this massive tax. Make no mistake about it. It is the pressure from you that changed the political complexion in Canberra. Now the Labor Party wants to bring the same bill back again. How is that for contempt for the Senate? Mr Rudd is so arrogant. He just does not understand the word ‘No’.

    Because of Mr Rudd, unfortunately I will have to ask you to get ready to fight again. This time we can concentrate on Labor members of Parliament and Labor Senators. So find their names, find their emails and find their telephone numbers and contact them! We are in a new form of participatory democracy and maybe that is the one good thing that has come out of this ETS debate.

    In the meantime, Merry Christmas. Thank you once more for your hard work and let’s get ready to go again.

    Kind Regards,

    Senator Barnaby Joyce”

    Thank you too Bill.

    Jillian Lister

  • Read this post on a blog this morning:

    I teach at Western Illinois University, and our student newspaper “The Western Courier” had something today I’ve never seen in its pages: It published an editorial openly critical of global warming! It’s entitled “Global Warming Theory Doesn’t Hold Water.” The editorialist describes herself as a “die-hard environmentalist,” but she says the Climategate scandal has made her realize she has been deceived all of these years. She briefly describes the scandal, and then blames the “researchers for blinding the globe with unneeded paranoia.” She now calls it “global warming, global shmarming.” She adds, “I won’t ditch my tree-hugging views yet, but the bottom line is that there appears to be no need for current panic. We’re actually doing better than we’ve been led to believe.”

    If a liberal campus newspaper like ours is allowing editorials that openly question the whole theory of AGW, the edifice is starting to crumble. At least, I hope that’s the case.

    Don’t give up, folks. Write letters to local newspapers. Blog. Post comments on web site articles related to global warming. Keep this story alive. With enough attention, the networks will have no choice but to cover it… although, with their arrogance and bias, that’s not a guarantee. Even if they don’t cover it, they don’t control the agenda as much as they used to. Their lack of coverage is only damaging their already sinking credibility.

    http://media.www.westerncourier.com/media/storage/paper650/news/2009/12/04/Opinion/Global.Warming.Theory.Doesnt.Hold.Water-3845870.shtml

    Back here, The Age is going into damage control, publishing an article today that attempts to minimize the issue. Unfortunately it protests a little too much and completely fails to account for the reactions of those implicated – eg. Phil Jones, Michael Mann, etc. It actually tries to claim more people die in wars in Africa due to global warming! Never mind that the alleged connection between CO2 and climate change is never mentioned.

    You’re be better off reading this 43 page report from Lord Monckton, I think. (It’s a 2.3MB pdf)

    Mark Rabich

  • Thanks guys

    This is another great video on Climategate: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RA4xuxUwHgk

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • I just sent this as a letter to the Age. What do you think the odds are of it being published?

    For weeks the mainstream media has refused to even cover what may be the most remarkable story of the year, if not the decade: Climategate. Now, finally, when it is being covered, it is all in the form of furious attacks and rebuttals. So just who exactly are the real climate deniers and sceptics?

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • And two more videos:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Am3-HpSnE9Y

    The second is a humorous and musical look at the scandal:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEiLgbBGKVk&NR=1

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • Some more interesting reading here.

    http://www.abc.net.au/rn/counterpoint/stories/2009/2757619.htm#transcript

    Jane Petridge

  • One interview you MUST listen to………………….

    2GB Radio: Alan Jones interview with Lord Mockton on the Copenhagen Summit

    http://2gb.com.au/index2.php?option=com_newsmanager&task=view&id=4998

    Details of the 200 page draft Copenhagen Treaty are being concealed from the people.
    The science behind Global Warming has collapsed. The Treaty has been kept secret in their usual way, but discovered in a “note by the Secretariat”.
    The word “Government” is explicity referred to in the Treaty, with powers for a communistic international Government –similar to the EU Commissars, but on a global scale.
    This proposed World Government is designed to take over all global free markets.
    The Copenhagen Treaty will take precedence over the Australian Constitution.
    The is NO provision to exit the Copenhagen Treaty [draft].
    Lord Monckton is urging people around the world to spread the word.

    Jane Petridge

  • This is great material to listen to also…you must inform yourself….

    Updated with Slides – Lord Christopher Monckton Speaking in St. Paul

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zOXmJ4jd-8&feature=player_embedded

    Glenn Beck Interviews Lord Monckton On Climate Treaty Part 1

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xy5_L1vJKQ

    Glenn Beck Interviews Lord Monckton On Climate Treaty Part 2

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NY5msesd-2c

    Jane Petridge

  • I was listening to the weather forecast on ABC radio this morning (that’s the only reason I’d listen to the ABC, honest!), and caught the tail end of the news. The newsreader was finally admitting that Climategate was an issue, but was spinning the story as: “the illegal activities of these computer hackers shows the lengths climate deniers will stoop to discredit the truth”. Ironically the weather forecast was then for an unseasonably cold and rainy week ahead :).

    Mansel Rogerson

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