Over at Watts Up With That? they are still hammering away on the newly-released emails that are fueling Climategate 2.0 revelations which continue with the outing of the deceptions of the scientific consensus for Anthropogenic Climate Change . . . aka Global Warming. One of the ways our scientific overseers have been trying to convince us of their infallibility is with “faked” Photoshopped images. Here’s one case in point from a WUWT post: Photoshopping in the “worseness”
Wow! That looks gnarly, right? All that black smoke pouring out of the smokestack — must be some mighty nasty pollution belching out of there . . . maybe even some vile, repugnant, Global Warming causing CO2, right?
[CO2 is a clear, tasteless, odorless gas that we breath out of our bodies with every exhale -- don't know about you but my breath ain't BLACK!!!]
Back to the narrative. Noting that said stack was identified as being from the “Eggborough power station” and showing in another image that said station’s stacks pump out WHITE smoke, Anthony Watts goes on to investigate whether this image was altered via Photoshop to turn the white smoke that yucky-darkish-gloomy color . . . ie BLACK! He ran some diagnostics on it and voilà, here’s what came up:
Two definite ranges of image alteration . . . so easy to do, even a Geico Neanderthal could do it. Just make an area selection with the lasso tool, feather the edges and tweak the contrast settings of the selection and — ta da — white becomes black.
If, you don’t have a problem with lying to make your point.
Watts found two versions of this same image and they both showed Photoshop alterations. But, were they ever used anywhere? He answers that:
If you have time to compile a list of the mainstream media uses of this photo, please let me know. If you’ve taken some action to protest this propaganda (maybe a letter to an editor?) please also let me know.
By the way, has this photo been altered in any way? [YES - Anthony]
So, the not-so-enquiring minds of the main stream media (MSM) pushed this image off on the public at least 186 times in support of articles about pollution and Global Warming, or Climage Change. Don’t ya just LUV our media, how truthful, how investigative, how . . . much they are lying pieces of crap!!!??? And, this isn’t hard to do folks.
Watts then does a show and tell to show just how easy it is for these jokers to lie to us, and presents even more examples of the blatant fauxtography by the Climategate scientific consensus.
Don’t be left uninformed . . . and don’t let the “Climate Change” hysterics make you lose any sleep . . . and vote to keep them from costing you both arms and both legs — ’cause they won’t be stopping there!!!
I guess that holding the U.N. conference on man-made climate change (AKA the Global Warming Summit) in Cancun this time of year was at least good odds on having some nice beach-type weather, especially with all that anthropogenic warming of the Earth happening. Looks like ol’ Mother Gaia isn’t amused by their hubris.
The irony: As negotiators from nearly 200 countries met in Cancun to strategize ways to keep the planet from getting hotter, the temperature in the seaside Mexican city plunged to a 100-year record low of 54° F. Climate-change skeptics are gleefully calling Cancun’s weather the latest example of the “Gore Effect” — a plunge in temperature they say occurs wherever former Vice President Al Gore, now a Nobel Prize-winning environmental activist, makes a speech about the climate.
Of course one cold winter doesn’t make a trend, and the Climate change advocates keep insisting that the Earth’s temp is still on the rise . . . although it sure looks like maybe a small move toward a new Little Ice Age to this ol’ Okie instead of workin’ our way to bein’ the next Venus. Time will tell I suppose, and before anything bad will happen either temp direction I’ll be pushin’ up some fine daises somewhere.
That fact that these folks believe that we (mankind) have the power to have put the planet’s weather patterns into crisis mind boggles me. That they believe that we are mere years away from the tipping point and we can solve all this via a Carbon Credit Exchange is ridiculous. To insist that the world turn away from modernization and go back to a 1700s-1800s agrarian world economy is insanity made manifest.
The loopy Social-Progressives in the Western world might be crazy enough to buy into that one, but try to force the billions of Chinese and Indians to walk away from their leap from the farm to the post-information-age boom they are working on and voila! — you got yourself a white-hot World War III comin’ at ya. But hey, what’s a couple o’ hundred nukes launched off among friends?
Ya! That’s the ticket. Nuclear Winter to combat all that man-made Global Warming, with some population control thrown in to boot.
A Progressive’s wet dream right there. Oh, ya betcha!
Out here in the most western part of La La Land, they are all agog over Earth Day — with lots o’ Gaia lovin’ goin’ on and such.
SMC is also hosting an Earth Day Festival on Earth Day, April 22. There will be an open mic, performance art, vegetarian food and drinks, as well as educational activities. The educational activities will include a game show wheel, treasure hunt, eco-themed music, art, and a raffle for eco-prizes.
Josephson’s gung-ho green attitude is echoed by millions of others willing to pay extra for everything from green coffee to eco-friendly coffins. Overall spending in the green marketplace is tough to measure because there are so many products and so many terms that fit the description. Yet, sales in the healthy product market, which includes green products as well as those promoting personal health or benefiting the environment, totaled $722 billion in 2009, up 41% from 2004, according to Mintel International Group. The market is expected to hit $992 billion by 2014.
More than half of consumers say they would pay more for a product if they knew it was better for the environment, according to a national poll conducted this month by ad agency Venables Bell & Partners.
Yet, some of the spending is misplaced: Overhyped and overpriced enviro-friendly impostors share shelves with the truly planet- and human-friendly products. Misleading claims are so rampant, there is actually a term for it: greenwashing.
According to the NASA data, we have just experienced the hottest 12-month period in more than 100 years, which means that the past 12 months have been the hottest in at least the past 1,000 years.
What does this mean? Well, if global temperatures continue to rise at the rate that they have risen for the past generation, then the world of 2100 will see a world 4.1 degrees Fahrenheit hotter than the world of the 1970s. New York will get the climate of Washington. Los Angeles will get the climate of Tijuana.
But global warming might accelerate, especially if China, India and other industrializing powers continue to increase the amount of carbon dioxide they pour out. Perhaps the world by 2100 will be 9 degrees hotter than the world of the 1970s. That would give Washington the climate of Miami and Los Angeles the climate of Cabo San Lucas.
So, what’s this U.C. Berkeley economics professor’s solution? Why, “a climate council made up of the seven governments that have the biggest power to influence the climate and the most at stake: the United States and the European Union, along with Japan, China, India, Indonesia and Brazil” of course.
He even acknowledges that this is essentially an impossibility:
Utopian? Yes. Impractical? Probably. But what is the practical and realistic alternative that it would be better to push for?
Uh . . . like, look at the overall climate record of this grand ol’ planet — glaciation, non-glaciation, over and over again and realize that we humans just don’t have all that much influence on global climate.
Then again, when you are talking a religion, not a science, faith trumps reason. That’s why these guys castigate any conflicting opinions and brand those that disagree as global-warming-denying heretics.
For those on the other side, our eyes are a bit more open. There’s a Climate Change Believer descriptor for ya: Eyes wide shut! LOL!!!
Go out and love ya some Earth today in a very special way . . . ask for both paper AND plastic and watch a greenie’s head explode — I double-dog dare ya!
This broke yesterday, just in case you missed it. Seems like those dire “Scientific” predictions that the Himalayan glaciers are all gonna melt away due to Global Warming were a bit less than scientific, in fact, this bombshell that has fueled the Global Warming hysteria for years was based upon a short phone call to an obscure Indian scientist who was speculating out his ass because there had been NO formal research done to back up said speculation!
A WARNING that climate change will melt most of the Himalayan glaciers by 2035 is likely to be retracted after a series of scientific blunders by the United Nations body that issued it.
Two years ago the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a benchmark report that was claimed to incorporate the latest and most detailed research into the impact of global warming. A central claim was the world’s glaciers were melting so fast that those in the Himalayas could vanish by 2035.
In the past few days the scientists behind the warning have admitted that it was based on a news story in the New Scientist, a popular science journal, published eight years before the IPCC’s 2007 report.
It has also emerged that the New Scientist report was itself based on a short telephone interview with Syed Hasnain, a little-known Indian scientist then based at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi.
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Hasnain has since admitted that the claim was “speculation” and was not supported by any formal research. If confirmed it would be one of the most serious failures yet seen in climate research. The IPCC was set up precisely to ensure that world leaders had the best possible scientific advice on climate change.
Professor Murari Lal, who oversaw the chapter on glaciers in the IPCC report, said he would recommend that the claim about glaciers be dropped:
Go read it all. Ain’t it grand that our Obamessiah and his HarryPelosi lawmakers want to followup Obamacare with Cap & trade Crap & Tax legislation to tax the livin’ bejeesus out of all of us to stop the Global Warming that ALL, most, some, a few, well, maybe one or two, real-live-actual climate scientists actually, really, well maybe just a little bit believe.
Mostly they are just trying to keep that Global Warming grant money rolling in. Ol’ Big Al Gore just wants you to buy his Carbon Offsets so that he can light up that big ol’ mansion of his.
BTW — it’s balls off the brass monkey freezin’ in Boston. That won’t stop the Brown voters! Maybe we’re gonna get a pass on both Obamacare and Crap & Tax?
The only thing worse than gettin’ your tit caught in the wringer, is gettin’ both tits caught in the wringer. If you thought that Climategate was going to be bad news for the anthropogenic global warming hysterics, check out this news from a Russian economics institute:
Climategate has already affected Russia. On Tuesday, the Moscow-based Institute of Economic Analysis (IEA) issued a report claiming that the Hadley Center for Climate Change based at the headquarters of the British Meteorological Office in Exeter (Devon, England) had probably tampered with Russian-climate data.
The IEA believes that Russian meteorological-station data did not substantiate the anthropogenic global-warming theory.
Analysts say Russian meteorological stations cover most of the country’s territory, and that the Hadley Center had used data submitted by only 25% of such stations in its reports.
Over 40% of Russian territory was not included in global-temperature calculations for some other reasons, rather than the lack of meteorological stations and observations.
The data of stations located in areas not listed in the Hadley Climate Research Unit Temperature UK (HadCRUT) survey often does not show any substantial warming in the late 20th century and the early 21st century.
The HadCRUT database includes specific stations providing incomplete data and highlighting the global-warming process, rather than stations facilitating uninterrupted observations.
On the whole, climatologists use the incomplete findings of meteorological stations far more often than those providing complete observations.
IEA analysts say climatologists use the data of stations located in large populated centers that are influenced by the urban-warming effect more frequently than the correct data of remote stations.
The scale of global warming was exaggerated due to temperature distortions for Russia accounting for 12.5% of the world’s land mass. The IEA said it was necessary to recalculate all global-temperature data in order to assess the scale of such exaggeration. [Emph: mine]
OK, let’s recap: Climate-change-”believing” scientists cherry picked data from the 25% of the Russian meteorological stations and observatories that support their claims of global warming and totally ignored the data from the 40% that showed no warming for the last 100+ years. They also chose to use data from sources that were incomplete rather than those that supplied “uninterrupted observations”, once again because the interrupted data sets show warming while the contiguous ones do not.
Wow — Sounds like science fiction, not science.
Actually, to me it sounds like collusion and corruption and global fraud.Isn’t there a RICO act provision to use against these criminals? Not that the Obamanaughts would ever . . .
The idiocy of hundreds of thousands of tons of carbon emissions being spewed into the atmosphere by all those Global Warming zealots and lip-smackingly-tax & power-hungry statists that have congregated in Copenhagen for the mother of all Climate Change Circle Jerks is off the scale. In a move to impress this gathering of the most Climate Change holy, our Chosen One President, BHO, is expected to have ‘his’ EPA declare that carbon dioxide is a dangerous pollutant. As you might expect, business is tad bit concerned.
EPA action would give President Barack Obama something to show leaders from other nations when he attends the Copenhagen conference on Dec. 18 and tries to persuade them that the U.S. is serious about cutting its contribution to global greenhouse-gas emissions.
The Saudis in Copenhagen called for an investigation into Climategate, saying “[W]e think this [Climategate] is definitely going to affect the nature of what could be trusted in our deliberations[.]” Seeing as how the MSM has been in total lockstep mode to cover up and keep the American public in the dark about the climate-scandal-emails and screwed-around-with data, ya think someone over at NBC, CBS, ABC, the NYT and LAT et all might just bother to mention the Saudi statement? Don’t hold your breath.
You won’t be hearing anything about California’s little Climategate scandal either, cause doing so would upset too many eco-religious apple carts. Here’s the skinny. Basically, CARB (California Air Resources Board) made a ruling that CO2 was a dangerous pollutant and then followed up with regulations on diesel trucks that would be retro-active to models that had never been subject to emission controls. The ruling was based upon scientific findings by a scientist, or more accurately a statistician with a PHD — or, whoops! Maybe not a REAL PHD. Today’s Trucking has that covered:
There are calls to suspend California’s statewide Truck and Bus Rule because of allegations that research behind the legislation was tainted.
Members of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) have taken to the media to request that the board suspend the truck rule, which would require exhaust filter retrofits and engine upgrades starting in 2011 and the replacement of pre-2010 model engines between 2012 to 2022.
CARB members Ron Roberts and Dr. John Telles allege that CARB had tried to cover up that the lead scientist and coordinator of the research used to justify the new emissions rules, had lied about holding a Ph.D. in statistics.
Hien T. Tran’s Ph.D. was the mail-order version, according to local media reports, and senior CARB officials were aware that his falsified credentials before voting on the truck retrofit legislation.
Telles, a cardiologist on the board, wrote a letter to the air board’s chief counsel, saying CARB staff failed to meet its “ethical if not legal obligation” to provide all board members with pertinent information before a vote on a state regulation.
Like Telles, Roberts is generally in favor of the rule, but admonished how it was achieved. He penned a 750-word guest commentary in the San Diego Union-Tribune last week, alerting the public to the cover-up.
Estimated costs of this little rule? $4.5 billion! That oughta put some CA truckers and trucking companies out of business, with what’s left of the industry passing that cost along to the rest of us via higher shipping rates — all to save a little tree food! But the most damning thing is that CARB doesn’t give a whit about their fake-PHD-holding expert. “Nothin’ goin’ on around here . . . just move along.”
Beginning with two editorials in late December 2008, this editorial page repeatedly has criticized the California Air Resources Board for its headline-hunting decision to adopt unprecedentedly sweeping and costly diesel-emission rules at its meeting earlier that month. Soon after that meeting, we had confirmed that Hien Tran – lead author and coordinator of the study justifying the rules – lied about having a Ph.D. in statistics from the University of California Davis.
Our subsequent reporting showed senior air board officials from Chairwoman Mary Nichols down knew of Tran’s academic fraud before the Dec. 12, 2008, vote but chose not to inform the public, the media or most of the board members who voted for the diesel rules.
The outrageousness of this deceit is finally being acknowledged. One of the board members who was kept in the dark – Fresno cardiologist John Telles – learned of the deception earlier this fall. Now Telles and another board member, San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts, are calling for suspension of the diesel rules.
But the reaction from the agency’s hierarchy and board members to this common-sense request has been obtuse to the extreme.
Chief Counsel Ellen M. Peter told Telles that the board officials’ failure to reveal the deception before the Dec. 12 vote didn’t amount to a violation of proper procedures.
Nichols is worst of all. In an e-mail to Telles, she acknowledged Tran’s fraud was “illegal and unethical” and apologized for not disclosing it to the full board before the vote. But she characterized the matter as a “distraction” and a “stupid personnel problem” – not a real scandal.
It was, is and will continue to be a real scandal until the rules are suspended and a new study is done. It is worth remembering why the scandal ever came to light: because UCLA epidemiologist James E. Enstrom was so dismayed by the study’s omission of crucial evidence that he began looking into Tran’s background.
That’s how it’s done in the big leagues folks — lie, cheat, steal, manipulate, destroy, ruin — all action verbs for the Climate Change believers that want to see our modern way of life sent packing back to the stone age, those that want to increase the power of the state and control every little thing that you think, say or do, right down to the light bulbs in your lamps, those that want to be granted the power to tax, Tax, TAX the very beejeezus out of us to fund their oppressive Utopian fantasies — all in the name of saving poor, distressed little Mother Gaia.
Actually, I think that our little planet can take care of its own self, and really doesn’t give a whit about what we pathetic humans do — witness Boxing Day 2004.
Trying to change Earth’s climate with CO2 emission controls is like standing on the beach and waving your fist at the tsunami — a fool’s errand, all for naught.