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Politico: Trying to Get Candidates Killed

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:30 pm

Have you ever seen anything so irresponsible as this candidate target map? (I’m breaking the boycott to provide a link so you can see it with your own eyes.)

Thanks to jimboster.

Supreme Court Scolds 9th Circuit

Filed under: Constitutional Law,Court Decisions,Judiciary,Law — Jack Dunphy @ 8:27 pm

[Guest post by Jack Dunphy]

The Washington Post reports today on a series of recent Supreme Court opinions which overturned decisions by the 9th Circuit. Post writer Robert Barnes informs us:

Sometimes the Supreme Court simply decides cases and sometimes it seems to have something bigger in mind. In the past two weeks, it has been in scold mode, and its target has been the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

Barnes goes on to offer a characterization of Judge Stephen Reinhardt that will come as no surprise to regular readers of this blog. Reinhardt, he writes, is “widely considered to be the nation’s most liberal appeals court judge.”

Indeed. Read the whole thing.

–Jack Dunphy

Britain’s Met Office Caught Hiding the Decline

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 8:03 pm

[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here.]

Remember folks the consensus is in and it’s always right.  And pay no attention to items like this:

Dr Benny Peiser and Dr David Whitehouse, of the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), have written to John Hirst, chief executive of the beleaguered Met Office, asking for an explanation of a press release issued by his organisation on January 20 and headed “2010 – a near record year”. This won headlines by claiming that last year was hotter than any other in the past decade.

When the two men examined the original data from which this claim was derived – compiled by the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit and the Met Office’s Hadley Centre – it clearly showed 2010 as having been cooler than 2005 (and 1998) and equal to 2003. It emerged that, for the purposes of the press release, the data had been significantly adjusted.

Comparing the actual data for each year, from 2001 to 2010, with that given in the press release shows that for four years the original figure has been adjusted downwards. Only for 2010 was the data revised upwards, by the largest adjustment of all, allowing the Met Office to claim that 2010 was the hottest year of the decade.

How many times do these people have to openly fake their data before we start to doubt the whole thing?

H/t: Instapundit.

[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]

Egyptian News

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 7:53 pm

[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here.]

Two quick items of interest.

First, the U.S. is officially advising Americans not to go to Egypt.  Seems sensible to me, albeit potentially over cautious.

Second, one rational concern is that this will result in a new government that will look more like Iran than Iraq.  So this account of Israelis visiting Egypt is hopeful on that front:

“The attitude towards us as Israelis and tourist is very friendly. Actually, they’re overly nice compared to my previous visits in Egypt. The Egyptians want to explain themselves, to tell everyone about their struggle. They speak Arabic over here so it’s easy to communicate with them. On Friday we went right past the demonstrations on our way back from the pyramids, and people helped us get though the crowd.”

Read the whole thing.  Of course that is highly anecdotal.  But let’s hope that it is typical nonetheless.

[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]

Climate Predictions Come Up Short, As Usual–The Glacially Motivated Edition!

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 7:42 am

[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here.]

This has gotten so predictable that I barely have to write the post anymore–just add a bad pun in the title:

Researchers have discovered that contrary to popular belief half of the ice flows in the Karakoram range of the mountains are actually growing rather than shrinking.

The discovery adds a new twist to the row over whether global warming is causing the world’s highest mountain range to lose its ice cover.

It further challenges claims made in a 2007 report by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that the glaciers would be gone by 2035.

Although the head of the panel Dr Rajendra Pachauri later admitted the claim was an error gleaned from unchecked research, he maintained that global warming was melting the glaciers at “a rapid rate”, threatening floods throughout north India.

The new study by scientists at the Universities of California and Potsdam has found that half of the glaciers in the Karakoram range, in the northwestern Himlaya, are in fact advancing and that global warming is not the deciding factor in whether a glacier survives or melts.

Read the whole thing.  And don’t you like how when the glaciers were supposedly melting and were going to flood the subcontinent, that this was proof that the Earth was in the balance, etc., etc., but the moment that they determine that they are advancing, not retreating, they declare that global warming is not relevant in any case?

Other than that, my analysis last time pretty much applies as is.  It is summed up in two points.

1. Their predictions prove wrong time and time again.

2. No one questioned those famous predictions except the people tarred as “deniers.”

The avalanche of these occurrences has thoroughly convinced me that the belief in ManBearPig Climate Change Global Warming is not based on science but on politics and, more or less, faith.

H/t: Althouse.

[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]

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