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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

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Wednesday, 2. May 2012 by Sibel Edmonds
CWIn this startling new memoir, Sibel Edmonds—the most classified woman in U.S. history—takes us on a surreal journey that begins with the secretive FBI and down the dark halls of a feckless Congress to a stonewalling judiciary and finally, to the national security whistleblowers movement she spearheaded. Having lived under Middle East dictatorships, Edmonds knows firsthand what can happen when government is allowed to operate in secret. Hers is a sobering perspective that combines painful experience with a rallying cry for the public’s right to know and to hold the lawbreakers accountable. With U.S. citizens increasingly stripped of their rights in a calibrated media blackout, Edmonds’ story is a wake-up call for all Americans who, willingly or unwillingly, traded liberty for illusive security in the wake of 9/11.
You can visit the Classified Woman website here: http://classifiedwoman.com

Praise for “Classified Woman”

What I find so remarkable is Sibel’s persistence in trying every avenue and possible outlet in trying to get the truth out. When going up the chain of command in the executive branch and Inspector General internal mechanisms for investigating fraud, waste, and abuse went nowhere, she sought judicial remedy by filing lawsuits only to be improperly gagged by “state secrecy privilege”. Along the way she also sought congressional assistance, testified to the 9-11 Commission, and engaged with various media and other non-governmental organizations. It’s somewhat ironic that Sibel herself demonstrated such enormous energy and passion throughout this decade quite the opposite of the “boiling frog” idiom she uses for her website as a warning to others. If her book can inspire readers to summon even 1/100th of the determination and resolve she has modeled, there’s hope for us!
-- Coleen Rowley Retired FBI Agent & Time Magazine Person of the Year, 2002

Boiling Frogs posts are part of the My Yahoo! SnapShots. Kudos to BradBlog for helping to bring her forward ( even if he does push warmism )
The FBI's post-9/11 translator-turned-whistleblower Sibel Edmonds, 'the most gagged woman in history of the U.S.,' finally tells all in a new memoir described by author/activist David Swanson as 'a masterpiece'...

NY Times Op-Ed Warns Unaccountable Super-PACS Likely to Be Used for Voter Suppression in 2012

The Maple Spring: The Student Movement in Quebec

EPPThere has been a virtual media blackout – or outright propaganda campaign in regards to the current student strike and emerging social movement taking place in Quebec, Canada, now entering its 12th week. There have been over 160 protests in over 70 days, with constant police brutality, state repression, and increased activism and mobilization from the youth. Beginning over plans to raise tuition by 75%, the movement has expanded into what is now being referred to as the ‘Maple Spring,’ a movement against the social, political, and economic inequalities which exist in Quebec, in Canada, and around the world.
 How Bad Science Becomes Common Knowledge
The case for being skeptical of catastrophic warming–and, more broadly, many popular scientific assertions–has nothing to do with conspiracy theories. It is based on knowledge of the mechanism by which new scientific ideas are evaluated and spread by non-experts, who are prone to choose winners and losers on the basis of congenial political ideology rather than scientific merit.

The Global Warming Campaign Takes a Blow

The movement to convince the public of catastrophic global warming is fundamentally unscientific. Its leaders do not, as true scientists would, objectively study and relay the full evidence about what drives the climate, they fixate obsessively on CO2. They do not share how poorly understood climate drivers are; they act as if they can predict the climate with certainty. Through manipulation of government agencies, a credulous media, and many of their cloistered colleagues in academia, they have managed to take over much of the field of climatology and the vast majority of its public relations. Climatology used to be a legitimate subfield of earth science, itself a sound, if sleepy and usually overlooked, sub-field of physics. But when the entire field has been oriented to answering the loaded question, “How damaging are the CO2 emissions generated by industrial capitalism?” it is no longer a scientific field.
Fortunately, the ideological monopoly of the global warming campaign in climatology is inherently unstable. Many of the still large number of real scientists in cognate fields can’t help but notice what has become of “climatology” research. It is thus inevitable that this campaign will suffer periodic break-downs in its attempt to foist claims of scientific “consensus” on the public, as a recent letter from 16 sceintists to the Wall Street Journal attests.

Climatology Establishment Smears Scientific Critics
Responding to a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed by 16 scientists who reject global warming catastrophism (discussed here), 38 academic climatologists have offered their counterargument, which amounts to 1) disagreeing with the 16 scientists’ factual claims about the climate and 2) claiming that since most of the scientists are not climatologists, their claims are uninformed.
Both points are wrong.
.....The climatologists’ faulty arguments point to the lie in their claim that their critics are unqualified to comment. The members of the climatology establishment are united, not by some ultra-sophisticated understanding of the climate, but by their participation in a pseudoscientific campaign that finances, guides, and virtually defines the field of climatology—a field that superior scientists have generally avoided or been shut out from. This is exactly the sort of field that needs to be challenged by better scientists from related fields—which is what the Wall Street Journal piece did.

opit May 2, 2012, 11:25 pm Reply
The ‘Denier’ meme is a staple Strawman Argument used in political control of ‘discussion’ so as to frame diversity of opinion and reasonable doubt as a scam. It’s common when running a scam to accuse others of just that. What really is infuriating is framing Scientific Method as ‘unscientific’ ! Challenging rebuttal from all comers as unnatural and irresponsible is a trick of rhetoric familiar from preaching Gospel as that which can not be challenged….even as it recounts a tale of the state torturing and murdering opposition.

( It is a characteristic of propaganda  that it cannot be effectively rebutted, as part of the technique relies on incessant widespread repetition to wear down and smear opposition.)

Activists Fight Green Projects, Seeing U.N. Plot
The protests date to 1992 when the United Nations passed a sweeping, but nonbinding, 100-plus-page resolution called Agenda 21 that was designed to encourage nations to use fewer resources and conserve open land by steering development to already dense areas. They have gained momentum in the past two years because of the emergence of the Tea Party movement, harnessing its suspicion about government power and belief that man-made global warming is a hoax.
In January, the Republican Party adopted its own resolution against what it called “the destructive and insidious nature” of Agenda 21. And Newt Gingrich took aim at it during a Republican debate in November. 

( How's that for noting the topic is a 'political football' ?)

w/ Brad & Desi
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