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Friday, January 11, 2013

11 January - Mail

The Rape of Greece by ECB, EU and IMFThe Rape of Greece by ECB, EU and IMF (Photo credit: freestylee)

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.....in the article I quoted the Global Warming Policy Foundation's Dr David Whitehouse praising their accuracy. Rather, the issue is with the Met Office's medium-range forecasts, which for years have persistently erred on the side of predicting non-existent warmth because they have been corrupted by exactly the same dodgy computer models which tell us that as CO2 rises so inexorably will "global warming." 
What the Met Office is doing is deliberately talking up the meme which has become increasingly fashionable since global warming inconveniently halted in 1997: the idea that anthropogenic CO2 emissions have created something called "global weirding" or "extreme weather." It's a very useful theory for the climate alarmists because a) it distracts from the failure of their global warming theory and b) it means that whenever weather does anything remotely odd, anywhere in the world – which weather does, by nature, all the time – it can be cited in support of their alarmism.
Reply to article: James Delingpole: The Met Office – defending the indefensible, as per usual

Posted by John Farnham (Twitter) on Jan 11th 2013, 7:19 PM EST
Let me get this straight. You are telling me that the office could not tell the difference between climate and weather either ? And that weather forecasters - the only people making a living from forecasting future conditions - are not persona non grata re climatology 'science' ? They were before.
Forecast the Facts http://forecastthefacts.org/ was an integral part of 'Meteorologists Adjust Official Stance : Human Activity Causing Climate Change' http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/08/28-0
So they have no cachet in the fraud anyway. 1100+ Peer Reviewed Papers Supporting Skeptic Arguments Against ACC / AGW Alarm
Heh. That would be interesting when one looks at the denouement of the UN tax initiative as summarized at Global Research.ca - and they have carried more alternative stories than you can even find at climategate.com

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December 27, 2012
Dear Common Dreamer,
In 1913, the Progressive Era was at it's peak. Progressives sought to improve living and working conditions for working-class Americans. They sought to eliminate waste and corruption in government. They sought to break up trusts and regulate private industry. They sought to improve public health, education and sanitation. Many sought to conserve the environment.
Anti-trust legislation was enacted to break up monopolies, the 16th and 17th Amendments to the US Constitution were passed allowing direct democratic elections of Senators for the first time and establishing a national graduated income tax (a tax that would collect a higher percentage from people who made more money) to help fund government programs and create a better balance between the rich and poor.
The women's Suffrage movement gained in strength and in 1919, the 19th Amendment was passed giving women the right to vote.
One hundred years ago.
Today, together, we have pushed back against the new collusion between big money and the far right in their assaults on women, workers and our environment. We have exposed the truth in the rush towards wars of choice and ambition, and we have stood with the people as they took to the streets with demands for a just and equitable society.
Common Dreams needs your support now more than ever to start 2013 on a firm foundation so we can fulfill our mission: To inform. To inspire. To ignite change for the common good.
In 2013, we resolve to continue our critical work.  Will you resolve to help us make a difference?
It's time for a new progressive era.
In peace,
Malory Shaughnessy
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