These people are supposed to be the incorruptible gatekeepers of the raw data but they are 'adjusting' it to fit their narrative.

From James Delingpole writing at Breitbart:

Icegate: Now NSIDC Caught Tampering With Climate Records
You’ve read about the climate fraud committed ‘on an unbelievable scale’ by the shysters at NASA.

You’ve read about how NOAA overestimated US warming by 50 percent.

Now it’s NSIDC’s turn to be caught red-handed fiddling the data and cooking the books.

NSIDC – National Snow and Ice Data Center – is the US government agency which provides the official statistics on such matters as sea ice coverage in the Arctic.

Naturally its research is of paramount importance to the climate alarmists’ narrative that man-made global warming is causing the polar ice caps to melt. At least it was until those ice caps refused to play ball…

Where the alarmists have for years been doomily predicting ice free summers in the Arctic – according to Al Gore in 2007, 2008 and 2009 it would be gone by 2013 – the truth is that multi-year ice has been staging a recovery since 2009.

All of the above links go to corroborating data - these are facts folks, not a narrative. Much more at the site. It gets interesting:

Far worse, though, they’ve gone and deleted all the old style maps from their archive.

At least they thought they had.

But a sharp eyed reader of Goddard’s managed to find one old style map that NSIDC had forgotten to delete. This enabled Goddard to compare the new style map with an old style map for the same week. What he discovered is that NSIDC has been making some dramatic and unexplained adjustments to the record: about half the 5+ year sea ice which should be there, for example, has been mysteriously erased.

Here is a chart Goddard has composed showing the differences.

The two charts are pretty damning - the 'adjusted' numbers have zero bearing on actual ice extent. Do not forget that we have excellent records from polar explorers of ice-free winters in arctic areas. It is more a condition of ocean currents and winds than overall temperature.

Remember the 2013 Russian exploration ship that got stuck in the ice at Commonwealth Bay? They were following in the footsteps of the Douglas Mawson expedition of 100 years prior. Here is film shot by Mawson's crew as they landed in Commonwealth Bay in 1912. As you can see, the bay was choked with ice:

Things are going to get interesting if the climate follows the current predictions - a 30-50 year cooling period as the Sun passes through a low-energy cycle.

This is just a classical Hegelian dialectic - a political tool, not science.

Oh the humanity!

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Great comeuppance - from the Beeb:

Manure sprayed at Emma Thompson at anti-fracking demo
Double-Oscar winning actor Emma Thompson has had manure sprayed at her while taking part in an anti-fracking demonstration.

She had been taking part in a Bake-Off style spoof highlighting fracking with fellow campaigners just metres from a proposed fracking site.

However, the group did not have permission to be there and the farmer who leases the land, at Preston New Road near Blackpool, drove a muck spreader past the makeshift studio - hitting many of the crew with liquid manure.

I am sorry but she is an actress and an entertainer - not a geologist. Fracking has been demonized by the gang-green but there is minimal indication that it causes any pollution of the water table. The distances are simply too great - several thousand feet separate the two areas, sometimes more than a mile.

So true

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English madman Colin Furze presents his hoverbike:

Looks like way too much fun. Some kind of stability control would be handy - plus, a little more thrust.

I do not like his airblade hand dryers but this is for a reason unrelated to their design. Most people are too sloppy about washing their hands and only wet them a little bit allowing the airblade to blow the bacteria off their hands and disperse them into a large invisible cloud in the bathroom. I have two of his vacuums and am very impressed.

His latest product is a re-engineering of the hair dryer. Looks good - too pricey for home use but perfect for a salon:

I recently got one of his high-end floor vacuums for the house as our downstairs vac broke beyond repair. They usually last two-three years so I figured I would try a Dyson and see how long it lasted. What surprised me was just how much crud it was able to get up out of an otherwise clean-looking rug. A difference of night and day.

I also have a little hand-held unit - a replacement for my fourth or fifth DustBuster that broke. It too works really well and runs rings around what the DustBuster used to do.

Dyson products may be a bit expensive but they perform very well and are very robustly constructed.

Glyphosate in the news

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Feelings run strong out here when it comes to gardening. I am a big fan of Phosphorus Soap (ie: glyphosate or Roundup) for weed control. Other people think that it oozes from Satan's pustules.

Matt Ridley has a great post on the subject - he owns and manages a large estate in England and knows what he is talking about:

Uncovering the subversion of scientific methods in pursuit of politics
Science, humanity’s greatest intellectual achievement, has always been vulnerable to infection by pseudoscience, which pretends to use the methods of science, but actually subverts them in pursuit of an obsession. Instead of evidence-based policymaking, pseudoscience specialises in policy-based evidence making. Today, this infection is spreading.

Two egregious examples show just how easy it is to subvert the scientific process. The campaign by Andrew Wakefield against the MMR vaccine, recently boosted by Robert De Niro’s support, is pseudoscience.

So is the campaign against glyphosate (“Roundup”) weedkiller, which has now resulted in the European parliament recommending a ban on its use by gardeners.

A large dossier claiming to find evidence that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic” was published last year by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the World Health Organisation. What could be more scientifically respectable?

Yet the document depends heavily on the work of an activist employed by a pressure group called the Environmental Defense Fund: Christopher Portier, whose conflict of interest the IARC twice omitted to disclose. Portier chaired the committee that proposed a study on glyphosate and then served as technical adviser to the IARC’s glyphosate report team, even though he is not a toxicologist. He has since been campaigning against glyphosate.

The IARC study is surely pseudoscience. It relies on a tiny number of cherry-picked studies, and even these don’t support its conclusion. The evidence that it causes cancer in humans is especially tenuous, based on three epidemiological studies with confounding factors and small sample sizes “linking” it to Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). The study ignored the US Agricultural Health Study, which has been tracking some 89,000 farmers and their spouses for 23 years.

The study found “no association between glyphosate exposure and all cancer incidence or most of the specific cancer subtypes we evaluated, including NHL . . .”

A bit more about glyphosate and its actual toxicity:

Dose for dose, glyphosate is half as toxic as vinegar, and one tenth as carcinogenic as caffeine. Not that coffee’s dangerous — but the chemicals in it, like those in virtually any vegetable, are dangerous in lab tests at absurdly high concentrations. So is dihydrogen monoxide, for that matter, if you inhale it, drink it to excess or let its gaseous form burn your skin (that’s H2O, by the way).

Besides, risk is hazard plus exposure, a point ignored by the IARC. If you routinely put coffee down your throat, you are exposing yourself to the infinitesimal hazard caffeine represents. If you spray a little Roundup on your garden path, you are not even exposing yourself to the more infinitesimal hazard of glyphosate.

Roundup is probably the safest herbicide ever, with no persistence in the environment. But the Green Blob hates it for three reasons. It’s off-patent and therefore cheap. It was invented by Monsanto, a company that had the temerity to make a contribution to reducing famine and lowering food prices through innovation in agriculture. And some genetically modified crops have been made resistant to it, so that they can be weeded after planting by spraying, rather than tilling the ground: this no-till farming is demonstrably better for the environment, by the way.

Tempest in a teapot - I use the stuff for prepping the garden beds on spring - wait for a couple of nice days and go through with a power sprayer. Knocks the beds down so I don't have to dig as much and I use mulch through the growing season for crop health and weed supression. The combination works great.

It is a pity that some people are so suceptible to a narrative without doing even the most minor fact checking.

Back from town

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Had some nice Chinese food for dinner - paid some bills and did some banking. Stocked up at Costco.

Economic growth in the USA

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It sucks. From Gateway Pundit:

SIMPLY THE WORST=> Obama is First President Ever to Not See Single Year of 3% GDP Growth
Obama’s just like Reagan… Except when he isn’t.

The rate of real economic growth is the single greatest determinate of both America’s strength as a nation and the well-being of the American people.

On Thursday the Commerce Department announced that the US economy expanded at the slowest pace in two years. GDP growth rose at an anemic 0.5% rate after a paltry 1.4% fourth quarter advance.

Ronald Reagan brought forth an annual real GDP growth of 3.5%.
Barack Obama will be lucky to average a 1.55% GDP growth rate.

This ranks Obama as the fourth worst presidency on record.

Barack Obama will be the only U.S. president in history who did not deliver a single year of 3.0%+ economic growth.

It is not rocket science. Cut taxes (See Laffer Curve) and stand back. Stimulus plans simply do not work and are an excellent opportunity for graft and corruption.

In Barry's mind...

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Makes perfect sense to him:


A new Kickstarter project - Moog

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Readers will know that I am a big electronic music junkie and have a large analog synthesizer at home. Analog music synthesizers were pioneered by Bob Moog who developed the idea of voltage control and engineered the first practical circuits.

From Kickstarter:

ELECTRONIC VOYAGER: Retracing BOB MOOG's Sonic Journey
From Robert Fantinatto and Jason Amm, the Director/Producer team behind the acclaimed modular synthesizer documentary, "I Dream Of Wires," comes a new documentary feature, "Electronic Voyager." In association with The Bob Moog Foundation (, we aim to create a definitive and personal documentary about the life of iconic synthesizer pioneer, Bob Moog (1934 - 2005). Through the eyes of Moog's own daughter, Michelle Moog-Koussa - also a dedicated Moog archivist and historian - we want to give viewers an insight into the man behind the iconic Moog brand.

I Dream Of Wires is an awesome film - highly recomended to anyone into electronic music. Looking forward to this project!

The usual morning routine...

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Heading out for coffee - got the critters taken care of. Loaning someone a stapler for a project of theirs. Also, coordinating the audio-visual stuff for a memorial service this Monday.

Back home to work on some stuff...

Well dagnabit!

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Was happily surfing along and the internet went out.

Just came back but it is really late so not surfing too much.

The privations of country living...

Great ten minute TEDx talk by Sharyl Attkisson:

Back home again

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Got stuff taken care of and home for a few days now.

Time to have a glass of wine and surf for a bit...

Off for coffee and in to town

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Nothing much today - slept in (delicious) and heading out for coffee and in to town to run a few errands and work at the condo.

Happy 60th birthday

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The shipping container. Lots of links at MetaFilter: More history on the box that changed the world on its 60th birthday

A fun day at the office

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But... We need to do SOMETHING!

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Part of learning emergency communications is learning how to deal with disasters and what is actually needed. An excellent article on what is not needed from CBS News:

When disaster relief brings anything but relief
When Nature grows savage and angry, Americans get generous and kind. That's admirable. It might also be a problem.

"Generally after a disaster, people with loving intentions donate things that cannot be used in a disaster response, and in fact may actually be harmful," said Juanita Rilling, director of the Center for International Disaster Information in Washington, D.C. "And they have no idea that they're doing it."

Rilling has spent more than a decade trying to tell well-meaning people to think before they give.

In 1998 Hurricane Mitch struck Honduras. More than 11,000 people died. More than a million and a half were left homeless.

And Rilling got a wake-up call: "Got a call from one of our logistics experts who said that a plane full of supplies could not land, because there was clothing on the runway. It's in boxes and bales. It takes up yards of space. It can't be moved.' 'Whose clothing is it?' He said, 'Well, I don't know whose it is, but there's a high-heeled shoe, just one, and a bale of winter coats.' And I thought, winter coats? It's summer in Honduras."

Humanitarian workers call the crush of useless, often incomprehensible contributions "the second disaster."

In 2004, following the Indian Ocean tsunami, a beach in Indonesia was piled with used clothing.

There was no time for disaster workers to sort and clean old clothes. So the contributions just sat and rotted.

"This very quickly went toxic and had to be destroyed," said Rilling. "And local officials poured gasoline on it and set it on fire. And then it was out to sea."

People's hearts are in the right place but they simply do not know what is needed and how their efforts could be better spent. A perfect example:

You may not think that sending bottles of water to devastated people seems crazy. But Rilling points out, "This water, it's about 100,000 liters, will provide drinking water for 40,000 people for one day. This amount of water to send from the United States, say, to West Africa -- and people did this -- costs about $300,000. But relief organizations with portable water purification units can produce the same amount, a 100,000 liters of water, for about $300."

Exactly. That $300,000 could provide so much more relief than just a day's worth of water for a bunch of people.

I was thinking about this earlier today - I was in Bellingham and there are a lot of people panhandling on street corners. I could give one of them $5 and it would provide a balanced 2,000 calorie meal for that one person. The same money given to a shelter or food bank would provide a similar balanced meal for three or four people. Sometimes people act with their feelings and not with the reality of the situation.

Not evil, just terribly wasteful and not thought through.

I really like these people - Team Rubicon

Jumping ship

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Seems that the Klu Klux Klan is still alive and well - they endorsed Donald Trump but now... From U.S. News and World Report:

Ku Klux Klan Grand Dragon Will Quigg Endorses Hillary Clinton for President
Hillary Clinton can add a new name to her list of endorsements – a prominent Ku Klux Klan member who says he likes her because of her "hidden agenda."
Will Quigg, a grand dragon of the Ku Klux Klan's California chapter, told the Telegraph Monday that he would be switching his support from Donald Trump to Clinton.
Quigg had endorsed Trump on Twitter in September.

Now, though, he says he's changing his tune.

"We want Hillary Clinton to win," he said. "She is telling everybody one thing, but she has a hidden agenda. She’s telling everybody what they want to hear so she can get elected, because she’s Bill Clinton’s wife, she’s close to the Bushes. Once she’s in the presidency, she’s going to come out and her true colors are going to show. Border policies are going to be put in place. Our second amendment rights that she’s saying she’s against now, she’s not against. She’s just our choice for the presidency."

Heh - with friends like these....

Back from town

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Unloaded the truck - heading out for a quick bite and two pints of cider and then home for the evening.

More spew later...

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