Monthly Archives: January 2014

“During times of universal deceit…

… telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.”  George Orwell

Originally posted by Kofi Annan in The Washington Post

Originally posted by Kofi Annan in The Washington Post

“It’s easier to fool people than it is to convince them they have been fooled.”  Mark Twain

“Three days ago, Christiana Figueres, Ex. Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), made it clear that she thinks Communism is the best solution to the world’s climate woes, exposing the political roots of her global warming alarmism.”  Heather Ginsberg, Townhall.com, January 19, 2014

“Her thinking is one more indicator that at the real root of the climate alarmist message is an anti-Christian worldview, one that, to the extent that it prevails, will undermine liberty around the world.”  Ibid

“Via Bloomberg News, last week we got an unsettling glimpse into just how extreme the economic plans of the climate commissars really are: ‘China, the top emitter of greenhouse gases, is also the country that’s ‘doing it right. ‘when it comes to addressing global warming, the United Nations’ chief climate official [Christiana Figueres] said…’They actually want to breathe air that they don’t have to look at,’ she said.  ‘They’re not doing this because they want to save the planet.  They’re doing it because it’s in their national interest.’ China is also able to implement policies because its political system avoids some of the legislative hurdles seen in countries including the U.S., Figueres said.”  The Weekly Standard, January 27, 2014, p. 2. 3

“In the winter of 1249 it was so warm in England that people did not need winter clothes.  They walked about in summer dress.  It was so warm people thought the seasons had changed.  There was no frost in England the entire winter.  Can you imagine what NOAA [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration] would say if that happened next year? Art Horn, Icecap.us, January 12, 2011

“Inevitably in climate science, when data conflicts with models, a small coterie of scientist can be counted upon to modify the data…That the data should always need correcting to agree with models is totally implausible and indicative of a certain corruption within the climate science community.” Richard Lindzen

What Catastrophe?

MIT’s Richard Lindzen, the unalarmed climate scientist

Ethan Epstein, The Weekly Standard, January 13, 2014, p. 22, 23
When you first meet Richard Lindzen, the Alfred P. Sloan professor of meteorology at MIT, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, leading climate “skeptic,” and all-around scourge of James Hansen, Bill McKibben, Al Gore, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and sundry other climate “alarmists,” as Lindzen calls them, you may find yourself a bit surprised. If you know Lindzen only from the way his opponents characterize him—variously, a liar, a lunatic, a charlatan, a denier, a shyster, a crazy person, corrupt—you might expect a spittle-flecked, wild-eyed loon. But in person, Lindzen cuts a rather different figure. With his gray beard, thick glasses, gentle laugh, and disarmingly soft voice, he comes across as nothing short of grandfatherly. 
Thomas FluhartyGranted, Lindzen is no shrinking violet. A pioneering climate scientist with decades at Harvard and MIT, Lindzen sees his discipline as being deeply compromised by political pressure, data fudging, out-and-out guesswork, and wholly unwarranted alarmism. In a shot across the bow of what many insist is indisputable scientific truth, Lindzen characterizes global warming as “small and .  .  . nothing to be alarmed about.” In the climate debate—on which hinge far-reaching questions of public policy—them’s fightin’ words.

In his mid-seventies, married with two sons, and now emeritus at MIT, Lindzen spends between four and six months a year at his second home in Paris. But that doesn’t mean he’s no longer in the thick of the climate controversy; he writes, gives myriad talks, participates in debates, and occasionally testifies before Congress. In an eventful life, Lindzen has made the strange journey from being a pioneer in his field and eventual IPCC coauthor to an outlier in the discipline—if not an outcast.  Continue reading

War on Israel

“December’s ‘Impact Holy Land’ conference in Philadelphia had variety.  The roster of speakers included Palestinians sympathetic to the Palestinian cause and Messianic Jews sympathetic to the Palestinian cause.  In addition, there were impassioned speakers from places like Rochester, N.Y., on home leave from Christian Peacemaker Teams or other faith based groups that support grassroots resistance to Israel.”  Andree Seu Peterson

Disparate ‘Impact’

ISRAEL | A conference stacked in favor of the ‘Palestinian’ cause fails to convince

By World magazine, Issue: “The wonder of life,” January 25, 2014, p. 71

December’s “Impact: Holy Land” conference in Philadelphia had variety. The roster of speakers included Palestinians sympathetic to the Palestinian

Krieg Barrie

Krieg Barrie

cause and Messianic Jews sympathetic to the Palestinian cause. In addition, there were impassioned speakers from places like Rochester, N.Y., on home leave from Christian Peacemaker Teams or other faith-based groups that support grassroots resistance to Israel.

The online brochure, which claimed to have “sought Jesus followers from across a wide geographical and theological spectrum,” urged us to “be kind” because “we may hear difficult things this weekend.” But a stroll among the book tables during registration revealed who was in for an earful of “difficult things,” and it was not the Palestinian sympathizers. There were advertisements for tours by “Palestinian Summer Encounters”; books with titles like Letters from Apartheid Street: A Christian Peacemaker in Occupied Palestine; Washington lobbyists for anti-Israeli legislation; and just for the tykes, The Boy and the Wall, about a child living in a refugee camp.

That is to say, the unconscionable oppressiveness of Israel was the starting point of the “conversation,” not a proposition for debate. All that remained to “conversate” about was the means to peace in the Holy Land, through fostering one-on-one friendships between Palestinians, Israelis, and Americans—and notably through dismantling checkpoints; boycotting, divesting, and sanctioning Israeli companies; tearing down the West Bank wall; and returning occupied lands.

The problem for me through three days of Gaza kumbaya was that age-old bugbear of proper evidence-weighing: “The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him” (Proverbs 18:17). I do poorly in arriving at truth where there is no one on hand to point out factual or theological error in a presentation, or to offer a different scenario. Continue reading

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Kipling

images“As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man—

There are only four things certain since Social Progress began:–

That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,

And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;

And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins

When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,

As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,

The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!”

–Kipling

The Gods of the Market-Place includes such liberal sources as The New York Times, The Washington Post, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, ABC, etc. The Gods of the Copybook Headings includes Biblical truth, traditional wisdom, self-evident truths,  etc. … Editor

THE GODS OF THE COPYBOOK HEADINGS 

Rudyard Kipling

As I pass through my incarnations in every age and race,
I make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Market Place.
Peering through reverent fingers I watch them flourish and fall,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings, I notice, outlast them all.

We were living in trees when they met us. They showed us each in turn
That Water would certainly wet us, as Fire would certainly burn:
But we found them lacking in Uplift, Vision and Breadth of Mind,
So we left them to teach the Gorillas while we followed the March of Mankind.

We moved as the Spirit listed. They never altered their pace,
Being neither cloud nor wind-borne like the Gods of the Market Place,
But they always caught up with our progress, and presently word would come
That a tribe had been wiped off its icefield, or the lights had gone out in Rome.

With the Hopes that our World is built on they were utterly out of touch,
They denied that the Moon was Stilton; they denied she was even Dutch;
They denied that Wishes were Horses; they denied that a Pig had Wings;
So we worshipped the Gods of the Market Who promised these beautiful things.

When the Cambrian measures were forming, They promised perpetual peace.
They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
But when we disarmed They sold us and delivered us bound to our foe,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “Stick to the Devil you know.”

On the first Feminian Sandstones we were promised the Fuller Life
(Which started by loving our neighbour and ended by loving his wife)
Till our women had no more children and the men lost reason and faith,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “The Wages of Sin is Death.”

In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,
By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;
But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “If you don’t work you die.” 

Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew
And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true
That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.

As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;

And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!

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