Feet of clay: The official errors that exaggerated global warming

Watts Up With That?

Part I: How the central estimate of global warming was exaggerated

By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley

In this new series, I propose to explore the sequence of errors, large and small, through which the climatological establishment has – until now – gotten away with greatly exaggerating climate sensitivity.

The errors have an unholy, cumulative effect, conspiring to bring about an exaggeration that is grievous.

The focus in this series will be on describing each error clearly, so that the commenters who have so vigorously had their say on my earlier descriptions of the current method of determining climate sensitivity can examine them and say whether they think the climatological establishment has come to the right conclusion.

I shall do my best to make it clear when I am describing the official position and when I am describing a proposed alternative view.

By all means criticize me if you think I…

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Public Service

A very good read.

David Harsanyi: Sorry, Liberals, ‘Public Service’ Is Not A Sacrifice – Liberal Logic 101

John F. Kennedy’s silly “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” has been religiously repeated by politicians my entire life, including at the recent Democratic National Convention. But Americans are free to demand all kinds of things of their country — that it uphold the law or put up a new stop sign, for instance — without any obligation to do public service or volunteer to help save the sage grouse. They certainly have no duty to ask politicians, “Hey, what can I do for you?”

Glorifying the public sector — a practice found nowhere in the Founding documents — has transformed mere work into the great sacrifice of “public service.”

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First Female

Presidential Nominee

Is so Seventies.

Eighteen-seventies.

Victoria Woodhull

Hillary Clinton will make history next week in Philadelphia when she formally becomes the first woman to be the presidential nominee of a major party. But she is not the first woman to be nominated as a presidential candidate: that distinction is held by Victoria Claflin Woodhull.

Notorious Victoria: the first woman to run for president | Eileen Horne | US news | The Guardian

Hillary Clinton and Five Other Women Who Ran For President

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Illinois Policy

I got this email today.  I get so sick of this place sometimes, for all the corruption and having to pay for the privilege of living in such a corrupted place.  And no, you can’t “just move!”

I’ve known people who think property tax issues don’t apply to renters, and I wanted to address that. 

Whoever owns the property has to pay the property tax, so if you are renting, your landlord has to pay those taxes, and he will just raise your rent to defray those costs and still keep his profit margin.  So property tax issues most certainly do apply to renters, as well. 

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You’ve heard the old saying “Home is where the heart is.”
For many middle-class families in Illinois, however, home is where the hurt is. That’s because Illinois now has the highest property taxes in the nation.
Our median property-tax rate is more than twice the national median rate. We’ve reached a point where some Illinois homeowners pay more in property taxes than they do on their mortgages.
All of this begs the question: Why are property taxes so high?
Because Illinois has more taxing bodies than any other state in the country.
In fact, Illinois has nearly 7,000 of them – that’s 1,800 more than the next-highest state, Texas. Many of these units of local government are overlapping and duplicative. They contribute to Illinois’ growing debt, waste and corruption.
It’s time for this to change.
That’s why we’re leading the charge to consolidate these duplicative layers of government and give homeowners the property-tax relief they deserve.
Will you join us today?

Your gift of $15, $35 or $50 to the Illinois Policy Institute will help Illinois homeowners take back control of our property taxes.
We can’t do it without you.


Kristina Rasmussen
President and Chief Operating Officer

Illinois Policy · 190 S. LaSalle St. · Suite 1500 · Chicago, IL 60603 · USA

The Trouble For Trump

I saw this headline and had to laugh.  Ironically, but still a laugh, of sorts.

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The media have reached a turning point in covering Donald Trump. He may not survive it. – The Washington Post

Wow, you’d think someone might have predicted this was going to happen.  Oh wait.  Someone did.

Even the media kisses his ass, because he brings in ratings.  He’s so vitriolic they never know what he’s going to do next to keep things stirred up, and they love that.  If he does manage to get the Republican nomination though, they’ll eat him alive, because he’s not fully a Liberal – I mean, in pretty much everything but name, but the Party matters to them, and he’d be running against the anointed [whoever gets the Democratic nomination].  At that point, they’d finally get around to vetting him, you can be sure.

It’s no secret that I’m not a Trump fan.  That being said, the notion that anyone could in good conscience vote for Hillary Clinton is appalling to me.  It makes me throw up in my mouth a little.  This woman is so corrupt and proud of it.  Trump may not be ideal, but my gosh, Hillary Clinton is so vile and beneath contempt that there’s no comparison at all.  It sickens me that the “media” thinks no one else can see their double standard, their complete disregard for truth, or their biases.  They like to think themselves qualified to vet a candidate when they bury facts about their candidate of choice.  In their mind, lies justify the ends, so it’s okay.  They aren’t qualified to vet piles of feces, let alone candidates for the Presidency of the United States.

 

Plenty of presidential candidates have had shady doings in their pasts, but can you think of anything that compares to Trump University?

Uh, hello?  Are you kidding me?  I assume you’ve never heard of Benghazi?!  People DIED there!  That’s just one, and it makes Trump University look like a preschool playground.  Do some research media!  The history of corruption surrounding Clinton is a long one.  She’d be in jail now if you’d been doing your job

 

That kind of on-the-fly fact-checking is unusual, but Trump necessitates it because he tells such a spectacularly large number of lies. He also enables it because those lies are often repeated and obvious. So we’re beginning to see those corrections appear right in the body of stories: the reporter relays what Trump said, and notes immediately that it’s false.

Good grief, Hillary makes her living on lies, has been fired from jobs for unethical violations which included lying, and you people don’t even mention this!  Let me guess, your “fact checking” only applies to the candidate(s) not on the Democrat ticket?

 

Trump has shown the press that the best way to do it is to cover him like every candidate should be covered. That means not just planting a camera at his rallies and marveling at how nuts it all is, but doing the work to fully vet his background, correcting his lies as swiftly and surely as they can, exploring what a Trump presidency would actually mean, and generally doing their jobs

If you people were doing your jobs, you’d have vetted Hillary a long time ago, and she would not be on the Democratic ticket now.  Why don’t you cover her “like every candidate should be covered”?  Oh, sorry, I couldn’t hear you over the sound of your double standard screaming nah nah nahnahnah with its fingers in its ears. 

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