Paper: Medeival Warm Period Global, And Most Likely Warmer Than Today

Waiting on Warmists to say this is funded by Big Oil in a disinformation campaign in 3..2..1…

(The Hockey Schtick) A new paper from SPPI and CO2 Science reviews the scientific literature on the Medieval Warm Period in Upper North America, and concludes, “these published results now join the many other similar results, from all around the world, where it can be seen that the Medieval Warm Period was not only a global phenomenon, but that its peak warmth was very likely significantly greater than that of the Current Warm Period.”

Some excerpts from the paper

Climate alarmists claim that rising atmospheric CO2 concentrations due to the burning of fossil fuels, such as coal, gas and oil, have raised global air temperatures to their highest level in the past one to two millennia. And, therefore, investigating the possibility of a period of equal global warmth within the past one to two thousand years has become a high-priority enterprise; for if such a period could be shown to have existed, when the atmosphere’s CO2 concentration was far less than it is today, there would be no compelling reason to attribute the warmth of our day to the CO2 released to the air by mankind since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. Thus, in this review of the pertinent scientific literature, results of the search for such knowledge are presented for studies conducted within the borders of Canada and other regions north of the lower 48 states of the United States of America.

There is nothing unusual or unnatural about climate change. It happens on decadal scales, centennial scales and millennial scales. And over the past century or two, the earth has experienced a natural and not-unexpected millennial-scale climatic shift that may or may not have yet run its course.

What caused the warmth of the MWP? Not rising CO2. It would be the typical stuff, like the Sun, solar wind, natural earth processes, all the things Warmists deny.

The same story is also told by tree ring-width anomalies from the adjacent Wrangell Mountains of Alaska. Hence, it can be concluded from two different data bases that the region’s current temperature is, in fact, lower than it was during the warmest part of the Medieval Warm Period, adding more weight to the growing mountain of evidence that indicates there is nothing unusual about the planet’s current level of warmth.

These results now join the many other similar results, from all around the world, which have been archived in the databases of co2science.org’s Medieval Warm Period Project29, where it can be seen that the Medieval Warm Period was not only a global phenomenon, but that its peak warmth was very likely significantly greater than that of the Current Warm Period.

Even the United Nations IPCC acknowledged that the MWP was warmer than today, before that became inconvenient for the cult. And Warmists worked hard to spin it away. This paper syncs in nicely with the multitude of papers which have stated the same thing: the MWP was global, and warmer than the current warm period.

Over to you now, Warmists, to attempt to tell us, in a scientific manner, using the scientific method, using real data, why this warm period is completely different from all the previous ones during the Holocene.

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If All You See…

…is a sea that will rise up and cause islands to tip over, you might just be a Warmist

The blog of the day is Watts Up With That, with a post on how well the much hyped Warmist program “Years of Living Dangerously” did.

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Politifact Finds Kay Hagan’s Tom Tillis Ad “Mostly False”

North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan has found herself in deep trouble for her re-election chances, primarily due to her continued support of, and vote for, Obamacare, ie the “Affordable” Care Act. Tom Tillis is, with all due respect to the other Republicans fighting for the GOP nomination, the strongest in the field. So, what else is there to do by attack Tom? Well, some truth might help

(Politifact) In her quest to win a second term, Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., has been hit hard by attacks over her vote for Obamacare. In a recent radio ad, she fights back, charging that her potential Republican opponent, state House Speaker Thom Tillis, actually said he liked the health care law.

Here’s a portion of the narration in Hagan’s ad:

“Politicians. These days, you’ve got to watch them close. Real close. Here’s Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis describing Obamacare: (Audio clip of Tillis) ’It’s a great idea.’ That’s right. Thom Tillis called Obamacare ‘a great idea.’ That was on the Bill LuMaye Show just this February. You can look it up.”

The clip is played quite a bit on the local talk radio stations, mostly in an attempt to turn Conservatives away from Tillis.

Is the ad correct that Tillis is a closet fan of Obamacare, even though his own campaign website calls for a “full repeal” of the law and labels it “a cancer on our national economy and it threatens the quality of every American’s health care”?

As it turns out, Hagan’s ad uses just half of the quote. Let’s go to the audiotape.

Tillis made his comment on the Raleigh, N.C.-based talk show hosted by Bill LuMaye on Feb. 6, 2014. Here’s some of the conversation that preceded and followed the snippet used in Hagan’s ad. (snip to the relevant quote)

Tillis concluded, “I think there’s a lot of things we can do if we focus on a systematic approach to eliminating the bad — and the majority of the stuff that is in Obamacare is bad, because it’s not fiscally sustainable. It’s a great idea that can’t be paid for — let’s focus on the net problem versus a policy that’s creating as many problems as it fixes in terms of health care, and then it’s also creating the most devastating problem of a deficit and debt that we can’t afford.”

So what Tillis actually did in the interview was to call Obamacare “a great idea that can’t be paid for.” And most of his comments before that discussed ways to repeal the bill, not support for it.

Health insurance reform is a great idea. However, it was done in a really bad way that cannot be paid for, is creating winners and losers (lots of losers), increasing costs, putting government in bed with our health care decisions, and, really, do you really have insurance if you can’t afford the deductible? Or are you simply paying for a few benefits and the knowledge that the IRS cannot tax/fine you?

Hagan’s ad says Tillis “called Obamacare ‘a great idea.’ ” That’s a severely edited quote. What Tillis actually said was that Obamacare is “a great idea that can’t be paid for.” Pulling out that tiny sound bite gives a highly misleading view of what Tillis said in the interview.

They find the ad to be “mostly false”.

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It’s Come To This: An App That Lets People Narc On “Energy Wasters”

Grist writer Holly Richmond is really pumped up about this

There’s no reason for offices to be lit up all night if no one’s around. If seeing a bright skyline pisses you off as much as it inspires awe, LightsOut will help you channel your annoyance.

The app LightsOut was just born at Boston’s Cleanweb Hackathon earlier this month, where it won the grand prize, so you can’t blame creator Spencer Lawrence for not having a slick, fully functional app yet. (It should be more user-ready in seven months, after help from an accelerator program.) Lawrence, a former energy auditor, and his friend John Massie got plenty of inspiration for LightsOut just by walking around during the hackathon:

It’s not fully developed quite yet, doesn’t seem to be working well on the web, but it is coming (from the link in the second paragraph excerpt)

The idea of LightsOut–a new, and as yet not fully developed app–is to give people that power. It’s a way for people who care about inefficiency and unsustainable behavior to report on it. Think of it like a crowdsourced energy audit.

Seems as if this is a great harassment tool. Back to Grist

So rather than spewing a frustrated sigh at energy waste, you can take action by snapping a photo, uploading it to LightsOut, and briefly describing the issue. (Well, you might wanna wait til the app’s fully functional.) It’s not just for electricity waste, either — leaky faucets and the like are fair game, too. Maybe as with street harassment reporting app Hollaback, LightsOut will bring attention and change behavior.

I reckon that Holly missed the point of Hollaback, bless her heart. Hollaback looks to stop sexual harassment (mostly along typical left wing lines, but, standard harassment, such as posting nude photos for purpose of blackmail). LightsOut could be deemed a form of harassment.

Maybe we need to create an app to upload photos of Warmists being hypocrites?

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Good News: IRS Paid Bonuses To Employees Who Were Delinquent On Taxes

Do as I say, not as I do

(AP) The Internal Revenue Service has paid more than $2.8 million in bonuses to employees with recent disciplinary problems, including $1 million to workers who owed back taxes, a government investigator said Tuesday.

More than 2,800 workers got bonuses despite facing a disciplinary action in the previous year, including 1,150 who owed back taxes, said a report by J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration. The bonuses were awarded from October 2010 through December 2012.

Out here in the real world, the IRS would slap a garnishment on our wages, and possibly initiate criminal proceedings. In Government Land, they’re given bonuses.

Surprisingly, there are no actual policies, rules, regulations, or laws that deal with providing bonuses and paid days off (which were also provided to the IRS employees) to those with disciplinary problems and tax delinquencies, excluding senior and executive level employees. The IRS supposedly considers issues for permanent raises, but not for bonuses.

Other examples of misconduct by workers getting bonuses included misusing government credit cards for travel, drug use, violent threats and fraudulently claiming unemployment benefits.

Out here in the real world, the employee would be fired. In Government Land, they’re given bonuses.

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GOP Decides On A #FireReid Strategy For Midterms

This was a strategy used effectively during the 2010 mid-terms against Nancy Pelosi. Will it work against Reid?

(Boston Herald) To hear party operatives describe the fight for the Senate, it’s the boogeyman billionaires against the shifty septuagenarian.

For months, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been pushing an unrelenting string of criticism against Charles and David Koch, the wealthy industrialists who have backed some of the nation’s most effective conservative groups. Now, Republican candidates are adjusting their plans and linking Democratic Senate candidates to Reid, painting the 74-year-old leader and his allies as unscrupulous politicians.

“There’s little doubt that Harry Reid is abusing his power as majority leader and resorting to desperate and deceitful measures to hold on to his position. And in so doing, he’s showing that he’s not fit to hold the position,” Republican National Committee press secretary Kirsten Kukowski wrote Wednesday in a memo to candidates and allies.

The GOP, Senate candidates, and private groups have been linking Democrat Senators to Reid for a month or so now, especially the truly vulnerable ones, like Kay Hagan here in North Carolina

Take the Republicans. In Colorado, Senate hopeful Cory Gardner pledged to “make Harry Reid a footnote in history.” In Florida, a tea party leader pledged to “rip the gavel out of Harry Reid’s hand.” And in an ad in North Carolina, leading GOP Senate hopeful Thom Tillis gives Reid credit for an ad he is not directly behind: “Know who’s paying for the sleazy ads? It’s Harry Reid.”

The Democrats are doing the same, casting GOP Senate hopefuls as beholden to the Koch brothers and their agenda.

Of course, the problem for Dems in bringing up the Koch brothers is two fold: first, most do not even know who they are. Second, it can be very dangerous for elected officials and those looking to be elected to demonize and denigrate private citizens, especially when citizens learn the truth about the generosity of the Koch brothers.

And the RNC adds that several Democrats, including Reid, have accepted donations from Koch Industries’ political committees or aides.

“For a senator who tells outright lies and funnels campaign money to his family, hypocrisy probably seems like no big deal,” Kukowski wrote in her memo.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus was planning to announce the anti-Reid strategy described in the memo, titled “Nothing’s Too Unethical for Harry Reid.” (snip)

The move is similar to what Republicans did in 2010 with then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The California Democrat was central to Republicans’ messaging and helped the GOP win majority status during that election. (snip)

The RNC now hopes to replicate that in 2014. The RNC’s digital team planned to flood Twitter starting Wednesday with messages with the hastag #firereid.

If Democrats want to play the game of insulting private citizens for daring to engage in their First Amendment Rights, the GOP should go after Harry Reid, and hard. Do not hold back. Do not play nice. Politics is a dirty, nasty game. When the mostly liberal media starts with their “the GOP are big meanies” yammer, fight back. The question is, will the GOP stay strong?

Crossed at Right Wing News.

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Pot Smokers Left Tons Of Trash on 4/20

Is it any surprise that a celebration of smoking pot (4/20), which would involved mostly Lefties, would result in mountains of trash? It seems that most rallies, demonstrations, protests, gatherings, etc, which involve mostly Lefties tends to result in environmental damage.

(SFgate) After the masses departed and the smoke cleared, workers descended Monday on Golden Gate Park to bag up and truck away all that was left behind by those who celebrated the pot holiday of 4/20 – an annual event that again tested the patience of some residents and city leaders.

While thousands enjoyed Sunday’s informal smoke-out, police arrested 11 people around Sharon Meadow, and paramedics tended to four others. Traffic in the area was jammed all day. And officials estimated the cleanup cost would exceed last year’s tab.

“Our goal is to provide clean, fun, safe parks, and there’s a lot about this event that certainly isn’t safe, and it’s certainly not clean,” said Phil Ginsburg, the general manager of the city park department, as he watched employees scoop up piles of trash.

It cost the city $10,000 just to clean up the park last year, and they expect cleanup costs to be higher this year. As one of the commenters notes “What a way to spend Easter Sunday and the beginning of Earth Week!”

Again, I don’t care if people want to smoke pot. My personal opinion is that it should be legalized and regulated. Taxed (though I have no problem with people growing their own for personal consumption). The use in public should be restricted, so that other people are not getting contact highs. And I really don’t have a problem with pot smokers descending upon a park to celebrate. I do have a problem with them leaving a frigging mess, and possibly causing problems with people and families who simply want to enjoy a park.

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If All You See…

…is a sea that is rising hundreds of feet to cover all the wonderful liberals cities, you might just be a Warmist

The blog of the day is Political Clown Parade, with a post on George Soros’ plan to subvert the Constitution.

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Democrat Governor Candidate In Maryland Slurs Veteran Opponent

It’s not the first time a Democrat has insulted military members and veterans, and it certainly won’t be the last. Democrats, not all of them, mind you, but a goodly chunk show a disdain for the military. What is interesting is that a) this is Blue on Blue, and b) how the attack is phrased

(WBAL-TV) A veterans group is demanding an apology from Attorney General Doug Gansler, a Democratic candidate for governor.

The group says Gansler made a disparaging remark about Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown’s service in Iraq.

Gansler said he doesn’t consider what Col. Anthony Brown did in Iraq a “real job.” Gansler made the remarks during a candidates forum Monday in Bethesda before the Tech Council of Maryland, the state’s largest technology and life science trade association.

In reference to Brown, without directly mentioning his name, Gansler said, “You know, I’m running against somebody who has never managed anybody, never run anything. You know his ads are about how he was a lawyer in Iraq, and that’s all fine and good but this is a real job.”

Except for the part about being a military veteran, that could have been describing Obama. Obama “never managed anybody, never run anything.” The same could be said of Joe Biden, should he choose to run in 2016. Brown, being a Colonel, was certainly in charge of people, he certainly ran things.

In response, Jon Soltz, an Iraq war veteran and chairman of Vote Vets Political Action Committee, said, “Doug Gansler needs to stop smearing those of us who served in Iraq as not having had a ‘real job.’ It’s a horrible insult to all those men and women who put their lives on the line, and especially those who died, in service to this country. Additionally, Mr. Gansler, if he chooses to attack an Iraq War Veteran, ought to at least admit that the person he is attacking has been serving as Maryland’s Lieutenant Governor. This kind of slime ball politics is what turns people off to our democratic process, so Mr. Gansler is doing no favors for Maryland or our democratic electoral system by playing in the gutter like this.”

A case can certainly be made for incompetence considering the lowly state of the Maryland Obamacare exchange. Yet, how involved was Brown as Md Lieutenant Gov? Regardless, the Lt. Gov. of Maryland does have many, many official duties as described in the Maryland Constitution, along with those delegated by the Governor.

Regardless, this is exactly the type of “slime ball politics” we expect from Democrats, even Blue on Blue. This is what they do.

Crossed at Right Wing News.

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Happy Earth Day! It’s A Shame Warmists Won’t Sacrifice For Their Beliefs

Regardless of the roots of Earth Day, where some proclaim it was a far, far left “holiday” designed to promote communism, the ideals of a healthy environment, clean air, clean water, clean land, saving nature, are worthy goals. Unfortunately, like most real environmental issues, the “climate change” wankers have hijacked the day. But, that’s not what is being lamented in this USA Today article

Tuesday, as we observe another Earth Day, there is broad public support for cleaner air and water, and as a nation we have taken dramatic steps to improve the environment.

The coming challenge is what to do about climate change, which a nearly unanimous collection of scientists says is real and potentially calamitous if we don’t act now to reduce greenhouse gases.

“Climate change” has nothing to do with the environment: there has always been changes within the environment, and the Earth has survived. Things change. Here’s the big point

Yet, the American public – in fact, the global public – seems unmoved by the threats, and some deniers still cling to positions that echo the DAR’s attack on the environmental movement back in 1970.

Indeed, a Gallup Poll in March found that only about a third of the American public worry “a great deal” about climate change and global warming.

That finding reinforces two attitudes that have not changed over the past four decades:

First of all, we aren’t motivated to do anything about environmental problems until they are staring us in the face. Only when our foul air caused breathing problems, and water became too polluted to drink or wade into, did we spend the money for federal, state and local governments to tackle the problems.

Second, the vast majority of us won’t sacrifice our high-consumption lifestyles, put jobs at risk or pay a high price to protect the environment. Give up our big SUVs? Pay higher gas taxes? Spend more time in the dark?

Even “green” consumers who ride bikes are part of the problem if they are always connected to the Internet. Various studies estimate it increases our electricity consumption by 10% to 20% (and it’s dirty coal that generates most electricity). Then there are the pollutants emitted by the giant data storage centers.

Obviously, the solution is for Warmists to practice what they preach, to give up their fossil fuels, make their lives “carbon neutral”, right? Er, no

If we are to save ourselves and our planet from ourselves, the answer now – as back in 1970 – is the same: science and technology. Better purification systems have cleaned our water and air. Car exhaust emissions are down because of catalytic converters and engineering changes that make vehicles more fuel efficient. Light bulbs are more energy-efficient.

Is anyone surprised in the least that Owen Ullman, who was there right at the beginning of Earth Day back in 1970, refuses to recommend that Warmists practice what they preach? What I recommend is that Warmists stop linking real environmental issues to this idiotic political issue of “climate change”. Unless they are will to walk the talk.

I did get a chuckle out of Mr. Ullman lamenting the use of the Internet, considering that the vast majority of people who read the article will do so on the Internet, rather than the dead tree edition.

PS: For any who might think I’m full of it regarding the graphic, no. I do all I can to be environmentally friendly. I’m not perfect, but I do work hard to keep the air, water, and land clean.

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