Bank of England: “Climate change a ‘huge’ financial risk”

September 30, 2015

Phineas Fahrquar:

The only “financial risk” is being bilked into bankruptcy by the Green Cult and its cronies.

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:


Guest essay by Eric Worrall

The Bank of England has stepped into the climate fray, with a claim that climate change poses a huge financial risk to UK based businesses. For once I believe the Bank of England is absolutely correct (more below).

According to the Sydney Morning Herald;

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said Britain’s insurers face potentially “huge” exposure to shifts in climate-change policy and Group of 20 nations need to do more to combat associated financial-stability risks.

“The challenges currently posed by climate change pale in significance compared with what might come,” Mr Carney said in a speech at a Lloyd’s of London dinner.

“Once climate change becomes a defining issue for financial stability, it may already be too late.”
England’s central bank has been looking into the economic and financial-stability risks posed by climate change and Carney spoke as the BoE published a report on…

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All is well, America. @HillaryClinton has apologized AND taken responsibility

September 8, 2015

“Quick! Bill! Slip me another excuse!”

Well, this makes everything better, now, doesn’t it?

Hillary Clinton on Tuesday apologized for the scandal surrounding her private State Department email server, and said in a new interview with ABC News that she takes full responsibility.

Using an unauthorized and unsecured email server “was a mistake. I’m sorry about that. I take responsibility,” she told David Muir in a “World News Tonight” interview that will air later this week.

Clinton’s apology marked a sharp departure from when she said earlier this month that she owes no apology for using a private email server when she worked the top position at State.

Let’s be honest about this: they only reason Lady Macbeth is apologizing is that she has seen her “inevitable” march to the White House crippled by a poorly run campaign and a scandal that would have anyone else facing a judge in federal court. She got in front of the cameras with Muir because her poll numbers among Democrats have collapsed 15-20 points since July. In survey groups these days, the word most commonly associated with her is “liar.” Apologize? She’s so desperate, I’m surprised she didn’t go on her knees to Canossa.

How bad have thing’s gotten? She’s using stupidity as an excuse:

Clinton said she used the personal email account for convenience and did not give the issue much thought when she started her job as secretary of state.

“I was not thinking a lot when I got in. There was so much work to be done. We had so many problems around the world. I didn’t really stop and think what kind of email system will there be,” she said.

Just what we need, America: a Chief Executive who doesn’t think a lot…

But, to answer my question above, no, this does not make everything better.

Let’s forget her lack of sincerity. She’s about as sincere as her husband was when he denied having sex “with that woman.” She’s taking “responsibility” while expecting not to be held responsible. No one except the most die-hard Clinton droid will believe she means a word of this or is willing to be held accountable for serious violations of federal law. Her hope is that an act of public contrition, no matter how pro forma, will be enough to start defusing this scandal.

Well, it isn’t. The information she allowed to be placed on that unsecure server includes some of the most sensitive national-security secrets of the United States, which by law people of her rank in the government are expected to recognize and handle appropriately. But, instead of using the approved government email system, she had her own private server to, I assume, kept her doings away from pesky FOIA requests. If you or I had done anything remotely similar, we would have gone through “interrogation Hell” until we cried for our mommies and then were hauled into court. And you can bet your last dollar that the Russians, the Chinese, and any foreign intelligence agency worth their salt read everything on her server. They would have to be incompetent not to.

Sorry, Hillary. An apology just doesn’t cut it.

RELATED: Jonah Goldberg on Hillary — “Who cares if she apologized?”

Hillary Clinton exposed our most precious national secrets. She should be in prison.

September 2, 2015

I know nothing! No-THING!!

If there are US national secrets more than our spy satellite data, we’ve never heard of them. They are our eyes into the heart of hostile lands. They are classified at so high a level, they have their own email system and can only be looked at in secure rooms. Letting our enemies see this data would give them invaluable knowledge of what we know and what our satellites’ capabilities are.

Good thing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, She Who Would Be Our Next President, transmitted this information over an unsecured home server:

One of the most serious potential breaches of national security identified so far by the intelligence community inside Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private emails involves the relaying of classified information concerning the movement of North Korean nuclear assets, which was obtained from spy satellites.

Multiple intelligence sources who spoke to The Washington Times, solely on the condition of anonymity, said concerns about the movement of the North Korean information through Mrs. Clinton’s unsecured server are twofold.

First, spy satellite information is frequently classified at the top-secret level and handled within a special compartment called Talent-Keyhole. This means it is one of the most sensitive forms of intelligence gathered by the U.S.

Second, the North Koreans have assembled a massive cyberhacking army under an elite military spy program known as Bureau 121, which is increasingly aggressive in targeting systems for hacking, especially vulnerable private systems. The North Koreans, for instance, have been blamed by the U.S. for the hack of Sony movie studios.

Allowing sensitive U.S. intelligence about North Korea to seep into a more insecure private email server has upset the intelligence community because it threatens to expose its methods and assets for gathering intelligence on the secretive communist nation.

We know emails to Clinton’s top unofficial adviser Syd Blumenthal were hacked: had she shared this or other Top Secret information with him? And Clinton’s server was so unsecure it was  certainly penetrated by the Chinese, the Russians, and maybe the Saturnians. North Korea hacked Sony; how hard would it have been to hack Clinton’s server and find out what we knew about their nuclear program?

This is a frakking nightmare.

And it’s also a felony:

(f) Whoever, being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, note, or information, relating to the national defense,

(1) through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, or
(2) having knowledge that the same has been illegally removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of its trust, or lost, or stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, and fails to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer—

Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.

(h/t Ed Morrissey)

And that exactly fits this satellite data. It doesn’t matter what she “knowingly knew” or whether the material had the proper classification tags on it. She has enough experience know how sensitive this material is and what her responsibilities were. Her motives are irrelevant: her actions are the crime.

Forget Lady Macbeth’s presidential aspirations; those are dead, it’s just the corpse still twitching. But, if there is any justice left in America, she will be charged and face trial for this — with prison to follow.

PS: Oh stop laughing. I know, I know. A Clinton held accountable? A guy can dream, can’t he?

PPS: A bit of humor from a friend on Twitter, after this news came out:


We laugh, lest we cry.

Well my, my, my. Has @HillaryClinton legally disqualified herself from office?

August 24, 2015

“Title 18…. wut?”

Might be one good reason why she’s been so reluctant to give a straight answer to simple questions, such as “Did you wipe the server, and, no, we don’t mean with a cloth?” Not only might she be criminally liable, but she may also be barred from ever holding office again, including the presidency.

Ed Morrissey at Hot Air cites the relevant law, Title 18, Section 2071, paragraph b:

Whoever, having the custody of any such record, proceeding, map, book, document, paper, or other thing, willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys the same, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both; and shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States. As used in this subsection, the term “office” does not include the office held by any person as a retired officer of the Armed Forces of the United States.

Michael Mukasey, President Bush II’s former AG *and* a former federal judge is the one who raised this possibility. He is absolutely no legal slouch; if he thinks Hillary may have crossed this line, then her legal advisers probably worry so, too.

Ed’s right that legal prosecution to this extent isn’t likely –She is A CLINTON!!, after all, and would be the first female president ever, which is more important than anything else– but the judgement of the voting public is another matter, and you can expect conservative groups and candidates to use this to hammer her.

Good thing the Democrats have this man waiting in the wings:

Joe Biden

I mean, think about it. If Hillary falters, their other choice is a 73 year-old open Socialist and… who? Might as well go with the plagiarist who’s also a walking gaffe machine.

This should be good. smiley popcorn

Peer review is broken – Springer announces 64 papers retracted due to fake reviews

August 19, 2015

Phineas Fahrquar:

Remember this when someone tries to tell the “science is settled” regarding global warming or anything else. It is, if it’s been faked.

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

peerreview[1]Science publishing giant Springer, with over 2900 journals, has announced on its website that 64 articles published in 10 of its journals are being retracted.  Editorial staff found evidence of fake email addresses for peer reviewers.
No word yet on what type of papers, or if any climate papers are involved.

From press release:

Retraction of articles from Springer journals

London | Heidelberg, 18 August 2015

Springer confirms that 64 articles are being retracted from 10 Springer subscription journals, after editorial checks spotted fake email addresses, and subsequent internal investigations uncovered fabricated peer review reports. After a thorough investigation we have strong reason to believe that the peer review process on these 64 articles was compromised. We reported this to the Committee on Publishing Ethics (COPE) immediately. Attempts to manipulate peer review have affected journals across a number of publishers as detailed by COPE in their December 2014 statement. Springer has…

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Oh, my. Is there a backup to Hillary’s unauthorized, insecure email server?

August 17, 2015
Above the rules.

What backups?

Well, this news should have Lady Macbeth shrieking: the company she hired to store the unsecure server she kept in basement at Chappaqua (and on which she kept Top Secret information) may have made a backup before wiping and storing it.


Platte River Networks, the Denver-based cybersecurity firm Hillary Clinton hired in 2013 to maintain her old email server, says it is “highly likely” a full backup of the device was made and that the thousands of emails Clinton deleted may still exist, ABC News is reporting.

On Wednesday, Platte River gave the FBI the server Clinton used as secretary of state. The Democratic presidential candidate had stated numerous times prior to that that she would not relinquish control of the server to a third party.

But the FBI became interested in the hardware after the revelation that the Intelligent Community inspector general had determined that two emails that traversed the server contained “top secret” information. While Clinton is not believed to have sent the emails in question, the finding undermines her claims at the onset of the email scandal in March that no classified information ever landed on her server.

Platte River has said that it is cooperating with the FBI and that it is not the target of any investigation.

The company did not respond to requests for additional comment Sunday.

The details about how Clinton’s server was handled and how the data from it was transferred have remained unclear.

That could be quite dangerous for Her Majesty’s campaign, which was already creaking and popping leaks like an old rusty tramp steamer. There’s been endless speculation about what’s in those emails, ranging from criminally mishandled state secrets (which we already know is true), to evidence of exchanging favorable decisions by Hillary as Secretary of State in return for donations to the Clinton Foundation (quite likely), to evidence of her aides’ corruption, to embarrassing proof of how incompetent Hillary was at State. Or all of the above.

No wonder she was inquiring about books on securely deleting emails.

And too bad (1) Platte River may have made them useless.

(1) No, really. I’m all broken up about this. Can’t you tell? smiley devil


EPA to spend tax dollars to study *indoor* climate change

August 16, 2015
Victim of climate change

Victim of climate change

Oh, why not? Catastrophic man-caused climate change is a chimera, anyway, so why not act like Don Quixote and see it everywhere?

The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday awarded $8 million in grants to nine universities to help better understand the impact of climate change on indoor air quality.

The agency said climate change’s impact on indoor air pollutants like mold, mildew and asthma triggers isn’t well understood.

And those effects –you can be sure they’ll find plenty using hedge-words such as “possible” and “maybe”– will be used to justify further economy-crippling regulations from EPA (and HHS?), all in the name of “public health.” Come on, you’re not against good quality air in America’s schools, are you? Or are you a denier?

“Learning how air quality, climate, and energy interact in an indoor environment will help us design buildings that better protect people’s health,” explained Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA’s New England office

The money is nothing to sneeze at for the winning universities.

And, like I hinted at earlier, that money will guarantee that impecunious grad students and non-tenured faculty will find the right results to keep those contracts secure.

Me, cynical?

via Watt’s Up With That


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