The Iraq War: Not Illegal, Not Immoral, and Not Over

August 27, 2015

Phineas Fahrquar:

I’ve said many times since 2003: I was a supporter of the liberation of Iraq, I remain so, and I still think it was justified given the strategic situation of those days, regardless of the mistakes under Bush during the occupation and reconstruction, or under Obama. I think you’ll find this post of interest.

Originally posted on James Snell:

Today sees the publication of an entirely excellent article in The Times by Nigel Biggar, Regius Professor of Moral Theology at the University of Oxford. In it, the good professor takes apart a number of myths which have been allowed to coagulate about the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the toppling of Saddam Hussein, one of the most evil men in recent history whose autocratic (and kleptocratic) rule led to the foundation not just of ISIS – as if it was not enough – but the creation of much of Iraq’s current sectarian turmoil.

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The ‘Cult’ of Climate Change (née Global Warming)

August 26, 2015

Phineas Fahrquar:

There’s a reason I refer global warming alarmists as “cultists” and their movement as the “Church of Anthropogenic Global Warming.” Click through for more.

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

Guest essay by Ari.H.

Global warming has become a religioJosh-97-percent-littlesn. This is the opinion of Nobel Prize Winning Physicist Dr. Ivar Giaever , Prof. Richard Lindzen, and many others. Climate change alarmism has a surprising number of attributes of a medieval or even ancient religion. Nevertheless, real religions have some pre-requisites, like a tradition spanning at least few generations. So the proper name for climate alarmism is a cult. And these are the telltale attributes:

1) Climate alarmists pretend to possess indisputable truths about the past, present, and future. From minute details of the paleoclimate to the world state 200 years in the future, alarmists know everything.

2) The alarmist movement stubbornly refuses to debate its dogma, calling it “settled science” and viciously attacking its critics. The attacks are not limited to name calling but include prohibiting scientific research that contradicts this dogma. Significant figures within the movement…

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As predicted: Alarmists blame “global warming” for mystery lights in the sky

August 25, 2015

Phineas Fahrquar:

And yet they accuse us of being superstitious. These people see their dread demon CO2 and its evil works everywhere.

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

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Guest essay by Eric Worrall

An increase in Noctilucent clouds, strange illuminated streamers of light at the edge of space, has been blamed on global warming.

According to the SFGate;

Mystery lights in space increasing, moving south, potential sign of global warming

Strange blue lights glowing on the edge of space first appeared over polar regions in 1885 and today, sightings are becoming increasingly common, and now the phenomenon is moving into lower latitudes including Northern California.

Like the proverbial canary in the coal mine, these glowing space clouds may be a celestial siren, warning of Earth’s global warming, according to some scientists.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/Mystery-lights-in-space-could-warn-of-global-6458563.php

Last year WUWT reported that Noctilucent clouds were on the increase, and predicted that global warming would be blamed. However, a NASA press release suggests Noctilucent clouds are more likely to be…

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Study: German Scientists Conclude 20th Century Warming “Nothing Unusual” …Foresee “Global Cooling Until 2080″!

August 23, 2015

Phineas Fahrquar:

We’ll probably be treated to the sight (again) of climate cultists protesting anthropogenic global warming… in a snowstorm.

Originally posted on NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT:

Another study shows that 20thC temperature rise is nothing unusual historically.

The Die kalte Sonne site here features a worrisome essay by German climate scientists Horst-Joachim Lüdecke, Dr. Alexander Hempelmann and Carl Otto Weiss. They carefully examined climate changes of the past and have found that the recent changes (of the last 40 years are nothing out of the ordinary and that we need to worry about a global cooling that will persist until 2080.
http://notrickszone.com/2015/08/21/study-german-scientists-conclude-20th-century-warming-nothing-unusual-foresee-global-cooling-until-2080/#sthash.NRtJCZNt.dpbs

I will let readers make their own judgements. But I will pose a simple question, which warmists always shy away from:

What brought about the MWP and subsequently the LIA, not to mention previous cold and warm episodes.
Their usual answer is to deny they ever existed, but the evidence overwhelmingly shows that they did.

Only when we understand these events can we begin to understand recent warming.

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Claim: Global warming makes frost damage worse

August 22, 2015

Phineas Fahrquar:

Global warming: Is there nothing it cannot do?

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

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Guest essay by Eric Worrall

The Australian CSIRO has claimed that global warming increases both the incidence of frost, and the amount of damage frost causes to crops.

According to the CSIRO;

University of Queensland research scientist, Dr Jack Christopher, said climate modelling of 60 years’ worth of data has shown that while average temperatures have been increasing, the incidence and impact of frost has also increased during that period.

“One of the main factors causing that is the fact that the plants are actually growing a lot quicker in the warmer weather, so that when they’re planted at what we think is the correct time, they’re actually flowering too soon and are flowering during a much higher frost risk period than was intended,” he said.

Frost damage costs Australian agriculture millions of dollars each year due to reduced yield.

“On average, we’re losing around 10 per cent of the…

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Sources: Formal Criminal Investigation of Clinton Coming Soon

August 20, 2015

Phineas Fahrquar:

As retired Colorado Springs Homicide detective Lt. Joe Kenda, host of “Homicide Hunter,” would say, “Well, my, my, my.” Read on for speculation on how this is an orchestrated effort by Obama to torpedo Hillary and set up a Biden-Warren ticket. *shudder*

Originally posted on Nice Deb:

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According to an NPR(*not a typo) report, federal authorities may be getting ready to step up their “inquiry” into Hillary Clinton’s “unique email arrangement” (as Trey Gowdy habitually puts it.)

“I think that the FBI will be moving with all deliberate speed to determine whether there were serious breaches of national security here,” said Ron Hosko, who used to lead the FBI’s criminal investigative division.

He said agents will direct their questions not just at Clinton, but also her close associates at the State Department and beyond.

“I would want to know how did this occur to begin with, who knew, who approved,” Hosko said.

Authorities are asking whether Clinton or her aides mishandled secrets about the Benghazi attacks and other subjects by corresponding about them in emails.

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Why is Clinton emphasizing the idea that none of those messages were marked? Because what she knew — her intent…

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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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