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Audi’s Green Police Superbowl commerical comes true

Think the above Superbowl commercial from Audi about the green police was just the result of an overactive imagination? Think again because you’re wrong.

I laughed when I first saw it during the Superbowl, but perhaps it’s not really so funny.  I  just got done watching Dateline and it seems we indeed have real green police running around New York City. Yes, they wear green uniforms and carry guns. Another nail in the George Orwell 1984 coffin. Below is a video of them so you can see for yourself.

They can cite and arrest eco criminals.  Truck smoking too much? Ticket! Illegal fish? Ticket? Auto shop leaking anti-freeze? Ticket! Give them shit? Arrest!

Their official title is New York State Police Environmental Conservation Officers, but you have to laugh at the initials, ECO, thus the ECO Cops term. Tricky and scary at the same time.

Now I’m not for polluting or poaching, but I really would like to know why they need full police powers to operate? Seems like every time you turn around the government is adding more cops for things.

You can thank Obamcare for the thousands of armed IRS Agents who will be running around making sure you paid your Obmacare penalty.

The Army wants to create a “Stabilization Police Force” who could deploy domestically.  Is this not why we have the National Guard? Now we need the Army running around with emergency police powers within the borders of the United States? Sounds blatantly unconstitutional to me.

Obama has even touted having a “civilian national security force, ” whatever the hell that is. Are we going to have Obama “Brown-Shirts” running about arresting those who don’t kowtow to the communist way of thinking?

This seems to be a dangerous trend. As I’ve noted, the EU is even considering making it a criminal act to be a “climate skeptic.”

Smells like some government officials want the power to crack the whip on us citizens whenever and for whatever they feel like.  Right now the only thing between us and them is the Constitution. They want to trash it and ignore it. We should be extremely careful about who we vote for in the next election or we may find ourselves in the position Joseph Stalin would like. Old Staling had some interesting quotes, such as…..

Death is the solution to all problems. No man – no problem.

Everyone imposes his own system as far as his army can reach.

It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.

I wonder if comrade Obama and his cronies read these every night before bedtime?

I’ll predict that perhaps the next bunch in government who want to carry guns and nightsticks will be the EPA. I’m sure they’d love to run around arresting skeptics, AKA those of us who “pollute” the idea of anthropogenic global warming and don’t like the Federal Government’s continuous power grab and carbon tax attempts.

More CO2 Insanity mixed in with some good old fashioned insanity.

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Dissent and you may disappear or go to jail

There’s several things going on and it’s potentially not smelling very good. The part in the US could be legitimate or not, but the part with the EU definitely is very smelly and appears to be a blatant attempt to silence people who think anthropogenic climate change is a gigantic fraud.

If you put all this together and look at what’s going on it could give one the distinct impression that governments around the world aren’t liking the internet, they’re not liking bloggers who disagree with them, and they want to make sure everyone cow-tows to whatever they decide you should believe in, and no bitching allowed. Make too much noise and your website will disappear and we now even have the potential in the European Union that you may go to jail if you don’t go along with the party line.

As I noted earlier this week, I was offline for a while because I had my blog hosted at Blogetery, who mysteriously had an entire server confiscated by an as yet to be discovered government agency for an as yet to be discovered reason(s).  This took about 70,000+ blogs offline instantly. Fortunately I was one of the few who did backups and I have most of my site back up and running, save for the posts that did not get backed up prior to this happening.  No one knows if they will ever see any of their stuff again. From what I’ve been reading a lot of people never backed up their stuff. Henceforth, the mantra “back up daily” no matter where you have your blog or website hosted.  Stuff happens.

From what I can see the people at Blogetery supposedly don’t know what’s really going on other than what Burstnet was able to discuss, and the people at Burstnet, who hosted the Blogetery server can’t talk about it or they’ll end up in  jail.  No one’s talking.  Kind of sounds like the old communist U.S.S.R., speak up and go on a vacation to a gulag in “sunny” Siberia. But, it could be perfectly legitimate, too because all one can do is speculate at the current time.

The rumor mill has the server being shut off for various reasons such as kiddie porn, terrorist activity, software violations, illegal selling of credit card information, copyright violations (RIAA), and probably anything else ONE could imagine.

What’s leading me down the conspiracy trail is that I’d really like to know why this happened, but the fact no one knows or if they do know they can’t talk about it under penalty of law, is making me highly suspicious about what’s going on here?  Was this a real legitimate action? Or, could this perhaps be some way the government is going to silence dissenters under false pretext?

When you don’t know who did it, why they did it, and everyone’s been told to STFU or go to jail, you have to start wondering about conspiracies.   This is being bolstered by the fact that you can add to this the fact that iPBFree disappeared off the face of the planet just before Blogetery did. Talk about a potential conspiracy.  One is bad, two is worse.

While nosing around about Blogetry, I found out this happened earlier with another blogging site called iPBFree that went dark prior to Blogetery. Thousands more blogs go dark, no one’s talking, perhaps a mysterious government agency shut it down? I again see claims that no one can talk or they’ll be in jail. I also see another rumor about iPBFree that has them merely going bankrupt, no conspiracy, just bad finances. Regardless what the real truth is, you have more people who may never see their blog again and you have no real answers about why.

The next one is an entirely different thing, but could be tied in to governments trying to silence dissidents, too. It seem the European Union (EU) is now taking the game to a higher level.  We now we have a new potential for the EU to make being skeptical about climate change (global warming, bullshit, or whatever term you prefer to use) a criminal offense.  That’s right! Call Phil Jones a fraud, or question why various data being used is phony, and you may be wearing a striped suit and eating bread and water for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A ridiculous but very serious premise that may or may not happen, but it certainly makes me wonder what’s going on out there in Realityland.

I hope that Blogetery and iPBFree turn out to be something legitimate and that when the government is done with the servers that they’ll at least let everyone who had blogs get their information back. If this doesn’t happen it’s only going to raise further suspicions about this being a government effort to remove dissident blogs from the internet.

You can toss in Janet Napolitano’s effort to make sure no one at the TSA could read websites with anything controversial (read anti-government) that she backed off on as another nail in the conspiracy to shut off the dissidents coffin.

If the EU makes it criminal to doubt anthropogenic global warming it will be very telling and in my mind another reason to start wondering if there really is a conspiracy afoot. If they do this then what’s going to be next? Why anything they don’t like will be made into a criminal offense. If they get away with it, the US could use that as carte blanche to put similar laws in place that will have a very chilling effect upon the internet.

Hopefully, I’ll be putting up a post in the future that this was done for very legitimate reasons, that could not be disclosed for very legitimate reasons, and that Blogetery is back up and running, or, at least that it will be put up for period of time so people who didn’t have the chance, can back their blogs up and re-post them elsewhere. That would be the fair thing to do for the innocent.

My personal favorite theory about the US part (or should I say hope) is that there was something very terrorist going on those servers and that Homeland Security did this for legitimate reasons. From what I read they can avoid the courts and I’d assume they have the authority to make good on the threat to lock anyone up who divulges what’s going on as it’s a matter of national security.  That seems, in my mind, to fit the puzzle best. Hopefully time will tell and the answer will be that this was all legitimate.

Regarding the EU plan, I hope that it’s not the start of a large government effort to lock down the internet, or silence climate skeptics so they can go about their carbon trading schemes. Then throw in the IPCC wanting their scientists not to talk to the media.

Conspiracy or coincidence? You decide.

Sources: Prison Planet, Cnet, Watts Up with That? BNPI Hate the Media Climate Change Fraud

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Are We Bored With Climate Change?

Americans Bored? This guy looks like the definition or boring!

Here’s a good one. A Brit named Ian McEwan writes a book on climate change called Solar (my how original!), then blames Americans being bored with climate change as the reason the book tanked. Gotta love that ego. Moreover he gets bad reviews and blames us being bored for that, too!

Here’s something from the Telegraph about the book and McEwan.

McEwan blamed American apathy for the negative reviews afforded to Solar, his satire about global warming.

The New York Times critic dismissed Solar as one of McEwan’s “lesser efforts” while the Washington Post called it “flaccid” and advised readers to “let Solar pass and wait for his next book to eclipse it”.

McEwan, who recently returned from a North American book tour, said many Americans had a “passionate dislike” for the novel.

Let me see does “lessor efforts” and “flaccid” sound like Americans are “bored” with climate change? Or, does it sound like the book sucks? Our fault we’re bored? Or, his fault for bad writing?

“Some of [the critics] were moaning that the novel had no plot and was formless, someone else was moaning that there was way too much plot. I think, though, that I caught America in a mood of profound boredom about climate change. They just didn’t want to hear about it any more, they were sick to the teeth. I think there was a strong element of that.”

Judging by the number of hits some climate change websites get, regardless if they’re “warmer” or “skeptic” sites I’d say he not only got the book wrong, he got the reason for bad reviews and sales wrong, too. Per his statement below, evidently he isn’t really sure we’re bored either.

He added, with a laugh: “Or maybe it was no good, there was always that possibility.”

This could also be a reason we’re turned off by the book.  It perhaps hits a little to close to reality.

The main character in Solar is Michael Beard, a deeply unlikable Nobel Prize-winning physicist engaged in the battle against global warming.

Man, if that doesn’t sound like Al Gore, as they say, “I’ll eat my hat.”  As “popular” as Al is, no wonder they’re panning the book.  I mean who wants to read about a boring, untruthful,  “sex-crazed poodle” who’s carbon footprint is so large someone might think he’s the cause of global warming all by himself? Flying all over telling us not to pollute, buying large mansions. That’s what I call getting off (pardon the pun) to a bad start from the get go.

Want another reason? Well, here from the horse’s mouth” we get the following.

“I did spend a lot of time with the science, and read an enormous number of papers, and it would seem to me there’s a fairly powerful consensus. About three-quarters of the papers I read thought we had a man-made problem and there was some urgency.

“At the same time, there are some very good sceptics out there. Sceptics are completely different from ideologically-driven deniers, who have no evidence but have interests to protect. It’s a very important distinction to make. Some of my best friends are climate change sceptics. The denial camp are really not scientists at all, they are very well-funded, particularly in the States, and they have specific agendas.”

See?  We’re back to that same old “warmer” song with words like “consensus” and “urgency” (damn he forgot unprecedented and robust).

Then we get to more of the same old “warmer” song about skeptics “have no evidence but have interest to protect,” “really not scientists,” “very well-funded,” “specific agendas”

Want some more? It appears us Americans aren’t the only one’s who panned this novel.  Seems the British don’t like it either, which is another indication that someone perhaps should admit that his book sucks, or at the very least that it’s only going to be read with any interest by people like him, who are dimwitted enough to believe in anthropogenic global warming. Here is some of the review from the Guardian, a British newspaper.

Ian McEwan excels at climate science but his one-dimensional protagonist makes you shudder.

Solar is a sly, sardonic novel about a dislikable English physicist and philanderer named Michael Beard. He’s a recognisable Ian McEwan type, a one-dimensional, self-deceiving man of science.

We have met others like him before in McEwan’s novels – such as Joe Rose, the science writer who narrates Enduring Love, or Henry Perowne, the brian surgeon protagonist of Saturday – but none is quite as repulsive as Beard.

Hmmmmmm…….other than the guy being British we’re sounding an awful lot like Al Gore again. I especially like the “repulsive” part. You can read the whole review here.  I love the last paragraph, which is below.

What is absent from Solar, ultimately, are other minds, the sense that people other than Beard are present, equally alive, with something to contribute. Without them, after a while, it feels as if you are locked inside an echo chamber, listening only to the reverberations of the one same sound – the groan of a fat, selfish man in late middle age eating himself.

“Fat, selfish man in late middle age eating himself.” You have to again wonder if he used Al Gore as his model for the hero of the book.  Perhaps he should have marketed as comedy instead of fiction.

No wonder his book tanked. Apparently no one likes it (well, maybe Al Gore bought it).  I may have to read it to see if the “her0” turns into a “sex-poodle” or not.  Perhaps if he’d put some good old-fashioned porn in there he could share the Nobel Porn Price with Pachauri, who writes sex novels. I can see it now…..

“He entered the room with spaghetti sauce dripping from his chin, a portly man who looked like his eyes might pop out of his head any minute. His dark blue robe was half-open and barely covered him up. All of a sudden he flung open the robe and started humping my leg like a sex crazed poodle.”

Nah, the thought of that is even more revolting than anthropogenic global warming.  More CO2 insanity.

Source: Telegraph.co.uk

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Maldives Not The Next Atlantis

Al Gore's Home in 20,000 Years?

Sorry to disappoint everyone but the Maldives aren’t sinking and won’t be underwater anytime soon, and shouldn’t get one damn penny of money under the guise of “we’re a poor little country suffering from anthropogenic global warming and all you big rich countries need to deposit money in our national treasury so we can get filthy rich, buy mansions, new Rolls Royce’s and have hookers 24 x 7 oops, I mean so we can fight this massive sea-level rise from global warming that will soon have my house under water.”

Here’s the reality of the situation in an open letter from Nils-Axel Mörner (a sea-level specialist) to the President of the Maldives, who’s been squawking like a baby buzzard waiting for its mommy to feed it some putrid dead rat meat.

Open Letter

October 20, 2009

To: President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives

From: Nils-Axel Mörner, Stockholm, Sweden

Mr. President,

You have recently held an undersea Cabinet meeting to raise awareness of the idea that global sea level is rising and hence threatens to drown the Maldives. This proposition is not founded in observational facts and true scientific judgments.

Therefore, I am most surprised at your action and must protest its intended message.

In 2001, when our research group found overwhelming evidence that sea level was by no means in a rising mode in the Maldives, but had remained quite stable for the last 30 years, I thought it would not be respectful to the fine people of the Maldives if I were to return home and present our results in international fora. Therefore, I announced this happy news during an interview for your local TV station. However, your predecessor as president censored and stopped the broadcast.

When you became president, I was hoping both for democracy and for dialogue. However, I have written to you twice without reply. Your people ought not to have to suffer a constant claim that there is no future for them on their own islands. This terrible message is deeply inappropriate, since it is founded not upon reality but upon an imported concept, which lacks scientific justification and is thus untenable. There is simply no rational basis for it.

Let me summarize a few facts.

(1) In the last 2000 years, sea level has oscillated with 5 peaks reaching 0.6 to 1.2 m above the present sea level.

(2) From 1790 to 1970 sea level was about 20 cm higher than today

(3) In the 1970s, sea level fell by about 20 cm to its present level

(4) Sea level has remained stable for the last 30 years, implying that there are no traces of any alarming on-going sea level rise.

(5) Therefore, we are able to free the Maldives (and the rest of low-lying coasts and island around the globe) from the condemnation of becoming flooded in the near future.

When I was president for the INQUA commission on Sea Level Changes and Coastal Evolution, we spent much effort on the question of present-to-future sea level changes. After intensive field studies, deliberation within the commission and discussions at five international meetings, we agreed on a “best estimate” for possible sea level changes by the year 2100. Our figure was +10 cm ±10 cm. This figure was later revised at +5 cm ±15cm (as given in Fig. 1). Such changes would imply small to negligible effects.

Such a small rise would pose no threat for the Maldives. Rather, it would be a natural return to the conditions existing from 1790 to 1970; i.e. to the position before the sea level fall in the 1970s.

So, Mr. President, when you ignore available observational facts, refuse a normal democratic dialogue, and continue to menace your people with the imaginary threat of a disastrous flooding already in progress, I think you are doing a serious mistake.

Let us, for Heaven’s sake, lift the terrible psychological burden that you and your predecessor have placed upon the shoulders of all people in the Maldives, who are now living with the imagined threat that flooding will soon drive them from their homes, a wholly false notion that is nothing but an armchair fiction artificially constructed by mere computer modeling constantly proven wrong by meticulous real-world observations.

Your cabinet meeting under the water is nothing but a misdirected gimmick or PR stunt. Al Gore is a master in such cheap techniques. But such misconduct is dishonest, unproductive and certainly most un-scientific.

Nils-Axel Mörner

Head of Paleogeophysics & Geodynamics at Stockholm University, Sweden (1991-2005); President of the INQUA Commission on Sea Level Changes and Coastal Evolution (1999-2003); Leader of the Maldives Sea Level Project (2000 on); Chairman of the INTAS project on Geomagnetism and Climate (1997-2003).

Source: Financial Post

Sounds to me like they need to find a new schtick to get some of that money they’re so greedy for.


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Global Warming Now Causes "Montezuma’s Revenge"

Yes, you read right, global warming is now the cause of “Montezuma’s Revenge” also known as diarrhea. The list keeps getting longer!  Almost every day something new is caused by global warming! More CO2 Insanity coming faster than a speeding bullet.

Incidences of food poisoning are likely to rise with increased global temperatures, according to a report from the WHO and Malta’s Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Unit.  According to the report, a study on the health effects of climate change in the Maltese islands warns that rising temperatures increase the likelihood of food-borne diseases like salmonella.

The study found 450 cases of diarrheal illness in Malta occurring each day, at a cost of 16 million Euros.  It was also reported that cases of diarrheal illness increase in May, with the rise in temperature, peaking in the summer months. The study looked at an 18 year period of illnesses from 1990-2008.  Part of the increase was blamed on increased outdoor activities involving food such as barbecues.

In view of the increased risks caused by climate change the study calls for “increased public awareness on food safety, hygiene and food preparation.”

The study was authored by Dr Anthony Gatt from the Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Unit and Dr Neville Calleja director of the Health Information and Research Directorate. Results found here.

Really now? I don’t suppose they looked at anything like how food it stored (or not as the case may be – like in refrigerators????) if proper hand washing techniques are used (Pass the soap!), etc.  It’s just gotta be caused by anthropogenic global warming! I guess these geniuses don’t get it.  It gets hotter during the summer (duh!), so when people increase their outdoor activities and leave food out in the heat it spoils (duh!).  Don’t you think if we had global warming a better indication might just be an increase in outdoor activities and food poisoning during the winter?

From EMedicineHealth we get the causes of food poisoning.

Food Poisoning Causes

More than 250 known diseases can be transmitted through food. The CDC estimates unknown or undiscovered agents cause 81% of all food-borne illnesses and related hospitalizations. Many cases of food poisoning are not reported because people suffer mild symptoms and recover quickly. Also, doctors do not test for a cause in every suspected case because it does not change the treatment or the outcome.

  • The known causes of food poisoning can be divided into two categories: infectious agents and toxic agents.
    • Infectious agents include viruses,bacteria, and parasites.
    • Toxic agents include poisonous mushrooms, improperly prepared exotic foods (such as barracuda), or pesticides on fruits and vegetables.
  • Food usually becomes contaminated from poor sanitation or preparation. Food handlers who do not wash their hands after using the bathroom or have infections themselves often cause contamination. Improperly packaged food stored at the wrong temperature also promotes contamination.
  • Interesting and funny that they don’t mention global warming as a cause.

    This is one idea I think I’ll flush. Or, perhaps I’ll get rich by stocking up on toilet paper and selling it at a premium when global warming hits my neighborhood.

    Source:  Food Poison Journal

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    Lake Tanganyika Warming – "Unprecedented" BS

    It’s amazing how the “warmer” press and blogs latch on to silliness. They’ll hop on anything about global warming faster than the Lone Ranger jumps on his horse “Silver.” I did a Google search on “Africa’s Lake Tanganyika, Warming Fast Life Dying” the result shows as of now there are 66,600 search results on this headline and it hasn’t even been up but about 3 days. If it sounds like doom and gloom and it’s blamed upon global warming it really gets out there fast. What it really amounts to appears to be much ado about nothing, which is business as usual with the “warmer” crowd.

    This is what happens when you send people from liberal Brown University, who conveniently come up with another scare-a-rama about global warming, in what appears to be another feeble “alarmist” attempt to counter climategate and all the other “gates” since. I originally found this article from Reuters  about how Lake Tanganyika has warmed while perusing things on the net.

    Africa’s lake Tanganyika has heated up sharply over the past 90 years and is now warmer than at any time for at least 1,500 years, a scientific paper said on Sunday, adding that fish and wildlife are threatened.

    Of course we have to tie this in with global warming and CO2.

    Lead scientist on the project Jessica Tierney told Reuters the sharp rise in temperature coincided with rises in human emissions of greenhouse gases seen in the past century, so the study added to evidence that emissions are warming the planet.

    And of course we have to use the warmista’s favorite word “unprecedented.”  “Coincided” seems odd, too, like they’re saying it could be mere coincidence, but it’s got to be caused by CO2 because it goes along with the CO2 Insanity agenda.

    The results were published in Nature Geoscience on Sunday. (Link)

    “Lake Tanganyika has experienced unprecedented warming in the last century,” a press release accompanying the paper said. “The warming likely is affecting valuable fish stocks upon which millions of people depend.”

    The paper argues that recent rises in temperature are correlated with a loss of biological productivity in the lake, suggesting higher temperatures may be killing life.

    “Lake Tanganyika has become warmer, increasingly stratified and less productive over the past 90 years,” the paper says.

    Unprecedented temperatures and a … decrease in productivity can be attributed to (human) … global warming.”

    See, they use words like “suggesting” and even use “unprecedented” twice. Note they link it to “human” (anthropogenic) global warming, too.  That’s a mighty big conclusion in my humble opinion, not to mention mighty convenient. So how much is this “unprecedented” temperature rise?

    The rise in temperature over the past 90 years was about 0.9 degrees Celsius and was accompanied by a drop in algae volumes.

    Note, I’m not questioning the temperature rise, or the algae drop, but I do question what’s causing it and if it’s “unprecedented” or not. I find the next line interesting as it makes it obvious they don’t really know what’s causing it.

    But the paper admits that other factors, like overfishing, may be doing more harm than any warming.

    What I simply can’t fathom about some scientist is why they publish things and act like they have proof positive when the reality is they don’t have all the facts to back up what they’re stating?  I really don’t have a problem with the facts of this paper, but I do have a big problem with them claiming it’s due to AGW. Now back to the “overfishing.”

    Yes, “overfishing” could be an excellent reason there’s less fish.  Perhaps not the whole reason, but certainly a large factor, especially when you see the below on the population increase in the region over the previous 90 years, which explains why overfishing would be one of my top choices on why there are less fish.

    Another factor would be the resulting pollution from the dramatic increase in population of the region.  This would lend itself handily in explaining problems with the lake. The reality is that what they’re actually saying is that they don’t know what the cause is.  I have to wonder if this was even peer-reviewed?

    To start laying things out and get somewhat of a handle on what was gong on in Africa 90 years ago (1920), I find the following about population.  This is certainly not exact science, but I think it provides a good idea of what the population increase in this region has been since 1920. It’s dramatic enough that it should not be necessary to be splitting hairs over what the real increase was.  A few million people plus or minus wouldn’t make much of a difference considering the magnitude.

    The country “Tanganyika” (a country in 1919), comprised of what is known today as Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi, had a population of 3,500,000  in 1919, per this website. If you want a better idea of the population explosion in the region around Lake Tanganyika, the original “Tanganyika” was comprised of only part of the countries surrounding Lake Tanganyika.  In addition you have to add the Congo, Malawi and Zambia. For the sake of argument, lets say those additional three countries add another 3,500,000 people and make it an estimated total in 1919 of 7,00,000 people in the region surrounding Lake Tanganyika.

    Total populations today, per the World Bank (as of 2008) are, Congo: 6,425,635, Tanzania: 42,483,923, Malawi: 14,846,182, Zambia: 12,620,219, Burundi: 8,074,254. The total is: 84,450,213, roughly 77,450,000 more people in the region surrounding Lake Tanganyika in the past 90 years. Now you can see the magnitude I referred to.  While not all this population lives immediately adjacent to the lake, I’d be willing to bet the increase in population around the lake was probably at least proportionate to the population increase in the entire region.

    Please don’t tell me this is not going to be a gigantic factor regarding the quantity of fish in this lake. I’m sure you can easily imagine the increased fishing and the increased pollution resulting from an additional 77.5 million or so people in the region.  I read one item noting that the water in Lake Tanganyika is no longer potable, which is another indication of problems not caused by CO2 over the past 90 years.  Problems no doubt caused by pollution from runoff of things like fertilizers, animal waste, human waste, sewage, and the dumping of chemicals that could also be causing fish decline. To go back to the “unprecedented” warming. I can’t find anything on Lake Tanganyika, but I did find this from NOAA about the surface temperatures in Lake Malawi, which is in the same region of Africa, just South of Lake Tanganyika.

    Lake Malawi TEX86 Surface Temperature Reconstruction
    
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    NOTE: PLEASE CITE CONTRIBUTORS WHEN USING THIS DATA!!!!!
    
    NAME OF DATA SET: Lake Malawi TEX86 Surface Temperature Reconstruction
    
    LAST UPDATE: 4/2005 (Original receipt by WDC Paleo)
    
    CONTRIBUTORS:
    
    Lindsay A. Powers, Thomas C. Johnson, Josef P. Werne, Isla S. Castañeda,
    
    Ellen C. Hopmans, Jaap S. Sinninghe Damsté and Stefan Schouten
    
    IGBP PAGES/WDCA CONTRIBUTION SERIES NUMBER: 2005-038
    
    SUGGESTED DATA CITATION: Powers, L.A., et al..  2005.
    
    Lake Malawi TEX86 Surface Temperature Reconstruction.
    
    IGBP PAGES/World Data Center for Paleoclimatology
    
    Data Contribution Series # 2005-038.
    
    NOAA/NCDC Paleoclimatology Program, Boulder CO, USA.
    
    ORIGINAL REFERENCE:
    
    Powers, L.A., T.C. Johnson, J.P. Werne, I.S. Castañeda, E.C. Hopmans,
    
    J.S. Sinninghe Damsté, and S. Schouten.  2005.
    
    Large temperature variability in the southern African tropics since
    
    the Last Glacial Maximum.
    
    Geophysical Research Letters, 32, L08706, doi:10.1029/2004GL022014.
    
    ABSTRACT:
    
    The role of the tropics in global climate change is actively debated,
    
    particularly in regard to  the timing and magnitude of thermal and
    
    hydrological response. Continuous, high-resolution temperature records
    
    through the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) from tropical oceans have
    
    provided much insight but surface temperature reconstructions do not
    
    exist from tropical continental environments. Here we used the TEX86
    
    paleotemperature proxy to reconstruct mean annual lake surface
    
    temperatures through the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) in Lake Malawi,
    
    East Africa (9º-14ºS). We find a ~3.5ºC overall warming since the LGM,
    
    
    with temperature reversals of ~ 2ºC during the Younger Dryas (12.5 ka BP)
    
    and at 8.2 ka BP.  Maximum Holocene temperatures of ~29ºC were found
    
    at 5 ka BP, a period preceding severe drought in Africa. These results
    
    suggest a substantial thermal response of southeastern tropical Africa
    
    to deglaciation and to varying conditions during the Holocene.
    
    GEOGRAPHIC REGION: Tropical East Africa
    
    PERIOD OF RECORD: 24 KYrBP - present
    
    FUNDING SOURCES:
    
    National Science Foundation (USA) grants ATM-9709291 and ATM-0081776 (to TCJ),
    
    and a European Association of Organic Geochemists travel scholarship to LAP.
    
    DESCRIPTION:
    
    The dataset is a paleotemperature reconstruction of mean annual surface
    
    temperature from the north basin of Lake Malawi, East Africa using the
    
    TEX86 paleothermometer. (TetraEther indeX of tetraethers with 86 carbon atoms).
    
    The age model for these cores is already available for previous Lake Malawi MP98
    
    data sets on this website.
    
    TEX86 values are means of replicate analyses. All samples were measured at least
    
    in duplicate, half of samples were measured at least in triplicate.  The calibration
    
    equation used to calculate mean annual lake surface temperatures (LST) is
    
    LST=(TEX86-0.25)/0.017 with a calibration error of +/- 2 degrees C.
    
    Lake Malawi core M98-1P: 10º15.9'S, 34º19.1'E, water depth 403m.
    
    Lake Malawi core M98-2P:  9º58.6'S, 34º13.8'E, water depth 363m.
    
    Lake surface elevation 474m.
    
    DATA:
    
    Lake Malawi TEX86 Surface Temperature Reconstruction
    
    Column 1:  Age, cal kYBP
    
    Column 2:  TEX86, means of replicate analyses
    
    Column 3:  Mean Temperature
    
    Column 4:  Standard Deviation
    
      Age      TEX86     Temp        SD
    
      0.25      0.69     25.88      0.86
    
      0.57      0.69     26.17      0.19
    
      1.75      0.71     26.87      0.76
    
      2.96      0.69     26.16      0.71
    
      3.32       0.7      26.6      0.21
    
      3.54       0.7     26.71      0.43
    
      4.23      0.72     27.79      0.45
    
      4.45      0.72     27.49      0.56
    
      4.77      0.73     28.52      0.46
    
      5.05      0.74     28.93      0.58
    
      5.46      0.74     28.61      0.02
    
      6.22      0.72      27.6      0.11
    
      6.72      0.72     27.58      0.22
    
      7.45      0.68     25.06      0.78
    
      7.58      0.69     25.91      0.56
    
      7.79      0.68     25.09      0.25
    
      8.02      0.69     25.81      0.02
    
      8.23      0.66     24.35      0.23
    
      8.92      0.69     26.17      0.67
    
     10.23      0.69     25.85      0.71
    
      10.9      0.68     25.52      0.49
    
     11.46       0.7     26.44      0.78
    
     11.94       0.7      26.6      0.64
    
      12.2      0.69     25.84      0.12
    
     12.51      0.68      25.3      0.14
    
     12.72      0.68     25.48      0.55
    
     12.98      0.71     27.13      0.28
    
     13.52      0.69     25.64      0.18
    
     13.74      0.72     27.49      0.08
    
     13.84      0.73     28.15      0.55
    
     14.29      0.71        27      0.06
    
     14.51       0.7     26.37      0.65
    
     14.89      0.69     25.86      0.66
    
     15.94      0.67     24.97      0.57
    
     17.58      0.65     23.48      0.77
    
     18.52      0.64     23.09      0.83
    
     19.01      0.64     23.13      0.74
    
     20.01      0.63     22.58      0.58
    
     20.78      0.63     22.52      0.43
    
     21.77      0.66     23.98       0.3
    
     22.43      0.66     24.13      0.01
    
     23.24      0.67     24.48      0.58
    
     23.88      0.66     24.19      0.03

    As noted above they had a 3.5 degree Celsius warming since the last glacial maximum approximately 20-21,000 years ago. Then they had a 2 degree Celsius temperature reversal during the Younger Dryas (12,900-11,500 years ago). I find it amusing that they’re referring to  a .9 degree Celsius warming as being “unprecedented” considering that by comparison, there are larger temperature swings than noted in the study by the Brown University group. You can also see that coming off the last glacial maximum, the lake warmed, as did the rest of the Earth, then when the temperature dropped during the Younger Dryas, so did the temperature of the lake. Also, the Little Ice Age ended about 1850 and we’ve been warming again.  Is it really “unprecedented” the lake is also warming up again? It seems there is a non-CO2 caused pattern that’s merely repeating itself again.

    Since they’re claiming CO2 is the cause, here are some CO2 levels for you to ponder. You can see from the below chart that around the last glacial maximum 20,000 years ago CO2 was under 200 ppm. (CO2 is the round dots-middle line). Note the CO2 level stays relatively flat with a little rise until about 17,00o years ago, then starts rising at a faster pace.  Now look at 12,900 years ago (Younger Dryas).  Notice the CO2 level is now about 240 ppm yet the temperature is dropping? Then notice it continues to rise while the temperature is still dropping until 11,500 years ago? (For temperatures during the same periods refer to the second chart. Sorry I didn’t come across one with both). To me it shows there’s no direct correlation between CO2 levels and temperature changes.

    You want more to consider? This study from Science Online from 2008 titled “Northern Hemisphere Controls on Tropical Southeast African Climate During the Past 60,000 Years” also leaves me wondering about the anthropogenic global warming claim and also seems to back up my thought that CO2 is not driving this.

    The processes that control climate in the tropics are poorly understood. We applied compound-specific hydrogen isotopes ({delta}D) and the TEX86 (tetraether index of 86 carbon atoms) temperature proxy to sediment cores from Lake Tanganyika to independently reconstruct precipitation and temperature variations during the past 60,000 years. TTanganyika temperatures follow Northern Hemisphere insolation and indicate that warming in tropical southeast Africa during the last glacial termination began to increase ~3000 years before atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations.

    Note they show warming FOLLOWS Northern Hemisphere insolation, and INCREASED 3,000 years BEFORE CO2 increased. More doubt about CO2 causing this regardless if the source is natural or anthropogenic.

    They also note the temperature fluctuations in the lake over the past 60,000 years, again perhaps this .9 Celsius warming isn’t all that unusual or man caused.

    Our TEX86 and {delta}Dleaf wax reconstructions show that temperature and hydrology in the Tanganyika basin were extremely variable throughout the past 60,000 years (Fig. 2). Holocene lake surface temperature (LST) fluctuated between ~27° and 29°C, whereas temperatures during the LGM were ~4°C cooler. The magnitude and timing of this temperature shift are similar to those of nearby Lake Malawi (14), indicating that our TEX86 record captures regional temperature change in tropical southeast Africa during deglaciation.

    Again, more fluctuation than .9 degrees Celsius.  They then proceed to state the surface temperature changes in these lakes are not CO2 related!

    In particular, Tanganyika LST at the end of the LGM follows rising Northern Hemisphere summer insolation, a potential trigger for deglaciation (20). Temperatures rise at 20,000 ± 380 yr B.P., just as they do in a TEX86 LST record from Lake Malawi (14) (Fig. 3). This timing is consistent with rising temperatures at ~20,000 yr B.P. in Antarctica, yet leads the deglacial CO2 rise recorded in Antarctic ice cores (21) by about 3,000 years, a difference that is outside the chronological errors of the ice core and the LST records. Increasing greenhouse gas concentrations are therefore not responsible for the initial transmission of warming from the high latitudes to the southeast African tropics.

    “Not responsible.” I don’ t know how you can get clearer than that. More CO2 Insanity. Will it ever end?

    Initial Source: Reuters

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    Coal Stays On in UK or Blackouts will Occur

    Well, so much for all that wonderful wind and solar that’s going to save us all from non-existent anthropogenic global warming, or man-made climate change, or whatever term you prefer to use. Seems the UK can’t shut down it’s coal-fired plants or they’ll have a gigantic power shortage.  Per this article from Telegraph.co.uk

    A number of old coal combustion stations were due to close in 2014, putting the UK in danger of running out of power in the second half of this decade.

    Experts had warned that taking this back-up generation off the system before nuclear power plants are built would risk an “energy gap” and potential black-outs.

    Of course they try and place the blame on the power company lobbyists, but the reality is no coal generated power means you’re not going to be watching TV, heating your house, playing on your PC and perhaps not even working, unless you’re a grave-digger with a shovel and pick.

    But furious lobbying by UK energy companies forced the EU to back down on its directive on Tuesday, with MEPs on the body’s environmental committee voting to recommend that the power stations another four years of life.

    One regulatory source said British lobbyists had put by far the most pressure on the EU to re-think its rules, warning that the UK would simply have to flout the law if no changes were made.

    Ian Parrett, an energy consultant at Inenco, welcomed the decision, saying that the previous timescale “simply wasn’t realistic and threatened the UK’s energy security.

    But he warned against complacency about the UK’s energy needs, with around £200bn of investment in new generation and networks needed by 2020.

    “A postponement will at least provide breathing time,” he said. “But even with the delay, any new Government will face energy as one of its top priorities to avoid a looming energy gap casting a shadow over any economic recovery.”

    It isn’t the easy task to convert things as some who desperately want to believe.  It takes planning and time.  You can’t put millions of people in the dark or you’re going to have some massive problems as they will justifiably be pissed-off.

    It isn’t cheap either, it’s estimated the UK needs to invest $200 billion pounds by 2020 just to keep up with the demand.  There go your taxes up…up…and…away, not to mention your power bill.

    Source: Telegraph.co.uk

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