‘Out Damn’d spot!’ – the bloodstains of Jo Savage on the S-R newsroom floor won’t go away

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Climategate/RPS Bond Fraud, and the Savage manslaughter were failures of critical thinking skills

[Note: I’m starting a new post on S-R Gary Crooks’ censoring my comments in the S-R blog’s open thread that went quickly to Climategate from my previous post on Climategate]

Mr. Crooks [associate editor/editorial writer for the Spokesman-Review],

I see you left my reply to your retort in the open thread at S-R’s “A Matter of Opinion” blog that my analogy regarding Climategate/RPS Bond Fraud, and the Savage manslaughter were failures of critical thinking skills was a, “. . . creative attempt to press your silly conspiracy:”

Be careful this is something I do really know about from my thirty-five years as a criminal investigator. Care to start another thread without selectively removing posts and I will defend my professional opinion openly. I have the evidence to back my play. BTW this started out as an open thread. So why pull comments?

Actually in view of today’s WSJ OP/ED piece that I linked to, my analogy was dead on the mark. A credentialed researcher, a MIT professor of meteorology, is calling this a, “. . . ‘bait and switch’ scam. . . .”

What does all this have to do with climate catastrophe? The answer brings us to a scandal that is, in my opinion, considerably greater than that implied in the hacked emails from the Climate Research Unit (though perhaps not as bad as their destruction of raw data): namely the suggestion that the very existence of warming or of the greenhouse effect is tantamount to catastrophe. This is the grossest of “bait and switch” scams. It is only such a scam that lends importance to the machinations in the emails designed to nudge temperatures a few tenths of a degree.

The notion that complex climate “catastrophes” are simply a matter of the response of a single number, GATA, to a single forcing, CO2 (or solar forcing for that matter), represents a gigantic step backward in the science of climate. Many disasters associated with warming are simply normal occurrences whose existence is falsely claimed to be evidence of warming. And all these examples involve phenomena that are dependent on the confluence of many factors.

Our perceptions of nature are similarly dragged back centuries so that the normal occasional occurrences of open water in summer over the North Pole, droughts, floods, hurricanes, sea-level variations, etc. are all taken as omens, portending doom due to our sinful ways (as epitomized by our carbon footprint). All of these phenomena depend on the confluence of multiple factors as well.

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UPDATE: We Love – Blogs Lucianne Loves & the developing story Climategate as discussed by AJ Strata

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