Archive for June, 2009

Suppressed EPA Report Opposing CO2-Warming Theory Now Available

June 30, 2009

Here’s a link to the suppressed Report by Alan Carlin of the EPA: "Comments on Draft Technical Support Document for Endangerment Analysis for Greenhouse Gas Emissions under the Clean Air Act ." After reviewing it, I can understand why the EPA high-ups did not want it circulated. It provides solid critique and criticism against many central points of the CO2 theory of global warming. Examples of academic sophistry in deliberately skewing data to support CO2 theory, and fudging in climate modelling methods are also exposed. If this had gotten around a few weeks before the new climate legislation, it would never have passed the House of Representatives, given its origins from within the EPA.

Anyhow, read the report yourself, for additional info on why so many professional climate-weather scientists, myself included, have long abandoned the CO2 theory, and find its political abuse to be unethically anti-scientific, and socially dangerous. J.D.

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http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/06/27/released-the-censored-epa-document-final-report/


Comments on Draft Technical Support Document for Endangerment Analysis for Greenhouse Gas Emissions under the Clean Air Act. by Alan Carlin

DOWNLOAD REPORT 4 MB

http://wattsupwiththat.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/endangermentcommentsv7b1.pdf

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Interesting Interview with Dr. Tim Ball on CO2 Climate Issue

June 30, 2009


Here’s an interesting Interview with Dr. Tim Ball on the CO2 Climate-Change Issue:

http://live.radioamerica.org/loudwater/player.pl?name=wnd&url=http://feeds.radioamerica.org/podcast/DWP/audio/000007_010464.mp3
He’s also got an article "The Science isn’t Settled" from 2007, which addresses the problems and limitations of computer modelling, a cornerstone of CO2-theory predictions.
http://www.marshall.org/article.php?id=524

Avoiding Stalinism in Honduras

June 29, 2009

All kinds of hard-left blather on the news about Honduras. All the left-wing politicans of the universe who acted deaf and dumb when the Iranian theocratic dictators began shooting young people dead in the streets have suddenly found their voice. They are "appalled", but apparenly only because a left-wing dictatorship has been temporarily avoided. The facts say the ousted "El Comandante" was posturing himself as a new Castro, dictator in perpetuity, to usurp democracy and freedom in Honduras. Here’s a review of the situation. J.D.

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http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124623220955866301.html

Honduras Defends Its Democracy

Fidel Castro and Hillary Clinton object.

By MARY ANASTASIA O’GRADY

Hugo Chávez’s coalition-building efforts suffered a setback yesterday when the Honduran military sent its president packing for abusing the nation’s constitution.

It seems that President Mel Zelaya miscalculated when he tried to emulate the success of his good friend Hugo in reshaping the Honduran Constitution to his liking.

But Honduras is not out of the Venezuelan woods yet. Yesterday the Central American country was being pressured to restore the authoritarian Mr. Zelaya by the likes of Fidel Castro, Daniel Ortega, Hillary Clinton and, of course, Hugo himself. The Organization of American States, having ignored Mr. Zelaya’s abuses, also wants him back in power. It will be a miracle if Honduran patriots can hold their ground.

That Mr. Zelaya acted as if he were above the law, there is no doubt. While Honduran law allows for a constitutional rewrite, the power to open that door does not lie with the president. A constituent assembly can only be called through a national referendum approved by its Congress.

But Mr. Zelaya declared the vote on his own and had Mr. Chávez ship him the necessary ballots from Venezuela. The Supreme Court ruled his referendum unconstitutional, and it instructed the military not to carry out the logistics of the vote as it normally would do.

The top military commander, Gen. Romeo Vásquez Velásquez, told the president that he would have to comply. Mr. Zelaya promptly fired him. The Supreme Court ordered him reinstated. Mr. Zelaya refused.

Calculating that some critical mass of Hondurans would take his side, the president decided he would run the referendum himself. So on Thursday he led a mob that broke into the military installation where the ballots from Venezuela were being stored and then had his supporters distribute them in defiance of the Supreme Court’s order.

The attorney general had already made clear that the referendum was illegal, and he further announced that he would prosecute anyone involved in carrying it out. Yesterday, Mr. Zelaya was arrested by the military and is now in exile in Costa Rica.

It remains to be seen what Mr. Zelaya’s next move will be. It’s not surprising that chavistas throughout the region are claiming that he was victim of a military coup. They want to hide the fact that the military was acting on a court order to defend the rule of law and the constitution, and that the Congress asserted itself for that purpose, too.

Mrs. Clinton has piled on as well. Yesterday she accused Honduras of violating "the precepts of the Interamerican Democratic Charter" and said it "should be condemned by all." Fidel Castro did just that. Mr. Chávez pledged to overthrow the new government.

Honduras is fighting back by strictly following the constitution. The Honduran Congress met in emergency session yesterday and designated its president as the interim executive as stipulated in Honduran law. It also said that presidential elections set for November will go forward. The Supreme Court later said that the military acted on its orders. It also said that when Mr. Zelaya realized that he was going to be prosecuted for his illegal behavior, he agreed to an offer to resign in exchange for safe passage out of the country. Mr. Zelaya denies it.

Many Hondurans are going to be celebrating Mr. Zelaya’s foreign excursion. Street protests against his heavy-handed tactics had already begun last week. On Friday a large number of military reservists took their turn. "We won’t go backwards," one sign said. "We want to live in peace, freedom and development."

Besides opposition from the Congress, the Supreme Court, the electoral tribunal and the attorney general, the president had also become persona non grata with the Catholic Church and numerous evangelical church leaders. On Thursday evening his own party in Congress sponsored a resolution to investigate whether he is mentally unfit to remain in office.

For Hondurans who still remember military dictatorship, Mr. Zelaya also has another strike against him: He keeps rotten company. Earlier this month he hosted an OAS general assembly and led the effort, along side OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza, to bring Cuba back into the supposedly democratic organization.

The OAS response is no surprise. Former Argentine Ambassador to the U.N. Emilio Cárdenas told me on Saturday that he was concerned that "the OAS under Insulza has not taken seriously the so-called ‘democratic charter.’ It seems to believe that only military ‘coups’ can challenge democracy. The truth is that democracy can be challenged from within, as the experiences of Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and now Honduras, prove." A less-kind interpretation of Mr. Insulza’s judgment is that he doesn’t mind the Chávez-style coup.

The struggle against chavismo has never been about left-right politics. It is about defending the independence of institutions that keep presidents from becoming dictators. This crisis clearly delineates the problem. In failing to come to the aid of checks and balances, Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Insulza expose their true colors.

Fascinating New Website on Natural Health Issues

June 27, 2009

Here’s one I recently discovered, and which you also should find to be a helpful resource.

Natural News
http://www.NaturalNews.com
Offers a free subscription service.

Of course, there also is Dr. Mercola’s excellent and informative website,
http://www.mercola.com/

which recently ran a very positive review of Wilhelm Reich’s work on the orgone energy accumulator.
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/06/13/Outlawed-Most-Important-Medical-Discovery-But-Why.aspx
The article included a recent YouTube video I made in support of Reich. Go take a look, if you haven’t seen it.

Especially interesting are the Natural News articles (for example this one on "preventative mastectomy" — the unscientific ritual sexual mutilation of women in hospitals, not one bit different from African genital mutilation, except aimed at different sexual organs)
http://www.NaturalNews.com/026510_cancer_double_mastectomy_breast_cancer.html
(And here’s a direct quote from this informative article: "The contribution of the BRCA genes to cancer risk may have been blown out of proportion, for example: only 5 to 10 percent of breast cancers are attributed to genetic causes. Likewise, the risk of cancer recurrence in an opposite breast normally comes to only 0.5 to 1 percent per year. Cancer cells typically spread through the circulatory or lymph systems, meaning that cancer is more likely to recur in a different body part than in the contralateral breast.")

And their cartoons — lampooning the FDA and other aspects of modern Big Government authoritarianism.
http://www.NaturalNews.com/Index-Cartoons.html

Definitely not going to appear in your mainstream media — and as before, I don’t endorse or agree with everything there — but as far as information sources go, these will give you materials the others refuse to honestly report on. Another good reason to stop giving your money to the daily fish-wrap or those weekly "news" magazines.

Be Aware. Educate Yourself. Survive and Thrive!

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Political Betrayal in Progress Regarding Agricultural and Other Freedoms

June 27, 2009

"Change is coming", but not what you imagined…. this is Marxist Socialism, in case you were wondering. More power to the book-burning, scientist-jailing Food and Drug Administration:

ALARMING PROVISIONS of HR 2749


* Power to Quarantine a Geographic Area; the FDA can also Halt All Movement of All Food in a geographic area.

* Random Warrantless Searches of Business Records.

* Establishing a Tracing System for Food.

* Severe Criminal and Civil Penalties.

* Annual Registration Fee of $500.

* Regulation of How Crops Are Raised and Harvested.

And of course, it is being pushed "for safety", "for the environment", "for your own good", "for the children"….! Take note, this is a massive broadening of Federal powers into state and private spheres of life. More well-funded bureaucrats to pry and spy, backed up by even more Federal military-cops. The smiley-face of Socialism! You’ll not only pay for it all, but also have your pockets and privates inspected by such people with a magnifying glass.

To get on this special e-list contact the Weston A. Price Foundation, as noted below. J.D.

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Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2009 14:39:11 -0700 (PDT)
From: Weston A Price Foundation <info@westonaprice.org>
Subject: HR 2749 Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009

Dear Members,

HR2749, the "Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009" has passed out of committee and is now on the floor of the house. As you can see from the FAQs below, this bill would be an absolute disaster for small farms and artisan food production.

Defeating this bill is our most urgent priority at the moment. Please take a moment to read the Frequently Asked Questions below and then proceed with the Action items as best you are able. We will need the concerted efforts of thousands to defeat this dismal piece of legislation.

More HR 2749 information is posted through links at http://tinyurl.com/mnm34s

Anyone with additional questions is encouraged to contact the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund directly by calling 703-208-3276 or emailing info@farmtoconsumer.org

Sincerely,

Sally Fallon Morell

ACTIONS TO TAKE

1. Call Your Representatives
Personal contact is an effective way to change hearts and minds. To find your representatives, use the finder tool at http://www.Congress.org or call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. When contacting your representatives, use examples from the FAQs to explain your opposition to HR 2749.

2. Sign the Petition
HR 2749 has been moving quickly through Congress. If you have not already done so, please send a personal message to your legislators through the online petition "Oppose HR 2749" at http://tinyurl.com/lwble7

3. Donate to the Fund
Help the Fund continue its valuable service – helping small farmers and protecting your access to quality food. http://tinyurl.com/lja2vj

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
HR 2749 – Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009

NOTE: Answers are based on the June 17 Waxman version that was accepted by voice vote of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Page references are noted per this version posted at http://tinyurl.com/na33dz

Q1: Does FDA have jurisdiction over INTRAstate commerce?

A1: As a federal agency, the FDA has jurisdiction over INTERstate commerce. For example, the prohibited acts regarding adulteration and misbranding in the current Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) all refer to INTERstate commerce. However, the existing law states that "in any action to enforce the requirements of [FFDCA] . . . the connection with INTERstate commerce required for jurisdiction in such action shall be presumed to exist." [1a] Combined with court decisions addressing the connection between INTRAstate and INTERstate commerce, it is unclear what kind of showing defendants would have to make to rebut the presumption and avoid federal regulation. The agency’s regulatory power is limited to commerce, however, so non-commercial activities (such as growing your own vegetables for personal consumption) are not regulated.

Under current law, a business qualifying as a "food facility" must register with FDA, even if that business only engages in INTRAstate commerce. [1b] In addition, the agency can inspect the records of a business that engages solely in INTRAstate commerce if there is a "reasonable belief that an article of food is adulterated and presents a threat of serious adverse health consequences or death to humans or animals." [1c]

[1a] 21 USC 379(a)
[1b] 21 USC 350(d)
[1c] 21 USC 350(c)

Q2: Would HR 2749 expand the FDA’s regulation of INTRAstate commerce?

A2: Yes. Under HR 2749, FDA’s regulatory control over INTRAstate commerce would grow considerably. The bill would allow for inspections of firms whose business is strictly within a State. [2a] It would impose, among other requirements, a mandate for all firms in the food business to comply with national performance standards for various foods set by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). [2b] It would also require most firms in the food business to establish a traceback system for their products, even if those products never cross State lines. [2c]

[2a] Section 105(a)-pp. 42-43
[2b] Section 103(b)-pp. 36-37
[2c] Section 107(c)-p. 54

Q3: I have a garden and sell produce at a road-side stand on my property. Would HR 2749 apply to me?

A3: Yes, you would now have to follow federally-established standards for growing produce. [3a] Produce not grown as required by these standards would be considered as adulterated under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). [3b] Further, you would be required to make your business records available to FDA inspectors. [3c] The inspectors would have the power to show up unannounced without a warrant to search your records without any evidence whatsoever that you have committed a violation of the law. If you refuse to let the inspector see your records, you would be guilty of adulteration under FFDCA. [3d]

[3a] Section 104(b)-pp. 38-41
[3b] Section 104(a)-p. 38
[3c] Section 106(a)-p. 48
[3d] Section 207(a)-pp. 119-120

Q4: I sell produce from my garden at a local farmers market, under HR 2749 would I have to register as a "food facility" with FDA?

A4: Farms are exempt from the registration requirement under current law. [4a] HR 2749 would not eliminate this exemption. "Farm" is narrowly defined under current regulations [4b]; so, it is possible that many farms that have not registered in the past, could be required to do so if FDA has more resources at its disposal to enforce registration.

For example, a farm that sells vegetables straight from the garden (i.e., no processing) would not be a "food facility". If FDA strictly interprets the definition of "farm", a farm that sells canned vegetables at the market would be a "food facility" because canning is considered "processing" under the law. [4c] Under federal regulation, a farm that processes food would not be considered a "farm" for purposes of the registration requirement unless ALL of the processed food is consumed ON the farm. [4d]

Under HR 2749, those who sell vegetables from the garden at farmers markets would be required to follow federal standards for growing produce [4e]; and their business records would be subject to random warrantless searches by FDA inspectors even if the agency has no evidence of any violation of the law. [4f-see Q3/A3 above]

[4a] 21 USC 350d
[4b] 21 CFR 1.227(3)
[4c] 21 CFR 1.227(6)
[4d] 21 CFR 1.227(3)
[4e] Section 104(b)-pp. 38-41
[4f] Section 106(a)-p. 48

Q5: I own a bakery and sell my goods at a local farmers market, how would HR 2749 apply to me?

A5: HR 2749 would apply to you in the following ways:

1 – Your bakery would qualify as a "food facility" and you would need to register with FDA each year [5a] and pay an annual fee ($500 in 2010 [5b], and increasing in future years as indexed for inflation [5c]).
2 – You would have to register in electronic format. [5d]
3 – You would be required to have a unique facility identifier number. [5e]
4 – You would be required to conduct an analysis identifying potential hazards at your food facility; and you must implement controls to prevent those hazards from occurring as well as a plan for what to do in the event that any do occur. [5f]
5 – If your products cross state lines, you must develop a FOOD SAFETY PLAN. [5g-also see Q6/A6 below]
6 – You would also be required to establish and maintain a system for tracing the food you produce. It is uncertain at this point what this traceability system will require, but the requirements are likely to be extensive.
[5h]

[5a] Section 101(b)-p. 6 [4b] Section 101(b)-p. 13
[5c] Section 101(c)-p. 14
[5d] Section 101(b)-p. 7
[5e] Section 206(a)-p. 118
[5f] Section 102(a)-p. 21
[5g] Section 102, sec 418A(a)-p. 28
[5h] Section 107(c)-p. 54-58

Q6: What will a FOOD SAFETY PLAN involve?

A6: Your FOOD SAFETY PLAN would have to include a hazard analysis that identifies potential hazards in your operation. The plan must also include descriptions of a variety of procedures you follow to prevent hazards from occurring and corrective actions to take if any does occur. In addition, you would need to describe your procedures for recordkeeping, conducting recalls, and traceback. Further, the plan must include how you ensure a "safe and secure food supply chain" for the items and ingredients you use as well as how you implement any science-based performance standards required by FDA. [6a]

[6a] Section 102, sec 418A(b)-pp. 29-30

Q7: I have read a summary of HR 2749 and am alarmed by the provision giving the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) the power to quarantine any geographic area within the country. How broad is this power?

A7: Under HR 2749, the HHS Secretary would have the power to prohibit ALL MOVEMENT of ALL FOOD within a geographic area. No court order is needed to exercise this power. The Secretary only has to notify the appropriate official of the State(s) affected and issue a public announcement. [7a]

[7a] Section 133(b)-pp. 98-99

Q8: I am a raw milk consumer. Is it true that under HR 2749 would give FDA the power to institute a complete ban on the sale of raw milk?

A8: Yes, HR 2749 requires the HHS Secretary to issue "science-based performance standards . . . applicable to foods or food classes." The Secretary is to "identify the most significant foodborne contaminants and the most significant resulting hazards . . . and to minimize to an acceptable level, prevent or eliminate the occurrence of such hazards." [8a] FDA would have the power to make pasteurization of all raw milk a performance standard. Based on both its public statements and its record of taking enforcement actions against farmers, FDA is vehemently opposed to the consumption of raw milk and would like to ban its distribution.

Even if FDA does not issue a performance standard requiring pasteurization, the likelihood is that if HR 2749 passes into law, the agency will be increasing its enforcement actions against raw milk producers whose products cross state lines. FDA has indicated that raw milk is a priority item with the agency; with the passage of HR 2749, it would have much greater resources to go after raw milk than it did before. FDA could take enforcement action directly or through state agencies funded by FDA.

The way to stop this threat is to support HR 778, a bill that would, in effect, end the ban on raw milk for human consumption in interstate commerce. [8b] If you have not already done so, contact your Representative and Senators asking them to co-sponsor and/or vote for HR 778. You may send a message to them through the petition service by clicking on "Support HR 778 Now" at http://tinyurl.com/lwble7

[8a] Section 103(b)-p. 37
[8b] 21 CFR 1240.61

Q9: I purchase products from an Amish producer who has said he would not register his facility because the electronic filing requirement violates his religious beliefs. What are the criminal and civil penalties he could be facing if he is charged with violating the law?

A9: Under HR 2749, failing to register a food facility would constitute "misbranding." [9a] If any of the "misbranded" products are introduced or "delivered for introduction into interstate commerce", the producer could be sentenced to up to ten years and be assessed criminal fines. [9b] Under HR 2749, anyone knowingly violating certain prohibitions contained in the FFDCA such as the prohibition against introducing adulterated or misbranded food in interstate commerce, could face these penalties.

In addition, the Amish producer could be facing substantial civil penalties. Under HR 2749, any individual who knowingly violates a provision of section 331 of FFDCA (prohibited acts) relating to food, can be fined up to $100,000; a corporation can be fined up to $7.5 million. [9c]

[9a] Section 101(a)-p. 6
[9b] Section 134-p. 100
[9c] Section 135(a)-p. 101

Q10: I’m a farmer who sells products direct to consumers. I want to protect the privacy of those who purchase from me and do not want to turn over to FDA any customer information I have in my records. What are the potential penalties if I refuse?

A10: Under HR 2749, FDA would have access to all records relating to the food producer’s distribution of products. Failing to provide records to FDA would constitute adulteration. [10a] The criminal penalty for refusing access to records would be up to ten years imprisonment. [10b] The civil fines could be up to $100,000 for an individual and $7.5 million for a corporation. [10c]

[10a] Section 207(a)-pp. 119-120
[10b] Section 134-p. 100
[10c] Section 135(a)-p. 101

More HR 2749 information is posted through links at http://tinyurl.com/mnm34s

Anyone with additional questions is encouraged to contact the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund directly by calling 703-208-3276 or emailing info@farmtoconsumer.org

New Resources on Health Hazards of Low-Level Electromagnetic Exposure

June 27, 2009

Some years ago I developed a special resource list on groups and organizations devoted to research and public education on the health-hazards of low-level EMF (electromagnetic fields) — as from computers, television sets, microwave ovens, power-line fields, cell phones and towers, cordless telephones and other cordless gadgets, and WiFi internet communications systems. It is a growing problem, with progressively increasing exposure levels. The more "hi tech" an environment (hospitals, schools, government and university buildings, etc.) the greater are the exposures. You can review what I’ve already gathered on the subject at this website:
http://www.orgonelab.org/cart/emfieldsafety.htm

The website is certainly not comprehensive, and if others have a suggestion on groups or organizations to add to the listing, please send them.

This issue obviously is relevant to the subject of orgone accumulators. By my experience, orgone accumulators work best when shielded from these various artificially-produced radiations, as do our own life-energy systems. They will still work and function, but not optimally. Read my book "The Orgone Accumulator Handbook" for a discussion on this issue, which was hardly known or discussed in Reich’s time. To assist people in optimal placement and use of orgone accumulators and blankets, the "Handbook" gives a simple and cheap method of using a portable AM radio to act as a broad-band EM detector. The OBRL bookstore also sells more calibrated EMF meters, for those who want more precise information, here:
http://www.naturalenergyworks.net

Meanwhile, there’s a new organization with a periodic e-mail newsletter which many will want to know about:

EMF Refugee – Yahoo Group

http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/emfrefugee

Below I post one of the periodic email summaries sent out by this group, which is a better summary of info on the subjects than I have found elsewhere. Contact Paul Doyan <emfrefugee@gmail.com> asking to be placed onto their list.

As always, I cannot endorse everything they send around, and do not personally know any of the people involved. But the information being presented is a summary of news items relevant to the issues.

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Date: Sat, 27 Jun 2009 21:50:35 +0700

Subject: EMR-Updates: June 26th, 2009 (Part One)

From: Paul Doyon <emfrefugee@gmail.com>

EMR-Updates: June 26th, 2009 (Part One)

International Coalition for an Electromagnetic-Safe Planet (IC-ESP)

Education! Awareness! Support! Action!

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The Climate Change Climate Change – The number of skeptics is swelling everywhere.

June 26, 2009

Maybe when everyone’s gasoline and heating bill doubles later this year, due only to the government raking in added Trillions to finance god-knows-what kind of free-money for the already-rich, or for some new cadres of vote-stealing Acorn brownshirts (or just to stuff their own pockets) there might be some kind of protest about this academic-scientific-political deceit and highway robbery. Better stock up on everything, because fuel prices affect everything. Just don’t forget how they voted come next election. And keep your powder dry. J.D.

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http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124597505076157449.html

The Climate Change Climate Change

The number of skeptics is swelling everywhere.

Steve Fielding


Among the many reasons President Barack Obama and the Democratic majority are so intent on quickly jamming a cap-and-trade system through Congress is because the global warming tide is again shifting. It turns out Al Gore and the United Nations (with an assist from the media), did a little too vociferous a job smearing anyone who disagreed with them as "deniers." The backlash has brought the scientific debate roaring back to life in Australia, Europe, Japan and even, if less reported, the U.S.

In April, the Polish Academy of Sciences published a document challenging man-made global warming. In the Czech Republic, where President Vaclav Klaus remains a leading skeptic, today only 11% of the population believes humans play a role. In France, President Nicolas Sarkozy wants to tap Claude Allegre to lead the country’s new ministry of industry and innovation. Twenty years ago Mr. Allegre was among the first to trill about man-made global warming, but the geochemist has since recanted. New Zealand last year elected a new government, which immediately suspended the country’s weeks-old cap-and-trade program.

The number of skeptics, far from shrinking, is swelling. Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe now counts more than 700 scientists who disagree with the U.N. — 13 times the number who authored the U.N.’s 2007 climate summary for policymakers. Joanne Simpson, the world’s first woman to receive a Ph.D. in meteorology, expressed relief upon her retirement last year that she was finally free to speak "frankly" of her nonbelief. Dr. Kiminori Itoh, a Japanese environmental physical chemist who contributed to a U.N. climate report, dubs man-made warming "the worst scientific scandal in history." Norway’s Ivar Giaever, Nobel Prize winner for physics, decries it as the "new religion." A group of 54 noted physicists, led by Princeton’s Will Happer, is demanding the American Physical Society revise its position that the science is settled. (Both Nature and Science magazines have refused to run the physicists’ open letter.)

The collapse of the "consensus" has been driven by reality. The inconvenient truth is that the earth’s temperatures have flat-lined since 2001, despite growing concentrations of C02. Peer-reviewed research has debunked doomsday scenarios about the polar ice caps, hurricanes, malaria, extinctions, rising oceans. A global financial crisis has politicians taking a harder look at the science that would require them to hamstring their economies to rein in carbon.

Credit for Australia’s own era of renewed enlightenment goes to Dr. Ian Plimer, a well-known Australian geologist. Earlier this year he published "Heaven and Earth," a damning critique of the "evidence" underpinning man-made global warming. The book is already in its fifth printing. So compelling is it that Paul Sheehan, a noted Australian columnist — and ardent global warming believer — in April humbly pronounced it "an evidence-based attack on conformity and orthodoxy, including my own, and a reminder to respect informed dissent and beware of ideology subverting evidence." Australian polls have shown a sharp uptick in public skepticism; the press is back to questioning scientific dogma; blogs are having a field day.

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Scientists Silenced or Fired for Challenging CO2 Theory

June 25, 2009

Climatologists in Oregon and Washington also came under censorship and repression for daring to oppose the “official Truth” of the CO2 theory. And those are just two cases I know about because they happened in my particular region. Top liberal leaders and journalists comparing CO2 critics to “holocaust deniers”, calling them “traitors” to the nation, making them subject of spittle-laden hate mail, bloggers posting commentary demanding that CO2 critics be imprisoned or just killed outright — totally unhinged lunatic behavior on the part of the CO2 fundamentalists, who make a new religion out of bad science merged with “better-than-thou” self-righteous attitudes, animated by political muscle. The Religion of Big Brother. Review the OBRL-News archives for various prior articles on the subject. This EPA guy is lucky to keep his job… but I would not take bets on how long he will remain. The loud claims and fanatical actions by CO2 hysterics suggest also a typical Stalinist or Hitlerite tactic: Attack your opponent underhandedly, while loudly proclaiming they are the aggressors, trying to harm you. Or proclaim they are out to “destroy the planet” in this case. Burn the heretic or witch, cut out their tongue so they cannot speak. Then everyone can relax and feel better. J.D.

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http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=102031

EPA’s own research expert ‘shut up’ on climate change

Government analyst silenced after he critiques CO2 findings

By Chelsea Schilling

WorldNetDaily

Environmental Protection Agency officials have silenced one of their own senior researchers after the 38-year employee issued an internal critique of the EPA’s climate change position.

Alan Carlin, senior operations research analyst at the EPA’s National Center for Environmental Economics, or NCEE, submitted his research on the agency’s greenhouse gases endangerment findings and offered a fundamental critique on the EPA’s approach to combating CO2 emissions. But officials refused to share his conclusion in an open internal discussion, claiming his research would have "a very negative impact on our office."

His study was barred from circulation within the EPA and was never disclosed to the public for political reasons, according to the Competitive Enterprise Institute, or CEI, a group that has accessed four internal e-mails on the subject.

CEI General Counsel Sam Kazman told WND, "His boss basically told him, ‘No, I’m not going to send your study further up. It’s going to stay within this bureau.’"

A March 12 e-mail to Carlin warned him not to have "any direct communication with anyone outside NCEE on endangerment."

Carlin, a researcher who earned his doctorate in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an undergraduate degree in physics from California Institute of Technology, informed officials that two-thirds of his references were from peer-reviewed publications and defended his inclusion of new research on the topic.

"It is also my view that the critical attribute of good science is its correspondence to observable data rather than where it appears in the technical literature," he wrote. "I believe my comments are valid, significant and contain references to significant new research They are significant because they present information critical to justification (or lack thereof) for the proposed [greenhouse gas] endangerment finding."

After nearly one week of discussion, NCEE Director Al McGartland informed Carlin on March 17 that he would not include the research in the internal EPA discussion.

"Alan, I decided not to forward your comments," he wrote. " The administrator and the administration has decided to move forward on endangerment, and your comments do not help the legal or policy case for this decision. I can only see one impact of your comments given where we are in the process, and that would be a very negative impact on our office."

In yet another e-mail sent only minutes following the previous one, McGartland wrote, "With the endangerment findings nearly final, you need to move on to other issues and subjects. I don’t want you to spend any additional EPA time on climate change. No papers, no research etc, at least until we see what EPA is going to do with Climate."

CEI charges that suppression of Carlin’s study denied public access to important agency information, as court rulings have indicated that both "the evidence relied upon [by the agency] and the evidence discarded" must be included in the rulemaking record.

"They could come up with reasons to reject it, as I’m sure they’re going to come up with reasons to reject the scientific objections that are coming in now from outside parties in the general public and from skeptical scientists," Kazman told WND. "But I’d say the real issue here is that this critique is coming from a career EPA insider, so it can’t be dismissed as the work of someone in the pay of the coal-burning fossil-fuel industry. The fact that someone within the EPA was taking this approach is something that would be naturally embarrassing to the agency."

CEI also said the incident violated the EPA’s commitment to transparency and scientific honesty.

Prior to taking office, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson declared, "As Administrator, I will ensure EPA’s efforts to address the environmental crises of today are rooted in three fundamental values: science-based policies and programs, adherence to the rule of law, and overwhelming transparency."

Likewise, CEI reminds the EPA of President Obama’s April 27 speech to the National Academy of Sciences in which he stated, "[U]nder my administration, the days of science taking a back seat to ideology are over."

In a memo to the EPA, Kazman wrote, "Because of ideology, however, it was this back seat to which Mr. Carlin’s study was relegated; more precisely, it was booted out of the car entirely."

"The irony of the president and Administrator Jackson talking about EPA’s new transparency and commitment to scientific integrity, that’s really incredible," Kazman said.

CEI is asking the agency to make Carlin’s study public, extend or reopen the comment period to allow public response to his research and publicly declare that there will be no reprisals against Carlin for his research.

Kazman said the issue is "coming to a head" because the EPA’s internal commentary period just closed, and the 1,200-page Waxman-Markey climate bill to cap greenhouse gas emissions is scheduled to come to a vote Friday on the House floor.

He believes Carlin’s study could have implications on how lawmakers feel about the allegedly solid research behind the climate bill – especially if objecting analysts within the agency are being silenced.

"Any right-minded administrator would have said, ‘Fine, put it in and we’ll give our reasons for why we reject his contentions," Kazman said. "But instead, they shut the guy up."

Cry Out for the Youth of Iran

June 22, 2009

Cry Out for the Youth of Iran

Tragic events in Iran. Of course the mainstream media is doing its usual lousy job in informing the public about what’s happening. Hundreds of protestors have been killed, not only a few tens.

The amazing thing is, young women are out in the street, throwing off the veils and standing up to the mullah bully-boys. They stand with the young men, in open rebellion against the puritanism of the dead-faced mullahs. Some have been shot dead. Many more will be, it seems. Nothing new in that, Iranian mullahs and their cut-throat assassins murdering young men and women. They have been bloody genocidal beasts over the years, not only slaughtering non-muslim ethnic groups, such as the Bahais, but also with a little-reported and chronic arresting and "disappearing" of young people who dared to stand up to Islamic power… long-hair and clean-shaven young men wearing jeans, young girls without veils… if they get arrested, likely as not, they emerge a year later from prison, gang-raped and broken. And those are the lucky ones. Most just disappear altogether.
http://www.uri.edu/artsci/wms/hughes/iran_sex_slave_trade

I’ve reported the research of Dr. D. Hughes, who documented how the mullahs routinely kidnap pretty young girls off the streets — for violations of the Islamic dress code and such — after which they disappear into special prison-brothels run by the mullahs, to service the Revolutionary Guard "moralists" and other thugs in their sway. Or they are sold as sex-slaves to other Muslim despotisms. As outlined in my "Saharasia" book, the life-hatred and sexual cruelty in the Islamic world is far more dramatic and greater than elsewhere on the planet, in terms of its widespread and extreme nature.
http://www.saharasia.org

But the list of brutal, nasty, and outrageous conduct by the Ayatollahs and their supporters is not merely restricted to some kind of sexual pathos, although that is the foundation for all the rest of it. They support the Hezbollah fanatics and killers in Lebanon, and the bloody beasts of Hamas in Gaza, with money, dope, slave-girls and weapons. The sexuality in Islam is not the "moralism" of the West. It is far worse than that. It is one of the rapist war-lord, riding into a peaceful village on horseback, killing everyone, and making off with all that can be stolen, including young women. Of course, it is several thousand years removed from that, but the social institutions and character attitudes have been reproduced, generation after generation, without a let-up. Thanks in large measure to Islam, the creed of the war-lord rapist.

The top-dogs in the Islamic world now work towards getting an atomic bomb, declaring they will use it, but the world sleeps. The American president, supposed leader of the free world, is not concerned either. In fact, by his own words, he is "with the Muslims" and so can hardly speak in support of young people wanting to throw off the chains of Sharia Law.

If you want accurate reportage on events in Iran, I suggest to visit this webblog "Atlas Shrugs" run by Pamela Geller.

http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/

But be prepared, as the "awful truth" is typically brutal to view close-up. It is clarifying, however. "Learn to distinguish between those who fight for their own freedom, and those who fight to take away the freedom of others"…. remember who said that?

I can also recommend Front Page Magazine, as about half-way down on its homepage, there is a live videofeed from a dissident Iranian TV channel.

http://www.frontpagemag.com/
Or you can get it here:
http://persianq.com/

One of the more shocking episodes was of a 16-year old girl being shot in the chest from a distance by a high-powered military rifle, dying a few minutes later among her friends and family. She’s become a rallying-cry for the ouster of the mullahs. Here’s the brutal YouTube video clip.


Outrageous, though nothing new for the Iranian theocrats, who routinely hang or stone young girls who dare to be too outspoken, or unruly, or pretty. I’ve personally met and had dinner with young Iranians who suffered under the mullahs, and fled to safety in the West. Very lively, very wonderful young people. What a tragedy. There’s a new movie coming out, which goes into these issues and poses to be a real eye-opener, and heart-breaker: "The Stoning of Soraya M."

http://www.thestoning.com

Probably not coming to a theatre near you, because it is too "politically incorrect".

Weep for the youth of Iran, and for our own nation, run by a pathetic bunch of poisoned Marxist Islamic-apologists, who could do much to help the youth, but instead have already committed themselves to "dialogue" with the brutal regime of cut-throat mullahs. All the diplomats will share tea and cookies in the Palace, while ordinary people are being slaughtered.

J.D.

Old Blogger.Com Website Back Up….?

June 21, 2009

Old hands at OBRL-Blog will recall how the original OBRL-News Blog at blogger.com was unexpectedly shut down by the site moderators in May 2009, apparently upon some anonymous complaints from a few angry Muslims, objecting to the Islam-critical posts which I had made. That’s old news, and it is detailed here:

https://obrlnews.wordpress.com/2009/06/04/obrl-blog-reconstituted-on-wordpress/

What is new, however, is that the old blogger.com blog magically re-appeared sometime in the recent days. Nobody from blogger.com contacted me to explain why it was re-posted, anymore than they contacted me before shutting it down. But my letter of protest to them must have stimulated a re-think. In any case, I am going to cease posting to that blog, and henceforth all OBRL-News items will be automatically re-posted here, to the OBRL-Blog at wordpress.com. But if you want to access the old blog at blogger.com, for the archive of materials that go back to 2006, you can do so by using this link:

http://obrl.blogspot.com/

I’ll also post this link to the old blog the bottom of the right-hand info-bar, under the Archive listing.

J.D.