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Catastrophic Climate Auditors

Posted by Mark on November 16, 2008

The hottest October on record? Not quite.

A surreal scientific blunder last week raised a huge question mark about the temperature records that underpin the worldwide alarm over global warming. On Monday, Nasa’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), which is run by Al Gore’s chief scientific ally, Dr James Hansen, and is one of four bodies responsible for monitoring global temperatures, announced that last month was the hottest October on record.

Surreal? More like more inconvenient truth.

This was startling. Across the world there were reports of unseasonal snow and plummeting temperatures last month, from the American Great Plains to China, and from the Alps to New Zealand. China’s official news agency reported that Tibet had suffered its “worst snowstorm ever”. In the US, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration registered 63 local snowfall records and 115 lowest-ever temperatures for the month, and ranked it as only the 70th-warmest October in 114 years.

So what explained the anomaly? GISS’s computerised temperature maps seemed to show readings across a large part of Russia had been up to 10 degrees higher than normal. But when expert readers of the two leading warming-sceptic blogs, Watts Up With That and Climate Audit, began detailed analysis of the GISS data they made an astonishing discovery. The reason for the freak figures was that scores of temperature records from Russia and elsewhere were not based on October readings at all. Figures from the previous month had simply been carried over and repeated two months running.

For those who would rather think than just feel afraid, here’s the links to Watts Up With That and Climate Audit.  Apparently, the GISS simply cannot provide “proper quality control” over the data they recieve. Of course, if proper quality control was exercised, they may find more inconvenient truth than they bargained for.

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Reflections From the Reddest State of All

Posted by Mark on November 16, 2008

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People keep asking me how I “feel” following the election of Barack Obama, and the worst defeat for the Republican Party in a long time.

First, a sense of pride that Oklahoma is one of only two states to vote entirely Republican by county. For the first time in history, Republican Conservatives control both houses of the Oklahoma legislature. It should make for a bright economic future for the State, if they remember they are Conservatives first, Republicans second.

Second, I feel a sense of real dread for the future of the country. The Democrat Party today has forgotten 9/11. I fear our enemies will send a vivid reminder as Obama and the Left dismantle the safeguards put in to place by President Bush and his administration.

Third, I feel a deep sense of gratitude for President Bush. I know that’s not a popular sentiment these days, but I believe future historians will treat him far more kindly, far more realistically, than the current generation.

Finally, I see the coming two years as a watershed moment for Conservatism. Can we continue to use the Republican Party as the vehicle to promote our agenda? Or like a car with too many miles, is it time to trade it in on a new Party of our own?  For now, I’ll continue to put my money on the Republican Party. But, like that old jalopy, it’s time for a 100,000 mile checkup. It’s time for Conservatives to reclaim the mantle of the Grand Ole’ Party.

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