Saturday, 12 December 2009


Ken Berwitz

Here, from Steve Gilbert at, is a heads-up on who is most heavily advocating for climate-change decisions that will change the world:

Warmers Demand Free Energy, More $$$

December 12th, 2009

From the Agence France-Presse:

Global protests demand action on climate change

by Richard Ingham

December 12, 2009

COPENHAGEN (AFP) Hundreds of thousands of activists across the world on Saturday cranked up the heat on the problem-plagued UN climate talks in a bid to press for action instead of words.

With the main rally in Copenhagen, the centre of the Danish capital was in virtual lockdown for the six-kilometer (four-mile) march that would take green and anti-capitalist demonstrators to the UN conference venue.

Police said around 30,000 people had gathered for the rally, many wearing sky blue or carrying blue umbrellas to represent the wave of people power at the call of environmental campaigners Friends of the Earth.

Nigerian Nnimmo Bassey, chair of Friends of the Earth International, said: "We cannot allow carbon traders to damage the world. There is no such thing as clean coal or clean crude. Leave the oil in the soil, leave the coal in the hole.

"To those who want to pollute at home and plant a tree somewhere we say no," he added.

Within the Bella Center congress hall, Nobel prizewinner Archbishop Desmond Tutu was to lead children in creating "a sea of candles" representing a call from generations imperilled [sic] by climate change.

The head of the Nobel-winning UN panel of climate scientists warned on Saturday that failure would deal a heavy blow to the nation-state system.

Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), said the talks were "an important test" of whether nations could join together to fight a common threat

If all goes well, the 194-nation conference under the UNs Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will wrap up on Friday with a historic deal sealed by more than 110 heads of state and government.

It would commit major economies to actions that would curb their carbon emissions and set up a financial machine to generate hundreds of billions in dollars for poor countries most exposed to the ravages of climate change

Isnt it nice to see objective journalism at work?

The way we see it, if all goes well Copenhagen will be a complete failure. But the AFP has a different agenda from us.

And speaking of agendas, look at this cast of characters.

They are the usual anti-capitalist malcontents and shakedown artists. Some of them have the Nobel Peace Prizes to prove it.

Climate Change is just the latest hobby horse they will ride to their communist utopia and, of course, untold riches.

Here is a little background on Friends of the Earth from Discover The Networks:

Friends Of The Earth

Friends of the Earth has opposed, for ecological reasons, a variety of projects that would have benefited the economic and social development of Third World countries. For example, FOE blocked the construction of the Arun Dam in Nepal, a poor nation whose inhabitants still live without electricity.  FOE blocked Shells efforts to build gas and pipeline facilities in Nigeria, where increasing poverty has encouraged the growth of Islamic fundamentalism. And FOE has opposed the distribution of genetically modified foods that could, because of their higher yield, alleviate the dangers of famine in Third World countries.

FOE activism has also helped render millions of U.S. land acres off-limits to energy exploration, from initiatives to keep American industries from accessing the oil available in northern Alaska, to the banning of gas and coal exploration in a 1.7 million-acre tract in Utah. Another of FOEs self-described success stories was the 1982 ban on whaling in the waters around Iceland, Japan, and Scandinavia a ban that resulted in a sudden rise in the population of minke and other whales, coupled with a decline in salmon and cod harvests

The organization sued the Small Business Administration (SBA) for "fueling urban sprawl." The SBA had provided some $45 billion for construction and the expansion of businesses, but FOE contended that such developments would lead to air and water pollution, loss of forest cover, and traffic congestion. It won a judgement against the SBA.

In 2003 Friends of the Earth ran a series of full-page ads in USA Today and The New York Times charging the Bush administration with laying waste to the natural environment. In addition, FOE distributed more than 1.3 million copies of a brochure titled The Bush Administration: A Chronology of Environmental Destruction. That same year, FOE filed a second major lawsuit to force the Environmental Protection Agency to further "regulate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases as air pollutants and contributors to global warming."

FOE was a signatory to an April 2001 petition, presented to the Chairman of the United Nations Commission for Sustainable Development, opposing further development of nuclear technologies. In addition, the International chapter of FOE signed a petition of so-called "civil society" organizations that opposed globalization and "any effort to expand the powers of the World Trade Organization (WTO) through a new comprehensive round of trade liberalization." FOE also endorsed a 2003 "Our World is Not for Sale" campaign similarly condemning the WTO.

A member organization of the United for Peace and Justice anti-war coalition, FOE endorsed a May 1, 2003 document titled "10 Reasons Environmentalists Oppose an Attack on Iraq," which was published by Environmentalists Against War

Big surprise, huh?

Can this possibly be a surprise to you?  I hope not.


Ken Berwitz

How do you account for the large, and growing, mass of dissent over "man-made global warming"? 

The answer is, you don't.  You just shut them the hell up.

From Charles Hurt, writing for the New York Post:

A 'Ban' on all dissent

UN big freezes out opposition

Last Updated: 5:12 AM, December 9, 2009

Posted: 3:46 AM, December 9, 2009

Charles Hurt


COPENHAGEN -- For some in the great debate over climate change, sci ence is for sale and any evidence that does not support their prejudices is irrelevant.


Leading that charge yesterday against rational and open discussion was UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who told reporters that the recently leaked e-mails from a British university's Climate Research Unit do nothing to undermine his belief that the planet is doomed and humans are to blame.


These e-mails were private missives between the most highly regarded scientists, researchers and scholars studying global warming.

It is largely their work that is the foundation on which the UN has built its belief that global warming is real, it is undoubtedly caused by man, and the temperatures are rising at an even more alarming rate than previously understood.


And, of course, it is the basis for the two-week summit here where organizers hope to set international law that will drastically hamper US industry and severely limit personal freedoms, such as flying home for Christmas.

Oh, also, it would result in the United States writing yet another massive check in foreign aid.


So it is nothing short of astonishing to hear Ban and other climate-change faithful summarily dismiss a massive trove of alarming new evidence suggesting flawed science and foul play are baked into their vaunted global warming theories.


One e-mail refers to using a "trick" to "hide the decline" in temperatures.


Another has a scientist deep in the throes of frustration that all the exhaustive data collected doesn't produce the expected temperature increases.


"We can have a proper result, but only by including a load of garbage!" he determines.


"The fact is that we can't account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can't," bemoans another scholar in one of the most startling e-mails.


He goes on to say vastly complicated computer models show that temperatures should be hotter now than they are.


"[T]he data are surely wrong," the deluded scientist concludes. "Our observing system is inadequate."

Or, perhaps your conclusion is wrong there, doc.


This would be just a bunch of silly scientists with a dim grasp of the scientific method, except it is so much more sinister.


One of the exposed e-mails instructs fellow scientists to destroy a chain of damaging messages.

Another goes even further in a fatwa to silence independent scientists challenging their dubious findings.


We "will keep them out somehow -- even if we have to redefine what the peer-review literature is!" the scientist raves.


In any court of law, such evidence would be grounds for mistrial.


Not here. Not at the UN.


Ban and all of his advocate-scientists will not be deterred by facts.


The UN's top climate scientist said yesterday the only question raised by the e-mails is who revealed them and how that person should be punished.


It is a slight misnomer that people call this a religion.


There are certainly those who blindly believe, but it is driven by something much more basic.

This is all about money.


Just yesterday, Bangladesh sent word that the storm-ravaged country expects a massive payout from the UN fund that will be filled by taxpayers in countries like the United States -- punishment for our advancement and industry that has fed so many hungry and cured so many sick.


Finally, Bangladesh has found the ticket into modern civilization.


We are being asked to spend trillions of dollars, destroy our economic base and hand our assets over to non-producing countries.

  For what? A theory touted by "scientists" whose emails make it crystal clear that they are far less interested in the truth than in a specific outcome -- which, not incidentally, will get them tons of grant money.

If you aren't skeptical about this - i.e. if you don't at least suspect that man-made global warming is a scam and a hoax - then you must be a wholly owned subsidiary of these people, impervious to individual thought and even simple curiosity.


Ken Berwitz

As I remember, the last line of the movie Legends of the Fall,  was "It was a good death".

That line could as easily be used for the ill-begotten, unwanted ObamaCare legislation that senate majority leader Harry Reid has staked his political future on.

From Rich Lowry at National Review (the bold print is mine):

Tottering   [Rich Lowry]

The Reid bill is really tottering now. "If this thing falls apart, you can look back to today as the tipping point," says a Republican aide in the Senate, echoing what Lamar Alexander notes in the Costa post below. First, there was last night's CNN poll showing 61 percent opposition. Then, there was the devastating CMS report today. "Nobody went to the floor that I could see to defend it on the Democratic side," says the aide. The back-drop for all this is the non-deal that Reid hyped as a break-through earlier this week, only to have it unravel almost immediately. Even Bill Nelson says the Medicare buy-in is basically a "non-starter." "You're starting to see other Democrats nibbling around the edges," the aide says. He predicts that if one Democrat comes out clearly against the Reid bill, others will follow, in a dynamic like the unexpectedly decisive defeat of the amnesty bill a few years ago. Reid also has to worry about the clock. He needs everything to break exactly righta CBO score coming in on Monday, a score that's good, no intervening, unexpected dramato force a final showdown next weekend. If he goes to Christmas break without a bill, it gets much harder to pick up the pieces in January. Since the Senate debate began, the bill has only gotten more unpopular. Its all still in flux obviously, but we just might be watching the bill fall apart before our eyes.

There was a reason Reid, Pelosi and President Obama wanted this legislation passed in a DC second (even New York would have wanted at least a minute). 

The reason was that the more people knew about what was in it, the less they would want it.

I would love to see some of those poll data broken by people who would and would not get free coverage under ObamaCare.  OF COURSE the people getting something for nothing want it.  But I would bet plenty that a vast majority of people who would be expected to foot the bill for this atrocity are the ones saying no.

Wouldn't you?


Ken Berwitz

Here's another edition of the Jimmy-Cannon inspired "nobody asked me but..."

-Have you noticed that an awful lot (and I do mean an awful lot) of companies are incorporating "Christmas carolers in their TV ads, singing annoying selling messages.  So far this morning I've seen one from Chevrolet and Best Buy.  Personally, it makes me want to look elsewhere for the products they sell, and I don't even celebrate Christmas.  I can only imagine how someone who does celebrate Christmas must feel;

-Tiger Woods' life is a complete mess.  So far, about a dozen former lovers have materialized -- and who knows how many more to come.  Woods says that, in order to turn things around and make them right, he is going to stop playing golf indefinitely, and that he and his family may move to his wife's native country, which happens to be Sweden.  What I want to know is, why would a man who is so attracted to White, blonde women think his problem will be easier to overcome in Sweden?  That's like someone who wants to kick his drinking habit going to work for Jack Daniels.

-I read some Connecticut polling numbers, and every one of senator chris dodds potential Republican challengers is ahead of him.  Keep in mind that polling doesn't mean much, even if it did the numbers can change very quickly, and that dodd, as a multi-term senator, certainly knows something about winning elections.  But it is pretty clear that he's in real trouble.  As he ought to be.  I'd be ashamed if someone as corrupt and dishonest as chris dodd represented me. He's at the bottom of the barrel even by political standards (which barely even exist).

-Has there ever been a diner or a bagel shop with a lit sign that you can see all the letters on?  If so, I havent seen one.  It's always BA EL or D  NE  or something like that.

-Woody Allen's great quasi-biographical film, "Radio Days" was on TMC a few days ago and I made sure to DVR it.  Whatever you think of Allen personally, he is truly a great genius and this is one of his best three or four movies (I have trouble picking an actual #1).  I'd put Crimes and Misdemeanors, and Hannah and Her Sisters in the top tier, and maybe Annie Hall really is hard to do this because they're all so good.

-Eliot Spitzer, aka Client #9 to Emperor's Club VIP, the call girl ring he patronized, is now talking about running for Comptroller of New York, thus resurrecting his political career.  And with Spitzers overload of money and ambition, it's not out of the question that he can pull it off (pardon a bad pun, but if all he did was pull it off he wouldn't be in this mess in the first place).  However, Spitzer's chances would be a lot better if he weren't such an arrogant, unlikable jerk who made so many enemies when things were going well for him.  It recalls a classic line from "The Honeymooners", by sewer worker Ed Norton:  "Be nice to the people you meet on the way down.  They're the same people you'll meet on the way up".

-Dr. Lombardi in Howell, New Jersey is the single best doctor I've ever come across.  And, though he hasn't treated me personally, my wife tells me that Dr. Lombardi's partner, Dr. Shetty, is right up there with him.  David Lombardi is a great guy, terrific diagnostician and someone who can explain medical issues to me in terms that I can understand without talking down to me.  That's a great combination.

-I loved the fact that Barack Obama's acceptance speech for the nobel peace prize was made the week after he ok'ed 30,000 more troops in Afghanistan and unapologetically (finally!) explained why war is sometimes necessary.  Since the bozos who gave him the prize had exactly no basis for doing so - Mr. Obama was named the winner 9 days into his presidency - they  had to shut up and take it.  There's a lot I don't like about Barack Obama, but he made that committee eat excrement and pretend they liked it, for which I give him a major check mark on the positive side.

-I think the Yankees pulled off a terrific trade to get Curtis Granderson, the all-star centerfielder, from the Detroit Tigers.  Who did they give up?  Phil Coke - a nice, but not great relief pitcher, Austin Jackson - a highly touted prospect who was disappointing in Triple-A last year (123 strikeouts, 4 home runs) and Ian Kennedy - another highly touted prospect, but something of an attitude problem, who had surgery and was out for almost a year.  Giving up one decent major leaguer and two prospects for a premier player like Granderson - who, it also should be noted, has three years left on his contract at an average of about $8 million per (which is well below market for what he'd command in free agency), is terrific.  And, as an extra added attraction, everything I've read about Granderson says that he is a terrific human being:  great guy, great work ethic, etc.  It's hard to overstate the value of someone like that in your clubhouse.

-There will be great pressure on Max Baucus to resign as the senator from Montana.  And if Democrats didn't desperately need him as senator #60 for their agenda, they might be part of that pressure (the last thing they need is another scandal to deal with in next year's national elections).  But they do need him, so the pressure will come from Republicans (lots of good that will do) and some media (probably not enough to force him out).  However, if new revelations come out - as they probably will, given the apparently parallel timing of Baucus' marital breakup and when he became involved with his staff worker, Melodie Hanes - it could push him over the edge. 

-Republicans are damn lucky about Baucus, because they have their own marital scandal (to say the least) with South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford.  The only reason this idiot is still in office is that he is so much of an idiot he apparently thinks he can get past the fact that he made fools of his family, voters who trusted him, and himself.  He can't.  Not a chance.  To think that Sanford was seriously talked about as a Presidential candidate stands the hair up on the back of my neck.  On the other hand, if he made it maybe there would again be a place in government for that nice Monica Lewinsky.....

-Speaking of Monica Lewinsky (speaking being an almost impossible feat while she was doing what she became famous for), my wife and I once saw her in Manhattan.  We were having brunch at Bubby's, a great, great brunch place located on Hudson Street between Franklin and Moore, and she was there too.  We saw her walking out.  Lewinsky clearly had lost a lot of weight since her Clinton days and I have to say that, everything else notwithstanding, she really looked attractive.

-Eventually eric holder will no longer be the Attorney General of this country.  The day he leaves should be declared a national holiday.  Among his greatest hits so far, are declining to prosecute an open-and-shut case of voter intimidation by Black panther thugs in Philadelphia, declaring war on the CIA during wartime, and giving khalid sheikh mohammed and his pals the single greatest international stage possible by handing them a civil trial in New York City instead of the military tribunal they should be getting.  holder is more than just a jerk, he seems determined to damage this country.


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