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It’s crazy that action on ACC is dependent on anyone’s belief, given that it is empirical (and an awful lot of statistical/probabilistic) evidence of global warming that has led to the international consensus. Unfortunately, in a country so dominated by religious zealots and television, belief is king and proof one of many princes.
People have been conditioned to think that science and the logical processes that it instils in one are no more than another creed rather than an alternative or complementary behaviour, which encourages individualism and cognitive free-thinking (rather than emotional or volitional [both of which are often led by the will of others]).
The mass of droll television programmes, many of which convince people that science helps prove things, have a lot to answer for given that they have led people to (wrongly) believe that science functions as a judge or arbiter of truth – a role that many believe once was (or still is) the domain of (their) God alone.
Personally, I have struggled with and now largely reject tv shows that portray scientists, because as far as I have seen they do not talk in probabilities or weight of evidence, but in absolutes, which are for the most part absent from science.
Like many scientists (I have a Masters, though at present I do not work in a scientific field), were I to be presented with clear and convincing evidence of the existence of a supreme being (or even aliens, UFO’s, Bigfoot or anything else where belief or faith are essential for their propagation) or clear and overwhelming evidence that the current warming of the climate was entirely natural and beyond our control, I would happily proclaim it to the rooftops. Some scientists are religious, but even then they are aware of the distinction between their faith or belief system and their science. For them the two are not mutually exclusive. It’s a shame that so many others cannot appreciate this.

Climate Denial Crock of the Week

Brookings Institution:

As 2012 begins, a growing number of Americans believe global warming is occurring. This is one of the key findings from the latest National Survey of American Public Opinion on Climate Change (NSAPOCC).

  • More Americans than ever are pointing to experiences with warmer temperatures as the main reason they believe global warming is occurring.
  • For Americans who believe that climate change is occurring, factors beyond weather (such as: declining polar species) appear to be having the greatest effect on convincing an individual that the planet is warming.
  • Nearly 80% of Democrats believe in global warming, while Republicans are almost evenly split with 47% seeing evidence of increasing global temperatures.Download paper here

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The GOP Wingnuts and their kin the Tea Party fanatics seem to have persuaded most of the rest of the Party that anthropogenic climate change, energy conservation and plans for mass-transit infrastructure development are symptoms of a Socialist/ Communist/ UN plot to seize power and impose a New World Order of Global Governance.

I hope beyond hope that the American people are alert to the arrogant imbeciles who would bring a new era of ignorance and irrationality to the Oval Office and to the Capitol, were they to be given the chance.

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The Tea Party is now telling us that sustainability is a plot to sap our precious bodily fluids. At what point does this just become too embarrassing for sensible human beings?

New York Times:

Across the country, activists with ties to the Tea Party are railing against all sorts of local and state efforts to control sprawl and conserve energy. They brand government action for things like expanding public transportation routes and preserving open space as part of a United Nations-led conspiracy to deny property rights and herd citizens toward cities.

They are showing up at planning meetings to denounce bike lanes on public streets and smart meters on home appliances — efforts they equate to a big-government blueprint against individual rights.

In Maine, the Tea Party-backed Republican governor canceled a project to ease congestion along the Route 1 corridor after protesters complained it was part of the…

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ACTA: They kept this one quiet…


…By distracting us with worrying about laws within our borders that will limit internet freedom, when behind the scenes they were introducing a plurilateral law that made any internal laws moot anyway. This has clearly been happening  with the assistance of the mainstream media, who have not been publicising it. We have to try to stop it.

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is a plurilateral agreement for the purpose of establishing international standards for intellectual property rights enforcement. The agreement aims to establish an international legal framework for targeting counterfeit goods, generic medicines and copyright infringement on the Internet, and would create a new governing body outside existing forums, such as the World Trade Organization, the World Intellectual Property Organization, or the United Nations. Wikipedia


Thought Police

It creates a new (probably unelected) governing body to interfere and oversee our everyday lives, make sure we are not doing, listening to or watching something we shouldn’t be.It will also prevent generic drugs being

Who get’s to decide that?  Well they do, of course! Who will police it?  They will make the ISPs do it. Existing law enforcement will be able to search your ipod or phone and find a track on it that you downloaded or got from a friend who did and charge you with copyright infringement.

Unless we stand against it now this WILL happen. There is a demonstration in London on February 11th (fb group/event) – I have to work, but I’m trying to figure out how I can go.

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Climate Denial Crock of the Week

NASA:

Nine of the top ten warmest years in the modern meteorological record have occurred since the year 2000. Last year was another one of them, coming in at 9th warmest since 1880.

The map above shows temperature anomalies, or changes, by region in 2011; it does not depict absolute temperature. Essentially, the map shows how much warmer or cooler each region was in 2011 compared with an averaged “base period” from 1951–1980. The line plot shows yearly temperature variations (from the base period average) for every year from 1880 to now. (For more explanation of how the analysis works, read World of Change: Global Temperatures.)

On January 19, 2012, researchers at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) released their annual analysis of global temperatures, noting that Earth’s land and ocean surfaces continue to experience higher temperatures than several decades ago. The global average temperature for 2011 was…

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So important, it just has to be shared! We have to lobby our politicians, wherever we are in the world, to keep the internet free. We cannot hope that oppressive regimes will fall and corporate interests won’t prevail, if the grass is no longer greener on the other side.

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Peter Sinclair does it again – I’m addicted to his blog. “…63% of the GOP’s rank-and-file support[ing]…
…aid to states to protect teachers’ and first responders’ jobs…
[whilst] …zero Republicans on Capitol Hill are willing to even allow a vote on a popular jobs idea… [that their own] …voters strongly support.”

Climate Denial Crock of the Week

The Plum Line  – Washington Post:

Republicans are already blasting Obama for failing to stand up to his base — environmentalists had organized aggressively against the decision, and deserve tremendous credit for helping to make this outcome happen. Whether or not a fear of the base drove this decision, Obama did stand up to his Republican opponents.

When Congressional GOP leaders initially tied the Keystone approval decision to the debate over whether to extend the payroll tax cut, Republicans — and some neutral commentators, too — confidently predicted that Obama would not be able to oppose the pipeline, because he would be nixing jobs heading into an election year. It didn’t matter that an independent study cast doubt on how many jobs the probject would create; this was seen as a sure loser for the president.

But even some proponents of the project say that by attempting to box Obama…

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The UK Government are being moronic over Scotland


“…The coalition says any a vote would be unlawful without their approval…”

BBC News – Cameron and Miliband unite to oppose Scots independence.

Are they serious? Are they trying to alienate all Scots? Do moronic politicians really believe that they would be able to deny the Scottish people their independence if the voted for it – whether in an officially (British Government) sanctioned referendum or not?
Lets face it, if Scotland voted for independence then they would get it, because this is a democratic country and otherwise we would be no better than Serbia under Slobodan Milosovic or Russia under Putin.

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