Archive for 05/31/2010

The Coming Economic Catastrophe

Posted: 05/31/2010 by Lynn Dartez in banks


We ain’t seen nothin’ yet, says Marc Faber at the Mises Circle on Austrian economics and finance

Recently by Marc Faber: Don’t Ignore India

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James Hansen and Climate Change; NASA’s Disgrace

Posted: 05/31/2010 by Lynn Dartez in CFP

By Dr. Tim Ball  Monday, May 31, 2010

imageChristopher Horner requested information from National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) through Freedom of Information (FOI) and now reports, “We have asked the court to order NASA – which has evaded our Freedom of Information Act requests for three years – to turn over documents related to global warming activities undertaken by federal employees.”

It’s the pattern of blocking seen throughout the official climate science community.

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Recently the University of Virginia asked the courts to block requests for information from Attorney General Cuccinelli on the Michael Mann situation. What do they have to hide? We’re talking about scientific claims at the basis of massive global energy and economic policies. The taxpayer funds the work and will be impacted, yet they’re denied access.

Who Is In Control?

Public image is a major concern for NASA, so why have they allowed James Hansen, Director of their Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) to act as he has? There is now evidence suggesting the problem has gone on for a long time; “the equation upon which all Global Warming Theory studies are built is inherently flawed.” They then make a most devastating claim, “Worse, however, than the flaw in the equation, is that this fact has remained covered up by NASA from the first Lunar landing until now, nearly 41 years.”

NASA needs to understand weather and climate because it affects the launch orbit and landing of space vehicles. In the early years they produced excellent work like Herman and Goldberg’s 1978 book Sun, Weather and Climate. Early interests somehow changed. “Much of the institute’s early work involved study of planetary atmospheres using data collected by telescopes and space probes, and in time that led to GISS becoming a leading center of atmospheric modeling and of climate change.”
Apparently Hansen caused much of the shift as he pushed his political agenda. NASA GISS employee Gavin Schmidt provided support especially by active participation in RealClimate the attack group organized to defend the Climatic Research Unit (CRU).

Many people wondered how much of his work time went to Realclimate activities and how much represented NASA’s positions.

Hansen deflected attention from his activities by claiming he was muzzled for political ends.

His former boss Dr. John S. Theon, retired Chief of the Climate Processes Research Program at NASA completely discredited this idea. “Hansen was never muzzled even though he violated NASA’s official agency position on climate forecasting (i.e., we did not know enough to forecast climate change or mankind’s effect on it). Hansen thus embarrassed NASA by coming out with his claims of global warming in 1988 in his testimony before Congress”EPW

Hansen knew the situation because in public he presented himself either as Director of GISS or as a private citizen. He’s entitled to his views as a private citizen, but it’s an affront to imply that when speaking to a group on climate his position will not influence public opinion. Of course, his private views will influence his professional views.

Theon made his own views on global warming public after he retired in a communication to the Minority Office at the Environment and Public Works Committee on January 15, 2009. “I appreciate the opportunity to add my name to those who disagree that global warming is man-made,” His major concern was the models. “My own belief concerning anthropogenic climate change is that the models do not realistically simulate the climate system because there are many very important sub-grid scale processes that the models either replicate poorly or completely omit,” He made a disturbing comment about the data, which beyond the models is at the very heart of the climate problem. “Furthermore, some scientists have manipulated the observed data to justify their model results. In doing so, they neither explain what they have modified in the observations, nor explain how they did it. They have resisted making their work transparent so that it can be replicated independently by other scientists. This is clearly contrary to how science should be done. Thus there is no rational justification for using climate model forecasts to determine public policy,” Is Theon referring to Hansen when he talks about manipulating data to prove the models? Why didn’t Theon rein in Hansen? He explains the limitations of his position with Hansen. “I was, in effect, Hansen’s supervisor because I had to justify his funding, allocate his resources, and evaluate his results. I did not have the authority to give him his annual performance evaluation,” In the Minority Office report Theon describes Hansen as a “nice, likeable fellow,” but worries “he’s been overcome by his belief—almost religious—that he’s going to save the world.” And that’s the problem.

Either ignorance of climate science or a deliberate attempt to mislead or both

Hansen uses his bureaucratic position as Director of NASA GISS, to pursue a political agenda. He inflated the issue of human induced global warming to a global fraud in 1988 testimony before a House and Senate committee when he said; “the greenhouse effect has been detected and it is changing our climate now” This shows either ignorance of climate science or a deliberate attempt to mislead or both. The phrasing suggests incorrectly the greenhouse effect is new. There is no evidence, except in the computer models, that it is causing current climate change. He capped this with another unsupportable statement that he was, “99 percent certain that the warming trend was not a natural variation but was caused by a buildup of carbon dioxide and other artificial gases in the atmosphere.”

NASA GISS Controls And “Adjusts” Data

Besides its focus on modeling and climate change NASA GISS established itself as the source of global temperatures. It’s probably the record Theon refers to in his comment about data because it has consistently been the centre of controversy.

One was discovery of the so-called the Y2K error, which resulted in a significant change in the US temperature record. The claim 1998 was the warmest year on record and 9 of 10 of the warmest years were in that decade was amended to 1934 being the warmest and 4 of the top 10 were in the 1930s.

Emails related to this incident obtained through freedom of information prompted the comment, “Climate activist and arch-druid of the AGW movement James Hansen caught out telling porkies? Now that would be a tragedy for the Climate Fear Promotion industry! “ (Porkies is English slang for lies.)

Each year global annual temperatures are produced by different agencies and every time the NASA GISS data shows a more pronounced warming. “Each time Hansen announces that the GISS has discovered a better way to statistically modify actual US ground temperatures, warming becomes even more pronounced and any cooling less pronounced.”

All adjustments enhance the warming trend to support Theon’s comment that, “some scientists have manipulated the observed data to justify their model results.” Even with adjustments model projections overestimate the warming, but then exact replication would raise more suspicions.

“Hansen is a political activist who spreads fear even when NASA’s own data contradict him”

In the July/August 2008 issue of Launch Magazine NASA Astronaut and Physicist Walter Cunningham wrote, “Hansen is a political activist who spreads fear even when NASA’s own data contradict him,”“NASA should be at the forefront in the collection of scientific evidence and debunking the current hysteria over human-caused, or Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW). Unfortunately, it’s becoming just another agency caught up in the politics of global warming, or worse, politicized science.”

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Here are NASA’s own words about transparency. “NASA is expanding transparency, participation, and collaboration and creating a new level of openness and accountability. We are focusing on embedding open government into three integrated aspects of our operations—policy, technology, and culture.”

Actions of NASA GISS under James Hansen makes them a mockery.

Bus-bound PR Press Poolies Miss the Boat in Chicago

Posted: 05/31/2010 by Lynn Dartez in CFP

By Judi McLeod  Monday, May 31, 2010

imageQuestion to the Press Poolies holed up in a bus in front of Marty Nesbitt’s mansion yesterday: Where was the big welcome to the returning Son-of-Chicago President Barack Obama?

Co-poolies: Did you see one Welcome Home banner, any balloons, a marching band with fifes and drums? Anything to indicate that Chicagoans were happy to have the Obamas back?

Strange homecoming indeed for the Obama family in Chicago together for the first time in the last year and a half and a far cry from Election Night at Grant Park.

Did you find out anything other than while the Obamas were barbecuing at Marty’s, the mansion next door is home to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan?

Did you devise a way to see who might be slipping through the back door, or were you all too hot and bothered in your Secret Service protected bus?

We weren’t hoping for any poolies to go scouting for DNA from the prez’s martini glass, just why Obama would head straight for buddy territory at Nesbitt’s.

Since it was hardly likely that Farrakhan’s 22 bodyguards could do you any real harm, why the unidentified co-pooler blow-by-blow timeline on the Drudge Report this morning?

You made it sound as though Motown Baptist minister and Pool Report reader Rev. Gary Hunter saved you from ravening wolves.

Do we have any proof that while you were fending off his “machismo” bodyguards that Farrakhan didn’t slip into the POTUS barbecue through the back door?

Searching the address of the house next door via Google and finding notfortourists.com and taxexemptworld.com is something any teenager could do from his family’s basement.  That’s as much ingenuity you could come up with?

Now that we know that you can use search engines, how about using it to investigate Obama’s mysterious past?

It was you press poolers who got all the attention to the macho bodyguards, making it appear that you needed rescuing by the Secret Service.

Did you ever stop and think that the bodyguards were providing a distraction to keep you from knowing who was at the barbecue at Marty’s?

When the bodyguards told the Secret Service they did not know Obama was at Nesbitt’s, did you ever wonder how this was even possible.  Nesbitt did not do the neighbourly thing and tip off Farrakhan that POTUS would be there?
My journalistically naive IT Guy asks: “Isn’t it the first rule of journalism not to make yourself the story?”

Meanwhile, oh the horrors of having to report on the President of the USA from a Secret Service-protected bus in a 90+degree not-so-windy Chicago.

Was economic collapse a planned power grab? Thanks tpgow

Posted: 05/31/2010 by Lynn Dartez in WND

Europe clamors to expose Bilderbergers, alleged masterminds behind money woes


Posted: May 30, 2010
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By Drew Zahn
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For years, whispers of the secretive organization of world leaders known as the Bilderberg Group were considered fodder for conspiracy theories, but in the wake of massive economic upheaval, Europe’s mainstream has joined the clamoring to find out what kind of financial wizardry has been going on behind the Bilderberg curtain.

Daniel Estulin, author of the hot-selling book,  “The True Story of the Bilderberg Group,” has even been invited to present an unprecedented speech before the European Parliament in Brussels June 1 on the subject of the secretive cabal.

“In Spain, Bilderberg is the ‘it’ topic,” Estulin told WND. “The attention this is getting in the European mainstream press is equivalent to the New York Times or Wall Street Journal publishing extensively on it.”

The attention, Estulin said, has come as his predictions on the cost of oil and other economic factors – based on investigative reporting into the Bilderbergers – have proved more accurate than other economic models in Europe’s financial meltdown.

“Economists cannot explain it without acknowledging the shadow masters working to manipulate economies,” Estulin said. “There is a general awakening taking place in people and the national press. This is no longer the domain of conspiracy theorists. Especially in Europe, we’re seeing enough cracks to have hope that this dam will break and more and more people will demand to know what the Bilderberg Group has been doing.”

Here’s your opportunity to get the full report: “The True Story of the Bilderberg Group” by Daniel Estulin

The Bilderberg Group is an annual, invitation-only conference usually with more than 100 of the globe’s most influential leaders, such as heads of state and business tycoons. It always is closed to the public and press, a privacy frequently ensured by armed agents.

WND reported attendance at last year’s event included U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner; Larry Summers, the director of the U.S. National Economic Council; Richard Holbrooke, the Obama administration’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan; World Bank President Robert Zoellick; European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet and European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso.

Look at the financial players involved, look at the Bilderberg Group’s history, then look at the world economy, Estulin says – you don’t have to be a conspiracy nut to recognize elite, powerful forces at work.

“Bilderberg is not some group of demonic world leaders sitting around a table staring into a crystal ball,” Estulin laughed. “In the U.S., a lot of people mistakenly believe there are secret societies, a very small group controlling the dynamics of the entire world, instead of understanding Bilderberg as a processes-, ideas- and themes-shaping organization.

“Bilderberg is not a bogeyman,” Estulin told WND, “but it is a powerful organization. It’s a medium for bringing together financial institutions – the largest, predatory institutions in the world – which acts in ways that are now the worst enemy of society.”

How is it an enemy? Estulin believes the current destruction of the economy, and particularly the assault on capitalist economics, is something that has been done on purpose, a meltdown orchestrated from behind the scenes to keep the masses dependent on the elite.

“To these powerful people, national resources are theirs, not everyone’s,” Estulin told WND. “All these people want an empire. They don’t want the people of the world to develop, to prosper, to grow the population. They want us to work for them, where our children and our children’s children work for an elite group, the oligarchy.

“If people participate in the ideas shaping the world, if a nation is allowed to grow its own food, develop its own natural resources, be truly self-governing, it would end the Bilderbergers’ oligarchy,” Estulin said.

He cites David Rockefeller’s own admission. Rockefeller, a Bilderberg member, wrote: “Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure – one world, if you will. If that’s the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.”

Exposing the Bilderbergers to the world

Estulin has now been invited to speak to the European Parliament, considered one of the most powerful legislative bodies in the world, by Mario Borghezio, Italy’s most senior member.

Estulin compared his address there to an invitation to address a joint session of the U.S. Congress, a rare honor for anyone outside the ranks of the government.

Estulin believes the subject of the Bilderbergers never before has seen the light of day in front of such a highly respected audience.

His work will be part of a presentation titled “Bilderberg Group – Towards Creation of One World Company Ltd.,” which will include the work of Borghezio and British members Nigel Farage and Gerard Batten.

Estulin’s book, “The True Story of the Bilderberg Group,” is based on years of his work as a Madrid-based journalist and investigative reporter.

He connected the dots between the Bilderberg Group, world events, politicians and corporate tycoons over a period of 15 years.

Estulin reveals how the web of people and organizations has become a “shadow government whose top priority is to erase the sovereignty of all nation-states and supplant them with global corporate control of their economies under the surveillance of ‘an electronic global police state.'”

He reveals that not all members of the group are “bad,” explaining that membership is structured like concentric circles, with varying responsibilities and relationships. But it includes almost every famous player in politics and finance, such as George W. Bush, George Soros, George McGovern and Jimmy Carter.

Estulin writes: “This parallel world remains unseen in the daily struggles of most of humanity, but, believe me, it is there: a cesspool of duplicity and lies and double-speak and innuendo and blackmail and bribery. It is a surreal world of double and triple agents, of changing loyalties, of professional psychotic assassins, brainwashed black ops agents, soldiers of fortune and mercenaries, whose primary sources of income are the dirtiest and most despicable government-run subversive missions – the kind that can never be exposed.”

The conference this year is scheduled June 3-6 in Sitges, Spain.

Former British cabinet minister Lord Denis Healey, one of the founders of the group, explained the purpose of the group to Jon Ronson of the Guardian.

“Those of us in Bilderberg felt we couldn’t go on forever fighting one another for nothing and killing people and rendering millions homeless,” he said. “So we felt that a single community throughout the world would be a good thing.”

In 2009 Estulin reported his sources told him the main topic of the last year’s agenda was the world economy. He said his sources inside the group told him the movers and shakers would be discussing two options – “either a prolonged, agonizing depression that dooms the world to decades of stagnation, decline, and poverty … or an intense-but-shorter depression that paves the way for a new sustainable economic world order, with less sovereignty but more efficiency.”

Estulin reports the following items will be on the Bilderberg Group’s 2010 agenda:

  1. Will the Euro survive?
  2. Development in Europe: Europe’s exit strategy … on hold?
  3. Do we have institutions to deal with the world economy?
  4. Greece: Lessons and forward-looking strategies
  5. NATO and Afghanistan: The practical agenda for the alliance
  6. Iran and Russia: Economic and financial threats to the alliance
  7. The consequences of war against terrorism
  8. The influence of domestic issues on American foreign policy
  9. The outlook for Japan’s economy
  10. The future of the U.S. dollar: Alternative scenarios

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