Week-End Fun: Let’s Play “Where’d Al Go?”

February 27, 2010


There’s a fun new game that’s sweeping the nation, in light of record freezing and snow storms. Based loosely on the children’s books, “Where’s Waldo?” this game is played by adults wanting to know what’s happened to the former Vice-President, author of the best-seller, “An Inconvenient Truth” and winner of both an Oscar and Nobel Prize. The game is called “Where’d Al Go?”

Illustration by Gerry Ashley

At the height of Al Gore’s great “Global Warming” scam, he was everywhere. Talk shows, Monday Night Football, Internet videos, radio, newspapers, magazines… He left no form of exposure unexploited. The crowds came showed up to reinforce their adulation. It was almost enough to make him forget he got beaten in the Presidential election a few short years before… 

His book and movie enthralled an American public that loves to grab onto any perceived crisis without bothering to do any fact-checking (the same people who forward e-mails with dramatic stories without bothering to check their validity). Next stop: The Hollywood Oscars. Yep, there was Al, fresh from hosting Saturday Night Live to collect his Oscar for his pseudo-documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth” (which, as we now know, was actually a propaganda movie whose real title was A Bunch Of Very Convenient Lies.” 

But that wasn’t the end of it. Next thing you know, Al’s flying off to Copenhagen to pick up a Nobel prize for his erstwhile work in demonstrating how the world (but mostly the United States) was destroying the planet. 

Children cried as they watched images of helpless Polar Bears adrift on ice chunks that had once been giant glaciers (or so the kids were led to believe). 

Then came Al’s second biggest invention since the Internet: Carbon Credits! While Al figured out how to make billions by being one of the only sources for Carbon Credits, environmentalists drew up new guidelines for “the rest of us.

When Gore was criticized for having a home that uses 30 times the amount of energy of the typical American home, we were told, “Well, that’s different… he’s buying Carbon Credits to make up the difference.” What we weren’t being told is that buying carbon credits, for someone like Gore, simply meant taking money from his left pocket and simply inserted it into his right.

When he was criticized for flying around the country in his own personal Gulfstream jet (one of the least fuel efficient in the business), we were told it’s a small price to pay for spreading  the word about global warming: 

Source: Photobucket


But then, like climate change, Al’s credibility started to slide:: 

  • Former CRU director Phil Jones was accused of covering up the fact that data from Chinese weather stations was flawed. Darned if he could find the original data documentation, too… 
  • Stoutcat recently covered the other aspects of the crumbling case for Global Warming regarding Glaciergate and Amazongate in her piece you can read here.
  • And, of course, there were the e-mails exposed when hackers broke into the computers at the University of East Anglia where, as it turns out, much of the Global Warming data was uh, massaged into supporting the agenda.
  • Finally (and this just has to really suck if you’re Al Gore), his Global Warming position was endorsed by non other than Osama Bin-Laden. Read my piece on that ringing endorsement here.

Then came appearances that had to be cancelled due to blizzards which, of course, Gore supporters now tell us is all due to Global Warming (which, oddly enough, was their explanation for  the lack of snow several years ago).  

In fact, the last known photo of Al Gore, before his disappearance was as he addressed a small group outside a Circle K  in Flagstaff, Arizona: 


Source: Photobucket

After this fiasco, Al retreated and was reportedly hiding out on a private Island near Fiji.  

At some point along the way, the decision was made to re-name “Global Warming” as “Climate Change.” It was discovered that it’s  harder to define and, therefore, harder to be held accountable for the resulting scams.

Which brings me to the crux of the matter: Al Gore, one of the principal architects behind the whole “Cap and Trade” scam, stands to make billions as companies are strong-armed into buying “Carbon Credits” as a penance for their sins of using electricity. While Global Warmi… oops, sorry… “Climate Change” is being blamed for the need of Cap and Trade, there doesn’t seem to be any discussion on scaling it back or eliminating it altogether now that the science supporting it has been debunked.  Ahhh… no wonder Al is in hiding. 

But there’s more bad news for Gore: On Tuesday, the editors of Investors Business Daily wrote: 

“The godfather of climate hysteria is in hiding as another of his wild claims unravels — this one about global warming causing seas to swallow us up. We’ve not seen or heard much of the former vice president, Oscar winner and Nobel Prize recipient recently as the case for disastrous man-made climate change collapses.”  

Yet, according to Fox News, Gore spoke at the American Library Association conference at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center on January `16th. While there, he signed copies of his newest book, Our Choice: How We Can Solve the Climate Crisis. On Feb. 22nd, he appeared at the IBM Pulse Conference in Las Vegas where he discussed how the environment was a fantastic business opportunity. According to the Fox article, Gore said: 

“We are in the presence of one of the greatest opportunities in the history of business to become much more efficient and eliminate waste, pollution and losses all at the same time,” he said. 

Ohhhhhh… Now we get it, Al. By that, I mean, now we get why you’re so selectively incommunicado.  Since he attended the Copenhagen climate summit in December, Gore has, for the most part,  been unavailable to talk to the media, making only a handful of public appearances (and those were under strictly controlled conditions). 

Finally, it’s getting harder for Gore to run, and it has nothing to do with record snow-falls. From Fox news: 

On Tuesday, Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe — a prominent skeptic of global warming theory and the Republican leader of the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee — issued a request for Gore to come testify on global warming. In an interview with FoxNews.com, Inhofe said he wants Gore to appear because “it will be interesting to ask him on what science he based his movie,” a film the senator considers “science fiction.” 

Read the Fox report on-line here

Global Warming? Climate Change? Oh well, Al… you’ll always have the Internet… 

H/T Fox news 

Gerry Ashley


The Fly On The Wall – Espisode 3: Here Come Da Judge

February 11, 2010





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The Fly On The Wall – Episode 2: Global What?

February 10, 2010





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Humble Reasoning

February 2, 2010


In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.

“Le GIEC est mort, vive le débat!” (Le Monde)

Global warming science is as dead as the dodo. The last nail in its coffin came this week from reports that embattled former CRU director Phil Jones covered up the fact that data from Chinese weather stations was flawed and that the original data documentation was nowhere to be found. (The dog ate it?)

Jones and a collaborator have been accused by a climate change sceptic and researcher of scientific fraud for attempting to suppress data that could cast doubt on a key 1990 study on the effect of cities on warming – a hotly contested issue.

Today the Guardian reveals how Jones withheld the information requested under freedom of information laws. Subsequently a senior colleague told him he feared that Jones’s collaborator, Wei-­Chyung Wang of the University at Albany, had “screwed up”…

Wang was cleared of scientific fraud by his university, but new information brought to light today indicates at least one senior colleague had serious concerns about the affair.

It also emerges that documents which Wang claimed would exonerate him and Jones did not exist.

This may be the blow that brings the whole “climate science” scam down. With AmazonGate, GlacierGate, and the entire CRU leaked email scandal, I can’t think of a single mitigating circumstance that would make me confident that any single piece of data in any report from NOAA, GISS, CRU, or the IPCC was true and verifiable. Or that any report produced as a result of that data should be relied on to enact legislation that would dramatically affect the economy and emissions of any nation.

In the grand scheme of things, this is really a shame. The humble reasoning of an individual should lead him to conclude that human society affects the planet and the climate. How much? Uncertain. But wouldn’t it be nice to know, for instance, whether humans have less effect on our climate than, say, the methane emissions of the tens of millions of buffalo that once roamed the Great Plains… or even the 1.5 billion domestic cattle that exist today? Because according the the United Nations as of four years ago, that truly is the greatest “global warming” threat:

A United Nations report has identified the world’s rapidly growing herds of cattle as the greatest threat to the climate, forests and wildlife. And they are blamed for a host of other environmental crimes, from acid rain to the introduction of alien species, from producing deserts to creating dead zones in the oceans, from poisoning rivers and drinking water to destroying coral reefs.

The 400-page report by the Food and Agricultural Organisation, entitled Livestock’s Long Shadow, also surveys the damage done by sheep, chickens, pigs and goats. But in almost every case, the world’s 1.5 billion cattle are most to blame. Livestock are responsible for 18 per cent of the greenhouse gases that cause global warming, more than cars, planes and all other forms of transport put together. [emphasis mine]

On the other hand, if data coming out of the United Nations is suspect, why should we even believe this? I don’t know.

So we need to scrap all the data and start from scratch. Humanity should understand the effect we have on our home. So let’s begin again and gather the data in a transparent and scientifically sound way, base conclusions on fact, not opinion, and write reports that are not biased toward a certain conclusion.

Because right now, my humble reasoning leads me to believe that we’ve got bupkis.


Bin Laden Endorses Al Gore On Global Warming

January 29, 2010

Osama Bin Laden Endorsing Al Gore For Global Warming Czar

You know things aren’t going well when you wake up in the morning to find that the newest “celebrity endorser” for your elaborate global warming scam turns out to be Osama Bin Laden. The audio tape announcing the support  has been verified as Bin Laden’s voice.

But that’s Al Gore’s lot in life. Visions of becoming President by riding Bill Clinton’s coattails went up in smoke when America decided they had had enough of the Philanderer-In-Chief.

Now, visions of becoming a Billionaire are in doubt. Week after week, we are finding that more and more of the global warming data Gore relied on to make his movie “An Incovenient Truth” turned out to be heavily falsified. In short, Al Gore Lied to propagate his Global Warming scam.

Weather patterns over the past ten years are actually showing a return to normal after a 10 year stretch of slightly above. Bad news if you’re a global warming guru, poised to make billions on the sale of Carbon Credits.

And now, his biggest supporter is Osama Bin Laden.

There really IS a God, ladies and gentlemen. And, as it so happens, God has a sense of humor.

Gore was unavailable for comment, but an aid, speaking on the conditions of anonymity said Gore will address the falsified data and the Bin Laden endorsement at his Global Warming Seminar in Virginia this weekend.

A second endorsement is expected shortly from North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.



Hope & Strange

The Al Gore Global Warming Seminar, scheduled for Saturday in Richmond, Virginia has been cancelled due to the expected blizzard which is forecast to hit that state and be the largest snowstorm to hit that state in the past 20 years.  Gore’s staff is looking at rescheduling the conference… perhaps in August.

Gerry Ashley

Something Rotten in Denmark?

December 8, 2009

Evidently there is much weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth in Copenhagen today, as the three main groups attending the “Kool Kids Konference” are all throwing major hissy fits. The Guardian reports:

The UN Copenhagen climate talks are in disarray today after developing countries reacted furiously to leaked documents that show world leaders will next week be asked to sign an agreement that hands more power to rich countries and sidelines the UN’s role in all future climate change negotiations.

The document is also being interpreted by developing countries as setting unequal limits on per capita carbon emissions for developed and developing countries in 2050; meaning that people in rich countries would be permitted to emit nearly twice as much under the proposals.

The so-called Danish text, a secret draft agreement worked on by a group of individuals known as “the circle of commitment” – but understood to include the UK, US and Denmark – has only been shown to a handful of countries since it was finalised this week.

What a scandal and a hissing!

  • Developing countries are upset because they will not be allowed to emit nearly as much carbon as the developed nations. Unfair!
  • Developed nations are upset because this little secret plan got leaked. Unfair!
  • And the United Nations is upset because it takes power and money (lots and lots and lots of money) out of their hands and places it elsewhere. Really unfair!

So what to do about this brouhaha? Well, I think the best-case scenario is if the representatives from the developing nations, the developed nations, and the United Nations all leave Copenhagen in a huff and have nothing more to do with such a stupid conference ever again.

Face it. The earth has been slowly warming since the end of the Little Ice Age back in 1850. Is some of that warming caused by human beings? Probably. Is much or most of it due to circumstances having nothing to do with human activity? Certainly. Is there anything we can do about it, regardless of cause? Precious little in the grand scheme of things, despite what the “scientists” are claiming.

And until the scientists at East Anglia can come up with a better excuse than, “The dog ate our homework” to explain why they can’t show any raw data, I say we scrap Copenhagen, scrap Kyoto, scrap the CRU, scrap NOAA/GHCN, scrap NASA/GISS, and start again.

It behooves all of us as human beings to live on this earth conscientiously. If I speak of “responsible stewardship” I’ll probably get branded as a wingnut born-again Christianist, but so what? We do need to be responsible stewards.

We also need things like fuel to power all the great inventions that allow us all to live in relative comfort and safety. That stewardship therefore also includes discovering things like reliable, large-scale renewable fuel sources; and until we find and develop those, responsible exploitation of the riches that lie beneath our own soil and on our own shores, rather than outsourcing our needs to countries which would rather see us all under sharia law, and which do their drilling in far less eco-friendly ways.

Global warming scams aside, if we are not responsible stewards, we may bequeath our children and grandchildren an environment as unpleasant to live in as their indebtedness from the cost of nationalized healthcare will be to live with. And we don’t need a conference in Copenhagen, Kyoto, or anywhere else to remind us of that.

UPDATE: HotAir suggests: “What this is really about is first-world nations getting last-minute cold feet at the thought of massive wealth transfers to some unreliable partners.”


Hawaiian Climatologists in Bed with Al Gore?

June 19, 2009


It’s the only explanation I can think of for this epic feat of Really Bad Science, as reported by the good folks at Watts Up With That? Let us begin by looking at the siting of the ASOS station at the Honolulu Airport.

Honolulu weather station

Is there anything that strikes you odd about the location and peripherals surrounding the temperature sensor? Perhaps the asphalt road, air conditioning vent, and power transformer combine to generate a bit more heat than a given date and time warrants? I wonder. (Of course locations like these are not unusual in positioning highly scientific record-keeping weather equipment.)

Then of course, there’s the malfunctioning temperature sensor itself, which was found to be off by at least three degrees, and possibly four, when compared to a more accurate calibrating thermometer.

So the record heat that the good citizens of Honolulu have been experiencing for the past week or so hasn’t actually broken any records. And yet…

And yet, the National Weather Service has decided to let the new non-records stand, though they know the data is faulty. Why do you suppose that is?

Either the scientists are not aware of the problem, which is manifestly untrue, or they are too lazy to make the changes, which seems very unlikely since  they add information all the time; it can’t possibly be that difficult to edit a week’s worth of incorrect information.

As the WUWT folks said:

“Let me say it first:  THIS IS JUST WRONG.

 If they know the error, how can they possibly justify keeping the new maximum records? You can’t get away with this sort of thing in the world of professional sports records, Olympic records, or even the cheesy Guinness Book of Records.  Heck they even fix mistakes made on the TV quiz show Jeopardy and dock the contestant’s winnings!

Surely NOAA has more scruples than a TV game show?

If the record can’t be verified because the equipment is faulty, how does that make it a valid record? They can’t, it’s FUBAR!”

Therefore, I am left with the conclusion that these scientists have some sort of vested interest in keeping incorrectly high temperatures on record for purposes of continuing the global warming boondoggle.

Just one more reason to view Al Gore and his Global Warming scammers with more than extreme skepticism.


Area of Concern™ Rachel Lucas