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Global Cooling and Wikipedia Fake News | Andy May Petrophysicist. By Andy May There is an excellent new post up at notrickszone.com on the global cooling scare of the 1970’s and the efforts to erase it from the record by the climate alarmists at realclimate.com. For some the scandal at Wikipedia over William Connolley deliberately posting false articles and altering factual ones on climate is old news. This is for those who missed the story. William Connolley created or rewrote 5,428 unique Wikipedia articles. “Fake news” is an old story, used extensively by radical climate alarmists and environmentalists. Indeed, Greenpeace seems to be based on the concept of fake news. The following anecdote by author Lawrence Solomon is instructive. “Of course Oreskes’s conclusions were absurd, and have been widely ridiculed. Connolley was hardly the only offender, Kim Dabelstein Petersen and many others are also guilty. Probably fake news has been with us for a very long time, but thanks to the Internet it is produced quicker and debunked quicker these days.

German Springs Arriving Later As Wikipedia Caught Whitewashing, Disinforming! By Dr. Sebastian Lüning and Josef Kowatsch (Translated and rewritten by P Gosselin) At the Hamburg Binnenalster near the Lombard Bridge, one finds a particular patch of forsythia, which blossoms every year when spring arrives at the north German port city. And just days ago on March 24, 2017, the famous patch blossomed again as it does every year. So what’s the big deal about a spring flower patch blossoming in the spring? It turns out that this particular patch is in fact one of great scientific interest as it has been scientifically observed since 1945. The dates at which the flowers blossom have been carefully recorded each year.

In the age of “rapid, unprecedented global warming”, you’d think that the blossoms would be appearing earlier and earlier as the global climate heats up like NASA insists it is. Despite this year’s seemingly early spring in Europe, the most recent 2017 data point of the Hamburg Lombard Bridge forsythia blossoms in fact fits right with the overall 30 year trend. Global Cooling and Wikipedia Fake News | Watts Up With That? By Andy May There is an excellent new post up at notrickszone.com on the global cooling scare of the 1970’s and the efforts to erase it from the record by the climate alarmists at realclimate.com. For some the scandal at Wikipedia over William Connolley deliberately posting false articles and altering factual ones on climate is old news.

This is for those who missed the story. William Connolley created or rewrote 5,428 unique Wikipedia articles. “Fake news” is an old story, used extensively by radical climate alarmists and environmentalists. The following anecdote by author Lawrence Solomon is instructive. “Of course Oreskes’s conclusions were absurd, and have been widely ridiculed. Connolley was hardly the only offender, Kim Dabelstein Petersen and many others are also guilty. Probably fake news has been with us for a very long time, but thanks to the Internet it is produced quicker and debunked quicker these days.

Like this: Like Loading... Politifact tells us about American politics and science. We should listen. - Fabius Maximus website. Summary: This vignette illustrates important aspects of the climate change debate, and why it has failed to gain sufficient support from Americans to pass large-scale public policy measures. For two decades journalists and scientists have cooperated to produce political propaganda, exaggerating and misrepresenting the work of the IPCC. Their failure should inspire us, showing a resistance to manipulation greater than many people expected (it surprises me).

My post, which started this kerfuffle In July I published The 97% consensus of climate scientists is only 47%, which showed the hidden results of an excellent survey of scientists’ agreement with the IPPC’s attribution statements about the role of anthropogenic greenhouse gases in global warming. It attracted some attention on skeptics’ websites, and pushback from climate activists (both laypeople and scientists). The article at Politifact Below are the relevant parts of her hit job. (a) Politifact ends with deception About Politifact. Note to Politifact: Obama DID say there is No Greater Threat than Climate Change.

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Politifact has just claimed Paul Babeu, the Republican Sheriff of Pinal County, Ariz., who is at the front line of combatting Mexican Drug Cartels encroaching into North America, made a mostly false statement when he claimed President Obama thinks climate change is the number one security threat. A few minutes web search was all it took, to show that Paul Babeu’s interpretation of President Obama’s statements is entirely reasonable. Paul Babeu, the Republican Sheriff of Pinal County, Ariz., near the U.S. -Mexico border, has repeatedly criticized President Barack Obama’s administration for its lack of border security.Babeu, who’s running for Congress this November against a Republican field that includes David Gowan, Ken Bennett and Wendy Rogers, warned of Mexican drug cartels in his county ahead of Memorial Day weekend on Fox News’ Hannity on May 26.But he also used the interview to make a political jab, questioning Obama’s priorities.

Like this: Like Loading... Politifact or Politi-fiction | Andy May Petrophysicist. By Andy May This is a critique of the coverage of the man-made climate change debate by Politifact.com. It’s an update of a post I wrote last year. Journalism has not improved in the last 19 months and may actually be worse. Because Politifact is often characterized as an unbiased and credible source by the rest of the media it must be held to a very high standard. This is why finding two well documented cases of the organization deliberately mischaracterizing the facts and misquoting sources on the climate change debate is so shocking. As a result of these “fact checks” it is annoying that the press cites Politifact as if it were objective and honest, it is neither.

In their fact check of Senator Rick Santorum they misquoted Professor Richard Tol on several points. “I think you were unfair on Santorum. “There is vigorous debate about how much humans have contributed to climate change, but no one argues the effect is zero. As Professor Tol, Professor Bjorn Lomborg, Dr. Figure 1 Ms.