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November 3, 2007

Hacking Away at the Consensus Lie

Even now unscrupulous political hacks like Al Gore continue to bellow about the imaginary consensus that the global warming hoax is for real. Yet with every passing day, more scientists gather the courage to risk their careers by denouncing the hoax. Popular Technology.net names a few of the "deniers" who refuse to drink the Kool-Aid; the list of scientists goes on for too long to reproduce it here.

Some informative links are also provided:

19,000 Scientists declare that global warming is a lie with no scientific basis whatsoever (OISM)
4000 Scientists sign 'The Heidelberg Appeal' (Science & Environmental Policy Project)
500 Scientists with Documented Doubts of Man-Made Global Warming Scares (Heartland Institute)
105 Scientists sign 'The Leipzig Declaration on Global Climate Change' (Science & Environmental Policy Project)
77 Skeptical Scientists (Business and Media Institute)
60 Scientists call on Harper to revisit the science of global warming (Financial Post, Canada)
41 Scientists debunk global warming alert (Telegraph.co.uk)
27 Skeptical Scientists, 'The Deniers' (National Post, Canada)
An Inconvenient Fact: …only 51 individuals signed the IPCC Report released on February 2, 2007.

The idea that a "consensus" constitutes validity is moronic. Michael Crichton is quoted:

Let's be clear: the work of science has nothing whatever to do with consensus. Consensus is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference to the real world. In science consensus is irrelevant. What is relevant is reproducible results. The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus…

So is Marcus Aurelius:

The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.

But to say there's a consensus anyway is not just a mistake or an exaggeration, but a deliberate and preposterous lie — though hardly the only untruth Al Gore and his acolytes have promoted with politically motivated assistance from our complicit media and schools.

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Posted by Van Helsing at November 3, 2007 11:17 AM

Comments

The existence or absence of consensus could not possibly matter less. Scientific issues aren't decided by popular vote, but by dispositive data, which are not presently to hand. Therefore the issue is open. Period.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at November 3, 2007 2:40 PM

Max Biallystock - "Wait! This is just a small sample! Let's see what the majority thinks!"
Leo Bloom - "The majority!"
Max - "The majority!"
Leo - "The majority!"
Max - "The majority!"
Leo - "The majority!"
Max - "The majority!"
Leo - "The majority!"

Posted by: Corona at November 3, 2007 6:00 PM

Really nice job pulling all that information together with all of those links. Thanks so much!

I just have a sense that the wheels are started to come off of Gore's Global Warming bus lately, notwithstanding the useful idiots in Hollywood that bestow awards upon him, and the communists over at the Nobel Peace Prize committe's worthless opinions.

Ha!!!! Baghdad Bob! How I've missed him. I used to get so many laughs out of this guy. My favorite incident involving him was while he was giving one of his last press conferences saying that "the Americans have been defeated in the desert. There are no American forces in Baghdad, etc." Almost simultaneously an American reporter was interviewing a couple of Marines a few blocks away, and she asked them what they thought about B.B.'s claims. One of the kids said something like: "I'll just take a walk over there and have a talk with him.."

Posted by: Jack Bauer at November 4, 2007 8:24 AM

There is also no consensus that smoking affects health, that supply and demand affect price, or that some diseases are caused by tiny organisms that cannot be seen with the naked eye. All of these are disputed.

Posted by: Dan at November 4, 2007 12:12 PM

Uh,Dan, you feeling OK?

Posted by: Tom C., at November 4, 2007 12:30 PM

Data, Dan, data. Not computer models, which are two a penny, and overpriced at that. Dispositive data that speak directly to the issue, not hunches and dubious extrapolations.

And not so long ago, there was a broad consensus that ulcers resulted from stress, and two Australians (IIRC) were laughed at for suggesting that ulcers in fact resulted from bacterial infection. H. pylorii and one Nobel Prize (a real one, not one of those poxy ones, such as Peace and Literature) later, now there is a new consensus.

A series of accurate predictions of, say, the hurricane activity over the next 12 months, would go some way to lending credence to predictions of the climate over the next century. Attempts at such hurricane predictions have proven laughably wrong the last few years. 'Nuff said.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at November 4, 2007 1:00 PM

Ya know, I'd say I'm definitely a skeptic on the anthropogenic global warming thing, on various levels...

But that website? PopularTechnology.net? It's.. well, I'll be blunt: It's contrarian screed. Read it, it's sometimes well reasoned (and I think this post is pretty decent stuff), but a lot of it is junk, and it's not about being right or wrong, it's about scoring points.

There's some pretty blatant crap further down that page. Yuck.
(Extra services don't affect the performance of your computer at all. I'm sorry, but while the overall point is again pretty decent, there are some pretty big whoppers in the details...)

Posted by: RedClaw at November 4, 2007 5:26 PM

I said it before, I'll say it again: there is no consensus over the laws of gravity.

Posted by: Archonix at November 4, 2007 5:37 PM

RedClaw, There is absolutely no junk on my page. I am sorry but their are many computer Myths out there and disabling services to improve performance outside of boot times is one of them. This relates to the default Windows Services not ones like AV which create IO requests even when not in use. You will not find one documented reproduceable test proving performance improvements outside of boot times by disabling any of the default windows services:

While there is reproduceable evidence to prove exactly what I am talking about:
Source. Try sticking to the post at hand instead of interjecting irrelevant ad hominem arguments to derail the topic.

Posted by: Poptech at November 5, 2007 8:54 AM