atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#5721: I honestly don't know which to start with.

We've got more on the #CNNBlackmail thing, but there's also delicious news in the anthropogenic global warming arena.

Global warming it is!

Michael Mann is an idiot. He brought suit against some people who claimed his "hockey stick" was fraudulent (which it was!).
Mann shot himself in the foot with that last. For several years, Mann had refused to produce his data for the court (in support of his own case), claiming that it was "proprietary." After missing a February 20th deadline, he now finds himself in contempt. Under Canadian law, the court is now required to dismiss the suit.
The natural thing that will happen in a a case where you claim that calling you a fraud is libel is, the court will require you to produce your data demonstrating that you're not--and if you're unable to anticipate that, you're pretty stupid.

Mann is refusing to produce his data because it will demonstrate beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is lying and that his hockey stick graph is a fraud.

And we go to this article for this lovely bit of information:
Mann's now proven contempt of court means Ball is entitled to have the court serve upon Mann the fullest punishment. Contempt sanctions could reasonably include the judge ruling that Dr. Ball's statement that Mann 'belongs in the state pen, not Penn. State' is a precise and true statement of fact. This is because under Canada's unique 'Truth Defense', Mann is now proven to have wilfully hidden his data, so the court may rule he hid it because it is fake. As such, the court must then dismiss Mann's entire libel suit with costs awarded to Ball and his team.
Understand this: when you go to sue someone, and the court orders you to do something in order to receive a settlement, you have to do it whether you want to or not. By suing others for libel, Mann put himself in an untenable position: he has to demonstrate that the "hockey stick" was not fraudulent, one way or another, and failing to do so eviscerates his case. Once the court ruled that Mann had to produce his data and algorithms, he was sunk.

The fact that you are smart does not mean everyone else is stupid.

So Mann has been caught out, and it's been demonstrated by a court of law that he was making shit up and not doing actual science.

Borepatch has this, on the validity of data sets and adjustments made to them. Climatologists are so desperate to be right, they make shit up out of whole cloth. Like Mann.

And As usual, the doomsayers are wrong.

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Taking a page from Michael Mann, The Democrat National committee refuses to produce evidence which would prove them correct. Common sense, isn't it? If you have something that will prove you right, why are you refusing to produce it and be vindicated? The logical conclusion is that you must be unwilling to produce it because it proves you wrong, or it contains something that is actively criminal.

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GM stuffs dealer lots with cars such that dealers have 3.5 months' worth of inventory. The same company that was planning to ramp up production of the Volt to 60,000 units per year when they weren't selling 6,000 is now claiming that their cars are selling like hotcakes.

And no, it's not a good sign for the economy.

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An example of science being done correctly. There's a chance that the gravity wave detector may not have detected gravity waves. The people operating the instrument are confident in their conclusions and released all their data and algorithms when they published. Others are analyzing the data using other methods, and they may have found some issues with it. Or may not. It falls to other scientists to check and recheck both the initial results and the results that challenge them; eventually one or the other will be demonstrated correct. And none of the parties are suing over it.

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Chicago cops cannot write any more tickets, because they don't have ticket books.


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Oh, wow. One woman spits on another woman's car. A fight ensues, several-on-one, and then it turns into a demolition derby. It's a hoot; watch it all. 3:30 is when I really started laughing. The action is pretty much over after that.

But someone should tell 'em, that when you're doing that kind of thing, hit with the rear instead of the front. The front is where your radiator is.

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And now, #CNNBlackmail!

Kurt Schlichter talks about CNN's "ritual suicide".
The media babbles about "principles," but as soon as they become inconvenient then out the window go those precious "principles." A silly wrestling gif supporting the president "promotes violence against the media," but a week before that funding a play where President Trump is stabbed to death was artful political commentary? That's my objection to all this recent "principles" talk. They are never actually promoting "principles." It is always a scam and a pose designed to stop other people from acting in, or defending, their own interests. These "principles" never, ever require the people allegedly holding them to not act in, or defend, their interests.

CNN has all sorts of "principles" it uses to bludgeon its opponents, none of which ever seem to limit CNN's own actions. How convenient.
Well, it's been said again and again: hypocrisy is the hallmark of the left, and they do it because it makes them feel powerful.

Even as they lose viewers.

They keep digging the hole deeper.

A convenient digest of the timeline to date in the whole "Wrestling-Video-gate" controversy.

It really makes me smile, the way the media has so generously and obviously demonstrated their leftist bias in the past few years. I mean, it was already obvious, but not "IN YOUR FACE, HITLER!" obvious like it is now.

And their ratings are beginning to reflect it, such that they must now lie and obfuscate to hide how serious the situation has become.

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Now, I already knew that I liked Mike Pence. I knew it from the moment I saw the yard signs in Indiana saying, "PENCE MUST GO!" When you get the left's panties in a wad like that, you're doing something right, and when Trump picked him for VP I was ecstatic. I literally know nothing about Pence other than that the left hates him, and that he signed a religious freedom bill (which is why the left hates him) while governor of Indiana.

That's why this is just icing on the cake. "We will put American boots on the face of Mars," he said.

I love it. I love that someone in our government is saying this in such a positive way, particularly because I know that Trump himself recognizes the importance of industrializing space.

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Someone designed some sailor suit bikinis, so manga artists have gone nuts drawing girls in sailor suit bikinis. If you have to ask "why?", you don't understand the otaku subculture very well.

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So I'm sitting here and typing away when the weather alert radio begins blaring an alarm. Severe thunderstorm warning for the town six miles south, but we got caught with a little bit of it.

I've got things to do, so I suppose I should get after them. Whee!
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