Today, laws, policies, and procedures select for personalities attracted to aggressive, antagonistic policing; isolate police from the communities they serve; and condition police officers to see the people they serve — the people with whom they interact every day — as the enemy.

AGW: The New Battlefield

The Cult Launches A Frontal Assault On The Fundamentals

Since the heady days when Al Gore, Jim Hansen, and Mike Mann made fools of themselves, the Warmers have promoted their faith with a rather fragile mix of scientific papers and publicity. It appears that some in their ranks felt this was not getting enough traction, and that a hard science approach — perhaps looking a lot like what the Skeptics (or “Deniers”) were doing — was called for. So here it is: BEST (from Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature). It introduces itself and presents a quick summary of its findings here and here.

This effort to make AGW scientifically respectable comes as a series of surprises to this newsletter. Not the smallest of these is the appearance of temperature graphs that look extraordinarily novel. Of course the BEST team assures everyone that they are the real, latest, honest, accurate records, and never mind what you have seen before.

Well, these unprecedented temperature records must survive the most strict scrutiny. As has been reported here, frauds in temperature records not only exist, but they proceed from multiple sources and even from a US federal agency; Warmers everywhere can be and often are unabashed hoaxers. Fudging the data is all too common, so ruling it out here is essential. Second, the claimed fit of temperature and atmospheric carbon dioxide levels is very peculiar, given the logarithmic effect of the gas on temperature. Third, this newsletter would like to know whether any proxies were used; the implication is that none were, but the truth or falsity of that assumption should be made unambiguously explicit. There are questions to be asked….

This is, in other words, a job for truly objective, disinterested scientists.

Obviously the new data provided by BEST, and the Berkeley team’s interpretation of them, will be gone over with a fine-toothed comb — by Skeptics. If you have read The Hockey Stick Illusion you know that BEST will be called upon to defend every jot and tittle of its claims. How those unusual temperature graphs were compiled will be just one of many questions.

If experience is any guide, an adequate study of BEST’s results will take months, perhaps years. Of course BEST, like Mann, might seek to hinder and obscure the effort, which would lengthen the process.

How to respond to BEST

Do not despair! A rational option is available.

It cannot be over-emphasized: everyone, whether Warmer or “Denier”, should see this fortuitous video. It is a brilliant document, incorporating in just twenty-three minutes every currently controversial aspect of climate. Its conclusions are solid because they are validly derived from documented, referenced and comprehensible facts.

If you have any doubts about either the Warmer cult’s claims or the rebuttals of the “Deniers”, this video will deal with them. Its rationality and rigor are letter-perfect.

And that, Pilgrims, is all there is to that!

Questions For Hillary; Now, About Those Answers….

A “progressive”, collectivist-leaning web-based news and commentary outfit seems intent on pinning Madame HC down. It asks ten questions, and suggests that perhaps The Inevitable One might not address all of them, though each seems to be fundamental and necessary. This newsletter decided to see whether satisfactory answers were forthcoming.

1. Did Clinton receive approval or assistance from any State Department officials in setting up the account or server or using it?
2. Did anyone at the State Department ever express concerns to her or her senior staff about either the security or archiving implications of using the private address?
3. Was she aware of a 2005 State Department regulation warning employees not to use private email for official communications?
4. Did she correspond with any foreign leaders or officials via the account?
5. Did she correspond with any other Cabinet members via the account?
6. Were there discussions about email archiving when she left the department in 2013?
7. Was the email really stored on a server at her home in New York? Why?
8. Who paid for the server/service?
9. Is she open to having a neutral party review compliance with subpoenas and the completeness of the 55,000 pages of emails?
10. Who else had email accounts on her domain?

(Source of the questions.)

Here are this newsletter’s predictions, made before Her Imperial Highness addressed the peasantry:

Hillary will appear slightly puzzled by the fact that there is a fuss over her misbehavior, and it will be obvious that she is exasperated at having to account for behavior that should be assumed by the Unwashed to be above reproach. She will repeatedly insist that everything was/is perfectly normal because the folks in Foggy Bottom had automatically-generated copies of simply everything. She will be pointedly patient, while seething. She will be tightly controlling her body language, avoiding “deer in the headlights” and favoring “provoked but patient schoolmarm”. This newsletter’s crystal ball predicts the following answers:

1. No, there was no need.
2. Of course not.
3. Of course.
4. On occasion, but nothing sensitive was ever mentioned. (Possible “I’m not absolutely certain, but to the best of my recollection…etc“.)
5. Same answer.
6. No, there was no need for that.
7. Probably, but it was all shared with State in any case. (No response to “Why?”)
8. I did, of course.
9. I shall cooperate as far as necessary with proper procedures.
10. That information is not known to me. I’ll ask the people who know.

Aftermath: with Hillary, things like this are never that simple, are they? Recall Benghazi…. People with something to hide always talk in crooked lines, evade questions, give partial answers, answer questions that were not asked, babble distractingly, and so on. Hillary is very good at all those dodges. (Heavy sigh.) So is Slick, as the UFO item in Nr. 372 indicated.

Then there is this skeptical response to Hilly’s indignant protestations, and the recognition of “…that barely-suppressed rage about having to answer those questions and (that) arrogant ‘trust me’ attitude….”. There’s more snarling here.

The Tramp Abroad Opened A Door That Leads To A Stinking Scandal

They burst into a cafe and interrupt your enjoyment of the coffee. They grab you, overpower you, secure you, and toss you into an unmarked vehicle. They could be anybody: thugs, ISIS, drug dealers mistaking you for competitors. You wind up spending nine terrified hours in what you are eventually told is Chicago police custody, but can you believe the yeggs who are holding you? After all, they still won’t release you! When they finally get around to letting you go, the cops attempt to silence you by threatening you with severe “problems” if you tell anybody what you have been through. — Yes, Pilgrims, it’s creative policing worthy of the most inhumane Cold War-era dictatorship. Well, somebody is going to have to eradicate this fascism. But who can do it, let alone wants to do it? — Yes, your awareness of this egregious misbehavior began with The Tramp’s link in Nr. 371.

Link Courtesy Of The Tramp Abroad

(Editor’s explanation: this Link has problems with some browsers, so The Tramp has kindly provided the text.)

I say it’s a good thing we have Native American roots in our family.

Native American Council Offers Amnesty to 240 Million Undocumented Whites

At a meeting on Friday in Taos, New Mexico, Native American leaders weighed a handful of proposals about the future of the United States’ large, illegal European population. After a long debate, NANC decided to extend a road to citizenship for those without criminal records or contagious diseases.

“We will give Europeans the option to apply for Native Citizenship,” explained Chief Sauti of the Nez Perce tribe. “To obtain legal status, each applicant must write a heartfelt apology for their ancestors’ crimes, pay an application fee of $5,000, and, if currently on any ancestral Native land, they must relinquish that land to NANC or pay the market price, which we decide.”

“Any illegal European who has a criminal record of any sort, minus traffic and parking tickets, will be deported back to their native land. Anybody with contagious diseases like HIV, smallpox, herpes, etc, will not qualify and will also be deported.”

European colonization of North America began in the 16th and 17th centuries, when arrivals from France, Spain and England first established settlements on land that had been occupied by native peoples. Explorers Lewis & Clark further opened up western lands to settlement, which ultimately led to the creation of the Indian reservation system.

Despite the large number of Europeans residing in the United States, historical scholars mostly agree that indigenous lands were taken illegally through war, genocide and forced displacement.

Despite the council’s decision, a native group called True Americans lambasted the move, claiming amnesty will only serve to reward lawbreakers.

“They all need to be deported back to Europe,” John Dakota from True Americans said. “They came here illegally and took a giant crap on our land. They brought disease and alcoholism, stole everything we have because they were too lazy to improve and develop their own countries.”

Ordinary Links

Self-defense: firearms history.

From The Dean: the Iranian nuclear bomb and Obama.

Oh, so you like “Wi-Fi”, eh? Well, some time ago this newsletter asked you to watch this video, and you probably passed it by. This time, watch it to the end. It’s important.

“”Mattel is committed to safety and security,” Stephanie Cota, senior vice president for global communications at Mattel, said in the statement.” Oh, good — that’s a huge relief! After all, everybody knows that if a company wants safety and security for its customers, those things are absolutely guaranteed, because crackers can always be prevented from breaking in and stealing data. — What’s the context of this newsletter’s bitter sarcasm? See this, and note that safety and security are just one of at least three major consumer concerns.

This is a come-on, with a product/service to sell. This newsletter neither endorses nor cautions against that product, but it suggests you read the text and view the video. The issues raised in both are definitely worth discussion.

Reader JW suggests that auto owners who like to DIY when it’s practical take a look at this video. This newsletter was surprised to learn that the folks who designed the oil pans and transmission fluid pans of these upper-tier autos did not think of the obvious.

The Dean passes along a good post on AGW, and gets a hat tip therefor.