Oppose Scientific Conspiracies. Support Open Acceess.

One of the lessons of climategate is that anti-scientific conspiracies and sloppy work can exist even in science.

The cure for these diseases is sunlight.

Therefore, I support Obama’s Office is Science & Technology Policy trial balloon of forcing scientists who do work with federal funds to make the results of that work freely available. Not only would this make life harder for global warming cultists to hide behind paywalls costing of thousands of dollar per user — it helps science as an institution.

Therefore, I hope that President Obama pushes forward with plans for open access science.

Socialism and Racism, together under Obama

Obama is reversing one of the old land policies of the federal government, and will begin nationalizing land to transfer administrative control to Indian Reservations

In addition, officials said, the government will spend $2 billion to unravel the legendarily complex trust system, in which hundreds or thousands of people can own tiny fractions of a single plot of land. The government will try to buy back these fractions until it has sole ownership of the parcels, and then allow them to be used in ways chosen by tribal governments.

With racist-socialist policies like this, no wonder Obama is the least popular President in American history.

Oppose the Treaty of Copenhagen

When European politicians say “global warming,” they mean “Russia.”

And when American politicians say “global warming,” they mean “not enough bailouts.”

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I oppose bailouts, and so I oppose the American justification for lying about global warming.

However, the European lie is a noble lie — it is a lie in favor of a greater good. Russia is a dangerous, warlike, central Asian power that regularly invades European democracies. We should oppose Russia.

But the Treaty of Copenhagen is not the best way to do it.

A better way to work against Russia is to support her neighbors.

In Europe, this means broadening the Alliance and deepening the Union.

In East Asia, this means encouraging the economic trends that are leading to a Chinese colonization of Outer Manchuria.

In Central Asia, this means winning in Afghanistan, and driving (pushing, airlifing, whatever) violent jihadists to Russia.

The Treaty of Copenhagen is fine for European countries. It allows them to take collective action against Russia. However, there are better ways for us to help than by signing on.

Russia and ClimateGate

Russia opposes the useful lie of global warming.

As I said (November 20, 2009)

When Europeans say global warming, they mean Russia. To Europeans, global warming is a noble lie that allows concerted action against Russia to be planned, discussed, and executed in the open. Not surprisingly, Russia is strongly against this fraud:

Climate change sceptics who have studied the emails allege that they provide “smoking gun” evidence that some of the climatologists colluded in manipulating data to support the widely held view that climate change is real and is being largely caused by the actions of mankind. So far the veracity of the emails has not been confirmed and the scientists involved have declined to comment on the story, which broke on a blog called The Air Vent.

The files, which in total amount to 61MB of data, were first uploaded onto a Russian server, before being widely mirrored across the internet. The emails were accompanied by the anonymous statement: “We feel that climate science is, in the current situation, too important to be kept under wraps. We hereby release a random selection of correspondence, code, and documents. Hopefully it will give some insight into the science and the people behind it.”

Hopefully, the European chattering classes will talk themselves into ignoring the pseudoscience they are selling to their own publics. The struggle against Russian aggression and backwardness is too important to let honesty and science get in the way.

And now (hat-tip to a faithful reader):

The server is believed to be used mainly by Tomsk State University, one of the leading academic institutions in Russia, and other scientific institutes.

Computer hackers in Tomsk have been used in the past by the Russian secret service (FSB) to shut websites which promote views disliked by Moscow.

Such arrangements provide the Russian government with plausible deniability while using so-called ‘hacker patriots’ to shut down websites.

Politics, not Science

Little Green Footballs, a far-right-wing blog (which, like all on the extreme right, is indistinguishable from the Left) pushes the normal politics-over-science view that is typical among the anti-scientific establishment:

I’ve commented several times in our discussions about this issue that I understand why the scientists at CRU were resistant to sharing data with people like Steven McIntyre, whose only reason for demanding access to the data is to cherry-pick through it for new out-of-context denialist talking points. And it’s understandable how the constant stream of distortions and lies from their critics could lead to a sort of “bunker mentality,” in which the CRU scientists began to believe it was better for them to withhold the data, to make it harder for the deniers to attack.

Writing this is like saying it is understandable why a scientist would falsify data, or plagiarize, in order to get a point across. Immediately after this paragraph, LGF doubles down in its bizarre view of science. Its bizarre. It shows an absolute ignorance of how science works. Saying “you only want to see my data to criticize me” is bizarre, because that is exactly the point.

It’s understandable, but for political — not scientific — reasons it would be better to just go ahead, share everything openly and transparently, and deal with the inevitable deniers’ distortions — rather than create the impression that they’re trying to hide something.

Sadly, LGF‘s views are typical among the anti-scientific ignorati, whether the topic if human biodiversity, vaccines, or catastrophic anthropogenic global warming theorists.