Tuesday, December 19, 2006

52 new species found bolster Crichton State of Fear

Senator Inofe's December 6, 2006 Senate hearing Full committee hearing on Climate Change and the media. Archived here: http://epw.senate.gov/epwmultimedia/epwmultimedia.htm

Also see previous posts

Monday, December 18, 2006
State of Fear Exposes Truth of Deception
The post includes material from those who have critiqued Crichton's book


Monday, December 11, 2006
global warming gaining skeptics ? or !


You don't have to read the entire State of Fear novel. Just read these pages (somebody who did read the entire book nicely tagged the pertinent pages). Forever grateful, so much more to do... one day, I'll return, maybe in the e-book form. Or audio-tape recording.

Pertinent sections:

Vanufu litigation case research team p. 76-96 (20 pages)
Discussion about Vanufu case reasearch p. 99 (1 page)
Antartica p. 191
Antartica melting? p. 192-196 (5 pages)
Media conferences p. 244-249 96 pages)
Net War and Computer Recognition p. 251-255 plus 256
Global warming doesn't raise money - NERF p. 295-6 (2 pages)
Privately taped conversation inside NERF p. 314-316
News p. 362-3
Vanutu case research again p. 366-388 (22 pages)
Historical data Vanutu case research closed p. 392-4 (2 pages)
Common knowledge p. 421-427 (7 pages)
Climate change p. 444
Professor Norman Hoffman ecology of thought led to state of fear p. 445-50
Kyoto (the prize) p. 477-489
Where we live p. 562-63
Simulations not real world data p. 464-67
Author's Message analysis 5 pages
appendix I Why Political science is Dangerous

You'll have to read State of Fear to discover the arguments Crichton uses.


Message board archived


Net the Truth Online publisher's favorite section:


p. 315

Drake paced. He looked unhappy. "But it just doesn't make sense," he said. "it's not logical to say that freezing weather is caused by global warming."

"What's logic got to do with it?" Henley said. "All we need is for the media to report it. After all, most Americans believe that crime in their country is increasing, when it has actually been declining for twelve years. The US murder rate is as low as it was in the early 1970s, but Americans are more frightened than ever, because so much more airtime is devoted to crime, they naturally assume there is more in real life, too." Henley sat up in his chair. "Think about what I am saying to you, Nicholas. A twelve-year trend, and they still don't believe it. There is no greater proof that all reality is media reality."

"The Europeans are more sophisticated--"

"Trust me-- it'll be even easier to sell abrupt climate change in Europe than in the US. You just do it out of Brussels. Because bureaucrats get it, Nicholas. They'll see the advantages of this shift in emphasis."

Drake did not reply. He walked back and forth, hands in his pockets, staring at the floor.

"Just think how far we have come!" Henley said. "Back in the 1970s, all the climate scientists believed an ice age was coming. They thought the world was getting colder. But once the notion of global warming was raised, they immediately recognized the advantages. Global warming

p. 216

creates a crisis, a call to action. A crisis needs to be studied, it needs to be funded, it needs political and bureaucratic structures around the world. And in no time at all, a huge number of meteorologists, geologists, oceanographers, suddenly become 'climate scientists' engaged in the management of this crisis. This will be the same, Nicholas."

"Abrupt climate change has been discussed before, and it hasn't caught on."

"That's why you are holding a conference," Henley said patiently. "You hold a well-publicized conference and it happens to coincide with some dramatic evidence for the dangers of abrupt climate. And by the end of the conference you will have established abrupt climate change as a genuine problem."

"I don't know..."

end excerpt State of Fear

Now onto the debate...

Disappearing World: Global Warming Claims Tropical Island by Geoffrey Lean The Independent UK Sunday 24 December 2006


Global warming science faces State of Fear
New Crichton book has temperature rising on climate change debate
Monday, May 16, 2005 by CFACT


Here is an analysis which can be downloaded, with links added all the time on the heartland.org site

Michael Crichton Is Right! Written By: Joseph L. Bast
Published In: Publication Date: January 11, 2005
Publisher: The Heartland Institute


Crichton's State of Fear Lauded in Congress
Written By: James M. Taylor
Published In: Environment News Publication Date: May 1, 2005
Publisher: The Heartland Institute


via State of Fear Message Board

...Congrats! You have hit on the crux of the matter...terminology as a means of influence and control.

The issue is NOT about global warming, CO2, this study or that study. The issue is about ideology versus reality.

John Ralston Saul, PhD, the husband of Canada's former Governor General (The Queen's Representative) has analyzed the truth of the real issue driving the entire GW/CC debate, i.e., economic theory.

Lecture content © 1999 John Ralston Saul



Dec. 18, 2006, 8:29PM
WWF: 52 new species discovered on Borneo
by ELIANE ENGELER Associated Press Writer
© 2006 The Associated Press

Scientists have discovered at least 52 new species of animals and plants on the southeast Asian island of Borneo since 2005, including a catfish with protruding teeth and suction cups on its belly to help it stick to rocks, WWF International said Tuesday.

"The more we look the more we find," said Stuart Chapman, WWF International coordinator for the study of the "Heart of Borneo," a 85,000-square-mile rain forest in the center of the island where several of the new species were found. "These discoveries reaffirm Borneo's position as one of the most important centers of biodiversity in the world."

Much of Borneo, which is shared by Indonesia, Malaysia and the sultanate of Brunei, is covered by one of the world's last remaining rain forests.

The discoveries bring the total number of species newly identified on the island to more than 400 since 1996, according to WWF, known in North America as the World Wildlife Fund.

Other creatures discovered between July 2005 and September 2006 were six Siamese fighting fish, whose unique colors and markings distinguish them from close relatives, and a tree frog with bright green eyes...


The real climate change catastrophe

CSR must recognize how misguided energy policies will affect the world's poor Friday, October 27, 2006
by Paul Driessen

Every snowstorm, hurricane, deluge or drought generates headlines, horror movies and television specials, demanding action to avoid imminent climate catastrophe. Skeptics are pilloried, labeled "climate criminals," and threatened with "Nuremberg-style war crimes trials."

Britain's Royal Society has demanded that ExxonMobil stop funding researchers who say global warming is primarily the result of natural forces. Meanwhile, scientist James Hansen received $250,000 from Teresa Heinz-Kerry for insisting that warming is due to humans, and "socially responsible" investor services refuse to list or recommend corporations they deem insufficiently sensitive on the subject.

Not surprisingly, companies from Wal-Mart to BP, GE and JP Morgan have brought climate activists into their board rooms, lobbied Congress for climate and ethanol legislation, and retooled to produce new product lines intended to boost tax subsidies, favorable PR and profits.

But are these actions socially responsible or in the best interests of society as a whole?

Asserting "the science is settled" ignores the debate that still rages. Proclaiming that "climate change is real" ignores Earth's constant, natural warming and cooling


What do you think it will take to reverse the effects of global climate change?
How serious do you think this problem is and what should we do to get the word out?


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