Wednesday, December 14, 2016

      INVISIBLE AIRPLANE  HITS  GLASS CEILING  AT  U.N.

The New York Times reports Wonder Woman  has  been terminated  as  a  Climate Ambassador,   after  being denounced as inappropriate to represent female empowerment  at The United Nations:

“A  large-breasted white  woman  of   impossible  proportions, scantily clad  in a  shimmery,  thigh-baring body  suit  with  an  American flag  motif  and knee-high boots
  reported the Times, would set back  UN diplomacy on :

"the importance of the issue of gender equality and the   empowerment   of   women  and   girls   to  the previous appointment of fictional characters... such as Tinkerbell,  Ambassador of  Green & Winnie the Pooh,  Ambassador  of  Friendship'
Ambassador  Wonder Woman's   termination leaves  protocol experts puzzled, as Secretary General Ban Ki Moon appointed another large-breasted fictional character of  impossible  proportions,  scantily clad in a shimmery,  thigh-baring  body suit earlier this year:



Thursday, November 24, 2016

                 JOE  BAST'S  MANCHURIAN  CLIMATE   DATE

 THE  IDEA OF  CHINESE  DISBELIEF  IN  CLIMATE  CHANGE       IS   ITSELF  A  HOAX,  PERPETRATED  BY 
  AMERICAN  P-R  FLACKS  JOE BAST  & S. FRED SINGER

 PR performances tend to have simple plots. In 2014 Heartland's famed counter-factual tenor President Joseph Bast debuted in Beijing, waving a Mandarin  translation of the pseudo-report of  The Nongovernmental International  Panel on Climate Change    produced by a for-profit, no questions asked, translation service that works for the Chinese Academy of Science. 

In an operatic press release , Bast intoned:   
JOE BAST AS TURANDOTCOM

“This is a historic moment in the global debate about climate change, The translation and publication of Climate Change Reconsidered by the prestigeous Chinese Academy of Sciences follows strong statements by the Russian Academy of Sciences dissenting from claims that global warming is either man-made or a crisis"


 IN ACT II OF JOE BAST'S  PR OPERA, FALSETTO PROFUNDO FRED SINGER SANG  : 

'The trend toward skepticism and away from alarmism is now unmistakable! The Chinese Academy Of Science will present the new publication in a Ceremony of Climate Change Reconsidered and the Workshop on International Climate Change Science Viewpoints

on Saturday, June 15 in Beijing with the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) Researchers from home and
abroad are warmly welcomed to attend the conference Venue' :

WAIT A MINUTE--THIS  IS  NOT  THE CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES!
                                                AFTER A SHORT INTERMISSION 

 


        


BAST  &  COMPANY'S  BOGUS  BEIJING   OPERA 

WAS  INTERRUPTED  BY  THE  REAL  CHINESE ACADEMY,

 SINGING  A  VERY  DIFFERENT  TUNE:


"The claim of  The Heartland Institute  about   Chinese  Academy of  Science   endorsement  of  its  report  is   completely   false. 

 

If   the  Heartland  Institute  does  not withdraw  its  false  news,

or  refuse  to  apologize,  all  the  consequences  and  liabilities should  be  borne  by  The  Heartland  Institute." 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

          "  WHAT  WE  CALL THE  TROGLODYTE  NARRATIVE  "

 WHAT  BECOMES  OF  EVIDENCE BASED  POLICY  WHEN  THE  WEST  WING 
" CANNOT  BE  HANDCUFFED  BY  DATA " ?
An  anvil has  landed  on the toes of  Climate Progress founder  John Podesta. Wikileaks has let drop that the former Clinton  Chief of Staff hired not the Kremlin, but a firm of  K-Street  spinmeisters famed for authoring Masters of Disaster, and lobbying for an assortment of tyrants including the dictator of  Equatorial Guinea to morph 

 THE   WHITE   HOUSE    ...
 CLIMATE   COMMUNICATION   PLAYBOOK
into a ' troglodyte narrative ' with the  'Dialectic'  aim of denouncing as a  'social misanthrope'  any  Republican  questioning  Obama's agenda:

"From: christopherlehane@sbcglobal.net  To: john.podesta@gmail.com  
Date: 2014-01-28 14:37 Subject: Follow-up   [EMPHASIS ADDED IN REDBOLD]
John -- 
Really nice seeing you last week... .
Per your request, attached is a memorandum outlining a possible unifying approach for the Administration when it comes to climate... 
the specific material requested(a range of so-called "frames"...written so as one could just cut and paste... to provide some strategic thinking on the politics of climate ... 

We hope this is helpful and stand ready to support whatever you may need... Break a leg (or a hand, as the case may be) tonight.

Best,      Christopher Lehane

CLIMATE: A  UNIFYING  THEORY  TO THE CASE

OVERVIEW  
Thank you for asking us to share some ideas for a holistic approach to climate. Per your direction, the goal is to unify policy, politics, and communications ...

The unifying theory is best expressed by this basic principle: If the effort to change public opinion on climate change is animated by the same one-off policies and practices that are employed to change public opinion on most other policy issues, then defeat is inevitable...

To achieve victory, we must treat climate change as... a true political social movement to create change...
 Fully leveraging ... Biblical superstorms, extreme droughts, and historic wildfires...

2. Right v. Wrong (Climate as political social change)...

one cannot be  handcuffed  by  data  on a fundamental moral issue of this kind..the magic will not be in the precision of specific words the Administration chooses to use ...


The concept must be big; it must be simple; and it must 'lean in'
to where the public is inclined to go ... The Big Idea would be the communications prism, the emotional touchstone, and the policy hub for all climate-related policies...

× Dialectic. At the end of the day... one needs to have an organizing platform that defines ... the opposition as morally responsible for an issue that threatens the health and welfare of the American people. TR had the plutocrats. FDR fought Fascism. LBJ took on poverty. And Reagan had the Soviets...


× Anti-Basic Science... The power of this approach is that it ... fits into what we call the Troglodyte Narrative
(anti-women; anti-Latino; anti-gun safety; anti-common sense fiscal policy; and anti-science) that is raising basic trust issues for the Republican Party ...

× Frame climate as... You either are a member of our society or you are a social misanthrope (i.e., litterer, smoker around a pregnant women, etc.).

×
Justice... This frame would also fit... the Administration’s focus on equality/opportunity, and could encompass both domestic issues and international issues (rising seas wiping out millions of poor people in Southeast Asia, droughts leading to famine in Africa; rising temperatures creating plagues in Latin America)...

× Anti-Tobacco... We realize that this is likely a bridge too far, but we felt obligated to present it in the range of options...



The Winning Principles 


- ending royalties to the most profitable companies in the world and sending the money back to the public as a tax break

- solar panels along our public roads that would reduce energy costs for all Americans

- barring or limiting utilities from charging fees to consumers who put solar panels on their domiciles

- improved drinking water standards

- significantly enhanced liabilities for companies that pollute water or pollute lands with pipeline/rail leaks

- asthma protections; establishment of a significant liability health and safety protocol related to fracking

- banning political contributions from entities that receive federal funding, permits or tax benefits related to public lands

- stronger consumes protection on gas prices to protect against refiners and distributors manipulating the supply lines

- protecting consumers from hot gas


× Briefing on the Big Idea to each and every Department/Agency. And then require that they... be held accountable and responsible.

× Weekly meeting with each agency’s point person and the White House point person.

× White House point person coordinates all activity with the White House communications office.

× Establishment of an extreme weather SWAT team..."



READ THE WHOLE THING HERE:


( HIT 'ATTACHMENT ' TAG  ON LINKED PAGE TO VIEW FULL TEXT )

Those unacquainted with Troglodytes can gage Lehane's opinion of half his countrymen by Montesquieu's Persian Letters which relates:

 In Arabia there were a few people  named  Troglodytes ... so wicked and brutish that they were strangers to the principles of justice and equity.

THE  TROGLODYTE  NARRATIVE IN AN  EARLIER AND MORE  CIVIL  AGE




Friday, September 16, 2016

THE  BEHAVIORAL  SCIENCE  INSIGHTS  EXECUTIVE  ORDER

AS  THE  LAME  DUCKS  FLY  INTO  THE  SUNSET,
POLICY  WONKS  HAIL  THE  DAWN
    OF  STATE  OF  THE  ART  SOCIAL  ENGINEERING

"As  President  Obama  noted  in  his  Executive  Order  13707, behavioral science insights can support a wide range of national priorities including ... accelerating the transition to a low carbon economy. 

That Executive Order, 13707, directs Federal agencies to apply behavioral science insights to their policies and programs, and it institutionalizes  the Social and Behavioral Science Team...The adminstration is releasing new guidance to agencies that supports continued implementation of 
The Behavioral Science Insights Executive Order. 

That guidance will help agencies identify promising opportunities to apply behavioral science insights to their programs and policies."


Thursday, September 15, 2016

AND SECOND PRIZE IS TWO HEARTLAND CLIMATE AWARDS

NOW  YOU CAN WIN A CLIMATE  SCIENCE  AWARD
THE  FREE  MARKET WAY :  BY BUYING IT

Ever wonder about the nomination process leading  to such oddly targeted  scientific honors as
Taking mercy on the world's overworked scientific award committees,  some civic minded grifters at The Heartland Institute have automated the process : all it  now takes is a  major  credit card, or a wire transfer. This comes as no surpise, for at heart, Heartland  Climate Conferences are gatherings of people paid to listen to people paid to speak.

Heartland's  fundraising links  reveal that for a  measly grand -- less than the page charges for many a  major journal-- your favorite PR flack, or  bloggerel hack  can get to play Laureate for a day:
"The Climate Change Awards are not all from The Heartland Institute. Most awards have different sponsors, and Heartland only provides logistical support.  Heartland created and hosts this Web site to promote award winners and award sponsors and to encourage others to sponsor awards and nominate candidates."
Here's the whole  Heartland pitch : 

CLIMATE  CHANGE  AWARDS 

Sponsoring a Climate Change Award is a wonderful way to encourage continued open debate and learning in the area of climate change research. It is also an opportunity for you to decide who to honor and in what fashion.
You may have already decided who to honor: a colleague or employee, a scientist you most admire, a civic or business leader who has taken the lead in the public debate, or an elected official who has the courage to speak out. The Heartland Institute asks that the person you choose be at the event at which the award is given, and that you pay any travel or honoraria that might be required.
Some of the questions you will need to answer include naming the accomplishment you wish to honor, who will make the presentation, and whether a cash stipend is to accompany the award. You need to decide if the award is to be represented by a plaque, trophy, or some other token of appreciation, and whether you will supply it or if you want The Heartland Institute to seek out one for you.
Some Housekeeping Notes 
We are seeking proposals only for positive awards – nothing tongue-in-cheek or sarcastic. You need written permission from the person whose name is attached to the award, or from said person’s estate if that person is deceased. The Heartland Institute can choose to accept or reject any reward proposal 
Awards must be given as stated in the proposal, no last-minute changes. Award sponsors agree to pay The Heartland Institute a fee of $1,000 to help offset staff time involved in making this solicitation, helping to create and present awards, and promoting the awards. If the award is to be annual rather than one-time, we ask for a four-year commitment and a $4,000 administrative/promotional fee.

For awards with cash stipends, we ask for a minimum stipend of $5,000. Thus, the sponsor of a one-time award would pay The Heartland Institute a fee of $1,000 plus $5,000 for the stipend, for a total of $6,000. If the award is to be an annual award, we expect a minimum commitment of four years at $6,000, for a total of $24,000.
You can designate people you know and trust to nominate candidates for your award, vet outside nominations, and vote to choose the award winner. This is typically done only for annual awards, not one-time awards. The Heartland Institute asks that you identify and confirm members of your nominating committee and inform us of its decision. Alternatively, Heartland can choose the winner or name a nominating committee.
Marketing and PromotionThe Heartland Institute can work with other organizations to publicize your award, but only if you are comfortable with the attention. Before the event, we can issue news releases announcing awards, discuss the awards in op-eds placed with magazines and newspapers, and include the awards in online promotions on our Web sites and in social media.
During the Ninth International Conference on Climate Change, we had poster-size images of awards and recipients on display in public areas, their images in the event program, and made announcements of award ceremonies during plenary sessions. After the event, we continued to promote awards with follow-up news releases, pictures and video posted on our Web site and shared with cosponsors, descriptions of the ceremony in op-eds and news releases, and in other ways.
For More InformationFor more information about sponsoring a Climate Change Award, contact Robin Knox at 312/377-4000 or by email at rknox@heartland.org.
WARNING: 

SPONSORS DEALING WITH 


ARE ADVISED TO COUNT THEIR CHANGE

Monday, September 5, 2016

GEONTOLOGY FOR DUMMIES: 'The Banality Of Contradiction'

If you had a hard time following geontology in Science & Space, you need to catch up on your recent Critical Climate Theory readings. To secure a place at the post-Anthropocene conversation table, you need to read the literature- here's what I'm perusing to get in shape for Bruno Latour's next Harvard discourse on Anthropocene semiotics  :

"Being able to think about
the banality of contradiction
is a really important scene for
thinking LGBTQ politics." 

March 2013

From experiments to contradictions in climate change governance, in  ‘Contradiction, intervention and the low carbon transition, January 2016

A Call for Scholarly Propaganda: Or what can we Learn from Thomas Friedman?, April 2014

The more-than-real and the Anthropocene : More-than-real renegotiation of power relations in  climate  change  institutional  transformation  in  Australia, March 2016

Wet ontologies, fluid spaces: giving depth to volume through oceanic thinking, April 2015

From toxic wreck to crunchy chic: environmental gentrification through the body, March 2015

Animal performativity: exploring the lives of donkeys in Botswana,  November 2015


Zapatismo: other geographies circa 'the end of the world' December 2015 


Monday, August 29, 2016

                          OH NO, MISTER  FOUCAULT!
                   NOT   ANOTHER   PoMo  ONTOLOGY

Years after  Postmodern Geology   and Petrology for Poets extended the genre of  Sokalist Realism, along  comes  another  PoMo journal,  Society and Space , that "seeks to push the boundaries of theoretical debate and maintains a commitment to considering the political and social  justice  imperatives  of  research and theory", presenting the musings of  soi-disant 'Geontologist' Elizabeth Povinelli, & a teaching aid whose coming philosophers of language have long dreaded-- 
                          The  Geontological  Column:                                                

EP: ... I coined the term “geontology” to indicate a disruption of a previous formation of power ...

Geontology asks, How do we understand the current formation of power when the figures that emerge from its mechanisms are something like the animist, desert, and the terrorist rather than the masturbating child, the hysterical woman, the perverse adult and the Malthusian couple?

KY: If we consider the Anthropocene as a monstrous geography (a kind of suicidal exhausting of earth materials), what kind of political reconsideration of geographical obligations might make an otherwise that is not-Anthropocene? ...

EP: I reserve the idea of the monster for that which decisively disrupts the current organization of the actual—...

Thus truth is not a proposition that has more or less referential coherence but an event that has more or less disruptive power... 

Foucault, Deleuze, Braidotti, and others have noted that these threshold events are experienced at the time as monstrosities, as incomprehensible, as mad. The more event-full and more true it is, the more monstrous the event appears."


Monday, August 22, 2016

 IS  TINY THE TURBINE  RELATED TO  ZIPPY THE PINHEAD ?

Although Bishop Hill has gone missing, his understudy has aimed a book at a demographic of a certain mental age warning  post-Brexit teletubbies of the evils of wind power. The following edition is very slightly  shorter than the original:
PERCY THE  PINWHEEL

The sun seldom smiled on Grimbledon Glulch and the people were always gloomy.
It was a dour place to live until something happened that made the people very barmy.

This is the tale of Percy the Pinwheel who always wore a propeller beanie, and lived on a pretty little Grimbledon farm high above the gulch Mr Barley rented from the rich landowner, Lord Law Law.

Despite the drone of his propeller beanie, no-one could get out of earshot of Percy. The promising lad sat on the roof of his cowshed atop Northern Rock for many years with a bull horn whose subsidized computer feed from the GWPF Trust London office was hushed up by the big downstairs PR firms  at Grimbledon House in W1.

Hardly anyone knew the Counter-Spin  B-team were there except when they brayed around Lord Law Law’s breakfast table upstairs, for they were mostly his inlaws.

His lordship farmed them out in the winter to give batteries of speeches to warm up his colonial coal mining pals, or write leaders for the papers that provided dry fodder for his highland cows in the cold dark months. Percy could just about do that, but nawt else, and spent summers sunbathing at G 20 and Heartland conferences in Doha and Vegas, and watching the wildlife all around him.

Lord Law Law's son, Alaric the Editor, was Percy’s friend, and would often go and wak and  talk and hunt and shoot with Percy. Alaric didn’t have many friends, but Percy was always there to listen when he had problems at his magazine, like getting fired.

One day a wind developer called Mr McWeasel went to see Lord Law Law.
He said he was cutting back on PR, because Lord Law Law’s friends already had  more income from wind turbines on their land than leasing the shooting, and Brexit was a done deal, he could lay off more of the daft buggers he’s been paying to raise hob about renewable energy, since the Dark Greens were dying off anyway, and everyone south of Sutherland could see there was more brass in frakked gas than bigger wind turbines.

The only place on earth still funding such falderal said Mr McWeasel was Australia, where mad cow coalies would even pay to propagandize five year old children.

Mr McWeasel said if he could have permission, he’d get Percy sent to Aldershot to train as a tank driver in Lord Law Law’s  next Persian Oil  war, so he could come home and drive one of the big wayright machines that ripped up all the ground and cut down all the trees in Grimbledon Gulch Forest and poured big lorry loads of concrete all over the land  for frakking pads.

Then when the wild animals ran away and the river turned a dirty brown colour and the birds stopped singing, and the sun stopped shining and dark clouds spread across the sky, it would be time for the Boxing Day shoot, for global warming could only improve the weather on the Northumberland Riviera.

Mr Mc Weasel said Mr. Barley would be invited, for he was the hottest shot in the shire, as he  trained all year by blowing the blades off Trasher, the tiny turbine atop his cowshed, as he’d read in The Spectator that he had a duty to stop the evil bat-bashing machine from whacking the wings off of  snipe flying by.  

Percy agreed that saving the snipe was a very green thing to do, and said that as soon as he was commissioned in the hats, he would write to The Daily Telegraph proposing Mr Barley for a gong in the New Year’s honors list. Lord Law Law wrote him a very small cheque and told  him to push off. The end.





Sunday, June 19, 2016

     DIGGING  FOR  GOLD  IN  THE  CAYMAN  ISLANDS  ICECAP


HERE FOR  SOPHISTICATED INVESTORS  IS AN EARLIER TESTIMONIAL FROM  NOTED PSEPHOLOGIST & SHIRTMAKER CHRISTOPHER MONCKTON :
 David Evans’ ground-breaking work is a devastating new approach to the climate question. I have been lucky enough to observe the development of this project, and am full of admiration for both Jo and David for their dedication to carrying out a breathtaking research project with no financial reward, simply because it so desperately needed to be done. Let this be the last nail in the coffin of climate extremism. I hope that, as a result of this work, David will be properly recognized by the Australian Government, which – unlike its unlamented predecessor – is open to the possibility that influences other than Man are the principal drivers of the climate. David’s work is heroic in its scale, formidable in its ingenuity, and – as far as a mere layman can judge – very likely to be broadly correct. 

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

 AT LAST, SOMETHING TO  BLAME ON CLIMATE CHANGE

Ma'an, the West Bank's answer to The New York Times reports on the shocking escalation of Chris  Mooney's War on Republican Science :


A 19-year-old rabbit raiser in Jenin said he was "shocked and terrified" when his newest animal gave birth to what he described as a tiny baby elephant on Sunday.

Muhammad Alawna raises rabbits as a hobby on his small farm north of Jenin, and works construction in Israel during the week.
“I was concerned when I saw a black baby elephant next to nine white baby rabbits," Alawna told Ma'an, adding that the creature died only five hours after it was born. He said he was baffled as to how the elephant was produced.