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Judge blasts corrupt and criminal EPA
Judge blasts EPA for ‘suspicious’ handling of conservative group’s FOIA
U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth said ... the agency either intentionally sought to evade the FOIA request in order to destroy documents or demonstrated extreme apathy and carelessness.

It requested EPA documents in August 2012, seeking to learn whether top agency officials were systematically delaying enacting rules until after that fall’s presidential elections.

Then-EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson announced her resignation that December but not until after congressional Republicans and watchdog groups hammered agency leaders for using pseudonymous or private e-mail accounts to conduct official business. Jackson used an EPA account under the name “Richard Windsor,” for instance, apparently derived from the names of her dog and her home town.

The ruling “confirmed what we have been saying for two years — that the EPA obstructed, delayed and destroyed public information about its regulatory activities,” Levin said. “This is basic information the public should have about rule-making and potential influences on that rule-making.” Lamberth urged the EPA to consider instructing employees who conduct any agency business using personal accounts not to delete such e-mails and to forward them to their EPA accounts.

The entire government is corrupt and criminal. Their day is coming.

100,000 desperately hoping for global warming so they don't freeze to death
'100,000 may die' due to heat costs
More than 100,000 people could die needlessly over the next 15 years because they are unable to heat their homes properly, campaigners have claimed.

Treating illnesses related to living in cold conditions could also cost the NHS £22 billion over that time, the National Energy Action (NEA) charity said as it called for more efforts by the Government to help people struggling to heat their homes.

A report from the charity, published on Fuel Poverty Awareness Day, highlights that the Treasury will raise £28 billion in taxes on household electricity and gas bills over the next decade, and called for Government funds to improve domestic energy efficiency.

And what is the liberal solution? Make fuel costs more expensive. Don't worry Obama plans the same for the American people too.

International Polar Bear Day

Another doomer hoax at conflict with reality.
Today, as I’m sure you know, is International Polar Bear Day. And I’m afraid the news is bad…

…Bad news, that is, for all those environmentalists from David Attenborough downwards who have spent the last few years assiduously bigging up the polar bear as a “threatened species.” As I’ve argued before, any species which has experienced a five-fold increase in its population in the last fifty years (in the 60s there were about 5,000 of them; now there are around 25,000), sounds less like a rare and endangered creature and more like a verminous, out-of-control menace in sore need of culling.

And the latest figures from a GWPF special report by Dr Susan Crockford appear to confirm this. (h/t Bishop Hill)
On almost every measure, things are looking good for polar bears. Scientists are finding that they are well distributed throughout their range and adapting well to changes in sea ice. Health indicators are good and they are benefiting from abundant prey. It really is time for the doom and gloom about polar bears to stop.

Particularly interesting, I think, is the bit where Crockford torpedoes the popular theory that polar bears are being starved to death by the melting of their hunting grounds. In a section titled “Low sea ice in 2012 had no effect on Southern Beaufort bear numbers” she tells us:

Scan reveals 1,000-year-old mummified monk hidden in statue
A golden statue of a sitting Buddha, smuggled from a temple in China to a market in the Netherlands, revealed an extraordinary secret -- a 1,000-year-old mummified monk. Researchers discovered the mummy, encased in a cavity in the statue when a private buyer brought it to the Drents Museum in the Netherlands for restoration.

But it wasn't until a team of researchers and scientists did a CT scan -- a comprehensive three dimensional x-ray image -- last year, did they discover the mummy's organs were missing.

The mummy was found sitting on a bundle of cloth covered in Chinese inscriptions, revealing its identity as a Buddhist monk called Liuquan who may have practiced "self-mummification" to prepare for life after death. The process of self-mummification is a known tradition in countries like Japan, China and Thailand, and was practiced over a thousand years ago. The elaborate and arduous process includes eating a special diet and drinking a poisonous tea so the body would be too toxic to be eaten by maggots. The few monks that were able to successfully complete the process were highly revered.

District of Columbia sued over 'good reason' CCW requirement
BELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation today filed a federal lawsuit challenging the District of Columbia’s highly restrictive concealed carry permit requirement that applicants provide a “good reason” before such a permit is issued, which violates the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. SAF is joined by three private citizens, Brian Wrenn and Joshua Akery, both of Washington, D.C., and Tyler Whidby, a Florida resident who also maintains a residence in Virginia. The city and Police Chief Cathy Lanier are named as defendants.

The lawsuit asserts that “individuals cannot be required to prove a ‘good reason’ or ‘other proper reason’ for the exercise of fundamental constitutional rights, including the right to keep and bear arms.” All three individual plaintiffs in the case have applied for District carry permits and have been turned down by Lanier because they could not “Demonstrate a good reason to fear injury to person or property.”

“The city’s requirements to obtain a carry permit are so restrictive in nature as to be prohibitive to virtually all applicants,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “It’s rather like a ‘Catch 22,’ in which you can apply all day long, but no reason is sufficiently good enough for Chief Lanier to issue a permit.

West Virginia: Permitless Carry Legislation Passes Through Senate Committee Unanimously
Yesterday afternoon, Senate Bill 347 unanimously passed through the Senate Judiciary Committee with a committee substitute that made a technical change and eliminated language that was not critical to the constitutional carry effort.

As previously reported, this permitless carry legislation, introduced by state Senator Dave Sypolt (R-14), would recognize your right to legally carry a concealed firearm without the burdensome requirement of having to obtain a costly and time-restrictive Concealed Handgun License (CHL). This is a necessary update to concealed carry statutes in West Virginia, allowing law-abiding gun owners the ability to protect themselves and their loved ones. In West Virginia, it is already legal to carry a firearm openly, as long as the individual is not prohibited by law from possessing a firearm. However, under current law, if a firearm becomes covered by a coat or if a woman prefers to carry a firearm for self-protection in her purse, he or she would need to possess a concealed pistol permit.

Waterboarding at Protest Against Torture

This took place at Balboa Park on Jan. 31, 2015, and was part of the national day against torture. Video by an intrepid San Diego reporter. You know when you see people wearing Guy Fawkes masks that something important is happening.

Global-warming Skeptics Know More Climate Science, Study Shows
Global-warming Skeptics Know More Climate Science, Study Shows
A new study by Yale University Professor Dan Kahan confirmed that skeptics of the controversial anthropogenic global-warming theory — or realists, as they often call themselves — know more about climate science than AGW theorists. The latest findings directly contradict the myths, or lies, put forward by man-made warming alarmists about the countless scientists and the majority of the U.S. public that does not accept their theory.

The warmists consistently label those who reject their climate alarmism as “deniers,” “anti-science,” and worse. In reality, however, Kahan’s study, set to be published in the journal Advances in Political Psychology, shows yet again that the skeptics are generally more familiar with the science and the evidence surrounding the climate than warming theorists. Other recent studies have found that skeptics know more about science generally, too.

Another top expert in the field, MIT Meteorology Professor Emeritus Richard Lindzen, last month compared the alarmist movement to a religious cult. “As with any cult, once the mythology of the cult begins falling apart, instead of saying, oh, we were wrong, they get more and more fanatical,” he said during a radio interview. “I think that’s what’s happening here. Think about it…. You’ve led an unpleasant life, you haven’t led a very virtuous life, but now you’re told, you get absolution if you watch your carbon footprint. It’s salvation!”

Of course, Kahan’s explosive new study comes amid the accelerating implosion of the United Nations- and Obama administration-backed global-warming theory on the world stage. From the ongoing two decade-long “pause” in global warming and the record high levels of sea ice around Antarctica to the non-stop scandals such as “ClimateGate” and the failure of every UN “climate model” to reflect reality, recent years have been devastating for the alarmist cause.

Alarmists Claim Global Warming will Ground Airplanes in 50 Years
The hunt for Manbearpig continues. Alarmist predictions have ranged from the apocalyptic to the bizarre, but the latest is downright idiotic. According to a couple of scientists from Columbia University, air travel might be relegated to the trash bin of history in the future because of the supposed global warming that is occurring today.

The two scientists, Coffel and Horton, looked at a phenomenon known amongst pilots as ‘density altitude’, which affects a plane’s ability to take off. Essentially, on hotter days the air is less dense, making it harder to get a plane airborne. Commercial aviation overcomes the problem by issuing weight restrictions at the airport on particularly hot days. Coffel and Horton sought to predict how many more weight restricted days there will be by 2050-2070, and decided, through use of models, that the "number of weight restriction days between May and September will increase by 50-200 percent at four major airports in the United States by 2050-2070," and that "these performance reductions may have a negative economic effect on the airline industry."

Intellectual honesty must not be a prerequisite for becoming a professor at Columbia.

The comical ignorance of Cofel and Horton, apparently, has no limits. Their big “worry” is that the world temperatures will heat up (unlike the last 18 years), and put financial strain on the aviation industry.

I guess we’re only allowed to worry about the cost of doing business when it fits in with the Al Gore narrative against Manbearpig.
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