Climate Alarmists, Debunked

Adjustments to Data Accounted For Nearly All “Warming” Over Decades

Remember “hide the decline?”  It’s actually worse than that.

A new study found adjustments made to global surface temperature readings by scientists in recent years “are totally inconsistent with published and credible U.S. and other temperature data.”“Thus, it is impossible to conclude from the three published GAST data sets that recent years have been the warmest ever – despite current claims of record setting warming,” according to a study published June 27 by two scientists and a veteran statistician.

The peer-reviewed study tried to validate current surface temperature datasets managed by NASA, NOAA and the UK’s Met Office, all of which make adjustments to raw thermometer readings. Skeptics of man-made global warming have criticized the adjustments.

Climate scientists often apply adjustments to surface temperature thermometers to account for “biases” in the data. The new study doesn’t question the adjustments themselves but notes nearly all of them increase the warming trend.

Basically, “cyclical pattern in the earlier reported data has very nearly been ‘adjusted’ out” of temperature readings taken from weather stations, buoys, ships and other sources.

In fact, almost all the surface temperature warming adjustments cool past temperatures and warm more current records, increasing the warming trend, according to the study’s authors.

Source: Study Finds Temperature Adjustments Account For ‘Nearly All Of The Warming’ In Climate Data


WaPo FactChecker Dismantles The “Rape Victim As A Pre-Existing Condition” Lie

In case you have stupid friends…

The notion that AHCA classifies rape or sexual assault as a preexisting condition, or that survivors would be denied coverage, is false.

At least 45 states prohibit insurance discrimination like this. Then, it takes several leaps of imagination to assume that survivors of rape and sexual assault will face higher premiums as a result of conditions relating to their abuse. A person would need to be in the individual or small-group market (most Americans under 65 are on employer-provided plans), in a state that sought waivers, and in one of two to five states that did not prohibit insurance-company discrimination against survivors of sexual abuse.

In other words, this claim relies on so many factors — including unknown decisions by a handful of states and insurance companies — that this talking point becomes almost meaningless.

We always say at The Fact Checker that the more complicated the topic, the more susceptible it is to spin. Both media coverage and hyperbole among advocates are at fault for creating a misleading representation of the House GOP health bill. We wavered between Three and Four Pinocchios, but the out-of-control rhetoric and the numerous assumptions pushed us to Four Pinocchios.

Four Pinocchios


Source: WaPo
Debunked, Fake News

Swedish Minister In Hot Water For Lying About Rape Problem

Sweden’s Integration Minister Ylva Johansson has done a U-turn after she told the BBC that the number of reports of sex crimes in Sweden was dropping.

During a recent interview with the BBC, the minister said: “When we make surveys about if any woman has been… if there has been a rape towards her or sexual harassment, we can see that the level is going down, and going down and going down”. However, this isn’t the case. The latest stats actually show a 13 percent increase in reported sex crimes in Sweden in 2016, and a general increase over the last ten years (more on this later).

Swedish social media users – including MPs, economists, and criminologists – flocked to Twitter to point out the minister’s mistake following her TV appearance.  The Moderate party’s labour policy spokesperson Elisabeth Svantesson was among those to criticize Johansson. “We don’t need more fake news,” she wrote on Twitter, calling for the minister to explain herself.

Source: Swedish minister does U-turn on comments about Sweden’s sex crimes – The Local


Pence’s Personal Email Is Not The Same As Hillary’s

Stop drawing equivalence to Hillary Clinton.

  1. Pence did not violate the law (Particularly Indiana law, which is the only law he was subject to).
  2. The reason we know what was in Pence’s email was because he followed proper and legally defined procedures, for archiving his email in such a way that it’s retrievable.
  3. This information was obtained through a FOIA request.

If you want to draw equivalence to Clinton, just show me how those three things apply to her.  Pro tip: They don’t.

Source: In 2016, Pence used hacked personal email account to discuss homeland security issues – TechRepublic

Debunked, Journalism

Jim Hoft Overplays An Old McCain Story

Giddy with dirt on a man that he hates, Jim Hoft, publisher of Gateway Pundit, gleefully exclaimed

“Wikileaks Document Shows John McCain Requested Donations from Russians” followed with an all-caps WOW.

Hoft acted like Wikileaks had uncovered a major news story, with one commenter saying

“Once again it’s the warriors in the “alternative media” who as citizen journalists find the truth that America needs to see.”

Except it’s not.  The story got plenty of airtime when it happened.  In 2008.  How do I know?  Because I wrote about it back when it happened. How else do I know?  Because the story I cited from Reuters is still available.  You can even read it right here.  The pertinent bits of info:

Moscow’s mission to the United Nations issued a terse statement on the Republican presidential candidate’s letter, saying that the Russian government and its officials “do not finance political activity in foreign countries.”

A spokesman for McCain, a long-time critic of Russia, had a simple explanation for the fundraising letter’s arrival at the Russian mission in New York: “It was an error in the mailing list.”

The letter was addressed to Churkin and sported a McCain signature near the bottom.

It’s worthy of note that Churkin did die recently, so I guess if you wanted to put your tinfoil hat on and say McCain coordinated an assassination to cover up a 9 year old story, that’s your prerogative, but I’m just gonna go with “it’s still a non-story and Jim Hoft is an ass.”