“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
There's a cancer on this theory Mr Vice President
New revelations continue to unreel from Climategate just like in the heady Watergate days of the Saturday Night Massacre and the Smoking Gun Tape. The Russians dropped another bombshell Tuesday by reporting that the Hadley Center for Climate Change based at the headquarters of the British Meteorological Office had cherry picked climate data from weather stations covering the largest nation in the world.
Analysts say Russian meteorological stations cover most of the country's territory, and that the Hadley Center had used data submitted by only 25% of such stations in its reports. Over 40% of Russian territory was not included in global-temperature calculations for some other reasons, rather than the lack of meteorological stations and observations.
The data of stations located in areas not listed in the Hadley Climate Research Unit Temperature UK (HadCRUT) survey often does not show any substantial warming in the late 20th century and the early 21st century. The HadCRUT database includes specific stations providing incomplete data and highlighting the global-warming process, rather than stations facilitating uninterrupted observations.
CRU’s selective use of 25% of the data created 0.64C more warming than simply using all of the raw data would have done. The complete set of data show 1.4C rise since 1860, the CRU set shows 2.06C rise over the same period.
Apparently the data of 40% of the stations scattered across Russia (a nation spanning twelve times zones) was inconvenient to the current orthodoxy of a "science" which has only earned a single Nobel Prize, and that awarded to a politician.