Se a malta acredita no Aquecimento Global…

porque não há-de acreditar também que o maior especialista (pelo menos o com maior salário) da EPA* não haveria de trabalhar como agente da CIA no Afeganistão, sem nunca precisar da mínima prova?
*Environmental Protection Agency


Vejam a pérola escrita pelo especialista para justificar uma das suas viagens:

“Due to recent events that you have probably read about, I am in Pakistan,” he wrote McCarthy in a Dec. 18, 2010 email. “Got the call Thurs and left Fri. Hope to be back for Christmas ….Ho, ho, ho.”

O nível atingido:

Nor was that Beale’s only deception, according to court documents. In 2008, Beale didn’t show up at the EPA for six months, telling his boss that he was part of a special multi-agency election-year project relating to “candidate security.” He billed the government $57,000 for five trips to California that were made purely “for personal reasons,” his lawyer acknowledged. (His parents lived there.) He also claimed to be suffering from malaria that he got while serving in Vietnam. According to his lawyer’s filing, he didn’t have malaria and never served in Vietnam. He told the story to EPA officials so he could get special handicap parking at a garage near EPA headquarters.

E por fim:

Beale was caught when he “retired” very publicly but kept drawing his large salary for another year and a half.


Sullivan said he doubted Beale’s fraud could occur at any federal agency other than the EPA. “There’s a certain culture here at the EPA where the mission is the most important thing,” he said. “They don’t think like criminal investigators. They tend to be very trusting and accepting.”

Parece mesmo o tipo de organização altamente escrupulosa e profissional na qual deveremos colocar as nossas esperanças sobre como nos devemos adaptar ao boom populacional e económico das últimas décadas, não parece?

Fontes: NBC, Guardian, Business Insider.
Humor: Wonkette.

Esqueçam o Aquecimento Global – Temam o Ciclo 25

Forget global warming – it’s Cycle 25 we need to worry about (and if NASA scientists are right the Thames will be freezing over again).

The supposed ‘consensus’ on man-made global warming is facing an inconvenient challenge after the release of new temperature data showing the planet has not warmed for the past 15 years.

The figures suggest that we could even be heading for a mini ice age to rival the 70-year temperature drop that saw frost fairs held on the Thames in the 17th Century.

Based on readings from more than 30,000 measuring stations, the data was issued last week without fanfare by the Met Office and the University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit. It confirms that the rising trend in world temperatures ended in 1997.

Meanwhile, leading climate scientists yesterday told The Mail on Sunday that, after emitting unusually high levels of energy throughout the 20th Century, the sun is now heading towards a ‘grand minimum’ in its output, threatening cold summers, bitter winters and a shortening of the season available for growing food.

Solar output goes through 11-year cycles, with high numbers of sunspots seen at their peak.

We are now at what should be the peak of what scientists call ‘Cycle 24’ – which is why last week’s solar storm resulted in sightings of the aurora borealis further south than usual. But sunspot numbers are running at less than half those seen during cycle peaks in the 20th Century.

Analysis by experts at NASA and the University of Arizona – derived from magnetic-field measurements 120,000 miles beneath the sun’s surface – suggest that Cycle 25, whose peak is due in 2022, will be a great deal weaker still.

According to a paper issued last week by the Met Office, there is a  92 per cent chance that both Cycle 25 and those taking place in the following decades will be as weak as, or weaker than, the ‘Dalton minimum’ of 1790 to 1830. In this period, named after the meteorologist John Dalton, average temperatures in parts of Europe fell by 2C.

However, it is also possible that the new solar energy slump could be as deep as the ‘Maunder minimum’ (after astronomer Edward Maunder), between 1645 and 1715 in the coldest part of the ‘Little Ice Age’ when, as well as the Thames frost fairs, the canals of Holland froze solid.

Podiam simplesmente dizer: “Nós gostamos é de vos assustar. Entreguem-nos 1% do PIB ou desmantelamos uma parte da indústria que faz-vos carrinhos e telemóveis”. Era mais frontal e directo.

Eu devia ter desconfiado quando a solução para CO2 a mais era acabar com a indústria e não plantar árvores (o que, sendo eu de Ponte de Lima, seria uma medida que me agradaria bastante do ponto de vista emocional).

Esta malta é como a Administração Bush a gerar medo para tornar as suas políticas aceitáveis. E a imprensa, sempre interessada em vender com mais um título pomposo, cumpre o seu papel.

Triste. Mas expectável.