Most conspiracy theories are nonsense. But not all, it’s sad to say. A political machine is a successful conspiracy against the public, after all, and we’ve had machine politics in America since the 19th century. Chicago is run by a Democratic machine. Illinois is a machine state.
Those are successful and profitable conspiracies, at least for the insiders. They are dreadful for average citizens, because in a kleptocracy it is corruption that rules the streets. That is why the inner city schools in Chicago still fail their children; it is why drug gangs kill teenagers on the South Side; it is why kids have kids, and just pass on the social pathology; it is why Chicagoans who can afford it move out of the blasted neighborhoods, leaving them to gangsters and their victims; and it is why Governor Blagojevich openly demanded his share of the loot before appointing a U.S. senator to follow Obama.
It is no comfort to know that Barack Obama rose to power in the hustler world of Chicago politics and that Mayor Daley, Michelle Obama, and Valerie Jarrett, all faithful creatures of the machine, decided on all the appointments in this administration.
So what about the Climategate fiasco, the Watergate scandal of our age and time? Well, the global warming fraud is simply machine politics on the international level. Mark Steyn has coined the word “tranzi” for the transnational left that runs the UN, the European Union, most European capitals, and both left coasts of the United States. Tranzis are the political machine of our time.
The good news is that “anthropogenic global warming” — the most costly and widespread scientific fraud in history — just crumbled to fairy dust. We have emails from some of the biggest malefactors to prove it.
Take Dr. Phil Jones, the head of the CRU, the “Climatic Research Unit” at the University of East Anglia. If that’s not familiar, you might remember the IPCC report, where all the tranzis declared their undying faith in anthropogenic global warming. Well, Dr. Phil made up that report, along with about three dozen others, claiming to speak for thousands of scientists around the world. When the journal Climate Research published an article questioning the global warming hoax, Dr. Jones wrote in an email that the journal must “rid itself of this troublesome editor” who dared to be honest. The email reply from Michael Mann, whose “hockey stick” graph was thoroughly discredited by science bloggers some years ago, is as follows:
I think we have to stop considering Climate Research as a legitimate peer-reviewed journal. Perhaps we should encourage our colleagues in the climate research community to no longer submit to, or cite papers in, this journal.
“Off with their heads!” cried the White Queen.
But things got worse when even Geophysical Research Letters (GRL) got a whiff of skepticism. Wrote Fraudocrat Michael Mann:
It’s one thing to lose Climate Research. We can’t afford to lose GRL.
Another “leading climate scientist,” Dr. Tom Wigley, was quite willing to wield the executioner’s axe:
If you think that Saiers is in the greenhouse skeptics camp, then, if we can ﬁnd documentary evidence of this, we could go through ofﬁcial AGU channels to get him ousted. (AGU is the American Geophysical Union, the publisher of Geophysical Research Letters).
That email was followed by: “The GRL leak may have been plugged up now w/new editorial leadership there.”
It’s just like the Nixon tapes, except that emails are a lot more accurate than John Dean’s memory.
A successful political machine has to have monopoly control over the media, and it must be able to corrupt or coerce all the centers of power — the cops, the courts, the drug mafias, the businesses, the rackets. That’s how the global warming conspiracy operated.
Robert Tracinski has been doggedly pursuing this story, and he points out that the liberal media were in cahoots with the machine:
[A]nyone doubting that the mainstream media is in on it, too, should check out New York Times reporter Andrew Revkin’s toadying apologia for the CRU e-mails, masquerading as a news report.
And yes, here he is!
A team of climate scientists, seeking to remind the negotiators who will hammer out a new climate treaty of what is at stake, has produced The Copenhagen Diagnosis, a summary of the latest peer-reviewed science on the anticipated impacts of human-driven global warming. In an interview, Richard Somerville, a climatologist at the University of California, San Diego, and a past contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, said the case for climate change as a serious risk to human affairs was clear, despite recent firestorms over some data sets and scientists’ actions.
Well, good try, Dr. Somerville. And I sure hope you have tenure, because this is going to get very bloody very quickly. You see, it’s not just “some data sets and scientists’ actions.” Those leaked emails are just the tiny tip of a very large and dangerous iceberg that is even now ripping those rivets off your Titanic. The Copenhagen Diagnosis? How about “Diagnosis: Dead On Arrival”?
Nothing is going to happen at Copenhagen except for a lot of scientists and politicians and media types desperately trying to cover their tender parts in front of a mind-boggled world.
Well, Al Gore hasn’t begged for the world’s forgiveness yet, but Georges Monbiot, the Al Gore of the UK, may actually turn out to be an honest man. Or maybe he’s just faster in seeing the Titanic beginning to list to port. According to the Daily Mail, which is enjoying the discomfiture of the British left:
George Monbiot, a leading environmentalist, said Phil Jones should resign from the Climatic Research Unit over leaked emails that appear to show researchers suppressed scientific data. More emails came to light yesterday, including one in which an American climatologist admitted it was a travesty that scientists could not explain a lack of global warming in recent years. In another note, UK researchers dismissed the work of scientists challenging global warming as “crap.” Another appeared to call for pressure on the BBC after a reporter suggested that evidence for rising temperatures since 2001 was thin. In one of the most damning messages, Professor Jones appeared to respond to the death of a climate sceptic with the words “in an odd way this is cheering news!” The leak has been a huge embarrassment to the climate unit at the University of East Anglia, which is a global leader in its field. … Yesterday, Mr Monbiot, who writes on green issues, said the emails could scarcely be more damaging.
Global warming was a fraud, and it has now been exposed.
That little fraud would have cost the taxpayers of the world trillions of dollars, not to mention wrecking their economies with carbon taxes and penalties.
But that’s not even the worst of it. The most important take home lesson is that global frauding was the clear and conscious work of a political machine aiming to steal your money, your liberties, and your country. It was a massive, worldwide attempt at a coup d’etat, and the victims were going to include all the free and prosperous peoples of the world. Hitler had his Reichstag fire. Today’s transnational left had its global warming fraud. The political goal was exactly the same: maximum power through maximum fear.
Melanie Phillips, writing in the Spectator, has it exactly right in a column called “Green Totalitarianism”:
All the manipulation, distortion and suppression revealed by these emails took place because it would seem these scientists knew their belief was not only correct but unchallengeable; and so when faced with evidence that showed it was false, they tried every which way to make the data fit the prior agenda. And those who questioned that agenda themselves had to be airbrushed out of the record, because to question it was simply impossible. Only AGW zealots get to decide, apparently, what science is. Truth is what fits their ideological agenda. Anything else is to be expunged. … [W]hat we are dealing with here is the totalitarian personality. One thing is now absolutely clear for all to see about the anthropogenic global warming scam: science this is not.