New York Times publishes forged document, but is anyone really suprised?

December 22, 2008

The error in itself isn’t really that suprising, however, how this forged document even got published in the New York Times is fascinating.

This letter, like most Letters to the Editor these days, arrived by email. It is Times procedure to verify the authenticity of every letter. In this case, our staff sent an edited version of the letter to the sender of the email and did not hear back. At that point, we should have contacted Mr. Delanoë’s office to verify that he had, in fact, written to us.

We did not do that. Without that verification, the letter should never have been printed.

So let me get this straight. The NYT recieves an email containing a letter supposedly written by the mayor of Paris.  The current practice to verify the authenticity of this document is to email back the source of the letter?  Then, if they don’t respond, to go ahead and publish the letter anyway.

Did it not occur to anyone at the Times to contact, you know, the supposed original author of the document directy?  It’s not like the Mayor of Paris is a reclusive citizen tucked away in some remote corner of Manhattan. Furthermore, let’s say they did recieve an email back from the original sender of the letter.  If that response had simply said “Yes, this document is authentic”, would that have been enough for the NYT to go ahead and run with it?  Obviously it would have been seeing that  no response at all apparently serves as authetication.

The more I think about how I would deal with the situation is just making me more and more angry.  This is like asking a guy selling stereos out of his trunk if they are stolen, and taking his reply of “no man, I work for Best Buy” as a satisfactory response.

I’d like to know what the email address of the original sender was as well.  I wouldn’t be surprised to find that the NYT thought Big BeretDaddy@frenchymail.com sounded like a reliable source.

(h/t HotAir)


BREAKING: Iraqi Journalist throws shoes at President Bush

December 14, 2008

Who throws a shoe? Honestly?

Apparently Iraqi journalists. MSNBC has the video for this, and you can see the President did a nice job of dodging the projectiles. Afterwards, when asked for a comment, Bush just said, “All I know is that they were a size 10”.

Looks like America is having a bigger affect on Iraq than we realized.  Now even their mainstream media is taking after our own.  Although, I would hope our American journalists would be able to hit an unsuspecting target from 12 feet away.


The Global Climate Change scam finally exposed?

December 10, 2008

I’d hate to say “I told you so”, but…I told you so.

Currently, Poland is hosting the UN global warming conference.  However, that party is about to be crashed by over 650 international scientists who are criticizing the claims made by the UN IPCC and Al Gore.

These scientists outnumber the scientists who wrote the IPCC report (52) by a ration of 12:1.  A full US Senate report is slated to be released in the next 24 hours, but here’s a preview.

Warming fears are the “worst scientific scandal in the history…When people come to know what the truth is, they will feel deceived by science and scientists.” – UN IPCC Japanese Scientist Dr. Kiminori Itoh, an award-winning PhD environmental physical chemist.

“The IPCC has actually become a closed circuit; it doesn’t listen to others. It doesn’t have open minds… I am really amazed that the Nobel Peace Prize has been given on scientifically incorrect conclusions by people who are not geologists,” – Indian geologist Dr. Arun D. Ahluwalia at Punjab University and a board member of the UN-supported International Year of the Planet.

“It is a blatant lie put forth in the media that makes it seem there is only a fringe of scientists who don’t buy into anthropogenic global warming.” – U.S Government Atmospheric Scientist Stanley B. Goldenberg of the Hurricane Research Division of NOAA. 

“Even doubling or tripling the amount of carbon dioxide will virtually have little impact, as water vapour and water condensed on particles as clouds dominate the worldwide scene and always will.” – . Geoffrey G. Duffy, a professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering of the University of Auckland, NZ.

 

This is going to be a great read, however, what do you want to bet that you don’t hear this story anywhere on the news?


BREAKING: Blagojevich taken into custody by FBI

December 9, 2008

This morning, according to the Chicago Tribune, Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been taken into custody by the FBI agents on federal corruption charges.

I guess I should have posted an article I was working on last night afterall. I’ll try and make up for it by keeping on top of this as best I can.

UPDATE

Gov. Blagojevich and his chief of staff, John Harris, were arrested by the FBI on federal corruption charges.  Here are some of the accusations

Blagojevich and Harris conspired to demand the firing of Chicago Tribune editorial board members responsible for editorials critical of Blagojevich in exchange for state help with the sale of Wrigley Field, the Chicago Cubs baseball stadium owned by Tribune Co.

Blagojevich and Harris, along with others, obtained and sought to gain financial benefits for the governor, members of his family and his campaign fund in exchange for appointments to state boards and commissions, state jobs and state contracts.


Baconblogging: Rice Krispie and Bacon Treats

December 2, 2008

While this is definitely an odd recipie, I’m not skeptical what-so-ever about its tastyness.  It’s got that whole salty-sweet thing working for it, and I’m considering bringing these to my employer’s little holiday pot-luck event.  If anything, I’ll get to keep them all for myself.

mmmm, baconmallow

mmmm, baconmallow

However, I completely reject the idea that this marshmallowy-bacony treat belongs on a blog for “ridiculous food”.  As we all know, bacon is serious business.


The Beauty of the Global Warming Scam

December 2, 2008

Ever since Al Gore’s scare piece “An Inconvenient Truth”, every country on this planet has been  bombarded like never befoer by various environmental groups, pushing for more and more “green” policies.  Whether it be lowering carbon emissions, building wind farms, or subsidizing biofuels, governments have been pressured to force legislate this new “green” way of life onto its citizens.

The entire global warming climate change movement is a scam.  Yes, I said it, a scam.  Your first clue should have been the name change I was forced to make after I originally called it global warming, I had forgotten that it’s now global climate change (or GCC), but more on that later.  Given the fact that it is a scam, I am forced to admit that it is an amazingly clever and ingenious one.

A good question to ask first is probably “why bother running the scam in the first place?”.  This is an excellent question and let me make clear that I’m sure initially, a lot of the people who first proposed the Global Climate Change theory truly thought that the Earth was in peril.  They honestly had the best interests of everyone at heart.  However, others soon began to pick up on this movement and start twisting it as a means to their own ends.

It’s not surprising that GCC has gathered such a following.  As David Hannum (not P.T. Barnum) said, “there’s a sucker born every minute“.  Which means there’s roughly 525,950 suckers born each year.  Although it only takes a minority of easily panicked and very loud suckers to create a global climate change scam.

For example, these guys;

EVEN if we turn to clean energy to reduce carbon emissions, the planet might carry on warming anyway due to the heat released into the environment by our ever-increasing consumption of energy.

As any good protester knows, one needs something to protest AGAINST, or you’ll soon find yourself jobless, and it’s hard to get a job when your only skill involves holding a sign and chanting some cute limerick.  So here the greenies are making sure they don’t follow the same path Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson did by helping elect Barack Obama, thus dispelling the myth of a racist country and hurting their own business opportunities (you didn’t think Jackon’s tears at the acceptance speech were tears of joy did you??).

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