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Google Is Aiming To Challenge Amazon

The Web-search giant is in talks with major retailers and shippers about creating a service that would let consumers shop for goods online and receive their orders within a day for a low fee, said people familiar with the matter. Full Story

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ClimateGate 2.0 BOMBSHELL: ‘Hide the Decline’ Worse than Previously Thought

“hide the decline” – worse than we thought

Some background from the original “hide the decline” from Steve McIntyre here

Despite relatively little centennial variability, Briffa’s reconstruction had a noticeable decline in the late 20th century, despite warmer temperatures. In these early articles [e.g. Briffa 1998], the decline was not hidden.

For most analysts, the seemingly unavoidable question at this point would be – if tree rings didn’t respond to late 20th century warmth, how would one know that they didn’t do the same thing in response to possible medieval warmth – a question that remains unaddressed years later.

He writes now in Hide-the-Decline Plus

Indeed, they did not simply “hide the decline”, their “hide the decline” was worse than we thought. Mann et al did not merely delete data after 1960, they deleted data from 1940 on, You can see the last point of the Briffa reconstruction (located at ~1940) peeking from behind the spaghetti in the graphic below:

Detail from Mann et al (EOS 2003) Figure 1. Arrow points to Briffa series peeking out from behind the spaghetti

Had Mann et al used the actual values, the decline would have been as shown in the accompanying graphic:

Figure 3. Re-stated Mann et al (EOS 2003) Figure 1 showing the decline.

Had Mann and his 13 co-authors shown the Briffa reconstruction, without hiding the decline, one feels that von Storch (and others) might have given more consideration to Soon et al’s criticism of the serious problem arising from the large-population failure of tree ring widths and density to track temperature.

Read the whole article Hide-the-Decline Plus


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A Public Service Announcement


Salary of retired US Presidents ………….$450,000 FOR LIFE
Salary of House/Senate members ……….$174,000FOR LIFE

Salary of Speaker of the House ………….$223,500 FOR LIFE

Salary of Majority/Minority Leaders …..$193,400

Average salary of a soldier DEPLOYED IN AFGHANISTAN $38,000
Average income for seniors on SOCIAL SECURITY– $12,000

I think we found where the cuts should be made!  How about no life payments for starters ? Then consider no salary higher than the national income average.
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VP Joe Biden Fuels Rumors He Will Run in 2016


Vice President Biden, currently visiting Iraq, said the Obama administration has fulfilled its campaign promise to end the war in that nation. He also refused to rule out a possible presidential bid in 2016.

Biden, who is meeting with Iraqi officials ahead of the deadline for the drawdown of American forces and will participate in ceremonies to honor U.S. and Iraqi troops, said Iraq’s government and military are ready to defend themselves. Biden will also visit Turkey and Greece before returning to Washington.

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