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Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

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Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Dec. 15, 2009 / 28 Kislev 5770

Climategate is resonating

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It started snowing Sunday in Copenhagen, and is expected to snow every day during the final week of the UN-sponsored summit on climate change. Temperatures are expected to plummet to near record lows for this time of year.


It isn't only in Denmark where the weather's been unseasonably chilly. For the first time in 40 years, all of Canada is likely to have a white Christmas, said Environment Canada's senior climatologist.


The U.S. Midwest is in a deep freeze. Last week 304 low temperature records were set, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).


It's summer in Australia, but it snowed in Melbourne last Thursday (12/10). An iceberg 12 miles long and five miles wide is bearing down on Australia, report scientists at the Australian Antarctic Division.


"Dr. (Neal) Young said an iceberg the size of B17B had not been seen so far north since the days when 19th Century clipper ships plied the trade route between Britain and Australia," reported the London Telegraph.


It's been chilly figuratively in Copenhagen, too. Negotiations on a new global climate treaty to replace the Kyoto treaty have been suspended because developing nations in Africa and Asia are unhappy with the amount of wealth "rich" nations are willing to transfer to them to get them to sign on.


Haunting the proceedings has been the specter of Climategate.


"Climategate" is the flap that followed publication on the Internet of emails and documents which indicated leading climate scientists manipulated data to show a warming the raw data did not, and then destroyed the original data so other scientists couldn't check their work.


If you get all your news from the "mainstream" media, you may not have heard of Climategate. Those few who've reported on it have been assuring their readers and viewers it's no big deal.


Many scientists beg to differ.

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"The Climategate emails are in my opinion the evidence of an intent to deceive," Dutch climatologist Arthur Rorsch told the Telegraaf, Amsterdam's leading newspaper, Sunday. "This is no longer genuine science."


"Should world climate change policy be based on a lie?" asked British astrophysicist Piers Corbyn of his country's delegation to Copenhagen. Dr. Philip Lloyd was a "coordinating lead author" for the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.


"The process is so flawed it is tantamount to fraud," he wrote last month. "As an authority, the IPCC should be assigned to the scrap heap without delay."


The Tiger Woods Index (TWI) suggests "Climategate" could morph into "Warmageddon," despite the best efforts of journalists to tamp down the scandal.


Just about everyone has heard about the infidelities of golfer Tiger Woods. They've been covered extensively by newspapers, radio and television.


The journalists who provide us with every salacious detail about Tiger say they're doing it because we insist upon it.


"Sit down with a friend over lunch and try to have a conversation about health care, climate change, financial regulation or Afghanistan without straying at least once onto the oh-so-unimportant subject of Tiger Woods' philandering," wrote Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson in a column he devoted to Tiger Woods' philandering.


British blogger Richard North suspected journalists are more interested in Tiger than is the general public. He created the TWI to test his hypothesis. The TWI consists of the number of Web hits for a topic, divided by the number of news stories on it. As of December 11, there were 22,500,000 Web hits for "Tiger Woods," and 46,025 news stories, for a TWI of 489.


"Climategate" had 28,400,000 Web hits, but only 2,930 stories, for a TWI of 9,693, ten times that of "Afghanistan" (143,000,000 Web hits; 154,145 stories), which was in second place.


Despite the relative lack of coverage, recent opinion polls indicate Climategate is resonating with people. In a CBS/New York Times poll released Monday, just 37 percent of respondents said global warming should be a "high priority," down from 52 percent in April of 2007. In a Rasmussen poll released last week, 59 percent of respondents said it was at least "somewhat likely" that climate scientists have fabricated data.


"The tide is turning on climate change," wrote the Irish journalist Eilis O'Hanlon. "People stubbornly refuse to be terrified."

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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