Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Dr. Hansen (of NASA fame) Is a Soros Lackey

Sweet – Sweet Justice!!!

Dr. Hansen Gets $720,000 from George Soros

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George Soros… well… sorta

I love coming across stories like this… especially since a friendly adversary of mine used this exact “scientist” as evidence supposedly showing the Bush administration covering up facts as well as my position on Global Warming. My friend’s blog was entitled “Giving NASA the ‘Nazi Treatment’”, and as you can see from this blog and my responses to it…

…who called the outcome from the get-go.

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Dr. Hansen, Director of the Goddard institute, NASA, and politico extraordinaire.

Dr. Hansen is nothing more than a shill for the Democrat positions, even going so far as actively campaigning for John “rice butt” Kerry. One of the points I made is just because someone is the “Director of the Goddard Institute” doesn’t make him (or her) any less biased or vulnerable to such political hot-topics such as Global Warming. I will take the founder of the Goddard Institute and first Director’s agnostic thinking on matters of faith and science over this DNC (atheist) any day.

Dr. Robert Jastrow wrote an excellent book many years ago entitled God and the Astronomers, and he points out from an agnostic point of view that all the evidence coming from cosmology points towards God. A great book for the person who wants to look at the universe with a fresh perspective. But I digress, or should I say progress?

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I also posted an article about from the father of climatology (he founded the study of weather as a discipline) where he stated, and I had hoped Kimba caught this in his reading of my blog:

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Dr. Reid Bryson, known as the father of scientific climatology, considers global warming a bunch of “hooey.”

So, if global warming isn't such a burning issue, why are thousands of scientists so concerned about it?

"Why are so many thousands not concerned about it?" Bryson shot back.

"There is a lot of money to be made in this," he added. "If you want to be an eminent scientist you have to have a lot of grad students and a lot of grants. You can't get grants unless you say, 'Oh global warming, yes, yes, carbon dioxide.'"

You can only get big grants from the Feds if you create a huge problem and then say you want to study it. HMMmmm. I guess this could never happen by “white-coated” “non-biased” scientists who have nothing but the plight of humanity on their minds and not their careers. Anyway, we all know that this type of greed and career mongering is confined only to the oil industry! (I was being sarcastic for those that didn't notice.)

At any rate, here ids the article that makes my heart jump for joy merely because it silences one more knucklehead on the issue, and gives me ammo to lob at a friend. Enjoy:

Investors Business Daily – The Soros Threat to Democracy

The Soros Threat To Democracy


Monday, September 24, 2007

Democracy: George Soros is known for funding groups such as that seek to manipulate public opinion. So why is the billionaire's backing of what he believes in problematic? In a word: transparency.

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How many people, for instance, know that James Hansen, a man billed as a lonely "NASA whistleblower" standing up to the mighty U.S. government, was really funded by Soros' Open Society Institute , which gave him "legal and media advice"?

That's right, Hansen was packaged for the media by Soros' flagship "philanthropy," by as much as $720,000, most likely under the OSI's "politicization of science" program.

That may have meant that Hansen had media flacks help him get on the evening news to push his agenda and lawyers pressuring officials to let him spout his supposedly "censored" spiel for weeks in the name of advancing the global warming agenda.

Hansen even succeeded, with public pressure from his nightly news performances, in forcing NASA to change its media policies to his advantage. Had Hansen's OSI-funding been known, the public might have viewed the whole production differently. The outcome could have been different.

That's not the only case. Didn't the mainstream media report that 2006's vast immigration rallies across the country began as a spontaneous uprising of 2 million angry Mexican-flag waving illegal immigrants demanding U.S. citizenship in Los Angeles, egged on only by a local Spanish-language radio announcer?

Turns out that wasn't what happened, either. Soros' OSI had money-muscle there, too, through its $17 million Justice Fund. The fund lists 19 projects in 2006. One was vaguely described involvement in the immigration rallies. Another project funded illegal immigrant activist groups for subsequent court cases.

So what looked like a wildfire grassroots movement really was a manipulation from OSI's glassy Manhattan offices. The public had no way of knowing until the release of OSI's 2006 annual report.

Meanwhile, OSI cash backed terrorist-friendly court rulings, too.

Do people know last year's Supreme Court ruling abolishing special military commissions for terrorists at Guantanamo was a Soros project? OSI gave support to Georgetown lawyers in 2006 to win Hamdan v. Rumsfeld — for the terrorists.

OSI also gave cash to other radicals who pressured the Transportation Security Administration to scrap a program called "Secure Flight," which matched flight passenger lists with terrorist names. It gave more cash to other left-wing lawyers who persuaded a Texas judge to block cell phone tracking of terrorists.

They trumpeted this as a victory for civil liberties. Feel safer?

It's all part of the $74 million OSI spent on "U.S. Programs" in 2006 to "shape policy." Who knows what revelations 2007's report will bring around events now in the news?

OSI isn't the only secretive organization that Soros funds. OSI partners with the Tides Foundation, which funnels cash from wealthy donors who may not want it known that their cash goes to fringe groups engaged in "direct action" — also known as eco-terrorism.

On the political front, Soros has a great influence in a secretive organization called "Democracy Alliance" whose idea of democracy seems to be government controlled solely of Democrats.

"As with everything about the Democracy Alliance, the strangest aspect of this entire process was the incessant secrecy. Among the alliance's stated values was a commitment to political transparency — as long as it didn't apply to the alliance," wrote Matt Bai, describing how the alliance was formed in 2005, in his book "The Argument: Billionaires, Bloggers and the Battle to Remake Democratic Politics."

Soros' "shaping public policies," as OSI calls it, is not illegal. But it's a problem for democracy because it drives issues with cash and then only lets the public know about it after it's old news.

That means the public makes decisions about issues without understanding the special agendas of groups behind them.

Without more transparency, it amounts to political manipulation. This leads to cynicism. As word of these short-term covert ops gets out, the public grows to distrust what it hears and tunes out.

The irony here is that Soros claims to be an advocate of an "open society." His OSI does just the legal minimum to disclose its activities. The public shouldn't have to wait until an annual report is out before the light is flipped on about the Open Society's political action.