Articles: Things Get Hot for Michael Mann

Michael Mann has stepped into a methane-emitting cowpile.Mann is the Penn State climatologist famous for inventing the “hockey stick” graph promoting the notion that planetary temperatures spiked in the 20th century after a Golden Age of stasis. This graph was misleading at a minimum, the product of what Phil Jones, director of the Climate Research Unit of East Anglia termed “Mike’s Nature trick” to “hide the decline.” What Mann did was splice two separate data sets together to create the illusion of spiking temperatures; the graph spliced data sets together without differentiation, hiding the global temperature “decline” shown by the Briffa reconstruction set.

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Proceeds Of Hill IT Suspects Disappeared | The Daily Caller

Imran Awan, his wife Hina, and brothers Abid and Jamal collectively netted more than $4 million in salary as IT administrators for House Democrats between 2009 and 2017. Yet the absence of signs of wealth displayed among them raise questions such as was the money sent overseas or did something other than paychecks motivate their actions?Capitol Police revoked the Awans’ access to the congressional IT system in February 2017 after a major data breach was detected. Their access had allowed them to read emails and files of dozens of members, including many serving on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Source: Proceeds Of Hill IT Suspects Disappeared | The Daily Caller

Microsoft Surface Laptop Teardown – iFixit

This laptop is not meant to be opened or repaired; you can’t get inside without inflicting a lot of damage.The CPU, RAM, and onboard storage are soldered to the motherboard, making upgrades a no-go.The headphone jack, while modular, can only be accessed by removing the heat sink, fan, display, and motherboard.The battery is difficult and dangerous to replace, giving the device a limited lifespan.

Final score: 0 out of 10!

Source: Microsoft Surface Laptop Teardown – iFixit

Illinois Is Venezuela & The Solution Is Cryptocurrency | Zero Hedge

This comment is the best thing here. What’s going on in Illinois doesn’t have much to do with a devaluing currency, and the oil price example is pretty far off target.

“Blablabla Bitcoin 4evuh. The author made not one valid point that wasn’t already obvious. Here is one important question for the author: Are you fully compliant with your taxes? When your 2017 1040 tax form comes out and has a box that says “do you now or have you ever owned bitcoin. If yes attach a schedule 666-ass-rape for each of your bitcoin transactions.”

Source: Illinois Is Venezuela & The Solution Is Cryptocurrency | Zero Hedge

Sketchy firm behind Trump dossier is stalling investigators | New York Post

A secretive Washington firm that commissioned the dubious intelligence dossier on Donald Trump is stonewalling congressional investigators trying to learn more about its connections to the Democratic Party.The Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month threatened to subpoena the firm, Fusion GPS, after it refused to answer questions and provide records to the panel identifying who financed the error-ridden dossier, which was circulated during the election and has sparked much of the Russia scandal now engulfing the White House.SEE ALSOIntel chiefs told Trump that Russia has dirt on himIntel chiefs told Trump that Russia has dirt on himWhat is the company hiding? Fusion GPS describes itself as a “research and strategic intelligence firm” founded by “three former Wall Street Journal investigative reporters.” But congressional sources says it’s actually an opposition-research group for Democrats, and the founders, who are more political activists than journalists, have a pro-Hillary, anti-Trump agenda.“These weren’t mercenaries or hired guns,” a congressional source familiar with the dossier probe said. “These guys had a vested personal and ideological interest in smearing Trump and boosting Hillary’s chances of winning the White House.”Fusion GPS was on the payroll of an unidentified Democratic ally of Clinton when it hired a long-retired British spy to dig up dirt on Trump. In 2012, Democrats hired Fusion GPS to uncover dirt on GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. And in 2015, Democrat ally Planned Parenthood retained Fusion GPS to investigate pro-life activists protesting the abortion group.

Source: Sketchy firm behind Trump dossier is stalling investigators | New York Post