LOCAL VIEW –Liberty–

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Liberty is a cracked concept, and I think we Americans have been taken to school in many respects for the past fifty years, learning Freedom isn’t free, and liberty is no simple undertaking.

Not that I still don’t believe our Maker wants us free. It is just that we, in our ignorance, seem to make the most incredible mistakes, when it comes to mistaking chains as being freedom.

As a former smoker, I am well aware I was free to start smoking, but not so free when it came to quitting. When I tried to quit, I felt so awful that the only escape seemed to be to buy another pack, to be “free” of withdrawal symptoms. I chose my chains. And for years I was so blasted healthy that I got away with abusing my body, but the final ten years I smoked were more and more miserable, with a horrible cough and increasing weakness. Only when emphysema had me practically crawling, and cancer cost me a kidney, did I finally quit.

The experience was humbling, and allowed me to be less sneering towards my fellow mortals who demonstrate their addictions. Pity and mercy are good qualities, especially when dealing with arrogant fools (like I once was) who insist upon destructive behavior.

One particularly destructive behavior involves people’s desire for security.  People all but sell their souls for the “benefits” of a job. Even though they are never sick, they are so afraid of medical expenses that they cling to some job that stunts their spiritual growth and eventually makes them sick. They are so afraid of being poor when they get old that they cling to a job that kills them before they get old, for a promised “pension.” They think they have a “good” job, but live a shrunken life in a booth like a poor toll-taker on a turnpike.

I am quite serious about this. I have seen an amazing number of men endure decades of degradation in factories and government jobs for the “benefits”, and then drop dead surprisingly soon after they retire. It is as if, when they finally arrive at the day they “have it made”, it hits them that what they have made amounts to a big zero, and the revelation kills them.

I tend to be more forgiving of the need for security in the case of a woman with a babe in her arms. Her chest was made for feeding, not thumping with fists like a manly gorilla. She is more vulnerable, and has a greater need for security, and men are suppose to display guts and gain that security, by going without that security.

I know that some will call me a sexist for saying what I just said, but even the old Norman Rockwell painting “Freedom From Fear” shows the woman tucking the children in bed, as the man deals with the newspaper.

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I know that critics of the above picture will point out the man isn’t fighting. They will assume he is some fat-cat capitalist, and sending sons off to die so he can sit smugly at home. What they fail to see is that he has done something right, to create Freedom From Fear for the women and children. What he has done-right is out of the picture, behind the scenes, and only suggested by the fact he is holding a newspaper. Also critics fail to see the alternative is ridiculous. I know it, for I lived it, back when I believed women were liberated by being promiscuous without having babies. This new “freedom from fear” was perhaps accidentally portrayed by Mad Magazine:

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Even if Mad Magazine had some utterly different aim, they used what Jung would have called an “archetype”.  The woman does the tucking, and the man deals with the newspaper. The woman is more tender, and the man is more tough. The woman is more concerned with immediate and personal security, and the man is more able to go without such things.

I have great respect for men who die young in battle. I even have respect for men who die in middle age working life-sapping jobs in factories or government bureaucracies. But when I was young I thought there was a greater battle to fight, and I have fought it.

I am anti-war, because war is stupid, and I am anti-life-sapping bureaucracies and factories, because they too are stupid. I am a firm believer in “If Only People Weren’t Stupid.”

The polite word for “Stupid” is “Ignorance.” Ignorance is something we all can confess to, because only God has the omniscience that knows everything. We, as mortals, can either side with attempting to end our ignorance, or side with furthering it. If you have done your best to side with the former, you side with “good”, and if you side with the latter, then, sad to say, you are “evil.”

Men who suffer tedious work to support their homes are, up to a point, like soldiers suffering wounds to save their homelands. They are heroes. But past a certain point they should not go. Past a certain point they are being loyal to a Hitler, and damning their wife and children to the social destruction eventually earned by dictators. They should have told their boss, “Take this job and shove it”, but lacked guts. They were timid and cowardly, and subservient to ignorance, thinking some medical insurance or pension mattered more than freedom from ignorance. They were not free from fear, and when fear controlled them they became like addicts.

I was not prone to this particular addiction, because, after I had been loyal and faithful to a boss up to a certain point, and excused his sins as “shortcomings” up to a certain point, I drew the line. It did not seem to be a matter of my brains as much as it was my stomach. I had guts, so I got fired. This is the price of Liberty: Good-bye health insurance, good-bye sick-pay, good-bye vacation-pay, good-bye pension. You are reduced to the status of a hobo. But you haven’t sold your soul and, praise great God almighty, you are Free!

There is some suffering involved in being a hobo, but in my humble opinion it sure beats the suffering of the alternative. I tried out the alternatives, and even worked a union job for an amazing two years. So I talk of the alternatives with a little bit of experience, when I say slavery stinks, when compared to Liberty.

At times it can be strange, when I confess to people I was a hobo until age 37. When I describe getting fired from job after job, rich people get green with envy. Many never dared, because they were addicted to money. At times, when I was younger, talking of my life as a bum became downright awkward, because rich men’s wives looked at me lustfully, (I suppose because a hobo sometimes is a man, and a rich man sometimes is not).

In other words, Liberty has little to do with money. To some this is obvious, but to others this is like saying up is down, because they are addicted to ignorance. In fact they are the ones saying down is up. And history shows that these down-is-up people do get their comeuppance.

America (so far, at least) has always tended to side with Liberty, and not down-is-up people. Not that America isn’t misled by its down-is-up minorities, (Mad Avenue bankers  addicted to money, Washington politicians addicted to power, Hollywood imbeciles addicted to fame), but so far these attempts to capsize Liberty have always been righted by the sanity of tiny, little people.

When you study history this power-of-the-small becomes so apparent that, for me at least, I see the fingerprints of the Almighty. The laws of reaping-what-you-sow jump out at me, even in the exact same historical events where the down-is-up people claim to see proof that injustice pays. They have eyes but cannot see, yet deem themselves wise. They think they will get away with stealing Indian’s land, but later look up to see Sherman come marching through Georgia.  They think they can get rich clipper-shipping slaves and selling opium, but then their sons die marching through Georgia and their great-grandchildren die of heroin overdoses. The kick-back of Karma revisits sins on succeeding generations with a complex and inescapable perfection.

This is not to say down-is-up people can’t be gifted, brilliant organizers and administrators, but they can’t beat God. If they fail to see their gifts are given by God, and fail to be humble about being gifted, all the might in the world can be defeated by a flea, and a great army be stopped by a snowflake. Sennacherib marched 185,000 to Jerusalem, and his soldiers all died in in their sleep at its gates. Napoleon marched a huge Army into Russia, and few returned from the snowflakes alive.

The down-is-uppers tend to feel they are sharp as axes, and can cut others down, but what they fail to see is that no ax cuts by itself. The Creator created the ax, and can cast it aside. If our pride over the gifts we are given becomes that of a megalomaniac, rather than doing the cutting we are cut down. Of course, the powerful laugh at this concept, and say, “How can a tree cut down an ax?”  They never like learning the answer.

The time of Napoleon is fascinating, because he was a megalomaniac who began as a flea who the big-shots were blithely ignorant of, yet was given gifts that allowed him to become an ax that shook the world, before falling as the mighty all fall, into the afterglow of glory. As he disrupted the calm and disturbed the peace he forced friends and foes alike to dare to be great. Men had to leave the cozy security of home, leave wives and children,  and be men.

I like this time in American history because back then we were a flea, compared to European powers, and when the War of 1812 eventually erupted we were like a flea taking on an elephant. Not counting the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain, we had a Navy of some 8 ships, and were taking on Britain’s 600. President Madison does not come across as exactly smart, (but, after all, he was a democrat).

However in order to find crews for its 600 ships England, (and to a lesser degree France), had to bully unwilling men onto their ships, and this had been going on for some ten years before the USA declared war. The impressing of American sailors ruffled American feathers, for, while the USA might have only had a 8 ship Navy, it had developed the second largest fleet of Merchantmen in the world, and these ships were not crewed by men bullied aboard by press gangs, but by men who dared put personal security aside, for their wife and children, and risked death on the bounding main, calling it liberty and relishing it. They wanted no part of Europe’s war, but Europe wanted American goods to supply their troops, and both sides wanted to prevent America from supplying the other side. Jefferson faced an undeclared war with France, (which was angry we didn’t side with them, after they had sided with us in our Revolution.) Jefferson also faced Arab states in North Africa who demanded we pay tribute. And the English were increasingly demanding as well.

Of course it was not Jefferson, and later Madison, who was actually out on the ocean facing these troubles. Besides courage, strength and wisdom, life as a merchantman demanded diplomatic skill, and often involved having to smile as the English or French absconded with your cargo, and sometimes your ship.  The amazing thing is that the sailors kept sailing. I suppose the profits were better than the profits from farming, and there was also the not inconsiderable fact that sailing is just plain wonderful fun, for many men.

In any case, the United States may have had a small Navy, but it had a wealth of excellent sailors who were out on the sea because they wanted to be there, as opposed to the English crews who sometimes had been dragged on board their boats kicking and screaming, and would desert at the first opportunity, though doing so meant they risked being hung.

What then happened, once war was declared, was that the American merchantmen turned into “privateers”. They were suppose to get an official slip of paper from the American government, but not everyone bothered. I think it is for this reason there are hugely varying estimates on how many privateers sailed against the English. Officially there were some 500 “licenced” ships, but I have read estimates there were well over a thousand privateers in actual fact. (If you had a licence you were suppose to report your booty, when you got home, at the custom house and pay a tax. Of course this was not always done, by sailors who knew a great deal about smuggling, and about getting around red tape. In fact, in New England, which was most dependent on merchantmen, and where the war was very unpopular, (called “Mr. Madison’s War”), one way around the British blockade was to meet with the blockaders. The British blockade was actually depriving Britain itself of supplies that were needed. Therefore some merchantmen arranged to be “captured”, and then, after goods were off-loaded and cash changed hands, they conveniently “escaped”. So you see, there is a way around red tape, if you look for it.)

When a privateer set sail it had a over-sized crew, for every time it captured an English ship some of its crew had to board the captured ship and sail it home. Some ships would sail off with over a hundred men and return home crewed by fifteen. Some of the ships they captured were recaptured by the British, but many captured ships sailed back into American ports loaded with needed supplies, and as they arrived they told a thrilling tale of the parent ship’s exploits.

Some of the tales are wonderful.  The Paul Jones set sail from New York in 1812 with 120 men aboard, but only 3 cannons. She had holes cut in the side for 17.  The captain had logs painted black to look like cannons and sailed up to the British merchant ship Hassan, which carried 14 guns, but had a crew of only 20. The Paul Jones sent the extra crew swarming up into the rigging to look like marines.   The captain of the Hassan was so fooled by the bluff that he surrendered without firing a shot. In this manner the Paul Jones not only gained a “prize ship”, but 14 cannons, and the captain was able to fill the Paul Jones’ gun mounts with actual guns.

Captain William Nichols, aboard the Decauter,  eluded the English frigate Guerriere, but was unable to elude a faster frigate despite throwing his cannons overboard to go faster. To everyone’s relief the faster frigate was the American ship Constitution, and Captain Nichols was then able to direct the Constitution where to find (and defeat) the Guerriere. However as the Constitution sailed out of sight the Decauter’s crew promptly mutinied, insisting they should head home because they had only two cannon left to fight with. After subduing the mutiny by bopping the ringleader over the head, Captain Nichols proceeded to get cannons by capturing seven ships in five days, and headed home with hardly any crew left aboard his own ship, after capturing a total of ten.

The official tally, kept by Lloyds of London, was 1175 British ships captured, of which 373 were captured back by the British Navy before getting back to the United States. The actual numbers were likely higher, as insurance rates got so high as the war went on some ships may have sailed without insurance. Though the British blockade deeply hurt American ports,  the English were forced to resort to sailing in convoys. They were able to keep troops supplied (except in the Great Lakes),  but the American privateers then sailed across to England, even into the mouth of the Thames, and made the English fishermen fear to go out and fish, resulting in a shortage of that staple to the English diet in English markets. Lastly, there is a lot we don’t know. Of the privateers that officially reported their existence to the American government, 317 never reported capturing any ship. Hmm. Makes you wonder what they were doing with themselves, sailing around out there all that time.

The thing that fascinates me was this was a completely disorganized effort. It was not military in nature, and involved no planning board writing up logistics. It was just a bunch of individual captains and their crews, going every which way without any particular order, and becoming a total thorn in the side of the British fleet.  It was not what one would expect, looking at the original of odds of 8 American ships against 600. To me it demonstrates what individuality can accomplish, when set against a vast and seemingly all-powerful organization. Watch out for the flea.

Meanwhile the Americans in charge (being democrats) were making a shambles of things. A flea smaller than even the United States was Upper Canada, but the political appointments in charge of the war made such a mess of things that little Canada initially whupped our butts.  Further south British troops marched into the White House and ate Madison’s dinner, before burning the place down.  (Baltimore was saved only because a political appointment was booted out, and replaced by a Revolutionary War veteran who knew his ass from his elbow.)

Another small flea that made a difference consisted of some 3000 black slaves, who used the war as a chance to make a dash for freedom. In many cases the men joined the British army and fought against their former masters. (After the war many were settled in Canada, while others settled with their families as farmers on the south coast of Trinidad, where they live to this day as the “Merikins”.) (So perhaps democrats do get credit for freeing some slaves….with the law of unintended consequences kicking in.)

It is odd how liberty works.

In the end the United States did quite well to escape that war with the event called “a draw”. (The real losers were the Indians….but that’s another story).

Happy Independence Day!

Liberty has its price. At dawn I pay
The toll and buckle my worn leather belt
And plod out into the duty of new day
And remember no dreams, nor how I felt
When young, but a cloud then catches my eye.

It’s just a wisp of white in the west;
Just a mare’s tail, a curl of cirrus in the sky,
But disturbs me from my dormancy’s rest.

Toil has its peace, a dulling mindlessness,
But the cloud’s a disturbing reminder
That Liberty’s more than mess after mess.
It’s aim is higher, sweeter, kinder.

Liberty’s price is: Blood waters it’s root,
But Liberty’s hope is a fine future fruit.

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10 thoughts on “LOCAL VIEW –Liberty–

  1. Your ancestors and mine did the same against Spain, of course…. And we both have King Alfred as the founder of our Navies. Right now, one of our RNZN Frigates is helping fill the gap in your Navy’s ships caused by the tragic collision of a US Destroyer with a Container ship. When it comes to freedom for our peoples, I suppose we had both (Yanks and Brits) gotten to about the same place by around 1870, by different routes. Possibly with Magna Carta as a shared basis. Which, as so often happens, may not have been seen by many as its purpose, originally. As we are finding still, the fight is never-ending, in this world. Happy Independence Day!!

    • After 1812 the US-Canada border became the longest undefended border on earth. No small accomplishment.

      However I think the sea teaches people something the land can’t, something outside of fences, because you can’t fence the sea.

      Spain too was once a small and obscure nation on the edge of Europe, and surprised the experts by becoming a super-power. And there, as well, the sailors led the way.

      • A lot of truth in that. One of our Admirals was quoted in my naval history as saying that the sea gives opportunities that only those who understand it can grasp. I found myself that, though the sea ,,,,can kill you with a flick , it won’t deceive you. Unlike humans. Because it obeys the Laws of Physics, and a sailor who survives must ‘get’ those. Unlike climastrologists and their acolytes….

        Getting back to that, here is a WUWT entry, the last two paragraphs of which speak to what I have been trying to grasp of late – the strength or lack of it in the new quiet sun ENSO recharge cycles ie La Nina. Bob Tisdale really opened this up for us:
        ” Javier
        July 4, 2017 at 9:40 am:
        It doesn’t matter. We have CFSR and ECMWF and they cannot be adjusted as lives depend on their weather forecasts. ECMWF is also an international effort that is free from possible political interference.

        The planet has been cooling since February 2016. This is to be expected after a strong El Niño. Let’s remeber that 2015-2016 El Niño was preceded by a 2014 quasi-El Niño (declared by Japan) that raised temperatures already in the second half of 2014 and set the stage above the average for the second half of 2015 start of El Niño.

        Notice how Niño 3.4 SST anomaly reached 1ºC in late 2014 and never went really below 0.5ºC afterwards.

        CFSR shows how 1-year averaged temperature anomaly (1981-2010 baseline) reached +0.5ºC in early 2016 and it is now below +0.4ºC and set to decrease further as the trend is clearly negative.

        As Dr. Spencer says temperatures for the last 3 months have been moving in the range of mid-2015 temperatures. For a complete return to pause temperatures the gains of mid-2014 to mid-2015 should also be retraced and the 1-year average should reach around +0.1ºC. Whether temperatures are going to do that or not is anybody’s guess.

        It is important to highlight that temperatures have been decreasing on ENSO neutral conditions. This is important because La Niña conditions are accompanied by lower cloud cover over the Pacific and the recharging of oceanic energy through increased insolation. In fact significant warming as been observed previously after the strong Las Niñas of 1976, 1989, and 2000. The lack of La Niña conditions makes it more unlikely that we will have a long term increase in temperatures after the 2015-16 El Niño.

        The cooling of the planet for the past year and a half should be good news to skeptics and alarmists alike, as it reduces the chances of runaway temperature increases, that nobody wants. We should get a clearer picture of how things stand by 2019 when we should be able to determine if temperatures have been increasing or not during the 21st century, as a strong El Niño is a weather phenomenon that obscures the climatic signal.”
        UAH anomaly now at +0.21C IIRC.

      • Fascinating.

        I am out of my hemisphere, but find myself studying the southern more than usual, seeking signs of a meridional jet, which is of course oppressed by the sheer size of Antarctica.

        Antarctica forbids the creation of a southern “Ralph” but a buckling jet has seemingly gnawed away at the sea-ice at the periphery. That sea ice is not the amazingly thick Antarctic shelf-ice, but rather flimsy stuff like the Arctic Ocean’s, only 2-10 feet thick. As it gets gnawed away the Alarmists attribute the decrease to warming, but my ears perk forward like a dog’s, and I imagine it might be the effect of a meridional jet.

        In my hemisphere a loopy jet stream has a lot of land to work with, and we see arctic high pressure plunge south as outbreaks, and snows in the Sahara and Mexico and Vietnam. In the southern hemisphere the splendid size of the ocean makes the northward plunges of Antarctic high pressure less obvious, and also more likely to be moderated by crossing moderating seas. It takes quite a surge to freeze Brazil’s coffee crop. However Australia is large enough to be an exception to the rule, and I am watching with interest as fronts push north.

        What makes me wonder is the fact that Australia’s weather has an effect on whether there is a La Nina or an El Nino. If you can pile an Antarctic high pressure north to squat on the Outback, it blocks the flow from east to west, discouraging La Nina conditions and encouraging El Nino conditions.

        Alarmists, of course, then interpret the warmth of an El Nino according to their agenda and preconceptions, but my dog-like ears are again going forward. To me it again hints at the effects of a meridional jet, and whispers about changes due to the “Quiet Sun”.

        How does that genteel Chinese curse go? “May you live in interesting times?”

  2. Well, yes, we have been getting meridional for a few years here too. As you say, it has different geography hence not quite the same form as the North. Big changes seem to propagate from the south, because the ‘screaming sixties’ have the planet’s lowest pressures. So there is a southward drift induced by this gradient with redistribution via about six polar cyclones in the classic hexagonal ‘squaring of the circle’ by that pressure. As made clear on Jupiter IIRC in a photo from a satellite. Very fierce cyclones, thus ‘screaming 60s’. Mawson called the katabatic zone ‘the home of all winds’. The large area now covered by winds starting at c. -65C are noted by the likes of Joe Bastardi now, ‘so I needn’t feel so all alone’. A death zone, this is, such as killed Scott et al, and 2 of Mawson’s crew etc.. Where the snow becomes grit, and lungs frost-burnt fatally. Our NZ and southern Aust weather is now largely a north-south seesaw, warm/chill; early and late frosts , floods,winds, emerging from the non-quiet sun background. Typically, you have to be watching to notice to start with, like the frog in the pot. Still, we could be wrong, I wish. You mentioned Brazil, yes, been noticing that sort of thing, right into their subtropics, a long way……
    The southern sea ice does best when southerly winds are most evenly flowing over it in winter to spread the pack so bared water can freeze. Now we have fierce flows in both ways, so less ice area but thickly-piled. Possibly more lost north because it is not landlocked at all. Our winter is moving into a colder phase, with a chill breeze even here. The more regular southern oscillation seems disrupted, but I will need to observe more on that.
    I do know the Oz outback winter cold highs can be so dry that facial skin cracks, in what is otherwise a lovely time of year, so my mates said when I was working over there. ‘The Dry’ they call it, as opposed to ‘The Wet’ of that monsoonal climate.

  3. Oops, ‘the classic hexagonal ‘squaring of the circle’ by that pressure’ – I meant the flow pressing from all the north. It was real big over the long Nino periods of recent years. The katabat meeting the southward drift must cause ructions like one monster donnybrook.

  4. Sometimes, your posts cover too much ground for a truly thoughtful response. So I will toss a couple of small nuggets and leave it at that. Freedom IS free. There is no cost whatsoever to freedom. Freedom is what you perceive it to be, and doesn’t require ignorance or lack there of. A man is not chained by ignorance when he stands with the paper in his hand and looks at his beautiful children and determines to go back to the office and put up with what he has to do in order to insure those children have a chance at his own dream of freedom. That’s just a natural sacrifice that some people will make. You are not free because you pound your chest and say take this job and shove it and then go out and live day to day, calling that freedom, but if that is what you perceive freedom to be, then so be it. The difference between those two examples can simply be stated as one perceives the world as world for all people, and a future for the children while the second perceives freedom as a personal choice.

    What the government offers for freedom can only be conceived as being different sizes and thicknesses of chains. No war is ever fought for freedom since war is always fought for profit, and freedom doesn’t cost at all. It was a gift of God, and no man can own it. Your hobo life almost understands freedom, but it doesn’t quite get there as there is a cost to being a hobo, whether you see it or not. With regards that comment about no war being fought for freedom, understand that the Revolutionary War wasn’t just fought for freedom from the crown, it was fought for the opportunity to profit and grow. Those that were willing to fight saw the pot of gold that lay at the end of the war as much as they saw freedom from oppression. But freedom from oppression isn’t freedom, either. It’s just a small part of it.

    Email me if you want to waste time in a philosophical discussion of freedom, but be warned I don’t think or see like most people.

  5. Caleb u may have seen this already but here it is for others:
    Fatal Courtroom Act Ruins Michael ‘Hockey Stick’ Mann – ‘Commits contempt of court’
    Read the Full Article

    Prominent alarmist shockingly defies judge and refuses to surrender data for open court examination. Only possible outcome: Mann’s humiliation, defeat and likely criminal investigation in the U.S. The defendant in the libel trial, the 79-year-old Canadian climatologist, Dr Tim Ball (above, right) is expected to instruct his British Columbia attorneys to trigger mandatory punitive court sanctions, including a ruling that Mann did act with criminal intent when using public funds to commit climate data fraud.

    By: Marc Morano – Climate DepotJuly 5, 2017 3:58 PM

    Written by John O’Sullivan

    Penn State climate scientist, Michael ‘hockey stick’ Mann commits contempt of court in the ‘climate science trial of the century.’ Prominent alarmist shockingly defies judge and refuses to surrender data for open court examination. Only possible outcome: Mann’s humiliation, defeat and likely criminal investigation in the U.S.
    The defendant in the libel trial, the 79-year-old Canadian climatologist, Dr Tim Ball (above, right) is expected to instruct his British Columbia attorneys to trigger mandatory punitive court sanctions, including a ruling that Mann did act with criminal intent when using public funds to commit climate data fraud. Mann’s imminent defeat is set to send shock waves worldwide within the climate science community as the outcome will be both a legal and scientific vindication of U.S. President Donald Trump’s claims that climate scare stories are a “hoax.”
    As can be seen from the graphs below; Mann’s cherry-picked version of science makes the Medieval Warm Period (MWP) disappear and shows a pronounced upward ‘tick’ in the late 20th century (the blade of his ‘hockey stick’). But below that, Ball’s graph, using more reliable and widely available public data, shows a much warmer MWP, with temperatures hotter than today, and showing current temperatures well within natural variation.

    Michael Mann, who chose to file what many consider to be a cynical SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) libel suit in the British Columbia Supreme Court, Vancouver six long years ago, has astonished legal experts by refusing to comply with the court direction to hand over all his disputed graph’s data. Mann’s iconic hockey stick has been relied upon by the UN’s IPCC and western governments as crucial evidence for the science of ‘man-made global warming.’
    As first reported in Principia Scientific International (February 1, 2017), the defendant in the case, Canadian climatologist Dr. Tim Ball, had won “concessions” against Mann, but at the time the details were kept confidential, pending Mann’s response.
    The negative and unresponsive actions of Dr Mann and his lawyer, Roger McConchie, are expected to infuriate the judge and be the signal for the collapse of Mann’s multi-million dollar libel suit against Dr Ball. It will be music to the ears of so-called ‘climate deniers’ like President Donald Trump and his EPA Chief, Scott Pruitt.
    As Dr Ball explains:
    “Michael Mann moved for an adjournment of the trial scheduled for February 20, 2017. We had little choice because Canadian courts always grant adjournments before a trial in their belief that an out of court settlement is preferable. We agreed to an adjournment with conditions. The major one was that he [Mann] produce all documents including computer codes by February 20th, 2017. He failed to meet the deadline.”
    Punishment for Civil Contempt
    Mann’s now proven contempt of court means Ball is entitled to have the court serve upon Mann the fullest punishment. Contempt sanctions could reasonably include the judge ruling that Dr. Ball’s statement that Mann “belongs in the state pen, not Penn. State’ is a precise and true statement of fact. This is because under Canada’s unique ‘Truth Defense’, Mann is now proven to have wilfully hidden his data, so the court may rule he hid it because it is fake. As such, the court must then dismiss Mann’s entire libel suit with costs awarded to Ball and his team.

  6. Things keep improving – the Auld Mug last week; The Slammer looms for Mann this week. Could hardly happen to a nicer chap…..

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