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Suppressed EPA agent not actually a scientist

Climate Skeptic: "I Was Hoping People At EPA Would Pay Attention" To My Work | TPMMuckraker
Conservatives are jumping up and down over a report by an EPA analyst expressing skepticism about climate change, which, they claim, was suppressed by agency brass because it didn't conform to Obama administration orthodoxy on global warming. The story has sparked explosive claims, on Fox News and other right-wing outlets, that the EPA censored scientific data for political reasons. And Monday, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) called for an outright criminal investigation into the matter. But it's hard to blame EPA for not paying much attention to the study. And it's more than a little ironic that DC Republicans have chosen its author as their new standard-bearer in the defense of pure science against politics. Because the author, EPA veteran Al Carlin, is an economist, not a climate scientist. EPA says no one at the agency solicited the report. And Carlin appears to have taken up the global warming topic largely as a hobby on his own time. In fact, a NASA climatologist has called the report -- whose existence was first publicized last week by the industry-funded Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) -- "a ragbag collection of un-peer reviewed web pages, an unhealthy dose of sunstroke, a dash of astrology and more cherries than you can poke a cocktail stick at."

Former ‘Perverted Justice’ Member Arrested for DDoSing Rolling Stone, Radar

Former ‘Perverted Justice’ Member Arrested for DDoSing Rolling Stone, Radar | Threat Level | Wired.com
A software developer whom authorities say once worked with the online vigilante group Perverted Justice has been charged with launching denial of service attacks against web sites belonging to Rolling Stone, Radar and others. Bruce Raisley, 47, allegedly launched the attacks to block access to two articles written by the publications that reported embarrassing information about him. But ironically his attempt to obscure the information is now bringing even more attention to it.... According to a federal complaint (.pdf) unsealed today in New Jersey and written by FBI Special Agent Susan Secco, Raisley launched the attack against nine sites using a botnet that he controlled. One of the computers in the botnet belonged to the Academic and Research Network of Slovenia, which is the base for Slovenia’s Computer Emergency Response Team. The team helped U.S. authorities trace the botnet and DDoS attacks to Raisley.
He was trolled IRL by Xavier Von Erick into an IM affair and told to meet his fake sweetie at an airport... Raisely showed up and a Von Erick stooge took photos LOL.

June 30, 2009

Michael Jackson Not Biological Father to His Kids

Reports: Michael Jackson Not Biological Father to His Kids - Celebrity Gossip | Entertainment News | Arts And Entertainment - FOXNews.com
Michael Jackson is not the biological father of his three children, according to multiple internet reports. Sources tell TMZ that Jackson did not provide sperm donations for any of his children and that Debbie Rowe was merely a surrogate for Prince Michael Jr. and Paris.... In the case of Jackson’s youngest son Blanket, TMZ reports that the surrogate was never told that the baby was for Jackson.

Texas: Beers, Steers and Roughed-up Queers

Ain't shit liberated in the Lone Star State. Raw Story | Texas gay community outraged at nightclub raid
Forty years to the day after Stonewall — when a police raid of a New York gay club led to riots and launched the modern gay-rights movement — police in Fort Worth, TX, are being accused of repeating the incident. Early Sunday morning, Fort Worth police, accompanied by agents of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, raided the Rainbow Lounge, a newly-opened gay club in Fort Worth. According to CBS 11 News, “seven people were arrested for public intoxication and at least a dozen more were restrained. The incident was captured on camera and posted on local blogs. The scene was the topic of conversation at Sunday’s Million Gay March in Dallas.” Police say they were investigating allegations that the club was over-serving its customers. They also allege one of the officers was “groped” during the raid, an allegation that witnesses dispute. The Dallas Voice blog quotes an eyewitness identified only as Alison, who says the police “only arrested men and seemed to be targeting effeminate men.”
Via Raw Story.

June 27, 2009

Protesters greet police at Chicago’s 1968 riot reunion

The Raw Story | Protesters greet police at Chicago’s 1968 riot reunion
Yesterday, ex-Chicago police officers who took part in the televised assault of thousands of protesting American citizens during the Democratic National Convention in 1968, staged a reunion. It did not go unnoticed and without protest.... The Web site noted that about 70 people turned out for the protest, organized by the Chicago chapter of Copwatch, an activist group with chapters in numerous U.S. cities. The group encouraged protesters to "help us let these cops who celebrate their sadistic violence know: We can’t forget, because we’re still living it!"