Thursday, August 19, 2010

Virginia Court Hears Arguments Regarding Virginia's Attorney General Cuccinelli's Request for Michael Mann's Email and Other Documents on Friday

UPDATES: "Cuccinelli pursuit of UVa documents continues; judge to issue ruling within 10 days"
(Roanoke Times, 8-2o-10)

"Judge to rule in 10 days on Cuccinelli climate case against University of Virginia"
(Washington Post, 5-21-10)

This Stalin-era political cartoon from the satirical magazine Krokodil (January 1953) depicts the "Doctors' Plot." A "saboteur-doctor" is being unmasked as a poisoner of the Soviet political and military leadership. Dollars from U.S. intelligence agencies are falling out of the doctor's pocket. As soon as Stalin died in 1953, Soviet leaders reevaluated and denounced this conspiracy theory.

In his famous 1956 "Secret Speech" to the 20th Party Conference, Nikita Khrushchev stated:

Let us...recall the “affair of the doctor-plotters.”

(Animation in the hall.)

Actually there was no “affair” outside of the declaration of the woman doctor [Lidiya] Timashuk [more here], who was probably influenced or ordered by someone (after all, she was an unofficial collaborator of the organs of state security) to write Stalin a letter in which she declared that doctors were applying supposedly improper methods of medical treatment.

Soviet and Russian propaganda have often accused their own scientists as well as Western scientists of concocting criminal plots. During the so-called "Climategate" email scandal, which began on November 20, 2009, the Kremlin-financed satellite channel Russia Today used the Western denialist Lord Monckton to advance the view that global warming was a "swindle" being perpetrated by Western scientists. The Russian propaganda said the same thing as British and American global warming denialists.

American politicians who are global warming denialists tend to be conservative, right-wing Republicans such as Senator James Inhofe and Virginia's Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. Denialist politicians often get money from fossil fuel interests. Some American denialists are also in the conspiracist "9-11 Truth Movement." These people claim that President George W. Bush or his minions are the true masterminds behind the 9-11 attacks. One example of a "Truther" publication is the "Rock Creek Free Press", which titled an article on Climategate "Science Scandal of the Century: The World's Most Influential Climate Scientists Get Caught 'Fudging' the Data."

Virginia's Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli continues to spread ignorant denialist propaganda even though the official Russian media is no longer promoting the view that global warming is a scientific "swindle." The official Russian media and President Medvedev now say that global warming is happening, although the paranoid Russian scholar Andrei Areshev has claimed that secret U.S. "climate weapons" are causing global warming! See my blog for articles about how the Russian media reports on global warming.

On Friday, a Virginia court will be hearing oral arguments regarding Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's scandalous persecution of the climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann. Instead of persecuting Dr. Mann, I think Mr. Cuccinelli should investigate his political sugar daddy "John Doe," AKA "Bobby Thompson."

Attorney General Cuccinelli should tell Virginians why "John Doe" AKA "Bobby Thompson" gave him 55,000 dollars.

Shouldn't Attorney General Cuccinelli be trying to find out who is picking up the mail from "Suite 275" in Washington D.C. instead of sending ignorant petitions to the EPA that elaborate on his conspiracy theory about the s0-called "hoax" of global warming? After all, the so-called "national headquarters" of "Bobby Thompson's" crooked charity, the U.S. Navy Veterans' Association, is nothing but a P.O. box numbered 275 at a UPS store in Washington D.C.

For all we know, Cuccinelli may have been given money by "John Doe" to persecute scientists who study global warming. People usually want something when they give politicians $55,000.

For all we know, in additon to pocketing money from Amerians that was supposedly for Navy veterans, "Bobby Thompson" may have even laundered money from fossil fuel businesses into political donations to denialist politicians. For example, the Jacksonville, Florida-based Russian energy company ITERA was investigated by the FBI for an improper relationship with the former Congressman Curt Weldon. [See also here.]

Cuccinelli's conspiracy theory about the "hoax" of global warming reminds me a lot of Stalin's "Doctors' Plot" and the KGB's propaganda that U.S. scientists made AIDS to kill blacks.

I will never vote for any Republican politician as long as the Republicans collaborate with fossil fuel interests---foreign or domestic---who are funding the ideology of climate denialism disguised as "science."

Cuccinelli persecutes a great scientist who can help us fight global warming and gets money from a criminal instead of protecting Virginians from global warming and thieves like "Bobby Thompson."

Cuccinelli is not a leader; he is a demagogue who is orchestrating scandals and spreading canards about the science of global warming instead of solving real problems and prosecuting real criminals.

Cuccinelli better hope that Bobby Thompson is just an ordinary crook who pays-off politicians and not an operative for some fossil fuel corporation or Petrostate.

Western fossil fuel companies are funding so-called "scientific" organizations that deny that global warming. I doubt that the operatives of the Russian petrostate and its fossil fuel oligarchs are just sitting on their hands. The FBI has already been investigating ITERA for an improper relationship with the former politician Curt Weldon.

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