Climate Alarmism & Information Warfare

Using the term “information warfare” literally while excluding cyber warfare from it, there are two important points to contemplate:

Climate Alarmism has been waging information warfare against the U.S. for many years.

The U.S. military has no information warfare capabilities.  Furthermore, employing or even possessing substantial defensive information warfare capacities might be going against the Constitution.

Russia has just acknowledged that its military has Information Warfare Troops. Remarkably, this military branch was revealed with the announcement of deploying 41 new intercontinental ballistic missiles. “Information warfare” has totally different meanings for the Russian and American militaries.  The Pentagon confines the use of this term strictly to cyber warfare: computer hacking, denial of service attacks, air broadcast interference, etc.  But the Russian Defense Ministry understands information warfare as covert propaganda and what KGB used to call “active operations.”  According to Military.com:

“Declaring the formation of the dedicated information warfare troops, [Russian Defense Minister] Shoigu noted that ‘propaganda needs to be clever, smart and efficient’.”

“Retired Col. Gen. Leonid Ivashov, the former head of the Defense Ministry’s international cooperation department, said that Russia should rely on information warfare troops to fight back against what he described as Western propaganda.”

This post is not related to the fake news campaign alleging that the elections have been hacked by Russians and that Putin has aided Trump.  On the contrary, Trump has won despite the massive aid that Hilary and the Democrats have received from foreign governments and U.N. agencies.

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  1. IPCC Third Assessment Report
    Chapter 14
    Section 14.2.2.2

    Last paragraph:

    “In sum, a strategy must recognize what is possible. In climate research and modelling, we should recognize that we are dealing with a coupled non-linear chaotic system, and therefore that the long-term prediction of future climate states is not possible.”

    This information was not included in the Summary Report for Policymakers given to the press and public.

    If the climate is indeed a coupled non-linear chaotic system (who can doubt the IPCC) then there is no rational or scientific basis to make a definitive statement about a future state of the climate.

    At this point the coupled non-linear chaotic nature of the climate makes scientific observations academically interesting but they by themselves have no relevance in predicting the future state of the climate. The climate is a system which means the relationships among these observations are what is important not the observations themselves.

    All the public discourse regarding the future state of the climate has been based on the false premise that the current climate models are predicting the future state of the climate when in fact the models are merely projecting these states.

    Predictions are the purview of science. Model projections can only agree with predictions when the models duplicate the real world.

    To base public policy on an unknowable state of a system defies common sense. However, too much money and political power is at stake for the Central Planners to do otherwise.

    I would argue that the Climate Model True Believers are the ones taking an unscientific approach to the subject.

    In January 1961 President Eisenhower in his Farewell Address identified the situation in which we find ourselves today:

    “Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades.
    In this revolution, research has become central; it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government.
    Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers.
    The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present and is gravely to be regarded. Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.
    It is the task of statesmanship to mold, to balance, and to integrate these and other forces, new and old, within the principles of our democratic system — ever aiming toward the supreme goals of our free society.”

    Other relevant publications from Eric Hoffer are: “The True Believer” and “The Temper of Our Times”

    From “The Temper of Our Times”: “Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business and eventually degenerates into a racket.”

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