Arctic Researcher: The Donald Ate My Homework

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Arctic Scientist Victoria Herrmann is complaining Donald Trump’s website reengineering has removed links to work she cited. My question – why didn’t she make her own copies?

I am an Arctic researcher. Donald Trump is deleting my citations

Victoria Herrmann

These politically motivated data deletions come at a time when the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the global average

As an Arctic researcher, I’m used to gaps in data. Just over 1% of US Arctic waters have been surveyed to modern standards. In truth, some of the maps we use today haven’t been updated since the second world war. Navigating uncharted waters can prove difficult, but it comes with the territory of working in such a remote part of the world.

Over the past two months though, I’ve been navigating a different type of uncharted territory: the deleting of what little data we have by the Trump administration.

At first, the distress flare of lost data came as a surge of defunct links on 21 January. The US National Strategy for the Arctic, the Implementation Plan for the Strategy, and the report on our progress all gone within a matter of minutes. As I watched more and more links turned red, I frantically combed the internet for archived versions of our country’s most important polar policies.

I had no idea then that this disappearing act had just begun.

These back-to-back data deletions come at a time when the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the global average. Just this week, it was reported that the Arctic’s winter sea ice dropped to its lowest level in recorded history. The impacts of a warming, ice-free Arctic are already clear: a decline in habitat for polar bears and other Arctic animals; increases in coastal erosion that force Alaskans to abandon their homes; and the opening up of shipping routes with unpredictable conditions and hazardous icebergs.

In a remote region where data is already scarce, we need publicly available government guidance and records now more than ever before. It is hard enough for modern Arctic researchers to perform experiments and collect data to fill the gaps left by historic scientific expeditions. While working in one of the most physically demanding environments on the planet, we don’t have time to fill new data gaps created by political malice.

So please, President Trump, stop deleting my citations.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/mar/28/arctic-researcher-donald-trump-deleting-my-citations

In my opinion this pathetic complaint is an attempt to deflect blame for Victoria’s own carelessness.

Poor data archiving by climate scientists is an ongoing scandal.

If a citation is an essential supporting document for her work, Victoria should have made her own copy of that citation.

There is no excuse these days for not having your own copy of important data. Modern data storage is cheap. A flash drive which can fit on your keychain, which holds two terabytes of data, can be purchased for less than a hundred dollars.

A single terabyte is an enormous amount of data. A terabyte is enough data storage to hold 200 separate electronic copies of the the entire electronic version of the Encyclopaedia Britannica (2013).

A two terabyte flash drive could probably hold every paper Victoria has ever written, along with the entire tree of referenced citations, everything the referenced citations cited, and all the supporting data – and still have plenty of free space for the family photo album.

The US government does not have an obligation to permanently host copies of people’s work. If citations have been permanently lost, the slipshod archiving habits of climate scientists are to blame, not the housecleaning activities of US government agencies.

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184 thoughts on “Arctic Researcher: The Donald Ate My Homework

  1. Eric
    “In my opinion this pathetic complaint is an attempt to deflect blame for Victoria’s own carelessness.”

    Is that what this is really all about?

      • The US National Strategy for the Arctic, the Implementation Plan for the Strategy, and the report on our progress all gone within a matter of minutes. As I watched more and more links turned red, I frantically combed the internet for archived versions of our country’s most important polar policies.

        So this so-called “scientist” does not know the difference between DATA and politically motivated policy articles, or more likely, is deliberately confounding the two.

        Just this week, it was reported that the Arctic’s winter sea ice dropped to its lowest level in recorded history.

        Well if recorded history only goes back to 1979, then there certain has been some serious data deletion going on. 5000 years of data on human civilsation has apparently gone. This can only be Trump’s doing. /sarc.

        .

        So please, President Trump, stop deleting my citations..

        Ah, so it is “citations” that have been disappearing , not DATA. Why didn’t you say so? Despite the attempts to call this data deletion, she does not once reference any data which she alleges to have been deleted.

        More FAKE NEWS propagated by Guardian.

        Please complain to:
        Readers’ editor (Guardian)

      • https://climateaudit.org/2009/11/26/the-deleted-portion-of-the-briffa-reconstruction/

        Not only were the post-1960 values of the Briffa reconstruction not shown in the IPCC 2001 report – an artifice that Gavin describes as being “hidden in plain sight”, they were deleted from the archived version of the reconstruction at NOAA here (note: the earlier Briffa 2000 data here does contain a related series through to 1994.)”

        Trump is not the one deleting data, we have activist scientists to take care of that.

      • No, it’s not her work , it is her “citations”, ie things that her political advocacy work link TO. Apparently her “scientific work” makes many references to policy related documents which have been removed. That reveals a lot about the nature of what she is writing and her claims to be a scientist.

        Scientists link to data, political advocates link to policy documents.

      • The Obama website was not deleted. It was simply replaced with Trump’s website, which happens when a new President takes office. The old website is safely archived. Trump has no obligation to keep Victoria Herrmann’s propaganda on his website.

    • Donald Trump thinks that he can control the whitehouse.gov website. Wrong! Victoria Herrmann controls it, and Trump maliciously interferes with her sacred work.

    • William Connolley, in a blog-post, dtd March 28, 2017, that appears at his “Stoat” site, provides an amusing discussion of Ms. Victoria “Fast-Track” Herrmann’s too, too sad story, along with some larger considerations of her “little act”, that positively drips with understated, Brit-wit, “judgemental” contempt. Well worth a read, I recommend.

      My take-away from W’s post?–“Vicky” is in way over her head.

      • Hmmm…Just read an article (google: “pundifact George Takei says white house removed pages”), that maintains the deletion of materials, posted to the White House website, during the Obama era, were removed by President Obama, not President Trump. Hope that’s true. Too delicious, if so.

      • Yeah, Connolley is a bit of a drip (understatement – I was dealing with him back on UseNet in the early 90s…), but I liked this bit:

        “She appears to be a Gates Cambridge Scholar, PhD Candidate 2014 – 2018 (Expected) at the dept of Geography and/or SPRI. You might well ask how that is compatible with her also being 2015—Present: President & Managing Director, The Arctic Institute.”

        Probably the same way so many 20-somethings are “Senior Editors” at well-quoted websites I’ve never heard of.

    • How much effort does it require to make a copy of a link?
      That she failed to do so is her fault and no one else’s.

    • She’s nuts. I found it. Obama’s whitehouse.gov pages are archived. Search: US National Strategy for the Arctic whitehouse.gov.

    • But she talks about the deletion of policy documents and strategies. And reports on progress. Hmmm, weren’t those reports published somewhere other than the web? And are they the definitive source for the data?

    • I have some good news for Victoria.

      The Arctic will ALWAYS warm about twice as fast as the global average; always has and always will.

      Well that does presuppose that the globe is warming, which is not unexpected coming out of an ice age.

      On the other hand, if the globe was cooling for some extended period of time, then you can also expect that the arctic will cool about half as fast as the global average.

      It has to do with this Stefan-Boltzmann thing. You know the formula that says EM radiation from black bodies and lookalikes goes as the fourth power of the Temperature; the total radiant emittance that is.

      So the hottest dry deserts on earth cool at about 12 times the rate that the coldest Antarctic highlands regions do.

      So very little cooling goes on in the Arctic, while the tropics feed lots of excess heat into the Arctic via Gulf streams and the like.

      So worry not Victoria, the Arctic will always warm about twice as fast as the global average; that is if the global average IS warming at all.

      It’s 4-H club physics.

      G

      • Not to mention that this ‘measured’ warmth is often the result of incoming warm moist air…which is entering an area where the temperature is still below MINUS 15˚C…so a ‘warming’ Arctic is likely to accumulate ice and snow!
        So…the massive gain in Greenland Ice this past winter was in fact caused by…..Global Warming!!!

    • ‘The US National Strategy for the Arctic, the Implementation Plan for the Strategy, and the report on our progress all gone’

      As I read what she said, what’s missing is NOT data – it’s the Arctic Strategy. So, this sounds like more lying about what the facts really are. (Or, am I misreading her statement?)

  2. Wow. This loon thinks that “policies” are Arctic “data”. No, they are not the same. At all.

    Good riddance to bad policy I say. The actual measurement data is poorly archived but is not being deleted.

    I’m glad that deeply incompetent people who cannot tell the difference between policy and measurement data are no longer near the People’s hard-earned tax dollars.

  3. “The US National Strategy for the Arctic, the Implementation Plan for the Strategy, and the report on our progress all gone within a matter of minutes”

    In other words, she didn’t lose data so much as she lost the links to the public relations press releases for the data.

    (The NSAR is also published in several other places, and it took me nearly ten seconds to figure that out)

    • Why can’t Victoria be more like Griff – he hardly ever uses links. He makes stuff up out of thin air.

    • It’s over 40 years since I started archiving my data and my work – on microfilm, redundant copies in two locations. It is so much easier today that only somebody totally incompetent and not fit to be put in charge of cleaning the toilets could fail to archive data securely.

  4. Ms. Herrmann screeches:

    …the Arctic’s winter sea ice dropped to its lowest level in recorded history. The impacts of a warming, ice-free Arctic are already clear: a decline in habitat for polar bears and other Arctic animals; increases in coastal erosion that force Alaskans to abandon their homes; and the opening up of shipping routes with unpredictable conditions and hazardous icebergs. ….

    And she wants us to take her seriously?

    ***********************************************

    Further:

    What “data” has been “deleted”? She gasps about broken links to REPORTS and PLANS, then, apparently by kriging, claims that “data” has been “deleted.”

    *****************************************************************

    This is the solution to help (sure we want to help her :) ) this panicking climate clown:

    Give her a battery-powered megaphone,
    an overturned pumpkin bin placed in the middle of Times Square,
    a stuffed polar bear to wave around,
    and tell her, “The world is watching — go for it!”
    and she’ll be contentedly bellowing till……

    forever, unless she notices the batteries on her bullhorn are dead. Then, she will be OVERJOYED, for she can then throw another fit and yell her head off about Donald Trump and battery sabotage …… or whatever…..

      • Heh. Yeah. Then she will think it will last ….. FOREVER! (renewable, don’t you know)

      • John and Janice…Perhaps a Solar powered bullhorn?
        And that solar powered bullhorn, and all its power supply will be free and forever but, just as important, so will the legislation that we Must Create that ensures that this is Victoria’s Bullphone and Power supply forever and that Donald J Trump must never, ever, ever take them away.
        EVER.
        The Good…The Bad…The Dastardly and Climate Science…The Pantomine.

      • RobertBobbert! Hi! I just love writing that name! So, I did! :)

        Thanks for the embellishments.

        Guide Dogs Queensland?
        Get Drunk Quick?

      • The advantage to a solar powered bull-horn is that it will stop working either at sun down or shortly thereafter if it has a small battery.
        In either case, near by residents get to sleep.

      • David Middleton: GREAT idea! Perpetual power!!

        MarkW: Yes, indeed — for all our sakes, a solar powered one, lol.

      • A wind powered bullhorn !

        Once you get it started it runs by itself with just a little feedback from its own wind output.

        g

  5. Based upon my experience with government Web sites, it’s highly likely that the buggy software at her links.

    • Next she will blame the Russians. ‘The Russians hacked my links.’
      Everything on whitehouse.gov changes when there is a change President.

      • Janice, I think this is just part of the “faithful” at the EPA deleting their own junk and she just got caught in their own “brain drain”.

      • James wrote: “Next she will blame the Russians. ‘The Russians hacked my links.’”

        +1.

  6. Not being an academic (I’m a retired CFO), it’s a little difficult to understand this complaint from Victoria Hermann (I understand her specific complaint: she never backed up her links and somebody deleted them). I can’t comprehend putting yourself in the position of an implied-but-not-contracted position of dependence on actions by a totally unrelated entity (the bureaucratic government) who may not even explicitly know of the dependence.

    Is it really considered good academic practice to have material parts of your life’s work-product undocumented in your own records?

    As a CFO, I’d probably be thrown in jail if I tried to claim the SEC was responsible for saving all my prior year’s financial records.

    This just sounds like somebody did something primitively stupid and got caught.

    It’ll be interesting to read comments from others who have more “academic” experience.

    • “I understand her specific complaint: she never backed up her links and somebody deleted them”
      No, I don’t think you do. She isn’t talking about data that she generated or was responsible for. She is talking about ordinary government web materials, including data, that she had linked to in documents in the expectation that they would continue to be available.

      • “Nick Stokes March 29, 2017 at 7:07 pm

        She is talking about ordinary government web materials, including data, that she had linked to in documents in the expectation that they would continue to be available.”

        I do believe a Govn’t has the right to manage content on its websites. She assumed it would be available in perpetuity. What gives her the right to assume that?

      • “… in the expectation that they would continue to be available.”

        An unreasonable expectation for links to any website, whether governmental or not. Her “it is someone else’s fault” whiny complaint is typical of those with collegiate liberal indoctrination.

      • “I do believe a Govn’t has the right to manage content on its websites.”
        Certainly. But the fact that they went down on 21 January doesn’t suggest it was a website reorganization. Someone really wanted to make that material unavailable. And on that date, the reason could hardly have been other than political.

      • “Nick Stokes March 29, 2017 at 8:27 pm

        Certainly. But the fact that they went down on 21 January doesn’t suggest…”

        Not by a long shot. The article says she discovered the links were unavailable on that date, not that they “went down” on that date. They could have been removed before then, it’s not clear to me. You are reading something that is not there Nick.

      • “And on that date, the reason could hardly have been other than political.”

        Sorry Nick, but you’re making me laugh.

        The reason that information was on the website(s) to begin with was political.

      • ” The article says she discovered the links were unavailable on that date, not that they “went down” on that date. They could have been removed before then, it’s not clear to me. You are reading something that is not there Nick.”

        No, she says:

        “At first, the distress flare of lost data came as a surge of defunct links on 21 January. The US National Strategy for the Arctic, the Implementation Plan for the Strategy, and the report on our progress all gone within a matter of minutes. As I watched more and more links turned red, “

        I think it would have helped if she said exactly what data she is talking about and where it was. But that’s what she says.

      • “Nick Stokes March 29, 2017 at 9:26 pm”

        In all my life working with web links embedded in documents etc, I have never seen any turn red…all by themselves…without trying to open the link first. So what she is claiming is she was at a computer with her “research” open with links displayed and on 21st January 2017 she just watched all those links go red, one by one, right in front of her? I don’t think so!

      • She is referring, not to data, but to “policy documents.” New administration – new policy.

        However, for historical – and for the purpose of future criminal charges, I do hope they are all archived somewhere.

        Of course, for warmists, policy is “data” – whatever the policy needs, the “data” is manufactured for it. Too bad my bank doesn’t agree with that notion…

      • I think this is just part of the “faithful” at the EPA or other agencies deleting their own junk and she just got caught in their own “brain drain”. (posted something similar earlier).

      • “I do hope they are all archived somewhere.”
        According to Stoat, what has happened is that this part of whitehouse.gov was moved to obamawhitehouse.archives.gov, which all seems reasonable.

      • “Nick Stokes March 29, 2017 at 10:34 pm

        According to Stoat…”

        Reliable source Nick. I don’t need a /sarc off tag…

      • She isn’t talking about data, but policies of the previous president. On Jan 21, the new president came in and the old policies went out. What has her so surprised? Who but a political scientist would even care what the previous president’s policies were?

      • If it was data that she generated, then she is doubly liable for failing to maintain a copy of it.
        You are failing to defend her and in fact are making her look worse.

      • “If it was data that she generated”
        It wasn’t. That’s a local fantasy, promoted by the headline here. There is no basis for it in the actual reports.

      • Quite. Doesn’t anyone smell a rat here? I doubt reactions would have been this unanimous if Obama deleted the links. I have no faith in AGW whatever, but she is entitled to rely on her previous sources which, apart from any other consideration, form part of her condiions of service. Altogether, this is a slovenly and vindictive piece which does nothing to enhance WUWT’s reputation. Breitbart and the Huffington Post do no worse. What’s on the go?

      • Wouldn’t be the first Government web materials that once existed, and then got vanished.
        For example NASANOA once had a three dimensional global plot of (well-mixed) global atmospheric CO2 abundance, from North pole to South pole, plotted over about ten or so contiguous years.

        It showed dramatically (that’s a scientific term) how the annual cycle of CO2 goes from about 18-20 ppmm p-p at the north pole, to about -1 ppmm p-p at the south pole, with a near zero, somewhere well south in the southern hemisphere; thereby demonstrating that the CO2 in the atmosphere is anything but well mixed. It’s totally asymmetric about the equator too, , and as we know is about 6 ppmm p-p for Mauna Loa.

        I have a printed copy of the NOAA original; but it now seems to be among the disappeared from the web.

        G

    • So how many years of Federal Tax support documentation does the Infernal Revenue Service require one to keep these days ??

      G

  7. Lets see… If I were a sloppy scientist and made statements that were SUPPOSED to be supported by the work of others, but in fact never existed then the Trump Deletion Sham [TDS] would be a near perfect excuse. If, on the other hand, the ‘scientist’ was a professor (similar to a teacher), would she accept that excuse for such sloppy work from one of her students?

    • If she was a left wing teacher, whether or not she accepted to excuse would be based on whether or not she agreed with the conclusion.

  8. A comment from The Guardian website:
    BugMeNot 2h ago

    The data in question, the reports and associated materials are right here, and was found by googling “US National Strategy for the Arctic” as the second link on the first page of results.
    https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/blog/2016/03/09/advancing-implementation-national-strategy-arctic-region
    The strategy was hosted by the Obama Whitehouse.gov website, and during the transitioned all data from Obamas Whitehouse.gov website was archived (as per normal transition activities) and Trumps Whitehouse.gov website was started fresh.
    There is nothing malicious here, nothing bad has happened. Just normal Presidential transition behavior, to archive the predecessor content to ensure it remains accessible.
    If this researcher can’t even accomplish this simple act of Googling, I’m not sure how much we can trust their research.

      • She’s no scientist. She’s a leftist humanities type. Undergrad degrees are international studies and she’s working on a PhD in Political Geigraphy. She’s an activist, and not much more.

        Go ahead and check her org’s web site out. As Latitude noted, a community organizer.

      • I examined a variety of documents and links provided on the Arctic Institute website, including their 2015 and 2016 Annual Reports. I found no references to financials or funding sources. The only financial related tidbit I could find was “Established in 2011, The Arctic Institute is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization headquartered in Washington, D.C….

        They seem to be more involved in ‘networking and shaping opinions’ than substantive research so I would tentatively agree that ‘community organizer’ and ‘activist’ are suitable appellations.

      • “””””….. Victoria holds a Masters degree from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University in Ottawa and Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Art History from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. …..”””””

        I should get a bachelor’s degree in International Relations.

        This morning, I ordered my McDonalds “round egg” (AKA a poached egg), from a very nice bilingual Mexican lady at my local McDs, and then I sat at ate it at my both with a very nice bilingual Chinese gentleman for company; and he was showing me his very monolingual Chinese newspaper for the day, with a front page story about an apparently not very nice former South Korean President; and the very large and surprisingly English ” 45 ” on the front page, he explained was the number of years of her imprisonment, for not being very nice when she was President.

        Well this burger emporium is sort of a town hall meeting place, and we don’t give a rip about anybody’s ethnicity; or which of the 57 recognized genders (not including hermaphrodites).

        So I think I’m more than qualified to lecture on International relations.

        It’s sad that so much public space is wasted on discussions of climate science, by apparently prominent persons, who show no visible evidence, of having ANY formal education, in ANY branch of either Science, OR Mathematics.

        I have no problem with persons who for their own reasons, are educated solely in the fine arts, or other disciplines of academic interest. They have a place in open societies.

        But they are ill equipped to be playing spokesfolk for scientific or other technical disciplines.

        It’s about akin to me trying to pass myself off as an accredited expert on US Constitutional Law, or even the Law of the Sea.

        She does fit the model of community organizer, or other busybody activist.

        G

  9. She is a bit late in complaining about wiping out data. The Hockey Stick wiped out the Medieval warm period & the little ice age in one swipe. What did she say then?

  10. “Victoria Herrmann is the President and Managing Director of The Arctic Institute.

    Established in 2011, The Arctic Institute is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization headquartered in Washington, D.C with a network of researchers across the world.

    Victoria holds a Masters degree from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University in Ottawa and Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Art History from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.

    In 2016, Victoria is traveling across the United States for a National Geographic funded book on climate change stories, America’s Eroding Edges.”

    She was already writing about Trump in September.

    http://www.thearcticinstitute.org/build-wall-alaska/

    ie. A political organizer who given her “Art History and International Relations” major (is there such a thing).

  11. “It’ll be interesting to read comments from others who have more “academic” experience”
    LOL.
    “Back it up. Then back it up again. The back it up and put it in a safe deposit box. Don’t rely on your girlfriend/boyfriend whatever. Writing a thesis can sometimes be harmful to your personal relationships … ”
    Every year there were a few documents that required a password to be cracked. That was easy enough with WordPerfect 4.1 and Word, but these days with 7z 256 bit, if it is more than a short rude word, forget it.

    • I was told that you must back up your work. Corrupted data was no excuse for late submission. I used to carry multiple floppy discs. It was a while ago that I was at University.

      • My first programming class we used punch cards.
        For my second programming class we used a teletype machine.
        For my third programming class we used a small monochrome monitor.
        Technology moved fast in those days.

      • What’s with you new kids… paper tape use to be our storage of choice. In fact I had one customer that still transmitted their payroll records via 5-bit Baudot in 1965. And, the world’s first hotel reservations system, the Hollday Inn Holidex system, was implemented around that same year using ASR32 Teletype terminals (5-bit Baudot). I think they still used those until around 1980.

  12. didn’t lose much……

    J Scott Armstrong: Fewer Than 1 Percent Of Papers in Scientific Journals Follow Scientific Method

    Fewer than 1 percent of papers published in scientific journals follow the scientific method, according to research by Wharton School professor and forecasting expert J. Scott Armstrong.

    Professor Armstrong, who co-founded the peer-reviewed Journal of Forecasting in 1982 and the International Journal of Forecasting in 1985, made the claim in a presentation about what he considers to be “alarmism” from forecasters over man-made climate change.

    http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2017/03/29/j-scott-armstrong-fraction-1-papers-scientific-journals-follow-scientific-method/

  13. “and the opening up of shipping routes with unpredictable conditions and hazardous icebergs.”
    These people are so shrill and idiotic with their alarmism that I hope they just go away soon due to lack of funding. So she is saying that if shipping channels open up in the future that they will be dangerous because of man made global warming because there will still be dangerous icebergs seeking revenge on the crew of these ships ? And I assume the screed on erosion in Alaska is once again that one village that is by the mouth of that river? This from someone too stupid to back up her own data.

  14. The poor lady states, “Just this week, it was reported that the Arctic’s winter sea ice dropped to its lowest level in recorded history.”

    I think she meant to say, “…the Arctic’s winter sea-ice rose to a tie with the lowest high recorded since the record high of 1979, which is the only data NOAA uses, ignoring the NIMBUS satellite data from earlier, and the exhaustive pre-satellite data used by Vinnikov et al, which showed low levels between 1935 and 1955.”

    • Should read that the winter high reached a record low since the 1979 high, which was highest of the past century, at least.

      Recorded history began some 5000 years ago, about the time of the end of the Holocene Optimum, thousands of years during which Arctic sea ice was lower most of the time than now.

      • Correct Gloateus, Julius Caesar launched a polar orbiting satellite that documented how little Arctic sea ice there was around 49-47 BC. Any citizen of Rome would tell you that Arctic sea ice was surprisingly low.

      • Here’s a pretty picture from O-buoy 14, which has come back to life after a winter of hibernation.

        West winds have shoved O-buoy 14, along with lots of sea-ice, far into Parry Channel, to a point south of Melville Island. Parry Channel is the northern route of the Northwest Passage, and the western part is never used because it is crammed with ice. (People take the southern route by the coast of mainland Canada.) Yet Parry Channel is named after William Parry, who sailed past the point O-buoy 14 views in a wooden sailboat. No, I did not say icebreaker. I said a wooden sailboat (with some metal sheathing on its bow) and the year was? Get this: The year was 1819.

        People who talk of “record sea-ice lows” just are too blasted lazy to study history. It is sad, for they don’t know all the cool stuff they are missing.

      • Caleb. + many, and yes history ( and geography) is cool. !! Oh if only our kids would be able to read some of those diaries, frankly the should be mandatory as many other ones regarding Africa, South America and so on.. A lot more interesting than video games, reality!

  15. Here, you can use this link:
    Climate “Science” on Trial; Give a Climate Alarmist Enough Rope They’ll Hang Themselves
    https://co2islife.wordpress.com/2017/03/26/climate-science-on-trial-give-a-climate-alarmist-enough-rope-theyll-hang-themselves/

    Or this one:
    Speak of the Devil; Nature Confirms the Arctic Sea Ice Atmospheric Circulation Theory
    https://co2islife.wordpress.com/2017/03/26/speak-of-the-devil-nature-confirms-the-arctic-sea-ice-atmospheric-circulation-theory/

  16. Everybody knew that data might be endangered once The Donald took power. They had big parties to back up everything they could find. If someone lost data, it’s their own fault for not paying attention.

    This comes as no surprise to me. Lefties and academics aren’t real big on engaging with reality, they much prefer nice neat theories.

  17. Interesting that she says that the Arctic is warming. The temperature graphs from http://ocean.dmi.dk/arctic/meant80n.uk.php (on the sea ice page) show no change at all during the summer months (just above 0 C).

    Perhaps she meant that if you can believe those charts arctic winter temperatures are currently only around -20 C rather than -25 C.

    Me? When graphs show well behaved curves in the summer months and wildly fluctuating curves in the winter months, I think there is a measurement problem.

    • Not necessarily. Where I live, the most variable weather happens in winter and spring (by the calendar). When it is most variable is, itself, highly variable. The variability drops off as spring transitions to summer (late May into June). It is least variable in summer (July, August, September) and early autumn (October), becoming more variable as winter approaches (November, December). That’s why we have two tornado seasons here. The first (spring) one peaks in March or April, The second one (autumn) peaks in November or December.

  18. Worrall, are you really that dense to think she’s complaining of no longer having the data? The problem is lack of public access to the data. This is supposedly what the new House bill on EPA science is all about. But, of course, the Republicans only want access to data they deem accurate.

  19. Before there was the internet and computers and cheap storage, many of us went to the library, photo-copied the data and reports we needed or thought we might need (at a nickel a page), put them into a three ring binder and kept them in a safe place. Anything less was just stupid.

    Victoria Herrmann would have been more convincing if she had referenced specific data that had been deleted. She wrote about data deletion by Stephen Harper in 2014 but no specifics about Trump administration deletions. In any case, she apparently learned nothing from the Stephen Harper case.

  20. More than half the images on my site are linked from NOAA Ocean Explorer:
    http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/
    For around 2 months I’ve been getting “Firefox can’t find the server” when I try to visit from Australia.
    I don’t know if if they are turning the server off during US night, or if they are blocking non-US traffic. Google cache took the last snapshot of the ocean explorer home page just 2 days ago, when I couldn’t access it. Very odd.
    Does anyone have an idea how I can retrieve copies of the images to upload via blogger?

    The new GOES-16 webpages was available for a whole 48 hours without problems after it was featured here and in mainstream media. Then it became intermittent, mostly unavailable, like all NOAA sites over the last 2 months. What gives?

    • “More than half the images on my site are linked from NOAA Ocean Explorer”

      Bad practice. Take a copy for your own site & link to that instead. That way, if the NOAA site changes structure, you don’t need to update every link. Worse, they could just decide they don’t want to publish those pictures. Where would you be then?

      • Another point, if you link to images on another site, you make your own site subject to whatever delays the other site might be suffering from.
        IE, high volume at the NOAA site making your own site slower.

      • I didn’t even save copies of the images in case the links broke, not even when they started appearing irregularly instead of reliably. Fortunately, I did find copies at archive.org today and restored everything.
        Lesson learned.

      • BRIAN H! Hi! :)

        For once, I am so glad to see you correct someone. I have not seen you comment in months and was worried…. We have so MANY MIA’s around here. Glad you are not another one!

        Janice

  21. Is there anything Pres. DJT cannot be blamed for? I bet someone will blame the recent cyclone that struck norther Queensland blame DJT for that because he is revoking Obama’s climate executive orders.

    • What cyclone? From all my wife and I could gather it was a a strong , at most a cat 2. we stand corrected if not , it could have been a 3. The MSM was talking about 226 kms / hr winds but nothing ever got over 145 kms.

      • The SMH (Yeah, I know, I don’t trust them to present unbiased news either) was reporting 270+ gusts, couple is islands up that way with significant damage etc. But I have only Aussie MSM to rely on, so could be completely wrong.

  22. If it was so important to her, SHE should have backed it up, period. Whining about it only makes her look like a fool.

  23. The NSIDC gives measurements of area with more than 15 percent ice. Here’s a scenario: If a million sq km has 16 percent ice, it’s “ice-covered” and next week it has 14 percent ice it’s “ice-free”, when 20,000 sq km of ice has actually disappeared.

    Another scenario: a million sq km has 20 percent ice – it’s “ice covered”. Then the wind picks up and pushes all that ice against a shore. Now you have 200,000 sq km with 100 percent ice and 800,000 sq km has suddenly become “ice-free” Disaster – blame human activities! But the actual amount of ice is unchanged.

    OK, these are fake examples, but they do illustrate the perils of using such a bizarre parameter.

    The Canadian Ice Service has a nice website and shows maps with ice cover in 10 percent increments. It only covers Canadian waters – but they use the same satellites – why can’t these jokers at NSIDC do the same? That would be much more meaningful data to record and publish. Could it be that 15 percent threshold was chosen because the data can be tweaked to show the trends they want to show?

    Of course, the Canadian Ice Service has been around a long time and (as its name implies) is a service to the marine transportation industry. Exports of grain through Churchill, and the shipping services that supply all those coastal communities on the islands and the mainland, they all need to know when it’s safe to put to sea. So it’s real data because lives and livelihoods depend on it. It’s not there just to document climate change and the evils of carbon. Not that Canada has a lot to brag about, but at least this one seems to be beyond corruption.

    • 15% is a standard international measure used to compare ice coverage from year to year.

      Are you sure the Canadian Ice Service only uses satellites? I believe they also collect local data from Canadian waters (they do not cover the entire arctic)

      You may note that extent often masks very poor ice conditions, when fragmented ice is blown over a wide area of ocean.

      The current extent figures are (as for most of the winter) the lowest in the 38 year satellite record. but there are large areas of fragmented spread out ice included in that extent total…

      You need also to look at the concentration maps and the volume/mass reports (which also show record lows)

      Here’s a link:

      and two more on extent:

      and here’s the volume/mass at start of March:

      http://neven1.typepad.com/blog/2017/03/piomas-march-2017.html

    • I would say that they are extreme examples, rather than fake ones. Both scenarios could, and probably do happen on a regular basis. Just smaller numbers.

  24. So she is an Arctic resesearcher, she says, who has heard that the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the globe is. And her treasured works on the Arctic are gone — “The US National Strategy for the Arctic, the Implementation Plan for the Strategy, and the report on our progress all gone within a matter of minutes.” For shame that she is so attached to them. I consider these works worthless because they totally ignore my published work on the Arctic. As she also does by complaining that the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the world, a fact explained in my paper. Knowing that this is an anomaly the very least she could have done is to start her thinking about its cause. But thinking apparently does not seem to be a skill that climate scientists indulge in. It should interest her also that for two thousand years the Arctic showed no warming whatsoever, just slow, linear cooling. Then, suddenly, at the turn of the twentieth century, a warm spell appeared out of nowhere. It did not last because warming came back in thirty years and has been with us since 1970. Arctic watchers noticed this and started recording Arctic temperature history late in the seventies.Of courese they missed the early history and have no idea what happened before. The cause of the waqrming can not possdibly be carbon dioxcide because there is no way to swing the water masses of tyhe North Atlantic as suddenly as the warming happened. It bis highly probable that what happened was a change in the Noth AStlantic current system that rearranged thepath of the Gulf Stream to deliver its warm water more directly into the Arctic Ocean. I predicted that and in 2010 Spielhagen et al. went on an Arctic cruise to check it out. They measured directly tthe North Atlantic water temperature that enters the Atcrtic ocean and found that it was higher than recorded at any other time in history. This warm water is obviouly brought north by the Gulf Stream. It begins in the Gulf of Mexico, rounds Fl;orida, heads north through the Florida Strait, continues north parallel to the East Coast, and eventually crosses the ocen to enter the North Sea, as Ben Franklin knew. Its warmth keeps Northern Europe’s temperature higher than its latitude would suggest. As to the cause of therearrangement event at the start of the twentieth century, we have no clue but we can speculate that it could be related to the activity of the bottom currents that flow south in in the deep part of vthe Atlantic Ocean. For further information and references read my paper in: E&E(22)(8):1069-1083(2011).

    • Typos corrected:

      So she is an Arctic researcher, she says, who has heard that the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the globe is. And her treasured works on the Arctic are gone — “The US National Strategy for the Arctic, the Implementation Plan for the Strategy, and the report on our progress all gone within a matter of minutes.” For shame that she is so attached to them. I consider these works worthless because they totally ignore my published work on the Arctic. As she also does by complaining that the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the world, a fact explained in my paper. Knowing that this is an anomaly the very least she could have done is to start thinking about its cause. But thinking apparently does not seem to be a skill that climate scientists indulge in. It should interest her also that for two thousand years the Arctic showed no warming whatsoever, just slow, linear cooling. Then, suddenly, at the turn of the twentieth century, a warm spell appeared out of nowhere. It was followed by a short cold spell which did not last because warming came back in thirty years, and has been with us since 1970. Arctic watchers noticed this and started recording Arctic temperature history late in the seventies. Of course, they missed the early history and have no idea what happened before. The cause of the warming cannot possibly be carbon dioxide because there is no way to swing the water masses of the North Atlantic as suddenly as the warming happened. It is highly probable that what happened was a change in the North Atlantic current system that rearranged the path of the Gulf Stream to deliver its warm water more directly into the Arctic Ocean. I predicted that and in 2010. Spielhagen et al. went on an Arctic cruise to check it out. They measured directly the North Atlantic water temperature that enters the Arctic Ocean and found that it was higher than recorded at any other time in history. This warm water is obviously brought north by the Gulf Stream. It begins in the Gulf of Mexico, rounds Florida, heads north through the Florida Strait, continues north parallel to the East Coast, and eventually crosses the ocean to enter the North Sea, as Ben Franklin knew. Its warmth keeps Northern Europe’s temperature higher than its latitude would suggest. As to the cause of the rearrangement event at the start of the twentieth century, we have no clue but we can speculate that it could be related to the activity of the bottom currents that flow south in in the deep part of the Atlantic Ocean. For further information and references read my paper in: E&E(22)(8):1069-1083(2011).

  25. I frantically combed the internet for archived versions of our country’s most important polar policies. …

    … we need publicly available government guidance

    What kind of scientist needs government guidance to do research? The policies aren’t there because they’re being revised.

    • “The policies aren’t there because they’re being revised.”

      No, they aren’t there because they were the previous government’s policies. The new government doesn’t need to link to non-policies. That would be crazy, like promoting non-data like the warmists do.

    • Mike McMillan March 29, 2017 at 8:12 pm

      “I frantically combed the internet for archived versions of our country’s most important polar policies. …”

      “… we need publicly available government guidance”

      What kind of scientist needs government guidance to do research? The policies aren’t there because they’re being revised.
      ——————————————————————————————————————————-
      Apparently her need for “government guidance” only applies if the government guidance agrees with her own beliefs.

  26. The shorter Victoria: It’s OK if our dog eats the homework but not if your dog eats our PR.

  27. Who did what?
    It sounds like Hillary took a detour through a building with her soapy dish rag and wiped a couple of hard drives.
    Sorry. I have no idea what happened. Well, a “snowflake” melted. but that’s not news.

  28. It’s called “Link Rot”. You cannot rely on a URL remaining good indefinitely, entire sites undergo reorganization, or disappear entirely. So, yes, if your references are important, by all means copy the page(s) cited. For under $100, I bought a 2 terabyte USB exterior hard drive. And like the man says, flash drives are cheap, multi-gigabyte drives can be bought in packs, nowadays.

    • If you need to reference multiple thumb-drives at the same time, USB expanders are cheap. I have a laptop at home that only has a couple of USB ports, so I bought a 5 port expander for about $15 5 years ago.

  29. Screeching from a hard-done-by harridan, creating yet more noise.
    And she cooks her own goose by talking of Arctic Water. Exactly lady, you said it – water.
    Where are the million year old ice cores from the North Pole as there are from the South Pole.
    The Arctic Ocean is a sea of slush, constantly on the borderline of melting & freezing.
    That Is How It Is. Live with it.

    and one of these days, this sort of commotion about miniscule trivia will distract from something Really Important and The Human Race will be run over by a truck while crossing the street.
    Period. End. Fin.

  30. This illustration identifies the high-latitude Arctic as a significant CO2 sink

    The purple areas are the most efficient sinks, while red ones are sources of CO2 in the world oceans.
    And why the Arctic Ocean would be ‘gobbling’ all that CO2 ?
    Well, the Arctic is going GREEN !

    “The meter decline in sea ice thickness in the Arctic in the past 30 years has dramatically changed the ecology in that area. All of a sudden, our entire idea about how this ecosystem works is different. The foundation of the Arctic food web is now growing at a different time and in places that are less accessible to animals that need oxygen.”
    said Chris Horvat, first author of the paper

  31. It happens in Sweden also, without Trump.
    Swedish state radio had at short report on Arctic Ice maximum with a short notice: “This winter has been 20 degrees warmer than usual and stayed around 0 degrees C instead of minus 20 degrees C”

    It took them a week to check the real facts-now the have adjusted the text. But it shows what happens in Sweden. We are being brainwashed buy our state owned media!
    Trump has noticed this-thanks!

  32. I note the significant fact that she isn’t actually complaining about her data being deleted. Just policy. When policy can, and does, change with every incoming president, what is she whinging about? Those aren’t policies anymore since Trump came to power on Jan 20, 2017.

  33. From the article: “Just this week, it was reported that the Arctic’s winter sea ice dropped to its lowest level in recorded history.”

    Arctic sea ice was lower in 1972 than it is today. I guess the author doesn’t look at anything earlier than 1979. That’s what comprises “in recorded history” for her, it appears.

  34. PolitiFact says it was in fact the Obama administration who removed (and archived) all whitehouse.gov climate change content. http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2017/jan/23/george-takei/george-takei-says-white-house-removed-pages-about-/

    So if we’re going to be nit-picky, it was the Obama administration that removed whitehouse.gov’s pages about these issues, along with every other piece of content their team ever published.

    It’s not a conspiracy but routine administration. The same thing happened when Obama took office but I guess Bush supporters didn’t have so much “conspiracy ideation”. Maybe something for Dr. Lewandowsky to research.

    The question is, why does an Arctic researcher want to mislead the public. The title should be corrected to “I am an Arctic researcher. Barack Obama is deleting my citations.”

  35. “As an Arctic researcher, I’m used to gaps in data.”
    “Just over 1% of US Arctic waters have been surveyed to modern standards.”
    “In truth, some of the maps we use today haven’t been updated since the second world war.”
    “In a remote region where data is already scarce”
    ———————————————————————————————————————————

    Her own admission is that data is scarce yet she is positive that “the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the global average.” and “it was reported that the Arctic’s winter sea ice dropped to its lowest level in recorded history.”

    Logical conclusion based on data? I would think not.

  36. She must be a real idiot. If you are going to cite work in a “science” paper, you PDF it so it does not change! If “the Donald” wanted to make a fool of her, he would simply have directed the site be changed to contradict her paper! Then her links would work, and make her look like a bigger fool than she is.

    I sometimes wonder at the intelligence level of this “consensus”.

  37. Eric , you need to take the word scientist out (VH Arctic scientist) in your article. Stoat has done an excellent article on her credentials and motivations. As much as he and Anthony do not get along his article on her should be appended as as an addendum for purposes of this conversation. Priceless. If he agreed, which he possibly wouldn’t. Anyway worth a look a his blog on this occasion. I see he is in the list of links WUWT provides for anyone interested.

  38. A couple months back, when the warmists said they were desperately “saving” information from Trump, what they were really doing was desperately hiding information. Deleting links is part of hiding information. They don’t want information all over the place. Information is power and if you are the only one who knows where that information is hidden, it may be more difficult to fire you.

    WhIle the warmists are blaming Trump the truth is that they should be blaming each other.

  39. As people have already noted, this is a nothing story, which has been hyped by the Guardian in support of their political biases. We’ve already discussed this back on January 20th in Gone in an Instant; The website “whitehouse.gov” reflects the policies, priorities and views of the current administration, which alert readers will be aware changed at noon, January 20 of this year. The former “whitehouse.gov” was retained in toto under the new URL “obamawhitehouse.gov”. It’s like when a state elects a new governor, all the “Welcome to .., Thaddius Q. Porksnout Governor” road signs on entering that state will be changed to reflect the newly elected governor. The same thing happened when Obama took office to succeed Bush, and so on, for however far back “whitehouse.gov” goes (the domain was first registered in May 1997 — towards the end of the Clinton Administration).

    If Virginia Herrmann had bothered to do 10 minutes of research before crying foul she would have figured this out.

    That having been said, there is a real issue here having nothing to do with politics of changing presidential administrations: the rather fragile nature of citations using hyperlinks. There is not just the risk that the actual content may change between when the citation is first created and when it is subsequently followed, but the URL needed to access it may change also, as is the case here. Both issues need to be addressed by a proper digital content management system. There are some which can generate permanent links to a specific version of a document which may exist in multiple revisions (e.g., plone, but I’m not aware of one which handles the complete swap of the top-level URL.

    The content under “whitehouse.gov” must be able to change, even during the same administration, but it should be possible to create a permanent link to anything found there that will always be valid.

  40. Is this the Victoria Herrmann the President and Managing Director of The Arctic Institute?

    http://www.thearcticinstitute.org/experts/victoria-herrmann/

    “The Arctic Institute is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization headquartered in Washington, D.C with a network of researchers across the world.”

    I can hardly believe Donald J. Trump is deleting stuff from thearcticinstitute.org. He is authorized to do so for .gov sites, but that’s entirely another matter.

    Anyway, it is quite mysterious a President and Managing Director of a nonprofit tax-exempt organization can’t keep backup copies of her work published on government sites at her own backyard.

    http://www.thearcticinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/TAI-2016-Annual-Report.pdf

    I can’t find info on government grants to the Institute, but that must be the real issue, I guess.

  41. As people should have learned by now, if you want stuff to stay around despite determined efforts to erase it, email or text it to Anthony Weiner.

  42. Really, Ms. Hermann.
    Your piece in the Guardian is the least effective propaganda I’ve seen, recently.
    Only the least capable people might be influenced by your attempt.
    Why bother?

  43. Those on the Left could benefit from intensive computer education. They fall for phishing schemes, fail to back up needed information, have notoriously simple passwords (probably the same one for all accounts) and host servers in their basements and other such areas. They set up a network and fail to maintain it, then complain when a smart 5th grader lands in their computer and copies sensitive data. They are disasters with computers.

  44. Typical activist bureaucrat.who was masquerading as a public servant.
    Her useless busy work she calls “the country’s most important polar policies” is a self serving panic to justify her own worth. She produced reams of useless planner speak policies that she wants some kind of credit for .
    Now all is lost. Here useless junk and her career.
    Her work would have provided no more use than it would have back here.
    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2008/03/16/you-ask-i-provide-november-2nd-1922-arctic-ocean-getting-warm-seals-vanish-and-icebergs-melt/

  45. Google Scholar has only one paper attributed to Victoria Herrmann. It’s a two-page policy paper that is as useless as Dr. Lew paper entitled “Rethinking Urban Mobility”.

    If there was no such thing as CAGW, it would necessary for V. H. To invent it.

  46. I bet Victoria has not produced anything that will ever be used to better any aspect of anyone’s life.
    But she has been well traveled. Lucky gal.
    You want to know Victoria?
    Look at the useless junk she wrote.

    https://seagrant.uaf.edu/events/2016/climate-migration/docs/Program-2016-Symposium-on-Climate-Displacement-Migration-Relocation.pdf

    Victoria Herrmann is a Gates Scholar at Cambridge University’s Scott Polar Research Institute
    and the Managing Director of The Arctic Institute, where her work focuses on climate change,
    adaptation, and human development in the circumpolar north. Throughout 2016, she has acted as
    the Principle Investigator for America’s Eroding Edges, a National Geographic funded research
    project on climate change adaption and culture in U.S. communities. Victoria was previously a
    Fulbright Awardee to Canada and a Junior Fellow at the Carngie Endowment for International
    Peace’s Energy and Climate Program.

    Culture on the Move: Toward an Inclusive Framework for Cultural Considerations in Climate Related
    Migration, Displacement, and Relocation Policies
    Victoria Herrmann
    Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK, and Arctic Institute, Washington, DC, USA, vsh212@gmail.com
    As entire populations lose their lands in the United States, US Territories, and abroad from a changing
    climate, what becomes of their historic and sacred sites? When not just individuals but communities are
    displaced, how can their cultures be conserved and their traditional knowledge retained? And, equally important,
    how can cultural heritage be used to facilitate the emplacement of these communities to new sites?
    Such questions are vital to developing policies that address the needs of communities facing climate-related
    displacement. Yet, cultural considerations have been largely neglected in framework discussions on climate
    relocation to date.
    The proposed paper offers an approach to better integrate cultural heritage into the policy dialogue
    for climate related migration, both internally and internationally. First, the paper identifies best practices of
    cultural heritage being used in climate displacement and relocation efforts. It does so by synthesizing the work
    of the Pocantico Working Group on Climate Migration and Cultural Heritage, an international network of
    cultural leaders, practitioners, and scholars.
    Then, the paper presents how the best practices drawn from these existing efforts can be used as
    lessons in how to effectively incorporate cultural considerations into policy and legal options for addressing
    internal migration, cross-border displacement, and relocation in the context of climate change. Specifically,
    the lessons highlight (1) how to include preservation where possible and/or document and memorialize the
    tangible heritage left behind by displaced communities; (2) how to conserve the intangible heritage, traditional
    knowledge, and movable heritage of displaced persons and communities; and (3) how to facilitate the role of
    cultural heritage as a tool for resiliency, integration, and social cohesion in new sites.
    Cultural heritage is not only a local history to be conserved for dislocated persons through its substantial
    consideration in climate policy frameworks. It is also a tool that can aid in the development of strong
    communities once relocated—communities capable of successfully scoping with future climate stressors.

    • “As entire populations lose their lands in the United States, US Territories, and abroad from a changing
      climate
      As if…WTF? Thanks for sharing her mental condition.

  47. Truly amazing if this data is so important to her, she should have backed it up…Incompotent to say the least…

    • she should have backed it up…Incompotent to say the least…

      We have been regaled with stories of paranoid Obama interns furiously backing up data lest the evil Darth Trump delete it. Was the the only one who did not get that memo?

  48. One story I read said that it is standard when a new president takes office the outgoing president’s stuff gets archived. I think it said the Obama people even imported most, or all, of the stuff they thought was important to a website associated with Obama. That’s where she should look.

  49. The Arctic: Territory of Dialogue
    Currently the fourth Arctic international forum is taking place in Arkhangelsk, Russia.
    Russian president Vladimir Putin made (7 min) long speech, other speaker was President of Iceland Gudni Johannesson.
    Among other meters mentioned Putin said following:
    “The Arctic is also a place where international law is pre-eminent. The maritime boundaries and ownership of underwater minerals, oil and gas will be determined by international law. The Arctic coastal countries have jointly declared that they will follow the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. The maritime delimitation agreement between Norway and Russia in 2010 set an encouraging example that everybody should follow.”
    If you like to hear Putin speech (with English translator’s voice) or read more follow this link
    http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/54149

    (be aware of the bear.)

  50. Phd student doesn’t know the difference between data, citations to peer reviewed literature and hyperlinks to government propaganda web-pages.

    Hmmm . . .

    Typical climate scientist doctoral candidate I suppose.

  51. The Trump hating snowflake Victoria Herrmann is waving her hands and identifying herself and her NGO activist organization for defunding.

    It’s Another Great Day For America!

  52. Gee, I thought we all know about backups and don’t send the ONLY copy of something. And did she even LOOK on her hard drive? Does she know what a hard drive is? Did Windows 10 eat it? Yeah, yeah, I know – I’m one to talk. I backed up three months’ worth of wildflower images on ONLY one backup drive and it crashed. But that stuff is still on my hard drive, so I’ll take my antique computer down to the tech geeks and have them recover it and wait while they scold me. I’m going to go pout.
    Life is hard when you’re an idiot, isn’t it?

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