Heartland Institute documents reveal strategy of attacks against climate science

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 3:15 PM GMT on February 17, 2012

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Documents illegally leaked from the Heartland Institute, one of the most active groups engaged in attacking the science of climate change, provide an unprecedented look into how these groups operate. The story was broken Tuesday by DeSmogBlog, a website dedicated to exposing false claims about climate change science. The documents reveal that donors to Heartland included oil billionaire Charles Koch, and Heartland has spent several million dollars over the past five years to undermine climate science. Tens of thousands of dollars are slated to go this year to well-known climate contrarians S.Fred Singer, Craig Idso, and Anthony Watts of the Watts Up With That? website. Naturally, the leaked documents have lit up the blogosphere, but none of the revelations are particularly surprising. The U.S. has a very successful and well-funded climate change denial industry, primarily funded by fossil fuel companies, that has spent hundreds of millions of dollars over the past few decades on a PR campaign against climate change science. I made a lengthy post on the subject in 2009 called, The Manufactured Doubt industry and the hacked email controversy. I won't say more here, but getenergysmartnow.com has compiled a long list of blogs that have interesting posts on the Heartland Institute affair for those interested in following this story.



Eight books challenging the Manufactured Doubt industry
Important scientific findings should always be challenged with the goal of finding flaws and improving our scientific understanding. But there's nothing a scientist hates more than to see good science attacked and the reputations of good scientists smeared in name of protecting corporate profits or ideology. A number of scientists have fought back against the recent unfounded assaults on climate change science by publishing books calling attention to the Manufactured Doubt industry's tactics and goals. Anyone priding themselves on being a open-minded skeptic of human-caused global warming should challenge their skepticism by reading one of these works. I thought so highly of Unscientific America, Merchants of Doubt, and Climate Coverup, that I donated 50 copies of these books to undergraduates at the University of Michigan last year. Here's a short synopsis of eight books published in the past three years defending climate change science against the attacks of the Manufactured Doubt industry:

Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming, by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway. If you're going to read one book on the attacks on climate science, this should probably be the one--Dr. Oreskes, a history professor at UC San Diego, was voted climate change communicator of the year in 2011. A review of Merchants of Doubt and a video of her defending her book against skeptics is at climateprogress.org, my favorite website for staying current on the politics of climate change. From the review: "Make the journey with them, and you’ll see renowned scientists abandon science, you’ll see environmentalism equated with communism, and you’ll discover the connection between the Cold War and climate denial. And for the most part, you’ll be entertained along the way."

Climate Cover-up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming, by desmogblog.com co-founders James Hoggan and Richard Littlemore. The main author, James Hoggan, owns a Canadian public relations firm, and is intimately familiar with how public relations campaigns work. It's another fascinating and very readable book.

Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens our Future, by science writer Chris Mooney. He writes a blog focusing on science communication called the intersection. This is a fantastic book, and should be required reading for all college science majors.

Climate Change Denial: Heads in the Sand, by Haydn Washington and John Cook. John Cook writes for one of my favorite climate science blogs, skepticalscience.com, which focuses on debunking false skeptic claims about climate science. The book does a great job debunking all the classic climate change denial arguments.

Doubt is Their Product: How Industry's Assault on Science Threatens Your Health, by George Washington University epidemiologist David Michaels, who now heads the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA). This meticulously-researched book has just one chapter on climate change, and focuses more on tobacco and hazardous chemicals. About the the tobacco industry's Manufactured Doubt campaigns, Michaels wrote: "the industry understood that the public is in no position to distinguish good science from bad. Create doubt, uncertainty, and confusion. Throw mud at the anti-smoking research under the assumption that some of it is bound to stick. And buy time, lots of it, in the bargain". The title of Michaels' book comes from a 1969 memo from a tobacco company executive: "Doubt is our product since it is the best means of competing with the 'body of fact' that exists in the minds of the general public. It is also the means of establishing a controversy".

The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines, by climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann. Dr. Mann is the originator of the much-debated "hockey stick" graph of global temperatures over the past 1,000 years, which looks like a hockey stick due to the sharp increase in temperatures in recent decades. This book just came out last week, and I hope to write a review on it this spring. Dr. Mann is one of the main contributors to my favorite web site for staying current on climate change research, realclimate.org. John Cook of skepticalscience.com wrote a review, calling it "an eye-opening account of the lengths the opponents of climate science will go to in their campaign to slander climate scientists and distract the public from the realities of human caused global warming."

Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America by Shawn Lawrence Otto. I haven't had a chance to read this one yet, but it looks interesting. A review by Katherine O’Konski of Climate Science Watch called the book "a fascinating look at the status of science in American society."

The Inquisition of Climate Science, by Dr. James Lawrence Powell, a geochemist with a distinguished career as a college teacher, college president, museum director, and author of books on earth science for general audiences. I haven't read it, but John Cook of skepticalscience.com wrote a review, calling it "a must-read for anyone who wishes to understand the full scope of the denial industry and their modern day persecution of climate science."

Have a great weekend, everyone! I'll be taking a few vacation days next week, and wunderground meteorologist Angela Fritz will probably be doing most of the blogging for me during the coming week.

Jeff Masters

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The 00Z nam drops me 4 inches 0.o
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Quoting WxGeekVA:


Climate Change Denialists: Changing data for their advantage since 1900!


That's an amazing sample of people Rasmusen tapped into.

The idea that scientists manipulate their data to force outcomes. It shows how little some people know about the scientific process.

Every few years some scientist is found to have faked data and very quickly they are tossed out onto the trash heap.

There's no better way to loose your job and destroy your career than to fake data. It's almost impossible to fake or manage data and get away with it. Other people are going to study the same phenomenon and soon the discrepancies are obvious.





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Quoting SPLbeater:
The 00Z GFS has a yet again a slight SW shift. WxGeekVA....im so sorry[not]....you just might have to take the trip south to my house if ya want some snow. xD


I've given up on this storm being good 2 hours ago...
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Quoting WxGeekVA:


Climate Change Denialists: Changing data for their advantage since 1900!


there are so many things wrong with that graphic, that half of it makes me want to find an appropriate blog and rant about it, and the other half wants to make me get up and leave the computer.
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The 00Z GFS has no signs of goin north:D. WxGeekVA....im so sorry[not]....you just might have to take the trip south to my house if ya want some snow. xD
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Quoting kipperedherring:
If Tazmaniacs prediction comes true, will that mean a more intense Atlantic hurricane season? And also what effect will this have on the Middle east?


El ninos tend to supress activity on the atlantic, while the east pacific drinks a red bull and becomes above average active.

If you want an active hurricane season, you want a La Nina :D
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Interesting Low Configuration
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I have a red balloon tied to my left wrist:D

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The Muslims teamed up and made an unprovoked attack against Israel in the 6 days war, and got their tales kicked.

That's why they hate Israel.


I still don't know why the Iranians would put their ships in the Mediterranean unless they think they have some sort of double-team or back-stab about to happen in their favor.

This posturing and war-mongering card hasn't worked for any of the other failed regimes lately, why do they always resort to this nonsense?
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Quoting kipperedherring:
I was with you! What do you think about Tazmaniac predicting an El Nino?


i think its a bit late, cuz winter almost over n hurricane season gon be here soon! i need me some of them big tropical systems!
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Hey WxGeekVA, i like that southern shift in the NAM. better luck next time champ!

GFS is still got to load
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Climate Change Denialists: Changing data for their advantage since 1900!
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Well, i was RIGHT about Giovanna pulling off cyclone intensity again! :D:D

lets see, who doubted me...lol
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Quoting yqt1001:


I heard that the fear is that Iran won't respond the way the Soviets did during heated events like the Cuban missile crisis. 1 nuclear bomb is enough to learn how to make millions. It's that one test that counts. Whether that test be over an Israeli city, in the ocean or in a desert somewhere, it only takes one bomb.

There's also fears that Iran will make countries like Saudi Arabia jealous and make them get nuclear weapons, leading to a whole Cold War style Middle East, just with 4 major players (Israel, Pakistan, SA and Iran).

At this time though, there is no solid evidence of a nuclear bomb in Iran, like in Iraq, so it could what you did mention.

Honestly, best thing at this point is to give Israel back to the Islamic rule. It's causing more problems than it saved, and could very well kill more than 6 million people in the end, and, the Muslim's got it fairly after millions died in the epic fails known as the crusades.


my comment:
they got nothing from iraq but a casanova
there was nothing there i saw no WMD
now on the other hand i bet they say dont worry nothing over there
well we all know whats going to happen hey where they get that from
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Honestly, best thing at this point is to give Israel back to the Islamic rule. It's causing more problems than it saved, and could very well kill more than 6 million people in the end, and, the Muslim's got it fairly after millions died in the epic fails known as the crusades.


the Crusades were actually caused by the Muslims, and the Christians over-reacting.

The Jews just got caught up in the middle of everything, because ignorant so-called Christians hated Jews because they blamed the Jews for Jesus' death, even though Jesus and at least the first 14 apostles were all Jews.

After all, the European so-called Christians, for some insane reason, persecuted Jews throughout history, culminating ultimately in the inquisition, in which the Spanish Catholics even put Columbus on trial.

The land belongs to Israel, and has for the past 3600 years.

truth is, I suspect most of the "Palestinians" and "Jews" have common ancestors, and may even be just descendants of different tribes of the original nation of Israel, since they are probably all so inter-married throughout thousands of years.


Even if your insane plan were followed, it wouldn't solve anything.

The Jews have been persecuted for 2000 years everywhere they go. Look what happened in Europe.

Everyone blames Germany for the Holocaust and rightly so, but the sick hidden truth is other nations were actually shipping their Jews to Germany to be executed.

now we still have self-styled neo-Nazis running around, even in America, and anti-semitism on the rise in Europe again, and you want to kick them back off their sovereign lands?

That's sadistic.
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the simplest of things could set it all off
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classic confrontation
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I'm skeptical: think they just want to throw a bone to the defense contractors since we've withdrawn from Iraq and are trying to get out of Afghanistan. Night all. I hope the weather is good enough in the morning for me to play tennis!
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if not maybe all three then put china in there for good measure
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Quoting sunlinepr:


That's strengthening a good bit recently.....
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Quoting yqt1001:


I heard that the fear is that Iran won't respond the way the Soviets did during heated events like the Cuban missile crisis. 1 nuclear bomb is enough to learn how to make millions. It's that one test that counts. Whether that test be over an Israeli city, in the ocean or in a desert somewhere, it only takes one bomb.

There's also fears that Iran will make countries like Saudi Arabia jealous and make them get nuclear weapons, leading to a whole Cold War style Middle East, just with 4 major players (Israel, Pakistan, SA and Iran).

At this time though, there is no solid evidence of a nuclear bomb in Iran, like in Iraq, so it could what you did mention.

Honestly, best thing at this point is to give Israel back to the Islamic rule. It's causing more problems than it saved, and could very well kill more than 6 million people in the end, and, the Muslim's got it fairly after millions died in the epic fails known as the crusades.
there will be war here not a matter of if but when iran has a bomb trust me if not on there own from pakistan india or russia
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Quoting SPLbeater:
updated NWS for me

Sunday Night: Rain and snow, becoming all snow after midnight. Low around 31. North wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of less then one inch possible

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Earlier, it was 'below half an inch. now, its 'below an inch.

may it continue rising?
Who knows, but doubtful. I think they are going to stick to the forcast, or bust! I would hate to be working the mid-shift tonight!
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Quoting BobWallace:


Don't think so.

I suspect the reason that Russia and China are not agreeing with the UN stepping in to the middle of the Syrian conflict is that they want to avoid setting a precedent for the UN getting involved in internal conflicts.

I think the governments of both Russia and China see the potential for anti-government conflict in their countries and don't want other countries to interfere if that happens.

China also seems to want to stay out of conflicts in general. China is a most interesting country. Throughout history they've shown little interest in conquering other countries. They could have taken over Korea (or a lot of it) during the Korean War. They could have ruled Vietnam and possibly Cambodia later on. They've never (IIRC) shown any interest in colonizing Japan or any other of their neighbors. China has behaved nothing like Russia or Japan.

China is now getting very involved in several African countries, but only in business and agriculture. They don't seem to be interested in getting involved in those countries' governments.


Looks like good reasoning, Lets all hope time (maybe next 3 years), shows us a world without major conficts.... time will tell....
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updated NWS for me

Sunday Night: Rain and snow, becoming all snow after midnight. Low around 31. North wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of less then one inch possible

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Earlier, it was 'below half an inch. now, its 'below an inch.

may it continue rising?
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Quoting BobWallace:


It takes a lot of uranium to make a nuclear bomb as well as a lot of equipment. Iran does not have the resources.

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What has been documented and is the reason why US and Israel are taking this serious is that they have not only the knowhow of good scientists but are using 6,000 centrifuges to concentrat Uranium and they are adding 3,000, to a total of 9,000 working 24/7....
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Quoting emguy:


I think it's funny...especially since the Weather "Authority" Channel has just dropped Raleigh, NC from getting any snow. I think that may be a premature decision on their part. Either way...I'd enjoy it here if the NAM plays out, but just hope to see some at the very least.


TWC= :(


NOAA & Wunderground= :D
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


What did you do SPLbeater?
I want the snow, you want the thunder, yet i have the thunder, and you the snow. Life isnt fair:(

Also, that doesn't look so good for Kentucky's winter storm warnings either. kinda slips by them,


for the first time this winter i want snow. i guess cuz its actually possible...lol.

all you kids that wont get snow, your welcome to come over to my place and have a snowball fight! last year i had a 3 on 3 fight. my team won cuz i packed my snowballs HARD lol.
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i really really think EL nino is trying too fourm and if it dos fourm this could be a strong one


check this out


this is from 2-2-12






here is now


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Hi Guys,
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Quoting WxGeekVA:
0Z NAM says "Screw all of VA, let's give NC the foot of snow...."


maybe the last low had a bad impression on VA, and told its buddy to stay away from there.

as we were chatting earlier, NC nice place LOL
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Quoting sunlinepr:


The real problem with this is that we are back in a cold war.... two puppets are placed in frontline, Siria backed up by Russia and Iran by China. And the situation looks somehow similar to what happened previous to 1914. the world's great powers, assembled in two opposing alliances, building multiple war toys, and assuming partnerships and positions to defend their interests in case the other one side attacked. The situation went into a domino effect with just a small spark, the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria.

The only difference now is that we hear a stupid general menacing to use nuclear arms. No Matter who has more Nukes, once one goes off, from either side, planet earth will reach real GW....




Don't think so.

I suspect the reason that Russia and China are not agreeing with the UN stepping in to the middle of the Syrian conflict is that they want to avoid setting a precedent for the UN getting involved in internal conflicts.

I think the governments of both Russia and China see the potential for anti-government conflict in their countries and don't want other countries to interfere if that happens.

China also seems to want to stay out of conflicts in general. China is a most interesting country. Throughout history they've shown little interest in conquering other countries. They could have taken over Korea (or a lot of it) during the Korean War. They could have ruled Vietnam and possibly Cambodia later on. They've never (IIRC) shown any interest in colonizing Japan or any other of their neighbors. China has behaved nothing like Russia or Japan.

China is now getting very involved in several African countries, but only in business and agriculture. They don't seem to be interested in getting involved in those countries' governments.
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Wow, now this is really awesome:

Swedish Man Survives for Months in Snowed-in Car



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841. emguy
Quoting WxGeekVA:
0Z NAM says "Screw all of VA, let's give NC the foot of snow...."


I think it's funny...especially since the Weather "Authority" Channel has just dropped Raleigh, NC from getting any snow. I think that may be a premature decision on their part. Either way...I'd enjoy it here if the NAM plays out, but just hope to see some at the very least.
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Quoting natrwalkn:


Yep. I remember it well. I was in Wilmington then and I remember it being warm and pouring down rain the evening before and they were still calling for a changeover to snow. I thought it would be a forecast bust and actually gave up hope and went to bed only to wake up to 4" of snow in WILMINGTON! The nice, wet, sticky snow that covers EVERYTHING!
We were only expecing a minor snow event in Chapel Hill. We measured 26" incheswhen it was finished.
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Quoting yqt1001:


I heard that the fear is that Iran won't respond the way the Soviets did during heated events like the Cuban missile crisis. 1 nuclear bomb is enough to learn how to make millions. It's that one test that counts. Whether that test be over an Israeli city, in the ocean or in a desert somewhere, it only takes one bomb.

There's also fears that Iran will make countries like Saudi Arabia jealous and make them get nuclear weapons, leading to a whole Cold War style Middle East, just with 4 major players (Israel, Pakistan, SA and Iran).

At this time though, there is no solid evidence of a nuclear bomb in Iran, like in Iraq, so it could what you did mention.

Honestly, best thing at this point is to give Israel back to the Islamic rule. It's causing more problems than it saved, and could very well kill more than 6 million people in the end, and, the Muslim's got it fairly after millions died in the epic fails known as the crusades.


It takes a lot of uranium to make a nuclear bomb as well as a lot of equipment. Iran does not have the resources.

The leaders of Iran are neither stupid or insane. They love their country as we love ours and are not about to get it destroyed in a one-sided nuclear war. It's the extremist crackpots that cause concern. (Just look at the US citizens who have tried to start a revolution in the US recently. Don't want to let them get a nuclear device either.)

(Sorry, looks like I wrote "Iraq" rather than Iran in my previous post.)

Giving Israel "back to Islamic rule" is not a decision for us to make. And I really don't think the Israelis are going to be open to that suggestion. Israel almost certainly has a very large nuclear arsenal and a bad attitude when it comes to letting others push them around.



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Quoting yqt1001:


I heard that the fear is that Iran won't respond the way the Soviets did during heated events like the Cuban missile crisis. 1 nuclear bomb is enough to learn how to make millions. It's that one test that counts. Whether that test be over an Israeli city, in the ocean or in a desert somewhere, it only takes one bomb.

There's also fears that Iran will make countries like Saudi Arabia jealous and make them get nuclear weapons, leading to a whole Cold War style Middle East, just with 4 major players (Israel, Pakistan, SA and Iran).

At this time though, there is no solid evidence of a nuclear bomb in Iran, like in Iraq, so it could what you did mention.

Honestly, best thing at this point is to give Israel back to the Islamic rule. It's causing more problems than it saved, and could very well kill more than 6 million people in the end, and, the Muslim's got it fairly after millions died in the epic fails known as the crusades.


The real problem with this is that we are back in a cold war.... two puppets are placed in frontline, Siria backed up by Russia and Iran by China. And the situation looks somehow similar to what happened previous to 1914. the world's great powers, assembled in two opposing alliances, building multiple war toys, and assuming partnerships and positions to defend their interests in case the other one side attacked. The situation went into a domino effect with just a small spark, the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria.

The only difference now is that we hear a stupid general menacing to use nuclear arms. No Matter who has more Nukes, once one goes off, from either side, No one wins..... planet earth will reach real GW....


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Quoting Chapelhill:
Well, I'm not going to get excited by the NAM, but hey, we have seen this type of thing happen before like on Jan 25, 2000. Though it was a different type of setup.


Yep. I remember it well. I was in Wilmington then and I remember it being warm and pouring down rain the evening before and they were still calling for a changeover to snow. I thought it would be a forecast bust and actually gave up hope and went to bed only to wake up to 4" of snow in WILMINGTON! The nice, wet, sticky snow that covers EVERYTHING!
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Quoting natrwalkn:
Goodness gracious! Sunday night and Monday morning will be VERY pretty in Greensboro according to the latest NAM run! WOW I like what I see!
Well, I'm not going to get excited by the NAM, but hey, we have seen this type of thing happen before like on Jan 25, 2000. Though it was a different type of setup.
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Quoting Ameister12:
Giovanna isn't done yet. It's now a category 1 equivalent.



Interesting path it is taking.



Northward and weakening. Very odd.
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Goodness gracious! Sunday night and Monday morning will be VERY pretty in Greensboro according to the latest NAM run! WOW I like what I see!
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Giovanna isn't done yet. It now has 75 mph.

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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


The Kiamichi are in the ouchitas:
From Wikipedia - The Kiamichi Mountains are a mountain range in southeastern Oklahoma. A subrange within the larger Ouachita Mountains that extend from Oklahoma to western Arkansas, the Kiamichi Mountains sit within Le Flore, Pushmataha, and McCurtain counties near the towns of Poteau and Albion.


A sub-range. Here they are called "Kiamichi," not "Ouachita" or "ouchita." lol I know exactly where they are, so just go on and tell me all about my Kiamichis. And I'll let you in on a little secret. Bigfoot lives in the Kiamichi Mts.
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:
Good Night guys, I have to run a 5k tomorrow in the pouring rain.
sounds fun... break a leg! Let us know how you finish!
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