Thursday, February 01, 2007

Global warming abolished!

I'm delighted to be able to exclusively reveal here that global warming has been abolished, by fiat of the Leader of the Free WorldTM.

Click here and you can see that "global warming" simply doesn't exist at all, except in this one document (the only search result, at time of posting) which just happens to be fluffing the Baliunas/Soon dross:



Unfortunately someone forgot to tell Google the Good News, however. There's still plenty of "global warming" here (429 hits):



And no, it's not just that the whitehouse.gov search engine is broken - it works on all other searches I've tried, in each case producing roughly the same number of hits as the google search engine when restricted to the same site.

(Now updated with screenshots - click on them for full sized versions.)

(Hat tip Tom Adams who also blogged it here.)

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your site is back up, so maybe it wasn't further white house interference ;)

crandles

Lab Lemming said...

When I was a kid, there was an evil empire that practiced selective acknowledgement of reality to justify its peculiar ideology. That country was not the united states.

Lumo said...

Thanks God, at least Karl Rove is still reasonable in contrast with the global warming lunatics.

If you want to know what this whole global warming hysteria was all about before it was abolished, go to motls.blogspot.com and search (box in the sidebar) for global warming.

I haven't disabled anything.

Or choose "climate" among labels. ;-)

best
Lubos

Raines said...

Great Find! I just diaried it on Daily Kos.

Anyone get any screen shots?

So are we taking bets on when the Congressional Investigations will be held?

James Annan said...

Anyone get any screen shots?

Your wish is my command :-)

I'm not sure it is really worth getting too worked up about - it's just more of the same ham-fisted censorship that we've come to know and love...

Raines said...

The latest sentiment over on dKos is that it's a technical/design issue related to search-by-tag/category, vs. the fulltext indexing we know and love in GoogleWorld. Also, it appears to be case-sensitive. Luvverly! We can remove the tinfoil hats, a typical conspiracy may not be necessary to explain the observed behavior. The alternative pay-for-play "theories" explaining observed global climate crisis effects, however, is another story.

Deditos said...

Perhaps Google will fix their search algorithm soon to rectify this obvious problem.

Deditos said...

Whoops! Try again...

Anonymous said...

That White-House-manipulated-its-own-search-engine thing is definetively wrong. (I don't like to defend them, but wrong is wrong):

When you invoke the given address you might notice that there are http-encoded blanks in the search (see them in the URL in your browser as "%22".

Remove both of them, and you'll get more than 4,000 hits.

here you go:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/query.html?qt=global+warming

James Annan said...

Anon,

I think you're missing the point. As you have found, the words "global" and "warming" both search ok, as do all other words and phrases I have tried. It is the precise phrase "global warming" that suspiciously finds only one document via their search engine, but 400+ through google. I find it hard to avoid the conclusion that this is a deliberate act since all other searches work fine.

If anyone disagrees, can they find any other search at all where the whitehouse.gov search result differs so strikingly from google?

Wag the Dog said...

This could just be a case of poor exact phrase indexing. "Global Warming" (just capitalise the first letters) returns over a hundred documents, and preceding each term with "+" in a non-exact match reveals even more, with the highest ranked actually being relevant. If this is a case of censorship, they have done a very poor job of it.

One needs to remember the lesson of Mike McIntee when he too was over-eager to expose censorship at the Whitehouse website. Turned out that the mysterious black bars were easily explained away as some kind of RealPlayer feature. You don't want to give to those who deny human-caused global warming any more ammunition regarding your bias towards alarmism and persecution paranioa.

Wag the Dog said...

If anyone disagrees, can they find any other search at all where the whitehouse.gov search result differs so strikingly from google?

Try "faith based". The crappy Whitehouse search engine returns only 2 documents (plus a pointer to a special faith based webpage) and yet the equivalent Google query yields over 6,000 references.

Tom Adams said...

At kos, they have gone off on a "tag" theory. But the whitehouse.gov search help page says they do complete text indexing and tags:

"Don't worry about missing a document because it doesn't have one of the words in your search -- your search returns relevant results even if they don't contain all query terms."

http://www.whitehouse.gov/help/?la=en&text=0

Also, whitehouse.gov search finds "bang my head" and not "global warming" in Tony Snow's January 18 press briefing. So, they have tagged "bang my head" and not "global warming"? I don't think so.

I will correct matters at kos tomorrow or whenever my account is activated. What's with this darn waiting period at koz???

Wag the Dog said...

It is easy to find similar tagging errors that have little to do with climate change. Exact string match on "no child" returns many documents on Bush's "No Child Left Behind" initiative, yet "child left" and "left behind" both return zero entries. All we can conclude is that they have a stupid string matching algorithm for indexing. No ulterior motive is necessary when incompetence is sufficient explanation.

James Annan said...

stupid string matching algorithm

OK, I think I'm convinced by your examples of that - it is still a rather curious effect though...

Tom Adams said...

Here is another challenge for the tag theory:

Based on the hits and no hits for this page

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2001/06/20010611-2.html

"the issue of global" is tagged
"the issue of global warming" is not tagged
"global warming" is not tagged.

The first one gets a hit on this page and the others do not.

Do I understand you correctly? Is this the claim of the tagging theory? Does this pattern of tagging seem to be even remotely plausible?

Tom Adams said...

Here is another challenge to the theory that only tags are being searched. Consider this document:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/ask/20060616.html

It contains the phrase:

"Hurricane theory does predict that global warming will cause hurricanes to become stronger"

And gives this pattern if hits and misses in the search:

"predict that global" hit

"predict that global warming" miss

"global warming" miss

"global warming will cause hurricanes" miss

"warming will cause hurricanes" miss

"will cause hurricanes" hit

Now, it is possible that they tagged only "predict that global" and "will cause hurricanes" but it is not plausible.

James Annan said...

Tom,

I certainly don't believe tagging has much if anything to do with it. The site is clearly attempting to do text searches on the contents, but not doing it very successfully...

Tom Adams said...

Please add a link to my blog:

http://epicurusgarden.blogspot.com/2007/01/whitehousegov-search-censorship.html

Thanks!

James Annan said...

You wish is my command...now you have to find something else to write about :-)

Tom Adams said...

whitehouse.gov was found to be blocking "iraq" from crawlers back in 2003 in some directories. They claimed it was just a mistake made while trying to eliminate duplicate hits. Pretty good summary of the incident at deadparrots.

Tom Adams said...

Here's the link:

http://www.deadparrots.net/archives/politics/0310sinister_doings_at_whitehousegov.html

There must be some special trick to doing a link on this blog. Or maybe I botched it. I am a blogger newbie (as if you can't tell).

Tom Adams said...

http://www.deadparrots.net/archives
/politics/0310sinister_doings_at_wh
itehousegov.html

James Annan said...

Tom, you just have to write the html - but you have to do it correctly - like this :-)

Tom Adams said...

link

Evergreen tells stundents to search whitehouse.gov (among other sites) using "global warming". Of course, we know it won't work.

PS: got the tag right. you have to avoid skipping a line after href I think.

Tom Adams said...

link

Evergreen tells stundents to search whitehouse.gov (amongother sites) using "global warming".

PS: got the tag right. you have to avoid skipping a line after href I think.

Greg said...

Way back when I was in college, National Geographic published a full issue dedicated to global cooling. November 1976.

Excerpts and dire sounding predictions of excess cooling can be found at my web site on geocities at
www.geocities.com/gregu10/cooling.htm

I like the historical graphs of global temperature. Someone ought to correlate the "cooling" I experienced as a child with atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons. All those tons of dust!!! More dust than Krakatoa!!!

If you must know, I prefer warming. And I think it will be easy to stop the warming with a H-bomb air burst or two. Hell we evacuated and burned Atlanta, why not evacuate and burn Baghdad.

Tom, Adams said...

The blog consensus on this seems to be that whitehouse.gov has a crappy search engine, since some buzz wordslike "no child left behind" and "faith based" don't get hits either.

But, this is a very vague explanation. Could be they are controlling certain buzz words.
Case in point, both "faith based" and "faith-based" get no hits, but
they both return the whitehouse.gov version of a advertising link. You
are encouraged to go to a specific link that gives the White House line. So the text search does not work, but the search engine is aware of the terms and directs you to a particular web site? Odd.