Apologies to all.@FreeDoum and @MehMcMurdoch got me thinking of one of my sayings, that is “challenge your beliefs.” So, as regards what I have said about NOAA changing data, I thought, “is that correct?” So, I did manage to find the news item on NPR that I listened to. http://www.npr.org/2015/06/04/411998275/scientists-cast-doubt-on-an-apparent-hiatus-in-global-warming
NOAA did alter data. But, I really cannot fault them for doing so. Not sure I agree with it, but it is not out of the realm of reasonableness, in my opinion.
So, I owe an apology to NOAA for my imputing wrong motives and thank @FreeDoum and @MehMcMurdoch for helping me be true to myself.