Climate Change and Flat Earthers

“There has been no universal trend in the overall extent of drought across the Unites States since 1900.” “Trends in severe storms, including the intensity and frequency….are uncertain and being studied intensively.” Both quotes are from the fine lines in the 829-page quadrennial National Climate Assessment. That’s the report Pres. Obama flogged on national television … Continue reading Climate Change and Flat Earthers

Climate Change and the First Amendment

Like nearly everyone in the world, I don’t have the training to judge directly the pronouncements of organizations that affirm that there is: a) Serious temperature rise on a global scale (“global warming”). b) That it is caused by human activity (such as burning fossil fuels or keeping too many belching cattle). c) That human … Continue reading Climate Change and the First Amendment

More Dramatic News on Climate Change

I am giving this link as a small public service. I am trying to do my little bit to counter the media swamping, the totalitarian endeavor by climate change proponents. I perceive the bulk of those proponents as totalitarian because they use various devices to silence their opposition. They are forever declaring the subject of … Continue reading More Dramatic News on Climate Change

Climate Change Worse (No Matter How You Look At It)

In some places, it’s much warmer than usual. That’s so many instances of climate change, of course. I some places, it’s much colder than usual. That’s also evidence of climate change. Good technical article in the Wall Street Journal of  5/8/13  to remind us that  CO2 is plant food. The more CO2 the more plants, … Continue reading Climate Change Worse (No Matter How You Look At It)

From the Comments: The Climate Change Cult

I reread your paragraph, Travis: “I can see Delacroix’s point that a few un-peer-reviewed sources make one question what other sources are also un-reviewed, but it seems absurd to me to throw out all the information in all of the chapters of the IPCC report because it contains one un-peer-reviewed source. The chapter-leads who ultimately … Continue reading From the Comments: The Climate Change Cult

Global Warming: Take Off My Sweater?

There is a new UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. It contains nothing but bad news, of course. But I am busy with my real life; I have obligations to others; I have to feed myself and shower; I even go to the gym regularly. What to do? Just trust a hysterical sixteen-year-old? (Yes, … Continue reading Global Warming: Take Off My Sweater?

A Small Reason Why I Don’t Want Big Government

Santa Cruz, California is really Silicon Valley Beach. It’s the closest; the next one is quite far. That’s in addition to drawing visitors from deep into the Central Valley of California, and a surprising number of European visitors. One attractive beach close to its municipal wharf has only two (2) toilets. On Labor Day weekend … Continue reading A Small Reason Why I Don’t Want Big Government

The 2020 Dems

The two Democratic presidential debates were performed against a broad background of consecrated untruths and the debates gave them new life. Mostly, I don’t use the word “lies” because pseudo-facts eventually become facts in the mind of those who hear them repeated many times. And, to lie, you have to know that what you are … Continue reading The 2020 Dems

Voting For Potty-Mouth Trump

I think Donald Trump has the attention span of a two year-old and the potty mouth of a six year-old reared by an indulgent grandmother who is also hard of hearing. I also think he is deeply ignorant on a very important issue (international trade) and I disagree forcefully with him on another (illegal immigration … Continue reading Voting For Potty-Mouth Trump

Cave Paintings and Elementary Science

This is a travel story of sorts, of travel through time, to an extent. Be patient. Directly to the west of Marseille, the second largest city in France are a series of beautiful, narrow coves, like fjords, situated in a sort of desert. They are called “calanques” in French. They are accessible only by sea … Continue reading Cave Paintings and Elementary Science

Global Warming, Soot Pollution, Mayor Bloomberg, the Paris Conference (forthcoming): So Confusing, So Confused!

So many inane things have been said about climate change by silly unqualified sources and so many others by dishonest qualified sources that it’s hard to keep separating the wheat from the shaft (Ah, ah!) On the Monday June 29th of the Wall Street Journal, former Mayor Bloomberg of New York City delivered himself of advice … Continue reading Global Warming, Soot Pollution, Mayor Bloomberg, the Paris Conference (forthcoming): So Confusing, So Confused!

Global Warming and Scholarly Conspiracies, etc. Part Two

In Part One of Scholarly Conspiracies, Scholarly Corruption and Global Warming, I drew on my own experience as a scholar to describe how the scientific enterprise can easily become corrupted for anodyne, innocent reasons, for reasons that are not especially cynical. I argued, of course, that this can especially happen in connection with such big, … Continue reading Global Warming and Scholarly Conspiracies, etc. Part Two

Scholarly Conspiracies, Scholarly Corruption and Global Warming: Part One

97 % of scientists, blah, blah…. Ridiculous, pathetic. Thus challenged, some people I actually like throw reading assignments at me. Some are assignments in scholarly journals; some, sort of. Apparently, I have to keep my mouth shut until I reach a high degree of technical competence in climate science (or something). I don’t need to … Continue reading Scholarly Conspiracies, Scholarly Corruption and Global Warming: Part One