I think yet another journalist has had the scales fall off his eyes about the disturbing nature of the extreme wing of activist climate scientists.
Just remember, we aren't dealing with a climate "denier" here. Greenberg is no climate sceptic.
And yet he has felt the full force of the academic alarmists in all its viciousness and nastiness, including the usual false claims that he is the paid tool of dark right-wing sectional interests. But that's a pretty common green tactic these days.
As Roger Pielke Jr comments at the end of his post (reproduced below), people like Michael Mann and Paul Ehrlich would make anybody suspicious of Motherhood and apple pie.
Via Greenie Watch
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
...except, as it turns out, HE NEVER DID!
I am absolutely gobsmacked about this.
How many years now has this been an uncontested part of Australia's political landscape and memory?
How many times, especially in out "world class" media, has it been repeated as fact?
And yet, buried away in The Australian's Cut & Paste section today is the truth.
It started as a comment by Peter Costello that got twisted and then put into the mouth of John Howard by a Labour senator.
Indeed, what part did our "world class" media play is propagating and spreading the meme?
Follow the link, there's more.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Because right now I have to say, sorry Holly, but you’re full of crap. First of all, every cigarette is bad for you. That’s why the economic costs of tobacco are massive. But junk food? If you were hungry, why couldn’t you eat a hamburger? After all, isn’t it just bread, meat, lettuce, tomato and sauce? Which one of those perfectly normal everyday food items is “junk”? Could it be that every expert that looks down their nose at a Big Mac would regard having a focaccia (containing basically the same ingredients) at a hip café as a cultural experience.
Which brings me back to Junior Masterchef. Of course I’m kidding, it shouldn’t be banned. My point is just that the way we look at food has a strong class-based bias to it. In a nutshell it goes like this – Ronald McDonald, evil; Alain Ducasse, genius.
And finally, once and for all, there is no such thing as “junk food”. There are, however, junk diets. Sure there are some people who don’t have the education and life skills to know the difference between a junk diet and a good diet. So here’s a thought – instead of taxing “junk food” (and remember there’s no way to define what that means) why don’t we work with those people in raising their social capital?
Or is that too much like hard work?
Full article here.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Scientific American admits that sceptics might be right and they invite discussion on their website!
Read it all here.
Friday, October 22, 2010
On News Breakfast last Monday, co-presenter Waleed Aly suggested that Kevin Rudd was “the one who started the whole campaign” to have Mary MacKillop canonised as a saint of the Catholic Church. It had to be pointed out to the Monash University lecturer that Saint Mary of the Cross’ cause for sainthood was taken up soon after her death in 1909. Dr Aly is an academic.
Via Andrew Bolt.
Yesterday I blogged on the attack launched on convicted terrorism supporter David Hicks and his self-serving book Guantanamo: My Journey by retired US Army Reserve major Montgomery Granger.
Granger served in Guantanamo and said Hicks was infamous there for “threatening to kill an American”:
He now writes to us in response to readers’ comments yesterday:
This is utter rubbish. People in ancient times died much younger and most cancers emerge relatively late in life. The findings below are exactly what you would expect from that. The author recognizes that problem but her rebuttal is weak. It depends on her small sample of old-age mummies being representative. Yet it was basically only the top stratum of Egyptian society that was mummified and upper class people are much healthier than lower class people. And ANYONE who survived to old age in that society would have to have been unusually healthy.
Worldwide hurricane activity hasn't just slowed since Katrina, it's dropped off a cliff. The Warmists thought they were pretty safe in predicting "extreme weather events" -- as that meant that both drought and floods could be used as support for their prophecies. But once again Mother nature has mocked them. If I were not an atheist, I would say that God is showing the Warmists what he thinks of them.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Tumescence all round.
Full lecture here.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Next year, German households are in for a big price shock: the renewable energies levy, which every household in Germany has to pay as part of their electricity bills, will increase by over 70 per cent to 3.5 cents per kilowatt hour. This was announced by the German network operator on Friday. For an average household this will mean additional costs of around 10 € a month, according to the Federal Environment Ministry.
An end to the price spiral, which is caused by the subsidies for green electricity, is not in sight.
Full article here.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
The problem with such social engineering is that a “sorry” won’t fix it and a change of policy can’t reverse it:
Friday, October 15, 2010
The Food & Health Skeptic comments:
Of course BPA is toxic. So is water if you drink enough of it. As always, the toxicity is in the dose. And with BPA, very few people get more than a few molecules of it at a time.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Joe Hildrebrand is singularly unimpressed with this "deformed abomination of fertiliser-grade horsesh-t" that "is beyond rampant narcissicism...verging on psychopathy."
At least I think he doesn't like it.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
From Greenie Watch:
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Hit the link for the full article.
Via the Food and Health Skeptic
Thursday, October 7, 2010
From the National Post. How come our governor-general doesn't get a coat of arms too?
The new Governor-General touched off a firestorm of controversy with his new coat of arms, which contained a pattern of binary numbers that some figured could be a coded message. OK, maybe not a firestorm. More like a brush fire. Not even that, really. A nice little fire, like in a chimenea. Anyway, Rideau Hall has since confirmed that David Johnston is not signalling aliens or cyborg overlords or giving the Prime Minister a thumbs-up for prorogation-on-demand. They are just some 1s and 0s. But it got us to thinking: Just what is with these G-G coats of arms, anyway? Scott Stinson reviews some of them.
The numbers are kind of a subtle way to evoke the digital age, actually. It beats sticking an iPhone or a BlackBerry on there. The books and well-used candle, which suggest hard study, are a nice touch. Not crazy about the unicorns, though. They should appear on merry-go-rounds and My Little Pony books, and that’s about it.
The armorial bearings of several other Canadian viceroy's here.
Monday, October 4, 2010
While the political left in Australia continues to promote its absurd and pointless cause celebre - the identifying of the man behind the Grog's Gamut blog - as somehow a threat to the freedom of the media in this country, it continues to ignore the real threats:
Also from Mr Bolt:
From Andrew Bolt:
This foul-mouthed, abusive Leftist is the Sydney correspondent for Agence France Presse & a Walkley Award judge?
It is one of those interesting things that you see so often on the political Left - people who espouse all the "right" progressive and humanitarian causes but, in their dealings with real people, are consistently vile and vicious.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
From Andrew Bolt
Good to see that another scientific "consensus" that had more to do with the loudest voices taking over a debate, and not the evidence, finally starting to crumble.
I'm sure there is much work to be done before a properly understood and nuanced view of diet and health takes its place.
Via the Food & Health Skeptic
And if you haven't already done so, I'd highly recommend this piece from The New York Times: Diet and Fat: A Severe Case of Mistaken Consensus
This gives you a good explanation of why you don't need foul conspiracy for bad ideas to prosper and take over scientific discourse, becoming an orthodoxy that must be protected from heresy.
And while it does not mention climate change, I defy anyone to read it and not be struck by the disturbing similarities between the two issues, especially in how the 'fat is bad' meme became taken up by the political and bureaucratic elites as an item of faith and those who dared to criticise it were denounced as the stooges of industry in terms that effectively painted them as morally deficient sinners.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
From The Hockey Schtick:
The graphic below comes via our friends at [un]skepticalscience, assuring us that while 97% of "climate scientists think that global warming is 'significantly' due to human activity," a shocking 72% of news coverage does not reflect this "consensus" and similarly 74% of the public are not convinced.
However, close examination of the source of the claimed 97% consensus reveals that it comes from a non-peer reviewed article describing an online poll in which a total of only 79 climate scientists chose to participate. Of the 79 self-selected climate scientists, 75 agreed with the notion of AGW. Thus, we find climate scientists once again using dubious statistical techniques to deceive the public that there is a 97% scientific consensus on man-made global warming; fortunately they clearly aren't buying it.
ATHENS, Ohio (August 4, 2010)—Fossils of an ancient crocodile with mammal-like teeth have been discovered in the Rukwa Rift Basin of Tanzania, scientists report in this week’s issue of the journal Nature. The unusual creature is changing the picture of animal life at 100 million years ago in what is now sub-Saharan Africa.“If you only looked at the teeth, you wouldn’t think this was a crocodile. You would wonder what kind of strange mammal or mammal-like reptile it is,” said study lead author Patrick O’Connor, associate professor of anatomy in the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine.The scientists describe the new species of notosuchian crocodyliform as a small animal—“its head would fit in the palm of your hand,” O’Connor said—that wasn’t as heavily armored as other crocodiles, except along the tail. Other aspects of its anatomy suggest it was a land-dwelling creature that likely feasted on insects and other small animals to survive.
Based on other fossils discovered as part of the Rukwa Rift Basin Project, Pakasuchus lived alongside large, plant-eating sauropod and predatory theropod dinosaurs, other types of crocodiles, turtles and various kinds of fishes. Illustration credit: Mark Witton, University of Portsmouth.
Full story here.
More than any individual, Joe Romm is responsible for creating a poisonous, negative atmosphere in the climate debate
Roger Pielke Jr:
Joe Romm is going after Clive Crook, a senior editor of The Atlantic, a columnist for National Journal, and a commentator for the Financial Times. In a venting that is extreme even for Romm, he demands that Crook be sued and fired -- and calls for an email campaign to the Atlantic. I've never met Crook, but I have long found his political arguments to be cogent and well worth reading. I have also had my experiences with Joe Romm. So, I am not surprised at what I found when I looked into this issue.Here are Crook's two "libelous" offenses according to Romm:
I copped some flack on Twitter recently for likening the Left's habit of trying to bully opponents into submission and silence to a 'pack rape,' but yet again we see Romm calling for exactly that.
For a lousy potential 5 megawatts of output:
I do believe that at some point in the future solar power will make sense, but this is just rubbish.
Let me get this right, this plant prucing not really very much power is covering 30 square kilometres?!
Friday, October 1, 2010
Donna Laframboise from No Frakking Consensus notes that while those responsible for the appalling 10:10 No Pressure video, where people (including children) who dared to express a different opinion on climate change were blown up in torrents of blood and gore, have apologised for it, they clearly remain clueless as to why it was just so disturbing and offensive.
Though she makes the equally important point that the proper reaction to this video is not to ban it or restrict the free speech of those responsible.
A relatively small stretch of swamp between Miami and Naples in south Florida was the only place on Earth where the Florida panther lived 20 years ago. In fact, scientists estimate that only roughly 26 of the animals that once roamed the entire Southeast remained in that swamp, many stunted by genetic defects brought on by inbreeding. In a bid to stave off the same kind of extinction that had wiped out all other mountain lion subspecies (also known as cougars, panthers or pumas) east of the Mississippi, wildlife managers imported eight female cougars from Texas in 1995. It worked. Today, the vigor of the Florida panther is back, according to a new genetic survey published September 23 in Science.
The New Scientist today says “Carbon dioxide may be bad for the climate, but it’s good for the roses. Perhaps it’s time we rehabilitated this gaseous villain”.
Full post here.
And I suspect we have here one of the Earth's natural ways of responding to increased CO2 in the atmosphere - plants generally will grow more and help remove it from the atmosphere.