Monday, August 28, 2006

Unrest in Wingerville

Our friends in anti-science land are having a tiff, which simulates actual thought. Look out when that happens. It can lead to reason and there goes the neighborhood. Actually they can't hold two thoughts at the same time. Anomalies don't detract from observed realities. The fact is most glaciers are retreating at record levels. Depending on some local conditions, increased precipitation on north facing slopes and so on, a handful can actually grow at the same time as is the case in Iceland. Of course that is fodder the overgeneralizations of idiots like yourselves. You are Soooo unqualifed to even discuss the issue.

"This example, [of a freezer with the door left open a good example indeed] of course, doesn't say anything about the cause of the warming, which is the main GW controversy," writes the dissenter Civil Truth in the comment thread.

No, it isn't a controversy in science. The cause is anthropogenic. The CO2 could come from no place other than our use of fossil fuels. There is no debate about that fact. The fals eargument is the tired cliche that there IS a debate. There isn't.

"Morons! I have morons on my team." Strother Martin

The Sceptic Conundrum

In the Landsea et al. (2006) paper of which you were a coauthor, you state that in the North Atlantic there has been no trend in hurricane characteristics from 1960 to the present; a statement I might add, deplete of numbers or graphs. Yet, if one compares the average annual tropical storm characteristics between the two periods 1944-1964 and 1995-2005 one finds 50% more named storms, 37% more hurricanes, 167% more category 4+5 storms, 55% greater ACE, and 63% greater PDI. So I worry considerably about a reanalysis from someone who is party to this complete misrepresentation of what occurred in the North Atlantic in the last 40 years.
Peter Webster of Georgia Tech Asks Karl Horarau who apparently co-authored the Chris Landsea 2006 paper reveled in by conservatives on numbers and intensities of hurricanes. Views that don't match up with measured documented reality are problematic indeed. And ultimately invalid.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

My Friend's House

This is an aerial photo of my best friend's family farm in Rangeley, Maine. The pond out back belonged to a Boston doctor and has an Alaskan style log cabin on that spit of land between the two sections. My friend's father is a caretaker, and lumber mill operator. It isn't a bad gig. The land has been subdivided and most has family living on it now as is usually the case on Maine farms.

Battle Against Ignorance

With no help from the Bush Dept. of Education. Oops, we left out Evolutionary Biology from the list of majors for low income grants. Yeah what a coincidence.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

A Message the "Sundance Kid"

I admire Robert Redford's acting, but even more his wilderness preservation convictions which I share. Take a quick tour of ANWR on us.

This land is your land, this land is my land. Woody Guthrie.

We have a say in how it is used as citizens.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Sonny


TIME has this archived piece from 1961 on J.D. Salinger available for free so I'm passing it on. It doesn't have the military info I wanted, but may in reporter's files from that period.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Note To J.D. Salinger

I've done a bit of research on this topic lately and the image I get is one, not of a true recluse, but one of someone who preys on young talented "nymphettes" repeatedly throughout his sojourn in the hills of Cornish, NH since the year I was born: 1953. A real hermit, famous or not, would not even bother to attract these vulnerable sages, who come bearing gifts a real hermit would not accept, even temporarily. I'm afraid this smacks of out and out manipulation of the young. He is the "Catcher" alright, but saving children isn't really the goal based on the info I'm reading from the history. Careful reading reveals what could only be called the "Lecher in the Rye" is more accurate of the MO. My only interest lies with his first person reportage from World War II, shared with my late father. People are flawed, some more than others.

Update: For an analysis of his last writings, this Janet Malcom NYTBR piece is the journey to take.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

The USS Dumkoff

That would be the brain trust of Woody et al: "those activist "former" scientists, if paid enough, will claim that we can fly to the sun if we simply go at night."

And I hear some fools attribute GW to the Sun? Unfortunately for idiots like you two, the real scientists who support global warming work for NASA. Maybe you believe in the O.J. Simpson movie instead? Yeah, they were really on a set in West Texas. Your collective bulb is so dim it brings free speech into question as a concept, except reasonable people know a village drooler when they read one. That's an evolutionary strategy that counteracts your genetic mistake.

Posted by GW at August 17, 2006 08:55 PM

At least this guy can call them as he sees them.

And so do I. Take this example provided as evidence global warming doesnt exist because it snowed somewhere in the winter. This is winter in South Africa for those wondering.

"Earlier this month, floods caused by torrential rains claimed at least six lives in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape, where more than 7000 people had to be evacuated from 1 500 homes.

A tornado damaged homes in Dullstroom, Mpumalanga.

A rescue mission was launched to rescue motorists trapped in their cars in heavy snow in Lesotho."

Wild crazy weather is a predicted symptom of Global Warming. It's expected and delivered here in spades. It makes my point, and that of the scientists at NASA nicely. Of course it paints Woody for the hopeless fool he is. Would you trust him with your taxes? I wouldn't with the EZ form.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Frauds and Plagiarists

One of Roper's Raiders has pilfered my last post, removed the quotations and posted in under publius at Cooper's. I didn't do it. I couldn't have since I was in my Jeep spraying Panorama City, CA at this time of day. There is nothing these folks who claim to be of such high character won't do in their right wing smear campaigns. They are all scumbags of the worst sort.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Denialist Analysis

As the denialist I encounter the most, George Milhous Roper clearly falls in this category: Expert denialism ('It's the sun! or the urban heat island!'): This is the kind of stuff peddled by the think tanks (CEI, Marshall Institute etc.) and which occasionally makes it into the main stream press as second or third hand quotes in op-ed pieces. Mostly a web based phenonemon though. They feel their reasoning is obvious, citing Occam's Razor even, but in fact it's fallacious as more learned observers can tell easily. The Sun doesn't account for the excess CO2 we have measured, nor the one degree increase in 100 years.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

The "Smoking" Gun

It's Russian Roulette really and the evidence shows most smoked right up to diagnosis just like GM despite what he and his attack squad came here to say. They're flat wrong and in denial. They'd rather blame me for their ignorance. I mean who wouldn't? The evidence against them however, is clear.
"I am a survivor of Non-small cell large cell CA of the lung; stage IIIa . I was diagnosed in February of 2005. I quit smoking 4 months before I found out I had cancer. I had no symptoms just found out via a routine chest x-ray. Have I started back smoking? NO, and I won't either! I realize I have cancer due to the fact I made poor choices regarding smoking for 30 years; Cancer was my reward........! I want to spend the rest of my life enjoying my family and also speaking out about making the choice not to smoke; and quitting if you do! I do feel that my chances for surviving will be greater if I do not start smoking again! It's a death sentence!"
She's right, and Roper, as usual, is wrong. There can be a cure for cancer in some cases, albeit temporary, but there's none for denial.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Big Butthead

I can not stand liberalism and feel it is a disease that eats away, like a cancer, at the fabric of our society. I also believe that if this country does not stop pandering to special interest groups and does not stop taking away the rights guaranteed under our Constitution, and if they do not stop creating a welfare class of dependent people, there will be another civil war. It will start as an uprising to take the government over from the politicians who have lost all touch with the core values of this country. Then anarchy will set in followed by civil war.

So it is up to us to eradicate liberalism so we can prevent the next civil war.

Warmest regards,
Big Dog


Yeah you're a real breath of fresh dinosaur breath. I pray you fire first. My ancestors were on the front lines, and the first liberals along with Thomas Jefferson. It's sure bet you didn't do through West Point. "Go ahead make my day?" you homophobic turdblossom cretin.

#1 Denier Myth

And the envelope please: The Myth of Global Cooling! Yes they supposedly got it wrong in the '70s and so they have now. Wrong. Of course as I just learned smoking is the secretly only the cause of less than 20 percent of lung cancers. It's tragically funny that the scientific community never agrees with these nutcases on the right. As miss snark would say, "Someone get the cluegun!" Stat!

Lung Cancer

Anyway you cut it the prognosis is dismal.
While lung cancer is mostly preventable through avoidance of tobacco products, smokers, health care providers, and scientists have unsuccessfully tried other preventive approaches, such as screening for early disease with chest radiographs and sputum cytology (secondary prevention).
National Academies

Small-cell: "Smoking is by far the leading risk factor for lung cancer. Tobacco smoke causes more than 8 out of 10 cases of lung cancer. The longer a person has been smoking and the more packs per day smoked, the greater the risk. If a person stops smoking before lung cancer develops, the lung tissue slowly returns to normal. Stopping smoking at any age lowers the risk of lung cancer." Source American Cancer Society.

And again for non-small cell lung cancer: Non-small cell

It looks like a case of bad winger statistics meant to remove cancer from personal behavior. "Lung cancers-ONLY 20% are caused by smoking. That is a fact well known in the medical community. It isn't talked about alot [sic] because doctors don't want more people to think it's OK to smoke." Raven in New Hampshire. Jesus H. Christ on a shingle. Shhh. It's a secret!

Despicable wingnuttery. Nutballs! Nutballs I tell you.

One Senator's View

Sounds right to this scientist.

August 7, 2006


Mr. Mark York
10799 Sherman Grove Avenue, Spc 39
Sunland, California 91040

Dear Mr. York:

Thank you for writing me to share your concerns
about global warming. I appreciate hearing from you on
this important issue and welcome the opportunity to
respond.

I have seen the film "An Inconvenient Truth" and,
like you, I believe it was well-made and clearly lays out
the scientific facts behind global warming. There is
convincing evidence that global warming is occurring.
That is why I am deeply concerned about global warming
and strongly committed to fighting one of the greatest
threats to our environment.

In fact, the National Academy of Sciences has
found that the Earth's surface temperature rose about one
degree Fahrenheit during the 20th century. This warming
process has intensified in the past 20 years and has been
accompanied by a documented retreat of glaciers,
thinning of arctic ice, rising sea levels, and the increasing
likelihood of droughts and floods. Unabated global
warming would result in a number of potential
environmental problems including severe disruptions in
normal weather patterns, flooding in coastal
communities, changes in global agricultural production,
the spread of tropical diseases, and the extinction of
many species. California would be hard-hit by these
changes.

I strongly believe Congress should act to reduce
our greenhouse gas emissions in order to curb the
impacts of climate change. Please know that as a
member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural
Resources, I will do everything possible to support the
continued development of renewable sources of power
such as solar, wind, geothermal and biomass, in addition
to promoting the most efficient use of our finite
resources.

You may be interested to hear that I am currently
circulating my draft legislation "Strong Economy and
Climate Protection Act," which would establish a
mandatory cap-and-trade system that stops and then
reverses the amount of greenhouse gases that are emitted
over time. At this time, I am carefully considering and
evaluating the feedback I have received on this draft
legislation.

On a related note, I recently finished reading a
very interesting book on the history of global warming
which might interest you. It is the The Weathermakers:
How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means
for Life on Earth by Tim Flannery. In it, Flannery
describes how the warming trend is firmly established
and the damage already done. I heartily recommend it.
Again, thank you for writing me.

Sincerely yours,

Dianne Feinstein
United States Senator

http://feinstein.senate.gov

Rubes Corner

The Sun theory is proven false. Are you two saying National Geographic, Scientific American, NASA, and every scientific organization in the world is wrong on this? Are you saying CO2 at 378 ppm is not the highest ever in history? If so, hubris like this is hard to find, but laughably fallacious and incorrect. What rubes! No wonder the tobacco warning was ignored.

Sun Theory

Newsflash: Woody says man's contibution to GW is negigible. I wonder what his sources are, and why do the experts cited above not only not agree, but conclude the opposite? This GM's Corner blog is the 20 mule team of denialist idiots. Clean up on aisle 11. Get the Borax and clean the place up please.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Smoking Kills

I just read a blog comment thread where a guerilla conservative who has unfortunately acquired lung cancer, after raining insults on a poster he doesn't like said he was descended from a small rodent. [We all are] But a sign off of "put that cancer stick in the your face and smoke it," was offensive for someone who smoked himself into cancer in the first place. Who could know that for certain? We know now. Truth is tough and not allowed on the Internet as if we needed more evidence of this. Well, pardon the obvious medical connection. Is it any wonder this individual doesn't buy global warming? And Ann Coulter doesn't buy evolution? Not to me. I believe Coulter smokes too. Her day is coming and it's her own fault as in this case.

Dr. Johnson I Presume

Around here he's called Crazy Eddie. His trailer is a hovel that should be hauled off to the dump so I'm not surprised they didn't get a shot of that. There many in here who don't drive cars because they can't afford one. Who hasn't heard of Tesla? I guess this is what passes for a profile at the Daily News? Local man writes crazy letters and gets attention. Still, energy independence is paramount at the moment so he gets credit for promoting that.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

And the Heat IS On

I walked into my office at LA Vector Control with a National Geographic edition on Global Warning. It's an excellent overview on climate change from 2004. One of our specialists said, "You mean this recent heat wave is because of global warming? That's BS."

No it isn't, but it illustrates the layman's paradox. The average Joe thinks they're smarter than the scientists and certainly the reporters who cover it. They're the victims of fallacious thinking and propaganda as I pointed out.
Kevin E. Trenberth, chief of the climate-analysis branch of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Colorado, said, "There are very good reasons to believe that the current U.S. heat wave is at least partly caused by global warming."
Trenberth pointed to a study published in March by the Journal of Geophysical Research that showed that for more than 70 percent of the land researchers had surveyed worldwide, the number of warm nights each year had increased and the number of cold nights had declined, between 1951 and 2003. The researchers, led by Hadley Centre scientist L.V. Alexander, concluded, "This implies a positive shift in the distribution of daily minimum temperature throughout the globe."
Boy howdy.

Dad's Birthday

He would have been 85 had he made it to today. It's over now, but I've started the novel and J.D Salinger is in it. There is no shortage of historical information from which to choose for the story of that Longest Winter. The stream in the Hurtgen forest where he earned the Silver Star is the Weiser Weh. I finally pinned that down, but it looks like it's been dammed since 1944.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Plagiarist's Convention

Is what the Internet has become. I know that first hand even though all I had clipped was a thesis and and a term from my family history.
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