Thursday, March 29, 2007

WikiCourt

Docket Number L-001169-07 in Monmouth Bauer et al v. Glatzer et al I happened on Wikipedia today and discovered a court case concerning the Barbara Bauer entry I fought so hard against. I knew she'd sue for defamation and sure enough that's the reason the article had been removed. I told them but they had to use WP for their fake agent platform. Of course they banned me over the affair at Making Light and long before at Absolutewrite. This was avoidable.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Lillian Doris Robbins 1914-2007

My longtime neighbor and good friend of my mother Lillian "Lil" Robbins has died. I've known her all of my life and two years ago took my dad to visit when I was home. She was very active and enjoyed living in her home on our street, Military Ave. in Fairfield, Maine. Her husband Harold was a hard drinking gregarious character, a former poultry inspector for the state and town council member. He died some time ago from smoking, among other things. She retired comfortably from Hathaway Shirt Co. now retired in its own right.

Like my own timeless mother, Norma Colburn, Mrs. Robbins still had a young girl's optimism and cheerfulness into her '90s. I don't think there's any question, as Tom Brokaw wrote, this is the greatest generation. They endured things we can't even imagine.

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Sunday, March 25, 2007

Why I'm Still Skeptical of Lomborg

Basically because he doesn't understand environmental science at all. His techniques are specious and succumb to a standard overgeneralization fallacy, and while they may pass in a social science paradigm they don't in a scientific one. My favorite quotes from his testimony to the Jay Inslee led congressional committee?

"I'm not a scientist."

And , "Global warming is real."

He argues the money is better spent on AIDS and malaria. Hello? Both are "Hot Zone" evolutionary creations.

I will link his defenses to criticism mostly by Scientific American Magazine which isn't environmentally extreme except by the most conservative political standards, which have the lowest bar imaginable to begin with. Lomborg passes that one.

And to address the forest issue, a patchwork of new industrial tree farms is not the same as a healthy old growth forest. The latter is fire resistant, while the former, also a Lomborigan indicator of environmental health, is kindling for the catasptrophic wild fires we've seen lately. Even a child can make this critical distinction, yet Lomborg can't. Is it the business school? Because it isn't science.

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Saturday, March 24, 2007

Non Sequitor

For the imbeciles in the right wing who like to mock global warming as alarmist. I can't copy this without paying so...It's funnier than a cowbell. Don't ask.

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Friday, March 23, 2007

CO2 Refresher

How do we know it's man made? We measure it.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

The Gore Hypocrisy Charge

Is false because one of the reasons Gore's electric bill is higher is because he buys green energy which costs more. In the future it won't, and in addition local building codes make solar construction more difficult. That will change too. Sen. Imhofe made a ridiculous spectacle of himself at the hearing. The man is stuck on stupid.

Update: Gore completely refuted the false sunspot theory proffered by Kit Bond as an either/or false analogy. Stratospheric cooling wouldn't be happening if the Sun was the cause. Well done. Tipper nodded in the background. They're both right.

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Monday, March 19, 2007

Waxman Hearing On Climate Stifling

Friday, March 16, 2007

It's the Sun!

No it isn't and Barton Paul Levenson explains why global warming is not caused by the Sun.
[[The sun is the culprit!]]

Total Solar Irradiance hasn't gone up significantly in 50 years. Global warming has turned up sharply in the last 30.

More sunlight would heat the stratosphere. The stratosphere is cooling. Modelers predicted it would if greenhouse gases increased.

More sunlight would heat the equator more than the poles (Lambert's cosine law). Instead we see "polar amplification," also predicted by the modelers. The poles are heating faster than the equator.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

A New Low in Science Journalsim

William Broad needs to take his place beside former New York Times co-author Judith Miller after today's hit piece on Al Gore, a sadly delusional false dilemma account. What a pitiful rendition of science writing. It has been said by K.C. Cole, the former science writer for the Los Angeles Times, that editors don't want anyone on staff smarter than they are, and as a group don't understand science, and thus resent a competent science writer. She didn't dare say this until she quit.

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Global Warming Debate

Dr. Gavin Schmidt of NASA will debate Michael Crichton tommorrow night in NY. Should be a good one. It will be a real lesson for the scientifically challenged fiction writer.

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Saturday, March 10, 2007

The Russell James York Award for Meritorious Service

I've just been informed by the 4th Engineer Battalion they are naming an award: The Russell James York Award for Meritorious Service and a room after him at Fort Carson, CO. In addition, I've submitted him for the Medal of Honor which would upgrade his Silver and Bronze Star medals. The whole thing is an incredible honor for me and my family. If it goes as planned, we'll be at the White House for the ceremony.

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Thursday, March 08, 2007

Bush Science

Do not discuss, biologists are told. Straight from my novel and it's not fiction.

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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

The Gutter Zone

Hiassen nails it to the wall.

Another factor heightened the frenzy: She [Anna Nicole Smith] expired in South Florida, which in February is a dream destination for any journeyman reporter. Had Smith passed away at a Holiday Inn in Buffalo, the throng of invading media would have been much smaller -- and far more eager to leave.

Now the circus shifts to Nassau, where visiting journalists face a dicey new challenge: How to conceal their windsurfing lessons and casino losses on their expense accounts.

It's money that could be spent in pursuit of serious news in Darfur or Pakistan, or even back home where there is likely some crime and corruption waiting to be exposed.

But this is a new dawn for modern journalism. The smelly stuff that was once left to the capable vultures at the Star and The Enquirer is now front-page fodder in your hometown paper, and the lead story on the six o'clock news.


It's very telling.

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Monday, March 05, 2007

New Hemingway Book

Journalist, playwright, screenwriter, entrepreneur (Paul Newman's partner in "Newman's Own"), and Papa Hemingway author A. E. Hotchner's THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HEMINGWAY, a compilation of never-before-published Hemingway comments, ruminations, observations, and apercus, organized around the themes of writing, war, sports, movies, hunting, exploring, women, life and death, accompanied by photos from the author's personal collection, to Daniel Halpern at Ecco, by Paul Bresnick at Paul Bresnick Agency (world).


Via Publisher's Lunch. You have to give it to Hotchner, he's really making hay with his relationsip with EH. I hope for some of this myself since my dad was friends with Hemingway in the Hurtgen Forest under the worst of circumstances. They both got concussions together. I got my father to read a few of his books before he died. He liked them.

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Denier's Last Fefuge

Monbiot explains how the usual suspect wingnut anti-scientists are still wrong after all these years.

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Sunday, March 04, 2007

Wicked Witch of the East

More from the bigoted Ann Coulter, a vile Connecticut wingnut trustfunder. I suppose "faggot" really does mean gay, and as every male knows, this is oldest schoolyard taunt in the book. I expect it hurts worse when one actually is gay, but I'm only supposing that.

It's meaningless. This is what an ignorant bitch looks like.

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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Journos Fail On Global Warming

That's what Oscar winner Al Gore says. He's right , but what would a question and answer hurt? The reporter left that Ostrich egg in the last line. The implication is he's got something to hide. He doesn't. Journalism fails again. It's what we're used to.

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