Archives for January, 2005

On Glenn Reynolds

What Max Sawicky says. Update: Reynold’s response? He doesn’t link or rebut or even give his readers a clue that he is responding to a particular post, no he just likens Sawicky to a monkey. Real mature. Update 2: John Holbo has a longer response.

The Chronicle of Higher Education has an excellent article on the Lancet study and the way it was ignored in the American news media. Daniel Davies notes that the blogs have just as bad: Other than that, the response in the world of weblogs has been exactly the same as the rest of the media;…

My Tech Central Station column is up

My Tech Central Station column is up.

Glenn Reynolds agrees with the BBC

The latest crime figures in the UK are out and show that crime has continued to fall, reaching a record low: The risk of being a victim of crime, at 25 per cent, is the lowest recorded by the BCS since it began in 1981. The BCS recorded an 11% drop in overall crime, a…

NAS responds to Lott’s attack

The NAS has responded to Lott’s attack on their panel on firearms research. I’m posting their whole letter: A Lott of misinformation The recent column by John Lott about the National Research Council’s project and report on improving scientific information and data on firearms ["Mountain of evidence shows gun control doesn't work," commentary, Jan. 8]…

Specification tests

One of the disagreements between Lott and the NAS panel is on the question of whether the models fit the data. Joel Horowitz explains the problem in Appendix D of the report. For people who don’t like equations, I’ll try to explain the issue with some pictures. The graphs below show straight lines (these are…

DDT and the Tsunami

Following the tsunami, the folks at Junk Tech Fumento Central Science Station (JTFCSS) have been calling for DDT spraying. Here’s Michael Fumento: The best answer would be spraying with DDT. Unfortunately, environmentalists have demonized DDT based essentially on unfounded accusations in a 1962 book, Silent Spring. … DDT should be sprayed on water pools, tents,…

Google has come up with a solution for comment spam. From now on, if a link contains the “nofollow” attribute (rel=”nofollow”), Google will not count it for page rank. All you have to do is configure your blog so that this attribute gets added to links in comments left on your blog and comment spammers…

Climate Science Roundup

Chris Mooney has a well-written review of Michael Crichton’s State of Fear. I picked up a copy at the book store and read a couple of pages from the middle. It was like a Tech Central Station column, except that it was a speech by one of the characters, with occasional lame objections by another…

Standard Error

The target of one of Tim Blair’s five-minute hates on Wednesday was fellow journalist Peter FitzSimons. FitzSimons’ crime? He said there had been an estimated 100,000 civilian deaths in Iraq. Now you could quibble that the Lancet study measured all excess deaths rather than just civilian ones though since the vast majority were civilian deaths,…