Archives for May, 2005

Today’s Sydney Morning Herald has several articles on blogs and blogging. I get a mention in this one, as “one of a handful of prominent bloggers covering news, politics and economics”. It’s nice to be mentioned like that, but I really think they should have included Ken Parish or Mark Bahnisch instead of me. John…

A tale of two estimates

As my readers know, the reason why the Lancet study and the ILCS give different numbers for deaths in Iraq is because the studies measured different things over a different time periods. Of course, that fact isn’t going to stop pro-war columnists from claiming that the ILCS refutes the Lancet study. Here is Tony Parkinson…

Ninth Skeptic’s Circle

The Ninth Skeptics Circle is out.

Good electricity news from Iraq

Congratulations to blogger Arthur Chrenkoff for getting an article in the New York Times based on his “Good news from Iraq” posts. I thought it would be interesting to look at all the good news from Iraq on one topic so we can see how things have progressed over the year that Chrenkoff has been…

Easter on Jaworowski and CO2

I wrote earlier on Zbigniew Jaworowski’s piece claiming that measurements of pre-industrial CO2 were wrong. Now Jim Easter has written a masterful post, detailing twenty-two false or misleading statements made by Jaworowski. Go and read, it’s beautiful work.

Levitt on Lott

Steve Levitt has replied to Lott’s review of Freakonomics: Now let’s talk about John Lott for a minute. Along with John Whitley, he wrote a paper on abortion and crime. It is so loaded with inaccurate claims, errors and statistical mistakes that I hate to even provide a link to it, but for the sake…

Peiser watch

In a comment to my previous post on Benny Peiser’s claim that Naomi Oreskes article on the scientific consensus was wrong, Meyrick made a good case that Peiser had conducted a different search than Oreskes: Think I’ve finally worked out how to replicate Oreskes’ search. There are 2 fundemental differences between Peiser search and Oreskes.…

Bob Carter’s cherry picking

Last year, global warming denialist Bob Carter wrote a Tech Central Station article where he claimed that satellite measurements show little or no long-term trend of temperature change. I emailed him to point that the satellites actually showed significant warming. He replied that this didn’t count because: this trend is most likely produced by the…

Lancet/ILCS roundup

Jim Lindgren agrees with me that the ILCS supports the Lancet study. He also raises some concerns about some of the numbers in Lancet study: I find it somewhat odd that heart attack and stroke deaths are up 64% in the later period, and accidental deaths are up more than 3-fold. And live births are…

Asperger’s Syndrome

People who suffer from Asperger’s Syndrome have grave difficulties with social interactions because they have trouble in reading other people’s emotions. I recently read an interesting interview with Bram Cohen (the inventor of BitTorrent) who suffers from Asperger’s. Which brings us to Tim Blair. After his latest attack on Lancet study blew up in his…