Archives for May, 2005

Lancet Study Vindicated

The results of the Iraq Living Conditions Survey 2004 have been published. (Earlier discussion of the study is here.) As Iraqi Minister of Planning Barham Salih said, “This survey shows a rather tragic situation of the quality of life in Iraq.” The study shows that living condition have deteriorated following the war with, for example,…

Eighth Skeptic’s Circle

It’s out! The Eighth Skeptics Circle.

Back in 2003 I reported on The Case of the File from the Future, where Lott tried to destroy some incriminating evidence, but did it so ineptly that he made things worse for himself. Well, he’s done it again. After I posted the story of Economist123 and his book reviews, “Tom H” (one of Lott’s…

You’ve met Mary Rosh and maximcl and Washingtonian. Now meet Bob H and Tom H and Sam and Kevin H and Too bad Tim is not very accurate and Gregg. Yes, Lott created a whole army of sockpuppets that he uses to post comments on my blog. At first he would use just one sock…

Note to John Lott

If you use a pseudonym to post a five-star review of your book: More Guns, Less Crime by John Lott Important accurate info that Opponents constantly distort, November 8, 2001 Reviewer: Economist123 – See all my reviews This is by far the most comprehensive study ever done on guns. It provides extensive evidence on waiting…

David Bellamy loses it

In April, New Scientist published a letter from David Bellamy denying global warming and claiming: Indeed, if you take all the evidence that is rarely mentioned by the Kyotoists into consideration, 555 of all the 625 glaciers under observation by the World Glacier Monitoring Service in Zurich, Switzerland, have been growing since 1980. It’s not…

Grogblogging 2

I went to a get together for bloggers in Sydney last night. Writing more about it than I am are Fulmination Dave, Leigh Cartwright, Bourbonbird, an-open-mind, the bed and breakfast man, Misha, Dreadnought and Glen Fuller. Of particular note is Dreadnought’s account of having to leave after a few minutes because the venue insisted that…

Bray replies

Dennis Bray has replied to my post on his study. I am very disapointed in his response. He writes: For the two groups, the ‘sceptics’ and the ‘saviours’ there seems to have been equal access. If any one knows of other postings I would be interested to note how far the survey was distributed. The…

Peiser’s 34 abstracts

Chris Mooney has some comments on the Peiser/Oreskes dispute about the scientific literature on climate change. I asked Benny Peiser for his list of 34 abstracts that “reject or doubt the view that human activities are the main drivers of the ‘the observed warming over the last 50 years’.” (mentioned in his letter to Science).…

Tim Blair, call your lawyers

Oh no! Will the owners of this site be hearing from Tim Blair’s lawyers?