May 2012 Open thread


  1. #1 John
    May 30, 2012

    You (sic) ‘no’ means that you consider AGW is unfalsifiable. You’re entitled to your faith.

    Yes that is exactly what I said. Clap clap.

  2. #2 Bernard J.
    May 30, 2012

    Ah… Deltoid’s heading to a solar minimum!


  3. #3 Bernard J.
    May 30, 2012

    Speaking of spots on the sun, be sure to book some time on 4 June to watch the partial lunar eclipse (yeah, I know), and more importantly, book 6 June to catch the transit of Venus – it’ll be the last chance to see for over a century.

  4. #4 adelady
    city of wine and roses
    May 30, 2012

    ” However, whereas glaciers that spill into the ocean retreated rapidly in the 2000s, it was land-terminating glaciers that underwent the fastest regression 80 years ago.” reads the final sentence of Karen’s link.

    Did you think that no-one would actually check your link?

    Just to be clear. Glaciers melting or moving into the ocean are displaying different responses to different impacts from those where only land terminating glaciers show melting or retreating.

  5. #5 John
    May 30, 2012

    So Karenmackspot admits there has been “drastic” glacier loss in Greenland recently. I wonder what has caused this glacier loss.

  6. #6 John
    May 31, 2012

    Poor old Christopher Monckton. Running away from his debate with Peter Hadfield, being instructed not to call himself a member of the House Of Lords and now this:

    His theories are so unorthodox that the American DJ interviewing him thought he must be an eccentric “fake Lord” who had simply bought his title and had been “smoking crack”. But Lord Monckton is indeed a real peer – and he really does believe that Barack Obama faked his birth certificate to become US President.

    There is every chance that Monckton is simply playing to the birther audience for attention (it worked for Trump, after all), but I’m not going to argue against Monckton making an ass of himself. We’ll just file it away in the memory bank for the next time a fake skeptic comes in here taking Monckton seriously.

  7. #7 bill
    May 31, 2012

    John, I’d recommend sending anyone sufficiently foolish enough to do so on a short mosey over to the Trails’ End Store to see Deputy Monckton – in full dude mode – demonstrating that he’s all hat and no cattle…

    Arpaio ‘considered’ and ‘unpolitical’? Then going on the scrounge for the cause?

    Oh, and the problems with the birth-certificate PDF – they are actually there – are easily explained as scanning artifacts. One wonders how just how much donated cash may have disappeared into the ‘posse’s’ ‘research’.

  8. #8 Lionel A
    May 31, 2012

    Should have left this for June but WTH.

    Over in the US the Union of Concerned Scientists has produced a report A Climate of Corporate Control: How Corporations Have Influenced the U.S. Dialogue on Climate Science and Policy which may be of interest.

    Let us hope to see similar for corporations operating outside of that reports remit. Perhaps ‘The Australian‘ could help, after all they should have all ‘the juice’ to hand.

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