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Fred Singer’s latest whopper

S. Fred Singer isn’t pleased with Merchants of Doubt, so tries to play gotcha!: Oreskes’ and Conway’s science is as poor as their historical expertise. To cite just one example, their book blames lung cancer from cigarette smoking on the radioactive oxygen-15 isotope. They cannot explain, of course, how O-15 gets into cigarettes, or how…

Ask Marohasy a question on Q&A

Jennifer Marohasy, who inspired LOLdenialists, will be on Q&A tonight. You can use the link to post a question for her. Hat tip: James Haughton.

Arthur Smith details a pattern of deception in Keith Kloor’s writing. Kloor’s response in comments completes the case — he takes offence at the very first sentence and uses that as pretext for avoiding the criticism. Update: Kloor responds again, projecting: I sense their intent is to harm my reputation

*From Deltoid archives for 2004, a [repost](http://scienceblogs.com/deltoid/2004/09/zywicki.php)* In my previous post I mentioned Daniel Davies’ demolition of yet another dodgy Steve Milloy article. Milloy attacked a recent JAMA study that found: Higher consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with a greater magnitude of weight gain and an increased risk for development of type 2 diabetes…

Brent Thread

By popular request. Comments from Brent and folks arguing with him are cluttering up more useful discussions. All comments by Brent and responses to comments by Brent should go in this thread. I can’t move comments in MT, so I’ll just delete comments that appear in the wrong thread.

El Gordo Thread

By popular request. Comments from El Gordo and folks arguing with him are cluttering up more useful discussions. All comments by El Gordo and responses to comments by El Gordo should go in this thread. I can’t move comments in MT, so I’ll just delete comments that appear in the wrong thread.

Over at the Drum Stephan Lewandowsky notes the similarities between global warming skeptics and other conspiracy theorists: This attribute of conspiracy theorising also applies in full force to the actions of some climate “sceptics”: When leading climate scientists are repeatedly exonerated after the “climategate” pseudo-scandal, then to climate “sceptics” this simply means that the relevant…

Saturday’s Science Show was on the AAAS Symposium on climate change scepticism. Speakers are Riley Dunlap, William Freudenburg, Naomi Oreskes and Stephen Schneider. Hat tip Bernard J.

I imagine that by now almost everyone on the planet with an email address has received at least one email from Nigeria offering you a handsome fee to help retrieve millions of dollars that have been tied up somehow, so the returns from this scam are likely declining. The scammers are now turning to romance…

Monckton Lambert debate blog round up

A couple of blog posts from people who were there Carmen Lambert (my totally unbiased coach). Mercurius. And lucia and co did a chat while watching the live feed. Update: James Annan thought estimating sensitivity from the last Ice Age was a good idea. Not surprisingly since I got the idea from him. And Andrew…