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From an AP article on the Washington Post website: About 20 typhoons and tropical storms hit the Philippines each year. Yeah, right….almost as bad a science blooper as Scalia’s! [By the way, here's the 2004 Northwest Pacific storm tracks, looks like about 3-5 hit the Philippines in that year.] UPDATE: Unbelievable, the AP repeats this…

Scalia Idiocy, Continued

This is just too much…so I’m taking time out from working on the book to bring you more. I’ve now seen the Supreme Court transcript and can provide actual passages of what Scalia said. It’s even worse than the previous post made it seem. To wit: JUSTICE SCALIA: Mr. Milkey, I had — my problem…

Scalia, Clown of Climate Science

From my friend Eli Kintisch, reporting on today’s Supreme Court global warming hearing: “We are not asking the court to pass judgment on the science of climate change,” said Massachusetts Assistant Attorney General James Milkey in his opening arguments. That may be fortunate for some justices, including Antonin Scalia, who asserted erroneously that global warming…

In 2004, as we all remember too well, four hurricanes–Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne–struck Florida in fairly rapid succession. In early 2005 (as relatively few Americans know), the Cook Islands had to deal with four extremely intense tropical cyclones–Meena, Nancy, Olaf, and Percy–in the space of a month. Now 2006 is seeing its rapid-fire shellacking,…

Well, I guess there’s no point hiding it any more. My new book, due out in June 2007, will be entitled Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle Over Global Warming. It now has a cover image and everything. You should not judge from this fact that the book’s completely finished, however; nor am I…

From the National Hurricane Center: THIS SPECIAL ADVISORY IS BEING ISSUED TO REFLECT THAT SERGIO HAS INTENSIFIED TO 85 KNOTS. THIS IS BASED ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF A PINHOLE EYE AND OBJECTIVE DVORAK-T-NUMBERS. THE INTENSITY FORECAST HAS BEEN A CONSERVATIVELY ADJUSTED ACCORDINGLY AND THE INITIAL AND 12 HOUR WIND RADII HAVE BEEN EXPANDED. NO CHANGE…

The New Congress on Science

With the Dems now about to assume control of both houses of Congress, science policy is going to change. Big time. Indeed, in The Republican War on Science I pointed out that one reason the Reagan administration never messed with science as much as the current administration was because the Democratic Congress helped keep it…

From CNN: Republican Sen. Jim Talent of Missouri early Wednesday conceded defeat to Democrat Claire McCaskill after a hard-fought race, telling supporters that “the headwind was just very, very strong this year.” McCaskill was backed by actor and stem-cell-research advocate Michael J. Fox. I leave it to more knowledgeable political analysts to determine just how…

Off to Miami and Orlando

Once again, I’m speaking on election day, hopefully after the results are in, in Coral Gables, and then in Orlando two days later. These are the last two public speeches for a while–perhaps until 2007. Not sure yet. Again, these are the details: Tuesday, November 7 8:00-9:00 PM BOOKS & BOOKS 265 Aragon Ave Coral…

Carolina In My Memory

I have either been holed up writing somewhere, or on the road speaking, for quite a while now–and the speaking side of things doesn’t let up until November 9. Here are the remaining public events: Tuesday, November 7 8:00-9:00 PM BOOKS & BOOKS 265 Aragon Ave Coral Gables, FL 33134 Thursday, November 9 7:30- 9:00…