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Archives for February, 2007

Chained to the Galleys

Storm World, my new book, has been “finished” for some time. But some forms of completion are more complete than others. For example, this week I’ve been getting the book’s “galleys”–i.e., the not-quite-final version that goes out to media and various important folks–together. This involves finding typos, changing little things, tidying up various outstanding details,…

When Storms Commit Suicide

Something very interesting has happened to Cyclone Gamede in the South Indian basin over the past day or so. Due to “competing steering influences” (as the Joint Typhoon Warning Center puts it), the storm hasn’t moved much. Instead, it has remained perched off the coast of Madagascar, its rainbands repeatedly lashing that island as well…

He says global warming is “Satan’s attempt to redirect the church’s primary focus” towards environmentalism. He also says the “jury is still out” on the subject. Personally, I think Falwell should have stuck with bashing Teletubbies, blaming gays and feminists for 9/11, and saying that the Antichrist is Jewish and among us. Those were really…

Important Blogroll Addition

Last week, when I was hanging out at the AAAS meeting in San Francisco, I ran into someone I hadn’t seen in a long time: New York Times columnist John Tierney. Tierney isn’t someone who I know particularly well, but I did write a long profile of him many years ago for The American Prospect…

Gather.com Piece on Bush’s Lie

I have just contributed an item to the website Gather.com about Bush’s (or to be more precise, his administration’s) lying on the subject of global warming. Twenty comments have flown in so far. Feel free to head on over there and discuss…I may need backup. Heh.

On Friday I noted that Vice-President Cheney apparently still does not accept the scientific consensus on global warming. True, Cheney concedes that humans might be contributing to the problem. But that’s not the mainstream scientific view at this point. Rather, the latest IPCC report expressed high confidence that humans are causing most of the current…

Casey Luskin has now dug into my past and found some secularist credentials from my college days. Apparently he views this as some sort of smoking gun. As he puts it: “Chris Mooney provides a yet another example of the fact that many (though certainly not all, of course) leading Darwinist activists are secular humanists.”…

Many visitors to this blog will already know who Professor Steve-Steve is. For those who don’t, go here. In any event, it’s kinda ancient history now…but last October, when I was in North Carolina giving a few talks, I actually had the opportunity to meet Steve-Steve and, well, share a few drinks with him. Only,…

Hurricanes can vary dramatically in size, and it’s my understanding that there is not any meaningful correlation between storm size and storm strength. For instance, last week’s Category 4 Cyclone Favio, which caused serious damage to Mozambique, was a relatively small storm, as can be seen in this image (with Favio located in the southern…

Is Gamede another Gafilo?

One of the most devastating tropical cyclones of 2004 was Cyclone Gafilo, pictured at left, which struck northern Madagascar at full Category 5 intensity, causing destruction that left hundreds of thousands homeless. And while it’s too soon to say yet what will happen, this year’s G storm in the South Indian, Gamede, could also be…