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Exposing a Climate Science Fraud

“After all, facts are facts, and although we may quote one to another with a chuckle the words of the Wise Statesman, ‘Lies – damned lies – and statistics,’ still there are some easy figures the simplest must understand, and the astutest cannot wriggle out of.” -Leonard Courtney, 1895 “The first and worst of all…

Science could have it all wrong. But…

“We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.” -C. S. Lewis Many of you are a little bit skeptical that I talk about things like the History…

On Being What You Want, and Bigotry

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupery For me, personally, it isn’t the endless immensity of the seas that calls. It’s the endless immensity of…

“If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when?” -Rabbi Hillel As you all know, it has been one week since the devastating earthquake first struck Japan. And the damage is simply horrific. The death toll is in the…

Weekend Diversion: Stand Up, Wisconsin!

“If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can’t fool all of the people all of…

The Physics of Global Warming

“Global warming is the greatest and most successful pseudoscientific fraud I have seen in my long life.” -Hal Lewis The most valuable natural resources we have at our disposal during our brief lives are the following. That’s right, the Earth and the Sun. And if we want life on Earth to continue as we know…

Why I Always Get Excited About Columbus Day!

“I was like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.” -Isaac Newton “Either you decide to stay in the shallow end of the pool or you go out in…

Weekend Diversion: Time to Speak Up.

They came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for me…

How Safe is the LHC?

All of this has happened before, and it will all happen again. –Peter Pan Much like any new venture where the outcome is uncertain, there are a lot of fears surrounding the LHC. And I know, because it occasionally shows up in my comment threads, in my inbox, or in my office. Could it form…

Weekend Diversion: An Amazing Group of Women

I’ve liked the musician Rufus Wainwright for some time, but I didn’t realize that he was the son of Loudon Wainwright, whom I’ve just recently discovered. Loudon’s a singer/songwriter who’s been around for even longer, and who I like even better than Rufus. His song Father and Son was written for Rufus, but I think…