Hobbes, of course. Occasioned by the death of Scalia; it wasn’t the bit I was seeking for, but it was too beautiful to overlook, and almost relevant. And who could resist The Fourth Law Of Nature, Gratitude. But I must stop, and come to my point. Which was: Hobbes insists on undivided power – he…

Early global warming?

Early global warming says VV at VV. It is an interesting idea; if you haven’t read his post you should. The AR5 radiative forcing graph he includes is interesting too: I hadn’t realised the forcing had grown much more strongly after 1950.

CSIRO: science as a public good

Much fuss about the cuts at CSIRO climate research. This reminds me of a less serious situation 10, or perhaps 15 years ago, when cuts were proposed – I can’t recall if they actually happened – due to a conversation somewhat like: Scientists: Global Warming is Real! Government: OK, we believe you’re, we going to…

The Economist, about Ted Cruz, in an article about his presidential hopes: Conversely his appeal to moderates is limited. He has had little to say to or about the poor, beyond his perpetual gratitude that, when his father was washing dishes for 50 cents an hour, no one was sent by the government to help…

Pattern Recognition in Physics (or, if you prefer, Pattern Recognition in Physics) appears to have finally shuffled off this mortal coil; h/t DM. As late as January 2016 its arid mummified cadaver was propped up at http://www.pattern-recognition-in-physics.com/. But it would appear that either the vast expense of maintaining a domain, or perhaps the sheer embarrassment…

Yet another bunch of nutters

Except, of course, it is actually the same recycled nutters under yet another name. Thanks to BB for the link, but the original source is the Smoggies. Not to be confused with the Moggies. The new name is “Independent Committee on Geoethics”; not to be confused with the apparently respectable but to me unknowe International…

Drafts

Brian said I’d guess 100 or so draft posts sitting around, forlornly. I have precisely 89 draft posts, and I thought it might be fun to look back at them. * 2016/01/30: On getting out more, part 2 (you know who you are) * 2016/01/25: A leading climate sceptic businessman has protested that he was…

Stupid journal boilerplate

On of the things I used to hate when I was in the game was the stupid boilerplate you were supposed to pad articles with. Since I also discover that RR has 3k posts and I only have 1k733 I thought I’d try to close the gap by a short whinge. Here’s an example from…

Puzzle picture

Sorry, but I couldn’t resist. One for cognoscenti. Who can resist “the master butcher of Leigh on Sea”? Don’t google that, it makes it too easy. And I see welcome homage to Pump: Young Lust and especially F.I.N.E.: ‘Cause I’m Alright Your momma says I’m Alright Your daddy says I’m Alright and my old lady…

“Cainozoic” is a somewhat archaic word for Cenozic. But the paper in question is from 1976, so it is allowed to be somewhat behind the times. It is, as you’ll immeadiately recognise, Robert Carter’s most cited paper, with 154 citations according to Web of Science, or 193 according to Google scholar, but that is often…