Archives for June, 2010

Tories shaft Blair

More kinjy stuff :-). Mostly Iraq inquiry publishes legal advice to Blair on war and in particular 30.07.02 Goldsmith advice to Prime Minister re: Iraq. Hugo regrets that the prevalence of electronic instruments may prevent adequate supplies of piano wire being available. But that is an extreme position. In case my headline confuses you: yes…

Kinky stuff

Sorry, typo on the first letter, hope you aren’t too disappointed :-). And nothing to do with the video: which is just a song I’d forgotten how much I liked. We owe so much to YouTube. Anyway, on with the show: James Annan is ranting about Climate sensitivity again. I wouldn’t normally bother remark something…

Flaunt the stupidity

This post is about the ridiculous “hide the decline” video. I watched it when it first came out. It wasn’t funny, it was dull. Apparently it has now been pulled from YouTube, but who cares? But… because the thing is anti-science, the std.anti-science septics on wiki feel inclined to have an article on it. Sigh.…

‘You are old’, said the youth, ‘and your jaws are too weak For anything tougher than suet; Yet you finished the goose, with the bones and the beak – Pray, how did you manage to do it?’ ‘In my youth’, said his father, ‘I took to the law, And argued each case with my wife;…

Dumb America

An unfair headline; but I think it is a known phrase: the “Dumb America” phenomenon, wherein the public has the hubris to believe that they really have something valuable to contribute to discussions that they can hardly begin to understand (I’m assuming that if you aren’t part of DA then you’re intelligent enough to realise…

I thought I’ve have a go and see if I couldn’t tweak JA a bit. This is about Expert credibility in climate change by Anderegg et al.. Which tells us what we already know: that there aren’t many “skeptics” and that most of them aren’t much cop. Or in their more measured prose: we use…

Some fairly random thoughts on the budget. * VAT up to 20%: excellent. Calculating 17.5% was always so tedious. Score: +1. * Child benefit and public sector pay will be frozen – for no clear reason we (as in, our family) get child benefit, which seems silly. The Economist wanted to means test it, but…

Yes, another of those posts about the tedious details of my life that you care nothing about. And also an advert for my honey, hurrah. In the middle you’ll see my beehive. I’ve finally done most of the honey-related stuff this year (see-also previous bee blogging) so if you live nearby and care to purchase…

There is a review of “Merchants of Doubt” by Oreskes at the Economist. This quote shows roughly their take: In this powerful book, Naomi Oreskes and Eric Conway, two historians of science, show how big tobacco’s disreputable and self-serving tactics were adapted for later use in a number of debates about the environment. Their story…

A post about “Engineering the Software for Understanding Climate Change” by Steve M. Easterbrook and Timbo “Not the Dark Lord” Johns (thanks Eli). For the sake of a pic to make things more interesting, here is one: It is their fig 2, except I’ve annotated it a bit. Can you tell where? Yes that’s right,…