Archives for September, 2012

…inquires a commenter in the Obama and Romney on GW post. Well, its a reasonable question. This would be Owen Paterson who the FT calls a “known climate change sceptic”, although it isn’t clear to me quite why. The Graun doesn’t like OP. The first piece of evidence is Paterson is on the record as…

Obama and Romney on GW

From The Top American Science Questions: 2012. Which starts with: “Whenever the people are well-informed,” Thomas Jefferson wrote, “they can be trusted with their own government.” Well, that’s you yanks totally f*ck*d then, ha ha. Not that we’re any better off. still, at least we manage to believe in evolution and we’re not a pile…

Whitewashing wiki

There’s an interesting case of this recently. The prime examplar appears to be this edit which removes For many years Spencer, along with [[John R. Christy]], has maintained an atmospheric temperature record derived from satellite microwave sounding unit measurements, commonly called the [[UAH satellite temperature dataset|”UAH” record]] record (see also [[satellite temperature record]]). This was…

If you’ve seen the latest septic drivel (the clearest example of the need for open peer review that I’ve seen for a while) then you may find Comment on “The phase relation between atmospheric carbon dioxide and global temperature” worth a read, as well as the rest of the blog.

And you thought the GW deniers were wacko. Well, yes, they are. But not as wacko as some of the physics nuts, and I’m not even talking about the string theorists. I mean the people who know that Einstein was wrong, and possibly part of a vast conspiracy. I’m sure everyone has their favourite, but…

Porkies from Paul Ryan

At last, playing to the crowd: an attack on Paul Ryan. Via CIP comes the news that Ryan has been lying about his marathon times: he claimed sub-three, but never ran sub-four. The folk at runners world weren’t impressed. I too find it implausible that anyone could possibly get their PB that wrong if they…

Inquires Timmy. But its a stupid question. Indeed, a curiously illiberal anti-business not-really-thought-through question. The premiss is the usual one: the degrees aren’t useful, they are a hangover from the old days, they aren’t value-for-money, and they don’t teach people what business wants them taught. But of course what they do give you, even if…

Evan Jones speaks

Just over a month ago, RP Sr wrote a ludicrous post [WebCite] about the “game-changing” Watts Et al 2012 (I’ve just realised quite how illiterate that is, too: Et shouldn’t be capitalised, and “al” is spelt “al.”. McNider Et Al even gets the Al capitalised). I was less impressed; indeed, disappointed. Everyone took the piss…