I have far too many “interesting” things queued up in feedly, so its time for a dump.
Controversial paper linking conspiracy ideation to climate change skepticism formally retracted. mt is fiercer: Journal’s Mealy-Mouthed Retraction of Lewandowsky Paper. I wasn’t terribly keen on the paper myself, though I avoided commenting, but I agree with SL’s “the article is fine but Frontiers does not want to take the legal risk” and that this is rubbish on Frontiers’ part. See-also Sou.
[Update: the shows goes on: Climate of intimidation: “Frontiers” blunder on “Recursive Fury”: Ugo Bardi resigns from the journal (h/t mt); shades of von S].
Timmy offers his libertarian view of the Crimea; which is more really about bashing the pols here. Nonetheless, I largely agree with what he’s saying; that will fold into the Great Crimea Post, which at this rate will not arrive until everything is safely over.
You might – but quite possibly you might not – want to watch this video of us rowing. Best in HD, and at 1/4 speed. For the first time, we put the GoPro onto a tripod behind the cox, allowing is to see rather more of what is going on. Yes, I know I’m looking down; I’ve tried sitting up straight but it feels weird; I like to watch my hands. This is our tideway crew, and you need not point out the obvious flaws. If you prefer something more exciting, try this. Actually if you want something more exciting then try the 2000 pairs final – watch those crazy frogs go. Almost falling in afterwards gets them extra points.
ATTP weighs into the Criminally negligent? question. Pfft. This reminds me of Kerching! This stuff has no real value; though it can raise your profile (I’m talking of the original, not ATTP, of course). If you want something more coherent, DO’s first comment there is it. How does that turn into 471 comments? Other than it being one of those great issues where everyone can have an opinion. Speaking of which, Screaming Lord M has an opinion too, who could have guessed?
Various people have pointed out that Mann vs Steyn is descending into farce, as Steyn demonstrates ever more clearly his incompetence. Eli. Barry B. Mind you, the Watties are still whistling in the wind: Watts is like Steyn countersues Mann for 10 millon dollars and the crowd are all like “hey wow, that must mean he’s winning”. Its an interesting illustration of the basic inability of the two “sides” to agree on anything. Presumably the wavefunction will collapse at some point when the case actually gets heard, but that could be a way off. Speculation: this is already a success for Mann, in that it will make anyone vaguely sane hesitate to go down the Steyn route to insanity.
Retraction Watch, which I read and like, is touting for money: “Dear Retraction Watch readers: We want to grow. Here’s how you can help”. I mention that so you can donate if you want to, though I confess that I haven’t myself, as yet. I do have a letter signed by Ralph Keeling thanking me for my donation to the Keeling Curve fund, though. They also have Fight against false copyright claims goes to Capitol Hill which is a worthy battle.
Lots of people don’t think much of USA politics; TPP is one. But that’s a separate post.
* Sawyer’s “remarkably accurate” forecast by JA.
* McPherson’s Evidence That Doom Doom Doom by mt.
* Heritage’s Freedom To Read™ program by Spocko.
* Keith vs Nafeez again by mt. mt prefers Keith; so do I. There’s more.