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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…

mt quotes Ray Pierrehumbert: “The most explicit statement of Ryan’s climate change views appears in this 2009 op-ed, and since he still features it on his official website, we can take it as an indication of his beliefs…” writing in Slate. Some of what Ryan writes is indeed std.denialist_lies: The CRU e-mail scandal reveals a…

What would Hobbes do?

Continuing with your alas-all-too-regular diet of not-science here. But there is so little real going on. Anyway, Eli is pushing Machiavelli, and a while ago PK asked “How would Hobbes organize society to avert climate change?”. I had no answer, so I ignored the question, but now return to it. Hobbes has little to say…

Lack of caution

I finally decided to write this after reading Oregon County Decides to Go Native by DA. My thesis is: we’re too confident of our ability to survive changes, and are too inclined to make risky changes, or fail to invest is safety. This might surprise some of you who misread Economics and Climatology? or On…

s/Crud/Fink

So, the Tories have been naughty boys again and everyone is shocked – shocked, I tell you – to discover that all that money that people pay to the political parties is actually paid for something, rather than just given for love. Well, its a bit of fun but I doubt it goes anywhere, because…

Britain and Europe

(this post is mostly for my own future reference: so I can see what I thought now, without the distorting lens of memory. but you might care too) So, we’ve vetoed the grand European dream, and they will go off without us. The papers, of course, personalise it, because they are rubbish and believe that…

Expletive Delighted?

More politics, sorry. Still, if you want science, RC and J+J are blogging AGU. But CIP is delighted with Obama’s speech on the economy. I’m less so; the comment there from Wolfgang (He always gave great speeches… this was one reason he won in 2008. The problem is that great speeches are not sufficient once…

Greek PM drops trousers

Or rather, drops euro referendum plan but the effect is much the same. When the referendum was announced a few days ago, some thought he had played a blindingly good political hand. Which just goes to show that economists aren’t so great at politics and the cobbler should stick to his last. Which is why…

Comment policy

This is my site, and one of the facilities I provide is a signal to noise ratio. You want unmoderated discussion? Go and drown in usenet, which I abandoned years ago. In other words, I reserve the right to trim or delete junk [*]. Naturally, since they are your words, you will not see them…

Good fortune to Libya

Time to be nice about something. I was quite cynical in February, but to my surprise we did do something useful, the rebels were brave enough to overcome their lack of organistaion, and after much chaos and death it has worked; the “rebels” are now the government, Gaddafi is a fugitive from justice. The fighting…