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Roger Goes Away, Simple Sam Returns

July 30, 2011

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So, guess what?  Guess who came a-petitioning at my door today?  I never would have thought he’d go out of his way to visit me, without some juicy anti-climate change tidbit to show me, but there he was, Simple Sam on my doorstep, and I swear, friends, he was jealous. “So where is he?” he […]

The Marginal Science of Climate Denial

July 30, 2011

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In my recent discussions with one of my readers, I made the statement that climate change denial is marginal science.  I have discussed this issue previously in Consensus in Climate Change Science where Dr. Naomi Oreskes 2004 study demonstrated that nowhere in 10 years of scholarly publication–1993 to 2003–did anyone question the basic idea of climate change […]

Two Scientists Go to Congress

July 28, 2011

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On June 23, 1988, James Hansen testified in front of congress on the matter of global warming.  He presented the following graph.  The graph shows three different scenarios, differing in the amount of carbon dioxide projected to be emitted, something Hansen could not have known in advance. The top line is the most extreme projection, […]

In the Arctic Circle, Still Awaiting Normal

July 28, 2011

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We know this word anomaly that you scientists often use and we know how to live with it, when things go strange, when something is unusual. It happens all the time. But we always expect things go back to “normal” next year or a year after. This time things are not coming back to normal […]

If you hate…

July 26, 2011

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If you hate, if you let your hate tell you what to do, then you have become one of the people our parents taught us to fear. If you arm yourself for military action against an enemy, you declare yourself an enemy—against the public peace. If finally the innocent die at your hands, the purity […]

Hatred is not cost free

July 25, 2011

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I was reading an article in the New York Times pointing out the close connection between American anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim websites and the recent mass murders in Norway. The Norwegian domestic terrorist who committed the murders—76 of them, most of them children—was apparently deeply influenced by several American extreme right-wing hate sites, including Jihad Watch, The […]

Legends of Myself 21

July 19, 2011

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Continued from Legends of Myself 20 21.3  Mission, 1956-57, Pt. 3 Education: The Rosetta incident.  I remember vividly my first moment in a classroom, pausing at the backcorner entrance to the room and looking at the blackboard.  The word “baby” was written up there.  It pleased me.  I think I repeated it to myself. “Baby.” My […]