January 31, 2012
A fascinating piece recently appeared in the UK Daily Mail:
“Forget global warming — it’s Cycle 25 we need to worry about (and if NASA scientists are right the Thames will be freezing over again): Met Office releases new figures which show no warming in 15 years”
The Met Office itself, Discover magazine, Think Progress (and again), Mother Jones, and Newser have responded and criticized the piece. (I’m not assuming they’re the best criticisms liberals have to offer, but they’re the ones my Internet search turned up.) I’m no scientist, but I’m trying to sift through and understand what’s going on. Read the rest of this entry »
January 27, 2012
Sixteen scientists in the opinion section of the Wall Street Journal argue, “No Need to Panic About Global Warming: There’s no compelling scientific argument for drastic action to ‘decarbonize’ the world’s economy”. Selected excerpts (emphasis added):
In spite of a multidecade international campaign to enforce the message that increasing amounts of the “pollutant” carbon dioxide will destroy civilization, large numbers of scientists, many very prominent, share the opinions of Dr. Giaever. And the number of scientific “heretics” is growing with each passing year. The reason is a collection of stubborn scientific facts.
January 11, 2012
You’ve heard of the “Operation Fast and Furious” scandal? The federal government encouraged gun dealers to sell guns to Mexican drug gangs, in theory in order to track the guns and take down drug kingpins, but the program “put thousands of weapons on the street. Many were used in violent crimes in Mexico. Two were found at the murder scene of a U.S. Border Patrol agent.” Read the rest of this entry »
January 10, 2012
From “Time Will End in Five Billion Years, Physicists Predict”, National Geographic Daily News:
The problem with a multiverse is that anything that can happen will happen an infinite number of times, and that makes calculating probabilities . . . seemingly impossible.