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Friday, July 10. 2015
The gaudy elephant hotel of 1880s Coney Island
HOW ART BECAME IRRELEVANT:
Who is "we"?
Where are the books? Libraries under fire as they shift from print to digital.
There were always two things: Big libraries and community lending libraries
NYC's Upper West Side: Preservation Palpitations
Iowa Makes a Bold Admission: We Need Fewer Roads
How is that "bold"?
Helicopter Parents and the Kids Who Just Can't
Campus bureaucrats panic when gun-rights group tries to host ‘murder-free zone’ joke protest
Will Domestic Partner Benefits Stay or Go After the Supreme Court Decision
Nobel laureate's 'Emperor's New Clothes' speech about global warming
Donald Trump and the Class War Within the GOP
MSM: Yeah, Hillary Seems to Have Lied A Lot in That CNN Interview
N.Y. Times keeps Cruz off bestseller list
Why China Has No Choice But To Arrest The Sellers
What's the big deal? It's just a necessary correction
The Iranian Nuclear Paradox - Once an agreement is reached, a U.S.-Iran confrontation becomes more likely, more quickly.
Netanyahu and the Israeli Arabs: The Untold Story
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Nobel laureate's 'Emperor's New Clothes' speech about global warming... How can you possibly measure the average temperature for the whole earth and for the whole year and come up with a fraction of a degree?
Well, it just goes to show that being a Nobel Prize winning physicist doesn't mean you would make a good statistician. Climatologists use temperature anomalies, not temperature, to determine the trend. And statisticians have repeatedly verified that the measured trend is not an artifact, but represents an actual increase in the temperature anomaly.
He's not. First, this is actual physical science measurements, not a textbook exercise in statistics.
The physical measurements do not show this trend, despite the efforts of a few statisticians to torture the data to get the answer they want.
Second, statisticians have demonstrated numerous flaws in the analyses supporting AGW. Flaws that should, and occasionally do, disqualify these analyses from publication in the literature.
For someone who has been following this for almost 30 years, the fact of the matter is this: the past and current AGW hypotheses are wrong. They have failed by any truthful metric. If warming has occurred on the Earth it is not due to increased CO2 levels in the atmosphere.
DrTorch: The physical measurements do not show this trend, despite the efforts of a few statisticians to torture the data to get the answer they want.
Multiple statistical studies of the data have shown otherwise.
any ad hoc theory of statistical manipulation will do when your track record of prediction is in the realm of coin flip accuracy.
where's the ice age you people said wuz a-comin' back in the 1970s? you demanded that we spend billions of dollars forestalling this horrible threat to Our Planet.
speaking of which, a paleoclimatologist would actually use evidence of temperature (as in, from oxygen isotopes from ice cores) rather than the current cherry picked anomaly du jour to identify when the last ice age started and ended. a warmal coldist can now claim that any correlation is evidence of causation, because, the Science is Officially Settled.
if I were hunting for the loch ness monster, on the other hand, I'd certainly be looking for anomalies in the sonar data.
There has been slight warming since the end of the Little Ice Age. It has consistently been less than predicted since the late 80's, sometimes nothing at all. Also, the advertised unanimity of opinion among those who work in related fields is far overstated. When something is far overstated, I am immediately suspicious why.
There is no evidence of impending catastrophe, nor even net damage to humankind.
My working assumption (admittedly involving a bit of mind-reading) is that the conclusion that America and the West are doing something terribly, terribly wrong came first, then went looking for a cause. The idea of AGW catastrophe is very popular among those who believe that the wrong people are getting rich, while their more important fields languish in comparison. Reality seems to have tracked my prejudice pretty well these last two decades.
Iowa: Wow, a four lane divided highway to nowhere is unsustainable? The surprise, for me, is that the realization is articulated in Iowa, not an industrial state. Welcome to post Industrial America. If you were a train rider like me (back in the day), the economic decay comes as no surprise. It hits home when you actually see it, rather than read about it.
I am not against infrastructure investment, if it is advanced, state of the art, serves the many, & facilitates growing the economic pie, etc. Of course that is not what most of the pols have in mind, as they cannot wrap their heads around the morphing economy and are heavily invested in old theories, old vocabulary, stale ideas, and an old toolkit. Maintaining today's highway system is "maintenance", not the investment, that it was in the 50's. It may be necessary but it will not grow the pie.
On another note, do you remember when local industries supported the infrastructure of local communities: schools, roads, sanitation……just another thing our betters (financial sector) gave away, along with billions in proprietary information and hard-won manufacturing know how. I just don’t see how dead end service jobs, stoop labor, or government jobs are going to make up for the significant revenues or drive the need for infrastructure or provide the resources for infrastructure.
The Iowa article ties in with the article on the future of American manufacturing jobs. There is an assumption that cheaper goods improve the lot of the middle class, despite the impact on jobs, and historically there is a kernel of truth to that. “The rising tide” cliché…. and all that. Of course this seems to parallel what occurred in agriculture over the last 100 years and we know that this creeping up the food chain into even the professions.
So the Google engineer assures that the old jobs will be replaced by new and different jobs but we don’t know with what. Hmm, I thought we were all supposed to have swell hi-tech service jobs by know, while we cultivated our inner artiste. Maybe we can give each other flu shots or blog all day. “The good middle-class jobs will soon be far removed from assembly lines and the local steelworkers' union… they will reside in laboratories and software companies. And the dollars will likely fill the pockets of programmers and robotics engineers”. Really, millions of jobs? So, the question is will the new economy create these jobs in sufficient volumes to support a robust middle class? It seems to me that the “new” businesses generate amazing revenues, but middle level jobs, not so much.
Is it just me who wonders who is going to be the tax payer and the consumer without decent jobs?
An aside on the library link
The Washington Post adorns that article with a picture from (RACIST) Woodrow Wilson library. In the photo we see many people of color walking, dozing, sitting and all the White people are working to serve them.
Racist Woodrow Wilson would not approve.
Re: Netanyahu and the Israeli Arabs
For a start, affirmative action policies initiated under Ehud Olmert were accelerated during the Netanyahu administration.
This is troubling. The record on affirmative action policies all over the world has been dismal. While the policies were intended to wright wrongs of the past, they encourage an attitude of entitlement and resentment among those it's (supposedly) designed to help. I would not expect these policies to garner any good will for Netanyahu from the Arabs. Nixon expanded welfare and affirmative action and got nothing for it from blacks. In a part of the world where there is so much distrust between Israelis and Arabs, affirmative action could spawn even worse problems between the two factions.
It would be much better if he became known for his even handed dealings with Arabs. I read that when George Wallace was a judge, he was respected by blacks because he treated them fairly. The opportunity is to have the government treat all fairly regardless rather than try to make up for past wrongs or disadvantages.
Re: Help Egypt!
Obummer has been dreadful on almost all fronts, but his lack of support for moderate Muslim governments has been appalling. el-Sisi has been working to build a reform movement among Egyptian Muslims scholars while he is trying to fight ISIS. Where he supported the radical Islamic Brotherhood president Morsi, he has refused to support el-Sisi. King Abdullah of Jordan who is also fighting ISIS has gotten very little support from Obummer.
Thanks for posting the article by Matt Walsh "Yes, Gay Marriage Hurts Me Personally".
He skillfully articulates the harm that has been done.
Regarding the self indulgent art world, I saw a great bumper sticker:
'Just because no one understands you does not make you an artist'