Wednesday, November 19, 2014

INCREDIBLY LOUD AND AMAZINGLY CLOSE

Who was behind the major wardrobe malfunction at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory last week? 

Does the list of Persons of Interest include the design staff of Lord Monckton's Scottish  shirt skunkworks?

Mission Control denies that the Huntsville meteorologists who lost their bearings in the satellite temperature space-race have been transferred to the Office of Space Haberdashery's ultrasecret Mona Kea Observatory, reportedly tasked with detecting supernovae, magnetars,  Aloha shirts, and other high-luminosity objects that threaten the retinas of PBS viewers.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Mann v. Steyn : Approaching The Bench From The Penalty Box

AFTER THREATENING TO  -BRAIN THE JUDGE- SUBMIT AMICUS  BRIEFS
PALO OCCIDI  AND  NOLLE PERCUSSI   
 THE  ST. TRINIAN'S  THIRD  FORM  TORTS  &  HOCKEY  CLUB
HAS JOINED THE MARK STEYN DEFENSE TEAM

Sunday, November 9, 2014

HOW MANY ECONOMISTS DO YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND A CLIMATE MODEL ? JUST ONE, IF IT'S MILTON FRIEDMAN.




If you're looking for intelligent life in mid-America,
best try the University of Chicago
before you turn to the Heartland Institute

Thursday, October 23, 2014

BRAINWASHING THE COOKIE MONSTER

WE DON'T WANT TO EAT YOUR BRAIN 
JUST WASH IT A LITTLE
By far the scariest creature seen abroad this Halloween night is a new sort of climate zombie, the result of bien pensant social engineers practicing the dark art of behavior modification on hapless Girl Scouts.
  
Troop leaders seeking to recruit these unfortunate cookie monsters into the Child Army of the Climate Wars will find helpful tips in an AGU abstract that epitomizes communitarian cant masquerading as social science: 

          Victoria Christine Rodriguez1, Matt LappĂ©2, June A. Flora3, Nicole M. Ardoin1 and Thomas N. Robinson1,
Abstract:
Ultimately, effective climate change communication results in a change in behavior, whether the change is individual, household or collective actions within communities. 

We describe two efforts to promote climate-friendly behavior via climate communication and behavior change theory.

"focused on behavior change rather than...climate knowledge"

Importantly these efforts are designed to scale climate communication principles focused on behavior change rather than solely emphasizing climate knowledge or attitudes. 

Both cases are embedded in rigorous evaluations (randomized controlled trial and quasi-experimental) of primary and secondary outcomes as well as supplementary analyses that have implications for program refinement and program scaling. 


In the first case, the Girl Scouts “Girls Learning Environment and Energy” (GLEE) trial is scaling the program via a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for Troop Leaders to teach the effective home electricity and food and transportation energy reduction programs. 



The second case, the Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) Assembly Program, is advancing the already-scaled assembly program by using communication principles to further engage youth and their families and communities (school and local communities) in individual and collective actions.
Scaling of each program uses online learning platforms, social media and “behavior practice” videos, mastery practice exercises, virtual feedback and virtual social engagement to advance climate-friendly behavior change. All of these communication practices aim to simulate and advance in-person train-the-trainers technologies.
As part of this presentation we outline scaling principles derived from these two climate change communication and behavior change programs.

(1) Stanford University, Stanford, CA, United States, (2) Alliance for Climate Education, Oakland, CA, United States, (3) Stanford University, H-Star, Stanford, CA

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

ANNALS OF BELATED DISCOVERY : THE EAST POLE

The Age of Discovery endures:
A map of palaeomagnetic field drift published by Italian and American researchers  in   Geophysical Journal International ,  based  on  a continuous sequence  of   lacustrine  sediments  outcropping in  the Apennines  reveals that in the 787th millennium BC, Earth boasted an East Magnetic Pole near  Latitude 0  Logitude 0 in the Bight of Benin.

It follows that for as long as it took for the magnetsphere's focal point to drift across the Equator, tropical nights were brightened by the light of the Aurora Orientalis shining over the Prime Meridian:


 On the far side of the world in the same brief epoch, Homo erectus could marvel at the Aurora Occidentalis illuminating the Pacific around the West Magnetic Pole in the waters north of Tuvalu.
 Now that Sagnotti et al.'s 

Extremely rapid directional change during Matuyama-Brunhes geomagnetic polarity reversal

has rewritten the history of polar discovery at right angles to Perry & Amundsen, the RGS and National Geograpic can offer a prize for the first expedition to gather direct evidence of East and West Polar palaeomagnetism from the seabed around 0o0o  and  0o, 180o.


Once the great drill ship, wind surfer & submarine race from pole to pole is over, a new era of quadrupole modeling can begin!







Monday, October 13, 2014

NONE IS GREENER THAN GREAT CTHULHU



"WE  LIVE  ON A  PLACID  ISLAND  OF IGNORANCE  IN   THE  MIDST  OF THE  BLACK SEAS  OF INFINITY, AND  IT  WAS  NOT  MEANT  THAT   WE   SHOULD   VOYAGE   FAR."


Lovecraft also wrote the final word on the fate awaiting climate contrarians as the science unfolds:

"The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality...that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age."
“The Call of Cthulhu”, by H.P. Lovecraft, Weird Tales magazine 1928,




http://vvattsupwiththat.blogspot.com/2014/10/a-very-large-grain-of-salt.html