Thursday, May 30, 2013



Followers of the Tea party Party Line on policy responses to climate change are invited to guess the author of this acute ecomium on carbon taxation:
We must demand that the liberal left keep their hands off of our wallets. Not one dime of the carbon fee should be used to make the government bigger. One hundred percent of the money must go to the public.

Nor should any of this money be used for subsidizing research on specific government-selected industries.
The government is not competent to choose the best technologies—let them all compete. There are existing government resources and departments for research, development and demonstration, which can assist early development of candidate technologies.

True to censorious form, Watts excluded these words from his coverage of the event where they were spoken.

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Sunday, May 26, 2013


During a study of the hydrology of the Nile 
a British Engineer discovered that the annual runoff appeared to have a memory. The Hurst Exponent (H) named in his honor is calculated using Equation 1, in which R, S and n are the rescaled range, standard deviation and observation number.
Equation 1. H = Log[R(n)/S(n)] / Log (n)
The rescaled range is the amplitude of the integral trace of deviations from the mean of a serial data vector. Hurst had anticipated an exponent near 0.5, which is termed Brown Noise and can be simulated from a series of random numbers. Values above 0.5 indicate increasing auto-correlation in the data with 1.0 termed Black Noise indicating extreme correlation with the past or strong “memory”.'

Those who search the fever swamps for badly sited nilometers should heed the Scroll of Toth:

Witness this 2004 Nature article:

                     The Memory of Water 

The life and work of Jacques Benveniste taught us valuable lessons about how to deal with fringe science, says Philip Ball.

Jacques Benveniste, who gave the world the 'memory of water', ... will certainly be remembered for the phrase his work inspired, which has become the title of a play and a rock song, as well as a figure of everyday speech.
But his controversial career also highlighted the tricky issue of how to deal with research on the fringes of science, a question with which Nature itself became intimately entangled. 

In France, Benveniste was a celebrity, and it is not hard to see why. He was a charismatic showman who knew how to wield a rhetorical foil. His talk of witch-hunts, scientific priesthoods, heresies and 'Galileo-style prosecutions' played well with those inclined to regard science as an arrogant, modern-day Inquisition.
He conjured up images of a conservative orthodoxy, whose acolytes were scandalized by a ground-breaking discovery that demolished their dogmatic certainties. He was, he suggested, a Newton challenging a petty-minded, mechanistic cartesianism.
Back in 1988, however, Benveniste was very much part of the establishment...
That was when he sent his notorious paper to Nature1. In it, he reported that white blood cells called basophils, which control the body's reaction to allergens, can be activated to produce an immune response by solutions of antibodies that have been diluted so far that they contain none of these biomolecules at all.
Incredible resultIt was as though the water molecules somehow retained a memory of the antibodies that they had previously been in contact with,.... But no one, including Benveniste, gave much attention to the critical question of how such a 'memory' effect could be produced.
The paper itself offered only the suggestion, at face value almost meaningless, that "Water could act as a 'template' for the [antibody] molecule, for example by an infinite hydrogen-bonded network, or electric and magnetic fields." The idea that water molecules, connected by hydrogen bonds that last for only about a picosecond (10-12 seconds) before breaking and reforming, could somehow cluster into long-lived mimics of the antibody seemed absurd. 
Other teams were subsequently unable to repeat the effect, and the independent results that the reviewers had asked for were never published. Further experiments carried out by Benveniste's team, in double-blind conditions overseen by [Nature Editor Sir John] Maddox, magician and pseudo-science debunker James Randi and fraud investigator Walter Stewart, failed to verify the original results.... The talk that I saw [Benveniste] and his co-workers deliver last June was a blinding blizzard of histograms 

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Moonwalking theough the heartland.

While Jim Hansen confessed at the LSE last week that climate publicity is suffering from generation creep as sensitivity estimates waver, a reliable non MSM source  in Lebanon, Ohio, reports Apollo 11 mission commander  Neil Armstrong is now convinced that his historic first step on the moon was part of an elaborate hoax orchestrated by the United States government.

Armstrong is reportedly reconsidering his First Man On The Moon status after watching an exceptionally persuasive YouTube video, examining strips of paper said to be shredded NASA Lunagate e-mails, and reading several blog posts on WUWT and What Moon Landing? theorist Ralph Coleman's OmissionControl .website.

"It only took a few hastily written paragraphs published by this passionate denier of mankind's so-called 'greatest technological achievement' for me to realize I had been living a lie, "  a visibly tired and emotional Armstrong, told reporters at his home. "It has become painfully clear to me that on July 20, 1969, the Lunar Module did not in fact travel 250,000 miles over eight days, touch down on the moon, and perform various experiments, ushering in a new era for humanity."  adding that " The only logical interpretation of the numerous inconsistencies in the grainy, edited, 40-year-old footage is that nitrous oxide was pumped into the command module, and we were taken to a soundstage in New Mexico., where persuasive special effects hoodwinked us into acting out the moonwalk."

Harrison Schmidt  declined comment.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Reaping The Whirlwind

While Watts blog belabors Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse for linking tornado devastation to rising greenhouse warming:

US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse From Rhode Island Provides Erroneous Information To American Public in Global Warming Rant

By WUWT Regular Just The Facts
First, I’m sure I speak for everyone at WUWT when I say that our hearts go out to all the families in Oklahoma affected by the weather tragedy there today.
In the video above US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse states that:
“When cyclones tear up Oklahoma and hurricanes swamp Alabama and wildfires scorch Texas, you come to us, the rest of the country, for billions of dollars to recover. And the damage that your polluters and deniers are doing doesn’t just hit Oklahoma and Alabama and Texas.

His Heartland colleague James Taylor has been busy at Forbes denying the decade long rise in tornado damage:

Sorry Global Warmists, But Extreme Weather Events Are Becoming Less Extreme

Just about every type of extreme weather event is becoming less frequent and less severe in recent years as our planet continues its modest warming in the wake of the Little Ice Age. While global warming activists attempt to spin a narrative of ever-worsening weather, the objective facts tell a completely different story.
New Records for Lack of Tornadoes...

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Is Velikovsky Still Dead ?

WUWT censor and occasional Person of Interest to the Norfolk Constabulary Tallbloke seems anxious to upstage Jim Hansen on the bleeding edge of bad planetary analogy.

Why settle for an alien atmosphere, cosmic rays, or an Iron Sun when you can re-arrange the solar system to suit your taste --

 Was the planet Mercury once a moon of Venus?

"This is an essay written some years ago by the late Tom Van Flandern  which was included in his book ‘Dark Matter, Missing Planets & New Comets’. Tom, who worked for many years at the U.S. Naval Observatory, was an out of the box thinker who covered a wide range of astronomical topics, many of them well outside the mainstream. His methodology was a bit similar to my old dad’s approach to cryptic crosswords. “The clue doesn’t give you the answer, but it helps confirm you got the right answer once you’ve got it”. Leif Svalgaard says he was a crank, which in my view means he’s well worth a read. I think this article, tied in with his other solar system formation concepts, deserves to be republished for the assessment and re-appraisal of the talkshop cogniscenti ..."

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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Postmodern Coal Deposits and the Semiotic Carbon Cycle

Australia's soft coal deposits are inexhaustible because they arise from the fossilization of an organic material called cellulose, which comes in large measure from Murdoch newspapers  readers discard for burial in landfills as fast as Rupert can print them.  

There the postmodern cellulose decays into layers of anthropocene coal shallow as the science writing in The Wall Street Journal and The Daily Telegraph.

Cheap to data mine, this highly inflammatory material attracts advertorials praising the environmental benefits of mining, to assure more money can be made digging up Australian coal than Newscorp can spend digging up dirt on fair dinkum climate scientists.

Once read and buried, the fossilized editorial content of Newscorp papers hastens their transformation into mineable coal that can be exported to China to pay for more Newscorp printing presses as the great biogeochemical cycle of carbon continues.

As an environmentally responsible publisher, Newscorp recycles op-eds whenever possible, and to assure their legibility uses only fresh newsprint and printer’s ink. While the deforestation of Canada to mine tar sand provides Newscorp with an ample supply of journalistic pulp, making ink is harder than manufacturing news, as it entails mixing tar oil with carbon black obtained by frakking & cracking natural gas. 

So tell your Congressman to help the Keystone XL pipeline save the environment by cutting the energy cost of delivering ink from Alberta's beaver infested wilderness to the Murdoch organ nearest you!

Friday, May 3, 2013

The Funeral Games

The ancients thought Olympian tragedies  merited funeral games in  honor of the fallen

Last week Harvard revived this Classical custom with an outdoor boxing fundraiser for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing :