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Climate Craziness of the Week: how ‘climate change is messing up’ the search for the missing Malaysian airliner

lorne50:

this is one for the twit feed too as it’s just stupid and need’s to be out their . :>(

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

While 10 different aircraft plus ships search the area near western Australia where debris was spotted by satellite , Mother Jone Magazine takes a stupid pill and puts this crazy theory on display.

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P.A. Semi: Topology of the curved space-time universe

lorne50:

The shit that makes me think on a Sat morning ;>)

Originally posted on Tallbloke's Talkshop:

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Our friend Semi has sent me a paper to  first publish here at the talkshop. There are some interesting puzzles and some speculative ideas in it which will intrigue our readers. Since as Hans Jelbring showed the other day, we tend to be sceptical of ‘grand theories’, we should also temper our scepticism  with an openness to alternative ideas lest it becomes a dour cynicism. The great thing about having an open mind is the ability to filter things out of it as well as allow things into it. So we can take the parts of someone else’s work we find interesting or useful, and leave the parts we aren’t interested in, without feeling the need to pass judgement on them.

Semi emailed this introduction along with the paper:

This winter I’ve sent you one my works, and said, there is another work pending, which I’m attaching now…
It…

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Do we call them Nazis or not?

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lorne50:

Yes well said

Originally posted on Pointman's:

An Oxbridge don, after staggering out of a faculty meeting that had dragged on for hours, was heard to remark that how a predominantly male society could produce so many old women, was totally beyond him. What I think he was referring to was the more than usual amount of bitchiness one finds prevalent in academia, even between theology departments.

In a way it’s understandable because there are always contending ideas which have their own sets of passionate supporters. Academics are somewhat like warring fans of different football teams, except they wear beige cardigans and casual shoes rather than bomber jackets and bovver boots. Where it gets spiteful and nasty, is in personal attacks against the people who hold a certain position by people who prefer another explanation.

It’s not always a bad thing to debate a theory vigorously, as it does tend to lead to the occasional paradigm change in…

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Friday Funny – Mann Overboard!

lorne50:

Maybe Mr. Mann is still mad at Dr. Moore for his take down of Mann’s friend that other stellar PhD Mr. Fruitfly on SUN NEWS up here in CANADA

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

Dr. Mann doesn’t seem to know who he’s labeling as a “garden variety troll”.

This is probably just a conditioned reflex on his part, since anyone who disagrees with the omniscient Mann is eventually labeled a troll, but in this case, Dr. Mann’s annoyance gives the extra distinction of “garden variety troll”. Observe:

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Neil Young’s Hiroshima – Exhibit #10 in the Drama Queen Files

lorne50:

Well said Donna.

Originally posted on NoFrakkingConsensus:

Rockstar’s rhetoric about Canada’s oil sands is intemperate, offensive, and ill-informed.

When an argument is intellectually shallow, its proponents reach for emotionalism and over-the-top language. The latest embarrassing example comes from Canadian-born musician Neil Young.

Although he lives on a 1,500-acre estate in California, Young has spent the past week on an anti-oil sands music tour north of the border. The stated goal of these benefit concerts is to raise money for a legal challenge to the expansion of the oil sands.

Ostensibly, Young is concerned about the health and treaty rights of First Nation individuals who live near Fort McMurray, a community of roughly 65,000 in the northern part of the Canadian province of Alberta. But the real target, the “elephant in the room” as Young himself describes it, is human-caused global warming.

When someone says Fort McMurray is “up North,” they aren’t kidding. Alberta’s two main…

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Just Hit The NOAA Motherlode

lorne50:

Well done Steve ;>)

Originally posted on Real Science:

I spent the evening comparing USHCN V1 and V2 graphs, and discovered a huge discrepancy between their V1 and V2 adjustments.

This is their current US graph. Note that there is a discontinuity at 1998, which doesn’t look right. Globally, temperatures plummeted in 1999-2000, but they didn’t in the US graph.

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Climate at a Glance | Time Series

It doesn’t look right, because they made a huge change going from USHCN V1 to V2.

In V1 they adjusted recent temperatures upwards (thin line below) and made little adjustment to older temperatures.

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GHCN Global Gridded Data

But when they switched to V2, they started adjusting older temperatures downwards, and left post-2000 temperatures more or less intact. This created a huge jump (greater than one degree) downwards for all years prior to 2000. You can see what they did in the animation below.

Blue line is thermometer data.  Thin red line is…

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The Invisible Judith Curry

lorne50:

thank you both for the truth you put out there.

Originally posted on NoFrakkingConsensus:

A bona fide climate scientist tells US Senators we have no idea whether human-caused global warming will be a serious problem. The media doesn’t report it.

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Dr. Judith Curry has spent 30 years studying the climate. She currently chairs the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Testifying before a committee of the US Senate yesterday, this even-tempered, matter-of-fact professor made a number of remarks the public deserves to hear. For example, she referred to human-caused, greenhouse-gas related global warming as:

a theory whose basic mechanism is well understood, but whose magnitude is highly uncertain. [bold added]

Hiring an appliance repair man involves a similarly well understood mechanism. He performs a task, I give him money. The fact that I’ve had to call him is less important than the magnitude of the situation. How much repairing will he need to…

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