Archive for October, 2011

Watts eating Anthony

Posted in Amusements, Climate, Deniers, Reality Based on October 23, 2011 by solenadon

Apparently Anthony Watts helped fund a study on the supposed “Heat Island Effect”.  According to Watts, this effect caused questionable temperature anomolies that confused professional climatologists, among other claims.

Well, now that study is in, and as pointed out in the following link, it shows that the Heat Island effect doesn’t do what he claimed it did.  In fact, this report shows that Climate change is happening…

 

Hey Anthony: Watts up with this? | The Zingularity.

 

Anthony’s response…

I consider the paper fatally flawed as it now stands, and thus I recommend it be removed from publication consideration by JGR until such time that it can be reworked.

Sounds like sour grapes on Anthony’s part…or maybe he’s scared of losing his denier funding (speculation, of course).

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In which Associate Professor Davison becomes a stalker

Posted in Creationism, Terry Trainor, Venomous mammals, Wingnuts on October 18, 2011 by solenadon

Apparently the associate professor is not content to stalk actual scientists.  He’s taken to stalking a Cornell University Ph. D. student.  Why, one may ask?  Well, the ASSociate Professor claims Stuart Campbell  “wanted to debate me”.  However, there is a distinct lack of proof that this student would want anything to do with the ASSociate Professor.  More likely, the ASSociate professor got bored and proceeded to inflict unwanted attention on an innocent student who…well…who knows how Davison’s mind works.

Aside from dishonestly avoiding evidence presented to his face that is (PZ Myers has more publications than the ASSociate professor).

And now he’s given this Ph. D. student an “Ultimatum”…

“…I gave Stuart Campbell one week to produce others willing to join him in denouncing our science. He has produced not a single ally.”

I daresay this student has more, and better, things to do than stroke the ASSociate professors ego.  That’s a job better left to his fluffer, Trainor.

I, however, am proud to stand with Ph. D. student Stuart Campbell.  A link to this post will be posted to Davison’s, heh, blog.  However, I doubt it will stay.  Davison is much to wrapped up in his martyr complex to allow it to.

Sol

Can Christians even read

Posted in Creationism, Venomous mammals, Wingnuts on October 18, 2011 by solenadon

Ed Brayton has an amusing post about Bryan Fischer, attack chihuahua of the AFA.  Apparently he’s into selective quoting of the bible…which seems to be a Christian attribute.

Go read Ed’s post…http://freethoughtblogs.com/dispatches/2011/10/17/has-bryan-fischer-read-his-own-bible/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+freethoughtblogs%2Fdispatches+%28FTB%3A+Dispatches+from+the+Culture+Wars%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

Long story short…Fischer is blaming Muslims for slavery perpetuated by Christians.  Not the stupidest thing a Christian said, but it rates right up there.

 

An example of what could happen if creationists get in power

Posted in Climate, Creationism, Deniers, Watching the elephant, Wingnuts on October 17, 2011 by solenadon

This article points out that officials appointed by Prez candidate Rick Perry censored and modified parts of a scientific report that they didn’t agreee with.  It looks like these were censored/modified strictly for potlitical reason, not for anything based in reality.

Rick Perry officials spark revolt after doctoring environment report | Environment | The Guardian.

 

False prophets

Posted in Watching the elephant, Wingnuts on October 10, 2011 by solenadon

Ed Brayton has a post about that great false prophet Pat Robertson talking about, well, false prophets.

http://freethoughtblogs.com/dispatches/2011/10/10/false-prophet-criticizes-false-prophets/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+freethoughtblogs%2Fdispatches+%28FTB%3A+Dispatches+from+the+Culture+Wars%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

talk about blinkers…

 

Why regulation is needed…

Posted in Reality Based, Science, Venomous mammals on October 5, 2011 by solenadon

Looks like the invisible hand of the free market did a piss-poor job here…

Tobacco Companies Hid Evidence of Radiation in Cigarettes for Decades – ABC News.

Looks like profit trumps safety.

Tilting at windmills again

Posted in Amusements, Creationism, Venomous mammals, Wingnuts on October 3, 2011 by solenadon

It would appear that Associate Professor Davison may be stalking another innocent victim.  He’s claiming he’s being “plagued” by one Stuart Campbell who, according to Davison, merely wants to debate him.

Now, if Mr. Campbell is at all familiar with Davison, he should know he doesn’t debate.  He abuses, he dissembles, he whines, he affects a martyr pose.  He doesn’t debate.  This is on top of the fact he has nothing to debate about.

Welcome to my Weblog « The Proceedings of the Natural History Society of South Burlington Vermont.

Now he claims that Mr. Campbell is “begging me to stop including him in my emails to the “Big 4 of Darwinian mysticism.”.  I find this interesting.  Since we have no idea what Mr. Campbell has actually said (since Davison likes to hide any opposition who posts, hiding behind rather bogus “rules”), I doubt Mr. Campbell actually contacted Davison at all.  Considering Davison’s history, it’s more likely that he started stalking another innocent victim in an attempt at relevency/ego stroking.

Having read some of Mr. Campbell’s entries on line, I doubt that, had he initiated the discussion, he wouldn’t be backing down in the manner Davison is implying.

On a lighter note, Davison offers up a “quote” from Harry Truman, leaving the first bit blank.  I’ll just finish it for him…

“John Davison is a living miracle with neither brains nor guts.”