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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).


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.”

A stunningly accurate description of creationists

Posted in Amusements, Creationism, Deniers, Terry Trainor, Wingnuts on September 14, 2011 by solenadon

among others.  The following line appears particularly accurate

“The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which unskilled people make poor decisions and reach erroneous conclusions, but their incompetence denies them the metacognitive ability to recognize their mistakes.[1] The unskilled therefore suffer from illusory superiority, rating their ability as above average, much higher than it actually is, …”

I finally have an accurate description of how creationists operate.

Dunning–Kruger effect – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

I guess he was hoping prayer would help cut the budget

Posted in Amusements, Climate, Watching the elephant, Wingnuts on September 7, 2011 by solenadon

An explaination as to why Gov. Perry held the prayer meeting in April…

Texas cut fire department funding by 75 percent this year | Raw Replay.

He was passing the buck…

I prefer to think of these as God’s “junk shots”

Posted in Amusements, Climate, Watching the elephant on September 6, 2011 by solenadon

As PZ pointed out, Gov. Perry had a three day prayer fest in April in an attempt to stop a drought.  4 months later, drought is worse than ever…

Why isn’t this an example of the falsification of the power of prayer? | Pharyngula.

In the meantime, Irene goes up the East coast, Katia is turning back to the Atlantic, and Lee taunted Texas before heading up through Louisiana.

Perhaps his prayers have been answered., but the deity just has bad aim.

Michelle Bachmann’s real problem

Posted in Amusements, Venomous mammals, Watching the elephant, Wingnuts on August 19, 2011 by solenadon

She’s 100 years out of date…

Bachmann: The American People Are Concerned About “The Rise Of The Soviet Union” | Right Wing Watch.

Is there a word that means “excess of Schadenfreude”?

Posted in Amusements, Venomous mammals, Watching the elephant, Wingnuts on August 19, 2011 by solenadon

Because that’s what’s now needed, considering this headline…

Anti-gay Indiana Lawmaker Caught in Rent-boy Sex Scandal | From the Left.