Archive for the Reality Based Category

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).


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.

San Bruno Gas Explosion One Year Anniversary, Lax Oversight is Blamed

Posted in Reality Based, Venomous mammals, Watching the elephant, Wingnuts on September 9, 2011 by solenadon

To anyone who says regulations are killing business…lack of regulations and avoidance of existing ones kill people.

Ben Jervey | San Bruno Gas Explosion One Year Anniversary, Lax Oversight is Blamed.

Somehow…not surprising

Posted in Amusements, Creationism, Reality Based on May 20, 2011 by solenadon

Creationists love to assert that the Theory of evolution is the corrupt basis for all the ills that they percieve.  They also claim that their creationist fantasy is much better, due to the “fact” it’s biblically based.  And from there it enters into the basic creationist loop…bible good because it’s “God’s” word…and it’s “God’s” word because the bible claims it is.

Which make this link endlessly amusing.

Cosmic Log – Is the Bible full of ‘forgeries’?.

I also find it amusing that evangelical scholars are not attacking him for his conclusions, they’re attacking him for how he says it.

Which in itself sums up certain creationists I’ve encountered.   They can’t effectively dispute arguments for evolution and against creationism…so they resort to the “how it’s said” trick.  For instance…it’s not said in a “civil” manner, so it will be ignored.

What’s wrong with Watts: Watts Vs. Watts

Posted in Amusements, Climate, Reality Based on May 13, 2011 by solenadon

From Deltoid…apparently when Anthony Watts does some actual research he contradicts his climate denialist roots.

Funny, actually…

Anthony Watts contradicted by Watts et al : Deltoid.

Something interesting from a real Professor

Posted in Reality Based, Science on April 27, 2011 by solenadon

The true story of the Archaean genetic expansion : Pharyngula.

An interesting post.  And it contains an account of the almost obligatory creationist mis-representations.