Archive for the 'General' Category

And it is, it is a glorious thing to be a Christian president!

Tuesday, September 20th, 2005

I am the very model of a modern Christian President, My sanctified advisers are both transient and resident, I know our planet’s history in milestones theological, From Genesis to Malachi (but nothing geological). I’m very well acquainted too with matters exegetical, I parse the scientific into holy and heretical, In embryonic stem cells, I see […]

Incompetence Sufficiently Advanced

Tuesday, September 6th, 2005

In a display of the rapid response for which they are justly famous, the Bush team has mobilized to shield the administration from the political consequences of Hurricane Katrina. In parallel with the official effort to shift blame to local authorities, we are now receiving a pitch-perfect chorus of talking points from the usual apologists. […]

Ten Questions to Ask Your History Teacher

Wednesday, August 17th, 2005

One of my objectives in self-improvement is to stop correcting people who misuse the phrase “begs the question.” As has been said about teaching a pig to sing, it wastes your time and annoys the pig. But even if we feel awkward telling people “that’s not what ‘begging the question’ means”, we still need an […]

Mmm … DDT … Yum!

Monday, June 20th, 2005

Thanks to John Quiggin and Tim Lambert, we have pointers to yet another uninformed anti-environmentalist loyally repeating the party line that DDT has been banned for use against malaria, and that the ban has cost millions of lives. This is a crock, as a quick visit to the Malaria Foundation will confirm.[1] While flogging this […]

I christen thee … Samizdat!

Monday, May 30th, 2005

In 1625, King Gustav of Sweden commissioned a warship, the flagship of his fleet, to be called the Vasa. Built to the king’s own specifications, the ship would be the largest in the world — a fitting symbol of Sweden’s naval might. August 10, 1628 was a sunny day, and crowds turned out to see […]

Jaworowski Changelog

Monday, May 30th, 2005

Point #9 modified This point was about how Jaworowski was wrong about a “clear inverse correlation” between depth and CO2 concentration. As Gavin correctly pointed out in the comments, the Greenland data was a poor choice for purposes of illustration, because the presence of dust and other contaminants makes the Greenland CO2 record unreliable. This […]

The Golden Horseshoe Award: Jaworowski and the vast CO2 conspiracy

Tuesday, May 17th, 2005

In Dashiell Hammett’s story The Golden Horseshoe, much of the action takes place in a bar of that name in Tijuana. At one point the narrator, an operative for the Continental Detective Agency, kills a few strategic seconds by studying the decorations: I was reading a sign high on the wall behind the bar: ONLY […]

Jaworowski’s 1994 review article in ESPR

Sunday, May 15th, 2005

Locating this article was a bit of an adventure. During the discussion on Deltoid of Jawarowski’s 2004 statement, the subject of Jaworowski’s publication history (or lack thereof) in peer-reviewed journals came up. Environmental Science and Pollution Research is one such, so it seemed reasonable to look for the Jaworowski paper on ESPR’s web page. You’ll […]

Jaworowski et al.‘s 1992 article in The Science of the Total Environment

Sunday, May 15th, 2005

This paper is lengthy (at 57 pages), and lavishly endnoted (with 177 references in the bibliography). In this paper, Jaworowski, Segalstad and Ono present a listing of supposed problems with ice-core gas measurements. Here’s the title and abstract: This paper fails to present any coherent explanation of why ice core measurements in general should be […]

Fonselius and the history of CO2 measurement

Saturday, May 14th, 2005

This figure in Jaworowski’s statement is reprinted from his article in The Science of the Total Environment 1992, and his related argument seems as odd as it did then. About the figure he says: In Figure 2 encircled values show a biased selection of data used to demonstrate that in 19th century atmosphere the CO2 […]

Mulvaney et al. on H2SO4 inclusions

Thursday, May 12th, 2005

Throughout Jaworowski’s statement, his primary rhetorical tactic is to cite a good paper, by reputable researchers[1], in a way that does nothing but obscure the issue. One key element of this smokescreen is his assertion that “[I]ce cores do not fulfill the essential closed system criteria. One of these is a lack of liquid water […]

A note on Fair Use

Tuesday, May 10th, 2005

It is my hope that this blog will serve to add some value to a number of ongoing debates of great interest to the public (meaning “stuff I care about.”). In the process, I will often have occasion to quote a paper, article, web posting, subway ballad or graffito. When I need to do that, […]

“written for the Hearing before the US Senate …”

Thursday, April 28th, 2005

The hearing schedule for the Committee does not list a hearing for March 19, 2004, but it does list climate-related hearings on Jan. 8, 2003, on Nov. 16, 2004, on Sept. 15, 2004, on May 6, 2004, and on Mar. 6 3, 2004.[1] In these hearings, no mention of Jaworowski is to be found. The […]

Hans Oeschger’s letter to ESPR

Tuesday, April 26th, 2005

Jaworowski’s article in ESPR is so hard to locate, it wouldn’t be too unreasonable to suspect that the journal is not eager now for people to take much notice of it. But it did get noticed by one giant in climate science — Hans Oeschger. Prof. Oeschger was the founder of the Division of Climate […]

What’s taking so long?

Saturday, April 2nd, 2005

This blog has been in operation since February, 2005 — but there have been no posts. So what gives? Since I had not announced its existence, I figured this blog was still unknown, and that I had time to learn about WordPress and try to write some reasonably decent posts before exposing myself to public […]

What are the posts in the “References” category?

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2005

These are posts referred to in some way from elsewhere in the blog. I put them here to reduce clutter. Since each post in this category is (at least in principle) linked to by some other post, I have set this category so it does not display on the front page. This post is the […]

Just what the Web needs — another damn blog.

Friday, January 28th, 2005

This is my first post. You may be wondering if I suffer from an excess of vanity, or free time, or both, to be starting a blog. Well, maybe the first. If so, I hope that both of my loyal readers will miss no chance to slap it out of me. My motivation is the […]