Friday, 26 September 2014

13 misconceptions explained

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Teh stoopid, it burns

Jon Stewart brilliantly illustrates the level of scientific understanding of the average pseudo-skeptic. Unfortunately, teh stoopid are the GOP-members of the US Congress House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Quite embarrasing.

Some quotes
Congresmann Larry Bucshon explains why doesn't believe the science on global warming:
there’s public comments out there that that question has been asked and answered saying "no".
Scientist John  Holdren answers politely
You should look at the scientific literature rather than the public comments
Stewart put's it a bit more direct
With all due respect, Rep. Bucshon, I suggest you get the Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology as opposed to the YouTube comment feed of Obummerlies1776
Congresmann Larry Bucshon illustrates he's stuck in conspiracy-thoughts:
Of all the climatologists whose careers depend on the climate changing to keep themselves publishing articles — yes, I could read that, but I don't believe it.
Stewart summarizes the congresmman's words: 
I do not believe the scientists because it is their profession, not their hobby

Next: Congressman Steve Stockman on the melting of ice : 
I mean think about it, if your ice cube melts in your glass it doesn't overflow, it's displacement This is the thing, some of the things they're talking about, mathematically and scientifically don't make sense.
John Stewart: 
How far back to the elementary school curriculum do we have to go to get someone on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology caught up?
The congressman misses the point of thermal expansion. And of course something illustrated by Stewart in the video. (Start at 2'50'').

And this is exactly why i haven't been blogging much lately. What's to say when confronted with such levels of willful ignorance ?

Saturday, 20 September 2014

global warming is a religion

Yet another embarrassing  petition by the Cornwall Alliance emerged:
As the product of infinitely wise design, omnipotent creation, and faithful sustaining (Genesis 1:1–31; 8:21–22), Earth is robust, resilient, self-regulating, and self-correcting. Although Earth and its subsystems, including the climate system, are susceptible to some damage by ignorant or malicious human action, God’s wise design and faithful sustaining make these natural systems more likely—as confirmed by widespread scientific observation—to respond in ways that suppress and correct that damage than magnify it catastrophically.

the ‘scientific’ part of the petition is nothing but a bunch of non sequiturs and red herrings.

The petition calls for :

  • We call on Christians to practice creation stewardship out of love for God and love for our neighbors—especially the poor.

  • We call on Christian leaders to study the issues and embrace sound scientific, economic, and ethical thinking on creation stewardship, particularly climate change.

  • We call on political leaders to abandon fruitless and harmful policies to control global temperature and instead adopt policies that simultaneously reflect responsible environmental stewardship, make energy and all its benefits more affordable, and so free the poor to rise out of poverty.

  • Signed by the usual suspects like Lord Monckton, Roy Spencer and a whole bunch of other familiar sounding names (webcited)

    These are the people crying global warming is a religion…