Lindzen’s Iris

Two good articles on Dr. Curry’s blog on Lindzen’s Adaptive IR Iris.  Continue reading

Climate on Ice: Ocean-Ice Dynamics

Originally posted on Science Matters:

Sea ice is not simple. Some Background is in order.

When white men started to explore the north of America, they first encountered the Crees. Hudson Bay posts were established to trade goods for pelts, especially the beavers used for making those tall hats worn by British ceremonial guards.

The Crees told the whites that further on toward the Arctic Circle there were others they called “eskimos”. The Cree word means “eaters of raw meat” and it is derogatory. The Inuit (as they call themselves) were found to have dozens of words for snow, a necessary vocabulary for surviving in the Arctic world.

A recent lexicon of sea ice terminology in Nunavik (Appendix A of the collective work Siku: Knowing our Ice, 2008) comprises no fewer than 93 different words. These include general appellations such as siku, but also terms as specialized as qautsaulittuq, ice that breaks after its strength…

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The 97% consensus from the other side

My last post had Ross McKittrick’s comments on the 97% consensus. Commenter SMS indicated that John Cook wrote a rebuttal in the post.  Continue reading

Maybe all the talking heads ought to read this

Ross McKittrick has an excellent summary on the 97% consensus scam. Continue reading

Concerns raised about independece/objectivity of Centers for Disease Control

[British Medical Journal]
After revelations that the CDC is receiving some funding from industry, Jeanne Lenzer investigates how it might have affected the organisation’s decisions
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Despite the agency’s disclaimer, the CDC does receive millions of dollars in industry gifts and funding, both directly and indirectly, and several recent CDC actions and recommendations have raised questions about the science it cites, the clinical guidelines it promotes, and the money it is taking.
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Industry funding of the CDC has taken many doctors, even some who worked for CDC, by surprise. Philip Lederer, an infectious diseases fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, and a former CDC epidemic intelligence service officer, told The BMJ he was “saddened” to learn of industry funding.
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– Keep in mind that industry and other third party money doesn’t mean that there “is” influence at play, but it certainly means that recommendations by CDC (and other groups, of course) need to be scrutinized carefully…

rest of article: http://www.bmj.com/content/350/bmj.h2362

Gates the bureaucrat and the Boy Scouts of America

I was angered last week to hear Rush Limbaugh say that he was surprised to find out that homosexuals are such a small segment of the population.

But noisy and politically very successful, aren’t they Rush?
They get to define the debate. You and other pundits call them “Gay.” What’s “Gay” about them?

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A Look At Kratom: Fear-mongering and regulatory zeal to beat the band

According to Google Trends, interest in the search term “Kratom” has increased sharply from 2011—by a factor of three. Insider blogs note that it trends higher than many other supplements. What’s more, vastly conflicting descriptions of its benefits and side effects are all over the Web, along with troubling reports of adulterated versions of the substance being sold online. Not surprisingly, eager beaver regulators have jumped into the fray.

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