Archive for December, 2009

Contrasting Vacations

To the multitude of differences between Pres. Bush and Pres. Obama we can add: their preferred vacations.  Pres. Bush would famously go to his Texas ranch and do manual labor around the homestead.  Pres. Obama, on the other hand, has gone off to a vacation home in ritzy Waikiki Beach, where his manual labor consists [...]

Merry Christmas

In that region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.   An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear.
The angel said to them, “Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of [...]

Voting Democrat Makes You Unhappy

Not really, of course.  This is a case of correlation not causation but there is a very clear pattern to state-by-state happiness data published recently in Science.  The Wall Street Journal published a summary (here is their chart).  The happiest states overwhelmingly voted for McCain in the 2008 election and the least happy states unanimously [...]

Virtual Marriage

One of the points defenders of traditional marriage make is that marriage is, first and foremost, about creating and raising children.  It’s not, despite what many proponents of gay marriage contend, about an expression of love.  You don’t need marriage for that.  While obviously you don’t need marriage to create or raise children, your chances [...]

Letter to the Editor

Here is a letter I recently sent to the Philadelphia Inquirer.  It was unpublished, of course.
To the editor,
A recent letter claimed “anyone who is scientifically literate knows that climate-gate is a nonscandal”.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  In fact, many active scientists (climate and otherwise) have recognized this is a serious problem that undermines trust [...]

False Climate Data

The CRU hacking case just keeps getting better.  Here is a detailed discussion of how the IPCC’s chart for 20th century temperatures in Australia completely contradicts the raw data.  I’ll stop short of calling it fraud because that requires knowledge of motivations. 
But I think the time has come for us to demand that all climate [...]

The CRU/Crappy Media Parallel

As I was writing the previous post on the craptastic legacy media, I realized there’s a remarkable parallel with the unfolding CRU hacked email scandal.  When true believers (leftwing journalists in one case vs climate researchers in the other) control the input (reporting vs climate data) and the “unbiased” check on quality (editors vs peer [...]

Legacy Media Strikes Again

The legacy media continues to not quite grasp the fact that they no longer have a monopoly on information.  Nicholas Kristof and the NY Times provide us with another shining example.  It’s an over the top story about a guy who lost his job and his insurance and has a potentially fatal health problem that [...]

Hunters and Locavores

A letter to the editor in today’s Inquirer complained about a previous article that referred to hunting as a sport.  The author wrote that “a sport involves two equally matched teams on a level playing field”.  Oh yeah?  Clearly she’s never watched a 76ers game.  They’re 5 and 14 as of today.  I’ll bet the [...]