Archives for the month of: January, 2015

I noticed an article in American Thinker today. Lengthy, but more than worth the time. It was republished from July 2014. It seems it was carried in multiple other online publications in November.

Danusha V. Goska explains some of what converted her from leftist/progressivist thinking.

I have a lot running through my head to write down, but she says it all well. Not much point in gilding lilies.

It seems rather obvious to me that leftists simply refuse to consider counter arguments, at least beyond formulating rebuttals.

Arguments from the right typically rely on facts and rational, logical argument. Emphasis on results. Arguments from the left start and end with emotionalism, and throw in outrage between. Emphasis on intentions.

It has occurred to me that maybe the Calvinists are right. Maybe God only grants a few of us actual free will and true ability to reason. Perhaps God blinds many into thinking they are the Elect, the Chosen, the Worthy. (Calvinists will object to that last. So be it.)

I don’t accept the notion in the slightest. No, God grants us all free will. (Prevenient grace, God makes able.) God grants us all the mind of Christ if we will meditate there in. God grants us the spirit of power, love, and mental soundness. His perfect love casts out fear, and Jesus promised that anyone who is determined to do God’s will shall know the difference between God’s teaching and man’s. (John 7:17)

Micah stated it best. Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly. (I think I don’t say that enough. I must remind myself continuously.)

Part of it all is we must accept pain, long-suffering, and death as simply part of the good creation. When we accept that life is hard, while remembering every breath is a gift, we tend to lose utopian ideals. Progressivism is seen for the hollow shell of waste that it is. When we understand that the gods of copybook headings with terror and slaughter return, we pay no heed to the dismissiveness of the leftists. We remember that the wages of sin is death, and if you don’t work you die.

So, pull on your grown-up pants, and wrap your mind around the reality that one cannot solve the problem of power with centralized (state) power. Decentralize. Free. Never coerce. Persuade with a life well lived. Free.

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
Martin Niemöller

Watts Up With That?

greg-ladenThis is a guest post about the execrable Greg Laden, and his calls for firing Dr. Willie Soon without having one iota of proof of his assertions. I’ve had run ins with this fool before, where I point out he’s lied about me, and even considered taking him to court for libel. In this episode, once again, Greg Laden is wronger than wrong, as is the paid political shill Brad Johnson, campaign manager of Forecast the Facts, who put together the smear campaign seen in the photo below. As Instapundit says, “hit back twice as hard”. Its the only thing a bully truly understands. – Anthony Watts

willieGuest essay, reposted with permission, by William H. Briggs, statistician, who blogs here

Government Funding Is A Conflict Of Interest: Cowardly Calls For Climate Scientist’s Firing

The Beast

What entity pours by far the most money into scientific research? I’ll give…

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Over and over for over 3,000 years, we have abandoned windmills. We will this time too. Who will clean up the mess?


engineering-image-4 Engineers cotton on to the great wind power fraud, faster than most.

Provided they haven’t got their trotters in the wind industry subsidy trough, engineers are quicker than most, when it comes to rumbling the great wind power fraud.

Practically minded, and with heads for real numbers, engineers are able to pick apart the complete pointlessness of trying to rely on an energy source that will NEVER be available on demand (can’t be stored) – is entirely dependent upon the weather – and is, therefore, not a generation “system” at all: “chaos” and “system” are words that come from completely different paddocks; and which mean completely different things (see our post here).

And engineers, who build “systems”, don’t like “chaos”.

Google’s top engineers – Stanford PhDs, Ross Koningstein and David Fork – came out and recently tipped a bucket on the nonsense of attempting to run 21st…

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Always worth reading, Pointman makes a clear and certainly true point.

JB Phillips wrote that “Your God is Too Small”. He was correct. My God is too small. With Job, I say, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust him.”

Somehow, there is so much more to it.

Mostly, Micah echos in my head, “Do justice, love mercy, walk humbly.”

We do no justice when green notions do so much harm. We forsake mercy when we coerce and foust our will and impose our ideals. We flaunt in pride when we are so confident in “what’s best.”

First, do no harm.

There are uses of adversity.


A friend once turned to me on a day that had no mercy in it and said, “you’re right, there is no God.” We were both watching something slowly unfolding, something cold and just petrifying cruel which couldn’t be stopped by either of us. We couldn’t exert any control over it, we could only watch; emasculated observers at the final end of world extinction event of any residual hope about how low us human beings could really get. Pop, there they go, pop, pop, another couple of the buggers. Pop, pop, and poppety pop and yet a few more of them.

At the time and in a vague distracted sort of way, it broke my heart to see him lose his faith, because I loved him as only one man can love another and I’d always somehow relied on him to be the last unwavering believer in some sort of floor of decency that none of…

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Near or in the permafrost boundary. That clearly shows these previous episodes between ice ages were warmer than this episode we live in today.

Age of Rocks

Caves are among nature’s most meticulous record keepers. Every year, infiltrating rain or snowmelt dissolves the bedrock in which the cavern has formed and deposits minerals inside the cave as iconic formations—stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone, and more—called speleothems. Most importantly, these formations are locked away inside underground refrigerators, so to speak, safe from the surface environment. Using various chemical analyses, geologists can reconstruct past climates from the tiny layers within speleothems, because the chemistry of the rock reflects that of the precipitation that originally fell on the region over thousands of years.

So what happens when water can no longer flow into the cave from the surface? Of course, if a region experienced severe and prolonged drought, there would be no water to infiltrate caves in the first place, and this would result in a paucity of speleothem growth. But there is another phenomenon that can prevent ample rain and snowfall from ever reaching the…

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We honeymooned in Paris. It was winter time and very cold, but it was still beautiful. When I say cold, I mean it was extremely cold, brutal, so much so that if you couldn’t see the frost glinting on something like the inside of a mine that’s been “salted” with gold dust by a conman, it was because it was already covered in ice. Nearly everywhere we attempted to visit, variations of the same sign were up. Fermées à causede la glace – closed because of the ice.

It was so bad, my beautiful young bride’s hip started to freeze, and there I was struggling around Île de la Cité to show her Notre Dame with someone on my arm who from a distance could be mistaken for Quasimodo’s sister limping along beside me. Keep going Esmeralda, if we can reach the cathedral, you’ll get some heat, never mind sanctuary.


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As an engineer with a thorough education and understanding of the physics of matter, especially in the solid state, I take it as certain that all variation and every gradient has forces acting to reduce and eventually eliminate the variation and gradient. There are mechanisms active and available to facilitate in all circumstances. The question boils down to time. The rate of the action is not always clear or quantifiable.

It seems to me the actual rates involved in ice cores are slow enough to give us a reasonable picture of the past, but it is most certainly attenuated. Keep in mind that the averaging is not “average” but forcing toward zero. The farther from zero at any given point, the greater the tendency toward zero at that point. Peaks spread and dissipate. They don’t just average. The physical actions working in the ice, on the bubbles, et al., are not a smoothing so much as a squashing toward the lowest possible uniform value. Not that the natural amount of CO2 in ice is zero. That is, ice is made of H2O. CO2 will eventually diffuse out of the ice where there is no boundary condition imposing an external limit or partial pressure

Watts Up With That?

Guest essay by Ronald D Voisin

(For the Ice-Core “Near-Perfect-Recordation” Enthusiasts)

Ice-cores analysis has provided many valuable insights into past climate. We can be more confident for some of these insights than others. One troubling insight surrounds the peaks of historic CO2 atmospheric concentration. In this essay, I would like to describe what I believe would be an “ideal” description of the recordation process regarding the amplitude of the peaks of historic CO2 atmospheric concentration.

Let’s assume that the following atmospheric perturbation is to be recorded in the ice (see Figure 1). At some point in time t, atmospheric CO2 rises from a background concentration of 300ppm, at 3ppm/year, for 100 years. It peaks at 600ppm representing a 100% spike from the original background concentration and then falls in a similar fashion during the ensuing 100 years. The amplitude and duration of the perturbation are arbitrary…

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MCID application is a good idea. It will be useful if it is used.

Watts Up With That?

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen


Warning: This essay is about a recently emerging concept being applied in medical research. In the course of the essay, it will become clear how this concept might cross over to the field of climatology. Those readers only interested in climate issues or the Climate Wars should move on to the next offering here at WUWT – this essay is not for you.

There is a new concept slowly emerging in the field of clinical medical research. It is called Minimal Clinically Important Difference.

Here’s the definition:

“When assessing the clinical utility of therapies intended to improve subjective outcomes, the amount of improvement that is important to patients must be determined. The smallest benefit of value to patients is called the minimal clinically important difference (MCID). The MCID is a patient-centered concept, capturing both the magnitude of the improvement and also the value patients…

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Musings on Science and Theology

YanceyThe next chapter of Philip Yancey’s new book Vanishing Grace: What Ever Happened to the Good News? makes a great followup to Tuesday’s post the “scientific” answer to the question “why are we here?”. Yancey addresses this question by illustrating several of the views running around in our society and contrasting them with a Christian answer to the question.

An Accident of Evolution. Yancey begins with the view put forth by Gould that humans are simply an accident of evolution. We simply are. There is no cosmic significance to our presence. And he considers the fact that some scientists go further than Gould. There is nothing significant that separates us from other animals. But Yancey finds this a bit troubling:

I find the evolutionary psychologists’ account of animal behavior fascinating. When they apply the same principles to human beings, however, my alarm bells go off. To mention the most important…

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Too good. Must read.

Watts Up With That?

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach

To start the four tales of the title, I noticed a couple of stories in the news lately about how critical inexpensive energy is for the poor. The first story said:

Wall Street may be growing anxious about the negative impact of falling oil prices on energy producers, but the steep declines of recent weeks are delivering substantial benefits to U.S. working-class families and retirees who have largely missed out on the fruits of the economic recovery.

Just last week, the U.S. Energy Information Administration estimated that the typical U.S. household would save $750 because of lower gasoline prices this year, $200 more than government experts predicted a month ago. People who depend on home heating oil and propane to warm their homes, as millions do in the Northeast and Midwest, should enjoy an additional savings of about $750 this winter.

“It may not have…

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Big Picture News, Informed Analysis

If journalists can’t stray from the ‘we’re all gonna die!’ climate narrative without being pilloried, we really are doomed.

Matt Ridley is the rarest sort of journalist. He holds a PhD in science – zoology, from Oxford University. This makes him better equipped than most of us to evaluate scientific findings.

Not only has Ridley served as science editor of The Economist magazine, he is the author of Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters and several other books about scientific matters.

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One would think that his bedrock qualifications and illustrious career would count for something. One would expect that even people who disagree with him would recognize that he is an experienced, informed journalist whose analysis is worthy of serious consideration.

But that has not been Ridley’s experience. In a recent column for The Times newspaper – also published on his…

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Yes, biodiversity is a problem for any young-earth supposition.

The simple fact of extensive extinction is a horrible problem for YEC. The population estimates are absolutely impossible in the time frame of only several hundred years. It is impossible to reconcile the stated basis of YEC claims with the reality of only 1 in 1000 species surviving on earth to modern times. (The ark was supposed to save them all. Why let 99.9% die off shortly thereafter?)

Not only are the South American ungulate species problematic for YEC all by themselves, there is the further fact that the majority of ungulate species are clean. Accordingly, there were not just a single pair of each of these different ungulates on the ark, but seven pairs, making it that much more remarkable that they all died out. (Seven mating pairs gives much better odds of surviving than only a single pair.)

Note, contrary to YEC assumptions and rationalizations, the bible explicitly defines kinds in Leviticus 11 (and elsewhere). Kinds of ravens; kinds of hawks; at least three locust/grasshoppers, each specified after its kinds, and beetles after their kinds (though the word might have been another set of locust type insects). Kinds is not genera or family, but species, or from Leviticus (and the bird list is reiterated in Deuteronomy), we must allow subspecies, by the modern definition. By the way, what bird or insect of any kind goes about on four feet? (Four, not six, not two–four. Leviticus 11:20, אַרְבַּ֑ע, not to mention bats listed with the birds.) Using the biblical definition of “kinds”, there would have been many thousands of clean ungulates on Noah’s ark.

Further, you mention the birds. The bible doesn’t delineate what birds are clean, but rather gives an explicit (though hard to define) list of unclean birds. Accordingly, it is reasonable to assume from the express statements in the bible all the extinct birds were clean, including the enormous flightless birds. Thousands of those too on the ark.

A side note on clean: given the many generations Noah preceded Moses, what’s up with “clean” anyway?

Naturalis Historia

Life is incredibly diverse.  Millions of species fill the seas, land and skies of our little planet.  It seems as if there is no end to the discovery of new animals, plants and other life forms.  As a biologist who teaches a class about plant diversity, I can always count on discovering a new group of plants that I have never seen before which is always exciting.  But what blows my mind even more is the thought that what I see living around me today is but a tiny fraction of the diversity of life that has lived on this Earth.

A slide from a recent presentation I made on the discovery of deep time illustrating the mind-boggling estimates of number of species that have lived on earth versus the number alive right now. The images are of extinct marine reptiles on the left and cetacean alive today on the right. Image: Joel Duff the mind-boggling estimates of number of species that have lived on earth versus the number alive right now. Extinct marine reptiles on the left and cetacean alive today on the right. Image: Joel Duff

When you begin to look at fossils, the animals alive today can suddenly seem a bit mundane. And…

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Musings on Science and Theology

Swarming AntsThe industrious ants store up food for the winter while the grasshopper sings the days away. Aesop’s fable of The Grasshopper and the Ants provides an ancient example of moral lessons derived from nature. Ants are always working and foraging for food. We would do well to emulate this industry. But can nature alone really provide moral lessons? Is it wise to seek such lessons in nature?

Although ants may provide a positive lesson, what about wasps? Charles Darwin commented in a letter to Asa Gray:

There seems to me too much misery in the world. I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent & omnipotent God would have designedly created the Ichneumonidæ with the express intention of their feeding within the living bodies of caterpillars, or that a cat should play with mice.

When we expect moral lessons from nature, nature will often disappoint … 0r take us in…

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Hyperbolic? Certainly, but dead on!
The section headed: “The Pressure Point of Collapse Loomed.” is particularly important.
Click the link and read the article.
Consensus regarding forcing children into professional sports of any kind is unquestioned. We know parents (educators, sports staff, governments) should not force children into competitive sports, yet we’ve fostered a meme that encourages forcing children into competitive careerism.
Leave them alone!
Leave us alone!
Individual parents will, with few exceptions, make the best choices for their own children, and the children will make the best choices for themselves, as long as the government doesn’t interfere and screw it all up.
Children are our fellow travelers in this life, not our retirement plan.

IGNITE! ... Fire is Catching

“A Lie cannot live.” – Dr. Martin Luther King

Omission 2

Race To The Stadium (RTTS) established

A group of professional sports team owners and product sponsors decided the United States was losing ground globally in producing high quality athletes…. so they met with The President and the National Secretary of the Department of Sports to convince them to set new athletic policies. Soon after, the new RTTS (Race To The Stadium) was established.   A committee was selected to write new and rigorous standards starting from womb to stadium.

A handpicked group of professional team owners and employees of national product sponsors were selected to establish the new standards. A few adult level doctors were also added. Written in under a year, they were rolled out to the state Governors and the State Superintendents of Department of Sports. In order for the new Common Sport State Standards (CSSS) to be adopted into…

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