Archives for the month of: January, 2017

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Pastor Bohanon is a pastor who lives up to the title. He is also a missionary in a war-torn country that proves daily that healing is possible, that forgiveness is possible even by those most aggrieved.

We do well to take his words to heart, and to positive action.

Mission Rwanda

One of the great ways we stay connected to family and friends while overseas is through Facebook. It is a delight to see the good things going on in people’s lives, pray for those going through challenges and laugh at some of the funny posts.  And then there’s the political posts. I really wish there was a way to block all political posts without unfollowing friends.  I count myself fortunate to have friends on the left, the right and in the middle. I appreciate thoughtful observations and comments but cringe over hyperbole. I would humbly suggest to my friends, whether left, right or middle–the sky is not falling and the Savior has not come.

Before going further I must add one important disclaimer. I write as a believer in and follower of Jesus the Christ. Imperfect and flawed as I am, that is my goal–to walk with Him, learn from…

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We in Oklahoma appreciate the weather a little extra. Knowledge is power, and this instrument is adding to our knowledge.

Watts Up With That?

Finally, a weather satellite showing Earth from space “goes” high definition.

With five-times greater coverage, four-times the spatial resolution, and three-times the spectral channels than earlier generations of GOES-16’s Advanced Baseline Imager can provide more detailed imagery and multi-task in ways that previous GOES imagers could not. For proof of that, consider the following image comparing full-disk images captured by two NOAA satellites — GOES-16 and GOES-13 — at the same time on the same day: 1:07 p.m. EST on January 15, 2017.

goes_16_and_goes_13_comparison_from_the_same_day_jan_15_2017_high_res GOES-16 and GOES-13 Earth Photo Comparison from Jan 15, 2017. – Click image for hi-res picture

On the left is a color-composite full-disk image from NOAA’s newest geostationary weather satellite GOES-16 (located at 89.5 degrees West longitude), which was created by combining data from the ABI’s 16 spectral channels. By comparison, the imager aboard GOES-13 has just five spectral channels, and their data cannot be combined to…

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Ms. Laframboise is still one of the sources of real news.

Big Picture News, Informed Analysis

The US government says its a violation of scientific integrity for political officials to alter scientific findings. But political revision is central to how IPCC reports get produced.

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Mere days before he left office, Barack Obama’s Department of Energy (DOE) introduced a sweeping new scientific integrity policy. This matters because the DOE is the largest funder of physical sciences in America, and because climate change is one of its core concerns.

Elsewhere, I’ve explained that the new policy is a startling departure from the one that prevailed while Obama was in charge. It seems designed to unleash mayhem. In both instances, however, the DOE was adamant concerning one issue: Politicians should not tamper with scientific findings.

The 2014 policy declares:

Political officialswill not suppress or alter scientific or technological findings. [italics added]

The 2017 policy says:

Under no circumstance may anyone, including a public affairs officer, ask or direct…

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Good points from Willis.

Yes, Christianity, as well as patriotism, has no room for prejudice. We are all in this together. Time to reach out in the little ways we may find. Go the extra mile.

Skating Under The Ice

After giving Trump’s Inaugural Address a couple of days to marinate, the one bit that stuck with me was this:

At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other. When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.

If you wish to lead people from A to B, you need to do two things.

• You need to convince them that B is far superior to A, that A is not acceptable and B is much better, and

• You need to paint a believable picture of the path from A to B.

People will want to go somewhere if they think it is sufficiently better than where they are, and to get on board the bus they need to see a road to the new place that they…

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In case you don’t already read Pointman, he is from across the pond. He isn’t in the USA. So, he doesn’t have they typical bias. He doesn’t have a dog in the fight.

You sure can find some insightful and useful reading on his blog.

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Obama was a president who came in with a large popular mandate but who managed to squander it within a few short years and with it legislative control of Congress. I don’t intend to go into the exact process of incompetence, blunder and giving offence in all directions by which he did it, but he set the tone on his first day in office.

A bust of Winston Churchill in the Oval Office which had been presented to George W Bush by Britain was replaced by one of Martin Luther King, but instead of quietly putting the bust of Churchill into storage, it was pointedly returned to the British embassy in Washington. After a needless and studied insult like that, any notion of a cordial relationship with the Obama administration went out the window and accordingly Britain adjusted its stance from day one with regard to him.

Since nothing but hostility was…

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It is sad that so many who claim to love the earth and fellow humans, especially posterity, oppose nuclear power.

Nuclear is what we will use. Nothing else will work in the long run. Well, until we figure out fusion, but I’m not sure we can do that in even 100 years.

Watts Up With That?

New York New York. By Hromoslav (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia CommonsGuest essay by Eric Worrall

New York governor Andrew Cuomo has announced plans to shut down the zero carbon Indiana Point Nuclear Plant, as part of his grand strategy to combat climate change.

New York Aims to Replace Nuclear Power With Clean Energy

Gov. Cuomo promises declining carbon emissions even as the state closes the Indian Point nuclear power plant.

By Jeremy Deaton

New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced plans this week to close the Indian Point nuclear power plant, which supplies electricity to New York City and surrounding areas. The plant’s two working reactors — which account for roughly 10 percent of the state’s power generation — are slated to go offline in 2020 and 2021, more than a decade ahead of schedule.

Some environmentalists celebrated the closure. Others lamented the loss of a carbon-free source of energy, despite…

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My knowledge of Mr. Pruitt is he respects and upholds the law. Just as importantly, he limits enforcers per the law. He fights to uphold the law for all. That is enough for me. I support Scott Pruitt for EPA.

Watts Up With That?

E. Calvin Beisner, Ph.D., Founder & National Spokesman
The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation

Dear President-elect Donald J. Trump:

We write to you as evangelical and mainline Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Jewish scientists, economists, legal scholars, policy experts, and religious leaders in support of your nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to the office of Administrator of the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA has the crucial task of writing and enforcing regulations that apply statutes passed by Congress and signed by the President to protect the life and health of Americans. Its work necessarily integrates science, economics, law, politics, and ethics, all of which are rooted in religious worldviews. A good Administrator must demonstrate expertise in at least some of these, and mature understanding of and receptivity to the insights of all. Scott Pruitt does.

As Oklahoma Attorney General, Mr. Pruitt has demonstrated his legal expertise…

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Legacy?

Big Picture News, Informed Analysis

After promising the most transparent government in history, President Obama sharply curtailed press access, aggressively prosecuted leaks, and spied on journalists.

I’m currently researching a story about climate change, scientific integrity, and the US government. To make sure I understand the larger context, I’ve had to do some parallel research about President Barack Obama and press freedom.

During these final days of the Obama administration, journalists are praising him to the heavens. Ode to Obama, by longtime New York Times columnist Charles Blow, positively gushes:

obama_nytimes_exitNew York Times, 11 January 2017The current top story on GQ magazine’s Facebook page was penned by its editor-in-chief, Jim Nelson. Published last year, it casts Obama as a new Abraham Lincoln and makes the extraordinary claim that he was a better president than Americans deserved.

obama_gq_exitGQ magazine, 10 January 2017On the evening that he delivered his final speech, the New…

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Noteworthy. Use this to sift your thoughts and beliefs. The bible and consistent faith are a lot harder than most seem to admit.

Is That in the Bible?

Tucked away amidst the genealogies of Chronicles almost no one reads, the tale of two cattle-rustling brothers from Ephraim might just be the most obscure story in the Bible. Like many such tales in the Old Testament, this one is brief and contains only the most essential details:

The sons of Ephraim…Ezer and Elead. Now the men of Gath, who were born in the land, killed them, because they came down to raid their cattle. And their father Ephraim mourned many days, and his brothers came to comfort him. He went in to his wife, and she conceived and bore a son; and he named him Beriah, because evil (beraah) had befallen his house. His daughter was Sheerah, who built both Lower and Upper Beth-horon, and Uzzen-sheerah. (1 Chr. 7:20-24)

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Beclowned, applicable.

Watts Up With That?

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach

I fear that Science magazine has beclowned itself as badly as the Nobel Peace Prize Committee. They’ve published a “scientific” policy paper by the noted climate scientist Barack Hussein Obama. Not a paper with Obama as one of the signatories. No, Science magazine claims that the President wrote the deathless prose all by himself, not a co-author in sight.

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Here’s an example:

At the same time, evidence is mounting that any economic strategy that ignores carbon pollution will impose tremendous costs to the global economy and will result in fewer jobs and less economic growth over the long term. Estimates of the economic damages from warming of 4°C over preindustrial levels range from 1% to 5% of global GDP each year by 2100 (4). One of the most frequently cited economic models pins the estimate of annual damages from warming of 4°C at ~4% of…

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Nuclear fission will power us for centuries. Nuclear fusion will power us for as long as we continue, but we won’t commercialize fusion for decades. Let’s get good a fission. We do need to look into molten salts and thorium. (Research is behind. Probably need about 15 years to catch up. Fusion probably still needs several decades, unless there is a genius-breakthrough.)

“Over the last decade, governments around the world have spent tens of billions of dollars on all sorts of schemes to make energy from anything other than fossil fuels. They have tried everything except the only thing that will work.” David Archibald

Watts Up With That?

Guest essay by David Archibald

The good and the great are uneasy about the state of the world. They know that our current standard of civilisation has been made possible by cheap fossil fuels that will run out one day. And then what? Their experiments with solar panels, with mirrors, with windmills have been disappointing. And it is dawning upon people that 70 percent of the protein we eat has its origins in fossil fuels.

Our current dominant nuclear technology of burning U235 in light water reactors is inherently unsafe and produces a lot of waste while doing so. And it uses only 0.2 percent of the nuclear fuel available to us.

The situation is summed up in this blog comment:

So biofuels will power the mining of phosphorus and the manufacturing of nitrogen via the Haber Bosch process to fertilize crops to make biofuels to mine phosphorus…

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Seems a sad day to me. I know she is wise and strong, so I am confident it is the best for her. Best wishes Dr. Curry. Godspeed.

Climate Etc.

by Judith Curry

Effective January 1, I have resigned my tenured faculty position at Georgia Tech.

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