January 19, 2015

Quote of the Day

Reports that 2014 was the "hottest" year on record feed the insatiable appetite the public has for definitive, alarming headlines. It doesn't matter that even in the thermometer record, 2014 wasn't the warmest within the margin of error. Who wants to bother with "margin of error?" Journalists went into journalism so they wouldn't have to deal with such technical mumbo-jumbo. -- Real Live Climate Scientist Dr. Roy Spencer
Deleterious Anthropogenic Warming of the Globe Quote of the Day Posted by John Kranz at January 19, 2015 5:49 PM

I guess the data for 1998 and 1934 have been properly MANNhandled such that the whinging can being anew.

We'll see if these old tricks work in a new year, eh? I think the voting public has reached saturation by now, but this still could resolve into a "game of inches" for which no quarter should be taken.

I see NASA/NOAA is leading this charge; our tax dollars at work. Brietbart covered last June how these hacks altered data in the past.

Meanwhile, satellite data says the statistical flatness of the last decade is confirmed: cue UAH - http://www.reportingclimatescience.com/news-stories/article/uah-ranks-2014-third-warmest-year-just.html

Bloggers to the rescue: much of Greenland's was simply faked to "hype the data."


Posted by: nanobrewer at January 20, 2015 1:19 AM

I know I'm preaching to the choir, but I remain amazed that anybody not on the catastrophe train has been "bought off by the Koch Brothers." (That is the first chapter of Alex Epstein's "The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels." He prepares for every intellectual argument against a crowd of fanatics -- and all he gets is "who's paying you?"

I find the potential for influence far worse on the other side: oil guys are going to have jobs whatever is decided. A lot of climate researchers and NGO bureaucrats could be polishing up their barista skills.

But at least the Kochs are using their own money.

Posted by: jk at January 20, 2015 10:06 AM

I'm hoping that the new Senate chairman of the subcommittee overseeing NASA will correct some of the "mission creep" we've seen recently, and less of their futzing with climate hysteria.


Posted by: Keith Arnold at January 20, 2015 10:16 AM

You mean the "Anti-Science-Troglodyte-Senator Ted Cruz" whom the Republicans have elevated to a position where his bad ideas can be truly dangerous? Yes, I heard something about that on Facebook. A few times.

I don't care what he does. Just watching the Jon Stewart crowd melt down is worth it.

Posted by: jk at January 20, 2015 10:41 AM

That man says he wants to resume manned space flight with American equipment, and he values private efforts in that regard (hello, SpaceX!). He also wants to take us to Mars. I may have to rewrite the history of the future to acknowledge President Cruz' contributions in achieving that goal.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at January 20, 2015 12:20 PM

"Journalists went into journalism so they wouldn't have to deal with such technical mumbo-jumbo."

And how:

Deflated footballs or not, the Patriots were the better team Sunday, the Colts by nearly 200 yards and dominating both sides of the ball for the majority of the game. It would be a huge stretch to suggest the final score was a product of a football that may have weighed slightly less than usual.

I thought this was an unfortunate conflation of two issues, until I heard a radio news report...

"NFL rules require the official game ball to weigh between twelve and a half and thirteen and a half pounds per square inch."
Posted by: johngalt at January 20, 2015 2:43 PM

Lessee... Answers.com tells me the surface area of a football is about 189 square inches... supposed to "weight 12.5 to 13.5 pounds per square inch"... so the football is supposed to weigh between 2,362.5 and 2,551.5 pounds, not counting the weight of the air inside it.

I have a new-found appreciation for the men who throw that ball, the men who catch it, and the men who carry it. Sounds like we need Thor at QB, and The Incredible Hulk at wide receiver.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at January 20, 2015 3:13 PM

"...not counting the weight of the air inside it." HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Yer killin' me.

Posted by: johngalt at January 20, 2015 5:28 PM | What do you think? [8]