Tuesday, May 22, 2018

                   SOMETHING  STUPID  THIS  WAY  COMES

  Now’s the Time to Restore Integrity to EPA Regulatory Science

For decades the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has gotten away with creating regulations that lack sound scientific basis, costing Americans hundreds of billions of dollars without solid evidence that those costs were justified.
Sometimes it’s simply thrown out scientific results and regulated to satisfy a political pressure group... At other times the EPA has built new regulations on “secret science”—studies... not subject to replication by other scientists... “Secret science” has been especially common as the basis for...regulation related to anthropogenic global warming (AGW).
Last month EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt requested public comment on a new rule, “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science” (STRS), designed to solve that problem.
The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation—a network of scientists, economists, and religious leaders dedicated to environmental stewardship and economic development for the poor... calls the proposed rule “badly needed to assure American taxpayers that the EPA is truly acting in their best interests.”
Opponents of STRS raise three common, and at first sight credible, objections.
The first is that peer review ensures the quality of studies published in refereed journals. But there is actually no empirical evidence that peer review works well...
The second common objection is that the rule would prevent the EPA from using studies that involved confidential information...
A third ... is that “many ...studies cannot be replicated,... for example, a study that used tree-rings as proxy temperature measurements and purported to find that neither the Medieval Warm Period nor the Little Ice Age had occurred but that a rapid and historically unprecedented warming had begun in the late 19th century... No one needed to use a time machine to return to the 11th through 20th centuries and regrow trees to recognize that the authors had committed confirmation fallacy by excluding certain data and misused a statistical procedure, resulting in false results. 
STRS will improve, not harm, the EPA’s mission to protect Americans from real environmental risks. It will also reduce the risks caused by unjustified but costly regulations. It should be adopted.
E. Calvin Beisner, Ph.D., is Founder and National Spokesman of The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation.



Monday, May 21, 2018


Dozens of Administrator Priutt's EPA minions cast their torches & pitchforks aside last week, and fled into the Potomac fever swamps, horrified by NASA Administrator Bridenstine's shocking lack of contempt for climate science

Sunday, May 20, 2018

                              CLIMATE  GAMES  PEOPLE  PLAY

Climate Message

Description  Complex climate messages can often cause more confusion than clarity. This light hearted exercise can open the space for an exploration on the effectiveness of seasonal forecasts and how to communicate them effectively wihtout oversimplifying the message. 
Learning objectives To explore how complex climate messages are transferred  To explore options for appropriate use of climate messages 
Playspace requirements Any space where people can sit or stand in a row of 5-10 
Acknowledgements  The Climate Message is based on Chinese Whispers

Sinking Island

During this energetic, physical game, participants experience one of the impacts of climate change. The last group standing on an ever-decreasing surface wins. 
Learning objectives To learn about possible climate impacts and to energise and create a sense of bonding among participants.
Intended audience Especially suitable for youth, also for adults. Please note: not for settings where touching is inappropriate. 
Playspace requirements Any open space. 
Facilitator skill:*/***
Minutes for gameplay: 

Gender and Climate Game

Description  A participatory activity to support experiential learning and dialogue on the differential vulnerability of women and men facing climate variability and change. Players first take on the role of subsistence farmers facing changing risks -- then ‘walk in the shoes’ of a specific gender role.
Learning objectives  To learn about decision making under uncertainty and the role of gender in humanitarian and development planning.
Intended audience  Community members/donors/disaster managers/ volunteers/ branch officers etc
Playspace requirements  An open, rectangular space that can accommodate all participants walking about.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

                                              WARNING !

Monstrous, Duplicated, Potent
Donna Haraway. Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene.[sic] Duke, 2016.      ALYSSA BATTISTONI
THE FIRST TIME I encountered Donna Haraway, in 2010, I was a graduate student in England doing a one-year master’s in geography. The program — a cash cow for the university, I eventually realized — was an odd mix of critical theory and environmental-management advice. Readings alternated between Bruno Latour and lectures from BP executives about their sustainability program...for a young woman struggling to understand the world after Hurricane Katrina and a global financial crisis, Haraway beckoned...
In 1982, the Marxist journal Socialist Review — asked Haraway to write five pages on the priorities of socialist feminism in the Reagan era. Haraway responded with thirty... published in 1985 as “A Manifesto for Cyborgs: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the 1980s,” though it has been known colloquially as the Cyborg Manifesto ever since...
The Manifesto offered a new politics for this new economy. Prescient about the need to organize the feminized, if not always female, sectors, Haraway explicitly called leftists to support SEIU District 925, a prominent campaign to unionize office workers. She also criticized the idea of a universal subject, whether held up by Marxists (the proletarian) or radical feminists (the woman). A new politics had to be constructed ..
In place of old political formations, Haraway imagined new cyborgian ones. She hoped that “the unnatural cyborg women making chips in Asia and spiral dancing in Santa Rita Jail” would together “guide effective oppositional strategies.” Her paradigmatic “cyborg society” was the Livermore Action Group, an antinuclear activist group targeting the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory,.. “committed to building a political form that actually manages to hold together witches, engineers, elders, perverts, Christians, mothers, and Leninists long enough to disarm the state.”
What set the Manifesto apart from other reconceptions of feminism was its embrace of science... its famous closing line: “I would rather be a cyborg than a goddess.”
Who wouldn’t? The cyborg’s popularity was no doubt fueled in part by the vision of a bionic babe it suggested — a Furiosa or the Terminator — though it couldn’t be further from her meaning... she has grown weary of its success, admonishing readers that “cyborgs are critters in a queer litter, not the Chief Figure of Our Times.”

Friday, May 18, 2018


A LARB reviewer is shocked to report that reprobates of all kinds flee at the sound of loud Baroque music. Readers may wish to dispatch a flash mob of chamber music players  to this year's  Heartland Institute International Conference on Climate Change, and report on who runs away first & fastest:
Bach at the Burger King
By Theodore Gioia
From Theodore Gioia’s website: “Hailing from a line of writers, Theodore has the dubious distinction of being the second best-known writer named Ted Gioia in his family.” The Gioias are like the Therouxs of the 21st Century.
MAY 17, 2018
AT THE CORNER of 8th and Market in San Francisco, by a shuttered subway escalator outside a Burger King, an unusual soundtrack plays. A beige speaker, mounted atop a tall window, blasts Baroque harpsichord at deafening volumes. The music never stops. Night and day, Bach, Mozart, and Vivaldi rain down from Burger King rooftops onto empty streets.
Empty streets, however, are the target audience for this concert. The playlist has been selected to repel sidewalk listeners — specifically, the mid-Market homeless who once congregated outside the restaurant doors that served as a neighborhood hub for the indigent. Outside the BART escalator, an encampment of grocery carts, sleeping bags, and plastic tarmacs had evolved into a sidewalk shantytown attracting throngs of squatters and street denizens. “There used to be a mob that would hang out there,” remarked local resident David Allen, “and now there may be just one or two people.” When I passed the corner, the only sign of life I found was a trembling woman crouched on the pavement, head in hand, as classical harpsichord besieged her ears.
… Experts trace the practice’s origins back to a drowsy 7-Eleven in British Columbia in 1985, where some clever Canadian manager played Mozart outside the store to repel parking-lot loiterers. Mozart-in-the-Parking-Lot was so successful at discouraging teenage reprobates that 7-Eleven implemented the program at over 150 stores, becoming the first company to battle vandalism with the viola. Then the idea spread to West Palm Beach, Florida, where in 2001 the police confronted a drug-ridden street corner by installing a loudspeaker booming Beethoven and Mozart. “The officers were amazed when at 10 o’clock at night there was not a soul on the corner,” remarked Detective Dena Kimberlin. Soon other police departments “started calling.” From that point, the tactic — now codified as an official maneuver in the Polite Policeman’s Handbook — exploded in popularity for both private companies and public institutions. Over the last decade, symphonic security has swept across the globe as a standard procedure from Australia to Alaska.
Today, deterrence through classical music is de rigueur for American transit systems. …
Baroque music seems to make the most potent repellant. “[D]espite a few assertive, late-Romantic exceptions like Mussorgsky and Rachmaninoff,” notes critic Scott Timberg, “the music used to scatter hoodlums is pre-Romantic, by Baroque or Classical-era composers such as Vivaldi or Mozart.”

                                    MUD, MUD, GLORIOUS MUD !


Thursday, May 17, 2018

                              ELSEWHERE IN SCIENCE BLOGS


"certain concepts—intersectionality, neoliberalism, Gramsci—have become unmoored from their specific referents and now float freely, like wayward blimps, into sentences where they have no other role than to advertise..."

My first full-time job after college was with the Center for American Progress, a policy institute in Washington, D.C. The Center was about a year old when I began working there, at the beginning of 2004. It was known as a “think tank.” I did not know what went on at a think tank, but the words conjured an institution dedicated to “the transformation of genius into practical power,” which Emerson had convinced me was the goal of intellectual life...

My primary role at the Center was to write something called the “Progress Report.” The report was a daily newsletter meant to apply the Center’s “spin” (a word that sounds quaint now) to the day’s political news. Practically speaking, this meant organizing the news into a pithy narrative designed to reinforce certain political lessons...

My colleagues were a mix of idealistic Ivy League graduates, veteran political operatives, public relations aides, academic policy experts and a few people who seemed to have been brought in for their skill at softball (beating Heritage in the Hill league was a high priority)...

What was held to be paramount at the Center, rather, was to “win the narrative” of the daily political news cycle. This required... a certain kind of rhetoric...To be a progressive at the Center for American Progress was to be on the side of reality. It was also, I learned, to believe reality was on one’s side. This was very convenient.

 Under Podesta’s successor Neera Tanden, the Center has become one of the most influential policy institutions in Washington, D.C., and a blog the communications team started in my final months there, Think Progress, is, by some measures, the most popular liberal political website in the country. 

I had learned at the Center what words to use to communicate with our progressive friends on the Hill, one now can learn a similarly pre-scrubbed terminology for communicating with one’s socialist allies in Crown Heights. I am hardly the first to note how 
certain concepts—intersectionality, neoliberalism, Gramsci—have become unmoored from their specific referents and now float freely, like wayward blimps, into sentences where they have no other role than to advertise, in big, flashing type, the author’s moral righteousness and commitment. 

You can read the whole thing at The Point

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

                                       TO  HIDE  HIS  SHAME

The Sea Is Rising, but Not Because of Climate Change

There is nothing we can do about it, except to build dikes and sea walls a little bit higher.

By Fred Singer
WSJ Science Editor with
 a man in a Falstaff suit 

Of all known and imagined consequences of climate change, many people fear sea-level rise most. But efforts to determine what causes seas to rise are marred by poor data and disagreements about methodology... 
 I therefore conclude—contrary to the general wisdom—that the temperature of sea water has no direct effect on sea-level rise. [ Oh yeah?] That means neither does the atmospheric content of carbon dioxide.
This conclusion is worth highlighting: It shows that sea-level rise does not depend on the use of fossil fuels. The evidence should allay fear that the release of additional CO2 will increase sea- level rise...There is nothing we can do about rising sea levels in the meantime. We’d better build dikes and sea walls a little bit higher.

Mr. Singer is Married to a lobbyist  A professional witness for a firm of patent trolls Working both sides of K-Street   Former chief scientist of the Department of Transportation  93 years old  The Reverend Moon's science adviser   The Cosmos Club bore   Author of 131 equally  incoherent American Thinker screeds  a professor emeritus of environmental science at the University of Virginia. He founded the Science and Environmental Policy Project and the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change.

"Don’t use glaciers as thermometers... In my view…when the next ice age starts,  more of the  sea water  will  freeze and become ice  and sea level  will fall back  down  to what it was  during the last ice age... 
There is in fact no real correlation. There were warm periods and there’ve been  cold periods; these correlate more with the way the solar system moves through the galaxy. 
Which has nothing to do with carbon dioxide is a completely different issue but has a lot to do with what exists in galactic arms, namely increased intensity of cosmic rays. Apparently that factor is an important factor in changing the climate."
                          -- Fred Singer radio broadcast  2013

Dr. Fred Singer on ‘Global Warming Surprises’     -- WATTS UP WITH THAT 2017

Temp data in dispute can reverse conclusions about human influence on climate.
Guest essay by Dr. Fred Singer
Exploring some of the intricacies of GW [Global Warming] science can lead to surprising results that have major consequences. In a recent invited talk at the Heartland Institute’s ICCC-12 [Twelfth International Conference on Climate Change], I investigated three important topics:
1. Inconsistencies in the surface temperature record.
2. Their explanation as artifacts arising from the misuse of data.
3. Thereby explaining the failure of IPCC to find credible evidence for anthropogenic global warming (AGW).
In the iconic picture of the global surface temperature of the 20th century one can discern two warming intervals — in the initial decades (1910-42) and in the final decades, 1977 to 2000.
Although these two trends look similar, they are really  quite different:  the initial warming is genuine, but the later warming is not. What a surprise!  I wouldn’t exactly call it ‘fake,’  but it just does not exist;


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

                         BUMBLING TOWARDS EXTINCTION


Bumblebees risk extinction by failing to react to climate change.
Global warming is forcing many species to migrate away from the poles. Butterflies, several bird species, marine invertebrates, and even trees 
(not the most mobile creatures) are shifting their ranges, trying to 
stick to safe temperatures. A 2011 study found that the average species
 is moving to higher latitudes at a rate of more than 10 miles per decade

A new study in Science reveals 
that bumblebees are one such 
species, stubbornly refusing to
 acknowledge climate change
Call them the Jim Inhofes
 of the animal kingdom.

An international team of ecologists and biologists analyzed more than 400,000 mentions of bumblebees in academic and scientific literature with reference to location between 1901 and 2010. These references were used to determine changes in the creatures’ habitat. (You can undertake your own sleuthing using one of the authors’ open-source databases.) The researchers found that bumblebees, unlike most other observed species, aren’t shifting into higher latitudes in North America and Europe. And they are suffering for their intransigence.


The bumblebee’s habitable range is shrinking rapidly... Since the 49 species of North American bumblebee have tongues of varying length, they can pollinate flowers of many shapes and sizes. They’re also clever little devils: The ones with the short tongues have figured out how to gnaw through the backs of flowers to get at the nectar, in a process known as “nectar robbing.”
The shrinking range may already have had irreparable consequences. Within the past decade, two species of bumblebee with already small ranges have gone extinct. It’s not clear that climate change was solely responsible—disease and destruction of their habitat by humans probably contributed—but it’s likely to have played a role.
It’s not yet clear why bumblebees are failing to head toward the poles like so many other species. That’s a great topic for the next set of ecologists to address. 


Endless Winter in the Era of Climate Crusade:

 A Wakeup Call

Monday, May 14, 2018

                           SKEPTIC'S  SEEING  EYE CYBERDOG
                                       WITH  HOCKEY  STICK


                             A  BILLION BAGS OF GREEN SLIME ?

"Earth Day celebrations are by no means small, with some estimates approximating a billion participants around the globe... and it is easy to imagine that social media will trigger countless little Earths being added to profile pictures.

Back in 1970,... Senator Gaylord Nelson... looked to the enthusiasm of the student anti-war movement and envisioned mobilizing that same kind of energy ...some of the online suggestions for activities with kids – like mashing around blue and green slime in a sandwich bag or decorating a Styrofoam ball with blue and green glitter – ... is particularly ironic with this year's goal to “ end plastic pollution.” 

... the Earth Day Network is trying to inspire “a billion acts of green...” a thousand small conversations about shower length or portion control might leave a more lasting impression than a thousand plastic bags filled with slime..."