Browsing All Posts published on »August, 2007«

Science reporting, objectivity, advocacy, and global heating

August 28, 2007

7

What does it really mean to be “objective?” Someone trained in the sciences will have a different answer than someone trained as a journalist. Scientists and engineers most often use the following definition: “expressing or dealing with facts or conditions as perceived without distortion by personal feelings, prejudices, or interpretations” (from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary). […]

Debunking global heating denier myths updated

August 21, 2007

13

Nearly a month ago, I wrote a point-by-point debunking of the top 17 global heating denier myths I had heard. As a result of all the comments I received, I’ve decided to keep the original post updated with new information and data, improved arguments, clearer language, and additional denier myth debunkings as new myths appear. […]

The financial markets are going nuts, and it will take time and some economic pain to make them sane again

August 20, 2007

13

The sub-prime mortgage industry crisis has claimed its first victim, American Home Mortgage, and now it’s setting its sights on another mortgage lender, Countrywide. I probably wouldn’t care, except that Countrywide is my mortgage company. I’ve got good credit, so I’m not worried about having a bankruptcy court call on the assets of my house […]

RIAA’s legal overreaching is being brought under control

August 17, 2007

3

Since RIAA decided to start their misguided anti-downloading crusade, they’ve relied on fear of overwhelming legal fees to get their targets to settle out of court for thousands of dollars. And they’ve used the easily abused Digital Millennium Copyright Act as a means to get preliminary rulings against anonymous targets that effectively extort people to […]

Changes in U.S. climate data do nothing to debunk global heating

August 13, 2007

6

A while back, NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) revised their temperature data for the United States based on the work of Steve McIntyre of Climateaudit.org. In the process, 1998 (which had been trumpeted as the hottest year on record) was downgraded from the hottest year on record in the United States to the […]

Decarbonizing the Carbon Economy

August 7, 2007

29

Until the development of water and wind power, humanity burned carbon-based fuels like wood and coal to power our civilization. These very same fuels are now polluting the air and water with heavy metals, ozone pollution, and acid rain. In addition, carbon-based fuels are almost entirely responsible for the global heating that has occurred since […]

The House trumpets earmark reform – through a tuba

August 1, 2007

3

Yesterday, the House of Representative passed the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007(S.1EAH), trumpeting the bill as “landmark legislation” (Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, as quoted in the Washington Post) that will “drain the swamp that is Washington, D.C., to let sunshine disinfect the Congress” (from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s press […]