Wednesday, July 08, 2009
I'm in the middle of my company's massive quarterly "meetings week," a non-stop extravaganza of 12-14 hour days. So thank you to Escort81 for picking up the slack around here. Still, I have spotted a few items that may interest you. Herewith, linkage.
Climate "warmists" have tried to smooth the global temperature history by arguing that the anomalous "medieval warming period" -- that stretch of warmth during the Middle Ages that allowed Greenland, for example, to flourish as a Viking colony -- was not global in scope and therefore irrelevant to the climate debate. Then again, maybe it was global.
Once again, the Christie campaign ignores our advice. That may be smart.
Tom Maguire explains to dense people why there will not be another stimulus bill no matter how much Paul Krugman wants it.
Via Glenn "faster, please" Reynolds, four "next gen" medical procedures. It is interesting that two of the four are purely aesthetic, and the other two are partially aesthetic. Question for the left: If we destroy the rate of return of medical procedures that actually treat morbidity or prevent mortality, will the best physicians move to the private-pay aesthetic end of medicine?
Cassandra posts a poem from Emily Dickenson. Not the usual TigerHawk fare, but it ought to be.
The cross-examination scene from Inherit the Wind:
Best line: "Progress has never been a bargain; you have to pay for it."
That ought to hold you until the morrow.
Some things never change. Hollywood leftists these days crank out movies filled with imaginary strawmen psycho-killer vets to rail against America's troops.
Back in the day, the leftists invented strawmen characters to rail against in a desperate attempt to boost Darwinism.
In both cases neither the anti-vet Hollyweird nuts nor the pro-Darwinist Hollyweirdos would stand a chance taking on a real, honest debate where they don't get to fabricate both the questions _and the answers_. They desperately need their imaginary scripted strawmen to inveigh against as surely as Obama is at a total loss without his teleprompter.
What they claim is some kind of an "intellectual win" is just so much mental masturbation.
Only in the same sense that "Apocalypse Now" was based on real events in Vietnam.
Very few people are knowledgeable on the actual Scopes v. State, which was an ACLU "setup case" - as Roe v. Wade was an abortion activists setup case - unfortunately the highly fictionalized movie versions are what most folk remember, which birthed some urban legends about what went down.
There are some excellent old movies that make no bones about being anything other than fiction and yet deliver great enduring lessons, e.g. "Meet John Doe". "Casablanca" teaches much about character and, as a plus, is entertaining - which is probably why it's a film classic.
The film re-inventions of Scopes v. State are too misleading and cynical for my taste. But Tracy was still one heck of an actor and "they don't make movies like they used to" (to coin a phrase).
About the medieval warm period and the posting at Watts up - this is, in a sense, a new flavor of agnotology from Mr. Watts and friends. The specific claim that past warming was as great as or greater than the current warming is specious and irrelevant. The temperature graph posted by Watts is a cartoon of a bad joke. The current warming rate is extreme and unmatched by anything in the historical record.
As far as the "global" claim goes, adding central america and part of south america to northern europe does not quite cover the globe, does it? This is risible. Let's go to the real climate scientists for the straight dope with a high quality graph presenting real data:
Please try not to spread ignorant, unscientific nonsense.