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Carleton University, affectionately known to alumni as “Last Chance U” and to residents of Ottawa as “that other place”, today announced the appointment of Jim Harrison to the newly created and controversial Chair of Dadaist Geology. The position grants full tenure and the holder will be expected to teach according to Dadaist principles. Professor Jim […]

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“We can’t even forecast how these clouds are going to move in the next week. Our understanding of the physics is so bad that we can’t even do that. So to think that we could do a whole planet for 50 years in the future…” It’s a tired argument, this idea that because we can’t […]

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More libel troubles for Tim Ball

Tim Ball, already facing libel action from Canadian climate scientist Andrew Weaver, has been hit with another suit. This one comes from Dr. Michael Mann who is suing Ball and the Frontier Centre for Public Policy for an interview in which Ball stated that “Michael Mann at Penn State should be in the State Pen, […]

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After Canada Free Press posted an apology and a retraction to climatologist Andrew Weaver for comments made by denialist Tim Ball, we learn that Professor Weaver is in fact now suing Tim Ball for libel. The suit claims Tim Ball libeled Weaver in his article “Corruption of Climate Science Has Created 30 Lost Years”, published […]

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Qualifications creep

Meet Gavin Cooke. He is “a former journalist and television researcher. He studied Energy and Environment while at University in Newcastle and is based in the North East Of England.” That’s the author description for his 2009 book “2025: Ice Bound Britain.” Meet Gavin Cooke a year later, on the publication of his new book […]

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Let’s be clear: the work of science has nothing whatever to do with consensus. Consensus is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference to the real world. In science consensus is irrelevant. […]

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Doppelgangers

For your enjoyment, three global warming-related peoples and their celebrity doppelgangers. 1. Fred Seitz Frederick Seitz had a stellar career as a scientist, working in solid state physics and becoming president of the United States National Academy of Sciences from 1962-1969, and the president of Rockefeller University from 1968 to 1978. In 1979, Seitz went […]

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That’s ‘skeptics’ in the true sense of the word. The Center for Inquiry (CFI), affiliated with the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI), took a look at the ‘United States Senate Minority Report on Global Warming’. This Senate report came out in January 2009 with the tagline “More Than 700 International Scientists Dissent Over Man-Made Global […]

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“The science is settled”

“The science is settled” is a slogan attributed by opponents of the Kyoto Protocol and global warming theory to supporters notably in the Clinton administration. There are no known examples of its use outside the skeptic press, though some of the statements that were made have similar implications. The slogan itself has therefore become a […]

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Getting cute with graphs

How to cherry pick data Here’s the banner image for the Global Warming Policy Foundation, Nigel Lawson’s ‘think’ tank. On the left of the image, that’s a cute data plot of 21st Century global mean temperature (2001-2008), and, plainly, it shows that the temperature is in decline over the seven year period. But why only […]

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