Rafe’s Roundup March 19

I want to be reincarnated as a warthog  named Joe Nova.

From CL, a leading climate scientist exposes fraud by warming enthusiasts.

The bizarre case of Sari Kovats.

In 1994, Kovats was one of only 21 people in the entire world selected to work on the first IPCC chapter that examined how climate change might affect human health. She was 25 years old. Her first academic paper wouldn’t be published for another three years. It would be six years before she’d even begin her doctoral studies and 16 years before she’d graduate.

Jo Nova on the rapid fall in the credibility of the warmenist “climate scientists” since the First Assessment Report in 1990. That must have been before it became an ideology and a political crusade.

You’ll find this hard to believe but I get excited about the 1990 First Assessment Report (FAR). It’s very different from wading through the later ones, because it’s remarkably honest, and things are not hidden in double-speak (well, not so much). Scientists behave like scientists and talk of null hypothesis, and even of validating models. Indeed they had a whole chapter back then called “validation”. How times have changed.

Bolt fisks Gillard on the arguments (non-arguments) for the carbon tax.

A great interview with Alan Jones, including a gracious apology to Julia Gillard. You have to have class to upset the lefties the way this guy does. “Shock jock” indeed! This is my position on Alan’s interviewing technique, posted in a comment on Troppo. BTW in addition to being reincarnated as a warthog called Joe Nova I want to have a private butler and chef as well.

Club Troppo Missing Link Atomic Energy edition.

English police harass young children for picking flowers. Nice person who reported them as well. Pray for Legal Eagle.

Lorenzo reviews the Melbourne Queer Film Festival. “Recently watched a documentary on being gay and Muslim, A Jihad for Love. Rather episodic in nature, it is still an effective inside look at being queer and Muslim.” 

Andrew Norton on the increasing pass rate for overseas uni students.

Tthe 2011 Henry Hazlitt Memorial Speech by David Stockman, Reagan’s man in the Office of Budget and Management.

The triumph of crony capitalism occurred on October 3rd, 2008. The event was the enactment of TARP — the single greatest economic-policy abomination since the 1930s, or perhaps ever.

 Revolving door lobbyists. The dollar  value of working with a US senator.

Things you wish you had written. Warning, academic joke. Probably should be in the ‘for nerds’ section.

Tweet with care. You might make the top 20.

The absurd face of foreign aid. WTF?  For many years World Vision has been sending abroad 100,000 Super Bowl champion T-shirts emblazoned with the name of the losing team. If they want to send something dedicated to losers they could send Parramatta jumpers every year and get real economies of scale

For Nerds

Review of Popper and Economic Methodology eds Boylan & O’Gorman. Proceedings of a Popper memorial conference in Ireland. Not recommended.

John McCall’s paper is a defence of induction, using bald pronouncements and appeals to various authorities. He is a professor of economics and so might be expected to use some examples from economics.  The only approach to an example is a thought experiment involving  several thousand successive coin flips. The lack of arguments and depth suggests that the paper may have been written on the flight from the US to Ireland for the conference , or perhaps after the author landed and was still jet-lagged.

The Critical Rationalist Blog    (with CR resources)        The Rathouse (website) 


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6 Responses to Rafe’s Roundup March 19

  1. C.L. says:

    He shouldn’t have apologised to Gillard.

    Yeah, having a butler/chef on staff full time.

    That would be cool. 🙂

  2. daddy dave says:

    also on Jones, I don’t agree that when he went over the top about that miscarriage in the waiting room toilets of North Shore Hospital, he was “over the top.” Outrage was justified.

    Yes, the Labor/Health Department spin machine spun the story that miscarriages aren’t dangerous, so no harm done.

    But the fact is that the woman went into the hospital for help; and she didn’t get it. Plus, it wasn’t just an isolated incident blown out of proportion. The health system has serious endemic problems, and this was a simple story that people could relate to, that brought those problems into relief. It came to symbolise all that is wrong with NSW Health.

  3. Rafe says:

    I would need to get clear about the details of the incident, but on my recollection it was over the top and I am not sure that it really did focus attention in a useful way on the problems in the health system. Big problems!

  4. C.L. says:

    Rafe, if I may add to the round-up:

    Great little video: using the original and doctored data, a very pissed off Berkeley professor, Richard A. Muller, explains the ‘hide the decline’ fraud to his students.


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