Rafe’s Roundup 10 July

Rafe is a veteran blogger and almost an icon of the blogosphere. At the very least he’s an amiable eccentric who doesn’t do any harm. Ken Parish of Club Troppo.

STOP PRESS. UPDATE. A really important paper from Judith Curry on the papers that are most quoted in the media, the most prolific publishers and the most scientifically important papers.

There seems to be an enormous cottage industry of scientists in ancillary subfields writing a lot of papers about climate change impacts, that dominate the climate change literature (and probably the funding, if it was tracked). I suspect that nearly all these papers from the ancillary subfields implicitly assume (97% and all that) that recent climate change is attributed to humans (without having any first order understanding of climate dynamics and climate change attribution). Especially if humans turn out not to be the dominant cause of recent climate change and particularly extreme events, these publications will not stand the test of time and and the cottage industry of climate impacts will shrivel.

On the papers most featured in the media.

This list makes me want to tear my hair out. I’ve read four of these papers, and have read about another 4 (haven’t previously heard of 2). At least half of these papers have been debunked either in the blogosphere or in the journals (the turn around time to get a comment actually published is quite slow, and the author of the original paper has lots of opportunity to slow down the process).

A bunch of stuff on Greece from IPA Hey!

Climate. Nobel Prizewinner and previous Obama admirer calls him out on climate change.

Nobel prize-winning physicist Dr. Ivar Giaever was one of President Obama’s key scientific supporters in 2008, but now he has had enough. In a July 1st speech to Nobel laureates, Giaever mocked President Obama for warning that “no challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.”

“That is what he said. That is a ridiculous statement,” Giaever explained. “I say this to Obama: Excuse me, Mr. President, but you’re wrong. Dead wrong.”

How to argue with skeptics. Alarmist advocacy from the editor of Science. Comment by Judith Curry. British government moving on subsidies for alternative energies.

RenewableUK, the trade association representing the wind, wave and tidal energy industries, strongly criticised the Chancellor’s announcement in his budget speech that he is retrospectively removing the exemption for green energy. This measure is due to come into effect on the 1st of August and according to the REA such snap changes undermine confidence in the UK from the finance community, as well as making renewables less attractive compared to fossil fuel generation. –Click Green, 8 July 2015

People have responded to Osborne’s Budget with protests up and down the country, and leading figures from the Green Parties were fast to criticise the measures included in the Budget. In her response to the Budget, Green MP Caroline Lucas said it was ‘cruel and counterproductive’ and a ‘serious blow’ for the fight against climate change.

Culture. New York Review of Books. London Review of Books. Supporter leaves a small fortune to the Preston Nomads village cricket club in Sussex. Spotted by David Hulston of Cricket Life.

Sussex League side Preston Nomads became the richest amateur team in the world overnight when founder Spen Cama made the bequest from an estate of more than 30m. Mr Cama was a founder member of the club in 1927 and helped create the first permanent pitch at Clappers Lane, Fulking, in 1937 with friends, using pick axes to clear ground. After a lifetime’s devotion to the sport and a successful career as a barrister, Mr Cama, who had no family, left the money to Nomads after his death aged 92 five years ago.

Two immaculate cricket fields, first rate turf and manicured outfield. A pavilion in keeping with the district and third millennium facilities inside. Some film of the field in use.

Regulation nation. A bit of deregulation in Texas. h/t Tim Andrews.

In a resounding victory last month for economic liberty, the Texas Supreme Court struck down a state licensing law that required eyebrow threaders to complete 750 hours of costly and unnecessary cosmetology training in order to receive the state’s permission to charge customers for the harmless act of removing unwanted eyebrow hairs with a loop of cotton thread.

On the other hand.

Bovine feature. The sound of music. Dancing cows. Clever cows. Processed cow. More prancing just in case you like it.

Around the town. Hendo and the media watchdog [Updated on Friday afternoon]. The Australian Institute for Progress, (AIP) “because the future does not look after itself”. IPA HEY. The Sydney Institute. Australian Taxpayers Alliance, Quadrant on line, Mannkal Foundation, Centre for Independent Studies.

Don Aitkin. Jim Rose, feral and utopian! Jo Nova, climate realist par excellence. Sean Gabb’s site.

Sites of interest. Spiked on line . Richard Hammer, Free Nation Foundation. Aust NZ libertarian students. Powerline. The British libertarian alliance.

Education, accuracy in academia.

For nerds. Melvyn Bragg’s radio program. Stephen Hicks, always interesting for nerds.

The Keynesian debt monster.

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10 Responses to Rafe’s Roundup 10 July

  1. Jim says:

    The UK’s reputation in the financial community was diminished when the agreed to subsidise technology that is hopelessly uncompetitive. Australia made the same very expensive and pointless decision. But we demonstrated our adherence to economic rationalism by shutting down GMH and Ford and Toyota. We got something useful from them, especially the high end Commodores and variants. We can swap them for humpies made from wind turbine blades and solar panels!

  2. Rabz says:

    RenewableUK, the trade association representing the wind, wave and tidal energy industries, strongly criticised the Chancellor’s announcement in his budget speech that he is retrospectively removing the exemption for green energy.

    LOL – fantastic to see and hear some green rentseekers squealing at the removal of their taxpayer transfers.

  3. Gab says:

    Love these round ups. Thanks, Rafe.

  4. Sabrina says:

    Does anyone know if yahoo emails are accessible from China? I cannot access my gmails from China.

  5. . says:

    In a resounding victory last month for economic liberty, the Texas Supreme Court struck down a state licensing law that required eyebrow threaders to complete 750 hours of costly and unnecessary cosmetology training in order to receive the state’s permission to charge customers for the harmless act of removing unwanted eyebrow hairs with a loop of cotton thread.

    Completely ridiculous. Like state licensing of florists.

  6. john of dandenong says:

    OT – the rantings of a thickheaded football player are exactly as Dr Dvir Abramovich, described them – chairman of Jewish community organisation the B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission, told Fairfax Media the tweets were “repulsive and irresponsible”. Take Hayden to the cleaners. Then again this is the shit that would have been served up by leftard school teachers.

  7. john of dandenong says:

    Also OT. The photo of Kyle the Slug in the swimming pool. I’m 70+ and would cringe at that photo of me. How do these half-witted types survive? Yes, I know, the same as the ABCLP attracts 50% of the vote.

  8. john of dandenong says:

    I love GH. Cannot wait for his publication on Fridays. In his dry, unhasseled manner, he drives these [email protected]#$ing leftards nuts. Just look at the way he winds up that most ‘sophisticated’ Marr , and the idiot that he is (i.e., Marr) responds. I do it all the time with my leftard relos. The silly buggars never latch on.

    And doesn’t his list of quotations regarding his personality, by the ‘leaders of society’, justly put them in their rightly places in a civilised society!

  9. Waz says:

    Rate, I always wonder how you can get through so much material. Do you ever sleep?
    Simply great stuff mate.

  10. Token says:

    Rafe I have a new series worth listening to – the Hillsdale dialogs between Hugh Hewitt & lecturers from Hillsdsle College.

    It actually is the last hour of Hewitt’s program each week, but they have been compiled by Hillsdale so one can listen to the whole series.

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