O/T but seasonal from a glorious day in Australia. Full sun and 26 Deg C no wind.
To My Democratic Friends:
Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2010, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere . Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wish.
To My Republican and Independent Friends:
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in the
year of our Lord Jesus Christ 2010.
My head is spinning. The moniker may be Lady in Red, but there is a Child in White inside who wants to smooth misunderstanding, who believes in fact and truth, assumes the best in people. But, I am not stupid, nor ill-educated.
I am snowed in. Today I “lived” RealClimate. I pleaded for information, reconciliation of my intellectual dissonance, believed in their intellectual honesty. I read – yes! – William Connolley’s (peer-reviewed) paper on the “myth” of the 1970’s ice age. It’s quite fascinating. I couldn’t make heads or tails of Figure 1, which seems to indicate that one-fifth of a paper concerned about global cooling was published the year Time and Newsweek went hysterical about a looming ice age. I wouldn’t know…? I counted the references cited at the end of the article between Figure 1’s 1965 and 1979 time frame, trying to be, in a modest way, useful. Connolley cited 71 peer-reviewed articles throughout that period, most in support of warming. I counted, first, 97, then, 101. I asked if the AMS peer-review process would count the Figure 1 references. No one answered.
….I thought about the upside down graphs Steve McIntyre’s found…. Eric Steig…the silent, lockstep co-authors who would not even acknowledge receipt of an email from McCullough… Was it Phil Jones who wrote the email to someone… not to McIntyre, I think, saying, in effect: “I’ve spent a career working on this. Why should I help you, knowing you want to disprove it?”
Is this science?
Someone at RC suggested I watch Richard Alley, at SF AGU. So, I did. Funny and very entertaining and his graphs were pretty, but, well, I wouldn’t know if they were upside down.
I looked at the OSS site ——–ooooooooooooooooooo! ——– and William Connolley’s own blog (such a loving papa, with beautiful babes!). (….Unlike Michael Mann. Viscerally, it’s hard to trust a man with eyes like that.)
I saw the Wikipedia arbitration vote, against Connolley. But, damn, I have tried – so hard – to reconcile these sides.
I laugh at Jeff Id’s excited Siberian data analysis, grumbling amusedly that maybe, he’ll prove Phil Jones right. I don’t understand the analysis, but I sniff the enthusiasm, the help from others. Hell, I sniff the belief in damn-it-all science. It makes me warm.
So then, snowed in — the irony! –for another day or so, according to my plow man who says the driveway is too serpentine, steep and the snow too heavy to handle now, I jumped to ClimateProgress. (I like the writing here, and, also, on DeepClimate, although DC is such a strange self-promoter…) Anyway, today, ClimateProgress’s Joe has made his annual Citizen Kane awards…. Yesh!
Overwhelmed by dissonance, but steadying myself, I wrote the following about the ClimateProgress media awards. Presently, my comment is “awaiting moderation” and will never see the light, I know. Thus, I thought your readership might enjoy:
Well! So much for Freeman Dyson! You missed reference to his slam, denigrating Gore, saying he didn’t understand Roger Revelle. (Hell, if Revelle were alive you could kick him too for not falling in line….)
Point well taken with Rush….. He’s well, he’s Rush. Fat, too. Doesn’t understand that we have become a trash species, like kudzu and cockroaches, but I *still* think Gaia’s gonna win, long term – even if you can create your Rube Goldberg cap-and-trade party game. (BTW, I think women should have a right to abort up through the first twelve years…. Cleaner bedrooms, that way.)
Fox, David Brooks, the Washington Post and George Will…? Boring! My heavens! but your underpants must be twisted today. What about Time and Newsweek mid-70’s? I know it is long past their newsstand expiration, but more people are reading them now, than then. I certainly am. And, of course, I am appalled by the inappropriate hysteria they generated, unlike today, when all the media hysteria you can muster will do just fine…
Have you seen the Build-A-Bearville video:
You should watch them all. Maybe you could do a gold star award for child indoctrination, ah, for “settled science.”
(I wonder if you were subjected to that “rain forest algebra” text when growing up, the one that praised Clinton, lamented the death of the rain forest and published Maya Angelou’s poetry — but neglected to include any equations until after page 100….?
(Once I did media/image consulting and it was always very important that I believed in the work I was doing, my client. Occasionally, it was hard, a stretch. I’m glad I do not do that any more. I no longer have the stomach for the intellectual stretch.
(I wish you well, hope that, one day… well, I suspect you know what I wish: you regain an ability to discern, think.) …Lady in Red
PS: I agree with your readers. Seth Borenstein is The Pick of the Litter, incredible analysis on the CRU e-mails: don’t look here, my email’s in the mess…. What analysis he did! (And, poor Andy R had to retire after that scientist from the Midwest threatened to have him blackjacked, cut off…. something like that. Not a mistake Borenstein made, you can be sure.)
Good night, all. The white on my hilltop is haunting, even in the dark. I am blessed. Thank you all — for thinking. I hope, one day, to return the favor.
(Also, I’m giving up RC, DC and CP. I do not want, even, to add to their blog numbers. Certainly, CP is paid for it….)
That has to be the most unique post I’ve ever seen. Tonight, I’ve been venting about the CRU ‘release’ of some data, after spending an hour on the Siberia data.
I’m a grumpy engineer for sure. The CRU didn’t do the best PR job and they need to have it explained to them until they learn. In the meantime, I promise not to exaggerate data with intent, that does not mean you should trust a damn thing here. This is a major difference between RC, DC and Tamino (who all argue from imagined authority) and this site. If anyone is not following, don’t trust it, kick me or someone in the butt to explain better – or admit error. It turns out that error happens. If I’m not open, I’ll pay the price like the rest – several tens of thousands have witnessed that more than once. It’s a constant human battle between the wish to be right, the belief that you understand and the goddess of physics, who always is willing to explain why you messed up again.
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