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  • Did the historical Jesus exist? A growing number of scholars don’t think so

    08/31/2014 8:18:05 PM PDT · by Mean Daddy · 155 replies
    Jobrny ^ | August 30, 2014 | Valerie Tarico
    Most antiquities scholars think that the New Testament gospels are “mythologized history.” In other words, they think that around the start of the first century a controversial Jewish rabbi named Yeshua ben Yosef gathered a following and his life and teachings provided the seed that grew into Christianity. At the same time, these scholars acknowledge that many Bible stories like the virgin birth, miracles, resurrection, and women at the tomb borrow and rework mythic themes that were common in the Ancient Near East, much the way that screenwriters base new movies on old familiar tropes or plot elements. In this...
  • “evangelical Christianity, which I held in particular contempt” [Kirsten Powers]

    11/03/2013 10:31:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | November 3, 2013 | Professor William A. Jacobson
    Kirsten Powers in Christianity Today: Just seven years ago, if someone had told me that I’d be writing for Christianity Today magazine about how I came to believe in God, I would have laughed out loud. If there was one thing in which I was completely secure, it was that I would never adhere to any religion — especially to evangelical Christianity, which I held in particular contempt…. I remember walking into the Bible study. I had a knot in my stomach. In my mind, only weirdoes and zealots went to Bible studies. I don’t remember what was said that...
  • Cruz Likens Skeptics of Defund-or-Shutdown Plan to Nazi Appeasers

    09/24/2013 3:28:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 9/24/13 | John McCormack
    During a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday afternoon, Texas senator Ted Cruz said that people who think his plan to defund Obamacare can't work would have opposed fighting Nazi Germany if they had been alive in the 1940s. Cruz first argued that skeptics of the defund-or-shutdown plan would have surrendered during the American Revolution and the Civil War. "I guarantee you all of the pundits that we see going on TV and intoning in deep baritone voices, 'this cannot be done,' if we were back in the 18th century, they would be going on, I don't know, maybe pigeon...
  • Philosopher, secular humanist and religion skeptic Paul Kurtz dies at 86 in New York

    10/22/2012 10:01:05 AM PDT · by Joseph Harrolds · 38 replies
    Fox News ^ | Oct 22, 2012
    Paul Kurtz, who sought to debunk psychics, astrologers and anything related to the paranormal, has died. He was 86. The secular humanist philosopher died Saturday at his home in the Buffalo suburb of Amherst. His death was announced Monday by the Center for Inquiry, which he founded. His family isn't releasing the cause. Kurtz founded the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and The Skeptical Inquirer magazine, which advocates relying on science and reason to examine everything from alien sightings to homeopathic remedies. He also was a well-known voice for the idea that decisions and behavior should be guided by science and...
  • Climate change deniers not stupid, just trying to fit in, says study ( BARF ALERT!)

    05/28/2012 10:27:29 AM PDT · by AmonAmarth · 24 replies
    Death and Taxes Magazine ^ | May 28th 2012 | DJ Pangburn
    A recent Yale University study funded by the National Science Foundation found that those with opposing views on climate change don’t hold those views because of insufficient scientific understanding, but because of “opposing sets of cultural values.” To be specific, people have a rather solid foundation in science and mathematics, but they use scientific evidence to fit their cultural group’s values. In other words, global warming deniers aren’t stupid, they just want to fit in. “In effect, ordinary members of the public credit or dismiss scientific information on disputed issues based on whether the information strengthens or weakens their ties...
  • Global Warming Dogma and the New Iron Triangle

    04/15/2012 1:01:01 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | April 15, 2012 | Norman Rogers, senior policy adviser at the Heartland Institute
    ....The iron triangle of interests that promotes government support for global warming consists of big science, environmental organizations, and alternative energy industries. ... The climate science community is kept submissive by domineering leaders in positions of power. The president's science adviser, John Holdren, is a longtime environmental extremist and promoter of global warming hysteria. Thomas Karl, another strong advocate of the dogma, holds important positions. He is head of the National Climatic Data Center and chairman of the National Academy of Sciences Climate Research Committee. The levers of bureaucratic power are firmly under the control of warmers. There are, however,...
  • David Suzuki Goes Ballistic, Advocates Retracting All Rights From AGW Skeptics (my title)

    03/10/2012 11:57:42 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 16 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | 9MAR2012 | Anthony Watts
    David “fruit fly” Suzuki goes ballistic, and advocates retracting all rights from skeptics. I’m mentioned as some sort of baddie central, but at least I don’t dress up with Santa Claus to scare the kids and ask their parents to send me money. Where’s that DDT when you need it? From the Huffington Post: “This public responsibility is especially important in light of the stepped-up efforts to deny the reality of climate change, or the role humans play in it. Cases in point are illustrated by the “denialgate” scandal revealed by the release of Heartland Institute documents and the revelation...
  • Al Gore Tells Time Magazine Global Warming Skeptics Just As Dim As Birthers

    05/03/2011 5:09:20 PM PDT · by PROCON · 22 replies · 1+ views
    newsbusters.org ^ | May 2, 2011 | Tim Graham
    Former vice president Al Gore is as eager as your average liberal on the street in wanting to explore resistance to the persuasiveness of global warming theories. The first problem? If conservatives are so thick in the head, why does the rest of the public need pictures, not just mere words? In a supportive interview with Bryan Walsh in Time magazine, Gore explained "Years ago I shifted from making speeches about climate to presenting slideshows precisely because the complexity of the material makes it easier to communicate with pictures. Interactive infographics make it easier still." Then came time for "Science,"...
  • Lord Tebbit praises helpful “warming”

    01/03/2011 3:15:30 PM PST · by AustralianConservative · 11 replies
    Positively Churchillian ^ | January 4, 2011 | B.P. Terpstra
    Some important questions and no-nonsense answers: Q: So who is this Lord Tebbit? A: To fill some Americans in: we’ve all heard of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the Iron Lady. Well, Lord Norman Tebbit of Chingford was one of her “outspoken” senior cabinet ministers. Today he’s a conservative columnist with little time for “global warming” nightmares. And, to be frank, Tebbit comes from tough stock. Some history: He and his wife survived the infamous 1984 Conservative Party conference bombing in Brighton, England. Years before, Tebbit had escaped out of a burning Mosquito aircraft. (Seriously.) Q: Why isn’t Tebbit afraid of...
  • Climate scientists plan campaign against global-warming skeptics

    11/07/2010 2:13:13 PM PST · by SmartInsight · 71 replies · 1+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Nov 7, 2010 | Neela Banerjee
    The American Geophysical Union plans to announce Monday that 700 researchers have agreed to speak out on the issue. The effort is a pushback against congressional conservatives who have vowed to kill regulations on greenhouse gas emissions. "This group feels strongly that science and politics can't be divorced and that we need to take bold measures to not only communicate science but also to aggressively engage the denialists and politicians who attack climate science and its scientists," said Scott Mandia, professor of physical sciences at Suffolk County Community College in New York.
  • A Treasured Nation

    08/05/2010 7:22:23 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 10 replies
    And when G-d your G-d will bring you to the Land to which you come to inherit it, and you shall give the blessing on Mt. Grizim and the curse on Mt. Eval. (From this week's Torah portion, Re'eh, Deuteronomy 11:29) Professor Adam Zartal finished his archeology studies before the Yom Kippur War and soon began his research of the Biblical inheritance of Menashe. In the days after the Six Day War it was still possible to roam freely in the area, and the kibbutznik from Ein Shemer enlisted volunteers to comb the area - meter by meter - in...
  • “Finding God after Atheism” - Dr. Sally Severino’s journey

    07/10/2010 8:26:16 AM PDT · by MarianoApologeticus · 5 replies
    Examiner ^ | May 22, 2010 AD | Mariano Grinbank
    Dr. Sally Severino was a prominent New York based Freudian psychoanalyst, the first female President of the American College of Psychoanalysts who had received a lot of media attention for her groundbreaking research on PMS. Yet, It is practically unheard-of for a Freudian to embrace faith, since Freud himself was a notorious atheist… all my power and prosperity felt empty. It took God to fill that emptiness… I had all the perks of the American Dream--big house, expensive car, designer clothes. It didn't help. But when my life broke apart, I broke open. I realized something was missing--and the something...
  • Aussies more skeptical of climate change

    05/10/2010 5:24:45 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 10 replies · 259+ views
    American Thinker Blog ^ | May 10, 2010 | Ben-Peter Terpstra
    Is the science really settled? To the chagrin of global warmers everywhere, two-thirds of Australians now doubt and/or reject Al Gore's end-of-the-world warming theory. So, how will Australia look like to Obama on his trip Down Under next month? A recent "global warming" poll conducted by Galaxy Research for the Institute of Public Affairs surveyed 1000 respondents across Australia from 30 April- 2 May 2010, offers some clues: *35% of Australians believe that "The world is warming and man's emissions are to blame." * 26% of Australians believe that "The variation in global temperature is just part of the natural...
  • The Surest Way To Oppose and Diminish Unbelief

    04/01/2010 3:26:59 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 8 replies · 249+ views
    Grace Gems ^ | J.C. Ryle
    I must conclude with the humbling and sorrowful remark, that we who profess faith, and are never troubled with unbelief, are not altogether free from blame. Too often our faith is little better than a mere "useless assent" to certain theological propositions, but not a living, burning, active principle—which works by love, purifies the heart, and overcomes the world. It is not the faith which made primitive Christians rejoice under Roman persecution, and made Luther stand up boldly before the Diet of Worms, and made Ridley and Latimer "love not their lives to the death," and made Wesley give up...
  • Turning Away From Christianity

    03/08/2010 7:50:55 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 9 replies · 98+ views
    Grace Gems ^ | 1880 | J.C. Ryle
    It is an age of free thought and liberty of action—an age of scientific inquiry, and determination to question and cross-examine ancient opinions—an age of greedy pursuit of pleasure and impatience of restraint—an age of idolatry of intellect, and extravagant admiration of so-called cleverness—an age of Athenian craving for novelty and constant love of change—an age when we see on all sides a bold but ever shifting skepticism, which at one time tells us that man is little better than an ape, and at another that he is little less than a god—an age when there is a morbid readiness...
  • FLORIDA COURT SETS ATHEIST HOLY DAY

    02/19/2010 10:46:06 AM PST · by hope_dies_last · 56+ views
    No Church is Exempt... so take heed!!! ------ The New Jerusalem Post Writers Latest news reports are that five terrorist cell groups have been operating in many of our churches. They have been identified as: Bin Sleepin, Bin Arguin, Bin Fightin, Bin Complainin, and Bin Missin. Their leader, Lucifer Bin Workin, trained these groups to destroy the Body of Christ. The plan is to come into the church disguised as Christians and to work within the church to discourage, disrupt, and destroy. However, there have been reports of a sixth group. A tiny cell known by the name Bin Prayin...
  • The crackup of the climate 'consensus'

    02/19/2010 4:04:07 AM PST · by Scanian · 7 replies · 841+ views
    NY Post ^ | February 19, 2010 | STEVEN F. HAYWARD
    The climate-change campaign is in catastrophic free fall. Nearly every day brings a new embarrassment or retraction for the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the supposed gold standard for "consensus" science. The withdrawal this week of BP, ConocoPhillips and Caterpillar from the main US business lobby for greenhouse-gas controls is the latest political blow to the campaign. The anti-warming lobby long demonized skeptics as the moral equivalent of Holocaust deniers while warning of climate "tipping points." Now, the "Climategate" scandal that broke in November is looking like a true tipping point: The leaked e-mails have done to the climate-change...
  • Climate change emails between scientists reveal flaws in peer review

    02/02/2010 7:23:43 PM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 11 replies · 419+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | February 2, 2010 | Fred Pearce
    Scientists sometimes like to portray what they do as divorced from the everyday jealousies, rivalries and tribalism of human relationships. What makes science special is that data and results that can be replicated are what matters and the scientific truth will out in the end. But a close reading of the emails hacked from the University of East Anglia in November exposes the real process of everyday science in lurid detail. Many of the emails reveal strenuous efforts by the mainstream climate scientists to do what outside observers would regard as censoring their critics. And the correspondence raises awkward questions...
  • Earth's Upper Atmosphere Cooling Dramatically

    12/17/2009 5:00:34 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 49 replies · 2,077+ views
    space.com ^ | 12/17/09 | http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/091217-agu-earth-atmosphere-cooling.html
    SAN FRANCISCO — When the sun is relatively inactive — as it has been in recent years — the outermost layer of Earth's atmosphere cools dramatically, new observations find.
  • Evidence for Trustworthiness of the BIBLE: Archaeological Discoveries

    12/13/2009 2:41:34 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 41 replies · 2,126+ views
    alwaysbeready.com ^ | unknown | Charlie H. Campbell
    For the past 150 years archaeologists have been verifying the exact truthfulness of the Bible's detailed records of various events, customs, persons, cities, nations, and geographical locations. Dr. Nelson Glueck probably the greatest modern authority on Israeli archeology, has said, “No archeological discovery has ever controverted [overturned] a Biblical reference. Scores of archeological findings have been made which confirm in clear outline or in exact detail historical statements in the Bible. And, by the same token, proper evaluation of Biblical descriptions has often led to amazing discoveries.” In every instance where the Bible can be, or has been checked out...
  • SCIENCE and SCRIPTURE. Is the Bible Reliable?

    12/11/2009 2:38:04 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 31 replies · 1,322+ views
    Bible Bulletin Board ^ | unknown | John Macarthur
    Introduction The famous evolutionist Julian Huxley once said, "Any view of God as a personal being is becoming frankly untenable. The difficulty of understanding the functions of a personal ruler in a universe which the march of knowledge is showing us ever more clearly as self-ordered and self-ordering in every minutest detail is becoming more and more apparent" (Essays of a Biologist [New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1923], p. 217). His sentiments were echoed by the British philosopher Bertrand Russell: "That Man is the product of causes which had no prevision of the end they were achieving; that his origin,...
  • Obama scientist sees strong consensus on climate

    12/03/2009 11:41:56 AM PST · by PROCON · 44 replies · 1,141+ views
    news.stv.tv ^ | Dec.3 2009 | Timothy Gardner
    The science showing that greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are causing a dangerous warming of the world's climate is sound, President Barack Obama's top scientists said on Wednesday, despite controversial e-mails stolen from climate researchers. E-mails from Britain's University of East Anglia, made public last month after being obtained by hackers, show climate researchers deriding global warming skeptics, who argue that the messages show that the researchers manipulated data to make climate change appear more definitive.
  • Global warming? The Earth has her own tricks to keep carbon count in control!

    12/02/2009 10:19:30 PM PST · by dennisw · 14 replies · 882+ views
    Mail UK ^ | 29th November 2009 | By Ian Plimer
    Perhaps it is comforting to believe that science is an absolute discipline: immune from fads, fanatics and frauds, untroubled by extremists, evangelists, glory-seekers and bigots. But it is not. It is as vulnerable to the vested interests and biases of its practitioners as any corporate entity or political party. Uncomfortable truths are suppressed and dubious evidence given undue prominence. Nowhere is this more worryingly obvious than in the science of climate change. As a field of research it has become so heavily politicised that opposing views are spoken of in terms of religion: believers and non-believers, with the accent being...
  • The (Climategate) Dominoes Fall

    12/02/2009 4:42:58 PM PST · by raptor22 · 26 replies · 2,173+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 2, 2009 | IBD editorial staff
    Warming Scandal: The architect of climate fraud steps down, the creator of the infamous "hockey stick" is investigated, and Australia's parliament defeats cap-and-trade. We love the smell of truth in the morning. As the high priests of what Czech President Vaclav Klaus has called a "religion" prepare their pilgrimage to worship the earth goddess Gaia in Copenhagen, complete with humanity being sacrificed, the heresy of climate truth is finally being heard. The gospel of climate change, once expressed with the messianic fervor of an Elmer Gantry by Al Gore, is now expressed with the stammering incoherence of an Elmer Fudd...
  • The Yamal ring-width chronology of Briffa (Briffa responds to McIntyre Alert)

    10/01/2009 8:29:06 AM PDT · by Thickman · 57 replies · 3,077+ views
    Briffa news release ^ | 09-30-2009 | Keith Briffa
    My attention has been drawn to a comment by Steve McIntyre on the Climate Audit website relating to the pattern of radial tree growth displayed in the ring-width chronology "Yamal" that I first published in Briffa (2000). The substantive implication of McIntyre's comment (made explicitly in subsequent postings by others) is that the recent data that make up this chronology (i.e. the ring-width measurements from living trees) were purposely selected by me from among a larger available data set, specifically because they exhibited recent growth increases. This is not the case. The Yamal tree-ring chronology (see also Briffa and Osborn...
  • Atheist Groups Increase on School Campuses (skeptic groups rising across the country's high schools)

    09/20/2009 7:14:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies · 725+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 9/19/2009 | Nathan Black
    Atheist and religious skeptic student groups are on the rise across the country's high school and college campuses. The Secular Student Alliance added its 160th affiliate campus group last week and reports that demand for their group starting packets are high. "It’s been a challenge to keep up with the demand for services, especially group-starting packets and follow-up," said Lyz Liddell, senior campus organizer, in a statement earlier this month. "That’s a nice problem to have." The number of SSA campus affiliate groups has increased from 100 in 2008 to 160 this year. In 2007, the alliance counted only 80....
  • A Skeptical Take on Global Warming

    09/11/2009 2:38:51 AM PDT · by Rocky · 11 replies · 871+ views
    Washington Post.com ^ | Sept 10, 2009 | Matt Rogers
    As I'm sure you know, meteorology is an inexact science due to the large number of variables involved in predicting and understanding the weather. I frequently say that weather forecasting is a humbling endeavor, and I have learned to respect its challenges. From this perspective, you might be able to better understand why I wince when hearing pronouncements such as "the science is settled", "the debate is over", or even the "the temperature in the 2050s is projected to be..." I realize that forecasting climate and weather are different, but both involve a large number of moving parts. There are...
  • Jaycee Dugard Abduction Case Highlights Failure of Psychics

    08/31/2009 7:53:48 AM PDT · by GL of Sector 2814 · 11 replies · 1,128+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | Aug 31st, 2009 | Benjamin Radford
    Jaycee Dugard, the woman who was abducted at the age of 11 in 1991, was recently discovered living in a virtual prison in the back yard of a couple's come in Antioch, Calif., as has been widely reported. She had been there for 18 years, confined and horrifically abused, even giving birth to her rapist's children. They were kept prisoner and isolated, never having attended school or seen a doctor. Amazingly, a Reno psychic is now claiming the case proves the accuracy of her abilities. Dayle Schear, who was paid by Jaycee's parents to help locate their daughter, says she...
  • Suicidal atheist converts to Christ

    08/22/2009 11:53:32 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 12 replies · 1,014+ views
    CMI ^ | August 22, 2009
    After our article on atheism was published (creation.com/atheism), a former atheist wrote to tell of how he came to faith in Christ. Following that is a poignant email received in the same time period about a young man who sadly did take his own life. Dear CMI, I cannot express my gratitude in words. I became a Christian three years ago after struggling with thoughts of suicide due to my atheistic beliefs. Your ministry truly saved my life. I was raised in a secular home, and surrounded by atheistic propaganda from an early age, whether it be from school or...
  • Shallow Science Criticized by Global Warming Experts

    04/14/2009 9:14:48 PM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies · 1,245+ views
    Environment & Climate News ^ | 05/01/2009 | Dan Miller
    Willie Soon, a Harvard University astrophysicist and geophysicist with scores of peer-reviewed papers and books to his credit, said he is “embarrassed and puzzled” by the shallow science in papers asserting the Earth faces a climate crisis caused by global warming. Soon told the second International Conference on Climate Change on March in New York City, “We have a system [of peer reviewing scientific literature] that is truly, truly appalling.” Soon’s criticisms echoed an earlier presentation at the 2-1/2-day conference that was attended by about 700 scientists, economists, and policymakers considering the issue of “Global Warming: Was it ever really...
  • Former Astronaut Says Warming Natural

    03/08/2009 7:35:01 AM PDT · by Thickman · 14 replies · 790+ views
    Albquerque Journal ^ | 3-8-09 | John Fleck
    By John Fleck Copyright © 2009 Albuquerque Journal Journal Staff Writer Since he was a kid, Harrison "Jack" Schmitt — geologist, moon-walking astronaut, former U.S. senator — has been fascinated by weather and climate. When he was a child in Silver City, he and his father studied rainfall data from southern New Mexico. When he launched to the moon in 1972, he took the latest Earth weather charts with him and spent downtime during the journey looking back and trying his hand at weather forecasts.
  • CO2 a pollutant? 'Ridiculous,' says scientist

    03/03/2009 11:23:19 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 28 replies · 1,480+ views
    OneNewsNow ^ | 3/3/2009 | Pete Chagnon
    A keynote speaker at the upcoming International Conference on Climate Change says carbon dioxide would have to be a miracle compound in order to have any significant global climate impact. John Coleman has more than 50 years' experience forecasting the weather. He is also one of the 70+ featured scientists who will be attending the 2009 International Conference on Climate Change in New York City March 8-10. As the Obama administration mulls carbon cap-and-trade, Coleman had this to say about CO2. "CO2? It's a great positive," he states. "Without carbon dioxide in the atmosphere we'd all die because everything we...
  • 2009 International Conference on Climate Change(reposted/reminder)

    01/31/2009 4:34:28 PM PST · by Delacon · 8 replies · 659+ views
    Welcome More than 70 of the world’s elite scientists specializing in climate issues will confront the subject of global warming at the second annual International Conference on Climate Change in New York City March 8-10, 2009.They will be joined by economists, legal experts, and other climate specialists calling attention to new research that contradicts claims that Earth’s moderate warming during the 20th Century primarily was man-made and has reached crisis proportions.The conference expects to draw 1,000 attendees including private-sector business people, state and federal legislators and officials, policy analysts, media, and students.Headliners among the 70-plus presenters will be: William...
  • Not More Grouchiness, But More Humility Please

    01/15/2009 9:23:42 AM PST · by Jbny · 2 replies · 269+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | January 15, 2009 | Jennifer Rubin
    Daivd Ignatius takes President Bush to task for undue optimism and praises his successor for refreshing pessimism. But he plays so fast and loose with the facts that the force of his underlying message (that a healthy dose of humility and skepticism about government is a good thing) is lost.
  • CA: Dishonest debate - Credible climate policy skeptics are ignored (AB 32 - economy killer?)

    12/08/2008 8:18:45 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 602+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 12/8/08 | Editorial
    On Friday, the California Air Resources Board will decide whether to adopt its “scoping plan” for the implementation of AB 32, the 2006 anti-global warming law. It requires state energy suppliers to use far more power from cleaner but more costly sources. Given that this would impose unique burdens on California businesses, many observers (including this editorial page) have been skeptical and said a national or international approach to global warming makes more sense. The response from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has been that the opposite is true: Far from burdening the economy, the forced transition to new sources of power...
  • Chemist Dr. Martin Hertzberg’s response to NYT’s Paul Krugman

    08/06/2008 2:28:40 PM PDT · by EPW Comm Team · 9 replies · 435+ views
    CanadaFreePress.com ^ | August 5, 2008 | Marc Morano
    Chemist Dr. Martin Hertzberg’s response to NYT’s Paul Krugman: 'Hysteria is based on half-baked computer models’ By EPW Blog Tuesday, August 5, 2008 Dr. Martin Hertzberg’s response to NYT’s Paul Krugman: ‘Hysteria is based on half-baked computer models’ (Dr. Martin Hertzberg, a retired Navy meteorologist with a PhD in physical chemistry, is one of the more than 500 scientists featured in the U.S. Senate’s report of scientists dissenting from man-made global warming fears. See this U.S. Senate report.) Hertzberg Excerpt: I am a lifelong liberal Democrat, but I am also a scientist. […] In this morning’s article “Can This Planet...
  • Climate change by Jupiter -- (global warming deniers)Part XXXVIII

    05/09/2008 2:53:59 PM PDT · by Delacon · 12 replies · 204+ views
    National Post ^ | November 10, 2007 | Lawrence Solomon
    The alignment of the planets, and especially that of Jupiter and Saturn, control the climate on Earth.So explained Rhodes Fairbridge of Columbia University, a giant in science over much of the last century whose accomplishments are perhaps unsurpassed for their breadth, depth, and volume. This one man authored or co-authored 100 scientific books and more than 1,000 scientific papers, he edited the Benchmarks in Geology series (more than 90 volumes in print) and was general editor of the Encyclopaedias of the Earth Sciences. He edited eight major encyclopedias of specialized scientific papers in the atmospheric sciences and astrogeology; geomorphology;...
  • Gore's Myanmar Words as Inopportune as they were Repulsive

    05/08/2008 6:13:39 AM PDT · by Delacon · 43 replies · 78+ views
    American Thinker ^ | May 07, 2008 | Marc Sheppard
    Thirty days after Steve McIntyre caught NASA cooking climate history again - this time in a feeble attempt to somehow conceal the alarmist-embarrassing  downward trend since 1998 -- Al Gore shamelessly portrayed Saturday's Myanmar cyclone catastrophe as a ‘consequence' of global warming.  A mere 16 days after NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory confirmed that the Pacific Decadal Oscillation's cool phase shift would likely bring colder temperatures for as many as the next 20-30 years, Gore told NPR that the "trend toward stronger and more destructive storms appears to be linked to global warming and specifically to the impact of global...
  • Why melting of ice sheets 'is impossible' -- (global warming deniers)Part XXXVII

    05/06/2008 11:38:46 AM PDT · by Delacon · 23 replies · 122+ views
    National Post ^ | November 02, 2007 | Lawrence Solomon
    'Big Thaw,' a summertime spectacular in National Geographic magazine, provided awesome scenes of climate-change catastrophes.The glaciers are melting. The ice sheets are melting. They're sliding rapidly out to sea. More rapidly than anyone imagined. Look for the ice sheets to collapse. Look for sea levels to rise. Etc. Etc.National Geographic's breathless account, brilliantly illustrated with the stunning photography for which it is famous, won headlines around the world. It has been dramatized and magnified on nightly newscasts and blogs alike, and has become a staple in the popular imagination.But it won't happen, says Prof. Cliff Ollier of the University...
  • IPCC too blinkered and corrupt to save -- (global warming deniers) Part XXXVI

    05/01/2008 6:45:26 PM PDT · by Delacon · 37 replies · 268+ views
    National Post ^ | October 26, 2007 | Lawrence Solomon
    Vincent Gray has begun a second career as a climate-change activist. His motivation springs from the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a body that combats global warming by advocating the reduction of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Dr. Gray has worked relentlessly for the IPCC as an expert reviewer since the early 1990s.But Dr. Gray isn't an activist in the cause of enforcing the Kyoto Protocol and realizing the other goals of the worldwide IPCC process. To the contrary, Dr. Gray's mission, in his new role as cofounder of The New Zealand Climate Science Coalition, is to...
  • You still need your parka in Antarctica -- (global warming deniers)Part XXXV

    04/30/2008 10:52:27 AM PDT · by Delacon · 22 replies · 81+ views
    National Post ^ | September 15, 2007 | Lawrence Solomon
    Antarctica -- a vast territory whose sea-ice growth in winter effectively doubles its size to envelop an area three times that of Canada -- is the world's coldest continent by far, its permanent ice sheet regulating the Antarctic atmosphere. It is also the world's windiest and driest continent by far, and its highest by far, with a mean elevation of 2,300 metres.It is also the world's most remote continent, its least explored and least understood.Not until 1998, with the advent of new technologies and improved scientific understanding, did human knowledge "allow the question of the global relevance of Antarctica...
  • The Hot Trend is cool yachts -- (global warming deniers)Part XXXIV

    04/23/2008 10:16:53 AM PDT · by Delacon · 13 replies · 55+ views
    National Post ^ | September 08, 2007 | Lawrence Solomon
    To save the planet from global warming -- a looming catastrophe many believe we can no longer prevent -- could require that China stop building the equivalent of a new 1000 megawatt coal plant every five days, and India the same equivalent every two weeks. It could also require that the rest of the developing world slows its economic growth, for the good of humanity. And it could require us, in the rich countries, to dramatically curtail our air and auto travel, and other greenhouse gas producing activities, even if it means plunging ourselves into recession if not depression.Or,...
  • The Environmentalists' Real Agenda

    04/23/2008 8:07:53 AM PDT · by Delacon · 37 replies · 304+ views
    Ideologies: Once in a while the truth accidentally tumbles out on global warming activists' real agenda. That's exactly what happened at the U.N., when Bolivia's leader called for ending capitalism to save the planet. Delivering the keynote address at the United Nations forum on Indigenous People on Monday, Bolivia's President Evo Morales told the adoring crowd that "if we want to save our planet earth, to save life, to save mankind, we have a duty to put an end to the capitalist system."Morales elaborated on that by calling for an end to "unbridled industrial development, extraction of natural resources, excessive...
  • Irrational Green Exuberance

    04/23/2008 7:21:22 AM PDT · by Delacon · 41 replies · 131+ views
    National Review Online ^ | April 22, 2008 | the Editors
    The last few years have witnessed an Internet-stock bubble and a real-estate bubble. Could we be approaching the bursting point of the climate-change bubble? The intensity of the current climate crusade, Al Gore’s $300 million ad campaign, and Time’s fifth panicky global-warming cover in three years (“Be Worried, Be Very Worried” read the 2006 cover) are all good contrary indicators suggesting that the hysteria is reaching its terminal stage. Like mortgage-backed securities dealers, the climate campaigners are in a panic because the public isn’t buying what they’re selling. The latest annual Gallup survey on the environment shows that only 37...
  • Gore's Alarmism Failing: Concern for Global Warming Same as 19 Years Ago!

    04/21/2008 1:31:35 PM PDT · by Delacon · 35 replies · 179+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | April 21, 2008 | Noel Sheppard
    Want to talk about really inconvenient truths? Well, despite Nobel Laureate Al Gore's massive campaign to scare the world into thinking the planet is facing imminent doom at the hands of global warming, Americans don't seem to be buying it.In fact, a new Gallup poll released moments ago revealed, "a little more than a third say they worry about [global warming] a great deal, a percentage that is roughly the same as the one Gallup measured 19 years ago."Hehehehehe.Here are the exquisitely delicious details (emphasis added): Despite the enormous attention paid to global warming over the past several years, the...
  • The aerosol man -- (global warming deniers)Part XXXIII

    04/21/2008 10:28:29 AM PDT · by Delacon · 30 replies · 68+ views
    National Post ^ | September 01, 2007 | Lawrence Solomon
    Stephen Schwartz knows as much about the effects of aerosols on climate change as anyone in the world, and he's worried. He believes climate change is so massive an economic issue that we face costs "in the trillions if not quadrillions of dollars." He thinks a Herculean effort and great sacrifice is required to get the world down to zero net increase in carbon dioxide concentrations, an effort he compares to that which the Allies undertook in their all-out war against Nazi Germany and Japan."Recall World War II, where everyone was making a sacrifice: gas rationing, tire rationing, no...
  • From chaos, coherence -- Part XXXII

    04/19/2008 4:45:03 PM PDT · by Delacon · 1 replies · 61+ views
    National Post ^ | August 15, 2007 | Lawrence Solomon
    Iceland is shrouded in a permanent low-pressure system. Far to the south, the Azores are shrouded in permanent highs. Both pressure systems rock, from east to west and with ever-changing intensity, in the process controlling the North Atlantic's westerly winds. When the westerlies are strong, Europe's summers are cool, its winters are mild and rain is frequent. When westerlies are weak, rainfall decreases and temperatures become extreme, leading to summer heat waves and winter deep freezes.These year-to-year variations in the North Atlantic are known as the North Atlantic Oscillation. Though in many ways mysterious, their effects are quite predictable...
  • In the eye of the storm of global warming -- Part XXXI

    04/19/2008 12:13:35 PM PDT · by Delacon · 3 replies · 115+ views
    National Post ^ | July 28, 2007 | Lawrence Solomon
    He's called the world's most famous hurricane expert, not because he likes to fly into hurricanes to experience them up close -- which he does -- but because of what he's learned from them, up there, buffeted by the fury of nature. William Gray has developed an intuitive sense when it comes to understanding the atmosphere in its infinite complexity. This intuition rooted in experience allowed him to pioneer the science of hurricane forecasting more than two decades ago, and subsequently to practice his craft with an unprecedented precision that he keeps refining year after year. He and his...
  • What global warming, Australian skeptic asks -- Part XXX

    04/19/2008 6:07:45 AM PDT · by Delacon · 9 replies · 132+ views
    National Post ^ | July 17, 2007 | Lawrence Solomon
    Bob Carter, a professor at James Cook University (Queensland) and the University of Adelaide (South Australia), is a paleontologist, a stratigrapher, and a marine geologist.He has been chair of the National Marine Science and Technologies Committee, director of the Australian Office of the Ocean Drilling Program, and chair of the Earth Sciences Discipline Panel of the Australian Research Council.He is Cambridge educated.And he is an outspoken global-warming skeptic.Most global-warming skeptics criticize the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on limited grounds -- they might view the science put forth by the IPCC to be at odds with science...
  • Models trump measurements -- Part XXIX

    04/19/2008 5:34:50 AM PDT · by Delacon · 45 replies · 310+ views
    National Post ^ | July 07, 2007 | Lawrence Solomon
    We are doomed, say climate change scientists associated with the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United Nations body that is organizing most of the climate change research occurring in the world today. Carbon dioxide from man-made sources rises to the atmosphere and then stays there for 50, 100, or even 200 years. This unprecedented buildup of CO2 then traps heat that would otherwise escape our atmosphere, threatening us all."This is nonsense," says Tom V. Segalstad, head of the Geological Museum at the University of Oslo and formerly an expert reviewer with the same IPCC. He laments...