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Bill Hooke: Science and politics? Vive le différence!

The other day an alert LOTRW reader (thank you!) passed along this link to an April 26 post by Brad Plumer on Vox. In this article, entitled A Cold War theory for why scientists and the government have become so …

Today: 13:23   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: On-site reflections on the March for Science – and on “community.”

“Scientists are a community of scholars engaged in a common search for knowledge.” – line (as I recall it) from my ninth-grade science textbook[1] Yesterday had a lot of moving parts around our household, but a time window between noon …

2017-04-23 23:08   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Before leaving the topic of “defensiveness” for good…

… one last, brief set of thoughts for scientists on the eve of tomorrow’s March for Science and Earth Day. This post is triggered by an article by Tim Requarth in Slate (a tip of the hat to Fred Carr, …

2017-04-21 20:39   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Celebrating – not defending – science and scientists.

Air pollution? An unintended consequence of population growth and economic success, contamination of U.S. air (as well as water and soils) was becoming daily more evident throughout the 1960’s. The establishment of NOAA and EPA in 1970 by President Nixon …

2017-04-20 10:17   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Reflections on science, defensive behavior – and Easter. Part II. The good news.

(Physicist Tom McLeish’s quote and eleven others in a similar vein can be found on that well-known religious website – where else? – BuzzFeed.) “…The best defense of science is pointing out all the positives we’ve accomplished…” –John Plodinec (In …

2017-04-16 12:26   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Reflections on science, defensive behavior – and Easter.

Earth Day and the March for Science are coming up. The mood of both is somber, a bit defensive. From the Earth Day website: Earth Day 2017’s Campaign is Environmental & Climate Literacy. Education is the foundation for progress. We …

2017-04-15 14:29   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: How to increase long- and short-term risk to the American economy.

America and Americans are today blessed with the world’s largest and strongest economy. Suppose you wanted to put that economy and that world standing at risk? How would you go about it? Some argue that’s exactly what China is attempting …

2017-04-11 15:06   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Xi Jinping, Donald Trump… and H.R. 353, the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017.

Last week saw two major events in the United States. The first, the historic encounter between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, was duly accompanied by pomp and by breathless, nonstop media attention. Meanwhile, under the media radar, …

2017-04-10 15:11   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Progress on Climate Change? Good news… and bad.

This weekend, both the Washington Post and the New York Times carried op-eds on the new administration’s attempts to turn back the clock on climate change policy. Both articles suggested such efforts will fail, for a variety of reasons: Writing …

2017-04-04 02:30   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: A Goldilocks approach to climate change.

“A Goldilocks planet is a planet that falls within a star’s habitable zone, and the name is often specifically used for planets close to the size of Earth… …In astronomy and astrobiology, the circumstellar habitable zone (CHZ), or simply the habitable zone, is the range of orbits around …

2017-03-29 15:42   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: The $100T opportunity.

“Most managers spend 80% of their time on problems, and 20% of their time on opportunities. They ought to reverse that ratio.” – Peter Drucker(?)[1] Tonight’s news reports, spanning all media, will be headlining the new administration’s unwinding of the …

2017-03-28 20:06   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Good policy still matters.

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” – Matthew 7:12 In recent months, Earth scientists, whether focused on natural resources, hazard resilience, or protection of ecosystem services provided by forests, wetlands, floodplains, etc. have expressed growing …

2017-03-27 11:17   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Matthew J. Parker

“Now about the dead rising—have you not read in the Book of Moses, in the account of the burning bush, how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? …

2017-03-19 15:20   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Living the American Dream – ca. 2017

Spending the weekend with friends… … and my friend shared his dream from the night before: Seems America had built a wall along the Mexican border. A great wall. An impenetrable wall. A wall so great that it interfered with …

2017-03-18 21:55   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: $100T, (clumsily) translated into jobs and business opportunity.

A week ago, I ran into a long-time USACE colleague in the supermarket. We started out the way people of our generation do: “I’m thinking of retirement,” he said. “I’m pushing seventy.” “I’m pulling seventy,” I replied. Then we talked …

2017-03-13 01:01   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: $100 trillion? Opportunity or sinkhole? The reaction so far.

The law of holes: “When you find yourself in a hole, quit digging.” – Will Rogers As noted in a previous LOTRW post, the world’s peoples face a $100T bill coming due. That’s how much nations must spend over coming …

2017-03-11 13:47   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: What will world leaders pay for a good night’s sleep? $100 Trillion over the next twenty years.

O, sleep it is a gentle thing, Beloved from pole to pole! To Mary Queen the praise be given! She sent the gentle sleep from Heaven, That slid into my soul. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient …

2017-03-03 17:09   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Why world leaders lose sleep at night.

And in the visitation of the winds, Who take the ruffian billows by the top, Curling their monstrous heads and hanging them With deafening clamour in the slippery clouds, That, with the hurly, death itself awakes? Canst thou, O partial …

2017-03-02 15:26   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Junk Food for Thought

Food for thought: An idea or issue to ponder… This metaphoric phrase, transferring the idea of digestion from the stomach to mulling something over in the mind, dates from the late 1800s, although the idea was also expressed somewhat differently …

2017-02-26 12:47   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: We’ve Got Your “Six”

by Captain Timothy H. Miner Allied Pilots Association Member: AMS Aviation, Range and Aerospace Committee [Read the LOTRW “about” link and you’ll find an invitation to submit guest contributions. But the blog’s going-on-seven-year history has seen only a handful of …

2017-02-24 21:50   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Tim.

So live, that when thy summons comes to join   The innumerable caravan, which moves   To that mysterious realm, where each shall take   His chamber in the silent halls of death,   Thou go not, like the quarry-slave at night,   Scourged to …

2017-02-20 17:48   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: The Oroville Dam… and extrapolation to the national implications.

Two weeks ago, the risks posed by the Oroville dam occupied relatively few minds. But in the days since its near-failure and the evacuation of 200,000 people downstream, it’s become a household word. The news media have devoted much ink …

2017-02-17 19:41   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: To march? Or not to march?

“…ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” – John F. Kennedy. “If you want a barge to move, and you kick it, you just hurt your foot. But if you …

2017-02-14 14:22   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Meanwhile, outside the Beltway…

For me, the week after the annual AMS meeting each year is usually a week of catch-up in my home DC-based office. But this year finds me instead in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. I’m sitting in as a member of …

2017-02-02 13:10   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Amicus.

Amicus briefs are legal documents filed in appellate court cases by non-litigants with a strong interest in the subject matter. The briefs advise the court of relevant, additional information or arguments that the court might wish to consider. An amicus …

2017-02-01 16:19   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: AMS and the “Horton-Hears-a-Who” strategy for making a difference.

“A person’s a person, no matter how small.”   “This,” cried the Mayor, “is your town’s darkest hour! The time for all Whos who have blood that is red To come to the aid of their country!” he said. “We’ve …

2017-01-31 23:17   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Want to make a difference in today’s political turmoil? Think like a meteorologist.

Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him. – Proverbs 26:4 (NIV) Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes. – Proverbs 26:5 …

2017-01-30 23:35   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: The AMS has changed my life. How has it changed yours?

I’m Bill Hooke, and the AMS changed my life. A bit of departure from the usual fare for these posts. The 97th annual AMS meeting is wrapping up here in Seattle. Exhibitors are breaking down their booths and displays. The …

2017-01-26 23:56   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: The Signal and the Noise

“Distinguishing the signal from the noise requires both scientific knowledge and self-knowledge: the serenity to accept the things we cannot predict, the courage to predict the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” – Nate Silver[1] “The …

2017-01-26 01:40   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: More inaugural augury. The outlook for ethics, (and the 2017 AMS Annual Meeting).

Ethics: that branch of philosophy dealing with values relating to human conduct, with respect to the rightness and wrongness of certain actions and to the goodness and badness of the motives and ends of such actions. “Most people, when they …

2017-01-20 16:33   Click to comment


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