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Climate Asylum: Giddyup! Dean Sessions and the Gish Gallop

  This is part of a series of articles responding to the claims made in Dean Sessions’ Universal Model.  Click the link to see the introduction to the series. Volume 1 of the Universal Model (UM) is long.  Really, REALLY loooooonnnnnnnggggg.  Over 800 pages long.  And supposedly there are two more volumes of similar size in the editing

2017-06-14 19:54   Click to comment

Climate Asylum: The Universal Clam Bake and Steam Bath

This is part of a series of articles responding to the claims made in Dean Sessions’ Universal Model.  Click the link to see the introduction to the series. I have a hypothesis I want to pitch to you, dear reader.  (Eventually it incorporates a giant, worldwide clam bake and steam bath, but you have to be a little

2017-06-12 22:11   Click to comment

Climate Asylum: That Sinking Feeling: Radioactivity in the Earth

This is part of a series of articles responding to the claims made in Dean Sessions’ Universal Model.  Click the link to see the introduction to the series. For Dean Sessions, the fact that radioactive elements are thought to be more abundant in the crust of the Earth than the lower layers is significant for several reasons,

2017-05-29 16:16   Click to comment

Climate Asylum: The Universal Model and Centrifuge Earth

This is part of a series of articles responding to the claims made in Dean Sessions’ Universal Model.  Click the link to see the introduction to the series. The Universal Model (UM) gives a sort of clever (but badly flawed) explanation for the mechanism of Noah’s flood–the Earth is a variable-speed centrifuge!  So buckle up, dear

2017-05-28 17:17   Click to comment

Climate Asylum: Moment of Inertia Factor is also a BIG PROBLEM for the UM

One portion of the “discoveries” part of the Universal Model website states, “the concept that Earth is a Hydroplanet instead of a magmaplanet is one of the key components of the UM.” It also includes a fancy illustration (below) depicting what that means—you’ll notice that the Earth is depicted with a liquid water outer core and

2017-05-20 03:10   Click to comment

Climate Asylum: No, There Is No Magma Ocean

This is part of a series of articles responding to the claims made in Dean Sessions’ Universal Model.  Click the link to see the introduction to the series. Dean Sessions, author of the Universal Model, apparently thinks scientists are pretty stupid.  The constant refrain in the UM is that scientists know there is all sorts of evidence that

2017-05-18 20:59   Click to comment

Climate Asylum: Quartz Can Form From… Glass?

This is part of a series of articles responding to the claims made in Dean Sessions’ Universal Model.  Click the link to see the introduction to the series. The Universal Model (UM) relies very heavily on the claim that the quartz found in nature cannot possibly have formed from molten material.  In a recent post, Quartz is Not

2017-05-15 14:48   Click to comment

Climate Asylum: Do Earthquakes Create Volcanoes?

This is part of a series of articles responding to the claims made in Dean Sessions’ Universal Model.  Click the link to see the introduction to the series. Do Earthquakes Generate Heat?  Yes. Given that Dean Sessions, author of the Universal Model (UM), believes a giant ice ball is in the Earth’s core, geothermal gradients are problematic.  That is, as

2017-05-09 23:19   Click to comment

Climate Asylum: Magma & Heat Flow: UM Response 1

This is part of a series of articles responding to the claims made in Dean Sessions’ Universal Model.  Click the link to see the introduction to the series. As I have been posting my critiques of the Universal Model (UM), I have also been posting snippets of the arguments to the discussion forum at the UM website.  I

2017-05-06 01:16   Click to comment

Climate Asylum: Don’t Let the Core Fall Out: Nitpicking Earth’s Magnetic Field

This is part of a series of articles responding to the claims made in Dean Sessions’ Universal Model.  Click the link to see the introduction to the series. Today I am adding a new entry into my “Bickmore’s Laws” page.  Here it is: Bickmore’s Second Law of Being Open-Minded: A person’s open-mindedness is inversely proportional to how much

2017-05-02 03:21   Click to comment

Climate Asylum: Facepalm: The Universal Model and Radioactive Lava

This is part of a series of articles responding to the claims made in Dean Sessions’ Universal Model.  Click the link to see the introduction to the series. In the Universal Model, Vol. 1, Dean Sessions says that if current scientific theories about the interior of the Earth (i.e., that it’s hotter down there) are correct, then we should

2017-04-29 20:32   Click to comment

Climate Asylum: Quartz is Not Glass. So What?

This is part of a series of articles responding to the claims made in Dean Sessions’ Universal Model.  Click the link to see the introduction to the series. Quartz is not glass!  According to Dean Sessions, this is one of the most critical points of the Universal Model (UM), and it completely undermines standard geological theories (see vol. 1,

2017-04-27 20:49   Click to comment

Climate Asylum: Does Magma Exist?

This is part of a series of articles responding to the claims made in Dean Sessions’ Universal Model.  Click the link to see the introduction to the series. In Universal Model vol. 1, ch. 5, “The Magma Pseudotheory,” Dean Sessions is on a mission to disprove the existence of magma.  (You can’t have a “hydroplanet” with a core of ice if it gets

2017-04-22 23:30   Click to comment

Climate Asylum: That Time I Met Dean Sessions

This is part of a series of articles responding to the claims made in Dean Sessions’ Universal Model.  Click the link to see the introduction to the series. To hear Dean Sessions tell it, his Universal Model (UM) is such a massive “paradigm shift” that mainstream scientists generally can’t be persuaded to take it seriously. As the director

2017-04-22 00:01   Click to comment

Climate Asylum: The Mass of the Earth is a MASSIVE PROBLEM for the Universal Model

This is part of a series of articles responding to the claims made in Dean Sessions’ Universal Model.  Click the link to see the introduction to the series. UM Claim:  The Universal Model claims that instead of a core made mostly of iron, the Earth has a core made of ice.  But if so, that would mean

2017-04-21 22:28   Click to comment

Climate Asylum: Dick Lindzen, Prager U., and the Art of Lying Well

In (Consensus) Denial The clear scientific consensus about human-caused climate change (certainly between 90-100% of experts, and most likely somewhere around 97%) presents a big problem for the contrarians.  Namely, most people have neither the time nor the inclination to sift through the evidence for themselves, so they tend to defer to the majority of experts.  Therefore, if the…

2016-04-22 00:01   Click to comment

Climate Asylum: Trump is YOUR Fault, and You Suck

Like many others, when Donald Trump announced his candidacy for the Presidency, I didn’t take it too seriously.  But now that he has an increasingly good chance of becoming the Republican nominee, we are asking, “Who are these idiots supporting Trump?” and most importantly, “Who is to blame?”  Pundits from across the political spectrum have

2016-03-18 16:26   Click to comment

Climate Asylum: The Monckton Files: Threatwatch 3

Here’s the thing about making a career out of threatening people.  No matter how much time you put into it, there is just no way to threaten all the jerks who deserve it.  The only possible response for the truly committed threatener, therefore, is to move beyond the impotent moral outrage and organize!  Where separately they fail,

2016-02-05 21:50   Click to comment

Climate Asylum: The Monckton Files: Threatwatch 2

Your humble correspondent must report yet ANOTHER bombastic threat issuing forth from the ever-dependable Lord Christopher Monckton.  This time, the unlucky recipient is Peter Sinclair, creator of the video I publicized in my last post about how the scientist responsible for producing the RSS satellite temperature data, upon which Senator Ted Cruz pins all his climate hopes, doesn’t agree…

2016-01-20 22:43   Click to comment

Climate Asylum: Ted Cruz Pwned by Satellite Expert

Ted Cruz’s claims about satellite temperature data are dismissed by the scientist in charge of producing the data in question. I hereby make a DARING PREDICTION.  I predict that Ted Cruz will completely ignore the fact that Dr. Mears thinks he is misinterpreting his data.  Because Ted Cruz. Pwn /pōn/ (verb, slang):  to appropriate or to

2016-01-13 23:57   Click to comment

Climate Asylum: No, the Hockey Stick Has Not Been Falsified

I hear a lot from commenters who come here from Mark Steyn’s site that the Hockey Stick has been “falsified”.  As Dave Appell points out, the proper response is to ask which one, of the ~36 Hockey Sticks that have been produced so far, are they talking about?Filed under: Climate Change

2015-09-01 14:53   Click to comment

Climate Asylum: Mark Steyn’s Genius Legal Gambit

“Who’s to say what’s right or wrong, when your IQ could easily be the losing team’s score in a baseball game?” In previous posts, your humble correspondent has noted that Mark Steyn and the other defendants in the Mann v. National Review et al. libel case are in a somewhat difficult position.  The easiest way to

2015-06-22 22:48   Click to comment

Climate Asylum: “Merchants of Doubt” for Mormons

I wrote another op-ed for my local paper, the Daily Herald.  The headline is misleading, but it is essentially a plug for the movie and book, Merchants of Doubt.Filed under: Climate Change

2015-03-15 18:15   Click to comment

Climate Asylum: Fallacy Alert! James Delingpole and the Argument from Obdurate Ignorance

One reason I love the Internet is because it makes room for more snark.  Clever satire and lampooning can sometimes be more effective than anything for getting people to stop digging in their heels and do the right thing.  Snarky commentary becomes a loathsome freak show, however, when the intransigently ignorant try it, and unfortunately,

2015-03-06 21:50   Click to comment

Climate Asylum: The Monckton Files: Vote for Monckton!!!

At last, a candidate I can really get behind! There is an interesting site called Quora, on which people ask all sorts of questions, other people answer, and readers vote on the best answer. Sometimes these are pretty fun to read. One question that was posted was, “What are some examples of experts who in

2014-10-11 18:57   Click to comment

Climate Asylum: The Monckton Files: Hypocrisplosion, Islamophobe Style

That Beacon of Freedom, His Supreme Sagacity, the Third Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, is now telling the “Patriots” who read World Net Daily that portions of the Koran (the ones that talk about killing infidels) should be outlawed in the USA. Craven public authorities have failed to act against the circulation of the Quran in

2014-09-15 20:55   Click to comment

Climate Asylum: A Republican Scientist Explains Why Coal Is Expensive

My local newspaper is the Daily Herald, in Provo, Utah, and it has always been about as right-wing as a paper with a circulation above 1,000 can get.  After all, Utah County (Provo is the county seat) holds the title as the Reddest County in the Reddest State.  (I recently found out that I live

2014-09-15 18:45   Click to comment

Climate Asylum: The Monckton Files: Threatwatch 1

One of the truly amusing facets of being a Monckton-o-phile like myself is watching His Lordship veritably explode in a barrage of bombastic threats when he is cornered… or even when he’s passing random people on the street. For your amusement, and to keep the “Threatening Those Who Disagree With Him” section of Lord Monckton’s

2014-08-19 19:49   Click to comment

Climate Asylum: The Monckton Files: A Hero Has Fallen!

Hang around the Watt’s Up With That? blog for any length of time, and it will become apparent that His Lordship, Christopher Monckton, 3rd Viscount of Brenchley, is all but worshipped by many of the regulars there.  No matter how absurd Monckton’s intellectual flagellations, Anthony Watts will post them, and hordes of credulous commenters will heap

2014-07-21 22:52   Click to comment

Climate Asylum: Republican EPA Chiefs Urge Climate Action

Four former EPA administrators from Republican administrations testified at a congressional hearing about the new EPA rule on coal plant CO2 emissions, urging action and supporting the rule.  Articles from the AP,  Reuters, National Journal, and Huffington Post.   Some coal companies bused in a bunch of coal miners to oppose the EPA rule, but one

2014-06-19 13:46   Click to comment


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