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What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : Diary 8/14/17 - Where do we go from here?

Historically science has been about learning stuff and better understanding the functioning reality in front of us. It has always been a constructive dialogue, and even a contact sport between intellectual adults. That’s because science demanded dedicated nonstop learning and often new information would conflict with long standing beliefs. Still scientists adhered to rules of honesty, not…

2017-08-14 14:31   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : Diary 8/11/2017 - Center for Inquiry Forum, Cracking the Contrarians' Code.

Due to obligations and commitments crowding my reading and writing time down to the bottom of my get-it-done list it has remained scattered and lately mostly confined to commenting over at the Center for Inquiry forum. Recently conversations have gotten a bit livelier and occasionally even constructive since a few more people are getting involved. Check it out sometime. Faith based vs Fact…

2017-08-11 21:32   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : Eye popping Global Temperature visualization by Antti Lipponen (1900 - 2016), plus supporting info.

While too many scared scientists* seem to be watering down their reports and pronouncements regarding their findings, (To save themselves confrontations with the ruthless champions of climate science denial and hardball political disinformation, I imagine.), others are striving to bring today's global reality into stark focus. Antti Lipponen (from the Finnish Meteorological Institute ) has put…

2017-08-08 01:39   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : Confronting another failure in scientific communication - Antarctic’s Iceberg A-68

Around July 11th a trillion tonne chunk of Larson C ice shelf broke off and become the roughly 2,200 sq mile Iceberg A-68. The news was reported by scientists observing the growing crack through the Project Midas website. Martin O’Leary a Research Officer at Swansea University and expert in ice flow modeling was quoted and has been re-quoted ad nauseum saying:“Although this is a natural…

2017-07-25 06:28   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : Diary 7/22/17 "Chat.Hotwhopper.com" What happened? Where are You?

I want to share something I posted over at the neglected Hotwhopper Chat room. No it's not Sou who's done any neglecting. Here's to looking at the person in the mirror.What happened?citizenschallenge in Latte BarIt's really sad that nothing has happened here. I keep looking in and nothing. Out of all those hundreds, thousands of participants in the "Denial101x - Making Sense of Climate…

2017-07-22 07:29   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : Diary July 2nd, 2017 personal note and Village at Wolf Creek update

Just dropping by to say hello. At first I stopped posting because I needed to STOP. Too many train wrecks one on top of the other. Important matters with dark irreversible consequences, all very tragic and having a deep emotional impact on me.Trump election, Bates’ malicious attack piece, the Fyfe 2016 fiasco paper that was a stamp collection that produced a report that read like a Rorschach…

2017-07-03 06:39   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : Monbiot Considers The Problem With Freedom

As I've lamented before, my passion for writing about these issues is at the bottom of my real life duties and expectations priority list. The spring-time jobs are coming in fast an' furious, three posts laying there waiting for some free time. I did notice an interesting read worth sharing while I'm out on assignment. Once again George Monbiot nails…

2017-04-09 15:02   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : #B-Unauthorized annotation of Chairman Lamar Smith’s March 29 Climate Science statement. (2 of 2)

US House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith had a hearing March 29 during which he made many claims and insinuations which are frankly false. In this exercise I keep my commentary to a minimum and allow scientists to speak for themselves by way of a number of embedded YouTube videos. If the videos don’t work for you, I’ve included the URL’s so you can link to…

2017-04-06 07:56   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : #A-Unauthorized annotation of Chairman Lamar Smith’s March 29 Climate Science statement. (1 of 2)

US House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith had a hearing March 29 during which he made many claims and insinuations which are frankly false. In this exercise I keep my commentary to a minimum and allow scientists to speak for themselves by way of a number of embedded YouTube videos. If the videos don’t work for you, I’ve included the URL’s so you can link to…

2017-04-06 04:08   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : Unauthorized annotated Fyfe coauthors letter to US Rep. Lamar Smith

The Fyfe et al 2016 clarifying letter to US Representative Lamar Smith is well written. There's nothing to complain about and I don't. Still at 1000 word there's only so much it can say, and I'm going to use this opportunity to make my point using the words of other scientists. Remember my beef is about communication, not the science.I’ve borrowed from about a dozen climate studies, along…

2017-03-31 07:48   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : Fyfe Co-authors send clarifying letter to Representative Lamar Smith

Considering what I’ve written about Fyfe et al 2016 and also my dialogue at and Then There's Physics I feel compelled to post the following without further comment, though I will be looking at it in a future post.I am fortunate that izen made me aware of this letter and I thank CLIMATE LAB BOOK, for having a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International License.

2017-03-30 17:01   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : Statistical Certainty vs Geophysical Realities - communication challenges

Looks like Bates is on hold for a couple posts so I can look at a discussion at the blog …and Then There's Physics. Though I'm prefacing it with an essay I wrote "Colorado Floods - statistical certainty vs geophysical realities" about the September 2013 televised release of the preliminary report on the torrential rain event that hit central Colorado a few weeks earlier. Given by the Western…

2017-03-29 07:31   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : ¶3 A look behind the curtain of John Bates’ facade - The John Bates Affair

This is the third installment (paragraph 3) of this citizen's examination of the article at the heart of this season’s faux climate scandal media sensation the John Bates Affair. For some background and introduction link here. I’ve borrowed Bates’ subtitle since I’m exploring his wordsmithing in order to ponder his motivations and it seemed to fit well enough.Climate scientists versus…

2017-03-26 21:31   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : ¶2 A look behind the curtain of John Bates’ facade - The John Bates Affair

This is the second installment (paragraph 2) of this citizen's examination of the article at the heart of this season’s faux climate scandal. For some background link here. I’ve borrowed Bates’ subtitle since I’m exploring his wordsmithing in order to ponder his motivations.Climate scientists versus climate databy John Bates, posted on February 4, 2017 | ClimateEtc - J. Curry“A look…

2017-03-26 02:01   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : ¶1 A look behind the curtain of John Bates’ facade - The John Bates Affair

This is a citizen's examination of the article at the heart of this season’s faux climate scandal. For more background you can start here.Climate scientists versus climate databy John Bates, posted on February 4, 2017 | ClimateEtc.- Curry's blog“A look behind the curtain at NOAA’s climate data center.”__________________________I’ve borrowed John’s subtitle since I intend to explore…

2017-03-25 02:49   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : Elevator pitch to co-authors of Fyfe et al. 2016 - need for clarification

Dear Fyfe 2016 Co-Authors,All of you by virtue of being experts of the highest caliber possess a nuanced understanding light-years beyond ordinary citizens, politicians and business leaders. Belonging within that rarified world you risk being out of touch with how non-scientists, particularly those with hostile agendas, read your papers. To us Fyfe et al. 2016 offered up a muddled Rorschach…

2017-03-21 23:17   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : Poptech's Truth re WhatsUpWithThatWatts.blogspot - Examined

In my decades long experience dialoging with climate science “skeptics’ they consistently respond to reasoned critique of their arguments by sidetracking the discussion with personal attacks intent on making their 'opponents' seem as detestable as possible thus making any facts irrelevant, as Zoe so ably demonstrated in the last post. Respect, fairplay, honesty, honor, constructive…

2017-03-13 03:51   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : Then There’s Anthony’s Parrot - A dance with hopelessness.

As it turns out I’m not ready for John Bates just yet. Still wrestling with Fyfe 2016, I realize I need to write a summary, sort of an elevator pitch for very busy scientists. For now I thought I’d share this recent and all too typical “dialogue” with a Republican sort of climate science “skeptic” as an example of what climate science communicators are up against. This comes from a…

2017-03-13 00:40   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : Fyfe et al. 2016: stamp collecting vs informing and clarifying. Examining a failure to communicate

... and a question of perspective.Alternately, Behold Seepage in Action.In working on my review of Lamar Smith’s press release I distractedly glanced at Fyfe et al. 2016 a couple times. Then since John Bates’ singled it out in his ClimateEtc attack piece I took the time to read it carefully. It was written by some of the foremost experts in the field, I’ve listened to their talks on…

2017-03-06 22:20   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : Fyfe 2016, Global Warming Hiatus? Nope. Not even!

I've been spending the past couple days digesting Fyfe 2016 on account of John Bates, and his ClimateEtc hit-piece, which uses it to imply the global warming ‘hiatus’ was a real thing >>> Mind you “hiatus" = "A pause or gap in a sequence, series, or process.”:J. Bates writes: "The most serious example of a climate scientist not archiving or documenting a critical climate dataset was…

2017-03-03 06:08   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : Confirmed Lamar Smith Manipulated Bates (feb 5th) A Line by Line Review.

Been doing some reviewing and noticed I got carried away with my introduction to the review of Lamar Smith's press release - "Former NOAA Scientist Confirms Colleagues Manipulated Climate Records" - probably lost readers before the main course began. I'm correcting that with this post. If you'd like some introduction visit previous posts.(now including a complete list of committee members and…

2017-02-28 18:59   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : Lamar Smith's baseless smears against NOAA scientists - HotWhopper Repost - Nov. 2015

Like I mentioned recently, trying to discuss serious science based topics with GOP representatives of climate science denial is worse that trying to explain serious things to kids, it's more akin to trying to get through to a profoundly autistic kid, with Lamar Smith of Texas being a prime example of a person so locked up within his ideology that no evidence from outside his faith-shackled…

2017-02-28 18:27   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : GOP Leaders and Media Paint Exxon as Victim.(May 28, 2016-Peter Dykstra)

After a short break I got to working on John Bates Feb. 5th article at ClimateEtc., but the nasty one-sided thing is overwhelming and distasteful in the extreme, makes me want to run away. Then researching questions adds another level of hopelessness. Every google search for a climate related item seems to begin with a handful, if not a ton of, Astro-Turfed climate science contrarian…

2017-02-28 18:06   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : Diary 2/24/17 - Personal Truths vs. Universal Truths.

Projects are never finished, we just meet deadlines and I'm out of time. Little rough, but what else is new, still I want to get it out there, it’s an ongoing project and part of it is trying to convey some ideas that I believe are important and that deserve more attention.Fundamental to my perspective is the appreciation that there is a profound difference between Personal Truths and

2017-02-25 00:42   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : BatesMotel#4 - US Rep Lamar Smith - Feb 5th Press Release, his NOAA smear campaign dissected.

I’ve taken the liberty of examining Congressman Lamar Smith’s Feb 5th press release about supposed scientific manipulation. Though under the banner of the US House Science, Space and Technology Committee, the text reads more like a melodramatic PR stunt than any serious effort at understanding. It’s goal being to hoist up Dr. John Bates as some national hero, while maliciously slandering…

2017-02-22 00:20   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : BatesMotel#4B - US Rep Lamar Smith - Feb 5th Press Release, his NOAA smear campaign dissected - APPENDIX

This is the appendix (perhaps lesson plan would be better?) to my examination of Congressman Lamar Smith’s February 5th press release where he impugned the integrity of a highly respected scientist Tom Karl and NOAA climate scientists in general. Smith did this based on the hearsay of an archivist with a personal ax to grind. Furthermore, Smith’s aggressive self-certain faith-blinded…

2017-02-22 00:15   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : BatesMotel#3 - US Rep Lamar Smith - Justice or Malicious Witch Hunt

Congressman Lamar Smith’s Feb 5th press release is a chilling exercise in Orwellian Doublespeak. One aspect in particular deserves special attention, that is the representative's sanctimonious profession of concern for science and the integrity of the process. Then why, I'd like to ask him, is he sticking his extremely opinionated and politically oh so manipulative fingers into it? Lamar's…

2017-02-20 07:29   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : BatesMotel#2 - US Rep Lamar Smith - Follow the money. A collection.

This is a tour de force of sorts, that is if you like collections of valuable information. In particular background information for who this Lamar Smith darling and good servant to the Texas oil aristocracy.https://www.desmogblog.com/2016/06/21/exxon-koch-lamar-smith-exxon-knewNo commentary simply a sampling of articles and quotes. First related to US Representative Lamar Smith, chairman of…

2017-02-19 03:40   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : BatesMotel#1-US Rep Lamar Smith, Koch ties shackles behavior

In an upcoming post I'm going to dissect US Representative Lamar Smith's February 5th, press release on behalf of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. The one where he uses the words of John Bates in an attempted character assassination. But before I get to that I want to present some background information. First an article by Steve Horn printed at DeSmogBlog in June of last…

2017-02-19 03:08   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : Dr. Ed Hawkins not making any sense - 2000s warming slowdown?

In working on my review of Bates' article, I stumbled on another example of a presumably well meaning scientists doing more to fuel confusion and denial and distrust than to inform and learn. That would be Ed Hawkins with his 2/24/2016 dissenting blog post "Making sense of the early-2000s warming slowdown." I started writing him a comment, but it got too big to post over there, I have given…

2017-02-17 06:10   Click to comment


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