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What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : ClimateFeedback.org FactCheck Fail

This morning I came across another example of dancing to the contrarian script - this time it was ClimateFeedback.org Fact Checkers.Rather than dog-chasing-tail words, we need to strive to clarify what’s unfolding upon our planet on a realistic gut level.Moral of the story stop focusing on tiny uncertainties - redirect the dialogue back to the known certainties - because they certainly tell…

2019-03-18 06:10   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : What's natural about Steele's scary stories? Why Pacifica Tribune? (3/6/2019)

My previous post gave a summary of March 6th’s What’s Natural? column in the ‘libertarian’ Pacifica Tribune. So I’ll dive straight into this, the “too long, didn’t read” part 2 intended for the student of libertarian deception. Here I dissect the words and offer links to serious sources for the other side of Steele assertions. Glib misrepresentations, insulting experts and weaving…

2019-03-14 13:48   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : Editor Frederick, Regarding Steele's Scary Campfire Stories. March 6, 2019

Letter to Editor Frederick, Regarding Jim Steele’s "What’s Natural?" Scary Campfire Stories.March 6, 2019 - Pacifica Tribune - sent March 11, 2019Dear Editor Fredrick,What’s Natural? Indeed, that is the question. It took a couple days to steel myself to tackle the Scary Campfire Stories column but I’ve been working on it much of the day and hopefully it’ll be posted soon. I’m pretty sure my…

2019-03-11 15:50   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : Considering Sagan's actual Baloney Detection Kit

A couple weeks back when I reviewed Steele's What’s Natural? column regarding Carl Sagan’s advice, I took Steele’s quotes at face value, though I had some doubts. Since then I've done some checking and the differences are striking and worth sharing.One thing worth pointing out is that Jim ignores that the Baloney Detection Kit was about how scientists view problems and that laypeople could…

2019-03-08 02:26   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : Jim Steele Responds To Citizenschallenge

Jim Steele responds to my challenge to debate his confusion strewn “What’s Natural?” column. from: Jim Steele | to: Sherman Frederick, Editor of the Pacifica | cc: citizenschallengeFeb 23, 2019, 7:20 PMRe: Steele’s take on Carl Sagan & 97% Consensus claims - via Pacifica Tribune 2/20 "Sherm I am sorry that you will be hounded by Peter Miesler as he attempts to denigrate me and every skeptic.…

2019-02-27 06:58   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : What’s natural about Steele’s take on Carl Sagan? - Pacifica Tribune 2/20

A study guide to Jim Steele’s “What’s Natural?”, featured in the Pacifica Tribune.What’s Natural? (#5) Jim Steele, Pacifica Tribune, February 20, 2019The Scientific Baloney Detection Kit. This is the second half of the previous post, please refer to it for an introduction. Basically Jim Steele is lecturing us on how to interpret Carl Sagan’s Baloney Detection Kit. It promises to be an…

2019-02-23 16:33   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : What’s natural about Steele’s baloney kit #1 - via Pacifica Tribune 2/20

Apparently, Jim Steele's What's Natural? column is a weekly affair. This week he cancelled his promised Changing Sea Levels #2 and instead shares pointers from Carl Sagan in his What's Natural? "The Scientific Baloney Detection Kit" Feb. 20th, Pacific Tribune. It promises to offers an interesting journey into the mindscape of double standards and blindspots. I'm limiting this post to his…

2019-02-22 01:31   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : What’s natural about Jim Steele trashing Dr. Mann? - via Pacifica Tribune

We The People of the United States have a moral, ethical, and pragmatic right to learn what scientists have learned about this planet's biosphere and climate engine without constant dishonest crossfire. We should not tolerate serious scientists constantly being drown out by amoral, ruthless and frankly ignorant arguments - that an astoundingly ruthless GOP PR factory repeats over and over…

2019-02-21 00:49   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : What's Natural about Sea Level Rise? - Jim Steele - Pacifica Tribune - EXAMINED

We The People of the United States have a moral, ethical, and pragmatic right to learn what scientists have learned about this planet's biosphere, and climate engine without constant dishonest crossfire. We should not tolerate serious scientists constantly being drown out by amoral, ruthless and frankly ignorant arguments - that an astoundingly ruthless GOP PR factory repeats over and over…

2019-02-19 15:45   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : Jim Steele's 'What's Natural?' via Pacifica Tribune - an overview

In a sober world, learning is a constructive process, it requires curiosity and a willingness to look at all the evidence that’s available.A couple months ago I had a friend from Pacifica, California inform me that Jim Steele had attained a new soapbox, a regular column titled ‘What’s Natural?’ in the Pacifica Tribune. (For what it’s worth, I've noticed the contrarian blog “WattsUpWithThat”…

2019-02-16 23:19   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : Steele’s ‘What’s Natural?’ Dissecting libertarian deception, a fishy tale.

A study guide to “What’s Natural?” by Jim Steele, featured in the Pacifica Tribune.A friend from California has been sending me copies of a new column appearing in the Pacifica Tribune, a paper that, surprise surprise, is owned by a “libertarian” activist Sherman Frederick*. I was able to sidestep the first couple, but this one. Asked to do some fact checking and one thing leads to…

2019-02-06 06:45   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : An Honest Look at The Limits To Growth (Ugo Bardi)

A couple days ago I stumbled on AEI’s Mark J. Perry’s April 21st article (yet another regurgitation of Ronald Bailey’s imaginative 2000 Political PR con job): “18 spectacularly wrong predictions made around the time of first Earth Day in 1970, expect more this year.” This “18” PR campaign is related to the malicious attacks on the book The Limits of Growth. Ugo Bardi who has spent many years…

2019-01-08 08:19   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : f) Considering the Missing Key to Gould’s “Nonoverlapping Magisteria”

... and this one was the climax. I nailed it. Doesn't matter much that few seem to get it or care, this one is my gem. The culmination of my heroic introspective journey. See, I was a genuine darma bum, as a young man I threw myself to experiencing life and the road, the wind and my own wits. Been able to walk in many shoes for a distance, known many beautiful people and have enjoyed many…

2019-01-01 03:42   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : e) Map v Territory Problem, Statistical Certainty vs Geophysical Realities

. . . since New Year's Eve is upon us, I feel like collecting some of my favorite essays in an effort to summarize my perspective. Here are explanatory highlights from two articles that seemed to totally piss off the big boys. 'How dare a street urchin insinuate himself into their discussion,' is the message I received loud and clear. Well I dared because I thought the academic system was…

2019-01-01 03:06   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : Considering our dysfunctional public dialogue, in 14 verses.

2018 was the climax of a decade long crescendo in my decades long effort to network with rationalists, scientists and science communicators, in what I fancied was our communal struggle to confront the nonsense that corporate funded science contrarians and select politicians were so successfully peddling to an under-informed and mostly disinterested public - and since New Year's Eve is upon…

2018-12-31 23:21   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : Intellectually Confronting Faith-Based thinking and Dogma Driven Deceptions

2018 was the climax of a decade long crescendo in my decades long effort to network with rationalists, scientists and science communicators, in what I fancied was our communal struggle to confront the dishonest nonsense that corporate funded science contrarians and select politicians were so successfully peddling to an under-informed and mostly disinterested public - and since New Year's Eve…

2018-12-31 18:22   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : Saying No To Reality, denying the Geologic Column. A response.

Since, 2018 was the climax of a decade long crescendo in my decades long effort to network with rationalists, scientists and science communicators, in what I fancied was our communal struggle to confront the nonsense that corporate funded science contrarians and select politicians were so successfully peddling to an under-informed and mostly disinterested public - and since New Year's Eve is…

2018-12-31 06:20   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : Who says understanding Earth’s Evolution is irrelevant?

2018 was the climax of a decade long crescendo in my decades long effort to network with rationalists, scientists and science communicators, in what I fancied was our communal struggle to confront the nonsense that corporate funded science contrarians and select politicians were so successfully peddling to an under-informed and mostly disinterested public. Now with New Year's Eve upon us I…

2018-12-31 04:32   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : STOP CALLING "SURFACE" TEMPERATURES GLOBAL TEMPS ! ! !

Yesterday a casual google search triggered a flurry of recent stories from a spectrum of news outlets, most with breathless headlines about two years of global temperature drop - that leaves me stupefied. Too many of these stories with all their handwringing and confused writing either ignore or bury the fact that they are discussing Earth's surface temperatures. Why can't we get the simplest…

2018-12-01 15:01   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : Ildiko Valeria Miesler (12-20-1925 / 11-24-2018)

Ildiko Valeria MieslerDecember 20, 1925 - November 24, 2018You were a most extraordinary mother,sowing and nurturing the seeds of love, caring, curiosity, family, and belonging. Looking back from 63 I realize how you made us aware of our connection to this Earth that created us and the human spirit within us, “Behold children what two hands have achieved.”For navigating a challenging…

2018-11-26 06:15   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : President Kennedy, reminiscing on a loss that gets greater with every year.

No November 22nd has gone by without me thinking about President Kennedy and his untimely death with it's profound impact on the future direction of American and world politics. Not that he was a saint, but he was a capable intelligent Mensch, a beloved leader of men, someone who cared and loved learning and loved people. After rereading a little piece I wrote five years ago I got to thinking…

2018-11-23 06:58   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : Blistering Response to Dismissal of Climate Action Demands. Lizia Woolf

I myself have been in a hell of a struggle with hopelessness for many years. Its like the tide coming in, every wave hits a bit harder than the last, but then I shake off the hit and keep on keeping on, until the next one comes along that knocks me over. After all, hope is a survival strategy in hopeless times - I like that. Unfortunately, the general public apathy, disconnect, along with the…

2018-11-20 16:41   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : Morning after, 2018Election. Ducking hard questions. R. Samuelson

Robert Samuelson a columnist for the Washington Post echoed some of my feelings so well that I want to share some of it over here. Considering the 2018 election results (not a complete disaster but, ...) it seems a fairly sure bet that the next two years will be filled with the Democratic House investigating our Russian obligate President and Trump’s all around lawlessness, while the GOP…

2018-11-07 19:46   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : Flashback, April 2018 a stab at our dysfunctional dialogue, Colorado Democratic Assembly.

This is side two of the flier I handed out at the 2018 Colorado Democratic Assembly/Convention (side one). I notice I've improved a bit in subsequent writings, but will leave this version as it was. (Oh and it looked nicer formatted in two columns, but its the substance that matters so hope this will do.)A few thoughts regarding Climate Science and our dysfunctional public dialogueI’ve spent…

2018-11-07 19:18   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : Intellectually Confronting Faith-Based thinking and Dogma Driven Tribalism.

Here we are election eve and I simply want to say hello and let folks know I'm still around. A bit battered but knowing I gave it a pretty good shot. Could have been better, but not stranded within this party of one, it is what it is. Nowadays, besides being crowded by work and obligations, I'm drained by the enduring general apathy, not just towards what I've written, worse towards our…

2018-11-06 04:14   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : Fruits of our Failures to Engage, Sen. McConnell thanks "women clowns" - Kavanaugh debacle

At the previously mentioned dialogue over at ATTP the following article was introduced with: “Can better communication move people from a state of apathy to action on man-made climate change, or will it take a catastrophic Black Swan climate event* to do so? For more about the apathy problem, read…

2018-10-09 04:27   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : Fruits of our Failures to Engage, Kavanaugh drama.

I had an interesting exchange today. Related to my constant agitating climate science communicators about the need to directly engage contrarians, and just as repeatedly, being rebuffed by the big boys. See, I've been repeatedly reassured: Climate science contrarians, or for that matter these days die-hard Trump supporters, “are a “lost cause” and a distinct minority of the US population.…

2018-10-05 05:56   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : Considering critique of "Missing Key to Gould’s “Nonoverlapping Magisteria” "

I received an interesting critique on my column - The Missing Key to Stephen Gould’s “Nonoverlapping Magisteria” - I appreciated the questions and enjoyed the opportunity to correct the writer's misunderstanding regarding what I wrote. I invited the writer over here to share, but alas, it never happened. So, I'm going to share his critique anyways.

2018-09-19 03:21   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : Confronting Republican Deception - Science, Activism, Networking, Engaging in debate.

Selections from the previous list of key blog posts.The Situation: The disconnected-from-physical-reality GOP attacks on climate science (a.i.) have reached horrifying levels with the Trump Administration. Yet science loving rationalists, pluralists, progressives, liberals, Democrats still haven’t developed effective messaging for directly confronting the most childish of Republican…

2018-09-02 17:28   Click to comment

What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al. : Science communicators, I ask for a moment of your time and consideration, please.

As a follow up to The Missing Key to Stephen Gould’s “Nonoverlapping Magisteria” I want to share a selection of blog posts that focus on various other aspects (keys) to better understanding of the Republicans blind-faith driven mass deception and self-inflicted self-stupification regarding matters of extreme importance to our future health and…

2018-09-02 17:16   Click to comment


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