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There is an interesting debate going on in the blog sphere right now over a draft paper written by Alan Carlin of the EPA. It’s critical of the IPCC report and says that the EPA should do more research before making any major decisions. The real debate comes in whether or not the paper was supressed for political reasons. You can read the draft report (Update: fixed the link) here and read some of the commentary here.

What I find most interesting is how bi-polar the debate is. It’s either “Suppression by the socialist govt” or “Not worthing reading because it’s by some physics hack with an economics degree”.  I’ve read the paper and I think the guy makes some good points, but that’s my opinion.

Here’s what happens when a person comments on the RealClimate blog (a thouroughly pro AGW blog). Here’s the whole comment stream if you want to go to the site and check it out or I’ll copy a few of the comments below. Remember, this blog is by climatologists “Gavin Schmidt” of Nasa Goddard , Michael Mann of the Hockey Stick Graph, and several other Climate folks.

  1. Richard H. Says:
    26 June 2009 at 4:1 PM I’m confused by all of the name calling and nastiness. Okay, you don’t like the guys opinions. You don’t like that he questions things you think shouldn’t be questioned. Is it really necessary or professional to start calling people names and trying to stain their character because you don’t agree with their opinions?

    Less opinion, more scientific process.

  1. Jim Eager Says:
    26 June 2009 at 4:1 PM “Less opinion, more scientific process.”

    Gee, that would certainly be refreshing. If only the deniers & liars would give it a try.

  2. SecularAnimist Says:
    26 June 2009 at 5:1 PM Richard H. wrote: “Okay, you don’t like the guys opinions. You don’t like that he questions things you think shouldn’t be questioned. Is it really necessary or professional to start calling people names and trying to stain their character because you don’t agree with their opinions?”

    Is it really necessary for you to grossly and blatantly misrepresent what Gavin wrote, right here on a comment thread where every reader can easily see what he actually wrote and just as easily see that you are lying about it? Isn’t that a rather silly thing to do?

    Perhaps you should save your lies about what Gavin wrote for some “right wing” blog where the readers won’t bother to check what he actually wrote.

  3. Richard H. Says:
    26 June 2009 at 5:1 PM SecularAnimist, It’s interesting that you attack my statement asking why it’s necessary to name call and slander when it should be a scientific debate by calling me a liar and saying I’m misrepresenting things.

    It’s kind of my point.

    I’m not trying to start a flame war. In fact the opposite is true. People have different opinions, so what. Relax, state your opinions, listen to the other guys, debate things and call it good. There are going to be differences of opinions, it’s the way the world works. Reaching a compromise and basing decisions on those mutually agreed compromises is the way things need to get done.

    It’s also the scientific way. Look at observations, make up theories, test theories against observations and experimentation, adjust theory, test, etc etc.

    Picking up stones and throwing them at each other helps no one in the long run except maybe the rock seller.

I’m not sure why I tried. It’s like arguing religion. There will be no winners, only losers.

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We live about 2-3 blocks off the beach here in Asilomar. This is great because at night you can go out and hear the ocean crashing on the shore, or wander down and catch a sunset, etc. It’s really nice.

On the flip side of that coin. It seems there is an algae die off or something going on and the place reeks like a swamp mixed with seaweed right now. It’s overpowering when you walk outside. I’m hoping it goes away quickly. Yuck!

No one mentioned this in the brochure. 🙂

An interesting item has come up. I need to get the CompTia security+ and the linux+ certifications for work. Ignore the fact that I’ve been doing this for over 15 years, blah blah blah. It’s a bloody check box that needs to be checked.

The question is this. I have a pass4sure practice test series which basically gives me all 100 of the questions on the test mixed in with an additional 400 questions.  So, is it better to memorize the 500 questions and pass the test, get the check in the box, or spend the extra time, learn the subject matter and take the test with fingers crossed?

Saying, learn the subject matter seems to be the easy response. But the cert is a check box certification. It has nothing to do with my day to day job. Does my memorizing the answers and passing count? Does it make the cert useless? Almost everyone at work who has passed this exam has done the memorization route. 

I just don’t like being certified in ANYthing that I didn’t pass by knowing the subject matter. Even if it’s just a checkbox cert. It should mean something. I know people who did it the hard way and studied their butts off. But with all of the other things going on should I just get the cert? Making it worth nothing but the check mark? It’s an interesting issue.

I’m playing with Gimp. (-:

Wally Purple

Wally Purple

Green

Green

Blue

Blue

And finally

Maroon

Maroon

We’ve started the debate. What color should wally end up when we are done? Easiest would be to just paint it yellow again. In fact it’s currently a faded version of VW Rally Yellow.

My Yellow Super Beetle

My Yellow Super Beetle

But yellow again? That’s so boring! So, I put the world out to the god of ugly, I mean esoteric, colors. My friend and cousin Paul. First words out of his mouth? Check on the new Lotus and Lamborghini colors. There are some real beauties out there. Pick the one ya like and then go down and get it color matched from a local place. Either that or pay the $350+ a quart for the read deal.

Roberta likes this color, Lotus Sky Blue

Lotus Elise Sky Blue

Lotus Elise Sky Blue

I was thinking more along the lines of

Lotus Elise

Lotus Elise

Or better yet

Lotus Elise

Lotus Elise

Now THAT’s a color!

This is a great and haunting version.

Would you believe a 95 year old woman ended up falling and breaking her leg. The paramedics came and took her to the hospital where she ended up living the last 30 days of her life.Our good friends Lynn and Chuck have been watching out for her for the last 10 years or so as she’s slowly declined.

Total bill for those 30 days was $3,300,000. Yep, that’s right. Her estate, or what was her estate, has been siphoned off to the medical establishment to the tune of $100,000 per day. $100,000 PER DAY!!! WTF???? I don’t even know how that’s possible. Lynn has the bill to prove it. $3.3 Million for a months stay in the hospital.

So, if you get sick and want to leave something to your family. DON’T go to the Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula, or CHOMP as it’s called.

Hard to believe that Megan is now 14. Time flies by fast. So far in her 14 years she has lived in 5 States and 2 Countries.

Roberta took her up to San Francisco for the day of wandering around. They stopped off at the Winchester Mystery House first then went and did the touristy thing up in San Fran.

Winchester Mystery Mansion

Winchester Mystery Mansion

Chillin at the Mystery Mansion

Chillin at the Mystery Mansion

Hanging at the Golden Gate Bridge

Hanging at the Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge

As some already know I am now working on the NPOESS contract and as such I have moved from building 704 to building 702. Well, 702 houses the modelers and the NRL folks. NRL being the Naval Research Labs. I knew NRL had a research library, heck I’ve walked past it enough times. Well, today I went in and puttered around a bit and asked one of the people in there how to get access to the books and materials. The reply, just take what you want, just make sure you put it back when you’re done. (-:

Besides all of the journals on meteorology, climate, geology, etc etc etc. There are books and research papers dating back to the 1900’s. I have decided that I will wander into the library on Monday mornings, replacing what I took the week before and just grabbing the first thing that looks interesting. This week I’m reading

THE NORWEGIAN NORTH POLAR EXPEDITION WITH THE “MAUD”

1918-1925

SCIENTIFIC RESULTS

Published by Geofysisk Institutt, Bergen, in co-operation with other institutions

EDITOR H. U. SVERDRUP

Volume II METEOROLOGY

printed by A.S John Griegs Boktrykkeri
Bergen, Norway 1933

I KNOW I KNOW! I’m a Nerd! I know this! I can’t wait to see what I get next week. (-;

FYI I found an article about the Maud expedition on the web. I’ll try to do a quick summary on the paper next week for fun.

Since he never checks this blog I can say it. Saint Gary Smith.

Gary Smith

Gary Smith

While we were standing out in the eye of Katrina thinking “Uhm this might be bad” Gary, who is an IBM Top Gun, was in San Diego doing an install at SDSC. He’s a Texas boy, and has been through a Hurricane or two, and new better than we did the hell that had been unleashed.

He called his boss on August 29th and said I’m headed back to Texas and will be driving from there over to Mississip to help. He then boarded a plane, flew to Dallas, gave his wonderful wife a hug and headed for Hertz. Rented a truck, drove to Walmart and filled the truck with supplies then proceeded to drive into the center of hell.

I will never forget unloading that truck with him. The quiet of the night, not a cricket to be heard. While carrying a load in to NAVO he whispers “Look behind the drivers seat”. On my next trip out I take a look and there, god love him, is a case of beer.

We stood out there in the pitch black that night and drank some of that beer. It’s something I will never forget as long as I live. It’s the little things in life that make the difference. Gary did something during that time in my life I will never forget.

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