Monday, February 12, 2007

Cosmic Rays and Climate Change

Here's some information about how Cosmic Rays could be responsible for global warming.

An experiment that hints we are wrong on climate change

Good quotes from the article:

"Disdain for the sun goes with a failure by the self-appointed greenhouse experts to keep up with inconvenient discoveries about how the solar variations control the climate. The sun’s brightness may change too little to account for the big swings in the climate. But more than 10 years have passed since Henrik Svensmark in Copenhagen first pointed out a much more powerful mechanism.

"He saw from compilations of weather satellite data that cloudiness varies according to how many atomic particles are coming in from exploded stars. More cosmic rays, more clouds. The sun’s magnetic field bats away many of the cosmic rays, and its intensification during the 20th century meant fewer cosmic rays, fewer clouds, and a warmer world. On the other hand the Little Ice Age was chilly because the lazy sun let in more cosmic rays, leaving the world cloudier and gloomier. "

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Global Warming and Science

This is an article that a friend passed along, Global Warming: The Cold, Hard Facts? What's interesting is the fact that most people seemed to think that the scientists are infallible. It's almost as if scientist is the Pope and what they say is true no matter what. Incredibly, it's as if science has become the new religion and you cannot question the leaders. Instead of the church locking up Galileo, we have Scientists wanting remove the credentials of others who oppose the global warming theory.

Here are some of the more interesting quotes from the Global Warming Story:

"Sadly, my experience is that universities are the most dogmatic and oppressive places in our society. This becomes progressively worse as they receive more and more funding from governments that demand a particular viewpoint."

"I was greatly influenced several years ago by Aaron Wildavsky's book "Yes, but is it true?" The author taught political science at a New York University and realized how science was being influenced by and apparently misused by politics. He gave his graduate students an assignment to pursue the science behind a policy generated by a highly publicised environmental concern. To his and their surprise they found there was little scientific evidence, consensus and justification for the policy. You only realize the extent to which Wildavsky's findings occur when you ask the question he posed. Wildavsky's students did it in the safety of academia and with the excuse that it was an assignment. I have learned it is a difficult question to ask in the real world, however I firmly believe it is the most important question to ask if we are to advance in the right direction."

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Lite-Brite shuts down Boston

It looks like a Lite-Brite shutdown Boston Wednesday. The mayor is really upset. The crazy part is that we've become so paranoid that we're afraid of junk lying on the street. I could understand this Israel, but here? It's going to get to the point that we're not going to be able to live our lives because we're constantly looking over our shoulders. The paranoia and worry will kill all of us before the terrorists ever will.

I had the opportunity to watch an interview with the John Mueller, author of Overblown, that has his own opinions about how "overblown" the whole terrorist situation really is. Here are a few other links that might be useful CATO Podcast with Mueller and " The Overblown Terror Threat and Islamophobia".