08 August 2014

Debunking Climate Change Denial


Why bother to debunk deniers? It's the most important issue we will *ever* face. It's literally the survival of human civilization. If we continue dumping CO2 (and methane, too) into the atmosphere, NOTHING ELSE WE DO OR DON'T DO WILL MATTER, and time is running out. We are setting in motion a climate catastrophe that we will soon be unable to stop, no matter what we do. Is that the legacy you want to leave your grandchildren and their grandchildren? I doubt it.

Below are some articles that should aid in the debunking of climate change denier's myths and disinformation.

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Tired of global warming / climate weirding deniers spreading baloney? Here's a guide to their most frequently promulgated nonsense items and links to the correct information.

http://www.skepticalscience.com/argument.php

  • If video is more to your taste ...


    www.slate.com
    If you think the climate isn’t changing, well, I've got some bad news for you. It is. Of course the climate’s changing. It always does. The problem is on top of that incredibly slow natural variation, the climate is changing due to human influence, and it’s changing fast. Droughts, floods,...


  • Organized a bit differently ...

    grist.org
    Below is a complete listing of the articles in “How to Talk to a Climate Skeptic,” a series by Coby Beck containing responses to the most common skeptical arguments on global warming. There are four separate taxonomies; arguments are divided by: Stages of Denial, Scientific Topics, Types of Argument…


  • Why bother? Uniformed, intentionally deceptive people with big megaphones are spewing nonsense and being believed.

    From the article ...
    "Limbaugh took Rose's misleading claims about Arctic sea ice, and then made them even wronger by saying the ice was at record size for this time of year. That is complete and utter bilge. The extent of sea ice for September 2013 was far lower than the 1981-2010 average, by two standard deviations (think of a standard deviation like a letter grade; if the average is a C, then this year's ice level is an F). The actual sea ice 'death spiral' is dramatic, scary, and all too real.

    "And that is precisely why we must keep being vocal, keep fighting this kind of nonsense. Because it's bad enough all by itself, but it gets self-amplified by the deniers until it no longer resembles anything close to reality. Yet their audience will still listen. And their audience is vast."


    www.motherjones.com
    The people who deny climate change have a very large megaphone, and a lot of motivation to use it.

28 May 2014

1965, Summer, N.S.F. Summer Science Training Program

Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, the summer before my senior year in high school.

Some recently-scanned 35 mm slides from Texas A&M, Summer 1965
[Works better with the pics I intended to post!]

05 July 2013

Weapons of Math Instruction

(widely available on the Web in multiple versions beginning c. 2002)

At New York's Kennedy airport today, an individual later discovered to be a public school teacher was arrested trying to board a flight while in possession of a protractor, a T-square, a slide rule, and a calculator.  At a morning press conference, Attorney general John Ashcroft said he believes the man is a member of the notorious Al-gebra movement. The man is being charged by the FBI with carrying weapons of math instruction.

"Al-gebra is a fearsome cult," Ashcroft said. "They desire average solutions by means and extremes, and sometimes go off on tangents in a search for absolute value. They use secret code names like x and y and refer to themselves as unknowns, but we have determined they belong to a common denominator of the axis of medieval with coordinates in every country. As the Greek philanderer Isosceles used to say, there are 3 sides to every triangle," Ashcroft declared.

When asked to comment on the arrest, President Bush said, "If God had wanted us to have better weapons of math instruction, He would have given us more fingers and toes. I am gratified that our government has given us a sine that it is intent on protracting us from these math-dogs who are willing to dis-integrate us with calculus disregard. Murky statisticians love to inflict plane on every sphere of influence," the President said, adding: "Under the circumferences, we must differentiate their root, make our point, and draw the line."

President Bush warned, "These weapons of math instruction have the potential to decimal everything in their math on a scalene never before seen unless we become exponents of a Higher Power and begin to factor-in random facts of vertex."

Attorney General Ashcroft said, "As our Great Leader would say, read my ellipse. Here is one principle he is uncertainty of: though they continue to multiply, their days are numbered as the hypotenuse tightens around their necks."

04 June 2013

2013-06-04, Only in Texas


(Seen on the Facebook page of
Miranda Leigh Lambert · 17,802 followers
May 31 at 1:28am via mobile · )
  • Only in Texas

    Just Texas
    Pep, Texas 79353
    Smiley, Texas 78159
    Paradise, Texas 76073
    Rainbow, Texas 76077
    Sweet Home, Texas 77987
    Comfort , Texas 78013
    Friendship, Texas 76530

    Love the sun?
    Sun City, Texas 78628
    Sunrise, Texas 76661
    Sunset, Texas 76270
    Sundown, Texas 79372
    Sunray, Texas 79086
    Sunny Side, Texas 77423

    Want something to eat?
    Bacon, Texas 76301
    Noodle, Texas 79536
    Oatmeal, Texas 78605
    Turkey, Texas 79261
    Trout, Texas 75789
    Sugar Land, Texas 77479
    Salty, Texas 76567
    Rice, Texas 75155
    Pearland, Texas 77581
    Orange, Texas 77630
    And top it off with:
    Sweetwater , Texas 79556

    Why travel to other cities? Texas has them all!
    Detroit, Texas 75436
    Cleveland, Texas 75436
    Colorado City, Texas 79512
    Denver City, Texas 79323
    Klondike, Texas 75448
    Pittsburg, Texas 75686
    Newark, Texas 76071
    Nevada, Texas 75173
    Memphis, Texas 79245
    Miami, Texas 79059
    Boston, Texas 75570
    Santa Fe, Texas 77517
    Tennessee Colony, Texas 75861
    Reno, Texas 75462
    Pasadena, Texas 77506
    Columbus, Texas 78934

    Feel like traveling outside the country?
    Athens, Texas 75751
    Canadian, Texas 79014
    China, Texas 77613
    Dublin, Texas 76446
    Egypt, Texas 77436
    Ireland, Texas 76538
    Italy, Texas 76538
    Turkey, Texas 79261
    London, Texas 76854
    New London, Texas 75682
    Paris, Texas 75460
    Palestine, Texas 75801

    No need to travel to Washington D.C.
    Whitehouse, Texas 75791

    We even have a city named after our planet!
    Earth, Texas 79031

    We have a city named after our state:
    Texas City, Texas 77590

    Exhausted?
    Energy, Texas 76452

    Cold?
    Blanket, Texas 76432
    Winters, Texas 79567

    Like to read about History?
    Santa Anna, Texas 76878
    Goliad, Texas 77963
    Alamo, Texas 78516
    Gun Barrel City, Texas 75156
    Robert Lee , Texas 76945

    Need Office Supplies?
    Staples, Texas 78670

    Want to go into outer space?
    Venus , Texas 76084
    Mars , Texas 79062

    You guessed it. It's on the state line.
    Texline , Texas 79087

    For the kids...
    Kermit, Texas 79745
    Elmo, Texas 75118
    Nemo, Texas 76070
    Tarzan, Texas 79783
    Winnie, Texas 77665
    Sylvester, Texas 79560

    Other city names in Texas, to make you smile......
    Frognot, Texas 75424
    Bigfoot, Texas 78005
    Hogeye, Texas 75423
    Cactus, Texas 79013
    Notrees, Texas 79759
    Best, Texas 76932
    Veribest, Texas 76886
    Kickapoo, Texas 75763
    Dime Box, Texas 77853
    Old Dime Box, Texas 77853
    Telephone, Texas 75488
    Telegraph, Texas 76883
    Whiteface, Texas 79379
    Twitty, Texas 79079

    And last but not least, the Anti-Al Gore City
    Kilgore, Texas 75662

    And our favorites...
    Cut and Shoot, Texas 77303
    Gun Barrel City , Texas 75147
    Ding Dong, Texas
    West, Texas (it's in Central Texas )
    and, of course,
    Muleshoe, Texas 79347

    Here is what Jeff Foxworthy has to say about folks from Texas...

    If someone in a Lowe's store offers you assistance and they don't work there, you may live in Texas;

    If you've worn shorts and a parka at the same time, you may live in Texas;

    If you've had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number, you may live in Texas;

    If 'Vacation' means going anywhere south of Dallas for the weekend, you may live in Texas;

    If you measure distance in hours, you may live in Texas;

    If you know several people who have hit a deer more than once, you may live in Texas;

    If you install security lights on your house and garage, but leave both unlocked, you may live in Texas;

    If you carry jumper cables in your car and your wife knows how to use them, you may live in Texas;

    If the speed limit on the highway is 55 mph --you're going 80 and everybody's passing you, you may live in Texas;

    If you find 60 degrees 'a little chilly', you may live in Texas;

    If you actually understand these jokes, and share them with all your Texas friends, you definitely live in Texas .

    Here are some little known, very interesting facts about Texas .

    1. Beaumont to El Paso : 742 miles
    2. Beaumont to Chicago : 770 miles
    3. El Paso is closer to California than to Dallas
    4. World's first rodeo was in Pecos , July 4, 1883.
    5. The Flagship Hotel in Galveston is the only hotel in North America built over water. Destroyed by Hurricane Ike - 2008!
    6. The Heisman Trophy was named after John William Heisman who was the first full-time coach at Rice University in Houston .
    7. Brazoria County has more species of birds than any other area in North America .
    8. Aransas Wildlife Refuge is the winter home of North America 's only remaining flock of whooping cranes.
    9. Jalapeno jelly originated in Lake Jackson in 1978.
    10. The worst natural disaster in U.S. history was in 1900, caused by a hurricane in which over 8,000 lives were lost on Galveston Island .
    11. The first word spoken from the moon, July 20, 1969, was " Houston ," but the Space Center was actually in Clear Lake City (South of Houston) at the time.
    12. King Ranch in South Texas is larger than Rhode Island .
    13. Tropical Storm Claudette brought a U.S. rainfall record of 43" in 24 hours in and around Alvin , TX in July of 1979.
    14. Texas is the only state to enter the U.S. by TREATY, (known as the Constitution of 1845 by the Republic of Texas to enter the Union) instead of by annexation. This allows the Texas Flag to fly at the same height as the U.S. Flag, and may divide into 5 states.
    15. A Live Oak tree near Fulton is estimated to be 1500 years old.
    16. Caddo Lake is the only natural lake in the state.
    17. Dr Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885. There is no period in Dr Pepper.
    18. Texas has had six capital cities: Washington-on-the Brazos, Harrisburg , Galveston , Velasco, West Columbia and Austin .
    19. The Capitol Dome in Austin is the only dome in the U.S. , which is taller than the Capitol Building in Washington , DC (by 7 feet).
    20. The San Jacinto Monument is the tallest free standing monument in the world and it is taller than the Washington Monument .
    21. The name ' Texas ' comes from the Hasini Indian word 'tejas' meaning friends. Tejas is not Spanish for Texas .
    22. The State Mascot is the Armadillo. An interesting bit of trivia about the armadillo is they always have four babies. They have one egg, which splits into four, and they either have four males or four females.
    23. The first domed stadium in the U.S. was the Astrodome in Houston ..

    Cowboy's Ten Commandments posted on the wall at Cross Trails Church in Fairlie , Texas :
    (1) Just one God.
    (2) Honor yer Ma & Pa.
    (3) No telling tales or gossipin'.
    (4) Git yourself to Sunday meeting.
    (5) Put nothin' before God.
    (6) No foolin' around with another fellow's gal.
    (7) No killin'.
    (8) Watch yer mouth.
    (9) Don't take what ain't yers.
    (10) Don't be hankerin' for yer buddy's stuff.

    Y'all git all that?

    Lord, keep Your arm around my shoulder and Your hand over my mouth.

24 September 2012

2012-09-24, Beach Cruiser Revival


They were obviously trying to get the attention of male Baby Boomers, and they succeeded. Waiting for my oil change at Wal-Mart, my eyes were assaulted by several brightly-painted, 32" (yes, thirty-two inch!) "beach cruiser" style bikes.

They are single-speed, coaster brake, balloon tire, tough-as-a-boot bikes, big enough that I can barely swing my leg over, and I'm 6' 3" / 191 cm. It's a throwback to the 1930s-'50s and my first uncomplicated, pre-English racer, definitely pre-mountain bike two-wheeling experience.

It sits really well. Wonder how it rides?

http://bit.ly/Q166Ja





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Wandering thru Wal Mart on Saturday, saw this monster. 32 in wheels, crazy.
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