Archive for February, 2010

Just a few harmless mistakes, folks. Nothing to see here. Move along.
clipped from www.guardian.co.uk

Climate scientists withdraw journal claims of rising sea levels

Scientists have been forced to withdraw a study on projected sea level rise due to global warming after finding mistakes that undermined the findings.

Announcing the formal retraction of the paper from the journal, Siddall said: “It’s one of those things that happens. People make mistakes and mistakes happen in science.” He said there were two separate technical mistakes in the paper, which were pointed out by other scientists after it was published. A formal retraction was required, rather than a correction, because the errors undermined the study’s conclusion.

“Retraction is a regular part of the publication process,” he said. “Science is a complicated game and there are set procedures in place that act as checks and balances.”

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He only won with 31% at CPAC. Not an overwhelming number and will fall far short of that number in the Republican primaries.
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Ron Paul has won the CPAC straw Presidential vote with 31 percent of the total. This is dismaying, to the extent one takes it seriously. Ron Paul is the crazy uncle in the Republican Party’s attic. He is not a principled libertarian like, say, Steve Forbes. Rather, as I noted in this post, where I likened him to Pee-Wee Herman, Paul has a rather sinister history as a hater and conspiracy theorist. He has no business being taken seriously as a Presidential contender–and that’s before we even start talking about his inadequate vision of national security or his disgraceful performance in the 2008 Presidential debates.

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While I think it’s important to try to find a prevention and cure, the sure-fire way is to wrap it up. Oh, and stop sleeping around!
clipped from www.huffingtonpost.com

SAN DIEGO — A successful AIDS vaccine remains elusive, but researchers say aggressive, early anti-viral therapy might provide a way to derail the spread of disease.

The goal is to catch new AIDS cases early and administer therapy to reduce the amount of virus in the patient’s system.

Anti-retroviral therapy has increased in the past five years. But it’s been given too late in the course of infection.

By the time people start therapy they have infected most of those that they would have infected anyway. That’s according to Brian Williams of the South African Center for Epidemiological Modeling and Analysis.

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While more and more people are believing less and less about global warming, the true believers march on. This is a good column on why people are questioning the so-called global warming science.
clipped from www.ocregister.com
What to say to a global warming alarmist

It has been tough to keep up with all the bad news for global warming alarmists. We’re on the edge of our chair, waiting for the next shoe to drop. This has been an Imelda Marcos kind of season for shoe-dropping about global warming.

At your next dinner party, here are some of the latest talking points to bring up when someone reminds you that Al Gore and the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won Nobel prizes for their work on global warming.

Fold this column up and lay it next to your napkin the next time you have Al Gore or his ilk to dine. It should make interesting after-dinner conversation.

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You mean we can’t borrow from the future to live in prosperity now? Aw, shucks!
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Greece? Just Like The US

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin played down Greece’s economic woes on Tuesday, telling his visiting Greek counterpart that the United States were no better than Greece in handling its debt and fiscal deficit.

“As we all know, the global economic crisis started neither in Greece, nor in Russia, nor in Europe,” Mr. Putin told a news conference after talks with George Papandreou. “It came to us from across the ocean,” he said in a clear reference to the United States.

“There (in the U.S.) we can see similar problems – massive external debt, budget deficit,” Mr. Putin added, suggesting Russia and Greece should concentrate on the “real economy” to weather the economic crisis.

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Sensitivity training, STAT!
clipped from newsbusters.org

“Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane on Friday said former President George W. Bush is retarded.

Appearing on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” MacFarlane was discussing the controversy surrounding last Sunday’s “Family Guy” when a Down Syndrome joke was made at Sarah Palin’s expense.

Moments later Maher said, “[I]ronically because of people like Sarah Palin, the country has done, become so stupid, we need the word retarded to constantly describe what is going on in America” (video embedded below the fold with partial transcript):

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Harry Reid to do an end-around and cram the unpopular health care reform bill down America’s throat, whether you want it or not.
clipped from gatewaypundit.firstthings.com

Democrats will finish their health reform efforts within the next two months by using a majority-vote maneuver in the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said.

Reid said that congressional Democrats would likely opt for a procedural tactic in the Senate allowing the upper chamber to make final changes to its healthcare bill with only a simple majority of senators, instead of the 60 it takes to normally end a filibuster.

“I’ve had many conversations this week with the president, his chief of staff, and Speaker Pelosi,” Reid said during an appearance Friday evening on “Face to Face with Jon Ralston” in Nevada. “And we’re really trying to move forward on this.”

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