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we have managed to transfer religious belief into gullibility for whatever can masquerade as science.

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The Benefits of CO2

Craig Idso, Arizona State University

by Craig Idso

We on Earth benefit from the rise of atmospheric CO2. But we seldom hear this important fact and its critical implications. Studying the biological impacts of rising atmospheric CO2 has occupied my professional life for nearly three decades now. Time and again, governments, non- governmental organizations, international agencies, societal think tanks, and even respectable scientific organizations undertake to spend multiple millions of dollars writing and promoting large reports about climate change. Yet in nearly all of these endeavors they have failed by not properly evaluating, or even acknowledging, the manifold real and measurable benefits of the ongoing rise in the air’s CO2 content. As a result, the positive impacts of atmospheric CO2 enrichment remain largely ignored.

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SpaceX Launch

The SpaceX Dragon lifts off and heads to resupply the space station, the first American attempt to resuppy by private industry. The spacecraft has now climbed up to the region of the ISS, and will be tested before closer approach and docking.

Update:Dragon Docked 12: pm May 24, 2012

Dragon Docked 12: pm EDT May 24, 2012

Dragon Captured 10: am EDT May 24, 2012

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Science in the Service of Politics

Prof. Richard Lindzen, MIT

On November 26, 2008, the United Kingdom became the first nation to set legally binding carbon budgets when they passed the Climate Change Act. This is not a carbon credit system, that is, cap and trade, which is already operative in the European Union and dragging down their economies. This is a foolhardy plan to forcibly reduce carbon emissions, primarily energy, by 80 % of its 1990 value by the year, 2050. Already, following a particularly cold winter, the cost of energy has energized an effort to Repeal the Climate Change Act. In a presentation before Parliament on February 22, 2012, climate scientist and MIT professor Richard Lindzen debunked the climate models used by the UN by simply considering the science or lack thereof produced by these climate alarmists.

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Into Space Again

By John Mauer

The final mission of the NASA Space Shuttle ended when Atlantis rolled to a stop at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on July 21, 2011. The International Space Station is currently being serviced by the Soyuz and Progress spacecraft from Russia, with the latest delivery of crew and supplies coming on December 23, 2011. But this year could bring a resurgence of American space flight, albeit with a twist. The first private, commercial, delivery by the American company, SpaceX, is scheduled for February 7, 2012.

Update: According to news reports, SpaceX has rescheduled to April due to a myriad of small problems.

Update:The Falcon 9 rocket is on track to blast off on Saturday, May 19, with a backup date of May 22.

Dragon on Falcon 9, Photo: Mike Sheehan / SpaceX.

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Sixteen Concerned Scientists

A candidate for public office in any contemporary democracy may have to consider what, if anything, to do about “global warming.” Candidates should understand that the oft-repeated claim that nearly all scientists demand that something dramatic be done to stop global warming is not true. In fact, a large and growing number of distinguished scientists and engineers do not agree that drastic actions on global warming are needed.

A letter from distinguished scientists to the Wall Street Journal, see story.

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Protest of Global Warming Alarmism

Dr. Ivar Giaever, Nobel laureate, resigned as a Fellow from the American Physical Society (APS) on September 13, 2011 because of the group’s promotion of man-made global warming fears. In response to a query about his membership, he sent the following e-mail to APS Executive Officer Kate Kirby.  In it, he chides the APS for their use of the unscientific word, “incontrovertible”, in describing theories about man-made global warming.  (The e-mail first appeared on the website Climate Depot, and has been widely circulated in the physics community.)

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With Reverse English

By John Mauer

Reverse English is a billards shot whereby side spin is imparted to the cue ball to cause to carom off a cushion in a slightly backward direction. However, it is also the misuse of words to cause their meaning to be the opposite of the normally intended meaning. Part of reading the news is the discovery that some politicians use the side spin of reverse English to harpoon their opponents. (What, you’ve never called a cue stick a harpoon?)  Continue Reading

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Global Warming Is Cool

By John Mauer

For those of us who like numbers, picking apart past predictions by experts is sheer fun. In 1975, the world was cooling from peak temperatures in the 1940s. The predictions of climate scientists were cataclysmic: a new ice age was upon us. Sure feels like it today. Have you ever considered melting the arctic ice cap by covering it with black soot?

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Mercury She Wrote

By John Mauer

As the cost of electricity rises, most of us want to save money.  This leads many of us to replace our incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) which are known to use less power.  However, most CFLs contain a small amount of Mercury, which is toxic especially if the bulbs are broken while hot.  Now, a new report by the German Federal Environmental Agency shows that such Mercury emissions in the home can be dangerous, especially to young children and pregnant women.

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A Letter of Indictment

Recently, a noted physicist, Hal Lewis, resigned from the American Physical Society.  His letter of resignation indicts the leadership of that society, who have made and continue to make, fraudulent claims for climate change.  He noted that climate change funding has corrupted many scientists today, and said, “It is the greatest and most successful pseudoscientific fraud I have seen in my long life as a physicist.”

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