There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.

Mark Twain

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The Magic Wand

As a physicist, I am frequently asked about global warming and climate change. Global warming has been on again, and off again, for the last 160 years coming out of the Little Ice Age. The increase in temperature has been largely beneficial allowing for greater food production and more livable land.

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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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The Value Added of Teaching

By John Mauer

The education of our children is an important local priority. Yet we currently measure its effectiveness using yearly standardized tests, as mandated by the federal government. In fact, Connecticut had such tests a decade prior to the intervention of the federal government. But do these tests actually aid in evaluating our schools? How do they measure the value added by our teachers?

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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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Anti-War Who?

By John Mauer

War is a disease. War is not the people who fight each other, nor the people who started the action or responded to it, nor the people who oppose it. War infects the human mind, reaching emotional peaks well past reason. Yet, the body of mankind is not at fault any more than one person is at fault for the common cold. A prayer for peace is a prayer for health of the human body, not a usurpation of human actions.

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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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Pentagon Leaks

By John Mauer

In 1971, the secret Pentagon Papers were first published by the New York Times.   They were not censored, except by the journalist himself.  Contrast that with the recent release of secret U.S. documents by WikiLeaks, an online publication.  WikiLeaks has been roundly reviled, perhaps rightly so. However, the attempts at government censorship were obvious and disgraceful; online journalism is currently extremely vulnerable.  By moving away form the printed word, we are leaving ourselves open to electronic manipulation.

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Science Run Amok

Rarely do outside events reach into Kent in a meaningful way. A business failure or downsizing in New Milford will cause some of our residents to lose their jobs. A crash on the stock market will cause the second-home market to dry up. Yet, except for our soldiers, international events seem far removed from every day life here. However, such is not the situation with recent events in global warming science.  Continue Reading

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