Guys, Karl Popper made a pretty convincing case that a hypothesis can only be falsified not verified. However, you still use Newton's physics to calculate everyday problems. Some scientists behaved poorly and you think the credibility of the scientific method is tarnished. Definitely not. Some of you have already decided there is no AGW some of you that there is. That's in large part rooted in politics, gut feeling and wishful thinking, not science. Climatology is a difficult field because you can't really make an experiment like in biology. You measure, model and predict but that is inherently difficult as you can see easily with your local weatherman. However, that doesn't mean it is not legitimate science. I'm not going to defend some of the practices of these particular scientists but if you want to refute that humans have any impact on global warming you have to show some data too. If I need a heart transplant I go to a heart surgeon not the local baker even if he makes terrific pastries. So if you think most climatologists don't know what they are talking about I would still say there is no evidence some talk radio celebrities are now experts in this arena. Just a hunch.Comment Posted By funny man On 27.11.2009 @ 23:42
some of the scientists clearly crossed the line. You should not talk about confidential peer reviewed evaluations, you shouldn't 'stack' reviewers sympathetic to your case to shoot down a manuscript you don't like. It's kind of like insider trading on Wall Street. All those rules primarily function to ensure fairness. Humans like little kids always want to try out how far they can go. That's why we have the rules and that's why they need to be enforced once in a while.Comment Posted By funny man On 27.11.2009 @ 10:16
They are also in the mountains of Pakistan. Look, there are no really good solution but we have to make life difficult for the Islamists otherwise they regroup even quicker. At this point it is moot to concentrate on who blew it. I was against the Iraq war but now is now and Afghanistan is different because it was from here we were attacked. I'm under no illusion that this country is going anywhere but again no reason to give it back to the Taliban.Comment Posted By funny man On 25.11.2009 @ 20:58
I know many GIs enjoyed their service in Germany, all the good food, beer and women in a safe, clean environment (smile). When I moved from Germany to Detroit I heard many nice remarks of veterans about their time in Germany. Thanks for rememberingComment Posted By funny man On 25.11.2009 @ 14:13
I think Richard has it basically right about the Chickenhawk types. I like any other German male had to serve, guess who got a doctor's excuse, our tough talking, swimming champ (because of his bad back!!!) and now judge. Anyway, I didn't like service much, that was the Cold War and you pretty much sat around doing nothing but luckily I worked in a hospital.Comment Posted By funny man On 25.11.2009 @ 13:55
finally telling somebody the truth about yourself can have something very liberating. So I'm not opposed to the idea, just the institutionalized form when you feel you have to.Comment Posted By funny man On 24.11.2009 @ 18:14
we might not like it but Obama is the President of the United States hence our President. That's the way democracy works.
Whatever happened to the actual topic?Comment Posted By funny man On 24.11.2009 @ 18:11
Michael,Comment Posted By funny man On 23.11.2009 @ 17:47
to answer your last question: because talk is cheap. How much people really believe, how much they fear death is a topic most don't like to deal with. Sometimes I'm forced to deal with it but it is not comfortable. Yes I can talk about it with other but I remember a very moving painting by Frieda Kahlo after her miscarriage in Henry Ford hospital in Detroit basically showing ultimately you have to bear the pain, the fear and uncertainty alone. Comforting to know this is a common bond between us mortals (smile)
the more you stick around on Earth the more you know this is (and always will be) an intense and personal decision. Fear of death is part of human nature and strangely is exacerbated by rising life expectancy. Every one of us probably has had multiple experiences in their immediate and extended family.Comment Posted By funny man On 23.11.2009 @ 13:03
However, as a young kid it always impressed me to hear of the inuit (eskimos) back then. When they were a burden to everyone else they just snug out into the snow storm to save the rest. I always thought 'would I have the guts to do the same'. I don't want people to misunderstand and think I'm in favor of ending 'unproductive lives'. At the same time, we as a society can't commit financial suicide and we have to find a way, very delicately and very careful. This is really not topic for politics as usual.
Obama was born in Hawaii and is an American citizen, end of story. BTW, I don't see where I have a problem with conservative principles e.g. when did abortion come up? Palin just doesn't have a good grasp on important foreign policy issues and I just don't want another neocon dumbo as president.Comment Posted By funny man On 26.11.2009 @ 17:49