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+ - No change in global warming - Y2k wink wink, nudge

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bob_calder
bob_calder writes "Yes folks, that's what we get for getting our news third-hand. Should we buy the VHS tape of "Bloggers Gone Wild" to put on the shelf with our collection of Leonars Nimoy's "Strange and Stupid Mysteries: How the Builders of the Pyramids Caused the Ice Age"? Herewith, the final graf of the RealClimate article recounting the incident:

However, there is clearly a latent and deeply felt wish in some sectors for the whole problem of global warming to be reduced to a statistical quirk or a mistake. This lead to some truly death-defying leaping to conclusions when this issue hit the blogosphere. One of the worst examples (but there are others) was the 'Opinionator' at the New York Times (oh dear). He managed to confuse the global means with the continental US numbers, he made up a story about McIntyre having 'always puzzled about some gaps' (what?) , declared the the error had 'played havoc' with the numbers, and quoted another blogger saying that the 'astounding' numbers had been 'silently released'. None of these statements are true. Among other incorrect stories going around are that the mistake was due to a Y2K bug or that this had something to do with photographing weather stations. Again, simply false.
But what the hell. It was fun while it lasted. The rest of the article is recommended reading for those of us who are still convinced that there is a vast conspiracy of researchers who will *somehow* profit from it."
Portables

+ - Mini DNA replicator could benefit world's poor

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bob_calder
bob_calder writes "From New Scientist: A pocket-sized device that runs on two AA batteries and copies DNA as accurately as expensive lab equipment has been developed by researchers in the US. The device has no moving parts and costs just $10 to make. It runs polymerase chain reactions (PCRs), to generate billions of identical copies of a DNA strand, in as little as 20 minutes. This is much faster than the machines currently in use, which take several hours. Victor Ugaz of Texas A&M University Journal reference: Angewandte Chemie International Edition (DOI: 10.1002/anie.200700306)"
The Internet

+ - More on the National Internet Tax effort

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bob_calder
bob_calder writes "The Business Journals have a story on: California legislators "walked away from 2 billion a year in revenue" by declining to get on the bus with an Internet tax. Don't worry though, supporters of the tax still think they have a chance in New York, Texas and Florida. At the moment, the Streamlined Sales Tax Initiative includes some large states already, New Jersey, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. sanjose.bizjournals"
Censorship

+ - in re USGS muzzling

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bob_calder
bob_calder writes "I have no idea if slashdot ran a story on the Union of Concerned Scientists website section on political interference in science. So here it is if they didn't do it before:
http://www.ucsusa.org/scientific_integrity/interfe rence/
And the The A to Z Guide to Political Interference in Science:
http://www.ucsusa.org/scientific_integrity/interfe rence/a-to-z-guide-to-political.html
I thought that I had submitted the story from the AAAS meeting where the UCS went ape-shit over the presidential FDA appointee's asinine behavior after the Feb 2006 meeting in St Louis. As in "OMG it's an abortion pill!"
The fact is that the administration goes after anybody it disagrees with hammer and tongs. The only parallel I can think of is Tricky Dick's enemies list. Friends of the admin. include the ID jerks, the Exxon-paid anti-global warming crowd, the abstinence only crowd, and the poke-education-with-a-sharp-stick-to-see-what-happ ens crowd. The justification for all of this is that they love us and want us to be all better, so it is for our own good. So if scientists don't agree with what the administration's friends want to hear, they had better shape up. If you want to see what it's like living in the kind of poisoned environment that results, go visit Tehran while the holocaust deniers are still hanging out making plans to gas your family and eat your dog. Meanwhile your sister can go out and "adopt" a blastula."
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+ - Microsoft the Official OS of Creationists (humor)

Submitted by bob_calder
bob_calder (673103) writes "Creationists have overwhelmingly chosen Microsoft's IE7 as their browser of choice. The reason? Microsoft has pledged to support "backward compatibility." Creationists have long felt that backward-ness is a core belief, one of the cornerstones of family values. A tiny bit more fun in Bob's dysplastic brain."

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