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May 30, 2010

Listened to an interview with him about this video, and he thinks it’s funny conservatives are embracing this video because he is a liberal and thinks it’s good that people think capitalism is imploding.


Found in Ace’s sidebar

“One of the questions that everybody is interested in with greenhouse gases is, did the increase in greenhouse gas concentrations occur before or after the increase in temperatures in the past climate changes?” says glaciologist Kendrick Taylor, chief scientist of the $30 million U.S. National Science Foundation project. “Ice cores are the only way we can answer that question.”


Since November, revelations of errors in reports by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have sapped public confidence in climate predictions. The scientists in Antarctica are excavating the ice as a reality check on computer climate models at the heart of today’s regulatory debates.


“Unfortunately many of our proxies have significant errors and are prone to be a slave to assumptions,” says climatologist John Christy of the University of Alabama in Huntsville, who has often criticized the IPCC. His research, using temperature readings from NOAA and NASA satellites, has undermined arguments that the atmosphere is warming at an unusual rate.

The ice-core data from Antarctica is “terribly important,” Dr. Christy says. “We really need to know what the climate did before we can answer why it did what it did. If it happened before, it will happen again, and probably worse.”

There is a new book out on the Revolutionary War, looks like it might be interesting. Something interesting I learned while googling some of the names – The American Dollar was originally set at 371.25 grains of pure silver which is .84 oz. That is a heavy coin, a quarter is still .20 oz although it isn’t made of silver anymore. It would be worth $15.44 current dollars (not counting historical value). That works out to about 1.2% average inflation over the past 229 years. I’m not an economist so I can’t really say what that means other than I found it interesting. I also didn’t know the Spanish Dollar was legal tender in the US until the mid 1800’s. I knew the American dollar was based on the Spanish dollar but not the rest.

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