Today’s links to interesting news and analysis. If you find this useful, pass it to a friend or colleague.
- Today’s must-read article: “The Founders’ wisdom“, Paul L. Yingling (Lieutenant Colonel, US Army, Professor at the George C. Marshall Center in Garmisch, Germany), Armed Forces Journal, February 2010 — “The U.S. should therefore abandon the all-volunteer military and return to our historic reliance on citizen soldiers and conscription to wage protracted war.”
- Good news! “Initial National Ignition Facility (NIF) experiments meet requirements for fusion ignition“, Press Release, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 28 January 2010
- Abstract of the actual article: “Symmetric Inertial Confinement Fusion Implosions at Ultra-High Laser Energies“, Siegfried H. Glenzer et al, ScienceExpress, 28 January 2010
- “”Gays in the military – Fisking Bill Kristol“, blog of The Economist, 3 February 2010
- About the new Quadrennial Defense Review: “The Pentagon Goes Intellectually AWOL“, Franklin “Chuck” Spinney, Counterpunch, 3 February 2010
- Too-typical behavior by our security services: “Struck Down: Feds refuse to explain how agent injured Daily Caller writer“, Daily Caller, 4 February 2010
- Slowly the lies about ClimateGate unravel: “Climate emails: were they really hacked or just sitting in cyberspace?“, The Guardian, 4 February 2010 — “Slack security or subversion at the university may have led to ‘unintentional sharing’, making the police investigation pointless.” Note that the Guardian slams the sceptics who laid the groundwork for the Guardian’s exposees. Years of work while the Guardian sneered; now they use the sceptics’ work and still sneer.
- Dispelling myths about Britain’s ‘broken society’: “Through a glass darkly“, The Economist, 4 February 2010 — “Crime, family break-up, drunks and drugs: the Conservatives—and apparently plenty of voters—think that Britain has a “broken society”. Does the claim stand up?”
- “Goldman: If Greece Is Handled Wrong, All Of Southern Europe Will Fall Like Dominos And 30% Of Euro GDP Would Be At Risk“, Business Insider, 5 February 2010
Quote of the Day
More peer-reviewed science: “Latest IPCC Exaggeration“, Steve McIntyre, Climate Audit, 3 February 2010:
IPCC AR4 reported:
“The Netherlands is an example of a country highly susceptible to both sea-level rise and river flooding because 55% of its territory is below sea level where 60% of its population lives and 65% of its Gross National Product (GNP) is produced.”
Not that 20% is something to be ignored if that’s what they think. But the percentage below sea level is the sort of thing that primary school geography classes should be able to get right.
But the IPCC must not employ any grade-school fact checkers: “Sea level blunder enrages Dutch minister“, Radio Netherlands, 4 February 2010 – Excerpt:
A United Nations report wrongly claimed that more than half of the Netherlands is currently below sea level. In fact, just 20 percent of the country consists of polders that are pumped dry, and which are at risk of flooding if global warming causes rising sea levels. Dutch Environment Minister Jacqueline Cramer has ordered a thorough investigation into the quality of the climate reports which she uses to base her policies on.
Climate-sceptic MPs were quick to react. Conservative MP Helma Neppérus and Richard de Mos from the right-wing Freedom Party want the minister to explain to parliament how these figures were used to decide on national climate policy. “This may invalidate all claims that the last decades were the hottest ever,” Mr De Mos said.
The incorrect figures which date back to 2007 were revealed on Wednesday by the weekly Vrij Nederland. The Dutch Environmental Assessment Agency told reporters that the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) added together two figures supplied by the agency: the area of the Netherlands which is below sea-level and the area which is susceptible to flooding. In fact, these areas overlap, so the figures should not have been combined to produce the 55 percent quoted by the IPCC.