Thursday, August 30, 2007

Protein Wisdom on Fire

For a slow news week, Jeff and a guest-poster Karl are sure heating it up over there. First is this detailed (but iceberg tippish) compendium of examples of media bias, mendacity, and malfeasance with regard to the Iraq War. Jeff followed it up with a post about how the press has Just Plain Got It Wrong about the British withdrawal from Basra.

Then in this post, Jeff quotes Dave Kilcullen at length on the dynamics of the tribal structure in Iraq and how it relates to the tribes' decision to give al Qaeda the heave-ho. None of which, of course, we have heard about in the MSM in any important detail.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Useful Latin Phrases

Cattus Petasatus
Quomodo Invidiosulus Nomine Grinchus Christi Natalem Abrogaverit
Virent Ova! Viret Perna!!


Guessed them yet?

The Cat in the Hat
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Green Eggs and Ham.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Bookmark This Page

No, not this one. This one. It shows how NASA GISS had to revise down its figures for the hottest ten years since 1880. It turns out that there was a Y2K error in the data, of all things.

Ha! Our bad! Right? Well, the error would have been discovered sooner, except that the man who discovered the error had to reverse-calculate it out of GISS's data. Steve McIntyre, a Canadian mathematician, has been hammering on the statistical methods of Michael Mann's and James Hansen's Super-Secret Algorithms that they use to adjust raw data but that they won't release for scrutiny.

New top ten: 1934, 1998, 1921, 2006, 1931, 1999, 1953, 1990, 1938, 1939

And here is the famous McIntyre and McKitrick critique of Mann's "Hockey Stick."

Amazing stuff. I have no grasp of statistics, so I can't critique M&M's work, but criminey, Mr. Hansen, you won't release your algorithm?

UPDATE: Hansen has grudgingly released his algorithm and methods, or so he says. I guess if it's fake, McIntyre et al. will figure it out.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Quote of the Day

From Orson Scott Card's review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
The elitists are such boneheads they think literature exists to be admired.

Monday, August 13, 2007

How to Manufacture Outrage

Step 1: Find something that you find distasteful in your opponents' behavior.

Step 2: Attach an emotionally provocative word to the behavior even though the behavior doesn't actually rise to the denotation of the word.

Step 3: Insist that "to you" the word applies.

Step 4: Accuse your opponent of committing the crime that is associated with the ordinary denotation of the word.

Quote of the Day

From a Protein Wisdom commentator, on the Beauchamp affair.
What’s especially ridiculous is that TNR defended itself by saying "many of these questions have been formulated by people with ideological agendas." Not even a full 360 degree eye roll that detached the optic nerve and caused my eyeballs to flop out of my face and land, squishily, on the keyboard before me could capture the awesome irony of that statement.

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Friday, August 03, 2007

Acronym Soup (in Honor of STB)

Over on Protein Wisdom, I posted some acronyms last night that I came up with to describe the Scott Thomas Beauchamp episode.
Well, there are several ways for this to turn out: we could keep repeating our chorus of WHAT A DOUCHEBAG (Wannabe Hemmingway Artlessly Trashes Army, Driving Opinionators Utterly Crazy, Hoping Evidence Belies All Garbage).

Or when it turns out that he totally lied, it will be EGREGIOUS (Emohawk Gains Renown, Emoting Garbage In Outrageously Untrue Slander).

Or, if his stories check out, it would be a TRAIN WRECK (TNR’s Right, And Incensed Neocons & Wingers Reluctantly Eat Crow Kabobs).

But now that we know he was lying, I've changed a few words: WHAT A DOUCHEBAG: Wannabe Hemmingway Artlessly Trashes Army, Driving Opinionators Utterly Crazy, Having Evidence Blasting All Garbage.

But see, the commenters over there did not hail my genius and begin to employ the acronyms in everyday conversation. Had I done this at my old haunt, HP for Grownups, they would have. New clubs would have sprung up, each adhering to one or the other theory, and the battle would ensue, the acronyms becoming immortalized. Such as LOLLIPOPS did over at HPfGU lo these many years ago (Love Of Lily Left Ire Polluting Our Poor Severus), and which turned out to be true.

Boy does my life suck. I totally write an acronym that totally predicts the future, and I get NO CREDIT for it. None!
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