Monthly Archives: October 2014

Islamism is Stupid

In the past few days Islamist nutjobs have killed two Canadians. Why they are doing so is pretty clear: they are stupid. It is stupid to attempt to intimidate Canadians by killing a few of us. It is stupid to … Continue reading

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Power Too Cheap to Meter

There has been some not-entirely-unjustified skepticism about Lockheed-Martin’s recent announcement of a novel fusion reactor configuration. This post is intended to explain why I’m hopeful about this, rather than simply dismissive. I’m a technological optimist. But you knew that. Timelines, … Continue reading

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Fear in a Time of Ebola

I’ve seen a number of people in the past few days attempting to spread fear about the possibility of Ebola “becoming airborne” and thought it worth saying a few words about that. Although I’m a physicist by education, I’ve spent … Continue reading

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What a Difference a Data-Point Makes

I just recently found out about a nice bit of work from a few years ago, involving the tracking down, digitizing and processing of Nimbus satellite images from 1964 that include the poles, so sea-ice estimates could be made. I … Continue reading

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Darwin\’s Theorem: prologue

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Wendigo by TJ Radcliffe Fragment: FQ9238 Probable file C:\\My Documents\\protest_letter.doc Probable author: Svend Franken, Expedition Leader change is drawing back the skirts of ice-shields and glaciers around the world, exposing to the light and air things that have been safely … Continue reading


How News Stories Ought to be Written

The government of Iraq is requesting American troops to defend Baghdad from ISIS attacks. Here is information the story omits. President George W. Bush signed a “Status-of-Forces Agreement” with the Iraqi government in 2008 that specified a December 31st 2011 … Continue reading

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