* Posts by Alex

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Gore wins Nobel Peace Prize


Peace Angle

The rising oceans will force a large part of the planet's population to move elsewhere which will lead to conflicts over shrinking resources. If the awareness created by Gore helps avert these conflicts, then he and the IPCC well deserve the peace prize. But we have to wait and see whether they have made a difference or the climate skeptics have their way.

Judge rules Gore's film an inconvenient catalogue of errors


global warming skeptics

I am fascinated by the global warming skeptics in this group.

- They write well and have clearly benefited from an above average education

- They employ sophisticated analytical and rhetorical devices

- And yet, they refuse to analyse the scientific evidence pointing to man's impact on the climate (or refuse to accept the consensus in the scientific community)

- In spite of lacking the knowledge or background to challenge the scientific consensus, they seem to consider their opinion to be on par with the opinion of the climate scientists ("so what if the scientists say the world is heating up, I say it is just a cycle and it's my word against theirs").

- Some of them even suggest that their opinion might be worth more than the scientific community's! Like the guy who compares himself to Ptolemy the only one to believe the world is spherical when when everyone else thought it was flat.

- None or very few of them advance a better safe than sorry argument along the lines of "I don't believe the earth is warming but since the consequences of that are so grave, I will go along with whatever suggestions the lefties have to fix the problem". How certain do you have to be that a given danger does not exist before you will expose your kids to it? 50% certain? 90% certain? I am not sure what the number is for them but clearly it is high enough when it comes to global warming.

Iraq fiasco creeps into NSA surveillance controversy


Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution

Since some people don't seem to know what it is

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."