Jan 212016
  • False Arguments Against Evidence of Vote Fraud
    by justfacts on 2017-07-10 at 12:46

    By James D. Agresti July 10, 2017 In the wake of a new study by Just Facts that found 594,000 to 5.7 million non-citizens illegally voted in the 2008 presidential election, several publications—namely Snopes, PolitiFact, and the Huffington Post—have claimed … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • PolitiFact’s Deceptive Report on Illegal Voting by Non-Citizens
    by justfacts on 2017-06-23 at 17:44

    By James D. Agresti June 23, 2017 Revision appended Just Facts recently published a study on election fraud that found 594,000 to 5.7 million non-citizens voted illegally in the 2008 U.S. presidential election. Like other studies on this issue, this … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Media Bias Fact Check: Incompetent or Dishonest?
    by justfacts on 2017-04-24 at 15:11

    By James D Agresti April 24, 2017 As Just Facts grows in prominence and reputation, an increasing number of scholars, major organizations, and eminent people have cited and recognized the quality work of Just Facts. With this higher profile, Just … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Is the Earth Warming Catastrophically Fast?
    by justfacts on 2017-03-15 at 17:36

    By James D. Agresti March 15, 2017 In a recent appearance on Tucker Carlson Tonight, Bill Nye, the celebrity “Science Guy,” declared the “scientific evidence” is “overwhelming” that humans are causing the earth to warm “catastrophically fast.” He insisted this … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Myths about School Choice and Betsy DeVos
    by justfacts on 2017-02-07 at 16:10

    By James D. Agresti February 7, 2017 In an op-ed for the New York Times, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) alleges that she is voting against Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education because: DeVos opposes policies that allow “our young … Continue reading &rarr […]

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Jan 132016

Dr. Spencer is an internationally recognized climatologist who explains things like why we do not know whether man is causing any climate change or not.

Or, is the planet really warming all over?

Roy Spencer, PhD. Climate Change Research Scientist, Author, Former NASA Scientist

  • UAH Global Temperature Update for July, 2017: +0.28 deg. C
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2017-08-01 at 12:37

    The Version 6.0 global average lower tropospheric temperature (LT) anomaly for July, 2017 was +0.28 deg. C, up a little from the June, 2017 value of +0.21 deg. C (click for full size version): The global, hemispheric, and tropical LT anomalies from the 30-year (1981-2010) average for the last 19 months are: YEAR MO GLOBE […]

  • 4,300 Days Since Last U.S. Major Hurricane Strike
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2017-07-31 at 11:39

    Wednesday of this week will mark 4,300 days since the last major hurricane (Category 3 or stronger, 111-129 mph maximum sustained winds) made landfall in the U.S. That’s almost 12 years. The last major hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. was Wilma striking Florida on October 24, 2005, one of several strong hurricanes to […]

  • Study: Sea Level Rise Revised Downward
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2017-07-21 at 12:53

    If I had not looked past the headline of the press report on a new study, I would have just filed it under “It’s worse than we thought”. A new study in Nature reported on July 17 carried the following headlines: “Satellite snafu masked true sea-level rise for decades” “Revised tallies confirm that the rate […]

  • Warming in the Tropics? Even the New RSS Satellite Dataset Says the Models are Wrong
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2017-07-14 at 14:40

    From recent media reports (e.g. the WaPo’s Capital Weather Gang) you would think that the new RSS satellite dataset for the lower troposphere (LT) has resolved the discrepancy between climate models and observations. But the new LT dataset (Version 4, compared to Version 3.3) didn’t really change in the tropics. This can be seen in […]

  • The Great American Eclipse – 40 days to go
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2017-07-12 at 14:02

    The Great American Eclipse of Monday, August 21, 2017 will be one of only a couple of chances for many Americans to experience a total solar eclipse. This is the first coast-to-coast total eclipse since 1918. The last total eclipse visible from any point in the contiguous U.S. was 38 years ago, in 1979. Your […]

  • Comments on the New RSS Lower Tropospheric Temperature Dataset
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2017-07-06 at 15:02

    It was inevitable that the new RSS mid-tropospheric (MT) temperature dataset, which showed more warming than the previous version, would be followed with a new lower-tropospheric (LT) dataset. (Carl Mears has posted a useful FAQ on the new dataset, how it differs from the old, and why they made adjustments). Before I go into the […]

  • No, it didn’t snow in Kenya yesterday
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2017-07-05 at 14:18

    There is much internet buzzing about “snow” in Kenya yesterday, and its connection to climate change. Here’s what the event looked like on a road near Nyahururu, Kenya, which is on a plateau around 7,800 ft. elevation, and is positioned right on the equator: If you click to get the full-size photo, you will notice […]

  • Stephen Hawking Flies off the Scientific Reservation
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2017-07-03 at 17:47

    I can understand when pop-scientists like Bill Nye spout scientific silliness. But complete nonsense coming from Stephen Hawking? Really? In this video, Stephen Hawking claims that Trump withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris Accord could lead to the Earth being pushed past a tipping point, with Venus-like 250 deg. C temperatures and sulfuric acid rain. […]

  • UAH Global Temperature Update for June, 2017: +0.21 deg. C
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2017-07-03 at 16:49

    Lowest global temperature anomaly in last 2 years (since July, 2015) The Version 6.0 global average lower tropospheric temperature (LT) anomaly for June, 2017 was +0.21 deg. C, down from the May, 2017 value of +0.44 deg. C (click for full size version): The global, hemispheric, and tropical LT anomalies from the 30-year (1981-2010) average […]

  • The AMS Scolds Rick Perry for Believing the Oceans are Stronger than Your SUV
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2017-06-22 at 16:33

    Yesterday, the American Meteorological Society (AMS) sent a letter to DOE Secretary Rick Perry, scolding him for the following opinion he uttered in a CNBC interview on June 19. Quoting from a Washington Post article: Asked in an interview on CNBCs “Squawk Box” whether he believed that carbon dioxide was “the primary control knob for […]

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Jan 132016

“In the realm of ideas there has been no better publication in Australia over the last fifty years than Quadrant magazine.”
— Former Prime Minister John Howard

Quadrant Online » Opinion The leading general intellectual journal of ideas, literature, poetry and historical and political debate published in Australia.

  • The Culpable Cruelty of Cowardly Charity
    by Roger Franklin on 2017-08-16 at 05:03

    Until the election of Donald Trump, North Korea had no reason to switch tactics: rant, bellow, threaten -- and pretty soon the West hands over lots more of whatever is demanded, be it money, food or the nuclear technology Bill Clinton made available. This latest president is cut from different clothThe post The Culpable Cruelty of Cowardly Charity appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • A Philosopher Thinks but Fails to See
    by Roger Franklin on 2017-08-15 at 02:58

    AC Grayling's new book concludes with a pipe-dream of supra-national governance. History rejects any possibility of that being a workable option -- evidence rendered irrefutable by Europe's escalating exaltation of ethnicity, language and, in the case of Islam, aggressive intoleranceThe post A Philosopher Thinks but Fails to See appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • Richard Dawkins’ Pussyfooting
    by Roger Franklin on 2017-08-15 at 00:29

    That a leading light of the Left criticises Islam is a rare development, yet it is sophistry pure and simple to distinguish between Islam and an evil offspring called 'Islamism'. Minus a mainstream body of Islamic thought which disavows the creed's vile aspects, it's a cop-outThe post Richard Dawkins’ Pussyfooting appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • Inconvenient Truths for a Gore Groupie
    by Roger Franklin on 2017-08-14 at 01:57

    The literary editor of The Australian's weekend Review section is a gifted journalist, but it seems he couldn't grasp a single key element about Al Gore and climate profiteers if a polar bear fell on him. In an effort to foil an otherwise decent newspaper's promotion of piffle, here's a remedial primerThe post Inconvenient Truths for a Gore Groupie appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • ‘Driver on the way’
    by Roger Franklin on 2017-08-13 at 23:59

    At the Social Justice Taxi Company the dispatcher never knows what the next booking will bring. Today, it's boundless sympathy for an oppressed North Korean dictator and the layabouts, addicts, thump artists and footpads camped in a city plaza. And tomorrow? Well, it might be a gender-equity feminist composers on the line or a penis-tucking consultant en route to the nearest (non-Muslim) primary schoolThe post ‘Driver on the way’ appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

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Jan 052016

Independent Institute Articles Recent Articles and op-eds from the Independent Institute

  • How the Black Market Helped Me, and Others, Escape North Korea
    on 2017-08-16 at 21:20

    By Yeonmi Park; North Korea's nuclear saber-rattling may be frightening to some, perhaps just as frightening as day-to-day life can be under the Kim regime, from which I was fortunate enough to esc... […]

  • How Donald Trump Is Driving the Democrats Crazy
    on 2017-08-15 at 21:20

    By John C. Goodman; You would think the Democrats would be on cloud nine. Donald Trump's favorability ratings are as low as anyone can remember their being for a sitting president. The Republica... […]

  • The Better Way Tax Plan
    on 2017-08-15 at 21:20

    By John C. Goodman, Laurence J. Kotlikoff; A plan to radically reform the US income tax system has been proposed by House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Ways amp; Means Chairman Kevin Brady. On the personal side, the system would be... […]

  • New Approaches Needed to End Campus Sexual Assault
    on 2017-08-14 at 21:20

    By Samuel R. Staley; The U.S. Department of Education's top civil-rights official set off a firestorm when she told the New York Times--erroneously--that 90 percent of college sexual assault case... […]

  • We Have Lost the War in Afghanistan. We Should Get Out Now
    on 2017-08-14 at 21:20

    By Ivan Eland; In a recent meeting, President Trump correctly told his generals that they were "losing" the war in Afghanistan, rejected their proposed strategy, and sent them back to the draw... […]

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Jan 052016
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Jan 052016
  • Health Effects of Global Warming

    This article reviews three papers on the health effects of warming. A study published in 2015 examined 74 million deaths worldwide from 1985 to 2012 and found that the ratio of cold-related to heat-related deaths was a whopping 17 to 1. A study of heat-related deaths in the USA shows that as heat waves become more frequent, heat-related deaths decrease because of adaptation. There were 41 heat-related deaths/year/million population is the 1960s and 1970s dropping to 17 in the 1980s and to only 10 in the 1990s. A 2017 study of temperature-related hospital emergency visits in China over the period 2011–2014 shows that the risk is far greater for cold temperatures than for hot temperatures. When temperatures fall the risk of an emergency visit increased by 80% but when temperature rise the risk increases by only 15%. The length of hospital stays due to cold temperatures are ten times greater than that due to hot temperatures. […]

  • Friends of Science Newsletter June 2017

    Friends of Science Newsletter June 2017 […]

  • A Review of ‘Skeptical Science’ Alleged Myths

    The website ‘Skeptical Science.com’ is popular among climate alarmists. The website alleges to refute claims by climate skeptics that global warming is not a crisis. The website features a list of 10 “Most Used Climate Myths” by climate skeptics at the top left part of the webpage. I review and rebut each rebuttal of the 10 alleged myths. […]

  • Antarctic Ice Expansion Shows Climate Models Are Unreliable

    Despite a 20 percent increase in atmospheric CO2 over 40 years, and model predictions to the contrary, sea ice in the Antarctic has expanded for decades. Such observations are in direct opposition to the model-based predictions of the IPCC. This should give pause for thought about climate alarmism in general. The IPCC report predicts a multi-model average decrease of between 16 and 67 percent in the summer and 8 to 30 percent in the winter by the end of the century (IPCC, 2013). Models simulations give a 1 million sq. km reduction is sea ice, but measurement show a 300,000 increase from 1980 to 2005 due to falling temperatures. […]

  • To Put America First Is to Put Our Planet’s Climate First

    This article by Marko, Soon et al refutes the "popular delusion that man-made global warming will be dangerous and that, therefore, the Paris Agreement would be beneficial." They write "The Paris agreement is, in practice, a political tool for suppressing growth and redistributing wealth." The historical record shows that CO2 changes lag temperature changes. Climate models predicted that warming over the last 27 years (1990-2016) would be twice as much as actually observed. Extreme weather events like tornadoes and hurricanes have been decreasing over the last several decades. Warming and CO2 fertilization has caused a greening of the earth and increasing crop yields. […]

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