Jan 212016
  • 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 […]

  • New Treasury Data Shows Federal Shortfall of $670,000 Per U.S. Household
    by justfacts on 2017-01-19 at 02:23

    By James D. Agresti January 18, 2017 Newly published data from the U.S. Treasury shows that the federal government has amassed $84.3 trillion in debts, liabilities, and unfunded Social Security and Medicare obligations. This amounts to $670,000 for every household … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • A Factual Look at Obama’s Presidency
    by justfacts on 2017-01-11 at 22:52

    By James D. Agresti January 11, 2017 Correction appended In the closing weeks of his presidency, Barack Obama instructed the members of his cabinet to “prepare a detailed report on the progress we’ve made” since he became president. He then … 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

  • Santer takes on Pruitt: The Global Warming Pause and the Devolution of Climate Science
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2017-05-25 at 13:27

    A new paper in Nature: Scientific Reports by Santer et al entitled Tropospheric Warming Over the Past Two Decades begins with this: After a recent Senate confirmation hearing, Scott Pruitt the new Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency received a written question regarding observed warming estimates. In response, Mr. Pruitt claimed that over the […]

  • UAH Global Temperature Update for April, 2017: +0.27 deg. C
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2017-05-01 at 12:54

    The Version 6.0 global average lower tropospheric temperature (LT) anomaly for April, 2017 was +0.27 deg. C, up from the March, 2017 value of +0.19 deg. C (click for full size version): The global, hemispheric, and tropical LT anomalies from the 30-year (1981-2010) average for the last 16 months are: YEAR MO GLOBE NHEM. SHEM. […]

  • People’s Climate March on Saturday…through Snow
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2017-04-28 at 17:04

    You would think that since it’s almost May that one could plan a march against global warming without having to worry about getting snowed on. Well, weather rules — not climate. While the People’s Climate March in Washington DC Saturday (April 29) will enjoy unseasonably warm weather, some of the Sister Marches out West won’t […]

  • UAH Shooting Investigation Update, and Thanks
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2017-04-27 at 21:08

    John Christy met with the chief of police at UAH today, and I’m happy to report that, contrary to initial reports, the investigation into the seven shots fired into our building has not been dropped. UAH has also coordinated with other law enforcement, which is good. I’d like to thank everyone who made the effort […]

  • Update on Possible Ecoterror Attack at UAH
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2017-04-26 at 12:12

    Ecoterrorism. Eco-terrorism is defined by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as “the use or threatened use of violence of a criminal nature against people or property by an environmentally oriented, subnational group for environmental-political reasons, or aimed at an audience beyond the target, often of a symbolic nature.” -Wikipedia It appears that at least some […]

  • Shots Fired into the Christy/Spencer Building at UAH
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2017-04-24 at 17:03

    A total of seven shots were fired into our National Space Science and Technology Center (NSSTC) building here at UAH over the weekend. All bullets hit the 4th floor, which is where John Christy’s office is (my office is in another part of the building). Given that this was Earth Day weekend, with a March […]

  • Time Lapse of Asteroid 2014 JO25
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2017-04-20 at 12:52

    Despite some clouds, I was able to capture time lapse video of Asteroid 2014 JO25 passing by last night. Nearly 2 hours of time exposure photos are compressed into 23 seconds, from 9:20 p.m. until 11:09 p.m. CDT (watch full-screen, and make sure the highest definition is enabled, 1080p): The asteroid is traveling from near […]

  • Half-mile Wide Asteroid Close Approach on Wednesday
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2017-04-18 at 13:42

    An asteroid capable of destroying Washington D.C. and New York City at the same time will be making its closest approach to Earth on April 19. At a half-mile wide, it will have over 30,000 times as much mass as the 2013 meteor which exploded over Russia in 2013: The current asteroid, called “2014 JO25“, […]

  • Why United is in Legal Trouble Over Removing a Passenger
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2017-04-12 at 13:05

    By now, most people have heard of the passenger on a United Express flight that was bloodied and forcibly removed from a flight in Chicago so that airline employees could make it to Louisville to support another flight there. The event has caused a public relations nightmare for United, whose CEO initially defended his employees […]

  • UAH Global Temperature Update for March, 2017: +0.19 deg. C
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2017-04-03 at 13:06

    The Version 6.0 global average lower tropospheric temperature (LT) anomaly for March, 2017 was +0.19 deg. C, down from the February, 2017 value of +0.35 deg. C (click for full size version): The global, hemispheric, and tropical LT anomalies from the 30-year (1981-2010) average for the last 15 months are: YEAR MO GLOBE NHEM. SHEM. […]

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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.

  • Trump and Russia: The Endless Beat-up
    by Roger Franklin on 2017-05-22 at 03:34

    Probes, spurious confections, bogus dossiers ... and all in regard to what exactly? No one really knows, other than what should be obvious to all who have watched the Left and its media auxiliaries in action: their trade is lies and distortions in which no conservative should invest an ounce of credenceThe post Trump and Russia: The Endless Beat-up appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • An Autoerotic Exercise in Aboriginal Art
    by Roger Franklin on 2017-05-20 at 05:36

    Surprisingly, two companies are competing to take on the burden of restoring Fairfax Media to good health, with one declaring it will eschew board supervision and leave inmates in charge of the publisher's newsroom asylums. The Age demonstrates why that would be the height of follyThe post An Autoerotic Exercise in Aboriginal Art appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • A Vitally Important Evening
    by Roger Franklin on 2017-05-19 at 04:07

    Twelve Aboriginal-only Constitutional Conventions have deliberately excluded the majority of the population. On May 24, at the next Quadrant dinner, speakers Gary Johns, Keith Windschuttle, Chris Kenny, Anthony Dillon and David Flint address both sides of RecognitionThe post A Vitally Important Evening appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • Shredded credibility
    by Roger Franklin on 2017-05-19 at 03:35

    It is nice to know the eager and dedicated public servants in the Australian Taxation Office are working tirelessly to bring in the revenue so desperately needed to fund such worthwhile undertakings as the Australia Council, a fleet of overly expensive South Australian submarines and ARC-grant nest-featherers, not to mention the ever-ludicrous Gillian Triggs and her HRC grievance-mongers. Still, even the most conscientious stewards of the public good can blot their copy books from time to time. Zeg extends his sympathies and suggests how the ATOs embarrassing little problems might best be handled in future ...The post Shredded credibility appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • A Policemans’ Plot is not a Happy One
    by Roger Franklin on 2017-05-17 at 05:09

    There is angst among the shiniest police brass in the state of Gardenia, where the Department of Righteous Prosecutions has declined -- for the second time, no less -- to take up the case against the Reverend Rock-Spider, despite the overwhelming advantage of preparatory smears, slurs, leaks and slandersThe post A Policemans’ Plot is not a Happy One appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

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Jan 052016

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

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  • Why Nuclear Power Subsidies Must End
    on 2017-05-24 at 21:20

    By William F. Shughart II; Should utility bills and taxes be used to subsidize money-losing nuclear power plants so they can compete with renewable energy and low-cost natural gas? New York and Illinois, bo... […]

  • Sanctuary Cities Are Not the New Nullification Crisis
    on 2017-05-23 at 21:20

    By William J. Watkins Jr.; Conservatives describe President Donald Trump's fight with so-called sanctuary cities the new nullification crisis. Commentator Mark Levin avers that "[w]e have a massive null... […]

  • Santa Fe's Rejection of Soda Tax a Win for Public Health
    on 2017-05-22 at 21:20

    By William F. Shughart II, Josh T. Smith; Record numbers of voters turned out on May 2 to say no to a a href="https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/new-mexico/articles/2017-05-01/soda-tax-rivals-spend-to-influence-final-vote-i... […]

  • An Economic Winning Streak Through Tax Reform
    on 2017-05-22 at 21:20

    By William F. Shughart II; My home state of Utah is famous for its picturesque scenery, world-renowned ski resorts, the annual Sundance Film Festival, and more. And if current trends are any indication, the Beehive... […]

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Jan 052016
  • The Mekong and the Battle for the ‘Mother of Rivers’

    In Thai and Lao languages, Mekong roughly translates as ‘mother of rivers.’ As one of the world’s largest waterways it stretches more than 4,000 kilometers thrusting through China, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam before emptying into the South China Sea. […]

  • Nato – A Dangerous Alliance

    When the Warsaw Pact ended, after the collapse of communism, some optimists might have expected Nato to be broken up too. After all, the Labour Party in Britain had been opposed to Nato in the mid-1980s. But that was not […]

  • The Assassination of Seth Rich, the DNC Emails and the Russia Probe

    A statement purportedly authored by Seth Rich’s parents has been published in the CIA-funded Washington Post titled “We’re Seth Rich’s parents. Stop politicizing our son’s murder.” I don’t really know what is meant by this slogan about “politicizing” Seth […]

  • Never Mind the Real Russia, This Is All About Trump

    In American politics, Donald Trump has been so effectively identified with Russia that hostility or friendship toward Russia is now driven by feelings about Trump. David Swanson, founder of World Beyond War and author of “War is a Lie” […]

  • Selected Articles: The Manchester Bombing: Unanswered Questions

    Following the blast at the Ariana Grande Concert in Manchester last Monday, the MSM reported of an alleged terrorist attack which leads to heightened police security in the area. Global Research News has a collection of incisive articles that provide […]

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Jan 052016
  • Can Canada Survive Climate Change Policy – Time to Talk and Stop Climate Bullying

    Friends of Science Society’s recent event featured Ottawa energy policy consultant Robert Lyman who explained that without breakthrough technology, Canada’s economy cannot meet unattainable climate change GHG reduction targets; the very future of Canada is at stake as it celebrates 150 years. One Alberta politician, Drew Barnes, MLA Cypress-Medicine Hat, is demanding open discussions on the topic and says that the NDP government must walk their talk and stop climate bullying in the house. […]

  • Friends of Science Newsletter March 2017

      MARCH 2017 FOS MEMBERSHIP QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER No. 53 The PDF version of this newsletter is here. “FoS is dedicated to providing the public with insight into Climate Science&rdquo […]

  • Hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea and their Relationship with Sunspots

    This study gives an analysis of the relationship between hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, and sunspots occurring from 1749 to 2010. The authors compiled a database of hurricanes by combining the results of several studies. The abstract says “the total number of hurricanes is declining. This decline is related to an increase in sunspot activity. Spectral analysis shows a relationship between hurricane oscillation periods and sunspot activity.&rdquo […]

  • Examining the Social Cost and Benefit of Carbon Dioxide; Dr. Michaels

    Climate scientist Patrick Michaels provided testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology on February 28, 2017 about the Social Cost and Benefit of Carbon Dioxide (SCC). His testimony shows that the US Interagency Working Group (IWG) used too high and outdated estimates of climate sensitivity despite at least 16 new studies that show much lower values. Using more current values from empirical studies, the SCC in the DICE model falls by 30-50% and in the FUND model it falls by over 80%. The climate models over-warm the bulk atmosphere by a factor of 2.5. Two of the models used by the IWG do not contain the any significant benefits of CO2 fertilization or benefits of warming. The SCC would likely be negative if the models used parameters from the current scientific literature. […]

  • Climate Change Insights For Pension Fund Trustees and Beneficiaries

    This document responds to September 2015 “Climate Change and Fiduciary Duties of Pension Fund Trustees in Canada” by lawyers Murray Gold and Adrian Scotchmer of Koskie Minsky LLP, issued by SHARE - Shareholder Association for Research and Education. Since the advent of climate change activism in the early 1990’s, some investment fund managers became concerned with the impact of investment in terms of ethical/environmental issues related to climate change. However, Anthropogenic Global Warming science theories of the 1990’s have weakened as there had been 15 years of a ‘hiatus’ in global warming despite a significant rise in CO2. Natural forces are more influential. Today, institutional investors are swaying public policy in Alberta and Canada toward implementing wind and solar farms that are unsuited to this latitude and climate, and that will irresponsibly damage our economy, as is the case in Ontario. […]

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