Saturday, 8 July 2017

This looks like obvious nonsense to me

At a post by mt at ATTP's a comment (why do I save this here like I used to with some at septic blogs? Because despite reminders some are getting lost there, too):

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> Economic, social and environmental losses climb rapidly and nonlinearly with temperature change, and may already overwhelm the short-term benefits of fossil fuels
This looks like obvious nonsense to me. The short-term benefits of fossil fuels include an industrial society that allows 7 billion people to live, many in comfort. Removing those would lead to the society collapsing and billions starving. I can’t really tell what’s gone wrong with your statement: are you massively underestimating the gains, are you somehow saying we could keep those gains, today, without fossil fuels, or is your statement malformed? It claims to be a cost-benefit analysis. I think the present-day costs of GW are “small” when measured against the global economy.
It looks like your PCAGWH similarly fails; again, it’s hard to tell how you’re accounting for the balance.
This is rather disappointing. You’ve been writing and thinking about this stuff for a long time. We’ve been discussing it for ages. How can someone who is essentially “on your side” end up thinking you’re writing nonsense?

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

There will be a desperate scramble for new ideas. This usually happens in response to an event like 1929 or 9/11

Comment on Unrecognised simplicities of effective action #2: ‘Systems’ thinking — ideas from the Apollo programme for a ‘systems politics’:

William Connolley | February 14, 2017 at 22:15

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> There will be a desperate scramble for new ideas. This usually happens in response to an event like 1929 or 9/11

Errrm, I can’t think of any *good* ideas that came out of 9/11. I can think of many outstandingly bad ones. I agree that upheavals lead to openings for new thought, but neither is an inspiring precedent to cite.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Gosh James Annan

A new comment on the post "On being blocked on Twitter" is
http://scienceblogs.com/stoat/2017/01/04/on-being-blocked-on-twitter/
Author: Tom C 
Comment:

Gosh James Annan - thanks for taking a break from your taxpayer funded biking trips and offering your asinine take on Judith Curry.  Pity that her CV is so much more impressive than yours.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying

A new comment on the post "Trump Calls The Majority Who Voted Against Him Enemies And Losers In New Year’s Message?" 
http://scienceblogs.com/stoat/2017/01/01/trump-calls-the-majority-who-voted-against-him-enemies-and-losers-in-new-years-message/

Author: See Noevo 

Comment:
"If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, "Were going to PUNISH OUR ENEMIES and were gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us," if they don't see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think its going to be harder, and that's why I think its so important that people focus on voting on November 2."
- Barack Hussein Obama

[This one is over here, not over there, because it is sourceless and, I suspect, faked. I can find it at thenewamerican but I don't regard that as reliable. If it can be reliably sourced, I'll move it back.]