If only devastating smackdowns like this had an effect

James Taylor wrote it:

New NASA Data Blow Gaping Hole In Global Warming Alarmism

“…When objective NASA satellite data, reported in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, show a “huge discrepancy” between alarmist climate models and real-world facts, climate scientists, the media and our elected officials would be wise to take notice. Whether or not they do so will tell us a great deal about how honest the purveyors of global warming alarmism truly are.”

It was actually a reasonably mundane paper, but because of how much media hype it got, the paper’s editor resigned, and it blew up on the blogosphere. Here’s a measured summary. Bob Lavelle, in the comments of the original article, dismissed it:

Never mind that Spencer sells his phd to the highest bidder and believes in intelligent design, the facts of climate change speak for themselves, and the facts are made available by NASA itself: http://climate.nasa.gov/

James Taylor zinged back:

The brilliant scientific arguments just keep on flowing! Wow, you sure did show the flaws in that objective NASA satellite data.

Then, reader ‘jacob79’ joined the fray with:

The mere use of this kind of sentence shows (a) you do not exercise the mental rigor to distinguish between objective data, interpretations of that data, and predictions based on interpretation, (b) you like to drop names (such as “NASA”) to make yourself seem smart, and/or (c) you did not read or understand the scholarly article, which does not merely report “objective NASA data” but in fact offers an interpretation based on a Fortan model created under dubious assumptions using a post hoc calibration method that makes its conclusions absolutely meaningless.

I’m sorry, but you look like a fool, and to ask for a more “scientific” argument when you are pasting the NASA moniker over an intelligent-design proponent’s claims… well, that is just transparent and childish.

Best wishes.

P.S. If your readers would like to read the original scholarly article, it is located here:


Ouch. Anyway. Expect normal blog programming to resume some time late next week; I’ve started a new job this week, and have to move house on the weekend. Busy times!

Here's a random cloud picture I found on my hard drive by typing a string of 4 numbers into my search box. Irish sky, this time last year. Except it's sideways. Oh well!

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