The blackballing of Judith Curry

The blackballing of Judith Curry | Behind The Black

“Curry’s independence has cost her dear. She began to be reviled after the 2009 ‘Climategate’ scandal, when leaked emails revealed that some scientists were fighting to suppress skeptical views. ‘I started saying that scientists should be more accountable, and I began to engage with skeptic bloggers. I thought that would calm the waters. Instead I was tossed out of the tribe. There’s no way I would have done this if I hadn’t been a tenured professor, fairly near the end of my career. If I were seeking a new job in the US academy, I’d be pretty much unemployable. I can still publish in the peer-reviewed journals. But there’s no way I could get a government research grant to do the research I want to do. Since then, I’ve stopped judging my career by these metrics. I’m doing what I do to stand up for science and to do the right thing.’ [emphasis mine]

Curry makes it very clear who is blackballing who. If you don’t tow the global warming line, your career as a climate scientists is squelched.”

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Don’t Poke The Bear –  Economic Sanctions Against Turkey

Russia Strikes Back at Turkey With Economic Sanctions – ABC News

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Portland State University denounces White Student Union webpage – But Not Black, Hispanic or Asian Pages

Portland State University denounces White Student Union webpage, Local News, Portland local News, Breaking News alerts for Portland city.

Source: Oregon Local News – Portland State University denounces White Student Union webpage

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Bravo: Abortions Are at Historic Lows in U.S.

13 per 1000 women  – Halved since the 1970s.

Source: Abortions Are at Historic Lows in U.S. – Christine Rousselle

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When Lying Had Consequences


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Brussels: The City of Division

The City of the Whited Sepulchres – The American Interest

“The decades-long uneasy standoff between Dutch-speaking Flemings and French speaking Walloons has made Belgium and, especially Brussels, a mess. Each community insists on being governed in its own way and Brussels, historically a French-speaking city in the midst of a Dutch-speaking countryside, has been a particularly thorny issue in Belgian politics. One compromise has been to divide power down to tiny districts and communities; as this NYT piece notes, 19 municipal zones are divided into six police ‘zones’ cover a city of one million people. The result is that many parts of the capital are hardly policed at all. Meanwhile, despite the famously high social aspirations and exalted rhetoric about integration and opportunity that one hears from Europeans lavishly praising their social model, somehow generation after generation of immigrants stagnates in a toxic atmosphere of exclusion, unemployment, and crime.”

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Blue Origin lands first stage rocket vertically

Blue Origin lands first stage rocket vertically | Behind The Black

“As Jeff Bezos wrote at the link:

Rockets have always been expendable. Not anymore. Now safely tucked away at our launch site in West Texas is the rarest of beasts, a used rocket.

This flight validates our vehicle architecture and design. Our unique ring fin shifted the center of pressure aft to help control reentry and descent; eight large drag brakes deployed and reduced the vehicle’s terminal speed to 387 mph; hydraulically actuated fins steered the vehicle through 119-mph high-altitude crosswinds to a location precisely aligned with and 5,000 feet above the landing pad; then the highly-throttleable BE-3 engine re-ignited to slow the booster as the landing gear deployed and the vehicle descended the last 100 feet at 4.4 mph to touchdown on the pad.

When you watch the video you’ll see that we took the liberty of engineering all the drama out of the landing.”

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