Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Bits and Pieces - July 25, 2012

Speaking of climate change, I've been trying to get through this article for a week, and finally succeeded. I'm not at all convinced he's got things right - I know people who were doing what is called mesoscale modeling of the atmosphere like forever to predict safe times for nuclear detonations at the Nevada Test Site and then went on to model mountain weather, dispersal of gases from industrial accidents, and other useful stuff. The author doesn't mention them. It's also confusing that he talks about Edward Teller in one place and then has a separate section for the National Laboratories at the end that doesn't say much.

It's a big topic, though, and the article will give you some sense of that if you take it with a grain of salt.

On guns, Jill Lepore wrote an article last spring that covers a great deal of history. The NRA hasn't always been the "guns for all" organization it has become.

Mitt Romney gave a speech to the VFW yesterday on foreign policy. Stephen Walt has some questions he'd like to ask Mitt. I haven't matched up Romney's fact sheet with Walt's questions. It seems more pointed than some of the quotes I've seen from the VFW speech and far more dangerous.

For a change, the Texas School Board has come down on the side of evolution.

A lot of plagiarism in Europe.

A bad-luck guy who survived two atom bomb explosions and lived to 93.

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