Month: April 2017

Earth Day: Let’s do some Science

We have a debate going on climate change science. Let’s keep the debate going, but do it correctly. [Today’s] March for Science will draw many thousands in support of evidence-based policy making and against the politicization of science. A concrete step toward those worthy goals would be to convene a “Red Team/Blue Team” process for climate science, one of the most important and contentious issues of our age. Koonin, S. (2017, April 20). A ‘Red Team’ Exercise Would Strengthen Climate Science – WSJ. Retrieved from https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-red-team-exercise-would-strengthen-climate-science-1492728579 If you really care about Earth Day, the Earth, climate change, global warming, or in particular, mankind’s contribution to climate change you will read this article. It is well-written and very strongly makes an important case: let’s use the scientific method and test it thoroughly before we declare a concensus. Before anyone declares “victory” over the topic. Let’s do the climate change science. Red Team exercises are well-known and known to be effective in sorting out the facts, theories and opinions before coming to a conclusion. It is more effective than simple peer-review and with the climate change controversy, it would be especially effective since many of the studies appear to suffer from confirmation bias. Climate change science needs to be just that: science. We now see a wide-spread touting of a 97% concensus that man contributes to climate change — and the usual...

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Balloon Festival in Albuquerque

I went to the Albuquerque Balloon Festival many years ago and, finally, Jen and I will go this year. We will be staying at the site on the RV lots — glorified parking lots — which are within walking distance of the launch field. If you stay in town it is a 1.5-2 hour traffic jam in an out. We thought about it too late (will correct that for next year) to get a spot with power so we will dry camp for three days. I found a super blog piece about RVing to the festival. It answered all...

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South Llano River State Park

Short weekend trip to the South Llano River State Park. It’s a small park just outside of Junction. Short weekend becauseof storms coming through. I thought the forecast would change and I could make the weekend but when Saturday came and I was hearing of Sunday morning 70mph winds — well, that did not sound conducive to driving a motorhome! Nice trip nonetheless. Caught a couple of fish. Did a little hiking. Scoped out the park which was a new one to us. Took a nap. It is reputed to have good fishing but I never got INTO the...

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