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The scientific method requires honesty – especially on climate


This from haiku comes with the rejoinder: “We can’t get the facts to fit – so ignore the facts.”

Where do we start? I’m going to trot out that old quote always appropriate for these occasions – the Sergeant Holcombe:

Perry Mason, advocate, had just finished pointing out an anomaly in Sergeant Holcombe’s evidence in a murder trial and now asked, ‘Does that seem logical to you?’

Sergeant Holcombe hesitated a moment, then said, ‘Well, that’s one of those little things. That doesn’t cut so much ice. Lots of times you’ll find little things which are more or less inconsistent with the general interpretation of evidence.’

‘I see,’ Mason said. ‘And when you encounter such little things, what do you do, Sergeant?’

‘You just ignore ’em,’ said Holcombe.

‘And how many such things have you ignored, Sergeant, in reaching your [current] conclusion?’

This blog and all who sail on her believe in the scientific method – not the academic method or any other – but the scientific method.…

I don’t know…….

Man made? Aliens? Naturally occurring?
I don’t know but I have a question for those who say all crop circles are created by ‘pranksters’ and the question is – Can you show me how you did it? Would you like to give a public demonstration of your art? :)
In the meantime, I don’t know who or what or even why?…

ISEE-3 – seems the hand-crank still works …



The resurrected ISEE-3 space probe fired its thrusters for the first time in almost 20 years this weekend. The probe was launched by NASA in 1978 to measure solar winds, but decommissioned in 1997 as the craft drifted farther and farther from Earth. But in 2008, a group of former NASA employees discovered the craft was still transmitting a signal, and launched a massive crowdfunding effort to return the probe to active duty.

This weekend, the team took a huge first step in bringing the craft back in line, successfully firing the ISEE-3′s thrusters and spinning the craft into a new orientation that will make it easier to communicate with. It took several days’ worth of test commands, but eventually the team’s signal made it through. The team also picked up some useful signals from the probe’s magnetometer, detecting a solar event on July 1st. The next step will come on Tuesday, when the group plans to use the new thruster power to change the ISEE-3′s trajectory.…