Ellen Stuttle

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  1. Beyond the title, William doesn't indicate what point the article is making. I think that a better title would have been: "Natural Variability’s Role in Arctic Sea Ice Decline Further Invalidates Alarmist Projections." Quoting the concluding paragraphs: Ellen
  2. that was my best shot. Sorry. Give me an example of an answer you consider "unvague". Thank youl Here's the statement of yours in regard to which I asked for specifics - What cost? How provided? Who's doing the research? Well, that's nice and vague. You think "it is worth the cost." What cost? What price tag do you have in mind? Money provided by whom? Collected how? Allocated how? Research conducted by whom? Overseen and vetted by whom? The same pseudo-scientific modelers who have given us a stream of unfalsifiable crud and who you said above "might be right"? Ellen You write in a subsequent post: You think "we should spend some money on more powerful computers [...]" and that "a steady moderate cost approach to improving the science is called [for]." Again, what specifics do you have in mind? "We should [...]," you say. Do you mean the U.S. government should be taxing U.S. citizens to get the money? Or do you want the Europeans to pay for it, a la Palmer's suggestion of a CERN-like operation? And how much do you have in mind "we" should spend? And what proposal do you have for achieving quality control of the research? Ellen
  3. It's further vague and doesn't so much as take a stab at answering the questions I asked. Same with the second paragraph. Ellen
  4. Well, that's nice and vague. You think "it is worth the cost." What cost? What price tag do you have in mind? Money provided by whom? Collected how? Allocated how? Research conducted by whom? Overseen and vetted by whom? The same pseudo-scientific modelers who have given us a stream of unfalsifiable crud and who you said above "might be right"? Ellen
  5. Changing the prediction to something or other, we know not what, might or might not happen an unknown X number of years from now wouldn't retroactively make the string of failed predictions right. And I hope you're aware of the kind of financial drain being called for in an appeal to "European countries to come together to fund a dedicated (exascale) flagship climate-computing centre – a sort of Climate CERN [...]." Europe isn't being burdened enough already with the financial and lifestyle hardships produced by climate alarmism? Ellen
  6. You believe incorrectly. Borrowed it, no desire to support Weart by buying it, nor to have the discussion of it you try to elicit. Ellen
  7. I live in a neighborhood which is more than 95% black and is as peaceful, quiet, and well-behaved as was the upper-middle-class white neighborhood in which I grew up. Among my neighbors, the one I'm disinclined to get into conversation with, because she's the sort of "snoot" Michael and I have been talking about, is a white academic, a philosophy professor. Ellen
  8. Who decides what material is released by WikiLeaks and when? Is material released as it becomes available, or is it sometimes held for a perceived strategic moment? Specifically what I'm wondering about is how long the CIA material has been available, if WikiLeaks has had that stuff since before the election, and, if so, why it wasn't released before the election. Ellen PS: The image of shooting the Amazon Echo cracks me up. I don't know why I find it so very funny, but each time I think of it, I laugh again.
  9. I'm not sure if I understand your question. The lawnewz article discusses ways Obama could be prosecuted if he did use FISA to seek information on Trump. One of the ways is if he disseminated any information gained. According to FISA requirements (the article's author, Robert Barnes, reports; I don't know if the report is accurate), the only legitimate information to be sought using FISA pertains to foreign acts of war, which anything gotten about Trump clearly wasn't. Any other information acquired is supposed to be destroyed not disseminated. Ellen
  10. From the lawnewz article: Ellen
  11. Agreed about the Nouveau Snoots' (I like that) dream of paradise on earth. I, too, have heard the astonished and indignant message between the lines. Ellen
  12. How long will the Germans put up with that? Is it some kind of weird atonement for the Holocaust that they're commiting suicide? Ellen
  13. What's a"surge" - i.e., what numbers are calculated? And what method of tallying is used? Ellen
  14. Michael, Thanks for your further explicating. The parts I've excerpted get at the difference I see between the Europeans I mentioned and just about every American I've encountered personally or through writing, reputation, interviews, whatever. The sole American exception - and even there, only "almost" - I've encountered has been a relative by marriage who was a DAR (Daughter of the American Revolution). You speak of "get[ting] in the club." That's where the difference lies. The people I'm thinking of whom I met in Budapest and in Vienna had no need which I could detect of gaining/keeping access to superior status. They felt (I sensed) literally born superior. So superior they weren't even what I'd call snobbish. The superiority was like their skin, so much an integral feature of their existence as not to be separable from their existence. It wasn't something which in any respect had to be earned or demonstrated. They felt just born on a different level. The examples you speak of all have to keep proving the point, at least to themselves. And they can lose membership in the "club" if they stray from the required behavior/attitudes. Membership remains always provisional. With the Europeans I'm thinking of, membership was guaranteed. They could be destitute, living in a slum, all achieved reputation lost. And still have the certainty of birth status. Possibly there are people with close to the certainty attitude among old aristocracy of the American South, and of Boston (what's called "Boston Brahmins"), but except "almost" in the case of the DAR relative-by-marriage, I haven't met such people. The difference I felt in the Europeans I'm thinking of was a security of status which went too deep to be questioned, a security unassailable by the details of personal life history and achievements or their lack. I was kind of awestruck picking up the "vibes," with a feeling of a different emotional world than that of my American experience. Ellen
  15. Michael, The only elitists I've met who I think feel that the prerogative of ruling is in their genetic endowment have been some members of the old Hungarian aristocracy and some Austrians (an Aryan superiority sort of attitude). My impression of American elitists is that they feel that it's their credentials which convey superiority. The credentials could be connected with genetics in the sense of flowing from "I.Q.," but it seems to me that the superiority is felt to be conferred by the educational attainment. But maybe I'm not understanding what you mean by "higher on the evolutionary scale." Ellen