Thursday, February 01, 2007

Blogger Is Bloggering

(I'll see if I can even get this posted ...) Just to let you know, the Blogger service that this site runs on is choking today. You might notice that posts are cut off, comments are missing, pages don't load.

These things happen, it ought to clear up in a while. Keep trying.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This just in on one of the vital issues relevant to sexual education that is often discussed here:

"Report Blames Global Warming on Humans

Scientists Say Hotter Temperatures to Continue

By SETH BORENSTEIN

AP
PARIS (Feb. 2) - International scientists and officials hailed a report Friday saying that global warming is "very likely" caused by man, and that hotter temperatures and rises in sea level "would continue for centuries" no matter how much humans control their pollution."

OK, OK, so after all this whining, scientists now say nothing can be done. So why is everyone trying to rejigger our whole economy? A guilty conscience?

"The head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Rajendra Pachauri, called it a "very impressive document that goes several steps beyond previous research.""

Seems to me there's a pronouncement like this every couple of weeks.

"A top U.S. government scientist, Susan Solomon, said "there can be no question that the increase in greenhouse gases are dominated by human activities.""

Did she say why?

"The 21-page summary of the panel's findings released Friday represents the most authoritative science on global warming. The panel comprises hundreds of scientists and representatives of 113 governments.

The scientists said the changes are "very likely" caused by human activity,"

Hmmm...a minute ago there was "no question". Now suddenly, it's just "very likely".

"a phrase that translates to a more than 90 percent certainty that global warming is caused by man's burning of fossil fuels."

According to who? A science reporter? How did they calculate those odds that a gullible reader will swallow right down? Love it when the media interprets our science for us.

"That was the strongest conclusion to date, making it nearly impossible to say natural forces are to blame."

That was quick, first "no question", then "very likely", now "nearly impossible". Does anyone get the feeling some people don't choose their words carefully?

"The report said no matter how much civilization slows or reduces its greenhouse gas emissions, global warming and sea level rise will continue on for centuries."

Man, just think how much money is going to be wasted in California in an act of futility.

""This is just not something you can stop. We're just going to have to live with it," co-author Kevin Trenberth, director of climate analysis for the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., told The Associated Press in an interview."

Exactly. Our planet is alive. it's been changing for its entire existence. We can adapt.

""We're creating a different planet. If you were to come up back in 100 years time, we'll have a different climate."""

So property values in Canada go up and people leave Florida in droves. Interesting.

Also, big deal.

February 02, 2007 10:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We all see who brought up the Global Warming report today, Anon. It's scientific and factual so naturally you came here to knock a media report about it.

"According to who? A science reporter? How did they calculate those odds that a gullible reader will swallow right down? Love it when the media interprets our science for us."

The media? That's a laugh. You love it when Dobson interprets somebody else's science and then express distain toward scientists who tell Dobson he misinterpreted their work.

PTA

February 02, 2007 10:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a more relevant story:

Study Disputes Philadelphia School Changes
Bloomberg News
Friday, February 2, 2007; Page A02

Philadelphia students who attended public schools managed by private operators fared no better academically than other students over the past four years, an analysis by Rand Corp. and Research for Action shows.

Philadelphia began an experiment -- the largest in the United States -- with private management in 2002 after the state took over the 200,000-student district. Private managers were given about $90 million extra over four years to run 45 elementary and middle schools in the nation's fifth-biggest city.

"Schools in Philadelphia have shown strong improvement that has been reflected widely across the district," said Jolley Christman, the report's author and co-founder of Research for Action, a Philadelphia nonprofit organization. "Our findings show the investment in private management of schools has not paid the expected dividends."


http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/01/AR2007020101865.html

Even with an extra $90 million to run 45 schools (that's $2 million extra per school), Edison Schools, Inc. did no better than the Philadephia public school system.

February 02, 2007 11:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Even with an extra $90 million to run 45 schools (that's $2 million extra per school), Edison Schools, Inc. did no better than the Philadephia public school system."

You're right. Hiring private companies to run public schools is a waste of time and money.

Public schools should be abolished and vouchers distributed allowing kids to attend private schools with good track records.

February 02, 2007 11:54 AM  
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August 13, 2007 3:22 PM  

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