Sunday, July 01, 2012

Welcome to Global Warming

10AM Sunday

The battery on my laptop still has a charge, so I will write this while I can.  It is Sunday morning.  Friday was the hottest June day in DC history, and a little column of storms came across the Middle Atlantic region, left to right, with winds up to 80 mph, they are saying.  The heat provided energy to the storms and they tore this place up from top to bottom.

It was about a half hour of heavy wind and rain and constant lightning.  I stood out on my front porch during the worst of it, until the tree across the street from me spilt and fell across a bunch of high-power electrical wires. Then I realized it was absolutely unsafe to be anywhere near those winds.  The air was thick with debris and rain pellets swirling, it was like a violent cloud of flying knife-blades, and I went inside.  The family decided the living room was the safest, and we sat with the trembling dogs until the lightning and wind subsided.

This is Sunday morning.  My neighborhood in Rockville is a disaster.  Last night we drove around and looked, and I took a few pictures.  There are dozens of trees down, almost every block has a tree that has lost a major limb or has fallen entirely.  Many houses had damage.  Power lines are down everywhere.  They are saying that four million people lost power initially, and that three million still did not have it last night.  We are one of those three million.  No one in our part of town had power.  Businesses were closed, even gas stations couldn't pump gas.  There was one station near the Twinbrook Metro yesterday, and it had a line around the block.

Last night the lights came on at our house for about one minute.  It was weird, I had been outside looking at how strange it is when all the houses are dark, and as I walked back toward my house it suddenly lit up, along with all the others up and down the street.  I went upstairs and turned the air conditioning on but it only lasted a  minute.  But it gives you a kind of hope, you know that they at least can restore the electricity.  Someday things will work again.

It is so hot.  We slept in the living room last night because the upstairs is unbearable, but the downstairs was no good, either.  We opened the windows but there was no wind, it was one of those warm, still, humid summer nights when the sweat forms a film on your skin and your hair sticks together in clumps.  I had a long pointless dream that went on for hours, it was about being disorganized and aimless.  I fell into a hole with a cat and a fish.

The one thing you notice is that nobody is doing anything.  Some people were outside looking at debris and fallen trees yesterday, but these are too big to chop up with an ordinary chainsaw, and there is no electricity for power tools.  I have not seen a single Pepco truck, or anybody from the city, the county, or the state.  Not even driving around with a notepad.  Across from me the tree snapped in half and fell through the power lines, the trunk is nearly two feet in diameter where it broke.  A neighbor who was standing out there yesterday and seemed to know something said that one of the lines was a fifteen-thousand volt line, and two of them were two-hundred twenty volts.  They are just hanging there, over the sidewalk.  A lady sat there with her four kids, waiting for a bus, saying, "Get away from those power lines!" over and over.

I heard on the radio yesterday that the utility companies are going to take a couple of days to assess the damage, and that it might take a week to get the power back on.  They must be assessing the damage digitally or something, looking at some computer screen in a comfortable office somewhere, because they sure are not driving around seeing what the damage is.  Around the corner from us there is a power pole snapped in half, the top part dangling over a neighborhood street, held in place my taut wires.  That was weird, the maple tree had had four distinct gigantic branches snapped off, each one at least a foot in diameter.  A house was damaged, the fence ruined, power lines ripped down.

It will be interesting to see what happens.  It's too much for people to do themselves, but there does not appear to be any official response at all.  I did not hear a single chain saw yesterday and I don't hear any today.  Normally at this time on a Sunday morning you would hear a lawnmower somewhere but there is no sound, only a few cars driving, and somebody has a generator.

Clumps of neighbors stand around and discuss it, but we don't know anything.  Luckily my own property is in pretty good shape and none of us were hurt.  We had a giant maple tree that hung over the house and it began to worry us so we had it cut down this past year, it is just a pile of mulch now and that is good news.  There is a little bit of debris in our yard but nothing damaged.  We bought gas that night before the storm, not knowing how glad we would be.  There is no place to go, but at least we have phone chargers that work in the car, so we can stay in touch with relatives.  People are losing the charge on the phones, their laptops and tablets, and there is no Internet connection available anyway.  I am writing this, hoping that I will be able to find a wifi location later and post it.  I know many of our readers are having similar experiences.

So far it is bearable.  We have food, water, gas, and the landline telephone still works.  If the electricity would come back on, honestly, our lives would be back to normal.  As it is, I am sitting here in the kitchen without a shirt on, in shorts, sweating and waiting for something to happen, waiting for Pepco to do their job.  Maybe the next time the lights come on they will stay on, and the air conditioning can do its job, too.

Update 1PM Sunday:

A Rockville city truck came by, picking up pieces of debris that did not have power lines in them.  They put yellow tape around the tree across from me, after I pointed it out to them.  We drove over to Lake Forest mall in Gaithersburg, where two cherry-pickers and a pickup truck for a Pepco contractor were sitting unoccupied in the parking lot at 11:30.  We saw one crew working on a power line along Veirs Mill.  No sounds of chainsaws, but many people who had smaller limbs down have chopped them up and stacked the wood.

Some areas don't look too bad.  It looks like our neighborhood, the Twinbrook Forest section of Rockville, has been hit harder than some other nearby areas.  There is a giant tree down in front of the Glenview Mansion, blocking Baltimore Road, with no crew, nobody doing anything besides gawking.  Many other streets around here are blocked by trees and power lines hanging across them.  Some neighbors have made cardboard signs and hung bright things on the lines so you will see them where they cross the road.

We were able to get gas without waiting in line, so that crisis appears to have resolved.

I am tired from sleeping on the couch last night, perspiring and dreaming restlessly.  And this is really strange: my wife was sleeping on the tile floor downstairs, and it was so humid and hot that the glue melted on the back of a framed sampler on the wall and it fell in the middle of the night and landed on her head.  Since most traffic lights are out, I notice that I tend to stop and go through red lights that are actually working.  My wife is not amused by this.  It is sweltering hot inside our house, I think we will have to take the dogs somewhere eventually.  I hate to impose, I would much prefer to have the power come back on.  Pepco says ninety percent of people will have it by Friday.  Friday.  I hope we don't have to wait that long.

Update 3:30 Sunday:

Nothing new.  No chainsaws, no cherry-pickers, no electricity.  It's 80 degrees in the house, which is not comfortable at all.  The dogs are staying quiet, they seem okay but if it gets much hotter we will take them in the car and run the AC for a while.  Barnes and Noble seems to be open, I saw a bunch of people sitting in the window upstairs using their laptops, so I might be able to get in there and connect to the Internet for a minute to post this, so people can add their comments.  I'm down to 40% power, I am sure there won't be an electrical outlet available at the book store.  Maybe tomorrow I will be ablde to charge the computer battery at work, if they're open.

Update 4:30 Sunday:

Barnes and Noble's wifi has a lot of people on it and it's very slow but if you are reading this then it works.  A lady just recognized me from the band, she says she is our biggest fan.  I am lucky enough to have my laptop plugged into 110 volts, and it is charging very slowly, now it's up to 20 percent charged.  As usual I hope that when I go home the lights will be on and the air conditioner will be blowing cool, refreshing air into the house.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

DC is not the center of the universe and has this type of weather regularly

if global warming is ever proven to be caused by human activity, it can be easily reversed without the governmental manipulation of individual that TTF socialists are so thirsty for

massive explosions of conventional explosives in remote locations would kick up enough dust to cool the atmosphere whenever need be

now, stop whining and do what they did before AC: rock on the porch, sip lemonade and strum your guitar

July 02, 2012 4:25 AM  
Blogger JimK said...

Anon, we were out of lemonade but I did sit in the front yard enjoying a Spanish Tempranillo -- I'd have preferred it chilled but it was served at room temperature, which at that time, approximately dusk, was about eighty-five degrees. It was still refreshing.

No, this was not an ordinary occurrence. Friday was the hottest June day since they have kept records. CNN reports that between June 24th and Saturday, 1,928 record-high temperatures were broken or tied nationwide. I'll explain this to you: it means that it has never been this hot. Nobody "has this type of weather regularly."

This may be the kind of consequence of unregulated markets that you find heartwarming, anon, it is so cool that businesses can pollute freely as long as there is a profit in it. And I'm sure that businesses will cut back on their profiteering, all on their own, once they realize they are destroying the world. There is this new thing they got called "science," and it says that human behavior has altered the climate and is responsible for these dramatic shifts in weather, sea levels, etc. You don't have to buy it, though.


July 02, 2012 9:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Weather records haven't been kept for very long, relatively speaking -- late 1800s in the U.S., I think.

A drop in the bucket in the sands of time.

July 03, 2012 10:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Besides, if you're keeping records, ONE particular day has to be the hottest...

July 03, 2012 10:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this post is priceless

too funny. JK hasn't really outdone himself this time. he's like all three stooges rolled up together.

Jim, take a stroll up to Mickey D's and buy yourself a lemonade with ice.

Andy Griffith died this morning. when things got hot in Mayberry, he didn't act like the sky was falling.

he relaxed. evenings on the porch, swinging, sippin' a soda pop from Gomer's fillin' station, shooting the breeze with Barney, Opie and...Aunt Bea!!

you wouldn't catch Aunt Bea sleeping on the floor

July 03, 2012 2:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"No, this was not an ordinary occurrence. Friday was the hottest June day since they have kept records."

oh, we're always having the most of somethin'

"CNN reports that between June 24th and Saturday, 1,928 record-high temperatures were broken or tied nationwide."

that's what the media is for

and this is how they are making liberals dumb

"I'll explain this to you: it means that it has never been this hot."

actually, June has been about this hot before

so has May

July and August have been hotter

for some reason, the last few years, the end of June and beginning of July was been the hottest time of the year

used to be August, but August is now generally more moderate

interesting, but, so what?

"This may be the kind of consequence of unregulated markets that you find heartwarming, anon, it is so cool that businesses can pollute freely as long as there is a profit in it."

pollution is regulated

remember the EPA?

if this was caused by pollution, the government agency in charge, which is "run" by Sir Barry is incompetent

that would be a shock, huh?

let's put 'em in charge of health care!!

btw, the liberal agenda suggestion for dealing with global warming involves tremendous burdens for the average American, not business

"There is this new thing they got called "science," and it says that human behavior has altered the climate and is responsible for these dramatic shifts in weather, sea levels, etc."

if you believe science has proved a connection between human behavior and global temperatures, you don't understand much about science

July 03, 2012 2:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"remember the EPA?

if this was caused by pollution, the government agency in charge, which is "run" by Sir Barry is incompetent"

Remember the GOP?

if they hadn't done things like:

House appropriators advance bill slashing EPA funding


GOP filibusters confirmation of EPA bureaucrat


EPA Budget and Power Under Attack from Republicans

we wouldn't realize the GOP took Sen. McConnell's command to make sure Obama is only a one-term President so seriously that they are happy to sacrifice environmental protections for American citizens and then turn around and try to blame resulting difficulties on President Obama's EPA, which they consistently try to defund.

July 03, 2012 11:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

look, it's a Democrat

every incompetency of government is merely explained by the fact that they haven't taken ALL of our money

if you remember, Jim was charging that we're letting businesses "pollute freely" but we actually have a whole agency dedicated regulating pollution

July 03, 2012 11:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And that "whole agency," the EPA is one the GOP withholds funding from and then complains the EPA doesn't get its job done.

That GOP complaint reminds me of this GOTP complaint:

"Critics of the "franking privilege" argue that it helps keep incumbents in their seats at cost to the taxpayer, since lawmakers can use it to send election materials. Frankable items include correspondence, press releases and questionnaires.

Tea Party-aligned representatives have been vocal against this type of frivolous government spending. But now that they're in office during an election year, it seems their tune is starting to change, at least when it comes to postage.

According to the News Press, freshman GOP House members comprise eight of the top 10 and 18 of the top 25 lawmakers spending the most on franking: "Republicans Joe Heck of Nevada ($319,251), Bobby Schilling of Illinois ($293,021) and Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee ($282,385) topped the list."

And Rep. Frank Guinta (R-N.H.) and David McKinley (R-W. Va.) have both been called out for excessive franking. According to Roll Call, McKinley spent $312,000 and Guinta totaled $308,000 in the period between April 1, 2011 and March 31, 2012.

Faced with pressure from voters to curb excessive government spending, Congress has tried to reduce overall spending on franking while increasing transparency. According to a 2007 Congressional Research Service Report, Congress reduced franking costs 70 percent from 1988 to 2006, from $113.4 million to $34.3 million. House franking costs last year fell to an all-time low of $11.3 million.

This month, Democrats were able to force a floor vote to reduce franking by another 10 percent. Only one Republican voted for the measure."

July 04, 2012 1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans may not have been happy about the Supreme Court's ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act, but many of their children probably are.

According to an analysis by The Huffington Post, dozens of Republicans who want to repeal Obamacare have adult children who are allowed to stay on their parents' health plans thanks to the law, which extended this benefit nationwide. Many of the lawmakers' children are employed and on their own health care plans, but others continue to take advantage of their parents' coverage.

"He [My 24-year-old son] is on his health plan right now -- on his mother's plan -- but again, that wouldn’t weigh in on where I stand on the issue," said Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) last week, before the Supreme Court handed down its ruling. "Again, I just think the whole thing needs to be scrapped. And I don’t even want to think about certain provisions yet."

But Walsh and his GOP colleagues are soon going to have to start thinking about which provisions they want to keep if they are going to try to repeal Obamacare. Republicans are almost completely unified in wanting to get rid of the health care law, but they are significantly more divided on what a plan would look like going forward -- and whether they should keep some of the law's most popular provisions.

On Sunday, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Republicans would not require parents' health insurance plans to extend eligibility to adult children if Obamacare is repealed.

Walsh demurred when asked if he supported maintaining the provision.

“No, I don’t know that I do. I don’t know that I do," he said. "I don't know where I am on that, and that's a lousy thing to say. My oldest is 24. That doesn’t matter to me, though, irregardless of that."

Rep. Mark Amodei (R-Nev.), however, wants to keep it.

"There are good things in the health care bill, and that's one of them," said Amodei, who has a 25-year-old daughter with her own health insurance. "I haven't talked with anybody who thinks that's something we ought to get rid of."

"I support it. Oh, sure. ... It would be [incorporated] in any Republican proposal," added Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas), whose 22-year-old son is a full-time student.

So far, Republicans have not put forward a comprehensive alternative plan to Obamacare, focusing mostly on talk of "patient-centered reforms" that allow the "market to work." While three large health insurance companies promised to keep covering adult children on their parents' plans regardless of the Supreme Court ruling, many children would have lost coverage if the court had struck the law down.

Since the Affordable Care Act became law in March 2010, the share of Americans aged 18 to 25 without health insurance dropped to 23 percent from 28 percent."...

July 04, 2012 2:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Loop of the storm that hit us Friday, June 29, 2012.

Intense Storms Called a "Derecho" Slam 700 Miles of the US

July 04, 2012 4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

has anyone noticed that natural disasters hit Washington whenever the gay agenda takes another step?

first, gays are allowed in the military and DC is hit with an earthquake that knocks the top off the highest church in town and cracked a monument to our founding father

then, the President comes out in favor of gay marriage and the next Fourth of July is a disaster, with fireworks and parades cancelled all over town

TTFers see a correlation between the increased use of cars and last week's storm

how about the more obvious disasters that seem to accompany every step of the gay agenda?

July 04, 2012 10:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uh, Anon, that was two steps, which is a far cry from every step of the progress toward full equality. You'll have to manufacture quite a few more events to account for every other step of the progress toward full equality since Stonewall in your attempted conspiracy theory in the making.

Gays are not the first group of Americans to seek full equality and your attempts to debase them for it says all we need to know about you.

On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass gave a speech at an event commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence, held at Rochester's Corinthian Hall. It was biting oratory, in which the speaker told his audience, "This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn." And he asked them, "Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak to-day?"

Within the now-famous address is what historian Philip S. Foner has called "probably the most moving passage in all of Douglass' speeches."

"What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sound of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants brass fronted impudence; your shout of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanks-givings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are to him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy -- a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States, at this very hour."

All oppressed minority groups of Americans understand exactly what Douglass was talking about and have suffered the same shocking and bloody events in their struggles for full equality.

Here's a clip of Danny Glover reading more of Frederick Douglass' July 5, 1852 address.

July 04, 2012 11:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Gays are not the first group of Americans to seek full equality"

actually, gays aren't seeking full equality

they are falsely insinuating that they don't already have equal rights

they have every right that every other American has

July 05, 2012 1:36 PM  
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July 05, 2012 1:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If you’re still without power after last weekend’s storm, find an air-conditioned location to hang out this weekend, as forecasters are predicting record-breaking heat.

The entire region is under an excessive heat watch.

The National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting temperatures may hit highs of between 99 and 102 degrees this weekend in locations throughout Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. But, it could feel like it's about 10 degrees warmer, as the heat index could reach anywhere from 110 to 115 degrees.

The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for Thursday, warning that heat illnesses may result and residents should to take precautions. In a hazardous weather warning, NWS indicated thunderstorms may hit tonight and again on Sunday that bring potential for large hail and strong winds.

According to AIRNow, the DC metropolitan area could also see an air quality index of 150 on Friday, which is the highest level of a code orange, just one point away from a code red. While code orange indicates the air may be unsafe for sensitive groups, a code red means that everyone may experience health effects.

Four heat-related deaths have occurred in Maryland since last Friday’s storm, and NWS recommends staying in a cool, air-conditioned location, limiting time spent outdoors and keeping hydrated this weekend."

I wonder how Senator Inhofe's igloo on the National Mall is holding up.

July 06, 2012 7:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's so funny that whenever events have happened over the last few years that contradict the golbal warming model, TTFers howl you can't judge from a short-term weather situation

now, we are rife with insinuations that we finally have proof of global warming

boeyond shame

July 06, 2012 12:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After building his igloo In 2010, Senator Inhofe said, "I don't think that anyone disagrees with the fact that we actually are in the middle of a cold period that started about nine years ago."

The Senator was grossly mistaken. NASA disagreed with Sen. Inhofe two years ago and still does. The facts simply do not support Inhofe's error.

NASA Research Finds Last Decade was Warmest on Record, 2009 One of Warmest Years

"Although 2008 was the coolest year of the decade because of a strong La Nina that cooled the tropical Pacific Ocean, 2009 saw a return to a near-record global temperatures as the La Nina diminished, according to the new analysis by NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York. The past year was a small fraction of a degree cooler than 2005, the warmest on record, putting 2009 in a virtual tie with a cluster of other years --1998, 2002, 2003, 2006, and 2007 -- for the second warmest on record.

"There's always interest in the annual temperature numbers and a given year's ranking, but the ranking often misses the point," said James Hansen, GISS director. "There's substantial year-to-year variability of global temperature caused by the tropical El Nino-La Nina cycle. When we average temperature over five or ten years to minimize that variability, we find global warming is continuing unabated."

January 2000 to December 2009 was the warmest decade on record. Looking back to 1880, when modern scientific instrumentation became available to monitor temperatures precisely, a clear warming trend is present, although there was a leveling off between the 1940s and 1970s.

In the past three decades, the GISS surface temperature record shows an upward trend of about 0.36 degrees F (0.2 degrees C) per decade. In total, average global temperatures have increased by about 1.5 degrees F (0.8 degrees C) since 1880.

"That's the important number to keep in mind," said GISS climatologist Gavin Schmidt. "The difference between the second and sixth warmest years is trivial because the known uncertainty in the temperature measurement is larger than some of the differences between the warmest years."

The near-record global temperatures of 2009 occurred despite an unseasonably cool December in much of North America. High air pressures from the Arctic decreased the east-west flow of the jet stream, while increasing its tendency to blow from north to south. The result was an unusual effect that caused frigid air from the Arctic to rush into North America and warmer mid-latitude air to shift toward the north. This left North America cooler than normal, while the Arctic was warmer than normal."

It used to be that almost every record high temperature was matched by a record low temperature. Things are quite a bit different these days.

First Half 2012 Heat Records Outpace Cold By Over 11 to 1

"Although it began on a relatively mild note, June 2012 ended with a rush of high temperature records, including many monthly records and even some all-time records. The nearly 2300 new daily heat records were about 50% more numerous than in May, although the ratio to cold records declined to 4.6 to 1. This was the lowest since February's 4.4 to 1. For the year to date, the ratio is now over 11 to 1. Heat records have outnumbered cold records for 18 consecutive months since December 2010."

July 06, 2012 4:37 PM  
Anonymous LMAO said...

The environmental advocacy group plans to erect an ice sculpture of the word “hoax?” in front of the Capitol in coming days.

July 06, 2012 5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

40oh, no one denies that the climate has warmed

the problem is the erroneous assumptions that it is caused by human activity and, even if that is so, that manipulating human behavior will alter the situation

JK: "There is this new thing they got called "science," and it says that human behavior has altered the climate and is responsible for these dramatic shifts in weather, sea levels, etc."

this is wrong

research is inconclusive but there's good reason to believe that the global changes, which haven't been dramatic, are caused by solar activity

anthropogenic theory has tremendous problems

furthermore, no serious observer has suggested that the globe will become inhabitable

there will be winners and losers

weather in Scandanavia, Siberia, Greenland, Patagonia, et al will be beautiful

DC will be tropical, which some people will like

those not willing to adjust will move to other places

so what?

liberals are simply exploiting this issue to do what they always want to do: have government closely control individuals' livessri34

July 06, 2012 11:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon, you don't know shit.

July 06, 2012 11:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Anon, you don't know shit."

yes, and the homosexuals who frequent this blog do know shit, don't they?

but fecal matter has little to do with the weather

so, as for global warming, studies conducted by the CERN group indicate that cosmic ray output by the Sun produces cloud cover which is the primary determinant of global temperatures and the levels observed over the last few decades would account for virtually all warming

of course, this study has been suppressed by the anthropogenic theory advocacy crowd

these people were once scientists but lost the privilege of being called that when they began to push for certain results

an objective perspective is a necessary prerequisite to utilize the scientific method

and, please, don't elaborate on what you know about shit

July 07, 2012 12:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

40oh, no one denies that the climate has warmed

Except those who say there has been a decade of cooling, such as climate change deniers like Sen. Inhofe, who said "I don't think that anyone disagrees with the fact that we actually are in the middle of a cold period that started about nine years ago."

and like Anon has said on Vigilance here, here, here, and here, to point out a few of the times Anon has made this spurious "global cooling" claim.

It's good to see Anon finally admits the undeniable truth "the climate has warmed."

July 07, 2012 11:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

an objective perspective is a necessary prerequisite to utilize the scientific method

This is very similar to what Dr. Robert Spitzer said when he retracted his flawed 2001 study in response to a question posed to him about those who study and offer reparative therapy, like the "scientists" at NARTH:

Q: Is the “Ex-Gay” Industry capable of unbiased research on homosexuality?

A- Dr. Spitzer: “The people who are pushing the ‘ex-gay’ idea are so full of hatred for homosexuality, really, that I don’t think they can respond in an ethical way.”

Of his own volition, Dr. Spitzer explained the main scientific problem with his 2001 study when he retracted it:

"I offered several (unconvincing) reasons why it was reasonable to assume that the subject’s reports of change were credible and not self-deception or outright lying. But the simple fact is that there was no way to determine if the subject’s accounts of change were valid.

I believe I owe the gay community an apology for my study making unproven claims of the efficacy of reparative therapy. I also apologize to any gay person who wasted time and energy undergoing some form of reparative therapy because they believed that I had proven that reparative therapy works with some “highly motivated” individuals.

Robert Spitzer. M.D.
Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University"

July 07, 2012 11:38 AM  

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