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    Imagining Melanie Griffith’s mom’s facial expression

    Having just read this piece from Environment and Climate News about the windmill farms on the mountain tops of West Virginia — and the strongly negative public reaction to them — I find that I just can’t get the image of Tippi Hedren out of my mind. Oh,…
    Locker Room contributor, September 11, 2004
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    Re: Anachronisms Abound

    The Weekly Standard quickly got up their parody on Rather, which is tame compared to the other jokes that are proliferating right now — until you read at the end their version of how Rather authenticated the documents.
    Locker Room contributor, September 10, 2004
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    Re: It’s gonna freeze or heat up ? or, a Procrustean bed

    So “global warming” means “[e]ither … rampant global warming or a new ice age,” according to Duke’s Prof. Schlesinger. Such unfalsifiability is characteristic of the Procrustean bed. It takes its name from that unpleasant fellow of legend, Procrustes, whose joy it was to waylay travelers and tie them to his…
    Locker Room contributor, September 10, 2004
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    Anachronisms Abound

    As an engineer, I?m supposed to be technically brilliant and culturally inept. Yet in just the past week, I?ve noticed the following in casual radio listening: ? The History Channel promoting its series on The War of 1812 using as background music the tune ?Dixie? (1859, by Daniel…
    Locker Room contributor, September 10, 2004
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    re: its gonna freeze or heat up

    This is classic. Schlesinger points to warming starting in the 1800s and relates it to a build up of CO2, except significant buildups of CO2 did not begin until the second half of the 20th century. Notice he doesn’t mention that beginning in the middle of the 19th century the…
    Locker Room contributor, September 10, 2004
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    It?s gonna freeze or heat up ? either way will get ya

    I?m not making this up. Duke University professor William Schlesinger, dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment, spoke to a crowd in Salisbury recently about global warming. And defended the science behind the film The Day After. OK, scratch that one off the college list for my…
    Locker Room contributor, September 10, 2004
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    on the minimum wage

    I recently read that Theresa Heinz-Kerry is of the opinion that anyone who doesn’t favor her husband’s proposal for a Canadian-style health care system here must be an idiot. I suppose that she would say the same thing for JFK’s proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $7 per…
    Locker Room contributor, September 10, 2004