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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Dan Hirsch Attacks Diablo Canyon Safety

He's an anti-nuclear power activist, but one of the more rational ones:

Where Have All The SORRY DeNiArs Gone?

The DeNiAr group called SARI, which I refer to as SORRY, seems to have lost most of their membership based on their website listing (I'm intentionally withholding a link).  They may just be re-organizing into Members and Associate Members, I don't know.

Where have all the DeNiArs gone?  Sing along!

What Happens To Nuclear Fuel In A Meltdown?

This is what happens.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Do Something!

Helping young folks make a difference on important issues like climate change:

You Don't Believe In Evolution

You either understand it, or you don't:


Fukushima's Water Problem

An NHK documentary:

Nuclear Data App

Thanks to the IAEA.

I Agree With Mark Kermode

I don't even know who he is, but he has reviewed the documentary, "Merchants of Doubt" and he finds the subject enraging.  As do I:

Seawater Sampling In Fukushima

Explaining Evolution

In 2 minutes with Bill Nye:

Monday, December 8, 2014

Institute Of Physics? Really?

Here's a review from a couple of years ago on DeNiAr Wade Allison's book.

Besides the book being mostly fiction, did you catch this?

"Only 1 nucleus in a million has changed since the formation of the earth 6,000 years ago."

The Earth formed 6,000 years ago?

Fukushima - Lessons Learned

Free U.S. National Academies of Science book.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Friday, December 5, 2014

The Mind Of A Science Denier

With Donald Prothero (hey, Don...what about health physics denial?):

The IAEA Isn't In DeNiAl

They, with the ILO, are conferencing on occupational radiation issues.

Keith Baverstock - A Refreshing Voice Over DeNiAl

I posted a video of DeNiAr Wade Allison at the FCCJ yesterday. 

Here's Keith Baverstock discussing Fukushima and UNSCEAR,  

He slams Allison at about 21:00, "He's a crank":

Free Fukushima Book

Can be downloaded here.  Unfortunately, the chapter of radiation health effects includes this:

"Some researchers subscribe to the once discredited hormesis concept, a hypothesis that receiving low ionizing radiation in doses just above the natural background level may induce beneficial biological responses. The proponents of this hypothesis explain that a number of compensatory and reparatory mechanisms (e.g., stimulation of the immune response and DNA repair, and activation of apoptosis that eliminates damaged cells that would otherwise become cancerous) are stimulated in response to small doses of ionizing radiation."

It's still discredited....whether some researchers subscribe to the concept or not.

Americans And Their Creationism

God's work?

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Busby Fukushima Fearmongering Debunked

Wade Allison Fools Journalists

The problem with journalists, is that they feel compelled to get both sides of a story.  

See this video at about 1:30.  

That's not how science works.  We have scientific consensus bodies which draw conclusions based on the evidence.

Wade Allison can't accept those conclusions, so he makes up his own "science".

Let's Talk Science Denial

With Neil deGrasse Tyson & Bill Nye:

Jesus Must Be Smiling

The Vatican has more money than they thought.  Nice problem.

Uranium Drive In

Is a documentary concerning a small town's battle for or against opening a uranium mill.

It's airing right now on the PIVOT channel.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Believe In God In 5 Minutes!

Gerald Schroeder, PhD in physics, former AEC employee is a moron trying to fool others that the laws of nature (those associated with our Universe) existed before the Universe (no evidence of that at all).  Therefore, (pre-determined conclusion) Gawd:

A Book Blamed For A Suicide

Richard Dawkin's "The God Delusion".

Maybe not lying to kids about religion, would prevent this sort of thing.

60 Minutes Visits Chernobyl

Tonight after the football game on CBS.

U.S. Fails To Properly Monitor Fukushima Fallout?

It's not a safety issue (though the Russian Times seems to want it to be fearful), just a data collection issue, if one is interested in that sort of thing.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

How Much Of Your DNA Is Functional?

Depends on one's definition of "functional", but about 8%.

Global Warming - Like A Blanket & A Tanning Oil

Longer wave radiation emitted by the Earth is trapped like a blanket.

But eventually, shorter wave radiation emitted by the Sun is also trapped.

Science Denial Charts Are Insufficient

Chris Mooney has a post in which he charts the influence of politics and religion on science denial.

At the end, he concludes that our sense of personal identity is the major influence.

What An IDiot!

Dr. John Lennox, an Intelligent Design proponent (IDiot), can't comprehend chemical evolution:

Annapolis Landmarks At Risk

From flooding caused by global warming:

Get Acclimatized!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Oh, The Irony!

This is several weeks old, but worth the wait.

Creationist (with a major in biology), climate change denier and LA Govenor Bobby Jindal (Redumblican, of course!) calls the Obama administration "science deniers".

He's praying about whether he'll run for President in 2016.

Behe = IDiot

Because an Intelligent Designer loves bacterial flagellum.  Where did the rest of the bacteria come from?

S. Carolina - You Have A Problem

An IDiot (Intelligent Design proponent) state senator.  Redumblican, of course.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Oh Shit

Climate change denier Senator James Inhofe (R - of course!) to preside over environmental panel.

The LNT:MDA Analogy

When a laboratory analyzes a sample for radioactivity, it has to compare the instrument's sample results with the instrument's background results.

A one time measurement of the radiation background may or may not represent the true background, there is variability.  Same with the sample.

If you've ever read the results from a laboratory, when the sample and background counts are the same, what do they record as the sample's radioactivity?

Hint:  It's not zero!

Fukushima Fuel Rods Removed

From Rx #4 Building.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Virgin Galactic Spaceship Crash

Have you heard about the crash?

What if the company's CEO, Sir Richard Branson, had appeared on T.V. and said something like:

"This is a tragedy.  Please join me in signing a letter denouncing the science of physics, particularly the horrible theory of general relativity (our theory of gravity).  We mustn't let this happen again.  A pilot was killed and another injured.  The costs have been in the millions.  Please denounce general relativity."

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Climate Of Ignorance

With right-wing nut and Weather Channel founder, John Coleman (& The Young Turks):

F Reactor Inspection

At Hanford:

DeNiArs Should Watch This Chernobyl Video

Ian Goddard does a wonderful job of explaining a commonly used tactic of DeNiArs (those who deny the scientific theory of LNT, analogous to evolutionary biology deniers or anthropogenic climate change deniers).  They typically indulge in the fallacy of cherry picking radiation studies at low doses and with low statistical power and then erroneously conclude that LNT is wrong and part of an anti-nuclear power conspiracy!

Bill Nye Fighting For The Young Creationist Mind

It can be a tough nut to crack.

Jesus...The "Science Isn't Incompatible With Faith" Delusion Again

In the Atlantic dealing with the Pope's views on evolution.

The author completely ignores a fundamental Catholic myth.

That Jesus had to die in order to get forgiveness for Original Sin (Adam & Eve stuff).

If Adam & Eve didn't exist (they didn't) and Original Sin never happened (it didn't), then Catholicism blows up.  The whole Jesus myth becomes even more nonsensical.

Someone should tell the author that the reason the Pontifical Academy of Sciences exists is because faith is incompatible with science.   They need THEIR version of science, instead of an objective version of science.

And what about that wafer turning into the flesh of Jesus after one eats it?  Is that science?

Zombie worship isn't science.

Politicians Say The Most Unscientific Things!

Here's a sampling.

Happy Election Day...please vote (it should be obvious which political party's leadership is the most unscientific).

Monday, November 3, 2014

The Electric Vehicle Revolution

Have some fun!

Radiation A Risk Factor For Brain Tumors

In young people.

Shocking!  HA!

IDiot's Secret Weapon

Intelligent Design ministers (IDiots) have a secret weapon.

I didn't realize human stupidity was a secret.  They aren't doing very well keeping it secret.

How about some music?

Science Denial & Religious LGBT Phobia

"There are numerous reasons why science denial is dangerous."

Thank You Jon Stewart

For having the integrity to mock your newest advertiser, who also fund science denial organizations, Koch Industries.  If you ever had any doubts about anthropogenic climate change, Koch Industries was involved in paying people to appear on T.V., on the Internet, etc. in order to confuse you.

Understanding Cancer

Using statistics, physics and genetics.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Climate Change - Time Is Not On Our Side

According to the IPCC.

Solar Power - The Black Hole Of Sunlight

New, efficient nanomaterial.

DeNiAl Again At Atomic Ideologies

Blaming the theory of LNT on poor Fukushima emergency planning is like creationists blaming the theory of evolution on Hitler's holocaust.  I tried to comment there, but I have been religiously excommunicated!

The International Atomic Energy Agency didn't blame science on the failings of Fukushima, they blamed a lack of preparedness and training.

UPDATE:  The IAEA link appears to be broken.  Here is a similar report from the pro-nuclear power Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO).  See the bottom of page 4 (using the page numbering of the document, not Adobe).  They didn't blame science.  Obviously.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Mind Of A Science Denier

With geologist Donald Prothero (health physics not mentioned! Pooh.).  Science deniers have minds???:

Formaldehyde Confirmed As A Human Carcinogen

Which will be followed by formaldehyde deniers.

Victor Stenger Has Died

Physicist and outspoken atheist.

HLW Allowed To Be Stored Indefinitely

The industry will be happy, the anti-nukes not so much.

Fukushima - UNSCEAR vs Mousseau

I don't think this article will help the average person understand science.

It is basically describing the difference between primary research (Mousseau) and meta-analysis (UNSCEAR), which is combing through primary research in order to reach conclusions.  Meta-analysis always lags what primary research shows, but isolated bits of primary research could lead one to erroneous conclusions (which is why we do meta-analysis).

Here's a related Fukushima piece.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Global Warming Update

Awww pooh.

ANS Nuclear Cafe Allows More Propaganda

It's a blog (intentionally no link) of the American Nuclear Society (I quit because they have no discipline) and it's Rod Adams again with the Ed Calabrese fabrication that H.J. Muller lied about LNT.

It is the DeNiArs verion of the IDiot's (Intelligent Design proponents) Haeckel's embryos.

The Anti-Nukes Are Drooling!

Over this confidential report on Diablo Canyon plant safety.

Scientist Pleads Guilty

To taking government-owned computer to China.

Can Tiny Nuclear Plants Thwart Regulatory Hell?

An op-ed by a nuclear engineering graduate student.

Scientific Realism

With biologist John Wilkins:

Monday, August 25, 2014

The End Of Tanning?

I doubt it, but tan responsibly.

The computer generated image of the female face, reminds me of this earlier post's image.

When Faith & Facts Collide

Facts will ultimately win.

How Science Deniers Delude Themselves

False equivalence.

Science is the process of NOT fooling oneself....whatever one thinks one knows, one submits for peer review.

Scientific consensus bodies review the peer-reviewed literature and draw conclusions which are also open for peer review and comment.  They then make those conclusions public.

Any other process isn't as good as the scientific method.

The Madingley Model

A global ecosystem model.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Dear Climate Change Deniers

Scientists have feelings too.

Don't Waste Money On CAM Trials

Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM) is pseudo-science and let's call it what it is.

And don't waste money on it!

Fukushima On 60 Minutes

The news magazine will have piece on Fukushima at 6:00 p.m. CST.

We've Got Gas

Methane plumes along U.S. east coast.

Speaking Of Dumb Lawsuits.....


WIPP Gets Spanked - Again

They didn't perform some required air sampling.

Here's some background.

They Should Have Consulted A Health Physicist

Residents file a lawsuit claiming radioactive contamination from a St. Louis area landfill.

Case dismissed.