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End of September Update

The book is done, but I am still waiting for the cover artwork to be completed.  As soon as it is all put together, the book will be available in many different formats.  I assure you that I am even more impatient than all of you to have the book available.  Hopefully most people will […]

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Lies, Damn Lies and the Liars that tell them!

There are so many ways that politicians lie. The latest one is so blatant that once again I feel the need to write an article showing the real numbers behind the lies. This time, it is President Obama that is going to seek a new alternative minimum tax rate to make sure that millionaires pay a tax rate that is higher than the tax rate that the middle-class pays. The initial problem is that it is a tremendous lie that people making an income greater than $1 million dollars do not pay a higher tax rate than the middle class.

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The HPV Vaccine: Some facts everyone should know

As the political season gets more animated, I have decided that I will throw some articles that are only involved in politics when I see the need. Vaccines are one topic that is in dire need of some discussion. So when the topic reared it’s ugly head recently, I decided that I would take my skeptic banner and enter a slightly different forum.

The main issue that has arisen is that Michele Bachmann has decided to attack the HPV vaccine. She is doing so as a purely political ploy against Rick Perry because he is leading in the polls. The problem is that what she in particular has said, is wrong on many levels.

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One very busy September!!!

The edits are complete. The book is complete. It is being formatted as an eBook now and I expect it will be ready as soon as a week from now, but certainly two weeks from today. It will be available in many formats as an eBook. I highly recommend a color reader, even though I have done most of it in B&W friendly charts. There are a few important charts that I did not create and do not have the data to reconstruct. Those charts in particular are not very B&W friendly.

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More Monkey Business with the Mean Sea Level

The University of Colorado Sea Level Research Group updated their data in July, but oddly enough the new data was only available through mid-April. In the past these updates have tended to bring the Mean Sea Level (MSL) up to date. That is the first oddity in this update, but it is also the most trivial. This update also reversed the isostatic adjustment that they put in earlier this year. I covered the isostatic adjustment here and the previous update here. In essence they intentionally inserted a 0.25 mm/yr trend into the MSL. The result of such a ‘update’ is that it maintained the status quo 3.1 mm/yr that they have been advocating. That trend has ceased over the past 5 years.

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Seasonal Arctic Freeze has Begun.

One of the NOAA Arctic webcams has survived the summer months and is still providing pictures. The camera is at an odd angle which is likely due to melting that took place on the ice. It has been that way for at least a month and the picture shows more instruments at odd angles as well. The NOAA placed two webcams in April and they also make videos that can be watched on YouTube.

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