Monthly Archives: July 2012

FBI ignoring sex trafficing of minors….

“Crimes involving minors are meant to trigger an immediate and swift response by the FBI. Instead, these cases were not pursued by the Bureau–and Darby began a quest to find out why such serious crimes were being overlooked by the trusted law enforcement agency.”

“The conclusions of his own investigation have led Darby, along with another trusted FBI informant, to come forward with disturbing and serious allegations against the FBI and Department of Justice leadership.”

Click here for the full article….

Berkeley BEST turns out to be not so good after all?

The LA Times (or LA Slimes to some) covered the release of the results of the study by Berkeley professor Richard A. Muller. (click here) Unfortunately, the data analysis does not shed any new light because it is basically working with the same data as previous analyses. Of course, the media has ignored release of another study that undermines if not refutes the Muller work. click here…..

This is obviously a media play…..a last ditch effort… prop up a failing hypothesis…..For more news, click here, click here. For a detailed discussion of the BEST work, click here.

Update: For an explanation why the BEST papers did not pass peer-review, click here and click here.

UK Register: ‘Ex climate sceptic’ Muller’s latest BEST stuff is the worst so far (click here)


US Surface temperature station siting analysis shows substantial upward bias

PRESS RELEASE – U.S. Temperature trends show a spurious doubling due to NOAA station siting problems and post measurement adjustments.

Chico, CA July 29th, 2012 – 12 PM PDT – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

A reanalysis of U.S. surface station temperatures has been performed using the recently WMO-approved Siting Classification System devised by METEO-France’s Michel Leroy. The new siting classification more accurately characterizes the quality of the location in terms of monitoring long-term spatially representative surface temperature trends. The new analysis demonstrates that reported 1979-2008 U.S. temperature trends are spuriously doubled, with 92% of that over-estimation resulting from erroneous NOAA adjustments of well-sited stations upward. The paper is the first to use the updated siting system which addresses USHCN siting issues and data adjustments.

The new improved assessment, for the years 1979 to 2008, yields a trend of +0.155C per decade from the high quality sites, a +0.248 C per decade trend for poorly sited locations, and a trend of +0.309 C per decade after NOAA adjusts the data. This issue of station siting quality is expected to be an issue with respect to the monitoring of land surface temperature throughout the Global Historical Climate Network and in the BEST network.

Today, a new paper has been released that is the culmination of knowledge gleaned from five years of work by Anthony Watts and the many volunteers and contributors to the SurfaceStations project started in 2007.

This pre-publication draft paper, titled An area and distance weighted analysis of the impacts of station exposure on the U.S. Historical Climatology Network temperatures and temperature trends, is co-authored by Anthony Watts of California, Evan Jones of New York, Stephen McIntyre of Toronto, Canada, and Dr. John R. Christy from the Department of Atmospheric Science, University of Alabama, Huntsville, is to be submitted for publication.

Click here for the full press release, detailed discussion, and the draft paper at Watts Up With That. Click here for the reaction in Germany.

Fluoride impairs corrosion resistance of titanium

Noguti J, de Oliveira F, Peres RC, Renno AC, Ribeiro DA. The role of fluoride on the process of titanium corrosion in oral cavity. Biometals. 2012 Jul 27.

Titanium is known to possess excellent biocompatibility as a result of corrosion resistance, lack of allergenicity when compared with many other metals. Fluoride is well known as a specific and effective caries prophylactic agent and its systemic application has been recommended widely over recent decades. Nevertheless, high fluoride concentrations impair the corrosion resistance of titanium. The purpose of this article is to summarize the current data regarding the influence of fluoride on titanium corrosion process in the last 5 years. These data demonstrate noxious effects induced by high fluoride concentration as well as low pH in the oral cavity. Therefore, such conditions should be considered when prophylactic actions are administrated in patients containing titanium implants or other dental devices.

New Jersey American Water Company responds to water quality complaints

“WARREN TWP. — Residents and Township Committee members voiced concerns about the area’s hard water—an ongoing issue—to representatives of the New Jersey American Water Company during an open forum on Thursday, July 19, but some may have left with more questions than answers.”

“Deputy Mayor Victor Sordillo, who sponsored the meeting along with Mayor Carolann Garafola, said most residents inquired about the water’s odor, its ability to wash dishes, and its potential to cause skin rashes from showering or bathing.”

Click here to see the full article…..

Madurai city corporation (India) plans for monsoon delay….

“”We are expecting the rains. But at the same time, we have chalked out plans to address drinking water shortage. Besides supply of water from tube wells, the corporation has planned to supply water through tankers,” he said when councillors raised measures taken by the corporation to address the water shortage.”

Click here for news article….

“toilet to tap” rebranded

Recycled wastewater is not always easily accepted by the public….so “toilet to tap” is getting a makeover….click here for an interesting article on labeling…..