RGIII Frequently Asked Question; How We Got Here, Why He’s Broken, and Where to Go Next

Originally posted on Football is Stupid:

What the hell happened!?! Why does RGIII suck all the sudden!?

Okay, if you’re going to get shouty, this is going to be harder. Everything that’s gone on with is pretty complex and there’s no simple answer. More like there’s a bunch of complex answers that lead to an unclear solution.

Okay, start at the beginning — wasn’t Griffin touted as a “pocket passer who could run” coming out of Baylor? Was that a lie? A fluke?

It’s neither. If you were to look at what Cam Newton ran in college and compared it to what RGIII ran, you’d be inclined to think Baylor’s offense looked more NFL like.

But part of Baylor’s offense is the use of option routes based off the coverage the defense plays. I think this is where some of Griffin’s issues holding the ball stem from. There’s not a lot of anticipation throws in Baylor’s…

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Sony Pictures hack exposes Hollywood celebrities’ secret aliases

Originally posted on Fusion:

The gargantuan hack of Sony Pictures exposed some of the studio’s internal operations to public view, damaging morale at the company and compromising the studio’s inner business workings. But one new leak may put Hollywood celebrities on high alert: a cache of documents that reveal the secret aliases used by actors and actresses to check into hotels and book car services.

In the latest batch of files leaked by a hacking group known as “Guardians of Peace,” there is a folder containing “publicity bibles” for many recently released Sony Pictures films. These documents, which are compiled and distributed among film staff, serve as contact directories for the duration of filming. They include phone numbers and e-mail addresses for directors, producers, publicists, cast members, and crew. And, in some cases, they include the false names stars assume in order to protect their privacy.

Here are some of the aliases revealed publicly by the documents:

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Sheep Mountain Update


Another nail in the coffin…

Originally posted on Climate Audit:

Several weeks ago,  a new article (open access) on Sheep Mountain (Salzer et al 2014 , Env Res Lett) was published, based on updated (to 2009) sampling at Sheep Mountain.

One of the longstanding Climate Audit challenges to the paleoclimate community, dating back to the earliest CA posts, was to demonstrate out-of-sample validity of proxy reconstructions, by updating inputs subsequent to 1980. Because Graybill’s bristlecone chronologies were so heavily weighted in the Mann reconstruction,  demonstrating out-of-sample validity at Sheep Mountain and other key Graybill sites is essential to validating the Mann reconstruction out of sample.

The new information shows dramatic failure of the Sheep Mountain chronology as an out-of-sample temperature proxy, as it has a dramatic divergence from NH temperature since 1980, the end of the Mann et al (and many other) reconstructions.  While the issue is very severe for the Mann reconstructions, it affects numerous other reconstructions…

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Jessica Valenti: ‘Well f*** you very much, @RollingStone’


How does this magazine get away with this shit?

Originally posted on Twitchy:

Not everybody is happy with the news that Rolling Stone is no longer standing behind their source in their recent article accusing members of a University of Virginia fraternity of gang rape. Here’s columnist Jessica Valenti, for example:

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The Role of the Media in Aiding and Abetting the Deceptions Seen in Climategate

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

Guest opinion. Dr. Tim Ball

I knew I was having an impact as a skeptic when I received a call from George Monbiot, reporter for The Guardian. I told him as much. I said I would answer questions about the science. Of course, the first question was about funding, because he had already determined the story and only sought quotes to fit the narrative or to pretend he had balance. I said I had never received funding from any energy company and started to talk about the science. The interview ended.

Monbiot did express outrage when the emails were leaked, but it was about the response of the CRU.

“Why was CRU’s response to this issue such a total car crash?”

He then justified their behavior because,

Climate sceptics have lied, obscured and cheated for years. That’s why we climate rationalists must uphold the highest standards of science.

Apparently struggling…

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A nice result on sunshine computation

Originally posted on Tallbloke's Talkshop:

I am both pleased and perplexed by a result which raises more questions.

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This is the Chilbolton data shown a few days ago but now I have worked out more of the insolation computation. If you look at the type CNR4 pyranometer specification this is within accuracy. Water vapour value from a specialist instrument is shown as a guide to humidity change, not used in the computation.

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Hockey Schtick: Derivation of the entire 33°C greenhouse effect without radiative forcing from greenhouse gases

Originally posted on Tallbloke's Talkshop:

Over at the Hockey Schtick, Michael has an interesting new angle on determining planetary surface temperature from pressure and gravity – a subject covered extensively here at the Talkshop over the last three years. Here’s an extract. Of particular interest here is his new method of using the centre of mass of the atmosphere as a reference point. Head on over to read the full post.

Step 2: Determine the height at the center of mass of the atmosphere

We are determining the temperature gradient within the mass of the atmosphere and the equilibrium temperature is thus at the center of mass. The “effective radiating level” or ERL of planetary atmospheres is located at the approximate center of mass of the atmosphere where the temperature is equal to the equilibrium temperature with the Sun. The equilibrium temperature of Earth with the Sun is commonly assumed to be 255K…

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