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No, I'd say that Nir Shariv is an unknown associate professor making a name for himself and maybe claim all those oil company rewards to help pay for living in Haifa on an Associate Professor's salary.

After all, he's gone from being an unknown 35 year old from Ithaca New York who wrote a few graduate school papers on cosmic rays and who has actually been employed as a scientist for five years now whose biggest achievement was a blog called ScienceBits to being "one of Israel's top young scientists" without doing much actually scientific and nothing in climatology or geology or meteorology.

I'd dismiss this as desparation on the part of anybody who is trying to ignore virtually every scientist on the planet by grasping onto any straw not already under water.

(Interestingly, the exact phrase "one of Israel's top young scientists" shows up in 250 separate articles about him. The conservative echo chamber really should get a thesaurus rather than just copying each other word for word)


And now that I've answered that, how about you answering these (or just posting, "hey, Mike, I didn't know that. I guess you're right." on the front page? :-)

Nobody on the right side of this blog was able to say what "Victory" in Iraq was (Just that any plan their leaders didn't propose wouldn't accomplish this phantom combined with a purely-on-faith belief that whatever this Administration proposed must be right.)

Nobody on the right side of this blog was able to say why Republican Administrations grow the government consistently faster than Democratic ones and have for the entire post-WWII era or present facts from a neutral source that MY facts were in any way in error.

Nobody on the right side of this blog was able to say why we die younger and have more babies die than most other industrial countries or present facts from a neutral source that MY facts were in any way in error.


Mike, I'll get around to doing on my blog what I want to and when I want to. Sometimes I don't feel like replying because it's just too tiresome.

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Seen at low tide

  • American White Pelican
    Saw 30 in one flock on a weptember evening while fishing
  • Hummingbird
    Finally, my first hummingbirds. Saw them on a fire bush in Crystal Beach, FL. My rental's neighbor's yard is all xeriscaped, which is ugly to me but just fine with the little hummers. At first, I thought they were the biggest hornets I'd ever seen.
  • Flamingo!
    One of these dudes flew right over my house. I couldn't believe it. And please don't tell me it was a roseated spoonbill because it was a frickin' flamingo, dude! Huge and pink and right there above me. I was like so freaking out, you know?
  • Falcon!
    Don't see these guys too often. Wish we did. Bet the morning doves don't.
  • Black Skimmer
    These beauties are getting scarce, but one flew by yesterday at low tide on the hunt for minnows.
  • Dead sea turtle
    cool, but smelly
  • Reddish Egret
    These have been hanging out around the pool quite a bit lately. Must be a new group of adolesent birds -- the youngsters like to hunt where the water is clear, and it takes them a day to figure out there are not now and never will be fish in the swimming pool no matter how clear the water.
  • Sand Piper
  • Brown Pelican
    I saw a flock of about 200 of these at Disappearing Island yesterday, just south of Anclote Island on the west coast of FL. Good to see such a large flock.
  • Wood Pecker
    They've developed a sudden interest in the orange tree, which just went into bloom.
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