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Carter Page’s Dissertation

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On November 8, 2017
No, I’m absolutely not, as a friend recently called it, pulling a “Gorka” on Page. The abysmal quality of Gorka’s dissertation was directly relevant to his claims of expertise and his position at the White House. Besides, he used it as a cudgel against his detractors. Page may have called himself a scholar in his […]
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The US Government issued a Climate Science Special Report. It makes more important, if depressing, reading. There’s really no simple excerpt, even from the Executive Summary. Just that the range of outcomes from drought to sea-level rise looks bleak. Meeting the 2°C target looks practically impossible: “Stabilizing global mean temperature to less than 3.6°F (2°C) above […]
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The Feedback Loop of Derp

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On October 26, 2017
I got annoyed and tweeted a bit about the right-wing noise machine currently spinning up, and just plain spinning, over recent (and not recent) reporting on the Steele dossier. As public information currently stands, the Clinton campaign is “guilty”of partially backing an opposition researcher hired and paid by a middleman—one whose work was deemed sufficiently […]
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Tolkien’s Map

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On October 20, 2017
Over at Tor.com, Alex Acks—a speculative fiction writer who also happens to be a geologist—has written a series of posts discussing geology and various works of science fiction and fantasy. His two most recent tackle the geography of Middle Earth, as represented in Tolkien’s infamous map. I write “infamous” because, as Acks points out, it […]
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