## Wednesday, May 22, 2013

### Ask questions to James Hansen

Today, at 5 p.m. Boston Daylight Savings Time (11 p.m. Central European Time), James Hansen will give a talk over here.

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It's being claimed that you will be allowed to ask a question when he's finished.

First, people like James Hansen would make sure that the debate is over. And then they start the debate – so that no one inconvenient may really participate it.

I am not promising you anything, however. It's plausible that only convenient questions will be allowed. So Barbara Boxer will ask whether the Oklahoma tornadoes were caused by an SUV or by some beef steaks in McDonald's. Or some other sins against the glorious left-wing delusions that women and men of her caliber believe.

If you want to waste 73 minutes, feel more than free to watch a talk that Hansen gave yesterday in front of some people who think he is a "hero". Among other things, Hansen explains that he was skipping classes in the college because he didn't want to show how ignorant he was – which made him even more ignorant. But then he found the environmental movement and ignorance was transformed to a virtue.

#### 1 comment:

1. Leonard WeinsteinMay 22, 2013, 3:12:00 PM

Lubos,
You closed comments on the site about the test on LENR. I am not interested in how many publications from an person, or if a particular type of text is used in a paper, I am only interested in the content, and you should be also. You made several comments that are wrong. The first is that the metal surface could have a lower emissivity. The text clearly stated that the exterior was painted flat black. The larger error was that if the emissivity was less than 1, the error would be in the wrong direction. This is a biggie. The thermal camera measures received POWER. Assuming an emissivity of 1 then would give a black body temperature. If the actual emissivity is much less than 1, and the device calibration assumes 1, the indicated temperature would be far lower than the actual temperature (remember, the correct output POWER is what is measured). While the paper was more like what I would expect from engineers rather than physicists, it is engineers that make things in the real world, and they are accountable from making errors.