The best compliment I could be given…

From one of our commenters: 

“I really appreciate the sober tone and the reasonable level of discussion in this forum – highly unusual for a climate discussion, my sincere compliments.” – Loquor

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jerry bono
February 4, 2008 12:12 pm

Like Joe Friday used to say “the facts m’am(sp?) just the facts”. If everybody would stick to the facts and let the data talk instead of agendas things would be more civil. This is a civil site because it is factual, no axe to grind. Although CA is factual, it gets lots of grenades. Go figure.

Stan Needham
February 4, 2008 2:25 pm

As I said to Ferdinand in a previous thread, the main reason I come here is to learn, plus, of course, I enjoy Evan’s sense of humor. I’m reminded of the sentence in the header of the Anchoress’ blog:

I ask only that you be civil, because I do believe that decent people can disagree and still be decent people.

BTW, Anthony, have you ever been contacted by a Boy Scout troop in Lawrence, KS, about doing surveys in Kansas? Boy Scouts actually have a Weather or Meteorology merit badge, so surface station surveys would be a natural, particularly across the Great Plains where you have this giant black hole.
REPLY: Hi Stan, no never heard from the KS BSA troop. Maybe they are waiting for the snow to melt. Also possible they got lost in spam, drop me a note to info at surfacestations dot org and I’ll reply with full contact info.

Stan Needham
February 4, 2008 3:10 pm

Anthony, my daughter was supposed to provide me with the email address of the Scout Master, but she appears to have dropped the ball. Kristen Byrnes has already agreed to do a sales pitch on them since she can relate to people her own age. There are 8 stations within easy driving distance of Lawrence (including the one in Lawrence). That would account for over 1/4 of the unsurveyed stations in Kansas. Plus, having been an Eagle Scout (in a previous life), I can testify that Scouts do a lot of activities on a regional basis, so networking across states like Kansas and Nebraska would be a real possibility.
We’re going out there sometime in the next couple months. Maybe by the time the snow melts (no, not global warming — just spring) we can get something going.

Evan Jones
February 4, 2008 4:17 pm

You’re check’s in the mail, SIR!

Stan Needham
February 4, 2008 4:55 pm

LOL, Evan. Consider it a freebie. This blog wouldn’t be the same without your wit. And you’re not exactly a slouch when it comes to the science either. I’m not sure I’ll ever catch up in that department. Just didn’t get enough exposure as a youngster. Hear that, kids? Take all the science, math and physics courses you can; you won’t regret it. I didn’t and I do.

Evan Jones
February 4, 2008 5:33 pm

Do the English thing, too. (That way you won’t be saying “you’re” when you actually mean “your”.) Or at least bog where you can go in and edit your posts.
I confess that I did a fair bit of my science within the last five years. I laid on a fair amount of Earth Science (including a dollop of ‘Our Friend, the Rock”), and added a slice of bio and a bit of chem. But if you do that stuff in high school (the basics of which I did), you can pick it up again in later years even if “you have forgotten it all” (hint: you haven’t).
I will add that the place wouldn’t be the same without you, Stan.

Evan Jones
February 4, 2008 5:35 pm

P.S., kudos to Loquor. Stick around.

February 5, 2008 2:43 am

Global Warming at the end of the last ice age caused melting that shut down the atlantic conveyor themohaline and the world got a cold snap for 1300 more years. The current northern cold might be due to past water run off, estimates are its down 25% in twenty years. We are going to see climate instability and a move out of the holocene sweet spot, not necessarily warming everywhere. I think you are a goose BTW. Anthony the apoligist, the champ of denial and know it all. Primo Goose!

Dan Evens
February 5, 2008 7:56 am

Want to completely agree with the comment that started this thread. The tone here really is very professional and scientific. And you often have very interesting pics. Please keep up the good work.

February 5, 2008 3:23 pm

Loquor’s other statements came across to me as very angry, insisting that other people were either ignorant or engaged in “deception” that seemed to me mostly motivated by irrational feelings toward anyone who doesn’t conduct himself in a very specific manner. But if he doesn’t dislike you yet, I suppose he’s at least being reasonable and withholding judgment on whether to criticize you.
Loquor, I hope you don’t take this to mean that I personally don’t appreciate your commentary here, I just think I perfer calm explanations of why ideas are wrong than jumping right to the conclusion that people are “the bad guys” that are intentionally decieving people, and should just shut up.
REPLY: I’d note that blog entries are much like email, there’s no easy way to judge the demeanor of the message. That said, we would all do well to cut each other some slack. And don’t use words like “jihad” in describing somebody’s work 😉 – Anthony

Evan Jones
February 5, 2008 5:00 pm

Bu, gosh, Rev, I will be designing games which include the subject of expansionism in the Middle East and Northern Africa after the year 700.
I just don’t see how I am going to find a way avoid using the word “jihad” in describing someone else’s work! #B^1

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