@nytimes promotes an “eff you level” of irreproducible science

From the website: “Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science” by Andrew Gelman. h/t to Willie Soon So the NYT yesterday has a story about this study I am directed to it and am immediately concerned about all the things that make this study somewhat dubious. Forking paths in the definition of the independent variable, sample selection in who…

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Barley, Beer and BS

  News Analysis by Kip Hansen Oops, can I say that here?  BS?  Oh, pretend it means “Barley Science.” It does, sort of, especially in this instance.  You see, it isn’t really science.  It is an even worse word than “BS” — it’s the “P-word”.    Luckily, I am not shy about using the P-word —…

Scientific sting operation shows how fake science garbage gets published in peer-reviewed journals

Long-time WUWT reader “Latitude” writes: Academic journals are caught up in massive hoax involving 20 FAKE papers on ‘dog rape culture’, ‘a conceptual penis’ and re-printing a version of MEIN KAMPF Their aim was to expose how ‘absurdities’ get published in legitimate peer-reviewed academic papers due to a lack of critical review. In total the…

@UCSUSA “Union of Concerned Scientists” doesn’t understand what “unprecedented” means when used with the word “warming”

Despite the name, UCS, is a political advocacy group, producing FUD while trolling for dollars. Here’s a great example with a h/t to Dr. Howard “Cork” Hayden. Earth’s surface has undergone unprecedented warming over the last century, and especially in this century. Every single year since 1977 has been warmer than the 20th century average, with 16 of the 17…

Sub-par science: Rising CO2 levels threaten Monarch butterflies by making milkweed impotent

“Controlled study” infects butterfly larva with parasites then feeds them lab-grown CO2 enhanced milkweed. Result is sub-par science. Rising carbon dioxide levels pose a previously unrecognized threat to monarch butterflies UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN ANN ARBOR–A new study conducted at the University of Michigan reveals a previously unrecognized threat to monarch butterflies: Mounting levels of atmospheric…

‘The Data Thugs’

Guest essay by Peter D. Tillman Got your attention, didn’t it? But they are actually the good guys — two working scientists who, behind the scenes, have had striking success in bringing on retractions by publicly calling out questionable data. Their work was written up in Science Magazine in a freely-available article, here. Once a…