Dr. Robert Carter, scientist, climate skeptic, pioneer, friend – R.I.P

January 19, 2016

This is indeed sad news. Carter wrote a marvelous book poking holes in the global warming “thesis” —Climate: the counter consensus— and was a stalwart on the side of climate realism and genuine science. May he rest in peace.

Watts Up With That?

I was shocked and saddened to read this, I’m passing it on without comment because I can’t write about this at this moment. See update below.

Dr. Robert M. Carter (1941-2016) Dr. Robert M. Carter (1941-2016)

Joe Bast writes:

It is with deep regret that I report the passing of a friend, colleague, and great scholar, Dr. Robert M. Carter. Bob died peacefully in a hospital surrounded by family and friends following a heart attack a few days ago. He was 74 years old.

Funeral arrangements are being made and it will most likely take place on Monday next week in Townsville, Australia.

This is almost unspeakably sad. Bob was the very embodiment of the “happy warrior” in the global warming debate. He was a scholar’s scholar, with impeccable credentials (including a Ph.D. from Cambridge), careful attention to detail, and a deep understanding of and commitment to the scientific method. He endured the slings…

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Goodbye Bowie

January 11, 2016

Sad news about the passing of David Bowie, one of the greats of rock.

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Never imagined having to post something like this for Music Monday. But David Bowie has left us. He was only 69. Sitting here at 2:30 in the morning, I’m at a loss for words. It seems he was battling cancer for many months and kept it a secret. The words “icon” and “legend” are thrown around indiscriminately these days, but in Bowie’s case they are truly applicable. I’ve been a Bowie fan for as long as I can remember. To blend rock and roll, art, and theater – and do it effectively – is not an undertaking for the mediocre or the uninspired. David Bowie could do it. Personally, I liked Bowie the best when he presented himself as a straight-up singer and rocker, and I chose our video accordingly. He really had a great voice. And a great presence. Also, David Bowie was an art aficionado and collector. Here…

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In Memoriam, Andrew Breitbart (1969-2012)

March 1, 2012

I’ve just seen the news and, to say the least, I’m shocked. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. Apparently Breitbart collapsed outside his home last night and was rushed to UCLA, where he died.

Andrew’s death is also a great loss for the Right and the cause of liberty in this country. I had never met him, but I’d come to admire his work exposing the hypocrisy of the liberal-left and the pernicious effect of the Left’s hold over our culture.  Most of all, I admired his fearlessness and willingness to fight back. His value to the Tea Party movement is almost incalculable. Sometimes he might go a bit too far or over the top, but often –far more often than not– he and the exposes his sites published were right on the mark. Their influence over the last few years has been enormous. Just ask ACORN.

You were and are inspirational, Andrew. Rest in peace.

UPDATE: And if you ever wanted an example of the immaturity, churlishness, and flat-out rot that lurks in the heart of the American Left, here ya go.