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Sunday
Feb142010

Subprime science

H/T Marc Morano

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So that is Morano on the left?

And is that Jonathan Leake carrying the briefcase with the stupid slogan, or has Watts shaved off his mo?

Feb 14, 2010 at 9:37 PM | Unregistered CommenterFrank O'Dwyer

Frank

Keep it friendly please.

Feb 14, 2010 at 9:40 PM | Registered CommenterBishop Hill

Bishop,

Come off it. Where is your sense of humour?

Feb 14, 2010 at 9:44 PM | Unregistered CommenterFrank O'Dwyer

I think it's the use of "stupid" I object to. I know it seems like a little thing but it sounds like petulance and is the kind of thing that leads to shouting matches. If you had left that out I would have been amused.

Feb 14, 2010 at 9:46 PM | Registered CommenterBishop Hill

The guy on the right...His name badge says Al

Feb 14, 2010 at 9:50 PM | Unregistered CommenterJosh

Bishop,

Sheesh. I apologise for any offence given to the stupid slogan. I'll use smileys in future.

By the way I'd be more convinced if you addressed such remarks to commentators on your side of the aisle.

Feb 14, 2010 at 10:02 PM | Unregistered CommenterFrank O'Dwyer

It makes me think of Alan Greenspan's famous phrase that echoed through the investor forums back in the IT-bubble days in the 1990s: the "irrational exuberance".

According to Wikipedia, "The phrase was a warning that the market might be somewhat overvalued".

Subprime was just another bubble that finally did what bubbles are supposed to do: burst.

I wonder if another famous Wall Street phrase soon will apply to Global Warming Ltd.:
"Take the money and run."

PS Bishop: Great blog in great times.
Hope you get some sleep, though.

Feb 14, 2010 at 10:29 PM | Unregistered CommenterFeedback

Frank

If I've missed something feel free to point it out.

Feb 14, 2010 at 10:38 PM | Registered CommenterBishop Hill

You shouldn't be so sensitive about "stupid". As Albert Einstein said, "The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and human stupidity." So one way or another, you're going to encounter a lot of "stupid".

Better to focus on something you might be able to fix, like ignorance.

Feb 15, 2010 at 1:21 AM | Unregistered CommenterJames Smith

Sorry if O/T, but this Guardian article may be interesting to readers here :)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/cif-green/2010/feb/15/science-conflict-resolution

The climate crisis could be solved by courteous communication

Science could learn valuable lessons from politics on conflict resolution

Feb 15, 2010 at 1:16 PM | Unregistered CommenterSteve2

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