Ask the Blogger (New!)

This is a page for those who want a specific response to a specific link or idea.  Many times I cannot address all the links in people’s comments and I may be skipping some that you wanted an answer to.  You are limited to ONE link or question before moving on to the next one.  Please let me know when you are tired of the discussion—I can go on forever, as you probably noticed!  🙂

The discussion here may be long and involved, so if you are looking for a brief, light read, this may have no interest to you.

I’m trying this as an experiment and if it proves useful, I’ll leave it up.


Scientific Badger

Scientific Badger

8 comments on “Ask the Blogger (New!)

  1. Gary says:

    According to one Wind in the Willows fansite, the BADGER “exudes a quiet authority to all he meets. Not even the Weasels mess with Badger: a natural leader.” Another site says, “Badger, a recluse who lives in the Wild Wood. No one dares bother him. He likes People but hates Society. Even so, he helps other animals, including Toad. When Toad Hall is taken over by the stoats and weasels, he helps the other animals drive out the intruders.”

    I think you’ve found the right mascot.

    Real badgers seem to be the more cuddly version of wolverines. Now that’s one ornery beast. We in the northeast have had an influx of their tree-climbing cousin, the fisher. One attacked a friends cat, who fortunately is a tough customer and held his own until a family member chased off the fisher. Colloquially, they’re called fisher cats, although they are weasels not cats.

    • Gary—I have not actually seen a fisher, but I do know what they look like. Some groups are trying to get the West coast version listed as endangered. I’ve read that groups have tried re-introducing the fisher to the Rocky Mountain area, but it does not seem to work. Occasionally there are sightings of fishers in Wyoming, but not very often. Your friend has a very tough cat, indeed! (I had always thought the name “fisher” did not seem appropriate, and certainly not “fisher cat”!)

  2. Gary says:

    So what is it about badgers?

    • From my June 2013 post
      Also, the previous post on WtD (Watching the Deniers—now shut down)has a picture of a badger and says “You have angered the badger”. I wish to formally protest using such a sweet, adorable (though somewhat testy) animal for climate science propaganda. It’s one thing to pull in hapless, apathetic humans. Leave the badgers out. Badgers understand life and live it as it comes. They don’t call one another “deniers” (so far as we know). They don’t spout meaningless statistics (97% OF THOSE WITH AN OPINION NOTED IN A JOURNAL PAPER agree with AGW. So that would be what, less than 1% of the population of the United States. Less than .1% of the world population? That’s not really impressive.) On behalf of badgers everywhere, I ask that climate change scientists refrain from drafting innocents into their crusade. The badgers deserve better.

      As you can probably tell, my favorite creature is a badger. I added scientific badger as a way of countering WtD’s badger usage. Yes, I added the badger into my crusade, but I’m right! 😉 He’s scientific and well-reasoned, not snarly and ill-mannered.


  3. You’ve been at this much longer than I. Yes, the trout fishing is fabulous when I have the time to get out there! The wide open spaces are what keep me in Wyoming. 🙂

  4. Gary:
    Thank you for the kind comments.

    I actually started out with my web page “The Accidental Conservationist” which was looking at changes in Wyoming. This morphed into “Why Not Wind” where I started addressing the problems with wind turbines. Then came this blog. I hesitated before starting here, knowing global warming is much more contentious than wind energy or conservation. However, it’s an important topic which needed addressed. The “Watching the Watchers” blog was just the final little push to get me started. Over time, I’ve become more comfortable with the subject and enjoy writing about it.

    One of the first blogs I began reading about global warming was “The Inconvenient Skeptic”. He’s a very nice guy and he remains that way through all of his writing and blogging on global warming. I hope to do the same.

    • Gary says:

      Thanks for the details. To reciprocate, my very first brush with climate research was reading a 1976 paper in Science on proof of the Milankovich theory of ice ages. Two years later through an extraordinary coincidence I was working with the multi-institutional research group that the authors were part of. I’ve long since moved on professionally, but have kept up with the field and found the sceptic blogs a decade ago. I was one of Anthony Watts’ “screeching mercury monkey” SurfaceStation Project volunteers.

      I envy your access to wild lands. I imagine the trout fishing is fabulous.

  5. Gary says:

    First time visiting here. Like your comments at Briggs’ blog. Love the badger. We don’t have any here in southern New England, just CAGW politicians.

    So, one climate questions to start: how did a nice person like you getting involved with this crazy topic? Besides watching the watchers, that is.

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