The speakers and the presentations are obviously the meat of the Amplify Choice conference but no less important are the writers / blogger who attended and I spoke to as many as I had time to.

Since there wasn’t a lot free time I struck the lunch ine:

I spoke to Kemberlee Kaye of Legal Insurrection

and Ernesto Cullari

And Will Franklin

We would see him again tomorrow

Once the presentations were over it was time to clear the room for dinner so I packed up as soon as I could and caught managed to talk to Heather Kays

We saw a glimpse of her during the Ben Scafidi interview and she was on the panel of reporters who cover the subject as well (Incidently her piece at Watchdog.org Teachers and tummy tucks: Buffalo’s $5 million bill for cosmetic surgery is a must read.)

and of course old friend and past Magnificent Seven writer AP Dillon

Her going onwards and upwards is the reason why we are interviewing Da Magnificent Prospects

Just before the dinner keynote & managed to grab Fay Anderson

Her point about the safety of charter schools as a motivation for parents was repeated in the keynote and is well made.

And my last interview of the night was James Foytlin

Now some of you might think that these are a lot of interviews, I suspect that if you do so, you’re new to this blog because I still had two more days in Denver to go and you ain’t seen nothing yet.


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by Timothy Imholt

My name is Timothy and I am a scientist.  And I believe in climate change.

Of course that’s a little like saying I believe the earth is a sphere.  The word climate is all but synonymous with the word change.  Always has been, always will be.

In the SOTU, Obama said man made climate change is a fact and everyone agrees.

Except the data.  Data doesn’t care.  Data doesn’t care about grant funding.  Data doesn’t care about tenure granted by leftist review boards made up of English majors and political scientists.  Data doesn’t care that you have an agenda to control the economy, or rich contributors who make “green” energy products that you have to pay back.

Data just is.

Data says that the biggest factor in our climate is this little trivial thing known as our Sun.

Politicians– and so-called scientists looking for tenure or grants– seem to treat the Sun as irrelevant to our climate.  This, of course, is silly.  Experience a sunny day sometime.

Or think of it this way.  Is it just a coincidence that the coldest part of our globe is the farthest from the Sun, and the warmest is the closest?  Out of 92 MILLION miles, a few thousand miles makes the difference between tropical dangerous heat, and unlivable deadly cold.  There are other climate forces at work but at the basic level that is the difference.  Should the Sun be considered a force in climate?  I say yes, it should be at least put into the model, yet sadly in some models it is not.

Now, this would be irrelevant if the Sun were a constant, if it didn’t have cycles or never changed its intensity.  But that is NOT the case.

And the inconvenient data says that Earth’s temperature cycles mirror the Sun’s fluctuations.

About 10 years ago I published a paper, along with several very well-known theoretical physicists, in the peer reviewed journal Physical Review E.  In that paper we compared solar irradiance to global temperature cycles.  There was a shockingly accurate match.  Sun’s irradiance goes up, temperature goes up.  The alternative is also true.

Oops.

Perhaps Barack Obama should forget holding back the tides like King Cnut by cutting back on coal-fired power plants and get his Solyndra pals to start working on a giant thermostat for the Sun.

It would do just about as much good.  Call it shovel ready rhetoric.

In science we always look for the fundamentals.  What is really behind some action or reaction.

In politics I say we should apply the same problem solving technique.

Let’s look at the proposed Carbon Credit Exchange.  In order for that entity to be viable from a financial perspective one must have the government requiring businesses and individuals to participate (sound familiar?).

Who owns it?

Well, not surprisingly Al Gore owns a large percentage of it, as do some investors he now works with.  I am all for profit making entities.  However, I am also for full disclosure.

Does former Vice President Gore bring this up when he is out pushing for these types of things?  I have never heard of him doing so.  Yet if the laws pass requiring the use of this exchange, VP Gore will become a billionaire, not just a multi-millionaire overnight.

Anyone see a motivating factor here for the former VP?

What I propose is that there is a REAL discussion on climate.  In that discussion both sides must be heard and both sides must bring real (not hockey stick faked) data.  Any data proven to be false must immediately throw the conclusions drawn on that data in the dust bin.

Once real, scientific, not emotional, non-political conclusions are drawn, then we decide a course of action.  But, as long as those pushing the agenda are taking campaign contributions or stand to directly profit I will continue to have doubts.

Now that I have written all of this, someone is probably saying I am pro-big business, pro-pollution, and the like.  Well, I am pro-big business because they employ people.  I am NOT pro-pollution because I like to go hiking, kayaking, etc as well.  But there must be honesty in our government.  There must also be financial responsibly in our government.  This issue of climate change is starting to look more and more like the worlds largest Ponzi scheme.  That must not be allowed while conclusions are NOT agreed upon by all scientists, contrary to the repeated statements by our elected officials.

Timothy Imholt PhD

Physicist by training, Engineer by paycheck, fiction writer for fun, and co-author of the critically acclaimed novel Forest of Assassins, as well as the China Bones series available now on Amazon.

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Two very interesting things to note about the Updated list of top conservative bloggers put out by Doug Ross.

First of all I’ve made the list officially for the first time at #139. I’d like to thank all of my readers for their help in getting me there. With your help we’ll stay there and do even better next quarter.

Secondly do you recall this line from my under the Fedora Column Morale Ratings and Old Yellowstain earlier this month?

Robert Stacy McCain is now in his 48th day of covering the Brett Kimberlin story knocking off a total of 60 posts. Glenn Reynolds has instalanched him 42 times in that 48 days.

In my experience an Instalanche brings anywhere from 5000-10,000 hits the first day and say another 10-20% of that number the next, say 5500-12,000 hits overall, multiply that by 42 days and you get between 231,000 & 504,000 in 42 days.

Considering how much attention a single instalanche brings. Can you imagine regularly daily instalanches brings to a subject that people might wish are not discussed?

Apparently Stacy couldn’t because when he saw his ranking at Doug Ross he didn’t believe it not even after a correction dropped him to #67 from #34:

Frankly, I have profound skepticism even about the revised list: Does our traffic actually outrank, inter alia, AnnCoulter.com, Hannity.com and the Media Research Center. I don’t think so.

42 Instalanches in 49 days. I believe it.

As I said that day:

Kimberlin must be kicking himself for contacting Mrs. The Other McCain’s employer.

That is pretty good revenge isn’t it?

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over at the Minority Report and the Conservatory and find out just why the MSM absolutely hates guys like us:

There was a time when such stories and columns would be consigned to the pages of magazines that would never been seen by the public. Unfortunately for our friends on the left, in the internet age these facts are easily accessible to the masses

Find out just what the MSM didn’t want to report here at the Minority Report or Here at the Conservatory.

and my excellent take down of “Former Obama Administration Official” Elizabeth Warren (via Insty’s reader) is here

Go listen to it now, after all life is short and Dr. Who is on in an hour and a half so you’ll be busy then.