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I went to take a peek, and the webcam is down. ...(full comment)

Downtown: Hoping customers will follow suit, Main Street businesses back Discover Downtown campaign

Yes, you are largely correct, that the fraud is supported by scientists in all scientific disciplines. That fact by itself would have given me a peptic ulcer, except i know know that I need our friend Helicobacter pylori. But I really do not think all scientists are intentionally supporting fraud. I think that the way everything is broken into specialties, it complicates things. Many scientists, at least publicly, will try to avoid this hornet's nest. That is why it is interesting to me to see how many retired scientists throw in on the skeptic side. Their careers are not at stake if they speak up. This CAGW thing is dangerous both in terms of career advancement- (the grants are almost all to study human causes, not natural causes of changes in climate), and social dynamics. Anybody taking the "skeptic" side is risking the loss of friends, I think. Well, it happened to me. Anyway, the passion that people bring to this topic is astounding, and a little scary. ...(full comment)

My Turn: Look north, look east to see cost of climate change

That is a good question, for real. You said back, I think in the Voice of Reason thread that skepticism is important in science, and I have to agree. Even so, I see a lot of acceptance going on by people who see the CAGW theory/hypothesis to be valid. I think they see the all the impressive credentials and stacks of published papers, and say, well, the work is all done- I must accept the work by these expert people. Admittedly, that sometimes works. Sometimes a consensus is right. But a consensus is not right just because it is a consensus. That is sort of winning by default, and not by being tested. I recall the first times I heard the term "settled science", and I thought- they're giving questioners the bum's rush!! That was just cheap. I am not,and never have been a scientist, but I worked as a lab tech and a field tech for entomologists and animal scientists at USDA Beltsville a long time ago, and I was a perpetual student at the U. of Md. for most of a decade, back when tuition was cheap-hard to believe, but full-time tuition for Md. residents was less than $300 a semester. Anyway, the consensus thing, the focus on consensus, in my opinion is "so what?" An example of an overwhelming consensus being wrong is the theory that stress causes peptic ulcers. Almost all doctors and medical researchers thought it was true, but it was not- 2 researchers, Robin Marshall and Barry Marshall discovered that that a bacterium, Helicobacter pylori, was the cause of peptic ulcers. Yeah, the entire medical profession minus two people, wrong. So, it is not about consensus, much as the 97% is repeated. It is about whether a hypothesis fits reality, and when it is repeatedly, independently tested, keeps fitting reality. Then, it may be a good hypothesis. ...(full comment)

My Turn: Look north, look east to see cost of climate change

Horse race! HORSE RACE!!! I'm sick to death of the accursed (that's the nice word) horse race reporting. Will one news outlet ever take up its responsibility to the public and fact-check politicians' statements? That used to be what they did. Now they take the cheap and lazy course and merely tell us which liar is likely to win. And nobody please try to tell us that Fox News is the truth squad; they are the biggest lie-enablers of all. ...(full comment)

Political prognosticators give us their takes on the top November races

The House reverting is not a good thing. Take a look at what came out of the Republican state convention. ...(full comment)

Political prognosticators give us their takes on the top November races

Walt, I don't read anything particularly partisan in the letter. Heck, the loudest drumbeaters for war are Republicans. Remove faction (as the Federalist writers would put it) from your thinking, and I think his points are irresistible: Our interventions in the MidEast have failed under both parties, and we can't afford more of the same. ...(full comment)

Letter: Invitation to war

Comparisons to Portsmouth and Keene are always spurious. Portsmouth is a legitimate destination that has built upon its unique geographical assets; and it's a tax-free stop halfway between 2 very popular destinations, Boston and Portland. Concord has no noteworthy physical attributes and lies halfway between Boston and what? Keene has a captive population augmented by friends / parents visiting the students. Concord's major economic bloc, state employees, are best known for fleeing the city at the end of their workday. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Looking back and ahead at the same time

"pedestrian crossing the street feel like a target in a video game" I'm betting they will feel even more like this . As 2 lanes of traffic are compressed into one lane, it in effect doubles the traffic. As drivers are watching/stopping for those pedestrians they must also watch for cars backing out of parking stops which again causes all the traffic in the single lane to stop, creating even more backups. There could be a high spot though, as the same compression of 2 lanes of traffic into a single lane takes place on Loudon Rd., it may be quicker to actually walk everywhere in Concord. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Looking back and ahead at the same time

Re: "there are real scientists with real credentials who dispute the CAGW hypothesis." And nearly ALL of them have ties to the fossil fuels industry in one way or another. And their published papers have often been found to have errors that seriously weaken their claims (Lindzen, Spencer and Christy, Baliunas and Soon, among others) or whose public comments don't comport with their science (Curry and Spencer, for example). And BTW, the explanation for our warming planet is not a 'hypothesis', it's a theory--on a par with the 'theory' of gravity or the atomic 'theory'. The multiple lines of evidence in support of the present warming and its major cause are overwhelming, and regarded as solid science by 97% of the experts in the field. One has to do some mighty mental gymnastics to ignore the abundance of evidence, and instead see conspiracy around every corner and under every bed. ...(full comment)

My Turn: Look north, look east to see cost of climate change

Sea-wolf population increases are likely responsible for the decline in shrimp numbers in the Gulf of Maine. Any reported temperature increase in Gulf of Maine waters is, of course, spurious, and due to the requirement that climate scientists only get funding if they adhere to the "party line" that climate change is real being cynically promoted by the U.N and its Agenda 21 adherents in the interests of one world government and an end to freedom and liberty. ...(full comment)

My Turn: Look north, look east to see cost of climate change

You're doing the same thing with moose population numbers that you and other climate change deniers do with temperature. You look at year to year variations and infer long-term trends from short term changes. Here, you took that headline in your link out of context, making it seem what it isn't, and ignored the fact that MN.state's population has seen a rapid decline this decade. The article simply pointed out that there was little change in population from 2013 to 2014: "Results of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ annual aerial moose survey place the 2014 statewide moose population estimate at 4,350. The 2013 estimate was 2,760 but due to variability in the estimates, this year’s estimate does not represent a statistically significant change." http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/03/06/whats-caused-half-the-minnesota-moose-population-to-die-off-in-less-than-a-decade/ ...(full comment)

My Turn: Look north, look east to see cost of climate change

"making public higher education more affordable" how exactly is it being made more affordable if the tax payers in state are giving more money. I guess it is only more affordable to those receiving the education. "to continue that partnership for a total of four years", it is being made clear that a rate increase will come at the end of this time period..... As the system cries for more money people should drive through the Southern NH University campus on River Rd in Manchester and see the fancy new building they are building. If the students want buildings like this they should be willing to pay for it. If the students want lower tuition then they should be protesting to the schools about wasting money. ...(full comment)

Lawmakers wary of university budget proposal

Victory Lane comment by 16-yr-old, Cole 'old man' Custer; “I’ve been coming to these races since I was really young...”. ...(full comment)

Custer’s first stand lands 16-year-old Truck Series driver in Victory Lane