Saturday, October 30, 2010

Sunday, October 17, 2010

NM MOM -- An Incredible Event

This has been an incredible event. More than 200 dentists, supported by more than 400 other dental professionals and more than 1000 other volunteers, treated more than 2100 patients over two days for free on a first come, first served basis providing everything from cleanings and fillings to root canals and partial dentures. It has been an incredible event event over October 15-16, 2010. That makes it the largest inaugural Mission of Mercy event ever. Mrs. Critter and I are so glad we volunteered.

UPDATE: We have been given what appear to be final numbers from the NM MOM event. The dentists treated 2201 patients in the two-day event. 8724 separate procedures were completed, valued at $1.3 million. (From what one of the event dentists told us, that may actually be the wholesale value.) Still an amazing event.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

APS Fellow Resigns, Cites Global Warming

Hal Lewis, a Professor Emeritus of physics at the University of California at Santa Barbara and a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) for many years, has had enough. He can no longer put up with the corruption of the Society's membership and processes, and has resigned from the Society by means of a letter of resignation sent to its president. And to what does he attribute the corruption that has driven him out?

It is of course, the global warming scam, with the (literally) trillions of dollars driving it, that has corrupted so many scientists, and has carried APS before it like a rogue wave. It is the greatest and most successful pseudoscientific fraud I have seen in my long life as a physicist.
He goes on to cite chapter and verse of the Society's action and inaction with regard to global warming, climate change, and whatever other term is to be applied to this subject area.

Naturally, the U.S. press wouldn't give this much (or any) coverage — Professor Lewis attacks an important shibboleth of theirs. For press coverage, one must go to the Telegraph in the rather more open British press. In this country, coverage is left to the blogs, particularly including Gateway Pundit and Watts Up With That. And that, too, helps prove Professor Lewis' point.

Obama Changes Venues

Barack Obama has changed tactics and venues. Now he's taken to talking with smaller groups of people in their back yards. His handlers say he wants to take what opportunities he can to interact with people more.

Besides, it makes for good photo opportunities.

But I'm a bit suspicious. I note that, just before these backyard visits were started, Obama spoke at a series of events where he couldn't fill the hall, and his handlers had to run around rounding up "volunteers" to fill the seats. Now he has less of a problem — it's easier to fill up an individual's back yard.

Meanwhile, Trever of the Albuquerque Journal has a related thought.