Monday, December 27, 2010


I am really sick and tired of the same climate deniers getting media space over and over again for the same tiring rants against science. There are a very small number of these people compared to the number of scientists who are on record that human-induced climate change is real and a serious threat to society.

Once again our local newspaper, The Oregonian, has published a guest column by our local climate change denier, Gordon J. Fulks, Ph.D. Dr. Fulks lives near Portland, and has a doctorate in physics from the University of Chicago. Is it because he has a Ph.D. in physics that we should believe that he must be an expert on climate? His column lets us know that human-induced climate change is a big hoax being perpetrated by grant-greedy scientists and government propagandists.

And just who is the esteemed Dr. Fulks? Here's a bio for him posted on the web pages of the Rubicon Society of Lane County (Oregon), a self-proclaimed Republican organization that appears to have meetings and speakers at a Chinese restaurant in Springfield, Oregon. But I digress; Dr. Fulks is a physicist who studied "solar modulation of galactic cosmic rays." Also, according to the bio, he has "worked for a think-tank in Santa Barbara, California, primarily supporting the US Defense Nuclear Agency on nuclear weapon effects. When that agency faded away at the end of the Cold War, he supported the US Department of State designing new embassies and working at the US Embassy in Moscow. More recently, he has consulted for various business and government clients seeking to better understand electromagnetic phenomena, related scientific scares, and the concept of acceptable risk."

I googled Dr. Fulks today. I looked through the first dozen pages or so of >8,000 search results, and they all seemed to be his opinion pieces about the hoax of climate change, or links to statements and petitions he's signed about the same. I did find a fascinating site about climate change deniers in which the author researched a large number of these people to try to figure out who they are. He used the google scholar search engine to find published scientific articles by these folks; he found 9 published articles by Dr. Falks, all from the late 1970's and early 1980's, non of which are about climate.

I then did a quick search in the archives of The Oregonian for the past three years and found that they have published the same kind of "guest column" or op-ed about the "hoax" of climate change on February 25, 2008, August 4, 2009, and May 2, 2010. The most recent is today's column. One has to wonder why the Oregonian keeps publishing this guy's stuff without any explanation of who he is and why he seems to be their expert denier.

And what does the good Dr. Fulks say in his column? Well, although he claims that the field of climate change isn't science, he doesn't offer up any science himself. He uses generalizations about earth science and then launches into personal invective against specific individuals in the climate change arena. "Global warming is about politics, not legitimate science" Dr. Falks declares. Unfortunately, this statement is from a man whose science credentials are not in the climate sciences, and who has apparently not done any noteworthy science (i.e. published) for almost the past 30 years. His bio says that he is a consultant to business - I can only wonder who, if any, his clients are.

Perhaps The Oregonian thinks this is balanced journalism. I say it's bullshit, pure and simple. What I don't understand is why people who deny human-induced climate change do so.

Thursday, December 23, 2010


This post is specifically to the attention of those of us who voted for Barak Obama for President of the United States. And I want liberals and progressives (whatever that really means) to take note. We elected Barak Obama to be our President, so why don't we give him a chance to preside? It's OK to let him know our opinions; in fact, it's our duty to do that when we have specific points of view. But why do we, as a group, jump all over him every time he does something we think is a betrayal, or a cave-in, or too centrist compared to what we thought - or hoped - he would be? I've been guilty of the above, like when he made the Bush tax cut deal with the Republicans. But I really flopped back and forth on my feelings over that Presidential decision, and in hindsight, I think he did what had to be done in order to accomplish more important things.

I think we're all very proud of our President this week; repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell; ratification of New START; and medical aid for 9/11 responders. But if we take the time to look, this Administration and Congress have accomplished a hugh number of things, many of which are precedent-setting. Here's a great compilation of achievements, most of which didn't make the news. If you take the time, you'll have to agree that this President, and this soon-to-be-changed Congress are actually doing an incredible job.

Take a moment to remember what the Cheney-Bush administration was all about, if you haven't thoroughly moved all those memory files from your brain to the trash and emptied the trash. I shudder when I think about it, and I flip into a rant about how that gang should be brought to justice for all the crimes against humanity they perpetrated.

Or try to imagine an Administration of John "Old Grumpy" McCain (if you can figure out who the hell he is on any particular day) and Sarah "Momma Grisly" Palin. That is truly a scary thought, and good for us that we voted the other side!

So I have a suggestion for all of us, one that I've started to heed; let's let President Obama be our President; let's trust him and support him; let's let him know when he does things we support, and let him know when we have ideas about things we want him to do. And truly, let's control our anger and direct it where it is most deserved. But better yet, let's turn anger into pro-active action. If we liberals and progressives spent 1/10th the time that we take to rant against our own and turn it into political activism, like so many of us did during the 2008 election campaigns, we'll do a lot better in the coming years of Republican and Tea Party organized negativism.

President Obama - thank you! I support you, and I appreciate the work you are doing for America and the world.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010


I want to personally thank Mr. Obama and the leaders of the Republican Party for extending my much-needed tax breaks. I'm certain that I speak not just for myself, but for all the other CEO's and executives and Wall Street money managers who's life style was threatened by the proposed ending of our cherished George W. Bush tax cuts. Now we can breathe a collective sigh of relief, and continue to stimulate the economy with our spending.

As a CEO, I make a modest $20 million a year, certainly not as much as many of my colleagues, but with a variety of stock options and other perks, I do OK. The gracious extension of the Bush tax cuts for me and my friends will keep me from paying an additional 4% on my income tax, amounting to a savings of $800,000 out of my annual salary. I'm anxious to go out and spend that money, and do my part for the economy. I think the first thing I'll do is buy a few more Mercedes cars for my family - I love that German engineering. And we've been thinking about another small vacation home in Spain, because we're getting a bit tired of always going to the ones we have in Italy, France and the Virgin Islands. The folks in Spain will be very appreciative of how the money we'll spend will boost their local economy. My wife and daughters will love going on a shopping spree for clothes in Paris, and my sons have been nagging me to do some yachting in the Mediterranean. Which reminds me, some of that extra cash will go for some new interior decorating in a couple of our yachts; there's a terrific place in Nice, France I've heard about that does great work.

So thank you Mr. President, Mr. McConnell, Mr. Boehner and Mr. Cantor; thank you for your wise governing that will allow me and my family, and our many friends, to keep our hard-earned millions and continue to use it to boost the economies of countries around the world.

Your friend,
John. Q. C. Eyo

P.S. the campaign donation check is in the mail