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Overdosing on water Ken Perrott Jan 30

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This from the NZ Skeptics:

A public mass overdose of homeopathic remedies has forced the New Zealand Council of Homeopaths to admit openly that their products do not contain any “material substances”. Council spokeswoman Mary Glaisyer admitted publicly that “there´s not one molecule of the original substance remaining” in the diluted remedies that form the basis of this multi-million-dollar industry.

The NZ Skeptics, in conjunction with 10:23, Skeptics in the Pub and other groups nationally and around the world, held the mass overdose in Christchurch on Saturday to highlight the fact that homeopathic products are simply very expensive water drops or sugar/lactose pills. A further aim was to question the ethical issues of pharmacies, in particular, stocking and promoting sham products and services.

“You´re paying $10 for a teaspoon of water that even the homeopaths say has no material substance in it,” says Skeptics Chair Vicki Hyde.
“Yet a recent survey showed that 94% of New Zealanders using homeopathic products aren´t aware of this basic fact – their homeopath or health professional hasn´t disclosed this. The customers believe they are paying for the substances listed on the box, but those were only in the water once upon a time before the massive dilution process began – along with everything else that the water once had in it — the chlorine, the beer, the urine….”

Hyde notes that one of the homeopathic products downed by the 40 or so people in the mass overdose had a label saying it contained chamomilia, humulus lupulus, ignatia, kali brom, nux vomica and zinc val. But those substances were actually in homeopathic dilutions, meaning that the kali brom, for example, was present in a proportion comparable to 1 pinch of sugar in the Atlantic Ocean – that is, not actually present at all.

“People don´t know that they are paying through the nose for just water – they believe the label implies there are active ingredients in there, just like you´d expect from a reputable health product. And you have to ask, at what point does it shift from being an issue of informed consent to become an issue of fraud?”

The UK-based 10:23 campaign is concerned about the ethical issue of pharmacies – touted as “the health professional you see most often” – supporting these products and giving them a spurious and unwarranted credibility.

“Does this mean pharmacists don’t know that homeopathic products are just water, or they do know and don’t care because people will buy it not realising the massive mark-up? Either way, that should be a big concern for the health consumer. Here´s a huge industry with virtually no regulatory oversight or consumer protection or come- back, and even its keen customers aren´t aware of the highly dubious practices involved.”

If water really had memory

The alternative health industry has built a multi-million-dollar business exploiting the natural healing powers of the human body, as many conditions will get better within two to three days regardless of whether conventional or alternative treatments are used, or even if nothing is done at all. Independent testing has shown that homeopathic preparations take full advantage of this and homeopaths quickly take the credit for any improvement in their clients.

The Christchurch “overdose” included an “underdose” – homeopaths believe that the more dilute things are, the more potent they become, so the skeptics were careful to try that approach. There are also claims by product manufacturers that, in fact, dosage doesn´t matter at all – whether you take 1 pill or 100 – but the important thing is the frequency of dosage, and the skeptics covered that base too. No ill effects were reported, apart from a distinct drop in the level of cash in various wallets. For the demonstration, Hyde reluctantly purchased two small boxes of tablets and a 25ml spray from a Unichem pharmacy, costing $51.95.

“That´s a lot to pay for less than 2 tablespoons of water and not much more than that in lactose milk sugar.”

Homeopaths claim all sorts of amazing results, from treating the 1918 influenza to AIDS. More dangerously, at least one New Zealand pharmacy has been known to push homeopathic water labelled as “vaccines” for meningitis and Hepatitis B. Perhaps not surprisingly, the most supportive test results are those which come out of the homeopathic industry, product manufacturers and other vested interests. Any completely independent evaluation, such as the highly respected Cochrane Collaboration, tends to find the results much more underwhelming, citing no convincing evidence in many claimed areas of effectiveness.

“We´d recommend that if your local pharmacy stocks homeopathic products, take your business somewhere more ethical.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION
1023: Homeopathy, there´s nothing in it (UK-based campaign)
NZ Skeptics Homeopathy flyer:
Plea for pharmacists to ditch stock Christchurch Press: Jan 30
Survey of homeopathy customers reveals they don´t know it´s just water Pharmacy Today (26 May 2009):

More than 90% of people who use homoeopathic remedies think the products work according to a survey published in the latest edition of the New Zealand Medical Journal. But only 6% of those surveyed knew that homoeopathic remedies did not contain any active ingredient and most thought that homoeopathic remedies were either moderately or very concentrated.

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Ideological infections Ken Perrott Jan 29

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Book Review: The God Virus: How religion infects our lives and culture by Darrel W. Ray

Price: US$12.91
Perfect Paperback: 241 pages
Publisher: IPC Press; First edition (December 5, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0970950519
ISBN-13: 978-0970950512

The virus metaphor has been extremely useful in computing. The parallel with biological viruses is close so the word provides an accurate but succinct description of the phenomena of, and problems created by, computer viruses. And this particular metaphor offends no one.

The idea of a ’god virus’, which treats religious ideas in a similar way, also has some traction. Darrel Ray shows in ’The God Virus’ that this particular metaphor can be an accurate description of the problem. The metaphor is useful. But in this case some people do get offended.

Maybe they overreact? (Religious people often do). Ray does make clear the metaphor applies to other ideological viewpoints besides the religious ones. That it is more general. For instance, he includes communism and Marxism in some of the discussions. He also points out that, just as with ideologies, biological ’viruses can be benign, even beneficial in some cases.’ Although ’parasite’ may be a more suitable description of how ideas sometimes work — he wanted ’to avoid the negative connotations’ of that word.

Not a new idea

Application of the virus metaphor to ideas is not Ray’s invention. The philosopher Daniel C. Dennett promoted the metaphor in his book Breaking the Spell and in some of his lectures. He describes how ideas, like viruses, can take over people’s brains (hosts) to advance their own purposes, rather than those of the host. The host can be sacrificed to perpetuate the idea. People will die for democracy, communism, freedom, etc. Just as they will for ’God, King and country.’ He is clear the virus metaphor applies to non-relgious as well as relgious ideas.

However, in this book Ray further develops the metaphor. He persists with it throughout the 230 pages and explores the metaphor thoroughly. I found this helps immensely in understanding the role of various religious behaviours, traditions and rituals.

And the metaphor is accurate. Just as biological viruses can strike when the host’s immune system is compromised the god virus can strike at times of personal crisis. In fact, religion recognises this and tries to take advantage of personal crises and susceptible stages of development. Some obvious examples are in children’s education and ’love bombing’ of new students at universities. People experiencing personal bereavements, illness and periods in hospital, divorces, counseling, etc., are also vulnerable to infection.

The god virus has effects on the host which are not immediately obvious to them. It disables critical thinking skills and sets up defenses against other infections (competing religions and ideologies). The host can see faults in these other religions but is unable to see them in their own.

The virus will sacrifice the host

The god virus clearly operates in its own interests, not the hosts. It will encourage celibacy, genetic sacrifice for the sake of the advancing the relgion. Priests and similar hosts can more efficiently act as vectors for infecting others. The churches see these vectors as valuable, will invest time and resources in them, and will do everything to protect them. Religious organisations will protect paedophile priests and ministers, even to the extent of slandering their victims. Protection and advancement of the religion (the infection) is more important than the individual.

Religious organisations often mouth fine words about compassion etc., but they act for the interests of the infection, promoting and defending the religion, rather than the host. Religious organisations like ’Focus on the Family’ really focus on the virus. The religious infection is advanced even while the victims are sacrificed.

Religions promote programmes aimed at imposing their ideas of morality and behaviour — which prove not to solve the problems they claim to be aimed at. Abstinence programmes do not prevent teenage pregnancies — they promote guilt, which has a religious purpose.

Fundamentalism

Fundamentalism is an extreme virus reaction, an antibody, to fight off other viruses. To protect the host and to disarm or isolate alternative infections.  We have seen this also with fundamentalist secular cults like Maoism (remember the ’Red Guards’ in Maoist China’s ’Cultural revolution’).

Sometimes these ’antibodies’ take an organisational form — such as the Inquisition of the Catholic Church, or the Control Commissions in Communist Parties.

I found Ray’s discussion of the psychological role of religious ceremony and routines fascinating. This is an area where he has professional expertise having been trained in psychology, anthropology and sociology of religion. He works as an organisational psychologist. Ray describes how religious services and rituals act to create emotions which strengthen infection. These help bind the host to the religion. Rituals, songs and sermons can manipulate members of a congregation to feel guilt, pride, self-doubt, a chance for resolution or redemption (usually involving a collection plate) and finishing with a sense of joy and hope.  The larger the congregation the more powerful the emotional manipulations. Modern religious leaders in the supermarket churches have to be experts at group dynamics and mass psychology

The book has an interesting discussion on the modern phenomenon of civil religions. These are less concerned about creeds but more aimed at winning political power and influence for religion in general. So they promote ideas that we live in a ’Christian country’ or that our country is ’chosen’ or ’blessed’ We can see this in the USA where religious groups work hard to demonise the non-religious.

Ray recognises the influence of the god virus is not restricted to the religious. He provides examples of religious ideas and morality being imposed on society in general by social rules and laws, or just by influencing the minds of others. Concepts of sexuality and sexual taboos and promotion of guilt, especially in sexual areas, influence more people than just the religious themselves.

Living with the ’god virus’

A section of the book aims to help the non-religious live alongside the religious, alongside the infection. It gives helpful advice on how to deal with attempts to proselytise and how to avoid falling into a parallel trap of a non-secular virus in our reactions. He describes the viral role of anger and why we should avoid its influence. The book also deals with defensiveness and our own secular conversion programmes.

Ray advises against sectarian reactions to the ’god virus.’ And, in a twist, points out that telling the religious person they are infected with a ’god virus’ is the worst possible thing to do. He recommends that in our interactions with religious people we should be respectful, avoid lecturing and being judgemental, be an active listener, avoid leading them on and ’remember that you have no interest in converting them to anything. They are the ones with the virus.’

I found the book to be easy to read and well organised. I like the brief ’overview’ and ’summary’ at the beginning and end of each chapter. An excellent way of quickly going back to check on the content covered — and useful for reviewers. However, while the index is satisfactory I found it was inadequate for easy reference.

There are relevant quotes from freethinkers, etc., throughout the book. They themselves are a useful resource.

Dr. Ray was raised in a fundamentalist home with first-hand exposure to all the ideas and practices of that group. He relates some of his own life experiences as a Christian, his study in a Methodist Seminary and as a Christian youth worker but the book is in no way biographical. Ray recently founded the organisation Recovering from Religion (www.recoveringreligionists.com). This helps people get out of religion or to deal with the negative effects of religious upbringing. The group currently works in several locations (see for example http://www.meetup.com/The-Atlanta-Recovering-Religionists/ and http://www.meetup.com/Johnson-County-Recovering-from-Religion/)

This is a book about religion — not about the metaphor itself. But clearly the use of the metaphor helps to clarify how religion and similar ideologies operate. The clear description of this operation makes this a useful book.

See also:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/dec/23/church-recruiting-drive-targets-children
YouTube The God Virus channel
PIO interview: Original audio source (POI_2009_10_16_Darrel_Ray.mp3)

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Car pool, string theory and human genetic history Ken Perrott Jan 27

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I have been enjoying a weekly internet TV show produced by Robert Llewellyn, the actor who portrays Kryten 2X4B-523P in the popular TV series Red Dwarf. Its called Car Pool. And the idea behind it is novel and very successful.

Basically it’s a half hour interview with a personality from the worlds of science, theatre, televisions and technology. The intriguing feature is that the interview takes place while Llewellyn drives the subject somewhere in his car. The produces a very informal, even laid back, and friendly interaction. And it’s surprising how much information can be conveyed in this format.

The videos are available for viewing or downloading at Llewtube and Llewtube on blip.tv. If you follow Llewellyn on twitter you can also suggest questions for upcoming interviews.

The video below, this is car pool, includes snippets from the series

I must have watched about 10 programmes now and enjoyed them all. Here are two which will be of particular interest to those with a science bent:

Dr Alice Roberts: She is a British anatomist, osteoarchaeologist, anthropologist, television presenter, and author. I think she did an excellent job as the narrator in the BBC series The Incredible Human Journey

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Professor Brian Cox: He is a member of the High Energy Physics group at the University of Manchester, and works on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, CERN near Geneva, Switzerland. Brian is involved in science TV and Radio programmes produced by the BBC. These are always of great value. In this car pool interview he gave a particularly brief and clear description of string theory.

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See also:

Car Pool: Red Dwarf’s Robert Llewellyn takes his friends for a ride
Robert Llewellyn has a new show!
Robert Llewellyn website
Human genetic history

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CO2 emissions, birth & death rates by country, simulated real-time Ken Perrott Jan 25

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Here’s an interesting graphic of CO2 emissions, birth & death rates by country, simulated real-time. Click on the image.

The birth and death rates are taken from the  CIA World Factbook and the CO2 emission rates from the United Nations Statistics Division. Just hover with your mouse to get data for specific countries.

Be aware it is only a simulation.

Thanks to Breathing Earth.

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I thought the award for mistakes was mine! Ken Perrott Jan 23

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Glacier-gate – the current feeding frenzy for climate change deniers brought back memories.

Any publishing scientist will have experienced the problem of errors getting through the review and checking process. Of course you notice them immediately when you proudly read through you masterpiece in the print journal.

However, I burst out laughing when I read this  post by a local blogger - IPCC: Earning the award for greatest number of errors per page. Because I was convinced I won that award years ago!

One of my old papers has far more errors than the IPCC reports. These were all misspellings of my own name in the reference list.

Bloody spell checkers!

Extrapolating way past the data

Of course the deniers are trying to make more of “glacier-gate” than it deserves. They wish to extrapolate from one faulty paragraph (or even sentence) on one page to all pages (about 2900) of all the reports. Talk about a faulty extrapolation technique!

Their motives are obvious. As this blogger says this error “is making the truth very hard to believe.” I guess if you don’t want to accept the truth you will grab at any excuse. Even one this far-fetched!

Not that the mistake itself should be ignored. The denier brigade dishonestly grabs such things and passes them straight on to fellow believers via their echo chambers (Twitter, blogs, conservative newspapers, etc).

So the mistake is irresponsible given the current political climate. The mistake had been brought up in the review process (see Publicly available IPCC archives )so it should have been removed before publication. Thankfully the IPCC has acknowledged it, apologised, is investigating and will fix the procedural problems which allowed it.

Fortunately, this mistake was in WG II Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, not the main evidence-based WG I The Physical Science Basis and did not make it into the The AR4 Synthesis Report meant for policy makers.

There really is such an award

Now, let’s get back to this award – the one I thought was on my mantelpiece.

There actually is such an award and it is specifically aimed at the climate denial industry. The Christopher Booker prize (see image above) was inaugurated by the Guardian jounralist George Monbiot (see Pure rubbish: Christopher Booker prize). George Monbiot said:

the award goes to whoever in my opinion – assisted by climate scientists and specialists – managed in the course of 2009 to cram as many misrepresentations, distortions and falsehoods into a single online article, statement, lecture, film or interview about climate change.”

“It is named in honour of the Sunday Telegraph columnist’s amazing ability to include misinformation and falsehoods in his pieces on climate change and other environmental issues.

Believe it or not, this stylish trophy is made entirely of recycled materials!

Lovingly fashioned by master craftsmen in mid-Wales, it shows what can be done with items that are often treated as mere rubbish!

And this isn’t all. I am suggesting that the winner of the Christopher Booker prize 2009 take the holiday of a lifetime: a one-way solo kayak trip to the North Pole. Following in the footsteps of the great Pen Hadow, the award winner could use the trip to see for him or herself the full extent of the Arctic ice melt. The Guardian will support this intrepid venture by supplying THREE BARS of Kendal mint cake towards the costs of this expedition.”

While Christopher Booker was considered to be the first winner (“In just one short column in the Sunday Telegraph, he managed to drop six and a half clangers”) I would have though Christopher Monckton would have won hands down. The fact that he didn’t may be more due to Monbiots refusal to to the hard work (“Viscount Monckhausen could have come out in front with one of his online lectures, which are riddled with crazy assertions and shocking misrepresentations, but the thought of spending a day inside his mind made me feel physically sick.”).

In the end the award went to John Tomlinson, a columnist for the Flint Journal in Michigan, “with a stunning 38 howlers.” His error density was “one per 21 words”! (see Winner of climate change denial’s premier award revealed).

OK – I concede the award. My mistakes were fewer in number, and they were in the reference list – not the body of the paper.

Nor were they intentional!

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See also: Climate chief admits error over Himalayan glaciers

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Atheists provoke a reaction Ken Perrott Jan 22

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This one had to come, I guess.

For a while now there have been videos circulated of a scene from the 2004 film Downfall where Hilter “looses it.” They have been dubbed to produce parodies supporting different viewpoints – some I sympathise with (see Peer review — an emotional roller coaster), others I don’t.

Register for the Atheist Convention Melbourne 12-14 March 2010
But the silly reaction of many religious spokespeople to things like the atheist bus adverts was just asking to be ridiculed. In this video the subject is the Global Atheist Convention in Melbourne this March. Aussies, in particular, will probably appreciate some of the references to their politicians.

A bit of useful back story: Carl Wieland from the Creation Ministries International has attempted to muscle in on the convention with plans for a debate with some of the international speakers. He has been told to go away and organise his own thing. Contact individuals himself. And has typically reacted badly.

I enjoyed the video. Then again I would as I am registered to attend the convention (which is now booked out) and am looking forward to it.

YouTube – Hitler reacts to the Global Atheist Convention.

Thanks to PZ Myers at Another reaction from Carl Wieland to the Global Atheist Convention.

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Climate change deniers’ tawdry manipulation of ’hockey sticks’ Ken Perrott Jan 20

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Warning: This post abounds in “hockey sticks.”

Poneke’s recent blog post, 13 years of Climategate emails show tawdry manipulation of science by a powerful cabal at the heart of the global warming campaign, precipitated a lively discussion. Well, perhaps “discussion” is too kind because it was dominated by extreme deniers.

Now, I don’t want to label people unjustly. I respect those who are sceptical of the IPCC climate change conclusions, but are willing to stick with the science in discussing them. I reserve the term “deniers” for those irrational souls who grab at anything they can (cold days, snow, 1998 temperatures, IPCC mistake on Himalyan glaciers, etc., etc.). No interest in the science – just in using “sciencey” claims to advance their preconceived conclusions.

But my point in this post is to deal with one of Poneke’s claims which is demonstratively untrue.

The “Gish gallop”

A tactic of deniers, also common to evolution deniers, which dominated their approach in the comments on Poneke’s post is the “Gish Gallop.” They fire out arguments like a machine gun, one fabrication after another – moving quickly on before any particular fabrication can be examined and refuted. I guess it’s what you do if all you rely on is fabrications.

Well, taking George Monbiot’s advice (stick with the first fabrication, concentrate on that and don’t be diverted by new fabrications) I thought I would show Poneke he is wrong in his claims about “Mann’s now infamous ’hockey stick’ graph.” He calls it ’the ‘hockey stick’ graph the IPCC has quietly dropped from its reports’ and also claims ’it was totally discredited and dropped from subsequent IPCC reports.’Mann’s data on temperature changes over time were included in the 2001 reports and Poneke claims they were not in the 2007 IPCC reports.

I challenged Poneke several times on this and he repeated “Mann’s hockey stick has been thoroughly discredited and the IPCC has dropped it from its reports, just as I state.”

The “infamous, discredited” hockey stick

That’s the problem with quoting yourself as the authority – you can be wrong and not know it. It’s always best to check. If Poneke had done so he would have found this figure below in the 2007 reports. The original data from Mann (MBH 1999) is included with, of course, more recent data. Here is the reference for Poneke, or anyone else doubting my claim - Figure 6.10, page 467,  Chapter 6: Palaeoclimate,The Fourth Assessment Report (AR4), WG I The Physical Science Basis. Mind you, I gave this information to Poneke in a comment to his post – but it was deleted!

Poneke’s cavalier attitude to facts like this should surely leave any claims to journalistic integrity in tatters.

And far from this work being “thoroughly discredited” or abandoned, it has been expanded with more, recent, data. The graph below is from Mann’s 2008 paper (Proxy-based reconstructions of hemispheric and global surface temperature variations over the past two millennia).

National research Council report vindicates Mann

In this paper Mann was responding to suggestions made by the National Research Council in its report  Surface Temperature Reconstructions for the Last 2,000 Years. This thorough and rigorous investigation formed part of US House of Representatives Committee hearings on Mann’s “hockey stick” figure arising from criticisms made by climate change sceptics. It is very authoritative.

The report basically supported Mann’s findings:

“The basic conclusion of Mann et al. (1998, 1999) was that the late 20th century warmth in the Northern Hemisphere was unprecedented during at least the last 1,000 years. This conclusion has subsequently been supported by an array of evidence that includes both additional large-scale surface temperature reconstructions and pronounced changes in a variety of local proxy indicators, such as melting on ice caps and the retreat of glaciers around the world, which in many cases appear to be unprecedented during at least the last 2,000 years.”

In fact the NRC produced their own “hockey stick” in the report (see figure below):

Lord Monckton’s lies about the “hockey Stick”

Poneke’s false assertions on the “hockey stick” graph are, unfortunately, very common. It’s one bit of mudslinging that has found purchase with most deniers repeating the lie. Even some sceptics believe the story.

Lord Mockton has been a prolific propagator of this lie. He even appears in the infamous “climategate” emails saying of the “hockey stick”: “the US National Academy of Sciences has described as having “a validation skill not significantly different from zero”. In plain English, this means the graph was rubbish.”

Problem is – search through the NRC report and you just won’t find those words (“a validation skill not significantly different from zero”). Nevertheless this allegation has been repeated innumerable numbers of times in conservative newspapers and websites. Some of these also claim (as does Poenke) that the IPCC had abandoned the data (see for example the policy Brief from the Commonwealth foundation – Climate & Penn State – demanding a McCarthyist-style investigation of Mann). But even Mockton acknowledges that the UN continues to use the defective graph.”

I guess it just makes a good story so these conservative sources tack it on. As does Poneke.

But, again, where is the journalistic integrity it that?

Footnote: Poneke is continuing his campaign against facts by petulantly demanding that scientists should not speak out on climate change! (see Taxpayer-funded Science Media Centre gets a curious ratings boost from global warming).

Why – because they are biased!

Well, I guess they are – after all they are obliged to deal with facts – not the fairy tales of witch-hunting deniers and conspiracy theorists.

Mind you, he makes sure these facts don’t get into his blog comments. Mine certainly haven’t lately.

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Journalist thinks world climate-science publications are controlled by cabal
Analysis of stolen CRU emails by NZ blogger shows tawdry manipulation of facts — Poneke’s credibility now in tatters – Hot Topic

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Journeys to the Ice — New SciBlogsNZ blogger Ken Perrott Jan 19

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Welcome to Matt Woods, who is now blogging at sciblogsNZ. Matt spent some time working in Antarctica on an ice coring reconnaissance expedition. His blog, Journeys to the Ice, will cover Antarctica and Antarctic science.

Matt has also started a podcast. So go to his blog and have a look. perhaps subscribe to the podcast.

SciblogsNZ must now have about 30 bloggers. Its launch a few months ago represented a big step in science communication in New Zealand. I have certainly noticed a large increase in the activity of local science bloggers – and this must be a good thing.

Inevitably it’s led to a few attacks on science blogging by local conspiracy theorists (eg. Poneke and Ian Wishart). Another sign of effective communication, I say.

And Sciblogs NZ is certainly getting attention from others on the internet. It is currently the 5th ranking blog on the NZ blog ranking survey based on sitemeter statistics (see NZ blogs sitemeter ranking — January ‘10).

Update: This post was interpreted by Poneke as another conspiracy (see Taxpayer-funded Science Media Centre gets a curious ratings boost from global warming). Interesting though there seems to be a bit of a battle between sciblogs and Poneke on the rankings. (At the moment Sciblogs is in 4th and Poneke 5th).

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Martin Luther King’s dream Ken Perrott Jan 19

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Last Monday Martin Luther King Day was celebrated in the US.

TED.com marked the day by posting King’s world-changing “I have a dream” speech given back in 1963. It’s an inspiring speech – and still relevant today.

Only 17 min long I have reposted the video below.

YouTube – Martin Luther King “I have a dream”.

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NZ blogs sitemeter ranking — January ‘10 Ken Perrott Jan 19

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There are about 145 NZ blogs with publicly accessible sitemeter stats on this list. Mind you I have found over 800  NZ blogs  and most of them just don’t make their statistics publicly accessible..

The blogs are listed in the table below, together with daily visits and page view numbers averaged over the previous 7 days. The data was that given by the NZ blog ranking tool on Monday January 18th.

This can be seen at NZ blogs average daily visits

Have a look at that tool. Its a way of comparing your own blog’s performance from day to day -  a roller coaster ride which can be quite exciting!

Just be aware that it relies on spreadsheets at Google Docs and data is not always available. If the data is missing or incomplete, wait a while and reload the page. It will eventually show up.

Meanwhile I am still keen to hear of any other blogs with publicly available sitemeter stats that I have missed. Contact me if you know of any.

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VisitRank Blog Visits/day Page Views/day
1 The Dim-Post 1332 2112
2 No Right Turn 952 1190
3 Notes from the bartender 729 944
4 TUMEKE! 680 779
5 Sciblogs 587 1080
6 A cat of impossible colour 581 842
7 roarprawn 525 782
8 Homepaddock 433 588
9 Poneke’s Weblog 372 541
10 The Hand Mirror 360 464
11 Hitting Metal With A Hammer 351 459
12 Tales from a godless monkey 348 1141
13 Lance Wiggs 330 466
14 MacDoctor Moments 310 452
14 Rest Area 300 m 310 452
16 The Wellingtonista 291 414
17 MandM 284 475
18 Open Parachute 276 357
19 Canterbury Atheists 260 349
20 Einstein Music Journal# 240 320
21 eyeCONTACT 223 341
22 Reading the Maps 220 299
23 In a strange land 212 261
24 Halfdone 203 240
25 Anti-Dismal 185 473
26 Put ‘em all on an island 182 215
27 Code for Life 175 237
28 The visible hand in economics 173 268
29 OpenUReyes 170 354
30 Offsetting Behaviour 146 230
31 Humanitarian Chronicle 142 200
32 fisheye perspective 139 221
33 The Dropkicks 136 211
34 The Fundy Post 117 150
35 Quote Unquote 115 165
36 Today is my birthday 107 164
37 Heart felt 94 143
39 Workers Party 91 149
40 from the morgue 85 135
41 Capitalism is bad 84 117
42 Liberation 81 133
42 Scepticon 81 92
42 Thinking Matters Talk 81 145
45 Show your workings 77 112
46 Socialist Aotearoa 66 85
47 Sustain:if:able Kiwi 64 113
48 Woman Wandering 61 79
49 Unity Blog 60 102
50 Goings on at the Madbush Farm 58 83
51 Cluttercut 57 82
52 Tararua District Library 56 67
53 Open Parachute @ Sciblogs 53 64
54 Webweaver’s world 52 66
55 Rodney’s Aviation Ramblings 51 79
56 Canvassing for opinion 48 54
57 Mars 2 Earth 46 75
57 Cimba7200’s thoughts 46 59
59 Dad4justice 45 54
60 Derek’s blog 44 65
61 KiwiSmith Family 42 70
62 Bill Bennett 41 55
63 Otagosh 40 52
64 Bibliophilia 39 52
65 Glenview 9 36 42
66 Media Fetish 34 49
67 goNZo Freakpower Brains Trust 33 41
67 Pointless and adsurb 33 44
69 Aotearoa: A wider perspective 30 31
69 Samuel Dennis 30 34
71 Blessed Economist 29 36
72 Anarchia 27 35
72 Clint Heine and Friends 27 34
72 UpStage 27 53
75 Family integrity 26 40
75 Journey to a mini me 26 41
77 Joe Hendren 23 31
77 Put up thy Sword! 23 29
79 At home with Rose 22 36
80 Kiwi Chronicles 21 32
81 No excuses. Just write 18 26
81 Green is good 18 22
81 I am Johnny King 18 28
81 Looking in the square 18 23
85 I’m a bit of a geek 17 23
86 Towards Liberty, Prosperity and a civil Southland 16 30
87 Toni Twiss 15 23
87 ICT Teaching and Learning 15 19
87 Manaia Kindergarten 15 19
90 Surfr 14 23
90 Emeth Elethia 14 19
92 The Thorndon Bubble 13 16
92 Hooked on thinking 13 30
94 Life is not a race to be finished first 12 15
94 Tangled up in purple 12 14
96 jo russ photo diary 11 13
97 Neil Stockley 10 18
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