Mar 10, 2008

On "Going Green" and Proper Citations

In Philip R. Klein's latest so-called editorial, he lambasted "junk science," and referred to several "scientific studies:"

First, three studies show that [methane gas emitted from cows] (yes I said [methane gas emitted from cows]) have a far greater effect on the atmosphere than gas engines.

Philip gave no proper citation on those "three studies."

Second, is the concerns on the forest industry. The true concern is that we are cutting too much timber. Well wait a minute? According to the US Government, there is more timber land now than ever in the history of the US?

More forest land than say, 1800, when less than 10 percent of the country was populated?  I find that hard to believe, but typically, Philip again failed to cite his reference.

In the meantime, I found this news item from Saturday of interest:

In a report published on Friday, March 9, 2008, the Lovenstein Institute of Scranton, Pennsylvania, released a four-month study on the intelligence quotient of bloggers throughout the United States. Since 1973, the Lovenstein Institute has published psychological profiles and research on various public figures. The Institute includes noted historians, psychiatrists, sociologists, human behavioral specialists, and psychologists. Among their ranks are world-renowned sociologist Dr. Werner R. Lovenstein and Professor Patricia F. Dilliams, a famous psychiatrist who holds the Chair of Advanced Thinking Skills.

According to statements in the report, most bloggers have significantly higher IQs than the average American.  Dr. Lovenstein explained that "bloggers tend to be more introspective and analytical, which require advanced skills in thinking and comprehension."

Over 4,000 bloggers were rated based on scholarly achievements, their writing, and their ability to comment on issues with with clarity. Several other psychological factors, including the Swanson/Crain System of Intelligence Ranking, were also used in compiling the report.

Most bloggers had IQs of over 120, but Dr. Lovenstein noted that one blogger in particular had a different score. "Philip R. Klein, Editor of the Southeast Texas Political Review, registered an IQ in the 20th percentile of the general population. This was the lowest score of any blogger we examined," revealed Dr. Lovenstein. "According to our criteria, Mr. Klein is a highly unstable individual who scored the lowest of all bloggers in the study with an IQ of just 24."

Professor Dilliams attributed Klein's low score to several factors. "His inability to comprehend simple concepts, poor grammar and spelling skills, simple confusion, and daily hysteria all point to an individual who failed to mature beyond early adolescence," commented Dr. Dilliams. "Typically, we find these type of individuals have a long history of bad debts, broken relationships, and psychological problems, which often lead to divorce, bankruptcy, and alcoholism."

The complete report documents the methods and procedures used to arrive at these ratings, including depth of sentence structure, cognitive processes, and logic.  The study was first commissioned on December 2, 2008, and released to subscribing member universities and organizations within the education community.

I occasionally wonder how gullible Philip thinks his readers are.

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