February 11 2010

Words on Weather & Climate—February 11, 2010

February 15, 2010 // 0 Comments

More IPCC goofs by Craig James First, a quick update on the Climategate article I wrote a couple of weeks ago. The Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in England had many emails and documents either leaked or hacked that appeared to suggest ways of hiding data and avoiding freedom of information requests. The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office just recently released a statement that said the University did break the law but no prosecution would occur because the requests were made beyond the six month statute of limitations. However, the University has said it will now release the raw climate data requested, but oops… much of it has been destroyed. What? Isn’t that like saying we know we broke the law but you’ll just have to trust us that our conclusions are valid even though you can’t check them? Last week I wrote about some of the charges recently made about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) regarding conflict of interests with its chairman and the ignoring of peer reviewed data skeptical of human induced warming. I hadn’t planned on writing further about this but so many additional items have come to light that I just had to do a follow-up article. This story is beginning to sound like a soap opera. The IPCC is a political organization charged with compiling peer-reviewed scientific research so that world governments can make policy regarding global warming. Not only has it come to light that much peer-reviewed information has been selectively ignored but many of the IPCC’s conclusions were drawn not from peer reviewed scientific research at all but from opinion papers from activist organizations such as Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Here are a few examples: 1. A WWF report is cited twice as the only supporting proof of IPCC statements about coastal developments in Latin America. 2. When discussing mudflows and avalanches linked to melting glaciers, the IPCC relies on two sources, an unpublished paper and a WWF document. 3. When the IPCC advises world leaders that “climate change is very likely to produce significant impacts on selected marine fish and shellfish” it doesn’t call attention to the fact that the sole authority on which this statement rests is a […]

Rockford resident, former railroad man celebrates 95th birthday

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Friends and family of  James (Jim) Drenton surprised him on his 95th birthday on Saturday, February 6. Jim retired in 1977 from the C&O Railroad after 35 years. He and his wife Ann and their children had a cottage on Big Brower Lake during the 50s and 60s before making it their year-round home in the mid-60s. They later moved into the City of Rockford. The couple have two sons, one daughter, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Jim has many interests. Some of them are flowers, fishing, golf, and fixing things that break. He is a charter member of the North Kent Golf Club and was a member of the Great Lakes Golf League. He enjoys good health and loves walking around the dam and talking with the people fishing there. One of Jim’s favorite past times is shopping. He still Christmas shops for all of his family members, giving special consideration to each one’s age and interest. Because he loves to shop and help others less fortunate he is a frequent contributor to the local food pantry. Jim enjoys all the wonderful friends and neighbors he has met while living in Rockford and appreciates all the help they give him. Guest at the party Mary Ohnsman said, “People wonder what heaven will be like. When you’re celebrating with a group of family and friends, that’s about as close to heaven on Earth as you can get.”

February Phone-a-thon to benefit Rockford Education Foundation

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  The Rockford Education Foundation will be conducting its annual Phone-a-thon on February 23, 24 and 25, between the hours of 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. On each of those three nights, volunteers will be calling parents in the Rockford school district to ask for donations.  The foundation funds educational opportunities for learners in the Rockford area. “The REF has once again awarded $60,000 to the Rockford community in grants this year,” says Phone Chairperson, Theresa Webb. “Since 1991, we have awarded more than $800,000. The Phone-a-thon is one of our largest fundraisers of the year and last year we raised $22,000 for the Foundation.” “The state budget cuts in education have made our work even more important,” says Sue Arend, REF Administrator. “We really appreciate the support we have received from the community in the past, and hope people will consider helping us out, in any way that you can, again this year.” Anyone interested in volunteering to help with the Phone-a-thon may call the REF at 863-6317.

“Les Miserables” comes to RHS

February 15, 2010 // 0 Comments

Would you like to see the second-longest running Broadway show in history right  here in Rockford? Rockford High School is presenting the smash hit musical, “Les Miserables,” for two weekends on March 18, 19, 20 and 25, 26, and 27 at 7 p.m. in the Rockford Fine Arts Auditorium. This extremely popular masterpiece of musical theater is based on the novel by  Victor Hugo.  The story follows Jean Valjean’s life journey and ultimate  transformation from a convict in 1815 France to a man of great humanity and  compassion. The talented cast, under the direction of RHS choir director Dave  Duiven, along with the crew and parents, are working feverishly to arrive at a  production that will more than do justice to the high caliber of the classic  story and characters of Victor Hugo, and the music of Alain Boublil and  Claude-Michel Schonberg.  This will undoubtedly be one of the best musicals in  Rockford’s history.  Ticket sales will begin February 15, and will be available  at the RHS box office weekdays from 10 a.m. to 12:30, or by calling the box office at (616) 863-6031, ext. 7087.  All seats for all shows are reserved, and are an  exceptional value at only $10.  You will not want to miss this extraordinary  show, so mark your calendars now.

MacRaven celebrates ‘month of love’ with new CD

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Tunes from their newest CD “The Heart Does Not Forget” by musical duo MacRaven create the perfect backdrop for an exquisitely romantic February. MacRaven features award-winning composer/pianist and Bostwick Lake Church Music Director Roger MacNaughton and 30-year Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra cellist Steve VanRavenswaay.             On Sunday, Feb. 14, Grand Rapids’ mainstay eatery, One Trick Pony Grille & Tap Room, will open especially for Valentine’s dinner from 5 to 6 p.m., featuring music by the duo from 6 to 10 p.m. Autographed CDs will be available for purchase as a special memento.             Appearing at Schuler Books & Music (28th St. location) “Live Music in the Studio,” MacRaven will present a concert of tunes from the new CD as well as favorites from their first release “Winter Canvas” on Friday, Feb. 26 beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is free.             One Trick Pony is located at 136 Fulton St., Grand Rapids. Reservations are recommended. Call (616) 235-7669.

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