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Not Your Father’s El Nino

August 15, 2015 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet Be the first to comment
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NASA and other agencies now forecast the incipient El Nino conditions to continue at least into the winter and the early part of 2016. Figure 1 compares Pacific sea surface temperature anomaly for the El Nino of 1997- 1998 with the current sea surface temperature anomaly. These data are from August 6, 1997 and August 5, 2015. Note the huge impressive blob of heat on the west coast of Central America. So it looks the same but different and may not evolve in the same way.

In Figure 2 I’ve plotted the global temperature anomaly up to and including the July 2015 data published by NASA. If we assume that the 2015-2016 El Nino plays out similar to the 1997-1998 event and is followed by a strong La Nina, we can make a crude first order estimate of the global temperature anomaly out to 2025. The trend line of the anomaly from 1979 until July 2015 has a slope of 0.0165 degrees C per year. Since events are unfolding 18 years later, I’ve added 18*0.0165 = 0.297 degrees C to the monthly temperature anomaly for each corresponding month. We see that if the El Nino plays out anything like the 1997-1998 event, we may never again experience a year as cold as the year global warming “stopped” in 1998. … Continue Reading

The Noisy Economist

July 25, 2015 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet, Uncategorized Comments Off on The Noisy Economist
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“[W]hereas classisists [economists] turned the spotlight on change, flow, process and dynamics, the neoclassicists [economists] spend their time analyzing states of rest, balance, equilibrium.” – Yanis Varoufakis [1]

Updating the evolving global surface temperature anomaly monthly for the Loudoun County Supervisors and Blue Ridge Leader readers put me in mind of a bet proposed by economist and fossil fuels industry consultant Scott Armstrong. The bet was described by Nate Silver in his book “The Signal and the Noise”. While Silver’s topic is important and a subplot running through my series of articles, Silver makes several mistakes; even blowing his Bayesian analysis [2]. … Continue Reading

The Cost of Deceit

July 20, 2015 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on The Cost of Deceit
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“Most of the dozens of essential climate variables monitored each year in this report continued to follow their long-term trends in 2014, with several setting new records. Carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide—the major greenhouse gases released into Earth’s atmosphere—once again all reached record high average atmospheric concentrations for the year. Carbon dioxide increased by 1.9 ppm to reach a globally averaged value of 397.2 ppm for 2014. Altogether, 5 major and 15 minor greenhouse gases contributed 2.94 W m–2 of direct radiative forcing, which is 36% greater than their contributions just a quarter century ago.

“Accompanying the record-high greenhouse gas concentrations was nominally the highest annual global surface temperature in at least 135 years of modern record keeping, according to four independent observational analyses.” Blunden, J. and D. S. Arndt, Eds., 2015: State of the Climate in 2014. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 96 (7), S1–S267. … Continue Reading

Radiophysics

July 6, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on Radiophysics
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“Radiophysics is a Hoax” – James Inhofe

The climate of a planet is stable when the incoming radiation from a planet’s star equals the outgoing heat radiation from the planet itself at the top of the atmosphere. Everything else is a factor only insofar as it contributes to or perturbs that balance. Understanding the radiation behavior of the atmosphere therefore is critical to understanding human-caused climate change [1-2].

Figure 1 [3] shows atmospheric absorption for frequencies from those used in satellite communications and point-to-point microwave radio links at the low end (left side) to visible light (right side) on the x-axis using a log scale and atmospheric attenuation on the y-axis also using a log scale. In particular if you have satellite TV or internet service, the dish antenna on your roof receives or transmits at the frequencies marked by the red lines. The green line represents spectrum the satellite industry is interested in using in the future. Note that we avoid the oxygen and water vapor absorption bands. Because of the popularity of smart phones, personal devices and wireless routers new spectrum is being requested up to and including 60 GHz identified by the red arrow. The 60 GHz band is attractive for wireless local networks such as inside a home because the strong oxygen attenuation guarantees the spectrum can be reused by neighbors with little interference into each other’s devices. And because of this strong attenuation, it is unsuitable for other radio applications such as satellite communications. … Continue Reading

Shell Games

June 16, 2015 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on Shell Games
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“Let me be very very clear, for us climate change is real and it’s a threat that we want to act on. We’re not aligning with skeptics.” – Ben van Beurden, chief executive officer of Royal Dutch Shell [1]

“What we have to understand is that free will is our capacity to see probable futures, futures which seem like they’re gonna happen, in time to take steps so that something else happens instead.” Daniel Dennett [2]

I received an interesting comment to my April 20 article “Stupid” [3] from Brett, a denier of human-caused climate change and it happens to segue into what I wanted to write about next.

“Why have you been hiding your genius from us so long. I’m now convinced by your omnipotent knowledge to just disregard any credible scientists that disagree with you. Now I too can live my life in fear.” … Continue Reading

Galileo’s Telescope

May 13, 2015 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on Galileo’s Telescope
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“Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.” Hanlon’s Razor [1]

We can be confident in the knowledge that humans are now in control of the Earth’s surface climate for three very good reasons. First, every national and international scientific organization in the world has endorsed this conclusion which summarizes the five IPCC reports. Many of these organizations have issued multiple independent reports of their own. Every knowledgeable scientist endorses this observation. Second, all of the denier arguments are uniformly stupid. As I’ve explained, I use “stupid” as a technical term appealing to Hanlon’s razor to indicate that the arguments are worse than Wolfgang Pauli’s characterization of bad science as “not even wrong”. A fairly complete list of these arguments can be found on the Skeptical Scientist web site with explanation and rebuttal. I’ve examined many in my articles. Third, there is no science which defends denial. If it existed you would have heard about it. It is not for lack of imagination that Charles Krauthammer argued to undermine the entire body of physical knowledge citing an uncertain report on the uncertainty of a technician’s ability to interpret a mammogram which Krauthammer probably didn’t read. It was for lack of any relevant science. If any denier finds some relevant science which supports denial, he will tell Krauthammer who will then let us know. … Continue Reading

Stupid

April 20, 2015 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet 2 comments
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“With respect to wit, I learned that there was not much difference between the half and the whole.” – Henry David Thoreau “Walden”

By Tony Noerpel

All of the people whose denial of global warming I’ve criticized in past articles are highly influential in our society and are supercilious sycophants (lobbyists, apologists, politicians, economists, pundits) of the fossil fuels industry or some other corporate oligarchy. Their incomes and status depend on their not telling the truth. I have examined a number of their arguments and using Hanlon’s razor, a corollary to the Dunning Kruger Effect classified them as “stupid”, using “stupid” not as a pejorative but as an accurate descriptor of fairly extreme logical fallacy. Think of stupid as an argument one could publish in the Onion. … Continue Reading

Not-even-wrong

April 6, 2015 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on Not-even-wrong
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“The phrase ‘not-even-wrong’ describes any argument that purports to be scientific but fails at some fundamental level, usually in that it contains a terminal logical fallacy or it cannot be falsified by experiment (i.e. tested with the possibility of being rejected), or cannot be used to make predictions about the natural world.” – Wikipedia [1]

The physicist Jakob Bekenstein [2] proposed in his PhD dissertation in 1972 that black holes had positive entropy proportional to the surface area of their event horizon. This concept disagreed with the prevailing consensus and the physics community was very skeptical including Stephen Hawking, who set out to falsify Bekenstein’s argument. What Hawking did instead was to confirm it and then concede the point [3].

The physicist Richard Muller was a rather vocal skeptic of human-caused climate change until he analyzed the data for himself. His team has since published analysis that not only is the Earth surface warming rather dramatically but human emissions are 100 percent responsible [4]. Muller describes his results in this video [5]. In this example the outlier Muller was wrong and the consensus was correct, which is the more common result in science. We only here about the rare times the outlier is correct simply because that makes better news. In any event, it is always the argument with the most evidence which prevails in science.

These stories are good examples of how science progresses and also highlight the most important characteristic of skepticism: the willingness to be wrong, which distinguishes it from denial. Another distinguishing characteristic is knowledge of the science.

The expression “Not even wrong” is attributed to the physicist Wolfgang Pauli. He used it to criticize a paper written by another physicist. This critique implies that the argument is worse than simply being wrong and has come to be identified with arguments which are flawed in some fundamental way as describe on the Wikipedia page quoted above.

We have thus identified three categories of scientific argument: empirically correct, e.g. Bekenstein’s argument, empirically wrong, e.g. Muller’s argument, and not-even-wrong, e.g. string theory and the multi-verse, perhaps. Empirically wrong arguments which are falsified are important to science insofar as they may illuminate blind alleys and scientific arguments which are not-even-wrong may eventually prove not only to have value but to be correct in some limited circumstances. However, this is only possible if the argument is at least grounded in science and does not have logical fallacies.

In my last article [6] we examined arguments championed by the deniers Charles Lane [7] and Charles Krauthammer [8] in the Washington Post. Conflating climate physics with a single study of mammograms as Krauthammer did or cholesterol as did Lane is worse than not-even-wrong and requires a new and more accurate designation. Pauli did not have anything this stupid in mind when he coined the phrase “not-even-wrong”, which is why employing Hanlon’s razor we coin the label “stupid”.

There is a popular argument with global warming deniers, recently used by Senator Ted Cruz [9], which assumes that denier scientists must be right because they are in a very small minority. But that is a logical fallacy. The popularity or lack thereof has nothing to do with the correctness of a scientific argument. If climate hawks were to argue that the consensus of the climate science community is right only because they are in the majority that too would be a logical fallacy. In fact climate hawks point this out only to address yet another self-contradictory denier argument which claims that there are lots of climate scientists who deny global warming [10]. When the latter argument was falsified, deniers rather than concede the point made up the opposite argument. Deniers employ adaptive irrationality.

The consensus view is correct because of the weight of evidence summarized in the five IPCC reports. This happens to be the consensus of most climate scientists because of this overwhelming evidence. Instead of foolishly comparing himself to Galileo and confusing historic fact in the process, i.e., conflating a flat earth with Ptolemaic geocentrism [9], Cruz would have done better to read these reports and familiarize himself with the facts. He confuses campaign contributions with evidence and while in the short run that is profitable for Cruz, in the long run it is stupid and reckless.

In the case of global warming we are fortunate to have these five IPCC reports and lots of survey reports published by all of the relevant science organizations in the world such as AGU, NASA, NOAA, NSF, NAS, AAAS, ACS and so on. These surveys and summaries include all the good testable arguments which have been verified by experiment, observation and analysis, and in addition, all the good testable arguments which have been partly or wholly falsified.

When we examine denier arguments, we find that most of them, as is the cases with Krauthammer’s and Lane’s, actually avoid relevant science, even that which is not-even-wrong, and are best classified as stupid. Making the same falsified arguments repeatedly is also stupid unless new evidence is presented. Thus I have observed that all denier arguments are stupid which may be why the scientific community has difficulty addressing them. Why would any credible scientist bother to respond to someone as dumb as Krauthammer? I submit that this is one reason is why industry consultants, apologists, the press and politicians avoid evidence-based science in favor of stupid arguments. Another would be that confronting evidence-based science contradicts their world view and creates painful and unwelcome tension. They would be forced to reject their sacrosanct ideologies. For many like Cruz it would impact their ability to earn a living. And a third reason would be that they have no idea what science or the truth is.

Are Krauthammer, Lane, Hiatt and Cruz lying, confabulating, self-delusional or just stupid? Cognitive psychologists and neuro psychologists study this from a clinical perspective. An excellent introduction to this effort is William Hirstein’s “Brain Fiction”. The orbitofrontal cortex is the part of the brain which would ordinarily tell a rational person that cholesterol has nothing to do with the polar vortex. It is the same part of the brain which malfunctions in sociopaths.

At a party last weekend a climate activist averred that our mistake was calling it “global warming” instead of “climate change” or maybe the other way around. But this is as stupid as any denier argument and avoids the problem. We have been using both terms in equal measure for the last forty years and calling it something else would have made little difference. The fossil fuels industry is not paying these people to lie because they object to the terminology. The solution is a threat to their profits. Implementing the solution by government regulation is a threat to all large multi-national corporations and all plutocrats. Self-criticism by climate activists is an irresponsible waste of time. We are not the problem.

The philosopher Daniel Dennett has defined free will [11]: “What we have to understand is that free will is our capacity to see probable futures, futures which seem like they’re gonna happen, in time to take steps so that something else happens instead.” We have to concern ourselves with whether deniers have a free will, whether any amount of evidence would persuade them and whether or not Homo sapiens can survive as a consequence. We need to understand what has gone wrong in the denier brain and why.

According to Dennett scientists and activists exercised their free will “seeing probable futures.” We know what these are. The problem is we as a society are not taking the necessary steps so that something else happens. Why is that?

All of the people I’ve criticized have had large soap boxes and are paid to lie. All of their global warming denier arguments are stupid assiduously avoiding evidence. If we are going to find a rational argument which supports denial we will have to look elsewhere. We need to find a scientist, preferably a physicist, who understands what science is and whose livelihood does not depend on defending the over privileged and who is genuinely skeptical of the conclusions of the IPCC reports.

A good friend sent me an email he received from his friend who has a PhD in nuclear physics. I will call him Joe. Joe is a global warming skeptic and his email was his attempt to persuade my friend, an advanced degreed engineer that the IPCC reports are in error. We will examine Joe’s arguments in my next article.

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Not_even_wrong

[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_Bekenstein

[3] Jim Baggott, Farewell to Reality, How modern physics has bretrayed the search for scientific truth, Pegasus Books, 2013.

[4] Muller’s team’s papers http://berkeleyearth.org/papers

[5] Muller’s video http://www.skepticalscience.com/fiddling-with-global-warming-conspiracy-theories-while-rome-burns.html and an audio interview here http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2012/08/02/climate-change-skeptic

[6] Tony Noerpel, Deniers and Liars and Dunning-Kruger, March 17, 2015, http://brleader.com/?p=16610

[7] Charles Lane, http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/science-with-a-side-order-of-humility/2015/02/18/d139f3d4-b78e-11e4-aa05-1ce812b3fdd2_story.html

[8] http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/charles-krauthammer-the-myth-of-settled-science/2014/02/20/c1f8d994-9a75-11e3-b931-0204122c514b_story.html

[9] Chris Mooney http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/03/26/ted-cruz-invokes-galileo-to-defend-his-climate-skepticism-and-historians-arent-happy/

[10] an example: http://www.skepticalscience.com/OISM-Petition-Project.htm

[11] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joCOWaaTj4A

Deniers and Liars and Dunning-Kruger

March 17, 2015 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on Deniers and Liars and Dunning-Kruger
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“We now live in a culture in which it is entirely possible to live the vast majority of one’s life inside a[n] ideological bubble.” Slaughter and Gutenson [1]

Dunning-Kruger Effect: The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias wherein unskilled individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly assessing their ability to be much higher than is accurate. This bias is attributed to a metacognitive inability of the unskilled to recognize their ineptitude. [2]

“Without free will there could be no rational thought.” – Nicolas Gislin [3] … Continue Reading

Are GM Foods Safe?

March 8, 2015 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on Are GM Foods Safe?
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“Monsanto shouldn’t have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA’s job.” Philip Angell, Monsanto’s director of corporate communications [1]

“Ultimately, it is the food producer who is responsible for assuring safety.” Federal Register [2]

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A few weeks ago [3], I described a PEW study suggesting that most scientists (87 percent) accept the human-caused climate change paradigm whereas most of the public does not. Both results contrast with the opinions of climate scientists which is for all practical purposes 100 percent in support of the theory. This support is well documented. As strong as the theory is on its own merits, the irrationality of those objecting to it, strengthens it further. All opposition is driven by neo-liberal economic ideology and the fossil fuels industry. … Continue Reading

The Climate Change Economy

February 16, 2015 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on The Climate Change Economy
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A few weeks ago [1] I showed that the costs of climate events such as storms, draughts and floods were growing at a seven percent per annum clip while US GDP was only growing at a 2.7 percent rate. I showed that if these rates continue the costs of climate events would exceed the growth in GDP by 2058. This estimate is optimistic and should be considered an upper bound because the costs only include the big events costing more than one billion dollars adjusted for inflation in 2014 dollars and do not include damage from all the lesser events. Further, much of GDP growth is in services which do not increase accumulated wealth in the same way as material wealth and most material wealth deteriorates with time and must periodically be replaced even without climate impacts. Food gets eaten or rots, cars rust, houses fall apart and sports stadiums get torn down and replaced. But there are two more important considerations. The rate of growth of the cost of climate events is unlikely to remain as low as seven percent. It will have to grow as the surface temperature increases. And, it is unlikely that US GDP will continue to grow at a 2.7 percent rate into the future. Since 2005 it has been growing at less than 1.4 percent annually. Referring to Figure 1 showing the growth of derivatives, I would suggest that neo-liberal economics and deregulation of finance which are well underway increase the risk of an economic collapse in the near future. … Continue Reading

Consensus

February 15, 2015 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on Consensus
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“Finally, at a still higher level, there is another set of commitments without which no man is a scientist. The scientist must … be concerned to understand the world…” – Thomas Kuhn

There has been much commentary on a PEW Foundation study [1] showing the gaps between what the public believes and what scientists believe. Climate hawks have noted that 50 percent of the public agrees with the statement: “climate change is mostly due to human activity” while 87 percent of AAAS member scientists do. Interestingly, pro-corporation pundits, mostly deniers, have observed that only 37 percent of the public agrees that it is “safe to eat GM foods” while 88 percent of scientists do. … Continue Reading

Climate Storms

February 3, 2015 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on Climate Storms
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“Global warming does increase the intensity of droughts and heat waves, and thus the area of forest fires. However, because a warmer atmosphere holds more water vapor, global warming must also increase the intensity of the other extreme of the hydrologic cycle – meaning heavier rains, more floods, and more intense storms driven by latent heat, including thunderstorms, tornadoes, and tropical storms … both extremes increase with global warming.” James Hansen [1]

In my last article I presented a chart, reproduced below as Figure 1, published by the reinsurer Munich Re which shows that while the number of catastrophic geophysical events has not changed since 1980, the number of worldwide climate related catastrophic events has increased three fold. This is convincing evidence of human caused climate change and confirmation of the accuracy of climate scientist James Hansen’s testimony to a Senate Committee on June 23, 1988. There are those deniers who argue, without evidence, that the increase in the number of catastrophic events is due to a doubling of the human population thus more witnesses and more people to be impacted, and more technology such as satellites and cameras around to observe the events. Clearly that is not the case as the numbers of geophysical events, such as volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis would have been similarly affected and they were not. … Continue Reading

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Not Your Father’s El Nino

15 Aug 2015

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NASA and other agencies now forecast the incipient El Nino conditions to continue at least into the winter and the early part of 2016. Figure 1 compares Pacific sea surface temperature anomaly for the El Nino of 1997- 1998 with …

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Ask Dr. Mike

At Wits End

7 Aug 2015

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Dr. Mike, My sister’s son is autistic, but she is in complete denial. I’ve done my research and he fits a diagnosis of autism. He is three years old and doesn’t talk or socialize. He has meltdowns that are out …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Morven Park

7 Aug 2015

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I think what strikes me most about this place – as over the top as it is in many ways – is how understated it really is; I know that’ll take some explaining. I’ve been to Morven Park hundreds of …

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Mount Zion Church

1 Jul 2015

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– By Tim Jon So: You’ve never given the American Civil War a great deal of thought, much less walked the grounds of Gettysburg or some of the other, major battleground sites located in our region; you may not be …

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Sushi's Corner

March Sushi

4 Mar 2015

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Hello everyone, this is Hokie Cat from Fields of Athenry Farm. Sushi is in big trouble as we speak and is residing in doggy dungeon. I am here to fill you in on what took place. My brother Mountie loves …

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Virginia Gardening

Planting an Allergy-Free Garden

5 May 2015

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By Donna Williamson Tom Ogren has a long-time interest in allergy-inducing plants. He has written several books on the topic and in February released his latest The Allergy Fighting Garden. He explains why plants can stir up allergies and has …

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Samuel Moore-Sobel

What It Means To Be a Man

7 Aug 2015

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel As I have gotten older I have noticed that there are more and more young men who ask me for advice. To me it seems silly – I am often not much older than the person asking, …

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A Social Security Strategy Could Enhance Your Retirement Income Plan

7 Aug 2015

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By Amy & Dan Smith What do you think of when someone mentions Social Security? Many people consider Social Security and retirement as one and the same. More than 90 percent of working Americans plan for Social Security to replace …

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8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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Blue Ridge Middle Places 11th In National Science League

1 Jul 2015

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Blue Ridge National Science Day Declared Tuesday, June 10 has been officially been declared Blue Ridge National Science Day. At a recent Purcellville Town Council Meeting, Mayor Kwasi Fraser and members of the town council signed a proclamation designating this …

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View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input sessions June 4, 11 and 18 at 7:00 p.m. at town hall for the proposed sweeping zoning changes. These major …

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Editorial

Getting Purcellville Out of the Conflicts of Interest Trap

7 Aug 2015

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Three Virginia laws address openness in government: the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA), The Virginia Public Records Act (VPRA) and The Virginia State & Local Government Conflict of Interests Act (VCOIA). VFOIA guides how public bodies conduct their meetings and regulates access to government records. VPRA establishes basic rules about what constitutes a public record and what the government’s …

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Lifestyle

Loudoun Health Officials Remind Septic System Owners of Need to Pump Out

28 Aug 2015

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The Loudoun County Health Department reminds owners of septic systems that routine pumping out of their systems can extend the system’s life and reduce the risk of untreated sewage surfacing or backing up into a house. Loudoun County requires owners of conventional onsite septic systems to have their tanks pumped out at least every five years. Tanks must be pumped …

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Historic Village Prepares for 46th Annual Bluemont Fair

25 Aug 2015

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The sleepy Blue Ridge village of Bluemont in western-most Loudoun County, Virginia, is bustling with activity as it prepares for the 46th ANNUAL BLUEMONT FAIR, September 19 & 20, 2015 from 10AM to 5PM both days, rain or shine. Admission is still only $5/adults, under 10 free, with free parking available. One-way traffic and crosswalks will be enforced in the …

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Register for Rally for the Cure™

24 Aug 2015

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Want to participate in a fun tournament for a great cause? Then sign up to participate in the Stoneleigh Women’s Golf Association’s annual Rally for the Cure ™ golf tournament in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month! This is a great opportunity to play at the golf course recently cited as being the Prettiest Golf Course in Northern Virginia by …

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Wild Loudoun

Dragonflies – To See Is To Believe

7 Aug 2015

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Shadow Darner. Unicorn Clubtail. Black Shouldered Spinyleg. Blue Dasher. Ebony Jewelwing. Calico Pennant. Sanddragon. Their names conger up some magical place inhabited by devils and demons, elegant queens, daring lovers – creatures you would need to see with your own eyes to believe really existed. But, each of these, including the Calico Pennant, is actually one of the most common …

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Around Virginia

Congress and MWAA VS Loudoun Taxpayers

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By Delegate Dave LaRock It’s no secret that population growth and business development have left Loudoun County, especially busy areas to the east, with some pretty challenging traffic. The process of expanding the local network of roads and transit always seems to be playing catch-up, usually tied to availability of …

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Governor Signs Senator Black’s Campus Sexual Assault Bill

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On Thursday, May 28, Sen. Richard Black traveled to Richmond for the bill signing ceremony of his bill, Senate Bill 712, the Campus Sexual Assault Bill. Black’s law will change the way that Virginia’s colleges and universities handle sexual assault cases.  “When I heard about the Hannah Graham case, I …

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McAuliffe Announces Movie To Film in Virginia

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia has been selected as the filming location for “Loving,” a motion picture based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a Virginia married couple who, in 1958, were arrested for violating a state law at the time prohibiting interracial marriage. The couple …

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Sports

Drew Hunter Heading To Pan American Games

7 Aug 2015

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Loudoun Valley’s Drew Hunter placed second in the United States Track and Field 1500-meter run Junior National Championship. That earned him a spot on the United States Junior Team going to the Pan American Games in Edmonton, Canada in late July. Drew lost to college freshman Blake Haney of the …

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American Legion Post 34 Hosting Mid-Atlantic Regional Baseball Tournament

5 Aug 2015

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Batter up! Chartered in 1919 by an act of Congress, the American Legion is one of our country’s oldest, largest and most prestigious veteran’s organizations – dedicated to mentoring youth, sponsoring community programs, promoting national security and supporting veterans and members of the armed forces. Specific programs include scholarships, scouting, …

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This Month in History

July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

1 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines Loudoun County was heavily invested in the fight for independence from Great Britain. Loudouner Francis Lightfoot Lee was one of 56 delegates to sign the Declaration of Independence. More Loudouners served in General George Washington’s army than any other county in Virginia, and the county’s enormous …

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Mary Rose Lunde

More Than a GPA

7 Aug 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde In school we are measured in every way based on a number system from a point scale resulting in grades then translated into a GPA that can’t be easily fixed in just one semester. Students are forced to think that all they have to achieve is …

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Go Pink … As Pink As You Like

1 Jul 2015

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– By Sarah Nearis Look at these sweet and summery pink blouses and tops. Don’t you want to try one on? Some women are afraid to wear pink, thinking it’s a bit too feminine. But, pink comes in such a wide variety of shades – from soft mauves to fuchsias …

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Letters

Thank You Purcellville

7 Aug 2015

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I want to express my sincere appreciation for the outpouring of support by the local business owners and residents in relationship to my challenge to …

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Independence Won – Much Left To Be Done

1 Jul 2015

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With graduations behind us and summer vacations ahead, we have much to look forward to. My summer will be full of events and opportunities to …

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Reflections for Father’s Day, a Child’s Constitutional Rights

15 Jun 2015

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I’ve been a licensed attorney and a father since the late 80’s. Yet, I wonder about how many of our country’s legal theories – theories …

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