Browser Problem

Somehow, I got directed to a web site called windowssecurityhealthalert.com (DO NOT GO THERE), that opened a new instance of Firefox. It has a popup with this kind of crap in it:

WARNING!!! A security breach has been detected, your browser being hijacked and monitored. It is highly recommended to contact a Microsoft certified technician, Call toll free 1-844-798-3802 and get a scan done to resolve this serious issue.

WARNING!!! Your credentials aren’t safe, your PC is being monitored by malicious software by Trojan files installed on your PC, This is a serious security breach, This malware and Trojan agent can steal your credentials and use your PC and your TCP/IP address for criminal activity. STOP using your browser now and call a Microsoft technician at toll free 1-844-798-3802 and remove all traces of malware and Trojan files.

WARNING!!! Please stop using your browser until you get your PC scanned and removes all traces of malware, call toll free 1-844-798-3802 and get a computer scan done NOW !!!

Someone is monitoring your browser and can steal your credentials.

WARNING!!! A security breach has been detected, your browser being hijacked and monitored. It is highly recommended to contact a Microsoft certified technician, Call toll free 1-844-798-3802 and get a scan done to resolve this serious issue.

I’m running Linux.

Anyway, it won’t let me close it. Clicking on the upper-right X does nothing, and when I close the popup, it just repops. If it was Chrome I could kill the individual process for it, but Firefox only has a single process for tabs and instances. If I kill Firefox, it just comes back when I restart and restore. I cleared all cookies, but that didn’t help. Anyone know how to track down what’s allowing it to do this and killing it with extreme prejudice?

[Mid-afternoon update]

After a little research, I installed this add-on, which blocks trackers and javascript. Post installation, I was able to kill both the pop up and the instance.

Climate Models

Another example of their bogosity:

It occurs to me to wonder whether this error in the GISS-E2-R ocean mixing parameterisation, which gave rise to AMOC instability in the Pliocene simulation, might possibly account for the model’s behaviour in LU run 1. It looks to me as if something goes seriously wrong with the AMOC in the middle of the 20th century in that run, with no subsequent recovery evident.

But let’s make wealth-destroying policy based on this!

[Update on January 28th]

Insights from Karl Popper to break the gridlock in the climate debate.

It’s sad how so many people who (ironically) accuse me of being a “climate denier” or a “science denier” are so profoundly ignorant of how science actually works.

[Bumped]

[Update a while later]

An analysis from Judith Curry and Nic Lewis on the latest climate crap from Mann et al:

As I see it, this paper is a giant exercise in circular reasoning:

  1. Assume that the global surface temperature estimates are accurate; ignore the differences with the satellite atmospheric temperatures
  2. Assume that the CMIP5 multi-model ensemble can be used to accurately portray probabilities
  3. Assume that the CMIP5 models adequately simulate internal variability
  4. Assume that external forcing data is sufficiently certain
  5. Assume that the climate models are correct in explaining essentially 100% of the recent warming from CO2

In order for Mann et al.’s analysis to work, you have to buy each of these 5 assumptions; each of these is questionable to varying degrees.

You don’t say.

Thirty Years On

This is the thirty first year my birthday has been marred by the event. Leroy Chiao thinks that we shouldn’t have retired the Shuttle, but he assumes we did it for safety reasons. As I note in the book, Shuttle was retired because it cost too much, and the fleet had gotten too small to sustain it properly.

[Update a while later]

My thoughts on the anniversary, and lessons not learned, over at USA Today.

[Update a few minutes later]

Clark Lindsey has a link roundup on the anniversaries.

[Update a while later\

Doug Messier has some thoughts, and a warning to the space upstarts.

Heckling Hillary

Katherine Prudhomme explains why she did it:

The next thing I heard about Hillary Clinton and sexual assault was in December, when a questioner asked Hillary if Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey and Paula Jones should be believed. Hillary responded that, “everybody should be believed at first until they are disbelieved based on evidence.” What evidence is now out there that would cause us to disbelieve them? Why didn’t the media ask her about it afterwards? I’ve watched this story more closely than most since 1999 and I didn’t know what evidence Hillary was talking about.

On New Year’s Day, I found out the Clinton campaign was going to be in my town that Sunday. I signed up using my real name, got a confirmation number, and thought all day about whether yelling out these questions at Hillary Clinton, which I’d asked so many times and heard so many dismissive answers to, was the right thing to do.

The only other option I faced was accepting that the people of this country and our leaders don’t care about rape and sexual assault victims when a powerful man is accused of them. That man is then above the law. When the woman closest to him enables his behavior and protects him from discovery by threatening his victims to remain silent, and then is presented to me as a champion of women, the disconnect is more than I can take. I felt like the little boy who yells out that the emperor has no clothes on. I decided that I had to go there and ask my question in any way that I could and would do so at the moment the question portion of her event began.

I went into the venue early, got a seat up at the front and waited. I even told the talkative, friendly man sitting next to me exactly what I was going to do. He thought it was a bad idea and tried to talk me out of it. I was expecting to be thrown out of the event or arrested, but I believed so much in my cause that I did it anyway.

Hillary told me last July in Gorham that she has no idea who Broaddrick is. Now she claims there is evidence to prove that Broaddrick is lying. That makes no sense. Why didn’t Lisa Myers find anything to discredit Broaddrick? Why didn’t NBC’s army of lawyers find anything? They would have welcomed any reason not to show that interview, but they did not find it.

People should be doing this to the rape enabler everywhere Her Highness goes, and force the media to cover it. There is no law that the Clintons don’t consider themselves above, including violent rape.

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