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Dean’s World is one of the oldest and well-known weblogs in the blogosphere. It evolved out of a pre-blog opinion site called “Dangerous Thoughts” that started in the late 1990s, and eventually became Dean’s World in early 2002. The name started as a joke, but stuck because people kept saying they liked it.

We actively discuss politics, science, history, religion, and even occasionally pop culture and entertainment here. Dean’s World’s founder and proprietor, Dean Esmay, is an IT professional with decades of experience as a writer and journalist. Dean’s World was archived during the 2004 election season by the Library of Congress as Culturally Significant regarding the 2004 elections, and has been nominated multiple times for various awards in blogging, including multiple nominations in the Weblog Awards.

We believe we have the best comments sections in the world; while many thousands of people visit Dean’s World every day, fewer than 1% comment because we run a pretty tight ship: we do require registration, and people who engage in abusive behavior are often asked to leave.

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  • Ruth H

    Dean,
    I’m not home and on my laptop so have no email address for you.
    I ran across this link from Ann Althouse’s blog and thought it was so close to the way I think about AGW I should share it with you.
    I didn’t want to post in a regular comment section cause the AGW alarmist one is old news for today, but I did want you to see it.

    “How I Learned Not to Deny Climate Change
    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2012/05/01/how_i_learned_not_to_deny_climate_change_114017.html
    By Robert Tracinski

    I do not deny the reality of climate change. No, this is not a change of mind, reversing my longstanding skepticism toward claims of human-caused global warming. I have never denied climate change—and that is precisely why I reject the global warming hysteria. But a fascinating new scientific contribution from Danish physicist Henrik Svensmark, who is single-handedly blowing away the alleged “consensus” on what drives the climate, has given me a whole new appreciation for climate change.

    The term “climate change denier” is obviously objectionable because of the word “denier.” That word is carried over from the phrase “Holocaust denial” and is meant to smear global warming skeptics by associating us with the vicious motives of those who airbrush the crimes of the Nazis. But the more substantive objection to this phrase is that we skeptics do not deny the reality of climate change. We embrace it all too thoroughly.

    We understand that the climate is changing and that it has always been changing. The four-and-a-half-billion-year history of the Earth is a history of constant, wild swings in global temperatures and weather, from the steamy jungles that nurtured the dinosaurs to the vast equatorial glaciers of “Snowball Earth.”

    I very much like his term stasis and this paragraph:
    “The alarmists who warn about recent man-made global warming are the ones who deny the reality of climate change. They are, in fact, advocates of climate stasis. They assume that the “normal” climate is basically what it was in 1970—not coincidentally, about the time of the first “Earth Day”—and any recent variation from that norm must require some extraordinary explanation.”

  • canagel

    Dean,
    Please contact me as soon as you can. I would like Lindsey’s medical records removed from your site.
    Cheryl

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