Eli and Ms. Rabett have been quite worried about Ethon. The poor creature absorbed three hard blows in a short time, banishment from the Wikipedia (we remain suspicious about a certain carnaevor's role), Roger Pielke Jr., going on sabbatical and Roger Sr. transferring to the de mortuis nil nisi bonum dicendum est category on the Rabett Run blogroll. Last we saw Ethon in the Fall, he was quite bedraggled and lacking in appetite. We were thus quite happy to greet a sleek and well livered bird who came by after Thanksgiving.
Turns out Roger Jr. is back and pecking away, Roger Sr.'s blog has risen but he doesn't want to hear about anything he doesn't want to hear about so the humor is gone, and Ethon, well the Wikipedia has added an A to his name, but admits that the bird's mission in life, may have been his mission in myth.
Ethon reported that had spent turkey week at the Best of All Possible Worlds Resort attending the Happy Face Conference hosted by Ted Nordhaus, which featured invited talks by the Walmart Deep Discounting Professor of Economics, Richard Tol, and Bjorn Lomborg who lectured the audience on things he agreed he knew nothing about, and, of course, to be very civil, the audience agreed with him. Newt Gingrich gave the keynote. Still, as it must at these things, the disruptive name of Nicholas Stern came up and Eli thought, like 1066, it would be a good thing to contrast the every so pessimistic predictions of Stern
with the sunny information contained in the IPCC WGII report. Fortunately this can be done in pictures.
Or as Nordhaus would sing