He gave up Christianity at age 13 when he saw starving children on the cover of Life magazine. (AP)
* He was returning from an apple farm on one of his fruitarian diets when he chose the name of his company (AP)
* He told John Sculley (the former Pepsi exec who ousted Jobs) that if he hadn’t started Apple (AAPL) he might have been a poet in Paris (Huffington Post)
*He told Barack Obama he was headed for a one-term presidency (Huffington Post)
*He offered to create Obama’s ad campaign but became annoyed because Obama’s strategist David Axelrod wasn’t sufficiently deferential (HuffPo)
*Gates was fascinated with Jobs but found him “fundamentally odd” and “weirdly flawed as a human being” (HuffPo)
Oddly, Mooney didn’t include this nugget:
He [Jobs] came to regret having delayed surgery when his cancer was first diagnosed — turning instead to fruit juices, acupuncture and herbal cures, some of which he found on the Internet.
Anyway, Mooney goes on to write:
I’ve been thinking a lot about Apple’s success, and the Jobs phenomenon, from the perspective of the study of human personality. And I’m willing to bet that Jobs was a person who would have scored very high on the trait Openness to Experience““fractious, rebellious, innovative, intellectual, unconventional, determined to change the world and be noticed.
But the approaching 7 billion mark has generated a new round of population chatter and news stories. At the Yale Forum on Climate Change & the Media, I survey the twists and turns of the population narrative.
This story can BEST be told in a series of headlines, tweets, and quotes.
Andy Revkin kicks it off:
Skeptic Talking Point Melts Away as an Inconvenient Physicist Confirms Warming
Pshaw, says Anthony Watts:
The Berkeley Earth Station Surface Temperature project puts PR before peer review
What a surprise: Anthony Watts is crying foul over Muller’s BEST results
Watts on the real inconvenience:
Today is a day I got not one thing done for myself due to the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature release sucking all the oxygen out of the climate debate with their pre-peer review release shenanigans.
Oh, and never mind about this:
I’m prepared to accept whatever result they [BEST] produce, even if it proves my premise wrong.
So why is this news even a story, wonders Michael Oppenheimer:
The whole episode is a bit like the continual re-measurement of the gravitational constant (assuming the BEST study stands up).
It’s all part of the man/bear/pig climate science hoax, bleats Marc Morano:
Of my, what a con this whole project was.
The reactions of Watts, Morano et al are instructive, says Stephen Sherwood:
Sociopolitically it shines a spotlight on the distinction between true skepticism and denialism. The way contrarians treat Muller now, compared to a year ago, is very revealing.
To be continued…