Last week else where

Still not quite got the hang of this, but here’s some fun bits from last week. Orphans of Liberty had some interesting thoughts on Scottish independence The Telegraph reminded us that free speech is only free if it’s for everyone Americans support Drug testing for congress – it’s an idea that could catch on over here I think The mainstream media begins to suspect that super ASBO’s could be bad SCottish greens support fracking as long as it’s not for gas Greenpeace sink to a new low +470   

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Thoughts on the IPCC summary for policy makers

The IPCC report has been out for a while now, though still only in “final draft” form and I’ve just finished reading the summary for policy makers (WGIAR5-SPM_Approved27Sep2013.pdf (MD5sum: 5177839cc4f679dff4e035ebae96503b)). That this isn’t the final version is quite apparent from the number of diagrams labelled “Subject to final copy edit”, however it’s the version we’ve got and it’s what everyone’s been working with so may as well go with it. I’ve not read the full report and at 2,216 pages I suspect neither have many people. I’m not a scientist, and other people are doing much better jobs of analyzing … Continue reading

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High priests of the endarkenment

The barbarians are it seems at the very gates of the ivory towers, and I apologise for such an over used metaphor. The popular on line science magazine “Popular Science” is drawing up the door bridge and closing down comments. Now their gaff their rules, they can do whatever they like, they could have moderated comments, rated them all sorts of things, but they chose to turn off comments and let people discuss things on their forums which does serve the purpose of restricting those that comment to only the genuinely interested so fair enough. Their reasoning is that: “Comments … Continue reading

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Climatechanged the video

Following on from my previous post where I said the archive made a nice little slide show, I decided it should be put to music, enjoy… The melt water pools start forming around July 10th, reach the Buoy by July 19th (just), It’s not floating free (judging by how the buoy sits in the water) until July 25th, by July 27th it’s being pushed out of the water again and on July 28th it’s back on the ice. Yet July 22nd is when the climate changed apparently, I guess it got bored and changed back. Oh and via Watts up … Continue reading

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The sky has fallen

Even as the science turns out to be even less settled than some of us have thought, the temperature continues to not rise and the estimates of the amount it might rise by hed ever lower the climate change alarmists continue undaunted. It seems that on July 22nd the North Pole became a lake and they have a photo to prove it! If that photo wasn’t enough to convince you, and if you’re so heartless that you don’t care about the increasing polar bear numbers proving they’ve all drowned due to global warming then consider this terror scenario that has … Continue reading

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Analogies don’t get better

Sometimes life smiles at you and the world creates the most wonderful of analogies. Yesterday as you may have read some Greenpeace protestors decide to climb the Shard. Which is a rather tall building and so presented something of a challenge. Fortunately they had mobile phones with them (presumably attached securely to them by lanyards to avoid endangering people below) and they tweeted about their expereince during the climb. The climb was apparently to protest against Shell drilling for oil in the arctic, not that Shell have offices in the shard, nor that the shard owners have anything to do … Continue reading

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Settled science

A few things relating to climate change have wandered across my radar of late so thought about time I should pull some of them together. Starting with another still from the video linked to in my last post. This still shows what affected popular opinion and what affected the “science”: The thing that leaps out at me from this is how little affects the science, well how could it the science is settled. Heavy snow falls despite the predicted death of snow, no impact on the science, the models are true so reality must be at fault for the science … Continue reading

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The endarkenment

With the dumbing down of education and politics and the rise of the new priests of the green god, the god of offense and the god of “health” – who have all demanded that the scientific method, facts and truth be perverted and sacrificed upon their altars the endarkenment is surely upon us. What is the endarkenment I imagine I hear you cry, why I shall tell you, it’s the undoing of the progress we’ve made since the enlightenment, the slow dimming and putting out of the lights of scientific rigor, debate and truth. What value truth if it offends, … Continue reading

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The stupidity it burns

Having spent the day in a management training course, which invovled going to the office and thus trains and thus news papers I got exposed to above normal levels of stupid. So I thought I’d do the only “decent” thing and share the pain, so here is the Wednesday stupidity round up. ( I won’t mention Gordon Brown saying “told you so” and that te world needed to bail out the Euro). Starting with the Metro and following up from yesterday it seems that the Government has announced reforms to the drive for renewable energy (wind farm subsidies for rich … Continue reading

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Reality lag

I do hope you’ll indulge me in a lightly referenced post, but having just watched the BBC news I have a slight need to rant. Plus if you read many of the blogs I link to you’ll already be aware of many of the things I’ll mention. The BBC tonight had a “news” article about the problems of keeping the lights on in the UK, due to massive lack of investment in our power infrastructure, so far so good. Then the insanity started, apparently we can subsidise wind power which so far contributes nothing and needs massive conventional back up … Continue reading

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