November 26, 2009
“each man’s hell is in a different
place: mine is just up and
November 24, 2009
That first disciple of global warming, George Monbiot admits (in the Guardian) that the publishing of “secret” emails and data files on the internet (a sort of CRU-gate!) is a “major blow”. He for one is convinced they are genuine. He describes himself as: “dismayed and deeply shaken by them.”
Monbiot states:“there are some messages that require no spin to make them look bad. There appears to be evidence here of attempts to prevent scientific data from being released, and even to destroy material that was subject to a freedom of information request.
“Worse still, some of the emails suggest efforts to prevent the publication of work by climate sceptics, or to keep it out of a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. I believe that the head of the unit, Phil Jones, should now resign. Some of the data discussed in the emails should be re-analysed.”
Yes, yes, the whole “man made” global warming claim is resting on foundations of sand…or so some would have it – and their arguments are very robust!
The CRU’s director professor Phil Jones (allegedly) authored many of the emails. And so far neither he nor the university of East Anglia has made any attempt to question the authenticity of any of them. One of the emails has prof Jones suggesting:
“If they ever hear there is a Freedom of Information Act now in the UK, I think I’ll delete the file rather than send to anyone.”
This in response to a couple of critics requesting access to his data. If this is genuine, the good prof would seem to be suggesting breaking UK law? Oh deary me!
At the very least these emails cast doubt on the authenticity and credibility of the science from CRU.
These emails narrate years of scientific discussion lodged at the very core of the global warming debate. Al Gore built the whole GW story into a mega carbon dioxide scare, and these hard working scientists got carried away on this warm, apocalyptic breeze from nowhere. The IPCC wanted more, and increasingly dramatic, model data and statistics – and, guess what? They got it! Data was massaged, manipulated – and these “scientists”, priests of the new religion of “man made” global warming appear to display their complete frustration with a world climate that declines to conform to their models!
For the last ten years the planet has failed to get warmer – and no one knows why!!
See Bishop Hill blog HERE for some comments on the content of these mails.
November 21, 2009
Oh, dear, the pooh seems to be hitting a number of fans across the ethereal ether, theft has taken place (allegedly), private (and top secret?) emails have been posted on the web for all to see. It’s claimed these documents are the email archives of the Climate Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia!
So why’s it important? Well, the CRU publish the main global temperature series; they’re the man when it comes to the IPCC and climate consensus. Phil Jones (he works there), once answered a request for data (allegedly) by replying “why should I give it to you when you’ll only try to find something wrong with it?” So, they’ve been resisting a series of Freedom of Information Act requests (bit like Parliament pre the expenses scandal) for raw data (so it can be independently checked).
Now the CRU leak may not be genuine (although it seems they claim they’ve been “hacked”) but over on the “Devil’s Kitchen” they have some interesting comments. See HERE.
You’ll find all the offending emails HERE.
If these emails are genuine, then the concept of “man made” global warming is seriously damaged, along with the reputations of a number of top scientists.
November 20, 2009
Copenhagen is just around the corner. The global catastrophe merchants are working themselves in to a veritable feeding frenzy. Why, even the new EU President pontificates, in the tones of an anguished but worthy divine, on the need for new EU wide Green Taxes – to help with the escalating costs of the EU administration.
The eureferendum blog makes casual mention of the “Canadian weather forecasting service doing its best to emulate the UK Met Office” but the whole process being turned upside down by…well, the climate weather? It’s being so damn difficult! See HERE.
We find the same problem in China – the weather will not conform to those wonderful scientific models! Early snow storms have caused massive disruption and a number of deaths so far. See HERE.
“Global warming appears to have stalled. Climatologists are puzzled as to why average global temperatures have stopped rising over the last 10 years. Some attribute the trend to a lack of sunspots, while others explain it through ocean currents.
“At least the weather in Copenhagen is likely to be cooperating. The Danish Meteorological Institute predicts that temperatures in December, when the city will host the United Nations Climate Change Conference, will be one degree above the long-term average.
Otherwise, however, not much is happening with global warming at the moment. The Earth’s average temperatures have stopped climbing since the beginning of the millennium, and it even looks as though global warming could come to a standstill this year.
Ironically, climate change appears to have stalled in the run-up to the upcoming world summit in the Danish capital, where thousands of politicians, bureaucrats, scientists, business leaders and environmental activists plan to negotiate a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Billions of euros are at stake in the negotiations.
The planet’s temperature curve rose sharply for almost 30 years, as global temperatures increased by an average of 0.7 degrees Celsius (1.25 degrees Fahrenheit) from the 1970s to the late 1990s. “At present, however, the warming is taking a break,” confirms meteorologist Mojib Latif of the Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences in the northern German city of Kiel. Latif, one of Germany’s best-known climatologists, says that the temperature curve has reached a plateau. “There can be no argument about that,” he says. “We have to face that fact.”
So, global cooling is looking more and more likely…we’re all going to freeze to death.
November 17, 2009
No way! The guy who created “Fritz the Cat” (remember THAT one?),the now famous artist, Robert Crumb, has taken on a comic version of the Old Testament!
He “thought making a comic book would make it easier to read” for a modern audience. Yeah, I can see that, I guess.
He spent time on research, too. “The old Hollywood Bible movies were actually a help”. Sure they were, Bob. “I mean, I really had to learn how to draw to make this book”! Bet you did, Bob. Bet you did.
November 17, 2009
To mention the dead is to make them live again!
Believe in the man who searches for the truth; distrust the one who claims to have found it.
November 17, 2009
November 17, 2009
The guy in red above is St Leonard. He’s the patron saint of pregnant women – it’s claimed his prayers resulted in a son for Clovis 1’s wife after a particularly difficult delivery. The seaside town near Hastings is named after him (of course).
Over 180 Medieval English churches are named after him, too (he was a 6th Century hermit who lived near Limoges, in France). Clovis granted him as much land as he could cover on a donkey during the course of a day.
Noblac, now named St Leonard, in France was where he founded an abbey (he’s buried there, too), his cult spreading from this centre across Europe: Belgium, Italy, Spain, Germany (especially Bavaria and Bohemia), Switzerland, Poland, England amongst other countries.
Pilgrims, including kings and princes, flocked to Noblac! The crusader prince Bohemond visited his shrine shortly after 1103 (after his release from captivity in the Holy Land).Which may explain why Leonard also became patron Saint of prisoners – locks would open in his presence, and chains refuse to bind. His feast day is celebrated on 6 November.
November 10, 2009
In sadness I place this link HERE. It’s a transcript of the 13-minute telephone conversation between PM Gordon Brown and Jacqui Janes, mum of tragic Guardsman Jamie, 20.
At one point Mrs. Janes is reduced to saying: “I cannot believe I have been brought down to the level of having an argument with the Prime Minister of my own country.”
At another the grieving woman states: “No, Mr Brown, Mr Brown, listen to me… I know every injury that my child sustained that day. I know that my son could have survived but my son bled to death. How would you like it if one of your children, God forbid, went to a war doing something that he thought, where he was helping protect his Queen and country and because of lack, LACK of helicopters, lack of equipment your child bled to death and then you had the coroner have to tell you his every injury?
Do you understand Mr Brown? Lack of equipment.”
Read it and weep.
I should add, rather belatedly, that you shouldn’t weep because of our Gordon. No. He has tried to do the right thing. He wrote in all honesty, I feel sure, a letter of commiseration. Unfortunately he’s partially sighted, and has atrocious handwriting (or so we’re informed). His gesture failed, unfortunately , and I can’t help but feel some sympathy for him because of that.
However, be that as it may, our tears should be shed for the circumstances of the young man’s death. And for all the young men still to die on our behalf, in a war that should never have been fought. Yes. Now is the time for your tears.
November 9, 2009
So, let’s drink a toast to a better world! It’s what we all most certainly want, isn’t it? And yet isn’t it a nonsense, that phrase…“a better world” – better than what, you might ask?
Your “better world” (the one you just wished for and raised your glass to) is probably far different from my “better world”, isn’t it?
So perhaps we should just toast a “different world”?
One like this, maybe –
Looks just like Arakis…the planet from Frank Herbert’s 1965 book, “Dune”. Herbert wrote the novel in part because of his interest in ecology, and dedicated it: ‘to the people whose labors go beyond ideas into the realm of “real materials” – to the dry-land ecologists, wherever they may be, in whatever time they work, this effort at prediction is dedicated in humility and admiration.’
Or perhaps the world we’d wish for is like this –
No? Too much like the one we already inhabit?
Fact is as a species we could prevent overcrowding if we had a mind to. We could change the “environment” in which we live. To quote Quentin S Crisp: “Reproduction, in very simple terms, is a war for resources. Affluent couples are like affluent nations. They know they can secure a bigger share of the world’s finite resources for their children…Reproduction is war.”
Frighteningly true. Our future certainly looks bleak – but we could take action and turn this situation around before it’s too late…although I doubt we have the courage or political will to do so. Instead, we’ll wait for catastrophe.
On the other hand, with climate change, I don’t think there’s much we can do (not that’s going to have a big impact on the situation). If, ultimately, it’s going to get warmer (though this is far from 100% certain), then we should be putting air conditioning in every building constructed. The current high level of winter deaths will fall, if not disappear completely, in time. Colder countries will need to burn less fossil fuels – because it’ll be warmer! We won’t need all that heating, will we?
If it gets colder, of course, we’re stuffed. After all oil is running out. And fossil fuels won’t last forever! This could then be our “different world” –
What I’ve often claimed on this blog has been confirmed recently by the British courts: Global Warming is a new religion. See HERE.
‘In a landmark ruling, Mr Justice Michael Burton said that “a belief in man-made climate change … is capable, if genuinely held, of being a philosophical belief for the purpose of the 2003 Religion and Belief Regulations”.’
“Man made climate change” unproven to the court’s satisfaction is accorded status as a “philosophical belief” system!
Back in 1815, the volcanic eruption of mount Tambora gave us the coldest summer of 500 years! In 1816 the grapes didn’t ripen; there was widespread famine; hundreds of thousands of people died round the world – and we’re only now beginning to realise this! In the past historians assigned these catastrophic events to the ending of the Napoleonic wars. Now we know different. Now we know that we don’t know everything.
Even one of the world’s first campaigners for “Man made climate change” has recently stated it’s now too late for humanity to do anything to prevent it. To prevent it, he claims, the Industrial Revolution shouldn’t have happened!
So we can’t do much about the climate, but we can have an impact on our surroundings, our quality of life and our uncontrolled consumerism.