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March, 2009:

The Greatest Lie Ever Told

But if there is one scientist who knows more about sea levels than anyone else in the world it is the Swedish geologist and physicist Nils-Axel Mörner, formerly chairman of the INQUA International Commission on Sea Level Change. And the uncompromising verdict of Dr Mörner, who for 35 years has been using every known scientific method to study sea levels all over the globe, is that all this talk about the sea rising is nothing but a colossal scare story.

Despite fluctuations down as well as up, “the sea is not rising,” he says. “It hasn’t risen in 50 years.” If there is any rise this century it will “not be more than 10cm (four inches), with an uncertainty of plus or minus 10cm”. And quite apart from examining the hard evidence, he says, the elementary laws of physics (latent heat needed to melt ice) tell us that the apocalypse conjured up by
Al Gore and Co could not possibly come about.

OK, I’ve got a lot more time for a man of Prof Mörner’s background than the likes of Gore, Monbiot, Chuckles, Rowan Williams, Sheryl Crow, the IPCC and the amazing raggle-taggle army of bansturbators, commies, chancers, charlatans, “deep” greens, anti-globalistas, luddites and loons who make up the AGW camp.

But, it is still an appeal to authority. So what makes Prof Mörner so sure he’s right and they are wrong…

The reason why Dr Mörner, formerly a Stockholm professor, is so certain that these claims about sea level rise are 100 per cent wrong is that they are all based on computer model predictions, whereas his findings are based on “going into the field to observe what is actually happening in the real world”.

When running the International Commission on Sea Level Change, he launched a special project on the Maldives, whose leaders have for 20 years been calling for vast sums of international aid to stave off disaster. Six times he and his expert team visited the islands, to confirm that the sea has not risen for half a century. Before announcing his findings, he offered to show the inhabitants a film explaining why they had nothing to worry about. The government refused to let it be shown.

So the government of the Maldives is in on the scam. Well, why not? It’s a nice little earner.

One of his most shocking discoveries was why the IPCC has been able to show sea levels rising by 2.3mm a year. Until 2003, even its own satellite-based evidence showed no upward trend. But suddenly the graph tilted upwards because the IPCC’s favoured experts had drawn on the finding of a single tide-gauge in Hong Kong harbour showing a 2.3mm rise. The entire global sea-level projection was then adjusted upwards by a “corrective factor” of 2.3mm, because, as the IPCC scientists admitted, they “needed to show a trend”.

If that is true it is the scientific fraud of the century and it’s time to get out the piano wire. What is perhaps more certain and almost as bad is what Prof Mörner has to say next.

When I spoke to Dr Mörner last week, he expressed his continuing dismay at how the IPCC has fed the scare on this crucial issue. When asked to act as an “expert reviewer” on the IPCC’s last two reports, he was “astonished to find that not one of their 22 contributing authors on sea levels was a sea level specialist: not one“. Yet the results of all this “deliberate ignorance” and reliance on rigged computer models have become the most powerful single driver of the entire warmist hysteria.

Now I have a bit of background in fluid dynamics modelling. It”s very fiddly stuff and though a very useful technique in certain circumstances it is not the same as an actual experiment with the real world. Before the AGW hysteria really kicked off I had worried that quite a few folks I knew of in the field were so enamoured of their models that they could no longer tell the difference between bytes and atoms.

Nature makes fools of us all. If you have access to a supercomputer it can make a fool of you at a rate measured in teraflops.

(All emphasis mine, article here).

A Month is a Very Long Time in Politics

I think this is somewhat of a Nelson Muntz moment.

Wrong!

From the Telegraph:

A new uniform has been designed for firefighters, including options of full-length skirts, long-sleeved shirts, hijab headscarves and turbans.

Why does this matter?

“Fire prevention is vitally important today as we continue the aim of driving down fire deaths. To achieve this, the fire and rescue service needs employees from all ethnic groups to reflect the diversity of our communities. This will enable better mutual understanding during fire safety visits.”

- Fire Minister Sadiq Khan

That justification is viciously wrong-headed. Is Mr Khan seriously saying that a Pakistani Muslim will only take fire safety advice from another Pakistani Muslim? In a demented attempt at multi-culti “relevance” the government has played an Alf Garnett. Gawd, it’s like 1960s old dears in the Post Office queue complaining that their new GP is “Very good but, eh! you know Dolly, he’s black as the ace of spades and it’s just not right. White for white and black for black I say”. It is exactly the same thing dressed-up in some lefty clap-trap.

It is proto-apartheid. It is the whole “role model fallacy”. The powers that be divvy us up along these crude lines unaware that most of the population don’t think like that and haven’t thought like that for years. And that was not achieved by government initiatives but by the inhabitants of this crowded little set of islands just rubbing along together.

I am white, male and straight. I feel like I’ve come out as a kitten-strangler by saying that. The truth is a great many folks have over the years inspired me and some were women and some were black and some were Asian and some were gay. It was their deeper qualities and talents that inspired me. In this sense I am not claiming to be exceptional. That’s the thing. I’m normal. It is the demented numbers game that the nutters in power play for whatever deranged reasons that is abnormal. Well I do wonder as to the reasons but there is an utterly obvious one. It’s just flat-out patronising. And patronising us is what our Lords and Masters do best. That their efforts towards “equality” are totally counter productive escapes them or rather “justifies” even more of the same.

I fundamentally believe this sort of nonsense is a major reason for the rise of multi-culturalism’s even uglier twin – racist Nazism. But what the heck if it keeps sociology graduates from asking if you, “Want fries with that?” then fair enough.

Here’s an idea for you though… What if we had a government which just let us run and play and trade and deal and work with whoever we liked? What if they just fucked off out of the gaff and (for once) let us alone.

You know what the fastest growing ethnic grouping in the UK is? It’s “mixed race”. Forget about receiving fire-safety advice! We are also happy to have babies with people of different colours. And that has happened despite them. But then us Brits have been doing this since the year dot. This is a mongrel land with an amazing natural capacity to integrate different races, cultures and lifestyles. It took our deranged political elite to truly fuck up that proud heritage.

Because they made an “issue” out of it.

Jacqui Smith & Porn

You’ll all have heard of Ms Smith’s latest woes on the expenses front.

She’s been caught trying to claim hubby’s taste for pay-per-view Frankie Vaughn as an expense.

Unfortunately that’s the headline news and unfortunately that’s what will be remembered and tittered over.

The real story though is not Mr Smith’s left-handed channel surfing. The real story is why the fuck are we expected to pay for Jacqui Smith’s home cable TV and internet connection? She earns over 140,000 Pounds a year. I don’t. Why doesn’t the tax-payer pony-up for my Sky package?

Actually no… The real question is why are the tax-payers expected to stump up 40,000 Pounds a year to pay for Mr Smith who is allegedly employed as Ms Smith’s “advisor”? He certainly ain’t worth it. He’s clearly not media savvy enough to be aware that much more hardcore chick-flix can be had much less obviously via the ‘net and those Virgin Media cable connections stream video very well these days.

Actually no… The real, real question is why the fuck are we paying Jacqui Smith anything at at all? Because she is both useless and draconian and if you pay 140,000 pa you expect a heck of a lot better than a Happy Shopper dominatrix like her. Imagine her in Latex with a riding crop saying, “You’ve been a very naughty boy…”

I think I have discovered the cure for premature ejaculation.

I apologise to the Miss Whiplashes of the nation. You all do an honest and difficult job. And a job vastly more useful and decent than that done by that bloated, kleptocratic, authoritarian moo Smith.

Quote of The Day

The soldiers of militant Islam do not hate the West because of Israel, they hate Israel because of the West.

-Benjamin Netanyahu

Found here.

Dinner?

According to Cracked these are the 8 most terrifying places to eat on the planet.

They are mainly in Japan but then you knew that already.

I is speechless but one day I might give #2 a go. I do like Italian and having seen Goodfellas I did pick up a number of cooking tips.

Link to a link via JuliaM.

Tokenism

Sense on Carbon, from the Carbon Sense Coalition:

The Carbon Sense Coalition today came out in support of Earth Hour, but said it should be renamed “Blackout Night” and be held outdoors, for the whole night, in mid-winter, on the shortest and coldest day of the year – 22 June in the Southern Hemisphere.

The Chairman of “Carbon Sense”, Mr Viv Forbes, said that spending just one night in the cold and the dark, with no hot coffee or beef on the barbecue, using no light, heat or vehicle energy from coal, gas, petrol or diesel, and without protection from metal or concrete structures, would be good practice for the blackouts and shortages to come if world rationing of carbon products and carbon energy is achieved.

“Winter nights are usually still and cold, so the candles crew can really experience what it will be like to depend on alternative energy when there is no sun and no wind. The back-to-nature brigade can also try living without iron roofs and concrete walls. And the eat-no-meat mob can experience a night without hamburgers and cappuccinos.

“To hold a candles-and-champagne party indoors, on the mildest night of the year, for just one hour, shows that the whole thing is tokenism. Moreover both candles and champagne emit carbon dioxide. Let the true believers try the real thing in one of the extreme seasons so they can appreciate the great benefits we take for granted when using all of our carbon fuels and foods.

H/T Jennifer Marohasy

Next year, lets really push Human Achievement Hour, make the warm and well fed green browns take notice.

Stuff em.

Human Achievement Hour

Stuff the nihilism of the econasties.

As a follow up to this posting, just found this over on Tim Blair.

Now this is worth celebrating, enjoy:

G20

No! I am not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be;
Am an attendant lord, one that will do
To swell a progress, start a scene or two,
Advise the prince; no doubt, an easy tool,
Deferential, glad to be of use,
Politic, cautious, and meticulous;
Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse;
At times, indeed, almost ridiculous—
Almost, at times, the Fool.

- T S Eliot

Next week the portable (though not potable) wankfest that is G20 rolls into London…

Due to the economy tanking there are rumours of riots and generalised no-goodness attending this auspicious happening. The usual suspects are undoubtedly in the frame: Beards, Greens and Trots. Even it is rumoured some green-bearded trots*.

I don’t buy it. I seriously don’t see major civil disorder happening. What I do see happening is much more interesting and will produce much more defining images. Because, let’s face it a riot is a riot and all riots look pretty much the same. What I think will happen will be much more memorable…

First some background…

It has over the last few months become increasingly clear that Brown is about as popular with other World Leaders as elephantiasis of the scrotum is with trouser manufacturers. I saw on BBC News 24 yesterday an interview with an Indian economics prof. When asked about the Sub-Prime Mentalist she had to stifle a giggle. Well when I say “giggle” I mean “guffaw”. He’s a vaguely ambulant joke who generally looks like he’s just shit his pants and is wondering what his name is**. Look at the snub that The One True Obamessiah visited on Brown when he despatched a staffer down to Walmart to get a bunch of DVDs***. It’s fairly obvious that Merkin and Sarcophagus (who I bet are thick as thieves on the QT) hate Brown’s very guts. Every Brown-up after all is a BMW or nice Claret which Britain doesn’t import.

Brown who, unlike Blair, has always bestrode the global stage like a pygmy with a hormone deficiency will be very obviously and brutally exposed as alone and despised and as a pathetic shouldn’t have been. The media will do this. They will do it now because they have scented the blood in the water, they have spotted the wagon train circled in the Utah desert, they know he’s more fucked than a Bangkok Ladyboy in Josef Fritzl Memorial Week. They know he’s ripe for a take down. Dan Hannan’s now famous re-arseholing of Brown was not a great speech. It was good but not great apart from in one specific way in which it was truly great. It’s timing was brilliant. It’s timing was bang-on. A few months ago it wouldn’t have worked. It would have looked like routine party-politicking. Now it doesn’t. Now it looks like Mr Hannan said precisely what everyone in the entire developed world is currently thinking. And Brown laughed****. And then they summoned from whatever park bench he currently uses as a postal address that tramp’s mate Dolly Draper to attack Hannan on C4 News. And the best he could muster was some dismal toss-pottery about “Old Etonians”.

In the coming week or so I advise you to clear and sand***** the decks, get in the beer and nibbles because we are going to be witness to an epic and very public fail. By the end of next week even the parliamentary Labour Party will be openly baying for the Thane of Cawdor’s blood. By the end of next week Brown will be a total laughing stock******. I have avoided using the “T” word because this is not a classical tragedy. This is not one of the great or good being undone by circumstance or character flaw. It is a complete arsehole who was never even fit to run a whelk stall in Arbroath in the quiet season being painfully unmasked as the useless twat he so clearly is. And due to the real operators which make up G20 (not an endorsement BTW) he will meet next week with his very public evisceration it will be plane-wreck telly of the first water. It’s gonna be fucking ace because Brown has now clearly gone the full Harold Wilson.

Sometimes it is actually fun to live in interesting times.

*It was left over from St Patrick’s Day.
**An observation I owe to OH or one of his cohort.
***I bet they’re Region 1 so Broon can’t even watch ‘em over here.
****Or that thing he does that he learned from diagrams in a book which passes for the desperate hilarity of the damned.
*****Not quite what you might think I mean.
******If you recall “Spitting Image” in the ’80s they laid into Thatcher with a full fusillade (cross-dressing, Caligula, Nazis – the full nine yards) but they only winged her. The one they actually destroyed was Kinnock by portraying him as a buffoon. Brown has no charisma of likeability. He only ever had his mythical “prudence”. Once that is stripped away (and it has been) the wolves will be unleashed. I can imagine the demented fucker being escorted out of Downing Street by the men in white coats and into a bottomless van going to the nearest laughing academy.

Earth Day

According to the hectoring Earth Day website:

 

“Switching off your lights is a vote for Earth, or leaving them on is a vote for global warming”.


What a load of sanctimonious, offensive and downright sinister tosh. But if you want to play that game, lefties, let’s play. I invite as many of you around the world as possible to join me in standing up to collectivist bullying by leftists and liberals who are too scared to campaign openly for the socialist paradise they really want and who use “climate change” as the scare story to cajole a gullible and desensitized public into backing their warped worldview.

Join me tonight in turning ALL of your lights ON for an hour. Light up your home as a beacon of liberty standing up to the tyranny of environmental zealots.

H/T Obnoxio

 

How about celebrating Human Achievement Day instead?

“We are so proud that millions of people plan to show their appreciation for human achievement by doing things like eating diner [sic], watching television, going to the movies, and brushing their teeth,” says Human Achievement Hour Founder and CEI Policy Analyst Michelle Minton. “Never before has a new holiday caught on so quickly.”
(…)
The new one-hour holiday, unknown prior to this press release, has already received overwhelming support from many of Washington, D.C.’s leading institutions. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, for example, tells CEI that it does not plan to shut down all of the city’s bus and rail lines for the “Earth Hour.” The Kennedy Center, likewise, has scheduled a performance of the long-running play Sheer Madness, a jazz concert, and a dance performance to coincide with the Human Achievement Hour. Washington, D.C.’s Target store, furthermore, will remain open until 10:00pm on the evening of the 28th.  The Smithsonian Institution also plans a film showing that will extend into Human Achievement Hour. 

Stronger Than Jesus

This is devastatingly catchy…

Have a good weekend folks…

PS I have been a fan of Nina Persson and The Cardigans since ’bout ’96. I have a long standing weakness for bands fronted by fit birds. Who doesn’t? But I really do have a weakness. And I mean back to Debbie and the boys… Love might be stronger than Jesus but Gawd alone knows why Nina chose that dress… It is J Arthur Rank if not actually Barclay’s Bank.

PPS For my sins I also like Kylie, Belinda, St Etienne and Madonna before she went raving mad.

PPPS I am not gay.

PPPPS Really I am not. Really.

Neducation

GCSE science is now officially bollocks.

But then we knew that way back…

Why is it bollocks? Well… There are many schools of thought here. There is a school of thought that this is an inevitable result of the “everyone gets a prize” mentality of not just Labour but the Tories before them. And of course if it is a choice between making education better and just lowering standards then one is much easier to achieve than the other.

But I think there are other reasons as well… This government pathologically cannot understand a distinction between education and indoctrination. Hence they stick into the curriculum everything from stem cells to nuclear power as “issues”. This is a fail. It is an inevitable fail when the politicos are in charge and see everything through the lens of public policy.

When I was an undergrad I flicked through a rather odd book from the ’70s (the typography was very ’70s and the cover art looked like a Slade album) that I happened upon in the stacks of the George Green Library, University of Nottingham. It was written by a whacked out Berkeley hippy and called “Conceptual Physics”. It was a textbook aimed at the “physics for arts students market”. The introduction contained something fascinating. It dissed the idea that PFAS should avoid the math and go with wordy descriptions of the “cool stuff” (QM, GR, Cosmology etc.) This old Berkeley hippy got it. He really did. The most important point in physics education is to teach the kids that they themselves can handle the mathematical and experimental apparatus and get answers. Because the moment someone can work something out for themselves the power they feel is transformative. And that is not going to happen by having kids who don’t know the first bloody thing about atomic nuclei doing PowerPoint presentations on “Whither UK energy policy in the C21st – nuclear: threat or menace?”.

It was semester five, during a matrix mechanics lecture, that QM really fell into place and I really got Copenhagen. I didn’t get there by studying “issues” but by going down and dirty into the engine room of calculating, deriving, proving…

And that is how it should work. And that is why this doesn’t surprise me…

But purists complain that this approach results in the squeezing out of “proper” science, adding that efforts to make the subject seem relevant and trendy had not attracted more students to it.

To anyone even vaguely smart the idea that something like physics or chemistry or biology or even history or geography has to be “made relevant” is ludicrous. These basic areas of knowledge are so bleeding obviously “relevant” as to defy rational explanation as to why they are relevant. If some character came up to me and asked me, “Nick, why should I know a bit of the the old chem?” I’d be flabbergasted. It’s just one of those things which is absolutely vital in order to get any kinda handle on how anything whatsoever works.

I see things very differently from the DfE (The Department for Education). I see education (especially science education) as providing kids with a toolbox and not with pat answers. Obviously GCSE level exams can’t turn anyone into a scientologicalist but it can give a basis to work with. And even if those kids (and most won’t) don’t ever become scientists or engineers or medics or anything like that they will still have that basis of understanding of something of the Universe. They have the one fixed point that Archimedes was so keen on. Otherwise it’s just blather and utter nonsense.

It is not about “issues”. Neither is it about “vocational skills”. It is about that moment when a theory is “got” and becomes part of the learner’s understanding of the world. It is about the vertiginous glory of understanding. Without that it is simply rote learning of a collection of mandated crap. It might as well be the recitation of the Qu’ran or Ed Balls’ shopping list. Because education, if it is about anything worthwhile, (and it usually isn’t) is about teaching the student how to find out for themselves and the first step towards that is the immense boost of confidence a student gets when they work anything out for themselves. Maybe it’s only a drill calculation or a boiler-plate experiment (probably involving tickertape) but that doesn’t matter because there will be time yet for finding flaws in the theory of relativity or designing Large Hadron Colliders.

At a deeper level still we have fundamentally lost the plot with education. We now see it entirely in terms of qualifications which naturally carry entitlements. Exams and marks and grades matter but what really should matter is actual learning. And we have lost that conception. It has been buried alive under relentless testing, the national curriculum, league tables, box-ticking and the demented Children’s Crusade for uniformity of outcome.

Barry

A budget deficit of 13% of GDP?

Barry is spending your future with Italian standards of financial management; and with the GIVE Act, the Obama Youth, the Komosomol, he is expropriating your present.

America, Land of the Free.

Yeah, sure.

It took the British years to understand the horror of the Blair/Brown governments; under Barrys tutulage America is learning the truth in just weeks. You voted for a fascist, an honest to God real McCoy? You got what you voted for.

Welcome to the Brave New World of New Labours America.

Utter Drivel

Hot on the heels of the staggering success of Dolly Draper’s Labourlist the loons are at it again. This time in Wales.

Now, I think it is fair to say that the Welsh have a fine and noble tradition of singing and poetry. It is also fair to say that the following is not part of that tradition…

If I had produced that I would be burying the hard disk after having burnt it first. I would then be phoning the Pope himself to beg for absolution. I would not be putting it on a bloody website. That is toe-curlingly awful. It makes you want to eat your own teeth. It is weapons-grade abysmal. If they used that as a psy-war op in the Afghan/Pakistan tribal areas bin Laden would be out of his cave in five minutes and begging the nearest US Marine to permanently take all the pain away. Actually it’s worse than that. Welsh Labour have saved us 20 billion quid because with that in the arsenal we have replaced Trident with something much more lethal and sinister.

Tip of the titfer to DK

Beyond Belief…

We are fucked beyond any rational measure…

…in the two years 2009-10 and 2010-11, the government will probably have to raise £350bn.

That is more debt bequeathed to its successor than the total borrowed by successive rulers and governments of Britain between 1691 and 1997, the year Labour was elected.

That is more than it cost to fight Napolean and the Kaiser and Hitler and the Soviets combined.

That is how epic Brown’s disaster is. It is un-cunting-believable.

Now look at this:

At 2:56 the deranged fucker is grinning. He is doing this deliberately. He is deliberately shafting us. I have no words to describe how much I hate him but it is well past time that we got out the piano wire.

He is guilty of treason at the fucking least.

H/T Obnoxio

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