You would not need to be a political genius, or even particularly cynical, to note that the current impeachment proposals against President Trump are driven by Democrats, not Republicans, for very good reason.
The impeachment proceedings have no prospect whatsoever of removing Trump as president of the United States. Like him or loathe him, he has a majority in the Senate, and so there is really no prospect at all of the majority in the Senate, let alone a two thirds majority in the Senate voting against him, as would be necessary for any impeachment. Conversely, the impeachment process does have the effect of focusing on the narrative: Trump wants Joe Biden investigated for corruption. Unhappily, you might say, it does not much matter whether or not Joe Biden is corrupt. The constant repetition of the narrative, on the other hand, will fix into the American psyche yet more firmly the notion that Joe Biden is corrupt. And so it is hardly surprising that that narrative is very welcome to Joe Biden’s competitors for the Democratic nomination. They are whipping that bandwagon along.
There’s nothing new, of course, about political forces pulling their weight behind political moves, including support for well-meaning but naïve opponents, for political purposes. The USSR did it for decades.
An interesting question is whether Saudi Arabia, and the other major stakeholders in the oil business, are behind Extinction Rebellion. It is interesting that, until Andrew Neil’s interview of Zion Lights, the BBC had suppressed any meaningful questions about the climate change lobby’s gender, or the scientific facts behind their campaign. And yet here we have the BBC airing Andrew Neil’s somewhat gentle but nevertheless devastating interview of extension rebellions spokesperson. She was made to look like a complete idiot. Which is not wholly surprising. Since Continue reading
It has been remarked that there is some commonality between those who advocate for British independence from the EU (Brexit) and those who are sceptical about climate change alarmism. The point might equally be put the other way around: that the more likely someone is to believe in the UK’s continued partipation in the EU project, the more likely that person is to believe in impending disaster resulting from anthropogenic global warming.
What is the link between these concepts? It is an interesting question, and the answer is by no means obvious. Certainly, it is the case that a number of the sharpest minds in Britain today (Matt Ridley, Nigel Lawson, Jacob Rees-Mogg and Daniel Hannan to name a few) – let us call them the Gnostics – are in favour of Brexit, and are also sceptical about the beliefs of the climate change lobby. But then again, there are also Continue reading
What little Greta Thunberg had to say to the UN’s, is like her other utterances, complete tosh. Children are not being murdered by greedy industrialists. There are no entire ecosystems which are collapsing. We are not experiencing any mass extinction.
But here’s a question. Is she genuinely scared witless? Or is she a manipulative little vixen?
It might be a mixture of the two, of course. But it is hard not to believe that there might be a fair bit of the latter. Not all manipulative children suffer from Aspergers Syndrome, but it appears to be well documented that children suffering from Aspergers are particularly likely to indulge in manipulative behaviour. As noted by Continue reading
For various reasons, I have not posted so much recently. But I have a couple of moments now, and here are some recent thoughts:
We at the beginning g of September now, towards the end of the rainier winter on the Fleurieu Peninsula, but neither my rainwater tanks nor my dam (“Loch Phenelry”) are yet full.
If my croquet lawn is to flourish over the summer, I need some more rain.
Ever since the British government handed back (unnecessarily, in my view) Hong Kong to the Chinese, Hong Kong was doomed. Without any pleasure in saying so at all, I fear the protesters have no real prospect of succeeding. Hong Kong used to be a colony of the British, but was free, in that the government did pretty much what the people wished for, even though there were no elections. Now and for the foreseeable future, it is a colony of the Chinese, and not free: now the government does what the Chinese want.
For many people, that which is forbidden is all the more delicious.
For me, as for many other people, the best fruit is knowledge. There is a delight in Continue reading
Readers of these pages will know that I am somewhat sceptical of the claim that we are hurtling towards mass extinction because of global warming. But it looks like the UK government is moving towards a position where flying around the world will be severely curtailed, if not outright banned, as they demand a state of “zero net emissions”. So I thought I might just review where we are.
Here is the graph of the Annual Global Mean Temperature Anomaly Over Land & Sea – 1880 to Present. As you can see, there was cooling from around 1880 to 1910, then warming from 1910 to 1940, then nothing much either way from 1940 until around 1970, then warming until around 2000, since when there has been nothing much (maybe some slight warming). You can make your own minds up about whether the warming from 1970 to 2000 (a period when CO2 levels went way up) is that much more drastic than the warming from 1910 to 1940 (when they did not).
View vary, or course about Continue reading
It would be all too easy to dismiss the 16-year-old Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg as a ghastly little know-nothing troll, but in a sense, that would be unfair.
Unhappily for her, she inherited none of the fabulous good looks of her ambitious mother, Malena Ernman (now an opera singer, but who once represented Sweden at the Eurovision Song contest) and she apparently suffers from Asperger’s syndrome. Not a promising start.
And bear in mind that the horrid little girl has yet to make a public utterance that is in any sense original, and so the blame for her banal ill-informed twaddle has to lie with those who filled her eager little brain with all this half-baked nonsense in the first place.
You know who Continue reading
This chap joined a nude protest in the Commons by climate change nutters.
But he refused to take his strides off. He is still wearing his jeans. Because that symbol of American culture still dominates his thinking? Who knows.
The others glued their bottoms to the glass. I think they should have left them there for a while. Gagged, obviously, if they made any noise (they were hardly in a position to do anything much about that). It would have been an appropriate Continue reading
There is no doubt that the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has risen in recent decades from about 300 ppm to about 400 ppm. A rise of about 30%. Which is quite significant.
What, if anything, is this doing to our planet?
The climate change lobby has for some time been asserting that this rise in the level of carbon dioxide is bound to cause runaway global warming. Unhappily for them, their predictions have not been made good. The best data are the lower atmosphere readings, because these are free from the errors and manipulations that were recently identified by Dr John McLean’s audit. The data shows that there was a temperature spike in 1998, following which there was a hiatus of around 15 years, during which time there was no increase in global temperatures. Then, in around 2014, there was another rise leading to a spike in 2016, temperatures then getting up to the same level as the 1998 spike. Since then, there has been some modest Continue reading
It has been a very bad few weeks for the global warming industry.
Last month – September – was the coldest, globally, for a decade. Melbourne had its coldest September morning in 15 years. And it was the coldest September day ever recorded in Germany and Holland. Likewise record cold in Canada. And Delaware. And East Anglia. All over the place, in fact.
Obviously, an exceptionally cold patch is no more statistically significant than an exceptionally warm patch. Much more worrying for the warmists is the audit of the HadCRUT4 data published a few days ago, carried out by Dr John McLean and published by Robert Boyle Publishing.
Those who care about this issue know exactly what the HadCRUT4 data is, but lest you do not, gentle reader, I should explain that it is the dataset that has been used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to make its various claims about global warming that has occurred, and its various predictions about further global warming. The accuracy of this data is of course fundamental if any reliance is to be put on the IPCC predictions – “garbage in, garbage out” as they say.
And so I spent the $US 8 necessary to buy An Audit of the Creation and Content of theHadCRUT4 Temperature Dataset. It is 135 pages long. Some of the findings merely suggest that the data collection has been sloppy. Others suggest that the data, especially in the earlier years, is extraordinarily sparse such that there is a very wide error margin. Some of the data is plainly nonsense, such as data purportedly from ships reporting positions many miles from the sea. There has been much data which has been changed in an unreliable way (homogenised, as they call it) without any adequate record being kept of such changes. There are 75 such types of error painstakingly identified. And there are a couple of things about it which are particularly Continue reading
I see that tired old canard about 97% of all experts agreeing with climate change alarmism is doing the rounds again!
For heaven’s sake! This is on the level of photoshopped pictures purporting to show George W Bush holding a telephone upside down, or manufactured quotes of Donald Trump allegedly saying that he went with the Republicans because they are stupid. There are so many holes in the 97% nonsense it is hard to know where to start. And I won’t. But it has been a remarkably successful piece of propaganda, and does indicate (i) that the floppies have done surprising well taking the public for gullible fools and/or (ii) that the old Nazi technique – of repeating lies often enough turns them in facts, of a sort – does work, at least to a degree.
For a selection of the many debunkings of this 97% stuff, see Continue reading