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
Some cats are escape artists, but Antigone Victoria Powderpaws (Tiggy) appears to be the exact opposite.
So far, she has got herself stuck
- in the Girls’ Dorm
- in the larder (twice)
- in the pan cupboard
- inside the grandfather clock.
This last one was the most remarkable. She had to open the door before being able to climb in.
It is not entirely obvious what goes on inside Continue reading
Shamima Begum, who is the young woman who left the UK to join Isis and who now wants to return to UK with her baby, has said:
He has no proof that I was a threat other than that I was in Isis, that’s it.
In my experience, people who say “You have no proof I did it” rather than “I did not do it” usually did it.
It may be that international law will make it hard for the UK to exclude her. But the cost to the UK taxpayer of dealing with her and her baby and probably in due course her husband (who joined Isis as a fighter from Holland) in terms of legal costs, prison, social security etc may well be very considerable. And there must be a real risk that she will continue, from any home she makes in the UK, to further the objectives of Isis.
And so the Government is quite right not to be Continue reading
In Knightfall, Jim Carter (no relation to Jimmy Carter) gets promoted. No long a butler, he is now Pope.
Nevertheless, and despite his gravitas, the show is a rather disjointed romp through the history of the Knights Templar.
The Templars were a strange lot. They faced a twin challenge: all the boring stuff that comes with Continue reading
There was yet another power cut that lasted all morning today in Myponga. There was at least the fourth this week (depending on how you count those short power cuts that last for only a few seconds but reset every clock and computer in the house).
Electricity in South Australia is the most expensive in the country, and amongst the most expensive in the world. That is largely because the previous government dynamited the State’s largest power station, in its insistence that we should live off windmills and solar cells and (for the few seconds that it works when the other renewables fail) Elon Musk’s battery (bought at huge cost to the taxpayer).
For me, this is a relatively minor inconvenience. I have solar panels on the roof and a battery system in the garage, not so much because Continue reading
My eye was caught by this in The Times today:
Q My partner is a fitness fanatic and she only ever wants to have sex after a workout. It’s great when our endorphins are racing and we’re a bit sweaty, but sometimes I would like it to be after a romantic dinner, like a normal couple. Why doesn’t she fancy me at any other time?
A There are lots of physiological explanations for why your girlfriend likes having sex after a workout. Vigorous exercise releases endorphins, chemicals that act on the brain to block pain and create feelings of exhilaration, happiness and calm. Exercise also increases blood flow to the pelvis and the vagina. If your girlfriend is doing a lot of core exercises, such as squats, leg lifts or planks, she may be in a heightened state of arousal by the time she gets home. It’s not uncommon for exercise sequences that place a lot of pressure on the lower abdomen, hip flexors and inner thighs to bring some women close to (or even spontaneously to) orgasm.
I have never had a Continue reading
Donald Tusk said this week:
By the way, I have been wondering what that special place in hell looks like for those who promoted Brexit without even a sketch of a plan to carry it out safely.
Actually, I had predicted just that in my blog a few months ago. Tick.
But I am not going to hell, because I had a plan, way back. And I can prove it, because Continue reading
So much for the Project Fear line about a clean Brexit (“crashing out” as they melodramatically call it) meaning no aeroplanes will be able to fly across The Channel: the EU says:
The Commission has today adopted two measures that will avoid full interruption of air traffic between the EU and the UK in the event of no deal. These measures will only ensure basic connectivity and in no means replicate the significant advantages of membership of the Single European Sky. This is subject to the UK conferring equivalent rights to EU air carriers, as well as the UK ensuring conditions of fair competition.
- A proposal for a Regulation to ensure temporarily (for 12 months) the provision of certain air services between the UK and the EU.
- A proposal for a Regulation to extend temporarily (for 9 months) the validity of certain aviation safety licences.
So, sensibly, the EU says it will allow UK planes in the EU if the UK allows EU planes in the UK. Good. The UK should say the same; indeed, it has already done so. But never mind too much about what they say they will do; the proper reaction is according to what they actually do.
But who is “they”? The EU? Or each EU country?
There is something to be said for the later. Air France, for example, flies between London and Edinburgh. Should the UK continue to allow it to do so? That should depend, I suggest, on whether France allows British Airways to fly from Paris to Lyon. It is in everyone’s interest for the answer to be Continue reading
The last female British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, was famous for saying “There Is No Alternative”. The present Prime Minister, Theresa May, attempts to take the same line.
There is good news and bad news for her following her decision to pull the Commons vote on the Robbins-Weyand deal. The good news is that she has avoided an almost certain defeat in the Commons. The bad news is that her prospects of renegotiating the deal with EU is even more hopeless.
It need not be thus. She will now be going to the EU saying, in short:
“Help me out here; I need to sell this deal back in London”.
But suppose she were to resign, handing over her place to Boris Johnson. Boris would be going to the EU saying, in short:
“Sorry, mes amis, but you blew it by being too greedy. We are not going to ratify the Robbins-Weyand deal, or anything like it, so our future trade will be on WTO terms. Now, would you like to sign off on some of the uncontentious bits of a withdrawal arrangement, like citizens’ rights, and make some practical arrangements to facilitate future trade? If so, we might give you some of the £39 billion.”
There are many who shudder at the prospect of Boris as Prime Minister, and he certainly has his flaws. But then again, so Continue reading
It may well be that Dominic Grieve, a mild looking Conservative politician, might be the butterfly which flaps its wings which ultimately causes the storm which brings down the United Kingdom as a united and independent nation, and signals the end of its democracy. I refer, of course, to his amendment passed a few hours ago in the House of Commons. I will get to the detail of this shortly, but first some background.
Those who have sought in the past to subjugate the British Isles to continental power have never been too keen on democracy. When Boudicca’s husband King Prasutagus died, leaving his daughters as heirs, the Romans did not say:
Well, fair enough. It’s a free country. We’ll take that on board.
Instead, they annexed his kingdom, flogged Boudicca and raped the daughters. For a while, that didn’t go too well, but in the end, Britain was no more than a vassal state, and the Romans were able to kill Continue reading