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January 23, 2013

Not Hunting in 2013

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We were yet again not hunting at the Castle, just like previous years, except it was snowy so all the horses stayed at home and the followers ran around the countryside, whilst I stayed indoors clearing up the mulled wine and nibbles.

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The State vs The Castle Doctrine

Powers to enter home to check on pot plants and fridges still in place despite pledge to cut snooping - Telegraph

...still in force is a power under the Plant Health Order 2005 to check if pot plant contain pests.
Under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003, officials can still survey a home and garden to see if hedges are too high while a power under energy legislation allows for entry to check the efficiency ratings of a refrigerator.....

civil liberty campaigners last night said since the Coalition took office the number of powers of entry has gone up.
The Protection of Freedoms Act was passed last year to roll back state intrusion and include a power to repeal powers of entry.
Government departments were ordered to review all their relevant powers and identify which ones were no longer necessary.

Do you think they might be asking the wrong people to do the reviews?

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January 17, 2013

Climate Change To Make Us Happy Peasants

Dig for victory€“ and survival | Climate News Network

By Paul Brown

In a warmer world all of us, especially city dwellers, have a lesson to learn from people in Eastern Europe who have for generations grown their own food for the sake of their own health and their society’s wellbeing.

LONDON, 17 January – The perception of Eastern Europe as backward because “poor urban peasants” need to avoid hunger and shortages by growing their own food on allotments and in gardens is a myth.

Academic research into how the world will feed itself faced with climate change and a growing population has found the pompous western Europeans can learn much from the “practical peasants of the east.”

Western European and North American societies, on this reading, are out of date and in danger of shortages of their own. They need to learn from the east about growing some of their own vegetables and fruit before transporting food long distances to feed cities becomes more expensive and leads to shortages.

In contrast to being a “survival strategy of the poor”, as the World Bank and others have claimed, the homegrown food networks of Eastern Europe were an important part of social cohesion and community.

Surveys showed that growers shared their produce and nurtured family and community bonds, and their food was valued for its better nutrition and taste...

Across Eastern Europe hunger was not the primary motive. Researchers in a Slovak village found that a mixture of altruism and self-interest was involved, with mutual help and sharing of resources part of the movement.

“Home-grown food and drink (wine and fruit brandy) are shared with guests and friends and their consumption not only celebrates the relationship of hospitality, but serves as an opportunity to appreciate the time, effort and skills invested into the growing of crops and their preparation for consumption.....

You see the peasants were so happy and well fed under communism that they toiled in the fields foe the joy of it. Oh halcyon days! Oh that those days could return and the miserable bourgeoisie in the west could embrace it! All we need is an excuse to make it so......

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January 14, 2013

Wind Inflated Energy Bills

Wind farms will inflate bills, claim MPs | The Times

Consumers are facing even higher energy bills to fund “extremely generous” incentives for companies to connect offshore wind farms to the electricity grid, MPs have warned.
The Public Accounts Committee has said in a report that new transmission licences have been designed “almost entirely to attract investors at the expense of securing a good deal for consumers”.

Estimated returns for investors of between 10 per cent and 11 per cent are “extremely generous”, the MPs’ report said, given that their investment is low-risk.
Additionally, operators that do not provide transmission to the grid as required can be fined only up to 10 per cent of their expected annual income, which the report described as being too low.

The Government has to attract an estimated investment of £110 billion over the next decade to pay for new power stations and wind farms and to overhaul the electricity and gas networks. With other countries also need to revamp their energy infrastructure to keep the lights on and cut carbon emissions, governments are competing to attract the limited investment available by offering high returns.
But concerns are growing about the impact on households, which will have to pay for the investment through higher energy bills ..........

Remember, cold kills. The old and poor will be the first to suffer.

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January 11, 2013

Le French Bashing

'French bashing' should stop , says MEP - Telegraph

A senior politician on Thursday issued a desperate plea for an end to "French bashing" around the world – insisting France is "blessed by the gods" and one of the best places to live on Earth.
Corinne Lepage, a MEP and former French presidential candidate, demanded that other countries, as well as fellow countrymen, stop treating her nation like a "the scum of the earth" and a planetary "laughing stock".
Such insults, she claimed, were a major stumbling block to economic recovery for the already notoriously demoralised and pessimistic French.


Ha ha ha, flicks two fingers at the frogs and carries on laughing.

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January 7, 2013

Climate News Network - Accuracy Fail

Climate News Network has kindly sent me tomorrows story, embargoed so I won't spoil the surprise. It is written by Tim Radford, veteran science writer for the Guardian so it it isn't by some rookie intern.
But I started to fact check it anyway, it quotes a "Keywan Reihi", who doesn't seem to exist. There is a Keywan Riahi who fits the bill and says the same stuff.

What's the odd misspelling to an old Grauniad hack? I'm sure the rest of it is all accurate, but I can't check that, all I can check is if he gets the name of his source right. May be I need to shell out to find out how it should be done....

Tim Radford's secrets of science writing - guardian.co.uk

The veteran journalist and writer Tim Radford recently gave a masterclass on science writing. The event was sold-out, but you can now stream (£3) or download (£5) the edited highlights (running time 37 minutes)


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Welcome to The Climate News Network - LOL

Climate News Network

Hobbit-sized humans, able to exist on less nourishing food, will have the best chance of survival in a warmer world, scientists say.

LONDON, 7 January – Animals, including humans, will shrink in size to survive in a warming world, according to scientists studying the last time the planet’s temperature rose rapidly by 6°C. What scientists call dwarfism was the successful strategy to avoid starvation for a large range of species including horses, many insects and even earthworms.


This is the first story from the exciting new climate story factory - I do urge you to register for your daily delights - I haven't laughed so much since granny got her tit caught in the mangle.

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January 6, 2013

Climate Change - Back To The Stone Age

Local research shows we are predicted to go back to the glory days of 4,500 years Before Present, when our part of Wiltshire was flourishing and we had the affluence to build Stonehenge and other monuments.....

PALAEOHYDROLOGY OF THE KENNET, SWALLOWHEAD SPRINGS AND THE
SITING OF SILBURY HILL - English Heritage Research Report

Interestingly, the changes predicted for the 4000-4500BP period by the Bridge CGM are actually quite similar to the predictions of future climate change in the UK (Wilby et al 2006), which implies that we are moving back to a 4000-4500BP climate in the UK.

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