February 28, 2013
Even Third Rate Politicans Need Pension Insurance
February 25, 2013
Several hundred people reportedly congregated outside the Dolby theatre in Los Angeles .....
A protest by visual effects artists; that will be three people digitally copied to become a crowd, won't it?
February 20, 2013
Drill Baby Drill!
New power stations are not enough to keep the lights on, Ofgem chief warns | The Times
It is time for a revolution in the way that people save energy if they are to mitigate their soaring utility bills and keep the lights on, Ofgem has warned.
The energy regulator said yesterday that building dozens of new gas plants to fill the generation gap looming in 2015 would not be enough unless a change in energy efficiency resulted in a dramatic fall in consumption.
Tim Yeo, chairman of the Commons energy committee, said that he was worried that people were not sufficiently aware that higher energy bills were looming.
“I’ve been concerned for some time that we are not preparing the public well enough for what is likely to be further increases in energy prices,” he said.
“A lot of it depends on international gas prices over which we don’t have any control.”
He said that the only thing the Government could do was to encourage people to use less energy.
Turn off the lights to prevent the lights being turned off? Depend on foreign gas because we mustn't drill for our own gas? Retire to our holes in the ground and watch the poor and old die from cold? I hope the greens will be happy.
February 9, 2013
Climate Investigative Journalism
David Attenborough claims in BBC One's Africa series that part of the continent has warmed by 3.5C over the past 20 years....
An interesting tale of obscure out of date NGO claims being used and not standing up to scrutiny. And it is Leo Hickman in The Guardian who did the investigation. The comments are interesting...
(The facts) do need embellishing. Haven't you noticed that most people still don't care about GW? you'd think that with the current data, the vanishing ice and all the other going-ons people would have got the message by now but this isn't the case.
February 4, 2013
The Brazilian Model of Climate Change
SAO PAULO, 4 February – The prediction by scientists that humans would respond to climate change by becoming hobbit-sized in order to survive has already happened in Brazil....This is exactly what scientists had predicted. They were looking at the fossil record of the last time the world had warmed by 6°C, 55 million years ago. In a warmer world, the 30 scientists concluded, plants became less nutritious and mammals, insects and even earthworms had to eat more to survive. In response they became smaller and reproduced earlier.
The Climate News Network reported exclusively on the work of the Bighorn Basin Coring Project, involving scientists from the US, UK, Germany, and the Netherlands, on 7 January. Dr Phillip Jardine, from the Department of Geography at Birmingham University, said that dwarfism was expected to be a successful survival strategy.
In the 1980s Brazil’s Northeast, the poorest, most backward region of the country, much of it semi-arid, was hit by a prolonged drought that left millions of families starving (which) produced a generation of children who became pigmy-sized adults after being brought up on a diet of rats, snakes and cacti. Adults grew to only 1.35 metres (4ft 6ins).
Since 2002 the introduction of government welfare programmes and increases in the minimum wage have raised millions above the poverty line. IBGE research now shows there are more obese than undernourished people in the region.
These programmes mean that although once again the Northeast is in the grip of a devastating drought, people do not starve. Television coverage shows dried-up riverbeds, withered crops and the carcases of animals that have died of starvation. Water tankers crisscross the dry countryside supplying villages, but people are no longer forced to eat rats and snakes to survive.
So poor starving people have height problems but with increased wealth in society and transport links the problem goes away means that we should stop trying to become wealthier and go back to peasant lifestyles and "eat local".
Trying to argue with cretins like these is a waste of time so let us look at the evidence of malnourished Brazilian Dwarves....
February 1, 2013
Probably the best gig in beer garden ever.
In the back garden of my local - and it's on again this year.
Tickets available online: