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We’re Doomed – Again

Posted by Exile on February 25, 2009

MMGW The climate is heating up far faster than scientists had predicted, spurred by sharp increases in greenhouse gas emissions from developing countries like China and India. At least it is according to a “top climate scientist”.  Again. Which is strange, because as we all know, the world has been cooling down for the past ten years straight and right now, I’m freezing my ass off.

Chris Field, a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, said recent studies suggested the continued warming of the planet from greenhouse gas emissions could touch off large, destructive wildfires in tropical rain forests and melt permafrost in the Arctic tundra, releasing billions of tons of greenhouse gases that could raise global temperatures even more.

Uhm.. What continual warming?

“The consequence of that is we are basically looking now at a future climate that is beyond anything that we’ve considered seriously,” Mr Field told the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Chicago.

“There is a real risk that human-caused climate change will accelerate the release of carbon dioxide from forest and tundra ecosystems, which have been storing a lot of carbon for thousands of years.”

Look, we’ve never seriously considered the future climate. We have seriously considered man made and flawed models of future climates, but never the actual climate. And as for the “real risk” of man made acceleration of released gases, well, there is also a real risk that it won’t. Mainly because, it’s getting colder, not hotter.
However, all that aside, the dire and dreadful warnings continue:

He said that "the actual trajectory" of climate change was more serious than any of the predictions in the IPCC’s fourth assessment report called “Climate Change 2007, which had underestimated the potential severity of global warming over the next 100 years.

“We now have data showing that from 2000 to 2007, greenhouse gas emissions increased far more rapidly than we expected, primarily because developing countries, like China and India, saw a huge surge in electric power generation, almost all of it based on coal.”

“Actual trajectory”? As in “Hockey stick”? And so what? As I understand it, CO2 is what plants thrive on. Could this be the answer to desertification? I can’t help wondering how all this is affecting the percentage of O2 in our beleaguered atmosphere? Maybe this is why I’m so short of breath in the mornings? The damn chinks are suffocating me, albeit very slowly. I mean, our atmosphere is only so big, there’s only so much oxygen to go round. Dilute it with CO2 and there you go. Strange as it may seem though, that isn’t actually happening. O2 percentage is constant. I wonder why and breathe more easily.

He said that trend was likely to continue if more countries turned to coal and other carbon-intensive fuels to meet their energy needs. If so, he said the impact of climate change would be“more serious and diverse” than the IPCC’s most recent predictions.

Oh no. What could be more more serious and diverse than my slow suffocation and eventual slow roasting in the hot dry winters ahead? I’m so glad the IPCC made me aware of that. Mind you, they didn’t tell me how, or what, would be more serious and diverse. Rainfall? Snow? Fish and chips? Anybody?
As if all that scary stuff wasn’t enough the article then goes on to list some pretty wild figures about gassy stuff that really knocks my socks off with worry.

Research presented at the AAAS yesterday suggested that the frozen soil of the tundra stored far more greenhouse gas that previously thought, with about 1,000 billion (one trillion) tonnes of carbon now believed to be frozen in permafrost soils.

By comparison, the amount of CO2 that has been released through the burning of fossil fuels since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution is around 350 billion tonnes.

Ooh.. Research. Must be true then. Mind you, it only suggested, didn’t really confirm. Notice too, “more than previously thought”, not “previously known to be”, and “now believed to be” and not “now proven to be”. Sounds a bit hit and miss to me. A sort of guesstimate. Or maybe just grabbed out of thin air. Or should that be thin, CO2 enriched, air?

Similarly;

Meanwhile, new research on the Southern Ocean surrounded Antarctica suggest that the sea, a vital “carbon sink,” is sucking up less CO2 than before.

More new research. More suggested figures. Pretty lousy research for a genuine scare story. Sorry. Just my humble observation.
I’m sure we’re going to get even more of this claptrap now that we have a brand new president in the USA who is labouring under the Gorian belief that the world is on the verge of atmospheric disaster and that we’re all gonna fry by the year 2100 and that CO2 is the denizen of the planet. Frankly, I never believed it. CO2 levels follow global warming, they do not lead it. The world has been a whole lot warmer than it is now and polar bears and penguins survived that too, otherwise, they wouldn’t be here now.
I also realise that taxes have to be paid to finance this rubbish. Rubbish which feeds itself with our money which is fraudulently raised by idiotic green taxes which help proliferate and finance this stuff. It’s the serpent, eating it’s own tail.

I’m tired of it.

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Living Under the Taleban

Posted by Exile on February 22, 2009

Want to know what’s really going on inside Pakistan? I found this on the Timesonline.

What I found in Swat was a hell-hole. Suicide bombings, car bombs and artillery have scarred the valley’s roads and buildings. The charred remains of hospitals and even a madrasah (seminary) litter the landscape.

Nearly 200 schools have been destroyed, all girls over the age of eight are banned from lessons and, in a symbol of the Taliban’s hatred of learning, the public library in Mingora has been wrecked..

There’s more.

Read this.

Tell me. How can the Pakistani government allow this?

Our allies?

No. I don’t think so.

 

Hat tip: Timesonline.

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The Voice of Reason

Posted by Exile on February 21, 2009

Klaus My hat’s off to the Czech President, Vaclav Klaus. His latest description of the EU is absolutely correct. Quoting here from the Timesonline;

In his latest diatribe, this time before the European Parliament on Thursday, President Klaus, whose country assumed the rotating EU helm in January from France, branded the organisation an undemocratic and elitist project comparable to Soviet-era dictatorships that forbade free thought.

“Not so long ago,” Mr Klaus thundered, “in our part of Europe we lived in a political system that permitted no alternatives and therefore also no parliamentary opposition. We learned the bitter lesson that with no opposition, there is no freedom.”

It doesn’t get much better than that.

Of course there are those who see it somewhat differently than Mr. Klaus and I:

Lawmakers were aghast at Mr Klaus’s attempt to compare the EU to the Soviet bloc. “Mr Klaus outlined a completely twisted and manipulated view of European reality,” said Daniel Cohn-Bendit, leader of the Greens. “To seriously compare the decision-making process in the EU with that of the Soviet Union indicates that the man has lost all touch with reality.”

Just who these “lawmakers” are is anybody’s guess. In my humble opinion it is they that have lost touch with, if not reality, then the people of Europe. Quite frankly, Brussels is looking more like a communist Moscow copy job on a daily basis.

Perhaps I should let the Timesonline have the last word Here. They put it better than I could and I agree with the sentiments reflected there:

While deeply unpopular in EU circles, Mr Klaus strikes a deep chord in some member states where citizens fear European plans to share more powers come at the cost of national sovereignty. He has refused to fly the EU flag over his official seat in Prague during the Czech presidency, saying the country is not an EU province.

Hear, hear.

 

Hat tip: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article5775780.ece

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The First Bullshit Award of 2009

Posted by Exile on February 17, 2009

From an article in the UK Press Association on Google:

Exposure to other people’s smoke could increase the risk of dementia, researchers have said.

Second-hand smoke can cause damage to the way the brain works, making dementia more likely, they said.

People exposed to high levels of other people’s smoke were 44% more likely to suffer cognitive impairment – affecting things like memory and ability to perform calculations.

It has already been established that smoking can increase a smoker’s risk of dementia but this is the first study looking at the effect of smoking on other people.

How surprising.. Yawn. Actually, that’s lie. Or, to put it kindly, not entirely true. Because according to this:

A team of London scientists have found clues for the potentially therapeutic benefits of nicotine on learning, memory and attention while minimising the risk of addiction. The research announced in Geneva Monday will assist the search for new drugs for dementia.

“Nicotine, like many other drugs, has multiple effects some of which are harmful whereas others may be beneficial,” said Professor Ian Stolerman from the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. Previous research has revealed these cognitive effects in humans and in laboratory animals.

Goldstarbullshit transparencyThe hidden equation is simple enough to see. Non smokers are automatically passive smokers. Non smokers are more likely to suffer from dementia. Therefore, passive smokers are more likely to suffer from dementia.

There’s nothing like a good scare story, is there? Like man made global warming. Which is undoubtedly somehow linked to passive smoking et al.

I haven’t given one out for a while but here it is then. The first Bullshit award of 2009, dedicated to those staunch anti smoking researchers and the UK Press Association, who are, by my reckoning at least, all totally, barking mad, demented.

Congratulations. Have a cigar.

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Where’s the Crime in That?

Posted by Exile on February 12, 2009

I have just read the most grotesque story.

Women in Saudi are not allowed to drive, nor are they allowed out unless they are accompanied either by their husband or by another male member of the family. Therefore, when a lone and single woman of 23 accepted the offer of a lift from a stranger, she effectively broke the law.
He took her to a house to the east of the city of Jeddah where she was attacked by him and four of his friends throughout the night. This rape, which she tried to hold secret, resulted in her being pregnant and, not wishing to be a single woman with a baby in Saudi, she attempted to get an abortion in the King Fahd Hospital. It was here that the assault was first “discovered” and reported to the police. Now, one might wonder why she didn’t go to the police after being raped? Well read on and you’ll see.

She was denied an abortion, was arrested and tried for “adultery”. Which is strange because she is, as stated, a single woman. Unless, of course, one or more of her rapists is married? But as they are not mentioned, under arrest, nor on trial for their crimes, we’ll never know. The judge, being in no doubt about it all, found her guilty and her sentence is to receive 100 lashes and be imprisoned for a year after giving birth to the child she is bearing, which was, as stated earlier, forced into her by one of five rapists. She gets gang raped and she is guilty?

So much for women’s rights in Saudi. Where are the UNHRC people now? Why isn’t Amnesty International all over this? European human rights organisations? Women’s rights organisations? Not a murmur.

Strangely, when people speak out about this sort of thing, they are ostracised or imprisoned. Ask Geert Wilders.

I’m having a real hard time here seeing where the real crime is. I have a suspicion it is being a single woman in Saudi.

Hat tip: The Daily Mail.

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So Much for Arab Solidarity

Posted by Exile on February 6, 2009

Ever wondered where the true Palesinian refugees are? If you say Gaza, then you are very, very wrong. Not only that, but one can’t really be a refugee for sixty years on a stable piece of landscape. But that is by the by. No, the true refugees are not that many but they do exist. For example, the few hundred or so that are caught between the borders of their brother Arab countries. Iraq and Syria and Jordan.

Here’s a telling quote from an article in the Times:

Arab solidarity is not a phrase that Salim Ahmad wants to hear any more. On a battered television inside a windblown tent he watches with scepticism as the crowds demonstrate in the streets of Damascus over Israel’s war in Gaza.

“If they really cared anything for Palestinians, they would not leave us here in this terrible place,” he said, gesturing around him. “Don’t tell me about solidarity when nobody cares that we are here at all.”

And just where is our man Salim?

For the past three years this desolate spot between the Iraqi and Syrian border posts has served as home to hundreds of Palestinians fleeing persecution in Iraq.
When they tried to flee to Syria, however, they found their paths blocked. While Iraq citizens swanned through the border post Palestinians were turned back, unable to enter Syria but unable to return to Iraq either. Stateless and without passports the Palestinians sat down where they were dumped, in the walled-off layby by the road between the two glowering border posts.

And there they remain. Syria doesn’t want them. Iraq doesn’t want them. Jordan has had them and doesn’t want them back.

Why don’t they want them? Why has Syria refused aid to these people from the UN? Why not let them in and resettle them?

The answer is simple. Screw the Palestinians. They aren’t important.

What is important to the Arab community is that they have the forlorn hope of a Palestinian state to hang on to. Which gives them a reason not to resettle the Palestinians they have on their own doorstep and a reason to continue to attack Israel. They won’t take the Palestinians in, they say, because to do so would mean giving up the idea of a state of Palestine. It would also mean having to take in, and support, the filthy Palestinians.

It would appear that the Palestinians are the Gypsies of the Arab world.

Read more here:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/iraq/article5671797.ece

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