Friday, September 19, 2014

"No" It Is

Scotland rejects independence with decisive 55% ‘No’ vote

I wouldn't call 55% all that decisive. There were four districts in which the "Yes" side won. I'd say we have another Quebec situation. Gimmie. Gimmie. Gimmie. Gimmie, or we'll keep doing this until we get what we want. However, the Quebec separatists who went over to Scotland as observers must be very disappointed.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

I Didn't Know That

The origin of the nursery rhyme - Humpty-Dumpty:
"This classic nursery rhyme is also a history lesson in the English Civil War. Humpty Dumpty was not originally an egg, as immortalized by John Tenniel, illustrator of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass published in 1871. Rather, the name referred to a cannon used by the army of Charles I in 1648 to deter the opposing army of Parliamentarians. In fact, there are two preceding verses, now mostly forgotten, that name the expert gunner, One-Eyed Thompson, and the cannon, Humpty Dumpty. The cannon was mounted on a church tower and effectively defended the town of Colchester for nearly three months. Eventually, however, the church tower was knocked down and the cannon tumbled into the marsh below, never to be found. Thus all the kings horses and all the kings men couldn’t put Humpty together again."

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Iran: Ruled By Madmen

‘Happy in Tehran’ Dancers Are Given Suspended Sentences
"A group of young Iranian men and women known as the “Happy in Tehran” dancers, arrested in May for videotaping themselves cavorting to Pharrell Williams’s popular dance hit, were informed on Thursday of their punishments: 91 lashes and six months of imprisonment for each."
You're not allowed to have fun, I guess. When will that regime fall?

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I Guess Journalists Have Gone To Bed

The count should be in by now, but no word other than the No vote seems to be leading:

Scotland independence results give 'No' side early lead

Early returns from Scotland show lead for 'No' on independence

No campaign claims victory in Scots vote

But they're having a party, regardless.

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Could He Be Right?

Hollande faults Europe for Scottish independence drive
"President François Hollande yesterday attributed the strength of the pro-independence movement in Scotland to the failings of the European Union.

“Europe must ask this question . . . Why is Europe not capable of creating a federating project in which everyone could find their identity,” Mr Hollande told a press conference. “We didn’t make Europe to get to this point, for there to be deconstruction of nations.”

The idea of 'getting smaller, allegedly to be stronger” was “the very opposite of the European ideal', Mr Hollande said. 'The referendum in Scotland may decide not only the future of the United Kingdom, but also the future of the EU. There’s a risk of Europe falling apart.'"

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Forbidden Love?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

It's Going Viral

Scottish separatism fuels movements in Spain and Italy
"From Spain’s Basque Country to Veneto in north-eastern Italy, independence-minded European regions are licking their lips at the prospect that Scotland will vote to secede from the UK in its September 18 referendum...."
I'm wondering if a "yes" vote will cause a tidal wave that makes its way up the St. Lawrence all the way to Quebec City.

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You Gotta Love It

These two headlines appeared practically one after the other on

Leonardo DiCaprio appointed UN climate change representative

Antarctic sea ice set for record high as Arctic heads for sixth lowest extent

You'll notice it claims the lowest on record was in 2013. What happened to the other 4.5+ billion years.

The UN is not a serious organization.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014


And, of course, there's a song for everything.

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I Like This List

Global Warming Quotes & Climate Change Quotes: Human-Caused Global Warming Advocates/Supporters

I like the one by Christine Stewart: “No matter if the science is all phoney, there are collateral environmental benefits.... climate change [provides] the greatest chance to bring about justice and equality in the world.”

Yes, that Christine Stewart. Liberal Party member of parliament, member of Jean Chretien's cabinet. Environment minister, no less.

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As much as I hate to link to Daily Kos, this one is too good to pass up:

Are you sick of highly-paid teachers?
"Teachers' hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work nine or ten months a year! It's time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do -- babysit!

We can get that for less than minimum wage."
Yah, right. For that we need four years of university and the kids just teach themselves how to read and do complex mathematical problems. Happens all the time. /sarc

Besides, if we didn't have summers off, when would YOU take your paid vacations?? Hummmm?

Think about that next time you need a heart surgeon. He or she started out in grade one, or earlier, and twelve or more teachers later was equipped to attend medical school. Do you want to go under the knife wielded by someone who doesn't know how to read? Think about it.

Sorry we didn't do a better job on teaching them to write legibly.

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Forget Smallpox Blankets...

...thank your lucky stars we live in an age of antiboitics, vaccines, inoculations:

"The greatest killer in the history of mankind."

Six and a half centuries of it.

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"Imagine There's A Climate Conference, But No One Goes"

"Already months ago South Korean UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon busily sent out invitations to world leaders, kindly requesting them to appear at the Climate Change Special Conference in New York on 23 September 2014. The aim of the conference is to agree on concrete actions for a CO2 reduced world in order to curb a menacing climate catastrophe. At the German Huffington Post Ban Ki-moon set forth his underlying motivation for September 2014 conference (translated from the German):

I have travelled the world in order to see the impacts with my own eyes. From the Arctic to the Antarctic, from low-lying islands of the Pacuífic, which are threatened by rising sea levels, to the melting glaciers of Greenland, the Andes and the Alps. I have seen expanding deserts in Mongolia and in the Sahel Zone, and threatened rainforests in Brazil. Everywhere I have spoken with the affected people who are deeply worried about the threat to their way of life and their future because of climate change.”

Dear Mr General Secretary: If you really wish to cut back on CO2 emissions, then you should NOT jet around the globe in your UN jet to supposedly see climate change with your own eyes. Perhaps you have heard that the Pacific Atolls are living corals that are growing along with sea level rise. The glaciers already melted before, 1000 years ago during the Medieval Warm Period when it was as warm as today. Currently the Sahel desert regions are not expanding as you claim, rather they are becoming greener. Moreover the rainforests of Brazil are threatened foremost by deforestation thanks to palm oil and biofuels. That is something to be really worried about, and not about climate change.

As opposed to the UN General Secretary, many world leaders have obviously realized that the science is overheated. An increasing number of scientists are distancing themselves explicitly from the catastrophe mindset. After 16 years of no global warming, the basis for trust between policymaking and the IPCC scientists is sustainably disturbed. We believed you and you’ve disappointed us, the scathed politicians bemoan behind closed doors."
You know, this just might be the thing that puts an end to the Useless Nations. Here's hoping.
"So it is little surprise that hardly anyone has the desire to attend the Climate Summit Circus. Already in May, 2014, German Chancellor Angela Merkel respectfully declined -she had other more important appointments. What could they possibly be about? Even today there is still no entry in Merkel’s Online appointment book for the 23rd of September. Perhaps an appointment with the hairdresser that can no longer be put off? Crochet evening with good friends? Let’s keep it a surprise for now."
"In the middle of August 2014 India Prime Minister Narendra Modi also declined the invitation to attend. India today is the world’s third largest CO2 emitter. Perhaps someone in New Delhi got cold feet over the requested “concrete measures”. Or perhaps they simply looked at the latest global temperature charts.

Also in Peking they were not amused. Suddenly the world’s largest CO2 emitter, China, no longer has much desire to show up in New York. Chinese Prrsident Xi Jinping wasted little time in canceling his flight ticket. Nothing will result from all the negotiations anyway, the UN needs to know."
"No German Chancellor, no Indian Prime Minister and no Chinese President."
"Now if all citizens of Bonn made massive efforts, then they would be able to offset the Indian and Chinese CO2 surpluses of the next few years in about an estimated 2 billion years."
The famous Kyoto-Protocol expired at the end of 2012. At that climate conference in Doha, 144 countries promised to vote to extend the treaty by 2020. So far today 11 countries have signed the extension document. In the meantime, have the other 133 countries reconsidered? So far not a single one of the 28 EU countries have signed on, also not Germany. But already Mauritius and Micronesia are on board (they would be beneficiaries of climate protection payments).
Meanwhile, every time there's a storm or a major flood all the CAGW groupies find solace in their belief that they are all caused by global warming, er, climate change because such events have never, ever, ever, ever happened before.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Ad Nauseam


At the moment I have a young English immigrant in my house doing something or other to my boiler, which conked out a few days ago. We chatted for a bit about how my ancestors came from England, and of course, of Scotland's bid for independence. I likened it to Quebec. I gather, from our conversation, there is no love lost for Scotland in jolly old England, at least not in his Cockney heart.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Cowtown Gets Some "Global Warming"

Just a bit early.

Downed trees in Woodbine following the overnight snow storm Wednesday Sept. 10, 2014.

I suppose it has to come this way.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

From The Late Great..

...Leonardo Michelangelo (6 March 1475 – 18 February 1564):

Wise words
"Educated men will look at what I do and say it is useless work, but the words they breathe from their mouths are as wise as the wind they fart from their asses."
Not much has changed.

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The message is obvious:

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"It has been said even putting baseball scores into Mann's computer model would generate a hockey stick."


By now the catastrophists ought to be hiding under their beds, wetting their pants.

Global Warming Nonsense

Some of the more pithy quotes:

"On the corruption of science, Goethe wryly observed:'Most men only care for science so far as they get a living by it, but they will worship error when it affords them a subsistence.'"
"Upton Sinclair's comment in the early 1900s is instructive:

'It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it.'"
"Then there was the question about the Middle Ages being warmer than the 1930s and the establishment had to eliminate the Medieval Warm Period."

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