Molehills out of mountains   31/1/2010

It seems that every day another brick in the wall of manmade global warming comes toppling down.

The United Nations’ expert panel on climate change based claims about ice disappearing from the world’s mountain tops on a student’s dissertation and an article in a mountaineering magazine.

Catch up with all the latest ‘gotchas’ here.

UPDATE: Reader David Elder points to an Andrew Bolt post on IPCC head Rajendra Pachauri’s latest work of fiction, a steamy bodice ripper, which has attracted much amusing comment from readers.
My favourite:
From ‘Hide the Decline’ to ‘Hide the Sausage’.

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Summer holiday   30/1/2010

Home after a delightful summer break at Warrnambool, staying in my sister’s comfy, funky little beachside cottage.
We revelled in seven straight days of 25-30 degrees sunshine, unbelievable weather for the ‘Bool, where it’s likely to change seven times in a day.
With friends, we took full advantage of the city’s brilliant network of cycling and walking tracks and were out on the bikes every day.
We put in a 60km haul on Thursday, riding along the Merri River to west of the city then along the highway and lanes to Killarney beach for a swim and a cuppa. We then hooked up with the Port Fairy-Warrnambool rail trail for an easy uphill ride to Koroit, where we had lunch at the best pie shop in western Victoria. From there we rejoined the rail trail until it peters out near Illowa. Word is the trail will be completed to Warrnambool by mid-year. Reckon it will become one of the most popular cycling routes in Victoria when finished.
I’ve downloaded a free picture editing program, PhotoScape, which has a few attractive options that even a hamfisted hack like me can handle. Here’s some Warrnambool landmarks shot during the week.

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Backing down ungracefully   22/1/2010

There’s no carpet big enough to sweep the manmade global warming hoax under, so there’ll be a swish here and a swash there and let’s hope no one notices the dirty great pile of bovine waste reaching to the ceiling.

The timetable to reach a global deal to tackle climate change lay in tatters on Wednesday after the United Nations waived the first deadline of the process laid out at last month’s fractious Copenhagen summit.
Nations agreed then to declare their emissions reduction targets by the end of this month. Developed countries would state their intended cuts by 2020: developing countries would outline how they would curb emissions growth.

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Making a splash   

Great Australian institutions like the surf lifesaving movement show you don’t need a squillion dollars and the heavy hand of government to make a meaningful difference to people’s lives.

The 18-year-old Sudanese refugee has finally conquered her fear, through a surf lifesaving program targeting new arrivals who haven’t grown up near the beach.
“Today was a lovely day,” she said, beaming. “Before, when I went to the beach, I didn’t go in the water because no one was with me.”

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Cocaine comedy   21/1/2010

They should have known this would end up in another fine old mess.

Carlos Laurel, 31, and Andre “Sug” Hardy, 39, of Lincoln Street, face eight charges related to cocaine trafficking. Police arrested Laurel and Hardy after they showed up at a Kingston residence and allegedly delivered 50 bags of cocaine to the unidentified occupant Tuesday at about 5:53 p.m. Police estimate street value of the cocaine was $2,500.

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Upset result   20/1/2010

Huge headache for the Obama administration.

BOSTON — A little-known Republican upended the balance of power in Washington by winning a U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts, a result that imperils President Barack Obama’s top legislative priorities and augurs trouble for his party in this year’s elections.

Much sookie-laa-laaing over at the Huffington Post from where the blame is being placed on all manner of illogical factors, as interpreted by Chistery at Tim Blair’s:

1) Massachusetts used to be full of enlightened people, now just stupid rednecks who like Palin.
2) They voted for someone that wont help Obama.
3) Dirty liars got in because of their dirty lies.
4) The election may show democracy in action, but because it didn’t go my way, democracy sucks and you get what you deserve (whining continues a while longer).. Voters cut off their noses to spite their face.

Leftie elitists, they’re so misunderstood. Can’t the rubes see that even though they’re headed for the poorhouse, at least under Obama’s guided-from-on-high socialism, they’ll be enlightened along the way.

This commenter at the normally leftwing Washington Post illustrates the voters’ mood:

I am a Democrat who voted for Obama but I did not vote for massive debt, a health care reform bill that is anything but reform, backroom deals to buy the votes of senators, treating our allies Israel, England, Germany, and France as though they were the enemy, refusal to acknowledge that Islamic terrorism is a threat to our country and does exist, a carbon tax energy policy that will cost the middle class billions of dollars in new taxes, and the arrogance, hubris, and attitude of Obama and his diehard supporters that are harming America.
I am glad Scott Brown won and if the liberal Democrats don’t get the message that this country did not want a far left turn when Obama won the election this life long Democrat will never vote for a Democrat again.
Posted by: mjkoch* | January 19, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

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Plot thickens   17/1/2010

Climategate has crossed the Atlantic.

A computer programmer named E. Michael Smith and a Certified Consulting Meteorologist named Joseph D’Aleo join the program to tell us about their breakthrough investigation into the manipulations of data at the NASA Goddard Science and Space Institute at Columbia University in New York and the NOAA National Climate Data Center in Ashville, North Carolina.

Lots of links here.

That didn’t take long. Anthony Watts reports that the first book on Climategate has been published.
FURTHERMORE: With all these revelations of dodgy data, it looks as if the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is indulging in a little pre-emptive error admission.

A WARNING that climate change will melt most of the Himalayan glaciers by 2035 is likely to be retracted after a series of scientific blunders by the United Nations body that issued it . . . It has also emerged that the New Scientist report was itself based on a short telephone interview with Syed Hasnain, a little-known Indian scientist then based at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi.
Hasnain has since admitted that the claim was “speculation” and was not supported by any formal research. If confirmed it would be one of the most serious failures yet seen in climate research. The IPCC was set up precisely to ensure that world leaders had the best possible scientific advice on climate change.

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Oh dear, how will the luvvies deal with an image of the gentle, socialist Swedes as bunny boilers?

Swedes will turn on their central heating this winter in the knowledge that it may be powered in part by the burning carcasses of thousands of rabbits.

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Waging warm   11/1/2010

Climate alarmists have got one thing right: there’s a high price to pay for global warming.

Impeccable was the timing of that announcement that directors of the Met Office were last year given pay rises of up to 33 per cent, putting its £200,000-a-year chief executive into a higher pay bracket than the Prime Minister. As Britain shivered through Arctic cold and its heaviest snowfalls for decades, our global-warming-obsessed Government machine was caught out in all directions.

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Fool Britannia   

Britain’s gone so far downhill, surely it must almost have reached the bottom.

Myleene Klass was told off by police for waving a knife through her window to scare off two teenagers trying to break into her garden shed.
The musician was alone in her kitchen, with her two-year-old daughter asleep upstairs, when she grabbed the knife and shouted ‘I’m calling the police’.
Officers who arrived at her house in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, on Friday warned her that it was illegal to carry an ‘offensive weapon’ even at home.

But no, the Old Bill manages to plumb even newer depths of stupidity:

A wealthy businessman was arrested at home in front of his wife and young son over an email which council officials deemed ‘offensive’ to gipsies – but which he had not even written.

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Drongo diagnosis   

Celebrities . . . where would we be without them?
In a healthier place, perhaps?

The PETA-endorsing model Heather Mills asserted that meat “sits in your colon for 40 years and putrefies, and gives you the illness you die of.” University of Liverpool gastroenterologist Dr. Melita Gordon, however, called Mills’ assertion flat-out clueless. Meat proteins are absorbed by the small bowel before they get to the colon, says Gordon, and any remaining indigestible material is expelled within days.

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Suds things on the air   

Here’s an opening for those producers of Australian movies that no one goes to see:

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Sunday he has asked film producers to make “socialist soap operas,” with government help if needed, because there’s too much capitalism on television.

However, they’d better be careful with admission prices:

CARACAS, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez ordered soldiers to seek out businesses that raise prices after a sharp devaluation of the bolivar currency last week, saying he will expropriate firms that engage in price gouging.

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Whole lotta fakin’ goin’ on   10/1/2010

Well this didn’t quite pan out. But it’s worth a run for The King’s 75th birthday.
From Iowahawk who has pulled out all stops to commemorate Presley’s big day.

Who needs birthday cake when you’ve got this killer delicacy?

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Hot news sells   

Art Horn explains why an under-threat media substituted global warming for global cooling as the looming catastrophe of the epoch.

Global warming supplies news outlets with an endless stream of planet-endangering, guilt-extracting drama that can be linked to all aspects of human activity. The production of carbon dioxide by industrial activity threatening a future climate catastrophe — this is the global warming doctrine. The very fossil fuels that lifted societies to unprecedented prosperity being cast as climate killers. Weather, climate, and prosperity all wrapped into one very convenient eco-economic package.

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Worthy of support   

Here’s some street protesters who deserve maximum media coverage and wholehearted community support.

Chanting “No more terrorism,” about 150 Muslim and Nigerian protesters waved U.S. flags as they rallied in the cold outside the federal courthouse during a hearing for the suspect accused of trying to bomb a Detroit-bound plane on Christmas Day.

This presents a great opportunity for the Left to demonstrate their solidarity with liberty and democracy over extremism and terrorism.
So, will the Left support the courageous anti-Jihadists? Time will tell, but remember they are not the enemy of the Left’s enemy.

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Hide it in a hiding place where no one ever goes   9/1/2010

If you’re known as Mrs Robinson, there’s one thing you shouldn’t do.
Yep, life yet again imitates art.

THE political crisis surrounding Northern Ireland’s First Minister has deepened after it was claimed that the man with whom his 60-year-old wife had an extra-marital affair was 19.

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Ignorance is strength . . . cold is warm   

To keep the global warming faith, you need to hold something akin to Groucho Marx’s principles: “These are the reasons the planet is warming . . . and if they fail to convince, well I’ve got more.”
Alarmists are digging themselves in over the sustained record cold snap in the northern hemisphere, insisting that semi-global frigidity is really part of global warming.

“It’s part of natural variability,” said Gerald Meehl, a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. With global warming, he said, “we’ll still have record cold temperatures. We’ll just have fewer of them.”

As ambivalent youngsters are prone to declare: Yeah, whatever.

Meanwhile, Tim Blair links to the bible for hipsters – until they grow up – Rolling Stone which has published a lengthy piece sliming 16 enemies of the warmenistas.
Two points of interest from the diatribe:
No.1 – comments to the article are overwhelmingly from the sceptical side, suggesting Rolling Stone might need to update its readership profile; and
No.2 – The RS piece, published on January 6, appears to borrow heavily in concept and style from this blog piece published on December 29.

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Keep it zipped   

Er, no thanks Jimbo, it’s bad enough seeing your head.
Democratic political strategist and frequent flyer James Carville has revealed on a TV talk show his vision for airport security.

“Let me buy a [security] card, then go and measure my penis, and let me get on the airplane,” he said.

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Mum muscled   

Everyone loves a ripping Queen Bee in the Big House yarn.

UNDERWORLD matriarch Judy Moran has allegedly lost a vicious turf war against mum-in-the-boot accomplice Tania Herman for control of the state’s largest women’s prison.

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Burnt-out case   5/1/2010

The Underpants Bomber tells Iowahawk just how difficult it is to achieve martyrdom during the holiday season:

I pretty much dozed off after that, but then it was like “BING! Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. In twenty minutes we will begin preparations for our final descent into Detroit, so if you have to use the restrooms, blah blah blah.” Crap, I had completely forgotten to blow up the plane, and the concierge was giving me the hurry up sign. So I walked back to the loo, and there was already a line of hippies. So I told them, “hey dude, do you mind? I really gotta pinch one bad.” I guess my eyes were kinda dilated from the suicide relaxants, so they let me by.
Lemme ask you: have you ever tried to inject a glycerin detonator syringe into some plastic explosives glued under your nutsack, while you were stoned out of your gourd, in an airplane bathroom, during Lake Erie turbulence, while some stupid hippie is pounding on the door? Take my word for this, it. is. a. mofo. I must have stabbed myself in the junk eight or ten times before I finally got it smoldering. So I stroll out of the loo, real casual-like, with my nuts on fire, and headed back to my seat to blow out the fuselage.

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