November 2009

29 November 2009
One of the aspects that I find interesting about ClimateGate - I think we're going to have to accept that FraudAnglia (see comments) isn't a runner - is how increasingly unimportant the actual hack/leak is becoming. There's a good chance that it has already been milked dry. But the story keeps going because it has acted as the catalyst for the airing (or re-airing) of a whole bunch of other climate change frauds and cover-ups.

27 November 2009
Fraud Anglia: a new front gets opened up

Lots of people have been pointing to George Monbiot’s oh-my-god-this-is-really-awful article.  And why not?  Who wouldn’t want to see Moonbat’s mouth full of humble pie?

However, to my mind much more interesting is the second part of the article:

The greatest tragedy here is that despite many years of outright fabrication, fraud and deceit on the part of the climate change denial industry, documented in James Hoggan and Richard Littlemore’s brilliant new book Climate Cover-up, it is now the climate scientists who look bad. By comparison to his opponents, Phil Jones is pure as the driven snow. Hoggan and Littlemore have shown how fossil fuel industries have employed “experts” to lie, cheat and manipulate on their behalf. The revelations in their book (as well as in Heat and in Ross Gelbspan’s book The Heat Is On) are 100 times graver than anything contained in these emails.

In other words: “OK, so we’re a bunch of lying shits but our opponents are even worse.” I am going to guess that this is the fall back position.  The defence line at Kharkov to ClimateGate’s Stalingrad.  And I think we’re going to hear a lot more of it.

Which got me thinking.  Does it really matter if the warmo-sceptics are a bunch of lying shits?

Let’s look at the case for Copenhagen:

1.  Humans are changing the content of the atmosphere.

2.  The climate is changing

3.  This change is for the worse

4.  The change in the climate is caused by the change in the atmosphere

5.  We can model to a reasonable degree of accuracy both the change in the atmosphere and its effect.

6.  The model shows that this change to the climate, if unchecked, will be catastrophic

7.  The only solution is stop humans changing the content of the atmosphere.

8.  The only way to do that is by the introduction of global socialist economic polices enforced by a global government.

You will notice that 7 and 8 (which are pretty dubious in and of themselves) are entirely dependent on 5 and 6.  But 5 and 6 have (surely?) been blown out of the water.  Hey, they weren’t looking great before the leak but now it is difficult to see how anyone can give them the slightest credence.  And none of this has anything to do with warmo-sceptics.  In other words warmo-sceptics can have been as shitty as you like and it won’t have mattered a bit.

So, George, I’d abandon Kharkov as quickly as you can.  The next stop for you is Berlin.

26 November 2009
This Climategate business all rather puts me in mind of the Protocols of the Wise Men of Zion. For those of you who don't know this was a late-nineteenth century Tsarist forgery which purported to show that there really was a worldwide Jewish conspiracy.

If memory serves it was exposed as a forgery fairly early on but that didn't stop people believing it for decades afterwards. With results we all know about.

Let's just hope that history does not repeat itself.

Update. Thought I'd do some fact checking at Wikipedia. It appears I am slightly out on the title - it should be The Protocols of the Elders of Zion - and the date - it was early 20th Century. Oh and some people still believe in it.

12 November 2009
Good News from Zimbabwe
Price controls and foreign exchange regulations have been abandoned. Zimbabwe literally joined the real world at the stroke of a pen. Money now flows in and out of the country without restriction. Super market shelves, bare in January, are now bursting with products.

All this after they abandoned the policies ie printing money, that we in Britain have just adopted. Are we to learn the lessons? Don't hold your breath.