I commit to trolling you all far more in the future, whilst trolling you significantly less.
I will rant in an opinionated fashion, long, hard barely thought through polemics, and yet reduce the opinionated content contained within these super soaraway Breakermatic Diaries.
Accordingly, I pledge a 0% increase in real terms of posting frequency, Breakermatic Diaries for Breakermatic Diary Readers.
And I will, of course, pursue more interesting polls.
Well, the CRU email hack does seem to be getting some legs in the press now.
To demonstrate the level of scientific rigour, here is a quote from the Met office:
there is a 50 per cent chance that the world average temperature in 2010 will be warmer than in 1998
I am glad that the science is settled. Glossing over the fact that there is also a 50% chance of the weather in 2010 being colder than 1998, there's also a 50% chance of heads landing face up when I flip this coin.
Whatever the actual state of the planet is with regards our pollution output, we need to be able to trust in our scientists to be impartial, analytic fact processing machines.
One person who was asking for data from CRU has posted his experiences intersposed with the replies from CRU and internal emails:
Willis Eschenbach in the link above describes the scientific method:
Science works by one person making a claim, and backing it up with the data and methods that they used to make the claim. Other scientists then attack the claim by (among other things) trying to replicate the first scientist’s work
When asked to show his data and working, the CRU scientist Phil Jones replied:
I will still not pass on the data. We have 25 or so years invested in the work. Why should I make the data available to you, when your aim is to try and find something wrong with it.
Some further quotes from Phil Jones (from link above):
I wouldn’t tell anybody about the FOI Act in Britain.
Data is covered by all the agreements we sign with people, so I will be hiding behind them.
If they ever hear there is a Freedom of Information Act now in the UK, I think I’ll delete the file rather than send to anyone.
There are many others like that from these emails.
Climate policy should therefore not come at the expense of development policy. But it does.
A non-AGW fetishist writes on the Greenhouse effect.
Far worse, the shrinking number of polar bears looks like it is due to some bastards dropping them out of planes.
What can be done about this crisis of science? Do we tear up all the research institutions and recreate them with a requirement that all data, calculations and so on must be open for scrutiny? I don't believe we should be pushing filth into our environment just for the sheer hell of it; we must try to remove as much waste from industry and society as possible. But with scientists and science so badly discredited, even Green High Priest George Moonbat concedes I was too trusting of some of those who provided the evidence I championed. I would have been a better journalist if I had investigated their claims more closely. (see comments following the article).
Moonbat has gone up immensely in my opinion for that brave statement. Now, I do not think that all scientists researching the climate are playing fast and loose with the scientific method. But they will all now be tainted by this.
In government, should we establish protocols for having documents in locked, secure briefcases, or just arrive at 10 Downing St by the back door instead?
Seems to be the season for security breaches; leaked documents reveal No 10 cover-up over Iraq invasion. One of the key questions which the inquiry will have to answer is whether Mr Blair misled parliament. Blair is a war criminal in some people's eyes but will he ever be given the opportunity to defend himself in The Hague?
It'll be OK though as the next generation will be too poorly educated - "weaknesses remain in pupils’ grasp of English and maths" despite "impressive investment in education over the past 12 years".
For example, I am not sure this is a Men's society - they teach cookery, stitching, and organise sober pub crawls. The Feminazis are out in force as they see their gender relations budget being halved: Olivia Bailey, NUS national women's officer, responded: "Discrimination against men on the basis of gender is so unusual as to be non-existent, so what exactly will a men's society do? To suggest that men need a specific space to be 'men' is ludicrous, when everywhere you turn you will find male-dominated spaces."
Right then I am off to feed and change MiniBreaker, then take her to baby sensory class. The Daughter Unit grows and thrives, burbling away da-da-da-da-da-de. She now raises her arms when I go to lift her out of her cot, and goes crazy waving her arms when I get home from work.
I look at all the grief that our country and world face (see links above) and wonder what kind of society we are bequeathing her.
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