Archive for November, 2011

From Google’s cache. the story posted by ENE news on Nov 24th has been pulled. Lawyers are working overtime it seems.

Radioactive substances belong to landowners, not us

Radiation Levels at Sunfield Nihonmatsu Golf Club, 45 km west of Fukushima meltdowns, on Aug. 10

2.91 microsieverts per hour was recorded 10 centimeters above ground at the tee of the sixth hole
51.1 microsieverts per hour near a drainage ditch in a parking space for golf carts, similar to level 2.4 km from the plant
A radiation testing agency checked the course on Nov. 13


Data errata caper: CRU methodology “inexplicable”

Posted: November 25, 2011 by Rog Tallbloke in Incompetence

Back in 2009 at the height of the climategate I revelations, we were all highly amused when we found a file called ‘Harry ReadMe’. This was the running log of Ian ‘Harry’ Harris, who had been tasked with sorting out the mess which was (is?) the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit database system. It appears this runs on homespun Fortran written by a self taught ‘programmer’. For those not old enough to know what Fortran is, don’t worry, you’ll never need to know, unless you get a job in a computer museum.

In the climategate II email folder, I just came across this exchange, which gave me a chuckle. I’ve reversed the order of the responses, so it works as a narrative.


Bill Carmichael: Solar Panels Are A Badge Of Shame

Posted: November 25, 2011 by Rog Tallbloke in Energy, flames, Politics

Green subsidies work a bit like Robin Hood – but in reverse. They effectively take around £8bn from the poorest consumers in the country over the next 20 years and transfer the cash to well off people who can afford the capital costs of installing mini solar and wind power schemes.

OH the squeals of outrage this month when the Government announced a modest reform to one of the biggest green rip-offs this country has ever seen.

You may not have heard of Feed-in Tariffs (Fits), but if you are lucky enough to live in one of the posher parts of town, you’ve no doubt noticed your more well-heeled neighbours covering their roofs with solar panels.

The reason for the mad proliferation of solar panels, and to a lesser extent mini windmills, is that householders are being paid enormous subsidies to generate their own electricity.


Playing with fire

Posted: November 25, 2011 by Rog Tallbloke in climate, flames, Politics

In email 3673 of the Climategate II files Phil Jones says:

Re: AW: Re: geomagnetic field and climate
> Jacopo,
> I’m not suggesting fraud, just that Bard/Delaygue weren’t able to reproduce
> what Courtillot et al claimed to have done.
> Courtillot et al may be considered high profile scientists, but this is
> in a non-climate field. The issue here is that they are not fully
>aware of all the literature in the climate field. They are very  selective of
>the papers they cite and the journal EPSL isn’t considered mainstream in
>the climate field. They tend to publish in what I would refer to as the
>non-climate literature. In this respect the editors have a harder time
>knowing they are getting access to the best climate reviewers.


Breaking news: FOIA 2011 has arrived !

Posted: November 22, 2011 by Rog Tallbloke in climate, flames, Philosophy, Politics

UPDATE 1-12-11 A searchable database of all the 2009 and 2011 emails is here:

Wattsupwiththat has the best collation of links and discussions here:

Climate Audit is well worth a visit:


Our old friend ‘Foia’ dropped an interesting comment on the Ian Wilson thread at 9.28am GMT today.

Downloading now, check it out at your own peril, I don’t know what’s in it yet:

UPDATE 10.34am GMT

OK, it’s genuine, and as far as I can tell, virus free. McAfee, Malwarebytes’, Avast, Superantispyware and Ad-aware all say it’s clean. (Thanks Niklas)

By the way, please redact any addresses, phone numbers etc before posting any juicy bits here.

Wattsup has a thread running

Climate audit

Air vent

Message to ‘FOIA’

Thank you, whoever you are, freedom of information is a principle worth upholding.

Here’s the README contents:

/// FOIA 2011 — Background and Context ///

“Over 2.5 billion people live on less than $2 a day.”

“Every day nearly 16.000 children die from hunger and related causes.”

“One dollar can save a life” — the opposite must also be true.

“Poverty is a death sentence.”

“Nations must invest $37 trillion in energy technologies by 2030 to stabilize
greenhouse gas emissions at sustainable levels.”

Today’s decisions should be based on all the information we can get, not on
hiding the decline.

This archive contains some 5.000 emails picked from keyword searches. A few
remarks and redactions are marked with triple brackets.

The rest, some 220.000, are encrypted for various reasons. We are not planning
to publicly release the passphrase.

We could not read every one, but tried to cover the most relevant topics such


I’m reposting this article from Ian Wilson’s blog, as it is highly relevant to the discussion in the previous post regarding solar rotation. Ian’s (Ninderthana’s) work is much more advanced than mine on this subject and the inter-relations he has been discovering lend more weight to our tentative hypothesis that the planets are affecting the Sun’s fluid circulations. Ian is here concentrating on possible planetary tidal effects. In comments to this article on his blog, Ray Tomes mentions his GR theory (direct gravitational effect). Charles Wolff  (Wolff and Patrone) in email to me said both these forces are operative.
A Mechanism for Amplifying Planetary Tidal Forces in the Sun’s Outer Convective Zone
Ian Wilson 2010
Figure 1 (left) is a cross-section of the Sun showing the rotational periods of a section of it’s interior.
The rotation rates range from about 34.0 days near the poles to about 25.2 days in the Sun’s equatorial convective zone. The dotted line that is located ~ 0.7 solar radii out from the centre of the Sun marks the positions the Solar Tachocline. This represents the boundary between the core of the Sun, were the main form of energy transport is by radiation, and the outer convective layer of the Sun, where the main form of energy transport is by convection.
Figure 1 shows that mean rotation period at a point just below the equatorial Tachocline is ~ 26.3 days, while the mean rotation period in the equatorial mid-convective layer is ~ 25.2 days.Amazingly, if the rotation period of the point just below the equatorial Tachocline was in fact 26.3365 days, you would get an amplified resonance between the tides of the two dominant tidal forcing Terrestrial planets, Venus and Earth.

In comments on the Jupiter Jackpot thread I noted in passing that there seems to be a relationship between the inverse of the period of Jupiters orbit and the rotation speed of the Sun. This didn’t arouse much interest at the time, possible because ‘inverse’ is an arcane mathematical term which doesn’t seem to relate to the physical world. But this was a shorthand. The inverse means one divided by the orbital period, which of course implies Earth years, because we measure orbital periods of the other planets in Earth years.

Let me restate the relationship in a way that may resonate more immediately with the reality of planetary motion:

Orbital Period (Earth) 1 year
————————————————-        =     Average  Spin Rate  (Sun)  0.0843 years = 30.79 days
Orbital Period (Jupiter) 11.86 years


Wired magazine’s UK website is carrying a cautiously optimistic story regarding the cold fusion  Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR) process Italian Engineer Andrea Rossi claims to have successfully developed.

Personally, I have a good feeling about this process, which I blogged back in May, but that’s all it is. We have too little data to be able to judge at this point.

Andrea Rossi

Rossi says a domestic version rated at a few kilowatts is at least a year away. He is also working on adapting the E-Cat so its heat output can converted to electricity, but this will require higher working temperatures and will take two years or more.

Allan Sterling of PESN reports today that Andrea Rossi has entered an agreement with National Instruments on November 10th and that NI will be creating the controls to monitor and regulate this process.

Andrea Rossi told PESN that their stipulation for the agreement is that all the instrumentation for the E-Cat plants have “by National Instruments” and logo on the instrumentation panels.



Little one cops big one, Tokamak news

Posted: November 13, 2011 by tchannon in Energy, Nuclear power


A press pre-release of an important development has been picked by the The Register. A small UCLA team at San Diego intend to announce they have made an important discovery about plasma stability in tokoma reactor vessels.

Press release, PDF