Artist Perry Grayson has made a vase decorated with motifs related to Chris Huhne, smashed it with a lump hammer, and repaired it, before displaying it in the National Portrait Gallery.
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Tags: corruption, Huhne
[edit: I have made the serious mistake of not checking the date of the news story, is actually 2013 although the page is (c) 2014, tweet items there mention 2013 and I did spot the 99mph gust which I knew from last year, ought to have twigged. Sorry folks. Tim.]
The Dungeness B nuclear power station in Kent is using diesel generators to power its site after both reactors shut down automatically due to a power cut
Logical, no ‘leccy so you can’t have any.
That’s six UK power stations now offline with unplanned stoppages.
A non story other than a defective infrastructure, presumably power lines were out. Is there no end to silly cockups?
Wrong kind of leaves on the line?
From the grauniad:
Speaking ahead of an inaugural speech he will give next week as the incoming president of the British Science Association (BSA), Nurse said it was not enough for scientists to sit on the sidelines and sneer when public figures expounded unscientific nonsense.
He urged researchers to forge relationships with politicians, lobbyists, religious figures and leaders of organisations in the hope that they might feel ashamed to misuse scientific evidence.
But if that approach failed, Nurse urged researchers to call offenders out in the media and challenge them in the strongest way possible. “When they are serial offenders they should be crushed and buried,” Nurse said.
The Nobel prize winner will use his presidential address to argue that science has been the most revolutionary act in human history. He will trace the origins of scientific thinking from ancient times through the Copernican and Darwinian revolutions to modern times and warn that threats to science have always existed.
Oh the irony. Copernicus was afraid to publish precisely because he knew that some Nobel Nurse establishment type bigwig would be down on him like a ton of bricks for propounding theory contrary to that the establishment consensus held as immutable.
Paul Nurse is a serial offender himself, and Josh nicely sends him up in this cartoon.
An hilarious story has turned up on WUWT via reader “saveenergy”
I took a peek at which vessel precisely, obviously some great big difficult to handle ship, err no. It’s a tiddler with thrusters, intended for manoeuvrability, close work. (the explanation of what happened is at the end of article)
Photos? You will have to find one yourself, all reasonable ones are copyright, no usage.
“The vessel is capable of serving the offshore industry in various tasks, such as: survey/ROV, seismic, crew change, accommodation, guard, chase [will do 11 knots], support, anti oil spill, seabed sampling and environmental surveillance.”
Nordic Offshore Marine
Slogan “The clever connection”
424 tonnes, is complete with Gymnasium. How about a lookout?
RNLI: “Lytham Lifeboat 3rd Mechanic Jon Trevorrow later said, “The casualty was making a good speed of 9 knots despite a list to port due to the weight of water on board.””
“The fundamental laws of physics say that as the temperature goes up, it has to get warmer,” Liu says.
Nice work Professor. Homer Simpson couldn’t have put it better.
You might like this recent announcement from The Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP).
On July 27, SEPP announced the winner of this year’s April Fools award at the annual meeting of the Doctors for Disaster Preparedness (DDP). Each year SEPP conducts its annual vote for the recipient of the coveted trophy, The Jackson, a piece of coal on a pedestal. Readers of The Week That Was are asked to nominate and vote for who they think is most deserving, following these criteria:
# The nominee has advanced, or proposes to advance, significant expansion of governmental power, regulation, or control over the public or significant sections of the general economy.
# The nominee does so by declaring such measures are necessary to protect public health, welfare, or the environment.
# The nominee declares that physical science supports such measures.
# The physical science supporting the measures is flimsy at best, and possibly non-existent.
There were 20 nominations representing 4 countries and the States of California and Vermont.
The votes have been tabulated.
Fishy business – James Delingpole takes aim at the Telegraph’s leading ‘green’ reporter. Hard to miss really.
Dellers: ‘The Telegraph’s resident enviro loon Geoffrey Lean has come up with some new terrifying evidence for the existence of “global warming.” ‘
‘So what, er, is the new most important metric for global temperature rises, now that it’s not measured global temperature rises, our Geoff?
Well, apparently, it’s…..fish.’
Won’t spoil the fun – read it here
Ecclestone: “Here’s a cheque for 100 million dollars.”
Prosecutor: “Wunderbar! That’ll do nicely.”
Judge: “Out of court settlement – case dismissed.”
Whoa, what is going on?
GWPF have an amusing new story based on a Fox News article dated 20th July
In the run-up to the U.N. climate conference (COP20) in Lima in December, Peru’s government just rolled back environmental regulations in an effort to boost mining.
Reuters have a new story dated 23rd July
Peru’s Humala replaces prime minister amid political scandal
(Reuters) – Peru’s President Ollanta Humala said on Tuesday he is replacing his prime minister following an embarrassing political scandal that marks the start of his sixth cabinet and his third year in office.
Bit off base for the Talkshop
The Daily Mail is having fun provided you can take the celebrity boobs and bottoms …
That’s right, exploding manhole covers. The Health and Safety Executive has warned pedestrians to be on the alert after a series of manhole cover explosions in London’s West End.
Warwick Hughes has a lovely story of belief shattered by actually looking, although I suppose the qudos goes to actually owning up.
The article he cites includes
An international team of experts has found evidence there is 100 times less plastic on ocean surfaces than expected.
The plastic particles that are missing might be ingested by fish. That one possibility is… the most likely one.”
To which a commenter at Hugh’s ripostes
I ran a fish factory for 8 years, processing thousands of tonnes of fish. I found 1 plastic bag in a fish stomach, a cod caught half way between Australia and Indonesia in over 100 metres deep water.
EU COURT ENDS SALMOND’S HOPES FOR GREEN SUBSIDIES
Date: 04/07/14 Peter Jones, The Times
Alex Salmond’s hopes that the economy of an independent Scotland could rely on expanding renewable energy generation have been crippled by a European Court of Justice ruling.
The court has said that no government must pay subsidies to renewable generators in another country. The ruling removes any legal foundation for the first minister’s claim that the rest of Britain would continue to pay a subsidy — more than £500 million a year — to Scottish renewable generators for their green energy.
Pro-Union sources said that the ruling could mean higher energy bills after a “yes” vote. It also leaves the future of the industry, if there is a “yes” vote, resting on the hope of a negotiated agreement between the Scottish and British governments, which Westminster has said is unlikely.
A few years ago, I started a wikipedia page on the Gore Effect; the uncanny phenomenon which unleashes snow, hail, torrential rain, icy winds and sleet on the venues where Al Gore is speaking about global warming. The instances are too numerous to list. My page got deleted within a few months by the usual suspects. But it was reborn when another wiki user put up a much more detailed and better referenced version, and I thought it unassailable. But no, the usual suspects are at it again:
Maybe big Al has been armtwisting Jimmy Wales with the promise of a big donation on condition it goes. Who knows.
Contributor ‘Aussie’ notes this morning that the Gore Effect continues undiminished:
Climate science – calling it wrong since 19??
Originally posted on Real Science:
Ten climate forecasts which demonstrate that the world’s leading government climate experts have absolutely no clue what they are talking about.
NASA’s top experts said that burning fossil fuels would trigger an ice age.
Snow is a thing of the past.
Arctic ice free by 2000
New ice age coming
Manhattan underwater by 2008
Arctic ice free by 2013
Antarctica will soon be the only place to live.
Skiing is doomed
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Originally posted on They call me Mr Sean:
Shall I compare thee to a surface dataset?
Thou art more sinuous and less temperate
Tough minds do strip the certainty away
And HadObs range hath all too short a date
Sometimes breaching 2-sigma lines
And yet by aerosols remain undimm’d
As tree-by-tree conceals decline
It’s Chance (and Nature’s random walk) we’ve binned
But thy enforcéd heating shall not fade
Discard well ECS that is the low’st
As UHI skews measurements we’ve made
Remain – with this dissimulation – warm as tow’st.
Tags: dana nucitelli, skeptical science
Academic economist Richard Tol has been on the receiving end of some nasty misrepresentation published by notoriously alarmist UK small circulation newspaper ‘The Guardian’. One of it’s ‘columnists’, Dana Nuccitelli, an employee of a big oil and gas outfit called Tetra-Tech, has been writing inaccurate and scurrilous pieces on Tol since he decided to check the quality and accuracy of a paper Dana co-authored with cartoonist John Cook.
Cook runs a parody website called ‘Skeptical science’ which sends up the climate debate with a collection of joke impressions of climate-sceptical talking points and ‘mainstream climate science responses’ to them. Somehow, the Guardian, a self important and supposedly highbrow newspaper, mistook Dana for a real commentator on science and gave him a job as a blogger. Richard writes:
The Guardian has published six hatchet jobs impugning me and my work. The first four are under investigation by the Press Complaints Commission.
For hatchet job #5 and #6, the Guardian granted me the right to reply by return email. They were published together, without a clear structure and in the wrong order, with the first piece heavily edited. Here are the originals.
Not hard to tell where this one is coming from…
‘The Consensus, i.e. 97% civilian agreement, is that climatologists are full of hot air.’
Matt Briggs reports: IPCC Intensifies Search For Missing Global Warming