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Tim writes: No apology for the headline

A little aside has led to a snippet leading to Chilbolton Observatory.


Credit Nimbus227
Rolls-Royce Griffon aero engine (Mk 57/58?) at the Midland Air Museum

The Talkshop moved onto the question of hydrocarbon formation deep inside the earth, from there I brought up manufacture from seawater and a usage harking back to WWII aircraft. A comment mentions the hydrocarbon formation via the German chemical industry, processes used today.



Photo credit: Ken Gregory Friends of Science 2014: Unrestricted use

Rather than hit people, tell them they are bad, a kinder approach, this apparently is a new Friends Of Science billboard. In the snow.

Is this good thinking or is the only way aggression?

Will it change any minds or is it affirmation?


Update on Glasgow police helicopter fatal accident

Posted: February 14, 2014 by tchannon in Uncategorized

AAIB (Air Accident Investigation Branch) have issued a special bulletin dated today 14th February 2014

Valentine’s day, there will be many tears


Comment left at Steve Goddard’s by Mike Sanicola

I’m a professional infrared astronomer who spent his life trying to observe space through the atmosphere’s back-radiation that the environmental activists claim is caused by CO2 and guess what? In all the bands that are responsible for back radiation in the brightness temperatures (color temperatures) related to earth’s surface temperature (between 9 microns and 13 microns for temps of 220K to 320 K) there is no absorption of radiation by CO2 at all. In all the bands between 9 and 9.5 there is mild absorption by H2O, from 9.5 to 10 microns (300 K) the atmosphere is perfectly clear except around 9.6 is a big ozone band that the warmists never mention for some reason.

I’m retired so I don’t need to keep my mouth shut anymore. Kept my mouth shut for 40 years,

Yep. Lots of void, no evidence for the posit. I’m still waiting for the missing primary dataset, if it can be directly measured. Proxy is wiggle matching. Ozone, sure, been known for 100 years. Angstrom reported it from Sweden.


Co-mod writes: Not long ago Tallbloke mentioned MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) as starting to gain traction.

So I am dismayed over be-spoiling of MOOC, usage as a propaganda tool.

Climate Change: Challenges and Solutions. A FREE online course from the University of Exeter

Our very first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) begins on 13th January 2014 on the Open University’s FutureLearn platform, and lasts for eight weeks.

Teaching, factual?

“Issues we will cover include:

We have reached a real tipping point in Earth climate systems. For example, the Greenland ice sheet is melting, raising sea levels, and there’s simply no going back.

Uh huh, speaking from a position of authority, “know or ought to know” better. Let’s see the full proof.

The leader is Mr Tim Lenton working “in partnership with the UK Met Office”. He is rather young. Got himself involved in The Team, Stefan Rahmstorf and Hans Joachim Schellnhuber[5].
Stoat pokes fun “Tim Lenton is silly” and “However, I’m inclined to think that he isn’t a tosser, just naive…”[2] , err.. Stoat, he is one of yours, oh well gave me a chuckle, still not sure what he did.

BA (Cambridge),
[ coy on letting on the whole truth ]


We might be starting to see answers. As I expected the person transfer can indeed only take place when both Xue Long and Aurora Australis are in clear water, transfer barges don’t do ice. (two on the foredeck of AA)
Floatless helicopter doesn’t do water or weak helipads.
Do they all have survival suits for 50+ and have had training?
It’s a mess.

Sydney Morning Herald dated January 2, 2014 – 1:02PM reports

Helicopter rescue delayed as second ship trapped in ice

Both the Xue Long and the Aurora need to be in open water to conduct the barge operation.

On Wednesday, the Aurora spent most of the day and evening ploughing towards the Chinese vessel [as webcam shots showed], which has not moved under its own steam for more than a day [suspected], after it [Xue Long] requested assistance.

While the Aurora made good, slow progress, coming within 2.1 nautical miles of the Chinese ship, by 1.30am on Thursday the Australian ice-breaker reached thick pack ice that it could not penetrate [as suspected].

“Nature took over,” Aurora captain Murray Doyle said.

Read more:


Aurora Australis within sight of Russian ship

Posted: January 1, 2014 by tchannon in Uncategorized


Looks like AA is ice ramming. Weather has improved, above freezing, slightly less wind, much better visibility.


Images coutesy

I lost a previous image, slightly different heading, could see two ships on horizon, other is to right.


Breaking news helicopter heavily crashing into Glasgow pub on a Friday night.

I have heard sufficient to state this a police helicopter in fatal mechanical trouble, is embedded in the pub roof, with at least many injuries and probably fatalities. Thank goodness no fire.

Eye witnesses directly mentioned the distinctive markings on the tail and on the rotor, few others operate at night and over a city. A serial number was given, if correct, police.  [Police Scotland confirmed early today that its aircraft was involved.  The police helicopter is staffed by a civilian pilot and two officers.]

Less certain the rotor was not turning (press reporter eye witness).

May be a Eurocopter, operated by Strathclyde police


Yarns, hackle and heckle

Posted: November 16, 2013 by tchannon in Uncategorized

Open thread space

A Hackle [1] is a toothed tool used to straighten fibres.

A Heckle [2] is much the same, aka a heckling comb.


 Link to an image of an Hatchel 

Text left from a wonderful archive at Arizona Uni.

Yarn is as tangled.  And many other meanings.


Missing CRU 1000 year plot resurfaces

Posted: October 26, 2013 by tchannon in climate, Uncategorized


Surreal time.

I have a large archive here going back many years, been active via networks for longer than most. Some is online.

Trawling looking for useful content to do with a large CET article I am writing I noticed a postscript file (not PDF), open, is the above. (which is bitmap of the ps)

My immediate thought was Climategate followed by clang, not in that disk directory. Timestamp is 2000, plot ceases before 2000.