I woke up this morning looked at the window to see the bins all lying flat and rubbish hurtling down the road. And then I noticed something missing … “where’s our trampoline”?
Trampline … found impaled on the post to the right (tear just visible)
I had secured a few things like our bins the night before, but I thought the trampoline would be OK and the wind didn’t seem that bad. Slapping on clothes and boots I rushed outside expecting to find it embedded in some tree, pinning down some old lady or worse embedded in some window or car.
Bins spewing rubbish
It turned out the trampoline had made its way between our house and the next and impaled itself on the pillar at the end of the wall. The trampoline is now a right-off.
Of course, it had to be bin day. So all the bins have now blown over. The wind was obviously quite strong as next door’s flower pot blew over and all the trains have been cancelled.
The leader addressing the UKIP Scotland AGM
With the news that UKIP has been “‘wiped out’ north of the Border after its Scots leader is sacked“, is it time that we Scots who are in favour of independence from the EU woke up? Will UKIP ever treat us in Scotland with the respect we deserve?
It is not so much what they did – because yes, we had our problems in UKIP Scotland and needed to change – instead it is the manner in which a solution was imposed by UKIP HQ in England, rather than allowing the Scottish UKIP party and membership to find their own way forward.
What does this say for a future relationship between Scotland and if it should ever happen, a UKIP ruled Westminster? Could I honestly look my neighbours in the eye if I had supported such a party which ignores the consensus building values of democracy and and has so little understanding of the complex relationship between England and Scotland? Continue reading
Nigeria: Climate Talks in Warsaw ‘A Waste of Energy’
The United Nations, UN, climate talks in Warsaw, Poland, have ended with activists disappointed that the quest for climate justice had become even more elusive.
The COP19 – the 19th Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change – ended on November 23 with delegates reaching a compromise on how to fight global warming.
“The climate conference in Warsaw was a waste of energy,” said Martin Kaiser of Greenpeace Germany.
“It was already clear by midweek that small steps forward would be sold as successes but would not help us to negotiate a global climate protection agreement by 2015,” he added. (All Africa)
I am wondering what people over here think of Myles Allen’s proposal to bury the carbon problem? – http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/nov/26/green-levies-crap-carbon-burial-fossil-fuels
Has there been any discussion in the blogosphere about it from bloggers who do not accept the IPCC consensus? Feel free to comment at http://wottsupwiththatblog.wordpress.com/2013/11/26/myles-allens-proposal-to-bury-the-carbon-problem
There are a whole series of diseases from simple allergies to some form of arthritis where the normal behaviour of the body’s immune system somehow stops just attacking foreign invaders and instead starts attacking the body’s own tissues as if it were a foreign matter. I see much similarity in the way academics now attack commerce, industry and their antithesis “practitioners” and “sceptics”.
Why do academics love battery cars?
I was thinking this morning, that much of the problem of academia stems from the way it has become divorced from the reality of real life. That e.g. researchers will spend years investigating battery technology for some supposed Utopian future without hydro-carbons … when it has long been known that batteries are an inefficient way to store energy.
In case it is not obvious, this is because batteries like hydro-carbon fuels are just ways to store chemical energy. The big difference is that the “other side” of the process in hydrocarbons is the freely available air … whereas the “other side” of a battery has to be in the battery on “the other” plate. The result is that a petrol tank is 100% full of energy giving chemicals. In contrast even if the battery were 100% full of chemicals … they would only have 50% of the energy because they carry both sides of the reaction whereas the other side for hydro-carbons is air.
But it is much worse, in a battery, the chemical store is a thin coat on a 2D plate which must have all the additional complexity, bulk and weight of the electrical plates to hold that chemical store and transfer the energy. Batteries are far from an ideal way to carry energy and you’d have to be a nutty professor to think they are.
So, why don’t academics research how to convert Carbons & water into hydro-carbons? The answer is simple – that was worked out a long time ago and therefore there is no grant money to promote the proven and useful technology which requires absolutely no change to our cars
The real alien conspiracy
When Leonid Brezhnev died, I recall that he was kept alive for days on life support. The same is rumoured to have happened to Hugo Chavez (president of Venezuela).
The Kyoto commitment died on the 31st December 2012, but it has been on life support since – death is inevitable – but none of those at the Warsaw conference have any interest in pulling the plug.
Whilst they can still claim the Kyoto corpse is alive, they can continue claiming they are doing something, continue asking for public donations and the delegates get a very nice holiday a few times a year to meet their buddies. So why should they pull the plug?
Like the crowd Monty Python’s life of Brian, they will follow any Messiah (that offers them money). It won’t look good to go home without some agreement – so they agree to any agreement and go home claiming success.
The talks not going anywhere are just what they wanted. The green NGOs are so gullible they will accept any nonsense deal. Every time a deadline approaches they just kick the talks off into the long grass – and the Greens just take it. Stupid? Corrupt? or do they realise they don’t have any other option?
So there is nothing lost as they just keep kicking this can down the road so why on earth would they want to anger their green voters unnecessarily by pulling the plug on Kyoto?
All government delegates
Why end Kyoto when everyone else at the talks is happy to produce toothless agreements so that they can all go home claiming a success.
“A rather loose road-map was drawn up for mobilising monies towards the $100 billion annually by 2020 was also drawn up though the map forgot to find a mid-term peg which had been demanded all through.” (The Hindu)
A fantastic success: another 7 years with the dead corpse of Kyoto rotting away allowing 7 years of meaningless talks before they will yet again have to kick it into the long grass.