Flooding in York

December 29, 2015

This was a man-made disaster. It was not “unforeseen” as it’s happened before–more than once, in fact. The cause has nothing to do with “climate change” (whatever that means!).

In this instance, the UK Environmental Agency in York noticed that “water was entering the building” (the building holding pumps which were to operate to mitigate the effects of fooding), and they decided that this electrical equipment was “at risk”. So, they lifted a flood barrier thus deliberately flooding a large residential area.

See Martin Brumby discuss this story, as an insider, at http://www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2015/12/27/the-eus-role-in-the-floods.html#comments, Dec 29 9:23 a.m. where he asks the pertinent questions:

So, were the pumps working and, if not, why not?

Were the electrics maintained and sited above flood levels? (Think:- Fukushima!) If not, why not?

Who made the decision to open the barrier and make the £8M (1982 prices) installation an irrelevance? Who was consulted?

How many of those responsible will be sacked?

NY Times a Hypocrite

December 13, 2015

In the front page of today’s NY Times web site, I see links to the following two articles next to each other.

One implies doing something “green” will “keep the sea from rising” and the other applauds winter skiing and all that goes with it (mountains deforestation, outdoor heating, long-distance travel by air and car, etc.) which I can’t help but think, if you believe such things, could cause the seas to rise.


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New Discoveries about our Planet using Modeling, Eyes, and Brains

December 3, 2015

Today’s New York Times has a fascinating article “Searchers Refine Possible Path of Lost Malaysian Flight 370“.

Investigators have refined the possible flight path of a missing Malaysia Airlines jet using a set of probability tools that they say takes them closer to locating the jetliner in the southern Indian Ocean.

The was struck by the more-detailed explanation what they did:

The report recalculated Inmarsat satellite communications data, aircraft dynamics, wind, air and atmospheric temperature, along with a re-examination of fuel consumption and engine efficiencies to map possible flight paths and then test their validity.

The are reported to be using conventional computer modelling technology along with doing even more detailed assumptions of the modelling parameters and incorporating a probabilistic view. All good stuff. Someday they will find the plane and they will then be able to validate these models. In the meantime, this technology is their best view of what “might have happened”. I applaud their efforts.

The search is also having an unintended benefit of providing new insights, data, and mapping about a part of our planet where humans have never really yet looked. In the areas where they are searching the seabed is reported to be almost four miles deep. They are making discoveries:

The seabed, which has been mapped for the first time, is marked by volcanoes, plateaus and ridges, all of which have made the underwater search using towed sonar devices and an autonomous underwater vehicle extremely difficult.

Next step: How might these newly found volcanoes (they don’t say how many, but my hunch is they have discovered many), affecting the ocean chemistry and temperature?

WhoWhatWhy is Not as Good as I thought

November 27, 2015

Over the years I’ve enjoyed reading WhoWhatWhy.org, especially Russ Baker’s books. I considered them insightful, interesting, intriguing, and educational. I learned more about critical thinking by reading those books. Sometimes unbelievable, but I gave him a lot of slack as the cases he presented case seemed solid and logical. It was easy to jump to the conclusion that he had a head on his shoulders that worked.

Recently he posted an article “Expert Panel Flunks Republicans on Climate Science” which was a commentary on the recent AP posting of same. The eight scientists were are “Mann, Dessler, Elsner, McCarthy, Bradtmiller, Vincent, William Easterling at Pennsylvania State University and Matthew Huber at the University of New Hampshire.”

Humm. Illustrious list, I guess. I only know of a couple of the names and I wouldn’t call them particularly credible.

I put in a comment, with the best of all intentions that said “Suggest you do a little more research on this “climate change problem”. Start with all the scandals and posted a working link to the list recently posted at Scottish Sceptic. A little bit of learning would go a long way. They kept the start of the comment, but deleted the link.

That immediately got “News Nag” to say back to me: “Hahaha. Scandals. You WISH. But I guess that’s all you’ve got. That and the bogus consensus denial.”

Gosh. Says nothing. Clearly lacking in education or ability to learn.

Later Russ Baker himself provided a rant which clearly does not share my understanding of the situation (which is why I suggested he do a little more research). To that rant I replied that he “Get Prof Judith Curry of Georgia Tech on the phone and discuss. Use in your podcast. Perhaps also consider Prof Richard Lindzen of MIT. There are so many others.”.

Gosh, but they “deleted” that comment!!!!

Can’t stand the heat, I guess. Clearly align themselves with how Fascists think.


WhoWhatWhy.org is now deleted from my podcast list, and my daily RSS reading list. As are Russ Baker’s book on the Bush family from my Kindle. I was going to read it again. Clearly he has a soft mind and I can’t take anything he says or writes with any authority. Slack and credibility destroyed.

“Being Nixon”

November 19, 2015

I am really enjoying “Being Nixon” by Evan Thomas. I had first heard about the books on more than one podcast I listen to. I’m very much reminded how effective Mr. Nixon was throughout his career. It is a pity he succumbed to the shenanigans we now call Watergate.

Too bad he isn’t around now as President.

BBC is Ecstatic about America “finally taking steps to combat climate change”

August 3, 2015

Today the US Government announced what I believe are malformed and illogical new plans for “combating climate change.” The BBC can’t contain themselves. They love it. The BBC is part of the world movement to drive back to Medieval times.

They used most of the propaganda tricks of the trade in their 6 p.m. television news cast this evening with visual and audio clues, including using the word “carbon” to suggest that “black icky pollutant” rather than that trace gas, carbon-dioxide which is essential for live on earth. We probably need more of it and not less.

The worst visual was their representation was that “back icky stuff” pouring out of a power plant.

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Actually it’s probably steam and water vapour with back-lighting from the sun to make it appear to be that “black icky stuff”.



July 30, 2015

Leo Laporte recently reminded me on his excellent Podcast Triangulation of the site Mashable.

Mashable is good. Better than good. It’s great. It’s going to go into my “read every day” list.

I’m also pleased that successful reading Mashable involves pressing the PgDn key. I’ve been a dabbler in building and publishing simple content-focused web pages since the mid 1990’s. Most of the time my designs expected the user to PgDn and PgUp as part of the navigation. Over and over I was advised by “real” web designers that relying on PgDn and PgUp was not good web design. Their expectations were that the web site should be more like what people see on televisions.

I’m glad the world has caught up to me.