The Fukushima Commentary is a long-running “blog” by Leslie Corrice of what is actually going on in Japan as a consequence of the
Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on the 11th of March, 2011. taking around 16,000 lives and injuring thousands of others. The Fukushima Commentary has synopses from Japan’s media reporting, etc and a few comments on why such strange things are happening; not in response to the natural disaster that took the lives, but in response to fears of radiation that might cause a few deaths over the next 50 years.
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. — Arthur C. Clarke Continue reading
Investigative journalist Donna Laframboise reports that the UN-IPCC is secretly detaining delegates from many countries until they agree to statements put before them. Continue reading
Gravadlax (also known as gravlax) is a traditional Swedish dish consisting of raw salmon that’s been covered in salt and spices before being buried in sand on the beach above the high-tide mark and left for several days to be fermented or cured.
I mention that because today1 in Stockholm, starts the IPCC process of producing their Summary for Policymakers (to be read by politicians and press), mimicing closely the preparation of gravadlax. Continue reading
Australia’s Prime Minister-Elect Tony Abbott has nominated his new front bench and filled the cabinet with 19 ambitious souls.
That seems like a lot of people to have around a table to agree on anything so I extracted my copy of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia and flipped to Section 51 which defines the matters in which the Parliament may legislate. I won’t go through all of them here as you can read them at the web site of Parliament House. Suffice to say that there are 40 of them; a few of them not requiring specific portfolios.
I’ve thrown all the sub-sections into the cage, spun the ball and grouped the sub-sections according to which main aspect of government would be appropriate. Continue reading
The fog rolled up from the channel, fleeing from the sun still far over the horizon. The moist chill increased the frequency of expletives emitted by the minions busying around the Lancasters at the edge of the airfield in the twilight of dawn. Soon the fog grew heavy and only the voices indicate the direction of activity.
The door on a rough wooden hut burst open, banging loudly against the wall before falling off its hinges. There were immediate shouts from the fog to “put out that four king light!“. Against the dimming lights inside the hut, loomed the silhouette of Wing Commander Graham Readfearn, DFC, DSO, MMC, WSMW, JANC, etc. Even through the fog, the voices around the airfield were suddenly hushed. Continue reading
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There’s a Federal election real soon now. The Senate ballot paper is huge, even in Western Australia. With many new parties in the game, it may be difficult to see at a glance what sort of relationships exist between parties.
I wanted to see what would happen if one voted above the line so I drew a diagram showing where each of the official party “tickets” (available via the Australian Electoral Commission) would direct preferences. That effectively fills in the ballot paper below the line on behalf of the voter who puts a lonely 1 in the box above the line for that party.
Update 2013-09-06: A review this fine morning has revealed that one party has three (3) divergent tickets. That is shown in the updated chart by the use of colours. Continue reading
A short while ago, I suggested that it was the last day to change the world; well the last day to contribute to a video project that’d make it clear that it’s by far more expensive to try to control the weather, than to deal with its consequences.
The 50 to 1 video is now complete. Film maker Christopher Field (Topher) describes the project:
What if I could show you that it’s 50 times more expensive to try and STOP climate change than it is to ADAPT to climate change? Well I can, in less than 10 minutes, right here in this video.
The project site also has supporting materials including full-length interviews and documentation. The final statement in the main video is:
Stop being afraid and start thinking.
With elections nearing in several countries it’s a fitting time to do that before sending your personal message to politicians via the ballot paper.
Physicist Luboš Motl pulled apart the IPCC’s 95% “certainty” that the global warming is mostly man-made.
- First of all, the figure 95% isn’t really calculated in any way. It’s literally pulled out of the air. The gullible audience of the IPCC is supposed to believe that the IPCC members are shamans with supernatural skills and if they vote about and approve a figure they randomly invent, it’s a deep and accurate truth one should worship. But there are no shamans in the real world and most of the IPCC members not only fail to be shamans but they also fail to be competent scientists.
- Even if the figure 95% were credible, it’s just painfully low. I will discuss some analogies in high-energy physics (HEP) below.
- Even if the figure 95% were credible, calculated, and replaced by a much higher figure, the statement we have “learned” is completely unspectacular, pretty much inconsequential, and unworthy of spending another dollar. Yet, some people seem to think that this unspectacular statement directly implies that we should throw hundreds of billions of dollars out of the window.
So there: It’s all made up out of thin air and the “certainty” is not enough in a statistical sense to justify action. As Luboš writes on the “statistics”:
A more precise accumulation of the “feeling” is obtained if many people smoke together – this is called the “consensus science”.
You can read the full dissection at Luboš’ blog: The Reference Frame
Elsewhere, Steven Goddard says I’m 100% Sure That The IPCC Is Lying
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An ensemble of climate models is like a class full of imbeciles who, when tested, show that no individual scored better than 20%. Nevertheless, the teacher finds that every single question has been answered correctly by at least one imbecile so awards an A+ to the whole class.