… to rely on the wind is to rely on Satan’s mercy!
— in The Flying Dutchman by Richard Wagner (1843)
All of South Australia (SA) was cast into chilling darkness after a storm struck, apparently taking out a connector to Victoria from where SA was drawing its only source of reliable power. It’s unclear if the failure was structural or electrical. Structural failure is less likely as the structures are supposed to be able to cope with the wind speeds reported. Maybe there was a micro-cell of more intense winds.
Kenneth Richard writes at NoTricksZone: (follow the link for the full article)
Beginning in 2003, software engineer William Connolley quietly removed the highly inconvenient references to the global cooling scare of the 1970s from Wikipedia, the world’s most influential and accessed informational source.
It had to be done. Too many skeptics were (correctly) pointing out that the scientific “consensus” during the 1960s and 1970s was that the Earth had been cooling for decades, and that nascent theorizing regarding the potential for a CO2-induced global warming were still questionable and uncertain.
Graham Woods writes an Open Letter to an Alarmist Shill in Quadrant.
The fact that the mean global temperature has risen during the last 100 years says nothing about what it was doing before then, and says nothing at all about its causes. Even if the 100-year correlation with rising levels of atmospheric CO₂ were perfect (and there isn’t 100% agreement even on the purely statistical question of how good the correlation is), that proves nothing whatever about causation. The fact that correlation says nothing about causation (a fact that guides all empirical inquiry, including science) was drawn to your attention by Malcolm Roberts, your sceptical fellow panel member, the fellow who, according to subsequent media assessments, you ‘schooled in the science of climate change’ and ‘exposed and destroyed’, and who is a ‘climate change denier’ (he isn’t) whose claims you refuted (you didn’t: you disputed them).
Read the whole thing on Quadrant.
Now you’ve swallowed the headline, allow me to reel you in.
Mike Rowe is a champion of competence and of encouraging people to find and to exercise their own competence for their own good and for the betterment of society as a whole. This article consists almost entirely of a recent Facebook post of his addressing the abysmal reporting of a kerfuffle in Raw Story. I’ve re-formatted it to suit the blog. Continue reading
Go out and vote if you are entitled to do so.
Don’t make your decision on how to vote based on personalities.
Rest assured that Boris Johnson won’t automatically become Prime Minister if you vote for the UK to leave the EU.
Look at facts. Look at how the EU has been performing. Looks at how the EU is being run. Don’t fall for the smoke and mirrors. It is easy to do because the EU is designed as a hall of mirrors. Continue reading
John Brignell has awarded his Number of the Month to £350,000,000
This number is the weekly amount that “Vote Leave” claims the UK gives to the EU. It is not just a wrong number; it is a blatantly stupid, counter-productive and campaign-wrecking wrong number. It openly invites the devastating put-down that it has received. Whether its use is an act of treachery or incompetence is unclear, though it is hard to believe that anyone could be that incompetent. The EU bureaucracy has previously exhibited its skill in rigging referendums – “You will keep on voting until you vote the right way: then you will stop!” …
I put my money on incompetence (or laziness). They found a number and ran with it, not knowing what it means nor understanding that people will check.
But don’t let the incompetence of some ruin your lives. There are plenty of good reasons; not discussed by the chattering classes; for the UK to leave the EU.
As there’s a referendum on the 23rd of June that will allow the people of the UK to vote to leave the EU, I’d like to provide another reason to vote to leave. First, the data:
According to the EU’s own Standard Eurobarometer 84 (30MB PDF) Report from last November; fewer than half the people in EU member countries think the EU is heading in the right direction. Here a graphic from page 88 of that report.
Today, the 7th of June, is the last day when British expat’s can register to vote in the Referendum being held on the 23rd.
That’s the day when the people of Britain vote in a referendum on remaining or leaving the European Union.
Recent articles here on the EU:
To help understand the EU one must look people who’ve been dissecting it for decades.
People like Mary Ellen Synon and Dr Richard North. The former has been “embedded” in Brussels for decades as a journalist, the latter is a historian with at least a decade of work on an EU Referendum. Both are quite unlike the majority of commentarians because they do allow facts to get in the way of their arguments. Christopher Booker often works with Richard North on certain subjects and “blogs” rationally in Britain’s Telegraph. Continue reading
As many have suspected for quite some time cholesterol is not bad for you. Well it’s not the demon that some would like us to believe. There have been decades of false signals based on a flawed hypothesis, not just relating to cholesterol in food, but on the consumption of animal fats in general.
The first step that you can take to get back to a reasonable enjoyment of food is to Stop Refrigerating Your Butter. A simple butter dish can help get your diet back in balance, reducing a tendency to consume sugar and all too much grain, simply because you don’t feel satisfied after eating what ought to be enough to keep your body nourished and energised.
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Tagged Food, Liberty
A recent vox pop. survey in Canada revealed a dominant reluctance amongst young Canadians for Canada to leave the EU.
Survey says: Canadian majority says Canada should stay in the EU
Imagine how difficult it is to campaign for Britain to leave the EU, the UK actually being part of the EU.