The UN Climate End Game

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

Guest opinion by David Archibald

“Everybody Wants To Rule The World” was a 1985 song by Tears For Fears. Now in 2015, a number of parties are doing their best to that end – ISIS in the Middle East, Russia chewing up the Ukraine, China in the East and South China Seas and the UN Climate Change Commission. A draft document out of Geneva gives details of the UN plan to rule the world.

clip_image001 Christiana Figueres is on the right in this photo, but far left politically.

For most of us, the memorable thing from the Lima climate late last year was Greenpeace’s despoiling of an ancient Nazca figure of a hummingbird.

But the Lima conference has been quickly followed by another in Geneva. The purpose of the latter conference was to produce the negotiating text for the climate conference to be held in Paris in December. The Geneva…

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Temperature adjustments: Dodds, Mosher and Venema cannot be happy

Originally posted on Shub Niggurath Climate:

As always, the climate orthodoxy possesses little understanding of how the internet works. They struggle to understand how ‘small, inconsequential issues’ seem to get magnified and blow up in their faces. There is undeniable shock at the Bookerarticles on temperature adjustments in the Telegraph which have over 35,000 comments and 100,000 social media ‘shares’. Here’s one old explanation (from yours truly):

…deficiencies and uncertainties in climate science are not allowed to become part of everyday discussion…

It is for this reason primarily that Trenberth’s Travesty, Mike’s Nature Trick and Jones’ Hide the Decline are all memes of the post-Climategate age. They carry memetic value because their opposites are pushed relentlessly as part the dominant paradigm, even as scientists apparently discuss doubts in private.

The current episode was set off by relentless ‘hottest year ever’ oversell perpetrated by such sources as AP’s Seth Borenstein. It led Paul Homewood to look at hot…

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The Puerto Casado Story (it moved because there is change and there is a change because it moved)

Originally posted on Shub Niggurath Climate:

59687938 A view from the river at Puerto Casado. Photo – Julio Balles

Puerto Casado is a small town along the border of Paraguay whose temperature history became a topic on Christopher Booker’s column in the Telegraph. Booker showed how a raw cooling trend had metamorphosed into its opposite after ‘adjustments’. This was contested quickly by climate scientist Ed Hawkins who pointed to the town’s record on BEST. It indicated the station had been moved.

157455-TAVG-Alignment BEST record: the red diamonds are marked ‘station moves’.

Perhaps the Puerto Casado station had been shifted to a cooler location… introducing a false cooling trend? The natural question to ask is – how does BEST know a rural station in the remote reaches of South America moved twice? Where does it get this information?

The answer, it turns out, is an entangled mess. The Puerto Casado record in BEST includes metadata from various sources. Metadata is what…

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Copernicus and the Tusi Couple – Or was it Proclus?

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Cool illusion!

Originally posted on Tallbloke's Talkshop:

Some scholars say that Copernicus was influenced in his astronomical theory by 13th century Persian mathematician Nasir al-din al-Tusi, who discovered (or re-discovered) a principle for converting angular motion to reciprocating linear motion. Watch the neat video below to see the basis of this motion conversion

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Scots govt. ignored own experts on windfarm approvals

Originally posted on Tallbloke's Talkshop:

If this is what devolution does for people, I’m not sure it’s worth the candle.

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A group of land and heritage bodies has joined forces to attack the Scottish government’s wind farm policy.

The rural alliance, including the National Trust for Scotland and Ramblers Scotland, accused ministers of ignoring their own advisers to back controversial large-scale developments.

They said the government had failed to ensure plans are open to “proper and democratic scrutiny”.

The group called for public inquiries over the use of wild areas.

In an open letter, the alliance said the government approved “colossal” developments at Stonelairg in the Monadhliath Mountains and offshore – straddling the firths of Forth and Tay – “in the face of evidence and objections”.

In both cases, it said ministers chose to ignore advice from Scottish Natural Heritage – the government’s…

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How to Value NFL Draft Picks

Originally posted on The Harvard Sports Analysis Collective:

Commissioner Roger Goodell at the NFL Draft

by Kevin Meers

Through 12 weeks of the season, most franchises in the National Football League know whether they are in the playoff hunt or if they need to start prepping for the draft: The Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers have almost clinched playoff berths while the Indianapolis Colts have just about locked up the number one overall draft pick. As the Superbowl hopefuls get excited for playoff runs, most of the league has to sit and wait for April. For five months, most teams have to sit and wait. They are on the outside looking in, watching the playoffs on TV. Eventually, only one team will win while the rest of the league can do nothing but watch. That team will be the undisputed winners, and everyone else will have officially lost.

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