Saturday, February 04, 2012


From Nine Inch Nails' debut album Pretty hate Machine (1989): That's what I get.

It's been some time now since we had some German rock/pop. This is Nur getraumt, a classical Neue Deutsche Welle (the German new wave variant) song from Nena, which scored high all over Europe in 1982.

Being a euro and our next door neighbours being the Germans, I've generally been quite able to receive well NDW numbers, good ones at least. I keep wondering though how Anglosaxons take it.



Wednesday, February 01, 2012


A compelling article in the WSJ, January 27, 2012:

"...A candidate for public office in any contemporary democracy may have to consider what, if anything, to do about "global warming." Candidates should understand that the oft-repeated claim that nearly all scientists demand that something dramatic be done to stop global warming is not true. In fact, a large and growing number of distinguished scientists and engineers do not agree that drastic actions on global warming are needed.

In September, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Ivar Giaever, a supporter of President Obama in the last election, publicly resigned from the American Physical Society (APS) with a letter that begins: "I did not renew [my membership] because I cannot live with the [APS policy] statement: 'The evidence is incontrovertible: Global warming is occurring. If no mitigating actions are taken, significant disruptions in the Earth's physical and ecological systems, social systems, security and human health are likely to occur. We must reduce emissions of greenhouse gases beginning now.' In the APS it is OK to discuss whether the mass of the proton changes over time and how a multi-universe behaves, but the evidence of global warming is incontrovertible?"

In spite of a multidecade international campaign to enforce the message that increasing amounts of the "pollutant" carbon dioxide will destroy civilization, large numbers of scientists, many very prominent, share the opinions of Dr. Giaever. And the number of scientific "heretics" is growing with each passing year. The reason is a collection of stubborn scientific facts.

Perhaps the most inconvenient fact is the lack of global warming for well over 10 years now. This is known to the warming establishment, as one can see from the 2009 "Climategate" email of climate scientist Kevin Trenberth: "The fact is that we can't account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can't." But the warming is only missing if one believes computer models where so-called feedbacks involving water vapor and clouds greatly amplify the small effect of CO2.

The lack of warming for more than a decade—indeed, the smaller-than-predicted warming over the 22 years since the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) began issuing projections—suggests that computer models have greatly exaggerated how much warming additional CO2 can cause. Faced with this embarrassment, those promoting alarm have shifted their drumbeat from warming to weather extremes, to enable anything unusual that happens in our chaotic climate to be ascribed to CO2.

The fact is that CO2 is not a pollutant. CO2 is a colorless and odorless gas, exhaled at high concentrations by each of us, and a key component of the biosphere's life cycle. Plants do so much better with more CO2 that greenhouse operators often increase the CO2 concentrations by factors of three or four to get better growth. This is no surprise since plants and animals evolved when CO2 concentrations were about 10 times larger than they are today. Better plant varieties, chemical fertilizers and agricultural management contributed to the great increase in agricultural yields of the past century, but part of the increase almost certainly came from additional CO2 in the atmosphere."

Among the sixteen signatories to this article, all of them outstanding and renowned scientists, is amongst others Harrison H. Schmitt, Apollo 17 astronaut (the 'Last But One Man on the Moon'), former US Senator, university professor, and a crack geologist.

Who would you trust more: Mr. Schmitt...


... or Rajendra Pachauri, Head of the IPCC?


If you want to know who I believe, well... I know that the percentage of CO2 is about 0.038 per cent of the atmosphere, and they are talking about an increase representing only the tiniest fraction of THAT as a cause for concern, so I don't even need to say that my *ss is freezing off these days.

Godforsaken carbonized idiots.