Making Spirits Bright: A Christmas Announcement

Guest Post by Ross McKitrick

Hello WUWT’ers:image

Anthony has kindly given me a bit of real estate on his website to tell you about a Christmas-themed project I am involved in. Cheerfully it has nothing at all to do with climate change, and unlike the overfed, self-important stage show at Doha, it might actually do some good for the world.

The quick background is that I am involved in the local (Guelph Ontario) Celtic music scene, and one of the groups I play in is called The Wild Oats, in which I play bagpipes, pennywhistle and bodhran. For kicks, over the past year we recorded a CD of Christmas music, arranged as traditional jigs, reels and waltzes. The CD is called Making Spirits Bright, and if I do say so myself it’s a blast. We are getting rave reviews on it for the quality of arrangements and the lively performance. 

Now here is the best part. With the assistance of the aid organization World Vision Canada, for every CD that we sell, we and a group of other Canadian corporations will kick in a total of $75 for school supplies to be sent to classrooms in poor communities around the world. It can be ordered through the CD website, where you can also download a tune sample and watch a Youtube that tells you more about it.

Each CD sells for $20. But there’s another nifty thing, which is that if you order more than ten copies, the price drops to only $10 each (plus shipping and applicable taxes). So some local schools, church groups and other organizations have bought quantities to re-sell to their members at $20 each, making a bit of money for themselves while also generating large donations of school supplies for needy classrooms overseas. Also some small businesses have bought sets of 10 to give to their clients at Christmas, and groups of friends have gone together on orders to reduce their costs.image

The Christmas season has only just begun, but based on early, word-of-mouth sales, we have already sold hundreds of copies. This week I traveled to World Vision headquarters in Toronto with two other band members to present them with a donation of $1,785. (That’s me behind the giant cheque on the left.) With the matching donations this will result in a shipment of nearly $27,000 worth of paper, pencils, readers, math exercize books, and other basic educational supplies. It’s the kind of stuff we take for granted here but it’s in desparately short supply in poor countries.

I have another 500 copies of this CD that I am hoping to sell before Christmas. WUWT attracts a well-educated readership that knows that schooling is the key for lifting poor communities out of poverty. If just 50 WUWT readers order 10 copies each (or some similar permutation) not only will a lot of great music be spread around the land, but I will be able to go back to World Vision HQ in the new year and give them another $2,500 in donations, which will trigger a total shipment of $37,500 in school supplies overseas early in 2013.

So I hope you’ll take a few minutes to watch our Youtube video and then hit the order button on the CD website. At present we are only shipping in Canada and the US. For those of you who take part, please accept my thanks in advance. I know you won’t be disappointed, and a lot of deserving students in needy countries will also thank you.

Ross McKitrick

UPDATE – Ross writes in comments:

We can now accommodate overseas orders. Just email admin@chanterrecords.com saying how many you want and we’ll send you a shipping quote and take it from there. For Canada and the US, follow the existing payment system at http://chanterrecords.com/MakingSpirits.aspx. By the way, just since post this went up last night we have been FLOODED with orders! Thanks everybody. We will be spending the weekend packing CDs for shipment Monday morning. Also, World Vision staff told me our donation yesterday, with the matching donations added in, will fully stock 540 classrooms in the new year.

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52 Responses to Making Spirits Bright: A Christmas Announcement

  1. DBD says:

    I’m in! Great project!! They made bagpipes to tune accordians:)

  2. RobertInAz says:

    Most outstanding. Blessings to you and Anthony

  3. YFNWG says:

    Kudos Ross. I will post this on my blog as well.

  4. Carnwennan says:

    That answers the hitherto tricky festive question – What do you buy a warmist friend who has everything?

  5. Eyes Wide Open says:

    Sorry but I can’t have anything to do with World Vision – You need to find another partner!

    http://www.worldvision.ca/Education-and-Justice/Policy-and-Analysis/Pages/a-child-health-disaster.aspx

  6. John F. Hultquist says:

    I read or heard some years ago that in a story about a dangerous life form threatening a group they found the aggressive things could be calmed by playing a musical instrument. All instruments seemed to work except bagpipes. Hmm . . .

    Nevertheless, I’ll put my better half on to this as she is the musician in the family – playing fiddle in a group that entertains at nursing homes and re-hab places. Those elderly folks like the old dance tunes. As I write she is transposing Frosty the Snowman into a key for the Clarinet player.

    Notice in Ross’s text: At present we are only shipping in Canada and the US.
    This limits the possibility of sales, so let’s get the North Americans in the Christmas spirit!

  7. GlynnMhor says:

    So a Bodhran is kind of like those Lambeg drums the unionists use to get up peoples’ nose?

  8. Coalsoffire says:

    It’s done. As a sometimes blues harp, flute, and guitar jammer who also has a love hate relationship with the penny whistle I couldn’t resist the chance to add your album to my itunes library. BTW I once spent a great evening in Guelph (more than 3500 kilometers from home) after a business conference being entertained by a local barbershop chorus of older men. The Royal City Ambassadors i think. That night sparked my interest and encouraged me to do a great deal of that sort of singing too, in the years that followed. I just finished participating in an outstanding chorus presenting the Messiah. And in a way I owe the joy of the experience, at least to a degree to that evening in Guelph. Now maybe I will be inspired to resolve my differences with the penny whistle. Somewhere in the back of my mind I’ve always wanted to tackle the bagpipes too, but that may have to wait for another time and sphere. I do have neighbours. Do they have bagpipes in heaven I wonder?

  9. TWE says:

    It’s a shame they don’t ship outside North America, I would buy one otherwise!

  10. Go Home says:

    Eyes Wide Open,
    If you feel like not giving, fine. But you should not diminish World Vision mission to help those in need based on the link you provided. You may not like the ties to Global Warming, but they seem to be going about it in the right way in that they are trying to provide needed services to poor and disadvantaged children in this world. Whatever their reason for wanting to help folks, they are not pushing global warming solutions, but spending money to help with projects that help children and families. IMO, that is the right way for organizations who believe AGW or GW is a threat to our world. They also seem to be an above average charity in amount going to help those in need (81% – rated A-).

    Unless you have more on World Vision then that, I would suggest you just bow out on this one.

  11. Hoser says:

    DBD says:
    November 28, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Nay, that’s a myth. The bagpipe was devised to attract the wild haggis, not by the sound, but by exciting the female with exaggerated male reproductive apparatus. Aye the sound would scare off any normal creature, especially the obsequious sassenach.

  12. Go Home says:

    Thanks Ross, much respect for what you have done in the AGW arena battle, and for promoting a good cause. With that said, had to get two.

  13. Juan Slayton says:

    Eyes Wide Open,
    I’m sympathetic to your view. I noted similar a similar stance a while back from World Vision Australia. I haven’t seen the same in WV USA. But the specific projects they show seem to be desirable without reference to climate doctrine. I assume naivety on their part. It’s quite possible they are open to education.

  14. Steve (Paris) says:

    Having recently explored my ancestoral links to the MacLaren clan, this could not be more timely. Count me in. Will add it to our traditional Xmas morning mix, from ‘Unto us a child is born’ to ‘Driving Home for Christmas’.

  15. Great work Ross, It is normally, engineers who are so multi-talented. I would buy one if in Canada.
    Is there not a way to put the music on a downloadable file so that it can then be copied onto a CD.
    I would be happy to pay $A15 just for the music files plus another $A15 for your charity.

  16. kadaka (KD Knoebel) says:

    World Vision: blowing cash on a pagan cult

    Andrew Bolt
    Tuesday, May 12, 2009 (12:04pm)

    I’ve been a donor to World Vision for more than a decade. I’ve helped to publicise its work and urged you to support it, praising above all its commitment to giving the poor the direct help they need.

    That’s now over. When my current sponsorships end, I will not renew. I will not donate a dollar more than I’ve already promised. An organisation I once admired for pragmatism has now fallen for the giddiest ideology of all. Under Tim Costello, so ignorant and alarmist that he blames global warming even for tsunamis, donors’ money is now being wasted on a great sham. A once-Christian organisation is now switching its focus from saving people to saving Nature, as it follows a neo-pagan gospel.

    World Vision Canada has this posted, How Global Warming Affects The Poor. The usual junk, and this example of execrable dreck:

    A study done in Peru has linked an exponential increase in hospital admissions for children with diarrhea, to heat waves caused by the El Niño—a weather phenomenon some attribute to global warming.

    These kinds of problems have led the World Health Organization to attribute five million extra illnesses and 150,000 extra deaths each year to disease and malnutrition caused by climate change.

    El Niño caused by global warming? Paging Bob Tisdale.

    They’re a good charity that has done great work. They help desperately poor people who need the assistance. But beating potential donors with the climate change goad to stir up some extra guilt among the Rich Westerners, with its shonky science, questionable linkages, and outright lies, is insulting. These people need help, there’s more than enough of a case by itself. But throwing in fairy tales of how the dreaded CAGW monster will consume these innocents unless I give them money, that’s a turn off.

    If you like the music and since it will help deserving people, buy if you want. But hopefully The Wild Oats will find a better organization to help the next time. And they are out there.

    That’s the problem with jumping on the (C)AGW gravy train, you’re along for the ride when that bridge too far finally collapses.

  17. oldseadog says:

    For those who don’t know what a Bodhran is, it is a small hand-held drum, and you hit it with a stick or a bone. There are two varieties; one is covered in the skin of a goat, and the other is covered in the skin of an Englishman. They both sound the same, but one is more fun to hit.

  18. E.M.Smith says:

    OMG, I’ve listened to The Wild Oats before and never realized Ross was in it! Guess I need to read the names more often ;-)

  19. Doug Huffman says:

    In re Celtic drums’ inspirations; the folks of the Eastern mountains of the US speak of a Swinette, a pig’s arse stretched over a trashcan.

    About visions of the world, read S. P. Huntington’s The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order. I stand with my civilization, my culture, and its history. Douglas Bruce H.

  20. Gail Combs says:

    Carnwennan says:
    November 28, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    That answers the hitherto tricky festive question – What do you buy a warmist friend who has everything?
    _____________________________________________
    An accurate Thermometer?

    Love the CD.

    Thanks Ross and Anthony And the blessing of the season to you and everyone here at WUWT.

  21. mogamboguru says:

    Put it on Amazon, so that I can purchase it from Germany, and you can count me in.

    Cheers,

    Mogamboguru / Michaelfrom germany

  22. Tom G(ologist) says:

    Ross: That is Great! I have two Celtic bands with my wife and some friends and we play all over. We actually just did our 14th Lehgih Valley Christmas Concert Sunday with about 15 other bands of all genres. I play guitar, keyboard, bodhran, and my wife is the fiddler.

    I will order one of your CDs.

    Tom

  23. Tom G(ologist) says:

    Oh, and Ross, in case you are interested, we are at http://www.blackwatermusic.com

    Tom

  24. Stuart says:

    Arguments over the origin of bagpipes continue; it seems to be either Greek or Egyptian. Each insists it was the other.

    I ordered ten and if they get here in time, we can sell some at a small nearby store.

    Meanwhile in Doha the insanity is compounding. Glad that the world is increasingly uninterested.

  25. Olsthro says:

    Why World Vision? Are there not charities that simply do good work and are not beholden to CAGW orthodoxy?
    I applaud your motives Ross and wish you well.
    Not with my Canadian money!

  26. Grumpy old git says:

    I wish you all a Merry Christmas.
    From us (“the wishors”) to you (“hereinafter called the wishee”):
    Please accept without obligation, explicit or implicit, our best wishes for
    an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, politically correct, low
    stress, non-addictive, gender neutral, celebration of the winter solstice
    holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious
    persuasion or secular practice of your choice, with respect for the
    religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice
    not to practice religious or secular traditions.
    Please also accept, under aforesaid waiver of obligation on your part, our
    best wishes for a financially successful, personally fulfilling and
    medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of this calendar year of
    the Common Era, but with due respect for the calendars of all cultures or
    sects, and for the race, creed, colour, age, physical ability, religious
    faith, choice of computer platform or dietary preference of the wishee.
    By accepting this greeting you acknowledge that:
    This greeting is subject to further clarification or withdrawal at the
    wishor’s discretion.
    This greeting is freely transferable provided that no alteration shall be
    made to the original greeting and that the proprietary rights of the wishor
    are acknowledged.
    This greeting implies no warranty on the part of the wishors to fulfil
    these wishes, nor any ability of the wishors to do so, merely a beneficent
    hope on the part of the wishors that they in fact occur.
    This greeting may not be enforceable in certain jurisdictions and/or the
    restrictions herein may not be binding upon certain wishees in certain
    jurisdictions and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wishors.
    This greeting is warranted to perform as reasonably may be expected within
    the usual application of good tidings, for a period of one year or until the
    issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first.
    The wishor warrants this greeting only for the limited replacement of this
    wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wishor.
    Any references in this greeting to “the Lord”, “Father Christmas”, “Our
    Saviour”, or any other festive figures, whether actual or fictitious, dead
    or alive, shall not imply any endorsement by or from them.

    NOTE I take no credit for this seen on a UK police blog and indicative of the current UK environment on political correctness.

    Some councils have replaced the word ‘Christmas’ with non denominational winter festival.

  27. jimventura says:

    Congratulations to Ross for his efforts in providing a desireable product with a great donation leverage for a very worthwhile cause. World Vision’s charity efficiency of about 81 % is notable also. I can overlook their AGW alarmism here. Of course, I live some 70 miles north of New York City, where I have to constantly endure phony AGW hype from the local newspaper, colleges, environmental groups, and many of my friends.

  28. John Whitman says:

    Ross,

    Some of the Whitman clan in the Adirondack Mtns like the music of the Wild Oats. I have listened to it before. I never realized you were a member of the group.

    It is a small world.

    I wish you well with your charitable efforts.

    Happy holiday season wishes to all.

    John

  29. Max Hugoson says:

    Should point out, W.V. CANADA although they share the LOGO is almost an INDEPENDENT organization.

    World Vision USA has NOTHING like the Canadian “environmental” buy off.

    I think we can continue to support W.V. USA.

    Max

  30. Eyes Wide Open: A few years ago when I was living in the UK, I saw to my dismay Oxfam billboards playing up AGW alarmism, and I have seen lots of those giant aid organizations (mostly on the UK side) go all in for the green cause. World Vision Canada has by and large stayed away from that, but they do get pushed by the activist crowd to jump on the rhetoric bandwagon. You’ll notice, though, in the link you provided, that their response is entirely practical, focusing on improving local agricultural techniques and building up resilience, namely stuff that makes sense with or without the AGW angle. They’re not wasting money on Oxfam-style climate alarmist billboard campaigns. I had a complete tour of their headquarters yesterday. With a relatively small staff they manage half a million child sponsorships in Canada, as well as special-purpose field projects focusing on health, education and agricultural productivity in developing countries. And while there are other aid organizations out there, I know of none that have the credibility in Canada to line up corporate sponsors willing to provide 14:1 matching funds for the contribution from each of our CDs, so that the $5 we pay them turns into $75 worth of school supplies arriving overseas. I consider it an honour to work with them and I am confident that the revenue we are generating in this project is going to good ends.

    Regarding sales through Amazon and overseas, go to http://chanterrecords.com/ and sign up for the email list and we’ll let you know when it’s available. We didn’t have time this year to sort that stuff out, but we will in the future. Because of the charitable donation on each unit the accounting has to be done very carefully and it’s easier for us to handle all the orders and shipping in house for the time being. That’s also why we are not selling individual tracks on iTunes at this time.

  31. John Whitman: I think there must be more than one band out there called The Wild Oats. I doubt anyone in the US has heard the Guelph version.

  32. thelastdemocrat says:

    For charities in the U.S., you can check with the taxman, or Guidestar. In Canada, you can check with their taxman, or a couple other sources:

    http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/chrts-gvng/lstngs/menu-eng.html

    http://www.charityintelligence.ca/charity-details/33-world-vision-canada

    http://www.canadahelps.org/CharityProfilePage.aspx?charityID=s35994

    –These show World Vision Canada to be a legitimate charity operating within normal, and admirable parameters, such as salary levels and portion of revenue going to direct programs along with salary and administration.

    I am not too concerned about the global warming tie-in; bottom-up structural things need to be done to address poevrty, rather than the top-down new-colonialism promoted by the oil companies and the sellers of birth control pills/devices and the sellers of non-renewable food supports such as gnetically modified crops. Hand-up, not hand-out.Providing education and small-scale infrastructure for health and productivty is my opinion of a way to help, if you are going to help.

    Small solar devices (solar ovens, solar radio, solar-based water-purification), hyper-efficient wood-burning stoves and stove technology, are ways to empower people from the bottom up, and so less subject to the abuse of power. bill Gates’ ideas of delivering birth control pills is how we with power prefer to keep the third world from gaining on us, and so is in my view simply mere manipulation under the guide of “progress” and “charity.”

    Also, I hope people are not dissuaded by the Christian basis. Christian religious-obseravtion-based charitable giving has been and continues to be the most powerful charity force on the planet.
    Christian giving from the U.S. to the world far surpasses what the U.S gives in foreign aid. We Chirstians who give to our churches, demographically, on average, also happen to give to non-religious charities as well- this includes humanitarian, more self-less charities as well as the old-fashioned alumni giving, which I always consider a bit suspect since that is probably heavily motivated by football enthusiasm.
    when we give and serve as Christians, our usual behavior is to evangelize, in a loving, enthusiastic way, without undue pressure and without tying our giving to any decalration of believe, church attendance, or anything as coercive as that. We believe that we are to plant seeds of hope and good news, and that it will eventually be God in someone’s heart that leads them to join with us.

    So, technically, evangelists never convert anyone. Our job is just to prep people so they are in a state to listen to the holy spirit. I say this because it gets marketed that we want to perform charity only to convert people; we have a dual misson – spread the good news, and selflessly serve. Interpersonal persuasion happens all day everywhere, and we are just doing the same thing. People persuade me to buy things, vote certain ways, and so on – all day long. We deliver our dual effort – service plus the good news – because we have been asked by our deity, and we want to see you in heaven. that it. Nothing bigger than that.

    The marxists want the general public to believe that we are stingey and judgmental. Many “scientific”-minded people have bought this false story. This is not the truth. We give selflessly, and historically are THE ones on the “battlefront” of selfless help to others, including when AIDS emerged, including the establishment of nearly ALL of those charity hospital you know so well, the abolitionist movement, and so on.

    We, generally, are not ignorant, selfish, or dumb. Theists have, obviously, been seminal major thinkers in science, including DesCartes and Al-Ghazali, a very clever muslim epistemologist who explored the primacy of doubt in epistemology long before DesCartes.

    Some people do capitalize on the favorable view of Christians or Chirstianity and take advantage of others, lie, cheat, steal, rape, molest, etc.
    That is simply a bad person using any means they can to practice evil. A Buddhist monk fled the temple in my neighborhood for another country for child molestation – I know of no tenet of Buddhism encouraging this behavior, nor in Christianity. The opposite is true.

    So, fellow WUWT readers: please be open-minded, charitable, and consider evidence.
    Here is a good place to start.

    http://www.independentsector.org/giving_volunteering_faith_philanthropy

    As always, check out charities well.

  33. LKMiller says:

    Bought one as a Christmas gift for my brother-in-law (we draw names).

    Include “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” on your next release, and I’ll buy 2.

  34. Jake Diamond says:

    Ross McKitrick wrote: “WUWT attracts a well-educated readership…”

    Would either Ross McKitrick or a WUWT reader care to define “well-educated?”

  35. TrueNorthist says:

    Would either Ross McKitrick or a WUWT reader care to define “well-educated?”

    I seen a book once.

  36. John Whitman says:

    A Premise: An important learning process of each individual includes a highly critical independent assessment of educational value received in relation to how one was educated.

    John

  37. Coach Springer says:

    Jake Diamond says:

    November 29, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Ross McKitrick wrote: “WUWT attracts a well-educated readership…”

    Would either Ross McKitrick or a WUWT reader care to define “well-educated?”
    —————————————————————————————————————————

    During my education for a degree in music education, they taught me that education was all about educing what lies within – as long the education “educed” the right things as determined by the educer. Haven’t cared much for definitions of well-educated since then. I would incude Lincoln within the well-educated – especially when compared to all the well-educated types around him.

    They didn’t teach me anything about the bodhran or the bagpipe, though. Didn’t appear to fit within the well-educated definition of music at the Big Ten university. But I do know enough about Celtic music to have been profoundly disappointed when my mother-in-law took us to a performance of Cetltic Thunder.

    Thanks to folks including Ross discussing the global waming policies of the chartiy in question. Might as well be well-informed, yes?

  38. As a person owning a stack of Celtic CDs, it is a new goal of mine to purchase the “”Making Spirits Bright” CD after I extricate myself from my current extreme poverty situation.

    Commenter Eyes Wide Open (November 28, 2012 at 8:55 pm) brings up a valid point about genuinely well-meaning organizations that apparently accidentally drive off a cliff over global warming concerns, and Ross’ answer (November 29, 2012 at 8:11 am) points out the error of Vision Canada jumping “on the rhetoric bandwagon”. My own religion’s organization, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, has also done so at the hands of no less than a person associated with the old Ozone Action group, as I detailed almost two years ago in my article “The Case of the Curious Climate Covenant” http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/12/the_case_of_the_curious_climat.html

    For all the good work the ELCA does, I can’t tell you how dismaying it is to see them duped into eco-justice rhetoric without any apparent attempt on their part to check the veracity of AGW or to question the people who led them into this. But, I still support the ELCA’s work when it comes to helping people.

  39. We can now accommodate overseas orders. Just email admin@chanterrecords.com saying how many you want and we’ll send you a shipping quote and take it from there. For Canada and the US, follow the existing payment system at http://chanterrecords.com/MakingSpirits.aspx. By the way, just since post this went up last night we have been FLOODED with orders! Thanks everybody. We will be spending the weekend packing CDs for shipment Monday morning. Also, World Vision staff told me our donation yesterday, with the matching donations added in, will fully stock 540 classrooms in the new year.

  40. Mark Burazin says:

    I’m happy to help out.
    Merry Christmas to You & Yours!

  41. Barbara Skolaut says:

    “in which I play bagpipes, pennywhistle and bodhran”

    But we forgive you. ;-p

    Seriously, Ross, congratulations on your successful CD. And thank you so much for your wonderful charitable efforts and for giving us a chance to join in a truly worthy cause.

  42. James at 48 says:

    Nollaig chridheil agus bliadhna mhath ùr!

  43. Alan A. says:

    I like Ross McKitrick a lot. I also like instrumental music. But World Vision is on my list of charities I don’t want to support. That’s unfortunate.

  44. Eyes Wide Open says:

    Ross,

    Thank you for your thoughtful response. No doubt World Vision Canada does much good work and I applaud you for your efforts to assist with the particular endeavour you are are involved with. It is a shame that so many otherwise rational organizations feel the need to jump on the climate change bandwagon and end up alienating themselves from communities that might otherwise be inclined to support them (such as the WUWT community of rational scientific thinkers). Perhaps WV Canada are starting to see the light – their pushing of the climate change nonsense seems to be less overt than it was a couple of years ago. Perhaps you could help educate their management as to the folly of getting involved with fad causes that have no basis in reality and the benefit to distancing themselves from such nonsense by completing purging their website of associated references! It can only help them with their otherwise valid initiatives.

    Good luck with your project!

  45. LKMiller says:

    Just an observation: Although so far a small sample size, I note that none of the usual warmists who troll or attempt to hijack threads on WUWT have yet to post in support of this project.

    Perhaps, as opposed to conservative skeptics, they are much more at ease giving other people’s money.

  46. Gail Combs says:

    thelastdemocrat says:
    November 29, 2012 at 8:17 am
    ….Also, I hope people are not dissuaded by the Christian basis. Christian religious-obseravtion-based charitable giving has been and continues to be the most powerful charity force on the planet….
    ___________________________________
    My husband is an atheist and I am agnostic. Or one and only charity is the Salvation Army based on their track record. WV Canada seems to have their head screwed on correctly too.

    Thanks everyone for the information on the organization. We have passed the information about the CD on to our music loving friends.

  47. Gail Combs says:

    Jake Diamond says:
    November 29, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Ross McKitrick wrote: “WUWT attracts a well-educated readership…”

    Would either Ross McKitrick or a WUWT reader care to define “well-educated?”
    ___________________________
    Eons ago it was the subject of a post here complete with the stats but I am not about to dig it out. So yes it has a basis in fact.

  48. Brian H says:

    One for me, one for my family’s Christmas dinner host & hostess (brother and wife).

    WV’s distancing itself from AGW is encouraging. Encourage it.

  49. Gary Turner says:

    On November 29, 2012 at 4:23 pm, Gail Combs mentioned the Salvation Army. I agree completely. They are an actual charity, as opposed to those organizations which are in the business of charity. If only they’d drop the religious angle. ;-)

    Now to Celtic music, which I love, and it does not include that silliness, “Celtic Thunder'; what a crock. Of course the Celts emigrated to Hibernia from Iberia in a couple of waves, taking their Gaita (pipes) with them. See Susana Seivane – Gaitera Celta. h/t to the chiefio.

  50. Tim Clark says:

    {Jake Diamond says:
    November 29, 2012 at 8:35 am
    Ross McKitrick wrote: “WUWT attracts a well-educated readership…”
    Would either Ross McKitrick or a WUWT reader care to define “well-educated?”}

    Well, lets do some math. RC gets about 200 hits a day. If ALL of those blighted garbonzoes have a degree, that makes 200 degreed individuals in attendance. But heck, in the sprit of Christmas, I’ll give them 300 degreed individuals that can read.

    OTOH, WUWT gets more than 10,000 hits a day (just a guess, but you’re used to modeling and guesswork). If 5% of visitors have a degree, that’s comes to ……ummm…model…model .. ahh… well, 500. I have two.
    Get the picture, or do I need to average the output of 10,000 computer simulations?

    {Carnwennan says:
    November 28, 2012 at 8:44 pm
    That answers the hitherto tricky festive question – What do you buy a warmist friend who has everything?}

    Get them this CD. It has bagpipes. They’re used to listening to windbags full of hot air.

  51. Newt Love says:

    I was thrilled to buy a CD. Anything with bagpipes and penny whistles has a place in my play-list!

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