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a happy little debunker
May 3, 2022 2:25 am

The same politics that foisted unwanted vaccines and enforced masking – is now suddenly worried about ‘Bodily Autonomy’….

Planned parenthood lists 12 contraceptives to prevent unwanted pregnancies (aside from abidance).

But somehow this supposed ‘ruling’ (that abortion it is up to ‘freely and fairly’ democratically elected representatives) is beyond the pale…

a happy little debunker
Reply to  a happy little debunker
May 3, 2022 2:25 am

Abstinence (god dam spell check)

Redge
Reply to  a happy little debunker
May 3, 2022 4:31 am

Spell check is my worst enema

Mr.
Reply to  Redge
May 3, 2022 1:26 pm

Spill check after an enema is even worse!

Reply to  a happy little debunker
May 3, 2022 4:00 am

There are fences and armed guards in place now around the Supreme Courthouse. There have been threats against the persons of the Justices.

Vatican II ecumenism and the sedevacant Holy See and Oval Office come to roost. God Bless US all.

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  Doug Huffman
May 3, 2022 9:57 am

Sounds like a “riot” to me, by ‘government’ standards.

Mr.
Reply to  AGW is Not Science
May 3, 2022 1:31 pm

But not yet an insurrection?

I forgot – an unarmed woman climbing into an already broken window space has to be shot and killed by a lurking, unidentified government official before a protest can be called an insurrection.

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Rich Davis
Reply to  AGW is Not Science
May 4, 2022 3:41 pm

Similar to the Russians’ mostly peaceful protest in Ukraine.

Doonman
Reply to  a happy little debunker
May 3, 2022 8:44 am

Oh look. People who can’t define climate or gender can now define that a woman is a person who has a fundamental right to kill that inconvenient fetus.

But it is still impossible to find a democrat who will admit that they were once a fetus with a heartbeat too that has inalienable rights. No, it’s just a blob of cells, a parasite on a person we can no longer define unless she kills it.

Joe Gordon
Reply to  Doonman
May 3, 2022 12:25 pm

That’s the question. Does a fetus have human rights? If yes, then abortion should not be allowed under our Constitution. If no, then it should be allowed.

We can make this needlessly emotional by saying that the argument for slavery required a similar litmus test for black people.

I am pro abortion. In my opinion, the blob of cells is not human until birth. But I can understand why people feel differently, and very strongly so.

What I don’t understand is why it’s so hard figure out that until Congress does something, it should be up to each individual state. It would sure be nice if Congress passed a law, but if that motley group of fools had to agree on curtain colors for the Congressional bathrooms right now, they’d probably need six months and a host of executive actions.

Mr.
Reply to  Joe Gordon
May 3, 2022 1:34 pm

Agreements about colors are the most difficult to reach.
You can’t argue the merits of one color vs. any other color if aesthetics is the context.

niceguy
Reply to  Doonman
May 3, 2022 2:04 pm

On the one hand, repolarisation is not heartbeat.
On the other hand, these people refused the inherent right to refuse a vaccine; even the right to refuse a non sterilizing vaccine.
And these people were very much repolarisation obsessed when they banned hydroxychloroquine, one of the most frequently used and banal drug all over the world.

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  niceguy
May 4, 2022 8:13 pm

No drug is completely safe and without risk. The question that always has to be asked, although there isn’t an answer at the individual level, “Does the benefit outweigh the potential risk?”
https://www.drugwatch.com/hydroxychloroquine/side-effects/

niceguy
Reply to  Clyde Spencer
May 4, 2022 11:13 pm

People have been taking these pills at least weekly for years, just to be safe in Africa. (Incl. a lot of French people. That’s the reason the anti Plaquenil propaganda bombed here.)

I hear a few have developed heart issues after YEARS.

None of these ever had to have heart screening before (but we are told they need it if they have COVID before taking it).

People in France take it against arthrosis. None have had Plaquenil induced AIDS. It isn’t a thing. The drug limits the immune over reactions but does not suppress immunity!

The idea that Plaquenil would worsen COVID and kill 10% of people with COVID was preposterous.

Also, the idea (vaguely suggested by the hysterical MSNBC manlike host) that you would go blind after taking it… the drug known to rarely cause progressive eye issues after an average of 10 years (at least 5 years), issues that go away if you stop taking it…

Yes it can have SE (side effects) after years, notably cardiac SE… but a week of taking 800 mg then 400 mg per day, that’s another thing. People (the “science community”) were critical of Didier Raoult for his 800 mg 1st day dosing, saying it was way too much and toxic.

After months of panzerpropaganda on the risks of prescribing (and the risk self medication, which occurs when prescription is blocked) of hydroxychloroquine, les rosbifs (insulting term we use for silly English people) managed to actually overdose patients with 2400 mg, way over the toxic limit when you need to cause poison helpline in France (Recovery study if I’m not mistaken). French science community was extatique, it goes without saying, over that study that showed the excellence of UK research. For French med community 900 mg is dangerous human experiment but a RCT can use 2400. Because randomized = science or something.

French press actually validated that 2400 mg overdosing saying that it was done in medical study in controlled conditions. Ergo in a random controlled clinical study it’s fine to poison the subjects.

But now it’s Didier Raoult, promoter of hydroxychloroquine, who is being harassed over a bunch of nothingburgers.

niceguy
Reply to  Doonman
May 3, 2022 4:52 pm

They can’t define assault weapons either but still want to “remove assault weapons from the streets” (alt: “remove weapons designed for war from our streets” – from Congressman Fartman).

niceguy
Reply to  niceguy
May 4, 2022 2:34 pm

I don’t usually post such nonsense here, but because I mentioned fartman: interracial mariages will be outlawed.
You couldn’t make that up.
Nor would anyone outside want to.

Neo
Reply to  a happy little debunker
May 3, 2022 12:23 pm

Progressives have given away their two favorite go to responses on abortion.
“My body my choice” rings pretty hollow after Vax mandates.
“It’s a women’s issue” is tough if there’s no definition of woman.

Rich Davis
Reply to  Neo
May 4, 2022 3:45 pm

As a male lesbian I must have a say?

niceguy
Reply to  a happy little debunker
May 3, 2022 4:17 pm

US libs admire (say they admire) Europe and France a lot, because of our progressive values…

But in France, there is not and never was a made up, pulled from thin air, allegedly derived from fundamental principles(*), “right to abortion” obtained(**) from “constitutional” or similar abstract and general basis.

There is a law allowing abortions under conditions with limits etc.
It was debated and voted. It was later amended.
It was not invented by judges.

People who pretend to admire France might try that.

[OTOH it should be noted that France and EU have plenty of made up, pulled from thin air, allegedly derived-from-general-principles-of-human-rights rules.]

(*) Principle like “privacy” that don’t even include the right to either do or pass on vaccines (not refuse, pass: “refuse” suggests that it was a given that it would be a yes).

(**) “Obtained from” as in “deduced from”, as if it was a mathematical proof from the hypothesis to the conclusion, using axioms and logical rules.

May 3, 2022 3:05 am

My latest: “7th grade science should not include climate indoctrination”

https://www.cfact.org/2022/05/03/7th-grade-science-should-not-include-climate-indoctrination/

Includes a long list of the science American middle school students learn.

Steve Case
Reply to  David Wojick
May 3, 2022 3:53 am

Includes a long list of the science American middle school students learn.
__________________________________________________________

Biology except at the cellular level is notably missing from the list.

Reply to  Steve Case
May 3, 2022 5:08 am

Likely taught in earlier grades and high school. I will check those lists. The way they move back and forth among the sciences, building each up over the years, is called spiraling. It is a fascinating cognitive structure.

Old Man Winter
Reply to  Steve Case
May 3, 2022 5:47 am

Just some ramblings from a geezer who was rudely awakened @ 2:30am by male
chickadees who, at the top of their lungs, were trying to convince the ladies
they were “The One That They Want”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itRFjzQICJU

that they were

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywirYQfaWZU

and then they could

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWz9VN40nCA

(ON-J- A Brit who Australia gave as a gift to the world!)

Spring is finally in the air!

That concludes my biology lesson for the day. 😉

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Kevin kilty
Reply to  David Wojick
May 3, 2022 6:15 am

David,

The next gen science standards (NGSS) have more or less banished fundamental concepts, like the rock cycle, from earth sciences, and concentrate to an excessive degree on climate change. Then again, long before the climate hysteria took over, I was pretty surprised about how little content K-12 science teachers got in their curriculum. Striking a balance between content and pedagogy is an old problem in teacher preparation education, and now made worse by trendy topics, increasingly out-of-touch faculty and administrators in colleges of education, and activism bordering on superstition.

I think it is a mess that will take decades to clean up assuming anyone really wants to do so.

Joe Gordon
Reply to  David Wojick
May 3, 2022 12:29 pm

Middle school and high school science no longer exists as it did decades ago. Kids are graduating high school without even a cursory understanding of chemistry, physics and even all that much about biology.

But they do BELIEVE that the world will end in eight years if we don’t DO SOMETHING.

I thought we had laws against religious indoctrination in the schools, but they don’t seem to be enforced.

Reply to  Joe Gordon
May 3, 2022 2:58 pm

My analysis does not support your claim, Joe. Standard science education looks pretty good to me.

Joe Gordon
Reply to  David Wojick
May 3, 2022 6:20 pm

Having had a seventh-grader of my own, and having seen first-hand the stuff he was bringing home and having talked to his teachers at parent days… no, it’s not good at all. And this was in a supposedly top school district.

His ninth-grade science teacher told me a few weeks into the term that my son would not learn a thing all year – they paid lip service to the terms, but all roads led to climate doom, over and over and over. Indoctrination rather than education.

The teachers that do not BELIEVE (and I guess some don’t) teach it anyway, cynically, knowing that if they actually teach science or critical thinking about science, it’s goodbye pension.

MarkW2
May 3, 2022 3:31 am

More BBC propaganda. Listening to BBC Radio 4’s “Sliced Bread” (https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0016pvn, though not sure this will work outside the UK) I was encouraged by what initially appeared to be a remarkably balanced comparison between gas boilers and air-sourced heat pumps. That’s certainly the impression most listeners would take from the programme and they could be forgiven for thinking air-sourced heat pumps offer comparable costs over the lifetime of the product.

The elephant in the room, however, which the programme had clearly — and very deliberately — chosen to ignore was the provision of hot water. Given that most heat pumps require additional support to provide hot water, typically from an energy-guzzling emersion heater, the cost balance shifts immediately back to the gas boiler.

This turned a potentially very informative programme into little more than the propaganda we’ve now become used to from the BBC over climate change. Will the broadcaster never learn that this is precisely why many in the UK resent paying a licence fee for what is meant to be balanced, unbiased reporting? Regardless of anyone’s view on climate change this programme was entirely misleading in the conclusions presented to listeners who deserve far better.

MarkW2
Reply to  MarkW2
May 3, 2022 3:33 am

I did, of course, mean ‘immersion’ (not emersion) heater!

Old Man Winter
Reply to  MarkW2
May 3, 2022 5:01 am

In Britain, would they allow a residence to get natty gas to fire just a water heater alone?
That would be cheaper than using resistive electric heating but you’d then need to vent it, too.

MarkW2
Reply to  Old Man Winter
May 3, 2022 9:11 am

Nope. The irony is that gas prices went berserk in the UK because of the focus on net zero and our government’s refusal to store more gas or allow what’s left in the North Sea to be extracted, let alone banning fracking. The war in Ukraine just exacerbated the problem.

Yet they’re now using this to “justify” the costs of heat pumps.

Is there any wonder people have lost faith in politicians.

Quelgeek
Reply to  MarkW2
May 3, 2022 5:06 am

Thanks MarkW2. I had that program on in the background and wasn’t paying a lot of attention to it other than noticing they were making the comparison. I failed to notice that sleight of hand where they neglected hot water.

You are correct about resenting the TV licence fee; many minor willful deceits like that are exactly what provoked my wife to cancel our licence a couple of years ago. We don’t miss TV one bit.

It is hard to listen to the radio without jarring intrusions from one ideology or another always spoiling perfectly good entertainment unnecessarily. To the musicians: I don’t care if you are trans; just play your damned music. To the musicologists: don’t derail your account of your work with urgent assurances that you don’t trespass on other races’ culture. To the science correspondents: stop trying to find a climate angle even in stories about the moon!

I could go on.

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Roger
Reply to  MarkW2
May 3, 2022 8:19 am

“Sliced Bread” – a very flippant and trivial show. He should have considered the costs without subsidies and taxes, and not used that dreadful neologism “podcast”.

MarkW2
Reply to  Roger
May 3, 2022 9:17 am

What’s so galling is how BBC presenters so love to give the impression they’re being balanced and transparent, when in reality they’re being the exact opposite. Classic “we’re the BBC and we know everything better than you”. This was a truly classic example and I’m afraid a lot of people will have been fooled by it.

Old Man Winter
Reply to  MarkW2
May 3, 2022 9:24 am

It must be their “different shades of lying” training program all presenters take! 😉

Leo Smith
Reply to  MarkW2
May 3, 2022 1:23 pm

Hot water cost pale into insignificance compred with heating a whole house. and a hat pump still does at least half of the heating. You just need an immesrion heater to take the water from around 40°C to 60°C

Richard Page
Reply to  Leo Smith
May 3, 2022 1:44 pm

I looked at the exact same issue. If the time comes when nat gas is banned, I’ll be looking at an all electric combi boiler to replace the gas combi boiler I have already – not an ideal choice but better than the crappy heat pump idea.

niceguy
Reply to  Richard Page
May 3, 2022 6:35 pm

I wonder if people promoting heat pumps with the obvious goal of having

  • heating that doesn’t directly use fossil fuel
  • with less “thermo-sensibility”(*) than electric radiators.

realize that the power use curve of heat pumps is quite diff from normal radiators but not good for very low temps that France experiences for some days every winter.

It means that the sizing (we say “dimensionnement“) of the energy system, which is the major issue with electric heating, remains the same.
With the added “bonus” (problem) of less energy use each year, meaning less financing for the electric system.(**)

(*) In France, we use DJU (Degré Jour Unifié, unified day degree), that is the delta T below 18 °C (so any duration of temperature of 18 °C or above produces zero DJU) described as: “DJU base 18
The unit of the DJU number obviously is the day·kelvin.

Allegedly its “unified” as computed with 18 °C as the base line, but, quite viciously, the sustainability department uses 17 °C base line (DJU base 17) in its published data on its Website, and it’s only explained in an annexed document that you may very well miss!!!

(**) After promoting systems that use rain water for many uses in individual houses (with subsidies!), French municipalities realized that people were consuming less drinkable water, paying less for water, and that the cost of the water distribution system remained the same! In fact heavy (non Greta friendly/irresponsible) drinkable water users were implicitly subsidizing those that were “green”, because the cost of the distribution is huge! (not the cost of the clean water “production”)

Richard Page
Reply to  niceguy
May 4, 2022 4:38 am

I think that heat pumps are the latest enviro-chic accessory for your home to virtue signal to the entire neighbourhood that you are greener, therefore better, than they are. I would rather just be warm and have hot water when I want it without needing a second mortgage to pay for it all.

John Garrett
May 3, 2022 4:05 am

Face it, most Americans (especially the loudmouths of the media) have never been, much less worked, on a farm or in a mine or on a drilling platform or on a pipeline or in a refinery.

The vast majority of Americans haven’t got a bloody clue why the lights go on when they hit that switch on the wall or why there is warmth in the dead of an icy cold winter night.

niceguy
Reply to  John Garrett
May 3, 2022 11:58 am

Even less people have produced “science”!
Few people know how science is made.
They believe science is inside books and physic laws and chemical reactions are “science” or “the science” (!).They confuse knowledge and science; also, they probably never gave a serious thought to how science works in their whole life (they may never ave seriously thought about anything remotely intellectual).

H.R.
Reply to  niceguy
May 3, 2022 4:45 pm

nice guy: (they may never ave seriously thought about anything remotely intellectual).”


Exhibit A: The Jerry Springer Show.

For those who don’t know about it, here’s a link to a compilation of bits from the show.

Jerry Springer – YouTube

Be forewarned: You are probably better off not knowing a single thing about the show. I apologize in advance for any brain damage that watching Jerry Springer might cause.

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  John Garrett
May 3, 2022 12:24 pm

And therein lies a big part of the problem. Too many who take too much for granted, and have nary a clue about how they got to be so “fortunate.”

niceguy
Reply to  AGW is Not Science
May 3, 2022 6:57 pm

And they want to give orders to those who make things, because “democracy”. Some even want to “nationalize” industries (read: corruptly take ownership of, steal) in order to boss around the engineers that make a plant work reliably.

In France we have many of the politicians, and not one “journalist” dared to ask them “what makes you believe you have any remote change of being able to manage that industrial asset and not crash it?

But since the Notre Dame cathedral burned, the only TV chanel I know of that wondered why no significant firefighting device was on site before 40 minutes is … Fox News. On a normal day, in the beginning of the evening. (No special event that would have clogged the roads that day.)

So France capital can be unable to deploy one high rise firehose during crucial minutes and nobody seems to care.
(For 5 billions euros of taxes on Parisians.)

Art Slartibartfast
May 3, 2022 4:07 am

What I have been wondering about climate models is that Figure 1 of Willis’ article “Meandering through a climate muddle” shows the spaghetti graph of model run outcomes. My question is, are these results of multiple runs with the same parameters, or do the parameters differ per run?

Old Man Winter
Reply to  Art Slartibartfast
May 3, 2022 7:00 am

While I don’t know the answer myself, Rud said this:

“when at the present large grid scales(CMIP6 average about 280km at the equator) a single run on the best supercomputer still takes two months.

So models are necessarily parameterized. That automatically drags in the attribution problem
between natural variation and AGW. The IPCC assumes it away (by charter), as do models. So they
run hot and fail.”

Because of Climategate, I don’t think they’re motivated to tweak paramaters that will duplicate
real world results better as it’s about political science (aka BeeEss) not real climate science. The
IPCC is run by economists, not scientists!

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/04/07/sorry-wqad-data-shows-climate-change-is-not-making-storms-worse/#comment-3493999

Old Man Winter
Reply to  Old Man Winter
May 3, 2022 7:23 am

I also checked climateprediction. net @ Wiki which says the following:

“Climateprediction.net (CPDN) is a distributed computing project to investigate and reduce uncertainties in climate modelling. It aims to do this by running hundreds of thousands of different models (a large climate ensemble) using the donated idle time of ordinary personal computers, thereby leading to a better understanding of how models are affected by small changes in the many parameters known to influence the global climate.”

The model is run thousands of times with slight perturbations to various physics parameters (a ‘large ensemble‘) and the project examines how the model output changes.

ensemble= models with slight variations

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climateprediction.net

Art Slartibartfast
Reply to  Old Man Winter
May 3, 2022 9:25 am

Thanks, Old Man Winter, for looking into this. Even though the source code is known, it is a hell of a black box what goes on in the models.

Reply to  Old Man Winter
May 3, 2022 12:46 pm

Earth has been getting a bit colder recently, since 2016 or 2020 – take your pick – just as we predicted in 2002. We are now concerned about crop failures and food shortages. The was a major crop failure across the Great Plans of North America in 2019. We really don’t need another one, especially now.
Here is the latest from Cap Allon at electroverse.net:

ASIA’S RECORD COLD SPELL INTENSIFIES; COLDER-THAN-AVERAGE APRIL FOR CANADA; AMERICA’S PLANTING DELAYS; + CENTRAL EUROPE CHILLS
May 3, 2022 Cap Allon
China’s sprawling port city of Guangzhou registered 13.7C (56.7F) on Monday, its coldest May day in recorded history.

Climate models and climate modelers are hopelessly incompetent – their models can be tuned to produce any result they want, and almost always run far too hot and have perfectly NEGATIVE predictive skill.

By the end of 2020, the climate doomsters (aka the IPCC and the radical greens) were proved wrong in their scary climate predictions 48 times. At 50:50 odds for each prediction, that is like flipping a coin 48 times and losing every time! The probability of that being mere random ignorance is 1 in 281 trillion! But no sensible person makes a 50:50 prediction – at 60:40 the odds against being this wrong are 1 in 13 quintillion; at 70:30 the odds are 1 in 13 septillion. Stop being respectful to these blatant fraudsters.

I have heard the theoretical blah blah about Earth’s climate being unpredictable, but I say global temperature is roughly predictable at the ~century-to-millennial-scale with two parameters: solar activity and century-scale volcanoes.

In 2002 we predicted global cooling to start by 2020 to 2030 based on solar activity, and I refined that call in 2013 to say cooling to start by 2020 or sooner – and that has proved correct-to-date.

SCIENTIFIC COMPETENCE – THE ABILITY TO CORRECTLY PREDICT October 20, 2021. Update April 8, 2022
https://correctpredictions.ca/
“The ability to correctly predict is the best objective measure of scientific and technical competence.
Our scientific predictions on both Climate and Covid are infinitely more accurate than the mainstream narratives, which have been false and baselessly alarmist to date.

I have been criticized for repeating this message. Frankly, I’m waiting for some of you guys to catch up. 🙂

Reply to  Allan MacRae
May 4, 2022 12:22 am

I remember now:
“theoretical blah blah”  = “chaotic nonlinear dynamical system” 

I think “theoretical blah blah” is actually more accurate.

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  Old Man Winter
May 3, 2022 12:27 pm

IPCC is run by political activists economists, not scientists!

FIFY.

If the IPCC is run by economists, they have to be the worst economists the world has ever seen. You know, like Crazy Eyes (Occasional Cortex).

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John Moore
Reply to  AGW is Not Science
May 3, 2022 2:06 pm

! InterGOVERNMENTAL Panel on Climate Change: nor politicians, nor researchers – hardly wordsmiths.
GIGO

Michael in Dublin
May 3, 2022 4:22 am

The Conversation inadvertently contradicts its alarmist narrative!
How geology put a South African city at risk of landslides.

There was an article on Wattsup (29 April) on a CBS report by Li Cohen.
“Eight years left to turn the ship”:
Scientists share how climate change could change daily life

She begins with a statement to support climate change:
Earlier this month, more than 300 people in South Africa were killed as record rainfall washed away buildings and infrastructure in the Kwa-Zulu Natal province.

I was bowled over by an article taken from The Conversation that was printed nearly a week earlier than Cohen’s article. It not only contradicts their climate narrative but also exposes her uncritical and poorly researched journalism.

see
https://www.biznews.com/thought-leaders/2022/04/25/geology-ethekwini-risk-landslides

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AGW is Not Science
Reply to  Michael in Dublin
May 3, 2022 12:29 pm

It’s easier to just mentally replace “The Conversation” with “The Monologue.”

Gregory Woods
May 3, 2022 4:48 am

California just shy of 100% powered by renewables for first time (desertsun.com)
California just shy of 100% powered by renewables for first time

Renewable electricity provided just shy of 100% of California’s electricity demand on Saturday, a record-breaker, officials said, much of it from large amounts of solar power now produced along Interstate 10, an hour east of the Coachella Valley.

[and for our next joke…]

Mary Brown
Reply to  Gregory Woods
May 3, 2022 7:13 am

OK… cut off all the oil and gas to Calif and let’s watch what happens next.

Doonman
Reply to  Mary Brown
May 3, 2022 8:51 am

Or, get rid of all nuclear power except one plant and then watch Newsom backpedal on its planned closure.

niceguy
Reply to  Gregory Woods
May 3, 2022 12:20 pm

Next joke: in July France is natgas and petrol (fioul) powered heating-free.
All heated by renewable natural sources.
(Except for cooking, for hot showers etc.)

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  Gregory Woods
May 3, 2022 12:33 pm

They forgot to say – for 20 minutes.

Kidding, of course (I didn’t want to give that twaddle any clicks so I don’t know if they listed the duration of this meaningless ‘miracle’).

John Moore
Reply to  AGW is Not Science
May 3, 2022 2:11 pm

Two (2) minutes.

Peta of Newark
May 3, 2022 5:20 am

Do many peeps get the Netzero emails that I get…
Latest one is a confirmation of the blindingly obvious but still nice to see.
i.e The UK is under the (lack of) control of a financially incompetent & cnut-struck drunkard.

Quote:”Boris Johnson’s promise to reduce consumer electricity prices “in tatters”
https://www.netzerowatch.com/delaying-tactics-by-wind-industry-will-cost-consumers-hundreds-of-million/

btw: Nice story of how our UK chancellor has his head, and other parts, well and truly screwed on also..
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10747919/Rishi-Sunak-faces-13-000-year-heating-bill-new-250-000-swimming-pool-2M-Yorkshire-manor.html

angech
Reply to  Peta of Newark
May 3, 2022 6:20 am

SOI 30 day moving index hitting 23.6.
Not been dso high for years
BOM will have to adjust their graphs up 5 points for the third time in the last 5 years.
Despite all this historically it is a weak L Nina beginning and the previous 2 were weak as well.

It doesn't add up...
Reply to  Peta of Newark
May 3, 2022 3:10 pm

I’ve been taking a look at the other side of UK renewables – what those on the ROC scheme are getting. The chart shows that back when we had vaguely sensible electricity market prices, ROCs were on average doubling the cost from £50/MWh to ~£100/MWh. Wave and tidal technologies kept being given bigger and bigger subsidies without ever scaling up: evidence of failure of technological development.

Since the underlying market prices went ballistic last summer, the prices realised by renewables on ROCs have become eyewatering: and they want to put a windfall tax on oil?

ROC Prices Technology.png
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It doesn't add up...
Reply to  Peta of Newark
May 3, 2022 3:14 pm

Here’s just the subsidy element

ROC Subsidy.png
Vlad the Impaler
May 3, 2022 6:48 am

Greetings to all:

I sent this ‘letter to the editor’ of our local newspaper, expecting that it would be rejected. To my surprise, it was published in the Sunday, 01 May edition (the Casper [Wyoming] Star-Tribune only publishes ‘letters to the editor’ on Sundays):

***************************************************
Editor:
 
This is directed to all who consider themselves to be members of the Democrat Party (regardless of your location).
 
There is information circulating that some are, or have been considering, ‘switching Parties’ for the purpose of voting for Liz Cheney in the Primary Election . I have no idea whether this is ‘fake news’ or not.
 
If it is accurate information, then it is very telling.
 
The first thing it tells me is that Democrats are not interested in any way, shape, manner, or form, in free, fair, and honest elections. I am perfectly happy to allow any and all Democrats to choose your candidates for office; it would not occur to me make any attempt to manipulate or influence your Primary. I believe that all persons should follow their conscience when voting; no one can be faulted for following their moral code when voting.
 
The second thing that it tells me is that Democrats, by and large, have no moral compass, for all practical purposes.  If the only way to achieve your goals is by cheating, lying, underhanded manipulation, and stealing elections, and not through the superiority of your ideas, then everything that Mollie Hemingway wrote in Rigged is 100% accurate.
 
The third thing it tells me is that Liz Cheney is a very useful tool for Nancy Pelosi and Let’s Go Brandon.
 
I think that Republicans should be allowed to choose their own candidate(s) for office, without interference.   Chances are, with all that out-of-state money pouring into her campaign coffers, Cheney will win anyway.  So, I fail to understand why there is this apparent need to try to corrupt what may already be a foregone conclusion.  I am going to vote in the Primary, and just so everyone knows, if Liz is the Republican candidate for House in the General Election, I won’t be voting for any candidate.
 
 
[name and contact information]
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As I expected, they replaced the words, ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ with “President Biden”. I sent an unedited copy to the Harriet Hageman campaign (she’s been endorsed by President Trump to replace Liz Cheney in the primary election), which is the source of the information. Again, I do NOT know if it is true or false, but acting on a variation of the ‘precautionary principal’, I decided to try to put the Wyoming Democrat Party of Wyoming ‘on notice’. I expect substantial blowback from all quadrants.

On a related noted, in 2019, I was selected to be a presenter at a conference (took place in Utah), and one thrust of my presentation was that we have started to see a decline in average human intelligence. I think some have posted similar articles/sentiments on WUWT, and I just saw another reference (at Jo’s? I think?? I read so much I lose track of where I’ve seen things) to this.

Not that these two ‘open thread’ topics are necessarily related, but I just went off-topic on a non-topic thread … … … … …

I’m OLD, and I’ve earned every right to go down rabbit trails … … … … … …

Regards,

Vlad

 
 

Matt Kiro
Reply to  Vlad the Impaler
May 3, 2022 7:25 am

Democrats and decline in average intelligence seem to be related to me. Just look at last night, their first reaction to everything seems to be to resort to violence. Or at least threaten it.

Vlad the Impaler
Reply to  Matt Kiro
May 3, 2022 9:19 am

Dang it!!! Misspelled ‘princiPAL’. Should have been ‘princiPLE’.

Apologies,

VtI

John Garrett
May 3, 2022 7:02 am

If you have investments at Vanguard, write to them at InvestmentStewardship@Vanguard.com and inform them of your thoughts on Vanguard proxy votes on climate issues.

Dow Jones Newswire report on Annual Shareholder Meeting of Berkshire Hathaway Corporation:

Apr 30, 2022

The large influence that just a few passive index fund managers have on corporate governance is “not a good development” for the U.S., remarked Charlie Munger, Berkshire Hathaway’s vice chairman, at Berkshire’s annual meeting in Omaha on Saturday. “I don’t think it’s good for the country to have three passive investors” telling companies what “proper governance” is, Munger said. Berkshire (BRKA) chief executive officer Warren Buffett said during the annual meeting that passive index giants care about keeping their assets under management and will do what’s “politically acceptable” out of self interest. “They want to get bigger,” he said, so they end up voting in a way that reflects public opinion so politicians won’t “get mad” at them and regulate them in some way. “They are certainly not going to follow a policy which is going to cause a backlash that causes them to be a lot smaller,” said Buffett.

-Christine Idzelis

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

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whiten
May 3, 2022 9:33 am

Well:

‘Taylor Swift – Bad Blood ft. Kendrick Lamar.’

Paul Hurley (aka PaulH)
May 3, 2022 9:58 am

I received an email from my Alma mater inviting me to register for a symposium about climate change and health. The email reads, in part (emphasis my own):

Recently, there has been an increased response to climate change as there is a greater awareness and understanding of the implications around the world. Increasingly, individuals have reported a range of mental health symptoms (i.e., as grief, guilt, anger and despair), which have been dubbed ‘eco-anxiety’. The psychological distress associated with climate change may promote biological alterations that favour stress-related physical pathologies, including those related to disturbed immune function and elevated inflammatory processes. This is further aggravated by toxicants that are sufficiently high and consequently, result in severe illness. In fact, it is estimated that each year, there are millions of deaths attributable to climate change and its impacts. Natural disasters and “once in a hundred year” disasters are occurring more frequently. 

It appears climate change causes “biological alterations” that lead to stress and anxiety. Not to mention those aggravating but undefined “toxicants”. The keynote speaker is a newspaper columnist.

I will not be attending.

whiten
Reply to  Paul Hurley (aka PaulH)
May 3, 2022 10:21 am

Biological alteration is another word for biological cancellation…

Bill Rocks
May 3, 2022 10:01 am

I note the following topic in the May 2, 2022 TWTW (The Week That Was) on this blog site.

TWTW will discuss “Lessons From Paleoclimatology – Conveniently Ignored by the IPCC” a presentation by Earth Scientists Thomas P Gallagher and Roger C Palmer to the Irish Climate Science Forum (ICSF) and CLINTEL.”

I followed up, searched and observed the video of a similar? talk to Univ. of Victoria, BC retirees:

https://www.uvic.ca/retirees/assets/docs/ea-2020-november-nvitation-and-poster-with-link-evised.pdf

I am very intrigued by this piece of work and desire to know how it stands up to critical analysis over the near term. Plate tectonics, world oceans and currents, solar irradiance (Milankovitch cycles). The presentation by Gallagher is a remarkable analysis enabled by a new database of marine benthic forams that provides a high resolution and continuous oceanic proxy record of CO2 and temperature for the past 67 million years. The oceanic data, the history of continental and ocean configurations and ocean currents, and solar irradiance are compared to paleoclimatology including the Holocene ice ages, an amazing story emerges.

Fascinating. As with most studies involving deep geologic time, data can be “fuzzy” but this piece of work by Gallagher and others is a remarkable story and I wonder what various experts have to say about it.

Is this equivalent to the breakthroughs in marine geology during the 1960s that verified and began to detail the earth history of plate tectonics, continental drift, magmatism, regional sedimentation, biogeography, and so forth?

Time will tell as the universe of expert skeptical scientists test, prod, poke, criticize, scrutinize and try to refute the remarkable story. Will it withstand the scientific method?

Marc
May 3, 2022 10:31 am

Texas ERCOT is projecting that Texas power usage could break state records for power usage in the state this weekend. Going to be 97F in Houston this weekend. My power provider sent me an email on “involuntary load shedding”- which is code for rolling brown outs. Texas has 21% of power generation from wind. If the wind quits blowing this weekend there will not be enough backup generation to support load. When will this insanity end ?

Vlad the Impaler
May 3, 2022 11:18 am

Not sure why, but in the midst of all this ‘cancel culture’ and Twitter-gate, I seem to recall a screaming witch with these words:

https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/90950-i-m-sick-and-tired-of-people-who-say-that-if

Anyone have a comment on this?

Vlad

Richard Page
Reply to  Vlad the Impaler
May 3, 2022 1:53 pm

I seem to recall that Hillary Rodham showed an example of behaviour that would continue throughout her career when she tried to suppress and manipulate evidence during the Watergate investigation. Her superior tried to get her removed only to find that she was politically far too well connected.

niceguy
Reply to  Richard Page
May 3, 2022 4:28 pm

Amazing that we all learn in school (in France) that Watergate was the historical American scandal (Bigly Political Crimes by Nixon) yet the ones investigating it (not the people who did scandalous things) still would want to manipulate the obvious and overwhelming evidence of Nixon minions abject crimes.
Makes you wondering…

Waza
Reply to  Vlad the Impaler
May 3, 2022 2:33 pm

Politicians in general, are hypocrites.
Holding politicians to account for their previous actions or laws they actually created is one of the safest ways to rebel.

This is a common theme on Twitter. Get old tweets of people and compare with current contradictory tweets.

Jeff Corbin
May 3, 2022 11:22 am

The demand for abortion has been in steep decline since 2008. This coincides with a rather steep decline in the birth rate in the US. These two events stated below maybe operative in both the declining demand in abortions and declining birthrates.

Aug. 24, 2006 — The FDA has approved Plan B, the so-called morning-after emergency contraceptive, to be sold without prescription to women age 18 and older.Aug 24, 2006. Dec. 6, 2006 — — More than 350 Planned Parenthood health centers across the country will offer free emergency contraception (EC) in their communities today.Mar 1, 2007

Personal responsibility is a potent operating principle especially when so much is riding on making the decision to do what is right and best for all parties involved. All counties operating under the rule of law provide structures to help people not make bad decisions. Today, narratives and sophisticated propaganda operate to manipulate the masses, while the left elites seek anarchy. What is more humane, the rule of law or the rule of the self righteous elite?

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Jeff Corbin
Reply to  Jeff Corbin
May 3, 2022 11:35 am

All parties involved… the Mother, the Father, the unborn child, the parents of the Mother and the Father…. their Aunts and Uncles, brothers and sisters, and cousins, and close friends from the date of the decision and in the memory of that decision for as long as anyone remembers.

Waza
Reply to  Jeff Corbin
May 3, 2022 2:37 pm

Has the rate of STDS gone up since 2008?

Vuk
May 3, 2022 12:23 pm

Magic of Monte Negro, unprecedented, caused by global warming, far worse than expected
https://youtu.be/2csiGePP7lM
no, none of the above, just nature doing it’s thing.

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Tom Abbott
May 3, 2022 1:32 pm

https://www.wnd.com/2022/05/informant-appearing-dsouzas-doc-film-2000-mules-details-alleged-ballot-harvesting-operation-worked/

An informant from Arizona detailed in Dinesh D’Souza’s new documentary film “2,000 Mules” how she participated in an alleged illegal ballot harvesting operation during the 2020 general election.

Further, according to the movie, the scheme took place in not only Arizona, but also Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.

These are all states that former President Donald Trump won in 2016 but flipped to Democrat President Joe Biden in 2020. . .

True the Vote’s Gregg Phillips interviewed an informant from Yuma County, Arizona who detailed how mules would drop off ballots and come in for what she assumed were weekly payments during the election.

The average number of trips per mule in the county was 31, according to Engelbrecht.

“I would get a call to find out how many ballots were brought in and if they were already pre-filled out first,” the informant, whose identity was hidden by altering her voice and not showing her face, told Phillips.

A woman “would come to the office, look at them. And then before she left, she would either take them herself, but other times she would ask me to drop them off at the library,” the information said.

The informant was told to go to that particular drop box because there were no surveillance cameras there.

The woman “wanted me to take it in the evening when it was dark, also,” according to the informant.

She put hundreds of ballots in the drop box herself, the informant told Phillips.

Engelbrecht said in “2,000 Mules” that the informant was cooperating with authorities. . .

Based on the information revealed in “2,000 Mules,” D’Souza argues the next step for law enforcement is clear.

In addition to cellphone data, True the Vote also has 4 million minutes of surveillance footage from drop boxes it obtained through public records requests.

“There’s an easy way to bust it, but it’s not the way you think,” he said.

“It’s not to go find the ballots in the ballot mix. You can’t do that. The way to find it is these guys have the cellphone identification of all the mules. All of them,” D’Souza continued. “So law enforcement has to step in at this point and their next step is to go and interview the mules. ‘Who paid you? Where’d you get the money?’”

end excerpts

D’Souza needs to make this documentary available online.

Good questions: Who paid you to steal the election?

Tom Abbott
May 3, 2022 1:39 pm

https://www.newsmax.com/finance/streettalk/pfizer-covid-19-pill-demand/2022/05/03/id/1068313/

Pfizer executives said Tuesday they are confident of strong demand for the company’s COVID-19 antiviral treatment amid easing pandemic rules as the big drugmaker reported another round of strong earnings.

The U.S. pharmaceutical giant, reporting surging first-quarter profits based on a big jump in revenues from its COVID-19 vaccine, said its Paxlovid treatment for the virus would be a valuable means for governments to limit the severity of outbreaks as they ease social distancing and masking rules.

end excerpt

Instead of constantly promoting vaccines for covid, the government should be promoting the use of drugs like Paxlovid. This way if you get covid you take a few pills for a few days in a row, and then go about your business. No vaccine needed. The antiviral takes the place of the vaccine in keeping the illness mild and keeping people out of the hospital.

Tom Abbott
May 3, 2022 1:48 pm

https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/space-hotel-orbital-assembly-scn/index.html

(CNN) — Waking up in a chic hotel room with a view of the solar system could be the future of travel, at least if space company Orbital Assembly has anything to say about it.
The US-based company has revealed new information and concepts for its space hotel idea, designs for which have been orbiting since 2019.
Originally premiered by Californian company the Gateway Foundation — and then called the Von Braun Station — this futuristic concept consists of several modules connected by elevator shafts that make up a rotating wheel orbiting the Earth.

The project is now being overseen by Orbital Assembly Corporation, a space construction company that cut links with Gateway.

Orbital Assembly is now aiming to launch not one but two space stations with tourist accommodation: Voyager Station, the renamed original design, is now scheduled to accommodate 400 people and to open in 2027, while new concept Pioneer Station, housing 28 people, could be operational in just three years.
The goal, says Orbital Assembly, is to run a space “business park” home to offices as well as tourists.

end excerpt

I’m loving it! Free Enterprise in Space.

Yes, we definitely need artificial gravity in space. Microgravity is not good for the health of human beings.

niceguy
Reply to  Tom Abbott
May 3, 2022 4:22 pm

How much do we need?

eyesonu
May 3, 2022 8:43 pm

A couple of good photos from the tornado that passed thru Kansas a couple of days ago.

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Ever ponder just what is actually going on there?

Richard Page
Reply to  eyesonu
May 4, 2022 4:42 am

I think I can see Dorothy’s house over there….

willem post
May 4, 2022 6:06 am

EXCERPT from:

BATTERY SYSTEM CAPITAL COSTS, OPERATING COSTS, ENERGY LOSSES, AND AGING
https://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/battery-system-capital-costs-losses-and-aging

The supply chains to “take wind and solar to the next level to meet 2050-zero-carbon climate goals” do not exist. 

The supply chains would be MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE, due to Biden-handler economic policies with gave us: 1) increased inflation rates, 2) increased interest rates, 3) supply chain disruptions, and 4) increased energy and materials prices, such as of Tungsten, Cobalt, Lithium, and Copper
https://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/battery-system-capital-costs-losses-and-aging

All that will make it much more expensive to reduce CO2 to “save the world from climate change” (if that were actually possible).

For example, the cost of financing has increased, i.e., higher interest rates for bank loans, because the official consumer price index, CPI, is increasing at 8.5%/y (the unofficial CPIlikely is about 12%/y), and the producer price index, PPI, is increasing at 11.5%/y

Owners typically put up 50% of the turnkey capital cost of a wind, solar, or battery project, the rest is financed.
Owners typically make 9%/y on their investment, when bank interest rates are low, say 3.5%/y.
Owners may want to make a higher %/y, when bank interest rates are high.

All this translates in Owners having to sell their wind solar electricity, and battery services at much higher prices, i.e., wind and solar suddenly are not competitive with existing domestic, low-cost, coal, natural gas, nuclear and hydro.

1) Solar electricity
 http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/cost-shifting-is-the-name-of-the-game-regarding-wind-and-solar

2) Grid-scale battery system services 
https://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/battery-system-capital-costs-losses-and-aging

3) EVs, and EV chargers, and EV charging

https://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/poor-economics-of-electric-vehicles-in-new-england
https://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/electric-bus-systems-likely-not-cost-effective-in-vermont-at

All that will make it much more expensive to reduce CO2 to “save the world from climate change” (if that were actually possible).

Also, the growing of crops for food has already been reduced, due to poorly planned sanctions on Belarus and Russia, which led to worldwide shortages of potash and phosphates (which are mined) from Belarus, and nitrogen fertilizers (which are made from natural gas) from Russia; their prices have become stratospheric. A world food shortage, famines, or worse, may be in the offing.

NOTE: Almost all of this is due to the US relentlessly pushing to expand NATO infrastructures and personnel beyond East Germany, which it had promised not to do in 1990. The USSR and the Warsaw Pact collapsed in 1991. NATO had become superfluous.
However, the US had an “expansion mission” for NATO, per the US Secretary of Defense Wolfowitz’s budgeting plan for 1994 – 1999. The Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland were added to NATO in 1999; there were 30 members in 2022. 

After the US-instigated color revolution in 2014, the US turned impoverished, corrupt, oligarchic Ukraine into a NATO-armed/trained battering proxy to weaken/diminish Russia and threaten its security, with rocket systems in Poland and Romania. See URL
https://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/the-plot-is-thickening-with-germany-and-france-no-longer-in

John Garrett
May 4, 2022 11:38 am

John Doerr donates $1.1 billion to found Stanford University “Doerr School of Sustainability.”

Joe Gordon
May 4, 2022 11:52 am

I see ol’ Brandon has issued an order about the “threat” of quantum computers. Perhaps I’m understanding the situation incorrectly, but when I took a cryptography way back when, the idea was that quantum would, in theory, be the point where 256-bit encryption could be reliably cracked in a reasonable amount of time. But proper safeguards like detecting and limiting cracking attempts would still be an excellent defense.

The security issues at the time were A) users doing dumb stuff like falling for a phish or leaving a password written down somewhere and B) poorly programmed security, exposing a critical account to a timing attack or something along those lines. One worried about quantum computers and communication that could be unlocked with infinite numbers of tries, but not as a critical security measure.

The way Joe speaks, you’d think he’s worried about quantum computers getting up on their own and delivering nuclear weapons, unless we have our own quantum computers in the Marvel Universe.

Has anything changed, or is this just the rambling of a likely-senile commander in chief who just heard a pitch from some university type who wants a few billion to chase some unicorns?

However… if quantum computing is around the corner, it will be quite useful for tasks as complex as climate modeling (as long as the programmer doesn’t pull a Mann and show some serious hockey action no matter what the input).

willem post
May 4, 2022 12:37 pm

I think almost all folks at Glasgow were more interested in the show-boating of setting goals, and getting Russia, China, India, etc., to sign up, instead of looking at what would be physically required regarding materials, infrastructures to process them, turn them into battery packs, and distribute them to EV assembly plants, and build charging stations, and build additional power plants.

Look at what Tesla had to do to achieve a production rate of one million EVs per year at end 2021.

It took15 years from design to production, and at the same time also build additional plants, contract for materials, to build at a rate of about two million EVs per year, by the middle 2023, etc.

Almost all EV manufacturers, except Chinese, are, on average, about 5 years behind Tesla. For them, just getting materials, at a reasonable cost, will be a major challenge 

People have no idea how the abundance of fossil fuels have made life so easy for billions of us these past 100+ years.

They think, we just abolish FFs, and just “transition” to the other materials, and all will be fine forever. They perceive it to be as easy and joyful, as with the transition to FFs. 

A few years down the road of their costly, naive idiocy will give rise to major social/political blowups, as we saw in France. Folks will gravitate to the right side (more sane side) of the spectrum 

willem post
May 4, 2022 12:43 pm

I think almost all folks at Glasgow were more interested in the show-boating of setting goals, and getting Russia, China, India, etc., to sign up, instead of looking at what would be physically required regarding materials, infrastructures to process them, turn them into battery packs, and distribute them to EV assembly plants, and build charging stations, and build additional power plants.

Look at what Tesla had to do to achieve a production rate of one million EVs per year at end 2021.

It took15 years from design to that production, and at the same time also build additional plants, contract for materials, to build at a rate of about two million EVs per year, by the middle 2023, etc.

Almost all EV manufacturers, except Chinese, are, on average, about 5 years behind Tesla. For them, just getting materials, at a reasonable cost, will be a major challenge 

People have no idea how the abundance of fossil fuels have made life so easy for billions of us these past 100+ years.

They think, we just abolish FFs, and just “transition” to the other materials, and all will be fine forever. They perceive it to be as easy and joyful, as with the transition to FFs. 

A few years down the road of their costly, naive idiocy will give rise to major social/political blowups, as we saw in France. Folks will gravitate to the right side (more sane side) of the spectrum 

RHS
May 5, 2022 9:25 am

Who wins in lawsuits? Lawyers! Here is the next Big Oil lawsuit coming to fruition:
https://www.yahoo.com/news/big-oil-sold-world-plastics-153434428.html

As if anyone has control over how and what consumers do with products after being sold.

William B Handler
May 7, 2022 11:18 am

Anyone ever looked at the sun in a box concept for energy storage for renewables being worked on at MIT. You store energy in a hot molten metal, and get it back using solar cells. It looks pretty neat. https://ase.mit.edu/projects/thermal-energy-grid-storage-tegs-prototype/

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