If I ruled the world (the Canadian bit anyway), here’s ten things I’d get done in 2010, in no particular order. The list is for Canada, but I’m guessing most of my anglosphere readers can find something to like, or hate, here.
1. Make all lawyers ineligible to hold any elected office. Nothing personal, lawyers, but your role should be no more than hired policy advisors, you make lousyleaders.
2. Introduce term limits for every elected office, with a 10 year maximum at the trough. What’s not to like?
3. Candidates for leadership positions must not just be born in their country, but must also have lived in it. This isn’t getting a birther vibe from Obama, but of the last two Liberal leaders, one was French and the other lived in the US for over 30 years before returning to Canada to try and run it.
4. Non-Governmental Organizations receive no tax-payer funds, ever. It’s the ‘Non’ part of being an NGO, see? If you don’t like it, go hug a tree.
5. No public funds for political parties. Raise cash or die, it’s what happens in the private sector.
6. Separatist parties declared illegal. If you’re in Quebec, you’re part of Canada. Live with it, because you lack the courage to actually secede and the rest of us are tired of the whining.
7. Free speech is a non-negotiable right, even if it offends you. Toughen up, buttercup.
8. Flat taxes. If you make under $20,000 a year, you pay no tax. If you’re under 21, you pay no tax. Everyone else pays 10% of gross income or net profit. There are no allowances, no loopholes, no wiggle-room. There’s your tax code, now we can worry about ‘repurposing’ all the accountants, lawyers and tax employees to do something useful.
9. No broadcaster receives public money, ever. Buh bye, CBC.
10. Voting becomes mandatory. Controversial, sure, but Australia makes it work and you can spoil your ballot if you don’t like the options. The current erosion of the voter base does no-one any good, and let’s face it, if Canadians can be forced to pay for shopping bags and forbidden to idle their vehicles more than 2 minutes in mid-winter, I figure they’re up for being told they have to vote, too.
There you have it. Now go and enjoy a safe New Year’s Eve and wake up tomorrow glad that I’m not in charge of anything.
Normal service resumes next week, including 2010’s first Round-Up.
How better to spend the dog days between Christmas and New Year than to catch up on your favorite climate conspiracy. Grab another eggnog and a mince pie, I have a mini-linkapalooza for you.
If you missed them, Climategate Round-Ups 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.
Thou Shalt Not Delete. So sayeth the Department of the Environment, in lawyer speak. The notice is too late for the very absent Phil Jones, who has received a few bucks from the DoE, but also has been careless with data. Oops.
The IEA believes that Russian meteorological-station data did not substantiate the anthropogenic global-warming theory. …The data of stations located in areas not listed in the Hadley Climate Research Unit Temperature UK (HadCRUT) survey often does not show any substantial warming in the late 20th century and the early 21st century.
The HadCRUT database includes specific stations providing incomplete data and highlighting the global-warming process, rather than stations facilitating uninterrupted observations. …
Climate scientists, or common thugs and bullies? You decide.
Climategate in the Media
The Tyee bemoans the inept response of the ‘scientific’ community to Climategate. Can’t say why they’re upset, the PR response is about as coherent as the science, so at least the global warming alchemists are consistent in their incompentence.
Will Heaven, the appropriately named Telegraph writer on Catholicism and religion (I kid you not) met Delingpole face to face. Poor Will still can’t understand why the world’s newest religion is falling apart.
The ripples of the Climategate fallout have reaches the doorstep of railway engineer Rajendra Pachaury, and the laundry list of his conflicts of interest makes Al Gore look like a rank amateur. Monckton piles on. Pachauri calls it a ‘pack of lies’, but that won’t save him when the UN starts looking for a scapegoat.
When polls attack. Even loaded questions from alarmist organizations fail to hide the fact that fewer people than ever believe the carbon scaremongers hoax.
Hippie Heads Exploding
One of the IPCC authors turns on his own, and blows the lid off how IPCC reports are put together.
The second problem is that the technical publication is not completed by the time the IPCC reports. Instead, it produces a Summary for Policy Makers. Writing the s ummary involves the co-ordinators, the reviewers and the IPCC functionaries as before, and also various chairmen. The summary goes out in a blaze of publicity, but there is no means of checking whether it represents what the scientists actually said, because the scientific report isn’t published for another four months or more. In the Fourth Assessment, the summary was quietly replaced several months after it was first published because some scientists who were involved complained of misrepresentation.
The New Scientist decides that enough is enough, it’s time to hit back against Climategate. But instead of trying to answer the growing list of questions raised by the CRU leak, NS just tries to discredit skeptics with tired old arguments. That rushing sound you hear is the NS haemorrhaging subscribers, read the comments.
You can feel that most crucial of propaganda processes happening with Climategate: the reversing of the burden of proof. Unfair to all the fraud detectives (Watts, McIntyre, and the rest of them, including Monkton himself) though it undoubtedly was, those noble toilers, until the Climategate revelations erupted, had to prove everything, in defiance of the default position. Their every tiny blemish was jumped upon. Their major claims were ignored. Now the default position is slowly mutating into: It’s all made-up nonsense. And the burden of proof is shifting onto the shoulders of all those who want to go on believing in such ever more discredited alarmism.
In the end, they decided to turn us away, which they did with an ill grace and in a bad-tempered manner. As soon as the decision was final, the Danish police moved in. One of them began the now familiar technique of manhandling me, in the same fashion as one of his colleagues had done the previous day.
Once again, conscious that a police helicopter with a high-resolution camera was hovering overhead, I thrust my hands into my pockets in accordance with the St. John Ambulance crowd-control training, looked my assailant in the eye and told him, quietly but firmly, to take his hands off me.
He complied, but then decided to have another go. I told him a second time, and he let go a second time. I turned to go and, after I had turned my back, he gave me a mighty shove that flung me to the ground and knocked me out.
I came to some time later (not sure exactly how long), to find my head being cradled by my friends, some of whom were doing their best to keep the police thugs at bay while the volunteer ambulance-men attended to me.
Waxman beat out some stiff competition from Al Gore, but won it with a devastating blend of scary rhetoric and scientific ignorance:
We’re seeing the reality of a lot of the North Pole starting to evaporate, and we could get to a tipping point. Because if it evaporates to a certain point – they have lanes now where ships can go that couldn’t ever sail through before. And if it gets to a point where it evaporates too much, there’s a lot of tundra that’s being held down by that ice cap.
It’s all gone Pete Tong for alarmists in Denmark as the curse of Brown descends and the inconvenience of climategate refuses to go away. Greenpeace was punk’d, Phelim was unplugged and Al Gore turned into the Gaffeinator. It’s all good clean fun in this, your last round-up of 2009.
Capitalism is the problem. Our global economic system is the problem. This “profit above all” attitude that we’ve been working with since the dawn of Adam Smith and modern economic system will no longer work if we want to continue living on this Earth with our fellow brothers and sisters. The evidence towards this is numerous and incontrovertible.
Losing valuable rain forest is lamentable enough from a conservation perspective, but it also hurts biofuels’ greenhouse gases emissions profile. In October, Princeton University biofuels researcher Tim Searchinger published a paper in the academic journal Science that found the effects of farmers converting forests and grasslands to replace acreage displaced by biofuel crops resulted in a carbon footprint for corn-based ethanol double that of conventional fossil fuels over a 30-year-period.
Why is Governor Schwarzenegger pushing for the same sorts of policies in Copenhagen that have helped drive his state into record deficits and unemployment? Perhaps he will recall that I live in our nation’s only Arctic state and that I was among the first governors to create a sub-cabinet to deal specifically with climate change. While I and all Alaskans witness the impacts of changes in weather patterns firsthand, I have repeatedly said that we can’t primarily blame man’s activities for those changes. And while I did look for practical responses to those changes, what I didn’t do was hamstring Alaska’s job creators with burdensome regulations so that I could act “greener than thou” when talking to reporters.
The National Post’s John Moore throws a hissy-fit and pledges to never write about global warming again while muttering about nasty skeptics and wanting his ball back.
Moore’s colleague, contrarian Jonathan Abrams doubles down on stupid, ignores what Climategate revealed about the shaky science of global warming and joins the AGW cult.
The media has been led by the UK press on the climategate fallout, first the Daily Telegraph, then the Daily Mail and now the Daily Express is jumping on the band-wagon and exposes the Met. Office’s ‘lies’.
Evil genius George Soros wants to be subsidized for his green investments. Which is the whole point, of course.
The New Scientist, not learning from the shellacking it received from its readers over the deniergate article, takes on the Daily Express in another attempt to gloss over the inconvenient truth that the science of global warming is fatally flawed.
Part Five: Global Hottie
It’s Christmas next week, and The Daily Bayonet is taking a break to do enjoy turkey, egg-nog and time off, so this is the last hottie of 2009. Skeptics have told me that their favorite global hottie is Scarlett Johansson, and who am I to disagree? Here, then is a double helping of the delightful Ms. Johansson. Merry Christmas.
You knew this had to happen, Copenhagen is more in need of Round-Up than my weed-infested driveway. There was an earlier mini-round-up, it’s over here if you missed it.
Denmark, home of the Vikings, was an inspired venue choice for a gathering of activists and politicians that fully intend to rape and pillage the global economy, but Big Green has seen much of the world expectedly Thumbelina it’s nose at the agenda, post Climategate. Read on and find out what’s what in the land of Hans Christian Andersen…
Tears for Fears: Bill McKibben cast aside any pretence at manhood and bawled his eyes out in a churchenhagen for Hopenchagen in Copenhagen :
As I watched them go by, all I could think of was the people I’ve met in the last couple of years traveling the world: the people living in the valleys where those glaciers are disappearing, and the people downstream who have no backup plan for where their water is going to come from. The people who live on the islands surrounded by that coral, who depend on the reefs for the fish they eat, and to protect their homes from the waves. And the people, on every corner of the world, dealing with drought and flood, already unable to earn their daily bread in the places where their ancestors farmed for generations.
You really have to read it all to get the full emo-meltdown, then jump to the comments where he gets no sympathy:
I cried the other day,too, but it was because I sat on my testicles. Suggest you go find some, mister tears mcteary, and start acting like a man. Men and women solve problems- there’s no place at the table for whiners.
Something called ‘climate change victims’ has emerged at Copenhagen, and they want your money. Tuvulu is an island of 10 sq. miles with 12,000 people. I’m sure Tuvulu is very nice, but does anyone really care if it disappears under rising whale habitat? It’d be cheaper to give each Tuvuluan a million bucks to say toodle-oo to Tuvulu when the water’s lapping at the front door, no? Too-ry-eh it would.
Sharpen up your hunter-gatherer skills, we’ve got to cut CO2 output 50% by2050. You know they just made that up to get the 50-50 alliteration, right?
Developing nations turn on each other. And not in the good way.
NGOs must apply months in advance, and typically only make travel plans to attend after receiving complete credentials from the United Nations,” said Amy Ridenour, president of the National Center for Public Policy Research, an accredited COP-15 NGO organization that is as of now banned from the conference. “To give credentials to 45,000 people while choosing a building that holds 15,000 people is insane, though the United Nations, to be fair, has never been known for competence.”
Since Denmark is hosting COP15, it only seems fair to choose a person with deep roots in the country. And by deep roots I mean that she starred in a movie 10 years ago with an American who has a Danish father. Deep is relative, you see. Whatever, the clue was in the nowhere fast link above, so welcome Diane Lane to the Round-Up.