Archive for the ‘Science’ Category

Colour me amazed. Climate Change deniers wrong again.

Former weatherman and climate change "expert" Anthony Watts

I used to go to Anthony Watts’ WordPress blog to read the diatribe and participate in the discussions. His blog, “Watts Up With That?,” is a conglomeration of reports and commentary about the ongoing climategate scandal. If features articles from “scientists” (notice the quotation marks [notice the parenthetical call to attention of the quotation marks]) the likes of Robert Ferguson , Dr. Frederick Seitz (who also was paid by big tobacco to deny its link to cancer) and Dr. Timothy Ball, an Exxon-paid hack. Not that Exxon , or other big oil companies, would have any financial interest in convincing the public that climate change isn’t real.
I say I used to visit the site, because I was moderated out of commenting when I correctly pointed out a few errors in logic and the funding sources of much of the research relied upon for Watts’ content.
So, it gives me great pleasure to direct you to this link:

Anthony Watts: Disastrously Wrong Again

Visit the USA and get a free grope.

November 18, 2010 2 comments

If you visit the USA someone will either take very poor, digitised naked images of you and your family or you can opt for heavy petting an enhanced pat-down. For some, it may be their only hope of contact with another human. What is better, you don’t even need to fly first class to get your free grope.

The free grope is fine for adults but it is quite wrong for adults to be groping children.

Of course neither the free grope or the cancer causing naked picture do anything but provide an illusion of security. It is pure kabuki theatre to convince people that the Airport Authorities are doing something. TV and newspapers scream terror and then politicians react. The public get nudie pics taken of them or physical abuse. The ACLU is taking up the issue and they want reports from members of the public.

There is a Boycott Day on November 24, which suggests that everyone flying on 24 November demands their right to a free grope.

Airports really need a better solution. The Airline companies think it is stupid. Some airports are running out of space to fit all the stupid machines.

Profiling is not the solution. Unless you want to separate the religious from the non religious. Most planes are not hijacked by scary Muslims, they are in the main hijacked by scary Christians.It is not the religion that unites these people, it is their level of crazy.

What works is intelligence. Airports need to liaise better with the Security Services. Sharing of information between intelligence authorities works. The nudie body scans did not stop the printer bombs. The Intelligence Services did. If you are going to build a bomb you are going to trigger some alarm bells. Airport authorities should invest more in intelligence services and not new gadgets. Ask any home buyer of gadgets, as soon as you buy one a newer better one will be out within weeks, making your new toy obsolete.

Cough, Banker, Cough

August 29, 2010 2 comments

Stewart Jackson - stupid banker

Stewart Jackson is the Idiot MP for Peterborough. According to the Telegraph, he claimed more than £66,000 for his family home, including hundreds of pounds on refurbishing his swimming pool.

He owns a large house in Peterborough as well as his old home in Ealing. The taxpayers are paying for his home in Peterborough.

Despite claiming his Peterborough home as his second home so he could get the taxpayer to pay for it, his website (which was also taxpayer-funded) claims

they live in Central Peterborough with their daughter Isabel. He helped small companies with their Human Resource/Personnel issues and is a specialist advisor in the “Investors in People” quality standard.

His method of thanking the constituents that paid for this largess, to call them a bunch of whingers and moaners.

Those whingers and moaners re-elected him, they are a forgiving bunch in Peterborough. So now he is sitting pretty on taxpayer largesse, he is forging a career on the back-benches as an idiot rent-a-quote MP.

On learning that STD’s were on the increase Jackson twitted on twitter:-

“Very disappointing news on STD [sexually trasmitted disease] rates in Peterborough. No doubt our liberal friends will tell us we need more sex education – as it’s worked so well!”

Well abstinence only education worked so well for its key proponent in America.

To stir the hornet’s nest some more (as well as gain some more publicity) Jackson added “Touched a raw nerve with shrill intolerant pro-sex education lefties who don’t like debating the issues. Wonder why not?”

That’s bad enough, but he then adds:-

“sad, tedious sex-obsessed leftie weirdos” who were “unable to debate issues without personal abuse and vicious shrill denunciation”.

What seems odd about this is that the BBC is reporting that Jackson is creating this fuss while he is on holiday; so poor old Stewart must be extremely bored given that he wants to stoke up a war of words from his holiday hotel room.

Some facts for Mr Jackson to ponder while he is on the beach. England has a very poor sex education record and as a consequence one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy and youth STDs in the developed World.

Before he debates anyone on the subject, I’d suggest he starts to read up in the basics first. Starting with a comparison of how other Countries deal with sex education.

The Google doodle of Hubble is really quite clever

April 24, 2010 2 comments

Google hubble doodle

Google have replaced their normal logo for a doodle of the Hubble telescope to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

Hovering your mouse pointer over the telescope brings up the words “20th Anniversary of Hubble Telescope Launch by NASA”. Clicking on it brings up the Google search page for “Hubble Telescope”, while clicking on “I’m feeling lucky” brings up the Hubble’s own website. What is much more interesting is if you click your mouse on one of the stars in the picture you are then directed to google sky, a space version of google street-view that allows you to zoom in to see the stars at a very high-resolution; nearly all of the articles covering this Google doodle have missed this.

Hubble is 20 years old today, it is due to be retired in 2013. It orbits Earth every 96 minutes, 360 miles above the surface of our planet, at a speed of five miles per second.

It has beamed hundreds of thousands of images back to Earth, it has allowed scientists to estimate that the universe is around 13 billion years old and has been key to understanding dark matter. 30,000 research projects have been successfully concluded as a result of Hubble.

Its replacement, the James Webb Space Telescope is expected to launch in 2014.


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