Archive for August, 2013

British Met in disgrace

August 25, 2013

“Never has the Met Office had more scientists and computing power at its disposal — yet never has it seemed so baffled by the British weather.”

A devastating critique of climate science through the dishonest and feet dragging British Met Office has been made by Rupert Darwall, the author of The Age of Global Warming – A History.

He covers the deceit and cover-up of what he concludes is the largest case of public misfeasance in British history. It is still astonishing to me that, confronted with this sort of evidence of political conniving and plain wrong predictions from senior figures in a supposedly reputable scientific body, people still do not believe that something is seriously amiss in the whole shoddy business.

It is sobering to realise that in Britain alone, the cost of this deceit is costing the British taxpayer a sum approaching half a trillion pounds.

Only this week has Britain had a small taste of the kind of temperatures the Met Office has been promising for over a decade. In September 2008, it forecast a trend of mild winters: the following winter turned out to be the coldest for a decade.

But there is no paradox. It is precisely the power of this technology in harnessing climate scientists’ assumptions about global warming that has scuppered the Met Office’s predictions — and made it a propagandist for global warming alarmism.

The obfuscations …

Last November, the Labour peer Lord Donoughue tabled a written question asking whether the government considered the 0.8˚C rise in the average global temperature since 1880 to be ‘statistically significant’. Yes, came the reply. Douglas J. Keenan, a mathematician and former quant trader for Morgan Stanley, knew the answer was false. With Keenan’s help, Donoughue tabled a follow-up question. The Met Office refused to answer it, not once, but five times. Its refusal to clarify its stance left the energy minister, Baroness Verma, in an awkward position. Only then did it confirm that it had no basis for the claim.

The Met Office’s record of obstruction and denial should give pause to even the firmest believer in global warming and illustrates the profound incompatibility of state science (which climate science has become) and the real thing.

Read the whole article …

 

The West confused about Egypt

August 20, 2013

“An attitude is a vanity accountable to a conscience but is not a solution”

In a remarkably lucid piece in the Wall Street Journal, Brett Stephens looks at the way Obama’s policies in Egypt, for the sake of moral vanity,is just going to make the suffering and the problems worse. Stephens correctly asks, what is a realistic and desirable policy for that country? 

Restoring the dictatorship-in-the-making that was Mr. Morsi’s elected government is neither desirable nor realistic—at least if the millions of Egyptians who took to the streets in June and July to demand his ouster have anything to do with it.

As it is, the people who now are most convinced that Mr. Obama is a secret Muslim aren’t tea party mama grizzlies. They’re Egyptian secularists.

It would be nice to live in a world in which we could conduct a foreign policy that aims at the realization of our dreams—peace in the Holy Land, a world without nuclear weapons, liberal democracy in the Arab world. A better foreign policy would be conducted to keep our nightmares at bay: stopping Iran’s nuclear bid, preventing Syria’s chemical weapons from falling into terrorist hands, and keeping the Brotherhood out of power in Egypt. But that would require an administration that knew the difference between an attitude and a policy.

Why does our media constantly fail to consider uncomfortably realities? 

France and Islam

August 20, 2013

Lessons for the Anglosphere

The Europeans have many complex problems in tackling Islamism but France has some ideas on how to resist dhimmitude. At the same time, like most Western democracies, there is some confused thinking in some areas.

A few years ago, the French were the first to ban the wearing of simple head scarves in schools. Fadela Amara, a Sarkozy junior minister , said at the time, “The veil is the visible symbol of the subjugation of women, and therefore has no place in the mixed, secular spaces of France’s state school system.” Later, Sarkozy went further and banned the total face veil, saying it was “not welcome within France”. The ban was “to protect women from being forced to cover their faces and to uphold France’s secular values,” he said. Astonishingly, four out of five French voters supported him.

Read my fifth letter from France in Quadrant Online...