William M. Connolley

Bad beekeeping, 2015

At this time of the year, as I cycle past the rape fields (this isn’t a reference to some Balkan horror, just the plant), I take note of the dying of the yellow, for it signifies that the spring recolte is once again due. I measure my life by the passing of such seasons: the…

So gushes Mother Jones, adding the enticing word “exclusive” to the story. But – weirdly enough, for a confection of spying and science reporting, both of which are normally so reliable – this appears to be a bit garbled. Firstly, the “climate research programme” looks to be more like the CIA had allowed civilian scientists…

Shamelessly stolen from Brian at Eli’s (this is about plagiarism, after all) is the Ed Wegman, Yasmin Said, Milt Johns Sue John Mashey For $2 Million as reported by JM. Brian’s My one semi-serious comment is that this is the quality of the opposition. We ought to be kicking their butt. is worth a ponder.…

Well, ATTP tweeted it, poor trusting soul that he is, having been unwise enough to believe the Graun’s headline, which segues into text Fossil fuel companies are benefitting from global subsidies of $5.3tn (£3.4tn) a year, equivalent to $10m a minute every day, according to a startling new estimate by the International Monetary Fund. The…

Well, here it is: Why am I showing you this? Mostly because its rather striking, partly because it forms part of the things Piketty got wrong thread, but mostly for the relevance to the “infinite growth on a finite planet” type argument. Many people will tell you that infinite “growth” on a finite planet is…

The long slow wiki edit war over exactly what sort of denier AW is continues – RationalWiki is more informative – but the issue of surfacestations.org remains untouched. Is it alive? Dead? Undead? Having browsed around a bit I can’t find anyone saying – or, indeed, caring – but being a caring sharing sort of…

It am de Pope, he be at it agen. Dere be no stopping dis righteous Pontifex. Just for the moment, he’s saying things that I broadly agree with, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to start being happy with religious authority. There was a one-day “seminar” or “workshop” or “event”, Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity.…

I’ve stolen VV’s title. Why not? He’s the man who knows. Moyhu also has something interesting to say. All I have to say is: WTF? In case you’ve missed it, there’s a real one, and then there’s the GWPF’s comedy one. You can read the GWPF’s stuff at tempdatareview.org, though why you’d bother I don’t…

I said that AFAIK S+C’s code for UAH isn’t available but VV pointed me to Eli who pointed me to ncdc.noaa.gov/cdr/operationalcdrs.html which offered me RSS and UAH. UAH is the one we want to take the piss out of, so read it and weep, below. First, though, as far as I can tell it doesn’t…

Wikipedia: Grant Shapps

By popular request. And I’ve not seen anyone else wiki-literate discussing this, so I will (update: Wikipedia sockpuppetry is a problem, but baseless accusations are no better by a former checkuser is worth a read; it mostly supports what I’ve said here). the Graun says Grant Shapps accused of editing Wikipedia pages of Tory rivals.…