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The normally sensible John Fleck has a post pointing out the bleedin’ obvious – well; it points out the issue; the solution suggested is of course hopelessly wrong1 -, although to be fair it has escaped the attention of many other people too, so perhaps it is only obvious if you think about it. In…

Facts and theories

About the most useless game to play in discussions about global warming is to worry much about the distinctions between “proven facts”, “theories”, “hypotheses” and so on and so forth. These are ideas best left to philosophers and schoolmen. My image comes from the ever-helpful RS which is my excuse for having noticed a WUWT…

Quiet, isn’t it?

A hectic week of rowing and two weeks in Norway has left a bit of a hole in my blogging schedule. I also think it is about time to recognise that my long drift away from active involvement with science, combined with not-a-lot-going-on-really in actual climate science means I’ll need to find other things to…

It has been rather quiet around here recently. That’s due to a combinations of Summer, Work and Rowing. The latter has culminated in the annual festival called “Cambridge town bumps” and the answer is up three, which is a decent result in the first division. Not quite blades, because we stuffed up Thursday, but who…

I can never ever find this quote when I want it. But, I’ve got a blog. So now I will be able to find it. It is from Hobbes of course; but Elements not Leviathan – though there’s a similar passage in Leviathan which I can’t find just now. Here’s the full quote in context,…

More Exxon, yawn

Paxton Drops Challenge as Exxon Mobil Probe Shifts says the Texas Tribune – strangely, Inside Climate News, normally so fascinated by Exxon related legal matters, doesn’t seem to have covered it. The Washington Times offers Climate change prosecutors suffer setback as AG pulls Exxon subpoena, which appears to be much the same thing. Virgin Islands…

Bad beekeeping

A photographic essay. Hive #2, “flattop”, with a smoker on top and surrounded by a carpet of weeds. The bees don’t really mind that, I think. The observant will notice the roof is in rather poor condition – but its been like that for years and not getting much worse – and the queen excluder…

Boris Johnson is a tosser

I haven’t had a tosser for a while, the last was Quentin Letts, so it seems appropriate that this year’s winner should be another joke Tory pol, Boris the Clown. For whom Satirists can’t f*cking type quick enough seems to have been written. Having joined “Leave” purely for his own stupid selfish political gain, the…

Post-referendum thoughts

Just as I wrote down my thoughts pre-vote, and advised against leaving, I’ll write down my thoughts a day or so after, for posterity. Doubtless it will be grateful. First off I like my son am already bored with the Diana-esque levels of news clogging that the vote has caused, so I apologise for adding…

#exxonlied

Pah, another el-cheapo clickbait post, spawned by Twitter. The conversation went something like this: mt: Exxon knew, of course. Every decent geophysicist has known about climate problem for decades. How could they not know? All oil majors know. me: Errm, this is what I’ve been saying for some time. I didn’t get traction, though. All…