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Tinker, tailor, soldier, climatologist at UEA?

Posted on timeDecember 13th, 2009 by userPali Gap    flagNo Comments

Following “climategate”, times are hard for the University of East Anglia (UEA) and their Climate Research Unit (CRU).

But should they be “spinning” quite so hard? After all as the old wisdom goes: “when in a hole, stop digging!“.

In the Sunday Telegraph today Robert Mendick reports that a “source close to CRU” is saying:

“One option is a mole was placed inside the university to leak emails to deliberately discredit the work being done at the CRU” (my emphasis).

A mole “was placed“?

This brings to mind John Le Carre’s “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy“, so wonderfully dramatised on the box all those years ago. Ian Richardson played Bill Hayden, the “sleeper” right at the heart of British secret intelligence – the “circus”.

Does CRU have its own “Bill Hayden”? How long has the mole been a sleeper? How was the mole recruited? By the KGB at Cambridge? Or maybe by ExxonMobil?

Or should we conclude that UEA are trying just a little bit too hard to distract from their scientific embarassment by conjuring up such sinister scenarios?


Delicious irony….

Posted on timeOctober 30th, 2008 by userPali Gap    flagNo Comments

Snow fell as the House of Commons debated Global Warming yesterday – the first October fall in the metropolis since 1922. The Mother of Parliaments was discussing the Mother of All Bills for the last time, in a marathon six hour session.More on this

How does the UK Met Office’s forecast compare?

25 September 2008
The Met Office forecast for the coming winter suggests it is, once again, likely to be milder than average. It is also likely that the coming winter will be drier than last year.

So now of course we have extraordinary cold weather in October (triggering Government cold weather payments) and floods in Devon!


Detective Watts on the trail of the bad guys…

Posted on timeMarch 25th, 2008 by userPali Gap    flagNo Comments

It might seem an improbable title for a gripping read, but I personally guarantee that Anthony Watts’ “How not to measure temperature, part 54: Los Angeles, the city” will have you on the edge of your seat and chewing your finger nails as the tension just builds and builds.


Warming equals cooling in “post-modern” science

Posted on timeFebruary 15th, 2008 by userPali Gap    flagNo Comments

“Global warming blamed for unusual cold spell”

‘Nuff said?

The sinning article is here:



Ancient greenies ranted too

Posted on timeFebruary 1st, 2008 by userPali Gap    flagNo Comments

They say that all philosophy is just footnotes to Plato. Even so it comes as a surprise to discover that green fundamentalism was known to the Ancients. (Try substituting the word “pagans” with the phrase “4X4 gas guzzlers” or “Americans” or some other bete noir of the warm-mongers):

“Shall we endure longer that the succession of the seasons be changed, and the temper of the heavens be stirred to anger, since the embittered perfidy of the pagans does not know how to preserve these balances of nature? For why has the spring renounced its accustomed charm? Why has the summer, barren of its harvest, deprived the labouring farmer of his hope of a grain harvest? Why has the intemperate ferocity and the winter with its piercing cold doomed the fertility of the lands with the disaster of sterility? Why all these things, unless nature has transgressed the decree of its own law to avenge such impiety?” —Novellae Theodosiani, 438 CE

(Spotted in Benny Peiser’s excellent CCNet)


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