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Great Scott! Climate Change Deniers Accept Models!

A recent study of old log books, coupled with the use of computer modelling of ice estimates show that the summer sea ice edge then was further from the land in the Weddell sea but that ice conditions were surprisingly comparable to the present day in other sectors
Dear Mr. Trump, Please Can We Study Our Climate?

To the President-elect,

Sir,

    please consider that if climate scientists of the past had not been supported by wealthy patrons we of the 21st century would know little if anything about how to warn people that a hurricane, storm surge or tornado is imminent.
Back to Square 1 - First Steps in Climate Science


Step 1 - we humans discover that the Arctic accumulates more heat on a summer's day then the equatorial regions.

Step 2 - we realise that our atmosphere is heated not so much directly by the sun but by heat from the surface.


George Best not the footballer  circa 1580



Step 3 - we discover that heat and light are two separate forms of radiant energy
The Pitch and the Pendulum

(Pace1 Edgar Allan Poe)
Some people take comfort in the back-and-forth sway of the political pendulum. It is part of the greatness of our ‘two-party system’, they contend; it reflects the American aversion to extremism on ‘either side’. For the mainstream media, charting each degree of the pendulum’s swing is the essence of the 24-hour news cycle.
New Internationalist Magazine, November 2010
Did Donald Trump Really Win Bigly?

Did President-elect Donald Trump Win Bigly, or did he suffer an attack of the mumpsimus?

We all know that the Donald loves to use superlatives, but 'bigly'?  Really?  Well, no not at all really.

We are all subject to preconceptions about our environment.  A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest, right?  But we often miss-hear words and are puzzled by what we think we heard.  As Earwig O1 would say, "sailor vee"2.

Etiquette for Politicians

Some burning questions of the day for President-elect Donald Trump.



Etiquette for Politicians

Should a democrat not curtsey to a monarch?
Should a communist ask favours from the GOP?
Should a UKIP member bow to a eurocrat, then how?
And should fascists march or run, or simply stop?

Should prime ministers wear breton caps or bowlers?
Should a lib-dem wear waxed cotton or a mac?
If a voter offers cash, should one quickly say "must dash"
Or accept it and make haste to change one's track?

Should opponents not be banned from public places?
Is a heckler at speeches to be shot?