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Saturday, September 12, 2009


There has been an interesting discussion on CCNet on "peak oil" following this article on abiotic oil (ie produced by the pressure & temperature deep under the earth & thus if the process works should be in enormous amounts) which shows that Swedish scientists have found oil at very deep levels where it has certainly been formed by the geology in the interior of the earth rather than being, as the normal theory suggests, created by the burial of animal bones. (Rereading it like this the animal body death theory sounds somewhat improbable as a way of producing such vast amounts of oil but it is the accepted view.)

Richard Wakefield had said that this would merely put off the date of peak oil, particularly if oil use keeps expanding geometrically.

Max Beran said "On the wider issue, it does seem to me that by essentially dismissing the volume of oil as an irrelevance, Richard Wakefield does not give proper weight to the issue of imminence. A response to an event that has a high chance of afflicting our own or our children's generation should not be the same as one much further down the line. For sure we would need to do something dramatic in the first case, but, given the near certainty of technological advance and the uncertainty of everything else, my view is that the second case is much better addressed by ensuring that the next generation have the wherewithal to keep those advances coming"

Jon Richfield said "The "proven reserves" concept is tricky at best, and even without political difficulties in difficult regions, there are strong incentives for creative interpretation ...What in anything that either of the Richards or I said suggests that there is any reason to modify my opinion that until we have a sufficiently sound substitute for fossil energy, we (fossil-fuel-using humanity) have an imminent and urgent problem?"

I replied on a somewhat different direction that oil from algae will make oil a renewable resource, if peak oil doesn't hit within 50 years, which both sides said it wouldn't.
I believe Jon Richfield is wrong about it being largely irrelevant when conventional oil runs out.

A number of people are experimenting in producing oil grown from algae.

It seems clear this will work though how long it takes to replace much of our conventional oil is an open question. I personally think that the future will involve growing it over square miles of ocean in a variant of a method suggested for the Aquarius floating island concept.

In any case if conventional oil will last even 50 years let alone the "one century or two" he accepts as the options then we need never run out of oil.

Neil Craig
Richard Wakefield disputed whether there was any abiotic oil "Research in the 1950's showed certain molecules in oil are very similar to animal lipids. We don't need to drill into the deep earth (which can take decades to do) to test the theory...It seems a total waste of time, money and energy to start drilling very deep wells or drill in Precambrian rock, when there is no hope of finding any oil. Nor does it make sense to drill just to disprove the abiotic "theory".

David Eden on the other hand said that already existing reserves prove there is no need to worry "The fear about running out of oil in the next few decades has been based on a misunderstanding of oil reserves. Reserves aren't just based on technical studies of oil quantities and recovery rates, they are based on economics. As with any product, it's uneconomic to produce and hold too much inventory in advance of selling it. Inventory in this case is proved reserves, which can be recovered with a high degree of confidence given current technology and prices.

Exploration and characterization of reserves is expensive, so it's not economic to have reserves proved out for decades of future consumption. Fortunately, for the past hundred years or so, technology has steadily improved and we've been able to keep up"

It seems to me that if abiotic oil exists at all & the Swedes have conclusively proven it does, the reserves are bound to be enormous since they require geological conditions that have always existed all round the Earth. The conventional reserves are likely to be considerably more than the official figures, probably at least doubled by both shale oil in Canada & elsewhere & methane clathrate in Arctic & undersea locations. And beyond that that algae & GM will make oil a fully renewable resource anyway. With several different ways in which it is disproven "peak oil" which has been prophesied in 5-10 years since the 1850s should finally be put to rest.

If you are interested in knowing the facts about "global warming", "peak oil" or most of the other pseudo-scientific hobgoblins government & eco-fascists frighten us with I suggest you subscribe to Benny Peiser's CCNet which reports the latest news stories from across the world.

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Friday, September 11, 2009


This is a comment run by Jerry Pournelle. He had been running correspondence on whether technological progress is slowing down - this from an article elsewhere claiming that most apparent technological breakthroughs in the last 50 years actually started before then. Dr Pournelle didn't really agree with it & neither, strongly, do I.
On the Slowing or Otherwise of Progress

There are certainly governmental/socially induced brakes which were less prominent in the past. You have discussed how, if government invested in space, via X-Prizes we could have colonised the system by now. We could also have cheap nuclear electricity worldwide & I think an international grid. The only thing preventing the widespread use of modular housing & GM plants (for food & other things barely under discussion) is government regulation. I am convinced that without damaging regulation western economies would be growing faster than China. Even if government was always this parasitic & I don't think it was, then the growth of government produces stronger brakes.

On the other hand

For a decade world AVERAGE growth has been 5%. 30 years ago when Japan & Singapore were growing at nearly 7-10% this was an "economic miracle" but it is becoming commonplace. Increasing growth rates alone suggest to me we may still be on the lower side of the S curve. See world growth rates
This suggests that while particular highly visible new technologies get stamped on the underlying rate of progress is not only continuing but increasing. We also see Moore's Law & strength of materials increasing fast (Clarke originally posited a space elevator in the 22nd century yet we are within reach of having materials to build one now).

Because they are starting from a lower base it is not surprising that the fastest developing countries are not revolutionizing technology but as they reach western levels we must expect they will (eg South Korea becoming a leading nuclear reactor manufacturer). If this means the eclipse of the West, which I regret, it means good things for the human race.

Neil Craig

I tend to agree. In the stories and novel that make up EXILE -- AND GLORY! I postulate that we would be a lot further into space in 2010 than we are going to be, despite political problems and a depression. There's no real reason we couldn't be where I thought we would. On the other hand, there are no technological reasons why we can't get there yet. In my stories I assumed a bit more freedom than we have now.

I am surprised & disturbed that he feels we are, in reality, less free than in his story, which is society in a state of terminal collapse, with a "leftist", "environmentalist" big government presidency. My feeling is that we are at about roughly the same level of freedom, with a similar degree of overgovernment This article however is about one way, the emasculation of the military in the name of our health & safety obsession, which is certainly very much worse than in many of his books, written by a man with experience on the ground, which often have as themes the need for a traditional military or some other way to protect property.

The reference to the S-curve, classic in most growth functions, came from an earlier comment by somebody else, who said we were reaching near the top (85%) where the rate of slope is declining. I, more optimistically, think we are at about the 20% level where the rate of technological increase is still rising.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009


Michael Shields, who was convicted in a Bulgarian court on what, if the British media are in any way to be trusted (?), of beating a Bulgarian waiter, is to receive a pardon.
In July 2005 Michael Shields was convicted in Bulgaria of the attempted murder of a Bulgarian national called Martin Georgiev. Mr Shields and other football supporters had been in the Bulgarian resort of Varna when violence flared in the early hours of 30 May. Mr Shields was sentenced to 15 years, reduced to 10 on appeal. In 2006 he was returned to England to complete his sentence here. He applied for a free pardon under the Royal Prerogative of mercy. However, it had been the long standing practice, on an equally long standing legal interpretation of the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons, that the "receiving state" had to respect the decisions of the sentencing state, so the application was not initially entertained.
Since another football supporter had confessed & then retracted the confession, I would not be surprised if he were innocent in which case there is a clear injustice, indeed lunacy, in keeping him in jail. On the other hand if countries don't stand by commitments to respect sentences then the system won't work.

New Zealand was pressured into releasing the French Secret Service agents who blew up the Greenpeace boat were "allowed to complete their sentence" in French hands. The french decided their prison sentence should not be served in prison.
We have seen a British girl who was caught smuggling drugs in Malaysia, but escaped their death penalty on a technicality released to serve her life sentence here.
More related to the present case - the Bulgarians accepted 8 Bulgarian nurses arrested in Libya on a clearly false & hysterical charge of deliberately spreading AIDS, having undertaken that they would complete their sentences in Bulgaria (where at least they were less subject to the repeated rapes the Libyans engaged in). Bulgaria released them.
The initial UK government intent with Megrahi was to "allow him to complete his sentence" in Libya. For technical reasons, not least his appeal, that didn't take place but I doubt if anybody thought such imprisonment would be mainly served in prison.

I have to admit that I seem to have mislaid the correct answer to this. Anything that gets innocent people out of prison is not a bad thing but at some stage somebody is not going to be exchanged who should be. Moreover when international agreements are so routinely abused trust in all international promises is diminished & trust in the integrity of government everywhere & even worse judicial systems is, justly, low. Certainly where governments use pressure to get their own licenced to kill agents back they are producing a situation where innocents are sometime going to get caught in the crossfire.

To some extent that has happened here. The reason Jack Straw gave for Michael Shield's free pardon (a historical term which means he was innocent not that he is being "pardoned) is related to the confession by the other guy but Straw pretended that he had only just heard of this though everybody else knew 4 years ago. This suggests that his release was deliberately delayed for years, presumably to make releasing Megrahi into Libyan custody more credible. This is the same Jack Straw who wanted Ronnie Biggs to die in jail up until it became clear the way to release Megrahi was a compassionate release so he wouldn't die in jail. Thus a month after saying Biggs should die in jail Straw released him.


Wednesday, September 09, 2009


HERALD 21st May Mason, is a LibDem councillor

Chris Mason writes (Thurs) that "perhaps it is expecting too much" for ordinary people to join political parties & that this would improve the quality of candidates. I will not be so impolite as to disagree with him about quality. Perhaps he should remember that his own LibDems expelled me, officially on the grounds that I approve of free markets (which in their Orwellian world is now officially "illiberal") but, according to a member deeply involved, actually because I am opposed to illegal war & racial murder.

I believe the massive shrinkage in Labour membership is because of similar disgust at that party's war crimes.

I agree with him about the importance of ordinary people participating in politics rather than merely booing from the sidelines. I would really like to see parties being less exclusive & open to new people (& new ideas). There being no actual liberal party standing I will now be supporting UKIP in June. I hope he finds this satisfactory.

Scotsman 22nd May Radioactivity

The interesting thing about the widely reported pollution of Faslane by radioactive leaks is that the only reason for suspecting them is that the MoD have announced it. That a small amount of water which may, but only may, have been mildly radioactive was released is established. However none of the numerous "environmental" complainants have found, or even attempted to find, any increase in the background radioactivity in the Gare Loch. Since absolutely everything has some background radioactivity & Gare Loch is a 6 mile long body of water one can understand why they wouldn't expect to find any detectable increase. Nonetheless it does call into question whether something can properly be called "pollution" if it is literally impossible to detect it.

Herald 25th May

When a reporter once asked a critical question to Lee Kuan Yew about hiim being the leader of the smallest country in Asia but also the one with the highest salary his reply was "but not the richest". Perhaps Tony Blair might reflect on the paradox


David Hansen (letter Monday) says just over eight Whitelees (largest windfarm in Europe) would be needed to equal one Longannet while Andrew Mitchell, more accurately says 15. However both are wrong because while those windmills might theoretically produce the same power, because wind is a widespread phenomenon. overall all 15 would be likely to be becalmed at the same time. That is why even Scottish Renewables have said that wind can only be a back up to genuine baseload. Thus the alternative to Longannet is 15 massive windfarms plus Longannet or if we are to use carbon capture, which is inherently less efficient the alternative would be 15 massive windfarms & 1.4 Longannets. Another alternative would be a 2 new Westinghouse AP 1000 reactors which can be built in 3 years (plus bureaucracy time) at zero cost to the taxpayer & since CCS is expected only to capture about 90% of CO2, at a far smaller fraction of the carbon footprint.

That the "Green" movement wants the expensive, ugly, environmentally intrusive, nanny state option not the reliable, inexpensive, safer, free enterprise, low carbon one suggests they are not as convinced of their catastrophic warming scare stories or indeed of caring for the environment as they pretend.

Dundee Courier 25th May Radioactivity

Thank you for reporting the disagreement with SEPA over their alleged finding of manmade radium at Dalgety Bay (weds p 9) & their interesting response to you. In their reply they say the evidence for radium is that their measurements of radiation signature are "consistent" with it being radium mixed with "daughter elements" (i.e. other elements which the radium has broken down into). In debate with me on Radio Scotland, SEPA claimed that they had actually physically isolated the radium paint & under the Freedom of Information Act I have been seeking for months to find where & when this was done. However SEPA's claim to have found radium mixed with its "daughter element" is not merely wrong but simply scientific illiteracy. The daughter product of Radium 226, the sort used in dials, is Radon 222. Radon is a chemically unreactive gas not a rock.

If their readings are not consistent with it being pure radium, but a mixture of elements which rhey mistakenly thought could be these "daughter elements" then the only alternative is that these materials are & always have been purely natural.

It is worth pointing out that a normal square km of land 50cm deep naturally contains 1 gm of radium which is more than would be needed for the paint covering the numbers on a relatively small number of dials. It also contains 9 tonnes of uranium & thorium.

Even SEPA's own reports admit the radioactivity here is only 2/3rds of the entirely natural background radioactivity experienced in every Aberdeen street. For the reassurance of tourists may I point out that this makes it about 1/100th the level of background radiation in springs in America's Yellowstone national Park. Do these civil servants not have some useful job to do or is that a silly question?

All & sundry 27th May

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) have recently claimed, as part of their scare campaign about alleged artificial radium at Dalgety Bay to have found "Radium & its associated daughters" mixed together. They are clearly ignorant of the fact that the "daughter element" produced by the breakdown of Radium is Radon an essentially unreactive gas which could not possibly be found mixed with solid radium. The scientific illiteracy of this untruth is staggering & not only disproves the claim to have found manmade radium but shows that SEPA lack scientific competence.

According to one report SEPA paid for '"the highest reading recorded at Dalgety Bay was still less than 2/3rds that found in a typical Aberdeen street." There should be a thorough, independent & public investigation into the entire expensive organisation

Herald 29/5 Renewables

David Hansen telling us that an organisation set up to encourage "sustainable" energy, by which they don't mean nuclear, has issued a report saying that sustainable energy can work without 100% backup (which gulf mean 99%) does not trump my mention of the fact that Scottish Renewables, a similarly supportive entity has said that that windmills simply cannot form part of baseload. Now if he could find somebody equally in the employ of the nuclear industry saying they they need wind to provide back up that really would be "man bites dog" sort of news.

Scotsman 29/5 "Fair trade"

I was one of the alleged 50 in the hustings Steve Rolfe writes about (Fri letter). Not all of us were "putting pressure" on politicians for so called "fair trade."

Having once spoken, unsuccessfully, at a party conference against the movement's call for managed trade in which countries are helped/forced to restrict commodity production to drive up prices I am firmly of the opinion that the free marketism of South Korea & Singapore is more effective than the controls of North Korea & Burma. It is a cruelty to 3rd world countries to say that the tariffs & government centralisation that made Europe the world's slowest growing region, will benefit the 3rd world

Herald 6 June - I hope you will allow a response to eco-fascist inaccuracies -

Today, Saturday, you published 3 letters about how "environmentalists"/Luddites assure us we are destroying the planet. I hope you will allow one letter saying the opposite. To avoid accusations of bias I will much of my letter over to "environmentalists;

"The battle to feed all of humanity is over. Hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now. At this late date nothing can prevent a substantial increase in the world death rate." Paul Ehrlich 1972 - he is still a prominent "environmentalist' guru.

"Known world supplies of zinc, gold, tin, copper, oil, and natural gas would be completely exhausted by 1992" Club of Rome 1973

"40,000 species per year are going extinct and that 1 million species will be gone by 2,000" Thomas Lovejoy 1979

"In ten years all important animal life in the sea will be extinct. Large areas of coastline will have to be evacuated because of the stench of dead fish." —Paul Ehrlich again, Earth Day (1970)

"If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder by the year 2000. … This is about twice what it would take to put us in an ice age." —Kenneth E.F. Watt, Earth Day (1970)

In its attempt to scare us & extort money this movement has produced literally hundreds of eco-catastrophe story not a single one of which has been proven at all truthful. It is simply a complete & total lie to say that our planet is being destroyed as anybody can see looking round. By almost every measure pollution is declining. The current false scare story is catastrophic global warming & the fact that virtually every politician pushing it are doing it not because they believe it but for their own power & tax increasing agenda can be proven by this final quote:

"Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, to have approached global warming as if it is real means energy conservation, so we will be doing the right thing anyway in terms of economic policy and environmental policy" —Timothy Wirth, former U.S. Senator

There are many other such & no politician putting forward such scare stories should even be listened to until they have explained why all the previous were told & when they personally publicly dissociated themselves from these lies.

All & sundry 8th June Comparing big parties Nazism unfavourably with the BNP

We have seen an election where the people spoke clearly against the officially supported parties. The reaction to this will doubtless include attacks on those electors who dared use their votes to support the BNP by our political class & obedient media.

It should be remembered that that political class supports criminal wars, ethnic cleansing (350,000 in Kosovo), massacres (the Dragodan Massacre of 210 unarmed civilians outside Britain's HQ in Kosovo), genocide (of thousands carried out by our "police" formerly the KLA), the sexual enslavement of thousands, probably 10s of thousands of schoolchildren there & their sale to western brothels & the dissection, while still alive, of at least 1,300 Serb civilians to provide organs for our hospitals.

Every MP who supported that war & these atrocities & every journalist who censored or lied about them has promoted the Nazi cause & helped turn Yugoslavia into what Hitler planned for it. Can anybody produce any evidence at all that all 12,000 BNP members together have done anything as obscene as what each & every one of these members of the political elite have been personally involved in? .

Does anybody doubt that the BNP are less supportive of censorship than the editors & journalists who decide that letters & news items on this subject should, repeatedly, not be published?

New Scientist 17th June Global Warming

You have printed an article under the headline "African farms becoming too hot to handle" but the body of the article does not say that these lands are "becoming" hotter but simply that averaging out the climate models it is predicted they will in 2025, or 2050 or else in 2075. We already knew that climate modelers were predicting catastrophic rises in temperatures & indeed have been doing so for nearly 30 years now. I know New Scientist has put its editorial money firmly on the catastrophic warming horse but it is wrong to announce something as having happened simply because it has been predicted

All & sundry in Scotland Calman Report

According to 8 of our leading economists the Calman Report is not a positive contribution to improving Scotland. I was particularly impressed with their statement that:

"It is only fair to point out that the Calman Commission's remit did not extend to devising a fiscal policy regime designed to raise the rate of economic growth in Scotland as would be possible under fiscal autonomy." which shows that it is not & was never meant to be anything other than a political fix intended to get the parties out of a hole rather than to improve the well-being & governance of Scotland.

Since the Council of Economic Advisers has been one of the SNP government's more farsighted innovations now would be a good time for them to ask the Council to trump the unionist parties by producing a public report specifically advising what reforms should be made to raise the rate of economic growth in Scotland. This need be no more than 4 or 5 pages since, while a 259 page report may be considered more "weighty" I suspect a shorter one would be more often read.

Since even Calman acknowledges that cutting Corporation Tax would see jobs move to Scotland (something which it quaintly describes as an "inefficiency") I suspect a report actually intended to improve things would be quite enthusiastic for such a reform.

Herald 24th June EU - a response to a party attack

While I am sure David Martin's (Labour MEP) concern for the good name of the Conservatives now that they are part of a new grouping in the EU is sincere, he need not worry. The Italian neo-fascist group, so often held up as what the Tories would have to join with are actually inside the group they have just left. The only thing against their Czech partners is that they are unconvinced we are currently suffering from catastrophic warming & 20 foot sea levels as so often promised - this may be "extremism" as officially defined by the BBC but is infinitely more sensible than the "consensus" of Holyrood that we should destroy 80% of Scotland's economy by 2050 (42% by 2020) to prevent this non-existent warming.

Perhaps Mr Martin should be more concerned by the fact that his own party sits with Polish homophobes, Stalinist nostalgics, an old IRA man and a 9/11 conspiracy theorist who travels the Muslim world arguing that the twin towers were brought down by Israel. Perhaps he could even spend some time dealing with the fact that not only does the EU directly cost Britain £25 billion but that, according to "Enterprise" Commissioner Gunter Verheuggen the EU's regulations cost the continent £405 billion annually. Arguably that is more important even than where MEPs sit.

All & sundry Would the press let the country know how we can get out of recession - nope

The Governor of the Bank of Englnad has pointed out that borrowing 12.5% of GNP to hide the depth of our recession is not viable over the long term.

We face a financial crisis which only gets worse, indeed we are now on the edge of national bankruptcy. Government action is not improving things & there is a reason for that. Government is not facing the underlying problem. Government is the underlying problem.

Largely unreported is that there is a recession only in Europe, America & Japan. This gives us a clue - it is not something inherent the Crunch is caused purely by these governments.

For 4 decades we have seen our government bringing in ever more rules & restrictions on our lives. This has made our economy ever more uncompetitive.

We know that if the market were allowed to work freely, we could have unlimited nuclear electricity at 1/4 the current cost & sufficient cheap power is the underlying engine of economic progress.

We know that in a free market housing would be available at 1/4 the present price; that most of our public works cost 13 times their natural cost; that what remains of our steel industry is being forced to relocate to China by government regulations; that our best & brightest scientists are being driven to Singapore to work on GM & to California to do bio-medical research. We know that our business taxes are high & that our growth rate has been half the world average while Ireland's was 3 times greater. We know that enforcing regulations costs industry 20 times as much as it costs the enforcers & thus that the 200,000 Health & Safety inspectors costs the work of 5 million British workers. We know that that we cannot build for our Olympics, anything as technologically innovative as China's Birds Nest Stadium because the H&S regulators won't let us. We know that should you wish to invest £1 billion in our economy you will, like Mr Trump, have to spend years working through the bureaucracy. We know that government sends the majority of the country's money, that most of it produces no economic benefit & much of it (the regulators) has a heavily negative value.

It is because government has so assiduously prevented investment in our economy & in the new industries which would be springing up if they were not being stifled that there has been an investment bubble in houses. The fact that government, by preventing builders building, produced an artificial scarcity also encouraged panic to 'get on the housing ladder." We have spent a decade in a comfortable illusion that because prices were going up we were wealthier, while the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India & China more than doubled their GNP).

The solution is obvious. Government must end the regulations & taxes that prevent progress. Scientists & engineers must have the freedom to produce new industries & entrepreneurs the freedom to build them. We must allow the building of sufficient new nuclear plants to stop the lights going out shortly. We must cut the £200 billion in new government bureaucracy, above & beyond inflation, which we have had in the last 11 years & use the money to invest in the future. We are still technologically far ahead of most of the world. We can easily not only get out of recession but at least match the world's recent average growth of 5%. We only have to stop strangling ourselves in government Luddite red tape

27th June Scotland's insane parasitic politicians

The Scottish Parliament has, unanimously, passed the most draconian law in the entire world in "The War Against Fire" to prevent the catastrophic global warming we are told we currently suffer from. They call for a 42% reduction in Scotland's ability to make fire, which, added to the closure of our nuclear plants will certainly mean a more than 42% reduction in GNP. According to a BMA statistical survey every 1% reduction in GNP means the death of 21 people in every 100,000 i.e. 1050 across Scotland annually. A 42% reduction will kill 44,000 annually, probably mainly pensioners, by 2020.

When you look at the difference in the size of the country & how lthere is no firm evidence, after 45 years of alleged catastrophic warming, of it actually happening, it looks like neither Alex Salmond nor a single one of our MSPs need fear being overshadowed when they meet the ghost of Stalin, in Hell.

30th June Herald response to eco-fascist lies they happily published

Today you published a letter from Stop Climate Chaos Scotland supporting the government's decision to shut down 42% of our economy. Among other things alleged was that "there is no credible evidence that anything other than human emissions are causing climate change" (letter Tues) which is simply untrue There is currently no global warming - we are experiencing global cooling which is simply not explicable by the warming theory but entirely explicable as an effect of the lack of sunspots. The entire "global warming" story is a scam produced by government to allow them to tax & regulate us more, to destroy free enterprise & ultimately to destroy technological civilisation. The people who support it & that includes the unanimous support of all MSPs, are simply people who do not understand civilisation & wouldn't like it if they did. People who prefer shouting to reasoned discussion. People who prefer power to agreement. People who prefer the Middle Ages to the future. People who prefer windmills to nuclear power. People who prefer magic to science. People who prefer dead children to DDT. People who prefer Titians to spaceships. People who prefer convenient lies to inconvenient truths. The sort of barbarians who, as Christians burned the library of Alexandria & then as Moslems did it again.

The fact that the people behind this are intent on increasing the role of government & decreasing that of freedom is that looking at "Stop Climate Chaos" we find they are "a coalition of around 60 organisations" & when you look at these organisation you find a lot of them are heavily government funded & a lot of the rest are silent on their sources of money.

One of them, WWF was, coincidentally, one of 9 I have previously mentioned on my blog as being both major sponsors of the conference of a prominent political party & heavily dependent (between 10% & 100%) on government money. This includes not only direct government grants but also grants from quangos, councils, lottery funding & the purchase of the charity's publications, course, training & advice. 11 of their other sponsors were government departments, quangos, government employee unions & an industry entirely dependent on government subsidy. Such organisations described, perhaps unkindly, by the conspiracy minded blogsphere as "fakecharities" are exercising an increasing degree of political & social influence. Indeed it seems hardly a day goes by without the government funded BBC highlighting a report from some such organisation. By the most statistically surprising of coincidences I cannot remember a single one of these which has called for less government spending, cutting quangos, fewer government employees or generally less nanny statism.

To avoid accusations of not being transparent, authors of letters for publication, or indeed press releases for news features, should contain a mention of such financial relationships. Scotland's political culture would be much very much the better for it.

Herald 2nd July another letter giving indisputable facts disproving the indisputable eco-fascist global warming lies they published

Liam Cavin, in criticising writers who say it isn't happening asserts as a statement of fact that the "official" IPCC figures are not coming under any sort of criticism whatsoever. So the 31,000 scientists who signed a petition saying CO2 rise actually likely to be beneficial are all unpersons. As are the scientists who turned up at the NIPCC conferences. As are the scientists who quit the IPCC in disgust at the way their conclusions were repeatedly rewritten at polticians' command.

What an Orwellian world the eco- crowd inhabit. In reality the globe is cooling & has been since 1998. The Hockey Stick graph the IPCC used prominently has been proven not merely wrong but deliberately false.

Indeed one can say with confidence that every single "Green" supporter who opposes new nuclear, the only practical way to provide extensive power with minimal CO2 & who is sane, knows that "global warming" is a deliberate scam to increase the power of government.

All & sundry in Scotland 5th July Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin has decided to campaign for "free enterprise and smaller government; strong national security independence; and for those who will protect freedom and equality" while cracking a joke about the "global warming" we are supposed to be scared of not being real. In Scotland, on the other hand, every single MSP has voted to destroy at 42% of our economy by cutting our fire making capacity that much. If only we had a single MSP with 1% as much integrity, horse sense or guts as she has.

Scotsman 8th July How newspapers should treat letters from Fakecharities

Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems are perfectly entitled to their predictable views that the government should be taxing & regulating us more. Nonetheless the reader's letters page of a newspaper is for reader's letters. Since SHAAP is, according to its website funded by the Scottish government, should its communications not be in the news pages like the pontificators of other quangos. Everywhere we turn we find ourselves being bombarded not only by government announcements but by the claims of what appear to be independent bodies but repeatedly turn out to be funded directly by government or indirectly by other government quangos. Almost daily we see the BBC, itself a quango, highlighting some report from a "charity" which turns out to be a government quango. Not once do I remember any of this government funded material not asserting that we need more government control, taxing & spending & more quangos to do it. At the very least any letter from a government funded organisation should admit its interest.

All & sundry in Scotland 10th July Our insane lying politicians

To fight "catastrophic global warming" every single MSP unanimously voted to cut Scotland's production of CO2 by 42% over the next 11 years (& presumably raise taxes & introduce a new army of bureaucratic controllers to do it). Since there is a very close correlation between energy production & national wealth we would normally expect that to mean a 4% economic decline every year but since they are also closing our nuclear generators, the most efficient CO2 free power source we may expect decline to be more than 4%.

Meanwhile not only is no "catastrophic" warming taking place, none of any sort is. Global temperatures have declined since 1998 & indeed probably since 1934. Perhaps there is a single one of the MSPs trying to use the warming lie to impoverish us who would be prepared to explain this lack of warming. So far there hasn't been.

All & sundry 12th July Bin Laden dead

It would be nice if bin Laden were dead & thus the main reason for having troops in Afghanistan were gone. Sometimes nice things happen. In 2007 Switzerland's Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence, which does computer voice recognition for bank security, compared the voices on 15 undisputed recordings of Osama with the voices on 15 subsequent ones attributed to Osama, to which they added two by native Arab speakers who had trained to imitate him and were reading his writings. All of the purported Osama recordings (with one falling into a gray area) differed clearly from one another as well as from the genuine ones. Since October 2001, when Al Jazeera's Tayseer Alouni interviewed him, no reputable person reports having seen him—not even after multiple-blind journeys through intermediaries. Whether he died in the Tora Bora bombing, or of wounds later, or was killed by his own lieutenants or from not having access to a dialysis machine in Pakistan mountains doesn't really matter though, all of these have been attested. With his kidney condition it certainly seems unlikely he would have survived till now & equally unlikely that there would no trail of credible sightings.

Scotsman 20th July Nuclear (I got an email enquiring about this which implied they might us it but didn't

If it is sincerely held that power policy should be set according to the "greatest good of the greatest number" as Neil Baxter wishes then rather than the great number of taxpayers & electricity customers being expected to pay many extra thousands each to satisfy a few Luddites we should either go straight for nuclear which can supply everybody with electricity at about 10th the price of windmills or we should allow the free market to operate & those who wish inexpensive nuclear could choose to buy it & those who wish to pay 10 times as much for windmill electricity & improve their souls by enjoying blackouts could choose that option.

On a purely philosophical point though that "greatest good" argument is a socialist one, experience shows that the free market, by allowing each individual the choice, tends to satisfy people's wishes far better than a numptocracy that claims it knows what is good for us better than we do.

All & sundry 23rd July Space's potential

Space development, even run in the grossly bureaucratic method used by NASA (& even more ESA) has been a massive net profit to humanity & nobody moreso than the world's poor. In improved weather forecasting alone it has saved far more than it cost simply from knowing in advance where huricanes arr going to strike. In the 3rd world this has saved literally millions of lives over the last 40 years. On top of that we have a worldwide communications net through satellites - can anyone even imagine what the world would be like without that. In fact space related industry creates £160 billion a year of value directly. mainly telecommunications & satellite TV, which is 50% greater than the entire Scottish economy.

The potential of space beyond that is, literally, infinite. Solar power satellites can provide unlimited amounts of reliable, continuos power for the entire world. The amount of metals, from iron through to gold & platinum, available in asteroids is in the many trillions of tons. In a zero G environment, materials of different weights can easily mix & crystalline materials which would fracture in gravity are possible. What the qualities of such materials are we cannot know until they have been created but since they potentially exceed, by orders of magnitude, the total of materials creatable on Earth there are clearly going to be some spectacular ones. It is, metaphoricaly, raining soup & we are complaining about the cost of buckets. If we refuse this bounty the Chinese, Russians & Indians won't & good luck to them.

What we should be doing, rather than putting money into paper shuffling government bureaucracies is providing it to an X-Prize Foundation which would offer prizes, like the $10 milliion X-Prize that produced the first free market astronaut & kickstarted Virgin Galactic.A prize of £500 million would produce a comercial reusable shuttle able to fly at least 3 times a month. That is less than Britain puts into ESA over 2 years & would therefore be ready & waiting when that new shuttle lands if we put up that priize tomorrow. It would only require a tiny amount of vision by our political leaders.

Herald 27th July Another correcting published eco-fascist untruth (sent out again slightly amended on 31st July when another nontruthful letter from the same eco-fascist was published - I think we have to accept there are virtually no circumsstances under which the Herlad will allow honest reporting on "environmental" matters

I hope you will allow a small point of fact in relation Kerr MacGregor's use of Norway as an example of renewables (in this case hydro) success with "no back up from fossil fuels ot nuclear". In fact Norway & the other Scandanavian countries use Swedish nuclear as their backstop power source & in turn Sweden uses Norwegian hydro to cover periods of high use. In 2005 Sweden net exported 7.4 Terawatthours & in 2006 net imported 6TWH so the flexibility of the system is clear. This is also what France does purely internally. -Nuclear for baseload & hydro to top up peak power is, in engineering terms, the ideal system whereas in Scottish political terms cutting power use by 50% & having massive blackouts is considered "ideal".

Tuesday, September 08, 2009


From an interesting article putting the point that the effect of government funding of NASA, ESA etc is zero or even negative.
NASA is required by law to "..encourage to the maximum extent possible, the fullest commercial use of space". Similarly, the leaders of the British National Space Centre (BNSC) state that their objective is to " industry maximise profitable space based business opportunities" [3]. The European Space Agency (ESA), the Japanese space agency (NASDA) and other government space agencies have similar responsibilities.
It strikes me that it is unarguable that X-Prizes made to fund private space projects, most importantly putting under $1 billion into prizes for a commercial orbital shuttle system, would do far more to encourage space development than putting it into NASA & ESA. That being the case NASA & its employees, by taking such money & not using it to fund prizes, is in clear breach of the law. I do0n't know if the British National Space Centre in telling Parliament that they are acting to "help industry maximise profitable space based business opportunities" [last para] is making a legal commitment, in which case they broke the law, or simply lying to Parliament.

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Monday, September 07, 2009


Once again an eco-website, Deltoid, has censored discussion of the warming claims. How unexpected. This is the response they censored, though naturally, this has not prevented them publishing further ad hominum attacks on me.
Dave [he had asked for evidence the Guardian is government funded] virtually all newspapers make their profit (or solvency) out of their advertising. Most newspapers get a broad range of commercial advertising but if you look at the Guardian you will see that its advertising is overwhelmingly from government organisation or government funded Fakecharities. The Guardian is thus, like the BBC & almost all "charities" & political groups supporting warming propaganda, state funded.

This is the "man behind the curtain" of this tax & regulation justifying swindle.

Mark [had asked for an example of "Green" censorship] here is an example of Deltoid doing so

Coicidentally, Jeff Harvey, a former Nature editor,{had written a wholly dishonest ad hominum attack on me which, if Deltoid was honestly censoring for discourtesy would have lead to his banning long ago} can confirm that censorship since it was on that thread that he attacked me by saying that sir David King the government's science advisor was capable of only "kindergarten" science. Jeff hadn't properly read what I said & didn't realise who I was quoting but nonetheless his assessment of king was dead on.

In his latest comment he continues with ad hominum attacks on people about whom he is clearly either wholly ignorant or wholly dishonest [Harvey had claimed that the main scientific opponents of warming know no relevant science & lie through their teeth - a statement so clearly dishonest that nobody honest, or indeed non-fascist could support it - not one single person other than this censored post disputed his claim]. There are very many people on the sceptical side who are good scientists (indeed good scientists are automatically sceptical because that is what science is about). On the other hand I would challenge him to name a prominent alarmist scientist who has not been, like the Guardian, government funded.[obviously he couldn't]

Certainly Sir David isn't one. I would be interested to see if Jeff or indeed Nature has ever publicly attacked him in the same way when they knew who they were talking about - though Jeff is an ignorant fool that does not prevent him being a scientist but if he were unable to show that he had treated claims equally irrespective of the source that certainly would. Another government scientist, Alan Thorpe, responsible for handing out £300 million government subsidy has promised to engage in a public debate on warming & has had his challenge accepted by several prominent sceptics.

Admittedly his challenge was issued in December 2006 but it would be discourteous to assume he has hidden simply because, as a typical alarmist, he is a corrupt lying fraud who knows perfectly well, that their story is a lie that cannot withstand the light of honest investigation. There are other possible reasons - perhaps he was kidnapped by aliens.
In their attacks on me & from my viewing figures I know a number of Deltoids have read my blog so anybody at all among presumably hundreds of readers who believes in free speech will be willing to say here why I am wrong. One complaint there was that I had used the terms eco-fascist & eco-Nazi on my own blog. Obviously if so much as 1% of the readership of Deltoid aren't such they will respond to the chance of uncensored debate & also to Deltoid's presumed censorship of anybody who Harvey's allegations are untruthful & could not be maintained by anybody who was not both as fascist & happy to engage in the group lies common to Nazism.

I will be interested to see if as much as 1% of this random selection of the more educated of alarmists turn out to be non-fascist. Experience suggests not.

Incidentally, former Nature editor & apparently making his living as a scientist, defended his his error in saying Sir david King could manage only "kindergarten science by saying "that Sir David King, whom I greatly admire, was almost certainly making an off-the-cuff remark" which manages to display crawling, ignorance & a contempt for the concept of people actually trying to tell the truth, all in less than 1 sentence. I can see why he was a prominent eco-journalist.

Subsidising Solar

Widely unreported in Britain is the recent case of Spain whose recession is made worse as Spanish treasury is being sucked dry by well-intentioned subsidies for solar installations -- $26.4 billion in commitments for one year alone. And they will get only about 450 MW of power for all that By comparison a modern nuclear 1 MW plant producing 4.4 times as much power (remember solar only works during the day) can cost £1.2 bn. We all knew renewables need massive subsidy but even I am surprised to find them costing 96 times as much as the best (nuclear) option & yet the eco-fascists are so ideologically driven that even that does not deter them.

And talking of more subsidy

BBC Radio Scotland this afternoon had yet another "renewables2 spokesman on today calling for yet another hidden subsidy - by getting the EU to equalise transmission charges between all power generators. Thus Hunterston nuclear, 20 miles from Glasgow, would be paying the same as a Stornoway windmill, most of whose electricity will be used up in a 400 mile transmission. I emailed this point which, to my surprise they read out in full even though they described it as "controversial". It shouldn't be controversial because it is a matter of engineering fact, while the demand for more subsidy by their eco-fascist guest, clearly is but wasn't so described.
One of our biggest electricity generators is 1550 MW, in Aberdeenshire , steadily producing far more electricity than windmills. Most of that electricity is used in Aberdeenshire but if consumers were forced to subsidise long distance transmission it would be cost effective to the producers to produce electricity there for Dumfrieshire.

This is simply yet another call for more subsidy to windmills which already cost 10 times as much as new nuclear.The eco movement is directly & deliberately responsible for rising electricity prices & fuel poverty & we should not subsidise their hobbies more.

UPDATE Not a single of the Deltoid fascists feel they can make a responsive comment here where free debate is allowed. Back on that blog the thread has turned to calling me a "psychotic" etc in the knowledge that no dispute is allowed. I have put up this response which I am confident will be censored.
I see that, since Deltoid has decided not to allow me to defend myself here, while enthusiastically encouraging ad hominum attacks some of the most cowardly eco-fascists, who feel themselves unable to take on anybody able to reply, have crawled out from under their stones. Not one of these people, or the likes of Harvey feel it is even possible for them to seriously dispute anything I say on my own blog where free debate is allowed.

Obviously every "environmentalist" who is in any way interested in real debate rather than fascist ad hominum sloganeering has already written here to dissociate themselves from this. Equally obviously the number of alarmists here who have done so is zero. Statistically that means that, to a reasonable approximation, that everybody in the movement is a wholly corrupt fascist parasite without the remotest interest in the truth.


Sunday, September 06, 2009


One of my Big Engineering items was about mass modular housing. Here & here are a number of other pictures of houses built from ISO shipping container units - ie the road containers built 8 ft wide, 20-ft (6.1 m), 40-ft (12.2 m), 45-ft (13.7 m), 48-ft (14.6 m), and 53-ft (16.2 m) & 9' 6" or 20 ft tall. That means that these can be placed, right now, anywhere in the world where there is a nearby road & where the government gives permission of course.

For cost of the pictured flats look at this page from this site This is definitely bottom of the market where the corrugations in the corrugated iron aren't hidden but it establishes a baseline & the "hotel room standard" houses here ship out at "$80-260 - manufactured in conformity with hotel room requirements, bathroom & kitchen, heat insulation, water supply system, can be several floors, max is 7 stacked, can supply 1,000 a month, 4 skilled workers can install in 2 hours."

Here are some of my favourites - actual ones since there are a lot of artist's drawing too but when the real thing has been created we know they can be created here too.

Since these are advertised as temporary (only good for 20 years wheres traditional builders in Britain provide a 10 year guarabtee) I wonder if it would be possible to get round building controls that way?

I love this one & it is the sort of thing which could hardly be done as a traditional build.

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