Wednesday, December 30, 2015

                          SANTA'S WARM WELCOME HOME



Sunday, December 20, 2015

                     IT'S  CHRISTMAS  TIME  IN  THE  CITE' !

~ $200,000     ~$150,000    L8000 a speech  $1,667/ month   $5,000/month ~$7,000/month  

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

                        THE  OAFS  OF  THE  TENNIS  COURT

While CFACT was dressing the stage for their Climate Hustle premier, The Nation Institute mob revived Les Miserables as an operatic show trial: 

THE PEOPLE VS. EXXONMOBIL:A Public Trial for the Greatest Climate Crime of the Century 

Prosecutors:Naomi Klein and Bill McKibben
Time and Location:4:00pm to 6:00pm, Saturday, December 5
The People’s Climate Summit, La Parole Errante  
7 rue François Debergue 93100 MONTREUIL
Pacific Climate Warriors Kathy Jetnil-KijinerJoydeep Gupta of Third Pole Network; journalist Antonia JuhaszCindy Baxter of ExxonSecrets;  Climate Scientist Jason BoxKen Henshaw of Social Action Nigeria; Texas environmental justice advocate Bryan Parras ; and more.
Clayton Thomas-Muller is the Indigenous Extreme Energy Campaigner with and an organizer for Defenders of the Land and Idle No More
Peter Sarsgaard is an American actor, best known for his role in the 2004 comedy-drama Garden State. He landed his first feature role in the movie Dead Man Walking in 1995.
  Milan Loeak is a Pacific Climate Warrior and daughter of the President of the Marshall Islands
This Saturday, renowned authors and climate activists Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein are hosting a public trial of ExxonMobil at the COP21 People’s Climate Summit in Montreuil. They’ll interview a series of star witness from around the world about Exxon’s lies and the climate impacts they, and other fossil fuel companies like Total, are responsible for.
A series of new revelations revealed that ExxonMobil scientists knew about climate change decades ago, but chose to bury the information and mislead the public and their shareholders about the dangers of the problem. Instead of warning the world about the climate crisis, Exxon spent millions to protect their profits at the expense of people everywhere.
Now, the pressure on Exxon is growing to pay for their crimes, with the #ExxonKnew campaign growing stronger everyday. In the United States, presidential candidates are calling for a formal investigation, the New York State Attorney General has launched a subpoena, and Secretary of State John Kerry has said Exxon could lose “billions” in a class action lawsuit.
Come hear the case against Exxon and join the movement to challenge the most dangerous company on the planet. 
“The rapidly evolving Exxon scandal may represent the next great phase of the climate movement. Many of its victims are represented here in Paris, so it’s the perfect opportunity to collect testimony to the damage that 25 years of Exxon’s deception has wrought,” — Bill McKibben 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

                BEST SERVED COLD

What has Bishop Hill been drinking? 
Having   swallowed   Mark  Steyn 's Heartland  Institute  rant on  wine  & palaeoclimate cork and all, the prelate has  regurgitated  views  even  sillier than Steyn's vintage :

"I will take global warming seriously when they tear down the Climate Research Unit, and sow a vineyard making an amusing little Chateauneuf du Phil Jones"

...Gavin Schmidt said that there are "More...English vineyards now  than in medieval times."... Gavin implies that this comparison trumps the argument about English vineyards being proof that Medieval Warm Period was hotter... 

Hang on a sec! Surely you would not compare the two without mentioning the population size - the number of people buying and drinking the stuff - 
I mean that would be unscientific, wouldn't it?

Hang on a sec: isn't it more unscientific to forget climate change dictates where grapes can ripen, not who plants how many?

British  viticulture has spread north  far  beyond its Roman and Medieval limits, through grim Northumberland and on into Scotland,  attesting  to  hundreds  of  degree - days of  warming above and beyond the  Medieval  Not-So-Warm Period.

Word  of this  pleasant  change of climate  has reached  Buckingham Palace, where the Telegraph reports British  champagne  now  reigns:
"Ridgeview  Grosvenor 2009  was  served  at the state  banquet  to welcome Chinese president Xi Jinping Gordon Ramsay has listed not just one but  several  English  wines at his new restaurant in  Bordeaux, of all places. 
And  at  a recent  blind tasting.... English  wine  scored a  triumph over champagne, with two English wines (Hambledon Classic Cuvée & Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2010) beating... Pol Roger &  Taittinger  to finish in first and second place."

If you want a nice place to sample northern wines at a picnic, try the twin summits of Matt Ridley's coal-based Northumbrian tourist attraction

Saturday, September 26, 2015


Having damned air pollution, Pope Francis' Apostolic Penitentiary may have missed the Next Big Thing in hamartiology.   
Just as Climate Truthers and other denialists strive to believe in six impossible things before breakfast, Green powers of credible denial are often strained by :

Model  Pride-   A  need  for  public  acceptance  of model-based policy advice as the truthiest on offer. Self-important victims may ignore other disciplines while counting their own numbers & framing better media profiles for themselves.  see Stockholm fever
Model  Greed -  The  modelers  need  for  scientific citation , adulation, or material wealth. If unfed, the model-greedy may resort to self-citation, plagiarism, dodgy grantsmanship and denial of having lost past bets on model outcomes.

Model  Lust -   An insatiable desire to  believe your own  hypotheses, and to insist that models should overrule history,  natural and human, and dictate the thoughts and desires of generations to come. Model 
                             Lust feeds on viewing & producing climate porn

Model  Envy-  The need to command larger research budgets  and covet more  supercomputer  time  than rival  models  or  theories ,  if  need  be  by  having competitors  defunded  or  charged  with  crimes.

Model  Sloth - Indifference  to the  contradiction of models by natural history, coupled with aversion to references that contradict desired results, reluctance to debate,  and  the inability to feel relief when dire                                scenarios don't materialize. Victims may insist that 
                           what we don't know doesn't matter.

Model  Gluttony  -    Overindulgence  in  extreme  parameter values in the name of the Precautionary Principle. Metamodeling is Model Gluttony's most fearsome avatar.

Model  Wrath - Defined by Model Dante as : "love of justice  perverted to  revenge and spite."  People with Model Wrath  issues  may  turn  to  the  law or social engineering when they feel democracy or science has failed them. Left unprovoked, Wrathists may turn to political caricature of their enemies & violent public demonstrations

Text & Seven Deady Sins Emoji copyright MMXV Russell Seitz

Wednesday, July 22, 2015



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plus the list of 31,908 Names of aspirant oil patch demigods and Doctors of Divinity,  Law, Horizontal Drilling, Veterinary, Chiromancy & Chiropractic the votaries of The Oregon Institute of Science & Medicine mistakenly addressed to Thessalian Olympus instead of Olympia, Washington.

                                            The Sybils declare the hour auspicious for  showers of gold descending upon

Saturday, June 13, 2015


Mark Steyn harked back to Magna Carta at last weeks  Heartland Institute  Climate Conference :
"When I was a schoolboy we were taught that the England of 1215  was a degree or so warmer than today.  And vineyards were sown as far north as the Isle of Ely... a stones throw from where  the University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit stands today,  the Climategate guys,  so I will take global warming seriously when they tear down the Climate Research Unit, and sow a vineyard making an amusing little Chateauneuf du Phil Jones.

But now, as in 1215, Scotland is five degrees north of East Anglia, and several  degrees  cooler than England.  So if as Mark says:

"the England of 1215  was a degree or so warmer than today.  And vineyards were sown as far north as the Isle of Ely..."  
the present production of wine in Scotland if anything demonstrates today's British climate to be "a degree or so warmer than...1215." 

Here's another swig of Mark's strange brew :
'It’s an elitist thing... They’re the ones who actually deny science. They basically took a jackhammer to a thousand years of sane scientific observation of natural climate variability of the Medieval Warm Period when they were making wine in Greenland,'     ( 22  April 2015 )

Next,  he'll  be  telling us  Erik the Red  sailed West  in search of fresh mango juice.  

Steyn's counterfactual tasting notes bode ill for his libel trial : grapes  never  grew in  medieval  Greenland ,  but  the Industrial Revolution did happen, and global warming in its wake has pushed  British winemaking north through grim Northumberland into, Heaven help us, Scotland!

While Steyn makes  crapulent  claims about winemaking in Greenland,  and charges those who doubt Vinland voyages prove global  medieval warming with suppressio veri,  canny Scots vignerons have been busy establishing vineyards closer to the Arctic Circle than the Isle of Ely.

Mark  may want to see the Climatic Research Unit torn down because it  overlooks Winbirri Vineyards. It really wouldn't do for his libel jury to sample the dead-ripe 2013 vintage  that testifies to the rise in  degree-days that has added 56  or more amusing little wines to the Cote du Jones lineup, including the eponymous Isle's Elysian Fields, where, the producer's note, 

 " There is documentary evidence that the monks at the Abbey and later the Cathedral at Ely cultivated vines right through the Middle Ages "
 To the dismay of deniers touting an erstwhile "pause," 2003 saw  Burgundy's earliest harvest since record keeping began in 1370- Chandon's Corton Charlemagne was picked on August 15,  the grapes having already ripened to the heady limit of fermentation- the wine was bottled at 14.5%  alcohol!  

Like many ersatz climate skeptics, Steyn  has  his history backwards; the medieval warm period simply  wasn't warm enough to grow wheat, let alone grapes, in Iceland or Greenland, witness how clerics there were forced  to  celebrate  mass  with items as alien to The Last Supper as oatcakes, ale and fermented crowberry juice.

Hearing of this heresy in 1237, Pope Gregory IX  told Archbishop Sigurd of Norway to order Greenland and Iceland's clergy to import the real deal in sacramentals--panis de frumento et vini de uvis from warmer climes,  a description  met by today's brae wine frae north o' the Doon.

While it's naughty of Mark to ignore Little Ice Age winemaking in Nova Scotia, I can't fault Matt Ridley leaving  his Northumbrian coal-lands  vineless : plantings on equally bituminous acres this side of the pond produce haggis-friendly wines with a scary witch hazel nose and terrifying hydrogen sulfide finish.  But for all the ginger he puts into it,  Mark Steyn's  fortified  hogwash merely strengthens the case for The Medieval Cooler Than Now Period.