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Good news on the climate front

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The green fanatics have been running the debate for decades now so perhaps it is time to hear
some scientific basis for their intrusive and reactionary measures.

Claude Allegre, one of France’s leading socialists and among her most
celebrated scientists, was among the first to sound the alarm about the
dangers of global warming.
To his surprise, the many climate models and studies failed dismally in
establishing a man-made cause of catastrophic global warming.
Meanwhile, increasing evidence indicates that most of the warming comes
of natural phenomena.

Dr. Allegre now sees global warming as over-hyped
and an environmental concern of second rank.
Dr. Allegre is perhaps best known for his research on the structural
and geochemical evolution of the Earth’s crust and the creation of its
mountains, explaining both the title of his article in l’ Express and
his revulsion at the nihilistic nature of the climate research debate.

The nihilistic nature of the climate research debate – spot on! What frightens me about the environmentalists is that they recommend restricting ourselves back to stone age. Instead of harnessing innovation and searching for alternatives, the doomsday scenarios is what it is all about. Coupled with the urge to dictate what the rest of us should do, we have a long-term restriction on the very things that drives innovation – clear understanding of the problem, redundancy and waste (yes, that too is necessary for change), experimentation and focus on the demand, not just on restricting the supply.

In June, I will be attending the Apeldoorn conference in the Hague. This year the focus is on sustainability – the conference title is Facing up to Reality: Choices for a Sustainable World. Well, you can guess what my contribution is going to be… I am looking forward to making the point for redundancy and playful experimentation by the markets. Otherwise, sustainability is nothing but another word for rationing progress.

thanks to Jackie for a hat tip.

Faith and reason

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I join the fray around Pope’s remarks on Islam here on

The eyes have it

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This morning I was on SkyNews on the Saturday live programme debating blogging. It was one of those discussions the media in the UK has started to have, as in… these bloggers are not going away, so let’s make them sound a bit ridiculous and question whatever it is they do. Yawn.

I was in the studio with Bobbie Johnson, a blogger and technology correspondent of the Guardian, and Ian Dale, a former Conservative party candidate, political commentator and.. wait for it.. a blogger. We had fifteen minutes to argue with the presenter about what is a blog, are they any good, shouldn’t blogs be like journalism, what is the bloggers’ responsibility, is it good or bad that they are undermining and stretching the current rules and frameworks etc. So three years ago, dahling…

The questions were extremely basic and there was no time really to answer anything other than try to get a sound-bite in. Perhaps that is why I couldn’t take the whole thing too seriously. Both Bobbie and Ian were good and made the experience rather enjoyable..

The best thing about this morning was an excellent tip from the studio make-up person – she recommended a smudge-proof eyeliner that will do what I want from it, i.e. stay put and make my eyes look smokey. For those interested it is MAC fluidline eye-liner gel. Perhaps the traditional media has something going for it…

And here is a gratuitous pictures of me, with the make-up on. And yes, it was rather sunny today.


Different politics

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Yesterday was a long day. A piece in the Guardian about political blogging and the elusive power thereof that mentions and my own reminenscing about the days when political power was anything but elusive.

BBC weblog watch

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… does a round up of blogs that talk about G8 summmit and the African debt. It mentions Samizdata’s contribution to the ‘debate’.  As usual, the article pigeon-holes the blog, which both BBC and Guardian seem to need to do in order to make sense of the blog and sleep well at night having dismissed it as ‘libertarian’. Sigh.

The good news is that aparently, bloggers have not been overly kind to Live 8 so far. My favourite party-pooper is Bullets And Honey:

Bob Geldof lets out the strange mix of profanity and plea making that has become his signature tune. Whenever I catch these so called Africa saviours on TV, the urgency of their appeals and the faux concern they exude always leaves me enraged. They use African poverty and suffering like a prop for already over-large egos. We are helpless beings who cannot survive without the concern of an Elton John (in the background) or a Geldof who has not written a hit song in a decade and yet can save Africa.

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