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Merry Christmas

Best wishes :-)

Jo

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    Chuck L

    Jo, I hope Santa brought you lots of presents. You deserve them!


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    Snotrocket

    Hey Jo(e)…(Jimi Hendrix will forgive me!) – have a wonderful Christmas!! And the very best of New Years.


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      Alan

      Well it does involve a Foxy Lady (hope I can say that)
      All the best to all – summer has arrived here in the west, at last, but believe not yet on the east coast


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    Kevin Lohse

    And also to you and yours. Peace at least for 48 hours.


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    KinkyKeith

    Christmas Time.

    A time of Peaceful Contemplation on the good things in the world and that we can always have hope for and

    work towards a better future.

    It reminds us that there is a way to live that has been tested and shown to work over a few thousand years

    and that there are some basic ideas that can be used.

    The ten commandments and the parables were the original formula for SUSTAINABILITY in our COMMUNITIES and

    form the basic guide for living together in peace.

    The rules work and we should work towards bringing those back to the centre of Politics in all nations.

    Peace – Happiness – Chill out for a while.

    KK :)


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    Lance

    Merry Christmas Jo and to all the folks ‘down under’.


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    Otter

    Merry Christmas, everyone!


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    J.Hansford

    Merry Christmas and a happy new year Jo and fellow Blog readers……


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    Bob Malloy

    Merry Christmas, Jo, David, Mods and everyone. May you have a joyous time with family and friends.


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    A Merry Christmas to you and yours, Jo.

    And to all of the denizens here.


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    Hint for today.

    Be where you can see the faces of your children, or your grand children. The happiness they show is what makes us happy.

    A happy, and a peaceful Christmas to you Joanne, David, and family, and to all who run this site.

    Today is a day for families, and, after all, Christmas did start with a family.

    Tony.


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    Merry Christmas to Jo and the mods, have a wonderful new year.

    To all the commentors and lurkers, have a wonderful Christmas.
    Special good wishes to MattB John Brookes and Catamon for making this blog so much more interesting. May your lack of logic and reason continue to entertain us throughout the new year.


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      Catamon

      Thankyou Baa Boy. Your cantankerous grumpiness and unrelenting capacity for mindless abuse is one of the constant, reliable points in an ever changing world. :)

      Mery Xmas all!


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    CheshireRed

    Merry Christmas to all our Aussie chums, from up here in the UK.
    Another great year for Jo’s site; brilliant work, keep it up.


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    Say,

    this isn’t a Christmas carol per se, even though it does have a carol as backing music. So many singers and bands have done Christmas songs and albums, but this is one many of you may not have heard before.

    I first heard it in 1969, when I was getting into Simon and Garfunkel. Originally released in October 1966, it was not aimed at a Christmas market at all, but as a comment on events at that time in 1966.

    It’s somewhat chilling really.

    7 O’Clock News/Silent Night

    Tony.


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      KinkyKeith

      Hi Tony

      On a happier note, the year 1969 mentioned was the year of the first Christmas that my wife and I spent together and we are half way now through our 44th.

      Merry Christmas.

      KK :)


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      Roy Hogue

      Tony,

      Like holding a mirror up to our present state of affairs is the way I would put it. Only the details are any different.

      Sung in a minor key does indeed make it sound chilling — and sobering.

      Roy


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    oeman50

    Merry Christmas, Jo!

    You are already in the 25th, but our family is just about to sit down for Christmas Eve dinner and Santa hasn’t arrived yet!

    Blessings to you and yours.


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    Truthseeker

    Bah! Humbug!

    Scrooge.


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    ColdOldMan

    Yes, all the best for the Christmas season and my good wishes for you all in 2013 and beyond, from a grumpy old bugger in the UK.

    I have family in Brisbane so I hope you continue the good fight for their sake as much as the rest of OZ and the wider world.

    Take care and enjoy the break.


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    KinkyKeith

    Merry Christmas All From Newcastle.

    This mob from Indiana puts the A in Acapella and the C in Christmas.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQyuTCvhA4U

    KK :)


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    shirl

    Ditto to everyone


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    Graeme No.3

    Baa Humbug:

    Putting the boot in at Christmas? Shame. Don’t you know all warmistas hide during the Season because they can’t stand to see pictures of ice and snow that isn’t melting (worse than we thought)?

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all readers.


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      Putting the boot in? Not at all. I just tell it like it is.
      What was I supposed to say, “thanx for all your valuable reasoned logical comments fellas?” That’d be lying.]

      I wanted to wish MattB John and Catty a merry xmas and thank them for their contribution, and I did so honestly and up-front.


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        KinkyKeith

        Baa

        Without the contributions of those named, we would not have come to understand what has caused the AGW idea

        to maintain it’s place in modern folklore the way it has.

        To all mainstream scientists it is somewhat of a mystery as to how anyone could distort science so badly that

        they would presume to demand obedience to the CO2 Gods when they do not understand the science themselves.

        Having these “guinea pigs” to use experimentally on the blog has been very useful.

        Many of us have been aided in developing the communication skills that will ultimately get the message

        across to the general public, politicians and media operatives.

        In a way, those mentioned, have led us to a point where we are much more able to assist in bringing about the

        collapse of the AGW Shibboleth.

        Thank you one and all for your help.

        Much appreciated.

        KK :)


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          The Black Adder

          Yep, I agree, Merry Xmas to all …

          Especially Jo, David and the Mods!!

          Even those that want me executed…

          Merry Xmas!

          Even those that put me in the same category as a Paedophile…

          Merry Xmas!

          Even Anna Rose!!

          Merry Xmas!

          This blog continues to entertain and inform!!

          No F$&@kn doubt about it , bring on 2013 and the end of a green lie…

          Merry Xmas one and all :)

          The Black Adder …


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        Graeme No.3

        Well, they haven’t responded (yet) so my hypothesis that warmistas can’t stand pictures of snow and ice that isn’t melting, even without happy faces, is as valid as any that the IPCC has endorsed.

        You are obviously possessed of more patience than I am. I cannot think very highly of those who show the intellectual capability of a dense rock. Somewhat less as a rock can be moved. Still, I concede that it would be a less lively site without them.


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    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you Jo, and to all blog readers.


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    handjive

    Season’s Greetings to all reading this.
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    Spare a thought for our pommy cousins, who are being forced to take two baths in one week!

    ” IT was only a matters of weeks ago the weathers watchers in the UK boasted with some confidence the country was to be blanketed with snow.

    Today flood warnings were issued in Scotland, Wales and every region of England with constant rain ruining plans for thousands stranded on major roads and railway platforms across the UK. ”
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    Carbon dioxide. Is there nothing it can’t do?


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      Joe V.

      Yes, it was beginning to look like the world may have ended on Friday, after all. Today it is still, birds are singing and the sun has shone for the first time.

      Happy Christmas to One and All.


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      Roy Hogue

      Carbon dioxide. Is there nothing it can’t do?

      Apparently it can’t provide food for the hungry or shelter for the homeless. Apparently it can’t cure the many diseases that afflict us. Apparently it can’t cause anything remotely like peace among nations or even within many nations.

      I keep wondering what all that research money it sucks up could do if spent more wisely. Don’t you?

      Pray for wisdom in this new year about to begin.


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    pat

    merry christmas everyone, more power to jo and david in the coming year.


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    Turtle

    Merry Christmas Joanne!


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    spangled drongo

    Merry Christmas to Jo and David and the commenters here. You do a terrific job and if the world is not kept honest it won’t be your fault.


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    crakar24

    Merry Chrismas and a happy new year to all especially to Jo and the Mods

    Cheers and Xmas beers

    Crakar


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    John F. Hultquist

    Here in Washington State, on the dry side of the snow burdened Cascade Mountains, we are white to a depth of about 30 cm. Our count is now at about 2 hours and 45 minutes until this message will be locally true. Nevertheless:
    Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year !!


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    MadJak

    Merry Christmas all!


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    Dave Trimble

    Jo,

    You have a very merry Christmas and do look forward to a dynamite 2013. At the rate the GW folks are failing it could be an incredible New Year.

    I just noticed that it’s already Christmas for you. Was Santa nice?

    Dave in California


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    Andrew Mcrae

    Wishing all climate skeptics a large quantity of gifts whose usefulness has not been disproven and an irrationally exuberant new year.

    Wishing all warmists a lump of coal in their stocking, and that 2013 will be the year you find enlightenment and the courage to say No.

    Wishing all Slayers … a comfortably padded ward and a speedy recovery. :-)

    Wishing all the trolls and hackers complete cyber impotence and grief as karmic payback.

    Wishing Jo and David more skeptical media successes in the new year and thanks for putting up with this rabble.

    CO2 for all and for all a good night (with reduced diurnal temperature range)!


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    llew Jones

    Bit late for Christmas greetings but thank you to Jo, David and all the contributors that make this such a thought provoking and insightful blog on a topic of vital importance for the economic future of our country and of our planet.

    A prosperous New Year to all.


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    william

    Oh stop being a grinch Bill and wish everyone a merry xmas!

    Oh ok.What he said.


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    Jim from Brisbane

    And to you David and the kids ma’am!


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    tckev

    Merry Christmas wishes to one and all, and a prosperous New Year to you Jo.

    And to all Christmas grinches – Happy Humbug and a preposterous New Year!


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    pat

    AP’s shameless Christmas Eve article – more proof the MSM is complicit in the CAGW scam:

    24 Dec: KVOA Tucson: AP: Group to hand out free endangered species condoms
    The Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity says that since its population awareness campaign began in 2009, the group has given out 450,000 free endangered species condoms, featuring pictures of polar bears, panthers and other threatened species…
    Jerry Karnas, the group’s population campaign director, says the condoms help attract attention to the problem of how increasing human population is affecting wildlife, some already on the brink of extinction.
    http://www.kvoa.com/news/group-to-hand-out-free-endangered-species-condoms/

    Center for Biological Diversity – Meet the Staff
    Jerry Karnas, Population Campaign Director, graduated from Swarthmore College with majors in political science and environmental studies. Before joining the Center he led campaigns on climate change, clean energy, manatees, Everglades restoration and oil drilling; he also advised clean-energy companies and political candidates. He was a climate advisor to Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and in 2008 won an Emmy Award for best public service announcement for the “Faces of Climate Change” campaign.
    http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/about/staff/index.html

    Endangered Species Condoms – a project of the Center for Biological Diversity
    The Center for Biological Diversity marked this year’s Earth Day by distributing 100,000 free Endangered Species Condoms around the country
    POLAR BEAR
    An international icon of global warming, the polar bear is going extinct as the Arctic sea ice melts beneath its feet because of the greenhouse gas emissions of 7 billion people — especially those in high-consumption nations like the United States.
    http://www.endangeredspeciescondoms.com/


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    pat

    not Exxon, surely? not Goldman Sachs et al & the taxpayers, surely?

    workingforgreen.org: Biodiversity in the Age of Big Money Environmentalism
    Counterpunch Weekend Edition January 15-17, 2010 by MICHAEL DONNELLY
    As a grassroots activist involved in the environmental campaigns of the last four decades, of course I’m going to be interested in histories written about them…
    One of the primary groups examined in Bevington’s study was the Center for Biological Diversity (formed in 1989), [22] and which in 2008 received support from elite philanthropic bodies that included the Foundation for Deep Ecology, the Environment Now Foundation, Tides Foundation, ExxonMobil Foundation, The New York Times Company Foundation, and even the “big green” environmental outfit, The Wilderness Society. Corporate funders of the “grassroots” Center for Biological Diversity included the likes of Goldman Sachs, the Bank of America, and Microsoft. [23] The fact that Bevington describes a group funded by the world’s leading capitalist elites as grassroots demonstrates how desperately well-meaning environmentalists cling to the illusion that by working with capitalists (not the grassroots) they will be able to counter the destruction wrought on the planet by capitalists (evidently for the benefit of the grassroots). [24] Needless to say it is hardly surprising that the Center for Biological Diversity was pleased by the fact that Edward Humes’ “devot[ed] a fourth of his book” Eco Barons to their history and achievements. [25]…
    http://wrongkindofgreen.org/category/non-profit-industrial-complex-organizations/organizations/center-for-biological-diversity/

    Doc Hastings, Chairman, Natural Resources :
    Press Release: DOJ Documents Confirm Center for Biological Diversity Received Millions in Taxpayer Funds from ESA-Related Lawsuits
    WASHINGTON, D.C., June 27, 2012 – The Center for Biological Diversity today sent a letter to House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings claiming their organization had only received $553,000 in taxpayer funds resulting from Endangered Species Act (ESA) related attorney fees and court cases. This claim conflicts with data obtained from the Department of Justice (DOJ), which shows over $2 million in taxpayer dollars have been paid out to the Center for Biological Diversity and their attorneys for cases open between 2009-2012.
    The Center for Biological Diversity appears to have derived their erroneous number by including only checks made out directly to the Center for Biological Diversity over a select period of years. Attorney fees are typically paid out to the attorney of record. The Center for Biological Diversity is conveniently failing to include the majority of funds that were paid directly to their hired lawyers. Nine of the lawyers who have received payouts are currently employed by the Center for Biological Diversity.
    http://naturalresources.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=301242


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    Aussieute

    Have a great christmas everyone

    And here’s to 2013 being another year where we again push the boundaries of our thinking


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    Lars P.

    Merry Christmas wishes to all!


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    ExWarmist

    Merry Christmas to everyone who frequents this blog.

    I hope that everyone is able to return safe and well in 2013.

    Regardless of your position on AGW.

    Cheers ExWarmist


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    ExWarmist

    Thanks Jo, David, and the Mods and anyone else who helps to keep this site alive.

    More power to you all in 2013.

    Cheers ExWarmist


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    Byron

    Merry Christmas All and spare a thought for the people of Russia who are dealing with one of Their most brutal winters in a long time , -60 in Siberia , -30 in Moscow . and 123 dead from frostbite and exposure in 10 days , The Australian MSM stays on message regardless and focuses the horrors of warming to come :

    “Russia’s weather service is predicting a drastic temperature hike in the European parts of Russia later this week, with 0 degrees Celsius expected in Moscow.”

    “that the warming will be accompanied by strong winds and freezing rain that will likely damage communications and slow down traffic.”

    Me , I tend to think that slowed traffic would be an improvement on THIS


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    Glenn

    Indeed, Merry Christmas to all. I read a lot, I find some of the stuff here on the extreme end of reasonable, but it is reasonable nonetheless.

    Jo and David, may the new year bring you prosperity and delight; may the rest of us see the hegemony crumble under the weight of its own dishonesty. That would be just.


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    The tic, toc of the universal clock that keeps the beat for
    Lord Shiva’s endless cosmic dance appears to be just this:

    Tic: Neutrons -(time)-> H-atoms
    Toc: H-atoms -(reset)-> Neutrons
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nataraja

    Hiroshima was destroyed by one tic on 6 Aug 1945
    The UN was formed on 24 Oct 1945 to say tic is toc
    That is the historical basis for the UN’s AGW fable


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    Judith Curry brings forth a timely piece:
    How might intellectual humility lead to scientific insight? Certainly topical given Parncutt’s recent exposure.

    And to guide your after-hours reading, Judith provides reviews of various Cli-Fi. A handy guide for the post-Christmas splurge on literature.

    It’s never too late to wish everybody a Merry Christmas!
    Not too early to wish everybody an intellectually humble, Happy New Year.


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    pat

    no wonder the MSM believe they are more powerful than the pollies, especially as they are often employed through several administrations. would be interesting to see ABC comparative figures:

    26 Dec: UK Independent: John Fahey: BBC faces investigation after giving 200 senior managers ‘excessively generous’ £100,000 pay-offs
    The probe was sparked after George Entwistle, the former director general, stood down over the Jimmy Savile scandal with a £450,000 pay-off
    The largest was the former deputy director general Mark Byford, who was given £949,000…
    A total of 14 executives received pay-offs of more than £300,000 each, worth a total of £6m, while 194 executives got £100,000 each.
    Caroline Thomson, the former chief operating officer at the BBC, was given £670,000 when she left the corporation earlier this year.
    The Telegraph also reported that an unnamed finance officer was given a £420,000 payoff, while Sharon Baylay, the director of marketing, was given a £392,000 payoff.
    In 2010, £27m was spent on redundancy payments for 481 staff and £58m in 2011 on 1,281 redundancy payments, the newspaper reported…
    A spokesman for the BBC said: “Staff who are made redundant receive what they are entitled to in their contract…
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/tv-radio/bbc-faces-investigation-after-giving-200-senior-managers-excessively-generous-100000-payoffs-8431367.html


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    pat

    give us your money:

    21 Dec: UK Independent: Assaad W. Razzouk: Doha was all hot air. It’s high time for a new central body to take action on climate change
    We need a rival to the World Bank to address rising temperatures
    Assaad W. Razzouk is the CEO of Sindicatum Sustainable Resources.
    Let’s face it. The 18th annual climate change talks in Doha achieved nothing…
    Meanwhile, the world continues to warm and the weather grows increasingly extreme…
    In the same way that the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund were established at Bretton Woods in 1944 after World War II – giving rise to a new rules-based system of international finance, restoring confidence and leading to an extraordinary post-war economic boom – the time has come for the establishment of a new multilateral institution: the Climate Change Action Bank (CCAB).
    If given the necessary tools, expertise and standing, the CCAB could take charge and ensure that valuable international resources are channelled towards low carbon solutions across the globe. As we have seen with both the World Bank and the IMF, the CCAB could have potentially far greater and more consequential success than the endless rounds of negotiations that we are witnessing today. There would be someone clearly in charge acting as a central channel to mobilize finance and expertise, tirelessly pushing the climate agenda in every member state, and acting rather than talking…
    If this urgent global challenge is to be decisively addressed, the CCAB should be based in Washington, D.C. (just like the World Bank and the IMF) with a private sector subsidiary (just like the International Finance Corporation, a World Bank unit) based in Beijing. It would be essential that a strong leader be appointed as Chair of the new bank — a global political figure with the influence and gravitas to push through changes that are urgently needed to secure the future of the low carbon economy, someone with a track record of solving problems on a global scale…
    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/doha-was-all-hot-air-its-high-time-for-a-new-central-body-to-take-action-on-climate-change-8428890.html

    Wikipedia: Assaad W. Razzouk
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assaad_W._Razzouk


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    rukidding

    Merry Christmas and a happy new year to all.

    Cheers.


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    Kneel 8250

    Hope you have a great New Years Jo, David, Mods and all the contributors and lurkers.
    The weather in Houston is not being nice and doing what is being predicted.

    Just goes to show it must be weather rather than climate eh. LOL.

    Kneel.


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    pat

    uhoh…reuters point carbon have picked up the Independent’s Climate Change Action Bank madness. something else we’ll need to forestall in the New Year?

    UN should ditch “fruitless” climate talks, launch bank: Sindicatum
    LONDON, Dec 24 (Reuters Point Carbon) – The United Nations should ditch “fruitless” annual climate talks and establish an international bank to help combat climate change more effectively, the CEO of Sindicatum Sustainable Resources wrote in UK newspaper The Independent on Friday…
    http://www.pointcarbon.com/news/1.2114212?&ref=searchlist

    who on earth are the likely CAGW suspects who might be considered a “strong leader” and “a global political figure with the influence and gravitas” to run such a bank? i dread to think.


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    Stacey

    And a Happy New Year Dah Dah !!

    Great site great work keep it up

    Hot news in uk it’s been raining a lot in December how weird :-)
    I wonder if the flooding is due to the reduction in engineering staff and investment at the Environment agency and increase in number of staff promoting global warming and wind farms?


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      KinkyKeith

      Hi Stacey

      That’s exactly the cause of the big recent Queensland flood that was supposed never to happen again.

      WE also have out of control bush fires adjacent to large communities; there have been a lot of Deaths in the

      last decade here. Same thing; Green fantasizing overrules common sense and past accumulated knowledge.

      When I was kid in the sixties there were regular controlled burns that limited the danger and kept the bush

      useable for recreation.

      Now “back burning” is totally banned because it “destroys nature” and the final effect is that it Destroys

      Nature in an uncontrolled way and kills people and animals.

      The Aboriginals knew and practiced fire control on a gigantic scale (Bill Gamadges book “The biggest

      Estate”)and now we have Computer Model Greenies dismissing 10,000 years of land management experience with

      dire consequences. Farmers cant farm the bush is overgrown with undergrowth and is impenetrable and so on.

      The Green menace needs to be exposed.

      KK :)


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