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Canadians dreaming of “plus 1″

RMR (Rick Mercer Report) sends up the long winter.   Love that Canadian sense of humour. : – )

Pace, Paul Howard’s comment on youtube: here’s sending a group hug for our Canadian friends.

h/t Richard

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    Hey, wait a minute. These guys can predict the climate, the weather, the well, whatever up to the end of the Century with accuracy of fractions of a degree. Maybe they should be lending their models to these guys!

    Cue Curly!

    Tony.


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    PhilJourdan

    As those of us in the lower 48 gripe about the seemingly never ending winter, we often forget about the poor Cannucks who dream of a mere “plus 1″ LOL!

    As for the weather forecaster, I think he advises our down here as well.


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    Michael

    The forecast for today is done by throwing darts.


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    Odd isn’t it?

    When our side does humour, it’s actually funny.

    When their side does it, they blow people up!

    Here’s humour done with a straight face from Rep Louie Gohmert (Rep-Texas).

    Wait for the last sentence, and then watch as he actually does poke his tongue into his cheek. This was after an all-nighter pulled by the Democrats to push climate change.

    Rep. Louie Gohmert On Climate Change

    Tony.


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      Rereke Whakaaro

      That man should run for the Presidency! He could be no worse than the incumbent, but even if he came close, he would still be much funnier.


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        Rod Stuart

        For God’s Sake REREKE!
        Canada has a Prime Minister, Stephen Harper.
        That other lot is a bloody republic; not like Godzone and Oz.
        What are you thinking….run for the presidency.


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    Brad R

    Oh, this is so true. Here in Ontario, Canada, all my friends are hoping that we’ll finally see a few days above freezing — the elusive “plus 1″. Just three days ago I had to get the snowblower out to clear our drive, and it looks like I’ll be doing it again this Thursday.

    Incidentally, Environment Canada does not define spring as the Spring Equinox. Spring is officially when there is “no visible snow on the ground.” If we’re lucky, we’ll see spring sometime in May.


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    PJB

    The Canadian Shield does nothing to protect us from Arctic cold… we hit -27C yesterday morning and had a reasonable -22C this am. In my 60 years in this country, one of the longest but neither coldest nor snowiest winter to my recollection.
    It’s the weather, #$%!@! :)


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      scaper...

      How do you guys keep warm?

      If Australians had to endure the same temperatures there would be thousands dead a week. A lot of people already have the choice of heat or eat here.

      I’m surprised the last government did not place a tax on fireplaces. Taxed every other avenue to keep warm bar blankets and sex!


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    John Bennett

    I remember reading a travel guide book to Canada years ago, and the following line pretty well summed it up:

    “Spring in Canada occurs over a single muddy weekend in mid-May”.

    By the way, I’m from Ontario, Canada, and can vouch for that observation.


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      Lyle

      I’m from Northern Ontario, though I’m working in Saskatchewan to pay the hydro bill back home. Like the warmists I wish for some seriously higher temperatures too.
      Northern Ontario weather is said to be 10 months of winter and 2 months of poor tobogganing.


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    Barney

    We saw our first robin of the new year yesterday in Leamington.


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    R2Dtoo

    Hey- thanks for the bear hug (polley I assume). Our normals now are 4C and -6C. Yesterday was -17C high and -24C low with -35C wind chill. Been like that since last week of November. Our lakes have 48″ of ice- can’t even fish (the ice hasn’t been biting anyway). But were a tough lot here in Manitoba, at least those of us outside of Winterpeg. Moosemeat stew does wonders for survival. Except for those “wimps” in Ontario, this has been what it is- winter in Canada (hug-ya-back Aussies).


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      Bones

      On the bright side,think how happy you are making the gangreens,you dont need your fridge/freezer.Saving the production of lots of life giving CO2,best you turn the fridge back on.


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        john robertson

        Sorry that does not work, if you turn the fridge off, beer freezes.
        If you leave frozen food on deck, ravens love you.


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          Gasbo

          John years ago I went into town to the Butcher shop to by some steak all the staff were standing in the coolroom,they said it was warmer in there it was set at +6c ,it was -1c in the shop.


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    PeterK

    I saw picture a while back that was a scene of a street with a row of parked cars covered in snow with wind blown swirling snow. The caption read something like: come for the culture…stay because your car won’t start!

    This basically describes the prairies in winter here in Canada.


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      That was also said about Wyoming–so much wind, snow and cold you’re frozen in for the winter. However, come spring, people fled the state. Now that the POTUS has managed to damage much of the economy, people come and stay because there’s no place else to go. When the rest of country catches up, people will depart. Here it’s the wind, not the cold so much.

      (Loved the clip! So funny!)


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    Mike Singleton

    I’m out in the country near Calgary. One of our measures of spring is when the geese arrive back to nest on a small pond we have. They came a few days ago and normally they would sit around on the ice waiting for the thaw sometimes for weeks. This year they sat on the ice for one day then b88gered off. I think they went south again.


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    MikeInToronto

    Don’t mock the afflicted. I’ve lived in Toronto for many years (via NZ). This is by far the coldest winter and now spring I’ve experienced. Normally it is about 8C this time of year. This morning it was -15C and it has been like that for months!

    My misery is that I don’t believe there is much AGW going on, but I wish there was. Just in case I am wrong I go out every morning, start my SUV and let it idle in the drive for awhile. (Though I have to be careful since the Global Warming police stalk – even through blizzards – Toronto streets looking for idling vehicles that break one or other AGW commandment.)

    You never know perhaps it will warm things up and I won’t see snow again. Monbiot may be sad, but I won’t be.

    And yes, yes I understand the cold weather is not climate and that only Australian heat waves qualify as indicators of climate catastrophe. But hey one can only hope.

    At the time of writing overnight Toronto temperatures are predicted to be -13C with snow squalls on this third day of spring. Guess my wife won’t see the spring daffodils for awhile.


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      Am sorry to hear about the cold winter you have endured, and hope spring arrives soon. In the UK, it was just wet and windy this winter, accompanied by extremely high tides. This was due the jet stream sitting over Southern England for months, and the moon being unusually close to the earth.
      The climate scientists remind me of committed punters on the horses. After the event, they can explain why each horse won, and why their luck did not hold. The difference between a punter who can really the understand the horses and one who is just a gambling addict is in the results. A punter with understanding will end up breaking even over a long period, or even becoming rich. That does not mean they will get everything right. The addict will lose and lose, but only remember the minor wins, and then firmly believe the winning streak is round the corner. I would suggest that we are dominated by climate pundits who still believe that their losing streak will fail. Only it our money and future financial security that they frittering away.


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        Graeme No.3

        I too have known punters like that. I worked with one who spent 4-5 hours Friday night working out what chance each horse had, and would go to the races ready to make 2 bets. If the odds weren’t in his favour he went home without betting.

        Another I knew went to the races and backed what he fancied at the time, and usually came home broke. One Monday he was very happy, he’d had a big win ($3800). When asked what he would do with the win he said “it had paid off most of his credit card, and now he could make bigger bets”.

        Any resemblance between persons living or engaged in climatology is purely coincidental.


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          Funny about punters on the neddies.

          After I was discharged from the RAAF, I worked as a Queensland State accredited and licensed WHSO for a printing Company.

          They would quite regularly print glossy magazines for companies hawking computer programs that picked winners at the horse races.

          It always amused me.

          If I developed a computer program that picked all the winners at the horse races, the very last thing I would do would be to tell anyone else about it.

          It seems there’s more money in, umm, selling the program to shill punters than actually backing the winners!

          Tony.


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      Truthseeker

      On what planet did people think that global warming would be a problem?

      Cold weather is, and has always been, far worse to live in. Animals do not migrate to colder climates for the summer, they migrate to warmer climates for the winter. Highland summer pastures are only occupied during summer because it is too cold to live in them during winter.

      It is not as if this is a recent thing. It has been going on for millenia …


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    DT

    Here in New South Wales on the mid north coast I have been observing Ants that have increased in population on my property, notably around the house and the shed. Over the past few years they had been covering their nests by harvesting grass tips and laying them down as a mat over the black sandy soil and then coating them with a brown-black material that hardens so that a high pressure hose blast takes seconds to create a hole.

    Since late in 2013 they are extending the cover to other parts of the property. Interestingly grass and weeds still grow over time but the cover is not as much as it used to be.

    I wonder if this is not a sign of colder conditions approaching, and colder than we have experienced for many years? Ants seem to know when wet weather conditions are on the way.


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      Bones

      DT,would this be an indication of preparing for climate change or adapting to changing conditions.Are the ants investing in their grandkids future?Perhaps we could get clarification on this from earth boy prof flim flam


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    Roy Hogue

    Forecasting is just throwing darts in sunny Southern California like everywhere else. But thankfully, no one hopes for +1, at least not yet. 64.5 F (~18 C) right now, 2:00 PM PDT.

    The rest of the country is having a bit of trouble though. Some places are running out of salt to salt down the roads.


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    Doug Jones

    It was a pleasantly crisp 15C this morning in Tehachapi, as I watched a towplane and glider lift off. There are compensations for tolerating the People’s Republic of Californica.


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      Roy Hogue

      Doug,

      Tehachapi is a good place for sailplanes. The wind usually blows through the pass and you can get lots of lift by staying over the ridge to the south as the wind blows against that ridge and is forced upward. On a sunny day you can find lots of thermal activity to gain altitude as well. If you’ve never been up in one you can probably find a flight school where they’ll take you up — for a price, of course. But really worth it.

      The downside to Tehachapi is that the last time I was there it was growing like a weed. I almost couldn’t believe the difference from years before. I suspect that being such a desirable place will keep that growth going for a long time.

      The same thing has happened here. I watched everything around me built up over the years until now there’s traffic congestion where once it had a rural flavor. Ideal climate and generally pleasant, picturesque surroundings make it too tempting to develop every last square inch.


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    handjive

    +1 is bliss.

    Unless you are climate scientist Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, who invokes the Kraken with ‘Academic rigour & journalistic flair’.

    The bed-wetting children are terrified!


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    michael hart

    Meanwhile, the BBC reports

    UK’s future climate to be all sorts.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-26731790

    And I bet they are highly confident about that too…


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    bullocky

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    Ha ha ha ha ha…… That’s a really funny clip. I wish (here in Oz) we could share some of our above average temps with our Canadian friends.
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    Our cAGW advocates here will do doubt be sending their warmist best wishes!


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    Another Graeme

    Off topic but interesting. No Tricks Zone had this article on solar pv. When considering the general efficiency (or lack there of)of pv coupled with energy intensive production, it would seem an expensive waste of resources as well as counterproductive to “the cause”.


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      PeterK

      Ron C: I guess this photo could have the caption of any of the major prairie cities and it would be correct.
      Thanks


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      David

      Had a couple of hours in Winnipeg last March while traversing Canada on “the Canadian”. Went for a walk out of the Railway Station in the sunshine with the temp at -26C. Local bloke was saying what a lovely warm day it was for March. The trip was like a never ending Christmas Card. Loved the Canadian version of gerbil worming.


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      Roy Hogue

      I had that experience once in Gallup, New Mexico. 16 F (-9 C) coupled with 7,000 foot altitude and no way would the thing start. Thankfully there was a close-by gas station where someone knew how to get it going. He didn’t charge me anything for his time either and that turned an unpleasant memory into something much better.

      I’ve never been in Canada. Been a lot of places in the states though and I frequently find people willing to go out of their way to help. I suspect it’s the same north of the border.


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      Bones

      Handjive,selling bottled air and sunlight makes a nice change.All that has been available from the warmer wallys and U.N.so far has been the steam off their BULLS33T.


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    handjive

    Man made Global Warming UPDATE:

    If early indicators in the Alps are anything to go by, winter sports fans are in for a bumper season of snowfall.

    Travel will keep you updated all season with real-time snowfall from 15 of the world’s most popular resorts.”
    . . .
    Hands up those who ‘believed’ back in March 2000 that ‘snowfall would be a thing of the past’.


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      Gasbo

      Snow bah I hate the stuff,worked up in the Vic central highlands doing terrible things to gum trees with a chainsaw,having the chainsaw pull-start kick back through your fingers when it’s -5c a new experience in pain,the bush learnt some new swearwords.

      I love a sunburnt country,
      A land of sweeping plains,
      Of ragged mountain ranges,
      Of droughts and flooding rains.
      I love her far horizons,
      I love her jewel-sea,
      Her beauty and her terror -
      The wide brown land for me!

      Nowhere does she mention loving bloody snow capped bloody mountains all bloody freezing and bloody white,did I mention I hated snow bbbbrrrrrloody stuff.


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        David

        I agree Gasbo. Try conducting a survey in the bloody snow. The bloke on the “prism pole” at least gets to walk around to generate a little warmth while I freeze my “Bill Shortens” off behind the total station.


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    gnome

    The warmists were worried about this- that’s why they changed global warming to climate disruption via climate change.

    I’ve asked it before and I’ll ask it again- what’s so good about ice, that we should want more of it?


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     D J  C o t t o n 

    Thanks for the contact info, Jo. I’ll be sending my book with a letter to ..
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    Office of Research Integrity
    1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 750
    Rockville, Maryland 20852


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    I was thinking of doing a “dangers of global warming” video on the beach of my hometown Hervey Bay – but its all cloudy and wet today :-(


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    Ursus Augustus

    LOL !!!

    OMG I’m becoming like my 14 yo daughter, laughing OUT LOUD at videos on the internet!!

    HEEEELPP!!


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      Roy Hogue

      … laughing OUT LOUD at videos on the internet!!

      I thought that’s what they’re for. Maybe your daughter knows something you don’t? ;-)


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    Neville

    How much longer can pollies, scientists and the MSM be excused for telling lies about CAGW? We know with 100% certainty that so called modern warming is not unprecedented at all.

    To prove this we only need to look at Phil Jones’s admissions to the BBC and the ice core records from Antarctica and Greenland.
    Jones gave the warming from 1860 to 1880 as 0.163c per decade, the warming from 1910 to 1940 as 0.150 per decade and the warming from 1975 to 1998 as 0.166c per decade.

    The difference between the earliest to the latest is just 0.003 or an umeasurable three thousandths of a degree and the difference between the 1910 to 1940 to 1975 to 1998 periods is just 0.016c decade or an unmeasurable 2 hundredths of a degree C. What a fraud and con.

    But Phil Jones further told the BBC that if there was evidence that the MedWP was global then he would have to admit that the current temp was not unprecedented at all.
    Well we now know that the Pages study shows that the 20th century was the coldest period for Antarctica in the last 1873 years and many other PR SH studies show a warm MedWP as well.

    So according to Phil Jones our so called modern warming is not unprecedented at all and the other recent warm periods in the record show zip difference to 1975— 1998.
    Therefore the whole CAGW scam is easily proven to be a 100% fraud and con. Just simple maths, simple logic and reason.


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    Fabulous! Thanks. ☺

    “How do you guys keep warm?”

    That’s why god invented Arizona and Hawaii.

    We live in southern Alberta, but ran away to Arizona a few weeks ago. Will go home next week just so we get to experience a few more spring snows before the days start getting shorter again! ☺

    CAS


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      PhilJourdan

      I think we may have met you! I do not live there, but we do have family down there. And spent a week down there in late February. I think there were more Canadians than Americans or Mexicans! ;-)


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    pat

    reminds me of the BOM 10-day summer forecasts as shown on Sky Weather Channel, which regularly had exremely high temps for days 9 and 10, only to adjust them way downwards the next day.

    24 March: Reuters: Jeb Blount: Brazil scrambles to avoid power rationing as costs soar
    Brazil is fighting against time to avoid crippling power blackouts and electricity rationing as a drought prevents the world’s most water-rich nation from recharging its hydroelectric dams…
    Hydro reservoirs, which generate two-thirds of Brazil’s power, are at near-record lows. To keep the lights on and factories open, all of the country’s main thermal power plants are running full throttle as an estimated 600,000 visitors prepare to arrive for the June start of the soccer World Cup…
    The system is more robust than in 2002, when about 80 percent of Brazil’s electricity capacity was hydro. Today, hydro makes up 68 percent, a share that is still one of the world’s highest…
    ***Without the new gas, coal and oil capacity built since 2002, Brazil would already be turning off the lights…
    http://news.yahoo.com/brazil-scrambles-avoid-power-rationing-costs-soar-001726144–finance.html

    25 March: Guardian: Oliver Milman: 10,000 people to research link between humans and Australia’s record heat
    Tens of thousands of home computers will help create weather scenarios to find out why 2013 was a record-breaker
    An international team of climate scientists is looking to recruit 10,000 members of the public to help find out the exact role greenhouse gases played in Australia’s record temperatures last year.
    The Weather@home ANZ project will use people’s home computers to run a series of simulations based on the weather experienced in 2013, which has been confirmed as Australia’s hottest year on record…
    Eight different models of this alternate climate reality will be run to ascertain the various scenarios that would have unfolded if billions of tonnes of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases had not been pumped into the atmosphere.
    The “citizen science” project, the first of its kind in Australia, is a collaboration between the University of Melbourne, the University of Oxford and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) in New Zealand…
    David Karoly, a climate scientist at the University of Melbourne, told Guardian Australia the use of thousands of home computers would allow researchers to complete this climate work in a faster and more efficient way…
    The data will be automatically sent to the University of Tasmania, which will store the information in order for scientists to analyse it…
    Last year, Tony Abbott said the UN’s climate chief, Christiana Figueres, was “talking out of her hat” to suggest a link between global warming and bushfires, and the prime minister has repeatedly declined to mention climate change in relation to drought and heatwaves.
    The CSIRO has pointed to a clear link between rising temperatures and bushfires and drought conditions, with its recent State of the Climate report showing a lengthening of the fire season and a gradual decline in rainfall since the 1970s…
    The University of Oxford has already begun a similar project – analysing the UK winter – that will run in tandem with the Australian study. It is expected that preliminary results from the initiative will be available within two months.
    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/mar/25/10000-people-to-research-link-between-humans-and-australias-record-heat


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      Andrew McRae

      It’s all enough to drive one into a rant.

      The Weather@home ANZ project will use people’s home computers to run a series of simulations

      Nice! They have multi-million dollar supercomputers and data centres available and instead they want to sponge off home PCs! On top of that, the government raised the price of electricity with climaggeddon scaremongering policies of the Renewable Energy Target and the Carbon Tax, now they ask the taxpayers to pay out of their own pocket for the electricity to run the government’s simulations! The cheek! A data centre is a more efficient way to get computing per dollar of electricity. Plus with a variable number of participants they can’t predict how long this informal cluster will take to finish the job. There is no scientific or economic justification for this project, it’s for propaganda purposes only.

      The “citizen science” project

      Yep, there’s the propaganda. As though running a computer program with foregone conclusions baked into it makes you a scientist! Oh wait, that’s the standard IPCC approach, I forgot.
      Let’s see… the temperature record from ACORN was adjusted in secret ways from what was actually recorded by instruments. The water vapour feedback that boosts the CO2 warming was postulated but was the opposite of what actually happened, since weather balloons showed a slight decrease in humidity over previous 40 years. So in summary, the INPUT to the simulation is rigged, the CALCULATION is rigged, and somehow the OUTPUT of this “citizen science” project will be a fair gauge of real climate processes?
      Presumably the 97% consensus of published climate scientists will soon be joined by a 100% “citizen scientist” consensus that 2013 was a man-made inferno.

      David Karoly,

      That grave robber! F*^& off Karoly! The bodies weren’t even ID’d when he began the panhandling.

      ~ ~ ~ ~

      As if that government funded meddling wasn’t enough, today we have the RBA absurdly telling the banks not to create a housing bubble. Gee, thanks RBA! Very sound advice. SHAME IT’S TEN YEARS TOO LATE.
      The “banks” are creating the bubble? Well yes, with average mortgage rates below 8 percent for the last 17 years and a First Home Buyer’s grant greasing the rails all the cheap credit is allowing people to borrow more and thus for vendors to ask for more and so the prices go up quicker. The fact the prime lending rate from the RBA to the banks is less than 3 percent couldn’t possibly have anything to do with that, could it? No, it’s all the fault of those damn dirty banks!
      “Continued prudent borrowing and saving behaviour is needed to underpin the financial resilience of households,” the RBA says in the review. Try telling that to the home vendor when they know you can get 500 thousand bucks that you haven’t earned yet!
      I’m beginning to think Steve Keen has reached the level where he can dictate RBA announcements, as it is an odd coincidence he laid the blame at the feet of the RBA several weeks ago and now we have the RBA passing the buck (literally).

      I am soooo in training to become a Curmudgeon one day.


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        Roy Hogue

        I would think at least you can say no to the use of your computer for such nonsense. Or maybe agree but then shut down the computer every time it begins work on the simulation. A little sabotage seems like fair play, bad trick for bad trick.


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      the Griss

      “find out why 2013 was a record-breaker”

      The ONLY reason 2013 was classed as a record breaker is because of the MASSIVE, ACROSS-THE-BOARD, COOLING of the past Australian temperature data


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    pat

    this goes on and on with MSM coverage of scary CAGW stories; nary a sceptical mind on show:

    26 March: Business Spectator: Roz Pidcock: How the media’s preparing for IPCC impact
    Ahead of its official launch on Monday, parts of the media have been previewing the second part of the report on climate change impacts, after it was leaked online a few months ago.
    Here’s our rundown of which of what’s been making the pages of our newspapers;
    ‘Immediate and very human’ risks
    Seth Borenstein for Associated Press gives a succinct rundown of the “immediate and very human” nature of climate change impacts. On the report’s key messages, Borenstein says:
    “The big risks and overall effects of global warming are far more immediate and local than scientists once thought. It’s not just about melting ice, threatened animals and plants. It’s about the human problems of hunger, disease, drought, flooding, refugees and war, becoming worse.”
    Alister Doyle for Reuters describes how climate change impacts are already being felt across the world, putting pressure on governments to act. Growing risks include food and water security, violence and conflict, health risks, species losses, extreme weather and slowed economic growth…
    ***Primed and ready
    The scale of climate change impacts is huge – from heatwaves, to crop production, to sea level rise. And the range of topics covered in our newspapers so far would seem to bear this out. The media is primed – get ready for a more detailed look at some of these issues as delegates in Japan thrash out the exact wording of the Summary for Policymakers – ahead of its official release next Monday.
    Originally published on Carbon Brief.
    http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2014/3/26/policy-politics/how-medias-preparing-ipcc-impact

    EU carbon dips further below 6 euros as price hike views fade
    LONDON, March 25 (Reuters) – EU carbon was on course to finish below 6 euros for the second consecutive session on Tuesday as traders reined in expectations of near-term gains due to reduced supply…
    https://www.pointcarbon.com/news/reutersnews/1.4597407?&ref=searchlist


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    pat

    25 March: ABC: ‘Lessons’ to be learnt from Henbury carbon farming failure: arid lands centre
    By Kristy O’Brien
    Mr Cocking says there are opportunities for conservation and carbon farming in central Australia but the community must be included in the process.
    “If you don’t go on with the community on board it’s not going to be successful,” he said.
    The Northern Territory’s Primary Industry Minister says Henbury Station was never going to be legally allowed to operate as a carbon farming operation.
    Willem Westra Van Holthe says he is relieved to see the property being sold as a pastoral lease.
    Mr Westra Van Holthe says it is astounding that nobody considered native title issues on what had been a pastoral property.
    “They made an investment of $9 million in this enterprise, never gave apparently … a moment of thought to the land tenure and the uses of pastoral property in the NT,” he said.
    “Carbon farming or similar types of uses are not permitted uses under the Native Title Act which is a federal act and not within the auspices of the Territory to change anyway, so without a change of land tenure, which was not applied for, this use of Henbury Station was illegal and was always going to be illegal.”
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-03-25/arid-lands-centre-says-lessons-to-be-learnt-from/5344388


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    pat

    what pecision!

    26 March: Salon.com: Lindsay Abrams: 10,853 out of 10,855 scientists agree: Global warming is happening, and humans are to blame
    Virtually all of the scientific papers published in 2013 accept climate change
    As geochemist James Lawrence Powell continues to prove, the only people still debating whether or not climate change is “real,” and caused by human activity, are the ones who aren’t doing the actual research. In an update to his ongoing project of reviewing the literature on global warming, Powell went through every scientific study published in a peer-review journal during the calendar year 2013, finding 10,855 in total (more on his methodology here). Of those, a mere two rejected anthropogenic global warming. The consensus, as he defines it, looks like this…
    http://www.salon.com/2014/03/25/10853_out_of_10855_scientists_agree_man_made_global_warming_is_happening


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      Radical Rodent

      The consensus also said that Galileo, Newton, Darwin and Einstein were wrong. How can any TRUE scientist hold any truck with “the consensus”?


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    pat

    25 March: European Economic & Social Committee: Press Release: Moving towards a low-carbon economy: the EU should send strong, clear signals to markets
    If the European Union is to achieve its objective of putting its economy onto a low carbon path, it must speed up the process, the EESC stated in its own-initiative opinion adopted on 25 March. This transformation will have to include a major expansion in renewable energy generation and substantial phasing down of coal. Swifter progress can be achieved through a combination of a clear, efficient regulatory framework and market-based instruments, such as environmental taxes…
    “At the moment, the use of market-based instruments in the EU is not sufficiently consistent and coherent. EU Member States do not fully exploit the opportunities that the transition to a low-carbon economy can offer in terms of innovation and modernisation in European industry and boosting employment,” says Martin Siecker, rapporteur for the EESC opinion on Market-based instruments towards a resource-efficient and low-carbon economy in the EU.
    “Energy pricing has become a sensitive issue due to the current financial and economic crisis and is perceived as a burden on recovery rather than part of the solution.
    ***This is far from the truth however: using market-based instruments to advance the transition to a resource-efficient and low-carbon economy will not only create a greener economy, it will also support economic recovery,” concluded Lutz Ribbe, co-rapporteur for the EESC opinion…
    Investments by the private sector
    The involvement of the private sector in the shift towards a more sustainable pattern of production and consumption of energy is crucial, the Committee argues. This can be achieved through the creation of innovative funds and financial instruments, as well as through the greening of banking standards in order to move private financing away from conventional to low-carbon and climate-resilient investments
    http://www.eesc.europa.eu/?i=portal.en.press-releases.31393

    Wikipedia: European Economic & Social Committee – EESC
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Economic_and_Social_Committee


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    Weather forecasting is like throwing darts after a few too many pints with BOM

    The forecast for today from yesterday said light SE winds, showers from late morning and possible storm.

    Its almost 2pm, there is a stiff NE breeze and its sunny with clear skies. At least the forecast has changed to early afternoon.


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    handjive

    Grant Foster (tamino) calls NOAA denialists & cherrypickers.

    Jan 2014:
    “If we had chosen the 1998 boundary because we had been visited by an omniscient alien in January of 1998, then maybe we would.
    But I didn’t pick 1998 because of that.
    I picked it because so-called “skeptics” picked it, and they chose it because of the result it gives.
    Which makes it cherry picking.”

    September 15, 2010
    NOAA: 2010 Tied with 1998 as Warmest Global Temperature on Record
    ~ ~ ~
    But, let’s visit the wayback machine, year 2007, website- Open Mind, August 2007; Garbage is forever

    “… Response: I hope you can contribute something other than just a link to a rather amateurish bit of denialist garbage.
    This paper actually tries to claim that global warming stopped in 1998! This is not a blog to advertize (rather trashy) denialist propaganda.

    I’ve plotted the two data sets … The 1998 peak is very strong.
    There’s no getting around it: the planet has continued warming overall, since the 1998 el Nino event.
    I’m sure that ten years from now, in 2017, somebody somewhere will be declaring that global warming isn’t real — it stopped in 2014!”

    Uh-OH!

    Grant Foster (tamino) Jan 2014:
    “Under the name “hiatus” or “pause,” it features prominently in public discussion and even in senate testimony (e.g. from Judith Curry).
    In truth, such a “pause” or “hiatus” is not that surprising, neither from a statistical point of view nor based on climate model output.”

    In an effort to explain the pause, tamino points out again the failure of the models:
    “What actually happened is that, according to the HadCRUT4 data, most of the data are above both forecasts.”
    . . .
    Above or below the forecasts, wrong is wrong.

    PS. It is worth noting & re-visiting the paper that tamino cites in 2007:
    Shining a light on the solar factor
    A discussion of the Royal Society paper by Lockwood & Frohlich by Joseph D’Aleo


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    Fred

    Never mind the IPPC has gone to Japan for it’s latest piss up according to the BBC they will flourish under the Cherry trees. Takes Cherry picking to a whole new level.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-26727914


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    Sunray

    It is always good to crack a smile. (Wry I think)


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    john robertson

    Up here, north of the 60th parallel, I was promised global warming would come and get me, if I did Not stop running my 7.3l diesel truck, burning oil to heat my home and running my gasoline powered toys.
    I have the documents from the Territorial Government, no quibbling, stated as an absolute certainty.
    Increased atmospheric CO2= warmer global temperatures,particularly noticeable in arctic regions….
    So I idled my own trucks, let the company trucks idle all winter, burned everything I could, still no warming.
    Who shall I sue?
    Almost every canadian who works outdoors in winter, has this reaction to the threat of manmade global warming, “Bring it on, please”.
    I have no urge to view the video, if Mercer was ever funny, I missed it.
    Just another politically correct progressive shill in my view, but hey, I stopped watching the Constantly Biased Corporation in 2006.
    My view of Canada is much improved and same for my blood pressure.
    But yes even that bunch of propagandists have been surprisingly silent in their calamitous climate change chanting, this winter.
    A friend who watches CBC everyday, tracks their CAGW coverage, counts the lies per day.
    Hopefully you Australians will set us another good example when you defund your state presstitutes,thus emboldening our politicians.
    Has been a fine winter, steady low temperatures, the ice roads are all still operational and looks like all resupplies will be successful.

    To all members of the Cult of Calamitous Climate trolling by, let me dedicate the “Rodeo Song” to you.
    As this is a civil site.. look it up yourself.


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    Rod Stuart

    Sorry that was only part of the link


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    Rod Stuart

    And TonyfromOz for your entertainment pleasure, Manitoba’s troubadour Uncle Smokey.


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    Updated 26 March: UK Daily Mail: Ben Spencer: UK professor refuses to put his name to ‘apocalyptic’ UN climate change survey that he claims is exaggerating the effects
    Prof Richard Tol said UN academics were exaggerating climate change
    Comes as a blow to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
    A climate scientist has accused the United Nations of being too alarmist over global warming – and demanded his name be removed from a crucial new report…
    He said: ‘The message in the first draft was that through adaptation and clever development these were manageable risks, but it did require we get our act together.
    ‘This has completely disappeared from the draft now, which is all about the impacts of climate change and the four horsemen of the apocalypse. This is a missed opportunity.’
    Professor Tol told the BBC: ‘You have a very silly statement in the draft summary that says that people who live in war-torn countries are more vulnerable to climate change, which is undoubtedly true.
    But if you ask people in Syria whether they are more concerned with chemical weapons or climate change, I think they would pick chemical weapons – that is just silliness.’…
    Bob Ward, of the London School of Economics, said: ‘Prof Tol’s contribution to the IPCC report has been under scrutiny because he inserted – at a very late stage, so avoiding the IPCC expert review process – a section which publicised his own work.
    ‘The section contained a number of errors. Prof Tol has expressed extreme reluctance to correct the errors in his work and it does not surprise me that he alone among the 410 authors of this report has refused to endorse the summary.’
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2589424/UK-professor-refuses-to-apocalyptic-UN-climate-change-survey.html


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    Stephen Richards

    Brilliantly funny.


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    Ceetee

    Great clip. I guess Canucks need to see the humour otherwise they’d go bonkers. On a serious note, I notice the settlement of Oso recently buried in a deluge of rain soaked hillside did have some prior warning of such an event by a scientist. It seems the local body ignored the warning. I guess thats what happens when you don’t respect the views of anyone however qualified because of those who should never have lost their objectivity. It also seems to me that the northern hemisphere has had above normal amounts of precipitation in the last few years (neglected Kent waterways notwithstanding). Does anyone have thoughts on that?


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    A C of Adelaide

    Great clip Goes well with this old favourite

    WHATEVER HAPPENED TO GLOBAL WARMING?


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    Tim

    Here’s some serious stuff from Canada: EZRA LEVANT – ‘The two Suzukis’. A TV special worth watching!

    http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/straighttalk/archives/2013/10/20131013-073406.html


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    The root problem is Money, and will always be Money. The Rvd.Al Gore’s trillion dollar gravy train is showing no sign of stopping. The facts – as in any religion – are secondary to maintaining the belief system. And a few billionaires bank balances. The poor must be crushed
    by fear and taxation, salvation is through compliance to the church of Global Warming.


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    David Ball

    We Canadians are really fortunate. Apparently summer falls on a weekend this year.


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    I assure you that this is a drama piece.

    It is not HUMOUR!!!!!

    Canadians have no sense of humour. At age three we are injected with robotic nanites which completely strips us of our emotional responses and adjusts our personality to withstand a climate which in most parts of the country can swing from -40 C to +40C winter to summer. It is no laughing matter!

    Please adjust your funny bones accordingly.


    PS:
    This weekend it will be +1 in the SE Corner of Lake Simcoe Ontario Canada. Our weather finally computes. Bleep, bleep bleep!


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    Steve McIntyre

    Rick Mercer lives on the same street as I do, about half a block away. Chopping ice on +1 days isn’t a joke – it’s what we’ve had to do.


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      the Griss

      Welcome sir, and please keep up your great work of exposing the statistical shenanigans of the climate change mob.

      We all thanks you. :-)


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      the Griss

      ps.. shouldn’t gloat, by down here in southern Sydney, its been 20°C +/- a couple for the last few weeks.. is sort of raining at times though. Warm and soggy.


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    Stephen Richards

    Many years ago I appliedfor work as a researcher at Bell Labs Canada. My boss at the time, who had already worked there, warned me that 6ft of snow was the norm and that your car would be buried by the municipal snowblowers if it were not in the garage.


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    old Joe

    What a bunch of sucks , winters where longer , colder and 25′ of snow every storm when I was a kid ! Sudbury Ont.


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