I have always been fascinated by the weather and enjoy most of what is thrown our way, especially the time between the autumn equinox and summer solstice. For total captivation nothing can compare to the way cold weather from frost, fog to snow (which can be a rare beast in Southern England) so transforms the landscape around us. I am also rather partial to a good thunderstorm although an intense squall has its own meteorological charms. I rather enjoy the interplay of cold dry and warm moist air masses that dance over our heads on these Islands perched on a North West outcrop of Europe.
My interest in weather makes me take on a global perspective. Something so beautiful and alluring can also be unbelievably cruel as we see all too often. Imagine then how hard it was for our ancestors without access to the food, medicines and machines that keep us breathing. It takes reliable energy to sustain life.
I used to believe in Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming due to the changes I saw going on before my eyes – seasons changing, heatwaves (that lasted more than two days) and gorgeous summers – until the stream of propaganda made me doubt what the media were telling me. The real thaw came when snow returned in 2008 onwards to remove our Mediterranean tinted glasses, but no matter what Mother Nature threw our way it all became just another affirmation that it was all our fault – even if it had happened before in my lifetime. I became sick of the Met Office forecasts beyond 5 days of endless barbecue summers and found my limited experience of the weather enabled me to make better predictions than they could using just common sense. I recalled the words of those much older than I who talked of cycles repeating. Having a fairly open mind I began reading the likes of Piers Corbyn and Joe Bastardi to see if they were better at predicting the next cold wave (like I said I love snow). They weren’t the conspiratorial lunatics I was led to believe and took the time to explain, even if I didn’t agree with their dismissal of CO2 as being anything but a minor cause of the climate changes I have seen in my lifetime.
As the warmth was failing I noticed more and more excuses arose and CO2 possessed mythic powers capable of just about anything provided their was funding – or I just stopped believing the blatant fear mongering by the mainstream media and politicians. The more I read (and I read a lot) the more I realised we were being lied to so Al Gore and the Green Mafia can line their pockets preaching ‘do as I say, not as I do’. Every weather event is an opportunity to peddle their religion on us. That annoys me. Weather is one of the few neutral conversational topics allowed in Britain and now it’s loaded where you can barely mention a slightly unusual event without someone saying it’s ‘climate change’.
Science lacks curiosity and follows the money, not observations. Most industries and professions are no different when anything that challenges THEIR funding – rightly or wrongly – is dismissed and made out to be crazy. When someone keeps crying FIRE whenever you ask a question about why there is no smoke or flames someone is bound to smell a farting rat. It’s politics not science and if it’s politics then it sure as hell isn’t sustainable.
This is all a horrible joke. Let me pause and note that I have never been more confused than I have been over the past year by all the fraud and all these bizarre junk studies. It’s disorienting. This can’t be what science is. Science is this precious, wondrous thing. It’s arguably the best thing humans do. Political ideology is eating science alive. This collapse of integrity, the incredibly bold acts of fraud and scientific authorities’ attempts to protect that fraud, the apparent lack of serious peer review and of even minimal methodological standards, this is all a disaster. Science can’t be this. Politics is just killing us right now. Politics is acid on science. It always has been. But I think our era is more political than many other eras. I think the the influence of political ideology in academia is at a historic peak.
There is a difference between a scientist farting in a bottle and then applying this discovery into the field by farting in a cowfield so he/she can blame humans for the existing stench.
Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers.
The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present
- and is gravely to be regarded.
Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientifictechnological elite…Another factor in maintaining balance involves the element of time. As we peer into society’s future, we — you and I, and our government — must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering, for our own ease and convenience, the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.
Military-Industrial Complex Speech, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961