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Wednesday, 15 August 2012
SNIPPETS & QUESTIONS #1
While I needed a few
days in hospital to get a new knee fitted, I thought I read Volume 5 ‘Mostly Harmless’ of Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – quite
an enjoyable stimulant to distract from the initial painkiller diet.Though not particularly notable at the time, one
particular episode required re-reading shortly afterwards when switching from
fiction to more factual writings.Let me
quote the fiction first:
door wouldn’t open. And that was a pity,
because it was the very one that Ford had been making for. It stood there
before him, grey and resolutely closed with a sign on it saying:
NOT EVEN TO AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL.
YOU ARE WASTING YOUR TIME HERE.
They were about ten
storeys below ground level now.
Ford kicked at the
door. It opened.
'Mixture of pleasure
and pain,' he muttered. 'Always does the trick.'
The room was small,
grey and humming.
This was the nerve
centre of the entire Guide.
terminals that lined the grey walls were windows onto every aspect of the Guide's operations. Here, on the
left-hand side of the room, reports were gathered over the Sub-Etha Net from
field researchers in every corner of the Galaxy, fed straight up into the
network of sub-editors' offices where they had all the good bits cut out by
secretaries because the sub-editors were out having lunch. The remaining copy
would then be shot across to the other half of the building — the other leg of
the 'H' – which was the legal department.
The legal department
would cut out anything that was still even remotely good from what remained and
fire it back to the offices of the executive editors, who were also out at
lunch. So the editors' secretaries would read it and say it was stupid and cut
most of what was left.
When any of the
editors finally staggered in from lunch they would exclaim 'What is this feeble
crap that X' - where X was the name of the field researcher inquestion - 'has sent us from halfway
across the bloodyGalaxy? What's the
point of having somebody spendingthree
whole orbital periods out in the bloody Gagrak‑acka Mind Zones, with all that
stuff going on out there,if this
load of anaemic squitter is the best he can bebothered to send us?’
`What shall we do
with the copy?' the secretary would ask.
`Ah, put it out over
the network. Got to have some‑thing going out there. I've got a headache, I'm
So the edited copy
would go for one last slash andburn
through the legal department, and then be sent back down here where it would be
broadcast out over the Sub-Etha Net for instantaneous retrieval anywhere in the
Galaxy. That was handled by equipment which was monitored and controlled by the
terminals on the right-hand side of the room….
(If you are reading this on planet Earth then:
luck to you. There is an awful lot of stuff you don't know anything about, but
you are not alone in this. It's just that in your case the consequences of not knowing any of this stuff are particularly
terrible, but then, hey, that’s just the way the cookie gets completely stomped
on and obliterated.
b) Don’t imagine you know what a computer
Back home again, the book
which had risen to the top of the pile of books-yet-to-be-read turned out to be
THE DELINQUENT TEENAGER
Mistaken for the World’s Top Climate Expert
by Donna Laframboise
To describe the cold-shower-effect
from this ‘fact-vs-fiction’ read, I can do no better than recite the
publisher’s own blurb…
“The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change(IPCC)
performs one of the most important jobs in the world.
It surveys climate science research and writes a report
about what it all means. This report is informally known as the Climate Bible.
Cited by governments around the world, the Climate Bible
is the reason carbon taxes are being introduced, heating bills are rising, and
costly new regulations are being enacted. It is why everyone thinks carbon
dioxide emissions are dangerous. Put simply: the entire planet is in a tizzy
because of a United Nations report.
What most of us don't know is that, rather than
being written by a meticulous, upstanding professional in business attire, the
Climate Bible is produced by a slapdash, slovenly teenager who has trouble distinguishing
right from wrong.
This expose, by an investigative journalist, is the product
of two years of research. Its conclusion: almost nothing we've been told about the IPCC is true.”
… as well as the back cover notes:
Blooming brilliant. Devastating. I read this book
with mounting horror at the failure of the journalistic profession to do its
job. Donna Laframboise has done a lonely
and thorough investigation exposing shocking bias, distortion and deception in
an international institution.
Ridley, author of the Rational Optimist
The intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has
for long been a public disgrace awaiting exposure. Donna Laframboises’s
accomplished dismemberment of that organization’s pious and often unscientific
alarmism … is a must read …
Robert Carter, author of Climate: the Counter Consensus
Laframboise does what good journalists do.
She does not parrot authority, but asks “is that so?” In this book, she shines a hard light on the
rotten heart of the IPCC.
Richard S.J. Tol, Professor of
the Economics of Climate Change
and convening lead author of the
this quietly devastating exposé, investigative journalist Donna Laframboise
shows that the IPCC’s actual operations bear little resemblance to its public
reputation… If you have suspected these
things yourself, you will want to read this book. Its implications are far-reaching and the
need to begin acting on them is urgent.
Ross McKitrick, Professor of
Economics, University of Guelph
I don’t know what
else to add other than to agree: ‘it’s a must read’.
 Donna Laframboise: THE DELINQUENT TEENAGER Who Was Mistaken for the World’s Top Climate
1.1Who are the
hidden persuaders controlling and Giga$-funding IPCC and other puppet theatres,
governments, politicians, once reputable institutions, the near-global
Gleichschaltung of media and myriad other