Thursday, December 27, 2007

Update on the average global temperature for 2007

Warning - 10 years of data is probably still too short a time to be speaking about trends one way or another, but if there is any trend, it's a small downward one of 0.05 degree C.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

King's College Choir - Once In Royal David's City

A bit late for Christmas, but I only chanced upon this today. You don't have to be religious to appreciate the beauty of this tune or the choir that sings it.

But why miss an opportunity to diss our ABC yet again? Why it has made the decision not to show the service of Nine Lessons and carols on Christmas Eve any more I don't know, though I suspect that small-minded parochial nationalism is behind this.

Now all we get is a similar kind of thing from an Australian cathedral. The simple fact is that the choir of King's is head and shoulders above the quality of any local one. And this service is a long standing international Christmas tradition.

I'm all for the ABC supporting local choirs and giving people an opportunity to hear them sing, but why play around with this?

And do we really need to see the Anglican archbishop of Melbourne pretending to be an Orthodox hierarch, giving the blessing at the end with the tip of his fourth finger touching that of his thumb? I think not.

And while I'm at it - The Seven Joys of Mary:

Finally, one of my favourites, the old Basque carol The Angel Gabriel:

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Are Carbon Emissions the Cause of Global Warming?

(Gratuitous advice for those whose jobs depend on the idea that carbon emissions cause global warming: Find another job to pay your mortgage and feed your kids!)

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Sunday, December 9, 2007

“Let them drink rat’s milk” #4

Fixing global warming is important to Google co-founder Larry Page - so why fly 600 guests to a small Carribean island for you wedding, all by private jet? Sir Richard “We must not be the generation responsible for irreversibly damaging the environment” Branson will be best man and also flying by private jet.

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Cold 2007 defies warming predictions

With just a few weeks to go it’s looking like 2007 will be the coolest year this century and possibly the coolest since 1995. If so then one more year like this and we will begin to have enough statistical information to speculate about a downward trend, though a few more years will be better.

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Monday, December 3, 2007

Stolen generations myth claims yet more children

Andrew Bolt explains why the "propagandists who invented the “stolen generations” myth have blood on their hands."