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The most brilliant propaganda technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly and with unflagging attention. It must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over. Here, as so often in this world, persistence is the first and most important requirement for success. - Adolf Hitler
It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on not understanding it - Mark Twain


We make no apology for returning to this subject so soon. The Hot Air Brigade won't leave it alone (apparently 10,000 of them were making a nuisance of themselves in London this weekend) so why should we?
Christopher Monckton is a controversial land-owner, inventor of Sudoko X and the Eternity puzzles, writer, journalist and magazine editor, former advisor to Margaret Thatcher and credited with creating people's right to buy their council houses. He lists number theory, recreational mathematics and The Times crossword among his many hobbies. Some of his political theories are a bit flaky, but stupid he ain't.
In today's Sunday Telegraph (5th November 06) he's published a long and highly detailed article in which he points out that
• Air and sea temperatures have failed to rise anything like as much as "global warming" theory predicts
• Graphs show that changes in global temperature precede changes in CO2 concentration by between 400 and 4,000 years, and that between each of the world's last four glacial periods the earth was warmer than it is now.
• From 1,000 AD ships were recorded as having sailed in parts of the Arctic where there is a permanent ice-pack now. In 1421 a Chinese Imperial Navy squadron sailed right round the Arctic and found no ice anywhere.
• Polar bears are thriving in the current warm period. Eleven of the principal known families are prospering as never before.
• Eric the Red discovered Greenland and called it by that name because, in the south-west quarter at least, that's what it was. The country was successfully farmed until about 1425, and the remains of those settlements are still to be found under the permafrost.
• The United Nations' graphs of temperature omit both the Mediaeval Warm Period before 1450, and the "Little Ice Age" that followed it until 1750.
• Antartica contains 90% of the world's ice, Greenland only 4% and all the other glaciers and ice-sheets only 6%. While the snows on Kilimanjaro and the glaciers in temperate latitudes like Glacier National Park in Washington are retreating, those in the highlands of Greenland and Antartica are not. They are growing. The sea-ice season round the coasts of Antartica is now three weeks longer than it was in 1979.
• Sea levels have been rising ever since the close of the last Ice Age 12,000 years ago, at a rate of about one metre per century. There weren't too many 4x4s around 12,000 years ago.
• Tidal readings taken at seven points in the Pacific Ocean have shown no rise at all in sea-level for the last 22 years (in one case, the last 50 years). A tidal benchmark carved in 1888 on Dead Man's Island in New Zealand is still visible after 120 years.
You can read the article here. Much of it is highly mathematical and abstruse, but the upshot clearly is that the Hot Air Brigade's theories about global warming are at best seriously flawed, and at worst total b*ll*cks. Monckton even drops a heavy hint as why the scientific community have jumped on the bandwagon with so little hesitation. The Royal Society is subsidised by the UK government, and most scientists world-wide are state funded. No problem, no funding!
Monckton will be publishing a further article next Sunday. We predict that sales of the Sunday Telegraph will rise and threaten the shores of low-lying countries like the Maldives, Holland and fenland East Anglia. If they don't, they should.
The GOS says: One of our regular correspondents points out that the New Scientist magazine says "Fears that a shutdown of ocean currents is about to plunge Europe into a mini ice age receded last week. New measurements have failed to show clear evidence that the current is weakening, and models of the North Atlantic show that a shutdown would not occur in the way oceanographers had expected." Read the article here.


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