The government´s chief scientific advisers are a waste of money. Last week, as Britain and much of Europe were struggling through the coldest spring in decades, Sir John Beddington marked his retirement from his £165,000-a-year post as the Government’s chief scientific adviser by touring the television and radio studios to terrify us all once more with his all-too-familiar message of how we are threatened by runaway global warming. Thanks to climate change, the litany runs, we now face ever more disruption to our weather, ever more floods, droughts, hurricanes, blizzards and all the rest. Whether it is too cold
Comments: Besides a good shin-kick on global warming, Booker makes it a twofer with a nice little testy bit on the Euro gangsters stealing people´s money.
Activities observed at North Korea´s Yongbyon site indicate an effort to restart a reactor that could provide it with weapons-grade plutonium, the UN atomic agency said on Thursday. North Korea announced in April that it would revive its aged research reactor at the Yongbyon nuclear complex - which experts say is capable of producing plutonium for bombs - but said it was seeking a deterrent capacity. "The Agency continues to monitor developments at the Yongbyon site, mainly through satellite imagery," International Atomic Energy Agency head Yukiya Amano said. "Activities have been observed at the site that are consistent with an
Japan and South Korea have both flown planes unannounced through China´s newly-declared air defence zone, officials from both nations say. Japanese aircraft had conducted routine "surveillance activity" over the East China Sea zone, the top government spokesman said. South Korea had also conducted a flight, its defence ministry said. China says planes transiting the zone, which covers areas claimed by Tokyo, Seoul and Taipei, must file plans. The zone includes islands known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China which are claimed by Japan, China and Taiwan. Japan controls the islands, which have been the focus of a bitter
David Cameron was accused of making Britain the "nasty country" of Europe yesterday over his move to limit welfare for new migrants. In an astonishing outburst, a senior Brussels bureaucrat claimed the Prime Minister was not telling "the full truth" about immigration. It came after the Prime Minister unveiled measures including banning new European Union arrivals from claiming benefits for at least three months and stopping payments after six months, as well as new powers to deport beggars. Brussels employment commissioner Laszlo Andor said: "The British public has not been given the full truth. The unilateral action... risks presenting the
Responding to an angry constituent’s letter about the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama allegedly used a sexually charged derogatory term referring to members of the Tea Party movement. Thomas Ritter, a fifth-grade school teacher from Irving, Texas, has sent the president a note criticizing Obamacare--the controversial law offering health care to the uninsured, which has become the butt of jokes following a disastrous launch last month. ´This bill has caused such a divisive, derisive and toxic environment... The reality is that any citizen that disagrees with your administration is targeted and ridiculed,´ the Texas man wrote to the commander-in-chief.
President Barack Obama has continued an annual family tradition by helping to pack bags of food and distribute them to the needy on Thanksgiving eve. Obama, his wife Michelle, daughters Malia and Sasha, and his mother-in-law, Marian Robinson, last night dropped in on the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB), one of the largest serving the Washington area. They dropped bundles of sweet potatoes, onions, carrots and apples into reusable bags people held open as they walked by. They also handed out small white boxes stamped with the presidential seal that contain M&M´s candy. Obama wished people a ´Happy Thanksgiving´ and Malia shook their
A heroic World War II Bomber Command pilot is to be honoured thanks to a fundraising campaign to give him a fitting send off. War veteran Stan Franks completed a staggering 31 missions over Germany by the time he was 19 in the midst of the Second World War. But the 88-year-old decorated war hero was found dead at his home in Fobbing, Essex, where he lived alone, in October after locals became concerned for his welfare. He had been due to have a pauper´s funeral before fund-raisers stepped in to raise thousands of pounds for a fitting funeral for
Boris Johnson was today accused of ´unpleasant, careless elitism´ after claiming some people were not bright enough to get on in the modern world. The London Mayor was condemned by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who accused the senior Conservative of talking about human beings like ´dogs´. Mr Johnson used a speech in tribute to Margaret Thatcher to argue that tackling economic inequality is ‘futile’ because some people’s IQ is too low for them to compete. Mr Johnson also hailed what he called the ‘spirit of envy’, and said inequality was ‘essential’ for economic growth. He called for the creation
Iranian officials claimed on Tuesday that the Obama administration concocted a fact sheet on a landmark nuclear agreement that doesn´t match what they endorsed over the weekend. Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said the version of the pact released by the White House ´is a one-sided interpretation of the agreed text in Geneva and some of the explanations and words in the sheet contradict the text of the Joint Plan of Action.´ At issue are several differences between the White House´s summary of the accord and the plain text of the agreement between Iran, the U.S. and five other industrialized
Like Anthony Watts, I have only recently discovered the best, funniest and truest ever thing written about Climategate: an hilarious essay, published in 2009, by author Michael Kelly. [Snip] Like an Aristophanes satire, like Hamlet, it opens with two slaves, spear-carriers, little people. Footsoldiers of history, two researchers in a corrupt and impoverished mid-90s Russia schlep through the tundra to take core samples from trees at the behest of the bigger fish in far-off East Anglia. Stepan and Rashit don´t even have their own e-mail address and like characters in some absurdist comedy must pass jointly under the name
US citizens have been advised to be extra vigilant when travelling to Northern Ireland. Security checkpoints have been stepped up in Belfast after a car bomb partially exploded outside a shopping centre. No-one was injured. Police said the pre-Christmas checkpoints would be "random, unpredictable and short". The US Consulate General in Belfast urged Americans to "avoid suspicious activity, vehicles or packages". It also said US citizens should try to stay clear of areas where demonstrations are taking place, and "exercise caution in the vicinity of any parades or protests". With the increased security presence in the run-up to Christmas, traders
It wasn´t a bad summer, was it? It might have started late but it lasted through much of September. [Snip] Imagine if 1,500 people had died during the summer from the heat. The reaction would have been no less intense. Global warming is killing us! Well, that´s enough imagining. Let´s talk about reality. The reality is that the climate is indeed killing us. Last year it killed not 1,500 people, not even 15,000 people, but more than double that number: 31,100 people died as a result of our climate. But it´s not the heat that killed them. It´s the cold.
President Barack Obama told hecklers on Monday that he´s powerless to halt the deportations of illegal immigrants without an Act of Congress, but he did just that 17 months ago. Speaking over chants of ´Executive order!´ during a Monday night fundraiser in San Francisco, Obama insisted that unilateral action from the White House wasn´t possible. [Snip] ´I can´t just sign an executive order´ on immigration, he said. But in June 2012 the president directed the Department of Homeland Security to begin applying a selective-enforcement system to immigration offenders, halting the deportation of young illegal immigrants who were brought to America
Those who wrote the PPACA legislation were much more brilliant than most conservatives have given them credit for. They have hidden a landmine in the way it all works that will ensure an eventual takeover of the entire health care industry by the government. Let me first clarify my professional interest. I have been a vendor of software and services to both insurance companies and providers, and therefore have a deep understanding of the health care industry and what the ACA will do to it. I do not work for any insurance companies or medical providers, nor do I own stock
Iranian officials say that the White House is misleading the public about the details of an interim nuclear agreement reached over the weekend in Geneva. Iran and Western nations including the United States came to an agreement on the framework for an interim deal late Saturday night in Geneva. The deal has yet to be implemented. The White House released a multi-page fact sheet containing details of the draft agreement shortly after the deal was announced. However, Iranian foreign ministry official on Tuesday rejected the White House’s version of the deal as “invalid” and accused Washington
It is no secret that the Democrat party is hemorrhaging support in the wake of the disastrous ObamaCare rollout. As the Administration warns that the website will not be fully operational at the end of November, nervous Democrats are expected to try to separate themselves from Obama and his flawed health program. Politico´s Mike Allen was on MSNBC this week, saying that they are "hearing" that Democrats will be very aggressive against the program in Congressional oversight hearings next week. If Politico is "hearing" something, it means Democrats are trying to leak the information to the public ahead of the
Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R) left the door open to another presidential run during a Monday panel in New Hampshire. Asked whether he ever thinks about running again — Huntsman dropped out of the 2012 Republican primary after finishing third in New Hampshire — he suggested he hadn´t ruled out the option. He closed a long response to the question, posed at Saint Anselm College, by saying: "Which is a long way of saying that I love public service. I´ll always be committed to public service. And as an itinerant public servant, from time to time, it´s hard to know where
SANFORD, Fla. — George Zimmerman had five guns and more than 100 rounds of ammunition with him when deputies arrested him earlier this month on domestic violence charges, according to court documents released Tuesday. A search warrant made public by the Seminole County court clerk shows that Zimmerman had a 12-gauge shotgun, an AR-15 assault rifle and three handguns when he was arrested Nov. 18 at his girlfriend´s house. The girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, told deputies that Zimmerman pointed a shotgun at her during an argument and also used it to smash her coffee table. Zimmerman is free on $9,000 bail on charges
Alec Baldwin has been fired by MSNBC, sources say. The rage-aholic’s weekly show, “Up Late With Alec Baldwin,” has been canceled because of the actor’s foul-mouthed rant at a photographer he called a nasty name. “The decision has been made. He’s gone,” an insider at the cable channel told me. “The [parent company] Comcast guys have decided. Word is spreading through the building.” Baldwin’s dismissal was decided on partly because of his diva-like behavior toward co-workers, a source said.
President Obama lashed out Tuesday at Republican lawmakers during a Hollywood speech seemingly designed to shift public debate away from his Obamacare - and Iran-related political train wrecks and toward safer territory: jobs and the economy. [Snip] ´Instead of rooting for failure or re-fighting old battles, Republicans in Congress need to work with us,´ he declared, complaining about his opponents´ fixation on the Affordable Care Act. ´We would be a lot further along without some of this dysfunction and obstruction we´ve seen in Washington,´ he insisted,.´if we didn´t [sic] have one wing of one party that was a little less
President Barack Obama told a Democratic fundraiser in Beverly Hills Tuesday that he has accomplished "as much, if not more" than any other president."Over the last five years, thanks to the leadership of Nancy (Pelosi) and Harry (Reid) and legislators who are here, we have accomplished as much, if not more, than any time in our history -- saving an economy from a Great Depression; revitalizing an auto industry that is producing better cars and has come roaring back like nobody believed; doubling our exports; drastically reducing our dependence on foreign oil; doubling fuel efficiency standards; doubling our production of
Economics: It seems the official position of Pope Francis is that the free market is a wicked enemy that must be restrained. With all due respect, he´s mistaken. The free market has been a heavenly blessing. Two days before our American Thanksgiving, the Argentinian pontiff, in his first apostolic exhortation, called the free market a "new tyranny." "Some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world," he wrote in the Vatican report. Claims of free-market success, he said, have "never been confirmed
A new study of methane emissions finds that the U.S. is spewing 50 percent more methane, a greenhouse gas 21 times better at trapping heat than carbon dioxide, into the atmosphere than the Environmental Protection Agency previously assumed. Several factors contribute to the accumulation of methane gas in Earth’s atmosphere, such as the burning of fossil fuels and leaks from oil and gas refining and drilling, but one contender stands out above the rest as particularly repugnant: cow farts.(snip)According to the new research, livestock’s noxious flatulence accounts for a large portion of the methane gas being released into the atmosphere.
Reports of bias incidents at Vassar College that involved hateful messages left on students’ doors were actually elaborate hoaxes — and the perpetrator is none other than the student member of the Bias Incident Response Team, The Daily Caller has learned. This fall semester at the liberal arts college in New York saw a curiously high number of bias incident reports. [snip] The task force had one student member: Genesis Hernandez, who is transgendered and was also a vice president of the Vassar Student Association (VSA), the student government.
President Obama is concerned these days with the "young invincibles," the 20-somethings he needs now to buy into his program, but who probably won´t because they feel (you guessed it) invincible and think they will stay so for quite a long time. But it takes one to know one, as the irony is Obama himself is, or once was, an ultra-invincible, unstoppable and doing what people said couldn´t be done. Could he become world famous on the strength of one speech? Yes, he could. Could he beat Hillary Clinton, a president´s wife and a feminist icon? Yes, he could. Could he