Another UN Scandal?

March 14, 2007

I just suppressed a reader’s comment, but will address it on return to base.

The comment had links to claimed debunkings of The Great Global Warming Swindle, ad hominem attacks on its producer, and a form to ask Brit authorities to shut him down.

A quick review of one of the links is discouraging – it claims the UN’s recent statement that “Global Warming is 90% certain to be man made” used Bayesian induction.

Bayesian induction is one of my areas of expertize, and such a claim is ridiculous.
That suggests a careful look at the competence of the UN “experts”. I’ve set that in hand and will report in due course.


Carbon Neutrality

March 14, 2007

We’re flying to sunny Italy for three days, and to assuage critics have adopted the Gore policy of carbon neutrality.

I planted out some lettuce seedlings over the weekend, and they’re busily chomping on CO2 and spitting out 02.

Sceptics might argue that either I (or more probably the local slugs) will eat the lettuces, reversing that process.

But the same logic applies to Mr. Gore paying others to plant trees to compensate for his massive domestic energy consumption and globe-spanning air travel – the trees will end up either rotting or burning, eventually re-releasing all the CO2 they’ve sequestered.

And my lettuces, should they survive, are tastier than his trees.

Good News For The Brit Army

March 14, 2007

The Blair government’s latest prosecution of soldiers they sent into battle has collapsed – let’s hope that’s the end of this disgraceful episode in Brit governance.

The collapse (my ellipsis):

The Attorney General (Goldsmith) was criticised last night over the decision to prosecute troops in Iraq after the most expensive court martial in British history ended in acquittal.

After more than three years of investigation and at a cost of £20 million, the case against a group of soldiers allegedly responsible for the killing of an Iraqi while in British custody ended after the last two defendants were acquitted.

A former commanding officer of the regiment involved – the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment (QLR) – and lawyers for the soldiers said the prosecution was flawed and should never have been brought.

That still leaves one soldier who confessed jailed as a war criminal.

The succession of prosecutions has been a dreadful breach of trust. These soldiers were part of the little band of just 600 attempting to police and contain an insurgency in a city the size of Manchester where all civil authority had collapsed. Manchester has 12,000 cops to do an infinitively easier job.

Our soldiers had to make judgments in real time and under constant threat of death and mutilation.

The politicians that placed these mortal men in this position committed an act of depravity to treat them as war criminals like Saddam or Hitler.

Blair and  Goldsmith should resign now.