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11th September 2013: The world's gone mad and I'm the only one who knows
13th August 2013: Black is white. Fact. End of.
11th August 2013: Electric cars, not as green as they're painted?
18th June 2013: Wrinklies unite, you have nothing to lose but your walking frames!
17th May 2013: Some actual FACTS about climate change (for a change) from actual scientists ...
10th May 2013: An article about that poison gas, carbon dioxide, and other scientific facts (not) ...
10th May 2013: We need to see past the sex and look at the crimes: is justice being served?
8th May 2013: So, who would you trust to treat your haemorrhoids, Theresa May?
8th May 2013: Why should citizens in the 21st Century fear the law so much?
30th April 2013: What the GOS says today, the rest of the world realises tomorrow ...
30th April 2013: You couldn't make it up, could you? Luckily you don't need to ...
29th April 2013: a vote for NONE OF THE ABOVE, because THE ABOVE are crap ...
28th April 2013: what goes around, comes around?
19th April 2013: everyone's a victim these days ...
10th April 2013: Thatcher is dead; long live Thatcher!
8th April 2013: Poor people are such a nuisance. Just give them loads of money and they'll go away ...
26th March 2013: Censorship is alive and well and coming for you ...
25th March 2013: Just do your job properly, is that too much to ask?
25th March 2013: So, what do you think caused your heterosexuality?
20th March 2013: Feminists - puritans, hypocrites or just plain stupid?
18th March 2013: How Nazi Germany paved the way for modern governance?
13th March 2013: Time we all grew up and lived in the real world ...
12th March 2013: Hindenburg crash mystery solved? - don't you believe it!
6th March 2013: Is this the real GOS?
5th March 2013: All that's wrong with taxes
25th February 2013: The self-seeking MP who is trying to bring Britain down ...
24th February 2013: Why can't newspapers just tell the truth?
22nd February 2013: Trial by jury - a radical proposal
13th February 2013: A little verse for two very old people ...
6th February 2013: It's not us after all, it's worms
6th February 2013: Now here's a powerful argument FOR gay marriage ...
4th February 2013: There's no such thing as equality because we're not all the same ...
28th January 2013: Global Warming isn't over - IT'S HIDING!
25th January 2013: Global Warmers: mad, bad and dangerous to know ...
25th January 2013: Bullying ego-trippers, not animal lovers ...
19th January 2013: We STILL haven't got our heads straight about gays ...
16th January 2013: Bullying ego-trippers, not animal lovers ...
11th January 2013: What it's like being English ...
7th January 2013: Bleat, bleat, if it saves the life of just one child ...
7th January 2013: How best to put it? 'Up yours, Argentina'?
7th January 2013: Chucking even more of other people's money around ...
6th January 2013: Chucking other people's money around ...
30th December 2012: The BBC is just crap, basically ...
30th December 2012: We mourn the passing of a genuine Grumpy Old Sod ...
30th December 2012: How an official body sets out to ruin Christmas ...
16th December 2012: Why should we pardon Alan Turing when he did nothing wrong?
15th December 2012: When will social workers face up to their REAL responsibility?
15th December 2012: Unfair trading by a firm in Bognor Regis ...
14th December 2012: Now the company that sells your data is pretending to act as watchdog ...
7th December 2012: There's a war between cars and bikes, apparently, and  most of us never noticed!
26th November 2012: The bottom line - social workers are just plain stupid ...
20th November 2012: So, David Eyke was right all along, then?
15th November 2012: MPs don't mind dishing it out, but when it's them in the firing line ...
14th November 2012: The BBC has a policy, it seems, about which truths it wants to tell ...
12th November 2012: Big Brother, coming to a school near you ...
9th November 2012: Yet another celebrity who thinks, like Jimmy Saville, that he can behave just as he likes because he's famous ...
5th November 2012: Whose roads are they, anyway? After all, we paid for them ...
7th May 2012: How politicians could end droughts at a stroke if they chose ...
6th May 2012: The BBC, still determined to keep us in a fog of ignorance ...
2nd May 2012: A sense of proportion lacking?
24th April 2012: Told you so, told you so, told you so ...
15th April 2012: Aah, sweet ickle polar bears in danger, aah ...
15th April 2012: An open letter to Anglian Water ...
30th March 2012: Now they want to cure us if we don't believe their lies ...
28th February 2012: Just how useful is a degree? Not very.
27th February 2012: ... so many ways to die ...
15th February 2012: DO go to Jamaica because you definitely WON'T get murdered with a machete. Ms Fox says so ...
31st January 2012: We don't make anything any more
27th January 2012: There's always a word for it, they say, and if there isn't we'll invent one
26th January 2012: Literary criticism on GOS? How posh!
12th December 2011: Plain speaking by a scientist about the global warming fraud
9th December 2011: Who trusts scientists? Apart from the BBC, of course?
7th December 2011: All in all, not a good week for British justice ...
9th November 2011: Well what d'you know, the law really IS a bit of an ass ...

 

 
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With a bit of luck the Global Warming Hysterics may just have scored a massive own goal. They've made an announcement so blatant, so obviously designed to appeal to the sentimental and weak of intellect that even their most servile disciples are likely to sense that everything in Algoreland is not what it seems.
 
With delightful coincidence, this 21st Century version of the story of the Emperor's clothes does actually feature emperors Emperor Penguins, that is.
 
Here is the Daily Mail's version
 
An iconic penguin species made famous by Hollywood is heading towards extinction, scientists warned today. Emperor penguins could be on the verge of being wiped out before the end of the century, according to researchers in America.
 
Emperor penguins were the stars of the hit documentary 'March of the Penguins.' Experts believe they could be extinct within 100 years. If rising temperatures continue to melt sea ice at current rates, the population size of a large emperor penguin colony in Terre Adelie, Antarctica, will shrink from 3,000 to only 400 breeding pairs, a paper by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) claims.
 
The grim predictions were based on evidence from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
 
Co-author Hal Caswell added: 'The key to the analysis was deciding to focus not on average climate conditions, but on fluctuations that occasionally reduce the amount of available sea ice. This analysis focuses on a single population because of the excellent data available for it. But patterns of climate change and sea ice in the Antarctic are an area of intense research interest now. It remains to be seen how these changes will affect the entire species throughout Antarctica.'
 
The paper, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, used mathematical models to predict the effect on penguins of climate change and the resulting loss of sea ice.
 
Sea ice plays a critical role in the Antarctic ecosystem - not only as a platform for penguins to breed and feed - but as a grazing ground for krill, tiny crustaceans that thrive on algae on the underside of the ice. Krill, in turn, are a food source for fish, seals, whales, and penguins.

 
So, they based this prediction on evidence for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - that's the UK-government-funded body based in Brussels which has been driving the man-made global warming hysteria, and is now rapidly becoming discredited as more and more of its scientific contributors come out of the woodwork and reveal that their work had been "cherry-picked" and misinterpreted by officials with a mission.
 
And the prediction relied on "mathematical models" - the one method that most scientists have singled out as being unreliable. It sounds impressive, of course, because most of us don't understand it, but it seems perfectly obvious that any computer model is only as good as the data fed into it to start with, and that any tiny error might become magnified into a perceived threat of world-shattering importance.
 
Most people recognise that the alternative to computer modelling is to base your predictions on what's actually happening on the ground, in the air and in the oceans. For instance, meteorologist Joe D'Aleo rejects the hype surrounding the recent Wilkins Ice Shelf collapse in Western Antarctica. "The shattered part of the Wilkins ice sheet was 160 square miles in area, which is just 0.01% of the total current Antarctic ice cover, like an icicle falling from a snow and ice covered roof," D'Aleo wrote last March. "We are very likely going to exceed last year's record [for Southern Hemisphere ice extent]. Yet the world is left with the false impression Antarctica's ice sheet is starting to disappear."
 
Climate scientist Dr. Ben Herman, past director of the Institute of Atmospheric Physics and former Head of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Arizona, stated, "It is interesting that all of the AGW (anthropogenic global warming) stories concerning Antarctica are always about what's happening around the [western] peninsula, which seems to be the only place on Antarctica that has shown warming. How about the net 'no change' or 'cooling' over the rest of the continent, which is probably about 95% of the land mass, not to mention the record sea ice coverage recently?"
 
David Bromwich, professor of atmospheric sciences in the Department of Geography, and researcher with the Byrd Polar Research Center at Ohio State University, reported recently to the American Association for the Advancement of Science: "It's hard to see a global warming signal from the mainland of Antarctica right now. Only a small amount of detailed data is available - there are perhaps only 100 weather stations on that continent compared to the thousands spread across the U.S. and Europe . And the records that we have only date back a half-century.
 
"The best we can say right now is that the climate models are somewhat inconsistent with the evidence that we have for the last 50 years from continental Antarctica. We're looking for a small signal that represents the impact of human activity and it is hard to find it at the moment," he said.
 
But the alarmists have learned only too well that facts can be picked over till the cows come home, but a good bold lie will always have impact. A new study "went back further than earlier work and filled in a massive gap in data" according to a recent issue of the scientific journal "Nature". The study showed, it was claimed, that Antarctica, the only place that had oddly seemed immune from climate change, is warming after all.
 
"Contrarians have sometimes grabbed on to this idea that the entire continent of Antarctica is cooling, so how could we be talking about global warming," said study co-author Michael Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University. "Now we can say: no, it's not true ... it is not bucking the trend."
 
The researchers used satellite data and mathematical formulas to fill in missing information, which made outside scientists wary of drawing large conclusions from such sparse information.
 
What makes us wary is the knowledge that Michael Mann is notorious as the scientist who quietly deleted the entire medieval warm period from the scientific record when he perpetrated his famous and now-discredited "hockey stick" hoax. And his co-author Professor Steig is no better, it seems. Here he is, writing last December: "We use statistical climate field reconstruction techniques to determine monthly temperature anomalies for the near-surface of the Antarctic ice sheet since 1957. Two independent data sets are used to provide estimates of the spatial covariance patterns of temperature: automatic weather stations and thermal infrared satellite observations. Quality-controlled data from occupied instrumental weather stations are used to determine the amplitude of changes in those covariance patterns through time. We use a modified principal component analysis technique" (our underlining) "to optimize the combination of spatial and temporal information. Verification statistics obtained from subsets of the data demonstrate the resulting reconstructions represent improvements relative to climatological mean values."
 
A "modified principal component analysis technique"? So, there you have it. Either this is a lot of gobbledegook being used to deliberately obfuscate the issue, or they didn't like the results so they "modified" the "principal component" until they got the results they wanted. They did it before with the hockey-stick, and now they're at it again.
 
Bastards.
 

Antarctic sea-ice grows a little year by year

 

but the temperatures don't

 

 
The GOS says: Remarkable creature, the Emperor Penguin. It lives in the middle of Antarctica, a hundred miles or more from the sea where its food is found. The female lays one egg on her feet, then transfers it to the male's feet. Then she buggers off to lunch and leaves him there for months, huddled together with his mates in howling gales and sub-zero temperatures, with no food and not a lot to do except shuffle round and take it in turns to be on the slightly warmer inside of the crowd. She doesn't come back until the egg's hatched.
 
And this bird deserves to survive?
 

"Just run that past us again you woke up
and found this sitting on your feet ?"

 

 
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