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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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Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones - Bertrand Russell

In 1885, the US Geological Survey announced that there was "little or no chance" of oil being discovered in California, and a few years later they said the same about Kansas and Texas. In 1939, the US Department of the Interior said American oil supplies would last only another 13 years. In 1949, the secretary of the interior said the end of US oil supplies was in sight. Having learned nothing from its earlier erroneous claims, in 1974 the US Geological Survey advised that the US had only a 10-year supply of natural gas. Now, according to the American Gas Association, there's a 1,000 to 2,500-year supply.
And there's more …

• In 1968, professor Paul Ehrlich, Al Gore's hero and mentor, predicted there would be a major food shortage in the US and "in the 1970s, hundreds of millions of people are going to starve to death." Ehrlich forecast that 65 million Americans would die of starvation between 1980 and 1989, and that by 1999 the US population would have declined to 22.6 million. It didn't happen.
• Ehrlich's predictions about England were gloomier. "If I were a gambler", he said, "I would take even money that England will not exist in 2000." It didn't happen.
• In 1969, environmentalist Nigel Calder warned "The threat of a new ice age must now stand alongside nuclear war as a likely source of wholesale death and misery for mankind." It didn't happen.
• Also in 1969, C.C.Wallen of the World Meteorological Organisation said "The cooling since 1940 has been large enough and consistent enough that it will not soon be reversed." It didn't happen.
• In 1970 Paul Ehrlich got down to specifics: ""In ten years all important animal life in the sea will be extinct. Large areas of coastline will have to be evacuated because of the stench of dead fish". It didn't happen.
• Harvard biologist George Wald in 1970 warned "Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind." That was the same year that Sen. Gaylord Nelson warned, in "Look" magazine, that by 1995 "somewhere between 75% and 85% of all the species of living animals will be extinct." It didn't happen.
• Gordon Taylor, in his 1970 book "The Doomsday Book" said Americans were using 50% of the world's resources and "by 2000 they will, if permitted, be using all of them." It didn't happen.
• In his 1971 book "Global Ecology", Reid Bryson said "The continued rapid cooling of the earth since WW2 is in accord with the increase in global air pollution associated with industrialisation, mechanisation, urbanisation and exploding population". It didn't happen.
(We'd just like to emphasise that statement - global cooling was being caused by industrialisation. Sound familiar at all?)
• In 1972, a report was written for the Club of Rome warning that the world would run out of gold by 1981, mercury and silver by 1985, tin by 1987 and petroleum, copper, lead and natural gas by 1992. It didn't happen.
• In 1975, the Environmental Fund took out full-page ads warning "The World as we know it will likely be ruined by the year 2000." It didn't happen.
• In 1975 Newsweek reported "There are ominous signs that the Earth's weather patterns have begun to change dramatically and that these changes may portend a drastic decline in food production - with serious political implications for just about every nation on Earth. The drop in food production could begin quite soon. The evidence in support of these predictions has now begun to accumulate so massively that meteorologists are hard pressed to keep up with it." It didn't happen.
• And in 1976 Newsweek quoted Peter Gwynne: "This (cooling) trend will reduce agricultural productivity for the rest of the century". It didn't happen.
• Also in 1976 one Lowell Ponte published a book called "The Cooling", saying that "This cooling has already killed hundreds of thousands of people. If it continues and no strong action is taken, it will cause world famine, world chaos and world war, and this could all come about before the year 2000". It didn't happen.
"World famine, world chaos and world war"?
Oh yes, I remember that. It didn't happen. It didn't happen a lot.
Still, once in a while a reputable scientist does have the guts to stick his head over the parapet and take a chance by telling the truth. This month award-winning Princeton University physicist Dr.Will Happer, who was fired by Al Gore in 1993 for failing to adhere to Gore's scientific views, has now declared man-made global warming fears "mistaken."
"I am convinced that the current alarm over carbon dioxide is mistaken," said Happer, who has published over 200 scientific papers. "I had the privilege of being fired by Al Gore, since I refused to go along with his alarmism. I did not need the job that badly."
Happer is a Professor at the Department of Physics at Princeton University and former Director of Energy Research at the Department of Energy from 1990 to 1993, and is a fellow of the American Physical Society, The American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the National Academy of Sciences. Al Gore took a course in climate science at university but switched subjects and graduated in Governmental Studies.
Happer says he was fired from the Department of Energy by Gore in 1993 for not going along with Gore's scientific views on ozone and climate issues. "I was told that science was not going to intrude on policy," he explained. "I have spent a long research career studying physics that is closely related to the greenhouse effect, for example, absorption and emission of visible and infrared radiation, and fluid flow. Fears about man-made global warming are unwarranted and are not based on good science. The earth's climate is changing now, as it always has. There is no evidence that the changes differ in any qualitative way from those of the past.
"Over the past 500 million years since the Cambrian, when fossils of multicellular life first became abundant, the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have been much higher than current levels, about 3 times higher on average. Life on earth flourished with these higher levels of carbon dioxide. Computer models used to generate frightening scenarios from increasing levels of carbon dioxide have scant credibility."
Mind you, although there are more and more scientists like Happer willing to stand up and be counted, they're still going to have a hard time swimming against the stream.
As Christopher Booker pointed out in the Telegraph last month, "If the holder of the most powerful office in the world proposed a policy guaranteed to inflict untold damage on his own country and many others, on the basis of claims so demonstrably fallacious that they amount to a string of self-deluding lies, we might well be concerned. The relevance of this is not to President Bush, as some might imagine, but to a recent policy statement by President-elect Obama."
For that is exactly what Obama proposes. He told delegates from 190 countries at a meeting in Poland that America is now about to play the leading role in the fight to "save the planet" from global warming. He began by saying that "the science is beyond dispute and the facts are clear". "Sea levels," he claimed, "are rising, coastlines are shrinking, we've seen record drought, spreading famine and storms that are growing stronger with each passing hurricane season."
In fact, as Booker pointed out, each of these four statements is so wildly at odds with the truth that on this score alone we should be seriously worried. Sea levels are indeed rising - at the same speed they've been rising for the last three centuries. The Indian Ocean was higher between 1900 and 1970 than it has been since, and satellite measurements show that since 1993 the sea level around Tuvalu (described as the lowest country in the world) has gone down by four inches.
Coastlines are not "shrinking". In some places, as for instance on the east coast of England, the land is subsiding slowly as it has been doing for thousands of years. The Thames Barrier has had to be closed more times in recent years to keep river water in during droughts than it has to stop the sea coming in.
Far from global warming having increased the number of droughts, the very opposite is the case. The most comprehensive study (Narisma et al, 2007) showed that, of the 20th century's 30 major drought episodes, 22 were in the first six decades, with only five between 1961 and 1980. The most recent two decades produced just three.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently admitted that 2008 only tied as "the fifth most active" year for hurricanes since 1944. Their own graphs show hurricane activity higher in the 1950s than recently, and a Florida State University study of tropical cyclone activity across the world shows a steady reduction over the past four years.
Still, as someone or other said, "My mind's made up - don't confuse me with facts".
And as McCamy Taylor wrote, "Keep the people scared and you can keep them pliable", a truth apparently familiar to an anonymous correspondent who sent the following contribution to the excellent Eye on Britain website this week. He wrote …
"After forty years of listening to greenie scare stories (even believing some of them at one time) I think I am starting to see a pattern emerging. It seems to start as:
Plan A: The Scam
We have identified an ecological disaster and HUMANS ARE TO BLAME. But if you pay us lots of money and do exactly what we say, we may be able to fix it in time.
For some inexplicable reason, this does not convince everyone, so we need:
Plan B: The Precautionary Principle
Well, even if we're wrong, you still ought to pay us lots of money and do exactly what we say.
For some inexplicable reason, this also does not convince everyone, so we need:
Plan C: The Tipping Point
OK. So nothing is happening and there isn't any evidence, but there will be soon if you don't PAY US THE MONEY!
This method seems to be a limp-wristed version of that used by Ronnie and Reggie in the East End of London many years ago, and was known then as extortion, or "demanding money with menaces". Now it is called "environmentalism." I suppose at least we have a longer word.
Although the Kray's methods seem to have been (a) less verbose, (b) arguably more cost-effective, and (c) they had the balls to do their own dirty work.
The greenie extortionists, having failed at plan C, exhort the legal authorities to silence the dissenters. And if that doesn't work they incite young, idealistic and naive people into acquiring a criminal record on their behalf. Maybe we should just say "BOO" to the greenies for a change. Being polite only lets them get away with it."

It's an interesting point of view. The GOS comes originally from one of the Krays' East End haunts so they loomed quite large in his upbringing. But oddly he never before thought of them as rôle models in the great global warming debate.

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