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by marknorthfield
Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:48 am
Forum: News
Topic: So like Biff: talk your way out of this one...
Replies: 62
Views: 8950

It would undoubtedly have been better to give the thread an appropriate subject title and not direct it as an attack against one person, and perhaps also to have posted it in the wind power section. Apologies if I'm stating the obvious.
by marknorthfield
Sat Mar 02, 2013 2:38 pm
Forum: Government and Society
Topic: Election 2015
Replies: 38
Views: 7959

UndercoverElephant wrote:
Let's face it, UKIP's biggest handicap is that their leader is, erm, an idiot. He's a clown. He makes George Osborne look intelligent and deep-thinking.
Haha. Yes, but to paraphrase an old joke, the idiots need representation... ;)
by marknorthfield
Sat Mar 02, 2013 10:38 am
Forum: Government and Society
Topic: Election 2015
Replies: 38
Views: 7959

What will Cameron try next? Well, obviously he will mention his promised EU referendum at every available opportunity, but it's not the only possible line of attack. UKIP's glaring achilles heel is their ludicrous 'human driven climate change is a hoax' position. Expect them to be berated vigorously...
by marknorthfield
Wed Aug 31, 2011 4:26 pm
Forum: Climate Change
Topic: Global Warming New Zealand style!
Replies: 74
Views: 13515

This took ten seconds to find, from your Real Climate link. This is RealClimate dishing the dirt on Roy Spencer (Roy W. Spencer is a climatologist and a Principal Research Scientist for the University of Alabama in Huntsville, as well as the U.S. Science Team Leader for the Advanced Microwave Scann...
by marknorthfield
Fri Aug 26, 2011 12:51 pm
Forum: Climate Change
Topic: Global Warming New Zealand style!
Replies: 74
Views: 13515

AIC, I think you'll find something is only an ad hominem if a personal attack is being used instead of an argument. If a person is being criticised because of the weakness of their argument, that is not AH, although one would hope that any sarcasm be kept to a minimum purely for the sake of politene...
by marknorthfield
Wed Aug 24, 2011 9:11 pm
Forum: Climate Change
Topic: Global Warming New Zealand style!
Replies: 74
Views: 13515

I take it that's a no then, AIC? Shame. Meanwhile, thanks for the links. Here are some for you: http://www.skepticalscience.com/Murry-Salby-Confused-About-The-Carbon-Cycle.html http://thinkprogress.org/romm/2010/11/11/207018/judith-curry-climate-science/ http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives...
by marknorthfield
Mon Aug 22, 2011 9:48 pm
Forum: Climate Change
Topic: Global Warming New Zealand style!
Replies: 74
Views: 13515

It's very easy to parade vaguely intellectual sounding contrarianism on a forum containing a bunch of interested amateurs, isn't it? AIC, seeing as you feel so strongly about this, I presume you have at some point contributed your thoroughly researched points on Realclimate, Skeptical Science or sim...
by marknorthfield
Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:14 pm
Forum: Government and Society
Topic: Chris Huhne gives a rather good speech
Replies: 5
Views: 1871

Good stuff, on the whole, and far better late than never. But one small snag from the end of the section headed 'Negotiations' leaps out for me: From 2013, there will be new political leadership in the world’s major economies. We hope to have put the global recession behind us. Let's hope, eh? What ...
by marknorthfield
Fri May 06, 2011 7:31 pm
Forum: Government and Society
Topic: From the party that gave us Section 28...
Replies: 74
Views: 12730

I've no idea why, but there are far fewer female homophobes than male ones. I'd always assumed the_lyn was male, and quite young, because of things like this. Some might say this is just because there are more women that are a litle bit bi! My sister would probably go as far as saying they are all ...
by marknorthfield
Fri Apr 01, 2011 10:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: We have only 2 - 4 years left of BAU...
Replies: 30
Views: 3426

Hi Lord. Just call me Mark. :) I was simply responding to Ken's generalisations and didn't feel the need to bring PO into it. Yes, more expensive energy will inevitably hinder our ability to get stuff done, hence my comment about the (hardly new) argument over what we're willing to pay for in the re...
by marknorthfield
Fri Apr 01, 2011 4:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: We have only 2 - 4 years left of BAU...
Replies: 30
Views: 3426

Regarding wage inflation, I did read in the paper the other day that this year two fifths of employees will be demanding pay rises which keep up with inflation. They might not get what they demand. Are those 2/5th of employees the ones that belong to unions? If they are, I don't think the unions wi...
by marknorthfield
Wed Mar 30, 2011 3:23 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Spending Cuts March
Replies: 66
Views: 5082

Not completely impossible, but I suspect UKIP would be more successful more quickly, especially if/when the Eurozone collapses (it seems increasingly possible that it will). UKIP aren't a real political party though. They are a one-issue protest party, in a way even the greens are not. It is not po...
by marknorthfield
Wed Mar 30, 2011 10:31 am
Forum: News
Topic: Spending Cuts March
Replies: 66
Views: 5082

I admit my arguments were rather one-sided. I was, I'll admit as well, not in the best of moods when I wrote that. OK, I'll go further: I was talking out of my arse. Appreciated. The public will buy the most exciting and the simplest story that they are sold. In desperate times, given the choice be...
by marknorthfield
Wed Mar 30, 2011 10:09 am
Forum: Nuclear Power
Topic: Nuclear accident follows Japanese earthqauke
Replies: 759
Views: 136096

4 of the damaged reactors are to be scrapped, it has been anounced after "failing to bring them under control" Details here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12903725 Gosh. And there was me thinking they were going to get them up and running again in a few months. Surely the od...
by marknorthfield
Mon Mar 28, 2011 11:25 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Spending Cuts March
Replies: 66
Views: 5082

But you know what? It was a bloody good day out. It showed that several hundred thousand people are willing to get up off their collective arses in the name of putting the needs of ordinary people above those of the very wealthy and well-connected who have the game rigged so ridiculously far in the...