My thanks for everyone’s good wishes.These are much appreciated, and readers need have no fears. I am told that the operation does not confer a sunny disposition.
On the other hand out in the climate wastelands, people are wishing that the skeptics were simply gone. Once more.
Well, that is how children think – they wish their troubles (i.e., the skeptics) just disappeared. Grownups go to the hospital for a xenotransplant, … and carry their laptop with them.
All it took was to turn away a bit, and a certain Mr Monbiot was going off once again. His recent mission – cleansing the entire internet, of its fancied ills and hobgoblins.
It was a week back that Mr Monbiot saw ‘astroturf libertarians’ disrupting ‘democracy’ from playing out. The key here, if you wish to understand Mr. Monbiot – ‘democracy’ is but the handing down of high wisdom, from the illumined few to the plebieus commenteriat.
(Cross-posted at Bishop Hill)
Last November things began to go seriously wrong for the IPCC version of science. In all this, it is easy to forget how recently it was that green science, and the IPCC in particular, had a good reputation with the public for honesty and integrity. It started after a leading Indian glaciologist called VK Raina public pointed out that he disagreed with the IPCC conclusion that the Himalayan glaciers would melt away within 30 years. Raina said studies showed that at the present rate of melting, the glaciers would take hundreds of years to do so. The Indian public had previously been told that the waters from the Himalayas would dry up within their lifetimes, so this good news was published on the front pages of the newspapers.