Arise, and greet the dawn with cheerful song!

Stepping back from politics for a moment – the situation that Matthew Arnold sketched almost 200 years ago in his poem Dover Beach –  “And we are here, as on a darkling plain, swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight, where ignorant armies clash by night.”

We have a mission to pursue a world of peace, freedom and prosperity by exploring and explaining the implications and applications of critical rationalism (the philosophy of Chairman Karl Popper), classical liberalism, Austrian economics and a robust moral framework including honesty, compassion, personal responsibility, social responsibility, tolerance and civility. There is great work to be done!

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/43588/dover-beach

Read all about it. And buy the books. The prices  have  been enhanced to make the books more attractive to people who think that cheap things are rubbish. Get in before they are enhanced again! There will be no Boxing Day sale.

UPDATE. Wind was providing 16% of peak demand last night and 10% at the peak this morning.

Jo Nova on the successful Russian intervention to undermine fracking in the West.

Russia makes about $300 billion in gas and oil exports each year. For a tiny tenth of a billion dollars it fed western activists and successfully stopped fracking development in the UK (and some parts of Australia apparently). It’s what you call a stupendous investment.

Matt Ridley lays out just how game changing the discovery of shale fracking could have been for the UK, and how easily the politicians and system was exploited and fell over:

Jo Nova Bonus Pack. Posts on politics.

Models  vs reality. Another quality find from Don Aitkin.

Visual display of sources of Aust electricity and trends in recent years.  A very handy presentation, you will see more from this source. Has to be enlarged for good viewing. The renewable numbers are inflated by hydro!

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9 Responses to Arise, and greet the dawn with cheerful song!

  1. Herodotus

    The ABC’s Robin Williams needs to revisit Popper, who he has been known to make use of in his science show from time to time. Robin and his ABC cohort are so deeply into the scientific fraud of climate change that they should have a collective guilty conscience. I know, tell me I’m dreamin.

  2. Bruce

    In other “energy” news:

    That Swedish person has made it across the ocean by high-tech boat. Not even a Balsa-wood raft a la another Scandinavian.

    As others have asked, “Why didn’t she just walk?”

  3. Roger

    For a tiny tenth of a billion dollars it fed western activists and successfully stopped fracking development in the UK (and some parts of Australia apparently). It’s what you call a stupendous investment.

    The Russians have a lot of experience manipulating Western activists going back to the 1930s.

    The ideological goals change but the methods remain the same.

    And, for our part, we seem to have no difficulty raising each new generation of useful idiots for them to exploit.

  4. calli

    I do that most mornings, Rafe.

    It seems to annoy people.

    a robust moral framework including honesty, compassion, personal responsibility, social responsibility, tolerance and civility

    That was once considered normal behaviour. What happened?

  5. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Matt Ridley lays out just how game changing the discovery of shale fracking could have been for the UK, and how easily the politicians and system was exploited and fell over:

    political whores, Xenephon, Carr, Keating et al. will sell the country out for a quick buck,

  6. Rafe Champion

    Good work calli! Keep it up.

  7. I_am_not_a_robot

    The climate models for the critical mid-troposphere over the Equator* depart from observations around 2000, the date from which they were actually predicting rather than being ‘trained’.
    In other words they have been useless from day-one, with the notable exception of the Russian model INM-CM4 (Institute of Numerical Mathematics of the Russian Academy of Sciences) — so far.
    * that is where the so-called ‘hot spot’ or ‘fingerprint of enhanced greenhouse warming’ is supposed to be but has never been observed. It doesn’t mean that the increasing CO2 concentration is not causing some warming, just that there is no evidence of the assumed significant water vapour feedback.

  8. I_am_not_a_robot

    Ross McKitrick has done a short update of surface model projections vs observations.
    The model projections (or predictions) date from 2000.

  9. Nob

    The Russian link to anti fracking (or anything that threatens their gas revenues,) was even mentioned by Hillary and dutifully reported by the NYT. Seems like a world away now.
    I’m on the move but somebody can Google for the link.

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