You’ll all be familiar with Mercator projections, the maps that make Greenland look five times the size it really is. Well the Mercator has fallen from grace but Mercator hybrids are still used and come in useful if you’re trying to exaggerate warmth in the Arctic.
Below we see one situation, same data, two graphics. NASA offer free software to produce the second graphic but they prefer to use the first graphic.
It’s quite comical that Greenland would fit in the blue (cold) area of Northwest Africa.
But the most dishonest map is of Greenland (below). Not for its basic inaccuracy or the projection but for how it was conceived to deceive. First thing to note is the appallingly low quality of a graphic that originated from NASA who receive billions of dollars every year to investigate ‘climate change’.
The legend is barely legible, presumably to reduce close inspection. On closer inspection this is not a before and after montage, it’s two separate phases of a brief melt that affected Greenland. But however bad the legend is, it was cropped out of most press reports allowing the disappearing white blob to give the impression of a colossal ice loss.
Then the usual press suspects who ran with this graphic glossed over the fact that the ice sheet is several kilometres thick and would take thousand of years to melt, glossed over the fact that melt was in the order of millimetres and barely detectable, glossed over the fact that such a small amount of melting would have re-frozen without much loss of ice. A true before and after graphic would have contained two very similar images.
The propaganda was served up hot and steaming, aided and abetted by an unusual choice of colours and the fact that the graphic shows two separate melts on the 8th and 12th of July 2012 but gives the impression of a before and after graphic, which would need a better legend.
Ideally this subject is best covered by Tallbloke’s Talkshop.
First of all, this is not a theory – just a collection of observations in support of the novel idea that the Sun plays a key role in Earth’s climates, not only by means of irradiance but also by variations of magnetic flux.
The Earth has its own magnetic field commonly described as a dipole with north and south poles and associated magnetic fields reaching out into the Magnetosphere. The Magnetosphere is more than twice the size of the planet but compressed at the equator on the sun-facing aspect of the planet giving maximum protection at the equator. The north and south magnetic fields reach further out and are influenced greatly by solar activity, allowing the Sun to modulate them.
This affects polar weather and the underlying high and low pressure vortices suffer maximum perturbation at times of intense Solar activity. Both poles are dominated by high pressure zones surrounded by low pressure vortices (the circumpolar trough). Chaotic changes are normal but increased at times of high solar activity. The first graphic shows a progression from order to chaos over Antarctica, the second graphic shows a typical pattern over the north pole.
The next graphic shows the predominating ocean circulations in the southern hemisphere. Worth noting that these currents are counter-clockwise while the weather systems are clockwise, the question though is do these polar currents control or dominate the whole circulation between the polar regions and the equator.
It’s entirely logical that the equatorial circulation becomes a buffer, the nullifying effect of two counterforces (the doldrums). Protagonism by the polar currents becomes even more likely, despite lesser (planetary) rotational motion they have no opposing forces. If that were the case, changes in geomagnetic energy significantly affect the oceans and by extension the water cycle and by extension the earth’s climatic regions, often referred to as ‘The Climate’.
This blog is in response to ‘Climate due to water-cycle not CO2′ and ‘Solar Magnetic influence on Earth’s atmospheric pressure’. Both are discussed at JoNova.
Solar flares, Sun spots, Mass Coronal Ejections and Geomagnetic storms are all different phenomena, occasional and variable, they do not measure the constant variation of geomagnetic energy.
Las Médulas, Spain, location of one enormous fracking head. The Romans devised a method of extracting minerals by diverting rivers into escarpments. The force of the water eroded away the base of the escarpment until large sections crashed down. In the case of Las Médulas, the whole mountain was removed leaving a collection of small hills in its place. Many of the hills have spectacular tunnels. Las Médulas was Eldorado, the gold was extracted and the Romans moved on to Segovia.
Segovia ‘lapis specularis’
The Romans had an insatiable appetite for gold and silver but another mineral ‘lapis specularis’ was also in demand and they mined it using the same hydraulic fracturing techniques they had used in Las Médulas. Lapis specularis is a crystal that they used to create small window panes, not sheet glass but a composite of crystals glued together. These were a boon to Roman baths and were used to make overhead skylights that helped heat the interior. The Roman fracking head is just outside present day Segovia.
The sample data is skewed by filtering.
If I were to extract data from football reports for ‘broken windows’ I might find there was some trouble after the local derby, that Police made some arrests after one or two windows were broken. I might also find that the Chelsea team bus suffered ‘broken windows’ as it arrived in Manchester.
What I wouldn’t find reported is ‘There was some trouble after the local derby but no windows were broken’ and similarly, ‘The Chelsea team bus arrived in Manchester and there were no broken windows’.
It follows that with Cook’s method (filtering key words) the result would indicate that broken windows accompany every football match. Continue reading
What is Political Correctness?
Political correctness is the removal of your right to an opinion. They want you shut up.
No matter what you said, they know what you were thinking. A thought crime. No matter how tangential the connotation, if you skirted the forbidden zone you are now a political enemy and you are done for. They’ll even go looking for that geographically vague, mythical land to find a hypothetical victim of your evil reference. And if the hypothetical victim is not too offended, they’ll persuade another to feel his pain. Continue reading
In the wacky world of AGW promotion we often come face to face with the template. The template is a preformatted piece of propaganda, you only need insert three or four words to complete the trick.
All the best MSM alarmists make frequent use of the same template but never acknowledge the originator, not a nod of gratitude, hat-tip or reference to the copyright holder.
This is the template
A new paper published in _____________ suggests that ______________ might/could _____________ and result in costly problem / Armageddon / apocalypse / certain death by 2015 / 2020 / 2030 / 2050
Scientists say ____________ the size of Manhattan / 4 Hiroshima bombs / time bomb
[insert image] e.g. iceberg / polar bear / dark steam / chimney / melting ice
The template makes sense, especially in businesses with branches far and wide, it gives an impression of unity and harmony to what would otherwise appear a disorganized collective – and at the same time gives a benign impression to all involved.
But there is a deeper and more sinister aspect to this.
The masters of the template obviously don’t trust their minions with ‘freestyle’ propaganda, which is a bit of an insult if you’re editor of the environment section of a major newsgroup. Because what the masters are saying to the journalist or editor is, ‘you are a useful idiot’ and I can’t imagine those journalists protesting that the word ‘useful’ is superfluous despite all the evidence indicating that ‘useful idiots’ have relatively short careers.
Evidently, the journalist is indeed a useful idiot for a cause he may or may not believe in, but while he or she can continue to overdose the storyline with if, might, may, could and likely, every second sentence, the pay cheque is in the post.
Nothing much changes. Sure, the wheel was rather a grand invention, the transistor revolutionised electronics and the microprocessor of course – but at the end of the day the human condition still exists and snake oil continues to outperform alternative investment portfolios, just ask Al Gore. Human stupidity, is there no end to it?