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What If The UK Were A Reflection Of Its Prime Minister?

Aimless with Heath, self-defeating with Callahan, self-centred with Thatcher, clueless-yet-advancing with Major, booming in its own bubble with Blair, and now unstoppably gloomy with Brown…does the UK follow the PM du jour, or is the PM always what the UK deserves (and wants)?

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Con Una Magistratura Cosi’ Perche’ Non Festeggiare?

Com’e’ possibile che per l’ennesima volta i destinatari degli avvisi di garanzia ne vengano a sapere dai giornali? E non c’e’ niente di strano nella concentrazione delle indagini, che misteriosamente vanno a stagioni, prima contro il Pentapartito, poi contro Berlusconi e adesso contro il PD, guarda caso proprio mentre Robespierre-Di Pietro e la sua armata di forcaioli allegri sente di essere molto popolare?

Come al solito, in Italia si finisce con l’avere una cura (magistrati d’assalto, “‘ndo cojo cojo”) che e’ peggio della malattia (corruzione, concussione, etc etc).

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How To Link Record Cold And Snow To Global Warming…

…in a few easy steps!

  1. If a winter is warmer than the average, claim that as evidence that the globe is warming and the climate is changing, because winters are supposed to be cooler
  2. If the following winter is warmer than the average, go back to 1.
  3. If the following winter is average or colder, claim that as evidence that the globe is warming and the climate is changing, because even if winters were initially supposed to be as cold as the average, since recent winters have been warmer than that, then an average or cooler winter is a change in climate (and it is due to global warming because everything is)

Sadly, the above is not an example of sarcasm, but the unvarnished truth of some unbelievable debate currently at play in Italy. I may (or may not) translate the whole thing, but for now I’ll simply point to the record-breaking snowfalls in Piedmont and the Vallée d’Aoste, Northwestern Italy, where :

  • the village of Balme has seen 170cm, 5’7″ of snow in just 24h (previous record in that part of the Alps: 115cm, 3’9″, again in Balme in 1933)
  • Limone Piemonte has been buried in more than 200cm, 6’7″ of snow
  • Champoluc, Vallée d’Aoste, is likely to be evacuated because of too much snow

I’ll also post quite spectacular pictures when I find the time. Couple of videos may suffice for now:

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Times of Desperation (If You're Hopeless)

Haven’t posted much of late…apart from being busy with my actual life, there is no much fun in pointing out the Emperor has no clothes, when the aforementioned Emperor keeps catching one cold after another…

Anyway, the dependable Richard Black is putting out some of his true soul in his blog at the BBC (or so it appears). He just got elegiacally desperate about “the wild Mekong“, wondering if

within a couple of human generations, Homo sapiens will be exercising its untrammelled dominance over most of the Greater Mekong, just as it does now over the Danube, Ganges and Colorado.

The species peering into forest camera traps today will then be only glimpsed in the cages of zoos and the pages of natural history books, and journalists and conservation groups will be telling their even more familiar feel-bad tale of “species in peril”.

Mr Black declared he “would love to be wrong”. I do not know if I have any argument about that. But I can make two quick points, related to each other.

First is that I can hear the lament but not much more than that. Europe itself was a forest long time ago, perhaps from Portugal to the Urals. Then people came in and changed their environment: some non-human species have lost out, others have prospered.

Despite what the WWF tries to depict, in this very day we simply do not live in sterile wastelands, and in all likelihood the Greater Mekong region won’t become one either.

Isn’t it a tad too convenient that as soon as a place like Laos gets a chance to prosper (and WITHOUT emitting CO2!!!) then we jump right in, tut-tutting and saying no-this and no-that? It’s like getting Bill Clinton lecturing against cheating on one’s wife.

Second point is that there’s lot of cultural issues behind our reasoning. One hundred years ago nature was red in tooth and claw, and extinctions seen as the way things are supposed to be. Nowadays nature is fragile in the extreme, and conservation seen as the way things are supposed to be. Who knows what will people think two generations in the future?

I have a feeling they won’t look in sympathy at anybody hoping the human race will be wiped out…and in the name of what?

Whatever angst we feel then, there’s always the chance that it will simply pass…just don’t despair. There is no point in doing that.