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Spent the afternoon talking cars with the guys at Chicago’s Hot Rod Chassis & Cycle. One of the shop’s projects, a chopped 1934 Plymouth powered by a sweet 354 Hemi, looked particularly warm. Appropriate, that, since 1934 has just replaced 1998 as the hottest year on record:
NASA has now silently released corrected figures, and the changes are truly astounding. The warmest year on record is now 1934. 1998 (long trumpeted by the media as record-breaking) moves to second place. 1921 takes third. In fact, 5 of the 10 warmest years on record now all occur before World War II. Anthony Watts has put the new data in chart form, along with a more detailed summary of the events.
Further blogger reaction here; also, don’t miss Hot Air’s take. Meanwhile, those mispredicting muppets at Britain’s Met office are at it again:
A study forecasts that global warming will set in with a vengeance after 2009.
In April, the same mob claimed there were “no indications of an increased risk of a particularly dry or particularly wet summer.” Result: Britain’s wettest summer since 1766. I blame hot rodders.
(Via Alan R.M. Jones and Debi)
- Blair, if you keep up this insane level of posting we’re going to run out of comments.Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 08 09 at 11:14 PM • permalink
- A study forecasts that global warming will set in with a vengeance after 2009.
Brace yourself. The summer of 3076 is going to be a doozy.Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 08 09 at 11:18 PM • permalink
- Just face it, we live in an age of where self-flagelation and sack-cloth wearing is in vogue. On British TV today there was a similar report chiding us about the need to change our ways. Allo’ I thought, more enviro scolding, but no, it was about cancer and our modern lifestyles.
My point is that I just wish that people would enjoy life instead of the endless maudlin moaning and scolding that is going on at present.
- The summer of ‘34. My Granpappy tells me that was the summer the egg fryin’ on the pavement craze really hit its straps.Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 08 09 at 11:46 PM • permalink
- Had the pleasure of a ride in a ‘39 Plymouth (last of the split rear window?)
In fact, 5 of the 10 warmest years on record now all occur before World War II.
I could have told them that. I’ve been charting the record high and record lows temperatures for my area every day from the Weather Channel for the past two months. There’s a distinct pattern which shows the record colds clustered between approximately 1943 and 1980, bookended by roughly equal numbers of record highs pre-43 and post-80. And the pattern is consistent with predictions of reduced solar output beginning in ten years or so. Break out the blankets, kids, it’s gonna be chilly for a while*.
*I blame global warming.
- I read about NASA having to adjust their temperature data over at Hot Air…..it is a seriously big hole in the arguments of the global warming/climate change/Goracle™ acolytes.
It’s not conclusive, of course, but it should put to rest that assinine “the debate is over” assertion from the envirotards.
Of course, the operative word is “should”; The Goreacle™ is making way too much money to rationally debate this topic. He’ll milk the marks for all they’re worth, and then retreat to his estate to dine on fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches for the rest of his life.Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2007 08 10 at 12:58 AM • permalink
- NASA: ‘Okay, Houston, we’ve had a problem here.’
BIG OIL: ‘This is Houston. Say again please.’
NASA: ‘Houston, we’ve had a problem. The cheque you bastards sent us has bounced. Wire the money now or we blow the whole swindle wide open.’Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 08 10 at 01:08 AM • permalink
- That’s why King Kong climbed all the way up there, he was trying to catch a cool breeze.Posted by Jim Treacher on 2007 08 10 at 01:12 AM • permalink
- OK, broke down, gonna give this heah blog thing a shot…Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 08 10 at 01:13 AM • permalink
- NASA has now silently released corrected figures, and the changes are truly astounding. The warmest year on record is now 1934. 1998 (long trumpeted by the media as record-breaking) moves to second place. 1921 takes third.
So does that mean global warming has already happened? What’s the past tense of Global Warming Theory? Globe Warmed Theory?
We must take post-emptive action to stop this dreadful climatic change from already happening!
- Years that were previously colder are now hotter? Wronwright is diabolical.Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 08 10 at 01:52 AM • permalink
- Friday arvo jukebox
A message from the doctor
- lol I was wondering what happened to poor climate audit!
btw1 those yearly figures are USA only, not the global ones, and the impact on global figures is said to be 1 – 1.5% change. It still leaves 1998 as globally the hottest on record – if we trust those records …
btw2 – the recently reviewed and corrected ocean level records reveals NO increase due to GAIA – bolt has more – sigh …
- I propose putting all the people from third world countries who die of preventable diseases into sandbags that can be placed strategically around the coastline of rich countries like ours. It’s the least they could do.Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 08 10 at 02:30 AM • permalink
- We might want a good sized conventional war or few to balance out the AlGorbal Warmening.
Iirc, Napoleon got hit by the coldest winter on record in Russia. Central Europe had the coldest winter on record during the Ardennes Offensive. And north east Asia had the coldest winter on record during the US retreat from Yalu in Korea.
Coldest winters seem to prefer a war time environment.
- Good day to you 1.6.Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 08 10 at 02:34 AM • permalink
- #41 – Most of them just sit around with little or nothing to do anyway. Might as well act as levies while we plan our next global concert to combat unliked weather patterns.Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 08 10 at 02:36 AM • permalink
- Good afternoon Killaette. You’ll like this.
I arrived at the hotel, and as we were checking in, the poor, innocent chick behind the counter said, completely straightfaced:
“We’d appreciate it if you could keep showers to a minimum, because due to global warming Queensland is running out of water.”
I wasn’t sure whether it would be appropriate to mock and ridicule her to her face or behind her back later.
- Dear Tim Blair,
I hope you’re having a great time in America. I’m sure comment 14 will come true for you in America. Who can resist car show hey?
So, it is with great sadness, just to let you down gently, that we can never meet and be lovers.
I’m sorry to tell you the bad news, but it’s easier since you’re in America. You are no longer the love of my life.
Don’t worry, you have lots of talented people in here who love you. I hope you find lots of it everywhere. I still love you but it’s best that it’s never to be. The Junction may be small, but I won’t say a thing if you pass me on the street. This will make Monica Attard happy I’m sure. Margo K will love the news, and even the Taxi cab blog will probably like hearing the news. The number plate might be
- #41, 47:
I offer this suggestion:
Form a NGO funded by a global tax.
The purpose will be to hire entire populations in lesser functioning economies to act as water transmitters.
The people employed by this NGO will drink water from places where water is over abundant, and then travel to areas where water is not in abundance and take a piss.
Kind of a human bucket brigade thing.
Just think of the benefits for such places as the Sahara, Gobi and Mojave deserts!
All that walking from wet areas to dry is also a health benefit for those employed. We could probably count that as part of the pay.
- #51 About time 1.6. You know he’ll come crawling back, but just ignore him.
Hey, does this mean there is a new love interest?Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 08 10 at 02:44 AM • permalink
- #54 I think youre on to something but I dont think that we need to use people from less developed economies. I would say we should use obese people who are apparently contributing to Global warming when they die. That way we are not only doing something to help these people who are having trouble with their weight we are also doing something to combat global warming.
See killing 2 birds with 1 stone
- If he comes crawling back 1.6, be firm. As my Dad would often say to me “Your mother and I rue the day we picked you up from the orphanage”. Wait, what he would actually say was “It’s like a dog returning to its vomit, son. Have some respect.” Truly words to live and love by.Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 08 10 at 02:49 AM • permalink
I wonder if we could get it made into the required matriculation programs for our state run universities?
Saving the environment. Greening the deserts. Healthy life style change. Lemming like behavior. Unquestioned acceptance of idiotic behavior.
Seems to have everything it needs to become all the rage among our educated classes.
- You are way too good for that four-eyed ne’er-do-well, 1.6 and you know it.
Just make sure Bolta’s tie is straight before he goes on the Insiders.Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 08 10 at 02:51 AM • permalink
- margos, my addee is
- #62 – You guys are really clever.
You must have one of those top of the line net filters, cause none of it’s coming through to my screen.Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 08 10 at 02:54 AM • permalink
- Oh let me tell you a story it was sooo funny.
I went to uni the other day (for those who dont know I decided to go back and do my masters – I maintain study is like child birth you forget how traumatic it is so youll go back and do it again) and there was all this junk in the garden like an old tv with no glass in it and an iron and ironing board and some old tarps and stuff.
I was ropeable and I went to the office to complain that the university obviously hadnt done anything about the mess that had been left in the garden.
Well wasnt I shocked when I was berated by this woman for insinuating that the art departments latest exhibition was a mess
- #69 – Just joshing around, 1.6. If you’re feeling blue maybe you could treat yourself to a Toblerone and cheeky glass of wine. Failing that a spiffy pair of new heels always seems to put a rosy hue on the cheeks of fair maidens.
Remember there’s plenty of fish in the sea and as long as Al Gore doesn’t take a shine to you, you’ll be right.Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 08 10 at 03:04 AM • permalink
- #62 1.6
No worries … bullshit baffles brains
- #79 – He’s one of us Grimmy. ALthough he has much higher standards. I have to post there under a different name because of the associated shame my Blair nom de plume carries with it.Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 08 10 at 03:10 AM • permalink
- 1.6, I have experience in this breaking up business, and there are three things you need:
1. Chocolate. Chocolate always loves you.
2. Orange juice. It tastes good, and I can share a toast with you then, and most importantly:
3. Some new clothes. Preferably paid for using his credit card. This also comes under the heading “Revenge” in the Women’s Manual.
- There’s a ‘27 Roadster in the photo gallery at Hotrod Chassis &Cycle; that I would sell my soul to own.
Anyone got Satan’s email addy?Posted by Pedro the Ignorant on 2007 08 10 at 03:43 AM • permalink
I think it was the realization that there’s no oil nor 3rd world minorities to exploit in space that killed the X-planes.
I do seem to recall some folk trying to organize a rally of the project around the belief that there may be space spice to be found on asteroid islands but that didn’t seem to go anywhere.
- #91 Pedro, if you like 1920s roadsters, have a look at this 1925 Nash Ajax (light six).
When I arrived on the planet in hot 1934, my dad had one of these and it remained the family car until the 1960s.
- # 91, re Satan,
Remember how the Flight 93 memorial looked like an Islamic crescent? Well, apparently it’s been redesigned to be even more Islamic.
From the “very detailed post here” link at bottom:
”[T]he separate upper section of Memorial Wall, inscribed with the 9/11 date, centered exactly on the bisector of the giant crescent, … [puts] the date exactly in the position of the star on an Islamic crescent and star flag … [T]he 44 memorial glass blocks emplaced along the flight path, equaling the number of passengers, crew, and terrorists”
via http://dissectleft.blogspot.com ]Dissecting Leftism[/url]
- Read this reverse racist crap.
Direct your complaint to Tom O’Regan who is the Head Of School, it’s a start.
- I am a very tollerant person and I consider myself to be accepting of all races and cultures, however having been back at uni for the past 2 years I can honestly say that the way they treat domestic students compared to international students has made me far less tollerant of other races and cultures.
It is very sad but im not the only domestic student who feels like this.
- As 1.618 disappears into the sunset…
I return to my erotic fantasies of Andrea.
Oh mistress, your thighboots are dirty! Have you been out trampling trolls again?
Shall I kiss them clean, beloved Adminatrix?
You know I exist only to serve…Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2007 08 10 at 05:23 AM • permalink
- Don’t worry ladies, there’s plenty to go around.
‘No larger than a crayon’ – pardon me, but I’m still laughing over that one.Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2007 08 10 at 05:37 AM • permalink
- The increased electricity used by modern appliances is causing a shift in the Earth’s magnetic field. By the year 2327, the North Pole will be located in mid-Kansas, while the South Pole will be just off the coast of East Africa
Im begining to think that maybe not everything on this siteis really factual
- Did you mean a fresh crayon, Ash, or a well-used one?Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2007 08 10 at 05:38 AM • permalink
- Killa – I saw a blog entry a couple of days ago (not here) where the chap was worried sick. Some TV program had told him the world was going to end in five years and he was wondering, what’s the point of it all?
The world actually ended on May 29 1756.
This is a little-known fact.
PS: It happened just after lunch.
I must see if I can find that blog again, check for his reaction.Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2007 08 10 at 05:42 AM • permalink
- 142 – Google John Holmes, the man who made crayons resemble toothpicks!Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2007 08 10 at 05:44 AM • permalink
- #145 Which one?
- Which one? The first one, of course!
- 147 – come on now, girl. Right at the top of the list:
John Holmes (actor) (1944–1988), pornographic film star.
The Melbourne Truth headed his obituary THE MAN WHO WAS BORN TO PORN.Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2007 08 10 at 05:51 AM • permalink
- One of the rare occasions when the label matched the product.Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2007 08 10 at 05:52 AM • permalink
- Hee hee hee, ha hahaha, ho ho…Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2007 08 10 at 06:11 AM • permalink
- (In the dead of the night, wronwright looks outside the Tardis, first to the left, then to the right, making sure all neocons are in bed. He then, ever so quietly, resets the chronitron display, replacing 1939 with 1955, a nice safe Eisenhower year)Posted by wronwright on 2007 08 10 at 06:11 AM • permalink
- The world’s gonna end in 2012. The Mayans said so. That’s why they all got into their trans-dimensional ships and blinked out into a reality where they had space ships, so that they could flee the doomed earth.
Dont ask me why they built dimensional shifting ships to get to a reality where they’d built space ships, I have no clue. But I do suspect union labor issues as a root cause.
Anyhoo, I’m gonna take out a long term big dollar loan on my house with a variable interest rate. Since I have no plans to pay it off, I really don’t care if the rate stays as low as it is currently.
Or, anyway, I would take out such a loan if I had a house… and the kind of credit where folk will even offer a loan.
A study forecasts that global warming will set in with a vengeance after 2009.
That covers the 2007-2008, 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 government research grant periods. Hard to get grants that extend beyond the three-year funding cycle.
Science today is not about coming upo with theories and trying to disprove them. Science today is about getting as much grant money as possible and spening it for the maximum possible personal benefit.
So a climatologist heads off to somewhere in the world he has always wanted to visit and comes back with a report that says “there was a noticable rise in sea levels at Guadeloupe at certain times of the day. Got washed off my sun lounge once. Whether it was due to climate change, tide or wave action is difficult to say from the short three week research period. Research was hampered by the size of the room used as a base and recommend a suite of rooms overlooking the beach for next year’s project.”
In a halfassed attempt at being serious, for a second. I believe the earlier x’s were kanked due to new concept called
Orbital Space Plane
- Hang on Killa, which movie?Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2007 08 10 at 06:34 AM • permalink
- #4 You ain’t kidding!Posted by dean martin on 2007 08 10 at 07:01 AM • permalink
- Mine too, Ash! Here it is, just for you. (And me?)Posted by dean martin on 2007 08 10 at 07:29 AM • permalink
- Mr Blair the “at it again” link appears to be disfunctional sir.Posted by ThinAndBritish on 2007 08 10 at 08:08 AM • permalink
- #189 oops it works now. Guess I shouldn’t project my personal problems on to other people.Posted by ThinAndBritish on 2007 08 10 at 08:22 AM • permalink
- 191 I heard a good one yesterday
Warning: sexism ahead.
Machinery tends to work better when it detects the presence of someone with a penis.Posted by ThinAndBritish on 2007 08 10 at 08:34 AM • permalink
- At the risk of boring you all, I can report that the chill continues here in Australia’s only equatorial city.
The overnight temperature was around 20 deg C, and quite chilly. Especially for me at 5.00 am when I got out of bed.
I say again there is no evidence here in Darwin of any “warming”. This year has produced the longest period of cold weather that I can recall in my 30 years of living in this town.
That goes with the
“my printer won’t work, I’ve re-booted etc and it still won’t work”
IT guy walks into office, printer works.
Um, that works for everything that won’t work for you when you’re with the computer at work. It’s as if the IT bloke has some power over the computer. It’s scared of him.
- #192 Don’t know – tell you what I’ll try fixing my girlfriend’s video (which breaks twice a week) directly after a swim in an unheated pool.Posted by ThinAndBritish on 2007 08 10 at 08:46 AM • permalink
- #60 Grimmy – so much for the injunction to question everything that the kids are (supposedly) taught!Posted by carpefraise on 2007 08 10 at 09:13 AM • permalink
- *83 Ash, clearly you’re a woman of the world and need to be in every thinking woman’s friendship arsenal.
So to speak.Posted by carpefraise on 2007 08 10 at 09:17 AM • permalink
- #83 Ash – what is the budget versionj of this?Some of us may be riding a little low these days…Posted by carpefraise on 2007 08 10 at 09:19 AM • permalink
- Oh lord – instead of correcting every typo I ever make with feeble after-posts,
I will now simply apologise in advance for the orthographic contamination that may occasionally result in the frenzy to respond to interesting posts on this here blog o’ Blair’s.
Thank you for your patience and forbearance, folk of the Blair community…Posted by carpefraise on 2007 08 10 at 09:22 AM • permalink
I was pulled over by the police on my way home thisafternoon, after driving 1 hour and 10 minutes of the trip, 10 minutes from home. Lights flashing. (Where the hell did he come from? Was I speeding?) I pulled over and two police got out of the vehicle. The policeman at my window was very friendly and seemed quite pleasant. The other one was checking my car, I suppose making sure it was roadworthy, good tyres, etc, over on the passenger side. The policeman at my window said “Hello there.” Usually they tell you why, or say something like “Do you realise what speed you were doing….”
I said “Shit! Was I speeding?” I really didn’t have a clue!
He said “It’s just a license check, but you look honest.” I showed my license to him anyway.
He breathalysed me, and then I was on my way.
So you’re telling me that in the states I could be arrested for saying “Shit, was I speeding” on an aeroplane?
- this coldening thing seems to be letting up. tonight’s the first night in melbourne for ages when it’s not necessary to have the heating up full bore & wear polar fleece & explorer socks. the clincher is that for the first time in months that the cats aren’t sitting on heating vents singeing their arses. spotted daffodils in the garden today as well
- kae, the fishing was OK but not great. Some nice mangrove jacks, good cobia, spangled emperor, wrong time for barra, but we’re planning to chase Dave down in Nov-Dec.
#205, missred, being an Australian woman, I like this story. I was nearly flattened by a huge seppo lady last year in Cambodia after asking her to move aside by 6inches so that my husband could take a photo.I made the mistake of touching her arm to gain her attention, she went into a screeching fit, screaming “You touched me. You touched me.” Like, call the police? Husband and I looked at each other, rolled our eyes and told the silly bint to get a life.
The rest of our travels were good.
Hawaii, 1991, honeymoon. Big Island. Volcano park, main crater, the name of which escapes me. Sorry.
A man was taking video of his wife standing in front of a static display, a map. Waited and waited for him to finish and put the camera down. And waited.
Eventually decided to duck in front of him quickly (how long do you need to get a picture of a flipping map on a wall with the missus standing in front of it?), apologising. We thought it was the only way out, past him.
Did he go off his tits and explode into abuse of “You Goddamn Ossies!” We smiled sweetly and left, hoping we wouldn’t see this old codger in the park again.
Yair, piss off ya silly old coot.
- Ash I have just phoned my girlfriend. If you’ve had them the last 3 weeks and they’re not getting any worse then that’s not a sign of labour onset. She had them periodically over her pregnancy.
However, if they increase over a short time then that is a sign.Posted by ThinAndBritish on 2007 08 10 at 11:37 AM • permalink
- Ash, you’re only a couple of weeks off your due date, right? Pay attention to those back pains. The one fact you can rely on is that the bub is gonna emerge, and all these pains are getting you ready for it. When you start feeling pains like your periods (which you haven’t had for 9 months) pack your bag and go to hospital. It happens quicker than you’d think.
- She’ll get proper treatment – she’s got the hospital and you. And no they don’t need both parents.Posted by ThinAndBritish on 2007 08 10 at 11:52 AM • permalink
- Watching Letterman because Bruce Willis is the headline guest. What a crack up!
He came onto the set wearing an apparatus (about 75cm tall) on his head… his personal wind power generator.
He said he’d been “influenced” by Al Gore’s movie, “whatever”. He reckons it’s actually global humidity that’s the real problem, so he’s making his own film called…
“An Unappealing Hunch”. Gotta love it.
The early morning sun reflects from the windows of the 50-story headquarters of Paco Enterprises, transforming the building into a tower of brilliant light, a beacon to the huddled consumers of all nations, yearning to be hip and well-equipped. From the CEO’s penthouse suite, situated in the rooftop garden (said to resemble the hanging gardens of Babylon, except on a somewhat larger scale), a shout of “Eureka!” startles a small flock of turkey buzzards that had been roosting on the ledge. The voice – not of a captain, but of a field marshal of industry – barks commands into a telephone which is linked directly to the Product Development Division. “Stu? Paco. I got one word for you: Simmer-Quick!”
You need to search further afield: “McEnroe, Rick”.
CheersPosted by J.M. Heinrichs on 2007 08 10 at 01:51 PM • permalink