Spring has sprung: And to prove it, wearing my shorts and stripped to the waist I went and sat in the garden for all of 20 minutes! I could see the curtains twitching as some of my elderly, lady neighbours took advantage in order to catch a glimpse of my body - insatiable, they are, insatiable! Dammit, after a seemingly endless, wet, windy Winter it was such a tremendous pleasure to feel the sun on my body. I am told that it is "A Good Thing" for old codgers like me to soak up as much sunshine as possible because it is the best way to ingest vitamin D which provides energy - and as the 'Memsahib' would tell you in strong terms, I am definitely lacking in energy!
More sun news: I have mentioned before that over recent years I have become rather bored with all this AGW nonsense. I am incapable of understanding the science but just one look at the eye-ball swivelling, mouth-dribbling, demented 'Greenies' who insist on moaning that we're all doomed is enough to convince me that man-made effects on the world's temperatures are minimal. Anyway, finding the topic tedious I rarely visit that temple of proper scientific methodology 'What's Up With That' but this morning I took a quick look. Happily, the host, Anthony Watts had an article reporting that some Swiss boffins were convinced that the activities of the sun had a direct bearing on our global temperatures. Well - duh! - I thought, I've been saying that for years and I didn't even pass 'O'-level physics! Anyway, as usual there was a comment trail of at least 230 but, happily, amongst them were several from Leif Svalgaard, an acerbic planetary swot whose usually brief and to the point comments crack me up even though I don't understand them. I really like his style even though he has the temerity to disagree with my 'theory' that it's 'those bloody sunspots wot dunnit'!
Sometimes I worry about my e-pal Malcolm Pollack: Normally he is a very amiable fellow, although on occasions his grumpiness can edge dangerously close to 'Warp Factor 9' - but then, if I lived in America these days I suspect I might get a bit curmudgeonly! Anyway today I came across a fascinating post on his blog on the subject of how to build a pyramid of skulls - yeeeeeees, quite!
A somewhat esoteric subject but when you think about the technicalities of piling up neatly some 70,000 skulls it becomes rather fascinating. How you set about producing 70,000 skulls is a subject best avoided!
The 'Heffalump' injects some realism into the 'Remoaners': Simon Heffer in The Telegraph has been doing his homework and quotes extensively from two reports issued by some economic swots on a realistic estimate of our future outside the EU.
A new Policy Exchange report by two Cambridge economists Graham Gudgin and Ken Coutts) and two from Ulster University (Neil Gibson and Jordan Buchanan) has interesting findings for those of us bored witless by the continuation of the idiotic Project Fear, the bouquet of lies used to try to bully us into voting Remain, which ended the political careers of David Cameron and trainee journalist George Osborne.
They remind us that the immediate forecasts of the Treasury, IMF and the OECD were, in order, wrong, wrong and wrong again! What none of the 'scaredy cats' amongst the 'Remoaners' ever tell us is that ever since the euro was introduced, British exports have gone down, down, down. Indeed, they fail to tell us that British exports to the EU will drop to more or less the same level in 2030 whether or not we Brexit! In addition:
And, given new migration controls, the report concludes that “per capita GDP is predicted to be higher by 2030 as a result of Brexit as slightly less GDP is shared among a smaller population.”
Cue: chorus of wailing and much gnashing of teeth from the Remoaners!
A sign of the times, Mr. President: So best not to ignore it! As some of you know from the number of referrals I make to him, I much admire the proprietor of I Hate The Media. He is the epitome of a crusty old conservative - now why would that appeal to me? Anyway, it appears that after a mere 11 weeks in office, 'The Donald' has pissed him off 'yuuuugely'! Apparently, his favourite Congressman is under political assault from the Trump team for failing to support their own shambles of a medical scheme and which was 'designed'(!) to replace Obama's. Not good politics, Don baby, to attack your own party members.
Feeling a bit sweaty, Mr. Assange? To be honest, I didn't think they 'did' elections in South America but according to the WSJ, Ecuador is poised to elect a new 'el Presidento'. The 'Leftie' candidate is called Lenin Moreno - yeeeees, quite! - and his opponent is Mr. Guillermo Lasso. The former promises to protect Mr. Assange forever but Mr. Lasso says he will boot him out of the Ecuadorean embassy in London. I think, Julian, you can expect a warm reception!
No more rumbles