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Global warming stopped? Surely not. What heresy is this? Haven’t we been told that the science of global warming is settled beyond doubt and that all that’s left to the so-called sceptics is the odd errant glacier that refuses to melt?
Aren’t we told that if we don’t act now rising temperatures will render most of the surface of the Earth uninhabitable within our lifetimes? But as we digest these apocalyptic comments, read the recent IPCC’s Synthesis report that says climate change could become irreversible. Witness the drama at Bali as news emerges that something is not quite right in the global warming camp.
With only few days remaining in 2007, the indications are the global temperature for this year is the same as that for 2006 – there has been no warming over the 12 months.
But is this just a blip in the ever upward trend you may ask? No.
This story in the New Statesman is illustrated with the required pictrue of a polar bear.
Anorak’s picture is from a story headlined “Global warming advocates rally downtown”, published in a New Hampshire, USA, organ, owned by the mighty Dow Jones, Inc.
Sam Witherbee, a Carbon Coalition employee, says their efforts converged now because of the upcoming primary and the change of season. “Climate change will affect this area,” says Witherbee. “We’re here showing we love winter, love the cold weather. That’s who we are and we don’t want it to change.”
And this: “Bill Burtis, also of the Carbon Coalition, said the turnout was a good one. He said it was almost as cold as the day former presidential candidate Al Gore gave his global warming speech in New York City.”
So the Al Goreans hot air hasn’t made it worse…
Or to put it another way, Bethlehem residents paint over graffiti depicting them as dumb animals.
Writes the paper’s Rebecca Harrison “in Bethlehem”: “Bethlehem residents have painted over a satirical mural by the graffiti artist Banksy that was meant to highlight their plight.
The elusive British artist had painted six images around the town to help drum up tourism before Christmas and to illustrate the hardships faced by Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.”
Good old, Banksy. Without him what hope Bethlehem of getting any tourists to rock up for Christmas. Many are the nun, shiny eyed evangelist and coachload of tourists who have arrived at the site and wondered that it could only benefit from a bit of graffiti.
The now erased picture was of an Israeli solder checking a donkey’s papers. Bethlehem is a site protected by the Israelis keen to stop Islamists from blowing it to smithereens. Banksy finds this worthy of his satire.
So too does Harrison: “But the irony behind the depiction of an Israeli soldier checking a donkey’s identity papers was lost on some residents, who found it offensive.”
“We’re humans here, not donkeys,” says local Nasri Canavati. “This is insulting. I’m glad it was painted over.”
Says Harrison: “To be called a donkey in Palestinian society is similar to being called an idiot.”
Or a hack…
Coronation Street Quote of the Century…
Audrey Roberts: “Ecstasy tablets… In my salon?!”
PEOPLE magazine to George Bush: Has the White House been good or bad for your marriage?
The President: “It has been great. Because strong marriages, under stress, get stronger. The White House has made a good marriage really good.”
Has Bill Clinton been involved in any sex scandal since he entered the White House?
WE lost: The names chosen by The Earl and Countess of Wessex for their son are James Alexander Philip Theo.
APPLE has settled a legal row with tip site Think Secret that will see the website closed.
The legal battle between Apple and the site blew up in January 2005 when Think Secret revealed details of the Mac Mini before its official unveiling.
Apple brought the lawsuit to make the fan site reveal who had leaked details about the cut-down computer.
By agreeing to shut down, the Think Secret site gets to preserve the anonymity of its sources.
Nick Ciarelli, Think Secret’s publisher, says: “I’m pleased to have reached this amicable settlement, and will now be able to move forward with my college studies and broader journalistic pursuits.”
Apple declined to provide details of the settlement but a spokesman said it was “happy to have this behind us”…
A California court initially sided with Apple but the hi-tech firm lost the case on appeal. The outcome of that said bloggers should be considered as journalists and subject to the same protections.
Suing your fans is not exactly great PR, especially for a brand that protrays itself as non-corporate and challenging…
Gordon’s Vim – Stanislav
“Ken is Denying the Truth” – Andrew Gilligan
As if – Iain Dale
Matt Drudge’s Money – Portfolio
IT seems: “Men are naturally more comedic than women because of the male hormone testosterone, an expert claims.
“Men make more gags than women and their jokes tend to be more aggressive, Professor Sam Shuster, of Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, says.
“The unicycling doctor observed how the genders reacted to his “amusing” hobby.
“Women tended to make encouraging, praising comments, while men jeered. The most aggressive were young men, he told the British Medical Journal”
Victoria Wood is a woman – Hale & Pace are men
When philosophers attack: “This book runs the full gamut from the mediocre to the ludicrous to the merely bad,” begins Colin McGinn’s review of On Consciousness by Ted Honderich. “It is painful to read, poorly thought out, and uninformed. It is also radically inconsistent.”
Says his lawyer: “He looks like Santa Claus because of what he has been through.”
Santa is a fat, jolly, ruddy-cheeked man. If this is what Guantanamo Bay does to you look out for it being reclassified as a health farm…
Christopher Hitchen’s Grinch:
THE Secret of Mike Huckabees’s success:
The miracle birth of the Republican candidate with the four-word name — Mike Huckabee Iowa Front-runner — has as much to do with social class as religion. There is nothing subtle about Huckabee’s celebration of his humble roots: He gleefully told 150 supporters (some more accurately described as acolytes) in Marshalltown Thursday morning that a “Republican muckety-muck” had recently declared that Huckabee was unelectable because he had a “hick last name.”
Then, a few minutes later, Huckabee returned to his obsession with the name game. “I didn’t grow up with a name that opened a lot of doors or had a Rolodex,” he boasted, harking back to his childhood in Hope, Ark. Then, the candidate suddenly switched to a twangy version of an upper-class lockjaw accent as he recalled, “Nobody said, ‘Oh, he’s a Huckabee, let him in.’” After the laughter died down, Huckabee added, “I often say that for my family, summer was never a verb. We summered in hay fields and chicken yards and all kinds of stuff.”
Of course, Huckabee is laying it on thick, but the candidate is peddling his common-man persona more than any specific set of policies. This time around, Romney (the governor’s son) and McCain (the son of an admiral) lack convincing hard-scrabble stories from their early years. And the Bush family is not exactly the embodiment of portraits in populism. Huckabee, in fact, stole a joke that Jim Hightower famously used to ridicule the elder George Bush at the 1988 Democratic Convention. “Many of you work hard,” Huckabee said, as he looked out at the breakfast crowd (not a tie or a dress-for-success outfit in view) at the Best Western in Marshalltown. “That’s what America’s always been about. It’s not about folks who were born on third base and think they hit a triple.”
Does Gordon Bown’s accent change when he’s in Scotland?
DECK the fools (bit late but good): “ANTI-CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE”
Ladies and gentlemen, (naughty) boys and girls… it’s time to call an end to a ridiculous charade:
You are cordially invited to a public anti-Christmas carol service in Parliament Square at 6:30pm on Thursday the 20th of December 2007.
With apologies to Amnesty International… yet again.As with previous years, candles and song sheets will be made available, with donations going to Medical Aid for Iraqi Children.
However, this year we will NOT be demonstrating in favour of Christmas without seeking police permission. We will instead be demonstrating against Christmas with police permission… just to be difficult.
Previously, the police have been a little bit confused about what does and does not constitute a demonstration, which is what makes their enforcement of Section 132 of the Serious and Organised Crimes and Police Act (2005) so charmingly inconsistent.
To help clarify matters, we are repeating a demonstration (that the police have claimed is not a demonstration) that is identical in every significant detail… bar one:
This year, we will be demonstrating against something instead of demonstrating in favour of it… and requesting permission so the classifcation of this event as a demonstration (or not) is on record.
UPDATE (18 Dec) – The verdict is in! The police have decided that we DO need permission. Apparently staging an event in support of Christmas is legal within a designated area without police permission, and staging an event against Christmas is not. The police are therefore guilty of religious discrimination.
KATE Moss is suing Pete Doherty to top him releasing a sex tape the pair made during their great romance.
The New York Post’s Page Six reports:
The Babyshambles frontman is negotiating with Britain’s ITV2 network to tell all about their romance and share his home videos of her in a documentary titled “Kate & Pete: A Love Story.” Doherty, who split with Moss last summer, could make $1 million, a source said, adding, “Producers hope he’ll let them use a lot of film he and Kate shot on camcorders.”
Hands up who wants to see Peter Doherty naked? We said hand up…
URI Geller went to the Savoy Hotel auction and bought 360 spoons. You can never have too many spoons…
SEAN Hoey has been cleared of causing the Omagh bombing which killed 29 people.
This means no-one has been charged with the massacre…
RUSSELL Crowe has fought virtual reality lions, and he has won. And now he won again, taking on the poker machines.
Crowe and his business partner, Peter Holmes a Court, wanted the 60 poker machines removed from the South Sydney league club in Redfern, Sydney.
Crowe and Holmes own a 75 per cent stake in the National Rugby League.
The machines rake in $1.7 million (£850,000)-a-year. Godo money for a club. But, then, what’s money when you are rich movie star and your partner a member of one of the richest families in Australia.
Say Crowe and Homes a Court: “We are not moralising here, we just believe that low-income areas like Redfern need less poker machines rather than more.
“We believe a club can be successful if it caters for our members and the broad community; is a place where families can gather for conversation and good food; and the distracting din of pokies doesn’t stop the conversation or drown out live music.”
Conversation and good food at a sports ground… Live the dream , Russell. Live the dream…
You can live the dream here, without Russell Crowe spoiling your fun…
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THE iPond is an iPod with an aquarium! A fish lives in 650 millilitres of water:
RSPCA spokesman Hugh Wirth said despite the fighting fish’s ability to breathe air from the surface, the tank was far too small for it to receive adequate oxygen. The small volume of water would lead to rapid temperature change and this meant the tropical fish would not live long, he said. The iPond should be banned, Dr Wirth said.
WRITES Ali from Las Vegas:
People unfamiliar with the US seem to think there are no Muslims in Las Vegas. Here is a pictorial essay from the LA Times about Muslims in Las Vegas. Here is a Muslim describing the situation in Las Vegas after 9/11. Here is a Muslim from Las Vegas — one of the leaders of the largest mosque — decrying radicalism. It was in Las Vegas that Mitt Romney’s bigotry towards Muslims was exposed. Further, Las Vegas has one of two major Muslim run free clinics for underserved areas ( see page two).
Famous Muslim personalities that have been driven down the Strip on their visits include Congressman Ellison, Sherman Jackson, the blind Quran scholar Muhammad Ayoub, and numerous others. A few years ago Las Vegas hosted a Quran conference. Updated: As I am new here, I am told that this conference occurs every year.
Computing Engineers Wanted:
SAY Heather Mills’ rep: “Right now she is counselling cancer children in the US and trying to facilitate a bone marrow transplant to a young mother so that this mother can live. That is the story of her life”
And the middle bit about those jazz mags…
Duelling For Same Phone Sex Job (NSFW):
ON the Anorak Forums: No, not that one her 16 year old sister.
What’s that saying, you can take the girl out of Hicksville USA but you can’t take the Hick out of the girl?
THE reasons for Northern Rock disaster chief executive Applegarth’s quick scuttle out of his office and down the back stairs for full-time departure last week became a little clearer yesterday when the Bank of England admitted the loans to the toppling bank have now hit £60 billion.
It looks very much like New Labour, having got rid of Post Office small saving accounts and completely knackered a traditional method of getting children into a savings habit, is going to have to open its own piggy bank and Nationalise the still massively haemorrhaging Northern Rock.
A Bank take-over can now only be attractive to Sado-Masochists and suicidal accountancy examination candidates. No sane qualified person would take the job on. This is a bleed of jugular arterial proportions. No Virgin plaster is going to fix this: Radical surgery is called for…in clinicians’ parlance it would be termed a commando operation because the surgeon has to do very brave things…. Read on
I said last week, we have fought World Wars on less and this figure represents twice the UK Defence budget.