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Monday, 18 September 2017

Turbine Planning Application at Weaver's Mill Avoncliff

A bit of a surprise....

A planning application for a Kaplan style turbine at Weaver's Mill has been lodged with Wiltshire Council.

The documentation is available on the Wiltshire Council web presence at this link.

I'm mildly amused that Trout Cottage is listed as a neighbor when it's (afaik) - part of the property making the planning application.....  - guess - which property is not listed as a neighbor or consultee - eh?

The supporting drawings in *my opinion* are absolutely pants - and there is no excuse these days for submitting something hand drawn? and (really badly) scanned - unless one is actually trying to blur the issue.

Quite a lot of redundant verbiage in the application and a raft of relevant things simply not addressed.


Friday, 5 May 2017

The Poor Little Fishes - Science and Environmentalism

Unless you've been living in a cave - you will have heard about microbead plastics polluting the environment.

The research that resulted in a huge PR campaign by environmental groups citing emotional articles about baby fish treating plastic beads like McDonalds fast food and  flurry of bans from governments keen to polish their eco credentials   - well that "research" has hit a road bump (a while ago).

That paper has been flagged by the Swedish agency tasked with policing scientific research as very problematic indeed - and the only copy of the data used to produce the claimed results has very conveniently disappeared with a single "stolen" laptop.

The study concerned a single freshwater fish species that some angling readers might be familiar with - Perch. As far as I can see - without exception all the coverage about the consequences of the research have cited the effect on the oceans - which is rather a big leap.

Rather a large group of researchers (most having far more relevant experience and track record than the authors of the disputed study) have called out the study as having faked the data - that data now having disappeared....

See more at this link 

The conclusions that Lönnstedt and Eklöv claimed are very convenient indeed for many in the eco-charity business.  It is now several months since the academic body charged with maintaining standards recommended that the paper be retracted.

I'll bet you have not seen any hint at all - as in nothing - about this matter when "plastic pollution" has been the subject of articles in the media. The paper / "research" is still widely cited when one looks at Google - yet not a single citation that I can find at the moment has a caveat on the matter or suggests that there is any problem with the "research".

A lie goes around the world while the truth is struggling to get its socks on.


Thursday, 9 February 2017

“Walking by a River one Day, I met the EA”

“Walking by a River one Day, I met the EA” 

by Brendan Barrow

The book is like War and Peace but without the peace.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

The Dog Ate My Homework

The antics of the bureaucrats at the USA's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have hit the news  -  a whistleblower (recently retired senior scientist) has detailed the tortured process whereby a politically desirable "research" outcome was contrived and then the evidence of how it was done was destroyed before anybody could re-do / validate the arithmetic used....

The red line....

I won't repeat the relevant points made in Anthony Watts' piece - David Rose in the UK's Mail on Sunday has a piece on the matter too.

I would though challenge the concept that this is NOAA data - it isn't actual "data" - as in actual measurement - it is an example of prejudiced and dishonest manipulation of readings designed to produce a "politically useful result" - and the dog ate the computer ...  sheesh...

The obliging bureaucrats at NOAA have busied themselves churning a whole series of AGW confirmation pieces aimed at supporting the last administration's policies - some well founded but misrepresented - others completely fraudulent and contrived. All served to prop up policy initiatives which for the most part had bugger-all to do with saving the planet and a lot to do with ideological goals.

Here at Avoncliff North Mill we are inured to the antics of bureaucrats seeking to justify their wonkily contrived assertions in the service of their arbitrary self serving decisions - and I like to think we can spot BS quite accurately - not that much skill is required in this case - the sods just made it up.

There's one thing about congenital liars - they can't stop themselves.... There will be more embarrassing stuff leaking out related to fiddling the evidence for Climate Change and Global Warming. It's pretty clear that the folk involved should actually be thoroughly ashamed of themselves.  A random commenter gives us - "Karl et al reached the required conclusions by the wrong methods"

Further reading at Dr Judith Curry's ( School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology.) blog - HERE .   Quite a lot of sparks and smoke and mirrors and things....  in the comments.