Daily Archives: December 13, 2014

Where are the snows of yesteryear?

We're back

We’re back

Gone forever, global warmists mourned in 2000.

“Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past.”

Britain’s winter ends tomorrow with further indications of a striking environmental change: snow is starting to disappear from our lives.

Sledges, snowmen, snowballs and the excitement of waking to find that the stuff has settled outside are all a rapidly diminishing part of Britain’s culture, as warmer winters – which scientists are attributing to global climate change – produce not only fewer white Christmases, but fewer white Januaries and Februaries.

The first two months of 2000 were virtually free of significant snowfall in much of lowland Britain, and December brought only moderate snowfall in the South-east. It is the continuation of a trend that has been increasingly visible in the past 15 years: in the south of England, for instance, from 1970 to 1995 snow and sleet fell for an average of 3.7 days, while from 1988 to 1995 the average was 0.7 days. London’s last substantial snowfall was in February 1991.

Global warming, the heating of the atmosphere by increased amounts of industrial gases, is now accepted as a reality by the international community. Average temperatures in Britain were nearly 0.6°C higher in the Nineties than in 1960-90, and it is estimated that they will increase by 0.2C every decade over the coming century. Eight of the 10 hottest years on record occurred in the Nineties.

However, the warming is so far manifesting itself more in winters which are less cold than in much hotter summers. According to Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia,within a few years winter snowfall will become “a very rare and exciting event”.

“Children just aren’t going to know what snow is,” he said.

David Parker, at the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research in Berkshire, says ultimately, British children could have only virtual experience of snow. Via the internet, they might wonder at polar scenes – or eventually “feel” virtual cold.


Here today, and lasting at least the next for weeks, reports the Daily Mail.

Britain woke up to the biggest freeze of the winter so far today with temperatures expected to tumble to -8C [17 farenheit – I looked it up]  in some areas, making it colder than Lapland with fears there could be four weeks of snow on the way. 

The Met Office says temperatures could go as low as 8C in parts of Scotland , 1C less than northern Finland making it the coldest day of the year so far in the UK.

Widespread frost is forecast, followed by gales, snow, ice and rain this weekend. Yellow weather warnings were issued for a high probability of severe cold weather, icy conditions and some snow.

No one begrudges a faulty weather forecast, but when media idiots and politicians look at a fifteen-year weather cycle and use that to pronounce the doom of man and the necessity to tax people to prevent it, some of us object.


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Heh – Instapundit contributes this bit of wisdom

Glenn Reynolds:

DECEMBER 13, 2014

I DON’T THINK HE SHOULD RUN. BUT IF HE DOES, HIS SLOGAN SHOULD BE “I FUCKING TOLD YOU SO.”  As Romney Warned, Russian Nuclear Aggression Rises In Face of American Weakness.


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I’m beginning to rethink my advice not to go to law school: it’s going to be a field day for those who can stand up

Sorry as hell

Sorry as hell

UCLA law professor forced to recant for presenting a terrifying exam question related to Ferguson.

Law school exams often present legal conundrums ripped from headlines of the day, but one UCLA law professor is apologizing for basing a test question on what is apparently a taboo subject — the fallout from the police shooting of a black man in Ferguson, Mo.

Professor Robert Goldstein said the exam question was designed to test students’ ability to analyze the line between free speech and inciting violence. It cited a report about how Michael Brown’s stepfather, Louis Head, shouted, “Burn this bitch down!” after a grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown.

The question then asked students to imagine that they are lawyers in the St. Louis County Attorney’s office and had been asked to advise the prosecutor “whether to seek an indictment against Head” for inciting violence. The exam reads:

“[As] a recent hire in the office, you are asked to write a memo discussing the relevant First Amendment issues in such a prosecution. Write the memo.”

But students complained, and writer Elie Mystal at the popular legal blog “Above the Law” opined that the test question was “racially insensitive and divisive.” Mystal also incorrectly alleged that the question asked students to “advocate in favor of extremist racists in Ferguson.”

“I recognize, though, that the recent disturbing events and subsequent decisions in Ferguson and New York make this subject too raw to make it a useful opportunity.”- Robert Goldstein, UCLA law professor

Goldstein has apologized for putting the question on the test and has promised not to grade the question.

“I clearly underestimated and misjudged the impact of this question on you. I realize now that it was so fraught as to have made this an unnecessarily difficult question to respond to at this time. I am sorry for this,” he wrote in an email to his students that a UCLA spokeswoman forwarded to FoxNews.com.

He defended his intentions in posing the question, making reference to both the Ferguson incident and a New York grand jury’s decision not to indict another police officer on the death of an unarmed man placed in a chokehold.

“As with many of my exams in this upper-level elective class, questions may be drawn from current legal issues in the news or from recent court reports. This helps make the exam educational and relevant,” he wrote in his email to students.

I’m serious: anyone with an ability to think independently, who isn’t paralyzed by ideas and concepts different from what he or she has been force-fed since kindergarten, has a wonderful career awaiting in law: clients aren’t interested in political correctness when they’re in trouble, and a creative thinker, unfettered by conventional thought police, could be wildly successful.

One caution, from someone with perfect LSATs who was rejected by both Yale and Harvard: keep your unconventional thinking to yourself when applying to school. That was thirty-five-years ago – the walls have only tightened since.


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When you are a Man of the People, you needn’t follow their laws

Walls are for the Little People

Walls are for the Little People

De Blasio has built his new “privacy wall” around Gracie Mansion without bothering to apply for a permit.

Mayor de Blasio failed to secure the proper permits to build his “privacy fence” around Gracie Mansion — and the Parks Department is now scrambling to file the paperwork after the fact, City Hall officials admitted Friday.

On Thursday, The Post exclusively reported that the mayor ordered the construction of a roughly 10-foot-tall fence inside an existing 6-foot brick wall to keep the public’s prying eyes out of his yard.

Officials couldn’t say whether any employees of the Parks Department, which handled the construction for the mayor, would be disciplined for building the barrier without first obtaining the alteration permits they needed.

City property owners are routinely levied hefty fines for such infractions.

Plans for the eyesore fence should have gone before the city’s Design Commission for review — but never did, a City Hall source also admitted. The job was finished in November.

Through a spokeswoman, de Blasio said White House fence jumpers sparked his desire to erect the barrier, for which the Parks Department paid $4,250.

“The head of the mayor’s security detail made the decision to increase the fence’s height after examining the perimeter with other NYPD officials, and in the wake of the White House fence jumping incidents,” said City Hall spokeswoman Rebecca Katz.

But security experts called that excuse bunk.


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