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  1. The Express had a headline of "69% FEAR independence" or words to that effect today. I thought that was worth pointing out given the discussion above
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  2. Of course, it follows that whilst every sane person on the planet agrees that CO2 and temperatures have a relationship we are very unsure about the magnitude of that relationship, with, I think, reasonable estimates for doubling between 1.5degC to 4.5degC which is, in effect, tantamount to saying "we're really not very sure about this" Which is fine. All science is, is a rational method of sharing ideas on the proviso that this is temporary until something that better fits comes along later. In climatology, as you say, it's the model parameterisations within the limits of uncertainty nonlinea
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  3. I'm one of Blair's Bairns as we're increasingly being called now. Born in the early 90s, became 'politically conscious' around the time of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and first truly followed Scottish politics in 07 when the SNP first came to power. I think there's a massive generational challenge for Labour (and the Liberals here in the Highlands), not just because we're all much more inclined to vote for the Greens or the SNP or to back the notion of independence in principle, but because culturally, the discourse and creative movements are almost entirely dominated by the pro-indepen
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  4. Anyone involved or complicit in the cover up of child sexual abuse should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. They are just as bad as the abusers themselves (this does not include officers who tried to investigate but were threatened with legal action or death threats).
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  5. I could point to the month, like September, with a strong warming trend since 1998 to make an opposite claim about the climate, but that would be biased, wouldn't it? Or, seeing as this is about the climate, we could use some more data, rather than individual months perhaps? So how about looking at annual temps or the 12 month running average?
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  6. Sure, It doesn't mean 70% would vote Yes right now or in 5 years... The 7 in 10 lot are likely the Yes + Devo max. The 30% that think (hope) not will be those still relatively strongly in favour of the union. Historically, over the past decade, this is the level of people who say that, although its been decreasing. They are British firstly in identity mainly and against further devolution. They are also mainly over 65; their Britishness coming from when that really first became an identity in Scotland in the post war consensus. Either side of this group people are progressively les
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  7. Record-melting heat across western U.S. From California to North Dakota, a large part of the nation’s northwest half experienced summer-like heat over the weekend. Some of the more ominous reports came from fast-drying California, where the rainy season is limping to a halfhearted end. Many stations around Los Angeles and San Diego set record highs near or above 90°F on each day Friday through Sunday. In the San Francisco Bay area, all-time monthly heat records were notched on Saturday at Salinas Airport (92°F), San José (89°F), Monterey (87°F), and on Sunday in Fresno (91°F). The heat
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  8. But then we do have Abu Hamza as a senior SNP politician. Kelvin McKenzie has always had it in for Scots, I'm not entirely sure why. Whilst the figures he quotes may very well be correct, he doesn't go into why they are different. if Glasgow had vast public funds spent on it for a Crossrail link, new sewer project, airport infrastrcuture etc.. i'm pretty sure Glasgow would attract a good share of private investment also. The man is a racist bigot.
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  9. As well as the eclipse this Friday is the vernal equinox with 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness
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  10. Well, yes. Colder in relation to the most recent average, warmer in relation to most 30 year averages. Every 30 year average is cool in relation to current temps! All the other data sets have their info freely available, so anybody can convert them to any baseline they like.
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  11. The JMA data should be useful for the discussions further back as it is based on most recent thirty year base. It does highlight why some have the impression of the 1950 - 1980 period being a cool one in relation to current trend.
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  12. Catch: I really don't care that much about the cartoon, though the SNP banana skin under Cameron and Osbornes's feet was missed out, would have made for a really balanced cartoon. But then, the Sun doesn't 'do' balance and they have to fill its pages somehow after the demise of the Page 3 breast fest. Anyway, I'll get my revenge on the Kirkcaldy Kremlin on March 26th. http://www.fifedirect.org.uk/news/index.cfm?fuseaction=news.display&objectid=DFABE976-B57E-7F15-C70182638BB79DDC And again in May against the Wastemonsters.
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  13. For my area the list would be; 2013 A month worthy of many winters. 55cm accumulated snow, huge drifts, 5 ice days, 18 mornings with lying snow and 24 air frosts 1987 29cm of snow on the 6th, 23 air frosts and 14 mornings with lying snow 1962 As cold as 2013 but not as snowy 1996 Not as snowy as some on the list but unremittingly cold. Highest max' was 7.5c on the 6th 1979 A notable mid month blizzard with 22cm falling on the 16th 1995 30cm accumulated snow and 11 mornings with snow lying 2001 27cm accumulated snow and 11 mornings with lying snow 1970 A cold and snowy first half
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  14. Yes he's popular within Russia and seen domestically as strong, but where is his policy taking global politics? Apparently he was ready to put Russia's nuclear weapons on alert over Ukraine, a situation that wouldn't have happened without his interference (not jst the military intervention and supplying arms to the separatists, but as far back as him putting pressure a year earlier on Yanukovich to back off from closer ties with Europe, a move that led to protests on the streets of Kiev and then Ukrainian leader's overthrow and then the intervention/annexation/invasion, call it what you will).
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  15. If he doesn't turn up they could still plausibly say he has a heavy cold. He may really be unwell but they don't want to announce that either. What's clear is he is generally popular with a large percentage of Russians. We might not like some aspects of Russian politics, but it's hard to suppress a sly admiration for Putin - and wish we had a similarly strong leader rather than the grey non-entities since Thatcher.
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  16. I was simply countering these statements: Cherry picking on behalf of the people who produced the original graph if you like! The only reason for doing this is for political reasons not for a data comparison which is reasonable and realistic as most people without an aggenda would want to see. If you'd rather not have people respond to your unscientific statements, then perhaps you shouldn't be making them?
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