Guess who?

Other than that, there are bad points about them both.

With Le Pen it is undoubtedly the very ugly undercurrent of racism and anti-semitism. Yet with Melenchon, the problem is economic stupidity of a Venezuelan level of ghastliness.

A 100 per cent tax rate gains no revenue whatsoever, but that is proposed. In an ageing country, he proposes lowering the pensions age. He would kill off the nuclear industry which supplies 75 per cent of current electricity, and in general appears about as well informed as Chavez himself.

Not an appealing choice, but as your parents should have, but probably didn’t, tell you about choosing a mate: ugly beats stupid every time.

Even Bath has guerrillas these days

They are the bane of road users around the country, causing countless damage to cars and endless cycling accidents.
Now residents in one of the UK’s most well-to-do towns have taken a novel approach to dealing with the scourge of potholes opening up in their streets.
So-called ‘guerrilla gardeners’ are filling the cracks and craters in their roads with pretty flowers in a very peaceful protest.

Of course, this being Bath they’re not like those elsewhere, not at all, that would never do.

No, this isn’t a river vanishing

This is a river moving:

An immense river that flowed from one of Canada’s largest glaciers vanished over the course of four days last year, scientists have reported, in an unsettling illustration of how global warming dramatically changes the world’s geography.

No, really, it didn’t:

For hundreds of years, the Slims carried meltwater northwards from the vast Kaskawulsh glacier in Canada’s Yukon territory into the Kluane river, then into the Yukon river towards the Bering Sea. But in spring 2016, a period of intense melting of the glacier meant the drainage gradient was tipped in favour of a second river, redirecting the meltwater to the Gulf of Alaska, thousands of miles from its original destination.

Rivers do in fact change their beds. This is notable for the size of the change but not much more.

I approve

Tax Day Reading of Our Glorious Tax Code at IRS HQ in DC

This Tax Day, April 18, will see the first-ever public reading of our glorious Tax Code.

This riveting event begins at 7 a.m. in front of IRS headquarters in Washington, DC.

The good people of the Tax Revolution Institute will keep going until it is too dark to carry on, or they lose their voices.

The absurdity of the event is intended to match the 74,000-page absurdity of the tax code.

To witness this madness, go to the IRS building on Tuesday, April 18, located at 1111 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC — or watch live at


Most of the complaints center around the corporate-centric nature of Fearless Girl, which was commissioned by State Street Global Advisors as a generic promotion of the idea of women in leadership.

“Feminists would be hard-pressed to find a better symbol of the movement’s widening class divides than Fearless Girl,” wrote Christina Cauterucci of Slate. “As Jia Tolentino ably lays out in the New Yorker, contemporary feminism’s fixation on the incremental admission of a small number of women into traditional halls of power ignores both the vast majority of women and the ways other forms of oppression disproportionately harm women.”

It’s hard to disagree with that,

Hmm, well, everyone else reads that and thinks “it’s bollocks love”


Let us review the facts: Clinton had the backing of the entire Democratic establishment, including the president (his biggest mistake in eight years by far), and was even married to the last, popular Democratic president. As in 2008, when she managed to lose to a neophyte whose middle name was Hussein, everything was stacked in her favor. In fact, the Clintons so intimidated other potential candidates and donors, she had the nomination all but wrapped up before she even started. And yet she was so bad a candidate, she still only managed to squeak through in the primaries against an elderly, stopped-clock socialist who wasn’t even in her party, and who spent his honeymoon in the Soviet Union. She ran with a popular Democratic incumbent president in the White House in a growing economy. She had the extra allure of possibly breaking a glass ceiling that — with any other female candidate — would have been as inspiring as the election of the first black president. In the general election, she was running against a malevolent buffoon with no political experience, with a deeply divided party behind him, and whose negatives were stratospheric. She outspent him by almost two-to-one. Her convention was far more impressive than his. The demographics favored her. And yet she still managed to lose!

She really wasn’t a very good candidate, was she?

What horrors, really!

A mollycoddled ‘snowflake’ generation of children rely on teachers to bail them out ahead of crucial exams by running free ‘booster’ classes.

Revision being something that has been done by teachers since when, Aristotle?

“Now, Alexander, do you remember what I told you about Afghan Princesses?”

“Umm, sing “Where’s Your Poppa Gone” as a lullaby? Make sure she’s friends with my catamite! Umm, no, no, don’t push me, get her to cook for my other wives? Err, compare her lashes to those of the finest camel? Umm, ”

“Well, yes, this is one lesson we should revisit before finals then, don’t you think?

Umm, really?

Strike Against Gender Bay Area

A Facebitch page.

I can understand a strike against gender discrimination, even one in favour of it. But how does one strike over a biological reality? Is this like striking because to get to the Moon we’ve got to use those phallic symbols of Elon Musk and the like instead of just flapping our arms and wishing?

As I said, everything United does will be suspect now

An engaged couple were removed from a United Airlines flight to Costa Rica on Saturday, as the airline remained under scrutiny following outrage caused by a video last week of a passenger being forcibly removed from a flight.

Seriously, everything trivial:

The statement from a United spokeswoman said the airline offered the couple a discounted hotel rate for the night, and rebooked them on a Sunday morning flight.

But Michael Hohl and his fianc, Amber Maxwell, told KHOU they tried to pay for upgraded seating and were denied, after finding another passenger sleeping across their seats when they were the last to board.

After moving within the economy cabin a few rows up, flight crew denied their request to pay a supplement for the seats, which United sells as “economy plus”, and told them to move back to their original seats, Hohl said.

“We thought not a big deal, it’s not like we are trying to jump up into a first-class seat,” Hohl told KHOU. “We were simply in an economy row a few rows above our economy seat.”

Enquiring minds want to know

Within them sits some 80,000 years of history, offering researchers tantalising clues about climate change and the Earth’s past. At least that was the case – until the precious cache of Arctic ice cores was hit by warming temperatures.

A freezer malfunction at the University of Alberta in Edmonton has melted part of the world’s largest collection of ice cores from the Canadian Arctic, reducing some of the ancient ice into puddles.

“For every ice-core facility on the planet, this is their No1 nightmare,” said glaciologist Martin Sharp.

Were they using renewable energy to power those freezers?

What I want to know is why are these people lying to us?

The effect on wellbeing of exposure to nitrogen dioxide, a gas mostly produced in diesel fumes, is comparable to the toll from losing a job, ending a relationship or the death of a partner, research suggests.

I’m perfectly willing to run with the idea that NoX is dangerous, that the concentrations in cities are more so and even that diesels are a major source in cities. But that’s not the same as being willing to agree to that dreck:

The largest human source of nitrous oxide emissions is from agriculture which accounts for 67%

Fossil fuel combustion and industrial processes are an important source of nitrous oxide emissions. These two combined are responsible for 10% of human emissions which equals 700,000 tonnes of nitrous oxide per year

A substantial amount of nitrous oxide is caused by biomass burning, which accounts for 10% of human-caused emissions.

Atmospheric deposition is another substantial human source of nitrous oxide emissions. Human activities release nitrogen compounds into the air which eventually falls back down to the Earth’s surface.

As with animal waste, human waste is a significant source of nitrous oxide emissions. Sewage plants and septic tanks are used to store and treat wastewater. Many of these systems create conditions that are favorable for nitrous oxide producing bacteria. Human sewage produces 3% of human emissions

Apart from being created by human activities, nitrous oxide is also released into the atmosphere by natural processes. The Earth’s soil, oceans and atmosphere are all natural sources of nitrous oxide emissions.

Human sources of nitrous oxide are smaller than natural emissions but they upset the balance in the nitrogen cycle that existed before the Industrial Revolution.

So, those wood burning stoves contribute. Fossil fuels, overall, are a minor addition to other human caused sources, the human caused being smaller than the natural. And nowhere is diesel particularly called out as a source.

My source for this?

Source: IPCC Fourth Assessment Report: Climate Change 2007, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

So, now what we’ve got to do is go back through all this shite talking about diesels and tease out what is their specific contribution to the problem. We need rather more than just they produce NoX, there’s a lot of it about. We need to know how much of that a lot is down to this one source.

Anyone know of any studies that actually do this?

This is something that seriously bugs me about Americans

You know, sorry and all, but better out than in.

On the part of the Esta form which reads “Do you seek to engage in or have you ever engaged in terrorist activities, espionage, sabotage, or genocide?” Kenyon ticked yes instead of no.

He only learned of his error when his grandson’s travel was refused. “I couldn’t believe that they couldn’t see it was a genuine mistake and that a three-month-old baby would be no harm to anyone,” said the 62-year-old.

The baby was taken from his home in Poynton, Cheshire, to the embassy in Grosvenor Square, London, to be questioned by officials. The round trip took about 10 hours, longer than the nine-and-a-half-hour flight time from Manchester to Orlando.

“Baby Harvey was good as gold for the interview and never cried once. I thought about taking him along in an orange jumpsuit, but thought better of it,” said Kenyon. “They didn’t appear to have a sense of humour over it at all and couldn’t see the funny side.

“He’s obviously never engaged in genocide, or espionage, but he has sabotaged quite a few nappies in his time, though I didn’t tell them that at the US embassy.”

It’s not the lack of a sense of humour. That can, sadly, happen to people of any cultural grouping. Rather, the thing which drives me up the wall about Americans–of a certain type possibly–is their rock hard belief that the rules of the bureaucracy are actually important.

To be possibly hyperbolic about it, the British deal always was that we’d have very few rules but those we did have were both really important and also ones that pretty much everyone agreed with. No murdering people for example–yes, obviously, murderers don’t quite agree with that but pretty much everyone does. The French/Russian whatever deal was that there will be masses and masses of rules but no one is going to take them seriously. Even those supposedly enforcing them are going to be reasonable about it–or in the Russian version slipped a few roubles to shut up and go away.

The Germans had and have lots of rules and they’re important. Socially at least. Move into a block of flats and you’re highly likely to find a schedule for when it’s your turn to sweep he driveway. And it would be a terrible social faux pas, and possibly even illegal, if you didn’t do it. And properly too.

And that’s what pisses me off about America. They’ve that German attitude towards the rules. It must be important other wise why would there be such a rule? And sod being reasonable – or bribeable – we’re going to do everything by that book of rules. Up to and including interviewing a three month old baby about his terrorist activities.

Perhaps the problem is that the US is still too young a culture. They didn’t get ruled by the Hapsburgs for 400 years and thus don’t have the beneficial contempt for bureaucrats which makes for a happy life.

Roaming some You Tube

And looking up lyrics of songs and so on, just a nice way to spend an hour:

Your beauty and kindness
Made tears clear my blindness
While I’m worth my room on this earth
I will be with you

Not a bad bit of a decent love song. In fact, that penultimate line I consider to be very good indeed. Will have to steal it at some point.

Well, it’s not Cliff, is it?

A British pop star is alleged to have raped a 14-year-old girl after his bodyguard plucked the teenager from the front row of his concert.
The woman says she was plied with champagne by the singer who then pinned her down and attacked her in his hotel suite in the 1970s in an ordeal that ‘affected [her] entire life’.

Batting for the wrong team.

Nice to confirm it of course

Men who were born after the Black Death were taller than men who lived through the Industrial revolution, a study revealed.
The height of men has fluctuated throughout history, according to scientists who analysed 4,700 skeletons over the last 2,000 years.
They found that men were shorter in the Dark Ages than they were during the Roman occupation.
Other peaks were found after the Norman Conquest in the 11th century and between the 1400s and the early 1650s.

But really this is just Malthus all over again.

Richer times mean children are better nourished. This shows up as their being taller – but also as more surviving to have children. Population increases and per capita living standards decline to subsistence once again. At which point adults are shorter again.