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H/t Lord May on the Daily Politics Show who thought the weather being on steroids was an apt metaphor. Thanks also to Julia Slingo for the latest suitably vague scientivist phrase "consistent with".
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Doncha just love 'consistent with'? It is nearly meaningless. But said with undue solemnity, the unwary may think it has some value.
The only one better is 'not inconsistent with'
"Scientivist" good word that. If that is a scientist being an activist, is "activience" when activists pretend to understand science?
In the UK at the moment, it's more like the weather is on laxatives. (All wind & water.)
Actually, when you think about it, we get a lot of weather for a small island...
Lord May on the Daily Politics Show who thought the weather being on steroids was an apt metaphor
Being on hallucinogens is an apt metaphor for Lord May's performance!.
I suspect that Dame Slingo was not the first to use "consistent with" in this context. And I agree with Latimer, "not inconsistent with" is more equivocal.
It is extraordinary how the recent UK weather has energized the alarmists. Have a glance at the comments below this article:
Bob Ward and his acolytes claim that there is irrefutable evidence that the current UK weather is linked to climate change but not a shred of evidence is presented.
Actually I think the steriods metaphor is OK, has been a lot of strong weather events in a short time. However it's a big planet to notice things on so you can list a group of events any season of any year.. Including 200, 300, 400 years ago.- zero percent steriod/drugs use is not the normal planet Earth condition, and neither is zero strong weather events.
Sometimes I think it is Josh's cartoons that keep me sane...
The recent "unprecedented" (if you're very young) weather is not inconsistent with a return to Little Ice Age conditions.
Do they use the steroids to help the dished freshwater mussels grow between Datchet and Staines?
This is why the EA refused in 2010 to dredge pinch-points between those two boroughs.
Totally off topic ......butPlayed Carnoustie this morning in summer like weather.Only 1 birdie.Majority of bunkers were water loggedCould this be due to man made global warming?Just askin'
Nice one, Josh! Here's a transcript of that interview with Lord May on The Daily Politics:https://sites.google.com/site/mytranscriptbox/home/20140206_dp
What's the UKMO definition of 'consistent with'?
We also had that Warming mouthpiece Prof. Mark Winston on Question Time pontificating about “Climate Change” causing more Extreme Weather and the rest of the Panel attacking the UKIP woman when she told the truth about the Flooding and Wind Turbines.
My height and facial features are consistent with me being Chinese.
What will be the position should the next few years be utterly story-book examples: mild April showers; balmy, barbeque summer; brisk, foggy autumn, and crisp, snowy winter, all with no wind or storms of any note?
@ radicalrodent, I think we will then be told that "extremely average" is also a kind of extreme weather event, and thus dangerous and caused by man-made global warming. :-)
Me coming home from work and finding a banana skin on the kitchen floor is consistent with a gorilla having escaped from the zoo today and lying low in my bathroom.
Totally consistent....But not terribly likely.
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