Click images for more details



Recent comments
Recent posts
Currently discussing

A few sites I've stumbled across recently....

Powered by Squarespace


@ Alex Cull. Thanks, I listened again. I shouldn't be so lazy and should do some transcription myself, I do have the tools...

Jul 26, 2012 at 12:12 AM | Unregistered CommenterJustin Ert

@ Justin Ert, the Today programme segment with Joe Kelsay and Alice Bose is not one that the BBC are including in their online audio archive, unfortunately. It's on the "Latest programme in full" link here, though:

However, that will only be available for a few days; if possible, I make audio recordings of these and have collected quite a few of them, which I hope to transcribe, as time allows.

Jul 25, 2012 at 11:29 PM | Unregistered CommenterAlex Cull

A couple of new transcripts - these are both from Monday this week, with Tim Yeo talking about the rift between his Energy and Climate Change Committee and the Treasury.

The BBC Radio Scotland segment has an interview with Roger Harrabin, in which he states:

... I think there's another factor here, which is little talked about, really, which is that a number of backbenchers really don't like the government's idea of - the law, which commits the UK to long-term carbon targets. They can't say so, I think, because the Coalition is absolutely committed to keeping to our law on carbon targets.

Jul 25, 2012 at 11:08 PM | Unregistered CommenterAlex Cull

I'm becoming confused. More confused, I should say. Posts seem to be turning up here that are replies to posts that I can't find. Am I going mad? Is there something wrong with my browser? Has there been a change in policy around here?

Jul 25, 2012 at 8:49 PM | Unregistered CommenterJames Evans

One for Delingpole fans:

Interview: James Delingpole
Right-wing author and journalist James Delingpole talks to Tom Beardsworth about the burden of always being right

Jul 25, 2012 at 8:15 PM | Unregistered CommenterJonathan Jones

There was some pretty flagrant alarmism that slipped into the Today programme this morning, in case anyone feels the need to add boiling blood pressure to the nice high temperatures we've got just now:
I might be mistaken, but I cannot find audio for it.
This is the summary on the site:
"Analysts are saying that America's worst drought for 50 years could mean that rising food prices could hit some of the world's poorest countries. Joe Kelsay of the Indiana Department of Agriculture explains how bad the situation is, and Dr Alice Bows, senior lecturer in Energy and Climate Change at the Sustainable Consumption Institute, explains what needs to be done."
The reality was that Joe Kelsay was very level-headed when he was prompted aggressively by the presenter to associate the heatwave with climate change. He even managed to say the years of other droughts and dry periods as a comparison.
However, my feeling is that this telephone i/v was a pre-record, because he was not introduced to respond to the second interviewee... Dr Alice Bows was then gratuitously awarded the air time - with absolutely no critical challenge by presenter (or Kelsay) - to promote emissions reduction policies framed within the 4 degree minimum future catastrophy meme.
Her piece - even though introduced with the caveat that no specific weather event can be categorically linked to agw - was particularly twisted with alarmist catchisms, and what was originally a piece about the effect of drought on crops and thus food prices, became an advertisement for emissions reduction policies.
If Joe Kelsay's i/v was indeed a pre-record, it goes to show how easy it is for the bbc to market CO2 mitigation policy response, and tack it on almost any soundbite related to a weather event, by simply planning a response and packaging it into a runorder. Weather event = embedded carbon price floor marketing opportunity.
Where can I obtain information on the techniques people have used to legitimately refuse to pay the license fee?

Jul 25, 2012 at 5:49 PM | Unregistered CommenterJustin Ert

"MPs have demanded that the BBC reveals details of all commercial deals its journalists have with other organisations, amid fears of an increasing number of conflicts of interest affecting their work.

"The Corporation is under pressure following The Mail on Sunday’s disclosure two weeks ago that senior BBC journalist Roger Harrabin, acting on behalf of the BBC, accepted £15,000 in grants from the University of East Anglia, which was at the heart of the ‘Climategate’ scandal, and then reported on the story without declaring this interest to viewers."

Mail on Sunday? I thought it was Bishop?

Jul 25, 2012 at 3:32 PM | Unregistered CommenterMessenger

Lurker - I think the negative connotations come from the dictionary type definition (Collins, in this case)

"lurk" - to lie hidden, or move stealthily, especially for sinister purposes.

It may be one of those words where the meaning has subtly changed for the younger generations. Though personally it's not a term I would use - prefer the term 'readers' myself, after all that's what we all are, contributors or not.

Jul 25, 2012 at 2:25 PM | Unregistered CommenterMarion
Beeb strikes again!

The surface of Greenland's massive ice sheet has melted this month over an unusually large area, Nasa has said.
Which at least is better than it what it said originally which was
Nearly all of the ice sheet covering Greenland's surface melted over several days in July
Presumably somebody decided that there was a limit to what even the Beeb can get away with.

Jul 25, 2012 at 11:54 AM | Registered CommenterMike Jackson

funny, it's personal but I've long embraced the term "lurker" for myself since there are many blogs I read either occasionally or frequently but where I never post. I read pretty widely on and offline, and have no need to take any more time to engage on most blogs. BH is one of very few where I've "taken the plunge" beyond lurking, but I never thought the terms "lurk" or "lurker" were the slightest bit pejorative. I'll try not to use them about anyone else since some are offended, but I thought it was simply a factual internet descriptor for one who visits but does not post. Interesting how the same word can be pejorative to some and descriptive to others (now 'denier' is very different to my mind since it is intentionally weighted with offensive historical baggage). On most blogs and websites that I visit I am a proud, happy lurker with no need, desire, or intention of being anything else.

Jul 25, 2012 at 11:43 AM | Registered CommenterSkiphil

PostCreate a New Post

Enter your information below to create a new post.
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>