It seems to be impossible to get away from politics at the moment.
Boris Johnson has dropped out of the Conservative party leadership race, to everyone’s astonishment. As a matter of interest, two of those remaining in the race, Michael Gove and Theresa May, both voted against the smoking ban in 2006.
And the Labour party seems to be tearing itself apart (again). In a resounding vote of No Confidence in party leader Jeremy Corbyn, MPs voted something like 170 – 40 against him. And yet he won’t step down as party leader! I can only suppose that the 170 Labour MPs will form their own party. It’s a complete mess.
So in addition to the already very heated US presidential election, we’re going to see months and months of infighting and electioneering in the UK.
Leading climate doomsayer Michael Mann recently downplayed the importance of climate change science, telling Democrats that data and models “increasingly are unnecessary” because the impact is obvious.
“Fundamentally, I’m a climate scientist and have spent much of my career with my head buried in climate-model output and observational climate data trying to tease out the signal of human-caused climate change,” Mr. Mann told the Democratic Platform Drafting Committee at a hearing.
“What is disconcerting to me and so many of my colleagues is that these tools that we’ve spent years developing increasingly are unnecessary because we can see climate change, the impacts of climate change, now, playing out in real time, on our television screens, in the 24-hour news cycle. Regardless of how you measure the impacts of climate change — be it food, water, health, national security, our economy — climate change is already taking a great toll… The stakes could not be greater in this next election — the future of our children and grandchildren literally hangs in the balance — nor could the contrast be any more stark. We have on the one hand a Republican Party whose standard bearer, Donald Trump, and a great majority of its congressional representatives deny that climate change even exists. We have on the other hand a Democratic Party that understands full well that while we can debate the policy specifics for dealing with this crisis, we cannot bury our heads in the sand and avoid dealing with the growing threat.”
No need to do any science. No need for careful measurements or climate simulation models. All you need do is watch the box. You can see it happening in real time.
Maybe you just have to look out the window to see it.
It sounds like Michael Mann sees absolutely everything as being caused by climate change. I wonder what happens when someone like him meets one of those antismokers who believe that absolutely everything is caused by smoking? Both believe that there’s just one root cause of all the evil in the world. They just happen to identify different root causes.
Or do they? After all, tobacco smoke contains carbon dioxide. So perhaps they’d agree?
None of these people are scientists. They’re all a bunch of nutters.
I’ve been watching Versailles on BBC iplayer for the past week or so. I’ve also been watching the Musketeers. The result is that I’ve got the two period costume dramas hopelessly confused with each other, and I keep expecting Athos, Porthos, and Aramis to show up at Versailles to clear the roads of murderous bandits for Louis XIV. They’d be perfect for the job. Bandits wouldn’t last ten minutes.
It also doesn’t help that both series feature near pitch-black, candle-lit sets in which you can hardly see anything. In these circumstances, Louis XIV looks just like Aramis.
But at least Versailles has a rather haunting piece of music over its opening titles. It’s something called Outro by M83. And it’s already been used as the haunting accompanying music for dozens of other films. Maybe the Musketeers is using it too.