AGW: The latest Conspiracy Theory

Just when you think the loons amongst the deniers can’t come up with anything more loopier, they do. Here it is from the Grauniad’s Comment is Free section:

17 September 2013 6:39am

Looking for fingerprints regarding the AGW hypothesis I found out the following about the numbers of (lead) authors of IPCC AR5 about GW: 
US: 69; UK 29; Canada 10; Australia 13; New Zealand 3: that makes 124 from the Anglo countries.

Now the others: Germany: 12; France 16; Russia 5; China 18; Japan 9; India 8; Brazil 6: totaling 74.

I didn’t believe in large conspiracies till the Snowden revelations: it looks like the Five (Anglo) Eyes (FVEY) have sown up this AGW campaign as well.

Yes that’s right ! Its all an Anglo-Saxon capitalist plot to…err…ummm…

Oh – the moderators, moderated this loony tune idea after I posted this critique, but let’s explore it further

Hang on, the Greenhouse Gas theory originated properly with Joseph Fourier in 1824, who was French. I guess the English victors of Waterloo had nobbled him….

In 1896, another Anglo Saxon stooge Svante Arrhenius a Swedish scientist weighed in with his theory about greenhouse gasses and his calculations. Obviously these calculations have been carefully hidden for over a century by the Anglo-Saxon countries if indeed they didn’t actually tell him what to write anyway.

So with these basic physics established/perpetrated by non-Anglo-Saxons agents, the conspiracy moved up a gear ! Now the Anglo-Saxons could step into the limelight. Papers were published by Americans such as Douglass (noting tree ring changes), Abbot and British scientists Croll and Callendar. The rest of the world was let down badly by Milankovitch a Serbian (probably from the Red Hand Gang) who let the side down badly and explained many natural climate change events leaving the way open for the AGW crowd to fill in the gaps.

Having established the basics of GHGs, and the potential for climate change, Austrian traitor Hans Seuss must have defected or was co-opted into the Anglo-Saxon conspiracy by becoming American and publicising the issue of Carbon-14 being one of the fingerprints for AGW.

Other than the media hype in the 1970’s the science remained consistent. Now the IPCC was established in 1988, obviously as an Anglo-Saxon plot by the UN which is totally dominated by the commies that want to crush the capitalist economies of the USA, UK and other Anglo-Saxon countries (eh?) by using the AGW plot (eh ? I thought that was controlled by the FVEY!?).

In order for the IPCC to advance this commie agenda, they turned to the prime univserities and climate researchers. Which as listed above belong primarily to the Anglo-Saxon nations. Obviously utilising the enemy within, as all the scientists are commies themselves who only want to gain money and influence via grant funds (eh ?).

In order to provide this veneer of scientific authority they only used the top universities and their researchers to perpetrate this goal of Anglo-Saxon dominance/destruction of Anglo-Saxon ecomonies (delete according to conspiracy theory), and these are listed publicly here with the top 20 dominated by Anglo-Saxon universities with only a token Swiss one as a fig leaf to deflect troof seekers. If AGW was a real example of science, then the IPCC would do a pro-rata politically correct survey of scientific papers by country, coupled with a pro-rata set of reviewers by country, rather than let the Anglo-Saxon Capitalist/Communists remain in charge.

So by using the best and most prolific scientists that are conveniently located in Anglo-Saxon dominated countries, the capitalist Anglo-Saxons have continued the AGW fraud that the communist dominated UN is promoting in order to destroy the Anglo-Saxon capitalist system by using science developed over 150+ years by myriad scientists globally.

Some or all, of the above has been typed in Times Sarcastic Font.
As a conspiracy theory, its as convincing as a piece of Swiss cheese – full of holes.

BoB/RCW: Which way up ?

How embarrassing.

I got a flag the wrong way up – a Russian blogger has spotted I got the flag the wrong way up, which made it a Serbian flag.

A quick rummage and I found the offending standard bearer, and amended it post haste – can’t have blatant historical inaccuraccy !

Here we go, the Russian way up !

Colours 2013 – EM-4 Farm

What was in the box ?

The EM-4 prepainted farm ! I’d arranged to pick this up in a pre-show order. I was surprised at how big and heavy it was so it got carted off to the car straight away, no way was I carrying it round the show.

I eagerly tore the box open on getting home. This is the farm building with small barn. It came in a separate box with moulded expanded polystyrene packing and in which I will probably keep it.

The doors open/shut, the roofs are removable, and even have detail on the underside of the overhang.

The Gatehouse and wall section. As you can see the bricks are all individually picked out and the paint work is superb. All the pieces are made out of solid resin.

The farm cottage, the smallest of the buildings, and still a good size.

Best of all, the buildings have black felt on the undersides so they won’t be slipping or sliding around tables, nor scratching them. A nice little innovation.

The big barn, the steel ruler is a foot long.

The big barn compared to BlackJack, who is a big cat

The other side, with outshot.

The complete farm set from above. Well over a foot square and a centre piece for any gaming board. As all the buildings are separate, it can be used for smaller boardsd, as well as big boards and or skirmish games.

It’s absolutely worth every single penny I spent on it. I would be seriously put to try and scratch build the equivalent for the same price (excluding my own time/cost).

Colours 2013 – Hedging your Escarpments

One surprise this year was that the Colours 2013, had added a second annexe to the main building – yes it had expanded despite the economic downturn.

This is only half of the extra annexe building ! It had a good half dozen or more traders as well as demo games.

I picked up some hedges for the AVBCW game on the 28th:

Main hedges by Products for Wargamers, some additional taller wilder ones by K&M. Quality Control by BlackJack.

I got the former at a discount for picking them up at the show, and the later also for smaller discount. If you can get to shows like Colours than you can pick some really good deals – more to follow.

Now looking at the hedges, all 16 of them you’d think that’d be enough for anybody – NO!

Each are only 6″ long, so you can make a square field 24″ square, so when trying to dress two tables 12×6′ they disappear pretty damn quick, you need far more than this. Luckily I have the extra stuff. Brillo pad hedges can only go so far to answer the call to duty…

Like some hills with escarpments:

Unpainted, this was the tail end of the show and I had run out of cash – never take anything other than a set amount of cash to a wargames show unless you are a millionaire ! I got these three unpainted as a I can easily paint and flock them to mix in with my AVBCW type scenery.

But the best purchase is yet to be detailed…

Colours 2013 – Box Diving

Just got back from Colours 2013. Three extremely cross cats as two were in one was out, two wanted to be in whilst one wanted to be out…and I’d left the weather on….

However, I did at least manage to return with a box, and as everyone knows, cats like to take up the Olympic sport of Box Diving !

Touch down !

The after dive posture.

Two decidedly disinterested cats, where’s the third ?

In the box !

Now what was in the box ?

AVBCW: Scenery

In preparation for my Big Game on the 28th September, I ordered some more scenery. Some I’m collecting tomorrow at Colours, and some has already been delivered.

Warbases, delivered some more laser cut mdf, including some buildings, stiles and five bar gates.

The shed comes with a plain roof, whilst I could potentially paint it as a tarred felt roof, I opted to get some of their tile sheets instead.

A4 sized, of thin card, pre cut with a separate row for the apex tiles these do the job nicely.

I could, and have previously, laboriously cut out my own tiles, but given time scales I wanted to be able to get a shift on.

Red Kites

A trip to see some Red Kites feeding in mid Wales….

Here they come…

(Two Red KItes in a tree about 200m away)

More to follow, including video footage (my first).

This page will be updated tomorrow as I edit the photos and footage.

Maybe even some photos of new scenery ! 😉

Loud, Proud & Purple

I’d got some e-mails from Si of the ‘Violets saying my pledge items had been posted, but by 12.30 today I’d given up hope Royal Mail would deliver them this w/e…but the postie turned up late with a box of goodies…

Yup, I’d splashed out on the bigger options:

  • Double pack CD, with the extra remixes (more of which later)
  • t-shirts, well who could say no to a jaw dropping culty t-shirt* ?
  • poster, my picture and name amongst the other people who funded this adventure (stroke my ego)
  • booklet, lots of pictures and all the lyrics, why not ?
  • badges
  • signed note

A full list of the remixes is here. Any band that writes a Happy Birthday song for the son of one of their fans has to be respected – and yes it is in typical ‘Violets style. That’s not the only new track either, and several remixes have extra lyrics.

The booklet…well Si has obviously spent a lot of time on this one. We are treated to all the lyrics, a page for each of the band members (Si, Tom, Rosie and Jo) along with lots of photos and even a painting of Rosie in full on vamp mode (and I must say I like that…dribble). Rosie also fills her page with poetry, alluding to March Violets tracks. Tom has his guitar geek page, and Jo her cat page.

Oh, and best of all the text refers to a video of Billion 3. Looking forward to that.

The Remixes

Immerse yourself in a film sound track set in a strange punk/goth/disco/dance/rave you can only leave by taking exits from the labyrinth that lead to psychedelic hammer horror films/twilight zone of a dystopian world of environmental, financial and sexual collapse.

The album as originally mixed was not a gothic dirge, the remixes are, well, hatstand. Regardless of the style, its the ‘Violets.

The extra lyrics and vocals on several tracks are really fitting and make the tracks really good. Given the originals are pretty stonkingly good that’s a hard thing to achieve.

What did you want time running backwards ?

* And no the cats couldn’t…they spent much of the afternoon curled up hard asleep on the t-shirts even before I’d worn them.

Film: The Man Who Would Be King

I hadn’t seen this film for a good couple of decades so I bought it cheap from Amazon a week ago and watched it.

An excellent film ideal for inspiration for BoB games the wiki article has loads of background on it. Caine and Connery make an excellent lead, with strong support from Saeed Jaffrey et al.

I’ll not spoil the ending, but here’s the trailer:

As stated this was based one on of Kipling’s stories and based on real life adventures during the Great Game in central asia during the tail end of the Victorian and Edwardian period.

Well worth a few quid to get this gem of a film. 🙂

Cats and designing scenarios

As most wargamers and games designers know von Moltke wrote:

No plan survives contact with the enemy.

He also did a lot of kriegspiel:

Moltke originated the use of the colors blue for friendly forces and red for hostile forces in strategy or wargaming, hence the term “blue on blue fire” in friendly fire situations.

Obviously this is a simple scenario – open the back door to allow fresh cool air into the house. However the enemy (BlackJack) has taken advantage of this and brought in a new “friend”…which is still mobile and able to get under the tumble drier/washing machine/fridge-freezer.

This scenario illustrates why I do not install a cat flap in the door as it would allow 24×7 access to this sort of outcome.

When designing wargames/role playing scenarios, treat the players as cats: Impossible to herd; and liable to act as the enemy of your intentions. KISS – Keep It Simple Stupid.

This is another disturbing outcome of opening a window or door: A Cat; A Rodent; and a tangle of wires supporting my iMac, Printer, Hub, Router, telephone, external hard drive and camera.

I’ll be rethinking this nest of wires over the w/e with a view to KISS. And its also a concept to be applied to the forthcoming Bridge Over the River Wye. With 10+ wargamers to manage along with external catering and the general nauseau of setting the game up and keeping things running, KISS is something I can recommend to many GMs ! We’re toying with the idea of some force selected rules and I’m keen to add this sort of individuality, but not at the risk of causing chaos and confusion.

Time will tell if JP and I get it right… :-O