Science versus hysteria, again

David and Goliath swap places

Waving not drowning? Waving not drowning?
Due to the wintry weather a lot of people are unable to go to work. Understandably this is the main focus for many if they are self employed, a plumber has told me that last year's winter had him rushed off his feet but this winter it's different, trade is slow. Trade at High street shops is well down too. The financial crisis in the EU is still rumbling on, no closer to a solution. The price, the true cost, of sorting it out lies beyond the reach of the EU elite, the high-and-mighty, but their vanity knows no bounds. This is funny, the euro, a one currency for all policy was based on hope, not reality, the high-and-mighty did not see that? But then the high-and-mighty failed to spot the WikiLeaks saga coming, which continues along its way. Who in their right mind would have thought that either of these dreams, a currency union built on hope and keeping all that 'data' secret was sensible. But then as time rolls on we all, struggling to go to work or not, can see that government tends to get it wrong.

So why is this? Well government likes, on the one hand, to tell us that the public values strong government; do they really? And what is strong government, does this strength extend to clearing roads and putting down salt for example? But on the other hand government likes, or so it would seem, to cave in to the hysteria of some pressure groups with indecent haste. For some time now anything, any group or idea that can align itself with the 'environment' is sure to get its own way with hardly any push at all, government just falls over and gets out of the way. The MSM enjoys this sort of thing too. Here the game is to play all sides at once. So the government is criticised for whatever it does while they pump up the pressure group, in 'the public interest' of course. Even if the public has made up its mind and their actions run contrary to it.

Remember the Brent Spa? It was an oil storage platform and part of the equipment for the North Sea oil exploration. It began its working life in the 1970s but by 1995 was obsolete and scheduled to be dumped in the Atlantic. Suddenly the world was overrun by experts on marine science who just knew this was wrong, Greenpeace got stuck in as only it could. After it was all over it could be shown that Greenpeace lied about many things. Naturally this did not matter, how could it? For here was an organisation beyond reproach and thinking only of others. By contrast the owners of the platform, Shell, were portrayed as wicked beyond belief. Although, years later, it could be seen they had played it straight throughout. The MSM loved all this as you might expect, 'David versus Goliath' was a typical cry.

Sentiments like these have held sway ever since. But now not just Ireland and Greece are being hit with immense financial problems, we see the whole of Europe affected. So can we afford, literally and metaphorically, the climate talks at Cancun? It's not David versus Goliath as before, as the new Goliath is the climate lobby, while David would be the ordinary people forced to pay for it all. However, the same tendencies and the same use of exaggeration still applies as the image above, taken from Greenpeace propaganda, shows. But back to the Brent Spa. A form of bacteria that consumes the metal of sunken ships has been discovered.

never-before-seen microbe has been found in the wreck of RMS Titanic. The Halomonas titanicae bacterium was found in "rusticles", the porous and delicate icicle-like structures that form on rusting iron.Various bacteria and fungi live within the delicate structures - first identified on the Titanic - actually feeding off the rusting metal.

This is real science too, as opposed to the hapless propaganda dished out by 'climate scientists'.

The bacteria are of particular interest because they may shed light on the mechanism by which rusticles form, and thus on the general "recycling" that such microbes carry out on submerged metal structures. That, the authors point out, has relevance also to the protection of offshore oil and gas pipelines, and the safe disposal at sea of ships and oil rigs.

Well yes it would. Had the Brent Spa be dumped at sea in the early 1990s as planned, what would have been the outcome? We can predict there will now be a 'proper' review of this that will draw little attention from the MSM. While that's going on it will be hysteria as usual.