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Vale Robin Williams

While socky wants to rif on the possible (but unlikely and rather unkind and unfunny ) idea of Robin Williams passing I can’t help but think about  the parts of his back catalogue that I remember fondly.

You see while many will be focusing Williams’ ability to make people laugh I like the shear humanity of the man that shone through in so many of his movie roles

The world is a better place because it had Robin Williams in it but its also a much sadder one today now that he has taken that last bow it is a poorer and far too sombre place.

 

Respect Comrades

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“We Have to Take Away People’s Fear of Climate Change”

Indeed. The fear of climatic catastrophes is an ancient one and not unlike our fear of strangers. In the past, people believed that the climate almost always changes for the worse, and only rarely for the better — God’s punishment for sinful behavior. And nowadays it’s those hedonistic wastrels who pollute the air so that they can look at some pretty fish in the South Seas. It would be better if we only ever rode bikes. Oh, there’s always someone wagging a finger in disapproval. .(source)

One Point that I have made time and again about the AGW true believers it that they too often guild the lily and even if they are actually correct in their assertion that human activity is going to be the cause of perceptible climate change in the not too distant future many people are unconvinced by the more bizarre and extreme claims like the one from Radio National’s Robin Williams that the sea level will rise 100 m*
So I had great pleasure reading this interview in Der Spiegel with HANS VON STORCH who although a believer in Global warming has a far more sober regime to deal with it should the mooted change actually occur; his prescription is entirely rooted in adaptation and he even suggests that some of the suggested climate changes could be efficacious . I can’t recommend the piece enough what ever your position on AGW.

SPIEGEL: But many believe that the end of the world is upon us. Is the climate debate gradually becoming too hysterical?Storch: Indeed. The fear of climatic catastrophes is an ancient one and not unlike our fear of strangers. In the past, people believed that the climate almost always changes for the worse, and only rarely for the better — God’s punishment for sinful behaviour. And nowadays it’s those hedonistic wastrels who pollute the air so that they can look at some pretty fish in the South Seas. It would be better if we only ever rode bikes. Oh, there’s always someone wagging a finger in disapproval.(source)

* I note the post at Andrew Bolt’s blog that there is not enough water in all of the ice in Antarctica and Greenland to raise the sea that much (even if we take expansion of the water with temperature rise into account.)

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