Why the Precautionary Principle always works

My big idea

Has anyone else noticed that since the eruption of the Ejyerkslllbjorkscreeylllkkrctarslyllgrgleglugglug volcano not a single plane over Europe has crashed, been involved in a terrorist incident or caused any of passengers on board an aircraft any discomfort whatsoever?

I feel a Big Idea coming on. It’s a Big Idea right up there with David Cameron’s new Big Idea to corral all Britain’s old people into repainting youth centres, clearing up needles on drug estates, setting up new Green Job enterprises, and so forth.

I suggest we ground all passenger aircraft forever. On the Precautionary Principle.

Yes, I suppose there are bound to be one or two objections, as there always are when the Precautionary Principle is applied by sensible, not-at-all-foaming-gibbering-or-in-any-way-barking government science advisors like Sir David King, Lord Stern and Sir Liam Donaldson. Most of these grumbles, I expect, will come from exactly the kind of selfish people George Monbiot was talking about in a short film he made on the BBC’s Daily Politics Show the other day.

They don’t like to be told that they can’t fly to Thailand for their holidays. So because they don’t like the results people decide that the science must be wrong.

Yeah. Take that, Lifestyle-Enjoyers! That put you in your cosy, selfish, creature-comfort-enjoying place, didn’t it?

Anyway, I was talking about the precautionary principle and why it works. Below, I offer you the ultimate proof. (Tinfoil hat tip: Philip Foster)


The man in this picture is a former alien abductee. But it’s not going to happen again – at least it hasn’t so far, he reports – because he is now wearing a thought screen helmet, just like the one you too can create in your own home by following the simple instructions at Stop Abductions. Here is what he has to say:

“Since trying Michael Menkin’s Helmet, I have not been bothered by alien mind control. Now my thoughts are my own. I have achieved meaningful work and am contributing to society.

My life is better than ever before. Thank you Michael for the work you are doing to save all humanity.”

Now think of that thought screen helmet in terms of other fields where the precautionary principle might apply:

Keeping planes grounded to make sure none of them crash ever again.

Spending millions of pounds the NHS hasn’t got on Swine Flu vaccine, just in case.

Slaughtering millions of healthy farm animals rather than inoculate them against foot and mouth.

Spending $45 trillion in case the lies made up in Michael Mann’s and Phil Jones’s fantasy laboratories turn out to be true.

Do you see now, why the precautionary principle makes sense? When we apply it regularly all we have to lose is our money, our freedom and our sanity.

Oh, and if anyone feels like making me one of those thought screen helmets and send it to me, I promise to photograph myself wearing it, so you can see how very seriously I take this thing. As you should too.

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At last: expert Sir David King expertly reveals true identity of Climategate ‘hackers’ | James Delingpole

February 2nd, 2010

Sir David King, the totally sane, not remotely hysterical, and non-aluminium-foil-hat-wearing  former advisor to much-loved and respected former Prime Minister Tony Blair, has spoken out on the Climategate emails.

Apparently, he has told the Independent, they weren’t leaked (as pretty much every other person who has been following the story now thinks). They were hacked. Probably by US “anti-climate-change lobbyists” or, possibly, by evil foreign intelligence services.

Sir David said, however, that it was not possible to dismiss the possibility of Russia’s involvement. “If it was a job done on behalf of a government, then I suppose there is the possibility that it could be the Russian intelligence agency,” he said.

Sir David – who, like Osama Bin Laden, believes strongly in man-made global warming – has had a bit of a problem with the Russkies ever since they made him look ridiculous at an international climate seminar in Moscow in July 2004 chaired by Putin’s chief economic adviser Alexander Illarionov.

According to Christopher Booker’s The Real Global Warming Disaster, Sir David was horrified to find so many sceptical scientists at the conference and tried, unsuccessfully to have them censored. The final straw came during a speech by Professor Paul Reiter, one of the first IPCC contributors to point up the flaws in the IPCC process: the 2001 report had utterly misrepresented his expert views on insect-borne diseases in order to make it seem as if the incidence of malaria would increase with “global warming.”

As Booker recounts:

“When King himself then put forward the now familiar claim that global warming was responsible for the melting of the ice on summit of Kilimanjaro, Reiter challenged him by referring to various studies showing that the melting had been taking place since the 1880s. It was due not to global warming, these had concluded, but to deforestation causing a sharp drop in local precipitation. Apparently unable to answer Reiter’s point, King broke off in mid-sentence and led his delegation out of the room.”

Illarianov was appalled by the behaviour of Sir David and his delegation, he wrote afterwards:

“It is not for us to give an assessment to what happened but in our opinion the reputation of British science, the reputation of the British government and the reputation of the title “Sir” has sustained heavy damage.”

I’m touched that the Independent continues to do the charitable work of making Sir David feel better about himself by still taking him seriously. But I’m not sure I can promise to carry on this tradition when I take over as Environment Editor.

Problem is, I’m with Illarionov. I believe, as he does, that the eco-fascist ideology and warped science underpinning the AGW scam are like something out of Stalin’s Soviet Union.

As Illarionov wrote:

That ideological base can be juxtaposed and compared with man-hating totalitarian ideology with which we had the bad fortune to deal during the twentieth century, such as National Socialism, Marxism, Eugenics, Lysenkovism and so on. All methods of distorting information existing in the world have been committed to prove the alleged validity of these theories. Misinformation, falsification, fabrication, mythology, propaganda.

One Response to “At last: expert Sir David King expertly reveals true identity of Climategate ‘hackers’”

  1. Toxic says:February 2, 2010 at 3:26 pmA “hacker” opens up public information to the public which is their right that had been denied them so far.So two wrongs do make a right, who knew.