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This is the blog of Mike Haseler who lives in Scotland and is a sceptic - not just of climate but his interests also include archaeology and politics.

Recent Articles

Scottish Sceptic: Pizzagate true or false? Verdict: likely both a real scandal AND fake news.

I’ve been hearing about “Pizzagate” for a while. Reading another tweet without hearing any media commentary I decided to try to have a look to find out how convincing, if at all, the “evidence” was. The first thing I notice …

2017-07-09 09:12   Click to comment

Scottish Sceptic: Do Braided Rivers exist?

According to all the hydrology textbooks there exist three types of river that can be defined according to the topology of their channels: straight meandering and braided: That sounds very clear and simple enough, But it all started going pear …

2017-07-04 13:37   Click to comment

Scottish Sceptic: What to do in a car in water

Have you heard the advice that if your car ends up in deep water that you should: “leave doors and windows shut – wait till the pressure equalises and” … well basically drown because that’s what will happen if you …

2017-06-29 15:39   Click to comment

Scottish Sceptic: How to lose pounds (weight) with the Low-Carb diet

First I’ve got no medical training on diets and unless it works for a few others all I can say is it worked for me but no guaranties. But who are we kidding about the benefit of “medical training” on …

2017-06-26 17:31   Click to comment

Scottish Sceptic: UK to leave EU with no deal

For a while I’ve been saying to anyone that would listen that the UK was extremely unlikely to come to a deal with the dysfunctional EU in a mere 2 years. This was obvious from the way it took the …

2017-06-25 10:18   Click to comment

Scottish Sceptic: Britain votes for Easy Brexit

The UK has already triggered article 50, we are leaving the EU and in the face of growing support for leaving the EU no serious party is suggesting otherwise. What was uncertainty is whether we’d get a deal with the …

2017-06-09 11:27   Click to comment

Scottish Sceptic: Madeleine McCann: A good way to bury bad news?

Anyone who was around at the time of “New Labour” knew they were a vile government epitomised by the way they tried to use 911 as a “good day to bury bad news”.  Thatcher might be thought to epitomise cold …

2017-06-02 10:55   Click to comment

Scottish Sceptic: How politicians mislead the public

In yesterday’s article, “Politicians don’t lie.” I outlined the evidence that seems to refute the assertion we constantly hear that politicians lie. After searching for politicians who have been caught lying … and accounting for the huge interest when they …

2017-06-01 14:59   Click to comment

Scottish Sceptic: Politicians don’t lie.

In this article I present a radical case: that politicians almost never lie in public. That is not to say they do not mislead, instead I make the argument, that whilst it can be argued it is a necessary part …

2017-06-01 00:54   Click to comment

Scottish Sceptic: Trump pulling out of Paris Climate treaty

Every so often history shows that humanity goes crazy. That happened at the Millennium when climate became a pseudo religion and academia was exposed by the internet as barking up the wrong tree on climate and additionally having no moral …

2017-05-31 16:55   Click to comment

Scottish Sceptic: Those nails are sure tough – or Trump is a pansy.

Mr. Praline (The Sceptic): Look, I took the liberty of examining that parrot when I got it home, and I discovered the only reason that it [the global warming scam] had been sitting on its perch in the first place …

2017-05-03 12:05   Click to comment

Scottish Sceptic: Scottish Lobbying: GWPF – it’s up to you – or it won’t be done!

For as much as a decade I’ve been writing about the climate. I formed the Scottish Climate and Energy Forum and have had various goes to educate our politicians (both obviously and not so obviously). But over recent years, I …

2017-05-02 19:12   Click to comment

Scottish Sceptic: Bee-keeping: Playing the odds against catastrophic collapse

Last year I was given a beehive and some bees for a birthday present. This year I’ve realised that there’s a lot more to keeping bees than I thought: the biggest problem facing me being one of simple statistics: The …

2017-05-02 00:00   Click to comment

Scottish Sceptic: Climate gullibles

I was struck by this headline: Ottawa Climate March attracts thin but enthusiastic crowd I started thinking “at least some people have the will to get involved in civic life – even if they’re currently being used by big green …

2017-04-30 10:15   Click to comment

Scottish Sceptic: Sceptics, Gunshots, Meteorites & swarms of dykes.

The moon has craters the earth does not. Present theories explaining the lack of craters do not seem credible One possibility is that we are missing the circular features (such as the area around Glastonbury) Another is that the meteorites …

2017-04-28 11:57   Click to comment

Scottish Sceptic: Why Volcanoes swell before an eruption

Current models explaining the swelling of a volcano before eruption point to explanations involving an expansion of the magma chamber and an increase in magma volume Simple calculations presented here show that thermal expansion alone is quite sufficient to explain …

2017-04-27 10:18   Click to comment

Scottish Sceptic: Are we, the public, being played like an orchestra by the media?

The fashion industry plan “new” “exciting” “fashion” years in advance in a cynical manipulation of consumers (mostly women). The way the SNP have been allowed to go on at length about Brexit and referendum in Scotland seems to me to …

2017-04-26 12:21   Click to comment

Scottish Sceptic: Could CO2 be a cooling gas?

We all know that according to basic science CO2 is supposed to warm the globe. And based solely on its radiative properties I would agree. However… I horrible thought crossed my mind the other day. Anyone who has been reading …

2017-04-25 15:07   Click to comment

Scottish Sceptic: Delayed melting of glaciers

For a while whenever someone mentions Arctic ice – and then I mention growing Greenland surface ice and they counter with the old chestnut “Bulk ice is melting” I then counter with the Haseler rebuke: “but surface ice tells us …

2017-04-25 14:00   Click to comment

Scottish Sceptic: Election 8th June – a Scottish perspective

In 2014 the Scottish people voted against leaving the UK and for remaining part of the UK. Last year we in Scotland having committed to take decisions like brexit as part of the UK agreed to leave the EU. As …

2017-04-18 11:47   Click to comment

Scottish Sceptic: A Sceptic University

The core to the University will be the supervisor-researcher relationship This relationship will involve a huge commitment from both supervisor & researcher. With no buildings, the University would in effect be an “academic dating site” matching researchers and supervisors Whilst …

2017-04-17 11:00   Click to comment

Scottish Sceptic: A Sceptic University

The core to the University will be the supervisor-researcher relationship This relationship will involve a huge commitment from both supervisor & researcher. With no buildings, the University would in effect be an “academic dating site” matching researchers and supervisors Whilst …

2017-04-17 06:41   Click to comment

Scottish Sceptic: School of Scepticism

We need to combat the groupthink that has developed in Universities as shown in the area of climate Sceptics from years outside Universities show great diversity of views – and encouraging older experienced people could restore the “genetic diversity” of …

2017-04-15 20:45   Click to comment

Scottish Sceptic: A Scottish Panama Canal

The panama canal is 48 miles cuts through land rising to nearly 100m above sea level is about 35m wide and has 6 locks. It carries a 1000 ships each year and is supposedly one of the seven wonders of …

2017-04-13 18:13   Click to comment

Scottish Sceptic: Sceptical of sceptics?

When I first decided I had to campaign on climate, I knew that the subject had been corrupted – I knew that if this evil dogma was not controlled it would literally destroy western civilisation – and coming from “within …

2017-04-13 11:39   Click to comment

Scottish Sceptic: Contrail warming in context

Comment: Global warming was not important in my analysis Comment: CO2 was not important or relevant Comment: Natural variation was not important I now understand why researchers tend to “look where the light is” and often ignore the big picture. …

2017-04-10 10:20   Click to comment

Scottish Sceptic: The cause of 1970-2000 warming.

We present initial findings showing a correlation between warming over Quebec & major US “flying holidays”. Research from NASA shows cirrus clouds, formed by contrails from aircraft engine exhaust, can account for a warming trend in the United States that …

2017-04-09 11:42   Click to comment

Scottish Sceptic: Help needed from Old Americans who can remember 1950s re old July 4th celebrations

I’ve found a lot of evidence that pollution in the 1970s cooled the climate and that the ending of this pollution caused the 1970-2000 warming. I’m trying to test this hypothesis by looking for a link between events like the …

2017-04-03 16:28   Click to comment

Scottish Sceptic: The biggest global experiment disproving CO2 as the main cause of late 20th century warming

Great news! The UK, Chinese, India and US government and have all consented to allow this hugely important experiment to proceed! Having examined temperature records and the global distribution of warming I am now convinced that early-style pollution associated globally …

2017-04-02 11:14   Click to comment

Scottish Sceptic: Is the regionality of the little ice-age proof against CO2 warming?

Reading the official mouthpiece of the Greenblob (wikipedia) I read: The NASA Earth Observatory notes three particularly cold intervals: one beginning about 1650, another about 1770, and the last in 1850, all separated by intervals of slight warming. “Little Ice …

2017-04-01 09:38   Click to comment


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