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I just found out tonight that a good friend of mine just got orders for another deployment to Iraq. His third tour. He’s leaving his wife and three children behind. The youngest is due on December 21st. Right before he leaves.

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Here is a link to a video showing views of the Edinburgh area. Edinburgh will be missed after we leave.

Here’s a vedeo from the BBC Documentary “A Picture of Britain”. Nice quality views of Scotland and Edinburgh.

One of the things I’ll really miss about leaving Scotland will be my Thursday night music nights. I’ve gotten into the habit of walking up to the Dean Tavern after dinner on Thursdays and joining with the Nitten Folk Club for a few hours of music and fun.

The Nitten Folk Club works more as a sing around than a jam session. We inhabit a back room of the Dean, an old dance floor, set up the tables in a large square. Ian kicks off the night with a bang of the gavel and asks for a volunteer to start. With a flip of a coin we go clockwise or anti clockwise. Don’t expect any one style of music. On a typical night you can here Scottish folk, musical themes, American, Maritime, Blues, etc etc. A few songs from last nights session.

So, if you’re ever in Newtongrange Scotland on a Thursday night, go visit some really good folk and have a grand time. Tell the folks there hello, grab a beer, and join in on a night of fun.

Contact: Jim Weatherston

email: nittenfolk@aol.com

Mobile: 07850 869 759

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep,
though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

 

Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae MD, (1872-1918)

Just as a kick. Here is a link to a page maintained at the NumberWatch website. The website is  “devoted to the monitoring of the misleading numbers that rain down on us via the media“.

Here is a link on that website that is a cited list of all things blamed on by Global Warming. It’s hilarious what can be blamed on a bit of warmth. (-:

One of the things I like to do is research things I don’t know much about. Some things I know more about than others.  One of the things I’ve been keeping an eye on the last year or so is the whole debate around Climate Change, AKA Global Warming.

I find it so ironic that scientists, people who are SUPPOSED to question everything, claim that questioning the data and research around Global Warming, sorry Climate Change (not much warming lately), are nothing more than denialists and shouldn’t be allowed to question the science. Hmmm, interesting.

As a point in how far apart the two sides are and why this whole idea of concensus is bogus. One example of why we need to question what we are told by the media and others.

IPCC report graph showing global temperatures. Items of note. Very little temperature rise between 800 and 1300 with a sharp rise after 1950 or so.

IPPC Mann Hockey Stick

IPPC Mann Hockey Stick

Now here is a graph of global temperatures over the last 2000 years by Craig Loehle. This is a graph created WITHOUT using tree ring proxies. If that means nothing to you then, please, do some research. Knowledge is power.

Items of note. Link to the research paper. Higher than norm temperatures between 800 and 1300 (called the Medieval Warm Period) and lower than normal temperatures between about 1450 and 1750 (called the little ice age).

Loehle figure 3

Loehle figure 3

So, why the two charts? These are supposed to be two different studies of the same thing. They show the temperature of the Globe over the last 1000 to 2000 years. The important part in that sentence is the part where they are supposed to represent the SAME thing, global temperature. And yet they show data so vastly different.

One is a highly publicized pointed to chart used to raise money and gain political power. The data and mathematics used to calculate the chart are hidden and aren’t to be questioned. The other is a well documented research paper and open to debate and questioning. Guess which is which.

If you doubt what I write. Research it yourself. Do the research, question everything, poke and prod.

Yep, the rumors are true. We’ve made our plane tickets and will be moving back to the States on the 11th of November. Our Scottish adventure is coming to a close.

There is sadness and expectation both. It will be nice to get back to the states and see friends, it’s also sad that we will not get to experience nearly as much as we wanted to. That’s life I suppose.

I’ve accepted a position back in Monterey, CA. So, surfing, diving, beautiful coastal living here we come.

Molly and Nora at Asilomar Beach

Molly and Nora at Asilomar Beach

One of the things that I find difficult to get my mind around is the defined structures of a classed society. I guess it’s because I was born and raised in America that I don’t agree with being boxed into a specific class or social strata. This has caused some problems here in the UK for me. I have a tendancy to push past any neatly defined lines.

What’s really brought this to my attention this week is our cleaning lady here at the office. Her name is Beata, she’s polish, and she’s also a type 1 diabetic. That’s one of the things that got me to talking with her a few months ago. Every Wednesday she comes in to clean up the offices and almost no one really chats with her. Then one day she mentioned having a low blood sugar, so we started talking. Now whenever she shows up Felipe and I end up chatting with her, probably more than we should cause it slows her down and it takes her longer to get out of here.

So, where does this fit into a classed society you ask? Well, at first glance things seem so stereotypical it’s frightening. She’s mid 30’s, Polish, female, and a cleaning lady. Until you speak with her and learn she and her husband are here working to support their son who is attending the University of Edinburgh, as an english major of all things. She’s got a bachelors degree and used to work in real estate in Poland. But here she cleans offices because she can’t find any other work. She’s branded that class, and can’t break out of it. She’s got more education than I do, and yet can’t seem to catch a break because of her heavy accent and Polish ethnicity. (Probably more to it than that, but, maybe not).

Here in the UK Eastern Europeans get a horrible rap. And until you meet someone and get to know them, it’s easy to fall prey to a stereotypical outlook. I’m sure every country has it’s class system. I’m just not used to it being so obvious.

Just a observation for the day.

Well, it seems our Scottish adventure is coming to a close. We are moving back to Monterey California. Most likely in time for Thanksgiving.

Life is in something of a turmoil at the moment. So, posts may be sporatic at best.

Moving because you have to instead of because you want to isn’t much fun. We loved Monterey and going back will be nice. But leaving here without being able to see or do a fraction of what we wanted really sucks. But, you play the cards you’re dealt.

I was looking around Pacific Grove using Google Maps when I noticed if I zoomed in enough I could use google street view. This is where google drove a camera vehicle around taking pictures from a street level.  So, I decided to go check out my old house, and sure enough there it was. I then noticed that Lynn was standing outside when the vehicle went past! She was checking the mail.

HELLO LYNN!!!!

Lynn caught by google

Lynn caught by google

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