Summer Blogging Break

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Even with all the global warming we are supposedly having, summers are still too short. So I’m taking a few days off to enjoy some time outside.

Back early next week!

Here’s something to watch in the meantime (h/t Andrew Bolt):

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7 responses to “Summer Blogging Break”

  1. Bernd Felsche

    You need to humming this little ditty:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JhpkJzGRpM
    or perhaps this is more to your taste:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=de-VMQsN23M

    Have a nice break. I hope that the weather cooperates.

  2. DirkH

    Have a nice break!

  3. Ulrich Elkmann

    The “little ditty” is absolutely appropriate. For the benefit of teenage readers under, say, 35: for one or two generations of Germans this song epitomizes the Great Global Cooling Scare of the mid-1970s, brought to everyone’s attention by the “Spiegel” essay “Katastrophe auf Raten”: “Kommt eine neue Eiszeit? Nicht gleich, aber der verregnete Sommer in Nordeuropa, so befürchten die Klimaforscher, war nur ein Teil eines weltweiten Wetterumschwungs — ein Vorgeschmack auf kühlere und nassere Zeiten.” (23 August 1974: “A catastrophe in installments” – “Is a new ice age coming? Not yet, but the dripping wet summer in northern Europe was only a part of a global climatic turn – a foretaste of cooler and wetter times – climatologists fear.”) The gods proved to have a sense of irony, since the summer of 1975, when Rudi Carrell’s version came out, turned out to be one of the driest and hottest in memory, with appropriate consequences: “In August 1975 fire broke out on the Südheide which turned out to be the biggest forest fire in West Germany to that date. Serious forest fires broke out in the southern part of the area near Stüde, Neudorf-Platendorf, Meinersen and then by Eschede near Celle, which due to their devastating effect and fatalities became known as the forest fire disaster on the Lüneburg Heath” [wikipedia]. BTW: if the tune sounds familiar to American ears, it should – the song is a, let’s say, “adaptation” of Steve Goodman’s “City of New Orleans” (1971): “Good morning, America, how are you?/Don’t you know me I’m your native son,/I’m the train they call The City of New Orleans,/I’ll be gone five hundred miles when the day is done”. For a change, the blame for turning a perfectly respectable song into a cringe-worthy “Schlager” (by far the worst instances being Chico Buarque’s “A banda” [“Zwei Apfelsinen im Haar”] and “The Day They Drove Old Dixie Down” [Juliane Werding’s “Am Tag, als Conny Kramer starb”]) does not lie with the Germans, but with the Dutch, who turned the song into “‘t is weer voorbij, die mooie zomer” in 1973.

  4. Asim

    Enjoy the break 😉

  5. DirkH

    Pierre, when you come back and check the German news, there’s a legal clash brewing between German steel makers and our CO2 regulating overlords. They got their emission rights for free up to now but no longer.

    http://www.dowjones.de/site/2011/07/stahlindustrie-klagt-gegen-zusatzbelastungen-im-emissionshandel.html

    Of course, wrecking the steel industry would help Merkel’s insane policies as we would lose an important consumer of scarce electricity after the nuke phase-out; and the Greens would be overjoyed as it would give them an opportunity to turn the industrial ruins into flora-fauna habitats. The tradititional leftists would be the only ones losing out as they would lose classic proletarian jobs which would make Marx look even more outdated.

    1. Bernd Felsche

      The matter was touched on some time ago in http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-04-04/eurofer-takes-legal-action-against-eu-over-ets-steel-benchmarks.html

      The green-leaning language of that report is blatant.

      But it’s nowhere near as frightening as Germany wanting the UN Security Council to recognize “climate change” as a threat to peace.

      Is that the thin end of the wedge that ends in justifying military action against those who don’t comply with “planet-saving” UN declarations?

  6. Edward

    Have a little time to yourself PG, lord knows bloggers like you are tireless and we know you have other things to do – and how!

    Enjoy the global warming Sir.

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