WordPress broken

Still working on fixing the site within the continued exigencies of domestic life. My continued apologies.

UPDATE 26 May 11:34 NZST

I’m in communication with Houston, sorry, I mean the WordPress forums, and I’m hopeful a solution is near.

UPDATE 26 May 16:09 NZST

Really frustrating that short posts are possible but not decently lengthy ones. Suspect it’s a scripting problem. Waiting on reply from support volunteers who I think are asleep.

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16 Thoughts on “WordPress broken

  1. Andy on 25/05/2014 at 4:09 pm said:

    But you can post and we can comment?

    • That’s right. Weird, isn’t it? But I can post only a few words. Anything of a decent length and I cannot even preview it—it disappears (very frustrating). I’ve been busy with domestic business over the weekend, but I’m still working on the problem.

  2. Andy on 26/05/2014 at 11:51 am said:

    I’m in communication with Houston,

    the guys at Big Oil?

    I don’t trust them, I am still waiting for my cheque

  3. What a coincidence, so am I! 🙂

  4. Bulaman on 27/05/2014 at 9:37 am said:

    Check the latest over at Chiefio’s



    • Richard C (NZ) on 27/05/2014 at 11:36 am said:

      The HS commentary:

      “A forthcoming paper published in Progress in Physics……….”


      “Dr. Robitaille shows prior work from Hottel et al demonstrating that the emissivity of both of these greenhouse gases decrease with temperature [i.e. they become less of a ‘greenhouse gas’ as temperatures increase], the opposite of the climate science assumption that greenhouse gases increase emissivity and absorptivity with temperature.”


      # # #

      I don’t think this particular progress in physics will be welcomed among a certain clique of “progressive” climate scientists.

      >”prior work from Hottel et al”

      The progress started long ago. Also Leckner and others, from where Prof Eggert compiled this:


      Also see this paper:


      N. Lallemant*, A. Sayret and R. Weber


      One wonders how long before this physics, developed originally by combustion engineering (i.e. heat), will seep its way into climate science?

      Slowly probably, if the “progressive” gatekeepers of climate science have their way.

    • Richard C (NZ) on 27/05/2014 at 11:42 am said:


      “From the “Oh Dear!” department of unsettling science…”


      Oh Dear! indeed.

    • Richard C (NZ) on 27/05/2014 at 2:39 pm said:

      >”this physics, developed originally by combustion engineering”

      The heat transfer characteristics of CO2 being known and applied well before that too:

      ‘The Rise and Fall Of Carbon Dioxide Systems’

      The First Century Of Air Conditioning

      CO2 in the 19th Century
      In the ASHRAE book Heat and Cold: Mastering the Great
      Indoors, the historical use of carbon dioxide as a refrigerant is
      explained as follows:

      Carbon dioxide (also known as carbonic acid gas and
      carbonic anhydride) was first proposed as a refrigerant
      for vapor-compression systems by Alexander Twining,
      who mentioned it in his 1850 British patent. Thaddeus
      S.C. Lowe experimented with carbon dioxide for military
      balloons in the 1860s and recognized the possibilities
      of using it as a refrigerant. He went on to build
      refrigerating equipment obtaining British Patent 952
      in 1867 and erected an ice machine about 1869 at Jackson,
      Miss. He also constructed a machine on board a
      ship for the transport of frozen meat in the Gulf of Mexico.
      Lowe did not develop his ideas further.

      Carl Linde also experimented with carbon dioxide when
      he designed a machine for F. Krupp at Essen, Germany,
      in 1882. W. Raydt received British Patent 15475 in 1884
      for a compression ice-making system using carbon dioxide.
      British Patent 1890 was granted to J. Harrison in
      1884 for a device for manufacturing carbon dioxide for
      refrigerant use. Still, the use of carbon dioxide really
      did not advance until Franz Windhausen of Germany
      designed a carbon dioxide compressor, receiving British
      Patent 2864 in 1886. Windhausen’s patent was purchased
      by J&E Hall of Great Britain, who improved it,
      commencing manufacture about 1890. Hall’s carbon
      dioxide machine saw widespread application on ships,
      replacing the compressed air machines theretofore used.
      Carbon dioxide machines were used universally on British
      ships into the 1940s, after which they began to be
      displaced by chloroflourocarbon refrigerants. In the
      U.S., carbon dioxide was used successfully beginning in
      the 1890s for refrigeration and in the 1900s for comfort
      cooling. Its principle advocate in the U.S. was Kroeschell
      Bros. Ice Machine Company, which manufactured systems
      under patents purchased from the Hungarian Julius


      >”comfort cooling”

      Not a term we see used much nowadays in conjunction with carbon dioxide – and especially not in AGW lectures.

  5. Bob D on 28/05/2014 at 8:20 am said:

    Of course, what you could do in the meantime is make a post with just the title, then put the content into the first comment. 😉

    • Ha, ha. You know, at times I wonder at my deep stupidity, and at other times I congratulate myself on my superior intelligence. At those latter times it often happens that some friend, such as your good self, will inform me that both kinds of times are identical for there is never a reason to congratulate myself and therefore I should always wonder at my stupidity. Only thus might I have a slim chance of not yet again falling victim to it. Thank you. Your plan is so cunning you could put a tail on it and call it a ferret. Weasel. However before putting it to use, I’ll try once again to install WordPress afresh. Wish me luck.

  6. Andy on 28/05/2014 at 1:35 pm said:

    What actually happened? Did you install an upgrade or patch?

    • Nah, Andy, I did nuffin’, I tell ya, nuffin’ at all. The same thing happened three weeks ago but after a night’s sleep it was back to normal without my changing anything. That was perhaps triggered by an upgrade an hour or so before the trouble began, though the spontaneous remission is mysterious.

      Anyway, I was about ready to replace all the files but the precautionary download to my machine has mysteriously abandoned its task and I must start it again…

  7. Just wondered if you keep a rough count of comments caught as spam.
    Starting before the 20th comments caught in the spam list built over a couple of weeks to around 100 per day – then post 20th with odd days near 200 – today has seen 365 in about 75% of the day – I ponder is this phenomena a sort of www wide tide of rubbish – or is it targeted at my site?
    Does anybody know or have any observations to add?

    • Richard C (NZ) on 28/05/2014 at 5:37 pm said:

      >”I ponder is this phenomena a sort of www wide tide of rubbish”

      Yup, if my email spam filter is anything to go by lately.

    • Thanks for the question, Wazsah! It’s a nice easy diversion from backups and databases. Worldwide, spam seems to account for about two-thirds of all email messages. As to the trend in spam, it’s been going down for about the last year but spiked this month from 50 billion to 170 billion messages per day.

      The CCG gets a lot of spam (some of it masquerading as legitimate AGW argument 😉 , heh, heh!). Akismet deals with it brilliantly and keeps statistics on what it’s been doing. I see I installed it nearly five years ago, in which time it has successfully arrested 1,833,100 spam messages, let 26,000 legitimate mails go about their business, missed 2220 spam mails and falsely marked 56 mails as spam, for an accuracy in this installation of 99.91%.

      For a long time I diligently read through the arrested mails looking for legitimate messages but they soon became too numerous and the discrimination too accurate to bother with them. Over the last 60 days we’ve received 320,732 at up to 5600 per day at a daily average of 5345.

      If you don’t tell Akismet (once you trust it) to delete the worst of the spam as it’s detected, you must delete them periodically yourself, and you will lose space from the database table which must be “repaired” to recover the space. In my case, the “lost” space quickly adds up to around 150 MB or more, so I had to delete the spam frequently. Now, it’s not so quick to build up, but I should get a plugin to do it for me.

  8. Richard C (NZ) on 28/05/2014 at 5:35 pm said:

    ‘Dr. Jean-Louis Pinault explains his idea about global climate forcing and his experience with climate politics’

    Posted by Denis Rancourt

    Dr. Pinault was met with sufficiently significant resistance from the dominant scientific cabal, know as “peer review”, to decide to concentrate on writing a book, rather than fighting reviewers and spineless and lazy editors (my words). In his book he both explains his science ideas and exposes the scientific censorship which has frustrated him. His book is “From the melody of the oceans to climate change: a fight against ostracism”, and was just released on May 10, 2014.


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