In the July Edition of the Newsletter:
- Chenda Chats
- Global warming - fact or fiction? by Paul Cottingham
- Spy Interview - Part 2
- Family Mensa - Update
I've been committing a certain amount of additional air pollution recently. My car has been overheating and each investigation requires me to warm the engine up first.
Initially that seemed quite a useful requirement. I could go somewhere I wanted to go and warm the engine up while I was about it. But that didn't really work. If I went shopping or to visit someone, I would want to stop when I got there, and the engine would cool down again. So, I ended up doing quite a bit of aimless driving around, emitting gratuitous emissions.
My car is not all that young. It's old enough to have a temperature gauge. I feel a bit anxious driving modern cars which don't have a temperature gauge. How do you know when it's overheating? I guess it has some pretty warning light that tells you when it's overheated. But in old fashioned cars like mine you can see the temperature gauge heading north and potentially do something about it before it gets to the red bit. If you should happen to notice.
Well, I did notice. It was somewhere around Durham, when I was driving down the A1 from Edinburgh to Leeds. The needle was just below the red bit. I observed that if I reduced my speed a bit, and stuck rather more zealously to 70, it didn't go any higher, so I decided to carry on and hope to get home. A journey becomes rather unrelaxed when you are gauge- watching all the time, as well as remembering to look where you're going. When I turned off the A1 and slowed to between 50 and 60, the temperature immediately dropped back to normal, so that was quite a relief.
Engine overheating can be caused by a variety of problems, almost all associated with water loss, and my engine didn't have any. Water loss, that is. Not a drop. This stumped quite a few of the amateur experts. The theories were rapidly narrowing down to head gasket or don't know. None of the usual head gasket symptoms were present, and don't know can be time-consuming and therefore expensive. As a final shot, before booking it into the garage for the expensive option, I was advised to go and see Carl in the tyre bay in Yeadon, who knows quite a bit about Subaru engines. So, I did. Carl spent ages checking this and testing that and couldn't find anything wrong. Then he peered in at the radiator through the slits in the front of the car and observed that there were an awful lot of greenfly embedded in the fins of the radiator. He suggested it might help if we cleaned them out with a pressure washer.
Seemed a bit straw-clutchy to me, but I called in on son with pressure washer, to oblige. A certain amount of the front of the car had to be dismantled to get at the front of the radiator, but we got it all nicely cleaned out, and I went off for another gratuitous pollute on the M1. Guess what? Problem solved. The temperature gauge went up to 'normal' and stayed there.
I've experienced cars being damaged by deer and sheep, and even pheasants. But greenfly! That's a new one.
Look forward to seeing you.
I'm Chenda Appleyard
Global warming - fact or fiction?
You asked for members thoughts on man-made Climate Change. I would say, after ten years of applying an IQ of 164 trying to find evidence, starting with attempts to calibrate carbon dioxide warming in an atmospheric chamber, that man-made climate change is proven to be a hoax, and what we see is explained by the laws of thermodynamics. I enclose information on those scientists who have proven the hoax.
Since 2009, many scientists have proven that carbon dioxide induced climate change is, as President Trump has said, "A Hoax".
In 2009 the scientist Gerhard Gerlich proved directly the "Falsification Of The Atmospheric CO2 Greenhouse Effects Within The Frame Of Physics".
Further confirmation of the CO2 warming hoax was obtained through thermodynamics and successfully finding a formula that works for both the carbon dioxide atmospheres of Venus and Mars, as well as all the other planetary atmospheres.
In 2011, Ned Nikolov & Karl Zeller introduced the "Unified Theory of Climate" which proved that the temperature relationship with the altitudinal changes of pressure, prove that the physical nature of the so-called greenhouse effect is in fact a pressure-induced thermal Inertia which is independent of the atmospheric chemical composition. Ned Nikolov spoke at the London climate change conference on Thursday, 8th September 2016 about this.
By early 2018, the scientist who had just proven that climate change is caused by galactic cosmic rays regulating the earth's cloud albedo, Professor Henrik Svensmark, was invited to speak in the committee rooms of the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday, March 13, 2018.
In fact, for two hundred years, Astronomers from William Herschel onwards had known about correlations between climate change and sun spot numbers, this was followed by more accurate correlations with solar cycle length and then finally, the Hale magnetic solar cycle.
By 2018 it had been established that these correlations are caused by the speed of the centre of the sun relative to the centre of mass or barycentre of the solar system, which determines the length of the solar cycles, or more importantly the 22 year, Hale magnetic solar cycle. This in turn is caused by the orbits and masses of the planets, short Hale magnetic solar cycles have higher solar magnetic activity due to the increase in the speed of plasma within the Sun.
Between 1913 and 1996, only one of eight solar cycles was longer than the mean solar cycle length of 11.04 years, the last of these was the shortest solar cycle for more than 200 years, the strength of the suns magnetic field more than doubled, the cosmic ray flux fell by 11 percent and there was a 8.6 percent reduction in clouds.
This caused alarmism about global warming which lead the United Nations to set up the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), but this organisation was corrupted by environmentalism, politics, conflicts of interest and the corruption of the scientific method, as well as the fact that amongst the 40,000 delegates at the 2015 Paris Summit of the UN convention on climate change, climate scientists did not dominate the debates that produced the agreement. This lead many climate scientists to call for the IPCC to be disbanded as well as to set up the 2016 London climate change conference, which was dominated by causational climate scientists such as atmospheric physicists, solar astronomers and meteorologists. This also resulted in US President Donald Trump, to end US funding for the IPCC in 2017, and to say that man- made Climate change is a "Hoax".
Spy Interview - Part 2
As I continued my observations I became aware of a professionally dressed young woman, wearing a conservative pin stripe trouser suit who appeared to be trying to make eye contact. I smiled politely as I caught her eye, well aware of the possibility that our crowd of candidates was now bored and relaxed and therefore off-guard to a little covert infiltration and informal interviewing, a tactic I had anticipated may be used to sort out suitable candidates. She smiled back and slowly began to make her way toward me. As she approached I noted her minimal make-up and lack of strong scent, a total contrast to the other candidates. This deviation from the behavioural baseline of the group was enough to make me very curious about her real motive for approaching me but I maintained a studied look of slight interest but mostly boredom as she introduced herself.
She introduced herself as "Paula" and explained she was a psychologist from the Huddersfield area. We exchanged pleasantries for a while as she asked me about my motivations for being at the centre and I in turn asked a few questions about her clinical knowledge, which she carefully answered or artfully avoided. She explained she had spotted me stood on my own and decided to come to chat as she didn't know what else to do. I noted that there were plenty of people not in conversations that she had walked past and wondered if I was being discretely interviewed. I kept my answers short and simple and avoided giving away too much personal information.
We chatted at some length about the colour of the bands we were wearing and noted we both wore the same colour. We then noticed a female voice was calling us to get into lines according to our band colour and stand in front of a large roller shutter door. I started chatting to a couple next to me in the line, who introduced themselves as Kit, and Callum.
Again, our conversations were brief and succinct as we seemed to be suspicious of all strangers asking questions about ourselves, each of us realising that personal information sharing would not be a beneficial quality to a good Intelligence Officer. With some anticipation we waited as the door rose and we were led into a room with large glass panels set in the roof allowing a lot of natural light in. In front of us were several rows of desks. We were instructed to sit behind the desks with our banded group sat near the front, right in front of the camera crews.
There followed several intelligence tests, aptitude tests and observation tests and other one-on-one interviews where we were quizzed on certain details we had been exposed to during the morning in the centre, some of which consisted in a detailed description of the balloon holder at the gate. Her incongruity had caught my attention and I had been correct to note details about her.
One training session later in the course focussed intensely on the importance of establishing a baseline of behaviour, clothing and non-verbal communication, based on a given environment, then to look for deviations. Interpreting this information correctly could be the difference between a safe agent meeting and a compromised one. It can also be used to give an early warning about imminent trouble from persons in a given situation.
After completing our tests and tasks, we were once more gathered in the exam room, thanked for our time and dismissed. I spotted Paula leaving the building and we exchanged a polite farewell.
A week later I received another phone call, from another man who asked me if I could travel to a location in Central London in two weeks, as they were interested in taking my application further. I checked my work schedule and we arranged a mutually convenient time. Within a matter of minutes, I received an email giving me a time and train station I was to travel from.
On the morning of the trip, I assumed I would be under surveillance during my trip. I suspected the whole trip was actually to test how alert and observant I was to my surroundings. I was to collect my prepaid tickets from the station. There was only one place this was possible and this, I guessed would be a good spot for me to be picked up by a surveillance team so naturally I arrived considerably earlier than the planned time and sat at numerous points throughout the concourse of the station, watching carefully yet discreetly to avoid detection myself (there was always the possibility that a surveillance team may have anticipated my move and arrived even earlier hoping to pick up my surveillance of their surveillance.) carefully looking for anyone who seemed overly interested in the ticket machine I was instructed to use.
Spotting nobody I made my way shortly before the train departed to collect my ticket. As I collected my ticket, I noticed a young male sat at an open-air coffee shop, using a laptop, his coffee cup on front of him on the table.
He appeared to be taking regular sips from it. Nothing especially unusual in that expect for one small detail... it was an open-air coffee shop, on a cold morning, and there was no steam coming from his coffee cup. Aware this could be a cold drink in his cup, I decided to check him anyway.
Feeling my pulse quicken, I made my way to a small supermarket opposite where I could use reflective surfaces in the shop to observe my maybe-coffee- drinking friend. He was checking me out as I browsed the supermarket shelves. Purchasing a daily paper, I took a very quick glimpse at him, noting any distinguishing marks that would enable me to identify him, and set off to catch my train.
I didn't spot him the rest of the journey but almost convinced myself I saw him again minus his bag, and in a different jacket, in London.
I had been instructed to take the Tube to the location, but changed my route, deliberately being as random as time and money allowed, hoping to throw off any surveillance, I took several cabs, at each changeover looking for any recurring faces, cars or any behaviour that might prove my suspicions I was followed. Once at the location, I had another interview and at the end was asked to nominate several long-term friends who were to be interviewed about me.
After several more similar trips to London and providing some fairly intrusive levels of personal information for background checks, I was told I was successful, and on the Course. Training was to start imminently.
Due to operational sensitivity of much of what we were trained in, I can only disclose a few brief but interesting details about the course that followed over the next weeks. One session consisted of us being given a working identity, complete with a driving license and credit cards (sadly not useable...) creating further details to flesh out our spy-self, and be able to bring that information to mind, quickly and naturally whenever we were asked. We could be interrogated at any point would be expected to answer as quickly and naturally as we could and be able to answer any and all questions about our AKA. All our training after that was received as our AKA.
One exercise we completed involved infiltrating a Cyber security conference and having a maximum of ten minutes to talk to as many people as we could, using our alias identity as a base to get as much personal information from our contacts as possible. Ideally, we would look to find people who were in potentially sensitive roles in their place of employment and obtain their contact information with a view to theoretically recruiting them at a later date. Email addresses, telephone details or a business card were all considered treasure.
Toward the end of the course, we relocated to Fawley power station in the south of England to received final training and be filmed by a television crew as we performed various tasks in and around central London.
To be continued next month.
Family Mensa - Update
In June Spotlight Nor'East we told you about the beginnings of Family Mensa Facebook page. This fledgling group soon grew and has now become a national Facebook group.
So if you find locating interesting and stimulating places to go and things to do as a family is one of the main challenges in bringing up a bright spark this is the place for you.
A new way for parents, grandparents and young Mensans to meet other people and find out what's going on locally and nationally is now available through the Family Mensa Facebook group.
The group is closed, meaning posts are not visible to people who are not members of it, and is the perfect place to find out what's on, "meet" other people like you and tell others about events.
The group is open to Mensa members with children or grandchildren, non-Mensan parents and grandparents of young members, and the younger members of Mensa themselves, provided they meet Facebook's minimum age of 13.
All you need to do to join is search for Family Mensa on Facebook and click Join Group. You will then be asked for the name and membership of the Mensa member concerned - that could be yourself, or your child or grandchild.
Please remember that any events or get-togethers you post in the group must be family-friendly, and children should always be accompanied to events by a responsible adult.
The direct link to the new group is https://www.facebook.com/groups/FamilyMensa/