Anglican Samizdat

January 14, 2010

The longest burning light bulb in history

Filed under: environment — David Jenkins @ 5:15 pm

Has been lit for 109 years.

The improved incandescent lamp, invented by Adolphe A. Chaillet, was made by the Shelby Electric Company. It is a handblown bulb with carbon filament. Approximate wattage-4 watts. Left burning continuously in firehouse as a nightlight over the fire trucks. For some research test results on a sister bulb at Annapolis follow this link.

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The upper limit of the lifespan of one of these:

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is 15,000 hours or, if left on, around 1.71 years; it would take 63 fluorescent bulbs to provide light for as long as the Shelby Bulb has – and it is still going.

So the question is, over 100 years, does it take more energy to make and light one Shelby Bulb or make and light 63 fluorescent bulbs and safely dispose of 62 of them?

I suspect the answer is 63 fluorescent bulbs although, admittedly, at 4 watts, the Shelby Bulb would be a little dim.


December 5, 2009

Rowan Williams and the carbon gospel

Filed under: environment,Rowan Williams — David Jenkins @ 2:55 pm
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Secular dictionary definition of “Gospel”: The proclamation of the redemption preached by Jesus and the Apostles, which is the central content of Christian revelation.

Rowan Williams’ definition of “Gospel”: Less carbon dioxide.

Some 3,000 Christians gathered in Westminster for an ecumenical service before joining tens of thousands of campaigners in a march through the capital today to call on the UK to take the lead at next week’s UN climate change summit in Copenhagen.

Dr Rowan Williams said the human race had until now not been very good news for creation, as he warned that the failure to tend to the health and wellbeing of creation was already having negative effects on the lives of the most vulnerable communities in the world.

He said: “We are to be bearers of good news for the world that God has made. Not for any one little bit of it, not any one community at the expense of others, not even for humanity at the expense of everything else in the universe. Good news for all of creation.

November 30, 2009

The climate buffoonery of mainline churches

Filed under: environment — David Jenkins @ 8:30 pm

They’ve all – Anglican, Methodist, Roman Catholic, Baptist – fallen for climate change chicanery; and the power-mongers of worldly and – in the case of Rome – corrupt churches have chosen a climategate moment to redouble their efforts at sinking into irrelevancy.

A total of 16 leaders of Christian Churches in the UK, including the Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols and the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, will join in a service to call on world leaders to act against climate change.

The ecumenical service that will be held in London this Saturday, December 5 aims to urge political leaders meeting in Copenhagen to ‘Act Now To Stop Climate Change’, Independent Catholic News reports.

Among others slated to attend are Bishop Declan Lang of Clifton, Head of the International Department of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference; Bishop John Rawsthorne of Hallam, Chair of CAFOD, Revd David Gamble, Chair of the Methodist Conference; Reverend Pat Took, Chair, London Baptist Association; Steve Clifford, General Director of the Evangelical Alliance; Colonel Brian Peddle, Chief Secretary for The Salvation Army UK and Republic of Ireland, the report said.

November 3, 2009

I knew it: belief in Climate Change is a religion

Filed under: environment — David Jenkins @ 1:50 pm

And in the UK, belief in anthropomorphic climate change has been legally given the status of a religion:

An executive has won the right to sue his employer on the basis that he was unfairly dismissed for his green views after a judge ruled that environmentalism had the same weight in law as religious and philosophical beliefs.

In a landmark ruling, Mr Justice Michael Burton said that “a belief in man-made climate change … is capable, if genuinely held, of being a philosophical belief for the purpose of the 2003 Religion and Belief Regulations”.

The good news is that we can look forward with anticipation to Dawkins and his cronies mocking this as they do every other religion. Maybe not.

October 12, 2009

A change of climate at the BBC, but not in the Anglican church

Filed under: environment — David Jenkins @ 4:56 pm

That bastion of meteorological political correctness, the BBC is backpedalling on climate change:

What happened to global warming?

This headline may come as a bit of a surprise, so too might that fact that the warmest year recorded globally was not in 2008 or 2007, but in 1998.

But it is true. For the last 11 years we have not observed any increase in global temperatures.

And our climate models did not forecast it, even though man-made carbon dioxide, the gas thought to be responsible for warming our planet, has continued to rise.

Mere facts are insufficient to deter the pontificating padres of the Anglican Church, though, who continue to decry the “moral consequences of climate change”. And all this as, in Canada, icicles begin to form in the nostril hairs of trendy bishops who can no longer afford to heat the buildings from which they have purged their flocks in increasingly enthusiastic spasms of zealous heathenism.

August 31, 2009

Rowan Williams, the Welsh Hobbit

Filed under: environment,Rowan Williams — David Jenkins @ 10:13 pm
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If I understand Rowan’s message – not something that I would normally take for granted – Jesus, God  incarnate, came to earth to “work with the grain of creation” and help us reverse climate change. Pretty exciting.

April 4, 2009

A child of the earth opens his mind to a web that cannot be broken

Filed under: Diocese of Niagara,environment — David Jenkins @ 5:55 pm
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For those of you that missed Earth Hour on March 28, do not despair, April 22 is Earth Day and the Diocese of Niagara has a selection of liturgies for you to recite while you sit in the dark trying to read them by candlelight.

Here is a choice morsel for your delectation:

Leader: On this Earth Sabbath, we open our minds to learn about ecological threats to the health of present and future generations and to the whole community of life.

Reader 2: God of love, we confess that at times we would rather stay in denial than see, hear, and understand how our lifestyles affect our world.

People: Forgive us, O God, and inspire us to change.

Reader 1: The prophets Isaiah and Hosea said: The land lies polluted under its inhabitants. The beasts of the field, the birds of the air, even the fish of the sea are dying.

Reader 2: God of mercy, we confess that we are damaging the earth, the home that you have given us. We buy and use products that pollute our air, land, and water, harming wildlife and endangering human health.

People: Forgive us, O God, and inspire us to change.

Reader 1: Chief Seattle said: Whatever we do to the web of life we do to ourselves.

Reader 2: God of justice, we confess that we have not done enough to protect the web of life. We have failed to insist that our government set standards based on precaution. We allow companies to release dangerous toxins that destroy fragile ecosystems and harm human beings, especially those among us who are most vulnerable.

People: Forgive us, O God, and inspire us to change.

All: God of compassion, today we acknowledge our dependence upon you and our interconnectedness with the whole web of life. We open our eyes, ears, and hearts to the pain of the earth, that we may be open to your truth, see your way of hope, and walk with courage in your way.

I don’t know about you, but I had no idea that pollution was such a problem for Isaiah and Hosea; I always thought it was moral pollution that bothered them: live and learn. Fortunately, we Anglicans don’t have to worry too much about moral pollution: since the Anglican Church of Canada is a major supplier, it has granted its members immunity as long as the money keeps rolling in.

It’s such a relief to know that it’s all the government’s fault, though; and polluting companies, of course.

After reciting that I feel so interconnected with the cobweb of life… oops my candle-powered, crystal enhanced, pyramid amplified, pan-galactic Interweb optical string connection just blew out.

April 1, 2009

Why is GM really on the verge of bankruptcy?

Filed under: Politics — David Jenkins @ 5:04 pm
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Because they spent so much money making this:

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It looks like something out of a James Bond film.

But the presidential seal on the side marks this hulking limo out as something not even the superspy will be able to get his hands on.

These are the first pictures of the new armoured limousine which will be used to ferry Barack Obama around.

Nicknamed “The Beast”, the Cadillac will make its debut on 20 January, as part of the inaugural parade.

“Although many of the vehicle’s security enhancements cannot be discussed, it is safe to say that this car’s security and coded communications systems make it the most technologically advanced protection vehicle in the world.”

Naturally, Obama has expressed his appreciation for this anti-green armoured pimp-mobile by firing Rick Wagoner. The rumour is Wagoner knew too much about the “security enhancements”, so they gave him an offer he couldn’t refuse.

March 31, 2009

It’s fun being green when you are the US President

Filed under: environment — David Jenkins @ 9:44 pm

Canadians urge their PM to follow Obama’s greenness:

Harper urged to follow Obama’s green lead

The Harper government is being urged to follow Barack Obama’s lead and inject billions of dollars into green jobs and green energy.

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US President Barack Obama has arrived in London for the G20 summit with a large contingent of the White House staff with him.

Hundreds of security guards, doctors, chefs and others are accompanying President Obama on his visit, and the entourage includes a number of presidential vehicles – including his new armour-plated limousine, The Beast, and aeroplane, Air Force One.

The 4,000 sq ft Boeing 747 is fully equipped for the president to work while he is in the air.

For Obama, to travel green means making the sacrifice of only using enough jet fuel to launch two four bedroom houses five miles into the air.

I expect the armour plated car uses a two cycle lawnmower engine, though.

March 27, 2009

Anglican Luddites

Filed under: Anglican Church of Canada — David Jenkins @ 9:12 am
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Earth day is approaching and we are being urged to turn off our electric lights for an hour and light candles.Add an Image

The Connelly-Miller family light their candles at last year’s KAIROS Earth Hour worship service at the Church of the Holy Trinity in downtown Toronto.

What are you doing on March 28 at 8:30 p.m.? Kairos, an ecumenical social justice organization, is calling for Canadians to observe Earth Hour “as a symbolic pause to reflect on our use of fossil fuels, to think about the impact of our activity on people and ecosystems around the world, and most importantly, to pledge to make a difference – as individuals, communities, and as a nation.”

In 2008, 50 million people in 370 cities and towns, in more than 35 countries worldwide switched off their lights for Earth Hour.

This makes as much sense as most of the Anglican Church’s quixotic justice endeavours.

To make a candle, paraffin wax is melted to 190C by a man rubbing two sticks together to generate heat – well, actually the heat is generated by electricity. If we assume a 500W heater can heat enough paraffin wax to make 100 candles in 1 hour, each candle has consumed 5 Watt hours to manufacture. To light 20 candles in a church for one hour consumes 100 Watt hours. Not only that, the burning of the candle produces  water vapour and carbon dioxide. So the candles are increasing what latter day hobbits like to call our “carbon footprint”.

Alternatively, you could use the same energy and get more light by turning on five 20W low energy bulbs. But, of course, this is really about an anti-technology zeitgeist, not saving the planet.

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