A Weblog monitoring coverage of environmental issues and science in the UK media. By Professor Emeritus Philip Stott. The aim is to assess whether a subject is being fairly covered by press, radio, and television. Above all, the Weblog will focus on science, but not just on poor science. It will also bring to public notice good science that is being ignored because it may be politically inconvenient.

Thursday, May 20, 2004

Воля они, они не соединят танцульку?.....

Thank goodness, Vlad the Vacillator strikes again:-

'Russia Kyoto decision unlikely at EU summit' (The Russia Daily Journal, May 20):

"Russia is unlikely to give in to European pressure and agree to ratify the Kyoto Protocol on the environment at Friday's EU summit, a government source said on Thursday. The government source said Energy and Industry Minister Viktor Khristenko would ask Thursday's government meeting to postpone the deadline for a decision to August 20.

'Mr Khristenko has signed a request to the government to extend the deadline for examining Kyoto by three months,' the source told Reuters. Previously, the government was to decide by Thursday. 'There will be no unified position so it is very unlikely that there can be an announcement at the summit.'"

"Oh! It would be fun in Moscow, Masha!" It's just like Russian roulette, or even the 'Lobster-Quadrille' (with deepest curtsies to Lewis Carroll):

"Will you sign a little faster?" said the EeeUuu* to the Bear,
"There's an Eagle close behind us, and he's making us despair.
See how eagerly the lobsters and the turtles all advance!
They are waiting on Kyoto-- will you come and join the dance?
Will you, won't you, will you, won't you, will you join the dance?
Will you, won't you, will you, won't you, won't you join the dance?"

"You can really have no notion how delightful it will be
When they take us with the lobsters, boiling, into the rising sea!"
But the Bear replied "Too far, too far!" and gave a look askance --
Said he thanked the EeeUuu kindly, but he would not join the dance.
Would not, could not, would not, could not, would not join the dance.
Would not, could not, would not, could not, could not join the dance.

*Footnote: an EeeUuu is a self-important, multi-bodied animal that is good at emitting talk, but not at walking the walk (it tends to sit many cross-legged, confused, but with a smug grin). It is well known to pretend to dance quadrilles whilst being a thoroughly wet wallflower. It also wants everybody else to be a carbon copy of itself.

So it's still: Воля они, они не соединят танцульку?

Philip, singing Да- да да- да да- да да--, all the way to tea.....

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