If we define 'most interesting' as the person who got the most searches on Google from within Northern Ireland then the local politicians may be surprised/worried to learn that none of them make it into the top five. On May 10, 2017 the ranking was:
1. Jeremy Corbyn
2. Theresa May
3. Paul Nuttal
4. Tim Farron
5. Nicola Sturgeon
Three of the above politicians are leaders of parties that don't even organise in Northern Ireland.
A week ago the list was a little more encouraging for two of the local parties:
1. Theresa May
2. Jeremy Corbyn
3. Tim Farron
4. Arlene Foster
5. Gerry Adams
The dataset is available on Github.
If the yellowstone super volcano erupted it would send an umbrella cloud high into the atmosphere and an area up to 500 miles in diameter would be covered by up to 4 inches of dust. Much of the mid west would be impacted. Sulphur dioxide would also be released in large quantities causing acid rain and a rapid cooling of surface temperature across the planet.
The dataset includes answers to the question: How familiar are you with the Yellowstone Supervolcano?
Yesterday Sinn Fein announced their candidate for N. Belfast, BBC story. It was a clever choice and will probably win them more votes. This is another seat where the SDLP have been in terminal decline for more than a decade but just refuse to die.
This means the nationalist vote is split just enough to ensure the DUP hold this seat. The unionist vote will be round 46% to 47%, the nationalist vote about the same. The unionist and nationalist votes have been converging for a while, I think this will continue or the nationalist vote will be slightly higher than the unionist. But the unionist vote is not split so they will win. The Alliance party have also increased their vote here but remain well behind the two main tribes.
There is nothing new about global warming deniers. In the 19th century a growing number of scientists accepted the evidence that carbon dioxide in the atmosphere could act like a green house - trapping heat. However there were other scientists who denied the evidence. By the twentieth century the deniers were in the minority. The following dataset from NOAA has several decades worth of carbon dioxide measurements. The increase is clear to see.
During this time we have seen new record high temperatures, bigger storms, melting ice and rising sea levels.
But despite the evidence Trump is a denier, his priorities are the economy and jobs and he believes it is better for the U.S. to invest in old finite fuel sources like coal rather than investing in limitless new technologies. It is possible that while other countries solve their energy needs with new technologies and innovation the U.S. will still be sending men down holes in the ground to dig out dirty black coal. The following tweet from Donald makes his attitude clear.
Prior to this he had blamed it all on the Chinese.
The Chinese certainly did their part in contributing to the increased carbon dioxide levels but it is not a hoax manufactured by them.