The believers are foul, Julie, but appreciate the sceptics
Deputy Opposition Leader Julie Bishop on the hazards of arguing with religious fanatics:
In recent weeks, I have received numerous messages from experienced scientists, including earth and climate specialists, who have argued against the conclusions of the Garnaut report.
I have urged some to make their concerns public, but they are apprehensive lest they be labelled a ‘sceptic’ or even worse ‘a denier’, and subject to personal abuse for having the temerity to question conventional wisdom on climate change.
Intolerance of dissent is not confined to Australia.
How Colebatch destroyed his argument
Global warming believer Tim Colebatch in The Age today tries to bat away an inconvenient truth - that the world hasn’t actually warmed for a decade. But more fervent than informed, he simply proves he doesn’t understand the argument, and probably doesn’t want to.
AS THE Liberal Party turns into a battleground between those who believe Australia should do its share to tackle global warming and those who deny that global warming exists....
I blame global warming delusion
A great scoop on Iranian television: Mossad and al-Qaeda worked together on September 11.
Rain in Perth. Who’d have thunk?
Remember when low dam levels in Perth were a sign of global warming?
Run, Peter, run
Chris Smith has seen inside some of the hell holes that are South East Asia's prisons. And if he were Peter Lloyd right now, he knows exactly what he'd do.
The chance of contracting disease, such as HIV, through prison rape is high. Reports of his status as a gay man is not helpful either. Chris Smith
Sin returns to Sydney at Sexpo
With World Youth Day over and done with, it's time for topless pole dancing, strip poker and a world record number of female orgasms.
World's most powerful woman hits Perth
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice flew into Perth tonight for a two-day visit as a guest of Foreign Affairs Minister Stephen Smith.
Does anyone look at porn?
Tim Brunero asks why people giggle at the Sexpo when most probably access porn regularly - not in public but from the privacy of their messy bedrooms.
A recent Newspoll found a massive 70% of Aussie adults are in favour of adult material being available in restricted premises. And when Newspoll talked to young people – it jumped up to 82%. Tim Brunero
35,000 child porn images = no jail time
An Adelaide man has walked free from Adelaide District Court with a suspended prison sentence, despite admitting to downloading 35,000 pieces of child pornography.
I can tell you that the sentence would not have been suspended if you had intentionally accessed the more serious forms of child pornography... Judge Steven Millsteed - he may have used artistic license as a defense of the charge. - ed.
Federal Labor MP Janelle Saffin's son on child porn charge
By Evelyn Yamine
Her son Ned is on child pornography possession charges ... Federal Labor MP Janelle Saffin, member for Page.
THE son of a Federal Labor MP has been charged with possessing child pornography after police discovered a several "offensive images" on his home computer.
Ned Saffin, the 23-year-old son of Federal Member for Page Janelle Saffin has been under investigation by police since his Lismore Heights house was raided in March.
Mr Saffin's computer hard drives and digital image storing devices were seized after police received a tip-off from the public.
Officers from the Richmond Local Area command searched the Renwick St property on March 25.
"A number of computer hard drives and digital image storing devices were seized," a NSW Police spokesman confirmed last night.
"Inquiries continued while items were analysed. A number of these were subsequently found to contain offensive images," he said.
Police yesterday charged Mr Saffin with three counts of possessing child pornography. He was bailed to appear before Lismore Local Court on August 25.
Ms Saffin - whose slogan is "Fighting for Working Families" - was at a function in Byron Bay last night
Fighting shape with Turnbull
If Malcolm Turnbull is on board, the Liberals can row this thing hard:
Federal opposition treasury spokesman Malcolm Turnbull has fallen into step behind his leader, declaring an emission trading scheme shouldn’t be introduced until it is in Australia’s interest…
If Rudd promises help, run
Peter Hartcher checks Rudd’s spin against the traction:
As Opposition leader, Kevin Rudd empathised with “working families under financial pressure”. John Howard was “out of touch with Australian working families,” but Rudd promised help. He would take measures that would seek to make housing more affordable, and to contain the price of petrol and groceries…
Mixing is not what peoples tend to do
Academic Tracie Winch discovers the difference between the happy-clappy rhetoric of multiculturalism and the reality, even in the cloistered, hand-held universities she works in:
Segregation and cultural cliques continue to flourish with little sign of change. Rarely do international and local students mix; rarely do they want to.
Rudd’s green plan will leave us in the dark
And the global warming dupes thought that turning off the lights for just one Earth Hour was all the sacrifice it would take:
FOUR out of five power stations in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley, both coal-fired power stations in South Australia and several generators in NSW and Queensland could close down under an emissions trading regime designed to meet even a modest greenhouse reduction target…
Liberals reassess; media still to follow
Gee, wait long enough and what you first read here, you’ll one day read in The Age:
FORMER treasurer Peter Costello has thrown his weight strongly behind Brendan Nelson’s move to toughen the Coalition’s policy on emissions trading…
The IOC preferred Saddam’s son
The International Olympic Committee shows its customary support for democratic ideals:
Athletes from Iraq have been banned from taking part at this summer’s Beijing Games, the International Olympic Committee has announced.
The German candidate
Barack Obama, in a speech in Berlin, announces to ecstatic crowds that he’s running for president of the world:
People of Berlin—people of the world—this is our moment. This is our time.
Actually, let’s be precise. He’s running as the world’s candidate for the US presidency, with a platform to thrill the international Left and weaken the country it loathes
Rudd our Prime Reader
KEVIN Rudd is about to personally select his author of the year - and hand the winner of his new literature prize $100,000 of your cash.
This means the Prime Minister, just one reader in a nation of millions, will almost certainly give some lucky writer more money than he or she is likely to earn through sales to real readers.
But is this healthy?
The danger to literature isn’t only that most of the country’s literary prizes - and cheques - are now in the hands of Labor politicians or the judges of their Premiers’ Literary Awards, inevitably encouraging writers to stick dully to the Labor line.
That’s bad enough, of course, when Australian literature already suffers from a stultifying same-same in the political attitudes it strikes.
The blind leading the biased
I AM still laughing. It was like getting four suicide bombers to debate whether some Muslims might be violent.
But let shiny-eyed Matthew Ricketson, who once taught tomorrow’s journalists at RMIT University, describe what happened at a packed “human rights” forum in the city on Monday.
Wrote Ricketson in The Age: “Gather together four luminaries of the media to discuss whether the media is biased and what do you get?”
Well, Matthew, in this case you get a perfect illustration of that very problem, even before a single person opens his mouth. The roll call of the four speakers just said it all.
Twelve more years to live
Just 12 more years before we all start dropping from global warming diseases, thunders the Medical Observer:
By 2020 Australian doctors will be combating a diverse range of illnesses related to climate change – from respiratory problems to infectious diseases.
I’d say some medical journalists are suffering already from an illness released to climate change.
Not eco as in “economic”
I’m not sure these eco-towns are demonstrating what was intended:
Householders wanting to live in Gordon Brown’s pioneering eco-towns face service charges of more than £500 a year on top of their annual council tax bill.
Huge hole cripples Qantas jet
A TERRIFYING mid-air ordeal has left a gaping hole in a Qantas plane, forcing an emergency landing.