Uhlmann lets rip on warming crazies
ABC political editor Chris Uhlmann delivers a brilliant riff on Insiders this morning on global-warming salvation seekers. This former seminarian knows a religious mania when he sees one.
Greens show their true colors
No more watermelons in Melbourne:
Wearing red, members of more than 60 environmental groups rallied in the city centre and marched to the Alexandra Gardens where they formed a human “sign” 140 metres long, spelling “Climate Emergency”.
How Mugabe stole the election
From inside Mugabe’s Reich:
A film that graphically shows how Robert Mugabe’s supporters rigged Zimbabwe’s election has been smuggled out of the country by a prison officer. It is believed to be the first footage of actual ballot-rigging and comes as Zimbabwe’s president faces growing international pressure…
The film, made for Guardian Films, shows how (Shepherd) Yuda and his colleagues at Harare central jail had to fill in their ballots in front of Zanu-PF activists.
Yuda also obtained footage of Zanu-PF rallies where voters were told they should pretend to be illiterate so that an official could fill in their ballot for them on behalf of Mugabe.
He was able to film the MDC’s general secretary, Tendai Biti, in leg irons in jail. Biti, now on bail, faces treason charges which carry the death penalty.
Switching off Victoria
It’s utterly unbelievable that the Rudd Government should be contemplating making bankrupt the stations that provide more than 90 per cent of Victoria’s power:
Although careful to respect the Federal Government’s process, Victorian Energy Minister Peter Batchelor appears increasingly nervous in his public comments. Asked if one of the state’s brown coal generators will be forced to close prematurely, he said: “It depends on the nature of the emissions trading scheme (introduced).”
We have ways to make you bow
You’d think this kind of stuff was made up, wouldn’t you?
Two schoolboys were given detention after refusing to kneel down and ‘pray to Allah’ during a religious education lesson.
Parents were outraged that the two boys from year seven (11 to 12-year-olds) were punished for not wanting to take part in the practical demonstration of how Allah is worshipped.
They said forcing their children to take part in the exercise at Alsager High School, near Stoke-on-Trent - which included wearing Muslim headgear - was a breach of their human rights.
Two thousand years of Western art has come to this at last:
A PROVOCATIVE picture of a naked six-year-old girl has been used on the cover of a taxpayer-funded magazine in protest over the treatment of artist Bill Henson.
Angered by the “hysteria’’ over Henson’s pictures of a 13-year-old girl, the magazine also ran a number of highly sexualised images inside.
Art Monthly editor Maurice O’Riordan said he hoped the July edition would restore some “dignity to the debate’’.
Now even Obama softens on Iraq
Barack Obama seems to be ditching one more policy - to pull out of Iraq within 16 months of taking office:
I’m going to refine my policies...
A particular kind of unhappy woman
The Australian‘s headline isn’t quite accurate:
Aussie mums unfulfilled - study
At last - but it took a cartoonist to dare say it
My prediction on June 27:
Such scepticism will only grow, especially while the planet refuses to keep warming - a fact now so unmissable that even The Age may report it this side of Christmas.
Cloth-headed parents with cloth-bottomed preppies
The canary in the coalmine is wearing nappies. From Queensland comes this warning:
CHILDREN as old as five are being sent to school in nappies because their parents cannot be bothered to toilet-train them.
Stealing them again at last
Precisely what started the myth of the “stolen generations”, but precisely what needs to be tried again after so many wasted years:
Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin revealed yesterday she was backing a proposal by Djarragun College, an independent school for indigenous children near Cairns, for a separate boarding campus for up to 50 at-risk children, aged nine to 12, at a rainforest property…
Under the proposal, a purpose-built facility will cater for up to 25 children subject to child protection orders and another 25 who have been referred voluntarily by their families.
Green scaremongers face revolt on the Murray
Now it’s Murray River tourist operators who are protesting that climate catastrophics are costing them money, this time with their talk that the ”Murray is dying”:
(T)he good news is that, despite mischievous/misleading reporting in some quarters, the River Murray is not dry and is open for business.
You must now pay to be scared
Another cost of global warming - more of the political advertising the Rudd Government said it would stop:
AN expensive “public education” campaign will try to win support for a carbon emissions trading plan. Despite introducing measures to prevent blatant political advertising, the Government is likely to spend tens of millions of dollars to promote the benefits of tackling climate change.
Partners in hate
It sure can’t be reason that unites them:
Rachel Evans… is the leader of the NoToPope Coalition, a collection ofactivists that includes pro-choice campaigners, transvestite churchgoers for gay rights, contraception advocates, anti-AIDS activists, Trotskyists and anarchists. Joining them are the Raelians, a cult that believes humans are descended from aliens and claims to have cloned people.
Many of the NoToPope members are veterans of other big actions including the Stop Bush anti-APEC campaign, and some go back to the violent anti-globalisation S11 protest in Melbourne in 2000. Their target this time around is Pope Benedict XVI...
A homeowner today, homeless tomorrow
EXPENSIVE housing, debt and unexpected financial problems are key factors behind homelessness.
Rudd defends Iemma as a 'tough decision' maker
Erin Maher & Amie Meehan with AAP
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has thrown his support behind embattled NSW Premier Morris Iemma, who has been called out of touch by one of his own MPs.
Angela D'Amore, from the Sydney inner west seat of Drummoyne, delivered the scathing assessment of Mr Iemma's leadership, saying she was "not surprised the polls have been so bad".
The Iemma government and the premier have been battered by recent polls that show support for both collapsing.
Ms D'Amore also criticised Labor caucus as a rubber stamp for the premier.
"Caucus needs to be a robust forum where MPs can discuss issues truthfully," she told Fairfax newspapers.
"If you do that you shouldn't be seen as controversial - you should be seen as being in touch."
Her comments come as speculation builds about a challenge to Mr Iemma's leadership, which the NSW opposition says will do little to improve Labor's position.