Friday, July 04, 2008

Headlines US Independence Day

In NSW, children are given two weeks vacation, starting this afternoon.
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Our first victim of “climate change delusion”
Andrew Bolt
The warming preachers truly are driving people mad with fear. In the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, Joshua Wolf and Robert Salo of Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital write:
We describe a patient with climate change delusion, a previously unreported phenomenon. A 17-year-old man was referred to the inpatient psychiatric unit at Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne with an 8 month history of depressed mood… He also ...had visions of apocalyptic events…

The patient had also developed the belief that, due to climate change, his own water consumption could lead within days to the deaths of ‘millions of people’ through exhaustion of water supplies. He quoted ‘internet research’ to substantiate this. The patient described that ‘I feel guilty about it’, had attempted to stop drinking… He was unable to acknowledge that the belief was unreasonable when challenged.


With internet reports like this and this, or Age reports like this and this, how could he tell he was unreasonable? Indeed, some global warming preachers now sound that they need treatment, too.
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Scandal finishes Neal's career
BELINDA Neal's political career is over: the ALP will refuse to preselect her for the 2010 federal election
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Cafe was target for terrorist bomb plotters
TEN suspected militants arrested with a cache of bombs which police say they intended to be use in the same style as 2005 Bali attacks.
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Garnaut goes for the scare
Andrew Bolt
Ross Garnaut has a scare for his fellow Australians:

A report by economist Ross Garnaut has warned Australia must take a lead role in tackling climate change or risk becoming the most badly damaged country in the developed world.

But from Britain, it seems we’re actually one of the least vulnerable:
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Greenland’s melting actually slows
Andrew Bolt
You know all those alarmist reports that Greenland was melting faster than ever, and whole cities would drown?

In the worst case scenario, which could unfold by as early as 2012, about 20% the world’s cities become unsustainable and begin to collapse. Massive waves of human migration from the affected areas create domino effect that causes the collapse of most of the remaining population centers.

Why, only last month we had Alarmist of the Year Tim Flannery doing the Greenland booga-booga:

Just imagine yourself in a world five years from now, when there is no more ice over the Arctic, when we stand under threat of a rapidly warming Arctic Ocean, when we’re starting to see the first destabilisation of the Greenland ice cap...

Hard to believe, I know. But now the New Scientist says it’s been a scare based on a falsehood - in fact, Greenland’s ice “slams the brakes on’’:
Since 1991, the western edge of Greenland’s ice sheet has actually slowed its ocean-bound progress by 10%, say the team, who have studied the longest available record of ice and water flow in the region.

MEANWHILE, Climate Audit reports that over the past couple of years sea ice has in fact increased, not decreased:
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Rudd’s guru plans to go to black
Andrew Bolt
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The madness nears:

REGIONS hardest hit by the new emissions trading regime would win government handouts and industries investing in clean power would be rewarded, but the landmark Garnaut report on climate change rules out compensating coal-fired power stations.

So workers are to get not a wage but a handout, and private operaters of power plants are to be left to go broke, their assets suddenly stripped of tens of millions billions in value:

Despite dire warnings from electricity generators and state premiers about black-outs, bankruptcies and spiralling power bills, Professor Garnaut remains unconvinced by the argument that electricity generators should be compensated for the diminished value of their assets under the new carbon regime…

As-yet unreleased modelling by power generators suggests that three out of the four brown-coal power stations in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley would close by 2020 and that household power prices would increase by 50 per cent under modest cuts in greenhouse emissions.

Good plan for a flagellant. Won’t slash our emissions by Rudd’s 60 pcer cent, though, or persuade the world to join us in suicide.

Meanwhile, still unmentioned is that the world hasn’t actually heated for a decade. Get the impression the world has gone mad with an apocalyptic new faith?
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Womb equals woman
Andrew Bolt
No, it’s not a ”pregnant man” who just gave birth in Oregon. It was, of course, a woman, albeit mutilated so she cannot naturally feed the child she’s produced.

For the gynaecologically confused, here’s a primer to explain the difference:

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Channelling Mackay
Andrew Bolt
When researcher Hugh Mackay, an ABC favorite, starts preaching about what “‘people” in his focus groups think, what makes me always feel he’s just speaking for himself?

THE election was one of those remarkable elections where people felt they were not just getting a new government but a new order. They thought this was a Government that was going to, if not perform miracles, then at least do something dramatic to the spirit of the nation.
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Good news and bad
Andrew Bolt
It’s not over:

POLICE have foiled plans for devastating bombings in Indonesia by uncovering an international terrorist cell, arresting 10 men and seizing more than 20 bombs in South Sumatra.

The team was manufacturing and stockpiling sophisticated explosives, reportedly for use against Western tourists or targets. It was part of the network of Bali bombing mastermind Noordin Top.
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The Left sees a bureaucrat, too
Andrew Bolt
COAG was right yesterday to reject the demand of Climate Change Minister and warming extremist Penny Wong to strip Murray irrigators of yet more water and give it to the “environment”. But now the Left is making the same complaints about Kevin Rudd that conservatives do:

Environmental policy specialist and director of the Wentworth Group Peter Cosier said COAG had missed an opportunity and had simply agreed to produce another plan.
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The shirt any terrorist would wear
Andrew Bolt
The Colombian army has finally discovered a good use for these:
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They are a perfect disguise for soldiers pretending to be terrorists in a hostage rescue.
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Labour suffers Brown out
Andrew Bolt
It took a year for a honeymoon to turn to divorce:

Gordon Brown now leads the most unpopular Labour government in history, according to a new “poll of polls” for The Independent… Only 17 per cent of people now approve of the Brown government’s record, while 70 per cent disapprove.

Laurie Oakes warned Kevin Rudd of parallels.
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Warmers call off debate
Andrew Bolt
CLIVE Hamilton had an excellent plan last month when Charles Sturt University made this green preacher its Professor of Public Ethics.

“Over the last 20 or 30 years . . . academics have been less willing to engage in public debate,” the former Australia Institute boss said.

That had to change, and by Gaia, Hamilton was the man to change it.

So how odd to see Hamilton a fortnight later telling a popular discussion website, On Line Opinion, he’s no longer going to debate there.
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Karl will want debate called off, too
Andrew Bolt
Add the ABC’s Dr Karl Kruszelnicki to the list of global warming preachers above who won’t want to debate any more. Listen and laugh as he gets a call on Triple J from a polite sceptic who clearly knows more about the science than does this former Climate Change Coalition candidate (from 18:50).

And the sceptic of man-made warming who drove preacher Clive Hamilton to flee On Line Opinion wonders in comments to the column above why he’s so scary. Or Hamilton so abusive.
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Rudd the diplomat
Andrew Bolt
Even from the distance of Singapore, people can spot Kevin Rudd has not plans but thought bubbles, going nowhere:

PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd’s plan for an Asia Pacific Community is dead in the water, says a respected regional academic and former Singaporean diplomat.

Barry Desker, dean of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, and one-time ambassador to Jakarta, told a conference in Canberra yesterday Mr Rudd should have consulted Asian leaders before raising the community plan… “I think the problem that South-East Asians have is that this came out of the blue...”

Remember: diplomacy is Rudd’s strength.
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