Thursday, August 07, 2008

Headlines Thursday 7th August

A life spent fighting evil
Piers Akerman
RUSSIAN books are often dismissed because they are too long and contain far too many difficult names and, hey, who cares what happens beyond those seas which girt us?
Well, wake up. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn died this week - and if you think that’s unimportant, you should think again.

Solzhenitsyn, who was 89, may not have rocked your boat with his writings, but they were among the most important of our times.

Not only did the Russian writer devastatingly chronicle the horrors of Stalin’s sprawling system of slave labour camps, where political prisoners were locked up to rot to death; not only did he force Soviet sympathisers across the West to address the reality that their simplistic, idealistic view of Soviet-style Communism was grotesquely misplaced; not only was he lionised in the Soviet Union (briefly) before falling foul of the KGB (again) after winning the Nobel Prize for Literature; he also held up a critical mirror to Western culture, compelling many to examine the soft complacency in our own society.
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Like it says the world keeps warming
Andrew Bolt
Last month’s news:

THE price of petrol could soar to a crippling $8 a litre over the coming decade, according to CSIRO-sponsored research to be released today.

This month’s:

MELBURNIANS are experiencing the lowest petrol prices in three months, with more further cuts predicted in the next two to four weeks.
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Tax these warming fanatics
Andrew Bolt
How mad were these global warming believers to even want this solution?

PERTH councillors drew public applause tonight when they denied permission for a new city building to site wind-turbine power generators on its roof.
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Draw your panic
Andrew Bolt
Beautiful Sunset
Who coached these RMIT students into being such alarmists?

Melbourne’s bayside residential areas could be wiped out if seas rise another three metres, according to research by RMIT University students.
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Cultures are hard to fix when broken
Andrew Bolt
When an experiment produces rank results, it’s time to junk it, right? Of course, when that experiment was tried on a whole society, restoring what was is near impossible:

Parents’ failure to impose moral values in the home has left many children out of control, with teachers now expected to effectively raise young people themselves, it was claimed.
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The Prime Monster speaks
Andrew Bolt
Only one Prime Minister in my lifetime has had such a garbage mouth, polluting the office each time he opens up.
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Will cost, won’t save
Andrew Bolt
Do people actually fall for stunts us useless as this one?

FAMILIES struggling with the weekly budget will be able to compare food prices under a plan to name and shame Coles and Woolworths.
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Free to report being kicked
Andrew Bolt
China’s promises of press freedom are being implemented much as you’d expect:

Chinese police Tuesday apologised for roughing up two Japanese journalists as Beijing’s Olympic commitment to allow foreign media freedom came under scrutiny three days before the Games opened. The apology came after border police “clashed” with the Japanese journalists who had arrived in the Muslim-majority Xinjiang region after an alleged terrorist attack Monday left 16 police dead, Xinhua news agency said.
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Hold them to account
Andrew Bolt
I think we need to compile a Big Book of Apocalyptic Global Warming Predictions, so the guilty can be held to account. Today’s entry is from Philip Suttom author of the alarmist Climate Code Red:

Is the total loss of the arctic sea-ice inevitable? Regrettably: Yes - given the inertia in our fossil fuel economy and the likelihood that the ice will be fully gone within five years.
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Rudd’s gassy plan: All pain for no gain
Andrew Bolt
Access Economics co-founder Geoff Carmody says Kevin Rudd’s plan to cut emissions won’t work and will hurt:

I have never felt so concerned about a single policy issue in my professional life. The reason is because it is being fundamentally misconstrued. Under the model, by being a ‘good global citizen’ Australia, by its own actions, loses competitiveness against countries free-riding on our efforts. These countries gain from being slow to act (or not acting at all) as production shifts to them, their imports decline and their exports increase....
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