Piers Akerman – Saturday, July 23, 11 (05:42 pm)
In the middle of its cold summer holiday, Europe is struggling with two major issues - the fragile Euro economy and unwanted Islamic migration. The Left’s obsession with Rupert Murdoch’s media empire is no longer news.
Those among France’s hard-working middle class who do mention Murdoch, proprietor of this newspaper, do so with admiration for the drive and determination he has displayed throughout his corporation-building career.
The big topic is the economic survival of the European community. French president Nicolas Sarkozy held a press conference last Thursday night after an all-day summit with German chancellor Angela Merkel, Greek prime minister George Papandreou and other European leaders and bankers on Greece’s debt crisis.The Clayton’s solution Sarkozy outlined embraces a lowering of the interest rates on Greece’s crippling loans and an extension of the period in which the nation may repay them. This is not an end to the problem, it merely places Greece on an economic drip and its loans on the never-never.
It’s a classic European dodge. Push the problem into the future and hope that when it next erupts, someone else will have to deal with it.
I like migration and want more. I think it is important that the law be applied too. Equally and fairly. I think if we didn’t nuke our ability to grow, by not having water available, people would be less inclined to complain. Also bad immigration policy is an aggravating factor. The pacific solution was fair. The current policy is unfair.
Well that’s just jim dandy for you. I am totally unimpressed with the quality of immigrants we are getting and I want a moratorium, to allow time for INTEGRATION and not multiculturalism, which has been and will continue to be an abject failure.
A New South Wales police officer commented recently that he and his colleagues would have far fewer problems if Temporary Protection Visas were still being issued, meaning that troublemakers from the refugee communities here would be less likely to misbehave.
I agree that the Pacific Solution was fair. I cannot understand why Labor abandoned it and I am very annoyed that they pretend that it is not the solution and ignore its past success.
Miranda Devine – Saturday, July 23, 11 (05:52 pm)
Sweet, pretty and popular, 14-year-old Dannii Sanders had almost 2000 Facebook friends. Whether or not cyberbullying played a part in her suicide last week, as her friends claim it did and those closest to her deny, it’s clear social networking was a big part of her short life.
And it’s also clear that after her death, a memorial Facebook page in her name was bombarded with vile hate messages and images.
“Deserved it. I (laughed out loud) hard,” one poster wrote. “She can’t read this because she’s dead,” wrote another. We won’t repeat the more depraved comments because that would just provide pleasure to those who create them.
Good people have to be engaged with the medium to mitigate the horror. People with authority who have a role in the lives of young people. I get it that many don’t want to go near it because of the dangers. But it means a lot when kids are getting into a spaz if an adult is on hand to play a cool, middle line. I don’t mean a parasite who gets pleasure associating with the young to recall their own youth. But a person who has an online presence which intersects with the lives of young people.
One thing I am involved with but take no part in is local youth work in film and television and creative work. I am not an artist. I cannot help kids get gigs. I make suggestions where I can and try to promote what I can. For free. The result is I know many young people and are in touch with them through social networking. They tolerate my daily bible readings and conservative politics. I don’t interfere with their social chatter. But when the community was in mourning over the tragic murder of a young woman I was there and a mature presence. Kids still want that.
… is from the newly released collection of Bastiat‘s letters, The Man and the Statesman: The Correspondence and Articles on Politics; this quotation – from a letter that Bastiat wrote to Richard Cobden – is highlighted in James Grants’s delightful review of this collection in today’s Wall Street Journal:
I want not so much free trade as the spirit of free trade for my country. Free trade means a little more wealth; the spirit of free trade is a reform of the mind itself, that is to say, the source of all reforms.
Tim Blair – Sunday, July 24, 11 (09:15 am)
Sublimely gifted singer Amy Winehouse has been found dead at just 27.
Very sad, like watching a slow motion train wreck, everyone knew it was coming but couldnt stop her self destructive behaviour. At least her music lives on.
Her death reminds me of Janis Joplin. Her music reminded me of Billie Holiday. Her loss was predicted and predictable. Shame on those who egged her on.
The young woman’s death is a tragedy and a warning against suicidal policies espoused by the Greens like the repeal of all drug laws. The nutter Greens argue that illegal drug use is purely recreational when, in fact, it can be quite deadly for many fragile souls. Then again, the core of Green policies can be described as misanthropic. They’re a virtual death cult.
Andrew Bolt – Sunday, July 24, 11 (04:37 pm)
It is an appalling breach of manners for Julia Gillard to refuse to meet the Czech president, Vaclav Klaus. We ask him why he’s so dangerous.
Andrew Bolt – Sunday, July 24, 11 (01:52 pm)
The International Energy Agency offers useful advice on how to cope when you’re running out of power:
What is the best way to respond to major electricity shortfalls? Plan now! - IEA report draws on recent cases to show how countries can save electricity in a hurry
It warns that we might turn to our private generators to cope:
Consumers faced with blackouts or mandatory rationing of electricity often turn to on-site diesel generators, which can lead to greater air pollution.
So why these dire warnings to prepare for blackouts? Simple: the global warming fear-mongering and laws of our politicians are killing investment in electricity generation:
Nobuo Tanaka, Executive Director of the IEA, noted that electricity shortfalls are likely to continue as political, regulatory and financial hurdles make it difficult for governments and energy utilities to invest the estimated USD 16.6 trillion needed to meet annual growth in global electricity demand of 2% over the next 25 years.
As Czech President Vaclav Klaus agreed in my interview with him on today’s Bolt Report (encore at 4.30pm), we have more to fear from global warming policies than from global warming itself.
(Thanks to reader Steve.)
Andrew Bolt – Sunday, July 24, 11 (12:54 pm)
Australian physicist Professor Brian J O’Brien has worked on the Apollo moon missions. In this interview with the ABC, just 8:15 from the end, he suddenly cuts loose on man-made global warming, and commits a series of heresies that pin back the ears of the interviewer.
- It’s been wildly exaggerated. When he first started researching the topic, “I got rather frightened at the exaggerations that were going around.”
- It’s “certainly not proven” than man is largely to blame for any warming.
- “The sad part was that there were no senior scientists that were independent” in the field.
- He discovered that “the funding for climate change researchgwas only going to what you call true believers and when that happens inevitably you get a bias”.
- An Australian professor of physics told him he “completely” supported his concern but had to keep his team of 65 researchers going with work, and “the only funding I can get for them and to get their PhDs is greenhouse funding from Canberra or whereever”.
- “For 20 years people have been indoctrinated with the abuse of language” so that “climate change” is meant to suggest that all change is man-made. Of course, there’s climate change. That’s not the question
- He’s worried we’re going ahead of the world in cutting emissions.
(Thanks to reader Hedley.)
Andrew Bolt – Sunday, July 24, 11 (12:53 pm)
Alan RM Jones notes how often the ABC stresses that that Norwegian mass murderer Behring Breivik is a “Right wing Christian” - although relevance of his Christianity seems obscure, given nothing in the New Testament and nothing said by any Christian leader possibly justifies his murder of so many young Norwegians:
Norway attacks suspect admits responsibility
Updated July 24, 2011 09:13:55
The suspect in twin attacks in and near Oslo that killed at least 92 people, Anders Behring Breivik, has admitted responsibility, his lawyer said.
Behring Breivik, 32, was detained for allegedly shooting at least 85 people dead at a youth Labour Party meeting on an island and killing seven more in a car bomb explosion which ripped through government buildings in Oslo.
“He admitted responsibility,” lawyer Geir Lippestad told Norway’s NRK television channel.
He says Behring Breivik believes his actions were atrocious but necessary.
“He explained that it was cruel but that he had to go through with these acts,” Mr Lippestad said, adding that the attacks were “apparently planned over a long period of time”.
Police say they are questioning the right-wing Christian over the massacre - a killing spree that Norway’s prime minister Jens Stoltenburg said had turned an island paradise into “hell on Earth"…
§ 92 dead, may rise to 98
§ Ring-wing Christian extremist charged
§ His farm searched for explosives
§ Possibility of a second gunman
While there had been initial fears the attacks might have been an act of revenge over Norway’s participation in the campaigns in Afghanistan and Libya, the focus shifted when it emerged the suspect was a native Norwegian.
While there was no official confirmation of the suspect’s identity, he was widely named by the local media as Anders Behring Breivik.
Blond-haired Behring Breivik’s Facebook page appeared to have been blocked by late Friday evening (local time). Earlier, it had listed interests including bodybuilding, conservative politics and freemasonry....
Police Commander Sverre Sprberg says they are looking for evidence.
“Actually we are just going through the whole farm, for technical evidence, looking for everything that could be connected to the late incident,” he said.
A sole message on Behring Breivik’s Twitter account, dated July 17, was based on a quote from British philosopher John Stuart Mill, reading: “One person with a belief is equal to a force of 100,000 who have only interests.”
Police spokesman Roger Andersen described the suspect as a ”Christian fundamentalist”, adding that his political opinions leaned ”to the right”.
Now contrast that determination to mention the murderer’s (at this stage seemingly irrelevant and certainly anomalous) Christian faith with the ABC’s extreme reluctance to mention the faith of Major Nidal Malik Hasan, who screamed “Allahu Akbar” as he shot dead solders at Fort Hood, after telling a colleague “: “Muslims should stand up and fight against the aggressor.”
And see if you can find any reference to the faith of the Times Square bomber in these ABC reports:
Andrew Bolt – Sunday, July 24, 11 (05:53 am)
Cadel Evans seized the Tour de France yellow jersey in the next-to-last stage Saturday, all but giving Australia its first victory in cycling’s showpiece event and capping one of the most dramatic races in years.
Andrew Bolt – Sunday, July 24, 11 (05:41 am)
Even in a safe seat held by the Prime Minister herself in the reddest state on the mainland, the carbon dioxide tax is killing Labor:
HUGE numbers of voters in Julia Gillard’s heartland Labor seat have turned against her in the wake of her plan to tax carbon…
Since August, Labor’s primary vote in the seat has dropped by 18.3 per cent to 46 per cent, according to research by pollster JWS Research.
The poll - conducted on Thursday evening using automated polling technology - found Labor would retain Lalor with 58 per cent of the two-party preferred vote, down from 72.2 per cent at last August’s election.
Two weeks after the PM unveiled her carbon-tax plan to an expectant nation, many voters in her own seat remain unconvinced of its merits. In Lalor, 43 per cent of voters are opposed to the plan and 24 per cent have yet to make up their minds. Only 33 per cent of voters in the PM’s seat favour the plan.
Andrew Bolt – Sunday, July 24, 11 (05:35 am)
This is going to hurt - because the fact it highlights is so mad:
AN industry group representing millions of businesses will today launch a mass television campaign against the carbon tax, claiming it would hurt Australian families.
In a blow to Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s bid to sell the unpopular tax, the Australian Trade and Industry Alliance is opposing the Government.
Spokesman Greg Evans yesterday said the tax was the world’s “largest and most damaging carbon tax” and one of the most “ill-conceived policy responses in a generation”.An alliance advertisement, due to be aired tonight, compares the $4.9 billion revenue from the first six years of Europe’s emissions trading scheme with a predicted $71 billion from Australia’s carbon tax over six years.
Andrew Bolt – Sunday, July 24, 11 (05:31 am)
The underclass stirs:
The brutal thugs - who call themselves Bros Over Hoes or BOH - have been involved in drive-by shootings, home invasions and bloody clashes with African refugees.
Chilling photos of masked young men brandishing an arsenal of weapons including guns, machetes and a chainsaw have also been uncovered in a special investigation by the Sunday Herald Sun.