… is from page 164 of Thomas Sowell’s 1999 book The Quest for Cosmic Justice:
Just as freedom of the press does not exist for the sake of that tiny minority of the population who are journalists, so property rights do not exist for the sake of those people with substantial property holdings. Both rights exist to serve social purposes reaching far beyond those who actually exercise these rights.
Andrew Bolt – Tuesday, October 18, 11 (06:33 pm)
Someone now gets to five names - well, not really - and hints of more than 200 others he could name if he had to.
Some might wonder why I don’t reply to his latest foam-flecked rant. The answer is, I have already. The spooky thing is that I did so last year - and even earlier. Same evidence, same names. The 200 analysed and some even identified to reveal....
But I won’t go on. The evidence is plain and this rage too freaky.
Reader John reminds me it may now be too unsafe to allow comments. So they are closed.
Andrew Bolt – Tuesday, October 18, 11 (10:41 am)
I’m not posting the most shocking pictures:
THE fate of a toddler left comatose after being knocked down by a van in a market - with her mangled body run over by a second vehicle and ignored by 18 passers-by - has prompted an outpouring of soul-searching and self-revulsion across China…
The child might have been saved if a seven-minute procession of cyclists and pedestrians had not looked the other way…
“Find those 18 passers-by, dissect their brains and see what medicine the Communist Party has been feeding us to make them like the walking dead,” wrote one widely forwarded post on the Chinese equivalent of Twitter…
The 57-year-old rag collector who finally moved her ran from shop to shop to find the toddler’s parents and was repeatedly told to mind her own business.
Andrew Bolt – Tuesday, October 18, 11 (10:06 am)
The Department of Climate Change hires more than1000 public servants whose job is to force you to make sacrifices for the planet.
But as for themselves, even catching the bus outside is too much of an effort.
Andrew Bolt – Tuesday, October 18, 11 (09:48 am)
The Gillard Government will make Australia - so heavily dependent on coal-fired power - pay $23 a tonne of carbon dioxide emissions, and more each year.
Meanwhile, in the one area of the planet with a partiallly comparable international scheme, the price per tonne is less than half - and falling:
The benchmark contract for U.N. carbon credits hit a new record low of 7.13 euros ($9.77) a tonneon Friday, as the euro zone’s worsening debt crisis and prospects of slowing economic growth hit the heavily-supplied offset market.
A deteriorating global economic outlook has put pressure on emissions permits which depend on robust industrial production to belch out greenhouse gases.
U.N. carbon offsets, the world’s worst performing commodity, have been particularly hit because a U.N. climate panel continues to issue new offsets, regardless of a glut in emissions permits in the main demand market, the EU’s emissions trading scheme.
I don’t think pricing ourselves out of the market is smart.
THE Government’s carbon tax did not spark Rio Tinto’s exit from some of its Australian aluminium assets.
The timing of yesterday’s announcement, just five days after Australia’s Day Zero - the day we started our national march back to the 18th century - was purely coincidental.
Rio’s CEO Tom Albanese and the head of its aluminium group Jacynthe Cote would both say the tax was irrelevant; that the decision was entirely corporate and would have happened even if sanity had prevailed in Canberra last Wednesday. And they really would mean it.
Yet, in a broader holistic sense the sales or closures are entirely about our carbon tax in the narrow and the global - actually, European - attack on carbon-based energy more broadly.
Thus the Rio moves become the marker of what will be wrought - to its mindful supporters, ‘achieved’ - by the carbon tax. The while slow, nevertheless still inexorable de-industrialisation of Australia.
(Thanks to reader Craig.)
Andrew Bolt – Tuesday, October 18, 11 (09:35 am)
Julia Gillard last year claimed we had to do something to stop global warming to save ourselves from droughts:
So Senator Barnaby Joyce last week asked Labor’s Penny Wong the obvious question (from :30):
With climate change, the number of droughts could increase by up to 40 per cent in eastern Australia, and up to 80 per cent in south-western Australia within the next six decades.
Can the minister confirm how many droughts will the government’s carbon tax prevent? So we’re looking for one drought, two droughts, 10s, 20 per cent of droughts. Because the Prime Minister has said it would reduce droughts, so I just want to know how many droughts it is going to prevent?
And, of course, Wong refuses to give a relevant answer.
(Thanks to reader Craig.)
Andrew Bolt – Tuesday, October 18, 11 (07:09 am)
The Climate Institute, like so many warmist lobby groups, likes to claim it’s “independent”:
It’s a claim many journalists repeat, but that should now stop:
LABOR has handed $3 million in grants to supporters of climate change action to promote efforts to cut global warming and support the government’s clean energy package as it seeks to head off Tony Abbott’s anti-carbon tax campaign. ...
In evidence to Senate estimates today, it emerged that:
The Australian Conservation Foundation received $398,000 to fund a series of presentations on climate change from people trained by the movement started by former US vice president Al Gore;
The Australian Youth Climate Coalition received $271,000 for two forums in Brisbane and Perth on combating climate change;
The Climate Institute received $250,000 to produce an independent assessment of the impacts of the carbon price on the cost of living. It is working with ACOSS and Choice on the study;
Climate Works is negotiating with the Climate Change Department for a $460,000 grant aimed at raising community awareness to cut carbon emissions and;
The CSIRO has received $500,000 as part of a program aimed at cutting energy consumption in low-income households.
Andrew Bolt – Tuesday, October 18, 11 (06:59 am)
Many on the Left screamed that the intervention was racist and oppressive, but most Aborigines in the Northern Territory back it - and want more:
PARENTS who allow their children to become truants will lose welfare payments under Labor’s plan to toughen elements of the Northern Territory intervention after a report found widespread acceptance of the controversial program in Aboriginal communities…
Speaking to The Australian in Alice Springs yesterday, Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin said she remained convinced grog bans, night patrols and welfare quarantine measures were protecting women and children across the Territory. “People really understand that life is not going to change if people are not going to be educated,” Ms Macklin said…
The report found widespread acceptance of income management, usually through the BasicsCard that ensured welfare recipients spent a proportion of their income on basics, such as food....
The report says those who attended the community meetings “commented relatively frequently that parents should have part of their welfare or Centrelink payments withheld or their payments reduced if they did not send their children to school”....
Ms Macklin told The Australian that legislation would be introduced into parliament before the end of the year to continue alcohol bans and impose the tough new welfare penalties for truancy after the Northern Territory Emergency Response laws expired in August next year.
Macklin, despite being of the Left, has stuck to the intervention, to her enormous credit. She’s also proved to be one of Labor’s better ministers, without receiving much public credit for it. The docking of welfare for truancy also seems a move that should be extended to all families on benefits.
But what’s still missing from the mainstream debate is the recognition that no real progress in Aboriginal welfare out bush is possible until families move from where there’s no real work and never will be.
Andrew Bolt – Tuesday, October 18, 11 (06:47 am)
In normal times, a huge find of valuable ore to make cheap power would be celebrated:
A MINING company searching for coal just outside Bacchus Marsh, about 50 kilometres west of Melbourne, says its early findings are much better than expected, with an estimated 1 to 2 billion tonnes of export-quality brown coal in the area.
However, read on - and check the poll, too.
Andrew Bolt – Tuesday, October 18, 11 (06:21 am)
The Queen still has a great power to unite, given even cheap-shot republicans still can’t resist a summons to be seen with her. Take last Friday’s soiree in Buckingham Palace with some 300 Australians:
The palace reception was attended by the famous and near-famous, including Elle Macpherson, Jason Donovan and Hugh Jackman. The celebrity couple Geoffrey Robertson, QC, and Kathy Lette were also there…
It was one of those don’t-talk-about-the-republic occasions. Writing in The Sunday Age on April 17, Lette commented: “Mention ‘the Queen’ to most Australians and they presume you’re talking about Elton John.” She concluded by declaring, “it’s time Australia had a Windsor-ectomy.” Get it?
In The Canberra Times on April 27, Robertson referred to “the absurdity of the constitutional arrangements which require Britain to be reigned over by a White Anglo-German Protestant monarch” - whom he described as belonging to “this German family”. He also wrote that “the bedrock of Britain’s constitution is the Act of Settlement of 1701, a blood-curdling anti-Catholic rant, which enshrines the genes and Protestant religious beliefs of Princess Sophia of Hanover in the succession to the throne”.
Needless to say, there were no reports of any republican-inspired references to Windsor-ectomies or to German families when Lette and Robertson rocked up to the palace on Friday. Rather it was a case of “How frightfully pleased to meet you” and “Yes ma’am”. The reception served as a reminder that the royal family is a hereditary celebrity institution at a time when celebrity is more important than ever.
Andrew Bolt – Tuesday, October 18, 11 (06:06 am)
Justice Kirby said it was “very easy to suspect Australians of racism” because of its history, its treatment of Aboriginal people and asylum seekers, and its island status. “A feature of islands [is that] they’re always afraid of people who are off-island,” he said.
“England, from whom we gained many of our institutions and attitudes, thought all bad things began at Calais. People in England thought anybody over that ditch was a very suspect character.
“People on islands tend to be very frightened of people who come from across the seas. That has certainly been true of Australia.”
Hmm. Is Germany an island? Are the bitterly divided nations of the former Yugoslavia? And news just out of the almost landlocked Iran:
Sadek Zibakalam, University of Tehran, Al Arabiya news, October 9:WHENEVER Iran issues any fiery statement about our neighbours ... you can easily detect a belief that Persians are superior. Listen to our foreign minister, or even imams, and notice that derogatory tone they use, which focuses on the racial, not the political superiority of Persians.
Andrew Bolt – Tuesday, October 18, 11 (05:52 am)
There is no one issue that’s brought Julia Gillard to this, concludes Niki Savva. It’s just that the Prime Minister has no judgment:
There have been so many poorly handled issues, each one exemplifying her worst characteristics: her stubbornness, her inability to admit a mistake or concede a point, her lack of judgment and her propensity to twist facts into pretzels.
She could have been forgiven, or other misdemeanours excused, such as speaking in that soporific way, as if people are inattentive children she dare not slap, if she had at critical times displayed competence and astute political judgment.
Tony Abbott’s “women’s problem” is now Julia Gillard’s men’s disaster:
In February, men were still viewing Ms Gillard favourably, with 48 per cent approving of her performance and 47 per cent disapproving. Women approved of the Prime Minister 55-39....
In March, Ms Gillard’s approval rating among men moved into negative territory… In the latest poll, 65 per cent of men disapprove of her performance and 31 per cent approve…
Women have also turned on the PM this year, but they were slower to abandon her. They held on until June before becoming dissatisfied. Even so, Ms Gillard can still count on a higher proportion of female than male voters to support her.
SUPPORT for Kevin Rudd is strengthening among key caucus members of Labor’s Right faction after Julia Gillard’s bungling of asylum seeker policy and the split in cabinet over her political tactics.
Senior members of the group responsible for Mr Rudd’s removal said there had been a definite shift of mood among some MPs in the past week.Those staunchly opposed to a Rudd comeback have now said there was a resignation he may be the only solution…
“It’s not going to be (Defence Minister) Smith,” said one senior right-wing MP, who until last week had been strongly supportive of Ms Gillard and was dismissive of any move to Mr Rudd.
“I was wrong. It’s definitely going to be Rudd. It’s irreversible. We are just dead otherwise. I think he will be the only chance many will have of keeping their seats.”
Julia Gillard’s praetorian guard is made all of the generals of the right, people like Bill Shorten and David Feeney from Victoria, Mark Arbib from NSW and Don Farrell from South Australia. It was they who combined to roll Kevin Rudd in June last year. They could do it because together they controlled the majority in Labor’s caucus. For them, a return to Kevin Rudd is the nightmare scenario, so they’re welded to the PM…
What’s intriguing is that the right believes that the epicentre of the threat to the Prime Minister comes from Victoria’s left, Julia Gillard’s own faction and state. Right wing fingers are pointing at Industry Minister Kim Carr.
More certain is that the greatest threat to Gillard comes not from Ministers - who fear Rudd’s retribution - but from backbenchers, who simply fear for their seats:
The war against Kevin Rudd was fought and won by generals. If this campaign succeeds, it will likely end as a caucus revolt, with the troops’ minds focused by the prospect of losing their own seats.
Another detail from the leaked cabinet meeting is leaked:
The Herald reported details from Thursday’s cabinet meetings in which senior ministers allied to the Right faction - including the Immigration Minister, Chris Bowen - pushed to use Nauru detention centre in a bid to win the support of the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, for legislation overriding the High Court decision that ruled the Malaysia plan illegal. The proposal was to use Nauru not in isolation but in conjunction with the Labor policy preferences of Malaysia and Manus Island....
But he did not push hard in the cabinet meeting during which, sources said, Ms Gillard asked each member to state their view.