What never fails to astonish me is is the utter moral certainty of warmist journalists who by their own words make clear they do not even begin to understand the argument they abuse and dismiss:
In my view, global warming deniers, anti-vaccination crusaders, home birthers and Holocaust deniers are people who do not have a valid perspective becausethe objective facts show climate change is real, vaccinations save lives, home births can be deadlier than hospital births and that the Holocaust actually happened.
Could Susie O’Brien point out the people she claims deny “climate change is real” (seegraphic above)? Can she identify the sceptics who believe global warming has not occurred over the past century?
Anyone so utterly incapable of describing the real debate, and so quick to vilify far more informed people as the moral equivalent of “Holocaust deniers”, should take more heed of this (illiberal) line in the very same article:
...when it comes to opinions on real issues, then you should only express views you can defend on some objective or factual basis.
Had the author obeyed her own maxim, half this silly column would not have been written.
I hope the above piece meets the terms of the invitation in the headline:
If you think I’m an idiot ... you’ll have to tell me why
Memo to McTernan: I don’t think screaming “misogynst” at McKew will work:
JULIA Gillard is a control freak who manufactured a leadership crisis to become PM in a “classic stitch-up” of Kevin Rudd, according to a new political memoir.Former star Labor recruit and ABC broadcaster Maxine McKew has delivered the blistering assessment in a new book, Tales From The Political Trenches…
The Sunday Telegraph can reveal the book accuses Ms Gillard’s supporters of cooking up a false story to trigger the leadership crisis.
The Prime Minister had long maintained her decision to challenge Mr Rudd for the leadership was only made on the day, a view Ms McKew dismisses as a fiction.
A bigger blast can be expected soon via disillusioned Gillard supporter Robert Manne, seen lunching very well with McKew last week.
More misogyny, no doubt, but if this is all McKew is actually demanding, Gillard will feel relieved:
MAXINE McKew has appealed to the ALP to bring Kevin Rudd back into the Labor fold in a year-end act of reconciliation, not as leader, but as a prominent public force in the party’s campaign to beat Tony Abbott at the next election...
‘’The public have never bought the demonisation of Rudd,’’ she said. ‘’Most MPs are still lining up to invite him into their electorates. As far as I know, Rudd’s got a full dance card, marginal MPs don’t think and say about him the things that were said about him by some ministers in February.
‘’They actually line up to invite him into their electorates. So it makes sense to have your best player on the field.’’
Kevin Rudd doesn’t miss the chance to maintain his campaign against Julia Gillard’s culture of abuse and division:
Kevin Rudd doesn’t miss the chance to maintain his campaign against Julia Gillard’s culture of abuse and division:
FORMER prime minister Kevin Rudd has shrugged off suggestions that he ghostwrote ex-MP Maxine McKew’s tell-all political book, saying the claim “verges on sexism”.
The denial came after Ms McKew, who at the 2010 election lost the Sydney seat of Bennelong which three years earlier she had captured from then prime minister John Howard, also rejected claims Mr Rudd had ghostwritten her book Tales From The Trenches.
“For anyone to accuse a prominent journalist such as Ms McKew of not being able to write her own book I think verges on sexism,” Mr Rudd told reporters today after giving a speech in Mandarin at a Chinese cultural event in Sydney.
Better news than anyone would have dared to believe:
The Pakistani schoolgirl targeted by the Taliban is ‘responding well’ to treatment in Britain for her gunshot wounds, doctors said last night.
Malala Yousafzai, 15, who was shot in the head and neck at point-blank range, is in a ‘stable and comfortable’ condition at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.
She was gunned down as she returned home from school in the Swat Valley.
She had been demanding education rights for women in Pakistan and the attack has provoked uproar around the world.
Dr Dave Rosser, medical director at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, said Malala will need a significant period of rest and recuperation before she has reconstructive surgery…
Malala is unable to talk as she is still breathing through a hole in her neck following a tracheostomy and has been communicating in writing.On Friday, she asked: ‘What country am I in?’ The hospital also confirmed she had been able to stand up…Because her brain is still swollen, doctors do not yet know how damaged her brain will be…
Dr Rosser ... said: ‘She is writing very freely, she has had a tracheotomy as her airway was swollen by the passing of the bullet.
‘She’s not able to talk, but we have no reason to believe she wouldn’t be able to talk once this tube is out, which may be in the next few days.
‘One of my colleagues spoke to her in Urdu, although she is understanding English, and she is keen that I share the details and thank people for their support, as she is obviously aware of the amount of interest and support, and she is keen to thank people for that.’
There were widespread riots against the insult to Islam caused by some YouTube clip mocking Mohammad.
There have been very few protests against the insult caused to Islam by the gunning down of this astonishingly brave girl by Talibani convinced that education girls is unIslamic.
Kevin Rudd’s re-election pitch - no more of Gillard’s divide and abuse:
Shadow Attorney-General George Brandis on two questions Gillard must answer about the AWU scandal, including over a document she claims she witnessed. Plus the Liberals have had a huge moral victory in the ACT election:
Nick Minchin says the winning of a UN Security Council seat is actually a scandal, and the Government’s economic statement in the next few days will show it’s frittered away a fortune. Cassandra Wilkinson says we should let in hundreds of thousands more of the kind of people coming in by boat, and argues that if the UN Security Council seat forces us to confront China, then good:
Rowan Atkinson and the defence of Anthony Mundine’s right to be rude even about Aborigines with fairer skin:
Former Liberal senator Nick Minchin has labelled Australia’s successful bid for a seat on the United Nations security council as ”disgusting”.
Mr Minchin said the lobbying process, which cost about $25 million, was a waste of money because Australia’s spot was a temporary one.
“We will have no influence because all the decisions are made by the permanent members of the UN security council,” he told Network Ten’s the Bolt Report program on Sunday.
And on a program not acknowledged by the ABC:
Shadow Attorney-General George Brandis says yesterday’s result [in the ACT election] should be seen as a big win for the Coalition.
“What we saw yesterday was a swing to the Liberal Party of 6.5 per cent in Australia’s most left-wing city,” he said.
The Bolt Report repeat at 4.30pm on Channel 10.
(This is the only thread today on which comments are published, so fire away.)
Terry McCrann on yet more evidence the Government’s Budget has been smashed - and the public won’t be told how badly:
THIS week the Gillard Government is going to unveil a “mini-horror mini-budget”.
The only reason it’s doing it this week is to avoid having to do a full-on horror mini-budget, if it delayed until it - and even more, its Treasury advisers - really knew what was happening to the economy.This captures the two fundamental characteristics of the Gillard Government. First, everything it does is political… That leads to the second characteristic. Whether it’s asylum seekers, the carbon tax or the budget, the Government doesn’t do anything considered or substantive. It just keeps kicking the can down the road…Does anyone seriously believe the tax hits and spending cuts we are going to see this week will be the product of serious, considered policy analysis? ... They are just to shuffle numbers around the fiscal chessboard, so they add up to a small bottom line black number…
We are getting [a mini Budget] this week so Treasury can still base it on relatively optimistic - and outdated - numbers for the economy.
A government that actually wanted to base its decision-making on the best and most realistic information would delay the mid-year update - and the policy decisions based on it - until at least December.
This could get ugly - but why do charges of “incitement to racial hatred” flow only one way when one hatred has begotten another?
DOZENS of political extremists have stormed the construction site of a mosque in western France to show their hostility toward it and denounce immigration that has brought millions of Muslims into the country.
Regional prefect Yves Dassonville said about 70 protesters travelled from around France for Saturday morning’s demonstration in the city of Poitiers…Muslim leaders said they disrupted a prayer in the still-unfinished building.Dassonville said that after police arrived, the protesters dispersed without resistance.
Three were detained to face accusations of “incitement of racial hatred” and damage to property.
Years to go, and everything pointing already to this being the most expensive government white elephant yet:
EXECUTIVES at the company building the national broadband network pocketed more than $600,000 in bonuses in 2011-12 despite the project running a year behind schedule.
The NBN Co annual report shows the company is spending 25 times more on executive salaries than it earned from selling broadband to customers.…
The opposition’s communications spokesman, Malcolm Turnbull, said the report, released on Friday night, showed the roll-out of the network was a year behind schedule with 24,000 homes and businesses connected to the national broadband network at the end of last month - about 10 per cent of the company’s original target.
Attention Wayne Swan and Tanya Plibersek. This is how you protest against a very unfunny joke:
The Chief Justice of the Family Court, Diana Bryant, has been forced to apologise to some of Australia’s most senior judges after they stormed out of a dinner hosted by her which featured a sexually explicit comedy act.
Australia’s Chief Justice of the High Court, Robert French, and his wife left the room in disgust after becoming offended by a comedy routine performed at a National Family Law Conference banquet in Hobart last Sunday.
The Sun-Herald understands the female comics acted out a sexually explicit sketch while wearing judicial robes and that when Justice French stood to leave, he was joined by many others throughout the room, including the NSW Supreme Court Chief Justice, Tom Bathurst, and his wife, as well as the Family Court judges Mark Le Poer Trench and Margaret Cleary…
It is the third time in recent weeks that widespread offence has been caused by inappropriate jokes or comments at high profile dinner functions. Earlier this month, Labor was forced to go into damage control after a comedian at the union’s dinner told a sordid joke about Tony Abbott and his chief of staff, Peta Credlin. Prior to that, talkback host Alan Jones was inundated with thousands of complaints after he made inappropriate remarks about the death of the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard’s, father, at a Sydney University Liberal Party dinner.
Huge moral victory to the Liberals in the most pro-Labor part of the nation:
TRIUMPHANT Liberal leader Zed Seselja says ACT voters have rejected a Labor-Greens alliance in the territory election.But he’s stopped short of claiming victory, with the opposition falling one seat short of majority government in the 17-seat legislative assembly.,,The Liberals, on the back of their biggest-ever primary vote, are on track to take eight seats to Labor’s seven giving them their highest representation in the 23-year history of self-government.With more than 70 per cent of the vote counted at 10.50pm (AEDT), Labor had 39.1 per cent of the overall vote (up 1.7pc on 2008), to the Liberals 38 per cent (up 6.4pc) and the Greens 11 per cent (down 4.6pc)...
Labor leader Katy Gallagher ... noted more than half the electorate voted for “a progressive government”, referring to the combined Labor-Greens vote of 50.1 per cent.
Yet more reason for Labor to fear what’s coming next year in the federal election.
Reader BGC is puzzled:
Something appears to have happened to ABC Lateline’s news values when it comes to coverage of boat people.
We can compare the program’s coverage today with that in 2001/2, at the time of the Tampa incident and the introduction of John Howard’s Pacific Solution, courtesy of figures in Paul Sheehan’s book “The Electronic Whorehouse”.Between August 17 2001 and May 15 2002 (including the summer break), there were 125 editions of Lateline, containing 125 items relating to some aspect of the boat people issue.Government figures show that in the whole of 2001, 43 boats arrived, with 5,516 people aboard; in 2002, there were was one boat and one person, in the first half of the year.In 2002, Lateline broadcast 49 items in the period to May 15, in the almost complete absence of boats arriving.So far in 2012, 148 boats have arrived; Lateline has broadcast 192 programs, including 64 items relating to some aspect of the boat people issue. The programs have included 26 relevant items since the beginning of August.Yet boat arrivals have averaged one a day since the beginning of August, a total of 82 boats.Lateline appears considerably less interested in many boats arriving now than it did in 2002 when only one boat arrived.