Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Tue 25th Dec Todays News

Happy birthday and many happy returns Smail Cehic. Born on the same day as JC, TMN and Mrs B. Born on the same day, across the years. Remember, birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.

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Merry Christmas

Andrew BoltDECEMBER252012(5:58pm)

Just woke up to Christmas Day, many hours behind Australia. Merry Christmas to you all. Hope your day has been as wonderful as I plan mine to be with my relatives.
The bells are ringing outside, including those - I think - from Amsterdam’s Westerkerk, just a couple of doors up from where Anne Frank hid for two years.
As you or your children probably were unwrapping presents this morning I was most likely still in church in Antwerp on Christmas Eve. Or close enough - the holy-ish pub across from the Cathedral:
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My best you you all and to your families. 

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How dumb is warmist Friedman?

Andrew BoltDECEMBER252012(7:14am)

Thomas Friedman savages the Republicans as stupid, but for true stupidity readers should check out ... Thomas Friedman:

But if Republicans continue to be led around by, and live in fear of, a base that denies global warming after Hurricane Sandy and refuses to ban assault weapons after Sandy Hook — a base that would rather see every American’s taxes rise rather than increase taxes on millionaires — the party has no future. It can’t win with a base that is at war with math, physics, human biology, economics and common-sense gun laws all at the same time. 
What makes Friedman’s brand of stupidity worse than most is that it is protected by the impregnable smugness of the group-thinking elite. Friedman would not even suspect he’d made an error or feel the slightest wish to check whether the comfortable pieties he repeats are well-founded. Why take the risk of becoming unpopular by advancing an unfashionable truth?
Fact: anyone who claims most sceptics are “deniers” of “global warming” are plainly fools or liars. None of the sceptics I know doubt at all that the planet has warmed in the past century. Most would agree man’s emissions are likely to have a warming influence. Friedman’s language suggest he simply does not understand the position held by those he so casually damns as stupid.
Is there anything more stupid than a man contradicting an argument he doesn’t even trouble himself to understand?
Well, yes. It’s a New York Times columnist who then claims Hurricane Sandy - actually just a storm at landfall - is proof of catastrophic man-made warming. That is a position not one in 10 warmist scientists would endorse, yet Friedman advances it as his ultimate proof of the idiocy of everyone else.
My God, is this man stupid

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Kill the sceptics

Andrew BoltDECEMBER252012(6:35am)

I guess I should be pleased after all to have been overlooked by DeSmogBlog in its list of climate change “deniers”.
See, it turns out that Professor Richard Parncutt of the University of Graz believes those on it - including prominent scientists - should in many cases be put to death: 

For years, hard-nosed scientists have been predicting global warming (GW) and its devastating consequences…
What will it take to get people to sit up and listen?
Much more would have happened by now if not for the GW deniers… For a long list of climate change deniers and their stories see desmogblog…
I have always been opposed to the death penalty in all cases, and I have always supported the clear and consistent stand of Amnesty International on this issue. The death penalty is barbaric, racist, expensive, and is often applied by mistake… Even mass murderers should not be executed, in my opinion. Consider the politically motivated murder of 77 people in Norway in 2011. Of course the murderer does not deserve to live, and there is not the slightest doubt that he is guilty. But if the Norwegian government killed him, that would just increase the number of dead to 78…
GW deniers fall into a completely different category from Behring Breivik. They are already causing the deaths of hundreds of millions of future people. We could be speaking of billions, but I am making a conservative estimate.
I wish to claim that it is generally ok to kill someone in order to save one million people. Similarly, the death penalty is an appropriate punishment for GW deniers who are so influential that one million future deaths can with high probability be traced to their personal actions…
Another counterargument is that we can never be sure that the predicted GW will happen, or that its effects will be as severe as predicted. But this is not a strong argument. The courts are used to dealing with uncertainty…
I don’t want to be a saint. I would just like my grandchildren and great grandchildren, and the human race in general, to enjoy the world that I have enjoyed, as much as I have enjoyed it. And to achieve that goal I think it is justified for a few heads to roll. Does that make me crazy? I don’t think so. I am certainly far less crazy than those people today who are in favor of the death penalty for everyday cases of murder, in my opinion. And like them I have freedom of speech, which is a very valuable thing.

But that freedom of speech that is so valuable must be denied to those who doubt man is heating the world catastrophically. They must pay with their lives for pointing out, for instance, that the world hasn’t warmed for 16 years.
Truly, the global warming faith has become just the latest haven of the closet totalitarian - of those who in past times would have shipped the doubters and heathens to the gulag, the Inquisition, the guillotine or the death camps. For the betterment of humanity, of course. And to sate the lust for power of the inner circle.
The Professor’s page has since been deleted, presumably by his university. Jo Nova is hosting an excellent discussion.  
Reason is under attack, as is free speech. This call for executions is extreme, but it is simply an extension of the same punitive instinct that drives, say, the Press Council to hound sceptics into silence.
Be worried.
UPDATE
Enough with the comparison with another Austrian. Readers in comments below note Parncutt is from Australia, and has had certain difficulties with colleagues.
He is also a crusader on many other issues, and wishes reconciliation with everyone he doesn’t actually want killed instead:

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Miranda Devine – Monday, December 24, 2012 (11:13pm)

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All the best for Christmas and the new year, dear readers.
Miranda
** The image, above, is the classic 1964 Arnott’s biscuit tin painting, “Santa and the drover” by Jambaroo, NSW, artist Jack Waugh. The drover is a self portrait.
The image, below, is just cute.
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JACK KLUGMAN

Tim Blair – Tuesday, December 25, 2012 (12:23pm)

Actor Jack Klugman has died at 90. The Odd Couple star was a fan of Australian horse racing: 
Klugman turned out to be something of a talent scout when he presented himself at Flemington. He would arrive each day with his towelling hat on to judge Fashions on the Field and finally, on Oaks Day, he said: “This has been absolutely wonderful, but what day do they wear the bathing suits?” 
As Oscar Madison, Klugman featured in one of TV’s best opening credits.

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It is more wrong to tax someone beyond their breaking point, only to return some of it because they cannot find work. - ed

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Canley Vale HS 1960's science Lab
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The gospel writers had an easier task than todays readers. All they had to do was write what they saw and did. Modern readers have to buy into fantasy of what reality is to disbelieve it. - ed

JRR Tolkien, the star of Bethlehem, and the fairy-story that came true
By Jim Denney
JRR Tolkien, the creator of "The Hobbit," once wrote that his goal as an author was to give his readers "the Consolation of the Happy Ending." That consolation takes place at the point in the story when all hope is lost, when disaster seems certain—then Joy breaks through, catching the reader by surprise. In a 1964 essay, Tolkien called that instant "a fleeting glimpse of Joy, Joy beyond the walls of the world, poignant as grief."
Tolkien even coined a word for the moment when the light of deliverance breaks through the darkness of despair. He called it "eucatastrophe." When evil fails and righteousness suddenly triumphs, the reader feels Joy—"a catch of the breath, a beat and lifting of the heart, near to (or indeed accompanied by) tears."
Is the Joy of eucatastrophe just a literary device for manipulating the reader's emotions? No. This same sudden glimpse of Joy, Tolkien wrote, can be found in our own world: "In the eucatastrophe we see in a brief vision . . .  a far-off gleam or echo of evangelium in the real world." Evangelium is Latin for "good news," the message of Jesus Christ.
Tolkien went on to compare the Christian Gospel, the story of Jesus Christ, to "fairy-stories," the kind of fantasy tales (like "The Hobbit") that produce the Joy of "eucatastrophe," the consolation of the happy ending. The difference between the gospel story and fairy-stories, Tolkien said, is that the gospel is true: "This story has entered History and the primary world."
"The Birth of Christ is the eucatastrophe of Man's history," Tolkien explained. "The Resurrection is the eucatastrophe of the story of the Incarnation. This story begins and ends in joy. It has pre-eminently the 'inner consistency of reality.' There is no tale ever told that men would rather find was true, and none which so many skeptical men have accepted as true on its own merits."
But is the story of the birth of Christ true? According to Matthew's Gospel, Jesus was born in the little village of Bethlehem, about five miles south of Jerusalem. Some Persian astrologers, the Magi, supposedly saw a star shining in the east, and they followed the star to Bethlehem and presented gifts to the baby Jesus. Is this the story Tolkien would have us believe is true?
Actually, some astonishing evidence has surfaced to support the Gospel account. Attorney Frederick Larson used a computer program to create a sky map for Jerusalem in the years 3 and 2 B.C. In his research, Larson discovered what he believes was the actual Star of Bethlehem.
Since ancient times, astrologers have associated the planet Jupiter with the birth of kings. In September 3 B.C., at the time of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, Jupiter was in close conjunction with the "king star," Regulus. Larson believes that when the "king planet" came in conjunction with the "king star" on the Jewish New Year, the Magi believed it signaled the birth of the King of the Jews.
In his DVD documentary "The Star of Bethlehem," Larson explains that Jupiter would have been visible near Regulus from September 3 B.C. through June 2 B.C. After seeing the "king star" rising in the east, the Magi journeyed to Jerusalem to find the newborn king. After their audience with King Herod, the Magi left Jerusalem and turned south to Bethlehem.
"To qualify as the Star," Larson said, "Jupiter would have to have been ahead of the Magi as they trekked south from Jerusalem to Bethlehem. Sure enough, in December of 2 BC if the Magi looked south in the wee hours, there hung the Planet of Kings over the city of Messiah's birth."
At that time, Jupiter exhibited what astronomers call "retrograde motion" so that it appeared from Earth to have temporarily stopped in its orbit, relative to the background stars. The Magi would have noticed when the "king planet" came to a stop, exactly as described in Matthew 2:9: ". . . and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was."
This happened on December 25, 2 B.C. That's the date we celebrate as Christmas—and it's the date that Joy, the consolation of the happy ending, entered History. Joy came into the world—"Joy beyond the walls of the world, poignant as grief." And that is why we sing on Christmas: "Joy to the world! The Lord is come. Let earth receive her King!"
Jim Denney is the author of the four-book "Timebenders" series beginning with, " Battle Before Time," " Doorway to Doom," "Invasion of the Time Troopers," and "Lost in Cydonia." For more visit his website at:  http://jimdenney.wordpress.com.
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Santa hires ninjas to deliver your presents that's why you never see him kids :-) #obviously #ninjas #merryxmas - Andy Minh Trieu
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