Friday, January 04, 2013

Fri 4th Jan Todays News

Happy independence day to Burma. The same day as in 1649 England put her king on trial.


Ariel Sharon





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Tim Blair – Friday, January 04, 2013 (6:33pm)

Nearly six years after this Ron Bailey column, warmist Mark Lynas admits he was wrong to oppose genetically-modified food
I apologise for having spent several years ripping up GM crops. I am also sorry that I helped to start the anti-GM movement back in the mid 1990s, and that I thereby assisted in demonising an important technological option which can be used to benefit the environment.
As an environmentalist, and someone who believes that everyone in this world has a right to a healthy and nutritious diet of their choosing, I could not have chosen a more counter-productive path. I now regret it completely …
I did some reading. And I discovered that one by one my cherished beliefs about GM turned out to be little more than green urban myths. 
Anti-GM types are now myth-building about coal seam gas. Expect them to apologise in a decade or two.



Tim Blair – Friday, January 04, 2013 (2:06pm)

The ABC’s Jonathan Green, who has one or two anger issues himself – and who isn’t exactly young – vows to avoid certain folk:


Green prefers imaginary women.



Tim Blair – Friday, January 04, 2013 (1:33pm)

Warmy panic from the New York Times in 2007: 
How Do You Ski if There Is No Snow? 
Crisis averted
With 67 percent of the contiguous U.S. covered by snow, the first day of 2013 marked the widest coverage of snow the U.S. has seen on Jan. 1 in the past ten years.
The previous record was set in 2010, when the new year saw 61 percent of the U.S. beneath snow. 
As Australians deal with summer heat, enjoy these shots from chilly US reader Lee M.:



An unidentified snowbeast:




Tim Blair – Friday, January 04, 2013 (11:43am)

The cardboard cops (state and federal) spring into action: 
Australia’s largest tobacco franchise could be in breach of state tobacco laws by giving away free cardboard covers designed to cover the graphic imagery on plain cigarette packs.
The Tobacco Station Group, with more than 300 stores nationally, is offering covers which feature the company’s logo and website address free of charge to customers who purchase tobacco products in their outlets.
The federal Department of Health and Ageing is launching an investigation to see if the products breach federal tobacco laws and has advised its state and territory counterparts to do the same. 
If the government is so upset about concealment, perhaps it should investigate itself.



Tim Blair – Thursday, January 03, 2013 (10:12pm)

The Guardian sticks up for kiddy fiddlers: 
Some academics do not dispute the view of Tom O’Carroll, a former chairman of PIE [the Paedophile Information Exchange] and tireless paedophilia advocate with a conviction for distributing indecent photographs of children following a sting operation, that society’s outrage at paedophilic relationships is essentially emotional, irrational, and not justified by science. “It is the quality of the relationship that matters,” O’Carroll insists. “If there’s no bullying, no coercion, no abuse of power, if the child enters into the relationship voluntarily … the evidence shows there need be no harm.” 




-Lawyers should never ask a Mississippi grandma a question if they aren't prepared for the answer.

In a trial, a Southern small-town prosecuting attorney called his first witness, a grandmotherly, elderly woman to the stand. He approached her and asked, 'Mrs. Jones, do you know me?' She responded, 'Why, yes, I do know you, Mr. Williams. I've known you since you were a boy, and frankly,you've been a big disappointment to me. You lie, you cheat on your wife, and you manipulate people and talk about them behind their backs. You think you're a big shot when you haven't the brains to realize you'll never amount to anything more than a two-bit paper pusher. Yes, I know you.'

The lawyer was stunned. Not knowing what else to do, he pointed across the room and asked, 'Mrs. Jones, do you know the defense attorney?'

She again replied, 'Why yes, I do. I've known Mr. Bradley since he was a
youngster, too. He's lazy, bigoted, and he has a drinking problem. He can't build a normal relationship with anyone, and his law practice is one of the worst in the entire state. Not to mention he cheated on his wife with three different women. One of them was your wife. Yes, I know him.'

The defense attorney nearly died.

The judge asked both counselors to approach the bench and, in a very quiet voice, said,

'If either of you idiots asks her if she knows me, I'll send you both to the electric chair.' 


love is unique. The more you give, the more you have. Aid is not the same as love. - ed===

Average age of enlisteds working the flight deck of a U.S. aircraft carrier? 19.46 years old. So basically you have a piece of equipment that's worth hundreds of millions of dollars, powered by nuclear fission, capable of basically destroying a small nation - that's run by kids. Teenagers. 

The issue, Mr. Mayor, is not age. Its training, discipline, commitment to cause, love of country. Teenagers can & do have all of the above, just as much as a 60 year old can. The difference is teenagers are still able to work 5 consecutive 14-hour days, be gone out to sea for months at a time, sleep on cots & still be able to wake up and knock out morning P.T. without pulling a hamstring. America NEEDS well-armed teenagers, sir.



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