Sunday, February 24, 2013

Sun 24th Feb Todays News

Happy birthday and many happy returns Tad Kaypek andThai Luong. Born on the same day, across the years. Remember, it is good to have a lot of birthdays. Healthy. For some reason, those without many, die young. My advice .. have another next year.

Today’s carbon tax day - a black one indeed for us all

Piers Akerman – Sunday, February 24, 2013 (12:56am)

TODAY, February 24, marks the second anniversary of Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s biggest public catastrophe - the announcement of her iniquitous carbon dioxide tax. 


February 24Purim ends at sundown (Judaism, 2013); Independence Day inEstonia (1918); Flag Day in Mexico; National Artist Day in Thailand
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Off to the high dungeon with union mates

Miranda Devine – Sunday, February 24, 2013 (11:40am)

IS there a more preposterous figure in Australian political life than Paul Howes?

His performance at the Australian Workers Union conference on the Gold Coast last week was quite something to behold.

In his final triumphant speech, the 31-year-old AWU leader accused anonymous Labor MPS of “underminding [sic] our Prime Minister, underminding [sic] the leadership of our movement and this country. What a bunch of gutless pr*cks they are.”

Apart from the fruity language, he has coined a new word: “underminding”. He said it twice, just in case you didn’t get it the first time.

Maybe it means not minding too much when the prime minister goofs up, as long as she takes care of her union mates.

If he meant “undermining”, however, Howes and his AWU masters have done a pretty good job of that all by themselves, taking credit for unseating the democratically elected Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in the first place, and unashamedly displaying an unhealthy proprietorial claim over their hand-picked replacement Julia Gillard, who just happens to be caught up in an AWU scandal from her days as a union lawyer.

Howes looked so pleased with himself as he ushered Gillard into the conference dinner, in front of the cameras, as if she were a trophy.

He “had her back” he declared, and supports her 110 percent. Just what she needs, especially when union membership has sunk to 18 percent of the workforce.

The union collectively rubbed its hands with glee. Look how powerful we are, right at the heart of power! There was Howes’ mentor Bill Ludwig out from the shadows to grab the PM’s manicured hand in his gnarled paw and hold it aloft.

What an image. The Prime Minister paraded by Howes and Ludwig as if she were a wholly owned subsidiary of the AWU, in the week that polls show Labor’s primary vote has collapsed.

With friends like Howes who needs an Opposition?

It’s not hyper-bowl to say that if anyone appears to be “underminding” Labor it’s Howes and his beloved moo-ment.
To the high dungeon with him.


Free speech stoned to death

Miranda Devine – Saturday, February 23, 2013 (6:26pm)

IF you needed proof that free speech in Australia is on the run, look at what happened when Dutch anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders came to town.
With 10 per cent of the vote in Holland, Wilders, 49, is a mainstream politician, leading the third largest political party in one of the most tolerant liberal democracies in the world. Yet in Australia he is treated like a pariah, denied a visa for weeks, and unable to secure a venue at all for his speaking tour in Perth.
Instead of a “welcome to country” before he spoke to audiences in Sydney and Melbourne last week, organisers had to read aloud a statement of Victoria’s racial and religious tolerant act.
As much as anything, this curious legal requirement explains why Australians are open to his message of creeping Islamisation.
That and the enormous security needed to guard him from assassins 24-hours-a-day.
It is shameful that of all the Western democracies Geert Wilders has visited it turns out, Australia is the most repressive.
Not only did more than 30 venues refuse to host him or cancel at the last minute, politicians denounced him and in Melbourne protesters tried to block the entrance of the function hall where he was speaking and pushed at least one attendee to the ground in violent clashes.
This of course is great publicity for Wilders.
When you meet him in person, he is much more normal than his image would suggest. The shock of hair isn’t quite so yellow and he presents as a tall, well-dressed, quietly spoken, man with perfect English.
“I have no problem with Muslims,” he said on a balcony in an undisclosed location on Sydney harbour, with yachts clinking nearby, and an armed bodyguard even nearer.
“The majority of them are not extremist. But there is no such thing as moderate Islam.”
As proof he spoke of of gays being beaten up by Muslims in Amsterdam “once the most tolerant city in Europe”, of high crime statistics for Moroccan youth in Holland, the over-representation of Somalis on welfare, of suburbs looking like Mecca. In Europe he says “it is almost too late, but Australia can learn from the mistakes.”
He says although he is not religious, he feels a sense of “mission” which he loves, although he has had to sacrifice his freedom, living with his Hungarian-born wife Krisztina for nine years like a prisoner, surrounded by bodyguards, moving from safe house to safe house.
He is strongest on his attacks on cultural relativism which he calls “the biggest political disease which says that all cultures are equal.
“They are not. I’m proud to say our Judeo Christian humanist culture is much better than the barbaric Islamic culture.”
It was a message that struck a chord in Sydney, on Friday night, at speeches hosted by the Q society, which is named after the Melbourne suburb of Kew where its first meeting was held, and is dedicated to “preserving western values and making the discussion of Islam a respectable topic of debate,” says member Marshall Ahern, a Lidcombe businessman. Unlike in Melbourne, the unionists and student socialist groups protesting outside the Liverpool function hall on Friday night were fairly quiet.
“I don’t think he should be able to come here and say disgusting racist ideas,” said Amy Thomas, 26, a UTS arts student.
Inside, Wilders said he just wants the right to state his views without being killed or put on trial as he was in Holland. The threat of an assassin is real. Two weeks ago his friend, Lars Hedegaard, a 70-year-old Danish journalist and a critic of Islam, was shot at.
Wilders invited the audience to “make up your own mind on who I am and what I really stand for.”
Then he claimed Sydney was the Australian city “where Islamisation has progressed the worst.
“This city needs to hear the truth about the dangerous ideology of Islam .”
He complained that he had to wait five weeks for a visa to Australia.
But a radical sheik who calls Jews “rats, apes and monkeys or the scum of the human race” and will be visiting Sydney in a few weeks, “gets a visa within a day”.
He said he wanted to warn Australia about Islam which he claims is “predominantly a totalitarian ideology striving for world dominance.
“I believe Islam and freedom are incompatible.
“The more Islamic a society becomes the less free and tolerant it will be even when the majority of Muslims are tolerant.”
He cited suburbs in Holland, France and in Europe which have become no go zones for non-Muslims, where gays are attacked, alcohol confiscated, non-Muslim women forced to cover up, polygamy and female genital mutilation practised and the police dare not enter. Do you want all this to happen in Australia,” he asked.
“No” shouted the audience.
He claimed Australia is heading down the same path.
“Your country too is facing stealth Jihad, and Islamic attempts to introduce Sharia law bit by bit.”
He pointed to a proposed “Muslim enclave in Riverstone” , a Sydney sheik “who performs female genital mutilation, women walk around in hijabs, banks offer financial services compliant with Sharia law, separate segregated swimming hours for Muslim women, universities cater to Sharia demands for students but at the same time refuse to allow me to speak at their premises.”
There was applause when he explained his platform: “No Sharia ... No more mosques. No more immigration from Islamic countries.” But he received his loudest applause when he slammed as “most dangerous of all are the attempts of governments all over our Western societies to draft bills that restrict our freedom of speech under the pretext of discrimination or hate speech.
“I say we have to let the law protect us against Islam instead of selling us out to it.”
The second loudest applause came when he praised Israel.
Much of what he says about the difficulties of Muslim integration in Europe is true.
But I couldn’t help but wonder how it would feel for the decent law-abiding Australian Muslims I know to sit in that room.
What is wrong with a Muslim women wearing a headscarf?
What is wrong with painting an arrow on the floor of a jail cell pointing to Mecca?
What is wrong with Muslims building a mosque to pray in?
And why keep calling Muhammed a paedophile?
Some of what Wilders says is calculated to cause offence, and so if he is snubbed, he can blame himself.
But you don’t have to agree with everything he says to acknowledge that he has the right to say it.
And as one audience member on Friday night said: “If he’s a far right extremist, he’s the first one I’ve heard who supports Jews and gays.”


Fact-checking how the ABC pushes Labor’s NBN

Andrew BoltFEBRUARY242013(11:13am)

Nick Ross has established a reputation as Australia’s highest profile media advocate of the NBN. There’s nothing wrong with supporting the NBN…
But Nick is a special case. He is the technology and games editor for ABC Online, the website of the national broadcaster and one of the most highly read sources of Australian news and analysis on the web. He is subject to a code that governs how he exercises his duties – specifically in terms of the need for balance and standards.
However, Nick has used the web platform he edits to publish article after article expressing highly personal views that advocate the ALP Government’s NBN policy and totally disparage the Opposition’s…
This week Nick attended a tech media conference in Queensland and challenged speaker Malcolm Turnbull to an extended argument over the NBN (basically over what Nick saw as the superiority of the ALP’s Fibre To The Home network over the Coalition’s proposed Fibre To The Node alternative). His actions were unpopular with other attendees who thought him both rude to Malcolm ... and others who were denied the opportunity to ask their own questions. Malcolm implored Nick to undertake more balanced journalistic inquiry on the NBN and, voila, several days later, Nick has published a several thousand word opus which purports to compare the ALP and Coalition policies, and, inevitably, finds almost complete fault with the Opposition’s…
But in reading this opus last night, I was struck by Nick’s loose construction of research, argument and expression. Not only is the piece unbecoming of acceptable editorial standards regarding bias, but also those of accuracy and logic.
Lynch then gives nearly 50 examples, drawn from this single ABC article by the ABC’s technology and games editor. For instance:
“Over 80 per cent of the nation’s copper network is over 30-years old and copper expires after 30 years” - if the copper has truly expired how can it still be operational? Telstra reports fault-free performance of over 99% after all…
“Fibre also offers revolution to television with every household being able to access the bulk of the developed world’s TV channels” - right now using a DSL connection, I can watch many channels using third-party Justin.TV-style portals or original websites of the broadcasters.... I can also quite easily watch many of the developed world’s TV channels using a satellite dish or other pay TV service.
“For instance, if people could communicate with CentreLink by talking to their TVs instead of spending time travelling to offices, hardly any offices would be required – everything could be outsourced to a low-cost regional location. There are over 900 offices in Australia” - The very nature of social welfare suggests that the people most likely to be in need of CentreLink services are the ones most likely to not have an high speed NBN connection, either because of expense, their lack of permanent residence or their socio-economic or socio-educational level…
“The ‘telehealth’ opportunities afforded by fibre are so dramatic that the savings to the vast $120bn (and rising) annual health budget will pay for the entire rollout on their own, while simultaneously revolutionising healthcare for all Australians, particularly the elderly and those living in rural areas” - One big problem with this, the government has just abolished Medicare rebates for telehealth consultations in metro areas, the ones slated to get fibre. Sorry Nick, but your revolution is dead in the starting gates.
“National emergencies, whether fire or flooding, are becoming a part of Australian life. Consequently, the benefits of a fibre-based NBN are becoming increasingly important” – Despite Nick’s belief that fibre is water proof, the NBN didn’t hold up too well in the recent Queensland floods. Like other tech platforms, it is a touch vulnerable itself to natural disaster. As always, wireless techs prove best in these situations.
“The net cost is zero and it will pay for itself in at least four different ways” – The net cost is not zero! The NBN is not forecast to recover its costs for between twenty years and twenty seven years, depending on the scenario. Fibre networks are commonly depreciated after 25 years!…
“This money ultimately comes back to the government with a seven per cent profit” - That is a projection, not a guarantee. Many business plans fail to come true…
Read the full list. Lynch concludes: 
I have just provided nearly 50 examples from one article published by our national broadcaster that arguably fail to meet basic standards of fact, accuracy and logic… It’s s a serious enough issue that it deserves more than this tawdry analysis from the national broadcaster for something that remains Australia’s most ambitious infrastructure project – ever.


How can a Water Minister know so little about dams?

Andrew BoltFEBRUARY242013(10:05am)

Water Minister Tony Burke thought he was being so clever two weeks ago when he mocked a Coalition discussion paper raising the need for more dams:
I will congratulate whomever wrote this document for breathtaking logic.
Because what they proposed in that document and what government policy absolutely rejects is that you can use your dams in this magical way that they will provide against drought, provide against flood and provide renewable energy. If you’re managing a dam to avoid drought, your dam has to be constantly full, if you’re managing your dam to avoid floods, you need to keep your dam empty and if you’re managing your dam to be able to provide hydroelectricity, you need to keep your dam flowing.
Only the Opposition could come up with a dams policy where they have dams that will be always full, always empty and always flowing.
The complete foolishness of Burke’s answer is exposed by this item yesterday about Wivenhoe, a dam that both collects drinking water and protects Brisbane from flooding:
WATER management authorities are considering releasing even more water from Wivenhoe Dam as Queensland’s southeast corner prepares for another drenching next week.
In a statement on Saturday afternoon, a spokeswoman for Seqwater, which controls the water in the southern corner of the state, said Wivanhoe Dam was sitting at 91 per cent and there were low levels being released from it.
She said the releases were intended to bring the dam back to temporary full supply level of 88 per cent.
Its primary function is to provide a safe and reliable water supply to the south-east Queensland region… Wivenhoe Dam houses a pumped-storage, hydro-electric generating facility… During a flood situation, Wivenhoe Dam is designed to hold back a further 1.45 million megalitres...
How could a Water Minister not know this?
(Thanks to reader Ken.)


Gillard’s “achievements” crash Labor’s website

Andrew BoltFEBRUARY242013(9:49am)

On the Labor Party’s website is this promising invitation to learn about the Gillard Government’s achievements: 
Eager to discover one Gillard achievement, I clicked on the icon and found this
(Thanks to reader Baldrick.)


Is Australia better off with 7000 more from Balochistan?

Andrew BoltFEBRUARY242013(9:11am)

 Boat people policy
Pardon? We’re recruiting more asylum seekers - and from the very country from which thousands of boat people are already coming? 
The Australian government has offered asylum to over 2,500 Hazara families of Balochistan and urged the United Nations refugee agency in Pakistan to facilitate migration of the community facing sectarian violence, Australian embassy sources said.
Jim O’Callaghan, assistant secretary of the humanitarian branch of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship Australia, had held a meeting with UNHCR officials last week and discussed the asylum offer with them, First Secretary Australian High Commission Sherief Andrawos told Dawn on Wednesday.
The UNHCR was informed that Australia was willing to accommodate 2,500 families or 7,000 individuals of the Hazara community, keeping in view attacks on them.
“Yes we have started work on facilitating members of Shia minority and other people prone to sectarian violence for giving them refuge in Australia. The Australian government wants our assistance in this regard,” Maya Ameratunga, deputy representative of United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Pakistan, confirmed to Dawn.
Astonishing. Will our recruiters spread out next to northern Africa, Tibet, central Africa and Burma?
This strategy is based on the wishful belief that if we bring over “asylum seekers” by plane, they won’t come by boat.
I suspect it will have the opposite effect, promoting ultimately illegal immigration to Australia with the advice and assistance of tens of thousands already here.
And this overlooks a fairly basic question deemed too sensitive for public debate: precisely how well will 7000 more Muslims from this violent and tribal part of the world settle in Australia? How much is it in Australia’s interest to sponsor thousands of villagers from Balochistan?
Australia on Thursday clarified that it was not introducing any programme to resettle Hazara community out of Pakistan. The Australian High Commission in a statement dismissed a news report titled ‘2,500 Hazara families offered asylum’ published in a national daily on February 21."While Australia’s offshore Humanitarian Program has been increased in 2012-2013, there are no new arrangements for particular ethnicities or people from a particular part of any country,” the statement added.
The statement stressed that Australia was sympathetic to communities affected by sectarian violence and acts of terrorism…
“Refugees including Afghan Hazaras, wanting to be resettled in Australia must be recognized by UNHCR as meeting the criteria for refugee status,” according to the statement.
But the Embassy’s response - “no new arrangements for particular ethnicities or people from a particular part of any country” - seems to directly contradict what then Immigration Minister Chris Bown said last year in announcing an increase of the refugee intake to 20,000 to help stop the boats: 
Key groups that will figure in the 20,000 are Afghans, whether they be in Pakistan, Iran or Indonesia; Iraqi minorities including Assyrians, Chaldeans and Mandaeans in Syria, Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon. Of course Sri Lankan refugees will continue to figure...”
The mixed messages seem the result of the Gillard Government’s changes to the refugee program, made in line with a recommendation it adopted from the Houston committee of “experts”
(Thanks to reader Wiley.)


When will Flannery finally admit error

Andrew BoltFEBRUARY242013(9:03am)

 Global warming - dud predictions
I’ll keep highlighting this 2007 prediction while warming alarmist Tim Flannery remains the Chief Climate Commissioner:
So even the rain that falls isn’t actually going to fill our dams and our river systems, and that’s a real worry for the people in the bush.
Torrential downpours and gale-force winds last night meant more than 19,000 people were told to evacuate flood-stricken towns across NSW.


Will Labor ban Gillard from the federal campaign, too?

Andrew BoltFEBRUARY242013(8:55am)

Labor must wonder how it can campaign under a leader who is such poison that she’s told by colleagues to say away from campaigns:
An exclusive Galaxy poll, published today by Perth’s Sunday Times, puts support for the Labor Party in WA ahead of the state election at just 35 per cent.
On the orders of campaign chiefs, she has declined to set foot in WA since late last year.
“We rang everyone in December and said, ‘Please, don’t come,’ “ a Labor strategist said…
Defence Minister Stephen Smith has been “fantastic” in enforcing the ban, according to ALP sources. A former WA state secretary for Labor, Mr Smith has ensured his colleagues do not cross the border unless it is unavoidable.
Gillard was allowed make just a single appearance in Queensland’s state election and none in Victoria’s and the Northern Territory’s.
Can she really be kept from the voters come the federal election?


Monckton to ABC: enough of Caldicott’s wild abuse

Andrew BoltFEBRUARY242013(7:57am)

Dr Helen Caldicott should be the last to accuse others of being charlatans, peddling false claims, scares and exaggerations.
And what’s a nuclear holocaust story without Helen Caldicott, actually a paediatrician and anti-nuke hysteric? So there she was, too, on 3AW, warning that if the [Fukushima] reactor blew up, “hundreds of thousands of Japanese will be dying within two weeks of acute radiation illness”, with countless more later suffering an “epidemic” of cancers.
“And over time, nuclear waste will induce epidemics of cancer, leukemia and genetic disease, and random compulsory genetic engineering."…
[But] Professor Gerry Thomas...:  “Absolutely no evidence for this whatsoever – we live in a radioactive world, we are superbly adapted to it. There are areas of the world that are exposed to natural background radiation 10+ times higher than the average (same maximal dose as radiation workers receive). These populations do not show an increase in cancer.”
Biggest achievement
Helping to end the Cold War - although Bill Clinton’s legacy is that it still goes on… And helping to stop uranium mining [for five years from 1976]. And the third thing is getting the French nuclear tests to go underground...
Caldicott: You know what occurred to me the other day as I was pondering this whole thing, Antony? What if some of the, uh, [Wikileaks] cables start revealing, uh, the truth about government thinking about 9/11?… I mean, if 9/11 documents were released that would put the cat amongst the pigeons so to speak. I mean, there’s a huge amount that we don’t know.
Loewenstein: Absolutely.
Caldicott: And that was covered up and could have huge political ramifications in the United States.
Now this same Caldicott - unaccountably given the run of the ABC studio of Waleed Aly - makes another string of wild and also offensive claims, and this time Lord Monckton has quite rightly had enough.
Monckton writes to the ABC about this latest vilification:
I should be grateful if the ABC would investigate and respond to each of the following grounds of complaint against it for broadcasting factually inaccurate, biased, inappropriate, offensive and unfair remarks about me on its Radio National programme “The Drawing Room “ on Wednesday, 20 February 2013 at 7.40 pm.
During the programme a Dr. Helen Caldicott said: “The other thing is, you know, that they say they have to give equal time to global warming, and they have people like this awful – what’s his name? – Monck? Lord Monckton, who’s got thyrotoxicosis and bilateral exophthalmos, but apart from that he’s not a lord and apart from that he doesn’t know any science. This is so important. And it’s imperative to have people who understand science and medicine to be discussing this, and not have these global deniers often who are funded by the oil companies like Exxon in America who spent hundreds of millions in a propaganda campaign to convince people that global warming isn’t a fact. I don’t think the media quite gets it that it’s like medicine: you know, you don’t have a charlatan debating with the doctor about the treatment of a patient, you have to, you know, practise the very best medicine you can or the patient might die.”
Ground 1: Dr. Caldicott incorrectly stated that I suffer from thryotoxicosis, which is in fact now cured, and correctly but grossly inappropriately stated that I suffer from one of the sequelae of that disease, bilateral exophthalmos. I am entitled to privacy in my medical history, and it is certainly inappropriate that Dr. Caldicott should discuss my health on the air, particularly in a fashion that was, in part, factually inaccurate.
Ground 2: Dr. Caldicott inaccurately stated that I am not a Lord. However, my passport states that I am “The Right Honourable Christopher Walter, Viscount Monckton of Brenchley”. A Viscount is a Lord. When the Clerk of the Parliaments once wrote to say I should not call myself “a member of the House of Lords”, I consulted a barrister expert in peerage law, whose written Opinion concludes that I am indeed a member of the House, albeit without the right to sit and vote, and that I am, in his words, “fully entitled to say so”.
Ground 3: Dr. Caldicott inaccurately stated that I do not know any science. However, I have a degree in Classical Architecture from the University of Cambridge, and the degree course included instruction in mathematics. I was last year’s Nerenberg Lecturer in Mathematics at the University of Western Ontario. I have contributed several papers to the learned journals on climate science and economics, have lectured on climate science at universities on three continents at faculty as well as undergraduate level, and am an expert reviewer for the forthcoming Fifth Assessment Report of the UN’s climate panel, the IPCC. I have testified four times before the U.S. Congress on climate science and economics.
Ground 4: Dr. Caldicott describes me, offensively, as a “global denier”, with overtones calculated to bracket me with holocaust deniers.
Ground 5: Dr. Caldicott inaccurately implies that I am “funded by the oil companies like Exxon in America.” I am not, and have never been, funded by any oil company. My current tour in Australia, like my first tour here, is entirely funded by the contributions of those who attend my speaker meetings.
Ground 6: Dr. Caldicott unfairly and without adducing any evidence describes me as a “charlatan”, inferentially on the sole ground that she disagrees with me. I do not know whether she has any scientific or mathematical knowledge relevant to the climate debate: if not, then it was doubly inappropriate for her to mischaracterize me as a “charlatan”.
Ground 7: The presenter did nothing to prevent Dr. Caldicott from saying what she said, and did nothing to remedy the situation by indicating to the audience that her remarks – which on their face appear malicious – might not be well founded in fact and were certainly inappropriate.
I am also lodging complaints with the medical registration authorities in Australia, since Dr. Caldicott’s discussion of my health problems on the air is a flagrant breach of the confidentiality to which patients are entitled. I shall be requesting that Dr. Caldicott be removed from all medical registers in Australia and debarred from practising medicine ever again, on the ground that she is not a fit and proper person to respect the confidentiality of patients.
Christopher Monckton
The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley
As for Aly, what on earth makes him think an informative debate on the alleged “tipping point” of global warming is to be had with a panel like this?
Helen Caldicott
Editor of Loving This Planet: Leading Thinkers Talk About How To Make A Better World

Nick Feik

Chief Executive of The Monthly’s SlowTV
(Thanks to reader Rocky.)

Dozed this afternoon .. wanted to hear cricket updates .. but comedian presenter James Laughlin was on. He wanted to know if the estimated carbon tax on heating bills broke election laws for political advertising, and his guest speaker gushingly assured him it could. But the NSW legislation/regulation putting the price on the bill predates the election announcement. A good complaint could be made about media bias on the ABC .. - ed
Ronald Reagan Remember Capitalism Soup
Barack Obama The Joker
Why so serious? - ed

Karen McNamara - Candidate for Dobell - Caught up with Matt yesterday at Chittaway. Matt was there to pay an electricity bill on behalf of the Berkeley Vale Boy Scouts. Now this not for profit group who give so much to their local community have to rely on additional fundraising to pay the increase in their electricity bill.


Kids are putting Drano, tin foil, and a little water in plastic drink bottles
and capping it up - leaving it on lawns, in mail boxes, in gardens, on
driveways etc. just waiting for you to pick it up intending to put it in the
rubbish, but you'll never make it!!!
If the bottle is picked up, and the bottle is shaken even just a little - in
about 30 seconds or less it builds up enough gas which then explodes with
enough force to remove some your extremities. The liquid that comes out is
boiling hot as well.

Don't pick up any plastic bottles that may be lying in your yards or in the
gutter, etc.

Pay attention to this. A plastic bottle with a cap. A little Drano. A little
water. A small piece of foil.
Disturb it by moving it; and BOOM!!

No fingers left and other serious effects to your face, eyes, etc.

Please ensure that everyone that may not have email access are also informed
of this.


I'm starting to dread the chocolate season that is creeping upon us. I think I might make these as gifts with warm soup as a family meal for friends! Bunny rolls, quite cute I think!

Fast food is a stereotypical way of life for many Americans, but new findings suggest that Americans may be starting to cut back on the fast food diet.


Siva Samoa - Jesus Family Center Cabramatta
Ain't no rain was gonna stop us! LOL' Multicultural Food & Entertainment Festival - Cabramatta! #JFC 'All For The Glory Of God




A parody response video to Jimmy Fallon and Michelle Obama's "Evolution of Mom Dancing." Which dance is your favorite?

"Your harvest is hidden in the seed. Just as the apple tree is hidden in the apple seed, whatever you are believing God for is hidden in your seed. God desires to meet your needs through the seed you plant in fertile soil." - Roma Downey

Princess jasmin Aprille

What old school madness we got up to yesterday!— with Adrian Chino Castro,

This screenshot from "Wings of Eagles" is one of the most meaningful because it captures Maureen's fondness for Duke not only in the role she's playing, but off screen as well. They were loyal friends for so many years and one of the most influential in her life.
Proverbs 14:22 Do not those who plot evil go astray? But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness. (NIV)



NASA reported in January that we may be on the verge of another Maunder Minimum (a period with an unusually low number of sunspots, leading to colder temperatures):

Much has been made of the probable connection between the Maunder Minimum, a 70-year deficit of sunspots in the late 17th-early 18th century, and the coldest part of the Little Ice Age, during which Europe and North America were subjected to bitterly cold winters. The mechanism for that regional cooling could have been a drop in the sun’s EUV output; this is, however, speculative.

The sun could be on the threshold of a mini-Maunder event right now. Ongoing Solar Cycle 24 is the weakest in more than 50 years. Moreover, there is (controversial) evidence of a long-term weakening trend in the magnetic field strength of sunspots. Matt Penn and William Livingston of the National Solar Observatory predict that by the time Solar Cycle 25 arrives, magnetic fields on the sun will be so weak that few if any sunspots will be formed. Independent lines of research involving helioseismology and surface polar fields tend to support their conclusion.

NASA explains that interactions between the sun, sources of cosmic radiation and the Earth are very complicated, and it takes an interdisciplinary team of heliophysicists, chemists and others to quantify what is really going on. And the Earth’s climate is also affected by cosmic radiation.

So – even if NASA’s prediction of a period of an unusually low amount of sun spots is proven correct – it is hard to know whether that will lead to a large or small reduction in temperature trends.

Diagram from : Decrease of the Total Solar Irradiance Leads to Unbalanced Thermal Budget of the Earth
Habibullo I. Abdussamatov, Pulkovo Observatory of the RAS

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