Sunday, March 17, 2013

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Why Gillard keeps the unions onside

Piers Akerman – Saturday, March 16, 2013 (11:07pm)

IN terms of arrogance, the Gillard government far exceeds the worst excesses of the Whitlam government. As one Labor MP darkly muttered this past week: “Out of order, came chaos.” 


Trashing the joint

Miranda Devine – Sunday, March 17, 2013 (4:09am)

THE great and the good of the Liberal Party turned out on Friday to a packed breakfast for the purposeful member for the blue-ribbon Melbourne seat of Kooyong, Josh Frydenberg.
Christopher Pyne, George Brandis, Nick Greiner, Michael Kroger, Richard Alston and the Kemp brothers Rod and David, were there to support the 41-year old dynamo.
Much chat was about the latest Spectator magazine, with its arresting cover image of the Prime Minister on the cross, titled “Julia the martyr”.
But it was Peter Coleman’s newsy column which, as always, was the subject of liveliest discussion. Mark Latham’s launch of his Quarterly Essay at North Sydney’s Stanton Library last week was “like an episode of Q&A but with more mummy bloggers and pensioners”, wrote Coleman.
The love fest was interrupted, however, when Spectator editor Tom Switzer asked Latham why, if Julia Gillard was such a warrior against misogyny, she did not protest when he attacked columnist Janet Albrechtsen in parliament as a “skanky ho”. Good question.
Coleman reports that Latham shouted: “Everyone knows you are besotted with her!” and then declared his only regret was that he apologised.
Former Howard minister Neil Brown couldn’t resist pointing out his own droll column in the same edition of the magazine, poking fun at Malcolm Turnbull’s modelling gig in GQ: “I am pretty sure that Gucci pocket squares at $225 do not go down well on parma night at the Rooty Hill RSL.”
After poached eggs, a panel discussion dealt with more weighty topics, such as Stephen “Stalin” Conroy’s new media regulations, viewed, unsurprisingly, by those in the room as the latest proof of the Gillard government’s determination to punish its enemies and reward its friends in a mad rush before September’s election.
It was Brandis who provided a metaphor with Spectator-like sparkle.
He recounted the story of Wayne Swan’s vandalised electorate office and car in 1996 after Swan lost his Brisbane seat of Lilley.
“An extreme state of disarray”, was how Administrative Services Minister David Jull had described it in Parliament, itemising $6000 in damages. Swan strenuously denied the claims at the time, and threatened legal action, but the mystery of who trashed his office remains.
Nevertheless, Brandis took the fate of the office as a symbol for the government’s current behaviour, trashing the joint before it walks out the door.


Respect a mother’s choice

Miranda Devine – Saturday, March 16, 2013 (11:06pm)

THERE’S something wrong when you hear on the news of a “hunt” for the mother of a baby boy abandoned at Canterbury hospital, in Sydney’s southwest.
Police are even reviewing CCTV footage to track down the woman who gave birth on March 5 and walked out of the hospital the next day.
But she knew what she was doing. She went to hospital to give birth in a safe place, but booked in under a false name - or at least a useless address. Clearly she did not want to be found.
She gave her baby the greatest gift of love - his life. She did not have him killed in utero, as is the fate of roughly 80,000 aborted babies every year.
But for whatever reason, she obviously felt she could not give him the upbringing he deserved. Why, then, must she be hunted down and forced to rethink her decision?
Sometimes the most loving act of a mother is to realise their child will be better off without her.
Perhaps she is mentally ill, or is too young, or has too many other children, or is a victim of domestic violence or rape. Perhaps she is just selfish, or doesn’t like children. These are quite possible human reactions to the birth of a baby.
Forcing a woman to accept a baby she doesn’t want is hardly kind to the child.
Little is known about the mother of Baby Ahn - named by hospital authorities for his Korean heritage.
All we know is she is 30 years old and lingered long enough with her “beautiful, healthy” son for nurses to proclaim they had “bonded”.
Then she made a deliberate choice - and left, not to be seen again, despite blanket media coverage urging her to come forward.
Hanging over every such mother is the threat of prosecution. It is a criminal offence to abandon a child, but in this case the Department of Family and Community Services has declared the mother “is not in trouble. Our primary concern is for the wellbeing of baby Ahn and for the mother herself.”
This means Ahn has been placed in indefinite limbo - consigned to the care of a foster family while the police and authorities hunt for his mother.
But it would be better to accept the mother’s obvious wishes and concentrate on ensuring Ahn is adopted as soon as possible by the best family available.
And, yes, some families are objectively better than others. For instance, a married mother and father not on welfare, and not on drugs, would be a nice start.
There is no shortage of childless couples desperate for a baby, who have been thwarted at every turn, thanks to an increasing stigma against adoption.
There were just 333 children adopted in 2011-12, the lowest number on record. This was a 78 per cent decline from the 1494 adoptions 25 years earlier, in 1987-88.
IVF has not provided all these missing babies. Nor has overseas adoption, itself now under attack.
It’s not that there are fewer couples longing for a child. They have just had to accept their childlessness.
The pendulum has swung so far towards keeping biological mother and child together at any price that the plight of babies condemned to a life of chaos and misery is willfully overlooked. The unpalatable truth is just because a woman gives birth to a child, that does not automatically make her a good mother.
Neglected and abused children condemned to life with a hopeless mother and her feckless, violent boyfriends cannot speak for themselves. Their battered bodies, their marred lives, are an inconvenient rebuke to an ideological fixation against adoption.
This Thursday we will even have the Prime Minister Julia Gillard deliver a national apology - on behalf of all Australians - for past adoption practices.
Thus the smear against adoption is formalised, and every child who was ever given up for adoption, no matter how happy or settled its subsequent upbringing, becomes a potential victim. And every mother who gave up her child, no matter how altruistically, becomes a victim, supposedly tricked into a wicked deed by churches and the adoption “industry”.
In the end, one of the outcomes of this unhealthy obsession with biology is that, every year, at least eight newborn babies are found dead around Australia, discarded in garbage bins and shoe boxes.
Rather than hunting down and pressuring those women who at least ensure their abandoned babies live, we should enact “Safe Haven” laws such as those in the US and Europe, which enable such mothers to give birth to their babies safely and walk away, no questions asked. As well we could provide “baby hatches” in hospitals where women can leave their newborns anonymously.
The alternatives are much worse.



Tim Blair – Sunday, March 17, 2013 (2:02pm)

Britain’s Daily Mail once ran with the warmies, but no longer
The eco-debate was, in effect, hijacked by false data. The forecasts have also forced jobs abroad as manufacturers relocate to places with no emissions targets …
Academics are revising their views after acknowledging the miscalculation. Last night Myles Allen, Oxford University’s Professor of Geosystem Science, said that until recently he believed the world might be on course for a catastrophic temperature rise of more than five degrees this century.
But he now says: ‘The odds have come down,’ – adding that warming is likely to be significantly lower. ?Prof Allen says higher estimates are now ‘looking iffy’. 
Read on



Tim Blair – Sunday, March 17, 2013 (1:15pm)

Piers Akerman deals with some chuckleheads. Further from Andrew Bolt.



Tim Blair – Saturday, March 16, 2013 (8:47pm)

Now he’s just being cruel:


Media Watch Dog bites

Andrew BoltMARCH172013(8:45pm)

Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch Dog reviews the ABC’s Canberra Confidential (ouch), ABC group-think (ouch) and a couple of the Left’s sillier media figures (double ouch).


Cyprus steals 10 per cent from bank customers

Andrew BoltMARCH172013(7:20pm)

I can’t see this smash-and-grab raid - this theft - ending very well: 
Eurozone leaders and the IMF on Saturday announced an unprecedented levy on all deposits in Cypriot banks as the sting in the tail of a 10-billion-euro bailout for the near-bankrupt government in Nicosia.

Intended to apply to everyone from pensioners to Russian oligarchs alleged to have billions stashed away in what officials say is a bloated Cypriot banking sector, the “stability levy” immediately raised a flood of concerns among finance experts over a possible bank run in bigger eurozone economies, where fragile public finances are also under scrutiny…

The levy will see deposits of more than 100,000 euros in Cypriot banks hit with a 9.9 percent charge when lenders re-open their doors on Tuesdayafter a scheduled bank holiday on Monday. Under that threshold and the levy drops to 6.75 percent.


How wrong the warmists’ forecasts are

Andrew BoltMARCH172013(7:13pm)

 Global warming - dud predictions
David Rose of the Daily Mail:
Steadily climbing orange and red bands on the graph show the computer predictions of world temperatures used by the official United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

The estimates – given with 75 per cent and 95 per cent certainty – suggest only a five per cent chance of the real temperature falling outside both bands.

But when the latest official global temperature figures from the Met Office are placed over the predictions, they show how wrong the estimates have been, to the point of falling out of the ‘95 per cent’ band completely.
In 1977 we were warned of the ‘next ice age’, now we are warned that the planet is getting dangerously hot

Varying fears: In 1977 we were warned of the ‘next ice age’, now we are warned that the planet is getting dangerously hot
The graph shows in incontrovertible detail how the speed of global warming has been massively overestimated. Yet those forecasts have had a ruinous impact on the bills we pay, from heating to car fuel to huge sums paid by councils to reduce carbon emissions.
(Thanks to reader Barry and others.) 


Actually praise for Gina, not the slander reported

Andrew BoltMARCH172013(6:23pm)

What The Age reports: 
What reader Ashley says:
Rachel Griffiths did not reference andrew bolt at the quills as widely reported. She was referencing Andrew [Jaspan’s] comments that women might not be tough enough to hold editor positions in Australian newsrooms. The Gina Rinehart take Andrew to lunch and eat him was not a fat joke but a comment on how that would be like a lion taking a mouse to lunch.
I don’t know what really happened. I loathe and detest groupthink gathering where journalists congratulate each other. I haven’t been to such awards nights for many, many years, and do not believe journalists should solicit the approval of the peers, rather than their audiences.
Incidentally, best columnist/blogger award went to the ABC’s Barrie Cassidy.


Three cheers for Piers

Andrew BoltMARCH172013(5:44pm)

Bravo, Piers Akerman, for angrily challenging the three snickering and sneering members of the journalist collective on the set of Insiders to fight for free speech. There was some noisy spinning of wheels in reverse after that justifiably furious outburst, but too little and too late.
Journalists panting for their muzzle.
And what also disgusts me - that pack-attack and group-think mentality which makes so much of Australia’s media so intellectually lazy, complacent and incurious, and so prey to fashionable enthusiasms such as global warming. So Malcolm laughs at Piers as Karen laughs even harder, while glancing over to Barrie to check he’s laughing, too.
More on this issue in the Herald Sun tomorrow.
Reader Linda:
I just watched Insiders on TV and it occurred to me, that those journalists would be apoplectic if a Liberal Party had introduced this bill.They’re just sycophants.
Reader Seedy:
Piers showed the passion that every advocate of freedom should show. Funnily enough the 3 govt scriptwriters on the panel thought the proposed legislation was flawed yet were willing to compromise their profession. Shame on them. Well done Piers, you showed us their true colours - weak kneed apologists.
Reader Bile:
Piers was inspirational this morning on the Insiders. He tore in the other 3 clowns for their laughing. What, are they too dumb to realize what Conroy’s legislation will mean to them? Or are they too much in Labor’s pocket to protest against the attack on their freedom (of the press). Let us all be inspired by Piers’ deeds and be as strong in condemning Conroy’s legislation.
Reader Lee:
Even knowing of the predominantly left-leaning bias of the Insiders guests (plus host), I was appalled at the sniggering, sarcastic interruptions to the legitimate opinion put forward by Piers Akerman. Barrie Cassidy, Karen Middleton and Malcolm Farr, being journalists, should hang their heads in shame at their brazen attempts to muzzle and denigrate other points of view. An unfortunate new low for the taxpayer-funded ABC, but perhaps a reflection of the presenters’ recognition of the chaos that is the Gillard Government.
Reader Lisle:
What does one say when you see such an inspirational performance from Piers on Insiders this morning? It just illustrates how naive and laid back Australians have become to believe that this attack on our freedom of speech is okay. It is not, and all just to get News Limited because they have highlighted the failings of this government. I didn’t notice their shouting in 2007 when the media backed Kevin Rudd.My sister commented to me yesterday that it reminds her of Chifley’s intention to nationalise the banks in 1949.Let us all be inspired by Piers.

Reader Liz:
It was a shocker! And then Farr says at the end of the programme congratulations to Barrie Cassidy about some award he had won.Another award for the groupthink set.
Reader Peter of Bellevue Hill: 
AB, I think Farr has the most to answer for: after all, the proposed print media reforms don’t touch the the other two. While Barrie and Karen should have to wear the shame of their efforts this morning forevermore, Farr should retire immediately. If he’s so lost to the Left that he can’t bring himself to defend his own freedom, then clearly the time has come for him to give the game away. 
Another Insiders panellist begs for a muzzle: 
But what Mike Seccombe also does is: 
A: misrepresent Piers’ argument, thereby committing the sin he claims we need new laws to stop.
B: suggest this really is the Gillard Government using state power to attack a single media group, a misuses of state power to which he does not object.
You wonder why some cultured countries, or at least their elites, once permitted a slide into totalitarianism, or, indeed, actually cheered it on.
No, this isn’t a totalitarian country. But the first lurches towards a control of the free press are meeting an astonishing lack of resistance from those who should care most.
Yet another journalist calling for the muzzle: 
What a gross misrepresentation of what Piers, said, with free slander thrown in.
But where is Bongiorno’s own accountability? What will it take for him to finally correct and apologise for this astonishing misrepresentation he perpetrated on ABC Radio National’sBreakfast?:
Of course we do know [Tony Abbott] stoutly defended [immigration spokesman] Scott Morrison, who thought that asylum seekers who are on bridging visas should be tagged the same way as sex offenders.
As I pointed out at the time: 
Morrison said or suggested no such thing. The closest anyone in the Opposition came to saying anything of the kind was Opposition frontbencher Eric Abetz - who actually rejected a suggestion, put to him by a journalist, that asylum seekers be put on a register like sex offenders. No mention of tagging at all.

Bongiorno has ascribed to Morrison a view not expressed by him or any other Liberal, and done so on the basis of a misquote of someone else.
Bongiorno never corrected, never apologised. Should a new (Liberal-appointed) media supercop force him to?
Professor Sinclair Davidson:
Reader Ringo: 
Andrew, for further stupidity, see Farr’s ridiculous tweeting after the show in which he completely twists what Piers was actually saying. And yes, cheered on by the usual subjects.
(Thanks to reader Andy.)


Gillard’s hero would be shocked

Andrew BoltMARCH172013(8:39am)

 Free speech

KERRY O’BRIEN: Okay. We’re right up against it for time but I have got to ask one personal question. On a personal note, Kevin Rudd’s personal hero was the German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Yours I understand was the iconic Welsh Labour figure in British politics Nigh [sic] Bevan.
In a couple of sentences, why? Because he never did make it to the top.

JULIA GILLARD: He never did make it to the top but I suppose to be true to my roots - I was born in Wales - to be true to my roots, you would expect me to pick a Welshman. 
(Thanks to reader Jules.)
News Ltd boss Kim Williams gives a forensic explanation of the dangers of Gillard’s proposed new law to control the media:

The draft Bills confirm the media sector’s worst fears: 
• Key legal concepts remain undefined;
• The proposed regulator retains wide powers to undermine journalists’ ability to do their job by withdrawing their protections under the Privacy Act;
• It will potentially stop media companies’ ability to set up new channels, publications and online sites;
• There are no appeal rights;
• And extraordinarily, the Government will make it retrospective and therefore apply to commercial agreements concluded before the passage of any Bills. 

Government’s hypocrisy


Sorry, but the Jew-hater can’t be with him

Andrew BoltMARCH172013(7:47am)

The big-talking head of what was billed Australia’s biggest Muslim conference said he’d invited lots of foreign speakers - who turned out to include a gaggle of hate-preachers and bigots.
Now come a few excuses: 

Advertised keynote speaker Sheik Abdul Rahman al-Sudais—the imam of the Grand Mosque of Mecca, whose invitation had drawn opprobrium from Jewish, Christian and interfaith groups concerned about his calls for the annihilation of the Jews and descriptions of them as “pigs and monkeys”—could not make the Melbourne conference “for personal reasons”.
The office of Immigration Minister Brendan O’Connor informed The Australian on Monday that Sheik Sudais, who had been denied entry to Canada and the US, had not applied for a visa.
Mr Razvi told the faithful that Sheik Sudais had every intention of coming until the last minute…
He then went on to apologise for the absence of his second choice of sheik to lead the Salatul Jummah prayer, Kuwaiti Sheik Mishary Alafasy. “He is very sick and he is not able to come out of the jet-lag of travelling from Kuwait to Australia yesterday,” Mr Razvi said.

Instead, Brother Imran of the Indian Islamic Research and Education Foundation and Sheik Anwar Sahib, New Zealand’s only Salafist sheik, led the prayers.
I might believe this man if it were not for his recent lecture explaining the circumstances under which lying is permissible: 

Lying is not permissible in islam except in three cases.

One, a person lying in order to bring two people together, or two communities together or two nations together. Second, a person lying in a situation in war… And the third reason is a husband lying to his wife [or vice versa]
Astonishingly, given the bigots Ramzi claims to have invited, the Islamic Council of Victoria maintains its support:

Victoria’s peak Islamic representative body wishes to express its grave concern and disappointment regarding commentary surrounding the upcoming Australian Islamic Peace Conference. The Peace Conference is being organised and held by an affiliate member of the ICV, the Islamic Research and Education Academy, with the official support of the ICV.
The stated aims of the Peace Conference are: 
1. To provide a platform for Muslim organizations to come together;
2. To facilitate dialogue between multiple faith groups by inviting representatives of other faiths to speak;
3. To build bridges between local authorities and the Muslim community via engagement with numerous authorities, including police and government.

Public commentary made regarding this conference has been derogatory and Islamophobic. Particularly noteworthy is the marked difference in tone between discussions about the Peace Conference as opposed to the recent visit of Geert Wilders. It is worth stating to begin with that comparing the visit of a renowned hate monger, whose stated aim is to enact discrimination against Muslims including their deportation with a Peace conference whose aim is precisely the opposite, is offensive.
This is astonishing. If criticising this conference is “Islamophobic”, I can only presume that what is being attacked is indeed Islam as defined by Victoria’s peak Islamic group. Moreover, if this is indeed Islam, then a phobia of it strikes me as positively healthy and a legitimate expression of self-defence:

And when you check precisely what a number of the speakers have said, you come up with a picture of Islam remarkably similar to the one Geert Wilders is trying to warn against.

Take the main organiser himself.
 In a lecture recorded last December in Melbourne, Waseem Razvi, who supports Sharia law in Australia, said Islam allowed violence in defence of the faith:
You don’t have to try to convince by being compromising on Islam … you don’t have to say that Islam is all about peace, “no we don’t fight, we are not violent.” You know, the Prophet fought 30 wars … yes, we are not non-violent, we are violent but when there is a need for it. We are battles people. We are not like Buddhists wearing an orange dress and always saying we want peace, and you never get your own country. No, we fight for our country. We have in Islam Jihad, yes, but we will never do terrorism. Yes Jihad is very Islamic, so you don’t have to retreat from that.
Here are some facts you should know about the other invited speakers.
Al-Azhar Sheikh Abdur-Rahman Al-Sudais, imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, is the highest-ranking cleric in the Sunni Muslim world. He has prayed to God to “terminate” the Jews and is a virulent anti-Semite to judge from hissermons:

[Jews are] the scum of the human race, the rats of the world, the violators of pacts and agreements, the murderers of the prophets, and the offspring of apes and pigs…

Read history and you will understand that the Jews of yesterday are the evil fathers of the Jews of today, who are evil offspring, infidels, distorters of [others’] words, calf-worshippers, prophet-murderers, prophecy-deniers... the scum of the human race‘whom Allah cursed and turned into apes and pigs...’ These are the Jews, an ongoing continuum of deceit, obstinacy, licentiousness, evil, and corruption...
Another invited speaker is Sheikh Assim Al-Hakeem, who says the punishment for gays is death: 
In a video on YouTube in which he is asked whether being gay is wrong, Al-Hakeem says homosexuality is ‘unnatural’.

‘If you refer to the Old Testament, you will find that homosexuality is forbidden and the punishment for that is stoning to death. In Islam, the same thing applies.
He added: ‘Homosexuality is an abnormality which should be treated and should not be accepted as a normal thing.’

In answer to a question on his website, Al-Hakeem also compares gay people to ‘animals that seek only their sexual satisfaction through their weird ways’.
What is the penalty on a person who change his religion from islam to some other religion ? 

This is apostasy and it is punishable by death in an Islamic society.
Another invited speaker - described by the conference organiser as “my boss’s boss” - is Sheikh Zakir Naik, who has said he was a supporter of Osama bin Laden if he was attacking enemies of Islam:
Every Muslim should be a terrorist.
It is a blatant, open secret that this attack on the Twin Towers was done by George Bush himself.

Another invited speaker is Abu Hamza from Melbourne-based IISNA, who has offered Muslims advice on ”how to beat your wife” to make them “shape up”: 
In a lecture titled “The Keys to a Successful Marriage”, ... Mr Hamza said men could beat their wives, “to shape them up"…
He also said women “must respond” if their husbands wanted to have sex, and ridiculed laws that prohibit rape within marriage…
In the sermon Mr Hamza initially tells his listeners “don’t hit your wife”.
But he goes on to detail how men should hit their wives, according to his interpretation of Islamic teachings.
He says it is permissible to hit women as a “last resort” but that “the beating the Mohammed showed is like the toothbrush that you use to brush your teeth”.

“You are not allowed to bruise them, you are not allowed to make them bleed...”
The most extreme nation in this world is the Jews. So if they use ‘extremists,’ it doesn’t apply to Muslims. It applies to the Jews. They are the extremists of the world. That’s why they kill Palestinians every day.... [Jews] go to Hell. 
I dispute any evil action linked to bin Laden.
He is a good man in some ways, and not in other ways.
But the choice of Philips is even odder given the United States named him as an “unindicted co-conspirator” over the 1993 bombing of New York’s World Trade Centre, and our own security agencies judged him such a threat he was banned from coming here.

Philips insists he rejects terrorism and considers al-Qaida a “deviate” group. But ...  he was hired by the Saudi air force during the first Gulf War to preach to American soldiers stationed in Saudi Arabia and convert them to Islam…
Philips didn’t just take down their names; he also visited them back in America. “My role was confined to encouraging them to train Muslim-American volunteers and go to Bosnia to help the mujahidin and take part in the war (against Serbia),” he boasted. That worked, too.
Philips says his name was dragged into the investigation of the first World Trade Centre bombing, in which six people were killed, because some African-American soldiers he’d converted were offered by someone else to Sheik Abdel Rahmen, spiritual head of the terrorists behind the attack....

And to those invitees these, as noted by an informed observer: 

The mainstream Muslim community will not be represented at this conference. Those absent from the list of speakers include moderate Muslims such as the ABC’s Waleed Aly, or Melbourne University scholar Professor Abdullah Saeed. Instead, perhaps in an attempt to avoid more visa refusals, the conference plans to video live-stream two American preachers with questionable histories.Sheikh Yasir Qadhi, who taught the ‘Christmas Day Underpants Bomber’ at his Al-Maghrib institute, refuses to openly condemn militant jihad, saying “My hands are tied, and my tongue is silent.” Sheikh Yusuf Estes advised a group of Muslim men on how to deal with disobedient wives: “Roll up a newspaper and give her a crack. Or take a yardstick, something like this, and you can hit.”
Does the ICV truly endorse these invitees? Does it truly claim that to criticise such speakers is “Islamophobic”?
If so, I must be “Islamophobic”, too. Who shouldn’t be?


Our carbon tax just got more insane

Andrew BoltMARCH172013(7:05am)

Europe’s carbon price is now just a fifth of Australia’s absurd $23 a tonne:
European Union carbon permits posted their biggest weekly drop since January as nations and other policy makers considered a plan to temporarily remove supply from the market.

In two years, under Labor’s policy, we’ll be linked to Europe’s price. Current prices suggest that compensation pitched now for a $23 a tonne price will then be funded by a tax that’s just a fraction of that, leaving a multi-billion-dollar hole. Time Climate Change Minister Greg Combet came clean on his mendacious spin.
Meanwhile, China keeps stalling on its own miniscule tax:
China will wait until after this year to introduce a tax on carbon, deferring to concern that economic growth might suffer, a government researcher said.

The nation eventually expects to introduce a levy of 5 yuan to 10 yuan (80 cents to $1.61) per ton of carbon, Jia Kang, head of research at the Ministry of Finance, said in Beijing yesterday.
We really do look ridiculous in our gold-plated global warming evangelism.
(Thanks to reader David.)


Now he’s just teasing

Andrew BoltMARCH172013(6:27am)

Rudd’s “Ides of March” declaration.
(Via Tim Blair.)


(c)2012 — at San Francisco Zoo.

Goodnight. May the Lord bless you with healing, while you sleep. ♥

(c)2012 — at San Francisco Zoo.

It is ok to be gay

Thats a wrap for Ninjas Guide Part 3 - love u guys


4 her

Agnetha with the Swedish singer Loreen! Together two winners from ESC

The Doctor is coming! The new series of Doctor Who starts on Sunday March 31, 7.30pm, ABC TV1 Australia. Geronimo!

BAM....Current Ovation Prime Energy Flux!

Lots of Ionization Occurring in the Upper the first Wave has Arrived...

Heads Up!

Teach the cattle to respect fences ..




First NOAA redefined how sea surface temperature anomalies should be calculated to account for a fictitious global warming signal in the NINO3.4 region. Then they conveniently forgot about their redefinition of La Niña years in the 2012 State of the Climate Report—then corrected the mistake long after the mainstream media has moved on to other ways to misinform the public about human-induced global warming. Now NOAA can’t seem to figure out how to determine El Niño and La Niña events based on their new definition.

If NOAA wants to stop confusing themselves, maybe they should switch back to the old version and forget this nonsensical new version of their Oceanic NINO Index.

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Last Friday's Warriors warming up for a big class filled with challenges, choices and change. Remember to bring your A game to every single class guys and girls, and to also drink a nice big cup of concrete to harden yourselves up! The time we waste complaining can be used towards progressing and becoming better, so no complaints, no excuses, no doubts, just bring your very best and nothing less! #team9lives #9livesparkour #fairfield #parkour #freerunning #training #noexcuses


Enjoyed catching up with Chris Holstein MP, Member for Gosford and members of the Central Coast Greek and Chinese communities today at the Central Coast Harmony Day celebrations at The Entrance.

Spent St Patrick’s Day 2013 celebrating the cultural diversity on the Central Coast at the Wyong Shire Council and Gosford City Council Harmony Day celebrations at The Entrance. 

Congratulations to Wyong Mayor Doug Eaton and Gosford Mayor Lawrie McKinna (pictured with Ruby Eaton from the China Australia Friendship Association and the Chinese Lion Dance Group) for both Central Coast Local Councils providing a fantastic day of activities to celebrate Harmony Day.





Russian support of Putin exaggerated?
An Irishman was flustered not being able to find a parking space in a large mall's parking lot.
"Lord,"he prayed,"I can't stand this.If you open a space up for me,I swear I'll give up drinking me whiskey, and I promise to go to church every Sunday."
Suddenly, the clouds parted and the sun shone on an empty parking spot. Without hesitation, the man said,"Never mind,I found one."

4 her, so she can see herself through my eyes
I'm not US based and do not know about common core, although I would guess it is merely an attempt to take responsibility from the states and give to federal government a duplicating authority and bureaucracy. If you compare education today, as an average, with three hundred years ago, you would see vast improvement on numeracy issues. True, we might not estimate the tare weight of a horse and buggy as well, but the improvement is undeniable and shows the difference between a bureaucratic education system and a much cheaper model. I love Math and have all my life, but after I left school, I finished University part time and worked full time as a bank teller. I once wanted to compute the change of interest for a customer and realised I'd forgotten how. I was nervous about my knowledge while I was training to be a Math Teacher but teacher educators convinced me that osmosis would kick in. I taught myself because I had to both times. Education systems are broad and account for a vast range of students. I have no problems with allowing kids to progress at their own rate. Bootstrapping will still be needed tomorrow because of my attitude. I feel it is incumbent on us as educators to teach to the middle of a class and allow the high achievers to excel, while supporting the most challenged as we can.






“Most illegal immigrants flooding into Australia without papers are composed of Afghani Army personnel”, an employee connected to Christmas Island has claimed.

The processing centre at Christmas Island is being manipulated by corrupt Iranian and Afghani interpreters who advise the army deserters to say they are lowly farmers.

Australian Officials, suspicious of their claims, have been jetting these dodgy detainees in their hundreds to the infamous Curtin Detention Centre in Western Australia.

The Centre, described as the “Hell Hole” is in a remote area 2,000, kilometres north of Perth.

Designed to hold 1400 of the most violent and suspect detainees, it was recently all but vacated after the disease Guillain-Barré syndrome broke out affecting locals.

In April 2010, the Rudd government decided to reopen the “horror centre” for what he termed “single male asylum seekers”, and those who fall within the category of, "do not process".

In charge of security is Serco Plc, a UK publicly listed company, the Asia-Pacific arm of which has been contracted to the Australian Government.

It has each Australian employee on signed confidentiality agreements.

Serco has usurped billions of Australian taxpayer funds, mostly wasted on renting material and white goods that could be purchased outright for the cost of one week’s rent.

Marquees and air conditioning units are ready and rented at $10,000 per week in lots of ten to cater for the expected overflow from Christmas Island.

At least three passenger airliners are chartered permanently to shuffle detainees between centres. As few as three detainees at a time are flown into the Curtin Centre, claimed one employee.

Describing their company Serco Plc said: “We provide catering, recreation, education and excursions, manage accommodation, facilities, maintenance, transport and logistics, security, training and procurement. Our employees look after thousands of people in locations all over Australia, responding to their cultural, religious and individual needs.” Mmmm.

Of most concern is the whereabouts of the 1,000 unprocessed illegal Curtin detainees who have now been dispersed to Australian cities.

“These blokes are rock-hard fit and looking for trouble”, said one Curtin employee.

Sam (not her real name) is a small part Aboriginal girl once employed by Serco.

She is too frightened to talk but an angry relative explained that Sam’s job was to escort groups of these men to Canberra and Melbourne.

They were taken to holding centres before being given bridging visas and were then dispersed into the community, legally unable to work.

After six trips Sam resigned because of the sexual abuse she suffered. Traumatised, she is now living back with her family in Derby.

Enquires from Derby to Broome, including Police stations have been met with a terse “no comment.”

“Waste is rampant”, said one local. “Tradespeople are charging up to $10 a kilometre to drive to and from the Centre to fix a washer on a tap.

"I was charging $2 a kilometre until I found out what the other guys were charging, so I put my bill in at $10 per kilometre and they never said a word, they seem to just pay whatever you invoice them for.

“If one (of the detainees) gets a toothache or anything, someone has to come out from Derby and take them back for treatment. It’s often hours waiting before they are ready to go back.”

“We are not allowed phones there”, said another ex-employee, “but I tested the phones available to the detainees and I could phone anywhere in the world.”

Another informant said that the local Derby refrigeration store, Lindsay Howard, was robbed of thousands of dollars of equipment which somehow found its way to the Curtin Centre on rental agreements. “Nothing came of it”, he said.

“It seems this Serco mob spends more time covering stuff up than doing their job here.”

So us Aussies can look forward to another tranche of thousands of Islamic Afghani army deserters soon to be scattered unprocessed throughout our communities.

Meanwhile, the Gillard Government equivocates over whether legitimate Afghani interpreters, currently risking their lives to assist our army in Afghanistan, should be allowed entry.
They are marked men once we leave.
Bloody good eh?

Asylum seekers, my arse!


Hilarious? I don't agree with the hostage taker's methods .. but killing him isn't an act of justice.

Sinking of the SS Utopia





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