Sunday, June 23, 2013

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Happy birthday and many happy returns Bob CarrollJoe Hildebrand,Brandon NguyenMichael Tuan Le and Lenny Dwoskin. Born on the same day, across the years. On your day, in 1280, Reconquista: Troops of the Emirate of Granada defeated those of the Kingdom of Castile and the Kingdom of Leon in the Battle of Moclín. In 1780, American Revolutionary War: The Continental Army victory in the Battle of Springfield effectively put an end to British ambitions in New Jersey. In 1926, The College Board administered the first SAT, a major standardized test for university and college admissions in the United States. In 1956, Gamal Abdel Nasser became President of Egypt, a post he would hold until his death in 1970. In 1991, The video game Sonic the Hedgehog was first released, propelling the Sega Genesis 16-bit console into mass popularity. There are lessons from your day, Battles can be won which have no lasting effect, and it is sometimes best not to fight, although I think British ambitions still include New Jersey. One has to admire the ingenuity of a college board that could let students say they sat a test. And there have been no radio stars since Sonic. Embrace the day and try not get drunk on vapours.

The carbon tax is a crime

Piers Akerman – Saturday, June 22, 2013 (11:03pm)

HOLDEN workers meet at the company’s Elizabeth plant in Adelaide this week to discuss a proposed 500 job cuts. The company has previously called the carbon tax “heavy and unfair”
The Coalition’s plan to dump Labor’s failed carbon dioxide tax will give the nation a boost should it put the government to rout in 82 days - but the renewable energy scam must be also be axed.
Australians are paying a huge price for nothing more than Green feel-good vanity politics that do nothing for the environment, the economy, the nation or the globe.
Last week, Maurice Newman, a former chairman of the Australian Stock Exchange and the ABC, and long regarded as one of the country’s most respected business figures, told The Guardian that continuing taxpayer subsidies for the renewable energy target (RET) represented a “crime against the people”.
Newman owns a property near a proposed wind farm in the NSW southern highlands and may be considered to have a conflict. But his argument against the expensive subsidies relies also on their effect on poorer households, and the apparent collapse of the scientific argument.
“When we look at the experience of Germany, they have not been successful in reducing emissions; when we look at the science it no longer supports the global warming theory; and when we look at the health and economic effects of wind farms and the obscene wealth transfer from poor to rich we have to ask: ‘why are we persisting with them?’ I think it is a crime against the people,” he said.
The view of Newman, who would chair the opposition’s proposed Business Advisory Council, is important.
“It is inevitable energy prices will be one of the issues that will be of concern to business,” he said.
“Low energy prices are what has always made Australia internationally competitive and because of the RET and the carbon tax we have lost that advantage.”
Newman wants to get Australian business back on its feet and so does Nationals Senator Ron Boswell, who last week spoke at a Canberra rally against renewables.
Boswell, one of the hardest working senators, will retire at the election, but he is going to fight renewables until his last day in office.
Wind power, which costs up to four times as much as coal or gas-fired power, can generate electricity only 30 per cent of the time, he told me.
“Those times are impossible to predict; wind has a reliability factor of a very low 8 per cent or less. Yet we are funnelling billions to set up unreliable wind turbines across Australia: money not from out of government’s coffers but from the hip pockets of every energy user in Australia.”
He then rattled off the names of some of the businesses endangered or killed because of the Green fetishists.
“This week, it was Simplot sending out a warning shot that its food manufacturing plants in Bathurst and Devonport are on the brink,” he said. “Their energy costs have risen 80 per cent. “Last week, it was SPC Ardmona saying that unless it received emergency safeguards, more of its jobs would go. Its energy costs have risen. It is struggling to compete with home brand imports.”
“Last month, it was farmers up in Bundaberg saying they couldn’t afford to turn on irrigation pumps. The cost of electricity to pump water to their farms is set to jump 17.5 per cent a year for the next seven years.
“And we have already seen Heinz move its food processing operations to New Zealand, where it is 50 per cent cheaper to do business. Golden Circle closed its Northgate facility, costing 160 jobs, while Rosella closed all together,” he said.
In parliament on Thursday, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott highlighted the absurdity of Labor’s position by asking Prime Minister Julia Gillard to confirm that the carbon tax would increase to more than $24/tonne on July I and up to $25/tonne next year if the government is re-elected.
He wanted to know why her government kept raising the price when the European tax fell to $6/tonne and just 75c in New Zealand. Per usual, Prime Minister Gillard blustered about climate change and failed to provide a clear answer to a straightforward question.
Senator Boswell says farming and manufacturing in Australia are going under before our eyes. According to his figures, these policies are penalising Australians $13 billion a year, with the carbon tax costing $8 billion and the RET $5 billion.
Our food processing and manufacturing sectors are being annihilated. In 2011-12 alone, 7000 food processing jobs disappeared and 355 businesses closed or moved overseas. Since 2008, 110,000 manufacturing jobs have been lost.
Across Australia, food processors and manufacturers are cutting back to save costs: BlueScope Steel in Victoria, 170 jobs gone; Boral, 790 jobs gone; Penrice Soda in SA, 60 jobs gone; Pentair in western Sydney, 160 jobs; and Amcor, 300 jobs gone. Goodman Fielder will shut 15 factories, costing 600 jobs. Norsk Hydro aluminium smelter near Newcastle is closing, costing 350 jobs. Caltex is shutting its Kurnell refinery, costing 330 jobs.
Other companies are shifting overseas: Kerry Foods, 100 jobs gone; Kresta Blinds, 72 jobs; Cussons soaps, 75 jobs; Aerogard, 190 jobs; Harley-Davidson, 212 jobs; and Bosch, 380 jobs. Golden Circle has moved processing lines and jobs to New Zealand, while our second-last Australian-owned cannery, the Windsor Farm at Cowra, closed in March, costing 70 jobs.
The flow-on effects when a processor like Golden Circle or SPC Ardmona shuts its doors are devastating. Two years ago business warned Climate Change Minister Greg Combet that the carbon tax threatened the future of oil refinery investment in Australia, with Shell saying it would “break the camel’s back”. That same year, Holden said the carbon tax was a “heavy and unfair cost”, since 85 per cent of the vehicles imported to Australia have no carbon tax associated with them.
The carbon tax has added around $412 to the price of a local car, while renewables have added about $200. That’s twice Europe’s car manufacturing costs and four times Asia’s costs. Now Holden has shed 500 jobs and is asking those left to take pay cuts.
The Gillard government and unions have tried to put the blame for rising costs on other factors like the high Australian dollar. The truth is that Labor has given away our natural advantage of cheap and abundant energy in favour of expensive and unreliable renewables.


Conroy adds to the case for change, but makes it less likely

Andrew Bolt June 23 2013 (3:52pm)

Hmm. Just to make Kevin Rudd’s return more attractive:
COMMUNICATIONS Minister Stephen Conroy will refuse to serve on the front bench if Kevin Rudd is successful in wresting the prime ministership from Julia Gillard.
But I guess this interpretation is right:

The warning from Senator Conroy undercuts any hope that Labor could unify around a return by Mr Rudd to the top job, with the former Prime Minister hoping to avoid the prospect of leading a divided party should he be reinstalled.


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Combet accused of climate change over Gillard

Andrew Bolt June 23 2013 (5:16am)

Eating each other alive:
GREG Combet has been accused of “double dealing” with Kevin Rudd’s supporters with his eye on his own leadership ambitions.
The Gillard backer and Minister for Climate Change and Industry and Innovation has been accused by Labor MPs of hinting to intermediaries he would not stand in the way of a Rudd return, while maintaining public support for the Prime Minister…
“The problem with Greg Combet’s double dealing is he is actually being more disreputable than Bill Shorten. Combet wants a change because he could lose his seat....”
Rudd backers claim Mr Combet went “off his nut” when it was suggested last week that he backed Mr Rudd.
“Combet is trying to keep his hands clean and force Mr Shorten to do the dirty work with an eye on becoming opposition leader after the election,” a Labor MP said.
Mr Combet said last night the claims were another attempt to put pressure on caucus.
“It’s all crap. Just designed to put pressure on people to flush them out,” he said.
“People say all this shit. I don’t give a f ... ”
This farce is soiling the reputations of so many of the players.

Gillard is fighting two election campaigns at once:
Prime Minister Julia Gillard is resisting increasingly trenchant calls for her to stand down, saying in a fiery speech to Labor Party faithful: ‘’Give me a majority and we can do it all.’’
In the speech in Sydney on Friday, Ms Gillard sent a loud message she was staying put…
An attendee described the Prime Minister as ‘’on fire’’ when delivering the speech, with a strong view among several contacted by Fairfax Media that much of the speech appeared aimed at Kevin Rudd.
Another wobbler:

SUPPORT for Julia Gillard among her traditionally strong South Australian MPs is starting to waver, with at least one MP toying with switching to Kevin Rudd if the leadership issue blows up this week…
The MP is like many in other states who holds no affection for Mr Rudd but believes the party is doomed under Ms Gillard. Any shift in her SA support base could prove lethal, as in the past only two SA MPs - Makin MP Tony Zappia and Wakefield MP Nick Champion - have backed a Rudd return.

(Thanks to reader Peter and Leigh.) 


Mangue Obama was better

Andrew Bolt June 23 2013 (5:06am)

Mark Steyn:

Although Obama’s confusion went largely unreported in America, the BBC’s enterprising Eddie Mair got Jeffrey Osborne on the line and inveigled him into singing George Osborne’s best-known words — “Tax cuts should be for life, not just Christmastime” — to Jeffrey’s best-known tune.
The following day Mangue Obama — whoops, my mistake, Mangue Obama was the prime minister of Equatorial Guinea from 2006 to 2008, and has a way smaller and less incompetent entourage — Barack Obama departed for Berlin (the German city, not the American songwriter or British philosopher). Five years ago at the Brandenburg Gate, he thrilled a crowd of 200,000 with his stirring clarion call to himself, “Ich bin ein Baracker.” This time, he spoke to an audience barely a fiftieth of that size — 4,500, most of whom were bored out of their lederhosen. As I wrote of Obama’s Massachusetts yawnfest in 2010, he went to the trouble of flying in to phone it in. If the BBC’s mash-up of Jeffrey Osborne’s 1982 Billboard hit and Chancellor Osborne’s recent speech at the Mansion House in London was something of an awkward fit, you could slip large slabs of “On the Wings of Love” into Obama’s telepromptered pap and none of the 27 Germans still awake would have noticed the difference: 
Peace with justice means extending a hand to those who reach for freedom, wherever they live. Come take my hand and together we will rise, on the wings of love, up and above the clouds, the only way to fly . . .
Read it all.
Oh, and imagine the fuss it it had actually been George Bush who etc etc. 


Saddest Star Trek encounter ever...

FALLEN SOLDIER: An Australian commando has been killed in action in Afghanistan. 

The unnamed Special Forces soldier was killed in a fire-fight where another soldier was shot and seriously wounded, and an airman received minor injuries.

“Sadly, despite their efforts, they could not save one of their mates,” said Chief of the Defence Force, General David Hurley.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard expressed her condolences to the family of the soldier, and said the nation would be hit hard by the loss.

Read more:

Full coverage on 9 News at 6PM.


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“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” 
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I don't worry about rude critical or argumentative people. I just ask myself "Why did they ever trust me?" - ed

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Graphic Quotes: John Wayne on Free Speech

“We were just good Americans, and we demanded the right to speak our minds. After all, the Communists in Hollywood were speaking theirs.” John Wayne


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Larry Pickering

First she needs to accept her salad days of socialism are over, terminally banished to supersede Whitlam in shameful pages of school history books.

Julia could readily choose a number of humane methods for her demise:

First, she could simply stand down and save Australia the pain of another three months of empty unfunded hoaxes and divisive gender invective.

She could choose to sit tight, unaware of when the blade might strike, or from whom. Julia thrives on that sort of excitement.

Maybe she could again slay the potential assassins before their weapons can be unsheathed. The trouble is other potential assassins are now regrouping.

Perhaps she could choose to present herself to the people and suffer ignominious death by ballot. Most of her subjects prefer this option.

Then again she could hand herself into the Victorian Fraud Squad and plead guilty to conspiring to defraud the AWU of millions in members funds, money laundering and deceiving the Commissioner of Corporate Affairs. Hmmm, 20 years is a pretty uncomfortable death.

It’s possible she could choose death by flagellation where 50 ALP members, now bereft of their seats, are locked in a room with her.

She could of course opt to die of shame. Yes, she could stay in bed strenuously denying her evil deeds until a priest eventually arrives and she grudgingly embraces God, confesses her sins, and peruses a last-meal menu.

None of the above if I know Julia.

When death looks her in the eye she will do a deal with the devil. A little bloke with a wandering appendage will offer her a way out... she will accept Bill Shorten’s offer and live happily thereafter.

A grand portrait of her will hang in Parliament House (with a full-time attendant to wipe the marks from it), grateful taxpayers will supplement her CBA bank account with six thousand bucks every week, she’ll have a car, a driver and secretarial staff.

She will be able to look down with pride on all those she said she would help and no longer will she need to turn up at functions with an embarrassing idiot.

My guess is she will hook up with Bruce Wilson and Ralph Blewitt, get smashed on a dry Riesling, and plot another political escapade with John McTernan.

Oh Gawd, the Welsh have much to answer for.



From the archives. This is what ya do when you get sick of looking around ancient cathedrals in Scottish cities. This one is beside the sea in St. Andrews. Wonderful buildering opportunities abound in places like this.

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The USA is building 4 new nuclear reactors to add to the current 104 operating in the USA, which provide about 18% of their electricity. In USA, Coal provides 43%, natural gas 25% and Hydro 7% of their electricity generation.

In addition China is currently building another 28 nuclear reactors.

Of course, these nuclear reactors generate electricity WITHOUT emitting carbon dioxide.

So those that seek to demonise coal, and run around screaming “dangerous global warming” and that the world “must take action” perhaps need a rethink ...........

Is this the outcome they want - a mass role out of nuclear power stations around the world to “moving away from fossil fuels in order to address climate change” ?





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Anthropomorphism .. actually, the Dinosaurs who saw it had a similar response to it as chickens today view astronomical events. But I think it is poignant for what it implies about today .. A gamma ray burst from a poorly placed local exploding star may have been responsible for extinction events before and could happen again. And we have no defence against it, partly because anti intellectual hucksters like Greenpeace oppose research and promote AGW alarmism. - ed

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Almighty God, Whose Hands hold all matters of life, give me the grace of success in the work that I do. Help me to give it the careful thought and the strict attention that will lead to success. Forgive me my sins and cleans me with Blood of the Lamb.Watch over me and govern my actions, that I may not mar its perfection. Show me how to give my best, and let me not despise the toil that is necessary to complete it. Make my life a successful one in all i do. Give me the blessing of Your help and guidance, and suffer me not to fail. In Jesus' name. Amen.



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June 23Pentecost (Eastern Christianity, 2013); Victory Day in Estonia; Jāņi in Latvia; Grand Duke's Official Birthday in Luxembourg
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