Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Tue Jul 16th Todays News

Happy birthday and many happy returns Sarah WongJenny Levernier andJacky Chung. Born on the same day, across the years. On your day in 1769, Spanish friar Junípero Serra founded Mission San Diego de Alcalá, the first Franciscan mission in the Alta California region of New Spain. 1790, U.S. President George Washington signed the Residence Act, selecting a new permanent site along the Potomac River for the capital of the United States, which later became Washington, D.C. 1931, Emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie signed the nation's first constitution, the first time in history that an absolute ruler voluntarily sought to share sovereignty with his subjects. 1965, South Vietnamese Colonel Pham Ngoc Thao—an undetected communist spy—was hunted down and killed after being sentenced to death in absentia for a February 1965 coup attempt against Nguyen Khanh. 2008, Sixteen infants in Gansu Province, China, were diagnosed with kidney stones due to tainted milk powder; overall 300,000 infants were affected.Great things were founded on your birthday. You have chosen the site for the celebration, and as absolute despotic rulers, you have wisely delegated the fun .. unique in these times where sharing seems to be something others do. You correct your mistakes and the milk you share is that of kindness. Cheers.

Kevvie leaves PNG empty-handed

Piers Akerman – Tuesday, July 16, 2013 (12:03am)

WORDS must have failed Kevvie from Brizzie in Port Moresby yesterday.
The garrulous, hand-flapping didactic had announced he was going to speak to PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to talk about dealing with the runaway number of illegal arrivals but the talks wound up adding nothing new to Labor’s failed border protection policy.
It was as useless as the talks on the Malaysian Solution and the East Timor Solution.
But fifty Australian police officers will be sent to Papua New Guinea to help locals deal with the violent crime there and Prime Minister O’Neill was to get a lift to the State of Origin match in Kevvie’s taxpayer-funded jet.
The prime ministerial press conference, delivered in front of giant portraits of both leaders just in case no-one realised they considered themselves to be important, was classic Kev.
He chattered in pidgin and then described himself as a “survivor” of the Kokoda Track (born in PNG, I always heard the Kokoda trek as taking place on the Trailm rather than Track but someone seems to have decreed that the US-sounding Trail should now be termed an Australian-sounding Track).
Survivors of Kokoda are the men who fought there in WWII, not celebrities who treat the tough climb and descent as a venue for extreme sports.
Kevvie’s junket provided a useful smokescreen for his non-announcement on the carbon dioxide tax.
It removed him from the domestic press as questions started to emerge about the con-trick he was pulling by bringing forward the shift to the European Union’s carbon price by a year.
Some newspapers thought he was abolishing the hated carbon dioxide tax but he wasn’t and didn’t.
There will still be a slug on energy users no matter what Kevvie says.
Joining the artificial market run by the Europeans is not a shift to a market-driven solution but as Kevvie doesn’t have a clue about either carbon dioxide or markets, what would he know.
The only plus for the recycled prime minister is that he avoided wearing a native head dress during his speedy visit.
Perhaps the red-shoe wearing former Labor Prime Minister Paul Keating warned him about the danger of silly hats when travelling during their visit last week.
But as far as policy goes, the trip was a washout for Australia, at least the Papuan PM will get a good seat at the Origin game and we will get the bill.


Why virtual parenting raises virtual children

Miranda Devine – Tuesday, July 16, 2013 (6:56pm)

IT’S something we all know. Busy lives and technology are intruding on crucial family time.



Tim Blair – Tuesday, July 16, 2013 (4:30pm)

Company cars clamped
The overhaul of Fringe Benefits Tax requirements on company cars announced this morning is a vote-changer.
It impacts at least a third of all new cars on the road and could lead to job losses across the automotive retail sector because of an anticipated sharp drop in sales.
In the Rudd Government’s attempt to fill a $1.8 billion black hole the motorist has once again been plundered.
Treasurer Chris Bowen says “the world has moved on from when this system was introduced in 1986”.
But the changes – made literally overnight, without consultation – are so flawed it is difficult to know where to start. 
I’m starting to look at mobility scooters.



Tim Blair – Monday, July 15, 2013 (5:29pm)

Australian poet Caitlin Maling offers a literary view of the Zimmerman verdict: 
I’m at an elite writers’ colony on the east coast of the United States when the news comes through: George Zimmerman is not guilty in the shooting manslaughter of Trayvon Martin. As the token Australian, people take care to explain the situation to me. Martin, an African-American youth, was walking home from buying candy and a soda on the night of 26 February 2012 when he was followed by neighbourhood watchman Zimmerman (despite Zimmerman having been told repeatedly by 911 operators to desist). An altercation ensued and Martin, unarmed, was shot to death. 
There’s possibly a little more to the case than that, but Maling quickly moves to the investigation’s next stage: “The question becomes, exactly what should we be creating now? … The question then becomes not just what should we be creating, but how can we go about creating it? It is not a question I know the answer to.”
Keep searching, detective. Perhaps you’ll find the answer “tonight at dinner with the many multinational artists huddled in these woods.”


Rudd increases tax grab to pay for Labor’s latest green fiasco

Andrew Bolt July 16 2013 (4:45pm)

Kevin Rudd’s change to the carbon tax means the Rudd Government will lose $3.8 billion next financial year.
Rudd today claimed he’s cut spending to make up the difference:
We will make up the revenue with savings in other programs.
False. Half the “savings” are actually through tax grabs:
In the biggest surprise of the savings package, Treasurer Chris Bowen revealed a $1.8 billion cut to fringe benefits concessions for car owners, hitting 320,000 taxpayers who claim the benefits for the driving they do for their employment.
Many of the other savings are to green programs Labor once said we needed, including to carbon capture schemes. Those schemes were actually what Rudd once hailed as part of his grand plan to lead the world in cutting emissions - but turned into duds:
THE Australian-funded $300 million Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute set up by former prime minister Kevin Rudd has squandered taxpayers’ money for negligible results, ex-staff say…
The institute’s new chief executive, Brad Page, said it was now refocusing its approach, but conceded the original $100 million a year ‘’seed funding’’ given to the organisation - launched with great enthusiasm by Mr Rudd in 2009 to ‘’lead the world’’ in the greenhouse gas reduction technology - was too much for the fledgling body to manage efficiently.
But now:
The Energy Security Fund meant to help electricity generators adapt to the carbon pricing regime will be cut by $770 million over four years to adjust to the lower carbon price.
Clean technology programs including carbon capture and storage will be cut by $586 million over four years.
And so many other green Labor schemes are axed - an implicit admission that they were no good. So why did Labor splash our billions on them in the first place?
The government’s aid to the coal sector will be cut by $186 million while the Biodiversity Fund will be cut by $213 million and carbon farming measures will lose $144 million.
With these changes there are really two issues.
Is Labor’s latest plan doing really a good idea?
Is Labor’s latest plan not an admission that it stuffed up and squandered billions for nothing?
Kevin Rudd has grossly exaggerated the savings from his decision to move a year earlier from a carbon tax to emissions trading - in July 2014 instead of July 2015:

Under a floating price, the figure is expected to be around $6 a tonne… Treasury modelling shows that in the 2014-15 financial year an average family will be $380 a year better off due to the decision to move sooner from a carbon tax to an ETS, Mr Rudd said.
In fact there is little chance Europe’s carbon price will still be at $6 by July 2014, when Australia is linked to it:

Analysts have estimated that EU carbon prices could average 8 to 9 euros ($11.40 to $12.80) over the next eight years, almost double current levels, if the plan to temporarily remove permits is implemented.
Before it can become law, the plan still requires backing from EU member states, which is unlikely before a German election set for September.
Ultimately, analysts say carbon prices must reach levels of 40 to 50 euros ($57 to $71) to drive investment in lower carbon energy, something governments are keen to see happen to help them reach 2020 environmental targets.

Analysts at Thomson Reuters Point Carbon think prices could now rise to as much as €8 ($11.40) by 2015, but are likely to fall back after that unless more permanent steps are taken to reduce the glut in supply.
What the Government itself said just two months ago in the Budget:
The Budget’s revised carbon price methodology projects carbon prices above $25.40 in 2018-19.
Under Rudd’s plan, the carbon tax is predicted to be perhaps $11.40 - or further on its way to $70. That’s anywhere between double and more than 10 times what Rudd claims. You will either be saving half of what Rudd claims, or be on your way to pay much, much more than you do already.
And does Rudd stand by the Budget’s projection that the carbon price will be back up to $25.40 in five years?
The Opposition notes another deceit - or mistake:
Mr Rudd has merely altered Julia Gillard’s carbon tax plans in just one financial year. Otherwise it is exactly the same… This morning Mr Rudd and his Treasurer, Mr Bowen, contradicted each other at the same press conference. 
Mr Rudd said that families would save $380 “per year” and repeated this misrepresentation five times. Mr Bowen corrected him and said it was just a saving of $380 in the 2014-15 financial year, but Mr Rudd continued to repeat his $380 “per year” claim.
The new Rudd is starting to look exactly like the old one:
THE overhaul of Fringe Benefits Tax requirements on company cars announced this morning ...  impacts at least a third of all new cars on the road and could lead to job losses across the automotive retail sector because of an anticipated sharp drop in sales....
Firstly, it will add enormously to the administration of companies big and small, and every person who drives a company car.
Rather than assume 20 per cent of a vehicle’s use is personal - and charge FBT on that amount, as was the case - the Rudd Government is taking a gamble that this figure is too low.. The suggestion that the work of a logbook can be solved by an iPhone app simply highlights the government’s ignorance of the issue…
Fleet sales account for up to 80 per cent of all locally-made cars. The new FBT rules threaten to cripple the very industry successive Federal Governments have spent $5.4 billion over the past 10 years to protect.
Does Kevin Rudd deny the projection in the Government’s Budget just two months ago - that the international price that he claims will fall to $6 will in fact rise to $38?
If he denies this, will he redo the Budget to factor in the massive loss of income he needs to pay for Labor’s promises?


Age can’t accept jury verdict:  a simple case of self defence by a smaller man

Andrew Bolt July 16 2013 (3:24pm)

Age correspondent Nick O’Malley uses the attempted judicial lynching of George Zimmerman to attack America’s gun laws - pandering to The Age’s pet stereotype of gun-mad white Americans going nuts::

People appear to have forgotten that when race first became a factor in this case it was because for six weeks after the shooting Zimmerman was neither arrested nor charged.
In large part this was due to Florida’s so-called Stand Your Ground law, introduced in 2005, which made shooting people dead on that state’s streets far more likely to be legal than it used to be.
As is so often the case Florida was an early adopter of a law being championed by conservative activists, and in this case drafted by the National Rifle Association. Stand Your Ground laws, known by critics as Shoot First laws, extend the so-called castle-doctrine from the home to the street, making it legal to use lethal force against someone in public if you “reasonably” believe yourself to be at significant risk.
Gun culture runs deep in the US. A group of about twenty demonstrators raise their toy guns at a passing helicopter near the Lincoln Memorial as they march in a ‘Toy Gun March’ demonstration, organized by a Libertarian website to highlight Second Amendment gun right Photo: Reuters
In doing so they reverse the onus of proof. Where once someone who had killed a person had to prove they acted in self-defence, under Stand Your Ground the prosecution must prove that the accused did not feel that they were at risk.
Also the laws expressly remove the requirement that once existed in the use of self-defence that a person retreat if given the opportunity. That is, under Stand Your Ground, killing someone in a fight need not be the last option.
And given that the only witnesses to these incidents are often the accused and the person they have just killed, Stand Your Ground is proving quite a handy defence.
How fascinating.
How utterly irrelevant to this case.
John Hinderaker:
Florida’s stand your ground law played no part in the Zimmerman prosecution. Under traditional principles of self-defense, if you are threatened or assaulted somewhere other than in your home, you have to flee, if you can, rather than using deadly force in self-defense. That is the principle that is amended by stand your ground laws. Under such statutes, if you are attacked in a public place and you reasonably fear that you may be killed or incur great bodily injury, you don’t have to run away. You can stand your ground and fight back, including the use of deadly force.
This principle, obviously, comes into play only if you can run away. If you can’t retreat–if, like George Zimmerman, you are lying on your back with an adversary sitting on top of you and beating on you–you have always been entitled to use deadly force in self-defense, if you reasonably fear death or great bodily injury. Zimmerman’s lawyers did not invoke Florida’s stand your ground law. They did not rely on it; they did not argue it to the jury; they did not ask for a “stand your ground” pretrial hearing, which, in cases where the statute applies, can lead to dismissal of the charges against the defendant. There is no reason why anyone should ever mention Florida’s stand your ground law in connection with the Zimmerman case.
And a detail obscured by media organisations preferring to show pictures of the dead man when much younger and smaller:
Trayvon Martin was four inches taller than Zimmerman, and considered himself an expert fighter… I am pretty sure that the vast majority of people who were surprised by the verdict had no idea that Martin was sitting on top of Zimmerman, punching him in the face and banging his head into the pavement, moments before, in desperation, Zimmerman shot him.

The story that George Zimmerman told about his fight with Trayvon Martin ... never had anything to do with the right to stand your ground when attacked in a public place. Knocked down and pinned to the ground by Martin, Zimmerman would not have had an opportunity to escape as Martin hit him and knocked his head against the concrete. The duty to retreat therefore was irrelevant. The initial decision not to arrest Zimmerman, former Sanford, Florida, Police Chief Bill Lee said last week (as paraphrased by CNN), “had nothing to do with Florida’s controversial ‘Stand Your Ground’ law” because “from an investigative standpoint, it was purely a matter of self-defense.” 


Peter Hartcher wonders why we didn’t fall for his warmist joke

Andrew Bolt July 16 2013 (10:56am)

Global warming - propaganda
Fairfax political editor Peter Hartcher wonders why newspapers didn’t take an alarmist joke seriously:
How else do we explain the fact that Australia barely even noticed key events, such as the annual report on climate change by the World Meteorological Organisation 13 days ago?
Here’s how Britain’s Financial Times began its news account: ‘’The first 10 years of this century were the hottest in 160 years and filled with more broken temperature records than any other decade as global warming continued to accelerate, the UN’s top weather agency has reported.’’…
‘’The record warmth was accompanied by a rapid decline in Arctic sea ice, and accelerating loss of net mass from the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets and from the world’s glaciers.
‘’As a result of this widespread melting and the thermal expansion of sea water, global mean sea levels rose about three millimetres per year, about double the observed 20th-century trend of 1.6 mm per year. Global sea level averaged over the decade was about 20 centimetres higher than that of 1880.’’
This report barely registered in Australia. Of the major daily newspapers, only The Age carried a substantive story, and even that was relegated to page 21. The Herald Sun in Melbourne carried a news brief on page 32. The only paper to run a long article on it was The Australian, which carried an 800-word opinion piece devoted to trying to dismiss its validity, written by a climate change sceptic. This is just one example of how Australia has somehow managed to lose sight of perhaps the most important single event of our time.
Here is what Hartcher failed to even mention.
The planet’s atmosphere has not registered statistically significant warming for more than 15 years, which even the warmist BBC has been forced to admit and the New York Times forced to address.
This failure of the world to warm was not predicted by any of the more than 70 climate models on which warming alarmists rely.
In the last decade there has been, if anything, a cooling trend.
Southern sea ice has actually increased, not decreased, in extent.
Why are these highly relevant details not included?
I suspect it is because Hartcher suffers from confirmation bias. He really, really wants his theory to be true and simply cannot see or compute even the most basic evidence that it is false or questionable.
Take this claim:
If you put some of the scenes of climate change distress from around the world into a movie, it’d be a blockbuster. The government of the tiny Pacific island state of Kiribati has declared a policy of orderly evacuation called ‘’migration with dignity’’ as rising seas eat the low-lying country’s habitable land...
It is astonishing that this rubbish is still peddled. It takes a special kind of denialism to still believe it.
In fact:

Islands in Tuvalu, Kiribati and the Federated States of Micronesia are among those which have grown, largely due to coral debris, land reclamation and sediment.
In fact:

....the most populous atoll of Kiribati – the tiny islet of Betio, Kiribati’s commercial heart – had increased in size by more than 36 hectares over the past 60-odd years. That’s an increase in land area of 30 per cent
In fact:

In fact:

The 2012 Republic of Kiribati Report Series also notes the population boom, but of all the explanations it gives, not one is global warming [refugees or evacuation]: 
The population of Kiribati grew by 10,525 people between 2005 and 2010. Almost all of this growth is in South Tarawa, which grew by 9,871 people.
The practice of sending children for schooling and leaving them with relatives on South Tarawa, and relations visiting families on South Tarawa hoping to find jobs, or for health reasons and staying with them indefinitely are some of the main reasons for this overcrowding issue. But though these are the usual reasons given for the growing population of South Tarawa, the 2010 Census reveals that more babies are now being born on South Tarawa than on any other island, contributing to about 2.26 of the population annually to South Tarawa.
Indeed, it’s inclined to reject what Lagan suggests:

However, there is evidence that at present, climate change is not the main cause of coastal erosion, water shortages or overcrowding. Other issues, especially population growth and the move to Western lifestyles, are having a more immediate impact.
In fact:
Since (as Darwin showed) atolls float up with the sea level, the idea that they will be buried by sea level rises is totally unfounded. Despite never being more than a few metres tall, they have survived a sea level rise of up to three hundred plus feet (call it a hundred metres) within the last twenty thousand years. Historically they have floated up higher than the peaks of drowned mountains… Atolls are created by sea level rise, not destroyed by sea level rise.
In fact:

The President of the pacific Islands of Kiribati has rejected recent media stories claiming that residents were to be relocated to Fiji.
Following the purchase of 6000 acres on Fiji by the government last week, it was claimed that the land would re-house climate change refugees.
Last week he was quoted as saying: “We would hope not to put everyone on one piece of land, but if it became absolutely necessary, yes, we could do it”.
In the statement released today however, he claims that the land will be used to help prepare younger generations for a future working in Australia or New Zealand.
Peter, it feels delightfully progressive and far-sighted at the moment to preach global warming catastrophism. But the time is fast coming when the catastrophists will seem to have been applause junkies who trashed reason.
Will you correct your claims about Kiribati, or are some warmist untruths too convenient? 


Who does Rudd want to have run our country?

Andrew Bolt July 16 2013 (10:42am)

Under Kevin Rudd:

Indonesia gets to decide whether we may turn back Indonesian boats smuggling illegal immigrants.
Europe gets to decide what our carbon price will be. 


Indonesia does not set our border policies

Andrew Bolt July 16 2013 (9:17am)

This debate is nuts:

The question is actually very simple:
Who should decide whether we accept Indonesian boats smuggling in illegal immigrants and purported “asylum seekers” - Indonesia or Australia?
Well, then.
Indonesia is merely haggling over the price of its agreement to what we are perfectly entitled to do. 


Wasn’t Rudd going to stop this kind of government advertising?

Andrew Bolt July 16 2013 (9:00am)

Noticed the absolute flood of government advertising to spruik Labor policies - including a disability scheme just in the trial stage and a school funding deal not even concluded?
Kevin Rudd before the 2007 election:

“Make no mistake, the purpose of these advertisements was to re-elect the Howard Government,” Mr Rudd said yesterday.
“Governments are entrusted to spend taxpayers’ money to provide essential services — not to use them as a re-election war chest.”
“The abuse of taxpayer funds for activities like government advertising undermines basic principles of democracy.”
“"I believe this is a sick cancer within our system. It’s a cancer on democracy”.
“In terms of establishing the office of the auditor general with clear cut guidelines to whom every television campaign is submitted for approval before that television campaign is implemented, you have my absolute 100 per cent guarantee that that will occur; 100 per cent guarantee and each one of you here can hold me accountable for that”.
Government advertising jumped by a massive $22 million in the month of June, an 111 per cent increase compared to June 2012, helping the overall ad market to rise 1.8 per cent.
As recycled Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd prepares for an election later this year, government advertising spend is up 29 per cent in the first six months of 2013, according to media buyer data compiled by Standard Media Index.
It seems to have got even worse in the past fortnight.
Never go by what Rudd says. Check what he does. His seeming is not matched by his doing.
Think Rudd will be held to account? 


Green power company turns to gas and oil

Andrew Bolt July 16 2013 (8:55am)

Another green power energy dream dies - thanks in part to Kevin Rudd:

Talk of switching to a floating carbon price was less than 24 hours old when one renewable energy company revealed plans to join, rather than beat, the fossil fuel industry.
After years of trying to commercialise geothermal energy in the South Australian outback, ASX listed Petratherm announced plans to diversify into shale oil and gas in Tasmania…
Petratherm managing director Terry Kallis sought to reassure environmentally conscious investors that the company had not abandoned its geothermal project, which is planned to be about 75 per cent smaller than previous plans.
But funding is hard to come by, and a $13 million government grant can be used only if Petratherm can raise millions of its own, a task that will be even more difficult under a lower carbon price.
How many billions has the global warming scare cost us? 


Rudd will still make us pay a carbon tax - and as high as Europe decides

Andrew Bolt July 16 2013 (8:42am)

Terry McCrann on Kevin Rudd’s great carbon tax fraud:

KEVIN Rudd is NOT ditching the carbon tax. He isn’t even cutting it. Your power prices won’t fall by a single cent on his announcement.
... in this case, he simply doesn’t have the power to guarantee what the carbon tax price would be. Because what Rudd’s doing, is promising to leave it to be set by Europe and/or financial speculators…
At the moment that European price might be $6 a tonne of CO2 emitted. That’s barely a quarter of the $24 price under the Gillard-Milne (Greens leader, Christine Milne) carbon tax from the start of this month.
Under Rudd’s promise, that price and so the price of the electricity you buy, remains locked-in until July next year. Indeed, it is the only thing that’s certain under his election promise.
We have to wait until July next year, before his promise to end the fixed (and fixed to rise) price, kicks in. It is just ludicrous to assume that the European price will still be $6 then. It could be. Equally it could be $12. Indeed, it could be $20.
That’s another critical point in all this. The climate change soul-mates in Europe of our prime minister, desperately want their price to be much higher than it currrently is.....
The whole ‘point’ of this carbon tax/ETS (emissions trading scheme) IS to hurt everyone with higher electricity prices…
But at least, with a (real) carbon tax - as the existing Gillard one was, in its pre-ETS form - we are paying the money for these permits to ourselves. As in, to the government…
But with the ETS, open to global markets, we will be paying some - most? all? - the money to foreigners, to buy their ‘permits.’ Whether to legit (sic) ones in Europe or to the ubiquitous Nigerians.
Never mind Labor’s deceitful retreat on an insane promise to do something useless about a non-problem. The Age, emboldened by the return of Kevin Rudd, soft-soaps his latest carbon tax change and attacks Tony Abbott instead, again and again:



No, Rudd can’t force Labor to keep him after the election

Andrew Bolt July 16 2013 (7:55am)

Former Labor minister Gary Johns says Kevin Rudd’s plan to make him unsackable if he wins the election is a fraud. The plan can be undone by a simple majority vote after the election:

Kevin can’t deliver his promise, that a vote for Kevin is a vote for Kevin. Kevin can’t deliver the rule that caucus can’t remove the leader without a 75 per cent majority. Caucus can, and if it thinks fit, will remove a prime minister…
When caucus meets in future someone can move a motion to remove the rule that requires a super majority for leader. An ordinary majority can remove the rule. The only way super majorities work (for a time) is if a higher power imposes them, such as a constitution voted on by a different group, or by the same group at another time, as with an annual general meeting. Caucus does not do AGMs…
So far, the ALP has got away with informing journalists that Kevin can change the caucus majority rule. What they do not reveal, though, is that not only can Kevin’s 75 per cent rule be undone with an ordinary majority but also that rule 5 of the ALP national constitution suggests an ordinary majority is standard procedure.
Rule 5(d) states that, “the federal parliamentary Labor Party shall have authority in properly constituted caucus meetings” and “on questions or matters which are not subject to national platform or conference or executive decisions, the majority decision of caucus [is] binding upon all members in the parliament”.
Kevin has a problem. He can’t play the game that “a vote for Kevin is a vote for Kevin”. Not only is the Australian system based on a parliamentary rather than a presidential system, he can’t have the power to do as he wishes. And caucus knows it.


Q&A reviewed

Andrew Bolt July 16 2013 (7:14am)

I no longer watch Q&A live (I prefer Paul Murray on Sky, followed by a book in bed).
But from Catallaxy readers come the chief points about last night’s show, in which the Left (host Tony Jones, Labor’s Stephen Smith, the Greens’ Scott Ludlam, lesbian Aboriginal newsreader Narelda Jacobs) as usual outnumbered the conservatives (the Liberals’ Julie Bishop and mining representative Mitch Hooke).
Viewer Andrew:

Mining guy 9/10
JBish 8/10
Narelda 3/10
Smith 1/10
Ludlam 0.5/10
Viewer squawkbox:

Somehow, I think it will be a while before the ABC puts more than one rightwinger on Q&A again.
Viewer Gab:

Loved the opening where [Jones] tried, tried, to interrupt Julie.
She looked straight ahead, let him finish interrupting and then just continued on with her sentence.
That’s how you do it. Don’t answer the interruption, just ignore it.
Reader Keith confirms:

A masterful demonstration of nerve and poise by Julie Bishop on Q&A last night, putting Tony Jones in his place. Fewer interruptions too. Smith looked like he couldn’t be bothered to be the spokesman for the government on the panel. He’s leaving politics at the election, I know, but right now he is a Minister of Defence and we are paying for his ministerial salary. Ludlam looked like a rabbit caught in the headlights. He actually said that our generation will see destruction due to AGW. And they mock Abbott’s faith - sheesh.
Reader Robtheredneck on Bishop’s handling of the interruptions that Liberals on the show have had to endure:

I have to admit to being a Q and A tragic. I watch each week, mainly in hope that one day the tables will be turned.
YeeHaa, last night was it.Tony bloody Jones stopped in his tracks. By whom? you ask.
Julie Bishop, with the Stare. Jones interrupted her, tried to steer her in a different direction, she sat rigid and put on the Stare, when he shut his mouth she picked up exactly where she left off. And I noticed Jones was a bit hesitant about interruptions thereafter. Julie Bishop, a real lady. 


The troubled rise of the single parent

Andrew Bolt July 16 2013 (6:56am)

Nick Cater agrees some single women bloom in their freedom. Yet:

For the past 500 years in England, and latterly in Australia, a combination of social stigma and an absence of welfare kept the illegitimacy rate at about 5 per cent.
With the spread of permissive attitudes in the 60s, the rate began to creep up. By the time Whitlam came to power, almost 10 per cent of births occurred outside of marriage… In 1973, the Whitlam government introduced sole parents benefit, making it possible for single women to keep their babies and survive.
Today more than a third of births in Australia are ex-nuptial…
The demographic profile of the single mother makes uncomfortable reading, and indeed it is almost always a mother; fewer than one in five single parents are male.
About 40 per cent of lone parents left school before Year 12, compared with 24 per cent of partnered parents. Single mothers are less likely to work. Four out of 10 are considered low-income families; when both parents live together, the proportion considered low-income families is less than two in 10. Two-thirds of lone mothers live in rented accommodation, and two-thirds rely on welfare payments as their main source of income. There is no glossing over the ugly facts: single parent families have hard and unstable lives…
.... the evidence from a series of studies suggests that children living with only one biological parent are more likely to suffer assault…
[Lucy] Sullivan claims that the socioeconomic distribution of sole parents benefit invites the conclusion “that many sole parent births were not unintended, and that unmarried motherhood has become something of a profession” among less-skilled women with low wage-earning potential… “By the early 1990s it could be declared with confidence that the social theories and associated polices foisted on society by the Progressive Left in the second half of the 20th century were fallacious and destructive.” 


Women like Rudd more than they do Gillard

Andrew Bolt July 16 2013 (6:48am)

Culture wars
Julia Gillard’s gender war was one of her worst mistakes - but she grabbed the theory that she was being picked on because it was much more comforting than to accept she was simply no good:
KEVIN Rudd is more popular with women than was his predecessor, Australia’s first female prime minister, in a finding that questions the effectiveness of Julia Gillard’s gender war. 

Since Mr Rudd’s return to the leadership last month, Labor support among women has risen to 38 per cent, a jump of four percentage points. 


Now Vietnamese join the Armada to Australia

Andrew Bolt July 16 2013 (6:36am)

Boat people policy
The people smuggling business started in the Middle East and Pakistan, but then moved to attract customers in northern Africa.
Now Vietnamese entrepreneurs have heard Australia under Labor is open for exploitation:

The latest boat, carrying 84 people, sailed directly from Vietnam, where there has been no conflict for 30 years.
Already this year, 759 Vietnamese boat people have come to Australia - the largest group to turn up since just after the Vietnam War - and more than four times the total number that has arrived in the three previous years.
And who opened the door by scrapping the tough border laws which had worked? It’s the same man who now can’t close it:

The new Vietnamese rush came as Mr Rudd left PNG with no breakthrough on the asylum crisis. There had been speculation of a new deal but Mr Rudd said the countries would “continue to strengthen and to further our practical co-operation against our common enemy, people smugglers”.
But The Australian reports:

THE prospect of a large new asylum-seeker centre alongside Port Moresby’s international airport is being considered by Papua New Guinea officials. 


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Two Kevins #2

Andrew Bolt July 16 2013 (6:26am)

Which Rudd would you like?
Kevin Rudd on Tuesday:

The reforms I announce today will give more power to everyday members of the Labor Party. They will ensure that power will never again rest in the hands of a factional few.
In fact:
KEVIN Rudd’s promise to clean up the NSW Labor Party is in tatters following allegations of branch-stacking to elect a former Labor boss and union official to replace retiring minister Peter Garrett.
Mr Rudd is now being called upon by ALP members in the seat of Kingsford Smith, in Sydney’s south, to urgently intervene following claims that the membership books had been “cooked” to deliver the preselection to Labor Senator Matt Thistlethwaite in a vote due this Saturday…
The Daily Telegraph has obtained ALP documents showing glaring irregularities in the membership list of Mr Thistlethwaite’s local branch of Malabar, which neighbours Foreign Minister Bob Carr’s local Maroubra branch.
The documents show that 58 people - more than half the entire branch membership - apparently paid their membership fees on the same day and coincidentally on the March 31 cut off-date to become eligible to vote in this week’s ballot…
Mr Thistlethwaite, the former NSW Labor Party secretary and Australian Workers Union candidate, still has three years to serve as a senator.
(Thanks to reader Richo.) 


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Larry Pickering

This is a bit long-winded but after listening to that person Kevin Rudd today I am bloody angry so, if you hang in there, I will try to explain why and how we are being conned by a disingenuous jerk who claims he will fix Global warming with an ETS. 

Green gophers believe the world is coming to an end in a Noah type flood. They believe an international ETS will cool the globe and in the process justifiably wreck world economies, enrich speculators and satisfy a corrupt UN.

They believe green-house gases are causing earth-warming and that’s plain dumb because carbon dioxide is as integral to global cooling as it is to warming.

Of course the earth’s temperature is changing, but so what? It’s supposed to change. It always has changed but it has nought to do with our emissions, and you will see why.

Climate change (formerly Global warming until that con was discredited) is as cyclical and interconnected as ice-ages were, and will be again.

The clear fact is that the Earth’s average temperature since the year 2,000 has gone down, not up and there is not one unusual centimeter increase in tidal extremities anywhere.

Pacific islands, historically barely inches above high tide, are still there supporting happy native life.

Check data supplied on sea levels and you will find miniscule rubbery records in the order of 0.01cc per year variations with a margin of error of plus or minus 0.01cc. In other words these pundits don’t have a damn clue and have no hope of measuring or attributing anything to anything!

Venice is still there and so are the lowlands of Holland. Surprise, surprise!

Why has there been no inundation? For the simple reason we are talking miniscule figures. Earth warming has little to do with sea levels anyway but it has everything to do with sea temperatures.

When and if the Earth warms it will not be due to unusual carbon emissions because marginal cyclical increases in global temperatures began before 1920… well before the hysterical, “green-house” industrial age.

There has been no inundation so far and there never will be. Well, not that we will know about.

Take a plastic bottle of water and place it in the freezer over night. In the morning the ice will have expanded. Leave the bottle out of the freezer and the water returns to its natural state. In other words the volume (not the mass) of the ice decreased when it thawed.

Now, because almost all northern Pole ice is already below the water surface, what is the inevitable effect of any thaw? Maybe a diminution in volume? Oops, we didn’t think of that did we!

The UN Panel on Climate Control and those idiot researchers from the Adelaide University now claim Australia’s southern States will be inundated from alarming southern Pole ice-melt. “People in SA wetlands will need to relocate”, they wailed in dismay.

Exactly one year earlier those same clots were telling us that the South Pole was getting unusually colder. Why are we paying these people?

The southern icecap is almost twice the size of Australia (hard to comprehend eh?). The northern icecap is barely one third the size of Australia, and that is still huge.

Most of the northern cap is already well below sea level. Unlike the southern cap, it is a floating, moving mass of fractured ice.

The position of the North Pole is constantly changing in relation to the position of the ice. As a result, many who have claimed to have reached the North Pole were actually nowhere near it! Not until they had a GPS.

Not only is the North Pole constantly moving in relation to the ice, it is enveloped by developed countries. Its temperatures are more volatile due to local geographical, topographical and industrial influences.

But the southern icecap is embedded on land mass. The southern Pole cannot be traversed below by submarines as the northern Pole has been. It is fixed. Amundsen knew where he was.

It is also far more remote and isolated from other continental influences. It has its own unaffected, self-induced, weather patterns.

The World’s water, in its different forms, is a renewable resource. You cannot add to, or subtract from, the volume of the World’s water. It cannot be diminished. It can only be recycled and redistributed.

To be able to measure or predict a temporary increase in sea levels, you first need to know two things… exactly how much water is to be added from elsewhere and exactly how much water is already there.

The water to be added must not be the volume of under-sea ice because that displacement already exists and if it melts its volume will decrease.

We know nothing of that because to compute it requires knowledge of exact volumes or cubic measurements.

We know nothing of the volumes of under-sea ice and we know nothing of above-sea ice, what melt-water we are likely to get in future and nothing at all of 40% of the World Ocean floor and its depths.

How can we know the aggregate volume of the Earth’s oceans when we do not even know their unexplored depths?

The surface area of the World Ocean (and let’s not forget that all oceans except the Caspian Sea are interconnected) is 361 million square kilometers and more than 70% of the earth’s total surface area.

So we only know the World Ocean surface area is well in excess of two thirds of the World’s total surface area.

The uncharted 40% of the ocean floor therefore represents over 50% of the earth’s total area, an infinite knowledge of which is necessary to even guess at possible volumes. Yet a resident moron named Al Gore shows us New York graphics of seawater covering 118th of 42nd Street.

Wall Street has only ever been less than one metre above sea level as have hundreds of inhabited islands. No-one has got their feet wet yet and if we experienced the hottest summer in 60 years last year, does that not mean that it was hotter 60 years ago?

Europe and North America have recently broken all cold weather records, even colder than the mid-nineties. Upper New York State has recently experienced the coldest weather in 30 years.

This cold weather is strangely a cyclical response to previous earth-warming.

An idiot government-funded agency came out recently with this: “Australian production down 5% by 2050, due to global warming.”

But the dramatic glacial ice flows shown breaking off into the Arctic Ocean have been dramatically breaking off for millions of years. And why do they break off? Because the ice is increasing at its source, relentlessly pushing the outer warming perimeter to the ocean.

The aging ice is forced into the sea by the expansion of the developing new ice… or do the Greens believe there is a walrus in a bloody bikini pushing it?

Our own orbiting satellites show no unusual change in temperatures. But our weather stations sited close to major cities do. I wonder why.

Legitimate ground-based measurements show that average global temperature is a mere 0.5° C higher than a century ago. In another century it may be the reverse. Who cares?

The Earth’s temperature fell from 1940 to 1980.
There is some scant evidence to suggest it has increased marginally since then, and has not changed at all since the year 2000.

The Earth’s median temperature is not regulated by green-house gases it is regulated by our Sun. It always has been… we evolved via this imperative.

The Earth’s green-house gases in its atmosphere are a mere 0.037% of its other abiding gases. Green-house gases have always been there and that miniscule amount hardly equates to the Sun’s influence.

Yet the zealots of Earth-warming completely neglect the Sun and they ignore the World Ocean and its conveyor! They concentrate on insignificant stuff they can see... forests and reefs and rivers.

Although, one would be forgiven for guessing that if all the World’s glaciers melted all at once it would barely register on the scale of total oceanic volumes and the inevitable increasing huge evaporative process over a greater surface area would need to be subtracted from that oceanic volume anyway.

That evaporative process would mean more rain distributed to, and absorbed by, dry areas. The World’s glaciers have melted before, without any industrial influence at all! We humans are still here.

If the melting icebergs of the northern cap (of which we only see the tips) are 95% under water, then the feared displacement factor already exists and some idiot last week claimed a 28 inch increase in high tides due to global warming. (But anyone can call themselves a scientist.)

At the end of the last Ice Age, the resultant flood of fresh water due to global warming caused temperatures in the North Atlantic region to fall by 5°C over a few decades.

It is important to remember that the Earth is an isolated ball. We live in a bubble encased in a thin film of replenishing, reparative atmosphere.

The Earth has a finite amount of water… be it solid, vapour or liquid. No-one, not even God, can add or subtract one teaspoonful of water or one shovel of land mass to or from the Earth.

It is simply a matter of continual redistribution, temporarily, to different places. Water redistribution can only be due to ice-melt induced rivers, tides, evaporation leading to convection and thus, rainfall.

Land mass redistribution can only be due to inner core convulsions. These continuous redistributions keep the Earth robust, healthy and productive. Without these continuous redistributions the
Earth would stagnate and die.

If there was a God he would be wetting his pants laughing at these alarmist idiots.

To affect tidal extremities one is talking the gravitational impact of the Moon and the Sun combined, not a few melting ice-blocks.

London’s Thames, along with Holland’s rivers, are rivers that suffer possible, seriously damaging tidal surges. They knew that this was so millennia ago and it has little to do with Earth warming!

London’s problem is that it is sinking. Some silly prick decided to build London on a silt plain. That’s why there are no tall buildings in London… it won’t support them. It’s founded in putrid mud. But the dishonest Greens cite London’s predicament as an example of global warming.

It is the oceans’ temperatures that dictate our World’s temperatures… the Ocean Conveyor evens out temperatures, making life livable and pleasurable.

Global temperature changes since the latest Ice Age, between a mere 13,000 and 17,000 years ago, have been comparatively mild.

This temperature mildness, which ended the Ice Age, was not a result of green-house gases at that time either.

There are two types of temperature change. The abrupt change and the long-term change. By far the most compelling, definitive reason for any abrupt Earth temperature change is volcanoes. They are immediate and have immediate effect.

The earth has always done, and continues to do, more “damage” to itself than man has ever done, or can ever do, to it. Except it’s not damage, it is healthy redistribution!

Was it man who killed the mammoths, the hundreds of species of dinosaur, the saber tooth tiger, the coelacanth, the thousands of bird species, the millions of extinct oceanic species, any one of the thousands of hitherto unknown petrified species, fossils, the unknown, ambered entomological species, not to mention botanical?

Of course not! We were not responsible for the demise of a single one! So why the hell do we think we are so important when 93% of everything that ever lived on Earth is now extinct?

Did the Exxon Valdese disaster wipe out anything? No, because it was a small-time, man-made, fully redeemable “catastrophe”, barely registering on the scale of what the Earth may decide to do to itself.

The “catastrophic” Chernobyl site is now a lush tourist Mecca! Only 53 people in the immediate vicinity died from the explosion, not the feared radiation.

The Earth has always recovered from what it does to itself! What possible permanent injury could mere man impart to it?

In twenty years Al Gore’s thesis will be no more relevant than it is now.

His statement that, “It’s hard to convince a man of a theory when his salary depends on another”, applies aptly to him more than anyone.

According to Gore, the snow flakes that trapped oxygen 150,000 years ago (yet again a blink in the space of time) at the North Pole are core-sampled and studiously measured to gauge increases in green-house gases.

That’s fine, but the trouble is it doesn’t snow at the North Pole. Anyway, what’s the point in core-sampling ice formed 150,000 years ago when these so-called excessive green-house gases are deemed the result of a mechanical age barely 70 years old?

Doesn’t anyone ask these questions of those pathetic pundits?

The truth is that core-sampled polar ice has only revealed that temperatures abruptly dropped immediately after the brown, layered, tell-tale signs of volcanic ash.

So, without volcanic ash, temperatures remained relatively stable. To try to drag industrial green-house gases into that little equation is more than dishonest.

Al Gore has got his hand on it. But you have to admire his multi-million dollar production, even if it is frogshit. The northern pole has only 1% of the airborne moisture that we do, so snow, hail or rain can’t develop or form, through lack of humidity.

The poles are not even the coldest places on earth. The water surrounding the floating North Pole keeps temperatures to 50 below zero. It’s much colder elsewhere.

There were no ice caps 2.7 million years ago. Then as far as we can tell, a mere 17,000 years ago, came the big ice age.

Life was prolific then and it has progressed to what it is now.

Then a slow Earth-warming and another Earth-cooling around the Tudor period. Now that the northern cap has once again begun to partly recede over the last crumby 50 years, these morons want us to believe it’s the end of the World?

Let’s look at some cold (or warm) hard facts:
The total mass of the hydrosphere (the oceans) is about 1.4 × 1021 kilograms, which is incredibly only a thin film representing 0.023% of the Earth's total mass.

So, if surface land mass is only one third of 0.023% (or 0.0073%) of the Earth’s total mass, then we land dwellers run a distant last in terms of influencing our World’s climate, behind the hydrosphere, the protective magnetosphere, planetary and stellar gravitation and the Sun’s and the Earth’s inner core mass.

The land’s regulating factor is the hydrosphere. If you need to be convinced of the size and influence of the hydrosphere, go to your computer and centre Papeete on Google Earth.

Without historic undersea volcanic eruptions and tectonic plate movements there would be no continents or mountain ranges.

Without volcanic eruptions and tectonic gyrations, there would be no islands. Volcanoes and earthquakes create islands of land, large and small… and we all live on those small islands, or big islands they call continents.

All land is joined and at some time was under the sea. We mostly use the current waterline as our countries' borders. Seashells and marine fossils are found in deserts and mountain ranges world-wide.

Volcanoes are the heartbeat of the World.

Volcanoes and tectonic plate movements produce mountains, mountains produce rains, rains produce the run-off of the rich, volcanic sediment… alluvial deposits. These deposits produce the fertile soil of the silt plains and deltas. These fertile soils feed the World.

Excerpt SMH:
“Dr. William Gray, one of the planet’s most respected meteorologists, informed media that Gore’s rant is “’ridiculous’” and a result of “’people who don’t understand how the atmosphere works.’ “’We’ll look back on all of this in 10 or 15 years and realize how foolish it was,’ Dr Gray said,” …per Steve Lytte of The Sydney Morning Herald.

So, Al Gore has had his fifteen minutes of illegitimate fame.

The catastrophic eruption of the super-volcano beneath the Indonesian island of Sumatra, about 74,000 years ago, blew the shit out of what we now know as Asia and jettisoned some 800 cubic miles (yes miles) of the island into the World’s atmosphere, wiping out sunlight and photosynthesis for years. We humans are still here, thriving.

Poor old Al is concerned about a few melting ice blocks.
Al Gore’s idea of time and space is how long he sleeps in first class while flying the breadth of Europe spreading his well-practised fraud.

He charges $US200,000 per guest speaker fee.

We are not important in the expanse of time. We have no effect. We are too small, too ineffective. Because we live three score and ten years, we arrogantly think it’s important what happens in that small window of “our” time. It’s not!

We are merely temporary, insignificant tenants of this planet and we are lucky to be here for a short time!

The World couldn’t give a damn! It simply motors on.

It has far larger parameters to cope with and it always will, at least for the next four and a half billion years our Sun has left of life.

We won’t be here then but our mother Earth will and whatever remains will either have continued adapting to a changing environment quickly enough or it will have died and left vacancies for those in the wings.

It is not true that without the Sun there can be no life. Cultures smarter and older than ours already thrive on the deep black ocean floors without photosynthesis. They have learnt to rely on bacterial fuel.

The only thing we can wipe out is ourselves, and we probably won’t even do that effectively. There will always be a species of us left in some remote jungle in Peru.

Somewhere there will be a tribe least affected by a man-made Armageddon, or a galactic catastrophe, and that species will survive and continue in much the same way as insecticide kills bugs… but not all bugs and those it doesn’t kill, live to promote a genetic tolerance of that same insecticide, until a new insecticide is invented and the process starts again.

One day our Earth will appear as Mars does now. Mars is a light of other days and a victim of its own inner core and intergalactic temperature changes and gravitational forces over billions of years.

It may have had life because it had, and probably still has, water; the only possible basis for life… well, what we call “life”.

Darwin’s natural selection process, and even mobile genetics, was far too slow to prevent Mars’ annihilation of its own species, due to abrupt temperature change.

Earth’s millions of lost species have suffered the same fate, but our planet’s life survived with sufficiently-tolerant species to progress the evolutionary process.

Why should any intelligent person think we have a hands-on role in Earth’s role in planetary evolution?

Abrupt temperature change is the result of the land’s natural and irregular emissions.

The land’s natural emissions then reverse its temperature via the Earth’s oceans.

The word for it all is, “cyclical”. As cyclical as the oceans’ tides. But Gore doesn’t worry that an incoming tide will not ebb. And he hasn’t the intelligence to entertain the magical simplicity of it all.

We humans are nothing but mere reactive flotsam riding the currents to wherever they take us.

The exploding gases from volcanoes, one of which is sulphur dioxide, forms gels in the upper atmosphere, a sort of mirror-like sheet which reflects the sun's rays back into space, resulting in global cooling.

The coldest nights occur when you can see the stars, when there is no lower blanketing cloud cover. Why? Because the warmer, rising air is allowed to escape… there are no clouds to trap it and cause warm inversions.

The displacement of the rising Earth-affected warmer air ensures the sinking colder air reaches the land. Water reacts the same as air but due to its greater density it reacts more slowly.

The Earth’s land masses resemble a permanent hot water bottle. The mountains retain permanent heat in rock, year-round. They condense the warmer air to form cloud to contain the warmth and produce moisture.

Deserts are colder at night because there are no mountains to condense the air to form cloud-cover to retain residual heat. It rarely rains in deserts. That’s why they became deserts and remain as deserts.

No matter what we do to a desert or a rain forest, if left alone for a moment in time (say ten thousand years) they will both return to exactly what they always were... environmentally perfected deserts and rainforests. If they don’t, they should not and will not be there anyway.

Idiot green gophers who arrogantly believe they can have a god-like, hands-on influence are merely playing with their dongers.

Why are taller mountains colder and ice covered, even on the equator? Because air temperature decreases by an average two degrees every thousand feet of elevation.

A long-term temperature change can be triggered by a short-term change and can last thousands of years. But it is balanced!

Warming causes cooling, cooling causes warming and there is nothing we can do about it anyway.

When the ice caps increase in size (as the southern cap is now) the Earth will become warmer as the process inevitably reverses itself.

The Earth’s magical equilibrium has been in process since the big bang. It is way beyond the control of vain, aberrant men who arrived on this planet only this morning.

The atmosphere’s existing green-house gases make up less than 0.04% of all gases, most of that minimal amount is carbon dioxide produced by the Earth and its bush fires, its animals’ flatulence, its plant life and its oceans… not us!

The reasonably-minded will assume that all is cyclical and due to circumstances way beyond our control or influence.

We have even thought of a beaut new way to make money from all this warming frogshit… we trade carbon quotas! Much like we trade gold. It’s expensive.

Rich people get richer, poor people have to pay for their excesses. Gold stocks will never be used in ear-rings. We are simply content to shuffle paper around representing some bar of gold in some vault somewhere in the World.

Gold bullion has only a perceived value… as has carbon and water quotas. Neither has added to, nor subtracted from, anything!

If ever it was necessary to reduce carbon emissions, then the first thing we should do is ground the 10,000 airliners, permanently in the air dumping billions of tons of unrefined burnt fossil fuel (kerosene) into our atmosphere.

Do the green gophers advocate that we ground all airliners? No! They need them to fly around the World spreading their dishonesty while preventing logging of trees which produce (and cleanse us of) more carbon dioxide than the airliners.

If you think global warming, if it occurs, won’t be so bad, you are correct but think again, because it’s not the warming that will hurt us… it’s the resultant eventual cooling that will temporarily stunt crop growth, temporarily destroy rain forests and render arable land temporarily useless.

It is cooling that will create the temporary worthless tracts of desert causing temporary starvation. It is cooling that will send food costs temporarily beyond reach. It is cooling that will wreck, perhaps permanently, otherwise healthy economies.

Now, if the Greens were talking about global-cooling perhaps they might have a point! But they are not, are they?

Flannery and Garnaut expound silly theories without knowledge or qualification to do so. Those who wrote their dishonest scripts are gone, unchallenged.

They have been used by cashed-up environmental lobbies with a wonky wheelbarrow to push.

This mindless bullshit serves to excite and attract simpleton uni students and the tree-hugging greenies of the ratbag, doomsday brigade.

It excites vote-hoarding opportunistic prime ministers vaulted into action by media but, if someone actually dissected what the Greens are saying, none of it holds water.

So, what to do with the lying, misleading bastard who started all this nonsense?

Give Al Gore a Nobel Peace Prize, that sounds a pretty good thing to do! Hopefully now, with a Nobel Peace Prize on his mantle-piece people won’t look too closely at what he is actually saying.

Those in the know simply shake their heads in disbelief.
Next thing you know, the Nobel Committee will be giving a Nobel Peace Prize to a known terrorist!

Hang on… shit! I forgot! They have already done that! They gave one to Yasser Arrafat. Mmmmm… so much for the efficacy of that defamed little politicized prize.

Let’s face it, humans have no concept of space or time. The doomsday soothsayers talk in millions of years but have no idea what a million years is.

They only have the ability to conceptualise their own (unimportant, insignificant) life span. They have the arrogance to believe that what happens within their piddly 70 to 80 years of existence is actually important.

It is not! It is no more a blink in the space of time than a melting ice block is in the Atlantic.

That harebrained, absentee greenie, Bob Brown, declares a clear-felled forest is lost forever! Much like the idiot newsreader who declares a hundred acres were “destroyed” by bushfire.

What frogshit! Maybe a lot of houses were destroyed but the hundred acres were reinvogorated.

Aborigines have been lighting fires for 60,000 years to promote growth and attract game. A logged forests returns in a mere 60 years, as the Greens can see if they cared to look.

In 300 years it’s an even bigger, more robust, forest than it was before and it will be begging to be logged again!
But Greens’ brains don’t survive 300 years, thank God.

Forests only develop and thrive because conditions persist that suit forests. Fires and floods are our life-blood.

Seeds timelessly remain in the earth eagerly awaiting germination at the very first opportunity. Real temporary damage is that of erosion but even that serves to distribute water to other areas… even erosion has a role and is self-reparative.

Politicians can’t comprehend anything beyond the next election anyway.

Flooding forecasts due to so-called ice displacement, is utter nonsense. Any amount of ice melt-water is mixed with the saltwater and distributed around the World via the Conveyor.

The oceans’ surface salt water is more dense than fresh melt-water and is cooled further via evaporative winds and begins to sink, forcing the now warmer, ocean-bed water to the surface. This increases sea surface temperatures and convectional rainfall.

Now, stay with me here. The warmer surface saltwater is in turn cooled and again sinks to replace the comparatively warmer deeper water and the cyclical process starts all over again.

Not only that! The deeper, comparatively warmer, ocean bed water is rich in algal sediment (phytoplankton). When it is forced to the surface it serves to remove air-borne carbon dioxide in the same way as land-based vegetation does.

To complete the conveyor’s global cycle takes up to 20 years but it is a massive project and involves two thirds of the Earth’s surface in a rolling motion of cyclical temperature changes.

Kevin Rudd’s ETS con can now be seen for exactly what it is when the sheer scale of the ocean conveyor is understood.

Seriously, the ignorant offerings of global warmists are getting a bit tiresome so I hope you will excuse me getting this off my chest.


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It's clear Kevin Rudd desperately wants Australians to forget his record of broken promises, mismanagement and policy failures. 

However, his record speaks for itself – have a look here: http://www.liberal.org.au/ruddfacts/


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Celebrity Saudi preacher 'raped' and tortured his five-year-old daughter to death
Lama al-Ghamdi's back was broken and she had been raped and burned
She died in October from her injuries after ten months in hospital 

Her father Fayhan al-Ghamdi, a prominent Islamist preacher, admitted beating her but was freed after agreeing to pay £31,000 compensation

Campaign to give women and children better protection gaining momentum

A Saudi preacher who tortured his five-year-old daughter to death has been released after agreeing to pay 'blood money', activists said.

Lama al-Ghamdi died in October having suffered multiple injuries including a crushed skull, broken ribs and left arm, extensive bruising and burns.

The child had also been repeatedly raped and the burned.

Her father Fayhan al-Ghamdi, a prominent Islamist preacher who regularly appears on television in Saudi Arabia, served only a few months in jail despite admitting having used a cane and cables to inflict the injuries.

Activists from the group Women to Drive said the preacher had doubted Lama's virginity and had her checked up by a medic.

Randa al-Kaleeb, a social worker from the hospital where Lama was admitted, said the girl's back was broken and that she had been repeatedly raped.

Her injuries were then burned.

Rather than the death penalty or a long prison sentence, the judge in the case ruled the prosecution could only seek 'blood money', according to activists.

The money is compensation for the next of kin under Islamic law.

Activists said the judge ruled the few months al-Ghamdi spent in prison since his arrest in November was sufficient punishment.

He has reportedly agreed to pay £31,000 ($50,000), which is believed to have gone to Lama's mother.

The amount is half that would have been paid if Lama had been a boy.

Activists say under Islamic laws a father cannot be executed for murdering his children. Husbands can also not be executed for murdering their wives, the group say.

Three Saudi activists, including Manal al-Sharif, who started the women's right to drive campaign, have raised objections to the ruling.

A social media campaign is now gaining
momentum after the ruling was publicised.
Manal al-Sharif has launched a campaign on Twitter using the hashtag 'Ana Lama', which is translated as I am Lama, calling for better protection for children and women.

Local reports say public anger in Saudi Arabia is also growing and authorities have said they will create a 24-hour hotline to take calls about child abuse.

Women to Drive said in a post on their Facebook page

Secular law rules should apply here .. ed

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GIA is a " non profit " organisation that generates in excess of USD$120 Million per annum in gemstone grading reports.



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Twilight at Tuolumne Meadows — with Darvin Atkeson at Yosemite National Park.

War ein schönes Chor- und Orgelkonzert in St Markus heute Abend. 30 min vor dem Konzert noch sooo leer, dann aber sehr gut besucht. Erfreulich auch für die UA eines großartigen Ave Maria für Chor a cappella von Bernd Redmann.
Was a beautiful choral and organ concert at St. Mark tonight. 30 minutes before the concert sooo empty, but then very well attended. Gratifying for the UA a great Ave Maria for choir a cappella by Bernd Redmann.


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