Wednesday, November 13, 2013

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Some people are comfortable being lied to. They prefer it. When Hamidur Rahman died in '02 from peanut allergy, his parents were sad and wanted the truth to come out. Those responsible for his death had a vested interest in that not happening. The result was the coroner declared the death an accident after failing to ask basic questions. It was easier that way. Parents were told by the coroner they had not told the school of the allergy. I know the school had been informed, and worse, the instrument of Hamidur's death had been given to the boy on the explicit instruction of the boy's school boy's welfare officer. The Head Teacher Welfare (Boys), a position possibly unique to Hurlstone AHS which is also a coed boarding school, had known for over a year about the allergy. It is not unusual for the coroner to massage results for the public. Michael Hutchence's likely death through misadventure as a result of sexual dysfunction from long term drug use was ruled a suicide because it is easier on the fans who would rather remember Michael that way. 
Hamidur's head teacher with responsibility for welfare, boys, had instructed staff who had run out of rewards for kids to use items from the canteen, like peanut butter. The same officer was later told in 2001 that Hamidur had a serious peanut allergy. He instructed the person advising him of that fact not to discuss it publicly, on the promise staff would be informed. His boss, a deputy principal, said the same. In 2002, on camp, a teacher found he didn't have normal rewards for kids, and got peanut butter from the school in accordance with school direction. Hamidur had done an activity well, and so, as a reward, the teacher challenged him to lick peanut butter from a spoon. He died in seconds. 
If the Head Teacher or Deputy Principal had been asked about this at the time, they may have lied or told the truth. If they were asked today, they could say they have forgotten. Worth thinking about as Australia's parliament discusses a carbon tax. Already, the ALP has delayed the introduction of the bill repealing the carbon tax (a misnomer, it is a tax on Carbon Dioxide, a colourless, odourless gas that is normally present in the atmosphere and feeds plants). Australians have never voted to have one. They were explicitly promised one would not be introduced prior to the '10 election. When it was introduced, Australians voted for a party promising to repeal it. Liars have claimed that the recent storm to hit the Philipines was the worst in history. It wasn't. It was terrible, but not in the top 37 storms known. When next there is an election, if those who voted in support of the tax are asked, what will they say about why they supported it? Some people are comfortable being lied to. 
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Let us forget … Paul Keating

Miranda Devine – Tuesday, November 12, 2013 (7:27pm)

HOW dare Paul Keating abuse the great privilege of delivering the Remembrance Day address at the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier.
The divisive former prime minister has patronised the World War I Digger whose remains are in that tomb at the War Memorial in Canberra, as well as all the Anzacs he represents, by calling them witless “cannon fodder” who had “little or no choice” about going to war.
As the granddaughter of a World War I soldier awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for “conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty” in Noreuil in 1917, I am well aware of the tragic waste of that war.
But my grandfather, Jack Magee, an Irish Catholic just like Keating, freely made the choice to go to war. First in 1915 when he was underage at 17, and his mother dragged him home, and again when he turned 18.
He spurned a hero’s welcome and refused to talk of his experiences after returning to the family farm in the West Australian wheatbelt.
He hated killing, and forever mourned the mates lost on the battlefields of Pozieres and Villers-Bretonneux. But when World War II broke out he volunteered again, because it was his duty.
It is simplistic and insulting to rewrite history to portray these soldiers of the past as somehow fools and ignorant bumpkins enslaved by the British Empire, especially as Australians in those days did feel an affinity to Britain.
Dismissing them as mere “cannon fodder” dehumanises and objectifies them, which is the opposite of what we try to do on Remembrance Day.
It was bad enough that Prime Minister Tony Abbott had to stop the Australian War Memorial from removing the historic inscription “Known Unto God” from the Unknown Soldier’s tomb in order to add quotes from Keating’s unremarkable 1993 speech at the site.
But for the War Memorial to give Keating free rein to indulge his pet hatreds just adds insult to injury. War Memorial boss Brendan Nelson must be ruing the day he dreamed up the invitation.
Remembrance Day is supposed to be about honouring our war dead. Full stop. It is not an opportunity to push particular hatreds of imperial Britain or an aggressively secular re-interpretation of history. It’s not an opportunity to bang on about the futility of the sacrifice of war.
Do that somewhere else, but don’t hijack the Tomb of The Unknown Australian Soldier on November 11.
Australia was the only volunteer force in World War I, apart from South Africa. It was Billy Hughes, leader of Keating’s beloved Labor Party, who tried to introduce conscription, twice, during World War I with referendums in 1916 and 1917.
Perhaps the former PM forgot that both times the Australian people voted against conscription, the second time more decisively than the first. Our Diggers chose to volunteer.
Keating also claimed young Australians today were smarter than their forebears.
“Young Australians … can no longer be dragooned en masse into military enterprises of the former imperial variety on the whim of so-called statesmen. They are fortunately too wise to the world to be cannon fodder of the kind their young forebears became: young innocents who had little or no choice.”
Young Australians have been dying on the battlefields of Afghanistan. Is Keating saying they were dupes too? Really.
Back in Mother England, Keating’s brand of revisionist history is all the rage, too.
In London this week, Remembrance Day was hijacked by aggressive secularists trying to delete Christian prayers from the commemorations.
The effrontery of those who would impose today’s sensibilities on the war dead of the past is intolerable.
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A judge shouldn’t be so careless with the facts of climate change

Andrew Bolt November 13 2013 (5:35pm)

Global warming - propaganda

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It is disturbing that a judge should have so little regard for evidence - and that the Sydney Morning Herald does not bother to fact-check his claims:

Tony Abbott’s stance on climate change has been criticised by an eminent judge speaking from a Pacific island that is being devastated by the effects of rising tides.
District court judge Michael Finnane spoke during a self-financed fact-finding visit to Kiribati, where seawater has broken into fresh water reserves, flooded houses and in the future is likely to force an exodus of islanders…

Judge Finnane said: “If [Mr Abbott] came here and saw the things over here that I have seen, I think he would have a different view. If he looked at them and didn’t walk around with shut eyes he would see there is something very significant happening here…
“My gut feeling is that there’s a huge problem with fresh water here. They are taking measures to hold back the waves but ultimately this island, and there are 33 other islands, are going to become less and less habitable...”
He also said it was “absurd” that people in Sydney drove large four-wheel-drive vehicles or SUVs and didn’t realise the damage they were doing to the environment.
Double standards? It’s “absurd” that people “damage” the environment by driving SUVs, but perfectly fine for a judge to fly to Kiribati for a holiday?
But to the facts - rather than to a judge’s “gut feeling”.
Fact: Kiribati’s most populous atoll which Finnane visited, is is actually growing, not shrinking. As even a warmist journalist admitted after I pointed this out to him:

...the most populous atoll of Kiribati – the tiny islet of Betio, Kiribati’s commercial heart [on South Tarawa] – 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… (It) is also true, as the scientific paper concluded, the land masses of the low-lying islands and atolls the researchers studied have remained largely stable or even increased over the decades.
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Yes, Kiribati’s water supply is in trouble, but because of over-population, not global warming. A Kiribati climate adaptation expert explains:

We want people to be healthy and have healthy drinking water. That’s why it is important to stop people toileting on the land, and pigs and other livestock using the land because that can introduce potentially very harmful bacteria. Agricultural activities, such as growing of vegetables, can also introduce harmful chemicals such as nitrates… Given that the population density of South Tarawa is so high, and polluting activities take place on almost all the land of South Tarawa, the water lens underlying South Tarawa is extremely polluted and is not suitable for human consumption, probably even after boiling. There used to be water reserves at Betio and Teaoreareke as well as Buota and Bonriki, but the first two had to be abandoned due to population growth.
The population growth has been falsely blamed by some alarmists on refugees from outer islands fleeing rising seas but in fact it’s due to a high birth rate, job-seekers drifting to the big town, and more children being sent from outer islands for a schooling.
Another fact - sea level does not easily intrude into an atoll’s fresh water:
So the second claim, that a sea level rise can cause the sea water to intrude into the fresh water lens, is not true either. The fresh water lens floats on the sea water below. A rise in the sea level merely moves the lens upwards. It does not cause salt water to intrude into the lens.
And one more fact - atolls tend to grow with rising seas:

Regarding atolls and sea level rise, the most important fact was discovered by none other than Charles Darwin. He realized that coral atolls essentially “float” on the surface of the sea. When the sea rises, the atoll rises with it. They are not solid, like a rock island. They are a pile of sand and rubble. There is always material added and material being lost. Atolls exist in a delicate balance between new sand and coral rubble being added from the reef, and atoll sand and rubble being eroded by wind and wave back into the sea or into the lagoon. As sea level rises, the balance tips in favor of sand and rubble being added to the atoll. The result is that the atoll rises with the sea level.
Darwin’s discovery also explained why coral atolls occur in rings as in Fig. 2 above. They started as a circular inshore coral reef around a volcanic rock island. As the sea level rose, flooding more and more of the island, the coral grew upwards. Eventually the island was drowned by the rising sea levels, and all that is left is the ring of reef and coral atolls.
A recent peer-reviewed study confirms most atoll islands in the central Pacific have either grown in area or stayed stable:

Low-lying atoll islands are widely perceived to erode in response to measured and future sea level rise. Using historical aerial photography and satellite images this study presents the first quantitative analysis of physical changes in 27 atoll islands in the central Pacific over a 19 to 61 year period. This period of analysis corresponds with instrumental records that show a rate of sea level rise of 2.0 mm.y-1 in the Pacific.
Results show that 86% of islands remained stable (43%) or increased in area (43%) over the timeframe of analysis. Largest decadal rates of increase in island area range between 0.1 to 5.6 hectares. Only 14% of study islands exhibited a net reduction in island area.

I don’t like to say this of a judge of whom there is a lot to like and admire, but when it comes to global warming, is Finnane himself the one walking around with his eyes wide shut?
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Professor Ian Plimer has more:


In 1842, Darwin floated his idea of coral atolls. This was an expansion of the ideas of Lyell a decade earlier. These ideas were tested by Professor Sir Edgeworth David in the 1890s by drilling into the atoll at Tuvalu. This drilling went through 1000 ft of coralline limestone. This drilling was funded by the NSW government (when they had money). Surface material was sand and rubble which consolidates with depth and time to solid coralline limestone.
It was not until the French drilled Bikini Atoll that Darwin was proven correct. Darwin suggested that atolls grow on top of a volcano and, because the volcano had vented magma, it subsided and the coral kept growing upwards during subsidence. In the Bahamas, coral atolls grew faster than the post glacial sea level rise and, at Bikini Atoll, coral atolls had grown more than 1000 metres upwards (hence this could not be only due to sea level rise).
Although coral atoll growth rate is faster than past sea level changes, the principal reason for the SW Pacific atolls is the subsidence of the basement basalt volcanoes as per Darwin. Those volcanoes that subside faster than coral rate growth (guyots) are commonly in very deep water and capped with surficial coralline limestone. Those that rise (e.g. Vanuatu) have perched dead coral atolls. Again, if we are to talk about sea level change we need to know what the local land level changes are otherwise we only have 50% of the story.
Basaltic volcanoes emit huge amounts carbon dioxide. There are more than 3.5 million known basalt volcanoes in the ocean. Very little of this carbon dioxide is vented to the atmosphere, most of it dissolves in deep oceanic waters to be exhaled thousands of years later. Considering that the IPCC claim that only 3% of annual emissions are human (i.e. 97% from oceanic exhalation, hot springs, animal respiration etc), the measured increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide may well be a measure of increased oceanic carbon dioxide exhalation resulting from post-Maunder Minimum warming. Tom Quirk has a lot to say on this. 
Notwithstanding, His Honour is a dope.
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THERE WILL BE NO CARBON TAX

Tim Blair – Wednesday, November 13, 2013 (1:36pm)

Three years, two months and 28 days after Julia Gillard vowed that there “will be no carbon tax”, Prime Minister Tony Abbott sets out to make those words true: 
“We have said what we mean, and will do what we say. The carbon tax goes,” Abbott told the House of Representatives. “Repealing the carbon tax should be the first economic reform of this parliament.” 
It’s as much a moral victory as a political one. Naturally, there is screaming
Sky News reports at least eight people were ejected from the public gallery, including a former Greens Party staffer. 
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Everything the Greens claim about this typhoon is wrong

Andrew Bolt November 13 2013 (9:06am)


The Greens are despicable. They are enemies of reason, and the question is whether their sin is ignorance or deceit.
Here is deputy Greens leader Adam Bandt today:
Well, I think if the Prime Minister is out there referring to the Leader of the Opposition as ‘Electricity’ Bill, then he can be expected to be referred to as Typhoon Tony himself. The head in the sand approach to global warming in the face of the leaders of the Philippines themselves saying this is what we are in store for unless we get global warming under control makes Australia an international pariah and shows that really at the end of the day Tony Abbott does not believe the science.
Here is Greens leader Christine Milne yesterday:
In our region Typhoon Haiyan and 10,000 people if not more dead in the Phillipines from a storm with such intensity there is now debate whether it is the strongest typhoon ever. Prof Steffen, one our leading scientists, is out saying that it is the warming of the oceans off the eastern Philippines that has led to the intensity of the typhoon.
Almost everything both Greens have said is false, baseless or misleading.
Fact check.

Was this typhoon the strongest ever? No. Typhoon Reming, which struck the Philippines seven years ago, was stronger, says the Philippine Met Agency.

Was this typhoon the deadliest ever?
No. The death toll, now estimated by the Philippines president at 2000 to 2500, is dwarfed by death tolls of 300,000 or even more from past typhoons and cyclones. The deadliest 35 cyclones in history all killed more than 12,000 people.

Does data show we’re getting more or worse cyclones?
No, says the latest IPCC report.

Did this typhoon pass over seas made warmer than usual, thanks to global warming?
No. Sea temperatures in the typhoon’s path were at the 30 year average.

Have more cyclones struck the Philippines over recent decades?
No, say experts
This was an incredibly strong typhoon, and it has caused a terrible loss of life. But there is no global warming signal here.  Nor would anything Tony Abbott did - or failed to do - make cyclones more or less likely.
Adam Bandt has ignored all the science and all reason to slur Abbott.  He shames himself. This is ignorance posing as virtue. 
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The Age is the mirror of what it complained Murdoch papers were

Andrew Bolt November 13 2013 (6:29am)


Last week The Age hyped a report claiming News Corp papers had been biased against the Rudd Government. Typically, that report (circled in red) was flagged in an Age home page stuffed with anti-Abbott Government reports (purple):

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The Age’s hysterical attacks on Tony Abbott and his Government now daily swamp its election coverage. Today, for instance, is typical and by no means the most blatant example:

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Or take its diet of opinion pieces, almost unremittingly hostile - but for the occasional contributions of former Liberal minister Amanda Vanstone:

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Fourth boat in a week

Andrew Bolt November 13 2013 (6:17am)


The boats have resumed after a three-week break and the government faces the biggest challenge of its resolve:

A BOAT carrying asylum seekers has reportedly arrived at Darwin… The Guardian said the passengers were thought to be from Somalia and included children.
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Labor now fine with witch jokes

Andrew Bolt November 13 2013 (6:09am)


And if a Liberal had likened Julia Gillard to a witch, would we have heard the end of it?

Manager of Opposition Business Tony Burke said the elevation [of Brownwyn Bishop as Speaker] was “reminiscent of the Harry Potter novel” in which the villainous Dolores Umbridge is made headmistress of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
When they all return to Hogwarts, Dumbledore is gone and Dolores Umbridge is now in charge of the school,” he said.
Once we had a female Prime Minister who claimed to see a sexist insult even in Tony Abbott consulting his watch. But adults are back in charge:
Bishop declined to take umbrage...
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The Renewable Energy Target: useless, expensive, mad

Andrew Bolt November 13 2013 (5:35am)

The Renewable Energy Target forces power companies to supply 20 per cent of our power from wind, solar, hydro and other “renewable” sources by 2020.
The trouble:
- building dams is now almost politically impossible, and many of the best sites already taken.
- wind is expensive and when the winds don’t blow the power doesn’t flow, and backup sources are needed.
- solar is very expensive, and when the sun goes down or is hidden behind clouds ...
- none of this will actually make any measurable difference to world temperatures.
- meanwhile our power bills soar.
Then there is this political question for the Abbott Government. Next year, it hopes, it will have scrapped the carbon tax, but if power prices fail to fall as promised the public might feel conned and cross. The Government will be desperate to do all it can to drive power bills even lower to extract maximum credit - and to deliver the maximum effect on an economy that could be struggling.
How useful would it be to have also scrapped the renewable energy target by then, to further drive down power prices?
Sure, there would be deafening screams from green activists, ABC and Fairfax journalists and the renewable energy rent-seekers. But Janet Albrechtsen says Germany shows the green power dream is turning into a nightmare:

An article in Der Spiegel last month summed up the reasons Germany provides a critical lesson about a green energy utopia. Headlined “How Electricity Became a Luxury Good”, it blows the whistle on the bogus nature of the green dream as Germans pay the highest electricity costs in Europe…
“This year, German consumers will be forced to pay €20 billion ($26bn) for electricity from solar, wind and biogas plants - electricity with a market price of just over €3bn.
“Even the figure of €20bn is disputable if you include all the unintended costs and collateral damage associated with the project. Solar panels and wind turbines at times generate huge amounts of electricity, and sometimes none at all. Depending on the weather and the time of day, the country can face absurd states of energy surplus or deficit.”
And Germans are discovering that their warm embrace of green policies is leaving the most vulnerable citizens out in the cold - quite literally. Charities call it “energy poverty”. Rising electricity bills, in large part due to Germany’s renewable energy surcharges, have seen power cut off to more than 300,000 households a year because of unpaid bills.
As Stefan Becker from Catholic charity Caritas in Berlin told Der Spiegel, “People here have to decide between spending money on an expensive energy-saving bulb or a hot meal."…
The same crunch is happening in Britain where Prime Minister David Cameron once declared his government would be the “greenest government ever”. Cameron now admits that green levies for renewable energy are causing “energy poverty” for 2.4 million British households.
The lessons from Germany and Britain should be high in the minds of the Abbott government… Last year the NSW Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal found that green schemes in Australia will add $316 to the average power bill, the carbon tax adding $168 and the renewable energy schemes another $148. The Productivity Commission and the Institute of Public Affairs have warned that renewable energy policies in Australia defy reality with increased electricity bills delivering no environment benefit…
Rather than mandate a 20 per cent renewable energy target by 2020, why not let the market decide?
It strikes me as little short of insane that we insist on using forms of power that costs more than some can afford and ruin some our best views, yet have zero effect on any global warming.
How is this remotely rational?  
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Can Chris Bowen please grow up?

Andrew Bolt November 13 2013 (5:27am)

Please, please, please, let us have adult debates once more:
WARRNAMBOOL Cheese and Butter has recommended its shareholders accept a takeover by Canadian firm Saputo after Joe Hockey approved the company to bid for the Australian dairy asset in his first major foreign investment decision.
The Treasurer announced his decision in a statement today, after Tony Abbott yesterday said he would prefer the company to be purchased by an Australian buyer…
Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen says Mr Hockey’s decision is at odds with the comments of Mr Abbott who indicated Australians would prefer either Bega or Murray-Goulburn to win the bid.
“This is a government that continues to be at war with itself over foreign investment,’’ he said ...
Terry McCrann:
That statement by Abbott triggered exaggerated and really just plain stupid claims from the opposition treasurer Chris Bowen that Abbott and Hockey were at odds…
The only thing that Bowen revealed, was his own one-track and, one has to say, pretty simple mindset.
Earth to Bowen: You can be in favour of an Australian company winning a takeover battle while fully prepared to allow a foreign company to participate in the battle. To let the best bid win.
It would seem Bowen can’t shake himself of his NSW Labor Right roots; he wants the government to play favourites; choose one or the other.
In the process, neatly demonstrating he would be totally unfit to ever be treasurer, required to make these foreign investment approval decisions in the national interest, not the private interest of one player, classic NSW Right-style.
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A battle I won’t mind Abbott losing to hypocrites of the Left

Andrew Bolt November 13 2013 (5:17am)

So let’s see more cuts and more slashing of costs - not least of those imposed by the renewable energy target:
National debt will continue to balloon throughout the first term of the Coalition government, despite harsh spending cuts to be identified by a Commission of Audit, a crackdown on public service jobs, and a promise that government would be smaller.
The revelation came from Prime Minister Tony Abbott on the first day of Parliament as he piled pressure on Labor to pass an extraordinary $200 billion lift in the debt ceiling, comparing it to obstructionist Tea Party conservatives who have crippled the US government in recent times.
Mr Abbott confirmed debt would continue to grow past the $400 billion mark from its current cap of $300 billion, peaking ‘’in 2016’’.
Perhaps this is one battle it would do the Government good to lose:

JOE Hockey has accused Labor of playing economic “Russian roulette” with a fully loaded gun as Australia faces a stand-off over the federal government debt ceiling, with the opposition demanding the government cut its requested new limit of $500 billion to $400bn…
Mr Hockey says the debt ceiling issue needs to be addressed “urgently” and the advice to government is that Labor’s $400bn compromise would be “inadequate"…
“Through Labor’s own mismanagement, the current $300bn cap was never going to be sufficient to cover the deficits they have created; moreover, the ceiling will be breached by the 12th of December,” Mr Hockey says.
There is something most appealing about Labor and Greens - albeit from sheer political expediency - acting as an Australian Tea Party, resisting increases in the debt ceiling.
Labor and the Greens as deficit hawks. Who’d have thought, after the past six years? 
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The Greens should be on my side on this. They are next

Andrew Bolt November 13 2013 (4:55am)

Judge’s associate Daniel Ward warns the Greens they could be next if they don’t back the repeal of the laws used to muzzle me:
ON Sunday, Greens leader Christine Milne declared her party’s opposition to the Coalition’s proposed repeal of the notorious “Andrew Bolt law”, section 18C of the Commonwealth Racial Discrimination Act 1975.
The provision makes it unlawful to perform any act on the basis of someone’s race, ethnicity, nationality and the like, if that act is reasonably likely to offend the person or group of people in question…
Consider the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel. The Greens boast more prominent defenders of BDS than perhaps any other mainstream (or quasi-mainstream) Australian political party, among them Lee Rhiannon and David Shoebridge.
The BDS campaign targets Israeli goods, services, academics, cultural activities - anything, it seems, with the faintest soupcon of an Israeli connection - on the basis that they are, well, Israeli.
...it’s a fair bet that some will find the public pronouncements and actions of BDS campaigners such as [Jack] Lynch offensive. And that makes these campaigners, including prominent Greens, vulnerable to precisely the type of lawsuit that silenced Bolt on the issue of fair-skinned Aborigines…
It would be reasonable to be offended by that, especially where the implication is that you’re somehow complicit in war crimes and nuclear proliferation merely by virtue of your national origin. Section 18C looms large…
The fact is that those supporting the BDS campaign, Greens prominent among them, are potential targets for anyone wishing to avail themselves of section 18C and capitalise on the “politics of indignation”.
Jewish community leaders may say this only further justifies their backing for this unjust law, so dangerous to our right to free speech. But I’ve already had to fight attempts by activists using other laws to punish me for likening uglier BDS protests to Nazi demonstrations against Jewish shops, and wonder how much longer Jewish groups can be sure these laws won’t be used against them.
I am told by Jewish leaders not to worry about such attempts and others that I face, even now, to silence or punish me for certain opinions.  Never mind that even a respectable academic such as Don Aitken has had to fight a complaint brought against him under the same RDA provisions and on the same grounds. Too silly to succeed, they assure me.
They do not properly appreciate the costs involved in simply defending yourself even from preposterous complaints – the money, the time, the worry, the damage to reputation. Many media bosses, pinched for time and money and worried about their “brand”, would prefer their journalists simply avoid the trouble – and the subject.
Nor do supporters of such laws properly appreciate the risk faced by people with unfashionable ideas of facing a very unsympathetic activist judge.
The chill factor is very, very high. And the breach of our right to speak freely is, of course, a sin.
The Greens would be more aware of this danger to their own right to speak out if one Greens-leaning academic explained how the RDA was used against him, too. I abhor his odious cause, but would prefer it be fought by argument and not by censorship.
This case, for instance, is as much a disgrace as the BDS campaign itself:

SYDNEY University academics have vowed to fight a Federal Court action brought by an Israeli-based organisation which claims their support for the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions campaign against Israel is racist and discriminatory.
The Tel Aviv-based Shurat HaDin Israel Law Centre has launched the action against Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies director Jake Lynch.
Shurat HaDin alleges the support of Associate Professor Lynch for the BDS movement, which promotes the Palestinian cause and claims Israel is engaged in illegal and immoral actions against it, violates [section 9 of] the Racial Discrimination Act.
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Are Palmer’s pollies ready for Clive’s control?

Andrew Bolt November 13 2013 (4:49am)

With these alleged management skills, Clive Palmer’s leadership of a team of politicians will be a hoot:

SECRET crisis talks among senior and junior employees at Clive Palmer’s dinosaur park and tourism resort on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast have led to a plea for workplace regulators to investigate claims that staff are at risk from unusual levels of “constant stress and abuse” and the wrongful stripping of their entitlements.
Ten current and former employees who separately contacted The Australian yesterday claimed the workplace had become intolerable and unhealthy. ...
Mr Palmer, a political campaigner for job creation and economic revival who had more than 650 staff when he bought the resort in 2011, denied that he was a “job destroyer” and insisted he still had more than 150 employees at Coolum.
A manager yesterday described to The Australian a recent meeting in which “we were told by Clive we are a bunch of thieving c . . ts and (we would) close the resort”.
He said two fellow managers “were sent off site . . . as they dared to tell Clive that his rantings and language were unacceptable, especially as women were present”.
“The level of disrespect and abuse towards everyone around him . . . is truly disgusting,” he said.... “Creditors are calling . . . as they have not been paid. (Mr Palmer) micro-manages everything and blames everyone but himself… Personally we don’t fear being sacked for speaking out but do fear the dozens of lawyers Clive hires...”
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President Obama has pledged to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that America has Israel’s “back.” Who knew he had a knife? An agreement that trusts Iran’s promises and allows it to surreptitiously complete development of nuclear missiles would stab Israel in the back.

North Korea promised former President Jimmy Carter during his 1994 visit to Pyongyang it would close a nuclear reactor at Yongbyon in exchange for food and humanitarian aid. The reactor was subsequently re-opened. Memo to the Obama administration: tyrants lie.


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"Nothing in My Hands I Bring Only to Thy Cross I Cling"

There is a beautiful, and amazing place called grace, at the foot of the cross of Christ.

It is called grace, because it can never be deserved or earned. While the price of God's grace is free to us, it cost Jesus everything, including His very life.

"Come cling to the cross and live. Fall on the cross and live.
With your final heart beat, kiss this old world good by, and fly to Jesus and live"

"I will cling to the old rugged cross, and exchange it someday for a crown..."

"But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When He was hung on the cross, He took upon Himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree" (Galatians, 3:13).

"In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace" (Ephesians, 1:7).

While we could never begin to thank Jesus enough for dying in our place, we freely accept His amazing grace.

In His Name, Amen...!!!!!
 
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Great news! 

http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/tony-abbott-stifling-australias-climate-change-ambitions-20131113-2xfm3.html
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I have none - ed
72% of Australian's don't know the amount of superannuation they have.
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You have to admire the adherence to stoicism - ed
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Priorities .. but there can be only one .. ed
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I met Hamidur a year before he died. He told me of his allergy and I immediately acted to alert his supervising teacher, HT welfare, and their boss, the Deputy Principal. The school was in a petty power play with me, and they dismissed me shortly after. They had assured me twice that staff would be alerted of the issue (Hamidur had insisted on that, saying that staff did not seem to know). I was not present when Mr Wall made his ignorant mistake. But this issue reminds me, banning is not working. The issue is too broad to be effectively managed by banning. Children have not been protected by banning, but given a false sense of protection. In fact, the idea behind the ban was not to protect children, but to protect the Department from lawsuits for its negligence. The best way to serve these children at risk is vigilance and awareness. Peanuts are not the sole risky food item. - ed
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Looking for #australian or #sydney businesses to#donate #money to victims of #typhoon#yolandaph I will be holding a #charity event in sydney during the last week of #november please show your support. Looking at getting @timomatictheone and fellow #filipino@kateceberano to help out and perform and raise funds and awareness. #kateceberano
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<So I just got polled by Galaxy Research pollster on the phone. One of the questions was, Is Tony Abbott's government doing a good job. What, why are they asking that now, for all intents and purposes today is the first proper sitting day of parliament as yesterday was taken up with opening formalities. I smell a rat with this research or at least who is behind it. I suspect some push polling on this one, either Labor or the unions making mischief. A lot of the questions seemed to have been ideologically driven with a particular answer in mind. I gave fullsome answers and not simple yes no answers.>
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The Russians are coming The Russians are coming !!!

Only goes to prove that what is in your DNA stays in your DNA courtesy of Pogroms Anonymous
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Remember it is always darkest before the dawn. Despite the fact that the naysayers kept insisting that America is a lost cause, we now have Obama on the ropes. With Obamacare in shambles and his foreign policy about to implode, we must not miss the opportunity to close the curtain on his failed presidency. ..

Stanley Zir
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Families of terror victims suing state owned Chinese bank for allegedly funding Palestinian terror groups through its US branch
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Servering Hamas Rocket Supply Lines
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Later today, the United States Senate will begin consideration of the nomination of Cornelia Pillard to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit.  Ms. Pillard is, in no uncertain terms, a radical leftist and a pro-abortion extremist.  To learn more about the liberal views of Ms. Pillard, I encourage you toread this article written by Anna Higgins, Director of the Center for Human Dignity at the Family Research Council.
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The Carbon Tax Repeal Bill is a central part of the Coalition’s plan to build a stronger economy and help address cost-of-living pressures on families.

By scrapping the Carbon Tax, households will be on average $550 better off in 2014-15 alone.

The 2013 election was a referendum on the Carbon Tax.  The Australian people have already voted to repeal the Carbon Tax – the time has come for the Parliament to do the same.

The new Labor leader has already said that Labor will vote to keep the Carbon Tax.  Bill Shorten’s actions demonstrate that Labor hasn’t changed and doesn’t understand the impact of the Carbon Tax on household budgets.

Repealing the Carbon Tax will help families, strengthen the economy and remove a burden off our country. 

My colleagues and I are already working to keep our commitments and build the stronger Australia that we all want.
 
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Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon

Morning

"The trial of your faith."
1 Peter 1:7
Faith untried may be true faith, but it is sure to be little faith, and it is likely to remain dwarfish so long as it is without trials. Faith never prospers so well as when all things are against her: tempests are her trainers, and lightnings are her illuminators. When a calm reigns on the sea, spread the sails as you will, the ship moves not to its harbour; for on a slumbering ocean the keel sleeps too. Let the winds rush howling forth, and let the waters lift up themselves, then, though the vessel may rock, and her deck may be washed with waves, and her mast may creak under the pressure of the full and swelling sail, it is then that she makes headway towards her desired haven. No flowers wear so lovely a blue as those which grow at the foot of the frozen glacier; no stars gleam so brightly as those which glisten in the polar sky; no water tastes so sweet as that which springs amid the desert sand; and no faith is so precious as that which lives and triumphs in adversity. Tried faith brings experience. You could not have believed your own weakness had you not been compelled to pass through the rivers; and you would never have known God's strength had you not been supported amid the water-floods. Faith increases in solidity, assurance, and intensity, the more it is exercised with tribulation. Faith is precious, and its trial is precious too.
Let not this, however, discourage those who are young in faith. You will have trials enough without seeking them: the full portion will be measured out to you in due season. Meanwhile, if you cannot yet claim the result of long experience, thank God for what grace you have; praise him for that degree of holy confidence whereunto you have attained: walk according to that rule, and you shall yet have more and more of the blessing of God, till your faith shall remove mountains and conquer impossibilities.

Evening

"And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God."
Luke 6:12
If ever one of woman born might have lived without prayer, it was our spotless, perfect Lord, and yet none was ever so much in supplication as he! Such was his love to his Father, that he loved much to be in communion with him: such his love for his people, that he desired to be much in intercession for them. The fact of this eminent prayerfulness of Jesus is a lesson for us--he hath given us an example that we may follow in his steps. The time he chose was admirable, it was the hour of silence, when the crowd would not disturb him; the time of inaction, when all but himself had ceased to labour; and the season when slumber made men forget their woes, and cease their applications to him for relief. While others found rest in sleep, he refreshed himself with prayer. The place was also well selected. He was alone where none would intrude, where none could observe: thus was he free from Pharisaic ostentation and vulgar interruption. Those dark and silent hills were a fit oratory for the Son of God. Heaven and earth in midnight stillness heard the groans and sighs of the mysterious Being in whom both worlds were blended. The continuance of his pleadings is remarkable; the long watches were not too long; the cold wind did not chill his devotions; the grim darkness did not darken his faith, or loneliness check his importunity. We cannot watch with him one hour, but he watched for us whole nights. The occasion for this prayer is notable; it was after his enemies had been enraged--prayer was his refuge and solace; it was before he sent forth the twelve apostles--prayer was the gate of his enterprise, the herald of his new work. Should we not learn from Jesus to resort to special prayer when we are under peculiar trial, or contemplate fresh endeavours for the Master's glory? Lord Jesus, teach us to pray.
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Today's reading: Jeremiah 51-52, Hebrews 9 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Jeremiah 51-52

1 This is what the LORD says:
“See, I will stir up the spirit of a destroyer
against Babylon and the people of Leb Kamai.
2 I will send foreigners to Babylon
to winnow her and to devastate her land;
they will oppose her on every side
in the day of her disaster.
3 Let not the archer string his bow,
nor let him put on his armor.
Do not spare her young men;
completely destroy her army.
4 They will fall down slain in Babylon,
fatally wounded in her streets.
5 For Israel and Judah have not been forsaken
by their God, the LORD Almighty,
though their land is full of guilt
before the Holy One of Israel.
6 “Flee from Babylon!
Run for your lives!
Do not be destroyed because of her sins.
It is time for the LORD’s vengeance;
he will repay her what she deserves.
Babylon was a gold cup in the LORD’s hand;
she made the whole earth drunk.
The nations drank her wine;
therefore they have now gone mad.
8 Babylon will suddenly fall and be broken.
Wail over her!
Get balm for her pain;
perhaps she can be healed....

Today's New Testament reading: Hebrews 9

Worship in the Earthly Tabernacle
1 Now the first covenant had regulations for worship and also an earthly sanctuary. 2 A tabernacle was set up. In its first room were the lampstand and the table with its consecrated bread; this was called the Holy Place. 3Behind the second curtain was a room called the Most Holy Place, 4 which had the golden altar of incense and the gold-covered ark of the covenant. This ark contained the gold jar of manna, Aaron’s staff that had budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant. 5Above the ark were the cherubim of the Glory, overshadowing the atonement cover. But we cannot discuss these things in detail now.
6 When everything had been arranged like this, the priests entered regularly into the outer room to carry on their ministry. 7But only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance.8 The Holy Spirit was showing by this that the way into the Most Holy Place had not yet been disclosed as long as the first tabernacle was still functioning. 9 This is an illustration for the present time, indicating that the gifts and sacrifices being offered were not able to clear the conscience of the worshiper.10 They are only a matter of food and drink and various ceremonial washings—external regulations applying until the time of the new order....
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A Sense of Place

Today's reading: Isaiah 32:9-20
Time and again in the Old Testament, the spiritual health of the people of Israel and the health and well-being of their land reflect each other. God had given the Israelites their own land, a land of plenty and fruitfulness. Where is your "Canaan"? What are the unique beauties and distinctive features of the place where you live? Biology professor David S. Koetje provides insights into caring for our "place":
Faithfully caring for creation requires us to develop a stronger sense of place. Place relates to the distinctive features of specific landscapes, habitats, and communities. Fields, forests, deserts, and ponds are obviously unique places with distinctive features ... [A] critical first step toward redeeming our fallen relationship with our lands and their inhabitants is attentiveness to the distinctive natural and cultural features of places.
Faithfully administering our calling requires us to serve these places. The term most often used to describe our caring for creation is "stewardship": management on behalf of a higher authority. Because a steward is subject to God, she cannot simply do as she pleases with creation. Furthermore, she cannot claim that stewardship only applies to certain areas of the Christian life, such as finances, and not to others. Stewardship applies to all our relationships within creation: land, water, and energy; ecosystems, habitats, and species; our places, our bodies, our work ...
As we focus on the importance of interrelationships and our own embeddedness within creation, how then do we serve our places? Stewardship that is place-based has five essential characteristics:
  • Being attentive to the local ecology. What species are native to the place, and what are their interrelationships? What interdependencies make these ecosystems resilient against forces that would threaten their integrity? What positive and negative effects do human actions have on this habitat?
  • Heeding the needs and knowledge of local communities. What have we learned about our community's distinctive features and functions through our experience with it?
  • Letting local cultural values inform priorities and practices. How do locally rooted values and experiences provide insights into appropriate stewardship?
  • Cultivating precaution, caring, and conservation. How can we nurture the special features of the place? How can we encourage Sabbath rests and deter exploitation?
  • Collectively forging technologies, practices, and policies that enhance our embeddedness in places. In what ways can we cooperate to enhance the interrelationships essential to the integrity of the place? How can we promote the flourishing of all its inhabitants, human and nonhuman?

Think About It

Spend some time working through the questions in the text.

Act On It

You are not where you are by accident. God has placed you right where you are-within his creation for a time and a purpose. What things can you do today to be his steward in your God-ordained place?
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Giving With Grace

Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.
Deuteronomy 15:10
Years ago I said something that still bothers me when I think about it. I had led a young couple to faith in Jesus. The husband earned a good living in his hairstyling salon. In the basement of their home he kept the barber's chair that his deceased father had once used in a shop in another town.
His father's chair was more than an item of nostalgia, however. My friend used the chair in his basement two evenings and part of Saturday each week to seat customers who couldn't afford to see him in his shop. In this homey room my friend clipped and snipped the hair of the poor. Some, like me, he charged a nominal fee; others he waved out the door with a smile.
After one splendid haircut, I pulled out my wallet and handed him a note that was twice what he normally charged me. It was my smallest note, but he had no change. "Just keep it," I said. "Next time I won't have to pay anything."
Indeed, as I stepped out of the chair after my next grooming session and reached for my wallet, my friend said, "Wait! You've already paid for this one!"
It was then that I said some horrible words: "If you had remembered that earlier," I teased, "you wouldn't have done such a good job, would you?"
A slight grimace furrowed my friend's brow before he caught himself and laughed. He was a generous man, and I had treated his kindness flippantly by joking that mercenary demons drove his heart.
It seems like materialism is all around us, and it is not uncommon for people to be driven by need and greed. During the lean years that many of us experience , we can become selfish and cheap. Those attitudes can stick, even when resources grow and demands diminish.
God built safeguards into Israelite society so that debt wouldn't dehumanize those who became trapped in it. But God also knew that some people would try to manipulate handouts and bailouts and other kinds of welfare for their own cunning ends. So he asked his people to be generous to the poor, even if the poor appeared to be abusing the gifts.
Generosity and graciousness are learned qualities. They must be caught from the example of bighearted souls. Like God. Like the widow who gave two very small copper coins-all she had to live on (see Mark 12:41-44 ). Like the disciples who shared their lunch with a crowd (see Matthew 15:32-39). Like my barber.
We must practice giving so that generosity becomes an essential part of who we are. And when we give, we'll find that our generosity is rewarded by God, who will "throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it" (Malachi 3:10).
Wayne Brouwer

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  • In what ways has God blessed us? In what ways are we tightfisted about sharing what we have? How can we make our spending and giving reflect our values?
  • Who are some generous people who have helped us along the way? What have we learned from them? How are we becoming like them?
  • What did we learn about money and generosity from our parents? Were these good or bad lessons? What will our children learn from us?
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