Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Wed Feb 12th Todays News

I don't like sharks. Sharks fin soup is a delicacy, but not one I require as part of my regular diet. I enjoy exercise, but swimming for my life is something I'll pass on. Instead, where sharks get close to human habitats, I support sensible management practices like culling the sharks. However, environmentalists don't agree with me. They prefer training sharks to target people. They get people to swim in cages close to sharks, so sharks learn the scent. Then they throw tasty fish guts into the water, so sharks learn to connect food with the scent of people. Sharks don't like people as food. We don't have enough fat, and we are bony. But until a shark has a meal of a person, it doesn't know. All a shark knows, is that an environmentalist has trained it to like the scent of a person for food. Environmentalists have also campaigned through their international networks to prevent management of sharks near human habitats. According to their rhetoric, one shark killed is all of them. There is difference between a pet and a wild animal. 

Speaking of dangerous, wild animals, the ALP have not yet apologised for hurting the building industry with corrupt unions. The dismantling of a safeguard has been measured at a mere 2%, but if you realise that building supports all other industry and a 2% turn around could potentially place Australia in recession over a bad half, and one realises that the ALP have placed Australia in a bad position on several levels. Another who has done Australia no favours is the Corby family. But, look at one who has shamed the US

The US does not have a king. It is in their constitution.
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Hatches
Happy birthday and many happy returns Fiona WoodwardHenry Thay and Linda Tran. Born on the same day, across the years, along with
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A tasty dish for a very big fish … and it’s all our fault

Miranda Devine – Tuesday, February 11, 2014 (8:09pm)

THE misanthropic insanity of the environmental movement was on full display at Manly Beach earlier this month, when thousands of people staged a protest against shark culling. In Western Australia.

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Progress report

Andrew Bolt February 12 2014 (8:40am)

I have been in lengthy correspondence with the Sydney Morning Herald asking it to correct a false claim made by Tim Flannery to Mark Dapin. Flannery has defended the false claim by suggesting another to the newspaper which I have also refuted.
I shall let you know whether the Herald does the right thing. The whole exchange should, I hope, enlighten the paper about Flannery’s credibility.. 
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Labor should come clean on why it killed the construction industry watchdog

Andrew Bolt February 12 2014 (8:33am)

John Lloyd on the Australian Building and Construction Commission which he once led - and which Labor two years ago scrapped to please construction unions:

The ABCC gains translated into substantial benefits for the national economy. Econtech modelling estimated the benefit to be $7.5 billion for consumers of the industry’s services…

Allen Consulting Group estimated the ABCC regime achieved a 2 per cent reduction in project labour costs.The economic benefits of a lawful building and construction industry are tangible…

Opponents of the ABCC and the royal commission will contest these findings. Dave Noonan, national secretary of the construction division of the CFMEU, said at the union’s national conference last October: “Their (the Coalition’s) economic case for the ABCC - that it improves productivity in the industry and is therefore in the national interest - is based on a lie.”
I urge caution in accepting this argument. In the same speech he said: “There is simply no credible evidence of criminality by the union.”
The Gillard Government’s decision to scrap this watchdog - thus enabling more lawlessness - stinks to high heaven. I expect the royal commission will examine it. 
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Bookmark

Andrew Bolt February 12 2014 (8:23am)

Free speech

People who airily deny that my free speech (and, by extension, yours) has been taken away in part by our courts should know that I have again been advised by my lawyers not to comment on a recent publication by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, or even to simply republish the DFAT item without comment.
This is far from the first time. Our laws against free speech are a disgrace. The effect is to allow people - in this case DFAT - to promote a certain point of view on a matter of great moral importance without fear of contradiction.
This post, then, is a bookmark to note where an article should have appeared. 
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CSIRO: Fewer than 50 per cent of Australians believe we’re heating the planet

Andrew Bolt February 12 2014 (8:05am)


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The CSIRO buries the startling lead in reporting its latest survey of Australians’ attitudes to climate change:
Survey respondents were asked to rate which of a series of statements best described their thoughts about the causes of climate change (Figure 2). The large majority thought climate change was happening (86.1%), but more considered it a result of human activity (47.3%) rather than solely the result of natural temperature variability (38.8%). Only 7.6% thought it was not happening at all.
Bottom line: fewer than half the Australians surveyed think humans are changing the climate.
PS: Why is the CSIRO conducting surveys into attitudes to climate change? How does this advance scientific knowledge?
(Thanks to reader IC.)
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Reader give us good government:
Once again, they fail to ask the key question - if those who think climate change is happening, and humans are causing it, how many think that the warming will be catastrophic? After all, THAT is the premise by which we’re being asked to fork over $billions of our hard-earned tax dollars to ‘stop’ warming, and hence forego new schools, hospitals, etc.
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Reith: government lacks stomach to fix ABC

Andrew Bolt February 12 2014 (7:48am)

Former Howard Government minister Peter Reith warns that the Abbott Government lacks the heart to fix the ABC’s bias:
But a cultural war is not about to erupt… There is no appetite in the government to go after the ABC.
The most likely outcome of this melee will be found in the May budget. The ABC will be cut hard but in much the same way as everything else. Its efficiency review will be the extent of the cuts. Later, there may be some changes to the ABC board. Additionally, the ABC will probably lose its small contract for the Australia Network, which is not a core business anyway.
Of course, there is a strong argument that government should not be running a TV business… But to all the ABC fans, don’t worry; Australian politics is far too conservative for that sort of free enterprise approach.
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Three tricks Shorten could have tried

Andrew Bolt February 12 2014 (7:24am)

Labor leader Bill Shorten on Toyota’s decision to end car-making in Australia:
And even if it wasn’t possible in the long-term to avoid it, there’s a big difference between Labor and Liberal; We won’t stop fighting for people’s jobs until we’ve turned over every rock and we’ve tried every trick.
“Every trick”?  Toyota’s submission to the Productivity Commission three months ago suggests three job-saving tricks Labor and its union allies actually blocked.
One: Labor imposed a carbon tax which actually does nothing to stop global warming. Result:

n Toyota Australia’s case, $115 per vehicle is the actual carbon tax impact
on Camry and Aurion taking into account all costs directly incurred as well as supply chain pass-through costs. It should also be noted the carbon tax price has been absorbed by Toyota Australia and not passed through to the end customer.
Two: Labor imposed tough new workplace laws who made it harder for companies to make job-saving changes opposed by militant unions. Result:

Changes to the industrial relations framework should be contemplated to, amongst other things: 
- Require industrial laws including those surrounding bargaining to be based, at least to some degree, on productivity and flexibility gains
- Set a more reasonable threshold for the definition of ‘significant harm’ in the context of preventing damaging industrial action.
Three: Using Labor’s laws, Toyota unions persuaded the Federal Court to stop Toyota from even asking workers to approve changes it said were needed to save its Australian plant:
On 31 October 2013 the company announced that it was seeking the co-operation of its employees to achieve productivity improvements in its manufacturing operations through varying terms and conditions in its existing Workplace Agreement. The changes being considered are aimed at improving flexibility and removing out-dated and uncompetitive practices and all owances that increase labour costs and reduce global competitiveness. Employees will vote on the proposal on 13 December 2013.
There are three “tricks” Labor and the unions actually blocked.
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From the Financial Review:

Toyota told the federal government in December that the key impediment to the company staying in Australia was the workplace conditions at its Melbourne plant, the government claims…
Treasurer Joe Hockey met Toyota Australia president Max Yasuda on December 3. Sources familiar with the meeting said that Mr Hockey asked Mr Yasuda whether Toyota would also leave if Holden departed.
Mr Yasuda said he could convince Toyota headquarters in Tokyo to stay in Australia as long as it could pare back the conditions which the company contended were hampering productivity. These included a lengthy shutdown period over Christmas, 10 days’ paid leave for union delegates and blood-donor leave the company felt was being abused.
“He said he needed something to take back to Tokyo,” a source said
He didn’t get it.
(Thanks to reader Peter of Bellevue Hill.) 
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Why let in a culture that produces this?

Andrew Bolt February 12 2014 (6:46am)

Once again, I wonder the wisdom of importing so many people from a culture so at odds with our own - at least without proper scrutiny of the willingness and ability of each to assimilate:
A 14-YEAR-OLD girl was forced into an Islamic marriage with a western Sydney drug gang member who raped and beat her and later physically abused their daughter…
It was also alleged the man, who has a string of violence convictions, stopped the victim from attending high school or watching television, and wanted her to become a “soldier of Islam”, forcing her to watch snuff DVDs of people being brutally slaughtered.
The story came to light after the Daily Telegraph reported the arrest of a man who had been living with a 12-year-old as his wife in Sydney.
The imam who married the pair, Riaz Tasawar, was yesterday arrested by police...
But once again that polite refusal to give things their proper name - and face up to them:

Eman Sharobeem from the Immigrant Women’s Health Service said hundreds of children as young as 11 were being sent overseas to be married after being “shopped” on Facebook. “It’s far more prevalent and well-known than people think,” she said.
Dr Sharobeem said not enough was being done to build awareness about underage marriage. “Regulation needs to be put in place within different religions,” she said.
“Religions” plural? Doesn’t Sharobeem mean one in particular? And if so, which? 
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ABC science unit hides the warmist decline. Time the cleaners came in

Andrew Bolt February 12 2014 (12:31am)

Global warming - propaganda, Media

The ABC’s science unit has been the most fervent pusher of the global warming faith. The ABC’s chief science presenter, Robyn Williams, tried to stop the ABC from showing a documentary questioning global warming, and even claimed global warming could cause the seas to rise by an (impossible) 100 metres this century. Presenter Dr Karl claimed last year the warming since 1997 was six times more than what the data showed.
And now there’s this....
The ABC’s science unit, 2006:

The vast looping system of air currents that fuels Pacific trade winds and climate from South America to Southeast Asia may be another victim of climate change, scientists say.... This important system has weakened by 3.5% over the past 140 years, and the culprit is probably human-induced climate change…
The ABC’s science unit, 2014:
Stronger than normal trade winds in the central Pacific are the main cause of a 13-year halt in global surface temperatures increases, an Australian study reveals.
Notice how the ABC has not tried to reconcile what it once reported with the opposite it reports today?
Remember how Robyn Williams in 2012 attacked the sceptics who warned that this pause was occuring, contrary to predictions by the IPCC?:
What if I told you that paedophilia is good for children, or that asbestos is an excellent inhalant for those with asthma? Or that smoking crack is a normal part and a healthy one of teenage life, to be encouraged? You’d rightly find it outrageous. But there have been similar statements coming out of inexpert mouths again and again in recent times, distorting the science.
The ABC’s presentation of global warming has been a disgrace - not just one-sided, alarmist and error-filled, but extremely abusive. 
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Conservative revolution at the bookshop

Andrew Bolt February 12 2014 (12:03am)

Former High Court judge Dyson Heydon, chosen to head the Abbott Government’s royal commission into union corruption, introduces a new book by Professor James Allan in a way that sings to a rationalist and a conservative:
This book stands in the long Anglo-Saxon tradition of controversialist pamphleteering.  It is vigorous, energetic, independent-minded and full of boisterous good humour.  It has relentless drive.  It never loses sight of the main elements of the argument.  Those elements centre on the primary threats to majoritarian democracy in the United States and four other states which owe many of their political institutions primarily to the British Isles – the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
The first threat, which applies to all five, comes from an over-mighty judiciary administering bills of rights, whether expressly created or implied into constitutions.  The second threat, for the United Kingdom, is the European Union.  The third threat, for all five, is the spreading influence of international law – both treaty law and customary law – and international institutions on domestic constitutions and statutes ¬– a point on which the book is particularly strong.  Then there are more darkly veiled threats, like the exploitation of mass immigration for political ends:  though electors may choose governments, governments can choose electors.
For those whose world view is shaped by academia, by the public service ethos, by the metropolitan press, and by a judicial-political consensus which does not tolerate dissenting opinions, the book will seem deeply shocking.  For anyone else it will be wonderfully refreshing and cleansing, like a sudden storm after a long succession of oppressively sultry days.
Allan’s book promises much:
Democracy in Decline charts how democracy is being diluted and restricted in five of the world’s oldest democracies – the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.
James Allan targets four main, interconnected causes of decline – judicial activism, the transformation and growth of international law, the development of supranational organizations, and the presence of undemocratic elites… Allan looks ahead to further deterioration caused by attacks on free speech, intolerant worldviews, internationalization through treaties and conventions, and illegal immigration.
Mark Steyn, whose own free speech is again being attacked, writes:
The core Anglophone democracies – among the oldest, most stable, constitutionally-evolved societies on earth, and the indispensable members of that small group of western nations which resisted the totalitarian temptations of the 20th century – have been spending the first years of this new millennium in a remorseless retreat from liberty. In a commanding and trenchant analysis, James Allan examines this disturbing phenomenon… This is an important book that charts free nations’ beguiling seduction into soft tyranny. 
Order online here.
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Remember how Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi’s new book, The Conservative Revolution, was vilified by the Left and even some Liberals? Remember how Leftists, egged on by Fairfax, bombarded Amazon with “reviews” damning it. I am delighted to report that the Amazon campaign actually backfired, causing sales via Amazon to soar. The book is already long in reprint and has reached best-seller status for a political tome.
Order your copy here.
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How Shorten cheated on our world-beating car subsidies

Andrew Bolt February 11 2014 (5:13pm)

Toyota and its militant unions were given more than $100 million a year from taxpayers, and still it wasn’t enough:
Toyota’s decision to shut down local manufacturing ...  comes despite the Japanese car maker receiving government grants of up to $492 million over the past four years.
So how much more does Labor want to take from us to give to Toyota? Labor leader Bill Shorten flings around some figures:
BILL SHORTEN: Well ... every government sees it’s in their national interest - and that’s what interests me: what’s good for the nation - to provide some form of subsidy to their car industry… Australia subsidises its car manufacturing in the order of about $17 [per Australian per year], whereas the Germans do it at about somewhere between $65 and $90 and the Americans, $250.
Shorten should clarify. Is he seriously arguing that Australians should be hit for another $50 to $230 per person per year to match subsidies paid by our competitors? If not, how much exactly does he want taxpayers to hand over?
Reader Andrew says Shorten seems to want us to pay subsidies to 100 per cent of the value of a new car:
$250 a head to match the US claim is $6bn. We make about 250k cars. By my count that would involve a subsidy of $23k PER CAR in order to make cars that sell for...$23k.
But Shorten is deceiving voters. First, he’s including in his US figures - from a highly atypical year in the global financial crisis - an $80 billion rescue package of which most was actually a loan since repaid, and his German figures include the cost of a one-off cash-for-clunkers kind of scheme. Second, he excluded the cost of Australia’s tariff protection and other forms of non-budgetary assistance.
Third, and worst, he’s used a deceptive subsidies-per-head-of-population measure rather than the more telling subsidies-per-car measure, which shows that our government budgetary assistance for car makers is the highest in the world, given how few cars we actually make.  Here’s how the Productivity Commission report this year put it:
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Even the ABC Fact Check Unit, trying not to be too critical, concedes:
[Shorten’s] claim is based on outdated numbers that are irrelevant to the current debate.
(Via Judith Sloan. Thanks to reader Andrew. Post bumped from separate post below.) 
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File:PAUL DELAROCHE - Ejecución de Lady Jane Grey (National Gallery de Londres, 1834).jpg
The Execution of Lady Jane Grey is an 1833 painting by Paul Delaroche which was bequeathed to theNational Gallery in London in 1902. It portrays, erroneously in some regards, the moments preceding the death of Lady Jane Grey, who served as de facto Queen of England for nine days in 1553 before relinquishing the throne to Mary Tudor; Queen Mary later charged Lady Jane Grey (among others) with high treason.
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“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” - 1 Corinthians 13:4-5
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Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon
February 11: Morning
"And they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus." - Acts 4:13
A Christian should be a striking likeness of Jesus Christ. You have read lives of Christ, beautifully and eloquently written, but the best life of Christ is his living biography, written out in the words and actions of his people. If we were what we profess to be, and what we should be, we should be pictures of Christ; yea, such striking likenesses of him, that the world would not have to hold us up by the hour together, and say, "Well, it seems somewhat of a likeness;" but they would, when they once beheld us, exclaim, "He has been with Jesus; he has been taught of him; he is like him; he has caught the very idea of the holy Man of Nazareth, and he works it out in his life and every-day actions." A Christian should be like Christ in his boldness. Never blush to own your religion; your profession will never disgrace you: take care you never disgrace that. Be like Jesus, very valiant for your God. Imitate him in your loving spirit; think kindly, speak kindly, and do kindly, that men may say of you, "He has been with Jesus." Imitate Jesus in his holiness. Was he zealous for his Master? So be you; ever go about doing good. Let not time be wasted: it is too precious. Was he self-denying, never looking to his own interest? Be the same. Was he devout? Be you fervent in your prayers. Had he deference to his Father's will? So submit yourselves to him. Was he patient? So learn to endure. And best of all, as the highest portraiture of Jesus, try to forgive your enemies, as he did; and let those sublime words of your Master, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do," always ring in your ears. Forgive, as you hope to be forgiven. Heap coals of fire on the head of your foe by your kindness to him. Good for evil, recollect, is godlike. Be godlike, then; and in all ways and by all means, so live that all may say of you, "He has been with Jesus."
Evening
"Thou hast left thy first love." - Revelation 2:4
Ever to be remembered is that best and brightest of hours, when first we saw the Lord, lost our burden, received the roll of promise, rejoiced in full salvation, and went on our way in peace. It was spring time in the soul; the winter was past; the mutterings of Sinai's thunders were hushed; the flashings of its lightnings were no more perceived; God was beheld as reconciled; the law threatened no vengeance, justice demanded no punishment. Then the flowers appeared in our heart; hope, love, peace, and patience sprung from the sod; the hyacinth of repentance, the snowdrop of pure holiness, the crocus of golden faith, the daffodil of early love, all decked the garden of the soul. The time of the singing of birds was come, and we rejoiced with thanksgiving; we magnified the holy name of our forgiving God, and our resolve was, "Lord, I am thine, wholly thine; all I am, and all I have, I would devote to thee. Thou hast bought me with thy blood--let me spend myself and be spent in thy service. In life and in death let me be consecrated to thee." How have we kept this resolve? Our espousal love burned with a holy flame of devoutedness to Jesus--is it the same now? Might not Jesus well say to us, "I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love"? Alas! it is but little we have done for our Master's glory. Our winter has lasted all too long. We are as cold as ice when we should feel a summer's glow and bloom with sacred flowers. We give to God pence when he deserveth pounds, nay, deserveth our heart's blood to be coined in the service of his church and of his truth. But shall we continue thus? O Lord, after thou hast so richly blessed us, shall we be ungrateful and become indifferent to thy good cause and work? O quicken us that we may return to our first love, and do our first works! Send us a genial spring, O Sun of Righteousness.
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Adam 
[Ăd'ăm] - of the ground or taken out of the red earth.
The first human son of God (Luke 3:38), and God's masterpiece and crowning work of creation.
The Man God Made
All men should be interested in the history of the first man who ever breathed, man's great ancestor, the head of the human family, the first being who trod the earth. What a beautiful world Adam found himself in with everything to make him happy, a world without sin and without sorrow! God first made, as it were, the great house of the world, then brought His tenant to occupy it. And it was not an empty house, but furnished with everything needed to make life content. There was not a single need God had not satisfied.
The Bible does not tell us how long Adam's state of blessedness and innocence lasted. But Paradise was lost through listening to the voice of the tempter. Relieved of his occupation as a gardener, Adam was condemned to make his livelihood by tilling the stubborn ground, and to eat his bread in the sweat of his face.
I. Adam was a necessary complement to the divine plan. "There was not a man to till the ground" (Gen. 2:5). The accomplishment of God's plan required human instrumentality. God made the earth for man, and then the man for the earth.
II. Adam was fashioned a creature of God, bearing the image of God and possessing God-like faculties (Gen. 1:27; Ps. 8:6; Eccles. 7:29).
III. Adam was created a tripartite being, having a spirit, soul and body (Gen. 2:7; 1 Thess. 5:23).
IV. Adam was alone and needed companionship to satisfy his created instincts (Gen. 2:18), thus Eve was formed.
Society, friendship and love
Gifts divinely bestowed upon man.
V. Adam was enticed and sinned (Gen. 3:6). After the satanic tempter there came the human tempter, and the act of taking the forbidden fruit offered by Eve ruined Adam and made him our federal head in sin and death. "In Adam we die."
VI. Adam received the promise of the Saviour. The first promise and prophecy of One, able to deal with Satan and sin was given, not to Adam, but to the one responsible for Adam's trangression (Gen. 3:15), and in the coats of skins God provided to cover the discovered nakedness of Adam and Eve we have a type of the sacrifice of the Cross. In Adam we die, but in Christ we can be made alive. The first man Adam was of the earth earthy, but the Second Man, the last Adam, was from heaven and kept His first estate of sinless perfection.
Adam was not only the name of earth's first man and the joint name of both Adam and Eve (Gen. 5:2), but also the name of a town on the east of Jordan (Josh. 3:16).
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Today's reading: Leviticus 11-12, Matthew 26:1-25 (NIV)

View today's reading on Bible Gateway

Today's Old Testament reading: Leviticus 11-12

Clean and Unclean Food
1 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron, 2 "Say to the Israelites: 'Of all the animals that live on land, these are the ones you may eat: 3You may eat any animal that has a divided hoof and that chews the cud...."

Today's New Testament reading: Matthew 26:1-25

The Plot Against Jesus
1 When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples, 2 "As you know, the Passover is two days away--and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified."
Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, 4 and they schemed to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him. 5 "But not during the festival," they said, "or there may be a riot among the people...."


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