Tuesday, April 01, 2014

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I have an interest in new technology but I despise the hucksterism of Anthropogenic Global Warming belief. Channel 10 on Monday had programmed in the afternoon an episode on new technology in fuels of the future. I was curious. I saw the beginning, which was about, rampant global warming meaning people aren't evolving fast enough to survive, before I turned off feeling ripped off again. Their religion with little basis in reality spoils much. It is well remunerated for those on the gravy train. The global cost worldwide is more than a $trillion. And that is money that has been spent at the expense of the poorest peoples on the planet. Military isn't shrinking. No one is phasing out police. Or lawyers. But money which might have gone to employment or food production is gone. The cost of AGW extremism is poverty for many. Many die from deprivation. They can't evolve fast enough. 

Julia Gillard was giving a talk in Ottawa Canada before April Fools Day. Speaking at a progress summit of her government's 'achievements.' She could have said that she implemented the tax after promising she wouldn't and then got booted for being unpopular by a person who proudly claimed he had ended the tax. Now the ALP are blocking attempts to repeal the tax they claimed they had ended after having been forced to implement what they had promised they wouldn't, by Greens. Instead, Gillard claimed pride in implementing the tax to her audience. She claims there is little resistance to it. She probably meant support. Words seem to confuse her, but she is a simple misandrist.  

For twenty two years I have been responsibly addressing an issue, and I cannot carry on. I am petitioning the NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell to remedy my distress. I leave it up to him if he chooses to address the issue. Regardless of your opinion of conservative government, the issue is pressing. Please sign my petition at http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/nsw-premier-barry-o-farrell-remedy-the-persecution-of-dd-ball?

Happy birthday and many happy returns Raffaella D'Annunzio and Eva Leong. Born on the same day, across the years. Or so they told you.


Tim Blair – Tuesday, April 01, 2014 (4:19pm)

The ABC’s Q & A usually serves up a lumpy left-wing stew sourced from primarily local ingredients. For the sake of diversity, last night’s show featured standard leftoid lines from a variety of international types. Here’s the American head of Human Rights Watch, Kenneth Roth, reflecting on what host Tony Jones described as Australia’s “return to such an anachronistic form of honours”: 
Well, it’s sadly characteristic of this Government now. 
Somalian peace advocate Ilwad Elman agreed: 
It seems like Australia is regressing. 
How’s Somalia going, Ilwad? Made it out of the 15th century yet? Egyptian activist and commentator Mona Eltahawy turned out to be a regular Sweary Mary: 
I come from a country that was under British occupation for so many years and when we got rid of the Brits finally in 1952 and they asked us if we wanted to join the Commonwealth, we said “F**k no”. 
Language, dear. Of course, moany Mona is no fan of Tony Abbott: 
Your Prime Minister is a walking anachronistic - I don’t know what else to call him. 
Try a noun. There are lots available. Mona became more expressive on the topic of white guys: 
The people who go on the most about freedom of expression and it’s my right to say this and my right to say that are usually old, rich, white men who parade under the term libertarian. And what it ends up basically meaning is: I have the right to be a racist and sexist s**t. 
British ethics columnist Lucy Siegle chimes in: 
I think we’re looking at protecting the wrong people. 
And now back to Mona, describing a sign she saw on the New York subway that made her so angry she vandalised it: 
It said: “In the war between the civilised man and the savage, always choose the civilised man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.” And I thought: are you f**king kidding me? 
Seems f**king reasonable enough to me. Roth next makes a point about stopped asylum seeker boats: 
Well, first, if I could, just let me address the 100 days without a boat because, you know, the question really is how did that happen. You know, if I said we’re going to execute everybody who shows up in a boat, the boats would stop. Is that a fair way to do it? No. 
Is that even close to what Australia is doing? No. Further from Somalia’s Elman: 
I think Australia is taking a lot of very horrific positions and putting itself in very difficult situations … some of the topics that we discussed here today it’s just showing a whole new Australia that I never really thought about before and people are going to be shocked by this new position and this movement. 
It’s called an elected government. Shocking, I know, but that’s just the way we do things down here. Oh, great, here’s f**king Mona again: 
I think sometimes it helps in these discussions to get really down to the bare bones and just say it as it is and that is people are scared of brown and black people coming into your country. 
Yep. We’re all terrifying racists. Last word to Siegle: 
It’s sounding pretty toxic. 
Sure is. It’s just as well all of these people have nice countries to return to, so they won’t have to suffer any longer.


Tim Blair – Tuesday, April 01, 2014 (3:09pm)

More Twitter fun with Sydney’s favourite exposed nerve.
UPDATE. Mike Carlton’s daughter Alex – nice girl; I’ve met her a couple of times – defends her father’s absurd English accent: 
You unconsciously do voices. 
Wow. I wonder what Carlton sounded like when he was broadcasting from Vietnam.
UPDATE II. Hugelu! According to Mike, I’m hugelu-unread. Sing along everybody: back off, hugelu!


Tim Blair – Tuesday, April 01, 2014 (2:09pm)

Adelaide Artists’ Week, 1924:


And then the killing began.


Tim Blair – Tuesday, April 01, 2014 (1:52pm)

Ex-PM Julia Gillard, speaking in chilly Ottawa, gets one thing right: 
There is nothing more dispiriting than meeting a social democrat who is out of office and wandering around lamenting the relevance of his or her values to the modern world. 
Spot on, Jules. Sadly, the rest of her speech is a lame attempt to rewrite history.


Tim Blair – Tuesday, April 01, 2014 (12:40pm)

Keep warm this winter by burning Al Gore’s books. Only $0.01 per copy, delivered directly to your house.

Q&A: a celebration of self-loathing and Leftist bias

Andrew Bolt April 01 2014 (4:19pm)

Last night’s episode of Q&A was one of the most outrageously and offensively biased of an ABC show that has been uniformly biased.
It was also an insight into the broad Left’s loathing of free speech and the West, and into the racism that informs its anti-racist posturing.
Jewish readers should note one part in particular: the unchallenged account of one panellist telling how anti-"hate-speech" activism can be used against defenders of Israel. This is a point I’ve tried to warn Jewish leaders about again and again. Here is how the show unfolded.
Host Tony Jones stacked the panel with known Leftists:  Egyptian activist and commentator Mona Eltahawy, Somalian peace and human rights advocate Ilwad Elman; The Observer’s ethics columnist Lucy Siegle; and the international head of Human Rights Watch, Kenneth Roth. Add Jones and the count was five people of the Left to a single panellist, Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson, who is not.
Even those odds - five to one - were still not good enough for Jones, who ambushed Wilson with a set-up. Jones devoted the second question to hostile videos from viewers attacking Wilson like no other panellist was attacked:
ROBERT MAYNARD: Tim Wilson’s comments to The Age this weekend calling it bizarre that racial terms may be used freely within communities of colour but not by white people and claiming free use of the N word would restore equality, revealed a breathtaking lack of comprehension…
Everyone agreed abusing people was wrong and no one had a right to be a bigot:
KENNETH ROTH: … the Attorney-General … should be saying “Bigotry is wrong.” That’s what a public officials should do.
ILWAD ELMAN: I think that particular statement people have the right to become bigots is very worrisome… At what point is the right to freedom of speech crossing on hate?
But not a single panellist then protested at the bigotry of one panellist who twice vilified free speech advocates as “old, rich, white men”, who must of course be racist and sexist:
MONA ELTAHAWY:  First of all, in the United States, the people who go on the most about freedom of expression and it’s my right to say this and my right to say that are usually old, rich, white men who parade under the term libertarian. And what it ends up basically meaning is: I have the right to be a racist and sexist shit and I’m protected by the first amendment…
MONA ELTAHAWY: The reason that they said that, actually, you know, this is actually all about the free market. This is why I am bringing in the rich, old, white men.
Everyone bar Tim Wilson seemed to agree using the law to silence certain people they vilify as “bigots” or racists was great:
LUCY SIEGLE:  So what I would like to say is that there are a lot of contrarian columnists around. I have worked in newspapers for years… From the moment the printing press was invented there were people who worked out if you take a contrarian, shock jock point of view, you’re going to get a lot of attention and a lot of money. I don’t think we should change laws to protect their freedom of speech. We have a similar issue in the UK, where we have contrarian columnists and certain comedians who aren’t very funny but bigotry is part of their act and the whole debate is centred around how we can protect them and enable their free speech and I think we’re looking at protecting the wrong people…
But one panellist, Eltahawy, demonstrated how dangerously loose the term “bigot” now is – how it can actually be used to attack those fighting bigotry.  Eltahawy seemed to argue that to support a democracy against a fascist terrorist movement was actually racist, and the position of “hate groups”:
MONA ELTAHAWY [speaking of a subway sign she defaced]: It said: “In the war between the civilised man and the savage, always choose the civilised man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.” And I thought: are you f…ing kidding me? In my subway? How can you put this up?  And the subway - the subway authorities did not want this ad, because they said it was going to incite people and so they took it to the hate group and it’s been classified as a hate group by the - it’s the Southern [Poverty] Law Centre… They have deemed it a hate group. They have deep pockets, these libertarian, you know, old rich white men. And they took it to a judge and the judge deemed it protected political speech. I am fine with protected political speech but surely it should be my right to protest racism and bigotry? … But my fight here is the kind of language used in the ad and what is acceptable now and you were saying earlier that it’s not just the law…
Eltahawy painted the West as the home of bigots and sell-outs. No speakers protested, and some added further condemnation of Australia:
MONA ELTAHAWY:  I now live in Egypt but I was in the US for 13 years, Muslims are fair game. MONA ELTAHAWY: I would like to know, one, the name of at least one western country that has this so-called ethical foreign policy that we often hear about. I think most western countries have disgraceful records … I think your main concern is to sell our regimes and our dictators weapons. You turn a blind eye to torture…
MONA ELTAHAWY: … none of you do absolutely anything to help us. You’ve always sold us out, so what’s new?…
MONA ELTAHAWY: I think sometimes it helps in these discussions to get really down to the bare bones and just say it as it is and that is people are scared of brown and black people coming into your country. And that’s essentially what it is.
(Note:  Eltahawy protested for the removal of the democratically elected Muslim Brotherhood president of Egypt. Now she protests against the military regime that inevitably replaced it.)
All but Tim Wilson agreed the Government was hopeless and anachronistic, even the host:
TONY JONES: Yeah. Are you surprised, though, that we would go for such an anachronistic form or return to such an anachronistic form of honours?
KENNETH ROTH: Well, it’s sadly characteristic of this Government now…
ILWAD ELMAN: …it seems like Australia is regressing a little bit …
MONA ELTAHAWY:  …I think, you know, your Prime Minister is a walking anachronistic - I don’t know what else to call him - Prime Minister …
ILWAD ELMAN: I think Australia is taking a lot of very horrific positions and putting itself in very difficult situations. They’re cuddling up with Sri Lanka, cutting off the boats and celebrating they haven’t had - they have had 100 days of no boats coming in, talking about how Australians should be bigots…
LUCY SIEGLE: Just, as Ilwad said, some of the positions that the Australian Government is taking on behalf of the nation, they sound toxic to outsiders.
One panelist had no trouble with using offensive language after all, and no one dared protest her lack of courtesy and civility:
MONA ELTAHAWY: ...  they asked us if we wanted to join the Commonwealth, we said “F… no"…. And I thought: are you f…ing kidding me?....  we’re truly well and truly f…ed… So you can see why I say we are well and truly f…ed
Everyone seemed critical of the Abbott Government’s boat people policy, and when one audience member put a contrary view a panellist and the host badgered him and misled and misinformed him with a grossly offensive analogies and what a judge would call factual inaccuracies:
ANDREW WILSON [audience member]: The death at Manus Island was a tragedy. People are obviously desperate when they have paid thousands of dollars to people smugglers and have no hope of coming here. Yet, why did the ABC show no similar outrage for the thousands of deaths caused by the dismantling of the Pacific Solution? TONY JONES: I will go to Ken Roth on this and this is the justification for stopping the boats, that thousands of people died at sea. Before we do, I will just quickly take issue with your point there, because I reject the characterisation of the ABC’s role in this. In fact, some of the most graphic reporting on this was done by ABC reporters, including finding ships that nobody even knew had been lost at sea and finding the detail on those. So I just discount what you are saying.
ANDREW WILSON: Well, I take issue with that. You never once opposed the previous Government’s policy in my reading of the ABC…
(NOTE: Wilson is right. I do not recall the ABC covering any of the first drownings. I recall the ABC instead running for years with the Labor Government’s deceitful claim that boat people weren’t actually being lured to their deaths by the policies made too soft. I recall the ABC mocking Abbott’s promise to turn back the boats, a promise he’s actually fulfilled. And note, seconds earlier Jones was still attacking as too harsh the measures the Government took to stop the boats – and the drownings.)
TONY JONES: OK. Alright. Ken Roth?
KENNETH ROTH: Well, first, if I could, just let me address the 100 days without a boat because, you know, the question really is how did that happen. You know, if I said we’re going to execute everybody who shows up in a boat, the boats would stop. Is that a fair way to do it? No.
(NOTE: What an utterly bizarre analogy. Nothing remotely so cruel is being proposed and never would be. Fact: the harm averted outweights the harm caused. Fewer people are drowning, fewer people are in detention, and fewer boat people are taking the places of genuine refugees.)
ANDREW WILSON: Look, we can take a lot - immigration has been great for the country and we can take a lot more immigrants but you can’t take people to put them onto the dole....
KENNETH ROTH: Well, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. So what is the assumption here: that because somebody seeks asylum they go on the dole?
KENNETH ROTH: I mean, please… My father was an asylum seeker....  He fled Nazi Germany. He went to New York… Do you think he was ever, for one minute of his life, on the dole? And I think that is the norm for asylum seekers.
(NOTE: Completely false. A Department of Immigration survey in 2011 confirmed that 85 per cent of refugees were on social security payments even after five years here – including 94 per cent of all Afghan refugees. Wilson was right, Roth very wrong.)
And what’s a Q&A episode without some global warming alarmism?
LUCY SIEGLE:  If you saw the intergovernmental panel on climate change issuing today the 300 scientists who have come to the consensus on what’s happening with climate change, it is not good news. And one of the things that it will mean is that more and more people will have to migrate. So we are looking at increasingly large numbers of people who need somewhere else to be, need somewhere else to live for environmental reasons …
Look at Q&A and despair. A culture of savage nihilism is engulfing us, and our right to even protest is being stripped away.
More from Tim Blair.
ABC managing director Mark Scott is about to deliver a big lecture tonight on the media. He will say that claims the ABC is biased are exaggerated. 

A change in the intellectual climate, and not the real one

Andrew Bolt April 01 2014 (12:47pm)

It is so extremely rare - possibly even unprecedented - for the taxpayer-funded Conversation to publish articles by academics questioning global warming alarmism that it merits noting this one.
But wait. There is a caveat, of course. The author doesn’t question that global warming is serious, of course - just that it is, er, not quite that serious:
Randal G Stewart, lecturer in Public Sector Management at University of Canberra, writes:
Climate change is a problem for democracy. The scientific modelling is compelling and the evidence alarming....
Science alone is not enough to sway democratic decision making, but scientists fractured support by conflating weather with climate modelling.
To show that climate change causes extreme weather it would be necessary to prove that greenhouse gases create events that are not caused by observed weather patterns such as La Niña or El Niño.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) states there is “low confidence” in attributing any changes in tropical cyclone activity to greenhouse gas emissions or anything else humanity has done.
Unfortunately, Australia’s most prominent climate scientists have fallen into the trap of suggesting global warming is causing extreme weather events. The issue here is whether it is wise for scientists to embrace a narrative that they know is not substantiated by the science for the purpose of building public support.
There is also another issue: why so many other scientists and journalists refused to call out the charlatans and scaremongers.
Tony Thomas writes in Quadrant Online on the latest signs of overheating:
The IPCC’s latest suite of climate models overstate, by more than double, the actual warming in Australia from January 1979 to January 2014. This is the conclusion from expert analysis by US-based independent climate researcher Bob Tisdale…
The models’ overstated warming on a global basis is no longer contentious. As even the 5th IPCC report acknowledges, from 1998-2012 the simulations of 111 out of its 114 climate models exaggerated the global warming trend. The IPCC blames a variety of factors, including natural variability, solar, volcanic and aerosol impacts, and over-cooking of the all-important climate sensitivity to CO2 increases. 
Tisdale’s graphic for the Australian mismatch between IPCC modelling (red) and reality (blue) is below…


Tisdale ... also has checked the performance of the latest CSIRO Mark 3 6.0 climate model (red), documenting its mismatch with Bureau of Meteorology actual temperature anomaly data (brown)…

Tisdale says, “The CSIRO model more than doubles the observed warming rate for Australia since 1979. It’s not as bad as the mean of all of the models used by the IPCC, but more than doubling the actual warming rate is still a very bad performance, especially apropos of the CSIRO’s own country.”   

Preachers, beware the hate-speech laws you defend

Andrew Bolt April 01 2014 (12:11pm)

How hate-speech laws work in Britain:
A Christian street preacher was wrongly arrested and held in a police cell for almost 19 hours after quoting verses from the Bible.
John Craven, 57, recited from Revelation after two gay teenagers asked about his views on homosexuality.
But after he read from chapter 21, verse eight – which says sinners will burn in a lake of fire and sulphur – police arrested him on suspicion of committing a public order offence…
He was fingerprinted, had to give a sample of his DNA and told he was being investigated for allegedly using insulting words with the intention of causing harassment, alarm or distress – which could have led to a six-month jail sentence…
Yesterday he was awarded £13,000 in compensation after a three-year legal battle against Greater Manchester Police which is estimated to have cost the public purse £50,000.
(Thanks to reader Spencer.) 

ACTU’s shut-up to Crean says an awful lot

Andrew Bolt April 01 2014 (10:23am)

Note the ACTU’s reaction - that if a Labor leader (now ex) has a problem with an unlawful union he should keep it in-house:
The labour movement’s leadership must take swift action against the ­militant construction union after a record court fine and unprecedented criminal sanction for its blockade of a Grocon building site in Melbourne, says former Labor leader Simon Crean.
Mr Crean said the ACTU leadership had a responsibility to act after the ­Victorian Supreme Court issued a $1.25 million fine and unprecedented criminal convictions to the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union union for contempt of court."They need to get their house in order. They need to control the rogue elements...”
ACTU secretary Dave Oliver criticised Mr Crean for airing his views in public. “We appreciate that people have views on the union movement; however, at a time when workers and their representatives are under an unprecedented attack from conservatives that want to weaken the union movement, a phone call would be appreciated instead of views being raised via the media,” he said.
Says everything to me.
(Thanks to reader Peter of Bellevue Hill.) 

Missing WA ballots found?

Andrew Bolt April 01 2014 (9:57am)

Fairfax shows a video of ballots being taken out of bag and claims:
Missing WA Senate ballots found
A Perth resident in lucky find, opens ordinary laundry bag to find what appears to be missing WA ballots. Fairfax media is seeking more information.. 

TV Tonight reports:

Andrew Bolt to replace Charlie Pickering on The Project
By David Knox on April 1, 2014
bolt-project2EXCLUSIVE: Outspoken News Corp columnist Andrew Bolt will replace Charlie Pickering on The Project.
The problem with global warming hysteria is that it’s impossible to tell if this is another April 1 story:
Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunset at Montmajour may be your favourite painting for its sublime and serene use of colours but for a group of Greek and German scientists it may provide vital clues about how the Earth’s atmosphere was when Van Gogh painted it.  Their article is published in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, according to a press release.
According to the scientists, analysing the colors of the sunsets in paintings can give an idea of the level of ash, gas, and other pollutants that may have been present in the atmosphere at that time.
Seems to me from one van Gogh painting that the world’s atmosphere has become a lot friendlier:


Gillard tells Canadians how Australians learned to love her carbon tax. Yes, really

Andrew Bolt April 01 2014 (9:27am)

Joe Aston catches Julia Gillard telling a fairy tale to Canadians:
Julia Gillard’s speech in chilly Ottawa over the weekend ... takes the breath away. Speaking at the first “progress summit” of the Broadbent Institute, Gillard catalogued her government’s many achievements – disability care, something about schools, something else…
But the main subject was the non-event that was the implementation of a price on carbon in Australia. “While I was prime minister leading a minority government, I secured, through the Parliament, legislation to put a price on carbon,” she said, proudly.
Gillard then rattled off the “carbon tax” campaign, the “Ditch the Witch” (and worse) placards and the other colour and movement of that unhappy time in Australian politics.
“But a funny thing happened once the carbon price was introduced. People moved on. It went from being an emotional, absolute front of mind issue to being one in the background… Lived experience beat fear.” ...
There is a counter narrative in this southern land, which involves a broken promise, the toppling her prime ministership and the election of a chap sworn on tearing the thing down. But why bother the Canadians with all that detail?
(Thanks to reader Peter of Bellevue Hill.) 

Reith to Abbott: consult more

Andrew Bolt April 01 2014 (9:14am)

Peter Reith says Tony Abbott has made a good start as Prime Minister. There is, however, one problem of process that needs fixing and it was exposed by Abbott’s decision to bring back knights and dames:
The awards system for public service is not a big issue. The much more important issue is the idea that Australian PMs have a general licence to make decisions unilaterally…
There is good reason to abide by the idea of the PM being “first among equals”. It reminds PMs that they are not god. A decision made in the cabinet keeps everybody in the tent. When everyone is in the tent the sense of camaraderie is enhanced… Consultation in the cabinet brings to bear the experience and knowledge of the group.
Unfortunately, Abbott has developed a liking for unilateral decisions. I am not sure any of his unilateral decisions have been either good for him personally, good for the party or the country. Recent Abbott decisions, nearly all made in opposition, have included the paid parental leave, public funding for political parties (later turfed by an irate Liberal federal executive), the local government referendum (where Abbott was saved by the informal campaign of his Coalition troops) and the decisions to dump individual agreements (Coalition industrial relations policy for nearly 20 years) and the “dead, buried and cremated” labour market policy at the start of the 2010 elections. There will be more.
He is already committed to a referendum on recognition of indigenous Australians. Already, under Labor, this issue has not been as well managed. Abbott has a truly compassionate commitment to the indigenous cause and I respect him for his genuine interest in social policy. But the reality is that he is locked in to a referendum even though the words have not been agreed and before a process has been established for broader involvement by the Australian public. The public do not like unilateral decisions about their constitution; if the public are not brought into the process at the start, the chances of success are reduced.

Good night, Malaysian three seven zero

Andrew Bolt April 01 2014 (9:09am)

It’s been a long time since I’ve trusted a word the Malaysian authorities have said, and I wonder again if they are trying to protect Malaysian Airlines:
THE last words from the cockpit of MH370 before it disappeared from civilian radar were actually “Good night, Malaysian three seven zero”, not “all right, good night” as Malaysian authorities had previously claimed...
Malaysia’s Defence and acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein clarified the sign off via Twitter. Mr Hussein said authorities are currently conducting forensic investigations to determine whether it was pilot Capt Zahari Ahmad Shah or the co-pilot who said them. 

England just 88?

Andrew Bolt April 01 2014 (8:55am)

Tim Blair really ought not to crow too soon

Be afraid. Be very afraid

Andrew Bolt April 01 2014 (8:41am)

The ABC produces the all-purpose alarmist headline:

The latest IPCC report is written in part by people which such apocalyptic views that they cannot be taken seriously - except in this case by the Sydney Morning Herald:
The Earth is warming so rapidly that unless humans can arrest the trend, we risk becoming ‘’extinct’’ as a species, a leading Australian health academic has warned.
Helen Berry, associate dean in the faculty of health at the University of Canberra, said while the Earth has been warmer and colder at different points in the planet’s history, the rate of change has never been as fast as it is today.
‘’What is remarkable, and alarming, is the speed of the change since the 1970s, when we started burning a lot of fossil fuels in a massive way,’’ she said. ‘’We can’t possibly evolve to match this rate [of warming] and, unless we get control of it, it will mean our extinction eventually.’’
Unfortunately Berry is far from alone:
Professor Berry is one of three leading academics who have contributed to the health chapter of a Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report due on Monday. She and co-authors Tony McMichael, of the Australian National University, and Colin Butler, of the University of Canberra, have outlined the health risks of rapid global warming in a companion piece for The Conversation…
‘’Human-driven climate change poses a great threat, unprecedented in type and scale, to wellbeing, health and perhaps even to human survival,’’ they write.
Of course, if the world really were about to end in a fireball you would certainly not be bored, But catastrophist Tom Arup finds consumer resistance even among the audience of The Age:
Irreversible and severe damage is to be inflicted on the planet from climate change… I know, this does feel familiar doesn’t it? You are a little bored, I can sense your eyes glazing over. But bear with us, there are a few important things to take in - there is after all a lot at stake.
If even Age readers are bored with the bull then warmists really are in trouble.
Terry McCrann tracks the boredom that the Age rages against:
THE good sense and informed self-interest — the wisdom of (Aussie) crowds — shines through in a scientific poll from Galaxy Research on attitudes to Global Warming (sic).
The poll result can be captured in two conclusions. We don’t believe it’s necessarily happening — to coin a phrase; we are mostly climate sceptics now. And therefore, we sure as hell ain’t prepared to pay real dollars to ‘stop it’…
In 2010, the Galaxy poll showed 35 per cent endorsement of the proposition that “the world is warming and man’s emissions are to blame”. The latest poll showed it had edged up only to 37 per cent.
Yes, this was significantly higher than those endorsing the proposition that “the variation in global temperature is just part of the natural cycle of nature”; which had dipped from 26 per cent in 2010 to 24 per cent now. The really significant number was the unchanged 38 per cent endorsing the proposition “there is conflicting evidence and I’m not sure what the truth is”.
By any objective — as opposed to theologically warmist — assessment, this is the rational attitude… So the poll shows a clear majority of 62 per cent of Australians are either sceptical or denialist. As a consequence, we are increasingly unwilling to throw money at ‘the problem (sic)’…
There is a very, very clear plurality of 41 per cent that are willing to pay nothing, zero, zip — who, my comment, presumably want the carbon tax to go; and that it should be followed quick smart out the door by the expensive rort of wind and solar power. This is up from 35 per cent in 2010.

Cater helps Aly

Andrew Bolt April 01 2014 (8:23am)

Attorney-General George Brandis proposes this change to our Racial Discrimination Act, to make clear the standards by which statements should be judged:
Leaving things to the “ordinary, reasonable member of the Australian community” is a problem for some, as Nick Cater notes.
...  they are horribly white, and as Waleed Aly explained in The Age last week, white people aren’t ethnic: 
This matters because – if I may speak freely – plenty of white people (even ordinary reasonable ones) are good at telling coloured people what they should and shouldn’t find racist, without even the slightest awareness that they might not be in prime position to make that call.
But Cater to the rescue. He proposes a slight change to section 3 to satisfy Aly’s concern. Are we all happy now?:


Warren Mundine is wrong about my views

Andrew Bolt April 01 2014 (8:09am)

Warren Mundine, Tony Abbott’s adviser on Aboriginal issues, just makes things up:
Bolt was censured under section 18C for accusing named individuals of choosing to identify as Aboriginal for personal and political gain.
He believes skin colour and ancestry proportions determine Aboriginality and these individuals did not meet those criteria.
That is not my opinion. It has never been my opinion. Nor have I ever disputed anyone’s right to identify as Aboriginal, other than a handful of people in notorious cases (the Wanda Koolmatrie hoax, the Mudrooroo Narogin case) where individuals had actually pretended to have Aboriginal ancestors. And were I allowed to quote from my banned articles I could show Mundine how wrong he is to so mischaracterise my arguments there.
My argument has always been what I once thought was simple: that people with grandparents of various “races” or “ethnicities” have a choice to identify with one, all or none of those “races” or ethnicities themselves. Skin color is relevant in this debate only in suggesting certain people have such a choice open to them.
My argument was ruled by the judge to be factually wrong in the case of those I mentioned. Mundine may agree with that verdict, but he has no right to accuse me of holding opinions I have never expressed and always repudiated. 

Which immigration authorities let this man in?

Andrew Bolt April 01 2014 (8:07am)

Again, how did our immigration authorities allow such a person or his family to come here in the first place? And will they keep him out in future?
A PROMINENT Sydney sheik who travelled to Syria to join the country’s jihadist opposition is offering Islamic instruction, mediation and legal services for banned terrorist group Jabhat al- Nusra.
The al-Qa’ida-linked organisation released a statement detailing the role played by Sheik Abu Sulayman, 30, who The Australian revealed last week had become a senior figure in its ranks…
“He has also helped to ­establish many Islamic programs, travelling around Syria offering Islamic instruction, mediation and legal services to both the muhajireen and Ansar as well as everyday citizens.’’…
Security services estimate that 120 to 150 Australians are participating in the Syrian conflict, almost all of whom are with Islamist groups such as al-Nusra or ISIS… The confirmation came as a report released yesterday by the Lowy Institute for International Policy warns the Syrian conflict, along with renewed instability in the Middle East, risks becoming the incubator for a new generation of terrorists. Aside from Syria, the report singles out continued unrest in Egypt as a driver for ­extremism.
Who let him in?:
Egyptian-born Mostafa Mahamed, who goes by the name Abu Sulayman in Syria, had preached in Islamic centres across Sydney and worked at an Arabic school in Bankstown before leaving the country…
Online biographies describe him as founder and director of Bankstown Arabic school Knowledge House; his Facebook page, recently deleted, said he had a masters degree in education from Sydney University…

According to his deleted Facebook page, which remains viewable in Google’s cache, Sheik Sulayman delivered lectures at various universities in Australia and the Middle East. 

Bailiffs come for Clive’s $6 million

Andrew Bolt April 01 2014 (6:57am)

How much longer can Clive Palmer stay upright?
CLIVE Palmer’s prized asset is under threat of being closed down by federal authorities seeking to recover looming debts of $36 million.
Government agencies are moving to force the company, Queensland Nickel, into insolvency if it cannot pay a carbon tax bill that will triple over the year ahead as penalties apply…
Mr Palmer, the federal MP for the Queensland seat of Fairfax, refused to pay a $6.2m carbon tax bill due last June and has launched a High Court action to declare it unconstitutional.
Cry for Australia that Clive Palmer has reduced political campaigning to this:
Has Palmer decided to campaign for the moron vote? A bad result in this weekend’s WA Senate result, to follow his 5 per cent flop in Tasmania, should finish him - apart from the troubling matter of his two Senators and their Motoring Enthusiasts’ ally.
(Thanks to readers Peter of Bellevue Hill and foggyfig.) 

Fact-checking Fairfax’s warmist “scientist-in-residence”

Andrew Bolt March 31 2014 (4:42pm)

University of NSW lecturer Fiona Johnson is scientist-in-residence at Fairfax newspapers, where her brief seems to be to whip up fear of global warming - even though her doctorate is actually in civil engineering.
I’m afraid that lack of expertise is showing today:

Johnson claims:
The devastating earthquake followed by typhoon Haiyan that battered the Philippines late last year really hit home for me… [If] poverty and lack of resources aren’t big enough problems to overcome, it is becoming increasingly clear that the poorest communities and nations will face large challenges in trying to deal with the impacts of climate change. The release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group II report on Monday provides yet another wake-up call that the impacts of climate change are not evenly distributed around the world.
In fact, even the IPCC itself admits there’s as yet no observed link between global warming and cyclones:

In summary, confidence in large scale changes in the intensity of extreme extratropical cyclones since 1900 is low… Over periods of a century or more, evidence suggests slight decreases in the frequency of tropical cyclones making landfall in the North Atlantic and the South Pacific, once uncertainties in observing methods have been considered. Little evidence exists of any longer-term trend in other ocean basins… Several studies suggest an increase in intensity, but data sampling issues hamper these assessments…
Next Johnson claims:
For our neighbours in the Pacific, where small communities live on atolls that are only a few metres above sea level, adaptation may not be possible. You can’t build infrastructure to protect people if there is no land left. The IPCC points out that rising sea levels mean that life on these atolls will, at some stage, become impossible.
In fact, coral atolls tend to grow and collect sediment to adjust to sea levels. Result, as a recent peer-reviewed study noted:
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.

Or put it this way: Pacific islands have been three times more likely to grow that to shrink during this period of global warming alarmist. And nearly half do neither.
Johnson ploughs on:

On Monday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its latest report on the impacts of global warming. Here are 10 ways that climate change will affect you in your home.
1. Rising power bills from using your airconditioner: With temperatures set to rise between 0.6 and 1.5 degrees by 2030, your airconditioner use will become a significant expense. On the plus side your heating costs will most likely go down. Heating and cooling account for 15 to 25 per cent of a typical Sydney household’s electricity use.
In fact, the biggest factor driving up the cost of your airconditioner is not the man-made increase in hot days, and especially not when global temperatures have not risen for 16 years.  A far bigger driver of power prices is global warming alarmism, responsible for adding a carbon tax and a renewable energy target impost onto every bill. Global warmists, not global warming, is driving up your power bills.
Every day and in every way you are being misled by warmist reporting in our media. One day there will be the big accounting of those who went with the hysterical mob and failed to honor the facts. 

Tim Blair at a university for activists

Andrew Bolt March 31 2014 (4:07pm)

Tim Blair joins about 60 students to learn what it takes to be a March in March hate-protester:
To learn more about this phenomenon, on Saturday morning I joined a bunch of junior activists at an Activist Training Day at Sydney’s University of Technology, hosted by Greens MLC David Shoebridge and featuring many prominent activism veterans.
The course seems to have been inspiring. Blair is prompted to write some of his finest satire:
Ricketts compared the activist movement to the human body’s natural defence mechanism. “We are the immune system,” he said. “We’ll always be running towards infection.” Whoa! Julia Gillard faced mockery for her 2011 ALP conference speech, containing the memorable line: “We are us.” Infection-chasing Ricketts has taken that one step further: “We are pus.” ...
One of the female presenters had such a severe upward inflection problem that the last syllable of every sentence could only be heard by bats. 

There are no such cultural differences if we’re all Australians. UPDATE: did the jury think so?

Andrew Bolt March 31 2014 (3:16pm)

Derryn Hinch is astonished by another example of the new drive to retribalise Australia - to treat each other as representatives of “races” rather than individuals:
I’VE HAD TROUBLE coming to grips with a dreadful court decision out of the Geelong Magistrate’s Court this week... The [Geelong Advertiser] ...  lead read: 
‘REGISTERED sex offender, Ali Jaffari, accused of attempted child-stealing, has had all charges against him dropped after a Magistrate told prosecutors he would have trouble finding Jaffari guilty.
Magistrate Ron Saines said if he was hearing the matter, he would have reasonable doubt, citing ‘cultural differences’ as one factor, which would result in the charges being dismissed’.
This was a case involving a convicted sex offender. A child stalker who was placed on the sex offenders register only last year after being convicted of sexually assaulting two teenage boys at a local beach.
On that occasion he walked free with community service…
Apparently Jaffari is an Afghan refugee with cultural differences. Is it culturally acceptable there for adults to sexually assault children? I doubt it. But even if it were, it is abhorrent here and our laws say so…
According to the Advertiser, the 35-year-old paedophile was convicted in Geelong Magistrates’ Court in August last year of indecently assaulting one boy and attempting to indecently assault another.
He was placed on a two-year Community Corrections Order with 300 hours unpaid community work…
In court this week he was charged with child stealing, attempted child stealing and unlawful assault.
He allegedly went to Bakers Oval in Geelong West about 6.30pm on January 27, 2013 where a four-year-old girl was playing cricket with her father and brother. While the father was throwing the ball to his son in the nets, the little girl was playing nearby with her own bat. Jaffari took away her bat, grabbed her hand and began to lead her away before she looked up, saw it wasn’t her father, started crying and pulled her hand away…
The prosecutor said, that when interviewed, Jaffari told police, ‘For us is not an issue.”
Magistrate Saines said the prosecution case fell short of criminality and cited cultural differences as a possible mitigating factor.
(Thanks to reader norm.)
The judge in the case did not refer to cultural differences, other than those between the killer and his victim. But I am struck by the fact that the killer, who successfully argued a defence of provocation, still feels like the victim, and I wonder what makes him still feel entitled to do as he did.
From the NSW Supreme Court judgement last week against Yassir Ibrahim Hassan:
1On 17 April 2012, Yassir Ibrahim Hassan killed his wife, Mariam Henery Yousif, at their home in Wylie Park, New South Wales… He did so by stabbing her on a large number of occasions in a violent attack to her body....
5On 6 December 2013, the jury returned a verdict of not guilty of murder, but guilty of manslaughter…
21Mr Hassan was born on 1 January 1958, and was, accordingly, 54 at the time he killed his wife. Prior to his moving to Australia in 2008, Mr Hassan had spent his whole life in the Sudan.
22His wife, Mariam Yousif, was born in May 1987 and was, accordingly, 24 years old at the time of her death. Although born in the Sudan, Ms Yousif grew up and was educated in Australia.
23Mr Hassan and Ms Yousif were married in the Sudan in 2003. He was then 45 years old and she was 16…
26In January 2010, the youngest child of Mr Hassan and Ms Yousif was born. ... It seems that from about that point of time the marital relationship deteriorated. The cause of that deterioration is not entirely clear. There were, however, a number of events which no doubt aggravated the relationship. In the first place, there was a significant age difference between the couple. Secondly, having been raised in Melbourne, Ms Yousif seemingly had a more relaxed approach to socialising with the broader community. Mr Hassan thought that she should not have such broad interaction. There were cultural differences in their relationship about the appropriate bounds of adult behaviour…
29The marital relationship deteriorated to such an extent that in October 2011, Ms Yousif ...  told her mother and sister that her husband, Mr Hassan, had, in accordance with Muslim law, divorced her… Ms Yousif lodged an application for public housing ...  This separation lasted a number of weeks, and terminated when Mr Hassan telephoned and informed Ms Yousif that he had “rescinded” their divorce because he was not in a rational state of mind when he first divorced her....
36During the course of this day [of her murder], Ms Yousif told both her sister, and later her mother, that she and Mr Hassan had argued…
45Whilst I cannot be satisfied as to exactly what was said, the most likely account is that which was given by Mr Hassan in his evidence, when he said that his wife said to him words to the effect that he was not a man, the children were not his but were another man’s and he should take a look in the mirror, and further that these words were accompanied by swearing on her part… I accept that Ms Yousif said something like the words to which I have just referred to Mr Hassan which caused him to lose his self-control, take up a large knife, and brutally attack his wife. He stabbed her at least 14 times....
55Mr Hassan falls to be sentenced for the manslaughter of his wife upon the basis of a low level verbal provocation which was shortly thereafter followed by an excessively violent and brutal attack…
Save for his early plea of guilty, I see no evidence of remorse whatsoever in the attitude of Mr Hassan to what has occurred… The totality of the evidence reveals to me a man who feels unable to demonstrate any regret for what he did, and a man who feels wronged by his current predicament. He regards himself as the victim of what occurred and not a perpetrator. He continues to advance excuses for what occurred, largely about his wife’s conduct towards him which he continues to regard as inappropriate…
95Mr Hassan, I sentence you to the following term of imprisonment:
(1)A non-parole period of 9 years ...
Just nine years?  Did cultural factors affect the killer’s view of the seriousness of his wife’s “provocation”?  Did the jury have in mind his cultural background in accepting, to some extent, his excuse?
I do not assert this as so. I ask what hasn’t been answered.
(Via Tim Blair.) 























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Books from slavers - ed

Timbuktu's Desert Scrolls: Re-writing the History of Africa

You may have witnessed a moment, an event or a discovery that would change the future of a community. This event or discovery would have to be something exceptional and dramatic to write a new chapter in the books of history.

But imagine witnessing a moment or discovery that would re-write the history of an entire nation! That has got to be something spectacular to erase and replace the pages of history.

This is precisely what has happened in Timbuktu, Mali in the last five years. Over a million manuscripts have been re-discovered and about 20 million more in West Africa overall. These manuscripts date back to 12th to 16th century period.
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4 her, so she knows how I see her - ed

They were confident. They had faced the worst (they thought) and had proven their resilience and worth. Nobody anticipates insanity that is shared. I am told serial killers have bragged they get their victims compliant by giving them hope "put on these bonds and I will set you free." It would come out in the nuremberg trials, and those that followed, but has been shielded from the community by antiseptic bureaucracy, that insanity was shared. Inhuman abuse got worse. And a resilient, beautiful people were slaughtered in a way that it would become illegal to butcher meat.


521 years ago TODAY, on March 31, 1492, the Spanish monarchs signed the Edict of Expulsion of the country's Jews. Many left, while others were forcibly converted to Catholicism. At Shavei Israel, we are assisting their descendants to return to the Jewish people, so please help us to help them by going to www.shavei.org/support-us/ today. Thanks!


A funnel cloud seen at 11:30 am from the town of Nicholas, in Sutter County. Taken by Nick Bishop, forwarded courtesy of Ian Schwartz with KOVR TV.


Zaya Toma and Charbel Saliba at the Assyrian New Year celebration.

Happy Assyrian New Year 6763 from the Fairfield Showground, Sydney Australia. My best wishes for the coming year, for those enough to be living in Australia, dont forget the suffering Assyrian community of Syria Support Syrian Christians.

Why science teachers should not be given playground duty.





Fernando Álvarez de Toledo, 3rd Duke of Alba




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“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” - Isaiah 53:5-6
Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon


"With his stripes we are healed."
Isaiah 53:5
Pilate delivered our Lord to the lictors to be scourged. The Roman scourge was a most dreadful instrument of torture. It was made of the sinews of oxen, and sharp bones were inter-twisted every here and there among the sinews; so that every time the lash came down these pieces of bone inflicted fearful laceration, and tore off the flesh from the bone. The Saviour was, no doubt, bound to the column, and thus beaten. He had been beaten before; but this of the Roman lictors was probably the most severe of his flagellations. My soul, stand here and weep over his poor stricken body.
Believer in Jesus, can you gaze upon him without tears, as he stands before you the mirror of agonizing love? He is at once fair as the lily for innocence, and red as the rose with the crimson of his own blood. As we feel the sure and blessed healing which his stripes have wrought in us, does not our heart melt at once with love and grief? If ever we have loved our Lord Jesus, surely we must feel that affection glowing now within our bosoms.
"See how the patient Jesus stands,
Insulted in his lowest case!
Sinners have bound the Almighty's hands,
And spit in their Creator's face.
With thorns his temples gor'd and gash'd
Send streams of blood from every part;
His back's with knotted scourges lash'd.
But sharper scourges tear his heart."
We would fain go to our chambers and weep; but since our business calls us away, we will first pray our Beloved to print the image of his bleeding self upon the tablets of our hearts all the day, and at nightfall we will return to commune with him, and sorrow that our sin should have cost him so dear.


"And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth, and spread it for her upon the rock, from the beginning of harvest until water dropped upon them out of heaven, and suffered neither the birds of the air to rest on them by day, nor the beasts of the field by night."
2 Samuel 21:10
If the love of a woman to her slain sons could make her prolong her mournful vigil for so long a period, shall we weary of considering the sufferings of our blessed Lord? She drove away the birds of prey, and shall not we chase from our meditations those worldly and sinful thoughts which defile both our minds and the sacred themes upon which we are occupied? Away, ye birds of evil wing! Leave ye the sacrifice alone! She bore the heats of summer, the night dews and the rains, unsheltered and alone. Sleep was chased from her weeping eyes: her heart was too full for slumber. Behold how she loved her children! Shall Rizpah thus endure, and shall we start at the first little inconvenience or trial? Are we such cowards that we cannot bear to suffer with our Lord? She chased away even the wild beasts, with courage unusual in her sex, and will not we be ready to encounter every foe for Jesus' sake? These her children were slain by other hands than hers, and yet she wept and watched: what ought we to do who have by our sins crucified our Lord? Our obligations are boundless, our love should be fervent and our repentance thorough. To watch with Jesus should be our business, to protect his honour our occupation, to abide by his cross our solace. Those ghastly corpses might well have affrighted Rizpah, especially by night, but in our Lord, at whose cross-foot we are sitting, there is nothing revolting, but everything attractive. Never was living beauty so enchanting as a dying Saviour. Jesus, we will watch with thee yet awhile, and do thou graciously unveil thyself to us; then shall we not sit beneath sackcloth, but in a royal pavilion.
[MÄ“'shach] - agile or expeditious.
The name given to Mishael, one of Daniel's friends, by the chief of Nebuchadnezzar's eunuchs (Dan. 1:7; 2:49; 3). With his other two companions he defied the edict of the king and was miraculously delivered from the fiery furnace.

Today's reading: Judges 11-12, Luke 6:1-26 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Judges 11-12

Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty warrior. His father was Gilead; his mother was a prostitute. 2 Gilead's wife also bore him sons, and when they were grown up, they drove Jephthah away. "You are not going to get any inheritance in our family," they said, "because you are the son of another woman." 3 So Jephthah fled from his brothers and settled in the land of Tob, where a gang of scoundrels gathered around him and followed him.
4 Some time later, when the Ammonites were fighting against Israel, 5 the elders of Gilead went to get Jephthah from the land of Tob. 6 "Come," they said, "be our commander, so we can fight the Ammonites."
7 Jephthah said to them, "Didn't you hate me and drive me from my father's house? Why do you come to me now, when you're in trouble?"

Today's New Testament reading: Luke 6:1-26

Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath
1 One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and his disciples began to pick some heads of grain, rub them in their hands and eat the kernels. 2 Some of the Pharisees asked, "Why are you doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?"
3 Jesus answered them, "Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? 4 He entered the house of God, and taking the consecrated bread, he ate what is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions." 5 Then Jesus said to them, "The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath."
6 On another Sabbath he went into the synagogue and was teaching, and a man was there whose right hand was shriveled.7 The Pharisees and the teachers of the law were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal on the Sabbath....

Today's Lent reading: Luke 4-6 (NIV)

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Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2 where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.
3 The devil said to him, "If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread."
4 Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man shall not live on bread alone.'"
5 The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, "I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. 7 If you worship me, it will all be yours."
8 Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Worship the Lord your God and serve him only....'"

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