Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tue Jan 20th Todays News

On Bolt Report a new policy is that any Islam post can only be on the pinned leader. Normal rules apply in that if it is merely foul and abusive it will be deleted. Otherwise comments are welcome.  
The persecution of Christians Decius unleashed in 250 as emperor of Rome was specific in target. Decius was trying to reinforce the old religion of Rome possibly so as to limit corruption. His instrument was an edict that all in the empire must collect a certificate that they have sacrificed to a God. Christians were the only large group at that time that would not do that. For a Christian, they would prefer death to sacrificing to another God. And lots of Romans were willing to accommodate them to get ahead. There were a number of pogroms where Christians were killed, but as Waleed Aly has said of terrorists, it was merely nuisance value. Pope Fabian was martyred as a result, but the persecutions did lessen within the year, and had to be reinforced in 253 by Emperor Valerian. But following Fabian's death, a plague fell on Rome. And then Decius and his son died in battle. His son was the first Emperor to die in battle. Decius was the second, soon after. 

In 1356, Edward Balliol gave the throne of Scotland to England's King Edward III in exchange for an English pension. They were worth more in those days. In 1649, King Charles I went on trial for treason and high crimes. Ten days later he was beheaded. In 1783, the Kingdom of Great Britain signed for peace to end the US Revolutionary war with Spain and France. In 1785, Siam invaded Vietnam and lost badly. In 1788, Arthur Phillip decided to leave Botany Bay and settle at Port Jackson, in what is now Sydney, Australia.  

In 1941, in Bucharest, the killing of a German officer led to killing 125 jews by the Iron Guard. Ten days later, Iron Guard were betrayed by Hitler and a worse anti semitic body began work under General Ion Atonescu. 1942, at the Wannsee conferene in Germany, senior Nazis discussed the 'final solution' to the 'Jewish question.' In 1969, East Pakistan police killed an activist student, and initiated the war of Liberation for Bangladesh. In 1972, having lost Bangladesh, Pakistan began developing nuclear weapons. In 1981, twenty minutes after 69 yo Ronald Reagan was inaugurated, Iran released 52 US embassy hostages. In 1987, Terry Waite, an Anglican envoy was kidnapped by Islamic Jihad, who released him after 1,763 days in 1991. He had been in solitary confinement. In 1999, China News announced restrictions were being placed on the internet aimed at internet cafes. 
 It is so sad for some that lives are not being lost on boats between Indonesia or Sri Lanka and Australia, that anger is being expressed. Anger at conservative government. Anger at life savers allegedly using tough language. Anger at the world not heating up. But what is illustrative is what hasn't made the well paid agitators angry. Gillard declared she would denounce misogyny wherever she saw it .. went to Dubai and didn't mention it, despite being faced with an audience who placed women in chains. Admire the calmness with which the agitators accept Thomson's latest admission, having kept corrupt administration in government for three years. Or the sanguine nature preserved while Jonathan Pollard is jailed for doing nothing, while killers are freed for peace. 

Admire how radio ABC managed to shine a light of reason so bright, that Japanese soldiers listening in failed for decades to know Japan had lost the war. Was Snowden a useful idiot for Putin? Melbourne city council raises the interesting question of how would a terrorist who killed for sport be sentenced today?

Today is the anniversary of the foundation (1920) of the US Civil Liberties Union. Those bastards are the reason killers were freed before Obama used peace as an excuse. Fear of effective government is a big motivator for some. Some fear nuclear power in India, but praise it in Iran. Today is also another anniversary. Twenty minutes after Reagan was inaugurated, Iran released hostages .. why else would Obama be giving them nuclear weapons? 

Historical perspectives on this day 
In 250, Emperor Decius began a widespread persecution of Christians in Rome. Pope Fabian was martyred. 649, king Chindasuinth, at the urging of bishop Braulio of Zaragoza, crowned his son Recceswinth as co-ruler of the Visigothic Kingdom. 1265, the first English parliament to include not only nobles but also representatives of the major towns meets in the Palace of Westminster, now commonly known as the "Houses of Parliament". 1320, duke Wladyslaw Lokietek became king of Poland. 1356, Edward Balliol abdicated as King of Scotland. 1523, Christian II was forced to abdicate as King of Denmark and Norway. 1567, Battle of Rio de Janeiro: Portuguese forces under the command of Estácio de Sá definitively drove the French out of Rio de Janeiro. 1576, the Mexican city of León was founded by order of the viceroy Don Martín Enríquez de Almanza.

In 1649, Charles I of England went on trial for treason and other "high crimes". 1783, the Kingdom of Great Britain signed a peace treaty with France and Spain, officially ending hostilities in the American Revolutionary War (also known as the American War of Independence). 1785, invading Siamese forces attempted to exploit the political chaos in Vietnam, but were ambushed and annihilated at the Mekong River by the Tay Son in the Battle of Rạch Gầm-Xoài Mút. 1788, the third and main part of First Fleet arrived at Botany Bay. Arthur Phillip decided that Botany Bay is unsuitable for the location of a penal colony, and decides to move to Port Jackson. 1839, in the Battle of Yungay, Chile defeated an alliance between Peru and Bolivia. 1841, Hong Kong Island was occupied by the British. 1877, last day of the Constantinople Conference which resulted in agreement for political reforms in the Balkans. 1887, the United States Senate allowed the Navy to lease Pearl Harbor as a naval base.

In 1920, the American Civil Liberties Union was founded. 1921, the first Constitution of Turkey was adopted, making fundamental changes in the source and exercise of sovereignty by consecrating the principle of national sovereignty. 1929, in Old Arizona, the first full-length talking motion picture filmed outdoors, was released. 1936, Edward VIII became King of the United Kingdom. 1941, a German officer was murdered in Bucharest, Romania, sparking a rebellion and pogrom by the Iron Guard, killing 125 Jews and 30 soldiers. 1942, World War II: At the Wannsee Conference held in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee, senior Nazi German officials discussed the implementation of the "Final Solution to the Jewish Question". 1945, World War II: Hungary agreed to an armistice with the Allies. Also 1945, World War II: Germany began the evacuation of 1.8 million people from East Prussia, a task which will took nearly two months. 1949, Point Four Program a program for economic aid to poor countries announced by United States President Harry S. Truman in his inaugural address for a full term as President.

In 1954, the National Negro Network was established with 40 charter member radio stations. 1959, the first flight of the Vickers Vanguard. 1960, Hendrik Verwoerd announced a plebiscite on whether South Africa should become a Republic. 1969, East Pakistani police killed student activist Amanullah Asaduzzaman. The resulting outrage was in part responsible for the Bangladesh Liberation War. 1972, Pakistan launched its Nuclear weapons program a few weeks after its defeat in Bangladesh Liberation War and Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. 1981, twenty minutes after Ronald Reagan was inaugurated, at age 69 the oldest man ever to be inaugurated as U.S. President, Iran released 52 American hostages. 1986, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was celebrated as a federal holiday for the first time. 1987, Church of England envoy Terry Waite was kidnapped in Lebanon.

In 1990, following 7 days of pogroms on local Armenian population of Baku, Azerbaijan the the Red Army entered the city to restore order. 1991, Sudan's government imposed Islamic law nationwide, worsening the civil war between the country's Muslim north and Christian south. 1992, Air Inter Flight 148, an Airbus A320-111, crashed into a mountain near Strasbourg, France killing 87 of the 96 people on board. A design flaw in the computer mode selection system resulted in the crew selecting the wrong rate of descent. 1999, the China News Service announced new government restrictions on Internet use, aimed especially at Internet cafés. 2001, Philippine president Joseph Estrada was ousted in a nonviolent 4-day revolution, and was succeeded by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. 2006, witnesses reported seeing a bottlenose whale swimming in the River Thames, the first time the species had been seen in the Thames since records began in 1913. 2007, a three-man team, using only skis and kites, completed a 1,093-mile (1,759 km) trek to reach the southern pole of inaccessibility for the first time since 1958 and for the first time ever without mechanical assistance. 2009, a protest movement in Iceland culminated as the 2009 Icelandic financial crisis protests start
This column welcomes feedback and criticism. The column is not made up but based on the days events and articles which are then placed in the feed. So they may not have an apparent cohesion they would have had were they made up.
Editorials will appear in the "History in a Year by the Conservative Voice" series, starting with August https://www.createspace.com/4124406 or at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/1482020262/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_dVHPub0MQKDZ4  The kindle version is cheaper, but the soft back version allows the purchase of a kindle version for just $3.99 more. 
For twenty two years I have been responsibly addressing an issue, and I cannot carry on. I am petitioning the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott 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 https://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/tony-abbott-remedy-the-persecution-of-dd-ball

Or the US President at
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/change-injustice-faced-david-daniel-ball-after-he-reported-bungled-pedophile-investigation-and/b8mxPWtJ or http://wh.gov/ilXYR

Mr Ball, I will not sign your petition as it will do no good, but I will share your message and ask as many of friends who read it, to share it also. Let us see if we cannot use the power of the internet to spread the word of these infamous killings. As a father and a former soldier, I cannot, could not, justify ignoring this appalling action by the perpetrators, whoever they may; I thank you Douglas. You are wrong about the petition. Signing it is as worthless and meaningless an act as voting. A stand up guy would know that. - ed

Lorraine Allen Hider I signed the petition ages ago David, with pleasure, nobody knows what it's like until they've been there. Keep heart David take care.

I have begun a bulletin board (http://theconservativevoice.freeforums.netwhich will allow greater latitude for members to post and interact. It is not subject to FB policy and so greater range is allowed in posts. Also there are private members rooms in which nothing is censored, except abuse. All welcome, registration is free.

Happy birthday and many happy returns Saulyn Anthony. Born on the same day, across the years, as 
January 20Martyrs' Day in Azerbaijan (1990)
Simon de Montfort
Welcome to Westminster. You founded the great southern land. You are de facto. You are a people mover. You are the resistance. Let's party. 
Ok this is todays article, The AFFF has been around for a bit and the class action is no secret, but this is the first time farmers on SM are asking for financial donations, partially to stick it back to animal rights crowds but also just to clear their names and set a precedent as not to see businesses suffer at the hands of government on this scale again in future, There is a lot of ramifications I could go into, but in a nutshell 3 senators are being targeted for introducing the bill, sadly the current govt will have to pay if any compensation is awarded, but many say that's not what its all about, just a token amount to a few hardest hit and a legal precedent to secure future trade deals as solid, unlike the broken trade agreement with Indonesia.


Tim Blair – Tuesday, January 20, 2015 (5:16pm)

The big issue at Radio National: 
How do you tell your mum that you’ve signed up for a one-way trip to … 
Syria? Iraq? Nigeria? Click for the correct answer. In other radio news, I’ll be in the studio tonight with 2GB’s Steve Price from 8pm. Tune in for fun and japes.


Tim Blair – Tuesday, January 20, 2015 (1:27pm)

Another Australian idiot for Islam has received his final welfare payment: 
Terrorist Mahmoud Abdullatif is believed to have been killed fighting with Islamic State in Syria.
An Abdullatif supporter posted a tribute earlier this morning to the jihadist who once boasted on his Instagram account that he “just wants to go to heaven and live forever”.
“Brother Abu Abdullatif @riseyamuslim got Shahada insha’allah the day before yesterday, make du’a for Allah. Azza wa Jall to accept him,” the post said.
Abdullatif’s wife Zehra Duman, 21, also posted a message about his death on the weekend, congratulating him for winning the race to heaven. ‘Til we reunite,’ she wrote. 
Abdullatif joins around 20 or so incompetent Australian warriors who have been killed in Syria and Iraq. Of course, this has nothing to do with Islam.
UPDATE. The latest wave of Islamic State savagery
ISIS militants have gone on an execution frenzy in Iraq, murdering at least 20 people in a 48-hour period, including two men “found guilty” of being gay.
Photographs of the killings, shocking even by the group’s barbaric standards, have been circulating on social media since last Thursday. 
They include images of two blindfolded men being hauled to the top of a seven or eight story tower before being thrown to their deaths, one at a time, as a large crowd watches from below.
One picture is captioned: “The Muslims come to watch the application of the law.” 
Which is odd, because this again is nothing to do with Islam.


Tim Blair – Tuesday, January 20, 2015 (5:24am)

Labor goes full commie in Queensland:

That key line, one more time: 
The only reason someone buys a business is to make money from it. 
They really do believe this is a bad thing.
(Via MM)


Tim Blair – Tuesday, January 20, 2015 (5:20am)

“What should we call Islamic State?” asks academic Amin Saikal. “DAISH or IS?”
A reasonable question. But why limit ourselves to just those two options? Let the BlairPoll decide:
Thank you for voting! 

Total Votes: 3,991


Tim Blair – Tuesday, January 20, 2015 (5:16am)

Seven’s Bryan Seymour, the only journalist permitted to attend Hizb ut-Tahrir’s Lakemba rally on Saturday night, reports
“Eventually, we will bounce back and we will reclaim everything that they have taken from us,” Bilal Merhi told the crowd. 
Let’s make a deal, babycakes. You reclaim everything we’ve taken from Islam and in return you guys give back everything you’ve taken from civilisation. It’ll be like George Costanza asking for a pre-nup
Around 200 men and another 50 women and children, behind a curtain at the back, attended the public rally held by extremist Muslim group Hizb ut-Tahrir.
They were told Australia’s democratic government has to go in favour of an Islamic caliphate ruled by Sharia law. 
On the other hand … no. 
Freedom of speech was top of the agenda as firebrand preacher Bilal Merhi said Australians use freedom of speech to mock Islam.
“We will continue to stand up and oppose your freedom to insult our Messenger! Takbir! Allahu Akbar! Takbir! Allahu Akbar!” 
Oh, go blow it out your Akbar, pal. Meanwhile, in England
A trainee lawyer at one of the world’s biggest law firms has posted a 21-minute online rant in which he blames the Paris attacks on non-Muslim “kuffar” who “killed our people and raped and pillaged our resources”.
Aysh Chaudhry, from international law firm Clifford Chance, tried to explain the terrorist atrocities that left 17 people dead and how Muslims should respond.
Mr Chaudhry, who works in the firm’s mergers and acquisitions department, criticised moderate Muslims for allowing their minds to be “colonised” and claimed Islam was “superior” to Western ideology. 
Chaudhry later apologised, claiming he had “no intention other than to encourage intellectual debate.” His softheaded employers did nothing about it: 
A spokeswoman for Clifford Chance said Chaudhry, who is still employed by the firm, was not facing any disciplinary action. She said: “The views expressed in this video are personal and not those of Clifford Chance.” 
(Via Elaine)


Tim Blair – Tuesday, January 20, 2015 (1:53am)

This is true.




Poor Charlie looks confused .. Is Snoopy female?











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Tim Blair – Monday, January 20, 2014 (1:34pm)

Imagine my excitement when the Greens announced their new “climate champion” campaign: 
Becoming a climate champion means you’ll be the first to know about campaign actions and opportunities in the coming months. We’ll send you a Climate Champion toolkit with everything you need to build awareness and support in your community. 
Naturally, I signed up immediately and then began a letterbox vigil for the arrival of my personal climate champion toolkit. Tension grew as I fantasised over the possible contents. A t-shirt announcing my climate champion status? A secret decoder ring? Actual tools I could use to dismantle coal-fired power plants? 

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Tim Blair – Monday, January 20, 2014 (12:59pm)

The absolute moral perversion of the Australian left is again dramatically apparent. Our leftists are actually more upset that lives are being saved by Tony Abbott’s government than they ever were by the deaths of asylum seekers under the previous Labor government.

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Tim Blair – Monday, January 20, 2014 (11:47am)

Several museums in Guam feature fine exhibits telling the stories of Japanese soldiers who remained hidden on the island long after the end of the war.
Some didn’t emerge for decades, preferring to skulk through the jungles in the apparent belief that World War II was ongoing.

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Tim Blair – Monday, January 20, 2014 (11:12am)

Solar colding causes scientific enbafflement
“I’ve been a solar physicist for 30 years, and I’ve never seen anything quite like this,” Richard Harrison, head of space physics at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire, told the BBC.
“If you want to go back to see when the Sun was this inactive… you’ve got to go back about 100 years,” he said …
Mike Lockwood, professor of space environment physics at the University of Reading, told the BBC there was a significant chance that the Sun could become increasingly quiet.
He compared the current circumstances to the latter half of the 17th Century, when the sun went through an extremely quiet phase referred to as the Maunder Minimum.
That era of solar inactivity coincided with bitterly cold winters to Europe, where the Baltic Sea and London’s River Thames froze over. Conditions were so harsh that some described it as a mini-Ice Age. 
Via Mike, who emails: “Just wondering how this will be pinned on man-made emissions … from a mere 149.6 million kilometres away. A new measure of Tony Abbott’s intergalactic evil, I’ll wager.”


Tim Blair – Monday, January 20, 2014 (1:32am)

Under Labor, around one thousand asylum seekers were killed.
Under the current government, a few asylum seekers are spoken to rudely.
Leftists favour a return to Labor’s policies, presumably because dead people can’t hear anything. 


Tim Blair – Sunday, January 19, 2014 (6:32pm)

Not that the Greens are an unusual bunch, but here’s their candidate for the Griffith by-election.
UPDATE. In 2007 and 2010, Ebbs ran as a federal Greens candidate in NSW under the name Giovanni (Joe) Ebono. Or, as our new favourite Green puts it, he ”created Giovanni Ebono and ran him twice for federal politics.” The “visionary and pioneer” is now ”working under birth name - Geoff Ebbs.”
UPDATE II. Ebono/Ebbs has also performed in pantomimes.

No boats for a month. You’d think there would be applause…

Andrew Bolt January 20 2014 (11:58am)

No boat arrivals for a month now. You’d think this was grounds for congratulations. But The Age prefers to retail lurid claims instead:
Two asylum seekers jumped off their boat as the Australian Navy was taking them back to Indonesia around Christmas Day, in what a fellow passenger said was a suicide attempt. 
Sailors from accompanying navy ships pulled them from the water and put them back on board, asylum seeker Rahman Ali said.
Pretty lame “suicide attempt”.  But good enough for The Age to go with

Were Snowden and his media allies Putin’s useful idiots?

Andrew Bolt January 20 2014 (11:41am)

Who knows, but the possibility puts the role of the pro-Snowden media in an unflattering light:
Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Mike Rogers said Sunday that Edward Snowden likely received help from the Russians in leaking NSA data. 
“There’s some security things that he did get around that were clearly above his capabilities. The way he departed and how he ended up in Moscow—now, we still have some questions there,” Rogers, who appeared on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” said.

Islamists go for gold in terrorism at Sochi

Andrew Bolt January 20 2014 (11:26am)

Muslim terrorists seek to win the gold medal - again - for violence at the world’s greatest sports contest:
A new threat to the upcoming Winter Olympics surfaced Sunday as US lawmakers worried about attacks at the Games to be hosted by Russia. 
In a video posted on a well-known jihadi forum, two men believed to have been suicide bombers in last month’s deadly bombings in Volgograd speak of them—and warned of more.
“We’ve prepared a present for you and all tourists who’ll come over,” the video says in part. 
If you hold the Olympics, you’ll get a present from us for the Muslim blood that’s been spilled.”
What is it about the Muslim faith that makes this threat so utterly predictable? 

Green against growth

Andrew Bolt January 20 2014 (11:14am)

 At least the Greens candidate for Griffiths is honest - he really is against growth.
And this time, at least, he is standing under his real name

Another dangerous fib about our past

Andrew Bolt January 20 2014 (10:32am)

Our racial resentment industry really is out of control:
Melbourne City Council will build a memorial to two Aborigines who in 1842 were the first people executed in Melbourne… 
On this day, January 20, in 1842, 5000 Melbourne citizens watched as Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner were hanged for the murder of two whale hunters while resisting white settlement. 
Resisting while settlement or simply stealing and killing? 

At a time of violence between European settlers and indigenous people, the Protector of Aborigines, George Robinson, brought Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner and 14 other native Tasmanian Aborigines to Melbourne in 1839 as intermediaries. 
In 1841 Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner and three indigenous women stole guns, and in a six week, guerilla-style campaign against authorities in the Dandenongs and the Mornington Peninsula, burnt and stole from houses and killed two whalers.
So the settlement they were “resisting” was not even of their own lands. And note the Age’s use of the term “guerilla-style”, freighted with political meaning. By this measure Ned Kelly and every other bushranger ran “guerilla-style” campaigns.
A buoyant Councillor Cathy Oke ...  said Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner were ‘’freedom fighters’’ whose crimes should be ‘’taken in context at the time that this occurred. It’s a time in Melbourne when the tensions between whites and the traditional owners, or Aboriginal people, was obviously quite heightened,’’ she said.
Oke is plain foolish and misleading. Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner were in no sense “tradtional owners” of these lands. Indeed, if anyone in these events were “traditional owners” of the land on which they operated they are the eight Aboriginal trackers who helped to catch them. Nor is there evidence that Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner were fighting for “freedom”.
And there is this consideration. George Orwell, a Leftist, in writing about conservative Rudyard Kipling, conceded this about the Okes of his own generation:
One reason for Kipling’s power ...  [was] his sense of responsibility, which made it possible for him to have a world-view… He identified himself with the ruling power and not with the opposition. In a gifted writer this seems to us strange and even disgusting, but it did have the advantage of giving Kipling a certain grip on reality. The ruling power is always faced with the question, ‘In such and such circumstances, what would you do?’, whereas the opposition is not obliged to take responsibility or make any real decisions. Where it is a permanent and pensioned opposition, as in England, the quality of its thought deteriorates accordingly.
In this case, too, the quality of the Left’s thought has deteriorated for the same reason - the refusal to take responsibility and answer the question “In such and such circumstances, what would you do?”.
We should imagine Oke as the judge presiding in the case of Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner, faced with two Tasmanian Aborigines in Victoria who’d murdered two civilians, wounded five others and burned down stations. Could she seriously have declared the two Tasmanians “freedom fighters” and acquitted them?  What would have been the consequences, in terms of anarchy and bloodshed?
This is a case of Leftists re-imagining our history without a thought for the real-life choices faced at the time by those who were there. It is lazy and intellectually dishonest. Worse, it feeds the racial resentment industry, leading not to reconciliation but its opposite.
Shame on Lord Mayor Robert Doyle for going along with this destructive and dishonest farce. Power above principle, I guess. 

Drowning is better than swearing

Andrew Bolt January 20 2014 (8:01am)

Tim Blair puts it perfectly:
Under Labor, around one thousand asylum seekers were killed. 
Under the current government, a few asylum seekers are spoken to rudely. Leftists favour a return to Labor’s policies, presumably because dead people can’t hear anything. 
Links at the link. 

Warmist BBC gets the chills as Sun goes quiet

Andrew Bolt January 20 2014 (7:51am)

Global warming - general

Even the warmist BBC warns of possible cold times ahead:
Something is happening to the solar activity on the surface of the sun: it’s declining, fast… The number of sunspots is a fraction of what scientists expected, solar flares are half. Richard Harrison is the head of space physics at the Rutheford-Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire. He says the rate at which solar activity is falling mirrors a period in the 17th century where sunspots virtually disappeared. 
Harrison [1:57]: The Maunder Minimum of course was a period of almost no sunspots at all for decades… It was a period where you had a kind of mini ice-age. You had a period where the Thames froze in winters and so on…
BBC science correspondent Rebecca Morelle [2:46]: The Maunder Minimum came at a time when snow cover was longer and more frequent. It wasn’t just the Thames that froze over. The Baltic Sea did too. Crop failures and famines were widespread across Northern Europe. So does a decline in solar activity mean plunging temperatures for decades to come?…
BBC voiceover: Some researchers have gone way further back in time, looked into the ice sheets of particles that were once in the upper atmosphere, particles that show variations in solar activity. Mike Lockwood’s work suggests that this is the fastest rate of solar decline for 10,000 years…
Dr. Lucie Green [5:38]: The world we live in today is very different to the world that was inhabited during the Maunder Minimum. So we have human activity, we have the industrial revolution, all kinds of gases being pumped into the atmosphere, so on the one hand we’ve got perhaps a cooling sun, but on the other hand you’ve got human activity that can counter that and I think it is quite difficult to say actually how these two are going to compete and what the consequences then are for the global climate. 
BBC: So even if the planet as a whole continues to warm, if we enter a new Maunder Minimum the future for Northern Europe could be cold and frozen winters for decades to come...
As I write this, ABC Radio National is pumping out another global warming scare instead, warning of more droughts. No sceptics are interviewed.
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“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” - Matthew 7:12
Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon

January 19: Morning
"I sought him, but I found him not." - Song of Solomon 3:1
Tell me where you lost the company of Christ, and I will tell you the most likely place to find him. Have you lost Christ in the closet by restraining prayer? Then it is there you must seek and find him. Did you lose Christ by sin? You will find Christ in no other way but by the giving up of the sin, and seeking by the Holy Spirit to mortify the member in which the lust doth dwell. Did you lose Christ by neglecting the Scriptures? You must find Christ in the Scriptures. It is a true proverb, "Look for a thing where you dropped it, it is there." So look for Christ where you lost him, for he has not gone away. But it is hard work to go back for Christ. Bunyan tells us, the pilgrim found the piece of the road back to the Arbour of Ease, where he lost his roll, the hardest he had ever travelled. Twenty miles onward is easier than to go one mile back for the lost evidence.

Take care, then, when you find your Master, to cling close to him. But how is it you have lost him? One would have thought you would never have parted with such a precious friend, whose presence is so sweet, whose words are so comforting, and whose company is so dear to you! How is it that you did not watch him every moment for fear of losing sight of him? Yet, since you have let him go, what a mercy that you are seeking him, even though you mournfully groan, "O that I knew where I might find him!" Go on seeking, for it is dangerous to be without thy Lord. Without Christ you are like a sheep without its shepherd; like a tree without water at its roots; like a sere leaf in the tempest--not bound to the tree of life. With thine whole heart seek him, and he will be found of thee: only give thyself thoroughly up to the search, and verily, thou shalt yet discover him to thy joy and gladness.
"Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures." - Luke 24:45
He whom we viewed last evening as opening Scripture, we here perceive opening the understanding. In the first work he has many fellow-labourers, but in the second he stands alone; many can bring the Scriptures to the mind, but the Lord alone can prepare the mind to receive the Scriptures. Our Lord Jesus differs from all other teachers; they reach the ear, but he instructs the heart; they deal with the outward letter, but he imparts an inward taste for the truth, by which we perceive its savour and spirit. The most unlearned of men become ripe scholars in the school of grace when the Lord Jesus by his Holy Spirit unfolds the mysteries of the kingdom to them, and grants the divine anointing by which they are enabled to behold the invisible. Happy are we if we have had our understandings cleared and strengthened by the Master! How many men of profound learning are ignorant of eternal things! They know the killing letter of revelation, but its killing spirit they cannot discern; they have a veil upon their hearts which the eyes of carnal reason cannot penetrate. Such was our case a little time ago; we who now see were once utterly blind; truth was to us as beauty in the dark, a thing unnoticed and neglected. Had it not been for the love of Jesus we should have remained to this moment in utter ignorance, for without his gracious opening of our understanding, we could no more have attained to spiritual knowledge than an infant can climb the Pyramids, or an ostrich fly up to the stars. Jesus' College is the only one in which God's truth can be really learned; other schools may teach us what is to be believed, but Christ's alone can show us how to believe it. Let us sit at the feet of Jesus, and by earnest prayer call in his blessed aid that our dull wits may grow brighter, and our feeble understandings may receive heavenly things.
Abner, Abiner 
[Ăb'nûr] - father of light.
The son of Ner, cousin of Saul and captain of his army. Because of his relationship to the king and his force of character he exercised great influence during Saul's reign and afterwards (1 Sam. 14:50, 511 Sam. 17:55, 57).
The Man Who Was Destitute of Lofty Ideals
Although Abner was the only capable person on the side of Saul and his family, he had little time for the lofty ideas of morality or religion (2 Sam. 3:8, 16).
As Saul's commander-in-chief, he greatly helped his cousin to maintain his military prowess. After Saul's death, he set Ish-bosheth, Saul's son, on the throne.
As an enemy of Joab, David's general, he fought long and bravely against him, and after a severe defeat, killed Asahel in self-defense (2 Sam. 2).
As a proud man, he resented most bitterly the remonstrance of Ish-bosheth, over the matter of Saul's concubines, and negotiated with David to make him king of Israel (2 Sam. 3:7-22).
As an unprincipled man, he reaped what he sowed. Joab, dreading the loss of his own position, and thirsting for revenge, murdered Abner at Hebron. David gave him a public funeral, and afterwards charged Solomon to avenge Abner's murder (2 Sam. 3:26-371 Kings 2:5, 6).

Today's reading: Genesis 46-48, Matthew 13:1-30 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Genesis 46-48

Jacob Goes to Egypt
So Israel set out with all that was his, and when he reached Beersheba, he offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac.
2 And God spoke to Israel in a vision at night and said, "Jacob! Jacob!"
"Here I am," he replied.
3 "I am God, the God of your father," he said. "Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there. 4 I will go down to Egypt with you, and I will surely bring you back again. And Joseph's own hand will close your eyes."
5 Then Jacob left Beersheba, and Israel's sons took their father Jacob and their children and their wives in the carts that Pharaoh had sent to transport him. 6 So Jacob and all his offspring went to Egypt, taking with them their livestock and the possessions they had acquired in Canaan. 7 Jacob brought with him to Egypt his sons and grandsons and his daughters and granddaughters--all his offspring.

Today's New Testament reading: Matthew 13:1-30

The Parable of the Sower
1 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 3Then he told them many things in parables, saying: "A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop-a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9 Whoever has ears, let them hear."

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