Monday, November 07, 2016

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IPA Review features a Sean Lever and Jason Potts article “Debt Free Path to Innovation.” Malcolm Turnbull has proposed a blunt instrument to facilitate start up innovation. It won’t work. Turnbull wants to soften Australia’s bankruptcy regulations by reducing bankruptcy from three years to one year, allow directors to trade while insolvent and prevent others from terminating dealings with insolvent companies.

Thing is, bankruptcy is highly likely for an innovative start up, while it shouldn’t happen for a well run ongoing concern. Having a director of an ongoing concern trade while insolvent would create a capital risk where currently there is none. Instead, as Lever and Potts suggest, a new category of business could be created, meaning current stable legislation remains for other business, but start ups could be treated specifically in a way that could help them prosper. Naturally Turnbull hasn’t considered it.

The next column will be produced as US is voting. So, as a service here is a summation. Today, Hillary’s campaign allies, the press, claimed Hillary was bolstered by FBI’s chief Comey decision to not pursue Weiner Emails in prosecution of Hillary. There are still another four investigations ongoing into the Clinton Foundation. Comey has said that the standard of evidence is such that a prosecution of Hillary from the emails is unlikely. He has not said she has behaved responsibly. He has not said that Hillary has responsibly dealt with conflicts of interest she faced as Secretary of State. We know as a fact that Hillary handpicked a gay ambassador and sent him to his death at Benghazi and blamed a coptic film producer. We know that people who donated to the Clinton foundation she accuses of starting ISIS. It seems apparent Hillary used ISIS to solve Obama’s foreign policy deficiency. Democrats had strong feelings about Oliver North doing much less for better reasons.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump’s accusers get markedly less. It is apparent they are like the Democrat paid inciters at GOP crowds. Trump has been tireless and resilient. When a Democrat activist called out ‘gun’ in a crowd, secret service acted appropriately, so the Democrat supporter still lives. As does Donald Trump. Trump’s last advert for the campaign is masterful. He rises above the low abuse of Hillary supporters and speaks of a greater America. #MakeAmericaGreatAgain #DrainTheSwamp

Australia is poorly positioned to capitalise on a Trump Presidency with both the foreign affairs Minister Julie Bishop and the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull talking out to personalise antipathy to Trump. One understands they prefer Hillary Clinton because they prefer working with corruption. They had insisted Abbott give over $10 million aid to the Clinton Foundation in 2014, and rolled Abbott after he stopped the payments. But neither Bishop nor Turnbull has explained how Australia will be better off with a corrupt Clinton as President, compared to a GOP backed Trump. Trump is not Reagan. Trump is very good at negotiations and knows how to run an executive team. Reagan was more reliant on insiders from GOP. Trump can deliver on promises better than Turnbull can. Turnbull has portrayed himself as being a good business executive. With Trump as President we will see a real one. Trump would never have put himself in the ridiculous position Turnbull has. All Turnbull can do now, constructively, is resign.

Meanwhile Trump’s progressive opponent is loved by the press and demonstrably corrupt. And the Libertarian candidate is trying to find Aleppo. Or a head of state.
Rumour now runs internationally that the apparent Saudi Spy who partners Hillary Clinton kept a life insurance policy of emails left in her ex husband’s computer. And the FBI found it. And so the insurance policy has been cashed in early. And the FBI investigating a witch on Halloween have found incriminating evidence on her familiar’s Weiner.

One person who knows how to profit from central planning is Hillary Clinton. The Chicago Tribune is withdrawing support from her, and suggesting that Democrats replace Hillary. But corrupt news, like the Tribune, knew everything now known about Hillary as they supported her days ago. Maybe they are only backing a tribe, but not a policy? And Maybe they want to find another crook. I note that press, who had accepted Hillary's corruption, are now denouncing her Saudi Spy Handler

Donald Trump's speech at Gettysburg is frightening media. They have supported and protected insider corruption for a long time. Trump will clean up the festering wound, and make America great again. 
=== from 2015 ===
ALP and hate media have denounced the Royal Commission into Trades Unions as being biased or partisan and a witch hunt. It is telling that their minds operate that way, the Royal commission has done nothing to suggest it. But the ALP are used to operating through corruption and expect it in return. The finding that Bill Shorten has not criminally acted in his time as a Trades Union leader is no surprise either. There is no complaint against him. We know, now, he was a bastard boss that exploited his members for profit. But his members wanted him to. Abuse of power is legal unless called out. And union members demand that their leaders steal money from them and conditions for political power and criminal influence. They would have objected had Bill done as Kathy Jackson did and blown the whistle. What the Royal Commission has done is demonstrate it is not biased and its findings of corruption in certain matters are spot on. Those that campaigned against the Royal Commission should face the public's contempt just as they were contemptuous of the court. 

For some, at the moment, the Sex Party has more credibility.
From 2014
Three legged PUP
Tasmanian PUP Senator Lambie says what she thinks, but does not think as often as she talks. She is calling for Remembrance Day to be used to protest a pay rise for soldiers. The federal government has negotiated a pay rise which is beneath inflation. The government warns the entire public service will similarly have beneath CPI wage rises. Lambie wants the rises to be larger. However Lambie is standing in the way of cuts to spending which would allow the government to responsibly make such changes. Lambie threatens to walk away from PUP. 
AGW faith
Theatre direction and climate science combine to produce a scary fantasy devoid of all science. British theatre director Katie Mitchell collaborated with climate scientist Stephen Emmott, and found herself 'transformed' such that she stopped flying and began recycling clothes. Meanwhile the IPCC does not release new data but increases scares in the new report. Meanwhile the University of Bremen has research papers discussing gender division in climate change. Meanwhile Climate Change candidates in the US mid term elections did terribly. Professors will pay for Green faith as their superannuation buried money in loss making ventures like desalination which has not been used at all this year in Victoria. 
Julia and Kevin who claimed in a set piece for the Fairfield Champion in front of school kids in '10 they worked together as friends were as cold as ice at Gough's funeral. Even in death Gough divides.

ABC airs a program (Soul Mates) which asks the question why no one wants to kill Abbott? The ABC has form on such tastelessness, showing a cartoon of a journalist having sex with a dog, or Mr Abbott's mother having sex with a solar panel. On each occasion the ABC has had to retract and apologise for their behaviour. 

A new conservative cause has been launched, to the echo of Martin Luther King's "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." Firstly there was Julie Bishop's statement she was a woman, but not a feminist. Then in the mid terms in the US Tim Scott (Republican) became the first black senator (South Carolina) elected in the South since the reconstruction era. Then Mia Love became the first Black Republican woman to be elected to the house of representatives in Utah.

Obama tells Mr Abbott not to pursue Russia or China during the G20. 

Huffington Post on Pew Research
"Half Of Brits Say Religion Does More Harm Than Good, And Atheists Can Be Just As Moral"
A striking example of status quo after much atheist positioning .. so that it is now worth considering the example of China. Mainland China is still a despicable government which in the '70s the leading politician, wife of deceased Mao, had a survey done during the cultural revolution. She bragged at the survey results. In all of China, not a single Christian remained and the only record of their presence historically was graves that no one visited. But God lives there too, and moving forward thirty years, Christianity is growing faster in China than anywhere else in the world. The government prefers atheists, but will hire a religious person only if they are Christian .. because Christians are loyal and Christ endorsed secular administration. But what of Mao's wife? Nothing of her exists in China, but a grave nobody visits.

Demographically, it is hard to know what the near future of Christianity will look like. African or Asian? But not so many Europeans. Part of the problem is the call of submission to God, the desire to be humble, is very little prized in Western pop culture, but underpins our cultural assets. In fact, I can do nothing to change anyone else's mind, but doing what is right, and relying on God to assert his will, is very attractive even for damaged Atheists. Atheists fear a god that doesn't exist and is a ridiculous figure. But they don't see the God the father, the almighty. Sometimes that is because his people who claim to walk with him are not humble. But the closer one gets to God, the humbler they are .. why do you suppose that is?
A historical perspective
Because of the proximity to US mid terms now, this time in history is coloured by other similar elections. In 1619, Elizabeth Stuart was crowned Queen of Bohemia. The significance of that act cannot be overstated. Elizabeth was the eldest daughter of James I of England and was the grandmother of George I of England. Bohemia was a Czech land which later became Austria-Hungary. In 1775, the Governor of Virginia started emancipating slaves so they might fight with the British. In 1837, in Illinois, an abolitionist printer was shot dead by a mob while trying to protect his print shop. In 1874, a cartoon showed for the first time an elephant used to represent the GOP (US Republican party). In 1893, Colarado gave women the right to vote. In 1916, Jeannette Rankin became the first woman elected to US congress. In 1919, the first Palmer raid resulted in over ten thousand suspected communists in twenty three different cities being rounded up. In 1933, FH La Guardia was elected 99th mayor of NYC. In 1944, FDR was elected President for a fourth time. FDR was a despicable person who would never have achieved such success but for opportunism and Hitler. In 1957, The Gaither Report suggested the US needed more missiles and fallout shelters. In 1973, a Democrat led Congress over rode President Nixon's veto of War Powers Resolution which even today prevents Obama power to wage war without Congress assent. In 1983, someone, none yet known, set off a bomb in the US Capitol. Too late for Guy Fawkes Day. In 1989, Douglas Wilder became the first African American elected Governor in the US, to the seat in Virginia. Also in 1989, David Dinkins became the first African American to be elected mayor of New York City. In 1990, Mary Robinson became the first woman to be elected President of the Republic of Ireland. In 2000, Hillary Clinton became the first woman elected to the senate while still being the first lady of the President. In 2000, the Bush v Gore election was held, later to be resolved the Supreme Court. It was an echo of JFK vs Nixon in which Nixon had conceded to avoid the Supreme Court having to make that decision, weakening Presidential authority. Nixon would have won had he stuck to his guns, but he was a better man than Gore.

In 335 AD, Athanasius was banished to Trier, on charge that he prevented a grain fleet from sailing to Constantinople. However, Athanasius was cleared of the charge, but had made a powerful enemy among some who had the ear of Rome. He was exiled five times in all, yet survived until 373, dying peacefully at 77. In 1492, a meteorite struck a wheat field in the village of Ensisheim, Alsace, France.  In 1665, the oldest surviving Journal, The London Gazette, was first published. In 1786, the oldest musical organisation in the US, the Stoughton Musical Society, was founded. In 1900, during the second Boer war, at the Battle of Leliefontein, three Canadian Dragoons earned a Victoria Cross each. In 1907 Jesus Garcia saved an entire town of Nacozari de Garcia, Sonora, Mexico, from certain death, by driving a burning train with explosive a safe distance away, and so dying. In 1908, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid died in Bolivia, maybe. In 1910, showing they had gotten the hang of flying, the Wright brothers were commissioned by a department store owner Max Moorehouse to air freight from Dayton to Columbus, Ohio. In 1912, the Deutsche Opernhaus (now Deutsche Oper Berlin) opens in the Berlin neighborhood of Charlottenburg, with a production of Beethoven's Fidelio. In 1914, as a reminder Japan was an ally in WW1, he German colony of Kiaochow Bay and its centre at Tsingtao were captured by Japanese forces. In 1917, the Gregorian calendar date of the October Revolution, which gets its name from the Julian calendar date of 25 October. On this date in 1917, the Bolsheviks stormed the Winter Palace. Also on this day in 1917, British forces captured Gaza from the Ottomans. In 1918, Influenza spread to Western Samoa killing 20% of the population before the new year. In 1929, the Museum of Modern Art opened in NYC. In 1941, German planes sank the hospital ship Armenia, killing about five thousand evacuated from Crimea. In 1944, Soviet spy Richard Sorge and 34 of his ring were hanged by Japan. In 1956, UN sprang into inaction demanding the withdrawal of UK, French and Israel from Egypt during the Suez Crisis. In 1987, Singapore's first mass rapid transit line was opened. In 1989, East German PM and his entire cabinet were forced to resign. In 1991, Magic Johnson announced he had HIV. In 1994, WXYC launched the first internet radio. 
From 2013
ALP and Greens are improving, having gone from horse dribble to child spit. One day they will do something for themselves. Looking to the future, one thing they can do for themselves is panic. Apparently Adelaide, a city in South Australia, will be destroyed by global warming in five thousand years. Nobody will get good odds on that, as yesterdays weather report did not predict the cool morning locally. It won't be reported that way .. the afternoon was warm. Kim Carr might keep himself warm burning some subsidy money he collected for automotive manufacturers in back room deals. It is time for the manufacturers to make a profit or drive away. It would be good if Plibersek were in that car. She'd enjoy living in Indonesia where the government shares her values. So long as they don't feel she is spying. We can rely on the ABC not reporting it if she does. More Carbon dioxide is being proceed at a faster rate .. yet global warming has paused for fifteen years. Laurie Oakes is both disgusted and pleased, depending on what he is told to feel, on any given month. 

Mr Howard spoke cogently and compellingly, dispelling myths of a war on Islam, falsified chemical weapons and unilateral war in Iraq. No sign Palmer understands it. Palmer would not marry good sense. 
Historical perspective on this day
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Tim Blair – Saturday, November 07, 2015 (2:31pm)

Three hours of “emotional confrontation” at Yale University: 
The impromptu gathering … ballooned out of a chalking event on Cross Campus in support of Yale’s people of color …
Many students burst into tears as they spoke …
Shortly after the gathering on Cross Campus, a crowd of students moved to the Silliman courtyard to continue chalking there. “Our culture is not a costume,” they wrote in bright colors on the ground. 
(Via Iowahawk, who has the perfect description of these pathetic students.)


Tim Blair – Saturday, November 07, 2015 (2:30pm)

Peter Roebuck’s house is for sale.


Tim Blair – Saturday, November 07, 2015 (4:25am)

The Daily Telegraph reports an alleged child abduction attempt in Sydney: 
Parents pinned down a man until police arrived after an alleged abduction scare outside a Western Sydney school yesterday.
The boy, 10, who was waiting to be picked up after school, screamed when the man grabbed and pulled him outside Bennett Road Public School in Colyton about 3.10pm.
Alerted by the boy’s screams, parents of other schoolchildren rushed to help the child who was holding on to the front fence as the man allegedly tried to drag him away. 
The Sydney Morning Herald, however, found another angle
Sources said the tall, well-built man appeared to be intoxicated, and could have mistaken the child for one of his own. 
Really, SMH? Here’s the child with his mother:

And here’s a pixilated image of the alleged attempted abductor:

One of his own children? Longer odds than Prince of Penzance.


Tim Blair – Saturday, November 07, 2015 (3:54am)

This week’s Accidents Happen podcast with Joe Hildebrand and me covers the Cup and Chinese coal consumption. And cops. And climate. And cockpit changes.


Tim Blair – Saturday, November 07, 2015 (3:40am)

Yesterday I went to my reader-enforced CIS lunch with Attorney-General George Brandis, who gave a brief speechon national security and the government’s new and proposed anti-terror laws.
During the subsequent Q & A I asked about one element of those laws, dealing with the criminalisation of providing terrorist incentives or encouragement. Given that Australia’s Grand Mufti has met senior representatives of Hamas – surely among the world’s leading terrorism encouragement groups – I wondered how this squared with the Mufti’s very recent meeting with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. At what point do obvious realities finally override the desire to present some kind of all-smiling united front?
Brandis’s reply wasn’t great. He stressed the need to view Muslims as a diverse people with wide-ranging views, which is fine, but the question was about one specific Muslim who just happens to have the PM’s ear. And who is friendly with Hamas.
We spoke again following Brandis’s presentation. This was an off the record chat during which some of the more pressing issues raised by readers in comments here were put to the Attorney-General. The tone was friendly, beginning with Brandis’s joking claim to have been deeply hurt by recent items. Although nothing scandalous or especially remarkable was said, off the record means off the record, so I won’t offer specifics.
I can say, however, that in general terms Brandis is as much convinced he did the right thing supporting Turnbull as I believe he did the wrong thing. He is also convinced that he remains part of a centre-right government, while I – and many readers – feel the government is headed determinedly left in outlook, if not yet in actual policies.
Brandis is aware in some detail of the concerns held by this site’s readers and of the need to address those concerns. Your opinions were not dismissed or diminished. Please keep expressing them here, as forcefully as you wish. The Attorney-General, to his credit, is listening. 
Much thanks to the CIS for my invitation and to readers who demanded I attend.


Tim Blair – Saturday, November 07, 2015 (1:55am)

Mark Steyn, ten years ago
These days, whenever something goofy turns up on the news, chances are it involves a fellow called Mohammed. A plane flies into the World Trade Centre? Mohammed Atta. A gunman shoots up the El Al counter at Los Angeles airport? Hesham Mohamed Hedayet. A sniper starts killing petrol station customers around Washington, DC? John Allen Muhammed. A guy fatally stabs a Dutch movie director? Mohammed Bouyeri. A terrorist slaughters dozens in Bali? Noordin Mohamed. A gang-rapist in Sydney? Mohammed Skaf. 
A decade later, multiple Mos still lead the way when it comes to murder and mayhem. July’s Chattanooga multiple killer? Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez. Sydney’s teenage Islamic assassin? Farhad Khalil Mohammad Jabar. And now we have 18-year-old Faisal Mohammad, who this week stabbed four people at a California university: 
“He had a smile on his face, he was having fun,” a construction worker who helped stop the attack told CBS 47.
Campus police shot and killed Mohammad, a freshman computer science & engineering major, after Wednesday’s attack. Police detonated his backpack and are testing a substance inside ...
Authorities are investigating a motive. They say Mohammad was armed with a hunting knife, and that its blade was 8 to 10 inches long. 
As usual, that motive might be a tricky one to nail down: 
The man who went on a stabbing rampage Wednesday at the University of California, Merced, praised Allah in a two-page manifesto recovered from his body, the Merced County Sheriff said Thursday …
[Sheriff Verne Warnke] told a crowd of reporters Thursday “there is nothing to indicate this was anything other than a teenage boy who got upset with fellow classmates.”
Asked if the manifesto made any references to Allah, Warnke said there were, but dismissed any suggestion that Mohammad was motivated by religion.
“His belief was through the Muslim faith, but there’s nothing to indicate anything other than that,” Warnke said. “It’d be like a Christian referring to the Lord Jesus.” 
“It’s Mo’s world,” writes Steyn, in the wake of this latest atrocity. “We just live in it.” Well, for as long as we’re allowed.


Tim Blair – Saturday, November 07, 2015 (12:50am)

Got a blocked toilet in Swabi or a clogged sink in Santiago del Estero? Call Kevin Rudd and he’ll be right over: 
Former prime minister Kevin Rudd has taken a new key post with a global agency in a move that will further stoke speculation he has the role of UN Secretary-General in his sights.
Mr Rudd has been appointed chair of the global sanitation and water partnership … 
In other words, he’s janitor for the planet. 


Tim Blair – Saturday, November 07, 2015 (12:46am)

The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about
The final text of a huge 12-country trade agreement has confirmed the “worst nightmares” of environmental groups, with no mention of climate change in its lone environment chapter and weak enforcement mechanisms, Australian academics say. 
(Via Goran J.)

Rudd steps closer to UN top job

Andrew Bolt November 07 2015 (1:02pm)

It was be grossly unfair on the rest of the world if the Turnbull Government, knowing the real Kevin Rudd, backed his candidancy for the UN’s top job. Yet I suspect it will:
Former prime minister Kevin Rudd has taken a new key post with a global agency in a move that will further stoke speculation he has the role of UN Secretary-General in his sights. 
Mr Rudd has been appointed chair of the global sanitation and water partnership Sanitation and Water for All (SWA), whose goal is to achieve universal access to sanitation and safe drinking water. The agency partners with more than 90 governments, organisations and development bodies, including the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Development Program.

What drowning seas?

Andrew Bolt November 07 2015 (11:00am)

Tony Thomas contrasts predictions by warmists of massive sea rises with the actual record so far. (Note: the effect of movements of the tectonic plates are not factored in.):
I stumbled the other day across a user-friendly website for actual sea-level data (no forecasting or homogenising involved). It’s not one of those sceptic sites, like, but from NOAA, America’s National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration. NOAA tracks sea-level movements around the globe via tide gauges. 
Try starting with the NOAA sea data for Sydney (Fort Denison) and Fremantle.
The Sydney data go all the way back to 1886. The reference point is a plug in the northern wall of the Department of Lands Building in Bridge Street. There are other plugs in the stone wall on Fort Denison and Mrs Macquarie’s Point.
For the period 1886-2010, the sea level at Fort Denison rose by 0.65mm/year, a rate of 6.5cm per century. That is a fifth of a foot, in other words.
So tiny? Some mistake, surely! Let’s check the Sydney numbers against those for Fremantle, 4000km to the west. In this case, the reference point is a little brass plate set in concrete below a cover plate at the inshore corner of ‘A berth’ landing. From 1897 to 2010, the average annual rise at Fremantle was 1.54mm, or 15.4cm or a mere 6 inches per century.
So head north to Bundaberg and Townsville, and all you get is 5.8cm and 14.8cm per century, respectively, a few inches and half a foot. Criss-cross to t’other side, Port Hedland (21.8cm/century) and Carnarvon (28.9cm/century). That’s a bit higher, but we’re still only talking of barely a foot in 100 years.
Over to NZ then, let’s spread our sample.  Same boring story, 12-23cm per century. So head for those drowning Pacific isles, Tuvalu and Kiribati. Tuvalu gets an average annual rise (since 1977) of 3.74mm or 37cm a century: 15 inches. This rate could become a problem in 30-50 years if the islanders maintain their high birth rate and continue degrading their environment. Even so, the island chain’s surface area is growing, not drowning.[vi]
But here’s Kiribati: a mere 6cm per century, a few inches. Then there’s the Cook Islands (15cm per century or half a foot), Palau just a tad higher, and the Marshall Islands, higher again at 36cm, or 14in.. But those statue-building descendants on Easter Island can relax: their vast Pacific Ocean surrounds are rising at a mere 3.3cm per century, or not quite 2 inches in a 100 years.
Numbers like this spoil the narrative of our coastal-catastrophes-to-come.

Growth slows, budget blows

Andrew Bolt November 07 2015 (10:05am)

This is no time to be talking of tax rises - or to be dodging spending cuts:
The Reserve Bank says the Australian economy will grow far more slowly than forecast in Tony Abbott’s May budget, opening up the possibility of a multibillion-dollar hole in Malcolm Turnbull’s first budget, due next May. 
The revenue hit is estimated to be somewhere between $3 billion and $11 billion…
The RBA has revised down its forecast for economic growth this financial year to an average of 2.25 per cent, a full half a percentage point below the budget forecast of 2.75 per cent…
The RBA said commodity prices had slipped 2 per cent in the past three months and growth in China was slowing… 
The charts in the budget that predict a return to surplus by 2019-20 were built around an assumption of fast economic growth of 3.5 per cent in the five years to 2021-22. 

On The Bolt Report tomorrow, November 8

Andrew Bolt November 07 2015 (9:21am)

 Tomorrow on Channel 10 at 10am and 3pm:
Editorial:  Nine years after Al Gore’s deceitful film, proof that sceptics rule, OK. A little gloating is in order. A few scaremongers to be named and shamed.

My guest: Finance Minister Mathias Cormann.
The panel: Former Treasurer Peter Costello and former NSW Labor Treasurer Michael Costa. Has the tax debate gone off the rails? More union scandals, but Shorten cleared by the counsel assisting the royal commission into union corruption.  And the bouncy Turnbull and the dancing Shorten - which is worse?
NewsWatch: Piers Akerman of the  Daily Telegraph. Why journalists swallowed the warming scare. And is the media’s love affair with Turnbull in any danger of ending?

The videos of the shows appear here.

The rage of entitlement

Andrew Bolt November 07 2015 (9:13am)

 Within the West, a culture of destruction:
Thousands of protesters wearing sinister Guy Fawkes masks brought chaos to the streets of London last night. 
Hundreds of anarchists were held back by police outside Buckingham Palace. They aimed fireworks at the police horses and also tried to dazzle them with laser pointers…
Elsewhere, officers were forced to brandish their batons after clashes turned violent as the vandals marauded through the streets, setting off smoke bombs and daubing graffiti. A total of 50 people have been arrested and at least three officers have been taken to hospital with injuries. 

White lives don’t matter

Andrew Bolt November 07 2015 (8:43am)

Big spike of deaths of poor white males under Obama, but who cares?
A startling new study that shows a big spike in the death rate for a large group of middle-aged whites in the United States was rejected by two prestigious medical journals, the study’s co-author, Nobel laureate Angus Deaton, said Tuesday. 
Deaton and Anne Case, both Princeton economists, received international media attention for the paper published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). But before they submitted it there, they tried to get it published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Deaton said.
“We got it back almost instantaneously. It was almost like the e-mail had bounced. We got it back within hours,” said Deaton…
Deaton and Case then tried the New England Journal of Medicine… Again they were rejected…

In the meantime, Deaton won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences…
The research showed that the mortality rate for whites between the ages of 45 and 54 with a high school education or less rose dramatically between 1999 and 2013, after falling even more sharply for two decades before that.
That reversal, almost unknown for any large demographic group in an advanced nation, has not been seen in blacks or Hispanics or among Europeans, government data show. The report points to a surge in overdoses from opioid medication and heroin, liver disease and other problems that stem from alcohol abuse, and suicides.
Deaton said he knows that the research will be fodder for political commentary, including a conservative Web site’s analysis that blamed Obama for a trend that began during the presidency of Bill Clinton. 
His analysis: “There’s this widening between people at the top and the people who have a ho-hum education and they’re not tooled up to compete in a technological economy. … Not only are these people struggling economically, but they’re experiencing this health catastrophe too, so they’re being hammered twice.” 
(Thanks to reader Greg.) 

Nothing fair about a tax system that stops the country from becoming richer

Andrew Bolt November 07 2015 (7:54am)

One third of Australia’s families already pay not a dollar of income tax, and are given other people’s money to get by.
According to recent estimates by the Productivity Commission, 32 per cent of families receive social transfers but pay no income tax...
This stops Australia from having the extremes of poverty that would offend our sense of fairness and risk tearing apart our community.
But it does risk breeding a hand-out culture - one that stifles the work ethic of poorer Australians and punishes the work ethic of richer, today facing a top tax rate of 49 cents in the dollar..
Moreover, right now it risks making “fairness” the test of any reforms to our tax system, when in fact the best way to protect the poor is to grow the economy - and then use the profits for welfare.
Henry Ergas explains:
As certainly as night follows day, howls of injustice will greet any proposed restructuring of the tax system; but those who seek to place income distribution at the heart of the tax reform debate greatly overstate what the tax system can and should do.... 
The choice in tax reform is therefore not between more fairness or less: it is between a tax system that imposes higher economic costs, shrinking national income, and one that imposes lower costs, thus expanding the resources available for pursuing our individual and social goals, including by funding the transfers we rely on to advance social equity.
As Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens put it at last August’s National Reform Summit, which this newspaper co-sponsored, policy debates that are “so often framed as about ‘fairness’ — that is income distribution — might be better framed as: how do we grow the pie?”
He added: “That isn’t because distribution doesn’t matter, it’s because distributional issues surely get easier with growth but much, much harder in its absence.” Allowing income distribution concerns to block changes that would make Australia richer, and hence better able to sustainably ­finance the objectives we each want to achieve, would consequently be absurd; and it would be no less absurd to allow cries of unfairness to distort any reforms that might proceed. 
The greatest danger is that, faced with the predictable protests, the government will promise far more in compensation to low-­income earners than it should, aggravating the problem of high effective marginal tax rates.
The danger is that the simple and desirable trade off - a higher and/or broader GST for lower tax rates - will just become a grab for more taxes. The extra revenue will go largely towards over-compensating the poor (to stop a scare campaign), buying off the states, repaying the debt and paying for the federal government’s ever-increasing spending. What’s left will be enough only to fund minor cuts in the tax rates that will soon be taken back by bracket creep.
If this does happen, then the best reform may be to do nothing at all with tax, and just get on with real reforms - to workplace rules, penalty rates, red tape, green tape, mad restrictions on industries such as coal seam gas, uranium and international nuclear waste facilities. And cut spending.
Yet, as Dennis Shanahan predicts:
In the past 22 years there have been three federal election campaigns fought on the GST or its repeal. Although Malcolm Turnbull seems reluctant to use the term, it seems inevitable that 2016 will become the fourth campaign with a GST deal at its heart.
Paul Kelly interprets the Government’s waffle:
The Prime Minister and the Treasurer are raising expectations they can smash the complacency, drift and negativity in the nation’s political culture. While they have taken no decision about a GST, the logic of their rhetoric points to a substantial tax reform that would involve the GST. 
They are still at stage one: explaining the imperative for change. Stage two, the policy design with the necessary electoral viability, lies ahead.

Claim: explosion heard on black box of Russian plane

Andrew Bolt November 07 2015 (7:03am)

More suggestions - but still no proof - that a bomb brought down the Russian jet in Egypt:
The sound of an explosion could be heard on the black boxes recovered from a Russian plane that crashed over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on Saturday, according to an investigator who had access to them, French TV station France 2 said on its website on Friday. 
According to the investigator, the explosion was not consistent with an engine failure, the report said. Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin halted all Russian flights to Egypt amid growing evidence a bomb downed a St Petersburg-bound charter plane that crashed killing all 224 people aboard.
The reach of the Islamic State grows:
SUSPECTED Islamic State terrorists had set up in the Turkish resort town where next weekend world leaders are to meet under one of the biggest security nets ever thrown over a G20 summit. 
In simultaneous raids yesterday, hundreds of police swooped on three districts in Antalya on the Mediterranean coast where 20 world leaders including US President Barack Obama, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull are to meet.
Twenty people were arrested including two Russians and two local women whom Turkish police said were Islamic State suspects; the Russians were related to two other people arrested last week.

How much financial trouble is Clive Palmer in?

Andrew Bolt November 07 2015 (6:56am)

Is Clive Palmer running out of money? Hedley Thomas:
In interviews with Inquirer, former and current staff, contractors, lawyers, allies and commercial rivals point to many signs of worsening financial stress across Palmer’s business group. The gambler’s luck is running out. 
... without the arrival of a cashed-up white knight, or an uptick in the price of nickel produced at his Townsville refinery, or a legal ceasefire and negotiated payout by the Chinese (with whom he remains locked in costly litigation over royalties he is not seeing on iron ore reserves he controls in Western Australia), Palmer’s prospects are grim…
Palmer has spent most of the $US450m he received from the Chinese when they first inked a deal to mine his tenements.
His subsequent investments, listed in his register of pecuniary interests, have performed poorly. Tens of millions of dollars were blown on an ill-fated and now-abandoned nickel project in Gladstone alone.
As Palmer’s lawyer Simon Couper QC told the Federal Court last month about how the lack of mining royalties was having an effect on Palmer’s company: “This is our cashflow, we’re not getting cashflow, and it’s causing us problems.”.. 
The Weekend Australian asked for an interview and put several questions about the cashflow and financial challenges for his businesses, but Palmer yesterday declined to discuss the matters. He replied with a two-word text message yesterday: “Not true.”

Spying on the wife for the union boss

Andrew Bolt November 07 2015 (6:47am)

More allegations about the National Union of Workers:
POWERFUL union boss Derek Belan’s split from the mother of his child was so bad that he got the boss of a labour hire company to pay for a private eye to spy on her. 
Mr Belan has been admitted to a private Sydney psychiatric hospital and has so far not appeared before the Royal Commission into trade union corruption to answer questions about spending on his union credit card that included almost $40,000 in online shopping, dating websites and a tattoo.
Today the commission heard that Mr Belan was the state secretary of the National Union of Workers when he split from partner Paula Lancaster and put a private investigator on her tail.
Mr Belan ... organised the private eye through labour hire company Action Workforce and its boss picked up the $17,000 surveillance bill as a personal loan.. It is not clear if Mr Belan repaid the money…
Ms McNaughton asked if he was trying to curry favour with the head of a union that represented 60 to 70 per cent of his workforce.
“No, no, Mr Belan was using his personal contacts to assist me,” said [Action Workforce labour hire chief Paul Rixon].
Written evidence from [Action Workforce boss Ross] Shrimpton before the commission also detailed how Action Workforce and its listed holding company, Ashley Services, employed two of Mr Belan’s nieces and three other people with the same surname.

Is Turnbull really in a united front with the Mufti?

Andrew Bolt November 07 2015 (6:19am)

Tim Blair asks a question:
Yesterday I went to my reader-enforced CIS lunch with Attorney-General George Brandis, who gave a brief speech on national security and the government’s new and proposed anti-terror laws. 
During the subsequent Q & A I asked about one element of those laws, dealing with the criminalisation of providing terrorist incentives or encouragement. Given that Australia’s Grand Mufti has met senior representatives of Hamas – surely among the world’s leading terrorism encouragement groups – I wondered how this squared with the Mufti’s very recent meeting with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. At what point do obvious realities finally override the desire to present some kind of all-smiling united frontBrandis’s reply wasn’t great. He stressed the need to view Muslims as a diverse people with wide-ranging views, which is fine, but the question was about one specific Muslim who just happens to have the PM’s ear. And who is friendly with Hamas.
The Mufti after meeting the Hamas “prime minister” of Gaza:
 Sheik Ibrahim Salem, Mufti of Australia: We came here in order to learn from Gaza. As I said in my speech, we will make the stones, trees, and people of Gaza talk, in order to learn steadfastness, sacrifice, and the defense of one’s rights from them. We feel like we are on cloud nine. We feel like we are on top of the world.

No criminal case for Shorten over his union’s dodgy deals

Andrew Bolt November 07 2015 (5:54am)

Bill Shorten himself can breathe easier, even though his former union, his ally and successor, and some companies he dealt with all face the possibility of criminal charges:
The Commissioner investigating trade union corruption has been advised that Bill Shorten did not engage in any criminal or unlawful conduct.
No evidence was given proving Shorten broke the law as head of the Australian Workers Union. Yet this happened under his nose:
Mr Stoljar said a common theme in seven AWU Victoria case studies being probed by the commission was that secret payments were made by businesses to the union “in many cases” amid enterprise bargaining negotiations which “profoundly weakens the union’s position”. 
Other themes running through the case studies were bogus invoices and inflated union memberships.
In some cases, workers, such as those employed by agricultural group Chiquita Mushrooms, ended up being worse off financially than they were previous employment agreements.
“The fact that a union has entered into an undisclosed arrangement during that bargaining process pursuant to which it receives significant sums from an employer is likely to inhibit the ability of the union vigorously to defend and prosecute its members’ interests in relation to that employer,’’ Mr Stoljar said. 
He said it was not suggested that any AWU officials personally benefited from the conduct but “nevertheless the submissions are to the effect that the AWU Vic itself, and a number of officials, may have committed offences”.
And while Shorten may indeed have acted legally, did he act properly?
Mr Stoljar rejected Mr Shorten’s reasoning or signing away worker’s rights at cleaning company Cleanevent — which cost 5000-odd workers up to $400m in lost wages. 
In 2004, under Mr Shorten, AWU Victoria entered an EBA which stripped workers of the company of nightime and weekend penalty rates which saw workers paid, in many cases, less than half of what they were entitled under the industry award.
Mr Shorten, who was the AWU Victoria general secretary from 1998 to 2007 and AWU National Secretary from 2001 to 2007, told the commission he had agreed to this arrangement because it was “fanciful in the real world” that cleaners were being paid award penalty rates.
In his submission, Mr Stoljar said there was “little evidence” to support that claim.,, 
Mr Shorten is unlikely to face any fallout from his role in arranging for struggling construction firm Unibuilt to pay the wages of staffer Lance Wilson during his 2007 election campaign. However Mr Melhem may have broken AWU rules for writing off a debt Unibuilt owed to the union, the submissions state.
Mr Stoljar’s submission acknowledges Mr Shorten’s role as then Victorian AWU secretary in initial discussions over the idea of Thiess John Holland making payments to the union.
Around Shorten, though, were others now in strife:
Bill Shorten’s union and his close ally Victorian Labor MP Cesar Melhem face the possibility of criminal charges including for allegedly receiving corrupt and secret commissions in questionable deals done with employers.... 
Construction giant Thiess John Holland faces possible charges over payments to the Australian Workers Union during construction of the $2.5 billion EastLink tollway in Melbourne’s south-east.
Counsel assisting the commission, Jeremy Stoljar, SC, found that criminal charges should be considered against former AWU secretary Mr Melhem over $100,000-a-year payments to the union, without the knowledge of members, for which false invoices were said to have been created…
Mr Stoljar recommends criminal charges should be considered against Mr Melhem for soliciting allegedly corrupt payments from… cleaning company Cleanevent, whereby the union received yearly payments of $25,000. The money was allegedly in return for keeping staff on a WorkChoices-era agreement that “substantially disadvantaged” casual cleaners by denying them penalty rates.
Cleanevent also handed over a list of casual employee names for the AWU to artificially boost its membership rolls and sway within Labor, the inquiry heard…
Mr Stoljar said Mr Melhem and the AWU may have committed criminal offences by creating sham invoices to mask large payments from building firm Winslow Constructors. 
Evidence tendered to the inquiry included invoices totalling $225,000 from the union to Winslow between 2008 and 2013, containing allegedly false descriptions of “OH&S training”, when they were really for employer-funded union membership fees. 

BHP disaster

Andrew Bolt November 07 2015 (5:27am)

People dead, BHP in strife:
BHP Billiton was last night facing one of the worst disasters in its 130-year history after sludge from two burst mining dams at the Samarco iron ore joint venture in Brazil destroyed much of a nearby town, killing at least two people and leaving scores unaccounted for. 
Brazilian newspapers reported local unions as saying there were 15 or 16 people killed and 45 missing after the tailings dam burst at BHP’s 50 per cent-owned Samarco operations in the state of Minas Gerais, burying houses and streets in the town of Bento Rodrigues in muddy waste… BHP shares slid 58c, or 2.5 per cent, to $22.70 yesterday after news of the disaster, which Morgan Stanley estimated could result in a year of lost iron ore production.

Silencing the Lambie on a day of quiet reflection

Piers Akerman – Friday, November 07, 2014 (12:56am)

PUP’s increasingly erratic Senator Jacqui Lambie popped her muddled head above the parapet with a call for military veterans to use Remembrance Day to protest a 1.5 per cent pay rise from the Defence Force ­Remuneration Tribunal.

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Tim Blair – Friday, November 07, 2014 (1:32pm)

British theatre director Katie Mitchell is transformed by her collaboration with climate scientist Stephen Emmott: 
For Mitchell, the experience of working with Emmott was “life changing” in terms of the way she understood what was happening with the climate and the environment. “At the end of that process I stopped flying, I’ve now stopped buying any new clothes – the level of recycling in my house is unbelievable.” 
Just as well they didn’t work together on a murder mystery. Meanwhile, James Delingpole reviews the latest IPCC call to arms: 
The report contains no new “science” whatsoever. That is because it is a political document not a scientific one. It merely synthesises the three (heavily criticised) reports released over the last 13 months by the IPCC’s three Working Groups, cherrypicks the scariest bits, turns the hysteria up to 11, then asserts on this basis that drastic measures must be taken if disaster is to be averted.
Again, what is going here most definitely isn’t science. It’s pure propaganda. 
That’s precisely why leftists love it.


Tim Blair – Friday, November 07, 2014 (1:25pm)

Even at Gough Whitlam’s funeral, Julia and Kevin could not even pretend to get along.


Tim Blair – Friday, November 07, 2014 (1:21pm)

No Tricks Zone reports
On November 12, 2014 a colloquium by the artec research centre for sustainability is taking place at the University of Bremen at 4 pm. The colloquium focuses on a topic that has long been a pressing issue and has been the source of many sleepless nights:
Value creation and value appreciation: Gender division of labor in climate change 
I have no idea what that means. The speaker is Dr Sybille Bauriedl, who previously presented another climate-themed talk: 
Social construction of climate change. How and what can feminist research contribute to gendered climate policy? 
(Via Dan F., who notes: “Climate change has gone Blair’s Law.")


Tim Blair – Friday, November 07, 2014 (12:16pm)

A sensational hoax call to 2GB’s Alan Jones.


Tim Blair – Friday, November 07, 2014 (12:14pm)

It’s over, babies: 
Despite millions spent to make climate change a wedge issue during the midterms, environmentally friendly candidates didn’t fare well on Election Day …
The nation’s top environmental groups including the League of Conservation Voters, the Sierra Club, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and billionaire Tom Steyer’s NextGen Climate spent at least $85 million on six Senate races.
Out of those six races, only two candidates willing to take action on climate change won their races. 
Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune blames “sinister voter suppression tactics” for the defeats, and also claims: 
“Public support is solidly behind action to tackle the climate crisis. While we have lost friends in Congress, we are gaining them in the streets, as our movement grows stronger and broader.” 
Another group with increasing street membership: the homeless. Further from Mark Steyn
“Climate change” is an appealing boutique issue for liberal billionaires and A-list movie stars because “saving the planet” appeals to their vanity. But, if you’re not a liberal billionaire, you’re trying to stay afloat not because the oceans are rising but because family incomes are flatlined and America has declining social mobility. “Climate change” is a luxury issue most Americans can’t afford. 

ABC airs good “joke” - wondering why no one wants to kill “Chancellor Abbott”

Andrew Bolt November 07 2014 (7:36pm)

It’s not that the ABC is far to the Left. No, no.
It is sheer coincidence that every time it goes too far in mocking or sliming a political figure or commentator, the victim just happens to be conservative.
Calling commentator Chris Kenny and “dog f’...” on national TV, and showing him in a doctored picture sodomising a dog? Coincidence.
Falsely accusing me of bullying a female academic and driving her from public life, and falsely branding me a racist on national TV? Coincidence.
Showing a cartoon of Tony Abbott’s mother having sex with a solar panel? Coincidence.
Reveling in leaked private emails of conservative Barry Spurr but closing down debate on the leaked private emails of Labor’s Nova Peris, despite the public interest in how grants are sought? Coincidence.
And now Gerard Henderson reports in his always terrific Media Watch Dog blog:
Here’s the very latest Tony Abbott “joke” — brought to you by the taxpayer funded public broadcaster — per courtesy of Nice Mr Scott, the ABC’s managing director and editor-in-chief — on Soul Mates (ABC 2) last night. Here it is:
Why does everyone always want to kill Hitler? Why not Pol Pot? Why not Stalin? Why not Supreme Chancellor Abbott?
Watch from 8.27. And watch more, to ask yourself why taxpayer funds are used to broadcast something so juvenile and vulgar, given the ABC was established to raise the cultural tone.
The ABC is out of control. 

The right kind of carbon tax: paid by the believers only

Andrew Bolt November 07 2014 (10:49am)

As long as global warmists waste their own money I don’t mind. Indeed, I consider it a tax on stupidity:
Bay Area billionaire Tom Steyer poured more than $65 million into the midterm elections in an attempt to make climate change a top tier issue for voters—and lay the groundwork for an expanded effort in 2016. 
But with Republicans trouncing Democrats in races across the nation and gaining control of the Senate, the environment appears to have lost big, and some political experts say Steyer just wasted a fabulous amount of his personal fortune.
Steyer and his NextGen Climate Action superPAC focused on seven key races and backed the Democrat in each race; the candidate he backed won in three. The biggest victory came in New Hampshire, where Democrat Jeanne Shaheen narrowly defeated Republican Scott Brown. .. 
Steyer also focused on gubernatorial races in Florida, Pennsylvania and Maine. Republican Govs. Rick Scott in Florida and Paul LePage in Maine were re-elected; Democrat Tom Wolfe won in Pennsylvania.

On The Bolt Report on Sunday, November 9

Andrew Bolt November 07 2014 (9:30am)

On The Bolt Report on Channel 10 on Sunday at 10am and 4pm.
Editorial: Whitlam memorial service - the political messages, good, bad and nasty.
My guest:  Top marketing guru David Chalke analyses the Islamic State’s propaganda videos. How professional are they, who are they aimed at and how do they work?
The panel: Australian columnist Niki Savva and former Labor strategist Bruce Hawker.
NewsWatch:  Sharri Markson, media editor of the The Australian and target of an ABC/Fairfax smear..
And lots more, including Palmer’s party imploding, Obama’s humiliation and the strange complacency of some Liberal ministers. And a great conservative cause launched.
The videos of the shows appear here.

Martin Luther King lives on in a great new conservative cause

Andrew Bolt November 07 2014 (8:47am)

A great conservative cause today, so famously expressed by Martin Luther King:
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
This week more signs of a moral revolution against the politics of group identity disastrously promoted by the Left since King’s day:
Sen. Tim Scott (R-South Carolina), the first black senator elected in the South since the Reconstruction era, is no fan of racially tinged Democratic attacks on his party. 
“The lowest common denominator of fear and race-baiting is something that the other party has tried to do, and the voters said ‘No.’ They rejected this,” Scott said… “South Carolina voters vote their values and their issues — and not my complexion,” Scott said. “This is a great sign for what’s happening throughout the South, but certainly a fantastic sign for the evolution that has occurred in South Carolina.”
Then there’s Mia Love, who was this week voted into the House of Representatives by people of Utah:
BERMAN:  You are the first black, Republican woman to be elected to the House of Representatives… 
LOVE: Well, first of all, I think what we need to mention here is this has nothing do with race. Understand that Utahans have made a statement that they’re not interested in dividing Americans based on race or gender, that they want to make sure that they are electing people who are honest and who are—who have integrity, who could be able to go out and actually make sure that we represent the values that they hold dear. And that’s really what made history here. It’s that race, gender, had nothing to do with it.
Last week there was our Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop:
[Feminist is] not a term I find particularly useful these days. I recognise the role that it’s played. It’s not something I describe myself as. I’m not saying I reject the term. I don’t find the need to self-describe in that way…

It’s just not a term I use. I self-describe in many other ways. It’s not because I have a pathological dislike of the term, I just don’t use it. It’s not part of my lexicon, I don’t think anybody should take offense. 

I’m a female politician, I’m a female foreign minister. Yeah well? Get over it.

Professors pay the price for their warming stupidity

Andrew Bolt November 07 2014 (8:08am)

Global warming - dud predictions

Labor - being the party of the collective - is more prone than the Liberals to fall for messianic beliefs and group think. Now we count the cost in Victoria:
Victorian taxpayers have paid more than half a billion dollars to the loss-making operators of the state’s desalination plant, despite it producing no water in the year to June 30.
It is a frightening measure of our intellectual decline that the global warming cult was fed by many university professors. And now academics will pay, too:
New accounts filed by the consortium in charge of the desalination plant, Aquasure Pty Ltd, show ... Aquasure slumped to a $396.2 million loss in the 2014 financial year. 
Unisuper - the university superannuation fund - has the largest individual stake in Aquasure.
The reason for this?
From 2005 to 2008, Flannery, the global warming guru, made a string of outlandish claims like these: 
“So even the rain that falls isn’t actually going to fill our dams and our river systems ... In Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane, water supplies are so low they need desalinated water urgently, possibly in as little as 18 months ...”

The Bureau of Meteorology’s head of climate analysis agreed, warning in 2007 that “climate change here is now running so rampant that ... almost every one of our cities is on the verge of running out of water”.
And politicians believed them… Labor politicians in every ... mainland state built expensive desalination plants, too, rather than cheap dams.
Big mistake. Hear that rain?
The dams in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide we were told would be drained by global warming are instead at least 80 per cent full. 
And in all of those cities, the desalination plants are mothballed or, in the case of Adelaide’s $2.2 billion plant, about to be. 
The Village Idiot (Reformed) warns that retired academics may take a few more hits to their wealth, thanks to the green faith:
Other gems from UniSuper’s 2014 Fnancial Statements: 
UniSuper became a cornerstone investor in A A A-rated Green Bonds issued by the World Bank to support green projects around the globe…
We will further boost the credentials of the Socially Responsible options in the coming months when additional screening is introduced in these options to exclude investments in fossil fuel explorers and producers, alcohol, gaming and weapons.  
471,500 member accounts. $36.3 billion in net assets
Someone who knows insists UniSuper made a great investment in the desal plant, not least because of government guarantees to pay regardless. I trust his verdict. 

Lambie threatens Palmer with walk-out: “Don’t care what Clive Palmer’s position is”

Andrew Bolt November 07 2014 (7:41am)

Palmer United Senator Jacqui Lambie whacks her “leader” on ABC radio:
You know what, it’s getting to the point I just don’t care what Clive Palmer’s position is on this at the moment - but if he had a conscience he’d stand right beside me and our troops and our veterans. 
Lambie is furious Palmer won’t back her mad strategy to blackmail the government by voting against all its legislation until it increases its 1.5 per cent pay deal for defence personnel - despite the fact she’s blocking the savings that could pay for it.
Lambie gives Palmer an or-else:
Clive will have to decide whether he wants to see his party separated in the Senate, that’s all Clive Palmer needs to decide on.
Clive Palmer can no longer sit on the fence, he’s either standing by me or he’s standing near the Liberal National Party but I’m not going to stand around and watch Clive Palmer back flipping. 
She warns that Palmer faces re-election in less than two years, but she’s there for another four, and not backing her could cost him:
He’ll probably pay the price for that at the next election.
Lambie also wants to turn the Remembrance Day ceremonies into a blackmail weapon, urging people to turn their backs on the politicians at the ceremonies, and never mind the RSL protesting against this gross disrespect to a ceremony for the fallen:
The RSL has betrayed diggers for ... many years.
Lambie is coarse, unintelligent and uninformed. She also seems deeply wounded. Brooding over alleged injustices done to her - being denied compensation for what she believes were injuries from her army service that she said drove her to drugs, drink and a breakdown - she now sides passionately with those who seem like metaphors of herself.
I suspect she will never feel soldiers are paid enough and will never forgive bureaucrats - or almost anyone in power. Reason has nothing to do with it.
Clive Palmer has met someone even more irrational than himself, and far more absolutist. I thought Palmer would embarrass Lambie out of associating with him. I didn’t dream the truth could be the other way around:
Sources told Fairfax Media in September that they overheard Mr Palmer bagging his senator as “not very bright” in a conversation with fellow PUP parliamentarian Dio Wang. 
Mr Palmer has also distanced himself several times from Senator Lambie’s campaign to ban the burqa in Australia and her claim that Islamic Law “involves terrorism”.
I don’t believe Lambie told the truth on Wednesday to 2GB’s Chris Smith:
So hang on, you’ve been speaking to Clive about this. He’s supportive of you recommending that people turn their back on Remembrance Day?
Well I hope he’s in support of me yes. I hope all Palmer United Party…
Have you spoken to him? Is he supportive of you or do you think he should be?
Yes he’s supportive of me.
You’ve spoken to him about this?
Is he going to put his foot forward and say I’m supportive of Jacqui Lambie telling everyone to turn their backs on Remembrance Day?
Not quite:
Clive Palmer says he doesn’t support Jacqui Lambie’s call for soldiers to hijack Remembrance Day ceremonies and turn their backs on government MPs in protest against their meagre pay rise… 
“No, but I understand the anguish that servicemen feel for the way they’ve been treated,” he responded when asked ...  if he would back his Senator’s protest. “It’s not something I would do. Senator Lambie’s free to do what she does, she’s elected by the people of Tasmania to represent their interests,” Mr Palmer said.
If Palmer cannot offer Lambie’s vote, his power is diminished in negotiations with the Government.
Clown show:
CLIVE Palmer has declared his fledgling party deserves the balance of power in Victoria’s Upper House despite having no genuine policies or candidates on the ground… 
Addressing the media in a plush Southbank hotel, Mr Palmer said PUP contenders would not be revealed until Sunday — 20 days before the state election… [Palmer] said questions on specific state issues were best directed to the party’s lead candidate on Sunday.

Winning away doesn’t put the score on the board at home

Andrew Bolt November 07 2014 (7:39am)

Former Labor Minister Graham Richardson spells it out:
THAT the budget was a huge political mistake is a statement of fact. Even diehard conservatives who support its economic direction can’t ignore the public’s rejection of so many of the spending cuts. 
The latest Newspoll should give Tony Abbott and his team plenty to think about. Despite the performance of the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in belting Vladimir Putin over the downing of flight MH17 and standing up to the threat posed by Islamic extremists, to find themselves trailing a lacklustre opposition 54-46 is a problem not easily dismissed.

Greens dream of ways to ruin us

Andrew Bolt November 07 2014 (7:33am)

Maurice Newman says the world stopped warming nearly two decades ago, yet the Greens still demand we ruin ourselves to avert the alleged danger:
“LEAVE fossil fuels in the ground,” Greens leader Christine Milne says. “Renewable energy is the future.” “Coal is a stranded asset.” “It’s driving global warming.” “It’s a huge risk to the planet,” she adds, lest we miss the point. 
Milne’s prescription for a vibrant Australian economy includes “keeping the renewable energy target at 41,000 gigawatt-hours”, “stopping new coalmines”, “no coal-seam gas’’ and “no new ports”. “Jobs will come from green energy,” Milne assures us…
Clearly Milne is unaware of the cost to California, Europe and Britain of their ultra green ­embrace.
The Golden State’s energy ­prices are 40 per cent above the US national average, plunging its manufacturing and agricultural regions into depression, with one in five living in poverty.
Researchers at Spain’s King Juan Carlos University have found renewable energy programs destroyed 2.2 jobs for every green one created. 
A study by Verso Economics commissioned by the Scottish government concluded that for every job in the wind industry, 3.7 jobs were lost elsewhere.
Oh my god:
Sun always shines on Green optimists! NSW House of Representatives, Hansard, Wednesday: 
JEREMY Buckingham (the Australian Greens): The future of regional NSW will be built on education, ­renewable energy and sustainable agriculture.
Peter Phelps (Liberal): Baseload solar?
Buckingham: Absolutely.
Phelps: How much solar energy is produced at midnight? 
Buckingham: It depends where it is in the world. It is always midday somewhere.
We just need one of those long extension cords that reaches to California. Apply to Buckingham for your own. 

Steady on

Andrew Bolt November 07 2014 (7:27am)

Number of Australians who have caught ebola: zero.
Years since an Australian died in a terrorist attack in Australia: 36.
Years since global warming halted: 16. 

Rising in the East

Andrew Bolt November 07 2014 (7:22am)

Beware a new axis of power based on values and interests not those of the free West: 
Australia was given no choice from our US, European or Asian allies but to welcome Putin to Brisbane and drop all thoughts of barring him from the global summit or diplomatically embarrassing him.
The advice to Australia was that, amid growing fears of a new Cold War and, more importantly, the new “relationship of convenience” between Russia and China, Abbott had to accept Putin’s attendance to keep the “lines of communication open"…
In the past three weeks, Russia and China have signed a three-year deal for $24.5 billion to mutual­ly buffer their central banks in a financial crisis and financ­e Russian banks and energy companies for projects blocked by US financial sanctions… 
Aware of the dangers of a growing financial relationship between China and Russia, as China becomes financially dominant in the Asia-Pacific, the US, EU and Japan are seeking not to ostracise Putin.
And there is even less possibility of confronting Russia or China while the US is under the leadership of a President so averse to asserting American power or even values:
Abbott’s office, the Treasurer and Ms Bishop were all bluntly told from the White House that the “G20 is an economic forum and we don’t want to see any Balkanisation of the G20 and that is hugely important to keep the communications lines open with Russia”.
I don't think so. I think they weaken and hurt Israel, which is bad on its own. I similarly don't think Obama will destroy USA .. - ed
My dad's specialty was Education. He started Sesame Street as the educational evaluator. He was editor of the journal of educational psychology for some thirty years. Pro vice Chancellor community affairs at Sydney University and ran the board of studies in Victoria when he set up two Victorian model schools in Dubai. To be straight with you, it is very hard to initiate a culture that prizes intellectuals. To dismantle one to avoid losing some/many seems risky. They will come back to where it is good to raise their children. - ed
Sarah Palin
Tomorrow we will announce the details of our upcoming "Good Tidings and Great Joy" book tour scheduled to start November 12th in the beautifully named Bethlehem, PA. This book is not about isolated trivialities. It's not really just about gingerbread cookies, or stockings hung by the chimney with care, or the big fat man with the long white beard. It's not about one holiday at all. It's about that little baby wrapped in swaddling clothes who arrived long before hope and change became political manipulations. It's about Christ and our ability to worship Him freely. It's about America, and what liberty truly means in our day-to-day lives. It's an empowering message that can change your life and help rebuild what is GOOD in this world! I am beyond excited to share this unique book with you and your loved ones. You can pre-order “Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas” here:


Barnes & Noble:

I can't wait to hear from you as we apply this positive message to our everyday living and commit to ignoring the "political correctness" that would lead us to do otherwise!


Sarah Palin

There is someone on Facebook who keeps sending me naked pictures of themselves. I have asked them nicely to stop it but they won't so here it is publicly. "Keep sending me pictures and I will be going to the police!" Friends, you may know them so you may want to delete them. This is their profile:
Larry Pickering
SPYING? ... be discreet about it please

Julie Bishop’s Indonesian counterpart, Mohammad Marty Natalegawa, is in posturing election mode when he says Australia’s spying could impede Indonesia’s current cooperation on people smuggling. Is Marty suggesting an original lack of cooperation? Yes he is! But he didn’t mean to say that.

Discretion was hardly on Marty’s mind last month when he publicly disclosed details of private conversations he had with Julie Bishop. That was very naughty of Marty.

Of course the wily Marty knows international espionage has been alive and well for 200 years, even among friends and allies. To suggest it is an affront to Indonesian sensitivity is an exercise in ambidextrous electioneering.

Embassies world-wide are involved in spying on their hosts and each affords the other diplomatic immunity from otherwise covert illegalities.

Foreign Affairs is the respectable face of Australia’s six separate spy Agencies and our ambassadors, attaches and diplomats are not there just for the cocktail parties.

Even the US compiles information on Australians, just ask Labor’s Mark Arbib, Bill Shorten and even Bob Hawke who were regularly seen slinking the back streets of Yarralumla to confirm or deny US surveillance.

Julie Bishop is about to leave for Jakarta to “patch things up” when there is actually nothing to be patched up.

Machiavellian Marty will greet tyro Julie with a “gotcha” grin, order tea be served, perve on her legs and discuss the weather before Julie flies home to tell us all is well.

Should Australia have no covert political interest in the most populous and corrupt Islamic nation on earth to our near north, a nation that purposefully invades our borders, a nation that will agree to desist only when confronted and then threatens to continue with the trade if we hurt their damned feelings?

Crumbs! Go fly another kite Marty!

James Calore'
U.S . Government has just passed a new law called: "The Affordable Boat Act"

Every citizen MUST purchase a new boat, by April 2014. These "affordable" boats will cost an average of $54,000-$750,000 each. This does not include taxes, trailers, licensing and registration fees, fuel, docking and storage fees, maintenance or repair costs.

This law has been passed, because until now, typically only wealthy and financially responsible people have been able to purchase boats. This new law ensures that every American can now have an "affordable" boat of their own, because everyone is "entitled" to a new boat.

If you purchase your boat before the end of the year, you will receive 4 "free" life jackets, compliments of President Obama.

In order to make sure everyone purchases an affordable boat, the costs of buying a boat will increase on average of 250-400% per year. This way, wealthy people will pay more, when they trade up.

But to be fair, people who can't afford to buy a boat will be provided one.
Children (under the age of 26) can use their parents boats to party on until they turn 27; then must purchase their own boat.
If you already have a boat, you can keep yours (just kidding; no you can’t). If you don't want or don't need a boat, you are required to buy one anyhow. If you refuse to buy one or can’t afford one, you will be regularly fined $800 until you purchase one or face imprisonment.

Failure to use the boat will also result in fines. People living in the desert; inner cities or areas with no access to navigable waters are not exempt. Age, motion sickness, experience, knowledge nor lack of desire are not acceptable excuses for not using your boat.

A government review board (that doesn't know the difference between the port, starboard or stern of a boat) will decide everything, including; when, where, how often and for what purposes you can use your boat along with how many people can ride your boat and determine if one is too old or healthy enough to be able to use their boat. They will also decide if your boat has out lived its usefulness or if you must purchase specific accessories,(like a $20,000 nav system) or a newer and more expensive boat. Those that can afford larger yachts above $750,000 will be required to do so...its only fair.

The government will also decide the name for each boat. Failure to comply with these rules will result in fines and possible imprisonment.

Government officials are exempt from this new law. If they want a boat, they and their families can obtain boats free, at the expense of tax payers. Unions, bankers and mega companies with large political affiliations ($$$) are also exempt.
New hope for ACL sufferers - ed
Citizen, is this revolutionary France? Have we a great general seeking to elevate to empire? - ed
Allyson Christy
Geo-political pandering in the wake of geo-political scrambling, and all under Russia's momentous, waiting and watchful gaze.
Utter failure - ed
Michelle Malkin
Genius screenshot sums up Terry McAuliffe’s victory in Va.==>
View image on Twitter
Meh, once they automate the acceptance system, they'll claim to be back - ed
The "Mormon Effect"
During the 2012 presidential campaign, that awesomely deep well of perpetual wisdom, Alec Baldwin, proclaimed that if Barack Obama were not black, his vote total would have been 20 percent higher. ...
I don't feel that someone who is not a minister represents their religion if they don't claim to. But the liberal left wing press are full of bigots. The press has too much power. But that is why Romney got his opportunity off cycle. Because it was felt he had that liability that would harm the GOP on cycle. I am not and won't be Mormon, but I would vote for one to be President .. I would vote against a so called Christian were they like Obama .. but the press confuses many. - ed
Technology -> Opportunity -> Disruption -> Change: "Even Blockbuster's late fees came back to bite the chain in an unlikely way. In 1997, a man named Reed Hastings returned a late copy of "Apollo 13" to his local Blockbuster. He was assessed a $40 fee. Two years later, he founded Netflix."
David Bowles
Who is the Clockwork Curandera? What is the Witch Owl Parliament? Be on the lookout for an amazing new project that will steampunk the whole Southwest...
Liberal Party of Australia
Larry Pickering

Hostile takeover vultures are circling the corpse of Fairfax ensuring there is no sign of life before swooping in to safely digest the entrails of a once proud beast.

Today I thought I’d drop in to see how the carcass was decomposing and it certainly seemed to be in an advanced state. 

There were the usual bacterial suspects of pirate FitzSimons, the pasty Pascoe... even the aesthetically challenged Laurie Oakes was flogging a book on why Labor should have won.

Further down was: “Hockey blows a $3b hole in budget”, “News Corp bias against Rudd” and “Abbott thumbs his nose at voters”. Golly, there must be a morsel of objective reporting somewhere in this rag! Couldn’t find one.

There was: “Hockey takes more than he gives”, “Abbott ducks questions on climate”, “Big Lib supporter Murdoch now wants his reward” and “Abbott blunders his way through Indonesia”, oh, and there was some uni bloke they found to proclaim it was Rudd not Abbott who had stopped the boats.

Then it ran out of political guff and predictably turned tabloid with stories about who’s shagging who on the A list, gay life and cats up trees.

Even that Public Service circular, and baby sister The Canberra Times, has politely refused some news feeds.

You would have thought the recent election would have jolted Fairfax back to somewhere near the centre, but nope. This arm of the hopelessly corrupt ALP actually still believes it is right and a thread of indignant bitterness is woven into each story.

The takeover vultures are sniffing the wind for signs of life, but there are none, and now it’s yummy carrion time.

Oh well, I guess we always have the ABC.

Edie Sundby, a Stage 4 cancer patient, is losing her health insurance plan that helped her survive. She speaks out tonight on The Kelly File at 9p/12a ET.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this morning (Wednesday, 6 November 2013), in Jerusalem, met with US Secretary of State John Kerry and said at the start of their meeting:

"We heard the chants 'Death to America' two days ago again in Tehran, and this is, I believe, the true face of this regime or the person who controls this regime, the so called 'Supreme Leader'. I think such a regime must not have the world's most dangerous weapons.

I believe that as long as they continue their goal to enrich uranium, to get nuclear weapons, the pressure should be maintained and even increased because they're increasing enrichment, and I believe that it's possible with intense pressure because of the sanctions regime led in large part by the United States to get Iran to fully dismantle its nuclear weapons program.

I'd be very worried with any partial deals that enable Iran to maintain those capabilities but begin to reduce sanctions because I think this could undermine the longevity and durability of the sanctions regime.

Photo: Koby Gideon, GPO

<Never not chasing the million things I want…>
.. sometimes, when you stand still, they come to you 
so it always feels like I'm chasing something out of reach..>
“he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.”Ephesians 1:9-10 NIV
Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon


"I will pour water upon him that is thirsty."
Isaiah 44:3
When a believer has fallen into a low, sad state of feeling, he often tries to lift himself out of it by chastening himself with dark and doleful fears. Such is not the way to rise from the dust, but to continue in it. As well chain the eagle's wing to make it mount, as doubt in order to increase our grace. It is not the law, but the gospel which saves the seeking soul at first; and it is not a legal bondage, but gospel liberty which can restore the fainting believer afterwards. Slavish fear brings not back the backslider to God, but the sweet wooings of love allure him to Jesus' bosom. Are you this morning thirsting for the living God, and unhappy because you cannot find him to the delight of your heart? Have you lost the joy of religion, and is this your prayer, "Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation"? Are you conscious also that you are barren, like the dry ground; that you are not bringing forth the fruit unto God which he has a right to expect of you; that you are not so useful in the Church, or in the world, as your heart desires to be? Then here is exactly the promise which you need, "I will pour water upon him that is thirsty." You shall receive the grace you so much require, and you shall have it to the utmost reach of your needs. Water refreshes the thirsty: you shall be refreshed; your desires shall be gratified. Water quickens sleeping vegetable life: your life shall be quickened by fresh grace. Water swells the buds and makes the fruits ripen; you shall have fructifying grace: you shall be made fruitful in the ways of God. Whatever good quality there is in divine grace, you shall enjoy it to the full. All the riches of divine grace you shall receive in plenty; you shall be as it were drenched with it: and as sometimes the meadows become flooded by the bursting rivers, and the fields are turned into pools, so shall you be--the thirsty land shall be springs of water.


"Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you."
Hebrews 9:20

There is a strange power about the very name of blood, and the sight of it is always affecting. A kind heart cannot bear to see a sparrow bleed, and unless familiarized by use, turns away with horror at the slaughter of a beast. As to the blood of men, it is a consecrated thing: it is murder to shed it in wrath, it is a dreadful crime to squander it in war. Is this solemnity occasioned by the fact that the blood is the life, and the pouring of it forth the token of death? We think so. When we rise to contemplate the blood of the Son of God, our awe is yet more increased, and we shudder as we think of the guilt of sin, and the terrible penalty which the Sin-bearer endured. Blood, always precious, is priceless when it streams from Immanuel's side. The blood of Jesus seals the covenant of grace, and makes it forever sure. Covenants of old were made by sacrifice, and the everlasting covenant was ratified in the same manner. Oh, the delight of being saved upon the sure foundation of divine engagements which cannot be dishonoured! Salvation by the works of the law is a frail and broken vessel whose shipwreck is sure; but the covenant vessel fears no storms, for the blood ensures the whole. The blood of Jesus made his testament valid. Wills are of no power unless the testators die. In this light the soldier's spear is a blessed aid to faith, since it proved our Lord to be really dead. Doubts upon that matter there can be none, and we may boldly appropriate the legacies which he has left for his people. Happy they who see their title to heavenly blessings assured to them by a dying Saviour. But has this blood no voice to us? Does it not bid us sanctify ourselves unto him by whom we have been redeemed? Does it not call us to newness of life, and incite us to entire consecration to the Lord? O that the power of the blood might be known, and felt in us this night!

Today's reading: Jeremiah 37-39, Hebrews 3 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Jeremiah 37-39

Jeremiah in Prison

1 Zedekiah son of Josiah was made king of Judah by Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; he reigned in place of Jehoiachin son of Jehoiakim. 2 Neither he nor his attendants nor the people of the land paid any attention to the words the LORD had spoken through Jeremiah the prophet.

3 King Zedekiah, however, sent Jehukal son of Shelemiah with the priest Zephaniah son of Maaseiah to Jeremiah the prophet with this message: “Please pray to the LORD our God for us.”
4 Now Jeremiah was free to come and go among the people, for he had not yet been put in prison. 5 Pharaoh’s army had marched out of Egypt, and when the Babylonians who were besieging Jerusalem heard the report about them, they withdrew from Jerusalem.
6 Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet:7 “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: Tell the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of me, ‘Pharaoh’s army, which has marched out to support you, will go back to its own land, to Egypt. 8 Then the Babylonians will return and attack this city; they will capture it and burn it down.’
9 “This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, ‘The Babylonians will surely leave us.’ They will not!10 Even if you were to defeat the entire Babylonian army that is attacking you and only wounded men were left in their tents, they would come out and burn this city down....”

Today's New Testament reading: Hebrews 3

Jesus Greater Than Moses
1 Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest. 2 He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house. 3 Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself. 4 For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. 5 “Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house,” bearing witness to what would be spoken by God in the future. 6 But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.
Warning Against Unbelief
7 So, as the Holy Spirit says:
“Today, if you hear his voice,
8 do not harden your hearts
as you did in the rebellion,
during the time of testing in the wilderness,
9 where your ancestors tested and tried me,
though for forty years they saw what I did.
10 That is why I was angry with that generation;
I said, ‘Their hearts are always going astray,
and they have not known my ways.’
11 So I declared on oath in my anger,
‘They shall never enter my rest.’ ”
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