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Articles Posted in April 2008


Climate Change|Social Change

(30 Apr 08) The title says it all. Climate Change|Social Change If you ever had any doubt that the climate change debate has absolutely nothing to do with climate change and everything  do with social change, this 8 minute series of vox/pops will confirm your suspicions and beliefs. As somebody once said Freeze or Fry, the problem is always International Capitalism and the solution is always International Socialism”. Note the Geelong  school teacher, Sue Bull, filmed in the school ground from the immediate ambience and environment. What messages are being conveyed to your kids?? How are their minds being massaged and messed with??

The rights and wrongs of law

(29 Apr 08) “.....The enactment of a bill of rights in Australia will allow the judiciary to determine policy which will undermine personal freedoms within the community, not enhance them... A bill of rights transfers decisions on major policy issues from the legislature to the judiciary. It is not possible to draft a bill of rights which gives clear cut answers to every case. No right is absolute...... A bill of rights can only be interpreted by the courts by balancing rights and interests. Most modern bills of rights include a clause recognising that rights may be subject to such reasonable limits ``as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society''. This is clearly a policy decision, not a judicial issue....These issues need to be considered in the context of community views. They are issues which should be decided by an elected parliament whose members are responsible to the people. They are not decisions that should be made by judges, who are not directly accountable to the people.... A bill of rights will only have the effect of turning community values into legal battlefields, eventually undermining the strength of those values. Our view of the importance and priority of rights changes over time. A constitutionally entrenched bill of rights freezes those priorities at a point in time. If a bill of rights had been included in the Commonwealth Constitution in 1901 it would most likely have enshrined the ``White Australia policy.....” The rights and wrongs of law , Bob Carr, former Premier NSW, Daily Telegraph, August 2001  “....The ``right to bear arms'' is a right under the United States Constitution that many see as the root of that country's tragic shootings. It is not enough to say these rights can be changed by a constitutional referendum. We know referenda are rarely held and are rarely successful..... A QUICK look at the law reports of Canada and New Zealand will show the extensive use of their respective bills of rights in litigation. It will also show the primary use of a bill of rights is in relation to criminal appeals. In New Zealand, in the first seven years after the Bill of Rights Act was enacted, it was invoked by the accused in literally thousands of criminal law cases, a large number of which were appealed to the Court of Appeal... the Bill of Rights continues to be routinely used as a ground for attempting to overturn the admissibility of evidence, including confessions, evidence obtained under search warrants and breath testing of drunk drivers. It gives lawyers a new source of technicalities to allow the guilty (including those who have confessed or were found with large quantities of drugs) to go free....The main beneficiaries of a bill of rights are lawyers who profit from legal fees generated and criminals who escape imprisonment on a technicality. The main losers are taxpayers, and society in general through the reduction of values to courtroom weapons.....”

An Anatomy of Surrender

'Motivated by fear and multiculturalism, too many Westerners are acquiescing to creeping sharia.'

(29 Apr 08) "....Islam divides the world into two parts. The part governed by sharia, or Islamic law, is called the Dar al-Islam , or House of Submission. Everything else is the Dar al-Harb , or House of War, so called because it will take war—holy war, jihad—to bring it into the House of Submission. ... What has not been widely recognized is that the Ayatollah Khomeini's 1989 fatwa against Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie introduced a new kind of jihad. Instead of assaulting Western ships or buildings, Kho­meini took aim at a fundamental Western freedom: freedom of speech. In recent years, other Islamists have joined this crusade, seeking to undermine Western societies' basic liberties and extend sharia within those societies...The cultural jihadists have enjoyed disturbing success. Two events in particular—the 2004 assassination in Amsterdam of Theo van Gogh in retaliation for his film about Islam's oppression of women, and the global wave of riots, murders, and vandalism that followed a Danish newspaper's 2005 publication of cartoons satirizing Mohammed—have had a massive ripple effect throughout the West.... Press acquiescence to Muslim demands and threats is endemic.....The elite media regularly under-report fundamentalist Muslim misbehavior or obfuscate its true nature....” An Anatomy of Surrender , Bruce Bawer, City Journal “....When polls and studies of Muslims appear, the media often spin the results absurdly or drop them down the memory hole after a single news cycle. Journalists celebrated the results of a 2007 Pew poll showing that 80 percent of American Muslims aged 18 to 29 said that they opposed suicide bombing—even though the flip side, and the real story, was that a double-digit percentage of young American Muslims admitted that they supported it....Leading liberal intellectuals and academics have shown a striking willingness to betray liberal values when it comes to pacifying Muslims. Back in 2001, Unni Wikan, a distinguished Norwegian cultural anthropologist and Islam expert, responded to the high rate of Muslim-on-infidel rape in Oslo by exhorting women to “realize that we live in a multicultural society and adapt themselves to it.”..... Western legislatures and courts have reinforced the “spirit of appeasement.” In 2005, Norway's parliament, with virtually no public discussion or media coverage, criminalized religious insults (and placed the burden of proof on the defendant). Last year, that country's most celebrated lawyer, Tor Erling Staff, argued that the punishment for honor killing should be less than for other murders, because it's arrogant for us to expect Muslim men to conform to our society's norms.... The key question for Westerners is: Do we love our freedoms as much as they hate them? Many free people, alas, have become so accustomed to freedom, and to the comfortable position of not having to stand up for it, that they're incapable of defending it when it's imperiled—or even, in many cases, of recognizing that it is imperiled.. "

The 'greatest scam in history'

(29 Apr 08) “....If you have friends and family concerned about global warming, have them watch this video from the founder of the Weather Channel. This guy has more experience and common sense than all the scientist in the IPCC put together. Here is the introduction to the video at The New American : "Many believe that global warming is one of the most critical challenges that face our planet today....”   The 'greatest scam in history' “....According to the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, many scientists and most environmentalists and their allies in the media and academia, uncontrolled rising temperatures will cause more frequent droughts, food shortages, melting polar ice caps and coastal flooding, and the extinction of polar bears and many other species. They claim that modern, industrialized society is causing global warming, and they predict climatic calamity including frequent category five and numerous other severe storms resulting in great suffering. "After years of study, John Coleman is convinced that none of this is true. And thousands of scientists and other meteorologists hold this same dissenting view....”

Greenpeace founder now backs nuclear power

(26 Apr 08) “....Greenpeace founder Patrick Moore says there is no proof global warming is caused by humans, but it is likely enough that the world should turn to nuclear power.....The chemistry of the atmosphere is changing, and there is a high-enough risk that "true believers" like Al Gore are right that world economies need to wean themselves off fossil fuels... The only viable solution is to build hundreds of nuclear power plants over the next century, Moore told the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.....” Greenpeace founder now backs nuclear power , Idaho Statesman.com “...There isn't enough potential for wind, solar, hydroelectric, and geothermal or other renewable energy sources...... uranium can be found within the United States and also comes in large quantities from Canada and Australia. Nuclear Power reduces the reliance on supplies in dangerous places including the Middle East.... He says his change of heart comes from his background in science and a different approach to sustainability. He sees a need for maintaining technologies that are not harmful while fixing or replacing those that are harmful.....”

The Many Forms of Radical Islam All Threaten American

This is essential reading, particularly for our politicians!

 "Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. Quran is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the service of Allah is our highest hope".
- Credo of the Muslim Brotherhood

(25 Apr 08) "....Most of us who study terrorism focus primarily, if not exclusively, on the violence and the carnage. But there is another aspect to terrorism that represents a long term, sub-threshold threat and highly effective form of attack to which we are subjected on a daily basis. It is a campaign of sophisticated Political Warfare that is largely unacknowledged by the government and, as a consequence, is unappreciated by the American public.....The government focuses primarily on the external threat but for literally decades highly trained Islamist cadre have been operating successfully and with significant effect on American soil.  The nature and scope of this growing and complex internal threat is rarely addressed in public forums....They capitalize on our government's failure to recognize and counter their Political Action activities, which are being promoted through a variety of instruments including seemingly independent and benign front groups established to advance the radical Islamist agenda. They use our freedoms, constitutional guarantees, and the advantages of an open society as both a sword and shield in this latest iteration of ideological warfare... They seek to foster malignant self-doubt as best expressed by the question so many of the well meaning ask:  "Why do they hate us?" The answer should be painfully obvious but, regrettably, eludes too many political figures and pundits. The truth is the Islamists do not hate us because of the freedoms we enjoy. They do not hate us because we are wealthy and powerful. They do not hate us because of our support of Israel . They hate us because they see us as the prime impediment to the realization of their messianic vision of a global caliphate under Sharia law....” The Many Forms of Radical Islam All Threaten American , Peter S. Probst “....Political Warfare is an unfamiliar concept to most Americans. Essentially, it is an umbrella term that embraces a panoply of strategies, tactics and capabilities. It is, in essence, a tool kit from which the operator may draw to mount and tailor a campaign to demoralize, paralyze, bleed and, ultimately, vanquish an adversary.... The approach is insidious and effective... Basically, it was "Salami Tactics," Rakosi boasted – "demanding a little more each day, like cutting up a salami, thin slice after thin slice…" Salami tactics were a favorite of the Communists, the Fascists, and now have been embraced by the radical Islamists.... Although we may be loath to admit it, for years America has been used as safe haven by terrorist groups.  Shielded by our constitutional guarantees,... They lobby, lie and dissemble, counting on American naiveté and good will to cut them the slack.. They burrow deep, and integrate themselves into our communities and political fabric. They cultivate members of Congress, media, pundits, civil rights organizations, and those the Communists labeled "useful idiots." Through a variety of mechanisms such as political fronts, mass organizations, friendly media, NGOs, charities and agents-of-influence, they mobilize support, forge alliances, and exploit the sympathy needed to provide political advantage and expand their political base....”

Saudi Women Appeal for legal Freedoms

And Griffith University tries to defend the indefensible in accepting huge donations from the Saudi Regime, Uni draws more fire over Saudi cash

(25 Apr 08) “....In Riyadh, the college day begins for female students behind a locked door that will remain that way until male guardians come to collect them. Later, in a female-run business, everyone must vacate the premises so a delivery man can drop off a package. In Jeddah, a 40-year-old divorced woman cannot board a plane without the written permission of her 23-year-old son. Elsewhere, a female doctor cannot leave the house at all as her male driver fails to turn up for work. These scenes make up the daily reality for half of the Saudi Kingdom, the only country where women legally belong to men... women forced to live as children, denied basic rights and confined to a suffocating dependency on men....I am utterly reliant on other people, completely dependent. If you are dependent on another person, you've got nothing. That is how the men like it. They don't want us to be equals."...... The House of Saud, in alliance with an extremist religious establishment which enforces the most restrictive interpretation of sharia, Islamic law, has created a legal system that treats women as minors unable to exercise authority over even trivial daily matters....” Saudi Women Appeal for legal Freedoms , The Independent “...Petty humiliations are endemic. Two women who spoke to HRW said, in a report released today, that judges had refused them the right to speak in court as their voices were "shameful" – only their guardians were allowed to speak on their behalf.... The frustrations of Dr M are typical of those faced even by educated women: "When I take my daughter to the doctor's, they ask me where my husband is, and refuse to do anything until he comes to authorise it. Even if it is something small like an ear infection." Another woman who, despite the legal barriers, owns her own business, describes the farcical difficulties she faces: "Only women can enter my premises. If a delivery man needs to drop something off we have to exit the premises first. It is ridiculous.".... In the words of one Saudi woman: "We still need to get a male guardian – husband, father or brother – to sign a form saying where we are allowed to work and when. It is like we are their property...."

Madness and Political Life

"We have now sunk to a depth where the restatement of the obvious is the duty of intelligent men"
- George Orwell. 

(25 Apr 08) “....How often do we have to return to the words of Orwell to make sense of the world today?  There is madness in our lives, and it neither seeks nor wants a cure.  Great nations are altering their economies, impoverishing their poorest subjects, condemning their progeny all in support of the lie of global warming.  Is it not obvious, by now, that a cyclical climate change is part of the history of our planet?..... Evil, violent people have sworn to kill us, to destroy our society, to impose a totalitarian theocracy upon us, to end Israel, to corrupt our democratic institutions, to insinuate themselves by the millions into those nations that have been our traditional allies -- yet political leaders of the Left find it impossible to seriously condemn these, our sworn and mortal enemies.  Why?...”  Madness and Political Life , Bruce Walker, American Thinker “.....There were Americans during the Second World War who opposed America entering that war, but when Japanese carrier aircraft devastated Pearl Harbor and when Hitler declared war on us, we all became Americans of a single, sensible mind.  We may have had differences about how to win the war, but we did not share them with our enemies.  No journalists tried to get a "scoop" revealing the date of Operation Overlord or the fact that the British had broken the German Enigma Code.....Universities have become havens of official intolerance and bigotry the likes of which American society has seldom experienced..... university administrators and professors seem overwhelmingly hostile to America, to Judeo-Christian moral traditions, and even to honest science (as in the case of global warming or arguments on the utility of Darwin's Theory of Evolution.)....The voices of the mad echo through our culture.  The curiosities, lusts and furies of the moment seem to gobble up the whole interest of society.....George Orwell wrote his brilliant lines more than fifty years ago.  The world seems to be inching ever closer to his fictional Oceania, but we are not there yet.  We see pretty clearly the contours of the Inner Party of Leftist elites in our nation, but we defy them and mock their lies still....” 

Sorry to ruin the fun, but an ice age cometh

(25 Apr 08) “.....The scariest photo I have seen on the internet is www.spaceweather.com, where you will find a real-time image of the sun from the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, located in deep space at the equilibrium point between solar and terrestrial gravity. What is scary about the picture is that there is only one tiny sunspot. Disconcerting as it may be to true believers in global warming, the average temperature on Earth has remained steady or slowly declined during the past decade, despite the continued increase in the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide, and now the global temperature is falling precipitously..... It is generally not possible to draw conclusions about climatic trends from events in a single year, so I would normally dismiss this cold snap as transient, pending what happens in the next few years. This is where SOHO comes in. The sunspot number follows a cycle of somewhat variable length, averaging 11 years. The most recent minimum was in March last year. The new cycle, No.24, was supposed to start soon after that, with a gradual build-up in sunspot numbers..... The reason this matters is that there is a close correlation between variations in the sunspot cycle and Earth's climate. The previous time a cycle was delayed like this was in the Dalton Minimum, an especially cold period that lasted several decades from 1790. Northern winters became ferocious: in particular, the rout of Napoleon's Grand Army during the retreat from Moscow in 1812 was at least partly due to the lack of sunspots....” Sorry to ruin the fun, but an ice age cometh , Phil Chapman geophysicist and astronautical engineer who lives in San Francisco. He was the first Australian to become a NASA astronaut. “....There is no doubt that the next little ice age would be much worse than the previous one and much more harmful than anything warming may do. There are many more people now and we have become dependent on a few temperate agricultural areas, especially in the US and Canada. Global warming would increase agricultural output, but global cooling will decrease it.....The bleak truth is that, under normal conditions, most of North America and Europe are buried under about 1.5km of ice. This bitterly frigid climate is interrupted occasionally by brief warm interglacials, typically lasting less than 10,000 years.... Australia may escape total annihilation but would surely be overrun by millions of refugees. Once the glaciation starts, it will last 1000 centuries, an incomprehensible stretch of time..... All those urging action to curb global warming need to take off the blinkers and give some thought to what we should do if we are facing global cooling instead. It will be difficult for people to face the truth when their reputations, careers, government grants or hopes for social change depend on global warming, but the fate of civilisation may be at stake. In the famous words of Oliver Cromwell, "I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken....."

China down to 12 days of coal stocks

(25 Apr 08) “....China's booming economy could be running out of steam – literally. At the end of a cold and stormy winter, the country has just 12 days of coal reserves at most power stations. Some provinces, including Hebei, bordering Beijing, have less than a week's coal left. This is a record low, the state electricity regulatory commission revealed on Tuesday....Coal imports, which started last year, have also failed to meet the difference between supply and demand. Such is the demand for power from an economy that has been growing by 10% a year for more than two decades.It is often claimed that China builds a new coal-fired power plant once a week but the IEA figure suggests that it in fact builds two, assuming a typical plant size of one gigawatt.....” China down to 12 days of coal stocks , Newcientist.com “.... Even that is not enough to meet soaring demand. The deputy head of the Chinese electricity regulatory commission, Wang Yeping, said the country is likely to be short of 10 gigawatts of electricity generating capacity by this summer.....That will cause brownouts and power shortages, particularly in southern provinces such as Guangdong, where the spread of air conditioning systems is competing with industry for power.The coal mining industry, and the rail network needed to bring the coal to the power plants, are both struggling to keep up with the drive to build ever more generating capacity. The strains raise questions about how much longer China's breakneck industrialisation can continue.....”

Rudd's mates steer the ship

(25 Apr 08) “....Why bother much with voters? Kevin Rudd now takes his cues from a hand-picked elite.... Last weekend 1000 of our "best and brightest" - as chosen by the Prime Minister and his mates - ended their two-day "ideas summit" by handing Rudd his policies.... This may have surprised you since it is only five months ago that you voted in as Prime Minister a man who'd said he already "had a plan for the future". Well, scratch that.... So he last weekend got himself what he really wanted: 99 per cent support from his newest best friends for a much richer plan. These friends are well-connected people you never voted for, but they have what Rudd craves - star appeal, and the full spectrum of fashionable thought from A to B, as in (Phillip) Adams to (Cate) Blanchett.....Yes, they are largely Leftists from our cultural elite, some with such an inflated sense of their worth that they claimed to be at Parliament House to represent you, dear voter, without ever having bothered to ask if you agreed.....Not surprisingly, these are also people who've turned out to have an agenda very different to the one you thought you gave Rudd last November. For instance, I don't recall Rudd at the last election talking about a vote on a republic within two years, or a bill of rights giving judges more say over politicians... I also don't remember Rudd promising a treaty with Aborigines, a ban on traditional coal-fired power stations, or a huge new health agency with the power to force bosses to have you "include 30 minutes of physical activity"....Yet all of these policies, and more of this Government-Knows-Best kind, turned up in the document solemnly handed to Rudd on Sunday at the end of a summit that was not just ludicrous (of which more below) but sinister.....” Rudd's mates steer the ship Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun “....What would voters like you have said about such stuff before the election, when you still had a say and Rudd was desperate to reassure you he was a "conservative"? ..... Here, for instance, is one of the summit's 21 co-chairs, World Vision boss Tim Costello: "Rather than certain groups, powerful groups, setting the agenda, the direction, it's actually throwing it over to us."..... "Us", to explain, are Rudd's 1000 summiteers - many of whom seem to have got the notion that being flattered by Rudd as the "best and brightest" made them representatives of the less-bright rest. Made them real politicians, only smarter. Hear it from the delegate who told the summit how glad she was that "Australians" were finally in Parliament House - as if the politicians we'd chosen were aliens.... Hear it from former ABC staffer Maxine McKew, now a Labor politician, who told the unelected summiteers that the Parliament she wanted to see in 2020 would look "much like the people in this room". ...Hear it especially from Sam Mostyn, a former Labor aparatchik and now insurance PR, who instructed her session on global warming: "We do represent the entire community." No you don't, sister. Not one Australian voted for you. Indeed, you barely represent even yourself.....”

Lawyers are already drunk with power

(25 Apr 08) “.....A shift in power from elected parliaments to unelected judges, by a process of "judicial creep", is part of the bill of rights package. Canada has had its Charter of Rights and Freedoms since 1982, planted in the constitution. Before that there was only a legislative version. Clearly this is something the zealots want to see happen here: the first step only a law, but followed by constitutional entrenchment..... Like Australia, Canada also has a shortage of doctors in rural areas. British Columbia came up with a scheme to encourage doctors to practise there, with a finely tuned system of incentives. The provincial Supreme Court struck it down, citing section 6 ("mobility rights") and section 7 (the "right to life, liberty and security") of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Canada's rural population is still under-served by doctors, thanks to judges who want to write society's rules..... in the most recent burst of judicial activism, judges in Britain have determined that the justice secretary can no longer block a parole board decision to release a dangerous prisoner.....” Lawyers are already drunk with power , Bob Carr, (former Premier of NSW), The Australian  “...Judges also determined that failed asylum-seekers in Britain could have access to the National Health Scheme, again something that should be a matter for elected politicians. In Scotland, because of a delay in placing toilets in prison cells, the Scottish Law Reporter estimates that prisoners may be entitled to awards totalling pound stg. 76 million ($158.7 million) because their cells violated the European Charter of Fundamental Rights. The Government had been caught up with another priority, expanding drug rehabilitation programs for inmates. Last year, pound stg. 750,000 was paid to 197 heroin-addicted prisoners who successfully argued that cutting short their treatment while in prison breached their human rights.... look forward to advising victims of crime groups of the consequences of a bill or charter. The power of police to stop and search people for a knife, and remove the knife, which we enacted in NSW in 1998, would not survive judicial activism based on freewheeling interpretations. And the decisive life sentences imposed on the state's worst killers (who were originally given indeterminate "never to be released" sentences) would also be found to contravene prisoners' rights, as in Britain.....”

2020 Summit dreams doomed by suits from Nimbin

Just in case you spent last weekend rearranging your sock drawer, Andrew Bolt was taking notes at the 2020 Summit

(23 Apr 08) “....I Admit, I spent 10 hours of my weekend watching our "best and brightest" at the ideas summit designing our future, live on television. Before I pack my survival gear, let me describe just what I saw . . . I saw our Governor-General bring in an ice cube from Antarctica, which was worshipped. And then it got worse. What follows is absolutely true.....Sam Mostyn, former Labor staffer and discussion leader, quickly tells summiteers to stick to the script: "We should think of global warming as a crisis . . . (Let's) suspend cynicism." .....A youth summit delegate asks "the Ngunnawal people and spirits to bless and guide us". No Ngunnawal or spirits are there, but everyone goes solemn.....Actor Claudia Karvan is pleased with the discussions: "It's really good because it's staying abstract." ... Singer Robyn Archer says a good government "will help build a society that cares deeply about artists", and she has seen just such a society: "It's called Cuba." Its dictators "valued citizens who maintain their voice"......Another group reports: "We want to be able to dream." Rudd takes notes..... Labor politician, Tanya Plibersek, tells delegates about one of her favourite sayings: "As long as I fed the hungry they called me a saint. But when I began to ask why they were hungry, they called me a communist.".... An ABC reporter says his favourite idea so far is for a giant veranda over our east coast to stop skin cancer.....” 2020 Summit dreams doomed by suits from Nimbin Andrew Bolt,  Herald Sun  “....On Sky News says someone wants citizenship stripped from all Australians, and given back only to those who are good climate citizens..... Louise Adler, the Melbourne University Press boss, says her arts group spent a lot of time discussing whether the blue of their summit ribbons was, erk, Liberal blue.... Sam Mostyn declares: "We have so much to learn from people who were here prior to the First Fleet arriving." Sadly, no one that old is in the room....A reader of my blog emails me: "It's like Nimbin in suits." Yes.....All drugs should be legalised, says a doctor. It's unclear if he's from Nimbin.... The artists finally agree: let's grab 1 per cent of all government programs. Jackman says politicians should be forced to attend arts events. Uh-oh. Black leader Warren Mundine suggests governments insist all Aboriginal children learn English. There is an embarrassing pause, but then everyone resumes talking about treaties and "recognition". Climate Change Minister Penny Wong tells her summiteers to include in their proposals ways of involving Aborigines in the decision-making. ...Arts summiteer Alison Croggon complains: "The message was clear: whatever we came up with had to meld with ALP policy if it had to have a chance of being implemented....."

Gore used fictional video to illustrate  “Inconvenient Truth”

(23 Apr 08) Well, who would have thought. More fabrication and fiction  discovered in An inconvenient Truth, (like the opening credits) Gore used fictional video to illustrate  “Inconvenient Truth” 

Beware the galloping imperialist judiciary

(23 Apr 08) “....Do not mistake the unseasonal rush of warmth over the weekend with global warming. Put it down to those advocating a charter of rights for Australia at the 2020 Summit in the nation's capital. Their aim is to bathe us in the warm language of human rights so that, ultimately, we will soporifically sign up to a new federal charter of rights. The heat will be cranked up over the next few years.... charter enthusiasts have finessed one heck of a sneaky strategy to seduce us. What is at stake is Australia's traditional democratic deal where parliaments make laws on behalf of the people and judges interpret those laws. Charter enthusiasts have a different post-democratic model in mind. This class of lawyers, human rights activists and academics distrust the people as too unenlightened to embrace their preferred social agenda. ...Hence they want to vest power to decide major social issues in an unelected group of guardians of the greater good: the judiciary.... Armed with a charter, these social engineers can seek out a sympathetic judge to legislate their agenda from the bench, unfettered by the messy business of taking their agenda to the people..... keep your eye on academic and Labor aspirant George Williams. Having slogged away at a charter for years, he oversaw Victoria's charter of rights. Ditto Hilary Charlesworth, another charter lover who chaired the ACT committee. If they pop up on the federal committee, I'll bet my house on the outcome.... In Britain, after enacting the Human Rights Act to much fanfare, former PM Tony Blair changed his tune, promising a battle with the judiciary when British courts put out the welcome mat to radical Muslims, using charter rights to ignore British immigration laws....” Beware the galloping imperialist judiciary , Janet Albrechtsen, The Australian “....Look to Canada, they say, where a special provision in their Charter of Rights and Freedoms allows governments to specifically exclude charter rights from a specific law if that is their intention. In other words, the power of parliament is preserved. Look a little closer at Canada, I say. This clause has never been used, not once since the charter was introduced more than 20 years ago. Yet, this clause was the clincher when the charter was being proposed to Canadians. Charter advocates in Canada said it would protect parliamentary sovereignty. Sound familiar? In fact, it has been politically untouchable for a government to draft legislation which apparently infringes the "rights" of Canadians in the charter. Williams knows that. He has written about it. And why do you suppose most Canadians now express a desire to elect their judges? The Canadian charter has siphoned power away from the people to unelected judges....These are not obtuse legal wrangles. They go to the heart of how Australia will be governed: by the people or by judges.... Charter devotees are all in favour of a galloping imperial judiciary; it is integral to their postmodern democratic model where power is stripped from politicians they regard as too stupid and too slow to mould the perfect world. Done under the guise of protecting human rights, this power play where the lawyer class triumphs over the masses is just the most recent reminder of H.L. Mencken's warning that the "urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule". Remember that when the charter bandwagon comes to a town near you....”

Climate Change - Has it been cancelled?

(22 Apr 08) Professor Bob Carter, James Cook University, interviewed on New ZealandOne Tonight Climate Change - Has it been cancelled?

2020 Summit

(21 Apr 08) Spend 2 mins and just look at the rubbish and rhetoric that was thrown up as part of the “Arts Stream”  at the 2020 Summit. Peter Garrett explains in this clip , which also shows you exactly how empty and rent-seeking was the artists' session of the summit.

The ‘Useful Idiots' of Militant Islam

(21 Apr 08) “....Somewhere during Lawrence of Arabia's blockbuster career, his bosses wondered if he was becoming “more Arab” in the desert to which they sent him to lead a revolt against the Ottoman Empire. In an endearing cue to imperial haughtiness, Field Marshal Lord Allenby asks if his man had “gone native.”.... Likewise, when communism dawned in the 1920s, Vladimir Lenin ordered a strategy of nurturing “useful idiots” — by which he meant a contingent of communist Lawrences in the West. It worked, spawning hundreds of thousands of enamoured scholars, intellectuals, experts, and dreamy romantics waving the red flags of Bolsheviks over the 70 years of the Cold War. Today's Islamist Lawrences are being cultivated among a broad swath of political analysts, scholars, anthropologists, pundits, missionaries, and even spies.... few recent catches: the archbishop of Canterbury urging the introduction of Sharia law in Britain; Harvard University, a bastion of secular scholarship, shutting its gym to men to accommodate Muslim women; authorities at Minneapolis's international airport negotiating for months with 700 Somali Muslim taxi drivers who refused to pick up passengers carrying liquor or depending on guide dogs.....” The ‘Useful Idiots' of Militant Islam , Youseff M. Ibrahim, Pajamas Media “....Then there was President George Bush launching his Muslim initiative last June from the Islamic Center of Washington, a Saudi institution distributing educational material instructing Muslims to segregate themselves from other Americans. Among other things, the Saudi-funded publications admonish Muslims in America “to dissociate from infidels, hate them for their religion, never to rely on them for support, and always oppose them in every way according to Islamic law.”....Last April a major New York Times Magazine article by James Traub argued fervently on behalf of “Islamic democrats” singing the praises of a reborn Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. This was followed by a major essay in Foreign Affairs , a weighty establishment publication, by Robert Leiken and Steven Brooke titled “The Moderate Muslim Brotherhood.”...The Muslim Brotherhood founded Hamas, calls suicide bombings a good thing, and is the 21st-century version of the organized fascism of Hitler and Mussolini in the last century....”

Global Warming Bombshell

(21 Apr 08) Some revision: The Hockey Stick Graph, so relied upon by the IPCC and Al Gore was debunked quite some years ago. This brief article from 2004 gives some background.

“....In the scientific and political debate over global warming, the latest wrong piece may be the hockey stick, the famous plot (shown below), published by University of Massachusetts geoscientist Michael Mann and colleagues. This plot purports to show that we are now experiencing the warmest climate in a millennium, and that the earth, after remaining cool for centuries during the medieval era, suddenly began to heat up about 100 years ago--just at the time that the burning of coal and oil led to an increase in atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide....” Global Warming Bombshell by Richard Muller, MIT Technology Review “...This method of generating random data is called Monte Carlo analysis, after the famous casino, and it is widely used in statistical analysis to test procedures. When McIntyre and McKitrick fed these random data into the Mann procedure, out popped a hockey stick shape! That discovery hit me like a bombshell, and I suspect it is having the same effect on many others. Suddenly the hockey stick, the poster-child of the global warming community, turns out to be an artifact of poor mathematics....”

A Time to Deny

(21 Apr 08) “....There is no shortage of reasons to suspect the debate over manmade climate change has been woefully incomplete. After all, alarmists' primary response to critical components of their case disintegrating -- the "hockey stick" graph debunked , doomsday computer models exposed as farce , no actual temperature rise since 1998 -- has been to cackle condescendingly, emit ever-louder catcall comparisons to flat-earthers and Holocaust deniers, and respond to every call for debate with a declaration that...the debate is already over..... I didn't know what to expect, but I was pretty sure I would find at least a few top caliber scientists. I didn't expect to think, as I do now, that the majority of top scientists may be in the skeptic camp.....” A Time to Deny , Shawn Macomber, The American Spectatorb “.... The press has not been doing its job. Had it done even a minimal amount of fact checking and investigation it would have realized that the science is not settled.....Most of the scientists I profiled aren't interested in becoming campaigners on climate change. They aren't policy wonks. They just want to do their science.... I don't know what pathway they'll find to finally get through to society at large, but I have no doubt that they'll find it. Their ally, after all, is Truth , and that makes for a potent combination....If climate change science doesn't turn around and soon demonstrate concrete evidence of harm, the global warming issue might well just melt away. I have met very few people who have strong convictions about global warming. In their bones, they don't believe the end of the world is nigh....”

Lights Out

(16 Apr 08) “...When it comes to all things "green", common sense seems to have been abandoned. Our failure to think clearly about such matters would be amusing if the potential consequences were not so serious. Consider the recent " lights out " campaign that supposedly should energise the world about the problems of climate change by urging citizens in 27 big cities to turn out their lights for an hour. With scores of companies and municipalities signing up, and even the monarchies of Denmark and Sweden turning off the lights in their many palaces, the World Wildlife Fund quickly called it an amazing success.... Danish newspapers - coincidentally in the native country of the story of the Emperor's New Clothes - happily quoted the WWF regarding the event's overwhelming success..... Are pointless gestures really the way to secure a greener future? And what sort of message does turning out the lights send?.... As some conservative commentators like to point out, the environmental movement has indeed become a dark force, not metaphorically, but literally....” Lights Out, Bjorn Lomborg “....Unfortunately, the lights-out campaign exemplifies the state of much of our environmental debate. We are spoon fed stories that fit preconceived frameworks. For example, the recent breakup of a massive glacier in the Antarctic supposedly proves the mounting effects of global warming. But we don't hear that the area was ice-free, possibly just some 400 years ago, without the help of global warming. We don't hear that the Wilkins glacier makes up less than 0.01% of Antarctica. Nor do we hear that the Antarctic is experiencing record sea ice coverage since satellite measurements began. Likewise, we all heard Al Gore talking about the dramatic hurricane years of 2004 and 2005, but we've heard almost nothing about the lack of hurricane damage in 2006 and 2007..... We are endlessly presented with stories of soaring temperatures, but over the past year we've experienced the single fastest temperature change ever recorded, and it's been downward. In January, Hong Kong was gripped by its second-longest cold spell since 1885. This year's storms in central and southern China produced the worst winter weather in a half-century. Snow fell on Baghdad for the first time in living memory....”

Is Global Jihad a Fading Phenomenon

(11 Apr 08) “....In dark times, prominent American journalists and scholars can always be relied on to obscure troublesome realities with hope-based theories. On February 28, a leading Washington Post columnist published the results of his interview with a prominent U.S. social scientist/terrorism expert and came to the conclusion that jihadism is fading.... One might wonder how a sample of 500 makes irrelevant Director of National Intelligence Admiral McConnell's 2007 National Intelligence Estimate that concluded al-Qaeda was refitted and as strong as on 9/11, or CIA Director General Michael Hayden's statement on the March 30 edition of “Meet the Press” that al-Qaeda “presents a clear and present danger to Afghanistan, to Pakistan and to the West in general and to the United States in particular.”.... While looking for the withering jihadis, the British Security Service has instead found that four police officers in London's Metropolitan police force (MET) are “working as al-Qaeda spies.” The four are of Asian origin, and “are feared to have links both with Islamic extremists in Britain and worldwide terror groups—including al-Qaeda training camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan” (Daily Mail, March 9).... Across the English Channel, too, fading is not apparent. Last week, for example, Der Spiegel reported that a German-born Turk with a wife and two children may have committed a suicide attack in Afghanistan on March 3. While a definite identification has not been made, German authorities have said it is plausible that the attacker was a German citizen they call “Cuneyt C. from Bavaria” (Der Spiegel, March 15)....” Is Global Jihad a Fading Phenomenon , Michael Scheuer, The Jamestown Foundation “...In Italy, the Vatican is increasingly at the center of the world's sharpening confrontation between Christianity and Islam. With the republication of the caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in Europe in late 2007 and last week's release of a stridently anti-Islamic film produced by conservative Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders, the West's allegiance to free speech is again being seen by Muslims as an attack on their faith (al-Jazeera TV, February 18; Shumukh al-Islam Network Forum, February 19; Der Spiegel, March 20). The denigration of Islam by non-Muslims has long been a prime motivator of jihadis and a central theme of Osama bin Laden's rhetorical attacks on the West.... Outside Europe, there also seems to be no evidence that jihadis are fading away, taking the threat they pose with them. Indeed, the actions and policies of many governments suggest that the threat is growing.... foregoing, very non-comprehensive sample of foreign media reporting over the past 90 days strongly suggests that the chance of the West seeing any near-term fading away of jihadism is remote at best...Western-trained journalists and social scientists surely have important insights to bring to the strategy-planning table in the war against Islamist mujahideen, but sophisticated insights and theories are no substitute for seeing the world as it is.....”

Academic Cool on Global Warming

(11 Apr 08) The Climate Change debate is developing all the hallmarks of religion. Notice the language of the alarmists. Skeptics (realists) are tarred as the equivalent of “ holocaust deniers ”, “ heretics ”, and as you will see below “ face demonisation ”  What are we dealing with here, The Salem Witch trials, The Spanish Inquisition ???

“....Respected academic Don Aitkin has seen the ugly side of the climate change debate after being warned he faced demonisation if he challenged the accepted wisdom that global warming poses a danger to humanity. Academic Cool on Global Warming , Brad Norington The Australian “...Professor Aitkin told The Australian yesterday he had been told he was "out of his mind" by some in the media after writing that the science of global warming "doesn't seem to stack up".

Good science isn't about consensus

(11 Apr 08) “....Australia is faced, over the next generation at least and almost certainly much longer, with two environmental problems of great significance. They are, first, how to manage water and, second, how to find acceptable alternatives to oil-based energy. Global warming is not one of those two issues, at least for me, and I see it as a distraction..... I am going against conventional wisdom in doing so. But Western societies have the standard of living, the longevity and the creativity we have because we have learned that conventional wisdom has no absolute status and that progress often comes when it is successfully challenged..... If you listen hard to the global warming debate you will hear people at every level tell us that they don't want to hear any more talk, they want action..... The story about anthropogenic global warming (AGW) doesn't seem to stack up as the best science, despite the supposed consensus about it among "thousands of scientists". Indeed, the insistent use of the word consensus should cause those who are knowledgeable about research to raise their eyebrows, because research and science aren't about consensus, they are about testing theories against data....” Good science isn't about consensus , DonAitkin, The Australian “....What I see, rather, is something that political theorist Paul Feyerabend wrote about a long time ago in Against Method (1975): the tendency of scholars to protect their theories by building defences around them, rather than being the first to try to demolish their own proposition. We seem to be caught up in what a pair of social scientists has called an "availability cascade": we judge whether or not something is true by how many examples of it we see reported.....Greens and environmentalists generally welcome the AGW proposition because it fits in with their own world-view, and they have helped to popularise it. Governments that depend on green support have found themselves, however willingly or unwillingly, trapped in AGW policies, as is plainly the case with the Rudd Government. The hardheads may not buy the story, but they do want to be elected or re-elected.....Intellectually, AGW is what is known in politics as a done deal. But on the evidence that is available, I think it has to be said that the assertion that the increase in carbon dioxide has caused the temperature to rise is no more than an assertion, however attractive or worrying the association may be. There is simply no evidence that this causal relationship exists....”  

The BBC Changes News to Accommodate Activist

(9 Apr 08) “....I have been emailed the following correspondence, purportedly between an activist, Jo Abbess, and BBC Environment reporter Roger Harrabin. It would appear that the result of the email exchange between the activist and the reporter was that the BBC changed its story. “... The BBC Changes News to Accommodate Activist from Jennifer Marohasy “....In particular instead of reporting the story as received from the World Meteorological Organisation, the BBC modified the story as demanded by the activist who was concerned that in its original form it supported 'the skeptics' correct observation that there has been no warming since 1998....”

The European Union and The Soviet Union

(7 Apr 08) I have often casually remarked that the Berlin Wall didn't so much come down as simply moved further west, or if you like the configuration of the European Union was such that the Berlin Wall was no longer required. It seems I have been closer to the mark than I thought. The similarities between the EU and the SU revealed  in this 4 minutes presentation make the point. It doesn't augur well for Europe in the long run. The European Union and The Soviet Union

The lost history of the Crusades

(6 Apr 08) “....Thousand-year-old events don't usually make headlines. But when U.S. President George W. Bush used the word "crusade" to describe the campaign against Islamist terrorism, suddenly an ancient conflict became a hot-button topic.....Last month, in another live-from-his-hole-in-the-ground video, Osama bin Laden said the republication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad "came in the framework of a new Crusade in which the Pope of the Vatican has played a large, lengthy role." This is standard fare in the Muslim world. What is perhaps surprising is how many westerners buy into this historical myth.... Like many postmodern westerners, the politician suffers from a peculiar psychic disturbance -- western-guilt syndrome -- that regards the history of the West as an unmitigated horror show of slaughter, conquest and imperialistic domination. The Crusades are cast as among the darkest of dark episodes in the history of European civilization....Too bad it's wrong.... "The crusades are quite possibly the most misunderstood event in European history," says historian Thomas Madden. "The Crusades were in every way a defensive war. They were a direct response to Muslim aggression -- an attempt to turn back or defend against Muslim conquests of Christian lands.....” The lost history of the Crusades , Ross Silby, The Ottawa Citizen “...Muslim armies charged out of the Arabian Peninsula to conquer Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and Egypt -- all of which, as part of the late Roman Empire, were officially Christian.... In 1095, Pope Urban II called for he First Crusade. He urged Europeans to aid fellow Christians who were being slaughtered by Muslims. "They (the Muslim Turks) have invaded the lands of those Christians and have depopulated them by the sword, pillage and fire;.... The Crusades, says Madden, were a response "to more than four centuries of conquests in which Muslims had already captured two-thirds of the old Christian world. At some point, Christianity as a faith and a culture had to defend itself or be subsumed by Islam."... The western-guilt syndrome was displayed on July 15, 1999, when a group marked the 900th anniversary of the fall of Jerusalem to the Crusaders by parading around the walls of the city to apologize on behalf of Christianity to the Muslim world. It was an act of ignorance....they did not comprehend the Muslim view of the crusades (which made their conciliatory gesture empty), and did not understand history... This ignorance is so pervasive that many westerners no longer think it necessary for soldiers to stand watch on the frontiers of the West. Even more worrisome, though, is that Muslim leaders recognize the western-guilt syndrome and are only too willing to take advantage of it....”

Dark Hour- a sign of the times

(6 Apr 08) "...Earth Hour" should be renamed "Dark Hour" during that consumers should also forgo the consumption of gasoline and diesel. Consumers should spend the hour they sit in the dark with no transport, air conditioning or hot coffee, remembering the contribution that carbon fuels have made to modern society.... The only thing that lifted mankind from the stone age was carbon energy from coal, oil and gas — for heating; for steam power; for electricity and water; for mining, smelting and refining of metals; for transport on land, sea and air; for lighting, heating, cooling and communications; for production of food and chemicals; and for power for processing and manufacturing....All of this comfort, safety, convenience and prosperity is now threatened by hysterical claims that man's carbon emissions can and should be stopped. Even though the weather records and the science deny the doomsday forecasts, the politicians, like lemmings, are leading us over the greenhouse cliff....Consumers need to learn a new vocabulary for these bad new times — load shedding, demand management, quota allocation, rolling blackouts, brownouts, emission permits, load prioritisation, interruptible customers, emergency customers, zone rota systems, power emergency declarations, priority lines, three-day-week rationing, power outages, grid instability, electricity rationing, operating reserve, maintenance shutdowns . . . . all the jargon of a power system in crisis, suffering from stagnant or falling capacity and growing demand....” Dark Hour- a sign of the times , Viv Forbes, BrookesNews.com “....The operating reserve margin in California is now about 5 per cent whereas 15 per cent is considered safe..... Then it was China's turn. The global cooling of 2007 plus insufficient generating capacity and inadequate coal stocks caused widespread power failures. Whole regions and millions of people were forced to cope with blizzards without power for days....Then one day in Texas recently, the wind dropped, the whirling blades stopped turning, power supply collapsed and load shedding commenced before the old reliables of coal, nuclear or gas could pick up the slack.. The aging European power grids are now also subject to similar disruptions....let us all in Australia and New Zealand spend our "Dark Hour" thinking on the realities of life — such as where we will get the electricity, motor fuel, food and jobs for our kids and grandkids if we allow the Deep Greens to destroy our backbone industries, on the false promise that our sacrifice will improve the future climate.....”

How we just avoided the big D word

(1 Apr 08) “.....It's time we got serious and used the D-word, given that most people seem blithely unaware just how close we came to a catastrophic financial event this month, an event brought about by reckless greed on a reckless scale. Given how close we came to a depression, not a mere recession, it is going to take years to recover from this financial near-catastrophe. Don't expect your superannuation fund or home value to surge any time soon..... As long ago as last June the Bank for International Settlements, which acts as a central bank for the world's central banks, warned of the potential of a financial collapse on a scale not seen since the Great Depression in the 1930s....This month the system meltdown that the bank had warned about was almost triggered by the collapse of one of the world's leading merchant banks, Bear Stearns. When US federal regulators examined the bank's collapse, they were aghast at what they found. Bear Stearns was enmeshed in financial derivative positions totalling almost $15 trillion, a figure notionally equivalent to a quarter of the world's entire economic output....” How we just avoided the big D word , Paul Sheehan, Sydney Morning Herald “...One person who has been warning about the possibility of a system-wide financial meltdown, well before the Bank for International Settlements did so, is Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, international business editor of London's Daily Telegraph .... He believes the Anglo-Saxon economies - the US, Britain, Australia, Canada and Ireland - having created a speculative bubble even bigger than the one that caused the dotcom sharemarket crash of 2000, will take years to unwind this period of excess. He foresees a long penance.... "The world is in deep trouble. It is time for states to act like states..... Last week Evans-Pritchard, ever pungent, wrote in an opinion piece: "Put a clothes peg on your nose. The moral stench of bailouts for the uber-rich will be sickening....."None of us wants to pay a farthing to rescue the bankers and assorted debt pimps who got us into this financial mess, and in doing so exposed our societies to such harm … Yet we must forbear. It was such sentiments that turned the 1930 recession into [the Depression]."

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