(30 April 09) “.....For more than a decade public opinion on human-caused global warming has been moulded by pronouncements from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and its army of acolytes..... During more recent months it is not overstating the case to say that there has been a perceptible shift in public opinion..... It is the soothing promises that decarbonising the economies of the developed world can be achieved without pain, and even with gain of green jobs, that are being seen more widely as hollow.....the public and their representatives are showing innate common sense......With public perceptions changing so dramatically and quickly it is little wonder Ian Plimer's latest book, Heaven and Earth, Global Warming: The Missing Science, has been received with such enthusiasm and isinto its third print run in as many weeks. The public is receptive to an expose of the many mythologies and false claims associated with anthropogenic global warming and are welcoming an authoritative description of planet Earth and its ever-changing climate in readable language.....” Cold facts dispel theories on warming , William Kininmonth, The Australian “......The suggestion of anthropogenic global warming exceeding a tipping point and leading to runaway orirreversible global warming is a violation of conservation of energy principles. Computer models are the essential tool for prediction of future climate. Since the IPCC fourth assessment, several independent analyses of the characteristics of the various models have been published in the scientific literature. These analyses reveal serious defects...... The greenhouse effect is real, as is the enhancement due to increasing carbon dioxide concentration. However the likely extent of global temperature rise from a doubling of carbon dioxide is less than 1C. Such warming is well within the envelope of variation experienced during the past 10,000 years and insignificant in the context of glacial cycles during the past million years, when Earth has been predominantly very cold and covered by extensive ice sheets..... The pity is that community leaders have been beguiled by the mystery of powerful computers and have failed to critically assess the predictions within the context of Earth's history. Plimer's authoritative book provides the excuse and impetus to re-examine the scientific fundamentals and redress that failure......”
(30 April 09) “.....our legal system has worked well in ratcheting up the standards of expected behaviour among most professions. We have a plethora of laws demanding care, skill and ethical conduct, honesty and candour, and other hallmarks of good conduct from everyone from company directors and financial advisers to doctors, dentists and accountants. One profession stands remarkably untouched by the modern drive to accountability and high standards. Politicians.... This was driven home most recently in the shameless flouting (courtesy of technical crown immunity defences) by our Prime Minister, Treasurer and Finance Minister of the laws that apply to share and bond salesmen. All the PM's strictures about the need to further regulate corporate cowboys were swept aside when he wanted to spruik the shares and bonds to be issued by the Government's proposed $43 billion national broadband company....Nor did his election promises of economic conservatism and a $4.7 billion broadband investment stand in the way of his untested Whitlamesque vision with no business case, feasibility study or cost-benefit analysis .....Concealing your true colours on the campaign trail, even telling outrageous lies, has a long and bipartisan history. John Howard's core and non-core promises were just as egregious as Paul Keating's L-A-W tax cuts.....” Political deception must be penalised , Janet Albrechtsen, The Australian “...... here's an idea that would lift immeasurably the standards of honesty and ethics during the most critical period in the political cycle without freezing vibrant political debate. Let us require all political parties to prepare and publish carefully considered election manifestos. Importantly, let us subject these once-in-three-years documents to all the content and liability requirements of a prospectus. If it's good enough to protect investors when they purchase shares, it's good enough to protect voters when they elect a government... If the election prospectus is misleading or deceptive or omits material information, the party and those responsible for the prospectus could be prosecuted by an election regulator, playing a role akin to that of the Australian Securities and Investment Commission.... The timing for such reform is surely perfect. Our Prime Minister preaches about the high cost to ordinary Australia of corporate excesses and dishonest dealings in business.....we don't need politicians moralising about the need for lots of regulation for everyone except themselves.....”
(30 April 09) “.....After a mere 100 days, the "Obama Doctrine" for our foreign and security poli cies has emerged. And it's terrifying..... We're to blame . If there are problems anywhere, they're America's fault. This central conviction of leftist ideology appears to have soaked so thoroughly into our president's consciousness during his lengthy friendships with extremists that it's now second nature to him. Problems can be negotiated away . From Somali pirates to Moscow's belligerency, Obama and his Cabinet see a good chat as the best response to a challenge. Our president got to the Oval Office by talking, not doing, and his faith in his powers of persuasion is unlimited..... Problems that can't be talked out can be bought off . Pakistan, a nuke-armed state of 170 million Muslims seething with anti-Americanism stirred up by our "friends," faces a crack-up as its once-monolithic military splinters. Obama's answer? Send billions of dollars that will disappear and weapons that may soon be used against our troops..... Secretary of State Hillary Clinton thinks the solution to piracy is a generous program to rebuild Somalia. (Been there, done that.) She'd also like to hand Hamas a billion bucks. The "Las Vegas law" applies: You can buy sex but not enduring love. We can't defeat terror with welfare checks.....” The Obama Doctrine , Ralph Peters The New York Post “..... Islamist terrorism doesn't exist . The term's even been banned from government departments....... The "nonterrorists" drenching the greater Middle East in blood and threatening us as loudly as they can are just victims of our aggression. It's all our fault...... Our military is dangerous . Beyond Obama's cynically choreographed appearances with our troops, he and his coterie clearly disdain military advice and uniformed service. The administration views our troops as primitive creatures who must be collared and leashed, not as part of any solutions. ..... Our intelligence services are even more dangerous than our military . The administration's already begun to gut our intelligence capabilities. Carter at least pretended to study the problem..... We now have a president who doesn't know that Pakistan was founded as a democracy, a secretary of state who thinks we created the Taliban, a head of the Department of Homeland Security who doesn't believe Islamist terrorists exist and a vice president who claims FDR gave televised speeches during the Depression. If Bush had made such gaffes, the media would've mocked him. But Obama and his entourage excite orgasmic forgiveness among journalists. Which brings us to the Obama Doctrine's final tenet: Our media sluts will portray defeat as victory....”
(30 April 09) “......It is a strange situation when Egypt and Jordan feel it necessary to defend Israel against American criticism. But this is the situation in which we find ourselves today..... Egypt and Jordan are not alone in supporting Israel's commitment to preventing Iran from becoming a nuclear power. American and other Western sources who have visited the Persian Gulf in recent months report that leaders of the Gulf states from Bahrain - which Iran refers to as its 14th province - to Saudi Arabia to Kuwait and, of course, to Iraq - are praying for Israel to strike Iran's nuclear facilities and only complain that it has waited so long to attack them.... Unfortunately, the nature of those stakes has clearly eluded the Obama administration. As the Arabs line up behind Israel, the Obama administration is operating under the delusion that the Iranians will be convinced to give up their nuclear program if Israel destroys its communities in Judea and Samaria......Indeed, proponents and opponents of an Israeli strike against Iran's nuclear installations alike warn that Iran's deployment of terror proxies from Beirut to Bolivia, from Managua to Marseilles, and from Gaza to Giza means that things could get very ugly worldwide in the aftermath of an Israeli attack. But all of that ugliness, all of that instability and death will look like a walk in the park compared to how the region - and indeed how the world - will look if Iran becomes a nuclear power. This is something that the Arabs understand. And this is why they support and pray for an Israeli strike against Iran's nuclear installations. If Iran acquires nuclear weapons , the Obama administration can throw its hopes for Middle East peace out the window. Today, even without nuclear weapons, Iran is the major force behind the continued Palestinian war against Israel. Iran exerts complete control over Hamas and Islamic Jihad and partial control over Fatah.....” Israel's Arab cheerleaders , Caroline Glick The Jerusalem Post “..... If Iran acquires nuclear weapons , the situation will become even more destructive. A nuclear-armed Iran means that any chance of marginalizing these Iranian-controlled forces in Palestinian society will disappear... Europe dependent on Persian Gulf oil, there is little doubt of the direction its foreign policy would take in the event that Iran becomes a nuclear power. Obviously any thought of economic sanctions would disappear as European energy giants lined up to develop Iranian gas fields, and European banks clamored to finance the projects.....On Sunday, Washington Post columnist Jim Hoagland claimed that Obama will not publish his administration's policy on Iran until after he meets with Netanyahu at the White House on May 18. It will be during that meeting, Hoagland wrote, that Obama will seek to convince Netanyahu that there is no reason to attack Iran. The fact that Obama could even raise such an argument, when by Israel's calculations Iran will either become a nuclear power or be denied nuclear weapons within the next 180 days , shows that his arguments are based on a denial of the danger a nuclear Iran poses to Israel and to global security as a whole. It is true that you can't help but get a funny feeling when you see the Arabs defending Israel from American criticism. But with the Obama administration's Middle East policy firmly grounded in La La Land, what choice do they have? They understand that today all that stands between them and enslavement to the mullahs is the Israel Air Force and Binyamin Netanyahu's courage.
REPOSTED from NOV 2007 Interactive representation of sea levels around Australia
This is an absolutely fascinating link. It presents an interactive representation of sea levels around Australia over the last 100,000 years . Have a tool around
(27 April 09) “......In surprisingly good English, the captive quietly answers: 'Yes, all thanks to God, I do know when the mujaheddin will, with God's permission, detonate a nuclear weapon in the United States, and I also know how many and in which cities." Startled, the CIA interrogators quickly demand more detail. Smiling his trademark shy smile, the captive says nothing. Reporting the interrogation's results to the White House, the CIA director can only shrug when the president asks: "What can we do to make Osama bin Laden talk?" Americans should keep this worst-case scenario in mind as they watch the tragicomic spectacle taking place in the wake of the publication of the Justice Department's interrogation memos. It will help them recognize this episode of political theater as another major step in the bipartisan dismantling of America's defenses based on the requirements of presidential ideology... .” Say It's Osama. What If He Won't Talk ? Michael Scheuer, The Washington Post “......Americans should be clear on what Obama has done. In a breathtaking display of self-righteousness and intellectual arrogance, the president told Americans that his personal beliefs are more important than protecting their country, their homes and their families. The interrogation techniques in question, the president asserted, are a sign that Americans have lost their "moral compass,".....the president used his personal popularity and the stature of his office to implicitly identify as liars those former senior U.S. officials who know -- not "argue" or "contend" or "assert" but know -- that the interrogation techniques have yielded intelligence essential to the nation's defense..... Americans and their country's security will be the losers. The Republicans do not have the votes to stop Obama, and the world will not be safer for America because the president abandons interrogations to please his party's left wing and the European pacifists it so admires. Both are incorrigibly anti-American, oppose the use of force in America's defense and -- like Obama -- naively believe that the West's Islamist foes can be sweet-talked into a future alive with the sound of kumbaya.....”
(27 April 09) “......Mr. Global Warming himself, Al Gore, is the star witness today in the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing Democrats' cap-and-tax global warming bill. This bill should be named the “Al Gore Enrichment Act. ”..... Here are a few questions Gore should answer in the hearing tomorrow: 1. You are a partner in the venture capital firm of Kleiner-Perkins and a co-founder of the United Kingdom-based investment firm of Generation Investment Management, each of which stands to gain financially from greenhouse gas regulation. Please describe any other financial interests that you have in any other businesses that stand to profit from greenhouse gas regulation.... 10 Questions for Al Gore , Steven Milloy, Human Events “ 2 .....In October 2008, the New York Times Magazine featured a cover story on how Kleiner Perkins had invested $1 billion in 40 companies that would profit from new environmental and energy laws and regulations. What will be your share of any profits from these ventures?..... 5 . Your co-founder with Generation Investment Management is former Goldman Sachs partner David Blood. Goldman Sachs is lobbying for global warming legislation and is a part owner of the Chicago Climate Exchange, where carbon credits from cap-and-trade legislation would be traded. Do you or Generation Investment Management stand to benefit in anyway from these relationships?... 7. When you left public service in January 2001, your personal net worth was perhaps $2 million. In 2007, your personal net worth was reported to be on the order of $100 million. How much of this fortune is related, directly or indirectly, to your advocacy of legislation to reduce “global warming”
This is the Neanderthal....The Rock Ape culture, The US and allies are up against in Afghanistan and North West Pakistan and soon Pakistan..
(26 April 09) “........ Their deaths were squalid, riddled with bullets in a field near their home by Taliban gunmen as the execution was captured on a mobile telephone. In footage which is being watched with horror by Pakistanis, the couple try to flee when they realise what is about to happen. But a gunman casually shoots the man and then the woman in the back with a burst of gunfire, leaving them bleeding in the dirt.... Their "crime" was an alleged affair in their remote mountain village controlled by militants in an area that was only recently under the government's sway. It was the kind of barbarity that has become increasingly familiar across Pakistan as the Taliban tide has spread.....” Taliban gunmen have been filmed executing a surprised couple whom they repeatedly shot for the alleged crime of adultery “.....But this time, with black-turbaned gunmen almost at the gates of Islamabad, the rare footage has shown urban Pakistanis what could now await them. Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff, has warned that Islamic extremists could take over the nation.... "A Taliban victory will enslave our women, destroy Pakistan's rich historical and cultural heritage, make education and science impossible, and make the lives of its citizens impossibly difficult. Some are already contemplating an exodus." Pakistan today stands on a knife-edge, threatened with anarchy. The desperate deal signed with the Taliban in Swat looks set to fall apart. The result will almost certainly be violence.....”
(26 April 09) ABC National Breakfast with Fran Kelly and an exchange between Professor Ian Plimer Professor of Mining Geology at The University of Adelaide and ( Charlie) Veron Former Chief Scientist of the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), about Ian Plimer's book Heaven and Earth , The Missing Science.
“.....Sceptics and conservatives from Australia to Europe are calling it 'the answer to the climate change prophets of doom.' The book Heaven and Earth: Global Warming the Missing Science is published by a small, family-run business in western Victoria.After being knocked back by mainstream publishers, over the past nine days Heaven and Earth has become something of an Australian publishing sensation. A third print-run was ordered yesterday, making a total of 15,000 copies in print, and now the hardback version is about to hit the shops. So why does its author, geologist Ian Plimer, believe that climate change is more ideology than science? And, even more remarkably, what's his evidence that neither humans nor carbon are the climate change culprits?....”
How come "the world's leading expert on climate change" doesn't even know how much carbon dioxide there currently is in the air, wonders Christopher Booker.
(26 April 09) “..... Since he produced the 570-page Stern Review in 2006, which Tony Blair described as “the most important report on the future ever produced by this Government”, this former Treasury official and chief economist to the World Bank has won extraordinary adulation. In the US Congress he is acclaimed as “the world's leading expert on climate change”, vying with Al Gore to be the world's Scaremonger-in-Chief.... Unsurprisingly, there is no one for whom Lord Stern has more contempt than those he calls the "deniers" of man-made global warming. He told The Daily Telegraph last week that they "look more and more like those who denied the association between HIV and Aids, or smoking and cancer..... But for a man whose whole case rests on the damage supposedly being done to the planet by carbon dioxide, it was somewhat disconcerting to see him quoted as saying that CO2 levels in the atmosphere have now reached " 430 parts per million [ppm]". He said exactly the same last year in an interview with Prospect. The actual level is 388.97 ppm . One might have expected "the world's leading expert on climate change" to have a rather surer grasp of a fact so central to his case.....” Lord Stern, 'Scaremonger in chief', exposed by simple blunders, Telegraph.co.uk “.....No one was more excoriatory than the man on whose work Lord Stern claimed to have based many of his most scarifying predictions, the noted Dutch economist Dr Richard Tol. Far from being a global-warming sceptic, Dr Tol has played a key part in the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and wrote the UN Handbook on Methods for Climate Change Impact Assessment. But he could not have been more withering about the way the Stern Review went out of its way to cherry pick the most alarming possible predictions about the impacts of climate change and then to exaggerate them still further. Where Tol had, for instance, given a range of costs up to $14 per ton of CO2, while saying that the actual cost was "likely to be substantially smaller", Stern had more than doubled his figure, to $29 a ton. Stern's report, Tol pronounced, could be "dismissed as alarmist and incompetent", and his doomsday prophecies were simply "preposterous".....Yet this is the man, reverentially treated by the BBC, the media and politicians everywhere as "the world's leading expert on climate change" – so lost in his apocalyptic dreams that he doesn't even know something so basic to his cause as how much CO2 there is in the air we breathe...”.
Play to your strengths...
(26 April 09) “.....Saw an unforgettably stark photo of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan's Wardak province: Eight robed, turbaned fighters, a sandy ridge, a cloudy sky. All that was missing was the incoming American drone strike to turn the men into dust. Question: Should the United States call in that strike? How great a security threat to the United States do these eight barbarians pose? How many dollars, how much blood is it worth to our nation to pulverize them into that lunar-like landscape? I recently read a military e-mail from Afghanistan that marveled over a similar scene: "As far as BDA (battle damage assessment) goes, check this one out. 2 GBU 36's (bomblets) dropped the other day on estimated 6 guys!!!! That is half a million dollars on 6 guys!!!! " The e-mailer guessed that all the sniper ammunition the jihadists have used in the whole war hasn't cost close to that...... an anti-jihad, anti-Sharia player -- let alone functional nation -- is like trying to roll Sisyphus' rock up the hill. This is not to suggest that there is no war or enemies to fight...” Let Afghanistan Go ..Diana West, Townhall.com “.... I decided to ask someone with real military experience how we could fend off jihad without further digging ourselves into Central Asia. I called up retired Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely, for his strategy recommendation for Afghanistan."This doesn't mean giving up battle. What it means is you transition to a more realistic, affordable strategy that keeps them (the jihadist enemy) from spreading." Such a strategy, Vallely explained, relies on "the maximum use of unconventional forces," such as Navy SEALS and other special forces, who can be deployed as needed from what are known in military parlance as "lily pads" -- outposts or jumping-off points in friendly countries (Israel, Northern Kurdistan, India, Philippines, Italy, Djibouti ... ) and from U.S. aircraft carrier strike groups. Such strike groups generally include eight to 10 vessels "with more fire power," the general noted, "than most nations." These lily pads become "bases we can launch from any time we want to," eliminating the need for massive land bases such as Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, by now a small city of 20,000 American personnel who continuously need to be supplied and secured at enormous expense.... This idea that we're going to go in and bring democracy to these tribal cultures isn't going to work. If we have a problem with terrorist countries, like Iran, it's a lot cheaper to go in and hit them and get back out." In other words, don't give up the battle; just give up the nation-building. "It's up to somebody else to build nations," the general said. "Not us."....
(26 April 09) “....Most clear thinking Americans know in their gut the global warming hysteria is a fraud and a scam based on junk science. Those same Americans also know that Al Gore's contention that the issue is settled and requires no further debate is absurd and outrageous.The fact is more and more top scientists are refusing to be bullied anymore and have their careers threatened for calling the global warming threat what it is — bullshit..... Global warming ceased being about science years ago and became a pseudo-religion and political ideology. Therefore, anything or anyone that poses a threat to the global warming narrative must be stopped....” Democrats Won't Allow Climate Change Skeptic To Testify With Al Gore At Congressional Hearing “....Republicans invited Lord Christopher Monckton from the UK., a former science advisor to Margaret Thatcher, to testify alongside Al Gore during the congressional hearings. Unfortunately, democrats have decided at the eleventh hour to block Monckton from testifying. Once his plane touched down in Washington he was informed that he would no longer be allowed to testify. Monckton says the democrats are cowards, and just don't want Al Gore to be humiliated. Monckton says that all of Gore's claims which are based solely on biased and absurd computer models have been proven completely false by hard science..... A report released in January shows that despite Gore's claims that Arctic sea ice is rapidly melting, sea ice at the end of 2008 was at the same level as in 1979.If democrats are so confident that global warming is real and humans are the cause, why are they so afraid to have that view challenged?....
(23 April 09) "The crash has laid bare many unpleasant truths about the United States. One of the most alarming, says a former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, is that the finance industry has effectively captured our government—a state of affairs that more typically describes emerging markets, and is at the center of many emerging-market crises. If the IMF's staff could speak freely about the U.S., it would tell us what it tells all countries in this situation: recovery will fail unless we break the financial oligarchy that is blocking essential reform. And if we are to prevent a true depression, we're running out of time.
One thing you learn rather quickly when working at the International Monetary Fund is that no one is ever very happy to see you. Typically, your “clients” come in only after private capital has abandoned them, after regional trading-bloc partners have been unable to throw a strong enough lifeline, after last-ditch attempts to borrow from powerful friends like China or the European Union have fallen through. You're never at the top of anyone's dance card. The reason, of course, is that the IMF specializes in telling its clients what they don't want to hear. I should know; I pressed painful changes on many foreign officials during my time there as chief economist in 2007 and 2008. And I felt the effects of IMF pressure... Every crisis is different, of course....But I must tell you, to IMF officials, all of these crises looked depressingly similar. Each country, of course, needed a loan, but more than that, each needed to make big changes so that the loan could really work. Almost always, countries in crisis need to learn to live within their means after a period of excess— exports must be increased, and imports cut. . In its depth and suddenness, the U.S. economic and financial crisis is shockingly reminiscent of moments we have recently seen in emerging markets (and only in emerging markets): South Korea (1997), Malaysia (1998), Russia and Argentina (time and again). In each of those cases, global investors, afraid that the country or its financial sector wouldn't be able to pay off mountainous debt, suddenly stopped lending. And in each case, that fear became self-fulfilling,... But there's a deeper and more disturbing similarity: elite business interests—financiers, in the case of the U.S.—played a central role in creating the crisis, making ever-larger gambles, with the implicit backing of the government, until the inevitable collapse.....” The Quiet Coup The Atlantic Monthly “...... From 1973 to 1985, the financial sector never earned more than 16 percent of domestic corporate profits. In 1986, that figure reached 19 percent. In the 1990s, it oscillated between 21 percent and 30 percent, higher than it had ever been in the postwar period. This decade, it reached 41 percent. Pay rose just as dramatically. From 1948 to 1982, average compensation in the financial sector ranged between 99 percent and 108 percent of the average for all domestic private industries. From 1983, it shot upward, reaching 181 percent in 2007...... A whole generation of policy makers has been mesmerized by Wall Street, always and utterly convinced that whatever the banks said was true.... Of course, this was mostly an illusion. Regulators, legislators, and academics almost all assumed that the managers of these banks knew what they were doing. In retrospect, they didn't.... the cult of finance seeped into the culture at large. Works like Barbarians at the Gate , Wall Street , and Bonfire of the Vanities —all intended as cautionary tales—served only to increase Wall Street's mystique.... The challenges the United States faces are familiar territory to the people at the IMF. If you hid the name of the country and just showed them the numbers, there is no doubt what old IMF hands would say: nationalize troubled banks and break them up as necessary..... At the root of the banks' problems are the large losses they have undoubtedly taken on their securities and loan portfolios. But they don't want to recognize the full extent of their losses, because that would likely expose them as insolvent.....”
(22 April 09) “.....Few places on earth have been as systematically brutalised over the past decade as Chechnya. So you might have thought that the Russian Government's decision last week to declare an end to its "counter-terrorism" operations in the territory would have been an occasion for sombre reflection in the Western media. Forget it. It's a 600-word news item at best. Here's a contrast to ponder. Since the beginning of the second intifada in the autumn of 2000, about 6000 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire. That figure includes combatants as well as those killed in January's fighting in Gaza. As for Chechnya, there are no solid figures for the number of civilians killed since the second war began in late 1999; estimates range from 25,000 to 200,000. Chechnya's population, at a little more than one million, is about one third or one fourth that of the Palestinians. That works out to between 25 and 200 Chechen deaths per 1000 as against 1.5 to two Palestinian deaths per 1000. Now type the words Palestine and genocide into Google. When I did so on Monday, I got 1,630,000 results. Next, substitute Chechnya for Palestine. The number is 245,000. Taking the Google results as a crude measure of global outrage, that means the outrage over the Palestinian situation was 6.6 times greater than over the Chechen one. Yet Chechen fatalities were between 13 to 133 times greater. Final calculation: With an outrage ratio of 6.6 to one, but a proportional kill ratio of one to 13 (at the very low end), it turns out that every Palestinian death receives somewhere in the order of 28 times the attention of every Chechen death. Remember that in both cases we're mainly talking about Muslims being killed by non-Muslims.....” Outrage reserved for Israel , Brett Stephens, The Australian “..... it raises a worthwhile question: Why is Palestinian life so dear in the eyes of the world, and Chechen life so cheap? .... Maybe, then, the answer is that there is no shortage of imagery of Palestinian death, and thus it engages more of the world's attention. By contrast, the Russians imposed a virtual media blockade on Chechnya.... Maybe it's that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is simply more important strategically than Russia's war against Chechnya, in the same way that the attacks of 9/11 mattered more in the scheme of things than, say, atrocities by the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka....The Israeli-Palestinian conflict inflames the Muslim world in a way the Chechen one does not. But why is that, when so many more Muslims are being victimised by Russia? Then too, why does the wider world participate in the Muslim world's moral priorities? Why, for instance, do high-profile Western writers such as Portuguese Nobel laureate Jose Saramago make "solidarity" pilgrimages to Ramallah but not to the Chechen capital of Grozny? Why do British academics organise boycotts of their Israeli counterparts but not their Russian ones? Why is Palestinian statehood considered a global moral imperative, but statehood for Chechnya is not? Why does every Israeli prime minister invariably become a global pariah, when not one person in 1000 knows the name of Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, a man who, by many accounts, keeps a dungeon near his house in order to personally torture his political opponents? ....”
(21 April 09) “......Britain appears to be evolving into the first modern soft totalitarian state. There are no concentration camps or gulags but there are thought police with unprecedented powers to dictate ways of thinking and sniff out heresy, and there can be harsh punishments for dissent. Nikolai Bukharin claimed one of the Bolshevik Revolution's principal tasks was "to alter people's actual psychology". Britain is not Bolshevik, but a campaign to alter people's psychology and create a new Homo britannicus is under way without even a fig leaf of disguise.....Countryside Restoration Trust chairman and columnist Robin Page said at a rally against the Government's anti-hunting laws in Gloucestershire in 2002: "If you are a black vegetarian Muslim asylum-seeking one-legged lesbian lorry driver, I want the same rights as you." Page was arrested, and after four months he received a letter saying no charges would be pressed, but that: "If further evidence comes to our attention whereby your involvement is implicated, we will seek to initiate proceedings." It took him five years to clear his name......In September 2006, a 14-year-old schoolgirl, Codie Stott, asked a teacher if she could sit with another group to do a science project as all the girls with her spoke only Urdu. The teacher's first response, according to Stott, was to scream at her: "It's racist, you're going to get done by the police!" Upset and terrified, the schoolgirl went outside to calm down. The teacher called the police and a few days later, presumably after officialdom had thought the matter over, she was arrested and taken to a police station, where she was fingerprinted and photographed..... 10-year-old child was arrested and brought before a judge, for having allegedly called an 11-year-old boya "Paki" and "bin Laden" during a playground argument at a primary school (the other boy had called him a skunk and a Teletubby). When it reached the court the case had cost taxpayers pound stg. 25,000.....” Thought Police muscle up in Britain, Hal G.P. Colebatch The Australian “.....Hate-crime police investigated Basil Brush, a puppet fox on children's television, who had made a joke about Gypsies. The BBC confessed that Brush had behaved inappropriately and assured police that the episode would be banned. A bishop was warned by the police for not having done enough to "celebrate diversity", the enforcing of which is now apparently a police function. A Christian home for retired clergy and religious workers lost a grant because it would not reveal to official snoopers how many of the residents were homosexual. That they had never been asked was taken as evidence of homophobia......Permissiveness as well as draconianism can be deployed to destroy socially accepted norms and values. The Royal Navy, for instance, has installed a satanist chapel in a warship to accommodate the proclivities of a satanist crew member.....This campaign seems to come from unelected or quasi-governmental bodies controlling various institutions, which are more or less unanswerable to electors, more than it does directly from the Government, although the Government helps drive it and condones it in a fudged and deniable manner. Any one of these incidents might be dismissed as an aberration, but taken together - and I have only mentioned a tiny sample; more are reported almost every day - they add up to a pretty clear picture. ....”
(21 April 09) “........Modern liberals measure "progress" not by the unfolding fulfillment of the natural moral law but by its elimination. Consequently, most of what is labelled "progress" is basically just regress, a return, under a glossier guise, to the practices of antiquity and pre-Christian paganism. Pagans stuck the inconvenient elderly on snow drifts; moderns dehydrate them to death in hospitals. Pagans left unwanted babies to die on hilltops; moderns bury them in bins behind Planned Parenthood clinics. Pagans attended orgies, moderns attend "gay weddings.".......That Hillary Clinton and other architects of the Brave New World are now forced to grapple clumsily with piracy is somehow fitting. Their "new world order" is intrinsically disordered, a reckless ideological experiment that explodes in recurring currents of chaos, discontent, and lawlessness. Why not piracy too? The recent gusher of globalist babble at the G-20 summit is exposed by the rise of piracy as a total sham. And the rise of piracy is one more proof of Dambisa Moyo's thesis in Dead Aid -- that ceaseless Western government-to-government handouts to Africa, which are just a new version of white colonialism, have frozen the continent in a helpless and horrid past.....” Brave New Barbarism , George Neumayr, The American Spectator “....In the giddy days of the campaign, one cheerleading journalist for the San Francisco Chronicle , Mark Morford, speculated that Obama might be a "Lightworker" for the globe -- "that rare kind of attuned being who has the ability to lead us not merely to new foreign policies or health care plans or whatnot, but who can actually help usher in a new way of being on the planet…" This "new way of being on the planet" looks awfully familiar, a return to history's most dismal, farcical, and evil chapters with tyranny, decadence, and false religion. This week the new way of being on the planet resembled the 18th century -- pirates abroad, tax-revolting tea parties at home, and a president, acting like a king, who collected excessive taxes and hatched extreme plans (such as forcing doctors and nurses to perform abortions against their consciences) while his aides sputtered about "extremists."
(21 April 09) “.....Australia is currently borrowing $500 million per week from Beijing. If the worsening economic crisis causes Australia to become dependent on China for the refinancing of our nation's $658 billion net foreign debt (about 60 per cent of our GDP), then Beijing may well demand a controlling interest in Rio Tinto in exchange...... Together, these concessions to Beijing would draw Australia out of the Western alliance and into China's orbit.... To avoid this serious threat to Australia's sovereignty, the Commonwealth Government's future fund should take a $20 billion stake in Rio Tinto, which would also blunt Beijing's mercantilist strategy of controlling key world mineral supplies through taking eventual control of Rio. Then, Australia needs to mobilise its superannuation funds through a government-backed bank to refinance the nation's foreign debt. The Rio deal.... Recently, veteran financial commentator Robert Gottliebsen has written three incisive articles on the issue in Australia's online business news outlet Business Spectator . He says: "As a nation [Australia] seems likely to play a role to assist China and the US reconcile their differences. At the same time, China has superior air, sea and land defence capability to Australia and in a decade or two may emerge as our 'protector' because they need to safeguard their raw material supply lines and because the US appears to be in decline. To propose that China become this nation's new protector, and that Australia should resign itself to being financially dependent on Beijing, would be to surrender Australia's independence to the world's last major Communist dictatorship, which has scant regard for universal human rights, democracy, private property or personal freedom..... In his articles, Gottliebsen says that Chinalco is less interested in what percentage of shares it holds in Rio, as in the myriad of operating agreements that would deliver a high level of control to this Chinese government-owned company. He says that "control" is the main game, focused on an incredible web of agreements covering every aspect of the key operations of Rio Tinto - production, marketing, strategy, executive performance, provision of interest-bearing capital and board representation.....” China's Rio bid: Australia's independence at stake , Patrick J Byrne, News Weekly. “......That web is designed to be eventually owned by the relevant arm of the Chinese government that buys each product," he says. For example, "Chinalco will hold 50 per cent (repeat 50 per cent ) of the shares in ISA Sales Co. which will market 30 per cent of the Hamersley iron-ore output or more than 30 million tonnes ... Gottliebsen says that buried deep in the agreements is a provision, which actually explains the Chinese intent in the whole exercise. Chinalco (again, read Chinese steel-makers) will have consultation rights in relation to the performance of the Rio Tinto executives and key senior personnel of the iron-ore group. Rio will have to pay due regard to those views in completing management performance reviews..... Gottliebsen warns: "My opinion on this is that Rio will have unlimited finance to buy prized assets and expand production ahead of demand. No other mining company will have that ability. "So what we are looking at is a transfer of global mineral power to customers of unprecedented proportions.... The world has never seen an agreement like this before." It will also affect BHP. In the future, Chinalco's plan will likely see an expansion of production well ahead of demand so as to keep a lid on prices, setting the price for BHP minerals as well...... China has accumulated over US$1 trillion in savings from its huge trade surpluses with the US, and holds another US$2 trillion in domestic savings. As News Weekly warned in its Strategic Report , a foreign debt crisis could see Australia become dependent on borrowing from capital-rich China. This is entirely unnecessary. Australia holds around $1.1 trillion in savings in its superannuation funds. It is time that the Commonwealth Government required that part of the nation's compulsory super savings be deposited with a government-guaranteed agency, to be used for the refinancing of our nation's foreign debt.
(21 April 09) “.....What's the difference between Abu Zubaydah and Adel Agayby Zakhary? Or Arkady Zaltsman? Or Abraham J Zelmanowitz? Or Andrew Steven Zucker? There are quite a few differences I imagine, but the most obvious is that the first AZ is alive, well and bleating to the press about how badly he has been treated by the Great Satan. And the others are all dead. They were killed during the terror atrocity on September 11 2001 in New York and Washington DC which Al-Qaeda mastermind Abu Zubaydah helped plan..... Can anyone - apart from their grieving friends and relatives, obviously - name a single one of the holidaymaking Aussies burnt and shredded by the bombs in Bali?......OK then. 7/7. That was on our doorstep. Anyone name any of the 52 commuters killed and more than 700 injured in London that day?....All right. Let's try a more recent one. Can you remember the name of the British businessman who phoned his family during the Mumbai killing spree to say he was safe only to end up being shot dead later?..... All of these terrorists' victims were ordinary people like you and me, going about their daily business, really not expecting that this day was going to be their last on earth. And the reason they're all dead is because of people like Abu Zubaydah.....” Torture is wrong, sure. So is disgusting moral relativism, James Delingpole, Telegraph.co.uk “.....The reason I mention all this is to expose the warped moral standards of all the articles I've read in the last 24 hours fulminating at the utter disgustingness of the George W Bush administration's approach to torturing terror suspects. These follow the declassification this week by President Obama of secret Bush-era CIA memos on approved torture techniques. "I believe that exceptional circumstances surround these memos and require their release" claimed Obama..... Hand-wringing liberals say torture is wrong and counterproductive and I'm not going to argue with them there. What puzzles me - and in fact nauseates me far more than anything that was done to Abu Zubaydah - is their moral relativism. However bad the techniques used on Abu Zubaydah,....they were executed with a concern for his long-term health that he never once demonstrated towards any of his indiscriminate victims....”
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(19 April 09) “.....New Zealand is in deep trouble. Our mates across the ditch are mired in recession with no way out, and it should be ringing very loud alarms bells for Australia's complacency. The Kiwis are facing a sovereign downgrade from Standard & Poor's, as a result of which the Prime Minister, John Key, had to come out yesterday and promise fiscal consolidation in the next budget, rather than stimulus...... And a little further away, we are facing the prospect of Fiji becoming a failed state...... New Zealand is in a terrible bind. The Reserve Bank will almost certainly cut interest rates by another 50 basis points in a few days to a new low of 2.5 per cent, but monetary policy is making almost no difference because fixed rate mortgages dominate the market....Its economy is among the most indebted in the OECD....The OECD report pitilessly reveals New Zealand's woes: apart from the vulnerability to external shocks because of the current account deficits, now at 8.9 per cent of GDP, the policy reforms of 1980s and 1990s have completely failed, leaving NZ productivity and standard of living near the bottom of the OECD tables...” Sinking across the ditch , Alan Kohler, Business Spectator “.... In many ways New Zealand is a sort of exaggerated microcosm of Australia . As a commodity exporter during the boom, it enjoyed huge gains in its terms of trade and national income, which “nourished”, as the OECD puts it, its asset-income-spending cycle... It is a trap the Australian authorities must avoid. There are two keys to this: productivity and health care..... the biggest threat to New Zealand's long run fiscal sustainability, according to the OECD, is health-care costs because of the ageing of the population. Australia has the same problem , identified in the Intergenerational Report from Treasury a few years ago, but nothing was done.... The Kiwis are now hitting this ramp-up in health and pension costs with very high government debt; next month's budget is likely to show that Australia is going to be in the same spot after a couple of years of $50+ billion deficits.....”
(19 April 09) “…..This week we have heard about an increasing international trend to prosecute religious issues in the courts. In Britain cases are being brought under laws such as the Religious Hatred Act, which makes it a crime to "stir up" "religious hatred". British police have even warned that insulting Scientology would be treated as a crime. Such legislation may soon be heading to a statute book near you. The Australian Human Rights Commission is finalising a report almost certain to recommend legislation on religion - on freedom of religion or religious vilification - that would mean similar prosecutions being launched under national law. Why do we need this? The last time Australians were asked whether they wanted freedom of religion embodied in the constitution was in 1988. Showing a robust common sense, they voted a resounding "no". It lost in every state and territory, with up to 74 per cent against…. So why are we even having this debate? The commission says on its website it's because of "an increased presence of Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Jews and other religious communities". This is an extraordinary statement; it undermines the need for any change in the law. If Australia were a nightmare realm of vilification and persecution, a dystopia of religious angst, I doubt that Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and Jews would settle here in growing numbers. The growth of these communities is proof positive Australia enjoys freedom of religion….” Religion laws don't have a prayer in a country with robust commonsense Bob Carr, Sydney Morning Herald “…. If you suspect someone's on a mission to agitate non-existent problems to find a bigger role for himself, contemplate another reason the commission gives for having this inquiry. It says it wants to assess the effect of Commonwealth and state laws on the "war on terror". Leave aside the fact that the Howard government opted not to use the expression and the Rudd Government never has, anti-terrorism laws are neutral on religion. Planning to blow up a building or hijack a plane is guarded against, but the law is silent on the religion of those who might attempt it… Victoria has a religious vilification statute and in 2004 two evangelical pastors were prosecuted for remarks they made in a seminar about Islam. I don't respect the views of these pastors. The seminar was a fringe event for a fringe sect. Best to ignore it. Instead, the costly and drawn-out legal rigmarole gave Pastor Danny Nalliah the chance to spout in the courts about "Sharia by stealth". It cost more than $1 million in legal fees.In 2004 I distributed reports of this outlandish case round the NSW cabinet table, saying to colleagues, "One day we'll hear an argument for this state having religious vilification … well, that legislation implies prosecution. And that could go anywhere."
(19 April 09) “….For environmental activists, any suggestion prophecies of planetary peril should be considered carefully is heresy. Climate change doubters are apologists for Western consumer lifestyles that produce the greenhouse gases responsible for global warming, they argue. But there is more sociology than science in such suggestions……” More Heat Than Light , Australian Editorial Saturday April 18 th 2009 “……For people who believe it is wrong for all Australians to have electricity when many Africans do not, global warming is a statement of faith. Many scientists are equally upset, saying the evidence is in and people who question the cause and effect of global warming should defer to those who have done the work. The problem is, as Professor Plimer demonstrates, expert irritation does not disguise the fact that the science is anything but settled…..”
(19 April 09) “….Ice is expanding in much of Antarctica, contrary to the widespread public belief that global warming is melting the continental ice cap… The results of ice-core drilling and sea ice monitoring indicate there is no large-scale melting of ice over most of Antarctica, although experts are concerned at ice losses on the continent's western coast……he melting of sea ice -- fast ice and pack ice -- does not cause sea levels to rise because the ice is in the water. Sea levels may rise with losses from freshwater ice sheets on the polar caps….” Revealed: Antarctic ice growing, not shrinking , The Australian “….Dr Allison said there was not any evidence of significant change in the mass of ice shelves in east Antarctica nor any indication that its ice cap was melting. "The only significant calvings in Antarctica have been in the west," he said. And he cautioned that calvings of the magnitude seen recently in west Antarctica might not be unusual. "Ice shelves in general have episodic carvings and there can be large icebergs breaking off -- I'm talking 100km or 200km long -- every 10 or 20 or 50 years." A paper to be published soon by the British Antarctic Survey in the journal Geophysical Research Letters is expected to confirm that over the past 30 years, the area of sea ice around the continent has expanded…..”
(16 April 09) This with out doubt would have to be the best take on the water issue in a long time. Take 7 minutes out of your life to get a solid grasp as to the ineptitude of governments and how they have become hostage to the green vote. Unpopular view, Melbourne Water Crisis
(16 April 09) “.....Meet the white face of a new black race - the political Aborigine. Meet, say, acclaimed St Kilda artist Bindi Cole, who was raised by her English-Jewish mother yet calls herself "Aboriginal but white". She rarely saw her part-Aboriginal father, and could in truth join any one of several ethnic groups, but chose Aboriginal, insisting on a racial identity you could not guess from her features. She also chose, incidentally, the one identity open to her that has political and career clout.... And how popular a choice that now is. Ask Annette Sax, another artist and - as the very correct Age newspaper described her - a "white Koori". Her father was Swiss, and her mother only part-Aboriginal. Racially, if these things mattered, she is more Caucasian than anything else. Culturally, she's more European. In looks, she's Swiss. But she, too, has chosen to call herself Aboriginal, which happily means she could be shortlisted for this year's Victorian Indigenous Art Award.... the choice to be Aboriginal can seem almost arbitrary and intensely political, given how many of their ancestors are in fact Caucasian?....” It's so hip to be black , Andrew Bolt Herald Sun “...... Then meet now Tara June Winch, who is just 26 and has written only one book, Swallow the Air , yet is already an ambassador for the Australia Council's Indigenous Literacy Project.Yes, indeed, because despite her auburn hair and charmingly freckled face, she, too, is an Aborigine, who claims her "country is Wiradjuri". Yet her mother, who raised her in industrial Wollongong, is in fact boringly English, and her father has both Afghan and Aboriginal heritage.... How much more of this madness can you take? Meet now Associate Professor Anita Heiss, who says she's a "member of the Wiradjuri nation" who prays to Biami, the tribe's creator spirit. Heiss's father was Austrian, and her mother only part-Aboriginal. What's more, she was raised in Sydney and educated at Saint Claire's Catholic College. She, too, could identify as a member of more than one race, if joining up to any at all was important. As it happens, her decision to identify as Aboriginal, joining four other "Austrian Aborigines" she knows, was lucky, given how it's helped her career. Heiss not only took out the Scanlon Prize for Indigenous Poetry, but won plum jobs reserved for Aborigines at Koori Radio, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board and Macquarie University's Warawara Department of Indigenous Studies......”
(15 April 09) “.....Last week, the Rudd Government announced a new national broadband network. The announcement has already copped much flak, but my concerns run deeper. Our Government has broken its own rules and promises, applied double (or no) standards and made false and misleading statements. Last October, in a speech ironically titled "Bringing Transparency to Nation-Building", Kevin Rudd announced guidelines governing how his Government would make key decisions on approving and financing infrastructure projects. Rudd raved about the guidelines, saying it was critically important that decisions be based on objective analysis and evidence. He insisted that "there must be a serious cost-benefit analysis" and warned that guidelines aren't "much use if they are not implemented". Six months later, he completely ignored them.....Rudd proudly says the new plan is Australia's largest infrastructure project, the "21st-century equivalent of the Snowy Hydro scheme". If size is measured by spend, that's true: the NBN's capital cost is up to six timesthe Snowy's $7 billion (in today's dollars). In the case of the Snowy, the federal, NSW and Victorian governments established a committee to conduct detailed investigations, including long-term viability assessments......” The broadband betrayal , Paul Kerin, The Australian “..... The committee took more than two years and produced three extensive reports before the project received approval. Yet our biggest capital spend by a factor of six was decided without a CBA... His FTTP announcement contained nothing but rhetoric. Benefits were claimed with no specifics, pressing the usual hot-buttons such as revolutionising teaching and health care. But he's spent the past two years saying exactly the same things about the old plan..... an implementation study will produce a business case by year's end. That defies both logic and his own guidelines, which require that the business case precede the approval decision. Having announced its decision, the Government won't make itself look even sillier by producing a business case that doesn't stack up.....Conroy had the gall to say analysts' "back-of-the-envelope" calculations had "zero credibility". But they did those calculations because Conroy has provided none at all. Zero calculations means zero credibility.... Conroy describes it as the Rolls-Royce. But even if we think Rolls-Royces are superior, almost no one buys them; we prefer to trade-off "superiority" for lower cost.....”
(15 April 09) “.....Is misreporting really necessary to get the global warming message across to the masses? Or is the claimed fate of the Wilkins Ice Shelf simply a case of too good a photo opportunity to pass up, or in this case, pass off, as caused by anthropogenic climate change?...The mass of ice involved is dwarfed by many larger ice shelf breakouts studied in great detail over the last 60 years in Antarctica....The news stories are making it sound like the snapping of the last ice bridge between one part of the crumbling shelf and its main body is a portent of doom for a warming planet..... It is embarrassing to see scientists and newspapers prostitute themselves in this manner. Are they that desperate to seek inclusion in the politically correct but unscientifically sound association of anything and everything with the truly serious matter of climate change? .... Ice shelves are dynamic. Just as dynamic as they have been for millions of years, during glacials and interglacials. For eons before our species industrialised and inadvertently set in train the massive liberation of fossilized carbon that has changed the composition and dynamics of the atmosphere, the oceans and the land, the ice shelves were doing precisely what the Wilkins is doing today, accumulating and shedding ice.....” This ice shelf global warming hype leaves me cold , Ben Sandilands, Crikey.com “.....The natural cycle of an ice shelf is to thicken, broaden and fan outwards, until the stresses of thermal erosion by the sea below, the atmosphere above, the subtle but persistent buckling moment of tidal rising and falling, all combine to fracture and break it into thousands of ice bergs, with the largest known to persist for five or more years while drifting for thousands of kilometres..... the Wilkins break up displays the same spectacular process of ice shelf growth and disintegration that has been observed throughout polar exploration......The sharp fault lines in the Wilkins break up are break points, not melt points. They would have fractured that way regardless of whether the Wilkins environment has warmed (or even cooled) by the few degrees that have been claimed for it. There is nothing new either about massive outbreaks of icebergs from ice shelf collapses. In November and early December 2006, for only the second time in 75 years, icebergs were visible on the ocean horizon from high hills near Dunedin, New Zealand. The early voyages to Australia reported icebergs in similar latitudes to Tasmania and as far north as close to the Cape of Good Hope, while in 1868, one ship reported a sighting off Cape Leeuwin in Western Australia. In 1894 an iceberg was sighted in the western southern Atlantic in Brazilian latitudes.... The circus of photo opportunity, glib sanctimonious platitudes and compliant media reporting rolls on.....”
(14 April 09) “.....The subject of this column is not small. It is a book entitled Heaven And Earth , which will be published tomorrow. It has been written by one of Australia's foremost Earth scientists, Professor Ian Plimer....The book's 500 pages and 230,000 words and 2311 footnotes are the product of 40 years' research and a depth and breadth of scholarship... The most important point to remember about Plimer is that he is Australia's most eminent geologist. As such, he thinks about time very differently from most of us. He takes the long, long view. He looks at climate over geological, archaeological, historical and modern time....Much of what we have read about climate change, he argues, is rubbish, especially the computer modelling on which much current scientific opinion is based, which he describes as "primitive". Errors and distortions in computer modelling will be exposed in time... If we look at the last 6 million years, the Earth was warmer than it is now for 3 million years. The ice caps of the Arctic, Antarctica and Greenland are geologically unusual. Polar ice has only been present for less than 20 per cent of geological time....” Beware the climate conformity , Paul Sheehan, Sydney Morning Herald “....Is dangerous warming occurring? No. Is the temperature range observed in the 20th century outside the range of normal variability? No. The Earth's climate is driven by the receipt and redistribution of solar energy. Despite this crucial relationship, the sun tends to be brushed aside as the most important driver of climate...."To reduce modern climate change to one variable, CO2, or a small proportion of one variable - human-induced CO2 - is not science....Over time, the history of CO2 content in the atmosphere has been far higher than at present for most of time. Atmospheric CO2 follows temperature rise. It does not create a temperature rise. CO2 is not a pollutant. Global warming and a high CO2 content bring prosperity and longer life... "But evidence no longer matters. And any contrary work published in peer-reviewed journals is just ignored.....The setting up by the UN of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 1988 gave an opportunity to make global warming the main theme of environmental groups. "The IPCC process is related to environmental activism, politics and opportunism. It is unrelated to science....”
(12 April 09) “…..The Reuters headline put it this way: “ Pirates Pose Annoying Distraction For Obama .”…So many distractions, aren't there? Only a week ago, the North Korean missile test was an “annoying distraction” from Barack Obama's call for a world without nuclear weapons and his pledge that America would lead the way in disarming. And only a couple of days earlier the president insisted Iraq was a “distraction” — from what, I forget: The cooing press coverage of Michelle's wardrobe? No doubt when the Iranians nuke Israel, that, too, will be an unwelcome distraction from the administration's plans for federally subsidized daycare, just as Pearl Harbor was an annoying distraction from the New Deal, and the First World War was an annoying distraction from the Archduke Franz Ferdinand's dinner plans…..Tom Blumer of Newsbusters notes that in the last 30 days there have been some 2,500 stories featuring Obama and “distractions,” as opposed to about 800 “distractions” for Bush in his entire second term. The sub-headline of the Reuters story suggests the unprecedented pace at which the mountain of distractions is piling up: “First North Korea , Iran — now Somali pirates.”….As it happens, Somali piracy is not a distraction, but a glimpse of the world the day after tomorrow. In my book America Alone , I quote Robert D. Kaplan referring to the lawless fringes of the map as “Indian Territory.”…..Half a century back, Somaliland was a couple of sleepy colonies, British and Italian, poor but functioning. Then it became a state, and then a failed state, and now the husk of a nation is a convenient squat from which to make mischief…..:” Our Reprimitivized Future When all the world's a “distraction,” maybe you're not the main event after all, Mark Steyn, National Review “……Somali pirates made about $30 million in ransom and booty last year…Once upon a time we killed and captured pirates ….Obviously, if the United States Navy hanged some eyepatched peglegged blackguard from the yardarm or made him walk the plank, pious senators would rise to denounce an America that no longer lived up to its highest ideals, and the network talking-heads would argue that Plankgate was recruiting more and more young men to the pirates' cause, and judges would rule that pirates were entitled to the protections of the U.S. constitution….In a world of legalisms, resistance is futile. The Royal Navy sailors kidnapped by Iran two years ago and humiliated by the mullahs on TV were operating under rules of engagement that call for “de-escalation” in the event of a confrontation. Which is to say, their rules of engagement are rules of non-engagement….Somali pirates seize vessels the size of aircraft carriers flying the ensigns of the great powers. Iranian proxies run Gaza and much of Lebanon . North Korea 's impoverished prison state provides nuclear technology to Damascus and Tehran . Unlovely as it is, Pyongyang nevertheless has friends on the Security Council. Powerful states protect one-man psycho states. One-man psycho states provide delivery systems to apocalyptic ideological states. Apocalyptic ideological states fund non-state actors around the world. And in Somalia and elsewhere non-state actors are constrained only by their ever increasing capabilities.l….From piracy to nukes to the limp response of the hyperpower, this is not a “distraction” but a portent of the future…..”
(12 April 09) “….On Friday last week, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh effectively announced the gazettal of 13 rivers in Cape York Peninsula under the Wild Rivers Act, restricting the opportunity for local Aborigines to develop river areas for purposes such as farming and tourism, although claiming publicly that only three had been gazetted…. The wild rivers declarations cover 19,000sqkm, mainly indigenous freehold land. In other words, vast areas of land that were not part of the original proposal for these rivers have been added. This sudden announcement was a shock to the Aboriginal owners of these areas. It is clear that the majority of the submissions from the Aboriginal traditional owners have been ignored and treated with contempt…. After denying Cape York people an extension of time to resolve their issues last year, Natural Resources Minister Stephen Robertson said this week that Noel Pearson and his brother Gerhardt should "put their pistols back in the holster" and keep talking to the Labor Government…. "The Pearsons are important voices but they are not the only voices. We have a responsibility to listen to all of them."….. In fact, they listened only to the Wilderness Society. Noel Pearson's objection was simple : he believes the Queensland Government has not followed the law in relation to this process…..” Bligh's callous land grab , Marcia Langton. The Australian “…The Queensland public has also been misled about this matter. These gazettals could be seen as a pay-off by the Labor Government to the greens who delivered them preferences and seats. For the Wilderness Society's urban-based ideologues, the gazettals are prized acquisitions, easy pickings from the Aborigines…. Aboriginal traditional owners do not want large-scale environmental destruction in their river basin areas, such as dams, but the wild river gazettals are a terminal threat to their economic future and will deny them the right to the most basic improvements on their land. It is likely that they will not be allowed to build boat ramps. Pearson has made it clear that until the indigenous people of Cape York can largely generate their own incomes… The Wilderness Society members do not live in the cape. Nor do they depend on the cape for their livelihood, lifestyles and traditions. And they never will. They are playing with thousands of people's lives by remote control. Pearson is right to accuse Bligh of treating Cape York Aborigines with contempt. She has eliminated from the riverine homelands not only the tribes' native title rights but also their future potential to participate in the only kinds of economic activity that are possible in Cape York . Bringing Aboriginal people out of welfare and into the economy has been the goal of the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership, led by Pearson, for the past four years…. If Bligh thinks this is acceptable, she too has been severely misled by the so-called greens and the party apparatchiks who would sacrifice all this for their deal……”
(12 April 09) “…The Queensland Government ignored requests to inform Cape York traditional owners about Wild Rivers legislation that will stop the development of Aboriginal land, despite commitments that it would do so before enacting the law. The traditional owners asked the Government late last year for an extension of the deadline to lodge submissions and were told that would require the agreement of the Wilderness Society….the Government approved the declaration of the Archer, Stewart and Lockhart Rivers as Wild Rivers without listening to or addressing concerns of local indigenous people….. Cape York Institute chairwoman Marcia Langton, says the gazettal of the three rivers was a "last-minute, back-room deal" with the Wilderness Society. "The Queensland public has also been misled about this matter…” Wild Rivers deal bypassed owners , Tony Koch, The Australian “….for Premier Anna Bligh and the Queensland ALP these gazettals are the pay-off to the Greens who delivered them preferences and seats ."For the Wilderness Society urban-based ideologues, the gazettals are prized acquisitions that they have lobbied for over many years……The Government pointed to the fact that more than 2200 "submissions" regarding the three rivers had been received. But it failed to acknowledge that more than 2100 were from computer-generated forms from the Wilderness Society's website….”
(10 April 09) “…..The Catlin Expedition, which is trekking to the North Pole to highlight effects of global warming on Arctic sea ice, has had equipment malfunctions due to extremely cold weather…..The What's Up With That (WUWT) website, run by Antony Watts, found phony biometric data at the expedition's website and began to question the claims that this data was being fed live. The very next day the BBC carried a story that several pieces of their equipment had malfunctioned much earlier as well due to the cold…..One of the key pieces of equipment that failed is a radar device to measure ice thickness. The expedition seeks to show that arctic sea ice is getting thinner due to global warming…..” The Gore Effect: Catlin Arctic Expedition Hampered by Cold , American Thinker “…. They are also making ice measurements by drilling through the ice. The expedition has been walking to the North Pole although the going has been rough. They have encountered shifting ice driven by arctic winds that is driving them backwards at times. Their progress is so slow they are unlikely to make it to the pole. The expedition members have also been battling frostbite and chronic hypothermia. They are supplied at intervals by aircraft. The WUWT has a companion story which shows that sea ice has been thickening after several years of thinning. The WUWT contributor, Steve Goddard, used military buoy data obtained from the internet in the comfort of his warm living room to show there is "significant ice thickening in the past six months to a year". What is not surprising is that the Catlin group withheld information about the equipment malfunction story. The Global Warming lobby does not like to highlight information that does not fit the story line…..”
Climate History in one unambiguous, unequivocal shot
Many people ask: What is political Correctness?? How did it come about and where did it come from??. This brief book lays it all out in simple terms and explains it all.
(08 April 09) “....One of conservatism's most important insights is that all ideologies are wrong. Ideology takes an intellectual system, a product of one or more philosophers, and says, “This system must be true.” Inevitably, reality ends up contradicting the system, usually on a growing number of points. But the ideology, by its nature, cannot adjust to reality; to do so would be to abandon the system. Therefore, reality must be suppressed. If the ideology has power, it uses its power to undertake this suppression. It forbids writing or speaking certain facts. Its goal is to prevent not only expression of thoughts that contradict what “must be true,” but thinking such thoughts. In the end, the result is inevitably the concentration camp, the gulag and the grave.... Over the last forty years, America has been conquered by the same force that earlier took over Russia, China, Germany and Italy. That force is ideology. ....The ideology that has taken over America goes most commonly by the name of “Political Correctness.” Some people see it as a joke. It is not. It is deadly serious. It seeks to alter virtually all the rules, formal and informal, that govern relations among people and institutions. It wants to change behavior, thought, even the words we use. To a significant extent, it already has..... Political Correctness is in fact cultural Marxism – Marxism translated from economic into cultural terms. The effort to translate Marxism from economics into culture did not begin with the student rebellion of the 1960s. It goes back at least to the 1920s and the writings of the Italian Communist Antonio Gramsci.....” What is Political Correctness? A Short History of an Ideology “.....In 1923, in Germany, a group of Marxists founded an institute devoted to making the transition, the Institute of Social Research (later known as the Frankfurt School). One of its founders, George Lukacs, stated its purpose as answering the question, “Who shall save us from Western Civilization?” The Frankfurt School gained profound influence in American universities after many of its leading lights fled to the United States in the 1930s to escape National Socialism in Germany... Antonio Gramsci worked for the Communist International during 1923-24 in Moscow and Vienna. He was later imprisoned in one of Mussolini's jails where he wrote his famous “Prison Notebooks.” Among Marxists, Gramsci is noted for his theory of cultural hegemony as the means to class dominance. In his view, a new “Communist man” had to be created before any political revolution was possible. This led to a focus on the efforts of intellectuals in the fields of education and culture . Gramsci envisioned a long march through the society's institutions, including the government, the judiciary, the military, the schools and the media . He also concluded that so long as the workers had a Christian soul, they would not respond to revolutionary appeals.... Georg Lukacs was the son a wealthy Hungarian banker..... In 1923, Lukacs and other Marxist intellectuals associated with the Communist Party of Germany founded the Institute of Social Research at Frankfurt University in Frankfurt, Germany. The Institute, which became known as the Frankfurt School, was modeled after the Marx-Engels Institute in Moscow. In 1933, when Nazis came to power in Germany, the members of the Frankfurt School fled. Most came to the United States....”
(07 April 09) “.....The English language once conquered the world. Now the rest of the world is conquering the English-speaking countries. If current trends continue, people in Singapore will know English while the nation that created the English language will cease to exist. At the same time as sharia law has gained official recognition as a part of the British legal system and Muslims proudly talk about conquering the Western world, a British woman was arrested because of a supposedly "racist" doll she kept in her window. In al-Britannia a Muslim man can claim benefits for children with multiple wives and brag about subduing the country and reducing its traditional inhabitants to second-rate citizens or worse, but you cannot have a "racially insensitive" doll in your own home, at least not if you're white.... Make no mistake about it: Harassing the natives in order to crush them mentally and destroy any ideas they might harbor about defending their country against foreign colonization is a deliberate strategy on the part of the authorities and the ruling Multiculturalist oligarchy, whether you identify this as the British Labour Party or the European Union (both are correct). Of course, this is about the entire Western world , not just Britain, but Britain is arguably the worst example of all. I am not aware of arrests for "racist" dolls even in Sweden, Belgium or al-Canada, and they are bad cases of suicidal Multiculturalism. Britain in 2009 is no longer the nation that gave us Shakespeare, Newton or Adam Smith; it is the world's largest open-air prison, an enlarged Marxist reeducation camp, a horror story where the authorities wage cultural and demographic warfare against the indigenous people of the country. The only good news is that I sense that native Britons are getting angrier by the day, and will not go quietly into the night...” The Decline of the English-Speaking World, Fjordman, Brussels Journal “.....With the exception of France , Belgium and possibly the Netherlands and Sweden , the English-speaking world is leading the disintegration of the West, ideologically and demographically. The entire West is sick, but the Anglosphere is sicker than most. The English-speaking countries still have the most dynamic military traditions of the West, but that counts for little as long as they are used for promoting global Multiculturalism rather than for protecting the home country......Western elites are committed post-national Globalists. The EU oligarchs want to import 50 million Africans, in addition to expanding the open borders of the EU to include Muslim North Africa and the Middle East. As I've documented in my essays, this is a planned destruction of all European and indeed Western nation states through transnational organizations such as the EU and the UN, in cooperation with local Multiculturalists. There is nothing accidental about this.....The goal of Multiculturalism is to destroy a once-great European nation and turn it into an Islamic-dominated Third World entity. Make no mistake about it: This is what Multiculturalists have in store for all of us, if we do not stop them.
Antarctic ice melting faster than expected- Tom Arup, The Age
This is the stuff of year 7 science.
(06 April 09) “….Up to one-third of all Antarctic sea ice is likely to melt by the end of the century, seriously contributing to dangerous sea level rises , updated scientific modelling on global warming shows…. (THIS IS ARRANT NONSENSE, Think Archimedes principle) The evidence will be presented to an international meeting of Antarctic and Arctic scientists in the US tonight, at which US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will speak. The modelling is the first release of a landmark study being conducted by the global scientific body the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, made up of the peak scientific bodies from 23 countries including Australia. The report, Antarctic Climate Change and the Environment , is the result of research undertaken by all 23 nations, the first time such a study has been undertaken. The final report will be released in June. The early numbers put out by SCAR suggests the collapse of Antarctic sea-ice not only pushes up anticipated sea level rises, (ABSOLUTE RUBBISH. IT DOESN'T, IT CAN'T, IT WON'T) but will threaten the numbers of native animal species including emperor penguins, humpback whales and several fish species. The initial release of research also suggests sea temperatures in the Southern Ocean are rising faster than in other oceans, and that ice melts in the Antarctic Peninsula and Western Ice Shelf will be greater and more rapid than expected….But the SCAR report will show that despite a warming of the Antarctic oceans, there is little expectation of high temperature rises across the Antarctic mainland — which means that limited melting is anticipated around the South Pole.The new research comes as international negotiations continue in the German city of Bonn towards a global climate change agreement….”
Money from rich countries has trapped many African nations in a cycle of corruption, slower economic growth and poverty. Cutting off the flow would be far more beneficial, says Dambisa Moyo.
(06 April 09)“.....Giving alms to Africa remains one of the biggest ideas of our time -- millions march for it, governments are judged by it, celebrities proselytize the need for it. Calls for more aid to Africa are growing louder, with advocates pushing for doubling the roughly $50 billion of international assistance that already goes to Africa each year.Yet evidence overwhelmingly demonstrates that aid to Africa has made the poor poorer, and the growth slower. The insidious aid culture has left African countries more debt-laden, more inflation-prone, more vulnerable to the vagaries of the currency markets and more unattractive to higher-quality investment. It's increased the risk of civil conflict and unrest (the fact that over 60% of sub-Saharan Africa's population is under the age of 24 with few economic prospects is a cause for worry). Aid is an unmitigated political, economic and humanitarian disaster.... Over the past 60 years at least $1 trillion of development-related aid has been transferred from rich countries to Africa. Yet real per-capita income today is lower than it was in the 1970s, and more than 50% of the population -- over 350 million people -- live on less than a dollar a day, a figure that has nearly doubled in two decades.... The most obvious criticism of aid is its links to rampant corruption. Aid flows destined to help the average African end up supporting bloated bureaucracies in the form of the poor-country governments and donor-funded non-governmental organizations.....” Why Foreign Aid Is Hurting Africa , Dambisa Moyo, The Wall Street Journal “.....As recently as 2002, the African Union, an organization of African nations, estimated that corruption was costing the continent $150 billion a year, as international donors were apparently turning a blind eye to the simple fact that aid money was inadvertently fueling graft. With few or no strings attached, it has been all too easy for the funds to be used for anything, save the developmental purpose for which they were intended. In Zaire -- known today as the Democratic Republic of Congo -- Irwin Blumenthal (whom the IMF had appointed to a post in the country's central bank) warned in 1978 that the system was so corrupt that there was "no (repeat, no) prospect for Zaire's creditors to get their money back." .... Mobutu Sese Seko, Zaire's president from 1965 to 1997, is reputed to have stolen at least $5 billion from the country......Stuck in an aid world of no incentives, there is no reason for governments to seek other, better, more transparent ways of raising development finance (such as accessing the bond market, despite how hard that might be). The aid system encourages poor-country governments to pick up the phone and ask the donor agencies for next capital infusion. It is no wonder that across Africa, over 70% of the public purse comes from foreign aid....”
(05 April 09) “.....whether it reflects simple ignorance or the sophisticated seeking of political advantage, and it must be one or the other, both Mr Rudd and Mr Turnbull have declared themselves in favour of the introduction of carbon dioxide taxation in order to help “stop” a wholly imaginary human-caused global warming..... since 1940 the earth has warmed for nineteen years and cooled for forty-nine, the overall result being that global average temperature is now about the same as it was in 1940. Second, this lack of overall warming over the last sixty-eight years happened despite an increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide of more than 20 per cent; which is actually no surprise, because, notwithstanding that it is a greenhouse gas, the increase in the warming effect of carbon dioxide beyond 1940 levels is diminishingly small... by planetary accident, in comparison with most of the Earth's geological history we live today in a world that is in a state of carbon dioxide starvation, especially for optimal plant growth; just ask the commercial tomato growers who use enhanced levels of carbon dioxide in their greenhouses to expedite crop growth.... Against this background, the commentary on “global warming” in the general press consistently and conspicuously misses the point, not least because most journalists and editors are innocent of knowledge of the workings of science and cling to a naive belief that scientific matters can be determined by authority or consensus, thereby confusing science with politics.....” A New Policy Direction for Climate Change , Bob Carter, Quadrant “.....Politics may well be about consensus, as determined by who can shout the loudest,but science is not. Science is about testing hypotheses, and the hypothesis of the day—that dangerous global warming is being caused by human carbon dioxide emissions—has been tested repeatedly and found to be invalid..... Since the establishment of the IPCC in 1988 several thousand scientists have spent more than US$50 billion looking for evidence of human-caused warming without avail. No direct evidence exists for a worrisome magnitude or rate for human-caused global climate change over the last fifty years.....The current public “debate” on climate is not so much a debate as an incessant and shrill campaign to scare citizens into accepting dramatic changes in their way of life in pursuit of the false god of preventing dangerous global warming. Furthermore, this “debate” is consistently misrepresented by the media as being between morally admirable “believers” and morally challenged “deniers”. Such shallow moralities have nothing to do with science, which derives its considerable moral and practical authority from the objective use of facts, experiments and analytical reasoning to test hypotheses about the natural world..... just as the “science” that is cited in favour of dangerous human warming caused by carbon dioxide emissions shows all the hallmarks of orchestrated propaganda, so too the real science shows beyond doubt that the wide array of extreme natural events—which include climatic warming trends, cooling trends, step-events, heat waves, droughts, cyclones, floods and snowstorms—pose great dangers for humanity.....”