Fizzer   30/3/2008

If the aim of Earth Hour was to trigger a substantial plunge in energy consumption then it failed miserably. This was possibly due to Goebells Warning sceptics lighting up their homes like Christmas trees.
Bolta’s got a good roundup of exercises in futility and idiotic symbolism across the nation.

This commenter at News Ltd makes a couple of rational points that seem to have eluded airheads in medialand.

What I find ironic about “earth hour” is that they encouraged people to come and have a look at some of Brisbane’s landmarks that would be blacked out to “save the earth for an hour” yet how did they get there: by car? by bus? by train?
All these forms of transport “pollute” the atmosphere, let me get it straight! So these people care about climate change and want to prevent it, but in order to attend they have to pollute the earth by getting there, haha you have to laugh at the hypocrites that believe in “global warming”. Nature, the weather and the universe, changes… case you didn’t already notice!!!

Meanwhile, some other perpetually pessimistic plonkers have decided to take a risk with the modern world as it is:
SARANSK, March 29 (Itar-Tass) — Seven of the 35 members of a doomsday cult who shut themselves up in caves beneath a hill in the Penza Region have agreed to rise to the surface, the regions’ deputy governor, Oleg Melnichenko, told Itar-Tass.

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Luvvies in the dark   29/3/2008

The kiddies who write the early morning ABC news must have been so excited at the prospect of stumbling around in the cold dark tonight to achieve absolutely nothing, that the facts proved a tad elusive.
Millions of Australians will turn off their lights for Earth Hour, the newsreader gushed at 7am.
Millions??!! Give that source a gander at my wallet and I’ll be on the BRW rich list with Twiggy Forrest.
I guess when you’re continually accepting bulldust as truth, veracity becomes a very wobbly concept.
For tonight’s big gloom-in, I replaced and up-watted all faulty light globes, will turn the volume up on a new surround-sound system and tuck into a half-raw slab of methane-emitting animal at a local steakhouse where they’ve promised to have the lights on full beam.
It’s not going to be an easy hour for luvvies fretting about global warming, with the bureau tipping a frigid unseasonal low of nine degrees tonight. Good enough reason to stack the wood burner with lovely lumps of carbon-sputtering red gum.
Earth Hour — let there be light.

8.35pm at Chez Slatts. No risk of discomfort in the dark, dark cold.

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Gutsy effort   28/3/2008

Andrew Bolt has weighed the consequences — and they could well be dire — and posted on his blog a copy of Dutch MP Geert Wilders anti-Islamist film. Warning: it is graphic and disturbing.
And that’s not just its content; the attitude of some Dutch politicians in trying to ban Wilders’ film represents such snivelling appeasement that Chamberlain was a breast-beating warrior in comparison.

UPDATE:, the file sharer that hosted Wilders’ film, has taken it down after threats against staff.

And surprise, surprise, that bastion of freedom and liberty, the United Nations, has condemned the film, accusing Wilders — not extreme Islamists, mind you — of “instilling hatred or incitement to violence”.

Why liberal democracies bother to have anything to do with this misbegotten assembly of totalitarian toerags is beyond me. I wonder if just one of Krudd’s 1000 “best and brightest” will touch on our membership of the useless UN and how we’d be better served by an organisation of democratic states.

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Nodding Nic   22/3/2008

Nicole Kidman discovers that hubby Keith Urban’s music is a great cure for insomnia.


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Form of madness   

Psycho-babble usually gets these sceptical old eyes rolling. But crikey, it’s tempting to agree wholeheartedly with this shrink’s opinion:
“Based on strikingly irrational beliefs and emotions, modern liberals relentlessly undermine the most important principles on which our freedoms were founded,” says Dr. Lyle Rossiter, author of the new book, “The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness.” “Like spoiled, angry children, they rebel against the normal responsibilities of adulthood and demand that a parental government meet their needs from cradle to grave.”

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Dazzler   21/3/2008

Excerpts from a brilliant article by Alexander Cockburn in The Energy Tribune. It’s likely to get plenty of Goebell’s Warningistas apoplectic.

This turn to climate catastrophism is tied into the decline of the left, and the decline of the left’s optimistic vision of altering the economic nature of things through a political program. The left has bought into environmental catastrophism because it thinks that if it can persuade the world that there is indeed a catastrophe, then somehow the emergency response will lead to positive developments in terms of social and environmental justice.

This is a fantasy. In truth, environmental catastrophism will, in fact, play into the hands of the sinister-as-always corporate interests. The nuclear industry is benefiting immeasurably from the current catastrophism. Last year, for example, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission sped up its licensing process, and there is an imminent wave of new nuclear plant building. Many in the nuclear industry see an opportunity to recover from the adverse publicity of Chernobyl in the story about carbon dioxide causing climate change.Here in the West, the so-called “war on global warming” is reminiscent of medieval madness. You can now buy indulgences to offset your carbon guilt. If you fly, you give an extra 10 quid to British Airways; B.A. hands it on to some non-profit carbon-offsetting company, which sticks the money in its pocket and goes off for lunch.

In today’s political climate, it has become fairly dangerous for a young scientist or professor to step up and say: “This is all nonsense.” It is increasingly difficult to challenge the global warming consensus, on either a scientific or a political level. Academies can be incredibly cowardly institutions, and if one of their employees were to question the discussion of climate change he or she would be pulled to one side and told: “You’re threatening our funding and reputation – do you really want to do that?” I don’t think that we should underestimate the impact that kind of informal pressure can have on people’s willingness to think thoroughly and speak openly.

One way critics are silenced is by accusing them of ignoring “peer-reviewed science.” Yet oftentimes, peer reviews are nonsense. As anyone who has ever put his nose inside a university will know, peer review is usually a mode of excluding the unexpected, the unpredictable, and the unrespectable, and forming a mutually back-scratching circle. Through the process of peer review, of certain papers nodded through by experts and others given a red cross, the controllers of the major scientific journals can include what they like and exclude what they don’t like. Peer review is frequently a way of controlling debate, even curtailing it.

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Launching pad   

Will the coalition of the unwilling be so keen to bolt from Iraq now?
(CNN) — Al-Jazeera broadcast on Thursday an audiotape on which a voice identified as Osama bin Laden declares “Iraq is the perfect base to set up the jihad to liberate Palestine.”
The voice calls on “Muslims in neighboring countries” to “do their best in supporting their mujahedeen brothers in Iraq.”
“My speech to you is about the siege of Gaza and the way to liberate it,” he said.

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He’s a beaut   

The first siren for the season hasn’t blown and already the world’s best Aussie Rules commentator, Dennis Cometti, is cracking wise.
Going through Port Adelaide’s line-up, he referred to the Power’s Brogan, Logan and Rodan.
“Poetically correct,” old Turtle Head quipped.

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Mark his words   20/3/2008

Mad Mark’s still out there lobbing hand grenades.
In his new column in the Australian Financial Review (subscription needed) Mark Latham rips into Treasurer Wayne Swan, describing him as insipid, insecure and a try-hard.
Latham who, if nothing else, had no trouble getting his message across, says Swan struggles when on his hind legs.
He says Swan’s body language is cramped, his delivery too rapid – and all up, he tries too hard.
Latham warns that Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is unlikely to wait for Mr Swan to improve.
Dunno about that. Rudd’s a most unconvincing orator and Swan can only make him look better. And that’s all that matters for Rudd.

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Fly phobia   

This bloke would go thoroughly nuts if he found himself up in the Mallee where the blowies are that thick they carry you away if you stand still.

A man who found a dead fly in his bottled water is claiming before Canada’s high court that the incident ruined his sex life, hair salon business and even made it hard for him to shower.
Waddah Mustapha of Windsor, Ontario claims he suffered from “major depression, anxiety, specific phobias, and obsessional thoughts flowing from seeing the dead flies in the bottle water.”

How would he be had he drunk it?

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Heh-heh, pardon my mirth:

• 1895:
The question is again being discussed whether recent and long-continued observations do not point to the advent of a second glacial period, when the countries now basking in the fostering warmth of a tropical sun will ultimately give way to the perennial frost and snow of the polar regions.
• 1961:
Winters Since ‘40 Found Colder In Studies by Weather Bureau; Data Indicate, a Reversal of a Warming Trend That Began in 1881
• 1961:
After a week of discussions on the causes of climate change, an assembly of specialists from several continents seems to have reached unanimous agreement on only one point: it is getting colder.
• 1975:
Scientists Ponder Why World’s Climate Is Changing; a Major Cooling Widely Considered to Be Inevitable
• 1978:
An international team of specialists has concluded from eight indexes of climate that there is no end in sight to the cooling trend of the last 30 years, at least in the Northern Hemisphere.

Much more embarrassment for warmenistas — links and all — at Tim Blair’s.

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Rescue plea   14/3/2008

Sorry elders. But despite majority wishes, Krudd said sorry. And that means no more kids will be taken from their homes, no matter how wretched their circumstances. Don’t worry about the suffering, elders. Rejoice in the symbols.
And lefties, now you really have something to feel guilty about. And it’s all your own doing.

ELDERS from a far north Queensland community are calling for the removal of children in the face of a comprehensive breakdown of social standards.

Several members of Aurukun’s community justice group, led by Martha Koowarta, widow of a local land rights hero, are urging outsiders to take children from age nine for their safety and education.
“I was put in a mission dormitory when I was eight, nine. I cried for two nights, then I was right with the rest of those kids. We weren’t stolen; our family was there. It was a good system. Or a better system than now. At least my generation learnt to read and write properly.”

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Labor’s coach in the outer   

After getting exposed for slagging Opposition members over parliamentary absences to take business trips while ignoring Krudd’s own junketeering, you’d think Steve Lewis would attempt a little balance in his political commentary for News.
But no, now he thinks his role is to coach. Here’s Lewis in today’s Herald Sun helping out Wayne Swan:

Mr Swan needs an injection of confidence.

And he would benefit from

He should display policy bravery and undertake a

He should commit to

he should back this

Mr Swan should not stop there

it (the government) should look at ways

now is the time for

could help Mr Swan

If he wants to be a political adviser he should drop the pretence and hang up a Labor shingle.

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Cruel and unusual   

Crikey, I doubt even Slater and Gordon would touch this brief:

Danbury (AP) _ Danbury officials have been notified they are being sued by a student who was awakened in class by a teacher who made a loud noise.

With so many peculiar judgements flowing from judicial benches, one of these days there’ll be a finding in favour of retrospective damages for corporal punishment meted out at schools in the 1960s.
Honey, we’ll be in the money!

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Courting debate   

Rationalists can only hope John Coleman, the founder of the Weather Channel, goes ahead and sues Al Gore for fraud.
Coleman hopes such a legal case will settle the global warming debate once and for all.
Surely, believers in manmade global warming will support Coleman’s action? They’re not afraid to have their theory tested, are they?
Coleman believes a legal challenge in a court of law, with pro and anti AGM scientists testifying, would finally give the public “a good solid debate on the issue.”
“I’m confident that the advocates of ‘no significant effect from carbon dioxide’ would win the case,” he said.

Coleman says his side of the global warming debate is being buried in mainstream media circles.
“As you look at the atmosphere over the last 25 years, there’s been perhaps a degree of warming, perhaps probably a whole lot less than that, and the last year has been so cold that that’s been erased,” he said.
“I think if we continue the cooling trend a couple of more years, the general public will at last begin to realize that they’ve been scammed on this global warming thing.”

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Widows of opportunity   

Hmmm, could be an interesting prospect. I mean, some will be hell-bent on proving they’re as desirable as 72 virgins.

( The Islamic group “Samuh al-Islam” has begun a campaign to find husbands for the widows of deceased terrorists, according to Omedia. The group describes the campaign as an effort to revive an ancient Islamic custom. The group’s religious leaders point out that Mohammed, who Muslims hail as a prophet, married the widow of a follower who died in battle, despite the fact that she was less attractive than his other wives.

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Boys will be . . . idiots   

The pursuit of celebrity status is getting ridiculous.

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Two boys were arrested after they attempted to rob a Port St. Lucie police station and said, “We’ll be famous now,” according to authorities.

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Don’t mess with the boss   13/3/2008

Hate to think of the upshot had Ozzy Osborne been on the turntable.

A WOMAN has been jailed after she stabbed her de facto husband to death when he stopped her playing her favourite Bruce Springsteen album.

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He didn’t kneed this   

It’s no secret that trouble for many youthful sports stars begins when they remove their trousers.
So spare some sympathy for young local cricket allrounder Joel Davies:

The 20-year-old said he twisted his knee while putting on a pair of pants last Friday night and will visit Cricket Victoria’s doctor in Melbourne for scans to determine whether he has suffered any cartilage damage.

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Gotcha!   11/3/2008

Alexander Downer exposes bias and hypocrisy in the Canberra press gallery:

I checked these trips against the parliamentary timetable. That last trip happened when parliament was sitting. Mr Rudd missed not one but several question times, all funded by a telecommunications company. Quite a few lunches during question times there, Mr Rudd! Shock horror, dereliction of duty, an outrage, an insult to the electors of Griffith! No, not a word.

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