Sceptic emerges   31/5/2009

Any day now, we can expect a sceptical piece on manmade global warming from The Australian’s political writer Lenore Taylor who writes:

Seriously. By 2022 this year’s kindy kids will be finishing high school, having enjoyed lovely new assembly halls and language labs all the way, but perhaps fewer fancy holidays in their childhood when family finances were a bit tight.
Does anyone really believe we can make accurate forecasts that far ahead? About anything?

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World expert   28/5/2009

Manmade global warming alarmist Nicholas Stern makes a dire prediction on the 7.30 Report last night:
It would transform the planet, some areas, probably much of Australia, southern Europe, becoming deserts . . .
News flash, Nick — much of Australia is desert.

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Hedgy art   27/5/2009

Don’t you just love crazy gardens?
Today’s Herald Sun brings us the quirky creations of Ick Chu.

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Flood of fiction   18/5/2009

Liz Hayes and the 60 Minutes crew last night made utter clowns of themselves with an hysterical piece that claimed manmade global warming was submerging the Maldives islands.
Introducing the astonishing concept of a lumpy ocean that rises up to a metre in some places but clearly not in others, the report ignored easily found research which concludes that the Maldives are not being flooded, and high water marks in some places are actually lower than they were before 1970.
Such unbelievable exaggerations as produced by 60 Minutes can’t be doing the manmade global warming case any good, beset as it already is with crazy doomsday predictions.
At least on its website 60 Minutes is publishing comments about the report, the majority of which ridicule Hayes’ bizarre claims. Unfortunately airhead TV personalities don’t do embarrassment well.

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Changing places   17/5/2009

Deft slice of satire by Victor Davis Hanson as he imagines White House press coverage if someone else was the incumbent.

A “dragon lady in heels” is what President Palin is, according to the NYT’s Frank Rich. “Don’t fall for this pageant nice-girl stuff. Our former beauty queen is a ward hack. Look at her nominations. Can’t Palin find anyone who has paid his taxes — or do they simply ignore that stuff in no-tax Alaska? Does ‘No more lobbyists’ mean ‘More lobbyists than ever’? Her chief performance overseer doesn’t perform too well herself — and, like Daschle, Geithner, and the rest, skips out on her taxes. When Palin brags about fiscal sobriety, it really means record deficits. In Sarahland, not wanting to take over banks and car companies translates into, ‘She already has.’ Highest ethical standards equates to ‘There are none.’ Calling herself the VA president means she’s just told vets to use their own health insurance.”

That should embarrass the biased media. It probably won’t because they’re too stupid to get it.

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I’m Kevin, and I’m here to steal your savings   

It’s bad enough that the market slump has eaten away a third of my superannuation holdings. Now these incompetent socialists are planning to steal the rest. Surely, for once the media will come out en masse and condemn this piracy by the ship of state.

THE Rudd Government plans to tap Australia’s $1 trillion pool of superannuation savings to help plug a $58 billion hole in its nation-building program.
The funding shortfall for approved infrastructure projects has raised concerns that unless a greater portion of national savings can be accessed, some of the 15 rail, road and ports projects announced by Wayne Swan as Tuesday night’s budget centrepiece may never be built.

You’d maybe consider going along with it if you could be guaranteed market-level returns. But that’s as likely from this mob of marxist muddleheads as me growing an extra backside.
I’m off to the super company this week to see what I can salvage before the federal bushrangers come aplundering.

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Lack of action action   10/5/2009

Anyone got Slater and Gordon’s number? Waddayareckon, have Australian middle-aged men got a class action or not?

A Kenyan man is suing for damages over a week-long sex boycott called by national women’s organizations in Kenya who were trying to make political leaders put aside rivalries and work together, Agence France-Presse reported.
“Since the women called for the sex boycott, my wife has denied me my conjugal rights. This has caused me anxiety and sleepless nights,” said James Kimondo, who is suing the leaders of G10, a coalition of women’s groups.
“I have been suffering mental anguish, stress, backaches, lack of concentration,” he said.

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Definitely an unintended consequence   

You’d rather it weren’t so, but the biggest problem for greens and socialists is that they’re just not very bright.

WHEN British consumers are compelled to buy energy-efficient lightbulbs from 2012, they will save up to 5m tons of carbon dioxide a year from being pumped into the atmosphere. In China, however, a heavy environmental price is being paid for the production of “green” lightbulbs in cost-cutting factories.
Large numbers of Chinese workers have been poisoned by mercury, which forms part of the compact fluorescent lightbulbs. A surge in foreign demand, set off by a European Union directive making these bulbs compulsory within three years, has also led to the reopening of mercury mines that have ruined the environment.

You can almost hear the ‘ka-chings’ ringing in the offices of Slater and Gordon.

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Dishonourable Members   9/5/2009

Socialists always pose on the high moral ground. But so often when they achieve power they display all the mannerisms of the tyrannical and sleazy.
We’ve got one here:

PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd is facing fresh allegations of an explosive temper after claims he threw a “wobbly” over a hairdryer in Afghanistan.

And the poms have got a swag of them over there:

The Prime Minister is among 13 members of the Cabinet facing questions over their use of Parliamentary expenses. On Thursday, after being approached by The Daily Telegraph, Mr Brown repaid a plumbing bill he had claimed for twice during 2006.

As my dear old dad would say: You wouldn’t feed the bastards.

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Victoria Crescent?   

Will Britain’s loony leaders have the courage of their convictions and take the next logical step from this insipid kneejerk action?

A medal personally established by the Queen is being withdrawn after it was deemed offensive to Muslims and Hindus.
The honour – known as The Trinity Cross of the Order of Trinity – has been ruled unlawful and too Christian.

Consistency demands that the Victoria Cross must now be scrapped and dishonoured. Let’s see the socialists try that one on.

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All the news you can think up   

Must have been one of the those dashed quiet days in the London newsroom.

Giant spiders invade Australian Outback town
Scores of eastern tarantulas, which are known as “bird-eating spiders” and can grow larger than the palm of a man’s hand, have begun crawling out from gardens and venturing into public spaces in Bowen, a coastal town about 700 miles northwest of Brisbane.

Hmmm, how come we haven’t heard from our arachnia correspondent in the deep north?
Perhaps this is why:

Bowen pest controller Audy Geiszler says the story has been “blown out of all proportion and massively sensationalized.”
“There have been no more than 10 sightings of these spiders here,” Geiszler said. “There is definitely not an invasion or a plague or anything like that.”

Oh, if any pommy scribblers happen to visit here, the Outback is so named because it is way out the back of the main population centres on the east coast. It’s at least a 40-stubbie trip from the North Queensland coast.

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Rotten state   

Gross incompetence? Or worse?

Mr Suleyman, whose application to become a Justice of the Peace was signed by Attorney General Rob Hulls, also has convictions for violent offences.

Certainly, someone wasn’t doing their job properly. From the Victorian Government’s information document on Justice of the Peace appointments:

Selection Criteria
The process to select people for recommendation for appointment as a Justice of the Peace includes an interview by local police, background/probity checks and consideration of the following assessment criteria.

Expect this story to slide off the radar. Although that wouldn’t be the case if a Kennett or a Howard were in the picture.

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Tilting at Windmills   6/5/2009

You know how global warming is supposed to cause all manner of horrors from cannibalism to anorexic whales?
Well here’s a new one: an expansion in mafia evil-doing.

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Brown dogged   3/5/2009

Knives are unsheathed for the one-eyed Scottish idiot.

Gordon Brown has suffered his most severe attack yet from inside his Cabinet as a Hazel Blears, the Communities Secretary, savaged the Prime Minister over his government’s “lamentable” failures of policy and communication.

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Hatchet out   

Eventually, Britain’s comrade socialists here will be forced to follow suit.

SAVAGE cuts in public spending of more than £130 billion will be needed to solve the growing budget crisis, Tony Blair’s former chief policy adviser claims today.

It’s a concern that Rudd and Swan will embark on this course only after they’ve thrown billions at the mob and taxed the beejepers out of all the wealth creators.
Socialism — great idea until you run out of other people’s money to spend.
Let’s be patriotic and give the government some suggestions on how best to cut spending. Selling off the ABC should return a few bill.
Any other ideas?

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Mars, it’s making eyes . . .   

Wonder if it’s green.

At first glance it looks like a rocky desert – but this image of the Mars landscape has got space-gazers talking.
An oddly shaped space boulder appears to show eye sockets and a nose leading to speculation it might be a Martian skull.

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Unlucky strike   

We probably need the opposite in this country. Rudd and Swan both look as if a couple of rounds of ”how’s your father” would do them in.

WOMEN across Kenya have issued a sex ban in protest over government faction fighting.
So determined to enforce the sex strike, the Women’s Development Organisation coalition said it would even pay prostitutes to abstain, according to the BBC.

Those “erks” and “yuks” echoing through the walls and ceilings? Females of this blog’s acquaintance imagining Rudd and the double-backed beast.

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Pussy guilt   

I hate cats and don’t feel the least bit guilty about it. Guess I’m free of the latest infection doing the rounds.

A parasitic microbe commonly found in cats might have helped shape entire human cultures by manipulating the personalities of infected individuals, according to a new study. . . The parasite is thought to have different, and often opposite effects in men versus women, but both genders appear to develop a form of neuroticism called “guilt proneness.”

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Dressing down   

No doubt she was loaded up with cake which she would let them eat.

Michelle Obama wore the sneakers, made by Lanvin, while helping feed the poor at a Washington food bank on Wednesday. The pricetag on the footwear? A cool $540.

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Bureau gets it wrong . . . again   2/5/2009

If you gild the lily in the Antarctic, does anyone see it glint?
The Australian enjoys a gotcha with a global warming alarmist:

THE Bureau of Metereology has backed down from a claim that temperatures at Australia’s three bases in Antarctica have been warming over the past three decades.

If the science is proven you don’t have to invent results.

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