Mad, bad world   31/12/2009

Some days, a bloke is just better off staying in bed.

Calif. (AP) – A man savagely killed a dog, ran naked through a tennis club and poured hot coffee on his head before he was finally arrested early Wednesday, Orange County sheriff’s deputies said.

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Pragmatic approach   30/12/2009

A definite cooling in The Australian’s approach to global warming is revealed in today’s editorial:

THE world is wiser, if not warmer at the end of a year when global temperatures did not dramatically increase and extreme green fanatics failed to force governments to act against their immediate national interests.

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The case against   29/12/2009

John P. Costella presents all you need to know about Climategate:

Climategate has shattered that myth. It gives us a peephole into the work of the scientists investigating possibly the most important issue ever to face mankind. Instead of seeing large collaborations of meticulous, careful, critical scientists, we instead see a small team of incompetent cowboys, abusing almost every aspect of the framework of science to build a fortress around their “old boys’ club”, to prevent real scientists from seeing the shambles of their “research”. Most people are aghast that this could have happened; and it is only because “climate science” exploded from a relatively tiny corner of academia into a hugely funded industry in a matter of mere years that the perpetrators were able to get away with it for so long.

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Second, and third, thoughts   

More doubts raised:

The Copenhagen summit exposed intense political differences in proposals to manage global warming. Scientists are also not unanimous in claiming to understand the complex processes driving climate change and, more important, scientific studies do not unambiguously point to a single solution. Copenhagen will indeed prove to be a historic meeting if it ushers in more open-minded debate.
Michael Asten is a professorial fellow in the school of geosciences at Monash University, Melbourne.

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Say cheese   28/12/2009

Taking a sickie to attend the Test cricket may become an even more risky business. Likewise, fans should ensure the presence of the spectator next to them is not going to cause any bother.

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Merry Christmas   25/12/2009

An appetite-building bike ride has been completed, presents have been opened and enthused upon and the car is packed for the drive to the coast.
We’re having a true Christmas dinner, ie an evening meal. It’s an eminently sensible move. As someone who gets through the year with a sandwich and a cake for lunch, I can never quite come to grips with a feast in the middle of the day and usually succumb to slumber in the arvo and a fitful sleep that night. This way we can dine and wine into the dark and toddle off to the cot fully sated at a normal bedtime hour. Plus, the bride stresses, it means the young blokes aren’t drinking all afternoon and ready for trouble when night falls.
So, it looks as if we’re in for a very jolly Christmas day. Best wishes for a similar outcome for all friends of this blog.

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Scare tactics crash   24/12/2009

Brainwashing kids is not exactly good for business if you’re trying to convince responsible parents to buy toys for those kids.
As revealed by Andrew Bolt, this is what appeared at the Build-a-Bear site earlier this week:

Ella the polar bear: Santa, sir, that’s why I’m here. That’s why we’re here. The ice is melting!
Santa: Yes, my dear, we know, the climate is changing. There’s bound to be a little melting.
Ella: It’s worse than that, Santa, a lot worse! At the rate it’s melting, the North Pole will be gone by Christmas!”

Seems the Build-a-Bear folk were inundated with complaints by rational adults and made a commercial decision to drop the propaganda from their website.
The doomsday warming aimed at scaring the bejeepers out of little kids has been replaced with this message from Build-a-Bear founder Maxine Clark:

We did not intend to politicize the topic of global climate change or offend anyone in any way.

Further proof of a tidal change in opinion.

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Perhaps it’s meant to be satirical   23/12/2009

The gods must be out to destroy the Sydney Morning Herald’s opinion editor.
The Herald’s eleventh-hour entry for the 2009 award for media lunacy is an opinion piece on Carbonhokum by that well-known champion of a free press Fidel Castro.
And guess what the tyrant is belly-aching about:

Even though all of the official delegations are to take part, only “invited guests” were allowed to express their views.

But there was scepticism abroad. One commenter to the SMH suggested Castro didn’t write the article because “as a spoken address, it comes in at much less than his standard minimum 6 hours”.

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Enthusiasm curbed   21/12/2009

Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Goodwin says he was once an Obama booster. He’s having second thoughts.

President Obama, for whom I voted because I believed he was the best choice available, is a profound disappointment. I now regard his campaign as a sly bait-and-switch operation, promising one thing and delivering another. Shame on me.
Equally surprising, he has become an insufferable bore. The grace notes and charm have vanished, with peevishness and petty spite his default emotions. His rhetorical gifts now serve his loathsome habit of fear-mongering.

Goodwin found plenty that was rotten in the state of Denmark last week:

Watching the freak show in Copenhagen last week, I was alternately furious and filled with dread. The world has gone absolutely bonkers and lunatics are in charge.
Mugabe and Chavez are treated with respect and the United Nations is serious about wanting to regulate our industry and transfer our wealth to kleptocrats and genocidal maniacs.

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Follow the money   

Isn’t is supposed to be evil climate sceptics who are in the pocket of powerful monied interests?

What has also almost entirely escaped attention, however, is how Dr Pachauri has established an astonishing worldwide portfolio of business interests with bodies which have been investing billions of dollars in organisations dependent on the IPCC’s policy recommendations.
These outfits include banks, oil and energy companies and investment funds heavily involved in ‘carbon trading’ and ‘sustainable technologies’, which together make up the fastest-growing commodity market in the world, estimated soon to be worth trillions of dollars a year.
Today, in addition to his role as chairman of the IPCC, Dr Pachauri occupies more than a score of such posts, acting as director or adviser to many of the bodies which play a leading role in what has become known as the international ‘climate industry’.

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Wee wish you a merry Christmas   


Who wouldn’t need some light relief after all those festive drinks?

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Where’s the warmth?   20/12/2009

The weather gods sure have a sense of humour.
In a case of the Al Gore factor writ large, the UN’s great global-warming gabfest wound to a farcical end, only for northern hemisphere delegates to be confronted with record-busting cold weather.

The bad weather affected the continent from Britain to the Black Sea, hitting airports, roads and railways, shutting schools and affecting power supplies.

It was just as chilly on the other side of the Atlantic.

Washington – A major snow storm blanketed the eastern United States Saturday, prompting emergency calls in some states, causing chaos at airports, leading to thousands of power outages and stranding hundreds of motorists.

UPDATE (a little late, it was a busy weekend):
As expected, Mark Steyn gives alarmist hypocrites the toweling they deserve.

So just to recap: The Prince of Wales, a man who has never drawn his own curtains, ramps up a carbon footprint of 2,601 tons while telling us that western capitalist excess is destroying the planet. Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, the railroad engineer who heads the International Panel on Climate Change and has demanded that “hefty aviation taxes should be introduced to deter people from flying,” flew 443,226 miles on “IPCC business” in the year and a half before the Copenhagen summit. And Al Gore is a carbon billionaire: He makes more money buying offsets from himself than his dad did from investing in Occidental Petroleum.

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Ugly Australian   

Chris Gayle is the most exciting player in international cricket since Viv Richards.
Shane Watson is a blockhead.

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News flash: Barrier reef healthy   19/12/2009

The pending destruction of the Great Barrier Reef from global warming is never far from the top of the alarmist propaganda list endlessly parroted by brainwashed kids, doctors’ wives and smelly tree-huggers to gullible journalists.
Forget the logic that dictates that warmer waters should encourage reef expansion, you’ve a national icon here — nature’s version of Nellie Melba, Don Bradman and Errol Flynn stretched along 2000km of Queensland coastline. Why, it would be positively unAustralian to deny the reef was under threat from the warming demon.
Which is what some brave Queensland researchers are saying.

Professor Ridd, a physicist with Townsville’s James Cook University who has spent 25 years investigating the impact of coastal runoff and other problems for the reef, challenged the widely accepted notion that coral bleaching would wipe it out if climate change continued to increase sea surface temperatures. Instead of dying, the reef could expand south towards Brisbane as waters below it became warmer and more tolerable for corals, he said.
His suggestion is backed up by an Australian Institute of Marine Science research team headed by veteran reef scientist Ray Berkelmans, which has documented astonishing levels of recovery on the Keppel outcrops devastated by bleaching in 2006.

Another day, another warmenista article of faith returned to the scary story shelf.

Excellent background piece on the research here.

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Camel designers   

Never in the field of human endeavour have so many burnt so much carbon to say so much to achieve so little.

The accord includes only the emissions-reduction targets already agreed to by countries and even uses weak language, such as that the world “should” try to limit warming to 2 degrees Celcius.

As if there was ever going to be any other outcome.
And our windbag in chief was flapping his gums with the best of them, while trying to convince at least himself that something worthwhile had been attained.

As it stands, the accord simply describes Australia’s current emission reduction target range of 5 per cent to 25 per cent in the political agreement. Mr Rudd said Australia would announce its final target once all nations had submitted their targets by February 1.

You have to wonder after this fiasco why any self-respecting nation would give the time of day to the useless UN.

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Familiar ground   18/12/2009

Blowed if I know why Kevin Rudd’s so frightened. What Rudd is foreboding in Carbonhokum is pretty much situation normal back here for his government:

“I fear a triumph of form over substance, I fear a triumph of inaction over
action . . .”

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Organisational meltdown   16/12/2009

Even if nations at the climate grabfest reach some sort of meaningful agreement, what chance the ideologically driven buffoons at the UN of effectively administering it?
Not much, according to Peter Wilson.
Booze-up in a brewery? They wouldn’t have a hope in hell.

A deal to combat climate change is likely to include the organisation of trillions of dollars of financial transfers to developing countries and the sophisticated monitoring and reviewing of carbon emissions around the globe.
That will take complicated calculations and this was a pretty easy test in simple logistics and arithmetic: what happens when you register 45,215 attendants for a conference that is being held in a convention centre that has a maximum capacity of 15,000 people?
The obvious solution was to have a serious cull of the 22,387 lobbyists and activists registered by non-government organisations so some work could be done by the 192 governments which are parties to the conference, and by the 3547 media representatives who are in Denmark to tell the world what is going on in the talks. Obvious, but not obvious enough for the UN.

Another day in Hoax’nhagglin, another embarrassment for alarmists.

COPENHAGEN: Former US vice-president Al Gore was inconvenienced by truth yesterday.

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Plea for silence   15/12/2009

It is near the Christmas break of the school year. The students have turned in all their work and there is nothing more to do. The children are restless and the teacher decides to have an early dismissal.

Teacher: “Whoever answers the questions first and correctly can leave early.”
Little Johnny is desperate to leave.
Teacher: “Who said ‘Four Score and Seven Years Ago’?”
Before Johnny can open his mouth, Susie says, “Abraham Lincoln.”
Teacher: “That’s right Susie, you can go home.”
Johnny is mad that Susie answered the question first.
Teacher: “Who said ‘I Have a Dream’?”
Before Johnny can open his mouth, Mary says, “Martin Luther King.”
Teacher: “That’s right Mary, you can go.”
Johnny is even madder than before.
Teacher: “Who said ‘Ask not, what your country can do for you’?”
Before Johnny can open his mouth, Nancy says, “John F. Kennedy.”
Teacher: “That’s right Nancy, you may also leave.”
Johnny is boiling mad that he has not been able to answer to any of the questions.
When the teacher turns her back Johnny says, “I wish these bitches would keep their mouths shut!”
The teacher turns around: “NOW WHO SAID THAT?”

What’s the difference between Tiger Woods and Santa Claus?
Santa stops at three Hos

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Quick thinking required   12/12/2009

This raised a chuckle:

Liberal vs. Conservative vs. Southerner
Scenario: You’re walking down a deserted street with your wife and two small children. Suddenly, a dangerous looking man with a huge knife comes around the corner, locks eyes with you, screams obscenities, raises the knife, and charges. You are carrying a Glock 45 and you are an expert shot. You have mere seconds before he reaches you and your family. What do you do?
Read on

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A very merry Christmas   

Dope on both sides of the bars.

Prison guards were clueless that drug dealer Mohamed Jalloh was growing marijuana in his cell – and even decorated a four-foot plant as a Christmas tree.

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