Infiltration   28/2/2010

This should kill off any remote chance of Britain’s Labour government getting re-elected. That the party has degenerated to this level is further proof the Old Dart is stuffed.

A Labour minister says his party has been infiltrated by a fundamentalist Muslim group that wants to create an “Islamic social and political order” in Britain.
The Islamic Forum of Europe (IFE) — which believes in jihad and sharia law, and wants to turn Britain and Europe into an Islamic state — has placed sympathisers in elected office and claims, correctly, to be able to achieve “mass mobilisation” of voters.

How long before they try it on here?

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Savaged   

This scorching criticism from such an eminently reputable organisation as the Institute of Physics represents the most devastating attack yet on the increasingly discredited IPCC:

5. The e-mails reveal doubts as to the reliability of some of the reconstructions and raise questions as to the way in which they have been represented; for example, the apparent suppression, in graphics widely used by the IPCC, of proxy results for recent decades that do not agree with contemporary instrumental temperature measurements.

Lifted from Andrew Bolt’s blog.

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Tune changer   

The Rudd government left little doubt earlier this month where they stood on a sensible proposal by Tony Abbott:

Mr Abbott yesterday foreshadowed a Northern Territory-style “emergency intervention” for public hospitals under the plan to install local management boards in Queensland and NSW within six months if the Coalition won the next election.
The boards would be government-appointed, have control over hospital budgets and discretion to raise money from private patients.
The Rudd Government savaged the plan as “half-baked”, while Queensland Health Minister Paul Lucas predicted a disaster.

But two weeks is an eternity in politics as revealed by Rudd on Insiders this morning and noted by Bolta.

Rudd’s response? He’s backpedalling now on that bold threat to take over hospitals by this year. Now he stresses that he really wants local control of hospitals.

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Thrill seekers   

It’s a fat chance the cold hand of authority has of getting between surfers and the chance to ride a once-in-a-lifetime whopper.

BEACHGOERS have ignored official warnings of a tsunami hitting Australia’s east coast after a devastating underwater earthquake struck Chile.

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Finally, a contest   

Boy, has the tide turned politically.

An exclusive Sun-Herald/Taverner poll shows Labor is now level-pegging with the Coalition.
On a two-party preferred basis, both sides have 50 per cent of the vote – a drop of almost 3 percentage points on Labor’s election-winning 52.7 per cent in 2007.

The momentum appears to be all one way.

LABOR is in deep trouble in the marginal suburban Hills seat of Morialta, according to a Sunday Mail poll showing a dramatic 10 per cent swing to the Liberal Party on a two-party preferred basis.

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Big hitter   18/2/2010

Looks like we’ve got a heavyweight contest on our hands.

The world’s largest private sector coal business, the Peabody Energy Company (PEC) has filed a mammoth 240-page “Petition for Reconsideration,” a full-blown legal challenge against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The petition must be answered and covers the entire body of leaked emails from ‘Climategate’ as well as those other ‘gate’ revelations including the frauds allegedly perpetrated under such sub-headings as ‘Himalayan Glaciers,’ ‘African Agricultural Production,’ ‘Amazon Rain Forests,’ ‘Melting Mountain Ice,’ ‘Netherlands Below Sea Level’ as well as those much-publicized abuses of the peer-review literature and so called ‘gray literature.’ These powerful litigants also draw attention to the proven criminal conduct by climate scientists in refusing to honor Freedom of Information law (FOIA) requests.

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Freebies   

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy must have been too young to take notice when Malcolm Fraser reminded us there was no such thing as a free lunch.

According to the parliamentary documents, some of the freebies enjoyed by Senator Conroy include:
Tickets to the Melbourne Cup last year as a guest of the Seven Network.
Tickets to watch his AFL team, Collingwood, take on Essendon and Carlton in separate matches last year as a guest of the Nine Network.
Tickets to last year’s formula one grand prix in Melbourne as a guest of the Ten Network.
At the grand prix and several spring racing events, Senator Conroy enjoyed the hospitality of multiple hosts on the same day.
Other events he attended include three AFL finals last year (including the grand final), Australian soccer internationals against Uzbekistan, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain, and the Australian Open tennis.
Apart from the TV networks, Senator Conroy was also hosted by Ericsson, Optus, Vodafone, Service Stream and Australia Post.
He was also hosted by sports bodies including the AFL and Football Federation Australia, which are awaiting a decision over new rules for sport on TV that could have a major effect on the value of broadcast rights.
Senator Conroy also received an autographed and framed Chelsea soccer jersey last May from Foxtel, which has been critical of the fee rebate given to its free-to-air rivals.

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Who’s who?   

Name and shame took on a new dimension in Geelong Court yesterday:

LEADING Senior Constable Rob Allen discovered truth was indeed stranger than fiction when he yesterday found himself prosecuting his namesake for impersonating a police officer.
Robert Allen, 56, of Denver Drive, Portarlington, pleaded guilty in Geelong Magistrates’ Court to charges of impersonating a police officer, exceeding the speed limit, failing to stop on request and dangerous driving.
Sen-Constable Allen said Allen, no relation to the police prosecutor, was driving a 4WD fast in Portarlington Rd towards Drysdale about 10.20pm on May 29 last year.

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Criminal mind   

We may not be collecting too much gold in Vancouver, but we’ve got a world-beater here in Victoria.

A COUNTRY burglar could be Australia’s dumbest crook after leaving a trail of extraordinary clues along his crime spree route.
Within an hour of being charged and bailed over other break-ins, Bendigo man Andrew Bawden, 36, was back in business, busting into cars and houses and robbing offices and a cathedral.
But his one-man crime wave came unstuck when he dropped his police charge sheet at one crime scene.
Two hours later he dropped the DVD of his police interview at another.

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Rock rants   16/2/2010

A couple of brave – or foolish – souls have criticised AC/DC on the Herald Sun’s website.
Whose concerts do you think the Acca/Dacca fans have suggested the critics would be better off attending?
Well, the Wiggles got a mention, likewise Culture Club and the Seekers.
This comment tickled:
There, there ladies, leave AC/DC and it’s millions of fans alone. Go back to listening to Abba or Andre Rieu or whoever.

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Close to case rested   15/2/2010

As Rex Hunt would say, the fat lady is flexing her tonsils:
Climategate U-turn as scientist at centre of row admits: There has been no global warming since 1995
By Jonathan Petre
* Data for vital ‘hockey stick graph’ has gone missing
* There has been no global warming since 1995
* Warming periods have happened before – but NOT due to man-made changes

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Lockstep liberals   14/2/2010

No one does thoughtful funny like Mark Steyn. Here, he elaborates on conformo-radicalism

It was reported last week that as many as a dozen men have been killed in disputes arising from karaoke performances of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.” Surely, bellowing out “I did it my way” to Frank’s backing track in a karaoke bar is the very definition of not doing it your way, but it’s marginally less pathetic than the song’s emergence in post-Christian Britain as a favorite funeral anthem: “For what is a man? What has he got? If not himself, then he has naught.” Nothing sums up your iconoclastic individualism than someone else’s signature song — right?

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More than flowers and chocs   

For gawdzake, don’t tell ‘em about dancing.

Muslim leaders in Indonesia have told the faithful not to celebrate Valentine’s Day because it is sinful and leads to “free sex”.

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Pants on fire cause global warming   

Sorry to be repetitive but it’s a new week and surprise, there’s another dirty big blowie discovered in the IPCC’s reports.
One of the many dire forecasts from the panel was that by 2020 global warming would shrink African agricultural production by 50 per cent.
Er, not so.

The origin of this claim was a report written for a Canadian advocacy group by Ali Agoumi, a Moroccan academic who draws part of his current income from advising on how to make applications for “carbon credits”. As his primary sources he cited reports for three North African governments. But none of these remotely supported what he wrote. The nearest any got to providing evidence for his claim was one for the Moroccan government, which said that in serious drought years, cereal yields might be reduced by 50 per cent. The report for the Algerian government, on the other hand, predicted that, on current projections, “agricultural production will more than double by 2020″. Yet it was Agoumi’s claim that climate change could cut yields by 50 per cent that was headlined in the IPCC’s Working Group II report in 2007.

UPDATE:
This has long been suspected. Now it’s been scientifically verified.

“We concluded, with overwhelming statistical significance, that the IPCC’s climate data are contaminated with surface effects from industrialisation and data quality problems. These add up to a large warming bias,” he said.

Straw and camel’s back, anyone?

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A sure thing?   

The Australian’s Peter Van Onselen is chanting a familiar mantra from the Canberra press gallery:
Let’s be realistic. The opposition is not likely to win the next election . . .

He may well be correct. But the government will be hoping that Van Onselen and other gallery lefties stay onside.
Look what can get revealed despite media protection:

FEDERAL Liberals have called for Stephen Conroy to explain his skiing rendezvous with TV chief Kerry Stokes.

Electricians formally warned Environment Minister Peter Garrett that metal roof insulation could cost lives months before he banned it.

ANNA Bligh’s former chief adviser, Mike Kaiser, lobbied the Prime Minister’s office to locate the NBN headquarters in Brisbane only months before he was given a plum $450,000 a year job with the national broadband network late last year without a formal selection process.

But the tide is turning and focus on the gallery’s ineptitude and bias may prompt belated attempts to appear objective. And that’s a worry for Rudd and his rabble.

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Dam stupidity   9/2/2010

Imagine the type of society we’d endure had green policies been in force when this country was settled.
If Labor is to have a future it must divorce itself from this idiocy.

A RESEARCH report that found there was insufficient water to make northern Australia a food bowl for the nation did not consider building dams because it was against Labor policy.
The Northern Australia Land and Water Taskforce relied heavily on the work done by the CSIRO’s Northern Australia Sustainable Yields project, whose scientists were told not to worry about investigating dams.

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A feral is not a camel   8/2/2010

The IPCC’s dodgy data has made the global warming case look ridiculous. Climate Change minister Penny Wong adds to the load.

Scientists have found camels to be the third-highest carbon-emitting animal per head on the planet, behind only cattle and buffalo. Culling the one million feral camels that currently roam the outback would be equivalent to taking 300,000 cars off the road in terms of the reduction to the country’s greenhouse gases.
But Climate Change Minister Penny Wong told The Australian there was little point doing anything about Australia’s feral camels as only the CO2 of the domesticated variety is counted under the Kyoto Protocol. That equates to only a small number of the beasts, the sort found lugging tourists around Cable Beach in Broome and at Monarto Zoo, southeast of Adelaide.

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Black gold   7/2/2010

This is great for the Australian economy. But how do Kevin Rudd and his Green extortionists square it with their war against carbon?

MINING magnate Clive Palmer says his company has secured Australia’s biggest export deal with a $A69.39 billion agreement to sell coal to China.
The Resourcehouse chairman on Saturday said the company’s proposed China First coal mine and infrastructure project in central Queensland had reached a 20-year agreement with one of China’s largest power companies, China Power International Development, the flagship company of China Power Investment Corporation (CPI).

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Faulty memories   

You have to wonder which versions of their youth Barack Obama and Kevin Rudd will mull over when they meet next month.
Seems the One is as adept as The Boy Who Lived in the Back of a VW at gilding the lily about his emerging years.

A keen basketball player, Sen Obama highlights in his book the feelings of alienation caused by “always playing on the white man’s court – by the white man’s rules. If the principal, or the coach, or a teacher wanted to spit in your face, he could, because he had the power and you didn’t.”
But that’s not the Barack Obama, nor the Hawaii of the 1970s, recalled by his friends, teachers and team-mates. They remember instead the summer of 1978 when “easy-going Barry” was in constant search of a basketball game, strutting around the island as if he owned it, dribbling a ball from school to the golden sands of Waikiki beach as he belted out Earth, Wind and Fire songs in a distinctive, gravelly voice.
Kelli Furushima, 46, a close friend of Mr Obama, recalls: “We’re just such a mixed-up bag of races, it was hard to imagine that he felt that way because he just seemed happy all the time. Smiling all the time.” Flicking through an old school yearbook, full of pictures of a grinning Obama, she added: “You see he talks in his book about race and stuff, and we all have the same reaction: we’re all so surprised that he had any sort of anguish at all. You can see we had so many tones of brown. If someone is brown, they can be Samoan or Fijian or Tongan. I can’t tell if someone is Fijian, or black.” She paused to point out how Sen Obama had dotted his signature with a little Afro-haircut symbol atop the “B” and the “O”.

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Ullo, ullo, ullo   

Pile up that firewood, erect that stake, the hunt is on.

A scientist at the University of East Anglia has been questioned by detectives ­investigating how controversial emails were leaked from the campus’s climate research unit.

What brought the boffin to the attention of the Old Bill? Well, he had communicated with known sceptics and had expressed such heresy as “science isn’t done by consensus”.

The scientist, Paul Dennis, explains his situation here.

UPDATE:
Dennis’ UEA colleague Phil Jones says the ClimateGate revelations almost drove him to extreme measures.

UPDATE 2:
Matt Ridley pays tribute to the bloggers who brought truth to the climate debate.

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