Cool on warming claims   31/8/2010

This won’t fit under the carpet:

THE world’s leading climate change body has been accused of losing credibility after a damning report into its research practices.
A high-level inquiry into the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found there was “little evidence” for its claims about global warming.

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Dregs of society   29/8/2010

Michael Thompson substantiates Kim Beasley senior’s highly relevant truism that the Labor party which was once run by the cream of the working class has been hijacked by the dregs of the middle class.

There is a “new” class whose identity and political machinations are largely hidden from the working class. They call themselves “progressives”, while conservatives call them “inner-city elites” or the “political elite”. However, for the most part, I will call them the “chattering class” as they love nothing better than sitting down to good food or a cafe latte and chattering away about politics. It’s their religion and sport rolled into one.
The chattering class is drawn from among the tertiary-educated middle class whose members have gone to university since the 1960s, where they imbibed the social causes of feminism, multiculturalism, environmentalism and the like, which their counter-culture lecturers had imported from America. They now occupy many of the senior positions in politics, the ABC and SBS, universities, schools, government departments and agencies, courts, anti-discrimination and other such boards and non-government organisations, and also in the private, non-traded-goods sector (e.g. journalists and human resource management).

An excellent piece that “true believers” would ignore at their peril. The aforementioned chattering classes are demonstrating their stupidity and hypocrisy by drifting to the racist Greens.

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Batten the hatches!   28/8/2010

You call manmade global warming a prediction?
That’s not a prediction.
THIS is a prediction!

Melbourne, Aug 26 (ANI): Astronomers are predicting that a massive solar storm, much bigger in potential than the one that caused spectacular light shows on Earth earlier this month, is to strike our planet in 2012 with a force of 100 million hydrogen bombs.
Several US media outlets have reported that NASA was warning the massive flare this month was just a precursor to a massive solar storm building that had the potential to wipe out the entire planet’s power grid.

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Expectant days   

The scan has been completed and both parties are hale and hearty so now it can be officially announced: The beloved and I are to become grandparents in early March.
Can’t wait.

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Nice company some people keep   

We already know that Greens embrace policies that kill innocents.

We must be more vigilant in better protecting our people. Since February 7, those with practical local knowledge and bushfire behaviour experts have constantly raised the failure of government agencies to reduce fuel loads along our roads and on forest floors.

And that Greens policies are racist.

“Why would they put red tape over an area of land where most of the people are indigenous?” he says. “Why don’t they do the same thing for the Brisbane River?”

Now we learn that Greens policies are meant to smooth the way for a communist revolution.

“Communists can’t fetishise alternative political parties, but should always make some kind of materially based assessment about the effectiveness of any given strategy come election time,”

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Mention in deep north despatches   

It’s been 28 years since my words have appeared in the Townsville Bulletin. Nice to be back. Thanks to my old china, John Anderson – once described as so tough he shampoos with Solvol and who once said the ABC’s sartorially sharp man in North Queensland, Dougie Murray, was “as flash as a rat with a gold tooth”.

Bernie Slattery, an online sub-editor at Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper, said there was no middle of the road as far as Bob Katter was concerned among Melburnians .”They either hate him or love him. Some Herald Sun readers think he’s a nutter and another described him as a ‘J. R. Ewing wannabe’.

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Editorial appeal   27/8/2010

The old hometown bugle – and my former workplace – has done itself proud.

Reminds me of an encounter in Hong Kong’s New Territories in the mid-1990s when I fell into conversation with a Buddhist monk outside a temple.
“Where are you from?” he asked, in fluent English.
“Australia,” I replied.
“Ah, where in Australia?”
“Geelong,” I said.
“Ah, home of Gary Ablett,” he replied matter-of-factly.
Turns out that a year earlier he had stayed at a Buddhist monastery outside Melbourne and as required, had soaked up the Victorian culture.

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Pre-revolutionary pix   26/8/2010

From an amazing series of photos taken in Russia early last century, featured at Tim Blair’s blog.

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And they’re confident about predictions for the global climate 50 years down the track? A Herald Sun commenter reminds us of the Bureau of Meteorology’s forecast for this winter.

Hold the Hysteria of Melbourne Posted at 8:09 AM Today
The Bureau of meteorology appears to have no idea what is happening with our weather or climate. From 25 May 2010 in this newspaper: A WARM and DRY winter is expected for most states in Australia this winter. The Bureau of Meteorology says the chances of Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and southwest NSW and Western Australia getting more than average rainfall are less than 40 per cent from June to August. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Winter in all states has been cooler than average, and wetter than average.

The comment follows this report:

HUGE overnight snowfalls have delivered Victoria’s best skiing conditions in years.

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Water, water everywhere   22/8/2010

After all the recent rain, the Barwon is thundering over Buckley Falls. Shakes head and rues all those years of water restrictions and pathetic excuses for not building another Otways dam.

Can you spot the cryptic critter here?

Yep, it’s a tawny frogmouthed owl, just sitting there snoozing.

Wouldn’t the old paper mills be a fabulous place to do up and live in? It’s a wonder someone hasn’t tried it.

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Sanity returns   

Phew! A majority of Australians have come to their senses.

“What is clear from tonight is that the Labor Party has definitely lost its majority, and what that means is that the government has lost its legitimacy,” Mr Abbott said.
“And I say that a government which found it very hard to govern effectively with a majority of 17 seats will never be able to govern effectively in a minority.”

What is most puzzling is that greenies I’ve known revere pristine bush, clean mountain air, pure rushing streams and silent solitude with nature. So why do those with the strongest political approval of these things live in the emission-belching, stinking, crowded, noisy, crime-ridden, decidedly unnatural inner city? Hypocrite? Moi?

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Face worse than death   21/8/2010

There’s hope for this fella yet.

THE world’s first dating site for UGLY people has been launched in the UK. specifically excludes “anyone who is overtly pretty or attractive”.

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Titillating news   

No doubt about it, some people have way too much time on their hands.

Women in nine U.S. cities — Seattle, New York, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, Denver, Honolulu, San Francisco and Austin, Texas — will gather in public spots on Aug. 22 to put the hot-button issue front and center by wearing little more than strategically placed stickers.
In addition, male supporters of the cause will show their support by wearing bras and bikinis.

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Tipsy typographers   20/8/2010

They knew how to party back in the roaring forties. Drawn from the ancient files of the Geelong Advertiser.

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Call returned in spades   17/8/2010

A comment to Andrew Bolt’s blog that I post without further comment:

Glad to see Abbott mention Herceptin. Some years ago when Abbott was health minister my wife had a serious problem with her breast cancer treatment.
Patients with metastatic breast cancer were required to attend hospitals weekly for the rest of their lives when new research indicated that 3 weekly treatments were just as effective.
For my wife with young children this was difficult as were the serious blood infections she was getting which required long hospital stays.
The Thearaputic Goods Adiministation and the HIC had not kept up with medical advances on how Herceptin might be administered. It was a fast developing treatment. Michael Woolridge when health minister approved the drug for the PBA despite the TGA’s objections.
Oncologists had hit a brick wall with the Health Insurance Commission on changes as to how the drug might be administered. The bureaucrats were not listening to oncologists.
I called Abbott’s office and left my number.
A few days later Abbott called me at night on his mobile. He was in Woolworths doing the family shopping. I explained the issue.
Within a week or so after some calls and correspondence with the HIC and the TGA help from Abbott’s office and Joe Hockey and his office (the Finance Department managed the TGA) the problem was solved not for my wife but for thousands of women. The rules were changed for everybody.
Since those days because of Abbott Herceptin is available not only to women with mesastatic breast cancer but all breast cancer patients with the cancer pathology to which the drug is targeted.
I admit I am most biased towards these two men but I suppose this is the real action they talk about.
Bruce of Parramatta (Reply)
Tue 17 Aug 10 (11:30am)

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No confidence vote   14/8/2010

Wonder if a similar result would be found here?

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans continue to express near-record-low confidence in newspapers and television news — with no more than 25% of Americans saying they have a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in either. These views have hardly budged since falling more than 10 percentage points from 2003-2007.

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“Gotcha”, Kerry O’Brien   

Red Kerry O’Brien, Australia’s most politically biased “independent” journalist, has been officially caught out giving leg-ups to the comrades.
And in the process defying the ABC’s style guide on interviewing guests.
An analysis of 7.30 Report interviews has shown that O’Brien has given socialist Prime Minister Julia Gillard a whopping 23 per cent more answer time than granted to Opposition Leader Tony Abbott.
That’s not taking into account the soft-cough approach he adopts with La Gillardine compared with his hectoring and gotcha-chasing grilling of Abbott.
O’Brien is a disgrace to journalism and should the Coalition win the election they should immediately seek his dismissal. It would be the least he should expect.
Like many of his peers, O’Brien is a nong when it comes to general knowledge.
The other night, after his program aired a delightful piece about recent rains filling picturesque Lake Cargelligo in central NSW, O’Brien voiced his pleasure on airing a good news story from “the outback”.
Good Lord, he probably thinks Leichardt is in Sydney’s outer western suburbs.

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Take this job and . . .   10/8/2010

We’ve all had those days when we’re as cranky as hell and ain’t gonna take it anymore:

A FURIOUS flight attendant argued with a passenger and hurled obscenities over his plane’s public address system after landing at New York’s JFK Airport – before grabbing two beers and making an astonishing escape via an inflatable emergency slide.

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No sweat   8/8/2010

Gee, and no one saw this coming?

The annual World Sauna Championships in Finland have ended in tragedy with the death of one of the finalists, the organisers said.

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Tripping the light   

Dirty dancing Turkish-Kiwi style

The New Zealand newspaper Taranaki Daily News said Kebab shop owner Allaetin Can was arrested after a passerby reported he was hitting, kicking and strangling his wife outside their shop in the North Island town of Hawera.
But when he appeared in court, Can argued he and his wife Elmas were merely performing the traditional Turkish kolbasti dance, which, loosely translated, means “caught red-handed by the police” and involves energetic movements.

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