Cold feet on that theory   30/12/2013

Irony doesn’t belong only in a foundry. A shipload of global warming alarmists head off to antarctica expecting smooth sailing due to a melting polar cap.
Strange, antarctic ice has not reduced as it should under a global warming scenario. But not to worry, the expedition leader sees global cooling leading to global warming.

Ultimately, global warming covers a vast array of different responses by our planet. And one of the fascinating things that we’re seeing is suggestions that large parts of the oceans off East Antarctica are actually getting fresher. And yet you’ve got this expanding sea ice, and one of the ideas we’re testing out here is this idea that when you’re melting the sea ice around the East Antarctic coastal fringes, at depth – not from air temperature but from warmer oceans – what you’re doing is you’re putting that fresh water from the Antarctic ice sheets into the oceans.

Wouldn’t be surprised if this joker was selling shares in icebergs.

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Dud prophets   28/12/2013

Commentator Gerard Henderson has that air of dour certainty that must infuriate his opponents when he shows them to be in error.
After reading today’s Australian a few lefty commentators would be wailing and gnashing teeth fit to wake the dead after Hendo’s revelations of certain idiotic observations and predictions.
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May. Bob Ellis, the False Prophet of Palm Beach, looks into his electoral crystal ball and soothsays: “It’s Labor by a landslide.”

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Headlines and shoulders above   26/12/2013

Its sub-editing skills alone make the Oz easily the best of our newspapers:
Tony Abbott inclined to drop RET: Mark Butler
(Oops, that praise doesn’t extend to online subs, who in this case have ruined the hard copy version: Abbott inclined to drop RET: Butler. I know from experience that if it comes to a choice between a clever play on words or adding a first name to maximise clicks, the humourless pick must win every time.)

Its readers can be pretty tidy quippers, too:
Does the headline “PM inclined to drop RET: Butler” mean that the promised continuation of the scheme for alternative energy sources has gone with the wind?
Andrew King, Boya, WA

I see political manoeuvres for the season have gone with the wind. Tony Abbott appears to have joined forces with Scarlett O’Hara.
Michael Asten, Hawthorn, Vic

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Care to rephrase that?   22/12/2013

This beak obviously doesn’t speak Aussie:

Federal Judge: Right to Same-Sex Marriage Is ‘Deeply Rooted in Nation’s History . . .’

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Warming on ice   

This news will have warmist scaredycats wriggling like a Houdini convention:

2013 has been a gloomy year for global warming enthusiasts. The sea ice in the Antarctic set a record, according to NASA, extending over a greater area than at any time since 1979 when satellite measurements first began. In the Arctic the news is also glum. Five years ago, Al Gore predicted that by 2013 “the entire North polar ice cap will be gone.” Didn’t happen. Instead, a deflated Gore saw the Arctic ice cap increase by 50% over 2012. This year’s Arctic ice likewise exceeded that of 2008, the year of his prediction. And that of 2009, 2010 and 2011.

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More members for Richmond’s cheer squad   21/12/2013

The ultimate been there, done that

Scientists are stretching the boundaries of understanding what happens as the body dies – and learning more about ways to perhaps interrupt the process, which takes longer than we might suppose.
Death is the final outcome for 100 percent of patients. But there’s growing evidence that revival is possible for at least some patients whose hearts and lungs have stopped working for many minutes, even hours. And brain death – when the brain irreversibly ceases function — is also proving less open and shut.

AHA meeting, based on six years of data on cardiac arrest survival across Japan, concluded it is worthwhile to continue CPR for 38 minutes or longer and still have a chance to avoid major brain damage.

Defining brain death is becoming more complex as researchers find signs of activity in both human and animal subjects whose brain waves at first show they’ve “flat-lined” to the point that there is no brain function. While some doctors use the EEG as a final check for signs of life in the brain, most rely on a series of reflex and respiration tests given over several hours to determine brain death.

Scientists at the University of Montreal reported in September on the case of one Romanian patient who was in an extreme deep coma after treatment with a powerful anti-epileptic drug. Although the electroencephalogram (EEG) showed no activity in the man’s cortex (the master processor of the brain), there was activity in the hipocampus, the region responsible for memory and learning.

Just how conscious the brain remains after cardiac arrest is frequently debated and researched. Various studies of cardiac arrest survivors shows many experience profound mental or emotional change. About 20 percent of survivors say they heard or saw something while they were clinically dead.

During the AHA meeting, Dr. Sam Parnia, head of intensive care at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York, reported early results of a 25-hospital study of how frequently cardiac arrest survivors see or hear things while their hearts are stopped. Of 152 survivors interviewed, 37 percent said they had recollections from the unconscious period. Only two recalled actually seeing events and one described any events that could be verified. None saw images mounted in the treatment room as part of the experiment.

Still, there’s evidence that dying brains can remain active. In August, researchers at the University of Michigan reported on brain studies of rats dying from induced cardiac arrest and suffocation. They found that within the first 30 seconds after death, all the rats displayed a surge of brain activity. The rodents’ brains showed consciousness that exceeded levels normally found in the animals when they’re awake.

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Pants on fire   17/12/2013

This global warming mandarin travels the post-modern route: truth is whatever you want it to be.

Climate change expert’s fraud was ‘crime of massive proportion,’ say feds
The EPA’s highest-paid employee and a leading expert on climate change deserves to go to prison for at least 30 months for lying to his bosses and saying he was a CIA spy working in Pakistan so he could avoid doing his real job, say federal prosecutors.

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Down and out for a visit   12/12/2013

Ah, visitors to our new abode.

To get here from the lake, she had to lead the brood across a very busy street and perhaps even over the railway line.
A real delight for the little grandson, who’s been staying with us this week.

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Haunted past   10/12/2013

Once, the hallmark of great journalism was the pursuit, without fear or favour, of facts that could damage the powerful. Michael Smith did just that and was sacked. The majority of journalists, who should have swarmed on the story like a blowie on a steamer, just hoped – because they were hopelessly biased – it would simply disappear. Chickens. Home. Roost.

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Nil Bill   8/12/2013

Quieter than a church mouse, that’s Opposition leader Bill Shorten.
A commenter at Piers Akerman’s blog asks whether Electricity Bill has been swimming at Cheviot Beach.

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Sledge trimmers   4/12/2013

Sledging at cricket is the latest issue to get up the skirts of the “tsk-tsk” brigade.
Janet Albrechsten delivers a bouncer to the humourless, non-competitive sooks who are forever on the hunt for something to aggrieve their precious sensibilities.

What a relief, then, to hear that coach Darren Lehmann wants to see Australian cricket return to the golden eras of Lillee and Thomson, the Chappells and Steve Waugh, of Hughes, Rodney Marsh and Allan Border when Australia was “defined by a good, hard brand of cricket”. Recalling the “aggressive, in-your-face cricket” when players expressed themselves in the game, Lehmann commended the theatre around Australia’s Mitchell Johnson, “right down to the fact that his new moustache brought back memories of the 70s with the stars and their handlebar mos”.
The mos can go. But if we are to celebrate the best of the 70s, let’s also praise another un-PC phenomenon: 70s parenting. It was a time when parents could be parents and kids could be kids. When riding your bicycle until dark was the norm. When your family had one telephone, attached to a wall by a cord, in the middle of a house with no privacy. When weekends were long, lazy stretches watching Test cricket and those renegades in World Series Cricket, instead of being ferried around from one activity to the next. When, if you stuffed up as a kid, you sorted it out yourself as best you could, instead of running home to mum to complain.

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National disgrace   3/12/2013

It’s difficult not to conclude the taxpayer-funded ABC has flirted with treachery by bellowing our national security forces’ vital activities.
Senator George Brandis revealed in parliament yesterday that some prime scalps collected by agencies, which the national broadcaster has sought to damage, include extremists linked to the al-Shabab terrorist group in the August 2009 plot to carry out a suicide attack on Holsworthy Army Barracks in Sydney. Five men were charged, and three, Wissam Fattal, Saney Edow Aweys and Nayef el-Sayed, were convicted.
Security forces also uncovered terrorist cells based in Sydney and Melbourne who worked together to plan attacks, including a strike on the 2005 AFL Grand Final. This was revealed by the multi-agency Operation Pendennis which found the network was headed by radical Melbourne cleric Abdul Nacer Benbrika, also referred to as Abu Bakr, who along with seven followers in Melbourne was convicted of terrorism in 2009.
Later that year, five more of his followers in Sydney were found guilty of planning the same attack.
Some critics say Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull needs to show some spine and severely punish the ABC and its leadership. I disagree. Turnbull should do everything in his power to allow the broadcaster to enjoy the freedom, rewards and self-satisfaction found in the open market.
Taxpayers would be saved billions, too. A win-win all round I’d reckon.

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Why don’t you all f-fade away   2/12/2013

Well, he ain’t died and he’s gettin’ old.
We won’t try to dig what he’s s-s-s-sayin’, but Roger’s gettin’ all political.

ROCK legend Roger Daltrey believes the European Union will “fly apart at the seams” due its own meddling bureaucracy.

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Bush basher   

Since joining the union movement as a paid official at 17, Australian Workers Union national secretary Paul Howe has never sweated as an adult to produce anything of value. Yet, Howe feels qualified to denigrate those who through hard work, intellect, ambition and resourcefulness garner massive riches for this nation.

INFLUENTIAL trade union leader Paul Howes says the era of “ma and pa farming” in Australia needs to end if the nation is to position itself as the food bowl of Asia.

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Up and at `em   1/12/2013

A comfy seat and a tasty slice of toast – the breakfast of champions.

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Sour Kraut?   

Yes, we’re been told for centuries that Europeans are superior in matters of taste.
Not sure Europhiles had this in mind:

Police on Wednesday found body parts on a property in the Ore Mountains, in the eastern German state of Saxony, that, according to German tabloid Bild, came from a murder carried out as part of a cannibal fetish act.

I guess the accused could plead he was just following a French influence.

A suspected cannibal killed a 90-year-old in a sleepy southern French village then pulled his heart and tongue out with the apparent intention of eating them with white beans, sources close to the case said Friday.

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House warming   

We’re gradually moving goods and chattels into new digs. It was all worthwhile to hear the beloved wholeheartedly effuse: “I just love this place”.

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