Saturday, January 17, 2015

OMG! Climate Out of Control!!!!

ABC's Online headline...Climate 'out of control'

Sometimes the picture doesn't match reality! Run for the hills....or.. perhaps ...The Beach!
Follow the link and we find the eminent climate scientist responsible for the alarming statement, none other than Greens Leader Christine Milne. We await the Nobel prize announcement. In the meantime the temperature plateau that marks the first decade of the new millennia continues causing further problems for the models on which Ms Milne's alarmism is based on. But you won't hear about it from the Science deniers at the ABC.
Sometimes the picture doesn't match reality (Part 2). Graph from the post "Will a return of rising temperatures validate the climate models?", at Prof. Judy Curry's site. Perhaps ABC could have sought her opinion!

Monday, January 12, 2015

The PC brigade

This cartoon by Glenn McCoy nicely sums up my reaction to ABC's recent news coverage...There goes Mark Scott arms raised.
 More of McCoy's work at...http://www.gocomics.com/glennmccoy

Another by Mike Ramirez nicely sums up the ABC's contribution....




Sunday, January 11, 2015

Rainy day reading

Some reading for a rainy day...

Are we really all Charlie? No, no and shamefully no 
Andrew Bolt Herald-Sun
They lie. The Islamist terrorists are winning, and the coordinated attacks on the Charlie Hebdo magazine and kosher shop will be just one more success. One more step to our gutless surrender.
Al-Qaeda in Yemen didn’t attack Charlie Hebdo because we are all Charlie Hebdo.
The opposite. It sent in the brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi because Charlie Hebdo was almost alone.
Unlike most politicians, journalists, lawyers and other members of our ruling classes, this fearless magazine dared to mock Islam in the way the Left routinely mocks Christianity. Unlike much of our ruling class, it refused to sell out our freedom to speak.
Its greatest sin — to the Islamists — was to republish the infamous cartoons of Denmark’s Jyllands-Posten which mocked Mohammed, and then to publish even more of its own, including one showing the Muslim prophet naked.
Are we really all Charlie? No, no and shamefully no.


#enoughwiththispandering
Geoffrey Luck - Quadrant
The chatterers at the ABC can quote the like-minded all they like about the understandable alienation Islamist butchers must feel, but events are outstripping their ability to bury the grim reality of near-daily outrages beneath feel-good pap. In Europe, while their leaders waffle, average citizens have had enough

GL in comments at Quadrant...The assiduous avoidance, by two (ABC) reporters in Paris and the studio presenter, of any reference to Islam, Islamic terrorists, jihad or the role of religion or ideology indicates strongly an editorial direction and policy. It is to be hoped that this will provoke energetic protests to the ABC.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Don't say the I word

Gerard Henderson in today's Australian comments on ABC's coverage of the Islamic terrorist attacks in Paris.
ABC must confront the inconvenient truth about Islamic terrorism SO Paris is the most recent city to experience a dose of what Monash University academic and former ABC Radio National presenter Waleed Aly has termed a ­“perpetual irritant”. However, to everyday Parisians, the murder of Charlie Hebdo staff and two ­policemen was by no means an ­“irritant”.
The latest attack by an Islamist group on a democratic society again pointed out the difference in approach to such events taken by most members of the general public and some members of the intelligentsia. To the former, jihadist inspired murder is just jihadist inspired murder. To some commentators, on the other hand, murderers have complicated ­intentions along with motives that appear other than what they are. Still others decline to call a jihadist a jihadist.
On early Thursday morning news broke in Australia on the latest terrorist attack in France. In Sydney, ABC Radio 702 issued the following tweet: “Waking up and learning of the overnight violence in Paris? Here’s some of the history of Charlie Hebdo.” To which one tweeter responded: “Overnight violence? How about calling it an ‘Islamist terrorist attack’? That’s what it is.”

Follow the link to read the rest.


Also in the Oz today a great piece by Brendon O'Neill:
Western freedom of speech was under attack long before the Paris killings 
THE global cry of “Je suis Charlie” in response to the bloody massacre of satirists and cartoonists in Paris has been heartening.
From Paris’s Place de la Republique to London’s Trafalgar Square to the streets of San Francisco, thousands of people have gathered in silence, holding up pens, in memory of the 12 people killed in the brutal assault on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.
The pens symbolise the freedom to write, to draw, to express in print what lurks in one’s mind. An attendee at the gathering in London spoke for many when he stated simply: “I’m here to support freedom of speech.”
Yet while these quietly angry gatherings have spoken to a deep well of human solidarity, they also feel a little too late.
For the ideal of freedom of speech has been under assault for years in the West, battered by law and by mobs and by super-sensitive cliques of offence-takers, everywhere from France to Britain, Scandinavia, the US and Australia.
And it has been in part this ­silent war on free speech, and particularly the institutionalisation of the crazy idea that it is bad to offend people’s sensibilities, that has encouraged Islamists to think they have the right to stamp out Mohammed-reviling material.


Follow the link to read the rest.



QLD Drought

This post by Ken Stewart caught our eye (link below). ABC continue their weird form of journalism  where they don't bother to check the facts. Luckily Ken checked them...

Not the Worst Drought in 80 Years

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Bravest of the Brave

(L to R) Charlie Hebdo editor-in-chief Stephane 'Charb' Charbonnier, and cartoonist Jean 'Cabu' Cabut.
The bravest of the brave!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Holiday Reading

Belated Christmas Wishes!

The following one of the items of our Summer reading list....

Hot Stuff, Cold Logic by Richard Tol

Just as there is no logical or scientific basis for thinking that climate change is new, there is no self-evident reason to assume that the climate of the past is “better” than the climate of the future. With just as little logic, we might assume that women’s rights, health care, or education were necessarily better in the past. Any such judgment also contradicts Hume’s Law and, perhaps worse, is grounded in a fallacious appeal to nature understood in a very slanted way.  

closing...

In sum, while climate change is a problem that must be tackled, we should not lose our sense of proportion or advocate solutions that would do more harm than good. Unfortunately, common sense is sometimes hard to find in the climate debate. Desmond Tutu recently compared climate change to apartheid.1 Climate experts Michael Mann and Daniel Kammen compared it to the “gathering storm” of Nazism in Europe before World War II.2 That sort of nonsense just gets in the way of a rational discussion about what climate policy we should pursue, and how vigorously we should pursue it.