Archive for May, 2011

Um, then it’s not really secret is it?


By definition… er, you get it.

President Lee Myung-bak has met with a key U.S. intelligence official at Cheong Wa Dae to discuss the situation in North Korea and bilateral issues between Seoul and Washington, sources said Monday.

The secret visit by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper appears to be aimed at addressing changing security conditions in Northeast Asia following North Korean leader Kim Jong-il’s recent visit to China.

Barbarism


Such an extreme punishment when no crime was committed in the first place:

A teenage Muslim girl was stoned to death under ‘Sharia law’ after taking part in a beauty contest in Ukraine, according to British Daily Mail Monday.

Katya Koren, 19, was found dead in a village in the Crimea region near her home.

Friends said she liked wearing fashionable clothes and had come seventh in a beauty contest. Her battered body was buried in a forest and was found a week after she disappeared.

And to think some favour Sharia law and courts for some (and ultimately later, all) in Australia.

*shakes head*

Climate round-up


Just a few stories floating around:

EU Carbon market set to collapse – again. Forecast revenues in disarray.

No, we’re not getting more storms yet another study confirms.

Back when climate science wasn’t corrupted: 1979 study: Warming until 2000 then cooling. :lol:

Cow farts not as bad as we thought… to the tune of 33% less.

More Aussie PM Gillard lies exposed.

H/T

A bit of welcome sense out of the Korea Times: Jay Ambrose:

So how do you deal with all the missed climate forecasts, among them the computer simulations that make throwing darts blindfolded seem more scientific?

You heed Camping. After his prophecy went poof, the 89-year-old minister went on his California radio show, said there was a “spiritual” judgment May 21 and revealed the world would definitely conclude its business Oct. 21.

Likewise, the computer simulators are ever revising content, rearranging old prognostications to comply with past reality and telling us that if not all transpired exactly as they originally said, stay tuned. It will next time.

The moral of this tale is not that we should rule out the possibility of serious danger posed by global warming that may have been largely instigated by humankind, but that our ignorance is far greater than facile talk of a “scientific consensus” would have you believe. Wrong responses could be more disastrous than warming, with no effect on thermometers.

Many get it, I think, that a hard landing could await us if we leap before a lot more calm, careful, apolitical looking, and alarmists should understand that ranting about doomsday afflictions will bring few to the faith.

Hear! Hear!

Ad exec. slams “banal” Carbon Cate promo


And who can blame Rowan Dean? Is the ad aimed at people with the IQ of an average eight year old on purpose?

Forget about who’s starring in the carbon tax ad. Is it any good as an effective piece of advertising?

Thus far, all the attention has focused on the appropriateness of having a multimillionairess and Hollywood superstar appearing on behalf of the average Aussie.

Both actor Michael Caton and Cate Blanchett have hurried into the fray to inform us that they, too, have a right to speak on behalf of the issue. Of course, they do. But it’s irrelevant. And doesn’t answer the question. Is the ad any good?

In terms of generating awareness, the ad has been a blockbuster. There can hardly be a person in Australia who has not seen or heard of the ad by now. Job well done.

But awareness is a double-edged sword, and in this instance the impact of having our most famous actress appearing, and then being criticised for appearing, has managed to “vampire” the message itself. The discussion is about Cate, not carbon. From an advertising point of view, this becomes a problem.

Having gained massive awareness, does the ad persuade? From my point of view, this is where it fails dramatically. It is, quite simply, a dud ad.

Read on.

Seriously, how stupid must they think we are; that by simply paying a massive omnibus of a tax – and that’s what it will eventually have to be – that that will somehow affect global climate, even whilst India and China thumb their noses and say thanks at the same time for all the new jobs and industry ($$$) we’ll send them.

Meanwhile, still having trouble convincing your kid’s idiot teacher to stop brainwashing your sprog? Well, Ira Glickstein is here to help.

What should a responsible Skeptic say to an astute audience? When recently invited by the “Technology, Engineering, and Science Plus” group in my community to give a talk and answer questions, I knew I would have an attentive room of tech-savvy professionals. However, they might not be fully tuned in to the details of the Global Warming controversy. Furthermore, they were likely to have opinions closer to the supposed “mainsteam science” [sic] orientation than mine.

In this posting, I’ve summarized the main points I think are most likely to align people who are both intelligent and reasonable to the Skeptic side. My Powerpoint (with talking points for each chart in the Notes section under each slide) is available [click here] for you to use and adapt as you wish.

UPDATE

Climate scam.

UPDATE II

If $36/tonne is set to rip our farmers to the tune of $36,000 each, then can one assume Garnaut’s proposal of $26/tonne of the harmless, colourless, odorless, and essential trace gas CO2 – of which 97% is natural anyway – will cost each farmer $26,000/year… and rising year after year after year?

Click me.

A must listen here.

*thanks, spot*

Live cattle exports suspended


If you haven’t seen the Four Corners report from last night, here’s the link.

THE Federal Government has moved to suspend live animal exports to a number of killing facilities in Indonesia.

Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig said the decision was based on footage collected by Animals Australia that showed cattle being mistreated before slaughter.

“I have decided to halt the trade of live animals to the facilities identified by the footage,” he said today.

The ABC reports the halt will apply to the 11 abattoirs exposed in last night’s Four Corners program.

This comes after calls from Independent MP Andrew Wilkie and Senator Nick Xenephon to ban the live export trade completely. Prominent Australian blogger Andrew Bolt has also called for the trade to be stopped instantly.

Agreed, although one feels this won’t happen, not when the live export trade is worth about $1 billion dollars a year, employs 10,000 people, and Indonesia makes up 60% of Australia’s live cattle export market.

So far, we’re looking at an inquiry and just those 11 Indonesian abattoir’s being denied our business. Several bloggers have suggested Australia build, staff and maintain its own abattoirs in Indonesia.

Agreed, but why stop there? Is anyone seriously thinking only 11 abattoirs in the entire world that process Australian meat are doing so in such a barbaric manner?

Meanwhile, Indonesia calls for calm.

I implore anyone to watch that special report and feel calm. not.gonna.happen.

More here.

PS The argument by some of the Indonesians in the report that an animal cannot be stunned if its meat is to be halal is utter nonsense.

What’s the point?


If this ain’t a future PM, then who is?

UPDATE

Via JM; moron alert. What’s YOUR intent, voodoo freak?

And stay silent, Cate


Like I need a jet-setting Hollywood elitist to tell me to cut back on my relatively frugal existence. Fuck off, Cate.

CATE Blanchett may be the star of the pro-carbon tax advertising push, but she was silent yesterday in the face of a public backlash against the campaign, leaving a suburban mum on maternity leave to defend the environmental lobby’s media blitz.

The Hollywood actress, who urges people to “say yes” to a carbon tax in TV ads that began airing last night, did not return The Australian’s calls yesterday, with her minders citing “pre-existing commitments”.

Yep. That mansion she lives in ain’t gonna admire itself.

So well done to Julia for going ahead with her advertising blitzkrieg. What’s another few million dollars considering the billions of our hard-earned money she’s already thrown to the dogs?

Meanwhile, independent MP, Tony Windsor is trying to hedge his bets, possibly in some vain fantasy that he won’t be turfed out on his ear come the next election.

THE Greens have dismissed a business-endorsed $10 carbon price as “way too low”, as independent MP Tony Windsor warned against taxing carbon ahead of the rest of the world.

Too late, Tony. What a rat. He may receive some kudos however, if he votes against it in the parliament and thus effectively derails Gillard’s mad life-giving trace gas tax (hey look, a unicorn!).

And as for that brief mention of the Greens in that previous blurb, well, I’d tell Bob Brown to go suck it but the problem is he probably would.

UPDATE

PM Juliar somehow wants us to believe we are acting with the rest of the world. What utter garbage, as thefrollickingmole points out.

And BTW, nice decommissioned power station located in London, dickheads (nice updated version of that play school commercial there, too).

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