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So where are these climate scientists, gurus, our government is so sure of?


A planet in peril, or a society?

On ABC’s QandA political affairs program last Monday, aside from GetUp!’s Simon Sheikh’s collapse, we were privilege to the dulcet tones of Climate Change minister, Greg Combet.

A major part of his reassuring argument is that the government simply cannot ignore the warnings of all the world’s top scientists.

Noted empirical evidence – namely that we haven’t seen any warming in at least ten years – was dismissed as a rubbish argument.

No, Combet smoothly argued the scientists had to be trusted.

So? Who?

The IPCC, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change?

Even they’ve admitted they are just another UN body, and certainly not the “gold standard”.

They admitted they don’t necessarily promote views of the world’s “top scientists”, but rather, make sure every geographic region is represented as equally as possible.

Sorry, but that’s not the world’s top scientists.

No Frakking Consensus:

Leading scientists. Top climate scientists. The best scientific minds. That was the fiction. Now, at long last, the IPCC is admitting that its authors don’t, in fact, all belong to the highest echelons of the scientific community. Instead we’re advised that the IPCC has “always sought” to “achieve geographic representation.”

The end of Chapter 5 in my book reads:

Journalists say we should trust the IPCC’s conclusions because its reports have been written by the world’s finest scientific minds. But in order for that to be the case the IPCC would need to apply very different criteria when selecting its authors.

It would need an explicit policy that says something along the lines of: Even though we are a UN body, we are not influenced by UN diversity concerns. We select the world’s best experts and only the world’s best experts – regardless of where they come from or what gender they happen to be.

In fact, readers may recall that the crux of the IPCC argument, the one governments such as our own are rolling with (OK, well basically just ours), was written by a teenage boy.

The blurb:

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) performs one of the most important jobs in the world. It surveys climate science research and writes a report about what it all means. This report is informally known as the Climate Bible.

Cited by governments around the world, the Climate Bible is the reason carbon taxes are being introduced, heating bills are rising, and costly new regulations are being enacted. It is why everyone thinks carbon dioxide emissions are dangerous. Put simply: the entire planet is in a tizzy because of a United Nations report.

What most of us don’t know is that, rather than being written by a meticulous, upstanding professional in business attire, the Climate Bible is produced by a slapdash, slovenly teenager who has trouble distinguishing right from wrong.

This expose, by an investigative journalist, is the product of two years of research. Its conclusion: almost nothing we’ve been told about the IPCC is true.

So?

Who?

What top climate scientists? Could Combet quote one? A credible one?

The “father” of global warming Gaia theory, perhaps?

No. Remember, James Lovelock came out recently and admitted much of the doom and gloom he’d forecast simply isn’t and hasn’t turned out to be the case.

Unfortunately, not so many other climate scientists are as free to revise their views as Lovelock is. You see, he doesn’t require government funding to keep him afloat.

That is a significant catch 22 that simply cannot be dismissed.

So?

Who?

Australia’s very own Climate Commissioner, Tim Flannery, who the government pays $180,000 per year for three days work per week?

Well, this is a bloke who predicted permanent drought for Australia’s three major eastern coastal cities.

Now the dams are as good as full, and the desal plants have been mothballed – at a cost of considerable billions.

So? Who?

That other government-paid climate expert, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, who predicted our thriving reefs would be wiped out by now?

Who, Combet? Who, Gillard?

Who are they, are they on your payroll, and have any of their predictions come true?

Of course, their argument is bunkum, like as if a trace gas, of which humans produce only a fraction of, somehow drives global climate.

Hence, you’ll see more arguments like GetUp!’s Simon Sheikh’s; that being, “to rise above the politics”, like he said on QandA last Monday.

You see, to them, it was never about the science, even though that’s of course what they claimed and possibly what they also believed to a point.

And when the science started riding home, the hard empirical data that refuted the models, they argued it was time to “move on from that”.

OK. So we’re back to the political argument many claimed it always was?

Oh no, now it’s “let’s rise above the politics”.

Utterly vacuous words and sentiments. Deceitful, too – and perhaps to themselves the most.

People like Sheikh I do believe mean well. But he’s trying to change the way the world works because essentially, he doesn’t understand how the world works (and he must have been asleep in history class).

I would argue, however, that he does see genuine problems such as real pollution but has unfortunately, like many of our politicians and scientists, been caught up in CO2=pollution nonsense hypothesis.

He’s stuck.

He, like the other 50,000 delegates at the Rio+20 convention, have made and staked their careers on this.

Families to feed.

For example, what would he and his wife, Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) chairperson, Anna Rose, do if this all came unravelled?

What would Combet do?

What would Flannery do?

What would Gillard do?

Looking at the big picture, that is hardly important. It’s what they’ve done, what they’re doing, and what they will do before time is up that actually matters in the broader sense.

Larry Pickering:

Now we know what Emerson’s “Whyalla” rendition was all about. It was a “get that up ya” celebration which wasn’t directed at us at all. He had already lost us.

Gillard’s old bed mate, Emerson, was serenading Abbott alone in a taunting display of ridicule.


*You know, if they’d actually just made it a big money-go-round – not a take from the rich, give to the poor – but an actual money-go-round, and admitted it as simply as that, something that might have stimulated the economy, I’d probably be half for it…*

Also, if this carbon tax did ANYTHING to lower global temperatures, then they might have a sliver of an argument. That said, the whole world could adopt it and not even Tim Flannery claims it would make an iota of difference.

Their argument of, “So what? We do nothing?” is fallacious. By wasting so much time, money, and endeavour on the carbon caper, there is in fact a lot we are not doing that we should be doing again.

It depends who does it whether it’s right or wrong


Lefty activist group GetUp! is upset that Woolies makes money off poker machines, and they’ve employed a pretty interesting tactic to try and stop this. What they’re doing is basically buying up a lot of Woolworths shares. They’ll use their stock interest, along with – of course – a petition, to call an Emergency General Meeting to try and get the company to drastically amend its poker machine policies.

Politics and pokies aside, that’s kinda nifty.

Or is it? Take the floundering Fairfax group, a company essentially in its death throes if something isn’t done fast.

Just to be clear:

GetUp! buying up Woolworths shares to change the direction of the company = good.
Gina Rinehart buying up Fairfax shares to change the direction of the company = bad.

Have I got that right? :-P

UPDATE

A debate ensues…

Tuesday 6/3/12 open/twitter thread


To think; five years ago we were told by the likes of the government’s $1200-odd per day chief Climate Commissioner Tim Flannery that man-made global warming would leave us in permanent drought thus necessitating, among other things, expensive desalination plants. Today we see near full dams and threats of flooding. Yep, Australia’s climate carrying on as it always has – “a land of drought and flooding rains”.

BER fallout continues: $16 billion “worth” of buildings (if, for example, you can count open-air sheds as buildings) that schools never wanted nor needed now suffer even more cost overruns – the schools can’t afford to maintain them. There goes another $40 million.

Professor Bunyip whose been covering the government’s news media inquiry with quite some zest links to the UK’s James Delingpole (yes, this disturbing inquiry is unsurprisingly receiving international attention) who rightly notes the Ministry of Truth would be a more accurate name for the proposed government-run News Media Council. Government controlling what should be a free press, a pillar of Democracy; what could go wrong? And remember, a good 86% of the “public” submissions to the inquiry were from apparatchik groups closely linked to the current government. Descriptors such as “brazen”, “obscene” and “farcical” barely do this so-called inquiry justice.

Ho hum. What else is happening?

Our government’s media inquiry con-job


Details here, but here’s a teaser.

The vast majority – at least 86% of submissions – came from two Getup astroturf groups, pretty convenient for the Labor government that its own propaganda arm flooded its own media inquiry with affirmative submissions isn’t it?

 

It’s a democracy… so long as you shut up


On Monday, some of you may have been up early enough to read a column by Glenn Milne in the Australian detailing some shennanigans possibly involving PM Gillard and her then-boyfriend, Union official Bruce Wilson.

A few hours later it was pulled, as were posts on Andrew Bolt’s blog that covered the issue also.

Also on Monday, an interview on Sydney’s Fairfax-owned (i.e. NOT the evil Murdoch hate media) with ex Union official Bob Kernohan, was also pulled – at the behest of someone close to the PM if not the woman herself (more details here when today’s MTR podcast is up).

And from that last link, we also hear about Gillard having a whinge that people shouldn’t protest too much.

Of course, she’s likely referring to salt-of-the-earth types like those who participated in the Convoy of No Confidence.

One really doubts she’s referring to so-called “grassroots” professional protest mobs like GetUp!, which for the enlightenment of this blog’s American readers is something akin to ACORN.

Gillard says she doesn’t want protests in Australia becoming too “American”.

Would this be the same America our PM described just a few months ago – holding back tears and all – as “a beacon of Democracy”?

Meanwhile, a number of Labor federal MPs have stated they’re jumping ship come the next election, only one federal Labor MP in Queensland, Kevin Rudd (the one they DON’T want), would retain his seat, if an election were held today, and well, one wonders how embattled ex-Union secretary (accused of using his union credit card to buy prostitutes among other dubious, large expenses) Craig Thompson is feeling today.

Fun times…

Oh, and PS in case you missed it:

Jamie McIntyre:

On Friday our nation’s debt went over $200 billion for the first time ever. We borrowed $3.2 billion over the last week.

Our debt ceiling was $75 billion when the current party got into government. On 11 March 2009, “special circumstances” warranted an increase to a “temporary” level of $200 billion. The last budget saw the government increase it permanently to $250 billion.

So it takes about 220 years to reach $75 billion, but only four years to almost triple it.

Wow.

(Thanks Sean for the Kernohan PDF)

BS


Global warming BS has really been doing the rounds lately, hasn’t it?

Green’s leader Bob Brown wants to get his hands on the media… well media that doesn’t toe his BS line, anyway.

Labor apparatchiks GetUP! is coming to Julia’s rescue by offering her a forum tonight. Yes, much better to have it tightly controlled than be going into any shopping centres again!

Speaking of that carbon tax, the inevitable scamming has begun.

Here’s a squiz into Malcolm Turnbull’s possible motivations behind an ETS (I think you may know already). Tsk, tsk, Malcolm.

And over in the States, come September, our American friends are going to be subjected to 24 hours of non-stop BS in Al Gore’s latest brainwashing effort.

Finally, in non climate-related BS, how come it’s costing the UK 53 times less than Australia to deliver high speed broadband?

H/T All the fine folks here.

The carbon tax explained


From what I can gather, Blair’s Lair commenter, Ooh Honey Honey, made this little ditty.

twitter and CANdo


You may have noticed above the donate button a little message stating “follow @jimmybingbing“. That’s because as of yesterday, I finally bit the bullet and signed up. Some of the feeds I like are #auspol #tcot #tlot and #ozcot. The folks there put up plenty of handy links all through the day so if you’re ever in a hurry to catch the latest, it’s a really handy tool.

I’ve also signed up to CANdo, the Conservative Action Network in Australia. It’s real grassroots, not like that astroturfing mob, GetUp! You can do as much or as little as you like there. Well worth checking out.

Speaking of doing something, pretty soon GetUp! is going to come out with a list of companies they want boycotted – boycotted for simply not wanting to go along with the governments ineffective and expensive carbon (dioxide!) tax. s_dog is keeping things up-to-date on that one.

More on that lovely mob, Getup! here.

Oh, and don’t forget the $76,000,000,000,000 (trillion) the UN needs from to to, ah, save, ah, the planet.

UPDATE

GetUp! ditches its Grocery boycott (sorry, can’t capture the tweets like s_dog can).

Can they please starve themselves? Please?


Boycotts, rallies, but you can forget democracy.

LEFT-leaning activist group GetUp! has flagged a boycott of major food companies in retaliation for an anti-carbon tax campaign involving the Australian Food and Grocery Council.

The group’s director Simon Sheikh has written to food makers, warning they face action from 570,000 GetUp! members.

“It is our intention in the next few days to provide easy to use product information to our membership such that they can boycott goods and services that are linked to the scare campaign that the Australian Food and Grocery Council are about to sign up to,” he said.

The letter asks company chiefs to answer a series of questions, including whether they accept the science of climate change, whether they back a carbon price, and whether they would consider resigning from the industry body.

They can’t prove the dodgy global warming “science”, thus of course, they’d resort to bullying. So typical of the environmental movement’s totalitarian mindset.

And just for the record, the UN has admitted fighting global warming would cost a cool $76 trillion dollars.

That’s $76 trillion out of our pockets to combat a non-existant problem not of our making (if that makes sense).

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