Archive for November 23rd, 2011

Interesting


Certainly seems cosy if nothing else…

GREENS Leader Bob Brown faces a possible investigation by the Senate’s powerful privileges committee over an allegation he used his parliamentary position to advance the interests of a major political donor.

Remember that woodchip mill that was bought by a Greens donor – a donor to the tune of $1.6 mil – who said he’d shut it down after a bit?

TONY JONES, PRESENTER: Two of Australia’s wealthiest entrepreneurs have bought a Tasmanian woodchip mill, throwing the future of the state’s forest industry into doubt.

Wotif creator and Australian Greens donor Graeme Wood and Kathmandu clothing founder Jan Cameron signed the contracts to buy Gunns’ Triabunna mill today.

They’re paying $10 million for the operation. They say they’ll continue to run it as a woodchipping facility, but for the term of the current contract.

Their long-term aim is to make Triabunna a mecca for tourism on Tasmania’s east coast.

Bob Brown (from the Greens website):

Tourism contributes 5 times more to the Tasmanian economy than the native-forest logging industry“, said Senator Bob Brown today at the release of a discussion paper on tourism.

Would’ve been nice if Bob had provided a link to that because the info is – let’s just say – not that easy to find.

Makes you wonder; if his claim is so legit, then why is it so hard to verify?

Seriously, I’ve been scouring the internet, budget papers, links, all kinds of key word search entries, going through page after page of search results for about two hours now.

Nadda.

Wouldn’t it be in Bob Brown’s interest, if said claims are true, to provide ready access to verifiable links?

OWS censorship


Far from the Occupy Wall Street being  a “leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions”, they are fast becoming – have become – exactly what they claim to be protesting about.

Their homepage states:

This #ows movement empowers real people to create real change from the bottom up. We want to see a general assembly in every backyard, on every street corner because we don’t need Wall Street and we don’t need politicians to build a better society.

And yet real people trying to create real change are routinely deleted and blacklisted on the homepage forums. Continue reading

Busted Tim Flannery!


Yesterday, the paleontologist the Gillard government pays $180K per year for three days a week work as Climate Commissar Commissioner, Tim Flannery, accused “shock jock” Ray Hadley of concocting a story about Flannery’s waterside home.

From the Crikey article summarising the Quarterly Essay:

The environmental activist reveals for the first time how he was set up by radio shock jock Ray Hadley, who fuelled a fierce campaign from News Limited papers against the Australian of the Year.

In July, Hadley took a call on his 2GB program from “David” proclaiming to be a neighbour of Flannery’s. Flannery owned a waterfront home, the caller said, detailing its precise location and highlighting his apparent hypocrisy on sea level rises.

Far from being the confident bloke “David” was on the radio, a bloke who had never worked for Hadley, instead Flannery claimed the following.

“His stammering voice was so unlike the smart-alec tone I’d heard on the radio that at first I thought I had the wrong person. But he soon admitted that he knew Ray Hadley. In fact, he worked for him.

“David then stated emphatically that he had not called Ray Hadley at all. Instead Hadley had asked him to appear on the show, and had called him. David said that Hadley had sought him out after learning that I lived nearby. The story, and all of the supposed ‘facts’ that David was to raise during the interview, had, according to David, been assembled beforehand by Hadley and his team … David stated: ‘You’re on the other side of the fence [regarding climate change] … they hate you … they’re out to get you.’”

Heavy stuff. And in a 20 minute tirade, Hadley sets the record straight detailing exactly when calls were made, and by whom. The evidence is there, in hard copy, clearly showing that indeed Flannery’s neighbor had called the program just as Hadley had said and in direct contradiction to Flannery’s claim.

The killer? Continue reading

Dirty deals done dir… er, expensively


So in the dead of night, at 3:30am this morning, the Mineral Resource Rental Tax (MRRT) was finally passed.

But what a price did Labor have to pay? A cool $100 mil in a secret deal to the Greens.

THE Federal Government today revealed details of an extraordinary multi-million dollar pact with the Greens that secured Parliamentary support for a new law.

The deal means the Government will defer concessions for foreign banks to get $20 million a year in revenue the Greens want spent on public facilities.

Today’s announcement ended 12 hours of secrecy in which the Greens and Labor kept from Parliament and voters details of the deal to get the Mineral Resource Rental Tax (MRRT) through the House of Representatives early this morning.

Greens leader Bob Brown said today his party wanted the deal made public last night.

The tax on mining super profits will raise about $11 billion over four years.

But will it? Continue reading

Climategate 2: “the cause”


When scientists are working for a cause, then it ceases to be science.

Almost exactly two years after the first “Climategate” emails were leaked onto the internet, another batch has mysteriously made its way online.

The “climategate” emails highlighted the accepted orthodox of man-made global warming/climate change – the consensus – was actually a small, highly (government) funded cabal of scientists such as Keith Briffa, Michael Mann, and Phil Jones working closely together to fudge data, suppress data, delete data, cherry-pick data, abuse the peer-review process, and attack any scientist who dare question their often secretive work.

And now there’s more; scientists working for “the cause”.

That in itself should ring alarm bells in anyone’s mind.

From whoever leaked the emails: Continue reading

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