Archive for April 4th, 2012

A friend in hard times


Sometimes it stank, but there used to always be loyalty.

THE ACTU is considering severing ties with the scandal-plagued Health Services Union as current and former officials face possible criminal charges.

A senior union source told The Australian Online that “severe action is being considered” against the HSU.

Loyalty isn’t dead and buried, however. Most of us have read by now how convenient it will be for embattled MP and former HSU boss, Craig Thompson. Under fire for allegedly using his union credit card to withdraw 100 grand and pay for prostitutes, more than three years after a Fair Work Australia probe into his expenses was launched it is finally being referred to the DPP. Yet by the time their investigation is wrapped up, criminal charges are possibly laid, and he possibly receives a sentence of 12 months or more, the Gillard government will have made it to the next election.

UPDATE

A more detailed link. It’ll be formalised tomorrow.

Confirmed: no global warming for the past 15 years


So why oh why PM Gillard your continued push for a carbon dioxide tax, a tax that will do nothing to avert something that isn’t even happening anyway, that the people don’t want, and that is detroying both your own reputation and the very future existence of the ALP as a major political force?

New UK Met Office global temperature data confirms that the world has not warmed in the past 15 years.

Analysis by the GWPF of the newly released HadCRUT4 global temperature database shows that there has been no global warming in the past 15 years – a timescale that challenges current models of global warming.

The graph shows the global annual average temperature since 1997. No statistically significant trend can be discerned from the data. The only statistically acceptable conclusion to be drawn from the HadCRUT4 data is that between 1997 – 2011 it has remained constant, with a global temperature of 14.44 +/- 0.16 deg C (2 standard deviations.)

“[I]t has remained constant”. No warming. No cooling. It’s hard to even argue climate change on that one.

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