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Polictically correct parking, brought to you by the Ministry of Silly Walks

If the Pythons were trying to crack the satire game right now they would be in big trouble, not because they might offend but because the sort of scenarios that they so skilfully used in their sketches are now altogether too common. Instead of evoking laughter and mirth their sketches about officious stupidity would be hard pressed to evoke more than a resigned rolling of the eyes from audience members. Quite simply the disease of political correctness has infected modern life so much that it just is not funny any more.

The Mayor of Tewkesbury put forward a proposal to waive parking fees in the town on Sunday morning to encourage people to attend church services.

But a council working group has rejected the scheme because it is not ‘totally inclusive’ and could offend followers of other faiths.a

Tewkesbury Mayor Brian Calway said the decision was ‘nonsense’ as the town does not have any mosques or synagogues.

Plans to introduce free parking for worshippers in Tewkesbury on Sundays, including around the famous Abbey, have been scrapped for fear of offending other religions

He said: ‘We are a Christian country. I fail to see anything discriminatory about providing facilities for practitioners of the basic religion of this country. I find it to be an unreasonable attitude.

‘It is nonsense to worry about that in a Christian town – we haven’t got any mosques or synagogues.’

Churchgoers are currently entitled to free parking on Sunday morning at the council-run car park at Oldbury Road for worshippers who attend Holy Trinity Church.

This of course what you get when you have the well intentioned, but perennially fearful of causing offence, latte sippers in any kind of positions of power, they seek to placate their favoured minorities before they are even offended. It is as if giving up your testicles is actually a requirement for power if you are an aspirant to any kind of political office under the banner of leftism.
Looking forward to seeing the outcome of this one.
Cheers comrades

Climate change violates one of Newton’s Laws

By William York – posted Monday, 31 December 2007

The claim that the science debate over climate change is settled violates the most important of Newton’s Laws. This violation is not of the famous Laws of Motion but of a little known set of derived by-laws, Newton’s Laws of Experts, a major contribution to understanding social dynamics.

Newton’s Laws of Motion may be simply stated as:

  • First Law: every object persists in its state of rest or uniform motion unless acted upon by an external force;
  • Second Law: the rate of change of momentum is directly proportional to the applied force; and
  • Third Law: for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

The by-laws, Newton’s Laws of Experts, are as follows:

  • First Law: every expert persists in his state of rest or opinion unless acted upon by an external grant;
  • Second Law: the rate of change of opinion is directly proportional to the applied grant; and
  • Third Law: for every expert there is an equal and opposite expert.The First Law of Experts is well known and can be demonstrated in countless universities, institutes and research bodies. There are two major influences. First, the need to appear relevant to the wants of society means engagement in the great issues of the day. This has been brought on by well intentioned but misguided policy that assumes innovations, financial, technical or other, spring fully developed from academic research and national needs should determine the areas of research interest.

The second and much more worrying influence comes from the coupling of politics to science. The academy has a natural bias towards the left as its business is overthrowing old ideas and generating new interpretations and understanding. If this is coupled to saving the planet and giving rise to a better world then there is a resonance between politics and academia.

At the present time there are three issues that resonate with at least parts of the academy: climate change, genetically modified organisms and nuclear power. In each case, it is arguable that the scientific understanding on the political side is selective, frequently ignorant and often presented in terms that startle the public.

As a result governments, often subject to marginal politics, have created opportunities for endless grant applications for any research perceived as relevant to these issues. As a further result, academia has responded by setting up special institutes or university departments and, with knowledge of the availability of large research grants, has applied for and received funding.

It is often the case that the envisaged research was not aimed at the target set by the government, but simply represents the dressing-up of a proposal in a way which would attract the grant.

This discussion leads to the Second Law of Experts. There is no doubt that large grants, leading to the establishment of new institutes, departments or divisions, have the effect of moving experts into positions where they will represent these new initiatives. The lifetime of these organisations is subject to the continuous feeding from grants, so there is every incentive to emphasise the importance and relevance of the research, thus providing strong and positive feedback.

The Third Law of Experts is one that is most commonly encountered in the Law. Expert witnesses are frequently called by both sides for explanations. So, rather than experts advising the bench, each side presents the most favourable explanation that helps its own case.

The present major concern of society is climate change. Why this is so is best understood in the words of H.L.Mencken, the Sage of Baltimore:

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

The effect of the political interest in climate change has been the violation of Newton’s Third Law.

Where are the experts speaking against the position that climate change is caused by human activity? They are scarcely to be seen or heard at this time. Within the academy, one expert will not willingly place himself between another expert and a grant-giving body, unless he has immunity from subsequent retribution. There are examples of those who have taken the contrary view being hounded by colleagues, being unable to secure research grants and even calls for them to be removed from their positions.

However Newton’s Laws are eternal and immutable. The violation of the Third Law will be only temporary as slowly scientific observation and understanding will get the better of the present situation.

From the above analysis, it is a firm conclusion that the climate change debate is distorted in its presentation and that its alleged scientific conclusions are unsound. Only when the Third Law is satisfied will we finally understand.

This writer would not like to estimate how long this will take. Rather he would suggest that we all heed the advice of another sage, this time from Hollywood, where Sam Goldwyn is supposed to have said that he never liked making predictions, particularly about the future.

This piece is copied from Here and as it is published under a creative commons licence it reproduction is permitted.

This piece is both witty and contains more than just a grain of truth about the funding paradigms in academia.

Something important to consider here Comrades

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Latte Lefties beware!

This story should probably serve as a warning to all of those inner city lefties who spend so much time trying to save the world from the oh so fashionable cafes that their beverage of choice can come back and bite them…

Doctors confirmed she had overdosed on caffeine and after monitoring her condition allowed her home a few hours later.

She made a full recovery and wants to warn others about the dangers of excessive coffee drinking.

“My nerves were all over the place,” Jasmine said.

“I was crying in front of the customers and had tears streaming down my face.”

After going home she experienced frightening physical symptoms. She added: “I was drenched. I was burning up and hyperventilating.

“I was having palpitations, my heart was beating so fast and I think I was going into shock.”

After being allowed home from hospital she suffered side effects for days and now cannot face the sight of coffee.

She said: “I felt exhausted for days afterwards. I did not realise this could happen to you and I only hope other people learn from my mistake.”

Daily Mail

This story was brought to you  in a spirit of compassion and the hope that some of the lefties can be saved from sharing Jasmine’s fate. The solution is simple, drink tea instead.
Cheers
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Blog of the month nominations/0pen thread

It is nearly June and I want to find a blog that is worthy of being my blog of the month so I thought that I would ask you, my dear readers, for nominations. The blog can have any topic or focus as long as it is interesting and well written. I will even consider blogs with leftist political leanings if they are good enough.

Failing any ideas for blog of the month please feel free to comment on any topic that takes your fancy, except Moi.

I have a very busy day ahead what with Gym classes for daughter number one, a visit to the library, a session on the bench grinder to make some suspension components for my sports car and playing genial host for a musical afternoon; it is going to be all go here today.

Cheers

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Lonely?

The recent revelation that that a certain left wing Melbourne barrister was on the market again after the dissolution of his marriage was the cause of merriment for we more conservative bloggers especially as it was discovered that the gentleman in question was seeking a new love via the internet. Perhaps he should have tried here instead?

Oh and apologies in advance to my New Zealand friends for a little politically incorrect humour.

More Carbon Ofsett good news.

While I am actully very keen to promote my own scheme To Offset Carbon dioxide emissions here in Australia as an answer for Australians, I am not alone in the world with my approach to this “problem” so I offer a link to an American scheme which I am sure be just as effective and which strikes the right note  on this very important issue.

Join My Carbon offsets scheme!!!

This Carbon Offsets malarkey seems like a good idea that could be beneficial to both my “Green” readers and of course to Moi.

For just a small investment you can lay to rest all of your guilt about your carbon footprint on the planet.

The money that you send me will be spent on an organic product that will be converted by a biological process into a special liquid nutrient for the many gum trees on my property .The trees will never be subject to harvest for milling or wood chipping so there will actually be solid sustained bio-sequestration of atmospheric Carbon dioxide.

The way the scheme will work will be that participants can purchase special Carbon Credits called C’artons” and they will cost you just Aud 30 each; after receipt of your payment you will receive an electronic certificate (so we don’t waste paper)  saying that you have been absolved for a particular amount of your personal carbon dioxide emissions.

Every C’arton” certificate that you purchase will help me do some fine work for the environment and I will be able to devote all of my time to this very worthwhile scheme and ensure that a small patch of Australia’s finest gum trees will thrive.

I look forward to expressions of interest at my regular email address at the head of this blog.

Cheers Comrades!!

“Move to strip Hitler of citizenship”

Move to strip Hitler of citizenship

  • March 12, 2007

SIXTY-TWO years after his death, Adolf Hitler risks being stripped of his German citizenship in what a politician said would be a “symbolic step” against the Nazi leader and the horrors he unleashed.

German media reported overnight a deputy in the state legislature of Lower Saxony, Isolde Saalmann, had convinced her fellow Social Democrats to file a motion to review whether the citizenship extended in 1932 can be rescinded.

Hitler, born in Austria, needed to become German to advance his political career in the much larger country.(source)

Sadly they are serious 😮 In terms of pointless gestures this one has to right up there near the top of the list, up there with signing the Kyoto Protocol . Check the source link out for the full story. I cant help but agree with the conclusion of a sensible official;-

“Dead is dead,” an unnamed official at the Lower Saxony justice ministry was quoted as saying. “You can’t take anything more away then.” (source)

Amazing stuff brought to you by those Jolly Germans …                       

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