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Of cabbages, kings and a meeting of Blog war protagonists

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Leon Bertrand and I have   a face to face meet up with Scott Bridges planned for today which should be quite interesting to say the least, because how often do you get a chance to meet up with your online “enemy ” after a decade long blog war?

Hold on comrades this could be an interesting ride

 

 

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“I am Charlie Hebdo”

Two gunmen in balaclavas and bullet-proof vests, armed with a pump-action shotgun and an automatic rifle, stormed into the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo at about 11.30am as about 15 journalists had gathered for the weekly editorial conference. They called for the editor by name and then murdered him before spraying the room with gunfire, killing nine more and wounding others. Laurent Léger, a Charlie Hebdo writer, managed to sound the alarm, calling a friend and telling him: “Call the police. It’s carnage, a bloodbath. Everyone is dead.”

As they made their getaway, the gunmen shot dead two policemen, including one who they shot in the head at close range as he lay injured on the pavement.

The two attackers then jumped into a small black Citroën that they had apparently arrived in and drove off. Police said there was a third man involved in the attack, who had driven the car to the magazine offices, on rue Nicolas Appert in the 11th arrondissement in eastern Paris, and it is not clear whether he fled the scene during the attack.

The gunmen abandoned the Citroën in the 19th arrondissement, in the north-east of the capital before hijacking another car. Police said the attackers had then had gone to ground, leaving a nation in shock.

The attack was the bloody culmination of a long-simmering struggle between France’s libertarian traditions of free speech and an increasingly extreme strand of Islamism. Witnesses described hearing the attackers shout “Allahu Akbar” as well as “We have avenged the Prophet.” Two eyewitnesses said they claimed to be from al-Qaida. One of them specified al-Qaida in Yemen, a group also known as al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.

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The French are often despised by the English for being “cheese eating surrender monkeys” as a consequence of their capitulation to the invading Nazis during the second world war so It is heartening to see that they are on this occasion not being at all meek in their response to this outrage. To be frank there is no reason to make excuses for Islam after this assault upon every writer’s freedom of speech. Yet I am certain that there will be elements of the left who will do just that. Without the right to treat the totalitarian religion of our age with the utter contempt that it so clearly deserves we are all slaves to its propagators and as someone observed on twitter “It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees” (who said that before?) maybe its time for all of the fourth estate to stop pussy footing around with the followers of Islam, to tell them that they are not going to win and that theirs is a religion that is totally unacceptable in a modern world. maybe its time for all of us who have a presence in the public media discourse to stand up and say “I am Charlie Hebdo” just as the slaves in revolt against Rome all stood up and said “I am Spartacus”*

Angry again Comrades

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*well according to the film anyway

Is the future a skate on thicker ice?

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I found this piece in the Oz due to an Irate Warminista on twitter:

So naturally I checked out the link only to find a quite interesting argument suggesting that the evidence supports the notion that its variation in solar activity that drives climate change rather than changes in the composition of the atmosphere:

Yet during the past 20 years the US alone has poured about $US80 billion into climate change research on the presumption that humans are the primary cause. The effect has been to largely preordain scientific conclusions. It set in train a virtuous cycle where the more scientists pointed to human causes, the more governments funded their research.

At the same time, like primitive civilisations offering up sacrifices to appease the gods, many governments, including Australia’s former Labor government, used the biased research to pursue “green” gesture politics. This has inflicted serious damage on economies and diminished the West’s standing and effectiveness in world ­affairs.

University of Pennsylvania professor of psychology Philip Tetlock explains: “When journal reviewers, editors and funding agencies feel the same way about a course, they are less likely to detect and correct potential logical or methodological bias.” How true. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and its acolytes pay scant attention to any science, however strong the empirical evidence, that may relegate human causes to a lesser status.

This mindset sought to bury the results of Danish physicist Henrik Svensmark’s experiments using the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s most powerful particle accelerator. For the first time in controlled conditions, Svensmark’s hypothesis that the sun alters the climate by influencing cosmic ray influx and cloud formation was validated. The head of CERN, which runs the laboratory, obviously afraid of how this heretical conclusion would be received within the global warming establishment, urged caution be used in interpreting the results “in this highly political area of climate change debate”. And the media obliged.

But Svensmark is not alone. For example, Russian scientists at the Pulkovo Observatory are convinced the world is in for a cooling period that will last for 200-250 years. Respected Norwegian solar physicist Pal Brekke warns temperatures may actually fall for the next 50 years. Leading British climate scientist Mike Lockwood, of Reading University, found 24 occasions in the past 10,000 years when the sun was declining as it is now, but could find none where the decline was as fast. He says a return of the Dalton Minimum (1790-1830), which included “the year without summer”, is “more likely than not”. In their book The Neglected Sun , Sebastian Luning and Fritz Varen­holt think that temperatures could be two-tenths of a degree Celsius cooler by 2030 because of a predicted anaemic sun. They say it would mean “warming getting postponed far into the future”.

If the world does indeed move into a cooling period, its citizens are ill-prepared. After the 2008 fin­ancial crisis, most economies are still struggling to recover. Cheap electricity in a colder climate will be critical, yet distorted price signals caused by renewable energy policies are driving out reliable baseload generators. Attracting fresh investment will be difficult, expensive and slow.

Only time will tell, but it is fanciful to believe that it will be business as usual in a colder global climate. A war-weary world’s response to recent events in the Middle East, Russia’s excursion into the Crimea and Ukraine and China’s annexation of air space over Japan’s Senkaku/Daioyu Islands has so far been muted. It is interesting to contemplate how the West would handle the geopolitical and humanitarian challenges brought on by a colder climate’s shorter growing seasons and likely food shortages. Abundance is conducive to peace. However, a scenario where nations are desperately competing for available energy and food will bring unpredictable threats, far more testing than anything we have seen in recent history.

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I don’t know if this line of argument is correct but it does suggest that when it comes to addressing any future change in our climate that we would be better served by not assuming that the climate is going to be hotter into the future if it were to swing the other way though what would it mean for this country? I don’t think that we would have too much trouble in terms of our agriculture  but we may have to change what we grow where.  In terms of our energy sources we are quite well placed because we do have extensive reserves of fossil fuels but on the downside much of our housing stock in the northern parts of the country are not well suited to the cold. The thing is though no matter which way the climate may change we have to be prepared to cut our coats according to the cloth and the most important thing that will enable us to do that is flexible minds that are good at problem solving. The trouble with so many AGW true believers is that they are utterly inflexible in their thinking and they feel very threatened even by the possibility that their profits may be wrong so how do you think that they would go in a cold future rather than a hot one?

Cheers Comrades

Is the future a skate on thicker ice?

Is the future a skate on thicker ice?

 

Death of Aussie athletics in a photo

(by Ray Dixon ~ no longer a proud Australian)

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Genevieve LaCaze gets her “little bit of fame”

If Athletics Australia is looking for answers to our worst Commonwealth Games results since 1986, they need look no further than the antics (and comments) of one Genevieve LaCaze, the self-admitted attention-seeking GenY so-called “athlete”, who after only finishing 5th in a less-than-inspiring performance in the 3000m steeplechase felt, nonetheless, entitled to her “little bit of fame” by making world-wide headlines ‘Stage Bombing’ Kylie Minogue’s closing ceremony performance.

All for attention:

Australians stole the show at the closing ceremony for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games with the baton for 2018 handed over to the Gold Coast.

Jessica Mauboy and Kylie Minogue performed on stage with one surprise Aussie guest: steeplechase runner Genevieve LaCaze hopped on stage and danced alongside Minogue and other performers, waving a miniature Australian flag.

The athlete, who is celebrating her 25th birthday on Monday, was centre stage for nearly a minute before being gently ushered away by security.

“I just wanted a little bit of claim to fame,” LaCaze told Channel Ten after the ceremony.

“I wanted a little bit of TV time, I am turning 25, so why not.” LaCaze said that, while she still did not know if she would be disciplined for her actions, she had no regrets.

‘‘The opportunity to dance with Kylie Minogue doesn’t come around every lifetime, so I took it,” she told Brisbane radio station B105.

And making matter worse the report goes on to inform us that:

Twitter erupted in cheers for the cheeky LaCaze.

“In cheers”? Am I the only one who sees the problem here? Who sees what’s happening with our current crop of athletes caught up in the selfie culture of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other forms of various social media hero (and self) worship?

I am reminded of Paul Newman’s famous line from the classic movie Cool Hand Luke, “What we have here is a failure to communicate” …. only in reverse. What we have here is an over-communication and a failure to focus (on the job at hand). What we have here is a generation (called “Y”) brainwashed and brain-deaded by the lure of so-called fame on their little iPhone screens. Addicted to the applause and ‘you-go-girl’ accolades from their fellow ‘friends’ and followers (who are nobodies in themselves) for just being a jerk. I’m only surprised that LaCaze didn’t take a selfie while she was up there with Kylie.

These same distractions caused by addiction to social media were pinpointed as a major reason for Australian athletes underperforming at the 2012 London Olympics too. Especially our swimmers, who were constantly being “cheered on” (without achieving anything) by their adoring and misguided followers. Why didn’t we learn that big heads don’t win races?

Before you call me an old grump stuck in the past and point to the likes of Dawn Fraser’s post Olympic Games antics in Tokyo in 1964 (when Dawn climbed up a flag pole and stole a flag), well yeah, if Dawn were of this time and era she might have done the Genevieve thing too. But there’s a difference – a bloody big difference. Compare and contrast the two:

  1. Dawn Fraser had just completed her 3rd multi-gold medal winning Olympics. She was our greatest ever female swimmer, world record holder and a totally committed & focused athlete just letting off some well-earned steam. Genevieve LaCaze is an under-achieving good-time girl. A nobody on the rankings and (at 25) unlikely to ever win a major event.
  2. Dawn Fraser was promptly banned from competitive swimming (anywhere in the world) for 10 years, effectively ending her stellar career. Genevieve LaCaze is likely to get off with a slap on the wrist, if that. And she’s being “cheered” on Twitter?!!?

But yeah, it’s a real hoot, aint it Gen-Gen (Y)? You got your ‘One minute of fame’ but it’s a pity you didn’t decide to do that on the track. You see, “the opportunity to dance with Kylie Minogue doesn’t come around every lifetime (sic)” and neither does the opportunity to do something of real meaning and worth. Maybe you should have taken that instead?

(PS to Iain: I don’t use Twitter but you’re welcome to send Genevieve a tweet with a link to this post. Someone needs to tell her … and Athletics Australia …. that this ain’t good enough)

Twitter does not seem to be a very good idea

(by SockPuppet ~ not a Twit)

 

“The problem is (IMO) many homos make their sexuality a defining aspect of their being.’’

With that tweet the political career of wannabe Victorian Liberal MP Aaron Lane  looks like ending before it even got really started:

Mr Lane has been called into Liberal headquarters for a “please explain” on that and a series of other “crude” posts on Twitter.

And the Victorian Liberal Premier Dennis ‘Doctor (of Veterinary Science)’ Napthine has said,

“I believe that it’s time for Mr Lane to step down.’’

In other tweets Lane:

  • Referred to former speaker Peter Slipper as “a giant C”
  • Called former Labor Minister Simon Crean “a big C’’
  • Said that “shirts are for faggots’’

Let this be a lesson to all you Twitterers out there:

NEVER.

TELL.

THE. TRUTH.

ON. TWITTER

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@ShutUpIain shuts up shop, or another cowardly scumbag caught out

 

There are days when you just have too look out of your window and be thankful for the sunshine , well to day is such a day because I have just managed to get a stalker off my back. This creep set up a twitter with the lovely Tittle of @  This scumbag has been harassing me with this little stalking horse since March.

 It was not Twitter support that took down the page it was me posting this tweet:

Yes Comrades it was just another example of  how certain people think that being anonymous on the net gives them License  to stalk and harass  people.  Now were I to be a vengeful man I might, at this point be tempted to name this creep, which could well ruin his life, destroy his small business and frankly bring utter havoc into his life, Believe me the temptation to do so is really  really strong because this is not the first time I have had to deal with his creepy obsession with me. I have actually banned him form commenting here under three or four different pseudonyms but he just keeps coming back to try it on again and again.

Well I won’t beat around the bush @  next time you try this sort of crap on I won’t hold back , I won’t think twice about how making you own your bile I won’t care if my revelations might hurt your family, I will name you very publicly and I will make a complaint to the appropriate authorities about you stalking me, your nasty online behavior will come back to haunt you and you will think that your life has become a Stephen King Novel without a happy ending.

Am I making myself absolutely clear @?  Just go away and live your life in peace without ever trying to comment at my blog, or attacking  me elsewhere. Frankly you should just go away from anywhere on the net that I frequent and just pray that I never find you harassing me again because there will be no more chances, no more compassion for you and you tiny insignificant life so think twice and then think twice again before you try to harass me because you WILL regret it.

That is a promise!

 

I truly hope that I never have to write this sort of post again I am just so sick of all of the old blog war stuff which is in internet terms very ancient history indeed sometimes a man  has just got to make the journey and fight the good fight even when they don’t really want to.

Cheers Comrades

 

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A better truth revealed


There was this picture doing the rounds on twitter it was all based upon the rather stupid notion that our children would suffer because of the repeal of he carbon tax. I saw the seed of a better truth and with a little “graphical manipulation” I found it.
Cheers Comrades

Enjoying the Polls

Scoring one for the good guys

Managed to get another one up on QandA last night, first one for a while:

As my most obsessive  fan was having the night off he will undoubtedly be spitting chips that he missed it.

My learned friend on the other hand was all over it like a rash… ah that brings back memories

Cheers Comrades

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