A tale of two girls

One is creative, the other destructive. They are about the same age, although the latter is much more famous given today’s zeitgeist. It should be the other way – the world should be celebrating the former. Yet the destructive one – who wants to tear down the world’s institutions and destroy the future of young people – is the celebrated one.

I speak of Alma Deutscher, born February 2005, and Greta Thunberg, born January 2003.  There really is no comparison – Deutscher, two years younger, has achieved much, much more and will continue to do so unless Thunberg gets her way.

Deutscher has been compared to Mozart. She composed her first piece of music at the age of four, has composed two operas and plays the piano and violin. She is a child genius and scheduled to perform at Carnegie Hall this month. Rather than living in dread and foreboding like Thunberg, she is creating music for future generations.

We should be celebrating Deutscher, not Thunberg. Over time this recognition will come, and her potential will dwarf the destructive forces of Thunberg and her ilk.

Civilisation is about creating, not destroying.

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Biden: while fondling children, he learned about cockroaches

  • Yes, I know everybody has seen the original video by now. But sometimes we have to back up.
  • Poll: Biden holds his lead nationally.
  • Registered Democrats strongly favour this clearly befuddled 77 year-old over other aspirants.
  • John Kerry, 75, endorses: “I believe Joe Biden is the President our country desperately needs right now.”

Biden has deteriorated noticeably since leaving Number One Observatory Circle. This is a process that will not slow down. Quite the opposite. In 18 to 24 months, he will most likely be a geriatric who requires at least a part-time carer. Biden sees the presidency as his destiny – the culmination of what he at least regards as a legendary career. That he and those around him think he’s up to it is the surest sign he isn’t.

Video via Instapundit: Meet the Artist Who Animated Joe Biden’s ‘Hairy Legs’. It took him 17 hours.

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Bureau of Meteorology springs into action to hide decline

It might be hard to believe, but Thredbo has just recorded our coldest summer day.

On Monday, the second day of summer, the temperature only reached -1 degrees Celcius at the Thredbo weather station, the coldest maximum temperature recorded anywhere in Australia during summer…

Blair Trewin, senior climatologist at the Bureau of Meteorology, confirmed that it was a summer as well as December record but pointed out there was more to it.

“In some ways it’s not quite as impressive as it looks,” Dr Trewin said.

“This is because before automatic weather stations were installed in the 1990s, manual observations at high mountain sites [like the top of Thredbo, Mount Hotham and Falls Creek] were very limited outside the ski season.”

A miffed Trewin goes on to blame south-westerlies and the Southern Ocean for the unauthorised record.

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Spoiler alert: it involves even more lying

Fed up with her countrymen, the Washington Post’s Margaret Sullivan asks what more the media can do to convince Americans that Donald Trump must be overthrown …

Wall-to-wall impeachment coverage is not changing any minds. Here’s how journalists can reach the undecided.

Columbia University journalism professor Bill Grueskin suggests the movie-trailer approach.

In a message, he explains: “Studios spend a $1 million or more on a trailer, because they know it’s essential to boil down the essentials of the film — explaining but not giving away the plot, providing a quick but intense insight into the characters, setting the scene with vivid imagery — to entice people to come back to the theatre a month later for the full movie.”

Similarly, most people (especially the less convinced or more persuadable) will never watch seven hours in a row of congressional testimony, but, as he notes, “many of them would be open to a targeted, well-informed ‘trailer’ approach that is cogently told.”

Poor old leftists. Always late to the game. There are already several cogent trailers available that explain the background and nature of impeachment. Like these two. But here’s the real proof Americans are immovably uninterested: “Economy adds 266K jobs in November, blowing past expectations.” The nation is betting early and big on Trump’s re-election. Investment on this scale isn’t made for a Warren or Biden presidency.

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Open Forum: December 7, 2019

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Luckily for him, it wasn’t a retired racing wombat

In news that will surprise nobody: No charges for off-duty police officer who stoned wombat to death.

“Whilst distressing to many who viewed the video, it has been established the senior community constable’s actions were not inconsistent with traditional hunting practices,” Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said in a statement on Friday … In respect to the internal investigation, Mr Stevens said the officer had been given counselling and provided with managerial advice.

Instead of counselling and managerial advice, may I suggest a weekly McDonalds voucher.

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Lamest weather record this early in the arvo since yesterday

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Ellie: UN “climate change” battle ends

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What do the following people have in common:

If you guessed that they are all men – you are correct and you are a misogynist.

If you guessed that they are all economists – you are correct again.

If you guessed that they are all central bankers – you are correct once more.

If you guessed that they are all PhDs in economics from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) – you are not only correct again, but you get the bonus point.

Why does this matter?  Because MIT has produced a disproportionate number of central bankers.  And as described in the Wall Street Journal:

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the 1970s and 1980s was the center of a generational shift in economic thinking that ascribed substantial influence to central banks for managing economic turbulence.

MIT, in Cambridge, Mass., became home to many “New Keynesians,” economists immersed in the real-world complexities of markets and sympathetic to government intervention. They helped modernize the work of Depression-era economist John Maynard Keynes, whose views had come under attack for advocating a strong government hand.

Managing economic turbulence.  Hows that going then?  And new Keynesians.   Modernising the work of Keynes.  Hows that going also then?

An MIT economist here or there does not necessarily a pattern make.  Except …. at the RBA.

The Governor, the Deputy Governor (the only 2 RBA executives who sit on the RBA board) and an Assistant Governor are all MIT PhDs.

Of a “management team” of 7, 3 are MIT PhDs.  And if you take out the business services and corporate services Assistant Governors, you get 3 MIT PhDs out of 5.  Or another way, half of the non administrative reports to the MIT PhD are MIT Phds.

Fine.  There is gender balance – 3 out of 7.  How about some cognitive balance?

Unless of course there is unconscious bias in the recruitment systems of the RBA requiring MIT type thinking.

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I guess it’s now too late to do anything

Why aren’t these people at least a little embarrassed? It’s all in a good cause, even though there’s not an ounce of evidence that the globe is heating up, and quite a bit that it may even be cooling down (but to these “scientists” that’s part of global warming as well).

From Donna Laframboise

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