Why were either of these stories national news?

The news judgment of the major media organisations in the United States is deeply impaired, indeed it is near enough mad and the people who report such stories along with those who believe them on no evidence at all are troublemakers with no good in mind that I can see.

Both of the graphics are taken from somewhere else.

In what normal universe could such insignificant stories be national news, even if they were true. Even if the events unfolded exactly as the media first reported, what difference would it make in a country of 350,000,000 if there were isolated individuals like the ones described. There are vile and disgusting people everywhere. But these events did not occur as reported. The media lied and distorted the truth and mis-stated the facts as they were actually known.

The abomination even beyond the negligence of those in the media who reported these stories is in the hunger among the left for examples of what are now almost non-existent kinds of people, especially among those who had voted for the American president. That is, there are no racists and no homophobes in any numbers, and wherever they may be, they have no political influence whatsoever. Yet the left needs them to exist so that they can show what superior people they are. But all that is shown is they are gullible fools, who will believe anything no matter how farfetched the stories might be.

But do you want to know what it’s really about. This is what it’s really about:

Filled with hate and nothing to contribute to a sane society.

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Open Forum: February 23, 2019

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Rafe’s Roundup Friday 22 Feb

From The Centre for Independent Studies. Wolfgang Kasper: Does Western civilization have a future? And the road to Venezuela.

First they came for the presumption of innocence. The latest embattled Enlightenment values are the presumption of innocence and support for the choice of counsel in a criminal trial.

It started with students in Winthrop House, the residence where I lived as a Harvard undergraduate. The residential head of the House, Ronald Sullivan, a clinical professor at Harvard Law School, has agreed to represent Harvey Weinstein in his upcoming trial. This decision has caused an uproar among the House’s students. They have demanded that he be fired as the Dean of the House, because Weinstein is accused of sexual assault and because Sullivan’s decision to represent him threatened their well-being.

Why 50 million Chinese homes are empty. A fascinating account of the complex of factors that has produced a stampede to own second and even third homes that are often not occupied by tenants. Many of the massive apartment blocks are not built to last. Is this happening in Australia, a program in the wake of the failure of Opal Tower contemplating a proliferation of high rise slums.

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In no particular order. Australian Institute for Progress, The Institute of Public Affairs IPA, the Centre for Independent Studies CIS, The Sydney Institute, Mannkal Economic Education Foundation, Quadrant On Line, The Australian Taxpayers Alliance, Tim Blair, Andrew Norton, the classical liberal in Carlton, Rite-ON admirable Queensland activists!, The Menzies Research Centre, Jim Rose Utopia You Are Standing in It. LibertyWorks. On Line Opinion.

Overseas. Spiked, Cato Institute, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Dan Mitchell, The Last Refuge.

Climate. Viv Forbes Carbon Sense, Watts Up With That?, Jo Nova, The Global Warming Policy Forum, Global Coal Plant Tracker, Tony From Oz, Paul Homewood, Climate Depot, Wodfortrees – do your own graphs and regressions! New – The Five Dock Climate Realists You Tube collection.

Education and Culture. Quillette. Heterodox Academy. Accuracy in Academia, Intellectual Takeout, Institute for Humane Studies.

For Nerds. Rafe’s website, Critical Rationalist Blog, My bookstore.

Looking for a book? Try here!

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Jordan Peterson interviews Stephen Hicks

From the link to the video.

Jordan Peterson speaks with Dr. Stephen Hicks – [born in Toronto I might add] – professor in the philosophy department at Rockford University in Illinois. Dr. Hicks is the author of the influential and courageous 2004 book Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault, which is perhaps even more relevant and important now than it was when it was published.

We spoke in depth about the history of philosophy as it has developed since medieval times, trying to understand and describe the processes that led to the rise of postmodern theory.

Stephen Hicks will be in Australia next month: details here.

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Absurd Rocky Hill decision tarnishes rule of law

Today in The Australian

While the Queensland government’s review of the Adani project is a farce, the decision of the NSW Land and Environment Court to block the proposed coalmine at Rocky Hill is a tragedy.

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Did Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez work for Wayne Swan?

Did Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez work for Wayne Swan?  You really have wonder with economic literacy like this:

I think the first thing that we need to do is kind of break the mistaken idea that taxes pay for 100 percent of government expenditure,” she recently told NPR’s Steve Inskeep. “It’s just not how government expenditure works. … Government projects are often financed by a combination of taxes, deficit spending and other kinds of investments — you know, bonds and so on.

You know.  Bonds and so on.  Maybe a graduate of the Alberici school of economics and public finance.

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Our international reputation for green political stupidity continues to grow


I posted this yesterday Look! Australia is now setting the international standard for green idiocy but there’s even more today. You must read each of these through yourself to see how ridiculous Australia now looks to others who understand just what a low-grade con global warming is. These could be in either order, but will start here: The Greatest Scandal in the History of Science. It’s about us, but this is only one bit of a longer post:

I have written many times about the unwarranted “adjustments” to measured past temperatures by government agencies, which serve to inflate the modest warming that has occurred in recent decades. Organizations around the world (NOAA and NASA-GISS here in the U.S.) have done this over and over, usually surreptitiously. The Manhattan Contrarianshares my opinion that this misrepresentation of the historical record is the worst scandal in the history of science. The most recent instance comes from Australia.

Another Australian named Gillham has also worked to uncover the shenanigans at Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology. He created this chart, which plots the original raw temperature records against ACORN1 and ACORN2. You can plainly see how those responsible for the records have systematically lowered the measured temperatures of earlier years in order to inflate the warming of recent years:

The Contrarian comments:

As you can see, the “raw” and “v1” temperatures tend to be close — sometimes one higher, sometimes the other. But v2 is significantly lower across the board in the earlier years. Then, suddenly, in the recent years, it tracks the “raw” almost perfectly.

And then there’s this: Australia’s Obsession With Hopelessly Intermittent Wind & Solar Wrecking Entire Power Grid. There you find this among many other things.

Australians once enjoyed affordable power, reliably delivered: the chaotic delivery of wind and solar changed all that. Australian power prices have rocketed out-of-control: its wind and solar power capital, South Australia pays the highest electricity prices, in the world.

Mass power cuts (aka load shedding and demand management) and mass blackouts are the new normal. And yet, the lunatics responsible are hell-bent on doubling down to deliver the final and fatal blow to Australia’s Eastern Grid (geographically, the largest interconnected power grid on the planet).

We are the stupid country and all the prior luck in the world will not compensate for our willingness to allow our political parties to be subsidised by the green industry.

And if you think any of this is about to stop, you should see the front page of The Oz this morning: Carbon cut apocalypse: cost of ALP energy plan.

Are Australians really this stupid? C’mon, Malcolm’s gone and Julia’s gone with him. Why does this idiocy continue?

AND THIS TOO: Just sent to me. He talks about climate as a cycle, in the same way I might talk about economic growth and unemployment. Anyway…


The Greatest Scandal in the History of Science 
…that made billionaires out of the hoaxers.
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We will all pay for this

Whether Westpac wins or loses this case, all Australians will pay for this.  One way or another.  The only certain winners will be the lawyers.

NinFax is reporting that:

Westpac is facing the first class action against a major bank in the wake of the Hayne royal commission into financial misconduct, with plaintiff firm Maurice Blackburn taking on the bank over responsible lending.

Maurice Blackburn on Thursday said it had filed the lawsuit in the Federal Court, and the lead claimants in the case would be Queensland couple Ian and Michelle Tate, who borrowed $1.8 million from the bank across five properties between 2008 and 2016.

So what is this case about?  Well, according to Our ABC:

A Queensland couple is considering legal action against Westpac, arguing the bank failed to lend responsibly and that it ultimately cost them their family home.

Ian and Michelle Tate were planning for their future when they took out three loans for four investment properties in 2008, 2013 and 2014.

Those evil negative gearers and property speculators.  Let’s tax them into oblivion.

Apparently you see, the Tates borrowed $1.6 million using the properties and their primary home as security against the loan.  But the Tates:

discovered their loan applications grossly underestimated their monthly household expenses and that the interest-only periods were set to expire.

Mr Tate said:

I guess the brokers got their money, the banks were happy, they’ve got what they want, and at the end of the day here we are renting.

At the time, it seemed pretty easy [to get the loans]. They were just sort of handing money out.

The banks got what they wanted.  The brokers got what they wanted.  What did the Tate’s get?  THE MONEY THEY ASKED FOR.

What else did the Tates say?

Westpac never asked any detailed questions about their expenses.

This is another way of saying that Westpac believed what the Tates said and attested to by signing their loans.

Fair dinkum.  How underhanded can a bank be when they trust and believe what their customers tell them.  Off with their heads.

If the Tates win this case, Westpac will have to cough up.  And how will it do that?  It will either have to pass it on to other Westpac customers or reduce its payments to shareholders and the ATO.  Or both.  No free lunches in this world.

If the Tates lose his case, perhaps their solicitors advise them to sue the Queensland government for economic mismanagement that contributed to the decline in Queensland property prices?  Will they be able to sue for stamp duties paid?  Oh and Westpac will have to pass on the costs of defending the case through the above recovery pathway.

This case also presents an interesting proposition for the banks.  If their borrowers under estimate their expenses, get a loan and blow up and then ask for their money back when they blow up, should then the banks be able to ask for supplementary interest from borrowers who under estimate their expenses, get a loan and make a motza from their property speculation?

TAFKAS is sure that the architects of the brilliant regulatory schemes that operate in Australia will be able to work this one out.

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Who is David Icke?

Can someone who is more up to date on this tell us what is going on with David Icke?

Ok he has got some crazy ideas if you can trust an ABC report. Since when did that preclude being able to come to Australia speak about them?

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Glorious Renewables

Yet another ‘renewable’ energy project.

Yet again, it’s one of those laughable wave energy farms.

Yet again, we have a government itching to stuff the ”project’ full of subsidies.

Yet again, there’s a highly dubious tender process behind it.

And yet again, the whole thing is falling over in a pathetic heap:

Doubts were last night hanging over the viability of a troubled Albany wave power project backed with $15 million of taxpayers’ money [TMR: no, it’s $15.75 million. If you’re going to round, at least round to the nearest number. Seriously, did this journalist graduate from primary school?] after the company behind the proposal left it to the 11th hour to prove it could fund the work.

Carnegie Clean Energy was yesterday facing a deadline to show it could fund its $26 million share of the $53 million Albany wave energy plant in order to obtain the next instalment of a State Government grant. The company waited until moments before the cut-off to submit its paperwork, although it had not updated the stock exchange by the time The Weekend West went to print.

[TMR: un momento por favor… if Carnegie is supposed to put in $26 million and the government is supposed to put in $15.75 million, where is the other $11.25 million coming from? Anybody?]

Under an agreement with the Government, Carnegie is entitled to a $15.75 million grant provided it can meet its share of the project’s funding costs.

So far $2.65 million has been handed over by the State.

Last night’s developments were the latest in a saga stretching back to February, 2017, when Labor promised to help fund WA’s first commercial wave power project off Albany.

[TMR: something cannot possibly be ‘commercial’ if it’s subsidised by the government. $%^#]

Carnegie won the tender but has been mired in difficulty since, posting a $64 million loss last financial year [TMR: a renewable energy company entirely reliant on government subsidies having financial difficulties? Meditate on this, I must]

Who in their right mind could possibly think that this kind of power generation would be economically viable? Ever?

Some readers may not be familiar with wave energy farms. That’s ok, TMR can help… with pictures!

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PS1: Yes, that was ABC euphemistically using 11 words for its caption when various single-word descriptions would have worked far better.

PS2: here’s one that they tried in Illawarra:

As for this latest sick green joke, the intended cost of $53 million comes with the aim of meting out 20MW of shock and awe – or about $2.65 million per megawatt if you’re interested in that sort of thing.

By comparison, Tasmania’s Tamar Valley gas power plant, which Tasmania built but refuses to use, cost about $230 million to build and has a capacity of about 388MW. (Regular TMR readers will know why I picked this as a comparison). Again, for those who care about this sort of thing, that’s about $0.6 million per megawatt of capacity. Even South Australia, home of the Royal Adelaide Hospital, reckoned it could build a 250-megawatt gas power plant for about $360 million ($1.44 per megawatt).

Isn’t it funny how supermarkets are required to provide pricing per unit on their products, but governments aren’t required to do the same? Why is that?

The only potentially good news is that the whole project may end up falling over before it really gets underway.

We can only hope.

You might scoff at the fact that this particular boondoggle may ‘only’ amount to about $50 million. The problem is that this is merely the tip of the iceberg and governments all over the world are doing it – with our money.

When will these imbeciles learn? The answer, of course, is never – because they know exactly what they’re doing and why they’re doing it.

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