Open Forum: March 5, 2011

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  1. Peter Patton

    dd

    In fact, once the % of the population having a uni degree reaches a certain level, the signal value of a degree declines. I’d say we are passed that certain level now. I would wager that over the past decade or so, there has been a significant increase in the time and money employers (both government and private industry) devote to their own testing and assessing of potential graduate recruits.

  2. .

    JULIA Gillard will tell America to copy Labor’s stimulus spending to escape its economic woes.

    That fool Mark Zandi will soon announce Australian unemployment would have hit 25% without the BER.

  3. Capitalist Piggy

    According to this, there is no law of economics which requires that those with lots of education have better employment outcomes than those with little. Unfortunately, it doesn’t explain why the disparity exists in the US but not in Taiwan or Sth Korea.

  4. .

    Why do you have a right to your money?

    Seriously. Do they think this gives them public support?

    The Republicans, Libertarians and Independents ought to use this hundreds of times a day come next election in the US.

  5. .

    Steve:

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=moby

    An insidious and specialized type of left-wing troll who visits blogs and impersonates a conservative for the purpose of either spreading false rumors intended to sow dissension among conservative voters, or who purposely posts inflammatory and offensive comments for the purpose of discrediting the blog in question.

    The term is derived from the name of the liberal musician Moby, who famously suggested in February of 2004 that left-wing activists engage in this type of subterfuge: “For example, you can go on all the pro-life chat rooms and say you’re an outraged right-wing voter and that you know that George Bush drove an ex-girlfriend to an abortion clinic and paid for her to get an abortion. Then you go to an anti-immigration Web site chat room and ask, ‘What’s all this about George Bush proposing amnesty for illegal aliens?’”

    The strategy has been frequently attempted on conservative blogs, but has not been nearly as effective as Moby envisioned, since false rumors are easily debunked by fact-checking minions, and cartoonishly extreme commenters often get immediately identified as mobys and banned.
    “While I agree that it is vital to monitor incoming international phone calls from terrorists, President Bush has gone too far.

    By secret executive order, he has instructed the NSA to place hidden cameras in the girls’ locker rooms of Washington D.C. (Dirt bag City) Islamic schools. His desire to find out ‘what is under all those burqas’ is beyond the pale.

    Maybe the Dhimmicrats are right. If he would do this, what else is he capable of? Let your voice be heard! I for one will never send the RNC money ever again. And, no, I am not a moby.”

  6. .

    Are these ads about Barry O Farrel meant to make us vote ALP?

    Nothing could be better for NSW than a decimation of the public sector. Costa knew this was the truth as well.

    There is no way to clear out the endemic corruption and incompetence other than a mass sacking.

    I reckon this Sam Dastyari fool will make the ALP’s vote go down.

    He pretty much concedes defeat here:

    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/alp-boss-admits-its-all-over/story-e6frf7l6-1226016696777

    “Barry O’Farrell is going to win this thing, and he is going to win it big,” Mr Dastyari said. “But he doesn’t deserve the majority he will get.”

    Yes. He may not deserve it. That is the ALPs fault for being such a bad Government.

    Mr Dastyari’s comments were echoed by another factional powerbroker. Upper House MP Luke Foley – a former ALP head office apparatchick – said he sometimes felt like “Comical Ali” in publicly arguing Labor could still snatch victory.

    Comical indeed.

    “We are not giving up and we are actually doing far better than people think,” Mr Dastyari said. “We are going to lose the election, but we are winning the campaign, the debates and they’re even copying our policies.”

    What else don’t we know about Kristina Keneally?

  7. Gabrielle

    Before hanging out with her bro’, Gillard had a presser and admitted openly that Abbott is successful in getting his message across to voters about the carbon tax price which is reflected in the recent polls.

    Prime Minister Julia Gillard has blamed Opposition Leader Tony Abbott’s “fear” campaign for a new poll which shows support for federal Labor diving to a record low.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/03/08/3157752.htm

  8. Peter Patton

    Labor’s polling on primary votes has slumped to 30%. I have already put money on Rudd leading Labor at the next election.

  9. jtfsoon

    Wittgenstein pointed a hot poker at a student. Thomas Kuhn threw an ashtray at his student.

    Philosophers are a violent bunch

    http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/06/the-ashtray-the-ultimatum-part-1/

  10. Infidel Tiger

    Not one mention of the polls on Channel 9 news. Only a puff piece on Jools playing footy with Obama.

  11. jtfsoon

    weirder than Bird

    http://www.smh.com.au/environment/water-issues/a-drink-with-an-extra-twist-bizarre-claims-in-sydney-water-legal-case-20110307-1bl9m.html

    Paul Makucha is being sued by Sydney Water Corporation for $293,000 it says was incorrectly paid to him and his various companies in a scheme concocted by Mr Makucha and a former senior executive, Edward Harvey.

    Mr Makucha claims he owns the intellectual property for the marketing and selling of bottled water under the name Sydney Water because the trademark did not extend that far. He told the court intellectual property was not recognised under Jewish law and requested ”that any judge that is Jewish … not hear this case because they may be influenced by religious beliefs regarding intellectual property”.
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    He also said the NSW Treasurer, Eric Roozendaal, one of the two shareholding ministers in Sydney Water, had used masonic code in a picture published in the Herald in January because his ”eyes were looking up – that’s an imitation of Jesus – it’s a masonic code”.

    ”I’m terrified of the Freemasons” because ”they must conceal the crimes of their brother masons”, Mr Makucha said.

  12. C.L.

    Only a puff piece on Jools playing footy with Obama.

    The embarrassing picture here.

    Now Queenslanders will really hate Duck Bum.

  13. Peter Patton

    Jason, Someone I used to work with in London, said for his interview to study PPE at Oxford, the don sat back in his chair, picked up a piece of paper, lit it with a match, dropped it, looked at my colleague, and said “Surprise me”!

  14. C.L.

    Professional Labor gubernatorial appointment and full-time token vagina, Quentin Bryce, says women are too stupid to make it without help from the man quota.

    As Yobbo notes, RINO rhino Joe Hockey agrees.

  15. jtfsoon

    god, that is emabarassing.

  16. C.L.

    Christine Milne says if we don’t have a carbon tax, we’ll be killing millions of people.

    I’ve been saying for a while now that these people are mentally ill.

  17. Peter Patton

    Nicholas Gruen drops a couple of megatonnes of troll bait. 🙂

    My own theory is that women are less interested this kind of intellectual competition – after all, deleting someone else’s entry is kind of the scholarly equivalent of checking someone into the boards and taking the puck off them. I also think that women are conditioned or programmed (take your pick) to be modest and value modesty – it’s not feminine to go to Wikipedia and create a page about yourself, or go through entries and add references to your own work.

    http://clubtroppo.com.au/2011/03/07/around-85-percent-of-wikipedia-entries-are-by-men/#comments

  18. jtfsoon

    notice how the lefty beta males like to put their boot into men by snide comments about how they have too much time on their hands, etc? of course if it weren’t for men there would then be no wikipedia.

    ‘too much time on their hands’ = doing the stuff that actually sustain progress and civilisation

  19. C.L.

    Very funny, Dot. Steve as a Moby dick.

  20. .

    Professional Labor gubernatorial appointment and full-time token vagina, Quentin Bryce, says women are too stupid to make it without help from the man quota.

    She was a Judge?

    A South Park/Les Norton parody where lawyers and bankers get sex changes for promotion is in the offing.

  21. Gabrielle

    Christine Milne says if we don’t have a carbon tax, we’ll be killing millions of people.

    Is that a death threat by the Greens?

  22. .

    The shadow treasurer, Joe Hockey, last night called for a 30 per cent quota for women on boards if companies fail to fix the problem.

    What problem? Either women have children or it takes time for educational equality to filter through society.

    Being concerned about outcomes is okay, but not if we drop our standards.

    I see female accountants and HR leaches want a pay rise based on the fact that hairdressers get paid less than miners:

    http://www.security4women.org.au/

    The Ambassador of Stupid congratulates the audacity of stupid:

    http://www.security4women.org.au/security4women-names-as-one-of-six-national-alliances

    Today at Parliament House the Hon. Tanya Plibersek, Minister for the Status of Women, congratulated Economic Security 4Women (S4W) on being one of six National Women’s Alliances.

  23. C.L.

    Death threat?

    No, it’s a scare campaign!

    No, wait – I dunno. I’m mixing up my talking points.

    It could also be a threat scare or a death campaign.

    She’s moving certainty for families working forward.

    Yeah, that’s it.

  24. Gabrielle

    Quentin Bryce should stick to producing lovely floral arrangements for the Government House residence.

  25. Gabrielle

    Hope Sinclair or Judith post a separate thread on this female quota issue. 🙂

  26. JC

    and HR leaches

    Aren’t they. My bosses would always get complaints about me from HR because I was always rude to them … not for swearing at them or stuff like that… just plain rude.

    They’re the hard left of any organization. They’re truly despicable.

  27. JC

    Christine Milne says if we don’t have a carbon tax, we’ll be killing millions of people.

    “It’s common sense really”.

  28. Infidel Tiger

    Bush Deficit 2007: $161bn.

    Obama Deficit February 2011: $223bn

  29. jtfsoon

    For those who prefer less simplistic utopias, my idea of a libertarian utopia resembles less Galt’s Gulch and more the sort of society depicted by Neal Stephenson in his Diamond Age:

    The world is divided into many phyles, also known as tribes, distinguishable by either ethnic, religious, political or other emerging cultural markers. There are three Great Phyles: the Han (consisting of Han Chinese), the Neo-Victorian New Atlantis (consisting largely of Anglo-Saxons, but also accepting Indians, Africans and other members of the Anglosphere who identify with the culture) and Nippon (consisting of Japanese). The novel raises the question as to whether Hindustan (consisting of Hindu Indians) is a fourth Great Phyle or a “riotously diverse collection of microtribes sintered together according to some formula we don’t get.”

    Most societies depicted in the novel have become globalized, and maintain enclaves throughout the world. This allows the action to move all over the Pacific Rim, and even London, without introducing the reader to a new environment, as all places are pretty much alike. Internally, the New Atlantis phyle is a corporate oligarchy whose “equity lords” rule the organization and its bylaws under allegiance to the vestigial British monarchy. Other phyles are less defined — some intentionally, as with the CryptNet group or the mysterious hive-mind Drummers. The phyles coexist much like historical nation-states under a system of justice and mutual protection, the Common Economic Protocol.

    I’d choose New Atlantis as my phyle.

  30. C.L.

    No more semi-defences of Charlie Sheen (or at least of his eschewal of Hollywood expiation cliches). I now accept that he’s very ill.

  31. JC

    DB

    Seen this paper.

    Claims CO2 has 1/7 the effect.
    How much CO2 really contributes to global warming? Spectroscopic

    Helmut-Schmidt-Universität Hamburg, Germany
    Based on the actual HITRAN’2008 database [1] detailed spectroscopic studies on the absorbance of the greenhouse gases water, carbon dioxide and methane in the atmosphere are presented. The objective of these investigations was to examine and to quantify with these newly available data the influence of these gases on our climate.

    and

    The simulations for the terrestrial and atmospheric warm-up show well attenuating and saturating progressions with increasing CO2-concentration, mainly caused by the strongly saturating absorption of the intensive CO2 bands and the interference with water lines. The climate sensitivity CS as a measure for the temperature increase found, when the actual CO2-concentration is doubled, assumesCS = 0.41°C for the tropical zone, CS = 0.40°C for the moderate zones and CS = 0.92°C for the polar zones. The weighted average over all regions as the global climate sensitivity is found to be CS = 0.45°C with an estimated uncertainty of 30%, which mostly results from the lack of more precise data for the convection between the ground and atmosphere as well as the atmospheric backscattering. The values for the global climate sensitivity published by the IPCC [3] cover a range from 2.1°C – 4.4°C with an average value of 3.2°C, which is seven times larger than that predicted here.

    http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2011/EGU2011-4505-1.pdf

  32. JC

    No more semi-defences of Charlie Sheen (or at least of his eschewal of Hollywood expiation cliches). I now accept that he’s very ill.

    So my hunch was right. The Studio was going all out to help Sheen and therefore indirectly also assist the show by pulling all stops.

    And when he’s passing around the snort they had enough because of the reputational damage ignoring this shit would have caused if it became public.

  33. C.L.

    My question goes national:

    LAURIE OAKES: I’m getting this question from a lot of people too … ‘Tell me just how much the temperature is going to drop by if this stupid tax comes into effect?’

    WAYNE SWAN: Well Laurie, this is a long-term problem, and the longer we delay, the bigger the damage to both the environment and to the economy. Countries right around the world are putting in place emissions trading systems and other policies to dramatically reduce their use of energy. And indeed, China in the last couple of days has put in place new policies. We’ve got to make a start, because if we don’t, the environmental consequences of that and the economic consequences of that over time are absolutely horrendous.

    Bla bla bla-bla bla bla.

    Short answer: the temperature won’t drop at all.

    Advocates of an Australian carbon tax have – in varying ways and degrees – psychological problems.

  34. C.L.

    Yeah JC. Have a look at his latest clip at that link too. He’s wasting away. He looks dreadful. He was one of the best-looking dudes of his generation of actors.

  35. Infidel Tiger

    Let’s not forget that Warlock Sheen is in the upper echelon of the Troofer Movement.

  36. C.L.

    Obama doesn’t exactly pile on the compliments for Julia:

    From a distance at least, she is doing an outstanding job.

  37. Infidel Tiger

    “From a distance at least… I thought she was smuggling two wombats in that skirt.”

  38. badm0f0

    For those who prefer less simplistic utopias, my idea of a libertarian utopia resembles less Galt’s Gulch and more the sort of society depicted by Neal Stephenson

    That seems a good fit for my version of utopia, except the population of each phyle would be largely comprised of genetically engineered mutants & cyborgs and there would be a perpetual Cold War state between the phyles.

    There would also be flying sharks.

  39. C.L.

    The left’s dangerous hatred in the US shows no sign of easing up:

    Sarah Palin’s gun-toting stalker arrested by FBI 50 miles from politician’s home.

    Princess Tony Windsor would have had a nervous breakdown.

  40. C.L.

    Palin deplys excellent bring-it hand gestures to show she’s not scared of vilifiers.

    Compare to cowardly girly-men Windsor and Oakeshott.

    http://viralfootage.com/?p=12262

  41. Infidel Tiger

    Not only a briliant satirist, Iowahawk now smacks seven shades of shinola out of Krugman in his spare time.

  42. New Compound Rids Cells of Alzheimer Protein Debris

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/03/110307125003.htm

    The effect is achieved through the induction of autophagy. I’ve addressed this process at:
    http://healthycuriousity.blogspot.com/2009/06/autophagy-aging-and-atp.html

    Autophagy is where cells begin mopping up and degrading various intra-cellular molecules, thereby preventing their aggregation. Once aggregated many proteins become extremely difficult to degrade or remove. In this study though, and this is very encouraging because there is supporting evidence from other studies, it appears that amyloid aggregation, typically regarded as incapable of intra-cellular degradation, can occur and so clean up the cells. That holds great promise for not only preventing dementias but also treating dementias.

    There is a growing body of research indicating that protein aggregation is not just about neurodegeneration but is a cardinal feature of aging. So occasional fasting, at least once I week(I imagine) is a very good idea because when the nutrient pathway is open autophagy is greatly reduced. The picture for humans though is becoming more complicated, it might be the case that of us we only need to restrict the intake of protein and\or certain amino acids to induce autophagy.

  43. C.L.

    Via Instapundit, science has seemingly solved an age-old mystery: why lesbians are grumpy and humorless.

  44. Gabrielle

    I see Labor are dragging up the “experts” to mollify the carbon dioxide tax whingers.

    Aussies are bigger whingers than Brits on carbon tax, EU expert Jill Duggan says

  45. Infidel Tiger

    Stick your head up a dead bear’s bum, you Limey cow.

  46. Gabrielle

    Happy International Women’s Day to all!

  47. .

    There’s a word for people who don’t complain.

    “Pillow biters”

  48. jtfsoon

    Bird:

    This is afterall the point of me being on the internet. To try and change things for the better, or to see things change for the better if that ever happens. Don’t quite know what a lot of no-friends-Nigels are doing on the internet. But my role as I see it (as Chodorov said) is just education, education, education.

  49. Rococo Liberal

    There’s a word for people who don’t complain.

    “Pillow biters”

    Actually that’s two words, but I applaud the sentiment 🙂

  50. Infidel Tiger

    But my role as I see it (as Chodorov said) is just education, education, education.

    Well he did school Hamilton quite well, but until he’s house trained that fat tranny cyclist, the jury is out.

  51. Myrddin Seren

    Gab

    There are a few examples of resistance in the UK to the total demolition of their energy economy.

    But not enough by far.

    So to an EU apparatchik the unruly Aussies must be a terrible shock, compared to the docile, lemming-like submission of the plebs in the UK.

    Same culture shock as 1916, when the British ruling class again had to confront unruly Aussies on their way to Flanders and the trench lines.

  52. C.L.

    I see the ABC has latched onto Jill Duggan (from the EU’s ‘Directorate-General for Climate Action’ – LOL) like she was a lifesaver in a rip:

    Expert downplays carbon tax price rises.

    Jill Duggan, a carbon price expert from the EU’s Directorate-General for Climate Action, says the scheme has created more jobs and was easier to implement than first feared.

    Briefing journalists in Canberra, she said carbon tax only accounted for a fraction of the yearly price rises for fuel.

    ‘Briefing’ journalists?

  53. JC

    Homer Trumper telling giving Fyodor reading lessons.

    # Victor Trumper said:

    You didn’t read it at all as it is the central piece of the report and anyone who can merely look would be able to determine which chapter it is in.

    you do have a rather very long nose
    Posted on 08-Mar-11 at 1:03 pm | Permalink
    # Victor Trumper said:

    you will read in the pertinent chapter

    ‘Both the Garnaut Final Report and Australia’s Low Pollution Future presented results from a combination of three top-down, computable general equilibrium (CGE) models: the Global Trade and Environment Model (GTEM), the G-Cubed model, and the Monash Multi Regional Forecasting (MMRF) mode

    The person peddling Skanke ho has come in the world. He’s now discussing G-cubed modeling as a party trick.

  54. C.L.

    This just appeared at Instapundit:

    UK electricity CEO: Get used to not having any electricity, suckas!

    Steve Hollliday, the UK’s power czar (and fascist):

    [T]he government-regulated utility will be able to decide when and where power should be delivered, to ensure that it meets the highest social purpose. Governments may, for example, decide that the needs of key industries take precedence over others, or that the needs of industry trump that of residential consumers. Governments would also be able to price power prohibitively if it is used for non-essential purposes.

  55. jtfsoon

    Homer still hasn’t taken the bait. He’s learnt a bit of self-control. But let’s see if this will do it

    jtfsoon said:

    Homer
    Are you ‘Toozing’ Garnaut now?

  56. jtfsoon

    Bird on how inflation affected the Bee Gees

    Part of the backlash against the Bee Gees, wonderful musicians by any sober appraisal, was that they were a part of the fashion sense of people in inflationary times. If they didn’t exactly dress gay one would have to see them as aping gigolos

  57. JC

    Jase

    It’slike fishing. you don’t expect a bite every time your drop a line. But you need to drop the line to potentially get a bite. You will… don’t be so impatient. 🙂

    He can’t freaking help himself.

  58. .

    The secret is to use a lot of chum. The Parish fish often gobbles this up though. A trash fish.

  59. C.L.

    Stills from Charlie Sheen’s latest vid:

    http://www.drudgereport.com/sheen2.jpg

    And his latest vid, Torpedoes of Truth:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3QpARuAVSI

    He is seriously unwell.

  60. Gabrielle

    Myrddin

    Well put, and broadly agree. However some Australians are lemmings as well – around 6 million of them at any rate. They believe that lying is just changing one’s mind and that we must all pay penance for our AGW sins.

    OTOH not all in the EU are lemmings. Case in point – Ireland – recently gave Gaia the Bronx salute. Hope for the spread of the anti-AGW contagion to the rest of the EU remains high.

    Like a game of tic-tac-toe, we now see carbon dioxide tax protagonists country hopping to further the tax cause. Gillard 4 Obama and Duggan 4 Gillard. How opportune, what spectacular timing.

  61. Infidel Tiger

    I think the kiddies call this geeting pwned:

    Jonanthan Green utterly beclowned.

    What a dim bulb you must be to work at the ABC.

  62. C.L.

    Good Lord.

    You can tell Green was just itching to believe the Moose story – which can be read in its original glorious entirety here.

  63. Myrddin Seren

    Like the uncertainty still there in BoltA’s update.

    No definitive statement yet whether this Composta person is real-and-in-need-of-real-help

    or someone seriously messing with the Left

    ??

  64. Infidel Tiger

    Could be Imre?

  65. C.L.

    That’s It. Moose theorist Composta quits the blogosphere:

    McCARTHYISM is alive and well in Australia. Dissent and be damned, ridiculed, vilified. If it had not been for the dozen warm and generous emails from supporters and sympathisers, I would not even be posting this. I am not a professional writer or public figure. Is it fair that I should receive more at least 80 comments urging me to see a shrink, drop dead, get help, have a bath, eat meat, drown Sparkles or have a threesome with Bob Brown and a moose?

    As I have said, I am not publishing those comments. There is enough ugliness in the world without giving hate another pulpit.

    In fact I am not publishing anything more. Period.

    Go and abuse someone better equipped to return the abuse in kind. Am I weak? Probably, but to abused by so many, to be lynched and silenced by intimidation and an avalanche of mob mentallity abuse, that is too much for me.

    No more posts from me. Go and torment someone else, you animals.

    Thanks to those who shared words of comfort and support. I won’t mention you by name because the horde will only switch its venom to your sites. And also thanks to the good people at the Drum for their support and editting of my expose of Kristina Keneally and that “moose” comment. It is a little glimpse of what might have been and now never will.

    This has got to be a send-up.

  66. Infidel Tiger

    It definitely is. And like a tranquilised moose, Green has walked right into a trap!

  67. .

    This women is a moron, if real:

    She did it again this weekend with her revelation that the Bailleau Goverenment has been intinidating the scientists at Melbourne University in order to rig the results of its ridiculous “test” of using cattle as a means of averting bushfires. Yeah, like cows eat gum trees or something.

    Livestock eat around 10% of fodder from trees etc if available.

  68. .

    It has to be a pisstake. She’s had all of 8 comments which are either agreeing with her or empathetic and she’s lost her bottle.

  69. Infidel Tiger

    Not sure why Ron is apologising. The Mardi Gras is a disgusting night.

  70. .

    For 500k a year, I might be a coward as well.

    His comments are actually fairly insightful.

  71. C.L.

    Insightful in the sense that they show he’s a moral coward, yes.

  72. .

    For fuck sake C.L., he was right. He is being victimised by an out of touch minority. Maybe he shouldn’t have to risk his 500k p.a salary to please you? Are you willing to accomodate him?

  73. C.L.

    Nope.

    And what was he ‘right’ about?

    And how do you know he was told to apologise or be sacked?

  74. .

    Why are you calling him a coward then?

    Trumper on the backfoot:

    http://clubtroppo.com.au/2011/03/07/how-not-to-sell-a-carbon-tax/#comment-426864

    W.G. Grace said:
    Yep. I read it. How does it “show” I am “unaware of what the models predicted for the CPRS”?

    Why is it even relevant? “Trumper” thinks it is like a talisman he can use to dispel debate he’s too lazy to actually do. It wouldn’t be a bother if he actually read a little.

    Of course if you read a little you’d know Frontier Economics trashed the CPRS modelling. The net result was no emissions reductions and a costly, damaging series of entrenched interests.

  75. Peter Patton

    Just in case there is any confusion about what a ‘luvvie’ is:

    Thanks Katz. For someone from the left Rundle’s comments on this issue seem surprisingly similar to Kantian Liberal idealism.

    http://larvatusprodeo.net/2011/03/07/guy-rundle-on-libya-the-west-and-ideology/#comment-266803

  76. C.L.

    Dot, I’m calling him a coward because some whining homosexual extremists rang the switchboard and he duitfully withdrew what he said, apologised and gave up all pretence of journalistic objectivity by saying he’s a big supporter of gay marriage and the putrid hate-fest that is the Mardi Gras.

    It was fucking humiliating.

    He ought to be ashamed of himself.

  77. Quentin George

    Or maybe he’s trying to protect his livelihood, CL, you know, rather than being a disgraceful human being or whatever.

  78. .

    1. Please C.L.

    2. Keep 500k salary.

    Sorry C.L., you lose.

  79. From the Moose deepthroat’s “About Me”:

    I am an unremarkable person. For many years I worked in one of the caring professions, helping clients access benefits and a measure of natural justice. About 15 years ago my partner walked out, plunging me into depression that eventually lifted but led to a legacy of agoraphobia and panic attacks. I seldom leave my home as a result but, thanks to the Internet, I can stay informed and, from the security of my writing room, can put words together that might just help to make this world of ours a better place.

    Does it make me a bad person that I literally lol’ed at this outpouring of patheticness?

  80. Capitalist Piggy

    Let the pork-barrelling begin!

    Simon Crean:

    “These are exciting times for regional Australia, full of potential and promise.

    Through the agreement signed with Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott, there has been a renewed focus on regional development.

    This renewed focus has been reflected in my appointment as the dedicated Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government, and the creation of my department…

    I am pleased to announce today details of a $1.4 billion commitment to boost economic development in the regions.

    From today the Regional Development Australia Fund is open for business and I look forward to receiving strong, well-researched, strategic applications for funding…”

  81. C.L.

    Yobbo, she can’t be real.

  82. C.L.

    Kath and Kim the movie. Of course, no investors are interested.

    So…

    Screen Australia has announced funding for The Kath and Kim Filum in which Australia’s favourite mother and daughter duo Kath Day-Knight (Jane Turner) and Kim Craig (Gina Riley) venture overseas on a “vajazzling … whirlwind tour of love, lust and revolution”.

    The government to the rescue!

  83. daddy dave

    …because upper-middle-class actors putting on bogan accents and pretending to be stupid and ignorant is just soooooo funny.

    I, like, want to see that yesterday!

  84. Infidel Tiger

    Kath and Kim? Didn’t the bozos behind that make millions from the show, DVDs and selling the rights overseas? Why the hell are we paying for this?

  85. Gabrielle

    Jakarta confused by status of Prime Minister’s first bloke, “or whatever you call him”.

    “”It all came down — from what I understand — to ‘What the hell do we do with this guy?’,” Mr McBeth said from Jakarta.”

    We’ve been asking the same question.

  86. C.L.

    Hogan has been denied natural justice at this stage – it is morally wrong and scandalous that the ATO can go on drawing from the bottomless pit of taxpayers’ money to satiate their egos. It is utterly disgusting that they can curtail his citizen’s rights to travel even though he has been charged with no crime. In my opinion, the ATO managers of his case should be fully investigated and grilled before Parliament.

  87. C.L.

    It would be nice if we had a freaking LIBERAL Party that could get aggro about these cases but I suspect that, deep down, Abbott is a government head like all the rest.

  88. C.L.

    Obama finally admits defeat:

    Obama to resume Gitmo military trials.

    President Obama on Monday ordered that military commission trials be resumed at Guantánamo Bay.

    The move represents a defeat for Obama, who pledged to close the terrorist detention facility in Cuba within one year of taking office. The president had hoped to hold trials in federal court for many of the detainees, but ran into stiff opposition from both parties.

    This was one of the biggest political issues in the world a few short years ago.

    It must be placed on the record that George W. Bush won.

    It must also be placed on the record that just as our own Julian Burnsides and David Marrs have gone silent while a Labor government has broken all records for detaining asylum seekers (and their children), so too has the international left given Obama a pass on Guantánamo Bay.

  89. .

    It would be nice if we had a freaking LIBERAL Party that could get aggro about these cases but I suspect that, deep down, Abbott is a government head like all the rest.

    Dude. LDP!

  90. Rococo Liberal

    Currnetly, I have a client who has been the subject of an egregious and illegal campaign of harrassment by the ATO which has led to several businesses being almost ruined without the ATO ever stating openly what legislation they are relying on. These days the ATO can say and do anything. The Taxpayer has no rights against self incrimination and can be attacked from several different angles at once wthout ever getting the opportunity to get the matter before a court. The ATO’s favourite trick is to build up sham legal arguments that a taxpayer owes an amount that is excessive, say $100-200K, but which isn’t worth litigating. They they will settle for $80K.

    We need speedy justice against the ATO. At the moment the law is so stacked in favour of the revenue that it is not funny.

    The best reform that the Coalition could introduce would be that the ATO has to pay full party-party costs if it loses a case.

  91. No Worries

    A stray thought that has entered my keyboard :
    Penny Sackett resigns as Government Scientist, Ian Chubb retires from VC job at ANU in the same month.

    Chubb virtually rescued Sackett’s career from the under insurance of MtStromlo observatory debacle post the 2003 Canberra bush fires.

    Is there a connection (relationhip) between these two ?

  92. .

    NW you know more than you’re leading on…

  93. jtfsoon

    the pathetic lefty academic Benjamin Barber defending his past praise for Gadaffi Jr

    http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/03/07/understanding_libyas_michael_corleone?page=full

  94. No Worries

    NW you know more than you’re leading on…

    All I know is what a mate who represented the insurers told me. The insurers won and paid around 60% of the claim. Result : Mt Stromlo won’t be rebuilt to it’s former status. Sackett was “in charge of” Mt Stromlo for a good while before the fires. Soon after the insurance judgement, by some miracle a job opened up in ANU and Sackett got it. Then she went to the Chief Scientist job, which suddenly needed urgent filling, despite it being vacant for a while. Chubb was a board member of CSIRO and well connected politically, with ANU doing particularly well from funding of the Climate Institute for example. Such organisations would have been approached on Sackett’s suitably for the Chief Scientist gig.
    This is just a recounting of events, and there may be other evidence that I’m not aware of.
    Like I said, just wondering.

  95. jtfsoon

    Raze the UN building to the ground and salt its site

    http://www.vancouversun.com/news/names+Iran+panel+women+rights/4387015/story.html

    The UN has quietly made way for Iran to join the global body’s Commission on the Status of Women Friday, just days after very publicly suspending Libya from its Human Rights Council.

  96. .

    Bush was right, act unilaterally.

  97. jtfsoon

    Bird revives an old post about Clive

    http://graemebird.wordpress.com/2008/07/04/clive-hamilton-owns-up-to-intellectual-fraud-and-analytical-incompetence/

    Some beautiful comments there from Winchester. Those were the days

  98. No Worries

    Windsor isn’t the only one hanging up.

    Tea Party representative hangs up on Schiff when his advocacy of drug testing every high school student gets questioned.

  99. .

    Look at this comment:

    Drug testing HS? kids? Not without cause. Jail time for all illegal drug users, yes, with doubled sentences for each repeat offense.

    We only go after dealers, we need to lock up users. The user scum are a big reason why tens of thousands of Mexicans are dying south of us, and why we’re having more issues at the border.

    We need to return to a circa 1950 US drug policy.

    These people think they are constitutionalists?

  100. C.L.

    Long Tan hero, Delta Company Commander Harry Smith, will finally be awarded the Star of Gallantry. His local MP will be pinning it on his chest – not the Governor General (who wears a decoration for her contribution to women’s cricket), something defence writer Ian McPhedran describes as a scandal. Heavily decorated Army Chief, Ken Gillespie – who has never served in a war – arrogantly insists the disgraecful treatment of Smith and his comrades constitutes the “correct decisions and I stand by them.”

  101. Gabrielle

    Channel Nine’s Climate Change Tacticians will be airing “An Inconvenient Truth” this weekend.

    Timing.

  102. Tillman

    Re Bird’s old post re Clive, in all sincerity I think this is without a doubt the most articulate, convincing and heartfelt argument in favour of mass sackings that it would be possible to formulate:

    If you doubt that the stupid are upwardly mobile in this society I have two phrases for you. “Bottled Water” and “Clive Hamilton”.

    Clive appears to believe that science is about knowing (by what method?) who to listen to. I think its primarily about evidence and CONCEPTUAL (as opposed to detailed) understanding. But it can also be about knowing who NOT to listen to. Its important to not listen to people who cannot analyse evidence. And so its important not to listen to Clive Hamilton.

    Clive Hamiltons entire argument can be summarised as follows:

    I DON’T KNOW. YOU DON’T KNOW. YOU DON’T KNOW. I DON’T KNOW. NO-ONE KNOWS ITS TOO COMPLEX. SO YOU MUST BELIEVE MY SIDE. ACTUAL ARGUMENT AND EVIDENCE ARE USELESS.

    So we see that Clive Hamilton has been stringing people along all this time. But its not just science where Clive is an intellectual fraud. Ethics is a particularly weak point with this idiot. Of course his economics is far worse than his ethics. From this low base his ideas just go downhill.

    Clive Hamilton is more syndrome than human being. The syndrome of people who don’t understand a fucking thing and who take up all our media oxygen passing off bullshit to the children. Less is more. Its not that people aren’t putting out good ideas. Its that the people putting out the stupid ideas are crowding them out. Its not that we don’t have real problems to solve. Its just that Clive Hamilton and other know-nothings are getting in the way with their non-problems.

    Often its what we choose NOT TO worry about which defines our success on a societal level. I’m constantly amazed at the people who lack the mindset of a good historian. Those who look back with condescension at former ages. We can fool ourselves as to our alleged superiority over the leadership of Constantinople, who busied themselves contemplating the number of Angels who could dance on the head of a pin while the Turk was outside their gates.

    But it is we who have a more surefire way of selecting idiots, giving them all the media oxygen, and putting them near the levers of political power.

    We see a common thread with all this. The idiots in society leveraging some career lived on the backs of taxpayers, to find a second income stream in the private sector. Riding the wave of the brand-name of the parasitical institutions that they gain income for. And riding that wave all the way into the news and financial papers. Its very hard to think of even 1 or 2 of the people who have taken the stolen money route who have a damn clue as to what they are talking about.

    The solution offers itself. There is no substitute for mass-sackings. Massive benefits will accrue to our societal health and survivability if at once we can turn off the money spigot to these parasitical institutions.

    Bravo, Mr B. I say that in all sincerity.

  103. dover_beach

    Channel Nine’s Climate Change Tacticians will be airing “An Inconvenient Truth” this weekend.

    Starring Adam Sandler?

  104. Judy Moron found guilty. Obviously this is a purely political conviction. Julia Gillard knows that it’s Moron and not her that is the legitimate heir to the throne of the Queen of Bogan and wants to sideline her.

    First the Plantagenets and now the Morons. When will we restore these important monarchies to their rightful owners.

  105. dover_beach

    Anyone who thinks that the various inquiries that followed ClimateGate weren’t whitewashes simply hasn’t been following this story closely or doesn’t care:

    At the time, in May of 2008, McIntyre assumed that Briffa was getting information from Casper Ammann since Ammann was listed as a contributing author to chapter 6. It did not occur to McIntyre that Wahl was the source of the text. Thanks to the individual who liberated the Climategate emails, we now know that Wahl was the source of that text. The Climategate emails, quoted above, show Briffa and Wahl exchanging emails about the way McIntyre’s arguments should be handled. Confidentially, outside the process of the IPCC which is designed to capture reviewer objections and authors’ responses to those objections. Wahl is brought in by Briffa to defend his own work. And defend it with literature that has not been published yet.

    At the same time in 2008, across the ocean, David Holland had been reading McIntyre’s work and he had issued an FOIA request to the Climactic Research Unit–CRU. That FOIA request covered all correspondence coming in and out of CRU relative to chapter 6 of AR4. The hunt for the source that was feeding Briffa was on, with Holland leading the charge. At CRU, FOIA officer Palmer instructs the team that they must do everything “by the book” because Holland will most certainly appeal a rejection letter.

    In that context, Jones writes the famous email to Mann. Jones requests that Mann delete his emails and he requests that Mann contact Wahl and have Wahl delete his emails. Is Jones covering his bases in case of an appeal? Is he covering his bases against an FOIA request that might be served on Mann and Wahl in the US? In any case, he appears to be conspiring with others to deny Holland his FOIA rights.

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/03/08/to-serve-mann/#more-35440

  106. dover_beach

    Will this find its way to ABC online or the Fairfax papers?

  107. jtfsoon

    LOL

    http://smh.domain.com.au/red-faces-over-real-estate-hardcore-porn-error-20110309-1bn9c.html

    A brochure sent out by commercial property agency Fitzroys ahead of a $1 million Williamstown auction this week has given unsuspecting potential buyers carnal knowledge of its location.

    An image of a blonde woman in torn fish net tights, bent on all fours to display her genitals, appears under a paragraph that describes the ‘‘growing’’ retail precinct.
    ‘The subject is positioned in the prime trading section of Douglas Parade,’’ it reads.

    Surrounding tenants of the homeware and gifts shop advertised for sale include Bakers Delight, Priceline and the ‘‘hardcore amateur web exhibitionists’’ of mysexymilf.com, according to the brochure.

  108. Gabrielle

    Get with the programme Dover. Climate Change causes ice sheet thickening, ice sheet melting, floods, droughts, cyclones, hurricanes, pestilence, blizzards, heat waves, oceans rising, temperatures rising, temperatures falling, job losses, job creation, gale force winds, no wind, earthquakes, volcano eruptions, and so on and so forth.

    If it were not for humans, we would have perfect 25 deg C sunny days, with a slight breeze and light rainfall every night. This cycle would repeat every 24 hours.

  109. Myrddin Seren

    One of Tim Blair’s commenters ( or an insider to the game ) has tracked down another blog with the Alene Composta visage, and a similarly heartrending tale to tell.

    This is really starting to get fun.

  110. Myrddin Seren

    One of Tim Blair’s commenters has found another blog with the same smiling visage of Alene Composta, and another heart-rending tale.

    Surf over to page 3 of TB’s comments – links seem to be defeating me at the moment.

  111. The user scum are a big reason why tens of thousands of Mexicans are dying south of us

    Are these tens of thousands users? So the user scum are the reason that user scum are dying. Or is it surfeit of a war that results from trade that’s not protected by the law?

  112. C.L.

    The Morans must be the dopiest, most failed crime family in the history of crime families. It’s like they were all spawned by Fredo Corleone.

  113. C.L.

    A very vagazzling kind of week – with references to Moose, advancement based on genitals and now real estate johnnies publishing honey pot shots. I guess the sales cliches could have been worse: ‘needs a lot of work’, ‘renovators’ delight’ etc.

    Steve’s missing a gold mine of Steve-ish naughtiness.

  114. dover_beach

    Ah, CL, could Swan, aka DC, Fredo, be related to the Morans?

  115. Tillman

    At least the Morans and the Williamses and their associates managed to kill a decent percentage of their targets, unlike the dummies in the Ibrahim family and their moronic enemies.

  116. Infidel Tiger

    At least the Morans and the Williamses and their associates managed to kill a decent percentage of their targets, unlike the dummies in the Ibrahim family and their moronic enemies.

    Might help the Lebs held their guns at the correct angle instead of copying Tupac.

  117. Tillman

    I think all members of Notorious, the Mongols, the Hells Angels, and the Ibrahim family and their associates should be required to undertake mandatory target practice with small arms and sawn off shotguns, as well as remedial biology lessons that identify essential bodily organs, in the hope that they can kill each other off more quickly and humanely instead of just constantly shooting each other in the legs.

  118. Infidel Tiger

    Those crackpots in Canberra are now going to censor the Apple App Store:

    http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/smartphone-apps/government-to-censor-itunes-app-store-20110309-1bng2.html

    They have lost the plot.

  119. jtfsoon

    great
    steve from b must be salivating as we speak

  120. C.L.

    Remember this when you’re next tempted to mock superhero tragics (not mentioning names anyb time Soon):

    THE inaugural 1962 comic book to feature Spider-Man netted a superhero-sized $1.1 million, US online auctioneers have revealed.

    The copy of the Marvel comic book, in excellent condition, sold through ComicConnect.com with a cover that shows the spidery avenger – in his other life known as the meek Peter Parker – swinging from a high building with a man under his right arm.

    Five decades ago, the comic went for just 12 cents.

    The big sale has been bested only by the $1.5 million price reached for Superman’s 1938 debut comic book last year.

    Staying with superheros, I watched Batman Begins again on the weekend. God it’s great – great movie.

  121. JC

    Those crackpots in Canberra are now going to censor the Apple App Store:

    Seriously, are these fucking morons insane? If they try any of this shit it’s almost a case of going into full civil disobedience mode.

  122. ken n

    A very funny thread over at JQ’s place about sock puppets – I think they are related to zombies, which is a pre-occupation of his.
    It start out with “I recently banned commenter “Charlie” for the suggestion that Queenslanders deserved to suffer from the floods because we didn’t build enough dams.” and goes on from there.
    Worth reading. It’s good to see them grappling with the big issues.
    Our friend Fran comes in with “Sock puppets are stock in trade for them. Their side of the culture war demands it.”
    Next time she visits, we should ask her if she is talking about us. And what she means.

    Anyway, RTWT

  123. Infidel Tiger

    Staying with superheros, I watched Batman Begins again on the weekend. God it’s great – great movie.

    Batman’s a badass!

    I watched Superman awhile back for the first time in probably 15 years. It’s still really good. Gene Hackman was awesome.

  124. Infidel Tiger

    Great link, Jason.

  125. jtfsoon

    hahaha – in that Quiggin link Fran Barlow is quibbling with Ernestine Gross because Fran accused ‘Alice’ of being Ernestine’s sock puppet. The left are even accusing each other of sock puppetry

  126. .

    One word female blog names are hard left trolls, Gross is very thick.

  127. Peter Patton

    ken

    I believe P.Kwig’n is currently writing a sequel to Starship Troopers. The Sockpuppets and Trolls take on the Keynesians and Social Democrats. Tag team! What a tedious old man!

  128. Peter Patton

    OMG! Surely that P.Kwig’n thread must knock off Phillip Adams to become one of Australia’s National Treasures!

  129. ken n

    Dunno about that PP – they are a notable bunchand someone needs to die or be removed in disgrace, as Einfeld was, to create a vacancy.

  130. JC

    You know, this guy is the biggest, lousiest scumbag the country has ever seen in politics.

    Tony Windsor blinks and calls Julia Gillard’s plans for a carbon dioxide tax a mistake.

    If scumbaggery were a criminal offense, Windsor would be facing capital charges by now.

  131. jtfsoon

    Philomena claims to have met Fran Barlow

    http://graemebird.wordpress.com/2008/07/04/clive-hamilton-owns-up-to-intellectual-fraud-and-analytical-incompetence/#comment-34815

    Graeme, I’m glad someone mentioned the indefatigable Fran Barlow.

    I’ve read her posts on three or four blogs and to my mind she’s a cross between Catherine the Great and Catherine Earnshaw (Wuthering Heights). The former because of her erudition and mental prowess and the latter mainly because I think I met or saw her a couple of times and she has the most incredibly beautiful hair, that mass of luxuriant curly black hair (I’ve seen it pinned up and loose) that reminds me of what I imagine that the young Catherine’s hair looked like, running across the moors to meet her love, Heathcliff.

  132. JC

    Wow, frannie and Phil may know each other. this is insane…. no pun intended.

    Phil keeps referring to his mass of hair, as though it supposed to be impressive.

    Manhattanites used to refer to big hair as hair monsters.

  133. JC

    This term of course would never apply to Happy Hamilton or his buddy Tim Lancet Lambert.

  134. Michael Sutcliffe

    that mass of luxuriant curly black hair (I’ve seen it pinned up and loose) that reminds me of what I imagine that the young Catherine’s hair looked like, running across the moors to meet her love, Heathcliff

    Though it’s this kind of writing that makes me fear for Fran a bit, that late one night she’ll come home and open her wardrobe to get her ‘Che’ jammies, and sitting in there wearing one her dresses will be a hairy, unshaven Phil, clutching combing her hair with Fran’s hairbrush, chanting quietly ‘it puts the lotion on the body…..’

  135. JC

    Birdie sentme a pic of Phil..he’s on the right. No wonder s/he loves luxuriant hair.

  136. Michael Sutcliffe

    That is better than I imagine it.

  137. Michael Sutcliffe

    Phil’s doin’ the rounds at Menzies House quite a bit these days (under numerous pseudonyms). Does anyone know if Birdie has actually met Phil?

  138. Fran Barlow

    Jason …

    Last time I encountered Philomena, not IRL mind you but in the blogosphere, she didn’t seem nearly as enamoured as she sounds above.

    To the best of my knowledge, I’ve never made her acquaintance in the physical world.

  139. Gabrielle

    It takes time before a stalker makes himself known to his object of desire.

  140. F'legend

    Bloody hell JC you should have put an explicit vomit warning on that last link.

    At least some preamble text would have been humane:

    “Warning, the following scenes may distress some viewers. As a precaution you are advised to have some bleach ready to cleanse your eyeballs when done”

  141. Tal

    Tie your hair back Fran 🙂

  142. JC

    Frannie:

    I don’t think you’ve met Phil otherwise you’d remember him/her from the pic.

    Sorry ledge. You’re right it should have come with a safety warning.

  143. Gabrielle

    According to Combet, China already has a carbon tax. Anyone heard more about China’s carbon tax?

  144. JC

    Combet’s just lying, Gab. That’s all.

    China’s policy is actually similar to the Libs: direct action.

    They also issue directives.

    One other thing about China is that can sort of afford renewable crap at the moment that needs installation and maintenance (especially) because their wages are so comparatively low.

  145. Gabrielle

    Combet said it on Lateline, so I’m told, JC. I’ll check it out later. As far as I have read, yeah China is making noises about cutting emissions. However their actions say otherwise.

  146. JC

    Did he? Coming out of the Liars Party I’m not surprised.

  147. Michael Sutcliffe

    China’s policy is actually similar to the Libs: direct action.

    Except in China’s policy the ‘direct action’ can be delivered from the barrel of a gun if you make the government look bad!

  148. JC

    Except in China’s policy the ‘direct action’ can be delivered from the barrel of a gun if you make the government look bad!

    Ha, yea. Forgot about that…Lol.

  149. JC

    FFS,

    Ive missed this Alene Compost thing until now when I read a little about on Bolt’s blog.

    Bolt is right, it has to be good old Bunyip. The prose even sounds like him.

    Alene Composta…. as in Compost… Freaking funny.

    It’s hilarious.

  150. .

    The pic on “her” blog is from a genital wart spruiking blog.

    Fake.

  151. JC

    More Composta.

    FOR many years I have admired Tony Kevin, the former diplomat who has renounced the striped trouser circuit of international gabby-ness, rolled up his sleeves and knuckled down to do something worthwhile.

    But in the meantime, along with Tim Dunlop (now a regular at the ABC’s excellent Unleashed) and other left luminaries, we were blessed to make Tony’s acquaintance. He is a challenging individual, that’s for sure!


    Now he has expanded his one-man crusade to the climate frontier with another corker of a book, “Crunch Time”, which was published almost 18 months ago but is, in many ways, more compelling now than it was then. It is a witty and amusing work, scholarly and erudite but humorous in parts as well (in a grim sort of way)…. As Tony writes in the magisterial voice of a man trained in engineering, nothing less than a sweeping reworking or our society and its means of production will suffice to save the next generations from misery and ruin.


    this one made my sides ache.

    Now here, I think, we really need to stop and think. Team Gillard today announced that Tim Flannery will chair the People’s Climate Change Commission, which is fair enough. Tim has done wonderful work popularising the threat to us all and he has put millions of dollars on the line developing his geothermal approach to clean, green, ready-when-needed energy. He is also a favourite commentator at the ABC, where he is now working on his second series of environmentally themed TV shows. All very well, and best wishes to Tim.

    But…but…but… when a crusader like Tony Kevin is reduced to penury and about to be dropped by his publisher it seems to me that a fairer, more equitable and altogether appropriate way of supporting the leaders of the climate change community is needed. Clearly we could use a panel of experts who could dispassionately allocate the funding available to promote the responsible approach to curtailing Australia’s obscene carbon pollution, the worst in the world.

    More particularly, in Tony’s case, wouldn’t it be lovely if Canberra authorised the purchase of his unsold copies of Crunch Time and distributed them in schools, perhaps as end of year prizes to the best and brightest students.

  152. JC

    The pic on “her” blog is from a genital wart spruiking blog

    I know, I just saw it and it’s obvious that it’s a fake.

    It has to be Bunyip, as he brings up all the old bloggers he used to hang shit on and make fun of.

    (One of the funniest things that Bunyip was that he once accused Shiny of attending “Macquairie”: intended as a put down.

    Shiny was offended at the off hand attempt at the put down by Bunyip and he corrected him by informing Bunyip that he attended Newcastle Uni.

    Bunyip then immediately apologized for even having suggested Macquaeire leaving shiny speechless).

  153. Gabrielle

    lol and hahahaha

    That is just priceless, JC.

  154. JC

    This is pure Bunyip.

    Melissa Fyfe’s Promotion. Great News!
    In relation to the previous item about Andrew Bolt’s attempts to intimidate and browbeat Fairfax management into silencing reporters like Phillip Coorey, it seems it isn’t working. Not working at all!

    The good news is that the magnificent Melissa Fyfe is being promoted from reporting on state politics for the Sunday Age to covering the federal sphere. At a moment in time when progressive forces need to be mobilised and regimented in support of the carbon levy (not a tax), it is a fantastic thing to see one of the best reporters in the country bringing her insight and perspective to Canberra. There is one Green, the brave and courageous Adam Bandt, in the House of Reps, who faces every day a barrage of negativity from the Murdoch-dominated press gallery. At least now, with Melissa in town, he will have a reporter who can cover his actions and initiatives with a fair, open-minded devotion to spin-free journalism.

    And the bad news?

    At a moment when the reactionary party controls both houses of state parliament and the state of Victoria is sliding rapidly back into the moral corruption and cronyism of the Kennett Era, the best reporter of the lot will be moving to hundreds of kilometres away from the action. Can we expect Melissa’s replacement to keep turning over Big Ted’s rocks and revealing the sordidness underneath? She did it again this weekend with her revelation that the Bailleau Goverenment has been intinidating the scientists at Melbourne University in order to rig the results of its ridiculous “test” of using cattle as a means of averting bushfires. Yeah, like cows eat gum trees or something.

    As we all know, and I include Melissa in this, it is climate change that is making the bush go up in flames, as her daily Age colleague Adam Morton helps the scientist David karoly explain if you click the link.

    Congratulations, Melissa. The IQ of the Canberra press gang is about to go exponentially!

  155. C.L.

    FOR many years I have admired Tony Kevin, the former diplomat who has renounced the striped trouser circuit of international gabby-ness, rolled up his sleeves and knuckled down to do something worthwhile.

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    This is the most brilliant rope-a-dopelefty ever.

    And all the big guns fell for it: the ABC, Fairfax etc.

  156. C.L.

    The Bunyip – still the greatest satirist and writer in the blogosphere. Only Iowahawk comes close.

  157. JC

    This is also pure Bunyip.

    Team Gillard today announced that Tim Flannery will chair the People’s Climate Change Commission, which is fair enough. Tim has done wonderful work popularising the threat to us all and he has put millions of dollars on the line developing his geothermal approach to clean, green, ready-when-needed energy

    He hasn’t. He grabbed $90 million from Rudd and blew the lot because geothermal doesn’t work.

  158. C.L.

    Worth re-stating again and again: and Bolt does so.

    Why are Bob Brown and Julia Gillard not widely ridiculed nutcases for what they’re touting?

  159. Gabrielle

    Never heard of Prof Bunyip before seeing him mentioned on the Cat. Such a shame that his prior works are no longer accessible.

  160. C.L.

    Poll: Mike Rann and the South Australian ALP take a massive nosedive.

    It’s spreading.

  161. Did we ever work out who Bunyip was? Jason said about 8 years ago that he knew who it was, do you still know Jason or were you mistaken?

  162. Gabrielle

    Greg Combet on Lateline:

    “…but it is very important that people know what direction the Government is intending to go in and that they have the opportunity to have an input.”

    Howard gets a couple of mentions, naturally.
    The usual we/Gillard never lied spiel and no mention that before the election this ETS/carbon price/tax was not to be considered before 2012.

    “For baseload electricity generation it will be gas-fired electricity that we see emerge, and for that investment to be committed, we need a carbon price in the economy.” Which will incur a “modest carbon price”. Party line mentions of the need for “stability” “certainty” and “drive investment in clean energy” etc etc.

    Everyone’s doing the carbon tax/ETS dance:
    “Even in California an emissions trading scheme has been legislated in the US and of course that’s about the fifth-largest economy in the world. ….A report released some months ago by Vivid Economics,…had a look at the effective carbon prices in a number of countries, and I mentioned $29 in the UK. It was actually $14 a tonne in China and about $5 a tonne effectively across the US. And guess where Australia was: $1.68 a tonne.” China has a carbon tax?

    Jones actually gave Combet a relatively hard time of it which flustered Combet on couple points.

  163. Peter Patton

    I can only ever picture Catherine Earnshaw as Kate Bush. While I am sure that Frannie is lovely, I am a bit disturbed that from now on I won’t be able to get Kate Bush out of my head whenever posting to Frannie.

  164. Peter Patton

    JC

    Somehow, I always pictured Phil as a brunette.

  165. Peter Patton

    Fran Barlow addresses the Spartacist League in 1978, in Chippendale, imploring KKKomrades to Just Say No to the ReUnified Fourth Internationale.

  166. Capitalist Piggy

    Arnold Kling on what distinguishes the left from libertarians:

    “[Non-classical] Liberals have no problem if you want to get rid of subsidies to oil companies. But they cannot really accept the notion that “green energy” deserves no subsidy. What’s not to like about wind and solar?

    Most important, liberals will always say that we need government involvement in food policy, energy policy, education policy, health policy, etc. When they observe that a particular policy serves only special interests, they may appear to side with libertarians by supporting a rollback of the offending program. However, while the libertarian will put forth the notions that public policy is often self-defeating and that it is impossible for policy to be immaculately removed from special interests, the liberal is never going to concede those points.”

  167. Peter Patton

    Well that’s sorted out who I WON’T be voting for.

    Greens propose bill of rights

    March 10, 2011
    NSW citizens would have guaranteed legal rights to shelter, work, food, clean water, education and health under a human rights bill proposed by the Greens.

    The draft proposal aims to enshrine, in law, 30 broad principles, including a person’s right to privacy and a right to cultural expression.

    Under its provisions, individuals could take the government of the day, public servants and police to court if they felt their rights were not being upheld.

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    Victoria and the ACT have similar charters in place, as do some nations, including members of the European Union.

    The Greens MP David Shoebridge said gay and lesbian groups, privacy organisations and members of the public had been consulted when the bill was being drafted. He said courts would be able to force the government, or other authorities such as the police or public servants, to meet the bill’s provisions.

    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/state-election-2011/greens-propose-bill-of-rights-20110309-1bo5f.html

  168. .

    And guess where Australia was: $1.68 a tonne.” China has a carbon tax?

    Bullshit. Well maybe not.

    A UTS study a few years ago identified 10bn of subsidies to carbon based fuels. But we tax carbon in petrol at around $100 a tonne, subsidise alumina smelting and have a RET. We also have implicit subsidies towards carbon fuels as we have effectively ruled out nuclear and water by edict.

    Calculate that, you boffins.

  169. jtfsoon

    Yobbo
    I was pretty sure that Bunyip was Imre Saluszinksy but then someone who should’ve known denied it. But it’s possible he was lying. JC’s story about Bunyip and his connection to Newcastle Uni supports the Imre theory

  170. Tillman

    Loony right-wing sex offender – is there any other kind? – threatens to shoot Dem senator “like a wolf”.

  171. jtfsoon

    not your best trolling attempt there, Tillers. How does someone concerned about endangered species get categorised as ‘right wing’?

  172. Tillman

    Well it flushed you out, didn’t it.

    If Hitler is left-wing, I get to call sex-offending wolf-haters right-wing. It’s only fair.

  173. Tillman

    Ok, I see the guy actually likes wolves. I thought he was a Palin-esque wolf-hater.

    But he threatens violence so he must be, by my definition, right-wing.

  174. .

    There is no evidence he’s right wing and the TPM residents think Faux News will try to make the left look bad.

    If you’re not winning, you’re trolling.

  175. jtfsoon

    steve from b gets his priorities right

    http://opiniondominion.blogspot.com/2011/03/brief-observation-about-charlie-sheen.html

    A brief observation about Charlie Sheen..
    Given that he appears to need to smoke continuously during his web appearances, he’s quite the gift for the anti-smoking campaigners of the world.

  176. JC

    I haven’t seen Stevea round these parts for a while. Has he been offended by something some abusive heathen has said here? I hope not. I pride myself in always showing my best side and treating tax offenders like steve with the utmost respect.

  177. Tillman

    Dot, as Charlie Sheen proves, trolling is winning.

  178. JC

    Tillman

    why do you continue to battle with your natural tendency to join the dark side?

    You’re one of the few people I see constantly in turmoil over jumping the fence in an almost Dr strangleove way.

    Dude, if your hand grabs your throat just let it happen. It will settle down in the end and you’ll most certainly not choke yourself the death before blacking out and recovering.

  179. Hello. A brief visit to point out that it seems unlikely to me that Alene Composta is a Bunyip like parody when she/he had a detailed and too unpleasantly graphic post speculating that Tony Abbott had been sodomised by priests.

    Surely that is going too far for a right wing parodist?

  180. I sort of doubt that Bolt read that post before he linked to the blog…

  181. jtfsoon

    It does read like a parody though. Otherwise she has to be seriously mentally disturbed

  182. JC

    hahahahhahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahah

    The brown stain on Abbott’s soul?

    Bunyip has a truly vicious intellect. I love how The ABC got caught out so mindlessly over the moose stuff. Jonathon Green just went with it with a second thought.

    Surely that is going too far for a right wing parodist?

    It may not be going far enough.

    I just saw Composta Bio.

    Alene Composta
    I am an unremarkable person. For many years I worked in one of the caring professions, helping clients access benefits and a measure of natural justice. About 15 years ago my partner walked out, plunging me into depression that eventually lifted but led to a legacy of agoraphobia and panic attacks. I seldom leave my home as a result but, thanks to the Internet, I can stay informed and, from the security of my writing room, can put words together that might just help to make this world of ours a better place.

    FFS , this was staring Green in the face like dogs privates and he fell for it. And how about the editor in chief Nannabel Crabb. She ought to toughen up and not allow just Green to take the heat from this embarrassing spectacle.

  183. JC

    It does read like a parody though. Otherwise she has to be seriously mentally disturbed

    It’s frightful Bunyip, Jase. He’s pushing all the right buttons too. The way he roped in Tony Kevin was hysterical.

    I gotta say.. we bait lefties all the time. However Bunyip isn’t a small timer. That fucker went fishing for marlin and refuses to leave unless he hooks one.

  184. JC

    This is classic Bunyip.

    The first is that he is fixated on excrement. Katherine Murphy writes of the Opposition leader’s potty mouth tendencies in The Age, which no other paper notices and which gives us one more reason to celebrate the best news and commentary source in this country. It is “shit this” and “shit that” with Tony Abbott and we can only wonder why the infantile fascination with poo exerts such a strong influence on his words and thinking. One possible explanation – a supremely obvious one, actually – is his Jesuit training.

    He hates Fairfax with a vengeance I find frightening 🙂

  185. .

    Steve,

    “Her” pic is from a genital herpes spruiking blog. It’s definitely parody.

  186. Her first post does not read to me like parody. Then this one sounds a bit like Philomena actually.

    I still sticking with “not a parody”.

  187. JC

    Composta nicely correlates increase in earthquake activity in NZ’s south island with the increase in global temps.

    http://verdanthopes.blogspot.com/2011/02/quaking-in-our-boots.html

  188. jtfsoon

    dot

    the herpes thing might be a bitter ex husband having some fun?

    I have to go with steve here – I’m not prepared to concede she’s a parody yet. she could be a very disturbed individual. indeed perhaps this is the real Philomena

  189. JC

    I still sticking with “not a parody”.

    I’ll re-edit that steve.

    I’m still hopeful it’s “not a parody”.

    Her first post does not read to me like parody. Then this one sounds a bit like Philomena actually.

    Well yea, you doofus. his objective was to catch marlin: not a piddly whiting.

    He had to establish street cred with the left at the beginning, as he threw in the line trawling for the biggy.

    Have you ever played poker and won, Steve?

  190. JC

    Jase,

    Look at the parody in this thread.

    I don’t know if you noticed but New Zealand has had some terrible tremors that have left a lot of environmental damage and also claimed some human lives. If you are rational and objective it is hard to think too much about the human victims because, as the globe’s most invasive species, humans should not there. New Zealand was a secure, isolated natural paradise until Captain Cook arrived when, like most colonisers, he announced the Europeans’ arrival by killing the other-skinned peoples who were already there.

    S/he then connects the dots that the earthquakes are the result of global warming because the two charts NZ south island quake activity and global temps both point upward.

  191. jtfsoon

    And Bird thinks the earthquakes are caused by cosmic rays.

    There are lots of crazy people out there.

  192. JC, as you (and CL and a bunch of other Catallaxians) have held completely mistaken theories about me for a long time, I know first hand that you are not a reliable authority on detecting the truth behind writing.

  193. Perhaps I need treatment but I find this perversely funny. This TV exec dude from Pakistan just went to jail for beheading his wife, but before that:

    Together, the Hassans started the Muslim-oriented Bridges TV network in the US as a way to counter negative media images of Muslims after the September 11 attacks and build cultural understanding.

    Well done Muzz.

  194. jtfsoon

    I have to admit when I first came across Composta’s blog my first thought was that it was Philomena.

    Composta is probably a pesudonym and yes it does mean shit but given the author’s deep green tendencies it may actually have been intentional.

  195. Bird thinks the earthquakes are caused by cosmic rays.

    They’re actually caused by the minor reverberation within the infinite folds of his Hugh Jass. The Jass itself is controlled by cosmic rays.

  196. JC

    More classic.

    Never a week went by when he didn’t throw a grenade in Feddie Hilmer’s direction and he never let an opportiunity go by without remarking on this spectacle.

    THERE IS a lot of chatter on the web about the new Fairfax CEO, Greg Hywood, and why he must “remake” the Age. Since most of this comes from Murdoch lackeys I think we can conclude that Hywood would be foolish to take Murdoch’s advice. Did Stalin consult Hitler about the next offensive in the Great Patriotic War?

    The Age’s redesign is a triumph and the paper’s access to enlightened readers is secure. Please, Mr Hywood, don’t take charge with a heavy hand. You could lose me and scores of other devoted readers if you do.

    Still, I worry. If Hywood has ethnic sympathies with Israel, will he tolerate Paul McGeough’s fearless truth-telling about the Zionist State’s endless jackbooting? Fred Hilmer, a former Fairfax boss, never interfered with the editorial process and allowed his newspapers to mature into the unique organs of debate and uncowed opinion they are today.

    Hywood should just bring back Bristow and leave good enough alone!

  197. Sinclair Davidson

    Bird thinks the earthquakes are caused by cosmic rays.

    Earthquakes are caused by gravity waves that travel slightly faster than light and are originated by super-novas IIRC.

  198. JC

    JC, as you (and CL and a bunch of other Catallaxians) have held completely mistaken theories about me for a long time,

    Steve, like what theories: That I think you’re doofus?

    How is that mistaken?

    I know first hand that you are not a reliable authority on detecting the truth behind writing.

    Such as?

  199. Agh…I’m being sucked into the Catallaxy whirlpool again.

    I’m getting out of the pool; got work to do…

  200. jtfsoon

    got work to do…

    Another meeting with the people tax auditing your ass steve?

  201. Tillman

    I think her rants about her cat Sparkles is a bit of a giveaway.

    She’s the ozblogosphere’s answer to Jean Teasdale.

    Full disclosure: I aspire to be the ozblogosphere’s answer to Jim Anchower.

  202. JC

    I have to admit when I first came across Composta’s blog my first thought was that it was Philomena.

    Or perhaps you were sideswiped by the sheer enormity of the nutballery.

    There are a two sorts of parody I reckon.

    The first is the obvious one where the writer makes no pretense and is close to sarcasm.

    The second one one is more of a con job in order to latch on to something bigger. He was obviously trying to get a name with Fairfax or the ABC and he hooked Green.

    He wasn’t writing this crap for an audience. He was writing it to get a laugh for himself and reeled in.

  203. JC

    Tell me this isn’t bullshit. Notice the bunyip paw-print in mentioning phil Adams.

    I HAVE just had the following comment published in a comment thread underneath a Peter Hartcher commentary on the vicious, vile, ongoing, Abbott-orchestrated assault on our PM.

    When our PM made the decision ten days ago I thought to myself, “How low will the reactionaries go, the deniers and the corporatist lapdogs, and how soon will they start.”
    I didn’t have long to wait.

    These assaults on our PM are nothing but sexism and woman-hatred. The outpouring of Tea Party-style hate could easily lead to violence, sooner or later. If our PM introduces the licensing of commentators and a peer-review panel of media professionals (Laura Tingle, Phillip Adams, Virginia Trioli, Mike Carlton, Hartcher, for example) to determine what constitutes “fair free speech” and to stamp out the noxious, inappropriate variety, I would support her 100%.
    Alene Composta | Seddon – March 03, 2011, 9:35AM

  204. Tal

    Composta is Derek Saphire’s sister

  205. C.L.

    …I am a bit disturbed that from now on I won’t be able to get Kate Bush out of my head whenever posting to Frannie.

    You say that like it’s a bad thing.

    I love Kate:

  206. C.L.

    I haven’t seen Stevea round these parts for a while. Has he been offended by something some abusive heathen has said here?

    Traditionally, when Labor gets whacked in the polls and evidence mounts that nobody cares about ‘climate change,’ Steve takes his leave and pretends to be ‘busy.’

  207. dover_beach

    I love Kate

    How could anyone not?

  208. Infidel Tiger

    Steve takes his leave and pretends to be ‘busy.’

    Crying in the foetal position is “busy” work.

  209. C.L.

    Julia Kinnock:

    The Rodent caught plagiarising Bono.

    God what an embarrassment she is.

  210. Tal

    CL she should stick to playing footy with Obama

  211. John Cowper

    Kate Bush is horrible, She dances like a retard and looks like she’d stink from a far distance.

  212. Gabrielle

    ..and she has a voice that would make a wailing cat on heat take pause.

  213. C.L.

    Tony Windsor has said loose, intemperate language could encourage a disturbed person to kill someone.

    Using King Henry’s classic, the ABC calls for Pauline Hanson to be murdered:

    http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/44920.html

  214. Sinclair Davidson

    Kate Bush is horrible, She dances like a retard and looks like she’d stink from a far distance.

    ..and she has a voice that would make a wailing cat on heat take pause.

    Now I know how Jason felt when I used to mock Bob Dylan.

  215. Infidel Tiger

    Poor Jules, she couldn’t even get the numbers for her plagiarised tearjerker in Congress.

  216. Gabrielle

    *sigh* now I have to lower your pedestal, Sinclair.

  217. jtfsoon

    Kate Bush singing Wuthering Heights is gorgeous. But yes her dancing leaves something to be desired

  218. JC

    Oh ffs, she’s plagiarizing Bono now? What a fucking moron she is. She couldn’t even string up a 20 minute speech that is original without fucking it up.

    How lower rent can one get?

  219. Gabrielle

    I hear she’s avoiding Bono now. Some issue about royalties payment

    To be fair, it was a nice pep talk.

  220. C.L.

    What on earth did Michelle Obama do with Stedman? Did they go to a women’s day event together or something?

  221. C.L.

    Why would the United States – or, more particularly, the stenographers and janitors in the chamber – need a pep talk, though, Gab? From Julia Gillard?

  222. JC

    What on earth did Michelle Obama do with Stedman? Did they go to a women’s day event together or something?

    I’m guessing he gave her hair styling tips gratis.

  223. Infidel Tiger

    They both talked about what incompetent sheilas they married.

  224. Infidel Tiger

    Well, not married, sleep with.

  225. Gabrielle

    She had to say something CL. At least she didn’t lecture them on the perils of CO2.

  226. JC

    Last month, when the House voted to eliminate funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which provides money to public radio and television stations, no Republicans stepped forward to defend it. Sen. Jim DeMint, a South Carolina Republican, introduced similar legislation in the Senate last week.

    This GOP party with Tea Party influence is truly a beautiful thing. They’re just so out there and show no regrets or going back of their decision. They’re attempting to defund almost every single left-wing sacred cow without even blinking an eyelid.

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/NPR-CEO-resigns-after-VP-apf-2082507001.html?x=0&sec=topStories&pos=2&asset=&ccode=

  227. Gabrielle

    Steve’s favourite skeptic blogger recounts how Bolt “destroyed” Duggan, interviewed this week:

    “You’re in charge of a massive programme to rejig an economy and you don’t know what it costs and you don’t know what it will achieve,” says Bolt.

    Duggan is “an expert on carbon markets for the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Climate Action, Duggan will help mastermind the EU’s bold – and massively expensive – plans to reduce Europe’s carbon emissions by 20 per cent by 2020.”

  228. dover_beach

    John and Gab, wash your mouths out with soap please.

  229. C.L.

    Video: Chopper Read interviewed about the Morans.

    Pretty funny.

  230. jtfsoon

    while we’re on matters musical.

    one of my favourite Miles Davis in his electric periods. With a South Effrican theme, and pimpin’ it up

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