ABC Breakfast News: Reviewing the Headlines

My iPad was acting up ornery this morning and because I couldn’t holler for a Marshall (only older Cats will know what I am talking about), I switched on the TV.  And there on ABC Breakfast News, with one of the comperes known only to me as a sports presenter, was the VC of La Trobe University chatting on.

The ostensible point of the segment was to review the newspaper headlines, but what was clear that it was just an opportunity for the VC (and the presenters for that matter) to spout on about their favourite hobbyhorses,  as well as to give La Trobe University a free plug or two.  What a complete disgrace!

And the topic du jour – the supposed link between the bushfires and climate change!  (What else.)  For an academic, the VC was very sloppy in his expression.  I guess only true believing warmenists are invited onto this segment, but the unproven hyperbole was almost too much for me.

But for some strange reason I persisted – the iPad had not recovered – and I had to listen to an extended interview with the Mayor of Coonabarabran going on and on about the bushfires there and the fact that the telescopes had NEARLY been destroyed but had escaped.

Does this Reviewing the Healines segment normally contain such opinionated tosh almost completely unrelated to the headlines of the day?

And then the iPad kicked into action and I stumbled across the latest piece by The Age’s Carbon Economy Editor who really seems to be on a mission these days.  It has been 50 degrees in Moomba.  Gosh and more gosh.  Actually, Moomba is always incredibly hot at this time and it seems that the delayed northern monsoon has pushed up the daily maxima a little bit.  So what?

I have also noticed that the Carbon Economy Editor has not been writing about the UK Met Office’s ackowledgment that there has been no global warming for the past 15 years and there will be no noticeable increase in temperatures in the next five years.  Now, there’s an interesting story.  So much for Christine Milne’s ‘climate emergency’ – looks like  a false alarm, you can all return to what you have been doing.

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66 Responses to ABC Breakfast News: Reviewing the Headlines

  1. Jazza

    Ah, You reminded me to check if Media Watch Dog is back from hols yet. Gerard is just the BEST at sending up the biased stupidity on ABC radio and Tv!

  2. Sinclair Davidson

    iPad is the trouble. Damn Apple driving you to watch the ABC! :)

  3. Gab

    the supposed link between the bushfires and climate change!

    How come none of them ever discuss the supposed link between arsonists and climate change?

  4. kingsley

    The short answer Judith to your question about this segment almost always being a opportunity to push the usual memes is “yes”
    This is one of their classic tactics get someone else on to say something left wing to avoid claims of direct bias. Triple JJJ has this down pat.

  5. C.L.

    They really are desperate. What they really want is a significant death toll so Gillard can cry and Abbott can be counseled to finally, finally, accept a ‘bipartisan approach’ to ‘climate change.’

    But all they’ve got is…

    ‘Oh noes – the TELESCOPE, the TELESCOPE!!’

    Honestly, who cares?

  6. JC

    Is it carbon economy or carbon copy editor.

  7. C.L.

    Yesterday (or the day before), I saw an article whose headline claimed one of the bushfires was “furious.”

  8. Infidel Tiger

    claimed one of the bushfires was “furious.”

    “The sea was angry that day my friends. Like an old man returning soup at a deli…”

  9. JC

    IT

    Wasn’t that George costanza?

  10. Infidel Tiger

    It sure was. When he pretended to be a marine biologist.

  11. C.L.

    Warmies to meet in Tasmania tomorrow…

    They want Australians to abandon their beach houses.

  12. I’ve never seen such fizzing enthusiasm for impending disaster! You can almost hear them sucking their teeth in desperation when bushfire alerts are “downgraded”. Like an iceberg tipping over the media is slowly becoming a market place for outraged prediction, displacing the tedium of reporting things that merely happened in the past.
    And another thing, someone sharper than me pointed out this specious new metric “average national temperature”. Never mind the short period of time that’s been in place, never mind how a passing familiarity with statistics qualifies anyone to dismiss it as meaningless. The more interesting question is : Who the hell is that information for?
    Australia is fucking huge. 3000 kms across. Do farmers in Spain care about the Bulgarian weather forecast? Do Scottish fisherman pay taxes so a bureau can tell them what the weather will be like in the Adriatic? This is fucking ridiculous. Science advances when things become more precise, not when they are bundled up in some completely useless mathematical artefact.
    And anyone who has been in Melbourne the past five days, Jesus, it was raining and 20 yesterday.
    I’ve been enjoying reciting the Age headlines from last week “A Nation Burns

  13. Infidel Tiger

    They want Australians to abandon their beach houses.

    Flannery, Rudd and Combet first.

  14. JC

    Hahahahahahah
    So Fairfax are now plagiarizing George Costanza?

  15. I think as punishment they should force us deniers to LIVE in those beach houses. I would gladly be martyred for my denialism.

  16. John Comnenus

    George Costanza would be a heavy weight, hard hitting cabinet Minister in this Government. He’d be all over that ‘Gonski’ file. Yep he’d have it right there, under control.

  17. JC

    John C

    Lol.. It’s basically a cabinet filled with George Costanza’s and Kramers.

    They have one version of George as the climate change commissioner.

    Is he still going out with the author/self described former hooker? Anyone know?

  18. John Comnenus

    Garrett would be Kramer and Swan would be Costanza.

  19. John Comnenus

    Aussie treasurer, the honorable George Swansteen, Member for Lilley.

  20. John Comnenus

    Or Wayne Swanstanzasteen. LOL. I’m cracking myself up.

  21. Gab

    Wayne Swanstanza got me giggling.

  22. John Comnenus

    Wayne Swanstanza telling Aussie housewives how to cut their grocery bills by checking for discounts – a real Swanstanza moment in Australian Politics. Wayne Swanstanza telling Aussies he will get the budget back in surplus this year – a real Swanstanza moment from the Julia Gillarfeld Show – a show about a self absorbed bunch of losers where nothing happens.

  23. Pedro

    After seeing the picture in the Oz, I looked a the google satelite image of siding springs. No wonder it’s been damaged, there are trees everywhere. The real story ought to be how such a valuable site was left at risk for the price of a few trees.

  24. JimD

    “abandon their beach houses”
    Only 8 coms but 75% call it shit. Love it. But CL should have warned link was to THAT mob.

  25. Bruce of Newcastle

    Get used to it this week.

    ABC TV lunchtime news was the turn of John Church who then ‘flooded’ Melbourne and Adelaide by CGI with 110cm of extra seawater by 2100 (the horror!), by which time a man with a spoon could build a levee bank. Even if it happens (which it won’t). Well one thing it proves is Churchie isn’t Dutch.

    This is from the very same John Church whose last paper said humans, HUMANS!!!, caused a massive terrible 0.125 C rise in sea surface temperatures in fifty years! ABC went ape over that.

    Of course if you actually pull out a calculator and work it out you find this corresponds to a climate sensitivity of 0.4 C/doubling of pCO2, which is below Lindzen’s value. Oops from Dr Church.

  26. Leigh Lowe

    Ah … the old “holler for a Marshall”.
    The old Marshall was not very Politically Correct.
    I seem to remember he had on six-shot revolver on each hip and stood poised, ready to draw and shoot.

    I see the new Marshall logo still has a Western Marshall, complete with ten-gallon (45 litre) hat and badge but, if you look closely, he has a set of jumper leads on his hip.

    Very practical, but doesn’t quite fire the imagination.

  27. Gab

    I looked a the google satelite image of siding springs. No wonder it’s been damaged, there are trees everywhere.

    They’ve not learned a thing from the Mt Stromlo observatory that was destroyed by bush fire in 2003.

  28. John Comnenus

    The honourable Peter Kramer, Member for Kingsford Smith, hand waving in front of his serious face is animatedly telling Treasurer Wayne Swanstanza that he has got a new business idea insulating other people’s roofs for free. Exasperated, Peter Kramer ‘Oh come on, Wayne, what could go wrong?’ Wayne nods slowly in agreement before becoming more animated. ‘That’s it Kramer, you are a genius. People will vote for us in droves when we cool the climate AND insulate their roofs for free.’ Wayne Swantanza gives a stunned Peter Kramer a kiss before walking off purposefully. Julia Gillardfeld looks on in amazement at her good fortune to have such good friends and colleagues.

  29. Leigh Lowe

    claimed one of the bushfires was “furious.”

    …. and the fire came over the hill and struck down upon the AGW sceptics with great vengeance and furious anger.

  30. Token

    …a real Swanstanza moment in Australian Politics. Wayne Swanstanza telling Aussies he will get the budget back in surplus this year…

    It’s not a lie to call it a surplus, if you believe it

  31. Leigh Lowe

    claimed one of the bushfires was “furious.”

    I have a house in a town which relies heavily on tourism.
    We had a fire on Friday which, on a scale where “furious” is the “10/10″ top of the spectrum, could be described as “mildy vexed”. It was on a grassy hill, completely surrounded by irrigated spud paddocks, which are not renowned for their incendiary qualities.
    We got the warning that every town within 25 kms would be “impacted”, and in no time flat they were seven-deep at the servo looking for fuel to escape town.
    End result …. fire controlled in 30 minutes, and there were tumbleweeds in the streets all weekend as a result of cancelled accomodation bookings.

    The radio warnings advised people leaving town to “drive slowly with your lights on”. I had to go to a nearby town late in the afternoon and passed a clown on the open road travelling at 70 kmh with his lights on ….. in bright sunshine.
    Sometimes bushfires can have a role in Darwin’s theory and God’s plan.

  32. H B Bear

    The Gillard government is actually Kruger Industrial Smoothing.

  33. John Comnenus

    The first minute of this clip with the Honourable Peter Kramer sums up the Gillardfeld government. Cabinet in Confidence

  34. steve from brisbane

    They’ve not learned a thing from the Mt Stromlo observatory that was destroyed by bush fire in 2003.

    The reality:

    “The telescopes look like they are OK, there’s no obvious damage to the outside of the structures,” said Dr Bauer, who live blogged the fire at her personal website.

    “There were measures taken to protect the facilities, especially in light of the Mount Stromlo fires 10 years ago,” she said, referring to the destruction of the Mount Stromlo Observatory in the 2003 Canberra bushfires.

    “There have been some controlled burnings over the last six months that may have helped the situation,” said Dr Bauer.

  35. Token

    With that voice, Gillard is closer to being George’s mother than Jerry.

  36. John Comnenus

    George Constanza lays out the template for Gillard’s success. How to succeed at work when you have no Ida what you are doing and don’t want to have to answer any questions

  37. Bruce

    Ah Steve so you believe controlled burnings work? Cool! At least we have one person of the left who thinks sensibly. Now if you can only mention this to Evcricket and Lara Bingle of the Tassie Government we’d be sweet.

    (oops, Giddings. My bad.)

  38. Chris

    Honestly, who cares?

    Largest optical telescope in Australia and it’s $100 million dollars worth of infrastructure used for scientific research. Though being generally anti-science you might not care….

  39. Gab

    Well done, SFB. So they did learn that controlled burnings work. Pity about the dead fireman, seems they did a half-arsed ” some controlled burnings over the last six months” at Siding Springs.

  40. Luke

    This just keep enraging me that we all have to pay (taxes) to for these pricks and their ideaological propoganda.

    VC and Cs of most Australian universities are not enven academics in the traditional sense anymore. Usually very light on past publication and much more just a prominent figure from NGOs, government and even corporate CEOs. They just ‘run’ the universities and are not actually part of academia in any body of research kind of way.

  41. C.L.

    ‘Climate change’ strikes again:

    Bushfire caused by father and son ‘torching meth labs’.

    The father and son were angry that day, my friends.

  42. steve from brisbane

    Though being generally anti-science you might not care….

    Exactly.

    The entire blog is “anti science” on the subject of climate change, and it appears to be a requirement of anyone posting here that ignorance of what scientists are actually saying in detail about climate change be put on display.

    Honestly, I cannot understand how the economists who post here do not think that their reputation amongst other economists cannot be adversely influenced by the obviously poorly informed (and proudly flaunted) ignorance of an important issue like climate change.

  43. JC

    Honestly, I cannot understand how the economists who post here do not think that their reputation amongst other economists cannot be adversely influenced by the obviously poorly informed (and proudly flaunted) ignorance of an important issue like climate change.

    Lets go through this again for

    How much of what you see will be replaced in 100 years? 95%? 98%

    The stupid ABC bint is talking about $300 billion of assets being lost as a result of da global warming.

    do you realize what that means to an economy producing over $1 trillion of GDP compounding at say 3% over the next 88 years?

    Work it out and tell us.

    That’s why some economists are laughing, you idiot.

  44. Infidel Tiger

    Honestly, I cannot understand…

    Enough said, Steve. We know.

  45. JC

    Don’t have a calc or spread sheet handy. Can someone work out what total un-discounted GDP of $1 trillion p.a growing at 3% accumulates over 88 years and what $300 billion is as a percentage… Note, yo will need lots of decimal space for the last calc.

  46. Bruce

    SfB you can do better than that. I can tell no braincells were actually engaged during the writing of your post.

    Steve, when you have the science publications I have I might be inclined to believe your rant about this ‘antiscience’ blog, especially when I’ve actually done work on subjects like geoengineering, solar energy and CCS.

  47. JC

    Bruce

    Stepford has an Arts Dip from a Queensland rural TAFE. He’s not someone you want to be messing about with in the brains dept.

  48. Rabz

    you can do better than that. I can tell no braincells were actually engaged during the writing of your post.

    Even better, he’s starting to sound like the hammster!

  49. Infidel Tiger

    Steve gets his science from Karoly and his economics from Krugman. In a more enlightened age he’d be publicly flogged

  50. The entire blog is “anti science”..

    That’s just your way of saying people disagree with the political measures you support. Science has not displaced democracy.

  51. blogstrop

    Genuine science has dome no damage to democracy, OHH, but statements like SfB’s (and there are many of them – not that he personally has any clout) coming from the complicit media has damaged the proper functioning of our democracy, and as a result of that the country can now be categorised as “walking wounded”.

  52. Pedro

    ” and it appears to be a requirement of anyone posting here that ignorance of what scientists are actually saying in detail about climate change be put on display”

    http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2011IJMPC..22.1139L

  53. grumpy

    WTF is a “Carbon Economy Editor”?

  54. Yes, but what I meant was a “scientist” gets one vote, just like you and me, and that ain’t changing for a while. SfB yearns for a gnostocracy, an age of scientist kings, where those who are “right” decide everything on behalf of the unqualified and uninformed.

  55. blogstrop

    Though being generally anti-science you might not care….

    I see that another useless twit has picked up SfB’s Misciengyny Speech and run with it.

  56. Token

    …I cannot understand how the economists who post here do not think that their reputation amongst other economists…

    Being associated with you SoB would damage their reputations more than any concern about their failure to believe in the Big Green ponzi scheme.

    All the big dogs like your High Priest Al Gor-zeera are cashing out of Big Green, I’d be geting out before the crash if I was overinvested like you are.

  57. Kel

    Enough already!!

    The ABC is getting worse at this by the week.

    Something must be done about their hyping of this B.S.

    It is all aimed at covering Gillard’s rear (a big ask, I know) and getting her re-elected.

    On a related note, here is a USA take on the expected regressive effects of politically correct carbon taxes that we have already seen implemented in Oz:

    http://www.aei-ideas.org/2013/01/cheap-energy-the-best-friend-and-actual-salvation-of-the-poor

  58. Louis Hissink

    SOB most of the other economists would be Keynesians and hence not, so the ones here can hold their heads high.

    As for not understanding the science behind climate change, well, which bit of political science are you having trouble with – tutoring might be suggested.

    As for climate science itself, it isn’t, it’s numerically specious weather forecasting and geography.

    And I am also honoured to be labelled a climate change denier, since denying any of the left’s fabrications is an honourable duty.

  59. John Comnenus

    Grumpy,

    The carbon economy was invented by Wayne Swanstanza with help from Peter Kramer.

  60. I switched on the TV.

    And the TV still lives, Judith?
    Tsk tsk, you are getting more settled in your old age…

  61. John Mc

    http://www.aei-ideas.org/2013/01/cheap-energy-the-best-friend-and-actual-salvation-of-the-poor

    The mantra of Teh Nu Left: The poor need to shut their mouths and get back down the salt mines. After a good days work they can come back up, clean their filthy selves and wait the tables of their betters.

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