Rafe’s Roundup 21 June

Post of the week.

Wild times at the Blair house. In your face Tim, beat these constructions. Grand Designs, several series discounted at Fishpond.

US: Regulation in the land of the free. Once upon a time the Frenchman Toqueville reported on the US…

Unlike Frenchmen, he continued, who instinctively looked to the state to provide economic and social order, Americans relied on their own efforts. “In the United States, they associate for the goals of public security, of commerce and industry, of morality and religion. There is nothing the human will despairs of attaining by the free action of the collective power of individuals.”

What especially amazed Tocqueville was the sheer range of nongovernmental organizations Americans formed: “Not only do they have commercial and industrial associations . . . but they also have a thousand other kinds: religious, moral, grave, futile, very general and very particular, immense and very small; Americans use associations to give fetes, to found seminaries, to build inns, to raise churches, to distribute books, to send missionaries to the antipodes; in this manner they create hospitals, prisons, schools.”

The people of the world have switched off on global warming, revealed by UN sponsored survey.

Whichever way you slice and dice the results, the climate-change fight is more or less bottom-ranked globally out of the 16 causes.

The results of the poll to date are that worldwide, we people of the world view the fight against climate change as the least important of 16 issues suggested by the UN. Top-voted issue for importance worldwide is “better job opportunities”, second is “a good education”, and the lower-ranked issues are “better health care”, “affordable and nutritious food”, “support for people who can’t work”, and so on.

If Marmite is still hard to find in the shops, try ebay.

The cost of green jobs.

Each green job in Britain costs £100,000 (and 3.7 other jobs): (What’s worse than one green job? 76,000 green jobs.)
Robert Norris, Renewable UK’s spokesman, said:“… by 2021, more than 76,000 people will be working in the British wind industry in full-time, well-paid green-collar jobs. — Telegraph, 15 June 2013

In Spain for every green job created 2.2 jobs were lost. In Italy, each green job cost 5 jobs from the rest of the economy: In Germany, the subsidies far exceed the wages of the jobs created: In Denmark wind power reduces the GDP.

Turning out the lights in Britain, an alarming report, quickly corrected, but still alarming.

THE CORRECTION. Christopher Booker 16 June 2013
I must apologise for an error in last week’s item on the Energy Bill, where I said that, through a Government amendment, we were now committed to reducing our electricity use by 27 per cent within six years and 40 per cent by 2030. Although it was not exactly clear from Hansard’s report on the debate, this was not in fact a Government amendment and was not put to a vote, so those improbable targets were not part of the Bill approved by the House.
Greg Barker, the minister for energy and climate change, did, however, say that “in principle” he approved that amendment, which only sought to make a statutory requirement of what the Government is hoping to do anyway. It is clear from a report published last November by his department that these mind-boggling targets are very much part of its thinking as to how we might “decarbonise” our electricity supply.

Assorted Good Things: Quadrant on line, at the IPA, Mannkal Foundation, Centre for Independent Studies and the Sydney Institute.

From the great wide world of nature. Spiders in Australia Spiders on drugs Spider webs Spiders just generally

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20 Responses to Rafe’s Roundup 21 June

  1. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Rafe, Britain sounds even more lunatic on global warming now than it was a few years ago when I was last there. So lunatic that some groundswell is beginning to emerge, ably supported by James Delingpole, who also assists here, where at least our Opposition, pressured by its constituency, carries some sense on the issue. One can only hope that in the UK they have another long, cold, hard winter from October onwards, as another wake-up call.

  2. Maws

    I have numerous friends living all around England.
    All have complained of suffering from rolling blackouts – generally lasting anything upto 8 hours.

  3. I must apologise for an error in last week’s item on the Energy Bill, where I said that, through a Government amendment, we were now committed to reducing our electricity use by 27 per cent within six years and 40 per cent by 2030

    May I just point out that this is the sort of mindless bloody lunacy that occurs when one lives in an echo chamber in the Parliament Free Range Asylum, and there are no signals heard telling our esteemed patients of reality.
    The only treatment, of course, is the application of high velocity cricket bats. Repeatedly.

  4. Gab

    All have complained of suffering from rolling blackouts – generally lasting anything upto 8 hours.

    Back to the “good” old days before Thatcher.

  5. Gab, the Poms were lucky enough to get a Maggie Thatcher. It is horrifying to think that there isn’t her equivalent waiting in the wings in Great Britain.

  6. Gab

    Related:

    Exciting news about polar bears in eastern Canada: A peer-reviewed paper on the Davis Strait subpopulation study has finally been published in the Journal of Wildlife Management. It concludes that despite sea ice having declined since the 1970s, polar bear numbers in Davis Strait have not only increased to a greater density (bears per 1,000 km2) than other seasonal-ice subpopulations (like Western Hudson Bay), but may now have reached its carrying capacity.

    This is great news. But where is the shouting from the roof-tops? The study was published online in February and in print in April. No press release was issued that I could find and, consequently, there was no news coverage.

    http://opinion.financialpost.com/2013/06/12/junk-science-week-now-we-have-too-many-polar-bears/

  7. Driftforge

    It is horrifying to think that there isn’t her equivalent waiting in the wings in Great Britain.

    I can’t wait for the spectacle of Boris and Nigel running the place. No, neither of them is a Thatcher, but I suspect the humour they inevitably provide will be of immeasurable benefit on its own.

  8. cohenite

    Australia had universal 24/7 power when Bayswater was built in 1984; prior to 1984 blackouts were the norm.

    In a country which could not only power the world for the next millenium, let alone itself, if and when blackouts do reoccur in this nation, the people responsible should be placed naked in the middle of the Simpson Desert.

  9. jupes

    Did you know the Sydney Funnel Web is not only the most venomous spider but its fangs can pierce toenails.

    Youch!

  10. Gab

    Not a chance in hell of me clinking on that link.

  11. Ant

    On the government regulation thing, don’t you love how big government never grows tired of imposing more and more regulations on us to ensure our safety?

    From literally thousands of OHS laws in workplaces to road safety rules to cigarette labelling to alcohol consumption to rules about public parks and playground equipment to utility safety rules, etc etc. The list is quite literally both endless and everchanging.

    Yet, here in Victoria, the government through one of its instrumentalities allowed a serial rapist and violent repeat-offender to walk free on the streets. He’s not the first one.

    This person brutalised and murdered Jill Meagher.

    He has now been sentenced to a lengthy prison sentence, but with a non-parole period.

    They blame it on a ‘break down in the system’. Really? He has a non-parole period. He’s a repeat offender with a list of offences as long your arm. Presumably, he’ll be on the streets again one day.

    There was no breakdown in the system. This is the system.

    Careful you don’t drive more than 3km/h over the speed limit on the way home tonight.

  12. Paul

    No need for the spiders. Really, No.

  13. Paul

    Careful you don’t drive more than 3km/h over the speed limit on the way home tonight.

    Queensland too now. Newman has decided to balance the budget via fraud on the backs of motorists, as Kirner in Victoria did many years ago. Their dishonesty is evident in the manner in which they bleat almost pathetically that its “not about revenue”. They better hope not too many more people wake up to the fundamental illegality of Statute Law in this country.

  14. Borisgodunov

    We need a real PeoplesGovernmentof Non Politicians,Real Honest People who dont Lie,and are not in it as a career,serving their country ,not themselves,their first duty would be to Destroy untidy nayshuns soshalist political correctness by Repealing All laws passed since whittlemansuseless shower started all this rubbish. Next Destroy all political parties by depriving them of funds ,then destroy soshalism in education,media and the public service,which would be privatised as much as possible.Then startmassive reform of the law trade,depriving arrogant lawyers of any power and most of the money,a nuce bit of cleansing there!

  15. Walter Plinge

    If Marmite is still hard to find in the shops, try ebay.

    Not necessary. Genuine British Marmite is sold in Australia using its UK slogan: “Our Mate”. I get it from local IGA (a large one) and I think Woolworths have it as well. At one time even Aldi stocked it. It’s expensive — about $6 a small jar.

    As is well known Sanitarium holds the rights to ‘Marmite’ in Australian and guards them like a dog in a manger.

    My daughter recently bought me a large jar of Marmite back from the UK. It’s OK if a little thin and runny. I do prefer Vegemite. But at least Unilever haven’t gone all green and vegetarian over the salt content — Marmite is nice and salty.

  16. Walter Plinge

    Back to the “good” old days before Thatcher.

    Many Victorians will remember the blackouts before the Kennett privatisation — when the unions controlled the State-owned LaTrobe Valley power stations.

  17. Rafe, this forthcoming title by the man who supervised Rudd’s honours dissertation (but failed to impart any erudition in his student) looks very I interesting.

    http://takimag.com/article/the_man_who_blew_the_lid_off_maoism_john_derbyshire/page_2#axzz2WpqehNJh

  18. jupes

    Marmite is nice and salty.

    Marmite is awful.

    My Auntie Vi had it when I was a kid and I could never understand why.

  19. Rafe

    No more spiders. Next week, root hairs.
    Thanks for the feed on Marmite Walter.
    Interesting feed Abu, Ryckmans is a class act, hard to imagine anyone supervising Rudd.

  20. egg_

    The cost of green jobs.

    Christine Milne’s response (crickets chirping?)?

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