Gee, I wonder why?

Here is Clive Hamilton:

ASIO, Australia’s premier domestic spy agency, has had its resources expanded enormously over the past decade. Its surveillance and interrogation powers have also been extended, to the point where in the view of some legal experts, such as University of New South Wales professor George Williams, they approach those of a police state.

Savvy campaigners now assume that their communications are being routinely monitored. Greenpeace activists, for example, are in the habit of turning off their mobile phones when discussing campaigns.

Sounds terrible – why would the authorities monitor law-abiding individuals? Oh, wait …

It’s time to act. A people’s revolution is required. Democracy is failing us. So far, smugness and stupidity seem a more likely sinkhole for the democratic experiment than the bloodshed and tyranny that George Washington predicted, but if climate change really gets going it could still come to that.

(HT: Tim Blair)

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42 Responses to Gee, I wonder why?

  1. cohenite

    At the risk of sounding harsh Hamilton is a despicable human being.

  2. manalive

    why would the authorities monitor law-abiding individuals? …

    For laughs?

  3. JC

    No one should forget this cue ball, this waste of oxygen (and C02) draws a well funded taxpayer funded salary by sitting on the Climate Authority.

  4. Supplice

    Didn’t Hamilton himself call for the suspension of democracy? To impose a pro-global warmening police state of his own instead?

  5. Crossie

    They are so desperate for a revolution imagining that all it entails is wearing bandanas and berets and singing protest songs. If a revolution got going Hamilton and fellow sympathisers would be the first to flee to Monaco or Switzerland.

  6. I am the Walrus, koo koo k'choo

    The only danger Barking Betty poses is to Fairfacked’s share price. And not even the Fairfacked board seems to care about that.

  7. In the vernacular where I live, were a revolution to happen, or there even be a serious prospect of one, the ilk of Hamilton, Farrelly et al would “just shit”.
    The prospect of their free ride being cut off, their free speech being restricted by the blunt end of a billy club to the teeth, etc, would give them such a cold chill their bowels would convulse.

  8. JC

    Didn’t Hamilton himself call for the suspension of democracy? To impose a pro-global warmening police state of his own instead?

    Yea, the ridiculous clown did.

  9. Mr Bunny

    I think the expansion in ASIO resources might have a little more to do with monitoring the type of “Australians” now running around in Syria and Iraq, and those supporting them, than worrying about Hamilton and moonbats of his ilk.

  10. Mayan

    It’s important to distinguish between the need to monitor threats and the grant of excessive powers to the organs of state. It’s not inconsistent to appreciate the need to monitor those who show a capacity to become violent while also being concerned about powers that effectively allow people to be taken, held essentially at the pleasure of the relevant minister and then threatened with sanction for saying where they have been.

    And it is certainly not inconsistent to appreciate the need for organisations such as ASIO while being utterly opposed to any involvement in torture or for the operation of intelligence agencies without accountability. Sadly, there are many people who treat these matters as either or, splitting like a borderliner. It is possible to break apart all of these issues without taking an hysterical stance one way or the other.

  11. Infidel Tiger

    Where’s Bird when we need him?

    Cue Ball needs to be put back in his toy box.

  12. Oh yeah Mr. Bunny. There’s one journalist in my town, of the births-deaths-marraiges-fetes & covering of ribbon cuttings variety journalism, who believes ASIO and the CIA tap every one of his phone calls.

    This dickhead believes it. He went to several “get out of Vietnam” marches and now lives in the belief he’s being watched. We’ve all taken to opening phone conversations with “hello [Journo], hello Tony, Hello Barrack”.
    He doesn’t get the message, coz he believes he is being phone tapped. But he’s learned to tone down the rhetoric.

  13. C.L.

    Bird summed up Clive perfectly.

  14. H B Bear

    I think Tim Blair has Barking Betty pretty much under control. Her greatest danger is to the mental well-being (sic) of the few remaining Fauxfacts readers.

    I am the Walrus summed things up well. She will be the Receiver’s problem in a year or so.

  15. Infidel Tiger

    Bird vs Clive was in the top 5 internet exchanges of all time.

    Happy pretending he’d had anonymous death threats – Bird bursts in using his full name and puts the turd on the mat for a 10 count.

  16. outsider

    Clive surely kicked one of the finest own goals in leftydom with that self-outing.

  17. Dr.Sir Fred Lenin

    If I were head of ASIO!I would be tappimg all greens and alp phones,also palmers mob,particularly tim matheson and the dickhead motorist mob , i certainly would not worrupy about islamists islam is the religion of peace ,aint it? When I retired I would write a comedy show using the alp/ green file and palmerandtimmies wise words ,I am sure it would be a classic,all those clowns would provide endlessmaterial for TV series.

  18. Tom

    The Cue Ball thinks adults are too stupid to realise he’s a loose cannon and a dangerous fruitcake who has infiltrated taxpayer-funded institutions to guarantee his own financial future indefinitely and therefore considers he is free to campaign to overthrow the government and the state. I can’t imagine a single security police watch list in the past half century that he wouldn’t be on. Like all Alinskyists, Hamilton will take as much rope as he is given courtesy of the freedoms he has been gifted by the brave men who died for them. Our war dead turn in their graves at the scum that has infiltrated the institutions.

  19. entropy

    I missed the Bird vs Clive circus. Any links? At the time I might have avoided it because, well it involved both Clive and Bird and going to the dentist might have been more appealing. But it’s a slow day at Chez Entropy.

  20. C.L.

    It may have involved the phrase “lying c–.”

  21. Infidel Tiger

    I can’t remember where the exchange took place.

    JC should be able to help.

  22. .

    Bird’s own blog is unrecognisable now.

    He has in depth exchanges with completely random people, redacts a lot of their arguments and randomly rearranges the chronology of his blog.

    Plus he has lost the plot.

    Brainless Transvestite Sluts.

    Hilarious. This stupid transvestite has come up with an explanation as to why there is no aether and why gravity doesn’t propagate instantaneously.

  23. Infidel Tiger

    CH: As an author I am targeted too. A couple of months ago I opened my email to read this from someone calling himself “Graeme Bird”:

    “Let’s have that evidence then you Stalinist c**t. Either come up with the evidence or admit publicly that you are a fraud and kill yourself. What a complete c**t you are.”

  24. cynical1

    Didn’t Hamilton himself call for the suspension of democracy

    What makes him sure he will be on the winning side?

  25. Infidel Tiger

    GMB:

    “Let’s have that evidence then you Stalinist c**t. Either come up with the evidence or admit publicly that you are a fraud and kill yourself. What a complete c**t you are.”

    So come on Hairshirt Hamilton. I wrote this a long time ago. Its not okay to tell lies about an Australian (newspaper) war on science, to organise petitions for a new tax, to pursue globalist (ie treasonous) goals further eroding the sovereignty of the Australian electorate. To undermine the responsiveness of already unresponsive Australian politicians. To libel every honest scientist in Australia. To practice demagoguery in order to incite the eschatological-utopian instincts of hard leftists everywhere. To campaign maliciously for restricting Australian freedoms and lifestyles. To try and subject people like me to surveillance. To play down the reality of the Quixotic draft Copenhagen treaty.

    You think its okay to do all this year in year out and not respond to a request for evidence?

    You have to be joking Mate. Its not okay. Its far from okay.

    You see I think you are a coward who wants to be on the other end of the entire muscle of state apparatus. Guns money cops intelligence and armed forces. I think you are a big coward that want all this on your side since utopians are nothing if not Quixotic. Utopian socialists are big fat dreamers but sometimes their malicious dreams come true. And here I don’t want to alienate small government egalitarians. I’m an egalitarian myself.

    But supposing I were to show up at your place of work and ask for some evidence in person? What would you do? Would you burst into tears? Would you squirt a few? Would you cry in front of everyone?

    You know what you need. You need an honest CO2 record that goes back as far as possible. You need an honest heat content or temperature record that goes back as far as possible. You are allegedly a trained economist. If you have both of those you ought to be able to show causation if your movement isn’t fraudulent.

    Show up with the evidence or retract. Hurry up about it. Or hide that gleaming head from public debate until the end of time.

  26. C.L.

    “Let’s have that evidence then you Stalinist c**t. Either come up with the evidence or admit publicly that you are a fraud and kill yourself. What a complete c**t you are.”

    Tough but fair.

  27. cohenite

    Either come up with the evidence or admit publicly that you are a fraud and kill yourself.

    Pure Bird.

  28. At the risk of sounding harsh far too kind Hamilton is a despicable human being.

  29. Dr.Sir Fred Lenin

    The answer to these fascist leftists is Defunding! If they have no money they are nothing look at that fat commo slud adams ,thinks its the commo pope, infallible yeah right. The fat bastard is a millionaire on Taxpayers money,Like where the hell would gilliard ever get millions of dollars? She couldnt even keep a job in the dregs of the lawtrade firm.And the wealthy rudds ,that wouldnt have antpything to do with. Dirty politics would it? SCUM All of them Jail the theiving mongrels.

  30. gabrianga

    Surely not the Tony Windsor who did his “bit” for renewables by selling part of the family property to a coal company?

    Tamworth police have no record of any complaints and the Australian Federal Police last night confirmed they were investigating a complaint lodged by Windsor yesterday, that is, after his 7.30am
    interview (with Fran) claiming there was an investigation.

  31. egg_

    Bloodshed over the weather – where are the white coats with long straps?

  32. gabrianga

    Surely it’s not personal concern that has forced Hewson to demand an inquiry into Australia’s Climate Change policies.?

    Perhaps a couple of clients or would be investors from wind, solar putting the heat on?

  33. egg_

    Perhaps a couple of clients or would be investors from wind, solar putting the heat on?

    Even on ABC’s Landline, agrarian socialists were whining about their biofuel and sequestration investments not bearing fruit, diddums…

  34. gabrianga

    Thanks for that info egg. What would I do without you?

    Just a little bit from earlier days (2012) suggests that Hewson and his Board of Asset Owners are more interested in the moolah than the sea covering Australia, melting or freezing.

    http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2012/11/21/climate/john-hewson-climate-change-next-sub-prime-meltdown

  35. Mr Rusty

    The point is, cities are hot because roads are hot. Roads heat the planet by their function – spewing carbon into the atmosphere – and by their blackness, absorbing and re-radiating the sun’s infra-red.

    OMFG. That article passes as journalism? I knew Farrelly was loopy but that article takes the fruitcake, wraps it up in a white jacket and commits itself to the loony recycling bin.

    The roads are made of interlocking hexagonal glass-covered panels containing microprocessors and LEDs.

    Yes, you fruitbat, we’re all going to live in Tron world…

    Netball courts could be transformed with a switch-flick into basketball or ice hockey or indeed, car parks.

    Or maybe Matrix world…

    It’s hard to know whether to laugh or cry.

  36. Think of the jobs ‘created’ Rus.

    You’d have to pull each one up very other month to run over the terminals with a toothbrush and Vaseline.

  37. Andrew

    OMFG. That article passes as journalism? I knew Farrelly was loopy but that article takes the fruitcake, wraps it up in a white jacket and commits itself to the loony recycling bin.

    Fuck me, she actually WROTE about that ecofraud that has turned a thought bubble into millions for the couple running the fraud?

    I went through the mental exercise of calculating how much it would cost to turn the road network into solar panels. I stopped when I got to multiples of the GDP. Even Singapore and HK couldn’t conceivably do it. And that’s ignoring the fact that solar panels are a someone lower friction surface than asphalt so thousands will die unnecessarily if they did it (ignoring because ecoloons don’t care about people dying – see HidroAysen).

    Even she can’t be that stupid.

  38. Joe Goodacre

    Greenpeace activists, for example, are in the habit of turning off their mobile phones when discussing campaigns.

    Kind of like being in the cinemas – how considerate.

  39. Rabz

    It’s time to act. A people’s revolution is required. Democracy is failing us.

    Could any one seriously imagine crazed dingbats like Clive and Barking Betty attempting to lead a “revolution”? FFS, these idiots are beyond parody.

  40. evcricket

    Related, this is the funniest thing I have seen in a while
    http://www.businessspectator.com.au/news/2014/6/23/resources-and-energy/mining-lobby-says-anti-coal-push-could-be-illegal

    Like plain packaging, the more you complain about his the more obvious it becomes that the divestment campaign is working. Who are you going to try and prosecute eh Sinclair? What about free speech? What about the market? And would you support using the corporations act to prosecute people who spread untruths about renewables?

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