Rafe’s Roundup May 2

Assorted climate pieces – warming further downgraded, American youth revolt against alarmism etc. From the “What planet…?” department. Leading Norwegian politician comes out as a climate skeptic.

Culture. End of the world books. The Spectator Culture House. Jazz in the USA. Rewards for standing up to political correctness.

Higher miseducation. John Roskam on the closing of the Australian mind.

Instead of welcoming a world-class public policy thinker coming to Australia and to their university, academics and students at the University of Western Australia are outraged. The vice-president of the university’s staff association talked of having the funding revoked, while the student guild launched a ‘Say No to Bjorn Lomborg’ campaign.

Lomborg’s problem is he’s a climate “contrarian”. As the The Guardian newspaper has helpfully pointed out a climate “contrarian” is someone who is not a climate “denialist” but who nevertheless says things that “infuriate” people who believe climate change is the world’s most serious and urgent problem.

For the prehistory of that tendency in the US, see the contribution of Jacques Barzun on the decline of the American universities and the trashing of the “house of intellect”.

Around the town. Hendo and the media watchdog [Updated on Friday afternoon]. The Australian Institute for Progress, (AIP) “because the future does not look after itself”. IPA HEY. The Sydney Institute. Australian Taxpayers Alliance, Quadrant on line, Mannkal Foundation, Centre for Independent Studies.

Don Aitkin. Jim Rose, feral and utopian! Jo Nova, climate realist par excellence. Sean Gabb’s site.

Sites of interest. Spiked on line . Richard Hammer, Free Nation Foundation. Aust NZ libertarian students. Powerline. The British libertarian alliance.

Education, accuracy in academia.

For nerds. Melvyn Bragg’s radio program. Stephen Hicks, always interesting for nerds. Austrian economics in China. The results of the peer review process (in a picture). Thought-provoking stuff from Peter Boettke and others at Coordination Problem.

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12 Responses to Rafe’s Roundup May 2

  1. jupes

    Ref Hendo’s Media Watch Dog:

    Another point with regard to Katharine Murphy’s idiotic statement about Julie Bishop not asking for protection for ‘Australian citizens’ fighting for Islamic State is that Australia is actually at war* with Islamic State. The RAAF is bombing them.

    Why would we ask for protection for traitors fighting for the enemy?

    * Sure it’s lame as fuck but it’s (technically) still war.

  2. jupes

    From the link about the skeptical Norwegian politician:

    The politician in question doesn’t believe that mankind causes global warming however:

    Jensen, who leads the right-wing Progress Party, said she still backs the coalition government’s climate policies.

    So she doesn’t believe that fairies dance on the head of a pin but still supports her government spending billions to counter the effect of those fairies.

    While politicians support such insanity AGW hysteria will continue.

  3. hzhousewife

    WOOT, Rafe’s back on deck in full force. Can’t say I read every link Rafe, but all
    a housewife can do is spread the word and gently introduce radical ideas to all
    the brainwashed friends and contacts near and far, young and old.
    Thanks for the ammunition !

  4. It could be that Guardian readers and those infuriated by a vaguely warmist contrarian like Lomborg are actually fashion victims. Maybe their habit of wearing scarves even at the height of summer distorts their perception of temperature.

  5. 2dogs

    Is calling Bjorn Lomborg a “contrarian” the right use of the word?

    Is there any evidence his views differ from those of the general population?

    The public opinion polls I’ve seen on the matter general indicate:
    – the public does accept humans are warming the planet;
    – the public considers climate change a low priority issue, generally listing it at or near the bottom when asked to rank issues.

    So, on both counts, Lomborg’s views are mainstream. He is no contrarian.

  6. Baldrick

    Thanks for the Sunday reading Rafe 😉

  7. Quite a few of these links become clearly related once we become aware of the coordinated push in education globally to reshape perception towards whatever justifies political, social, and economic transformations towards government-directed collectivism. http://www.invisibleserfscollar.com/sculpting-the-inner-eyes-that-guide-what-real-eyes-perceive-from-daily-experiences/

    I pulled what I quote on the new revised definition of ‘global education’ from a Global Education Leaders Programme in 2013 in Finland. Australian, UK, NZ, American, European, and Canadian educators were all there. There have been other GELP conferences since but all push this idea that a force ‘common understanding’ is the key to desired transformations.

    All the references to ‘mankind’s future’ need to be understood. Having this go on in classrooms all over the world is much more dangerous and impactful than this week’s shenanigans at the Vatican or those scheduled for later in the year in Paris.

  8. JohnA

    Rewards for standing up to political correctness.

    Follow the link and enjoy, folks.

    An addition to the Cat lexicon: “Offendotrons” those who jump onto any social media “cause” which was started by a professional offence-taker expressing their victim status – PC varieties only, of course…

  9. Tel

    So, on both counts, Lomborg’s views are mainstream. He is no contrarian.

    I agree, which is excellent in a way because it forces the Warmists to make a big public demonstration of how whack they are by railing against someone who is overall pretty normal. The louder the better really, go for it guys.

  10. Tel

    Another point with regard to Katharine Murphy’s idiotic statement about Julie Bishop not asking for protection for ‘Australian citizens’ fighting for Islamic State is that Australia is actually at war* with Islamic State. The RAAF is bombing them.

    Seems to me there’s an easy solution… just declare a revocation of citizenship of anyone fighting for ISIS. Then you can say with great honesty that there are no Australian citizens fighting for ISIS so there’s no requirement for any protection.

  11. Dianeh

    The article on ‘End of the World’ books was worth a read. I had heard of most, read some and am now inspired to read a few more. Choosing the first one though will be a bit of a clallenge.

  12. jupes

    Then you can say with great honesty that there are no Australian citizens fighting for ISIS so there’s no requirement for any protection.

    There is already no requirement for protection. They are fighting for the enemy.

    There has never been a requirement to protect traitors. In saner times the only requirement was to kill them.

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