Rafe’s Roundup 22 May

Breaking news. Nigel Lawson on the ABC! Jo Nova retrieving some value from the wreck of the Lomborg centre at UWA.

Why does the Left kowtow to Islam?

The American left has spent the past few weeks trying to tell us that they believe in free speech, but…–and the “but” is that anything that offends the sensibilities of Islamic fanatics is unnecessarily provocative, hateful, and possibly racist. Now they’ve gotten a taste of their own medicine.

An anti-censorship benefit scheduled for next month in New York City has been cancelled after the managers of the venue, the Sheen Center, “suggested that we alter the title of Neil LaBute’s play”–charmingly titled Mohammed Gets a Boner–“and alter the content of some of our panelists’ speeches.” That’s right, folks. They tried to censor an anti-censorship event.

The various panels on the event were slated to discuss “censorship of women in the arts,” “censorship of environmentalists and climate scientists,” and “censorship of LGBT artists.” The part about “censorship of environmentalists” is, of course, laughable. And these days, the only artists who are forced to recant their views are those who violate the LGBT speech codes by pointing out that Bruce Jenner isn’t a woman. So while the organizers of this event were preparing to work themselves up into a frenzy of concern over non-existent censorship, they inadvertently reminded us of the censorship threat we should actually fear.

Climate. A word from Alan Carlin, a Sierra Club activist, once upon a time.

I was actively involved in environmental protection as a Sierra Club activist and senior EPA analyst for over 45 years, but about eight years ago I concluded that I could not support the energy use/CO2 reduction objectives of the environmental movement and many governments in the developed world. These objectives are not just unlikely to be successful; they are genuinely harmful to humans and the environment.

What the world needs is not decreased fossil fuel use but increased use with careful control of conventional pollutants using conventional controls where needed and justified. Conventional controls are much less expensive and much more certain to be effective than attempting to reduce fossil fuel use in order to reduce conventional pollution.

The much maligned carbon dioxide is not a pollutant, as EPA and Obama claim, but rather a basic input to plant photosynthesis and growth, which is the basis of life on Earth. Decreasing atmospheric CO2 levels would decrease plant productivity and therefore the food supply for the rest of the ecosystem and humans, and vice versa. Further, attempts to reduce it will prove enormously expensive, futile, harmful to human welfare, and in the longer run, to environmental improvement. It is now increasingly evident that efforts to reduce CO2 emissions by governmental coercion will have important non-environmental adverse effects in terms of loss of freedom of scientific inquiry, economic growth and development, and the rule of law.

Read his book, Environmentalism Gone Mad.

Backgrounder on the US Clean Power Plan, expanding the scope of the Clean Air Act to reduce emissions by 30% by 2030. The Global Warming Policy Forum.

California leading the way….to bankruptcy.

May 19 California and leaders of 11 states and provinces signed an agreement on Tuesday to limit their output of heat-trapping greenhouse gases 80 to 95 percent by 2050, a goal they hope will help prevent runaway climate change.

Called “Under 2 MOU” for a Memorandum of Understanding designed to help keep global temperature increase below 2 degrees Celsius, the pact seeks to provide a template for countries to follow to cut emissions.

“This global challenge requires bold action on the part of governments everywhere,” California Governor Jerry Brown said on Tuesday. “It’s time to be decisive. It’s time to act.”

Signatories of the agreement were Acre, Brazil; Baden-Württemberg, Germany; Baja California, Mexico; Catalonia, Spain; Jalisco, Mexico; Ontario, Canada, British Columbia, Canada; Wales, and the U.S. states of Oregon, Vermont and Washington.

Culture. The New York Review of Books. Books on understanding literature. Strangely missing is Theory of Literature by Wellek and Warren, arguably the best introduction of all to the whole range of lit crit and scholarship.

Education. Stephen Matchett on getting parents interested in education.

Four questions occur to the Crows about this campaign. Why spend money telling people who will actually listen to do something they already are? Do the feds think they can change behaviour with a mere $5m? Even if it has an impact how will we ever know? And, most important, is the money for a social advertising or a marketing campaign? The former is easy to make – just present a case. But the latter requires the target market to change its behaviour and when there is no financial incentive to nudge people in the right direction (as in anti-smoking) this isn’t easy.

Lifestyle. The rainrider mobility scooter. Pictures.

A world first in design and functionality, this unique mobility scooter is the only scooter on the market that is fully covered for protection against all the types of weather Australia has to offer. Engineered to maximise not only safety but comfort, this little scooter redefines practicality with automotive grade glass front and rear windscreen to keep the rain out, and fully removable doors to provide ventilation during our scorching Australian Summers.

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.

Critical Rationalist Scholars (certified by Rafe Champion at the CR Blog). See the list under People of Interest.

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11 Responses to Rafe’s Roundup 22 May

  1. Tintarella di Luna

    Gee Rafe that would have been some lariat you used for this Round Up – there is much there for some and perhaps a little there for all.

  2. Blogstrop

    Kerry O’Brien desperately wants to be like Melvyn Bragg. He loves interviewing literary figures. Tony Jones really admired Christopher Hitchens, but perhaps more in his earlier, lefter period. He was such an intellectual, Jones said on hearing of Hitch’s demise. Unfortunately, Jonesie’s potential claims to intellectual stature are undermined by the nature of his advocacy, there for all to see and hear on the ABC, week after week. Clive Palmer is a big fan though. Or was.

    Rafe, your response to Tinta’s compliment above should be to quote Anthony Quinn’s Arab character in Lawrence of Arabia: I am a river to my people!

  3. Rafe Champion

    I really like the quote from the Anthony Quinn’s Zorba

    “A man needs a little madness!”

  4. Rabz

    The much maligned carbon dioxide is not a pollutant, as EPA and Obama claim, but rather a basic input to plant photosynthesis and growth, which is the basis of life on Earth

    To my mind there is no clearer distillation of the insanity of our age than various dishonest idiot shysters claiming that carbon dioxide is a pollutant. The entire concept is so preposterous that anyone parroting it deserves to be laughed at, long and loud.

    I knew the tide was beginning to turn against the warmies back in the days before that moronfest in Copenhagen when Nick Minchin delivered a blistering speech pointing out that some beetle browed bureaucratic nonentity had been hectored by labor to include carbon dioxide in a list of toxic substances identified by a Government agency (presumably the CSIRO). Needless to say, Minchin hammered the sheer idiocy of such a claim. It was also the beginning of the end for Turnbull as opposition leader and gave this disillusioned skeptic some hope, as there were finally high profile MPs out there resisting the insanity.

  5. Hydra

    One of my clients has a manufacturing plant in Baja California.

    That plant would stop it from reaching the 80% target alone!

  6. May 19 California and leaders of 11 states and provinces signed an agreement on Tuesday to limit their output of heat-trapping greenhouse gases 80 to 95 percent by 2050, a goal they hope will help prevent runaway climate change.

    Rafe, that’d be the Runaway Climate Change (TM) that hasn’t been here for the last seventeen years? The one one that’s hiding just off the Falklands somewhere?

  7. Up The Workers!

    I see from this morning’s papers that Bull Shitten from the Australian Liars Party: “…is poised to take key Gillard policies to the next election, including a price on carbon and a softer boats policy…”. The headline to the story on page 2 of the Melbourne “Herald/Sun” reads: “Julia’s ghost lives”.

    The mind boggles!

    The bloke seems to be doing a Bruce Jenner. He already has bigger boobs than Juliar.

    I wonder whether, in times to come, we will read about the ‘all-singing, all-dancing Dr. Emo’ waking up with a gob-full of Bull Shitten’s contact lenses?

  8. hzhousewife

    There goes the spare time on my weekend Rafe, fantastic work.
    I heard vaguely in the middle of the night on BBC radio that
    there was to be an annual memorial lecture for Alistair Cooke’s
    Letter from America, I think it might be a week ago or so now.
    I am poorly skilled at doing linky things, can it be searched out
    and linked here? If so I would be very grateful Rafe.

  9. Rafe Champion

    hz, this might help. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/9648867/Alistair-Cookes-Letter-from-America-archive-released-online.html

    Cooke broadcast his first of 2,869 “letters” in 1946 and missed only three weeks before retiring in 2004, a month before his death at the age of 95. He missed only three of the 15-minute weekly broadcasts over those 58 years.
    Regarded as one of the greatest broadcasters ever, his range was extraordinary: art, politics, sport, social and cultural upheaval, little was beyond his sharp eye, elegant prose and profoundly reassuring tone.

  10. incoherent rambler

    Environmentalism Gone Mad.

    Enviroloons.

  11. hzhousewife

    Oh excellent Rafe, wow, thank you so much.
    Hours of fun listening there, and I have 8 hrs of
    driving to do in the next few days too, hope I can get
    some onto my ipod.

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