Roundup Oct 29

Leak. Gerard Henderson’s Media Watchdog. Shameless cherry picking from CSIRO and the BOM, aided by our ABC.

Where in the world to do business. Answer. New Zealand, Singapore, Denmark, Honkers, S Korea, Norway, UK, US, Sweden, Macedonia, Taiwan, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Australia. US down to 8 after ranking #3 in the World Bank’s inaugural 2006 edition of Doing Business. Thanks Bush! Thanks Obama!

The renewable energy disaster. With emphasis on the deaths from starvation caused by increased food prices driven by the withdrawal of food from the human food chain into petrol tanks.

It is a mathematically provable fact that you cannot replace oil, coal, and natural gas with windmills, solar panels, and biofuels…
The International Food Policy Research Institute states that biofuels are responsible for rapid grain price inflation, and a detailed analysis by Don Mitchell, an internationally respected economist at the World Bank, stated that biofuels have helped push global staple food prices up to record heights…
The United Nations states that its charity programs can no longer afford to feed the starving peoples of the world because of the high cost of staple foods. Mr. Jean Ziegler, the former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, repeatedly denounced biofuels as “a crime against humanity.” The new UN food envoy, Mr. Olivier De Schuster, has called for United States and European Union biofuel targets to be abandoned, and said the world food crisis is “a silent tsunami affecting 100 million people.”…
My personal claim is that global biofuel production has killed more people worldwide during the 1993 to 2013 time frame than all wars and acts of terrorism combined over the same period. That means biofuels have killed more than approximately 1.76 million people through malnutrition and related illness, and will go on killing innocent people until biofuel production is brought to a halt by an awakened public…
Al Gore’s ethanol confession:
“It is not a good policy to have these massive subsidies for (U.S.) first generation ethanol.”
“First generation ethanol I think was a mistake. The energy conversion ratios are at best very small.”
“It’s hard once such a program is put in place to deal with the lobbies that keep it going.”
“The size, the percentage of corn particularly, which is now being (used for) first generation ethanol definitely has an impact on food prices.” “The competition with food prices is real.”
“One of the reasons I made that mistake is that I paid particular attention to the farmers in my home state of Tennessee, and I had a certain fondness for the farmers in the state of Iowa because I was about to run for president.”
Translation – Al Gore ignored numerous warnings by responsible scientists that ethanol production harms the environment and raises food prices because he wanted to win the Iowa Caucus.

Liberty Quote Nick Cohen

When the far Left was a global force, the mainstream liberal Left had to draw dividing lines and defend itself from its attacks. Now that the far Left threatens no one, the borders have gone. The media would hound from public life any conservative who shared platforms with members of a neo-Nazi group. But respectable leftists can now associate with those who would once have been regarded as poisonous extremists — and no one notices.

Some of us do notice the respectful listening that ex-communists like Roger Miliss receive on the ABC when they launch their memoires, usually without apology or shame.

Around the traps. The Spectator. And the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation, The Institute for Public Affairs IPA. The Centre for Independent Studies. The Sydney Institute. And Mark Steyn, Jo Nova.

Books. Cambridge Uni Press remainders from Clouston and Hall. New book on Captain Cook coming from Connor Court. More books from Connor Court, just published.

Nostalgia. John Hyde in the Guest Room of the Rathouse. Speaking to our condition (in 2001) on the danger of reform fatigue.

The politicians who once believed that economic liberty would best give us the prosperity to look after the underdog; improve our health care, environment and schools; and to be simply secure in a dangerous world, are nowhere to be heard. Who today are the equivalents of Hawke, Walsh, Keating as Treasurer, and Button whose corporatist methods I often disagreed with but who nevertheless struggled bravely to raise productivity. Who today is the equivalent of Howard when he was Opposition Leader or Hewson?
In most States the scene is even more depressing.

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4 Responses to Roundup Oct 29

  1. It's remarkable says:

    “Real grain price inflation…”?
    As one who grows some grain, I ‘d like to see that!
    This season we are looking at wheat priced where it was in the 1970’s. And not in real terms, in actual dollar amounts.
    Still agree that using good grain for fuel production when there is no evidence of:
    a) warming, and
    b) that this will do anything anyway
    Is just crazy.

  2. iain russell says:

    ‘Respectful listening’?! Fawning, slack jawed, open mouthed, slavering, salivating puppy panting is what they receive. IMHO, of course.

  3. Roger says:

    It is a mathematically provable fact that you cannot replace oil, coal, and natural gas with windmills, solar panels, and biofuels…

    Pshaw!

    Jay Illweather, Anna “the accidental premier” Palaszcsuk and Daniel “I trust the experts” Andrews assure us otherwise.

    Who you gonna believe: them or a mathematical fact?

  4. classical_hero says:

    It’ll be bad when Nancy dies.

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