Wednesday Forum: January 30, 2019

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  1. Tom

    Straya has won the toss and will bat at the glorious people’s hippodrome in the Stalinist republic of Canberrastan.

  2. struth

    No consequences. This is why the non-lefties are losing; they don’t put consequences on the left. The left know nothing is going to happen to them so they do what they want.

    The Monty effect.
    He comes here and gets demolished year in year out, but will never give up being left wing because he will never wear any consequences to his opinions or actions.
    His son will be living in the squalor of Venestralia , caused by Monty and his political tribe but that is of no consequence to Monty.
    When the left can kill babies, fully formed and breathing, for the sake of immediate convenience, do you think Monty really cares about anything but himself?

    Leftism is born of Envy and entitlement and laziness.
    The obsession with self.

    It’s a good question, how to get lefties to pay for their actions now, right now.

    You can beat them back easy enough (they were talking tough before the convoy but shit themselves and didn’t turn up) but that didn’t cost them anything.

    There is never any consequences to their actions, especially with corrupted left wing police forces and courts.
    And when it all goes bust, they just disown it.

  3. thefrollickingmole

    Leigh…

    Nice bit on the wretched harridan.

    Still, we are sure that a long term professional like Clementine does know exactly what she is doing, and if worst comes to worst in her career she can always learn to code.

  4. struth

    Cricket.
    30 seconds of action packed into half an hours game.

  5. Stalinist republic of Canberrastan.

    I thought it was called Grand Oligarchy of Kanberrastan.

    Hence the unfortunate abbreviation.

  6. Snoopy

    No consequences. This is why the non-lefties are losing; they don’t put consequences on the left. The left know nothing is going to happen to them so they do what they want.

    Chuck Schumer calling upon US intelligence agencies to stage a coup?

  7. OldOzzie

    Nike Air shoe logo ‘offensive’ to Muslims

    A Nike customer has launched a petition, with over 21,000 signatures so far, to get Nike Air Max 270 sneakers off the shelves because the script on the logo resembles the word “Allah” in Arabic.

    “It is outrageous and appalling of Nike to allow the name of God on a shoe … which will surely be trampled kicked and become soiled with mud or even filth,” Nike customer Saiqa Noreen wrote on the petition.

    Nike said in a statement, reported by Bloomberg, the logo was a stylised representation of the Air Max trademark, and not an intentional representation of the word Allah.

    “Any other perceived meaning or representation is unintentional,” the statement said, “Nike respects all religions and we take concerns of this nature seriously.”

    The petition claims the logo on the bottom of the show resembles the word Allah in Arabic.

  8. OldOzzie

    New coal projects to secure power supply

    Joe Kelly
    Political Reporter

    The government will consider 10 new power generation projects that include coal under a contentious plan to help restore stability to Australia’s electricity system, after energy was cut to 200,000 homes in Victoria last week.

    Nearly 70 investors have seized the chance to compete for federal government backing to develop “firm” power generation projects — including at least two “clean” coal plants — aimed at reducing power bills and shoring up reliability.

    The Morrison government has received 66 submissions, raising fears in Greens and Labor ranks that the Coalition could finalise contracts for a new high efficiency, low emissions (HELE) coal plant before the election.

    The Australian understands there are 10 proposals entirely geared around coal-fired genera­tion or which include coal as a key part of their energy mix. In total, all 66 projects would represent an additional 29,000 megawatts of power generation.

    Energy Minister Angus Taylor yesterday told The Australian the government would move quickly to try and sign-off on projects if they stacked up.

    “We’re moving as quickly as possible,” he said. “It’s urgent to solve this problem, but of course the projects need to stack up.”

    While the government’s underwriting program is technol­ogy neutral — meaning it is open to all solutions — Mr Taylor confirmed yesterday that the proposed power generation projects covered a range of fuel sources “including coal, gas and hydro”.

    “Early analysis indicates that the strongest interest was in gas, with projects and sites identified in Queensland, Victoria, NSW and South Australia. Pumped hydro sites were identified across the ­National Electricity Market and a range of coal projects have been proposed in our largest states,” Mr Taylor writes in The Australian online today.

    The Australian revealed last month that power baron Trevor St Baker had filed a submission for a $6 billion China-backed plan under the scheme to help develop Australia’s first HELE coal plants in Victoria and NSW.

    Submissions for the underwriting scheme closed last week, ­before 200,000 households in Victoria had their power cut in searing heatwave conditions.

    The outage cost Victoria and South Australia a combined $1.1bn in less than 48 hours, with the extrem­e weather conditions delivering windfall gains to energy gener­ators.

    Mr Taylor has argued that the plan to underwrite new investment and supply in the system showed the government was responding to the crisis. He said last week’s power outages would not have ­occurred if the Hazelwood coal-fired power plant in the Latrob­e Valley had stayed open.

    “The federal Liberal-National government will not stand by idly as Labor/Green state governments trash their electricity markets,” he writes today.

    “The Victorian Labor government and its activist backers have used the electricity network as a political plaything.

    “They’ve backed aggressive emission-reduction targets and encouraged closure of baseload coal generation without giving any thought to reliable backup.”

    “If we examine the events of 24 January, it was gas, coal and pumped hydro that provided Victoria­ns the vast majority of their energy, whereas solar exited just as demand was at its peak, and wind was unable to increase its output to compensate.’’

    The Australian has been told that the 66 submissions included 26 potential energy projects in NSW, 17 in Victoria, 15 in South Australia, 12 in Queensland and three each for Tasmania and Western Australia. A further three proposals were considered to be in early development.

    The Greens are pushing to ban taxpayer support for coal-fired power and plan to move an amendment to the government’s “big stick” legislation when parliament resumes later this month.

    The amendment — if successful — would prevent the government from using public funds to underwrite new “cleaner” coal plants.

    Mr Taylor argues that the governm­ent is trying to shift the “focus of our electricity sector back to ­reliability and affordability”, defendi­ng the underwriting program as an attempt to “address past failures by encouraging a more balance­d and competitive power generation sector”.

    “We will always encourage a commercially driven shift to renewa­bles — but it can no longer be at the expense of affordability and reliability,’’ he says.

  9. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The petition claims the logo on the bottom of the show resembles the word Allah in Arabic.

    Was their ever any other religion, so quick to take offence, over such trivialities?

  10. calli

    Rowe grew up in the political bubble of Canberra. I suspect he was severely educated both at home and at school.

    I like his pen and ink technique. Some of his subject matter not so much. But hey, he won’t lampoon ISIS, so there is that.

  11. Snoopy

    “It is outrageous and appalling of Nike to allow the name of God on a shoe … which will surely be trampled kicked and become soiled with mud or even filth,” Nike customer Saiqa Noreen wrote on the petition.

    Nike. Islam. Ooh the cognitive dissonance. My head hurts.

  12. struth

    The government will consider 10 new power generation projects that include coal under a contentious plan to help restore stability to Australia’s electricity system, after energy was cut to 200,000 homes in Victoria last week.

    It also “considered ” moving our embassy to Jerusalem before the last election.

    “Considering” before an election ………………………yawn.

  13. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    “It is outrageous and appalling of Nike to allow the name of God on a shoe … which will surely be trampled kicked and become soiled with mud or even filth,” Nike customer Saiqa Noreen wrote on the petition.

    Simples. The followers of the “one true faith” don’t wear Nikes. I’ll wear mine down to the pigyard.

  14. calli

    Nike is the Goddess of Victory therefore haram.

    A bit slow, these hillbillies.

  15. Top Ender

    The eligibility criteria requiring that the authors be Australian citizens or permanent residents was overlooked to award the prize.

    This is total hypocrisy on the Victorian government’s part.

    If they want to give money to some cause they deem worthy then do it.

    But don’t set up a competition, and ask writers to enter, and then tell them “bad luck, you haven’t won, we’ve given it to someone who wasn’t eligible to enter.”

    Most writers won’t complain cause they don’t want to be on the black list for future events.

    It’s akin to running an athletics competition for able-bodied people, and then saying “by the way we’ve given first prize to X who can’t walk to show how nice we are.”

  16. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Alex Turnbull says he’s ‘involved’ in campaign by Julia Banks to unseat Greg Hunt

    AAP
    7:25AM February 1, 2019
    281 Comments

    The son of former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull says he’s “involved” in the campaign by ex-Liberal MP Julia Banks to unseat Health Minister Greg Hunt at the federal election.

    “I’m involved, I’ll leave it at that,” Alex Turnbull told Nine newspapers. But he denied his father was also involved.

    It comes as The Australian reports GetUp has targeted government figures including Tony Abbott and Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton by developing a “spine” of connections to independents who will run as Liberal-lite candidates in the federal election.

    Liberal renegade Ms Banks has vowed to put climate change and gender equality front and centre when she runs against anti-Turnbull MP Mr Hunt in the Victorian seat of Flinders.

    The electorate takes in much of the Mornington Peninsula where Ms Banks has owned a property for the past 20 years.

    Late last year Alex Turnbull committed to fund independent, locally based “small-L liberal” candidates who advocated action on climate change.

    The Singapore-based fund manager vowed to support “reasonable” independents to run at the May election and committed to donate his own money and help raise funds for the right candidates in key government seats.

    From the Oz. I’m presuming Little Lord Waffles has no plans to return to Australia in the near future?

  17. Black Ball

    Harris and Usman don’t want to play Ashes it seems. Brain-dead fuckwits.

  18. Gab

    LOL So the muslims have only just now seen the Nike logo? Hilarious watching the Left attack the Left.

  19. Myrddin Seren

    “I’m involved, I’ll leave it at that,” Alex Turnbull told Nine newspapers. But he denied his father was also involved.

    That’s because Gozer-Turnbull is busy working with ‘Zoolie’ Steggall to roll Tony Abbott:

    From our Cassie on January 11th

    I live in Wentworth and this morning I went to catch a bus on Oxford Street….saw a familiar cashed up Wentworthian wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the words “Time’s Up Tony”….WTF.

    And

    The Singapore-based fund manager vowed to support “reasonable” independents to run at the May election and committed to donate his own money and help raise funds for the right candidates in key government seats.

    The Singapore-based Trust Fund Baby would be making so little from the meagre funds under management, he would be lucky to chip in a tenner of his own spare cash.

    Clearly his offshore status allows heaps of progressive millions to be deployed against what passes for ‘conservatives’ in this country, without certain peoples’ Liberal Party membership being threatened for actively campaigning against sitting members.

  20. C.L.

    Smollett hoax latest:

    Michelle [email protected]

    The actor refuses to allow Chicago detectives to access his phone, in order to independently verify his manager’s claim that he heard the “MAGA country” attack while they were talking. That’s not shady.

  21. Tom

    “The federal Liberal-National government will not stand by idly as Labor/Green state governments trash their electricity markets,” he writes today.

    What do you think the LNP federal government has been doing for the past five years? Among other things, appointing a green lunatic from the US to oversee the trashing of the Australian electricity grid.

    Here’s a hint for clueless political dummies like Angus Taylor: you’re trailing the Liars 47-53 and you will be wiped out in May. If you were serious about fixing the electricity grid, you’d be in with a chance in May. But you’re not because people aren’t stupid.

    Go fuck yourself (H/T IT).

  22. JC

    The Singapore-based Trust Fund Baby would be making so little from the meagre funds under management, he would be lucky to chip in a tenner of his own spare cash.

    He must be so busy running that fund. I can’t imagine where he finds the time.

  23. Myrddin Seren

    I’ve never seen a nose like this. WTF man!

    Lange shared a photo of his nose, which has been badly damaged after years of cocaine use. His nose appears to be bleeding in the mug shot.

    Disgusting.

  24. OldOzzie

    JC
    #2922923, posted on February 1, 2019 at 11:05 am

    I’ve never seen a nose like this. WTF man!

    with a Nose like that he could snort a lot

  25. OldOzzie

    Above should have read – Takng ny cue from The Grand Tour

    “With a Nose like that he could snort a lot of Colombian Agriculture

  26. JC

    I guess the D’rats have re-wheel out Stormy as this just didn’t work.

    Senate investigators have obtained new information showing Donald Trump Jr.’s mysterious phone calls ahead of the 2016 Trump Tower meeting were not with his father, three sources with knowledge of the matter told CNN.
    Records provided to the Senate Intelligence Committee show the calls were between Trump Jr. and two of his business associates, the sources said, and appear to contradict Democrats’ long-held suspicions that the blocked number was from then-candidate Donald Trump.

  27. C.L.

    Re Tran and Governor Northam, let’s not forget that our own AMA – the far left doctors union – also backs baby murder. It supports criminals who kill children. In 2013 its turd boss (NSW) opposed moves to make killing a woman’s unborn child a separate offence.

    The New South Wales Health Minister and Attorney-General have taken opposing sides over proposed legislation to change the legal definition of an unborn child.

    MPs will be allowed a conscience vote on the private member’s bill, which is designed to allow criminal liability for the death of a foetus that is at least 20 weeks old.

    Currently, charges can only be laid over the injury or death of the mother…

    The bill is also known as Zoe’s law, after a baby stillborn when her mother was struck by a car in Mr Spence’s electorate…

    The AMA’s NSW president, Brian Owler, has also spoken against the law, saying it could potentially impact on women’s access to late-term abortions.

    “The problem is that once you actually recognise the foetus as being a person with rights, it’s actually not possible for the mother, for instance, to give consent for someone to actually perform the abortion,” Associate Professor Owler said.

    “We don’t really know what the consequences are going to be, only that there would be some significant consequences and what we don’t want to do is upset the fine balance that we’ve been able to achieve.”

    Abortion fears raised over proposed NSW foetus law.

    ——————
    UPDATE: Owler is now the endorsed ALP candidate for Bennelong.

  28. candy

    Just imagine the inside of his nose. All ulcerated and eaten away.

  29. OldOzzie

    Labor shows serious political mettle on policy in face of Coalition attacks

    Peter van Onselen

    Labor is showing serious political mettle as it stands by its dividend imputations and negative gearing policies in the face of the Coalition ramping up its attacks. Whether you agree with the policy settings or not.

    Armed with party research conducted after parliament rose at the end of last year, the PM and the Treasurer are going after Labor’s policies, big time — seeking to lock in support amongst traditional Coalition voters who may have been questioning the government’s credentials.

    Questioning their credentials to govern based on the chaos and instability of late, coupled with pokes in the eye they have received in areas like superannuation reform, one time Liberal voters aren’t as loyal as they once were. Self funded retirees in particular are in the Coalition’s sights as it seeks to remedy the situation.

    Labor has made a calculated decision that it doesn’t simply want to win the next election at any cost, it wants to win with purpose. That is, win with policy settings it has a mandate to implement, and which it ideologically supports. Kevin Rudd did it differently, pretending to be a mini-me John Howard so as not to frighten the horses.

    This Labor opposition knows votes will bleed in certain cohorts of the community as it clamps down on tax concessions, and as it puts up income taxes for high income earners. But Bill Shorten and Chris Bowen are banking on two things:

    Firstly, they are assuming (backed up no doubt by research) that most voters who oppose their policy scripts on tax either don’t vote Labor or live in safe Liberal electorates. In other words, they don’t matter electorally. It sounds harsh, but welcome to how the political sausages get made.

    Second, the opposition is working on the assumption that the money it can generate from closing tax concessions down will help it present a credible budget strategy as well as be able to spend up in areas of traditional Labor strengths. Namely, health and education.

    The changes to dividend imputations is politically risky because it’s essentially retrospective, meaning that people who have planned for their retirement with certain expectations are having those expectations pulled out from under them if Labor gets its way.

    The negative gearing changes are grandfathered, which is a better way of doing policy. But there are question marks over the timing of implementing the policy, because of the housing downturn. This gives the government political fodder to work with.

    Lowering capital gains tax concessions — the third pillar of Labor’s tax reform agenda, is less susceptible to a scare campaign, even though it may be the policy with the greatest impact. And the one which most flies in the face of global tax reforming trends.

    I happen to see merit in the changes Labor is making, given that economists know how important addressing wealth inequality is to prosperity and social cohesion. But the tax changes Labor plans to make would be more valuable if it thereafter put the proceeds into other tax cuts, recalibrating the system, rather than more spending when government is already bloated.

    However, politically that might be a bridge too far for the opposition. Why? Because to offset the angst its taxing policies cause it needs handouts in other areas as compensation. There are limits to how politically risky Shorten and Bowen are prepared to be.

    Peter van Onselen is a professor of politics at the University of Western Australia and Griffith University.

  30. C.L.

    The next leader of the Liberal Party, Julie Bishop, urges colleagues to become the Labor Party:

    Julie Bishop urges rethink of climate policy and government.

    Note that she has provided Fairfax with a transcript …

    Former foreign minister Julie Bishop will position herself as an advocate for bipartisan policy on climate change and a realist about the limits of government power in a keynote speech to overseas business leaders on Friday.

    The former deputy Liberal leader will lament her party’s division on climate change and tell the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong she sees no prospect of the party finding a solution in the short-term, echoing comments by former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull…

    “Our party is divided on the issue of climate change and whether – or how – we respond,” she will say, according to speech extracts provided to The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

    Ms Bishop will also note that “interestingly, opinion polls consistently show strong community support for action on climate change”.

    “I don’t see a solution to the current impasse, but investors need regulatory certainty given the large and long-term investment needed for building energy generating capacity,” she will tell business leaders.

    “The closest we have come to achieving bipartisan consensus with Labor, sufficient to get an energy policy through Parliament, was the National Energy Guarantee – no longer Coalition policy.”

  31. Myrddin Seren

    The Morrison government has received 66 submissions, raising fears in Greens and Labor ranks that the Coalition could finalise contracts for a new high efficiency, low emissions (HELE) coal plant before the election.

    Obviously everyone concerned ( Labor pollies, Green bolsheviks, the Media Party rep ) has never worked on major projects.

    There is no possibility that a power station contract could be inked between now and when the government goes in to caretaker mode for the election.

    These things are lawyers’ feasts and take years to finalise.

    Like the contracts for the NBN-Minitel Class Potemkin submarine fleet – which still are ‘under negotiation’.

    Plus the public sector will slow walk any negotiations to await the triumphant ascendancy of the ALP-Greens-ACTU-Media Party quadrumvirate, which will abolish fossil fuels in the first term of its Thousand Year Reign.

    Plus good luck at getting the States to agree to site any of these. And even if they use Federal land, the States will for sure refuse to hook up transmission lines.

    And environmental approvals – ask Adani how that works as a spoiling tactic.

    Plus Dan-the-CFMEU Man has shown government contracts aren’t worth the paper they are printed on once sufficient Will to Power is exercised.

    “Early analysis indicates that the strongest interest was in gas, with projects and sites identified in Queensland, Victoria, NSW and South Australia.

    And other than imports, where is this mythical ‘gas’ coming from – given the greens, the Get Up Brigades and the States oppose gas extraction ?

    We will soon arrive at the situation where Trump-inspired US gas exports will be propping up our failing grid. Oh – the ironing !

  32. stackja

    OldOzzie
    #2922932, posted on February 1, 2019 at 11:20 am
    Labor shows serious political mettle on policy in face of Coalition attacks

    Peter van Onselen

    Worked well in Venezuela!

  33. candy

    “I’m involved, I’ll leave it at that,” Alex Turnbull told Nine newspapers. But he denied his father was also involved.

    The Turnbulls and Photios are on a clearly defined mission to oust conservatives especially Dutton and Abbott, and giving significant financial aid to Ms Stegall/Get-Up characters, is my opinion.
    I don’t think it is an issue for PM Morrison as Dutton and Abbott are still threats to him. In a sense, Turnbull is doing what Morrison wants quietly done, to remove the pesky conservatives and give him a clear run.

    Morrison was after all a member of the 2015 knifing group though very shy about it.

  34. JC

    Some gloomsters perversely refuse to acknowledge when a glass is even half empty, especially when doing so cuts against their ideological sensitivities. One ploy is to pour the data into a bigger glass and hope that no one notices. London School of Economics anthropologist Jason Hickel has given us a near-perfect example of this sort of sleight-of-hand in Guardian column headlined “Bill Gates says poverty is decreasing. He couldn’t be more wrong.”

    At this month’s meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davis, Gates cited data that show the proportion of people living in extreme poverty declining from 94 percent in 1820 to only 10 percent today. “The claim is simple and compelling,” asserts Hickel. “And it’s completely wrong.”

    Actually, it’s Hickel who gets it entirely wrong.

    When you consider the world’s population in 1820 was around 1 billion vs around 7.7 billion now, this is an extraordinary statistic.

    Gates is a decent human being. Hickel is a fucking moron….

    an academic yet an idiot.

  35. C.L.

    David Bowie’s nose was only held together by various surgical interventions.

  36. Myrddin Seren

    PVO

    I happen to see merit in the changes Labor is making, given that economists know how important addressing wealth inequality is to prosperity and social cohesion.

    Show me the economic formula for social cohesion.

    ‘Economists know’ is a statement of certain individuals’ politics who happen to be economists. He is dressing this up as ‘the science says’.

    Worm.

  37. OldOzzie

    Left-wing group GetUp orchestrates bid to unseat high-profile conservatives

    CLIMATE CHOIR SINGING FROM THE SAME SONGBOOK

    Liberal Party ‘divided’ on climate: Bishop

    Julie Bishop says the Liberal Party is “divided” on the issue of climate change and is calling for a policy that will create “regulatory certainty”.

    The former foreign minister and deputy to Malcolm Turnbull will today tell business figures in Hong Kong that energy policy was the “heart of political disruption in Australia”.

    Ms Bishop will say she cannot see a solution to the Coalition’s division on climate change policy and will lament that the national energy guarantee has been junked.

    “The closest we have come to achieving bipartisan consensus with Labor, sufficient to get an energy policy through parliament, was the national energy guarantee: no longer Coalition policy,” Ms Bishop will tell the Australia Day lunch organised by the Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.

    “Our party is divided on the issue of climate change and whether, or how we respond. Interestingly the opinion polls consistently show strong community support action on climate change.

    “I don’t see a solution to the current impasse but investors need regulatory certainty given the large and long-term investment needed for building energy generating capacity.”

    She will say Labor is on track to win the election despite the unpopularity of Bill Shorten.

    “The political environment is challenging for the government. Opinion polls continue to indicate a Labor win with an unpopular leader,” she will say.

    “However polls this far from election day are not conclusive. It is likely to become a much closer contest than many anticipate. My strong advice is do not write us off. That would be a mistake. Big mistake.”

  38. JC

    Gates cited data that show the proportion of people living in extreme poverty declining from 94 percent in 1820 to only 10 percent today.

    When you consider the world’s population in 1820 was around 1 billion vs around 7.7 billion now, this is an extraordinary statistic.

    Gates is a decent human being. Hickel, from the London School of Economics denies this. Hickel is a fucking moron….

    academic yet an idiot.

    https://reason.com/blog/2019/01/31/global-poverty-decline-denialism

  39. OldOzzie

    Resilient U.S. Economy Fuels Best January For Stocks in 30 Years

    Gains by banks and small caps helped lift the Dow and S&P to their best starts since the 1980s

  40. OldOzzie

    Sports

    Nobody Believes in Tom Brady. Or Something Like That.

    For motivation, a Super Bowl perennial tries on the underdog (or underdog-ish) mentality

  41. Infidel Tiger

    Poverty has never been worse than it currently is.

    We are all gripped by moral and cultural poverty.

  42. Infidel Tiger

    Being able to buy a cheap TV and acquire a partial birth abortion while collecting welfare is not wealth. It’s absolute poverty.

    We are the poorest people in human history.

  43. Mc

    economists know how important addressing wealth inequality is to prosperity and social cohesion.

    I wonder how important they think mass 3rd world immigration is to social cohesion?

  44. JC

    Artie

    Stop tagging everyone as being supportive of the modern day left. I’m not responsible for someone’s evil deeds and lunacy. Stop it with the collective bullshit.

  45. OldOzzie

    When Politicians Direct Capital

    PG&E’s bankruptcy shows the peril of the public utility model.

    By By The WSJ Editorial Board

    Elizabeth Warren wants to remake corporations into de facto public utilities. For a window on how that will turn out, look at the many failures of California utility PG&E , whose bankruptcy this week illustrates the dangers of politicians directing business investment.

    PG&E filed under Chapter 11 on Tuesday amid a race to the courthouse by wildfire victims, insurers and other creditors. The utility, which provides electricity and natural gas to 16 million people in Northern California, says it expects $30 billion or so in liabilities from more than a dozen major wildfires in recent years caused by its equipment.

    California’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC) reviews rates, enforces state laws and establishes safety requirements. Regulators allow utilities to pass most capital and operating expenses through to customers while guaranteeing investors a modest return. The problem is that PG&E’s government overseers seem to have prioritized the state’s climate goals over safe and reliable service.

    As PG&E noted in its last earnings report, the state Legislature has directed the PUC to increase renewable energy and other technologies to cut CO2 emissions such as electric batteries and vehicle-charging stations. The commission also administers state-mandated “public purpose programs” such as energy efficiency and solar net-metering subsidies.

    Customers pick up the costs for this green welfare. Last year the commission approved a $269 million rate hike to support deployment of “public fast charging” stations for vehicles. Electric-car owners also get an $800 rebate. Customers will pay another $437 million for an “employee retention program” and “community impact mitigation” following the retirement of PG&E’s Diablo nuclear plant, which accounts for nearly a quarter of utility power generation.

    Then there’s the state green energy mandate. In 2006 the Legislature required that utilities generate 20% of electric power from renewables such as solar or wind by 2010. Lawmakers have since raised the mandate to 33% by 2020 and 100% by 2045. Over the last 15 years PG&E has signed nearly 300 long-term contracts for renewable power.

    The price that all utilities paid for solar has dropped by 77% between 2008 and 2015 as technology improved, according to the PUC. But PG&E customers have been stuck paying elevated rates. Renewable developers now worry that PG&E will try to renegotiate contracts in bankruptcy since customer rates will invariably have to rise to pay for wildfire damage and safety upgrades.

    PG&E rates are already among the highest in the country and have increased by 40% over the last decade compared to 15% nationwide. But the reality is that rates would be far higher if PG&E had spent more on insulating equipment, clearing overgrown vegetation and taking other precautionary measures to reduce wildfire hazards.

    The PUC didn’t even issue safety regulations to protect overhead transmission lines in high fire-risk areas until December 2017. Only last year did the legislature require utilities to prepare wildfire mitigation plans. Did regulators let PG&E under-spend on safety to prevent rates from climbing even more amid Sacramento’s anti-carbon spending demands?

    Democrats in California are lambasting PG&E for putting profits over safety, but its failures owe in large part to a misallocation of capital directed by politicians. PG&E exemplifies what is becoming the liberal market paradigm: Government determines the prices that businesses can charge and the return investors can receive, which depend on their fulfilling political objectives.

    Recall the Obama Administration’s rescinded “net neutrality” regulations that deemed broadband providers to be public utilities with the goal of imposing more political control over the Internet. ObamaCare limited health insurer profits, though premiums have continued to climb. Liberals are calling for price controls on drugs and want to use the Community Reinvestment Act to direct bank capital.

    Senator Warren wants to go even further and establish a federal corporate charter that would require companies to answer to “stakeholders,” not shareholders. She means politicians and progressive interest groups.

    California lawmakers last year enacted legislation to allow PG&E to socialize some costs of wildfire damage, so customers will have to pay many times over for its failures. The corporate utility future will be expensive.

    Appeared in the February 1, 2019, print edition.

    The Future of Australia under Shorten Labor/Greens writ Large

  46. Snoopy

    I happen to see merit in the changes Labor is making, given that economists know how important addressing wealth inequality is to prosperity and social cohesion.

    Venezuela and Zimbabwe being outstanding successes.

  47. Infidel Tiger

    JC you are one of the worst.

    You see people only as economic units and worship at the satanic mills of the corporatist state.

    You need to repent.

  48. JC

    Jeez Louise. This is what runaway gerbil warming looks like and it’s not a pretty site. Thank God we have deeply thoughtful people like Alex Turnbull advocating for ruinables.

    https://images.wsj.net/im-51152?width=1280&height=853

  49. Myrddin Seren

    Governor Who Endorsed Infanticide Received $2 Million From Planned Parenthood

    US Federal grants to Planned Parenthood – upwards of US$500 million p.a.

    Virginia State grants – a bit opaque but in the millions.

    PP recycling the government grants is a neat insurance policy.

  50. Julie Bishop says the Liberal Party is “divided” on the issue of climate change and is calling for a policy that will create “regulatory certainty”.

    Oh God no.

    Not another stupid bint pollie talking about “certainty”. It must be a dormant virus. How many years did she sit opposite Miss “Certaindee, because it’s the rooooight thing to do, for aaawwwwllll Ostraaaayliuns”?

  51. JC

    Artie, I’m the best.

    Look dude, just because I took issue with you over an aspect of Telstra’s behavior doesn’t mean I support Telstra. I fucking hate that firm to my core…. the very core.

    The limey piece shit CEO should be sent to answer for his performance in front of Bane’s court. The Chairman is a virtue signaling canute of the worst order. The board are worthless. All of them should be given the option of exile or death.

    Having said that, I disagree with your position where you confuse taxpayers and consumers. Telstra is not ripping off taxpayers. They are providing a terrible service to consumers and I hope they go under. That’s different to what you say.

  52. Diogenes

    Elizabeth Warren wants to remake corporations into de facto public utilities. For a window on how that will turn out, look at.

    Funny how avowed socialist seems to have no problems espousing fascist economic theory (ie the fascist state controls the means of production vs the socialist proletariat owns the means of production) .

  53. Myrddin Seren

    And just to step around the three-link limit in respect of Governor Baby-Slaughter:

    Personal use of campaign funds still OK in Virginia

    Every single dead baby = Ka-ching $$$$

    Moloch is well pleased

  54. calli

    Following on JC’s photo, yet another Little Thermometer That Couldn’t

    Amazing that it hasn’t been spun as Glowball Something-or-Other.

  55. Myrddin Seren

    Diogenes

    Funny how avowed socialist seems to have no problems espousing fascist economic theory (ie the fascist state controls the means of production vs the socialist proletariat owns the means of production) .

    Fascism is the best model for politicians of the Left – until they can dispense with inconveniences like elections.

    As in the PG&E example, they will take the credit for forcing the power companies to Go [email protected]

    And tax the sh!t out of anything that stands still for a minute.

    And then they will blame the power companies when something of their own making goes wrong.

  56. OldOzzie

    Qantas eyes bigger plan with Alliance stake

    Qantas has made the first move towards a takeover of successful charter operator Alliance Airlines, in a scenario set to shake up Australia’s aviation industry.

    In a statement issued on Friday, the Qantas Group revealed it had taken a 19.9 per cent shareholding in Alliance at a cost of $60 million, or $2.40 a share.

    “Qantas expects to ultimately seek regulatory approval from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to build on its current shareholding, with a longer-term view of taking a majority position in Alliance Airlines in order to better serve the charter market by unlocking synergies,” the statement says.

    Qantas Group chief executive Alan Joyce emailed staff to inform them of the move, describing Alliance as a “well-managed business with a lot of potential”.

    “We don’t intend to have any involvement in the management of Alliance as a result of this transaction and aren’t seeking a seat on its board,” Mr Joyce said.

    “Similarly there is no impact on our own operations or our commercial arrangements with Alliance as a result of this announcement.”

    He confirmed a majority stake was the longer term ambition “in order to better serve the resources market”.

    “This would be a complex regulatory process and approval from the ACCC, so it is a long-term proposition that we’ll work towards,” Mr Joyce said.

    “In the meantime we’re pleased to have invested in a quality business with strong growth potential.”

    Mr Joyce said it was because of the Qantas Group’s “position of strength” that the company was able to act on such opportunities.

    Alliance Airlines posted a $26.1 million profit before tax in the 2018 financial year and increased its share price from 97 cents to $1.93 a share. This morning trading was suspended for the Qantas announcement, with shares in Alliance up 6 per cent at $2.44.

    The company also increased its flying hours last year by 35 per cent and was recently handed Virgin Australia’s Port Moresby-Brisbane route.

    Alliance also operates a number of regional services for Virgin and Qantas, which is expected to continue.

  57. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    is IT drinking 24/7 these days?

  58. Elizabeth Warren wants to remake corporations into de facto public utilities.

    its failures owe in large part to a misallocation of capital directed by politicians.
    …Government determines the prices that businesses can charge and the return investors can receive, which depend on their fulfilling political objectives.

    Senator Warren wants to go even further and establish a federal corporate charter that would require companies to answer to “stakeholders,” not shareholders. She means politicians and progressive interest groups.

    Amazing how the left are so keen to EnNazifi the economy and adopt the exact same model as those eeeeevil far-righters;

    “What made it difficult for many people to grasp the very nature of the Nazi economic system was the fact that the Nazis did not expropriate the entrepreneurs and capitalists openly and that they did not adopt the principle of income equality which the Bolshevists espoused in the first years of Soviet rule and discarded only later. Yet the Nazis removed the bourgeois completely from control. Those entrepreneurs who were neither Jewish nor suspect of liberal and pacifist leanings retained their positions in the economic structure. But they were virtually merely salaried civil servants bound to comply unconditionally with the orders of their superiors, the bureaucrats of the Reich and the Nazi party. The capitalists got their (sharply reduced) dividends. But like other citizens they were not free to spend more of their incomes than the Party deemed as adequate to their status and rank in the hierarchy of graduated leadership. The surplus had to be invested in exact compliance with the orders of the Ministry of Economic Affairs.”
    Commercial and Financial Chronicle, Ludwig von Mises, December 20, 1945

  59. struth

    Certainty of failure.

    Bishop, FOAD.
    What the hell is she doing in Hong Kong?

    Tell me I’m mistaken but she’s not a foreign minister, or any minister, but just your run of the mill back bencher, is she not?

    Sco Mo is worse than Malcom, because he could win with “considering” and other lies, and being all “go the sharks” bogan.

    He knows she’s there.
    What is she doing there, seriously?

  60. Elizabeth Warren wants to remake corporations into de facto public utilities.

    its failures owe in large part to a misallocation of capital directed by politicians.
    …Government determines the prices that businesses can charge and the return investors can receive, which depend on their fulfilling political objectives.

    Senator Warren wants to go even further and establish a federal corporate charter that would require companies to answer to “stakeholders,” not shareholders. She means politicians and progressive interest groups.

    Amazing how the left are so keen to EnNazifi the economy and adopt the exact same model as those eeeeevil far-righters;

    “What made it difficult for many people to grasp the very nature of the Nazi economic system was the fact that the Nazis did not expropriate the entrepreneurs and capitalists openly and that they did not adopt the principle of income equality which the Bolshevists espoused in the first years of Soviet rule and discarded only later. Yet the Nazis removed the bourgeois completely from control. Those entrepreneurs who were neither J*w1sh nor suspect of liberal and pacifist leanings retained their positions in the economic structure. But they were virtually merely salaried civil servants bound to comply unconditionally with the orders of their superiors, the bureaucrats of the Reich and the Nazi party. The capitalists got their (sharply reduced) dividends. But like other citizens they were not free to spend more of their incomes than the Party deemed as adequate to their status and rank in the hierarchy of graduated leadership. The surplus had to be invested in exact compliance with the orders of the Ministry of Economic Affairs.”
    Commercial and Financial Chronicle, Ludwig von Mises, December 20, 1945

  61. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Julie Bishop says the Liberal Party is “divided” on the issue of climate change and is calling for a policy that will create “regulatory certainty”.

    that’s a dog whistle for vaseline based rogering as opposed to vaseline free of the communist Aust Leeches Party.

  62. Dr Faustus

    Julie Bishop says the Liberal Party is “divided” on the issue of climate change and is calling for a policy that will create “regulatory certainty”.

    Weasel words for “keep the subsidies rolling and coal off our backs”.
    Know her thus.

  63. struth

    in order to better serve the charter market by unlocking synergies,”

    Synergy does not mean price fixing.

  64. Funny how avowed socialist seems to have no problems espousing fascist economic theory

    Socialism is the ends, Fascism is the means.
    You cannot have Socialism without Fascism and you cannot have freedom with Fascism.

  65. Myrddin Seren

    What is she doing there, seriously?

    Avoiding the Sam Dastyari embarrassment by going Direct to Source for further orders ?

  66. old bloke

    The outage cost Victoria and South Australia a combined $1.1bn in less than 48 hours, with the extrem­e weather conditions delivering windfall gains to energy gener­ators.

    So, a wind-fail delivers a windfall.

  67. struth

    How many extra people are our government bringing in each year that we need to supply electrickery to?

    Good thing businesses are crumbling and no new ones are forecast to commence, or planned on in any way, or else there’d by hundreds of thousands of new mussie Australians unable to light their brand new Mosques.

  68. Regulatory certainty

    That’s an economic conservative for you. No, no, we can’t contest this issue because that would leave the longterm decisions of corporations fraught with uncertainty. So we must cut a deal with Labor.

  69. Gooly Bishop says the Liberal Party is “divided” on the issue of climate change and is calling for a policy that will creade “reguladory certaindy”.

    A previous Jools god me spellink proper.

    Gooly is simply pointing out that the climate scamsters are not paying some lib politicians enough.

  70. mh

    Donald J. Trump
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    Our great U.S. Border Patrol Agents made the biggest Fentanyl bust in our Country’s history. Thanks, as always, for a job well done!

  71. Gooly Bishop says the Liberal Party is “divided” on the issue of climate change and is calling for a policy that will creade “reguladory certaindy”.

    JG god me spellink proper.

    Gooly is simply pointing out that the climate scamsters are not paying some lib politicians enough.

  72. Myrddin Seren

    When you are a business whose core market is families,

    in a market where the indigenous population has pretty much abandoned the idea of parenting,

    and the New Demos being imported largely finds your business model haram,

    you go broke or

    Disneyland Theme Park Plans Massive Gay ‘Magical Pride’ Event

    The formerly family oriented theme park announced an official sponsorship of the annual gay “Magical Pride” event held at its Paris theme park, partnering with LGBT organizations who previously held events at the theme park unofficially.

    The website explains that the event offers an opportunity to celebrate “diversity at the place where dreams come true,” and notes that the theme park will be privatized for the duration of the LGBT pride event.

    I have seen some of the famous Zombietime’s guerilla photojournalism on the streets of San Francisco where dreams came true during diversity celebrations, and I may never be able to forget it unfortunately.

    It is probably wise to exclude Les Deplorables.

    I am sure there will be disquiet in the 11th arrondissement mosques over this one.

  73. C.L.

    Regulatory certainty

    Spelling and pronunication, folks. They’re important.
    It’s cerdandy.

  74. C.L.

    Regulatory certainty

    Spélling and pronunication, people. They’re important.
    It’s cerdandy.

  75. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    double LOL
    Ariana Grande’s attempt to fix her botched tattoo, which was meant to say “7 Rings” in Japanese, has left her red-faced again.

    That is most likely what Ariana Grande was thinking when she attempted to fix her tattoo, which was meant to say “7 Rings” in Japanese but ended up saying “BBQ grill”.
    Her tutor had advised her to add the Japanese character for “finger” so that it would change the translation to “seven finger circle” or “seven rings”.However, the new symbol has been added underneath the character for seven, rather than in-between and above the original inking.

    So now her tattoo says “Japanese BBQ finger’ or “a fiery finger.”

  76. mh

    We are now seeing the end of snow.

    Soon, anyhow.

    UK weather: 100 cars stuck on A30, as flights cancelled due to snow – live updates

    Heavy snowfall has hit much of southern England and Wales, leaving hundreds of people trapped in cars as temperatures continue to plummet….

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/01/31/uk-weather-snow-forecast-traffic-amber-warning-met-office/

  77. Myrddin Seren

    Funny how avowed socialist seems to have no problems espousing fascist economic theory

    Socialism is the ends, Fascism is the means.

    Nazi economics

    Nazi eugenics

    Nazi environmentalism uber alles

    Virginia Legislator Who Pushed Infanticide Law Also Filed Bill To Save Bugs

    Coupled with dynamics like the EAT-Lancet call for food controls, To Save the Planet ( it’s not really about health outcomes ),

    I am pretty sure we will soon see calls for ‘A Conversation’ about the climate and energy impacts of keeping the old, weak and frail going on the next step to re-run the Nazi social and environmental priorities.

    Then it becomes ‘A Conversation’ about how many and who The Planet can sustain, and why radical Aktion will be a Moral Imperative to Save the Planet.

    Make no mistake – eighty years after the last disaster, we are going around again.

  78. Twostix

    Hark! You turned into a pedestrian incredibly verbose and boring leftwing bore after just three posts.

  79. JC

    What this angel cannot understand is the shortsightedness of humans like you that, if climate change is not wrecking your life at the moment, you are not concerned to see action that it not wreck the life of future humans (and animals and creatures of all kinds.)

    Dickhead, if you really believe that, you should suicide immediately. I’m not encouraging to do that, but if you really believe this – your life is intruding on others or even future life – you don’t want that and therefore you need to call the Hotline so we can help. 1800 ENDITNOW.

    Leftwingers are such sad people. So, so sad.

  80. Twostix

    I had high hopes for you when you first arrived but deepdown I knew the NPC would burst through the mask.

  81. Bruce of Newcastle

    Doesn’t that alone suggest to you that a 3 degree rise, which is very, very on the cards even with the lower end of climate sensitivity if humans do not stop burning carbon, is a big deal for the globe?

    Hark – Lower end of 2XCO2 is zero. I go with 0.7 C/doubling myself, although the analysis method I use tends to over-estimate 2XCO2 because I don’t include UHIE or land use variables.

    But lets take ECS as being 0.7 C/doubling, which also happens to be the median value found using the CERES and ERBE satellite data.

    What it means is a rise in pCO2 from 400 to 800 ppm would increase temperature by 0.7 C. So lets assume we are expecting 2 C rise from today. That would be a little less than 3 doublings. That would take pCO2 from 400 ppmV today to 3,200 ppmV. Quite a lot.

    But even more than this, the preindustrial level of pCO2 was 280 ppmV. So we’ve added 120 ppmV since fire was invented. Therefore to get to 3,200 ppmV we would be adding (3200-400)/(400-280)= 23 times as much CO2 as we have in all of our species’ time on Earth.

    Hark – do you really think there is enough burnable carbon on the planet equal to 23 times how much we’ve used in all of history? Peak oil would have to be millennia away.

    At the real world empirical value for climate sensitivity there is no possible way that CO2 emissions could even produce 2 C of warming.

    Of course you need to understand logarithms to realise that.

  82. JC

    Bingo.
    Pedophrasty example

    How can I respond to you on climate change other than to note that it’s remarkably short sighted and insular, and seemingly cares nothing for the world of your (presumed) grandchildren and great grandchildren.

    Pedophrasty

    Definition: Argument involving children to prop up a rationalization and make the opponent look like an asshole, as people are defenseless and suspend all skepticism in front of suffering children: nobody has the heart to question the authenticity or source of the reporting. Often done with the aid of pictures.

    https://medium.com/incerto/pedophrasty-bigoteering-and-other-modern-scams-c84bd70a29e8

  83. JC

    Pedophrasts prey on our maternal (and paternal) instinct

    Harksie. the pedophrast.

  84. Hark candy: I meant to say “$100 a quarter” – as a ball park figure. Not a month.

    $1500 per quarter is common for country folks inland where it gets hot for more than a day or two.
    For a socialist you seem mighty pleased with the unprecedented transfer of ordinary folks money into the pockets of renewables investors and other financial chancers.
    By the way, condescension is right up there with sarcasm in wit.

  85. Baldrick

    Bruce, don’t confuse Farken Hell with the science. It’s all about the feelz man.

  86. candy

    if climate change is not wrecking your life at the moment, you are not concerned to see action that it not wreck the life of future humans (and animals and creatures of all kinds.)

    Harken
    Climate change is not wrecking my life. There’s been floods up here in Brisbane and Bremer region over the last couple of hundred of years recorded, before any thought of “climate change”.
    I have concern for creatures of all kinds as I think animal abuse by humans is hideous. The live transport trade I would like to see minimised and greyhound racing means some dogs are abandoned or killed.
    Not to mention the abuse of poor little children. See the other day a toddler killed had burn marks and bite marks and head injury from some kind of stepfather. How many times do we see little children suffer?

    Priorities, Harken, for me it’s not the climate, not by a long shot. It’s what people do to other beings to cause such suffering we see.

  87. struth

    Harken Now

    #2922996, posted on February 1, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    For an angel he is.

    An angel of doom.
    Sent to make as realise our evil ways and repent.
    Hark, the end of the world is nigh!!!

    There , right there in the last post, you see the true misery of the brainwashed, those who know no history, who believe in the sanctity of government as their true saviour.

    I was going to just laugh, but I do seriously feel sorry for you Harken.
    Are you young?
    So much to learn about corruption and socialism , the Frankfurt school, cultural Marxism and the march through the institutions.

    Just remember that one of the main organisations pushing that garbage on you, is an organisation that seeks one world government , a socialist corporate and completely corrupt UN, who while putting the fear of god in you, and calling climate change an absolute emergency, find it’s only fair that others take their turn now and massively increase their use of fossil fuels.
    As long as it’s not the west doing so.
    Some emergency.
    You are being conned, there has been no sea level rise, no temperature rise, no ice caps melting, the Polar bears are still there, the amount of Flanneries of rainfall are still filling dams on the east coast, etc.

    If you are young, I truly feel sorry for you, and am extremely angry at the grown ups who have done this to you.

    Do some research, and lighten your load, young fella, go and enjoy life and be happy.

  88. Lysander

    Don’t feed the trolls; especially ones that speak in third person. 🙂

  89. JC

    US always plays fair in trade. It’s the victim.

    When America reimposed sanctions on Iran last year it gave some countries extra time to stop buying Iranian oil before they would lose access to the American market. Most were given 90-day exemptions. In November Iraq, which shares a long border with Iran, was given half that time to cut off electricity and gas imports. As it negotiated for extensions, American companies made a push for Iraqi contracts. In December, Rick Perry, the energy secretary, led America’s largest trade delegation to Iraq in over a decade. “It was a quid pro quo,” says an oilman. “You give us priority and we’ll give you an exemption.”

    The strategy seems to be working. General Electric, an American company, has muscled in on a big contract to upgrade Iraq’s decrepit electricity grid, which had been earmarked for Siemens, a German firm. American companies have also signed deals to supply Iraq with grains and poultry, important Iranian exports. Chevron and Exxon, American oil giants, have avoided the inconvenience of a bidding process by negotiating directly with Iraq’s oil ministry for large concessions. A previous Iraqi government put off a decision on Exxon’s bid to help boost Iraq’s oil export capacity and build a desalination plant. Now it is said to be a priority.

  90. Infidel Tiger

    The slow death of retail

    Only a return to localism can revive retail.

    People must reject corporatism.

  91. Robber Baron

    The good people of the Sorbent company should print this symbol on their paper. It will be a winner.

  92. struth

    People must reject corporatism.

    Milk supply by your local, “pull your own teat”

  93. Infidel Tiger

    is IT drinking 24/7 these days?

    Mine eyes are clear.

    Sobriety allows me to see how poor we truly are.

  94. DrBeauGan

    Infidel Tiger
    #2922948, posted on February 1, 2019 at 11:38 am
    Being able to buy a cheap TV and acquire a partial birth abortion while collecting welfare is not wealth. It’s absolute poverty.

    Then they vote for more of it, in large numbers.

    Ultimately, what you are bitching about is that a substantial fraction of the population are stupid and immoral.

    I knew that.

  95. struth

    Mine eyes are clear.

    Sobriety allows me to see how poor we truly are.

    Best reason for a Scotch right there, hey Zulu?

  96. Mother Lode

    Nike is the Goddess of Victory therefore haram

    Well, yeah.

    I suspect a good Musselman is more in tune with the fighting than the victory. They would be like the dog that caught the car.

    Even in those places where it is wall to wall allah-worship, they find new divisions to kill each other over.

    Islam will spread until there is only one person left, who will promptly decry the Satanic nature of his feet, legs, arms, ears, etc etc until all that will remain is an amputated hand in the sand holding a sword trying to hack its own fingers off.

  97. struth

    But only a scotch made by your local artisan with his still in his backyard, who’s willing to have a relationship with you.

  98. Infidel Tiger

    But only a scotch made by your local artisan with his still in his backyard, who’s willing to have a relationship with you.

    Scotch can only come from Scotland.

    An educated man would know this. You seem to poor of mind to be involved in this conversation. Scurry on.

  99. struth

    , vast consensus of scientific bodies around the globe is that AGW is real and going to continue and become dangerous.

    Who told you that?
    And before you answer, work out where the money is coming from.

  100. struth

    Scotch can only come from Scotland.

    Or Tasmania.
    Same thing really

  101. 132andBush

    I’m not encouraging to do that,

    Like fuck!
    Neck yourself now.

  102. Bruce, you probably have this already.

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/12/07/a-brief-history-of-atmospheric-carbon-dioxide-record-breaking/

    note :

    the human contribution is somewhere between 3% and 5% of CO2 that is added to the atmosphere. i.e. chicken sh1t

    to quote ed berry:
    human CO2 emissions make no essential difference to atmospheric CO2 and atmospheric CO2 makes no essential difference to global warming

    https://edberry.com/blog/climate-physics/agw-hypothesis/they-agree-human-co2-makes-little-difference-to-atmospheric-co2/
    https://edberry.com/blog/climate-physics/agw-hypothesis/model-atmospheric-carbon-dioxide-abstract/

  103. woolfe

    Bruce,
    I’ve tried this on them.

    Look up at a plane flying over, it is at 10,000m. Say it is made up of the constituents of air, .04% CO2 = 4m. Of that 4m humans produce 8% = 0.32mm. Of that 0.32mm Australia produces 3% = 10mm.

    How can 10mm in a column of 10,000m do anything?

  104. Geriatric Mayfly

    It’s a car accident, a house fire and global warming propaganda.
    Every.
    Single.
    Edition.

    You forgot the ‘brave toddler or brave mum.”

  105. min

    I was living in London 1981 , Xmas holidays snowed in London , flights cancelled trains from Newcastle stopped because it was too cold for train to run on lines. Where was global warming / climate change then?

  106. Mother Lode

    Don’t know why people respond to Farkin’.

    It is what it wants.

    It is not interested in debate and will never concede a point you make no matter how cogent or comprehensively explained. All it wants is to get a rise out of you.

    And the best way to frustrate that is to ignore it.

    Let it sit at its desk banging the keyboard and coating the monitor with accretions of spittle.

    Well, that is my attitude anyway.

    I was able to scroll past Rae pretty reflexively (99% of the time I’d say) and only therefore felt no need to respond.

  107. struth

    Just in case you are very young harken, this scare has now been going on longer than people have been alive that are now driving around in cars.
    Before that the socialists tried scaring everyone with the world running out of oil, and an ice age was coming.

    The predictions have not come to pass and in many cases just the reverse has happened, Islands are growing in the pacific)and the doomsday date keeps getting moved forward as we pass one after the other, happily and as if nothing had changed at all……because it hasn’t.

    You may also note that the most radical followers of this doomsay scenario are left wing.
    A deep hatred of the success of the free capitalist west permeates into all their thinking.
    That’s why China building hundreds of new power stations doesn’t concern them one little bit.

    Your naivety to the extent of the war on knowledge that has always been a part of warfare is staggering.
    This is how we conclude your youthfulness and gullibility.
    Please free yourself from this bullshit, and enjoy your very brief time on this planet.
    Let the cynical old bastards who understand the enemy, concern ourselves in the fight for your freedom and happiness.

  108. Mother Lode

    You forgot the ‘brave toddler or brave mum.”

    Did I mention that I was a hangnail survivor?

  109. Dr Faustus

    The outage cost Victoria and South Australia a combined $1.1bn in less than 48 hours, with the extrem­e weather conditions delivering windfall gains to energy gener­ators.

    Anatomy of windfall gains:

    1) Build wind farms:

    – sell power at $90/MWh + $65/MWh subsidy;
    – have access to easy pipeline of low-risk investment opportunities offering 15%+ ROI;
    – develop public moral outrage at coal generation capable of sending out at $50/MWh.

    2) Build open cycle gas turbines for ‘firming’ when the wind don’t blow:

    – buy gas at equivalent of $70/MWh generated power;
    – start to run gas turbines when the distressed market price approaches $300/MWh;
    – game the market until the price maxes at $14,500/MWh;

    3) Repeat until sprung…

    [Acknowledgements to AGL and Origin.]

  110. Infidel Tiger

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    Jesse Kelly is the best.

  111. Myrddin Seren

    UK PC Plod again:

    Mr Warner was charged with an offence under section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986, namely that he used threatening or abusive words or behaviour, or disorderly behaviour, within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress as a result.

    The charge arose from an incident that took place outside the school where Mr Warner was picking up his young daughter. There appeared to be some confusion over where his daughter actually was, which understandably caused him to become agitated.

    A nearby police officer, who could see Mr Warner’s agitation, approached to enquire what the problem was. During the conversation the police officer said “I can see you’re angry”, to which the concerned father replied “no shit I’m angry”.

    It went from there.

    Now imagine for a minute that PC Snowflake is on a vendetta because Mr Warner got a bit mouthy with ze/zim/zir ?

    This got prosecuted all the way to a Magistrate’s Court – before even a UK magistrate decided this was an outrage too far.

    So PC Snowflake’s bosses have stood right behind PC Snowflake the whole way – cost, time, diversion of resources irrelevant.

  112. Twostix

    It was never going to rain again up until 2009. That’s why we didn’t build any dams, because australia’s lead climate experts told state governments the then drought was “the new normal” and dams would never be filled.

    Until 2009.

    Now we’re going to get too much rain.

    This has always been the inevitable end of then scientific religion. Any ideology that elevates having itself proven wrong, as being evidence of being right could only end with a yesterday we were right but today yesterday we were wrong today we are right dogmatic lunacy.

  113. C.L.

    Ahahahahahahaha.
    Zoe Daniel, DNC stenographer ABC Washington “bureau chief”:

    Roger Stone is the Donald Trump associate we’re not talking enough about.

  114. struth

    Extreme daily rainfall events are increasing as would be expected from the levels of regional or global warming that we are experiencing
    *the amount of water falling in hourly rain storms (for example thunderstorms) is increasing at a rate 2 to 3 times higher than expected, with the most extreme events showing the largest increases.
    *this large increase has implications for the frequency and severity of flash floods, particularly if the rate stays the same into the future.

    How many Flanneries is that?

    Yet all of these studies are funded by government.
    Grants given for the right outcomes.

    I have talked to people who used to work in an Agricultural college outside of Shepparton who had their funding withdrawn by government and it closed down.
    They had to take up Climate studies in Melbourne and quite openly declared that they knew what results they had to come up with to keep being funded.

    This may come as a shock to you Harken, but in the past, people have poured petrol on themselves and set themselves alight because they could not get a job in government.
    Lying to stay on the taxpayer teat is no biggy.
    And they’ll lie to themselves to justify it.
    Grow up.

  115. Infidel Tiger

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    68 votes and counting on Senate effort, led by Sen. Mitch McConnell, to oppose withdrawing US troops from Syria/Afghanistan.

    It’s a rebuke of Trump’s withdrawal plans and his declarations that ISIS has been defeated.

    The GOP is a shitstain of a party.

  116. Infidel Tiger

    We have the Democrats desperate to murder babies and the GOP desperate to kill as many young men as possible in futile wars.

    We have never ever been poorer as people.

  117. Bruce of Newcastle

    Bruce: you’re analysis makes no sense whatsoever

    Ah, Hark, so you don’t understand what 2XCO2 and ECS are, how they are derived and what they mean? Yet you advocate policies which would be, and are, catastrophic for our civilization?

    Arguments from authority and ad hominems don’t cut it son. If you want to convince sceptical scientists and engineers, of which there are many, including on this blog, then you need to use logic and data.

    You see now why the climateers refuse to debate people like me. They lose abjectly every time because they don’t understand the data. Whereas the sceptics do.

    I suggest you ditch SkS and start analysing the climate data yourself. You may need to do a degree in chemistry with a stats minor. Don’t stint on the thermodynamics also, even though it’s a tough subject.

  118. dopey

    Harken. ‘ you’re analysis’ do you mean ‘your analysis’

  119. Tom

    If you want to understand the leftard hive mind, read the looney leftard press. Daily Review is a lefty yartz website that has sprung up in the past decade to pay peanuts or nothing at all to those who fancy themselves as raaay-taaas — that is, is every leftard ever born.

    Rosemary Sorensen is the leftard who nominated herself to write about the resignation of the Melbourne University Press board and CEO, attacking MUP from the left. MUP’s new popular books commissioned under lefty darling CEO Louise Adler (actor Max Gillies’ missus) are just “airport trash”, Sorensen scowls.

    But it turns it the reason she is attacking MUP is that Melbourne Uni Chancellor Allan Myers, QC, who has decided to reign in MUP’s airport trash, represented the Catholic cardinal, whose name will send you to the spaminator, at the child abuse Royal Commission.

    MUP, of course, published a journalistic fantasy about said cardinal’s imagined activities by ABC activist Louise Milligan.

    Link.

  120. struth

    Hark struth: I seem to have made you happier by giving you the illusion that you know better than me.

    Knowing better than you has not made me happy.
    It has made me sad.
    As I said above.
    Noted you cannot and will not work out where the funding of your vast consensus on climate change comes from, the actual qualifications of those involved, just that you’ve heard the term “vast consensus” from government and various socialists and take it as fact.

    Show who this vast consensus is and who funds them.

    Here’s another tip to help you along.
    Scientists these days aren’t all studious Sumner Miller types, they give the title out to any tax payer funded activist willing to say the right thing.

  121. dover_beach

    Adrian Vermeule

    More Adrian Vermeule Retweeted Steve Guest
    I’m so glad we don’t have state media like those authoritarian countries do, we would be awash in propaganda.

    Yes, yes, no state media in the free West.

  122. Fisky

    The horrific pro-infanticide push in the State of Virginia, which used to be a rock-solid conservative state, is the inevitable result of immigration-fueled demographic change. It doesn’t matter that the immigrants themselves may have “socially conservative” views, the reality is they vote 8:2 for the Dems and always will.

  123. 132andBush

    This has always been the inevitable end of then scientific religion. Any ideology that elevates having itself proven wrong, as being evidence of being right could only end with a yesterday we were right but today yesterday we were wrong today we are right dogmatic lunacy.

    Lets turn to Eisenhower;

    The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment,project allocations, and the power of money is ever present and is gravely tobe regarded.

    Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should,we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy coulditself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.

  124. Fisky

    The number of naturalized immigrants in Virginia rose 200,000 in just 8 years. That’s how the state got flipped to blue, and therefore, infanticide is on the political agenda.

    https://www.thecommonwealthinstitute.org/2017/04/19/virginia-immigrants-in-the-economy/

  125. Infidel Tiger

    The number of naturalized immigrants in Virginia rose 200,000 in just 8 years. That’s how the state got flipped to blue, and therefore, infanticide is on the political agenda.

    Not to mention that DC is now so gargantuan that most of the pubes live in Virginia.

    Leftism is a virus.

  126. Infidel Tiger

    Bill Kristol’s wife donated to Northam’s campaign.

  127. Myrddin Seren

    68 votes and counting on Senate effort, led by Sen. Mitch McConnell, to oppose withdrawing US troops from Syria/Afghanistan.

    Can’t easily find a link – I think it came via Steve McIntyre’s Twitter feed – that prior to Trump’s pull-back order, the US DoD was budgeting a $15 billion spend in 2019 attributable just to Syria.

    Facilities already built in-country included four bases with airfields, including one with a sunken airfield ( ! ) to minimise direct fire against aircraft across the flat desert plains of eastern Syria.

    The Governor of Virginia will cheerfully slaughter full-term babies in return for $2 mill from Planned Parenthood.

    How much do you think Congress is making from the defence industries to keep the Forever Wars going and expanding ?

    Ike was spot-on about both the Military-Industrial Complex and the perversion of science by big government.

  128. C.L.

    The military-industrial complex is a thing; Eisenhower (mentioned above in a related context) made that perfectly clear. A lot of very rich and powerful commercial interests want the stupid Afghanistan war to continue forever.

  129. Bruce of Newcastle

    Published today in Nature Climate Change, the study shows that in Australia:

    *Extreme daily rainfall events are increasing as would be expected from the levels of regional or global warming that we are experiencing

    Hark – Also from the paper:

    We show that increases in daily rainfall extremes are consistent with CC scaling, but are within the range of natural variability.

    The two periods they are comparing are 1990–2013 and 1966–1989 and they point out a 0.48 difference in average temperature.

    Look at this graph. It is HadCRUT detrended to make the cycle easier to see. Now look at the two periods. You will see that 1966–1989 is right at the bottom of the cycle, and 1990–2013 is right at the top of the cycle. The difference between the two is about 0.3 C, which is almost two thirds of their 0.48 C. Add in the grand solar maximum which peaked in about 2005 and you can almost all of the temperature rise is natural.

    In other words those variations in rainfall are natural. Who cares? We should prepare for such things like manage dams for flood mitigation and not ideology. I suggest Jennifer Marohasy’s neural network model for rainfall projection, since it works better than BoM’s model.

  130. Ubique

    A land of droughts and flooding rains. Hughie goes ape in North Queensland. Ross River Dam reaches its highest ever level (178% full).

    Queensland needs more dams to stock up in good times. We don’t need to worry about topping up the oceans.

  131. Makka

    What this angel cannot understand is the shortsightedness of humans like you that, if climate change is not wrecking your life at the moment, you are not concerned to see action that it not wreck the life of future humans (and animals and creatures of all kinds.)

    If AGW actually existed then it would be something to be concerned about. Seeing it doesn’t the sensible thing to do would be to remove all the impediments , regulations and subsidies erected by braid dead green frauds like you and allow our electricity grid to stabilize with cheap base load power ie coal. THEN people will be able to easily afford to cope with hot summers and freezing winters rather than die as too many do. Not that it worries clowns like you, Faarkwit. Now, fk off back to your sand pit and play nice.

  132. Makka

    A lot of very rich and powerful commercial interests want the stupid Afghanistan war to continue forever.

    And especially the CIA.

  133. C.L.

    The administration worker who launched a $250,000 racial discrimination lawsuit against three Queensland University of Technology students has been declared bankrupt over failing to pay court-ordered costs after she lost her high-profile case.

    The Federal Circuit Court yesterday declared former QUT staffer Cindy Prior bankrupt over the debts.

    Ms Prior took a case against students Alex Wood, Jackson Powell and Calum Thwaites over Facebook posts in 2013, claiming the online posts contravened section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act …

    Ms Prior was ordered to pay more than $100,000 in court costs to legal representatives of Mr Wood.

    She also owes an estimated $150,000 to legal representatives of the other two students.

    Good result.

  134. Snoopy

    Chuck Schumer greenlights a coup by US intelligence agencies. MSM on board.

    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer swiped at President Donald Trump on Wednesday evening, urging America’s top intelligence official to stage an intervention and educate the commander in chief about how important it is for him to back the U.S. intelligence community.

  135. cohenite

    So I’m

    perpetually hysterically angry and resentful

    according to harken farken. Maybe, it comes from dealing with alarmists for over 10 years. I defy anyone to remain even tempered when dealing with alarmism for a sustained period.

    Harken farken has referred to a lot of things including a Newcastle Uni paper repeating the alarmist shibboleth of increased heavy rain. Since one of my degrees is from Newcastle I’ll respond to that. Here’s the BOM trend graph for very heavy rainfall events:

    http://reg.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/climate/change/extremes/timeseries.cgi?graph=R_30&ave_yr=T

    But don’t get discouraged harken farken; there is so much bullshit in alarmism so keep posting.

  136. struth

    It’s like you’re on the autistic spectrum when it comes to immigration. Some professional help may be needed.

    One subject at a time Harken, there’s a good boy.

    You know how your brain starts to hurt.

    Show us this consensus and their funding.

    Go………………….

  137. C.L.

    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer swiped at President Donald Trump on Wednesday evening, urging America’s top intelligence official to stage an intervention and educate the commander in chief about how important it is for him to back the U.S. intelligence community.

    Incredible, isn’t it.

  138. Twostix

    Trump needs to swiftly and decisively to crush the brewing bugman coup.

    He’s got muscle on his side he needs to start using it against the tyranny of the rat faced bugman class

  139. Makka

    Australian Muslims should publicly disavow “belligerent” verses of the Koran to weaken the moral conviction terrorists say the holy book gives them, a judge has said while jailing two Sydney terror-plotters.

    “Terrorists’ reliance on verses of the Koran to support an Islamic duty of religious violence has been seen with more or less clarity in a number of NSW and Victorian cases,” Justice Des Fagan said in the NSW Supreme Court on Thursday.

    Fagan has a mere fraction of the enormous resources of ASIO and even he can see the truth of the matter.

  140. This is a relaxed half hour interview with Dr Valentina Zharkova where she part explains her model where she predicts the grand solar minimum beginning 2020.

    https://youtu.be/TEJ2bBpy7pk

    Stephanie Osbourne explains the science.

    https://accordingtohoyt.com/2018/12/12/the-latest-on-the-double-dynamo-solar-model-and-dr-zharkovas-predictions-of-a-grand-minimum/

  141. Cassie of Sydney

    “Queensland MP Jason Costigan has been expelled from the Liberal National Party over alleged sexual harassment of a teenager he has since threatened to sue for defamation.”

    Hardly “stand by your man” stuff…..someone was out to get him. The LNP in QLD doing the only thing they do well…..expelling people.

  142. Twostix

    Hark:

    The number of naturalized immigrants in Virginia rose 200,000 in just 8 years. That’s how the state got flipped to blue, and therefore, infanticide is on the political agenda.

    It’s like you’re on the autistic spectrum when it comes to immigration. Some professional help may be needed.

    Rapidly becoming nonmemorable NPC commenter #24321.

    Your first couple pf posts were the very best you could give.

    Sad.

  143. Cassie of Sydney

    “Queensland MP Jason Costigan has been expelled from the Liberal National Party”

    The LNP in QLD can’t win elections but they are good at expelling people. Someone was out to get him.

  144. Stimpson J. Cat

    Marco Rubio
    @marcorubio
    A reminder that America is an ongoing revolution perpetually moving towards fulfilling the principle that all people are created equal with rights given to us from God not our government or our leaders.

    Endless Wars!!!

  145. Bruce of Newcastle

    You can keep insisting that extreme rainfall is not getting more extreme

    Hark – And it will therefore get less extreme as the world cools over the next few decades. That is what the paper is saying.

    I’d prefer more rainfall than less. You can manage floods if you use your brains (unlike Queensland) but you can’t make it rain out of a clear sky. We don’t get enough of the stuff now, at least in the parts of Australia which aren’t Innisfail.

  146. Fisky

    Getting a strong sense our NPC friend has been here before…

  147. Twostix

    Yes fisk. It’s an old one.

  148. Cassie of Sydney

    “solar minima in no way detract from the need to de-carbonise.”

    So Bark, you’ll be happy for people to freeze to death?

  149. Top Ender

    We are the poorest people in human history

    What’s with this “we” Kemo Sabe?

  150. Goanna

    Darken.

    You’ll always have moral pride as a retreat.

    “We were right to be wrong.”

  151. Top Ender

    Note how the Minister threw his man under the bus even without an investigation….

    Parents and community members are throwing their support behind principal Steve Warner, who was stood down after video emerged of him apparently dragging a nine-year-old student across the grounds of a school in Melbourne’s west.

    Education Minister James Merlino stood down the principal of the prep-year 12 Manor Lakes College in Wyndham Vale yesterday after the video surfaced.

    “Let me be very clear, I will not tolerate this kind of completely unacceptable behaviour in our schools,” Mr Merlino said.

    “There will be an independent investigation into the staff member’s conduct, and he has been immediately stood down while this investigation takes place.”

    School councillor Daniel Foster told 3AW this morning that she supported Mr Warner “100 per cent”.

    “At the end of the day, the policy basically surrounding all of this, if there’s a child, children or a teacher in any danger in any way, they need to be removed from that danger,” Mr Foster said.

    “I 100 per cent support Steve Warner, since he’s come on board, that school has come along in leaps and bounds.

    “James Merlino would want to have a look at that school, before Steve got there.

    “As far as I’m aware there was an incident in the classroom and the child needed to be removed.

    “The School Council will support Steve 100 per cent.”

    Mark England, whose children attend Manor Lakes college, has started a petition calling for Steve Warner to be reinstated by James Merlino.

    “What he’s done for the school in the past couple of years he’s been there, is fantastic,” Mark told 3AW.

    “I just feel this is an isolated incident.”

    “A 10 second video without getting the full explanation, of what occurred beforehand, just tarnishes the whole thing.”

    The petition has gathered almost 1300 signatures at the time of writing.

    Australian Principals Federation president Julie Podbury said she was “very, very concerned” that Mr Merlino had condemned Mr Warner without knowing “the full story”.

    “We need to take care of the health and wellbeing of our principals and people are far too quick to jump to judge, jury and execution all at once, without being in possession of the facts,” Ms Podbury said.

    “Perhaps (Mr Merlino has) been caught on the hop and hasn’t had time to reflect on this properly.

    “After all he did attend the funeral of Mark Thompson, who took his own life after a parent complaint in 2014.”

    Asked whether there was likely more to the story than is conveyed in the grainy video footage, Ms Podbury said: “Of course there is”.

    “There will be a big backstory, and it’s no one else’s business at the moment. It needs to be fully and thoroughly investigated.

    “The government’s committing $51m to principal health and wellbeing, so comments about matters when the full facts aren’t known are not helpful.”

    The Australian has contacted Mr Merlino’s office for comment.

    Victorian opposition education spokeswoman Cindy McLeish said the welfare of all staff and students at Manor Lakes was paramount.

    “The school community should not be further disrupted because James Merlino has rushed to conclusions without checking facts,” Ms McLeish said.

    “Due process must be followed.”

    Victoria Police have said they are investigating the alleged incident.

    “Police are investigating after a report was made regarding the treatment of a student at a school in Wyndham Vale on 31 January.

    “It is yet to be determined if the 9-year-old boy was injured during the incident.

    “The exact circumstances are being investigated.”

    Story with comments open

  152. Boambee John

    *the amount of water falling in hourly rain storms (for example thunderstorms) is increasing at a rate 2 to 3 times higher than expected, with the most extreme events showing the largest increases.
    *this large increase has implications for the frequency and severity of flash

    This cannot be so. Our own Perfesser Flammery told us the the rain would never fall again!

  153. Makka

    he amount of water falling in hourly rain storms (for example thunderstorms) is increasing at a rate 2 to 3 times higher than expected, with the most extreme events showing the largest increases.
    *this large increase has implications for the frequency and severity of flash

    blah fkg blah…

    My FIL has lived in Cairns since the 1950’s. He’s seen it all, including the massive population growth, development and the huge changes to drainage and run off management there. He’s early 90’s now. Asked “how about all that rain , old fellah?” his response is “It’s just a good old fashioned wet . A lot of people here now haven’t seen one”.

    He’s right of course.

  154. cohenite

    Your link does not disprove the study.

    My link is to the BoM you imbecilic troll. It shows a slight decline in trend for heavy rainfall events. So the BoM is wrong, or rather only right when it suits the alarmist narrative and egos of alarmists.

    As trolls go you’re a shithead; why don’t you do a bit of self slice and dice on yourself; it’s bound to be an improvement.

  155. C.L.

    Just look at the dead-eyed feminist garbage women standing behind Governor Northam.
    Why aren’t they at home playing with the grand-children and knitting jumpers?

  156. Infidel Tiger

    What’s with this “we” Kemo Sabe?

    You live here. This is on you too.

  157. calli

    That link didn’t connect, C.L.

    Are these the ones?

  158. OldOzzie

    Biggest donors to political parties revealed by AEC


    The Nationals have accepted a $56,000 donation from tobacco giant Philip Morris, while David Leyonhjelm’s Liberal Democratic Party received $40,000 from the New York-based multinational.

    The news was revealed in the latest political donations release from the Australian Electoral Commission covering the 2017-18 financial year.

    The Liberal Party raked in $62.8 million in total receipts across all its state and territory divisions.

    The federal Liberals received $5,643,463 in total receipts — a not unsizeable amount for a non-election year — which included a donation of $100,000 from ANZ.

    While the Liberal Party lists two separate donations from the ANZ of $100,000 and $150,000, the bank’s return says it only made a single donation of $100,000 made on 28 June 2018.

    The ANZ return also lists a donation of $100,000 to the ALP on the same day.

    It also included a $150,000 donation from the company owned by cardboard manufacturing billionaire, Anthony Pratt, as well as $200,000 from the NSW Liberal division’s Cook Endeavour forum.

    Labor raked in slightly less with $60m in donations in the 2017-18 financial year, propped up by sizable union donations.

    The nation’s largest ASX listed childcare provider, G8 Education gave $607,396 to the Labor Party in the same financial year.

    The donations were made to the ACT branch of the party via the party’s 1973 Foundation fundraising vehicle.

    The move came before Labor announced a $1.75 billion election package to expand childcare subsidies to give three-year-olds and their families access to 15 hours of preschool a week if they get into office.

    The party also received large donations from the clubs and hotels lobby, energy companies, gambling and alcohol companies, banks and consultants.

    Smaller Coalition party, the Nationals, pocketed $8.18 million in total receipts in the year to June 2018, including $51,766 from the Australian Hotels Association, $37,620 from the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and $36,350 from Tabcorp.

    The Greens’s total receipts totalled $12.9 million, including nearly $600,000 from academic Chilla Bulbeck and $200,000 from the Electrical Trades Union.

    Mathematician and gambler Duncan Turpie gave the party $150,000, while Graeme Wood, a backer of The Guardian, tipped in $76,000.

    An entity controlled by businessman James Power, who is a backer of the conservative Advance Australia lobby, gave Cory Bernardi’s Australian Conservatives $100,000.

    Former rich lister Francis Hargrave donated $30,000 to the Victorian division of the Australian Conservatives.

    One Nation received $15,000 from Adani, which also donated $35,000 to the ACT branch of the Liberal Party.

    In NSW, the Liberal party received $12,369,593 in total receipts for the 2017-18 financial year, including $250,000 in two donations from Waratah Group Australia.

    The Victorian division received $12,921,636 and the largest single donation over the financial year of $2.3 million from Vapold Pty Ltd, the Victorian Liberal Party’s investment company. The money did not help stave-off a disastrous election result for the Victorian Liberals with Labor Premier Daniel Andrews picking up an extra eight seats in November’s state election.

    Queensland’s Liberal National Party received $15,398,282 in total receipts including a donation of $75,000 donation from country racing identity Ian McCauley and $51,000 from Brisbane businessmen, Ron Baldwin.

    In Western Australia, the Liberals received $3,439,912 with the single biggest individual donation coming from mining millionaire, Charles Bass, at $125,000

    The South Australian division received $8,123,591 in total receipts including major donations from Adelaide engineer and businessman Ian Wall and his wife Pam who, between them, contributed $397,000.

    The AusGold Mining Group, owned by enigmatic Chinese mining magnate Sally Zou, also made a $172,054 donation. Ms Zou is known for setting up a company called the Julie Bishop Glorious Foundation, which triggered questions in parliament in mid-2017 over Mr Bishop’s links with Ms Zou.

    The Liberal Party’s Tasmanian division received $4,168,930 over the 2017-18 financial year while the ACT Liberals received $752,627.

    Left wing activist group GetUp also spent more than $740,000 in the 2017-18 financial year on broadcasting, printing and the expression of political views as well as polling and research.

    According to its third party return lodged with the AEC in November 2018, GetUp spent $145,421 on the “public expression of views on a political party”; $12,843 on the public expression of views “in an election”; $422,738 on electoral advertisements in print and online; $49,888 on the broadcasting of political material and $111,706 on opinion polling and research.

  159. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    de-carbonise.

    I hate this sort of newspeak. CO2 is a colourless, odorless gas.

    De-carbonise is climateer newspeak for something intended to sound black and nasty; just another example of how the warmist fantasizers try to pull the wool over the eyes of a gullible populace. How about you now show us some pics of steam pouring out of a coal-fired power stations and hope to freak us out at the horror of it all. That’s about your level. Piss off, troll.

  160. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Blockquote fail. I blame Telstra, which has been hopeless in our area lately and I have to copy everything, thus leading to probs as above.

  161. C.L.

    It’s my fervent wish that the despicable Greg Hunt gets thrown out at the election.

    Remember this?

    ‘Not on my watch’: Health Minister rules out legalising e-cigarettes.

    Health Minister Greg Hunt says he will never lift the ban on e-cigarettes despite an ongoing Senate inquiry into their use.

    Minister Hunt told Hack: “It’s not going to be happening on my watch as far as I’m concerned.”

    The TGA was never interested in the science and neither was Hunt:

    Last year, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) received an application to re-schedule nicotine, so it could be purchased in liquid form legally.

    After months of consultation, the TGA decided in March against any changes.

    As a consequence, the commercial supply of nicotine for use in e-cigarettes remained prohibited in Australia under state and territory legislation.

    Minister Hunt said he met with the head of the TGA today and accepted the TGA’s point there’s no strong evidence e-cigarettes are a pathway to quitting cigarettes.

    Yesterday the definitive findings published in the New England Journal of Medicine were reported throughout the world …
    Electronic cigarettes more effective than nicotine replacement therapies, study finds.
    Way – way – more effective.

  162. de-carboniZe

    What happens when you leave the lid of the coke bottle for too long.

  163. OldOzzie

    Why “Green” Energy Is Futile, In One Lesson

    Here in Minnesota, we are enduring a brutal stretch of weather. The temperature hasn’t gotten above zero in the last three days, with lows approaching -30. And that is in the Twin Cities, in the southern part of the state. Yesterday central Minnesota experienced a natural gas “brownout,” as Xcel Energy advised customers to turn thermostats down to 60 degrees and avoid using hot water. Xcel put up some customers in hotels. Why?

    Because the wind wasn’t blowing. Utilities pair natural gas plants with wind farms, in order to burn gas, which can be ramped up and down more quickly than coal, when the wind isn’t blowing.

    Which raises the question: since natural gas is reliable, why do we need the wind farms? The answer is, we don’t. When the wind isn’t blowing–as it wasn’t yesterday–natural gas supplies the electricity. It also heats homes, and with bitter cold temperatures and no wind, there wasn’t enough natural gas to go around. The resulting “brownout” has been a political shock in Minnesota.

  164. OldOzzie

    Democrats’ Leftward March

    President Donald Trump should send liberals a big fat thank-you note.

    For each day Americans see how truly radical the Democratic Party has become is a win for the president, who, by contrast, looks like a full-blown moderate.

    Take Democrats’ extreme swing to the left on women’s reproductive issues. What used to be a party that said abortion should be safe, legal and rare is now pushing hard in Virginia, Rhode Island and beyond for legalized late-term abortion on demand — meaning a woman could get an abortion at any time during a pregnancy, up until the baby’s birth. Never mind the fact that science has proved that at 20 weeks, a fetus can feel pain and that many babies can live outside the womb after gestating for just six months.

    That’s irrelevant to such abortion radicals as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who just inked legislation — proposed by Democrats — allowing such a barbaric practice to take place. Make no mistake; late-term abortion and partial-birth abortion are not mainstream practices outside the U.S. by any means. In fact, only six other countries allow the grisly practice — North Korea is one — as billions of compassionate humans worldwide consider the termination of a 9-month-old baby in utero or born alive to be infanticide.

    Call it what you will, but a growing number of prominent Democrats, in lockstep with Planned Parenthood, support it.

  165. The resulting “brownout” has been a political shock in Minnesota.

    Maybe that’s why a confused Dan of the Dead made mooning illegal?

  166. Baldrick

    Fisky
    #2923088, posted on February 1, 2019 at 2:59 pm
    Getting a strong sense our NPC friend has been here before…

    A strong sense indeed. He’ll slip up soon enough and all will be exposed.

  167. OldOzzie

    How Identity Politics Is Harming the Sciences

    Universities and other institutions are watering down requirements in order to attract more women and minorities.

    Heather Mac Donald

    Identity politics has engulfed the humanities and social sciences on American campuses; now it is taking over the hard sciences. The STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and math—are under attack for being insufficiently “diverse.” The pressure to increase the representation of females, blacks, and Hispanics comes from the federal government, university administrators, and scientific societies themselves. That pressure is changing how science is taught and how scientific qualifications are evaluated. The results will be disastrous for scientific innovation and for American competitiveness.

    A scientist at UCLA reports: “All across the country the big question now in STEM is: how can we promote more women and minorities by ‘changing’ (i.e., lowering) the requirements we had previously set for graduate level study?” Mathematical problem-solving is being deemphasized in favor of more qualitative group projects; the pace of undergraduate physics education is being slowed down so that no one gets left behind.

  168. JC

    Sweltering heat at the North Pole in the next few days

    North Pole

    Today, Friday 01/02/2019 Time Forecast Temp. Precipitation Wind
    05:00–06:00
    Cloudy.
    -32° 0 mm Gentle breeze, 5 m/s from west-northwestGentle breeze, 5 m/s from west-northwest
    06:00–12:00
    Cloudy.
    -32° 0 mm Gentle breeze, 5 m/s from west-northwestGentle breeze, 5 m/s from west-northwest
    12:00–18:00
    Cloudy.
    -32° 0 mm Gentle breeze, 4 m/s from west-northwestGentle breeze, 4 m/s from west-northwest
    18:00–00:00
    Partly cloudy.
    -32° 0 mm Moderate breeze, 6 m/s from westModerate breeze, 6 m/s from west

  169. Baldrick

    ‘Not on my watch’: Health Minister rules out legalising e-cigarettes.

    Julia Banks is more likely to support e-cigarettes than GHunt.

  170. mc

    It’s my fervent wish that the despicable Greg Hunt gets thrown out at the election.

    I can appreciate the sentiment CL but the problem is he will be running against yet another Turnbull acolyte independent. It appears all nominally conservative Liberal candidates will face them.

    I wonder when we will start seeing tv ads for “Malcolm Turnbull’s Tossers United Party” start to flood the airwaves.

  171. OldOzzie

    Spectator USA = What Europe thinks of Brexit

    Why the EU still doesn’t understand the 2016 referendum result

    In Paris in December, I sat with a journalist friend in a café on the Boulevard Auguste-Blanqui and listened to him explain to me why a no-deal Brexit would be a catastrophe for Britain. It had to do with an article his newspaper had published about the Mini. You might think they were typically British cars, he said, but the plant where they were made in Cowley belonged to BMW! The steering wheels were assembled in Romania! The tail lights came from Poland!

    So? I asked. Brexit was about leaving the EU, not making globalization un-happen. Who do you think wants to close the Mini plant? Britain does not want to damage its export sector any more than Romania or Poland wants to shut down a factory that provides the livelihoods of thousands.

    But this explanation, so reasonable sounding to me, made no impression on my friend. Almost all elite Brexit opinion, in Europe as in Britain, is built on the premise that somebody on the other side of the Channel is going to do something profoundly against his own self-interest. These kilometers-long traffic jams at Dover that are supposed to strike fear into us. Should they happen, won’t someone do something about them? How long would they last? An afternoon? Three days?

    Last weekend, before votes on the amendments were due, France’s newspaper of record Le Monde tried to rise to the occasion. It opened its editorial pages to distinguished French historians who advanced two seemingly contradictory opinions about Britain: a) it is an absolutely horrible country, and b) it is essential that France, through the European Union, continues to bind this awful nation’s fate forever to its own.

  172. OldOzzie

    Australia’s new F35-A fighters can’t shoot straight, report reveals

    By Rory Callinan

    Defence’s multimillion-dollar joint strike fighters still can’t shoot straight with the plane’s internally mounted cannon being described as “misaligned” and delivering an “unacceptable” level of performance.

    The critical assessment of the stealth jets made in the US based Office of the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation DOT & E’s latest report also raised concerns about potential cyber security threats to the aircraft’s complex computer systems.

    While noting the F-35A, the variant which Australia is purchasing, had completed the equivalent of 24,000 flight hours durability test, the report was scathing of the performance of the aircraft’s 25mm cannon which is mounted internally and is fired out of a small gun door.

    Issues with the F-35A gun were previously raised by the DOT & E’s last year which said it had been firing “long and to the right”.

    In the director’s last report released today in the United States, he said the F-35A had taken part in 19 air to ground strafing missions which involved firing over 3,400 rounds to assess accuracy.

    Based on the results of the September testing, the DOT & E “currently considers the accuracy of the gun, as installed in the F-35A, to be unacceptable,” said the report.

    “F-35A gun accuracy during SDD (System Design and Development testing) failed to meet contract specification,’’ it said.

    “Although software corrections were made to the F-35 mission systems software to improve the stability of the gun aiming cues, no software or hardware corrections have yet been implemented to correct gun accuracy errors.”

    The report said that misalignment of the gun mounts had led to muzzle alignment errors and the true alignment of each F-35A gun was unknown.

    It said the F-35 program was considering options for re-boresighting and correcting gun alignments.

    Another issue found during air to air gun testing, involved the pilots receiving “intermittent unsafe gun cockpit alerts while attempting gun attacks”. The cause was being investigated, the report said.

    The guns on the F-35b and F-35C variants which Australia is not purchasing, did not exhibit the same accuracy issues.

    Other concerns raised by the report related to the Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) which is supposed to streamline everything from the functions of maintenance, prognostics and parts supply chain to training and technical data.

    The report said the system does not “yet perform as intended”.

    Cyber security issues

    Problems were found with data and functionality deficiencies that required “numerous workarounds” while maintainers had to frequently enter data on manually relating to spare parts so they can be tracked.

    In some cases the issues were related to problems like a lack of standardisation of suppliers, contractors and field locations. Cyber security issues were also highlighted.

    Some vulnerabilities found in earlier testing periods had still not be rectified, noted the report.

    More testing needed to be undertaken and testing to date had identified vulnerabilities that “must be addressed to ensure secure ALIS operations”.

    The report noted the aircraft could operate for 30 days without being connected to the ALIS but recommended that in light of cyber-security threats, the F-35 program should conduct testing of aircraft operations without access to the ALIS for extended periods.

    Australia is purchasing 72 of the F-35A fighters at an approximate cost of $17 billion to replace its fleet of 71 F/A-18A/B Hornets.

    Nine of the aircraft have been delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force with the first two arriving in Australia in December.

    Defence has been contacted for comment.

  173. zyconoclast

    Genocide of Native Americans helped cause Little Ice Age: scientists

    London: The “Little Ice Age” of the 16th and 17th centuries was triggered by the genocide of indigenous people in the Americas by European settlers, new research suggests.

    Scientists have long wondered what caused the drop in temperatures so severe that it caused the River Thames to freeze over.

    New analysis by University College London (UCL) argues that so many people were slaughtered or died of disease that the amount of agricultural land was dramatically reduced, which in turn sucked carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

    Known as the “Great Dying”, the upheavals following the first contact with Europeans in 1492 is thought to have cut the population of 60 million living across the Americas down to 5 or 6 million within just 100 years.

    New analysis by University College London (UCL) argues that so many people were slaughtered or died of disease that the amount of agricultural land was dramatically reduced, which in turn sucked carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

    Known as the “Great Dying”, the upheavals following the first contact with Europeans in 1492 is thought to have cut the population of 60 million living across the Americas down to 5 or 6 million within just 100 years.

  174. zyconoclast

    Sounds like old news from 2008 without the use of the word genocide

    Reforestation helped trigger Little Ice Age, researchers say

    The power of viruses is well documented in human history. Swarms of little viral Davids have repeatedly laid low the great Goliaths of human civilization, most famously in the devastating pandemics that swept the New World during European conquest and settlement.

    In recent years, there has been growing evidence for the hypothesis that the effect of the pandemics in the Americas wasn’t confined to killing indigenous peoples. Global climate appears to have been altered as well.

  175. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    If AGW actually existed then it would be something to be concerned about.

    Which it doesn’t and thus isn’t.
    If it really truly was the case that the world’s climate is only driven by CO2 then the whole world would quick smart and pronto ENTIRELY have to move to nuclear power as a generator of electricity and use only electricity in everything else, for nuclear is the only sensible base load choice given the CO2 hypothesis and the industrialization of human culture in the 21st century. But do hark, Harken. Even then ‘the problem’ would not be solved, because anthropogenic CO2 is such a small component of CO2 levels in the atmosphere. We’d have to stop volcanos, bushfires and the natural vegetation cycle to lower CO2 levels as well. Good job that CO2 doesn’t seem to be much of a driver then, isn’t it? Do keep your eye on sunspots though and cooling of the ocean currents or even the odd large meteorite-delivered artificial winter. Far more concerning. We may need all of our high technology to cope with another sudden drop in temperatures. Too bad if we’re all shivering in our global-warming induced de-industrialised caves.

  176. cohenite

    These glass eyed c..ts justifying the killing of a born child are just hideous.

  177. dover_beach

    A midwife has been struck off over her actions after an aborted baby was born alive at an NHS hospital.

    The tiny boy was born at 16 weeks and four days and clung to life for 15 minutes.

    A tribunal heard all four limbs were moving but that the midwife told the parents that was just a “reflex”.

    The dying foetus was wrapped in an incontinence pad, which the midwife used to swaddle the baby “because his skin was fragile and transparent”.

    She was “concerned that sheets and blankets would be too rough”, the Nursing and Midwifery Council hearing was told.

    The midwife said she tried to inform a senior colleague about the signs of life but claimed she was waved away twice.

    The other member of staff at Medway Maritime Hospital, in Gillingham, Kent, denied any conversations had taken place.

    And colleagues said they only found out that the baby had shown signs of life seven hours later, at the shift handover, when the midwife told them of what she thought were reflex actions.

    No one comes out of this smelling like roses, not the midwife or other hospital staff, not the parents, not the courts or legislators who have ruled the act of destroying the child in utero licit. None of them at all. In fact, there is the definite smell of feces.

  178. zyconoclast

    Meet the man who was off the grid as Sydney’s eastern suburbs went dark

    At 11:30am, it let him know a recently purchased battery had isolated his Waverley house from the electricity grid, but everything was still working fine.

    “I was upstairs working and I got a notification that my house was now being powered by the battery, it was pretty cool,” Mr Prins said.

    In September 2017, the 38-year-old energy consultant — an alumnus of the same South African school as Elon Musk — spent $12,000 and five months on a waiting list to be one of the few hundred Australian owners of a Tesla Powerwall 2.

    Despite his little oasis and saving his family about $3,000 a year on their electricity bill, Mr Prins did not think Powerwalls were cost-efficient.

    “Not unless you had a life support system running,” he joked.

    “Personally it’s nice, but thinking a bit broader I’d rather be interacting in a smarter way with the grid.”

  179. MatrixTransform

    Dr Faustus – #2923041
    3) Repeat until sprung…

    true dat.

  180. Fat Tony

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
    #2923127, posted on February 1, 2019 at 4:21 pm
    ……We may need all of our high technology to cope with another sudden drop in temperatures. Too bad if we’re all shivering in our global-warming induced de-industrialised caves.

    I think that is the intention. They know an intense cold period is coming, so what better way to reduce the world’s population than major famines worsened by the “de-carbonisation/de-industrialisation” of the nations which could feed the world?

  181. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The administration worker who launched a $250,000 racial discrimination lawsuit against three Queensland University of Technology students has been declared bankrupt over failing to pay court-ordered costs after she lost her high-profile case.

    It’s been many years since I read the Act – Cindy Prior goes on the national register of bankrupts, and the Registrar in bankruptcy can garnishee her wages and sell any assets for the benefit of her creditors?

  182. zyconoclast

    Sometimes hatred is a good thing.
    I thought the SA government was broke.
    Doesn’t the Catholic Church have more important things to do?

    H0l0caust education program and museum to remind students of dangers of anti-S3mitism

    A new H0l0caust education program is being trialled across selected Adelaide high schools in a bid to further help the younger generation understand why any form of anti-S3mitism or hatred is “unacceptable”.

    “Without understanding that, it’s difficult for them to understand in today’s world why anti-S3mitism and any form of hatred is just entirely unacceptable.”

    The South Australian Government has provided a $50,000 grant for the trial program, beginning in February.

    The museum will be located at the historic Fennescey House on Wakefield Street, which has been donated for use by the Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide.

  183. MatrixTransform

    What this angel cannot understand…

    FarkenHarken needs to provide evidence of divinity … otherwise I think we should assume he is simply mentally disturbed

  184. It’s my fervent wish that the despicable Greg Hunt gets thrown out at the election.

    Second that!

    enviroloon.

    POTP – part of the problem.

  185. MatrixTransform

    What this angel cannot understand…

    FarkenHarken needs to provide evidence of divinity … otherwise I think we should assume he is simply disturbed

  186. Myrddin Seren

    New analysis by University College London (UCL) argues that so many people were slaughtered or died of disease that the amount of agricultural land was dramatically reduced, which in turn sucked carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

    Hah !

    Take that Homo Davos.

    When your billionaire eco-loon Army of the 12 Monkeys releases the genetically targeted virus to thin the Deplorables by 90% – you’ll all freeze to death !!

  187. MatrixTransform

    oops…doublepost … you’ll find me in the corner stimming

  188. dover_beach

    This is the country we now live in, folks:

    In 2015, 27 babies of five month’s gestation survived, only to later die after not receiving life-saving treatment.

    The information was released by Mr Dick this week after he was asked a Question on Notice by Member for Cleveland Dr Mark Robinson in May.

    Mr Dick also provided the number of ‘live birth’ abortions for the last 10 years, which shows a steady increase of those that survive.

    Queensland Health confirmed that in such cases, life-saving care is not rendered to the baby after a decision to terminate is made and it is left to perish in the clinic.

    “Once a decision to terminate is made, that is the outcome in accordance with the family’s wishes,” a Queensland Health spokesperson said.

    What is entertained by Democrats in Virginia is the fact of the matter in Queensland, probably, Victoria as well. Between 2005-15 in Queensland alone, there were 205 abortions with live birth outcomes, and the babies were left to die. Left to die.

    h/t: Gray Connelly

  189. Hey MatrixTransform are you related to Diagonalize ?

  190. Infidel Tiger

    What is entertained by Democrats in Virginia is the fact of the matter in Queensland, probably, Victoria as well. Between 2005-15 in Queensland alone, there were 205 abortions with live birth outcomes, and the babies were left to die. Left to die.

    Moloch rules over us.

  191. boric acid fixes a cockroach infestation.

  192. Bruce of Newcastle

    Genocide of Native Americans helped cause Little Ice Age: scientists

    Rubbish. Man has no control over the Sun.

    Maunder Minimum

    At most their might be some cooling from reforestation as some of the organic chemicals that trees emit contribute to cloud seeding in conjunction with galactic cosmic rays. In which case the study would be partially right for exactly the wrong reason.

  193. Goanna

    Hark Lizzie: yeah sure. Because the Earth might be hit by a meteor which would induce global cooling, we can ignore science advice on how to avoid heating the planet to disastrous levels. A patently stupid irrelevancy

    Collectivists do soft science like ‘greatest moral challenge’ and the 97% (funny).
    Reason prevails on the right and that’s why they admire hard science.

  194. Tel

    While noting the F-35A, the variant which Australia is purchasing, had completed the equivalent of 24,000 flight hours durability test, the report was scathing of the performance of the aircraft’s 25mm cannon which is mounted internally and is fired out of a small gun door.

    You aren’t supposed to be using that. The F-35 is a missile lobbing platform, like the F-15 always has been.

  195. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Nevle and Bird don’t attribute all of the cooling during the Little Ice Age to reforestation in the Americas.

    Well, that’s good news, isn’t it? /sarc off

    They had to admit that sunspot activity and largely unstated ‘other factors’ might be in play, for which ‘other factors’ insert a complex carbon cycle and meteorological and planetary system. Talk about being driven by one particular hypothesis. Without some reservation, imagine the shrieks now that would emerge from greenies for a genocidal population kill-off to ‘defeat’ glowball warmening. Toxic white males first in line, of course.

    Greenies, as we already see, with their unifactorial CO2 hypothesis, and ‘every leaf is sacred’ theology, are shrieking for just that; an end to human occupation of the earth, a great big induced die-off of people other than themselves.

  196. Bruce of Newcastle

    let actual scientists with a clue advise politicians about science.

    Which means Steffen’s bunch, Ove’s bunch and most other climate scientists in Australia should be immediately fired.

  197. MatrixTransform

    Hey MatrixTransform are you related to Diagonalize

    Absolutely no.
    Strictly perpendicular mate.

    nah, seriously Ive only ever used this handle since about 2005

  198. Ellen of Tasmania

    Between 2005-15 in Queensland alone, there were 205 abortions with live birth outcomes, and the babies were left to die.

    Well, yesterday, we left the smoke and fires behind us for a little while and went to Hobart to meet our first grandson. You hold this little one in your arms and know that life will never be the same as it was before he came into our world. How incredible is that?

    IT is right. These murdered babies are sacrifices on the alter of Moloch. So incredibly evil.

  199. immediately fired – which involves a tumbril and a squad

  200. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Troll is a quick Scroll

    please cats & kitteh stop feeding the troll

  201. cohenite

    The best climate scientist in Australia was Bob Carter; it’s now Peter Ridd.

  202. MatrixTransform

    went to Hobart to meet our first grandson

    Congrats Ellen.

    kinda special innit?

  203. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    New analysis by University College London (UCL) argues that so many people were slaughtered or died of disease that the amount of agricultural land was dramatically reduced, which in turn sucked carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

    what a load of bullshit

  204. Bear Necessities

    MatrixTransform, do you have around with Gaussian Elimination?

  205. Confused Old Misfit

    so many people were slaughtered or died of disease that the amount of agricultural land was dramatically reduced, which in turn sucked carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

    Doesn’t make sense.
    Land area is vegetated with either wild or cultivated plant life. So what would be the difference in CO2 uptake or release?
    Assume that native slash and burn agriculture contributed as much CO2 as it took out. (like most assumptions probably a bad one.)
    Did hunter gatherer societies have sufficient land under cultivation to make a difference?
    Don’t think there’s a real linkage there.

  206. RobK

    Harken,
    This part of your guardian article is correct:

    In reality, the sun has more random and unpredictable (in scientific terms, “stochastic”) behavior:

    For example, a perfect pendulum – if you saw a few cycles of the pendulum, you can predict its behavior. However, solar activity is known to be non-stationary process, which principally cannot be predicted (the prediction horizon for solar activity is known to be 10-15 years). Deterministic prediction cannot be made because of the essential stochastic component.

    Just imagine a very turbulent flow of water in a river rapid, and you throw a small wooden stick into water and trace it. Then you do it second time and third time … each time the stick will end up in very different positions after the same time period. Its movement is unpredictable because of the turbulent stochastic component. This is exactly the situation with solar activity.
    Lockwood agrees that we don’t yet have a proven predictive theory of solar behavior. He has published research examining the range of possible solar evolutions based on past periods when the Sun was in a similar state to today, but as he puts it, “that is the best that I think we can do at the present time!”

    The same is true for climate. The null hypothesis holds.
    You have nothing to verify that CO2 is alarming. Given that it has never caused runaway temperature in the past as far as we can tell, your argument requires some actual evidence.
    Make yourself familiar with the term “stochastic”. I have tried to help you in this in the past but it seems you are impervious to the concept, yet you happily use it to denounce a scientist with a dissenting view.

  207. Ellen of Tasmania

    Greenies, as we already see, with their unifactorial CO2 hypothesis, and ‘every leaf is sacred’ theology, are shrieking for just that; an end to human occupation of the earth, a great big induced die-off of people other than themselves.

    Just let those fires burn from sea to shining sea. All ‘sacred leaves’ will be ashes.

    (Firies have bulldozed lots of wonderful containment lines in around our neck of the woods – even some wicked back-burning – and although the fire front is only 2 or 3km from our property, the milder weather, gentler breezes and big fat bulldozed areas are making us and our sacred leaves feel much safer.)

  208. struth

    Harken, your sadness is evident now, you really are a poor young thing.

    Keep hanging around here and you’ll end up so depressed as you realise what a gullible fool you have been, complete with all the arrogance that ignorance can foster, that you’ll end up……….actually happy.
    You’ll get on with your life and curse the Marxist brainwashing you received for wasting your youth.

  209. thefrollickingmole

    Harken is actually conducting the commenting equivalent of Vogon poetry at us.

    So tedious and flatulent with its own importance it wafts along like a number 2 in a kiddies paddling pool.

  210. Tom

    Racing Victoria stewards charge Weir and two 0thers with possessing jiggers.

    More here.

    PS: this evidently means RV will not bow to demands of competitors and other, such as media talking heads, that Weir should immediately have his horses banned from racing.

  211. struth

    Yeah, like Indians had thousands and thousands of broad acre farming going on, and millions of them populated the United States.
    This is the same level of politicised dickheadness we get from the barely educated these days, as study.

    Grant based parasites.

    You know, the people Harken think are experts.

  212. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    de-carbonise.

    I hate this sort of newspeak. CO2 is a colourless, odorless gas.

    People are a carbon based lifeform, let those who wish to decarbonise, decarbonise themselves first.

    Can I suggest deep underground abatement.

  213. calli

    Congratulations Grandma!

    No, your life will never be the same again.

  214. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Because the Earth might be hit by a meteor which would induce global cooling, we can ignore science advice on how to avoid heating the planet to disastrous levels.

    How to construct a false non-sequitur, Harken. Do the above.
    My pointing to other factors than CO2 in world climatic variation in past aeons which although very unlikely may indeed recur has nothing at all to do with ignoring ‘science advice’. However, I am guided by genuine scientific methods, relying on hypothesis testing rather than incomplete and questionable computer modelling.

    As for my husband’s situation, he is a man and during illness behaves as many men do. lol. I knew immediately he had a serious and dangerous infection. I hold a higher degree from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sydney, which helps I guess. It still doesn’t get him to a doctor. 🙂

    Regarding my article on the origins an salience of the Arthurian mythology, please read my Quadrant article in detail, and respond with some informed critique if you are capable of making any. It would be most welcome and I will certainly respond back with some scholarly rebuttal.

  215. stackja

    Brother linked to Curtis Cheng murder shot in leg
    Janet Fife-Yeomans, The Daily Telegraph
    February 1, 2019 2:15pm
    Subscriber only

    The brother of a jihadi convicted over the terrorist killing of police accountant Curtis Cheng has been shot in the knee in what police believe was a targeted attack.

    Mohammad Atai, 26, is said to be in a stable condition at Westmead Hospital after the shooting at Guildford on Wednesday.

  216. struth

    Doesn’t make sense.

    White colonisation caused global warmening.

    Because of course the whites weren’t farming immediately on arrival, with vastly superior technology ove larger areas.

    It’s too stupid to even comment on and is total propaganda aimed at those the Marxist have already dumbed down to a point they reckon they’ll believe it…..because they want to.
    Like Harken.

  217. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Sheep farmers ‘shipshape while cattle die of thirst’
    WA Agriculture Minister Alan­nah MacTiernan. Picture: Theo Fakos

    Victoria Laurie
    Senior Reporter
    12:00AM February 1, 2019
    11 Comments

    A blame game has emerged betwee­n sheep and cattle farmers over animal welfare, with sheep farmers facing strict reductions in Middle East export due to on-ship sheep deaths claiming that mass cattle deaths on pastoral properties are worse cases of animal mistreatment.

    Two cattle stations are being investigated by West Australian agricultural inspectors after 500 cattle were found dead on a propert­y in the Pilbara and 1000 cattle died at Noonkanbah station in the Kimberley.

    State Agriculture Minister Alan­nah MacTiernan has confirmed that her department is investig­ating with a view to laying animal cruelty charges.

    Sheep farmer Tony Seabrook, from the WA Pastoralists and Graziers Association, says new claims by the RSPCA over heat stress on ships bound for the Middle East amounted to “a massive double standard” when cattle were dying in great numbers up north due to heat and thirst.

    “Why are they not making a bigger deal of hundreds of cattle deaths, when our industry has been massively reducing deaths on livestock ships?” he said.

    “Dying of thirst is the worst possible death

    From the Oz. Dunno how to link to pictures, but the image is that of Alannah Grogpickle, at her best.

  218. Eyrie

    The reason the guns on the F35 B and C don’t have the problem is because they do have an internal gun. On those it is in a removable pod. Generally pod guns are less accurate because the mounting can flex.

  219. MatrixTransform

    Gaussian Elimination

    agggh, holee indeterminates Batman!

    I was more interested in applied transformations in 3D for reasons that can never be mentioned (no not programming games) and I dont do it any more.

    …whiskey

  220. calli

    It was the wholesale slaughter of the buffalo.

    The cow fart deficit came into play.

    No, hang on. That was the nineteenth century. Did it get rooly rooly cold towards the C20?

  221. thefrollickingmole

    Stimpy, Marion has got game….

    From a wail by Clementine Ford over at the Gruinaid.

    I did consider leaving in September but as a freelancer and primary earner for my family I don’t have the luxury of quitting a job with nothing to go to.” Fairfax sources say Ford was given some unremarkable editorial feedback by the section editor about a column she filed and she surprised everyone by choosing to resign

    Ford said she was not heavily edited in her columns and nothing specific had happened but she felt “heavily watched” because her tweets were being monitored. “It’s a toxic mess there right now,” she said.

    Well at least she displays awareness of what her twitter feed looks like (I think thats the “toxic mess” shes referring to)

  222. Infidel Tiger

    Might be the last time you ever get to bet on Darren Weir trained horse this weekend.

  223. RobK

    Oh, and Harken,
    All the rest of the Guardian article’s projections are worthless, as evidenced by the “stochastic” explanation in the same article. Just the regular bollocks which you seem to thrive on.
    Have a nice day.

  224. Bruce of Newcastle

    Hark is ad homming dead people now.

  225. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Here you are, Harken. GO:

    The Quadrant Online version of my Arthurian article is here.

    The hard copy publication is found in Quadrant, September 2018, Vol. 62, No. 9, pp71-80.

  226. Tom

    Very Christian of you, Bruce of Newk, to make the infant troll feel wanted. I hope you can now see that it is impervious to information that contradicts the propaganda it has been fed by its teachers. The only reason it continues to visit is to feel that rush of moral superiority over the adults. It is incapable of learning; like a naughty toddler, the only thing it will respond to is being smacked.

  227. calli

    she felt “heavily watched” because her tweets were being monitored.

    Erm…if you don’t want your tweets read then don’t tweet.

    This is not difficult stuff, Clem.

  228. thefrollickingmole

    Getting close to popcorn time.

    Gays sliding down the greasy pole of victim poker are being told their sexual preferences are discriminating against others higher on the same pole.

    Its worth a read for the pure insanity.
    But a bitch fight between gay blokes and the rest of the QWERTY brigades will be epic.

    Heres some of the word salad in the article.
    The problem when gay culture fetishises masculinity above all else
    Dejan Jotanovic

    Its a myserious conundrum wrapped in an enigma hidden inside an ejaculating penis of inscrutability, why oh why could gays fetishise the male form???

    “Poof Doof is a gay club for homos. No-one is here to see girls. Ever.” The implications of this briefing was fascinating. Are people with vaginas not welcome? Or just those overtly feminine, or coded as women?

    Again the mystery of why fags would like to be with other fags raises its engorged head…

    I don’t disagree that the commodification by straight cisgender women is an issue, but what’s so remarkable about this assumption is that it erases lesbian, bi, and queer women from our venues and community. It denies them access and existence, and in doing so, reasserts gay men’s unbridled privilege and power over the queer umbrella.

    So gays are now the new privileged class, didnt take long eh?

    I fear that our sexuality isn’t enough to anchor us to progressive politics: that if our rights – as white, gay, cisgender men – were to accelerate faster (as they are now) than the rights of our most marginalised, that we wouldn’t stand up.

    Now the real fear slithers out, gays are straying from the reservation

    In the face of white nationalism, transphobia, HIV stigma, fat-shaming, femmephobia, ableism, misogyny and male violence, we show up. We show up because of our relative privilege, not despite it.

  229. Twostix

    A new H0l0caust education program is being trialled across selected Adelaide high schools in a bid to further help the younger generation understand why any form of anti-S3mitism or hatred is “unacceptable

    What on earth.

  230. Twostix

    The SPLC once declared conservative catholics as a hate group.

  231. Bruce of Newcastle

    I hope you can now see that it is impervious to information that contradicts the propaganda it has been fed by its teachers.

    Tom – Very few lefties will ever have seen a lot of the stuff linked here – like the CERN Cloud experiment results for example. I’ve had a few of the more inquiring lefties explore the data and think about it. They then tend to go quiet, since they cannot admit in public that they no longer believe the climateer propaganda in case they get cast out as a heretic and class-enemy. Patrick Moore, Lomborg and Lovelock have suffered in that way.

    A good example of the process is our old friend M0nty. He now never, ever talks about climate.

    It’s possible to get people of the Left to change their minds on climate science. The sign they’ve done so is silence. Victory in the climate wars will be complete when journalists no longer write stories about climate, lefty pollies no longer respond to climate questions and the Left as a whole changes the subject.

    We’re getting towards that situation, which is encouraging progress.

  232. Boambee John

    That is my blessed message from above.

    Methinks the angel is more of a false prophet.

  233. Memoryvault

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
    #2923127, posted on February 1, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    Lizzie,
    You are complexcicating things.
    If you want to keep atmospheric CO2 at a constant level, all you need do is keep the earth’s oceans (all of them) at a constant temperature. Surely we don’t need nasty nuclear power for that.

    Just a few more solar panels and wind farms should do the trick.

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