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March, 2008:

Pearl of Idiocy

I condemn, in the strongest terms, the airing of Geert Wilders’ offensively anti-Islamic film. There is no justification for hate speech or incitement to violence. The right of free expression is not at stake here. I acknowledge the efforts of the Government of the Netherlands to stop the broadcast of this film, and appeal for calm to those understandably offended by it. Freedom must always be accompanied by social responsibility.

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

The UN, for all intents and purposes, abandoned its founding principles years ago.

Wealth

I haven’t been well for the past few days.

I woke up at about 2 AM on Sunday morning with an excruciating toothache. So what did I do? I had some antibiotics and some strong painkillers stored, leftovers from a previous illness, and dosed myself. A load of antibiotic and a gross over prescription of painkillers in the next hour and a half, and a more reasonable top up a couple of times on Sunday.

OK, antibiotics tend to knock me sideways, so I have been a bit groggy since, but the pain has gone and I will be fine by tomorrow morning.

What conclusion do we draw from this? Well, I had the drugs readily available, and I am in no way a wealthy man in my culture. However, my culture is a wealthy industrialised one, where these facilities are generally available.

Who in their right mind wouldn’t want this for everyone? Mr Gore?

Isn’t high energy civilisation wonderful?

Gaia fest

I was planning on ignoring Earth Hour, but I was chatting to a friend on MSN and didn’t notice when it happened.

SBS

Tonight, on World News, SBS referred to Geert Wilders as ultra Right Wing.

Ultra?

What does this mean?

Is this objective reporting?

Is it any more than a mean spirited smear?

Is it an indication of how skewed the SBS world view is?

“I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.”

Senator Barry Goldwater

Of course, in expressing sentiments like this, the good Senator was also widely regarded as a member of the extreme right.

In Wilders case? How about – Honest speaking, in the face of violent intimidation, is no shame.

Fitna II

Fitna is now easily available via bittorrent.

Given the bandwidth restrictions Australian ISP’s impose, on those occasions I use bittorrent I normally disable sharing after the download is complete. On this occasion though, I am leaving sharing turned on, so I can do my bit, however tiny, to help stick it to these c**ts.

Careful though, the copy I downloaded included a PDF file of election material for the BNP, the British National Party, a standard lefty statist party, but with hatred of foreigners thrown in; something like a mild National Socialism. Disgusting people.

Fitna has arrived

Fitna has gone –

Where are the European governments actively protecting the “European Values” that the EU is so proud of?

Or do those values include those demonstrated by Marshal Pétain, Vidkun Quisling and János Kádár?

Canadian ‘Human Rights’ II

A quote from Mark Steyn about the increasing confidence of the corrupt Canadian ‘Human Rights’ Commissions -

It’s foolish to assume the abuses of the CHRC will always be confined to folks you dislike. “First, they came for the neo-Nazi losers in basements and I did nothing. Then they came for the fundamentalist Christians and homophobes and I did nothing. Then they came for the blowhards like Levant and Steyn and I did nothing…” You really think everything you say about everything you care about can be kept sufficiently bland and innocuous that you’ll never attract their attention?

For those who don’t recognise it, this is a paraphrase of Pastor Martin Niemoller’s First They Came

They came first for the Communists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me,
and by that time no one was left to speak up.

The good Pastor started out supporting the National Socialists, and then came to understand what a monster he had, in his own small way, helped to create.

Those who support the suppression of ‘hate speech’ really need to examine the history of the Canadian Human Rights Commissions. Once you countenance the banning of thoughts you don’t like, you have conceded the principle that others can suppress thoughts they don’t like.

And who is to say that you and they will always be in agreement?

Canadian ‘Human Rights’

For anyone who has been following the progress of the Ezra Levant and Mark Steyn cases before the Canadian Human Rights Commission. Ezra has posted an examination of the extent of the abuses by the commission on one single day before a HR tribunal.

Gobsmacking, absolutely gobsmacking what perversions of due process these people have been getting away with. The Canadian Human Rights Commission achieves a 100% conviction rate for complaints bought before them under the relevant clause. 100%. No court, even in the Stalinist USSR achieves a 100% conviction rate. The other matter, is that every case, every single case, under Clause 13 of the act, has been bought by one man, Richard Warman, an ex employee of the CHRC. And he gets a cheque every time he wins.

Read the whole corrupt story.

These commissions are not run by people trained in the law, but by extremist human rights activists, the type of people who, while at university, make student union politics a perverse joke. I remember when I was studying, there was a mild scandal when the Radical Feminists set fire to the gestetner machine in protest at the policies of the Revolutionary Communists, who controlled the union at that point. These are the same people who now control western ‘human rights’ policies.

For those who do not know what I am talking about, try this –

There is a description of what it is all about here.

I recommend these clips as well –

Shirlene McGovern, the rather bovine woman who had the misfortune to face Ezra in this investigation, has resigned from the case; she couldn’t cope with the level of criticism she came under after these videos. Still, I don’t have a great deal of sympathy. Ms McGovern thought she could bully people with power of the state behind her, and became upset when the rock was lifted and her repulsive authority was exposed to the light of day. Poor dear, she thought it so unfair that her publicly funded sinecure should be publicly scrutinised.

Ms McGovern’s visible attitude, and the environment in which she conducts her interviews, demonstrate how banal evil can be. I dare say she isn’t a bad woman personally, kind to dogs and children, and gives a few dollars to charities at Christmas, but she chose to be at the forefront of suppressing free speech in Canada, so fuck her. And I don’t mean that in the nicest possible way.

And fuck the absurd ‘rights’ these commissions pretend to protect.

The whole thing has been posted to YouTube, go look, search for Ezra Levant.

Olympics

I have just heard on the news, here in Oz, that the Chinese government have requested that Chinese troops manage the security for the Australian leg of the Olympic torch.

Chinese troops? Exercising authority on Australian streets and public spaces?

They will be given an extremely dusty answer, but the sheer gall of the request should be seen as indicative of the approach that a powerful China will take to the rest of the world in years to come.

Since the fall of the Soviet Union I have encountered many people who regret the decline of Russian power (seriously), because the USA no longer has a superpower “counterbalance”. Many of these people have applauded the rise of China, not because hundreds of millions are living better lives, but because it will be competition to the US. With these people, there will be tears before bedtime, because I suspect that a powerful China will epitomise the implications of the saying – Be careful what you wish for, you may get it.

Addendum: Apparently the torch will only be in Canberra. So, Beijing has expressed a desire to place troops on the streets of Australia’s capital?

Riiiiggghhht.

I suspect the Chinese ambassador will be given a very hard time.

Link here.

Let the Games Begin

Climate Sanity II

In reference to my post yesterday, I have lifted the following chart quite shamelessly from here, which is based on this article by Bob Carter at the Canada Free Press.

As I pointed out, the spikes of 1998 and 2006/2007 are anomalous, and distort the underlying trends. Flatten 1998 and the warming trend is clearly still up, but the trend 2005/2006/2007 is apparently starting to turn down. If the 2006/2007 el Nino spike is also flattened, you can see the downward trend would be strengthened. This is all in line with solar predictions, but so far any change in trend is merely indicative. It is still too early to start crowing, and this won’t be enough to get the ecofascists off our backs; it will take another few years at least to confirm anything this shows.
In the meantime, the loopies will keep listening to the nasties, and we will be fighting the attempts to shut down western civilisation for a while yet.

Pearls of Wisdom

Pulling together is the aim of despots and tyrannies. Free men pull in all kinds of directions.

paraphrased from Lord Vetinari 

Fame at last

I have been informed that this posting resulted in a vigorous discussion about rights vs freedoms in the marketing department of the Philippines Government Tourist Office, in Manila.

What it’s like to have influence in the world.

Language piracy

Many years ago I had a conversation with a friend, a Russian, about languages, and the way many of them had an official regulatory body, a board, whose responsibility it was to guide and control changes to both grammar and vocabulary.

She asked me who was responsible for controlling English, and was shocked when I said no one. At first she did not believe me, she thought I was having her on.

I ended up finding a quote for her, which explained it all both succinctly and graphically, and I was reminded of this when I found the quote amongst some papers a couple of hours ago.

I can’t cite the origin, because I don’t know who it is -

“English doesn’t borrow from other languages. English follows other languages down dark alleys, knocks them over, and goes through their pockets for loose vocabulary and grammar.”

Climate sanity

I read this article, by Christopher Pearson, in The Australian. Then encountered it on both Greenie Watch, and indirectly via Tim Blair, before finally getting to Jennifer Marohasy’s own blog – where she is listing all the references received so far, and there are loads of them. It seems to have generated some interest in the blogosphere (dreadful term, even if accurate), and rightly so.The article discusses a radio interview of Ms Marohasy, conducted by one Michael Duffy.

The core was as follows -

Duffy asked Marohasy: “Is the Earth still warming?”

She replied: “No, actually, there has been cooling, if you take 1998 as your point of reference. If you take 2002 as your point of reference, then temperatures have plateaued. This is certainly not what you’d expect if carbon dioxide is driving temperature because carbon dioxide levels have been increasing but temperatures have actually been coming down over the last 10 years.”

There is nothing Ms Marohasy has to say which I find at all controversial, the data to justify her opinions can be found on dozens of blogs and scientific sites scattered around the Internet. What is remarkable is that her comments were made not just by a respectable scientist, but were made in the belly of the beast, in a broadcast from the ABC – the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, a state owned and financed broadcaster with a history demonstrating the same standards of honesty, integrity, objectivity and lack of bias for which the BBC, the CBC and NPR are justly famous. In other word, it is run by a pack of lefties, for lefties, who swoon at the mention of Al Gore.

Ok, so I am showing my bias there, but still; I have no statutory obligations to the tax payer. They do.

I think Ms Marohasy was disingenuous to claim that temperatures have fallen since 1998; that year saw the peak of a freakishly high el Nino event and temperatures spiked. They then fell back and continued to rise at trend rate. If the 1998 anomaly is removed from the data set, a statistically valid act, the temperature continues on it’s warming trend until 2002, from which time it appears to have plateaued to the end of 2007; at first glance, although the line wobbles a bit, it appears that no significant temperature change has occurred in that time. However, another el Nino occurred 2006/2007, with a standard el Nino temperature increase, and the line jumps up a little. If we remove that data from the series, again a statistically valid act, and smooth the line, the 2002/2007 trend is down. Not by much, but the trend is there. Combine this with the current (2008) freakishly cold northern hemisphere winter, and what price ongoing global warming? Ok, we have already removed a freakish spike from the data, to the advantage of the AGW proponents, and a gentle peak, to the advantage of the proponents of climate sanity, so I guess I can concede removing this 2008 downwards spike, at least until we see what happens to the trends over the next couple of years.

So, we see, if anything, in the interview Ms Marohasy understated the situation re. the non event of global warming since 2002. For the warming hysterics the situation is worse than she presents.

However, this is all beside the point. The main issue is – does this presage rationality returning to the climate debate, with the AGW* side actually justifying their positions instead of trying to shut down their opponents with nonsense’s like – claiming a consensus, stating “The science is settled, the debate is over”, labelling those who disagree with them as “deniers” or even threatening them with climate crimes trials?

The climate debate was kicked off by Margaret Thatcher in her famous 1988 speech to the Royal Society, when she became the first political leader with serious clout to acknowledge that there was a matter to be discussed. This legitimised discussion of the subject outside academia and meetings of green activists, and for a while, the discussion was rational, even if sometimes acrimonious. Although, try and tell the modern climate activist that Margret Thatcher, still regarded as the primal source of all evil by some sectors of the UK, is the founder of their obsession and you better be ready to deal with the spittle their hysteria generates.

What needs to be recognised is not only that the science not settled, but that climate study is still in its infancy. We are only now starting to get a handle on just how ignorant we are, and how many previously unknown factors there are. To use Dick Cheney’s concepts, we are only starting to get a feel for some of the known unknowns, let alone the unknown unknowns, and the last eight years temperature series amply demonstrates this ignorance.

Given the prominence shown Jennifer Marohasy’s comments, we may be seeing a tipping point, one where the debate restarts. That would be nice. Although, I suspect the ABC will be amongst the last to acknowledge it is happening.

Addendum: I was too lazy to find and display a temperature chart myself, but there is one presented as part of a further posting on the topic at the Jennifer Marohasy blog. I gotta say – this is a good site for intelligent and informed climate and other environmental commentary. It is a site where debate happens.

Addendum: As was just pointed out to me by Baselius Manuel II Paleologos here – we owe “known unknowns” to Donald Rumsfeld, not Dick Cheney. Mea culpa.

*AGW – Anthropogenic Global Warming

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