( last updated 22 April 2011)
(13April2011) Perhaps Larissa Behrendt has learnt that when you stick your head up over the trenches there is a good chance that others may well scrutinise you much more closely.
“.....If you get your news only from the Fairfax press, you would have missed one of the most damaging scandals yet to have rocked Aboriginal affairs. The story received front-page treatment in News Limited newspapers, especially The Australian, when it broke on April 14, and for the following five days. Several television and online forums canvassed its consequences. But Fairfax editors regarded it as such a threat to their world view they imposed a nationwide ban on the story. Not a word about it appeared in the pages of The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Australian Financial Review or The Sun-Herald.... Until now, Larissa Behrendt's career has had a dream run. She is the present Australian of the Year for NSW and was Indigenous Person of the Year in 2009, the same year she won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for her second novel, Legacy. She is a director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, chairwoman of Bangarra Dance Theatre and serves on several government boards. This month the Gillard government appointed her to head a review into indigenous higher education.....Behrendt was born in 1969 and grew up mainly in the middle-class Sydney suburb of Gymea on Port Hacking in the Sutherland Shire. Neither she nor her parents came from an Aboriginal community. Her part-Aboriginal father Paul was an air traffic controller and later an academic, her white mother Raema an accountant. A shire girl from the shores of Port Hacking is about as culturally distant as it is possible to be from the sorry females in the blacks' camps of Alice Springs. Both Behrendt and her father claim that his mother, Lavinia Boney, was a member of the Stolen Generations. The archival evidence, however, reveals this is incorrect......” Questioning credentials of an Aboriginal elite, Keith Windschuttle, The Australian “..... According to Boney's file in the NSW Aborigines Protection Board records, in 1917 when she was aged about 13 and living at the blacks' camp at Dungalear Station, near Walgett, her mother died. Her father's whereabouts were unknown, so she was effectively an orphan...The Aborigines Protection Board found her a job as a domestic servant on a pastoral station at Collarenebri. Her file says this was at "the girl's own request to get away from camp life". From 1921 to 1923 Boney was employed in domestic service in hospitals and private homes in Sydney and Parkes. She met the German editor Henry Behrendt at Parkes Hospital. They married and went to live at Lithgow. Lavinia eventually had nine children by him before she died in childbirth. In 1944 Henry placed five-year-old Paul and his surviving siblings in the Presbyterian Church's Burnside Homes at Parramatta. Aged 15, Paul left Burnside and joined the Royal Australian Navy. He trained to become an air traffic controller, a profession he later followed in civilian aviation, settling in Sydney. While convalescing from a heart attack in 1980, he decided to pursue his Aboriginal mother's history.....Behrendt's tweets, which have revealed her distaste for Aborigines with different political views, may well generate a revival of sentiments I recorded in Quadrant last year when discussing author Sally Morgan's claim to Aboriginal identity. Activist Jackie Huggins had said that, even though people might have some Aboriginal ancestors, they could not be genuine Aborigines if they had been brought up in white suburbs without any engagement with an Aboriginal community. For saying much the same thing, it should be remembered, Andrew Bolt went on trial last month under the Racial Hatred Act. Hence, whatever the outcome of the Bolt trial, Behrendt's Twitter outburst has ensured there will be more people in the future prepared to make the same point about the members of the Aboriginal political class who are enjoying a life as privileged as hers.....”
NEW!!(21April2011)Muslims dealing with their Christian population in the Ivory Coast but they get upset about the burning of a Koran!!!!
(13April2011) Just how dumb, stupid and ignorant are many of those in the modern day journalistic class...
Exhibit A, Media Watch, Monday April 11. The story was about the Australian dollar, CSL (Commonwealth Syrum Laborotories), and their “plasma products” (meaning blood products) Crazy little thing called plasma Should be a straight up story you would think. The vision in the story includes a sweep of massive banks of plasma televisions at Harvey Norman. Just how stupid are these himbo's and bimbo's with their “degrees” in communications.
(11April2011)And still the Federal government, in light of the facts, persists with the NBN cable roll-out IBISWorld.com Identifies Top 10 Dying Key Sectors Set to Decline (Note that near the top of the list is hardwired cable communication) “... Heavily displaying the characteristics of an industry in decline, revenue for wired telecom carriers has fallen sharply in recent years. The most detrimental factor has been the growth in substitute products, such as wireless, VoIP and cable products. The intense level of competition will subside over the next five years, as more carriers close their traditional wired services and direct funds to segments with growth potential, like VoIP and broadband internet....
As I have mentioned on many occasions, Gregory Hywood in the Sydney Morning Herald in 2004 made a similar observation vis a vis Australia's social programs being subsidised by the US taxpayer, similar to those of Ted Lapkin in the Australian in 2011 .
(4April2011) “......For more than 50 years the US has effectively cross-subsidised Australia's defence spending and provided us with a security guarantee that is extraordinary in its sweep. Few nations live in such an unstable region yet spend less than 2 per cent of GDP on defence and enjoy the permanent protection of the world's only superpower. It is a privilege that has enabled Australia to develop a world-class economy and education, health and welfare services of a high order. And US policymakers, both Republican and Democrat, know it......” Prosperity here was built on the alliance, Gregory Hywood, Sydney Morning Herald “....... No one would be crass enough to say so, but in return for the protection Australia is afforded by America's enormous defence expenditure we are expected to provide Washington with political and often military support at times of crisis. It is an arrangement that saw the US save Australia from Japanese invasion but Australia provide support in Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War and now Iraq.The arrangement has never sat well with parts of the foreign policy establishment nor substantial sections of the Labor Party. Why? Because it effectively abrogates a portion of Australian foreign policy control to Washington. The big question is the degree to which this matters. To this point, Australian governments have generally accepted the restrictions given the advantageous terms of the arrangement. Moreover, the commonality of values and language has provided the alliance with deep public support.....”
(4April2011) “......The European welfare state is in extremis. Its death throes are playing out before our eyes in an economic danse macabre of fiscal crises, banking bailouts and savage budget cuts. From Lisbon to Latvia, governments are slashing public spending and going cap in hand to the International Monetary Fund. And from Athens to Aberdeen, students and trade unionists take to the streets in a sometimes-violent, last-ditch defence of their accustomed privileges..... The European welfare state model that evolved after World War II has proved economically unsustainable: the account is coming due........ When Washington's current extravagance is piled upon profligacy from years past, this spend-a-thon brings the US's cumulative public debt to a whopping $14.2trillion. That sum represents 96 per cent of the $US14.8trillion gross domestic product of the US. In other words, the US government owes virtually the annual total worth of all goods and services produced by every US firm and individual. And that's not counting another $US6.3 trillion in state and local government debt and pension obligations..... For all of its image as a free-market bastion, the US has become much more of a welfare state than is perceived. The real culprits in Washington's fiscal woes are government health and social programs.......” We can no longer rely on debt-laden US , Ted Lapkin, The Australian “.......Last June, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff portrayed the US's debt burden as "the most significant threat to our national security". Former US Treasury secretary and Harvard University president Lawrence Summers asked in 2009: "How long can the world's biggest borrower remain the world's biggest power?" The answer is: not long.....Given that near certainty, it's time for debate about what a militarily diminished US means for Australia. Since the end of WWII, we've enjoyed the benefits of stability provided by a Pax Americana in the western Pacific. Even during the worst Asian flare-ups of the Cold War - Korea and Vietnam - the international sea lanes upon which Australia depends were never threatened. As a result, Australia has consistently short-changed its military establishment, getting away this year with spending a paltry 1.8per cent of GDP on defence.... But with the US well down the road to economic perdition, Australia can no longer rely on the presumption that the US will have our back.....There's a great political irony to all this. In its hatred of all things US, the Left fails to understand that it is the US military umbrella that has enabled Australian governments to spend billions on butter rather than guns. All those schools, hospitals and welfare programs so beloved of progressives are, in essence, being subsidised by the 82nd Airborne.......”
2 dogs in a restaurant: brilliant! (2April2011)
(2April2011) Looks like the same old tactic of using civilian infrastructure targets and civilians as human shields “….The facilities are located in 270 villages, and many are located near hospitals, private homes and schools, the military said in a statement published on its website…” (Watch the Islamists the useful idiots and leftist western left, squeal about another disproportionate response and civilian dead if this thing boils over.)
“…..The Israeli military on Thursday released a map detailing what it says are nearly 1,000 underground bunkers, weapons storage facilities and monitoring sites built by the militant Hezbollah guerrillas in southern Lebanon. Many of the sites on the map are located south of the Litani River in Lebanon, the zone where Hezbollah is banned from keeping weapons under the U.N.-sponsored truce that ended Israel's summer 2006 war with the guerrilla group. An article on the military spokesman's website says Hezbollah has set up some 550 bunkers, 300 monitoring sites and 100 weapons storage facilities…..” Israeli map shows nearly 1,000 Hezbollah site Israeli “….Israel believes Hezbollah now has more than 40,000 rockets, nearly three time the pre-war level, including more powerful weapons capable of reaching Israel's Tel Aviv heartland. The militant group, which controls the strongest armed force in Lebanon, did not acknowledge or deny that the Israeli map was accurate and accused Israel of employing scare tactics….Israel has for years accused Hezbollah of rearming with the help of Iran and Syria, setting up "rocket villages" in southern Lebanon. The Israel-Lebanon border has been tense but largely quiet since the war, which killed around 1,200 Lebanese and 160 Israelis, according to official counts from each side…..”
(28March2011) “..In October 2009, Andrew Neather, the former advisor of British Prime Minister Tony Blair, confirmed that the British Government had deliberately organized mass immigration as part of a social engineering project. The Blair Government wanted to — quote — “make the UK truly multicultural.” To achieve this end, 2.3 million foreigners were allowed to enter Britain between 2000 and 2009. Neather says this policy has “enriched” Britain.
Ordinary people, however, do not consider the decline of societal cohesion, the rise of crime, the transformation of their old neighborhoods into no-go zones, to be an “enrichment.” While our culture is rooted in Jerusalem, Athens and Rome, Islam's roots are the desert and the brain of Muhammad. Our ancestors understood the consequences very well. The Koran, wrote the historian Theophanes, who lived in the second half of the 8th century, is based on hallucinations….”
“….I am here today to talk about multiculturalism. This term has a number of different meanings. I use the term to refer to a specific political ideology. It advocates that all cultures are equal. If they are equal it follows that the state is not allowed to promote any specific cultural values as central and dominant. In other words: multiculturalism holds that the state should not promote a leitkultur , which immigrants have to accept if they want to live in our midst….. if Europe falls, it will fall because, like ancient Rome, it no longer believes in the superiority of its own civilization. It will fall because it foolishly believes that all cultures are equal and that, consequently, there is no reason why we should fight for our own culture in order to preserve it. This failure to defend our own culture has turned immigration into the most dangerous threat that can be used against the West. Multiculturalism has made us so tolerant that we tolerate the intolerant….Our opponents are aiming for a repetition of the fall of Rome in the 5th century and want to use exactly the same methods. “The strategy of exporting human beings and having them breed in abundance is the simplest way to take possession of a territory,” warned the famous Italian author Oriana Fallaci…..” The Failure of Multiculturalism and How to Turn the Tide Speech by Geert Wilders, Rome, 25 March 2011 . “……Contrary to the Barbarians which confronted Rome, the followers of Muhammad are driven by an ideology which they want to impose on us. Islam is a totalitarian ideology. Islamic Shariah law supervises every detail of life. Islam is not compatible with our Western way of life. Islam is a threat to our values…..The multiculturalist Left is facilitating islamization. Leftist multiculturalists are cheering for every new shariah bank, for every new Islamic school, for every new mosque. Multiculturalists consider Islam as being equal to our own culture. Shariah law or democracy? Islam or freedom? It doesn't really matter to them. But it does matter to us. The entire leftist elite is guilty of practicing cultural relativism. Universities, churches, trade unions, the media, politicians. They are all betraying our hard-won liberties…..The moral and cultural relativism of Marxism led the West's political and intellectual elites to adopt a utopian belief in a universal brotherhood of mankind. Multiculturalism is a culture of repudiation of Europe's heritage and freedoms. It weakens the West day by day……”
The Oldest Obsession
From the Melanie Phillips blog
(23Feb2011) “....My daughter, who goes to an orthodox Jewish school , tells me that, when the subject of Israel is discussed in their Jewish studies GCSE class, students routinely state things like ‘the Jews have no right to Israel because they stole the land from the Palestinians....” WTF...This is what happens with the dumbing down of the “real time” chronology and of history ....Melanie Phillips continues, “.... What is truly extraordinary, as Davidson suggests, is the obsessional nature of this bigotry. It is not just the eye-popping double standard in singling out Israel for attack while ignoring the fact that it is the only democracy in the region. It is not just the egregious lies and smears and the comprehensive rewriting of history that has taken place that not only reverses victim and aggressor but blames the victim for being victimised and inspires hatred of Israel and Jews...... It is rather that, for the British media and intelligentsia, for the BBC and Channel Four executives and the serried ranks of lazy and malicious journalists in both print and broadcasting, for the supercilious academics and preening political progressives and precious know-nothing luvvies of stage and screen, Israel simply fills their vision. It eclipses in its enormity all other issues and causes; in their clouded eyes, it has become an evil of truly cosmic dimensions......” The Oldest Obsession , Melanie Phillips “......Of course, these are all the unique characteristics of classic anti-Jewish hatred throughout the ages. That is why it is grotesque and immoral to dismiss this phenomenon as merely ‘criticism of Israel' and those who protest at it as ‘waving the shroud of the Holocaust' to ‘sanitise Israel's crimes'. This is indeed a contemporary mutation of ‘the oldest hatred'. The real crime is being committed by all those who are promulgating this, the true evil of our times. But just as with every other closed thought system, those in its grip are totally incapable of insight even into the most obvious signs that they have lost sight of reality....They devote infinitely more attention to Israel than to any other country on earth – even now, when we can all see from the tumult in the Arab world that Israel is utterly irrelevant to the concerns of the Arab masses. The British educated classes are obsessed by Israel, can't leave it alone, pick at it without remission. It defines and distorts their whole outlook on the world.... They devote infinitely more attention to Israel than to any other country on earth – even now, when we can all see from the tumult in the Arab world that Israel is utterly irrelevant to the concerns of the Arab masses..... It has truly become a disease of the British mind, a kind of geopolitical Tourette Syndrome, a pathologically uncontrollable spasm of hatred and lies. Terrifying -- and tragic, for both British Jews and for the western civilisation of whose death-throes this sickness is such a potent and historically resonant symptom......”
(13Feb2011) Richard Dawkins says it outright. One wonders why so few other atheists are speaking out in the same way. Note that he does not hasten to qualify his comment by saying, "Islamic extremism" or "radical Islam." Dawkins: "I'm reasonably optimistic in America and Europe. I'm pessimistic about the Islamic world. I regard Islam as one of the great evils in the world, and I fear that we have a very difficult struggle there." Dawkins, Islam is “one of the great evils in the world”
First Germany then last week Britain and now France. It's taken them a long time to find their voice but, better late than never.
(12Feb2011) PARIS (AFP) – French President Nicolas Sarkozy declared Thursday that multiculturalism had failed, joining a growing number of world leaders or ex-leaders who have condemned it."My answer is clearly yes, it is a failure," he said in a television interview when asked about the policy which advocates that host societies welcome and foster distinct cultural and religious immigrant groups. Of course we must all respect differences, but we do not want... a society where communities coexist side by side. If you come to France, you accept to melt into a single community, which is the national community, and if you do not want to accept that, you cannot be welcome in France," the right-wing president said. "The French national community cannot accept a change in its lifestyle, equality between men and women... freedom for little girls to go to school….." Multiculturalism has failed says French President , “…..British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Australia's ex-prime minister John Howard and Spanish ex-premier Jose Maria Aznar have also recently said multicultural policies have not successfully integrated immigrants….Sarkozy said in his television interview Thursday that "our Muslim compatriots must be able to practise their religion, as any citizen can," but he noted "we in France do not want people to pray in an ostentatious way in the street."French far-right leader Marine Le Pen late last year came under fire for comparing Muslims praying in the streets outside overcrowded mosques in France to the Nazi occupation….”
(10Feb2011) Here is a list of false beliefs and modes of thought which make it hard for people in the West to come to terms with the challenge of Islam today. If you are deeply attached to any of these ideas or ways of thinking, you will have difficulty accepting the truth about Islam's teachings and their impact... A dozen bad ideas for the 21 st century Mark Durie
(07Feb2011) “.....David Cameron launched a devastating attack today on 30 years of multiculturalism in Britain, warning it is fostering extremist ideology and directly contributing to home-grown Islamic terrorism. Signaling a radical departure from the strategies of previous governments, Mr Cameron said that Britain must adopt a policy of "muscular liberalism" to enforce the values of equality, law and freedom of speech across all parts of society.... He warned Muslim groups that if they fail to endorse women's rights or promote integration, they will lose all government funding. All immigrants to Britain must speak English and schools will be expected to teach the country's common culture....” Cameron: My war on multiculturalism The Independant “......But his remarks have already infuriated Muslim groups, as they come on the day of what is expected to be the largest demonstration so far of anti-Muslim sentiment being planned by the English Defence League. They accused Mr Cameron of placing an unfair onus on minority communities to integrate, while failing to emphasise how the wider community can help immigrants feel more welcome in Britain.... Mr Cameron blamed a doctrine of "state multiculturalism" which encourages different cultures to live separate lives. This, he says, has led to the "failure of some to confront the horrors of forced marriage". But he added it is also the root cause of radicalisation which can lead to terrorism.....”
(07Feb2011) “.....The Prime Minister's speech was among the most important of his premiership so far, dealing with a subject critical to British national security, as well as the future of Britain as a free nation. It was a powerful condemnation of a deadly Islamist ideology that threatens the very fabric of British society, as well as a wholehearted rejection of “the doctrine of state multiculturalism”..... We will not defeat terrorism simply by the action we take outside our borders. Europe needs to wake up to what is happening in our own countries… We have got to get to the root of the problem, and we need to be absolutely clear on where the origins of where these terrorist attacks lie. That is the existence of an ideology, Islamist extremism.… And if we are to defeat this threat, I believe it is time to turn the page on the failed policies of the past. So first, instead of ignoring this extremist ideology, we – as governments and as societies – have got to confront it, in all its forms. And second, instead of encouraging people to live apart, we need a clear sense of shared national identity that is open to everyone. ....A key section of the speech dealt with the need for the British government to distance itself from extremist Muslim groups that claim to be moderate. This is a huge step in the right direction and a major break with some of the failed policies of earlier Labour administrations.....” David Cameron versus the Islamists: the Prime Minister throws down the gauntlet to a deadly enemy The Telegraph “......In the words of the Prime Minister: Governments must also be shrewder in dealing with those that, while not violent, are in some cases part of the problem. We need to think much harder about who it's in the public interest to work with. Some organisations that seek to present themselves as a gateway to the Muslim community are showered with public money despite doing little to combat extremism. As others have observed, this is like turning to a right-wing fascist party to fight a violent white supremacist movement.... So we should properly judge these organisations: do they believe in universal human rights – including for women and people of other faiths? Do they believe in equality of all before the law? Do they believe in democracy and the right of people to elect their own government? Do they encourage integration or separation? These are the sorts of questions we need to ask. Fail these tests and the presumption should be not to engage with organisations – so, no public money, no sharing of platforms with ministers at home... This was a bold speech by the Prime Minister amidst an increasingly stifling culture of political correctness. The fact it has already been condemned by critics on the Left is a healthy sign that he was absolutely right to give it. David Cameron has thrown down the gauntlet to the Islamists and their apologists. Now it is time for the government to put words into action by completely isolating Islamic extremists .....”
AND THIS PROVES DAVID CAMREON'S POINT....THIS RABBLE NEVER FAIL TO KICK AN OWN GOAL
(07Feb2011)“.....When a young Afghanistan war hero appeared before a city council, it seemed the right thing to give him a standing ovation. Lance Corporal Matthew Croucher, 26, had been awarded the George Cross for throwing himself on a Taliban hand grenade to save his comrades. He survived only because his backpack took the force of the blast.... But to the horror of the rest of the council chamber, while most leapt to their feet to applaud him, two Muslim councillors remained firmly in their seats. Salma Yaqoob and Mohammed Ishtiaq, from the Respect party, insist that their refusal to clap the Royal Marine was a point of principle. But following the meeting at Birmingham City Council on Tuesday night, fellow councillors said they had grossly disrespected the soldier.....” So much for respect: Two Muslim councillors refused to clap war hero Mail OnLine
“......Councillors Yaqoob and Ishtiaq remained defiant last night. Miss Yaqoob, Respect party leader and head of Birmingham's Stop the War Coalition, said of the ovation: ‘It was more about the politicians feeling good about themselves for sending our young men to fight for reasons that have proved to be false.... The Respect party was founded by controversial former Labour MP George Galloway, who formed an uneasy coalition of anti-war campaigners and Islamic groups and successfully won himself a Commons seat in east London under the party banner. His support collapsed at the last election and he lost his seat, but there are still several Respect councillors.....”
(07Feb2011)“....Lee Kuan Yew ranks as one of the most successful statesmen of the 20th century, having led Singapore to independence, and built a thriving prosperous mini-state with a world class economy, out of an ethnically diverse population. He retired as the world's longest serving prime minister, and at 87 years of age, has little to lose in speaking his mind....Thus, his candor in discussing the assimilation of Muslims is perhaps understandable, but stil startling in a world of political correctness and compulsory sensitivity to Muslims, who are never expected to reciprocate....Throughout its history, Singapore has striven to keep ethnic tensions minimized among its diverse population (ethnic Chinese being the largest group [74%], followed by Malays[13%], Indians, and others -- including many westerners).....” Singapore's Lee: 'we can integrate all religions and races except Islam' American thinker “...... Now, Lee has published a book on Singapore's future, and he is speaking his mind : In the book, Mr Lee, when asked to assess the progress of multiracialism in Singapore, said: "I have to speak candidly to be of value, but I do not wish to offend the Muslim community. "I think we were progressing very nicely until the surge of Islam came, and if you asked me for my observations, the other communities have easier integration - friends, intermarriages and so on, Indians with Chinese, Chinese with Indians - than Muslims. That's the result of the surge from the Arab states." He added: "I would say today, we can integrate all religions and races except Islam." Mr lee then went on to speak of how his own generation of politicians who worked with him had integrated well, including sitting down and eating together.......He said: "But now, you go to schools with Malay and Chinese, there's a halal and non-halal segment and so too, the universities. And they tend to sit separately so as not to be contaminated. All that becomes a social divide...."
(03Feb2011) “.....As Egypt lurches towards the end of Hosni Mubarak's regime, one way or another - by "an orderly transition to democratic rule" (as Hillary Clinton delicately puts it), through violent overthrow or simply through the demise of the ailing 82-year-old president - much is unclear. One thing that should not be is that the Muslim Brotherhood is our enemy, and whatever role it plays in Egypt's future will be to our detriment.... "An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America": The Ikhwan must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and 'sabotaging' its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God's religion is made victorious over all other religions.... As a blue-ribbon group of national security experts convened by the Center for Security Policy, "Team B II" noted in their new best-seller Shariah: The Threat to America, the incompatability of the Ikhwan's agenda with our interests has been evident from its inception: The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in Egypt in 1928. Its express purpose was two-fold: (1) to implement shariah worldwide, and (2) to re-establish the global Islamic State (caliphate). Therefore, al Qaeda and the MB have the same objectives. They differ only in the timing and tactics involved in realizing them..... The Muslim Brotherhood: the enemy in its own words, Fank Gaffney, Jr. Centre for Security Policy “......Phase One : Discreet and secret establishment of leadership. Phase Two: Phase of gradual appearance on the public scene and exercising and utilizing various public activities. It [the MB] greatly succeeded in implementing this stage. It also succeeded in achieving a great deal of its important goals, such as infiltrating various sectors of the Government. Phase Three: Escalation phase, prior to conflict and confrontation with the rulers, through utilizing mass media. Currently in progress......The aforementioned MB "Explanatory Memorandum" provides a list of "Our Organizations and the Organizations of Our Friends" that includes virtually every prominent Muslim-American organization in business at that time. What is incredible, therefore, is that many of these same Muslim Brotherhood fronts are used by the U.S. government for "outreach" to the Muslim community and policy advice. The nation's top intelligence official, James Clapper, has actually characterized the resulting "dialogue with the Muslim community" as "a source of advice, counsel, and wisdom......"
Reposted from February and April 2006
Five will get you ten, that whatever the outcome in Egypt it will be a case for of “..careful what you wish for you might get it..” Think Iran 1979. That gave the world the horror of the Ayatollah. Think Lebanon and Hezbollah. Think Gaza and Hamas.
The idea of democracy in these places pretty much means ONE man, ONE vote, ONCE. The Muslim Brotherhood who I have been talking about for years will see that Egypt goes the same way. And yes, the Brotherhood is alive and well in Australia. They are the “suits and ties” as I often refer to them.
Below I have reposted several articles from as far back as 2006. Perhaps now more people will pay attention to the machinations and manoeuvrers of the Muslim Brotherhood
The Muslim Brotherhood in Australia
The following revelation seriously sucks the oxygen out of the room and brings into question the competence and diligence of Australia 's Refugee Review Tribunal. Here's just a little of their history and some of the criminal and odious personalities involved. Click on the Muslim Brotherhood link below to get a full understanding as to what the Refugee Review Tribunal has allowed into Australia as a persecuted refugee.
“.. In Egypt and the Sudan , the Brotherhood extended its reach and spun off terrorist groups including Jamaat al-Islamiyya, aka Gama'a al-Islamiyya (The Islamic Group), and Egyptian Islamic Jihad . Sudan 's al-Turabi was a key networker for the Brotherhood, cultivating such friends as "the blind Sheikh" Omar Abdel Rahman and Ayman Al-Zawahiri , who then carried word to others. In 1981, the Brotherhood assassinated Anwar Sadat. Zawahiri and Rahman were both arrested, and Rahman eventually stood trial, accused of providing a fatwa to justify the killing. Rahman was acquitted..”
“…The following is a collection of cases that were heard by the Australian Refugee Review Tribunal, and higher courts, where the applicants sought protection on the grounds of persecution because of political beliefs; in these cases evidenced by their membership of the Muslim Brotherhood. ... In all these cases, where the appeals have been successful, the decision was based on findings of whether the applicants had successfully proven membership of the Muslim Brotherhood..” Australia continues to give asylum to Muslim Brothers “..There are other cases (and these are larger in number) where the appeal failed because the applicant could not prove membership of the Muslim Brotherhood to the satisfaction of the tribunal or court…”
“ In February, Prime Minister Howard's Muslim Advisory Group met for the first time for 2006, and it was not a happy event. Prior to the meeting, Howard and his Treasurer, Peter Costello, spoke to the media on Islamic extremism in Australia….it appears that the national Islamic youth group, the Federation of Australian Muslim Students and Youth (FAMSY), has been working assiduously to promote extremist aspects of Islam to the next generation of Australian Muslims…. When Steven Emerson – one of the world's leading authorities on Islamist extremist networks – recently visited Australia, he acknowledged that FAMSY is an ideological offshoot of the international Islamist movement, the Muslim Brotherhood ….FAMSY has operated in Australia since 1968…One of the organisation's most committed members is Zachariah Matthews , who has been involved with FAMSY since 1992…” Infiltrating Australia's Academe by Sharon Lapkin FrontPageMagazine.com.“...FAMSY's guest speakers over the last few years validate Emerson's claim that the organisation is clearly an ideological offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood. It also demonstrates that Islamists have become regular fixtures on Australian university campuses….American convert to Islam, Mahdi Bray , spoke to Australian Muslim youth at the FAMSY conference in 2003. Within two months of his University of Sydney guest appearance, Bray was named by a witness who addressed the US Congressional Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security, as the contact for a key organisation involved in Muslim prison recruitment…last year, FAMSY bought Anas Altikriti to Australia to speak to Muslim youth. Altikriti's father had attended school with Saddam Hussein and was currently head of the Muslim Brotherhood in Iraq . And Altikriti himself is a founding member of the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB), which readily admits to having links to the Muslim Brotherhood.”
In my above posting Infiltrating Australia 's Academe you would have noticed the name Dr Zachariah Matthews as one of the committed members of FAMSY, the Federation of Australian Muslim Youth. This is the same Dr Zachariah Matthews who in a lecture on March 30 th 2001 , organised by the University of Western Sydney (Milperra) Muslim society told his audience in the context of describing the deception employed by Mohammad in the migration (Hijrah) from Mecca to Medina in 622, that “ Deception is necessary ”. Note Matthews tense. IS not WAS. Keep in mind that this was in March 2001. Before Sept 11, before Afghanistan , before, Bali 1, before Iraq , before Bali 2, before the Madrid bombings and before the London underground bombings. In his lecture notes The Hijrah: A Necessary Phase in the Dawah on page 4, Matthews lists 6 principles, including, under the heading “ Secrets should be hidden ” the declaration that “today we talk about issues that don't need to be talked about to the general public” - “what is needed is less talk and more action.” Curious, to say the least. Point 4 of the principles is to “ Employ skill and competence .” Think Stalin's “useful idiots” when you read this principle. Matthews then goes on in point 6 of his principles to exhort his audience that Deception is necessary , and then concludes by saying that “these are only some of the many principles we learn from the migration ( Hijrah ) “principles that can be applied in all aspects of our lives .” Once again note the tone and tense. Again I feel it necessary to reinforce the point that we are talking about a lecture given in March 2001 and very heavily question the contemporary relevance in Australia of Matthews exhortations about such concepts as the use of deception in all aspects of our daily lives.
* FAMSY website
* A list of the articles and topics published in their magazine
* Full list of Conferences and speakers
*FAMSY About us information
* FAMSY is linked from the Islamic Council of Victoria website .
(11Jan2011)This man does not use (or need) a teleprompter! This is freaky, a politician who answers a question honestly, without beating around the bush. Here is one of the new Republican congressmen from Florida explaining, very definitively, in just over a minute The truth about Islam.
(31Dec2010) “....There are many descriptions that could be applied to the Greens, but none seems more accurate than Jack Mundey's own description of “ecological Marxism.” This description sums up the two core beliefs of the Greens. First, the environment or the ecology is to be placed before all else. This is spelt out in the first principle in the Greens Global Charter : “We acknowledge that human beings are part of the natural world and we respect the specific values of all forms of life, including non-human species.” Secondly, the Greens are Marxist in their philosophy, and display the same totalitarian tendencies of all previous forms of Marxism when applied as a political movement. By totalitarian, I mean the subordination of the individual and the impulse to rid society of all elements that, in the eyes of the adherent, mar its perfection....For many Greens supporters, environmentalism is ultimately an article of faith and belief. This is no better illustrated that in the controversy surrounding the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [IPCC]. It has become increasingly clear that the process of “establishing” human-caused global warming has been manipulated by a small group of people, using mutual peer processes, and claiming to speak for many more scientists who had little input and no real opportunity to review the final documents. The closed-shop nature of the process is counter the scientific empiricism of the enlightenment, and marks another significant break with traditional western culture. To Greens believers, this is of little consequence. Ultimately, global warming is a matter of faith....For the Greens, “economic development must be compatible with, and subservient to , ecological sustainability Consistent with this principle, the Greens advocate high levels of state ownership in the economy and an expanded role for the bureaucracy, including an extensive international regulatory bureaucracy. They advocate government ownership of natural monopolies, and government investment in strategic assets The Greens Agenda, in Their Own Words , Quadrant Online “..... The Greens support a moratorium on all new fossil fuel exploration and development . They are opposed to building any more coal-fired power stations and would pressure existing ones by prohibiting any public funding of refurbishments ] They would also prohibit then opening of new mines or expansion of any existing mines , hence phasing out coal exports, ending one of Australia's largest export industries, and forcing other nations to use dirtier sources of coal....The private ownership of property and resources, which have underpinned democratic capitalism, is questioned by the Greens. In their Global Charter, they propose to “review the relationship between the exclusive ownership of property and exclusive use of its resources, with a view to curbing environmental abuse and extending access for basic livelihood to all, especially indigenous communities This smacks of collectivism under a different name.... the Greens believe that human (and non-human) relations that are based simply on consensual activity. Hence marriage can be between any two persons, regardless of gender... The Greens propose an open door policy for asylum seekers. They would increase the number of places, remove mandatory detention laws, abolish the rule against refugees gaining permanent protection if they had spent time in a third country, restore the migration zone to include places like Christmas Island and Ashmore Reef, provide immediate legal assistance to all claimants, and allow free movement around the nation with access to services... The Greens documents speak on “participatory democracy” as one of their foundation principles but they favour global and central decision-making: Hence the creation and expansion of international bodies, including the United Nations and new world environmental courts ... .. What is at stake in the Greens ‘revolution' is the heart and soul of western civilisation, built on the Judeo-Christian/Enlightenment synthesis that upholds the individual –with obligations and responsibilities to others, but ultimately judged on his or her own conscience and actions – as the possessor of an inherent dignity and inalienable rights. What is also at stake is the economic system that has resulted in the creation of wealth and prosperity for the most people in human history.....”
(29Dec2010) ".....Marine Le Pen has promised to defend France from creeping ''Islamisation'' just weeks before she is expected to take over from her father as head of the National Front party.The 42-year-old is seen as a serious threat to the President, Nicolas Sarkozy, if chosen to succeed Jean-Marie Le Pen, 82, at the party congress on January 15-16.....The progressive Islamisation of our country and the increase in political-religious demands are calling into question the survival of our civilisation.....Islamism is the will to impose sharia for all as civil, political and religious law. We Western societies are fighting against Islamism all around the world. We have sent our kids to Afghanistan to be killed to fight against Islamism, and we don't have the right in France - through words and political action - to fight it? That seems totally absurd to me...." Le Pen sees votes in Islamism fight , Sydney Morning Herald "....She said examples of creeping Islamisation included pork being taken off the menu in certain schools and that 22 of the Quick chain of fast food restaurants were exclusively offering halal burgers. Ms Le Pen said Muslim communities were receiving hidden government funds to build ''increasingly ostentatious mosque-cathedrals'' or ones funded by Saudi Arabia......In reality, it's asking French people to increasingly submit themselves to the Muslim religion. That goes totally against the secular principles of the French republic......The issue would be a ''key theme'' of the 2012 presidential elections....Ms Le Pen provoked outrage among the French mainstream earlier this month by likening Muslims praying in the streets to the Nazi occupation of France, minus the ''tanks and soldiers...."
(19Dec2010) The theft of a country. Goodbye Sweden
(19Dec2010) “.....The global warming prophets and propagandists, who enjoy living in style on other people's money, gathered last month in the plush resort of Cancun, Mexico, where January temperatures usually hover around 80 degrees. God must have a sense of humor because Cancun was hit by its coldest temperature in a hundred years....U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced that "we need to fundamentally transform the global economy, based on low-carbon, clean-energy resources." Barack Obama's announced goal of fundamentally transforming the United States has morphed into transforming the world..... It had little to do with any science about climate change and everything to do with trying to get the United States and other industrialized nations to redistribute their wealth to the poorer nations under the supervision of eager United Nations bureaucrats. Like previous climate change conferences, COP 16 deliberately pitted the poor countries against the rich countries, encouraging the poor countries to demand what the rich countries have without earning or paying for it......” The U.S. Should Halt All Funding For U.N.'s 'Global Warming' Scam , Phyllis Schlafly Investors.com “.......This is the internationalist version of the basic Marxist tactic called the class war...Our over-consumption is alleged to cause global warming. We are guilty because we are prosperous, so we supposedly owe reparations to the poor nations....The poor countries now say they want cash handouts, not loans, because they don't want to take on any debt. They also floated a scheme to force 37 industrialized nations to transfer their technologies along with huge financial bonuses to the poorer 155 nations....This diatribe called for "climate justice, ecological justice, economic justice, gender justice and historical justice." Its presenters concluded by chanting, "Let's globalize the struggle!" The main cause of poverty in other countries is the lack of enough energy. We should be increasing the use of energy rather than expanding government powers to restrict energy.....”
The middle-class progressives are killing the party to which I once belonged.
Michael Thompson is author of Labor Without Class: The Gentrification of the ALP (Pluto Press, 1999). He is a lawyer and former member of the Builders Labourers Federation.
(18Dec2010) “.....Labor is being frog-marched towards political irrelevance by a coming together of the self-styled progressives from the party's hard Left and a breed of right-wing official and parliamentarian who has forsaken the religious beliefs and traditional family values of earlier right-wingers for a new creed: "Whatever it takes". This new breed turned to polling and focus groups as a substitute for ideology and scant branch membership in its battles with the hard Left's eclectic mix of isms. But now this once all-powerful NSW branch machine gives its blessing to the co-opting of Labor's policy-making by progressives, leaving no room for the values of the socially conservative working class.....Their smearing of policies that appeal to working-class social conservatism as populist is at best intellectually bankrupt. The working class is awake to this betrayal of its values and will be looking about for a new political home.....Labor candidacy is now the preserve of the tertiary educated so-called "quality candidates"......Working-class union members need not apply: Unions should be the main recruiting ground for working-class candidates. However, as a consequence of its president Bill Kelty pushing his policy of "20 super unions" through the ACTU in the late 1980s, unions are fast being infiltrated by progressives. The amalgamations led inevitably to bureaucratisation of unions. This meant that time spent on the shop floor was no longer necessary for a career in the unions, and so students straight out of university jumped at the opportunity of jobs in the unions as stepping stones on their paths to political careers....Fast forward to 2010. Why formalise anything with the Greens? They would have supported Labor forming government anyway. The alliance gave the Greens the garb of responsible government with which to cloak their extremism while handing the opposition ammunition with which to target Labor as being "hostage to the Greens on carbon pricing", and as having moved further to the Left......” No place in Labor for people like me , Michael Thompson “...... The sight of a desperate Julia Gillard and Wayne Swan signing the alliance with a smug, smirking Bob Brown and his merry Green wo/men will be the enduring image of the election for Labor's working-class supporters..... the crunch will come on carbon pricing. If Gillard keeps her nerve on that issue, the Greens will bring down the government. They have no choice. Their inner-city supporters are at least as extreme as any Greens parliamentarian and will turn on them if they compromise on climate change (although they will risk losing those who voted Greens at the last election as a protest against Kevin Rudd postponing the emissions trading system)..... The Greens aim to be the left political party in Australia and they will happily ally with Labor short term as a means to that end; they're the enemy of Labor and its working-class supporters.... the careerists have embraced the progressive agenda, forsaking all others, 'til death do them part. Any lingering doubts that the party has jettisoned its traditional two wings to fly electoral strategy in its mad scramble to win back the Left were surely dispelled by Arbib's breaking ranks in support of gay marriage, only to be followed a few days later by news that Labor would support an amended Greens motion calling on MPs to gauge their constituents' feelings on the issue..... Turbulent political and economic times such as ours throw up all sorts of personalities and ideas. The conspirators' worst nightmare should be the emergence of a politician who can appeal to the party's alienated, socially conservative suburban working class on cultural issues -- as Pauline Hanson did to rural and regional Australia -- one who will inflict gaping wounds on Labor. And if, unlike Hanson, that politician put forward rational economic policies that cater to working class aspirations for jobs for their children (not pie-in-the-sky green jobs) and a chance to improve their lot in life, the demise of the once great ALP will be at hand......”
A Sudanese woman being whipped for wearing trousers under her Islamic clothing.
This is a must watch.
(28Nov 2010) Nigel Farage gives both barrels to the EU and their pompous president. Farage is a British politician and the leader of the UK Independence Party. He is a current Member of the European Parliament and co-chairs the Eurosceptic Europe of Freedom and Democracy group. Nigel Farage: 'Who the Hell do You Think You Are: The Euro Game Is Up!'
The public might not understand the science, but they do understand cheating
(28Nov 2010) “....Dr Evans is a scientist who was on the climate gravy train, and was horrified by what he saw. He first blew the whistle in a polite way in 2008. Too many of the world's politicians have not yet woken up, so here he collects the worst examples of climate shenanigans and explains them powerfully in terms that any politician can understand. These photos speak for themselves. The corruption of climate science has become so blatant, so obvious, that even non-scientists can no longer throw their hands in the air and say “I didn't know”. You don't need a PhD to know it is cheating to place thermometers near artificial heat sources and call it “global warming”...... Is the Western Climate Establishment Corrupt? Dr David Evans “...Climate scientists frequently point to the last 130 years of global warming, but don't mention the full story: the planet started warming before 1700, over a century before humans started pumping out meaningful amounts of CO2.....”
(28Nov 2010)“.....Our basic freedoms have long been guaranteed — first by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as passed by the United Nations in 1948, and then buttressed by the Council of Europe in 1950 through the European Convention of Human Rights, which was later affirmed by the European Union. Our individual countries have additionally codified the same basic rights in their own constitutions. These rights include the freedom of individual conscience, the right to assemble peaceably, and the right to practice our religion freely, or to have no religion at all. And, perhaps most importantly of all, they include the right to voice our opinions freely and to publish them without hindrance. Yet freedom of speech is under attack today here in Denmark, as it is in my own country Austria, and indeed all across Europe. Today, in 21st century Western Europe, our right to free speech is being shut down quietly and systematically with an effectiveness that the commissars in the old Soviet Union could only dream of...... milestone in this ominous totalitarian trend will be reached tomorrow, 28 November 2010, when the member states of the European Union are required to implement an innocuous-sounding legal provision known as the “Framework decision on combating racism and xenophobia”, or, more fully, the “Council Framework Decision 2008/913/JHA of 28 November 2008 on combating certain forms and expressions of racism and xenophobia by means of criminal law.” ....Based on what has recently happened to Geert Wilders and me — and earlier to Gregorius Nekschot, Jussi Halla-aho, and numerous others — we can all guess who will be punished under this provision of the Framework Decision: those who criticize Islam. Even worse, a complaint made by a member state does not have to be “dependent on a report or an accusation made by a victim of the conduct”, nor does the alleged offender have to be “physically present in its territory”....The death throes of free speech in Europe begin tomorrow morning......” The Time That is Given Us, Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff Gates of Vienna “..... As most of you already know, nearly a year ago I was made aware that “hate speech” charges might be filed against me — I had “denigrated religious teachings” by giving one of my public lectures on Islam. The possibility of my prosecution was not communicated to me directly, but through articles in the press.... it is intended to discourage anyone who might consider following in my footsteps. The oligarchs who rule Europe are determined to prevent any frank discussion among their citizens of Islam and its legal doctrines. These are the methods of a totalitarian state. They are more successful than those of the Nazis and the Fascists and the Communists because they are accomplished quietly and peacefully, with no need for concentration camps or gulags or mass graves or the shot in the back of the neck in the middle of the night. They are surgical strikes executed via our legal systems, and they are quite effective. Between the summary punishment carried out against Theo Van Gogh and the Framework Decision applied though our courts, there is no room left for us to maneuver. We are systematically being silenced.... What were formerly our nations will become regions with indistinct boundaries, populated mainly by people of foreign cultures and administered by corrupt totalitarian bureaucrats. The natives — the original inhabitants, our children, the descendants of those who created the greatest civilization the world has ever known — will be reduced to curators and costumed actors in a quaint theme park..... Our time is short. If you and I do not envision an Islamic future for ourselves, then we must speak out now. If we wish to preserve the right to speak and publish freely, then we must exercise it now. I wish this need not have happened in my time. But it has. We must make full use of the time that remains to us.....”
(27Nov 2010) “.....Children in Britain are being taught brutal Sharia law punishments, including how to hack off a criminal's hand or foot.So-called ‘weekend schools' – which offer the hardline Saudi National Curriculum to Muslim children in the UK – also teach that the penalty for gay sex is execution and that ‘Zionists' are plotting to take over the world for the Jews....BBC Panorama investigation, to be screened tonight, identified a network of more than 40 weekend schools teaching around 5,000 children, from age six to 18.The schools are run under the umbrella of ‘Saudi Students Clubs and Schools in the UK and Ireland'. They are not state-funded, and do not use Government buildings. They are able to exploit a loophole which means weekend schools are not inspected by Ofsted....” British pupils taught Sharia way to cut off a thief's hand , Daily Mail “.....They call for the establishment of a Due Diligence Unit to check whether those applying to open the schools have an extremist background. Current checks are largely limited to fraud, criminal convictions and funding....For acts of ‘sodomy', children are told that the penalty is death and it states a difference of opinion whether this should be done by stoning, or burning with fire, or throwing over a cliff. Panorama alleges that a building used for one of the schools, in Ealing, West London, is owned by the Saudi government. Mr Gove told the programme: ‘I have no desire or wish to intervene in the decisions that the Saudi government makes in its own education system.....”
(22Nov 2010) “.....Maybe it really did need to come to this. Maybe Americans had to literally have their privates groped by a government bureaucrat to finally realize that they have been the proverbial frogs sitting in a pot of water, unaware that they are being incrementally boiled to death. For those of you who still don't get it, let me make it clear: The ultimate destination of Political Correctness is totalitarianism...For decades, Americans have tolerated the drip, drip, drip of Marxist-inspired progressivism right under our collective noses. We've watched our public schools eliminate the Pledge of Allegiance, because patriotism is “unseemly.” We've watched the same do-gooders eliminate keeping score in kids' sports because competition is “evil,” and anything which produces winners and losers—including free-market capitalism—is “damaging to one's sense of self-esteem....” The Frogs Finally Notice the Water is Boiling . Canada Free Press “......We've allowed the complaints of whiny individuals to eliminate voluntary prayer before high school football games, and Christmas creches in the town square. We stood by while feckless politicians turned buying a house into an affirmative action program, where good credit and down payments were “for suckers only.....It's “insensitive” to single out certain people for different treatment? Baloney! The progressives have been doing it for years. They've been playing the rich off the poor, the blacks off the whites, the gays off the straights, one grievance group off another, ad nauseam. And if the aforementioned concept of affirmative action isn't the essence of singling out particular groups for different treatment, then I don't know what is..... It will state one thing: Every law Congress subjects Americans to, they will live under as well. That goes for everything from enduring the same pat downs inflicted on ordinary Americans at airports, to the same Social Security and Medicaid programs good enough for the rest of us, and everything in between......”
(22Nov 2010)“......It is hard to overstate how much of a disaster for both Britain and the west is the British government's decision – all but buried under yesterday's Royal wedding media hysteria – to award an unspecified sum of compensation, estimated variously between £10 million and £30 million, to 16 former detainees of Guantánamo Bay to avoid running up a £50 million legal bill if their cases went to court, and to avoid the security service being forced to compromise its intelligence sources. And what was the reason the British government faced this court case? Why, the ex-Guantanamo inmates claimed British complicity with torture. Not that the British committed torture, but that they were complicit with it..... What is the effect of this settlement? Catastrophic. Despite the fact that there is no admission of any liability by the British government, that is how it is already being presented by al Qaeda (and if these guys really aren't anything to do with them, why are the jihadis so jubilant?). Jihad is now apparently a means of milking the British taxpayer. More recruits will now flock to the jihad on the basis that Britain is demonstrably crumbling. This decision therefore makes the murder of more innocents more likely.....” Britain on its knees, with a human rights noose round its neck “......How did the British government get itself into such a ridiculous position of having to pay legal ‘protection' money to terrorist suspects in order to avoid the greater calamity of compromising invaluable intelligence? Because of ‘human rights' law and the industry of western ‘human rights' lawyers and activists, who in their unceasing vendetta against Britain and America on behalf of Islamic extremists seeking to damn the west as moral degenerates have become the jihad's fifth column acting against the west.....During the Second World War, was Britain more protective of the ‘civil liberties' of those it deemed to be its actual or potential enemies on the basis that otherwise it would be giving its enemies a moral victory? No; it locked them up without trial to prevent its enemies from achieving an actual victory. Would Britain have won that war had the ‘human rights' industry been doing to the British government and military then what it is doing now? No. Does the fact that we are now fighting a very different kind of war mean that this one is any less lethal to western society? No. Will Britain survive as a recognisably western liberal democracy if it continues down this path? No.
(22Nov 2010) JP Morgan Chase is the simply the governments' main holding company. JP Morgan Chase, as of March 31, 2008, was holding 89.99 trillion ($89,997,271,000,000) in derivatives. These were mostly government futures (bets on future prices). 89.99 trillion!!!! JP Morgan Chase was only holding 1.4 trillion ($1,407,568,000,000) in actual assets at the time! Read On!!!! What is JP Morgan Chase? JP Morgan is majority owned through stock investment by collective government. Collective government is simply defined as the over 185,000 individual state, county, city and other municipalities, school districts, pension and other funds, and other governments throughout the United States. Therefore, any actions by which JP Morgan partakes in and any decision this bank makes is voted on by collective government through proxy votes (stock-ownership “institutional” voting). This is called corporate governance.
Ottmar Edenhofer was appointed as joint chair of Working Group 3 at the Twenty-Ninth Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Geneva, Switzerland.
(22Nov 2010)“.......Climate policy has almost nothing to do anymore with environmental protection, says the German economist and IPCC official Ottmar Edenhofer. The next world climate summit in Cancun is actually an economy summit during which the distribution of the world's resources will be negotiated......” IPCC Official: “Climate Policy Is Redistributing The World's Wealth “..... Basically it's a big mistake to discuss climate policy separately from the major themes of globalization. The climate summit in Cancun at the end of the month is not a climate conference, but one of the largest economic conferences since the Second World War.....”
(15Nov 2010)“.....What does a very aged multi-billionaire do after he spends $25 million dollars to force a presidential election his way, and still falls flat on his face? Well, of course, he tries and tries again. When George Soros failed to obtain the election of his candidate, John Kerry, in 2004, he brooded for a while, even said he might get out of politics altogether, but he just couldn't stop himself. He has stated publicly that he wishes to burst the "bubble of American supremacy," because he says our preeminence in the world is a detriment to global "equilibrium." So far, he has failed, but he keeps on trying..... And Mr. Soros has made no secret either of the fact that he sees the shortest way to effect political shake-ups, what he terms "regime changes," is through very difficult economic conditions. America has not yet felt the full force of Soros style economic shock treatment. But others have. Soros made his first billion in 1992 by shorting the British pound with leveraged billions in financial bets, and became known as the man who broke the Bank of England. He broke it on the backs of hard-working British citizens who immediately saw their homes severely devalued and their life savings cut drastically in comparative worth almost overnight. When the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997 threatened to spread globally, George Soros was right in the thick of it. Soros was accused by the Malaysian Prime Minister of causing the collapse with his monetary machinations, and he was branded in Thailand as an "economic war criminal" who "sucks the blood from the people.......” George Soros and the Alchemy of ‘Regime Change The American Thinker “.......He had already been widely proclaiming that it was his own machinations that brought down the Soviet Empire. When asked about his sphere of influence in the Soviets' demise for a New Republic interview in 1994, Mr. Soros humbly replied that the author ought to report that "the former Soviet Empire is now called the Soros Empire." When our House Banking Committee investigated the Russia-gate scandal in 1999, trying to determine just how $100 billion had been diverted out of Russia, forcing the collapse of its currency and the default of its enormous loans from the International Monetary Fund, Soros was even called to testify. He denied involvement of course, but finally admitted that he had used insider access in a deal that was barred to foreign investors to acquire a huge chunk of Sidanko Oil. The Russia scandal was labeled by Rep. Jim Leach, then head of the House Banking Committee to be "one of the greatest social robberies in human history.".... Then, George Soros did some more shady economic fooling around in France. And he actually got caught and charged with illegal insider trading in his attempt to takeover the Societe Generale bank. He was convicted and the conviction was upheld in 2 separate appeals, the last in June of 2006. They let him off, however, with a piddling $2.9 million fine......”
REPOSTED FROM SEPTEMBER 2008!!
( 27Sept 08 ) It's interesting to look back on this piece 11 years later in the context of the Climate Change debate and the proposed global emissions trading scheme. Maybe now people can join the dots for themselves as far as a global agenda is concerned. Too late.
“....As a Senior Advisor to Kofi Annan, Strong will have a free hand to do what he wants while Annan takes the heat - or the praise. Strong prefers to operate in the background. He, perhaps more than any other single person, is responsible for the development of a global agenda now being implemented throughout the world.... Although various components of the global agenda are associated with an assortment of individuals and institutions, Maurice Strong is, or has been, the driving force behind them. It is essential that Americans come to know this man who has been entrusted with the task of "reforming" the U.N. - this man Maurice F. Strong... According to Elaine Dewar, author of Cloak of Green . Strong is a Socialist....Strong's cousin, Anna Louise Strong, was a Marxist, and a member of the Comintern, who spent two years with Mao and Chou En-lai. Her burial in China in 1970 was organized personally by Chou En-lai. Maurice is well received in China, partly because of his cousin's connections... Strong is also closely aligned with Mikhail Gorbachev and was a participant in Gorbachev's State of the World Forum in San Francisco in 1995. His organization, Earth Council, and Gorbachev's organization, Green Cross International, are currently developing a new "Earth Charter" for presentation to the U.N. General Assembly.... Strong was chosen to direct Earth Summit I, in Stockholm in 1972 , not for his demonstrated interest in the environment, but because the Swedish representative to the U.N. believed that only Strong, with his extensive worldwide network of friends, could get both the developed and developing nations to participate....The 1972 Stockholm Conference on Human Environment (Earth Summit I) had far more international significance than was ever reported....” Maurice Strong: The new guy in your future! Henry Lamb, January 1997 “.....The 1972 Stockholm Conference institutionalized the environment as a legitimate concern of government, and it institutionalized NGOs as the instruments through which government could varnish its agenda with the appearance of public support....In 1983, Strong was appointed to the U.N.'s World Commission on Environment and Development, headed by Gro Harlem Brundtland, Vice President of the World Socialist Party... At a luncheon with Swedish Prime Minister Ingvar Carlsson in 1986, Strong proposed another world conference on the environment to be held on the 20th anniversary of the Stockholm Conference.... As Strong organized the Rio Conference, he utilized his vast network to ensure the outcome.... The practice started by Strong at the 1972 conference, of cloaking the agenda in the perception of public grassroots support from NGOs, culminated in Rio in 1992, with the largest collection of NGOs ever assembled in support of Agenda 21 . Only those NGOs that were "accredited" by the U.N. Conference were permitted to attend .. Maurice Strong has demonstrated an uncanny ability to manipulate people, institutions, governments, and events to achieve the outcome he desires. Through his published writings and public presentations he has declared his desire to empower the U.N. as the global authority to manage a new era of global governance. He has positioned his NGO triumvirite, the IUCN, WWF, and the WRI, to varnish U.N. activity with the perception of "civil society" respectability....The fox has been given the assignment, and all the tools necessary, to repair the henhouse to his liking....”
(14Nov 2010) “......Nothing more poignantly reflects the collapse of the great global warming scare than the decision of the Chicago Carbon Exchange, the largest in the world, to stop trading in "carbon" – buying and selling the right of businesses to continue emitting CO2. A few years back, when the climate scare was still at its height, and it seemed the world might agree the Copenhagen Treaty and the US Congress might pass a "cap and trade" bill, it was claimed that the Chicago Exchange would be at the centre of a global market worth $10 trillion a year, and that "carbon" would be among the most valuable commodities on earth, worth more per ton than most metals. Today, after the collapse of Copenhagen and the cap and trade bill, the carbon price, at five cents a ton, is as low as it can get without being worthless...Next month sees the anniversary of the Copenhagen conference – the largest ever held, with upwards of 100,000 people present – which collapsed in an acrimonious shambles, without the treaty that would have landed the world with the biggest bill in history ......” The climate change scare is dying, but do our MPs notice? Christopher Booker, The Telegraph “.......his was followed by all those scandals surrounding the IPCC itself, hitherto regarded as the supreme authority on global warming. It emerged that the most recent IPCC report was riddled with errors, and that many of its more alarming predictions were based, not on proper science, but on claims dreamed up by environmental activists.....But to all this deflation of the bubble our political class in Britain remains quite impervious. Our governments in London and Brussels charge on with completely unreal and damaging policies which increasingly look as much of a shambles as the warming scare which inspired them. Scarcely a single politician dares question the Climate Change Act, by far the most expensive law in history, which commits Britain, uniquely in the world, to reducing its CO2 emissions by 80 per cent in 40 years. By the Government's own estimates, this will cost up to £18 billion a year.....It appears that Chris Huhne, our Energy and Climate Change Secretary, is so obsessed with the half of his job relating to climate change that he can happily ignore the other half, to do with keeping the lights on. But Mr Huhne is far from alone. Not a single MP of any party has yet found the courage to mount a properly briefed challenge to all this lunacy. So what do we pay them for?
THIS IS A MUST READ
(13Nov 2010) “.....So now it's cards on the table, the big lie exposed, all pretence over. After decades during which the peoples of Europe were told that the EU posed no threat to the sovereignty of member states , the European Council President Herman von Rompuy has finally stated that the real purpose of the EU is nothing less than to destroy the nation state. The Mail reports :..... The age of the nation state is over and the idea that countries can stand alone is an ‘illusion' and a ‘lie', the EU president believes. In one of the most open proclamations of the goal of a European superstate since the heyday of Jacques Delors, Herman Van Rompuy went on to denounce Eurosceptism as the greatest threat to peace......Mr Van Rompuy's speech in the German capital told his audience that ‘the time of the homogenous nation state is over'. He added that the ‘danger' of Euroscepticism was spreading beyond the confines of countries such as Britain and was becoming a stronger force across the whole continent. ‘We have together to fight the danger of a new Euroscepticism,' he declared. ‘This is no longer the monopoly of a few countries. So the greatest danger to the EU is... democracy, and those who support the right of a country to govern itself......” Rumpy-Pumpy? Dump the Chumpy , Melanie Phillips, Spectator “......Nations lead to nationalism; nationalism leads to war; abolish the nation and you abolish war. This is a clear exposition of the doctrine of ‘transnational progressivism' that has become the orthodoxy in western ‘progressive' circles. It is, of course, as absurd as it is sinister. As Standpoint editor Daniel Johnson puts it, also in the Mail....This blustering Belgian, the grandest panjandrum in Brussels, is straight out of Gilbert and Sullivan. ‘President' Van Rompuy and his British colleague, the EU ‘High Representative' Baroness Ashton, cut richly comic figures on the international stage. It is tempting to dismiss their empire-building as an extravagant but otherwise harmless pastime. The trouble is that these Eurocrats not only waste tens of billions of pounds on their palatial offices and legions of flunkeys — they have real power, too... Mr Van Rompuy's Berlin speech appears to be the first shot in a new campaign to speed the transfer of sovereignty to Brussels — a transfer that was briefly interrupted by the defeat of the European Constitution and the Lisbon Treaty in successive referendums.Over to you, Prime Minister Cameron. Time to take your head out of the euro-quicksand.....”
(11Nov 2010) “......Tensions between the United States and China are set to escalate after one of China's top ratings agencies downgraded the rating of US sovereign debt, and launched a blistering attack on US economic policy. The report by Dagong Global Credit Rating Company is scathing of the US central bank's policy of printing money, which it says will cause the US dollar to drop, and result in hefty losses for foreign investors in US government bonds. It warns that unless the US stops depending so heavily on loose monetary policy, the country could face “unpredictable risk in solvency in the coming one to two years"......In its detailed report, Dagong criticises the US government's efforts to boost the US economy in the wake of the financial crisis. “The credit crunch is still proceeding and even deepening,” it says......” China calls Americas Bluff , Karen Maley. Business Spectator “.......Dagong argues that the US has relied on credit expansion to drive economic growth over the past few decades. Instead of boosting wealth by expanding production, the country created virtual wealth by expanding credit. The report notes that by the end of 2009, total US government, corporate and household debt amounted to $US52.3 trillion, while the country's GDP was just $US14.3 trillion.... It says foreign investors are losing confidence in US government bonds, as a result of weak US economic growth, combined with the massive build-up in US government debt. “These investors turn to buy gold to avoid risk, which pushes up the price of gold and increases the pressure of a rise in long-term interest rates.” ... Further declines in the US dollar, it says, will cripple the ability of the US to attract the capital inflows it needs, and will undermine the country's status as the global financial centre. But, it says, the US central bank is in a bind. Quantitative easing will temporarily reduce long-term US interest rates, but this will cause the US dollar to fall, and could eventually push interest rates higher as foreign investors demand a higher risk premium. At the same time, the US central bank can't increase interest rates to support the dollar because of the struggling US economy.....”.
(10Nov 2010)This is brilliant and sums up the left superbly How Liberals Argue
Federal Labor appears weak, unconvincing and hostage to its many dilemmas.
(7 Nov 2010) “......The Gillard government, deft at tactics, is losing its policy authority in the nation and facing a relentless haemorrhage in political support with repeated exposures of its inability to shape events or outcomes.Labor is in serious difficulty, a fact more apparent the greater the distance from Canberra. The government looks out of its depth, weak and devoid of strategic purpose. So overwhelming are these early signs they demand an urgent rethink of Labor's policy and messages.In June Julia Gillard explained Kevin Rudd's removal by saying the government had "lost its way", but Labor's risk is that of changing jockeys but failing to get back on track. If this perception takes hold, the government will be finished.......it is mismanaging one of the epic booms in Australia's history with an outdated policy framework devised during 2005 to 2008 that misreads the boom's scale and the Treasury and Finance Red Books after the 2010 poll calling for substantial policy revision. Only a fool could miss the Reserve Bank's Cup Day message: it will keep hiking interest rates to contain prices from this once-in-a-century boom and this will hurt much of the rest of the economy. Gillard Labor seems clueless about how to respond. As for the Commonwealth Bank, it has called Swan's bluff. Its 45 basis point interest rate lift proved his jawboning is useless. At one stroke the Commonwealth Bank has defied Swan and thumbed its nose at Treasury and Reserve Bank analysis that bank funding costs do not justify such action. Swan attacked the bank for a "cynical cash grab" and promised a "new wave of reforms" in banking next month. Gillard stamped her foot and declared she was angry.....” Prime Minister's crisis of authority , Paul Kelly The Australian “.......Shadow climate minister Greg Hunt said: "The President has announced that cap-and-trade is now dead, buried and cremated in the US. If she [Gillard] won't listen to Coalition plans for direct action, perhaps she might listen to the US. President Obama will now examine direct action models, just as has been put forward by the Coalition here in Australia." Yet Gillard has pledged to a carbon price as proof of her economic reform credentials. That means an Australian price without any US congress-approved price. It is almost certainly an impossible call. Tony Abbott will renew his campaign with fresh and simple ammunition: "If Obama says no, than Australia should say no." Understand the magnitude of Gillard's dilemma: she must press ahead or fall away.....The progressive mantra is about to unravel. This is because the flow of boats is increasing, fewer boatpeople are refugees, it is extremely hard to deport non-refugees, new detention centres are having to be established on the mainland and numbers are such - totalling 5800 this year - that with family reunion included boat arrivals now affect Australia's overall population intake profile.... Abbott led the Coalition team. He punished Labor, saying people were "understandably outraged" when governments lost control of the borders. Bowen says Labor has a plan to stop the boats. It is the regional framework including the proposed East Timor processing centre that Gillard pushed this week in Indonesia and Malaysia. Neither country is persuaded. Both will keep talking. As a new Prime Minister, Gillard has tied her prestige in the region to this initiative. It will end in Gillard's humiliation or in a regional solution of improbable benefit to checking the boats to this country. The reality is Gillard cannot tolerate the status quo on the boats. Ongoing arrivals reveal Labor's failure to deliver border security, a legitimate expectation of the Australian public since nationhood.....Arising from the resources boom, the finance sector, federal-state relations, climate change and boat arrivals, it is besieged by policy challenges that demand far-reaching and convincing responses that, so far, seem beyond Labor's political character....”
“.....America has long been a country of limitless possibility. But the dream has now become a nightmare for many. The US is now realizing just how fragile its success has become -- and how bitter its reality. Should the superpower not find a way out of crisis, it could spell trouble ahead for the global economy....”
(3 Nov 2010)“....It was to be the kind of place where dozens of American dreams would be fulfilled -- here on Apple Blossom Drive, a cul-de-sac under the azure-blue skies of southwest Florida, where the climate is mild and therapeutic for people with arthritis and rheumatism. Everything is ready. The driveways lined with cast-iron lanterns are finished, the artificial streams and ponds are filled with water, and all the underground cables have been installed. This street in Florida was to be just one small part of America's greater identity -- a place where individual dreams were to become part of the great American story. But a few things are missing. People, for one. And houses, too. The drawings are all ready, but the foundations for the houses haven't even been poured yet. Apple Blossom Drive, on the outskirts of Fort Myers, Florida, is a road to nowhere. The retirees, all the dreamers who wanted to claim their slice of the American dream in return for all the years they had worked in a Michigan factory or a New York City office, won't be coming. Not to Apple Blossom Drive and not to any of the other deserted streets which, with their pretty names and neat landscaping, were supposed to herald freedom and prosperity as the ultimate destination of the American journey, and now exude the same feeling of sadness as the industrial ruins of Detroit.... The Desperate States of America are loud and distressed. The country has always been a little paranoid, but now it's also despondent, hopeless and pessimistic. Americans have always believed in the country's capacity for regeneration, that a new awakening is possible at any time. Now, 63 percent of Americans don't believe that they will be able to maintain their current standard of living.....” Is the American Dream Over? Spiegel Online “.....Nothing symbolizes America's dream more than ownership, that fetish that politicians, culture and the media have glorified and inflated since the beginning of the 20th century.... Since prices have dropped, 11 million homeowners in the United States owe the banks more than their properties are worth. Houses are on the market for $80,000 that were built for $120,000 two years ago and have never been occupied. The unemployment rate is at 12 percent in Florida. Many people are leaving, running away and leaving everything behind, not just their dreams, but also their furniture, their keys and, most of all, their debt..... The political leadership deliberately made sure that people at the lower end of the socioeconomic scale were provided with low-interest mortgage loans, so that they would forget that their incomes were stagnating. "It was easy for people to get credit, and when home prices went up they felt rich, borrowed more money and spent it," It's the old concept of bread and circuses..... When the dotcom boom suddenly ended on the stock markets around the turn of the millennium, prices fell by 78 percent on the NASDAQ. Investors pulled their money out of stocks and invested it in real estate instead. The stock market bubble turned into the real estate bubble....The naked fear of the undertow is palpable throughout the entire country, where people who once considered themselves part of the middle class, the solid center of the country, now feel threatened. These are the people who, now that the smoke has cleared, are suddenly realizing that 30 years of economic growth, all the boom years, have virtually passed them by. In 1978, the average income for men in the United States was $45,879. In 2007, it was $45,113, adjusted for inflation....A creative country doesn't stop being creative because of a crisis. A society that has produced universities like Harvard, Yale, Stanford or MIT, companies like Apple and Microsoft on the West Coast, and institutions like the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall and the Museum of Modern Art in New York doesn't suddenly become stultified. There are always new projects, even in the United States of 2010. There are start-ups, new companies and, of course, great thinkers. But once a decline has gotten underway, it isn't easy to change direction.....”
(2Nov 2010) “......Imagine taking a journey from the GPO to the state border. The Green vote is highest where you start - in the inner-city terraces and converted warehouses. In the seat of Melbourne, the Greens polled 36 per cent and in the seat of Sydney 24 per cent. As you move out to the quarter-acre blocks in the suburbs, the Green vote declines. When you get to semi-rural and country areas it falls further. In Gippsland in Victoria it is 7 per cent and in Parkes in NSW 6 per cent.... As you take that journey, you will notice that families live in the suburbs where it is cheaper to buy a house with a garden for the children. They do not see their children as a threat to ecological sustainability but as their greatest contribution to society. If you travelled on a Sunday you would notice, as you moved out from the inner city to the outer suburbs, that the church services attract bigger crowds. Conventional religious belief is stronger. This explains why these electorates do not warm to the Green agenda of euthanasia, abortion, gay marriage and adoption. The fascinating thing about Green supporters is that their natural habitat is not the open spaces or the pristine forests but the crowded cafes and asphalt alleys of high-density, inner-city living........” Read the fine print on the Greens tin Peter Costello, (Former Treasurer) Sydney Morning Herald “....... Of course the inner-city areas were the traditional fiefdom of the political left. They still are. But the political left has found that marketing itself under the label "Green" has much better appeal, which is how Lee Rhiannon was elected as a senator for NSW.... She grew up as part of Sydney's first family of communism and followed her parents into the party. Her chances of being elected as a communist senator were zero but she has done well under the Greens banner. Adam Bandt was an undergraduate and postgraduate scholar of Marxism. In another age he would have journeyed through the union movement to a Labor pre-selection. Now these activists turn "Green" and they are taking the inner cities with them. But they are also taking a lot of support from people who think that Green is a description of environmental policies. It is much more than that. It is a clever marketing label. Beyond the label is a fully formed agenda of radical positions on tax, economics and foreign affairs. It pays to look carefully before buying the product.......”
“In 1984 George Orwell described how the abandonment of belief in objective truth makes possible a politicized history that legitimizes tyrannical power: If the Party could thrust its hand into the past and say of this or that event, it never happened—that, surely, was more terrifying than mere torture and death . . . . And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed—if all records told the same tale—then the lie passed into history and became truth. 'Who controls the past' ran the Party slogan, 'controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.”
(1 Nov 2010) “....The danger Orwell describes does not just afflict totalitarian societies in which the organs of information are controlled by the state. Free peoples too must watch out for the manipulation of historical fact in the service of ideology.... The fight against jihadism has been compromised by just such narratives in which the facts of history are twisted into a melodrama of Western imperialist aggression against a peaceful and tolerant Islam..... There exist numerous such accounts from the thousand-year assault of Islam against the West. Yet when do we ever hear that history anymore? When do we hear about the centuries-long occupation of Christian Spain, the Balkans, and Greece? When do we hear about the thousands of plundered, desecrated, and destroyed churches and temples? When do we hear about the two million Europeans kidnapped and sold into slavery? Or the 10 million slaves taken from Africa, many of whom were castrated then marched across the Sahara Desert? For the jihadists and their Western apologists, that history “never happened,” which is why the jihadist narrative has gained traction among so many in the West. By accepting that distorted history, we put ourselves in the role of the aggressor who has provoked by his depredations the current terrorist attacks against us....” Whitewashing Islam, Bruce Thornton “......This distortion of history is based on the jihadist narrative of Western crimes against Muslims, one of which is the neo-colonialist creation of Israel as an outpost of Western imperialist aggression. But long before Israel existed, jihadism historically gained traction among Muslims in times of Islam's retreat and weakness.......“Fighting the unbelievers,” Hassan al Banna wrote, “involves all possible efforts that are necessary to dismantle the power of the enemies of Islam including beating them, plundering their wealth, destroying their places of worship, and smashing their idols.”..... More recent jihadist attacks are likewise part of this long tradition of returning to a strict reading of the Koran and its jihadist imperative when Muslims are in retreat. From this perspective, Israel is merely a symptom, not a cause..... The acceptance of the jihadists' false history confers some measure of legitimacy on their attacks on the West, and makes more palatable policies of appeasement. Worse yet, it distorts the true nature of traditional Islam and its theology of violence, leading to efforts at “outreach,” “understanding,” and “recognition” of Islam's superiority that hamper both our tactics and strategies for defeating the jihadists. By allowing Islamists to “control the past,” we are making it easier for them to “control the future.....”(1 Nov 2010) Over the last ten years, the MSM reporters have pushed the myth-story that "global warming" was happening and dangerous. Yet NASA publishes data that the majority of the world has not been warming , and in fact, many areas have been cooling. Unfortunately for humanity, that cooling is worsening and spreading, which will cause much misery (with exception of ski resorts). Global Cooling Is Here, Pt. XIII: Where's The Freaking Global-Warming Promised Us!
"It's like Ballarat in the 1850s," says 33-year-old Port Hedland mayor Kelly Howlett of the Pilbara's 21st-century version of Victoria's gold rush..... "Most of Australia has absolutely no idea what's happening in the Pilbara,"
(30 Oct2010) “......Venture to the epicentre of our resources boom -- the Pilbara -- to see Australia's split personality economy at its most intense. Our biggest mining and energy investment boom is ratcheting up again with massive iron ore expansions capped by our largest single development, the $43 billion Gorgon liquefied natural gas project. Western Australia's economic growth will be propelled to an emerging market-paced 6.25 per cent by 2012-13, the WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry forecast last week. "It's like Ballarat in the 1850s," says 33-year-old Port Hedland mayor Kelly Howlett of the Pilbara's 21st-century version of Victoria's gold rush..... "Most of Australia has absolutely no idea what's happening in the Pilbara," Barnett insisted this week in the region's main growth town, Karratha, home to Rio Tinto's main port and Woodside's LNG operations. "This is not some sleepy hollow. This is leading the Australian economy; the most advanced regional economy in the Asia-Pacific." Yet in the region that already ships close to one-fifth of Australia's exports, don't expect to find a bakery or a commercial laundry. Bread -- and sometimes even sandwiches for functions -- is flown from Perth 2300km away. Bed linen for thousands of mine workers similarly is sent south to be washed. Outside Woolworths and Coles, there's no butcher in the two main Pilbara towns with populations of 15,000 to 18,000, depending on where you draw the line. There's no private legal practice in Karratha, only a pricey "fly-in, fly-out" lawyer....” Raw Edge Of The Boom , Michael Stutchbury, The Australian “...... the heart of Australia's iron ore and LNG industries defies the simple categorisation of fast-lane mining squeezing out other regions reliant on manufacturing or tourism. Instead, the two-speed pressures evident around the national economy are compressed and magnified in the epicentre of the region that underpins Australia's modern prosperity.....In the Pilbara's contorted local economy, there are not enough workers because there is not enough housing. House prices and rents are soaring because not enough land has been made available in the nation's most sparsely populated state. There is not enough land for housing because there is not enough water and electricity.... The Pilbara is easily Australia's most expensive housing market, with the median weekly rent rising 275 per cent during the past five years to $1500, according to research firm RP Data. Even Port Hedland's mayor Howlett has been forced to rent a room for accommodation... Port Hedland is already the world's second largest bulk commodity port. But it is running out of space and confronts public-sector financing constraints for an outer harbour that could lift annual capacity from 180 million tonnes to 800 million tonnes....”
(27 Oct2010) “.....People like myself who have warned for some years now about the steady Islamisation of Britain receive a torrent of scorn and abuse from the so-called custodians of our culture. Terms such as ‘scare-mongering', exaggeration' or ‘alarmism' tumble out alongside the inevitable ‘Islamophobia'. Now we can see what these cultural kamikazes are helping bring about. In the east London borough of Tower Hamlets, a man with reported links to radical Islamism, Lutfur Rahman, has been elected Mayor of the borough, giving him control of a billion-pound budget and thus the apparent installation of a platform for the progressive intimidation and silencing of British Muslims who do not want to live under sharia law, let alone the non-Muslim majority in the area..... The crumbling of church membership is due overwhelmingly to a profound loss of spiritual purpose and moral nerve within the Church of England – and the vacuum is being filled by Islam. Instead of defending its own territory, and with it the religious and moral underpinning of British society, the CofE has decided to stamp upon its Jewish theological roots and instead appease -- through its strategy of Christian-Muslim dialogue -- the creed that seeks to supersede Judeo-Christian culture......” The Capture of Tower Hamlets , Melanie Phillips, Spectator “........ The outcome is that Britain's establishment is actively assisting the progressive Balkanisation of Britain, in accordance with the global strategy of the Muslim Brotherhood and their allies to take over the west. Astoundingly, the security and political establishment even now still chooses to embrace the Brotherhood, treating them as authoritative Muslim spokesmen and even employing them as counter-extremism advisers, on the ludicrous basis that they are merely religious ideologues who can be used to divide British Muslims and divert them from al Qaeda..... There is barely an aspect of British life today in which Muslim Brotherhood and/or Hamas supporters lack influence. From the academic world, including student organizations, through politics and government, trades unions, the media, the legal system and even some Christian churches, they have succeeded in re-writing the prevailing narrative by means of the employment of the language of charity and human rights. Skilfully, they deflect criticism by the use of anti-racism laws and social mores and manage to market themselves as the face of ‘moderate Islam' so successfully that they are often invited to act in an advisory capacity to decision makers and are even able to secure government funding . But of course, it is Islamophobic exaggeration and scare-mongering to say so......”
(27 Oct2010)“.......Al Qaeda headman Osama bin Laden recently released yet another of his promotional communiqués, and like the last decade's worth of his propaganda, this one too is designed not so much to appeal to his fellow Muslims, but to exploit the received wisdom and political fashions of the American left and its reflexive hatred of its own culture. For half a century now, much of the West's intellectual class has transformed a suicidal failure of cultural nerve into an emblem of intellectual sophistication. The quality of critical consciousness, the willingness to question even one's own way and beliefs, was indeed instrumental in the remarkable political and material progress of the West.... As its name attests, progressivism fomented these unrealistic political ideals. The failure of the West to achieve them, despite the astonishing progress that has been made in the human condition, then became the warrant for the hatred of Western culture that oozes from progressive politics, and that is eager to make the West the arch-villain responsible for global failure and suffering. As our cultural elite wallowed in this masochistic guilt, the enemies of the West —Nazism, fascism, communism, and now jihadism — understood that this self-loathing was the sign of cultural exhaustion, the dying spasms of a civilization that no longer had faith in the goodness of its foundational beliefs, and so no longer knew what to kill and die for.....” I Love Your Hate, (Osama bin Laden Seduces the Left) , Bruce Thornton “...... As part of this war on our morale bin Laden focuses on those issues that are matters of indifference to a traditional jihadist, but are central to the hatred of their own country that typifies the progressive elites..... Osama bin Laden cares about jihad, the spiritual war between the believers and the infidels, and the fulfillment of Allah's injunction to “fight all men until they say there is no God but Allah, and Mohammed is his Prophet.” Like his earlier allusion to the Kyoto agreement and his mention of global-warming fundamentalist James Hansen, bin Laden's talk about climate change is for the benefit of American progressives, who have found in apocalyptic environmentalism a way to attack and weaken modern capitalism now that the old Marxist analyses have been exploded by history...... The more we assent to these stale ideological lies, the more we confirm the jihadists' estimation that our country is built on “foundations of straw” and so is worthy of destruction. That's what much of our cultural elite has been telling the world for half a century, so why are we surprised that the jihadists take us at our word and want to punish us for our self-confessed sins?
(27 Oct2010) “......The attack by the left on the Anzac tradition has escalated. As I predicted last year (“Gallipoli: Second Front in the History Wars”, Quadrant , June 2009; “The Intellectual Assault on Anzac”, Quadrant , July-August, 2009), the centenaries in 2014 of the outbreak of the Great War, and in 2015 of the Gallipoli campaign, will see an intensifying debate about the war as people seek to come to grips with the meaning of the seminal event of the twentieth century. Pushing itself to the centre of this struggle will be the intelligentsia, which historically has depicted these events in simplistic ideological terms and as exercises in futility. The intelligentsia is also infuriated by the Anzac legend, which is a dynamic cultural force over which it has little control, and for which it has very little sympathy, empathy or understanding..... This new book now explicitly targets Anzac as the centennials approach, pursuing the same iconoclastic agenda and polemical strategy that was so effective in the 1980s..... The tradition is routinely denigrated as a ‘myth' and attacked from one end of the book to the other, being condemned, for example, as “White Australia's creation myth” (p.1) and as “the vehicle by which the ideas of Edwardian militarists are preserved and passed on to a new generation” (p.159). It is also a sinister force of social division, with “the cult of Anzac … creating two classes of citizen … those who themselves or whose relatives went to war”, and the rest (p.23). Anzac Day itself is denounced as “an Imperial, masculine, militarist event” (p.3); “a means of inflating national pride” while promoting forgetfulness of the nation's past crimes (p.133); and as a cynically contrived “counter-narrative” (p.125) designed to distract the nation from “the history of Aboriginal dispossession and cultural annihilation” (p.133). The goal is for Anzac Day to be replaced by National Sorry Day as the focus of public observance.......” Anzac in Ashes Mervyn F. Bendle, Quadrant, April 2o10 “......The authors are all university professors (with one exception), and have been awarded various prizes by their ideological cheer squads in the federal and state labor governments. Indeed, the editors were joint winners of the lucrative and once prestigious Prime Minister's Prize for Non-Fiction, an award predictably given for yet another book about white men's racism that is destined to find a home on a few library shelves and then an early resting place in the remainders bin..... Aside from the Sixties, the origins of this contemptuous leftist view of Anzac are easy to identify, beginning with the extreme resentment of the Anzac legend felt by the various Australian communist and socialist groups in the post-1917 era. These groups were clambering over each other in a fratricidal struggle to obtain Moscow's ordination as the true leaders in Australia of the global communist millennium unleashed by the October Revolution. Just as they positioned themselves as antipodean champions of the proletariat, they were suddenly confronted by a genuinely Australian conception of social harmony and mateship based on the war experiences of the Anzacs, which the latter wanted desperately to preserve and which quickly seized the public imagination. In terms of Marxist-Leninism this was incomprehensible and presented a major ideological challenge.... In summary, this book is a slipshod polemic in which the authors condemn Anzac as a sinister militaristic propaganda campaign designed to obscure Australia's wicked past. They insist that Australia's national identity should be based not on military campaigns (with which they cannot identify), but on radical pacifism and radical social reforms (with which they do identify). However, they ignore the fact that the values they espouse can't exist in a vacuum and could not be attained or retained in a hostile world, dominated by any of the authoritarian, autocratic, and totalitarian regimes that made a bid for global domination in the twentieth century. Such regimes had to be resisted and Australia did its part at the cost of hundreds of thousands of casualties - a terrible price that is nevertheless only a fraction of that paid by many other countries in what was a titanic struggle that lasted decades and is still not finished....”.
REPOSTED FROM JULY 2009
“.....In a previous article ( Quadrant , June 2009) I discussed the revisionist attack on the history of Gallipoli and the role it has played as the central component of the Anzac tradition in Australia. I pointed out that this campaign is explicitly being undertaken by the intelligentsia and the Left as we approach the twin centennials commemorating the outbreak of the Great War in 2014 and the Gallipoli landing in 2015. In this article I undertake a broader exploration into the attack on the Anzac legend, focusing on revisionist attempts to degrade and demean the tradition; I describe the basic revisionist approach and review many examples of it by prominent and influential academics and others; I provide an historical context in which this antagonism can be best understood; and finally I emphasise how gratuitous, grotesque and ahistorical these attacks are, especially when viewed against the background of the real threat that Australia and our allies faced during the Great War, when so many young men fought gallantly, sacrificed themselves, and gave birth to the Anzac legend......Viewed historically, the Australian Left has always had problems with the Anzac tradition.....” The Assault on Anzac, The Legend and the Left , Mervyn F. Bendle, Quadrant “......For example, on Anzac Day 1919 the crowd heard speaker after speaker wrestling with the meaning of the spirit that they had come to commemorate: extolling “sublime heroism”, “a solemn memory”, “a name and glory that will never die”, “a great brotherhood of sacrifice”, and “the spirit of unselfishness”...... The Anzac legend was therefore denounced from the outset as backward-looking, conservative and reactionary.....Like all historians on the Left, the Anzac legend is a propaganda tool of manipulation.....It is revealing of the mind-set of these writers that when Moore writes of a police state, and of “ruthless, systematic, and effective repression”, it is not the Soviet Union of which he speaks, but Australia.... A similarly blighted view of the Anzac tradition as a tool of the ruling class has been developed to an extreme level of abstraction by Associate Professor Anthony Burke of the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy..... Burke claims that the Great War saw the “manufacturing [of] a monolithic Australian subject: the ‘Anzac tradition'”, which “linked security, sovereignty and identity into a potent subjective and historical unity”..... It is an indication of the Left's long-term adherence to its anti-Anzac obsession that such views expressed in 2008 so closely resemble the arguments of the Communist Party of Australia eighty years earlier.....”.
Everybody's in on this scam
(24 Oct2010) “.......Celebrate Psychology Week join fellow psychologists to explore how our profession can be involved in the issue of climate change..... In 2009, Simon was trained by Al Gore as a Climate Presenter and will be delivering the latest version of "An Inconvenient Truth".....(WOW).... Susie is a psychologist at the APS looking at ways of using psychological knowledge to enhance community wellbeing and promote social justice. A significant part of her work in the Psychology in the Public Interest team is highlighting the role that psychology can play in helping us understand the causes, impacts and solutions to climate change......” Climate Change and Behaviour Change “..... She will talk about the psychological barriers to people taking effective action on climate change, and ways of engaging and motivating people to behave in environmentally sustainable ways.,,,,And, Carol is a psychologist and couple therapist. In the last few years she has become involved in the community climate movement, and is a founding member of the Transition Decade alliance. She will speak about the emotional obstacles to engagement with climate change and present some ideas on ways psychologists can help shift community understanding, honesty, reflection and active concern......”
(24 Oct2010) From the Andrew Bolt blog: If only we could all live with Cameron's less
Fourteen centuries of hatred (22 Oct2010)
“......When Israeli planes smashed Egyptian airfields in the opening hours of the Six-Day War, announcers on Radio Cairo took to the airwaves, calling on Arabs in neighbouring countries to attack any Jews they could find. In the Libyan capital of Tripoli, then home to about 5,000 Jews, rioters responded with an orgy of murder, arson and looting that lasted three days. Even after the survivors had fled to Israel and the West, leaving Libya effectively judenrein, the anti-Semitic bloodlust remained unquenched. It was "the unavoidable duty of the city councils," opined one Libyan newspaper, "to remove [Jewish] cemeteries immediately, and throw the bodies of the dead, which even in their eternal rest soil our country, into the depths of the sea ...... Shocking words. Yet they do not come as a shock when one comes upon them in Martin Gilbert's newly published history of Jews in Muslim lands, recently excerpted on these pages........The Koran contains several very specific curses against Jews. And as modern terrorists often like to remind their YouTube audiences, Muhammad himself was a prolific Jew-killer. This passage from In Ishmael's House, for instance, describes events that took place after the Prophet's soldiers captured members of the Jewish Banu Qurayza tribe in the year 627: "[All] 700 Jewish men were taken to the market at Medina. Trenches were dug in the market square and the men, tied together in groups, were beheaded. Their headless bodies were then buried in the trenches while Mohammed watched ..... His rules (whose spirit survives in many modern Islamic societies to this day) also declared that dhimmis could not ride horses, only donkeys; had to wear special clothing and shoes; could not serve as a witness in a case involving a Muslim; could enter bathhouses only when wearing a special sign around their neck; could not inherit property from a Muslim, or even bequeath their own property to their children..... “ Fourteen centuries of hatred , (a review of Ishmael's House) Jonathan Kay “......To this day, in fact, bloody episodes from early Muslim history involving the killings of Jews are often cited casually in Arab propaganda against Israel. No effort is made to interpret these stories in any sort of allegorical sense; instead, they are celebrated at face value as victories that validate the foundational Muslim narrative of conquest and submission.... Aside from its value as a purely historical exposition, In Ishmael's House is a splash of cold water for all those supporters of Israel who imagine that the world can be brought around to their side if it can just be made to appreciate how successful and advanced the Jewish state has become. As the author shows us, the continued vibrancy and economic success of Jewish civilization -- so close to Islam's very heartland -- is precisely what has fed Muslim rage and jealousy for 14 centuries. The obscure, hardscrabble Jewish holy cities of Jerusalem, Hebron, Safed and Tiberias attracted little attention from Muslims when they were poor. It was only once the desert started to bloom during the Zionist period that Muslims became obsessed with a holy city that doesn't warrant even a single explicit mention in the Koran and that Muhammad seems never to have visited...... In past eras, spiteful Muslim leaders and mobs gave expression to their ugliest sentiments by unleashing violence against defenseless Jewish communities. Until Iran gets the bomb, the closest they can come to replicating this in our own era is by way of occasional bouts of suicide terrorism and missile volleys -- which is why those acts are encouraged and fetishized in such a lurid manner and why so few Middle Eastern Muslims regard them as a disgraceful or even regrettable part of their culture. However self-destructive such acts may seem to our eyes, they faithfully reflect a hateful pathology rooted in 14 centuries of Muslim history.......”
An edited extract of the speech by Rupert Murdoch to the Anti-Defamation League in New York
(17 Oct2010) “....The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 in response to something we cannot imagine in America today: the lynching of an innocent Jew... My own perspective is simple: we live in a world where there is an ongoing war against the Jews. For the first decades after Israel's founding, this war was conventional in nature. The goal was straightforward: to use military force to overrun Israel. Well before the Berlin Wall came down, that approach had clearly failed. Then came phase two: terrorism. Terrorists targeted Israelis both home and abroad from the massacre of Israeli athletes at Munich to the second intifada. Terrorists continue to target Jews across the world. But they have not succeeded in bringing down the Israeli government nor weakened Israeli resolve. Now the war has entered a new phase. This is the soft war that seeks to isolate Israel by delegitimising it. The battleground is everywhere: the media, multinational organisations, non-government organisations. The aim is to make Israel a pariah....” No ceasefire means no peace in war on Israel , Rupert Murdoch “.....The result is the curious situation we have today: Israel becomes increasingly ostracised, while Iran - a nation that has made no secret of wishing Israel's destruction - pursues nuclear weapons loudly, proudly and without apparent fear of rebuke... Far from being dismissed out of hand, anti-Semitism today enjoys support at both the highest and lowest reaches of European society from its most elite politicians to its largely Muslim ghettos. European Jews find themselves caught in this pincer...Sweden, for example, has long been a synonym for liberal tolerance. Yet in one of Sweden's largest cities, Jews report increasing examples of harassment. When an Israeli tennis team visited for a competition, it was greeted with riots. So how did the mayor respond? By equating Zionism with anti-Semitism and suggesting that Swedish Jews would be safer in his town if they distanced themselves from Israeli actions in Gaza.... When Europe's political leaders do not stand up to the thugs, they lend credence to the idea that Israel is the source of all the world's problems and they guarantee more ugliness. If that is not anti-Semitism, I don't know what is.....”
Ms. Ali, a former member of the Dutch parliament, is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and the author of "Nomad: From Islam to America—A Personal Journey through the Clash of Civilizations"
(17 Oct2010)“....Imagine if a leader within the tea party movement were able to persuade its members to establish a third political party. Imagine he succeeded—overwhelmingly—and that as their leader he stood a real chance of winning the presidency. Then imagine that in anticipation of his electoral victory, the Democrats and Republicans quickly modified an existing antidiscrimination law so that he could be convicted for statements he made on the campaign trailAll of this seems impossible in a 21st-century liberal democracy. But it is exactly what is happening in Holland to Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders.... No one has ever accused Mr. Wilders of being diplomatic. He's famously compared the Quran to "Mein Kampf" and described it as a "fascist book," he's called Muhammad "the devil," and he's proposed policies—such as banning the construction of mosques and taxing women who wear the burqa—to halt further Islamification.... This has spooked Dutch parliamentarians, particularly those wedded to multiculturalism. That's why, in the fall of 2009, they modified Article 137C and 137D of the Penal Code to make it possible for far-left organizations to take Mr. Wilders to court on grounds of "inciting hatred" against Muslims Article 137C of the penal code now states that anyone "who publicly, verbally or in writing or image, deliberately expresses himself in anyway insulting of a group of people because of their race, their religion or belief . . . will be punished with a prison sentence of at the most one year or a fine of third category......" Wilder Makes A Stand For Free Speech , Ayaan Hirsi Ali “.....So since Oct. 4, Mr. Wilders has filed into court to defend himself in this blasphemy trial. If he loses—and the chances are high, given that the presiding judges haven't been subtle about their bias against him—he will face fines or time in jail. (When Mr. Wilders said he would not speak at the trial, Judge Jan Moors accused him of being "good at making statements, but then avoiding the discussion" they provoke.) How is it possible that a mature European liberal democracy is prosecuting an elected member of parliament for his political opinions on the most pressing issue of the day—namely, Islamic fundamentalism? There are three main reasons. First, there is the matter of traditional politicians' discomfort with Mr. Wilders. Historically, the Netherlands has insisted on the idea of "consensus." Though on paper this means compromise, in practice it has meant conformity of thought and a refusal to rock the boat on controversial issues..... Most elites responded by preaching "tolerance." Give Muslim immigrants benefits and wait until they voluntarily integrate, their argument goes. Even if that process would take generations.... The supposed victims of Dutch discrimination were now a force to reckon with. Thus, major parties including Labor and the Christian Democrats—dominant since World War II—now support policies like increased immigration from Muslim countries and welfare benefits for Muslim voters. And they turn a blind eye to the implementation of informal Shariah law, particularly concerning the treatment of women... The West is in a war of ideas against political Islam. If free speech is not protected in Europe, we're already losing.....”
(13 Oct2010) A one in a one hundred year drought happens, hmmmm!!!! now let me see!!!! Ah yes, about every 100 years. Worth noting that this photo of the Murray River from 1914 is way before farming on the scale we have today.....It's the drought stupid!!!
(12 Oct2010)“……When I first arrived as a migrant in Australia in 1989 I was more than a little surprised to learn that there was a scheme proposed to divert the wet-weather flows from the Northern Territories south to supply water to the growing populations of Perth and Adelaide and even more surprised to hear it so openly derided by politicians and engineers alike as little more than a pipe dream . My surprise was probably more understandable in light of my recent experiences, working on a similar scheme in Libya, called the Great Man-Made River…..Having worked extensively in the Middle East and throughout Europe on a number of large and long irrigation projects, as well as on some other civil projects of similar scale, I had thought myself inured to surprise. The sheer size and scale of the Libyan GMMR project however beggared belief. It started as a 2500km, twin 4m diameter pipeline taking water from the gas anticlines in the Northern Sahara, south to the central Sahara for irrigation purposes. It was initially funded by the World Bank for around US$13 billion and was expected to deliver an estimated 6.43 GLD (gigalitres of fresh water per day). More detailed and current information can be found at http://www.gmmra.org/en/ . Libya shares many similarities with arid Australia, topography, geology and climate. Most of the population live along the coastline and vast portions of the country are unoccupied and considered unproductive. Dong Ah, the successful contractors, approached and executed the project as if it were a military exercise……” If Libya can build one, so can Australia , Peter Diprose, Humes Water Solutions “…….. They built staged production plants along the length of the pipeline routes, shipping raw materials to the plants for the construction of the 4m diameter pipe cans, used and moved demountable accommodation to keep their labour forces close to the work site and cut down travel times. Scheduled their work days to avoid the hottest time of the day during summer months and had several sections of line under construction at any given time, laying pipe to line and to level. It was very efficient and has been very effective to date winning many prizes and acclamations. The biggest objections to date to Australia mounting such a project – after capital costs – seem to be the probable energy costs and yet as a country we are currently investing or preparing to invest capital in numerous desalination projects. Desalination is very energy intensive and yet I suggest that if the Argylle to Ord scheme were costed competitively against the current list of prospective or constructed de-sal plants identified in the public domain, the required energy costs would be lower than the projected number of plants and their projected yields …….In summary, if Moammar Ghaddafi – a man often hated, feared and written off as a lunatic in the 80's – had the vision and imagination to drive such a scheme, who do we need to find to drive it here in Australia? Considering the economic benefits such a scheme could bring to Australia and the burgeoning mineral and exploration markets of SA and WA and their growing capital cities, and the prospective employment it would generate, you'd have to wonder what we're waiting for……”
World leaders have snubbed the next round of international climate change negotiations in Mexico next month amid fears the talks will collapse.
(11 Oct2010) “....The last United Nations summit on global warming in Copenhagen, at the end of last year, ended in failure and recrimination. More than 100 heads of state turned up hoping to be part of a deal that would "save the world", but failed to get any legal agreement to stop rising temperatures. This year, they are declining even to attend, instead sending environment ministers and playing down the talks as much as possible..... Barack Obama, US president, has failed to bring in any broad legislation to limit greenhouse gases, while the Chinese are uncomfortable about having their own emissions measured.....” Global warming summit heads for failure amid snub by world leaders “...... The talks in China ended in mistrust, with both sides accusing the other of failing to make clear promises to cut carbon. Jonathan Pershing, the US chief negotiator, admitted: "There is less agreement than one might have hoped at this stage," Britain has robust targets to cut its own greenhouse gases by 80 per cent by 2050 and is keen to achieve a global deal. But European Union negotiators have limited say amid clashes between the US and China.....There are fears that Cancun may not even meet the drastically low expectations of its participants, and that the UN-wide process of negotiation could be abandoned in favour of thrashing out an agreement in a smaller group such as the G8.....”
(11 Oct2010) Harold Lewis is Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Here is his letter of resignation to Curtis G. Callan Jr, Princeton University, President of the American Physical Society. Anthony Watts describes it thus: “..This is an important moment in science history. I would describe it as a letter on the scale of Martin Luther, nailing his 95 theses to the Wittenburg church door . It is worthy of repeating this letter in entirety on every blog that discusses science...”
When I first joined the American Physical Society sixty-seven years ago it was much smaller, much gentler, and as yet uncorrupted by the money flood (a threat against which Dwight Eisenhower warned a half-century ago). Indeed, the choice of physics as a profession was then a guarantor of a life of poverty and abstinence—it was World War II that changed all that. The prospect of worldly gain drove few physicists. As recently as thirty-five years ago, when I chaired the first APS study of a contentious social/scientific issue, The Reactor Safety Study, though there were zealots aplenty on the outside there was no hint of inordinate pressure on us as physicists. We were therefore able to produce what I believe was and is an honest appraisal of the situation at that time.......” US physics professor: 'Global warming is the greatest and most successful pseudoscientific fraud I have seen in my long life' Daily Telegraph “.....The giants no longer walk the earth, and the money flood has become the raison d'être of much physics research, the vital sustenance of much more, and it provides the support for untold numbers of professional jobs. For reasons that will soon become clear my former pride at being an APS Fellow all these years has been turned into shame, and I am forced, with no pleasure at all, to offer you my resignation from the Society. It is of course, the global warming scam, with the (literally) trillions of dollars driving it, that has corrupted so many scientists, and has carried APS before it like a rogue wave. It is the greatest and most successful pseudoscientific fraud I have seen in my long life as a physicist. Anyone who has the faintest doubt that this is so should force himself to read the ClimateGate documents, which lay it bare. (Montford's book organizes the facts very well.) I don't believe that any real physicist, nay scientist, can read that stuff without revulsion. I would almost make that revulsion a definition of the word scientist. So what has the APS, as an organization, done in the face of this challenge? It has accepted the corruption as the norm, and gone along with it.....”
(10 Oct2010) We often hear about outer space. Check this out . Microcosmos: scanning electron microscope images of insects, household items and human body parts
(5 Oct2010) “......Australian banks, highly dependent on offshore capital, will face increasing international scrutiny of their lending practices - particularly, their exposure to the coal industry. Greenpeace's study of domestic lending to Australia's coal industry, by Dutch economic consultancy Profundo, is a shot across the bows for our major banks which, like their international peers, are under growing pressure to limit funding to the key industries that are wrecking the climate.... Profundo's survey of loans over the last five years by seven Australian banks - comparing finance for existing and new coal-fired power stations, coalmines and coal port infrastructure, with finance for renewable energy projects - shows we are still heading in the wrong direction. Finance for the coal industry trumps finance for renewables seven to one, at $5.5 billion versus $784 million.... In the US, Bank of America, Citi, Credit Suisse, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo have signed up to a set of ''Carbon Principles'' designed to help banks evaluate carbon risks when lending to electricity projects..... Most Australian banks are signed up to the Equator Principles for project finance (Commonwealth Bank is the refusenik), the United Nations Environment Program Finance Initiative or, through their asset management arm, the UN's Principles for Responsible Investment......” Banks under scrutiny over coal funding , Sydney Morning Herald “.....Greenpeace's energy campaigner, John Hepburn, says the equator principles are "pretty loose … they don't compel banks to do or not do particular things". At worst, they are a dangerous aid to bank greenwashing. A fellow campaigner, Trish Harrup, says Australian banks have positioned their brands as sustainable, by promising to become carbon neutral for example. "Our report reveals their coal investments dwarf any in-house effort on sustainability," she said.... Profundo does research for global network Banktrack.org, which helped prevent finance for Gunns's $2.2 billion pulp mill in the Tamar Valley, putting the project on a watch list of "dodgy deals" (which also includes the Oil Search and Santos-backed PNG LNG project).In Australia, first ANZ, then the rest of the big four announced they would not fund the mill.... The Gunns campaign is a key precedent for Greenpeace, which makes this stipulation to the banks: rule out lending to any of 12 proposed new coal-fired power stations in various stages of planning around the country. It's a real concern. It is often observed that no bank would fund a new coal-fired power station in Australia, given the inevitability of carbon constraints......The green group thinks new coal-fired power stations belong with other unacceptable borrowers such as brothels and cluster munitions manufacturers, which most Australian banks will not lend to under any circumstances. "The social licence for new coal just doesn't exist any more," Hepburn said.....”
Definition “Jump the Shark”
(4 Oct2010) “..... I predicted this morning that No Pressure – Richard Curtis's spectacularly ill-judged eco-propaganda movie for the 10:10 campaign – would prove a disastrous own goal for the green movement. But what I could never have imagined was how quickly public disgust – even among greenies – would reach such a pitch that the campaigners would be compelled to withdraw it from the internet. That, at any rate, is what they keep trying to do – cancelling it whenever it appears on You Tube, pulling it from their campaign website and so on.....” Eco-facism jumps the shark , James Delingpole Daily Telegraph “....Unfortunately their efforts are being frustrated by people on the sceptical side of the climate debate, who keep peskily insisting on reposting the video where everyone can view it. And rightly so. With No Pressure, the environmental movement has revealed the snarling, wicked, homicidal misanthropy beneath its cloak of gentle, bunny-hugging righteousness....”
Islam taking over France (22 Sept 2010)
(22 Sept 2010) “.....Pastor Terry Jones' plan to burn copies of the Koran at his church in Gainesville, Florida, let it be emphasized, is a distasteful act that fits an ugly tradition . That said, two other points need be noted: Buying books and then burning them is an entirely legal act in the United States. Second, David Petraeus , Robert Gates , Eric Holder , Hillary Clinton , and Barack Obama pressured Jones to cancel only because they feared Muslim violence against Americans if he proceeded. Indeed, despite Mr. Jones calling off the Koran burning, 5 Afghans and 14 Kashmiris died in protests against his plans....That violence stems from Islamic law, the Shariah, which insists that Islam, and the Koran in particular, enjoy a privileged status. Islam ferociously punishes anyone, Muslim or non-Muslim, who trespasses against Islam's sanctity..... No less important, Shariah denigrates the sanctities of other religions, a tradition manifested in recent years by the destruction of the Buddhist Bamiyan statues and the desecration of the Jewish Tomb of Joseph and the Christian Church of the Nativity .....” Rushdie Rules Reach Florida , Daniel Pipes, Washington Times “.....In 1989, Ayatollah Khomeini abruptly extended this double standard to the West when he decreed that British novelist Salman Rushdie be executed on account of the blasphemies in his book, The Satanic Verses . With this, Khomeini established the Rushdie Rules, which still remain in place. They hold that whoever opposes "Islam, the Prophet, and the Koran" may be put to death; that anyone connected to the blasphemer must also be executed; and that all Muslims should participate in an informal intelligence network to carry out this threat. Self-evidently, these rules contradict a fundamental premise of Western life, freedom of speech. As summed up by the dictum , "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it," that freedom assures protection for the right to make mistakes, to insult, to be disagreeable, and to blaspheme.....”
(19 Sept 2010) “.....Exact details are scant, but the Buenos Aires park offers its re-enactments of the creation of mankind, the birth of Christ, the resurrection and the last supper eight times a day. With a cast of extras in the costumes of Romans and early Palestinians, the park advertises itself as ‘a place where everyone can learn about the origins of spirituality. ‘Early Palestinians', eh? And just who were these ‘early Palestinians'? Well, they were what we would otherwise call... Jews. Jesus was a Jew. The ‘last supper' was the Jewish Passover seder. The land of the New Testament was called Judea and Samaria. The people who lived there and were persecuted by the Romans were not called Palestinians. They were Jews. Yet Jews do not figure at all in Tremlett's story... This is the wholesale adoption of the fictional Arab narrative which airbrushes the Jews out of their own story and claims, falsely, that Jesus was a Palestinian.....” The airbrushing of Middle East History , Melanie Phillips, Spectator “.....Ateek has sought to plant the impression that the Jews are crucifying the ‘Palestinians' just as they helped crucify Jesus. In December 2000, he wrote that Palestinian Christmas celebrations were ‘marred by the destructive powers of the modern-day ‘Herods' in the Israeli government.' In his 2001 Easter message, he wrote: ‘The Israeli government crucifixion system is operating daily. Palestine has become the place of the skull.' And, in a sermon in February 2001, he likened the Israeli occupation to the boulder sealing Christ's tomb. With these three images, Ateek has figuratively blamed Israel for trying to kill the infant Jesus, crucifying him and blocking the resurrection of Christ. And in 2005 Sabeel issued a liturgy titled ‘The Contemporary Stations of the Cross' that equates Israel's founding with Jesus' death sentence and the construction of a security barrier with his crucifixion... It is a narrative which gives the lie to the naive belief that the Middle East impasse is a fight over land boundaries. It is instead an attempt to excise from the region not just the Jewish state of Israel, not just every single Jew from a future state of Palestine, but the historical evidence that this land – including Judea and Samaria – was the Jewish national home centuries before Arabs invaded and conquered it, and many more centuries before Arabs started to style themselves as Palestinian. It is an attack on Jewish historical national identity in order to justify the attempt to destroy the Jewish nation state.That is why the Arabs have destroyed so much archeological evidence of the ancient kingdom of Judea gathered from excavations on the Temple Mount. That's why the Jews are being airbrushed out of the history of the region, the origins of Jesus and of their own story....”
Much like Marxism, it is a compete world view. Michael Nazir-Ali was bishop of Rochester in Britain, a member of the House of Lords and bishop of Raiwind in Pakistan.
(19 Sept 2010)“....What the world has to recognise is that we are not simply dealing with faith, but with a political, social and economic ideology. Radical Islamism is a worldview. Its nearest parallel, despite many differences, is Marxism. Radical Islamists claim their all-encompassing program for society is rooted in fundamental Islamic sources.....It is basic to Western societies that there should be one law for all. This idea emerged from the Judaeo-Christian tradition that all humans are made in God's image. It has been mediated by the Enlightenment, which emphasised not only dignity but also liberty. The radical Islamist vision is absolutist. It applies to every area of human life, including politics, business and, above all, law itself....In Britain two years ago, when the then lord chief justice was arguing for recognition of some aspects of Islamic family law, the British Law Lords were ruling that a woman should not be deported to her own country because under sharia law there she would be deprived of the custody of her child.....” Radical Islam Challenges Notions Of Freedom , Michael Nazir-Ali, The Australian “.....The Law Lords saw this as a violation of her basic rights.....The Organisation of the Islamic Conference, representing the world's Muslim countries, has issued the Declaration of Human Rights in Islam. This differs from the international declarations in a number of respects, not least in the absence of a provision corresponding to Article 18 of the UN Declaration on Human Rights, providing for freedom of expression, belief and change of belief. In a number of Muslim countries apostasy from Islam is punishable. In some, the punishment is death. In Pakistan, the so-called blasphemy law prescribes a death sentence for insulting the prophet of Islam.....Muslims, like anyone else, should be free to practise and propagate their faith. They are free also to contribute to public debate. The principle of one law for all, however, cannot be compromised. Freedom of expression and the right to change one's belief must be maintained. So must easy access to the courts and police.....”
(8Sept2010) “.....This month, after a three-year investigation, Harvard University suspended a prominent professor of psychology for scandalously over-interpreting videos of monkey behaviour. The incident has sent shock waves through science because it suggests a body of data is unreliable. The professor, Marc Hauser, is now a pariah in his field and his papers have been withdrawn. But the implications for society are not great; no policy had been based on his research. This week, after a four-month review, a committee of scientists concluded that the Nobel prizewinning UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has "assigned high confidence to statements for which there is very little evidence, has failed to enforce its own guidelines, has been guilty of too little transparency, has ignored critical review comments and has had no policies on conflict of interest"......Enormous and expensive policy changes have been based on the flawed work of these scientists. Yet there is apparently to be no investigation, blame, suspension or withdrawal of papers, just a gentle bureaucratic fattening of the organisation with new full-time posts. IPCC reports are supposed to be the gold standard account of what is - and is not - known about global warming.....All the errors and biases that have come to light in recent months swerve in the direction of exaggerating the likely effect of climate change......” Climate panel must be purged, Matt Ridley The Australian “...... According to economist Richard Tol, one part of the 2007 report (produced by Working Group 2) systematically overstated the adverse effects of climate change, while another section (written by Working Group 3) systematically understated the costs of emissions reduction.....The unilateral redrafting of IPCC reports by lead authors after reviewers had agreed them, and the writing of a sexed-up "summary for policymakers" before the report was complete, have discomfited many scientists since the first report. It is no great surprise that the experts who compiled one part of the 2007 report included three from Greenpeace, two Friends of the Earth representatives, two Climate Action Network representatives and a person each from the activist organisations WWF, Environmental Defence Fund and the David Suzuki Foundation.... Frankly, the whole process, not just the discredited Pachauri (in shut-eyed denial at a press conference this week), needs purging or it will drag down the reputation of science with it. One of the most shocking things for those who champion science, as I do, has been the sight of the science establishment reacting to each scandal in climate science with indifference or contempt. The contrast with the thorough investigation of the Hauser affair is striking. Three years ago, not having paid much attention, I thought IPCC reports were reliable, fair and transparent. No longer.....I am now a "lukewarmer" who has yet to see any evidence saying that the present warming is, or is likely to be, unprecedented, fast or tending to accelerate... After watching the ecologically and economically destructive policies enacted in its name (biofuels, wind power), I think we run the risk of putting a tourniquet around our collective necks to stop a nosebleed....”.
(1 Sept 2010) For those who voted for the Greens on Saturday August 21. This is what you voted for!! Greedy Greens