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Random Note — Climate change — Science Or Theology

Ten years ago I read a very lengthy column by Ian McFadyen  “Our New Established Religion” in Quadrant where he compared the climate cult with organised religion.   Reading it again, it is a very dense essay but his overall concept and comparison is brilliant and...

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Random Note — The Climate Hustle

Since the dawn of time, humanity has experienced all manner of likely lads, con artists, tricksters, spivs and purveyors of easy fixes and get rich quick schemes from the tulip bubble of the 16th century and Papal indulgences to assuage and ease the burden of guilt allowing the sinful to carry on sinning at a price, (think, carbon tax)

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The ‘Broad Church’ and its Termites, Alan Moran — Quadrant

The broad church has undermined Liberal Party values by allowing an infiltration of members, some of whom are barely distinguishable from the green left. The broad-church policy paved the way for Rudd’s victory, which he facilitated by proclaiming himself a deregulator – a political chimera that fused the Liberal’s fiscal conservatism with Labor’s more human face. Chimeras are, of course, mythical creatures, as the resulting Rudd/Gillard/Rudd debacle established beyond doubt. 

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Random Note — Peter Van Onselen and the crazy five

Does Peter Van Onselen have to work at making seriously dumb observations or does it come naturally. Turnbull’s infamous five created the direct trail of breadcrumbs to the political, blind back alley, the Liberals find themselves this weekend. — By sun up on Sunday it is more likely than not they will have entered the strange, Gillard-esque world of minority government. 

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Death of a dissident: Saudi Arabia and the rise of the mobster state John R Bradley — The Spectator

The fate of Khashoggi has at least provoked global outrage, but it’s for all the wrong reasons. We are told he was a liberal, Saudi progressive voice fighting for freedom and democracy, and a martyr who paid the ultimate price for telling the truth to power. This is not just wrong, but distracts us from understanding what the incident tells us about the internal power dynamics of a kingdom going through an unprecedented period of upheaval. It is also the story of how one man got entangled in a Saudi ruling family that operates like the Mafia. Once you join, it’s for life, and if you try to leave, you become disposable.

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Suspicions confirmed — DataGate

The IPCC demands for cash rests on freak data, empty fields, Fahrenheit temps recorded as Celsius, mistakes in longitude and latitude, brutal adjustments and even spelling errors — There are cases of tropical islands recording a monthly average of zero degrees

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