"It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong." Richard P. Feynman

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Bedbugs--- Thank your local Greenie!

An infestation of bedbugs has been found on a British Airways flight much to the discomfort of passengers. Historically controlled very successfully by DDT, bedbugs have made a comeback in hotels and accomodation especially in the US.
Bed Bugs
Australians are being warned there is no escape from the bedbugs which are currently staging a jet-setting comeback in hotels on both sides of the Atlantic.

After being all but wiped out by banned pesticide DDT years ago, the little brown bugs are reportedly increasing in numbers, generating some bad PR for tourist hotspots New York and London.
Bedbug cases in both cities are on the rise as the parasites hitch a lift in luggage, aircraft seats and clothes to wherever people sleep or rest.
Infestations are common in backpacker-friendly suburbs like Bondi and Coogee, but it is not just overseas travellers who are being attacked.
DDT was banned following Rachel Carson's book Silent Spring and has been an iconic greenie target ever since even though evidence has exonerated the chemical. Untold third world millions have died unnecessarily from malaria over the years because of the ban on DDT which has recently been lifted by the WHO but is still in place in the developed countries due to greenie influence. Maybe the bedbugs will change that.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

You may not believe in climate change, but you will pay!

Alan Moran of the Institute of Public Affairs comments on the Institute's poll showing only 34% of Australians believing in   Global Warming/Climate Change/Climate Disruption or whatever the scare is called this week! Following on Gillard announcing that the carbon tax she promised would not be implemented is scheduled for next year it is up to the 66% of Aussies who are not being fooled to make their presence felt.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Global Warming a Moral Issue says Al Gore

Al Gore has been making headlines again in the Huffington Post :
"It is a moral issue," Gore told the crowd gathered at the Aspen Institute, whose campus sits below hillsides turning red from beetle kill, "and we have to be as a generation willing to stand up and do the right thing."
Was Al  doing the right thing last year in buying a 10000 m2 house while poor people cannot afford to pay for   power which has skyrocketed in price due to "green" policies . Gore has made a fortune as a global warming carpet-bagger and must have the hide of an elephant to again appear in public following last year's unfortunate revelations and the obvious hypocrisy of his global warming stand asking people to sacrifice living standards while he is living in a castle! When I want a lecture on what is moral I don't think Al Gore is a person I would ask.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Why the US is Going Down the Gurgler

Accustomed as we are to the waste of the Gillard government it pales into insignificance with what is happening in the US. The total disregard for accountability for spending of tax-payers funds beggars belief.

H/T Steve Goddard

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Gaia disciple Tim Flannery appointed Australia's climate commissioner

Tim Flannery who is known for his belief that the earth is conscious has been appointed Australia's climate commissioner . 
It is, whereas it’s always been unconscious until now. This is… Gaia now has a consciousness. Just as we have a consciousness, but I defy you to say your big toe has a consciousness. We still say we are conscious. It’s the same way as Gaia is conscious now

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Richard North - Take a Bow!

Richard in his inimitable style buckets those wishing to inflict "green" energy on the masses at ruinous cost. This article is one of his best!

The point, of course is that, as we wrote the day before yesterday, just as German is pulling out of solar subsidies as fast as she can, we have this commentator, with an IQ that is probably lower than the figure on my fridge thermometer, holding Germany up as the shining beacon which we should be striving to emulate.

But it isn't only solar which is having the same effect on writers' brains as would sticking their heads in buckets of liquid nitrogen. There is also the question of wind. Now, you've all heard the term, "soldier's soldier", usually spoken with approval of some wandering brown job. Well, this is the "moron's moron" speaking, Charles Hendry (pictured), to whom the task of differentiating the orifice positioned between the gluteus maximus and the ginglymus would be one of Herculean proportions.

Read the whole article and enjoy!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

"Climate Scientist" Garnaut's Gloom and Doom

 Today we have Ross Garnaut , economist , splashed across the daily rags with his doomsday opinions on Global Warming with none of the papers questioning his complete lack of technical credentials to be commenting on the subject with authority.The papers also make no effort to find a dissenting view which would certainly happen if he were a skeptic.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Huge Cyclone Yasi now Category 5

Cyclone Yasi new
North Queensland is battening down for Yasi now upgraded to Category 5 with winds of over 280 Km/Hr.
The new arrival time of 10 Pm co-incides with the high tide and the storm surge of several metres will be added to that. Our prayers are with our Northern friends.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Global Food Shortage Looming!

While the Governments of the world fiddle with the faux problem of "Climate Change" starvation is looming as a major threat for much of the world's poorer population. Large amounts  of our resources are being channeled into useless greenie toys like wind and solar generation  and massive amounts of grain are fashionably being fed into Western petrol tanks as bio-fuels ,while food prices sky-rocket severely affecting the poor of the world. While Malthus has never got it right , intelligent decision making and planning will be needed to prevent his predictions eventuating. Malthusian predictions have never come to pass because of man's ingenuity and technology being used to overcome the problems of a growing population. The world now needs proper priorities - not false ones like Climate Change.

Leadership is needed if the world is to head off mass famine, writes Ambrose Evans-Pritchard.
Political risk has returned with a vengeance. The first food revolutions of our Malthusian era have exposed the weak grip of authoritarian regimes in poor countries that import grain, whether in north Africa today or parts of Asia tomorrow.
Events have moved briskly since a Tunisian fruit vendor with a handcart set fire to himself six weeks ago, and in doing so lit the fuse that has detonated Egypt and threatens to topple the political order of the Maghreb, Yemen, and beyond.
As we sit glued to al-Jazeera watching authority crumble in the cultural and political capital of the Arab world, exhilaration can turn quickly to foreboding.
This is nothing like the fall of the Berlin Wall. The triumph of secular democracy was hardly in doubt in central Europe. Whatever the mix of aspirations of those on the streets of Cairo, such uprisings are easy prey for tight-knit organisations - known in the revolutionary lexicon as Leninist vanguard parties.
In Egypt this means the Muslim Brotherhood, whether or not the Nobel laureate Mohammed ElBaradei ever serves as fig leaf. The Brotherhood is of course a different kettle of fish from Iran's ayatollahs; and Turkey shows that an ''Islamic-leaning'' government can be part of the liberal world - though the Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, once let slip that democracy was a tram "you ride until you arrive at your destination, then you step off''.
It does not take a febrile imagination to guess what the Brotherhood's ascendancy might mean for Israel, and for stability in the Middle East. Asia has as much to lose if this goes wrong as the West.
The surge in global food prices is not the underlying cause of Arab revolt, any more than bad harvests in 1788 were the cause of the French Revolution.
Yet they are the trigger, and have set off a vicious circle. Vulnerable governments are scrambling to lock up world supplies of grain. Algeria bought 800,000 tonnes of wheat last week, and Indonesia has ordered 800,000 tonnes of rice, both greatly exceeding their normal pace of purchases. Saudi Arabia, Libya, and Bangladesh are trying to secure extra grain supplies.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation said its global food index has surpassed the record of 2008. The cereals index has risen 39 per cent in the past year, the oil and fats index 55 per cent.
The FAO implored governments to avoid panic responses that "aggravate the situation". If you are Hosni Mubarak hanging on in Cairo's presidential palace, do you care about such niceties?
France's President, Nicolas Sarkozy, blames the commodity spike on hedge funds, speculators and the derivatives market. He vowed to use his G20 presidency to smash the racket, but then Sarkozy has a penchant for witch-hunts against easy targets.
The European Commission has been hunting for proof to support his claims, without success. Its draft report - to be released last Wednesday, but withdrawn under pressure from Paris - reached exactly the same conclusion as investigators from the International Monetary Fund and US and British regulators.
"There is little evidence that the price formation process on commodity markets has changed in recent years with the growing importance of derivatives markets," it said.
As Jeff Currie of Goldman Sachs points out, future contracts are neutral. For every trader making money by going long on wheat, sugar, pork bellies, zinc or crude oil, there is a trader losing money on the other side. It is a paper transfer between financial players.
You have to buy and hoard the vast amounts of these bulk commodities to have much impact on the price, which is costly and difficult to do.
Only governments have strategic petroleum and grain reserves big enough to make a difference.
The cause of this food spike was the worst drought in Russia and the Black Sea region for 130 years, damaging winter planting as well as the northern hemisphere summer harvest. Russia imposed an export ban on grains. This was compounded by late rains in Canada, La Nina disruptions in Argentina, and a series of acreage downgrades in the US.
The deeper causes are well known: an annual rise in global population by 73 million; the "exhaustion" of the Green Revolution as the gains in crop yields fade, to cite the World Bank; diet shifts in Asia as the rising middle class switch to animal-protein diets, requiring three to five kilograms of grain feed for every kilo of meat produced; the biofuel mandates that have diverted a third of the US corn crop into ethanol.
Add the loss of farmland to Asia's urban sprawl, and the depletion of aquifers for irrigation of north China's plains, and the geopolitics of global food supply starts to look neuralgic.
Can the world head off mass famine? Yes, with leadership. The regions of the former Soviet Union farm 30 million hectares less today than in the Khrushchev era, and yields are half Western levels.
There are untapped hinterlands in Brazil, and in Africa where land titles and access to credit could unleash a great leap forward. The global reservoir of unforested cropland is 445 million hectares, compared with 1.5 billion in production. But the low-hanging fruit has already gone, and the investment needed will not come soon enough to avoid a menacing shift in the terms of trade between the land and the urban poor.
We are on a thinner margin of food security, as north Africa is discovering painfully, and China understands all too well. Perhaps it is a little too early to write off farm-rich Europe and America.
H/T Trevor

Leave the Kids Out of It!

An environmental group 1Sky has released a video using children spouting Global Warming propaganda on cue.
Obviously written by adults the move has misfired with even the New York Times saying how tacky it is to use children in this way.
It’s a shame to have to hold these discussions out in public, but the failed mass communication of climate change now necessitates it. The starting point is creating voices that the public likes. It’s that simple. It’s the fourth chapter of my book, “Don’t Be So Unlikeable.” People listen to and repeat voices they like. They don’t listen to voices they don’t like. The environmental movement has proven themselves inept at creating a likeable voice. I side with the right wing and even Fox News when environmentalists go and produce offensive videos like this recent one which was justifiably ridiculed by the right. Using children to deliver an adult message worked for Barry Goldwater, started to lose it’s steam in the hippie-dippy days, and today is just pathetic — especially when the writing is as transparent as what they point out with the “take a powder” line. Come on. Seriously. You’re not helping the cause. 
The Warmists are becoming more desperate as Global Warming is fading as an issue to the extent that it was not mentioned in Obama's State of the Nation address.