If you’re over 25 and have been in Australia for that long, it’s possible that you remember that Australia national (taxpayer-funded) electronic broadcaster; the ABC was operating on just one TV channel and, before the arrival of FM radio, no more than 2 radio stations available in any one area.
It is unreasonable for taxpayers to be forced to pay for more than that in today’s media landscape.
Never heard of Tórshavn?
It’s the Capital of the Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic between Iceland and Scotland. Although it’s tacitly a part of Denmark, it’s explicitly not part of the European Union (EU) so they can do as they wish with regards to traditional fishing and trade.
And trade they can this year in a unique commodity called non-diurnal darkness (NDD), thanks to a total solar eclipse over the region of the islands on the 20th of March, 2015. It’ll be a surplus of darkness for the Faroese population, disrupting their working day so the Løgting today passed a law allowing in the trade of NDD, facilitating exchange with municipalities around the world to e.g. offset the WWF’s Earth Hour. Continue reading
Deutsche Welle reported quietly yesterday: Iceland withdraws EU accession bid
Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson said that the subject was off the table. And the differences are about a lot more than just fishing. It’s also about sovereignty and not getting caught up in somebody else’s mess.
Iceland was able to recover from the financial crash of 2008 because it could do what suited Iceland. Including the prosecution of bankers. It did not have to please anybody else, nor were its internal economics excessively tied to the policies of other countries. (see e.g. Spiegel and Forbes)
The Deutsche Welle report points out that this means little inconvenience for Icelanders:
Iceland is still a member of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) – along with Norway, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein – and the European Economic Area (EEA), working closely alongside the EU without being part of it. It also signed the Schengen Agreement, allowing the free movement of citizens through most EU nations as well as Norway.
(March 2, 2015) — Dr. Willie Soon of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics released the following statement through The Heartland Institute in response to repeated attacks on his character and scientific integrity.
All media inquires should be directed to Heartland Institute Director of Communications Jim Lakely at email@example.com, 312/377-4000 or (cell) 312/731-9364. For more information about Dr. Willie Soon see this page: Heartland.org/willie-soon. To see a previous statement about Willie Soon by Heartland Institute President Joseph Bast, click here.
“In recent weeks I have been the target of attacks in the press by various radical environmental and politically motivated groups. This effort should be seen for what it is: a shameless attempt to silence my scientific research and writings, and to make an example out of me as a warning to any other researcher who may dare question in the slightest their fervently held orthodoxy of anthropogenic global warming.
Christopher Essex comes out swinging in the Financial Post:
“Small minds do not understand the importance of unorthodox thinking to science”
Beheading, war crimes, prison, death threats. Perhaps you think I’m talking about IS. No, it’s just the routine hyperbolic language of media climate activism, and the minds of our cultural overlords. Next December policymakers will try again to save the world from what they don’t understand by proposing policy on something else, which won’t work anyway.
Every debate has boundaries; beyond them lies other subjects. Climate debates are unique: Their boundaries exclude their own subject. Few of the elites, journalists, or academics come close to actually discussing climate. Nearly all of them try to address physics, chemistry, computer science, and mathematics by talking anthropology instead. Try discussing anything useful with such rules.
With the OPEC prices of oil dropping through the bottom of the barrel, driven by the desire to send cheap oil from fracking into “bankruptcy”, fuel prices for motorists are dropping around the world.
That doesn’t just save people money when the refuel, that cash can be used to further improve their prosperity. They can choose to spend it on something else or to spend more on fuel drive further for pleasure or to pursue bargains further afield than previously. It means that more suppliers are a viable option for more people so pricing will be tend to be increasingly competitive.
Quality of life can improve as people rediscover the long-lost pleasure of a weekend drive in their own car; exploring the world beyond the horizons of their daily humdrum.
And, although interest rates are still low, some may wisely pay off their debts a little bit sooner, using some of the money saved at the bowser.
Despite the freshly branded name, Kwinana remains at heart, a town in Western Australia, still hosting some of its surviving heavy industries as well as still-verdant residential area, home to the employed, formerly employed and “aspirants”. Many of the employed however use the town mainly as a dormitory, many heavy industry jobs having fallen during various economic turmoils.
Kwinana is significant in being the heavy industry hub of the metropolitan area of the state capital, Perth. Amongst other industry, there are still an oil refinery and an alumina refinery and focus of this post; the Kwinana Power Station. Continue reading