A Case for “No”

Marriage shackled to Government.

Australia’s  infinitely wise government is using taxpayers’ money to ask the people if they would agree to change the Marriage Act to permit same-sex marriage. (Shades of The Rise And Rise of Michael Rimmer)

Different source put the proportion of population that would be involved in such marriage at between 0.2% and 20%. In any case; a minority; which is not in itself a case for No.

This case for No addresses the role of government and laws in society. The difference between rights and privilege. And equality under the law. Continue reading

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The Constitution of Liberty

I’ve been reading. F.A. Hayek’s The Constitution of Liberty (ISBN 978-0-415-40424-2).

Not Fred

Not F.A. Hayek

The book had been on the shelf beside my bed for a few years, scarcely read. As during my university days in the late 1970’s to early 1980’s; one cannot gain insight into a book’s contents purely by osmosis.

As I was travelling to the dedication of the Peacekeeping Memorial in Canberra for a few days, I packed the book to study during the idle hours. The book is quite a tome, around 500 pages in total; comprised of the main text in 3 parts filling 340 pages, then copious footnotes and several indexes including a useful “Analytical Table of Contents”.

This is not a book review. The book was first published in 1960 so there ought to be plenty of reviews elsewhere. How can I compete?

Published in 1960, the book seems to be just as applicable now as it may have been in the 1950’s and the decade that launched free men to aspire to walk on the Moon.

F.A. Hayek

Fred

Friedrich August von Hayek analyses the concepts of liberty; why liberty is beneficial to individuals and society; where liberty originated; how liberty was established; how liberty is sustained and how it is and can be extinguished. Not having yet studied all of the main text, I’m not yet ready to distil my interpretation.

I will however venture to provide a brief, important  synopsis: Continue reading

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TFFS – Taxpayer Funded Feckless Scientists

Never attribute to malice that which can be accounted for by incompetence.

Tony Heller (aka Steve Goddard on Twitter and elsewhere) of RealClimateScience produced a short video exposing the fecklessness of the “scientists” who signed a report in which there is no credible support for the graphics produced.

Heller explains how the charts in fact expose the incompetence/fraud of its authors whose objective it seems to be to tell a scary story; and not to explain a truth.Evidence of fraud or fecklessness?Ratios of temperature extremes? Seriously? And then on the Fahrenheit degrees scale and not an absolute temperature (e.g. Kelvin) as is necessary when trying to get useful results in thermodynamics?

Taxpayers are paying their salaries. Contributing to their pensions and other benefits. Heller refers to this as fraud, which I dare not because of the risk or punishment by the process of litigation, but I describe it as at least incompetent; deserving at least the immediate cessation of funding to the feckless.

Hat -tip to Pierre Gosselin; who has more at NoTricksZone.

P.S.: Some time ago, Christopher Booker wrote in the UK’s Telegraph that the IPCC’s ‘scary’ new report is needle stuck in an old groove.

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Eat Meat

Blogger Pierre Gosselin reminded people on Facebook:

Three years ago I wrote what ended up being my best post ever — with over 650,000 “shares” or “likes”. EAT YOUR MEAT! Veganism is an eating disorder.

Pierre’s blog article can be found at NoTricksZone

Snippets: Continue reading

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Election Win in Western Australia for Diesel Generators

Western Australians voted in a Labor government on the 11th of March, 2017.

Here are a few words on how sensible people might prepare for the next 4 years under Labor.

The Australian Labor Party (ABC 😉 ) has a penchant for “renewables”, regardless of the fundamental limits that make it inappropriate for the energy needs of modern, technological society. The South Australian experiment was destined to fail from the outset so the collapse of their grid in September last year was no surprise to anybody with something of an understanding of the fundamental limits of renewables and what it takes to provide reliable electrical power to consumers.

(Australian Liberal parties seem to have lacked the technological competence to provide it with the confident footing to rigorously oppose the insanity of plunging deeper into renewables.)

There are many options that can confuse the prospective buyer of a generator. Continue reading

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Czechia and Poland Give Germany the Shifts

Phase ShifterTallbloke reports Germany’s renewables revolution destabilises neighbours’ electrical grid 

This has been going on for a while but is probably getting worse. The Poles and Czechs are now setting their phase-shifters to ‘stun’. 😉
H/T GWPF

Germany’s excess power spills over the border into Polish and Czech territory and threatens their electrical grids with collapse, companies and governments there say.

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A Winter of Discontent

Deutsche Welle has an article that asks What happens with German renewables in the dead of winter?

I note that the article avoids including graphics from Agora-Energiewende that illustrate the folly of the Energiewende; but DW includes the absurd declaration that Germany just needs more “storage”; apparently from somebody who cannot or who will not do the arithmetic.

So here’s the chart which illustrates that the installed capacity (of more than 80 GW on paper) of wind and solar power in Germany has been unable to meet demand since the start of December. This is of course not news to those who read the article Mind the Gap.

The winter so far

Renewable Shortages

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Elections have consequences … even with EPA’s illegal human experiments

Steve Milloy at Junkscience.com writes about the continuing saga of the EPA’s illegal human experiments; exposing vulnerable individuals to what the EPA believed to be lethal particulate emissions from diesel engines.

epa-diesel-truck Continue reading

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When All Fails, Declare Success

Coast-to-Coast Seabird Mangler

To rely on wind is to rely on Satan’s mercy — Wagner

In Europe; they’re already declared success in meeting their 2020 emissions targets last year.

With respect to the objectives set by the EU 20-20-20 strategy, nine Member states have already reached the level required to meet their national renewable energy targets for 2020: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Croatia, Italy, Lithuania, Romania, Finland and Sweden. Moreover, Denmark and Austria are less than 1% from their 2020 targets, Eurostat stated. The furthest away from their renewable energy goals are: France (8.7% from reaching its national 2020 objective), the Netherlands (8.5%), the United Kingdom (8.0%) and Ireland (7.4%).

It’s a blunder of arithmetic exorcisms. Continue reading

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Of Droughts and Flooding Rains

Models, models everywhere. Climate researchers are still bogged down, looking for truth in the condensates of their own imaginations.

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So they continue to publish papers like Future increases in extreme precipitation exceed observed scaling rates. An incomprehensible title to those not in the inner circle or familiar with the abstract jargon.  But such things are written to convince, not to enlighten.

We clearly ought to prepare for excessive scaling rates! Continue reading

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