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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Germany on the Path to GDR2.0

A last, desperate struggle for power in Germany is starting. (1,2,3)

Government elites are seeking to suppress the free speech guaranteed in the country’s basic law.

Those who cannot construct a rational, evidence-based argument, try to limit the free speech of their opponents.
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Taxpayers to Fund Vendetta

Western Australia’s Department for Perpetuating Absurd Waste (Agriculture Division) appears to be vindictively attacking the business of the man who managed to rid the State of the arcane, fetid and irrelevant Potato Board/Potato Marketing Corporation (PMC). Is this a case of bureaucrats moving sideways after the dissolving of the PMC? As one trough empties, another fills?

Perhaps they’re sensing that the jig could be up for many of the useless taxgobblers. People are beginning to notice the spendthrift government while the ordinary people have to tightening belts.

Topher writes:

Potato Wars still raging in 2017 Australia

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Government desperate to save face after humiliating loss in 2016

For a bit of background about the battle between ‘Potato King’ Tony Galati and the West Australian Government, take a look at this ABC article from 2015:

The PMC […] accuses Mr Galati of oversupplying the market, a claim that was also repeated by many growers when about 400 tonnes of potatoes were given away from the Spud Shed stores earlier this year.

Mr Galati had been ordered by the PMC to dispose of the potatoes, but opted to give them away through his store instead. […]

In its report tabled in State Parliament, the PMC said the oversupply issue was a significant reason behind a “challenging” 2014-15 season for growers.

“A substantial oversupply, largely by one grower, negatively [influenced] returns and distorted markets,” the report stated.

My favorite bit is how the Regulator, (a non-market participant whose job it is to distort markets by manipulating supply and pricing), accused a grower (a natural market participant) of distorting the markets. Can these people even hear themselves talk?

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Highly Effective Gmail Phishing Technique Being Exploited

101Wordfence is an independent company that deals mainly with security concerns related to WordPress. Yesterday however, they blogged about a current attack aimed at capturing Gmail/Google login details.

As you know, at Wordfence we occasionally send out alerts about security issues outside of the WordPress universe that are urgent and have a wide impact on our customers and readers. Unfortunately this is one of those alerts. There is a highly effective phishing technique stealing login credentials that is having a wide impact, even on experienced technical users.

Please refer to the blog article.

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119 Theses Against the IPCC

Dr Vincent Gray

Dr Vincent Gray

UN-IPCC Expert Reviewer Dr Vincent Gray published an article in 2013 that included his comments on the draft publications associated with the IPCC’s 5th Assessment Report.

Dr Gray wrote

My comments on the final draft of the 4th WGI Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) were subsequently published as a result of an application in the USA of the Freedom of Information Act.

They can be found at http://www.ipcc.ch/publications_and_data/ar4/wg1/en/comments.html

It seems that my comments on the latest IPCC WGI AR5 Report may not be revealed, since the Report was launched in Switzerland who may not have a Freedom of information Act.

I therefore thought that I might as well publish my comments myself.

The 119 comments by Dr Gray are representative of Dr Gray’s diligence and his insight into fundamental issues; issues studiously avoided in the IPCC Assessment Reports.

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Children: Listen!

mediathekbild296_v-podcastColumnist Henryk Broder exposes Germany’s broadcast-licence (GEZ) funded NDR “Kids News” as an example of brain-washing children. Continue reading

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Cash and Enlightenment

TrackI wrote this a year ago in a comment on an article published in The Spectator. The article’s author [apparently a convicted felon] was “arguing” for the abolition of cash money as “Such measures are there for all our safety”.

Here was my response (slightly edited for readability/typo’s):

“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” — Ben Franklin

While a Guppy may not understand that our free society is based on the free pursuit of prosperity and happiness; i.e. materially and emotionally; it is NOT based on the consumption of more and more of a diminishing resource. It is based on quasi-anarchic — empowered by the Enlightenment — pursuit of what is better. Most people recognize that more is not necessarily better. Absent constraints of what may be produced or sold, economies adapt rapidly to changes in demand and supply. Changes stimulate economic and technical innovation.

The Enlightened live our lives by the Rule of Law, where the Law is established by what “most” consider to be reasonable. In theory, anyway. And that is what civilization strives towards; because the alternatives are tyranny, oppression and servitude.

Our personal beliefs, values and our morals are guided by society; some societies codify beliefs into religions where compliance with the moral code is rewarded metaphysically. Belief in such things is often sufficient reward.

The Enlightenment did not dethrone God or religion. The Enlightenment provided for a rational mechanism to deal with the challenges of the real, physical world; without appeal to imagined metaphysical entities to set things “right” when things don’t happen as we would like. The Enlightenment drew the lines between physical and metaphysical; between science and beliefs based on nothing more than wishful thinking.

Further, the Enlightenment made us conscious of OUR RESPONSIBILITY for what happens in the real world. Kings etc would rule over Earthly realms; Church and State would separate. It became irrational to blame events on metaphysical things; on factors that could not be explained by the physical laws of science; nor independently observed. Superstitions persist; but not as a foundation of our [previously stable Western] societies.

That rational mechanism wasn’t money. Money existed WAY before The Enlightenment. Money was simply a portable way of compensating others for the goods and services provided. Remember it said that it is THE LOVE OF MONEY, that is the root of all evil. In reality, it is the passionate pursuit of a single purpose without regard for others. Money is just one thing that some people worship.

Since the Enlightenment, we have built a prosperous world with unprecedented LOW levels of world poverty. Our individual self interests have fuelled innovations that would be indistinguishable from witchcraft in the ages before Enlightenment. More than 7000-million human souls currently enrich the planet. We have developed technologies, without resort to metaphysical powers, that produce enough food to feed all those people. We live in “inhumane’ places thanks to technology.

Our only failures have been in failing to share the experience of the Enlightenment globally; and the tendency for people to become lazy and gullible; falling once again under the influence of belief systems that promise things which aren’t deliverable in the physical world.

“It’s Communist thinking”, responded a subsequent non-reader.

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Arithmetic

Beware of people who use numbers for something other than arithmetic.

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My Eight Questions to Angela Merkel

Translated without permission from the original in German at Die Achse des Guten

BHamed Abdel-Samady Hamed Abdel-Samad.

Honourable Federal Chancelloress,
Honourable Minister of the Interior!

Time’s up. Calendar quotes and the continual warning of the AfD are no longer sufficient to preserve the inner peace of the land. Of course, we must not allow ourselves to be paralyzed by fear, and yes, we must not follow the logic of the terrorists. But what have you, as the responsible politicians, done  since Paris, Brussels and Nice, so that the logic and tragedy of terror do not strike us? Continue reading

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What you believe changes nothing. What you do changes everything.

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