Last Day of Internet? Act Now!

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I trust that you’ve been enjoying the Internet.

And the relative security of knowing that e.g. is really Facebook.

Perhaps more important for many; that their bank’s Internet presence is their bank and not just somebody pretending to be the bank; and that the sites that people access for software patches contain software patches to fix things and not trojans to spy on activity and to steal data.

And, let’s not forget, that email to your friends will be delivered to them.

Less important for many is the knowledge that accessing a government web site is accessing that government web site and not some other government (or crime syndicate) web site pretending to be that government web site.

Well, if US Congress doesn’t block the transfer of ICANN from the umbrella of the US government to the United Nations (UN) body; notionally the ITU (International Telecommunications Union).

Which sounds good until you scratch the surface and recognize that the UN e.g. elects Saudi Arabia — the place where women have to wear tents; homosexuals get tossed off roofs; and free speech that the hierarchy don’t like is like a suicide vest — to the Human Rights Commission; and that UN “peace keeping” means that soldiers wearing blue helmets cannot step in to prevent a genocide before their eyes. Yes, that UN: The one that combines ultimate authority and lack of responsibility with extreme fecklessness.

While only US citizens can technically do something about it by voicing their concerns with their Congress-critter, everybody needs to know that the physical foundations of the Internet are being transferred to an authority that doesn’t answer to the people.

There is no more time to procrastinate. The transfer of ICANN (and IANA) to the UN will almost certainly be for the worse of the Internet, the free speech that the Internet promotes and the audience that the Internet provides.

This is the last day for action to stop the transfer. If you don’t like the idea of the US government wielding some control over ICANN, then why throw it to the tyrannical dogs of the UN where there is not even democratic control or responsibility to the people?

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South Australia Relies on Satan’s Mercy

… to rely on the wind is to rely on Satan’s mercy!

— in The Flying Dutchman by Richard Wagner (1843)

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All of South Australia (SA) was cast into chilling darkness after a storm struck, apparently taking out a connector to Victoria from where SA was drawing its only source of reliable power. It’s unclear if the failure was structural or electrical. Structural failure is less likely as the structures are supposed to be able to cope with the wind speeds reported. Maybe there was a micro-cell of more intense winds.

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Cover-up Exposed: 285 Papers From 1960s-’80s Reveal Robust Global Cooling Scientific ‘Consensus’

Kenneth Richard writes at NoTricksZone: (follow the link for the full article)

Beginning in 2003, software engineer William Connolley quietly removed the highly inconvenient references to the global cooling scare of the 1970s from Wikipedia, the world’s most influential and accessed informational source.

It had to be done.  Too many skeptics were (correctly) pointing out that the scientific “consensus” during the 1960s and 1970s was that the Earth had been cooling for decades, and that nascent theorizing regarding the potential for a CO2-induced global warming were still questionable and uncertain.

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Open Letter to an Alarmist Shill

Graham Woods writes an Open Letter to an Alarmist Shill in Quadrant.brian-cox

The fact that the mean global temperature has risen during the last 100 years says nothing about what it was doing before then, and says nothing at all about its causes.  Even if the 100-year correlation with rising levels of atmospheric CO₂ were perfect (and there isn’t 100% agreement even on the purely statistical question of how good the correlation is), that proves nothing whatever about causation.  The fact that correlation says nothing about causation (a fact that guides all empirical inquiry, including science) was drawn to your attention by Malcolm Roberts, your sceptical fellow panel member, the fellow who, according to subsequent media assessments, you ‘schooled in the science of climate change’ and ‘exposed and destroyed’, and who is a ‘climate change denier’ (he isn’t) whose claims you refuted (you didn’t: you disputed them).

Read the whole thing on Quadrant.

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Journalist Beats up Young Girl in the Raw

Now you’ve swallowed the headline, allow me to reel you in.


Mike Rowe is a champion of competence and of encouraging people to find and to exercise their own competence for their own good and for the betterment of society as a whole. This article consists almost entirely of a recent Facebook post of his addressing the abysmal reporting of a kerfuffle in Raw Story. I’ve re-formatted it to suit the blog. Continue reading

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Vote in the UK’s EU Referendum

Go out and vote if you are entitled to do so.

Don’t make your decision on how to vote based on personalities.

Rest assured that Boris Johnson won’t automatically become Prime Minister if you vote for the UK to leave the EU.

Look at facts. Look at how the EU has been performing. Looks at how the EU is being run. Don’t fall for the smoke and mirrors. It is easy to do because the EU is designed as a hall of mirrors. Continue reading

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UK Leave Convinced, but Having No Idea.

PublicInformationSymbol_EmergencyExit.svgJohn Brignell has awarded his Number of the Month to £350,000,000

This number is the weekly amount that “Vote Leave” claims the UK gives to the EU. It is not just a wrong number; it is a blatantly stupid, counter-productive and campaign-wrecking wrong number. It openly invites the devastating put-down that it has received. Whether its use is an act of treachery or incompetence is unclear, though it is hard to believe that anyone could be that incompetent. The EU bureaucracy has previously exhibited its skill in rigging referendums – “You will keep on voting until you vote the right way: then you will stop!” …

I put my money on incompetence (or laziness). They found a number and ran with it, not knowing what it means nor understanding that people will check.

But don’t let the incompetence of some ruin your lives. There are plenty of good reasons; not discussed by the chattering classes; for the UK to leave the EU.

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EU Confirms it’s Heading in the Wrong Direction

As there’s a referendum on the 23rd of June that will allow the people of the UK to vote to leave the EU, I’d like to provide another reason to vote to leave. First, the data:

According to the EU’s own Standard Eurobarometer 84 (30MB PDF) Report from last November; fewer than half the people in EU member countries think the EU is heading in the right direction. Here a graphic from page 88 of that report.

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UK Votes: In or Out

great-debateToday, the 7th of June, is the last day when British expat’s can register to vote in the Referendum being held on the 23rd.

That’s the day when the people of Britain vote in a referendum on remaining or leaving the European Union.

Recent articles here on the EU:

To help understand the EU one must look people who’ve been dissecting it for decades.

People like Mary Ellen Synon and Dr Richard North. The former has been “embedded” in Brussels for decades as a journalist, the latter is a historian with at least a decade of work on an EU Referendum. Both are quite unlike the majority of commentarians because they do allow facts to get in the way of their arguments. Christopher Booker often works with Richard North on certain subjects and “blogs” rationally in Britain’s Telegraph. Continue reading

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Butter Up Your Life

As many have suspected for quite some time cholesterol is not bad for you. Well it’s not the demon that some would like us to believe. There have been decades of false signals based on a flawed hypothesis, not just relating to cholesterol in food, but on the consumption of animal fats in general.

The first step that you can take to get back to a reasonable enjoyment of food is to Stop Refrigerating Your Butter. A simple butter dish can help get your diet back in balance, reducing a tendency to consume sugar and all too much grain, simply because you don’t feel satisfied after eating what ought to be enough to keep your body nourished and energised.

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