The Wayland Smithers School of Journalism

Dallas Scott wrote on his Black Steam Train blog:

The jeering was loud. Almost deafening in its unison – as hundreds of voices simultaneously uttered a long, slow “Boooooo” at the defiant man who stood before them from his position of power and privilege. The crowd refused to be silenced, their eyes fixed on him in an angry glare that reinforced the hatred coming from their mouths, the mocking tone of their cries reaching a crescendo that seemed to confuse their target, before his trusted advisor could intervene.

“They’re not saying ‘Boo’, they’re saying “Boo-urns”.

Just as Wayland Smithers protected Montgomery Burns in The Simpsons, sections of our media, together with the hierarchy of the unnecessary at the AFL, are now lying to protect Adam Goodes in much the same way. “They’re not booing you Adam, they’re just displaying their deep seated racism the only way they can”, or in Smithers-speak, “They’re not saying Boo, they’re saying “Boo-oong!”

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The Subversion of Science by Green-Left Politics

John Reid

John Reid

John Reid has a PhD in Upper Atmosphere Physics from the University of Tasmania. He has worked for the Australian Antarctic Division and CSIRO in auroral physics, ocean waves and fluid dynamic modelling. He discovered cosmic noise absorption pulsations and the physics underlying the frequency down-shifting of surface gravity waves. John is presently working on a method for distinguishing between cyclical behaviour and random walk excursions in natural time series.

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FAQ: How is a Wind Farm Offensive?

STOP this nonsense

  • Economically; because it destroys more prosperity than what it ever generates.
  • Ecologically; because it consumes more resources and destroys more habitat than other power sources while altering regional climate.
  • Energetically; because it cannot provide useful electrical power essential for modern society.
  • Aesthetically; because it industrialises natural and rural landscapes.

In summary; because it doesn’t do what it promises and does much more real damage than the alleged damage of conventional electrical power generation.

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The eco-Pope: When the infallible fails

Ivo Vegter should stop channeling my thoughts. Or maybe not because it saves me writing them down.

Greens are loving the Pope’s recent encyclical “on care for our common home”. This seems to make for odd bedfellows, but organised environmentalism and organised religion are much more similar than you might think.

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Environmentalism as a Religion

Michael CrichtonIn September 2003, writer, filmmaker, medical doctor, scientist and visionary Michael Crichton spoke to the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. I’ve extracted some passages from his full speech which can be read here.

Perceiving the truth has always been a challenge to mankind, but in the information age (or as I think of it, the disinformation age) it takes on a special urgency and importance. …

I studied anthropology in college, and one of the things I learned was that certain human social structures always reappear. They can’t be eliminated from society. One of those structures is religion.

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Remember Rutherglen, and “Whoever has Honor Follow Me!”

Dr Jennifer Marohasy writes about the Technical Advisory Forum on the Australian Climate Observations Reference Network (ACORN-SAT); whose purpose seemed to be to cover up the Bureau of Meteorology’s incompetence, not to shed light upon its practices and malpractices that include the heinous fudging of meteorological data to fit in with the lucrative support of the Climate Change meme.

Dr Marohasy explicitly identified Rutherglen in Victoria as one weather station whose data had been homogenized out of reality; producing a warming trend when the raw data from an unchanged weather station indicate a slight cooling. Continue reading

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The Pope’s Shiny New Encylical

Well, it is a religious issue. And only that.

Back in 2008, Ian McFadyen wrote on Quadrant about Our New Established Religion. Here are a few excerpts:

As magic evolved into religion and shamans into priests, natural catastrophes were linked less to the capriciousness of the gods and more to the observance, or lack thereof, of divine commandments. Droughts, hurricanes and floods were characterised as punishments for human immorality.

Then, almost overnight, the belief that natural phenomena were the result of sorcery or divine punishment crumbled with the advent of the scientific revolution. In little more than 400 years—an extraordinarily brief time in the total span of civilisation—the old beliefs in spirits, possessions, spells, curses, hexes, charms and God’s wrath, were replaced by medicine, chemistry, mathematics, biology, geology and physics. …

But the old narratives were only biding their time, waiting for their moment to re-emerge, patiently weaving the new threads of science into their tapestry.

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Flying Without Fossil Fuels: The Need For High Energy Density

Bernd Felsche:

Flights of fancy

Originally posted on Carbon Counter:

There are few more remarkable machines than a Boeing 747. Four hundred people can be hurled half way across the planet with levels of comfort, efficiency and reliability that would have been deemed miraculous by those living a few centuries ago. A vision of the incredible technical proficiency humanity has gained since the Industrial Revolution, the Boeing 747 is also a remarkably potent symbol of what we can achieve with fossil fuels, and what we currently cannot achieve with their low carbon alternatives.

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Magna Carta: Reasonable Discussion

Attempting a reasonable discussion is pointless with the unreasonable. The unreasonable must be brought to the table by other means. If not by sword, then perhaps by satire.

Signing the Magna Carta

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The Future Isn’t Ours to Dictate

Bernd Felsche:

Let us be serious. When Barack Obama, David Cameron, and Angela Merkel manage to balance their national budgets that’s a major accomplishment. The idea that younger generations, equipped with as-yet-undreamed-of technological marvels, will feel constrained by what was said at a press conference this week is plain bonkers.

Originally posted on Big Picture News, Informed Analysis:

It is not the business of today’s politicians to decide which energy sources will be used 85 years from now.

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In 1930, horse-drawn wagons were still common. That year, the first traffic lights were installed in New York City, and the first East-West crossing of the Atlantic took place via airplane. Vaccines for illness such as diphtheria, tetanus, cholera, typhoid, and tuberculosis were yet to be discovered. This was a world without television, without computers, and in which telephones were definitely not portable.

How ridiculous would it have been for political leaders back in 1930 to decide how we, here in 2015, should live? In an era before large hydro electric dams and nuclear reactors, how sensible would it have been for US President Herbert Hoover, British PM Ramsay MacDonald, and German Chancellor Heinrich Brüning to decide what energy sources societies should rely on…

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