COLUMN WRITTEN ON A PLANE

Global warming alarmists actually make a great deal of sense.

Posted by Tim B. on 05/25/2007 at 01:45 PM
    1. Great column, Tim. It makes me want to grab the next global warm-monger I see and strangle him with his own “Bush Lied!” t-shirt.

      Posted by paco on 2007 05 25 at 01:58 PM • permalink

 

    1. “One person can make a difference”

      I did that last night. I cleared an entire roomful of earnest climate-changers by holding forth the Skeptic Bible. My spouse laughed himself silly and bought beers all round for the sensible folk who cheered me on. (this was in Newcastle, the coal export port that punches above its weight in climate annihilation). Such fun to be had with stupid people.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 05 25 at 01:59 PM • permalink

 

    1. might not be as important to you as, I don’t know, new cycle lanes.

      I commute by bike 8,000 miles (4,426 degrees C) a year by bike, and I can tell you that bike lanes are a loser.  Wider car lanes are much better both for cars and bicycles, if you’re going to spend money on it.  The occasional car sweeps the lane free of bike-tire-puncturing debris, and there’s more room for both.

      The terrorists want to offend the drivers.  I wouldn’t be surprised if Islam required them.

      Posted by rhhardin on 2007 05 25 at 02:09 PM • permalink

 

    1. I really hadn’t thought of Global Warming Psychosis as being a displacement mechanism, but it makes sense.  If all those AGW Idiots had to face the reality of Islamosascism and its effects on multiculturalism they’d have to admit having been horribly, horribly wrong about a whole lotta stuff.  Couldn’t have that, now could we.

      Besides, you get the added benefit of an additional BDS outbreak.

      Posted by JorgXMcKie on 2007 05 25 at 02:13 PM • permalink

 

    1. #4. I really hadn’t thought of Global Warming Psychosis as being a displacement mechanism

      Jorg, may I suggest you probably had, subconsciously at least, but like many have rarely seen it expressed so succinctly. Well done, Tim.

      Posted by JAFA on 2007 05 25 at 02:18 PM • permalink

 

    1. Well said, Tim.  I’ve thought the same myself before, but you state it quite well.  I’m sure at least one envirotard crapped their pants while reading your latest column.

      As their hijacked jet banked for a final charge into the skyscraper, would they worry about the environmental impact?

      No doubt that the more devout followers of Mother Gaia™ would celebrate their impending carbon footprint reduction.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2007 05 25 at 03:11 PM • permalink

 

    1. Funny, the left DID sound like that against terrorism…..until we actually started DOING something about it……

      But hey, the Aussies are already finding ways to combine their love of the beach with Burqas.

      May help when swimming in a blizzard……

      Posted by Old Tanker on 2007 05 25 at 03:17 PM • permalink

 

    1. That was very penetratingly good, Tim.

      Posted by Gerry on 2007 05 25 at 03:23 PM • permalink

 

    1. #4

      Being a lefty means NEVER having to say your sorry.

      Posted by yojimbo on 2007 05 25 at 03:27 PM • permalink

 

    1. But don’t you see that if we allow the Islamofascists to win, we will all be in exactly the spot the environmentalists want us to be in?  The viros actual purpose is to reverse the industrial revolution, which is exactly the stated purpose of the terrorists.

      Excellent article, Tim.

      Posted by saltydog on 2007 05 25 at 03:44 PM • permalink

 

    1. #7, Rickets is the word that springs to mind for covered-up girls with bandy legs. Spare me the rescue attempt, I learned how to swim out of a rip at age 4. These young women masquerading as lifesavers are a danger to themselves and the swimmers they may attempt to rescue. All in the name of political correctness.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 05 25 at 03:59 PM • permalink

 

    1. Regarding the plane: Were there snakes?

      Posted by Some0Seppo on 2007 05 25 at 04:00 PM • permalink

 

    1. We have to understand why Gaia rains on us.  Establish a dialogue, reach out…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 05 25 at 04:03 PM • permalink

 

    1. #2 mareeS –

      My spouse laughed himself silly and bought beers all round for the sensible folk who cheered me on. (this was in Newcastle, the coal export port that punches above its weight in climate annihilation). Such fun to be had with stupid people.

      Maree, you made me so curious about Newcastle I looked it up on wikipedia.  I really need to get a map of Australia and learn about its states and cities.  I couldn’t even say where Canberra is.

      Posted by wronwright on 2007 05 25 at 04:10 PM • permalink

 

    1. #7

      Up next:  fashion forward wear for that honor killing in your household.

      Posted by yojimbo on 2007 05 25 at 04:11 PM • permalink

 

    1. You wonder how [leftists] would cope were they ever themselves to face the real threat of terrorism.

      As their hijacked jet banked for a final charge into the skyscraper, would they worry about the environmental impact?

      Ouch!  That’s gonna leave a mark.

      Well done, Tim.  😀

      Posted by Barbara Skolaut on 2007 05 25 at 04:13 PM • permalink

 

    1. #13, Gaia rains on us? Last I heard from the GW intelligentsia, rain will never happen again in the land of Oz because John Howard destroyed the planet. Of course, reaching out in dialogue may help. Perhaps. And then there will be rain. Somewhere. Probably in Darwin….

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 05 25 at 04:16 PM • permalink

 

    1. #14 wronwright

      Canberra is where the Canberra Raiders give a frosty reception to hapless teams from warmer climes

      Posted by PeterTB on 2007 05 25 at 04:27 PM • permalink

 

    1. #14 wronwright, Forget Canberra, nobody there has a sense of humour, including brothers, sisters and cousins of the spouse and myself. They’re welcome to it.

      Newcastle is the best place in Australia for taking the piss, lots of capable people working an honest life, lots of academics who don’t have a clue = many good arguments in pubs. Especially around the Newcastle waterfront, where the original bastard boys are still operating.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 05 25 at 04:30 PM • permalink

 

    1. Blair, that is one fine column.

      #14 Wronwright,

      Take in the physical geography, too.  Canberra is in the SE, not far from Mount Kosciusko, highest point in Oz (7300 feet—2000 C or so).  I’m an authority on this, thanks to Kae.

      Posted by reese on 2007 05 25 at 04:44 PM • permalink

 

    1. wronwright – find Newcastle on the east coast, draw a line due west, and you will reach the Indian Ocean very close to Perth. Marvel at the isolation of the city of a million plus, birthplace of the Revelation Film Festival. It was there that a young lady once asked me, ‘Why are you here to see this movie?’ The flick in question was I Am A Sex Addict.
      Off to breakfast in Leederville and stocktake. I’ll drop back later.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2007 05 25 at 05:38 PM • permalink

 

    1. Semi O/T

      Didja read about the CIAsskkkbushitlerhoWARd
      torture manual cunningly planted by the evil right wing imperialists so as to be portrayed as originating from the blessed prophet osama and his noble warriors……

      Funny though from what I saw the people portrayed as torturers were very much people of no appearance…… funny

      Cheers
      RodC

      Posted by Rod C on 2007 05 25 at 05:41 PM • permalink

 

    1. Tim, the stunning (yet brilliant) simplicity of your reasoning in your article, is exactly the reason the global warmists and The Left, will never get it.

      As their hijacked jet banked for a final charge into the skyscraper, would they worry about the environmental impact?

      No. The sniveling cowards would take their fate, sitting in their seats, hands on face crying…Why don’t they love us.

      Let’s Roll”, would never cross their feeble minds.

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 05 25 at 05:42 PM • permalink

 

    1. reese

      Mount Kosciusko.

      Again, our two great nations, come together. Tadeusz Kosciusko

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 05 25 at 05:48 PM • permalink

 

    1. I can’t wait for the head-explosions that are going to happen on lefty blogs.  Blair, you’ve done it again, sir.  Bravo.

      Um… Since you wrote this on a plane, does that mean you’re headed home?

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 05 25 at 05:51 PM • permalink

 

    1. OT…a bit.

      Al-Sadr Unveils New Plan to Humiliate Bush

      ScrappleFace

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 05 25 at 05:54 PM • permalink

 

    1. c’mere wronwright.. i’ll show you a map 😉

      Posted by missred on 2007 05 25 at 05:57 PM • permalink

 

    1. c’mere wronwright.. i’ll show you a map 😉

      Well, you certainly can’t pass that up, Mr. Tax Roofer.

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 05 25 at 06:11 PM • permalink

 

    1. An Inconvenient Faith

      Oh, please let it become a meme.

      Posted by m on 2007 05 25 at 06:19 PM • permalink

 

    1. #25 RebeccaH

      I can’t wait for the head-explosions that are going to happen on lefty blogs.

      But their blogmeisters aren’t readers, here. So we’ll be waiting a long time.

      Posted by m on 2007 05 25 at 06:21 PM • permalink

 

    1. Al-Sadr gunned down by Alabama youngster.

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 05 25 at 06:23 PM • permalink

 

    1. that is perfect el cid!!  still laughing

      Posted by missred on 2007 05 25 at 06:25 PM • permalink

 

    1. and back on topic, i am sending tim’s article to a few people that need a “sense” adjustment

      Posted by missred on 2007 05 25 at 06:27 PM • permalink

 

    1. Excellent column, Tim. Great comments, Blairites. Many of us have thought of this same theme so eloquently voiced by Tim.

      Oh, and Tim, I must clear something up, lest you think I am greenish:

      curbing plastic bag availability in supermarkets

      I always use plastic bags in supermarkets. They are great for disposing of my rubbish in the bin. However, I also use the, er, brightly coloured grocery bags which have a half-life longer than spent nuclear fuel rods as dilly bags for carrying stuff. NOT groceries. (Plastic bags look so tacky used as dilly bags. I inherited this affectation from my granny.)

      Posted by kae on 2007 05 25 at 06:36 PM • permalink

 

    1. I am guilty of double jeopardy.  I ask for paper inside plastic.. that way I get stability and handles and it fits better in my kitchen bin

      Posted by missred on 2007 05 25 at 06:39 PM • permalink

 

    1. Thank you missred. Kinda really does look like Sadr, too.

      Tim’s article should be sent to a helluva lot of people…and I’m talking over circulation count, as you are, missred.

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 05 25 at 06:41 PM • permalink

 

    1. #35 and if anything leaks it’s in the plastic bag, hopefully.

      Though some of the plastic bags are holey, and on some the handles rip off… I wonder if they are deliberate faults so that we use the longlife bags instead of the bin liners?

      Posted by kae on 2007 05 25 at 06:42 PM • permalink

 

    1. Crikey! That’s some pig. And then some.

      Posted by kae on 2007 05 25 at 06:43 PM • permalink

 

    1. Oh its a conspiracy to sell more plastic, Kae.  I refuse to spend money when I get bin liners for free ;D.  Plus the added effect of spending more carbon credits!

      Posted by missred on 2007 05 25 at 06:47 PM • permalink

 

    1. “Paper or Plastic”…at the supermarket? Nope, mine has a new gizmo that takes a bearing on your vehicle and slingshots each item in.

      ‘tis usually best to have the backend of the Explorer open.

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 05 25 at 06:49 PM • permalink

 

    1. Yes, I am of the same opinion. Why pay for bin liners when you get them given to you with your groceries? But the quality has been deteriorating. I suppose that’s to save the whales. Or whatever.

      Posted by kae on 2007 05 25 at 06:50 PM • permalink

 

    1. Beautifully written Tim!

      Mimi Rogers is right when she says, “One person can make a difference”.  I for one am making copies of The Great Global Waming Swindle, courtesy BrettMcS (hat tip) and I’m starting to hand them around.  Oh what fun!

      And as reported by Tim,  here“ ABC TV has purchased the 60-minute international version of the program and will screen it in July. That’s interesting because on Lateline the other night, Jones, I think, lamented the fact that the ABC had purchased this documentary but said it would be edited to 60 minutes.  So what is correct?  Is there a 60 minute international version of this DVD or is the ABC editing the full version down to 60 minutes?  If so, I say the ABC should show the full version.  Any comments anyone?

      For wronwright: The Jewel in Newcastle’s crown.

      Posted by Wand on 2007 05 25 at 06:51 PM • permalink

 

    1. El Cid, have the back end of the Explorer open, and STAND BACK.

      Missred, are you in the US? It’s just that its awfully hard to get ‘paper’ bags here in Aus for your groceries. I remember the BIG paper bags from Franklins, they were great. Santa used to bring our pressies in those brown bags with our names written on them.
      Those were the days.

      Posted by kae on 2007 05 25 at 06:53 PM • permalink

 

    1. catapulting your groceries!! wish they would catapult them into my kitchen! now that is an invention to work on, el cid

      Posted by missred on 2007 05 25 at 06:53 PM • permalink

 

    1. This, is so far OT, it should be called ET.

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 05 25 at 06:56 PM • permalink

 

    1. Green/Labor controlled Leichhardt reckons it can make a difference. By encouraging terrorism.

      “Leichhardt City Council, in Sydney’s inner west, approved a motion last month by Labor Mayor Alice Murphy to investigate a friendship or sister-city relationship with Hebron, which is governed by the Palestinian Authority, following representations from a local peace group.”

      Just when you thought the inner city lunar patrol could not possibly get loonier.

      But cop this:

      “Mr Newhouse, who has been endorsed by Labor to challenge federal Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull in the eastern Sydney seat of Wentworth, said he had called Ms Murphy and been assured by her the arrangement would involve no funding and would assist only legitimate groups such as the Red Cross to raise money for Hebron.”

      That would be the International Red Cross? And the Palestinian Red Crescent of course?

      That’s alright then.

      Read the whole article. It will take your breath away.

       

      Hebron sister city anger,  Imre Salusinszky, NSW political reporter 26 May 2007

      Posted by geoff on 2007 05 25 at 07:00 PM • permalink

 

    1. #45 el cid
      and no doubt the NHS will pay for that.  They seem to pay for anything but lifesaving treatments

      Posted by missred on 2007 05 25 at 07:02 PM • permalink

 

    1. further to that, el cid, no wonder Shrillary wants national health insurance in the usa.. for her girlfriends >snicker<

      Posted by missred on 2007 05 25 at 07:05 PM • permalink

 

    1. and yes, Kae, I am in the usa.. where we have choices in our bin liners ;D

      Posted by missred on 2007 05 25 at 07:07 PM • permalink

 

    1. missred, El Cid

      Your new delivery boy is outside.

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 05 25 at 07:09 PM • permalink

 

    1. #46 Geoff. From the link:

      Ms Murphy did not return calls, but Greens councillor Kate Hamilton supported the council’s move. “I think that the Middle East is in a highly sensitised situation at the moment and I’m taken aback a little that the Jewish community has taken it this way,” she said. “Our role is to act as glue for different sections of the community.”

      Funny, I thought the role of the coucil was rates and rubbish, pools and planting.

      Posted by kae on 2007 05 25 at 07:09 PM • permalink

 

    1. #49
      but not in health.

      Posted by kae on 2007 05 25 at 07:10 PM • permalink

 

    1. #50 that link wouldn’t open for me .. damn
      #52, kae, i would rather have the usa health system over the uk’s nhs.  I at least get seen before whatever illness i may have could kill me

      Posted by missred on 2007 05 25 at 07:14 PM • permalink

 

    1. kae

      The sad thing about local councils (and the only arguement for compulsory voting) is that a small group of wingnuts can easily organise and get a few councilers in.
      Many, many councils have rabid greenie watermellons in them, usualy on the NIMBY ticket.
      It only takes a few hundred votes in many cases to get a candidate in.

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 05 25 at 07:16 PM • permalink

 

    1. insert “before”

      Posted by missred on 2007 05 25 at 07:17 PM • permalink

 

    1. oh i already did .. never mind

      Posted by missred on 2007 05 25 at 07:18 PM • permalink

 

    1. laughing at myself

      Posted by missred on 2007 05 25 at 07:18 PM • permalink

 

    1. #52 I’d rather have the Aussie system than either the US or UK ones…
      But it seems to be going down the shit-chute, too.

      Posted by kae on 2007 05 25 at 07:22 PM • permalink

 

    1. Do you think Tim was asked anything on this survey?
      “Many air passengers also say that they have tried carbon offset schemes to neutralise the impact of their journeys: 29% of all passengers say that they have used such a scheme.

      Again, that claim may be running ahead of what is actually happening.”….

      Why not just ask the question “do you enjoy making the baby gaia cry?”
      Or “are you a planet raping barbarian who will leave his children a smoking ruined husk to live in with your cheap flights to the EU?”

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 05 25 at 07:23 PM • permalink

 

    1. #42 – ABC programmer explains all

      Posted by Ian Deans on 2007 05 25 at 07:26 PM • permalink

 

    1. #60
      Kim Dalton, interesting…

      However, when I hear this:

      Of course, Durkin’s view is not the only one we broadcast. Last night on ABC TV we showed Crude, a remarkable documentary central to the climate-change debate. Catalyst Extra highlighted how community groups are responding to issues of global warming and recently Tim Flannery appeared on Difference of Opinion in an episode dedicated to climate change. Later in the year, a new series Carbon Cops will show how families are reducing their carbon footprint.

      I wonder if they’ve learnt to change hands at the ABC.

      Posted by kae on 2007 05 25 at 07:33 PM • permalink

 

    1. #58, kae, i dont know about the aussie system but i know that on the nhs my friend’s mother had to wait 18 months for a quadruple bypass and another friend had to wait 2 years for a follow up for an abnormal gyn problem.  i am convinced the nhs is just waiting to see who survives before giving treatment.  yet they will perform sex changes and other non essential expensive treatments.

      Posted by missred on 2007 05 25 at 07:37 PM • permalink

 

    1. I now know climate mange is a con.
      Adele Horin just wrote an article against “The great climate chnage swindle”. Even my lefty mate (who had his belief in gerbil worming badly shaken by the show) thinks 1 hour out of what will undoubtedly be a solid year of pro-gerbil worming programmes on the ABC isnt too much to ask.

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 05 25 at 07:57 PM • permalink

 

    1. Agree wholeheartedly with your comment that climate-change is the left’s latest attempt to crush capitalism.

      But have they overplayed their hand. Having made global warming the state religion, the inefficiency of the socialism will make a response unaffordable. No building fields of wind generators if the nation is in perpetual recession. One only has to look at the environmental record of the Soviet Union to see what corners must be cut to create an illusion of progress.

      It will leave the left with a country/world bankrupted on the promise of “fixing” climate change. They will have but two paths – the Soviet Union’s industry at all cost or Pol Pot’s slide back to an agrarian existance. The first will reveal that people gave up everything and got nothing in return, the second will require a massive cull.

      Posted by Contrail on 2007 05 25 at 07:59 PM • permalink

 

    1. Ooops heres the link.

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 05 25 at 08:01 PM • permalink

 

    1. #62 Missred

      I waited more than 18 months for cardiac ablation (which didn’t work, I have a tricky electrical system in my heart!) for SVT. Fortunately it wasn’t life threatening, just a drain on the public purse when I needed to go to the hospital and get a shot of adenisone. And debilitating for me.
      We do have stories of people in Aus who have waited for a very long time to see specialists and then have waited much longer for surgery, with some their condition has worsened and some have died. There is a plan currently to have the private system tender for patients so that the waiting lists can be shortened.
      Then there was Dr Jayant Patel. Having read the transcripts of that inquiry I am horrified.
      I live in a country town about 60 miles from Brisbane. There is a doctor shortage there, many are not taking new patients and if you are sick and need to see a GP it is difficult to get in because they are usually full every day.
      Bundaberg Hospital Commission of Inquiry
      Page 5, line 30 here.
      I can’t find the really horriffic testimonies, like the person who had no anaesthetic and was told to stop being such a sook. But it’s there. (I have printouts of these transcripts. I had an interest in the proceedings, a friend’s son was a trainee doctor under Patel at Bundaberg Hospital.)

      But you know something? If the AGWers have their way, and the Religion of the Perpetually Outraged have their way, we won’t need to worryabout Health Care.

      Posted by kae on 2007 05 25 at 08:03 PM • permalink

 

    1. #7. Actually, those duds would be perfect for us unfortunately whiter than white Anglo Aussie MALES who burn like non-halal bacon after 10 minutes in the sun.

      Wonder if I can get one with an enormous “heat pressed print” in the crotch region for added extra modesty?

      Posted by Abu Chowdah on 2007 05 25 at 08:22 PM • permalink

 

    1. What would Adele Horin’s french friends say about the ABC evil cabale of denialists?

      Maybe, go nuke, for a start.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 05 25 at 08:43 PM • permalink

 

    1. Haw! Guess what, Wronwright? They found our tent pegs!

      Posted by paco on 2007 05 25 at 09:08 PM • permalink

 

    1. So what else have you delinquents been leaving behind?

      Time-traveling litterbugs… that’s just great.

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 2007 05 25 at 09:16 PM • permalink

 

    1. So, when they find 5,000-year old mead jugs in some place they ought not be, we’ll know who to blame?

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 2007 05 25 at 09:19 PM • permalink

 

    1. Mr. Tim:

      Sir:

      Please knock it off. You and your ilk make it nearly impossible to work up a decent rant against the profession of journalism.

      Now, when expressing hatred for journalists and the knee jerk propensity for treason and enemy sympathy that dominates that whole industry, I have to add qualifiers and, but not-ers and modifiers and exceptions and the thought gets all wraparound compexiated and the sentenses get all run on-y.

      You’re just doing it to be mean. Admit it.

      Posted by Grimmy on 2007 05 25 at 09:19 PM • permalink

 

    1. #70 Spines: Well, there was the time we encountered a tribe of hostile Indians in Patagonia. They were pretty menacing, but we convinced them to smoke a peace pipe with us. Of course, it was Wronwright’s bong, and we filled it with peyote. Those Indians were out in no time. The chief fell asleep with it under his arm, so we had to leave it behind. I think it became some kind of dream totem or something.

      Posted by paco on 2007 05 25 at 09:35 PM • permalink

 

    1. the further excellent adventures of mohammed & his buddykeysar

      Posted by KK on 2007 05 25 at 09:36 PM • permalink

 

    1. mead?  who found the mead? and are we sharing?

      Posted by missred on 2007 05 25 at 09:53 PM • permalink

 

    1. Those aren’t tent pegs.  Those are my lightning bolts.  Stolen, er, confiscated for the benefit of posterity from the shrine to Thor, circa 1,000 BC Sweden.  They have magical properties.

      paco, did you by any chance use my Thor magical lightning bolts to tie down our tent when we went back to borrow the Aztec calendar?

      Posted by wronwright on 2007 05 25 at 09:53 PM • permalink

 

    1. #73 paco,

      Wronwright’s bong becomes the great mystical Dream Totem. Heh. Clever, but risky.

      I wonder how much of history as we know it has been subtly altered by you guys and your “mead runs”…

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 2007 05 25 at 09:53 PM • permalink

 

    1. Wronwright, don’t you mean the Mayan calandar, the one that supposedly shows the End of the World in 2012? We’re not really “doomed” in 2012, are we?

      ;^)

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 2007 05 25 at 09:57 PM • permalink

 

    1. #77: Spines: I hasten to point out that Wronwright, himself, never actually used the bong for its intended purpose. He used it as a portable mead still. He acquired it in exchange for Manhatten Island, which he sold to the Indians. Although, technically, Manhatten Island was mine: Wronwright had me claim the land by planting the Paco family flag (which features a dollar sign surmounting two crossed subpoenas), and then he leased the land from me. Something to do with long-term capital gains tax liability; he told me not to worry about it.

      Posted by paco on 2007 05 25 at 10:18 PM • permalink

 

    1. #60 Ian

      Thanks

      Posted by Wand on 2007 05 25 at 10:19 PM • permalink

 

    1. I, I really can’t say.  We sort of dropped the calendar when we were chased by the temple guards.  A rather large piece chipped off.  Technically what remains of the calendar ends in 2012.

      I can assure you that one day, soon, paco and I will add the other piece.  We have Elmer’s Glue.  That would most assuredly keep all comets and asteroids from colliding with Earth.

      paco, do you remember what we did with that piece?

      Posted by wronwright on 2007 05 25 at 10:21 PM • permalink

 

    1. The (fictional) philosopher Andres Simíc notes that human beings evolved in an environment containing sabre-toothed tigers, rampaging mammoths, and wronwright zooming through on mead runs. As a result they lived in perpetual terror, and their mental and physical makeup adapted to that. Today, seconds later in evolutionary terms, human beings lacking that input either suffer mental and physical degradation from lack of adequate fright, or develop mechanisms that allow them to become adequately frightened even when no threat exists.

      Global warming fits both diagnoses. One can be frightened about it safely—that is, it’s clear no real threat exists, so free reign can be given to the full expression of the necessary emoting with no possibility of real repercussions. Most other “public scares” can be explained by this mechanism.

      The correct cure, of course, is to provide supplements for the terror deficiency, things to be genuinely frightened of. Can the tardis be duplicated? I don’t like mead, but I know of several cases where the distribution of explosives fails of the optimum.

      Regards,
      Ric

      Posted by Ric Locke on 2007 05 25 at 10:29 PM • permalink

 

    1. #81: “paco, do you remember what we did with that piece?”

      Looks nervously at “tombstone” erected over the grave of family pet, inscribed “Here lies Hop-a-long, beloved pet frog of the Paco family. Croaked but not forgotten”.

      Er, no, no, I haven’t seen it.

      Posted by paco on 2007 05 25 at 10:33 PM • permalink

 

    1. Addendum: it occurs to me to ask—would Andrea consent to be cloned? A thousand or so Andreas armed with clue-bats (PACO Industries Model 3729, titanium, with 10 oz. (280 gm.) depleted uranium embedded in the sweet spot) should be adequate to provide sufficient fright for, say, Sydney.

      Regards,
      Ric

      Posted by Ric Locke on 2007 05 25 at 10:36 PM • permalink

 

    1. #81 That would most assuredly keep all comets and asteroids from colliding with Earth.

      Yes, but will it keep galaxies from smacking together?  There’s more than one way to skin a cat, you know.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 05 25 at 10:41 PM • permalink

 

    1. #24 The Cid

      Like I said, don’t expect those of us outside Chicago to spell Polish names correctly.  Or those inside Chicago for that matter.

      Posted by reese on 2007 05 25 at 10:50 PM • permalink

 

    1. #42 Wand

      I for one am making copies of The Great Global Waming Swindle, courtesy BrettMcS (hat tip) and I’m starting to hand them around.

      Me too Wand (thanks again, Brett) and the first copy is going to a greenbat neighbour who gave me Tim Flummery’s book for Christmas.

      Ian Deans’s link at #60 explains that the editing from 90 minutes to the 60 minutes international version was done by the GWWS producer Martin Durkin, not Our ABC.

      The great worry is that the ABC will cut the version they plan to broadcast in July back to 30 mins.
      I was once involved in an ABC News item that was cut from three hours footage to 90 seconds on air. The result was disastrous for me.

      Posted by Skeeter on 2007 05 25 at 10:50 PM • permalink

 

    1. #74
      I’d be interested to know who is paying this dissembling translation expert.

      Posted by kae on 2007 05 25 at 11:10 PM • permalink

 

    1. #13, Gaia rains on us? Is that like Therese Rein on Krud?

      Posted by stackja1945 on 2007 05 25 at 11:25 PM • permalink

 

    1. Great column Tim.

      Meanwhile it’s time to get on the bandwagon….

      Farmer’s $1m for doing nothing

      MEET Queensland’s first carbon farmer.

      Peter Allen, … a third-generation farmer from Moura, has signed a $1 million deal for doing nothing at all.

      In a historic transaction, mining company Rio Tinto bought the rights to carbon dioxide stored in 3500ha of Mr Allen’s heavily vegetated property, 575km northwest of Brisbane.

      Instead of clearing the land to run cattle, Mr Allen will preserve the trees for 120 years to ensure they soak up carbon dioxide.

      Posted by Art Vandelay on 2007 05 25 at 11:33 PM • permalink

 

    1. #84 Ric

      We’ve got the Perfect Andrea Clone Org. all set up, but haven’t been able to obtain an adequate tissue sample.

      Any volunteers?

      As for Tim’s column, fine though it is, I think the pinko’s will just shut their eyes, blame America for any terrorist activity against it, think of Islamofascism as purely a localised Middle Eastern problem – if that – and pretend Climate Change will kill millions – no, make that billions –  more. You’ll never get through to them, never (though good doco’s like TGGWS might turn quite a few of the “swinging voters”).

      Posted by Dminor on 2007 05 25 at 11:35 PM • permalink

 

    1. #90
      $1M for 120 years?
      Not a very good return I feel.

      Posted by kae on 2007 05 25 at 11:36 PM • permalink

 

    1. Afternoon, kae. Bone fragments behaving themselves, I trust?

      Posted by Dminor on 2007 05 25 at 11:58 PM • permalink

 

    1. G’day Dr D. After the dentist irritated and aggravated it (and made it hurt AGAIN even on the Tramal), on Wednesday it’s settled down. Thought it’s still really tender on the outside of the jaw. No more painkillers since Wed nite 10:45pm. I really don’t like taking stuff that makes me not in control!

      How’re things with you?

      Posted by kae on 2007 05 26 at 12:01 AM • permalink

 

    1. #94 Good, thanks. But I only want to wear my doctor’s hat sparingly on the blog. Here, I’m the nasty right-wing death beast.

      Posted by Dminor on 2007 05 26 at 12:10 AM • permalink

 

    1. Otherwise, Infidel keeps hassling me with his genitourinary problems, and I really don’t want to go there.

      Posted by Dminor on 2007 05 26 at 12:12 AM • permalink

 

    1. My apologies, Dminor, that wasn’t my intention! But thanks. Muchly.

      Funny, I don’t find right-wing death beasts nasty – is there something wrong with me…

      (crap, there I go again, asking for a freebie…)

      and there’s nothing wrong with me!

      Posted by kae on 2007 05 26 at 12:13 AM • permalink

 

    1. Well, i guess you’re not a urologist or a ‘bum doctor’ as my aunt calls her, er, bum doctor.

      OK I’ll stop now.

      If I can.

      Posted by kae on 2007 05 26 at 12:15 AM • permalink

 

    1. (I don’t think hers was a proctologist.)

      Posted by kae on 2007 05 26 at 12:16 AM • permalink

 

    1. Kae, I saw those pics the other day, and you’re right, there’s nothing wrong with you. ;^)

      Posted by Dminor on 2007 05 26 at 12:17 AM • permalink

 

    1. Isn’t it romantic here, just the two of us?

      Posted by Dminor on 2007 05 26 at 12:18 AM • permalink

 

    1. They are very old pics, c 1985/6.

      Anyone drunk any good wine lately? I had some nice stuff in Sydney, but will have to ask my host what it was, I can’t remember. I think I looked.

      Posted by kae on 2007 05 26 at 12:19 AM • permalink

 

    1. Well, D, if I may call you D, you could tell me a bit about yourself…
      or not.

      Posted by kae on 2007 05 26 at 12:20 AM • permalink

 

    1. Afternoon everyone. Hi Kae.

      I propose we start a book amongst ourselves on exactly what the ABFrickenC is going to edit out of TGGWS.

      I bags the African countries showing the uselessness of solar panels for their hospitals and the part about the ice cores that prove warming came first, then, 800 years later, the CO2 increase.

      Posted by Pogria on 2007 05 26 at 12:23 AM • permalink

 

    1. dang

      Posted by kae on 2007 05 26 at 12:24 AM • permalink

 

    1. *slips wedding ring off finger, takes photo of wife and baby out of wallet*

      #103 Oh, I’m just an average guy…

      Posted by Dminor on 2007 05 26 at 12:25 AM • permalink

 

    1. double dang

      Posted by kae on 2007 05 26 at 12:26 AM • permalink

 

    1. #102, kae:

      Not me. I’m of the beer culture set. I’m so beer culture that I’m not even concerned about the quality of the beer.

      You could pour a dipper full of rubbing alcohol into a bottle of bromo seltzer and I’d drink it with gusto…as long as it blurred the vision enough to make the local ladies look tastier and it dulled the pain of getting punched in the face every time I said something stupid, which is usually anytime I say something while drinking.

      Posted by Grimmy on 2007 05 26 at 12:27 AM • permalink

 

    1. #104 Hi Pogria

      Not sure, myself, but there was a graph they used which was out of date that’ll probably go (apparently it makes no difference to the actual arguement, but you’ll be hearing about “false data!” blah blah blah from Flummery and Co, I betcha come the showing). Maybe, too, Prof Wunch – the ocean scientist – crying he was directly quoted for several unedited minutes out of context (looks like he got a fairly ominous phone call from the Powers That Be after it aired in the UK).

      Posted by Dminor on 2007 05 26 at 12:29 AM • permalink

 

    1. REally, Grimmy, I never knew that beer used culture, or was cultured for that matter.
      I think it’s called “the wort”, that’s the basis of beer.

      I’m not really a beer person. I don’t drink much anyway, it comes from being the daughter of an alcoholic.

      Posted by kae on 2007 05 26 at 12:31 AM • permalink

 

    1. In the “Good Ol’ days” where our leftard “friends” want to take us, it was drink beer, or die. The only safe thing to drink was anything that had been brewed or fermented.

      Posted by Pogria on 2007 05 26 at 12:36 AM • permalink

 

    1. Pogria, interesting to think about what will be edited out, by Durkin and by the ABStinkin’C.

      Old graphs (as Dminor says) by Durkin, they aren’t relevant, and what? by ABstinkin’C.

      There’s a Doris Day movie on now. By the Light of the Silvery Moon.

      Posted by kae on 2007 05 26 at 12:38 AM • permalink

 

    1. Oi, there’s another thread….

      Posted by kae on 2007 05 26 at 12:39 AM • permalink

 

    1. Besides, beer makes me fart.

      Posted by kae on 2007 05 26 at 12:39 AM • permalink

 

    1. Bolta’s written a brilliant piece about the ABC showing TGGWS.

      Posted by Dminor on 2007 05 26 at 12:41 AM • permalink

 

    1. #114 You’re such a classy chick, kae. *lifts right buttock off chair, opens nature’s pressure valve* Too good for me, I’m afraid.

      Posted by Dminor on 2007 05 26 at 12:45 AM • permalink

 

    1. #116
      well it does.

      #115
      check out tim’s new thread, Dminor.

      Posted by kae on 2007 05 26 at 12:47 AM • permalink

 

    1. that’s prolly why I don’t drink beer.

      Posted by kae on 2007 05 26 at 12:48 AM • permalink

 

    1. Uh oh, just when you thought it was safe to get back in the SUV.

      Posted by Dminor on 2007 05 26 at 12:48 AM • permalink

 

    1. Oops, behind the news cycle…again.

      Posted by Dminor on 2007 05 26 at 12:51 AM • permalink

 

    1. Dminor, is it really the small hours where you are? Are you working late, or just enjoying the quiet?
      Just curious.

      Posted by kae on 2007 05 26 at 12:51 AM • permalink

 

    1. #121 Nah, I’m a Queenslander just like you. Sibelius and Finland’s just a fantasy of mine.

      Posted by Dminor on 2007 05 26 at 12:53 AM • permalink

 

    1. Er, sorry, I’m a recent Queenslander. Only been here since 1986. Before that I was 28 years in Sydney.
      Couldn’t ever live there again!
      I’ve been in my little country town in the Lockyer Valley since 1993.
      (I’ll have to read up on Sibelius.)

      Posted by kae on 2007 05 26 at 12:58 AM • permalink

 

    1. #122
      What of Sibelius’ would I be familiar with?

      Posted by kae on 2007 05 26 at 01:01 AM • permalink

 

    1. Dminor, I can speak a little Finish, in an Aussie accent.

      I’m beginning to recognise Kevni Rudds patterns when it comes to delivering his policies, a bit like George W with his pauses and 7 syllables.

      Hi Tim Tam.

      Posted by 1.618 on 2007 05 26 at 01:02 AM • permalink

 

    1. O/T
      Ive had a bit of fun looking at the “socalist alliance” website and seeing how many mutualy exclusive policies i can spot in their “new platform” Ill just try to stick with the ones that cancell each other out or are completely batshit mad.

      Heres the short list.
      1.
      “Increase social security benefits to a living wage; no work for the dole; no mutual obligation.”
      “Repeal the GST and introduce a highly progressive system of taxes on incomes, profits and wealth of the rich; reverse drastic reductions in business taxation of recent years”
      “Shorter working week with no loss in pay; nationalise under workers’ and community control companies that threaten mass sackings”
      This one will solve itself. Companies will no longer make any money, those that can will leave,ditto with wealthy people. Funnily enough a lot of people might opt for not working to earn a minimum wage, and the rest will be discouraged from earning much outside the minimum due to confiscatory taxation.

      2.
      “End government funding of private schools, hospitals and health insurance”
      “Expand public services”
      So instead of the government funding 70% of a high quality education they can fund 100% of a crap one. Thats if anyone wants to teach rather than get a “living wage” dole, remember teachers should be able to do maths.

      3.
      “Promote peace and international co-operation”
      “Open the borders”
      “Full citizenship rights including the right to vote for all refugees and migrants, with abolition of the temporary protection visa”
      Ill just file this one under the “Abolish any concept of Australia as a recognisable entity” bin shall I? So how does that peace thing work when the vast majority of the world learns they can get a “working wage dole” and do bugger all?

      4.
      “Disarm the police to stop police killings”
      “Decriminalise personal drug use; for safe injecting rooms and prescription heroin trials”
      Im sure plenty of police will be killed if you disarm them. Im also equally sure any ‘death by cop” will be more than compensated for by the spike in drug related deaths as well.

      5.
      “Fully funded refuges for women and children escaping physical, psychological or sexual abuse”
      “No cuts to women’s services”
      “End all discrimination based on race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, age, disability, political ideology, employment status, sexuality and gender identity”
      I cant add anything to this, my irony meter just burst.

      6.
      “Opposition to Australia’s imperialist foreign policy, and the export of military hardware, personnel and training”
      “End ANZUS, no to APEC, for a nuclear-free Pacific”
      Im unsure who we have annexed lately, but that whole end ANZUS fits in juite well with the “abolish all borders” platform I must admit.

      Heres the full platform, see how many you can mock!!

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 05 26 at 01:04 AM • permalink

 

    1. Frollick, isn’t that the Labor party?


      No, it’s just a little mistake!

      Posted by 1.618 on 2007 05 26 at 01:18 AM • permalink

 

    1. #124

      Probably nothing, if you’re not into classical. If you want to try him, look for Finlandia, Valse Triste (read what it’s about before you listen), the Karelia suite, Violin Concerto, Symphonies 2, 3, 5, and the Lemminkainen stuff (second movement, the Swan of Tuonela is the most famous).

      Posted by Dminor on 2007 05 26 at 01:19 AM • permalink

 

    1. Song To the MoOn Is My FAvoUrite!

      Posted by 1.618 on 2007 05 26 at 01:27 AM • permalink

 

    1. Mired : re #62:

      i am convinced the nhs is just waiting to see who survives before giving treatment.  yet they will perform sex changes and other non essential expensive treatments.

      Given that 30% of those with Harry Benjamin’s Syndrome don’t survive past 30 without surgery, I fail to see how it could be classed as “non essential”.

      Most go overseas anyway now, the UK surgeons do not have a good reputation, nor a high success rate. Many of them make no attempt to make the new genitalia sensate. As one eminent UK surgeon said, “Why does a young girl like you need a clitoris?”

      The waiting list for surgery is 5-15 years, and in Wales, it is official policy that unless you are suicidal, they won’t refer you to a Gender Clinic. As no Gender Clinic will accept suicidal patients, this saves money.

      Have a look at this PDF.

      It is no accident that when I was in Chonburi, the majority of patients were from the UK. They were willing to mortgage the house to raise the 7000 pounds for surgery, just because the NHS system had so comprehensively failed them.

      That is what it is designed to do : if they go private, go overseas, or suicide, these “freaks and perverts” are no longer a burden on the taxpayers.

      Posted by Zoe Brain on 2007 05 26 at 01:44 AM • permalink

 

    1. #128

      I’ve been listening to Esa-Pekka Salonnen’s recording of Kullervo while reading JRR Tolkien’s The Children of Húrin, which I guess is appropriate since the character Túrin is inspired by story of Kullervo.

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 2007 05 26 at 02:21 AM • permalink

 

    1. As their hijacked jet banked for a final charge into the skyscraper, would they worry about the environmental impact?

      They would worry about that the same way they worry about the environmental impact of suicide bombing – if Islamists do it, they’re “resisting Western oppression” and so it’s ok. They would probably be honoured to be used as weapons in Islamist “resistance”.

      Posted by carpefraise on 2007 05 26 at 04:27 AM • permalink

 

    1. #14

      Oh, for God’s sake Wronwright.

      VRWC HQ underground hypersonic vacuum-train station airlock No. 484. Ninth stop on the Blue line is Canberra.

      The secret entrance to the train station is via the basement of the Wig and Pen microbrewery…

      … hang on a minute.
      <riffle, riffle, riffle>

      Hmm. Turns out each of your scheduled visits has coincided with a profit spike at the Wig and Pen. And your only recorded comment on the inspection form says (and I quote) “Yesh, an itsa verry bloody good mate!” And there’s beer stains on the form.

      MarkL
      Minionmeister to the VRWC

      Posted by MarkL on 2007 05 26 at 06:10 AM • permalink

 

    1. #19

      “Newcastle is the best place in Australia…”

      MareeS

      Never a truer word spoken. I might be here in Canberra, but that is merely because this is where the work in my sphere is, and that will enable me to retire sooner.

      To Newcastle.

      MarkL
      (the resentfully displaced Novocastrian)
      Canberra

      PS: It’s too bloody cold in this place.

      Posted by MarkL on 2007 05 26 at 06:16 AM • permalink

 

    1. #126

      Frollickingmole, talk about taking one for the team!

      You’re a better man than I am, gunga din.

      MarkL
      canberra

      Posted by MarkL on 2007 05 26 at 06:45 AM • permalink

 

    1. I just want to mention to all that paco and I are currently hard at work reassembling the Mayan calendar (Mayan?  I thought those were Aztec heiroglyphs.  Dang I could use Mental Floss’s opinion on these.  paco is useless).  I have full confidence that Operation Save Humanity in a Singularly Heroic Fashion will be a resounding success.

      (paco, you damn well better find that chunk that fell off.  We can’t reinstall the calendar into the Yucatan solar temple without it.  And if we can’t do that, we’re in deep shit).

      Posted by wronwright on 2007 05 26 at 07:38 AM • permalink

 

    1. Yes, Tim, but how about taking the next step and promising to wreck the economies (in fact just trash the whole place) of all those states (Iran, Syria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Libya, Yemen, Sudan, Malaysia, Somalia … oh, I forgot, they don’t have an economy) who sponsor terrorism? (even if only in Thailand).
      That’s what the glerbal werming street figiters want to do with ours.
      At some point it has to be no more mr. nice guy.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2007 05 26 at 07:42 AM • permalink

 

    1. RebeccaH –

      Yes, but will it keep galaxies from smacking together?  There’s more than one way to skin a cat, you know.

      Oh, I just knew someone would bring that up.  You have no evidence whatsoever to assert that we had anything to do with that.

      (remembers temple priests shrieking and running away when paco and I dropped Mayan calendar.  paco!  Find that chunk of rock!  Immediately!  And what happened to that fucking glue?)

      Posted by wronwright on 2007 05 26 at 07:42 AM • permalink

 

    1. #130, #62—Actually quote from the NHS to a very nice lady I worked with, now deceased: “Oh, yes, you have lung cancer.  Come back in three months.”

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 05 26 at 09:21 AM • permalink

 

    1. #91 Dminor—I’m almost sure I used the word “consent” in there.

      Regards,
      Ric

      Posted by Ric Locke on 2007 05 26 at 09:29 AM • permalink

 

    1. Lefties show great courage every day.

      Why, in the Antarctic, they are going up against evil Japs in rubber duckies – although they can be assured that the Japs will not do a hard right hand down and run them over, or blast them with a harpoon.  It’s very easy to be courageous when the other side play by the rules and there is little risk of the other side just deciding to kill you because they can.

      And other lefties are protesting in rain forests, lying down in front of bulldozers when they just know that no dozer driver is going to run over them, and the cops will probably shoot any dozer driver that tries.  Yes, that’s courageous – knowing that the courts and the full weight of the law will be behind you if someone does something stupid.

      Still other lefties are marching down our streets, carrying the usual placards and paper mache heads and wearing funny face masks, secure in the knowledge that the Police that are walking alongside stopping traffic and the like are unlikely to pull out their batons and start whalloping the smell out of them.  Yes, carrying a paper mache head is a true act of courage when you aren’t living in a police state.

      A further mob are sitting around composing scathing letters to the ABC over their decision to run the swindle, safe in the knowledge that ASIO isn’t remotely interested in finding out where they live, conducting a midnight raid and removing a few fingernails for the hell of it.

      Confront them with a real physical threat, and I reckon most would do a good job of pissing their pants and doing nothing useful.

      Posted by mr creosote on 2007 05 26 at 09:54 AM • permalink

 

    1. #136: Wronwright, forget the Yucatan Peninsular mission for a minute. Not long ago you laughed loudly and set the spacetime interflex dial in the Tardis from minus figures up to zero, saying “ha ha, the year dot… there’s no such thing as the year zero!”

      You arrived at exactly the year zero BC and zero AD. You walked up some stairs and into a modest room where there were a dozen guys breaking up some bread for dinner. The guy in the middle passed you his cup and you asked “is this Sumerian mead?” He told you that it was wine that he had made himself and to drink some so that you wouldn’t forget.

      Now think hard, wronwright. What did you do with that cup after that?

      Posted by splice on 2007 05 26 at 10:07 AM • permalink

 

    1. MarkL : Re #133 : The Wig and Pen has a very nice Irish Red too. I could easily be pursuaded to partake of some potato wedges and beer there one day.
      I’m sure other Canberran members of the VRWC are of like mind.

      Posted by Zoe Brain on 2007 05 26 at 11:27 AM • permalink

 

    1. splice,

      That story vaguely sounds familiar.  Very nice guy but I didn’t care for the food.  Too much bread as I recall.  Wine was good though.

      But the cup?  How would I remember?  It was just a cup.  Might be in the dishwasher.

      Posted by wronwright on 2007 05 26 at 12:27 PM • permalink

 

    1. wronwright—and while you’re trying to remember the cup, TRY REAL HARD to remember what we’re supposed to do with all these loaves and fishes.  We’ve had to task a THIRD warehouse to the bloody things and they’re still popping up and frankly, the fishes are getting a little ripe…

      It was your doggie bag, you fix it.

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 05 26 at 01:45 PM • permalink

 

    1. #141 Mr Creosote

      Your whole comment is spot on.

      Posted by kae on 2007 05 26 at 06:51 PM • permalink

 

    1. It was just ok.

      Posted by 1.618 on 2007 05 26 at 10:10 PM • permalink

 

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