<< KEATING 'TUBED ~ MAIN ~ STAFF COUNSELLED >>

AWARENESS RAISED

Apparently the point of these Gaiapalooza concerts is that they’ll raise awareness of global warming. You know, just in case you’ve never heard of it and require a seven-nation, 120-network Woodstock of warmening to bring you up to speed.

But if raising awareness is so crucial, why does Al Gore place restrictions on media coverage of his awareness-raising speeches? It’s all they’re talking about in sunny downtown Saskatchewan:

Gore’s contract bans reporters from recording audio or shooting video.

Questions are being raised because the province is fronting the $200,000 it costs for the former U.S. vice-president to speak through its publicly owned telephone company SaskTel.

Saskatchewan Premier Lorne Calvert says Gore’s mere presence is sufficient:

“His very presence in the province ... raises the important issue of the climate crisis change that is confronting us,” said Calvert.

This Calvert fellow is evidently Saskatchewan’s supreme spinmaster. His next line is brilliant:

He said the fact reporters are doing stories on not being allowed into the speech is in itself raising awareness of climate change.

UPDATE. Synova:

I would scoff and joke about it but I’m suddenly not the least bit amused. Pelosi refuses to meet with president Bush. The Dem presidential candidates are refusing to debate on FOX. Gore doesn’t want his speeches recorded by potential unfriendlies. And I’m reminded of our last local election cycle where people had to sneak personal recording devices into speeches or debates because the Dem candidates refused to allow themselves to be recorded. And that was at the few debates that happened. Democrat candidates refused debates over and over. I don’t think there was a even single debate between candidates for some of the offices.

And it’s working ... I look around and the same strategy is being employed, no cameras, no recordings, or else no meetings at all.

It’s not funny. It’s frightening, and mostly because the tactic is downright *lauded* by the Democratic base.

 

Posted by Tim B. on 04/12/2007 at 04:44 AM
  1. Ambivalent: adjective undecided,unsure, of two minds;

    (example): A Canadian at an Al Gore global warming concert.

    Posted by papertiger on 2007 04 12 at 05:00 AM • permalink

  2. Gore’s contract bans reporters from recording audio or shooting video.

    He doesn’t want the media to hear the cash registers ring each time he opens his mouth. he also doesn’t want the media to notice that he does indeed cast a shadow

    Posted by Contrail on 2007 04 12 at 05:18 AM • permalink

  3. I dont know how many of you have been to Frozen Lung, SASK, in February, but believe me they could do with a little gorebal warmening

    Cheers
    RodC

    Posted by Rod C on 2007 04 12 at 05:22 AM • permalink

  4. Love this from the “tips on how to stay cool in summer” from the giapallozer link above.

    “Tip 7: Have Pool, Stay Cool

    If you are lucky enough to be able to dip into your very own pool this summer, make sure your money isn’t going down the drain. Lower the pool’s temperature to the minimum recommended by the manufacturer, and cover to retain heat when not in use. (Covering the pool will also reduce debris, evaporation and chemical loss.) By simply installing a timer to the pool’s heater, you can predetermine heating times and duration.”

    Good to see honest Al wont have to suffer too much…

    Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 04 12 at 05:27 AM • permalink

  5. Two Australians sitting at the bar in a small outback watering hole see a couple of strangers at another table. One of them says, “why don’t you go over and ask those guys where they’re from”. The other says, “I think I will”. So he walks over and says to the strangers “You’re new around here, where ya’ll from”? One of the strangers says, “Saskatoon, Saskatchewan”. The Aussie nods his head and walks back to his table. His mate says, “so where are they from”? He answers, “I don’t know, they don’t speak English”.

    Posted by Arty on 2007 04 12 at 05:29 AM • permalink

  6. Saskatchewan Premier Lorne Calvert: a global warming denialist in that he’s just been globally butt-f*cked by the Goremeister; in the words of fellow Canadian, Alanis Morissette: “how ironic”.

    Is the $200,000 just the catering bill?

    Posted by egg_ on 2007 04 12 at 05:35 AM • permalink

  7. The premiers are aiming to raise John Howard’s awareness and are ganging up to push him to agree to a 60% reduction in emissions (thankfully for the PM, genesis are not involved).

    They deny they’re doing the Kruddster’s bidding Premiers to push for emissions reductions

    Beattie says “The planet’s in trouble - you can see that by the drought in the south-east corner,”- well of course we’ve never had droughts before.

    Posted by eeniemeenie on 2007 04 12 at 05:54 AM • permalink

  8. ... through its publicly owned telephone company SaskTel.
    And the publicly owned TV network is called ... SaskWatch?

    Posted by blogstrop on 2007 04 12 at 06:04 AM • permalink

  9. Is $200,000 sufficient to pay for year-round heating for his house?

    Posted by Rajan R on 2007 04 12 at 06:05 AM • permalink

  10. #9, no, but it’s ok. I hear that he’s allowed to be a giant hypocrite because occassionally other people are in his house.

    Posted by Ash_ on 2007 04 12 at 06:07 AM • permalink

  11. You know, just in case you’ve never heard of it and require a seven-nation, 120-network Woodstock of warmening boring to bring you up to speed.

    fixed.

    Posted by kae on 2007 04 12 at 06:09 AM • permalink

  12. #7 eeniemeenie

    7:30 when I’d just got home from work:

    Beattie has ganged up with all the State and Territory Premiers and they have vowed to lower emissions by 60% WITH OR WITHOUT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ON BOARD.

    I have two questions for them.

    1.  How?

    2.  Who’s going to pay?

    Posted by kae on 2007 04 12 at 06:34 AM • permalink

  13. #12

    1. By making everyone suffer.

    2. You are. Enjoy.

    Posted by Ash_ on 2007 04 12 at 06:40 AM • permalink

  14. Ain’t passive voice wonderful?  Its just the thing for hiding, umm, inconvenient truths.

    the $200,000 it costs for the former U.S. vice-president charges to speak

    Makes a difference, doesn’t it?

    Posted by R C Dean on 2007 04 12 at 06:41 AM • permalink

  15. AAaaaaaaaaaaash_

    I want HIM to explain.

    (I already guessed the answers, but I’d like to hear his - he burbled on about how Queensland is just growing and growing economically and it will just go from strength to strenghth adopting the 60% reduction, blah, blah, blah…)

    Posted by kae on 2007 04 12 at 06:44 AM • permalink

  16. 7/7/07 UK: Wembley Stadium, London. UK Live Earth.

    Oh Al and pals, pl

    Posted by El Cid on 2007 04 12 at 06:47 AM • permalink

  17. Yeah, all those LiveAid concerts sure fixed up Africa.

    Posted by blogstrop on 2007 04 12 at 06:52 AM • permalink

  18. #15 Kae,

    I just kind of assumed that all of us will be dead and buried long before anyone in Beattie’s government will actually admit their plan.

    I answered the questions in the hope that in 60 years we can all rest in peace, with no questions tormenting our souls forever.

    Posted by Ash_ on 2007 04 12 at 06:52 AM • permalink

  19. Well fer Christ sakes…what the hell happened to me post…a portion shows and the rest is lost in zillionaire Bill Gates MSN Space.

    I wonder if Bill’s wife said on honeymoon night…Ummm, no Bill. Let me and the chauffeur show you how…oh God yes, Victor…mmmmm, oh yes. Ahem.

    Posted by El Cid on 2007 04 12 at 07:00 AM • permalink

  20. Didn’t the Goracle start a cable tv channel a while back? Anybody know if it’s doing any better than Air America? If it’s still on the air come concert time, maybe he’ll live broadcast for the poor people who can’t afford a ticket and actually want to see it…..hey, there might be three or four.

    Posted by Retread on 2007 04 12 at 07:02 AM • permalink

  21. #14

    I wonder what it would cost to pay him not to speak?

    Posted by Retread on 2007 04 12 at 07:03 AM • permalink

  22. #18

    Yeah, Ash_, I’m sure he’s really sorry it’s all got into such a parlous state with the water situation and all, too.

    Posted by kae on 2007 04 12 at 07:06 AM • permalink

  23. What some of that post was, is that 7/7/07 in London there are 56 people and possibly some of the hundreds wounded by terrorists, that can’t SEE A “Live Earth”.

    That threat, the terrorist threat, is by far the biggest facing this “Live Earth”.

    You have done a great service though Al. Through your invention of the Internet and now letting ALL know that we have a “Live Earth”...just brings a tear to the eye.

    I don’t know what WE would have done without you Al, but WE would have done our best trying.

    Posted by El Cid on 2007 04 12 at 07:09 AM • permalink

  24. Ive sacraficed 30 minutes of my life and found a list of performers at the US world concert and listings of a few of their properties.
    I dont see many “semi-rural-yurt-with outdoor-hole-in-the-ground-for-shitting-in” listed in any of them.

    Maddona
    Kayne West
    Sting
    Bon Jovi

    There are many more but I can only stand so much gushing celebrity crap at a time.
    When Al moves to a 3 bedroom brick and tile Ill follow his advice. Fair?

    Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 04 12 at 07:40 AM • permalink

  25. Al Gore warns Saskatchewan of the dangers of global warming. This is way beyond parody. Have you any idea how fricking cold it is there. They have to plug in their cars at night to operate engine heaters, otherwise the engine oil and transmission fluid freeze solid.

    Posted by phil_b on 2007 04 12 at 08:00 AM • permalink

  26. Raj, no.  That’ll cover ah’boot 7 or 8 months for ONE of his houses.

    Posted by aaron_ on 2007 04 12 at 08:03 AM • permalink

  27. I hope there are hecklers.

    From Saskatchewan

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 04 12 at 08:10 AM • permalink

  28. I like Sting, I wish he wasn’t such a flake.

    Posted by aaron_ on 2007 04 12 at 08:11 AM • permalink

  29. It’s snowing. Has Al ibn Gore already entered Canada?

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 04 12 at 08:20 AM • permalink

  30. #26 & #28 aaron

    Ya eh! on both counts, I wanted to go see the Police reunion tour in Detroit this summer, I just may have to pass…...

    wimpy, hope you got your tuke!(sp)

    Posted by Old Tanker on 2007 04 12 at 09:10 AM • permalink

  31. Come on, people! This is Gaia’s Jesus we’re talking about! What, like Jesus wouldn’t be worth a couple of hundred grand?

    Posted by SoberHT on 2007 04 12 at 09:16 AM • permalink

  32. Gore’s contract bans reporters from recording audio or shooting video.

      “His very presence in the province ... raises the important issue of the climate crisis change that is confronting us,” said Calvert.

    He said the fact reporters are doing stories on not being allowed into the speech is in itself raising awareness of climate change.

    Who knew Global Warming was a mystery cult?  Guess ole Algore learned something in that bible college he flunked out of after all.

    Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 04 12 at 09:42 AM • permalink

  33. #7 eeniemeenie

    If you want to visit Kakadu National Park, do it soon because we’re turning it into a desert if the ALP flunkies who run the show here go for this 60% guff too. We do not use coal fired power stations, instead relying on natural gas turbines, and with our population at around 200K we only produce 20% of total emmissions. The rest is from bushfires. That means flammable vegitation has to go if we have any chance of achieving these targets. Mind you, we could give Tasmanian Forestry a boost. “Come to the NT and Kill a Tree - Gaia will love you for it.”

    Posted by Justin on 2007 04 12 at 09:48 AM • permalink

  34. Yeah. Lorne’s a real loser. The tax-and-spend socialist New Democratic Party [NDP] premier who is currently facing an upcoming election after destroying the province’s economy. Laugh, or cry, at the following:
    Lorne courtesy of Small Dead Animals

    Posted by andycanuck on 2007 04 12 at 10:05 AM • permalink

  35. Pre-emptive self-flagellation will protect us from future plagues, you see.  If you don’t see, someone else will have to whip you—unless you buy some offsets.  I just happen to have some. Cheap.

    Posted by Tai Chi Wawa on 2007 04 12 at 10:15 AM • permalink

  36. #35

    I’ll take a dozen whipping offsets please, oh, and bill Al Gaiore, he seems to have a little extra scratch at the moment, courtesy of the Saskatchewan tax payers…...

    Posted by Old Tanker on 2007 04 12 at 10:21 AM • permalink

  37. “His very presence in the province ... raises the important issue of the climate crisis change that is confronting us,” said Calvert.

    In the form of snow, ice, and sleet.  It’s like bringing coals to Newcastle.

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 04 12 at 10:30 AM • permalink

  38. Sure wish I could figure out a way to get a bet down on Sask freezing over…

    Posted by mojo on 2007 04 12 at 10:41 AM • permalink

  39. First of all, I blame Andycanuck and Wimpy Canadian for this.  The keys to the Tardis should be out of the question for quite some time.

    Second, just what is a “climate crisis change” anyway?  This whole subject is becoming too confusing for a Yojimbo.

    Posted by yojimbo on 2007 04 12 at 10:56 AM • permalink

  40. I’d love to see Al’s taxes. Do you suppose carbon credits are deductible?

    Seriously—two hundred grand for one speech? How can I get in on that racket?

    Posted by Tungsten Monk on 2007 04 12 at 10:57 AM • permalink

  41. Just how many “necessity credits” can you buy with $200,000 anyway?  Just asking.

    Posted by yojimbo on 2007 04 12 at 11:03 AM • permalink

  42. #40,

    You just know those credits HAVE to be deductible, but hey, when you buy them from your own company, who cares….

    Posted by Old Tanker on 2007 04 12 at 11:14 AM • permalink

  43. Hmmmm.

    “His very presence in the province ... raises the important issue of the climate crisis change that is confronting us,” said Calvert.

    Welll…....

    Where Gore poops, awareness follows.

    Posted by memomachine on 2007 04 12 at 11:18 AM • permalink

  44. Maybe it’s about him wanting to control the distribution so he can profit from it or maybe it’s about him wanting to control the message.

    I would scoff and joke about it but I’m suddenly not the least bit amused.  Pelosi refuses to meet with president Bush.  The Dem presidential candidates are refusing to debate on FOX.  Gore doesn’t want his speeches recorded by potential unfriendlies.  And I’m reminded of our last local election cycle where people had to sneak personal recording devices into speeches or debates because the Dem candidates refused to allow themselves to be recorded.  And that was at the few debates that happened.  Democrat candidates refused debates over and over.  I don’t think there was a even single debate between candidates for some of the offices.

    And it’s working.  And I look around and the same strategy is being employed, no cameras, no recordings, or else no meetings at all.

    It’s not funny.  It’s frightening, and mostly because the tactic is downright *lauded* by the Democratic base. 

    Probably it will backfire if the media is pushed too far.  I’m an optimistic person and I try to tell myself that this will certainly happen. 

    Sorry to be no fun. :(

    Posted by Synova on 2007 04 12 at 11:27 AM • permalink

  45. Gore’s contract bans reporters from recording audio or shooting video.

    This is kind of creepy in cult-like fashion.  Do we really want to know what feaky rites this religion does behind closed door?  Self-flagellation has been mentioned and is obvious.  But what happens next?  Eating carbon or turning carbon into wine?  Snake handling?  Polar bear handling?  Speaking in tongues?

    Posted by Blue on 2007 04 12 at 11:36 AM • permalink

  46. #44 Synova, you’re very likely to be right.

    If they really believe in their message, they shouldn’t worry about who hears it, they should just be glad it’s out there. Which leads me to think that they want funds from people buying the speeches or TV rights.

    Posted by Ash_ on 2007 04 12 at 11:39 AM • permalink

  47. Gore’s contract bans reporters from recording audio or shooting video.

    Did the reporters sign the contract? If not, they’re not bound by it. Smuggle away, lads!

    Posted by mojo on 2007 04 12 at 11:44 AM • permalink

  48. Phlogging Ass Cat-o-nine-tails Offset: only $69 per lash. At PACO, we really whip the competition.

    Posted by andycanuck on 2007 04 12 at 12:05 PM • permalink

  49. Probably it will backfire if the media is pushed too far.  I’m an optimistic person and I try to tell myself that this will certainly happen.

    Oh, it certainly will. They have the media on their side, but keep f***ing with them like this and watch how fast they turn. We RWDB’s like to think that journalistic integrity takes second place to ideology with the MSM. Not true. Integrity’s in third, ideology is second. Access is #1.

    Posted by Dave S. on 2007 04 12 at 12:14 PM • permalink

  50. I would say #1 is narcissim.  That’s the killer for the press.  They will only allow themselves to be shut out for so long before their natural narcissim rears it’s head.  “I’m simply too important to be ignored like this.” is the conclusion they’ll come to. In this case, it will actually be a good thing.

    Posted by kcom on 2007 04 12 at 12:18 PM • permalink

  51. #32 richard mcenroe

    Who knew Global Warming was a mystery cult?  Guess ole Algore learned something in that bible college he flunked out of after all.

    Has the Goracle become a Scientologist?

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2007 04 12 at 12:21 PM • permalink

  52. Pretty soon L. Ron Agore will be living in an Arc off the coast of Cali.

    Posted by aaron_ on 2007 04 12 at 12:41 PM • permalink

  53. And don’t forget, anyone interested in how to start a cult should study up on political spin and manipulation by reading the Dianetics of Climatoligists.

    Posted by aaron_ on 2007 04 12 at 12:47 PM • permalink

  54. #44 Synova “I would scoff and joke about it but I’m suddenly not the least bit amused.  Pelosi refuses to meet with president Bush.  The Dem presidential candidates are refusing to debate on FOX.  Gore doesn’t want his speeches recorded by potential unfriendlies…”

    How true.  “Outreach” to terrorist Assad is laudable in their world and they’re rumbling about starting their own initiatives with the madman in Iran.  But they’re morally opposed to meeting with our President to work through critical legislation and find FOX’s millions of viewers repugnant.  (Sort of like Elizabeth Edwards’ “rabid, rabid Republican” attack on her working class neighbor who she’s never met.)

    Very open and tolerant, they hate a mere 50% of their own countrymen.

    Posted by fresca on 2007 04 12 at 01:03 PM • permalink

  55. al-Gore, you need to cut out the geobbels whorening nonsense now. People are dying.

    “CHICAGO (AP) - More snow fell on parts of the Midwest Thursday, a day after a deadly storm grounded hundreds of flights, postponed a baseball game, iced up roadways and disappointed those longing for the warmth of spring.

    A jet trying to land in heavy snow skidded 50 feet off a runway in Traverse City, Mich., early Thursday. The plane remained upright, and the 46 passengers and three crew members were unhurt, Pinnacle Airlines spokesman Phil Reed said.

    Six deaths elsewhere were also blamed on the slick conditions”

    Posted by rbj1 on 2007 04 12 at 01:10 PM • permalink

  56. Mojo, start here.

    Posted by aaron_ on 2007 04 12 at 01:24 PM • permalink

  57. #39 yojimbo:

    I think a “climate crisis change” is what inevitably happens to the propaganda output every time it’s cold when we’re supposed to worry about global warming, and vice versa.

    Posted by PW on 2007 04 12 at 01:50 PM • permalink

  58. Has the Goracle become a Scientologist?

    Maybe we should call the eco-cult Sciencology, what with their breathless insistence on having the “scientific” “consensus” on their side.

    Posted by PW on 2007 04 12 at 02:03 PM • permalink

  59. “Seriously—two hundred grand for one speech? How can I get in on that racket?”

    Monk, here’s how:

    1. Invent a product that people don’t need.

    2. Present the product in such a way as to make people think they want it.

    3. Remember that people will shell out large sums of money when motived by either pleasure or fear.

    4. Remember that people are vain and stupid. Aim your pitch at their stupidity, but be sure to flatter them while you’re doing it. In other words, be sure that your phony stock certificates have a highfalutin’ title, gilt edges, and lots of fancy scroll-work.

    5. Always present yourself as a tribune of The Good. Always present your critics as promoting Evil.

    6. Finally, never forget the immortal words of that noted philosopher Phineas Taylor Barnum: “There’s a sucker born every minute.”

    Keep these rules in mind, and your sure to strike paydirt. After all, Al Gore - a guy who flunked out of a Bible college and a school of journalism - is raking in the loot, and being touted as a genius in the process.

    Posted by Urbs in Horto on 2007 04 12 at 02:13 PM • permalink

  60. Nothing new for Agore. When he got his lecture gig at Columbia School of Journalism (after SCOTUS prevented him from taking his rightful place as POTUS), part of the deal was no cameras, no recordings, no discussions of what went on in the classroom. Afterwards, though, some of his students cheated and spilled the beans.

    My theory is that if the public got wind of the kind of insubstantial insane rantings $200,000 buys, those bookings would dry up like the southeast corner of Australia.

    After a day of posturing, Democratic leaders have deigned to meet with the President after all. “We will listen to his position, but in return we will insist that he listen to concerns of the American people that his policies in Iraq have failed and we need to change course,” say Dingy Harry and San Fran Nan who apparently remain unaware that we already have changed course in Iraq.

    Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2007 04 12 at 02:38 PM • permalink

  61. Synova, I have to agree with you.  This is a disturbing trend.  Dave is right, the MSM will only eat so much s**t, but I hate to imagine the damage we will take until they get their act back together.  Or at least pretend to care, after they get access.

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2007 04 12 at 02:59 PM • permalink

  62. Dems don’t do dissent.

    Posted by Latino on 2007 04 12 at 03:23 PM • permalink

  63. Do I understand this properly?

    Canadians with telephones in Saskatchewan are subsidizing our deranged loon’s rant about a climate change.  One that everybody except possibly ski resort owners would be in favor of if it could be put to a vote?

    At least it’s not coming from the US taxpayer this time.

    Posted by MarkD on 2007 04 12 at 03:36 PM • permalink

  64. #2… Then he should stop yelling “Ka-Ching!” at the end of every sound bite.

    Posted by Keith on 2007 04 12 at 03:36 PM • permalink

  65. It’s not surprising that the Goracle doesn’t want a public record of what he says.  He doesn’t want it coming back to haunt him when he’s still trying for the presidency in 2016.

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 04 12 at 05:38 PM • permalink

  66. Amazing Scenes:
    An article in The Age by John Roskam slams the ABC for its lack of diverse opinion.
    Whether the ABC fulfils its self-appointed role is debatable. For example, man-made climate change is now as good as an accepted fact. The community and all political parties believe that dramatic reductions in emissions are necessary to combat the threat of a warming planet. There would be few better issues than this on which the ABC could contest the prevailing orthodoxy. In relation to climate change, though, this is unlikely to happen. The point is that the ABC picks and chooses the issues on which it will challenge public opinion.

    Posted by blogstrop on 2007 04 12 at 06:54 PM • permalink

  67. #65:

    Against John Kerry.

    Posted by PW on 2007 04 12 at 07:46 PM • permalink

  68. Sort of OT:  it looks like there may be even more Gorebal Warmening on the way for the eastern US starting Sunday.

    Does His Coldness have a speech planned somewhere on the East Coast?

    Thanks, Al!

    Posted by Blue State Sil on 2007 04 12 at 08:16 PM • permalink

  69. as good as an accepted fact.

    If only the Crown had transported a few more English teachers (er, teachers of English, er, English teachers of English…), we might have been spared phrases such as that…

    Has the Goreacle become a Scientologist?

    Spiny Norman—he took the free personality test but it came back negative.

    Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 04 12 at 08:31 PM • permalink

  70. Poor old Flim Flannery. He only gets US$50,000 per speach.

    Posted by The Leadster on 2007 04 12 at 08:38 PM • permalink

  71. #68, in fact the Gore will be in the Hudson Valley this weekend!Gore

    Posted by Latino on 2007 04 12 at 09:56 PM • permalink

  72. I have been on the phone to the Australian tax office this morning enquiring as to wether being issued carbon credits would constitute either income or fringe benifits tax.
    The chap I spoke to was taken aback by the question having “not heard that one before”. He did a search and came back with NO RULING on them with regaurds to their liability as far as tax goes.
    I asked wehter in general, as they had a monetary value, they would attract tax. He was non-commital and invited me to write the question in for a in-depth response.
    Interesting that with talk of a corbon credits scheme, rock stars being “gifted” credits and stuff the ATO hasent got any rulling out.
    Would any of our American chums like to see what the ruling is over there?
    This could be the biggest “bottom of the harbour” scheme for a generation!!!

    Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 04 12 at 11:19 PM • permalink

  73. Frollicking

    If they received the credits in conjunction with their performance-compensation for services rendered and therefore taxable.

    If they performed gratis then they would value the credits under $600 to avoid the issuance of form 1099-misc.

    If they received compensation for their performance the credit should just be added on to the normal pay for the event.

    If they received the credit simply for attending this event it would probably be considered a gift and not taxable to the recipient.

    Posted by yojimbo on 2007 04 12 at 11:48 PM • permalink

  74. #71 Latino -

    That explains it!

    Posted by Blue State Sil on 2007 04 12 at 11:54 PM • permalink

  75. yojimbo
    (this is the American ruling?)
    Thanks, for that, im sending off a letter for confirmation anyway, I was under the impression it would attract tax of some sort as it does have some monetary value.
    But my curiosity has been piqued by the ATO (apparently) having no ruling on a scheme the state premiers are supposed to be pushing here at the heads of goverment meeting here in Oz this month.

    Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 04 12 at 11:56 PM • permalink

  76. If Freedom of speech is a building stone of democracy what is hidden speech?

    Posted by hollingshead on 2007 04 13 at 12:42 AM • permalink

  77. Excellent article debunking the current crop of GW exponents (including the IPCC) by scientist Bob Carter.

    Posted by blogstrop on 2007 04 13 at 12:45 AM • permalink

  78. The whole glooball warmening thingo is starting to unravel. And fast.

    And these tossers know it.

    Why allow yourself to be recorded when, basically, everything you have to say can so easily be shown to be a bunch of lies?

    Posted by Bonmot on 2007 04 13 at 01:21 AM • permalink

  79. #77 blogstrop.
    Thanks for the link.
    In one article, well, it’s all over red rover for the alarmists and unhinged celebrities.

    Posted by Bonmot on 2007 04 13 at 01:40 AM • permalink

  80. blogstrop

    Good article, will foreward it to my moonbat mate. (The BBC “great global warming swindle” made him half change his “end is nigh” position)
    I see why politicans like the idea of GW. It allows them to wind back the publics expectations (water, power etc) of basic standards with a effective scarecrow.

    Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 04 13 at 01:53 AM • permalink

  81. Tim Worstall:
    My translator in the Green Zone in Baghdad insists that Al-Gore means “the valley” and John provides two further variations:

      If it’s Al-Ghor (the guttural ‘ghein’ sound) then it’s a declivity, lowland, depression.

      If it’s Al-Gor (an Egyptian hardening of the letter ‘jim’), then it’s injustice, oppression, tyranny, outrage.
    http://planetgore.nationalreview.com/post/?q=MDJlYWEwYTEzNmRiYWQ1ZWU0OGNlYjk0MTk0MDA4ZTg=

    Posted by mojo on 2007 04 13 at 12:08 PM • permalink

  82. Before you know it we’ll be reduced to seeing gaiapaloozin’ celebs get honours while many very deserving but low profile Australians get nothing. If you watch the honours lists you see so many awarded to people for .... well, in many cases just being there.

    Posted by blogstrop on 2007 04 13 at 06:52 PM • permalink

  83. This reminds me of an old presidential campaign story, from the days before portable recorders. At a whistle stop a frantic aide ran back to the candidate’s car shouting, “For God’s sake, tell him that there’s a reporter out there using Gregg shorthand and he’s taking down every single word!”

    Posted by ErnieG on 2007 04 14 at 12:12 PM • permalink

  84. Page 1 of 1 pages

Commenting is not available in this weblog entry.

Members:
Login | Register | Member List

Please note: you must use a real email address to register. You will be sent an account activation email. Clicking on the url in the email will automatically activate your account. Until you do so your account will be held in the "pending" list and you won't be able to log in. All accounts that are "pending" for more than one week will be deleted.