One of the more startling bits of evidence Lowe offered of the appalling waste of energy by Australians was this: “Reducing waste is by far the cheapest way to reduce greenhouse pollution [by coal-fired electricity]. Did you know that more than 10 per cent of household electricity in this country is used keeping appliances like TVs and video players on standby?”
Those terrible idiots! Ramsey claims to be deeply concerned about “the paramount issue of the new century: the very survival of life on our planet” and agrees with Lowe’s view that we must “reduce global greenhouse pollution by about 60 per cent by the middle of this century.” Very well; let’s start with Ramsey’s paper, the Sydney Morning Herald. About 300,000 copies are published, freighted, and offered for sale every day, Monday-through-Saturday; but perhaps only two-thirds of that number are actually sold. Imagine all the energy used in producing up to thirty million papers every year that nobody buys. You want to talk about appalling waste, Ramsey?
“South Park,” the popular Comedy Central show about the misadventures of a group of four Colorado boys, criticized the news media Wednesday night for its overhyped coverage of Hurricane Katrina. In the episode, two of the boys, Stan Marsh and Eric Cartman, accidentally crash a boat into a beaver dam, flooding an entire town. In the aftermath, local and national media blame it on global warming, ridiculously exaggerate the extent of the damage, make up stories of rape, murder, “cannabilism,” and tell tales of “hundreds of millions” of deaths in a town of 8,000 people.
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The Daily Telegraph’s Malcolm Farr: “There is a nasty little scrap happening on the internet between the forces of the political Left and Right – and the right seems to be winning.”
UPDATE. Glenn Condell answers Farr’s claim that Australian lefty bloggers have become “a bunch of whining, humourless, self-absorbed bores”:
There’s not a whole lot of mirth to be found in today’s issues – our ongoing and unexamined part in an illegal and immoral war and it’s associated detentions and renditions; our imminent loss of even more media independence so that blokey, lightweight chortlers like Farr can continue to their pretend journalism, thereby ensuring the possibility of further disasters of this kind; the prospect of US style employment conditions and attitudes eroding a long standing Australian tradition of fairness and balance in IR; the gutting of public education, universities and the ABC, plus the prospect of real science having to win a popularity contest with Intelligent Design in our schools, and most importantly right now, the introduction of laws which reverse in an instant hundreds of years of legal evolution toward the freedoms we say we want to help the US implant all over the world.