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Last updated on August 5th, 2017 at 02:31 pm
• Also from the where-are-they-now file, an update on union activist and former Big Brother contestant Tim Brunero: “He is now employed as a spruiker for the Royal Hotel and spends his time wandering around Sydney Uni grabbing the arms of unsuspecting philosophy students and breathing unpleasantly in their faces while extolling the virtues of bingo night and happy hour.”
• “I’ve always believed in the power of music as a potent catalyst for social change,” says Traceeee Hutchison. That’s just great.
• John Pilger and friends stand up for a shutdown: “We believe that the decision of the Venezuelan government not to renew the broadcasting licence of RCTV when it expires on May 27 is legitimate …”
• Pilger’s latest crapumentary will soon be shown in Australia: “The John Pilger documentary, The War on Democracy, has been sold by Paris-based Coach 14 to Lionsgate for the U.K. and Hopscotch for Australia and New Zealand.” Way to go, John; you’re making money from globalisation andwar!
• News you can use: “Bald men in Germany have no right to state-funded wigs, according to a new court ruling.”
• Old-timey leftist Alexander Cockburn continues in his role as the Hitchens of global warming: “No response is more predictable than the reflexive squawk of the greenhouse fearmongers that anyone questioning their claims is in the pay of the energy companies. A second, equally predictable retort contrasts the ever-diminishing number of agnostics with the growing legions of scientists now born again to the ‘truth’ that anthropogenic CO2 is responsible for the earth’s warming trend.”
• Nice line from Mike G.: “The Left these days is made up of people congratulating themselves that in 1939, they’d have had the guts to stand up … to Churchill.”
• AAP reports: “Climate change gave much of Australia’s drought-stricken east coast its warmest May on record … Sydney had its warmest May since 1958, but could have hit an all-time high if it wasn’t for a spell of cool nights in the past week.” (Via Francis H., who notes: “So we now have an argument that goes along the lines of ‘If it wasn’t for the cold weather, global warming would be worse’.”)
• AAP is also apparently responsible for making University of NSW climate change research centre co-director Andy Pitman look like an idiot.
• Where are all the human shields?
• First rule of watchblog sites: they must themselves be worth watching. This ain’t.
• “I recommend scrolling through all of this,” emails Evil Pundit. “In other news, it seems my blog is dead, at least until August at the earliest. And I can’t even post a note on it to explain that.”
• Always bet on the grizzly: “She tore apart the chest cavity, ripped out the heart and ate it … It was like she knew that’s what kept it alive.” Her victim: an Alaskan moose.
• “Is anthropogenic global warming a religion?” asks Guy Smith. “Certainly, and one only slightly less militant than Wahhabism.”
• Belgian troops are preparing for war against caterpillars.
• Peter Foster reviews The Assault on Reason: “The most stunning – and frightening – aspect of Gore’s bipolar book is that he constantly calls for more discussion and public input, but when it comes to his obsession, man-made climate change, he declares the debate closed.”
• Speaking of Al: “UWA Environmental Services invites yout to a FREE screening of the award winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth in the lead up to World Environment Day. This inspirational documentary features former US Vice President Al Gore’s fervent crusade to halt global warming’s deadly progress by exposing the myths and misconceptions that surround it.”
• The Guardian usually isn’t inclined to support monarchy, but makes an exception in the case of Gore: “Man who should be king”.
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