Anzac Day Remembrance …

The 100th Anniversary of the Gallipoli landing is remembered right across the World.

A bit of local history for the ANZAC weekend from ABC Kimberley – who knew ‘Cauliflower a la Roebuck Bay’ was served in Egypt in the middle of WW1?

An extraordinary dinner took place at Cairo’s Metropole Hotel in the last days of 1915 as over 30 pearlers, shell openers, station hands, clerks, publicans, and merchants from North West Australia, gathered in the middle of WWI.
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Australia remembers – the professional photographers project to record our veterans

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This is 95 year old Bamia who was enlisted with the Torres Strait Light Infantry Battalion in 1942 and is one of only three surviving members of the battalion.Bamia’s son Eddie says “He joined the army in 1942. When this happened he saw it as a call of duty. He was honoured to be a part of it and do the service. Before he joined the Army, they lived in the dark by kerosene lamp. When he joined the war, he saw the light electricity. War introduced them to modern society.He’s my father. I’m honoured he’s my Dad and has given me this world. He stood up and believed what he did was right. I just want to cry.”PLEASE SHARE this photo and post to help raise awareness of this fantastic project #AIPPReflectionsPhoto by Peter Rossi APP.L GM.Photog

Broome Surf Lifesavers, last evening in their own way, honour the fallen. This is the same beach where Japanese bombers destroyed a large number of Flying Boats carrying Dutch refugees from Java, killing a number of mostly women and children:

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a new cure for asthma? …

As a long time sufferer, this is amazing news:

 Cardiff University scientists discover asthma’s root cause

 

Scientists at Cardiff University have identified the potential root cause of asthma for the first time, along with a new treatment.

Researchers have proved that a receptor, known as the calcium sensing receptor or CaSR, causes asthma.

This has led them to discover that the condition could be treated using existing drugs called calcilytics.

The study was made using mouse models of asthma and human airway tissue from asthmatic and non-asthmatic people.

Asthma affects about 300 million people worldwide.

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biomass improves by 400% with extra CO2 …

Common reeds, found in wetlands all over Australia, just love that extra CO2:

Plant Growth Database (23 April 2015)
Our latest result of plant growth responses to atmospheric CO2 enrichment obtained from experiments described in the peer-reviewed scientific literature is for the Common Reed (Eller et al., 2014)…

DSC00221Now that’s what I call a good result for all that extra CO2.

Individual Experiment Results

Journal References

Experimental Conditions
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Eller et al. (2014)

The average of two genotypes representing two lineages (Delta-type, Mediterranean lineage; and EU-type, Eurasian lineage) grown in walk-in growth chambers under a 24/17°C day/night temperature regime (elevated temperature conditions) and at a soil salinity concentration of 0‰
435%

 

 

Eller et al. (2014)

The average of two genotypes representing two lineages (Delta-type, Mediterranean lineage; and EU-type, Eurasian lineage) grown in walk-in growth chambers under a 24/17°C day/night temperature regime (elevated temperature conditions) and at a soil salinity concentration of 20‰
385%
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number one in climate and environment …

The saying goes, “put your money where your mouth is”. I did that here. It even got my name on the back cover along with a whole lot of others. This book just reached the Number 1 seller on the Climate list and Number 1 on the Environment list:

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A bit of a thrill. Mark Steyn reports the good news:

I’ve had a fun time out on the Earth Day airwaves talking about Climate Change: The Facts. That’s the new book featuring me and some of the world’s most eminent scientists on the state of the climate debate as we prepare to enter the third decade of the global-warming pause. And I’m thrilled to find that the book is currently Number One on the Climatology Hit Parade, ahead of Naomi Klein, Naomi Oreskes and any number of Naomis, and also Number One on the Environmental Policy Hot 100.

To order your own copy, go here. It contains a handy list of dud predictions and some penetrating remarks about them. Or so I felt.

Dr Richard Lindzen’s first paragraph is telling.

Global warming is about politics and power rather than science. In science, there is an attempt to clarify; in global warming, language is misused in order to confuse and mislead the public.

I heartily concur. Comrade Gillard is the first that I heard using the phrase ‘carbon pollution’. That confirmed for me that I was a skeptic. Carbon dioxide is not, and never can be, pollution.

An excellent book, very readable, and understandable for the laymen amongst us.

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ABC’s dishonesty and anti-science …

The fallout from the Lomborg affair is still haunting the Green ‘Blob’.

Leaked talking points reveal what really went on behind the scenes.

The SMH and Green Senators continue sliming and clutching at straws.

Where does the ‘left’ get off on all this dishonesty and anti-science. Their gravy train must be in danger of drying up.

Tim Flannery and the ABC are still behaving disgracefully:

To put Flannery’s wild claims in context, here are some facts and admissions worth noting from the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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Tim Flannery even satirizes himself. (Jonova)

Economics Professor Judith Sloan praises the appointment of Economist Dr Lomborg here.

Update, a list of last chances and a list of failed Earth Day predictions.

Update 2, another political climate loser, along with the usual rot from SMH:

Yet another embarrassing captain’s call by the PM to fund a climate sceptic whilst removing the funding of credible science institutions like the CSIRO. Bring on the election.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s office drove the push to provide government funding decision for “sceptical environmentalist” Bjorn Lomborg’s climate think tank, not…
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A reminder: Dennis said; “Any mention of the $100 million former PM Gillard granted to the University of South Australia in Adelaide in return for an honorary doctorate? Or the $300 million she granted to a UN education fund where she is now a board member?”
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burning up the solar …

For all those lovers of rooftop solar, pray your house doesn’t catch fire, the Fire Brigades may decide not to spray water on your house for fear of electrocution. This post puts it nicely:

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Tuesday tee hee – Solar panels with added features

Smoke detectors don’t work on roofs either:

Solar heat

A fire at Hove Town Hall was caused by solar panels on its roof, it emerged today.

“The source of the fire is believed to be an electrical fault with a solar panel on the roof. An investigation is under way.”

The council said all its solar panels were checked annually, with those at the town hall checked two weeks ago.

ESF&RS said solar panels were no more dangerous than any other electrical product.

Although according to this website, this is not actually true

Research commissioned by the DCLG and carried out by BRE on fire safety and solar electric/photovoltaic systems, identifies the major obstacle facing firefighters: “In contrast to the power used by conventional mains electrical equipment, the power that PV systems generate is DC (direct current) and parts of the system cannot be switched off. DC installations have a continuous current, making them more hazardous (volt for volt) than normal AC (alternating current) electrical installations.”  

The issue is that a household’s AC supply can easily be shut off by firefighters, however, the DC current supplied by the solar panels will also be generating as long as the sun is out.

The whole article is pretty interesting, pointing out for example that if a fire breaks out in your solar panels, it is not going to get picked up by your smoke detectors.

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“witch-hunting obsessions of the climate cult” …

[…] “Without the benefits of low-cost and abundant energy from fossil fuels, much of the world’s poor today and in the future would be condemned to continued poverty, ignorance and exploitation,” the CO2 Coalition letter concludes.  Why pay attention to anyone comfortable with that, especially when their comforts include the abundant energy, technological sophistication, plentiful food, and fossil-fuel guzzling transportation they would deny to so many others?

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The debate hasn’t even started. Warming believers have avoided anything to do with debate and resort to personal attacks instead. Now the latest attack is on museums? Yes, museums:

In Defense of Fossil Fuels, CO2, Prosperity, and Skeptical Scientists (16 April 2015)
From Breitbart.com: The witch-hunting obsessions of the climate cult took them into the realm of total absurdity with March’s “Open Letter to Museums From Members of the Scientific Community,” which called upon museum administrators to begin refusing donations from the evil fossil-fuel industry…

“TO THE MUSEUMS OF SCIENCE AND NATURAL HISTORY” — AN OPEN RESPONSE (16 April 2015)
CO2 Science is proud to host this open letter response to McCarthy-style demands that museums in the United States accept no charitable donations from companies involved with fossil fuels. Read the response and add your name to the letter…

The witch-hunting obsessions of the climate cult took them into the realm of total absurdity with March’s “Open Letter to Museums From Members of the Scientific Community,” which called upon museum administrators to begin refusing donations from the evil fossil-fuel industry.

“Museums are trusted sources of scientific information, some of our most important resources for educating children and shaping public understanding,” this letter declared.  “We are concerned that the integrity of these institutions is compromised by association with special interests who obfuscate climate science, fight environmental regulation, oppose clean energy legislation, and seek to ease limits on industrial pollution.”

Well, then they wouldn’t want anything to do with the likes of the Climagate authors who admitted “obfuscating climate science,” or promoters of the false “hockey stick” graph that conjured historical warming trends out of tortured data, or former NASA scientist James Hansen, whose global warming predictions were off by a good 400 percent, would they?

But of course, that’s not the kind of “obfuscation” they have in mind.  Hansen is the first signatory on the letter.  Their example of a forbidden museum sponsor is, of course, David Koch of the Koch Brothers, who loom so large as devils in the left’s theology.  The writers of this letter definitely know who their audience is and what sort of whistles they respond to.

  Professor Will Happer weighs in about museums:

“To the Museums of Science and Natural History” – An Open Response

William Happer, Chairman of the George C. Marshall Institute, is leading an effort to persuade American museums to reject calls in an open letter dated March 24, 2015, by a number of scientists that U.S. museums of science and natural history divest themselves of investments and donations from fossil fuel interests.

Not only would such an ill-advised move deny these vital American institutions much-needed funding to keep them open to the American public, it would also lend credence to the erroneous belief that fossil fuels are a great evil rather than the only cheap and efficient form of energy readily available to continue to lift hundreds of millions of our fellow human beings out of a life of poverty, starvation, and disease.

Professor Happer, along with a number of other members of the Marshall Institute board and distinguished scientists, responded to the open letter with one of their own on April 16, 2015, and urge the boards and management of America’s science and natural history museums to “reject the exceptionally bad and misguided advice in the letter. Abandoning fossil fuels, aside from the economic impossibility of that proposition, would not help the environment but would likely harm it, and would be profoundly anti-human and immoral. Without the benefits of low-cost and abundant energy from fossil fuels, much of the world’s poor today and in the future would be condemned to continued poverty, ignorance and exploitation.”

The George C. Marshall Institute proudly supports and applauds the efforts of Professor Happer, members of our board, and the many distinguished scientists for their continued moral courage and intellectual honesty on this vital issue, and we hope that all of our friends and supporters will do the same.

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I just wish it would warm a tad more. Two-thirds of Australias warming due to “adjustments” — according to 84 historic stations

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making it hotter to support the agenda …

Making things up, doctoring data and fudging statistics to push a political agenda has now become epidemic amongst climatists and their ideological supporters. Fortunately, there are numerous well credentialed sleuths to uncover the dredge. Here is C3headlines:

How To Make The World Hotter? NOAA Starts With The U.S., Then Just Fabricates Where Needed

The global “warming” charade is not about saving humanity, nor about saving polar bears…it’s all about a non-environmental agenda that is being pursued by the establishment elites and powerful…and they aren’t bashful about admitting it…thus, government agencies, such as NOAA, will fabricate anything and everything in support of the agenda…..

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The global warming political agenda requires proof that temperatures are getting hotter.

If “hotter,” then the public will of course need the government to step in and save them from dangerous hot temperatures.

But what happens when the modern maximum temperatures do not fit the agenda by not being as hot as those experienced in the distant past, earlier in the 20th century?

Well, in the case of NOAA, they just fabricate the “proof.”

How?

By simply lowering adjusting past annual maximum U.S. temperatures down until they are below the modern era temps; plus, to provide a little oomph, they raise the modern maximums a bit.

As this chart reveals, NOAA massively lowered the past temperatures prior to the 1990’s. The broad black curve is the 5-year mean of the maximum U.S monthly temperatures originally measured and recorded.

And the broad blue curve? That’s the 5-year mean of maximum temperatures after NOAA finished with their fabrications adjustments.

Figuratively, with a few strokes of the keyboard, NOAA manipulated the long-standing historical climate records in order to present needed “evidence” that fits with the political agenda.

Unfortunately for the reputation and credibility of science, this style of empirical evidence falsification is widespread, with government climate “scientists” leading the way it would appear.

I just wish it would warm a tad more. Two-thirds of Australias warming due to “adjustments” — according to 84 historic stations

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Union blackmail and extortion continues …

Extortion is the name of the game by the Union movement in Queensland and Victoria, both states that have recently been won by Labor.

It’s your money they are after.

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Des Houghton:

EXTORTION allegations against unions should be investigated by the Queensland commission of inquiry into organised crime, says Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg.

In a letter to crime commissioner Michael Byrne QC, Mr Springborg yesterday said a long history of intimidation and unlawful strikes by the CFMEU cost taxpayers millions extra in capital works projects such as the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in South Brisbane…

(T)he Royal Commission into Union Governance and Corruption in its interim report … found “conduct which may constitute the criminal offences of blackmail and extortion by officers of the CFMEU”…

Royal Commissioner Dyson Heydon … said the behaviour of CFMEU officials in Queensland and other states “may give rise to contraventions of the boycott, cartel and other provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act”.

Former attorney-general Jarrod Bleijie told Parliament last year that stoppages at the children’s hospital alone cost taxpayers an extra $7.5 million.

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Trade unions are monopolies with immense power and no competitors – their leaders make their own rules, they pay no tax, they have their own political wing, they select their own legislators and the scale and audacity of their corrupt and racketeer influenced codes of conduct are too vast for most of us to accept, let alone to fix.

I hope this year the TURC will rise to that challenge.  Pursuing young girls in the witness box over cab chits and text messages  makes good theatre, but it’s hardly likely to trigger societal change.  Make no mistake, societal change is what we need now.  That’s a big job.  That’s why we have a Royal Commission with big powers.

The first step for the TURC is to see the problem and the TURC is not there yet.

It’s up to Justice Heydon and his team to decide whether the Heydon legacy will be cabchits, SMSs and embarrassed girls – or an Australia with a cleansed soul.

Thanks Muso, sometimes it takes a piece of art.

 

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spider climaphobia …

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