Senate threatens Australia’s economic well-being … “a fool’s paradise”

It’s now apparent that Labor, along with minor Parties like PUP, are in a position to cause a serious decline in Australia’s fortunes. You have now been warned. Failure to implement budget measures will eventually unravel or decimate our economy to a Greek or Argentinian standard or worse, devastating for the low income Aussies amongst us. There are none so blind as those who cannot see this. Labor cannot see, nor it seems the PUP Senators. The Greens are totally blind to all but their own agenda. Henry Ergas:

In The Australian today:
“With Clive Palmer, Labor and the Greens combining to destroy the government’s budget, it is important to understand just how serious our fiscal crisis is.”

Zeg’s take:

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it’s rainfall that really matters …

Dr Jennifer Marohasy et al, released their new paper at the 9th International Conference on Climate Change this week: The Need for a New Paradigm, Including for Rainfall Forecasting

The following paper was delivered by Jennifer Marohasy at the Ninth International Conference on Climate Change in Las Vegas on Wednesday 9th July 2013 in Panel 13. SCIENTIFIC disciplines are always underpinned by theories that collectively define the dominant paradigm. In the case of modern climate science that paradigm is anthropogenic global warming (AGW). It [...]
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The north of Western Australia has seen a lot of good rainfall seasons in the last couple of decades. The Murray Darling Basin, too has defied Flannery’s never ending drought, broken in 2007. The SWest of Western Australia has had record crops, and it’s looking good for this year too. The warming since the ’70s has been quite beneficial to Australia’s growing population and economy. All good, unless Dr Evans and Joanne Nova’s and a few other new papers released at that Conference that show a cooling period, are wrong.

More of that Marohasy paper, but read the whole thing:

[...]This is essentially what the ANN that John Abbot and I built to forecast rainfall for 17 locations across Queensland can do. In a paper by us published two year ago by the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ journal Advances in Atmospheric Science (Volume 29) we detail the model and demonstrate how much more skilful medium-term monthly forecasts from this model are, relative to forecasts from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology’s best GCM. In a more recent publication in the journal Atmospheric Research (Volume 138) we show how forecasts for Queensland are improved with inclusion of the Inter-decadal Pacific Oscillation. In a conference paper presented a year ago in Southampton (River Basin Management VII, WIT Press) we show the potential of ANN to forecast extreme rainfall, specifically the devastating flooding that submerged Queensland’s capital Brisbane, in January 2011. [...]

(Update, The BoM record doesn’t copy data …)

Now, that’s a forecast worth knowing! More rain like this from yesterday please:

Map of 24 hour rainfalls
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how politics took over scientific peer review …

[...] Recent revelation of extensive corruption of the peer review process, by a group of academics, is another blow to academic credibility. Commendable in the tawdry story was the reaction of the publisher of the Journal of Vibration and Control (JVC); they immediately withdrew 60 articles. But what happens when the publisher is part of the schemes to pervert the proper scientific checks and balances? How many other corrupted publishing stories are there? How many with or without knowledge of the publisher? Probably many, as the iceberg analogy almost always applies. Continue reading

Dr Tim Ball lays out the extent of politics that biased science, in particular the AGW agenda. Of course, we first heard about this in the Climategate emails. A well written piece by  one of Michael Mann’s legal targets.

A blast from the past: Bias In the Peer Review Process: A Cautionary And Personal Account

by Dr. Roger Pielke Senior


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BoM’s predictions … still failing

BoM are expecting a warm Australian winter/spring. I predict the opposite, but hope I’m wrong. BoMs past predictions have been poor:  A fail for Australian Bureau of Meteorology temperature Outlooks for Autumn 2014

Now, future predictions are already looking shaky:

Text details of chance of warmer maximum and minimum temperatures


  • Warmer days and nights more likely for Australia for July to September
  • Climate influences include warm Indian and Pacific oceans
  • Outlook accuracy for maximum temperatures is moderate to high over most of Australia, except for western Tasmania and parts of southwest WA, where accuracy is low.
  • Minimum temperature accuracy is patchy for July to September, with generally moderate accuracy over parts of the north and eastern coast, and low accuracy elsewhere. See accuracy tab for map.
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naturally occurring Genetic Modification …

This research defies the Green agenda against GM products such as modified Corn and Canola. Natural GM is the result of viral and bacterial parasites, says this latest post from SNWA: Scientists uncover ‘treasure trove’ in jumping genes

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“Transposable Elements can alter the expression of other genes, they can crash into other genes and snuff them out, virtually destroy them," Dr Oliver says. “Transposable Elements can alter the expression of other genes, they can crash into other genes and snuff them out, virtually destroy them,” Dr Oliver says. Image: Bill & Mark Bell

AN EVOLUTIONARY biologist has proposed a radical new hypothesis to explain the rapid proliferation of new species and sub species at certain moments in evolutionary history. [...]

Sounds like GM, without the Green hype: [...]

Parasites act as gene transporter

Genetic material can also transfer between species and even phyla via the action of parasites such as viruses and bacteria.

“Viruses have played a very important part in evolution,” Dr Oliver says.

“Some viruses can transform into Transposable Elements…we call them androgenised retroviruses.

“A retrovirus can lose its envelope gene and then it becomes a regular transposable element.

“It’s confined to the genome, it can’t get out any more because it’s lost its envelope gene—but it can still move around.

“Eight percent of our genome is viral in origin.”

Dr Oliver has comprehensively reviewed empirical literature, with the help of Associate Professor Wayne Green and Prof Jen McCombe, to support this testable new hypothesis.

“Transposable elements are a vital part of the story of evolution,” Dr Oliver says.

“The theory of evolution should be built on empirical evidence and not on mathematical modelling which could be based on false premises.”

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media pensions under threat … censuring needed to protect their investments

The BBC makes a fool of itself. Are they just trying to protect their Superannuation investment in a failed ‘Green Energy’?:

Matt Ridley on the ecocorporation

Matt Ridley takes a look at the BBC’s recent surrender to the greens in the Times.

The BBC’s behaviour grows ever more bizarre. Committed by charter to balanced reporting, it has now decided formally that it was wrong to allow balance in a debate between rival guesses about the future. In rebuking itself for having had the gall to interview Nigel Lawson on the Today programme about climate change earlier this year, it issued a statement containing this gem: “Lord Lawson’s views are not supported by the evidence from computer modelling and scientific research.”

The evidence from computer modelling? The phrase is an oxymoron. A model cannot, by definition, provide evidence: it can provide a prediction to test against real evidence. In the debate in question, Lord Lawson said two things: it was not possible to attribute last winter’s heavy rain to climate change with any certainty, and the global surface temperature has not warmed in the past 15 to 17 years. He was right about both, as his debate opponent, Sir Brian Hoskins, confirmed.

The GWPF has the rest.


Other media conglomerates probably have a similar problem, such as Australia’s ABC. It seems like many Super funds have invested in renewal energy, instead of trying to provide higher yields to investors:

Investing in renewables in Australia — EcoGeneration


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“While the planet burns” – Elites & Cronies Deny Empirical Science, Push Climate Policies To Enrich Themselves

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increasing CO2 effect on plants …

The increasing yield of crops with increased CO2 availability also covers the Australian woodland. Our common Acacia colei, the “Soapbush” for example nearly doubles with 300 extra parts per million:

Acacia colei


300 ppm
600 ppm
900 ppm
 Number of Results
 Arithmetic Mean
 Standard Error


Individual Experiment Results

Journal References

Experimental Conditions
300 ppm
600 ppm
900 ppm

Atkin et al. (1999)



This result differs completely with the AGW hype we have been subjected to for the past couple of decades. In fact almost all vegetation has large increases with higher concentrations of CO2.

Even that basic staple of the Greens shows a massive increase of mass from extra CO2 concentration, from 70% with extra 600ppm and 61% with an extra 900 ppm, more than treble today’s 400ppm:

Soybean [Glycine max] 190trials 45.5% 26trials 70.4% 3trials 61%

Sugar cane also increases massively with extra CO2:

Sugarcane [Saccharum officinarum] 11trials extra 300ppm 34%more

Check them all out: Plant Growth Database


Imagine, a world with adequate carbon dioxide

Right now we have an ambient air with a 400 parts per million level of Carbon dioxide, 0.04 % by volume, is a less than ideal level for plants, which are better off at about 2000 PPM.

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Timmy’s failed scientific predictions … ‘timfoolery’

Tim Flannery’s massive fail in his predictions, is outdone by this nonsense: Australia facing ‘unprecedented rise in climate denial’

Seems like people are waking up to you, Tim.

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carbon dioxide benefits and Green hypocrisy …

One thing the ‘global warming’ hype has convinced me about, is that CO2 is an especially good product to help with biodiversity, and increased plant growth and crop yields. I soon learned that CAGW was just hype, and, more recently fraud. Heartland Institute Conference: CO2 Rise Increases Biodiversity, Crop Yields

[...] Dr. Craig Idso pointed out that there is a huge body of literature on the biological impacts of rising temperatures and atmospheric CO2 levels that the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) ignores. He emphatically stated that atmospheric CO2 is not a pollutant. In fact, increased levels of CO2 reduce the negative effects of a number of plant stresses including: high salinity, low light, high and low temperatures, insufficient water, air pollution, and protects against herbivores i.e. being eaten by animals and insects.


Dr Patrick Moore, a Greenpeace founder describes this effect well too:

  • Scientists Converge on Las Vegas Climate Skeptics Conference



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carbon, PlanA …

Thanks to tailingsproject  for this comment on this post:

Interested in your take on this story Tom -
Kimberley carbon project worth millions could be lost, traditional owners fear

It’s a good question. I have been on the outside partially listening in. Advice to the Communities I work with have come from Government Institutions, like TAFE, Environment Departments, Ag Departments and the rest of bureaucracy. They have “pushed the carbon angle” very strongly, so it’s the belief of the Native Title holders to believe them, for some cash.

My advice to them was to disbelieve that bureaucratic rhetoric and plan projects that survived without the ‘carbon credits’ windfall, but said to them, if anyone’s stupid enough, milk them for what you can. It would serve them right. Some pastoralists have already had their fingers and their bank accounts,  burnt. I will be following the next step with interest. With the Senate off the rails with egos to show off, who knows what will happen. We don’t need it, but don’t tell anyone.

I haven’t read the article yet, but I may have more comments after reading it. Stay tuned.

 That’s our Plan A, anyone want to buy some carbon credits?!

Here’s mine, our Broome’s LNG fired Power Station. The bush surrounding it is flush with growth.

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Just down the road, the rest of a very small footprint …

Vine forest adjoining the Toll Transport yard at Broome Port with Browse bore casing

Vine forest adjoining the Toll Transport yard at Broome Port with Browse bore casing

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