Zombies and the Green Enigma …

Quadrant Online is one of those internet publications that have tremendous insight into Oz life, current affairs and politics, worth reading for it’s sometimes controversial, but always entertaining columns from a range of qualified and sometimes unqualified scribes. Take Jonathon Holmes for example, a died-in-the-wool lefty progressive television personality. His latest appears to be a soul-searching ‘come to Jesus’ moment:

Jonathan Holmes then and now

holmes goes apeOne of retirement’s great joys, according to many who have returned cue to rack, is the luxury of time to review and reflect upon those years when shoulder was pressed to wheel. That is certainly the situation of Jonathan Holmes, not so long ago Media Watch ‘s chief scold and high priest in the Church of the Authorised Narrative, who now punctuates his golden years with columns for the Fairfax press, the latest of which appears today. It will make him no friends among former colleagues at the ABC, nor with those who proclaim themselves “refugee advocates”, as Holmes has invested some thought in the matter of how Australia might best have coped with those who arrived without invitation and mostly aboard flotillas of infamously leaky boats. His conclusion: the Pacific Solution was the only approach capable of stopping the flood:

Read the whole thing, poor old Jonathon is in quite a quandary.

Another column investigating, or rather mocking the Green agenda is worth a look: The Enigma of the Greens.

It would be nice to know what, somewhere between the Lee Rhiannon’s communist roots and Sarah Hanson-Young’s blubbering incoherence, the Greens actually believe. Sadly, we can’t count on a sympathetic press or preference-hungry politicians to reveal the empty, anarchic truth

Personally, I find the current Green Agenda(s) nauseating, as this snippet shows that ‘welfare state’ is their base:

green t-shirt“Labor, please don’t join the Libs (sic) tax cuts arms race,” came a plaintive tweet from Adam Bandt on budget night. “The welfare state as we know it is at stake.” It was the perfect demonstration of the definitional issues that confuse the Greens. Take that “welfare state”. What the Greens see as a safety net most others regard as a feather bed – a feather bed complete with a turn-down service and complimentary mints left on freshly-plumped pillows every night.

The real Green failure though is their globull warming scam, disciples of Al Gore and the UN IPCC scams to rip off the makers and doers of the world: Global Warming’s Zombie Beat by Michael Kile

A short, but biting paragraph: […]

The UN also failed to mention the challenges of ‘carbon trading’ in a ‘market’ lacking genuine independent regulation and tainted by corruption. According to the Morgan Foundation here, for example, the NZ government has put:

“$200 million in the hands of foreign criminals for no environmental benefit…One type of Kyoto carbon credit (the Emission Reduction Unit) was overcome by fraud and corruption in Ukraine and Russia. Virtually all of the credits issued by these countries are ‘hot air’ – they do not represent true emissions reductions.”

No surprise, then, to learn that Australia seems determined to head down the same path. Under the latest CCCCC plan — approved by Shorten and his climate crypt-kickers last Tuesday – “an emitter can buy low-cost international permits to offset its excess.” Perhaps these permits are “currently cheaper than $1 per tonne” for a good reason. Could it be that they are the inevitable outcome of a corrupt system?

Go to Quadrant and check it out, May Issue available now.

About Tom Harley

Amateur ecologist and horticulturalist and CEO of Kimberley Environmental Horticulture Inc. (Tom Harley) Kimberley Environmental Horticulture Incorporated Kimberley Environmental Horticulture (KEH) is a small group of committed individuals who promote the use of indigenous plants for the landscaping of parks and gardens. Rehabilitation of Kimberley coast, bushland and pastoral regions are also high on our agenda. This includes planting seedlings, weed control, damage from erosion or any other environmental matter that comes to our attention. We come from all walks of life, from Professionals and Trades oriented occupations, Pensioners and Students, Public Servants and the Unemployed. We have a community plant nursery where we trial many old and new species, with a view to incorporating these into our landscaping trials. Our labour force are mainly volunteers, but with considerable help from the 'work for the dole' program, Indigenous Community Development Employment Program (CDEP) groups and the Ministry of Justice, with their community work orders; in this way we manage to train many people in the horticultural skills needed for indigenous plant growing. We constantly undertake field trips that cover seed and plant collection in the Kimberley. Networking around the Kimberley region and the east Pilbara is a necessary part of promoting our activities. We consult on a range of Environmental and Landscaping matters that deal with our region. Our activities involve improving Broome's residential streetscapes by including 'waterwise' priciples in planting out nature strips. Sustainable environmental horticulture is practised by members of our group. We use existing vegetation as the backbone of any plantings, using these species to advantage when planning to develop tree forms or orchards. The Broome region is sensitive to development. Subsequently many weed species have become dominant in and around developed areas. The use and movement of heavy machinery is the biggest single cause of environmental degradation. We dont live in a 'Tropical Paradise' but on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert. The plants that survive best here, grow in well-drained pindan sand, and are found from the Dampier Peninsular southward to where average rainfall is below 600mm. When we use rainforest species, detail is important when planting, water catchment, sunlight and understorey species are all considered. The use of recycled 'grey' water is an advantage here as well as treated waste-water, although many local species do not fare well with nutrients from this source. We use waterwise planting methods which include harvesting asmuch rainwater as possible, with swales designed to hold up to 200 litres, to help recharge the local groundwater aquifer. There has been a serious decline in this aquifer over the last few years. With the fast expansion of the Broome peninsular, more and more land is being covered by concrete, iron and bitumen so that much less water is available to replenish the aquifer, allowing the salt content to become significantly higher. The small Broome Peninsular is on the south-western corner of the Dampier Peninsular (bound by Broome, Derby and Cape Leveque at the northern tip). Compaction by vehicles also inhibits water retention due to the content of our local pindan sand, hard as concrete in the dry, going to soft and sloppy mud after rain. None of us are botanists, inevitably we have got some names wrong, names changed, or have not gone to sub-species level. If you note a photo or description may be wrong, please e-mail to kimenvhort@yahoo.com.au
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