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This site may, in fact always will contain images and information likely to cause consternation, conniptions, distress, along with moderate to severe bedwetting among statists, wimps, wusses, politicians, lefties, green fascists, and creatures of the state who can't bear the thought of anything that disagrees with their jaded view of the world.

Dec 28, 2010

Wow, my lucky day, and a princess no less.

I have written before:

People in foreign lands who share a surname with me have really rotten luck, in fact lethal luck. Some time ago I received what is the third notification of someone with my surname meeting with a fatal accident in a far off land, after depositing a large sum of money in a financial institution, and leaving no will.

Owing to the fact that these invariably involve a deal to share in the proceeds of the account, and out of concern for my unrelated namesakes, I advise them to;
(a) Change their name before travelling overseas.
(b) Don’t deposit tens of millions in foreign banks, thus tempting fate. And
(c) Make a will, so your family can benefit.

Today though I got one from no less than Princess Josephene of Cote D’Ivoir with an offer too good to refuse. Here it is:
Hi, Dearest one, (A very affectionate first contact, must be the French influence.)

How are you today, i hope fine? I am a female student from University of Cote D'Ivoir. I am 22 yrs old. I will love to have a long-term relationship with you and to know more about you. (Hey, it works for Hugh Heffner and he is older than me.)
I would like to build up a solid foundation with you in time coming if you can be able to help me in this transaction.
There is this huge amount of Seven Million Five Hundred Thousand united states dollars. ($7.500.000.00) which my late Father Deposited for me in the Bank here in Cote D'ivoire as his next of kin before he died out of sickness.

I want you to help me to transfer my inheritance money into your personal account in your country for investment purposes on these areas:

1).Transport industry, 2). Five star hotel, 3). Real estate, 4). Company.

If you can be of an assistance to me, I will be pleased to offer to you 20% Of the total fund. I will be humbly waiting your soonest response.
(I guess I will just have to give her my banking details.)

Of course I will have to check out her bona fides which will be difficult from here, but perhaps I can get that nice Nigerian banker who occasionally gets in touch to do this for me.

Gary Johnson on Newsmax Tv.


Here is an interesting interview with Gary Johnson covering some of his positions. I have said before, I think he will declare his candidacy fairly soon. It is interesting that in this one he avoids getting bogged down on the marijuana issue, which is great as in some of them little else seems to get through.

He makes the point that he feels that excessive spending is a threat to national security, and deals with Medicare, Medicade, Social Security, and a number of other important issues. Maintaining that the states should not be bailed out, he makes the point that they and the federal government ended up in dire financial straits the same way — through “political promises that were made that should have never been made.

On the subject of illegal immigration, Johnson advocates a system that would make it as easy as possible to get a work visa but cautioned that it would not be a green card or citizenship. It would entail a background check and require paying applicable taxes. With regard to illegal immigrants in the country now he would allow a grace period for them to get a legal work visa, again not a green card, not citizenship, and then once that grace period expires make it a one strike you’re out: If you’re in this country illegally you’re going to be arrested, you’re going to be deported, and you’re not going to come back.”

On other issues, Johnson said:

The tax system is unfair and doesn’t promote growth, innovation, or entrepreneurship.

The corporate income tax should be eliminated.

The “devil is always in the details” when it comes to a flat tax, which could turn into a tax increase.

If marijuana were legalized, border violence would be reduced 75 percent.

He supports a woman’s right to choose abortion until the time of viability.

He favors gay civil unions.

Obamacare should be repealed, along with prescription healthcare benefit passed when Republicans controlled Congress and the White House.

Dec 24, 2010

Time to Topple the Pyramid of Frauds

From Viv Forbes, Chairman,

Thanks for all the messages of support and Christmas Greetings. We may not answer them all but we do read them all, answer some of them and appreciate most of them.

The deep freeze in the Northern Hemisphere has many people saying "If this is global warming, we have had enough". It is true that one blizzard or one heat wave does not prove climate change. But this one illustrates that the people claiming to forecast the climate in 100 years time cannot get it right even for next month, and they use the same massive computers to do it. But small private forecasters like Piers Corbyn, who do not feed speculative warming effects from carbon dioxide into their forecast models, are calling the shots better.

The public do not understand the scientific arguments about the global heat balance and the radiative properties of carbon dioxide. But they can see the snow, they know what heat is and they do remember the official seasonal forecasts. So scepticism is suddenly becoming fashionable. Sceptical scientists and commentators are being noticed at last.

Please help knock down the tottering house of cards that has been erected on the simple but erroneous proposition that earth faces runaway global warming because of man's industry. The short statement below covers a few of the main myths.

We will continue the battle next year. The main activity will be the Carbon Tax Battle. Gillard and the Greens have a committee of warmist patsies coming up with their wish list of ways to boost our electricity costs, ration our travel, stagnate our industries and control our consumption of everything.

We appreciate all the help we have got over the year. Next year let us all try to at least double the number of people we prompt to take an interest in the battle of our times. Don't stop for casualties, seek out fertile fields and help arm those who need ammunition and encouragement. Help us to spread Carbon Sense.

Best wishes from
Viv Forbes
And the small group who help keep Carbon Sense alive in this mad, mad world.

Time to Topple the Pyramid of Frauds

One of the fastest growing industries in the world is based on a pyramid of frauds and its inevitable collapse will be worse than the sub-prime crash.

The Global Warming Industry is now fed by billions of dollars from western taxpayers and consumers. It is based on the unproven and now discredited claim that man's production of carbon dioxide causes dangerous global warming.

The basic fraud is this:

There is no evidence that carbon dioxide controls world temperature – just a theory and the manipulated results from a handful of giant computer models that very few people have checked or understand.

But there is clear evidence from historical records of atmospheric carbon dioxide and temperature that carbon dioxide does not control temperature. Rather the reverse – as solar or volcanic heat warms the oceans, the waters expel carbon dioxide. Global warming causes an increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide, not the reverse.

Moreover, every day provides more evidence that current temperatures are not unusually high. Over the past 2000 years there have been two previous eras of warming ("the golden ages") separated by two mini ice ages ("the dark ages"). Both the Roman Warming and the Medieval Warming were warmer than today and there was no human industry causing that warming.

The next fraud, invoked as the first fraud started to falter, is the claim that carbon dioxide is a pollutant in the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide is the food for all plants and thus the food source for all life on earth. It is not poisonous at any level likely to be experienced in the atmosphere and there is clear evidence that more carbon dioxide makes plants grow faster and bigger, and makes them more tolerant of drought, heat and salinity. Current levels are below those optimal for life.

A related scientific fraud is the claim that grazing animals increase atmospheric carbon. Any competent biologist can debunk this fraud by explaining the carbon food cycle.

Built on these frauds are the fraud-riddled carbon credit and carbon trading empires. The revelations of massive fraud in European carbon credits and the collapse of carbon trading on the Chicago Climate Exchange are harbingers of crises yet to surface. Carbon credits have no intrinsic value – they are dependent on political support, and this will always evaporate in time.

The next level of fraud is the alternate energy industry. Despite decades of subsidies and tax breaks the wind/solar power industry cannot survive unless the handouts continue, and their coal competitors are taxed heavily. To call these activities "industries" is a fraud – they are corporate mendicants.

Finally, those who waste millions on projects designed to prove the feasibility of burying carbon dioxide are committing a fraud on taxpayers and shareholders. There are no benefits of burying atmospheric plant food from any source. With zero benefits and huge costs CCS can never be "economic" and it is fraudulent to pretend it can ever be otherwise.

The global warming industry is a huge pyramid of financial and political fraud resting on a quasi-scientific foundation of quicksand.

PS If you would like to dig a little deeper on these matters, here are a few starting leads:

A Two Thousand year Temperature History:

The Lynching of carbon dioxide – the innocent source of all life:

Carbon Dioxide feeds the World:

Carbon Trading Fraud:

Fraud in the Carbon Markets:

Manufacturing Carbon Credits in China:

Questions on the REDD Scheme (Deforestation) in PNG:

PNG tries for $625M for non-existent carbon trading:

The Carbon Cargo Cult Club:

Mafia Discover Wind Farm credits in Sicily:

Fraud in the Spanish Solar Business:

Rogue Trader recycles Carbon Credits: 

Fraud in the EU Carbon Trade:

More Carbon Fraud in Australia, Belgium and Norway:

ETS Schemes riven with fraud: 

Germany investigates carbon fraud:

Carbon fraudsters arrested in UK:

Prices crash for Emission Permits in Trading Scheme:

Carbon Capture & Burial – How to Blow $150M:

CCS – The Carbon Cemeteries are already full:

Put Piddle Power in the Parks?

"If wind farms are so clean and green, why don't they put them all in National Parks instead of devaluing private property?

"They don't generate reliable electricity anyway, but they may drive feral dogs and wild pigs out of their safe havens in the parks."

Feedback from a Reader 

From: Andrew Rettman
To: Viv Forbes
Subject: Re: The Pyramid of Frauds

do you get paid by fossil fuel or tobacco companies to say this?

No unfortunately, Andrew.
Here in Australia the big coal companies are supporting the alarmists and funding carbon capture and storage. Are you a stooge for them?
I have no idea what tobacco companies say or think on the man-made global warming scam.

Have a nice Christmas

Dec 21, 2010

Marijuana jury rebels.

H/t The Agitator.

There was an interesting case in Missoula, Montana recently where jurors in a case before the court rebelled. The court was thrown into turmoil when it became clear that that there was no chance that a full jury could be empanelled from the thirty odd people available. The problem was that the defendant was only caught with some burnt marijuana cigarettes, a pipe and some residue, as well as a shoulder holster for a handgun and 9mm ammunition.
They took the law into their own hands, as it were, and made it clear they weren’t about to convict anybody for having a couple of buds of marijuana. Never mind that the defendant in question also faced a felony charge of criminal distribution of dangerous drugs.

The tiny amount of marijuana police found while searching Touray Cornell’s home on April 23 became a huge issue for some members of the jury panel.

No, they said, one after the other. No way would they convict somebody for having a 16th of an ounce.

In fact, one juror wondered why the county was wasting time and money prosecuting the case at all, said a flummoxed Deputy Missoula County Attorney Andrew Paul.

District Judge Dusty Deschamps took a quick poll as to who might agree. Of the 27 potential jurors before him, maybe five raised their hands. A couple of others had already been excused because of their philosophical objections. …

“Public opinion, as revealed by the reaction of a substantial portion of the members of the jury called to try the charges on Dec. 16, 2010, is not supportive of the state’s marijuana law and appeared to prevent any conviction from being obtained simply because an unbiased jury did not appear available under any circumstances,” according to the plea memorandum filed by his attorney. …
The defendant was a known felon and appears to be a waste of space, however justice is justice and matters before the court should be dealt with on merit, regardless of the defendants background. This could be the beginning of a serious fight back in the drug war, which all too often is waged against minor marijuana offenders. Drugs are a problem, but the criminalization of youth over minor indiscretions is a much bigger one.

It is often argued that marijuana is a “gateway” drug leading to other drug use, however it is possible that if this is true one of the reasons is probably that its illegality means that it is obtained from people who are also in many cases pushing harder stuff and will encourage users to try it. It seems to be considerably less dangerous than alcohol or tobacco, and there is no point in continuing to wage a decades old war on a habit, despite that 'war' having little public support.

That is what has happened here. Jurors ranged in age from their 20s to their 60s and have seen enough of this rot. This is in fact a reflection that society is as a whole is moving on and it’s about time that authority did so as well.

Clean Coal; another $150 million, pissed against the wall.

Cartoon; by Nicholson.

Queensland Premier, Anna Bligh is one of the few people who somehow manage to make former Premier, the late Joh Bjelke Petersen look like an intellectual. She seems to come up with a continuous stream of nonsensical and ideologically driven projects and legislation to the point where, when she is not actively engaged in spending every cent she can loot from us, she is doing something to stop us earning more.

The latest is the now collapsed ZeroGen project. ZeroGen was intended to place the state at the forefront of the unproven carbon capture and burial technology. Not content with the slow pace of the industry owing to investors tending to hold the conservative attitude of only investing in economically feasible enterprises, she was going to show the way, with our dollars.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, the project has now been abandoned after the spending of $150 million. Probably one of the worst aspects to the entire bungle was that the government was advised about $40 million ago to ditch the whole thing. In addition to around $100 million of state funds, there are close to $50 million of federal funds wasted.

Bligh insists that the money has not been wasted and that she will be spending a lot more in the future.

Governments in this country have a habit of throwing money at anything that gets the green description. There is nothing inherently wrong with the concept of producing power with lower emissions. The problem is that the state in trying to force the issue is pushing money into unproven and uneconomic concepts that have a long way to go before they can be feasible.

If they want zero emissions power, the simplest way to go is to remove the purely ideological objections to nuclear power generation in this country. Windmills, solar panels, and clean coal are not economically viable at present. Sure, the first two can generate a certain amount of very expensive electricity, but there is the problem of uncertainty of supply and the need for base load generation anyway.

The quickest, cheapest, and greenest solution to any perceived need to cut emissions is nuclear power. By allowing it future needs will be met by means other than coal, and would provide breathing space for viable alternatives to arise and prove themselves at their own pace.

Dec 19, 2010

New Mining tax revolt.

Cartoon; Bill Leak.

When one gets in bed with government, one must expect the diseases it spreads. – US Congressman Ron Paul M.D.

If you can’t trust the government, who can you trust? - Sam Walsh, CEO, Rio Tinto Iron Ore.

In retrospect it becomes clear that hindsight is definitely overrated! - Alfred E. Neuman.

Mining companies are outraged and planning an advertising blitz against the government over the perceived double cross over the Mining Resource rent tax. It is a little late for that, given that the actions of BHP Billiton, Xstrata, and Rio Tinto have placed the reigns of government into the hands of the very people doing this to them.

There is no doubt that the entire industry was sold a pup by the Rudd government over the mining super profits tax during the interval between the issuance of the Henry tax review, and the announcement of the tax and budget forecasts. During this time they were repeatedly assured that there would no new tax without consultation with them.

Rudd actually had Resources Minister Martin Ferguson doing the rounds of his contacts within the industry reassuring them of this. It seems that during this time while the Treasurer, Wayne Swan was working out the details to present as a fait accompli a deliberate decision was taken to keep those affected in the dark using the excuse that if they were informed the executives would be required to inform their shareholders.

The mining companies began an advertising campaign against the tax in the lead up to the last election. The current problem began when despite having the Rudd government on the ropes, CRA along with BHP Billiton and Xstrata sold out to Gillard in a sweetheart deal for lower rates of taxes to themselves. Now to their apparent surprise they are beginning to understand that they have been conned.

Gillard assured them that all state royalties would be offset against the tax, however they have now discovered that increases in such royalties will not be covered. In the meantime we have all of the state governments spending hand over fist and making a virtue of it owing to the irresponsible belt tightening of the private sector.

The states will therefore be looking for a sector of the economy to loot, one that is doing reasonably well despite their depredations and the economic downturn. Guess who that is going to be.

While wishing them well with it, I feel they have missed their chance. Had the three who are screaming the loudest at the moment not sold their mates down the drain, we would have a government who were diametrically opposed to the tax in its entirety and were prepared to make expenditure cuts in order to balance the budget.

Dec 17, 2010

Jeremy Clarkson’s farming venture.

H/t: IPA, Hey, what did I miss.

The later generations of the British have truly become adept at the European model of society to the point where they appear to be the most eager elements of that sorry region to accept the principle of; “Just relax and accept that the state knows what’s best for you."

The following could have been written for Englishmen, by Englishmen:

There's nobody who can better plan, monitor, supervise and assess your personal happiness than a well-meaning government official, sensitive to your and your loved ones' needs and fantasies. Happiness in general is a selfish, individualistic notion. Instead, we encourage everyone to cultivate the feeling of guilt. Guilt is a healthy sentiment that gives you the brazen strength of a martyr as you sacrifice your own happiness to the common good. – “The Politbureau” (CFK)
Occasionally though there is the odd one who has cracked the mold, although most of them have emigrated. Some of these have remained there for some reason and seem to have a special talent of seeing and ridiculing the flaws of the natural leaders of the command state who by their very nature condemn that institution to inertia. Jeremy Clarkson is one of these.

Here is an excerpt of his reflections on farm ownership:
Last week I bought a farm. Though financially speaking, it’s entirely possible I’ve bought the farm. But let’s look on the bright side. I can’t possibly make as much of a hash with the investment as the bankers made when they had the money.

Or can I? You might imagine it’s very easy to buy a farm. Unlike a house, you don’t need a surveyor to check on dry rot because a field cannot fall over, and rising damp is a good thing because it means free water. It turns out, however, that it’s actually very difficult, mostly because of the Georgians. Let me give you one example so you can see the scale of the problem.

There are a number of springs on the farm I’ve bought, one of which provides water to several properties in a nearby village. This arrangement was made when the land belonged to a fat man who had tea interests in India, and sealed in a document written with a quill, on bark.

Fine. But what if the water supply dries up, or the pipe breaks, or everyone in the village gets lead poisoning and grows two heads? Common sense dictates this would not be my problem, but under new Labour’s legal guidelines, all landowners are in the wrong at all times. Especially when a little old lady with two heads is in court, sobbing and waving around a piece of bark from 1742. …

I thought some sheep would be nice but it turns out Gordon Brown has an opinion on this. He reckons the number of animals I have per acre should be determined by how much nitrogen is in their excrement. I am consequently allowed only 0.6 of a sheep per acre, which means I may have only 75 of the damn things. …

One of the things I have accidentally bought is a Neolithic fort. It is, of course, no such thing. It is a slight ripple in an otherwise flat field, useful only as an exciting launch pad for the children’s quad bikes. But I feel fairly sure that if we use it for this purpose, Brown will make me apologise, in public, to Piltdown man.

Certainly I know he is using satellites to make sure that I plant the right crop in the right field. Also, he is employing men called Colin to come round regularly to make sure I don’t have too many sheep. Can you believe that? That your tax money is being spent to pay a man whose job is to count sheep. How the hell does he stay awake? …

What I want to do most of all is plant some game crop so that I can rear a few pheasants. But guess what? It turns out that Brown has an opinion on this as well, and it’s not allowed. He has an opinion on everything, it seems. There’s one field I thought would look nice if I grew some poppies and cornflowers. But that’s not allowed either.

Strangely, however, he will give me cash money if I promise to make a trout lake, and even more cash money if I don’t grow anything that could be turned into food. Quite how he squares this in his head when half the world is starving, I have no idea. And nor do I understand why the forms I have to fill in to get this cash money are longer and more complicated than the instruction manual for a nuclear power station.

I thought that farming would be easy. You plant seeds, weather happens and food grows. But I fear that as the seasons slide by, I will discover that I’m working my nuts off for less return than I got from those useless bastards at AIG. …
The whole article is here. There is much more to “Top Gear,” than fast cars, smooth chicks, and raw power.

Dec 16, 2010

Green Power just generates Red Ink

Cartoon by Nicholson.

By: Viv Forbes, 

The Carbon Sense Coalition has called for an end to all subsidies, mandated markets and sweetheart pricing for solar and wind energy.

The Chairman of “Carbon Sense”, Mr Viv Forbes, said that current energy policies were harming the existing power industry and robbing taxpayers and electricity consumers.

Forbes continued:
 "It's time to end the mollycoddling of wind and solar energy toys before this stupidity does irreversible damage to Australia’s electricity supply and costs.

"The mindless green dream of producing serious base load power from whimsical breezes and intermittent sunbeams has caused a halt to new low-cost coal power, a boom in expensive gas power, a national debate about nuclear power and has had no effect at all on global climate.

"The frivolous wind and solar generators already installed have caused a surge in electricity prices, a bonanza for Chinese manufacturers and well founded doubts about our future ability to keep the lights on.

"Transmission costs are also ignored or under-estimated by green disciples. Because wind and solar are dilute forms of energy, often best developed in remote locations, collectors must sprawl over large areas of land, with each collector needing expensive new power lines to connect to the grid.

"Provision of cheap reliable energy is a basic requirement for modern civilisation and is the engine that lifts people from poverty. It is far too important to be left to green dreamers, anti-industrial zealots, vote seeking politicians, engineering illiterates and guilt-ridden millionaires.

"It is already obvious from Denmark, Spain, California and Germany that subsidising green power creates very little power but much red ink in the accounts. It always causes massive burdens for tax payers, electricity consumers and industry. Tax payers and investors will rue the day they allowed politicians to waste their savings on chimeras.

"Get rid of all the mandated markets, subsidies and tax breaks for all energy generators, and leave power engineers and business managers to work out how best to supply our future energy needs in a free competitive market.

"Subsidised power must collapse under its own dead weight. But every day's delay increases the eventual cost. "

More Info:

The Green Energy Collapse:

Creating Green Jobs, in China:

The German Experience:

Some Uncomfortable truths on wind power and those promoting them:

How to Freeze in the Dark when the wind drops in Scotland:

Wind for the Birds – a comment on wind capabilities, written 30 years ago, but the physics of wind has not changed:

The Critical Problem for Wind & Solar –
Low Energy Density

"The low energy density explains why wind and solar plants require massive collecting areas. This means that wind and solar do not lend themselves to economies of scale. This diluteness factor guarantees diseconomies of scale would quickly kick in.

"There is no way technology can overcome this problem."

Gerard Jackson, Economics Editor BrookesNews.

U.K. Carbon reduction scheme explained:

For Australia instead of "6 and a half pints", read "one teaspoonful".

And a glimpse of the future:

What Happened at Cancun?

Here is a sobering report from Christopher Monckton on what they have planned:

But the world press is no longer swallowing the scare stories:

The concerned delegates call for rationing (for everyone else):

And what middle America thinks about global warming: "This is madness":

The Carbon Tax is Back.

Every day we are told that unless we provide "certainty" and levy another tax on carbon we risk electricity blackouts.

They have it backwards. Taxes and the threat of taxes always depress production of the goods or services being taxed. It is the fear of a carbon tax that has frozen the electricity industry and increased the risks of blackouts.

Their continual threats to introduce new carbon taxes ensure that no investors will build a new coal power station in Australia. And they have created fear in financiers who have backed some existing older facilities. They will be unable to finance expansions or upgrades.

Fear of a carbon tax is also a deterrent to new gas fired power stations (gas produces the same two harmless "greenhouse" gases as coal – carbon dioxide and water vapour. Burning gas just produces a higher ratio of so far untaxed water vapour.)

Until the details and amount of the carbon tax are announced, no one can calculate the economics of gas power. So vague threats of another carbon tax is also deterring gas fired power.

But there will never be enough Green Power capacity unless punitive taxes are imposed on all the competitors of Green Power. If Gillard and the Greens introduced carbon taxes so large that the soaring electricity prices made wind and solar a profitable speculation, the political reaction from electricity consumers and the electorate would be immense. So Green Power is also becalmed by political posturing and threats.

And of course nuclear power is not spoken about in polite company in Australia.

It is time for sensible people on both sides of Parliament to reject the nonsense from Gillard and the Greens, guarantee that Australia will not introduce a carbon tax, and thus allow the construction of power for the future.

The Task for 2011: "KILL THE CARBON TAX".

Feedback from a Reader

The Insignificance of carbon dioxide in the Atmosphere:

The graphic linked was on my site several years ago but has been now reinstated in a prominent position:

That graph alone should have stopped the insanity but nobody took the slightest notice. So much of my earlier work could just as well have been written today, it beggars belief how nothing I've done has made the slightest difference to the climate insanity.

Let's hope our book shakes a few people awake.

Hans Schreuder, UK

Reply: Hans, never feel that what you have done has been in vain.

People do not jump ship quickly. But, for a long time, they listen and think.

Then, one day, for an apparently insignificant reason, one will jump, and then suddenly they will all jump. But the idea of jumping has to lay around in their mind, fermenting and being reinforced by many people with many different ways of saying “this ship is sinking”.

Keep up the faith. Persistence eventually penetrates the thickest skull.

And this ship will sink.

GW ad.

H/t Bishop Hill.

The extreme language of the climate change truther movement, such as calling for treason charges against rationalists, war crimes against big emitters, combined with governments willingness to play along for the taxes and control offered, sometimes blurs the line between satire and reality.

This is of course, a spoof:

It is reasonably close to reality, or what passes for it, given this illustration from the Discovery Channel Little Shop of Horrors, and if you are inclined to think this is an aberration check out the 10:10 exploding children ads, after which nothing should really surprise you:

I have been predicting that despite the ‘unseasonal’ cool weather here in Australia’s summer, and the freezing northern winter, that we will be told that it is a record hot year. Told you.

Dec 13, 2010

Prediction; Gary Johnson will run.

Given the current revolt against big government, taxes, and wasteful spending going on in the States, this is the ideal time to be looking for someone outside the usual, ‘more of the same’ Presidential hopefuls who start appearing at political rallies around now. On the GOP side the old names such as the Huckster, Romney, Pawlenty and so on are being dragged out for another spin, with the addition of Palin, and Trump neither of whom will stand.

Gary Johnson, the former Governor of New Mexico would be the ideal candidate for these times and has been testing the waters for a while. Gary has a substantial record of fiscal responsibility from his Governorship, which will appeal strongly to the mood of the electorate at present as well as a solid libertarian attitude, which can be seen here in his speech to CPAC this year:

Part two and part three, (in which he deals with the Marijuana issue,) are worth watching if you have the time.

He has been touring the country testing the sentiment and while his figures are in single digits at the moment, as a low profile candidate they show some reason for optimism. There is every reason to believe that Ron Paul will throw his weight behind him, and he is a cinch for the support of the Tea Party with its strong libertarian element.

He is to be a major speaker at the Republican Liberty Caucus National Convention in February, and I tip that he will announce then.

The major difficulty I see him having is with the religious social conservative element over the marijuana issue. Huckabee, who is already claiming he can beat Obama, (along with the drovers dog,) will exploit this area to the best of his ability. There is no avoiding this issue as he is out there over a long period in support of legalization. This has to come to a head and Johnson will win a debate on the issue as Huck can hardly present much of a case for the current drug war being a resounding success.

He will have to ensure that this issue does not dominate the campaign. Press coverage tends to focus on it, as it is something of a novelty for them to have someone who speaks his mind. He has to ensure that the other issues have to come to the fore, or he will be consigned to a novelty issue.

Gary has what it takes to make a real difference, and the track record to prove it from his time as NM Governor. There is a good argument that with his libertarian tendencies he will have a considerable appeal to the saner Democrat voters who are fiscally literate but are turned off the social conservatism of the Republicans, and therefore may be able to turn blue states red.

With a Republican majority in Congress, California and its mates are unlikely to get bailed out of their financial problems in this term and are likely to be bankrupt and angry by 2012. There will be major changes in attitude over the next two years in these states, which can be exploited successfully if the GOP has the sense to be daring enough.

With the abject failure of conservative candidates in California this time, it might be a good idea to try more libertarian orientated people to carry the banner next time.

Dec 11, 2010

Mission Misunderstood.

There was some idiocy regarding dingo control which was along these lines however I believe this story to be apocryphal unfortunately, but its a good one.

The Australian Government and the NSW Forestry Service were presenting an alternative to NSW sheep farmers for controlling the dingo population.

It seems that after years of the sheep farmers using the tried and true methods of shooting and/or trapping the predators, the Labor Government (Peter Garrett - Environmental Minister), the NSW Forestry Service and the Greens tree-huggers had a 'more humane' solution.

What they proposed was for the animals to be captured alive, the males would then be castrated and let loose again. Therefore the population would be controlled. 

This was Actually proposed to the NSW Sheep farmers Association and Farming Association by the Federal Government and the NSW Forestry Service.

All of the sheep farmers thought about this amazing idea for a couple of minutes. Finally, one of the old boys in the back of the conference room stood up, tipped his hat back and said, Mr. Garrett, son, I don't think you fully understand the real nature of our problem.

Those dingoes aren't shagging our sheep - they’re eating em.

Dec 7, 2010

No Rerun for “Rudd’s Folly”

Image: Britain is in the grip of two weeks of subzero temperatures. (We are to be told that this year is the 3rd hottest on record. – Ed.)

By: Viv Forbes,

The Carbon Sense Coalition today said that Australia must not renew its Kyoto Agreement.

The Chairman of “Carbon Sense”, Mr. Viv Forbes, said that the current failing agreement was signed without due diligence by Kevin Rudd and should be referred to as “Rudd’s Folly”.

“Appropriately, the death notice for the Kyoto misadventure was posted by Japan, the birthplace of Kyoto, when their representative at Cancun Resort announced:

“Japan will not inscribe its target under the Kyoto protocol on any conditions or under any circumstances.”

“Thus the four biggest economies in our region (USA, China, Japan and India) will not sign; nor will Australia’s big competitors in Brazil (iron and beef), Indonesia (coal), Chile (copper) or Canada (wheat).

“If Australia is foolish enough to renew its Kyoto liabilities it will find itself isolated in the Pacific with only gullible Kiwis and faraway Europeans for company.

“The old Soviets have benefitted from Kyoto by outsmarting everyone on choosing the base year. No one else will achieve the unrealistic Kyoto targets, which is lucky because they could not be achieved without a repeat of the Great Depression or the collapse of the Soviet Union.

“The use of carbon fuels, more than any other index, indicates the health of the real economy. The only way to kill carbon is to kill the economy.

“Japan was shocked to realise the billions in liabilities they had accumulated by not meeting Kyoto target cuts.

“Australia avoided a similar fate by robbing Australian landowners. They stole carbon credits from landowners by imposing vegetation clearing bans. This trick can’t be pulled twice.

“Kyoto also spawned many other wasteful schemes like pink batts, wind and solar toys, carbon burial schemes and regulatory empires.

“The Kyoto Agreement is a costly failure, and the international meetings which document the failure have degenerated into the farce now on display at Cancun.

“Minister Combet should enjoy his tropical holiday, keep his pen in his pocket and sign nothing.” More Info:

Wind Power Lessons from Germany

The bottom line:

“Germans will have to prepare for significantly higher electricity tariffs – and more frequent blackouts.

“If all German wind power projects are realized as planned, the country will incur economic losses well over 100 billion Euros by 2030.

“The only word that describes this ‘world improvement’ strategy is suicidal.”

From: “Germany’s Offshore Wind: Wasted Resources, Environmental Blight”
By Edgar Gaertner, Master Resource, Dec 1, 2010

No Warming for 15 years.

The chairman of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Rajendra Pachauri was interviewed recently at Cancun. When asked about the fact that there has been no statistically significant global warming for the past 15 years, Pachauri became evasive.

Most tellingly, while Pachauri agreed that global carbon dioxide emissions have been increasing for the last 15 years, he was at a loss to say how much global temperatures had increased during that same time. That seems like a pretty basic piece of information for the head of the UN's climate panel to know. See the following minute and a half video from CFACT:

Even Phil Jones, a climatologist at the University of East Anglia and a prominent global warming alarmist, admitted there had been no warming for 15 years.

A year after Climategate, however, the IPCC's Pachauri still refuses to face reality and clings to the deeply flawed 4th Assessment Report, which has been completely discredited over the past year.

"This interview revealed that the IPCC chair is ignorant of some very basic facts about global warming," said CFACT's Executive Director, Craig Rucker. "This is particularly striking in light of all the criticism being poured on the IPCC by scientists and independent review panels for its sloppy handling of key data and vital information."

Britain on the way to Coldest December for 29 years.

Britain was braced for another week of chaos last night as forecasters warned temperatures would plummet to as low as -15c (5f).

With some areas covered by up to one metre of snow forecasters said Britain had already seen the deepest and most widespread snowfall for December since 1981.

And if the temperatures remain below average for the rest of the month it could also become the coldest on record since 1981. See:

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Dec 4, 2010

Olbermann takes on Bristol; loses.

Illustration; this weeks MSNBC ratings.

When Palin was picked for the VP nomination Lemuel Calhoun predicted that the left would be vicious in attacking her family, especially with regard to Trig who was born with Downs Syndrome: "Do not doubt me in this, I may have underestimated McCain but one literally can not have too low an opinion of left-liberal Democrats. There is absolutely no moral depth to which they are not compelled to dive."

If Lemuel got anything wrong, it was overestimating the depth they wouldn’t sink to, they were much worse than he thought possible. I recognized the possibility, but had no clue as to how far in their derangement they would go to attack the family. It is not that long ago we saw the smarmy creep Letterman sink to the depths of attacking Piper Palin with sexual innuendo at the age of around 8 but hey, dirty old men are about that sort of thing anyway. It is possible that it is not a liberal thing, just a Letterman thing.

Recently there have been suggestions that Bristol’s efforts in Dancing With the Stars has driven the left insane after all of those accusations of a vast right wing conspiracy, Tea Party vote rigging and so on. This is completely wrong. The left were completely incoherently deranged long before she took her first step onto the dance floor.

Bristol Palin has now acquired the most celebrated award it is possible to achieve for any conservative chick, or guy for that matter. Much to the envy of all of those of us who have strived unsuccessfully for many years, she has been awarded the coveted, “Worst person in the world” award, from Keith Olbermann. It is of course becoming rather passé owing to the frequency it comes up, but hey, an award is an award.

The real class thing about her is, that while most of those who receive it tend to bask in the kudos of having done so, she has put Olbermann down in a more effective way than even a .45 between the eyes:

Courtesy; Hot Air.

“Accusing me of hypocrisy is by now, an old canard. What Mr. Olbermann lacks in originality he makes up for with insincere incredulity. Mr. Olbermann fails to understand that in order to have credibility as a spokesperson, it sometimes takes a person who has made mistakes.

Parents warn their children about the mistakes they made so they are not repeated. Former gang members travel to schools to educate teenagers about the risks of gang life. Recovered addicts lecture to others about the risks of alcohol and drug abuse. And yes, a teen mother talks about the benefits of preventing teen pregnancy.

“I have never claimed to be perfect. If that makes me the ‘worst person in the world’ to Mr. Olbermann, then I must apologize for not being absolutely faultless like he undoubtedly must be.

“To Mr. Olbermann let me say this: you can attack me all you want. But you will not stop me from getting my message out about teen pregnancy prevention. And one day, if you ever have a daughter, you may change your mind about me.”
Note; Olbermann is on MSNBC so you may not be aware of him.

Update; Bristol and John Ziegler slam Olbermann on BAM. (The second clip is the better one.)