From the excellent Quadrant Online:
Sometimes, every so often, the widespread incidence of vocal idiocy can be quite heartening, especially for sentient Australians who have endured years of hectoring by deep-green nitwits. One of the chief contributing factors to the Black Saturday bushfires of 2009 in Victoria was the refusal of Greens-influenced local councils and land-care authorities to initiate the prophylactic burning needed to reduce fuel loads and manage fire risk. It was much the same story a few years later in Tasmania, where the flames ran wild once again.
Surely these people were Australia’s particular curse, it was tempting to conclude, as there could be few, even in less flammable lands, who would find the direct relationship between lethal fires and abundant ground fuel just a bit too hard to grasp?
Well, thanks to a group of Californian activists — that’s them above, naked and cuddly with a stand of Berkeley blue gums — we now know that American fools are at least the equal of our own homegrown variety. Those trees are supposed to come down to reduce the fire risk, and there is good reason for the felling and lopping: Twenty-four years ago, wildfires feeding on the eucalypts’ oil-rich leaves and uncleared ground fuel destroyed some 3,300 homes and claimed 25 lives.
But a tree is a tree is a tree, to your typical green ratbag, and human life not worth much at all, so Berkeley has been witnessing protests aimed at preserving the surrounding terrain as a pyre in need only of its spark. This puts the Californian crazies on a par with their Australian counterparts — but then they go further. According to protest organiser and photographer Jack Gescheidt, whose grasp of forestry leaves quite a lot to be desired, “native vegetation” absolutists have been spreading “the myth” that eucalypts love to burn. He explains:
“…. all living trees, because of their high moisture content, are considered resistant to fire …”
It is almost a pity Gescheidt wasn’t communing with nature in Kinglake on Black Saturday, February 7, 2009. He might first have noticed that some species are indeed quite fond of going up in flames. Further, like the 173 victims that inferno, he might no longer be around to orchestrate a repeat performance of that holocaust on the other side of the Pacific.
It would beyond Gescheidt’s comprehension, but those interested in learning more of trees, fire and the fatal romanticism of the deep green mind should read forester and fire expert Roger Underwood’s essay via the link below.
The Daily Caller tells it all:
Expedition To Study Global Warming Put On Hold Because Of TOO MUCH ICE
An expedition to study the effects of global warming was put on hold Wednesday. The reason? Too much ice.
The CCGS Amundsen, a Medium Arctic icebreaker and Arctic research vessel operated by the Canadian Coast Guard, was to travel throughout Hudson Bay, a body of water in northeastern Canada, but was rerouted to help ships who were stuck in the icy water.
A Coast Guard officer said the conditions were the “worst he’s seen in 20 years,” reports CBC news.
“Obviously it has a large impact on us,” says Martin Fortier, executive director of ArcticNet, which coordinates research on the vessel. “It’s a frustrating situation.”
ArcticNet is a network of scientists who study “the impacts of climate change and modernization in the coastal Canadian Arctic.”
The vessel is one of only two icebreakers in the Arctic, leaving the ship obligated to reroute their travel plans to help break ice for resupply ships.
Johnny Leclair, an assistant commissioner for the Coast Guard, said there should be two more icebreakers headed to the Arctic in the next week, which would free up their ship to continue on their originally planned trip.
Fortier is hopeful the season will still be productive.“The people planning the large expeditions have a plan B,” Fortier said. “We have already curtailed or either moved to a later date some of the stations and some of the areas we were suppose to sample.”
The ship even has a blog post that it has been updating. Here is an excerpt:
“Meanwhile, we’ve run into ice and out of darkness. During our night of action, the sun didn’t set, so only the face of my watch was there to tell me that it was 3 AM as we were tying down incubators. At five thirty in the morning, as the sun rose — or, rather, got a bit brighter in the sky — filling the world with a deep pink, and the waves turned glassy and viscous and bright, our fingers finally fell numb and our setup was finally done, just in time for a quick nap before breakfast. Tonight, likely, well see the stuck ships.”
If ever a pollie seems to be trying to commit political suicide, it’s Bill Shorten. Larry Pickering explains why.
TURNING BACK THE ALP, ONLY WHERE IT’S SAFE TO DO SO
…but it’s certainly not safe to do so!
It’s a Whitlam style “crash-or-crash-through” gamble on a high risk boat policy in an attempt succour the electorate’s middle ground by out Abbotting Abbott with a ridiculous 50% RET, much like his nonsense 5% company tax cut proposal that one-upped Abbott’s 1.5%. What a joke this bloke Shorten is!
Discussing on-water activities cannot be avoided at this week’s National Conference as a furious Left closes in on Bill. He has spent all his remaining capital on a last race long-shot.
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Rajendra Pachauri is (or was) one of the most high-profile warmists on our cooling planet. Tony Thomas writes some well-chosen words about this scoundrel in Quadrant Magazine online.
The Hot-to-Trot Warmist
Remember when Rajendra Pachauri was the wholesome and much-quoted champion of a clean, green, low-carbon planet? UNSW certainly does because it lavished an honorary doctorate on the then-IPCC chief — an honour sexual harassment charges have called into question
In 2008, the University of NSW awarded the university’s highest honor to a man later revealed to be a sexual predator and perjurer. Concurrently, the sexual predator and perjurer became the ‘godfather’ to the university’s Climate Change Research Centre, having been awarded the honor of opening the facility. Who was that man?
Answer: Dr Rajendra Pachauri, 75, the disgraced former head (2002-2015) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) whose sexual predator status was confirmed in May by a three-person Internal Complaints Committee of the TERI think-tank, of which Pachauri — amazingly – continues to be Director-General, albeit on leave.
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Merv Bendle has some interesting observations on a few of Australia’s academics.
Jackbooted Straw Men on the March
When a gaggle of postmodernists address — these people don’t discuss, they ‘address’ — Islamic terrorism in Australia, count on them conjuring a phantom army of racist Anglo bigots. Add an incurious reporter to take some stenography and the myth of the white extremist becomes front-page flesh
One of the greatest threats to Australia’s security is the pronounced pro-Islamist and pro-jihadist sympathies of Australian academics. These people have enormous influence, shaping security and policing policy and public perception, and they use this power to promote their views to a wide audience. I pointed this out in a series of articles beginning over a decade ago but the problem – indeed, the crisis – continues, as the recent utterances by a high-profile academic ‘counter-terrorism expert’ and others make clear.
One of the main strategies of this radical coterie is to deny that Muslims or Islam as a religion has anything to do with terrorism. Another is to insist the terrorist acts that are committed are no worse than the acts of war carried by nation states, especially by America and Australia in Afghanistan or Iraq. And a perennial tactic is to claim that attacks by Muslims are outnumbered by ‘right-wing extremists’ and that it is the latter which is the real threat.
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