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The First Golfer's big handicap

zeg golfer smallHaving ignored warnings for months, the resident community organiser at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is finally stating his intention to do something about ISIS.

Given the record of his earlier forays into the Middle east, Zeg reckons the Weird Beards must be shuddering in their curly-toed caliphate footwear!

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Mercury rising, mercury falling...

snake oiled2Trust a warmist? Well, you can trust them to interpret every latest set of temperature records through the distorting prism of their core preconception, which is that we are all going to fry. Ex-NASA climatologist Roy Spencer writes:

"If faster warming does resume in the coming months and years, it’s important to stay focused on the amount of warming…over the long term. Thinking and talking in qualitative terms, like record warm years, can be used to fool and manipulate people’s emotions on the subject.

Even a new “record warmest year”, year after year, is not that significant if the total warming ends up being only 1 deg. C more over the next 100 years.

And until the models can explain what happened in the past they should not be trusted for guiding policy into the future."

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A rather narrow demographic

angry sign smallRead The Age these days and the thing you notice first -- other than the lousy subbing, ham-fisted cropping, leaden headlines, warmist stenography and lightly re-written press releases from activist groups -- is the near-total absence of top-shelf display advertisers. This is curious, as The Age likes to present itself as the paper favoured by the well-heeled 'A-B demographic'. Surely, if you are a Toorak Road vendor of $1000 handbags, those alleged readers are precisely the sorts whose patronage you would wish to attract.

In theory, yes. But read the paper's Letters columns and the suspicion arises that potential advertisers may not see much commercial potential in the pitiful 113,000 people who still buy the The Age on a typical weekday. From this morning's Fairfax exercise in the abuse of ink and forest products, a further indication of why merchants may see little potential in attracting Age readers to their stores (unless they are selling those F*** Abbott T-shirts the paper so helpfully promoted):

''Abbott raises terror alert level to high'' (13/9). Yes, he certainly does.
Jim Picot, Altona

Personally, I have been on alert since Mr Abbott was voted in.
Greg Oates, Huon Creek

Mr Abbott needs to remember the boy who cried ''wolf''. John Howard got a bit of mileage out of the fear card. Not sure it will work so well a second time.
Marg Ludowyk, Brunswick

Mother Nature faces a greater threat from the Abbott government than from any perceived terrorist.
Phil Alexander, Eltham

Come on, Ms Rinehart, stop messing about and buy Fairfax outright. You would be doing Melbourne a huge favour.


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Tony Abbott, Scurge of Islam

oz burqaA quote from the Muslim Village website, posted September, 2013:

"After examining all the issues specific to Australian Muslim interests, we believe it will not be in the Australian Muslim communities best interests to see a Tony Abbott lead Liberal/National government voted in. In fact, we believe that the incoming Liberal Government may end up being be one of the most right wing governments Australia has ever seen.

This may seem like a dramatic statement, but one only has to examine the many Islamophobic statements on sharia, halal, burqas, jihad, etc from senior Liberal politicians over the last few years to come to this conclusion..."

If Tony Abbott was surprised Muslim leaders declined to join his Team Australia, he shouldn't have been.

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Feeling the heat at BoM

homog2The Bureau of Meteorology comes clean, sort of, about those "homogenised" temperatures purporting to show a warming atmosphere, despite the raw numbers showing decreases.  Jennifer Marohasy isn't satisfied, however. After exposing the wholesale fiddling, she has a question for Environment Minister Greg Hunt:

"In a democracy it is the role of government to oversee the correct function of institutions like the Bureau of Meteorology. Greg Hunt is the Minister ultimately responsible. So far he has been silent on the issue. This is in effect condoning what until recently would have been considered a totally unethical practice: changing received evidence to fit a preferred storyline. Its unacceptable, but will Minister Hunt do anything about it? Will the national broadcaster even report on it? What can you do about it?"


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Black like Lambie?

lambie smallIn the year since Australians turfed out the Rudd/Gillard/Rudd government, PUP Senator Jackie Lambie has been a question in need of an answer. Just what factors could possibly have shaped the life and character of this woman whose yen for a rich, priapic bloke has been but one of the headline-grabbing pronouncements and perspectives that have secured her a seemingly permanent place in the national spotlight.

"I acknowledge and pay my respects to Australia's Aboriginal traditional owners. I share their blood, culture and history through my mother's, Sue Lambie's, family," the new Senator explained in her maiden speech.

"We trace our history over six generations to celebrated Aboriginal chieftain of the Tasmania east coast, Mannalargenna."

mansell clyde smallNot so fast, insists Clyde Mansell (right), another Tasmanian keen to emphasise his own, officially recognised Aboriginality.

"That's my family," he said of the Mannalargenna line, "and she's not part of it."

The ABC has the story so far. No indication as yet that Lambie is contemplating taking action under Section 18C to seek redress for her hurt feelings, but if she decides to subject Mansell to a stiff dose of the Bolt treatment then the columnist's thoughts on the matter would be worth keeping in mind.

"Know that if Lambie can prove this tenuous and disputed link that she will have different legal status to non-Aboriginal Australians on the grounds of her different 'race', should the proposed changes to change the Constitution to acknowledge Aborigines succeed."

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