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Prince Charles lets CAN'T do supporters down

The Fitz Files

<em>Illustration: Reg Lynch</em>

Illustration: Reg Lynch

Glad yours went well.

Me? A very good'un. Lots of time on the beach, lots of reading, big chunks of writing, and endless hours moseying around NSW trying to get the hours up for two kidlets going for their driving licences. But, good to be back in the saddle. Giddy up.

 

The Flintstones

Oh dear. Oh dear, oh dear.

This is just too delicious!

You will recall that cabal of Conservatives, led by Professor David Flint and Alan Jones, among others, who launched Australia's Tea Party CANdo, a year ago. Among other things, Flint and Jones are hugely devoted supporters of the monarchy and outspoken deniers of climate change. We all know Jonesy's shrill attacks on all who would bow to science, but Flint, too, has been strong, accusing those who supported the idea of an emissions trading scheme as ''demonstrating the same blind faith as the Bolsheviks did on collectivisation, which was imposed at massive cost on the Soviet Union. It ruined the nation's agriculture and was even responsible for the outbreak of famine. Like collectivisation, the ETS is a dangerous and damaging obsession.''

And here's the delicious part. On Thursday, in London, Prince Charles - the man Flint and Jones eternally champion to become the King of Australia - described denialists as a ''headless chicken brigade,'' wilfully ignoring overwhelming scientific evidence, while also mounting ''a barrage of sheer intimidation'' against all who speak sense on it.

Delicious!

Your thoughts, Professor?

Jonesy?

I think we need to know.

 

Setting standards

Two years ago, ABC News took some brief time off from promoting its FILTHY LEFTIST PROPAGANDA to - just for once - give equal billing to our then prime minister Julia Gillard and her conservative counterpart in the Land of the Long White Cloud, Prime Minister John Key. After a quick announcement as to what they had been discussing that day in Wellington, the camera showed them lining up for their photo opportunity in front of the Australian and New Zealand flags … only to get momentarily mixed up! Laughing, they quickly swapped sides. On Thursday, to my amazement, the highly admirable Key floated the idea of holding a referendum this year, where Kiwis could decide if they wanted to change the flag, saying he personally would back a change - just like Canada did in 1965, when prime minister Lester Pearson guided the nation to the magnificent and immediately identifiable flag they now have. I know, I know, it will be a cold day in hell before our Prime Minister announces the same kind of referendum for us. But, prima facie, it looks like once again the Kiwis are moving ahead of us, and if they do change, it will highlight more than ever how anachronistic our own flag is, giving such prime acreage to the flag of another nation.

 

Joke of the week

An 82-year-old man called Morris goes to the doctor to get a physical.

A few days later, the doctor notices Morris walking down the street laughing and chatting with a drop-dead gorgeous young woman on his arm.

At their next appointment, a week later, the doc says: ''You're really doing great, aren't you?''

''Just doing what you said, Doc,'' Morris replies. ''Get a hot mamma and be cheerful …''

''I didn't say that,'' Doc interrupts. ''I said, ''You've got a heart murmur; be careful.''

 

They said it ...

You would like the national broadcaster to have a rigorous commitment to truth and at least some basic affection for the home team ... [It] dismays Australians when the [ABC] appears to take everybody's side but our own.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott says part of the role of the fourth estate is to support the second estate. It's not.

This is the first serious suggestion I know of, certainly in the last half a century, where a prime minister of the country is suggesting the Australian public be denied access to the truth, and ... that a prime minister has seriously intimated that the ABC should censor and withhold information from the Australian public.
Former ABC managing director David Hill.

Not the girl next door but the granny next door now.
Jackie Weaver on receiving the Raymond Longford Award for her roles in movies over the past 48 years.

I think your responsibility is to shine light but not generate heat ... you're not a participant in the political process.
Our next governor-general, Peter Cosgrove's thoughts on his new role.

20 comments

  • headless chicken brigade indeed. When you are so locked into a position that you will exclude all evidence that counters it, and will actively seek all that supports it, you are lost; gone as a rational human being. 20 years ago there was a debate on whether anthropogenic climate change was real or not. Now there is not - the science is in and it is conclusive.
    Virtually every credible climate scientist agrees on this, the only debate is over the extent and the implications. The climate change denialists are as extreme as those other groups (think vaccine refusers and antifluoride campaigners) that flout overwhelming scientific evidence yet willingly quote their own experts (riddled with messiah complexes) and facts and studies (unmoored from their proper context) as 'science'. Hah!
    As Paul Simon put it 'Still a man hears what he wants to hear. And disregards the rest.'

    Commenter
    beaker
    Date and time
    February 02, 2014, 5:20PM
    • Sorry beaker. Perhaps you should read up on Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO), Atlantic Multi-Decadal Oscillation (AMO), both 30-40yr cycles. PMO went into negative phase in 2005,after 35yrs in positive. AMO will go into negative phase in around 2020.
      Also read up on Solar Cycles, in particular the current solar cycle 24 (Cycle 24 - the current one, weakest in 100yrs), and Cycle 25 starting 2019, expected to be the weakest in 300yrs, similar to that of the Maunder Minumum of 1650-1700's )mini ice age) Also read up on the global warming on MARS the past 40yrs (YES MARS, has also had global warming - even more than earth the past 30yrs). It's not CO2, it's the SUN that drives the climate. The computer models are increasingly inaccurate, as they have CO2 as the main driver.
      You can also monitor daily Arctic and Antartic sea-ice extents. Currently global sea-ice is ABOVE 1980-2008 averages, and Antarctic sea-ice extent is a record levels (highest in the past 30yrs in 2013).
      With the PMO and AMO heading into 30-40yr negative phases, and with solar activity weakening significantly (especially the next cycle 25 (from 2019), the 2020's and 2030's will start to see a Global Cooling trend established, after the past 15yrs of NO global temperature rise (which even the IPCC has stated in the situation). By 2035 global temperatures will be back at 1980's levels.
      It's the SUN and Solar Cycles (as it has always been), not CO2. CO2 400parts per million or 0.04% of the atmosphere. Humans contribute 3%, with 97% being naturally contributed.
      The IPCC computer models are now ALL currently out of sync with what real world measurements are showing.

      Commenter
      Mark
      Date and time
      February 02, 2014, 7:26PM
    • You should also read up on Solar Cycle from the 1800's (these were weaker), and lead to the Dalton Minimum in the 1800's (a time a cooler global climate). Recent Solar Cycles have been stronger, hence "global warming" on Earth, MARS, other planets.

      On Mars, computer models indicate that surface air temperatures on the Red Planet increased by 0.65°C from the 1970s to the 1990s. Residual ice on the Martian south pole, the researchers note, has steadily retreated over the last four years.
      By comparison, the average temperature of Earth increased by 0.75°C over the last century.

      Most of the "global warming" on Earth happened 1900-1940, with the last positive phase PDO and AMO. 1940-1970, saw negative cycle PDO, and a slight cooling. 1975++, was a positive cycle PDO and AMO, and stronger solar cycles, leading to some global warming. Now with the PDO and AMO heading back into a negative phase for 30+yrs, and with Solar Cycle 24 half as strong as the last Solar Cycle 23, and Solar Cycle 25 (2019-~2032), expected to be even weaker), we'll see a global cooling trend after the current pause in temperatures.

      It's funny reading old global warming predictions though, from March 2000 reporting scientists from the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia. Yes, that one, the main "global warming" centre in UK, climategate, etc. predicting no more snow in UK.

      Quote "However, the warming is so far manifesting itself more in winters which are less cold than in much hotter summers. According to Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia,within a few years winter snowfall will become "a very rare and exciting event".
      "Children just aren't going to know what snow is," he said.

      Commenter
      Mark
      Date and time
      February 02, 2014, 8:02PM
    • Sorry Mark, do you honestly believe your 'interesting' selection of little smatters have somehow eluded the best brains in the world in this field???? The same people that spend almost every day of their lives studying (in detail) every change that occurs?
      Do yourself a favour, accept the bleeding obvious. Maybe then you can direct your energies to do something productive about it instead of wasting your time reading fossil fuel company funded websites. Dear oh dear . .

      Commenter
      Danger Ranger
      Date and time
      February 02, 2014, 8:15PM
    • Hi Mark. As much as it pains me, I do agree with (Prince) Charles Windsor. He may be a blood sucking leach on the public purse, who represents a long gone anachronistic institution. At least, despite his overly privileged upbringing, he can see that science trumps fiction.
      Mark you need to read a bit more widely. You may like to read an article from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) at http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/...
      According to the above source, to date, including 2013, 9 of the 10 warmest years on record have occurred during the 21st century. Only one year during the 20th century—1998—was warmer than 2013. The global annual temperature has increased at an average rate of 0.06°C per decade since 1880 and at an average rate of 0.16°C per decade since 1970.
      As for global sea ice extent, you should be aware, Antarctic sea ice is increasing, while their land ice is decreasing at an accelerating rate. The increase in sea ice is partly due to the warming of Antarctic waters.

      Commenter
      Barry of Nambucca
      Date and time
      February 02, 2014, 8:41PM
    • Danger Ranger, the "best brains in the world". please. All the predictions are based on computer models which are increasingly more and more inaccurate, and diverging from actual observed temperatures. NO computer model now matches what is actually happening. Every single models has over estimated the warming. With no warming the past 15yrs, the "brainers" are now saying, oh, the oceans stole the warming. But in fact the 3000 ARGO bouys show no warming in oceans either the past 15yrs.
      After the current 15yr pause in warming, by the end of this decade, 2018-2020, we'll start to see the cooling trend kick in, and by the 2020-2030's with PDO, AMO in negative phase, and the next solar cycle 25 (weakest in 300yrs), MAN-MADE global warming will be seen for the hype it is.

      Commenter
      Mark
      Date and time
      February 02, 2014, 8:48PM
    • Mark, give up while your behind.

      Given some 97 percent of climate scientists concur with the science, you are placing yourself in the same category as the Monckton's, Jones's, Flint's of this world.

      Washington's & Cook's "Climate Change Denial - Heads in the Sand" is instructive.

      Commenter
      Jason of Gold Coast
      Date and time
      February 02, 2014, 8:49PM
    • And beaker and Danger, you only have to look at the information from the UK Met office itself (the once global warming advocates).
      Even their temperature graphs should no warming, and an actual slight cooling since 2005 (when the PDO switched to negative phase).

      Global Average temp 1856-2013
      http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/hadobs/crutem4/data/web_figures/global_n+s_monthly.png

      And HadCRUT4 satellite - after the 1800's much cooler period -0.5deg (Dalton Minimum) weaker solar activity, solar activity picked up a lot in Solar Cycle 21,22 and 23.
      http://www.cru.uea.ac.uk/cru/data/temperature/HadCRUT4.png

      With the PDO negative phase now, and AMO due to go into negative phase ~2020, and solar activity weakening, global temperature will head back to the +0.0 deg line through the 2020's and 2030's and global cooling kicks in,

      Commenter
      Mark
      Date and time
      February 02, 2014, 9:08PM
    • Barry of Nambucca, don't encourage Mark to read more, he should be reading less! He just needs to let go..

      Commenter
      beaker
      Date and time
      February 02, 2014, 9:12PM
    • Barry, sorry, you really should do your research. The world WARMED since 1880's as that was the Dalton minimum, (lower solar activity). With increase solar activity, warming, as there has also been warming on MARS, etc. As event the has stated 0.04deg rate warming since 1998 (statistically insignificant).

      Jason, the 97% of scientists was quoted by Al Gore in his documentary. It's completely wrong as was his 2007 Nobel Prize winning speech stating what by 2013 the Arctic would be ice free in summer - check the speech. Instead 2013 Arctic summer ice was the 6th HIGHEST in the past 30yrs.

      We have now had 15yrs with increasing CO2 levels, and NO global warming. The correlation between the two is flawed, and as cooling kicks in due to weakening solar activity, by 2020, man-made global warming will be seen as a joke.

      Commenter
      Mark
      Date and time
      February 02, 2014, 9:18PM

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