Friday, November 17, 2017

ABC alarm: OMG Coffee will be gone!!!!

ABC post this alarmist piece from activist Molly Harriss Olson, CEO of Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand.

Why your morning coffee will taste different and cost more

Molly's introduction:

The countless cups of coffee downed during the UN's COP23 climate summit in Bonn may seem insignificant.But if coffee consumption has any message, it is that climate change is personal.
Worldwide, more than 2.75 billion cups of coffee are consumed every day. Half of all Australians love a good coffee to kick-start each morning. Yet, as climate change influences weather patterns around the world, coffee yields and quality are already suffering, and pests and diseases are on the rise.

"Already suffering". Simple Fact check using production figures from the International Coffee Organisation shows production figures over the last few decades have improved significantly, during a time of rising temperatures.
Testing my morning brew reveals a good tasting cup of joe.


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Anti - science

ABC cover the idiot Greens extension of a ban on GM crops in SA. The report lacks any inquiry into the long term consequences for SA. Looks like they'll be starving in the dark.

LINK to very ordinary report that does not ask any hard questions:
Genetically-modified crop ban extension in South Australia to 2025 passes Upper House by single vote

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Missing News: Killing an Australian Icon

No mention by the ABC of news from Alice Springs about the administrative murder of a great Australian icon:

Rock climb mostly closed


The Uluru (Ayers Rock) climb was closed for parts 229 days of the 273 days between January 1 and September 30 this year. That’s 84% of the days.

The reasons for the closures include wind, rain, storms or extreme temperatures, according to Parks Australia, the Federal instrumentality that manages the park. The climb is opened again when rangers deem it safe.

In January and February the climb was closed from 8am every day “due to heat” and longer on 52 of the 59 days in those two months.

A Parks spokeswoman says the climb is closed “for people’s safety” for the following reasons: If the temperature reaches 36 degrees or above; there is a greater than 20% chance of rain within three hours; there is a greater than 5% chance of thunderstorms within three hours; the estimated wind speed at the summit reaches 25 knots or above; more than 20% of the rock’s surface is wet after rain; cloud descends below the summit or for cultural reasons, for example, during a period of mourning.

During the height of the tourist season the climb was closed at some time during the following number of days: May – 20 days, June – 26, July – 10, August – 29.

The climb is now always closed at night, from about 5pm to 7am.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Quote of the week

ABC's James Glenday:

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a media outlet fighting for readers must be in want of a clickable headline quote."
Could not have described ABC News more succinctly. Its mediocrity is palpable.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Missing News: What temperatures are BOM recording?

The Australian have been covering and interesting and newsworthy story concerning problems BOM have in recording temperatures (eg Push for probe into weather stations failures). This is their basic role, you'd think by now they could get it right.
Given the importance of temperature in the land of droughts and flooding rains we are astounded that the ABC has failed to provide any coverage.

Jennifer Marohasy has an important series of articles on her blog that outline the problem. See...

Two Decades of Temperature Data from Australia – Not Fit for Purpose

Are Recordings from Electronic Devices Comparable – or Not?

Vindicated: Bureau acknowledges limits set on how cold temperatures can be recorded

Vindicated: Bureau not following WMO guidelines

Bureau Management Rewrites the Rules – Again

Monday, August 28, 2017

Dysfunctional RN Update

This From RN Listener enquiries regarding RN's short memory:

On August 5, Saturday Extra host Geraldine Doogue introduced Mr Bergmann as “a former senior advisor, also a speechwriter for John Kerry”.

At the end of the interview, Ms Doogue referred to Mr Bergmann as “until this year, a senior advisor at the State Department under John Kerry, now a senior fellow at the Centre for American Progress, a think tank in Washington”.

In response to this complaint, Saturday Extra has updated his title on its website to specify that his time as senior advisor at the State Department was under Barack Obama's Presidency.c

Ms Doogue also will make reference on air on Saturday August 26 to the Centre’s links to the Democratic Party.

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Score one for us.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Respecting the Elders

In recent weeks considerable angst has been expressed about our public monuments and the potential that we may inadvertently be honouring some figures with questionable morals. We have seen the statues of slave owning confederate generals torn down in the USA and questions raised about  our own statues by ABC's Stan Grant, including those of Captain James Cook and Governor Macquarie, and the names of certain rivers and roads. 

With this in mind, it is only fair to apply the same standards more generally. So what of the actions and morals of the Elders past and present that we raise on a pedestal at every government meeting? How do their actions compare?

I’d like to begin by acknowledging the Traditional Owners/Custodians of the land on which we meet today. I would also like to pay my respects to Elders past and present.

Here are a few stories about present elders we are paying respect to:

The teenage victims of an Aboriginal elder who raped them in exchange for petrol to sniff have told the South Australian Supreme Court that they now suffer eating disorders and sleep deprivation in the wake of their sexual assaults.
Winkie Ingomar, 52, has pleaded guilty to raping three girls in their early teens in Yalata in the west of SA early last year.

In the mid 1990s, aged in his late 30s, he'd become obsessed with a teenage girl and for five years subjected her to physical and sexual abuse.
His depraved actions resulted in the birth of two children – one when the teen was a day shy of her 16th birthday, and the second almost a year later.
A third pregnancy in quick succession ended abruptly with a miscarriage at 12 weeks.

Elder's rape sentence to be reviewed SMH September 28, 2005
The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission plans to intervene in a case in which a judge gave a short jail term to an Aborigine who anally raped and bashed his 14-year-old "promised wife". In an unusual move, the commission will seek leave to appear before the Northern Territory Court of Criminal Appeal to intervene in the interests of the girl, who was promised to the 55-year-old man under Aboriginal customary law at the age of four.

Culture of Denial The Australian  March 2007
IN 2005 I spent several days in the Alice Springs hospital after falling ill while attending a friend's wedding. I shared a ward with a middle-aged Aboriginal man who was quite proud that he had raped a 13-year-old girl. As he said, "She wouldn't say yes, so I f---ed her hard."
It did not surprise me. A few years before, I was in Alice Springs talking to two Aboriginal men in their early 70s. They were preparing to go into town to buy plastic toy dinosaurs. This was to pay a 12-year-old girl for having sex with both of them at the same time.

To judge the actions of "respected" Elders of the Past, readers are referred to Tony Thomas’s excellent series on Quadrant that some time ago broke the "Great Australian Silence" Stan Grant seems so keen not to comment on:

Part I: Yabbered to death 
Part III: A Blacked-Out Past