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Lots of stories in the Weekend Australian about climate change and related issues… the editorial includes commentary about Graham Lloyd’s reporting on ‘the pause’. Also comment by John Ferguson, Victorian Political Editor, that: “THE consumer bill for the nation’s largest desalination plant is set to rise to more than $2 billion, as heavy rain and [...]

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The Secret is To Keep Thinking

ACCORDING to a Marxist, and good friend of mine, ‘the left’ has lost its way because too many adopt the ‘correct line’ on issues without any need to investigate first. In essence, they have stopped thinking. All this is explained in his first post at ‘C21st Left’ with the slogan/subheading, ‘Sous les paves, la plage!’ [...]

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Open Thread

“The mass crushes out the insight and reflection that are still possible with the individual, and this necessarily leads to doctrinaire and authoritarian tyranny if ever the constitutional State should succumb to a fit of weakness. “Rational argument can be conducted with some prospect of success only so long as the emotionality of a given [...]

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Who’s going to be sacked for making-up global warming at Rutherglen? Part 2.

THE Bureau of Meteorology has spent several weeks looking for documentation to support its recent claim that, contrary to what is written in its published station catalogue, the weather station at Rutherglen was once moved. The Bureau hasn’t been able to find any actual documentation to verify this move. But this hasn’t stopped it nevertheless [...]

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Bureau Caught in Own Tangled Web of Homogenisation

THE Australian Bureau of Meteorology now acknowledge that they change the temperatures at most, if not all, the weather stations that make-up the official station network from which national temperature trends are calculated. Indeed, earlier in the week, 28 pages of ‘adjustments’ were released online following a series of articles in The Australian and The [...]

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Newspapers as the guardians of hot history

OLD newspapers hold a lot of information, some of it very valuable. I’m not only referring to last week’s The Land, but clippings that date back to editions published one hundred or more years ago. For example, in the Sydney Morning Herald on Tuesday 5th January 1909 it was reported that Bourke was experiencing a [...]

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