Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Bad news for Conrad

The bad news (see also):

The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday cleared the way for resentencing former media baron Conrad Black next month in Chicago for fraud and obstruction of justice after rejecting his appeal.

A U.S. appeals court in October upheld Lord Black’s 2007 conviction on one fraud count and for obstructing justice while it overturned two other fraud convictions.
... Lord Black’s resentencing is scheduled June 24 before a federal judge in Chicago. Lord Black, 66, has been free on bail since July after serving nearly 2-1/2 years of his original 6-1/2-year prison term.

Sorry to hear it but given that two of his convictions were overturned maybe it'll be a reduced sentence like, say, time served.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Canada says "NO" to more Kyoto nonsense

But, more importantly, so did the USA:

DEAUVILLE, France: Russia, Japan and Canada told the G8 they would not join a second round of carbon cuts under the Kyoto Protocol at United Nations talks this year and the US reiterated it would remain outside the treaty, European diplomats have said.

... They argued that the Kyoto format did not require developing countries, including China, the world's No. 1 carbon emitter, to make targeted emission cuts.
Good show!


Update: From the comments re. BC's continuing carbon lunacy (eg. school boards are required to shell out hundred$ of thousand$  for carbon credits and, as the new Premier says, the boards receive money from the carbon tax). As Lilley says, it's an elaborate "shell game". See this video near the 4 minute mark:

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Pat Condell on Jews v. Muslims: "no contest"

Via Blazing Cat Fur:

Good diatribe! On the money for the most part. Glad to see he kept his virulent hatred of religion toned down for this one. But I guess the subject matter kind of dictated that. Is it worth asking how much of the Jewish people's phenomenal success Pat would be willing to attribute to their religious heritage? Didn't think so.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Front page flakes

A bizarro tale about two flaky parents who want to raise their child gender neutrally was the lead story on the front page of today's Post:
... A Toronto couple says it is trying to raise a genderless child, refusing to reveal baby Storm’s sex to encourage a more neutral approach to the infant.
Hiding the four-month-old’s sex from the outside world is a “tribute to freedom and choice” that they hope will let Storm grow up unfettered by the values of others, Kathy Witterick and David Stocker have been quoted as saying. [Typical, unrealistic progressive nuttery - unwilling to accept the laws of nature and convinced that social engineering will bring their utopia.]
From Barbara Kay:

Close observers ... are especially troubled that Storm’s two brothers have been co-opted into collusion with the scheme and, well-rehearsed, assiduously self-monitor their own discourse about “Z,” the neutral replacement for “he” or “she.” [Neither "he" nor "she" but "Zed"?]

... Free will has its limitations. One such limitation is human biology. The denial of biological reality by highly educated, but humanly naive “progressives” — and their choice to privilege the “world” over the needs and rights of their own children — speaks more to their narcissism than to their idealism. [I'd say 'over-educated' - ie. educated beyond their capacity to understand.]
... This misguided couple needs intervention before their adult folie à deux becomes a children’s tragedy à trois.
Interesting, but front page?

Saturday, May 21, 2011

"A contemporary moral epedemic"

From an excellent essay by William Happer, Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor of Physics at Princeton University:
The Truth About Greenhouse Gases
The dubious science of the climate crusaders.

“.... how easily the masses have been led astray, and how imitative and gregarious men are, even in their infatuations and crimes,” wrote Charles Mackay in the preface to the first edition of his Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds. I want to discuss a contemporary moral epidemic: the notion that increasing atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases, notably carbon dioxide, will have disastrous consequences for mankind and for the planet.

... Our present global warming is not at all unusual by the standards of geological history, and it is probably benefiting the biosphere. Indeed, there is very little correlation between the estimates of CO2 and of the earth’s temperature over the past 550 million years (the “Phanerozoic” period). The message is clear that several factors must influence the earth’s temperature, and that while CO2 is one of these factors, it is seldom the dominant one. The other factors are not well understood. ...

... a quotation from the preface of the second edition [of Mackay’s book]: “Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, one by one.”...
[Via WUWT]

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Feel-good trumps do-good

Lawrence Solomon on fair-trade coffee:

...a study out recently from Germany's University of Hohenheim ... followed hundreds of Nicaraguan coffee farmers over a decade, concluded that farmers producing for the fair-trade market "are more often found below the absolute poverty line than conventional producers.  "Over a period of 10 years, our analysis shows that organic and organic-fair trade farmers have become poorer relative to conventional producers."

Several years ago, I received a call from a church in Kingston, inquiring whether Green Beanery could supply it with freshly roasted fair-trade coffee on a weekly basis ... the church officer mentioned that the parishioners wanted to do what they could to help poor farmers in the Third World. I replied that I'd be happy to supply the church, but I also advised him that fair-trade coffee would not help the poorest of farmers - these smallholders are actually hurt when Western consumers forsake them for coffee produced by better-off farmers who can afford the certification fees.  I also mentioned that various coffees produced by small farmers in some of the neediest parts of Africa would taste superb while costing the church less, allowing it to spend the difference on some other worthwhile cause.   After a long pause, the church official replied something like: "I still think the parishioners would feel better knowing that they were drinking fair-trade coffee." [That church must have been the United Church.]
... in this well-intentioned pricefixing game, the fair-trade farmer is the pawn and the joke is on the customer. ...
Might'a known. As in many "well-intentioned" socialist do-good schemes, the meddlers do more harm than good.

Theo Caldwell interview with Brad Wall - tossing nerf-balls.

I really like Theo Caldwell on Sun's Caldwell Account. He's one of my favorites. However, in this interview with Brad Wall he could have at least made a token effort to challenge him. Instead he tossed him nerf-balls. For example, Ezra Levant would never have let him off so lightly on the BHP/Potash Corp issue. Wall's a good guy but any interviewer who purports to defend free markets shouldn't have let him skate so easily.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Climate rap (aka 'Crap')

From Anthony Watts:

It kind of reminds me of the Rick Mercer inspired "vote-mobs" - a bunch of juvenile idiots jumping around like enthusiastic middle-schoolers. It was a convincing argument for raising the voting age.

Canada's answer to George Soros ...

... Maurice Strong.

Peter Foster on the green totalitarians:

... when the march of Communism suffered a local setback, a representative of the Comintern, the organization set up by Lenin to spread global revolution, would turn up to rally the non-uniformed troops. This week, Achim Steiner, head of the United Nations Environment Program, UNEP, turned up in Toronto to put some backbone into the cadres down at the editorial boards of The Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star.
... Mr. Steiner has become a prominent source of green alarmism and a leading shill for rent-seeking green energy companies, who were already in mourning at Mr. Harper’s victory.
... UNEP was set up by Canada’s own Maurice Strong — perhaps the leading figure in trying to save socialism from the dustbin of history by painting both socialism and the dustbin green. He created it after his first great UN environmental doomfest in Stockholm in 1972. Its importance was indicated by the man Mr. Strong selected to be its first head: himself.
... UNEP has always reflected Mr. Strong’s genius for using global taxpayers’ money to further his political agenda. As Mr. Strong’s successor, Mr. Steiner controls not only UNEP but the United Nations Office in Nairobi, UNON, ... which hosts offices and projects of more than 60 UN agencies, funds and programs, and over 5,000 staff.”
Ending on a happier note:

... Despite the increasingly desperate rearguard action of Mr. Steiner and his ilk, the green global revolution seems to be going the same way as its red predecessor.
It's just amazing how much influence global totalitarian, Mo Strong, has had with the UN.  His fingerprints seem to be on every cock-a-mamie green globalist program they've ever sponsored.  He's no where near as wealthy as his intellectual twin, George Soros, but his influence has been enormous.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A waste of time, space and taxpayers' money

Animal "ethicists" doing "work" like this is just one more sign that there's way too much money sloshing around academia:
...the first academic journal dedicated to animal ethics in their debut issue.
Instead of “pet,” the Journal of Animal Ethics suggests “companion animal.” Rather than “wildlife,” they are to be called “free-living.” “Differentiated beings” or “non-human animals” is preferred to simply “animals.”
Words such as “vermin,” “beasts” and “critters” are stricken completely, along with similes such as “sly as a fox,” “drunk as a skunk,” “eat like a pig,” “slippery as an eel,” “breeding like rabbits” and “stubborn as a mule.” ...
And for this nonsense these professors are paid annual salaries upwards of $100K.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Climate scam model

Of all the climate models out there, this is the most accurate one:


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Universities overcrowded with semi-literate parasites

My pick for Post "letter of the day":
Re: Not Everyone Needs A Degree, Bill Morrison, May 2.
Some years ago I discussed with a colleague the question of how many undergraduates belong and deserve to be in our classrooms. My colleague suggested that perhaps 25% of students are properly qualified and sufficiently motivated. I found my colleague’s estimate overly optimistic, as I believed most university students possess no intellectual curiosity, but just feel entitled to higher education and do not know what else to do.
We decided to test at least one aspect of our contention: the lack of intellectual curiosity. It was decided I would announce in my second-year child psychology class that the next lecture would be mostly a debate and not cover anything that would be tested in any examination. Students were advised to come only if they were interested in a better understanding of some particular issues. The class was attended by 18 out of 120 students (15%). According to most participants, and myself, it was one of the best classes of the year.
It is regrettable that no political party in the recent election took up the problem of our crowded universities, which cater to unqualified, unmotivated, semi-literate and parasitical students. 
Characteristically, our universities “advertise” like soap sellers. The University of Western Ontario brags about the “Western experience” (number 4 on Playboy’s party list!). Other universities lure students with pretentious and dishonest slogans claiming to offer “excellence” in education.
I see no solution other than to insist, at the very least, on admission exams.
Heinz Klatt, professor emeritus of psychology, London, Ont.

Exactly, Heinz! No doubt many of these semi-literates are the same nitwits inspired by Rick Mercer's get-out-the-youth-vote "Vote-Mob" campaign. And then there's Jack Layton's free-university-for-all policy plank. Just what we need - more unqualified "students".

Monday, May 2, 2011

Tory majority!!

Finally!! Yahoo!!

Next election October 19, 2015.  Lot's of time for the fickle Francos to tire of Jack.