Nothing stands still

Sources of oil on an annual basis since the mid-1960s. Takes you to 2017. Just watching the total volume of oil production grow over the years is instructive in itself. There is no going back, unless it is going back to the Dark Ages.

And then this one shows the growth in GDP by country. A better, more useful measure is perhaps GDP per capita, but you get the idea.

Far more stability here with China the outlier although there is real reason to doubt the accuracy of their numbers. Also sad to see Australia fall and then eventually drop out of the Top 20 in 2020. Economic management has been abject for many years.

And now I have found the per capita GDP measure which doesn’t end up looking all that meaningful. Australia is there both at the start and at the end but the numbers seem to suggest that having an oil well is the optimal approach to wealth.

And then economic growth ranked one to ten over the years since 1962. Never have I come across such meaningless economic numbers.

Exports, on the other hand, really seem to say something significant.

But imports seem to say something even more accurate. The ability to import is what does make an economy more wealthy. Yet once again a per capita measure seems essential for a more insightful comparison.

With this one you can watch both total GDP and GDP per capita to get a sense of how it matters. It compares Japan, China, South Korea and India, with the UK thrown in as a first world example.

On Uri Geller the science is settled

Uri Geller said he could bend spoons with the power of his mind, and did so in front of television audiences around the world. A couple of years ago he was inducted into the Magicians Hall of Fame, but he has never admitted that it was all a magic trick. But so what, since all kinds of scientists have been willing to state that Geller really did bend those spoons with the power of his mind. Here are a couple of examples.

First this: ‘There was no way I could explain it’: the CIA scientist convinced by Uri Geller’s psychic powers. The last two paras:

How does Dr Green feel when he hears magicians and sceptical fellow scientists say all such things relating to Uri Geller and others are simple magicians’ tricks and of no scientific interest?

“The fact of the matter is that that isn’t correct. Anybody who has studied Geller and seen what he does, and the films of what he does, recognizes that there are profound differences between what Geller does and magicians’ tricks. There’s not even a remotely qualified individual who’s ever investigated Geller who believes this orthodoxy – that it’s all trickery – has any value. It does not.”

And then there’s this: CIA files: Uri Geller has real powers.

According to the papers, scientists from Stanford University tested Israeli mentalist Uri Geller in 1973. Geller was already famous all over the world by this point.

The scientists said of Geller that he had “proven his supernatural perception unequivocally.”

 

The modern version of spoon bending is global warming and climate change. From bending spoons, Geller was able to make quite a good living. From climate change, many many people are making a very good living. Do you really want to waste your money giving it to people who are in on this worldwide pseudo-scientific scam?

The children’s crusade

I endured Q&A only because Alan Jones was on, but they left him almost entirely out of it until the last moment when they turned to climate change. So he told the story of how he had asked Tanya Plibersek the proportion of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and she had not known. How could she even begin to pontificate on such an issue without such a basic fact, he asked, at which moment he turned to Ms Workman, journalist at The Oz, and asked her the same question. AND SHE DID NOT KNOW!!!!

Great television. So here’s a prediction for the next election: global warming climate change will not be an issue. It has already crested and is now in retreat. It is heading into global moron territory.

The video, by the way, is from 2014.

MORNING UPDATE: Just wandered into the kitchen and who should they be replaying on Channel 10 but Alan Jones and the snippet on climate change from last night. And there was Kerry-Anne defending Alan Jones and saying how mad it is to ruin our economy over such an unproven bit of nonsense.

You can watch Alan Jones for yourself. The entire segment takes six minutes but Alan comes in around four minutes in.

Here is the news report where the twitter feed is taken from with this as the sub-heading: There’s always a cringeworthy moment on Q&A and it came in the form of Alan Jones trying to take on this topic. Here is how the report describes what happened.

The 2GB host then went on about how much carbon dioxide is in the atmosphere and reeled off so many numbers in a row, no one could keep up.

“It’s 0.04 per cent, and of that 0.04 of a per cent, human beings around the world create 3 per cent. And of that 3 per cent Australia creates 1.3 per cent. So for the 1.3 per cent of 3 per of 0.04 per cent we then decide to have a national economic suicide note.”

Everyone was waiting for him to get out a bag of rice (you can relive that moment in the video above), but thankfully Tony Jones stepped in after pleas from the panel to make Alan stop.

They only tried to make him stop him because they had no answers to what he said.

“The worst thing to come from Trump’s presidency”

If this, as described by CNN, might be the worst thing to come from Trump’s presidency just think how good all the rest of what he has done must be.

When all the fireworks are over in Donald Trump’s presidency, historians may look back and conclude that even more important than the Mueller Report and the American retreat from global leadership was Washington’s disregard of this history and its consequential neglect of the threat to our planet.

There is no denying it, these people are morons of the lowest order.

Dim bulbs

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Tony Abbott

 

 

 

 

 

They really do want to turn out our lights. First Ms Steggles, via Andrew Bolt: TONY ABBOTT IN WAR FOR THE SEAT THAT MOST DECIDES OUR FUTURE.

No wonder Tony Abbott feels hunted. The former prime minister is under savage attack because he holds the most important seat in this election.

So much will change if Abbott loses Warringah on Saturday to global-warming extremist Zali Steggall, the former skiing champion.

Global warming will become our dominant religion, the power of militant activists will soar, Liberal conservatives will be cowed and, given the swing needed, the Liberals will have lost the election.

The country will change. The Liberals will change.

And then there’s this from another within the green-side up brigade: Alex Turnbull teams up with GetUp as the voice of robocalls in key Victorian seats.

Malcolm Turnbull’s son Alex Turnbull has teamed up with left wing activist group GetUp to record robocall messages urging voters in key Victorian seats not to vote Liberal in Saturday’s federal election.

In Liberal backbencher Kevin Andrews’s eastern Melbourne seat of Menzies, voters will be played a radio clip of Alex Turnbull saying the Coalition is in chaos and doesn’t deserve anyone’s vote.

In Health Minister Greg Hunt’s Mornington Peninsula seat of Flinders, a recorded message will be sent to 17,000 voters, featuring Alex Turnbull saying, “we need more people who want action on climate change.”

The apple never falls far from the tree, worms and all.

In Trump’s America: Mr 53%

Following the Mueller saga has been quite a diversion from politics as it normally is, but this had occurred to me as well: Rod Rosenstein may have appointed Mueller to save Trump from Obama’s FBI and DOJ.

At this point I do think it’s very possible that Rosenstein recognized the democrat-led conspiracy and had enough.  He realized that there was no chance Trump was going to receive fair treatment because of the wide spread corruption. He then appointed Robert Mueller- to take the Russian accusations out of the hands of the FBI and the corrupt Obama Intelligence Community. The last honest man at the top of the IC was Admiral Mike Rogers. Rosenstein released the letter describing the Mueller appointment, but in August Mueller gave Mueller an additional directive allegedly to specifically investigate Paul Manafort.

Mueller then packed his team with the most virulent and rabid anti-Trump people possible. This turned out to be fortuitous. The worst possible jury found no evidence of collusion or conspiracy, a conclusion from which democrats have yet to recover.

And the President does like to to accumulate enemies of the finest kind: Trump Climate Panel Could Expose Huge Fraud, Hence the Hysteria. Would Trump approve the Adani mine? What a question!

The collective freak out over President Donald Trump’s proposed Presidential Committee on Climate Science (PCCS) highlights the fact that the hysteria surrounding the man-made global-warming hypothesis is unscientific — and that it must be re-examined by competent, credible experts. According to scientists and experts, if the science on “climate change” were truly settled, Democrats, tax-funded climate alarmists, and the establishment media would all be celebrating another committee to confirm that “conclusion.” Instead, the unhinged shrieking over Trump’s plan to investigate the matter strongly suggests something very fishy is going on, critics argued. Indeed, there is a good chance that even more fraud could be revealed.

He also accumulates some of the best people as friends as well. WATCH: Candace Owens DESTROYS Democrat in congressional hearing after getting unfairly smeared. You may want to go back and read the story to see just why she was so angry.

Turning the lights off in America and everywhere else

This is a matching political post to the more technical Getting the lights back on in Venezuela. It’s hard to work out the motivations that lie behind the green agenda, whether pure ignorance, malice, envy, stupidity, greed, short-sightedness, or whatever. All are included. The only element left out because none of it is present is enlightened self-interest, of which there can be none at all. And parties of the left are all of a piece. You want the green nude eel in Australia, we have two parties – at a minimum – whose aim is to provide exactly that.

More here on the same thing from Powerline: DEMOCRATS PUNT ON THE GREEN NEW DEAL. The conclusion:

Climate change alarmism is a joke. It exists only for purposes of domestic politics, and as an excuse to feather the nests of “green” entrepreneurs who support the Democratic Party.

Comes with this as one of the comments.

An “end to global warming” has never been the point. The point of all of this is that “saving the planet” is a fantastic rationale for injecting social warrior justice politics into virtually every aspect of both society and private life. It is a doorway to POWER and this lust for power is the only reason for this zeal to “fight climate change.” As others have more eloquently said, if you accept the premise that that human actions damage the planet (cause global warming) then it stands to reason all human actions must be controlled. And, if you are a social justice warrior, you are willing to countenance the lie to achieve power because you are so good, your motives are so pure and are just so much morally and spiritually superior to “Them” that the lie is justified. It represents a view of the universe where “the natural elect” should have the right to do whatever they want.

Clueless lambs in a world of wolves

Let me begin with one of my favourite quotes from JS Mill. Only useful if the aim is to discover the truth to the extent that truth can ever be known. It is not for those whose aim is to grab hold of some emotionally satisfying intellectual crutch and then hang on for dear life. This is what should be taught to all students (and their teachers).

“He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them. But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion… Nor is it enough that he should hear the opinions of adversaries from his own teachers, presented as they state them, and accompanied by what they offer as refutations. He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them…he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

It actually both astonishes and terrifies me as well that not one of my friends from School and University has changed their minds on any major political issue since those times. This even includes as close a friend as I ever had who ended up a Vice President of Canada Life Insurance, but has remained a committed Marxist through it all right into the present. So when I see how warped our present batch of students are, it really does make me fear for their future. Clueless lambs they are in a world of wolves.

Craig Kelly goes into the climate lion’s den to deal with the miseducated who will never examine the other side just in case they might find out how wrong they are: CLIMATE STRIKE DEBATE: TEEN ACTIVISTS VS. POLITICIANS.

You can watch Craig’s conversation at the link. And below is a copy of his facebook page discussing these same issues. I apologise for the small print.

 

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