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To Frack or not

Hot from the  success of ruining the live cattle export business in North Australia, 4Corners is continuing to govern the country by targeting Coal Seam Gas. With only six months left for their shrill bleatings to have any chance of success while there is a  dysfunctional government in power,  the pressure is on.

Billions to be made by business and the government and some want it stopped based on emotional, ideological and anecdotal campaigns run by SBS, the ABC and the Greens movement.

Greenie whistleblower, Simone Marsh,  a left over from the Bligh debacle, calls on Environment Minister Burke to reneg on previously approved projects claiming the approval process was rushed.   Surprisingly, the approvals were given during Blighs reign but I feel they are now being pushed by LNP.  I hope so, anyway.

Drew Sutton from Lock the Gate is also quoted.  The aim of these activists  is to close down the coal and gas industries  which seems to me to be a contradiction in ideals.  We need power generation and it can be fueled by coal or natural gas.  Gas is a lot cleaner than coal and will reduce greenhouse gases so you’d expect the Greenies to be all over it.

Not so!

If you get your opinions from the SBS and the ABC then you need to broaden your knowledge base.  This article from a Colorado College touches on the pros and cons of fracking. A sample quote;

The U.S. is at a 20-year low in greenhouse gas emissions. This reduction did not occur due to cap and trade legislation, which we’ve been unable to pass due both to a lagging economy and stalemate in Congress.  Instead, the two-decade low in emissions is due to the implementation of policies limiting the use of coal in electrical generation, and the abundance of low cost natural gas that has encouraged the phasing out of coal-fired power plants. The immediate 50 percent reduction in carbon output from transitioning coal plants to natural gas is a variable in the fracking equation that must not go overlooked.

American University Radio has transcripts of programs headed ” Debating the Pros and Cons of Fracking” It is a short read but what it does do is point out that a lot of opposition to fracking is anecdotal.

“Most evidence brought for this anecdotal in nature, one person complains there’s an issue,” says Cobbs. “Studies have not born that out, and in fact the opposite’s been shown that it can be done safely. In Arkansas, the United States Geological Survey conducted a survey of 127 private or domestic [water] wells in an area that has been highly developed. Over 4,000 production [natural gas] wells have been put in this area over the last 6 to 8 years, and no damage done to the water in those areas.”

I refer to the US because they have been doing it for years and state economies have flourished, greenhouse gas production has fallen, thousands of people are being employed and businesses, and  governments, via taxation,are making money.

To most rational people thats a win-win.  To  Greenies it’s sacrilige.

Newman should just ignore them and get on with getting the state up and running again after decades of this type of greentape bullshit. Environment Minister Burke should just stay in his office and contemplate life after 14 September and not step out and destroy another industry as his government has tended to previously, as they govern via Twitter and 4Corners.

Sailors to be compensated

Remember the Sailors aboard HMAS Success who where relieved of duty and flown home from Singapore for alleged sexual misconduct?

If not, read this before you go on.

More over the fold

Channel 7’s Riley insensitive

Tony Abbott has a private conversation with senior Army Officers in Afghanistan and a low life reporter from Ch 7 trolls through tapes of the conversation hoping to find something to make Abbott look bad.

Aha! See here…he says “..shit happens” during a conversation about casualties. Maybe if we edit the tape so the public can’t see the Army Officers agreeing with Abbott then people may think he is talking about a specific death and then we can accuse him of being insensitive.

Well, that worked a treat, didn’t it?. Tabloid TV thrives on comments taken out of text so they start leading news items like Abbott accused of being insensitive and setting up polls on websites that asks Do you think Abbott was insensitive?

Well, no. I don’t think Abbott is insensitive but I do I think Riley is. He selectively edits a tape of a private conversation taking two words out of context, links it to the death of a digger and then tries to suggest Abbott is insensitive.

Riley, or Ch 7, then make it worse by seeking the opinions of parents of deceased diggers by asking if they think Abbott saying the words Shit Happens is insensitive. No context and a suggestion that Abbott is talking about the death of their son brings about the predictable result.

The fact that Abbott isn’t talking about their son is not mentioned.

Have they no ethics at all?

It quickly became obvious that Abbott wasn’t being insensitive, so to try and maintain pressure on him the media changed the line of attack to ‘What he said was OK but now the story is all about Abbott’s reaction to Riley ambushing him”

Look at him…stunned mullett…a man who can’t think of a reasonable answer to Riley’s below-the-belt attack can’t possibly be considered for PM.

When I watched to interview I was speechless with rage at Riley’s unethical, immoral and biased behavior and I can only imagine Abbott, being the actual target, felt it more so. You can almost see him thinking – what on earth is this scruff on about?

Abbott should have just turned and walked away. He didn’t and his reaction, or lack of it, gives the loony left something to salivate over for another day or so. However, I do think you’ll find that the general populace will see Abbott as a victim of poor journalism and Riley as a biased, unethical scruff.

At least, that’s how I see it.

Drawing a very long bow

As a side issue of the incarceration of Australia Stern Hu by the Chinese government I’ve come across commentators who are somewhat confused.

This from Leigh Sales on Lateline

LEIGH SALES: Well Dr Southcott, isn’t it a bit rich for the Coalition to be so exercised about this matter when the Coalition left David Hicks at Guantanamo Bay for two years without charge and for five years without a completed trial?

Excuse me!

For the life of me I can’t imagine why Dr Southcott didn’t just mention the fact that Hicks was a terrorist and Hu is a businessman and there is no way known that anyone could draw a parallel between the two cases.

Except if you work for the ABC;

or write for The Australian for that matter.

Jack the insider raises the issue as well. He raises some reasonable points, as he usually does, but also opines that the Libs shouldn’t push Rudd to do something about Hu because they left Hicks languishing in a cell at Guantanamo for almost three years.

Hicks should still be in the pokey somewhere but I am not so sure about Hu but either way you’d have to draw a very long bow to connect the two in any shape manner or form.

Journalist looks stupid

A JOURNALIST fanatical, biased scribbler hurled two shoes at US President George W. Bush on his farewell visit to Iraq yesterday.

Clown! Like David Letterman who seemingly has dozens of clerks searching film archives for Bush’s most inarticulate moments, the journalist misses one of hs trades rules – criticize but don’t ridicule the man – it detracts from the appointment of President and says more about Letterman and unprofessional journalists than about Bush.

Still, the media will be all over it as if, some how or other, it makes Bush look bad.

Fairfax in trouble

It must be all giggles in The Australian headquarters as Fairfax journalists and staff eat their own entrails. Mike Carlton has just been sacked for not filing his column during a strike by the journalists and other media staff in Sydney and Melbourne.

While Fairfax plummets further into obscurity The Australian will surely pick up the slack in circulation and all the better for the country, I might add.

The story is replete with strikes, the mandatory strike breakers and a hero although Jaspan could only be a hero in a left-wing rag.

I wonder if any are thinking…maybe if we hadn’t drifted so far left in a centrist country…..

ABC on strike

Even Kerry O’Brien and Tony Jones have joined ABC staff on strike for more pay.

Management’s offer in July was for a 3.5 per cent annual wage increase, which unions have said does not keep up with inflation running at 4 per cent.

So the collective has demanded 16 % now plus two additional rises of five per cent.

26%….yep, that sure beats inflation.

ABC Staff are hinting at a long strike (months even) so maybe management might consider sacking a few extreme left wingers to force some balance into the ABCs reporting with new blood.

Just a thought.

P.P.McGuiness supports the strike.

But not many people will miss these programs anyway. If Lateline does not go to air on television, for example, who cares? Certainly not any of the politicians who are its usual targets. After all, Lateline plays the role of a radio program of an earlier era which went out at about the same time, as Humphrey McQueen described it, of providing intelligent conversation to a tiny audience by that time too drunk or too stoned to make their own.

So let the strikes roll on, with – one can only hope – a lockout not far down the line. And if the ABC’s new chief should surrender, does it matter? The Government doesn’t have to give them more tax dollars to pay for any wage increases. The only effect would be a further decline in quality of programs.

Filling in with BBC programming whilst on strike will only help to underline the ABC’s mediocrity as the Beebs is clearly more stylish in their pursuit of the dreams of the dark side. I note their campaign to undermine western efforts to combat terrorism has entered a new phase as they tell the world the Israelis are training the Kurds.

This mornings mail brings this report from Opinion Journal who put the report in perspective.

“The BBC has obtained evidence that Israelis have been giving military training to Kurds in northern Iraq,” according to an online piece by Magdi Abdelhadi, the Beeb’s “Arab affairs analyst”:

A report on the BBC TV programme Newsnight showed Israeli experts in northern Iraq, drilling Kurdish militias in shooting techniques. . . .

The revelation is set to cause enormous problems for the Kurds, not only in Iraq but also in the wider region.

Israel is seen as an enemy of Arabs and Muslims, both inside Iraq and elsewhere in Arab and Muslim countries.

Kurdish politicians will most likely come under pressure to explain what their semi-autonomous government has been up to. . . .

The news will most probably increase tension between the Kurds and Iraq’s Arab population, both Sunnis and Shias, reinforcing fears that the Kurds are pursuing a secessionist agenda.

This would be a serious blow to efforts for national reconciliation at a time when hundreds of Iraqis are killed every month in inter-communal violence.

Iraq’s neighbours, too, will be outraged.

Iran and Syria, which have long accused the Kurds of allowing the Israelis to operate on Iraqi territory, will most likely demand an explanation from the government in Baghdad. . . .

The BBC report will be like the smoking gun the Arab media has spent years looking for.

The New York Sun’s Daniel Freedman, noting that “BBC reports need often to be taken with a block of salt,” says that even if true, he doesn’t “see what the big deal is. The Kurds have been victimized and betrayed by almost everyone. We’d be happy that Israel is teaching them how to protect themselves.”

Here’s the big deal: The BBC is announcing that its reporting “is set to cause serious problems for the Kurds,” will deal “a serious blow to efforts for national reconciliation” in Iraq, and “will be like the smoking gun the Arab media has spent years looking for.”

It certainly sounds to us as though the BBC, far from merely reporting the facts, is pandering to Arab anti-Semitism and making an active effort to promote discord in Iraq and retribution against the long-persecuted Kurds. Such despicable behavior doesn’t deserve the label “journalism.”
As reader and blogger Cav says, Journalists are the new used car salespersons……

From the left corner only

Tram Town always make an interesting read so last week when he linked to an article by Jennifer Marohasy and her post titled Déjà Vu on the ABC: Roger Underwood I duly went off and read it…most illuminating.

Just over a month ago, a Four Corners program on forestry in Tasmania was found by the The Australian Communications and Media Authority to be bias and inaccurate. This prompted Roger Underwood* to remember back 16 years when Four Corners, a program which claims to represent investigative TV journalism at its best, did a job on forestry in Western Australia:

Roger goes on to explain why he never watches Four Corners since his exposure to the bias of the ABC .

Go read…it’s worth it.

The magic missile II

The status of the missile is now clearly defined as having the software and mechanics to deploy a cross-tip screwdriver mid-flight to remove the top central air vent before entering the vehicle for final demolition.Some punters writing to the Australian editor clearly have not grasped where the media world is heading with one Luddite questioning Downer believing blogs before the Red Cross in Lebanon.

WHEN it comes to holes in ambulance roofs, Alexander Downer would rather believe a US-based blogger rather than the Red Cross in Lebanon. This is just more of the same from a person who took us into the Iraq fiasco for non-existent WMDs and can’t remember anything about Australian companies bribing Saddam Hussein.
Iain Lygo
Anglesea, Vic

Quite smart of Downers’s advisors really but then obvioulsy all of Iain’s rationale is founded on the basic premise that everything Howard/ Downer does is wrong anyway. Try to broaden your reading Iain – you might learn something.

Andrew from Tasmania has a similar viewpoint.  In fact both letters smack of the Editor having a anti Howard/Downer (insert today’s events) software package that just churns this shit out.

THAT websurfing is dangerous, addictive and extremely time-consuming is clearly proven when our Foreign Minister relies on a blogsite report to make a statement on the war in Lebanon, yet has no time to read emails, faxes and cables with dire warnings about AWB’s dealings with Saddam Hussein.
Andrew Wyminga
Bicheno, Tas

Anyone who reads the Zombie report in full and thinks it doesn’t raise questions is far too blinkered by ideology to accept the fact that people like Martin Chulov have agendas to put Israel in a bad light and the terrorists on a pedastal.

Common sense eventually prevails with Tony Parkinson, Downer’s media advisor, nailing the issue. 


The magic missile

Not surprisingly the left have attacked an article that raise questions about the ambulance supposedly hit by an Israeli missile during the most recent Middle East war.  When Downer quoted the article on Zombie it was just too much for them.

“What concerns me greatly is the evidence of dishonesty in the reporting out of Lebanon,” Downer said, adding later that “it is beyond serious dispute that this episode has all the makings of a hoax”.

The Australian carries a piece by Martin Chulov who has never met an anti-Israel that he didn’t like, who in retaliation merely recycles the original propaganda quoting locals as if they haven’t got an agenda.

I was in Tyre on the night of the attack and investigated the incident closely the next day. On July 24, with photographer Stewart Innes, we spoke to Qassem Shalin, who was recovering from a minor wound to his chin that nurses had bandaged to stop it from turning septic. We also visited Ahmed Mohammed Fawaz, whose lower left leg had been amputated and whose severe burns ironically had saved his life by sealing blood vessels and arteries. His son writhed in pain nearby, his stomach riddled with shrapnel and the rear of his scalp opened up.

OK, emotive but it doesn’t prove they received their injuries in the ambulance and visiting the alleged ambulance the next day doesn’t do much for his case either.

The original issue of the story showed the ambulance with a neat hole in the centre of the roof as proof of an Israeli missile strike and whereas the the vehicle could’ve taken a hit, it was much earlier than claimed and was, if anything, an airburst.  No missile entered that vehicle and exploded and after 25 years in the army I can confidentially state that’s a ballistic fact.

Chulov says he visited Qassem Shalin (Shaalan in a Times piece) who has been quoted as saying the missile punched a hole in the roof, as if that is proof positive of the event.  He  said so, ergo, it is true, is hardly proof positive.

We know that this type of propaganda is a terrorist tactic; they’ve done it before and will do it again and why not if the press accept it at face value.

It works.  The majority of the press believe it because they want to and the mug punters cop it as they get all their news from Channel Nine or similar and never question what a prima donna talking head says.

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