Thursday, October 27, 2011

Cardinal spots the green sins against reason

Cardinal George Pell can recognise a religious movement when he sees one:

The complacent appeal to scientific consensus is simply one more appeal to authority, quite inappropriate in science or philosophy...Claims of atmospheric warming often appear to conflict and depend upon the period of time under consideration. 
- The earth has cooled during the past 10,000 years since the Holocene climate optimum. 
- The earth has cooled since 1000 years ago, not yet achieving the temperatures of the Medieval Warm Period. 
- The earth has warmed since 400 years ago after the Little Ice Age three centuries ago. 
- The earth warmed between 1979 and 1998 and has cooled slightly since 2001.

The following facts are additional reasons for scepticism. 
- In many places, most of the 11,700 years since the end of the last ice age were warmer than the present by up to 2C. 
- Between 1695 and 1730, the temperature in England rose by 2.2C. That rapid warming, unparalleled since, occurred long before the Industrial Revolution. 
- From 1976 to 2001, “the global warming rate was 0.16C per decade”, as it was from 1860 to 1880 and again from 1910 to 1940
My suspicions have been deepened through the years by the climate movement’s totalitarian approach to opposing views. Those secure in their explanations do not need to be abusive
The term “climate change denier”, however expedient as an insult or propaganda weapon, with its deliberate overtones of comparison with Holocaust denial, is not a useful description of any significant participant in the discussion


Monday, October 24, 2011

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The thought of anonymity makes Andrew (57) nervous. "As an intern you can easily ask for help, but as a journalist, I feel I should be constantly dog whistling to attract attention" 
Mastering life on the Right is just one more of life’s hurdles for Andrew. His story is incredible. 
Andrew was born in Singleton and grew up in a housing commission place in Stockton. His white mother struggled with five children and life was difficult at best. When he was 15, Andrew left home and put himself through the rest of high school, the only child in his family to do so. He didn’t get a great finishing mark - struggling to get his facts right at exam time - but when a friend suggested he pretend to be a white middle class male he agreed and was encouraged to start blogging. When people actually read his inflammatory copy, Andrew says “I nearly fell out of bed.” 
Andrew was admitted to journalism after pretending to be part of the old boys program. He went to Southbank from 8am until 9am and then worked on radio until 9.30 am to make ends meet. In his first year he became engaged and had to cope with learning opera as well.
Andrew is now deciding between climate change denialism or racial profiling as his specialty.

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