Just OT for a moment but I had forgotten Bolt won an Ernie! http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/cele...018-1ltr1.html
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He didn't have to 'call it out'. Everyone was complaining as it worse the worse thing every in political history. He did not endorse it. He did, however, highlight that it is not unusual for there to be distaste against a PM and constantly provided examples of vilification of Howard. Just as he is now highlighting the vilification of Abbott. Those that DID complain about the treatment of Gillard are now awfully silent about the treatment of Abbott. They are the true hypocrites.
Barrie Cassidy raises the two immediately pertinent questions about Sinodinos in this piece.
First: "Why was it OK for Sinodinos to stay in his job on Tuesday and yet by Wednesday it was "in the best and most honourable Westminster tradition" that he stand aside? What changed?"
Second: "Not only does Sinodinos insist he knew nothing of the Obeid connection with the company, he also denies any knowledge of the donations. At one stage, Sinodinos was chairman of the company making the donations and treasurer of the party receiving them."
The Liberal and National Parties select fewer women candidates, return fewer women to Parliament, appoint fewer women to Cabinet, and hold the record for never selecting a woman to lead the executive when in office, at state or federal level.
Meanwhile, that well-known bunch of Western, liberal, tree-hugging hippies, the Chinese Communist Party, is taking climate change rather more seriously than the Abbott government.
Climate change fueled storm waves and rising sea levels cost China 16.3 billion yuan ($2.6 bln) and killed 121 people in 2013, the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) said.
China is the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases which scientists say is driving climate change.
Southern Guangdong province was hit hardest, recording 7.4 billion yuan worth of damage, the SOA said in a new report. Storm waves caused 94 percent of the destruction, it said.
Climate change-linked rising, warmer seas cause more frequent storms and typhoons, flood coastal areas, contribute to coastal erosion and salinate farmland, said SOA.
Average sea-levels in China have risen 2.9 millimeters on average every year since 1980, faster than global sea-level rises, said SOA.
"Sea temperature, air temperature, air pressure and monsoons are the main causes of the irregular sea-level changes," it said.
Temperatures in coastal zones in China have increased by 0.34 degrees Celsius per decade since 1980 and sea surface temperatures by 0.18 degrees, it said.
China plans to put in place a number of policies to protect itself from rising seas, which threaten megacities such as Guangzhou, Shanghai and Tianjin.
The government will solidify embankments in vulnerable areas, build submerged breakwater constructions and convert some coastal farmland.
China also aims to cut its greenhouse gas emissions per unit of GDP to 40-45 percent below 2005 levels by 2020.
Copyright Reuters 2014.
http://quadrant.org.au/opinion/tony-...imate-science/The 50,000-strong American body of physicists, the American Physical Society (APS), seems to be turning significantly sceptical on climate alarmism. The same APS put out a formal statement in 2007 adding its voice to the alarmist hue and cry. That statement caused resignations of some of its top physicists (including 1973 Nobel Prize winner Ivar Giaever and Hal Lewis, Emeritus Professor of Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara). The APS was forced by 2010 to add some humiliating clarifications but retained the original statement that the evidence for global warming was ‘incontrovertible’.
By its statutes, the APS must review such policy statements each half-decade and that scheduled review is now under way, overseen by the APS President Malcolm Beasley.
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