Wednesday, September 09, 2015

More on the latest scare from NASA

Scientists from Australia's CSIRO have backed it. As a result, Geologist Geoff Derrick emailed  Dr Rintoul, a so-called scientist from CSIRO -- as below:

To Dr Steve Rintoul:

Dear Steve

The CSIRO was once a respected science organisation.

By putting your name to these rancid projections from NASA on Antarctic and Greenland ice and sea levels (as attached) , you have as much scientific credibility as Obama, which is close to zero.

I hope Steyn's book is now in your library.  What is contained therein should be motivation enough to examine the integrity of the alarmist world you frequent, which clearly dances to the tune of pseudoscience and unwarranted projections and scaremongering.

I wish it were otherwise. If you disagree with the NASA rubbish, then you should say so.

Does not the following statement from the NASA item concern you as a supposed scientist?  Is it ignorance, bad expression, or a healthy combination of both??

"The (OMG) project will examine the role of ocean currents and ocean temperatures in melting Greenland's ice from below. . "

The last time I looked, the ice sheet of Greenland is largely contained in a massive crustal depression, with NO contact with any ocean along it's substrate.  In the case of your Antarctic scaremongering , you should also check out the high crustal heat flow  adjacent to the West Antarctic peninsula - that has more effect than any amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere.

NASA and the CSIRO obviously accept as gospel what is written in this article, such as breathless commentary that the Antarctica is "losing 118 gigatons of ice per annum over the past decade".  This equates to about 130 km3 pa, so given that there are 26 million km3 of ice around Antarctica, we could expect it to be ice free in about 200,000 years.  Be still my beating heart.

Via email

"Indigenous" model, 18, set to hit Milan catwalks (?)

The lady looks and sounds fine but she is NOT indigenous.  She has enough black ancestry to give her a permanent light suntan but is obviously no black

When Darwin born Elina Moscheni, 18, pestered her mother for a modelling course at just 14 she had no idea she would be hitting the international catwalk in just four short years.

The Indigenous model was signed with an agency as a young girl and after much success in the industry, including walking for the Chanel 2015 show, she has jetted to Milan in the hopes of working at Fashion Week - her first ever trip overseas.

'I was completely speechless when I found out, it's not secret that Milan is one of the fashion capitals of the world,' the Moil local told Daily Mail Australia.  'To find out that I got signed to Fashion Models Milan was a very proud moment for me.'

At such a young age, the half Indigenous, half Italian beauty says to be able to travel for her career is her biggest achievement to date.

'This industry can be really hard sometimes but if you work hard and focus on your dream, anything is possible,' Moscheni said.

'It's not something that lands in your lap, you have to work really hard and have your goals because without them you have no drive - which you need to get where you want.'

'You have to really work hard': Moscheni says it's important to have goals to achieve dreams

With her biggest idols including Miranda Kerr and Adriana Lima, it's no surprise that Moscheni has her sights set on Victoria's Secret.

'I have had the same goal since I was a little girl and that is to walk for Victoria's Secret - I love everything about their shows so I am working towards this,' Moscheni said.

'It might take some time, but I hope that I'll get there eventually.'

Moscheni also names Givenchy, Armani, Prada and Gucci as other big names she would love to work with in the future.  

Growing up in humid Darwin weather, Moscheni's unique beauty routine differs to that of models from other areas.

'I don't use anything on my skin, I grew up in very humid weather so I never used a face wash or moisturiser,' Moscheni said.

Although she uses it now, she tries to leave her skin as natural as possible and washes her face with just warm water every morning.

Moscheni hopes to inspire other Indigenous and other aspiring models to follow their dreams.  'I hope that any girl or boy will follow their dream as I have done and am still doing,' Moscheni said.  'My advice is to work hard, be professional, be healthy and take feedback constructively.' 


The Anzacs were monarchists

SO HERE’S how to be a hypocrite in modern Australia.

First, jump up and down and blather on about the need to change our constitution to recognise the critical role indigenous Australians played in our collective past.

Then, jump up and down (preferably with a red bandanna on your head or a fat cigar in your mouth) and blather on about the need to change our constitution to remove recognition of the critical role imperial Brits played in our collective past.

Oh, and while you’re at it, make a big fuss (it’s the centenary after all) of how much you admire the Anzacs and wish to honour their “spirit”.

Timing is everything, and the renewed push for a republic couldn’t have been timed with more exquisite perfection to highlight just how two-faced and idiotic the entire enterprise is.

Start with indigenous recognition. What is being asked of everyday Australians is that we vote “yes” in a referendum in order to amend our constitution (ie our legal framework) to reflect, somehow, the idea that there wouldn’t be a modern Australia were it not for the fact that indigenous Australians were the first people to inhabit the continent.

The gesture will be a symbolic nod to the past, and no doubt that symbolism will be further enhanced with endless smoking ceremonies, “welcome to country” prayers and the like.

Also, if Noel Pearson has his way, there will be some kind of indigenous “committee of elders” that Parliament can call on to offer opinions on legislation that pertains specifically to indigenous Australians.

Next comes the republic. What is being asked of everyday Australians is that we vote “yes” in a different referendum to also amend that same constitution – our legal framework, remember – in order to remove, formally and irrevocably, the key symbolic connection to those who actually framed it.

This despite the fact there wouldn’t be a modern Australia if it weren’t for the Brits investing untold wealth and human toil in this land as part of their empire, thereby giving modern Australia the very laws, justice system and democratic structures that make it one of the most successful, prosperous and enviable nations on Earth.

The Aussie monarchy today is unique – a ceremonial nod to the past that is every bit as symbolic as a smoking ceremony. Similarly, the role of our monarch is little different, and certainly far less politically powerful, than the sounding board proposed by Mr Pearson and his white-bearded elders.

So, on the one hand we change our constitution to emphasise an important part of our history that we overlooked at the time, while simultaneously amending our constitution to erase from memory one of the most fundamental parts of that history.

Not sure about you, but I find that not only a double standard of breathtaking proportion, but worse, unbelievably creepy in its Orwellian manipulation of the past.

But the bad timing doesn’t stop there. We are currently – rightly – celebrating the centenary of the Anzac defeat at Gallipoli. For so many reasons that are too complex to go into here, the sad Anzac tale has become the defining Aussie legend; it’s the “spirit” of the Anzacs that we now hold to be as essential to who we are as the Americans do their War of Independence and the French do Bastille.

More young Australians travel to Gallipoli every year than ever before, and the governments spend hundreds of millions on war memorials and commemorations.

Yet the single most enduring memorial to the Anzacs is to remember why, and for whom, they went to war in the first place: for king and country. Like it or not, the “spirit” of the Anzacs is, was, and always will be their unflinching loyalty to the crown.

It was belief in the idea and values of the British Empire that led young kids to run away from their farms and young men to abandon their wives and head off to fight and die in bloody battle.

Obviously, many returned from the horrors of both world wars disillusioned with those same values – many came home as communists, socialists, pacifists, republicans and so on – but by far the majority who survived retained their loyalty to their country, including its monarch, and believed the ideal had been worth the sacrifice.

It is a grotesque dishonesty to pretend that the “spirit” of the Anzacs was anything other than monarchist at heart. Today, the monarch plays a purely symbolic role in our modern lives, yet is an important ceremonial link to what made us who we are.

To replace that system with something imperfect or ill-defined is no different to papering over an old oil painting for the sake of it.

Or tipping a bucket of cold water over a smoking ceremony.


Australia Raises Wheat Crop Outlook as Rain Defies Climate Prediction

And the world is awash with grains -- despite constant Warmist predictions of food shortages

Australia increased its wheat production estimate after El Nino-defying rain in winter boosted the outlook for yields in key growing regions.

Output may total 25.3 million metric tons in 2015-16 from 23.6 million tons forecast in June, the Australian Bureau of Agricultural & Resource Economics & Sciences said in a report. The crop was 23.7 million tons a year earlier. Farmers in the world’s fifth-biggest exporter begin harvesting about October.

Wheat in Chicago traded near a five-year low this month and is heading for a third straight annual loss as back-to-back bumper global harvests boosts supply. World inventories of grain, including wheat, are swelling to the highest in three decades, the International Grains Council predicted last month. While the El Nino is a risk, conditions tend to be mostly favorable across key Australian crop areas, according to Rabobank International.

“New South Wales had very good seasonal conditions over winter and in other states, South Australia and Western Australia in particular, there was late winter rain that came just at the right time,” Peter Collins, manager for agricultural commodities at Canberra-based Abares, said by phone. “In spring, that’s when it’s a critical period for yields.”

Wheat for December delivery climbed as much as 1.9 percent to $4.7675 a bushel on the Chicago Board of Trade and was at $4.75 by 12:41 p.m. in Sydney. Futures touched $4.63 this month after dropping to $4.6075 on May 5, the lowest since 2010, and have slumped 20 percent this year.

Farmers in New South Wales, the second-biggest wheat grower, may harvest 7.2 million tons from 6.2 million tons forecast in June, Abares said. Western Australia’s harvest, the country’s biggest, may total 9.5 million tons from 9.3 million tons estimated in June, according to Abares. Parts of the state’s central wheat-belt registered the wettest July day on record at the end of the month,  according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

The El Nino in the Pacific Ocean is now the strongest since the record 1997-98 event, Australia’s weather bureau said Sept. 1. Most climate models indicate the Pacific will continue to warm, it said. While the El Nino is often associated with a drier winter and spring in eastern Australia, its strength doesn’t always determine its impact, according to the bureau.

World wheat production is set to climb to a record 726.5 million tons in 2015-16, boosting inventories to the highest ever, the U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts. The agency forecasts Australia’s wheat crop at 26 million tons.

Canola production in the world’s second-biggest exporter will probably be 3.1 million tons from 2.96 million tons predicted in June. Barley output may total 8.6 million tons from 8.2 million tons estimated in June, the bureau said.

Australia’s cotton production may reach 470,000 tons in 2015-16 from 450,000 tons a year earlier, Abares estimated. The bureau forecast output at 520,000 tons in June.


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