Two Posts on Climate Change from Watts Up With That?

First, despite the ceaseless bleating about ice melting and shelves collapsing and sea levels rising, Antarctic sea ice has been growing at a rate of about 5% per decade for the last thirty years, and set a new maximum last year. There is so much extra ice above historic averages that you could fit New South …

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Obama Bows to King Abdullah

While Queen Elizabeth gets a nod. This is all over the internet, I know. Perhaps because it seems to say something important. I wasn’t going to comment, but this YouTube video makes it clear just how different Barack Obama’s behaviour to each of the two monarchs was. Behaviour sends a message. You can’t act with such …

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$43 Billion and No Business Plan

Kevin Rudd admitted today that the Federal Government had no business plan to confirm the new broadband plan’s viability or cost effectiveness compared with other options. Malcolm Turnbull said: “This is the most reckless statement about a financial matter I’ve seen from an Australian government. This makes the Whitlam era look modest and unassuming.” What …

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Somali Pirates and Abu Sayyaf – Paying Bad Guys Doesn’t Work

Having made millions from ransoms in recent years, Somali pirate gangs are using increasingly sophisticated boats and radar equipments to spot, chase and capture other vessels. On average a ship is attacked every day. About one attack in seven in successful. That’s a ship seized every week. Payment of ransoms has changed a few ratbags in …

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Three Interesting Lists

The top 100 films (listed by genre) – a Guinness list. I have seen all of them except a couple of the silent films. Plenty of room for debate in this list. I might have put John Carpenter’s The Thing in horror instead of The Shining. Although I like Kubrick, that film always seemed to me …

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Courtney Love Ripped Off for Over $700 Million

That’s about $45 million in cash and $700 million in real estate. She didn’t notice the money was going until there wasn’t any left. This is the estate left by Curt Cobain to Courtney Love and their daughter Frances Bean Cobain. I am baffled for two reasons. First, how do you just ‘lose’ $700 million …

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