On Pell, Pope Benedict, HIV and Condoms

I wrote about the effect of condom use on HIV infection rates in general terms about three weeks ago, but Andrew Bolt’s post this afternoon titled Pell’s Killer Argument has prompted me to add some more detail. I noted last time that the only people whose behaviour is likely to be influenced by Catholic theology …

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US Environmental Authority – CO2 A Dangerous Pollutant

It’s a health risk, and endangers public welfare. Where did they read that – Dolly Magazine? Carbon dioxide is not poisonous, and it is not a pollutant. It is as necessary to plant life as oxygen is for us, and vital for all life on the planet. Contrary to some advertising claims, the trees will …

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Really Inconvenient Truths (For Liberals)

Just ordered this book from Amazon: The Really Inconvenient Truths: Seven Environmental Catastrophes Liberals Don’t Want You to Know About–Because They Helped Cause Them Like most people, I want to live in a world where we are responsible in our care for creation, and treat the resources of the world as gifts to be nurtured, shared and …

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Free Speech, Climate Change, Fiji and Holocaust Denial

Historian and former teacher Frederick Toben has been found guilty of contempt of court because he continued to publish material claiming the Holocaust never happened, and that some people (notably some Jews) were making money out of keeping the story going. Holocaust denial is stupid, and probably motivated by racism. But fining people or putting them …

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No, It’s Not The Hand Of God

But it is pretty amazing nonetheless. This image of a spectacular dust cloud with a pulsar at its centre, was captured by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, which orbits 580 kilometres above the Earth.

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Fir Tree Growing In Lung?

I doubt it. That was my first reaction anyway. Much like this amusing summary from The Guardian, which asks why the tree looks green and healthy if it had never seen the sunlight. Good question. Then I saw this video on the BBC website. It’s pretty gruesome in places. And sorry about the ads. The …

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Prostate Cancer Vaccine ‘Promising’

Increasing survival rates by over 20% after three years in men with advanced prostate cancer which is no longer responding to hormonal treatments is a good result. Not dramatic or miraculous, but good. Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in Australian men. As many men die from prostate cancer as women from …

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Climate Science is Wrong. Yes, We Know – But This Is On The ABC!

Bob Carter has been challenging the popular media/political view of climate science for years. So have I. Bob Carter even linked to my introduction to Global Warming Theory on his website. Thanks Bob. But no one at the ABC has been taking any notice. Now they are. Professor Carter’s evidence to the senate enquiry is ‘balanced’ in the ABC report …

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Home Births an Unreasonable Risk for Most

This report from a minor Australian paper is headlined ‘Home Births Still Safe, Says Expert.’ It quotes Professor Michael Chapman, who is director of women’s and babies’ health at the St George and Sutherland hospitals. But that is not exactly what he said. What he said was that St George Hospital had run a successful …

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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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Global Warming – a Brief Inroduction

I have just uploaded a brief introductory essay called Profits of Doom – An Introduction to Global Warming. Left click the link to open the PDF file in a new tab, or right click to save. There are quite a few graphs and photos. The file is about 1MB. This was written just over a year …

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Heat Wave but no Global Warming?

Interesting… Several stories on major Australian media sites about extra deaths possibly caused by the Victorian heatwave in January. But so far, not a single mention of CO2 or global warming. Quite rightly, of course, because individual weather events, even unusual weather events and their consequences, should not be blamed on global patterns without some evidence that …

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The Shroud of Turin and the Knights Templar

Whatever one thinks about its authenticity, the Shroud is a fascinating object. Carbon dating tests conducted in 1988 indicated the Shroud could not be dated any earlier than 1260. That figure was immediately disputed (and not just by Shroud believers) because it was claimed that the very small parts of the Shroud removed for dating had been taken …

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Wilkins Ice Shelf Collapsing (Again)

The media has been blabbing on about how the Wilkins Ice Shelf is in imminent danger of disintegration because of global warming for years. Now, yet again, scientists are alarmed at the extent of rapid changes. Poor dears. They must spend their lives in a constant state of stress. Of course, the Wilkins Ice Shelf …

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Climate Sceptics Invited to UN Conference

Alas, not so. The fact that Jennifer filed this under ‘Humour’ and posted it on April 1st should have been a giveaway. The references to Irving Janis are entirely accurate, and that, along with references to real people such as Vaclav Klaus and William Kininmonth give the blog post a high degree of verisimilitude. I …

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