Monday, October 23, 2017

In which the pond offers up a Major Mitchell for dusk-loving owls ...


The latest reptile gambit has been to drag chairman Rudd out of the closet, or perhaps up from the political grave, and blame him for everything ...

The bouffant one was hard at it, and never no mind that the current mob has been in power in one form or another since the 18th September 2013 ...


Indeed, indeed, but as sure as hell, they had a hand in the onion muncher's farcical bunch of energy policies, down there with knighthoods for dukes ... with Josh finding it particularly hard to give up his love of onions ...

But as the subject has been raised yet again, there's just time to slip in the Major Mitchell, parroting the standard climate denialist reptile line ...


For a moment the pond thought it might have to lose the Major, what with Moorice and the Plimersplaining that went on this day in the lizard Oz. Why refer to a galah when you have two giants at the top of their climate denialist game?

The Major's splash tried to make him sound almost rational, but turn to the google splash for the piece, and we're back with the goats and the volcanoes and talk of carbon doomsayers ...


And then the pond knew a spot had to be found for the Major. You can't spout "doomsayer" like a volcano spouting hot larva and be ignored ...

You can take the climate science denialism out of the parrot, but the parrot will find it ever so hard to let the climate science denialism go ...



Now at the heart of all this is the mind of a parrot, or perhaps an Order of Lenin hunter of the first water.

The resemblances are unnerving ...as this blog has pointed out almost as many times as the reptiles have indulged in climate science denialism in the past 15 years.

There's no need for computer modelling, just a few photographic comparisons ...


But all of that first gobbet was just be way of a preamble.

The real climate science denialism got underway in the second gobbet in dot point form ... as if the Major fancied that he was in a Powerpoint session briefing the Donald ...


That's as fine a collation of spurious, irrelevant, misleading or dumbed down claims as might be called on to grace an onion muncher speech ....

The pond particularly likes that talk of the media being full of half truths about climate change, followed by an immediate half truth, that opening dot point ... that CO2 is the food of all plants ...

Now the pond could go on about definitions of food and what photosynthesis really means, but the "CO2 is food" routine, beloved of all climate science denialists, got a very nice and lengthy doing over at a Yale climate science site here, including this bit of comedy ...


Shit and piss? They call it journalism. The pond calls it Major Mitchell thinking ...

That comedy routine concluded this way ...



There's others who've talked about the CO2 as plant food routine, but the pond hasn't got the time or the patience...

You see, the Major Mitchell rambles through any other number of standard climate science denialist ploys, including coal, China and coal, uranium, and cold being a killer, all half-baked and half-arsed in the onion muncher way, and all with the notion at the back of it that the Major has an interest in good policy, when really he's down there with the onion muncher blathering on about cold, as if that's got something to do with anything ... 

Surely, cold kills, but there are subtleties and nuances to the numbers, and in any case, our desire to avoid the cold can produce soaring power bills - as the pond can testify - and a deep love of coal-fired power ...

It's the sort of dissembling distraction a Craig Kelly, an onion muncher or a Major Mitchell trots out as if it's some sort of gotcha argument ...

The problem with the Major is that he wants to pretend he likes it both ways. 

It'd be better for him if he could just admit that deep down, like the onion muncher, like the lizards of Oz, he really thinks that climate science is crap ... and that way he could go the full Moorice, instead of dissembling and sounding like a parrot or a bear with not very much brain ...

And here the pond must put an end to proceedings, because if it kept on there wouldn't be room for the latest Rowe, and unlike a Major Mitchell column, that would be a major loss, with more precious Rowe here ...



In which the pond has its usual soft Oreo snack ...


The pond has long wanted to smash up its Godwin's Law swear jar and note the heavily fascist streak in the Oreo ...

Sure the Oreo is perhaps the most favourite, most loved of all pond treats, but here's what happens when you move from a deeply patriotic snack to a meal of fudge ...

You move from this ...   ... to this ...  

Or you cop this ...



Now the pond doesn't have the foggiest clue what "soft" treason might be ...

Treason is inclined to be treason, at least in a legal sense ...

It's not like there's an out like manslaughter, though the degree and nature and affect and impact of the treason might influence the sentencing ...

Try to find a definition of "soft" treason online and you're referred to the Oreo ... or to this talk of "sweet treason", both hard and soft ...


Now the pond could dress it up with a bit of feminist jargon, all this talk of "soft" ...


Oh dear the pond just knew that Judeo-Christian would have to get into it somehow.

Wouldn't it just be simpler to say that the Oreo is hard barking mad, with soft fascist inclinations?


Around this point, the pond's mind began to wander, and it drifted off to another weird moment ...

A reporter on Friday questioned a claim by the White House chief of staff, John Kelly, a retired four-star marine general, that the Democratic congresswoman Frederica Wilson had taken credit for securing funding for an FBI building in Florida. Chip Reid, a CBS News correspondent, said during the daily press briefing: “He was wrong yesterday in talking about getting the money. The money was secured before she came into Congress.” Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, replied coldly: “If you want to go after Gen Kelly, that’s up to you. But I think that if you want to get into a debate with a four-star marine general, I think that that’s something highly inappropriate.” Reid’s follow-up question was ignored and the implication – from a democratically elected civilian government – that a military general was beyond criticism was troubling to many. Perry O’Brien, a former army medic who served in Afghanistan, said: “It’s just another example of the administration hiding behind the uniform of others. That’s why it’s so unfortunate to see someone like Gen Kelly enable that and jump on the grenade that Trump threw.” O’Brien, organising director of Common Defense, a group of veterans against Trump, added: “When you say, ‘How dare you criticise a general?’, how about [former Trump national security adviser] Gen Michael Flynn, who was the first to resign after we learned they were colluding with foreign powers? I don’t think most generals would say a star on your shoulder makes you immune from criticism.” (Graudian here).

Well yes, one of the joys of a democracy is that you can question and criticise the military, and what the military does in the name of the democracy ...

That's the entire point, that's what you can't do in communist and fascist regimes, and in quasi-totalitarian regimes of the Donald and the Vlad kind ... and what apparently you're not supposed to do in the Oreo's Australia ...

Some of the commentary and the criticism might be wrong and require correction ... and some of it might uncover a Flynn, deep in bed with Vlad and the Turks ...

You're supposed to be able to go the kneel, even if others think it might be misguided or ineffective.

The point is, exercising the right to free speech and free reporting isn't a form of treason, soft or pulsating tumescent hard, it's actually supposed to be a distinctive feature of the brand ...


But your hard, or soft fascist, of the Oreo kind, never get this, and routinely attempt to silence discussion or reporting by leading with the notion of treason ... conflating and confusing things that might require correction with a desire to ban the whole thing, because banning is a chief delight of the soft and hard fascist ...

You know, the whole flag waving, knee jerk patriotism is the refuge of the scoundrel thing ...


The pond wonders whether the Oreo has sat herself down and taken a look at the ultimate body count mentality which was at work during the Vietnam war ...

It's never been accounted for, all the killing of civilians ... and yet, despite the obvious drawbacks of the hardline communist North Vietnam regime, it made many Vietnamese people prefer a form of Stalinism as a solution to the agony of the country, and the endless killing fields, the burning down of villages, the destruction of towns in order to save them, the bombing back to the stone age as a way forward to a notoriously, deeply corrupt democracy ...

The same sort of logic infests the current Judeo-Christian desire for a civilisational war with Islamics, and to hell with the men, women and children caught in the cross fire ... and to anyone interested in reporting on this sort of dilemma as experienced on the front line ...

But all that said, the pond did appreciate that last line by the Oreo. It's not often that she's as clear as that in her attacks on the Donald.

But it's perfectly reasonable and legitimate for her to question our willingness to go to war with a paranoid dictator of the Donald Trump kind, hot as he seems to be for nuclear holocaust ...

The pond doesn't think she's guilty of soft or hard treason for raising the question. It will be a serious matter if we do decide to follow the paranoid narcissist dictator Donald Trump down the road if he does, in his hotness, decide to bung on a nuclear holocaust ...

The reality is that the United States is a much bigger elephant in the room than the 25 million or so North Koreans, who can be expected to put up stout resistance at home,  but if they decided to venture abroad would be incinerated within the hour ...

Raising as an issue matters whirling around the paranoid dictator Donald isn't soft treason, it's to be commended, and once again the Oreo manages to retrieve the situation right at the end of her column ...

It turns out it isn't so hard, to indulge in a little bit of soft questioning ...

Why with a bit of luck, the Oreo might soon begin to wonder about many other aspects of the Donald ...


In which Moorice does the numbers for some Plimersplaining ...


Right from the get go, the reptiles managed to play tricks on the pond this Monday ...

We're still with "Labor's NBN", yet keen Greg Hunters will recall that Malware became Minister for Communications on 18th September 2013, and on the 9th April 2013 Malware and the onion muncher announced their party's alternative NBN plan, and now Malware is the head honcho in charge of everything ... and yet it's still Labor's gold-plated NBN?

How long before Malware owns what he and his mates made?

The pond was reminded of the almost infinite capacity for the reptiles to lie and dissemble by a recent report in the NY Times here ... 

By any account, a cool 32 mill, even amongst chums, is a meaningful figure, and must have been the result of meaningful actions ... and yet ...

In January, the reporting shows, Rupert Murdoch and his sons, Lachlan and James, the top executives at 21st Century Fox, made a business calculation to stand by Mr. O’Reilly despite his most recent, and potentially most explosive, harassment dispute. Their decision came as the company was trying to convince its employees, its board and the public that it had cleaned up the network’s workplace culture. At the same time, they were determined to hold on to Mr. O’Reilly, whose value to the network increased after the departure of another prominent host, Megyn Kelly. Photo Lis Wiehl, a former Fox News legal analyst, in 2013. She appeared regularly on Mr. O’Reilly’s show for 15 years. Credit Taylor Hill/Getty Images But by April, the Murdochs decided to jettison Mr. O’Reilly as some of the settlements became public and posed a significant threat to their business empire.

The integrity of gnats ... while in recent times Fox has been gung ho in the matter of Harvey ...

Which brings the pond to another matter, the way that the reptiles are still climate science denialism HQ down under ...

Now the numbers have always been under assault in various quarters ...

There was the odious cur for example, a one time reptile ...


And the reptiles maintained the numbers tradition of reptile maths ...



So the pond was hardly surprised by the pond's favourite, Moorice, turning up today with the numbers ... and still unable to make them add up ...



Now the pond never argues with Moorice.

There's nothing to be gained by having a go at the barking mad ... the pond is simply content when Moorice stalks the pages and the pond is reminded of the real point of the Murdochians ... which is to stand alongside the barking mad so long as the numbers can be made to work ...


Of course, of course, it's not just a global conspiracy, it's a domestic conspiracy too ...


Now here's the thing. It wasn't just Moorice out and about this day.

When the reptiles do climate denialism, they really do bung on a do, and so Plimer returned from the void to strut his thing ...



The pond always recognises the presence of hysterical agitation ... and talk of "we'll all be rooned" is just too comical for Hanrahan's words ...

"We’ll all be rooned," said Plimer
In accents most forlorn 
Inside the Catholic Boys' Daily ere Mass began 
One bright-eyed bushy tailed Surry Hills 'leet morn. 
The congregation of readers stood about, 
Coat-collars to the ears, 
And talked of numbers and deceptive bureaus and drought
As they had done for years. 
"It’s lookin’ crook," said Moorice, croaking; 
"Bedad, it’s cruke, me Plimer mate
For never since the banks went broke 
Has climate science been so bad." (and so on, with apologies to John O'Brien here)

The pond can think of many things that will ruin the nation, including an overheated housing market and financial shenanigans and the Donald, and if inclined to the same sort of hysteria as Plimer, would put him, Moorice and the Murdochians high on the list ...




Now again it's not the pond's business to debate Plimer, but rather to present the paranoia ungarnished in a lump.

Anybody wanting to pretend that the reptiles weren't climate science denialism HQ down under might have been able to dismiss Moorice as just an indulgence of the mad, batty uncle in the attic ... but throwing in Plimer is just too rich and a tad careless and obvious ... a bit like a double serve of the Black Star cake that drives the tourists mad ...

The pond will however also pause to marvel at the line about to follow, "solar power cannot be made more efficient."

Of course over the years, solar power has been made more efficient, and cost effective. People waste an inordinate amount of energy on the matter of efficiency ...


Oh the pond just wanted, in ABC finance news style, to fling in a graph, in lieu of a machine that went ping ... and now it's back for some more Plimersplaining ...



Of course there's not much chance this sort of story will ever get a run in the NY Times ...

Rupert Murdoch and his sons, Lachlan and James, the top executives at 21st Century Fox, and at Fox and at climate science denying News Corp publications of the lizard O kind, made a business calculation to stand by climate denialists of the Plimer and Moorice kind. Their decision came as the company was trying to convince its employees, its board and the public that it had cleaned up the network’s workplace culture in relation to climate science.

It's more likely that there'll just be more stories of the Gretchen Carlson Slams Fox News' 'Total Hypocrisy' on Harvey Weinstein kind ...

But why do they do it? Why do they lie, distort and dissemble, year after dissembling year, sticking with the barking mad and featuring them so that their denialism roams the world?

Well the reptiles of Oz have a rusted-on base, an aging but ferocious die-hard readership that having been fed the line for many years, can now parrot it back like well-trained Tamworth cockies ...

Here's just a sampling of the parrots at work at the bottom of the Plimer story ...



Ye ancient cats and dogs, they can even dig up a brown coal devotee ... someone who clearly never lived close to the Latrobe Valley or Gippsland...

And so we end up where we began, with Labor's NBN, which makes it kind of funny that Pat thinks it has something to do with Malware, with more Pat here on a Monday... it's particularly poignant for the pond, having spent Sunday on phone calls in relation to drop outs on the rolled gold copper plated network of multi-nodal marvels ...



Sunday, October 22, 2017

In which the Devine and petulant Peta get involved in a smack down ...


It doesn't seem to have occurred to the lizards of Oz that the Donald has been an unmitigated disaster ... and that Brexit bids fair to be a matching disaster, whatever mitigation they try to put in place ...

To make the Donald a clarion cry in the wilderness for the 'no' votes seems like wishing for a week-long barney about how to behave towards gold star families ... and come up with the answer, 'like a completely unempathetic dingbat ...'

What if they actually managed to catch this particular bus? How would the dogs manage it? What would they do with it?


Not worried by this, the reptiles tried a new angle, hitching their cry for the 'no' to defy polls like Trump with a fresh discovery of the perfidious Oscar ...


It seems like an attempt to boost the circulation of the Betoota Advocate ...


They really are so obsessed, these lizards of Oz, that the pond has to wonder sometimes if they're not like a Republican in an airport toilet playing footsies, or perhaps a right to life Republican suggesting his pregnant girlfriend have an abortion ...

In due course, the reptiles decided to change course by putting nattering "Ned" at the top of the page, as a way of ensuring everyone could get a good weekend nap ...


The pond knew exactly where "Ned" was coming from ...

Applying copper multinodal solution to the NBN had worked spiffingly well ... so why not produce peace in our time?


Immediately the word was out, and the Sunday Terrorists swung into action, and Akker Dakker's kiwi fart joke was downgraded to a support act, and the Devine was in hagiographic bliss, splashing her essence of vitriol on Josh ...


Dear sweet long absent lord, former Chairman Rudd is making a comeback, and it's still all his fault, after all those years away? The onion muncher's flip-flopping and nattering negativity had nothing to do with it?


Now the pond knew exactly what the Devine meant ... there were legacies to deplore, and then there were legacies to treasure ...



More Moir here,  but just as the pond was settling down with the Devine and "Ned", and celebrating the end of the climate wars, along came petulant Peta with a spray ...



There was nothing for it but another infamous pond tribute to William Burroughs, with a cut and paste of Peta v. the Devine, with far too many photos of Malware sweeping aside distant memories of Chairman Rudd ...


Indeed, indeed, how did "Ned" and the Devine and Malware get it so wrong?

Over to the Devine for a response so that the wrestle might begin in earnest ... and still, it seems, it's all the fault of Chairman Rudd, no doubt in the same way the former chairman insisted that copper and multinodal mayhem was the way forward...


Say what?

This was supposed to be a jelly wrestle, the kind of sophisticated policy exchange that the United States has now introduced to the world ...


Instead the Devine seems to be suggesting that it's a total mess... just like petulant Peta ...

But if it's not entirely the fault of Chairman Rudd and the onion muncher, how can Peta come back from that and pin the blame home on the right man? Namely Malware ...


Indeed, indeed, once again the heroic coal-loving tilter at windmills has been treated in the most contemptible and cowardly fashion by the villainous Malware. 

How on earth can the Devine stand for that?


Admirable really. That clever feint, "could eventually lower prices", when the cows come home, will leave Peta gasping for, and grasping at, air ...


By golly, it seemed the right time for another Moir to summarise the state of the battle this far ...


By golly that volcano looks angry ... can the Devine placate it with an offering of Josh?


What an immortal line... much as we climate denialist coal worshippers wish that we had nothing to do with climate science or coal or Paris or the whole damn thing, it seems Josh has come up with the perfect multinodal copper solution ... and it worked such a treat for the NBN, an egg so scrambled no amount of money will fix it in the next decade, as prices soar and delivery turns abysmal, let's watch as Malware tries it on again ...

And so to a last plea from petulant Peta, a reminder that the volcano gods remain angry ...


They're doomed, they're doomed, petulant Peta tells ya, and with that, the pond hauled out the computer to do a little computer marking of the latest Noplan candidate, who couldn't manage to submit an essay for the machine to mark, but did remarkably well with a multiple choice test ...