Thursday, December 31, 2009
Have A Nice Vacation, Mr. Prime Minister
I'm Not Outraged, I'm Overjoyed...
But why bring down the government when it is so thin on new ideas that it has to repeatedly sabotage its own agenda so as to campaign on the old ones over and over? I mean, governing becomes a pointless exercise but at least no harm is being done.
PS. More on the dead bills here. The CN strike will go on, and don't even try suing Khadafi in a Canadian court! All so Dean Del Maestro won't have to watch figure-skating and legislate at the same time!
What Happens With The Long-Gun Registry?
PS. No, Bill C-391 does not die. I know that. The various delays it is now subject to now put passage either at way the end of next year or into 2011.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
A Smell Wafts Through The Blogosphere
I used the phrase "porch Jew", an anology to the dichotomy between field slaves and house slaves. Cherniak read that as code for a racist anti-black epithet ("p0rch m0nkey") that I have never used in my life.
Sort of like Uncle Tom, really -- they liked being porch slaves a lot better than being field slaves, so why cause a fuss?
But another thing is, "porch monkey"--the term Cherniak thinks (correctly) that Ezra is riffing on-- is really just a nicer term for the more common "porch nigger", and when you realize that you realize what a dark ugly place Ezra's mind really is. I'm with WK here. Why are the Tories treating this guy as a legitimate spokesperson? Why does the MSM even deal with him? He should be Shaidled off the airwaves.
Our Government Of Eternal Return
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Canada Has Enviro Canada Parody Pages Shut Down
Pretty typical of the Harper Tories. The response of the IP in question, Germany's Serverloft, is more than a little disappointing, however:
In response to Environment Canada's request, Serverloft immediately turned off a whole block of IP addresses, knocking out more than 4500 websites that had nothing to do with the parody sites or the activists who created them. Serverloft was shown no warrant, and never called the web hosting company about the shutdown.
I have sent them a bitchy email.
I Don't Know What This Is, But I LIke It
Monday, December 28, 2009
And One Day I Shall Be A Man...
More generally, Iggy has to stop making the narrative about himself. Yes "leadership" remains an important issue, but I don't think he can make much headway with it by going all meta and detailing the steps by which he is transforming himself into an effective politician. Is this supposed to lead to a statement two/six/ten months down the road to the effect that "I, Iggy, have arrived!"?
I also don't like the implication that Liberal policy under Iggy is still, still in process. For one thing, a few solid planks have already been laid out, at least on environmental issues (my personal hobby-horse) and maybe pension reform. For another, it seems unwise to rely on a "think-fest" to produce some shiny new idea that's not a fat target for ridicule and attack ads. Especially when a more likely result will be a repackaging of some old Lib stand-bys. Not that re-packaged policies are necessarily bad (although a few of them are hard to take seriously anymore), but to have so much hinge on a single confab seems like a build-up to a let-down.
Tutu On KAIROS
'The Church in Southern Africa is deeply indebted to the churches in Canada for their prayers, ecumenical actions and solidarity in overcoming the scourge of apartheid. The initiatives of the Canadian churches through KAIROS have inspired continued faithful ecumenical action not only in Africa but around the world to uphold human rights. The world needs more of KAIROS Canada. It would be an unparalleled setback for the poor, vulnerable and disenfranchised if the voice and work of KAIROS in the global South is muted.'
It isn't that I'm obsessed with the KAIROS debacle; its just that there's not much else in the way of news out there as '09 winds down. Furthermore, given the number of churches associated with KAIROS, reactions like this one seem likely to bubble along for awhile. The story may have legs into the new year.
Interesting, incidentally, that the Archbishop's statement was made way back on the 8th, and only made an MSM outlet (the Star) on the 26th.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Gruending On Who Kenney Was Pandering To
Throw in the fact that KAIROS has been critical of the Federal government's approach to the tar sands' development, and you have a veritable triple-play of pandering--the gov. wielding three wedges at one time, as it were.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Is There Hope For Alberta?
Friday, December 25, 2009
I Have H1N1
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Selley On KAIROS
Well, not Jason Kenney, anyway.
Jason Kenney: I Didn't Say What I Just Said...
I did not accuse KAIROS of being anti-Semitic. What I said was that KAIROS has taken "a leadership role in the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign (against Israel)."
From the origonal speech (which I have not seen reproduced in its entirety anywhere else). the bolding is mine:
Almost at the same time that Prime Minister Harper was visiting Chabad House in Mumbai, anti-Semitic fanatics in his home city, my home city of Calgary, Alberta were spray painting anti-Semitic graffiti on the Jewish Community Centre, Jewish homes, on public transit installations and indeed, spray painting swastikas on our city’s Holocaust memorial. Some of this graffiti called for the end to the Israeli genocide in Gaza -- "Stop the Israeli genocide in Gaza.
What Prime Minister Harper witnessed in Mumbai, what happened at the same time in Calgary, were practical expressions of the new anti-Semitism. Even though Canada is celebrated around the world as being a successful model of mutual coexistence and tolerance, we too have seen a troubling increase in incidents of anti-Semitism. B’Nai Brith Canada publishes the authoritative registry of anti-Semitic incidents in Canada. In 2008, they received reports of 1,135 incidents of anti-Semitic instances, the highest number recorded in 28 years of the study, an increase of 8.9% over 2007.
So how have we addressed these growing incidents of anti-Semitism? Well first of all, on the domestic level, our government has worked with the Jewish community to begin a program of recognizing our own history of official anti-Semitism.
We have articulated and implemented a zero tolerance approach to anti-Semitism. What does this mean? It means that we eliminated the government funding relationship with organizations like for example, the Canadian Arab Federation, whose leadership apologized for terrorism or extremism, or who promote hatred, in particular anti-Semitism.
We have ended government contact with like-minded organizations like the Canadian Islamic Congress, whose President notoriously said that all Israelis over the age of 18 are legitimate targets for assassination. We have defunded organizations, most recently like KAIROS, who are taking a leadership role in the boycott. And we’re receiving a lot of criticism for these decisions. I can’t recall how many times I’ve been sued for some of the decisions that we have taken, but we believe that we’ve done these things for the right reasons and we stand by these decisions.
Sounds pretty clear to me.
Incidentally, I don't think any of the Calgary hate messages that Kenney mentions rose to the level of eloquence of "Stop the Israeli genocide in Gaza." Too many words. ARC has a good post on this.
PS. MP Rick Dykstra also has a copy of the entire speech at his website.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
My favorite line: "I welcome responses to why the HP webcam does not pick up Negros."
Possible explanation here.
He's Done It Before
Now Jim wants to do it again. Gawd help us all.
Ezra Goes A Smearing
If KAIROS aren't a bunch of anti-Israel bigots, then why...
are they furiously editing their website to add disclaimers to links, or remove links outright, to virulently anti-Israel and anti-Semitic groups?
But... there was the small problem of their website, rife with calls for political war against Israel, and links to groups who lacked KAIROS's Canadian sophistication about how to phrase their bigotry in the soothing tones of diplomatic gibberish. About a week ago, one of their more sober friends obviously told them, "maybe you should lose the kauft nicht bei Juden business. Mark Holland isn't the CIDA minister, you know." So down the memory hole went page after page of their propaganda -- and up went new disclaimers that their anti-Semitic allies were just being highlighted for informational purposes. Nothing to see here!
As a bit of an aside, note how The Ez can't seem to decide if being anti-Israel is the same thing as being anti-semitic or not. But in any case, here's the allegedly altered page of Israel-Palestine links:
...and here's the google-cache of that page from 2 Oct 2009 19:59:49 GMT:
The formatting is a bit different, but the disclaimer is still there, and all the links appear and are in the same order as the more recent version of the page.
Something those folks who are getting sued for taking Mr. Levant at his word should take note of.
PS. Looks like Ezra has abandoned the speechy Jihad. I eagerly await his next project--a book on the Tar Sands tentatively entitled "Oiled Up".
Update: Welcome Wells readers.
You'll notice if you click through my first link above, the text has changed. I think Ezra read my origonal post and did a bit of redacting of his own. He now writes:
...are they furiously editing their website to delete pages of links to virulently anti-Israel and anti-Semitic groups?
Now, if you click through this link, you go to a really ugly looking URL that gives you a "404 error"; Ezra claims this page used to be on the KAIROS site, and has been pulled since. True, if you link from one of the pages in the google cache version of the KAIROS site you hit this page. However, if you go to the current site, and click on Human Rights and Trade -> Countries of Concern ->Palestine & Israel, you go here, which is the page Ezra claims is missing. So it looks like he's calling KAIROS anti-Semitic based on his own inability to maneuver around a standard issue website.
Later, Ezra "evidence" mutates further. It appears that he has found the one Palestine-Israel page that previously (in October) lacked a disclaimer as noted above, and uses the fact that one was added later to argue that the site is "rife" with "after the fact editing" and link deletions.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
CRU Emails Prove Darwin Wrong!
Mr. Meyer isn't the first to make a connection between the ID vs. Darwin and Climate Scientists vs. Deniers debate. Tim Ball and Tom Harris have already appealed to the Intelligent Design crowd in the name of AGW denial.
Its Xmas Time
Monday, December 21, 2009
Xmas Message From Chief Gov. Whip Gordon O'Connor
May you get nothing but coal, Mr. O'Connor.
Independent Jewish Voices On KAIROS
Not a particularly surprising statement, given the IJV's politics. Nevertheless...
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Ruby Dhalla Remains Hot
That is all.
(PS. Lanka Gardens is the place that got fire-bombed.)
T.O. Mayor Race Battle Of Baldys?
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Help Keep Monument To SoCon Moral Recidivism Out Of Kapukasing
Sun Photographers Roughed Up At Olympic Run
Photographer Dave Thomas was repeatedly shoved as he tried to take pictures but was not injured. But photographer Ian Robertson, who is about 60 years old and was laden with camera gear so he was unable to defend himself, required hospital treatment for an apparent head injury after he was shoved to the ground by security officers wearing the grey Olympic uniforms.
And who are they using for security at these things? RCMP! Lucky these T.O. Sun staffers didn't get their balls tasered off. The Sun story also notes that four other employees, as well as CP photog Frank Gun, were muscled by security as well
Alberta Government On KAIROS
For what it's worth, when KAIROS came to Alberta on its oil sands inquiry, we asked some of our best (and busiest) people to brief them and take questions on impacts on air, land and water, and on health and social issues. These were people involved directly in monitoring and investigating the impacts, not flacks like myself.
I have been told that most of the delegates were open-minded and interested, had done some prior research and had probing, relevant questions. There were one or two who, we inferred, had already reached their conclusions and were suspicious, even hostile. But overall, not a group of NGO delegates with an entirely closed agenda.
We have no stake in or opinion on whether the group should receive federal funding or not. As with any group that takes the time to travel here to see the impacts of oil sands development first hand, we gave KAIROS the best access to the best people we could offer. And, we'd do it again.
- David Sands, for the Government of Alberta
As a rabidly Toronto-Centric, The West Hating BigCityLiberal, it terrifies me that reps from the Gov. Of Alberta should be making more sense on this issue than the Feds.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Our PM In Copenhagen
Reports say the gala would have gone even later, but Harper insisted on playing piano.
Quick Notes On The KAIROS Funding Cuts
"We have de-funded organizations, most recently, like KAIROS who are taking a leadership role in the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign" against Israel, [Kenney] told the Global Forum for combatting anti-Semitism.
...is denied by KAIROS executive director Mary Corkery here:
Corkery, who said she was shocked by Kenney’s comment, said her group has been critical of some of Israel’s actions but has not supported a boycott.
Furthermore, the notion that KAIROS might have had questionable unacceptable political leanings is rather belied by the very good reviews that Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), its funding body, has given it over the years, including February of this year.
The 2nd article above from the T.O. Sun hints at who the Tories might be pandering to with this decision: B'nai Brith and Charles McVety's gang at the Canadian Christian College. Both organizations have targeted KAIROS for years now. Here's a recent clip of McVety denouncing the group as "leftist ideologues".
This, plus KAIROS criticism of Alberta tar sands development, probably left them cruisin for a bruisin.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Some Things Require No Translation
More by Mr. Lambert.
Warman Vs. White
... I assure you, I am not merely an ethereal apparition of the God of the Light and Order, opposed eternally to your race of demons, but I have material form as well.
Dunno whether Ezra's updated his theories on White's material form etc. He seems pretty bummed out these days from the collapse of the Speechy Jihad.
Yeah They're Bullet Holes
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Yowza! Iggy Should Force An Election!
Given the margin of error, the results are essentially no different than the 36-27 split garnered by the two parties earlier this fall when the government appeared to be on a roll and the Liberals in free-fall.
Just kidding. Do anything like that and Der Volk apparently get pissed off. But on the other hand, opposing a little harder--sandbagging C-15 and other bullshit Tory "law and order bills" in the Senate--doesn't seem to have done any harm so far. So why not do more of it, in the HOC? Why are a bunch of unelected geezers in the upper chamber the sole receptacle of the gonads of the LPoC? Huh, Iggy? Any genitalia available for display?
A "Blast" From The Tory Past
Me On CBC
The highlight is probably at the end where Taylor claims that "ad hominom attacks never work", these words intoned with well-faked sincerity.
Afterwards, stuck downtown, I tried taking myself out for a victory dinner. But Reillys, with the City's best wings, is gone, and everything along Yonge Street was packed. I finally settled on a Firken pub off Queen. I considered telling them that I shouldn't really have to pay because I had been on CBC, but didn't. They fucked up my order anyway.
In any case, the video segment begs the question: when seen together on the same television screen, who is hotter, me or Stephen Taylor? Readers may feel free to watch it and then take the following poll:
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Gone Already: Libs Pull Controversial Cartoon
Anyway, a one day story remains a one day story (especially if an apology follows).
Kim Campbell Strikes Back!
Incidentally, yesterday's Copenhagen stunt was pulled by the Yes Men and, as was reported here first, one of the victims was talk jock Dave Rutherford of "The Dave Rutherford Show". Booyah!
Assassination Jokes Are Never Funny
The rest of the Stephen Harper Anywhere But Copenhagen Photo Challenge are here. Most are quite good, although one or two stretch the boundaries of good taste where the context is the website of a major political party.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Edmonton Radio Station Pranked By Climate Hoaxers?
Did I say these were all fake? Well, it looks like 880 AM out of Edmonton got rooked particularly hard, for it appears that they contacted/were contacted by "Mr. Rainer" and did an interview with him:
Gustav Rainer is a freelance journalist with the Wall Street Journal. He was the writer in Copenhagen who penned the story that Ottawa was prepared to meet new emission reduction targets, and provide billions in aid to help poor countries in this regard. The email Rainer says he received even quoted Environment Minister Jim Prentice.
It turns out the information Rainer received was a hoax. He put up a brave front, while a guest of 630 CHED's Dave Rutherford Monday morning.
"Yes I wrote it," said Rainer. "I've been freelancing for the Wall Street Journal, but unfortunately, I think it'll be the last time I do."
Rainer says he is, however, disappointed the information was fake, adding a number of reporters in Copenhagen have been hoping for an announcement like this to happen.
Suckered out in the oil patch! Interviewing one of the hoaxers and not catching on! But on the other hand, whoever is behind this stunt gets a 10 for technical excellence.
Whose Behind The Enviro Canada Fake Press Reliease?
Pray For Me
Also, is there anything out there that works the same way as a hammer but doesn't make so much noise? I just find them very noisy.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Henrik Svensmark Has Heart Attack During Climate Change Debate?
Sarah Palin In Hamilton!
National Citizens Coalition Caves To Tories
MP Tony Clement and two political staffers spent $30 000 to fly to Kenya to deliver a $150,000 cheque.
In response, Tony Clement wrote the NCC a letter demanding that--even though the claim was factually accurate--all reference to his trip be dropped from NCC publications.
Gerry Nichols, who once worked at the NCC, is right pissed-off at them.
And, by the way, even if Clement, as claimed, flew economy-class both ways, that's still only about $3,000 return per each of his two staffers and himself. Where did the other $20,000 go?
Saturday, December 12, 2009
3 Out Of 9 Kind Of Sucks: 2/3rds Of Morgentaler Protesters Kept Their Snowflakes!
One of the articles that discussed his decision also mentioned that:
...at least eight other recipients had [returned their Order of Canada], in order to pursue the judicial review.
And in another article on the same topic, it was stated that:
On Wednesday, former New Brunswick lieutenant-governor Gilbert Finn returned his Order of Canada in protest.
So I thought: hmmm! I wonder how many of the original nine protesting recipients actually followed through. And I wrote the following email to the GG's office:
Mr. Gilbert Finn claimed in 2008 that he had returned his Order of Canada to protest the awarding of the same medal to Dr. Henry Morgentaler. However, when I check Mr. Finn's entry there is nothing there to indicate that the award was actually returned. Can this be confirmed somehow? Also, there were 8 other recipients who claim to have returned their medal for the same reason. Would it be possible to confirm if there were any actual returns made in 2008?
And yesterday the GG's office finally responded:
Dear Mr. Murphy:
Thank you for your email. Mr. René Racine, Ms. Jacqueline Richard and Cardinal Jean Claude Turcotte resigned from the Order of Canada in 2008. The Honourable Gilbert Finn has not resigned.
Thank you for taking the time to write.
Assistant Director / Directeur adjoint
Chancellery of Honours / Chancellerie des distinctions honorifiques
Office of the Secretary to the Governor General
Bureau du secrétaire du gouverneur général1
, promenade Sussex Drive
Ottawa ON K1A 0A1
So three out of nine actually walked the talk, while the other six (often after having received much fawning media attention from right-wing columnists for their "bravery" in confronting the "culture of death" and etc.) had second thoughts. Sucked out, as a matter of fact.
Now, one happy sub-story here is the fact that Alphonse Gerwing's name is missing from the list above. Mr. Gerwing had passed away in 2007, and in fact it was his brother and sister who were contemplating sending back the snowflake in his name. This caused a rift within the family--Ralph Gerwing spoke to the matter here--and so in the end I think it a good thing that calmer heads prevailed.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Attawapiskat School Confirmed...
"INAC has dedicated an amount of $200,000 to assist the First Nation in updating its school capital planning study," said Susan Bertrand, manager of communications for INAC.
"Funding is also planned for the design and construction phases for subsequent years."
In fact, it is somewhat unclear to me how much this moves actual construction forward from the 2012 date bandied about previously.
A start at least, though: nobody should have to go to school in a trailer, esp. around Timmins in the winter.
More background here.
Jason Kenney And The Case Of Gay Romeo
And then it is retweeted, as though after a moment of profound consideration: "Gay Romeo. Yes! Gay Romeo indeed!"
And then it is scrubbed from the official Jason Kenney twitter site: "Too Soon! Too Soon!".
Perhaps. I am of course speculating wildly. But it would be interesting to ask Mr. Kenney: who is Gay Romeo? And why this morning did you tweet his name?
PS. In fact I suspect a "twitter hack". It's happened before.
They'll Always Have Sexxxy
How can the LPoC keep losing to these guys?
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Good news, if late in coming. Congrats to Charlie Angus, who has been plugging away at this for a long time. Although Dawg may have a bit of trouble letting go.
Elaine McCoy On The RCMP and The CPoC
Faux Math From Fox News
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
CRU Hacked From The Eastern U.S.?
Particularly interesting is the remark about the numeric IDs which identify the emails in the zipfile. The headers of the emails contain the date and time on which they were sent. If I understand the comment correctly, the numeric IDs are Unix timestamps for those sending times, but moved by 4 or 5 hours from UK to eastern US time. This suggests that the emails were given their current identifiers on a computer in North America, or one that was running on North American time - which in turn suggests a hack rather than a leak.
It references a rather more in-depth discussion at Climate Audit, of which the most pertinant comment seems to be:
So, if I understand this. Each CRU email is named (given a numeric label, like "0826209667" in the above) based on the date/time it is sent. If you know UNIX you can translate the label back into the date. That's what the "->" indicates; the label 0826209667 = 7/03/1996 14:41:07. But if you match that to the date line you see they are off by 4/5 hours, which suggests that--given the emails were taken from a U.K. server--they passed through a computer in the Eastern U.S.
Which would indicate that the hack was indeed a hack and not a leak.
PS. Or, as TiGuy points out, they might have gone through a computer in Eastern Canada.
Stephen Toulmin Has Died
The time is interesting. Much of Toulmin's work in the field was in part a reaction to Popper and the logical positivists, who saw scientific inquiry as an ahistorical, relatively bloodless unfolding of logical argument and counter-argument. In his Human Understanding (1972), Toulmin attempted to apply evolutionary concepts to the history of knowledge in an attempt to "save" the Rationality of science in the messy post-Popperian world he helped to create.
So it would be have been interesting to hear what Toulmin thought of the CRU Hack. I suspect he would have regarded the emails revealed therein to be part of the usual "hurly-burly" of scientific inquiry.
In any case, a great loss.
Gruending On The KAIROS Cuts
In his latest, Dennis Gruending speculates as to why:
Minister Oda did not communicate with KAIROS about its fate — she rarely communicates publicly with anyone about her portfolio except in the most controlled of circumstances. But the “trouble at the top” may well have had more to do with the work of KAIROS within Canada than with its overseas projects. KAIROS has questioned, on environmental and hence ethical grounds, the rapid development of the tar sands in Western Canada. KAIROS hosted a forum in Calgary in October 2008 and organized a delegation of Canadian church leaders to visit the tar sands in May 2009. The Reform Party and the Canadian Alliance, prior to their takeover of the Progressive Conservative Party, were beneficiaries of generous support from the oil and gas industry. The Harper Conservatives exist on similarly friendly terms with the carbon industry and will not hear of any proposal that would scale back rapid development – despite the environmental problems such development is causing. The implied criticism from KAIROS may have excited the ire of Conservatives at the top, even though most of the KAIROS budget is provided by the organization’s own donors and not by CIDA.
Just by co-incidence, within hours of defunding KAIROS which, among other things, helps women in the Congo who have been brutalized (often raped) by local militias, the Harper government indicated that it wanted an extra 1.7 mill set aside so that the PM can shoot video of him getting on and off military helicopters, and riding on navy vessels, and pass that off as news.
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
NDP Calls For Mackay's Resignation
Although the Anywhere But Copenhagen thing is quite clever, and the results have been most entertaining.
Looks Like We've Got A Floor Crosser
Featuring an impressive list of distinguished speakers and presenters, this day-long conference will address the important trade relationships between Canada and the United States, China, and India as well as free trade negotiations with the European Union. Former Prime Minister Joe Clark and Canadian Council on Africa President Lucien Bradet will also co-host a special discussion on trade with Africa.
How about Joe Clark for Keith Martin? That would be a decent swap.
Monday, December 07, 2009
NDP Launch Anti-HST Radio Ads
Thunder From Down Under
Yesterday, a blog post appeared on Mr. Turnbull's website. I have excerpted my favorite bits:
While a shadow minister, Tony Abbott was never afraid of speaking bluntly in a manner that was at odds with Coalition policy.
So as I am a humble backbencher I am sure he won't complain if I tell a few home truths about the farce that the Coalition's policy, or lack of policy, on climate change has descended into.
So any suggestion that you can dramatically cut emissions without any cost is, to use a favourite term of Mr Abbott, "bullshit." Moreover he knows it.
It is not possible to criticise the new Coalition policy on climate change because it does not exist. Mr Abbott apparently knows what he is against, but not what he is for.
Now politics is about conviction and a commitment to carry out those convictions. The Liberal Party is currently led by people whose conviction on climate change is that it is "crap" and you don't need to do anything about it. Any policy that is announced will simply be a con, an environmental figleaf to cover a determination to do nothing.
Tony himself has, in just four or five months, publicly advocated the blocking of the ETS, the passing of the ETS, the amending of the ETS and, if the amendments were satisfactory, passing it, and now the blocking of it.
Not that anyone would doubt it, but I will be voting for the ETS legislation when it returns in February and if my colleagues have any sense they will do so as well. If the legislation is passed, incorporating as it does the amendments Ian MacFarlane negotiated with Penny Wong, then the issue will be settled. It is manifestly in the national interest and in the interest of the Liberal Party that it be so.
To put what has happened in Australia in a North American context--there has been a battle within the Australian political Right, and the teabaggers have won. For the time being. For, as a result, the movement has split into its adult vs. whackjob wings, with people like Turnbull pleading for reason and threatening to cross the floor on the next ETS vote if his party continues down the road to self-immolation.
Similar fault lines exist within the ranks of Canadian Conservatives, and can be exploited, which is why "Iggy's epiphany" on green issues is good news.
PS. Someone should show this to Angelo Persichilli--this is what an intra-party insurrection looks like.
Obama, K. Rudd, et. al would not show up for a failure, so you can be sure that something in the way of an agreement will come out of Copenhagen, and the world will call it a victory. Mind, alot of what was promised and what is needed will not be in this agreement, and there will stuff in the agreement that nobody promised and that really isn't needed. Everyone will get less than they think they deserve. Like marriage, in other words, and really just a first step towards something, hopefully, a wee bit better.
Meanwhile, here's a clip of head denier Marc Morano in action. For about two minutes, the tv host and guest professor Andrew Watson vainly try to stop him from babbling like a kid on a sugar high, and at the very end an exasperated Watson bestows the richly deserved epithet of "asshole" upon him.
Only in America (and, to be fair, only in certain parts) would this be called debating.
And damned if the guy doesn't remind me of a slightly less dorky-looking Ezra Levant.
Sunday, December 06, 2009
On "Tricks" In Math And Science
Dear Ray, Mike and Malcolm,Once Tim’s got a diagram here we’ll send that either later today or first thing tomorrow. I’ve just completed Mike’s Nature trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (ie from 1981 onwards) amd [sic] from 1961 for Keith’s to hide the decline.
Of course the denialists jumped on this email, at first assuming that Jones was discussing a decline in temperatures, and then modifying their charges when it became clear that this was not the case. In any case, Jones defense was to argue that the term "trick" was "used here colloquially, as in a clever thing to do...". Well, can this defense be justified or, to put it another way, is the term "trick" used as a colloquialism in the statistical/mathematical/scientific literature?
Well, yeah. Here's what you get when you run inurl:pdf "computational trick" through google:
And here's is what you get when you run "inurl:pdf "mathematical trick"" through the same source.In fact, if you look at the first link, you will note that was "invented in the context" of theoretical physics, so if there is a conspiracy, it goes much deeper than anyone has currently suggested.
PS. Just reading Desmog, I notice that someone else thought of running these searches before me.
Saturday, December 05, 2009
10%ers/Householders From That Flat, Rectangular Province Out West
PS. Can someone confirm that Lukiwski's 10%ers all focus on the topic of fingernail maintenance.
Harper Booed At Montreal Canadians Memorial
Les Glorieux were on fire tonight. The fans were pumped. By mid-period, people were already going hoarse form the cheering. They killed a 2 minute 5 on 3 and took it down the length of the ice and scored. Carey was a wall, a reinforced concrete wall.
The Prime Minister of our beloved country, Stephen Harper, appeared on the giant screen.
Instantly, the raucus crowd turned their deafening cheers to deadening boos like someone had flicked a switch. You could not hear a single word he said from the moment his face showed itself. Loud and sustained for the whole 60-90 seconds of his English message and then his French message and his obligatory nerdy thumbs up.
This seemed to me a very surprisingly angry booing. I was really taken aback. The anger was quite palpable. I've never been a part of something like that. I don't think your ordinary Montrealer likes our Prime Minister all that much.
Booing confirmed here.
More On The UVIC Break In
According to sources at the University of Victoria, two people claiming to be network computer technicians presented themselves at the headquarters of the Canadian Centre for Climate Modeling and Analysis and tried to gain access to the data servers. When challenged by an employee, the two individuals hastily left. The timing of this attempted break-in is very suspicious given that it occurred so closely on the heels of the release of hacked emails and data from a similar facility housed at the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in the UK.
...which is to say that the CRU hack is starting to look like one in a coordinated series.
Friday, December 04, 2009
Does The HST Detract From Provincial Autonomy?
Since the provincial portion of the HST is redistributed from the Federal bureaucracy to Ontario under the terms agreed to in the legislation,what happens if Ontario decides to make changes to their sales tax--drop or raise it a point, add to or withdraw exemptions? Does this now require federal approval--that is, a negotiated change to the legislation? In other words, is the province handing control of this particular tax policy lever over to the Federal government?
I dunno. Not sure I like the idea, though.
Alberta's Section 3 Constitutional; Boisson Acquitted
1) Stephen Boisson's language was found to be relatively mild compared to the kind of messages employed to set the hate-speech standard.
2) It was noted that the case was about a single letter, not an extended sequence of hate-speech messages:
...which is odd, because I was under the impression that the letter was republished several times afterwards, perhaps on the Concerned Christians website.
3) The kicker seems to be that the assault on a gay youth--which supposedly came about as a result of the letter, and was committed by (among others) an associate of Mr. Boisson who had been exposed repeatedly to the contents of the letter--is treated as alleged, and the evidence drawn from its circumstances as here say. I was under the impression from the original HRC case that none of this (other than the implications for Mr. Boisson's case) was in doubt.
4) In any case, the judge found that the law was misapplied in Boisson's case, and not that it was invalid. A reference was made to the Lemire constitutional challenge, about which the judge wroteSo obviously that case won't serve as anyone's anti-HRC silver bullet.
Looks Like There IS An International Climate Conspiracy
An alleged series of attempted security breaches at the University of Victoria in the run-up to next week's Copenhagen summit on climate change is evidence of a larger effort to discredit climate science, says a renowned B.C. researcher.
Andrew Weaver, a University of Victoria scientist and key contributor to the Nobel prize-winning work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, says there have been a number of attempted breaches in recent months, including two successful break-ins at his campus office in which a dead computer was stolen and papers were rummaged through.
It would sure be nice--and its interesting that its the NP picked up on this story--if the media concentrated a little more on the fact that they are being shopped material by crooks rather than picking over emails they don't understand the meaning of and freely improvising based on what they think they see behind the words.
Thursday, December 03, 2009
ClimateHackerGate! CRU First Hacked In October????
E-mails alleged to undermine climate change science were held back for weeks after being stolen so that their release would cause maximum damage to the Copenhagen climate conference, according to a source close to the investigation of the theft.
The first hack was in October or earlier, the source said. The e-mails were not leaked until mid-November.
Interesting because, back on the 25th, I theorized that the hackers might have first shown a selection of illegally obtained emails to the BBC's Paul Hudson back in October and then--perhaps because he didn't write on them--hit the CRU server again for more of the good stuff. This new development would be consistent with that theory, which would be uncomfortable for Mr. Hudson, as it would mean he sat on illegally obtained emails without reporting them for a whole month.
Also--since the private CRU emails discuss Briffa's tree-ring proxies and Tijander and etc.--did the hackers delay their release in the hopes of harvesting more embarrassing material on this particular topic? That might put them in rather close proximity to Steve M's gang at CA, since he was the guy stirring the pot on these issues. In any case, it is clear that the emails were held back for weeks after being stolen so that their release would cause maximum damage to the Copenhagen climate conference. That's the takeaway message.
Why Does Charles Adler Hate Canada?
I talked to Jimmy's mother this week. James Hayward Arnal loved this country more than any of you quiche-eating, latte-loving, armchair quarterbacks.
Yeah, chuck, tell that to Cpl Rob Sargeant, stationed at a secret base located somewhere in southwest Asia:
There's a surreal feeling I get here - where with a well-equipped kitchen and gym we are able to keep fed and healthy in a barren desert climate. Some of the dishes the cooks are able to come up with are amazing - not just your typical meat and two veggies, they do everything from chicken swarma to quiche.
Or tell it to the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion Association:
Bloomfield is a small town with many interesting boutiques, galleries, antique shops, and tea rooms. We had an enjoyable couple of hours browsing the shops, then it was to Angeline’s restaurant for lunch. Angeline’s is in an historical house lovingly refurbished to its original beauty by owner and Chef Willi Fida. Our lunch was Quiche Lorraine and salad; for desert the most delicious fresh apple strudel I have ever tasted, followed by tea or coffee. Taking a different route we arrived back at the Base about 1430.
You calling the 1st Battalion a bunch of girls, chuck? A pale puffball like yourself?