Category Archives: News and Views

Our short memories Chinese political interference here

The ABC reports – Top Chinese diplomat denies Beijing bullies foreign students in Australia – reporting cozy chat with Labor MP’s last October. Someone from Mars might think – “What a silly idea – China flexing its muscles in Australia”. Just remember the thousands of thugs bussed to the Olympics torch relay Canberra April 2008. Olympic torch relay: ‘thugs’ blasted and the UK Tele – Scuffles at Olympic torch relay in Australia Scales fell from my eyes that day.

Update Perth dams catchment rainfall and water waste

My Catchment Rain Index updated. Large vers.

Plus my chart of catchment efficiency 1980-2017 – large vers.

And BTW calcs show from 2001-2017 1646GL of water could have been saved if catchments had been managed so that efficiency could have been maintained at ~5.6%. That = 96.8GL PA wasted. A whisker more than inflows this year. What would that waste be worth? A lazy $Bn ?

ABC TV staff vetting is ironclad 100% efficient

Over the Christmas-New Year period I have noticed several “new faces” presenting on the ABC News24 TV Channel and I stupidly think “Oh a new face maybe a new viewpoint” and I pay attention to the “political tone” of their questions to interviewees. I have been impressed that whether the subject be Sydney hottest day records and “global warming” – or some actor harassing women – or POTUS mental state – or NORKS suddenly wanting to talk to South Korea and attend winter olympics – or changing the date of Australia Day(to what) – or claims that African migrants are being victimized by media beating up a few cheeky street kids into crime gangs – or efforts at “closing the gap” being undermined by non-indigenous Australians – or trans-sex children are being destroyed at school by people who see kids as girls & boys – or renewable energy saving us from failure of our coal-fired electricity grid – there is never a millimetres variation from the approved GreenLeft script. All new presenters have the same genius ability to generate “Dorothy Dix questions” with cues so dazzling that a blind-deaf-mute could follow in a blizzard. I have to award top marks to the ABC commissars for their screening processes – they can be proud that not ten seconds of disgusting “centrist views” has leaked through to pollute the minds of the proletariat via our TV screens.

Celebrations in Riyadh as Saudi oil pumping pays off

Three years ago I posted – Saudis oil pumping crashes oil price kneecapping the Iranian economy – how do the Teheran Mullahs pay to build those nukes now? – Patience and resolve pays off the BBC reports – Iran cities hit by anti-government protests – A BBC Persian investigation has found that Iranians, on average, have become 15% poorer in the past 10 years alone.

Many believe that money that should be used to improve their lives is being spent by Iran’s leaders on conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Iraq. Billions are also being spent on spreading religious propaganda and Shia Islam around the world.

Chart history global Islamic terrorist attacks

Data from Wiki – numbers for injured often absent. Surprised I did not quickly find charts online.
So Operation Desert Storm did not trigger much. Why the drop in 2009? Then the Arab Spring did not start until December 2010 so what was firing up in 2010? The initial invasions of IS were late 2014 so the wave of IS inspired killings are obvious and look reduced now. But the Wiki data may be very incomplete according to this StoryMap of 2017 killings which records 7,456 fatalities compared to 466+ for the Wiki. Also Victoria Woollaston says “In 2014, Boko Haram was the deadliest terrorist organisation responsible for at least 6,600 deaths.”

So there must be way greater tallies of Islamic terrorist killings out there. If readers have found better data to construct a chart please pass on. Here is a reduced screenshot of the Datagraver chart from link below.

Bennelong

A byelection for the ages. How an old seat-warming guy from a Govt on the nose beat the “way too slick for its own good” Labor machine and their bright young ex NSW Premier candidate Kristina Keneally who ticked almost every box and many saw as a future PM. Cast of thousands including Eddie Obeid and Ian MacDonald from their respective jail cells and I definitely saw the Ghost of Chairman Mao. Our PM got so muddled that he went on the record confusing NSW Labor Govt criminals – no worries Mal we know who you meant. Quislings everywhere are reminded that a figurative axe may descend on their neck even in 2017. Bennelong will for sure be discussed in some Beijing circles no worries. Our media so often a GreenLeft sheltered workshop actually stood up at times and asked questions!! We now know that nine years is too short a time for the stench from walking around criminality to be wiped off your Parliamentary footware. I will risk a prediction here – no use Labor sending KK to Canberra via the Senate unless they want a lightning rod facilitating the exploits of Eddie Obeid, Ian MacDonald and numerous other as yet not convicted criminals read into the Senate Hansard whenever the Govt chooses to make time.

Why not the RAAF to operate large air tankers?

The aircraft could be used for navigation training or Govt freighters when not fire fighting. Aim for 24 hour fire fighting capability. They could operate in other countries when called on.

The mission should be No 1 to put fires out where lives are at risk – spraying retardant on bush could come after suppressing fires. The aircraft should always be under RAAF control who would liaise with on-ground fire fighters where the RAAF could have ground observing & communications staff. As 747’s are being phased out of Airlines there should be paddocks full of surplus multi-engined aircraft and spares in abundance. Current expert pilots and crew could be offered commissions – I am sure there is a way.