UPDATE: My friend over at Skeptics Global Warming has stepped up and provided a round-up of his own, so you don’t have to go without. Thanks to SGW for his quick work, and to those that sent get well words. The flu that was no doubt caused by global warming has receded faster than an Alaskan glacier and I’m back and at it this morning.
For the first time in over 6 months there is no GWHWRU this week; I’m taking my flu-ridden skeptic arse back to bed.
Please visit the following sites for your weekly fix of AGW hoaxiness.
Ignore the posturing over the 'lack of an economic stimulus package', that's a smokescreen. What they are really upset about is that they will lose free money to sustain their unpopular parties. It sounds like the rabidly anti-American Liberals, NDP and Bloc all want to copy our neighbours south of the border and throw lots of taxpayer cash around. Except Canada doesn't need to do it, we're not in as bad shape.
The opposition is really upset about the threat to their funding, which is nothing more than a desperate grab at retaining ill-gotten tax-payer cash. Liberals folded like a cheap shirt time after time on matters of principle during the last parliamentary session because they were desperate to avoid an election they knew they couldn't win. Now it seems they've found an issue they can make a stand on, their own bank accounts.
If we get another election, Stephen Harper will get his majority. I guarantee it; even placid Canadians won't appreciate being sent out in the cold to vote after just having done so. They especially won't appreciate it after the Conservatives have spent 5 weeks telling them the real reason that the opposition forced a $300 million election.
So, Stephane/Bob/Mike, Jack and Gilles; go ahead and spit in the face of an electorate that recently rejected all of you – I'll enjoy 5 weeks of your comedic posturing as you leap to your extinction.
I wonder if the geniuses that vote for these incomprehensible decisions have figured out that when the press run the story, their names will forever be associated with the fallout? Imagine the results that will pop up on any Google search performed by potential employers; CUSA President Brittany Smyth better hope the CHRC is hiring when she graduates.
Give it 24 hours before a senior Carleton administrator is in the press grovelling for 'understanding'.
UPDATE: Less than 24 hours and CUSA is looking at 'revisiting the decision'. Note the dumbstick student that wrote the preamble to the motion, Donnie Northrup, is quoted in full marxist drag "…I do believe in spreading the wealth, so to speak, as charities go". Spread the wealth, it figures he's an Obamatron.
A 'bomber's moon' is an expression from World War II and refers to the fact that during that conflict the only way for the
bombardier to aim was a visual contact. During night bombing
raids a full moon would light the target enough for the bombardier to accurately identify and destroy the target.
Professor Moon's report has provided the free speech movement with a well-lit target. We knew where it was, we've been sniping at it for almost a year; but this time the target is illuminated and can be destroyed. The Conservative Party conference voted overwhelmingly to attack Section 13 of the Human Rights Act, and now the CHRC's own commissioned report supports that goal.
The target is well lit, the flak guns are spiked; so what are we waiting for?
Moments as opportune as this one come infrequently during any conflict, and make no mistake that we are in a fight for the future of free expression in Canada. It'll take you 5 minutes to make a call, maybe 10 to send some emails; what are you waiting for, someone else to do it?
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Mark Steyn has been back from his hiatus for a while now and is posting on Steyn Online with pleasing regularity. Yet, there is no Steynian goodness in Maclean's, his usual spot has been usurped by the desperately unfunny Al Franken look-alike, Scott Feschuk.
After a year of fighting the fight for free speech and seeing off the BCHRT clowns, has Maclean's found a spot for Mark under Obama's bus? I looked through my back copies and saw no announcement, and I can't find anything in the online version of Maclean's or Steyn Online. I might have missed it; I made an error once before, in 1984, so I'm about due for another one.
Can anyone shed some light on this? Inquiring minds want to know, and my subscription hangs by a thread.
As we move towards solving the climate crisis, we need to remember the
consequences to civilizations that refused to take environmental
Not only has Al decided that Mayan civilization ended because of global warming, he also accuses them of not taking the environmental concerns seriously. Here’s the question that will make any self-respecting lefty head explode… what caused global warming in 800-900AD, the Mayan era? It wasn’t factories, SUV’s or Al Gore’s private jet, so could it have been… natural?
Mayan’s sacrifice a denier for pointing out ‘it’s the sun, stupid’
Last week saw much speculation that Al might take a cabinet position in the President-elect Obama’s administration. But now we know that Obama has ingested so much of Al’s kool-aid that he can out-Gore Gore. Here’s the video of Obama getting all the science wrong; but he’s qualified, so it’s cool.
Governator Schwarzenegger held a global warming conference, and Ontario environment minister John Gerretsen claimed that deniers are no longer listened to. This is no surprise to me, a resident of Ontario – the McGuinty government hasn’t listened to anyone in the last 5 years.
Wanted, eco-terrorists hiding in Canada. Why do we get the nuts and cowards all the time, can’t the Americans send Jessica Alba for once?
Climate scaremongers don’t change the way they live, even if they believe in the global warming hoax. They follow their leaders, apparently.
This week I found a new scaredy-cat blog, in which the author sounds like he wants to be a totalitarian but forgets to make his point. Still, it’s hard to resist a compelling argument like this:
The moot point is that if this is nothing more than a global warming
hoax, then what is the explanation for the planet to heat up, even by a
mere a percent and a half each year over the past many decades?
Indeed, it keeps me awake at night.
In the US, Congressman Henry Waxman is in the lead to run the House
Energy and Commerce Committee. What is really remarkable however, is that it is possible to see right up Mr. Waxman’s nose from a distance of one nautical mile.
picture taken at a distance of 1nm, honest
Part Three: Inconvenient Truths
The Green Shift, Canadian Liberals proud environment policy, has been killed off; tossed under the bus, dead, offed, axed, an ex-policy, down the memory hole and generally disowned. Heh.
Lefties are well known pot heads and drug users, it’s a rule in the manual they get when they leave the asylum to stretch their wings to become moonbats. What a shame then, that their beloved nose candy kills the forests. An aside, how much do you think Rep. Waxman could clear-cut in a single snort?
Today, I regret that there is no part five. It’s my fault, I accidentally deleted the folder with my real science links instead of opening it.
here, let me save you the time…
Part Six: Global Hottie
I gave this one away earlier, so there’s no point in teasing you along. Let me justify this week’s pick by recalling that Ms. Alba appeared in the Fantastic 4 which saw a fellow superhero explode into flame just like we all will when global warming makes the planet burst. Now with the weak justification complete, deniers, please welcome your weekly hottie, Jessica Alba.
That’s it for another week, thanks for reading and have a terrific weekend.
Tomorrow sees the Throne Speech, and we start another parliamentary session. What better time to call or write your local MP to see that they will ensure that P-203 and its overwhelming support is brought swiftly to the House for a vote.
Find your local MP here and write/call do both. If you get a response, drop a comment or send me an email and I’ll put it up here.
People power has brought light to a dark corner and we can plainly see the cockroaches that are the HRC’s scurrying as they try to get out of the bright spotlight we have aimed at them. Let’s finish the job and stamp the pesky little suckers out of existence.
60% of chronically ill patients waited more than 4 weeks for a specialist appointment, 58% waited more than eight weeks.
26% could get a same-day appointment with a doctor (by contrast the number was 60% in the Netherlands and 54% in New Zealand)
23% of Canadians resorted to visiting an Emergency room to get medical attention, (6% in Germany and the Netherlands)
All patients polled were adults who had been diagnosed with at least one of these chronic
conditions: hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, lung
problems, cancer or depression.
There is a solution to start fixing the problem of Canada's broken health care system; turn the funding model upside down.
Currently each health authority gets a budget allowance that they must use to provide health care for the next year. The problem with this model is twofold; first it makes each patient a drain on resources and second, it encourages growth of the non-health care providing bureaucratic levels of health care. I do not joke when I suggest that it would be possible to cut 20% of payroll costs in every health authority across Canada without affecting patient care at all. The system is bloated with overpaid and underworked middle managers.
The solution is to split the funding into two stages; first is a basic maintenance level budget that meets the fixed costs of running a medical system, the second is per-patient funding that makes each patient a source of revenue, not cost. Instantly the system will reward those hospitals and health systems that can process patients effectively and punishes those who are unable to offer fast access to care.
This is only a start, and I suggest it because it is a way to effect great and effective change without looking at introducing two-tier or user-paid health care models; all the above can keep Canada's system 'free'. The survey quoted above also showed the problems with affordable access to health care in the USA, so perhaps the single-payer system is the best for now, but that does not mean we have to suffer from the incompetence and inefficiency inherent in a public system.
The revolution in health care is far more complex and requires a strength of character that so far seems to be lacking in Canadians and their political leaders; until that strength is found we will be left at the mercy of a crumbling system that does this country and its sick citizens no credit whatsoever.