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Spectacular own goal scored by our elitist academics

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The beauty of those that wrote this open letter supporting the Extinction Rebellion throws up some very enlightening facts. Read it and weep. Not the letter – the stats.

Perhaps the most hilarious signatory to the letter is Matthew Flinders of Flinders University. Unless the university website has another Matthew Flinders listed as an active member, our esteemed explorer seems to have navigated his way back to life…simply adding to the total lack of credibility of the cabal of 268 academics who believe they have some sort of intellectual superiority over us. If one ever wanted proof of our judiciary leaning hard left, 12% of the people that signed this document were in law-related fields.

Yet, why couldn’t they sign up a majority of scientists in the profession of the very climate change emergency they wish to sanctimoniously lecture us on? And we are paying billions to these schools to educate us? Hmmm.

Many of the woke academia come from fields such as stand up comedy, poetry, arts/education, sports management, archaeology, LatAm studies, sex, health and society, social services, veterinary biology, culture, gender, racism…are you catching the drift of those supporting XR? Even Monash University’s Campus Operations Manager and Telephony Application Administrator signed it! Wonderful individuals but should we hold our educators to such high standards when anyone’s opinion will do?

Eerily, over 90% of the signatories do not appear to be renowned experts in teaching science, much less climate science. Which means, why weren’t the scientists in these universities willing to commit their names to a cause that fits their ideology? Who needs them when one faculty member from Monash University deals with ‘Imaginative Education‘?

61% of the signatories were from universities situated in the Democratic People’s Republic of Victoria. Within that, 65 (more than all those that signed from NSW universities = 63) of those 164 names from Victoria were from RMIT, the school where the lecturer offered bonus points for sending selfies from the school climate strike. Precious little free thought one imagines.  Monash had 44. So two universities in Melbourne made up 109 of the 268 Add La Trobe University and half of the signatories are from Victoria. Premier Dan Andrews must be proud.

Tinonee Pym, a research assistant at the Swinburne University of Technology in NSW helped pen,

C’mon, no one wants a dick pic’: exploring the cultural framings of the ‘dick pic’ in contemporary online publics

Undoubtedly this research has only certified climate science credentials at Swinburne University to convince sceptics of the validity of XR.

Southern Cross University was the only group of signatories where the majority had a connection to a faculty related to climate science.

On reflection we should be exceptionally happy these woke academics have opened themselves up to how empty their rhetoric is. The overwhelming majority of signatories are from liberal arts backgrounds. Surely with the aggregate IQ of 268 people they could have realized the flaw in pushing a cause where the qualified people that can prosecute the argument for them are conspicuously absent.

We need a Royal Commission on our education system. The gaping holes in standards are self-evident. This is an unmitigated clown show.

School Climate Strikers demand McDonalds

Good to see that kids are still kids. Before demanding we selfish adults take climate action immediately, they obviously need to fuel up on McDonalds, a brand that represents the complete anti Christ of their cause. Dipping nuggets into plastic BBQ sauce bowls, eating from cardboard hamburger boxes and drinking from single use waxed paper cups and plastic straws all stuck in a disposable paper bag.

Tells us all we need to know. The saddest thing is these kids are blissfully unaware of their own hypocrisy.

It is more likely that a McDonalds diet will kill them way before Mother Nature does.

The profile of an arsonist

Well, well, well. Some school kids in Queensland have been busted for arson. While the “blame everything on climate change” brigade keeps making links to global warming and bushfires, the truth is that global area consumed by bushfire in the last 18 years has fallen 24%.

The Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) notes that 85% of fires are either accidentally, suspiciously or deliberately lit. The US Department of the Interior data shows 90%. So it is consistent with Aussie pyromania.

The AIC notes, “most arsonists are white male, mid-20s, patchy employment record, often above average intelligence, but poor academic achievement and poor social development skills…56% of convicted structural arsonists and 37% of bushfire arsonists in NSW had a prior conviction for a previous offence.

The AIC might need to lower the age bracket to include brainwashed school kids spoon fed propaganda by activist teachers.

If the left really wanted to add to the list of climate change causality they could add white privilege to the growing excuses, sorry proof:

Pets

Cannibalism

Toxic Masculinity

Gender

Angela Merkel’s shakes

CM’s bus was late today. Maybe climate change is to blame. Or maybe Russian interference…both!?

Bega’s environmental promises & embarrassing boasts

Before it declared a climate emergency, here is how the Bega Valley Shire Council (BVSC) viewed its role in saving the planet.

On page 24 of the 2017/18 BVSC Annual Report (AR) noted,

61.106 passengers flew in or out of Merimbula airport, a 1,396 (+2.3%) person increase! If there is a climate emergency why would it celebrate this? How could it possibly encourage 70km of paved road repairs or fixing up 7km of bridges? Aren’t these gestures only going to contribute to a climate catastrophe by inviting more fossil fuel powered traffic?

Ah yes, but on the environment…the AR noted,

We care for the environment by:

• Managing and enhancing bushland areas

• Providing environmental and waste education and recycling services

• Responding to pollution incidents and prosecuting polluters.

• Monitoring the water quality of the Shire’s estuaries

• Planting trees and controlling noxious weeds

• Beneficially recycling and reusing treated effluent.

The amount spent on taking care of noxious plants and insect/vermin control; other environmental protection; solid waste management, including domestic waste; other waste management; other sanitation; and garbage, street cleaning, drainage and stormwater management amounted to around $11.5m out of the $92.7m expenditure in Bega Valley.

Under “environmental protection” BVSC spending fell $20,000 on the previous year to $68,000. Its a pathetic figure against all the hysteria.

Northern Beaches Council to declare a climate emergency

Well done Northern Beaches Council (NBC) for joining the echo chamber group think fest. Shame on it for being so late to the party. What does being the 800th odd city/country to declare actually mean other than inability to think critically for themselves?

In the 2017/18 annual report it states the council saved 293 tons of CO2. Given that Australia produces around 561m tons, this amazing effort has meant a reduction of 0.0000522% of Australia’s total. Put it against Australia’s CO2 impact vs the entire atmosphere means that Northern Beaches have hammered home a mammoth 0.000000000699857% saving! Yes 9 zeroes. Does every bit count?

At 1% of Australia’s population, how much is Northern Beaches willing to spend in ratepayers’ coin to save sea level rises? Maybe the council should ask why it hasn’t seen a cataclysmic residential fire sale from residents living by the beach?

The bigger joke was the invite of former Climate Commissioner Tim Flannery to talk to the council ahead of the climate emergency vote. How can a man who has made so many dud predictions be called upon for expert advice? Well the reality is if NBC want to justify their action to declare a climate emergency who better to do their bidding inside the echo chamber than Flannery. Who is willing to bet against the proposition that no one was invited to prosecute the other side of the argument?

For CM the largest irony is the cover of the 2017/18 annual report features a Yamaha VX Waverunner. It has a gas guzzling 3-cylinder 1049cc engine. It gets 9mpg which would be at the absolute bottom on an engine capacity basis for fuel economy across all NBC fleet vehicles.

CM did notice that the spending on “environment” fell by around $13.5m on last year. Not to worry – the $81m spent on “Environment” essentially includes noxious plants and insect/vermin control; other environmental protection; solid waste management, including domestic waste; other waste management; other sanitation; and garbage, street cleaning, drainage and stormwater management.

Yawn. More pathetic virtue signaling.

Uh Oh! Tesla’s next big problem

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Glencore reported on p33 of its half-yearly results that it is suspending its cobalt mining in the DR Congo. It noted that, “Mutanda’s economic viability has deteriorated since the update provided at the 2018 Results presentation in February 2019

Note that Mutanda provided 25kt of cobalt, a vital ingredient in making batteries for electric vehicles (EV). In Darton Commodities ‘2018-2019 Cobalt Market Review,’ it forecast total global cobalt supply of 140kt in 2020 vs. total global demand of 132kt. Knocking out Mutanda will push the market into 19kt deficit.

For a company like Tesla that is trying to ramp volumes at lower/discounted prices, higher raw input prices will only make life harder in making sustainable profits.

How lucky we are that Bill Shorten never got his 50% EV sales by 2030 plan into effect.

Youth Rebellion – more lefty lunacy

These people are truly unhinged. It just reads more and more like a totalitarian manifesto. ‘XR Youth’, ‘Extinction Rebellion Guardians’…’a new and healthier way forward for the organism‘…’a surprise occupation’. XR wrote,

“Extinction Rebellion UK’s recent strategy process was marked by a surprise occupation by XR Youth, with the support of the Extinction Rebellion Guardians team.

XR Youth demanded that young people be supported in co-creating a new and healthier way forward for the organism. XR Youth have been developing new ways of working and of organising actions, and proposed that their thinking needs to be at the heart of how Extinction Rebellion UK functions.

XR Youth also demanded that the proposed action at Heathrow Airport be dropped as they do not support an action at Heathrow at this time and in this way. It was unanimously agreed that the process for attempting to decide to have an action at Heathrow had been divisive, poorly conducted, and left many people across Extinction Rebellion feeling unheard and exhausted.

Extinction Rebellion has therefore decided that the action will neither be condoned nor supported as designed.

If an action with drones takes place at Heathrow it will be by an independent group outside Extinction Rebellion.

It was agreed that Extinction Rebellion do need to include actions that are highly disruptive, in which some people are willing to take personal risks with their own liberty or well-being in order to highlight the severity of the crisis. Such actions will inevitably be controversial and there will be a variety of views on them. The new approaches from XR Youth will help guide Extinction Rebellion UK through these challenges in the future.”

Are we to assume that a ‘drone’ action was proposed but knocked back? That a rogue element will still launch one to shut down the airport where XR will disavow any responsibility?

Do we take actions where “some people are willing to take personal risks” as sacrificial lambs who will be glorified in the struggle? Do we have any future Horst Wessel-esque martyrs that will be glorified by the XR Youth movement?

Seems like XR’s actions are likely to become more extreme and end up taxing public order beyond what is reasonable. These people have no shame. Their actions are likely to backfire. They should have their applications for protest restricted to areas that prevent becoming a broader public nuisance than they’ve already been.