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September 11th, 2006

It’s time, once again for the Monday Message Board. As usual, civilised discussion and absolutely no coarse language, please.

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  1. chris shannon
    September 11th, 2006 at 10:37 | #1

    no 5 year anniversary comments, Prof Q?

  2. jquiggin
    September 11th, 2006 at 11:27 | #2

    Coming soon, if I get time, chris.

  3. chris shannon
    September 11th, 2006 at 11:50 | #3

    no pressure intended, your public awaits!

  4. Steve
    September 11th, 2006 at 11:54 | #4

    Here is the Age’s effort at balanced reporting, Alan Moran on global warming:

    And you thought the Australian was bad!

    A very lazy op-ed from Moran – it is as though he just copied and pasted the whole piece.

  5. Aidan
    September 11th, 2006 at 12:34 | #5

    I think it’s meant to be provocative. I remember a reporter from The Age (Michelle or Melanie, sorry can’t remember her name!) writing quite a good debunking of the sceptic/denialist arguments and I assumed (eeyore!) that it represented The Age’s considered view. I agree with you that the “just hot air” story is lazy – it doesn’t add anything to the argument at all.

  6. taust
    September 11th, 2006 at 12:50 | #6

    Ignoring the low probability event that his sceptism on global warning turns out to be true.

    What do you think of his other points?

  7. jquiggin
    September 11th, 2006 at 13:48 | #7

    Tim Lambert already demolished this one.

  8. observa
    September 11th, 2006 at 15:00 | #8

    Moran raises the elephant in the room of global warming like the stat I heard recently that if Oz stopped ALL GG emissions immediately, then at the rate China is producing coal fired power stations, they would make this up in 9 months time. That is a fairly depressing sort of stat if you swallow all the worst doomsday scenarios of GW.

  9. morganzola
    September 11th, 2006 at 15:32 | #9

    Has anybody else noticed how often the ‘elephant in the room’ metaphor has been deployed in the blogosphere and MSM lately?

  10. Tony Phillips
    September 11th, 2006 at 17:05 | #10

    According to ABC reports today, while John Howard doesn’t want to go anywhere near Al Gore, several Coalition members have viewed the film. On has to love the way the members of the govt came out of it puffed up about how the government will address this issue, and claiming geosequestration of coal carbon as the answer. Cynicism, outright lies or stupidity, you be the judge. Either way another big win for the coal lobby.

    I did notice the Age on the weekend at least ran a piece where Australian scientists rated the science in Gore’s film and all scored it high. At least some early heading off of the deniers here.

    Meanwhile, coal industry lobbyist (oops sorry Federal Industry Minister) Ian Macfarlane has dismissed the contents of An Inconvenient Truth as “one man’s interpretation of fact”, which apart from the non-sense of the phrase is perhaps best read as a wonderful example of the wildest postmodernism, where all reality is just a matter of perspective. Especially perhaps if it is inconvient to one’s world view or the profitability of those who support you. (Can Macfarlane soon expect a call from Julie Bishop and the PM dressing him down for his postmodernism?)


  11. September 11th, 2006 at 17:22 | #11

    Morganzola, I know!

    The need and willingness of bloggers to resort to tired cliches like that is the elephant in the room of blogging.

  12. September 11th, 2006 at 19:26 | #12

    If you keep this up I will jump the shark and hunt moonbats with my legions of dropbears until the wheel is still spinning but the mouse is dead.

  13. observa
    September 11th, 2006 at 20:18 | #13

    How do we deal with the large waisted muslim in the synagogue then?

  14. September 11th, 2006 at 21:03 | #14

    Invite him into the broad church and hope he doesn’t puke on JWH’s personal pew.

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