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113 thoughts on “Monday Message Board

  1. As Ikon said and thank you; “It’s a pity the Pell argument has derailed the issue raised earlier by Magic Magee. I’d like to see a bit more discussion on that suggestion.”

    And all these important topics;
    KT2:”Please make knowledge public and rail against private hidden research. JQ said “when knowledge was spread around-so was prosperity”.

    Free access to research.”. And this is how you are able to do what you are doing : “ATP synthase ( And potentially dangerous in nefarious hands)”

    Magic Magee: “at these historic low rates of 1.5%, I believe that it would be worthwhile to consider other options for inflation targeting and economic stimulation.”.

    Gregory any answer please: “Didn’t QE end up via bond holders back in corporate pockets?:

    Svante – with appropriate digression to economic underpinning of the historic conviction; Cut all Australian commonwealth government handouts to religions, and fully tax the lot of them. End all government relations with foreign religious power, inclusive of ER.” And later “but religions cost all current Australian taxpayers somewhere between $40billion and $60billion per year in taxes foregone, ”

    Me: a sunami of ptsd: ““one the Internet’s most dystopian jobs” and ” an advert outside my woolies – seriously – for novated leases. Financialisation”.

    Gregory J. McKenzie “The global economy is on a tipping point. With Russia desperate for foreign currency we may see a collapse in the world oil benchmarks.”

    Me again. THIS: ““ATO whistleblower faces six life sentences, roughly the same as Ivan Milat”. They will come for you next. Must. Generate. Content. Not. Consume!

    Svante: “Senator Marise Payne now focused on securing of “No Extradition Guarantee” to allow Julian Assange to address Breach of Bail matter.”

    Luke E & kt2, at least trying to foster dialogue and actions not exegesis; “Any better suggestions welcome. My simple one perception re stigma of reporting – culture. Fund police more and provide them with trained trauma violence health workers with police directly at time of first call out.” And luke elford “A more plausible explanation is that we are headed down the US route, where political affiliation has little effect ”

    “Poselequestion “The fallout from privatisation of government assets can have far reaching deleterious especially when they are interrelated.”

    If there was as sandpit we would all be blind. Our host may have some ointment?

  2. Hi grandkids – sorry…
    “climate scientists at the California Institute of Technology this week produced a new glimpse of a possible long-term future for the planet if emissions stay as they are.
    Their study, based on two years of complex supercomputer calculations and published in Nature Geoscience, shows that if the accumulation of carbon in the atmosphere continues at the current rate for another century or so, it could precipitate the breakup of the subtropical cloud belt that currently reflects back into space about 30 per cent of the sun’s light.

    With that giant stratocumulus reflector gone, the earth’s surface temperature would rise quite abruptly. By about 8 degrees celsius, according to Tapio Schneider, Colleen Kaul and Kyle Pressel. That would be in addition to the approximately 4 degrees of extra warming generated directly by the carbon accumulation.” smh.com.au/politics/federal/inconvenient-truths-for-our-coal-cuddling-pm-20190301-p5119o.html

    ” In the simulations, stratocumulus decks become unstable and break up into scattered clouds when CO2 levels rise above 1,200 ppm. ”
    “Possible climate transitions from breakup of stratocumulus decks under greenhouse warming”
    https://www.nature.com/articles/s41561-019-0310-1

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  3. ” In the simulations, stratocumulus decks become unstable and break up into scattered clouds when CO2 levels rise above 1,200 ppm.”

    Current levels are about 400, so they’d have to multiply by 3 for this scenario to play out. Not exactly “a future for the planet if emissions stay as they are”.

  4. Sydney silk Bret Walker is handling Pell’s appeal, but doesn’t mean that Richter has been put in the (cardinal, or even venal) sin bin, regardless of his performance in the trial. The skills needed to assess evidence, cross examine witnesses and dazzle a jury are different to those needed to argue points of law before three judges of an appeal court.

  5. Conservatives in politics and the media have spent years demonising Africans. Peter Dutton tells us Melbournians fear going out after dark ‘cos Africans while Miranda Devine, Andrew Bolt and co. whip up the hateful racist mob at every opportunity.

    Yet no conservative ever spends a minute worrying about whether the hate frenzy they’ve whipped up might poison the well of public opinion and prevent an African-Australian from getting a fair trial.

    Nope, the conservatives save their tears Cardinal Pell, a man who has dodged numerous accusations of sexual assault on minors dating back to 1961, when he was a 19 year old seminarian accused of sexual assaulting little boys at a youth camp.

    ps.- there is a significant and well integrated South Sudanese community in the town near where I live. The only violence associated with them that I am aware of is a case in which a group of intoxicated white guys jumped out of car and beat a South Sudanese guy senseless as he was walking along the footpath.

  6. So Chris Pyne’s quit. I had my money on him being the next opposition leader, and this… actually shakes me a little bit.

    I mean, he’s been manager of government business in the house since the liberals were elected: this isn’t a man who shies away from a low-profile high-workload job. Done an outstanding job too, it’s worth noting. And he’s done his time as senior cabinet minister and all of that, on any shortlist of candidates for next leader he’d have to be pretty high up. His seat looks safe enough, too [~5% tpp], or certainly worth a roll of the dice if the swing is what the public polls are saying.

    So really the only reason that comes to mind for Chris Pyne to quit is because somebody’s told him the party would never vote for him as opposition leader because he wasn’t enough of a dumb fuck.

  7. KT2
    I did correct my omission. Frankly I thought at the time that a new topic of conversation was needed given the stream of low level drivel regarding the Pell trial.

  8. Poselequestion. Cheers.
    “the stream of low level drivel” [ plenty of messaging, hardly any mesaages ] + sandpit just makes sandcastles. Very ephemeral. I checked meaning and free dictionary happened by serendipity to have a fantastically relevant quote.

    Ephemeral: Lasting for a markedly brief time: “There remain some truths too ephemeral to be captured in the cold pages of a court transcript” (Irving R. Kaufman).

    Love serendipity.

    Irving Kaufman – from Truman on… death penalty, and gave a life back to others. And “Kaufman presided over the three-judge appeals court panel reviewing the deportation of John Lennon and rejected the government’s attempt to deport him from the United States to the United Kingdom based upon his having pleaded guilty in England to possession of hashish.”
    wikipedia.org/wiki/Irving_Kaufman

  9. @ Collins Street. Chris Pyne was a member before 2004 so gets a defined benefit pension (more than $200000) based on his Ministerial salary. I suspect the prospect of forthcoming electoral annihilation probably had him counting his pennies.

    Pity. He was an effective Minister.

  10. @harryclarke

    Yes and no. Pyne had a free option. He could have contested the election and, assuming a bad loss and the prospect of many years in opposition, resigned afterwards with the same pension, which is based on highest salary, not the last salary.

  11. Nature bats last, sure, but how would you like your toast?

    KT2, March 2, 2019 at 9:27 am: “climate scientists at the California Institute of Technology this week produced a new glimpse of a possible long-term future for the planet if emissions stay as they are. … With that giant stratocumulus reflector gone, the earth’s surface temperature would rise quite abruptly. By about 8 degrees celsius, …”

    http ://johnmenadue.com/peter-sainsbury-sunday-environmental-round-up-3-march-2019/#more-25632
    PETER SAINSBURY: …My graph this week comes from a report by McKinsey (page 29) who have, they assert, used their global expertise to compile a ‘Reference Case’ of what the global energy future looks like. The graph below illustrates their prediction that energy-related carbon emissions will increase until 2024 and then fall slowly to be 22% below the peak by 2050. If McKinseys are correct, we’re toast!
    http ://johnmenadue.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Global-emissions-by-fuel-2016-50.png

    Here’s the McKinsey page. Some graphics -“This downward trajectory, however, is still far off from a 2-degree pathway* – and the same somewhat problematic pdf report link per Sainsbury:
    https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/oil-and-gas/our-insights/global-energy-perspective-2019
    https ://www.mckinsey.com/~/media/McKinsey/Industries/Oil%20and%20Gas/Our%20Insights/Global%20Energy%20Perspective%202019/McKinsey-Energy-Insights-Global-Energy-Perspective-2019_Reference-Case-Summary.ashx

    http ://tapri.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Saunders-2018-finalV3.pdf
    Why Do We Have a ‘Big Australia’?
    Stephen Saunders 1 October 2018:
    Realign our population trajectory with the environmental constraints
    Whether or not under the name of ‘carrying capacity’, let us put the environmental parameters and
    constraints back into our population plans. If these were taken at all seriously, we would see the need to
    redraw our 2050 (not 2030) population plan much closer to 30m…

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