Sunday 21st of July 2019

miranda pisses over the ledge...

In her opinionated editorial of 28/4/19, Miranda Devine hits the craps at full shit speed:


First Miranda is an ignorant twat. Second Miranda is a dangerous ignorant twat. Third Miranda Devine is a useless bitch. Sorry I should have used another word, but this one is the only one coming to mind.

Ignorance can be sorted out when people are willing to learn. Being a bitch shows that Miranda Devine is not willing to learn, THOUGH the words she spruiks are like that of the forked tongue snake trying to distort the words of her god with the forbidden fruit. "COME ON, she says, burn fossil fuels..." Carbon dioxide is a plant food, we all know that, but EXTRA CO2 is warming up the atmosphere. Is this difficult to understand? This has been understood since the 19th century by scientists: CO2 is what keeps the planet warm enough for us to live in. And it feeds the fucking plants. No worries about this either. Correct. But add more CO2 in the atmosphere (and the oceans — we won't go too deep into this for now), than its maximum natural quotient (300ppm), the atmosphere WILL WARM UP. HOW MUCH WILL IT WARM UP?


Well, Miranda, read SCIENCE, the magazine of the AAAS, instead of the Catholic Weekly. I guess the Pope, YOUR Pope does and knows more about this subject than your fucking boss, Mr Murdoch.

leave her alone...

Miranda, leave this BRAVE GIRL alone if you can't understand what she is talking about. She has done the hard yards and learnt sciences and the reality of the carbon equation. You, Ms Devine, are still a dark soul caught in having to adjust to the changes of evolution. I won't be kind, because by doing what you did today, you deserve a flogging. At one stage, you pseudo-compare her to a rabid tyrant by asking us to imagine if one of those were to say what THIS BRAVE GIRL is saying. The worst part is you call her UNWARY. Unwary is an insult to this young mind, who is more aware of things than a precocious young Mozart in her own field of knowledge. Imagine being called incautious, careless, thoughtless, unthinking, heedless, inattentive, unwatchful, unobservant, loony, unintelligent, retarded, ignorant? Well, fucking Miranda, this is you. YOU! You are incautious, careless, thoughtless, unthinking, heedless, inattentive, unwatchful, unobservant, loony, unintelligent, retarded, ignorant!

When will you ever learn not to be? Never? Please go and poop somehwere else, but leave Greta alone...



Miranda ...

I think poor old Miranda is just jealous of Greta & her success in accessing the world's leaders to promote her powerful message.

In particular as the only people who will listen to Miranda's bile are ancient knuckle-dragging white men dressed in lycra ...

yes john, unfortunately, miranda isn't solo...


by Stewart Lee




Needless to say, I dragged my children down to Oxford Circus over Easter, travelling by bicycle to avoid the BBC’s Justin Webb accusing me of hypocrisy. I had hoped to get in some good virtue signalling, but I am so out of shape no one recognised me as “Stewart Lee, the world’s greatest living stand-up comedian” (Dominic Maxwell, the Times) and Nanny McPhee was able to snaffle the limelight as usual.

You would have to be dead inside to ridicule the teenage environmentalist Greta Thunberg and yet the usual grindingly algorithimic alt-right controversialists have done just that. And Ken Marsh, the actual genuine chairman of the real Metropolitan Police Federation that exists, described Greta’s followers on LBC as people “eating their lentil souffles that they are all doing”, like an incoherent baby writing a satirical song about hippies for Nationwide circa 1983.

Theresa May wouldn’t even meet the child warrior, knowing she would melt before Greta’s Scandinavian certainties, just as in In the Mouth of Madness, the insurance fraud investigator John Trent (Sam Neill) remains incarcerated in an asylum rather than confront the horrible truths beyond its walls.

I’ll level with ya, True Believers! Inspired by In the Mouth of Madness, I had hoped to write an entire column in the style of a 19th-century horror writer. But I gave up. My youngest flushed a whole apple down the toilet last night and I lost an evening’s writing time in the fallout.

But Greta Thunberg has made everything buzz with hot fuzzy meaning. And there was one line in In the Mouth of Madness, that Sam Neill’s character says while drawing crucifixes on the wall of his padded cell, that just jumped out – “Every species can smell its own extinction.” You go, girl!

Stewart Lee appears in Comedy for Community, a benefit in aid of community charities North London Cares and South London Cares, at the Leicester Square theatre on 20 May with Harry Hill, Lolly Adefope, and Shazia Mirza


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At least the Pope has the decency to recognise the validity of Greta Thunberg's arguments... This one fact really shits La Devine — a staunch Catholic...

they have nothing left...

Oh, to be Greta. The queue of (mostly) middle aged men using their media platforms to attack her is now running around the block.

They have resorted to these ad hominem attacks because they have nothing left. Having substantially lost the political and the scientific arguments against climate action some time ago, they now face losing complete control of an agenda they have become accustomed to manipulating.

It's like a Who's Who of disorientated individuals.

We can start with the Grande Dame of anti-environmentalism: Koch-sponsored Brendan O’Neill, who Debrorah Orr reminds us “has already devoted a thousand or so of his rancid words to ‘The cult of Greta Thunberg’”.

Orr points out that O’Neill has suggested Greta “was a ‘millenarian weirdo’, then bulking out his thesis with the following: ‘The monotone voice. The look of apocalyptic dread in her eyes … There is something chilling and positively pre-modern about Ms Thunberg.’”


As the desperate pile-on grew in intensity day by day, Aussie right-winger Helen Dale provided an anomaly to the usual British, male, pale, and stale commentariat — but only demographically. She suggested:

Can the Beeb arrange for Andrew Neil to interview this Greta Thunberg character? Because afterwards I guarantee we’ll never hear from her again. She may even have a meltdown on national telly into the bargain.

That’s right. Roll up, roll up, to see an aged Adam Smith Institute fanboy emotionally batter a 16-year old. That’s everyone’s idea of fun.

As Orr (again) noted, this is “particularly crass” because people on the autistic spectrum, as Greta has said she is, are “commonly described as having a ‘meltdown’” when they get overwhelmed.

Therefore, Orr points out, “Dale is suggesting that a neurological condition should be triggered on camera, in a child, in order for her to suffer global humiliation.”

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more important protests...

There were tears outside Scott Morrison's office in Sydney's south, but the biggest crowds were in Melbourne where thousands of students skipped school to demand action on climate change.

Key points: 
  • Many of the speakers at events around Australia railed against the proposed Adani coal mine
  • In Melbourne about 1,000 people attended a rally in the CBD and police blocked a section of Exhibition Street 
  • Former prime minister Tony Abbott's office in Sydney was also a hot spot


About 70 demonstrations were held around Australia — hundreds turned out at the Prime Minister's office in Cronulla, although most in the crowd there were older than school age.

Stella Brazier, 14, burst into tears when asked about her decision to attend.

"It just upsets me so much because I just don't now if they [politicians] are going to do anything," she said.

"What's going to happen to humankind, what's going to happen to the whole world?"

Former prime minister Tony Abbott's office in Warringah was also a hot spot.

Students held signs with slogans such as "denial is not a policy" and "what we stand for is what we stand on" while chanting "time up's Tony".


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Kids! Note that your tears of today will be fondly remembered like when we protested against the Vietnam war. We had to do it. We had no choice except acquiesce to murders on a grand scale. The modern Western media has unfortunately been embedded with the governments to make sure you are belittled. You are tall, literate, scientific and proud. We salute you (especially in Marrickville where one could see you in the rain holding Stop Adani placards — this is why we have to stop adani...). We need you to show yourself your own future, because the dills in Kanbra and those at the Sunday Crapograh won't. 


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ignorance is like cultivating noodles...

It was hot on a recent Tuesday evening in Velten, a small town in the eastern German state of Brandenburg. The only way to stay cool was to keep the doors and windows open. The speakers were sweating. So was the audience.

A good 200 people had shown up to listen to speeches by Jörg Meuthen, the national spokesman for the far-right populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, and other party leaders. Surely no one would deny that the venue was so hot because of all the people inside. But asked whether humanity was also responsible for heating up the planet, the attendees' answers would probably be less affirmative.

Meuthen recalled an "awakening experience" in the European Parliament in mid-April, explaining that a guest had come to visit: "Hold on to your hat, this was a very, very high-ranking state visit, the holy Greta from Sweden." The audience laughed. "But seriously," Meuthen said, getting worked up, the parliament's president had greeted "this 16-year-old student." And what's more, he told the audience, Greta had received "thundering applause."

"Unbelievable," grumbled one man in the front row. Meuthen continued: "She got standing ovations from the entire parliament. For what, one has to wonder, for what?" He followed up with a joke: "The next day, she met the Pope, and gave him a small audience." More laughter.

Has the icon of the student-led "Fridays for Future" protests become a target of far-right populist scorn? Has a 16-year-old student been painted as the political opponent of the AfD? Yes, indeed.

Low Hanging Fruit

The far-right German party has adopted a new issue to score points with voters: environmental policy. The party addresses it in the federal parliament, the Bundestag, and out on the campaign trail. It fosters connections to climate change deniers in the orbit of U.S. President Donald Trump. But more than anything, it is trying to drum up support ahead of upcoming elections in May for the European Parliament as well as elections in three East German states, which are scheduled for late summer.

After the euro and the refugee crisis, it is the third major theme the party is using to bring people on its side. The AfD didn't just decide to shift its message out of the blue: It recognized some time ago that scolding migrants and warning of Muslim conspiracies don't have the same pull they did two or three years ago. This is mostly because there are far fewer refugees entering the country now than a few years ago. The AfD needs to find a new rallying cry.

Environmental policy has become a ubiquitous, hot-button issue. There are the "Fridays for Future" protests instigated by Greta Thunberg, the debate over diesel vehicles and proposed driving bans on those cars in some cities due to dangerous emissions, the never-ending squabbling over the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia and, most recently, the push by German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze to implement a carbon tax. Not to mention the images of melting glaciers and plastic floating in the ocean, or the memories of the drought-stricken summer last year.

"We would be foolish to not take up the subject," said Meuthen. It is one of the most important issues, especially for his party, Meuthen added. "As a politician, you have to tackle the subjects people care about."

As far as pollsters can tell, Meuthen isn't wrong. According to one survey conducted by the pollster Forschungsgruppe Wahlen in mid-April, "environment/clean energy revolution" was described as the second-most important "problem in Germany," right after "foreigners/integration/refugees." According to another pollster, Infratest dimap, "environment- and climate-protection" played either a very important or an important role for 89 percent of eligible voters during the 2017 general election.

Unscientific Beliefs

The AfD is taking up a position unoccupied by any other German political party -- far from any conclusions supported by science.

At the launch of the European election campaign in the southern German city of Offenburg three weeks ago, the AfD's party and parliamentary group head Alexander Gauland grandiosely claimed that it was "completely unclear" what role humans were playing in climate change. Gauland spoke of "degenerate fearmongering" by the Green Party. And then he conjured up his own horror scenario: Soon there would be a "United States of Europe, a de-industrialized settlement covered in wind turbines" in which not only all national identities would be abolished, but all cars would be electric, "and only available via car-sharing."

The AfD's retrograde views are especially well-received in rural areas, where many depend on their cars. The party portrays itself as the party that wants to "save diesel." That also happens to be the slogan on the election poster that the AfD's district associations have ordered the most. According to the party's European election platform, "millions of diesel drivers were practically dispossessed" because the government, the other parties and the EU decided that combustion engines were bad and anachronistic. In Velten, Meuthen even claimed that the "diesel limits" from Brussels were "destroying our car industry" and that the entire sector would disappear. He received loud applause from people who saw him as the fighter who would save the combustion engine.

The AfD's stance on the climate makes it an outlier not just in Germany, but in Europe as well. "When it comes to climate change, the AfD is among the hardliners of the European right-wing populists," said Stella Schaller, a climate expert at Berlin's adelphi think tank. With a colleague, Schaller analyzed 21 European right-wing populist parties' platforms, statements and voting behavior in the European Parliament. "No other party, with the exception of Britain's UKIP, denies human-induced climate change as vehemently as the AfD."

Dubious Backers

The AfD works especially closely with the European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE). Contrary to its name, EIKE is not a scientific institute, but merely an association. There are no legal restrictions on the term "institute."

On its website, the group argues that climate policy is a "pretense" for leaders to "control the economy and the population" and to "burden people with taxes." Almost every day, the group posts something new on its blog or Twitter feed. Sometimes it presents new figures, but mostly it just shares a lot of photo montages and flashy headlines. It tries to stir up hatred against the "Friday for Future" demonstrations and against Greta Thunberg, who some EIKE members refer to as "Greta Tuna" or that "climate protection hussy." As far as institutes go, this one only seems to churn out unsophisticated propaganda.

An attempt to visit EIKE in Jena, where the organization is registered, was not entirely successful. First, a press spokesman excused himself multiple times. Later, he said he wasn't authorized to answer the questions being asked. The group's president suggested a visit in the coming week, but then stopped answering his phone. His deputy, Michael Limburg, eventually took pity and said on the phone: "EIKE is unaffiliated with any political party."

Limburg himself ran as an AfD candidate in the national election in Gerany and co-wrote a paper for the party's federal committee on energy policy, which now serves as the basis for the party's climate policy. EIKE spokesperson Horst-Joachim Lüdecke, a physicist, was invited by the AfD as an expert on multiple occasions.

The association is well-connected, including among prominent climate change deniers in the United States. For instance, German public broadcaster ARD's political program Monitor revealed last summer that EIKE chief Holger Thuss was also in charge of the European subsidiary of CFACT, a lobby organization. The American oil giant ExxonMobil has donated large sums of money to CFACT.

Then there's the Heartland Institute, which provides EIKE with support at conferences. It receives donations from the foundation of a billionaire who is one of the biggest donors to U.S. President Donald Trump. The money often flows to groups that oppose climate protection. When asked, Limburg confirmed that EIKE was "loosely connected" to Heartland and CFACT. There are also AfD politicians who attempt, without the support of the institute, to bring the public on their side.

An Exercise in Political Propaganda

During a "Fridays for Future" protest in Berlin's Mitte district in mid-March, the AfD Bundestag parliamentarian Karsten Hilse handed out "quizzes" to some young people at the front of the crowd -- and allowed himself be filmed doing so. Hilse, who is also his party's representative on the Bundestag Committee on the Environment, posted the video to Facebook. He wrote that the "quiz" was meant to check the youths' "science knowledge."

Climate researcher Stefan Rahmstorf took a closer look at the "quiz," which consisted of eight questions. On his blog, he wrote that it could serve as the "basis for a lesson about political propaganda." The "quiz" was carefully written, asking, for instance, by how many molecules per ten thousand the level of CO2 in the atmosphere had increased since the Little Ice Age, starting with the Industrial Revolution. As was the case for almost all the quiz's answers, the lowest option ("1") was correct. Rahmstorf's verdict: The quiz wasn't meant to determine people's knowledge, but rather to mislead them and thus underline political positions. Several of the answers, he wrote, were completely false.

In Stuttgart, meanwhile, the AfD has tried to use regular "diesel demonstrations" in the city to its advantage. Since mid-January, a few hundred people have been protesting there in yellow vests in favor of diesel and against the decision by the state's Green-led Transport Ministry to ban certain types of diesel cars in the city. While the organizer of the protests, Ioannis Sakkaros, emphasized that the event is not affiliated with any party, the AfD logo was visible on the bottom right corner of many protest signs, often poorly disguised. And AfD politicians like Dirk Spaniel have been among the protesters from the beginning.

Spaniel is the transport policy spokesperson for the AfD's parliamentary group in the federal parliament, and says it is no coincidence that the party has now taken on the issue. "That is also my doing," he says. He has long believed there is a plan to remake society under the banner of combating climate change. Spaniel suspects that the government has a grand plan: "Privately owned cars are to be eliminated." He says the AfD wants to prevent this from happening. After all, he believes the car industry is a key sector for the country. And in rural areas, a discussion about driving bans triggers strong emotional reactions.

When Spaniel's theories are challenged, he also reacts emotionally.

On a recent Tuesday, while the AfD lawmaker was technically on Easter holiday, he agreed to a meeting in his office in the Bundestag. Dressed in blue jeans and a polo shirt, he was at first happy to talk about the state of the AfD and his path to the party. But when the subject turned to diesel and climate-change prediction models, his tone changed. He began interrupting with a raised index finger. "The fact that 90 percent of scientists believe the current climate models are correct is not scientific proof that they are right," he said. And: "Excuse me, but I simply get riled up when someone claims something different."

Reframing the Debate

The AfD also uses the Bundestag to publicize its favorite new subject. Spaniel has hired six aides for the transportation portfolio, and correspondingly, the party has made many minor inquiries and proposed numerous laws. According to Cem Özdemir, the head of the transport committee and the former head of the Greens, the AfD is occupying "tilled soil."

That ground was tilled, says Özdemir, by the FDP and parts of the CDU, who have moved against Environmental Action Germany (DUH), a group that fights for clean air in cities. Some parts of the FDP and the CDU want to limit the DUH's right to file lawsuits. They accuse its leader of being corrupt and a puppet of the Japanese auto industry, with the goal of harming German businesses. It is, in other words, a conspiracy theory -- almost perfectly suited for the AfD.

Of course, Özdemir says, the populist party is happy to take this conspiracy theory and run with it. "(The AfD) likes to vote in favor of motions the FDP is making against the DUH or against driving bans." In doing this, he argues, it wants to make itself seem like part of the mainstream, while also harming its greatest opponents.

DUH Chairman Jürgen Resch is one such opponent. He has been the target of public defamation by the AfD. Meuthen, the party spokesman, calls Resch a "frequent flyer" and says his group "bullies" everyone in the hopes of instituting speed limits on roads.

The far-right party, meanwhile, has relied on highly dubious experts, like physicist Nir Shaviv, who appeared before the environment committee. In front of the lawmakers, he claimed there was no proof of human-caused climate change, dismissing what thousands of researchers in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have shown. Shaviv's theory is that some special solar force is having a stronger influence on the Earth's temperature than had previously been assumed.


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Note: the special solar force that is having a stronger influence on the Earth's temperature than had previously been assumed is called INFRARED. SEE: