Wednesday, January 04, 2017
No sea level rise in Moreton Bay: A FALL instead
Moreton Bay borders Brisbane. A Brisbane reader emailed me as follows:
I thought you might be interested in this photo of our old family home site at Cleveland Point, Moreton Bay. That old jetty is one I helped build in 1946. And in the years from '46 to '53 the fine weather king tides [~ normal BP] just covered the decking on that jetty [decking now missing but 30 mm higher than remaining bearers]. This photo was taken at the top of the highest king tide of this summer [15/12/16] and as you can see this tide is at least a foot lower than the top of the jetty. I have been doing this check regularly for the last 6 years and it is always the same. Around a foot lower.
Not only is there no acceleration in SLR in this isoststically stable part of the world but there is NO SLR at all. There have been no hydrodynamic changes anywhere near this very exposed part of the bay to possibly influence tides.
The new owners have wisely built a mezzanine wall and filled the site because apart from being at king tide height the lawn would be under water by up to a foot with cyclonic storm surges which happened quite often in the past though rarely nowadays.
It is interesting when you talk to council engineers and others in authority who should know -- like university professors advising on coastal city planning etc. -- just how little they really know about the true sea level situation.
There is no continuous tide gauge data and they all believe in the satellite altimetry -- JI
Comment: To those who have been fed Greenie propaganda, this must seem inexplicable but it is in fact a common finding. The very carefully set Isle of the Dead gauge in Tasmania also shows a mean sea-level fall of about a foot
And because Australia is remarkably stable geologically, Australian data is of particular interest. Rising and falling of the land can mostly be ruled out in Australia. So, contrary to the IPCC, the sea level has not risen as a result of the slight C20 temperature rise.
There are many sea-level records showing falling in the Northern hemisphere too. So how come we haven't heard of them? Because the commonly published records are ADJUSTED ones. We rarely get to see the raw data. The theory is that the ground is rising as a rebound from the weight of ice that vanished after the last ice age (isostatic rebound). So the Warmists have a formula to "correct" for rising of the ground. And that highly theoretical formula turns a sea-level fall into a slight rise.
But the last ice age went away thousands of years ago. Surely any rebound effect would have completed long ago. So it is pure theory and quite improbable theory which tells us that sea levels have been rising over C20 and earlier. It is not only the temperature readings that have been adjusted. The sea level data has been adjusted too.
Even if we allow the possibility that there is still some isostatic rebound going on, can we believe a rise of a foot in very recent times? It's just another fraud. With an acceleration like that, most of Europe and North America should be as high as the Himalayas.
So where has the missing water gone? It's confirmation of the "Simpson Effect". Simpson predicted that warming would cause water to be trapped in glacial ice at the poles. And Antarctic ice has in fact been increasing overall.
Read the late John Daly on the matter. He knew where all the skeletons are buried. There's a whole graveyard of them
Iraq war veteran fought off EIGHT Muslim men after they attacked his wife
Muslim values at work: Disregard for "Kuffar" law and contempt for women
A retired Iraq war veteran who fought off eight Muslim men after they attacked his wife has tried to put the record straight on what exactly happened that day.
Kyle Tyrrell, 48, had an altercation with fishermen on Victoria's Surf Coast a year ago while standing up for his wife Liana.
Mr Tyrrell claimed that Liana was punched in the face at the Cosy Corner beach, in Torquay, after one of the men put a crab pot in the water and she told him the area was a marine sanctuary and fishing was banned.
In the fight that took place on Sunday, January 24, 2016, Mr Tyrrell suffered minor injuries, while at least one of the fishermen was taken to hospital. No charges were laid.
The retired lieutenant-colonel claimed that the attack was racially and culturally motivated after his wife was called a white slut and a white whore by the men.
However criticism that he has received about the incident on Facebook persuaded him to set the record straight on the incident. He confirmed that the men were Muslim and said he would 'do it again in a heartbeat'.
Mr Tyrrell claimed the Muslim man took offence to being told what to do by a woman and unleashed a tirade of abuse at her, but the fact that she ignored him only enraged him even more.
'His mates got close to me and then he made a run for my wife, that's when I ran at him, he threw a punch which I ducked and the fight started. At no time could either my wife, daughter or I safely walk away,' Mr Tyrrell wrote.
'At that point five more joined the fight, one punching my wife as she attempted to get our daughter up the beach.'
At one stage one of the men said to Mrs Terrell: 'Your husband needs to teach you a lesson.'
'I would do the same thing again in a heartbeat, in fact I would do the same thing for any woman I saw in that situation not just my wife,' he concluded the Facebook post.
No plans to move Australian embassy in Israel
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has shot down Tony Abbott's call to move Australia's embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
In an opinion piece published in The Spectator magazine former prime minister argued Australia could demonstrate "unswerving support for Israel" by joining any move by the incoming Trump administration to move its embassy.
But Ms Bishop was quick to reject the suggestion.
"The Australian government does not have any plans to move the Australian embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem," she said in a statement to AAP.
Mr Abbott recently returned from a trip to the Middle East. He attended the Australia-Israel-UK Dialogue in Jerusalem along with Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and other federal MPs.
Mr Abbott also called for Australia to suspend aid to the Palestinian Authority because "it keeps paying pensions to terrorists and their families".
Australia's aid program to Palestine is more than $40 million a year and is provided via United Nations agencies and some charity organisations.
The money goes towards projects to provide Palestinian refugees with basic services such as health, education, water and sanitation.
Ms Bishop defended the aid program, saying it has a robust risk management and due diligence assessment process which are also applied to partner agencies and governments.
The government had a zero tolerance policy towards fraud and corruption, she said.
Last year, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade suspended aid to World Vision's work in the Palestinian Territories in the wake of allegations the charity's head in Gaza funnelled millions of dollars to militant group Hamas. The organisation has denied the claims, which are subject to court proceedings.
Ms Bishop said aid to the Palestinian Territories was already under review, following the World Vision case.
Acting opposition leader Chris Bowen said Australian assistance to Gaza and the West Bank is vital to countering extremism and promoting peace in the Middle East.
"Mr Abbott is clearly using this as yet another issue to undermine Malcolm Turnbull and continue his campaign to regain the leadership by appealing to the hardliners in the Liberal Party," Mr Bowen told AAP.
A feminist censorship attempt
A small family business has fallen victim to a blatant attack against free speech, with so-called feminist keyboard warriors swamping it with negative customer reviews over a decision to screen a controversial men’s rights documentary.
Ultima Function Centre in northwestern Melbourne, run by the Georgiades family for 13 years, has been forced to defend its decision to hire space for a private screening of the film The Red Pill, after being accused of “supporting misogynist propaganda”.
While [unattractive] Melbourne woman Lizzie Johnsen, a self-proclaimed “feminist killjoy ... social justice warrior”, is one of several people who hit out at the film, many of the one-star reviews of the company subsequently posted to its Facebook page came from Britain, The Netherlands and Canada.
The latest bid to censor the film — a feature-length documentary exploring the men’s rights movement by award-winning US filmmaker Cassie Jaye — comes as the organisers of an upcoming screening in Brisbane have been forced to keep the location secret, having attracted threats of violence.
The Australian’s film critic David Stratton yesterday expressed dismay. “Any attempt at censoring the arts, including film, is to be condemned, especially when the would-be censors use false information — in other words, lies — to intimidate those with different ideas,” Stratton said.
In October last year, the owner of Melbourne’s Kino Cinema cancelled the Australian premiere of the film after receiving a 2000-signature online petition. The premiere eventually went ahead at another secret location; a Sydney screening the following month was similarly scrapped.
Ultima Function Centre manager Nick Georgiades said he became concerned about the reputational damage to his Keilor business when negative comments started to appear on his Facebook page last month in response to publicity over the Boxing Day screening.
The barrage can be traced to a Facebook post under Ms Johnsen’s name, alerting followers to the venue’s plan to screen the film.
“I’m sure they’d appreciate you letting them know about the film and how it goes against Australian values, and gives a platform to rape apologists and people who hate women,” she wrote.
Attempts to contact Ms Johnsen yesterday were unsuccessful.
After her post came a stream of one-star reviews for the business, many accompanied by a pro-forma statement railing against white supremacy, patriarchy, bigotry and misogyny, followed by variations on the claim: “I am compelled to give a poor rating for this establishment.”
Mr Georgiades, who watched the film and spoke to the producer before deciding to accept the booking, attempted to reason with the protesters, pointing out that by trying to silence the movie they were “proving the very point the director is trying to make”. He noted many conceded they had not watched the film, which has yet to secure a commercial release.
“It didn’t seem to be promoting any violence against women, as has been claimed,” he told The Australian yesterday.
“Whether you agree with the documentary or not, it’s not really the point.
“It would have been quite easy for me to say, ‘it isn’t worth the trouble’, and tell them to go screen it somewhere else. But that isn’t really fair; we should be able to do anything we like, as long as it’s not illegal and no one is getting hurt.”
Instead, Mr Georgiades hired extra security for the event, which was attended by about 70 people.
While the reviews of the film worldwide have been mixed, such is the backlash that attempts to screen it are going underground.
Men’s Rights Brisbane will host a hometown screening on January 14 but will not disclose the location until hours beforehand to avoid a repeat of Melbourne and Sydney.
The group has already received abuse via Twitter, with the account of one individual suspended after tweeting: “I really hope someone shoots up that event — dead MRA’s (Men’s Rights Activists) — cool!”.
The Left has absolutely lost the plot
The blood-soaked terror attack in Istanbul swiftly confirmed any glimmer of belief we held in remaining safe and secure was premature.
In the face of such horror, the insipid Left has launched a new comedy show. They’re squealing to boycott publisher Simon & Schuster as it confirmed Milo Yiannopoulos, far right journalist and speaker, has signed a book deal reportedly worth $US250,000.
Yes, this cat and mouse cartoon is how they choose to expend their energy.
It’s entertaining already. Pre-orders have pushed his autobiography, Dangerous, out in March, to the top of Amazon’s bestseller lists in America and Canada.
Leftie howling has managed publicity as slickly as their outrage over screenings of Cassie Jaye’s The Red Pill documentary secured awareness.
The many who dismiss Yiannopoulos as an internet-based agitator and troll would do well to remember he’s a senior editor at Breitbart News, the most-read conservative website in America. Former chief executive Steve Bannon has been appointed Trump’s chief strategist. Ignore Yiannopoulos’s influence at your peril.
The global mood ensures the more the Left whines, the better his book will sell — and Milo mania will thrive.
On Sunday, Yiannopoulos posted on his increasingly popular Facebook page, which recently cracked one million followers: “When I got banned from Twitter, my UK literary agent dropped me, essentially telling me I was untouchable. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t make it. You can.”
Cue roaring applause from “deplorables” who are sick of being told they’re failures and fools.
While hypocrisy and outrage spew from the mouths of the Left, the Right becomes increasingly determined.
If you look at Yiannopoulos’s Facebook page and find nothing amusing, you are part of the reason the Right is rising. One significant part of that reason is the attempted stifling and silencing of people with senses of humour.
You don’t have to agree with everything he says or stands for to recognise him as an articulate breath of fresh air. If you’re suffering from Snowflake Syndrome, it may be wise to spend some time here to toughen up.
On Saturday he summed it up perfectly, writing: “It’s all over, social justice warriors. Twitter mobs don’t work any more. And some publishers, newspapers and maybe even soon entertainment studios are going to be brave enough to start taking risks and ignoring the liars, frauds and crackpots of the noisy activist Left. They are realising what we have known for some time: there are more normal people than SJWs, and the normal people have had enough.”
One of his many followers commented: “I preordered three copies; one for me, another for my boyfriend and the third to throw at my angry lesbian feminist sister’s head. I’m so glad they’re hardbacks.”
A perfect example of the frothing warring of the two worlds came this weekend. A Fairfax columnist suggested feminists stop using the word “mansplain” in order to become more likeable and influential.
Doesn’t that just show how far up their arrogant ivory towers they’ve climbed? My dears, banning “mansplaining” isn’t going to help you. You’re focusing on one leaf when we see a forest of issues. You’ve zoomed in on microscopic linguistic detail when the real problem is your entire hateful feminist ideology.
The ferocious control the PC-Fem brigade now has over everyday life is undeniable. Perth pub the Brass Monkey Hotel was absolutely crucified and forced to apologise for using “explicit” banners to promote a frat-themed party to be held on January 1.
Don’t you see? This is why your cause is being rejected; it has nothing to do with intellectual superiority or linguistics. Rather, you have forced the entire population to erase its sense of humour. We’re not allowed to have fun anymore. We’re burnt at the stake for daring to laugh at sexist jokes.
This was a themed party. Does there really need to be mass hysteria over banners reading, “Drop your freshman daughters off here” and “Drop panties not bombs”? Did Shane Warne’s saucy “Back to School” themed New Year’s Eve party offend you too?
This unrelenting outrage is boosting the appeal of the right — and has helped secure Yiannopoulos’s lucrative book deal.
Talk about “mansplaining” all you like, we’re not listening. You’re talking a different language and your entire world view is unrelatable.
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