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2012 bloggies winner :-) Best Australian and New Zealand Blog!

thank you to everyone who nominated and voted and for me. Cheers! Jo

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Update: Sorry for the brevity, it was sent from a smart-phone-and-dumb-keyboard, on this beach. Yes, it’s a much needed holiday. Great place to get the news! 2012 Bloggies

Thanks to the guest authors who contributed including Michael Hammer, Brice Bosnich, David Evans, Frank Lansner, Anton Lang (TonyfromOz), Geoffrey Sherrington, Ken Steward, Chris Gillham, Indur Goklany, and David Lappi, Anthony Watts, and Chrisopher Monckton and the moderators who work anonymously as volunteers without whom I could not keep the comments open.

Thanks of course to all the commenters, from whom I learn so much.

Merci!

Jo

 

PS: Skeptics are sweeping the floor in the bloggies. Make no mistake, the mainstream media makes this so easy for us by ignoring independent scientists with a cutting message. The truth is winning :-)

 

CONGRATULATIONS to Watts UP for picking up two awards  — Best Science or Techonolgy  Blog, and  The LifeTime Achievement Award! And to Tallbloke’s Talkshop , Steven McIntyre (Climate Audit ),

 

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2012 bloggies winner :-) Best Australian and New Zealand Blog!, 9.6 out of 10 based on 157 ratings

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    Amr Marzouk

    Wow just looked. Must be an effort to remain humble!
    Amr


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    bob

    Congratulations! You do a great job.


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    Janet Smith

    Great news for those of us who follow you. Hope your message spreads even wider.


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    Llew Jones

    A well deserved win for an outstanding, highly credible blog site.


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    Iren

    Congratulations, this is well deserved.

    Its heartening to see a clean sweep for the skeptic sites.

    Now if we could just vote Gillard out!


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      Blimey you are such an A [snip]
      Yet you still frequent this blog. No sense of shame, no sense of humility, no manners, no grace. [snip].

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        Rereke Whakaaro

        Baa,

        And your point is …?


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        Blimey

        Thanks Bumbug – means a lot to me coming from you. ;)


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          You reinforce my point beautifully.
          It means nothing to you that you “have no sense of shame, no sense of humility, no manners, no grace. [snip].”

          If you had any of the above qualities, my remarks wouldn’t be water off a ducks back to you.

          Correction, you have one of the above qualities, you are an [snip].

          I can see why you are attracted to the alarmist side. It’s the scamming, fraudulent, lying, ungracious, illmannered hubrists like Gleick that attract [snip]. Birds of a feather.


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      cohenite

      blimey, I don’t think it’s too late for you to take on Board Rhonda’s delightful philosophy:

      If you haven’t already discovered the power of your own home, you are in for a delightful and beautiful shock. Come closer and let me whisper this in your ear, because if everyone knows this, it will cause a revolution. The work you do in your own home, by creating a warm and secure place for yourself and your family to live in, will enrich you and make you a different person. It saved me from a life of ridiculous spending and mindless acquisition, it slowed me down enough to allow me to see that there is beauty here, if I care to nurture and encourage it. When I took the time to change my attitude towards my home, it not only gave me the energy to do housework and the strength to make the physical changes so our home better suited our family, it changed me in the process. And it has been a beautiful change that I am grateful for every day.

      Off you go and discover the “power” of your home; under the rock with the other bities.


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    Anthony Watts

    Nicely done Jo. It gets better. It is a clean sweep. Climate skeptics have won every category they were nominated in.

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/02/26/weblog-awards-2/


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    Ian

    Congrats: you, Steve McIntrye & Anthony Watts do a great job. All winners. Tallbloke won as well, in the UK!


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    Dave

    Well done Jo,

    Simon at ACM has you on front page.

    Simon says:

    As soon as I saw you were nominated I knew I didn’t stand a chance!
    Thanks to all my readers who voted for ACM.
    Simon


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    Joanne, congratulations.

    No one deserves this more than this Weblog, and we can be thankful that Joanne can so effectively put before the Australian public something that they are not getting from anywhere else.

    The other side of the debate.

    Congratulations for Joanne are indeed deserved.

    It may seem an obvious thing to say that these blogs went four for four, and then add in WUWT lifetime award, but if that of itself indicates one thing and one thing only, it’s that the average person out there is indeed looking for that alternate viewpoint that they are not getting from anywhere else.

    They get it from here.

    This is confirmation that what Joanne is doing is indeed the right thing.

    Tony.


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      MadJak

      ^^^^ What He Said ^^^^


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      mobilly1

      I think your input to Jo`s blog also needs to be recognised
      Cheers Tony


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        The Black Adder

        Yes mobilly1,

        I agree, Tony is a bloody legend.

        Tony from Oz deserves a great honour…

        perhaps the leadership of the Australian ALP.

        hahahaha vote at : rollingonrenewablefloorlaughingonlywhensunwasshining.dot.com

        :)

        The Black Adder admits to being a cunning bastard at times…


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      The Black Adder

      Congrats Jo!!!!!

      You bloody bwwweeeeeeddddyyy!!!!!

      Go us aussies, we can match anyone in this blogosphere!!

      You are the best Jo. You add to my intellect. Thankyou.

      Well said Tony, I agree entirely.

      PS, I`d rather vote for you than john brookes blog ` i am an ignorant ignoramus.com.au ` anyday……

      hahaha rollingonfloorlaughingmyf$%&’narseoff…

      Well done Jo, well done wuwt, well done common sense.

      Bring on the CO2 revolution!!

      Cant wait, i am in Qld. We keep selling coal to China. Yet, we sell it to China at huge profits and blame Tony Abbott.

      New election now please Juliar….


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    Andrew McRae

    What? No teary-eyed acceptance speech thanking the director, the producer, the writers, the cast, the crew, and the caterer? Oh wait, you do all that too. :D

    There must be thousands of lurkers reading these pages who never say anything, but now their voice has been heard. With a bloggie now under your wing your traffic will be humming even more. Now for the plot twist; You didn’t just find the “hotspot of global warming”, you founded the hotspot of global warming! It’s joannenova.com.au.

    Congratulations.


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      Andrew McRae

      And on a tangent I note this article published yesterday on Pravda Australia:

      Lead researcher Professor Roger Davies says over the past 10 years clouds have lowered in altitude.

      “About 30 to 40 metres, just depending on how you did it. And that’s actually a little bit more than would be needed to compensate for the effective increased CO2 over the same 10 years,” he said.

      What?? That’s not toeing the doom-and-gloom party line! Does the ABC mean to convey that the climate has negative feedbacks that create a stable climate? Could this be light shining through a crack in the warmist consensus media? Could this even be a tacit admission of atmospheric defeat from the warmists arriving on the eve of your blogospheric victory? It’s a nice thought, eh?


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        Llew Jones

        Ha Ha. I don’t think so. Alarmist scientists are not particularly bright or too “it’s getting hot” focused and probably hadn’t considered your logical conclusion but rather were fabricating an excuse for a decade or more of temperature data that simply wont play the IPCC game.


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    brennan

    Tony from Oz said exactly what I was thinking.

    Congratulations Jo, well deserved.


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    John F. Hultquist

    Great!


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    John brunemeier

    Congrats JO!
    I voted for you!


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    papertiger

    I thought they stopped handing out bloggie awards. Damn. Lubos is going to be pissed.


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      papertiger

      No, it’s great that Jo, Anthony, Tall, and Steve won, it’s just that in a year where no matter what category you were nominated in, if you were skeptical – you won, who do you think will catch blame for your guy not being on the list?

      Awww damn.


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    Markus Fitzhenry

    Congratulations and celebrations

    When I tell everyone that you’re filled with glee

    Congratulations and jubilations

    I want the world to know I’m happy as can be.


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    Juliar

    Congratulations.you seem to make sense of things which seem complicated, Jo! Well done!


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      The Black Adder

      Yes, thats it Juliar!

      She makes sense to me. Unlike them lying F%&’rs Julia and Kevin.

      It does not matter who, it is just them !!

      Jo gets through to us.

      That is the difference. Long live Jo and the internet.

      I fear the NBN for this reason….


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    ChristoG

    Jo

    I’m grinning. Kiss on your cheek, from someone you do not know. “You go girl!” Thankyou for all you do.


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    theRealUniverse

    Congrats!! Well done. Nice sweep for the “truthers” …..


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    Robin

    Joanne and David,
    Congratulations to the both of you.
    It is just amazing to see the huge international effect that you and the other blog winners have.
    Truly amazing what a small budget and the truth can achieve.
    You have helped change the world for the better.
    Robin


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    Phillip Bratby

    Congratulations Jo. Very well deserved. You had my vote from England.


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    Congratulations to JoNova for a great win. Congratulations also to Steve McIntyre, Anthony Watts, and Tallbloke who swept aside all rivals in their triumph.


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    Congrats from Tasmania. I feel that voting for you, Anthony & Steve actually meant something :-)


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    KeithH

    Congratulations Jo. That’s brilliant news and the honour so deserved. You gave so many of us hope, facts and a voice at a time when the MSM forces of darkness appeared overwhelming.

    Posters here should also take a bow as they provide pathways to so many different sites where information is available to help anyone searching for the truth. You may well have more power to influence events than you realise. I know TonyfromOz will not mind me sharing the following with you to illustrate that point, from part of an email exchange we had.

    “Now, as to Musselroe, thanks for linking that up everywhere. Every time a new proposal like this comes to light, I try to Post on it explaining that all is not as it seems. Having access to JoNova’s site especially is good, because those sets of eyes find these proposals that sneak in, so when you added your first comment, I went straight to work.

    Oddly, that one Post has drawn more Comments than almost any other Post has ever had at our site. I’m also watching the direct links into that Post and they’re coming from everywhere, so that’s obviously from Comments you have left. Our Posts are also Syndicated as well, so they get hooked up in places I have no idea where, and that also draws more readers in. This one Post has consistently been on our list of top posts for the day since it was first posted.”

    I’m not naive enough to believe the useless destructive Musselroe Bay wind plant can be stopped at this late stage, but so many more people round the world now know about it that it may help stop similar costly follies being imposed on communities elsewhere!

    Never underestimate the Power of One when wonderful people like Jo put in the massive amount of time and commitment largely at their own expense to provide forums such as this, also making it possible for other knowledgable people like Tony to pick up on a subject and provide the expertise and dedication to take it further.


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    MattB

    Where would this blog be if it wasn’t for schmucks like me arguing with you since just about day 1 of the blog. No need to say it, wind beneath wings and all that. thankyou thankyou, no no you are too kind.


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      MattB

      Also – I now have this blog to blame for the fact that our IT people will no doubt soon be asking questions about my visit to the blog AutoStraddle.


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        MadJak

        Oh go on, your IT guys are probably allready subscribed to autostraddle.

        They might even give you some priority treatment…


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        Eddy Aruda

        Matt,

        I already emailed Jo my congratulations. I am sure you have already emailed Jo your congratulations, right? We wouldn’t want people around here mistaking you for an ingrate, would we?


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      The “B” wouldn’t be for Bête noire by any chance would it?


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      Rereke Whakaaro

      Matt,

      You forgot to mention that it was actually you who, at considerable inconvenience to yourself, actually arranged for Big Oil to sponsor the Bloggies, and the influence they had on where the awards actually went. :-)


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      AndyG55

      No town is complete without a village idiot. :-)


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      The Black Adder

      `Where would this blog be if it wasn’t for schmucks like me arguing…`

      dear oh dear mattyb.

      you really need a reality check!

      This website would definitely be infinitely more informative if it was not for ` SCHMUCKS ` like you…

      Are you for real or like Glieck and just Pissing in the wind !!!

      Waiting for response, moving forward and all that…

      hahahahahhahhhhaaa


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      wes george

      MattB,

      I hope that you have decided to inform your electorate that you are not a political “independent” but a deeply committed Green activist. Even at the lowly shire level of government Green policies — such as “strategic retreat” from beach front properties — is destroying people’s lives and whole communities. It’s important that you be honest about your beliefs with your constituency.

      btw, congrats Jo. Bit late, I know, but I’ve been out beyond the black stump by and by.


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    MangoChutney

    conga rats!


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    Winston

    Congratulations Jo
    A small compensation for long hours of dedicated effort, but timely and well deserved just the same. The four climate skeptic sites performing so well highlights the fact that many out there in the blogosphere do not believe the propaganda we are being fed in the guise of the pretense of enlightenment. Science having been hijacked by many unworthy of bearing its standard has attracted a large number of disenfranchised and disenchanted inquiring minds who realise that large swathes of the MSM have been co-opted into scamming the populace for political and/or financial gain. The sooner we can return to scientific first principles, restore some objectivity and promote curiosity and knowledge above polemic we will be much better off in terms of a progressive and properly functioning society.


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    pat

    the real environmentalists are beginning to catch on!

    27 Feb: Cairns Post: Tarina White: Anger over ‘pay to pollute’ plan in Great Barrier Reef marine park
    FAR Northern conservation and tourism groups are outraged the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park could become a “pay to pollute” dumping ground for millions of tonnes of potentially toxic dredge spoils from coal and gas port expansions.
    The Federal Government has proposed the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority collect between $5 and $15 for each cubic metre of dredge spoil dumped into the marine park, starting on July 1.
    With at least six major coal port developments either planned or under way along the Reef – including at Bathurst Bay north of Cooktown – it would equate to environmental vandalism of the World Heritage area, said Judy Lynne, executive director of peak recreational fishing body Sunfish Queensland.
    “We see this as the start of further ‘paid pollution’ right along the eastern Queensland seaboard and affecting the whole inshore area of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area,” she said.
    “It betrays the trust that Australians have in the authority and the Federal Government to protect a world recognised icon which is not only a marine park and World Heritage Area but designated one of the natural wonders of the world,” Ms Lynne said.
    Cairns-based charter fishing operator Daniel McCarthy was also outraged at the proposal.
    “Does this mean it’s OK to pollute if we pay? That’s unacceptable,” said the owner of Big Fish Down Under…
    *****The authority told The Weekend Australian on Saturday that the revenue from the proposed fee would contribute to long-term sustainable management of the Reef.
    North Queensland Conservation Council marine campaigner Margaret Moorehouse said the park authority’s proposal was “a seriously bad joke”…
    http://www.cairns.com.au/article/2012/02/27/207741_local-news.html


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    Sceotical Sam

    Congratulations Jo.

    Never in doubt, really!


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    Brent

    Woohoo – well done Jo. Thoroughly deserved.


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    Sceptical Sam

    Congratulations Jo.

    Never in doubt really!


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    TerryT

    Congrats Jo, Gold, Gold, Gold for observation based science.


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    warcroft

    Intelligent, Beautiful and now Award Winner. Thank you for giving us a home here.


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    Tony Windsor

    Top girl! Add my sincere congratulations to those above with my thanks for all the hard work you put in to maintain this site


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      The Black Adder

      Please change your bloody vote TONY !!!

      ps, by the way if you are not the real tony (which i suspect) then change your internet name…. it will only do you harm.


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      Bob Malloy

      Tony,

      Not knowing your location, if you are not an ozzy you could be unaware (Tony Windsor) is an independant member of federal parliament here in Australia.

      Despite representing a conservative electorate he aligned himself with the Labor party, giving us the worst government in Australias history.

      My suggestion next time you post try, (not that Tony Windsor)


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    Ralph Tittley

    Way to go Jo!

    Congrats big time.


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    cementafriend

    Congrats, I voted for Jo, Tallbloke (Roger), WUWT (Anthony Watts) & ClimateAudit (Steve Mc) all winners in their category & supporters of true science & technology not falsehoods peddled by climate alarmists and green supporters.


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    janama

    love it – go jo


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    Aussieute

    Top stuff
    Well earnt.by a top writer and lady


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    mobilly1

    Well done Jo
    Greatly deserved


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    Sean McHugh

    Congratulations, Jo and thank you. Thank you and congratulations to all the dedicated like you, Anthony (see above), Simon (see above)and many others. I am afraid that if I try to name them all – and I can think of many – I’ll forget someone who greatly deserves mention. You are all winners because you and your following are soundly beating the powerful climate Church. A remarkable achievement, one the opposition can’t believe. Please don’t stop.


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    AndyG55

    Congrats Jo, well done… :-)

    And all the other WINNING skeptics !!!


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    Sonny

    MAZELTOV Jo!!!

    Lets see if the warmies have the manners to congratulate you!


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    Stephen Harper

    Congratulations Jo! Well deserved. Now if only the glory came with a nice big fat cheque too…..


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    Very well done – congratulations.


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    Grumpy Old Man

    Well done Jo Deserved recognition of your efforts over the years to confound the ungodly.


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    Father of Josh

    Good gear! You deserve to wo win. You run a sane site. Informative too.


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    S. McCulloch

    Hi Jo.,
    I’m 81, I had a very bad stroke 2 years ago, and can’t read properly,terribe!!!!
    I love your blogg, and agree 100%

    Is there any way I can get it on audo ?

    Cheers, Sandy McCulloch.


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      brc

      You should be able to get a screen reader to read any webpage out to you. As long as this blog is done with accessible Html, it should be possible to have the blog content read out to you. There are plenty of options – find someone who can help set you up. With a good screen reader and enlarged type, you should still be able to enjoy the internet.


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      memoryvault

      Sandy,

      As someone who went through a pretty devastating stroke about the same time as you, but apparently with a bit better luck, please feel free to let Jo know what could be done to assist you in this matter. I’m sure Jo will not mind passing your email on.

      If nothing else, I can make an audio of the various posts and email them if that would help.

      .
      Congrats to Jo and all the others. A win well deserved.


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      Windows comes with a basic screen reader called Narrator. Ctrl+Shift+Spacebar activates Narrator to read the content of the active window. Ctrl+Alt+Spacebar reads the selected text. Ctrl stops Narrator.

      Mac OSX has one too, but I don’t have a Mac running to check how it works at the moment.


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      Mark D.

      S. McCulloch, as the others have noted, later versions of Windows has text to speech ability built in. Besides those options, there are free services you can go to on the web. You can cut and paste the text from any page and the service computer will read it (audio) for you. Just search Google for “text to speech”.


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    val majkus

    I was a nominee this year for the panel

    And I knew what to do

    So congrats to Jo, WUWT (Best Science and Tech and Lifetime Award to WUWT); and Tallbloke


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    DavidH

    Trying to find something to say that hasn’t already been said here a dozen times … nope, I can’t. Congratulations!


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    NicG.

    Congratulations Jo, and thanks for all your hard work and effort.

    A large glass of your choice of something celebratory seems to be in order.

    Cheers

    NicG.


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    Pierce

    Congratulations!


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    Mike

    Well done Jo (Come on Aussie, Come on!!!), Anthony, Roger and Steven. I am stunned… and Jubilant! Well deserved everyone.


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    Stephen Brown

    SUPER-Nova!!


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    val majkus

    and Climate Audit


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    Glenn

    Crikey, the Drum, Skeptical Science … all must be thinking to themselves “why do my supporters not vote for me?”. There are two possible answers: 1) they’re not as popular; 2) their supporters didn’t know they were nominated (were they?) and 3) it’s a popularity contest, it doesn’t matter.

    Did I say “two possible answers”? Well, in the world of climate science not being able to count is no impediment to rectitude. I think the answer is “1″. Jo, you’re more of a zealot than ever I could be but it takes zealots to ensure that the playing field is level. I’m very glad you have this recognition and I credit you with applying my inherent skepticism to the realm of “climate science” (such as it is). Well done – have another couple of days lying on the beach!


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    Mark

    Congrats Jo and the rest of the gang.

    As Young Mr. Grace would say: “You’ve all done very well”.


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    Jim Barker

    Congrats to Jo and all “Keepers of the Truth”


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    sierra117

    Grats Jo, love your work!


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    Congratulations Jo, a well earned prize. It’s great to see the skeptic sites doing the clean sweep on the awards front. I can’t but help feel we’ve finally hit one of those fabled tipping points.

    Like the man said http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4JjOmfmAvM

    Pointman


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      The Black Adder

      Pointman,

      I watched it all…

      what a mighty song and the words oh the words…

      Bring on the popcorn, 2012 is gonna be a good year for the times they are a changing…!!!


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      Say, I know this is off topic, but gee what would it be if there wasn’t Tony to take us away from the main thrust of the topic at hand.

      Bob Dylan is very careful about his own songs on You Tube.

      I have a regular Sunday Music series at the site I contribute at.

      I’ve always been a huge Dylan fan, and I wanted to do a series on Dylan, but his clips at You Tube sung by him are few and far between, something he does not allow.

      So, what I had to do was to create a series on Dylan, only all his big songs that were covered by all those famous acts over the years.

      A couple of the links are broken, but that’s understandable, as the series is almost two years old, and some clips have been chased down and deleted.

      That series is at the following link, and again, sorry for so shamelessly linking into my own Posts.

      Sunday Music – The Bob Dylan Series

      Tony.


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    Sonny

    Does anybody think the labor leadership challenge was an orchestrated publicity stunt to prop up Gillard and the Labor party? The media is heralding this as some kind of achievement!!! What a joke!


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      rjm385

      Sonny…that thought has been playing on my mind as well.

      I must be a conspirator theorist but then Labor stinks.

      Well done Jo and congratulations for all the hard work you do to give us a voice. I remain always very appreciative of your wisdom and commitment.


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      Rereke Whakaaro

      Rudd is no longer a Minister, and no longer bound by the principle of collective responsibility. He is now free to resign his seat, en-route to the UN … 10 … 9 … 8 …


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      MargaretO

      I think it was an effort to get rid of KRUDD permanently.

      This is going to backfire on Dullard in a very big way.


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    Tom

    Like many other visitors to this site, I have had to protect my professional identity in order to participate. Joanne could have had a much nicer life earning big dollars doing something safer; it takes people of rare courage to volunteer to be an outcast to overturn a broken system. Because the warmists’ war against sceptics is mostly political and ideological, they just can’t conceive that people would take on the establishment as a matter of principle; that there are no secret oil wells or gold bricks, just a ragtag volunteer army. As the Gleick case has recently shown, pissant foundations like Heartland have only pop-gun firepower compared with the billions behind the IPCC’s pseudo-scientific corruption. So, from someone also in the truth business, heartfelt thanks, Jo, for volunteering to do this. That it has been necessary is a matter of professional shame for me.


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      ‘I have had to protect my professional identity in order to participate.’

      That attitude is not one I admire. I find it disheartening that you do not follow your convictions to whatever end they meet. Rather you didn’t use the Kangaroo avatar, could be equated with cowardice.


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        That attitude is not one I admire. I find it disheartening that you do not follow your convictions to whatever end they meet. Rather you didn’t use the Kangaroo avatar, could be equated with cowardice.

        How dare you make that judgement Markus.

        You don’t know Toms circumstances, you don’t know the circumstances of any other blogger who chooses to be anon.
        You may feel it’s OK for you to risk the welfare of your family in order to chase a PERSONAL ideology, but others don’t need to feel the same.

        It would behove you well to judge each post and comment on its merits, not on who makes them.

        In case it escaped your attention, just because a blogger appears to have a real name (John Smith, Jane Jones etc), it doesn’t guarantee that they are who they say they are. This is the nature of blogging.

        You need to retract the reference to cowardice.


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        Come on , Give it a break Markus.

        Some people work in very dicey situations. If you really want to show your stuff here’s a challenge.

        See if you can single-handedly change the behaviour of everybody in Australia to a point where everybody is able to see real injustice wherever it is and act on it.

        Problem at the moment there are “groups” and each group has a different definition of justice so we cant rely on that.

        This blogg might seem to be about CO2 but it’s really about money.

        In the case of Tom its about the money he might not get if he gets moved out of his work!

        Worth a thought.

        :)


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    Michael Cejnar

    Congratulations Jo, well well deserved.
    Your research, depth of analysis and writing stands tall in the blogosphere…a joy to read.


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    GrazingGoat66

    Go you good Perth thing. From one West Aussie to another………splendid effort!!!


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    Treeman

    Congrats Jo

    What a pleasure it is to see that you, Anthony, Steven and Tallbloke have awards.


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    theRealUniverse

    With all the “real truth sites” the MSM should die the agonizing death it deserves.


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    David C

    Well done Jo. A well-deserved award.


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    The Black Adder

    Well done Jo!!

    No faceless men here….


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    Wow what a nice way to go!

    Congratulations on your successful blogging year with diverse topics under discussion.


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    Mike Fomerly of Oz

    Nice work, Jo!


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    Tony Windsor

    Thank you, Black Adder, for suggesting that I change my name to avoid repercussions! However the Windsor family has had the name for a long time and I am a tad reluctant to change it now. I am no relation to to the upstart Aussi politician who uses my title but I could compromise by being the ‘Tony Windsor from England’…


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    John from CA

    Congrats Jo, well deserved award!!!


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    I think we have our concensus. :)


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    Bloke down the pub

    Well done to all the winners.
    p.s. Do we get to see any pics from your time on the beach?


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    Slabadang

    Now you are a SUPERNOVA!!


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    TomG(ologist)

    That’s just stella(r), nova. Australia should name a town after you – perhaps VillaNova

    Congratulations!!! and keep up the stellar work.

    Tom


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    Peter Miller

    I guess the “97% of all scientists” who believe in global warming did not vote for the CAGW cult sites.

    Well deserved award – many congratulations.


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    pattoh

    Like the “colours in the dish”, this site gives me hope & faith that the battle against ignorance (& not the least my own ignorance) is worthy endeavour.

    Thankyou from the bottom of my heart.


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    Cookster

    Congratulations Jo. Well deserved recognition. It is now 6 years since I became a sceptic after previously being an ignorant member of the public who believed the doom and gloom. I must admit in that time I had some periods of doubt that maybe the IPCC et al were right after all. But through being a regular visitor to your site has reinforced my belief that the great global warming scare is just that – a scare. Now the wheels are slowly but surely falling off the AGW monster in no small part due to the contributions of your blog to inform the public what they are not being told by the majority of the western media and Universities.


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      DavidH

      For me, just about 1 year. Similarly an ignorant Joe Public who had no reason to disbelieve the pervasive CO2 story. What changed was Gillards broken promise (the anniversary was a few days ago). So that’s something to thank Julia for! I got to thinking I should learn a little more about climate change, as we were now going to be taxed for it; found and bought Bob Carter’s book; the many reference’s there to Jo’s site were what first brought me here. What are other people’s “road to Damascus” stories?


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        The Black Adder

        Gday David,

        About 8 years ago, I bought Micheal Crichtons book `State of Fear` at a bookshop in Tokyo, wanting a good book to read on my 8 hour flight back to Cairns QLD.

        That story changed my life, then I found Ian Plimer and Jo.

        My life is now complete, but not content until this scam is exposed completely.


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    Reed Coray

    Jo, as you (and Anthony and Steve and Tallbloke) read the congratulations being sent to you, don’t start thinking they’re overdone. Instead, accept them for what they are: Heartfelt reflections of the gratitude people feel for you and your efforts to bring “truth” to the AGW debate.


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    PaulClark

    Gratz Jo

    I only read here but regard it as one of the best alongside Steve’s and Anthony’s and hence voted for ya!

    Delighted for you, sincerely – well done and richly deserved

    Great job – Best regards!


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    Congratulations Jo, richly deserved.

    Keep up the good work!

    W^3


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    Jaymez

    Tim Flannery makes wild predictions and spreads unscientific crap which supports the Government policy line and creates untold damage to landholders and industry. And he gets a plumb well paid Climate Commission job which only requires a few hours work a week and lots of jetting about and staying in comfy suites. Jo Nova works her butt off communicating fact and analysis and blowing the alarmists out of the water working to save the Australian economy and Australian jobs. There is no Government appointment, no big oil payola, just a Tip Jar at the top right hand of this page.

    Through the ‘Tip Jar’ lets show Jo our support and encouragement by helping Jo keep up her good work by contributing whatever you can afford to give her.


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    Alexander K

    Congratulations, Jo.
    Wonderful to see that sceptical blogs, WUWT, Tallbloke’s Talkshop and Climate Audit scooped the pool.
    Makes me feel a little bit clever too, as I used all of my votes on the winning four!
    I have no idea how you all do what you do, but keep doing it please, the world needs you!


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    This find I’ve got to share with you – some oik called James Garvey, writing in defense of Gleick. It turns out Mr. Garvey is Secretary of the Royal Institute of Philosophy and author of “The Ethics of Climate Change”. Basically, he says it okay to lie if you’re a climate scientist.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/feb/27/peter-gleick-heartland-institute-lie?CMP=twt_fd

    I suppose that saves us a lot of arguing with them because whatever they say, we’ll know they’re liars. Personally, I’ve always considered they were …

    Pointman


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      Pointman,

      This has to be the best comment on that Guardian thread …

      Mr Garvey

      I am a climate scientist at the Met Office Hadley Centre and also a lead author with the IPCC (NB. the opinions I express here are my own though – I am just telling you that for context).

      I would ask you to refrain from bringing my profession into disrepute by advocating that we act unethically. We already have enough people accusing us, completely incorrectly, of being frauds, green / left-wing activists or government puppets. A rabble-rousing journalist such as yourself telling us that we should “fight dirty” does not help our reputation at all. “Fighting dirty” will never be justified no matter what tactics have been used to discredit us in the past.

      Inflammatory remarks such as yours will only serve to further aggravate the so-called “climate wars”. People’s reputations are already being damaged, and we know that some climate scientists get highly distasteful and upsetting mail through no fault of their own. If people like you continue to stir things up further, it is only a matter of time before somebody actually gets hurt, or worse.

      Please keep your advice to yourself, we can do without it thank you very much.

      Richard Betts (Prof)


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    Joe V.

    Well done Jo. Congratulations !

    I knew from the moment of first clapping eyes on this blogg, there was something special about it. Quite apart from the Global Warming thing. Even with the Skeptical vote divided, between yours and Simon’s blogg, a skeptic site still won. No other category had that extra hurdle for skeptic bloggs & Now I’ve discovered Simon’s blogg too.

    Despite the popularity of Norse Mythology trumping more established religions , I didn’t see AGW sites make even the Religious category.

    Keep up the good work. You’re soon going to have to find a new topic to champion ‘though, as AGW slips off that Continental Shelf of Abject Derision , & into the deep.

    There will no doubt be plenty more scams to unveil, as the MSM has forfeited it’s mantle as protector of truth & freedom.


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    pat

    from rural publishing giant, Archant:

    27 Feb: Eastern Daily Press: UK base for Global Carbon Project at UEA
    The Global Carbon Project provides scientific data to both policy-makers and the public on the latest trends in CO2 emissions around the world. It already has offices in Australia, Japan, France, US, China and South Korea but is set to add another at the University of East Anglia.
    Its UK office is located at the UEA-led Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and funded by the Natural Environment Research Council…
    Corinne Le Quéré, co-chair of the Global Carbon Project and Tyndall Centre director, said: “Without accurate, up-to-date information, policy-makers lack the tools to plan effective future strategy in this vitally important field. Establishing the Global Carbon Project’s first UK office is a significant step in improving the quality of the data and reducing uncertainty in the science.”
    The new office at UEA will pave the way for an International Carbon Office that would compile, analyse, report and archive global CO2 statistics, and monitor CO2 “sinks”.
    http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/education/uk_base_for_global_carbon_project_at_uea_1_1221226

    reminder:

    Archant Board: Richard Jewson, Chairman
    He is HM Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk and also Chairs the Council for the University of East Anglia.
    Richard chairs the remuneration and nominations committees
    http://www.archant.co.uk/about_board.aspx


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    Peter Walsh

    From a rather cool Dublin, Ireland, I too add my congratulations to this great Australian Blog. And to Jo and David, enjoy your break and come back stronger than ever.

    Peter Walsh


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    handjive

    Way to go!

    And what better way to celebrate than a Margret River wine, sitting on a WA beach, watching a sunset over the Indian ocean, keeping an eye on those ‘alarmist’ sea levels, looking for alarmist ‘hot spots’.

    Some ones gotta do it!
    Enjoy.


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    Ludwig Rudolf

    Congrats, Jo! You’re doing an EXCELLENT job. Wish You (+ The Whole Bunch Of Realists) much success further on.

    (LR, from München, Germany)


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    Congratulations Jo! Well deserved.


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    Graeme No.3

    Congratulations.


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    Great news, congratulations, I admire you and what you do immensely!


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    Popeye

    Hi Jo – have just heard about your well deserved win and am SO happy for you (and all your helpers).

    As I’ve said before on your blog – you have really made a difference to the way the subject (CO2 and it’s “supposed” effects) is discussed.

    My personal thanks to you and all the work that you do in informing everyone, maintaining balance in the debate AND trying to “keep the bastards honest”.

    Truth will always out in the end!!

    Cheers,


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    Bob Malloy

    Off topic/ Tony, your not the only one that can derail the tread.

    Veity Jones has video of Lindzen at the House of Commons up.


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    Bruce D Scott

    Congratulations, does this make me astute by association.


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    John from France

    Félicitations!
    Beeg keesses, John.


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    KinkyKeith

    Already said Congrats on the other thread but repeating it won’t hurt.

    Congratulations.

    A truly magic blogg for learning and exploring.

    :)


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    Truthseeker

    Jo,

    You need to update your page to include the award graphic. WUWT, Tallbloke and Climate Audit have already done so.


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    Bush bunny

    Congratulations, David, and Jo. And to WUWT and the other climate bloggers who brought world attention to this immensely ill thought political and scientific scam. What would we have done if we hadn’t got the Internet? Just rely on the media with all its hype, and also some spurious Science magazines, and academics.

    Well done, and enjoy your well deserved break.


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    Bush bunny

    Eat your heart out, Tim Flammery.


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    David Ball

    Congrats on a well earned award Jo !!

    And not a single congratulatory comment from the doomsayers. Speaks volumes for those who claim to occupy the moral high ground.


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    Robber

    Congratulations – well deserved!!


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    pat

    posting this as it suggests Super Funds are moving into cash, which is something i’ve suggested individuals do for the time being to protect their Super Funds from the Carbon Vultures who love to play with institutional funds. AVCJ is Asian Venture Capital Journal:

    23 Feb: Scoop NZ: AVCJ Press Release: Australian private equity rebounding but must adapt
    Offshore interest the new deal driver as industry prepares for AVCJ Australia & New Zealand Forum
    “Private equity is going through a period of repositioning with Australian institutional investors,” adds Tim Burroughs, managing editor of AVCJ. “Despite efforts to demonstrate a more measured approach to leverage and pricing, many superannuation funds are exiting illiquid assets such as private equity all together. This has left many private equity funds turning towards offshore investors.”…
    Industry heavy hitters to gather for private equity event
    The industry will gather in Sydney on 7-9 March in Sydney for the 9th Annual AVCJ Forum Australia & New Zealand 2012 to discuss the future for the private equity sector.
    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1202/S00819/australian-private-equity-rebounding-but-must-adapt.htm

    amusingly, Mark Arbib is listed as one of the keynote speakers, along with former Dep PM John Anderson. wonder if Arbib will still participate?

    AVCJ: Keynotes
    Senator the Hon Mark Arbib
    Assistant Treasurer, Minister for Small Business, Minister for Sport, GOVERNMENT OF AUSTRALIA
    http://www.avcjausnz.com/


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    Bruce of Newcastle

    Congrats from me as well, and thanks for dropping into Newcastle last year along with he-who-must-not-be-named Lord Monckton. From which comes this quote:

    “The science is in, the truth is out, Al Gore is through, the game is up, and the scare is over.”


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    janama

    well done Joanne – well deserved.


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    Steve Schapel

    This is brilliant. Congratulations, Jo, and a hearty thanks for the awesome job you are doing here!


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    pat

    “Bruce of Newcastle” calls Monckton “he who must not be named”. Bolt has put up a thread on the latest Rasmussen Poll that shows Ron Paul beats Obama 43% to 41%, but Bolt only mentions Romney and Santorum, with the latter trailing Obama in the Poll!!!

    27 Feb: Marketwatch: Ron Paul Leads Obama Among Voters in National Poll
    New poll shows the 12-term Congressman defeating incumbent President
    SOURCE: Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign Committee
    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/ron-paul-leads-obama-among-voters-in-national-poll-2012-02-27

    don’t expect to see this mentioned in any MSM. you can link to the Rasmussen Poll online if u wish to verify.

    how well would Ron Paul be polling, if he wasn’t virtually overlooked in the Debates, if he wasn’t ignored, or smeared, by the MSM, and if there wasn’t rampant FRAUD in the Republican caucuses?

    that those who call themselves Conservative are backing Romney tells us so much about their real politics.


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    pat

    why Climate Audit won the Canadian Bloggie, and not Suzuki:

    23 Feb: David Suzuki: Documents strike at heart of denial machine
    Now the tables have been turned on the libertarian “charitable” organization, which devotes its resources to questioning the reality of climate change and the dangers of secondhand tobacco smoke, among other issues.
    Heartland is just one of many organizations dedicated to spreading doubt and confusion about legitimate science…
    Recently, someone — since identified as climate scientist Peter Gleick — sent documents from the Heartland Institute’s board of directors’ January 17 meeting to a number of people and organizations, including Desmog Blog, a website devoted to exposing the spin around climate change denial. The documents confirm much of what we already knew about Heartland, although they provide interesting details about its connections and motives…
    The papers also confirm that the institute’s primary mission is to discredit the established science of human-caused climate change…
    If these groups were truly engaged in questioning the science, using valid scientific methods and principles, it wouldn’t be a problem. Science is strengthened through scrutiny and challenges; that’s how it works, and that’s what the peer-review process is about. But these organizations are engaged in secretive and dishonest lobbying and public-relations efforts aimed at stalling measures to protect the environment and health…
    Three wrongs don’t make a right, but there are some differences. In the East Anglia case, the investigations turned on those who were hacked and ultimately proved that the climate scientists, although human, are engaged in sound and verifiable science and that they have been subjected to years of harassment and bullying for their work. The Heartland documents show that the organization is using its taxpayer-supported status to spread lies and misinformation.
    It’s about time these merchants of doubt were exposed. It’s time to get back to real science as practised by scientists. We must get beyond the false debate about the reality of climate change and into the real debate about what to do about it.
    http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/science-matters/2012/02/documents-strike-at-heart-of-denial-machine-documents-strike-at-heart-of-denial-/

    a mere two comments supporting Suzuki’s complete misrepresentation, and no update by Suzuki to clarify where he went wrong in his article.


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    KinkyKeith

    I saw Dr Suzuki speak at a public meeting in Newcastle 10 + years ago where we paid money to

    hear the world famous environmentalist.

    My memory is still very clear on my reaction.

    I was surprised because I found him to be extremely unpleasant person.

    His current public image and his “scientific integrity” fit well with my memory.


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    TimiBoy

    Congrats Jo. You, Anthony Watts and P Gosselin (can’t remember his Christian name!!!) received my votes. Let’s hope the others get up!

    Cheers, Tim


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    pat

    LOL

    what google shows for the Adelaide Advertiser article:

    Global warming is making the world colder
    Adelaide Now – ‎4 hours ago‎

    but the headline has changed when u open the link:

    28 Feb: Australian Adelaide Advertiser: AFP: Melting Arctic causes snowier winters in Europe, the US
    http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/world/melting-arctic-causes-snowier-winters/story-e6frea8l-1226283672088

    perfect subject for Richard Black:

    27 Feb: BBC: Richard Black: Melting Arctic link to cold, snowy UK winters
    Whether conditions will get colder still as ice melts further is unclear…
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17143269

    give it up, Richard.


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    Bob Malloy

    Off Topic:

    Watching question time, note that the nodding heads behind government speakers have had a reshuffle. Is this payback for those that followed Rudd, no more to have their dials on tv, if so really highlights the new unified government.

    Maybe I’m just a cynic.


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    janama

    Only in Australia – Lewandowsky tries to justify Gleick’s actions. (sigh)

    http://theconversation.edu.au/the-morality-of-unmasking-heartland-5494


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      Bob Malloy

      Too darn depressing janama, thanks for that.


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      Rereke Whakaaro

      Lewandowsky is a propagandist.

      Unfortunately, he is a very good propagandist.

      But at the heart of his argument is the premise that the law (you know, the rules that underpin all of society) can always be laid aside for “moral” reasons.

      The question then becomes, “Whose morals might they be?” Answer: “Why, those of a Professorial Fellow of Cognitive Science, of course!”

      If we don’t have the law, we have anarchy. I know which I would prefer.

      And you know, there is a name for people who believe that they can choose to ignore the rules of society and do what they want: Psychopaths.


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      MadJak

      So Lewadonsky is molesting the facts to defend Gleiks molestation of professional ethics?

      Nothing new here under the sun my son.


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      Tom

      On every occasion, Lewandowsky’s Nazi propaganda technique must emotionally associate discussion of climate science that rejects the IPCC’s evidence-poor theoretical hypothesis with the genocide of Jews:

      “His actions have violated the confidentiality of a think tank but they have also given the public a glimpse into the inner workings of the climate denial machine … Revealing to the public the active, vicious, and well-funded campaign of denial that seeks to delay action against climate change likely constitutes a classic public good.”

      This academic dullard apparently thinks constant repetition of propaganda that contradicts the popular rejection of alarmism will win new supporters. His strategy is as doomed as Hitler’s war machine.


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        Grumpy Old Man

        Tom. I would suggest that, tempting as it may be, equating warmists with one of the most murderous regimes in history is neither accurate nor helpful to the debate, especially as their tactics have more in common with Marxist/Stalinist theory and practice.


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          At your ABC where you also love to post eh, Grumpy.

          24 Feb 2012 4:41:54pm

          I submitted a comment, supporting Gleick’s trivial bit of deception in his using the Denialists’s deceptive tactics against them. That comment has not yet appeared, so let’s try putting it another way.

          Where does Dr Peter Gleick’s revelation that he lied to a conservative think tank to access climate change documents fit on a spectrum between deceiving the Nazis in order to defeat them, and Bernie Madoff’s deception of investors in order to defraud them?

          Make no mistake, the fellows of the Heartland Institute are every bit as malevolent as the Nazis; if the Institute prevails, then the damage wrought upon the world will greatly exceed anything of which the Nazis even dreamed.

          Therefore, there is no moral dilemma involved in unmasking the Heartland Institute; it is self-defence for the entire world.
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          http://www.abc.net.au/environment/articles/2012/02/22/3436126.htm


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            Grumpy Old Man

            Hi. I had a look at your reference. On this thread, you quote verbatim a letter from someone else as your own, supporting the green side. On a Green thread in ABC you are strongly sceptic in your many postings. Should you be taken seriously?


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            Markus Fitzhenry

            You need your eyes checked grumpy. Robert I Ellison was the man I quoted and if you read to the end of the comment you would have seen it.


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            Markus Fitzhenry

            Oh, BTW Mr Socialist, why does our ABC have a biased Green thread.

            You are going to be real Grumpy if you keep this BS up with me.


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            Grumpy Old Man

            You clearly are not to be taken seriously, so I’ll stop feeding the troll.


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            Markus Fitzhenry

            ‘You clearly are not to be taken seriously, so I’ll stop feeding the troll.’

            Good luck champ. See ya around on the blogosphere.


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            Tom

            Markus, I can’t believe what I’m reading: you believe scepticism is an evil “as malevolent as the Nazis”. I’m afraid you are the problem, displaying all of the totalitarian extremism of the climate alarm movement, which has hijacked Australian public policy. Shameful. Scary.


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            Markus Fitzhenry

            Ah Tom,

            “”you believe scepticism is an evil “as malevolent as the Nazis”.”

            It was posted at the ABC by a; David arthur : 24 Feb 2012 4:41:54pm, do have a look.
            ————-
            See ya around Tom.


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            Sorry, Markus. I was confused by the chain of attribution.


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          memoryvault

          Sorry GOM, but you couldn’t be more wrong.

          You are talking about people who have already classified me – and you – as “mentally ill” and who want to “tattoo” us, herd us onto a “death train”, ship us to a “re-education camp”, and “gas” us.

          You are talking about people who have already been responsible for the deaths of tens of millions with their ban on DDT, the deaths of millions more with their biofuels, and the current and growing number of deaths of millions more over the next few years from exposure and starvation as a natural and cyclical, predictable and predicted cooling period takes over for the next 25 to 30 years, and for which we are totally unprepared.

          Compared to our current “greenies” and their desire and intention to reduce the population to less than a billion (ie kill off 6 billion people), Hitler and Stalin were paragons of virtue and compassion.

          Stalin and Hitler combined only killed off about 50 million people. Our “greenies” have already far surpassed that, and have much bigger hopes and plans for the future.


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            Grumpy Old Man

            I believe that Hitler was responsible for an estimated 30,000,000 deaths. Stalin was responsible for at least 50,000,000 deaths in his reign of terror.
            By comparing greenies to Stalin, I was being ironic. Sorry, should have made that clearer.


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            Markus Fitzhenry

            A life denied is a life taken. I would never equate Greenies with despots, that would be holding them in too high a regard.


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    Adding my own congratulations to all winners and especially our own, Joanne Nova. Fantastic!


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    Andrew McRae

    I suspect we will not be seeing another blog post for the rest of the week. The Winner headline will probably have a tendency to hang around for a while. It would take a revelation of Mannian proportions to knock that headline off the top inside of a week. I’d say it’s a well-deserved break.


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    Faye of Fingal Head

    Joanne, you work so hard on our behalf. Thank you so much. This Award is confirmation of that.
    My respect and admiration for you are most sincere. You won’t remember me but I told you so at the Wesley in Sydney on your speaking tour with Lord Monckton and David Evans.

    When history writes about the con of CAGW-Climate Change, you will be one of the few acclaimed to have fought the battle.


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    TGSG

    Daily reader who never comments here. Congrats Jo! Glad to see so many of the “realists” winning the bloggies.


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    pat

    28 Feb: Daily Telegraph: AAP: Virgin Australia raises airfares due to carbon scheme
    VIRGIN Australia is following the lead of Qantas and Jetstar by upping domestic airfares by up to $6 per flight due to the Federal Government’s carbon pricing scheme…
    Separately, the airline said a $US3 ($2.80) surcharge would be added on all its codeshare flights to European Union countries from March 1.
    While Virgin does not operate flights to Europe, the airline sold codeshare flights with Etihad Airways from Abu Dhabi to destinations that were part of the European Union’s emissions trading scheme.
    “The surcharge is applicable on flights into and out of EU countries only,” Virgin said.
    Earlier this month Qantas and Jetstar lifted fares on all flights in response to the carbon scheme and higher fuel costs.
    International fares booked in Australia increased by as much as $60 and domestic fares up by between $3 and $6. All Jetstar domestic fares will increase by $10 from July 1.
    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/sydney-nsw/virgin-australia-raises-airfares-due-to-carbon-scheme/story-fnb5f12x-1226284285658


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    janama

    so it’s melting arctic that’s causing snow and cold in Europe.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17143269


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      Rereke Whakaaro

      And the sad thing is, it is true.

      But what the article neglects to mention is that the phenomena is natural, and it is cyclic, and the Inuit even have legends and stories built around it. As the saying goes, half a truth is still half a lie.


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    The Bee Gees sang “I feel like dancing”.

    I want to sing “I feel like gloating”. :)

    So here ’tis

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=04854XqcfCY


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    Siliggy

    Best Australian and New Zealand Blog!
    Sure is. A day without a visit here is not complete.


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    YukonJack

    Congratulations Jo, your hard work has paid off. There is still much work to do, but for now, it’s time to celebrate.


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    Roy Hogue

    A great big congratulatory hug from me! Well done! :-)


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    This Post has been at Joanne’s site for four days now, and it has drawn just under 200 Comments.

    Of note in all of those comments, I’d like to point out that our residents from the, er, ‘other side of the debate’ have not offered even a small note of congratulations.

    Well, there was one of them, MattB, but read what he said, He just patted himself on the back thinking it was all up to him really, and even then did not congratulate the architect.

    I would have expected even grudging congratulations from those guys, but no, just the (almost expected) total silence.

    For guys so eager to jump in and stir the pot at virtually every other Post, they are remarkably conspicuous by their absence.

    Still, there is one advantage.

    No Ross James!

    Tony.


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    Ashley

    Ummm, you might want to check your link to the blogged website in this post. It looks
    Ike someone has been tampering… It goes to a porn site.

    [what are you on about Ashley. All the links are good. Mod oggi]

    [I just spent an hour going to EVERY link in this thread. I don't like wasting my time Ashley so be specific as to where you found the "bad" link] ED


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    mullumhillbilly

    Congratulations Jo, welcomed, well done and well-deserved…the www at its finest.


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    Howie

    Congratulations Jo. Outstanding job. from a denier in the good ol USA. Well I used to be a mere skeptic but that’s another story.


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    Myrrh says:
    March 10, 2012 at 4:52 pm WUWT

    .surely you’re the one who should be providing experimental proof?
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    Exactly, Myrrh. If the IPCC wanted to attribute a warming property to radiation from a cooler atmosphere, then they should have proved its warming effect. I certainly can’t detect any warming in my backyard experiments, and nor would I expect to.

    Prof Claes Johnson has now read my Radiated Energy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics prior to publication and has commented “Doug Cotton is one of the few people who have read and understood my analysis of blackbody radiation and radiative heat transfer and I fully endorse his essay.”

    The fact that he said this is a sad reflection on the climate science community – demonstrating their reluctance to approach any contrary view with an open mind.

    It’s not all that hard really, Radiation does not cause thermal energy to transfer from a cooler atmosphere to a warmer surface. All it can do is slow the radiative component of cooling. (Carbon dioxide molecules are not as effective as water vapour molecules in doing this because of their limited range of frequencies). However, evaporation and diffusion play just as great a part as radiation, and these processes can compensate for any slowing of the radiative cooling. All this is explained in detail (in about 6,600 words) available on line on Tuesday this week.


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    Guess where Doug Cotton published his “essay” – that pseudo-scientific publishing company Principia Scientific International, run by John O’Sullivan. You can find more n that subject over at Professor Judith Curry’s “Letter to the dragon slayers” thread (http://judithcurry.com/2011/10/15/letter-to-the-dragon-slayers/) but you need to read all of the comments carefully in order to properly understand what PSI is all about.

    Best regards, Pete Ridley


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