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1,500 private jets fly in to save world at Davos

Where is your carbon footprint when you need it?

Private Jet

This week the same people who advertise their virtue with climate cloaks are advertising their status with a Bombardier 7500.

Don’t call them hypocrites, it’s completely consistent. Both are pretentious attempts to peck up the order.

More And Bigger Private Jets Landing at Davos as Leaders Discuss Climate Change

Erin Corbett, Fortune

Perhaps its all because of jet envy.

At least 1,500 private jets are slated to arrive in Davos. The number is up from last year’s estimated 1,300, according to the Air Charter Service, which also found that this year’s jets are larger and more expensive.

Why more and bigger jets?

“This is at least in part due to some of the long distances traveled, but also possibly due to business rivals not wanting to be seen to be outdone by one another,” Andy Christie, the private jets director at ACS said in a statement.

 Would you like a helicopter with that?

Marketwatch

PrivateFly.com [points out] “The primary airport used by private jet customers flying to Davos is Zurich Airport. This is 148 kilometers away, or 1 hour 45 minutes by road. So some visitors will also charter a helicopter for a faster transfer time,” the company said.

 To be part of the global heroes club, you just need to be seen talking about it.

Image by Craig Sunter.

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    Yonniestone

    In the early days of COP’s and other UN climate junkets the use of such high CO2 producing transport would be justified by paying “carbon offsets” or similar claims but the details or proof of this offsetting was never clear, now they don’t even bother as the MSM and internet giants protect their hypocritical behaviour.

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      mc

      Hypocritical behaviour?

      It’s different when people like me travel by private jet because, you know, I’m an evolved soul, I know what’s going on and what has to be done, and you don’t. Putting aside the fact that you plebs couldn’t afford to anyway, if you were to step out of a private jet, it would just have the wrong feel to it. When I do it, my statesmanlike aura gives it a whole different vibe, one that the unintelligent, ignorant, spiritually unevolved masses, people like you, feel compelled to take seriously.

      Look, if you were to climb out of a Rolls Royce at the steps of parliament, that would be just weird and confusing; if the person stepping out of the Rolls was say, the Maharishi or the Bhagwan or some-one with first name Al for example, radiating Ultimate Knowledge, now that would be an EVENT!

      See what I’m saying; it’s the vibe of the thing, that’s what matters.

      Sark.

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    Since when have CO2 emissions actually been a concern? Relative to the climate conferences, CO2 emissions have never been anything more than am excuse for implementing repressive economic policy designed to harm the developed world.

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      Dennis

      2/10/2015
      Economic Systems: The alarmists keep telling us their concern about global warming is all about man’s stewardship of the environment. But we know that’s not true. A United Nations official has now confirmed this.

      At a news conference last week in Brussels, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, admitted that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity but to destroy capitalism.

      “This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution,” she said.

      Referring to a new international treaty environmentalists hope will be adopted at the Paris climate change conference later this year, she added: “This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model for the first time in human history.”

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      James Murphy

      Be fair, they also want to keep ‘developing’ countries in their place by denying them access to cheap & reliable power generation.

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      TdeF

      As with open borders.

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    John of Cloverdale, Western Australia

    We will be all dead in ‘like 12 years’ time, according to the new Democrat star, Ocasio-Cortez
    So, why worry?
    :-)

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      richard

      Has this woman got a brain-

      “We will be all dead in ‘like 12 years’ time, according to the new Democrat star, Ocasio-Cortez”

      “Ocasio-Cortez wants to make the US run 100% on renewable energy by 2035″

      joined up thinking there.

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        More disturbing is what happened to the brains of those who voted for her and the others like her.

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        James Murphy

        whoever thought up the nick-name Occasional-Cortex seems to have been vindicated.

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          OriginalSteve

          I was reading some research on her background – she acts ditsy , but shes not.

          The left have stage-managed her image as “harmless”, she is anything but.

          Dont be fooled by the muppet-esque behaviour – its an act.

          Underneath it appears to be hard core, coldly-calculating leftist.

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            RexAlan

            Yes Steve that woman is extremely dangerous especially if she gets into any position of power.

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              Edwina

              Yes, there is some talk of her going for the POTUS job in 2020. She likens herself to FDR saving the nation with a new “New Deal”. The dem’s like illegals because they gain more votes from them hence,more power. It is why Labor here want more immigrants.

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        “Has this woman got a brain-”

        Just an Occasional Cortex reflex, perhaps? …

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        OriginalSteve

        She is the new harmless looking “fluffy bunny” but is a hard core socialist “trojan horse” to harness cluessless young things.

        Beware of Socialists bearing gifts….

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          OriginalSteve

          https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/alexandria-ocasio-cortezs-green-new-deal-is-actually-an-old-socialist-plan-from-canada

          My prediction – just like in NZ, an attempt to put a harmless, pretty face on old fashioned Communism in trendy a green camoflage …. in NZ its a PM, in Ocasios case, shes being raised up as an “unknown”, feted to later take the reigns.

          Just like Obummer.

          “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Green New Deal’ is actually an old socialist plan from Canada

          “Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s, D-N.Y., “Green New Deal” is the most radical and destructive policy proposal offered by a member of Congress in decades. Not only would it destroy roughly 3.4 million jobs related to the fossil fuel industry by eliminating nearly all fossil fuel use by 2030, it would also require “upgrades” to every home and business building in the country and the creation of single-payer health care, a “basic income” program, and a federal jobs guarantee, among many other left-wing policies.

          With the backing of Ocasio-Cortez, what was once thought to be a fringe policy idea has gained significant momentum in recent months. At least 40 members of the House have said they support the Green New Deal, and eight likely Democratic presidential candidates have also said they support most or all of the plan, including Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee and Senators Cory Booker, D-N.J., Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

          Although the Green New Deal has received huge amounts of media attention in recent weeks – both positive and negative – the radical origins of the plan have not. Ocasio-Cortez has been labeled an innovative thinker for offering the allegedly visionary Green New Deal, but the truth is that most of these ideas have been floating around socialist circles since at least the early 2000s, and there is strong evidence to suggest that much of the draft text of Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal is merely a revised version of the “Leap Manifesto,” a socialist green-energy plan pushed by far-left environmentalists in Canada.

          ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ, OTHER DEMS WANT YOU TO EMBRACE A SOCIALIST AGENDA – HERE ARE 4 GLARING EXAMPLES

          The “Leap Manifesto” proposes making Canada 100 percent dependent on green energy by 2050, 20 years later than Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal. It also calls for “a universal program to build and retrofit energy efficient housing” and huge new “green” public transportation projects. Like the Green New Deal, the “Leap Manifesto” encourages “a more localized and ecologically-based agricultural system,” and it proposes the creation of a “universal basic annual income” program. Also in line with the Green New Deal, it demands raising existing taxes and the creation of a carbon-dioxide tax.

          The “Leap Manifesto,” which received significant media attention when it was introduced in 2015, was created by a large coalition of far-left organizations and activists in Canada, including Hollywood stars like Ellen Page, Rachel McAdams and Donald Sutherland. The plan was authored by a who’s who of Canadian “eco-socialists” and leftists, such as Naomi Klein – a noted critic of capitalism who once wrote that the only way to save the planet from climate change is “shredding the free-market ideology that has dominated the global economy for more than three decades.”

          …………….

          “Ocasio-Cortez’s close relationship with the Sunrise Movement and Justice Democrats – organizations credited with helping Ocasio-Cortez create her draft proposal – is a direct connection to the socialist “Leap Manifesto.” Some of the leaders of the Sunrise Movement came from McKibben’s 350.org, and Justice Democrats is run by a former member of Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign, which also included numerous advocates of the “Leap Manifesto” and McKibben’s many calls for banning fossil fuels.

          “Even Ocasio-Cortez’s branding of the Green New Deal as a kind of “Marshall Plan” that would be “similar in scale to the mobilization efforts seen in World War II” is eerily similar to an article McKibben authored for The New Republic in August 2016, titled “A World at War”.

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        TdeF

        She actually said the planet will stop spinning. While that’s an incredible statement silly beyond words, at least she accepts it is spinning even though it’s not in the Socialist handbook of Science.

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      Yonniestone

      If she ever gets into the top job then yes we very well could be all dead, and don’t laugh as a recent survey of Democrat voters said 75% would vote for her.

      They must confuse wide eyed innocence with wild eyed insanity, nuckin Futz.

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      Just consider this:

      Exclusive: A new Axios/SurveyMonkey poll finds that 74% of Democrats (and people who lean Dem) would consider voting for Ocasio-Cortez if she were old enough to run for president. (She’s 29; you have to be at least 35.)

      https://www.axios.com/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-beto-o-rourke-democrats-d69595cc-ea49-41b5-b521-dce94dc2790f.html

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      Radical Rodent

      Well, she could be right… but it will not be because of any change in climate. More likely because of the trouble brewing that the politicians seem intent on ignoring.

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      Poor Ms Ocasio-Cortez is a bit late to the climate alarmism game. HRH Prince Charles on 15 December 2009 at Copenhagen declared

      For the grim reality is that our planet has reached a point of crisis and we have only seven years before we lose the levers of control.

      To be fair, both were as inaccurate as “we” have never has the control levers of global emissions as the “we” does not include all the major GHG emitters. It is not even close. As the UNEP emissions Gap Report 2018 effectively admits there is no real prospect of policies been enacted to stop global emissions being higher in 2030 than today, let alone 25% or 55% lower for the 2C and 1.5C warming objectives.

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    old44

    What you wouldn’t give for a complete list of these snouts in a trough.

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      Lionell Griffith

      Perhaps we should be working on emptying the trough. That should put an end to the empty virtue signaling and keeping up appearances that only a Government can afford. A Government that takes the lives of the governed unto the seventh generation and spends it without accounting.

      It is nothing but theft under the color of governance. Once we called it theft and dealt with the perpetrators for what they are: thieves.

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    Roy Hogue

    But you don’t understand, Jo. Jets are thousands of feet in the air and can’t leave any kind of footprint? They don’t touch the ground at all.

    Besides which they have no feet, only wheels so if they could leave anything it would be “wheelprints”. ;-)

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      John F. Hultquist

      Somewhat like a Choo Choo Train.

      Footprints? No. But we know it was here, we saw its tracks.

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        Roy Hogue

        Let’s see, the train stays on the rails and it never touches the ground either. So what if we see its tracks? It’s CO2 neutral.

        I can’t out kid everyone but I’ll give ‘em all a run for their money—tickets can be ordered on this and other web sites…in advance please.

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      crakar24

      Tread marks?….they do leave skid marks.

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        Roy Hogue

        I think yo’re thinking of something else. Even if locomotive wheels start to slip they stay on the rails, also if they were to slip during braking.

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    Yonniestone

    Breaking news, professor Hogue discovers missing hot spot at 30k feet! :)

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    Sean

    The real problem here is not hypocracy it’s the “Davocracy” of the elite making plans to run the world. Self government is so 19th and 20th century. Anyone smart enough to be be a billionaire or political leader can make better decisions about the future of the world than mear peons that have to work for a living. Donald Trump made them angry that anyone could consider national interests over their well crafted plans. The yellow vest movement is starting to make them nervous.

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    GD

    Bono’s not sure about capitalism. He’s having a bet each way.

    Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Bono said capitalism has taken more people out of poverty than “any other ism” but that “it is a wild beast and if not tamed it can chew up a lot of people on the way”.

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    Kleinefeldmaus

    The ‘usual suspects’were there – joined by NZ PM Arden – all spouting their usual B***s
    Davos Gore Attenborough Prince William and Ardern- and the chicken Here

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      Dennis

      After graduating from the University of Waikato in 2001, Ardern began her career working as a researcher in the office of Prime Minister Helen Clark. She later worked in the United Kingdom as a policy advisor to British prime minister Tony Blair. In 2008, she was elected President of the International Union of Socialist Youth.

      Ideologically, Ardern describes herself as both a social democrat and a progressive. She is the world’s youngest female head of government, having taken office at age 37.

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    OriginalSteve

    Do as I say, not as I do…..

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    Mark M

    They landed for a medical emergency.

    Then, a mechanical issue happened.

    Passengers on a United flight from New Jersey to Hong Kong stayed on the plane in frigid temps all night with a dwindling food supply …

    Passengers stuck on United flight in frigid cold for more than 14 hours

    https://edition.cnn.com/2019/01/20/us/united-flight-canada-grounded/index.html?utm_source=twCNN&utm_content=2019-01-20T22%3A51%3A01&utm_term=image&utm_medium=social

    Factcheck. 97% UN junk science says …

    “If one flies from London to New York and back, the CO2 emissions for every seat cause three square metres of sea ice to disappear.
    Similarly, if one drives a car for, say, 1500 miles, another square metre of sea ice disappears.”

    https://www.carbonbrief.org/arctic-summer-sea-ice-to-disappear-with-2c-warming?utm_content=buffer15781&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

    That jet fuel carbon (sic) is a pernickety thing, conveniently only melting sea ice in this instance.

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    When plutocrats sit down to discuss green plunder, debt traps, money printing, tax dodging foundations to invest in private prisons, fizzy drink, Exxon, fast food and the like, they always need a few celebrities to flash at the media.

    This year the cred-celebs are that cheap bodgie Bono, limp Prince William and the walking-talking test pattern Attenborough.

    What if we turned them all off? What if, instead of making ourselves targets in yellow vests, we all stopped reading them, reading about them, watching them, listening to them? Entirely!

    Think how much effort the media put into creating celebrities. They must need them badly, because mainstream media space is not cheap and empty celeb promotions take a high position. So we need to forget who these people are and what they even look like. And to do that we need to starve the entire mainstream media of our attention…and just about all the alternative media. It can be done. It must be done.

    We lose nothing. The free press was lost around the turn of the century and it’s all just manipulative corporate slop. Keeping us near the corral by allowing some controlled diversity is just another stunt. Turn them off.

    Off, I say!

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    Bill In Oz

    DEVOS IN CHAOS !

    MASSIVE SNOW BLIZZARD STORM HITS DAVOS.
    POWER LINES DOWN !
    ROADS CLOSED AND NO FLIGHTS ALLOWED
    ALL DAVOS OCCUPANTS FORCED TO RELY ON DIESEL POWERED BACK UP GENERATORS AND WOOD FIRED HEATERS TO SURVIVE ARCTIC CONDITIONS IN THE ALPS !
    HOPE TO EVACUATE IN A WEEK TO TEN DAYS !

    ;-)

    no wouldn’t a week trapped there at Davos be sooo good for all of them .

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    Dennis

    “Socialism masquerading as environmentalism”

    Prime Minister Tony Abbott

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    pattoh

    Did anybody else clock the spectacular hypocrisy of the William & Attenborough interview?

    In between Phil & Charlie’s investments* & the BBC Retirement/ Super, they wouldn’t have an economic agenda would they?
    /sarc.

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    Penguite

    1500 private jets plus the usual suspects and rent seekers flying in on commercial jets, no doubt on a government subsidy or other. Even her maj and entourage from NZ managed to slip-in. Her contribution was to berate all world leaders for not doing enough about climate change. On achieving the top job in NZ, courtesy of Winston Peters, her claim to fame was to immediately enact the prohibition of all exploration for gas and oil around NZ.

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    Peter Fitzroy

    At Davos, this is the environmental agenda.

    https://www.weforum.org/system-initiatives/shaping-the-future-of-environment-and-natural-resource-security/articles

    What is noticeable straight off is that The World Economic Forum has decided that the green side has won the debate, and only those views will be presented.

    This is a major blow to any group who is in opposition to 97% consensus on the causes and effects of the observed global warming

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      el gordo

      Yes, its millenarian madness, a weird cargo cult.

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        OriginalSteve

        Well, depending on which New Age books you read, one of the man pushes behind restricting resource usage is so that the Elite can have exclusive access to the worlds fossil fuel resources and a group of ( i.e. those who survived the “cull” by war/etc ) deplorables to function as slaves for them. In their minds, a world population of 500 million means lotsa fun and a bunch of “grateful to be alive” coolies to run around after them.

        Mind you, quite a few of the Elite appear to be pyschotic, so I cant imagine how horrific it would be for the survivors / deplorables who would also function as disposable play things.

        Evil sods….

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          el gordo

          I don’t share your melancholy viewpoint.

          More than likely this millenarian movement will fade into a oblivion when temperatures dip below the Spencer line and stay there. We need some serious La Nina to bring this about.

          I blame the Christian culture for bringing on this global warming malaise.

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      Hmmm.

      Despite some pity for the losers we get steered to a creepy globalist website while being reminded of that crushing 97% consensus. It seems that being predictably ignored by the fake tan brigade at Davos is some kind of “major blow” for us.

      Hmmm.

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      el gordo

      Peter take in the big picture and be astonished.

      ‘Millenarianism, known also as millennialism, is the belief that the end of this world is at hand and that in its wake will appear a New World, inexhaustibly fertile, harmonious, sanctified, and just. The more exclusive the concern with the End itself, the more such belief shades off toward the catastrophic; the more exclusive the concern with the New World, the nearer it approaches the utopian.’

      Encyclopaedia . com

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      tom0mason

      “Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.” E. Hoffer (1967)

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    Ruairi

    In Davos the super rich sets,
    Have arrived in their own private jets,
    Fifteen hundred in all,
    Where they issue the call,
    To reduce carbon footprint world threats.

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    David Maddison

    Remember at the UN climate change conference in 2007 they ran out of parking places for all the private jets that flew in?

    https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/noel-sheppard/2007/11/23/not-enough-parking-private-jets-going-un-climate-conference

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    Kleinefeldmaus

    Queen exercised her royal prerogative

    Queen sorts May out sharpish Here

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      Annie

      I wish she would, just for once.

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      Dennis

      Obviously the Queen still has a voice and opinion but she has no power, only ceremonial functions, since the British Parliament removed what she had in an Act of Parliament during the 1930s.

      That Act removed most of her powers in Commonwealth countries and in Australia an Act of Parliament (Australia Act?) removed her from all but ceremonial duties and rubber automatically signing official documents as recommended by the Prime Minster or Governor General.

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      Graeme No.3

      Kleinefeldmaus:

      I prefer the photo of the Queen and Theresa May and the Queen saying “Well you’ve made a right mess of this one. I’ll get Phillip to drive you home”.

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    Kinky Keith

    As John says above @3,

    So eat, drink and be merry.

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    pat

    23 Jan: CNN: Climate change will affect the ratio of male-to-female newborns, scientists say
    by Susan Scutti
    Specifically, climate change could alter the proportion of male and female newborns, with more boys born in places where temperatures rise and fewer boys born in places with other environmental changes, such as drought or wildfire caused by global warming.

    A recent study in Japan found a link between temperature fluctuations and a lower male-to-female sex ratio at birth, with conceptions of boys especially vulnerable to external stress factors, wrote Dr. Misao Fukadoda, lead study author and founder of the M&K Health Institute in Hyogo…

    (Steven Orzack, president and senior research scientist of the Fresh Pond Research Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts) does not believe there’s enough evidence to definitively state that climate change affects the newborn sex ratio…
    https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/23/health/climate-change-infant-sex-ratio-intl/index.html

    23 Jan: Breitbart: Apple Predicts ‘Global Warming’ Will Increase iPhone Demand
    by Thomas D. Williams PH.D
    “Mobile devices can serve as the backbone communication network in emergency and quasi-emergency situations,” Apple wrote in its report, released Tuesday.
    “They can serve as a flashlight or a siren; they can provide first aid instructions; they can act as a radio; and they can be charged for many days via car batteries or even hand cranks,” it said. “Over time, as people begin to experience severe weather events with greater frequency, we expect an increasing need for confidence and preparedness in the arena of personal safety and the well-being of loved ones.”
    “This potential need reinforces a trend we believe is already in evidence following the events of 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, Superstorm Sandy, and Hurricane Harvey,” it said…

    On the downside, Apple said that severe weather events brought on by climate change could “strain the infrastructure systems” that undergird Apple production and marketing, the company said…
    https://www.breitbart.com/environment/2019/01/23/apple-predicts-global-warming-will-increase-iphone-demand/

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    Belinda

    George Soros behind the Davos globalist get-togethers and every other progressivist attack on western democracieswhich he funds via his (non) Open Society Foundation and alliedbehind the curtain donations.
    https://beththeserf.wordpress.com/2018/02/13/50th-edition-serf-under_ground-journal/

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    Mark M

    How does one think of the children’s children, when one thinks humans are a plague on earth?

    Jan 23, 2019, Davos WEF …
    Al Gore, David Attenborough and Jacinda Ardern, Safeguarding Our Planet –

    40.01 sec:
    AG: Sir David, I’m going to ask you the same question as I asked the PM …
    If you could have a heart to heart with a head of state, who is not yet doing anything on this, what would you say?

    DA: Think of the children.
    Think of your children, and the children’s children.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRkKOhiaQkg

    Jan 2013: “Humans are a plague on the Earth that need to be controlled by limiting population growth, according to Sir David Attenborough.”

    David Attenborough – Humans are plague on Earth

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/earthnews/9815862/Humans-are-plague-on-Earth-Attenborough.html

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    PeterS

    The only carbon footprints of significance I can see are those nations who are building many more coal fired power stations; several hundreds in total. I don’t see anyone from the insane left complaining about those nations, probably because the left are too busy terr0rising us for daring to keep our existing coal fired power stations open, whose number is insignificant in the scheme of things compared to the number of new ones being built elsewhere. When are we going to recognise officially the insane left are indeed terr0rists?

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      Peter Fitzroy

      All true PeterS, but the number of proposed plants are dropping through the floor. China which is building lots, has no future plants in the pipeline

      https://www.carbonbrief.org/mapped-worlds-coal-power-plants

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        PeterS

        Clearly you are both colour blind and can’t read simple graphs. The “Future” setting shows an enormous increase not just in China but also in many other regions.

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          Peter Fitzroy

          Yeah, but that is from plants already under construction, the proposed and planned numbers are dropping.

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            PeterS

            Yes but so what? We have been closing down our existing ones gradually for some time now with little or no prospect of building even just one new one.

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              Peter Fitzroy

              So, a leftist plot which is causing capitalists to shy away from commiting to planning or proposing new coal power. You would think that in Australia, at least, with the coal carrying ScoMo in charge, and the energy companies making maximum profits, it would be a piece of cake to get a new plant up and running. So far the best we have, is the libertarians insisting the the government build it. Dammed clever these lefties

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                Peter C

                ScoMo is Not Carrying Coal FOR OUR USE.
                That is a big problem for us.

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                PeterS

                There is a globalist plot and a leftist and capitalist sub-plots. In other words, the left as well as the capitalists are being used as expendable foot soldiers by the globalist elite. As for capitalists in particular, Russia and China are now in many ways more capitalist than the West. The only clever ones in the whole game are the globalists. As usual they don’t care which side wins – they support all sides and becomes richer and more powerful from whoever wins.

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                PeterS

                As for ScoMo he is as great a disappointment as Turnbull, in fact even more so since I expected better.

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    pat

    “renowned”, “distinguished”, discredited?

    24 Jan: ‘He’s coming home’: Tim Flannery returns to Australian Museum
    By Josh Dye
    Renowned Australian scientist and climate expert Tim Flannery has been appointed to a new climate change role at the Australian Museum in ***a major coup for the institution…
    Professor Flannery, the 2007 Australian of the Year, will have dual roles in climate research and public education as the museum’s ***distinguished visiting fellow…

    The 12-month position, funded by private donors to the museum, will give Professor Flannery a public platform to speak on climate and energy policy at a crucial time in the lead up to the state and federal elections.
    “Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our time, affecting all life on the planet, and Australia is poorly prepared for the massive transition that is about to happen,” Professor Flannery said…
    Professor Flannery’s appointment comes after NSW Energy Minister Don Harwin last month criticised the federal government’s energy policy, seeking to draw a distinction between the state and federal Coalitions.

    Australian Museum chief executive Kim McKay hailed Professor Flannery’s return. Professor Flannery spent 15 years at the museum, between 1984 and 1999.
    “The opportunity to have Tim re-join us for 12 months is just outstanding,” she said. “He’s coming home.”
    “He is without doubt Australia’s foremost expert in climate change awareness and action, and so recognised internationally.”…
    Ms McKay said the museum has a unique opportunity to educate people about climate change, because of the high levels of public trust the institution enjoys…
    Professor Flannery said he is relishing the prospect of getting into NSW schools to inspire the next generation…
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/he-s-coming-home-tim-flannery-returns-to-australian-museum-20190123-p50t65.html

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      Bill In Oz

      I’ve got ever one of his books on the shelf.

      I used to be a believer in Tim’s Flannerism.

      Now I have seen the light.

      I’m glad he is no longer here in South Australia.

      Sydney can have him

      For he’s not worth much to any one else.

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    crakar24

    It is not a difficult concept to grasp:

    YOU MUST USE LESS SO I CAN USE MORE

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    pat

    to be fair, here’s WEF’s reaction:

    23 Jan: WorldEconomicForum: Global Agenda: How many private jets are going to Davos in 2019?
    by Oliver Cann
    •Based on official statistics for business jet use into and out of Zurich and St Gallen airports, we estimate 14% less private jet use in 2019 compared to 2018
    •Taking into account the average number of flights expected at both airports during the year, this equates to around 270 ‘movements’ or a maximum of 135 there-and-back flights
    •The Forum offsets all carbon emissions related to air travel to and from our Annual Meeting

    These numbers refer only to the first three days of the meeting. However they are a far cry from the 1,500 flights mentioned in some news reports, which appear to be based on marketing literature from a commercial operator.
    This year’s drop in private air traffic is a sign that participants are taking the environmental impact of their travel more seriously.

    It’s certainly something we have been encouraging. We have been offering incentives to participants to use public transport for some years. We also ask that they share planes if they have to use them; something that has been gaining popularity in recent years…READ ALL
    https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/01/fewer-private-jets-in-davos-2019/

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      pat

      response to WEF’s response:

      24 Jan: BusinessInsider: Take a look at the $60 million private jets that fly business leaders to Davos for the World Economic Forum
      by Benjamin Zhang
      The Air Charter Service expects that roughly 1,500 private jets will shuttle attendees to and from the conference this week. According to the private-jet leasing company, that’s up from the 1,300 private jets that serviced the WEF in 2018.

      “The global interest in the event led us to analyse the private jet activity over the past five years of WEF,” Andy Christie, private jet director at ACS, said in a statement. “Davos doesn’t have its own airfield and, whilst we have several clients who fly into the town by helicopter, the four main airfields that private jet users attending the forum use are Zürich, Dübendorf, St. Gallen-Altenrhein, and St. Moritz.”

      Oliver Cann, the head of strategic communications at the WEF,pushed back against the ACS’s projections. Instead, Cann argued in a post on the organisation’s website that it expects private jet traffic to drop by 14% from 2018.

      While the ACS’s figures used data from four airports, the WEF projection is based only on traffic data from Zürich and St. Gallen-Altenrhein airports…READ ON
      https://www.businessinsider.com.au/gulfstream-bombardier-jets-davos-world-economic-forum-2019-1?r=US&IR=T

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      Mark M

      WEF: “The Forum offsets all carbon emissions related to air travel to and from our Annual Meeting”

      Further evidence that no amount of carbon (sic) offsetting can prevent hot days in Australia:

      The free beer is good though …

      Free beer at Elizabeth North pub Red Lion Hotel if temperature goes above 45C

      https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/thesourcesa/free-beer-at-elizabeth-pub-if-temperature-hits-45c/news-story/a020c64e70a71f4c0fc89b58a15a758f

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    OriginalSteve

    Coming to an oppressive country near you soon….( and here if we let it…)

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-24/new-wechat-app-maps-deadbeat-debtors-in-china/10739016

    “In China’s Hebei province, a red circle sweeps out a radius on a map, like a naval radar scanning for enemy ships.

    It is the latest tool to be piloted as part of China’s Social Credit System (SCS) that is geared at monitoring the behaviour of the Asian superpower’s 1.4 billion citizens and separating the trustworthy from the disobedient.

    Nicknamed the Deadbeat Map, the applet is an add-on to Chinese social media platform WeChat and it allows users to pinpoint the location of those who have failed to pay their debts within a 500-metre radius.

    It is the latest court-mandated escalation in naming and shaming “laolai” — a derogatory term for dishonest debtors who are placed on a financial blacklist.
    Tapping on a person marked on the map reveals their personal information, including their full name, court case number and the reason they have been labelled untrustworthy. Identity card numbers and home addresses are also partially shown.

    Photo: A screenshot from China’s Enforcement Information Disclosure website shows the number of people listed as “untrustworthy” by the courts.

    The map turns red to mark a higher concentration of dishonest debtors, but downgrades to orange, yellow and blue if there are fewer.

    David Zhou, 60, a resident of Shijiazhuang city in north-eastern Hebei province, said the map appeared to show registered home addresses of “swindlers” or “fraudsters”, not their live locations.

    When he stepped out for lunch recently, he saw the radar in the applet turn red and some 28 people identified in his vicinity.
    ………………..

    Partially borne out of the lack of credit history and social trust, the broader SCS is aiming to monitor the behaviour of all of China’s citizens nationwide by 2020, yet it has been rolled out to date as a series of pilot projects across the nation and in various provinces.

    One private credit system using data from Alibaba rates people not only on their financial capacity but also on their consumer choices.
    Leave no dark corner

    China is building a digital dictatorship to exert control over its 1.4 billion citizens. For some, “social credit” will bring privileges, for others, punishment, as Matthew Carney reports.

    The example Sesame Credit technology director Li Yingyun gave Chinese media is that a person who buys nappies regularly is responsible, while someone who plays video games all day would be considered lazy.

    Being placed on a local blacklist can also place citizens under wide-ranging national restrictions.

    More than 18 million people have been banned from flying, and 5.5 million are unable to purchase high-speed rail tickets, according to China’s enforcement information disclosure website.

    Delia Lin, a senior lecturer in Chinese studies at the University of Melbourne’s Asia Institute, said the “deadbeat map” marked an unsurprising escalation under China’s developing social credit system.”

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    pat

    23 Jan: CNBC: Former Vice President Al Gore and Prince William meet privately at Davos
    •The closed door gathering between the two world leaders came after Gore led a panel on Tuesday at the annual confab titled Safeguarding Our Planet, which focused on climate change.
    •When asked about what was specifically discussed, Prince William’s communications secretary Jason Knauf said in a brief interview that it was “about the environment, the themes the vice president was talking about on stage last night.”
    by Brian Schwartz
    The spokesman also noted that Gore is close friends with Charles, Prince of Wales.
    Gore repeatedly declined an interview with CNBC…
    https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/23/al-gore-and-prince-william-privately-meet-at-davos.html

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    pat

    In Trump’s Absence, Brazil’s New President Steals Spotlight at Davos
    Fortune-10 hours ago

    Brazil’s new president fizzles in his overseas debut
    Opinion-Washington Post-20 hours ago

    23 Jan: WaPo: Davos, this is outrageous
    By Christiana Figueres and Greta Thunberg
    (This was produced by The WorldPost, a partnership of the ***Berggruen Institute and The Washington Post)

    Climate change is an existential threat to humanity and already a matter of life and death for many, but it is just one issue among many on the agenda at this year’s World Economic Forum. It should be the number one priority and should sit at the center of every conversation in Davos.
    This week, the two of us — from different generations but united by the same concern for our planet — will jointly address delegates at the summit. Climate change action has never been so urgent, as we are quickly approaching tipping points of no return. In that context, we will talk about leadership, outrage and optimism. We believe these are inspirational times for transformational change…

    Here’s a three-step “find and replace” exercise for leaders gathered in Davos to enact that will immediately clean up our air and help safeguard our climate:
    •Find coal, and replace it with renewable energy supported by storage.
    •Find internal combustion engines, and replace them with zero-emissions mobility.
    •Find crop burning (when farmers burn the stubble left over from the harvest to clear the ground quickly for new planting) and replace it with “no till” and “low till” technologies that enrich the soil instead of burning its nutrients.

    Bold decisive action on coal, combustion engines and crop burning — across direct operations, investment portfolios and supply chains — requires real leadership. While these steps are being implemented in some places, it is not yet enough.

    That’s why in nearly every continent, students have joined the school strike for climate, declaring that they want a different future, that they are unstoppable and that another world is possible. Tens of thousands of students in Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Australia and elsewhere have joined the strike. Their leadership is powerful. Transformational change is coming.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/theworldpost/wp/2019/01/23/davos/

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      pat

      ***Berggruen Institute

      5 Dec 2018: Newsrep: Washington Post runs an apology for China’s authoritarian government, courtesy of the Berggruen Institute
      by Jack Murphy
      The Washington Post recently ran a curious opinion piece — one that offers up an apology (along with multiple excuses) for China’s so-called social credit system. We’ve covered it here on NEWSREP going back to 2016, but it’s really only over the last year that China’s social credit scheme — most often described as Orwellian — has really been reported on by the mainstream news outlets…

      The Washington Post piece, penned by ***Berggruen Institute vice president and director Bing Song, offers to soften the edges of China’s social credit scheme… soothing us with claims that it isn’t quite as Orwellian as the Western world makes it out to be…

      Something certainly smelled fishy about the WaPo op-ed, but Mike Forsythe at the New York Times did a bit of digging on who Bing Song is. She is a former high-ranking executive at Goldman Sachs, where she made managing director in just two years. As Forsythe points out, this is the elite of the elite in high finance. Prior to this, Song attended Oxford — paid for by the Swire Corporation. She is married to Daniel Bell, also with the Berggruen Institute, who has written extensively about how, in his opinion, the Chinese government is no longer a communist dictatorship but rather a merit-based one-party system. He teaches at Tsinghua University in Beijing…

      Some Chinese strategists have stated that they see their primary goal as to be the managing of a declining power, the United States, into its future position as a second-rate power. Browsing through the leadership of the Berggruen Institute one can’t help shake the feeling that they are designed to provide the trans-pacific relationship to enable this to happen as they publish books with titles such as “The Changing Global Order” and “Beyond Liberal Democracy.”

      This is all especially ironic when it is published under Washington’s Posts motto: “Democracy Dies in the Darkness.”READ ON
      https://thenewsrep.com/111121/washington-post-runs-an-apology-for-chinas-authoritarian-government-courtesy-of-the-berggruen-institute/

      May 2016: EconomicTimesIndia: ***Berggruen Institute Receives $500 Million Endowment
      Berggruen Institute, a think tank founded by billionaire investor and philanthropist Nicolas Berggruen, has received a $500 million endowment from the Nicolas Berggruen Charitable Trust on the institute’s fifth anniversary. The institute is an independent non-partisan body focused on political governance, philosophy and cross-cultural understanding…

      Some of the initiatives of Berggruen Institute include the 21st Century Council which focuses on global governance and the US-China relationship, Berggruen Philosophy and Culture Center which supports and promotes the study of different philosophical traditions across disciplines and cultures, the town hall series in Europe hosted by the institute’s Council for the Future of Europe, among many others.

      In a tie-up with the ***Huffington Post, the institute launched an online publication called The WorldPost which brings together thought leaders from around the world on a daily platform for sharing new ideas…
      The Paris-born investor’s private investment company — Berggruen Holdings — has invested about $200 million in hotels under the Keys brand, car rental services called Car Club, real estate and education sector in India.
      https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/company/corporate-trends/berggruen-institute-receives-500-million-endowment/articleshow/52092362.cms

      ***Wikipedia: Berggruen Institute
      The Berggruen Institute (formerly Berggruen Institute on Governance) is an independent, ***non-partisan think tank which develops ideas to shape political and social institutions…

      Global Fellowship Program
      The Fellowship Program is a two-year program that gives scholars the opportunity to study at academic institutions all over the world.[14] The Program also supports research at the University of Southern California (USC) Brain and Creativity Institute under Dr. Antonio Damasio.
      The academic institutions include Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, Harvard University, Oxford University, New York University, Tsinghua University, and Peking University…

      ***In October 2017, the Berggruen Institute partnered with The Washington Post to publish The WorldPost, a media platform that publishes op-eds, features and videos exclusively on The Washington Post. Nathan Gardels is editor in chief of The WorldPost, and Kathleen Miles is the executive editor.

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    robert rosicka

    AEMO are currently seeking participants to switch off power , anyone want to join in and donate a cup or two of electricity?

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      AndyG55

      They are there to provide reliability of electricity.

      Tell them to go jump in a deep lake with lots of piranhas in it.

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      Peter C

      News at 6 o’clock had a story asking people to turn off A/C. Some did and the price went down for a short time but it is up again now.

      Power supplying companies are raking in profits at unprecedented rates.
      Power retailing companies may be in trouble. My retailer has a fixed rate for me so I have my A/C switched on and running at Max. They have to pay $14,000/MWhr and sell to me at 32c/kWhr ($320/MWhr).

      This may prompt some changes.

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    Mark M

    It appears the Davos elites are hogging the carbon (sic) emissions for travel …

    2006-2007: Air travel hit new records as well: in 2004, 1.9 billion passengers traveled 3.4 trillion kilometers.

    Yet only 5 percent of the world’s population has ever flown.

    http://www.worldwatch.org/node/4346

    Update Dec 2017 – Fewer Than 18 Percent Of People Have Flown: What Happens Next?

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-mandyck/fewer-than-18-of-people-h_b_12443062.html

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    pat

    24 Jan: Business Insider: SpaceX’s giant rocket ship was damaged by powerful winds in Texas — the nosecone blew over, and Elon Musk says repairs will take weeks
    by Dave Mosher
    https://www.businessinsider.com.au/spacex-elon-musk-starship-test-hopper-rocket-ship-damaged-2019-1?r=US&IR=T

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    Kleinefeldmaus

    Charles Moore observes on the Spectator that Prince William and David Attenborough were in conversation. This he believes was a mistake. It certainly smacks of the rich preaching to the rest of us.
    The Spectator Charles Moore comments on Davos here

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