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Keep it coming XR: Just some average Aussie naked people trying to scare the kiddies

Hello to attention seeking patsies everywhere.

Boy are they going to regret this when they figure out they’re not saving The Planet, just the banksters and socialists.

XR protest Dec 22, 2019, Adelaide. Naked.

Rebels stripped down and asked for the naked truth on the climate emergency during peak shopping hours in Rundle Mall, South Australia. #ClimateCrisis #ExtinctionRebellion.  Photo George Mason.

— XRSouthAustralia (@XRSouthAus) December 22, 2019

So this is what happens when Extinction Rebellion grows up:

XR-protest-adelaide

No more climate cover ups indeed.    Photo George Mason.

 

Just another ordinary worker trying to warn us about climate werewolves:

XR protestor, Adelaide, Australia.

What?

Someone someday is going to do a very interesting study on the power of suggestion on gregarious hominids. Could industrial marxists convince university educated young men and women to strip naked in public and paint their bodies while forecasting the end of the world if people don’t buy their products? Isn’t education supposed to protect them from that? We got the kids out of the mines and factories and they grew up to be advertising banners for big government instead.

Don’t stop now XR. All you need is someone like this on every street corner.

Seriously, just watch the expressions of South Australians as they walk past the XR Christmas Choir. That’s a nation not freaking out.

h/t To Graham Richardson in The Australian

Extinction Rebellion crowd full of hot air and coffee

 … anything is possible in a land where we sit on 400-year supplies of high-quality coal that will guarantee supply at a reasonable price and a vocal crowd is dumb enough to say we should leave it in the ground.

The worst part of this selfishness is the attempt by some to prevent India from importing our coal to fuel its endeavours to increase living standards. It was only in ­recent decades that some people there still starved to death.

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136 comments to Keep it coming XR: Just some average Aussie naked people trying to scare the kiddies

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    Kalm Keith

    Leadership has never been perfect in society, and these unclothed extincter leaders are demonstrating that things never change.

    The most important thing about leadership is that those agreeing to be led take a bit of care in who they install as leaders.

    In today’s electronically charge society Everyone is now a leader and so we now have a world of naked chaos to contend with.

    Good luck world.

    KK

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    Sweet Old Bob

    Well …. they have no new clothes ?
    ;)

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    Over here in the UK we have had someone called greta thunberg guest editing the ‘Today’ news programme. I doubt anyone over in oz has ever heard of her but I predict you soon will. Apparently there is some sort of unreported climate crisis going on. Who knew?

    Apparently there was very limited knowledge of the subject until she came along and raised awareness. It is disgraceful how all the media, , scientists and politicians have kept quiet about this climate emergency which is upon us NOW!

    Perhaps jo nova can stop running a blog about the trivial doings of celebs and instead address herself to the huge problems that will be caused by the climate crisis.

    So open your eyes those of you hanging round here hoping to hear of some juicy celebrity tit bit and instead do some research, give praise to greta and address yourselves to the problems of the wider world.

    You have 11 Years to save the planet. Don’t forget the name- greta thunberg-you heard that name for the first time here.

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    TdeF

    When you have no evidence at all and every prediction wrong for 31 years even the Emperor’s supporters have no clothes.

    And they tell us this is the new norm? Once again this is logic which works in peak Australian summer only. You cannot fight bushfires with these outfits, words, paint and cardboard.

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    Lionell Griffith

    Intellectual savages such as they plan for, invite, and create failure for all living things. Their goal is a totally inert inorganic mechanical universe without a trace of life. That way, they won’t have to be responsible for their own existence because they too will cease to exist.

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      glen Michel

      No more cover ups eh.How ironic. These twits demean their own humanity with stunts like this.

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        gnome

        Well – you notice that they are all well covereed up in the photographs. Usually people in actions like this are clothed in briefs (of either the public or private kind) and not naked at all.

        Here, there’s no evidence one way or the other. There usually isn’t in the global warming circus.

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    Travis T. Jones

    Factcheck.

    Over 100% of failed doomsday zombies prefer protest signs and facemasks made entirely from fossil fuels.

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      OriginalSteve

      Well I lok at it this way…..if they weren’t doing this, they would be normal ‘ferals’ out with their dogs ( which are on baling twine leads), possibly being annoyances elsewhere…

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        Annie

        Hmm hmm! Cough! I’ve been known to use a piece of baling twine to hold the dog when restraint was needed in a hurry and his lead back in the house!
        Not to mention the couple of times we’ve caught a couple of other people’s strays and had nothing else to hand. :)

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          OriginalSteve

          Well yes, and useful for tying the occasional stray dog at a horse event too….

          Perhaps I should have prefixed my comment with “ferals with dreddies and dogs on bits of baling twine…”

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          Annie

          Baling twine is wonderful stuff. I keep it when undoing small squares. It has an amazing number of uses.

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      Hasbeen

      Obviously these people are simply exhibitionists, looking for an excuse to get their gear off, & pose in public.

      Any excuse will do for them, & this was the first excuse to hand.

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    TdeF

    It’s interesting how burning the place to the ground is an ‘ancient skill’ if practiced by *borigines. The devastation brought about by the traditional owners destroyed an ancient land, halving the rainfall and completely wiping out many species. And they are painted as ‘caretakers’. Do that today and you would be locked up. And they had no cloth or clothes either. Or metal or agriculture or any idea where they were. And they changed the climate of Australia completely, halving rainfall.

    At what point do people start to care again about making Australia drought proof, flood proof and if we can change the climate, make it rain, divert water to where it is needed instead of running dry or out to sea, why don’t we?

    The naked argument is that we get our ideas from overseas. In midsummer our caring extinction rebellion types can only think to take their clothes off and paint themselves before they head off to McDonalds. Maybe the *borigines have taught us something after all?

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      TdeF

      This was in relation to a lead article in the Australian which recommends that we learn from *borigines. Again. In a mere 200 years the number of *borigines has increased tenfold, after 50,000 years? Perhaps we should learn from farmers and people actually on the land, not from people who had no idea of managing it? Like most things, they set fire to the place because they could.

      What about learning from the Romans, Iraqis, Russians, Egyptians, Nabateans? Why do the inheritors of coal fired power stations, dams, spillways, canals and all manner of life improving inventions want to stop everything and destroy everything and replace it with nothing, not even clothes. That would be extinction and nothing to do with Climate.

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        glen Michel

        It doesn’t help the Oz for the main part stuck in the mid latitudes. Paleontology is still out on the original mob changing the landscape. I mean,landscapes change with time. I see vegetation in my region that wasn’t part of my grandfather’s time.

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          TdeF

          Yes we brought rabbits and prickly pear and cane toads. The last two were ecology fails. Then we refused to exterminate new arrivals like the European wasp. God’s creatures apparently.

          Europeans changed everything. Tree species. Crops. Animals. Birds. Insects. As in Europe. The Greens want nothing changed but even seedless bananas are fake. And where would the world be without potatoes.

          The Extinction Rebellion people think 7 billion people can go to McDonalds for lunch.

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            TdeF

            And after 50,000 years of inter tribal warfare, banning m*rder and providing a steady food supply and Western medicine and dentistry has allowed *boriginal numbers to explode. Stangely we are supposed to apologise for saving them? And hand the land back? And when in a giant sporting complex, give thanks to the traditional owners who now want rent and title? The BOM has an *boriginal ‘ind*genous weather knowledge’ page.

            This fantasy is part of the problem of not recognizing how far we have come in just 200 years. It is outrageous that the South Australian government blew up power stations. If anyone is going to push South Australians into extinction, it is their total isolation from reality. Like the nutters in no clothes. At under 20C, naked humans will die of hypothermia, but that’s real science not Greta Tunaburger science.

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      beowulf

      If pretending to follow indigenous burning practices is the only way we can get some rational hazard reduction burning happening, then I will for the very first time be willing to sit through a fake welcome-to-country ceremony. I will even endure the smoking ceremony as long as they tip the burning contents of their dish into the nearby bush and set it afire in winter. The sacrifices we must make!

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    OriginalSteve

    One protester is holding a placard “this is the new normal”.

    Help required…if so…..

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    PeterS

    Which climate crisis are there protesting about? Is it the unusual snow storms enveloping some parts of the word or the normal summer temperatures we are currently experiencing? If it’s the latter these protesters need to be told they are ignorant idiots.

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    ralf ellis

    No different to the old geezer shuffling through the streets of 1950s London, wearing a sandwich-board saying: “The End Is Nigh”. I suppose it is novel to have supposedly educated middle-agers brainwashed to this extent, instead of down-and-out no-hopers, but it is the same genre and philosophy.

    R

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    Geoffrey Williams

    Tonyb #3 above . . . who let this idiot in ?!
    GeoffW

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    Greg Cavanagh

    To be honest; a university student will get naked for any excuse, or none.

    Hence the traditional naked run around town or the local park for losing a bet, or the prank of leaving them on a country road to make it home naked if they’re silly enough to pass out drunk at a party.

    Or a naked party in the local pool, skinny dip in the ocean, naked bike rides for charity or just because, etc.

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      The Depraved and MOST Deplorable Vlad the Impaler

      Back in the ’70′s (my undergrad days) there was a fad called ‘streaking’. I personally never witnessed an event, but I’m told there were three separate occurrences at the University I attended, during my tenure.

      I’m sure a search engine will pull up the parody song, “The Streak”, which enjoyed some radio play back in the day.

      Vlad

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    Another Ian

    Geoff

    You should read more from tonyb

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    Salome

    OT but help, I’m traumatised. Last night I watched the ABC (o.k., voluntary assumption of risk). It was a little half-hour program about the Y2K bug (remember that?). Was it a thing or a hoax? Was all the money spent by government, in particular, necessary–did it avert what could have been a real crisis, or was it something the IT industry manipulated us all into? Inconclusive. BUT, somehow this story of possible inherent IT glitches morphed into climate change. Since 2000 was rung in without appreciable digital incident, whether it was necessary or not, the money spent was worth it. Likewise, whichever way things are regarding emissions and climate change, we should be spending lots of money on reducing emissions just in case, and if we avert disaster we’ll be happy anyway, even if there were no disaster to avert.

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      Robert Swan

      I made it past 5 minutes, but didn’t make it to 10. Seemed too wishy-washy. So it was just a Trojan Horse to do a bit more global warming proselytising? On the ABC? Who’da thunk?

      No wonder it was wishy-washy. Y2K doesn’t make much of a case for the alarmist “do something, anything, everything”; the sceptical “wait and see” was the better approach.

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      TdeF

      No, it was not a hoax. However the magnitude of the scare was the usual media trying to sell air time and newspapers.

      I well remember people making such decisions because memory was precious in the 1970s, bytes. We could not store the full year and the argument was made that it was all 30 years off, so why worry. A lot of those decisions were made with computers which ran things, like aircraft and elevators and trains as industrial computers lagged other computers by 10-15 years. So the concern was with old equipment and perhaps even old software in places like banking, but that was more unlikely.

      It was certainly a boon time for computer software people though as old clients all wanted their software updated because the directors didn’t want to be blamed. Even if that was completely unnecessary. At the time it was good profits and perhaps a good thing.

      The reason nothing happened is that updateable software was updated, memory became cheap and non volatile and frankly no one put in really dangerous logic which read, if date expired then crash plane. The bigger worry was, if customer has not paid the mortgage in 1,000 years, seize their property and cash but that was not hardware related, so it was unlikely.

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        David-of-Cooyal-in-Oz

        Thanks TdeF,
        Your reply is more concise than one I was preparing, and I agree. Expanding a little, we used to use just two digits of year to save two bytes both in RAM and externally, initially on magnetic tapes and later on disk. And, Salome, bear in mind that my iPad has 64 GB of RAM, and the biggest computer I used (up to 1992) was 64 megabytes. Most of my work was on machines of less than 1MB, and the programs on which the 2 character economy was started were as small as 16K.
        The other part of the problem was that the older programs were often not well documented, so even to find which ones needed change was a non-trivial exercise.
        Cheers,
        Dave B

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        Robert Swan

        Y2K was not *a* hoax, but it involved lots of little hoaxes.

        The reason? You put it in a nutshell:

        no one put in really dangerous logic which read, if date expired then crash plane.

        Yet I remember there being lots of alarmist reports. E.g. sewage treatment plants that would stop working. What programmer would say — hmmm, tank nearly full, quick check of the date and then we’ll send it to the aeration pond (or whatever)?

        It was only ever going to significantly affect administrative computers — erroneous “payment overdue” notices and that sort of thing. The software I worked on at the time had two reports that needed a wired-in 19xx suitably adjusted.

        To remind people of the appalling levels of alarm that Y2K reached, read/listen to Alistair Cook’s Letter From America from the eve of Y2K. As a taster, Y2K was:

        what one expert called “the most ominous threat to human life since the discovery that e=mc².”

        Must have been nearly as bad as CO2!

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          Ian Hill

          I remember John Howard announced he would be aloft in a plane at midnight on 31 December 1999 to “prove” there was nothing to be afraid of. However he didn’t end up doing that.

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      Graeme No.3

      Salome:
      The company employing me spent multiple millions getting ready for the Y2K bug. Our old computer business software would undoubtedly collapse as 2000AD dawned. What happened is that the old system just kept going (and went on for the 6 years required for tax purposes). The “new” system didn’t suffer a collapse either, apart from being clunky, out-dated and a right pain in a politician’s brain. They then spent tens of millions getting it working better.

      The questions you should ask is
      1. WHY REDUCE EMISSIONS? Anyone with a knowledge of paleo history knows that there is no correlation between CO2 and temperature.
      2. Why is it necessary then? It isn’t. In fact it is beneficial for humans as vegetation is increasing.
      3. And how? Since China and India are not at all interested in reducing emissions (along with many other countries) CO2 emissions are going to keep rising at least until 2030.

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        TdeF

        And, as was well known and proven in the 1950s man released CO2, all CO2 is rapidly absorbed into the vast ocean which holds 98% of all CO2. There are 50 atmospheres of CO2 in the oceans. That’s why atom bomb C14 vanishes so rapidly. We could not set the aerial CO2 levels if we tried and it is absolutely proven that we have had no impact at all.

        As for whether increased CO2 produces warming, it is irrelevant if we don’t control CO2 levels.

        What is certain science, Henry’s law, is that warming the oceans releases CO2. It is so obvious you can only think someone made up the first conclusion. And ‘climate scientists’ around the world are in denial.

        This is what I thought when I first became involved. If the 50% CO2 increase was man made, prove it. CO2 is the one molecule which can be dated.

        I cannot believe the people who make this all up are now saying that CO2 is warming the oceans! How?

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          TdeF

          As for extinction rebellion, these people are probably school teachers. There are no jobs but the public service in Adelaide and those people fight to stop mining, gas exploration, farming and just demand more cash from Canberra and get twice the GST of Perth with half the population. Perhaps they should use their paid holidays to help someone less fortunate. Clearly they can donate their clothes.

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    Salome

    Message to ‘New Normal’ Man–the emperor’s new clothes have been normal for decades. Nothing new about it.

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    I would love to see XR telling Africans without electricity to just live with it. See the following, my latest:

    Climate alarmist banks go carbon-colonialist

    By Paul Driessen and David Wojick

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/12/29/climate-alarmist-banks-go-carbon-colonialist/

    The beginning: “Africa has the world’s lowest electrification rate. Its power consumption per capita is just 613 kilowatt-hours per year, compared to 6,500 kWh in Europe and 13,000 in the United States, African Development Bank (AfDB) President Akinwumi Adesina observed in July 2017. That’s 9.4% of EU and 4.7% of US electricity consumption. It’s equivalent to Americans having electricity only 1 hour a day, 8 hours a week, 411 hours per year – at totally unpredictable times, for a few minutes, hours or days at a stretch.

    It’s actually even worse than that. Excluding significantly electrified South Africa, sub-Sahara Africans consume an almost irrelevant 181 kWh of electricity per capita – 1.4% of the average American’s!

    In Sub-Saharan Afria, over 600 million people have no electricity, and over 700 million rely on wood, grass and dung for cooking and heating. The region is home to 16% of the world’s population, and 53% of those without electricity. By 2050, its urban populations could increase by 600 million.

    Determined to transform the “dark continent,” the AfDB launched a $12-billion New Deal on Energy in 2017 and a Light Up and Power Africa initiative in July 2018. It frequently emphasized that access to sufficient supplies of reliable, affordable modern energy – including fossil fuels – is critical for the continent’s social and economic development. Without energy, it is impossible to create jobs, increase productivity, reduce inequality, improve people’s health and wellbeing, or end poverty.

    The bank’s lofty goal for its energy New Deal is 100% access to electricity in urban areas, and 95% in rural areas, by 2025. In July 2017, Mr. Adesina told the African Union Summit he was excited that “Japan has answered our call” to “adopt a balanced energy mix” that includes “its ultra-super critical clean coal technologies” that remove sulfur, nitrogen oxides and particulates, while greatly reducing CO2 emissions.

    In 2018, the bank approved seed money for a Nigerian coal project and geared up to finance a 350MW coal plant in Senegal. It also initiated plans for a $2-billion coal-fired power station in the Kenya’s port city of Lamu, after the IMF, World Bank and other western lenders rebuffed Kenya.

    But then Mr. Adesina and the AfDB caved in to carbon colonialist pressure. The bank now says almost nothing about coal or even natural gas. Its new themes include: responding to global concerns about climate change, gradually adopting a “low-carbon and sustainable growth path,” significantly reducing reliance on fossil fuels, and transitioning to “green growth” and “clean renewable energy,”

    In September 2019, the bank announced that it planned to begin scrapping coal-fired power plants all across Africa, build “the largest solar zone” in the world, and pull funding for the Lamu power plant. “We’re getting out of coal,” Mr. Adesina said. “Coal is the past, and renewable energy is the future.”

    So the AfDB has joined the World Bank, Goldman Sachs and other Multilateral anti-Development Banks in caring more about climate alarmism and avoiding criticism from the likes of Greta, the perpetually aggrieved and angry Grinch of Christmas 2019 – than they do about safeguarding the lives, livelihoods, health and living standards of hundreds of millions of electricity-deprived Africans.

    This 180-degree flip-flop is delusional, dysfunctional and disingenuous. For many, it will be lethal.”

    There is a lot more in the article.

    Intermittent electricity is poor juice. Giving poor people poor juice is despicable.

    David

    The Climate Change Education Project

    https://www.gofundme.com/f/climate-change-debate-education

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    David Maddison

    This is all due to the Left’s war against science, reason and education over the last 50 or so years plus Rudi Dutchke’s “long march through the institutions”.

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    Annie

    If that’s ‘the new normal’? Stop the planet, I want to get off’!

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    Travis T. Jones

    It’s the end of the year, but, not the end of 97% climate stupid …

    French cheeses at risk of falling foul of global warming as cows lack fresh grass

    “Global warming is threatening the traditional production of some of France’s most famed cheeses – from Saint-Nectaire to bleu d’Auvergne – due to increasingly frequent extreme weather affecting how much fresh local grass cows eat.

    Whoa Nellie!
    Wait. What?

    [Global Warming] is making horses fat as it’s causing an abundance of grass to grow, top vet warns

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/11/29/climate-change-making-horses-fat-causing-abundance-grass-grow/

    Have a happy and safe new year.

    Let’s hope 2020 is the year the climate stupid dies.

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    EternalOptimist

    These folks are the ‘Anchors’ of the environmental movement.
    And it’s true, they are the biggest bunch of anchors I have seen in a long time

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    pat

    BBC radio had this in their news bulletin this morning, claiming the station got death threats (haven’t seen any reporting online of that) and that it called grandma “dirty”. item opened with something like = – it’s hard to imagine a cute little children’s song could provoke outrage – or similar:

    VIDEO: 1m30s: 29 Dec: NoTricksZone: Greta’s Generational Supremacists: Indoctrinated German Girls Sing: “My Grandma Is An Old Environmental Scumbag!”
    by P. Gosselin
    Child abuse by German WDR 2 public broadcasting? Young schoolgirls taught to hate, made to sing “My grandma is an old environmental scumbag” because she drives an SUV, eats meat and takes cruises.
    Today’s young generational hostility in Europe has hit unprecedented levels, thanks to environmental radicalism and zealots in and out of the media…

    Featured is a chorus of smiling, young German schoolgirls singing: “Meine Oma ist ne alte Umweltsau” (My grandma is an old environmental scumbag) lambasting grandmas and the older generation supposedly because they use SUVs and fly to go on their holidays, and so are creating a global mess…

    Loud backlash
    The song, meant to environmentally indoctrinate kids, didn’t go down well with the usually patient German public, especially with the older generations, which demographically have become the country’s largest voting sector

    Needless to say, after some hesitation and weak attempts to defend or to play it all down, the song was taken offline in the night of December 28. Now the WDR 2 and green activists are falling all over themselves insisting it was just an innocent parody and they didn’t mean anything bad with it, and implied how it’s unfortunate some people can’t take
    LYRICS IN ENGLISH
    The song ends with the audio quote by Greta Thunberg: “We will not let you get away with this!”…

    COMMENT:
    Senex 30: Literally, it’s “an old environmental sow”, which is just as much an insult in English as in German.
    https://notrickszone.com/2019/12/29/gretas-generational-supremacists-indoctrinated-german-girls-sing-grandmother-is-an-environmental-scumbag/

    ***note DW takes a similar stand to BBC:

    28 Dec: Deutsche Welle: ‘Grandma is an old environmental pig’: German broadcaster deletes children’s song remake
    A public broadcaster has justified removing the video, saying allegations it had politically manipulated the children were unbearable for editorial staff. However, one news editor called the clip “scandalously good.”
    by ls/sms (dpa, ARD)
    German public broadcaster WDR 2 on Saturday issued an apology for showing a video of a children’s choir singing a ***humorous, traditional tune rewritten with satirical lyrics.

    31 Dec: StandardHongKong: Kids’ song about dirty granny turned off
    A German public broadcaster has pulled the plug on a ditty sung by a children’s choir about a grandmother’s environmentally questionable habits. A video featuring broadcaster WDR’s children’s choir singing an altered version of My Grandma Rides a Motorbike in the Chicken Coop…
    Armin Laschet, governor of North Rhine-Westphalia state, where WDR is based, grumbled that “climate protection is increasingly being escalated by some into a generational conflict” and the altered song “crossed the limits of style and respect for older people.”…

    you would think the CAGW mob would have learned something from this:

    25 Dec: RT: ‘Grandparents soon won’t be around. Why do they talk to us?’ Fridays for Future Germany fall flat on face with poor taste joke
    Here’s a pro tip: When you want to rally the nation to save humanity from certain extinction, maybe you shouldn’t dismiss all the elderly people simply because they’re in their sunset years.
    That was the lesson that the German branch of an international movement spearheaded by teen climate change speaker Greta Thunberg learned the hard way this week. “Why do grandparents talk to us each year?” Fridays for Future (FFF) Germany tweeted. “They won’t be around much longer.” TWEET…
    https://www.rt.com/news/476814-climate-activists-grandparents-gaffe/

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      RickWill

      The indoctrination of German children into killing off the older generations had some historical overtones. On the plus side, German economic power will continue to slide so their ability to force their view on the world will diminish with that demise.

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    hillbilly33

    Re the point raised by Salome @14 above – presumably quoting the ABC. “whichever way things are regarding emissions and climate change, we should be spending lots of money on reducing emissions just in case, and if we avert disaster we’ll be happy anyway, even if there were no disaster to avert.”

    We do know natural disasters will continue to happen. Far better IMHO to spend money where possible to mitigate the effects of disasters, whatever their cause. For many years Roma in Queensland was subject to considerable repeated flood damage, often triggered solely by a heavy rainfall event. If just a fraction of the money had been spent that has been wasted on heavily subsidised allegedly “renewable energy” schemes (or scams), a levee could have been built years earlier. Thankfully, Qld authorities finally woke up!

    Properly maintained Fire Trails and Fuel burn-offs fall into the same category.

    https://www.insurancenews.com.au/daily/roma-gets-a-flood-risk-tick-after-mitigation-works

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    C. Paul Barreira

    An opinion poll published in April of this rapidly closing year, showed that around 80 per cent. of Australians accepted in whole or in part the claims of man-made climate catastrophe.

    A few days ago these pages referred to The Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub. This refers to their “Projects” thus:

    Our projects are guided by a simple, but focused strategy: demystify climate change by presenting localised climate information to as many people as possible, as often as possible. Their impact-focus ensures they are grounded in practical application, remaining focused on assisting Australians to better understand climate change, how it is going to impact them, and what solutions are available.

    Australian media willingly oblige.

    David Wojich in comment #16, above, refers to the African Development Bank (AfDB) telling us of its mystifying change of attitude regarding the provision of electrical energy to the people and institutions of Africa.

    One part of that change is the remarkable power of ridiculous claims, such as Jo observed in this post. This point matters, though not perhaps as Jo intended:

    Seriously, just watch the expressions of South Australians as they walk past the XR Christmas Choir. That’s a nation not freaking out.

    The public need not freak out but two things remain in people’s minds, the absurd getup and the equally absurd claims, only a part of which need remain in people’s consciousness for the XR actors to have been effective. And so the Paris Agreement and economic suicide remain alive. The public may not wish to pay for government’s initiatives but they will happen anyway and the public will have no means of arguing a contrary case, even of questioning government.

    Around fifty years ago demonstrators threw marbles under the hooves of police horses. From memory, the action disgusted people generally. Who remembers that as distinct from the demonstrators’ opposition to the war in Vietnam, which has since become the standard view? One could point to other public questions of great controversy for which the very loud, extreme and unreasoned attitude has become the ground for the stock opinion. On coal Graeme Richardson observes (above):

    . . . a vocal crowd is dumb enough to say we should leave it in the ground.

    And the public will accept that, nay, has accepted that.

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    Maptram

    Some of the signs are interesting. One includes the words “No more climate cover ups” and another includes “a liveable planet.” It seems to be a cover up that planet is more liveable with reliable electricity supplies so people can live in hot places with air conditioners, refrigerators, cars that can be relied on etc, and they can live in cold places with heaters and reliable cars etc.

    Without reliable electricity supplies, many places would be unliveable, in summer because of the heat and in winter because of the cold. Without refrigerators to keep food fresh, there would be more illness from eating spoiled food.

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    Rick

    I notice many covered their mouths which is appropriate as it is their most obscene part.

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    There’s a word for XR, and for Greta, Google, Musk, Amazon, Gates and the entirety of the media…
    THE STATE.

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      Oh, and that young maverick, Zuck, who made social media explode and who gets into trouble all the time with government panels and regulators….

      He’s THE STATE.

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    Travis T. Jones

    Doomsday climate practice collides with climate of reality …

    Sydney declares a climate emergency – what does that mean in practice?

    https://theconversation.com/sydney-declares-a-climate-emergency-what-does-that-mean-in-practice-119387

    >> Here is what a climate emergency doesn’t mean in practice …

    ‘The show must go on’: Why Sydney’s NYE fireworks display is too big to fail

    “But Sydney Business Chamber executive director Katherine O’Regan said cancelling the city’s fireworks could negatively impact Sydney’s global standing.

    “It would be unprecedented if it weren’t to go ahead. In terms of businesses this is the night of nights where they can do a significant trade,” Ms O’Regan said.”

    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/the-show-must-go-on-why-sydney-s-nye-fireworks-display-is-too-big-to-fail-20191230-p53noa.html

    Clover’s climate stupid. It burns.

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    robert rosicka

    Big supporter of XR is Clover Moore the Mayor of Sydney , just in a press conference banging on about globull warming and Australia not doing enough but then defending the millions of dollars worth of CO2 spewing fireworks .

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    Philip of Taos

    The only thing that comes to mind after looking at those pictures is ” Look Ma no brains”

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    STJOHNOFGRAFTON

    Brought to you by the Xtinkter sphincter.

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    Belinda

    From beth the serf on a borrowed computer…

    A Happy New Year to Jo and denizens
    who keep their cool when those on the left
    -claiming weather unprecedented-do not -
    though sunspots,like Ehrlich tipping points,
    they come and go, come and go – oh,
    and La Nina follows El Nino,
    energy in, energy out, like night
    follows day, Earth being the water planet…

    See it from above, like a snap shot
    from the gods, its a shimmering orb,
    netted in a mist-erious cloud haze.

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    pat

    in the Bronx? hilarious.

    PIC: 30 Dec: NY Post: Bronx wind turbine’s blades fly off, smashing car and billboard
    By Craig McCarthy
    Blades from a controversial wind turbine in Baychester flew off the massive structure Monday, crashing to the street below, according to officials.
    No one was injured — but a car was smashed and a billboard was knocked down around 1:20 p.m. at 500 Baychester Avenue, according to fire and police officials…

    The 250-foot mono-pole turbine, topped with vertical spinning blades was not a welcome sight to locals when the pieces rolled in on two flatbed trucks on Dec. 12, according to reports…READ ALL
    https://nypost.com/2019/12/30/bronx-wind-turbines-blades-fly-off-smashing-car-and-billboard/

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      Pat

      “when the pieces rolled in on two flatbed trucks on Dec. 12,”

      Which year? If 2019 that will set a record for service life that will take some beating.

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    PeterS

    Climate activists deserve the prize for the biggest hypocrites of all time. I wonder how they would cope with blackouts if we followed their “solutions” to the non-existent problem. I also would love to know what they think about the hundreds of new coal fired power stations being build throughout the word and what they intend to do about it.

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    MudCrab

    I actually saw those guys that day.

    They had not stripped down into their reg grundies at that stage, but had just started and were ‘marching’ down the Mall to their allocated position. To be honest as protestors go they looked really pathetic. There was maybe 30 of them and the majority seemed to be of that ‘retirement’ age when people start adopting Causes as a hobby.

    I did notice they had two, and possibly more, members of the group as dedicated video recorders. I assume this is straight out of ‘Protest 101′ so that the moment any member of the public expresses their counter opinion they can use the footage as PROOF of oppression by the evil establishment.

    I also have a memory of them singing something or other. Considering the Mall has buskers every 50m – some of who are actually rather good – their song was nearly completely lost.

    Forgettable really and that is their problem. They seem to have realised that if they performed a glue type stunt again they would most likely get lynched by angry Christmas shoppers and only paint themselves deeper into corner of ‘Selfish Entitled Twats’ that no one likes. Without the ability to Shock and Awe they have been forced into the politically safer tactic of Jocks and Bore.

    Maybe they will pick up again once uni starts, but I put it to you that at the moment all the ‘concerned youth’ are down the beach enjoying the warmer weather.

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      hatband

      Dickens described the Universities of his day as ”Dark, Satanic Mills”, and it looks like they haven’t improved over the ensuing 150 years.

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    hatband

    The worst part of this selfishness is the attempt by some to prevent India from importing our coal to fuel its endeavours to increase living standards. It was only in ­recent decades that some people there still starved to death.

    If increasing living standards in India is the best reason for mining coal i n Central Queensland, we might as well leave it in the ground for our descendants, who are going to need it when the next Ice Age strikes.

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    the sting

    We do not have a climate crisis , we do have a truth crisis.

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    pat

    novel length & wild:

    30 Nov: news.com.au: ‘A lot of suffering’: Grim 3000 year-old warning about to come true
    It’s happened before, with apocalyptic results – now, all the signs point to it happening again, and Australia could be worst hit.
    by Jamie Seidel
    (Jamie Seidel is a freelance writer)
    VIDEO: 2m58s: News explains: Heatwaves are a hallmark of an Australian summer. But they’re getting hotter, becoming more frequent, and lasting longer.

    In 1200BC, the world’s most advanced civilisations — Egypt, Assyria, Cannan — were burnt to the ground all at once.
    It was the era of the Biblical Exodus and the poet Homer’s Trojan War.
    A convergence of catastrophes made these nations weak. And it’s happening again.
    “We’re f**ked,” says eminent biologist, Paul Ehrlich, whose 1968 book The Population Bomb triggered international debate.
    Speaking to news.com.au, Professor Ehrlich was pulling no punches.
    “We’ve talked for a long time about the coming collapse. Now we’re in it. Every sign says so.”

    He has joined with Flinders University ecologist ***Professor Corey Bradshaw to present their global systems change modelling to Australia’s politicians. And the predictions are not pretty.
    We can limit the damage, but we can’t avoid it,” Professor Bradshaw says.
    “That’s what gets me out of bed in the morning. If all that I’ve been doing gives my daughter maybe another 10 years without a major resource conflict, I’ve done my job — both as a parent and as a scientist.”…

    Former Defence Force chief Chris Barrie is also proclaiming his dread. Specifically, that of a rising tide of climate refugees.
    “I once suggested to government we might be talking 100 million people,” Admiral Barrie warns for later this century.
    “One hundred million people when we’re only 40 million people — you can get the enormity of this problem. Frankly, it would be beyond our resources.”…
    https://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/climate-change/a-lot-of-suffering-grim-3000yo-warning-about-to-come-true/news-story/84274e09f8cc1ae708bfb0b43947d297

    28 Jul 2018: ABC The Science Show: The scientist’s guide to a successful career in academia
    By Paul Willis, on The Science Show
    In his book, The Effective Scientist – A Handy Guide to a Successful Academic Career, ***Corey Bradshaw shares his mistakes and hopes he’ll help younger scientists from repeating them…
    Guests: Corey Bradshaw, Matthew Flinders Fellow in Global Ecology, Flinders University
    TRANSCRIPT:
    Paul Willis: But surely being taught how to write is a normal part of any scientist’s training, because if you can’t write a scientific paper, then that’s the backbone of the science.

    Corey Bradshaw: One would think that would be the case, but how many English literature classes are there in an undergraduate science degree? I’ve never seen one. How many science students enrol in English literature in their first year? I’ve never met one…

    Paul Willis: It puts me in mind of a friend of ours, Tim Flannery, whose undergrad was actually in English literature and it was only in his postgraduate days that he went on to invertebrate palaeontology, and he’s now the climate guru that we all know and love. And part of his message also comes through in your book, and that is the importance of being able to keep control of your story in the media. Why is that, why is it so important to be able to control what it is you’ve got to say?

    Corey Bradshaw: I think too many times I had been misinterpreted or I had been manipulated even or just plain misunderstood when I was speaking to non-scientists. I think this is the key. And people like Tim Flannery are obviously masters at this. But the Tim type is very rare amongst scientists. We have to remember that most scientists aren’t capable of doing that…
    https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/scienceshow/the-scientist%E2%80%99s-guide-to-a-successful-career-in-academia/10043694

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    30 Dec: BBC: Bank of England chief Mark Carney issues climate change warning
    By Roger Harrabin, BBC environment analyst
    AUDIO: 2m59s Mark Carney: “I would say we’re in a climate crisis… action needs to be taken”
    The world will face irreversible heating unless firms shift their priorities soon, the outgoing head of the Bank of England has told the BBC…

    He said leading ***pension fund analysis “is that if you add up the policies of all of companies out there, they are consistent with warming of 3.7-3.8C”.
    Mr Carney made the comments in a pre-recorded BBC Radio 4 Today interview.

    The interview, by presenter Mishal Husain, is one of several items on the programme which are focusing on climate change, on the day the show is guest edited by environmental campaigner Greta Thunberg…

    Mr Carney, who will next year start his new role as United Nations special envoy for climate action and finance, continued: “The concern is whether we will spend another decade doing worthy things but not enough… and we will blow through the 1.5C mark very quickly. As a consequence, the climate will stabilise at the much higher level.”…
    Speaking to the Today programme, he re-iterated his warning that unless firms woke up to what he called the climate crisis, many of their assets would become worthless…

    “A question for every company, every financial institution, every asset manager, ***pension fund or insurer: what’s your plan?…
    “Now $120tn worth of balance sheets of banks and asset managers are wanting this disclosure [of investments in fossil fuels]. But it’s not moving fast enough.”…
    PIC: chimneys, “smoke”

    Climate campaigners Extinction Rebellion question whether the capitalist system can halt climate change.
    Mr Carney said capitalism had a vital role in raising funding for clean technologies. But he added that it had to be tempered by government-imposed incentives, rules and prohibitions of the most damaging activities…

    He told those questioning the consensus on climate change: “We can’t afford on this one to have selective information, spin, misdirection… It needs to be absolutely clear because ***we are all in on it…READ ON
    https://www.bbc.com/news/business-50868717

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      pat

      we are all in on it:

      20 Dec: Vatican News: Pope urges world not to be indifferent to humanity’s woes
      At the end of a meeting with UN Secretary-general, Antonio Guterres, in the Vatican, Pope Francis delivered a video message, stressing the urgent need to address the emergencies facing the world. After the Pope, Guterres also delivered a video message.
      By Robin Gomes
      Caring for our Common Home
      In his video message, Pope Francis also addresses the care of the created world, urging all to “take care of our land which, generation after generation, has been entrusted to our custody by God so that we may cultivate it and hand it over to our children”. He stressed the urgency and need for commitment “to reduce polluting emissions and to an integral ecology saying, “let us do something before it is too late!”.
      In his video message, the Holy Father also calls on the international community to listen to the young people who “help us to become aware of what is happening in the world today and ask us to be peacemakers and builders, together and not alone, of a more human and just civilization”…

      After the Pope, UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres also delivered a video message, highlighting the “clear moral voice” of the Pope on issues that are at the very heart of the United Nations mandate.
      Please find below the full text of the Secretary-General’s comments:

      Your Holiness, thank you for your very warm welcome.
      You are a messenger for hope and humanity – for reducing human suffering and promoting human dignity. Your clear moral voice shines through – whether you are speaking out on the plight of the most vulnerable, including refugees and migrants … confronting poverty and inequalities … appealing for disarmament… building bridges between communities … and, of course, highlighting the climate emergency through your historic encyclical, ‘Laudato Si’, and so many other vital efforts.
      These messages coincide with the core values of the United Nations Charter – namely to reaffirm the dignity and worth of the human person. To promote love of people and care for our planet. To uphold our common humanity and protect our common home…

      Your Holiness, I am grateful for your exceptional global engagement and strong support for the work of the United Nations, including your memorable visit to UN headquarters in 2015, as the world reached agreement on the Sustainable Development Goals, our blueprint for a fair globalization…
      https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2019-12/pope-francis-video-message-christmas-guterres.html

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        pat

        behind paywall:

        29 Dec: UK Telegraph Premium: Pension fund investments held by millions could be rendered worthless by climate change crisis, warns Mark Carney
        PIC: Greta Thunberg in Skype conversation with Sir David Attenborough on BBC Radio Four’s Today programme
        by Charles Hymas, Home Affairs Editor
        Mark Carney has claimed the pension fund investments held by millions of people could become “worthless” unless the financial sector reacts quicker to the climate change crisis.
        Financial firms are starting to curb investment in fossil fuels but are “not moving fast enough,” the Bank of England governor will say in an interview for an edition of the BBC Today programme edited by Greta Thunberg, the teenage environmental campaigner.

        The Bank of England claims up to £16 trillion of assets could be wiped out if the climate emergency is not addressed effectively including by banks and pension funds over-exposed to “sunset” fossil fuel industries.
        Leading academics, however, warned such “popular political gestures” and the “magical thinking” of simply divesting stocks could prove ……
        https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/12/29/pension-fund-investments-held-millions-could-rendered-worthless/

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    Turtle

    I’d want the world to end too if I looked like that.

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    Yonniestone

    Once again regarding the legal aspect of these protests if they are actually naked then its indecent exposure in a public place, and even if they’re not there’s still an enforcable dress code for many businesses precincts.

    I suppose when the government gives certain people a free pass……

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    Travis T. Jones

    Just in time for 2020, the end of the world, another UN failed prediction …

    2004: The drowned world

    Icecaps will be melting, sea levels will be rising … If you don’t like today’s weather, says Tim Radford, then wait for the horrors we could face by 2020

    ” … warned Clive Hamilton, director of the Australian Institute, in September 2003; Two Commonwealth states – the Maldives and Tuvalu – are at risk of complete submersion by 2080.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/science/2004/sep/11/meteorology.scienceofclimatechange?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

    Wait.

    maldives 1988- 30 years until drowning sept 26 2018

    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/102074798

    1995 – maldives disappearing
    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/127521036

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    Ruairi

    Extinction Rebellion expose,
    Wearing placards instead of their clothes,
    Which is now the new norm,
    When the weather is warm,
    But what would they do if it froze.

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    Dave in the States

    This is the new normal

    Making the abnormal normal, and the normal abnormal, and proclaiming everything currently as unprecedented has been an effective strategy of propagandists. Ignorant people find it plausible.

    People are lead to believe that wild fires, hurricanes, droughts, blizzards, heat waves, floods and so forth should not be normal events, or that they rarely occurred in the past. Or that they were less severe. In fact it’s all within the normal range of natural variability.

    What is normal? Was the LIA normal? Or was the MWP normal? Was 1979 normal?

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    Dave

    I think I’ll stay at home tonight after looking at that moronic bunch.

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    Dave

    I predict midnight flash mobs of these people ruining the night.

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    robert rosicka

    OT but not totally , don’t ever believe a greenie tell you they have no say in planned burns because they’re not in government.

    https://www.trfm.com.au/articles/planned-burns-halted/

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      Annie

      That had incensed our son who lives in East Gippsland. They had to leave their home yesterday to shelter in Bairnsdale (horses already moved earlier) and fire came right up to their place; others around have been lost and I don’t suppose it’s the end of it yet. They were able to go home this morning but homes nearby have gone and he says the devastation is dreadful.

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        Annie

        They had made all their preparations but he sent the family away and stayed with a neighbour hoping to defend. They then realised it was far too dangerous and left too.

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          Dennis

          A friend driving home from Bairnsdale yesterday afternoon sent my photographs of the plumes of smoke, happily she and her family are closer to Sale.

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        Yonniestone

        Glad to hear they’re Ok Annie, sorry for the others that lost everything, I predict a nasty public backlash against government, councils and Green imbeciles in the near future.

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      Yonniestone

      Which troll here was saying recently the Greens don’t have enough elected reps to make a difference to policy?

      Don’t need seats when government sanctioned vandals will do nicely thank you.

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      Kalm Keith

      The green infestations of local government in and around NovoCastria is vote controlling which leaves residents badly served in terms of looking after Nature.

      Green enthralled councils are appallingly hypocritical in that they despise nature, and leave it untended, they despise ratepayers and have them endangered and threatened by fire and falling branches.

      The toll of death, injury and property loss is outrageous and in a just society those responsible, we are looking at You, FireChiefs, there would be accountability.

      On top of that is The ongoing disruption to movement, business and agriculture that will extend into the future and further damage people and communities.

      KK

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      beowulf

      If anyone dies in these Gippsland fires those protestors should be charged with manslaughter.

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    Zane

    XR founder Roger Hallam looks like a right fruitloop.

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    Graeme Bird

    Oh no the bad guys have even perverted our last example of good data. Tony Heller says that even the satellite data has now been perverted. Here I was ruminating about unexpected warming in the last five years or so. Does anyone know what good data is left for us? Am I right to think that the apparent warming to 2016 has been faked? Is this the only remote sensing information available? Here I was thinking that I had to concede some mild potential CO2-warming. Everything is thrown back into vagueness and guesswork.

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

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      Graeme No.3

      Interesting that the first graph (the CO2 levels over time from 1957 onwards) is showing the CO2 levels climbing exponentially, without a decrease.
      What have these people achieved in the last 62 years? Nothing, Nada, Zilch.
      The next 2 graphs show sea level rising (in NY) and falling (in Stockholm) with straight trend lines over 130-170 years without any change in the trend, which would have shown up if there had been any acceleration in sea level rises.

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    Gotta love XR for making climate activism look as stupid as it really is. The oh so serious activists must hate this.

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    EternalOptimist

    when I was a kid in England, a ‘Greenie’ was a little ball of snot

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