Electrical appliances force children to marry

Thanks to The Guardian for drawing a link we would never have noticed:

Why climate change is creating a new generation of child brides

As global warming exacerbates drought and floods, farmers’ incomes plunge – and girls as young as 13 are given away to stave off poverty

 If only these girls had perfect weather, they wouldn’t have to be married so young. For a million years of human history, everyone had enough food, there were no wars, no battles, and young women could live at home under they were 25 and had finished up at the Neolithic Academy of Weaving.

Then other people wanted fridges, air conditioners and toasters. Now every time you boil the kettle, a 13 year old girl has to get married in Malawi.


Ferrgoodnesssake — the plight of these poor children won’t be fixed by a carbon tax or a windmill.

h/t Pat





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41 comments to Electrical appliances force children to marry

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    The west is so much more civilized in what it does with girls/young women. Instead of forced marriages, the money thrown at the higher education establishment has allowed colleges and universities to drive up tuition and fees at 3x the rate of inflation over the last three decades. It currently costs the equivalent of the median household income for each year for each child you send to college. Attractive young women have worked out a solution. Make money using a web-cam for porn sites or sign up with a sugar daddy who can cover college expenses. Imagine, a college education, no student loans to pay back and entrepreneurial experience.


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      While I can accept observations of a decline in moral values the development of such values in Western societies is not completely lost, the establishment of age boundaries by law was achieved through observation of how these societies wished to apply the concept of liberty and protection of the values it was founded on became a natural progression through its own guidelines.

      As the industrial revolution continued the new found wealth created the luxury of creating places of thinking where people not previously able were given a platform to make observations on how society might function, mixed with the Christian values most of these people held many decent ideas were made that are still functioning today.

      Unfortunately during that same time the antithesis of democracy also had time to observe and develop its own tactics to subserve from within the very governments of Western societies which brings us to today’s situation of conquest by stealth with the slow erosion of those developed values by replacing them with ones created by unelected miscreants that desire to led without consequence.


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    el gordo

    ‘….the child brides and their parents told an increasingly familiar story. In recent years they had noticed the temperatures rising ….’

    A blatant lie.


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    Maybe if the paper actually wanted to do something about the plight of these these young girls rather than just virtue signal they should be pushing for the building of coal fired power stations to supply cheap energy which allows for pumping water for irrigation and such things as diesel tractors – even if they were just walking tractors – to allow the farmers to up their production so increasing their income.

    Unfortunately improving the lot of poor subsistence farmers is a complete anathema to the ecofreeks and watermelons.


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    robert rosicka

    I’ve stopped wondering about just how amazing and all powerful that Co2 really is .

    As an OT it’s also caused Tasmania to become tropical .



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      el gordo

      Guess I’ll have to eat my hat, BoM said in their seasonal forecast that it would get warmer in Tasmania and I scoffed.

      Its because of the blocking highs, a global cooling signal.

      The great fire of London happened in a cold cycle because of scorching winds from the Sahara, the school curriculum doesn’t reflect that anomaly.

      This is a bit old but of interest nevertheless ….



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        robert rosicka

        Elgordo they already brain wash them now but I do wonder about the smarter kids who get taught about PH in late primary and then get to secondary and told the PH scale no longer applies .


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          el gordo

          It may not be so bad after all.

          “Teachers don’t have very much time to include climate change as another topic,” she said.

          “I don’t think climate change is mandated for them to teach and with all the pressures they already have, it is too much.”


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            Gillards team mandated that sustainability would be one of three key themes in our curriculum. Supposedly maths, science, english and geographe etc teachers were all going to weave these three core aspects into every subject. Thank goodness that silliness seems to have faded.


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              el gordo

              Yeah it was unfunded and a good number of teachers are sceptics, who talked among themselves and decided on civil disobedience.

              ‘A survey of Queensland teachers found that many were unaware of a 2008 directive by federal and state education ministers to incorporate sustainability across all subjects, while others said they did not have any spare room in a curriculum that they said was inflexible.

              ‘But schools in Victoria, NSW and ACT appear to be ahead in sustainability programs, where schoolyards are being turned into veggie patches and children are encouraged in water saving and other eco-friendly measures.’



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              robert rosicka

              My kids in high school were taught conspiracy theories but math was an elective I was disgusted by what one of my boys came home with from a teacher in high school .
              Go back to the three R’s I say .


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              Roy Hogue

              There is no end to the silliness. When I was teaching I had to describe how my course in C++ programming advanced the cause of diversity. But of course, it didn’t. Nevertheless something had to be dummied up anyway to get our accreditation renewed.

              The ignorant and stupid are in charge of the world. And looking back I wonder if it hasn’t always been that way. When political correctness trumps sound thinking and decision making you get global warming and carbon footprints.

              And here I am, not even knowing that carbon has feet until I had the term shoved down my throat. But if it has footprints it must have feet, right? 🙁


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                Russ Wood

                Silliness? My wife, a Certified Business Analysis Professional (TM) wanted to give courses after she retired. But companies wouldn’t send staff on such courses unless she could give a certificate (for tax purposes). And in South Africa, certificate givers themselves have to be certified by the Further Education Department. And as a single (white) woman, she couldn’t get certified because providers have to meet the racial demographics (i.e. 90% black). So, her experience and skills can’t be passed on!


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                Roy Hogue

                Demagoguery based on race isn’t limited to South Africa. It’s rampant here in the U.S. and has been for a long time.

                It gets worse when it’s based on gender and being a white male I’m included as a target by everyone who wants to make a big name by making big pronouncements against men and against white skin.

                So far the actual repercussions from that have been of no consequence to me. But it’s growing — fast.

                Tell your wife for me that I’m in complete sympathy about her situation… …or should I call it frustration?

                I was a practicing C++ programmer and I taught what I know would make a graduate from my course a good candidate for an entry level job. Unfortunately many of my students were only taking the course because it was a requirement and their performance during the semester showed exactly what you would expect from such a student — slide by with the minimum of work.

                There was one redeeming moment when, at the end of the semester, one student thanked me saying, “I feel like I’ve actually learned something.”

                Needless to say I didn’t give out trivial assignments. I made them a workout with the language features they would need to know how to use as a C++ programmer. But for most it apparently was in vain.


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                Roy Hogue

                Then there was the 50ish gentleman who took the course and I was puzzled about why he would choose what for him was a tough thing to get through. He obviously knew little to nothing about computers and he struggled all the way through. I got a look at his text book once and he was going through it line by line marking the important points with a yellow highlighter. He got excellent grades all the way, yet at about 2/3 through the semester he came to me and said he was struggling and was going to drop the course.

                My jaw nearly hit the floor when he said that because I knew he was by far my best student. I told him, no, don’t drop out, just keep going the way you are and you’ll finish with a vry good grade. And when you hold up your “A” next to the “A” of someone who didn’t need struggle, no one can tell how hard you had to work to get it. He finished and got the highest grade that semester, an almost perfect score.

                And that’s how life should be lived. If you want something, do the work necessary to get it. Because once you have it, the struggle to get there won’t matter a bit. Yet so many of today’s generation want it handed to them on a silver platter.

                Needless to say, something you earn will mean a lot more to you than something given to you for no effort. If satisfaction with your accomplishments means anything — and it does — then do the work, don’t slide by with a passing grade. Life’s passing grades will abandon you eventually.


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                Roy Hogue Dec 1, 2017 at 4:00 am

                Needless to say, something you earn will mean a lot more to you than something given to you for no effort. If satisfaction with your accomplishments means anything — and it does — then do the work, don’t slide by with a passing grade. Life’s passing grades will abandon you eventually.

                Indeed! Have you asked someone to actually describe how they ‘learned to ride a bicycle’? All learning is but acquiring the needed skill set (practice of the art). Good instructors, like you, know that encouragement, at the point of ‘giving up’, is the mark of a ‘mentor’.
                All the best! -will-


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      Glen Michel

      tropical? Hmmm Bananas,Mangoes – or nomangoes if you wish in Tasmania.More fooloishness from the MSM claque.


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      The absurdities from the ABC continue unabated yes Tasmania could be described as tropical if that was comparing Tasmanian summer day to tropical Queensland in the dead of winter on a day where the wind is from the south west IE (bl**dy cold)

      Frankly it would be more accurate to say that tropical qld in winter under the influence of a southwesterly is like Tasmania… global cooling anyone?


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    Gethin Chamberlain is just another of those peripatetic lefties flying the world looking for places where other people’s CO2 emissions result in supposedly terrible outcomes and if they can’t find them they make them up.


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    robert rosicka

    Now that the vote has gone through for SSM we need to amend it so we can marry the electrical appliance of our choice and without discrimination.
    I’ve got my eye on a cute little power point and think the sparks will fly on the wedding night .


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    Antoine D'Arche

    The Guardian = great for when one runs out of dunny paper


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    The simplest way to make things look worse now is to cancel the past. Then if you still can’t create enough fear you invent a future which never comes to pass. When that future fails to eventuate you invent a new future and deny the previous one. (eg there was no Global Cooling scare in the 1970s, in fact it was a Global Warming scare…There was no Global Cooling scare, in fact…).

    To achieve the extreme of all this you would need media so centralised and corporatised that people would get much the same story whether they started from the right or left politically, or whether they merely wanted garden tips or cricket scores. I think we’re just about there.


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    GROWING up in warm climates leads to more positive and social personalities, new research suggests.

    I wonder if this will get much airtime …



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    David Maddison

    Of course, blame the climate, not the savage ideology that allows young pre-pubescent girls to be “married” to mature “men”. Next they’ll be blaming the climate for terrorism, oh wait, they already have done that too.



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    shock, horror, scandal…read all:

    26 Nov: Herald Scotland: Ruth Davidson in ‘hypocrisy’ row over donation from climate change sceptic
    Exclusive by Paul Hutcheon, Investigations Editor
    THE Scottish Tories have been accused of “shameless” hypocrisy over their support for the environment after a senior MP benefited from a donation from a climate change sceptic.

    MP John Lamont’s local party received £2,000 from currency expert Neil Record, who has helped fund the controversial Global Warming Policy Foundation.
    The GWPF describes the science behind global warming as “contested” and states that “this issue” has not been “settled”…

    ???Dr Richard Dixon, the Director of Friends of the Earth Scotland: “This is a disgrace given the hundreds of thousands who die or are forced into desperate migration every year because of climate change. No credible political party can have anything to do with the GWPF or its supporters.”


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    CAGW charts, graphs, etc…***plus “Children just aren’t going to know what snow is”:

    25 Nov: Daily Mail: ‘Significant climate anomalies’ make October the fourth warmest on record as NOAA says we are headed for the planet’s third warmest year
    October 2017 tied with 2003 as the fourth hottest October on record, NOAA records have revealed
    As a transition between summer and winter, October can bring in any kind of weather depending on location
    Around the world this year, this month brought hurricanes, heat waves and fires and other climate anomalies
    For example, 12 per cent of the contiguous US was in drought by the end of October, and Arctic sea ice extent was 19.6 per cent below the 1981-2010 average – the fifth smallest October sea ice extent since 1979
    By Cecile Borkhataria

    The year-to-date (through October) average global temperature was 1.55°F above the 20th-century average of 57.4°F, according to scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.
    According to the NOAA, nine of the 10 warmest January-October global land and ocean temperatures occurred since 2005…

    Just some of the climate anomalies from last month included…
    Australia experienced its 10th warmest October on record, and Queensland has its third wettest October since records began in 1900…

    ***Snow cover extent, however, seems to remain high in the Northern Hemisphere…
    According to NOAA data analyzed by the Rutgers Global Snow Lab, The Northern Hemisphere snow cover extent during October was 1.4 million square miles above the 1981-2010 average.
    This was the ninth largest October Northern Hemisphere snow cover extent in the 50-year period of record.
    In addition, the North American snow cover extent was the seventh largest on record, while the Eurasian snow cover extent was the 11th largest…

    the writer:

    LinkedIn: Cecile Borkhataria, Multimedia science communicator, New York
    Previous: Scientific American, CNN, The Midtown Gazette NYC
    Education: Columbia University – Graduate School of Journalism
    from Summary: Graduate of Imperial College London holding a BSc (Honours) dual-degree in Biology with Management (4 years)…
    Former Vice President of the Royal College of Science Union…
    2013-2015: Fashion editor for Felix: the official (student) newspaper of Imperial College London


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    It might seem to be off topic, but in reality it has close ties to what is being talked about here.

    It’s been said that to bring those still Developing Countries up to our standard of living all round, then they need access to large scale electrical power generation, and that would mean large scale coal fired power in reality. That’s been pretty much scoffed at by the ‘anti coal’ people ….but, can it be shown that it has worked before, and not just on a small scale, but on the larger scale, that proverbial ‘big picture’.

    Well, yes, it can be shown, and perhaps on the biggest stage of all, the United States.

    At the end of WW2, it could be said that the U.S. was already reasonably well developed already, and by comparison, maybe it was, but consider this, and this is taken from actual data.

    In 1949, the population of the U.S. was 150 Million.

    In that same year, the total power being generated across the whole of the U.S. was 250TWH, and okay, that may not mean much, but right now, in 2017, Australia, with a population of only 16% of what the U.S. had at that time in 1949 is currently generating that same amount of power 250TWH. So, that same amount of power had to be spread across six times the population covering a similar land mass, in their homes, Commerce, Industry. In 1949, more than half that power was being used by Industry, so in fact, very little power was actually available to people in their homes, 150 million of them remember.

    Now, of that 250TWH in 1949, far and away the largest supplier was Hydro, (40%) followed (at a distance) by natural gas, and those two alone made up almost 60% the total generated power.

    Of that 250TWH total generated power in 1949, coal fired power supplied 13TWH.

    Just 13TWH only, and for comparison, that’s only 8 Months supply from Bayswater here in Australia. So less power than what is currently being generated by ….. ONE coal fired plant here in Oz right now, only at that time in 1949, it was supplied by 200 to 250 little coal fired Units spread across the Country.

    From 1949 onwards power generation ramped up, and up, and up, all of that being done in what could be referred to as the ‘golden years’ of the U.S. as it cemented its place as the World leader in virtually everything.

    As that power generation ramped up, it (nearly all of it) came for coal fired power, which multiplied by (from 1949 to 2005) a factor of 155, while the population only doubled.

    As part of that, power became available to the actual people in their homes, the Residential sector, which consumed less than half of what the Industrial sector used in 1949, to where it now consumes almost 40% of all generated power, and 70% more than Industry consumes now.

    Coal fired power went from ‘baby’ units, mostly less than 5MW to 10MW nameplate to large centralised plants of 2000MW plus, and while coal fired power in the U.S. has declined rapidly over the last ten years, hardly any of those large scale (2000MW+) plants have closed. What has closed are all those baby plants, replaced almost in their power generation totality by Natural gas fired plants, and some of those small Units were older than 70 years. Barely ten years ago, the average age of EVERY coal fired Unit in the U.S. was 50 years old, not just one plant like 53 year old Hazelwood, but the average age of ALL of them.

    So, having said all that, there actually is an example which can be used to show that coal fired power has improved the living standard of a Country. While the U.S. already came from a base of already developed, their development increased exponentially over those years since the end of WW2.

    Per capita power consumption (with respect to what is being generated) in developed Countries is fairly close by comparison.

    We actually forget that Countries have to start somewhere, and this shows that while development increased, that was only achieved with access to large scale electrical power generation, and that came about because technology gave us large scale power generation, and in nearly every case, that was from coal fired power.

    Because we have what we have now, we sometimes lose sight of how it all came about.

    It’s not really okay to deny those still developing Countries access to what we have now, when we conveniently forget where it all came from, and what gave us that standard of living.



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    hardly inspires confidence!

    28 Nov: ABC: Australian Energy Market Operator has ‘done everything possible’ to stave off summer blackouts
    By political reporter Stephen Dziedzic
    The head of Australia’s energy market regulator says the organisation has done everything possible to stave off further blackouts this summer, declaring she wants energy policy to become “boring” again…
    “I think we all want to make it better for Australians, we want to get back to the point where energy is boring and nobody is interested because we’re doing it so well,” Ms Zibelman said…

    She said AEMO could deliver 800 megawatts of additional power from gas generators.
    ***The regulator is also planning to ask big power users and utilities to cut their use of power when demand rises.
    AEMO said that would allow them to pump more than 1,000 megawatts of power into the system if needed.
    Still, AEMO is not guaranteeing the lights will stay on when temperatures soar…

    The operator’s summer readiness report said demand could be “precariously tight” if any major power generators are taken offline for maintenance.
    And Ms Zibelman conceded the grid could still struggle if bushfires or other natural disasters forced several generators to shut down…


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    “For a million years of human history, everyone had enough food, there were no wars, no battles, and young women could live at home under they were 25 and had finished up at the Neolithic Academy of Weaving.”

    Who pedals this utopian noble savage BS? Lets try some facts.

    1. Modern Homo Sapiens Sapiens (yes there are actually two sapiens) have only existed for about 180,000 years
    2. For most of that time we were clever naked apes with advanced language and society but we were pray not predators that starved or were eaten.
    3. About 35,000 years ago we made the great leap forward, we discovered war for conquest! not isolated tribal squabbles; but one group attacking another to take their land, women, food and taking slaves. We moved on from Homo Sapiens and became HUMAN!

    Then everything changed, war spread through human cultures and they flourished through the new technologies it brought, advanced weapons, agriculture, writing, bronze, iron, steel, science. Europe and Asia advanced and continents without war, Sub-Saharan Africa, The Americas and Australia remained in the stone age until Europeans arrived.

    WAR is what defines humanity, ironically it is our greatest achievement.


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    Kip Hansen

    The Guardian article says “there are about 4 or 5 million girls at risk of getting married in Malawi, around 1.5 million girls are at risk of getting married”….. because of climate change.

    “At risk of getting married”…..now that’s a new concept.

    The real problem of Malawi is poverty — at a scale inconceivable to most readers here who have not at least lived in a country that has a significant percentage of the population living at this depth of poverty.

    Droughts and floods and insect infestations (army worms in Africa destroying corn crops) and war and civil unrest in neighboring countries (bringing influx of refugees) always exacerbate the existing struggles of the profoundly poor.

    Anyone pretending that this is a new problem in Malawi is committing fraud. There has never been a 20 year period in Malawi without an extended drought — very similar to the situation found in the Southwest United States.