Heads up for Flickerpower!

Flickerpower is launched with Captain Campion at the helm! This supersedes the temporary residence of the Energy Realists at RiteOn. The site is still a work in progress so don’t take any notice of the other material that is placeholding for proper content, the sharp edge is the list of Briefing Notes.

There are more notes to come, and there will be a continuous stream up to the election and maybe after that, depending on the energy and longevity of the team members.

These notes will be a handy resource for the candidates of the United Australia (Palmer) Party and others who are committed to commonsense in energy policy. We want the message of energy realism to travel through these candidates and their support teams to penetrate the grassroots of the electorate. People need to know things that the ABC and mainstream media are keeping secret, like the full-blown energy crisis that is blowing up in Europe and especially Britain.

A massive amount of energy has been expended by climate realists over the last few decades and that battle has been lost in the public debate because everybody (including me) has decided that they know all that they need to know about climate science and they don’t want to be told any more. In contrast, the key issues in energy can be explained to school students if they can be persuaded to pay attention for a short time. The evidence of wind droughts is clear, the “hole in the flood levee” principle is not hard to explain and also, with a bit more effort, we can explain why pumped hydro and batteries are a silly joke so far as grid-scale storage is concerned.

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Cathollaxy #1

Two Old Men Disputing, Rembrandt, 1628

Let me focus the thread just a little bit. Setting aside the off-the-cuff remark re ‘low hanging fruit’, the criticism of Pius XII’s Munificentissimus Deus seems to offer some focus. Firstly, there is the criticism that there is no biblical basis for the Assumption of Mary, and secondly, there is criticism of the exercise of the doctrine of papal infallibility in respect of Assumption of Mary. In respect of the first, so far as the Catholic and Orthodox churches are concerned, this or that teaching simply requires that it has a sources either in Scripture and/ or Tradition; this is not to say there are no sources in Scripture. In respect of the second, the same follows. The doctrine of Papal Infallibility stands or falls on its sources in Scripture and /or Tradition. If you are going to argue the matter as if Tradition has no importance and thus run a sola scriptura argument, you are going to have to present the biblical sources for sola scriptura.

The Prime Minister’s mea culpa?

What did we learn from Scott Morrison’s mea culpa and precis of his Government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic at the National Press Club on Tuesday?

While referring to the up-ending of lives and livelihoods and how exhausting ‘…financially, emotionally and psychologically’ the last two years have been for Australians. Primarily, the decisions made, he said, were about ‘…getting the balance right [between the] twin goals to save lives and to save livelihoods, [and to] balance health objectives with our broader societal and economic wellbeing.’ What seemed the only concession was that ‘decisions are made in real time but with hindsight the view does change.’

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Guest Post: Speedbox – Love by Mail

My recent post about Russia’s declining population led me off on a tangent where I found myself wondering what, if any, impact the ‘mail order’ bride phenomenon had on that decline.

In fact, mail order brides are not new and date back to the 1600’s with Britain and France both using it to populate and stabilise their American colonies but the subsequent obsession with gold on the American frontier in the 1800’s really kicked things off.  Men started to write to churches in the east of the country asking for women who may be interested to write back.  Advertisements were also placed in newspapers and sometimes, women would Continue reading “Guest Post: Speedbox – Love by Mail”

Free speech is your only protection from a tyrannical government

Let me come back to my articles on conservatism that was published in Quadrant at the end of last year. Here’s the conclusion at the end of the second article, Conservative Thought in the Time of Covid (Part II):

These are the elements of conservatism as it needs to be understood if we are to defend ourselves against the rising socialist beliefs that are its major political alternative.

1. An individual’s right to be left alone to live one’s own life as one pleases with no interference from government unless to prevent harm to others.

2. Absolute right to free speech—anyone can say or write anything about anything they like at any time as part of a public discussion.

3. Market economy—economic outcomes should be almost entirely based on individual personal decisions to produce. The government’s role in the creation of wealth is minimal.

4. Adherence to a legal and moral tradition with historic roots based on individual rights and freely determined religious beliefs so long as those beliefs are not imposed on others.

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Guest Post: Speedbox – Saudi Arabia, the Houthi and the UAE

The conflict between Saudi Arabia and the Houthi rebels in Yemen has been going on since 2015.  It has simmered away with various clashes between 2015-2020 but 2021 saw a dramatic escalation in strikes by the Houthi and strikes/retaliation by the Saudis.

For background, Saudi Arabia and Yemen sharing a land border on the Arabian Peninsula and Yemen holding a highly strategic position facing the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea.  This conflict has serious implications for trade through the narrow Bab el-Mandeb Strait that stretches only 30 kilometres between Yemen and Djibouti in North Africa.  At worst, aggressive control of the Strait could prevent all vessels (and notably oil tankers originating in the Persian Gulf) from transiting directly to the Indian Ocean forcing them to exit the region via the Suez Canal and then around the southern tip of Africa.  That is an immense journey adding weeks and substantial cost to the shipping lines and global supply.

So, the conflict with the Houthi rebels has significant international implications yet rarely seemed to gain much attention by the media outside the Middle East, until now.

The Houthi rebels are primarily supported by Iran who provide weapons with North Korea also providing some support.  Saudi Arabia has its own resources in addition to support from the Yemen government, the UAE, USA and Jordan among others in the region.  The UAE was backing the Saudis with Emeriti troops but those forces were withdrawn in 2019 although the UAE still provides financial and other aid.  Further, shortly after taking office US President Joe Continue reading “Guest Post: Speedbox – Saudi Arabia, the Houthi and the UAE”

WolfmanOz at the Movies #7

Hitch

Alfred Hitchcock was born on August 13, 1899 and died on April 29th, 1980.

If ever there was a filmmaker who defined a genre i.e. the suspense thriller, it was Alfred Hitchcock, where he is known as the Master of Suspense, and, arguably, the most influential film director in cinema history; and, yet, incredibly, so many of today’s generation have not even heard of him !

His film career spanned from the 1920s to the 1970s, where he directed 53 movies, many of which are some of the finest ever made. In most of his films he made a cameo appearance which helped identify him as one of the few filmmakers behind the camera that the public instantly recognised; as well as hosting and producing the television anthology series Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

His reputation as a film director blossomed in the 1930s with such classics as The 39 Steps (1935) and The Lady Vanishes (1938), and, although both are a little dated now they still stand up remarkably well.

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