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Ronald Reagan and A Soldier’s Pledge

An inspiring video featuring Ronald Reagan.

Excerpt:

If we look to the answer as to why, for so many years, we achieved so much, prospered as no other people on Earth, it was because here, in this land, we unleashed the energy and individual genius of man to a greater extent than has ever been done before.

Thanks to TM.

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English Defence League’s Tommy Robinson Defends Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller

Tommy Robinson, English Defence League

Tommy Robinson, English Defence League

Interviewed by the BBC, Tommy Robinson of the English Defence League, challenges the UK government’s efforts to ban Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller from visiting because it was “”not conducive to the public good”.

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Lord Christopher Monckton on the Illogic of Climate Hysteria

Lord Monckton runs through and exposes the many logical fallacies — 11 in all — used by climate change alarmists.

My favourite is: “We tell the (climate) models CO2 causes warming. They tell us just the same.”

This is the “begging-the-question fallacy”.

The most chilling item mentioned is the proposed “Rights of legal personality for Mother Earth” which had been proposed in the 2011 Durban Draft (page 15, Item 74) to be enforced by an International Climate Court.

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Australia: New Book by Professor Bob Carter on Climate Change Myths

Above: A brief talk for the Heartland Institute by Australian climate scientist, Professor Bob Carter, on the “Misrepresentation of Science in the Public Domain.”

Update on video: Bob Carter makes many excellent points during his talk and I recommend it highly.

However, right at the very end he floats the idea of a “Science Court” (an Institution for Scientific Judgment) — an idea he credits to Arthur Kantrowitz, designed to “to settle scientific controversies as they relate to public policy”.

This is a damned idiotic notion.

My friend, Michael Darby, just wrote to let me know about a new book by Professor Carter and others (illustrated by cartoonist John Spooner) which tackles “more than 100 basic questions about global warming and climate change”.

The book is: Taxing Air: Facts & Fallacies about Climate Change.

From the blurb:

  • Just 8,000 years ago, there was virtually no summer sea-ice in the Arctic Ocean.
  • Sea-level rise is natural, and declining in rate.
  • Australian rainfall has not decreased over the last 100 years.
  • A previous Australian drought lasted 69 years.
  • By catchment management, the Murray-Darling Basin now contains almost 3 times as much water as it held naturally.
  • Global air temperature has not increased for the last 16 years, despite an 8% increase in CO2.
  • Global ocean temperature is also steady or cooling slightly.
  • Australian territory absorbs up to 20 times the amount of CO2 that we emit.
  • The CO2 tax will cost about $1,000/person/year; and rising.
  • The result of reducing Australian CO2 emissions by 5% by 2020 will be a theoretical (and unmeasurable)
    cooling of between 0.0007 degrees Celsius and 0.00007 degrees Celsius by 2100.
  • No scientist can tell you whether the world will be warmer or cooler than today in 2020.

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Kevin Rudd: Australia and China have only SLIGHT DIFFERENCES in political values

Speaking (and thinking?) in Chinese in November 2010, Kevin Rudd (who’s just been re-appointed as Prime Minister of Australia) states that Australia and China have “slight differences in our political values”.

 

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Hans von Storch: Something fundamentally wrong with climate models

Climate scientist, Hans von Storch, Meteorological Institute, University of Hamburg

Climate scientist, Hans von Storch, Meteorological Institute, University of Hamburg

Excerpts from interview with Professor Storch conducted by Olaf Stampf and Gerald Traufetter published in SPIEGEL on June 20 2013 … (my text colouring for emphasis) …

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Interview with anti-Islam Burmese monk Saydaw Wirathu (Ashin Wirathu)

What is Buddhist monk, Saydaw Wirathu (Ashin Wirathu), actually saying and doing?

What is Buddhist monk, Saydaw Wirathu (Ashin Wirathu), actually saying, preaching, doing?

Below, I reproduce an interview with Burmese anti-Islamisation monk, Saydaw Wirathu — also know by his honorific name, Ashin Wirathu.

I have highlighted some portions of the article that are of interest to me in red and added some extra paragraph breaks to make for easier reading.

I don’t know enough about about the situation to comment or form an opinion at this point.

But what I can say is that, despite the many articles and accusations I’ve read from mainstream media reports characterising Wirathu as a “Buddhist terrorist” and “Islamophobe” it’s been very difficult to find many extensive quotes by him or excerpts from his speeches or any clear evidence that he condones violence. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t, but some evidence would be helpful.

Also, it’s been very hard to find reports examining what the Muslim population in Burma has been doing and saying in order to fathom whether the concerns of the Burmese people have any basis or not.

Such omissions have aroused my further interest. I will continue researching it.

Here’s the article …

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Islam looks even worse when context is taken into account

Mohamad Abdalla says we must understand violent passages of Islam in context. Mark Durie obliges.

Mohamad Abdalla says we must understand violent passages of Islam in context. Mark Durie obliges.

Australian scholar, Rev Dr Mark Durie explains that in understanding Islam, taking into account and understanding the full “context” may reveal it is even LESS peaceful than first impressions.

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There has never been a work ethic in Islam, explains Robert Spencer

http://youtu.be/vGcWYdwZNkg?t=22m53s

Among other things, Islam advocates conquering non-believers and making them pay a special tax known as Jizyia.

Muslims may rely on Jizya.

A core purpose of Jihad is this economic motivation.

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Bettina Bien Greaves: Mises didn’t understand why Murray Rothbard was Anarcho-Capitalist

 

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