The Australian Federal Government has just released a white paper detailing a proposed carbon emissions reduction target of between 5% and 15% by 2020 relative to 2000 levels. The 5% target is described as unconditional whereas the 15% target is described as subject to global agreement where all major economies commit to substantially restrain emissions and all developed countries take on comparable reductions to that of Australia.
The white paper goes on to argue Australia’s unique position in the global war on climate, citing a per capita impact of between 34–41% below 1990 levels, in effect demonstrating that Australia’s proposed commitment is ahead of the Europeans (per capita reduction is projected at 24-34%) and ahead of our cousins (projected 25% per capita sacrifice).
The report argues that Australia’s particular national circumstances (a strong population growth projection, heavy reliance on fossil fuels, etc.) make for greater structural adjustment when compared with many other developed nations.
However, what I don’t see in the report is a sufficient connection to the bigger issue:
Kirribilli Removals – 15 December 2008:
If permafrost melts across the vast areas of Russia and Canada, then we can kiss our arses goodbye
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Bristol Palin’s future in-law arrested
Sherry L. Johnston, the mother of Bristol Palin’s fiancé, was arrested Thursday night on drug charges.
It seems that Bush has finally done something effective to ease tensions in the Middle-East…
Obama: I’m the fastest ever.
Would have upstaged em all if he got the Rude Pundit to prevail. LOL.
“First of all i would like to thank “Tubby” the preacher for……………..
302 Catrina 😆
Dept. of “no one could have possibly seen it coming”.
“Vice President-Elect Joe Biden said the U.S. economy is in danger of “absolutely tanking” and will need a second stimulus package in the $600-billion to $700-billion range.”
Fri Dec 19:
Long article in the NY Times about the history of Madoff’s business and just how global it had become. Wow, talk about incredible, but he had agents all over Europe, Asia, the Middle East, luring in investors at all levels. And of course, for years he could get away with it, until of course he couldn’t.
It’s a great read:
Like you said earlier Kirri, you just could not make it up and tell it like that.
What is that line? A fool and his……………
It is good that they have had time to get boots to hurl at him.
The Madoff madness just keeps giving and giving:
In the meantime, the issue for investigators is how and whether such a crime could have been committed by just one man. “Speaking as a Jew on Christmas, I would be less shocked if Santa Claus showed up to my house than if Bernie Madoff pulled off this fraud alone,”
Ron Geffner, a partner at law firm Sadis & Goldberg told Fortune magazine. “It’s hard to imagine that given the amount of assets that he managed that people would not have been aware. If nothing else, employees, no matter what floor they were on, would have known that somewhere within the firm money was being lost.”
…you get the feeling that this story will go on for years and years.
Sat Dec 20:
Sat Dec 20:
Sat Dec 20:
“AUSTRALIAN shoppers are expected to spend about $700 million more this Christmas than last, an increase helped by big-spending consumers in NSW.”
Economic Depressions only ever happen to other people over there. We’re Australians.
And now……. (Tanks made in U.S.A.)
Morning all. Well it’s such a lovely day here in the depths of sunny Gippsland that I thought I’d do a little surfing around the subject of the US auto industry.
Goodness me….they don’t half do a good imitation of “denial” in Detroit do they?
I particularly enjoyed this gem.
Friggin hell!!! *Muscle cars*????
While “carpocalypse” is yet another atrocity committed on the long suffering English language, by those awful American journalist/bloggers. It actually might be fairly descriptive. 🙂
Meanwhile, as an acknowledgment that there are some fine American writers out there.
I humbly tender the following (completely OT) evidence to the court of ticster opinion.
Is This The Greatest Craigslist Car Ad Ever Written? Yes.
Satyajit Das has a funny conclusion to a very good article about why the ‘chimera’ of wealth was kept in place with a form of ‘vendor financing’ where the exporting nations kept their currencies low against the US dollar by buying US debt. This game has come to a savage and abrupt stop, and lots of ‘wealth’ has disappeared:
There is an apocryphal story about a disgraced rock star who ended up in bankruptcy court. When asked what happened to his fortune of several million dollars, he responded: “Some went in drugs and alcohol, I gambled some of it away, some went on women and the rest I probably wasted!” Financial markets have “wasted” a staggering amount of money that ironically probably did not “exist” in the first place.
…it’s a very interesting read, and basically says that the gig is up for the Seppos, they can’t do it without countries like China pumping in trillions to give them the illusion they are wealthy.
Paddy, that car ad is a short essay on poverty! LOL
Thanks for that excellent Das link Kirri.
He’s always refreshingly clear (and blunt) when it comes to describing the archane business of international trade etc.
I love his description of the process as “a gigantic vendor financing scheme.”
Really sums it up well.
I was also a bit shocked and surprised to read that
For some reason, I’d always assumed that the middle east oil states would rank third. Ah well, whoever ranks wherever……
It’s obviously going to be a bumpy ride in 2009 🙁
Anyway, time I got outdoors and enjoyed the sunshine, while I can still afford the petrol for a drive to the beach. 🙂
Franken Takes the Lead in Minnesota
Obama’s Cabinet: A Diverse Center-Left Team, Picked Quickly.
Solar powered Muscle car.
It’s a great idea Ecky, except for one *little* problem.
The average American wouldn’t even fit in that car.
Much less be able to close the doors.
Ukrainian Social Democratic Party holding its seventh congress in Kyiv on Saturday
The congress is dedicated to the tenth anniversary of the party’s foundation.
‘Bush Shoe’ Gives Firm a Footing in the Market.
may need to be registered.
Just completely off topic and a little pathetic, I want to tell you all of my new addiction – it’s the series “Mad Men”. I’ve just watched series one on DVD and I think it’s amazing – up there with The Sopranos. Actually the guy who wrote it was a writer on The Sopranos. The writing is brilliant and it looks beautiful – the production values are great.
It starts in 1960 – and it’s set around an advertising firm. It’s main male lead, Don Draper (John Hamm) is drop dead gorgeous, and can be a complete asshole. But like Tony Soprano, he’s just so likeable. The show is terribly hard to watch at times – the men are incredibly sexist, the women are either doormats or sassy mistresses, and everyone seems to have such empty, sad lives.
So I think you could do worse than if Santa brings you a dvd of Mad Men. Highly recommended.
Barack Obama, family in Hawaii for pre-inaugural vacation.
The Recount: No hanging chads, but plenty of hang-ups.
Electric Mini goes on the charge.
Video. Must sit through an interesting ad first.
Talk about a slow news day.
But hey! Here are a stack of shoe cartoons.
Katielou, how would you rate “Mad Men” against the recent Pommy series, Absolute Power, with Stepen Fry as the PR bullshit artistissimo?
paddy, it’s the E-V power plant that matters, mate, chassis sizes can be manufactured to accomodate varying commuter morphologies. Apart from biospheric considerations, what I’m looking forward to most about our next “runabout” is each time I/we(Min & me) cruise silently by a Big Carbon fuel stop shop, we’re gonna get a special thrill.
Might even lash out for designer rego plates:
Won’t be happy till all un-necessary Big Carbon & Allied consumers are cursed with the mark of Commuter Cain. On an “it’s the only planet we’ve got basis” basis, my stance on the issue is hardline. For the benefit of all who come after us.
Euclidian Moral Geometry—-SEC-style
EC – I only watched a couple of episodes of “Absolute Power”, so I can’t really rate them. I would expect they’re too different to compare. My guess is also that Mad Men focuses more on interpersonal relationships and development of self, than the issue of power itself. Mad Men is more about people than advertising. As I said before, I think it’s on a simliar level to The Sopranos, which I think was pretty incredible.
Ok, KatieLou, thanks. Thought The Sopranos was outstanding too. Had a geek at a couple of Mad Men clips on Youie. Will definitely give it a burl.
Mike Connell was the bloke Spoonerman was lining up to give evidence about the Diebold voting in 2004.
He will not be giving evidence now.
Is another one about to bite the dust? GE Madhoff!!!!!!
Link for 331
330 Gaffhook I wonder how many other deaths there will be?
Like you said Kirri the Madhoff scheme gets madder and madder.
Uncle Sam may be looking at a big tax refund for his investors and they are trying to find insurance schemes that may pay out on it. That is if they have not already gone Rsup. LOL
Why am I not surprised.
Just a coincidence that he was killed in a solo flight of course, Gaffy. Could have happened to anyone. The fact that he was about to spill his guts major on BushCo’s treachery from an insider’s perspective is neither here nor there.
Sun Dec 21:
Olberman gives the Imbecile and Cheney a bit of a kick in the guts to keep the pot boiling.
When you listen to Olbermans video and then listen to this video of a sequence of events it is oh so how do you put it.
Get your Abbacus around this lot.
Should we buy now?
Things look positive for Franken
More Losses For Senate Republicans?
Why is the fact that this guy died on a solo flight more suspicious than if he had died in a flight with many other people?
Bad weather in Ohio at this time of year. And it had been raining, with the surface temperature around two degrees. Not the best time to be flying a small plane.
But I guess when it is discovered by investigators that pilot error combined with bad weather conditions were the cause of the crash, that will simply prove how far the conspiracy reaches …
‘Irish Obama’ band hits big time.
342 David Gould “Why is the fact that this guy died on a solo flight more suspicious than if he had died in a flight with many other people?”
It’s no more suspicious to me. The fact that he was due to testify in a Diebold case makes it very suspicious.
342 David Gould David If I wanted to bump off someone without raising suspicion, the time to do it would be in bad weather. Another way not to raise suspicion, would be look to have a look at their medical history and see if they had a bad heart or a drug problem.
You don’t want it to be too easy to pick out a conspiracy. There would be a lot of people around with that sort of experience. Do you remember the cold war?
People involved in stuff die all the time. This is because people are … people. And they have a much higher risk of dying when they fly small planes in bad weather conditions. Occam’s razor: do not multiply entities unnecessarily. All that is needed for a plane to crash is poor weather and pilot error. It does not need a vast right-wing conspiracy willing and able to commit murder.
Conspiracy theorists and theists are very similar. They both believe that many unrelated and random events are connected through some grand plan. The main difference is that theists tend to believe that the grand plan is benevolent, while conspiracy theorists tend to believe that it is malevolent.
The ability to see patterns everywhere is in many instances a good thing – it has been key to humanity gaining more and more control over its environment. But it can also be a bad thing, as we have a tendency to see patterns where none exist.
But it was easy – you guys spotted the conspiracy just like that. You saw the pattern without any problems whatsoever.
But that is because the pattern is in your heads and you fit events to it, rather than the other way around.
As an example of the problem with conspiracy theories, the population of the US is around 300 million. Around 2.5 million Americans die every year. Let us be generous and say that there are 2 deaths for every 400 people. That means for every 200 people there will be one death every year.
A court case such as this one is likely to involve around 20 witnesses, plus five lawyers, plus some plaintiffs. But let us say only 20 people are involved. The case has run for at least two years now. Assuming it is just two years, that gives us close to a 20 per cent chance that one of the 20 central people involved will have died over that time period.
I wish for all ticsters an uneventful Christmas. May it be quiet and lazy, or noisy and fun is OK too, just so long as it is drama free for you all. That’s my idea of a good Christmas.
Then how come it’s mainly people with left wing views that seem to be very high on the mysterious death lists and right wings are not? If the statistics worked the same way for both groups OK. But they don’t. Statistically speaking both groups should have about the same number of accidental deaths.
For instance soccer players travel the world, in all sorts of weather INCLUDING bad weather. There is only one major accident, that is the Manchester United team that was almost wiped out.
Can you point me to the statistics that show that people with left-wing views are more likely to die than people with right-wing views? I very much doubt that such statistics are kept anywhere. I think that you may well be a victim of confirmation bias in this regard.
Further, have you read the ‘Clinton death lists’ circulated by the right? These are people associated with Bill Clinton in some way who have – supposedly – died mysteriously. The implication is that Bill had them all killed.
Merry XMAS KatieLou and others.
And the Manchester United players all had left-wing views, too …
And Hillary is a secret lesbian.
Ah ha! 😆
Just a few examples to think about, Chris:
The Torino F.C. side known as Il Grande Torino that dominated post-war Italian football was lost in an air crash at Superga in 1949
The 1989 crash of Surinam Airways Flight PY764 killed a group of Surinamese players known as “The Colorful 11”, whose members played professional football in the Netherlands
18 members of the Zambia national football team died in a 1993 air crash
In 1987, the entire roster of Peruvian football team Alianza Lima died in an air crash
And I too echo Katielou: merry Christmas! 🙂
Think we might have to wait till after Xmas for any decent political story. It’s a slow news week unless a soccer team has a plane crash.
OK David, I will do a list of Musicians, Movie stars and Politicians with left wing views. You do a control group of cricketers, basketball players and soccer players and see who gets the most. Note: A group of soccer players in a single plane or bus crash counts as one crash.
What time span will we work it over?
Um, there are far more musicians, movie stars and politicians of any note than there are cricketers, basketball players and soccer players for a start.
The only way this would work is if we got two populations of similar size that travelled by air the same amount over the same time period.
To find such groups would take a heck of a lot of research.
I will also point out that you were the one who made the specific claim. Thus, you are the one who should do all the work to demonstrate it. 😉
Thinking about it, politicians are probably not too bad. Given that at any period of time, roughly half of the politicians are ‘right-wing’ and half are ‘left-wing’ as defined by their party affiliation, it would not be a subjective exercise to classify them, either.
David Gould at a bunch of places on this page …
You have convinced me that there is an American lead conspiracy to wipe out the only true football game (a.k.a. soccer) from the face of the planet.
Nicholas J. Begich Politician 6-Apr-1932 16-Oct-1972 Congressman from Alaska, 1971-72 DEMOCRATIC
Hale Boggs Politician 15-Feb-1914 16-Oct-1972 Congressman from Louisiana, 1941-72 DEMOCRATIC
Ron Brown Government 1-Aug-1941 3-Apr-1996 US Commerce Secretary 1993-96
Mel Carnahan Politician 11-Feb-1934 16-Oct-2000 Dead man, still defeated John Ashcroft
George Washington Collins Politician 5-Mar-1925 8-Dec-1972 Congressman from Illinois, 1970-72
John Heinz Politician 23-Oct-1938 4-Apr-1991 US Senator from Pennsylvania, 1977-91 REPUBLICAN
Mickey Leland Politician 27-Nov-1944 7-Aug-1989 Congressman from Texas, 1979-89 DEMOCRATIC
Jerry Litton Politician 12-May-1937 3-Aug-1976 Congressman from Missouri, 1973-76 DEMOCRATIC
George S. Mickelson Politician 31-Jan-1941 19-Apr-1993 Governor of South Dakota, 1987-93 REPUBLICAN
DeLesseps S. Morrison Politician 18-Jan-1912 22-May-1964 Mayor of New Orleans, 1946-61 DEMOCRATIC
Donald G. Nutter Politician 28-Nov-1915 25-Jan-1962 Governor of Montana, 1961-62 REPUBLICAN
Larkin Smith Politician 26-Jun-1944 13-Aug-1989 Congressman from Mississippi, 1989 REPUBLICAN
John Tower Politician 25-Sep-1925 5-Apr-1991 US Senator from Texas, 1961-85
Paul Wellstone Politician 21-Jul-1944 25-Oct-2002 US Senator killed in plane crash
This is a list that I have found online: nine Democrats, five Republicans.
However, given the switch over in the 1960s, it would probably be hard to argue that, for example, that a Democratic mayor from New Orleans in the 1940s and 50s would have been left-wing. And there are a couple of other like that.
So, unfortunately, there is still some subjectivity there. 🙁
And we do not know that that list is in any way exhaustive. I would suspect that it is not.
Catrina @ 366
You should not have posted that. Now we … I mean they know that you suspect …
I’m up to 321. How many have you got David.
Here we even have the numbers according to cause of death.
Hey, as a stats man you should love the figures in there.
After considerable statistical analysis of those figures, the mathematical rule seems to be: don’t be a rock star if you want to live a long time.
There are only 22 deaths by air crash there. And there is no breakdown for political views. However, we can apply this general rule of thumb: if you were a rock star and you died before you were 40, the chances are that you were left wing all your life …
Hey it’s a religious site have a look down the bottom. Woah!
Even religious sites can provide useful statistical data. After all, as all these rock stars are in Hell they must have had left wing political views. This confirms the thesis.
OK David you win it was god that killed these non believers.
No conspiracy here, god did it.
And he kills them and sends them to eternity in Hell so benevolently, doesn’t he?
I’ve only just discovered a group called the Bar-Kays. A number called Soul Finger. Now I find out the died in a pane crash. I’ll go soon, for listening to their music.
Here is how fast the Internet reports. Man in plane crash tells friends via Twitter.
Just had family Christmas – only 3 more days to go and it’s over.
Hang in there jen.
Just make sure you don’t run out of wine or chocolate and it will be alright. 🙂
Thanks Paddy! Inspiring words.
Does anyone else find this whole Yuletide thing a nightmare???
i know it’s meant to be about fun and good times but I find it an endless stream of spending time with people I’d rather not and very little with the people I actually like!
New thread up.
A Christmas Wish