Day: July 9, 2019

Guardian publishes pro-Corbyn letter whose signatories include anti-Semites

The Guardian published a letter yesterday signed by 100 Jews objecting to a previous letter by more than 100 Labour MPs protesting the Labour Party’s decision to readmit Derby North MP Chris Williamson, an ardent Corbyn ally, back into the party after he was temporarily suspended for suggesting Labour was “too apologetic” about antisemitism.

The letter (Jewish support for Chris Williamson, July 8) repeats the familiar smear that the real aim of Jews and others who accuse Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters of antisemitism is to undermine the Labour party’s leadership and “all pro-Palestinian members” – a version of what’s known as the Livingstone Formulation. This term, coined by Professor David Hirsh, refers to a line of argument insisting that Jews raise the issue of antisemitism cynically and dishonestly in order to silence criticism of Israel.

The full list of signatories to the letter includes extreme (non-British) anti-Israel, pro-terrorist…

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The Very Real Climate Crisis Of 1936

Green Jihad

Unlike the current manufactured climate crisis, Tony Heller states, in 1936 the US and much of the rest of the world were having a very real climate crisis. The week of July 7-14, 1936 was the hottest week on record in the US – and that was just a small portion of the climate troubles that year. Atmospheric CO2 levels were very low at the time.

PHOTO CREDIT: – 1936 Atlantic hurricane season – Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2504597

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Never Fear, Common Sense Is Here!

American Elephants

KOMO-TV reported last Wednesday that “a climate study has estimated that Seattle’s costs associated sea level rise could be more than $23.8 billion by 2040.”They said that the “Center for Climate Integrity conducted the evaluation of potential costs of constructing seawalls in 22 coastal states and the District of Columbia.”

Well, not so fast. Junk Science.com pointed out that while high water and/or flooding may be a future problem for Seattle, it won’t be because of sea level rise so much as subsidence.

The NOAA tidal gauge data shows that for the past 120 years or so the rise has been about 8 to9 inches–nothing unusual.

What is happening is that manmade activity (land use, groundwater withdrawal) is making Seattle subside. A 2016 study showed that “Fast subsidence in downtown of Seattle was observed with satellite radar.

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Religious groups and employment of staff

Law and Religion Australia

Can a Christian secondary school require that its teachers not openly advocate a sexual lifestyle that is contrary to the Bible’s teaching? Can an Orthodox Jewish preschool ask its teachers to live in accordance with Orthodox moral principles? Can a Protestant church refuse to hire someone to act on its behalf in political advocacy when that person does not share their religious beliefs?

These are all issues that have come up in recent months. Two of them are dealt with in decisions in connection with judicial proceedings, one in the UK and one from the European Court of Justice. One has been raised by media reports in Australia. In this post I want to flag these three cases briefly and to comment on the issues they raise for religious freedom, and how they should be resolved. 

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BBC chooses not to report Hamas abuse of medical permits yet again

BBC Watch

Readers may recall that just over a month ago listeners to BBC domestic radio’s news and current affairs station, Radio 4, were told by a presenter of the ‘Today’ show (which reaches 6.8 million listeners a week) that:

“The fact remains that healthcare restrictions are being used to dehumanise the Palestinian people…” 

BBC R4’s ‘Today’ listeners get a distorted view of medical permits – part one

BBC R4’s ‘Today’ listeners get distorted view of medical permits – part two

As was noted here at the time, the BBC has a history of ignoring stories (see ‘related articles’ below) which explain the need for security checks before permits are given to residents of the Gaza Strip to travel to or through Israel for the purpose of medical treatment. 

Last week another such story emerged when the Israel Security Agency announced the arrest of a Hamas explosives expert who had entered Israel with a humanitarian permit for medical treatment…

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Slam Dunk: Wind Developer Faces $Millions in Liability for Noise Nuisance – Acoustic Report Finds Wind Farm Non-Compliant

STOP THESE THINGS

Until now, Australia’s wind industry owned the game. Having written the rules of operation, helped by corrupt government officials and its pet acoustic consultants, wind power operators have treated noise affected neighbours with derision and contempt.

Now the game is the wind industry’s to lose, and it all started at a little place in Victoria, called the Bald Hills.

Driven mad by incessant, grinding, thumping wind turbine noise a group of farmers lawyered up and went on the offensive: their run of victories now pose an existential threat to the Australian wind industry.

For years, they’ve battled their local Council – the body responsible under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act to prosecute noise nuisance complaints.

Their lawyer, Dominica Tannock, a tenacious young Melburnian, never let up.

Ground into submission, the Council was forced to engage one of Melbourne’s top Queen’s Counsel to get his independent opinion on…

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The Appalling Environmental Cost Of Wind Power

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

A new publication from the Global Warming Policy Foundation reviews the impact of wind energy on the environment and finds that it is already doing great harm to wildlife.

“The Impact of Wind Energy on Wildlife and the Environment” contains contributions from both researchers and campaigners, with a focus on birdlife.

Professor Oliver Krüger describes his cutting-edge research, which has shown how birds of prey and ducks are being killed in their thousands in Germany. The risk to these species is so great that there is a possibility of whole populations being wiped out.

Klaus Richarz, the former head of a major bird reserve in Germany, describes how windfarm operators are evading strict compliance with the rules, to the detriment of both birds and bats.

Dr Peter Henderson, of the University of Oxford, reviews the effects of wind turbines on a wide variety of animals. He suggests that death toll…

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WHY ISRAEL FOLAU SHOULD WIN

No Punches Pulled

In the legal battle between the sacked footballer and the Australian Rugby Union, the former is on pretty solid ground. The Rugby Union is relying on an agreement with Folau, following an earlier identical furore, that he would desist citing his religious beliefs publicly.

The problem the ARU has is that such an agreement is illegal. Australian employment laws are quite specific, namely that an employer cannot discriminate against an employee on religious grounds, which is exactly what the ARU attempted to do with their agreement. In short one cannot contract outside the law.

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