U.S. global warmists notwithstanding, the only thing true about climate change in Australia is that the more it changes the more it stays the same.
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“The crops are done; ye’ll have your work
To save one bag of grain;
From here way out to Back-o’-Bourke
They’re singin’ out for rain …
”If we don’t get three inches, man,
Or four to break this drought,
We’ll all be rooned,” said Hanrahan,
”Before the year is out.”
In God’s good time down came the rain;
And all the afternoon
On iron roof and window-pane
It drummed a homely tune …
And every creek a banker ran,
And dams filled overtop;
“We’ll all be rooned,” said Hanrahan,
”If this rain doesn’t stop…”
The Los Angeles Times story also reported breathlessly that “With few skeptics among them, Australians appear to be coming to an awakening. Adapt to a rapidly shifting climate and soon …”
Actually, the skeptics are very numerous. One of the principal scientific authorities quoted in the story, actually a paleontologist, not a climatologist, has had his predictions widely questioned — in 2005 he claimed Sydney’s dams could run out of water in 2007.
The story goes on to claim that “Every Capital in Australia’s eight States and territories is operating under considerable water restrictions.” This is simply not true. And where there are water restrictions, this is not at all unusual at the end of the southern hemisphere summer. There is a claim that “In some cities, such as Brisbane, residents drink recycled water, a process nicknamed ‘toilet to tap’.”
Yeah, sure. Actually such a scheme was considered for Brisbane and dropped last November without ever being put into operation. The L.A. Times story appears to have been written, as one commentator on Tim Blair’s weblog put it, by someone who thinks Mad Max II is a documentary.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?