The Carboniferous Ends?

A cooling world covered in snowChange is unavoidable. All epochs, periods, eras, and ages come to an end. Just as 360 million years ago the Carboniferous period ended, so too does it seem as if the New Carboniferous period – notable for its fixation upon CO2 – has come to a not-untimely end.

Then, this was never a sustainable era due to its chilling effects upon economies.

The ending of the New Carboniferous period will likely be dated from the moment that the Australian Government has abolished the carbon tax it had imposed in mid-2012.

Australia’s recent vote to repeal its tax on carbon dioxide emissions is a setback to establishing a similar charge in the U.S., both sides in the debate agree.

Australia started taxing carbon in 2012, one of about 40 jurisdictions to do so, before reversing course last week and becoming the first country to repeal the penalty.

The repeal will send international shock waves ahead of Global Warming talks next year, when major economies like China, India and America will consider global greenhouse targets beyond 2030. Given that Australia is similar to America in its energy-intensive lifestyles and industries, the repeal makes it highly unlikely that the US will choose to try taxes CO2 emissions.

The Warmists are, of course, gnashing their teeth in shock, outrage, and hatred over Australia’s repeal of the its carbon tax. Like the giant arthropods of the first Carboniferous period, they’re doomed to extinction. Unlike them, however, they can see the ending of the age and of themselves.

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Dumb Ways To Die

There are so many dumb ways to die and mankind seems to make a habit of finding them. One result of this is that Melbourne Metro Trains produced a public service announcement video called Dumb Ways to Die as part of a campaign aimed at preventing train-related deaths in Victoria, Australia.

Dumb Ways To Die

The song is performed by Tangerine Kitty, who are Ollie McGill from The Cat Empire and Emily Lubitz of Tinpan Orange. And yes, if you’re so inclined, you can purchase this song on iTunesicon.

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Lady Gaga’s New Outfit

Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) seems genetically predisposed towards garish and outlandish outfits, but this latest one may take the prize as the oddest one as of yet.

Phyllodes imperialis - Pink Underwing Moth caterpillar
A New Outfit For Lady Gaga?

OK, OK – Just kidding. 😉 In a similar vein to Donald Trump’s rogue toupee, this is actually a Pink Underwing Moth (Phyllodes imperialis) from the Springbrook National Park in Queensland, Australia.

But who knows? If Ms. Germanotta sees this post – not a total impossibility – perhaps it’ll give her some inspiration. 😉

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So Sexy, So…Skinless?

I have a particular fondness for women with phat butts and thick thighs but I also like thinner or rangier babes with good muscle tone and definition in their legs. Rich curves and sleek musclature are a damn fine and sexy combo.

Apparently some elements of the Australian fashion industry agree with me and they’re doing their “best” to help women out…

I Just Love The Flayed Alive Look

So for about $95 USD ($88 AUD) my wives and I can live out all my Hellraiser and sexy anatomy class fantasies. Alternatively, the two of them could make “sexy” PSAs explaining that you only get on a bike dressed like this at a bike show.

So Sexy, So…Skinless? File this under WTF but kind of cool.

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An Odd Ambivalence

Julian Assange - Enemy of America and the West. He needs to be killed by one of humanity's governments!Current events and the odd the ways that reality messes with people in general has left me with an odd feeling – Ambivalence, which is quite odd for me.

I’m truly torn over the moral and ethical implications of my involvement, such as it is, in the whole Julian Assange and WikiLeaks debacle.

On one hand, I put up a post that included content that upset and outraged a number of Australians enough that they were willing to violate their own laws to threaten me and my family with death. That, in and of itself, showed me that my post was egregiously wrong and I chose – No, my provider only required that I remove certain specific content – to delete it.

On the other hand, my actions seems to have convinced an avowed enemy of America and fugitive from the international judicial – note, I don’t say justice – system to surrender himself into UK custody. For support of that very odd and unexpected turn of events I refer you Julian Assange’s own words which were published as Op-Ed in The Australian just before he surrender himself to British authorities.

[Sic]…There have been dozens of serious calls in the US for me to be “taken out” by US special forces. Sarah Palin says I should be “hunted down like Osama bin Laden”, a Republican bill sits before the US Senate seeking to have me declared a “transnational threat” and disposed of accordingly. An adviser to the Canadian Prime Minister’s office has called on national television for me to be assassinated. An American blogger has called for my 20-year-old son, here in Australia, to be kidnapped and harmed for no other reason than to get at me.

I am that American blogger that Julian Assange referenced just before he submitted himself to the legal system. That infers or alludes that I was was part of the reason why he did so.

Hence, the ambivalence I feel, in the true and denotative sense of the word.

Ambivalence

Pronunciation: \am-biv-uh-luhns\
Function: Noun
Date: 1909

Definition(s):

  1. Simultaneous and contradictory attitudes or feelings (as attraction and repulsion) toward an object, person, or action
  2. Continual fluctuation (as between one thing and its opposite)

I did something that, even by my attenuated standards of Right and Wrong, was reprehensible and it seems to have had a net positive impact, especially for the citizens of America and the Western World.

This leaves me in an odd position and one that I was, and am, frankly unprepared to deal with. I truly never expected – hoped, certainly – my lone voice in the wilderness of the internet to have any measurable on the world at large.

Truly, I’m going to have think about this – and assess and reassess how much of this is ego on my part – for a while. This will likely affect the frequency on content of this my posts for a while. 🙁

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