Thursday, April 2, 2009

****NEWS FLASH****

It is with sadness that I inform you that the rabbit has run off and The Hutch, as of today (unless I find Basil) will be no more!

But never fear, I am not going away, but have just moved my writings to a new blog called The Right Aussie, which you can visit here, and I certainly hope you will - often!

Thank you very much to everyone who has viewed The Hutch since October 2008. I appreciate all the comments and feedback.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

More balderdash from Obama

President Obama recently:

I actually think the science around climate change is real. It is potentially devastating.

If you look at the flooding that’s going on right now in North Dakota and you say to yourself, ‘If you see an increase of 2 degrees, what does that do, in terms of the situation there?’ that indicates the degree to which we have to take this seriously.

I am really only interested in the first two sentences of that quote. I left the rest of the quotation there to demonstrate how technically obtuse the man is.

Point 1.
I actually think the science around climate change is real. It is potentially devastating.

What I, and hundreds of scientists (which I am not) around the world are in dispute about is the fallibility of the scientific conclusions surrounding climate change, not the actual science itself. Of course the science is real - regardless of which side of the climate change fence you happen to be. What does Obama think the scientists have been doing? Playing tiddlywinks?

Point 2: "It is potentially devastating."

Here I am arguing a point of syntax, not science.

If the science around climate change is "real" - and the President would like us to infer from that statement that only the doomsayers are to be believed - then something that is "real" cannot be "potentially" devastating. Rather, it would be 'absolute.'

What is also 'absolute' is the fact that Obama needs to gets his facts straight and his logic engaged before he speaks, less he continue to invoke one of my favourite pieces of Latin: "Si tacuisses philosophus mansisses."

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

New (old) look ... sort of

I decided I didn't like the new background colour, so I have reverted to the blog's original black. I am still fiddling around with the post title and links colours, but they shouldn't vary too much from what you see now.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Busy highway not the place to stop to view turbines

A wind farm is beginning to take shape not far from where this blog is domiciled.

Here is the first of the creatures, growing out of Mt Cullerin, 12 kilometres east of Gunning, in New South Wales.

Since this photo was taken, about five more structures have been erected with about 10 still to come.

I think they are magnificent - and I happen to like wind farms. But then again, I have been known to sit around at airports for a couple of hours taking photos of aircraft. So, 'whatever floats your boat', you might say. 'Whatever spins your propeller' might be more appropriate!

There is a problem, however.

The Cullerin range wind farm is located right next to the Hume Highway, which, for overseas readers, is the main dual carriageway highway linking Sydney and Melbourne.

The problem is that (especially) when travelling west, you come round a slight bend in the road at 110 kilometres per hour, and bam! - you are confronted with massive white wind turbines growing out of a large hill straight in front of you. The temptation is to pull over to the not-very-wide road shoulder and take a couple of happy snaps.

Other wind farms in Australia have dedicated viewing areas - like this one at Crookwell, some 50 kilometres to the north of Cullerin.

I really do hope that Origin Energy, the developers of the wind farm at Cullerin, do likewise, and provide a dedicated area for enthusiasts and the curious, to park their cars and take some photos should they wish. Pulling over to the side of the road - while preferable to stopping in the middle of it, like I saw one driver almost attempt to do - is just asking for trouble.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Daniel Hannan MEP tells it as it is.

Outstanding and eloquent speech here by Daniel Hannan, MEP for South East England. He is directly addressing British PM Gordon Brown with sentiments that I can only dream would come from the mouth of an Australian politician to our PM Kevin Rudd. And would an American politician have the balls to address Barack Obama in a similar fashion?


1. My apologies for the p***-weak headline to this post. It should read 'Hannan rips PM Brown to shreds' or similar.

2. The video of Hannan skewering Brown has gone mega viral - attracting over 660,000 1,014,000 hits!! - every one of them thoroughly deserved. Make no mistake, this speech will be remembered for decades to come.

3. One American blogger referred to Hannan as 'Sir Awesome'. I say 'Hear, hear' to that!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Plane crash at Narita Airport

There have been a couple of terrible plane crashes in the last 24 hours, including this one at Narita Airport in Japan.

Amazing footage

I would like to reiterate what I wrote in a previous blog about aircraft crashing. The broadcaster on the above link says it, as did the one I head on Sky News. Just about every broadcaster refers to aircraft "crash landing" - whether it be a mere nosewheel malfunction, or a firey blaze like this one at Narita.

Let me repeat - and I wish the media would get their collective heads around this very simple premise: Aircraft either crash OR they land. Joining the two terms just creates an oxymoron - and the English language contains enough of those already.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Libs and Nats should merge

Apparently there was a state election in Queensland yesterday.

I have intentionally refrained from blogging about it in the lead up to the vote yesterday, because I don't live in that state, I am not across all of the issues and, as notoriously difficult as state elections are to predict, this level of difficulty is magnified in Queensland. Predicting election outcomes in Queensland is like dropping a cork in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and predicting which beach it will wash up on.

For a Conservative like me, it is always disappointing when your side loses an election. But you just have to pick up your horse and move on. (I may have mucked that metaphor up), but you know what I mean.

The Liberal National Party in Queensland started from a low base and look like they have picked up about 7 seats - which is about 16 fewer than they needed to form government. They now have three years to prove they are a viable alternative to a Socialist regime.

I heard Federal National Party leader, Warren Truss, say that there were no plans for a merger of the Liberal and National Parties on a federal level. As long as Mr Truss has that attitude, the longer the two parties will continue to be a fractured rabble.

The result in Queensland shows that a combined Liberal National Party can work. It is now up to the other state and federal conservative parties to merge - for the unity of the Conservative cause in Australia. 'Unity' being the keyword.