A MUST watch:
A MUST watch:
Medicine is pressured by a radical socialist transformation. Some of this is top down. Much of it is bottom up, writes Dr Grant N Ross
For 2 years I was the Melbourne University Liberal Club’s token doctor. Turning up late, or never, I would always be out of kilter with JSM, political theories and fights of the day and somewhat under the impression that Kroger was a kind of cheese. Luckily, being a stereotype got me over the line.I would like to redeem my standing by attempting to write about the direction of health under Labor and the alternative policy direction the Liberal Party should choose when in Government.
Make the time to watch this great episode of the Stossel show on growing government restrictions in our lives, and how the average American commits three felonies a day! From police shutting down kids with lemonade stands and local governments stopping girl scouts selling cookies, to someone being threatened with imprisonment for 6 months as the planning department didn't approve of a tree species someones backyard, 6 years in gaol for importing some lobster tails, to a couple being fined for hosting bible studies in their homes ... right down to more controversial issues of drug prohibition... this has it all and is a must watch!
So, block out 45 minutes and watch! :)
Dr. Patrick Michaels, a Menzies House Contributor, and one of the world's most renown climate scientists, was interviewed by Alan Jones on 2GB Radio earlier today on the carbon tax, and the science behind climate change.
I strongly, strongly urge you to take 10 minutes to listen to his interview with Alan Jones, which you can find here.
UPDATE: Sorry, link fixed!
Angela Harbutt, writing in the UK Liberal Democrat Blog Liberal Vision, is horrified by the potential ramifications of Australia's decision to violate intellectual property rights through plain packaging legislation. Here's an extract of this must read piece:
We are already see signs of anti-tobacco-style attacks on food distribution ( health lobby groups arguing for a ban on siting of “fast food outlets” near educational facilities) and advertising (Diane Abbott’s criticism of Coca Cola and McDonalds sponsoring the Olympic Games) etc.
As sure as night follows day it’s only a matter of time before it will become “widely accepted” that many of our pleasures and indulgences are in fact wicked evil addictive substances and that we are not responsible consumers but the” hapless and the exploited” that need protecting for our own sakes.
It’s a tiny step from there to the decision that it’s the branding of the fizzy drink, bottle of booze, bar of chocolate, or burger that’s the problem – and stripping away the trademark, packaging design and strap line – is not just desirable but necessary.
And whereas now we have politicians stating “If this legislation stops one young (Australian) from picking up a shiny, coloured packet and prevents them becoming addicted to cigarettes then in my view it will have been worthwhile,” we we soon hear them saying this instead…
“If this legislation stops one young (Australian) from picking up a shiny, red tin of Coca Cola and prevents them becoming addicted to fizzy drinks then in my view it will have been worthwhile” .
And the consequences of travelling blindly down this health evangelist’s path will be brands competing on price, not quality, not health; a duller, less imaginative and exciting world; counterfeiting criminal gangs having a field day; and we the people accepting that we know nothing about anything and that “Government knows best”. When we all have Soviet style cola rationed to us by our “benign” governments we can all praise them and thank them for saving us from ourselves.
I am sure that we all ate more vegetables in the Middle Ages -and probably in Soviet Russia too- they are just not ages I want to return to, nor regimes I wish to live under. There is an alternative. We can say NO MORE. This is a line in the that has been crossed…Companies have rights. People’s pensions and life-savings are tied up in these companies and their brands. Trademarks can’t be dismissed on a whim. Intellectual Property Rights can’t be casually cast aside. And perhaps most importantly …We are adults – not children. And we whilst we say yes to informed choice, education, and help to those who want it…we say no state control.
THIS is a battle that we cannot allow tobacco to lose.
When it comes to climate science, peer-review is a jokes, writes Dr Patrick Michaels:
Publishing in the scientific literature is supposed to be tough. Submit a manuscript to a reputable journal and it will go through “peer review,” where your equals criticize your work, send their comments to a journal editor and then the editor will decide whether to accept your submission, reject it outright, or something in between.
In order to limit any bias caused by personal or philosophical animosity, the editor should remove your name from the paper and send it to other experts who have no apparent conflict of interest in reviewing your work. You and the reviewers should not know who each other are. This is called a “double blind” peer review.
Well, this is “the way it is supposed to be.” But in the intellectually inbred, filthy-rich world of climate science, where billions of dollars of government research money support trillions of dollars of government policy, peer review has become anything but that.