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  1. Gezza

     /  March 22, 2018

    Aljazeera tv reports that the suspect in the spate of bombings in Austin, Texas, is dead after he blew himself when police moved in on him.

    More:

    (CNN)A suspect in a wave of bombings that terrorized Austin killed himself Wednesday with an explosion inside his car as authorities closed in, police in Texas said, ending a manhunt but leaving investigators scrambling to determine whether any bombs remain and if he acted alone.

    He’s been identified as Mark Anthony Conditt, according to a source with direct involvement in the investigation.

    The man, whom police didn’t name publicly, detonated a bomb in his vehicle early Wednesday on the side of Interstate 35 in Round Rock, north of Austin, as SWAT team members approached him.

    Investigators believe he is responsible for the five explosions that killed two people and injured five others in Austin or south-central Texas since March 2, authorities said. They also warned a wary public not to let down their guard.

    “We don’t know where this suspect has spent his last 24 hours, and therefore we still need to remain vigilant to ensure that no other packages or devices have been left throughout the community,” Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said.

    • The suspect is white and 24 years old
    • “Police used surveillance video of a man placing packages at the Fedex Centre as the final piece to put all of this together, really in the past 24 hours,” Tony Plohetski, an investigative reporter for the Austin American-Statesman, told CNN’s “New Day.”
    * Police used store receipts and internet searches to identify the suspect
    • Surveillance teams tracked the suspect’s vehicle to a hotel in Round Rock, about 20 miles north of Austin. As police waited for tactical units, the vehicle left the hotel, Manley said.
    • SWAT members approached the vehicle, and the suspect detonated a bomb, killing himself and knocking back and injuring a SWAT member, Manley said.
    • A SWAT officer fired his weapon at the suspect, Manley said. It’s not clear whether the officer shot him.
    • Police don’t yet “understand what motivated (the suspect) to do what he did,” Manley said.
    • “This investigation is still underway, so we cannot say that this was individual acting on their own,” Manley said.
    • President Donald Trump tweeted: “Austin bombing suspect is dead. Great job by law enforcement and all concerned!”

    5 bombs, many questions: What we know about the Texas explosions
    In the last attack before the suspect’s death, a package exploded early Tuesday at a FedEx sorting center near San Antonio. A second unexploded bomb was discovered hours later at another FedEx facility near Austin.

    Those two packages were connected to four previous bombings that left two people dead, law enforcement agencies said Tuesday evening. FedEx said the person who sent the package that exploded Tuesday also shipped a second one that was turned over to law enforcement officials.

    FedEx also said it provided authorities with “extensive evidence” from its security system on the packages and the person who shipped them.

    In the incident near San Antonio, the device detonated on an automatic conveyor, said Michael Hansen, police chief in the city of Schertz. A female employee was treated on site. The FedEx facility was not the intended target, Hansen said.

    The investigation
    Investigators believe the same person is behind all the explosive devices, the source said, adding that the devices are similar in design and use the same components, including a “mouse trap” or a “close pin” switch, according to the source.

    “We made one to show everyone what it looks like, and we did it in an hour,” the source said. The bombmaker may have taken longer to build the devices to avoid blowing himself up, the source said.

    The explosions
    The first three explosions in Austin involved cardboard packages left in front yards or on porches. The parcels weren’t delivered by the US Postal Service or services such as UPS or FedEx, police have said.

    Those blasts — one on March 2 and two more on March 12 — killed or wounded three African-Americans and one Hispanic person. They happened in east Austin areas where most residents are minorities, and some there expressed concern the attacks might have been racially motivated.

    The first explosion killed 39-year-old Anthony Stephan House; the second killed 17-year-old Draylen Mason; and the third critically injured a 75-year-old woman. Police have not ruled out the possibility that those bombings could be hate crimes.

    In the fourth blast, on March 18, a device was triggered by a tripwire, injuring two white men in an area where most residents are white.

  2. Gezza

     /  March 22, 2018

    Aljazeera tv news
    Northern Nigeria. Boko Haram have returned 101 schoolgirls they abducted last month to their parents. The Nigerian government refuses to disclose details of the deal it negotiated with Boko Haram.

  3. Gezza

     /  March 22, 2018

    Republicans, looking to mitigate the embarrassment of a neo-Nazi grabbing the party’s nomination in an Illinois congressional race, are considering an independent or write-in campaign for an alternative candidate.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/102482529/republicans-seek-alternative-to-nazi-candidate-after-he-secures-nomination

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  March 22, 2018

      Safe Dem seat so only a lunatic wanted to run. They need to pull party affiliation though. Should have done it before nomination runoffs.

  4. Joe Bloggs

     /  March 22, 2018

    And while the GOP cringes at the calibre of the candidate it put forward in Illinois – a racist, Holocaust-denying Nazi – another GOP dipstick tries to blame Ben Carson’s extravagant taste in hideously expensive furniture on the “deep state”:

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/gop-rep-the-deep-state-is-responsible-for-ordering-ben-carsons-dining-set?ref=home

  5. Joe Bloggs

     /  March 22, 2018

    Yet moire destabilising rumours about ‘unorthodox behaviours’ by the trump administration:

    SAUDI CROWN PRINCE BOASTED THAT JARED KUSHNER WAS “IN HIS POCKET”

    Kushner made an unannounced trip to Riyadh . . . What exactly Kushner and the Saudi royal talked about in Riyadh may be known only to them, but after the meeting, Crown Prince Mohammed told confidants that Kushner had discussed the names of Saudis disloyal to the crown prince, according to three sources who have been in contact with members of the Saudi and Emirati royal families since the crackdown.

    https://theintercept.com/2018/03/21/jared-kushner-saudi-crown-prince-mohammed-bin-salman/

    • Joe Bloggs

       /  March 22, 2018

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  March 22, 2018

        You think cleaning up Saudi’s religious extremism was a bad idea?

        • Joe Bloggs

           /  March 22, 2018

          Diversionary tactics will get you nowhere – we’re wise to you Russian trolls 🙂

          The subject of the comment is the very cosy relationship that Mohammed bin Salman has with his lapdog Ja Raj, not the wholesale purge, torture, and slaughter of bin Salman’s royal family rivals.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  March 22, 2018

            Think was the wrong expectation wasn’t it?

            MBS should just have asked his enemies nicely? The US should not try to help sort out the ME mess?

            • Joe Bloggs

               /  March 22, 2018

              Yes probably was the wrong expectation – trump seems to do all your thinking for you…

    • Joe Bloggs

       /  March 22, 2018

        • Joe Bloggs

           /  March 22, 2018

          whatever… your ability to channel White House spin is admirable but your effort is completely wasted.

          in their zeal to isolate Iran, Kushner and bin Salman are leaving a wake of destruction around them. The war in Yemen is only intensifying. Qatar is closer to Iran than ever. A final status deal between Israel and the Palestinians seems all but impossible now. The Lebanese prime minister went back on his resignation. And the Saudi state must be paying the Ritz-Carlton a small fortune to jail key members of the ruling family over allegations of corruption.
          https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/dec/09/jared-kushner-wreaking-havoc-middle-east

          tired of all that success yet?

          instead of being the architect of peace in the Middle East, Kushner now looks like the architect of the biggest sidelining the Israelis have seen in decades.
          https://forward.com/opinion/397139/jared-kushners-friendship-with-a-saudi-prince-is-endangering-israel/

          hmm, bet the Israelis like that – although to be fair they deserve sidelining.

          In response to a question about “senior advisor to the president” Jared Kushner having his security clearance reduced, Graham said: “The last thing on my mind right now is the peace process, we’re about to have a war between Israel and Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, Iran is winning and we are losing.”
          “I went to Israel and Jordan,” Graham reported. “The King of Jordan is under siege because we have no policy as the United States about the Russian-Iranian axis. Southern Lebanon is a rocket-launching site against Israel… So I would focus on containing Iran rather than pushing a peace process that is broken.”
          “If we don’t come up with a strategy against Iran we’re going to make Israel go to war here pretty soon with the Hezbollah elements in Southern Lebanon,”
          https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2018/03/04/lindsey_graham_current_policy_in_syria_is_a_total_mess.html

          No strategy – how often do we read that in relation to trumps administration?

          The reliance on Jared Kushner as the primary negotiator for everything from Middle East peace to trade deals to the United States’ relationships in Asia has been dying a slow death over the last year due to a combination of his lack of experience, lack of respect from world leaders and the actions of his boss and father-in-law, President Donald Trump. The official loss of his interim top security clearance should come as no surprise.
          https://edition.cnn.com/2018/02/28/opinions/jared-kushners-problems-are-only-just-beginning-psaki/index.html

          etc, etc.

          Kushner seems to be in deep deep trouble:
          – the doorman at trump towers has a higher security clearance. Think about that… Kuswhner can’t be trusted with America’s secrets
          – Kushner’s debt levels are eye-watering and he’s struggling to find backers
          – United Arab Emirates, China, Israel and Mexico have been discussing ways to influence Kushner. Why? Because of his lack of experience, knowledge and his financial vulnerabilities.
          – he’s the subject of scrutiny for his efforts to open a covert back-channel with Russia
          – his company’s under investigation for routinely filing false documents to push vulnerable tenants out of its apartment buildings
          – Kushner oversaw the trump campaign’s digital operations using CA and we all know what a mess CA’s digital campaigns are turning out to be

          You may remember this pearl from Bannon:
          “You realize where this is going. This is all about money laundering. Mueller chose [Andrew] Weissmann first and he is a money laundering guy. Their path to fucking Trump goes right through Paul Manafort, Don Jr., and Jared Kushner… It’s as plain as a hair on your face… It goes through Deutsche Bank and all the Kushner shit. The Kushner shit is greasy. They’re going to go right through that.”

    • Griff

       /  March 22, 2018

      For someone who is “not a conservative” you sure post a lot of apologist static supporting the Conservative Party of the USA and its idiotic leader .
      The gist of your link seems to be Muller investigation is wrong because it has result in charges against Republicans so is therefore political.
      No mention of the multiple politically inspired investigations into Clinton over many years that resulted in zero charges.

      • MaureenW

         /  March 22, 2018

        The same Hillary Clinton who didn’t know that the (C) meant confidential, and was let off by Comey as being too stupid to charge?
        http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/294323-clinton-thought-classified-markings-in-emails-were-meant

        • Griff

           /  March 22, 2018

          No the same Clinton that was targeted by a deliberate misinformation campaign by Republican sources over a number of years.
          The number of times of have seen such bullshite repeated on NZ blogs tells me that the campaign reached even here.
          Clinton cash, Clinton the crook ,Clinton death toll ,Lock her up, Clinton is sick ,Uranium deal, Benghazi, Emails, Clinton foundation, etc, etc, etc .
          Gibbering Conservatives batman.
          You have all been sucked in by a disinformation campaign.

          • MaureenW

             /  March 22, 2018

            They all sound about right to me Griff, I think you’ve had the wool pulled over your eyes. You forgot about Libya which was Clinton’s handiwork and is now a country that has slave auctions.

            https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jan/28/hillary-clinton-undercut-on-libya-war-by-pentagon-/

            • Griff

               /  March 22, 2018

              MaureenW
              Some of what You are endorsing is admitted propaganda from Cambridge Analytica.
              Something we can point out next time Dave and Alan claim there was no effective interference.

              https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/cambridge-analytica-crooked-hillary-nickname_us_5ab28131e4b054d118df06b3

              Cambridge AnalyticaUndercover footage — shot between November 2017 and January 2018 — released by Britain’s Channel 4 News on Tuesday shows Mark Turnbull, managing director of Cambridge Analytica’s political division, bragging about how the company came up with the “Defeat Crooked Hillary” campaign and promoted it on social media.

              “The ‘OO’ of ‘Crooked’ were a pair of handcuffs and it was all about … she belongs behind bars,” Turnbull says in the video.

              He then says the company made “hundreds of different kinds of creatives, and we put it online.”

              According to Channel 4 News, videos promoting the phrase “Crooked Hillary” — which Cambridge Analytica said received millions of views through Google, Facebook and YouTube — were linked to an independent organization (a pro-Trump super PAC) called “Make America Number 1” so users couldn’t trace them directly to the Trump campaign.
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              “We just put information into the bloodstream of the internet and then watch it grow, give it a little push every now and again over time to watch it take shape,” the firm’s CEO, Alexander Nix, says in an interview in the video. “And so this stuff infiltrates the online community, but with no branding, so it’s unattributable, untrackable.”

              Nix is also shown saying that Cambridge Analytica’s data was key to Trump’s successful campaign.

              “We did all the research, all the data, all the analytics, all the targeting,” he says. “We ran all the digital campaign, the television campaign, and our data informed all the strategy.”

              During Stephen Colbert’s opening monologue on “The Late Show” Monday night, the host poked fun at the situation.

              “Wait, wait! They made up ‘Crooked Hillary!’” Colbert exclaimed. “Coming up with demeaning nicknames was the one skill we knew Trump had. You can’t take that away from the man.

              You really could not make up how gullible conservatives are.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  March 22, 2018

        The gist is that if you appoint a prosecutor before you have a crime he has to find something to prosecute and the collateral damage to US Govt institutions by consequential political partisanship is severe. Seems to make a good case to me.

        • Gezza

           /  March 22, 2018

          Severe collateral damage to US Govt institutions by political partisanship is caused mainly by elections from what I’ve seen.

        • Griff

           /  March 22, 2018

          Crime Russian illegal interference in us election process .
          1) George Papadopoulos, former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, pleaded guilty in October to making false statements to the FBI.

          2) Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser, pleaded guilty in December to making false statements to the FBI.

          3) Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chair, was indicted in October in Washington, DC on charges of conspiracy, money laundering, false statements, and failure to disclose foreign assets — all related to his work for Ukrainian politicians before he joined the Trump campaign. He’s pleaded not guilty on all counts. Then, in February, Mueller filed a new case against him in Virginia, with tax, financial, and bank fraud charges.

          4) Rick Gates, a former Trump campaign aide and Manafort’s longtime junior business partner, was indicted on similar charges to Manafort. But he has now agreed to a plea deal with Mueller’s team, pleading guilty to just one false statements charge and one conspiracy charge.

          5-20) 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies were indicted on conspiracy charges, with some also being accused of identity theft. The charges related to a Russian propaganda effort designed to interfere with the 2016 campaign. The companies involved are the Internet Research Agency, often described as a “Russian troll farm,” and two other companies that helped finance it. The Russian nationals indicted include 12 of the agency’s employees and its alleged financier, Yevgeny Prigozhin.

          21) Richard Pinedo: This California man pleaded guilty to an identity theft charge in connection with the Russian indictments, and has agreed to cooperate with Mueller.

          22) Alex van der Zwaan: This London lawyer pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI about his contacts with Rick Gates and another unnamed person based in Ukraine.

          shite oh dear
          Partisans to the extent they are quite happy to ignore known interference in the democratic processes of the USA to protect an idiotic orange painted loon and a demonstrable corrupt political party.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  March 22, 2018

            Trivia scraped up to self-justify Mueller. Prosecuting the Russians is a farce and just needlessly exposes intelligence sources. Without the Mueller circus most of the other “crimes” would never have happened.

            • Griff

               /  March 22, 2018

              rofl
              No without the investigation they would have not been prosecuted.
              Ya dont tell porkies to the FBI just because…
              Plea bargain = plead guilty to lessor crime in exchange for cooperation.
              Jesus H Christ and Mohammad the goat boy.
              If it was the other way you lot would be screeching for blood .
              As we still see over the Clinton nonsenses.,
              Despite not one charge of any sort being laid as a result.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  March 22, 2018

              While you are on the floor here are some charges laid against the Clintons.

              https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clinton–Lewinsky_scandal

              Hillary may yet get her turn.

            • Griff

               /  March 22, 2018

              ROFL
              gee mate
              Clinton in context.
              Hillary .
              No charge still Alan .
              A civil case is not criminal law.
              Lying about rooting the help is not anywhere the same league as perverting democracy or telling lies about contact with russain operatives.
              I note as well you are still insisting Hillary has done something wrong
              Despite the myriad inquiry’s that have gone no were over a decade.
              It must be horrible having such a paranoid mindset.

            • David

               /  March 22, 2018

              “No without the investigation they would have not been prosecuted.”

              Of course not, most of the charges are process related charges , without the investigation, none of these ‘crimes’ could have occurred.

    • Joe Bloggs

       /  March 22, 2018

      CNN legal analyst Toobin on Alan Dershowitz, the famous apologist for Israeli war crimes:

      “I don’t know what’s going on with you…How has this come about that in every situation over the past year you have been carrying water for Donald Trump? This is not who you used to be, and you are doing this over and over again in situations that are just obviously ripe with conflict of interest and it’s just like—what’s happened with you?”

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  March 22, 2018

        Nothing like a good Lefty ad hominem attack to solve a problem, eh Joe?

        • Griff

           /  March 22, 2018

          Nothing like a good Lefty ad hominem attack to solve a problem, eh Joe?

          ROFL
          In this one self awareness lacking is .

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  March 22, 2018

            Look in the mirror, Griff.

            • Griff

               /  March 22, 2018

              More laughter
              I know What I am.
              Self opinionated a hole with a massive attitude problem..
              I even used to have the song linked to my name on KB.

              You accused someone of ad hominems
              With an included ad hominem.
              Dont do logic Alan You fail too often.

            • Gezza

               /  March 22, 2018

              Very good. Very subtle. Should chart well in Trump states. 👍🏼 🇺🇸

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  March 22, 2018

              Tosh, Griff. Nothing in Joe’s quote addressed the issues, it just attacked the messenger. As you just did too. I spent my professional life working with logic. I don’t need instruction from you.

            • Griff

               /  March 22, 2018

              Yess Alan.
              That’s why you cry argument from authority when someone is linking to an actual authority ie the worlds major scientific body’s on a question of science.
              Yet scream ad hominem when it is pointed out Dr Roy is a religious nutbar who lets his religion colour his science by his own admission.

              https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Argument_from_authority
              A logically valid argument from authority grounds a claim in the beliefs of one or more authoritative source(s), whose opinions are likely to be true on the relevant issue. Notably, this is a Bayesian statement — it is likely to be true, rather than necessarily true. As such, an argument from authority can only strongly suggest what is true — not prove it.
              A logically fallacious argument from authority grounds a claim in the beliefs of a source that is not authoritative. Sources could be non-authoritative because of their personal bias, their disagreement with consensus on the issue, their non-expertise in the relevant issue, or a number of other issues. (Often, this is called an appeal to authority, rather than argument from authority.)

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  March 22, 2018

              Irrelevant crap still trying ad hom. Grow up, Griff.

            • Griff

               /  March 22, 2018

              ad hominem again Alan.

              Tosh, Griff. Nothing in Joe’s quote addressed the issues, it just attacked the messenger. As you just did too. I spent my professional life working with logic. I don’t need instruction from you.

              As I said Alan
              You would not know logic if it done really really rude things to your sphincter.

              Case in point.
              Dr Roy is a Nut Bar
              WUWT is a source of denial that contradicts itself daily and has some really really nuts whacks commenting .
              Like Tim Ball.
              I note with great amusement the nutbars at both WUWT and The Cornwall Alliance are celebrating Tims great win in the Canadian courts.

              Here is why .
              The actual judgement.

              First, as discussed above, the Article is poorly written and does not advance credible arguments in favour of Dr. Ball’s theory about the corruption of climate science. Simply put, a reasonably thoughtful and informed person who reads the Article is unlikely to place any stock in Dr. Ball’s views, including his views of Dr. Weaver as a supporter of conventional climate science. In Vellacott v. Saskatoon Star Phoenix Group Inc. et al, 2012 SKQB 359 [Vellacott], the court found that certain published comments were not defamatory because they were so ludicrous and outrageous as to be unbelievable and therefore incapable of lowering the reputation of the plaintiff in the minds of right-thinking persons (at para. 70). While the impugned words here are not as hyperbolic as the words in Vellacott, they similarly lack a sufficient air of credibility to make them believable and therefore potentially defamatory.

              http://www.courts.gov.bc.ca/jdb-txt/sc/18/02/2018BCSC0205.htm
              See that Alan
              The courts found that a reasonably thoughtful and informed person who reads the Article is unlikely to place any stock in Dr. Ball’s views,….. as they lack a sufficient air of credibility to make them believable and therefore potentially defamatory.

              This is what the Cornwall alliance claims about the case.

              Great Victory for Freedom of Debate and Integrity of Science—Canadian Court Vindicates Climate Skeptic Timothy Ball

              https://cornwallalliance.org/2018/02/great-victory-for-freedom-of-debate-and-integrity-of-science-canadian-court-vindicates-climate-skeptic-timothy-ball/

              As your hero Dr Roy is a Cornwall Alliance Senior Fellow as well as being on the the Advisory Board he is heavily tarnished by being linked to such gibbering rubbish.

              Yet you in your impeccable logic use such sources to inform you about science .
              ROFLMAO.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  March 22, 2018

              Tldr; Grow up and look at yourself.

            • Griff

               /  March 22, 2018

              Dear Alan
              TL DR.
              You can read cant you ?
              I read at about 10, 000 words an hour That should take you less than 1minute .
              Fell free to check my links .
              and Mr logic .
              I believe I have made a very convincing well cited case. Your sources for climate science are proven nutbars as well as lying toe rags .
              Answer the argument.
              Don’t just use cheap insults to protect your ego.
              I do think that’s called ad hominem.
              Something you seem to think others do not you.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  March 22, 2018

              Two things, Griff. First, I have zero interest in your opinion of me and slightly more interest in your opinion of yourself which is likely to be more informative.

              Second, i have no interest in climate alarmist talking points. I am interested in science that endeavours to discover truth rather than win a political battle.

            • Griff

               /  March 22, 2018

              Second, i have no interest in climate alarmist talking points. I am interested in science that endeavours to discover truth rather than win a political battle.

              No Alan
              “climate alarmist”
              ad hominem yet again.
              As pointed out climate alarmist is every significant scientific body on the planet.
              You are only interested in the political message given out from sources that are proven nutbars because they support your world view.
              Climate change upsets you because if it is real you would have to re evaluate your political reality.
              I know this because it is a journey I have already made .
              I was a long term ACT supporter before I read enough nonsense linked to by those in denial to work out they were linking to illogical rubbish .
              I did not let cognitive dissonance rule me
              I let fact change my politics rather than trying to ignore reality to support my ideology.
              You use the likes of Dr Roy Spencer for your science as well as WUWT to aviod realtiy.
              WUWT publishes a considerable number of posts by Tim Ball who in the courts words “a reasonably thoughtful and informed person who reads the Article is unlikely to place any stock in Dr. Ball’s views,….. as they lack a sufficient air of credibility to make them believable and therefore potentially defamatory.”.
              The fact that you can not dispute this instead revert to yet more ad hominem. and prevarications shows cognitive dissonance that wobbly feeling in your tummy rules your mind,

              By the way mate
              A few weeks ago I made you look like an arse.
              For some strange reason you proceeded to bait me with a load of dribble published by Dr Roy thinking it was somehow a way to win one over me
              Instead it made you look even more of an arse and has come back to bite you.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  March 22, 2018

              No interest in any of that; Griff. You have an ego problem. Get help but not from me.

            • Griff

               /  March 22, 2018

              Strangely, the people who cry about “ad hominem” the most tend to be those who make ad hominems the most. This may be because the people who tend care about ad hominem attacks (since they, unlike most people, aren’t able to brush them off and get back to the substance of the debate) are also those who aren’t able to make more substantive attacks than “you’re dumb”.

              https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Argumentum_ad_hominem

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  March 23, 2018

              FWIW I don’t think you are dumb at all, Griff. But you have an emotional problem that makes you desperate to show you are not by beating up anyone who you disagree with about anything, though especially your hobbyhorses. It’s spoiling your life unnecessarily. Get help.

            • Griff

               /  March 23, 2018

              Be a big boy Alan
              Try engaging with the debate not attempting to attack based on your frankly laughable ability to discern the emotional state of your protagonist.
              Dr Roy is a discredited christian nutjob who as a member of the Cornwall alliance .
              This means his so called “science” is based on his faith not on the scientific method .
              QED
              WUWT
              Here is the Tim Balls piece on WUWT trying to claim victory.
              https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/02/14/tim-balls-victory-in-the-first-climate-lawsuit-judgment-the-backstory/
              In it Tim makes a rather strange cry to authority considering the actual judgement .

              The sort of comment that is particularly encouraging is a variation of Voltaire’s comment that I don’t necessarily agree with you, but you must have the right to say it. Of course, Voltaire understood the station because he also said what I discovered “It is dangerous to be right in matters where men in authority are wrong.”

              We contrast this with the omitted piece on which the judge made the judgement no case to answer.

              [75] First, as discussed above, the Article is poorly written and does not advance credible arguments in favour of Dr. Ball’s theory about the corruption of climate science. Simply put, a reasonably thoughtful and informed person who reads the Article is unlikely to place any stock in Dr. Ball’s views, including his views of Dr. Weaver as a supporter of conventional climate science. In Vellacott v. Saskatoon Star Phoenix Group Inc. et al, 2012 SKQB 359 [Vellacott], the court found that certain published comments were not defamatory because they were so ludicrous and outrageous as to be unbelievable and therefore incapable of lowering the reputation of the plaintiff in the minds of right-thinking persons (at para. 70). While the impugned words here are not as hyperbolic as the words in Vellacott, they similarly lack a sufficient air of credibility to make them believable and therefore potentially defamatory.

              That WUWT has made such a post makes anyone with a modicum of critical thinking ability dismiss any of the blogs content without considerable fact checking.
              That was the determination I came to long ago with regrades to WUWT The illogical nonsense and repeated failure of links to bear out any resemblance to content as published on WUWT makes it a laughable source for anything let alone the most important question facing humanity at this time .
              Yet you have been reading and quoting WUWT for longer than I have been active on the NZ blogosphere and have failed to discover this fact.
              This asks questions of both your ability to use logic and your critical thinking skills .

              FWIW
              The girl is a lecturer in counseling .
              We have had a close relationship for 40 years .
              If I needed someone to point out my emotional deficiency’s she would be far more reliable source than some illogical twat on the interwebs.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  March 23, 2018

              Suggest you show her this thread and take her advice then, Griff.

      • David

         /  March 22, 2018

        Joe, for some strange reason you didn’t quote any of Dershowitz’s replies. He also makes some very good points about why special investigators always focus on the low hanging fruit and charge minor players with minor crimes.

  6. Gezza

     /  March 22, 2018