Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Bolt's As-Yet-Unzipped Lip

ONE of the hazards of being a rock star warmist must be the admirers who demand your time at public events. That was what happened recently in Launceston, where Tim Flannery touched down to preach catastropharianism. After the service, er, meeting, the following exchange took place with a star-struck fan. Just coincidentally, a stray and open microphone happened to be within earshot.

How nice it would be to silence Andrew Bolt, allegedly twice besting The Australian in court (triumphs of which the Professor can find no record), and the University of Tasmania’s helpful efforts to spread the warmist creed – those were the topics discussed. One gathers the conversation between guru and acolyte might have gone on for hours if Flannery had not been burdened with a more pressing obligation.

“Anyway,” he was heard to say, “I have to take the Commission to dinner.”

Good work if you can get it.   
Admirer: Flannery… Can I ask you a question?
Flannery: Yeah
Admirer: You know the journalist… er… Andrew Bolt?
Flannery: Yes, yeah.
Admirer: He keeps bagging you.
Flannery: Yes, yeah.
Admirer: He got a court order by the Aborigines, because he denied the “Stolen Generations”. I don’t know who was it that took him to court exactly, but he got a court order to stop… to stop… uhhhh…. bagging the Aborigines… [inaudible]... And anyway… now he tries to deny Global Warming.
Flannery: I haven’t really looked… I had to chase The Australian newspaper to court twice last year … I sued them twice over… for defamation. But he hasn’t actually defamed me yet. He just keeps on saying that, you know, I said certain things… whatever… which are not true… But he hasn’t actually said that I’m a lying bastard or anything like that…
Admirer: So, just for denying Global Warming in general…
Flannery: Yeah….
Admirer: Is it possible to get a court order that he stops?
Flannery: I am not aware of it … I do… I have worked with some lawyers [inaudible]… you know… these people… they do… I… I just think they are doing totally the wrong thing… [inaudible]… but I haven’t found a way of achieving that [inaudible].
Admirer: Like… You are not allowed… You know that you are not allowed to write anything about denying the Stolen Generations [inaudible]
Flannery: I do… Yeah… I do… Yeah, yeah…
Admirer: Maybe… it’s just… if we could get him to stop denying Global Warming….
Flannery: That would be great… Then he would have nothing to write about… [laughing]… You’re right… that would be lovely…. yeah.
Anyway, I have to take the Commission to dinner, but great meeting you. Thank you for coming along.
Admirer: Ok, Thank you for… eh… coming to Launceston…
Flannery: What do you do?
Admirer: I am a student in the university.
Flannery: Oh, fantastic. What are you studying?
Admirer: Environmental studies…
Flannery: Oh, fantastic…
Admirer: Yeah…
Flannery: Excellent. Well, I hope you enjoy it…
Admirer: Yeah… The University of Tasmania is very big in promoting “Global Warming”…
Flannery: Yeah… Yeah… Exactly… Yeah.

22 comments:

  1. Yeah, yeah, exactly, yeah!

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  2. I only hope the Planet appreciates the effort and our tax dollars, being expended on its behalf.

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  3. Ah the youth of today eh .. what a waste.

    Well hopefully there will be employment one day for all the environmentalists, probably in the re-education camps.

    I got my partner to use the family's European connection to get a European Passport and residency rights, something we had never thought about before.

    At least we now have a bolt hole, for the time when the nutters take over Australia. It's not a joke anymore, and we're seriously looking to buy property in the old country.

    I love Australia but think the PC nature of the country's direction and the lack of tolerance to free speech and differing ideas is out of hand.

    I don't want to be here when they screw it up.

    Seriously, silencing dissent is not the laughing matter it used to be, there are committed people pursuing this.

    What a worry.

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  4. Sorry, Bunyip. Don't get it. Are we meant to believe this conversation actually took place? Or is this creative writing? If it's real, who recorded it? Why is the transcript so incomprehensible?And why the link to an unreleated Blair post?

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    1. The transcript is genuine and has been checked against the audio record.

      The link goes to Tim Blair's latest post, which notes that Flannery could buy a new car on the strength of one day's climate commission pay, plus $28

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    2. Tom clearly qualifies, perhaps aspires, to be a member of The Church of Climatology if he doesn't understand why most of the conversation between the less amusing of the two "stars" of Two Tools In A Toyota and a young nitwit is "so incomprehensible"!

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    3. Are we meant to believe this conversation actually took place? Or is this creative writing? If it's real, who recorded it? Why is the transcript so incomprehensible?

      I was asking these questions myself until I got to the part where the ardent admirer identifies himself as an Environmental Studies student from the University of Tasmania. Then I shook my head sadly and asked myself what is becoming of our young people.

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    4. It's verified and genuine. And I wouldn't be too hard on the questioner. It may well be that he had an aunt who lived in Seddon.

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  5. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.March 6, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Groupies aren't what they used to be though, Prof. This one doesn't even sound female and a little bit enticing. Just very thick. Flanners is doing his utmost to disengage and head back to the trough.

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    1. I wouldn't be too critical, Lizzie. It may just be that Flannery's interlocutor had tongue planted very firmly in cheek. Indeed, I would bet on it.

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    2. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.March 6, 2012 at 11:47 AM

      Ah ha, Flannery foiled again, eh Prof? Excellent. Keep it going, guys and gals. Lots of Flannery doorstops channeling Alene C. This could be fun; Flannery on the run.

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  6. So, they "know" that denying the Stolen Generations is illegal in Australia, do they? They're just projecting their ardent hopes that the proposed and already despised News Media Council (what I might call Fair Journalism Australia, while Delingpole suggests Ministry Of Truth) will make it so.

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  7. Admirer: Is it possible to get a court order that he stops?
    Flannery: I am not aware of it … I do… I have worked with some lawyers [inaudible]… you know… these people… they do… I… I just think they are doing totally the wrong thing… [inaudible]… but I haven’t found a way of achieving that [inaudible].

    I wonder if he spoke with Finko & Rickety, there's no need for a court order if dissenting opinion can be banned by the new Truth Commission.

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  8. Nice one, Prof. For some reason, your description of Flannelhead as a guru put me in mind of this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dp6LT2MdaPI.

    The line about making more money as a butcher would need updating, though.

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  9. Professor B, I bookmarked this story from the Australian about Flannery's Coba Point home. It now is 404error.

    [ http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/do-as-i-say-not-as-i-do-flannerys-all-at-sea/story-e6frg6nf-1226109405774 ]

    Less detailed piece exists still in the Telegraph:

    [ http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/prof-tim-flannerys-waterside-getaway/story-fn6b3v4f-1226104010903 ]

    The missing Oz piece might be related.

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  10. So was this a genuine student with these views, or an Alene Composta fifth columnist I wonder?
    If so, two thumbs up!

    Entropy

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    1. After the exchange, the questioner set out to rescue Sparkles from Mr Lee's kitchen, so keep those thumbs up and proud.

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  11. The University of Tasmania is very big in promoting “Global Warming”…


    ROLL UP ROLL UP!!! Wear your shorts all year round! Sunbath till mid May! Throw away those jumpers and never turn your heater on again!

    Yes folks, for just 24 easy monthly payments Global Warming can be YOURS to take home!!!

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  12. Oh! Well done, Professor!

    I admire a nice stroke of brilliance! I hope Gaia doesn't crack the sads and engages in a bit of smiting!

    What irks me is the reminder of all those tax dollars still being shovelled into a not-very-bright Flanner's dilly bag. The sooner he is retired up the back paddock, the better.

    JMH

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  13. I hope no one had the misfortune to kiss the 'Admirer' after that little exchange. It surely would have led to a lingering bad taste in their mouth.

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  14. "Professor B, I bookmarked this story from the Australian about Flannery's Coba Point home. It now is 404error."

    It was published (hard copy) in the 6 August 2011 Weekend Australian, with the byline "EAN HIGGINS ADDITIONAL REPORTING: ANTHONY KLAN". You could perhaps find a copy at your local library or from the newspaper archives (dead tree dept).

    This photo, captioned "Tim Flannery and son David on the Hawkesbury River"
    http://cache2-thumb1.pressdisplay.com/pressdisplay/docserver/getimage.aspx?regionguid=47409a1c-3599-40f7-826e-a3f88f0885ad&scale=338&file=17632011080600000000001001&regionKey=qUsBsorwz5qsZduVctCseg%3d%3d
    and this photo
    http://cache2-thumb1.pressdisplay.com/pressdisplay/docserver/getimage.aspx?regionguid=ebf2a735-21b6-48a4-b1c5-aab6e0b021ab&scale=137&file=17632011080600000000001001&regionKey=UMRbuN5nmgvINbg%2bW1dsNA%3d%3d
    led the article.

    Unfortunately, when they flushed the article down the memory hole they were careful to have Google's cache flushed as well.

    It's so Orwellian, all of this making previously-published articles just disappear into thin air or even the less-drastic but still creepy habit of sneaky post-publication "editing."

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  15. Also, at least 67 people on Twitter mentioned and linked to that now-disappeared article (including influential Tweeters like Miranda Devine: Tim Flannery won't reveal height of his waterfront house for fear of "a Norway-style attack by conservatives". Que? )

    Copy & paste this link into your browser to see the tweets:
    http://topsy.com/www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/do-as-i-say-not-as-i-do-flannerys-all-at-sea/story-e6frg6nf-1226109405774

    Someone providentially cut & pasted the entire text contents of that article into a blog comment here:
    http://forum.dvdtalk.com/archive/t-592386.html
    Scroll down or search for the text string "Do as I say, not as I do: Flannery's all at sea".

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