Australian news, and some related international items

Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) backing shonky climate denial book

Australian Climate Denial Think Tank Picks Cat Author and Moonman Ken Ring as Climate Expert, Desmog blog, By Graham Readfearn, April 9, 2017 Do you love cats and want to know what makes them tick?  Do you think climate change is a hoax being pushed as part of a eugenics plot?  Do you like rubber band magic?

If your answers to these questions are “yes,” “hell yeah,” and “sometimes,” then have I got the book for you? Hell yeah, I do.

Australian “think tank,” the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA), has launched a fundraising drive for its 2017 edition of the book Climate Change: The Facts.

The IPA is Australia’s biggest pusher of climate science denial and has assembled a conga-line of deniers and contrarians to write chapters for the upcoming publication.

Of course, this isn’t how the IPA describes it. Rather, the IPA says the book, edited by senior IPA fellow Jennifer Marohasy, “brings together contributions on the latest climate science from some of the world’s leading experts in the field.”

Contributors include the likes of the Cato Institute’s Patrick Michaels, British peer Matt Ridley, political scientist and think tank boss Bjorn Lomborg, and writer Clive James.

But anyway, back to cats and rubber band magic. Why?

Paws for Thought

Because another of the IPA’s apparent “leading experts” on climate change is New Zealand’s Ken Ring — a so-called “long range weather forecaster” and former school magician who has written two, possibly three, books about cats.

In 1998’s Pawmistry: How to Read Your Cat’s Paws, Ring joined magician Paul Romhany to reveal the secrets of the lines on your cat’s paws. “A broken heart line means your cat is in a period of adjustment,” read the dust jacket.

Now in the interests of fairness, I should say that back in 2011 when I checked with Ring about the book, he said he had written it “as a joke” and the publishers at Penguin had made up a story about him uncovering a talent for reading paws at a party.

At the time, I only knew about Pawmistry, but it turns out Ring has a whole litter tray of literary greatness (though none of it has to do with climate science). ……….

But let’s remember too that you can get more of Ring’s work in the IPA’s upcoming book, which is the third version of Climate Change: The Fcats [deliberate typo].

The last version of the book was being sold by Canadian conservative and climate science denier Mark Steyn to help him pay for a libel defense.

Like previous versions, any Australian taxpayers donating to the book campaign can claim an equivalent tax break.

Seems worth it, right, for all that purrfectly legitimate expertise?



April 15, 2017 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming, spinbuster

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