David Ross

Turns out the poles aren’t melting, not that our media or government will say anything

New Zealand sent 18 people to Lima in Peru for a talkfest about doing “SOMETHING, ANYTHING, PLEASE” about global warming. Eighteen people flying across the Pacific ocean to talk about how we can contribute to stopping the poles melting.

It never occurs to these morons that stopping such talk-fests would be a good start.

We are about to likely send even more people to Paris for the next talk-fest, but it turns out the poles don’t need saving, not that you will ever read about in NZ media or hear from our government.

In fact, the poles are “much more stable” than climate scientists once predicted and could even be much thicker than previously thought.

For years, scientists have suggested that both poles are melting at an alarming rate because of warming temperatures – dangerously raising the Earth’s sea levels while threatening the homes of Arctic and Antarctic animals.

But the uncertainty surrounding climate change and the polar ice caps reached a new level this month when research suggested the ice in the Antarctic is actually growing.

And there could even be evidence to suggest the polar bear population is not under threat.

Ted Maksym, an oceanographer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, conducted a study in which he sent an underwater robot into the depths of the Antarctic sea to measure the ice.

His results contradicted previous assumptions made by scientists and showed that the ice is actually much thicker than has been predicted over the last 20 years.

Dr Benny Peiser, from the Global Warming Policy Forum (GWPF), said this latest research adds further proof to the unpredictability of the supposed effects of global warming.

He said: “The Antarctic is actually growing and all the evidence in the last few months suggests many assumptions about the poles was wrong.

“Global sea ice is at a record high, another key indicator that something is working in the opposite direction of what was predicted.”   Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Photo: The Canadian Press/Andrew Vaughan K9 dog Danny, sniffs the Stetson of his partner, slain Constable David Ross, during the funeral procession for three RCMP officers who were killed on duty.

Photo: The Canadian Press/Andrew Vaughan
K9 dog Danny, sniffs the Stetson of his partner, slain Constable David Ross, during the funeral procession for three RCMP officers who were killed on duty.

Fallen Mountie Dave Ross’ Dog Danny Says Final Goodbye

 

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Should convicted fraudsters be punished in proportion to their haul?

Fraudster Davis Ross’ laywer isn’t happy with “1 day of prison for every $60,000” that his client took from his victim.  My gut feel is that it took his victims much more than a day to accumulate $60,000, so spending a day in jail for each $60,000 lot seems light.

Hamish McNicoll reports

There is “nothing useful” in the “stern” and “unreasonably crushing” minimum jail term imposed on David Ross, the fraudster’s lawyer says.

In November Ross, 64, was jailed for 10 years and 10 months for operating a fraudulent scheme in which private investors lost about $115 million. It was described as the single biggest fraud in New Zealand’s history

His company, Ross Asset Management, fleeced at least 700 investors through portfolios in which they thought they had more than $380m.

Ross’ appeal against the minimum non-parole period of five years and five months, half his full sentence, was heard in the High Court at Wellington this morning.

The sentence was equivalent to roughly one day for every $60,000 he stole from investors.

His lawyer, Gary Turkington, was appealing on the grounds it was “manifestly excessive”.

Today he questioned the point of such a lengthy minimum sentence, saying it was “just too much”.

Ross would be 68 by the time he was eligible for parole, though this was by no means a “get out of jail free card” in itself.

He would be “well into his twilight years,” Turkington said.

I suspect his victims had their “twilight years” completely ruined as well.  I truly don’t see why it is harsh to lock someone up for such an insidious crime that affected to many people, took so much security, peace of mind and happiness away.   Read more »