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30/12/2012: Hope the weather is perfect so the kids can fly from Te Anau to Supper Cove and Lake Roe today: wish I was there - there are empty seats on the helicopter; Oh...Fiordland is SUCH a beautiful place - and there is no better way to see it than by helicopter!

 

30/12/2012: Every so often you rediscover something: Popular Mechanics has always been full of interesting stories: HERE a review of strange bathrooms. I don't think I would enjoy most of them and particularly this see-through one, but I also wonder about being locked in those automatic ones (like the pop-up one featured here): http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/improvement/electrical-plumbing/18-strangest-bathrooms-in-the-world#slide-18

 

29/12/2012: Della: Party season apparently equals another demolished letterbox...oh well, snail mail is outdated anyway. Steve: Just another chore...THIS time I have some SERIOUS steel upright material! Della: And the culprits will regret the damage to their vehicle if they mess with the new model...good man! (But I am not vindictive at all...)

 

29/12/2012: World's MOST disgusting book cover? "And for every veggo who sniffs, 'Well, no animal died to make my salad', how much of your average lettuce or carrot farmer’s day do you reckon is spent killing, trapping, poisoning, or otherwise making life seriously unpleasant for cute little bunnies and birdies who might get to the produce before the produce gets to market?" http://www.amazon.com/Girl-Her-Pig-Recipes-Stories/dp/0062003968/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

 

28/12/2012: A Xmas greeting, sort of: http://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2012/12/nice-one-from-reader-peter-hall.html

 

28/12/2012: 'Atheist' is SUCH a strange word which would not exist at all if it were not for the sorrowful delusion of so many people - hopefully it will cease to be in the future; so too wars about other non-existent 'things'...

 

28/12/2012: Miranda has posted this excellent Arnott's biscuit tin image as a Xmas message - you see a lot more of this sort of thing up the bush now with the prevalence of sambar deer in our mountains: http://blogs.news.com.au/images/uploads/BushChristmasJackWaugh_thumb.jpg

 

27/12/2012: What a fascinating article; I HAVE noticed the 'terminator' wind, but I confess regretfully I have not been outdoors enough on warm full-moon nights to notice the moon wind: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/12/24/sailing-on-the-moon-wind/#more-76322

 

26/12/2012: And it's great to think (if you're a nature lover) that every year less land is having to be devoted just to feeding humanity, but as Ridley points out biofuels are destroying nature: http://www.rationaloptimist.com/blog/peak-farmland-is-here.aspx

 

26/12/2012: "2012 has been the greatest year in the history of the world. That sounds like an extravagant claim, but it is borne out by evidence. Never has there been less hunger, less disease or more prosperity. The West remains in the economic doldrums, but most developing countries are charging ahead, and people are being lifted out of poverty at the fastest rate ever recorded. The death toll inflicted by war and natural disasters is also mercifully low. We are living in a golden age."

 

25/12/2012: Top ten science discoveries for 2012: (as I have observed before: the world just keeps getting better and better!) We have been watching Stephen Hawking's wonderful programme lately and would, therefore probably vote for the brain-machine interface, but as an historian I am drawn to the Denisovan's DNA...: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/12/23/the-higgs-boson-takes-science-center-stage-for-2012/#more-76150

 

24/12/2012: A great article by Miranda about Labor's most recent proposed apology, this time to the adopted, "Today we have banished all stigma, so it is perfectly tolerable for young women to have babies to a variety of feckless men on the taxpayer tab, leaving the children vulnerable to sexual abuse, violence and neglect. This is an epidemic. ": http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/mirandadevine/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/demonising_adoption_dishonours_its_heroes/

 

24/12/2012: A different perspective on gun control here: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/12/20/A-Real-Public-Opinion-Poll-8-000-People-A-Day-Join-NRA-Since-Dec-14 and here: http://moonbattery.com/?p=22852

 

23/12/2012: Well Santa, time to 'fess up: http://moonbattery.com/?p=22807

 

23/12/2012: Schapelle: Astonishing, if true: "The boogie board's weight recorded at Brisbane domestic departures, Sydney domestic arrivals and Sydney International check-in did not include the 4.2k weight of any hooch... but it did when it arrived at Denpasar." http://pickeringpost.com/article/carr-should-have-a-date-with-corby/844

 

22/12/2012: We have outstanding governments in the West: if a problem can be 'solved' by introducing regulations, you can be sure they have already done it before we were even aware there was a problem; conversely if a problem can be created or exacerbated by wasting money, you can be certain they have done that too!

 

22/12/2012: In Russia the coldest winter since 1938: is this weather or is it climate? http://joannenova.com.au/2012/12/its-a-deadly-cold-russian-winter-minus-50-in-siberia/#more-26100

 

21/12/2012: Pickering on deficit spending: "So, how has Labor fared with our economy? Well, here it is in a nutshell: In 2007 every man woman and child in Australia had $850 in the bank, courtesy of Peter Costello. In a short five years of Labor, every man woman and child in Australia owes $7,000 and paying interest only, with not a dent in the principal. And what has a struggling family of four have to show for their $28,000 of expenditure? A new car perhaps, an extension to the house? Maybe a round-the-World trip or two years' private school fees? Nope... nothing! Not one thing a family of four can say they have benefited from. In fact they have gone backwards. Gillard is for the family and the workers eh ...since bloody when?"

 

21/12/2012: The leaked IPCC AR5 report shows that 'Global Warming' was basically a 'Chicken Little' ploy & we can all get on with our lives (even on this LAST of all days!) NOW all we need to do is get rid of this carbon tax and the shambolic government behind it...http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323981504578179291222227104.html

 

20/12/2012: Swan discovers there will be no surplus. Soon he will discover Gillard is not a virgin! What a circus!

 

20/12/2012: The importance of string: ultralight thongs made from shoe inserts: 58 grams the pair in Size 8. Great for camp shoes, river crossings etc. Also: the Gossamer Gear Sitlight Pad @ 30 grams (apart from keeping your bum dry for lunches on wet days) will make two pairs of same with the addition of a bit of string. If your hiking shoes let you down this tip may get you out of a lot of trouble: http://www.trailquest.net/sandals.html My knots are different form Brawny’s : I pass a (doubled) loop up through the gap between the big toes and have an overhand knot under the thong. The two ends come up through each side of the thong towards the rear (as with normal thongs) and are joined to the loop with two overhand knots. To make into sandals a bit of elastic either over the top of the foot or around the heel and joined to the strings at the rear where they emerge on the top side of the thong works well and would ensure they stay on during river crossings.

 

16/12/2012: Zeno's boat: Zeno, as you may know was an ancient Greek Sceptic philosopher, the inventor of many interesting paradoxes. I like this one (with apologies TO Zeno). Suppose a man over many years repairs a boat by replacing one plank at a time... After a long time he has replaced all the planks: Is it the same boat? Suppose as well, that another man collects the discarded planks of the first man and constructs a boat (albeit very gradually - and it would not be much of a boat!). Eventually the second man completes HIS boat. NOW, which is the original boat? Memory is like that. What makes us individuals is our memory, but it is forever changing (like the planks in the boat). When we are 12 we can remember many pre-school experiences. When we are twenty, we can still remember our primary school, but our earlier experiences have slipped. Now that we are sixty! (Can that really be true?) there is not much left of our secondary school experiences (or even our University ones) - indeed if you are like me you probably can't remember where you left your shoes or your car keys! Were they yours at all? Who are you? The upshot is: are we the same person? By imprisoning someone for the term of his natural life (whatever s/he has done) we are in effect after a time punishing an innocent person because their memories dictate they are no longer the person who committed that horrific crime. They no longer remember it. Therefore, they should have been executed at the time of the crime so that we were actually punishing the criminal and not some new person whom they have become over time. Society gets the added benefit of being able to use their unneeded organs to save other lives - and huge economies on the cost of prisons. By the same token, sometimes (as happened recently) a long-term prisoner recalls that he (it almost always is) recalls an earlier horrific crime (Camillieri just did, for example) and someone's loved one at last finds rest and peace. Life and death are such difficult issues. Mind you if we were allowed to use torture and truth drugs on such proven criminals at the time (before they were quite properly executed) we could have found out the truth of all their previous crimes back then. Of course, many puzzling books would not have been written about Port Arthur, Falconio & etc.

 

 

16/12/2012: This article (http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/12/12/and-now-for-something-completely-different/#more-75600) and this book (http://www.amazon.com/Hormones-with-Harmony-ebook/dp/B00AK0LUGS/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1355320806&sr=1-1&keywords=hormones+with+harmony#reader_B00AK0LUGS) are too important to ignore: it IS for example inarguable that Vietnamese suffer only one fortieth of the prostate cancer that Europeans do AND that the key difference is DIET. (There are many other conditions - including female ones - which are equally affected by what foods we eat.

 

16/12/2012: IPCC AR5: who'd have thought it? NOTHING to worry about. How long before this gets buried by the alarmists: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/12/13/ipcc-ar5-draft-leaked-contains-game-changing-admission-of-enhanced-solar-forcing/

 

16/12/2012: A fascinating article (and please pursue it to other articles by the amazing Rob Dunn: http://www.robrdunn.com/) http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/The-Mystery-of-the-Singing-Mice.html#ixzz1Jw33OqiH

 

16/12/2012: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." Listen up, this obviously means longarms, as it has in Victoria since 1927! Still and all, the Left has been supporting the insurgents in Libya and Syria who 'ought not' have arms either, surely? Mind you, there have been numerous recent examples in the US eg where a lady has been able to take down the bad guys because she was able to pack a six shooter! It is also the case that in the most recent massacre and in the previous Batman movie one, they occurred in GUN-FREE zones – which meant that no-one was in a position to defend herself! I refer you back to my previous post from 'Macbeth', which IS surely the point: ie identify the bad guys and remove the danger.

 

15/12/2012: Gun control is too simple, we need to stamp out THESE feelings (Macbeth Act5,Scene5):
"To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is

heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing
...I gin to be aweary of the sun,
And wish the estate o' the world were now undone."

 

15/12/2012: Not a lot of cars are still hand made (though Land Rover Defenders spring to mind) but there IS something very beautiful about the making of this Morgan roadster, something which they have been doing since 1908: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/motoringvideo/9727841/Making-of-the-new-Morgan-Plus-8-in-two-minutes.html

 

14/12/2012: In a similar vein: a cart pulled by a lion, two goats and a bear: the only way to travel, scroll down: http://www.deltabluez.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/some-more-cart-photos.html

 

14/12/2012: A fur coat for the animal libbers amongst you: you will have to SEE this to believe it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fB0jml3iLBc&feature=player_embedded

 

14/12/2012: Saved 2500 kids and didn't win the Nobel Peace Prize, (but Obama and Al Gore DID!) Phooey! Bravo Irena Sendler,  Died 12 May 2008 (aged 98) Warsaw, Poland:

”During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto, as a plumbing/sewer specialist. She had an 'ulterior motive'. She KNEW what the Nazi's plans were for the Jews (being German). Irena smuggled infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried and she carried in the back of her truck a burlap sack, (for larger kids). She also had a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers of course wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking covered the kids/infants noises. During her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants. She was caught, and the Nazi's broke both her legs, arms and beat her severely. Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she smuggled out and kept them in a glass jar, buried under a tree in her back yard. After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived it and reunited the family. Most had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into foster family homes or adopted. Last year Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize. She was not selected. President Obama won one year before becoming President for his work as a community organizer for ACORN and Al Gore won also --- for a slide show on Global Warming”.

 

14/12/2012: CITIZENSHIP ought NOT be a guaranteed right. Anyone's citizenship should be cancelled if they continue to BE non-citizens. The issue of whether some other country would take them or whether they should be deported is a different matter, but in many cases the answer to the second question is, 'Yes,' emphatically, 'YES!' In the past OSTRACISM was a common and deserved penalty. I see no reason why i

t should not continue to be. Most criminals have surely richly earned the withdrawal of the benefits of citizenship whatever other penalty they may suffer. As for 'refugees' and immigrants who have 95%+ Centrelink dependency (and no English language skills) after 5 years' residence have long since EARNED the big kick back to where they came from!

 

14/12/2012: We have to stamp out this vile practice which is hardly done by suppressing the offenders' names; better to deport them and adopt out the daughter: http://bunyipitude.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/ssssshhh-better-that-we-dont-know.html

 

 

13/12/2012: The right thing to do in a crisis: reach out a helping hand or reach for your smart phone: there is no contest, is there - at least in New York:  this man is about to die: Let's hope we have not descended so far: http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/mirandadevine/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/morality_lost_behind_a_camera_lens/

 

13/12/2012: AND THIS is even worse still, absolutely horrific: http://www.rehabs.com/explore/meth-before-and-after-drugs/infographic.html#.UMj6AneT9_R

 

13/12/2012: Even WORSE than I thought, Miranda: "PRIMARY students have a “substantial problem” in reading, with 25 per cent failing to meet the minimum standard for their age in international tests, while maths and science skills in primary and high school have stagnated over the past 16 years...In the first international test of primary students, Australian year 4 students scored the lowest of the English-speaking nations in reading, ranked 27th out of 48 countries tested, comparable to Bulgaria, Slovenia and Lithuania...Australian school spending grew 44% from 2000-09, far more than the OECD average, yet our students’ reading and maths scores plummeted over that period. They were thrashed by students in larger classes in countries which spent far less...our average class size is 23, yet in reading and science our students are one to two years behind their peers in Shanghai, where the average class size is 40, according to a report by the Grattan Institute, and we’re more than two years behind in maths": http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/mirandadevine/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/proof_our_students_are_not_being_taught_properly/

 

13/12/2012: Good work lass: THIS is where it starts and it ends with Jill Meagher & etc dead: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/law-order/infrared-camera-snaps-thief-stealing-underwa/story-fnat7jfp-1226533663639?sv=4aa02a7afb53d50c06250174bc0b97f2#.UMVttprZt6c.twitter

 

13/12/2012: AND so many sinister proposals to restrict our freedom of speech on the basis of such nonsense! http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=512532708767745&set=a.456449604376056.98921.367116489976035&type=1&theater

 

12/12/2012: Numerologically an auspicious day: also 15,000 days with my beloved, Della - so much cause for celebration! Della Jones "And thanks for the lovely celebratory lunch! It still doesn't sound like very much when you count in days though..." AND 30,000 days doesn't sound like a VERY long life - but it IS!

 

12/12/2012: Which 'rant' only inspires me to comment on the latest evidence of 'success' from the NBN programme with 15% of houses it passes taking it up! THAT was certainly worth spending $50+ billion on. Of course in time the rest of us will not have the choice of continuing with ADSL@+ (or progressing to VDSL) etc at a much more modest cost. And forget about having the telephone when there is a bushfire or like emergency. Of course disasters such as that will never happen again now that we have the social managers par excellence in charge!

 

12/12/2012: The 'Education Revolution' and the School (Gillard) Halls didn't do it: we are now ranked 27th educationally. We are apparently being dragged down 'by the tail' in the statistics. This is no surprise to me. We have been paying all sorts of people to breed, migrate, 'educate' our young etc for decades. We have just about completely (as a country) lost the ability to do anything right. In education, for example toys and glitz and smaller classes fronted by educational pygmies will not cut it. In Finland for contrast only the best are allowed to become teachers - whilst here the average entrant to teaching had a high school mark of less than 50%. How could such people 'lift' their charges? Larger classes fronted by more capable and higher paid teachers allowed to inspire and carry a big stick: to enforce a non-Disneyesque curriculum would turn things around; but don't wait to see that conclusion from 'educational' bureaucrats! More money is not even part of the solution.

 

9/12/2012: Shearing today; incredible that we will be finished before lunch instead of going on for 4-5 days. Ah, retirement...

 

9/12/2012: Thank You, John. A very important talk: we ignore it at our peril: http://www.quadrant.org.au/magazine/issue/2012/12/the-importance-of-knowing-where-we-came-from

 

9/12/2012: Rather a lot of very careful fuel reduction burning being undertaken by our environmental custodians: would have zero effect on our CO2 emissions, no doubt: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/12/08/earth-at-night-wildfires-in-australia/#more-75457

 

9/12/2012: Extraordinary Government waste: Had a visit (you probably did too) from a sub-continental youth handing out Green largesse: energy efficient power board/s, CFL light-globes and a chimney blocker were the goodies on offer. All of absolutely no use to me.  He seemed mystified I did not want these 'free' goodies. I pointed out to him that we had installed CFLs in the 1990's and that we had since replaced the wretched things with much better LEDs. Our power board had a much more energy efficient off SWITCH. We have a pot-belly stove...Once, people could be counted on to look after themselves. NOW manna is being forced on us by newly arrived migrants, no less - on behalf of our nanny-state Govt. What a great country we have built! Meanwhile in Glebe (where I once lived) an enquiry is being held into the tragic disappearance of a little girl from a family of 13 who have lived in Australia for decades, yet none of whom speaks English or has a job! Send more just like them please, Ju-liar! http://bunyipitude.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/new-australians-of-modern-kind.html

 

8/12/2012: DILEMMA: Do I believe in democracy OR human rights? The democratically elected Government of Kuwait have voted for Sharia Law only to have their decision overturned by the King, who requires human rights. But then I AM a monarchist, so it's all right!

 

8/12/2012: As a cat lover I am glad that 'Moggie' is not all bad. When they were eliminated recently on Macquarie Island enormous environmental destruction ensued. Here we see a luminary as important as Tim Flannery rushing to 'Tiddles'' defence. It IS interesting that no wildlife problems have emerged in Tasmania after 200 years of pussycats: http://books.google.com.au/books?id=pBSLBWw9OisC&pg=PA170&lpg=PA170&dq=ten+million+wildcats+abc+flannery&source=bl&ots=sWMHhZStfi&sig=tcHBqPgJvpDP37RrSGRCMho8EmY&hl=en&sa=X&ei=dBG7UJTcMuqyiQeAloCoAg&ved=0CDEQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=ten%20million%20wildcats%20abc%20flannery&f=false

 

8/12/2012: 100 YEARS OLD TODAY: Not me, the YINNAR GENERAL STORE - though we probably BOTH look it! Come on down, listen to the Strzelecki Stringbusters, have a sausage, socialise and browse. See you there @ 11:00am!

 

7/12/2012: Pickering: " Gillard bought her Abbottsford property using a $20,000 loan from Slater & Gordon as a deposit and a bank mortgage. No money up front. Her repayments would have been at the top end with what was, in effect, a first and second mortgage. How then did she pay for her extensive renovations? The Abbottsford place was a hovel but ideal to restore using laundered funds as was Wilson’s Kerr St property. Floors and ceilings were replaced, tiling, fencing a new kitchen, bathroom, new fittings, plastering and painting... almost a new house emerged. Con Spiridis, “Bill, the Greek bullshit artist” (as Gillard described him) and others were paid with laundered cash, some supplied by Wilson, other amounts went through the Greek Kew Renovations-owned Town Mode. Gillard offered to produce some receipts... but understandably, no cheque butts".

 

7/12/2012: You SHOULD read THIS article. Surely we all know by now Malthus (and his Club of Rome and greenie followers) were WRONG, WRONG, WRONG on how/why GROWTH occurs. (The population/ecological doom he predicted were a mirage). Keynesian economics is simply Malthus' heir - and is equally false! Governments continue to throw billions of dollars of precious capital away on this utterly false premise (the recent Reserve Bank interest rate cut is but the latest example of this). BUT what if the whole economic edifice on which Keynesianism was based is UTTERLY FALSE? Read Steve Kates: http://www.quadrant.org.au/blogs/qed/2012/12/how-economies-really-work

 

7/12/2012: Lord Monckton has been evicted from the Doha conference for stating THIS simple truth: “In the 16 years we have been coming to these conferences, there has been no global warming,” The truth should NOT get in the way of a good story - or a GOOD RORT!

 

7/12/2012: The Carbon Tax is certainly working: this week we had the coldest day on record in Canberra, Antarctic ice is at an historic maximum, and in India the glaciers have all grown back - pity Al Gore: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-12-03/india/35569707_1_bara-shigri-glaciers-snowfall

 

7/12/2012: Our anti-Semitic Government is at it again: “Bob Carr has had Israel’s ambassador  to Australia Yuval Rotem called in to protest against TEL AVIV'S decision to expand housing settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.” On November 27: “In a move likely to anger Israel, Australia will split with TEL AVIV and the US by not opposing the resolution, to be presented as early as Thursday in New York, which seeks to upgrade Palestine’s status in the General Assembly to a non-member observer state like the Vatican.” HEADS UP FOLKS: JERUSALEM is the CAPITAL of Israel!

 

6/12/2012: Whodathought? Idiots in Doha: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=YlXAbi7RSBU

 

8/12/2012: We bought a tray back camper from fourwheelcampers.com in California sometime back. We have just been away in it and found it brilliant (especially the bed). The gas  fridge kept everything nice and cold. We have a space heater and a water heater with an outside shower. We may add a rooftop solar panel to supplement the car's charger if we need it. Unfortunately it is a little back heavy for the 110, hence the change.

 

6/12/2012: The bad news is we DO have to buy another vehicle to carry the camper around as the 110 Defender IS too short and its GVM too little. The GOOD news is we have found one and put a deposit on it. There will be MUCH retrofitting of gear from one vehicle to another: (Diff Locks including front and rear axles, secondary batteries, trays....) but eventually we WILL  have safe 4WD camping holidays in disgusting LUXURY!

 

6/12/2012: Our solar system is SUCH an amazing place: just this week we had news of organics (if not life - NASA is still being very cautious here) on Mars, and now ICE on Mercury. Who'd have believed there is a habitable zone on a planet generally hot enough to melt lead? Beneath the seas on Titan too life MAY lurk. Out further on the growing numbers of discovered planets circling other suns, some in our neighbourhood even (ie the Centaur), who yet knows what may lurk ('Beware the Blob'): http://www.space.com/18695-water-ice-mercury-explained-infographic.html

 

6/12/2012: For those of you of a greener persuasion, here is Tim Flannery's company Geodynamics practicing FRACKING to produce 'clean green energy'. No doubt this is OK when you are out to 'save the world' and fleece the taxpayers of over $90 million in subsidies for impractical 'renewable' schemes but not OK when you are going to provide energy consumers with cheap, plentiful natural gas or petroleum. Of course this is brought to you by a man who predicted sea level rise of metres and then bought a seaside villa (as did Al Gore). They are such shams and shamans these green preachers: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/12/05/another-kind-of-fracking-this-produces-geothermal-energy/

 

5/12/2012:  I also do not understand the Left's rejection of Israeli democracy and their courting of dangerous Islamists: the 'Arab Spring' and the 'caliphate' have brought some of the worst human conditions we have ever seen. Supporting such movements is surely a form of collective suicide!

 

5/12/2012: I do not understand the crazy 'economists' in the Reserve Bank & etc who continue to impose interest rate cuts so that the financially irresponsible can borrow more money to spend on toys and frivolities whilst savers are forced into ever riskier investments in an attempt to defend their savings.

 

4/12/2012: Julia Gillard has come up with an idea to cut everyone's power bills in half. Every household in Australia will be sent a pair of scissors.

 

4/12/2012: Well done Alanis! Interesting figure here: "Israel... is multi-racial; roughly half of Israeli Jews are from or the descendents of Jews from Arab lands expelled after the creation of Israel": http://legalinsurrection.com/2012/12/alanis-is-canadian-for-courage/

 

4/12/2012: A growth industry: It is extraordinary that when he sang a song in his own 'language' people were so moved to tears they did not notice it was gibberish http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/who-can-it-be-now-20121126-2a25w.html

 

4/12/2012: Climate alarmism is SUCH bad algebra: Let's see, 9% rise in CO2 = zero warming for 16 years, therefore warming effect of CO2 = zero. Anything multiplied by zero is...well...zero, so 100% increase in CO2 = zero warming, and so on... Relax. Chill out folks! Snow here  today, by the way - and Della REFUSES to go hiking at Wilson's Prom in the rain (as offered by me as a SPECIAL birthday treat). Shucks!

 

3/12/2012: Here was Ju-Liar in 1992 helping her boyfriend Wilson steal the entire $800,000 plus of a workers' funeral fund. The money 'disappeared' and none was ever recovered. Of course SHE says 'I did nothing wrong' and we all believe her, don't we: http://michaelsmithnews.typepad.com/.a/6a0177444b0c2e970d017d3e5fd1eb970c-pi

 

3/12/2012: Is it possible that an article about 'yawning' can be too long - an interesting social experiment or a digression into recursion perhaps: http://www.rationaloptimist.com/blog/the-mystery-of-why-we-yawn.aspx

 

3/12/2012: More prosaic doings: I am building a set of stairs for the Defender's trayback camper so our 'Tiny' dog can more easily access it - less importantly it will assist us aging folks too. Made a prototype out of timber to see how that works (they look and work great but are too heavy). Della zipped up them with her arms folded - so they passed an important test there. Some time this morning will be devoted to converting those ideas into lightweight aluminium. Stairs are more complicated than you would think. Unfortunately I think I need to convert the 110 Defender to a 130 as the camper has too much overhang and the steering is compromised: I suspect the easiest way around this (unfortunately) is to buy another vehicle!

 

3/12/2012: Related but scarey news: our Government is 'forced' to vote against Israel at the UN for fear of a backlash in Moslem dominated seats!

 

3/12/2012:Who would have thought: asylum seekers in Indonesia cheered when it was announced they would be on welfare in Australia for five years!

 

2/12/2012: LIFE: Rumour has it that NASA is about to announce on Monday that Curiosity has found evidence of LIFE ON MARS! Watch this space...We are NOT alone...Do/did the Martians have a god? Is it one of the same million gods we have on Earth? Move over Orson Welles! This could be interesting...

 

30/11/2012: How things work: not necessarily how you think they do: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9707029/Two-thirds-of-millionaires-left-Britain-to-avoid-50p-tax-rate.html

 

30/11/2012: If this invention pans out I may be able to pay for the beer I drink with the electricity I am able to sell: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/urine-powered-generator-unveiled-international-exhibition-234718329.html

 

30/11/2012: I may need one sooner than this as mine is beginning to wear out! http://www.rationaloptimist.com/blog/synthetic-brains-by-2030.aspx

 

29/11/2012: Charming people in Afghanistan - pity though they had not wanted to marry Ju-liar: http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/timblair/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/death_triangle/

 

28/11/2012: Burt Rutan, the engineer who brought us http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SpaceShipOne (amongst many other aeronautical marvels) gives his take on AGW, HERE: http://rps3.com/Pages/Burt_Rutan_on_Climate_Change.htm or HERE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gm8vaH8LEV0

 

28/11/2012: Josh Frydenberg certainly looks and sounds like the real thing. A future PM in waiting? http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/mirandadevine/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/a_litany_of_failure/

 

28/11/2012: Listen up Bruce: plastic notes were introduced in 1988: the dog did NOT eat your homework; but obviously you ARE such a lying stupid shite that you really needed the help of a good CRIMINAL lawyer - and you got it!

 

28/11/2012: IF this does not make sense to you: Wilson explained on the 7:30 report that Blewitt buried the money (stolen c1993-5) and that it rotted and was thrown away AND that Wilson indeed DID need Ju-liar's help to fill in the forms which he used to steal the money in the first place! With friends like him...

 

26/11/2012: Just like the rest of the human race our Prime Minister cannot have been in Perth on 4 Feb 1993 to witness Ralph Blewitt's signature on the 'Power of Attorney' document (which allowed Wilson to launder $100,000 plus of stolen AWU money into their house in Fitzroy) AND have kept appointments in Melbourne ON THE SAME DAY. Someone WILL have a record of her presence in the office in Melbourne on that day. WAIT AND SEE! Anyway, why would a partner in a prominent law firm fly all the way to Perth to witness a signature when there would be plenty of notaries in Perth who could have done so? Obviously she did not, but her signature is ON THE DOCUMENT. Blewitt SAYS she was NOT there. Let's see who IS telling the truth...She has always been a sloppy liar. THIS will bring her down! Then again 'ubiquity' is often a characteristic of SAINTS: perhaps she will take her place soon besides Mary Mckillop?

25/11/2012: I have Della working on this pigeon puzzle: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/PrintNews.aspx?PageID=383&NID=35334

 

25/11/2012: Interesting observation: "If you want to destroy an infantry unit, you cut it off from its neighbouring units. If you want to destroy a generation, you cut it off from previous generations," CS Lewis

 

25/11/2012: An answer to a question you never dared to ask: If you went outside and lay down on your back with your mouth open, how long would you have to wait until a bird pooped in it?: http://what-if.xkcd.com/11/

 

25/11/2012: Bravo: Johanna Quaas, an 86-year-old who has just entered the record books as the world’s oldest gymnast. Displaying astonishing balance, strength and flexibility, she performed routines on the floor and parallel bars that would put someone decades younger to shame: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2bOED5LzZw&feature=player_embedded

 

24/11/2012: For those of you who (irrationally) fear DEATH, an interesting article in this week's New Scientist by Shelly Kagan, 'Don't Fear the Reaper' who'proves' pretty well I thought that such fears are inappropriate (unless you happen to believe strongly in an after-life which involves imminent purgatory anyway!) http://www.scribd.com/doc/110795988/Death-Don-t-Fear-the-Reaper-Opinion-22-October-2012-New-Scientist

 

24/11/2012: AND, for those of you who have concluded that the Nanny State may soon make "Magnet spheres...harder to acquire than ammunition" there remains THIS source of these wonderful toys: http://www.zenmagnets.com/

 

24/11/2012: HERE is a question you may never have wanted to know the answer to, so suck eggs: Can a machine gun fired downwards produce enough lift to make itself into a jet-pack? Surprisingly, (for the Kalashnikov at least, the doyen of the Jihadist set) the answer is, 'Yes!': http://what-if.xkcd.com/21/

 

22/11/2012: Tony Jones attacking Shorten about the 'Wilson Affair' (last night) AND Leigh Sales interviewing Ralph Blewitt about same. Ralph back from Indo. to give protected witness information about the crime. Aunty has never gone there before! Doomed Gillard, doomed. And Roxon (the nation's chief LAW officer!) says she has INVESTIGATED the matter and that Ju-liar did no WRONG. Lots of folks will want to see a HARD COPY of that investigation's report! She SHOULD know as she was a 'friend' of Shorten, Gillard, Wilson... back when the 'crime' was committed...Oh, WOE!

 

22/11/2012: A MUST READ: 10 climate myths definitively debunked: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/11/20/myths-and-facts-about-global-warming/

 

22/11/2012: I never cease to be amazed that there are believers in the 'supernatural'. HOW is it that there are people who do no KNOW there is NOTHING which is not NATURAL?

 

21/11/2012: The MISMATCH between what the models predict and what is observed has been widening. It really seems likely we are in for a protracted period of global cooling (30+ years) which WILL make it increasingly harder to feed the world's growing population - unless there is another Norman Borlag working on it: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/11/19/cooling-in-the-near-future/#more-74502 & especially THIS graaphic: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-swrAyQv92WQ/UKaQK0EtnjI/AAAAAAAAADk/QtkphzCbCog/s400/hansen.gif

 

20/11/2012: UTTER NONSENSE from the World Bank (& the ABC as usual) about imminent climate catastrophe: predicting a 4C warmer world by 2100 & etc, ad nauseum. If they were elongating the graph for the last 16 years the prediction would be 0C. If they were basing predictions on what has happened in the last 100 years at Cape Otway and Wilsons Prom (for example) the climate would be ANOTHER 2C COLDER than it is now. Bankers WANT TO MAKE MONEY FROM CARBON TRADING. It IS THAT simple!

 

20/11/2012: Makita Rechargeable Angle Grinder: this wonderful tool is available in a 3-pack from Bunnings @ $599 - also includes drill and impact driver. Have tried out the drill & the angle grinder and they are superb! Big recommend from me for Xmas present for the one you love! Mind you, I HAVE bought some Westfarmers shares so I have a vested interest in Bunnings Xmas sale - but it remains a pretty good bargain all the same!

 

20/11/2012: I am busily trying to convert the proceeds from the sale of the farm into income producing shares at the moment having tippy toed around on eggshells for months not doing much about it. This is a VERY stressful procedure. Each day I examine our holdings so far to see how much we have lost now! Mind you wanting to sell a small draft of excess sheep we still have and this remains even WORSE financially! A pot of gold at the end of the rainbow would be nicer!

 

19/11/2012: And, while I am on the topic of welding: I used to think the angle grinder was just about the best invention EVER. NOW, I own a Makita rechargeable 115mm angle grinder courtesy of Father's Day (WHAT an institution!) and Wowee! does it rock! I have cut up all the steel for the abovementioned stock crate with it, and it was a breeze. There is no way now that the DSE/Parks Vic etc will be locking me out of any public land where I wish to go - though I have noticed that usually some other public minded citizen has beaten me to it: the Moroka Creek Track where Herculean work was overthrown springs to mind...

 

19/11/2012: Blast! The pure sine wave inverter which I ordered from Ebay is faulty and won't work Della's 40 watt hair straightener (or even a 130 watt Dremel either). Trying to get everything in the camper set up so we can try it out, but I keep being thwarted. Oh well, back to welding a new stock crate for the Defender so we can sell some sheep. Not enough now to afford a carrier, so we have to take them to market ourselves!

 

18/11/2012: Whilst NOT on the subject of politics I don't know whether I posted a report on my Six Moon Designs Dyneema pack, the Swift - which I think Della gave me earlier for Xmas. It has proved wonderfully comfortable and durable. It would be hard to beat in a 428 gram pack (@$110!). I switched the waist belt for a single one as I had difficulty doing the double one up (arthritis,stoutness). I have snagged the netting side pockets on blackberries and would recommend they make them out of Dyneema too. The roll-top closure is interesting. The pack is big enough (for me) to carry everything I need for a week's hike (which it did on the Dusky Track NZ in April). I recommend too the Thermarest Women's NeoAir XLite mat @ 320 g and the Montbell UL Super Spiral Down Hugger #3 sleeping bag @ 624g which together bring the 'big three' to under 1400 grams total! Add @ 500 grams for my new Tyvek tent!

 

18/11/2012: I have been thinking about my Tyvek tent designs again: I believe I can now make an @ 6 foot high, zero condensation 'fire' tent for 2-4 people which will weigh under one kilo including floor and zipperless mosquito netting and which will set up against a tree or with the aid of a hiking pole/stick. Similarly I think I can make a one person design (with about 1.5 mtre head height) @ about 500 grams. It will be a few days before I have time to cut them out and make them as I have other projects. The beauty of Tyvek is: it is (relatively) fire/spark resistant (800C); it can be joined/repaired with tape; it is waterproof and breathable; it comes in 3 metre roll widths; it can withstand 160 km winds; it is cheap (30 metre roll @ $180; ie 4-5 tents per roll); it does not drape; it weighs 1.7 oz/ sq yd (50gsm); it is white and has an R-rating so reflects and retains heat well - so wonderful for a winter fire heated tent. To my mind, a tent where you cannot stand/sit out of the rain whilst being warmed by a fire is pointless. Am also working on a sub 100 gram fire heated electric generator for charging batteries or electronic gear such as eBook readers/music players. You see, not ALL my posts are about politics. Indeed, if the pollies would get their acts together, proabably none would be - there ARE more interesting things. I have no interest in making money out of these tents so will probably post the completed designs for interested folks in future. You do not need to be able to sew to make a Tyvek tent as it does not fray, can be joined with tape and works well with tarp holder tie-outs.

 

17/11/2012: Supposing terrorists who believed Australia ought not exist were firing rockets into Melbourne and Sydney: would you think our Government should NOT retaliate? There IS no argument. (Reply to a comment: And, just imagine that six million Australians had not so long ago been murdered by just the sort of fascists firing rockets at them right now...) (Comment on a comment: To my mind there are over a million Moslem Palestinian Israeli citizens who are also being shelled indiscriminately by Hamas (a declared terrorist organisation) rockets.)

 

16/11/2012: WHEN will Gillard declare a Royal Commission into UNION corruption? When Hell freezes over! It is interesting though isn't it that $5,000 was paid by Wilson into her bank account AFTER she declared to Peter Gordon that the relationship was OVER?

 

14/11/2012: I am NOT in favour of the rape of pre-pubescent children. Far from it. DEATH is too good for the perpetrators, in my opinion. BUT a Royal Commission WITCH HUNT into the nation's underage sexuality is surely silly at best and a waste of money: the criminal law already exists. Consider this: the age at which the average Australian first experiences sexual penetration has, for many, many years been below the legal age of consent. What that means is that the average Australian has been a victim of or a perpetrator of child sexual abuse. I DON"T think so. The definitions are ALL wrong. Everyone has a sex life of some sort. Providing that it is consensual (and post pubescent) it seems unlikely that it should concern the law or any Commission, rather than being just a private matter. Society surely should only become involved where there is harm and/or force. An example: tens of thousands of Australians have (foolishly perhaps) posted underage explicit photos of themselves on their phones etc. Bizarrely the law deems that they have committed a child sexual offence and should spend their lives on the sex offenders' register, be prevented from ever getting a job working with children & etc. The whole legal position of sexual activity clearly needs quite a tidy up which would be a much better use of society's scarce resources than a Royal Commission. Look how much good all previous Royal Commissions did! It is a nonsense.

 

14/11/2012: More tests for Ju-liar today. A union official admits he paid money into Julia's account for Bruce Wilson, and Slater & Gordon confirm Julia acted on the conveyancing file! Doomed, surely? http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/awu_scandal_5000_put_in_gillards_account_claims_whistleblower/

 

11/11/2012: THIS is rather neat:http://www.gizmag.com/clock-clock-analog-digital/24918/

 

09/11/2012: Amazing: Take professional photographs with your iphone: http://www.iprolens.com/

 

09/11/2012: When I saw that the crucial letter was missing, I wondered whether perhaps someone on the other side of politics had 'borrowed' it, perhaps to produce in the midst of an election campaign. Nice to know that at least it still exists (and WIL

L see the light of day). Ju-liar IS doomed. Rudd's most recent behaviour indicates HE thinks so too : http://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2012/11/the-letter-to-the-wa-corporate-affairs-commissioner-from-julia-gillard.html

 

09/11/2012: THIS is what has already happpened: Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-59): "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years...When the taste for physical gratifications among them has grown more rapidly than their education...the time will come when men are carried away and lose all self-restraint...It is not necessary to do violence to such a people in order to strip them of the rights they enjoy; they themselves willingly loosen their hold...they neglect their chief business which is to remain their own masters."

 

09/11/2012: When I look at the satellite temperature records the two things that strike me most are their relative stability AND the step change which occurred in 1998. Temperatures for the previous twenty years were steady at about -.2C below the average and SINCE then have varied around +.2C ABOVE the average. Hadcrut and other land-based temperatures have the period 1950-75 showing a cooling. The 1930's we known to have been the hottest period of the last century. There are other hotter and cooler periods futher back. I just can't SEE how THESE records can indicate ANY AGW global warming, quite the reverse. Instead, there is clearly either a major error in the satellite records (our most reliable database) or an unknown mechanism which would account for this step change (clearly NOT the STEADY increase in CO2). It MAY be that there are natural cycles of heating and cooling here too: http://www.drroyspencer.com/2012/11/uah-v5-5-global-temp-update-for-october-2012-0-33-deg-c/

 

09/11/2012: Who would have thought: "a Christian...steals, rapes, and kills children? I'm not very keen on ANY of these religos, but the persecution of 200 million Christians worldwide IS despicable - and particularly as it is largely done at the behest of the religion of 'peace'. Mind you, those of you who were so ignorant of history as to think Buddhists were immune to religious excesses must be eating your words when you see what they have been up to in Burma. It would be nice to see the end of ALL religions, but I doubt I WILL see it: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/9640825/Christians-persecuted-throughout-the-world.html.

 

08/11/2012: It was also MUCH hotter in 1896 than anything we have experienced post WW2: http://joannenova.com.au/2012/11/extreme-heat-in-1896-panic-stricken-people-fled-the-outback-on-special-trains-as-hundreds-die/

 

07/11/2012: The GOP is looking pretty good this morning. Let's see what the day brings? Maybe the world is saved from the brink after all? This doesn't mean there is nothing to be done. Inactivity and just sliding down a slippery slope have characterised Governments of both persuasions for too long - along with rampant corruption and dishonesty. Guy Fawkes may have had it right!

 

07/11/2012: AND there has been no ocean warming along Sandy's track for 70+ years: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/11/05/an-inconvenient-truth-sea-surface-temperature-anomalies-along-sandys-track-havent-warmed-in-70-years/

 

07/11/2012: Ju-liar's 'Asianisation' programme certainly demands we ignore the 100 million plus people murdered by the current Chinese regime. I remember her commie student & union colleagues being able unpersuadable that there was anything wrong with Pol Pot murdering millions in Cambodia... or the North Vietnamese murdering 8 million after their takeover...and so on. I very nearly got into a stand up fight with John Halfpenny over this issue back when. LISTEN UP people, there really IS MUCH THAT IS ADMIRABLE about our English culture and traditions. The contribution of English speaking people is UNSURPASSED. Other folks have MUCH to learn from US - and THEY KNOW IT! We abandon our identity at our peril: http://www.quadrant.org.au/blogs/qed/2012/11/gillard-polishes-beijing-s-jackboots

 

07/11/2012: So, the sea level has been oscillating? http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/11/05/new-paper-in-grl-shows-that-a-60-year-oscillation-in-global-mean-sea-level-has-been-discovered/

 

06/11/2012: Not for the faint hearted:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2228551/Insano-Brazil-Worlds-tallest-scariest-water-slide-hi

 

06/11/2012: Question: Did Global Warming REDUCE the impact of Sandy: there WERE after all worse storms which hit the Big Apple during the Little Ice Age? Oh dear!

 

06/11/2012: Most morons out there would be lucky to know the difference between their candidate and a colobus monkey - if there IS one! I have LONG observed that here in Oz leaders of both major parties have in effect just continued to commit treason against our country for most of their careers for all that what they do shows any concern for its welfare or future. The situation s likely not very different in the 'home of the free'.

 

06/11/2012: There once was an American thinker named Upton Sinclair whom you may like. I think he even stood for President and came close to 'upsetting the applecart'. He appeared in Robert Heinlein's first novel 'For Us the Living' and there is even a political party in NZ based on his ideas (Social Credit). People were once less polarised in their thoughts : Henry Ford was awarded the 'Order of Lenin', for example.

 

06/11/2012: I am glad that America spends so much on Defence (despite -it is true- sometimes having made poor foreign policy decisions) because I think the world would be much more dangerous if the US returned to isolationism - as it has done in the past. One of the consequences (then) of failing to fight a lot of small wars was that eventually a very large war had to be fought. You might be unhappy with 'being the world's policeman' (and particularly as it attracts so much bile) but what are the alternatives? Oz's situation would become rapidly more dangerous for sure: we would very suddenly have to increase the proportion of our economy to Defence measures somewhat like Israel (over 50%) to make certain that our national security could endure. Many other countries benefit in a similar way from sheltering under the American umbrella (Europe!) and have been insufficiently grateful and niggardly in their economic contributions to their own safety (and have instead overspent on socialism until they are well-nigh bankrupt).

 

06/11/2012: Health Care: You have a long time to save up for the treatment, as I do/did for knee, heart valve or hip replacements -which is why I have been in private health insurance since I was 15! Also, I would not be counting on the Government to ever fund something for me. Apart from the fact that I don't think they should, I don't believe they can be trusted anyway: by the time that I need it they will already have spent the money on someone/thing else: one of their charming cronies probably! BUT one of the chief causes of escalating health care costs is increasing demand by increasing availabilty and affordability. Dare I say that people might also take a little more responsibility for their own health instead of expecting someone else to fix what they have deliberately and wantonly broken. If people have to pay something themselves they will be much less frivolous in their demands on the system. It is also a system which has so very many artificial controls imposed on it already such that the 'health providers' have guaranteed quotas, positions, charges etc. In a free market none of these things would happen and the costs would come down. People are SO unaccepting that death is inevitable and so deluded that they are themselves somehow very precious, and that society should spend lots of its hard-earned on them. Twaddle! People die. Everyone IS one. Get over it!

 

05/11/2012: I really enjoy reading Quadrant magazine as it offers many intelligent alternative perspectives. This article by Keith Windshuttle is a fine example. It is hard to estimate how much of one's world view has been manipulated by the likes of the late Hobsbawm. So many of us must have been brought up with a distorted view of the Industrial Revolution (Blake's 'dark satanic mills' & etc) and have missed the enormous boom in human wealth it brought. Is it too much to emphasize how much increasing prosperity also means increasing freedom? This is not just for the people on the top but for folks all the way down the human pyramid. Today, so much of what we read/see is dictated to us by Leftists such as the late historian. It is very hard for ordinary citizens to find their way through this vast heap of bull! http://www.quadrant.org.au/magazine/issue/2012/11/eric-hobsbawm-s-legacy

 

05/11/2012: Voting for Obama: Successive conservative and socialist governments have largely gone down the same 'big government, nanny state' path all over the West. The US is a little further down that path (unbelievably) than Oz, and not quite so far as Europe & especially Greece, Spain & etc are. But we are all heading there. The question is whether we should be - & whether we can pull back from the brink. You DO get to a point (as Romney observed - to his regret) when the people voting for 'bread & circuses' becomes the majority (as the Romans found) and where the people are no longer willing to fight their own battles (as they also found) - & America already HAS the draft! think the champions of the free market are not so very good at explaining why it works better or IS better than all this redistributional, planned economy stuff - which is a GREAT pity. It seems pretty clear to me that I can better spend what few dollars I have in my pocket than the Government can, but then I am VERY eccentric! Warren Meyer has a very good short opinion piece about this, HERE: http://www.coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2004/12/60_second_refut.html

 

04/11/2012: Hope they get THIS in tablet form pretty soon, as it sure beats dieting - though I notice that (as usual) women will be the big winners in living 50% longer if it works on people too! http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/345907/title/Fasting_hormone_helps_mice_live_longer

04/11/2012: Have to agree with THIS: http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2012/10/31/the-decline-and-fall-of-western-culture-in-one-photo/

 

04/11/2012: I KNOW I will get some brickbats for this one, but I thought it was quite funny: http://maggiesfarm.anotherdotcom.com/archives/20918-Easier-to-create-Eve-than-understand-her.html

 

04/11/2012: Lloyd Marcus's thought on the US election should resonate here too, I think. I was particularly impressed by the anecdote about his father, but get THIS: "Obama's hate-the-rich rhetoric does resonate with a minority -- the losers, the ungrateful, the lazy, and the entitlement-junkies who showed up at the Occupy Wall Street protests. Think about that, folks: these arrogant idiots have the audacity to demand that government confiscate the profits from entrepreneurs (risk-takers) to redistribute to them. And they call that "fairness." The day a majority of Americans side with such lowlife scum is the day we cease being a great nation". I notice Alison Anderson has been vilified for saying much the same thing here. Unfortunately, the Left have no ability to tell truth from falsehood or right from wrong: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-11-02/alison-anderson-attacks-indigenous-welfare-traps/4349348 Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/11/obamas_appeal_clueless_entitlement_addicts_and_racists.html#ixzz2BCJsz1KI

 

03/11/2012: It sure was hot in 1932: we have never seen ANYTHING like it since. See here: http://www.warwickhughes.com/agri/bird%20deaths%201932.pdf

 

01/11/2012: Good news for 'Peeping Toms' perhaps, but seriously clever. It also makes me wonder about the future of all those dreadfully out-of-focus old photos you just can't bear to throw away: http://www.gizmag.com/image-descattering-weizmann/24737/pictures

 

01/11/2012: Geoff Crocker on Labor's disastrous immigration 'policy': "Is this apparent madness a cunning and deliberate ruse, a desperate move to dump as many potential voters as possible on our shores knowing that surveys indicate that as many as 80% are likely to vote Labor upon eligibility? That waiting period is four years, the same time between federal elections. "

 

01/11/2012: Hard to believe: there have been many larger storms than Sandy to hit the US long before 'global warming' - even some back during the 'Little Ice Age'! Who knew? http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/11/01/hurricane-sandys-unprecedented-storm-surge/

 

01/11/2012: JPL admits satellite sea level and sea ice data have been wrong: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/10/30/finally-jpl-intends-to-get-a-grasp-on-accurate-sea-level-and-ice-measurements/

 

01/11/2012: Julie was doing SUCH a good job in Parliament yesterday. In response Ju-Liar just continued to be a LIAR: http://media.smh.com.au/national/selections/gillard-its-personal-3758026.html

 

01/11/2012: Glen Doherty & Tyrone Woods: These two guys deserve a (posthumous) bravery medal for their conduct at Benghazi. Their President (who failed to defend his country(men)) deserves to be relegated to the dustbin of history. Let's hope that happens next Tuesday. Imagine: two (unarmed) guys taking out 60 bad guys with their own captured weapons! If America can still produce their likes, the only failure of the free world is a failure of leadership: http://neveryetmelted.com/2012/10/27/an-american-thermopylae/

 

30/10/2012: Good work, Alan: http://www.adnews.com.au/adnews/alan-jones-audience-unfazed-by-brand-exodus-as-ratings-soar

 

29/10/2012: THIS from Prof J M Cioffi of Stanford Uni: "Why deploy currently available or contemplated passive fibre systems when the existing last kilometre of copper can provide broadband gigabits per second to everyone?" Good question Prof. Maybe we should pause a little on spending $50-80 billion on the very wasteful NBN while we work out the BEST alternative: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/freeabs_all.jsp?reload=true&arnumber=4251082

 

28/10/2012: The Greens are, thankfully finished. What worse can you say about such a bizarre party than what it says about itself: SO ALIEN: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/palnning-day-agenda-reveals-greens-imagine-theyre-talking-to-aliens/story-e6freuy9-1226504561013

 

28/10/2012: Gillard CAN turn back the boats after all. Perhaps if this was done rather a lot more and if nationals from countries which the UN declares are NOT refugees were automatically returned, people might just start waiting their turn (and not risking their lives = 1,000 dead because of Ju-Liar so far!) ? http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/hijacked-ship-intercepted-asylum-seekers-sent-back-to-sri-lanka/story-e6frg6n6-1226504445357

 

28/10/2012: NBN thoughts: HERE is one remarkable Australian. 250 megs is already available over copper wires and 2 gigs has been demonstrated. Is there REALLY the urgency to rush into the NBN? http://jpap.org/

 

28/10/2012: Amazing that Germany should have taken SO long to do this - given they murdered @ 95% of Europe's gypsies. One of the comments says BUT others (Russia, China) have done even worse things. YES - and LONG since time they were brought to book too! Just rewatched Dr Zhivago. Still SO compelling AND I am still fearful of such things happening here: http://www.jta.org/news/article/2012/10/25/3110246/germany-dedicates-memorial-to-gypsy-victims-of-the-nazis

 

28/10/2012: Some interesting tips: http://siriuslymeg.tumblr.com/post/33738057928/99-life-hacks-to-make-your-life-easier

 

26/10/2012: Glad my kids are all 'growed up'. It would be a nightmare having a kids' party or even just having their friends around to dinner NOW: http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/mirandadevine/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/demonising_drinking_is_wowserism_at_its_worst/

 

26/10/2012:Evidently women in the US are NOT so easily fooled: http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/mirandadevine/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/lesson_for_gillard_women_are_just_people/

 

26/10/2012:Most of the USA's high temperature records were a long while ago. The same is true of Australia's. This AGW green fantasy MUST stop: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/10/24/climate-and-state-high-temperature-records-wheres-the-beef/

 

26/10/2012: It's a little worse than 'The dog ate my homework'! Someone has stolen BOTH the file at Slater & Gordon AND the file at the WA Corporate Affairs which would PROVE Gillard's criminal complicity in the 'Wilson Affair' - BUT, remember this: someone still HAS them!

 

25/10/2012:Seriously BAD news for the NBN: what comes from betting the farm on yesterday's technology and creating neanderthal government monopolies - certainly ALL the young people want wireless anyway, so who pays for the NBN?: http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2012/10/scientists-promise-10-times-more-bandwidth-with-no-new-hardware/

 

Understand before the NBN announcement Telstra was going to provide fibre to node and VDSL thereafter with voters not having to throw $X billion into the ring. This would have been more than adequate for most. Would have gained us 100 megs. Even if the VDSL router in Churchill was switched on we would have about 20 megs instead of the 6-7 we have 4 km from the exchange. Faster Satellite is available at greater cost. A Rolls Royce for everyone would be nice too, but if you want it, YOU pay for it, not the taxpayer. I understand that high speed broadband IS available at many different convenient locations where people could choose to work/live. Folks can't expect everything to be brought to their door courtesy of the taxpayer. Immortality would probably be nice too, but wholly unaffordable.

 

I'm sure fibre IS currently better than copper and maybe there is nothing much else about either just yet (quantum entanglement IS interesting though). I notice they have worked out a heterodyning wrinkle to multiply what can go down a fibre too, just as copper transmission rates are coming up too. 250 megs is NOW available with dsl and 2 gigs has been demonstrated (http://jpap.org/). We do not have to rush. What I object to are: cost, who pays, monopoly, unnecessary and costly duplication, exclusion of future developments, junking existing infrastructure unnecessarily and prematurely - and cost, cost, cost. I know you work in the industry and no doubt know much more about it than me - but what is the point eg of disallowing broadband over EXISTING Optus and Foxtel fibre and replicating it? We get @ 7 megs @ 4+km from the exchange with ADSL2+. The best DSL is 10 times better than that. ie 40 megs. THAT would do us for quite some time. Actually we are quite content with the speed and cost of what we get as we can download ten movies overnight. We have an unlimited account with Eftel @ $70/month. The NBN doesn't go anywhere near that price or quantity AND our phone would not work in a power outage such as a bushfire!

 

24/10/2012: Satellites have detected these really BIG changes in Earth's gravity. There are SO many other huge natural variables (such as changes in the sun's output) which might readily explain the rather trivial changes in the weather we tiny 'atomies' notice from time to time: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/10/23/chnages-in-earths-gravity-in-relation-to-magnetic-field-measured/

 

O2 is what we should REALLY be worried about. Its percentage in the atmosphere wouldn't have to fall too much before OUR kind of life found it decidedly uncomfortable (especially at elevation). What is the environmentalists' response to 24/10/2012: THIS impending 'crisis': Lock up TWO molecules of oxygen for EVERY molecule of carbon FOREVER (ie CO2 sequestration). Fortunately LIFE has another way: it is called PHOTOSYNTHESIS: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/10/23/earths-great-oxidation-event/#more-72919

 

24/10/2012: Childless folks (eg those who cut the baby bonus) might be interested in learning what raising children is REALLY like: http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/parenting/are-you-ready-to-have-kids-after-you-read-this-maybe-not/story-fnet085v-1226500918083

 

23/10/2012: "Today freedom of speech is under fire by those who increasingly claim [some] people have a right not to be offended that trumps free speech. Just who has this new right and who does not (certainly white males don't seem to have it) is unclear, as well as how one can ever enforce a standard where the victim has full discretion in determining if a crime has been committed" Warren Meyer

 

23/10/2012: I wonder whether we will soon be gaoling 'scientists' like Flannery for failing to accurately predict 'global warming': http://www.coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2012/10/italy-jails-scientists-for-failing-to-predict-earthquake.html

 

23/10/2012: The future of wind power? Billions of dollars worth of dead windmills (not to mention eagles, songbirds, bats etc - & taxpayers with empty pockets and kids to feed!) DO play the first cvideo: http://www.coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2012/10/each-and-every-one-its-own-solyndra.html

 

22/10/2012: Spent all day yesterday (twelve hours) secretly 'shop-fitting' in my daughter Merrin and her husband, Matt's shop, Yinnar General Store . Have been worried all night that what I had done might prove disastrous, but am very happy that this morning it has all received a big 'thumbs' up'. Whoopee!

 

22/10/2012: It's amazing that over a century after Einstein's 'e=mc2' that some folks are still worried about 'The Energy Crisis'. Controlled nuclear fusion (not such a long way off now - twenty years?) WILL end ALL such concerns. Progress will also be made on understanding such spectacular energy phenomena as ball lightning, sprites, 'cosmic rays', neutrinos, gravity & etc. It WILL be a much better world in the future. Fear not!

 

22/10/2012: REMEMBER THIS: Fifty Occupiers in Melbourne: At the corner of Bourke and Swanston. Sunday shoppers voiced their displeasure. "It’s a democracy, sir" a protester said. "Yeah, it’s a democracy," the man shot back, "so stop blocking our bloody tram" - where are they now?

 

22/10/2012: I AM deeply concerned about moves to impose censorship on Facebook and the electronic media generally - which continues this morning. I was quite active in the movement to end censorship in the 60's & 70's, so am disappointed to see it rear its ugly head again. I may not agree with anything people say, but I feel that they should be able to say it (though not necessarily 'in front of the children' - ie in the appropriate place). Concerns about the sub-judice consequences of 'outing' Jill Meagher's murderer did not seem to apply to Martin Bryant, for example. There is pressure to remove sites which still proclaim the latter's innocence. This is as disquieting as were efforts to ensure he never got a fair trial in the first place were (eg by confiscating all his property before the trial had occurred, so that he could not afford a quality lawyer, illegally keeping him in solitary confinement for months & etc). Whoever killed all those people at Port Arthur performed a very evil act. It remains surprising to me that someone allegedly suffering from Aspberger's and with very little experience with firearms could have suddenly performed as an Olympic (or SAS) quality marksman. The accuracy shown has never been shown at any other mass murder. I know many experienced shooters and none even KNOW anyone who can shoot so accurately. I certainly can't and count myself to be a pretty fair shot. This event remains the only unlawful death(s) in Australia which never had a coronial enquiry. There remain enough unanswered questions about it, that there should be one. Either there remains the possibility that Bryant was NOT the culprit (and that there is an horrific murderer still free - and an innocent man punished) OR there is a SERIOUS problem with our psychological services in misidentifying and incorrectly treating such individuals, ie the goal should be to PREVENT such things from occurring again.

 

22/10/2012: THIS IS good news. The only thing that disappoints me is that there haven't been millions of Muslims protesting against the 'insult to Islam' that her shooting represents. I understood that Islam (and most religions) specifically outlaws making war on children; http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2220862/Malala-Yousafzai-First-picture-Taliban-shooting-victim-hospital-bed-doctors-say-able-stand.html#ixzz29tt1yJqI

 

21/10/2012: Who else won a temporary seat on the Security Council: Argentina and Rwanda, that's who! And did they spend $25 million getting it? I doubt Rwanda did anyway...

 

20/10/2012: Two great points by Alan Moran: "In 1901 the Commonwealth spent 3 per cent of national income. Today it taxes and spends a whopping quarter of the income that firms and individuals earn." and "The Commonwealth Government in 1901 had 258 pages of regulatory Acts. Today it has more than 100,000 pages." : http://ipa.org.au/news/2769/regulations-that-worked-in-1901-do-not-work-now

 

20/10/2012: Now available in Oz: Velcro on a silnylon skirt and THIS could be just about the perfect one-person touring white water canoe: http://www.oldtowncanoe.com.au/canoes/packangler.html, and now that Della needs to be paddled, THIS could be our new two-person touring canoe for flat water and moderate rapids. Can easily see us spending a leisurely couple of weeks gliding along in it on a quiet river somewhere. (Also comes in colour = green, my preference - believe it or not!): http://www.oldtowncanoe.com.au/canoes/guide147.html

 

20/10/2012: And, while we are on the topic of 'newspeak' Obama's description of the murder of four Americans as 'not optimal' would just about have to take the cake: Holy Cow - and we thought Ju-Liar was bad: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2219867/President-Barack-Obama-Benghazi-attack-If-4-Americans-killed-OPTIMAL.html

 

20/10/2012: "So there it is. If you think the vast majority of people are attracted to the opposite sex and that heterosexual human relationships are the norm, you are feeding homophobia. " The thought police have gone too far this time: http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/mirandadevine/

 

 

18/10/2012: Absolutely spot-on, Miranda: "Misogyny is the Taliban shooting a 14-year-old girl in the face because she wants to get an education, not an Opposition leader directing legitimately forceful criticism against a government": http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/mirandadevine/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/gender_card_is_a_loser/

 

18/10/2012: Tiger, EAT YOUR HEART OUT: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCEB9GgKoJ0&feature=player_embedded

 

18/10/2012: Highly selective feminism: http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/take_the_test_roxon_failed/

 

18/10/2012: After the second debate: Gallup: Romney 51, Obama 45. May be time to start dusting off those investment strategies: we could be in for some growth and prosperity at last! Of course HERE in Oz we will have to wait until the Lodge has been vacated by men's sheds advocates!

 

18/10/2012: The FIRST of Ju-Liar's falls? http://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2012/10/juvenile-yes-beneath-me-probably-but-for-some-reason-irresistibly-funny.html

 

18/10/2012: Commissioner Ken Lay has referred Ju-Liar's AWU misdeeds for 'actioning'. Things could get rapidly interesting on this front: http://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2012/10/my-report-to-the-chief-commissioner-of-police-in-victoria-the-response-1.html

 

18/10/2012: Quantum entanglement has become even weirder (no wonder Einstein thought 'God does not play...') & etc, but it is as 'real' as anything gets in the sub-atomic world even though it demonstrates faster-than-light, indeed instantaneous 'action' & scientists have now worked out how to entangle photons in time and even create entanglement with particles which no longer exist ( a great advance for quantum cryptography but just mind-boggling for the laiety!)

 

18/10/2012: Internet radio is SUCH a boon: we have always had dreadful radio reception where we live (in a fold in the hills) and had always to put up with some dreadful local station or a lot of static from the trendies in Melbourne; but NOW we can listen with incredible clarity to ANY station in the world. A confession: I admit we have been enjoying Alan Jones on 2GB WITHOUT the ads - though we are rather bored by his strident hysterical opposition to coal seam gas exploration and wish he would trot out EVEN ONE of the children who allegedly bleed from the ears as a result of it!

 

18/10/2012: Ju-Liar showing her 'flexible feminism': http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=yriOLtWJb9U

 

16/10/2012: I enjoyed THIS notice: "Psychic fair cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances"!

 

15/10/2012: Wasn't THIS great? GO Felix: http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/daredevil-felix-baumgartner-breaks-sound-barrier-in-leap-from-the-edge-of-space-20121015-27liq.html

 

15/10/2012: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2217286/Global-warming-stopped-16-years-ago-reveals-Met-Office-report-quietly-released--chart-prove-it.html#ixzz29E78OR9H

 

13/10/2012: Such a sweetie. She was so full of life I can't believe she is gone. Thanks for the 41 years I knew you too Dorothy. Sorry we missed your 92nd birthday yesterday.

 

Della: "On this day in 1920 my mother, Dorothy was born... thinking of her today with much love and some sadness, the first of her birthdays that I have spent without her in the world. Thanks to Bryn for snapping this picture of her in March this year, so happy and full of life to the end!"

 

13/10/2012: Interesting perspective. Glad I don't have 'Goodperson Fever': http://www.peekinthewell.net/blog/i-made-a-new-word-xxviii/

 

13/10/2012: What a good old gal: http://autos.aol.com/article/102-year-old-woman-still-drives-her-82-year-old-car/?ncid=txtlnkusauto00000020

 

13/10/2012: I like this: "This life was not given to us to be a waiting room.": http://maggiesfarm.anotherdotcom.com/archives/20755-The-Northeast-Kingdom.html

 

13/10/2012: THIS is a joke, surely? Especially after previously awarding it to Obama (who recently lied and did nothing about a terrorist attack on the US which led to the death of their Libyan ambassador). The EU did such a wonderful job ridding the world of communism too! I don't think. Pity they refused to cough up the cash to defend themselves or the lives to defend the free world. The Nobel committee have clearly become nothing but a coven of leftie apparatchiks. Nobel must be spinning in his grave. It would be more worthwhile maybe to win the Ignoble prize: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/crisis-ridden-eu-wins-nobel-peace-prize/story-fnejo58q-1226494836072

 

13/10/2012: My son, Bryn sent me this marvellous link (with the comments 'Charlton Heston didn't kill anyone' - and 'no-one invaded America!'). Thanks Bryn. The statements were very true, though the collection apparently didn't belong to Heston. It does underline that legal gun owners, far from making society less safe, actually make it safer. I know (as a boy) I was always proud to join the men going out to hunt (with their ex-army .303's etc), just as they had gone out a handful of years before with them to save us from the Japs. It is symptomatic of the value reversals the Left so loves to play with now that many folk are now horrified to see someone with a gun. It was not like this just a little while ago. I remember buying a new gun in George St, Sydney about 1974 and proudly showing it to lots of interested passengers on the bus going home. Even in 2000 when I was returning from a hunting trip in NZ the customs officer insisted in throwing my gun to his shoulder to 'try it out'. It's a wonder the security officers didn't shoot him! I would also have preferred he checked that it wasn't loaded first instead of just assuming a responsible gun owner would not be carrying a loaded gun. As he aimed it at some imaginary nearby target (such as a policeman) I was thinking, " I really did take the bullets out of it, didn't I?', and then there was the reassuring, 'Click!': http://www.hoax-slayer.com/gun-collection.shtml

 

12/10/2012: A VERY instructive piece: Why doctors die differently. Lesson to be learned; we really ARE spending too much money on the 'Health' budget. There are more important things: We all die. Get over it: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203918304577243321242833962.html

 

12/10/2012: For those who came in late: Is our PM a crook, Part 9 AND she has rather a lot of crooked friends: http://pickeringpost.com/article/our-prime-minister-is-a-crook-part-ix-...and-now-its-time-to-go-/677

 

12/10/2012: The 'real' Julia 'flirting' with Tony Abbott back then: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57AZoqKQyZQ

 

11/10/2012: Extraordinary: Ralph Blewitt: "But in actual fact the power of attorney was not signed by me until sometime in the week after the 13th of February, after the purchase of the house in Kerr Street." Understand this: THIS power of attorney was set up by Gillard so that her boyfriend could purchase their house with stolen funds. This was a crime. She WILL go down over this. No wonder she is trying to cause this 'misogynist' distraction. My prediction: Rudd's supporters will move against her VERY soon: http://www.michaelsmithnews.com/

 

11/10/2012: Lying abed this morn waiting for my beloved to wake, I was doing mental arithmetic: I calculated that on about 11 Dec this year she and I will have been together for 15,000 days - which is half a lifetime thereabouts and about 2/3rds of our lives so far. What did I do with the other third? I can't imagine - or how I survived it without her. Hoping to get to 3/4s of a lifetime. I suppose 4/5ths is too much to hope for, but we shall see. When she woke & I informed her of the results of my calculations her answer was, 'Is that all?' Shucks, she surely is wonderful!

 

11/10/2012: Listening to Alan Jones ranting about shale/coal gas this am. on 2GB. Its proponents (he says) are comparing it to another 'Bass Strait' (but it is a MUCH larger resource than that!) but HE says Bass Strait never destroyed any water table or farm land & etc, etc. He seems unaware that fracking has been used in Bass Strait since the 1980's to extract oil (& gas), AND that most of the Gippsland Aquifer ( Read 80% of ground water) has been used for that purpose - which otherwise would have been available to farmer/irrigators. Try to get a groundwater diversion licence. There are COSTS to energy production just as there are costs to everything. The costs have just always to be weighed against the benefits; that is all. On a similar note, I wonder whether the proponents of Geothermal Power are aware of the need to use fracking to crack the rocks to extract the heat (supposing such a method of energy production ever becomes financially or technically feasible). Similarly, do the opponents of all things nuclear weigh the tens of thousands of lives saved or extended every year (in Australia alone) from the use of nuclear medicine?

 

11/10/2012: More and more documentary evidence implicating Ju-Liar in the Wilson fraud have been posted here. Her name and signature are all over it, contradicting the many lies she has told in the past (and recently) about this matter. She clearly broke SO many laws. Such a person is not fit to hold public office (like Peter Slipper). This is the real issue, not the spurious issue of AbbottAbbottAbbott: http://www.michaelsmithnews.com/

 

10/10/2012: Judgement? Julia turned debate about the suitability of Slipper to be Speaker of the House into an attack on Tony Abbott's alleged misogyny. 'Laughable'? 'Bizarre'? Are there words? http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/national/deputy-opposition-leader-julie-bishop-says-peter-slipper-cannot-remain-as-speaker/story-fndo2j43-1226491792937

 

10/10/2012: THIS is why we are in Afghanistan; to destroy these evil thugs. Imagine shooting a 14 year old schoolgirl who has won a peace prize! Here: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/taliban-shoots-teen-activist-in-head/story-e6frg6so-1226492525865 & here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ekn7cbWPgfI&feature=player_embedded

 

10/10/2012: Bob Katter abstained from the Slipper vote. HIS take on it: "Were they just lewd banter between friends?" Disgusting, Bob.

 

10/10/2012: The Prime Minister IS a crook. I know you have seen it all before, but NEVER before in 'The Age'. Her judgement and morality are just reprehensible. She MUST go. Imagine those slimes Windsor and Oakeshott still propping her up! I said so at the time and I say it again: electors should be able to force a by-election if their chosen representative fails to represent them. These guys (likewise Slipper) were elected in an area where 10-20% of voters are Labor, yet they have kept this vile Government in office. We really need a change of law on this one: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/political-news/property-links-pm-to-stolen-funds-20121009-27bnm.html

 

09/10/2012: Just horrifying! What an embarrassment if you love your country. A government which exists only because of this scum: Slipper, Thompson, Windsor & Oakeshott. END IT NOW!

 

09/10/2012: Slipper quits. Julia not far behind?

 

08/10/2012: The Liliputians would have loved this (or maybe not!), but should we really spend scarce research dollars working out whether someone's personality can be determined by which end of an egg they open? Curing cancer would have to come just a little ahead as a priority, surely? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/9573822/A-persons-way-of-eating-eggs-can-predict-personality-type.html

 

08/10/2012: Interesting point Marcia Langton makes: "this concept of wilderness is nothing but a new incarnation of terra nullius". Aborigines in 1788 merely experienced what everyone else had already had done to them: In the C12th the Crown took over Public Land. In Australia this confiscation appeared as Crown Land, State Forest etc. At least in Vic, some of the public's rights to land were reinstated in 'State Forests' in that you could hunt (albeit now with various permits) camp, hike, fish (with licences) have a campfire, collect firewood (with a permit), graze stock (with a licence) & so on - in other words you were re-allowed to do things on public land (with a permit) which had prior to the C12th confiscation been rights (without any permit) - it being PUBLIC land, ie NOT GOVERNMENT land. THEN the land was re-confiscated as National Park, State Park, Wilderness Area, Aboriginal Land, Marine Sanctuary & etc and ALL rights of the public disappeared. This is what the Greens in the inner city (who never go there) want. Australia arguably has more land per capita than any other country but more restrictions on its use than any other country.

 

08/10/2012: Extraordinarily, courtesy of various Labor Governments, Australia now has FOUR multi-billion dollar desalination plants which have been mothballed. The cost of each would have built several dams which would have actually supplied water and at a fraction of the cost.

 

08/10/2012: Apparently it's OK for the Speaker of the House to be the most awful misogynist with his dreadful comments about 'unshelled mussels' & etc, but for the Labor Party it's all, 'AbottAbbottAbbott' despite his very pleasant wife and daughters' statements to the contrary, or Alan Jones's private comments despite his apologies. What a bunch of hypocrites!

 

06/10/2012: Maybe the Queen SHOULD be running the country instead of Gillard. Republicans please explain WHY we have to put up with importing lots of Islamic terrorists when an 86 year old grandma can see it is a VERY BAD IDEA; http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/jamesdelingpole/100182499/the-queen-why-couldnt-we-arrest-abu-hamza/

 

 

6/10/2012: From a trusted source I heard that Adrian Bayley (under another alias) was gaoled for raping two girls in Traralgon in the past. Possibly this was the crime he was on parole for when he killed Jill Meagher who was buried yesterday. It is SO close to home, not some faraway wicked metropolis. Who can doubt that such monsters should only ever be given ONE chance, and that the one chance should end with a dance on the end of a rope?

 

06/10/2012: AT LAST, a cause worth supporting: http://www.indiegogo.com/genderneutralkittenfund

 

06/10/2012: SO much for online petitions: This one signed variously by Mr D Duck, Ronald Ryan and Alan Jones himself gathered over 100,000 signatures, so surely Alan MUST be taken off the air: http://www.quadrant.org.au/blogs/qed/2012/10/signing-off-on-alan-jones

 

05/10/2012: New Scientist's 'Last Word' had an interesting account of railway tracks last week (22 Sept). It is delightful how such mundane objects can surprise: I had not thought how trains get around corners with no differential and without grinding the track to bits...but it is because train wheels are conical so that one wheel rides up the cone as the train corners. An elegant and enchanting solution which obviously occurred a long time ago, yet I had never wondered, or noticed.

 

05/10/2012: You MAY remember the video I posted of this interesting phenomenon last week. The film-maker has now rejected Al Gore's offer to buy the footage as some kind of 'proof' of climate change. These guys are such scammers. Good on Chris Tangey for telling him to nick off though: http://www.news.com.au/news/climate-change-campaigner-al-gore-denied-australian-firestorm-footage/story-fnehlez2-1226487549975

 

05/10/2012: Della was just saying to me this morning, 'What's happening with that guy who stole all the money from the hospital workers?' 'Still propping up his equally crooked mate Gillard' I said. Then I read this news item. Things may get interesting soon...http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/former-hsu-boss-michael-williamson-arrested/story-e6frg6nf-1226487855533

 

04/10/2012: And let me say a word about taxation: Income tax was introduced as an emergency wartime measure during the First World War. Surely it represents 'confiscation of private property without just compensation' and is forbidden by the Constitution? The monstrous growth of taxation in all its forms (including indirect taxes - eg GST & excise - both imposing such an inordinate burden on the poor) has fuelled a doubling of the proportion of the economy controlled by Government in the last 30-50 years from around 25% to 50% - mainly during the period of the 'Cold war' when we were supposedly FIGHTING COMMUNISM, though this growth of Government was surely communism by stealth. If you think that the Government has somehow the wisdom to decide how better to spend YOUR money than you do yourself, you have either had very little experience of Government or you are a fool or a rogue! Taxation also seems to me to basically be a wasted effort which serves no other useful purpose than social control and 'make-work' given that a large proportion of the taxation collected is in effect fiat (or printed) money anyway in that it involves recollecting taxation from public servants who have been employed with that money, or it has created a considerable army of accountants, lawyers, bankers, insurers and other low-life who make their living simply by counting beans, but grow none. If these 'wasteful' lives were spent instead in useful labour the increase in national productivity would easily pay for the activities currently financed by Government's taxation and inflation. More later...

 

04/10/2012: So, the Reserve Bank is still playing fast and loose with our money: as if Capital was SO easy to come by - instead of taking a lifetime of hard work and saving. At current levels the reserve bank's rates barely (if at all) keep pace with inflation leaving savers with NO income from their hard-earned money. On the other side of the ledger the punters who want to further leverage their outlandish Macmansions are encouraged to do so to the detriment of those who in the current real estate climate can't afford housing at all and have to continue to live with their parents and grandparents: I know several 'middle class' families of Sydneysiders (all hard workers) who are sharing three generation housing. HIGHER interest rates would advantage savers (including those saving for a home) and force the outrageous price of housing downwards. It would take probably twenty years of interest rates above 10% to force house prices down to the more modest American level. Question: Why does it cost several TIMES more today to create a block of land and a house than it did thirty or fifty years ago? Where are the benefits to housing of productivity growth and labour saving machinery? In the 1950's, 60's and early 70's a father could afford to be the only wage earner and support a wife and two children whilst paying off a house and car. What Happened to THAT Australian dream? Even though WE have had reasonable income all our lives with both of us working and contributing, we have only managed to pay off a modest house (about half the value of a house in Sydney) AND we built every bit of it with our own hands - even the bricks it is made from. The people running this economy are fools, swindlers or both!

 

02/10/2012: What nonsense is the Leftie press's hounding of Alan Jones for stating a simple fact: that John Gillard should have died of shame to have raised such a daughter, instead of getting stuck into the daughter for abetting the criminal defrauding of half a mill of AWU money - amongst her many vile misdeeds. I know little about Gillard's dad, apart from that he was clearly the type of 10 pound commie pommie we could well have done without, and that it would have been much better if he had died over fifty years ago or been sterile - given how his daughter has turned out!

 

02/10/2012: Never mind a law against blasphemy, let's just have STONING: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIaORknS1Dk&feature=fvwrel

 

01/10/2012: Antarctica clearly hasn't heard about global warming yet: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/09/29/according-to-noaa-data-all-time-antarctic-sea-ice-rxtent-record-was-set-on-sept-22nd-2012/

 

01/10/2012: How dare 'believers' cry that religion is not a fair target for criticism and should be protected by LAW. BULLSHIT! If your ideas are indefensible, don't expect the law to defend them. Have a go at arguing for them yourself. Stands to reason that if they are 'beliefs' they ARE crap. If you harbour silly ideas about fairies in the garden or old men with white beards in the sky, expect to be treated as the lunatic you obviously are. Don't expect to be able to use the law to impose your stupid ideas on everyone else.

 

01/10/2012: Unacceptable to denigrate religion. Bullshit! They should all 'fuck off'! A big hands up to Billy Connolly: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-xwPVgRaROA

 

30/09/2012: Just to hammer the point: Why should the innocent die when the guilty can die for them? To me this is not just an ethical imperative but just sound commerce: Heart, lungs, liver, two kidneys = 4 lives (minimum) plus two people who can be given their sight back in one eye - plus sundry other useful bits and pieces I have missed. Four innocent lives for one guilty one seems like a deal too good to be missed to me. 400% return! You'd put your money on that! If you sometimes accidentally get the wrong offender, society is still well ahead as compared with where it is now ie spending millions each year keeping each guilty one alive whilst condemning thousands of innocents to death. And if they are not fit to harvest organs from (diseased or whatever) then surely they can still benefit society by being used for medical experimentation which would otherwise be considered too dangerous to be ethical. Such research could also end up saving the lives of thousands of innocents. Let's start on this NOW!

 

30/09/2012: Lest we forget about the Government's intentions to silence the Press, gut social media and control the internet: http://joannenova.com.au/wp/2012/09/tyrants-always-want-to-silence-the-critics/#more-24077

 

30/09/2012: Nostalgia boost for those of us brought up on 1955 Morris Minors and Triumph Bonnevilles...WARNING: You may have to spend ALL day reading the comments. Great item though; I have ordered several - they also seem to work on cheap Bunnings electrical tools: http://www3.telus.net/bc_triumph_registry/smoke.htm

 

30/09/2012: THIS is where the Left leads us: Terrorists attacking America all over and it doesn't even rate a news headline: Our leaders' responses: zilch: http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/

 

29/09/2012: Stephen Conroy (much like other Govt Ministers) is barking mad. He had this to say to major Telco management: ”If I say to everyone in this room ‘if you want to bid in our spectrum auction you’d better wear red underpants on your head’, I’ve got some news for you. You’ll be wearing them on your head.” I hope he starts them off in this endeavour by wearing his jocks on his head from now on. And you thought Caligula marrying his horse was odd?

 

29/09/2012: So, there WAS water on Mars: Burroughs', Bradbury's & Heinlein's stories are just a little 'out of time'. But what happened? Why IS the planet the awful desert we NOW see? AND there are some who think we should not spend money on (space) research, preferring that we waste it on giving rapists second chances, no doubt! http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/09/28/more-evidence-of-past-water-on-mars-an-old-streambed/#more-71624

 

29/09/2012: Sometimes I don't like to be right, but I was when I said the video showed him as 'practiced' & that it was likely this guy had offended before. The truly disgusting thing (as is so often the case) is that instead of being used for spare parts then, or simply dancing on the end of a rope, he was set free to rape and kill again. This pointless and dangerous leniency MUST END NOW: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Larry-Pickering/236991276355038 & http://bunyipitude.blogspot.com.au/ & http://aussiecriminals.com.au/2012/09/28/adrian-bayley-allegedly-raped-and-murdered-jill-meagher/& http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/troubled-past-of-murder-accused-adrian-ernest-bayley/story-e6frg6nf-1226483787739

 

28/09/2012: Is THAT a wedding ring on Bayley's finger? People like him, Sutcliffe, Brady etc are INCOMPREHENSIBLE...http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/man-charged-over-jill-meagher-case-20120928-26olv.html

 

28/09/2012: People are fascinated by glaciers (as am I every time I visit Fox and Franz Josef) and it is not a surprise to me that glaciers retreated much more quickly than in the past. I reckoned the NZ glaciers were in exactly the same spots during my visits in 1975 and 2000. The point though is that glaciers do not advance or retreat because it is colder or warmer but because it is wetter or drier. A wetyear will deposit lots of snow and ice on top of the glacier which consequently moves downhill; this ADVANCE may be more likely to happen if it is warmer and wetter - just the opposite of what the 'warmists ' would have us believe. AND those same NZ glaciers are there more or less at sea level in a temperate latitude (where it is too improbably warm for glaciers to BE) just because the West Coast is one of the WETTEST places on earth: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/09/27/surprise-glaciers-in-montana-retreated-up-to-6-times-faster-during-the-1930s-and-1940s-than-today/

 

28/09/2012: The way this murderous creep moved on the CCTV footage said to me, this is a PRACTICED stratagem. I hope I am wrong, but if not, there are other victims out there; other families to receive the same dreadful shock as the Meagher family. Once again I ask, Why can't Victorians have their say in a referendum on the punishment of such awful criminals? At least there is this: it is unlikely he will have a 'good time' in prison, or long survive. There are too many other men there who have daughters, wives and sweethearts, and who are NOT afraid to take the law into their OWN hands!

 

28/09/2012: Julia IS really stupid and/or seriously bent, a contortionist. Referring to her current ego trip in New York she spoke about 'the opportunity to sit next to each other, face to face, eye to eye'...

 

27/09/2012: I am opposed to retrospective legislation, BUT if we pass a referendum on the death penalty by a 2/3rds majority, those who have in the past committed what would have been capital crimes NOW but who are eligible for parole under the legislation existing at the time they committed the crime can have two choices: remain in gaol or accept their parole under THIS condition: If they commit ANY crime after they are freed, they become immediately eligible for the death penalty which SHOULD have applied at the time, but did not. I remember a delightful young student ( at Kyabram High School), Elizabeth Smerdon, who was murdered by a still living creep many years ago (along with two others). She did not receive justice. Sadly, she is not alone. I have known others who were murdered, but in a sane society, I should never have known ANY who were...

 

27/09/2012: Referendum on the death penalty? Do you WANT to win the next election, Ted? Give people THIS choice: If 2/3rds vote for it, which I expect, bring it back ESPECIALLY for the killer of Jill Meagher! Don't let her death be in vain: Let's make sure that it at least prevents other such deaths and ensures that young women, (or anyone) can walk our streets, at any hour without fear or danger.

 

27/09/2012: Vic police have arrested someone in connection with Jill. We all hold our breath...

 

27/09/2012: This sure is a great banana slicer. DO read the reviews: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000MSA9AQ/?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=ur2&tag=insta0c-20

 

27/09/2012: COME ON FOLKS! There must be dozens of people who recognise the man in the blue hoodie in the 'Meagher' video, and the other people. If you only think it looks like someone you know, RING THE COPS. They can quickly eliminate the wrong ones (weren't there) but if two people correctly identify this guy they can be kicking his door down in HALF AN HOUR. Jill MAY still be alive: http://www.news.com.au/national/missing-woman-jill-meagher-seen-on-cctv-speaking-to-man-in-blue-hoodie-before-vanishing/story-fncynjr2-1226482146903

 

27/09/2012: When DO we decide that the bastards who took Jill Meagher and other like scum (Julian Knight & etc ad nauseum) are fit for nothing but spare parts? Why should the innocent die for the want of a heart, lungs, liver or kidney whilst we spend millions keeping bastards like this alive in gaol? People who oppose the death penalty on the guilty are in effect in favour of the death penalty on the innocent. There are no two ways about this. And while we are at it, the organs should be harvested WITHOUT ANAESTHETIC! Let's have a referendum to change this RIGHT NOW!

 

27/09/2012: I once caught out our Bureau of Meteorology doing this too, ie changing the past (in the name of 'quality control'). You have to be VERY careful who you put in charge of history. Strangely enough the temperature records of the past are ALWAYS changed downwards so that those of the present (and the future) will be changed upwards. Even so, it is well-nigh impossbe to hide the fact that Australian temperatures 1860-1914 were approx 2C degrees hotter than the last century or that the 1930's were the hottest decade of the last century BY FAR. But THEY WILL TRY! ://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/09/nasas_rubber_ruler.html#ixzz27YZRxqIW

 

27/09/2012: Now HERE is a great idea (Why don't we all just stay quietly at home?): http://melbourne-leader.whereilive.com.au/news/story/dad-wants-ban-on-drunks-wandering/

 

27/09/2012: And while I am hot, let me say a word in favour of SMALL BUSINESS. I have been helping out a little in my daughter's shop. I note this: small local business does not have the buying power or ruthlessness to compete on every level with the big multis, but it can offer an enduring friendly local presence and sense of service they cannot hope to match. Because of small business, today's kids can still safely come into a local store which has stood on the same street corner for over a century and offered successive generations a quality shopping experience which they retain for a lifetime. It is always kids' first experience of commerce: it is impossible to replace the sense of wonder and trust they find there any more than it is possible to replace Santa Claus. Let's hear a cheer for Yinnar's 'Universal Emporium'!

 

27/09/2012: No wonder Pacbrands took a hit when it moved all its iconic Ozzie brands off-shore. How can it rely on patriotic customer loyalty when it has abandoned the country? AND Chinese made Holeproof Explorers are not only much worse than the locally made product they replaced but (listen up here) Aussie Disposals locally made 'Wild River' socks beat them hands down, and are 2/3rds the price! Similarly Redback and Rossi continue to make boots here competitively and they are better boots than Blundstone's Chinese imports which have a toe problem. I am in favour of trade but not THIS trade: swapping Aussie jobs for 'cheap' imports. Swapping Chinese debt for textile (and other) workers on the unemployment queue and Aussie kids without a future...This is not trade, this is TREASON and Governments which back it should be taken out and hanged like any such Quisling. We should be bringing our Aussie products and jobs back home where they belong.

 

26/09/2012: The intolerance of totalitarians and fanatics HAS to be opposed even though they might threaten our lives (or especially as they do!). A case in point: if you are wanting to suggest someone was 'the perfect man', you might start with Socrates, Buddha, Christ...but whoever you choose you will have to justify your choice, and answer valid criticism from those who don't agree, not simply threaten to behead them. If you say it is Mohammed for example, you will have to explain how that choice balances against the fact that he married a five year old girl and consummated that marriage when she was nine! You will also have to explain how his murdering nearly 1,000 Jews was consistent with his being 'a perfect man', & etc. I just don't think so. Mohammed was anything but 'a perfect man'. I would have to say that on the evidence of these actions it does not seem to me that he was a good man at all! Now, compare him to Socrates. No comparison at all. AND Socrates didn't have the bad taste to found a religion!

 

25/09/2012: NASA admits HERE that it was an 'Arctic Cyclone' which broke up the Arctic sea ice in August (NOT global warming!) which would help to explain the disparity I have already noted (ie that ANTARCTIC ice is at an all time MAXIMUM!). If we ARE to worry about climate (and NOT more important issues such as WHERE do navels - or navel fluff - come from?), we should be concerned about the world heading for another ICE AGE and actively preparing strategies to prevent mass deaths from an increasingly COLD climate (such as genetically engineering food plants/animals to produce more with less light/heat): http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videogallery/index.html?media_id=152489941

 

25/09/2012: Julia Gillard IS a GENIUS: "The PM was to have told a group of New York economists that Australia’s economy is less reliant on the mining boom than is widely thought, and will predict that in the next four years, three times as many jobs will be created in healthcare, social assistance, education and training as in mining." Not to mention 'hairdressers' (name ONE) & 'telephone sanitisers'...may she soon be eaten by a giant SPACE GOAT! (With apologies to Douglas Adams!)

 

25/09/2012: REALLY enjoyed THIS collection of humorous protest signs: http://www.thevine.com.au/life/thoughts/30-best-protest-signs/gallery/0 'Stop bad pie charts', 'Death to all juice', 'Jesus is here, show your tits and I will judge them' 'What do we want: Time Travel. When do we want it: It's irrelevant', & etc...

 

24/09/2012: In France, they really BELIEVE in free speech. I find this guy Charb really brave, but it should NOT require any particular courage to 'make game of that which makes as much of thee' as Khayaam said. It is the enemies of freedom who must be stopped, not its advocates; Kyayaam himself would have been beheaded by the bigots who threaten to overtake the once highly civilised Arab world: http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/timblair/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/charlie_dont_flinch/

 

24/09/2012: Religious bigots are pushing to bring in an INTERNATIONAL law against BLASPHEMY at the UN (they MAY succeed): Listen up folks: if you insist in believing in SILLY THINGS don't expect to use the law to lock up those who note, 'The Emperor has no clothes': http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2012/sep/23/limits-on-speech-to-get-un-hearing/

 

24/09/2012: Salman Rushdie: “I think this is a historical mistake of the progressive left. The sense that people who say they’re offended have a right to have their offendedness assuaged.” For him, free expression ranks as “the right without which all the other rights disappear”. It is “the bedrock … If you compromise on that, you lose everything else.”

 

24/09/2012: Ricky Gervais: "I see atheists are fighting and killing each other again over who doesn't believe in any God the most. Oh No, Wait...that never happens"

 

23/09/2012: Outback Australia fire tornado: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsyvOYcWgcg

 

23/09/2012: AMAZING news from Mars: http://wattsupwiththat.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/curiosity_cat1.jpg?w=640

 

22/09/2012: Other folks certainly have STRANGE ways. Yesterday, Pakistan gave the whole country the day off so they could protest and kill each other & etc leaving 20+ dead. A spokesman for the religion of 'pieces' speaks out during Pakistan’s 'Day of Love': Mohammed Tariq Khan, a protester in Islamabad, said: “Our demand is that whoever has blasphemed against our holy Prophet should be handed over to us so we can cut him up into tiny pieces in front of the entire nation.” What a good idea!

 

22/09/2012:You MIGHT think (because of their name) that microwaves are really SMALL, but they are about six inches high - which is why they can't get out through the holes in the door. Chill out!

 

22/09/2012: DOGS have so much FUN. Also really envied the faux crocodile: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJm2srvm1f8&feature=player_embedded

Swimming Machi discovers the dam

 

22/09/2012: Interesting poster: 'No religion is better than Islam'. Couldn't agree more, but for 'Islam' read 'ANY'! http://therealrevo.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/2012-09-21T092907Z_2_CBRE88K0N6G00_RTROPTP_2_FILM-PROTESTS.jpg

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21/09/2012: THIS is FAR more disgusting than any poor quality flick: "US Ambassador to Libya being dragged through the streets before being publicly sodomised and then murdered..." http://pickeringpost.com/article/murder-of-an-innocent-ambassador/573

 

21/09/2012: Antarctic sea ice is well ABOVE its greatest extent (since satellite records began in 1979) whilst Arctic ice is at its lowest: The sheer QUANTITY of Antarctic ice as compared with Arctic ice is also mind boggling. HOW is this consistent with the theory of man-made global warming?http://www.nsidc.org/data/seaice_index/images/daily_images/S_stddev_timeseries.png

nsidc.org

 

20/09/2012: Too good to be true: Pakistani man dies after inhaling fumes from burning American flags at anti-Islam film rally www.dailymail.co.uk Abdullah Ismail died after complaining of inhaling smoke from burning U.S. flags during a rally attended by 10,000 people in the Pakistan city of Lahore.

 

20/09/2012: Astonishing! Nature's art palette is so grand. People are always working on creative and new concepts to stretch their imaginations using the natural surroundings they live with everyday. All Natural Textiles Directory => http://www.farmerspal.com/organic-products/textiles/page/1/

 

19/09/2012: Went hiking with Bryn's little dog, Tiny. Expected to be out all week but unfortunately hurt my back so limped home. Here we see Tiny on her special hiking bed helping herself to some dog nuts and her caching some for later, just in case

 

19/09/2012: 'One man's religion IS another man's belly-laugh' (Lazarus Long, Time Enough for Love). It has ever been so. For those like me who find ALL religion AT BEST laughable and at worst indescribably wicked, Allah and Torquemada have AT BEST Death for me. Simple beheading would have been a mercy from Torquemada - and NEVER FORGET that HE was the way Christianity behaved when it last had the upper hand (AND WOULD AGAIN!) WHERE are the charges against people who make such vilifying demands or who claim 'fatwah' and 'jihad' against the likes of Sir Salman Rushdie whose 'Satanic Verses' would unilkely be published TODAY for fear of 'inflaming' (we HAVE slipped down that slope THAT far!). 'Today, Sir Salman described how multiculturalism’s “evil twin” was “moral relativism”, in which people accept actions from a “particular group for beliefs which you would condemn otherwise"…Yesterday it emerged that Iran has seized on widespread Muslim outrage over the film insulting the Prophet Mohammad to revive the death threat against Rushdie, raising the reward for killing him by $500,000.' Good Luck, Sir Salman! WHAT sort of religion of 'peace' causes a novelist to have to spend his life in hiding for fear of his life (and all his family's!)?

 

And REMEMBER THIS: ALL religions are MERE inventions. There is NO MORE evidence for the historic Mohammed than there is for the historic Christ (or Budddha, & etc). It is just as likely that NEITHER existed or that if they did, that they espoused NONE of the views attributed to them by their followers. There is a lesson to be learned from the two most famous (deliberately) invented religions: Seraps and Scientology. The Romans deliberately invented Seraps as a device to shore up their political conquest of Egypt (and it soon became the most popular religion in the entire Roman Empire)! Hubbard invented Scientology as a drinking bet, something which I'm sure the other party to the bet (I think it was Robert Heinlein - anyway another Science Fiction writer) later regretted (not only losing, but MAKING!)

 

19/09/2012: English IS a skill you just MIGHT need: "in the Northern Territory, only 20% of Aboriginal students achieved the benchmark. Less than 30% of children tested for literacy in Years 3, 5 and 7 were able to read or write properly leaving them with numeracy and literacy skills of five-year olds when they leave school." Meanwhile we are spending approx the average wage (ie $50K pa) per capita on each 'aboriginal.' I would like to see some sign that somewhere down the track we are going to get a return on this investment. If 70% of indigenous high school leavers in the NT can read/write English about as well as the average 5 year old I don't think it will be any time soon. I'm afraid there IS a case for imperialism. We cannot just LEAVE these people to their misery, or PRETEND that good intentions butter ANY parsnips.

 

17/09/2012: How black can you get: "Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been offered an Aboriginal Nations passport in an inner-city Sydney ceremony after he was “abandoned” by Australian authorities"? An 'albinigine'!

 

16/09/2012:THIS conference is taking place in Sydney TODAY (http://www.muslimsrise.com/). As you can see it is all about establishing a world-wide Islamic Caliphate (or Empire). NB We still have more Buddhists in Australia than Moslems but WHEN was the last time you heard a Buddhist calling for the BEHEADING of non-believers? Those who argue for a non-discriminatory immigration policy simply LACK discrimination (or discernment). We MUST return to the policy of ASSIMILATION and refuse to admit those who it is unlikely WILL assimilate. MOST of those refugees forcing themselves on us today are likely to BE unassimilable. WE SHOULD CHOOSE.

 

16/09/2012: Peter FitzSimons is spot on: "Racists have said for years, “If you don't like the way we do things here, go back to where you came from.” The net result of your actions yesterday is that – for those people specifically disgracing themselves in the CBD yesterday, not the vast bulk of Islamic Australians – much of the country now feels the same". Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/an-open-letter-20120915-25ziq.html#ixzz26ZYejX5s

 

16/09/2012: Disgraceful protests in Sydney with small children holding placards saying ' Behead all those who insult the prophet.' If religion had the ability to create a 'Paradise on Earth', we would already find it in such places as Iran, Afghanistan etc today (or, under Christian rule, in Torquemada's Spain) instead of daily facing an influx of refugees from such places. Incidents such as occurred in Sydney cause one to seriously consider how many are refugees and how many 'fifth columnists'.

 

15/09/2012: THIS is what Linda Mottram thinks is OK: Ayaan Hirsi Ali's personal account, from her book Infidel, published by Free Press, 2007: http://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2012/09/the-reality-of-female-genital-mutilation-grievous-bodily-harm.html

 

15/09/2012: No wonder if it was a little warm; perhaps it had something to do with the sun?: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/09/13/paper-demonstrates-solar-activity-was-at-a-grand-maxima-in-the-late-20th-century/#more-71007

 

15/09/2012: Barbara Ramjan (Is that a real name or an 'expletive deleted'?) wrote many letters to Honi Soit when she was at Sydney Uni in 1977 (often complaining about Tony Abbott when he was 19) but somehow she never mentioned the incident which she has just recalled now. Strange: http://www.thesydneyinstitute.com.au/media-watch-dog/ BUT Julia Gillard illegally conspired with Wilson and Blewett to set up a dummy Association to fleece hundreds of thousands of dollars with when she was a 35 year old lawyer - and THIS should be ignored?

 

15/09/2012: What is it about the Left that they cannot distinguish evil from good: Linda Mottram, ABC 702 mornings host in Sydney asks "is there a case for controlled female genital mutilation?" 'Should we restrict the right to attack the faith under which such things flourish', wonders the New York Times? Surely, if people want to have bits of themselves cut off (or other mutilations, tattoos etc), they can wait until they are legal adults?

 

14/09/2012: I am a witness: I was NOT there in 1978 and I saw him not punch a wall!

 

14/09/2012: Who would have thought? http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/jamesdelingpole/100178585/wind-farms-cure-cancer-save-kittens-create-world-peace-says-new-wind-industry-report/

 

14/09/2012: Good on Bill & Melinda Gates for promoting 'golden rice' - this ban has been high on my list of greenie 'crimes against humanity' for a long time (along with their ban on DDT which has led to the deaths of over 100 million people!) This GMrice could save around 500,000 kids PER YEAR! Surely a worthy goal? http://www.climatedepot.com/a/17410/Former-Greenpeace-cofounder-Dr-Patrick-Moore-rips-Greenpeaces-Crime-Against-Humanity-for-opposing-Golden-Rice-which-can-eliminate-vitamin-A-deficiency

 

14/09/2012: A very fair point: 'How many British ambassadors did Christians kill after “The Life of Brian”?' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zjz16xjeBAA&feature=player_embedded

 

13/09/2012: Apparently Gillard is to make FURTHER cuts to Defence in her 'Xmas' mini-Budget as if having spending on Defence at ts lowest level since 1934 isn't bad enough: we are already SERIOUSLY not in any position to defend ourselves against obvious potential threats in our region. It is stupid to shovel out money willy-nilly on mad green schemes, immigration and welfare rorts etc if WE CAN'T DEFEND OURSELVES!!! We need to RAISE taxes: THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS A FREE LUNCH!!!

 

13/09/2012: Pity Kev & his mates killed Gaddafi. Maybe the US ambassador would be alive otherwise: in Egypt, Tunisia and Syria too the 'Arab Spring' looks more like fundamentalist Islam triumphant to me that any imaginary leftist 'liberation' movement.

 

12/09/2012: INCREDIBLY wasteful green dreams: http://menzieshouse.typepad.com/.a/6a012876778d82970c017d3bf508f3970c-pi

 

12/09/2012: Does your bullshit detector work on THIS one: "Between 2010 and 2099, climate change will cause an additional 30,000 murders, 200,000 cases of rape, 1.4 million aggravated assaults, 2.2 million simple assaults, 400,000 robberies, 3.2 million burglaries, 3.0 million cases of larceny, and 1.3 million cases of vehicle theft in the United States. " http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2111377 AMAZING what a hot afternoon makes you do...

 

12/09/2012: Anti-discrimination: I had forgotten about this shocking incident: "This brought to mind the case of the cricketer Denise Annetts, who in 1994 failed to be selected for the Test series against New Zealand. Yet she was in great form and had a batting average second only to Don Bradman of 81.9 runs in Test matches, with a top score of 193 against England, a world record for women’s cricket. What made this an even bigger news story were the reasons Annetts gave for her omission. She said that because she was heterosexual and married, the lesbians who dominated the Australian team did not like her and wanted her out. But when she took her case to the New South Wales Anti-Discrimination Commission, its officers said the relevant Act did not apply to her; the Commission could only act on complaints from minority interest groups such as ethnics, Aborigines and gays. No laws prevented homosexuals from discriminating against heterosexuals. Annetts gave up her attempt at selection and retired from the sport. Without her, Australia lost the subsequent Test series against New Zealand, two matches to one." (Keith Windshuttle, http://www.quadrant.org.au/magazine/issue/2012/9/chronicle)

 

12/09/2012: MORE unintended consequences: the eradication of feral cats on Macquarie Island has led to huge ecological devastation: John Reid: "And why does “introduced” always mean “bad”? There seems to be this puritanical impulse among environmental types to restore the world, or parts of it, to some imagined, stable, pre-industrial glory, where every prospect pleases and only man is vile. There is a life-hating, totalitarian streak about this mindset, a failure to accept the world as it is, warts and all. The ruthless extermination of Macquarie Island’s wekas, cats and rabbits in the name of science stands as a testament to the treachery of good intentions – good intentions poorly thought through": http://www.quadrant.org.au/blogs/doomed-planet/2012/09/wrecking-macquarie-island-to-save-it

 

12/09/2012: The 'Supertrawler': The fishery's catch has been halved (from the normal 20% of spawning adults pa to 10%) making this utterly sustainable. In this light I cannot see how one boat is worse than several. What IS undoubtedly worse is the increase in sovereign risk to our nation in making hasty chaotic desicions such as this. This is SO like the knee-jerk ban on live cattle exports which caused such economic chaos: eg WE lost HALF the value of our lamb crop that year because of it. Business has to have CERTAINTY: You can't just keep shifting the goal posts or you will drive ALL investment off-shore! Labor needs to DISTANCE itself MUCH further from the Greens.

 

12/09/2012: Syrian rebels executed another 20 Govt soldiers: You REALLY have to wonder about this 'Arab Spring' and whether ANY good can come of it: http://www.google.com.au/search?q=video+syria+execute&hl=en&safe=off&rls=com.microsoft%3Aen-US&tbm=vid&prmd=imvnsu&source=lnt&tbs=qdr%3Aw&sa=X&ei=R3tOUJa6BoSkmQWrtoGIAg&ved=0CCAQpwUoAw&bav=on.2%2Cor.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&biw=1429&bih=729&cad=h

 

11/09/2012: I was SO pleased that the Greens were thoroughly trashed in the recent NT election and the NSW local Council election. We can only hope that (like the Democrats) they are on their way out!

 

11/09/2012:You may have been hearing odd things about Stephan Lewandowsky and have missed the point, but THIS is how it works; bizarre: http://www.coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2012/08/a-truly-bad-study.html

 

11/09/2012:Photographers please note: http://vimeo.com/48425421

 

11/09/2012:SO many elephants in the room: It is astonishing (but true) that scientists had missed the FACT that total greenhouse warming is @ 10C, not 33C due to assigning erroneous reflectivity to the Earth, which means that any CHANGE to the 'greenhouse effect' from anything (eg adding more carbon dioxide) must be enormously LESS than conventionally thought (ie about 1C per doubling). The debate has mostly been about whether feedbacks would take that number up or down (down is increasingly likely) but NOT whether the number was wrong in the first place. Unfortunately for alarmists it IS and the feedbacks ARE negative - which means that there is NOTHING to worry about from CO2. Move along folks: http://joannenova.com.au/2012/09/do-greenhouse-gases-warm-the-planet-by-33c-jinan-cao-checks-the-numbers/

 

10/09/2012: SOME beetle (note size of man): http://wattsupwiththat.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/burn-06-art-car-vw-bug.jpg?w=640

 

'Burning Man' makes the Port Fairy Folk Festival et al look VERY tame: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/09/09/the-playa-willis-excellent-adventure/#more-70665

 

10/09/2012: "According to the ABS, excluding the tertiary education sector, there were over one million state government employees in NSW, Victoria and Queensland as at June 2011. In effect the job reductions already announced or implemented by coalition governments in the three big states roughly amount to less than two per cent of total state government employment." (Julie Novak) RATHER too many in the first place, surely? And God knows how many more on the public payroll on various 'welfare' scams?

 

10/09/2012: Gina HAS done well, and DESERVES to be listened to more: "Let’s say you inherited $2600 back in 1992. Reckon you could’ve turned that into $1 million by now? According to leftists, it’s easy. This theory underpins general loser resentment at the fact that within 20 years Gina Rinehart has converted her $75 million inheritance into $29 billion. To put it another way: that inheritance represents just 0.258 per cent of Rinehart’s current estimated worth. Not bad, considering how little she started with." (Tim Blair) Recent falls in the price of iron ore has her down to 'only' $19 billion, but you get the point. Stephen Conroy (for contrast) wasn't sure whether the NBN cost of $35 billion included the $11 billion to Telstra or not (It doesn't). That's a $22 billion dollar difference, but it's not his money! More Australians like Gina and fewer like Gillard and Conroy would be a GOOD idea!

 

07/09/2012: I'm heartily sick of these constant blackouts! We are having a two-day one just now so I am typing this to the accompaniment of noisy petrol generators which we have the bush fires to thank for. We have had several of some hours, a few of some days and multiple of minutes over the last few years. The 'minute' ones are running at about three a week! I intend to utilise the five deep cycle batteries donated to us by John Fenech to run an inverter which will power our essentials: lights, water pump, heat pump water heater, wireless modem, laptops, TV...ie not much more than 1Kw. I will start by charging the batteries with a plug-in battery charger but will hook up some solar panels when I have a lazy grand or so, and use the battery charger as a back-up when the batteries are low. This will also help to cut the power bills, so it might even pay for itself over time.

 

THIS might be the unit to do it (@$489). Depends whether it can be plugged into the mains for battery charging (off-peak) and whether it is efficient enough to make a saving on the power bill (have asked the seller some questions), but if so, this might be a way for everyone to reduce their power bills now that smart meters offer off-peak prices AND one can always supplement by adding in some solar panels and/or a wind turbine. Worth a thought, especially if blackouts are a problem and if (like us) when the power goes off, so does the water pump, telephone, computers, internet, fridges, lights... http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=251104989935&fromMakeTrack=true#ht_8244wt_1186

 

06/09/2012: Looks like that 'global warming' (supposing that it even exists) may be natural after all: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/09/05/is-the-current-global-warming-a-natural-cycle/

 

06/09/2012: Just in case you think she did nothing wrong, HERE are the things she DID wrong: http://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2012/09/the-awu-scandal-things-ms-gillard-did-wrong.html

06/09/2012: “… there is no relation known to society, of the duties of which it is more incumbent upon a court of justice strictly to require a faithful and honourable observance, than the relation between solicitor and client.” Lord Westbury, Tyrrell - v- Bank of London (1862) 10HLC26

That is why it is important for a lawyer not to receive money from a client and then engage in a sexual relationship with the client. It's a conflict of interest. It makes it possible for all sorts of interpretations to be made and aspersions to be cast.

06/09/2012: Don't know whether this bloke is a distant relative, but hope he is! WELL DONE Earl Jones: http://www.wlwt.com/news/local-news/news-northern-kentucky/Boone-County-homeowner-shoots-kills-intruder/-/13608792/16463942/-/item/0/-/euubk3/-/index.html

 “I aimed right for his heart,” said Jones, who served in the military from 1941 through 1946. “I didn’t go to war for nothing. I have the right to carry a gun. That’s what I told the police".

 

06/09/2012: One thing Rex is definitely right about: ham rolls (for breakfast) are della-icious (Extra Soft Lunch Rolls from Safeway Churchill, great ham from Yinnar General Store).

 

05/09/2012: HAZELWOOD CAN STAY: Labor abandons plan to close coal-fired power stations. Greens disgusted/disgusting. Watch real estate prices boom now! Yippee! An election is obviously in the offing. Dust off your share portfolio...http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news/govts-breach-of-faith-on-power-stations/story-fn3dxiwe-1226465464984

 

05/09/2012: Sea Ice Beat-Ups: New Scientist has summer Arctic sea ice at its least extent since Satellite measurement began in 1979 and claims it is the lowest in 3 million years, yet I notice the North-West Passage is not yet open, though Amundesen (and others) passed through it. Simultaneously Antarctica is cooling and sea-ice extent there is at a record MAXIMUM. Question: how can CO2 be responsible simultaneously for a melt in the Northern Hemisphere and a COOLING in the Southern? It is just BALDERDASH!

 

05/09/2012: Wind farms do not reduce CO2 output at all; they only kill birds and bats: "The results showed fossil fuel generators, in the same periods when wind turbines had been operating, fluctuated their output to match demand but did not reduce their rate of coal consumption." http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/mirandadevine/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/surprise_surprise_wind_farms_do_nothing_for_the_environment_except_cause_np/

 

05/09/2012: Hunting about near Bruthen on Sunday with my boys (Matt & Bryn): a beautiful sunny day. Too bad the wet summers have thickened the bush up so much you can't even see the deer (though I heard lots). A beautiful sunny spring day: the wild fuschia, normally a vapid drab was a riot of scarlet bells! So many other wildflowers in bloom.

 

05/09/2012: Ju-Liar's 'ejucation revolution': "I was in the top class, but there were children who were what was referred to, very unkindly and all too frequently, as in veggie class. We were marked for success, they were marked for failure" at the 3:45 mark in http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-09-03/national-press-club-julia-gillard/4240430 Query: What is THE most astonishing thing about this statement? Clue: She can't have been talking about 'veggie maths'! I am tallying her post July 1 spends and promises @ $50 billion and receipts going West at nearly the same rate. This is a huge ('Veggie Maths') gulf!

 

04/09/2012: The Non-Aligned Summit in Teheran: "At the opening of the conference, Khamenei made yet another feral, anti-Semitic speech, shamelessly exhorting the world to annihilate Israel, the “cancerous growth,” referring to the “blood-thirsty Zionist wolves” who kill and torture Palestinians and control the global media. Yet the UN secretary general, together with the other 120 participants, remained passively glued to their seats...It’s 1938 all over again." Sure hope not, but shouldn't we be doing something?

 

03/09/2012: The ideal present for a (retired) sheep farmer: (http://kartongroup.com.au/products/ram-cardboard-storage-furniture?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=18_35) - ie cardboard sheep storage: Facebook ads ARe weird!

 

03/09/2012: Famous philosophers can sure get it wrong: Here's Jean-Jacques Rousseau: "One half of the children who are born die before their eighth year…This is nature’s law; why contradict it?" ('Emile' 1762) He was also responsible for the 'noble savage' myth, you may remember. Lots of reasons why this prediction is wrong. A short video in an interesting contest well illustrates this (http://fb-266886.strutta.com/entry/280180) at FrackNation - Video Contest | Facebook fb-266886.strutta.com FrackNation.

 

01/09/2012:Do you suppose it IS true that Ju-Liar's many recent 'about-faces' represent a 'clearing of the decks' prior to holding an election and/or in anticipation of a successful Rudd challenge? Good heavens, DARE one hope they will be GONE THIS YEAR?

 

01/09/2012:I see Ju-Liar has succeeded in having deleted Pickering's copy from Facebook of the 'Association' document which shows her part in that criminal AWU scheme. This is just a foretaste of Labor's desire to control the media al la 'Uncle Joe' Stalin whom she was not so long ago a great admirer of - you know, back when she was 'young and naive,' in the 90's was it? AND harking back to my previous post about Caligula: I sometimes wonder whether perhaps her father or mother married a horse! http://pickeringpost.com/article/gillard-has-damning-doc.-deleted/438

 

01/09/2012: I see that the Yinnar General Store now has the Mighty Wallet. Knowing that I am a lover of all things Tyvek, it will be no surprise to you that I have been using one of these for two years (and that it's great!). Recommendation: rush in there and get one today, (Bryn already has!) or maybe one of the zillions of other interesting gifts (eg for Father's Day)!

 

01/09/2012: On a more cheerful note, I am always delighted at the way 'nature' exploits any change as a positive: we have a puddle outside our bedroom window created by the device which flushes the bird poo off the roof every time it rains instead of putting it in the tank. It is a treasure, an oasis to countless birds and other critters. I have often noticed this: that some utter ugliness merely creates an opportunity. There is a 'wasteland' sand pit in Morwell which is just an apocalyptic landscape - except to plovers and osprey who find it the most wonderful breeding location! I once created an ugly slash of bulldozer track across the hillside. Visible for miles it was the object of many adverse comments. But this vertical bank was just what many snakes and lizards had been longing for. One day I observed a veritable flock (hundreds) of pardelotes emerging from nesting holes there; I think I had only ever seen a pair together elsewhere. National Parks as a tool for 'managing' nature are obviously a mistake - because of their Stalinist monolithic philosophy. What 'nature' really responds to is diversity. We should quit worrying about 'managing' nature and just get on with our business (whatever it is). Nature will benefit from the diversity of 'opportunities' created.

 

01/09/2012: The price of our iron ore (and other minerals) has plummeted (to less than half what they were at peak); real househole asset are falling; we are selling off the farm to the Chinese (Cubbie has just gone!); the unions are destroying Grollo in a shameful, criminal manner abetted by the Federal Government...Meanwhile that same Government announces mega-billions of unfunded new spending initiatives - does this remind you of 'Nero fiddled while Rome burned'? Next thing I expect to see Gillard marry her horse or her sister - as Caligula did!

 

31/08/2012: You CAN understand WHY people think like this: More Diggers Needlessly Die: Larry Pickering: 31/08/2012: "What the hell are we doing in that backward, barbaric country anyway? It's worth noting that Australia, along with the US and 60 other countries, boycotted the 1980 Moscow Olympics. The reason? Russia had invaded Afghanistan. How times change. There remains only one constant: The death of one Aussie boy is not worth all the poppies in that cesspit of... a land. Spray every crop, leave them to their decadence and utilise drones to eradicate terrorist cells".

 

31/08/2012: Mitt Romney's energy independence policy IS (easily) achievable and will have VAST economic consequences (and watch out Middle East!) Why WE continue to import billions of dollars of fuel annually even though we have a HUGE national debt is yet another indicator of our Government's economic lunacy (and they continue to DRIVE refiners off-shore!) The US has CENTURIES of oil yet: The Green River formation alone is greater than all the world's known reserves: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/08/30/north-american-energy-independence-by-2020/#more-70115

 

31/08/2012:Another 100 illegal immigrants drowned who also won't be going to Nauru (like the 1,000 who have actually arrived since the announcement was made)!

 

31/08/2012:The Government's latest backflip on the carbon tax is, if anything, even madder than the tax was in the first place: http://catallaxyfiles.com/2012/08/30/somersaults-and-a-belly-flop-carbon-tax-fails-on-all-counts/

 

31/08/2012: It might be the last day of winter but some things at least think it 's spring: this morning our attention was drawn to a jenny wren dining on a spider just outside on the bedroom window ledge where Della was beautifying herself about six inches away; suddenly a thorn-bill appeared and began to chase it up and down the verandah: nothing strange about that, I suppose; territory and all that. Then,he mounted her and they went at it with what seemed considerable eagerness until driven off by her justifiably infuriated mate, the blue wren. Such miscegenation is obviously deemed quite wrong among some denizens of the natural world at least, but not others. We await the results, if any...Meanwhile on the hill the galahs have been spectacularly dining on the onion grass which had badly infested the pasture and have practically ploughed the whole hillside. Whatever environment is obviously ideal for some. Magpies and currawongs (and countless parrots) have been drawn inexorably to the free dogfood on the verandah now that the (retired) maremma, Bianca has taken up residence tthere. This makes for quite an avaian visual (and for those who can) auditory feast aroundabouts. It has the added benefit of keeping hawks away from Della's pigeons as magpies of all kinds absolutely deplore and harrass all raptors; so I imagine the dog food on the verandah may remain long after the aged Maremma has departed...

 

29/08/2012:I suppose it is encouraging that there is always a way to make money, but THIS is worrying: Unilever sees ‘return to poverty’ in Europe: http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/149602/

 

29/08/2012: Just picture that it is Ju-Liar on the scaffold: http://maggiesfarm.anotherdotcom.com/uploads/gallows.jpg

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28/08/2012: THIS is the solution in the US to rules restricting water flow in showers:http://www.coyoteblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/shower-heads.jpg

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www.coyoteblog.com

 

28/08/2012: A VERY reasoned response from Miranda Devine containing lengthy and enlightening quotes from Hedley Thomas. A VERY important document: http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/mirandadevine/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/media_silence_a_disgrace/

28/08/2012: Next time you are thinking of having a noisy party, don't invite the Taliban: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/world/taliban-behead-17-party-goers-after-2-women-start-dancing/story-fnd134gw-1226459417988

 

28/08/2012: Next time you are thinking of having a noisy party, don't invite the Taliban: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/world/taliban-behead-17-party-goers-after-2-women-start-dancing/story-fnd134gw-1226459417988

 

28/08/2012: Michael Smith's revelations are EXPLOSIVE (for example, it was illegal for Ju-Liar to set up the Association her boyfriend Wilson used to steal @$400K - and she knew it). Follow the story here: http://www.michaelsmithnews.com/

 

27/08/2012: Lest we forget: the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Milne Bay; we should remember that it was Aussies who there first defeated Japanese troops in open battle: http://www.awm.gov.au/units/event_345.asp

 

27/08/2012: Today's Pickering instalment documents Gillard's complicity in some of Wilson's frauds. This will end in tears (or preferably a Royal Commission: http://pickeringpost.com/article/is-the-prime-minister-a-crook-part-viii/402

 

27/08/2012: Alan Jones's and Phillipa Martyr's critiques of Gillards's interviews also make interesting reading: http://www.quadrant.org.au/blogs/qed The critical thing is whether Phil Coorey was RIGHT when he asserts Gillard did the conveyancing: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/pm-comes-out-swinging-over-claims-20120823-24p3s.html

 

26/08/2012: Maybe it's the hyphens? Otherwise how DO you explain the stupidity? How could you NOT be proud of Jacinda Baker? http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10829552

 

24/08/2012: So Long N.T. Goodbye Ju-liar!

 

24/08/2012: Aboriginal conservatives picking up 15-30% swings against the ALP: AND Bess Price looks like she may win Stuart! Great!

 

24/08/2012: Della Jones shared Glaucoma Australia's status.

 

A treatment available here that we can investigate.

An Occasional Q&A:

 

Q: What can I expect from laser trabeculoplasty?

 

A: Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) is a laser procedure that relieves increased eye pressure by changing the fluid outflow through the trabecular meshwork.

When the fluid that normally flows out of the eye cannot drain through the trabecular meshwork, pressure inside the eye may rise. This rise in pressure could damage th

e optic nerve and lead to vision loss (glaucoma). The reason for the blockage in the meshwork is unclear, but may be likened to leaves blocking a downpipe or gully trap.

 

The laser works by releasing local body chemicals that alter the ‘leakiness’ of the meshwork, allowing more fluid out of the eye and thereby decreasing the pressure. The particular benefit of SLT is that it may be repeated many times as there is no appreciable tissue damage.

 

Laser trabeculoplasty does not work in all patients, but likely benefit can often be predicted beforehand and appropriate patients selected. Patients with heavy pigmentation in the meshwork do best. The duration of effect of the laser is variable, with an average benefit of around 5 years. It may be necessary to supplement the laser with ongoing glaucoma medication, and it is generally unusual for pre-existing treatment to be able to be ceased, except in an exceptionally good response.

 

A laser trabeculoplasty is usually performed as an outpatient procedure. You will be given eyedrops to prepare the eye (one of which may cause a mild forehead ache). A contact lens is placed on your eye (after local anaesthetic drops) to precisely focus the laser. A laser trabeculoplasty takes only a few minutes. You may see a bright red light that is an aiming beam; the laser beam itself is invisible. You may feel a mild tingling sensation with each laser burn – there are 50-60 fine burns in a treatment, which is given over a half or sometimes a full circumference of the inside of the eye.

 

You will be asked to return after 30 minutes so that your pressure can be re-checked. Assuming it is normal, you will then be allowed home. There are usually no activity restrictions following the laser treatment, although you should have someone drive you home after the procedure. You will need to continue your usual glaucoma medication. The pressure is checked within a fortnight or so after the procedure, and then again at 5-6 weeks. It is not until this last visit that the success of the treatment is judged.

 

Complications

Loss of vision after laser trabeculoplasty is rare. The main risks of the laser procedure are:

 

The pressure may rise after the treatment, sometimes requiring additional treatment.

Significant inflammation is rare, but can occur.

A second procedure or another type of surgery may be required.

 

Selective laser trabeculoplasty is a safe and effective procedure with few risks. While glaucoma treatments cannot restore vision already lost from glaucoma, early detection and treatment of glaucoma offers the best chance of preserving your vision.

 

24/08/2012:Just possibly Norway is too lenient: Brevik's sentence is approx 100 days' gaol per murder - which looks to me a little more like the punishment which might be meted out for double parking or spitting on the footpath! I go more for the hanging on a hook at the end of the street, boiling in oil, hanging drawing and quartering sort of thing for such offences, BUT I am an incurable romantic!

 

24/08/2012: NOT such a cunning stunt, Ju-liar: How can she claim she knew nothing about what the money was used for and ended her relationship with Wilson as soon as she found out WHEN: she DELIBERATELY performed ALL the legal work concerned WITHOUT placing it in the AWU file at Slater & Gordon; she attended the auction of the house the stolen money was used to pay or; she handled the conveyancing and cheques

drawn from the dodgy association she had helped set up; she continued her 'relationship' with Wilson for a further FOUR years... Much more will come out on this. The two bank cheques for different renovations than she claimed at the time made out to 'Con the Greek' will make interesting reading. Con was obviously smart enough at the time to insist on BANK cheques for his work from such dodgy customers! Some very serious journalists are NOW on her tail (http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/pm-and-a-fistful-of-questions-20120824-24rtj.html#ixzz24UlKrv6b) & Larry's questions are interesting reading: http://pickeringpost.com/article/what-a-cunning-stunt/395

 

23/08/2012: What Curiosity is 'seeing' on Mars is really mind boggling. Suggest you play the Slide Show in Full Screen, here: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/multimedia/gallery-indexEvents.html

 

23/08/2012: When the 'Sex Discrimination Commissioner ' becomes responsible for Defence of the realm, we are REALLY in trouble: "It seems the Sex Discrimination Commissioner would rather the army fought sexists than enemy soldiers...She wants to temper the warrior culture...Face it, madam: the armed forces exist to kill people, and not improve their attitude to gender politics". http://www.smh.com.au/national/broderick-wants-adf-to-temper-its-warrior-culture-20120822-24msk.html#ixzz24JbOMdbp

 

22/08/2012: Move over Luke Skywalker, there now IS a flying bike: http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2012/08/finally-a-real-flying-star-wars-speeder-bike/

 

22/08/2012: Two interesting climate observations this morning: global cloud cover has decreased enough over the last 40 years to account for ALL observed changes in temperature (http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/08/20/spencers-cloud-hypothesis-confirmed/) AND contrary to the expectations of the 'warmists' the Southern Oceans have been cooling by -10Watts/sq metre:(http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/08/21/has-trenberths-missing-heat-been-found-southern-oceans-are-losing-heat/). Taken together with other observations (such as the inaccuracy of the thermometer record, AND the manipulation of that data), I think it is now quite likely that Earth has continued to COOL for ALL of the last century - as indicated by the temperature records of eg Cape Otway and Wilsons Prom. Interesting...

 

22/08/2012: REMEMBER this: ONLY back in June Ju-liar thought it was fine to be digging up dirt on the Opposition's past, but not HERS, apparently: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/sydney-news/dirt-file-author-nick-reece-hands-in-his-notice/story-fn7q4q9f-1226396027166

 

22/08/2012: Sadly, Phyllis Diller has died. A lot of laughs die with her: You may remember: “I once wore a peekaboo blouse. People would peek and then they’d boo.” & “I never made ‘Who’s Who,’ but I’m featured in ‘What’s That?’ ” & at 90: "I still take the pill 'cause I don't want any more grandchildren."http://www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/humourist-phyllis-diller-95-dies-with-a-smile-on-her-face/story-e6frf96x-1226454569582

 

22/08/2012: Part of Ju-Liar's transcript of interview at Slater & Gordon is now up (more to follow). This woman has ALWAYS been a (maybe not-so consumate) liar. REMEMBER THIS she is being interviewed about improper (and/or illegal) legal and financial dealings involving herself and her then (married) lover with whom she was openly cheating on his wife - whom he went back to (good move!). I woud say it is clear that S & G decided she was not a fit person to be a patrner in a very left-wing law firm and either sacked her or required that she resign. Clearly even moreso, she is not a fit person to be an 'Honourabe' MP, and particularly a PM! Her response to all this is to threaten and presage new restictions on the freedom of speech in Australia - utterly reprehenible: she should instead be publicly hanged: http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/awu_scandal_the_gillard_interview/

 

 22/08/2012: THIS is what Peter Gordon says about it: "Nevertheless, the partnership was extremely unhappy with Ms Gillard considering that proper vigilance had not been observed and that (her) duties of utmost good faith to (her) partners especially as

to timely disclosure had not been met...Ms Gillard elected to resign and we accepted her resignation without discussion." http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/law-firm-slater-gordons-axe-over-pm-julia-gillard/story-e6freuy9-1226454502942

 

21/08/2012: Ju-Liar: It just gets worse and worse: she will have to resign or be sacked: http://pickeringpost.com/article/is-the-prime-minister-a-crook-part-vii/386

Politics - Is The Prime Minister A Crook? Part VII - The Pickering Post

pickeringpost.com Young and naive, indeed.It appears that Nicola Roxon and Peter Van Sumbugger are the only two people left standing who are young and naive enough believe this is a Liberal Party beat-up...

 

20/08/2012: The swallows are back: a good dozen of them were scything the air above me this morning as I went round the lambs on the hill. I DO love their aerial agility; the quick flash of deepest blue as the sun darts off their backs as they sweep by. They always nest in the garage and make Pollocks of the cars. I WILL finish the wall and lock them out some day; then I will make ledges for them around the i

nside edges of the verandahs. They have multiplied greatly since we have been here; now we are seldom troubled by mosquitoes. A friend used to kill his: bad karma I think - and HE is no longer with us. I just wonder what they think of us 'stick in the muds': lingering here when THEY have been to Siberia and back!

 

 

20/08/2012: No more hounds! My family has been hound hunting in Oz for over a century but my back (and ears) will just not let me continue any longer with this great sport so yesterday I gave away my last four beagles to a young hunter who can make much better use of them: a very sad day.

 

20/08/2012: Also unsurprising is that windmills (which I find aesthetically pleasing even though they are useless and evil killing machines) actually produce MORE CO2 than what they are supposed to replace: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/08/18/mcintyres-talk-in-london-plus-the-uks-tilting-at-windmills-may-actually-increase-co2-emissions-over-natural-gas/#more-69484 and http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmselect/cmenergy/writev/517/m59.htm

 

20/08/2012: Two excellent plans for saving the world: 1 Using urine to absorb CO2: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/08/17/friday-funny-pissing-away-the-co2-alarm/#more-69463 and 2. Using dog poo to produce energy: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/08/19/climate-craziness-of-the-week-poo-power-from-your-dog/#more-69564 Unsurprisingly Ju-Liar has given this guy $45,000!

 

20/08/2012: I am old enough to remember that 'discrimination' once meant 'discernment'. When we have SOME sections of our community dreadfully over-represented ( 5-8 times!) in eg crime and welfare statistics, it is surely time to insist action be taken eg a character test rigorously applied to would-be immigrants: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/african-youth-crime-concern-20120819-24glt.html#ixzz24222Nf62

 

20/08/2012: SHE IS GOING DOWN! Part 6 of Larry Pickering's expose of the PM is here (https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Pickering-Post/385774778154872). His main sites have crashed partly at least due to DDOS attacks (guess where they are coming from?) Andrew Bolt also has some more on this affair this morning. Shorten, Howes Roxon & etc are also going to be drawn into this...Incredible stuff.

 

18/08/2012: I REALLY enjoy Matt Ridley's optimism: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/08/ff_apocalypsenot/all

 

17/08/2012: You think you have got it tough? Forget it. There are still over 20 million SLAVES in the world: http://www.infoplease.com/spot/slavery1.html

 

17/08/2012: Budding Slartibartfasts may enjoy THIS website which allows you to DESIGN planets. YES, REALLY. (cf Douglas Adams; 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy': http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slartibartfast): http://www.solarvoyager.com/tutorials.asp

 

17/08/2012: Sickening to hear Ju-liar in Parliament yesterday farewelling The Australian's Chief political correspondent, Matthew Franklin who had asked her a question two days ago: concerning Slater & Gordon's inability (or refusal) to disclose certain files and would she approve. The very next day he was given a 'package' and retired. Control of the Press anyone?

 

17/08/2012: Despite continual 'denial of service' attacks from 'hackers' Larry Pickering continues his systematic expose of Ju-Liar's criminal past in the fifth of his series 'is the PM a Criminal?' SOON she will have to go down in flames: http://lpickering.net/item/17113

 

17/08/2012: I cannot understand why Julian Asange's supporters think he should not be extradited to Sweden to face TWO rape charges - are these people women haters? The issue of whether he should be extradited to the USA to face treason charges (which do not presently exist) is a furphy - he would have to have British permission to be extradited from EITHER Britain or Sweden in that event!

 

17/08/2012: Of course I WAS pleased to learn that the 67 illegal immigrants board the 'Parsifal' were alive (unlike nearly 1,000 who have died since Ju-liar destroyed the 'Pacific Solution', but I can't understand why they were NOT turned back to Indonesia (like those on board the 'Tampa') when they were 'recued' in Indonesian waters by a boat heading for Singapore! Huh?

 

16/08/2012: EXACTLY: "The two jewels in the crown of the communist’s mantra are “redistribution of wealth” and “control of the Press”. Is it too bold to supplant those two jewels with the “Carbon Tax” and the “Finkelstein Report”?": http://lpickering.net/item/16844

 

16/08/2012: Things we don't yet understand: Sprites: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=lETegYbiJJY Sprites on Film: Filmed at 10,000 frames per second by Japan's NHK television, movies like this of electromagnetic bursts called "sprites" will help scientists better underst...

 

15/08/2012: This is dreadful: what doesn't the High Court understand? How much did it cost to buy the Court? Just appoint your crooked AWU mates a la the Gov-Gen. Sell up and take your assets elsewhere is my advice. THIS is what the Constitution says: "The acquisition of property on just terms from any State or person for any purpose in respect of which the Parliament has power to make laws:" Underline: 'for any purpose'!! Expletive deleted.

 

15/08/2012: There is hope for me yet: a brain transplant: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn22142-chimeric-birds-could-explain-how-brains-get-big.html

 

15/08/2012: THIS is the Central England Temperature (CET) dataset 1659-2012, the world's longest continuous thermometer record. The extent of temperature variation is NOT great @ +/- .5C and NO CAUSE FOR ALARM. It has been rapidly falling since c2000. The only two causes for alarm I can see are: it is maintained by the (Phil Jones - no relation) Hadley Centre UEA, scene of the 'Climategate' break-in AND that they admit "Since 1974 the data have been adjusted to allow for urban warming" so it could well be consistent with a century of COOLING such as is shown by the records from Cape Otway and Wilson's Prom I have often referred to in previous posts: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/hadobs/hadcet/

 

15/08/2012: Larry Pickering a VERY courageous man AND is going to bring Gillard down with his blog, AND SOON: His latest offering:'Town Mode Fashions was owned by a Greek builder': I had wondered that such a poorly dressed person had spent $17,000 on clothes; now we know it was stolen AWU money spent on renovations to her house (AND Shorten - the Governor-General's son-in-law - is deeply involved too!). Never in Australia's politics has there been corruption like this. They all DESERVE TO HANG! Latest instalment here: http://pickeringpost.com/article/is-the-prime-minister-a-crook-part-iv/362

 

15/08/2012: How the carbon tax has affected electricity prices; I make the annual average increase something like 250%: http://blogs.news.com.au/images/uploads/pricesss_thumb.jpg

 

15/08/2012: I am hoping the Govt loses the High Court case today concerning the extinguishment of (tobacco) brand names: practically the only two worthwhile constitutional rights we have are that the Govt can't 'establish' a religion (Govt aid to 'private' schools seems to have broken THAT one), and the Govt cannot compulsorily acquire private property without just compensation. The many laws which 'acquired' native vegetation on private land HAVE to be unconstitutional. IF the tobacco companies win today thousands of farmers MAY get the compensation owing them for their private freehold land use having been taken from them by such laws.

 

15/08/2012: SO, the 'Pacific Solution' without 'Temporary Protection Visas' will work? Labor: If it works, don't fix it! Over 1,000 people dead and more new illegals arriving every fortnight than arrived on the First Fleet is NOT GOOD POLICY! Get out of the kitchen! But as you leave, take a look at the latest riots in Amiens and tell me that the indiscriminate importation of unassimilable people is a good idea. I don't think so!

 

14/08/2012:I like THIS guy: "Sprouting bullshit such as 'our white skin is a result of the rape of the colonisers', they are no longer laughable and tolerable in small doses - they are promoting a view of life that just continues to perpetuate the victim mentality and does their cause no favours. When you point out to them that their identifying side of the family have continued to choose to marry white people willingly for longer than their living lifetime, and not as part of some forced assimilation program, you will be met with astonishment or indignation. " http://theblacksteamtrain.blogspot.com.au/

 

14/08/2012:At 13,500 pa Australia is already the third largest resettler of refugees. Labor wants to take this to 27,000 - making us the second. Nearly 90% of refugees are Moslems who represent about 23% of the world's population. There are 49 Moslem countries. NONE of the top ten 'resettlement' counties are Moslem countries. There are now more Moslem Lebanese living in Britain than there are in Lebanon...What outcome do we really want for Australia from this issue?

 

14/08/2012: Interesting things you can do with a 3D printer: http://www.gizmag.com/first-3d-printed-firearm/23473/

 

13/08/2012: Noel Pearson: this great Australian is in hospital undergoing treatment for cancer - let's hope he makes a full and speedy recovery. Read this article about him: http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/mirandadevine/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/cape_yorks_real_education_revolution/

 

13/08/2012: When you see how much Gillard and Wilson made off with it makes Thomson's thefts look like chicken feed: http://www.quadrant.org.au/blogs/qed/2012/08/this-is-about-taking-union-money

 

12/08/2012: Just playing around with this (http://www.livingto100.com/calculator) and I notice that as you get older, your life expectancy increases (which is nice - I guess you leave your ephemeral contemporaries for dead!), but it led me on to all these VERY old dudes (http://www.squidoo.com/how-to-live-to-150). The Indo woman MIGHT just be legit, but I much doubt 'Ben Abba's' 2800 yr old...

 

12/08/2012: Della gave me one of THESE new mats for my birthday and it's just awesome - can't wait to try it out: http://www.moontrail.com/therm-a-rest-neoair-xlite-womens.php

 

12/08/2012: The OTHER side of the gun control debate makes interesting reading, particularly the comments, eg"There is also other ample evidence that disarming law-abiding citizens (which implies a presumption of guilt before the fact) results in an increase of all crimes (including murder) most notably in the UK and Australia": http://junkscience.com/2012/08/10/larry-pratt-gun-control-creates-victims/#more-29602

 

12/08/2012: Wind turbines HAVE become very cheap on eBay so I was thinking about installing one such as THIS - maybe to help the solar panels run a small aircon on a really hot day next summer when the price per Kw/hr could be astronomical, but, maybe not: http://www.coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2012/08/every-single-time.html

 

11/08/2012: THIS is for me: http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2012/08/powdered-beer-and-soda-makes-roughing-it-not-so-rough/

 

11/08/2012: Is it any wonder Cardinal Pell has described environmentalism as heresy? "The Archbishop of Canterbury is writing a book in which he lambasts the government for shrinking the State.  In its current ‘shrunken’ form, the state accounts for around half of the UK economy.  This is evidently sinful.  It should be bigger, presumably like the economies of the former communist countries of Eastern Europe.  Anglicanism has become extremely political. It is not just any old politics the church embraces.  It is the big State, high tax, green, protectionist, Keynesian politics of the left and fascist right". http://www.martindurkin.com/short-thoughts/evil-dressed-good 

 

11/08/2012: This is Nietzche. Fortunately we do not have a right wing side of politics like this in Australia. It is only the Left who espouse this sort of abhorrent evil: "Nietzsche, the romantic anti-capitalist, was appalled by the notion that the ‘common man’ (bourgeois and proletarian alike) should enjoy democratic rights. He attacked the ‘the raving stupidity and the noisy yapping of the democratic bourgeois.’ ‘Oh Voltaire! Oh humanity! Oh imbecility!’ He spat at ‘the French Revolution, that gruesome and, closely considered, superfluous farce.’ He sneered at ‘the levellers, these falsely named ‘free spirits’ – eloquent and tirelessly scribbling slaves of the democratic taste and its ‘modern ideas’.’ He poured scorn on the Enlightenment and humanism: ‘Man’, said Nietzsche, ‘is something to be overcome.’ He said ‘The democratic movement is a form assumed by man in decay’ … ‘that darkening and uglification of Europe which has now been going on for a hundred years.’ For Nietzsche, the abolition of serfdom was a tragedy. He complained that ‘everything base has become rebellious’. He was horrified by ‘the great evil, protracted, slow rebellion of the mob and the slaves.’ He said, ‘Let us face facts: the people have triumphed – or the slaves, the mob, the herd or whatever you like to call them … Masters have been abolished; the morals of the common man have triumphed … Mankind’s redemption (namely from its masters) is well under way; everything is becoming visibly Judified or Christified or mobified (what do words matter!). To arrest this poison’s progress throughout the body of mankind seems impossible.’ Nietzsche’s whole work was defiant attack on democratic, levelling effects of capitalism. He insisted, ‘there exists an order of rank between man and man.’ He spoke of ‘the incarnate differences of classes.’ ‘The noble caste’, he said are ‘the more complete human beings’. As for the newly liberated serfs, he called them, ‘the grumbling, oppressed, rebellious slave classes who aspire after domination – they call it “freedom”’. They were, ‘ponderous herd animals’ and ‘multifarious, garrulous, weak-willed and highly employable workers who need a master … worthy clumsy mechanicals … with their plebeian ambition.’ He reviled the common masses: ‘Life is a fountain of delight; but where the rabble also drinks, all wells are poisoned.’" Whew!

 

11/08/2012:It is unsurprising Ju-liar is not telling the truth about a few other things: http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/law_firm_wants_permission_to_release_its_wilson_files/

 

11/08/2012: "At the edge of a forest, German soldiers point their guns at rows of naked people who follow the Jewish religion. Among them are young mothers clutching their babies. The shots echo through the woods and the dead bodies fall into the ground. Down the road, while this is happening, their German army comrades are busy establishing nature walks and bird sanctuaries and planting trees. The Nazis conducted horrific experiments on children (I have seen footage so upsetting it can’t be shown on TV) but at the same time they banned medical experiments on animals. The same Nazi monsters who committed crimes of unimaginable barbarity also advocated vegetarianism, organic agriculture, forest preservation and homeopathic healthcare. How can we possibly explain this? What was the connection between the inhuman brutality of the Nazis and their gushing idealization of ‘Nature’?"http://www.martindurkin.com/blogs/nazi-greens-inconvenient-history

 

11/08/2012: Climate change aid money used to fund forced sterilisation in India: Is there no end to this green evil: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/15/uk-aid-forced-sterilisation-india

 

11/08/2012:The global carbon market was worth $176 bn in 2011, about the same as the global wheat trade, and the renewables investments added up to $243 bn in 2010. These are HUGE troughs - is it any wonder they attract pigs?

 

11/08/2012:'There is nothing “controversial” about fracking. Fracking has been a common well completion practice for more than 50 years. The practice of large-scale fracking of shale formations is somewhat more recent… But even that practice is 30 years old. Mitchell Energy was fracking the Barnett Shale in North Texas and the Bossier Shale in East Texas back in the 1980′s. Hydraulic fracturing is an industrial process in which water and various chemicals are pumped deep underground in order to fracture rock, allowing oil or gas to more easily flow to a well. As petroleum is produced at the surface, most hydraulic fracturing fluids return to the surface too'. It can only be used where an impervious layer overlies the resource: therefore methane and other chemicals will not contaminate groudwater from this process.

 

11/08/2012:The Sceptics' Olympics: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/08/10/friday-funny-climate-olympics/

 

11/08/2012: Some real imaginative Olympic events: though Della may have been interested in the pigeon racing she would probably have opposed the live pigeon shoot! http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2012/07/how-were-these-ever-considered-olympic-events/

 

Della Jones Fortunately they only held it once! I liked the duelling event with wax bullets!

 

11/08/2012: Matt Dennis shared: "Homeopaths do not have a physical brain, but merely 'skull water' with the memory of brains". -Robin Ince- Infinite Monkey Cage (Darren)

 

 

 

26/12/2012: And it's great to think (if you're a nature lover) that every year less land is having to be devoted just to feeding humanity, but as Ridley points out biofuels are destroying nature: http://www.rationaloptimist.com/blog/peak-farmland-is-here.aspx

 

 

 

26/12/2012: "2012 has been the greatest year in the history of the world. That sounds like an extravagant claim, but it is borne out by evidence. Never has there been less hunger, less disease or more prosperity. The West remains in the economic doldrums, but most developing countries are charging ahead, and people are being lifted out of poverty at the fastest rate ever recorded. The death toll inflicted by war and natural disasters is also mercifully low. We are living in a golden age."

 

 

 

25/12/2012: Top ten science discoveries for 2012: (as I have observed before: the world just keeps getting better and better!) We have been watching Stephen Hawking's wonderful programme lately and would, therefore probably vote for the brain-machine interface, but as an historian I am drawn to the Denisovan's DNA...: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/12/23/the-higgs-boson-takes-science-center-stage-for-2012/#more-76150

 

 

 

24/12/2012: A great article by Miranda about Labor's most recent proposed apology, this time to the adopted, "Today we have banished all stigma, so it is perfectly tolerable for young women to have babies to a variety of feckless men on the taxpayer tab, leaving the children vulnerable to sexual abuse, violence and neglect. This is an epidemic. ": http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/mirandadevine/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/demonising_adoption_dishonours_its_heroes/

 

 

 

24/12/2012: A different perspective on gun control here: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/12/20/A-Real-Public-Opinion-Poll-8-000-People-A-Day-Join-NRA-Since-Dec-14 and here: http://moonbattery.com/?p=22852

 

 

 

23/12/2012: Well Santa, time to 'fess up: http://moonbattery.com/?p=22807

 

 

 

23/12/2012: Schapelle: Astonishing, if true: "The boogie board's weight recorded at Brisbane domestic departures, Sydney domestic arrivals and Sydney International check-in did not include the 4.2k weight of any hooch... but it did when it arrived at Denpasar." http://pickeringpost.com/article/carr-should-have-a-date-with-corby/844

 

 

 

22/12/2012: We have outstanding governments in the West: if a problem can be 'solved' by introducing regulations, you can be sure they have already done it before we were even aware there was a problem; conversely if a problem can be created or exacerbated by wasting money, you can be certain they have done that too!

 

 

 

22/12/2012: In Russia the coldest winter since 1938: is this weather or is it climate? http://joannenova.com.au/2012/12/its-a-deadly-cold-russian-winter-minus-50-in-siberia/#more-26100

 

 

 

21/12/2012: Pickering on deficit spending: "So, how has Labor fared with our economy? Well, here it is in a nutshell: In 2007 every man woman and child in Australia had $850 in the bank, courtesy of Peter Costello. In a short five years of Labor, every man woman and child in Australia owes $7,000 and paying interest only, with not a dent in the principal. And what has a struggling family of four have to show for their $28,000 of expenditure? A new car perhaps, an extension to the house? Maybe a round-the-World trip or two years' private school fees? Nope... nothing! Not one thing a family of four can say they have benefited from. In fact they have gone backwards. Gillard is for the family and the workers eh ...since bloody when?"

 

 

 

21/12/2012: The leaked IPCC AR5 report shows that 'Global Warming' was basically a 'Chicken Little' ploy & we can all get on with our lives (even on this LAST of all days!) NOW all we need to do is get rid of this carbon tax and the shambolic government behind it...http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323981504578179291222227104.html

 

 

 

20/12/2012: Swan discovers there will be no surplus. Soon he will discover Gillard is not a virgin! What a circus!

 

 

 

20/12/2012: The importance of string: ultralight thongs made from shoe inserts: 58 grams the pair in Size 8. Great for camp shoes, river crossings etc. Also: the Gossamer Gear Sitlight Pad @ 30 grams (apart from keeping your bum dry for lunches on wet days) will make two pairs of same with the addition of a bit of string. If your hiking shoes let you down this tip may get you out of a lot of trouble: http://www.trailquest.net/sandals.html My knots are different form Brawny’s : I pass a (doubled) loop up through the gap between the big toes and have an overhand knot under the thong. The two ends come up through each side of the thong towards the rear (as with normal thongs) and are joined to the loop with two overhand knots. To make into sandals a bit of elastic either over the top of the foot or around the heel and joined to the strings at the rear where they emerge on the top side of the thong works well and would ensure they stay on during river crossings.

 

 

 

16/12/2012: Zeno's boat: Zeno, as you may know was an ancient Greek Sceptic philosopher, the inventor of many interesting paradoxes. I like this one (with apologies TO Zeno). Suppose a man over many years repairs a boat by replacing one plank at a time... After a long time he has replaced all the planks: Is it the same boat? Suppose as well, that another man collects the discarded planks of the first man and constructs a boat (albeit very gradually - and it would not be much of a boat!). Eventually the second man completes HIS boat. NOW, which is the original boat? Memory is like that. What makes us individuals is our memory, but it is forever changing (like the planks in the boat). When we are 12 we can remember many pre-school experiences. When we are twenty, we can still remember our primary school, but our earlier experiences have slipped. Now that we are sixty! (Can that really be true?) there is not much left of our secondary school experiences (or even our University ones) - indeed if you are like me you probably can't remember where you left your shoes or your car keys! Were they yours at all? Who are you? The upshot is: are we the same person? By imprisoning someone for the term of his natural life (whatever s/he has done) we are in effect after a time punishing an innocent person because their memories dictate they are no longer the person who committed that horrific crime. They no longer remember it. Therefore, they should have been executed at the time of the crime so that we were actually punishing the criminal and not some new person whom they have become over time. Society gets the added benefit of being able to use their unneeded organs to save other lives - and huge economies on the cost of prisons. By the same token, sometimes (as happened recently) a long-term prisoner recalls that he (it almost always is) recalls an earlier horrific crime (Camillieri just did, for example) and someone's loved one at last finds rest and peace. Life and death are such difficult issues. Mind you if we were allowed to use torture and truth drugs on such proven criminals at the time (before they were quite properly executed) we could have found out the truth of all their previous crimes back then. Of course, many puzzling books would not have been written about Port Arthur, Falconio & etc.

 

 

 

 

 

16/12/2012: This article (http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/12/12/and-now-for-something-completely-different/#more-75600) and this book (http://www.amazon.com/Hormones-with-Harmony-ebook/dp/B00AK0LUGS/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1355320806&sr=1-1&keywords=hormones+with+harmony#reader_B00AK0LUGS) are too important to ignore: it IS for example inarguable that Vietnamese suffer only one fortieth of the prostate cancer that Europeans do AND that the key difference is DIET. (There are many other conditions - including female ones - which are equally affected by what foods we eat.

 

 

 

16/12/2012: IPCC AR5: who'd have thought it? NOTHING to worry about. How long before this gets buried by the alarmists: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/12/13/ipcc-ar5-draft-leaked-contains-game-changing-admission-of-enhanced-solar-forcing/

 

 

 

16/12/2012: A fascinating article (and please pursue it to other articles by the amazing Rob Dunn: http://www.robrdunn.com/) http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/The-Mystery-of-the-Singing-Mice.html#ixzz1Jw33OqiH

 

 

 

16/12/2012: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." Listen up, this obviously means longarms, as it has in Victoria since 1927! Still and all, the Left has been supporting the insurgents in Libya and Syria who 'ought not' have arms either, surely? Mind you, there have been numerous recent examples in the US eg where a lady has been able to take down the bad guys because she was able to pack a six shooter! It is also the case that in the most recent massacre and in the previous Batman movie one, they occurred in GUN-FREE zones – which meant that no-one was in a position to defend herself! I refer you back to my previous post from 'Macbeth', which IS surely the point: ie identify the bad guys and remove the danger.

 

 

 

15/12/2012: Gun control is too simple, we need to stamp out THESE feelings (Macbeth Act5,Scene5):

"To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,

Creeps in this petty pace from day to day

To the last syllable of recorded time,

And all our yesterdays have lighted fools

The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!

Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player

That struts and frets his hour upon the stage

And then is

 

heard no more: it is a tale

Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,

Signifying nothing

...I gin to be aweary of the sun,

And wish the estate o' the world were now undone."

 

 

 

15/12/2012: Not a lot of cars are still hand made (though Land Rover Defenders spring to mind) but there IS something very beautiful about the making of this Morgan roadster, something which they have been doing since 1908: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/motoringvideo/9727841/Making-of-the-new-Morgan-Plus-8-in-two-minutes.html

 

 

 

14/12/2012: In a similar vein: a cart pulled by a lion, two goats and a bear: the only way to travel, scroll down: http://www.deltabluez.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/some-more-cart-photos.html

 

 

 

14/12/2012: A fur coat for the animal libbers amongst you: you will have to SEE this to believe it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fB0jml3iLBc&feature=player_embedded

 

 

 

14/12/2012: Saved 2500 kids and didn't win the Nobel Peace Prize, (but Obama and Al Gore DID!) Phooey! Bravo Irena Sendler,  Died 12 May 2008 (aged 98) Warsaw, Poland:

 

”During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto, as a plumbing/sewer specialist. She had an 'ulterior motive'. She KNEW what the Nazi's plans were for the Jews (being German). Irena smuggled infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried and she carried in the back of her truck a burlap sack, (for larger kids). She also had a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers of course wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking covered the kids/infants noises. During her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants. She was caught, and the Nazi's broke both her legs, arms and beat her severely. Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she smuggled out and kept them in a glass jar, buried under a tree in her back yard. After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived it and reunited the family. Most had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into foster family homes or adopted. Last year Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize. She was not selected. President Obama won one year before becoming President for his work as a community organizer for ACORN and Al Gore won also --- for a slide show on Global Warming”.

 

 

 

14/12/2012: CITIZENSHIP ought NOT be a guaranteed right. Anyone's citizenship should be cancelled if they continue to BE non-citizens. The issue of whether some other country would take them or whether they should be deported is a different matter, but in many cases the answer to the second question is, 'Yes,' emphatically, 'YES!' In the past OSTRACISM was a common and deserved penalty. I see no reason why i

 

t should not continue to be. Most criminals have surely richly earned the withdrawal of the benefits of citizenship whatever other penalty they may suffer. As for 'refugees' and immigrants who have 95%+ Centrelink dependency (and no English language skills) after 5 years' residence have long since EARNED the big kick back to where they came from!

 

 

 

14/12/2012: We have to stamp out this vile practice which is hardly done by suppressing the offenders' names; better to deport them and adopt out the daughter: http://bunyipitude.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/ssssshhh-better-that-we-dont-know.html

 

 

 

 

 

13/12/2012: The right thing to do in a crisis: reach out a helping hand or reach for your smart phone: there is no contest, is there - at least in New York:  this man is about to die: Let's hope we have not descended so far: http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/mirandadevine/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/morality_lost_behind_a_camera_lens/

 

 

 

13/12/2012: AND THIS is even worse still, absolutely horrific: http://www.rehabs.com/explore/meth-before-and-after-drugs/infographic.html#.UMj6AneT9_R

 

 

 

13/12/2012: Even WORSE than I thought, Miranda: "PRIMARY students have a “substantial problem” in reading, with 25 per cent failing to meet the minimum standard for their age in international tests, while maths and science skills in primary and high school have stagnated over the past 16 years...In the first international test of primary students, Australian year 4 students scored the lowest of the English-speaking nations in reading, ranked 27th out of 48 countries tested, comparable to Bulgaria, Slovenia and Lithuania...Australian school spending grew 44% from 2000-09, far more than the OECD average, yet our students’ reading and maths scores plummeted over that period. They were thrashed by students in larger classes in countries which spent far less...our average class size is 23, yet in reading and science our students are one to two years behind their peers in Shanghai, where the average class size is 40, according to a report by the Grattan Institute, and we’re more than two years behind in maths": http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/mirandadevine/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/proof_our_students_are_not_being_taught_properly/

 

 

 

13/12/2012: Good work lass: THIS is where it starts and it ends with Jill Meagher & etc dead: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/law-order/infrared-camera-snaps-thief-stealing-underwa/story-fnat7jfp-1226533663639?sv=4aa02a7afb53d50c06250174bc0b97f2#.UMVttprZt6c.twitter

 

 

 

13/12/2012: AND so many sinister proposals to restrict our freedom of speech on the basis of such nonsense! http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=512532708767745&set=a.456449604376056.98921.367116489976035&type=1&theater

 

 

 

12/12/2012: Numerologically an auspicious day: also 15,000 days with my beloved, Della - so much cause for celebration! Della Jones "And thanks for the lovely celebratory lunch! It still doesn't sound like very much when you count in days though..." AND 30,000 days doesn't sound like a VERY long life - but it IS!

 

 

 

12/12/2012: Which 'rant' only inspires me to comment on the latest evidence of 'success' from the NBN programme with 15% of houses it passes taking it up! THAT was certainly worth spending $50+ billion on. Of course in time the rest of us will not have the choice of continuing with ADSL@+ (or progressing to VDSL) etc at a much more modest cost. And forget about having the telephone when there is a bushfire or like emergency. Of course disasters such as that will never happen again now that we have the social managers par excellence in charge!

 

 

 

12/12/2012: The 'Education Revolution' and the School (Gillard) Halls didn't do it: we are now ranked 27th educationally. We are apparently being dragged down 'by the tail' in the statistics. This is no surprise to me. We have been paying all sorts of people to breed, migrate, 'educate' our young etc for decades. We have just about completely (as a country) lost the ability to do anything right. In education, for example toys and glitz and smaller classes fronted by educational pygmies will not cut it. In Finland for contrast only the best are allowed to become teachers - whilst here the average entrant to teaching had a high school mark of less than 50%. How could such people 'lift' their charges? Larger classes fronted by more capable and higher paid teachers allowed to inspire and carry a big stick: to enforce a non-Disneyesque curriculum would turn things around; but don't wait to see that conclusion from 'educational' bureaucrats! More money is not even part of the solution.

 

 

 

9/12/2012: Shearing today; incredible that we will be finished before lunch instead of going on for 4-5 days. Ah, retirement...

 

 

 

9/12/2012: Thank You, John. A very important talk: we ignore it at our peril: http://www.quadrant.org.au/magazine/issue/2012/12/the-importance-of-knowing-where-we-came-from

 

 

 

9/12/2012: Rather a lot of very careful fuel reduction burning being undertaken by our environmental custodians: would have zero effect on our CO2 emissions, no doubt: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/12/08/earth-at-night-wildfires-in-australia/#more-75457

 

 

 

9/12/2012: Extraordinary Government waste: Had a visit (you probably did too) from a sub-continental youth handing out Green largesse: energy efficient power board/s, CFL light-globes and a chimney blocker were the goodies on offer. All of absolutely no use to me.  He seemed mystified I did not want these 'free' goodies. I pointed out to him that we had installed CFLs in the 1990's and that we had since replaced the wretched things with much better LEDs. Our power board had a much more energy efficient off SWITCH. We have a pot-belly stove...Once, people could be counted on to look after themselves. NOW manna is being forced on us by newly arrived migrants, no less - on behalf of our nanny-state Govt. What a great country we have built! Meanwhile in Glebe (where I once lived) an enquiry is being held into the tragic disappearance of a little girl from a family of 13 who have lived in Australia for decades, yet none of whom speaks English or has a job! Send more just like them please, Ju-liar! http://bunyipitude.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/new-australians-of-modern-kind.html

 

 

 

8/12/2012: DILEMMA: Do I believe in democracy OR human rights? The democratically elected Government of Kuwait have voted for Sharia Law only to have their decision overturned by the King, who requires human rights. But then I AM a monarchist, so it's all right!

 

 

 

8/12/2012: As a cat lover I am glad that 'Moggie' is not all bad. When they were eliminated recently on Macquarie Island enormous environmental destruction ensued. Here we see a luminary as important as Tim Flannery rushing to 'Tiddles'' defence. It IS interesting that no wildlife problems have emerged in Tasmania after 200 years of pussycats: http://books.google.com.au/books?id=pBSLBWw9OisC&pg=PA170&lpg=PA170&dq=ten+million+wildcats+abc+flannery&source=bl&ots=sWMHhZStfi&sig=tcHBqPgJvpDP37RrSGRCMho8EmY&hl=en&sa=X&ei=dBG7UJTcMuqyiQeAloCoAg&ved=0CDEQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=ten%20million%20wildcats%20abc%20flannery&f=false

 

 

 

8/12/2012: 100 YEARS OLD TODAY: Not me, the YINNAR GENERAL STORE - though we probably BOTH look it! Come on down, listen to the Strzelecki Stringbusters, have a sausage, socialise and browse. See you there @ 11:00am!

 

 

 

7/12/2012: Pickering: " Gillard bought her Abbottsford property using a $20,000 loan from Slater & Gordon as a deposit and a bank mortgage. No money up front. Her repayments would have been at the top end with what was, in effect, a first and second mortgage. How then did she pay for her extensive renovations? The Abbottsford place was a hovel but ideal to restore using laundered funds as was Wilson’s Kerr St property. Floors and ceilings were replaced, tiling, fencing a new kitchen, bathroom, new fittings, plastering and painting... almost a new house emerged. Con Spiridis, “Bill, the Greek bullshit artist” (as Gillard described him) and others were paid with laundered cash, some supplied by Wilson, other amounts went through the Greek Kew Renovations-owned Town Mode. Gillard offered to produce some receipts... but understandably, no cheque butts".

 

 

 

7/12/2012: You SHOULD read THIS article. Surely we all know by now Malthus (and his Club of Rome and greenie followers) were WRONG, WRONG, WRONG on how/why GROWTH occurs. (The population/ecological doom he predicted were a mirage). Keynesian economics is simply Malthus' heir - and is equally false! Governments continue to throw billions of dollars of precious capital away on this utterly false premise (the recent Reserve Bank interest rate cut is but the latest example of this). BUT what if the whole economic edifice on which Keynesianism was based is UTTERLY FALSE? Read Steve Kates: http://www.quadrant.org.au/blogs/qed/2012/12/how-economies-really-work

 

 

 

7/12/2012: Lord Monckton has been evicted from the Doha conference for stating THIS simple truth: “In the 16 years we have been coming to these conferences, there has been no global warming,” The truth should NOT get in the way of a good story - or a GOOD RORT!

 

 

 

7/12/2012: The Carbon Tax is certainly working: this week we had the coldest day on record in Canberra, Antarctic ice is at an historic maximum, and in India the glaciers have all grown back - pity Al Gore: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-12-03/india/35569707_1_bara-shigri-glaciers-snowfall

 

 

 

7/12/2012: Our anti-Semitic Government is at it again: “Bob Carr has had Israel’s ambassador  to Australia Yuval Rotem called in to protest against TEL AVIV'S decision to expand housing settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.” On November 27: “In a move likely to anger Israel, Australia will split with TEL AVIV and the US by not opposing the resolution, to be presented as early as Thursday in New York, which seeks to upgrade Palestine’s status in the General Assembly to a non-member observer state like the Vatican.” HEADS UP FOLKS: JERUSALEM is the CAPITAL of Israel!

 

 

 

6/12/2012: Whodathought? Idiots in Doha: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=YlXAbi7RSBU

 

 

 

8/12/2012: We bought a tray back camper from fourwheelcampers.com in California sometime back. We have just been away in it and found it brilliant (especially the bed). The gas  fridge kept everything nice and cold. We have a space heater and a water heater with an outside shower. We may add a rooftop solar panel to supplement the car's charger if we need it. Unfortunately it is a little back heavy for the 110, hence the change.

 

 

 

6/12/2012: The bad news is we DO have to buy another vehicle to carry the camper around as the 110 Defender IS too short and its GVM too little. The GOOD news is we have found one and put a deposit on it. There will be MUCH retrofitting of gear from one vehicle to another: (Diff Locks including front and rear axles, secondary batteries, trays....) but eventually we WILL  have safe 4WD camping holidays in disgusting LUXURY!

 

 

 

6/12/2012: Our solar system is SUCH an amazing place: just this week we had news of organics (if not life - NASA is still being very cautious here) on Mars, and now ICE on Mercury. Who'd have believed there is a habitable zone on a planet generally hot enough to melt lead? Beneath the seas on Titan too life MAY lurk. Out further on the growing numbers of discovered planets circling other suns, some in our neighbourhood even (ie the Centaur), who yet knows what may lurk ('Beware the Blob'): http://www.space.com/18695-water-ice-mercury-explained-infographic.html

 

 

 

6/12/2012: For those of you of a greener persuasion, here is Tim Flannery's company Geodynamics practicing FRACKING to produce 'clean green energy'. No doubt this is OK when you are out to 'save the world' and fleece the taxpayers of over $90 million in subsidies for impractical 'renewable' schemes but not OK when you are going to provide energy consumers with cheap, plentiful natural gas or petroleum. Of course this is brought to you by a man who predicted sea level rise of metres and then bought a seaside villa (as did Al Gore). They are such shams and shamans these green preachers: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/12/05/another-kind-of-fracking-this-produces-geothermal-energy/

 

 

 

5/12/2012:  I also do not understand the Left's rejection of Israeli democracy and their courting of dangerous Islamists: the 'Arab Spring' and the 'caliphate' have brought some of the worst human conditions we have ever seen. Supporting such movements is surely a form of collective suicide!

 

 

 

5/12/2012: I do not understand the crazy 'economists' in the Reserve Bank & etc who continue to impose interest rate cuts so that the financially irresponsible can borrow more money to spend on toys and frivolities whilst savers are forced into ever riskier investments in an attempt to defend their savings.

 

 

 

4/12/2012: Julia Gillard has come up with an idea to cut everyone's power bills in half. Every household in Australia will be sent a pair of scissors.

 

 

 

4/12/2012: Well done Alanis! Interesting figure here: "Israel... is multi-racial; roughly half of Israeli Jews are from or the descendents of Jews from Arab lands expelled after the creation of Israel": http://legalinsurrection.com/2012/12/alanis-is-canadian-for-courage/

 

 

 

4/12/2012: A growth industry: It is extraordinary that when he sang a song in his own 'language' people were so moved to tears they did not notice it was gibberish http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/who-can-it-be-now-20121126-2a25w.html

 

 

 

4/12/2012: Climate alarmism is SUCH bad algebra: Let's see, 9% rise in CO2 = zero warming for 16 years, therefore warming effect of CO2 = zero. Anything multiplied by zero is...well...zero, so 100% increase in CO2 = zero warming, and so on... Relax. Chill out folks! Snow here  today, by the way - and Della REFUSES to go hiking at Wilson's Prom in the rain (as offered by me as a SPECIAL birthday treat). Shucks!

 

 

 

3/12/2012: Here was Ju-Liar in 1992 helping her boyfriend Wilson steal the entire $800,000 plus of a workers' funeral fund. The money 'disappeared' and none was ever recovered. Of course SHE says 'I did nothing wrong' and we all believe her, don't we: http://michaelsmithnews.typepad.com/.a/6a0177444b0c2e970d017d3e5fd1eb970c-pi

 

 

 

3/12/2012: Is it possible that an article about 'yawning' can be too long - an interesting social experiment or a digression into recursion perhaps: http://www.rationaloptimist.com/blog/the-mystery-of-why-we-yawn.aspx

 

 

 

3/12/2012: More prosaic doings: I am building a set of stairs for the Defender's trayback camper so our 'Tiny' dog can more easily access it - less importantly it will assist us aging folks too. Made a prototype out of timber to see how that works (they look and work great but are too heavy). Della zipped up them with her arms folded - so they passed an important test there. Some time this morning will be devoted to converting those ideas into lightweight aluminium. Stairs are more complicated than you would think. Unfortunately I think I need to convert the 110 Defender to a 130 as the camper has too much overhang and the steering is compromised: I suspect the easiest way around this (unfortunately) is to buy another vehicle!

 

 

 

3/12/2012: Related but scarey news: our Government is 'forced' to vote against Israel at the UN for fear of a backlash in Moslem dominated seats!

 

 

 

3/12/2012:Who would have thought: asylum seekers in Indonesia cheered when it was announced they would be on welfare in Australia for five years!

 

 

 

2/12/2012: LIFE: Rumour has it that NASA is about to announce on Monday that Curiosity has found evidence of LIFE ON MARS! Watch this space...We are NOT alone...Do/did the Martians have a god? Is it one of the same million gods we have on Earth? Move over Orson Welles! This could be interesting...

 

 

 

30/11/2012: How things work: not necessarily how you think they do: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9707029/Two-thirds-of-millionaires-left-Britain-to-avoid-50p-tax-rate.html

 

 

 

30/11/2012: If this invention pans out I may be able to pay for the beer I drink with the electricity I am able to sell: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/urine-powered-generator-unveiled-international-exhibition-234718329.html

 

 

 

30/11/2012: I may need one sooner than this as mine is beginning to wear out! http://www.rationaloptimist.com/blog/synthetic-brains-by-2030.aspx

 

 

 

29/11/2012: Charming people in Afghanistan - pity though they had not wanted to marry Ju-liar: http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/timblair/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/death_triangle/

 

 

 

28/11/2012: Burt Rutan, the engineer who brought us http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SpaceShipOne (amongst many other aeronautical marvels) gives his take on AGW, HERE: http://rps3.com/Pages/Burt_Rutan_on_Climate_Change.htm or HERE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gm8vaH8LEV0

 

 

 

28/11/2012: Josh Frydenberg certainly looks and sounds like the real thing. A future PM in waiting? http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/mirandadevine/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/a_litany_of_failure/

 

 

 

28/11/2012: Listen up Bruce: plastic notes were introduced in 1988: the dog did NOT eat your homework; but obviously you ARE such a lying stupid shite that you really needed the help of a good CRIMINAL lawyer - and you got it!

 

 

 

28/11/2012: IF this does not make sense to you: Wilson explained on the 7:30 report that Blewitt buried the money (stolen c1993-5) and that it rotted and was thrown away AND that Wilson indeed DID need Ju-liar's help to fill in the forms which he used to steal the money in the first place! With friends like him...

 

 

 

26/11/2012: Just like the rest of the human race our Prime Minister cannot have been in Perth on 4 Feb 1993 to witness Ralph Blewitt's signature on the 'Power of Attorney' document (which allowed Wilson to launder $100,000 plus of stolen AWU money into their house in Fitzroy) AND have kept appointments in Melbourne ON THE SAME DAY. Someone WILL have a record of her presence in the office in Melbourne on that day. WAIT AND SEE! Anyway, why would a partner in a prominent law firm fly all the way to Perth to witness a signature when there would be plenty of notaries in Perth who could have done so? Obviously she did not, but her signature is ON THE DOCUMENT. Blewitt SAYS she was NOT there. Let's see who IS telling the truth...She has always been a sloppy liar. THIS will bring her down! Then again 'ubiquity' is often a characteristic of SAINTS: perhaps she will take her place soon besides Mary Mckillop?

 

25/11/2012: I have Della working on this pigeon puzzle: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/PrintNews.aspx?PageID=383&NID=35334

 

 

 

25/11/2012: Interesting observation: "If you want to destroy an infantry unit, you cut it off from its neighbouring units. If you want to destroy a generation, you cut it off from previous generations," CS Lewis

 

 

 

25/11/2012: An answer to a question you never dared to ask: If you went outside and lay down on your back with your mouth open, how long would you have to wait until a bird pooped in it?: http://what-if.xkcd.com/11/

 

 

 

25/11/2012: Bravo: Johanna Quaas, an 86-year-old who has just entered the record books as the world’s oldest gymnast. Displaying astonishing balance, strength and flexibility, she performed routines on the floor and parallel bars that would put someone decades younger to shame: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2bOED5LzZw&feature=player_embedded

 

24/11/2012: For those of you who (irrationally) fear DEATH, an interesting article in this week's New Scientist by Shelly Kagan, 'Don't Fear the Reaper' who'proves' pretty well I thought that such fears are inappropriate (unless you happen to believe strongly in an after-life which involves imminent purgatory anyway!) http://www.scribd.com/doc/110795988/Death-Don-t-Fear-the-Reaper-Opinion-22-October-2012-New-Scientist

 

24/11/2012: AND, for those of you who have concluded that the Nanny State may soon make "Magnet spheres...harder to acquire than ammunition" there remains THIS source of these wonderful toys: http://www.zenmagnets.com/

 

24/11/2012: HERE is a question you may never have wanted to know the answer to, so suck eggs: Can a machine gun fired downwards produce enough lift to make itself into a jet-pack? Surprisingly, (for the Kalashnikov at least, the doyen of the Jihadist set) the answer is, 'Yes!': http://what-if.xkcd.com/21/

 

22/11/2012: Tony Jones attacking Shorten about the 'Wilson Affair' (last night) AND Leigh Sales interviewing Ralph Blewitt about same. Ralph back from Indo. to give protected witness information about the crime. Aunty has never gone there before! Doomed Gillard, doomed. And Roxon (the nation's chief LAW officer!) says she has INVESTIGATED the matter and that Ju-liar did no WRONG. Lots of folks will want to see a HARD COPY of that investigation's report! She SHOULD know as she was a 'friend' of Shorten, Gillard, Wilson... back when the 'crime' was committed...Oh, WOE!

 

22/11/2012: A MUST READ: 10 climate myths definitively debunked: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/11/20/myths-and-facts-about-global-warming/

 

22/11/2012: I never cease to be amazed that there are believers in the 'supernatural'. HOW is it that there are people who do no KNOW there is NOTHING which is not NATURAL?

 

21/11/2012: The MISMATCH between what the models predict and what is observed has been widening. It really seems likely we are in for a protracted period of global cooling (30+ years) which WILL make it increasingly harder to feed the world's growing population - unless there is another Norman Borlag working on it: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/11/19/cooling-in-the-near-future/#more-74502 & especially THIS graaphic: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-swrAyQv92WQ/UKaQK0EtnjI/AAAAAAAAADk/QtkphzCbCog/s400/hansen.gif

 

20/11/2012: UTTER NONSENSE from the World Bank (& the ABC as usual) about imminent climate catastrophe: predicting a 4C warmer world by 2100 & etc, ad nauseum. If they were elongating the graph for the last 16 years the prediction would be 0C. If they were basing predictions on what has happened in the last 100 years at Cape Otway and Wilsons Prom (for example) the climate would be ANOTHER 2C COLDER than it is now. Bankers WANT TO MAKE MONEY FROM CARBON TRADING. It IS THAT simple!

 

20/11/2012: Makita Rechargeable Angle Grinder: this wonderful tool is available in a 3-pack from Bunnings @ $599 - also includes drill and impact driver. Have tried out the drill & the angle grinder and they are superb! Big recommend from me for Xmas present for the one you love! Mind you, I HAVE bought some Westfarmers shares so I have a vested interest in Bunnings Xmas sale - but it remains a pretty good bargain all the same!

 

20/11/2012: I am busily trying to convert the proceeds from the sale of the farm into income producing shares at the moment having tippy toed around on eggshells for months not doing much about it. This is a VERY stressful procedure. Each day I examine our holdings so far to see how much we have lost now! Mind you wanting to sell a small draft of excess sheep we still have and this remains even WORSE financially! A pot of gold at the end of the rainbow would be nicer!

 

19/11/2012: And, while I am on the topic of welding: I used to think the angle grinder was just about the best invention EVER. NOW, I own a Makita rechargeable 115mm angle grinder courtesy of Father's Day (WHAT an institution!) and Wowee! does it rock! I have cut up all the steel for the abovementioned stock crate with it, and it was a breeze. There is no way now that the DSE/Parks Vic etc will be locking me out of any public land where I wish to go - though I have noticed that usually some other public minded citizen has beaten me to it: the Moroka Creek Track where Herculean work was overthrown springs to mind...

 

19/11/2012: Blast! The pure sine wave inverter which I ordered from Ebay is faulty and won't work Della's 40 watt hair straightener (or even a 130 watt Dremel either). Trying to get everything in the camper set up so we can try it out, but I keep being thwarted. Oh well, back to welding a new stock crate for the Defender so we can sell some sheep. Not enough now to afford a carrier, so we have to take them to market ourselves!

 

18/11/2012: Whilst NOT on the subject of politics I don't know whether I posted a report on my Six Moon Designs Dyneema pack, the Swift - which I think Della gave me earlier for Xmas. It has proved wonderfully comfortable and durable. It would be hard to beat in a 428 gram pack (@$110!). I switched the waist belt for a single one as I had difficulty doing the double one up (arthritis,stoutness). I have snagged the netting side pockets on blackberries and would recommend they make them out of Dyneema too. The roll-top closure is interesting. The pack is big enough (for me) to carry everything I need for a week's hike (which it did on the Dusky Track NZ in April). I recommend too the Thermarest Women's NeoAir XLite mat @ 320 g and the Montbell UL Super Spiral Down Hugger #3 sleeping bag @ 624g which together bring the 'big three' to under 1400 grams total! Add @ 500 grams for my new Tyvek tent!

 

18/11/2012: I have been thinking about my Tyvek tent designs again: I believe I can now make an @ 6 foot high, zero condensation 'fire' tent for 2-4 people which will weigh under one kilo including floor and zipperless mosquito netting and which will set up against a tree or with the aid of a hiking pole/stick. Similarly I think I can make a one person design (with about 1.5 mtre head height) @ about 500 grams. It will be a few days before I have time to cut them out and make them as I have other projects. The beauty of Tyvek is: it is (relatively) fire/spark resistant (800C); it can be joined/repaired with tape; it is waterproof and breathable; it comes in 3 metre roll widths; it can withstand 160 km winds; it is cheap (30 metre roll @ $180; ie 4-5 tents per roll); it does not drape; it weighs 1.7 oz/ sq yd (50gsm); it is white and has an R-rating so reflects and retains heat well - so wonderful for a winter fire heated tent. To my mind, a tent where you cannot stand/sit out of the rain whilst being warmed by a fire is pointless. Am also working on a sub 100 gram fire heated electric generator for charging batteries or electronic gear such as eBook readers/music players. You see, not ALL my posts are about politics. Indeed, if the pollies would get their acts together, proabably none would be - there ARE more interesting things. I have no interest in making money out of these tents so will probably post the completed designs for interested folks in future. You do not need to be able to sew to make a Tyvek tent as it does not fray, can be joined with tape and works well with tarp holder tie-outs.

 

17/11/2012: Supposing terrorists who believed Australia ought not exist were firing rockets into Melbourne and Sydney: would you think our Government should NOT retaliate? There IS no argument. (Reply to a comment: And, just imagine that six million Australians had not so long ago been murdered by just the sort of fascists firing rockets at them right now...) (Comment on a comment: To my mind there are over a million Moslem Palestinian Israeli citizens who are also being shelled indiscriminately by Hamas (a declared terrorist organisation) rockets.)

 

16/11/2012: WHEN will Gillard declare a Royal Commission into UNION corruption? When Hell freezes over! It is interesting though isn't it that $5,000 was paid by Wilson into her bank account AFTER she declared to Peter Gordon that the relationship was OVER?

 

14/11/2012: I am NOT in favour of the rape of pre-pubescent children. Far from it. DEATH is too good for the perpetrators, in my opinion. BUT a Royal Commission WITCH HUNT into the nation's underage sexuality is surely silly at best and a waste of money: the criminal law already exists. Consider this: the age at which the average Australian first experiences sexual penetration has, for many, many years been below the legal age of consent. What that means is that the average Australian has been a victim of or a perpetrator of child sexual abuse. I DON"T think so. The definitions are ALL wrong. Everyone has a sex life of some sort. Providing that it is consensual (and post pubescent) it seems unlikely that it should concern the law or any Commission, rather than being just a private matter. Society surely should only become involved where there is harm and/or force. An example: tens of thousands of Australians have (foolishly perhaps) posted underage explicit photos of themselves on their phones etc. Bizarrely the law deems that they have committed a child sexual offence and should spend their lives on the sex offenders' register, be prevented from ever getting a job working with children & etc. The whole legal position of sexual activity clearly needs quite a tidy up which would be a much better use of society's scarce resources than a Royal Commission. Look how much good all previous Royal Commissions did! It is a nonsense.

 

14/11/2012: More tests for Ju-liar today. A union official admits he paid money into Julia's account for Bruce Wilson, and Slater & Gordon confirm Julia acted on the conveyancing file! Doomed, surely? http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/awu_scandal_5000_put_in_gillards_account_claims_whistleblower/

 

11/11/2012: THIS is rather neat:http://www.gizmag.com/clock-clock-analog-digital/24918/

 

09/11/2012: Amazing: Take professional photographs with your iphone: http://www.iprolens.com/

 

09/11/2012: When I saw that the crucial letter was missing, I wondered whether perhaps someone on the other side of politics had 'borrowed' it, perhaps to produce in the midst of an election campaign. Nice to know that at least it still exists (and WIL

L see the light of day). Ju-liar IS doomed. Rudd's most recent behaviour indicates HE thinks so too : http://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2012/11/the-letter-to-the-wa-corporate-affairs-commissioner-from-julia-gillard.html

 

09/11/2012: THIS is what has already happpened: Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-59): "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years...When the taste for physical gratifications among them has grown more rapidly than their education...the time will come when men are carried away and lose all self-restraint...It is not necessary to do violence to such a people in order to strip them of the rights they enjoy; they themselves willingly loosen their hold...they neglect their chief business which is to remain their own masters."

 

09/11/2012: When I look at the satellite temperature records the two things that strike me most are their relative stability AND the step change which occurred in 1998. Temperatures for the previous twenty years were steady at about -.2C below the average and SINCE then have varied around +.2C ABOVE the average. Hadcrut and other land-based temperatures have the period 1950-75 showing a cooling. The 1930's we known to have been the hottest period of the last century. There are other hotter and cooler periods futher back. I just can't SEE how THESE records can indicate ANY AGW global warming, quite the reverse. Instead, there is clearly either a major error in the satellite records (our most reliable database) or an unknown mechanism which would account for this step change (clearly NOT the STEADY increase in CO2). It MAY be that there are natural cycles of heating and cooling here too: http://www.drroyspencer.com/2012/11/uah-v5-5-global-temp-update-for-october-2012-0-33-deg-c/

 

09/11/2012: Who would have thought: "a Christian...steals, rapes, and kills children?” I'm not very keen on ANY of these religos, but the persecution of 200 million Christians worldwide IS despicable - and particularly as it is largely done at the behest of the religion of 'peace'. Mind you, those of you who were so ignorant of history as to think Buddhists were immune to religious excesses must be eating your words when you see what they have been up to in Burma. It would be nice to see the end of ALL religions, but I doubt I WILL see it: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/9640825/Christians-persecuted-throughout-the-world.html.

 

08/11/2012: It was also MUCH hotter in 1896 than anything we have experienced post WW2: http://joannenova.com.au/2012/11/extreme-heat-in-1896-panic-stricken-people-fled-the-outback-on-special-trains-as-hundreds-die/

 

07/11/2012: The GOP is looking pretty good this morning. Let's see what the day brings? Maybe the world is saved from the brink after all? This doesn't mean there is nothing to be done. Inactivity and just sliding down a slippery slope have characterised Governments of both persuasions for too long - along with rampant corruption and dishonesty. Guy Fawkes may have had it right!

 

07/11/2012: AND there has been no ocean warming along Sandy's track for 70+ years: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/11/05/an-inconvenient-truth-sea-surface-temperature-anomalies-along-sandys-track-havent-warmed-in-70-years/

 

07/11/2012: Ju-liar's 'Asianisation' programme certainly demands we ignore the 100 million plus people murdered by the current Chinese regime. I remember her commie student & union colleagues being able unpersuadable that there was anything wrong with Pol Pot murdering millions in Cambodia... or the North Vietnamese murdering 8 million after their takeover...and so on. I very nearly got into a stand up fight with John Halfpenny over this issue back when. LISTEN UP people, there really IS MUCH THAT IS ADMIRABLE about our English culture and traditions. The contribution of English speaking people is UNSURPASSED. Other folks have MUCH to learn from US - and THEY KNOW IT! We abandon our identity at our peril: http://www.quadrant.org.au/blogs/qed/2012/11/gillard-polishes-beijing-s-jackboots

 

07/11/2012: So, the sea level has been oscillating? http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/11/05/new-paper-in-grl-shows-that-a-60-year-oscillation-in-global-mean-sea-level-has-been-discovered/

 

06/11/2012: Not for the faint hearted:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2228551/Insano-Brazil-Worlds-tallest-scariest-water-slide-hi

 

06/11/2012: Question: Did Global Warming REDUCE the impact of Sandy: there WERE after all worse storms which hit the Big Apple during the Little Ice Age? Oh dear!

 

06/11/2012: Most morons out there would be lucky to know the difference between their candidate and a colobus monkey - if there IS one! I have LONG observed that here in Oz leaders of both major parties have in effect just continued to commit treason against our country for most of their careers for all that what they do shows any concern for its welfare or future. The situation s likely not very different in the 'home of the free'.

 

06/11/2012: There once was an American thinker named Upton Sinclair whom you may like. I think he even stood for President and came close to 'upsetting the applecart'. He appeared in Robert Heinlein's first novel 'For Us the Living' and there is even a political party in NZ based on his ideas (Social Credit). People were once less polarised in their thoughts : Henry Ford was awarded the 'Order of Lenin', for example.

 

06/11/2012: I am glad that America spends so much on Defence (despite -it is true- sometimes having made poor foreign policy decisions) because I think the world would be much more dangerous if the US returned to isolationism - as it has done in the past. One of the consequences (then) of failing to fight a lot of small wars was that eventually a very large war had to be fought. You might be unhappy with 'being the world's policeman' (and particularly as it attracts so much bile) but what are the alternatives? Oz's situation would become rapidly more dangerous for sure: we would very suddenly have to increase the proportion of our economy to Defence measures somewhat like Israel (over 50%) to make certain that our national security could endure. Many other countries benefit in a similar way from sheltering under the American umbrella (Europe!) and have been insufficiently grateful and niggardly in their economic contributions to their own safety (and have instead overspent on socialism until they are well-nigh bankrupt).

 

06/11/2012: Health Care: You have a long time to save up for the treatment, as I do/did for knee, heart valve or hip replacements -which is why I have been in private health insurance since I was 15! Also, I would not be counting on the Government to ever fund something for me. Apart from the fact that I don't think they should, I don't believe they can be trusted anyway: by the time that I need it they will already have spent the money on someone/thing else: one of their charming cronies probably! BUT one of the chief causes of escalating health care costs is increasing demand by increasing availabilty and affordability. Dare I say that people might also take a little more responsibility for their own health instead of expecting someone else to fix what they have deliberately and wantonly broken. If people have to pay something themselves they will be much less frivolous in their demands on the system. It is also a system which has so very many artificial controls imposed on it already such that the 'health providers' have guaranteed quotas, positions, charges etc. In a free market none of these things would happen and the costs would come down. People are SO unaccepting that death is inevitable and so deluded that they are themselves somehow very precious, and that society should spend lots of its hard-earned on them. Twaddle! People die. Everyone IS one. Get over it!

 

05/11/2012: I really enjoy reading Quadrant magazine as it offers many intelligent alternative perspectives. This article by Keith Windshuttle is a fine example. It is hard to estimate how much of one's world view has been manipulated by the likes of the late Hobsbawm. So many of us must have been brought up with a distorted view of the Industrial Revolution (Blake's 'dark satanic mills' & etc) and have missed the enormous boom in human wealth it brought. Is it too much to emphasize how much increasing prosperity also means increasing freedom? This is not just for the people on the top but for folks all the way down the human pyramid. Today, so much of what we read/see is dictated to us by Leftists such as the late historian. It is very hard for ordinary citizens to find their way through this vast heap of bull! http://www.quadrant.org.au/magazine/issue/2012/11/eric-hobsbawm-s-legacy

 

05/11/2012: Voting for Obama: Successive conservative and socialist governments have largely gone down the same 'big government, nanny state' path all over the West. The US is a little further down that path (unbelievably) than Oz, and not quite so far as Europe & especially Greece, Spain & etc are. But we are all heading there. The question is whether we should be - & whether we can pull back from the brink. You DO get to a point (as Romney observed - to his regret) when the people voting for 'bread & circuses' becomes the majority (as the Romans found) and where the people are no longer willing to fight their own battles (as they also found) - & America already HAS the draft! think the champions of the free market are not so very good at explaining why it works better or IS better than all this redistributional, planned economy stuff - which is a GREAT pity. It seems pretty clear to me that I can better spend what few dollars I have in my pocket than the Government can, but then I am VERY eccentric! Warren Meyer has a very good short opinion piece about this, HERE: http://www.coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2004/12/60_second_refut.html

 

04/11/2012: Hope they get THIS in tablet form pretty soon, as it sure beats dieting - though I notice that (as usual) women will be the big winners in living 50% longer if it works on people too! http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/345907/title/Fasting_hormone_helps_mice_live_longer

 

04/11/2012: Have to agree with THIS: http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2012/10/31/the-decline-and-fall-of-western-culture-in-one-photo/

 

04/11/2012: I KNOW I will get some brickbats for this one, but I thought it was quite funny: http://maggiesfarm.anotherdotcom.com/archives/20918-Easier-to-create-Eve-than-understand-her.html

 

04/11/2012: Lloyd Marcus's thought on the US election should resonate here too, I think. I was particularly impressed by the anecdote about his father, but get THIS:"Obama's hate-the-rich rhetoric does resonate with a minority -- the losers, the ungrateful, the lazy, and the entitlement-junkies who showed up at the Occupy Wall Street protests. Think about that, folks: these arrogant idiots have the audacity to demand that government confiscate the profits from entrepreneurs (risk-takers) to redistribute to them. And they call that "fairness." The day a majority of Americans side with such lowlife scum is the day we cease being a great nation". I notice Alison Anderson has been vilified for saying much the same thing here. Unfortunately, the Left have no ability to tell truth from falsehood or right from wrong: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-11-02/alison-anderson-attacks-indigenous-welfare-traps/4349348 Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/11/obamas_appeal_clueless_entitlement_addicts_and_racists.html#ixzz2BCJsz1KI

 

03/11/2012: It sure was hot in 1932: we have never seen ANYTHING like it since. See here: http://www.warwickhughes.com/agri/bird%20deaths%201932.pdf

 

01/11/2012: Good news for 'Peeping Toms' perhaps, but seriously clever. It also makes me wonder about the future of all those dreadfully out-of-focus old photos you just can't bear to throw away: http://www.gizmag.com/image-descattering-weizmann/24737/pictures

 

01/11/2012: Geoff Crocker on Labor's disastrous immigration 'policy': "Is this apparent madness a cunning and deliberate ruse, a desperate move to dump as many potential voters as possible on our shores knowing that surveys indicate that as many as 80% are likely to vote Labor upon eligibility? That waiting period is four years, the same time between federal elections. "

 

01/11/2012: Hard to believe: there have been many larger storms than Sandy to hit the US long before 'global warming' - even some back during the 'Little Ice Age'! Who knew? http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/11/01/hurricane-sandys-unprecedented-storm-surge/

 

01/11/2012: JPL admits satellite sea level and sea ice data have been wrong: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/10/30/finally-jpl-intends-to-get-a-grasp-on-accurate-sea-level-and-ice-measurements/

 

01/11/2012: Julie was doing SUCH a good job in Parliament yesterday. In response Ju-Liar just continued to be a LIAR: http://media.smh.com.au/national/selections/gillard-its-personal-3758026.html

 

01/11/2012: Glen Doherty & Tyrone Woods: These two guys deserve a (posthumous) bravery medal for their conduct at Benghazi. Their President (who failed to defend his country(men)) deserves to be relegated to the dustbin of history. Let's hope that happens next Tuesday. Imagine: two (unarmed) guys taking out 60 bad guys with their own captured weapons! If America can still produce their likes, the only failure of the free world is a failure of leadership: http://neveryetmelted.com/2012/10/27/an-american-thermopylae/

 

30/10/2012: Good work, Alan: http://www.adnews.com.au/adnews/alan-jones-audience-unfazed-by-brand-exodus-as-ratings-soar

 

29/10/2012: THIS from Prof J M Cioffi of Stanford Uni: "Why deploy currently available or contemplated passive fiber systems when the existing last kilometer of copper can provide broadband gigabits per second to everyone?" Good question Prof. Maybe we should pause a little on spending $50-80 billion on the very wasteful NBN while we work out the BEST alternatve: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/freeabs_all.jsp?reload=true&arnumber=4251082

 

28/10/2012: The Greens are, thankfully finished. What worse can you say about such a bizarre party than what it says about itself: SO ALIEN: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/palnning-day-agenda-reveals-greens-imagine-theyre-talking-to-aliens/story-e6freuy9-1226504561013

 

28/10/2012: Gillard CAN turn back the boats after all. Perhaps if this was done rather a lot more and if nationals from countries which the UN declares are NOT refugees were automatically returned, people might just start waiting their turn (and not risking their lives = 1,000 dead because of Ju-Liar so far!) ? http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/hijacked-ship-intercepted-asylum-seekers-sent-back-to-sri-lanka/story-e6frg6n6-1226504445357

 

28/10/2012: NBN thoughts: HERE is one remarkable Australian. 250 megs is already available over copper wires and 2 gigs has been demonstrated. Is there REALLY the urgency to rush into the NBN? http://jpap.org/

 

28/10/2012: Amazing that Germany should have taken SO long to do this - given they murdered @ 95% of Europe's gypsies. One of the comments says BUT others (Russia, China) have doen even worse things. YES - and LONG since time they were brought to book too! Just rewatched Dr Zhivago. Still SO compelling AND I am still fearful of such things happening here: http://www.jta.org/news/article/2012/10/25/3110246/germany-dedicates-memorial-to-gypsy-victims-of-the-nazis

 

28/10/2012: Some interesting tips: http://siriuslymeg.tumblr.com/post/33738057928/99-life-hacks-to-make-your-life-easier

 

26/10/2012: Glad my kids are all 'growed up'. It would be a nightmare having a kids' party or even just having their friends around to dinner NOW: http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/mirandadevine/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/demonising_drinking_is_wowserism_at_its_worst/

 

26/10/2012:Evidently women in the US are NOT so easily fooled: http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/mirandadevine/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/lesson_for_gillard_women_are_just_people/

 

26/10/2012:Most of the USA's high temperature records were a long while ago. The same is true of Australia's. This AGW green fantasy MUST stop: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/10/24/climate-and-state-high-temperature-records-wheres-the-beef/

 

26/10/2012: It's a little worse than 'The dog ate my homework'! Someone has stolen BOTH the file at Slater & Gordon AND the file at the WA Corporate Affairs which would PROVE Gillard's criminal complicity in the 'Wilson Affair' - BUT, remember this: someone still HAS them!

 

25/10/2012:Seriously BAD news for the NBN: what comes from betting the farm on yesterday's technology and creating neanderthal government monopolies - certainly ALL the young people want wireless anyway, so who pays for the NBN?: http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2012/10/scientists-promise-10-times-more-bandwidth-with-no-new-hardware/

 

Understand before the NBN announceent Telstra was going to provide fibre to node and VDSL thereafter with voters not having to throw $X billion into the ring. This would have been more than adequate for most. Would have gained us 100 megs. Even if the VDSL router in Churchill was switched on we would have about 20 megs instead of the 6-7 we have 4 km from the exchange. Faster Satellite is available at greater cost. A Rolls Royce for everyone would be nice too, but if you want it, YOU pay for it, not the taxpayer. I understand that high speed broadband IS available at many different convenient locations where people could choose to work/live. Folks can't expect everything to be brought to their door courtesy of the taxpayer. Immortality would probably be nice too, but wholly unaffordable.

 

I'm sure fibre IS currently better than copper and maybe there is nothing much else about either just yet (quantum entanglement IS interesting though). I notice they have worked out a heterodyning wrinkle to multiply what can go down a fibre too, just as copper transmission rates are coming up too. 250 megs is NOW available with dsl and 2 gigs has been demonstarted (http://jpap.org/). We do not have to rush. What I object to are: cost, who pays, monopoly, unnecessary and costly duplication, exclusion of future developments, junking existing infrastructure unnecessarily and prematurely - and cost, cost, cost. I know you work in the industry and no doubt know much more about it than me - but what is the point eg of disallowing broadband over EXISTING Optus and Foxtel fibre and replicating it? We get @ 7 megs @ 4+km from the exchange with ADSL2+. The best DSL is 10 times better than that. ie 40 megs. THAT would do us for quite some time. Actually we are quite content with the speed and cost of what we get as we can download ten movies overnight. We have an unlimited account with Eftel @ $70/month. The NBN doesn't go anywhere near that price or quantity AND our phone would not work in a power outage such as a bushfire!

 

24/10/2012: Satellites have detected these really BIG changes in Earth's gravity. There are SO many other huge natural variables (such as changes in the sun's output) which might readily explain the rather trivial changes in the weather we tiny 'atomies' notice from time to time: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/10/23/chnages-in-earths-gravity-in-relation-to-magnetic-field-measured/

 

O2 is what we should REALLY be worried about. Its percentage in the atmosphere wouldn't have to fall too much before OUR kind of life found it decidedly uncomfortable (especially at elevation). What is the environmentalists' response to 24/10/2012: THIS impending 'crisis': Lock up TWO molecules of oxygen for EVERY molecule of carbon FOREVER (ie CO2 sequestration). Fortunately LIFE has another way: it is called PHOTOSYNTHESIS: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/10/23/earths-great-oxidation-event/#more-72919

 

24/10/2012: Childless folks (eg those who cut the baby bonus) might be interested in learning what raising children is REALLY like: http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/parenting/are-you-ready-to-have-kids-after-you-read-this-maybe-not/story-fnet085v-1226500918083

 

23/10/2012: "Today freedom of speech is under fire by those who increasingly claim [some] people have a right not to be offended that trumps free speech. Just who has this new right and who does not (certainly white males don't seem to have it) is unclear, as well as how one can ever enforce a standard where the victim has full discretion in determining if a crime has been committed" Warren Meyer

 

23/10/2012: I wonder whether we will soon be gaoling 'scientists' like Flannery for failing to accurately predict 'global warming': http://www.coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2012/10/italy-jails-scientists-for-failing-to-predict-earthquake.html

 

23/10/2012: The future of wind power? Billions of dollars worth of dead windmills (not to mention eagles, songbirds, bats etc - & taxpayers with empty pockets and kids to feed!) DO play the first cvideo: http://www.coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2012/10/each-and-every-one-its-own-solyndra.html

 

22/10/2012: Spent all day yesterday (twelve hours) secretly 'shop-fitting' in my daughter Merrin and her husband, Matt's shop, Yinnar General Store . Have been worried all night that what I had done might prove disastrous, but am very happy that this morning it has all received a big 'thumbs' up'. Whoopee!

 

22/10/2012: It's amazing that over a century after Einstein's 'e=mc2' that some folks are still worried about 'The Energy Crisis'. Controlled nuclear fusion (not such a long way off now - twenty years?) WILL end ALL such concerns. Progress will also be made on understanding such spectacular energy phenomena as ball lightning, sprites, 'cosmic rays', neutinos, gravity & etc. It WILL be a much better world in the future. Fear not!

 

22/10/2012: REMEMBER THIS: Fifty Occupiers in Melbourne: At the corner of Bourke and Swanston. Sunday shoppers voiced their displeasure. "It’s a democracy, sir" a protester said. "Yeah, it’s a democracy," the man shot back, "so stop blocking our bloody tram" - where are they now?

 

22/10/2012: I AM deeply concerned about moves to impose censorship on Facebook and the electronic media generally - which continues this morning. I was quite active in the movement to end censorship in the 60's & 70's, so am disappointed to see it rear its ugly head again. I may not agree with anything people say, but I feel that they should be able to say it (though not necessarily 'in front of the children' - ie in the appropriate place). Concerns about the sub-judice consequences of 'outing' Jill Meagher's murderer did not seem to apply to Martin Bryant, for example. There is pressure to remove sites which still proclaim the latter's innocence. This is as disquieting as were efforts to ensure he never got a fair trial in the first place were (eg by conficating all his property before the trial had occurred, so that he could not afford a quality lawyer, illegally keeping him in solitary confinement for months & etc). Whoever killed all those people at Port Arthur performed a very evil act. It remains surprising to me that someone allegedly suffering from Aspberger's and with very little experience with firearms could have suddenly performed as an Olympic (or SAS) quality marksman. The accuracy shown has never been shown at any other mass murder. I know many experienced shooters and none even KNOW anyone who can shoot so accurately. I certainly can't and count myself to be a pretty fair shot. This event remains the only unlawful death(s) in Australia which never had a coronial enquiry. There remain enough unanswered questions about it, that there should be one. Either there remains the possibility that Bryant was NOT the culprit (and that there is an horrific murderer still free - and an innocent man punished) OR there is a SERIOUS problem with our psychological services in misidentifying and incorrectly treating such individuals, ie the goal should be to PREVENT such things from occurring again.

 

22/10/2012: THIS IS good news. The only thing that disappoints me is that there haven't been millions of Muslims protesting against the 'insult to Islam' that her shooting represents. I understood that Islam (and most religions) specifically outlaws making war on children; http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2220862/Malala-Yousafzai-First-picture-Taliban-shooting-victim-hospital-bed-doctors-say-able-stand.html#ixzz29tt1yJqI

 

21/10/2012: Who else won a temporary seat on the Security Council: Arghentina and Rwanda, that's who! And did they spend $25 milion getting it? I doubt Rwanda did anyway...

 

20/10/2012: Two great points by Alan Moran: "In 1901 the Commonwealth spent 3 per cent of national income. Today it taxes and spends a whopping quarter of the income that firms and individuals earn." and "The Commonwealth Government in 1901 had 258 pages of regulatory Acts. Today it has more than 100,000 pages." : http://ipa.org.au/news/2769/regulations-that-worked-in-1901-do-not-work-now

 

20/10/2012: Now available in Oz: Velcro on a silnylon skirt and THIS could be just about the perfect one-person touring whitewater canoe: http://www.oldtowncanoe.com.au/canoes/packangler.html, and now that Della needs to be paddled, THIS could be our new two-person touring canoe for flatwater and moderate rapids. Can easily see us spending a leisurely couple of weeks gliding along in it on a quiet river somewhere. (Also comes in colour = green, my preference - believe it or not!): http://www.oldtowncanoe.com.au/canoes/guide147.html

 

20/10/2012: And, while we are on the topic of 'newspeak' Obama's description of the murder of four Americans as 'not optimal' would just about have to take the cake: Holy Cow - and we thought Ju-Liar was bad: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2219867/President-Barack-Obama-Benghazi-attack-If-4-Americans-killed-OPTIMAL.html

 

20/10/2012: "So there it is. If you think the vast majority of people are attracted to the opposite sex and that heterosexual human relationships are the norm, you are feeding homophobia. " The thought police have gone too far this time: http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/mirandadevine/

 

18/10/2012: Absolutely spot-on, Miranda: "Misogyny is the Taliban shooting a 14-year-old girl in the face because she wants to get an education, not an Opposition leader directing legitimately forceful criticism against a government": http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/mirandadevine/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/gender_card_is_a_loser/

 

18/10/2012: Tiger, EAT YOUR HEART OUT: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCEB9GgKoJ0&feature=player_embedded

 

18/10/2012: Highly selective feminism: http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/take_the_test_roxon_failed/

 

18/10/2012: After the second debate: Gallup: Romney 51, Obama 45. May be time to start dusting off those investment strategies: we could be in for some growth and prosperity at last! Of course HERE in Oz we will have to wait until the Lodge has been vacated by men's sheds advocates!

 

18/10/2012: The FIRST of Ju-Liar's falls? http://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2012/10/juvenile-yes-beneath-me-probably-but-for-some-reason-irresistibly-funny.html

 

18/10/2012: Commissioner Ken Lay has referred Ju-Liar's AWU misdeeds for 'actioning'. Things could get rapidly interesting on this front: http://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2012/10/my-report-to-the-chief-commissioner-of-police-in-victoria-the-response-1.html

 

18/10/2012: Quantum entanglement has become even weirder (no wonder Einstein thought 'God does not play...') & etc, but it is as 'real' as anything gets in the sub-atomic world even though it demonstrates faster-than-light, indeed instantaneous 'action' & scientists have now worked out how to entangle photons in time and even create entanglement with particles which no longer exist ( a great advance for quantum cryptography but just mind-boggling for the laiety!)

 

18/10/2012: Internet radio is SUCH a boon: we have always had dreadful radio reception where we live (in a fold in the hills) and had always to put up with some dreadful local station or a lot of static from the trendies in Melbourne; but NOW we can listen with incredible clarity to ANY station in the world. A confession: I admit we have been enjoying Alan Jones on 2GB WITHOUT the ads - though we are rather bored by his strident hysterical opposition to coal seam gas exploration and wish he would trot out EVEN ONE of the children who allegedly bleed from the ears as a result of it!

 

18/10/2012: Ju-Liar showing her 'flexible feminism': http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=yriOLtWJb9U

 

16/10/2012: I enjoyed THIS notice: "Psychic fair cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances"!

 

15/10/2012: Wasn't THIS great? GO Felix: http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/daredevil-felix-baumgartner-breaks-sound-barrier-in-leap-from-the-edge-of-space-20121015-27liq.html

 

15/10/2012: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2217286/Global-warming-stopped-16-years-ago-reveals-Met-Office-report-quietly-released--chart-prove-it.html#ixzz29E78OR9H

 

13/10/2012: Such a sweetie. She was so full of life I can't believe she is gone. Thanks for the 41 years I knew you too Dorothy. Sorry we missed your 92nd birthday yesterday.

On this day in 1920 my mother, Dorothy was born... thinking of her today with much love and some sadness, the first of her birthdays that I have spent without her in the world. Thanks to Bryn for snapping this picture of her in March this year, so happy and full of life to the end!

 

13/10/2012: Interesting perspective. Glad I don't have 'Goodperson Fever': http://www.peekinthewell.net/blog/i-made-a-new-word-xxviii/

 

13/10/2012: What a good old gal: http://autos.aol.com/article/102-year-old-woman-still-drives-her-82-year-old-car/?ncid=txtlnkusauto00000020

 

13/10/2012: I like this: "This life was not given to us to be a waiting room.": http://maggiesfarm.anotherdotcom.com/archives/20755-The-Northeast-Kingdom.html

 

13/10/2012: THIS is a joke, surely? Especially after previously awarding it to Obama (who recently lied and did nothing about a terrorist attack on the US which led to the death of their Libyan ambassador). The EU did such a wonderful job ridding the world of communism tooI I don't think. Pity they refused to cough up the cash to defend themselves or the lives to defend the free world. The Nobel committe have clearly become nothing but a coven of leftie apparatchiks. Nobel must be spinning in his grave. It would be more worthwhile maybe to win the Ignoble prize: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/crisis-ridden-eu-wins-nobel-peace-prize/story-fnejo58q-1226494836072

 

13/10/2012: My son, Bryn sent me this marvellous link (with the comments 'Charlton Heston didn't kill anyone' - and 'no-one invaded America!'). Thanks Bryn. The statements were very true, though the collection apparently didn't belong to Heston. It doe

s underline that legal gun owners, far from making society less safe, actually make it safer. I know (as a boy) I was always proud to join the men going out to hunt (with their ex-army .303's etc), just as they had gone out a handful of years before with them to save us from the Japs. It is symptomatic of the value reversals the Left so loves to play with now that many folk are now horrified to see someone with a gun. It was not like this just a little while ago. I remember buying a new gun in George St, Sydney about 1974 and proudly showing it to lots of interested passengers on the bus going home. Even in 2000 when I was returning from a hunting trip in NZ the customs officer insisted in throwing my gun to his shoulder to 'try it out'. It's a wonder the security officers didn't shoot him! I would also have preferred he checked that it wasn't loaded first instead of just assuming a responsible gun owner would not be carrying a loaded gun. As he aimed it at some imaginary nearby target (such as a policeman) I was thinking, " I really did take the bullets out of it, didn't I?', and then there was the reassuring, 'Click!': http://www.hoax-slayer.com/gun-collection.shtml

 

12/10/2012: A VERY instructive piece: Why doctors die differently. Lesson to be learned; we really ARE spending too much money on the 'Health' budget. There are more imrtant things: We all die. Get over it: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203918304577243321242833962.html

 

12/10/2012: For those who came in late: Is our PM a crook, Part 9 AND she has rather a lot of crooked friends: http://pickeringpost.com/article/our-prime-minister-is-a-crook-part-ix-...and-now-its-time-to-go-/677

 

12/10/2012: The 'real' Julia 'flirting' with Tony Abbott back then: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57AZoqKQyZQ

 

11/10/2012: Extraordinary: Ralph Blewitt: "But in actual fact the power of attorney was not signed by me until sometime in the week after the 13th of February, after the purchase of the house in Kerr Street." Understand this: THIS power of attorney was set up by Gillard so that her boyfriend could purchase their house with stolen funds.This was a crime. She WILL go down over this. No wonder she is trying to cause this 'misogynist' distraction. My prediction: Rudd's supporters will move against her VERY soon: http://www.michaelsmithnews.com/

 

11/10/2012: Lying abed this morn waiting for my beloved to wake, I was doing mental arithmetic: I calculated that on about 11 Dec this year she and I will have been together for 15,000 days - which is half a lifetime thereabouts and about 2/3rds of our lives so far. What did I do with the other third? I can't imagine - or how I survived it without her. Hoping to get to 3/4s of a lifetime. I suppose 4/5ths is too much to hope for, but we shall see. When she woke & I informed her of the results of my calculations her answer was, 'Is that all?' Shucks, she surely is wonderful!

 

11/10/2012: Listening to Alan Jones ranting about shale/coal gas this am. on 2GB. Its proponents (he says) are comparing it to another 'Bass Strait' (but it is a MUCH larger resource than that!) but HE says Bass Strait never destroyed any water table or farm land & etc, etc. He seems unaware that fracking has been used in Bass Strait since the 1980's to extract oil (& gas), AND that most of the Gippsland Aquifer ( Read 80% of ground water) has been used for that purpose - which otherwise would have been available to farmer/irrigators. Try to get a groundwater diversion licence. There are COSTS to energy production just as there are costs to everything. The costs have just always to be weighed against the benefits; that is all. On a similar note, I wonder whether the proponents of Geothermal Power are aware of the need to use fracking to crack the rocks to extract the heat (supposing such a method of energy production ever becomes financially or technically feasible). Similarly, do the opponents of all things nuclear weigh the tens of thousands of lives saved or extended every year (in Australia alone) from the use of nuclear medicine?

 

11/10/2012: More and more documentary evidence implicating Ju-Liar in the Wilson fraud have been posted here. Her name and signature are all over it, contradicting the many lies she has told in the past (and recently) about this matter. She clearly broke SO many laws. Such a person is not fit to hold public office (like Peter Slipper). This is the real issue, not the spurious issue of AbbottAbbottAbbott: http://www.michaelsmithnews.com/

 

10/10/2012: Judgement? Julia turned debate about the suitability of Slipper to be Speaker of the House into an attack on Tony Abbott's alleged misogyny. 'Laughable'? 'Bizarre'? Are there words? http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/national/deputy-opposition-leader-julie-bishop-says-peter-slipper-cannot-remain-as-speaker/story-fndo2j43-1226491792937

 

10/10/2012: THIS is why we are in Afghanistan; to destroy these evil thugs. Imagine shooting a 14 year old schoolgirl who has won a peace prize! Here: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/taliban-shoots-teen-activist-in-head/story-e6frg6so-1226492525865 & here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ekn7cbWPgfI&feature=player_embedded

 

10/10/2012: Bob Katter abstained from the Slipper vote. HIS take on it: "Were they just lewd banter between friends?" Disgusting, Bob.

 

10/10/2012: The Prime Minister IS a crook. I know you have seen it all before, but NEVER before in 'The Age'. Her judgement and morality are just reprehensible. She MUST go. Imagine those slimes Windsor and Oakeshott still propping her up! I said so atthe time and I say it again: electors should be able to force a by-election if their chosen representative fails to represent them. These guys (likewise Slipper) were elected in an area where 10-20% of voters are Labor, yet they have kept this vile Government in office. We really need a change of law on this one: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/political-news/property-links-pm-to-stolen-funds-20121009-27bnm.html

 

09/10/2012: Just horrifying! What an embarassment if you love your country. A government which exists only because of this scum: Slipper, Thompson, Windsor & Oakeshott. END IT NOW!

 

09/10/2012: Slipper quits. Julia not far behind?

 

08/10/2012: The Liliputians would have loved this (or maybe not!), but should we really spend scarce research dollars working out whether someone's personality can be determined by which end of an egg they open? Curing cancer would have to come just a little ahead as a priority, surely? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/9573822/A-persons-way-of-eating-eggs-can-predict-personality-type.html

 

08/10/2012: Interesting point Marcia Langton makes: "this concept of wilderness is nothing but a new incarnation of terra nullius". Aborigines in 1788 merely experienced what everyone else had already had done to them: In the C12th the Crown took over Public Land. In Australia this confiscation appeared as Crown Land, State Forest etc. At least in Vic, some of the public's rights to land were reinstated in 'State Forests' in that you could hunt (albeit now with various permits) camp, hike, fish (with licences) have a campfire, collect firewood (with a permit), graze stock (with a licence) & so on - in other words you were reallowed to do things on public land (with a permit) which had prior to the C12th confiscation been rights (without any permt) - it being PUBLIC land, ie NOT GOVERNMENT land. THEN the land was re-confiscated as National Park, State Park, Wilderness Area, Aboriginal Land, Marine Sanctuary & etc and ALL rights of the public disappeared. This is what the Greens in the inner city (who never go there) want. Australia arguably has more land per capita than any other country but more restrictions on its use than any other country.

 

08/10/2012: Extraordinarily, courtesy of various Labor Governments, Australia now has FOUR multi-billion dollar desalination plants which have been mothballed. The cost of each would have built several dams which would have actually supplied water and at a fraction of the cost.

 

08/10/2012: Apparently it's OK for the Speaker of the House to be the most awful misogynist with his dreadful comments about 'unshelled mussels' & etc, but for the Labor Party it's all, 'AbottAbbottAbbott' despite his very pleasant wife and daughters' statements to the contrary, or Alan Jones's private comments despite his apologies. What a bunch of hypocrites!

 

06/10/2012: Maybe the Queen SHOULD be running the country instead of Gillard. Republicans please explain WHY we have to put up with importing lots of Islamic terrorists when an 86 year old grandma can see it is a VERY BAD IDEA; http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/jamesdelingpole/100182499/the-queen-why-couldnt-we-arrest-abu-hamza/

 

06/10/2012: AT LAST, a cause worth supporting: http://www.indiegogo.com/genderneutralkittenfund

 

06/10/2012: SO much for online petitions: This one signed variously by Mr D Duck, Ronald Ryan and Alan Jones himself gathered over 100,000 signatures, so surely Alan MUST be taken off the air: http://www.quadrant.org.au/blogs/qed/2012/10/signing-off-on-alan-jones

 

05/10/2012: New Scientist's 'Last Word' had an interesting account of railway tracks last week (22 Sept). It is delightful how such mundane objects can surprise: I had not thought how trains get around corners with no differential and without grinding the track to bits...but it is because train wheels are conical so that one wheel rides up the cone as the train corners. An elegant and enchanting solution which obviously occurred a long time ago, yet I had never wondered, or noticed.

 

05/10/2012: You MAY remember the video I posted of this interesting phenomenon last week. The film-maker has now rejected Al Gore's offer to buy the footage as some kind of 'proof' of climate change. These guys are such scammers. Good on Chris Tangey for telling him to nicck off though: http://www.news.com.au/news/climate-change-campaigner-al-gore-denied-australian-firestorm-footage/story-fnehlez2-1226487549975

 

05/10/2012: Della was just saying to me this morning, 'What's happening with that guy who stole all the money from the hospital workers?' 'Still propping up his equally crooked mate Gillard' I said. Then I read this news item. Things may get interesting soon...http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/former-hsu-boss-michael-williamson-arrested/story-e6frg6nf-1226487855533

 

04/10/2012: And let me say a word about taxation: Income tax was introduced as an emergency wartime measure during the First World War. Surely it represents 'confiscation of private property without just compensation' and is forbidden by the Constitution? The monstrous growth of taxation in all its forms (including indirect taxes - eg GST & excise - both imposing such an inordinate burden on the poor) has fueled a doubling of the proportion of the economy controlled by Government in the last 30-50 years from arond 25% to 50% - mainly during the period of the 'Cold war' when we were supposedly FIGHTING COMMUNISM, though this growth of Government was surely communism by stealth. If you think that the Government has somehow the wisdom to decide how better to spend YOUR money than you do yourself, you have either had very little experience of Government or you are a fool or a rogue! Taxation also seems to me to basically be a wasted effort which serves no other useful purpose than social control and 'make-work' given that a large proprtion of the taxation collected is in effect fiat (or printed) money anyway in that it involves recollecting taxation from public servants who have been employed with that money, or it has created a considerable army of accountants, lawyers, bankers, insurers and other low-life who make their living simply by counting beans, but grow none. If these 'wasteful' lives were spent instead in useful labour the increase in national productivity would easily pay for the activities currently financed by Government's taxation and inflation. More later...

 

04/10/2012: So, the Reserve Bank is still playing fast and loose with our money: as if Capital was SO easy to come by - instead of taking a lifetime of hard work and saving. At current levels the reserve bank's rates barely (if at all) keep pace with inflation leaving savers with NO income from their hard-earned money. On the other side of the ledger the punters who want to further leverage their outlandish

Macmansions are encouraged to do so to the detriment of those who in the current real estate climate can't afford housing at all and have to contnue to live with their parents and grandparents: I know several 'middle class' families of Sydneysiders (all hard workers) who are sharing three generation housing. HIGHER interest rates would advantage savers (icluding those saving for a home) and force the ourtrageous price of housing downwards. It would take probably twenty years of interest rates above 10% to force house prices down to the more modest American level. Question: Why does it cost several TIMES more today to create a block of land and a house than it did thirty or fifty years ago? Where are the beenfits to housing of productivity growth and labour saving machinery? In the 1950's, 60's and early 70's a father could afford to be the only wage earner and support a wife and two children whilst paying off a house and car. What Happenend to THAT Australian dream? Even though WE have had reasonable income all our lives with both of us working and contributing, we have only managed to pay off a modest house (about half the value of a house in Sydney) AND we built every bit of it with our own hands - even the bricks it is made from. The people running this economy are fools, swindlers or both!

 

02/10/2012: What nonsense is the Leftie press's hounding of Alan Jones for stating a simple fact: that John Gllard should have died of shame to have raised such a daughter, instead of getting stuck into the daughter for abetting the criminal defrauding of half a mill of AWU money - amongst her many vile misdeeds. I know little about Gillard's dad, apart from that he was clearly the type of 10 pound commie pommie we could well have done without, and that it would have been much better if he had died over fifty years ago or been sterile - given how his daughter has turned out!

 

02/10/2012: Never mind a law against blasphemy, let's just have STONING: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIaORknS1Dk&feature=fvwrel

 

01/10/2012: Antarctica clearly hasn't heard about global warming yet: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/09/29/according-to-noaa-data-all-time-antarctic-sea-ice-rxtent-record-was-set-on-sept-22nd-2012/

 

01/10/2012: How dare 'believers' cry that religion is not a fair target for criticism and should be protected by LAW. BULLSHIT! If your ideas are indefensible, don't expect the law to defend them. Have a go at arguing for them yourself. Stands to reason that if they are 'beliefs' they ARE crap. If you harbour silly ideas about fairies in the garden or old men with white beards in the sky, expect to be treated as the lunatic you obviously are. Don't expect to be able to use the law to impose your stupid ideas on everyone else.

 

01/10/2012: Unacceptable to denigrate religion. Bullshit! They should all 'fuck off'! A big hands up to Billy Connolly: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-xwPVgRaROA

 

30/09/2012: Just to hammer the point: Why should the innocent die when the guilty can die for them? To me this is not just an ethical imperative but just sound commerce: Heart, lungs, liver, two kidneys = 4 lives (minimum) plus two people who can be given their sight back in one eye - plus sundry other useful bits and pieces I have missed. Four innocent lives for one guilty one seems like a deal too good to

be missed to me. 400% return! You'd put your money on that! If you sometimes accidentally get the wrong offender, society is still well ahead as compared with where it is now ie spending millions each year keeping each guilty one alive whilst condemning thousands of innocents to death. And if they are not fit to harvest organs from (diseased or whatever) then surely they can still benefit society by being used for medical experimentation which would otherwise be considered too dangerous to be ethical. Such research could also end up savng the lives of thousands of innocents. Let's start on this NOW!

 

30/09/2012: Lest we forget about the Government's intentions to silence the Press, gut social media and control the internet: http://joannenova.com.au/wp/2012/09/tyrants-always-want-to-silence-the-critics/#more-24077

 

30/09/2012: Nostalgia boost for those of us brought up on 1955 Morris Minors and Triumph Bonnevilles...WARNING: You may have to spend ALL day reading the comments. Great item though; I have ordered several - they also seem to work on cheap Bunnings electrical tools: http://www3.telus.net/bc_triumph_registry/smoke.htm

 

30/09/2012: THIS is where the Left leads us: Terrorists attacking America all over and it doesn't even rate a news headline: Our leaders' responses: zilch: http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/

 

29/09/2012: Stephen Conroy (much like other Govt Ministers) is barking mad. He had this to say to major Telco management: ”If I say to everyone in this room ‘if you want to bid in our spectrum auction you’d better wear red underpants on your head’, I’ve got some news for you. You’ll be wearing them on your head.” I hope he starts them off in this endeavour by wearing his jocks on his head from now on. And you thought Caligula marrying his horse was odd?

 

29/09/2012: So, there WAS water on Mars: Burroughs', Bradbury's & Heinlein's stories are just a little 'out of time'. But what happened? Why IS the planet the awful desert we NOW see? AND there are some who think we should not spend money on (space) research, preferring that we waste it on giving rapists second chances, no doubt! http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/09/28/more-evidence-of-past-water-on-mars-an-old-streambed/#more-71624

 

29/09/2012: Sometimes I don't like to be right, but I was when I said the video showed him as 'practiced' & that it was likely this guy had offended before. The truly disgusting thing (as is so often the case) is that instead of being used for spare parts then, or simply dancing on the end of a rope, he was set free to rape and kill again. This pointless and dangerous leniency MUST END NOW: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Larry-Pickering/236991276355038 & http://bunyipitude.blogspot.com.au/ & http://aussiecriminals.com.au/2012/09/28/adrian-bayley-allegedly-raped-and-murdered-jill-meagher/& http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/troubled-past-of-murder-accused-adrian-ernest-bayley/story-e6frg6nf-1226483787739

 

28/09/2012: Is THAT a wedding ring on Bayley's finger? People like him, Sutcliffe, Brady etc are INCOMPREHENSIBLE...http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/man-charged-over-jill-meagher-case-20120928-26olv.html

 

28/09/2012: People are fascinated by glaciers (as am I every time I visit Fox and Franz Josef) and it is not a surprise to me that glaciers retreated much more quickly than in the past. I reckoned the NZ glaciers were in exactly the same spots during my visits in 1975 and 2000. The point though is that glaciers do not advance or retreat because it is colder or warmer but because it is wetter or drier. A wetyear will deposit lots of snow and ice on top of the glacier which consequently moves downhill; this ADVANCE may be more likely to happen if it is warmer and wetter - just the opposite of what the 'warmists ' would have us believe. AND those same NZ glaciers are there more or less at sea level in a temperate latitude (where it is too improbably warm for glaciers to BE) just because the West Coast is one of the WETTEST places on earth: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/09/27/surprise-glaciers-in-montana-retreated-up-to-6-times-faster-during-the-1930s-and-1940s-than-today/

 

28/09/2012: The way this murdrous creep moved on the CCTV footage said to me, this is a PRACTICED strategum. I hope I am wrong, but if not, there are other victims out there; other families to receive the same dreadful shock as the Meagher family. Once again I ask, Why can't Victorians have their say in a referendum on the punishment of such awful criminals? At least there is this: it is unlikely he will have a 'good time' in prison, or long survive. There are too many other men there who have daughters, wives and sweethearts, and who are NOT afraid to take the law into their OWN hands!

 

28/09/2012: Julia IS really stupid and/or seriously bent, a contortionist. Referring to her current ego trip in New York she spoke about 'the opportunity to sit next to each other, face to face, eye to eye'...

 

27/09/2012: I am opposed to retrospective legislation, BUT if we pass a referendum on the death penalty by a 2/3rds majority, those who have in the past committed what would have been capital crimes NOW but who are eligible for parole under the legislation exisitng at the time they committed the crime can have two choices: remain in gaol or accept their parole under THIS condition: If they commit ANY crime after they are freed, they become immediately eligible for the death penalty which SHOULD have applied at the time, but did not. I remember a delightful young student ( at Kyabram High School), Elizabeth Smerdon, who was murdered by a still living creep many years ago (along with two others). She did not receive justice. Sadly, she is not alone. I have known others who were murdered, but in a sane society, I should never have known ANY who were...

 

27/09/2012: Referendum on the death penalty? Do you WANT to win the next election, Ted? Give people THIS choice: If 2/3rds vote for it, which I expect, bring it back ESPECIALLY for the killer of Jill Meagher! Don't let her death be in vain: Let's make sure that it at least prevents other such deaths and ensures that young women, (or anyone) can walk our streets, at any hour without fear or danger.

 

27/09/2012: Vic police have arrested someone in connection with Jill. We all hold our breath...

 

27/09/2012: This sure is a great banana slicer. DO read the reviews: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000MSA9AQ/?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=ur2&tag=insta0c-20

 

27/09/2012: COME ON FOLKS! There must be dozens of people who recognise the man in the blue hoodie in the 'Meagher' video, and the other people. If you only think it looks like someone you know, RING THE COPS. They can quickly eliminate the wrong ones (weren't there) but if two people correctly identify this guy they can be kicking his door down in HALF AN HOUR. Jill MAY still be alive: http://www.news.com.au/national/missing-woman-jill-meagher-seen-on-cctv-speaking-to-man-in-blue-hoodie-before-vanishing/story-fncynjr2-1226482146903

 

27/09/2012: When DO we decide that the bastards who took Jill Meagher and other like scum (Julian Knight & etc ad nauseum) are fit for nothing but spare parts? Why should the innocent die for the want of a heart, lungs, liver or kidney whilst we spend millions keeping bastards like this alive in gaol? People who oppose the death penalty on the guilty are in effect in favour of the death penalty on the innocent. There are no two ways about this. And while we are at it, the organs should be harvested WITHOUT ANAESTHETIC! Let's have a referendum to change this RIGHT NOW!

 

27/09/2012: I once caught out our Bureau of Meteorolgy doing this too, ie changing the past (in the name of 'quality control'). You have to be VERY careful who you put in charge of history. Strangely enough the temperature records of the past are ALWAYS changed downwards so that those of the present (and the future) will be changed upwards. Even so, it is well-nigh impossbe to hide the fact that Australian temperatures 1860-1914 were approx 2C degrees hotter than the last century or that the 1930's were the hottest decade of the last century BY FAR. But THEY WILL TRY! ://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/09/nasas_rubber_ruler.html#ixzz27YZRxqIW

 

27/09/2012: Now HERE is a great idea (Why don't we all just stay quietly at home?): http://melbourne-leader.whereilive.com.au/news/story/dad-wants-ban-on-drunks-wandering/

 

27/09/2012: And while I am hot, let me say a word in favour of SMALL BUSINESS. I have been helping out a little in my daughter's shop. I note this: small local business does not have the buying power or ruthlessness to compete on every level with the big multis, but it can offer an enduring friendly local presence and sense of service they cannot hope to match. Because of small business, today's kids can still safely come into a local store which has stood on the same street corner for over a century and offered successive generations a quality shopping experience which they retain for a lifetime. It is always kids' first experience of commerce: it is impossible to replace the sense of wonder and trust they find there any more than it is possible to replace Santa Claus. Let's hear a cheer for Yinnar's 'Universal Emporium'!

 

27/09/2012: No wonder Pacbrands took a hit when it moved all its iconic Ozzie brands off-shore. How can it rely on patriotic customer loyalty when it has abandoned the country? AND Chinese made Holeproof Explorers are not only much worse than the locally made product they replaced but (listen up here) Aussie Disposals locally made 'Wild River' socks beat them hands down, and are 2/3rds the price! Similarly Re

dback and Rossi continue to make boots here competitiively and they are better boots than Blundstone's Chinese imports which have a toe problem. I am in favor of trade but not THIS trade: swapping Aussie jobs for 'cheap' imports. Swapping Chinese debt for textile (and other) workers on the unemployment queue and Aussie kids without a future...This is not trade, this is TREASON and Governments which back it should be taken out and hanged like any such Quisling. We should be bringing our Aussie products and jobs back home where they belong.

 

26/09/2012: The intolerance of totalitarians and fanatics HAS to be opposed even though they might threaten our lives (or especially as they do!). A case in point: if you are wanting to suggest someone was 'the perfect man', you might start with Socrates, Buddha, Christ...but whoever you choose you will have to justify your choice, and answer valid criticism from those who don't agree, not simply threaten to

behead them. If you say it is Mohammed fo example, you will have to explain how that choice balances against the fact that he married a five year old girl and consummated that marriage when she was nine! You will also have to explain how his murdering nearly 1,000 Jews was consistent with his being 'a perfect man', & etc. I just don't think so. Mohammed was anything but 'a perfect man'. I would have to say that on the evidence of these actions it does not seem to me that he was a good man at all! Now, compare him to Socrates. No comparison at all. AND Socrates didn't have the bad taste to found a religion!

 

25/09/2012: NASA admits HERE that it was an 'Arctic Cyclone' which broke up the Arctic sea ice in August (NOT global warming!) which would help to explain the disparity I have already noted (ie that ANTARCTIC ice is at an all time MAXIMUM!). If we ARE to worry about climate (and NOT more important issues such as WHERE do navels - or navel fluff - come from?), we should be concerned about the world heading for another ICE AGE and actively preparing strategies to prevent mass deaths from an increasingly COLD climate (such as genetically engineering food plants/animals to produce more with less light/heat): http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videogallery/index.html?media_id=152489941

 

25/09/2012: Julia Gillard IS a GENIUS: "The PM was to have told a group of New York economists that Australia’s economy is less reliant on the mining boom than is widely thought, and will predict that in the next four years, three times as many jobs will be created in healthcare, social assistance, education and training as in mining." Not to mention 'hairdressers' (name ONE) & 'telephone sanitisers'...may she soon be eaten by a giant SPACE GOAT! (With apologies to Douglas Adams!)

 

25/09/2012: REALLY enjoyed THIS collection of humorous protest signs: http://www.thevine.com.au/life/thoughts/30-best-protest-signs/gallery/0 'Stop bad pie charts', 'Death to all juice', 'Jesus is here, show your tits and I will judge them' 'What do we want: Time Travel. When do we want it: It's irrelevant', & etc...

 

24/09/2012: In France, they really BELIEVE in free speech. I find this guy Charb really brave, but it should NOT require any particular courage to 'make game of that which makes as much of thee' as Khayaam said. It is the enemies of freedom who must be stopped, not its advocates; Kyayaam himself would have been beheaded by the bigots who threaten to overtake the once highly civilised Arab world: http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/timblair/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/charlie_dont_flinch/

 

24/09/2012: Religious bigots are pushing to bring in an INTERNATIONAL law against BLASPHEMY at the UN (they MAY succeed): Listen up folks: if you insist in believing in SILLY THINGS don't expect to use the law to lock up those who note, 'The Emperor has no clothes': http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2012/sep/23/limits-on-speech-to-get-un-hearing/

 

24/09/2012: Salman Rushdie: “I think this is a historical mistake of the progressive left. The sense that people who say they’re offended have a right to have their offendedness assuaged.” For him, free expression ranks as “the right without which all the other rights disappear”. It is “the bedrock … If you compromise on that, you lose everything else.”

 

24/09/2012: Ricky Gervais: "I see atheists are fighting and killing each other again over who doesn't believe in any God the most. Oh No, Wait...that never happens"

 

23/09/2012: Outback Australia fire tornado: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsyvOYcWgcg

 

23/09/2012: AMAZING news from Mars: http://wattsupwiththat.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/curiosity_cat1.jpg?w=640

 

22/09/2012: Other folks certainly have STRANGE ways. Yesterday, Pakistan gave the whole country the day off so they could protest and kill each other & etc leaving 20+ dead. A spokesman for the religion of 'pieces' speaks out during Pakistan’s 'Day of Love': Mohammed Tariq Khan, a protester in Islamabad, said: “Our demand is that whoever has blasphemed against our holy Prophet should be handed over to us so we can cut him up into tiny pieces in front of the entire nation.” What a good idea!

 

22/09/2012:You MIGHT think (because of their name) that microwaves are really SMALL, but they are about six inches high - which is why they can't get out through the holes in the door. Chill out!

 

22/09/2012: DOGS have so much FUN. Also really envied the faux crocodile: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJm2srvm1f8&feature=player_embedded

Swimming Machi discovers the dam

 

22/09/2012: Interesting poster: 'No religion is better than Islam'. Couldn't agree more, but for 'Islam' read 'ANY'! http://therealrevo.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/2012-09-21T092907Z_2_CBRE88K0N6G00_RTROPTP_2_FILM-PROTESTS.jpg

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21/09/2012: THIS is FAR more disgusting than any poor quality flick: "US Ambassador to Libya being dragged through the streets before being publicly sodomised and then murdered..." http://pickeringpost.com/article/murder-of-an-innocent-ambassador/573

 

21/09/2012: Antarctic sea ice is well ABOVE its greatest extent (since satellite records began in 1979) whilst Arctic ice is at its lowest: The sheer QUANTITY of Antarctic ice as compared with Arctic ice is also mind boggling. HOW is this consistent with the theory of man-made global warming?http://www.nsidc.org/data/seaice_index/images/daily_images/S_stddev_timeseries.png

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20/09/2012: Too good to be true: Pakistani man dies after inhaling fumes from burning American flags at anti-Islam film rally www.dailymail.co.uk Abdullah Ismail died after complaining of inhaling smoke from burning U.S. flags during a rally attended by 10,000 people in the Pakistan city of Lahore.

 

20/09/2012: Astonishing! Nature's art palette is so grand. People are always working on creative and new concepts to stretch their imaginations using the natural surroundings they live with everyday. All Natural Textiles Directory => http://www.farmerspal.com/organic-products/textiles/page/1/

 

19/09/2012: Went hiking with Bryn's little dog, Tiny. Expected to be out all week but unfortunately hurt my back so limped home. Here we see Tiny on her special hiking bed helping herself to some dog nuts and her caching some for later, just in case

 

19/09/2012: 'One man's religion IS another man's belly-laugh' (Lazarus Long, Time Enough for Love). It has ever been so. For those like me who find ALL religion AT BEST laughable and at worst indescribably wicked, Allah and Torquemada have AT BEST Death for me. Simple beheading would have been a mercy from Torquemada - and NEVER FORGET that HE was the way Christianity behaved when it last had the upper hand (AND WOULD AGAIN!) WHERE are the charges against people who make such vilifying demands or who claim 'fatwah' and 'jihad' against the likes of Sir Salman Rushdie whose 'Satanic Verses' would unilkely be published TODAY for fear of 'inflaming' (we HAVE slipped down that slope THAT far!). 'Today, Sir Salman described how multiculturalism’s “evil twin” was “moral relativism”, in which people accept actions from a “particular group for beliefs which you would condemn otherwise"…Yesterday it emerged that Iran has seized on widespread Muslim outrage over the film insulting the Prophet Mohammad to revive the death threat against Rushdie, raising the reward for killing him by $500,000.' Good Luck, Sir Salman! WHAT sort of religion of 'peace' causes a novelist to have to spend his life in hiding for fear of his life (and all his family's!)?

 

And REMEMBER THIS: ALL religions are MERE inventions. There is NO MORE evidence for the historic Mohammed than there is for the historic Christ (or Budddha, & etc). It is just as likely that NEITHER existed or that if they did, that they espoused NONE of the views attributed to them by their followers. There is a lesson to be learned from the two most famous (deliberately) invented religions: Seraps and Scientology. The Romans deliberately invented Seraps as a device to shore up their political conquest of Egypt (and it soon became the most popular religion in the entire Roman Empire)! Hubbard invented Scientology as a drinking bet, something which I'm sure the other party to the bet (I think it was Robert Heinlein - anyway another Science Fiction writer) later regretted (not only losing, but MAKING!)

 

19/09/2012: English IS a skill you just MIGHT need: "in the Northern Territory, only 20% of Aboriginal students achieved the benchmark. Less than 30% of children tested for literacy in Years 3, 5 and 7 were able to read or write properly leaving them with numeracy and literacy skills of five-year olds when they leave school." Meanwhile we are spending approx the average wage (ie $50K pa) per capita on each 'aboriginal.' I would like to see some sign that somewhere down the track we are going to get a return on this investment. If 70% of indigenous high school leavers in the NT can read/write English about as well as the average 5 year old I don't think it will be any time soon. I'm afraid there IS a case for imperialism. We cannot just LEAVE these people to their misery, or PRETEND that good intentions butter ANY parsnips.

 

17/09/2012: How black can you get: "Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been offered an Aboriginal Nations passport in an inner-city Sydney ceremony after he was “abandoned” by Australian authorities"? An 'albinigine'!

 

16/09/2012:THIS conference is taking place in Sydney TODAY (http://www.muslimsrise.com/). As you can see it is all about establishing a world-wide Islamic Caliphate (or Empire). NB We still have more Buddhists in Australia than Moslems but WHEN was the last time you heard a Buddhist calling for the BEHEADING of non-believers? Those who argue for a non-discriminatory immigration policy simply LACK discrimination (or discernment). We MUST return to the policy of ASSIMILATION and refuse to admit those who it is unlikely WILL assimilate. MOST of those refugees forcing themselves on us today are likely to BE unassimilable. WE SHOULD CHOOSE.

 

16/09/2012: Peter FitzSimons is spot on: "Racists have said for years, “If you don't like the way we do things here, go back to where you came from.” The net result of your actions yesterday is that – for those people specifically disgracing themselves in the CBD yesterday, not the vast bulk of Islamic Australians – much of the country now feels the same". Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/an-open-letter-20120915-25ziq.html#ixzz26ZYejX5s

 

16/09/2012: Disgraceful protests in Sydney with small children holding placards saying ' Behead all those who insult the prophet.' If religion had the ability to create a 'Paradise on Earth', we would already find it in such places as Iran, Afghanistan etc today (or, under Christian rule, in Torquemada's Spain) instead of daily facing an influx of refugees from such places. Incidents such as occurred in Sydney cause one to seriously consider how many are refugees and how many 'fifth columnists'.

 

15/09/2012: THIS is what Linda Mottram thinks is OK: Ayaan Hirsi Ali's personal account, from her book Infidel, published by Free Press, 2007: http://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2012/09/the-reality-of-female-genital-mutilation-grievous-bodily-harm.html

 

15/09/2012: No wonder if it was a little warm; perhaps it had something to do with the sun?: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/09/13/paper-demonstrates-solar-activity-was-at-a-grand-maxima-in-the-late-20th-century/#more-71007

 

15/09/2012: Barbara Ramjan (Is that a real name or an 'expletive deleted'?) wrote many letters to Honi Soit when she was at Sydney Uni in 1977 (often complaining about Tony Abbott when he was 19) but somehow she never mentioned the incident which she has just recalled now. Strange: http://www.thesydneyinstitute.com.au/media-watch-dog/ BUT Julia Gillard illegally conspired with Wilson and Blewett to set up a dummy Association to fleece hundreds of thousands of dollars with when she was a 35 year old lawyer - and THIS should be ignored?

 

15/09/2012: What is it about the Left that they cannot distinguish evil from good: Linda Mottram, ABC 702 mornings host in Sydney asks "is there a case for controlled female genital mutilation?" 'Should we restrict the right to attack the faith under which such things flourish', wonders the New York Times? Surely, if people want to have bits of themselves cut off (or other mutilations, tattoos etc), they can wait until they are legal adults?

 

14/09/2012: I am a witness: I was NOT there in 1978 and I saw him not punch a wall!

 

14/09/2012: Who would have thought? http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/jamesdelingpole/100178585/wind-farms-cure-cancer-save-kittens-create-world-peace-says-new-wind-industry-report/

 

14/09/2012: Good on Bill & Melinda Gates for promoting 'golden rice' - this ban has been high on my list of greenie 'crimes against humanity' for a long time (along with their ban on DDT which has led to the deaths of over 100 million people!) This GMrice could save around 500,000 kids PER YEAR! Surely a worthy goal? http://www.climatedepot.com/a/17410/Former-Greenpeace-cofounder-Dr-Patrick-Moore-rips-Greenpeaces-Crime-Against-Humanity-for-opposing-Golden-Rice-which-can-eliminate-vitamin-A-deficiency

 

14/09/2012: A very fair point: 'How many British ambassadors did Christians kill after “The Life of Brian”?' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zjz16xjeBAA&feature=player_embedded

 

13/09/2012: Apparently Gillard is to make FURTHER cuts to Defence in her 'Xmas' mini-Budget as if having spending on Defence at ts lowest level since 1934 isn't bad enough: we are already SERIOUSLY not in any position to defend ourselves against obvious potential threats in our region. It is stupid to shovel out money willy-nilly on mad green schemes, immigration and welfare rorts etc if WE CAN'T DEFEND OURSELVES!!! We need to RAISE taxes: THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS A FREE LUNCH!!!

 

13/09/2012: Pity Kev & his mates killed Gaddafi. Maybe the US ambassador would be alive otherwise: in Egypt, Tunisia and Syria too the 'Arab Spring' looks more like fundamentalist Islam triumphant to me that any imaginary leftist 'liberation' movement.

 

12/09/2012: INCREDIBLY wasteful green dreams: http://menzieshouse.typepad.com/.a/6a012876778d82970c017d3bf508f3970c-pi

 

12/09/2012: Does your bullshit detector work on THIS one: "Between 2010 and 2099, climate change will cause an additional 30,000 murders, 200,000 cases of rape, 1.4 million aggravated assaults, 2.2 million simple assaults, 400,000 robberies, 3.2 million burglaries, 3.0 million cases of larceny, and 1.3 million cases of vehicle theft in the United States. " http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2111377 AMAZING what a hot afternoon makes you do...

 

12/09/2012: Anti-discrimination: I had forgotten about this shocking incident: "This brought to mind the case of the cricketer Denise Annetts, who in 1994 failed to be selected for the Test series against New Zealand. Yet she was in great form and had a batting average second only to Don Bradman of 81.9 runs in Test matches, with a top score of 193 against England, a world record for women’s cricket. What made this an even bigger news story were the reasons Annetts gave for her omission. She said that because she was heterosexual and married, the lesbians who dominated the Australian team did not like her and wanted her out. But when she took her case to the New South Wales Anti-Discrimination Commission, its officers said the relevant Act did not apply to her; the Commission could only act on complaints from minority interest groups such as ethnics, Aborigines and gays. No laws prevented homosexuals from discriminating against heterosexuals. Annetts gave up her attempt at selection and retired from the sport. Without her, Australia lost the subsequent Test series against New Zealand, two matches to one." (Keith Windshuttle, http://www.quadrant.org.au/magazine/issue/2012/9/chronicle)

 

12/09/2012: MORE unintended consequences: the eradication of feral cats on Macquarie Island has led to huge ecological devastation: John Reid: "And why does “introduced” always mean “bad”? There seems to be this puritanical impulse among environmental types to restore the world, or parts of it, to some imagined, stable, pre-industrial glory, where every prospect pleases and only man is vile. There is a life-hating, totalitarian streak about this mindset, a failure to accept the world as it is, warts and all. The ruthless extermination of Macquarie Island’s wekas, cats and rabbits in the name of science stands as a testament to the treachery of good intentions – good intentions poorly thought through": http://www.quadrant.org.au/blogs/doomed-planet/2012/09/wrecking-macquarie-island-to-save-it

 

12/09/2012: The 'Supertrawler': The fishery's catch has been halved (from the normal 20% of spawning adults pa to 10%) making this utterly sustainable. In this light I cannot see how one boat is worse than several. What IS undoubtedly worse is the increase in sovereign risk to our nation in making hasty chaotic desicions such as this. This is SO like the knee-jerk ban on live cattle exports which caused such economic chaos: eg WE lost HALF the value of our lamb crop that year because of it. Business has to have CERTAINTY: You can't just keep shifting the goal posts or you will drive ALL investment off-shore! Labor needs to DISTANCE itself MUCH further from the Greens.

 

12/09/2012: Syrian rebels executed another 20 Govt soldiers: You REALLY have to wonder about this 'Arab Spring' and whether ANY good can come of it: http://www.google.com.au/search?q=video+syria+execute&hl=en&safe=off&rls=com.microsoft%3Aen-US&tbm=vid&prmd=imvnsu&source=lnt&tbs=qdr%3Aw&sa=X&ei=R3tOUJa6BoSkmQWrtoGIAg&ved=0CCAQpwUoAw&bav=on.2%2Cor.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&biw=1429&bih=729&cad=h

 

11/09/2012: I was SO pleased that the Greens were thoroughly trashed in the recent NT election and the NSW local Council election. We can only hope that (like the Democrats) they are on their way out!

 

11/09/2012:You may have been hearing odd things about Stephan Lewandowsky and have missed the point, but THIS is how it works; bizarre: http://www.coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2012/08/a-truly-bad-study.html

 

11/09/2012:Photographers please note: http://vimeo.com/48425421

 

11/09/2012:SO many elephants in the room: It is astonishing (but true) that scientists had missed the FACT that total greenhouse warming is @ 10C, not 33C due to assigning erroneous reflectivity to the Earth, which means that any CHANGE to the 'greenhouse effect' from anything (eg adding more carbon dioxide) must be enormously LESS than conventionally thought (ie about 1C per doubling). The debate has mostly been about whether feedbacks would take that number up or down (down is increasingly likely) but NOT whether the number was wrong in the first place. Unfortunately for alarmists it IS and the feedbacks ARE negative - which means that there is NOTHING to worry about from CO2. Move along folks: http://joannenova.com.au/2012/09/do-greenhouse-gases-warm-the-planet-by-33c-jinan-cao-checks-the-numbers/

 

10/09/2012: SOME beetle (note size of man): http://wattsupwiththat.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/burn-06-art-car-vw-bug.jpg?w=640

 

'Burning Man' makes the Port Fairy Folk Festival et al look VERY tame: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/09/09/the-playa-willis-excellent-adventure/#more-70665

 

10/09/2012: "According to the ABS, excluding the tertiary education sector, there were over one million state government employees in NSW, Victoria and Queensland as at June 2011. In effect the job reductions already announced or implemented by coalition governments in the three big states roughly amount to less than two per cent of total state government employment." (Julie Novak) RATHER too many in the first place, surely? And God knows how many more on the public payroll on various 'welfare' scams?

 

10/09/2012: Gina HAS done well, and DESERVES to be listened to more: "Let’s say you inherited $2600 back in 1992. Reckon you could’ve turned that into $1 million by now? According to leftists, it’s easy. This theory underpins general loser resentment at the fact that within 20 years Gina Rinehart has converted her $75 million inheritance into $29 billion. To put it another way: that inheritance represents just 0.258 per cent of Rinehart’s current estimated worth. Not bad, considering how little she started with." (Tim Blair) Recent falls in the price of iron ore has her down to 'only' $19 billion, but you get the point. Stephen Conroy (for contrast) wasn't sure whether the NBN cost of $35 billion included the $11 billion to Telstra or not (It doesn't). That's a $22 billion dollar difference, but it's not his money! More Australians like Gina and fewer like Gillard and Conroy would be a GOOD idea!

 

07/09/2012: I'm heartily sick of these constant blackouts! We are having a two-day one just now so I am typing this to the accompaniment of noisy petrol generators which we have the bush fires to thank for. We have had several of some hours, a few of some days and multiple of minutes over the last few years. The 'minute' ones are running at about three a week! I intend to utilise the five deep cycle batteries donated to us by John Fenech to run an inverter which will power our essentials: lights, water pump, heat pump water heater, wireless modem, laptops, TV...ie not much more than 1Kw. I will start by charging the batteries with a plug-in battery charger but will hook up some solar panels when I have a lazy grand or so, and use the battery charger as a back-up when the batteries are low. This will also help to cut the power bills, so it might even pay for itself over time.

 

THIS might be the unit to do it (@$489). Depends whether it can be plugged into the mains for battery charging (off-peak) and whether it is efficient enough to make a saving on the power bill (have asked the seller some questions), but if so, this might be a way for everyone to reduce their power bills now that smart meters offer off-peak prices AND one can always supplement by adding in some solar panels and/or a wind turbine. Worth a thought, especially if blackouts are a problem and if (like us) when the power goes off, so does the water pump, telephone, computers, internet, fridges, lights... http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=251104989935&fromMakeTrack=true#ht_8244wt_1186

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06/09/2012: Looks like that 'global warming' (supposing that it even exists) may be natural after all: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/09/05/is-the-current-global-warming-a-natural-cycle/

 

06/09/2012: Just in case you think she did nothing wrong, HERE are the things she DID wrong: http://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2012/09/the-awu-scandal-things-ms-gillard-did-wrong.html

06/09/2012: “… there is no relation known to society, of the duties of which it is more incumbent upon a court of justice strictly to require a faithful and honourable observance, than the relation between solicitor and client.” Lord Westbury, Tyrrell - v- Bank of London (1862) 10HLC26

That is why it is important for a lawyer not to receive money from a client and then engage in a sexual relationship with the client. It's a conflict of interest. It makes it possible for all sorts of interpretations to be made and aspersions to be cast.

06/09/2012: Don't know whether this bloke is a distant relative, but hope he is! WELL DONE Earl Jones: http://www.wlwt.com/news/local-news/news-northern-kentucky/Boone-County-homeowner-shoots-kills-intruder/-/13608792/16463942/-/item/0/-/euubk3/-/index.html

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06/09/2012: One thing Rex is definitely right about: ham rolls (for breakfast) are della-icious (Extra Soft Lunch Rolls from Safeway Churchill, great ham from Yinnar General Store).

 

05/09/2012: HAZELWOOD CAN STAY: Labor abandons plan to close coal-fired power stations. Greens disgusted/disgusting. Watch real estate prices boom now! Yippee! An election is obviously in the offing. Dust off your share portfolio...http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news/govts-breach-of-faith-on-power-stations/story-fn3dxiwe-1226465464984

 

05/09/2012: Sea Ice Beat-Ups: New Scientist has summer Arctic sea ice at its least extent since Satellite measurement began in 1979 and claims it is the lowest in 3 million years, yet I notice the North-West Passage is not yet open, though Amundesen (and others) passed through it. Simultaneously Antarctica is cooling and sea-ice extent there is at a record MAXIMUM. Question: how can CO2 be responsible simultaneously for a melt in the Northern Hemisphere and a COOLING in the Southern? It is just BALDERDASH!

 

05/09/2012: Wind farms do not reduce CO2 output at all; they only kill birds and bats: "The results showed fossil fuel generators, in the same periods when wind turbines had been operating, fluctuated their output to match demand but did not reduce their rate of coal consumption." http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/mirandadevine/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/surprise_surprise_wind_farms_do_nothing_for_the_environment_except_cause_np/

 

05/09/2012: Hunting about near Bruthen on Sunday with my boys (Matt & Bryn): a beautiful sunny day. Too bad the wet summers have thickened the bush up so much you can't even see the deer (though I heard lots). A beautiful sunny spring day: the wild fuschia, normally a vapid drab was a riot of scarlet bells! So many other wildflowers in bloom.

 

05/09/2012: Ju-Liar's 'ejucation revolution': "I was in the top class, but there were children who were what was referred to, very unkindly and all too frequently, as in veggie class. We were marked for success, they were marked for failure" at the 3:45 mark in http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-09-03/national-press-club-julia-gillard/4240430 Query: What is THE most astonishing thing about this statement? Clue: She can't have been talking about 'veggie maths'! I am tallying her post July 1 spends and promises @ $50 billion and receipts going West at nearly the same rate. This is a huge ('Veggie Maths') gulf!

 

04/09/2012: The Non-Aligned Summit in Teheran: "At the opening of the conference, Khamenei made yet another feral, anti-Semitic speech, shamelessly exhorting the world to annihilate Israel, the “cancerous growth,” referring to the “blood-thirsty Zionist wolves” who kill and torture Palestinians and control the global media. Yet the UN secretary general, together with the other 120 participants, remained passively glued to their seats...It’s 1938 all over again." Sure hope not, but shouldn't we be doing something?

 

03/09/2012: The ideal present for a (retired) sheep farmer: (http://kartongroup.com.au/products/ram-cardboard-storage-furniture?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=18_35) - ie cardboard sheep storage: Facebook ads ARe weird!

 

03/09/2012: Famous philosophers can sure get it wrong: Here's Jean-Jacques Rousseau: "One half of the children who are born die before their eighth year…This is nature’s law; why contradict it?" ('Emile' 1762) He was also responsible for the 'noble savage' myth, you may remember. Lots of reasons why this prediction is wrong. A short video in an interesting contest well illustrates this (http://fb-266886.strutta.com/entry/280180) at FrackNation - Video Contest | Facebook fb-266886.strutta.com FrackNation.

 

01/09/2012:Do you suppose it IS true that Ju-Liar's many recent 'about-faces' represent a 'clearing of the decks' prior to holding an election and/or in anticipation of a successful Rudd challenge? Good heavens, DARE one hope they will be GONE THIS YEAR?

 

01/09/2012:I see Ju-Liar has succeeded in having deleted Pickering's copy from Facebook of the 'Association' document which shows her part in that criminal AWU scheme. This is just a foretaste of Labor's desire to control the media al la 'Uncle Joe' Stalin whom she was not so long ago a great admirer of - you know, back when she was 'young and naive,' in the 90's was it? AND harking back to my previous post about Caligula: I sometimes wonder whether perhaps her father or mother married a horse! http://pickeringpost.com/article/gillard-has-damning-doc.-deleted/438

 

01/09/2012: I see that the Yinnar General Store now has the Mighty Wallet. Knowing that I am a lover of all things Tyvek, it will be no surprise to you that I have been using one of these for two years (and that it's great!). Recommendation: rush in there and get one today, (Bryn already has!) or maybe one of the zillions of other interesting gifts (eg for Father's Day)!

 

01/09/2012: On a more cheerful note, I am always delighted at the way 'nature' exploits any change as a positive: we have a puddle outside our bedroom window created by the device which flushes the bird poo off the roof every time it rains instead of putting it in the tank. It is a treasure, an oasis to countless birds and other critters. I have often noticed this: that some utter ugliness merely creates an opportunity. There is a 'wasteland' sand pit in Morwell which is just an apocalyptic landscape - except to plovers and osprey who find it the most wonderful breeding location! I once created an ugly slash of bulldozer track across the hillside. Visible for miles it was the object of many adverse comments. But this vertical bank was just what many snakes and lizards had been longing for. One day I observed a veritable flock (hundreds) of pardelotes emerging from nesting holes there; I think I had only ever seen a pair together elsewhere. National Parks as a tool for 'managing' nature are obviously a mistake - because of their Stalinist monolithic philosophy. What 'nature' really responds to is diversity. We should quit worrying about 'managing' nature and just get on with our business (whatever it is). Nature will benefit from the diversity of 'opportunities' created.

 

01/09/2012: The price of our iron ore (and other minerals) has plummeted (to less than half what they were at peak); real househole asset are falling; we are selling off the farm to the Chinese (Cubbie has just gone!); the unions are destroying Grollo in a shameful, criminal manner abetted by the Federal Government...Meanwhile that same Government announces mega-billions of unfunded new spending initiatives - does this remind you of 'Nero fiddled while Rome burned'? Next thing I expect to see Gillard marry her horse or her sister - as Caligula did!

 

31/08/2012: You CAN understand WHY people think like this: More Diggers Needlessly Die: Larry Pickering: 31/08/2012: "What the hell are we doing in that backward, barbaric country anyway? It's worth noting that Australia, along with the US and 60 other countries, boycotted the 1980 Moscow Olympics. The reason? Russia had invaded Afghanistan. How times change. There remains only one constant: The death of one Aussie boy is not worth all the poppies in that cesspit of... a land. Spray every crop, leave them to their decadence and utilise drones to eradicate terrorist cells".

 

31/08/2012: Mitt Romney's energy independence policy IS (easily) achievable and will have VAST economic consequences (and watch out Middle East!) Why WE continue to import billions of dollars of fuel annually even though we have a HUGE national debt is yet another indicator of our Government's economic lunacy (and they continue to DRIVE refiners off-shore!) The US has CENTURIES of oil yet: The Green River formation alone is greater than all the world's known reserves: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/08/30/north-american-energy-independence-by-2020/#more-70115

 

31/08/2012:Another 100 illegal immigrants drowned who also won't be going to Nauru (like the 1,000 who have actually arrived since the announcement was made)!

 

31/08/2012:The Government's latest backflip on the carbon tax is, if anything, even madder than the tax was in the first place: http://catallaxyfiles.com/2012/08/30/somersaults-and-a-belly-flop-carbon-tax-fails-on-all-counts/

 

31/08/2012: It might be the last day of winter but some things at least think it 's spring: this morning our attention was drawn to a jenny wren dining on a spider just outside on the bedroom window ledge where Della was beautifying herself about six inches away; suddenly a thorn-bill appeared and began to chase it up and down the verandah: nothing strange about that, I suppose; territory and all that. Then,he mounted her and they went at it with what seemed considerable eagerness until driven off by her justifiably infuriated mate, the blue wren. Such miscegenation is obviously deemed quite wrong among some denizens of the natural world at least, but not others. We await the results, if any...Meanwhile on the hill the galahs have been spectacularly dining on the onion grass which had badly infested the pasture and have practically ploughed the whole hillside. Whatever environment is obviously ideal for some. Magpies and currawongs (and countless parrots) have been drawn inexorably to the free dogfood on the verandah now that the (retired) maremma, Bianca has taken up residence tthere. This makes for quite an avaian visual (and for those who can) auditory feast aroundabouts. It has the added benefit of keeping hawks away from Della's pigeons as magpies of all kinds absolutely deplore and harrass all raptors; so I imagine the dog food on the verandah may remain long after the aged Maremma has departed...

 

29/08/2012:I suppose it is encouraging that there is always a way to make money, but THIS is worrying: Unilever sees ‘return to poverty’ in Europe: http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/149602/

 

29/08/2012: Just picture that it is Ju-Liar on the scaffold: http://maggiesfarm.anotherdotcom.com/uploads/gallows.jpg

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28/08/2012: THIS is the solution in the US to rules restricting water flow in showers:http://www.coyoteblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/shower-heads.jpg

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28/08/2012: A VERY reasoned response from Miranda Devine containing lengthy and enlightening quotes from Hedley Thomas. A VERY important document: http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/mirandadevine/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/media_silence_a_disgrace/

 

28/08/2012: Next time you are thinking of having a noisy party, don't invite the Taliban: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/world/taliban-behead-17-party-goers-after-2-women-start-dancing/story-fnd134gw-1226459417988

 

28/08/2012: Michael Smith's revelations are EXPLOSIVE (for example, it was illegal for Ju-Liar to set up the Association her boyfriend Wilson used to steal @$400K - and she knew it). Follow the story here: http://www.michaelsmithnews.com/

 

27/08/2012: Lest we forget: the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Milne Bay; we should remember that it was Aussies who there first defeated Japanese troops in open battle: http://www.awm.gov.au/units/event_345.asp

 

27/08/2012: Today's Pickering instalment documents Gillard's complicity in some of Wilson's frauds. This will end in tears (or preferably a Royal Commission: http://pickeringpost.com/article/is-the-prime-minister-a-crook-part-viii/402

 

27/08/2012: Alan Jones's and Phillipa Martyr's critiques of Gillards's interviews also make interesting reading: http://www.quadrant.org.au/blogs/qed The critical thing is whether Phil Coorey was RIGHT when he asserts Gillard did the conveyancing: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/pm-comes-out-swinging-over-claims-20120823-24p3s.html

 

26/08/2012: Maybe it's the hyphens? Otherwise how DO you explain the stupidity? How could you NOT be proud of Jacinda Baker? http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10829552

 

24/08/2012: So Long N.T. Goodbye Ju-liar!

 

24/08/2012: Aboriginal conservatives picking up 15-30% swings against the ALP: AND Bess Price looks like she may win Stuart! Great!

 

24/08/2012: Della Jones shared Glaucoma Australia's status.

 

A treatment available here that we can investigate.

An Occasional Q&A:

 

Q: What can I expect from laser trabeculoplasty?

 

A: Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) is a laser procedure that relieves increased eye pressure by changing the fluid outflow through the trabecular meshwork.

When the fluid that normally flows out of the eye cannot drain through the trabecular meshwork, pressure inside the eye may rise. This rise in pressure could damage th

e optic nerve and lead to vision loss (glaucoma). The reason for the blockage in the meshwork is unclear, but may be likened to leaves blocking a downpipe or gully trap.

 

The laser works by releasing local body chemicals that alter the ‘leakiness’ of the meshwork, allowing more fluid out of the eye and thereby decreasing the pressure. The particular benefit of SLT is that it may be repeated many times as there is no appreciable tissue damage.

 

Laser trabeculoplasty does not work in all patients, but likely benefit can often be predicted beforehand and appropriate patients selected. Patients with heavy pigmentation in the meshwork do best. The duration of effect of the laser is variable, with an average benefit of around 5 years. It may be necessary to supplement the laser with ongoing glaucoma medication, and it is generally unusual for pre-existing treatment to be able to be ceased, except in an exceptionally good response.

 

A laser trabeculoplasty is usually performed as an outpatient procedure. You will be given eyedrops to prepare the eye (one of which may cause a mild forehead ache). A contact lens is placed on your eye (after local anaesthetic drops) to precisely focus the laser. A laser trabeculoplasty takes only a few minutes. You may see a bright red light that is an aiming beam; the laser beam itself is invisible. You may feel a mild tingling sensation with each laser burn – there are 50-60 fine burns in a treatment, which is given over a half or sometimes a full circumference of the inside of the eye.

 

You will be asked to return after 30 minutes so that your pressure can be re-checked. Assuming it is normal, you will then be allowed home. There are usually no activity restrictions following the laser treatment, although you should have someone drive you home after the procedure. You will need to continue your usual glaucoma medication. The pressure is checked within a fortnight or so after the procedure, and then again at 5-6 weeks. It is not until this last visit that the success of the treatment is judged.

 

Complications

Loss of vision after laser trabeculoplasty is rare. The main risks of the laser procedure are:

 

The pressure may rise after the treatment, sometimes requiring additional treatment.

Significant inflammation is rare, but can occur.

A second procedure or another type of surgery may be required.

 

Selective laser trabeculoplasty is a safe and effective procedure with few risks. While glaucoma treatments cannot restore vision already lost from glaucoma, early detection and treatment of glaucoma offers the best chance of preserving your vision.

 

24/08/2012:Just possibly Norway is too lenient: Brevik's sentence is approx 100 days' gaol per murder - which looks to me a little more like the punishment which might be meted out for double parking or spitting on the footpath! I go more for the hanging on a hook at the end of the street, boiling in oil, hanging drawing and quartering sort of thing for such offences, BUT I am an incurable romantic!

 

24/08/2012: NOT such a cunning stunt, Ju-liar: How can she claim she knew nothing about what the money was used for and ended her relationship with Wilson as soon as she found out WHEN: she DELIBERATELY performed ALL the legal work concerned WITHOUT placing it in the AWU file at Slater & Gordon; she attended the auction of the house the stolen money was used to pay or; she handled the conveyancing and cheques

drawn from the dodgy association she had helped set up; she continued her 'relationship' with Wilson for a further FOUR years... Much more will come out on this. The two bank cheques for different renovations than she claimed at the time made out to 'Con the Greek' will make interesting reading. Con was obviously smart enough at the time to insist on BANK cheques for his work from such dodgy customers! Some very serious journalists are NOW on her tail (http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/pm-and-a-fistful-of-questions-20120824-24rtj.html#ixzz24UlKrv6b) & Larry's questions are interesting reading: http://pickeringpost.com/article/what-a-cunning-stunt/395

 

23/08/2012: What Curiosity is 'seeing' on Mars is really mind boggling. Suggest you play the Slide Show in Full Screen, here: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/multimedia/gallery-indexEvents.html

 

23/08/2012: When the 'Sex Discrimination Commissioner ' becomes responsible for Defence of the realm, we are REALLY in trouble: "It seems the Sex Discrimination Commissioner would rather the army fought sexists than enemy soldiers...She wants to temper the warrior culture...Face it, madam: the armed forces exist to kill people, and not improve their attitude to gender politics". http://www.smh.com.au/national/broderick-wants-adf-to-temper-its-warrior-culture-20120822-24msk.html#ixzz24JbOMdbp

 

22/08/2012: Move over Luke Skywalker, there now IS a flying bike: http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2012/08/finally-a-real-flying-star-wars-speeder-bike/

 

22/08/2012: Two interesting climate observations this morning: global cloud cover has decreased enough over the last 40 years to account for ALL observed changes in temperature (http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/08/20/spencers-cloud-hypothesis-confirmed/) AND contrary to the expectations of the 'warmists' the Southern Oceans have been cooling by -10Watts/sq metre:(http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/08/21/has-trenberths-missing-heat-been-found-southern-oceans-are-losing-heat/). Taken together with other observations (such as the inaccuracy of the thermometer record, AND the manipulation of that data), I think it is now quite likely that Earth has continued to COOL for ALL of the last century - as indicated by the temperature records of eg Cape Otway and Wilsons Prom. Interesting...

 

22/08/2012: REMEMBER this: ONLY back in June Ju-liar thought it was fine to be digging up dirt on the Opposition's past, but not HERS, apparently: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/sydney-news/dirt-file-author-nick-reece-hands-in-his-notice/story-fn7q4q9f-1226396027166

 

22/08/2012: Sadly, Phyllis Diller has died. A lot of laughs die with her: You may remember: “I once wore a peekaboo blouse. People would peek and then they’d boo.” & “I never made ‘Who’s Who,’ but I’m featured in ‘What’s That?’ ” & at 90: "I still take the pill 'cause I don't want any more grandchildren."http://www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/humourist-phyllis-diller-95-dies-with-a-smile-on-her-face/story-e6frf96x-1226454569582

 

22/08/2012: Part of Ju-Liar's transcript of interview at Slater & Gordon is now up (more to follow). This woman has ALWAYS been a (maybe not-so consumate) liar. REMEMBER THIS she is being interviewed about improper (and/or illegal) legal and financial dealings involving herself and her then (married) lover with whom she was openly cheating on his wife - whom he went back to (good move!). I woud say it is clear that S & G decided she was not a fit person to be a patrner in a very left-wing law firm and either sacked her or required that she resign. Clearly even moreso, she is not a fit person to be an 'Honourabe' MP, and particularly a PM! Her response to all this is to threaten and presage new restictions on the freedom of speech in Australia - utterly reprehenible: she should instead be publicly hanged: http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/awu_scandal_the_gillard_interview/

 

 22/08/2012: THIS is what Peter Gordon says about it: "Nevertheless, the partnership was extremely unhappy with Ms Gillard considering that proper vigilance had not been observed and that (her) duties of utmost good faith to (her) partners especially as

to timely disclosure had not been met...Ms Gillard elected to resign and we accepted her resignation without discussion." http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/law-firm-slater-gordons-axe-over-pm-julia-gillard/story-e6freuy9-1226454502942

 

21/08/2012: Ju-Liar: It just gets worse and worse: she will have to resign or be sacked: http://pickeringpost.com/article/is-the-prime-minister-a-crook-part-vii/386

Politics - Is The Prime Minister A Crook? Part VII - The Pickering Post

pickeringpost.com Young and naive, indeed.It appears that Nicola Roxon and Peter Van Sumbugger are the only two people left standing who are young and naive enough believe this is a Liberal Party beat-up...

 

20/08/2012: The swallows are back: a good dozen of them were scything the air above me this morning as I went round the lambs on the hill. I DO love their aerial agility; the quick flash of deepest blue as the sun darts off their backs as they sweep by. They always nest in the garage and make Pollocks of the cars. I WILL finish the wall and lock them out some day; then I will make ledges for them around the i

nside edges of the verandahs. They have multiplied greatly since we have been here; now we are seldom troubled by mosquitoes. A friend used to kill his: bad karma I think - and HE is no longer with us. I just wonder what they think of us 'stick in the muds': lingering here when THEY have been to Siberia and back!

 

20/08/2012: No more hounds! My family has been hound hunting in Oz for over a century but my back (and ears) will just not let me continue any longer with this great sport so yesterday I gave away my last four beagles to a young hunter who can make much better use of them: a very sad day.

 

20/08/2012: Also unsurprising is that windmills (which I find aesthetically pleasing even though they are useless and evil killing machines) actually produce MORE CO2 than what they are supposed to replace: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/08/18/mcintyres-talk-in-london-plus-the-uks-tilting-at-windmills-may-actually-increase-co2-emissions-over-natural-gas/#more-69484 and http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmselect/cmenergy/writev/517/m59.htm

 

20/08/2012: Two excellent plans for saving the world: 1 Using urine to absorb CO2: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/08/17/friday-funny-pissing-away-the-co2-alarm/#more-69463 and 2. Using dog poo to produce energy: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/08/19/climate-craziness-of-the-week-poo-power-from-your-dog/#more-69564 Unsurprisingly Ju-Liar has given this guy $45,000!

 

20/08/2012: I am old enough to remember that 'discrimination' once meant 'discernment'. When we have SOME sections of our community dreadfully over-represented ( 5-8 times!) in eg crime and welfare statistics, it is surely time to insist action be taken eg a character test rigorously applied to would-be immigrants: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/african-youth-crime-concern-20120819-24glt.html#ixzz24222Nf62

 

20/08/2012: SHE IS GOING DOWN! Part 6 of Larry Pickering's expose of the PM is here (https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Pickering-Post/385774778154872). His main sites have crashed partly at least due to DDOS attacks (guess where they are coming from?) Andrew Bolt also has some more on this affair this morning. Shorten, Howes Roxon & etc are also going to be drawn into this...Incredible stuff.

 

18/08/2012: I REALLY enjoy Matt Ridley's optimism: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/08/ff_apocalypsenot/all

 

17/08/2012: You think you have got it tough? Forget it. There are still over 20 million SLAVES in the world: http://www.infoplease.com/spot/slavery1.html

 

17/08/2012: Budding Slartibartfasts may enjoy THIS website which allows you to DESIGN planets. YES, REALLY. (cf Douglas Adams; 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy': http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slartibartfast): http://www.solarvoyager.com/tutorials.asp

 

17/08/2012: Sickening to hear Ju-liar in Parliament yesterday farewelling The Australian's Chief political correspondent, Matthew Franklin who had asked her a question two days ago: concerning Slater & Gordon's inability (or refusal) to disclose certain files and would she approve. The very next day he was given a 'package' and retired. Control of the Press anyone?

 

17/08/2012: Despite continual 'denial of service' attacks from 'hackers' Larry Pickering continues his systematic expose of Ju-Liar's criminal past in the fifth of his series 'is the PM a Criminal?' SOON she will have to go down in flames: http://lpickering.net/item/17113

 

17/08/2012: I cannot understand why Julian Asange's supporters think he should not be extradited to Sweden to face TWO rape charges - are these people women haters? The issue of whether he should be extradited to the USA to face treason charges (which do not presently exist) is a furphy - he would have to have British permission to be extradited from EITHER Britain or Sweden in that event!

 

17/08/2012: Of course I WAS pleased to learn that the 67 illegal immigrants board the 'Parsifal' were alive (unlike nearly 1,000 who have died since Ju-liar destroyed the 'Pacific Solution', but I can't understand why they were NOT turned back to Indonesia (like those on board the 'Tampa') when they were 'recued' in Indonesian waters by a boat heading for Singapore! Huh?

 

16/08/2012: EXACTLY: "The two jewels in the crown of the communist’s mantra are “redistribution of wealth” and “control of the Press”. Is it too bold to supplant those two jewels with the “Carbon Tax” and the “Finkelstein Report”?": http://lpickering.net/item/16844

 

16/08/2012: Things we don't yet understand: Sprites: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=lETegYbiJJY Sprites on Film: Filmed at 10,000 frames per second by Japan's NHK television, movies like this of electromagnetic bursts called "sprites" will help scientists better underst...

 

15/08/2012: This is dreadful: what doesn't the High Court understand? How much did it cost to buy the Court? Just appoint your crooked AWU mates a la the Gov-Gen. Sell up and take your assets elsewhere is my advice. THIS is what the Constitution says: "The acquisition of property on just terms from any State or person for any purpose in respect of which the Parliament has power to make laws:" Underline: 'for any purpose'!! Expletive deleted.

 

15/08/2012: There is hope for me yet: a brain transplant: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn22142-chimeric-birds-could-explain-how-brains-get-big.html

 

15/08/2012: THIS is the Central England Temperature (CET) dataset 1659-2012, the world's longest continuous thermometer record. The extent of temperature variation is NOT great @ +/- .5C and NO CAUSE FOR ALARM. It has been rapidly falling since c2000. The only two causes for alarm I can see are: it is maintained by the (Phil Jones - no relation) Hadley Centre UEA, scene of the 'Climategate' break-in AND that they admit "Since 1974 the data have been adjusted to allow for urban warming" so it could well be consistent with a century of COOLING such as is shown by the records from Cape Otway and Wilson's Prom I have often referred to in previous posts: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/hadobs/hadcet/

 

15/08/2012: Larry Pickering a VERY courageous man AND is going to bring Gillard down with his blog, AND SOON: His latest offering:'Town Mode Fashions was owned by a Greek builder': I had wondered that such a poorly dressed person had spent $17,000 on clothes; now we know it was stolen AWU money spent on renovations to her house (AND Shorten - the Governor-General's son-in-law - is deeply involved too!). Never in Australia's politics has there been corruption like this. They all DESERVE TO HANG! Latest instalment here: http://pickeringpost.com/article/is-the-prime-minister-a-crook-part-iv/362

 

15/08/2012: How the carbon tax has affected electricity prices; I make the annual average increase something like 250%: http://blogs.news.com.au/images/uploads/pricesss_thumb.jpg

 

15/08/2012: I am hoping the Govt loses the High Court case today concerning the extinguishment of (tobacco) brand names: practically the only two worthwhile constitutional rights we have are that the Govt can't 'establish' a religion (Govt aid to 'private' schools seems to have broken THAT one), and the Govt cannot compulsorily acquire private property without just compensation. The many laws which 'acquired' native vegetation on private land HAVE to be unconstitutional. IF the tobacco companies win today thousands of farmers MAY get the compensation owing them for their private freehold land use having been taken from them by such laws.

 

15/08/2012: SO, the 'Pacific Solution' without 'Temporary Protection Visas' will work? Labor: If it works, don't fix it! Over 1,000 people dead and more new illegals arriving every fortnight than arrived on the First Fleet is NOT GOOD POLICY! Get out of the kitchen! But as you leave, take a look at the latest riots in Amiens and tell me that the indiscriminate importation of unassimilable people is a good idea. I don't think so!

 

14/08/2012:I like THIS guy: "Sprouting bullshit such as 'our white skin is a result of the rape of the colonisers', they are no longer laughable and tolerable in small doses - they are promoting a view of life that just continues to perpetuate the victim mentality and does their cause no favours. When you point out to them that their identifying side of the family have continued to choose to marry white people willingly for longer than their living lifetime, and not as part of some forced assimilation program, you will be met with astonishment or indignation. " http://theblacksteamtrain.blogspot.com.au/

 

14/08/2012:At 13,500 pa Australia is already the third largest resettler of refugees. Labor wants to take this to 27,000 - making us the second. Nearly 90% of refugees are Moslems who represent about 23% of the world's population. There are 49 Moslem countries. NONE of the top ten 'resettlement' counties are Moslem countries. There are now more Moslem Lebanese living in Britain than there are in Lebanon...What outcome do we really want for Australia from this issue?

 

14/08/2012: Interesting things you can do with a 3D printer: http://www.gizmag.com/first-3d-printed-firearm/23473/

 

13/08/2012: Noel Pearson: this great Australian is in hospital undergoing treatment for cancer - let's hope he makes a full and speedy recovery. Read this article about him: http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/mirandadevine/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/cape_yorks_real_education_revolution/

 

13/08/2012: When you see how much Gillard and Wilson made off with it makes Thomson's thefts look like chicken feed: http://www.quadrant.org.au/blogs/qed/2012/08/this-is-about-taking-union-money

 

12/08/2012: Just playing around with this (http://www.livingto100.com/calculator) and I notice that as you get older, your life expectancy increases (which is nice - I guess you leave your ephemeral contemporaries for dead!), but it led me on to all these VERY old dudes (http://www.squidoo.com/how-to-live-to-150). The Indo woman MIGHT just be legit, but I much doubt 'Ben Abba's' 2800 yr old...

 

12/08/2012: Della gave me one of THESE new mats for my birthday and it's just awesome - can't wait to try it out: http://www.moontrail.com/therm-a-rest-neoair-xlite-womens.php

 

12/08/2012: The OTHER side of the gun control debate makes interesting reading, particularly the comments, eg"There is also other ample evidence that disarming law-abiding citizens (which implies a presumption of guilt before the fact) results in an increase of all crimes (including murder) most notably in the UK and Australia": http://junkscience.com/2012/08/10/larry-pratt-gun-control-creates-victims/#more-29602

 

12/08/2012: Wind turbines HAVE become very cheap on eBay so I was thinking about installing one such as THIS - maybe to help the solar panels run a small aircon on a really hot day next summer when the price per Kw/hr could be astronomical, but, maybe not: http://www.coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2012/08/every-single-time.html

 

11/08/2012: THIS is for me: http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2012/08/powdered-beer-and-soda-makes-roughing-it-not-so-rough/

 

11/08/2012: Is it any wonder Cardinal Pell has described environmentalism as heresy? "The Archbishop of Canterbury is writing a book in which he lambasts the government for shrinking the State.  In its current ‘shrunken’ form, the state accounts for around half of the UK economy.  This is evidently sinful.  It should be bigger, presumably like the economies of the former communist countries of Eastern Europe.  Anglicanism has become extremely political. It is not just any old politics the church embraces.  It is the big State, high tax, green, protectionist, Keynesian politics of the left and fascist right". http://www.martindurkin.com/short-thoughts/evil-dressed-good 

 

11/08/2012: This is Nietzche. Fortunately we do not have a right wing side of politics like this in Australia. It is only the Left who espouse this sort of abhorrent evil: "Nietzsche, the romantic anti-capitalist, was appalled by the notion that the ‘common man’ (bourgeois and proletarian alike) should enjoy democratic rights. He attacked the ‘the raving stupidity and the noisy yapping of the democratic bourgeois.’ ‘Oh Voltaire! Oh humanity! Oh imbecility!’ He spat at ‘the French Revolution, that gruesome and, closely considered, superfluous farce.’ He sneered at ‘the levellers, these falsely named ‘free spirits’ – eloquent and tirelessly scribbling slaves of the democratic taste and its ‘modern ideas’.’ He poured scorn on the Enlightenment and humanism: ‘Man’, said Nietzsche, ‘is something to be overcome.’ He said ‘The democratic movement is a form assumed by man in decay’ … ‘that darkening and uglification of Europe which has now been going on for a hundred years.’ For Nietzsche, the abolition of serfdom was a tragedy. He complained that ‘everything base has become rebellious’. He was horrified by ‘the great evil, protracted, slow rebellion of the mob and the slaves.’ He said, ‘Let us face facts: the people have triumphed – or the slaves, the mob, the herd or whatever you like to call them … Masters have been abolished; the morals of the common man have triumphed … Mankind’s redemption (namely from its masters) is well under way; everything is becoming visibly Judified or Christified or mobified (what do words matter!). To arrest this poison’s progress throughout the body of mankind seems impossible.’ Nietzsche’s whole work was defiant attack on democratic, levelling effects of capitalism. He insisted, ‘there exists an order of rank between man and man.’ He spoke of ‘the incarnate differences of classes.’ ‘The noble caste’, he said are ‘the more complete human beings’. As for the newly liberated serfs, he called them, ‘the grumbling, oppressed, rebellious slave classes who aspire after domination – they call it “freedom”’. They were, ‘ponderous herd animals’ and ‘multifarious, garrulous, weak-willed and highly employable workers who need a master … worthy clumsy mechanicals … with their plebeian ambition.’ He reviled the common masses: ‘Life is a fountain of delight; but where the rabble also drinks, all wells are poisoned.’" Whew!

 

11/08/2012:It is unsurprising Ju-liar is not telling the truth about a few other things: http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/law_firm_wants_permission_to_release_its_wilson_files/

 

11/08/2012: "At the edge of a forest, German soldiers point their guns at rows of naked people who follow the Jewish religion. Among them are young mothers clutching their babies. The shots echo through the woods and the dead bodies fall into the ground. Down the road, while this is happening, their German army comrades are busy establishing nature walks and bird sanctuaries and planting trees. The Nazis conducted horrific experiments on children (I have seen footage so upsetting it can’t be shown on TV) but at the same time they banned medical experiments on animals. The same Nazi monsters who committed crimes of unimaginable barbarity also advocated vegetarianism, organic agriculture, forest preservation and homeopathic healthcare. How can we possibly explain this? What was the connection between the inhuman brutality of the Nazis and their gushing idealization of ‘Nature’?"http://www.martindurkin.com/blogs/nazi-greens-inconvenient-history

 

11/08/2012: Climate change aid money used to fund forced sterilisation in India: Is there no end to this green evil: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/15/uk-aid-forced-sterilisation-india

 

11/08/2012:The global carbon market was worth $176 bn in 2011, about the same as the global wheat trade, and the renewables investments added up to $243 bn in 2010. These are HUGE troughs - is it any wonder they attract pigs?

 

11/08/2012:'There is nothing “controversial” about fracking. Fracking has been a common well completion practice for more than 50 years. The practice of large-scale fracking of shale formations is somewhat more recent… But even that practice is 30 years old. Mitchell Energy was fracking the Barnett Shale in North Texas and the Bossier Shale in East Texas back in the 1980's. Hydraulic fracturing is an industrial process in which water and various chemicals are pumped deep underground in order to fracture rock, allowing oil or gas to more easily flow to a well. As petroleum is produced at the surface, most hydraulic fracturing fluids return to the surface too'. It can only be used where an impervious layer overlies the resource: therefore methane and other chemicals will not contaminate groudwater from this process.

 

11/08/2012:The Sceptics' Olympics: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/08/10/friday-funny-climate-olympics/

 

11/08/2012: Some real imaginative Olympic events: though Della may have been interested in the pigeon racing she would probably have opposed the live pigeon shoot! http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2012/07/how-were-these-ever-considered-olympic-events/

 

Della Jones Fortunately they only held it once! I liked the duelling event with wax bullets!

 

11/08/2012: Matt Dennis shared: "Homeopaths do not have a physical brain, but merely 'skull water' with the memory of brains". -Robin Ince- Infinite Monkey Cage (Darren)

 

10/08/2012: Thanks for the thoughtful birthday wishes and other positive comments folks. It MORE than makes up for the odd bigot who has 'unfriended' me: as I see it they are missing out on a lot of fun!

           

10/08/2012: You have to seriously worry about the level of Defence spending when you read a story like THIS - and if you can't defend your country how long is it before you don't have a country TO defend? http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/defence/asylum-demands-breaking-navy-fleet-as-patrol-boats-crack-up/story-e6frg8yo-1226447133244

 

10/08/2012: I was hoping we would win gold in the 'Married Three-Legged race, the 'Closed Sack Race', the 'Blindfold Egg and Spoon Race'...but apparenty all these interesting events have been dropped! How come they still have the 'Butterfly', the 'Long

Jump', the 'Discus', the 'Pole Vault'...if it's not MEANT to be silly? It ALL looks pretty silly to me - and SO like a Barnum and Bailey Freak Show - which I thought had been banned, see: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0022913/

 

Freaks 1932: Directed by Tod Browning. With Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova, Roscoe Ates. A circus' beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of side-show performers, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance.

 

10/08/2012:  This is a VERY interesting point and underlines just how recently the State has come to monopolise all manner of things (even Defence - did you know that during the American Revolutionary War most of the British soldiers were raised and paid for by private subscription?); Peter Phelps argues here that the State has no business AT ALL in our bedrooms. There are many other State functions which we take for granted as fundamentally Government responsibility but which might well operate better if they were privatised: I have mentioned money before, for example... Peter Phelps: www.thepunch.com.au/articles/to-end-the-gay-marriage-debate-privatise-matrimony/

 

10/08/2012:  Maybe try reading one of Ayn Rand's books, eg 'Capitalism, the Unknown Ideal' which is interesting. The 1949 Gary Cooper movie 'The Fountainhead' is very interesting also for its demolition of the myth that there was once a time when men were the bosses (as is also his earlier movie Casanova Brown - and any Mae West film for that matter) and for some solid philosophical underpinnings. You can download them & there are many sources of Ayn Rand ebooks:  I use Kickass & The Pirate Bay and the VPN Ipredator, myself.

09/08/2012: The 'projected' NBN takeup till the end of next year is lesss than 10% with expected multi-billion dollar cost blow-outs. Meanwhile currently it has 4,000 users paying just $2 million pa. though the NBN has spent billions getting them. As this level of spending ($40/month) would get them less than a basic ADSL2+ level of service on the NBN, I suspect these people are old age pensioners who didn't know any better, but who will find out. Unfortunately, soon it will become compulsory - or you just use your smart phone. What a disaster!

 

09/08/2012: The wolves are circling on Gillard and Wilson - and not before time!

 

09/08/2012: I just don't believe it: THIS is a complaint: "Men were also continuously and unnecessarily sexist, waiting for me to walk through doors and leave the elevator before them. " by a journalism work-experience student: http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/timblair/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/it_was_just_so_heteronormative/

 

Where are we AT when politeness and kindness are seen as EVIL?

 

08/08/2012: There is a new kind of 'safe' fracking: greenies may have to give up on their opposition yet, but don't hold your breath: http://www.gizmag.com/dry-extraction-fracking/23513/

 

08/08/2012:MARS: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/multimedia/pia16005.html

 

08/08/2012: It was 'false advertising' anyway. They would have known SOME of their guests weren't 'drovers': http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/national/mining-boom-sex-worker-wins-anti-discrimination-case/story-fndo2j43-1226444881828

 

08/08/2012: 'White aborigines' creaming off money intended to end aborigine disadvantage IS disgusting - as is the racism involved. Listen to what Bess Price has to say; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWveLI-MK9Y&feature=player_embedded

 

08/08/2012: Before you think about Bob Brown's efforts at James Price Point, whale calving grounds, dinosaur footprints, silly walking mice & etc, you really should read this woman's letter: http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/greens_vs_aborigines/

 

08/08/2012: I'm afraid the Olympics reminds me of Monty Python's 'Ministry of Silly Walks': no doubt those who 'won gold' at the butterfly, the hurdles or the 'hop,step and jump' will find this quite unpatriotic: Here is John Cleese: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wippooDL6WE

Monty Python - The silly walk

 

 Della Jones Love it! John Cleese is so much more entertaining than the Olympics in my view!

 

You just did not stay up all night to watch Australia win the 'Tiddlywinks'!

 

08/08/2012: WA Energy Minister Peter Collier should be ashamed that he said Julia Gillard has "the credibility of a cane toad" when she clearly does NOT. This reminds me of the occasion when all agreed when a politician jogged memories by declaiming 'I'm a country member"!

 

07/08/2012: JUST WOW: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/multimedia/msl5.html AND http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/news/msl20120806b.html

NASA - Curiosity's Early Views of Mars

www.nasa.gov

This image shows one of the first views from NASA's Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars the evening of Aug. 5 PDT (early morning hours Aug. 6 EDT). It was taken through a "fisheye" wide-angle lens on one of the rover's Hazard-Avoidance cameras. These engineering cameras are located at the rover's ...

 

07/08/2012: I like the way this girl was very happy to win a 'mere' bronze AND had the good sense to slap a drunken yobbo who threw a beer bottle at Usain Bolt: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/london-olympics/man-arrested-after-throwing-bottle-onto-track-at-start-of-100m-final/story-fn9dirj0-1226443678969

 

07/08/2012: GO Bess Price! Hope you win Stuart. http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/the_rise_of_the_aboriginal_conservative/ and brickbats to THIS guy for his comment about her: Chris Graham, SBS Living Black’s Facebook page:'" … WHEN grubs like Bess Price sit there on national television and say “Sorry, I didn’t think you were Aboriginal. You look like a whitefella to me”. How you can sit and pretend that that’s not hurtful, or won’t evoke a reaction is staggering.'

 

07/08/2012: What a happy country Syria is...THEIR Prime MInister has fled!

 

06/08/2012:Wheels editor Bill Thomas: "Yes, excessive speed is dangerous. But who makes these arbitrary judgments about safe limits, and what gives state governments the right to enforce them in an oppressive manner … ? Australian motorists face relentless attack by speed cameras, all justified by the Great Speed Lie. The result? Millions in the government coffers. This bullying is carried out by public servants supposedly elected to look after us." Couldn't agree more!

 

06/08/2012:'Buddhist' sexism and intolerance: '“People are crazy,” said Razia Jan, founder of a girls’ school outside Kabul. “The day we opened the school, (on) the other side of town, they threw hand grenades in a girls’ school, and 100 girls were killed.

 

“Every day, you hear that somebody’s thrown acid at a girl’s face ... or they poison their water.”

 

There were at least 185 documented attacks on schools and hospitals in Afghanistan last year, according to the United Nations. The majority were attributed to armed groups opposed to girls’ education'. Maybe THIS is why we are there

 

06/08/2012:LOSING badly: "New Zealand has a medal for every 633,231 people. Next on the list is Slovenia with three medals, one for every 685,846 people" & here's WHY: http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/timblair/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/cant_argue_with_a_graph/

 

06/08/2012:Apparently the Attorney-General thinks you need 'permission' to call Julia Gillard an 'old cow'. This is sinister 'Big Brother' thinking - and also deeply offensive to our bovine citizens to whom the PM is deeply sensitive - as the ban on live cattle exports showed: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/national/pm-compared-to-cow-by-cattle-chief/story-fndo2j43-1226442663527

 

06/08/2012: Good luck Curiosity: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/index.html

 

AEST 3:30 pm: and WELL DONE Curiosity!

 

05/08/2012: Socialism is just SO pathetic: I am constantly reminded of this, eg when I see the Government shovelling out further gargantuan slabs of largesse to 'the deserving poor' - as Alfred Dolittle explains in 'Pygmalion'. The ubiquitous 'deserving poor,' who plead our assistance when their houses burn down - having spent their instalments on Jim Bean and Peter Jacksons, who cry out for free dentistry having previously eaten the supermarket out of Mars bars and Coca Cola, who are homeless having demolished the rental accommodation provided for them by the State - or foolish (now skint) private investors...POOR folk! Oh, save me the platitudes! WHY is it too much to ask that people stand on their own two feet - and that the State spends our purloined money on imperatives such as the defence of the realm?

 

05/08/2012: A conflation has developed between 'scatology' and 'eschatology' - BOTH now coming to involve the interpretation of fewmets (normally a harmless passtime of us hunters). NOW CO2, formally the very stuff of life (or life's fertiliser - here the relationship with 'manure' becomes clearer) is 'pollution' (or what was formally associated more with the image of dead dogs and human faeces wafting down nearby rivers, or having to cut the air with a knife and fork before it could be breathed; ie what was long since banished by C19th town planners!). This 'pollution' automatically and naturally presages the 'final days' - and we should all pray to the great green God Gaia for salvation and redemption. Please place any idle billions in the collection plate as you pass by in the name of 'carbon tax' and other latter day hagiographic manifestations!

 

‎‎05/08/2012: I just love time machines: a piece of unfortunately much decayed video of my late uncle Basil's 70th birthday celebrations filmed in 1990 just before his tragic early death has come into my hands (and will soon be shared with all interested parties). It is just wonderful to suddenly see soo many much younger versions of ourselves: THERE is for example my 8 year old daughter Irralee flitting on and off the screen. I often now gaze longingly out the window at the garden where my vanished children once played - no, not deceased; just grown up and living their own lives: no doubt you are seeing some of their last night's antics below at the celebrations of (unbelievably) Bryn's 27th birthday - what already nearly half way to Basil's 1990 festivities? How can it be?

 

‎‎04/08/2012: Just try to keep in mind that this guy usually uses his trucks to assist the fracking industry, so surely he DESERVED this: his truck illegally commandeered by the Federal police to smuggle drugs and his driver shot dead AND of course NO compensation. DOWN with fracking. UP with Government. Think so?: http://www.qando.net/?p=13480

 

04/08/2012: Unless it is soon abolished (as all such green police nonsense should be) no doubt OUR EPA will follow the US's lead (eg ban CO2?) and mandate non-existent cellulosic alcohol in our cars. Am I the ONLY human being on the planet who perceives burning food in our cars whilst others starve a dreadful wickedness?: http://www.coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2012/08/why-do-i-think-this-penalty-would-have-been-waived-on-ge-or-dreamworks.html

 

04/08/2012: Just to balance the views of those who see each crazed killer as a reason to further restrict lawful ownership of guns: Christian Woman Shoots Killer of teens: http://www.stripersonline.com/t/560038/christian-woman-shoots-killer-of-teens AND Gun carrying man ends stabbing spree at Salt Lake grocery store: http://www.abc4.com/content/about_4/bios/story/conceal-and-carry-stabbing-salt-lake-city-smiths/NDNrL1gxeE2rsRhrWCM9dQ.cspx

 

04/08/2012: Clover Moore's anti business days might be numbered if this lady is elected: http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/mirandadevine/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/set_to_challenge_mayor_moores_grip_on_power/

 

03/08/2012: 2300 km in 3 days and sighted ONE drilling rig! At this rate Australia will look like a Swiss cheese in no time. Mind you I saw NONE on my last trip to the Hunter V a month ago and this represents an INCREASE of exactly INFINITY. At THIIS rate...But again, if next time I were to see TWO, this would represent a dramatic decline! 'Lies, damned lies and statistics'!

 

03/08/2012: Home Safe: after 2300km in three days to attend a first cousin's funeral in Maitland (at the cemetery which also contains our great-grandparents and our great great great grandfather!) We HAVE some interest in the future of this country NOW, surely? It WAS amazing to catch up with a cohort of relatives which (was it just days or months ago?) we played together with as children; some alas, now tottering or leaning on sticks: it is indeed true: WE ARE HERE FOR A GOOD TIME, NOT A LONG TIME!

 

03/08/2012: Australia's MOST TERRIFYING picture: THIS is ALL the tanks we have left to defend a continent (AND we have 1, maybe 2 operational submarines) after Defence was slashed by Labor to the lowest level since the Great Depression. Is it just ME t

hat sees it as a complete no-brainer, that the first stop after a Government not looking after Defence is that you don't have a country TO defend:

http://blogs.news.com.au/images/uploads/tanks_thumb.jpg

 

01/08/2012: Matt Dennis shared: This is one of your time travellers right?  More pics : www.parmoi.net http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=445963202114456&set=a.422989434411833.97345.114348978609215&type=1&relevant_count=1

 

Della Jones How can you tell?

 

Steve Jones: He IS incognito actually, and I like it that you can JUST make out the handle of his duck umbrella which he needs to do all his fancy singularity tricks. The OTHER people on the train ARE interestig too: I notice a clean-shaven version of your good self sans fish tattoo, Kerri and Jack Cleaver and Bree McDevitt. Bryn IS there in his 'Chocolat' tee, his ONLY concession to the spirit of dress-up OR time travel! ANY suggestions as to who was seated behind Bryn on this magical outing to Solaris IV?

 

Matt Dennis I think he has a big yellow dildo hanging from his staff...

 

30/07/2012: You CAN think Facebook is very clever when you glance to the right and see that it wants you to 'Walk the Hollyford Track' - how des it know? And then you realise it wants to introduce you to cute Russian nymphets or cure your haemorrhoids or sell you a glass umbrella or....and you realise, Facebook IS only an idiot!

 

30/07/2012: THIS headline DOES give you pause to reflect: MORE IN A FORTNIGHT THAN CAME WITH THE FIRST FLEET. I am reminded that Della's ancestors were on that fleet, one was BORN on it, (it was) an event which used to be deemed the seminal event in Australia's history; THE foundation of our great nation...what sort of nation are we founding with this last fornight's arrival of a rag-tag of mainly ex-terrorists from Sri Lanka and Afghanistan? I shudder to think we will soon find out: http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/more_in_a_fortnight_than_came_with_the_first_fleet/

 

30/07/2012: If I seem to be in a sombre mood this morning, it might be for this reason: I used to be perplexed at sundry 'elderly' rels etc who from about 60 on seemed to mainly be preoccupied with preparations for their own demise...BUT the deaths in a couple of recent weeks of not one but TWO first cousins certainly makes one reflect on 'time's winged chariot hurrying near'...

 

30/07/2012: Ziggy Switkowski, former head of Telstra and Kodak, makes an analogy: "… large-scale Australian manufacturing has lost ground internationally over the past two decades, emphasising the magnitude of the productivity challenge and the rise of China....It’s hard to enforce tough goals on a complacent community, unaware of overseas trends, with a false sense of superiority over other nation’s problems

. In many industries, our global competitors have improved much faster than we have. Mining is the best example of a globally exposed industry, but we hear concerns about our high labour costs, complex and hostile regulation, policy mishaps, inadequate infrastructure, even sovereign risk. Should mining investment move abroad, that would be a bad outcome symptomatic of a distracted nation with the wrong priorities. As our trade-exposed industries fall away, our economy concentrates around domestic service providers for whom the survival instinct to be efficient, innovative and growth-oriented, at gold medal levels, is weak. And because of our mining boom-endowed lifestyle, the commitment to excellence has been dulled".

29/07/2012: As I have said before (and to paraphrase Thoreau) I 'lead a life of NOISY desparation,' but I cannot BUT admire those who have MUCH more pluck: the Roberts-Smiths and Donaldsons richly deserve their VC's and other accolades, but I am seriously MUCH more impressed by the quiet bravery displayed by many I love who face blindness or death almost 'with a song in their heart' or rather like the character in Macbeth who is so admired because 'nothing in his life became him so much as the leaving of it'...s/he 'cast it aside as if it were the merest trifle' (or words to that effect - sorry Shakespeare!). Two, a mother and daughter whom you will be familiar with, come to mind in this quite astonishing bravery, but so also does my late stepfather Alf Bieman who showed such enormous fortitude and character in starving himself to death over six weeks against all efforts to force feed him

 

28/07/2012: Saw lots of old moose sign along the Seaforth in my latest trip there in April. The moose remain alive and well!

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27/07/2012: Speak louder and clearer, God: It may surprise those who understand the depth of my atheistic faith to learn that God infrequently 'talks' to me. I am not honoured with miniatures of Jesus in my nasal mucosa or portraits of Mother Theresa in my burnt toast, alas, but twice in widely separated incidents when I have hit my fingernail with a hammer, the resulting blackening has formed itself into letters, not just any etters but CAPITAL LETTERS - hence, inevitably Godspeak! I think one of the letters was a 'B' and one and 'H'. I would have preferred that they were 'B' and 'S' as it would have been nice if this compulsive destroyer of millions of small children in earthquakes, plagues and tsunamis was indicating to me his non-existence. I will stick with the former anyway, which I took to indicate two things: First that it was the Jewish God speaking as there were no vowels. This is nice for the Old Testament folk. Second, that I needed to 'BELIEVE HARDER'. I would have to really practice this a lot before I was convinced I think, especially in the face of those millions of Godmade tiny corpses, but who knows?

 

‎‎26/07/2012: Just astonishing! Gillard has acceded to Milne's requests that Treasury costing of Greens' policies (paid for already by the taxpayer) NOT be released, yet those of Labor and Liberal WILL be. How many free rides do we have to give the Loonie Left? (You see what I meant in my previous post about denying the Govt money: they WILL only waste it!)

 

‎‎26/07/2012: Amazing that (now) both Indonesia and Sri Lanka can turn around boatloads of illegal immigrants but Oz can't. It also concerns me that so much of our Defence budget (at its lowest allocation since 1934) is being spent on this preposterous taxi service for people whom we would not want and do not want.

 

 This latest boat was North of Bali! Amazing...

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26/07/2012: Easy come, easy go': all agree is tautologously identified with welfare recipients, heir/esses and lotto winners; ie no-one values what they have not earned. Governments display this propensity in absolute excess: they should be denied ALL funding!

 

‎‎26/07/2012: Further to the perfidious prejustice against mythical beasts: (and I quote Charles Kingsley here: ' No-one can say water babies do not exist as no-one has ever see them not existing'): 'unicornus' sightings have declined in direct proportion to that of virgins.

 

‎‎26/07/2012: An accolade I would avoid: 'richly deserved modesty' - but I think I recently met someone who suited it to a 'tee'!

 

Mithril Welsh Ponies: One I like is 'they have delusions of adequacy'.

 

Steve Jones Pronoia is VERY prevalent too!

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25/07/2012: Every mother should have one: a garbage can which moves quickly to catch rubbish thrown in its general direction: http://www.gizmag.com/smart-trashbox/23439/

 

‎‎24/07/2012: There seems to be a law against discrimination towards everything else: I think it is time to end the discrimination against mythical creatures!

 

‎‎24/07/2012: EXTRAORDINARY things people do: this guy intends to parachute from 120,000 feet and break the sound barrier during free-fall on the way down. Good luck with that: http://www.gizmag.com/stratos-stratospheric-skydive-succeeds/23447/

 

‎‎24/07/2012: If CO2 FOLLOWS temperature by a few hundred years as has been frequently shown (eg below), might not the current 'increase' in CO2 be a CONSEQUENCE of the well-established 'Medieval Warm Period' and have nothing AT ALL to do with C20th activities? http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/07/23/new-research-in-antarctica-shows-co2-follows-temperature-by-a-few-hundred-years-at-most/

 

‎‎24/07/2012: The 'usual suspect' nutters are 'fracking mad' all over Facebook with their 'enlightened ' opposition to applications for exploration licences from a number of mining companies who wish to test some of the region's mineral potential. Leaving aside the likes of Western Mining's huge gold exploration leases in Gippsland, the focus seems to be opposition to the expansion of black and brown coal resources and natural gas. Again aside from the obvious consequence that their development would make Vic energy independent for probably centuries to come, what these people reject is the investment and returns that such mining would have for the region for at least the next fifty years. Why they reject the mere prospect of prosperity is completely beyond me!

 

‎‎24/07/2012: Mind you, I think the Rudd family have their probems too. (We will momentarily ignore the vast defrauding of the Commonwealth Kev and Theresa pulled off with their employment agency): I am referring to Kevin's crie de coeur that when young he once or twice had to sleep in a Combi van; now his brother Greg claims he once had to burn his underpants in a cave to stay warm - hope he paid the carbon tax on them!

 

‎‎24/07/2012: Unintended consequences? Gay Marriage: '“She’s just like an easy-bake oven except with no legal rights to the cupcake,” the surrogate-mother broker tells Bryan and David'. Delightful: http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/mirandadevine/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/the_cheapest_wombs/

 

‎‎23/07/2012:The 'Gillard Papers' available here (http://www.quadrant.org.au/blogs/qed/2012/07/alan-jones-interviews-michael-smith) and the Bunyip's take on the goings-on at 85 Kerr Street, Fitzroy here (http://bunyipitude.blogspot.com.au/). Meanwhile Labor's polling is down to 28% - surely not even Kevin could save them now?

 

‎‎23/07/2012:Sad news: "A famous example of this is the rendering of one term as “virgins” instead of “raisins”. According to Luxenberg, the word usually translated as “virgins” or “dark-eyed maidens” is best understood as referring to “white raisins” of “crystal clarity”, meaning that the promised delights awaiting martyrs in Paradise are more culinary that carnal—a finding that may be deflating for prospective suicide bombers." NEITHER Christ nor Mohammed may be any more real then the Spaghetti Monster. Oh Dear: http://www.quadrant.org.au/magazine/issue/2012/7-8/the-revisionist-case-that-muhammad-did-not-exist

 

‎‎23/07/2012: WHY can't I buy one of these in 240 volts? SO much waste heat goes up the chimney - though much less for us than those poor (Greens mandated) folks who don't/can't have a chimney damper (still available on eBay from the UK, by the way): http://www.amazon.com/Magic-Heat-Reclaimer-Wood-Stove/dp/B0000AXEXB/ref=pd_sim_sbs_hg_1

 

‎‎23/07/2012: SUCH a lovely 'family' - or, maybe I'm mistaken about this, but WOULD these terrible events happen if such folks HAD a 'normal' family, or is this sort of thing a symptom of the breakdown of such institutions as MARRIAGE and FATHERHOOD? http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/cousin-of-man-accused-over-kelly-death-also-faces-murder-charge-20120722-22ib9.html#ixzz21OAt8jaE

 

‎‎21/07/2012: I find it hard to decide WHICH Green scheme is MOST EVIL: Is it the mandated BURNING of human food when so many are still starving (cf 10% Ethanol) , the wholesale destruction of the remaining tropical forests to GROW 'Biofuels' (palm oil plantations), support for useless windfarms which kill innumerable birds and bats, opposition to shale and coal seam gas and nuclear power which could produce safe, cheap fuel for humanitiy for millennia...the list goes on...

 

‎‎21/07/2012: Are we drowning in rules and regulations? You betcha. Watch this brief illustration: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lePrBUHihKI&feature=player_embedded

 

‎‎21/07/2012: Early Oz explorers Sturt and Mitchell recorded temperatures of 53.9C in the early C19th - much higher than anything in the C20th or yet this century. Global warming anyone? http://joannenova.com.au/2012/07/charles-sturts-time-so-hot-that-thermometers-exploded-was-australias-hottest-day-in-1828-53-9c/#more-22045

 

‎‎21/07/2012: Specsavers: this is not an ad but an experience: these people's products, service and price are wonderful: eg they do a free visual field test and retinal photography so that none of their customers will EVER have Della's experience of going blind undetected whilst in their care; I have NEVER before had a pair of glasses which ars SO clear; I did not know I was supposed to be able to see distance through multifocals (never have been able to before) or that there are three qualities of these available. AND they charge the same amount for TWO pairs of glasses as others do for ONE! TRY them.

 

‎‎21/07/2012: Again, in defence of MARRIAGE, can society really afford the vast social plagues which have and do follow from trashing this and other central traditions and institutions? http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1566637090?ie=UTF8&tag=wwwviolentkicom&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1566637090

Marriage and Caste in America: Separate and Unequal Families in a Post-Marital Age

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A generation ago Americans undertook a revolutionary experiment to redefine marriage. The results of this experiment separating marriage from childrearing are in, and they are bad news for children and for the country as a whole. The family upheaval has hit African-Americans especially hard.

 

‎‎21/07/2012: DO LISTEN to Alan Jones and Michael Smith discussing Gillard's complicity in the huge Wilson theft of union funds. This woman should be hanged: http://www.2gb.com/index2.php?option=com_newsmanager&task=view&id=13667

 

‎‎20/07/2012: Greenie-cuddly DSE just can't be serious about fining these kids $32,000 for playing on a dead whale: I remember years ago hunting foxes out of a dead whale at Anderson's Inlet with hounds and terrriers - a smelly but fun activity! Can't really see why you couldn't eat a dead whale or at least feed it to your pets.http://news.ninemsn.com.au/mobile/national/8501971/teens-whale-photo-sparks-outrage?_sp=2045&_s=ffffffff-ffff-ffff-ffff-ffffffffffff

 

‎‎19/07/2012: These anti-nuclear folks are astonishing: the Fukushima evacuation apparently killed twice as many people as the worst-case nuclear contamination would have; no-one at all was killed by nuclear contamination in the event; now a fanciful 'anti' with an appalling track record thinks maybe 1300 folks will die in the future - including presumably those who die laughing at his credulity! Meanwhile bananas have more radiation than anyone is likely to get from a nuclear power plant! http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/C935/

 

‎‎19/07/2012: The Hobbit - just downloaded and watched the preview: can't wait till Dec 14th!

 

‎‎18/07/2012: And the other half is almost certainly faulty or badly sited weather stations or Urban Heat Island effects - the other side of which is substantial cooling at such places as Cape Otway and Wilsons Prom: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/07/17/new-paper-blames-about-half-of-global-warming-on-weather-station-data-homgenization/

 

‎‎18/07/2012: Campbell, Barry and Ted deciding to sack a myriad of 'environmental' officers, 'renewables' people and artsy folk...reminds me of Douglas Adams jettisoning all the telephone sanitizers and account executives on the 'B Ark' - may they all be eaten by a giant space goat and trouble us no more; See: http://www.geoffwilkins.net/fragments/Adams.htm

 

‎‎18/07/2012: I notice Bob Brown wants Tas wind farms shut down until they stop killing wedge-tailed eagles (and other birds) but isn't this just the renewable energy we were supposed to be having?

 

‎‎17/07/2012: How many lives could have been saved? A 24 year ban on self administered HIV tests is lifted in the US. Still no doubt unavailable in OUR 'land of the free': http://www.coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2012/07/just-how-little-does-government-trust-individuals.html

 

‎‎17/07/2012: Interesting to see what people ARE in gaol for: http://www.coyoteblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/drugs-500x445.jpg

http://www.coyoteblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/drugs-500x445.jpg

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‎‎17/07/2012: Obama has by now killed 'thousands' with drones (even American citizens) and in countries America isn't even at war with, without any crime, charge or trial - JUST the execution. This is SO wrong: http://www.coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2012/07/moral-hazard-in-the-drone-war.html

 

‎‎16/07/2012: STRANGE that such records should have been overlooked. Perhaps we have been sold a pup: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/07/14/newly-found-weather-records-show-1930s-as-being-far-worse-than-the-present-for-extreme-weather/

 

‎‎16/07/2012: Miranda is right. Surely we do not need the death of another Thomas Kelly, the 18 year old king-hit by a stranger last week whilst walking down the street at 10:00pm holding hands with his grlfiend and talking on his mobile to tell us we need a Rudy Giulianii solution here: http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/mirandadevine/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/the_real_crime_in_kings_cross_is_police_inaction/

 

‎‎16/07/2012: "The children are our future. That's the problem". A VERY thoughtful piece by Mark Steyn here doubting the inevitability of progress and especially contrasting the new and old Islam. A must read: http://www.ocregister.com/opinion/young-363612-muslim-world.html

 

‎15/07/2012:Indeed: "If stupid plants are eating all the carbon dioxide, why the hell are we paying a tax for creating the stuff?" http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/timblair/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/plants_kick_it_up_a_notch/

 

‎15/07/2012: Electricity savings: We installed timers and switches everywhere we could. We also replaced our old (LPG) water heater (which had died) with a new Quantum plug in (375 watt!) heat pump which is much more suitable than solar in Southern Australia (though its efficiency could be boosted with a wet-back stove connection and solar boost in the summer too). We have the washing machine and dishwasher and everything else we could think of coming on at night rate or at least off most of the peak rate (includes fridges) . At the same time the solar electricity was connected and a smart meter installed. We were lucky enough to get in at the old feed-in rate. All up the electricity bill has at least halved - which is great considering how much our gas bill has also reduced! The timer switches we installed were the cheapest sort which you have to manually reset every time the power has been out. This seems to happen about once a week now, whereas once it was more like once a year, if that. The more expensive digital timers with a rechargeable battery would have been better as we would not have to be constantly resetting them. The LED bulbs we have just installed should shave another chunk off the next quarter's bill - but we have done about as much as we can now. I am sure that increases in electricity costs will eat up ALL our savings over the next two years thanks to the great global warming scam!

 

‎15/07/2012: LED light bulbs: we have been trying out some of these and are VERY pleased: The Osram 13watt/50 watt equivalent @650 lumens from Bunnings and a 13watt/85 watt @ 850 lumen model from ledlightingaustralia.net.au. The second IS defiinitely brighter and indicates things to come, eg Osram have flagged a 23watt/1600 lumen model for next year. We have used an old bayonet double globe adaptor to have two 650's in the kitchen. These are definitely as bright as the 48 watt Nelson CFL they replaced and give a nicer light. Given that the CFL was supposed to be the equivalent of a 250 watt incandescent, we can see just how far LEDs have come. By the same token in many places we have replaced a 48 watt Nelson with one of the 850's and find the light actually much better. These LEDs give a much more HUMAN light than the CFLs. They are a bit pricey still at @$30ea but if they live up to their life expectancy (Osram indicate 25 YEARS on the pack) and we know the CFLs were lucky to last ONE year - and their light output even less, then they will be well worth the price. Savings in electricity will pay for the globes in a year or so anyway and it is all gain from then on. We have put some Bunnings 5 watt LED downlights over the kitchen benches and these are also very nice. They are a direct replacement of halogen downlight bulbs.

 

‎13/07/2012: Remember Jackie Howe, the greatest shearer of them all who on 10 October 1892 shore 321 sheep in seven hours and 40 minutes at the Alice Down station in Queensland WITH HAND SHEARS: http://www.facebook.com/JackieHoweFestivalOfTheGoldenShears

 

‎‎13/07/2012: "Remember ‘Global Warming is killing the frogs?’ – turned out to be fungus spread by biologists. ‘Global Warming is killing the bees!’ – parasites. ‘Global Warming is killing the bats!’ – fungus. Now, ‘Global Warming is killing the coral!’ – virus": http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/07/12/viruses-linked-to-coral-bleaching/#more-67318

 

‎13/07/2012: Surely we ARE changing too fast if the native born are now beginning to be the MINORITY: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/english-may-be-minority-language-as-migrants-now-in-the-majority/story-e6freuy9-1226424855220

English may be minority language as migrants now in the majority

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IT has always been a cultural melting pot but new data reveals Sydney's west has double the number of people born overseas than the rest of Australia.

 

‎13/07/2012: Whales must surely have bred up enormously since the moratorium on whaling (which I actively supported at the time) was introduced 40+ years ago. It seems likely that some whale species (eg the Minke) are now in sufficient numbers that sustainable harvesting CAN resume. Declines in some whale species (eg Blues) continued AFTER the ban was introduced because of continued illegal whaling (especially by the USSR). This was picked up by the differences in population dynamics of Blues in the Mediterranean as compared with elsewhere. There is surely nothing so particularly unique about whales as compared with ALL other animals that they should NEVER be considered as potentially harvestable. I think there was something wonderful about going after them with rowboats and sharpened sticks and that if the moratorium IS to be lifted that this be the only permitted harvesting method

 

‎13/07/2012: Net anthropogenic changes to atmospheric CO2 percentages is surely dependent on the ratio between anthropogenic oxidation as compared with reduction reactions: Agriculture and refining for example are surely huge net reduction reactions. Has anyone actually calculated whether there IS a NET anthropogenic effect on CO2 - leaving aside what might happen to it after it is produced and whether it has ANY effect on the climate anyway?

 

‎12/07/2012: Bad news for dentists. I wonder will the anti-fluoride lobby jump on this one too? Mind you if we add this we can remove the fluoride as unnecessary: http://gizmodo.com/5924447/scientists-find-molecule-that-will-make-your-teeth-cavityproof?popular=true

 

‎11/07/2012: Some good news for the pear-shaped at last: http://gizmodo.com/5924696/being-obese-is-better-than-being-underweight?popular=true

 

‎11/07/2012: Don't try THIS at home (including interesting personal anecdote): http://gizmodo.com/5924522/what-really-happens-when-you-get-sucked-out-of-an-airlock

 

‎11/07/2012: Global warming? New study shows last 2,000 years of global cooling: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/07/09/this-is-what-global-cooling-really-looks-like/

 

‎11/07/2012: More effective teaching, NOT more money: Miranda's answer to Gonski & ATU ads. When will people LEARN socialism doesn't work?: http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/mirandadevine/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/a_dishonest_campaign_condemns_a_generation/

 

‎10/07/2012: More adventures in time: http://cockeyed.com/personal/time_machine/time_machine_telegram.html#update

 

‎10/07/2012: Recent success at Cern re the Higgs boson leads me to speculate that it can only be a finite number of technological steps before such a team could generate a 'singularity' ie ANOTHER 'Big Bang' and so kick start a NEW universe (Alas for ours however)! Supposing that they did this, would this make such wo/men GODS? Now suppose that this happened some little time ago - such as 14-15 billion years ago...'in a galaxy far away'...Alas for atheism! Some of these wo/men may even be bearded! It just gets worse and worse...

 

‎09/07/2012: One for Della to make: an authentic feather pinwheel (lots of stray materials around here!). Lots of other interesting stuff at Cockeyed: http://cockeyed.com/incredible/pinwheel/pinwheel.shtml

 

‎09/07/2012: A 'must have' watch: http://www.gizmag.com/hublot-antikythera-mechanism-first-computer-watch/20517/

Hublot painstakingly recreates a mysterious, 2,100-year-old clockwork relic - but why?

 

‎09/07/2012: With apologies to Tennnyson, an interesting poem: http://www.quadrant.org.au/blogs/doomed-planet/2012/07/black-carbon-dioxide-sunday

 

‎09/07/2012: Not quite what Lionel Murphy intended by mandating easy divorce in Oz, but what countries (eg Egypt & ad nauseum) will get under Sharia law following the Arab Spring: http://www.smh.com.au/world/we-cannot-forgive-her-god-tells-us-to-finish-her-video-shows-public-execution-of-woman-22-in-afghanistan-after-adultery-allegations-20120709-21pzy.html#ixzz204aBQa47

 

‎09/07/2012: THIS is SO true and is a gift to every would be commie/totalitarian/etc: Fairfax’s Nick O’Malley "Once you accept that climate change is real you accept that only a big government response can tackle it".

 

‎08/07/2012:A VERY instructive article about how the electricity system actually works by two reknowned experts; (important fact: NO NEW BASE Load generator has been built in Australia since 1992 - TWENTY YEARS!): http://www.quadrant.org.au/magazine/issue/2012/7-8/the-ruinous-privileges-of-renewable-energy

 

‎08/07/2012:The REAL consequences of Mabo: VERY instructive: http://www.quadrant.org.au/magazine/issue/2012/7-8/keith-windschuttle

 

‎08/07/2012: Two things strike me most about the UAH Satellite world temperature record (the only accurate measure we have): firstly how LITTLE the world's temperature has varied over the last 30+ years (ie +/- .2C degrees!) and secondly the step-change which clearly occurred with the giant El Nino of 1998 which obviously cannot have been of anthropogenic origin (unless it is an artifact of the instruments or methodology) just because it was SO sudden (ie there can have been NO precursor cause - CO2 increases have been, in contrast incremental): http://www.drroyspencer.com/wp-content/uploads/UAH_LT_1979_thru_June_2012.png

 

‎07/07/2012:Mike, the headless chicken; Somehow reminds me of the current Govt: http://www.retronaut.co/2011/07/mike-the-headless-chicken/

Mike the Headless chicken

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‎07/07/2012:Just a reminder: Retronaut is GREAT fun. eg: Is THIS Princess Leia: http://www.retronaut.co/2012/07/marilyn-monroe-as-1957/

Marilyn Monroe as…, 1957

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... Images of Marilyn by Richard Avedon Source: Wicked Halo

 

‎07/07/2012: Gina has an important point here. There are LOTS of other countries which have resources and if we aren't careful investors will go there and not come back. That is why a team of mining execs from Oz were killed in a plane crash in Africa last year. Despite the risk, other places are becoming LESS risky than Oz for making profits. Wake up Australia: http://www.andev-project.org/news/a-call-for-action-on-serious-challenges/

 

‎06/07/2012: Perhaps the world IS going to end: at very least there have been numerous outbreaks of cannibalism: earlier this year I opined I would be avoiding public transport after a man killed and began to eat a fellow passenger on a Greyhound bus. I now have reason to avoid homosexual encounters and homelessness after the latest Canadian

(Luka Rocco Magnotta) and American (Rudy Eugene) incidents. They have such interesting names, these cannibals - as do their victims Jun Li & Ronald Poppo! Meanwhile in New Guinea 7 people have this week been gormandised...A recipe book will be out soon.

 

‎06/07/2012: The Age continues to bite the hand that feeds it: first it attacked major advertiser Harvey Norman for felling sustainable Australian trees to make its furniture (SHAME!); now it spurns David Jones and advocates 'Buy Nothing New This Month' - a lunacy which had already infected Sydney's nutty bikepath-driven mayor Clover Moore...where will it all end? Meanwhile Fairfax shares have just passed 58 cents on their downwards spiral as Gina unloads millions of them in a single day...

 

‎06/07/2012: Now that Ju-Liar has averted the end of the world with her carbon tax, thought you might enjoy this Peter Cook/Rowan Atkinson apocalypse skit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hJQ18S6aag&feature=player_embedded

 

‎05/07/2012: So Julian Knight is not to be released in the 'foreseeable future'. Hoping this means NEVER! Personally I would not regret his being chained to a rock in Hades and having his liver pecked out daily by eagles - as was the much less deserved fate of primal human benefactor, Prometheus.

 

‎05/07/2012: OCCUPY knew how to fix all the problems of the world, but they failed to produce a simple cookbook. This is SO symptomatic of the idiotic Left: http://porkandgin.com/issues/the-occupy-food-story/

 

‎05/07/2012: It is interesting to see Che now protesting about things nuclear when he had THIS to say in 1962: "The victory of socialism is well worth millions of atomic victims" when he wanted Kruschev to nuke America during the Cuban crisis: http://www.skynews.com.au/eco/article.aspx?id=766628

 

‎05/07/2012: Next time HIT HIM WHILE HE'S DOWN, Sophie! Just LOVE her facial reactions. I too am horrified by the sort of creatures who crawl out from under rocks these days: ttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDwO7wuEin4&feature=player_embedded

GetUP Defends Sophie Mirabella's Reaction to Simon Sheikh's collapse on Q&A

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Simon Sheikh collapses on Q&A, WHEN GetUp director Simon Sheikh collapsed on live television, it was the reaction of Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella that got the...

 

‎05/07/2012: Cardsharp 2: AMAZING knife: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFA3ev8w-YE&feature=player_embedded

Iain Sinclair Cardsharp 2 knife unboxing review

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‎05/07/2012: Clover Moore (2): Apparently there are 50,000 businesses in Sydney CBD only 396 of whom are registered to vote: this is how such idiots get to BE (and stay) mayor!

 

‎04/07/2012: Pollies vote themselves $50K extra per year: Ju-Liar now 'worth' $500,000pa. Don't think so. How obscene.

 

‎04/07/2012: US CO2 emissions may hit 1990 levels THIS year because of the shale gas revolution and WITHOUT a carbon tax! How about that: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/07/02/us-co2-emissions-may-drop-to-1990-levels-this-year/

 

‎04/07/2012: Meanwhile, scientists are about to announce they HAVE discovered the Higgs Boson or 'God Particle' as some averr it. Loud Hurrahs: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/world/science-close-to-higgs-discovery/story-fnd134gw-1226415165553

 

‎04/07/2012: TWO Days after Ju-Liar introduces OUR carbon tax, New Zealand DITCHES theirs as simply unaffordable: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10816999

 

‎04/07/2012: Independence Day: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."

 

‎04/07/2012:Alan Jones commented on Campbell Newman's initiation of a new enquiry into the Heiner matter involving the pedophilic rape of a girl/s in youth detention in Qld which was SHREDDED by Kevin Rudd. This issue may prove even more disastrous for Labor than Ju-Liar's affair with Craig Emerson or her Wilson involvement a la the Kernohan allegations...these people STINK! More info here:http://www.warwickhughes.com/blog/?p=1336

 

‎04/07/2012:Just two days after the carbon and mining tax...What a coup Ju-Liar's meeting with the Indo Pres was: What Aussies overwhelmingly want IS this boost in Moslem immigrants from Indonesia, OR would they prefer to see that people assimilate first! GO Ju-Liar!

 

‎04/07/2012: If you can't even sell it to the Greens you are REALLY lost in the wilderness: 'The Lowy Institute 2012 Poll has found “considerable opposition” with “the majority (63%) of Australians against the government’s legislation introducing a fixed price on carbon...Even 38% of Australians who say they always or sometimes vote for the Green Party are in favour of removing the legislation. ' - Miranda Devine Telegraph 30/06/2012

 

‎01/07/2012: GIZMAG! THIS is a GREAT site. HERE is an example. I recommend a peek: http://www.gizmag.com/enerplex-solar-charger-for-iphone/23044/

 

‎01/07/2012: Happy C-Day. At least we won't have to remember to turn out the lights as we depart the sinking ship! Maybe THIS would be a just reward for Ju-Liar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Mi9hP0F1HUc

Elizabeth Clark at the stake

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In 1645 the inquisitor Matteo Hopkins ordered the execution of Elizabeth Clark at the stake, because she was a witch. Many innocent women were burned alive a...

 

‎‎01/07/2012: "Ineptocracy (in-ep-toc’-ra-cy) – A system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers." Could this be Australia today? Many thanks to Jo Nova.

 

‎01/07/2012: Sydney mayor Clover Moore's 'Buy Nothing This Month' campaign will be just about as much a boon as Ju-Liar's carbon and mining tax. Good luck retailers!

 

‎30/06/2012: The 'Pacific Solution' certainly worked: arrivals are up hugely. It is astonishing that the 'pull' is enough to make people risk their lives (nearly 1,000 are now DEAD!) when the 'push' (or Nauru option) was enough to stop them coming completely: http://blogs.news.com.au/images/uploads/asylum_graf_1.jpg

http://blogs.news.com.au/images/uploads/asylum_graf_1.jpg

blogs.news.com.au

 

‎29/06/2012:Man catches fish, fish catches man, dog saves man. The result: a record alligator gar: http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/blog/33939/texas+fisherman+prevails+in+epic+battle+with+enormous+alligator+gar/

Texas fisherman prevails in epic battle with enormous alligator gar

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Whether Brent Crawford has captured the world's largest alligator gar will never be known -- his scale bottomed out emphatically at 300 pounds and he filleted the prehistoric-looking fish after attempting to obtain its weight. But this much is clear: The gar Crawford landed while bow-fishing recent...

 

‎29/06/2012:Vote HERE: I unashamedly go for the Hannibal Lekter look myself: http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/timblair/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/face_the_voters/

 

‎29/06/2012:It is not just Della with her dangerous crochet hooks who may be a dangerous terrorist. Now 8 year olds with Nerf guns are airport vigilante targets. Somehow also, I always get explosives tested and have to wait patiently for various intimate or intrusive procedures whilst numerous towel heads stream past unheeded! http://www.dailyadvertiser.com.au/news/local/news/general/toy-an-offensive-weapon-airport/2604239.aspx

 

‎29/06/2012:Labor IS finished.! In inner city suburban Glebe once home to four Labor branches and over one thousand members recently they could not even field a quorum of SEVEN members to reform the branch: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-06-27/alp-in-strife-at-local-level/4095100?section=nsw

 

‎29/06/2012:Sadly, the Wankel engine IS no more: http://jalopnik.com/5921410/the-last-mazda-wankel-engine-has-been-built

 

‎‎29/06/2012: 'C-Day': the demonisation of TWO previously innocuous words, but 'G-Day': Grrr! Is it possible there is ANYONE who hates that woman? Nah!

 

‎29/06/2012:Back from four days' hiking in Wonnangatta-Moroka with a young American acquaintance. Moroka river flooded and difficult to cross but weather beautiful. Probably sub-zero of a night but warm and comfy thanks to my Tyvek tarps. Many beautiful encounters with wild deer including watching does and fawns play. Had a very bad 3 metre fall off a slippery log into a rocky streambed flat onto my back which unexpectedly and serendipitously produced no injury - indeed my back feels much bettter this morning! May have to try that again! Or maybe not! Indeed I think I shall avoid log crossings for all time.

 

‎29/06/2012: In the 6 years of the 'Pacific Solution' there were 1100 illegal immigrant boat arrivals. By the time of the election of the Rudd Governement there were 4 people in detention. Since then 20,000+ illegal boat people have arrived (over half on Ju-liar's watch) and there are now 5,000+ people in detention. THIS is a solution? Is it that we even WANT these people? The boat which recently sank contained NOTHING but Sri Lankan MEN coming from a country which the UNHCR says has no grounds for granting refugee status! The other major source country is Afghanistan - with identical status. An election, PLEASE!

 

‎25/06/2012:Della Jones: Stage 1a of major house-finishing project nearing completion! Steve built me a massive and much needed shelf unit for the kitchen, and between trips to Gosford relating to Mum's death, and a couple of overseas house guests, it is finally sort of finished and I got to fill it up with stuff today. Thanks, oh great and talented husband! (who is enjoying a much-deserved camping trip up the bush with latest house-guest). Now to move different stuff into the cupboards vacated by new-shelf stuff, and then on to staining the lounge-room side of the structure. At least it is too wet and cold to hanker after the garden!

 

‎22/06/2012: For contrast Ju-Liar hanging with the mung beans at Rio. Oh dear: http://blogs.news.com.au/images/uploads/juliario.jpg

http://blogs.news.com.au/images/uploads/juliario.jpg

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‎22/06/2012: Move over Ms Gillard: http://www.rightwingnews.com/special/the-20-hottest-conservative-women-in-the-new-media-2012-edition/, the winner: http://blogs.news.com.au/images/uploads/femprotect.jpg

http://blogs.news.com.au/images/uploads/femprotect.jpg

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‎22/06/2012: The fact that Julia continues to lure and kill illegal refugees fails to hide the fact that ALL 200 of the Sri Lankan passengers on the latest sinking boat were male - now, aside from the fact that the UNHCR says NO Sri Lankans ARE refugees, what sort of a man abandons his women and children to save himself anyway - AND do we want that sort of person in Australia?

 

‎21/06/2012: World's tallest tree: who would have believed that this 154 metre mountain ash felled at Healesville in 1872 was 40 metres taller than the largest Californian redwood ever recorded: http://baddevelopers.nfshost.com/Docs/talltrees.htm

 

‎21/06/2012: I think it is pretty weird to have the final draft of a conference's outcome at the beginning but this IS RIO +20 and the UN version of democracy - and what a lot of platitudes and greenie pap it is. I particularly hate the ubiquitous use of the word 'sustainable' which has even tested Gaia's founder Lovelock now. HERE is the document: http://www.cfact.tv/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Rio+20-Pre-conference-final-draft-The-Future-We-Want.pdf

 

‎21/06/2012:  GO Philippa Martyr: 'I see Gina Rinehart raising an invisible two fingers to the Gillard government, the ABC, and indeed an entire host of people who I wouldn’t cross the street for if my life depended on it' http://www.quadrant.org.au/blogs/qed/2012/06/one-woman-army

 

‎21/06/2012: The right of non-criminals to bear arms to protect themselves has brought down crime everywhere else. Time to try it here: http://junkscience.com/2012/06/20/emily-miller-gun-ownership-up-crime-down/#more-25373

Emily Miller: Gun ownership up, crime down

 

‎19/06/2012: What a great father and daughter 'shot': http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/london-olympics/father-and-daughter-hayley-and-david-chapman-packing-their-pistols-for-olympics/story-fn9dirj0-1226399241167

Father and daughter Hayley and David Chapman packing their pistols for Olympics

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HAYLEY Chapman knows one thing when she competes in London as part of the Australian shooting team: She'll have one keen set of eyes behind her watching her every move at the range.

 

‎19/06/2012: Ain't the Net great: there are even several sites dedicated solely to oxymorons: I particularly liked 'adult male': http://www.oxymoronlist.com/

 

‎19/06/2012: The Bunyip IS back, AND with a vengeance: http://bunyipitude.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/marieke-hardy-that-little-blossom-in.html:

Bunyipitude: Editorial Excellence

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‎19/06/2012: Poor Hosni. Poor Muammar. God is just SO cruel! There ought to be a law...

 

‎19/06/2012: Just SO tacky...everyone posting about earthquakes on Facebook...Surely whether the earth moved for you is an intimate personal matter...some things just should not be shared! Having said which: all OK here. Mind you Della perched on top of a ladder painting her new kitchen shelves (Yes at 8:55pm!) was NOT in the best earthquake preparedness position!

 

‎19/06/2012: Sgt Pepper: Photoshop is SO much easier than this. You would think it had been cut and pasted, but not so. Hitler, you will notice just missed out: http://twistedsifter.sifter.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/the_beatles_sgt_pepper_album_cover_hitler.jpg

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‎19/06/2012: THIS may even beat the woman yesterday who was impregnated by a squid: http://achewood.com/index.php?date=10022002

 

‎19/06/2012: How MANY vegies had just such a sad encounter with a duck? http://achewood.com/index.php?date=01232006

Achewood § January 23, 2006

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‎19/06/2012: Just an observation but if all the newspapers die...how will I light the fire every winter's day? Oh forgot, the carbon tax will take care of that need eventually and we can look forward to the lovely COLD!

 

‎19/06/2012:Excitement here at Jeeralang creates (as usual) a race to see who can get home first and post on Facebook. Hauled out of bed dreadfully early this am (BEFORE 8:00am eek!) to unbog a neighbour's school bus with the faithful Landie.

 

‎19/06/2012:What a pity! Surely we need more like him? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-18455068

 

‎19/06/2012: Greece is SAVED? Aristides Hatzis: "It is difficult to find a notable dictator, even among the great butchers of the 20th century, without a steady following in the Greek parliament" It is just TOO like the Wiemar Republic for my liking...

 

‎18/06/2012: When will our 'greens' get Lovelock's message? First he ditches global warming, then endorses fracking. Of course it COULD be early onset Alzheimers or he could have come to his senses! http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/06/15/gaia-scientist-james-lovelock-endorses-fracking/

 

‎18/06/2012: Bizarre jubilation about Greece; a guarantee of more money printing - & say 'Goodbye' to your savings, folks. When will we understand that Keynes was WRONG - dare I say, was basically a Commie? Still, if it is impossible (as I have come to believe) to change this culture (or ever to cause folks to THINK - Worse yet that turning around 'Titanic'), there ought still to be the odd morsel of profit out there to be snapped up by some chicanery or other - still looking!

 

‎18/06/2012: Bad news for trendy lefties: The Age is about to die! Imagine if the ABC was made to live up to its 'balance' charter as well: where WOULD these teacher-preacher folks et al go then for their daily dose of nonsense? IMAGINE them being dragged kicking and screaming to a sense of perspective! Imagaine them being forced to understand (even embrace!) capitalism. Oh, Woe!

 

‎18/06/2012: Best news for the last four days: Woman impreganted by squid whilst eating calamari; German 'forest' boy found to be fraud missing for three whole days from his home in Holland; Galapagos turtles split up after 115 years; 'kindness of America' author shot in a drive-by: what a heartbreak old world you are!

 

‎18/06/2012: Horror sixteen hour trip back from Gosford yesterday with a huge load on the Defender. Excessive play in the steering box had us constantly tacking right and left like a windjammer in a storm! Happy to wake up alive this am. First agenda item today: order new steering box!

Della Jones Even worse, I had to stay awake all 16 hours so that I could witness our last moments if we careered headlong into a semi.

14/06/2012: Law Dome ice core data shows global cooling over the last century or so (just what you can see from the Cape Otway and Wilson's Prom records I have mentioned before). In the face of such evidence who can doubt that the whole 'global warming' movement is other than one giant fraud: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/06/12/the-longest-most-high-resolution-most-inconvenient-paleoclimate-data-that-hasnt-been-published/#more-65583

 

‎12/06/2012: Things seem to be just SO much better in Libya now - if I really disliked Moslems in the same way that Hitler hated Jews I would be cheering on the events in Syria too! Humanism has been SUCH a benefit to society.

 

‎‎12/06/2012: 'I left MY baby in the middle of a busy road and a car ran over it, but it wasn't My fault'...Personally, I prefer the dingo theory as they are just SO cute and cuddly!

 

‎12/06/2012: 'Life will find a way'...Uni of Colorado scientists have found archaean bacteria in the Atacama desert whose functions seem to predate photosynthesis and so give a hint of how the world may have once looked. These little guys could survive on Mars so perhaps some of their cousins still do: http://www.colorado.edu/news/releases/2012/06/08/cu-boulder-led-team-finds-microbes-extreme-environment-south-american

 

11/06/2012: This morning's ABC news was full of a new study showing 1/10th of a degree warming of the ocean over the last 50 years (no doubt soon to be consigned to the same dustbin as Gergis's fraudulent paper of last week). One SALIENT point: watch the error bars - the 1/10th of a degree will come with an error variation of +/- eg 1C, meaning that the alleged warming is imaginary.

 

11/06/2012: A series of three essays on Australian 'massacres' which seems to me to be balanced and excellent. In particular it should be noted that any murder was always punishable by death in colonial Australia and that seven whites were quite properly hanged for their part in the 'Myall Creek Massacre' for example. Many alleged 'massacres' (eg Forrest River) are clearly fiction invented to promulgate a vision of Australian racism and Aboriginal genocide which never took place: http://www.sydneyline.com/Massacres%20Part%20one.htm

 

10/06/2012: Merchants of Despair: Radical Environmentalists, Criminal Pseudo-Scientists, and the Fatal Cult of Antihumanism. THIS looks like a really good read (Review & excepts here: http://www.amazon.com/Merchants-Despair-Environmentalists-Pseudo-Scientists-ebook/dp/B007PTM3MW) - and you can download the ebook here for $14.95 (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/merchants-of-despair-robert-zubrin/1102507586)

Merchants of Despair: Radical Environmentalists, Criminal Pseudo-Scientists, and the Fatal Cult of A

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There was a time when humanity looked in the mirror and saw something precious, worth protecting and fighting for—indeed, worth liberating. But now, we are beset on all sides by propaganda promoting a radically different viewpoint. According to this idea, human beings are a cancer upo...

 

10/06/2012: Perverse Incentives (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perverse_incentive) and Unintended Consequences ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unintended_consequences) are just about as much fun as was 'The Book of Heroic Failures' (http://ebookee.org/The-Book-of-Heroic-Failures-The-Official-Handbook-of-the-Not-Terribly-Good-Club-of-Great-Britain-By-Stephen-Pile_751453.html)

 

9/06/2012: Half forgotten horrors: Stalin's 'Road to Nowhere': http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18116112

Joseph Stalin's deadly railway to nowhere

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In the Russian Arctic north lies buried a disused railway built by prisoners of Joseph Stalin's gulags and never used - but it could now be revived.

 

9/06/2012: More Chesterton. Many others to read here but I DID like this one: http://www.cse.dmu.ac.uk/~mward/gkc/books/elegy.html

 

8/06/2012:The Horrible History of Jones: GK Chesterton WAS marvellous. Recall this old favourite and how prescient it was: http://www.cse.dmu.ac.uk/~mward/gkc/books/Jones.html

 

8/06/2012: Crazy stuff. Olympic athletes sanctioned for posing with guns. Maybe sanction this lady too: http://treeofmamre.wordpress.com/2012/06/01/one-tough-chick/

One Tough Chick

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I love the look of determination on her face. Who can resist a woman who knows how to handle a machine gun? (H/t @reedtome)

 

7/06/2012: MORE Ray Bradbury - I particularly liked that over the years editors had censored out 75 sections of Fahrenheit 451, a book after all, all about the evils of censorship. What a world! http://www.menzieshouse.com.au/2012/06/rip-ray-bradbury.html

 

7/06/2012: Topher is just GREAT. Watch this video before it is TOO LATE! http://theforbiddenhistory.com/

The Forbidden History |

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In episode #1 of the ‘Forbidden History’ trilogy Topher takes a stand on freedom of speech, using some of history’s most unpopular people to show that free speech is worth it, no matter what the price.

 

7/06/2012: Two photos which really underine the unifying importance of the monarchy: Note the absence of French flags in Bastille place celebrating the election of a socialist President compared to the dominance of the Union Jack at the Queen's jubilee. Do we always have much to celebrate from bringing large numbers of people to our country who want nothing but to celebrate THEIR difference? http://asv.org.au/downloads/Transit%20of%20Venus%206%20Jun%202012%20factsheet.pdf

http://asv.org.au/downloads/Transit%20of%20Venus%206%20Jun%202012%20factsheet.pdf

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7/06/2012: Could not agree more: rocks ARE endangered: “A rock can take millions of years to form, but it only takes a second for someone to skip a smooth pebble into a lake, and then it is gone.” Dr. Kaiser said. “Perhaps these thoughtless rock-skippers don’t care if they leave our planet completely devoid of rocks, but what about our children? Don’t they deserve the chance to hold a rock and toss it up and down a few times?” http://www.theonion.com/articles/geologists-we-may-be-slowly-running-out-of-rocks,17341/

 

7/06/2012: If you missed that Transit of Venus yesterday (the sun came out for US just in time) check out this HD video of it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=4Z9rM8ChTjY The SUN is just AWESOME

NASA | SDO's Ultra-high Definition View of 2012 Venus Transit

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Launched on Feb. 11, 2010, the Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, is the most advanced spacecraft ever designed to study the sun. During its five-year missi...

 

7/06/2012: OUR Bureau of Meteorology does this too but have a look at the SCALE of the faking. For example the warmist NOAA has DECREASED the average 1934 temperature of Arizona by over 3F degrees to produce today's global warnming. You would think such outright fraud would be punished, but I notice today that Heartland break-in fraudster Gleick has been reinstated to his warmist job: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/06/06/noaas-national-climatic-data-center-caught-cooling-the-past-modern-processed-records-dont-match-paper-records/#more-65130

 

7/06/2012: Sadly, Ray Bradbury has died at 91. A note to our Arts Council (which seems only to have been able to promote rubbish) "He wrote Fahrenheit 451 at the UCLA library, on typewriters that rented for 10c a half hour. He said he carried a sack full of dimes to the library and completed the book in nine days, at a cost of $9.80." http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/author-ray-bradbury-dies-at-91/...See More

 

6/06/2012: Transit of Venus: You CAN see it right now if you project an image of the sun onto a white sheet of paper with your binoculars or telescope . DO NOT look at the sun. You have until 2:45pm today only. It will not happen again until 2117AD. Enjoy! http://asv.org.au/downloads/Transit%20of%20Venus%206%20Jun%202012%20factsheet.pdf

 

5/06/2012: RATHER damp overnight. Planned trips for today will have to be curtailed: a month's rain in ONE day: Whoops!

 

5/06/2012: Coming soon: Della's pigeon's WILL spy on you. Beware: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pigeon_photography

 

5/06/2012: What a cunning chair: http://www.treehugger.com/eco-friendly-furniture/zig-zag-chair-made-out-just-three-pieces-plywood.html

Zig Zag Chair Is Made Out of Just Three Pieces of Plywood

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A very clever way of making plywood bend: A whole lot of cuts.

 

5/06/2012: Neat idea: Tetris-like stacking + LEGOish shelves: modular minimalist furniture (and easy to make your own) . Pity books are now so passe: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysXRXQoVIN8&feature=player_embedded

Tetris-like stacking + LEGOish shelves: modular minimalist furniture

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BrickBox are modular shelves/boxes that can be stacked like bricks- or LEGOS- and fit into any sized apartment, even in tough spots like under the stairs. St...

 

3/06/2012: Could they have got it wrong AGAIN: http://junkscience.com/2012/06/01/hockey-schtick-new-paper-contradicts-a-tenet-of-global-warming-theory-2/#more-24165

Hockey Schtick: New paper contradicts a tenet of global warming theory

junkscience.com A paper published today in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics finds that clouds located in the stratosphere over the poles act to cool the stratosphere by adiabatic cooling, which is the cooling of ...

 

3/06/2012: GO Campbell: http://junkscience.com/2012/06/02/were-in-the-coal-business-campbell-newman-slams-unesco-great-barrier-reef-warning/#more-24178

 

3/06/2012: Capitalism IS fascinating. In India there is a whole nouveau riche emerging from the boom in guar sparked by the fracking revolution. You beauty: : http://junkscience.com/2012/05/30/shale-energy-triggers-bean-rush-in-india/#more-23897

 

3/06/2012: What a great week: we have had severed spinal cords repaired and MS cured (in lab animals) and the successful launch of the Dragon Space vehicle. Wow! GO Elon Musk!

 

3/06/2012: Aw, shucks: cat lover persecuted, poor old dear: http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/valleyfever/2012/05/abc15_news-hounds_confront_81-.php

 

3/06/2012: I think Willis Eschenbach is just brilliant. Here he shows that observed variations in temperature CAN be explained by just natural variations in solar output and albedo (the reflectivity of the Earth). There is NO room at all for a CO2 effect. Surprise, surprise : http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/05/31/a-longer-look-at-climate-sensitivity/

 

2/06/2012: What a great country - if only Oz was like this: http://dailycaller.com/the-dc-social-reader-gun-giveway/

 

1/06/2012: Good news: Congress rejects UN takeover of the interenet: http://phys.org/news/2012-05-internet.html

 

31/05/2012:AND please don't show Della ANY of these gardens or we will never leave home: http://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chelsea-flower-show/2012

 

31/05/2012:Della MUST have these: when will this woman's insatiable appetite ever end? http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/20224725/#

SOLVINDEN Solar-powered, bird - IKEA

www.ikea.com IKEA - SOLVINDEN, Solar-powered, bird, No costs for electricity; the solar panel converts sunlight to energy.Easy to use; no cables or plugs are needed.Place the bird clips wherever you want to enjoy the light.

 

31/05/2012: The 'Anarchist Federation International Revolutionary Front' ARE actually shooting scientists studying nuclear and nanotechnology (no hollow threats for them. HERE is what they think: "Science in centuries past promised us a golden age, but it is pushing us towards self-destruction and total slavery...With this action of ours, we return to you a tiny part of the suffering that you, man of science, are pouring into this world"_ 'Oh happy living things...'

 

30/05/2012: AND you thought you had seen everything: FLYING SQUID: http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/photographic-evidence-proves-that-squid-can-fly.html

 

30/05/2012: Now HERE is a seriously bad idea: giving control of the internet to the UN. Want to bet whether Ju-liar will back this one? The New World Order (which I thought was probably a double oxymoron) may be closer than we thought: http://junkscience.com/2012/05/29/editorial-giving-the-internet-to-the-u-n/

 

28/05/2012: Please read these recollections of being a POW in North Vietnam by John McCain. How this guy failed to become President and instead we have the clown, Obama is one of the great mysteries of life: http://www.snopes.com/rumors/soapbox/mccain.asp

 

28/05/2012: Further evidence that H2O feedback IS negative and that therefore we need NOT worry about CO2. VERY elegant: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/05/26/clive-best-gives-evidence-for-negative-water-feedback-in-earths-climate-system-using-the-faint-sun-paradox/#more-64327

 

27/05/2012: THIS is so much better than foisting his mercury filled light bulbs on us! Flannery will insist that our dead loved ones tooth fillings be compulsorily removed with pliers! Wow! http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/timblair/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/cheaper_than_his_usual_solutions/

 

26/05/2012: Revisiting Nakba Day I again find it completely NOT the moral equivalent of Anzac Day, and am frankly disgusted by this woman's speech. Melbourne's life should not be stopped so that such wickedness can be promulgated. I particularly deplore the outrageus anti-Semitism HERE ( and elsewhere). Surely it was to curtail just such flagrant hate speech that our various anti-vilification laws were framed rather than to prevent Andrew Bolt from pointing out factual inaccuracies in the geneology claimed by some of our white urban 'aborigines'? http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/timblair/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/drooling_animals/

 

26/05/2012: THIS man, Norman Borlaug is responsible for saving the lives of over a billion people. If the climate becomes colder as was predicted in the 1970's (& some current predictions, see eg: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/05/25/the-cia-documents-the-global-cooling-research-of-the-1970s/#more-64229) we will need SEVERAL of his kind to prevent catastrophe. Remember this, the Little Ice Age killed something like 1/3rd of Europe's population. Much more agricultural research is needed, particularly in the field of adaptation to a shortened growing season (and genetic engineering of plants to flourish in colder conditions): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Borlaug

 

25/05/2012: Empire Day yesterday and I missed it - no fireworks either: Oh, the decline of the West...

 

24/05/2012: THIS is enough to put you off public transport (or immigration?): http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2148554/Man-beheaded-cannibalised-fellow-passenger-Greyhound-bus-thought-attacking-alien.html

 

24/05/2012: From the New York Times: Correction: In an earlier version of this article, the example involving “Midnight in Paris” mistakenly said a comma was needed after the name “Jessie,” rather than before it.

 

24/05/2012: New Scientist's Last Word had an interesting item on butterflies this week which I thought I would share. Instead I found this page which proved even more interesting: http://www.last-word.com/search/result/hash/d39ff85b278fad11896fd76bacb597c5/order/relevance/go/1.html

 

23/05/2012: I'm sure there are many lovely places on Earth but is there ANYONE more revolting than Charley Boorman? SO well named!

 

23/05/2012: Definitely don't put your money into green energy. You have been warned. A 75% fall in just two years? Wow: http://hockeyschtick.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/worldwide-crash-of-green-energy.html

 Transit of Venus on 5/6 June. Get out your welding masks. There will not be another this century.

 

22/05/2012: Thomson should have been a science fiction writer. His allegations that he is the victim of a criminal genius are just preposterous (leaving aside the fact that his fingerprintss and DNA will be on the cathouses' credit card receipts): http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/thomson_speaks/

 

22/05/2012: Another delusion gone: I had always believed rhubarb had to be cooked (as it was poisonous) but apparently you CAN eat raw rhubarb stalks: http://maggiesfarm.anotherdotcom.com/archives/14293-Fun-with-Rhubarb.html

 

22/05/2012: If you think Thomson HAS to go, listen to THIS. Start at about 3:50. The allegation is that Gillard was complicit in the theft of $400,000+ from the AWU - AND AWU boss Paul Howes has just stated at the ACTU Congress 'we need to hunt them down' (4:20): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaPrsALPPKQ&feature=player_embedded

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21/05/2012: Astonishing photo of annular eclipse: http://wattsupwiththat.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/2012_annular_eclipse_stacey_watts.jpg

http://wattsupwiththat.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/2012_annular_eclipse_stacey_watts.jpg

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20/05/2012: Australia's $100 billion dollar budget increase is not the only example of 'austerity' in the world. Everyone has just gone crazy printing money. This WILL end in tears: http://www.coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2012/05/omg-austerity.html

 

20/05/2012: Lateral thinking has been around a long time. Here is an idea from 1910. Lots of other interesting things here: http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/skills/know-your-stuff-the-110-best-diy-tips-ever#slide-43

 

20/05/2012: Lest we forget: the rush to embrace China (which reminds me so much of similar shenanigans with Hitler in the 1930's) should be underlined by this grim warning: 80 million people have been murdered by this evil communist regime (and we still have no replacement for our submarine fleet): http://articles.latimes.com/1994-11-20/news/mn-64853_1_communist-party

 

19/05/2012: This is a very thoughtful paper and goes to the heart of how we might help genuine aborigines or indeed people in need. Clearly the current system is not working: http://www.quadrant.org.au/blogs/bennelong-papers/2012/02/who-is-an-aborigine

 

18/05/2012: The FUTURE of 'renewable' energy - down 90% in value: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/05/17/the-global-renewable-energy-index-is-crashing/

 

18/05/2012: Unsung heroes: RIP Flight Sergeant Dennis Copping: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/aviation/9256879/WWII-fighter-plane-hailed-the-aviation-equivalent-of-Tutankhamuns-Tomb-found-preserved-in-the-Sahara.html

 

18/05/2012: And HERE are some other such porcine manifestations, yet we dare not call them 'illegal immigants' as it may cause offence. Do we really WANT these people or would we rather spend the millions of dollars wasted on them perhaps on medical research or some other worthwhile cause? http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/national/rejected-refugees-get-back-on-boats-for-another-go/story-e6freuzr-1226359362035

 

18/05/2012: OUR taxes at work: You have to click on a few links to get your head around this, but ultimately it adds up to this: if you build a trough, pigs WILL come. Unbelievable, but true: http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/timblair/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/dinka_dollars/

 

17/05/2012: One of Della's favourite paintings is Hieronymus Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights c1500AD (See here: http://www.penwith.co.uk/artofeurope/bosch_garden_earthly_delights.jpg) I have just discovered Arcimboldo another Renaissance artist, who is also VERY interesting (See here: https://www.google.com/search?q=arcimboldo&hl=en&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=K120T9jLPKuWiQfRjoWLAw&sqi=2&ved=0CHUQsAQ&biw=1014&bih=612)

http://www.penwith.co.uk/artofeurope/bosch_garden_earthly_delights.jpg

www.penwith.co.uk

 

17/05/2012:Anita Heiss's 'stolen generations orthodoxy' ('Am I Black Enough For You') encounteres some serious doubts (as is the case with others of Bolt's accusers - at least some of whom appear to have NO aboriginal ancestry at all): http://www.quadrant.org.au/blogs/connor/2012/04/anita-heiss-where-i-began

 

17/05/2012: Now a car for folks who will believe anything (eg perpetual motion); not only that but he picked up a chick with it! Not bad going for a wind-powered car. If politicians were to use it in reverse it may work with the hot air they generate spinning the fan out of control: http://news.sky.com/home/world-news/article/16228695

 

16/05/2012: Are we running out of oil? Hardly: http://cnsnews.com/news/article/gao-recoverable-oil-colorado-utah-wyoming-about-equal-entire-world-s-proven-oil

 

16/05/2012: More people need to have Mark Steyn and Geert Wilders' courage, and please note: "Mr. Wilders is so far out on the far-right extreme fringe that his party is the third biggest in parliament. Indeed, the present Dutch government governs only through the support of Wilders’ Party for Freedom." http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/299725/spirit-geert-wilders-mark-steyn#

 

16/05/2012: Don't think I have ever seen a real Anzac day March with signs advocating 'killing'...http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/timblair/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/nakba_biscuits/

 

16/05/2012:You could watch 'Cave of Forgotten Dreams' with its hideously boring voice-over or just wonder at these 32,000 year old paintings from the Chauvet cave. Our European ancestors could already paint wonderfuly well back then: https://www.google.com/search?q=chauvet+cave+art&hl=en&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=Qt6yT6L4Du6tiQfno7TLCA&sqi=2&ved=0CJ0BELAE&biw=1024&bih=622

 

16/05/2012:I rather think Michael Smith is NOT going to give up on exposing Craig Thomson (or Julia Gillard a la Kernohan) as crooks. He is an ex police detective and has an interesting point to make about the forensics of the imprinted credit card receipts. Listen here: http://www.2gb.com/index2.php?option=com_newsmanager&task=view&id=12767

 

15/05/2012: If you want Thomson OUT of Parliament (and an election NOW) consider signing THIS petition: http://www.thomsonresign.com/

http://www.thomsonresign.com/

www.thomsonresign.com

 

14/05/2012: THIS is where our money goes instead of spending it on Defence, roads etc. Can't figure out how so few of us were dependent back in 1962 (then 28% Now 71%). Figures are for the US. Likely WE are worse: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2012/02/~/media/Images/Reports/2012/02/cda1202/CDA2012indexdependencegovtchart2.ashx?w=400&h=685&as=1

 

14/05/2012: Over-regulation is rife. Milton Friedman had this to say about THIS type of nonsense: "The justification offered is always the same: to protect the consumer. However, the reason is demonstrated by observing who lobbies at the state legislature for the imposition or strengthening of licensure. The lobbyists are invariably representatives of the occupation in question rather than of the customers. True enough, plumbers presumably know better than anyone else what their customers need to be protected against. However, it is hard to regard altruistic concern for their customers as the primary motive behind their determined efforts to get legal power to decide who may be a plumber." Data here is from the US: http://licensetowork.ij.org/report/3

 

14/05/2012: I like these two photos of 'carbon pollution' especially the one of the little girl whose asthma is triggered by the pure steam from a nucler power plant:

http://www.coyoteblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/artwork-satire-cartoonist-pawel-kuczynski-polish-14-500x354.jpg & http://www.coyoteblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/air_pollution.jpg

 

13/05/2012: Gay marriage: Maybe not such a vote winner after all: http://catallaxyfiles.com/2012/05/11/romney-50-obama-43/

 

13/05/2012: Excuse all the posts PLEASE. Somehow I had my settings so NONE of my friends could see ANY of my posts since about March 3. I THINK I have just solved this problem. You have to be VERY careful not to click on the icon next to the word "Post" when you are posting.

 

13/05/2012: Excuse all the posts PLEASE. Somehow I had my settings so NONE of my friends could see ANY of my posts since about March 3. I THINK I have just solved this problem. You have to be VERY careful not to click on the icon next to the word "Post" when you are posting.

13/05/2012: We said a very sad farewell on Thurs to Della's dear mum, Dorothy Crozier, born Shoreditch London 1920. Such a tiny bright cheerful loving woman. She is sorely missed by all. She was the last of her generation in both my and Della's family. Such an amazing group of people - if I ever feel that life has dealt us a bad hand, I think of how they fared through the Great Depression, the Blitz & WW2 and yet always came up smiling & with a song in their hearts. Vale and farewell.

 

13/05/2012: I'm sure the girls who work in brothels are so keen to GIVE away their services they just don't bother to check the photo ID of clients paying by credit card, even when they take the trouble to write down the driver's licence number! Yeah Sure! Kick this piece of slime out of parliament and bring on an election people: http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/thomsons_cunning_foes/ & http://www.2ue.com.au/blogs/2ue-blog/mp-authorized-escort-agency-payment/20110801-1i7m6.html

 

12/05/2012: It IS astonishing that the whole 'global warming supposition' is based on only ONE TREE, this one, 'Yamal 06': http://climateaudit.org/2009/09/30/yamal-the-forest-and-the-trees/

 

12/05/2012: Apparently amongst Global Warmists, THIS constitutes a death threat: John Coochey: "while at the evening meal (of poor quality) comments moved to eating game meat and I was approached by the Commissioner for the Environment ACT, Dr Maxine Cooper who recognized me as someone involved in the kangaroo culling program in the ACT. She politely asked if she could sit at the vacant seat next to me and as...See More

 

12/05/2012: Believe it or not: Peter Costello: "Over his first four budgets, Mr Swan has averaged deficits of a little over $43 billion per year. He tells us that his next four budgets, if he were to deliver them, would average surpluses of $4 billion per year"

 

12/05/2012: And so is THIS a disgrace: "Graham Kraehe, who retired from the Reserve Bank board in February and is the chairman of BlueScope Steel, has warned that the budget ”really takes us down the European path of redistributing the cake rather than increasing its size”… GO Ju-liar, GO!

 

12/05/2012: THIS is not just a disgrace but our greatest imminent danger: "AUSTRALIA'S defence budget has been cut to pre-World War II levels, with spending for 2012-13 falling to below 1.6 per cent of gross domestic product, a level unmatched since the 1930s." http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/military-spending-slumps-to-1930s-level/story-e6frg74x-1226352458112

 

4/05/2012: The perfect crime? http://www.phillyburbs.com/my_town/newtown/man-exposes-himself-at-association-for-the-blind/article_9afb4322-14bf-5272-9d6e-1d5e74f80f0d.html

 

4/05/2012: Food for thought: "You have to wonder what the RBA knows that we don’t. Since it must know as a matter of theory that lower rates do not encourage growth but are instead a reflection of an excess supply of savings, it can only be thinking that the Australian economy is very weak and private investment is expected to fall away. Either that, or we have found some hitherto unknown source of saving that can be tapped by those who wish to invest. Or maybe, worst of all, the RBA Board is under new Keynesian management and believes this is the way to stimulate growth". Steve Kates How DO you hang onto your savings in times like this?

 

4/05/2012: If you think as I do that our descendents may never figure out the reason why we needed most of the laws we have now got, THIS is interesting. Somehow the Commonwealth got by with passing 1,000 or less pages of laws right up until c30 years ago, but NOW we 'need' 7,000+ pages per year. This is insanity: http://ipa.org.au/library/publication/1207807254_document_berg_regulation.pdf

 

5/05/2012: Definitely NOT a defence of fascism but a devastating condemnation of the left's fellow travellers: "Conventional wisdom does not regard Communism with the same abhorrence as fascism, even though if you want to be an accountant about it and add up the skulls of the dead, you will find that the Communists murdered many more people than the fascists did, began murdering before fascists came to power and carried on murdering after the fascists had gone. Yet few can bring themselves to see fascism and Communism as moral equivalents". Nick Cohen

 

4/05/2012: Delingpole in quadrant today: "In Britain we understand that going back to the Romans, one lot has taken over from another, no big deal. In Australia there’s a uni module: ‘Feeling guilty about traditional owners.’" ABSOLUTELY! This guy is SO good. Check this article: http://www.quadrant.org.au/blogs/doomed-planet/2012/04/delingpole-the-destroyer

 

4/05/2012: What a great idea, Ju-liar: crippling our Defence to help pay for massive Govt waste (National Debt incurred since 2007 = $235 billion = $100+ milion PER DAY). Surely Defence of the realm is the PRIMARY Govt duty and EVERYTHING else should be jettisoned first - otherwise you end up not having a country?

 

4/05/2012: So brave (and sad) and you thought you had been dealt a bum hand? 'My Final Goodbye' by Shaun Wilson-Miller (17): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAaEw_EB7Ws&feature=player_embedded

 

4/05/2012: As a retired farmer I am NOT amused by the occupy movement's attempts to reinvent agricuture. These folks have a serious reality problem: http://pjmedia.com/zombie/2012/04/29/meet-the-new-farm-same-as-the-old-farm/?singlepage=true

 

3/05/2012: HERE is the view from the toilet at Supper Cove (as earlier promised), the best toilet view in the world, perhaps. My laziness is once again rewarded: Steve Hutcheson has already posted it! Many thanks.

 

3/05/2012: GO Pirate Bay + iPredator: http://www.news.com.au/technology/telco-block-on-the-pirate-bay-has-boosted-traffic-to-website-says-pirate-spokesman/story-e6frfro0-1226345602104

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3/05/2012: THIS is bigger than the HSU scandal. Vast amounts of union member super funds are being sunk into wind farms (NOT to generate electricity - which they won't) but to generate Governement largesse (which they will so long as the union dominated Labor Party control the Government). Those members ARE going to lose their shirts when there is a change of Government and the pig troughs are removed: http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/more_subsidies_than_power/

 

2/05/2012: IS AGW crap? THIS is about as good as it gets (http://joannenova.com.au/2012/01/dr-david-evans-the-skeptics-case/). If you want it in video, try this: http://joannenova.com.au/2012/01/dr-david-evans-the-skeptics-case/

 

2/05/2012: Just astonishing how much money Governments have been printing in the last decade or so. The total of US dollars for example have TRIPLED since c2010! You REALLY have to worry about where to put your savings. If you leave it in the bank it will be wiped out by the power of the printing press. If you buy shares the crash that this inflation will cause will also wipe its value. Real estate? Going rapidly DOWN right now: http://joannenova.com.au/2012/05/murdoch-tweets-about-money-printing-and-inflation-reality-wont-be-far-behind/#more-21577

 

2/05/2012: I notice one of those who started the whole sorry scam, Gaia inventor James Lovelock has recanted his global warming faith. Hopefully this is the beginning of the end and that the world will come to its senses on this issue very soon: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/04/30/consensus-argument-proves-climate-science-is-political/

 

1/05/2012:  Who could have known? Not only do they produce no electricity AND kill birds and bats, they also push UP temperature. Wow! http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/9234715/Wind-farms-can-cause-climate-change-finds-new-study.html

 

28/04/2012:  I have been hiking in Fiordland NZ for ten days and have now returned 'bowed but unbeaten.' Met some great young people on the trail (and some not-so-great) and saw, as usual quite a lot of evidence for the continuing existence of moose there. I will post a photo of the best toilet view in the world (Supper Cove) when I figure out how!

 

28/04/2012:  My cousin, Dick Jones actually MAKES these suckers. He should avoid putting any AI into them. Think what would happen if they became self-aware! Move over Hal: http://twistedsifter.com/2012/04/bagger-288-worlds-largest-land-vehicle/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Twistedsifter+%28TwistedSifter+%29

 

28/04/2012:  Bizarre things kids will do, but who would wonder when you see the bizarre things adults will do (war, for example); http://shine.yahoo.com/parenting/teens-turn-hand-sanitizer-drunk-183000750.html·

 

28/04/2012:  PLEASE watch this video BEFORE it is too late, and for 'America', read 'Australia': http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZ-4gnNz0vc&feature=player_embedded

"If I wanted America to fail"

 

27/04/2012:   The surface area of a sphere is 4pir2 which makes the surface area of the earth about 510 million square kilometres. Divided by 6 billion people gives about 8 hectares or 20 acres per person.

 

28/04/2012:   Steve Jones That's a square about 280 metres on each side - and two thirds of the total area is ocean! Not a lot of room to move. We can be thankful for the invention of the city - so long as I don't have to live there!

 

14/04/2012: Dr Roy Spencr has been hard at work untangling the arcane temperature records of the Hadley ad NOAA. He shows ALL of he supposed warming of the last c50 years to have been an artifact. Surely this completely demolishes any correlation between C02 and temperature as a causative agent ( and hence all the climate models). When will this AGW nonsense end and with it the carbon tax and the domination of the media/political system by trendy lefties trying to peddle snake oil?

 

14/04/2012: Bob Brown's resignation: the beginning of the end for the Greens. I certainly hope so. What an enormously destructive force Brown has been. May his presumably imminent death (from Aids/cancer?) be prolonged and painful. I wonder have the aliens called him?

 

11/04/2012: Attended my last aunt's funeral in Barrington NSW on Wednesday (11th). Sheila Mary (Dixon) Jones was my father's brother Basil's widow of twenty years. She was 86 and had lived in Barrington for over 25 years. Basil retired there because he had developed a passion for whitewater canoeing. Most of my (surviving) cousins were in attendance and had travelled great distances to honour this fine woman whom all held in great affection. Sheila was probably the last of her generation in the Jones family though my father's cousin Thelma was still alive ast year at age 92.  I may never have met her though I knew her sister, Winnie. I guess the next family gathering I will attend will be the funeral of one of MY generation. When my mother Marie died in 2004 aged 85, I could anticipate that MY clock was ticking off a max of thirty years more for me as she was thirty when I was born - eight of those years have rushed by already, and women live an average of seven years longer than men, so 15 more years to go: a sombre thought!

 

8/04/2012: Bravo Keith Windshuttle: on the Government's (Finkelstein's) recommendations to end free speech in Oz: "While ever I am editor, Quadrant would not recognise the News Media Council’s authority, we would not observe its restrictions, and we would not obey its instructions, whatever the price." http://www.quadrant.org.au/magazine/issue/2012/4/keith-windschuttle

 

8/04/2012: A new study indicates there has been no man-mad global warming for a century! Who knew? http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/climate_study_er_what_man_made_warming/

8/04/2012: Four lovely days up the Wonnangatta track clearing and blackberry spraying. Two guys had decided to camp in one of my spots and use all my firewood. Apparently they think I am a public servant as they did not replace it even when asked. The things you see when you HAVE got a gun!

 

4/04/2012:   ‎'The lady's not for turning' - just wish Ju-liar WAS a little more like the great 'Iron Lady'. HERE she explains how there is 'no such thing as public money' (many other links to excerpts from her famous speeches). Well worth a few minutes of your time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=xvz8tg4MVpA

 

5/04/2012:  Found: the natural explanation of whatever warming occurred in the 2nd half of the C20th: solar caused cloud cover variation. So, now the party's over. When will the warmists admit they were wrong and that we do not need economy destroying 'carbon mitigation' schemes? http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/04/04/spencers-posited-1-2-cloud-cover-variation-found/#more-60743

 

4/04/2012:   News Flash: The Australian Navy intercepted three boatloads of people off the North West coast of Australia . This placed the Navy in an awkward position as the boats were heading not away from, but towards Indonesia . Another surprise finding was that they were loaded with Australians who were all seniors of pension age. Their claim was that they were trying to get to Indonesia so as to be able to return to Australia as illegal immigrants and therefore be entitled to far more benefits than they were receiving as legitimate Australian pensioners. The Navy it is believed gave them food, water and fuel and assisted them on their journey north. We are booking the next boat out!

 

4/04/2012:   Once folks had to work for a living: fascinating photographs of C19th London street life: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2123212/Black-white-pictures-capture-lives-Londoners-1800s.html?ICO=most_read_module

    Black and white pictures capture the lives of Londoners in the 1800s

    www.dailymail.co.uk

    These fascinating black and white pictures taken by photographer John Thompson show what life was life in the 1800s when photography was in its infancy.

 

 4/04/2012:  Prof Kari Marie Norgaard would like to see climate sceptics 'treated'. THIS is the kind of thing she sees as Uni education: 'tribal and environmental health, race and environment, gender and environment, climate change denial, emotions and social movements.' This kind of crap is the good stuff which has replaced the study of Ancient Greek & Latin, not to mention Physics and (Nuclear) Engineering at our universities. Sadly, she is far from alone. Have a look at the bizarre offerings at your local tertiary institution: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/04/02/rewriting-history-treatment-of-sceptics-disappears-from-university-of-oregon-press-statement/

 

 4/04/2012:  ‎"Try being an atheist, childless, single woman as prime minister" - Julia Gillard. Frankly I would prefer YOU did not, but WHAT has happened to Mathieson?

 

3/04/2012: The opening 1996 graphic says it all really, but it is nice to see Prof Roy Spencer ( a real climate scientist) hammering the point home: nearly all the observed C20th warming was down to the Urban Heat Island effect: the thermometers at Cape Otway, Wilson's Prom & etc HAVE been telling the truth: there has been NO WARMING, so why put up with a carbon tax: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/03/30/spencer-shows-compelling-evidence-of-uhi-in-crutem3-data/

 

3/04/2012: The concept of natural 'balance' or 'harmony' was always a silly, unsupported quasi-religious concept - I always preferred Shakespeare's 'nature red in tooth and claw' personally. BUT it IS encouraging to see this study showing that without intervention natural systems decline - much like the pausity we see in 'old growth' forests as compared with the profligacy we observe in secondary regrowth: http://www.rationaloptimist.com/blog/balance-of-nature.aspx

 

31/03/2012:  The manufacture of Aboriginal culture: a very thoughtful piece in Quadrant: http://www.quadrant.org.au/magazine/issue/2012/3/keith-windschuttle

 

31/03/2012:  Fine, if you don't mind the cost: $568 billion capital cost, $336/MWh cost of electricity and $290/tonne CO2 abatement cost. The Greens' Renewable Energy Policy. BUT NO reliable electricity. That's right, after spending all that money there will be times when there is NO electricity. Great! When will this lunacy end? http://www.warwickhughes.com/blog/?p=1339

 31/03/2012:  ‎'The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement' - you must know some people to whom you could send a free membership! Seriously, this is a real movement which even gives out free 'endangered species' condoms. Wow! How crazy can these leftie-greenies get? http://www.vhemt.org/

 

30/03/2012: There really is NO LIMIT to the largesse that can be provided by the State from our pockets: http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/disabled-deserve-sex-rights/story-e6frea83-1226310720177