"The Liberal Party is in trauma. The corporate sector is attempting to calm its nerves, and even the victors in the Labor Party cannot quite believe the seismic change in the landscape of power. But the ramifications of last Saturday may be much greater than just one election won or lost. In a way that seems unthinkable to us now, 2007 may mark the end of the Liberal Party itself. It won't happen overnight, but just watch it happen."To this:
"We are a civilisation in collapse. Labor is the right party to manage this. Despite the widespread belief after years of cynical politics that politicians are all the same, Rudd and Gillard are not in power for power's sake. I am willing to stake my 30 years as a psychologist on this, but I think many observers have also come to this conclusion. Kevin and Julia, as Australia already calls them, want to make this country a better place for the people in it. In the coming times of deprivation, they have the value systems that will be needed to care for the sudden rise in poverty, stress, and need"Someone, anyone: Steve Biddulph needs serious help, now, bad, fast.
"Mr Turnbull said he was not like outgoing leader John Howard and not an ideologically-driven person.Your hindsight Mal, perhaps, and all the journo's, the experts, and the historians.
"We're two completely different people," he said.
"My approach would be one that is much more objective about policies.
[News flash Mal: no one is objective about policies. Does he mean pragmatic perhaps? Or easy? Or popularist? If so, he shouldn't start off on the wrong foot by trying to pass pragmatism / ease / popularism off as objectivity, it won't wash.]
"I am not an ideological person. I am a practical person. I come with a long experience in business."
[Three long years in politics and Mal still isn't getting it: being a merchant banker isn't the same skills set as running the country. Politics isn't, and has never been, the art of practicality. Besides, there are only 36 practical business people in the entire world, only 8 of whom live in Australia.]
Mr Turnbull said history would judge whether Mr Howard had stayed too long in the Liberal leadership.
"I think, with the benefit of hindsight, that will undoubtedly be the judgement of history," he said.
"John Howard is in his last days as prime minister. He's packing up his house and so forth. I don't want to sit here today and criticise John Howard. This is not the time for it.
[He'll wait until later - everyone will - then they'll rip the guts out of the "bestest ever" Prime Minister.]
"But the proposition (that he stayed too long) is one that will be universally held by historians.
"Of course, we all have 20-20 vision in hindsight."Your hindsight Mal, perhaps, and all the historians.
"I pen this contribution having just heard the Costello Declaration. I am angry, profoundly disappointed. That Peter Costello, the man who so desperately sought the leadership of the Liberal Party now, totally unexpectedly, indicates he no longer wishes to serve the party in a leadership role.For years, Costello has demanded that the Liberal leadership — and the prime ministership of this country — be handed to him on a platter. That was not to be. Now when the leadership is there for the taking, albeit with a heavy workload attached, he reneges.
Costello says he has withdrawn in the interests of renewal within the party. For goodness sake, he is only 50 years of age, he has overseen the best economic times Australia has lived through, and he has a bucket-load of experience.
You can imagine the profound sense of anger and hurt by so many, particularly those Liberals who worked so hard in his electorate for his return to Parliament at this election, expecting they were working for the next leader of the party. Hundreds of Victorian Liberals were counting on him being the next Victorian-bred leader of the party.
Well, one news conference today has destroyed that dream. This one announcement says more about the character of the man than his 11 years as Treasurer of this country."
Yeah,well, go eat worms Jeff.
Costello has spent 17 years (and counting) in Federal politics, six of those years in opposition, and 11 years in government as the Treasurer.
"Albeit with a heavy workload" Jeff?
Where is that man who "desperately sought the leadership" Jeff? Costello never challenged. Never stood. Never raised an eyebrow to grab the spot. If he was desperate, he kept it well hidden. He might have wanted to be Prime Minister, that was certainly an aspiration, but the man has never suggested that his driving ambition in life was to be the leader of the Liberal party in opposition. Get a grip Jeff.
In truth, I was too bored to yawn.
Maybe the Rudd Rapture was too much for me, but by the time Mr Visionary was giving his victory speech and declaring that he would “rule for all Australians”, I was, I suspect, already asleep.
Rudd was out to impress - right? - dishing up every asinine, superfluous cliché that came to mind, including the promise to “rule for all” pap.
Hey, all you doltish politicians and would-be politicians, news flash for you: if you win, you have no fucking choice but to “rule” for everyone.
Not nearly as hideous as poor old Maxine McKew though.
First up, McKew is not gifted at the spontaneous speech, although one would have thought, win or lose, McKew would have had a few pre-prepared words at the tip of her tongue. Apparently not.
I watched her interminable speech live last night, neither conceding nor accepting Bennelong, merely driveling on and being exuberant, much like the head of a girl’s hockey team.
As the minutes turned into months, I felt as though I’d accidentally tuned into Playschool, perhaps an episode from back in the 1970s.
Listening to McKew, I was overwhelmingly struck by the notion that she imagined she was speaking to a large room of three and four year olds.
Cheesy, saccharine, condescending, disjointed, irrelevant.
Ending on an especially discourteous note, McKew proclaimed that Bennelong "would never be taken for granted again". (*Crowd cheers. McKew beams with flushed innocence and happiness at her own astuteness*)
It was an ignorant and ungracious thing to say. The sort of nonsense that could only ever come from a candidate who has yet to work a single day as a sitting member. In her self-absorbed excitement, McKew kinda forgot that John Howard has spent more than 30 years working for the people of Bennelong. They are the people who put him there and kept him there. I doubt that Howard ever took his seat for granted, and if he did, then the voters clearly didn't mind, since they kept him gainfully employed for almost his entire adult life.
The people in Turnball’s seat seemed pretty darned happy about the pulp mill, seeing as they gave him what no other sitting Liberal was given yesterday: a whopping big swing in his favor!
Yet, the unknown dipstick (I assume someone from the ALP; I assume someone who is newly elected) went all hoop-aloop about the whole of
All in all, the only people oozing with sincerity, warmth and a respectable degree of articulateness last night were John Howard and Peter Costello.
Costello, somewhat shell shocked, mustered up a respectful speech, informal, spontaneous, thanking people, offering no blame, no hint of anger, much in the same vein that Howard took an hour so so later.
The rest were gibbering idiots or superfluous to requirements.
Welcome to the land of the ALP.Update
"After that you'll be buying navels shipped in from the US, Spain, perhaps Israel," he says. "And you know what really gets me? The supermarkets have already put the prices up in anticipation of the drought, $3.48 per kilo, and I get paid less than 36 cents a kilo."Well, that farmer's supermarket, maybe, but at mine, oranges have been around $3.98 for quite a few weeks now.
For Helen, in the virgin shadows and the
impassive radiance in astral silence,
ornamental saps conspired.
Summer's ardour was confided
to silent birds and due indolence
to a priceless mourning boat
through gulfs of dead loves
and fallen perfumes.
-After the moment of the woods women's song
to the rumble of the torrent in the ruin of the wood,
of the tinkle of the cowbells to the echo of the vales,
and the cries of the steppes.
- For Helen's childhood, furs and shadows trembled,
and the breast of the poor and the legends of heaven.
And her eyes and her dance superior
even to the precious radiance,
to cold influences, to the pleasure of the unique
setting and the unique hour.
- ARTHUR RIMBAUD
"For all those people out there who plan to vote for Kevin Rudd, don't bother. He doesn't exist, he is a hologram. How do I know? I have written to him every month since he became leader of the Labor Party about various issues that interest me and I have not had one reply from him. If he is not a hologram, then he is obviously going to be an up-yours PM.Meanwhile, five weeks and counting down: Julia Gillard is still the invisible Deputy Prime Minister in waiting.
"The north polar ice cap is melting, the fires are burning, the sea level is rising, living species are going extinct. These and many other manifestations, including half the U.S. being in drought last year, are visible to the naked eye. We have got to recognize that even though it's never happened before, it is happening right now."Five years ago most adults would have recognized the lunacy of such assertions, without having to Google.
"Not a single one of Gore's five examples of what's "happening right now" has, as he persists, "never happened before."Gore's deceptive Rolling Stone interview ....
So in how many ways does Gore deceive?
Given five deceptions in three sentences in one paragraph in just one interview, who can possibly keep count?"
1) Dr. Fidel Castro
Title: 'The denouncement of imperialism and colonialism'
Length: 4 hours 29 minutes
2) John Trevor Walker
Length: 26 hours
3) Jacob Solomon
Length: 26 hours 9 minutes
4) Masanam Venu
Title: Fundamentals of chemistry
Length: 51 hours 30 minutes
5) Dustin Buehler
Title: The history and evolution of the American presidency
Length: 51 hours 44 minutes
6) Maturu Phalguna Rao Gupta
Title: The fundamentals of computers
Length: 60 hours
7) Errol E T Muzawazi
Length: 62 hours 30 minutes
8) Narayanam Siva Sankar
Title: Fundamentals of Hindi grammar
Length: 72 hours 9 minutes
9) Errol E T Muzawazi
Length: 88 hours 4 seconds
10) Professor Annaiah Ramesh
Title:Molecular Logic of Life
Length: 98 hours
11) Errol E. T Muzawazi
Title:(i) Democracy; (ii) Desirability and Inevitability of African Federalism (iii) The young people: not the future but the present
Length: 102 hours
Title:Personality Development Concepts
Length: 120 hours
Mogo Zoo on the NSW South Coast - which hails itself as an "exotic animals zoo" (much in the way that strippers are wont to describe themselves as "exotic dancers") - is boasting that it has successfully reared a litter of five male white lion cubs, which it says is a world first.White lion program a roaring success ...
"FORMER Queensland MP Pauline Hanson's hopes of re-entering Parliament at the election have been bolstered after a Senate preference deal between her and the Family First party, a move the Democrats have described as morally bankrupt.--------------
A spokeswoman for Family First told The Age there was no serious indication that Ms Hanson could win a Queensland Senate seat and "on that basis Family First preference decisions were based on keeping the Greens and the Democrats out of Parliament".
"What Australia needs on the whole challenge of the the future and the whole challenge of dealing with inflation in the future is new leadership with fresh ideas to deal with these future challenges."Glad he cleared that up.
It is timely to offer sage political advice, via one of the greatest orators of ancient
Speaking from the floor of the Roman Senate,
Here is the advice that
1. Speak Plainly When It's Right to Speak Plainly
"The orator who is distinguished by the simplicity of his manner . . . will be sparing in the use of new words, easy and modest in his metaphors, and cautious in the use of . . . other ornaments of language and sentiment."
2. But Always Have a Quick Wit
"Oratory will be frequently enlivened by turns of wit and pleasantry, which in speaking have a much greater effect than is imagined. There are two sorts of them: smart sayings and repartees, and humor. Our orator will make use of both--in his narratives, to make them lively and entertaining--and in giving or retorting a stroke of ridicule."
3. Use Zingers and Sound Bites with Care
"The powers of ridicule are not to be employed too often . . . nor with the least degree of petulance and abuse, lest we appear audacious and ill-bred. . . . We should likewise avoid all affected witticisms, which appear not to be thrown out occasionally, but to be dragged from the closet--for such are generally cold and insipid."
4. Wax Lyrical When It's Right to Wax Lyrical
"This is the eloquence that bends and sways the passions! This is the eloquence that alarms or soothes them at her pleasure! This is the eloquence that sometimes tears up all before it like a whirlwind; and, at others, steals imperceptibly upon the senses, and probes to the bottom of the heart!"
5. Repeat--But Only When It's Right
"The nervous, the fierce, the flaming orator, if he is born for this alone, and only practices and applies himself to this . . . is of all the most contemptible. The plain and simple orator, speaking acutely and expertly, has an appearance of wisdom and good-sense . . . but the copious and diffusive speaker, if he has no other skill, will scarcely appear to be in his senses."
6. Prove, Delight, and Push Their Buttons
"He is truly eloquent . . . who in the Forum, and in public debates, can speak as to prove, delight, and force the passions. To prove is a matter of necessity. To delight is indispensably requisite to engage the attention. And to force the passions is the surest means of victory."
7. Cling to Logic--It's Useful
"A finished orator . . . should borrow the assistance . . . of logic. For though public speaking is one thing and disputing another, and though there is a visible difference between a private controversy and a public harangue, both the one and the other come under the notion of reasoning."
8. Cling to Morality--It's Useful, Too
"He ought to acquaint himself not only with the art of logic, but with all the common and most useful branches of morality. For without a competent knowledge of these, nothing can be advanced and unfolded with any spirit and energy, or with becoming dignity and freedom."
9. Hit the History Books, Kids
"He should also be well versed in history and the venerable records of antiquity, particularly those of his country. . . . To be unacquainted with what has passed in the world, before we came into it ourselves, is to be always children."
10. Read Philosophy (Yes, Philosophy)
"The eloquent speaker . . . cannot be formed without the assistance of philosophy. . . . Because without philosophy, no man can speak fully and copiously upon a variety of important subjects."
11. But Don't Talk Like a Philosopher
"Their language has neither the nerves nor the sting which is required in the orator's when he harangues the crowded Forum. . . . For the language of philosophy is gentle and composed, and entirely calculated for the shady walks of the Academy--not armed with those forcible sentiments, and rapid turns of expression, which move the populace."
12. Finally, Understand How Politics Really Works
"Our orator . . . should be thoroughly acquainted with the sources of argument and proof. . . . Otherwise, how can he enlarge upon those which are most pertinent, and dwell upon such as more particularly affect his cause? Or how can he soften a harsh circumstance, or conceal, and (if possible) entirely suppress what would be deemed unanswerable, or steal off the attention of the hearer to a different topic?
I think we can safely suggest that Marcus Tullius Cicero does a regular triple turn with a half pike and an end twist in his grave at the caliber of today's politicians. If Cicero - the politicians politician - wasn't already dead, he would for certain die of mortification.
"Global Warming, i.e., Climate Change, is not about environmentalism or politics. It is not a religion. It is not something you “believe in.” It is science; the science of meteorology. This is my field of life-long expertise. And I am telling you Global Warming is a non-event, a manufactured crisis and a total scam. I say this knowing you probably won’t believe a me, a mere TV weatherman, challenging a Nobel Prize, Academy Award and Emmy Award winning former Vice President of United States. So be it."Via Cube - at The Blog
It is the greatest scam in history. I am amazed, appalled and highly offended by it. Global Warming; It is a SCAM. Some dastardly scientists with environmental and political motives manipulated long term scientific data to create an allusion of rapid global warming. Other scientists of the same environmental whacko type jumped into the circle to support and broaden the “research” to further enhance the totally slanted, bogus global warming claims. Their friends in government steered huge research grants their way to keep the movement going. Soon they claimed to be a consensus."
"Two top Yahoo officials on Tuesday defended their company’s role in the jailing of a Chinese journalist but ran into withering criticism from United States lawmakers who accused them of complicity with an oppressive Communist regime.
“While technologically and financially you are giants, morally you are pygmies,” Tom Lantos, Democrat of California and chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said angrily after hearing from the two executives, Jerry Yang, the chief executive, and Michael J. Callahan, the general counsel.
The journalist Shi Tao was sent to jail for 10 years for engaging in pro-democracy efforts deemed subversive after Yahoo turned over information about his online activities as requested by Chinese authorities.
Mr. Lantos angrily urged the two men to apologize to the journalist’s mother, who was sitting directly behind them."
Global Warming as Pathological Science"There is such a thing as pathological science. Science becomes unhealthy when its only real question --- "what is true?" --- is sabotaged by vested interests, by ideological Commissars, or even by grant-swinging scientists. Today's Global Warming campaign is endangering real, honest science. Global Warming superstition has become an international power grab, and good science suffers as a result.Freeman Dyson, one of the great physicists alive today, put it plainly enough in his autobiography:When the scientific establishment starts to peddle fraud, we get corrupt science. The Boomer Left came to power in the 1970s harboring a real hatred toward science. They called it "post-modernism," and "deconstructionism" --- and we saw all kinds of damage as a result. Scientific American magazine went so far as to hire a post-modern "journalist" to write for it. John Horgan became famous for writing a book called The End of Science, but never seemed to learn much about real science."...all the fuss about global warming is grossly exaggerated. Here I am opposing the holy brotherhood of climate model experts and the crowd of deluded citizens who believe the numbers predicted by the computer models. ... I have studied the climate models and I know what they can do. ... They do a very poor job of describing the clouds, the dust, the chemistry and the biology of fields and farms and forests. They do not begin to describe the real world that we live in."Some scientists rationalize this corruption of their vocation by saying that people can lie for a good cause. The record shows otherwise. Fraudulent science and science journalism has led to AIDS going out of control; to DDT being banned and malaria gaining a new lease on life in Africa; to decades of famines in Russia; to children being badly mis-educated on such basics as reading and arithmetic; to end endless slew of unjustified health scares, like Mad Cow; and to a worldwide Leftist campaign cynically aiming to gain international power and enormous sums of money, based on a simple, unscientific fraud.
When the truth-tellers in society begin to sell out and tell lies for some ideological goal, people end up dying."
"The AFL has appointed a retired Supreme Court judge to head a special investigation into whether the West Coast Eagles have sufficiently addressed their players' off-field behaviour.Ouch.
The Honourable Justice William Gillard will investigate whether the club had undertaken necessary steps to address the AFL Commission's concerns about the conduct of the club and its players."
1. It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament.
2. It is an act of treason to place a postage stamp bearing the British monarch upside down.
3. In Liverpool, it is illegal for a woman to be topless except as a clerk in a tropical fish store.
4. Mince pies cannot be eaten on Christmas Day.
5. In Scotland, if someone knocks on your door and requires the use of your toilet, you must let them enter.
6. A pregnant woman can legally relieve herself anywhere she wants, including in a policeman's helmet.
7. The head of any dead whale found on the British coast automatically becomes the property of the king, and the tail belongs to the queen.
8. It is illegal to avoid telling the tax man anything you do not want him to know, but legal not to tell him information you do not mind him knowing.
9. It is illegal to enter the Houses of Parliament in a suit of armour.
10. In the city of York it is legal to murder a Scotsman within the ancient city walls, but only if he is carrying a bow and arrow.
"The media do to our national conversation what depressed people do in their inner monologue. They are compulsively self-critical to the point of national self-hatred. It is not far from the truth to talk about our self-loathing media, except that the media don't loathe themselves: They exempt themselves from criticism. Instead, they hate our country, and teach millions of their psychological victims to do the same. This pattern has now gone way beyond the healthy self-criticism that any nation needs. It has turned into the compulsive anti-Americanism of the American media.American Thinker ...
We have a depressogenic media. Diagnosis is a useful step toward a cure. For better national mental health we need a balanced or even an optimistic media, in exactly the same way individuals thrive with an optimistic or at least a balanced attitude to themselves. News consumers are finally figuring out the media's sadistic "flagellate-America" style. They are now changing in droves to more constructive media voices. That process should accelerate and snowball, with new media emphasizing a more balanced understanding of America's virtues, and more constructive solutions for our problems. The present established media are far too stuck to change. We need a New Media for improved national mental health. The media could start by taking a long course in saner thinking themselves. "
"I'm sure the majority (but not all) of my IPCC colleagues cringe when I say this, but I see neither the developing catastrophe nor the smoking gun proving that human activity is to blame for most of the warming we see. Rather, I see a reliance on climate models (useful but never proof) and the coincidence that changes in carbon dioxide and global temperatures have loose similarity over time.It's clear to me too, but it would seem that the first-world is determined to be dumb together, and anyone not willing to be dumb will be offered a lobotomy and retrained in how to be stupid.
There are some of us who remain so humbled by the task of measuring and understanding the extraordinarily complex climate system that we are sceptical of our ability to know what it is doing and why. As we build climate data sets from scratch and look into the guts of the climate system, however, we don't find the alarmist theory matching observations.
It is my turn to cringe when I hear overstated confidence from those who describe the projected evolution of global weather patterns over the next 100 years, especially when I consider how difficult it is to accurately predict that system's behaviour over the next five days.Mother Nature simply operates at a level of complexity that is, at this point, beyond the mastery of mere mortals (such as scientists) and the tools available to us.
Some of us scratch our heads and try to understand the real causes behind what we see. We discount the possibility that everything is caused by human actions, because everything we've seen the climate do has happened before.
Sea levels rise and fall continually. The Arctic icecap has shrunk before. One millennium there are hippos swimming in the Thames, and a geological blink later there is an ice bridge linking Asia and North America.
California and some northeastern US states have decided to force their residents within the next decade to buy cars that average 18km a litre. Even if you applied this law to the entire world, the net effect would reduce projected warming by about 0.03C by 2100, an amount so minuscule as to be undetectable. Global temperatures vary more than that from day to day.
Suppose you ... could replace about 10 per cent of the world's energy sources with non-CO2-emitting nuclear power by 2020: roughly equivalent to halving US emissions. Based on IPCC-like projections, the required 1000 new nuclear power plants would slow the warming by about 0.11C a century. It's a dent.
But what is the economic and human price, and what is it worth, given the scientific uncertainty?
My experience as a missionary teacher in Africa opened my eyes to this simple fact. Without access to energy, life is brutal and short. The uncertain effects of global warming far in the future must be weighed against disasters at our doorsteps today.
Bjorn Lomborg's Copenhagen Consensus 2004, a cost-benefit analysis of health issues by leading economists (including three Nobel laureates), calculated that spending on health issues such as micronutrients for children, HIV-AIDS and water purification has benefits 50 to 200 times those of attempting to marginally limit "global warming".Given the scientific uncertainty and our relative impotence regarding climate change, the moral imperative here seems clear to me."
For those of you who can’t put anything next to your ear unless it’s covered in glittering gems it has been a tortured wait.
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"Ben Cousins has been ordered before the AFL commission on November 19 to defend a charge that he has brought the game into disrepute or acted in a manner likely to have prejudiced the AFL."Yes, Ben is in the US, ostensibly receiving treatment for drug addiction/s.
"Evidence the date Cousins must front the commission. November 19. It treats Cousins' claim that he is in Malibu in a rehabilitation clinic with contempt. The AFL knows he is not."Note the tricky machinations that have gone on behind the scenes (I didn't realize that Cousins was still "listed"):
"West Coast was told to keep Cousins on its list even though he had officially been sacked. The reason was obvious. As an unlisted player the league could not take action."This is all for show - symbolism, to placate the politicians and the public - with no regard for the individual's well being.
Slippery bucket of eels.
And while the Australian Medical Association has lent its support to the Coalition's plan over Labor's, emergency medical specialists have condemned the plan as an "old and unsuccessful strategy".Meanwhile, Rudd has now notched up his 22nd major "me too" policy by matching the Howard Government's $4 billion handout for pensioners.
That would be 22 policies over which the ALP was clueless, so they had to wait until the Libs released their policies.
This is the party people are going to sweep to an unprecedented election win?
If they can't even devise and write policies of their own, how are they going to implement policy and manage the country?
"Did you hear about the new McCousins meal at McDonalds? No burger … just coke and ice … with a free straw."
"This blog has just proven one thing to me, Americans are stupid, self centered and ignorant. There are other countries in the world, and there are other types of sports than those invented and/or played by you. This is a star player of Australian Rules Football, not soccer, not rugby. It is a mixture of Rugby and Gaelic Football and was invented a century ago to keep cricketers fit in the off season, it is also hugely popular in OZ and if you Americans removed your heads from your own asses for five minutes and explored to world beyond your borders you would realise this. Meanwhile this is also a guy with a very bad problem who is missing, it is not funny, he could be anywhere and I for one am hoping he is found safe and well and returned to rehab (he is also way hotter than that photo would suggest)"