October 18, 2013

October 17, 2013

Maxine suffers retrospective momentary clarity

Maxine McKew, three years after her momentary stint in federal parliament ended, continues to gain attention for regurgitating every thought that every other adult in the country has had during the last six years, about the ALP federal leaders. 

At The Australian (bless ‘em), McKew's belated thoughts were given maxi coverage yesterday, for reason unfathomable. 
Having trashed Julia Gillard's prime ministership, former Labor MP Maxine McKew has now rubbished the man to whom she owes her brief political career: Kevin Rudd. 

Ms McKew, who won John Howard's seat of Bennelong in 2007, says Mr Rudd was "off his game" during this year's election campaign, advocated idiotic policies and introduced a "perverse and cruel" asylum-seeker regime that she "couldn't stomach".

The one-term MP, a former ABC 7.30 Report host recruited by Mr Rudd to run in 2007, says Mr Rudd "went off the deep end" when he announced he favoured "the idiocy" of preferential tax rates for companies that moved to the Northern Territory. Ms McKew also says Labor's "already diminished credibility was practically shredded" when senior public servants disowned the suggestion they had verified a "black hole" in the Coalition's policy costings.

And she attacks the selection of former Queensland premier Peter Beattie as Labor's candidate for Forde, describing it as one of the "worst" decisions of the campaign and saying "it looked desperate".
Yep, we know all of that, and more, but thanks for playing, Maxine. 

Kevin Rudd trashed as Maxine McKew mauls her maker

October 16, 2013

Palmer doesn’t know how to quit while ahead

The legitimacy of more than half the votes cast in the Sunshine Coast seat of Fairfax has been challenged by Clive Palmer's legal team in a lengthy process that may leave the seat unrepresented when parliament resumes early next month. 
Fairfax is the only seat still undecided, with the massive number of challenges brought by Mr Palmer's scrutineers -- who are paid employees of law firm HopgoodGanim -- the main reason for the delay.
The recount started last week after Mr Palmer finished seven votes ahead of the Liberal National Party's Ted O'Brien. Under Australian Electoral Commission rules, there is an automatic recount when the margin is less than 100 votes.

In what had previously been the closest election count in modern electoral history, the recount for the Victorian seat of McEwen in 2007, there were 643 contested votes out of approximately 100,000 cast.
AEC figures late yesterday show that of the 89,167 votes being recounted, 47,135 have been challenged and given to the district returning officer for a determination.

He also said the "vast majority" of challenges had come from representatives of the Palmer United Party. There was some movement in the public tally yesterday, with figures published on the AEC website showing Mr Palmer now 20 votes ahead.
Which begs the question how often Palmer needs to win his seat before he finally concedes he's won and heads to parliament.  

Was it all a gag, he didn't mean it?  

Or is he itching to take the AEC to court?  

Either way, he's wasting everyone's time and money.  

Costly recount puts Clive's tilt in limbo 

Wednesday Wisdom

Formula for a successful writer: 90 per cent avoiding the internet, 1 per cent writing, 9 per cent persuading the cat to sit somewhere other than on your keyboard.

Lauren Beukes

October 11, 2013

Duck Friday

c/o Kath ... of course

October 10, 2013

Driving motor vehicles damages men's brains

A conservative Saudi Arabian cleric has said women who drive risk damaging their ovaries and bearing children with clinical problems, countering activists who are trying to end the Islamic kingdom's male-only driving rules.
A campaign calling for women to defy the ban in a protest drive on October 26 has spread rapidly online over the past week and gained support from some prominent women activists. On Sunday, the campaign's website was blocked inside the kingdom.
In an interview published on Friday on the website sabq.org, Sheikh Saleh bin Saad al-Lohaidan, a judicial adviser to an association of Gulf psychologists, said women aiming to overturn the ban on driving should put "reason ahead of their hearts, emotions and passions".

His comments reflect the extent of opposition to women driving among some conservatives in Saudi Arabia.
"If a woman drives a car, not out of pure necessity, that could have negative physiological impacts as functional and physiological medical studies show that it automatically affects the ovaries and pushes the pelvis upwards," he told Sabq.

"That is why we find those who regularly drive have children with clinical problems of varying degrees," he said.

" ... automatically affects the ovaries and pushes the pelvis upwards ..."?  This might suggest that women should never sit down, rather than being a function of driving a vehicle, yes? 

Sadly, the real story is the evidence, collected over many decades, and indisputable, that men who drive motor vehicles, whether out of pure necessity or for frivolous reasons, experience shrinkage of their manly bits and their brains – such shrinkage being in direct proportion to the amount of driving undertaken.  So far, medical scientists have seen no limit to which the manly bits and brains can shrink, but it could prove to be until the point of disappearance. 

Portrait of gallstones

International Images for Science Exhibition 2013: No, this is not a pebbly beach, these are gallstones.  (Ouch!)

Portrait of a tardigrade


International Images for Science Exhibition 2013: A portrait of a tardigrade or waterbear, The animals consist of only a few hundred cells that are differentiated into muscles, digestive organs, reproductive organs, nerves, in many cases eyes. This creature was found in a crater lake in Kenya, Africa.

October 9, 2013

Wednesday Wisdom

Wisdom begins in wonder. 


October 8, 2013

October 6, 2013


Bill Gates has admitted that Ctl+Alt+Delete was a mistake, although it wasn't actually his fault, it was the guy who designed how the keyboard would work - and for reasons we'll never know, he refused to change his two hand/three keys combo. Damn him!


 Chopper Read, back in the day.

October 2, 2013

Wednesday Wisdom

Happiness is not a brilliant climax to years of grim struggle and anxiety. It is a long succession of little decisions simply to be happy in the moment.

J. Donald Walters