December 29, 2014

How much fast food can a nation eat?

A lot, a scary, scary lot. 
"Food trends come and go but our love for fast food remains. Australians make 51.5 million visits to fast food restaurants every month, according to an Enhanced Media Metrics Australia's report on our eating habits, released earlier this year. McDonald's took the cake as the nation's fast food restaurant of choice, according to the report which labelled Australia as "truly a fast food nation".
Yep, that would be 51.5 million trips to a fast food store EVERY MONTH.   That's a whopping 618 million trips in a year.  For a population of around 23 million, which includes babies, toddlers, the disabled, the elderly, the fast food intolerant, etc. etc.  So some of you are eating WAY too much fast food.

French insane approach to Islamist terror

Incidentally, a sentence in Le Monde’s account was very revealing about the social milieu from which the perpetrator emerged: “He was known for petty crimes — robberies, drug-dealing — but had never really drawn attention to himself in the quarter where he lived.” Robberies and drug-dealing are nothing unusual, and therefore unworthy of remark.

The second perpetrator was a man with a long psychiatric history who had been released from hospital only weeks before what I dare say will soon be called his “accident”. The police reported that after his arrest he spoke incoherently of the children of Palestine, Islamic State and so on, his incoherence — a symptom of madness — coming as a relief to those who want to hear or see no evil. It allowed them to dismiss him as an isolated lunatic, such as there have always been and always will be. It did not occur to them that madness and political or religious ­fanaticism are not contradictory or even incompatible.

For now, there is more mystery about the third perpetrator. The prosecutor of Nantes said his attack was an “isolated” event with no terrorist intent. Absurd though this sounds, she might be right. Clusters of unusual events do occur, coming and going without signifying any long-term trend or common origin. Moreover, bizarre or sensational crimes often evoke imitation by the weak-minded. But no one in France is likely to believe this, even if true.

The political class is so wedded to political correctness, which it expresses in language of almost Soviet woodenness, that people are now inclined to assume that it is lying even when it speaks the truth. And since 1200 young French Muslims gone to Syria to kill for Islamic theocracy, which is more fun than working for a living or long-term unemployment in a soulless and soul-destroying HLM (Habitation a Loyer Modere, rent-controlled housing), there are certainly enough Islamists in France to commit three acts of terrorism in quick succession.

More Green vandalism

Spoil has sometimes been dumped at the shoreline to reclaim areas for port development — the Brisbane and Townsville ports are prime examples. Given the value of the land created, this is an entirely sensible procedure when undertaken (as it has been) as an environmentally efficacious and cost-effective commercial venture.

It is simply fallacious for conservationists to trumpet that the GBR is threatened by near-shore dredging, and it is risible and disgraceful that an international agency (UNESCO) is involved in unscientific grandstanding on the matter as well.

Caving in to activists, the federal government has rejected the two best environmental options for the spoil — either seabed dispersal or land reclamation. Instead, Environment Minister Greg Hunt has opted for the worst and possibly the most expensive environmental option — that spoil dredged from near Abbot Point will be dumped on land.

A more perfect combination of scientific ignorance and environmental stupidity would be hard to find.

American host seriously contemplates the dangers of the metric system and flying

Oh jeez, really? And yes, she's blonde, but that's no excuse.
"Fox News host Anna Kooiman speculated on Sunday that an AirAsia flight could have gone missing because international pilots were trained using the metric system.
During breaking coverage of missing Flight QZ8501, Kooiman asked former FAA spokesperson Scott Brenner if the “real reason” the plane had disappeared was because of the “different way other countries train their pilots.”

“Even when we think about temperature, it’s Fahrenheit or Celsius,” she pointed out. “It’s kilometers or miles. You know, everything about their training could be similar, but different.”

Brenner, however, said that the major difference between international pilots and U.S. pilots was the reliance on automatic pilot.

“And a lot of that… is because a lot of crashes are due to pilot error,” he explained. “So, if you try and eliminate any potential risk, you try and eliminate the pilot’s ability to make incorrect inputs into the aircraft.”
“It’s not just a difference in the way that we measure things?” Kooiman replied. “Is it not as safe in that part of the world? Because our viewers may be thinking, ‘International travel, is it safe? Is it not safe?’”…/is-it-safe-is-it-not-safe-fox-ho…/

December 24, 2014

One more sleep

Happy holiday season, to all and sundry, most especially sundry. 

December 6, 2014

Abbott Government: Surprise, surprise

Instead, the coalition that promised “no surprises and no excuses” seems to offer a surprise or an excuse at every turn and a team that campaigned on restoring trust in politicians has disappointed voters. The budget was judged the worst in more than 20 years — a mess of the government’s own making because it limply allowed Labor to define the narrative as being cruel and unfair cuts from broken promises.

And so the political year ends.  One year of the Liberals, and they've not even run out of excuses yet.  Two years to go.

Tony Abbot needs Ricky Muir like candour to win back voters

December 2, 2014

Film endings for idiots

Film: Thelma and Louise
Ending: Going out in a blaze of glory after the long and dramatic police car chase the two friends triumphantly speed off the edge of a desert cliff, leaving the audience uncertain of the outcome.
Original ending: In a slightly more definitive ending the women’s convertible is seen blazing over the cliff and captured tumbling all the way down to the canyon floor most certainly being pulverised in the process. 

Film: Titanic
Ending: The romantic tear-jerker ends with old Rose tossing her diamond into the ocean before dying peacefully in her sleep to be reunited with her love Jack.
Original ending: In a far more dramatic turn of events, Rose is seen scaling the rails of the boat much to the horror of her daughter and the treasure hunter, Bill Paxton who rush to her only to be given a speech about the beauty of life before Rose hurls the diamond overboard upon which a crew member yells, “that really sucks lady!”

Barack Obama: The Disappointer-in-chief

Unusually, from The Age, a fair summation.

Barack Obama: The Disappointer-in-chief