So a hand full of Army pers. are sending around obscene emails.
I am shocked and amazed!! – but surely it is primarily an Army disciplinary matter. Today in the early afternoon ABC News24 was running with this as though it was WWIII.
They said the details had been with Army for months – why the release today – it could have nothing to do with the puncturing of the PM’s Menugate revelations?
So a hand full of Army pers. are sending around obscene emails.
Brilliant political parody of the Roy Orbison masterpiece – “It’s Over” – thanks to Jane Smith at the Michael Smith blogJune 12th, 2013 by Warwick Hughes
This deserves to go viral, go to the song by Jane Smith – singing a tribute to our Prime Minister Julia Gillard – at MichaelSmithnews.com
There are other songs by Jane Smith too.
The Gillard GreenLabor Govt is putting up this referendum question re recognising local councils in the constitution – at the same time as the Federal election. Ostensibly because some High Court decision might, note might make it difficult for the Federal Govt to give money to councils. Wow – I am sleepless at night over that.
I notice over at Catallaxy – Another poison pill for Australian federalism, and how to avoid it – marvellous take from Dr Julie Novak
I will be voting NO.
My simple reasons are -
 The current system has worked for 110 years – I see no need for change – just not an issue.
 The Gillard GreenLabor Govt is arguably the worst Federal Govt in our history – so why trust anything they propose.
 They would not be proposing this if it was not beneficial to Labor constituencies in some way – we are suffering five to six years of that – safer to just vote NO.
 I am wary of unintended consequences – the instant this becomes law there will be silver-tongued lawyers all over it, not to mention the High Court and nobody knows what new nonsense will start affecting our lives.
 Personally I would prefer it if councils cut back on their ever expanding empire building and wasting of our money and were confined more to just fixing roads, collecting rubbish, working hard to reduce rates.
 I am not impressed that the coalition are supporting a yes vote, there is a lot wrong with their policies too.
 The only important issue at the next Federal election is voting GreenLabor OUT of power.
Looking forward to readers having their say.
Western Australian election confirms trend against the Greens who are looking down the barrel of more losses in upcoming Federal electionMarch 11th, 2013 by Warwick Hughes
Following on from the October 2012 ACT Election where the Greens lost three of four seats – early indications from the Western Australian upper house (Legislative Council) count is that they might have losses there too as the Liberal Govt was returned in a comfortable win, possibly of landslide proportions.
From ABC News – Greens disappointed with election result
It might take several days for WA Legislative Council trends to firm up.
I wonder what might be in store for the Greens at the 2013 Federal Election if the major parties come to their senses and promote the sensible idea to simply “number the Greens last”. I am interested to hear what readers think might be ways the Greens Nationally could try and turn this bad situation around. For example – could Bob Brown return as leader ?
Added 14 March – chart shows how Greens vote increased post 2000 as the Democrats faded away. The Democrats were a centrist group whose supporters could not decide between Labor and Liberal/National. Whereas the Greens are generally accepted as being to the left of Labor. So the Greens peak voting percentages in the years 2008-2011 must include some ex-Democrats who might be unhappy with the Greens performance in the GreenLabor Gillard July 2010-Sep 2013 Federal Government to date.
Particularly from second half 2012 after their long time leader Dr Bob Brown retired – also the Greens could be seen to be obstructing Labor efforts to close our open borders and then last month when the Green Leader Christine Milne accused Labor of “…walking away from its agreement with the Greens and into the arms of the big miners.”
Federal polls have the Greens at around 11%. The chart shows recent weakness in Green numbers in the ACT, WA and to a lesser extent Queensland.
The Carmody Inquiry commences its hearings into the Heiner Affair today 3 December 2012 at 10.00am (Australian EST). In February I posted “The Heiner Affair – 20 odd years of Labor and Government cover-up”
This will run on for months I suppose.
Scottish Climate & Energy Forum says – “Commitments under the Kyoto Protocol cease as of 31st December 2012″September 23rd, 2012 by Warwick Hughes
Mike Haseler Chairman of Scottish Climate and Energy Forum has emailed me to say –
As a result of finding out that the Kyoto commitments technically comes to an end on the 31st December, the Scottish Climate & Energy Forum have been investigating the likely consequences of this both in terms of what is likely to happen to the protocol and the wide implications when (as it seems) the protocol effectively ends operation on the 31st December.
We have written this up as a report. The main intention of this report has been to try to find the actual facts and having sorted the chaff from the wheat, ascertain what this might mean (with particular emphasis on Scotland).
The report has been produced to coincide with today which is 100 days to Kyoto Ends, and it is available on the SCEF website:
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This blog sometimes goes off-climate-topic.
Following Muslim riots in Sydney last weekend and around the world recently – the ABC asks four questions.
In the wake of the unrest, ABC News Online is putting together an explainer on Islam and the protests.
Tell us the questions you want answered, and we will put them to an expert panel.
We have compiled the following questions to get things started:
1 – What have the recent protests by Muslims in Australia and around the world been about?
2 – How could a film have sparked such widespread outrage?
3 – Are all Muslims angry over the film, or just a minority?
4 – How do the violent responses to the film sit with Islamic teachings?
What else do you want to know?
It is clear from the comments below the ABC article that most people have an understanding of Islam and do not need help from the ABC.
I have been told that Web of Trust (WoT) says that my site “…was of low repute!”
Apparently they also warn of Climate Change Dispatch.
Does anybody have any information or opinion on WoT who are based in Finland.
It would not surprise me if Greens on the internet have been putting in bad reports about my site to various internet busybody sites – spam fighters etc.
WoT is new to me – I am interested to hear what readers can tell me.
Now that the Australian Parliament has failed to enact practical border protection laws – the Nation is in fact operating a huge experiment which will answer the question as to how many Asian people want to migrate here to better themselves. This little graphic sums up how well the John Howard so called “Pacific Solution”
drastically reduced the number of IEVs for the years 2002 to 2008. Then at the end of 2008 the Kevin Rudd Labor Govt relaxed border laws and the results we see now.
Chart of monthly IEV totals up to 30 June.
It is fascinating that since the last boat sinking on the 27th the state owned ABC news service only recorded one IEV arrival early on the 28th. I can not see news items at the ABC site recording the four IEV’s to arrive since then.
“Hypocrisy of the month – Indonesia” – from earlier in June
Thanks to Ed Thurstan for the results of his neat experiment comparing the light up time of the new-fangled fluoro bulbs compared to the perfectly OK old incandescent bulbs that we now can not buy.
As Ed says:
My 75W incandescent bedside lamp bulb finally failed. So I installed a Philips 18W “Ambiance” fluoro, which is claimed to be equivalent to 100W Incandescent bulb. It emitted a dull glow befitting a mood light in a funeral parlour.
After waiting several minutes for sufficient light to see what I was doing, I set up an experiment with a digital camera to measure the light intensity from the fluoro, and compare it with ancient 60 and 75W incandescent bulbs still working around the house.
I set the camera on a tripod, aimed at a spot illuminated by the lamp. I set the camera to take a shot every 15 seconds, with the aperture and ISO fixed but the shutter speed allowed to vary to maintain a constant exposure.
Then I ran each of the three bulbs through a trial to see how long each took to achieve their maximum intensity from when the lamp was switched on. So the shutter speeds give a direct measure of light intensity.
Finally I normalised the results relative to the maximum intensity of the fluoro being treated as 1.