Thursday, December 18, 2014

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Miranda Devine writes of self inflicted wounds. I agree with her criticism of the Abbott Government, but also point out that Miranda noted the popularity of Rudd in '07. She was right about that too. However, there is a difference between advocacy and propaganda. Rudd's popularity was unsupported by virtue, and it was wrong not to point that out in '07. Abbott's appointment of a left wing creature has limited merit, and it is wrong to ignore that. Stott Despoja has an Arafat choice of either being a statesman or staying a terrorist. Arafat chose poorly. Unlike the position of Bryce as GG, Stott Despoja can't mess up this appointment without embarrassing herself. Meanwhile, a conservative in that position would not have bipartisan support. It is an adult choice made by Abbott, not an easy one. 

Meanwhile, the appointment of Tim Wilson to the Human Rights Commission is really good. Personally I despise the Human Rights Commission, which does not stand for human rights, but privileges of left wing orthodoxy. Tim can change that. I'd rather dismantle it. 

Historical perspectives on this day
In 218 BC Second Punic War: Battle of the TrebiaHannibal's Carthaginian forced defeat those of the Roman Republic. 1271, Kublai Khan renamed his empire "Yuan" (yuán), officially marking the start of the Yuan dynasty of Mongolia and China. 1622, Portuguese forces scored a military victory over the Kingdom of Kongo at the Battle of Mbumbi in present-day Angola. 1655, the Whitehall Conference ended with the determination that there was no law preventing Jews from re-entering England after the Edict of Expulsion of 1290. 1777, the United States celebrated its first Thanksgiving, marking the recent victory by the Americans over British General John Burgoyne in the Battle of Saratoga in October. 1787, New Jersey became the third state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. 1793, surrender of the frigate La Lutine by French Royalists to Lord Samuel Hood; renamed HMS Lutine, she later becomes a famous treasure wreck. 1867, the Angola Horror train wreck occurred. 1878, John Kehoe, the last of the Molly Maguires was executed in Pennsylvania. Also 1878, the Al-Thani family become the rulers of the state of Qatar 1888, Richard Wetherill and his brother in-law discovered the ancient Indian ruins of Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde. 1892, premiere performance of The Nutcracker by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in Saint Petersburg, Russia. 1898, Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat set the first officially recognized land speed record of 39.245 mph (63.159 km/h) in a Jeantaud electric car

In 1900, the Upper Ferntree Gully to Gembrook, Victoria Narrow-gauge (2 ft 6 in or 762 mm) Railway (now the Puffing Billy Railway) in Victoria, Australia was opened for traffic. 1912, the Piltdown Man, later discovered to be a hoax, is announced by Charles Dawson. 1916, World War I: The Battle of Verdun ended when German forces under Chief of staff Erich von Falkenhayn were defeated by the French, and suffer 337,000 casualties. 1917, the resolution containing the language of the Eighteenth Amendment to enact Prohibition was passed by the United States Congress. 1932, the Chicago Bears defeated the Portsmouth Spartans 9–0 in the first ever NFL Championship Game. Because of a blizzard, the game was moved from Wrigley Field to the Chicago Stadium, the field measuring 80 yards (73 m) long. 1935, the Lanka Sama Samaja Party is founded in Ceylon. 1939, World War II: The Battle of the Heligoland Bight, the first major air battle of the war, takes place. 1944, World War II: 77 B-29 Superfortress and 200 other aircraft of U.S. Fourteenth Air Force bomb Hankow, China, a Japanese supply base.

In 1956 Japan joins the United Nations. 1958 Project SCORE, the world's first communications satellite, was launched. 1966, Saturn's moon Epimetheus was discovered by Richard L. Walker. 1969, Capital punishment in the United Kingdom: Home Secretary James Callaghan's motion to make permanent the Murder (Abolition of Death Penalty) Act 1965, which had temporarily suspended capital punishment in England, Wales and Scotland for murder (but not for all crimes) for a period of five years. 1971, Capitol Reef National Park was established in Utah. 1972, Vietnam War: President Richard Nixon announced that the United States would engage North Vietnam in Operation Linebacker II, a series of Christmas bombings, after peace talks collapsed with North Vietnam on the 13th. 1973, Soviet Soyuz Programme: Soyuz 13, crewed by cosmonauts Valentin Lebedev and Pyotr Klimuk, was launched from Baikonur in the Soviet Union. Also 1973, the Islamic Development Bank was founded. 1978, Dominica joined the United Nations.

In 1987,  Larry Wall released the first version of the Perl programming language. 1989, the European Economic Community and the Soviet Union signed an agreement on trade and commercial and economic cooperation. 1997, HTML 4.0 was published by the World Wide Web Consortium. 1999, NASA launched into orbit the Terra platform carrying five Earth Observation instruments, including ASTER, CERES, MISR, MODISand MOPITT. 2002, 2003 California recall: Then Governor of California Gray Davis announced that the state would face a record budget deficit of $35 billion, roughly double the figure reported during his reelection campaign one month earlier. 2005, the Chadian Civil War began when rebel groups, allegedly backed by neighbouring Sudan, launched an attack in Adré. 2006, the first of a series of floods struck Malaysia. The death toll of all flooding is at least 118, with over 400,000 people displaced. 2006, United Arab Emirates held its first-ever elections. 2010, Anti-government protests began in Tunisia, heralding the Arab Spring.
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This column welcomes feedback and criticism. The column is not made up but based on the days events and articles which are then placed in the feed. So they may not have an apparent cohesion they would have had were they made up.
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For twenty two years I have been responsibly addressing an issue, and I cannot carry on. I am petitioning the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to remedy my distress. I leave it up to him if he chooses to address the issue. Regardless of your opinion of conservative government, the issue is pressing. Please sign my petition at https://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/tony-abbott-remedy-the-persecution-of-dd-ball

Or the US President at
https://www.change.org/p/barack-obama-change-this-injustice#
or
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/change-injustice-faced-david-daniel-ball-after-he-reported-bungled-pedophile-investigation-and/b8mxPWtJ or http://wh.gov/ilXYR

Mr Ball, I will not sign your petition as it will do no good, but I will share your message and ask as many of friends who read it, to share it also. Let us see if we cannot use the power of the internet to spread the word of these infamous killings. As a father and a former soldier, I cannot, could not, justify ignoring this appalling action by the perpetrators, whoever they may; I thank you Douglas. You are wrong about the petition. Signing it is as worthless and meaningless an act as voting. A stand up guy would know that. - ed

Lorraine Allen Hider I signed the petition ages ago David, with pleasure, nobody knows what it's like until they've been there. Keep heart David take care.


I have begun a bulletin board (http://theconservativevoice.freeforums.netwhich will allow greater latitude for members to post and interact. It is not subject to FB policy and so greater range is allowed in posts. Also there are private members rooms in which nothing is censored, except abuse. All welcome, registration is free.
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Happy birthday and many happy returns Janet MobbsKenny TranThanh Tia and Tian Yuan Fu. Born on the same day, across the years, along with


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