Dad’s army in charge of border protection
FORMER prime minister John Howard sent people-smugglers a potent message when he declared “we will decide who comes to this country” during the 2001 election campaign. - I don’t blame the refugees, economic or otherwise. I think Rudd’s handling of the issue appalling and political when the needs of these people are clearly not being met. Mr Howard’s policy was not just kind, it was the best available. Rudd attacked it as a wedge issue, and now is keeping his promise to be an abysmal leader. - ed.
Safe - and jobless
Gerard Henderson is astonished that the Rudd Government could draw up new laws in this climate that it admits may make bosses less keen to hire workers:
The section dealing with what (Employment and Workplace Relations Minister Julia) Gillard has described as the implementation of “protections from unfair dismissal for all employees” actually acknowledges the legislation ”may reduce the incentive of businesses to employ workers” and may increase the incentive for medium to small businesses to employ “more staff on a contract basis”. In other words, according to the Rudd Government’s own analysis, the Fair Work Bill may lead to more unemployment and less full-time employment. - but the conditions don't even guarantee safety. As Gillard had been asked to clarify on August 1st 2007 in what way would her IR legislation be an improvement in any area. She has failed to answer. - ed.
Save the planet! Ban warming summits!
No one is gassier than a global warming alarmist:
Around 13,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) will be added to the Earth’s greenhouse effect from the December 1-12 meeting of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the UNFCCC said.
That estimate is based on a turnout of 8,000 people, but as of Sunday 10,657 people had registered for the talks.
Before than was the UN’s Bali conference, of course, attended by up to 20,000 gas bags.
It’s Clinton, and little change
It’s confirmed: Hillary Clinton is Barack Obama’s Secretary of State. Less Obama’s emissary than his colleague - if not rival.
Also confirmed is Robert Gates, to continue his role under George Bush as Secretary of Defence.
Hating dad is safer
Bollywood’s stars suffer from the same derangement as the Hollywood ones:
On the evening of Nov. 26, the biggest names in Bollywood walked the red carpet at the Bombay premiere of “The President Is Coming,” a comedy about six 20-somethings vying to win the right to shake hands with President Bush.
Among those in attendance at the star-studded premiere Wednesday evening was Bollywood’s “new heartthrob” Imraan Khan, who proudly posed for paparazzi donning a T-shirt with Mr. Bush’s face sandwiched between the words “International Terrorist.”
Mr. Khan - a member of India’s Muslim minority - chose not to mock international terrorists who kill in the name of Allah. He and his co-religionists know the deadly results for those who do.
Too white to save
David Warren on a new mixture of stupidity and ignorance:
Last Monday, the student council of Carleton University attracted much attention to their university and to the city of Ottawa—around Canada and the world—with their decision to cancel their annual Shinerama fundraising efforts on behalf of the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Their argument was that this disease afflicts ”white people and primarily men.” They would rather choose a charity that is more “inclusive.”
Professor Emeritus Don J. Easterbrook warns of global cooling:
Global warming (i.e, the warming since 1977) is over. The minute increase of anthropogenic CO2 in the atmosphere (0.008%) was not the cause of the warming—it was a continuation of natural cycles that occurred over the past 500 years.
The PDO cool mode has replaced the warm mode in the Pacific Ocean, virtually assuring us of about 30 years of global cooling, perhaps much deeper than the global cooling from about 1945 to 1977.
Bush the liberator
There’s an even chance he’ll get his wish - provided Barack Obama doesn’t fumble the ball:
George W. Bush hopes history will see him as a president who liberated millions of Iraqis and Afghans, who worked towards peace and who never sold his soul for political ends.
”I’d like to be a president (known) as somebody who liberated 50 million people and helped achieve peace,” Bush said…
A war the terrorists would love
This war of words, between two nuclear armed powers with a history of armed confrontation, is threatening to get out of control:
New Delhi said it was raising security to a “war level” and had no doubt of a Pakistani link to the (Mumbai) attacks....
Officials in Islamabad have warned any escalation would force it to divert troops to the Indian border and away from a U.S.-led anti-militant campaign on the Afghan frontier.
The Age detects doom-talk
The Age reports there’s too much talk of doom:
Australians are ‘world class whingers’, carry around a ‘prophets of doom’ attitude and have a tendency to sulk.
For proof of that doom-talk, look no further than ...The Age itself - one should click on the link to see the examples. - ed.
Bolt suggests this was filmed at the Age's editorial meeting.
No negotiation possible
Before some in the Left prepare their standard apologias, arguments of moral relativism or appeals for negotations, consider this about the Mumbai terrorists:
Asked specifically if he was talking of torture marks, (one doctor performing post-mortems of the victims) said: ”It was apparent that most of the dead were tortured. What shocked me were the telltale signs showing clearly how the hostages were executed in cold blood,” one doctor said.
The other doctor, who had also conducted the post-mortem of the victims, said: “Of all the bodies, the Israeli victims bore the maximum torture marks. It was clear that they were killed on the 26th itself. It was obvious that they were tied up and tortured before they were killed. It was so bad that I do not want to go over the details even in my head again,” he said.
Investigators said the terrorists left Karachi around mid-November aboard the Al Hussaini merchant ship before dragooning a trawler, named Kuber, in mid-sea, killing three of its four-man crew. With the help of its “tandel”, or skipper, they then made their way to within 5 miles of the Mumbai coastline.Before abandoning the vessel, they beheaded the skipper...
How can the people fail the party?
True - but what’s the mechanism for changing the government if it fails that test?
CHINA’S economic challenges are now so serious that they are a test of the Communist Party’s ability to govern, says President Hu Jintao.
Tell Pilate that
Cleaning yourself of physical dirt might make you more forgiving, it’s claimed:
A new study has found that people are more likely to be lenient in making decisions if they have just washed their hands.
Pictured at the pictures
The first I’ve heard of this kind of thing - and hopefully the last. From the Cairns Post, this letter:
I warn prospective patrons of Cairns cinemas wanting to see the epic movie “Australia” that you may be distracted throughout the performance, as I was, by a guy walking up and down the aisles with a camera trained on the audience.
He told me it was a night vision camera so when I asked him to go away as he was distracting people from the movie, he did not move for a while and then went up the other aisle and kept on doing it.
When I complained to management at Earlville cinemas that this movie experience was spoiled for me, he apologised but said it was a requirement of the film’s owners that a night vision camera be used to spot anyone filming the movie from the audience...