Monday, December 24, 2012

Mon 24th Dec Todays News

Happy birthday and many happy returns Denise Seumanutafa. Born on the same day an expectant world photographed the world from the orbit of the moon in '68. Remember, birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.

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Earthrise as seen by the crew of Apollo 8

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Ho, ho, ho and a Merry Christmas to all . . .

Piers Akerman – Monday, December 24, 2012 (12:01am)

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Well, Father Christmas at the Elvina Bay fireshed - and a Merry Christmas was had by all.
Terrific tucker prepared by the wonderful women from the Western Foreshores of Pittwater and beyond (from Ettalong, anyway), a bar run by the stalwarts of the Western Pittwater team, children supplied locally.
A terrific tradition.
Tonight, the annual Christmas Eve Dog Race from Scotland Island to Church Point.
Mutts of all sizes entered by their owners who have put up a long neck bottle of beer and a can of dog food for the privilege.
Sharing the love onshore will be hundreds of Pittwater people watching the sunset and cheering the dogs ashore.
The currawongs calling across the water, the cicadas whirring in the casuarinas.
As bushy a Christmas as you can get within 45 minutes of the Sydney GPO.
Cheers to all!
And to all, a very Merry Christmas!

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GUNS IN THE STREET

Tim Blair – Monday, December 24, 2012 (2:11pm)

As acting Prime Minister, Wayne Swan enjoys armed protection
He notes the requisite security detail is ‘’pretty different’’. ‘’It makes the neighbours feel very safe,’’ he chuckles … 
He chuckles? The man’s clearly an NRA puppet.

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OZPOCALYPSE

Tim Blair – Monday, December 24, 2012 (11:27am)

The quotes of the year are here.

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TIME BENDER

Tim Blair – Monday, December 24, 2012 (5:23am)

Back in July, Labor Senator Kate Lundy published a newsletter featuring the following future-is-past claim:

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That time-bending assertion was repeated in Lundy’s list of Labor accomplishments:

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The Senator’s statements may also be found online. During a previous era, Lundy predicted: “The Rudd Government will get the budget back in the black three years ahead of schedule and ahead of every major advanced economy.” But lately she’s been sorting out her own problems
Sports Minister Kate Lundy has embarked on a major restructure of the way her office is run, with new staff being brought in to address what insiders are describing as a ‘’level of dysfunction’’.
But while it appears Senator Lundy has instigated the restructure, sources close to her say some of the administrative problems are the fault of the minister herself.
‘’Kate is a hard worker and a nice person and she has lots of ideas, but she has no structure,’’ one said.
‘’Three-hour staff meetings that go nowhere are the norm.’’ 
(Via Peter M., who emails of Lundy’s future-gazing prowess: “I recall thinking at the time that the claim was heroic.")
UPDATE. All hail the world’s greatest Kate
In 2010 I was fortunate enough to be awarded the most influential person changing the world of Internet and politics … I also enjoys gardening. 
In 2012, however, Kate can’t even make it on to a local list of 20 influential female voices.
(Via Simple Simon)

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in the datacentre... no one can hear you scream...
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Funny. I break hearts every time I leave a classroom. I break promises every time I think things through. As for trust, that isn't up to me. - ed
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