Wednesday, January 23, 2013

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Happy birthday and many happy returns Trangsta Meowand Joey Duong. Born on the same day, across the years. Birthdays are good for you .. the more you have, the longer you live. So enjoy the party.
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TONNES OF STABILITY

Tim Blair – Wednesday, January 23, 2013 (2:15pm)

“China is doing exceptionally well,” claims climate commissioner Tim Flannery. “They are on track to stabilise their emissions.”
But according to Greenpeace:

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UPDATE. An editor’s gentle understatement
Tim Flannery sees possible catastrophy in Australia’s future. 

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GLOBAL GUARDIAN

Tim Blair – Wednesday, January 23, 2013 (5:05am)

With the Guardian soon to launch an Australian edition, let’s see how staff at the British parent publication are getting along with editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger: 
Afternoon Alan - I’m a member of Guardian staff, posting anonymously.
As you know, it’s a tough time for your journalists at the moment – especially for those of us way down the food chain: the production grunts, the desk-bound, the ones who actually produce the content.
We’re working harder and harder (because we love the papers), coping with dwindling resources and morale, we’re badly mismanaged, and trying to cope with the life-changing threat of compulsory redundancies – all a result of the company’s long-term financial illiteracy and lavish excess at the top. 
Seems like the right time to expand, doesn’t it? The local version of the Guardian anticipates funding from wealthy Greens donor Graeme Wood, who last year pledged $15 million towards leftoid failzine The Global Mail, which began collapsing almost from the moment it waslaunched. Ex-staffers now trash their former workplace: 
In an era of failing business models and mass redundancies, Australia’s first serious attempt at philanthropically funded journalism appeared to be an unequivocally good news story.
Yet, less than 12 months later, The Global Mail’s founding editor is gone; so are half the original full-time reporters following a rash of resignations and redundancies late last year. Most left angry and demoralised by what they describe as a culture of incompetence, nepotism and cruelty …
“A building full of married couples and old friends in the late stages of their careers,” [ex-staffer Jess Hill] concluded, “doesn’t exactly equate to a visionary tinderbox …”
“It’s depressing,” said one journalist who left late last year. “It makes me really angry. It was a great opportunity for someone to do something new and different. Instead we ended up with a bunch of refugees from 1990s Fairfax … The dream of what it was going to be ended long ago.” 
Read on. Leftists are presently wailing about the money

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MILKY CRATE KID

Tim Blair – Wednesday, January 23, 2013 (3:51am)

Further trouble for smashy Omar
While the taxpayer supports accused rioter Omar Halaby, he spruiks about terrorism and illegal drugs on his Facebook page – and even does the odd day’s work on a construction site, despite receiving a disability pension.
Now it is understood Community Services Minister Jenny Macklin will review the 19-year-old’s case after he bragged on the social network site about being employed.
The Padstow man, who was one of seven people charged for his role in last September’sMuslim riot in the CBD, claims to have learning and physical disabilities from a past football injury that prevent him gaining employment.
But The Daily Telegraph can reveal that, while Halaby is collecting a $200-a-week pension, he works as a sub-contractor on a construction site.
In his Facebook profile Halaby also refers to the US President Barack Obama as a terrorist and posts pictures of drugs and police dressed as pigs …
Just before his court appearance last Friday, he posted on Facebook: “Having the time of my life at Downing Centre Local Court.” 
Omar may soon lose his tax-supplied pocket money.

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UNSUSTAINABLE

Tim Blair – Wednesday, January 23, 2013 (3:33am)

Danks Street Depot survived for more than a decade in Sydney’s competitive restaurant scene: 
Local, seasonal and sustainable since 2002 … Founded on the principles of the Slow Food movement, Danks Street Depot, vibrant café and bar, continues to showcase sustainable and ethical principles; championing local producers, seasonal produce and low food miles where possible. 
Eventually, however, this right-on eatery hit an obstacle it could not overcome

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Running out of people to pay our debts

Andrew BoltJANUARY232013(6:22pm)

Former Australian Securities Exchange chairman Maurice Newman says the Gillard Government is now dropping us into this same giant Ponzi scheme: 
The West has now reached the point where total private and public debt, together with unfunded government liabilities, can never be repaid by an ageing demographic. One day even debt servicing will be an issue. With fewer taxpayers and lenders, the ability to take from the future to provide for the present will end. This is when we see the final collapse of the great international governmental Ponzi scheme.
Already in Europe, where lenders and taxpayers in the peripheral countries have either fled or are bankrupt, economies are surviving on the grace and favour of others. In America, we see the future with 11 states having more people on welfare than they have in work.

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This is better than Rudd’s?

Andrew BoltJANUARY232013(6:03pm)

Julia Gillard’s spinners promised her new national security statement would be better than Kevin Rudd’s: 
Sources familiar with the document described it as a “much more substantial” contribution than then prime minister Kevin Rudd’s 2008 national security statement to parliament, which was criticised for being too vague and wide-ranging...
Read for yourself what Gillard actually delivered. Vague as all get out - as well as dull, platitudinous, predictable and without an extra dollar promised to keep us safer. If you think I’m too hard, just check out the conclusion, which I here present in its flaccid whole: 
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Daniel Flitton of The Age:
The genesis of this type of sweeping, platitudinous – and ultimately fairly hollow – paeon to Australia’s security needs lies with Kevin Rudd and his battle to oust John Howard.
With few exceptions, this latest version shouldn’t be taken any more seriously than a collated campaign pamphlet at the beginning of an election year.
UPDATE
On the very same day, a hint of the real story with our national security in Gillard’s hands: 
DOZENS of Australian military bases and army reserves depots face possible closure under a drive to save money amid a $5.5 billion cut to defence spending.
Once again, you can trust Gillard’s word or you can trust her deeds. You cannot trust both.

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Crossin to stand against Peris for preselection

Andrew BoltJANUARY232013(5:42pm)

Crossin is doomed, but won’t give in to this racist decision without a fight:
LABOR’S national executive has admitted Olympian Nova Peris as a member of the ALP and paved the way for her to replace Trish Crossin, who’s vowed to fight for her Senate seat....
A defiant Senator Crossin said today she planned to fight for her seat in the Senate, despite the Prime Minister effectively dumping her and endorsing Ms Peris as her “captain’s pick”.
Ms Gillard wants Ms Peris to become Labor’s first indigenous federal member.
Senator Crossin said earlier today she would put her name forward if nominations were opened by the national executive.

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Telcos refuse to wear Conroy’s underpants

Andrew BoltJANUARY232013(7:51am)

FOUR months after claiming he was so powerful he could force telco bosses to wear red underpants on their heads to win the bid for the mobile phone network space, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has been left red-faced.
Two of the three main telcos have pulled out or expressed serious concerns over the $3 billion-plus sale of digital spectrum…
In September, Senator Conroy told a conference in New York telecommunications regulation was a federal matter and he was in charge.
“If I say to everyone in this room: ‘If you want to bid next week in our spectrum auction, you’d better wear red underpants on your head’, I’ve got some news for you. You’ll be wearing them on your head. I have unfettered legal power,” he said…
After Optus flagged concerns over the price, compared to overseas, Vodafone yesterday confirmed it would not bid on the 700 MHz low frequency and would not comment on the higher frequency 2.5GHz band auction.

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On 2GB, January 23

Andrew BoltJANUARY232013(7:29am)

 2GB podcasts
On 2GB with Steve Price from 8pm. Listen live here
Yesterday’s show here. On Julia Gillard’s racism and more.

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Using gender as a weapon

Andrew BoltJANUARY232013(7:12am)

Perhaps the brutal political realm is no place for nuanced debates about men and women. Presumably, that is how Gillard and her fellow gender warriors such as Tanya Plibersek and Nicola Roxon justify their almost daily determination to portray Abbott, the happily married man with three confident daughters, as a woman-hating ogre. But if we accept the premise that it is just politics, then don’t we also need to accept the logical next step—that these Labor women have chosen to balance a fraudulent feminist chip on their shoulder whenever it suits their political purpose?
Two decades on from Garner’s intelligent book, how far has feminism really come if our first female Prime Minister uses confected outrage to launch a dishonourable gender war?… Gillard’s gender war is being mapped out by a politically savvy man, John McTernan, the PM’s communications chief, to win the next election. Despite her eagerness to play the gender card, Australia’s first female PM is a role model for nothing more than a politician who chases power at any price and will do whatever it takes to keep it.

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Chinese puzzle: cold helps stop the world warming

Andrew BoltJANUARY232013(5:46am)

Good news and bad news for global warming alarmists - although the combination will do in their heads:
China’s coldest winter in 28 years curbed its domestic production of iron ore, according to a Jan. 10 report from Credit Suisse Group AG...
The good news for alarmists: the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases has suffered a cut in the production of iron ore, the smelting of which releases huge amounts of carbon dioxide. So this will help stop the world from heating so fast.
Bad news for alarmists:  in fact, far from heating so fast, China has been plunged into bitter cold, forcing a cut in the production of iron ore.
Square that circle.
(Thanks to reader Bob.)

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The tyranny of tender feelings and the war on free speech

Andrew BoltJANUARY232013(5:40am)

Put it all together, and Labor is presiding over the greatest assault on Australians’ free speech in our lives: 
- it has held an inquiry into what the Greens dubbed the “hate media” - particularly critics of the government
- it is promising new privacy rules affecting the media
- it is threatening new laws to control who owns the media - a response to conservatives such as Gina Rinehart buying into media assets
- it is considering tough new laws to regulate “bias” and reporting, applying tougher controls - back by threats of jail - on everything from big newspapers to even small blogs.
- it has punished News Ltd for its critical coverage by twice over-ruling the decision of an independent panel to award News the tender for the Australia Network.
- it proposed new workplace laws that make it easier for workers to sue their bosses if they’ve had even their political views or social origin offended by something said or done.
- it has rejected calls to alter the Racial Discrimination Act even after it was used to ban columns that questioned how fair-skinned people with both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal ancestry identified only as Aboriginal.
- it has issued demands and threats to media executives in response to coverage of the Prime Minister’s involvement in the AWU scandal. Two senior journalists were subsequently sacked.
- it has privately warned at least one media boss that running conservative opinion was a hostile act
- it proposed a government-run internet filter
- it plans to save people’s phone and internet data for two years as a “crime fighting” measure - a big increase in the surveillance of what Australians say or write.
What Labor is doing is sinister. It’s sick.
Finally, finally Australians are starting to fight back.
Unfortunately, the exposure draft of the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012 ... defines discrimination in an inappropriate way. The definition incorporates a highly subjective test, requiring an affected party to merely show they felt harassed, offended, intimidated or insulted by another person’s conduct even if the conduct would not be considered discriminatory or offensive by a reasonable person. The absence of any objectivity would mean that a person could pursue a discrimination claim on the basis of that person’s feelings.
This is very significant as an employer’s conduct would be judged by the complainant’s reaction to that conduct, whether the reaction is reasonable or not. It would make it much easier to bring a claim and much harder for an employer to defend.
And, of course, the “victim” need only cry to make out a prima facie case that the employer is guilty:
Particularly concerning is that it introduces a shifting burden of proof, requiring the complainant to merely show a prima facie case, while requiring the employer to prove their conduct was justified.
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott is slowly finding his voice on freedom of speech:
“We do not need any additional restrictions on free speech in this country. I want to make that absolutely crystal clear,” he said while campaigning in Brisbane…
“The last thing we need is anything that shuts down legitimate debate in this country.”
Mr Abbott said the Government had been “hectoring” and “bullying” those who criticised it, including in the media.
The Liberals have seemed too scared to fight Labor hard on its stifling of dissent and attacks on free speech. It has too often offered qualified criticisms rather than lines in the sand. Such hemming and hawing suggests there is something to negotiate here - a deal to strike. It suggests also timidity and a fear of an inability to persuade.  It does not suggest fundamental principles being defended with here-I-stand passion.
I suggest this should change - and will.  Labor has overreached, thanks in part to the blundering of Attorney-General Nicola Roxon, in charged of the anti-discrimination bill. The opportunity now is to turn an almost certain retreat into a rout.
But whether Abbott dares go quite as far as he should to defend our right to speak and to hear whom we choose still remains to be seen. His upcoming Press Club speech could be a perfect opportunity to light the fire.
UPDATE
Shadow Attorney General George Brandis destroyed a typically hapless Parliamentary secretary Mark Dreyfus on 7.30 last night - but in doing so showed that it took the cover of the critics of the Left to help the Liberals go harder:
GEORGE BRANDIS: Well, Leigh, it simply isn’t the truth to say this is merely a consolidation of five existing Acts. This bill takes anti discrimination law way further than the existing law in a way that is much more invasive of people’s liberties of speech and conduct and if you don’t want to accept that from me, then that is exactly what Jim Spigelman, the Labor Party’s recently appointed chairman of the ABC, it’s what even Professor Gillian Triggs, the recently appointed head of the Australian Human Rights Commission, and indeed of all people Senator Christine Milne have themselves said.
The fact is that it is more than a consolidation, to use Mark’s words. It creates a new definition of what constitutes discrimination which includes to offend, or to insult. It identifies new categories of so-called protected attributes which were never part of the law before, including political opinion and social origins.
It extends the reach of this Act to areas of life where which were never reached by the existing five laws and on the most important issue in any of these cases, that is the question of purpose or intent, it creates a reverse onus of proof in all cases.
(Thanks to readers Hmm and Peter.)

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Not quite such a helpless victim

Andrew BoltJANUARY232013(5:21am)

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It’s strange that someone capable to smashing car windows with just a plastic milk crate at a Muslim riot was deemed too disabled to work:
HE has no trouble smashing police car windscreens with milk crates but it seems Muslim rioter Omar Halaby is not fit to work, receiving a $200-a-fortnight disability support pension.
The 19-year-old from Padstow last week escaped with a good-behaviour bond for his role in September’s violent Muslim protest in the CBD - partly because of remorse, his previous clean record and health issues he suffers that include sporting injuries and literacy problems…

In documents tendered to the Downing Centre Local Court, Legal Aid lawyer Sophie Edin said Halaby suffered from “certain disabilities” which had seen him claim the pension for the past three years."He has some physical problems in relation to some football accidents,” Ms Edin told the court. “He has literacy issues, a short attention span, things to that effect.”
 
On a disability pension since he was 16? For the trivial reasons given by his lawyer? Is that how easily hundreds of thousands of people can claim this handout from taxpayers?
Community Services Minister Jenny Macklin yesterday defended the eligibility criteria of the disability support pension, which can be paid up to a rate of $712 a fortnight, compared to the dole at $492…

About 820,000 people are on the disability pension, costing $15 billion a year, which is predicted to balloon to $16.9 billion by 2015-16.
More evidence today that the disability pension may be handed out too easily - not least to young Omar: 
While the taxpayer supports accused rioter Omar Halaby, he spruiks about terrorism and illegal drugs on his Facebook page – and even does the odd day’s work on a construction site, despite receiving a disability pension.
Now it is understood Community Services Minister Jenny Macklin will review the 19-year-old’s case after he bragged on the social network site about being employed.
The Padstow man, who was one of seven people charged for his role in last September’s Muslim riot in the CBD, claims to have learning and physical disabilities from a past football injury that prevent him gaining employment.
But The Daily Telegraph can reveal that, while Halaby is collecting a $200-a-week pension, he works as a sub-contractor on a construction site.
If Halaby’s pension is now being reviewed on the apparent grounds that he can and does work, after all, should not the light sentence be reviewed as well - given Halaby’s lawyer raised his disability in mitigation?
Some of the usual poor-us excuses made for him may have to be retracted, too:
Muslim community leader Keysar Trad said he was not aware of the nature of Halaby’s disability but claimed it was often difficult for Muslims to find employment, even if they were able-bodied.

“If you have any name that is Middle Eastern or Islamic, you’ll often find you don’t get past the interview stage,” Mr Trad said.

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No time to explain. Throw the "kids" in the back & let's go! ( ';')
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One Snafu .. Emily couldn't read .. -ed
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A win in court today for Gary the goat. A magistrate dismissing the fine he received for eating public grass.
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John Polson appears on Next Stop Hollywood with Craig Anderson tonight. Tune into ABC1 at 9:30pm.
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Marianne was sent to boarding school in Mexico to 'modify her behavior'. She claims she was dehumanized and her mom did nothing to stop it, but her mom insists the program saved Marianne's life! http://bitly.com/DRP122 — withYamna Melaliya.
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Omfg these things are awesome!!!! Free to hold and 100 baht to take a pic wif ur own camera. Two nights in a row couldn't resist paying to take fotos and polaroid was 200 baht. Couldn't resist again. Every other night they prolli know me as that dickhead that keeps holding it for a good minute then saying no to the foto. Mwuhahaha "they're so fluffy i wanna die!!!!" 
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