Saturday, March 23, 2013

Sat 23rd Mar Todays News


Happy birthday and many happy returns Stephen Tran andDanny BuTzka Georgiev. Born on the same day, across the years. But only Steve can successfully imitate Grumpy Cat
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SHINE ON

Tim Blair – Saturday, March 23, 2013 (3:37pm)

With Earth Hour almost upon us, Australians pledge their love for wind and solar and moonbeams and hugs:

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Great support you’ve got there, Earthians. As in previous years, the Hour of Power will offset this evening’s darkness through overwhelming force of light. Let the illumination begin at 8.30pm. Send shots of your electric defiance to trblair@ozemail.com.au.
(Via Waxing Gibberish)
UPDATE. It’s an Earth Hour miracle
Bosch said it will sell or shut down its heavily loss-making solar energy operations, the latest blow to the industry as Germany curbs green energy subsidies and cheap Chinese imports flood the market. 
UPDATE II. Earth Hour should be a blast in Britain: 
“We expect one of the coldest March weekends for years – perhaps since 1962 – with some places not seeing much above 0°C and wind chill making it feel like minus 5°C to minus 10°C.” 

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NEGOTIATE A BARGAIN

Tim Blair – Saturday, March 23, 2013 (3:35pm)

The ABC’s Rafael Epstein has brilliant neighbours:

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JULIA’S GREAT SKILL

Tim Blair – Saturday, March 23, 2013 (4:48am)

“Negotiation is your great skill, isn’t it?” the ABC’s John Doyle fawned during a January interview with the Prime Minister:



“Anyone who’s had any dealings with you, they say you’re a wonderful negotiator,” Doyle continued. “Where do these skills come from?” Excellent question, John. Since that interview, Julia Gillard has successfully:
• Negotiated the resignation of Nicola Roxon
• Negotiated the resignation of Chris Evans
• Negotiated the dumping of Trish Crossin
• Negotiated an end to Labor’s partnership with the Greens
• Negotiated a Labor-requested shunning in Western Australia
• Negotiated an uprising against her by senior Labor ministers
• Negotiated the sacking of Simon Crean

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Julia Gillard and advisor John McTernan conclude another day of peaceful consensus-building

• Negotiated the resignation of Martin Ferguson
• Negotiated the resignation of Chris Bowen
• Negotiated the resignation of Joel Fitzgibbon
• Negotiated the resignation of Richard Marles
• Negotiated the resignation of Janelle Saffin
• Negotiated the resignation of Ed Husic
• Negotiated the resignation of Kim Carr
• Negotiated a total collapse over media intrusion laws
• And she continues negotiating her way to electoral oblivion.

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PITCH CORRECTION

Tim Blair – Saturday, March 23, 2013 (4:34am)

The truth behind cricket’s most celebrated sledges.

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DARLING CLEMENTINE

Tim Blair – Saturday, March 23, 2013 (4:17am)

Columnist Clementine Ford:

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As you might guess from her casual vulgarity and political immaturity, Clementine writes for Fairfax’slovely ladypages, alongside the likes of Alecia Simmonds
Eating meat is associated with male power in its most vile and repugnant forms. 
It’s also healthy. And can deliver carbon cash.
(Via J.F. Beck)

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PURR FUR

Tim Blair – Saturday, March 23, 2013 (4:06am)

Fur is back, which is good, although certain pelts are still considered “disturbing”.
CAT UPDATE. Why wait until Earth Hour to begin your kitty incineration
An explosion at a suspected clandestine drug lab in Perth’s south-eastern suburbs has injured two people and a cat. 
CAT UPDATE II. If anyone cares to detonate this, please do so. It’s my sister’s cat, and it has a taste for blood. Mine.

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IF YOU CAN’T SAY ANYTHING NICE

Tim Blair – Saturday, March 23, 2013 (3:50am)

The ABC’s Pip Courtney reports from a cattle farming conference in the Northern Territory:

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Farmers tend to be a polite bunch.

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DRIVING GENES

Tim Blair – Saturday, March 23, 2013 (2:59am)

In 1972, my uncle Graeme taught me how to drive a manual car. It was a Datsun 1600, which I must have gotten into top gear, considering that this lesson took place on a Victorian highway.
Graeme never cared much for laws. In any case, the Datsun only ran at 80 or so horsepower, which any seven-year-old should be able to deal with. Some forty years later, here’s my niece Lauren about to take her first manual drive aboard a 320-horsepower Clown Shoe, which she handled brilliantly:

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Lauren made it into third gear on her very first run, although her steering method is profoundly unorthodox.

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KNOW YOUR ENEMY

Tim Blair – Saturday, March 23, 2013 (2:38am)

Ex-NSW Premier Kristina Keneally’s boy will go far:

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AND THEY DELIVER

Tim Blair – Saturday, March 23, 2013 (2:28am)

One of Louisiana’s finer dining establishments:

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The crab is outstanding. Also recommended for US gourmands:

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LOBBY REVEALED

Tim Blair – Saturday, March 23, 2013 (2:16am)

Florida, 2011:

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We could do with similarly-stickered trucks in Sydney. An increase in politeness might follow.

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NBN could double in cost and take 10 years more

Andrew BoltMARCH232013(1:55pm)

This should make you feel sick. The $37 billion the Gillard Government has bet on the NBN could soon seem small change:
On Thursday NBN Co ...  dropped its June 30 target of 341,000 premises connected to 190,000-220,000 premises, but the company maintains it is on track to complete the network in 2021 as planned.
Senior engineering lecturer at RMIT University, Mark Gregory, says he expects NBN Co to downgrade its targets even further before the end of the year, which would have flow-on effects for the overall project’s timing.
“If we continue down the path that we are going with external contractors doing the rollout, we’d expect [the rollout] could take five to 10 years longer than predicted,” Dr Gregory said.
We should expect it to cost anywhere between 50 to 100 per cent more than before.”
What a terrible, terrible waste of public money. Horrific.
(Thanks to reader Hmmm.)

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Fitzgibbon: union bosses have too much power over leadership

Andrew BoltMARCH232013(1:22pm)

Julia Gillard on the leadership showdown:
It’s over? Moving on? Someone forgot to tell Joel Fitzgibbon, who may have had to quit as Chief Whip but isn’t shutting up: 
Fitzgibbon on his Labor colleagues:
...unfortunately they decided to stick with the Prime Minister.
No denial there, either, of the proposition that the Prime Minister would rather lose the next election than step down.
Fitzgibbon adds that too many colleagues in the leadership confrontation are under the control of union bosses:
We’re still operating on a 100-year-old architecture in the Labor Party where many people are influenced by outside forces. They are not their own people. They’re influenced in what they do by other people and that has a big impact on leadership challenges… Some of these people are influenced by outside forces and that includes trade unions. 
UPDATE
And a Gillard supporter contemplates the consequence:
Special Minister of State Gary Gray spoke to Howard Sattler after Kevin Rudd decided against running for the leadership position and Julia Gillard was confirmed at Prime Minister by the Labor caucus. Mr Gray said if an election was called tomorrow he would lose his seat of Brand. 
(Thanks to readers Jules and CA.) 

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Parents are as parents do

Andrew BoltMARCH232013(12:30pm)

Black Steam Train is one of the most interesting - and brave - voices in Aboriginal Australia. Beyond that, actually, because he is more than just some “racial” representative.
Read his latest post, on his adoptive parents::
Mum and Dad did all of this on a tight budget, and I watched them both go without time and time again to make sure each and every one of us had what we needed first.  Dad worked long hours as a pump jockey, and never complained.  I remember one day he had an accident at work and burnt his leg quite badly with LPG gas, but he refused to even take the afternoon off work, hopping around on one leg to fill other peoples cars with petrol because he had 12 hungry kids to feed.  Mum was a financial wizard who knew where to find the best bargains and stretched Dads pay packet out to get value from every cent. We never went hungry, we always had a warm bed to sleep in, and there was always a hug and the door was always open.
But it wasn’t always sunshine and roses.
Two white people and a large brood of black kids tend to stand out.  Often for all the wrong reasons.  I don’t know how we came onto their radar, but after finding out about us, one of the local Aboriginal organisations began making noise about our situation.  They were unhappy that white people were fostering Aboriginal children, and wanted us removed from their care.  We were reported to Welfare, but thankfully the world wasn’t yet gripped by Stolen Generation hysteria, and when they found us to be well fed, clean and healthy, wanting to stay and very much loved, they had no grounds to remove us.  This didn’t stop the cycle repeating several times over, and by the time I was in my teens, Mum had a thick folder full of letters from Welfare - all typed up on blue paper - all the result of people who cared not for our situation or our welfare, but were simply horrified that the people providing exceptional care to us were, shock horror, white.

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Not tough but selfish

Andrew BoltMARCH232013(7:43am)

We have heard much in recent times about Gillard’s toughness. Friend and foe acknowledge the remarkable emotional strength that has enabled her to withstand the enervating pressures of minority government and the intense and unrelenting attacks that she has endured from opponents inside and outside her party.
But it is time to recognise that toughness not as a virtue but as a terrible flaw, an obstinacy that has encouraged Gillard to defy the harsh reality that her leadership has lost authority and that she is driving the Labor Party inexorably towards disaster.

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Does Crean still think “gutless” Rudd should be PM?

Andrew BoltMARCH232013(7:29am)

Don’t think replacing Julia Gillard with Kevin Rudd will do that much to improve Labor unity.
On Thursday, Simon Crean wanted Rudd to be Prime Minister and triggered the spill of leadership positions. But Rudd didn’t stand, claiming he didn’t want to break his promise not to challenge and that Crean was on a frolic of his own:
Mr Crean [described] Mr Rudd’s key support group as ‘’disorganised, unbelievable and shameless’’…
“He reneged on our deal, it was gutless,” Mr Crean said. “At no stage did they say to me that Rudd wouldn’t run if he didn’t have the numbers.”
UPDATE
Rudd, in return, leaks the email he sent Crean hours before Crean called for a spill and urged Rudd to stand. He wants to demonstrate that Crean indeed took matters into his own hands:
“Gidday Simon. I’m told you saw the PM last night,” the message, believed to have been sent at 9.20am, reads. “If that’s so and if it in anyway touches the leadership, and if you are making any public comments, please give me a call beforehand. My position is as before. All the best. Kevin.”

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Ferguson shames the government by quitting

Andrew BoltMARCH232013(7:17am)

Julia Gillard’s purge was followed by a resignation that should sting:
Ferguson has repeated, with more force, the critique of the Gillard government made by his friend and former leader, Simon Crean, now sacked by Gillard.
Unlike other ministers, Ferguson did not have to resign yesterday… Gillard was not planning to sack Ferguson in the same way that she feels other Rudd backers must resign or be removed because of their active de-stabilisation.
Ferguson says Labor must change in order to “govern for all Australians”, that it must reclaim the Hawke-Keating model, that the “class war that started with the mining dispute of 2010 must stop,” that the recent media package reveals a “debacle” in cabinet process and that the current dealings between the government and the unions are on the wrong basis.
All of that right, of course, as others agree
Testimonials flowed from industry lobby groups yesterday, with Minerals Council of Australia acting head John Kunkel saying: “He grasped that effective government is primarily about providing a framework for long-term growth and prosperity, not about fomenting conflict and class war.”
Kevin Rudd said: “His words of wisdom I think we should all listen carefully to. The Hawke-Keating period took the (party) from a political industrial model frankly of the 50s, into one which has . . . set us up for the future.”
The departure of Simon Crean, Chris Bowen and Martin Ferguson deprives Labor of some of its wisest heads and leaves a largely compliant cabinet led by a weakened Prime Minister.
The departure from the Gillard government of Simon Crean, the last minister from a successful Labor government; Martin Ferguson, the only senior minister admired by business; and Chris Bowen, earmarked as a future leader, represents a narrowing of the arteries in the government’s sclerotic heart.
Cabinet minister Mark Butler, another Rudd supporter, was last night refusing to budge but sources close to the Prime Minister warned he could be dumped if he didn’t.
THE departure of Martin Ferguson turns a week of farce into one of serious concern. For the adult has now left the room. The only adult. Obviously, the cabinet room.
Simply if brutally, now that he’s gone, there will be no restraining force on the Gillard government’s expanding war on business. A war which is being driven by an erratic combination of ideological malice and, the most common, the always-with-humanity stupidity.
Plus, of course, the fact that we have as a prime minister someone whose survival, literally day to day, has been hostage, totally hostage—and now is even more hostage, notwithstanding the meaningless pledges from Kevin Rudd—to not just the union movement more generally, but to one union, the AWU, and indeed one unionist, the all too young Paul Howes, so arrogant in his ignorance…
Now the list of anti-business behaviour and decisions of the government just continues to grow. From the carbon and mining taxes, through the increasing number of specifically union-favourable (as opposed to worker-favourable) moves to take us back to an even pre-Keating 1980s industrial relations future.
They reached something of an apotheosis in the proposed amendments to the (Gillard’s own) Fair Work Act.
The two critically disastrous—and revealing—proposals were to bring back compulsory arbitration and to give unions the right of entry to workplaces. 

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How the Guardian imagines Gillard’s Australia

Andrew BoltMARCH232013(6:59am)

The Guardian last month announced a new push to cater for Left-wing readers in Australia:
Guardian Australia, which will launch in the coming weeks, will build on the lively commentary, on-the-ground reporting and ground-breaking open journalism that, with 1.3 million unique users already, has made Australia the Guardian’s fourth largest market.
And to please those readers it presents a version of Australia that would thrill them, were it only true. Observe Paola Totaro, former writer for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Ageand a dual Walkley Award finalist, at work:
Aussie voters happily travel with more money in their pockets than ever before, and still they grouch about wavering national confidence, or rail against the couple of hundred sad souls who land on their shores seeking asylum
Couple of hundred? Try more than 17,000 a year.
Totaro goes on, describing a country she seems to have remembered from John Howard’s time:
And all the while, Australia’s government debt has been chipped at: surpluses have been delivered and real money squirrelled away to tide the nation through bad times.
Surpluses? Not in years. Yet on she goes:
government budgetary surplus of up to 2% of GDP? Surely, that in itself should deliver government on its own. But not in Oz.
Astonishing. The Government is in fact on track to deliver yet another deficit.
Totaro’s piece still contains the howler on boat people, but has now carries this amendment:
• This article was amended on 22 March 2013. It previously referred to asylum seekers arriving “illegally” – that word has been removed. It also moved an incorrect reference to a 2% budget surplus. A sentence which implied that yesterday’s attempt to remove Gillard was instigated by Kevin Rudd has been amended to clarify that it is the third attempt by either himself or his supporters to do so.
(Via Tim Blair and various readers.)

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Why is Julia Gillard getting herself photographed with children? This is such a lame thing to do!Just like kissing babies. She's done that too. Like a wolf kissing a lamb!
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you have to take it to god - ed
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4 her, so she can see how she looks through my eyes
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Remember to keep your lights on this evening for Human Achievement Hour tonight.
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DID YOU KNOW?
What IS The Main Ingredient of WD-40?
Before you read to the end, does anybody know what the main ingredient of WD-40?
No Cheating.....

WD-40 ~ Who knew!

I had a neighbor who bought a new pickup.
I got up very early one Sunday morning and saw that someone had spray painted red all around the sides of this beige truck (for some unknown reason).
I went over, woke him up, and told him the bad news.
He was very upset and was trying to figure out what to do....
probably nothing until Monday morning, since nothing was open.
Another neighbor came out and told him to get his WD-40 and clean it off.
It removed the unwanted paint beautifully and did not harm his paint job that was on the truck. I was impressed!

WD-40 who knew?
"Water Displacement #40".
The product began from a search for a rust preventative solvent and degreaser to protect missile parts.
WD-40 was created in 1953, by three technicians at the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company.
Its name comes from the project that was to find a 'Water Displacement' Compound.
They were finally successful for a formulation, with their fortieth attempt, thus WD-40.
The 'Convair Company' bought it in bulk to protect their atlas missile parts.
Ken East (one of the original founders) says there is nothing in WD-40 that would hurt you.
When you read the 'shower door' part, try it.
It's the first thing that has ever cleaned that spotty shower door.
If yours is plastic, it works just as well as on glass.
It's a miracle!
Then try it on your stovetop.
It's now shinier than it's ever been.
You'll be amazed.


WD-40 Uses:
1. Protects silver from tarnishing.
2. Removes road tar and grime from cars.
3. Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.
4. Gives floor that 'just-waxed' sheen without making them slippery.
5. Keeps the flies off of Cows, Horses, and other Farm Critters, as well. (Ya gotta love this one!!!)
6. Restores and cleans chalkboards.
7. Removes lipstick stains.
8. Loosens stubborn zippers.
9. Untangles jewelry chains.
10. Removes stains from stainless steel sinks.
11. Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill.
12. Keeps ceramic / terracotta garden pots from oxidizing.
13. Removes tomato stains from clothing.
14. Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots.
15. Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors.
16. Keeps scissors working smoothly.
17. Lubricates noisy door hinges on both home and vehicles doors.
18. It removes that nasty tar and scuff marks from the kitchen flooring.
It doesn't seem to harm the finish and you won't have to scrub nearly as hard to get them off.
Just remember to open some windows if you have a lot of marks.
19. Remove those nasty Bug guts that will eat away the finish on your car if not removed quickly!
20. Gives a children's playground gym slide a shine for a super fast slide.
21. Lubricates gearshift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on riding mowers...
22. Rids kids rocking chair and swings of squeaky noises.
23. Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open.
24. Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close.
25. Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers.
26. Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.
27. Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans.
28. Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles for easy handling.
29. Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly.
30. Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.
31. Removes grease splatters from stovetops.
32. Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging.
33. Lubricates prosthetic limbs.
34. Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell).
35. Removes all traces of duct tape.
36. Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis pain.
37. Florida's favorite use is: 'cleans and removes love bugs from grills and bumpers.'
38. The favorite use in the state of New York, it protects the Statue of Liberty from the elements.
39. WD-40 attracts fish. Spray a little on live bait or lures and you will be catching the big one in no time. Also, it's a lot cheaper than the chemical attractants that are made for just that purpose.
Keep in mind though, using some chemical laced baits or lures for fishing are not allowed in some states.
40. Use it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately and stops the itch.
41. It is great for removing crayon from walls. Spray it on the marks and wipe with a clean rag.
42. Also, if you've discovered that your teenage daughter has washed and dried a tube of lipstick with a load of laundry, saturate the lipstick spots with WD-40 and rewash. Presto! The lipstick is gone!
43. If you spray it inside a wet distributor cap, it will displace the moisture, allowing the engine to start.

P.S.
As for that Basic, Main Ingredient.......
Well.... it's FISH OIL....
Who would have guessed ? ? ?

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Jesus (Diogo Morgado) healing the sick in tomorrow night's episode of The Bible!
We're excited for Sunday's all-new episode of The Bible Series! LIKE and SHARE if you're tuning in!
In chapters 8 and 9 of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus
focuses on healing the sick and planting faith in his young disciples. 
In Ch. 8:1-17, Jesus heals many kinds of sick people. Jesus heals a man with leprosy (1-4). Jesus heals a centurion's servant (5-13). Jesus heals Peter's wife's mother (14,15). Jesus heals many who were brought to the doors at sunset (16,17). Matthew prayerfully records Jesus' healing ministry, emphasizing the healing power of Jesus' word.
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North Korea enjoying Earth Hour,

8,688 hours a year
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Easter Quiz
How well do you remember Biblical accounts of Jesus' resurrection? Test your Easter knowledge!

TAKE THE QUIZ ►http://r.beliefnet.com/EasterQuizILJO
 
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Give voice to God’s Word by speaking it out loud and see your enemies scatter! Check out today's devotional. Be sure to click "like" to help spread the word! Thanks, all!http://bit.ly/ZHaAty
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The best response we can give to God is that of a child’s—you might not know why certain things are happening in your life, but you know that your Daddy will take care of everything.
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