Wednesday, March 13, 2013

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Happy birthday and many happy returns Toni Shouse Woroniak a compelling artist whose birthday falls on the day a compelling artist William Herschell discovered Uranus in his garden in Bath. True, and cleaner than it sounds.
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Lift in political debate overdue

Piers Akerman – Wednesday, March 13, 2013 (2:09am)

LABOR MPs should be ashamed that it took a Nationals MP to address the vicious personal attacks that are increasingly made on Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
Perhaps they were reluctant to speak out because they knew that their ugly campaign against Opposition leader Tony Abbott and their own savage infighting had lowered political discourse to an unprecedented level.
Not a single Labor MP questioned Gillard’s own highly personal mendacious misogynist slurs even though a number of courageous feminists including firebrand Eva Cox declared her charges were baseless.
Victorian Nationals MP Darren Chester’s call for a more rational and dignified political debate is overdue.
“I am disturbed by the tone of the political debate and the increasingly personal nature of the attacks on our PM,” he said.
He should have mentioned the attacks on Abbott but perhaps he figured Abbott could look after himself.
“I believe we need to lay off the PM,” he said. “It’s not Australian to continue to comment in a vicious and personal nature about the Prime Minister.”
Chester said members of parliament must show the way, by focusing on policies not personalities.
“I think we need to focus on the policies and I think the Australian people can learn a lot more about a dignified debate. People in this place have to lead the way,” he said.
Chester said some of the comments about Ms Gillard made by members of the public were the sort of things people wouldn’t like said about their mothers or sisters.
He said the office of prime minister should command more respect.
Tony Abbott blamed Labor MPs for the attacks on Ms Gillard.
“The only attacks on the Prime Minister at this time are coming only from her colleagues,” he told reporters.
“We have a government focused on surviving, not focused on governing.”
Last year, a small number of posters on this site attempted to use “bitch” in their submissions. While it is possible to beat any system, the word was filtered out for the most part.
“Ju-liar” has been common, and while it does accurately capture Gillard’s tone and perhaps the manner in which she has lied to the electorate, it is not particularly elegant.
“Witch” is another descriptor which has been worked over.
While it is appreciated that not all those who wish to express their views may be as eloquent as Labor Minister Greg Combet who characterised Abbott as “Australia’s bull-shit artist”, for which he was not rebuked, it is to be hoped that a greater civility is exercised as the pre-election temperature increases.
Having the longest election campaign in the nation’s history will not help, but blame Gillard for that without resorting to gutter language.
Chester must be an optimist in suggesting that MPs can improve their game, particularly as Labor MPs have led the race to the bottom.
The few offenders who poste here might like to consider whether they, too, might lift their game. 

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Labor can’t handle the truth

Miranda Devine – Tuesday, March 12, 2013 (8:25pm)

IS there anything this government will not tamper with? 

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Journalism professor welcomes muzzle

Andrew BoltMARCH132013(7:49pm)

Utterly astonishing.
An academic dismisses free speech and a free press as mere a concern of the “self interested”, whom he compares to dogs: 
Self-interested critics have been incessantly arguing the media regulation plans are designed to shutdown a hostile media and are an attack on free speech. Andrew Bolt chews at this issue like a dog after its own fleas. 
What makes this academic’s airy dismissal even more extraordinary is that he doesn’t include himself as one with a self interest in free speech:
Martin Hirst
Martin Hirst is a member of the journalists’ union, the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance.
Witness how debased is our culture that even media professors cheer the muzzles put on the “dogs” of the press.
Hirst shames his profession as an academic and journalist. In my opinion, if I may still hold one.

UPDATE
Yet when the US Government allegedly puts Hirst on its watch list for being such a vehement opponent of its war on terror, hear him complain about then “trying to shut me up”:
Free speech for him, but not for you.
Is he is of the far Left, by any chance? A Trot?

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Get their hands off our throats

Andrew BoltMARCH132013(5:36pm)

 Free speech
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News Ltd boss Kim Williams sounds the alarm while it’s still legal: 
The Daily Telegraph fights back while it’s still free: 
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Communications Minister Stephen Conroy yesterday announced a new proposed statutory position of Public Interest Media Advocate, among a raft of changes the government will attempt to ram through parliament by the end of next week.

The advocate would oversee the Press Council, the main vehicle for complaints about the print media, and could take back exemptions from privacy laws afforded to journalists to report valid news stories if the advocate deemed a breach of standards.
Communications Minister Stephen Conroy does double speak on Lateline last night: 
STEPHEN CONROY: What’s a sad day for democracy is the continued erosion of diversity of opinion. And nobody wants to see a further concentration of opinion and ownership is a vital factor in the diversity of opinion.
Don’t be fooled. What Conroy wants is not more diversity of opinion but less.
Where on earth is the evidence of a lack of diversity of opinion? For opinions of the Left, there is the gigantic ABC, The Age, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Courier Mail, various columnists in News Ltd (Phillip Adams, David Penberthy, Malcolm Farr, Susie O’Brien etc), Crikey, ArenaThe Green Left WeeklyThe Conversation, Sky News, the Global MailThe Project, and so many other radio and Internet outlets, from Mamamia to GetUp.
For conservatives and Right-wingers there are various News Ltd columnists, The Australian, 2GB, Chris Kenny on Sky News, QuadrantThe Bolt Report on Channel 10, Michael Smith News, my blog and some other outlets on radio and the Internet.
Where is this “erosion”?
Here are hints of the real problem, several drawn from Conroy’s unwittingly revealing interview last night on Lateline.
First, Conroy has already called an inquiry into what the Greens insisted was the “hate media” - an inquiry that focused on News Ltd and journalists reporting on climate change from a sceptical position.  (Conroy really does believe there’s a News Ltd plot against the Gillard Government.)
Second, Conroy intervened to block News Ltd’s winning tender of the Australia Network, giving it back to the more friendly ABC.
Third, Conroy in this election year handed the ABC $10 million for news coverage.
Fourth, Conroy on Lateline cited as a benefit of the $37 billion NBN he’s building the ability to help Crikey, a hard-Left website:
I’m a huge supporter in trying to bring the National Broadband Network, which will allow all of those digital voices to come into people’s homes, but we’re not yet at the stage where Crikey, probably the most well-known blog/subscription model, actually only has about 15,000 customers.
Fifth, Conroy in citing the need for tougher rules against journalists just two examples of alleged error and bias that - surprise! - involve reports critical of the Gillard Government:
I think my colleague Anthony Albanese recently had an experience where a news report went to air on the nightly 6 o’clock news, he put in a complaint to the ACMA. He was upheld completely. All of the points made in the program were wrong....
I myself had an experience where someone complained about the Daily Telegraph’s reporting of the National Broadband Network. And they made three complaints. All of them were upheld by the Press Council. And they were ordered to - by the Press Council, the Daily Telegraph, to correct it prior to Christmas a couple of Christmases ago, and not only didn’t they comply with that, they waited until 27th December and they put it on I think about page 42 in tiny print.
Sixth, in saying on Lateline laws were needed for more diversity of opinion, he in the next breath mentioned News Ltd as an opponent: 
So it will be a sad day for democracy if there was a further reduction in the diversity of opinion. So, News Limited have at times been quite hysterical about this.
And, seventh, I know Conroy has threatened a media organisation about giving me a platform, and also know how another media organisation has seen his threats of controls as threats meant to make their coverage more government friendly.
No one, but no one, should doubt that however Conroy dresses up these changes, they are an assault against the freedom of journalists to say what they think, and against the freedom of the public to hear whom they want.
It is astonishing - revolting - that such attacks on free speech should be launched in Australia today.
Crikey.com.au and the plethora of blogs that aggregate content created elsewhere would not be regarded as significant media organisations under proposed new media laws unveiled yesterday by the federal government.
UPDATE
The IPA’s Chris Berg explains Conroy’s changes - giving government and its “independent” bureaucrats more control over what you are allowed to read and hear: 
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Mr Turnbull said appointing a government official to check on the press was a way to “bully the media” and a public interest test on ownership would also lead to political influence over the sector.
“I have no doubt that we would seek to repeal any sort of public interest test on media takeovers,” he said.
The statutory press oversight would also be repealed.
“I do not see why there should be a government official, a public official, a bureaucrat no doubt, overseeing the Australian media,” Mr Turnbull said.
“The press, now writ large courtesy of the internet, has always been free subject to the laws of defamation and contempt of court and so forth. And it should remain free. We should be enjoying more freedom, not less.”
ALL politicians are self-interested. But few are as shameless as Communications Minister Stephen Conroy.
His proposed “media reforms” may be a thinly veiled response to a technologically driven changing media landscape, but we all know their real purpose: to punish and rein in the federal government’s critics in the media…

Conroy has been egged on by Labor backbenchers and the Greens for months about the evils of media companies such as News Limited, publisher of The Australian. Former Greens leader Bob Brown famously dubbed News as part of the “hate media” and called for licensing for newspaper proprietors. Current Greens leader Christine Milne called for a “fit and proper test” so the government could control who invested in the media.
In November 2011 Labor senator Doug Cameron said reporting in News Limited paper The Daily Telegraph that Kevin Rudd might challenge for leadership of the ALP amounted to a “threat to democracy”. Of course, when Rudd did challenge less than six months later, Cameron was among his number-crunchers.

Steve Gibbons, another Labor backbencher, even called for individual journalists to receive fines to improve the “fairness of our media”.

Conroy has finally delivered in spades for the most deranged critics of the media.
UPDATE
I like Rinehart and do not understand the legal argument here, but this is not a good look for someone on the board of the company employing the journalist:
Mrs Rinehart, the chairman of Hancock Prospecting, has served a subpoena demanding Adele Ferguson hand over notes of conversations she had with Mrs Rinehart’s son, John Hancock.
Ms Ferguson, author of an unauthorised biography of Mrs Rinehart, has until March 29 to provide “emails, text messages, notebooks and any recordings of interviews that may have been made” in relation to conversations the journalist had with Mr Hancock dating back to September 2011, Fairfax reports.
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Rinehart’s lawyers says the report is sensationalist and inaccurate: 
Ms Ferguson is, like many people are every day, the recipient of a subpoena as a third party with information relevant to legal proceedings on foot.  The subpoena process is an integral part of the civil justice system, permitting litigants to seek information from third parties that is relevant to existing proceedings.  The media is not excused from this integral part of the justice system.
In Ms Ferguson’s case she has had extensive conversations with Mr John Hancock in her capacity as an author commissioned, we understand, by Fairfax and more recently as a Fairfax journalist.  No one is seeking to force her to reveal her source.  That source is acknowledged by Ms Ferguson as being Mr Hancock, who has been extensively quoted by her. Ms Ferguson sought and published information from Mr Hancock despite acknowledging in her book (at page 379) Mr Hancock’s “agreement not to speak to the media.”
The contents of Mr Hancock’s communications to Ms Ferguson are relevant to the conduct of an arbitration the details of which are confidential.  Any documents produced by Ms Ferguson under the subpoena to the arbitrator will also remain confidential.
(Thanks to readers Susan and Peter. Image via Catallaxy.) 

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How boring is global warming now?

Andrew BoltMARCH132013(5:29pm)

Warmist epic ‘Greedy Lying Bastards’ bombs at the box office 
Earns just $45,000.00 nationwide on opening weekend – film cost $1.5 million to make
“Greedy Lying Bastards” investigates the reason behind stalled efforts to tackle climate change despite consensus in the scientific community that it is not only a reality but also a growing problem placing us on the brink of disaster. The film details the people and organizations casting doubt on climate science and claims that greenhouse gases are not affected by human behavior. From the Koch Brothers to ExxonMobil, to oil industry front groups, to prominent politicians and Justices, this provocative exposé unravels the layers of deceit threatening democracy and the ability for future generations to survive on planet earth.

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Five boats in a week. UPDATE: Morrison says he’ll cut to three a year

Andrew BoltMARCH132013(5:23pm)

 Boat people policy
12 March 2013 - Border Protection Command intercepts vessel
10 March 2013 - Border Protection Command intercepts vessel
9 March 2013 - Border Protection Command assists vessel
8 March 2013 - Border Protection Command intercepts vessel
5 March 2013 - Border Protection Command assists vessel
Oops. This one’s not on the Minister’s list:
A distressed boat carrying 103 would-be refugees and two crew was also intercepted on Sunday north of Christmas Island.
So nearly 300.
UPDATE
On 2GB tonight, Coalition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison told me what his “stop the boats” promise means. He tells me it is to cut boat arrivals to the Howard era levels within the next term.
When I pressed him on whether this means three boats a year on average, as we saw under Howard, he agreed. The audio up soon here.

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NT has new leader - first Indigenous Chief Minister

Andrew BoltMARCH132013(4:36pm)

Liberal leaders falling like ninepins. Now it’s Northern Territory Chief Minister Terry Mills, thrown out by his party in favor of Adam Giles, the first Indigenous leader of a state or territory.
Good luck to him.
But it’s an ugly look - toppling the Chief Minister while he’s overseas, signing deals for the NT. Yuck. Three ministers weren’t even at the leadership meeting.

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Williams: “how dare Conroy”

Andrew BoltMARCH132013(4:19pm)

 Free speech
News Ltd head Kim Williams (yes, my boss) gets it said about the Gillard Government’s outrageous assault on free speech.

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Quiggin has a carbon tax to make you decommodify

Andrew BoltMARCH132013(9:53am)

Why was Professor John Quiggin appointed to the Gillard Government’s Climate Change Authority to give “expert” advice on the carbon tax and other warmist policies?
It’s not just his ignorance of the effect of government policies on global temperatures(effectively zero) that should exclude him. There’s also his ideology, which shakes faith in how he’ll use his new power.

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Muslim hate-conference collapsing

Andrew BoltMARCH132013(9:11am)

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What was billed as Australia’s biggest Muslim conference - allegedly starring a parade of star speakers, including bigots and extremists - is collapsing into farce and claims of deceit.
Razvi talks big, and none of the overseas speakers he claimed in December he had asked is yet listed in the conference schedule.
But even I didn’t realise just how big this man talked. An observer I cannot identify notes the highest profile speaker advertised - the Imam of Mecca’s Grand Mosque who has called for the “annihilation” of Jews - has no intention of coming: 
A friend of mine who was born and grew up in Mecca and who personally knows ‘the Imam of Makkah’ just contacted Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais’ office in Saudi Arabia. The office confirmed that “the Sheikh is currently in Saudi Arabia and has no plans to travel out of the country in the next week.” So Al-Sudais is definitely not coming to Australia for the IREA Peace Conference.
A notice placed on the web confirmed his non-attendance: 
Community Awareness Notice about so Called Islamic Peace Conference 2013 by IREA

Imam Kabbah Sheikh Sudais is not coming to Melbourne on IREA Peace Conference in March 2013.
I announce this with great pain and sorrow that the person named Wasim Razvi is holding fund raising dinners and programs in Melbourne and collecting thousands of dollars from the community in the name of Imam Kabbah Sheikh Sudais visit to Melbourne.
One of the Muslim community senior Representative has today spoken to Mr. Suleman (Dawah Department) of Saudi Embassy in Canberra. Mr Suleiman has told that he is not aware of any visit of Sheikh Sudais Imam of Kabbah to Melbourne on IREA so called Peace Conference. Mr Suleiman forwarded the call to Saudi Ambassador Office and even the ambassador replied that there is no confirmation or answer from Imam Kabbah office that he is coming to Melbourne even though there is only few days left in the conference.
Everyone in the community knows that Wasim Razvi has confirmed this in several gatherings that Imam Sudais has confirmed his attendance for Melbourne Islamic Peace Conference.
From Immigration Minister Brendan O’Connor to Opposition spokesman Scott Morrison:
Thank you for your letter of 12 December 2012 to the former Minister, the Hon Chris Bowen MP, regarding the proposed visit to Australia by Dr al-Sudais. I can confirm that Dr al-Sudais has not lodged a visa application.

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How to invent a scare over foreign workers

Andrew BoltMARCH132013(9:02am)

Now even with increased labour force participation and increased skills we will need skilled migration. I believe we’ve got the visa settings right particularly with short term 457 visas.
We inherited from the previous government a 457 temporary foreign worker visa program that was totally out of control, and every step of the way we have been putting in place new conditions to crack down on the rorts… I also understand that there are too many times when people have got the skills to get the job and they don’t get the job.

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Global warming causes scrotum shortage

Andrew BoltMARCH132013(8:49am)

The extreme rainfall during the 2012/2013 Australian summer, like all the other extreme weather events, occurred in a warmer and moister climate system compared to 50 years ago. Extreme rainfall is consistent with the type of events scientists expect to see more often in a warming climate.
Large kangaroo scrotums are in short supply for a souvenir-making taxidermist after the continuing rain drove kangaroos beyond the range of shooters.
(Thanks to reader Waxing Gibberish.)

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Where are the Fukushima alarmists now?

Andrew BoltMARCH132013(8:36am)

Remember the disgraceful scaremongering over Fukushima, with Helen Caldicott (above) even warning Japan could become “uninhabitable”?
First, let’s ask Crikey writer Guy Rundle to show us his dead Fukushima pilots, stripped of flesh.
Rundle is the alarmist who wrote: “As I write, the Japanese are conducting direct overflies to try and control the continuing damage most likely a suicide mission for the pilots and crew…
“The Japanese crews will slough their skin and muscles, and bleed out internally under the full glare of the world’s media.”
Then let’s have veteran nuclear hysteric Helen Caldicott, who warned on 3AW that the Fukushima reactor could blow (a scenario ruled out by nuclear experts).
This, she wailed, meant “hundreds of thousands of Japanese will be dying within two weeks of acute radiation illness”, with countless more later suffering an “epidemic” of cancers.
Explain yourself, Helen.
Next let’s have Dr Tilman Ruff, actually a Nossal Institute infectious diseases expert and long-time anti-nuclear activist, who wildly claimed “we might be looking at a Chernobyl-type disaster or worse” and hungrily described the many ways people could get sick from the fallout that never really came.
Such alarmists and more were given a red carpet entree into the news rooms of almost every big news organisation in the land back when fear sold.
Now:
And what of the lasting threat from radiation? Remarkably, outside the immediate area of Fukushima, this is hardly a problem at all. Although the crippled nuclear reactors themselves still pose a danger, no one, including personnel who worked in the buildings, died from radiation exposure. Most experts agree that future health risks from the released radiation, notably radioactive iodine-131 and cesiums-134 and – 137, are extremely small and likely to be undetectable.
Even considering the upper boundary of estimated effects, there is unlikely to be any detectable increase in cancers in Japan, Asia or the world except close to the facility, according to a World Health Organization report. There will almost certainly be no increase in birth defects or genetic abnormalities from radiation.

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Eight years of cooling means little. But who knew of it?

Andrew BoltMARCH132013(8:31am)

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I’m not keen on short term trends at all, they have a habit of flicking in and out of statistical significance with each month’s new data, or even switching from cooling to warming. But for what it’s worth, and only time will tell, perhaps the world entered the downswing of the PDO cycle in temperatures circa 2005.

If the world was entering a gently cooling phase, this is what it would look like..
The cooling for the last eight years is statistically significant in 4 of the 5 major air temperature datasets. One, UAH, shows a small (statistically insignificant) rise since 2005.

And here’s the political point: how many of the policy makers, the media, or the public are even aware of the current trend? Approximately no one. I’ll bet even most skeptics didn’t know it.
(Thanks to reader Rocky.) 

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Have the right opinion? Three minutes to showtime

Andrew BoltMARCH132013(12:19am)

Too easy, and more illuminating than the actual “real” interview:
Jasmine Vanmidde told the Seven Network program that she was Jasmine Frost, a young woman harassed by Facebeef, a group of online trolls led by Australian youths Tristan Barker and Lewis Spears.
But after the program aired last night, Ms Vanmidde appeared alongside Mr Spears, aka Nebz Adlay, bragging that she had fooled them.
“And all it took was an email entitled ‘Tristan Barker cyberbullied me’ and then a three minute phone call,” Ms Vanmidde said.
“When in reality I’m a member of the Facebeef team and have been so for the better part of a year.”
The interview with Ms Vanmidde ran during an extended story about cyberbully Barker, who spoke to reporter David Eccleston before slapping him hard in the face without warning.
Don’t click if bad language offends: 


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The one poll that saves Gillard

Andrew BoltMARCH132013(12:01am)

Newspoll may have saved Julia Gillard this week by showing a remarkable recovery in Labor’s vote - with Labor 48 per cent to the Coalition 52.
How slavishly so many people - especially Labor - follow this poll above all others.
See, the Morgan Poll yesterday said the split was in fact Labor 42.5 per cent to the Coalition 57.5.
Essential Media on Monday said it was Labor 45 per cent to the Coalition 55.
Galaxy on Sunday said it was Labor 45 per cent to the Coalition 55.
Yet the Newspoll result, a clear outlier, determines Labor’s reaction.
Curious. But the Liberals will be glad if it means Gillard hangs on.
UPDATE
Reader TdeF:
Why not add them up and get a huge sample?
Newspoll 1200 polled, 48 52
Morgan 4627, 42.5 57.5
Essential 1948, 45 55
Galaxy 1010, 45 55

Total 8785 polled, Labor 44.1, Coalition 55.9
Of course it is dominated by the huge Morgan poll but the statistical error drops from 5% for Newpolls to 1%.

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Guy thinks he is jumping in a puddle, but actually..
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Addressing Australian Tamils outside of Parliament today with the Hon Phillip Ruddock, the Father of the House.

We are fortunate in the Liberal Party to have someone of Mr Ruddock’s great experience in Parliament to give guidance and advice to new members such as myself.
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LABOR ……. A DANGER TO OUR ECONOMY & A DANGER TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH

“This government will go down in history as the first Australian government outside of wartime to attack freedom of speech by seeking to introduce a regime which effectively institutes government sanctioned journalism." 
News Limited CEO Kim Williams 

If anyone was even thinking of voting Labor at the next election, this should be wakeup call - for at the next election, not only is our economy at stake, so too is our democracy and freedom of speech.
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Stop giving weight to negative words spoken about you and your situation. Instead, start honoring what God says about you and your situation!
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Fog City - San Francisco

The fog rolls into the bay. It was about the right amount of fog that it does not cover the whole city :) It is one of the reason people call it - fog city . One of my lucky snapshot of the day with the classic fog in the bay area.

#fogcity
 — at Marin Headlands.
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Member for Higgins - Kelly O'Dwyer - This morning I joined colleagues from the Coalition and across the aisle for breakfast to celebrate last Friday's International Women's Day. Julie spoke on the terrific achievements of women throughout our region.
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This morning I joined colleagues from the Coalition and across the aisle for breakfast to celebrate last Friday's International Women's Day. Julie spoke on the terrific achievements of women throughout our region.
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SON: "Daddy, may I ask you a question?"
DAD: "Yeah sure, what is it?"
SON: "Daddy, how much do you make an hour?"
DAD: "That's none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?"
SON: "I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?"
DAD: "If you must know, I make $100 an hour."
SON: "Oh! (With his head down).
SON: "Daddy, may I please borrow $50?"
The father was furious.
DAD: "If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you are being so selfish. I work hard everyday for such this childish behavior."
The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door.
The man sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy's questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money?
After about an hour or so, the man had calmed down, and started to think:
Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that $ 50 and he really didn't ask for money very often. The man went to the door of the little boy's room and opened the door.
DAD: "Are you asleep, son?"
SON: "No daddy, I'm awake".
DAD: "I've been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier. It's been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here's the $50 you asked for."
The little boy sat straight up, smiling.
SON: "Oh, thank you daddy!"
Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up bills. The man saw that the boy already had money, started to get angry again. The little boy slowly counted out his money, and then looked up at his father.
DAD: "Why do you want more money if you already have some?"
SON: "Because I didn't have enough, but now I do.
"Daddy, I have $100 now. Can I buy an hour of your time? Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have dinner with you."
The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little son, and he begged for his forgiveness. It's just a short reminder to all of you working so hard in life. We should not let time slip through our fingers without having spent some time with those who really matter to us, those close to our hearts. Do remember to share that $100 worth of your time with someone you love? If we die tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of days. But the family and friends we leave behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives. And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more into work than to our family.

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Sierra Alpine Night Reflections — at Tioga Pass.
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It was a pleasure to visit St Johns Park High School for one of Fair Trading's fantastic Revved Up programs, and thank you to Smithfield MP Andrew Rohan for asking me to come speak to the students.

The was some impressive knowledge among the year 11 students of the pitfalls to avoid when buying your first car.
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While visiting St Johns Park High School I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to see the modern kitchen facilities that have recently been built.

What an amazing facility in which to train our next generation of masterchefs.
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An IDF helicopter crashed during a routine training exercise in the early hours of this morning. Reserve officers, Lt. Col. Noam Ron (49) and Maj. Erez Flekser (31) were killed in the tragic accident. An investigation has been launched to discover the reasons for the accident.

The IDF and its soldiers join the grieving families in mourning their loss. http://www.idf.il/1283-18503-EN/Dover.aspx
 
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David Cameron: Falkland Islanders couldn't have spoken more clearly. They want to remain British and that view should be respected by everybody.
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God has charged His angels to watch over you because He loves you! Check out today's devotional. Be sure to click "like" to help spread the word! Thanks, all!http://bit.ly/XW0BC3
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Jews being deported from the Krakow Ghetto

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