Monday, May 27, 2013

Mon May 27th Todays News


Happy birthday and many happy returns Vivian Tea and Kirk DuQuette. Born on the same day, across the years. A day which saw John crowned in 1199. A day in 1703 which Sweden lost a battle, and so Peter founded St Petersburg. A day in which, in 1967, Australians under a Liberal government agreed to count Aboriginal peoples in census. My, you can do anything you would, or in Kirk's case, wood.
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WHERE IS YOUR PRIMARY AND OFFICIAL SOURCE?

Tim Blair – Monday, May 27, 2013 (2:12pm)

There are none so blind as those at the ABC.

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SHORT FIGHTS

Tim Blair – Monday, May 27, 2013 (1:31pm)

Midget car fan John Tiedemann happens upon Bali’s compact combat scene: 

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FRESH AS SEDIMENTARY ROCK

Tim Blair – Monday, May 27, 2013 (1:17pm)

Robert Manne! John Pilger! Thomas Keneally! The Guardian‘s local edition gives voice to a fresh, independentgeneration who’ll “give Australia the news that really matters”: 
As of 9am this morning, the most popular story of the last 24 hours was Sarah Ditum’s piece titled ‘Why a vagina is not like a laptop’ … 
(Via CL)

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SILENT VIGIL

Tim Blair – Monday, May 27, 2013 (12:58pm)

As “youths” rampage in Sweden, incinerating cars and so on, police react in a culturally sensitive manner: 
We go to the crime scenes, but when we get there we stand and wait. 
“That’s not strictly true,” notes Mark Steyn. “They are handing out parking tickets to the burnt-out cars. Seriously." Further from Steyn, on the media’s stand-and-wait coverage of recent terrorist outrages: 
In London as in Boston, the politico-media class immediately lapsed into the pneumatic multiculti Tourette’s that seems to be a chronic side effect of excess diversity-celebrating: No Islam to see here, nothing to do with Islam, all these body parts in the street are a deplorable misinterpretation of Islam.
The BBC’s Nick Robinson accidentally described the men as being “of Muslim appearance,” but quickly walked it back lest impressionable types get the idea that there’s anything “of Muslim appearance” about a guy waving a machete and saying “Allahu akbar.” A man is on TV dripping blood in front of a dead British soldier and swearing “by Almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you,” yet it’s the BBC reporter who’s apologizing for “causing offence.” 
Just like putting a ticket on a burnt-out car, the media misses the main issue. BBC types more usually strive to avoid any offence, even at the cost of accuracy, as Rod Liddle writes: 
It is perhaps because they are called James and white and middle class that they seem so terrified of telling the news as it is. If there were a few more people called Tariq or Keith or Harbinder running things, then there might be a little less tiptoeing on eggshells, less of this absolute terror of giving offence to the people the Jameses definitely are not …
Come on, James — why not tell us the truth? 
Excellent question. The Boston Herald‘s Joe Fitzgerald
If ever there was a time to deal with facts, not feelings, it’s now.
No offense to Allah, but God help us if we don’t wake up. 

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More “me”, less “we” and other words that make us better

Andrew Bolt May 27 2013 (11:53am)

David Brooks:

About two years ago, the folks at Google released a database of 5.2 million books published between 1500 and 2008. You can type a search word into the database and find out how frequently different words were used at different epochs....
A study by Jean M. Twenge, W. Keith Campbell and Brittany Gentile found that between 1960 and 2008 individualistic words and phrases increasingly overshadowed communal words and phrases.
That is to say, over those 48 years, words and phrases like “personalized,” “self,” “standout,” “unique,” “I come first” and “I can do it myself” were used more frequently. Communal words and phrases like “community,” “collective,” “tribe,” “share,” “united,” “band together” and “common good” receded.
The second element of the story is demoralization. A study by Pelin Kesebir and Selin Kesebir found that general moral terms like “virtue,” “decency” and “conscience” were used less frequently over the course of the 20th century. Words associated with moral excellence, like “honesty,” “patience” and “compassion” were used much less frequently.
The Kesebirs identified 50 words associated with moral virtue and found that 74 percent were used less frequently as the century progressed. Certain types of virtues were especially hard hit. Usage of courage words like “bravery” and “fortitude” fell by 66 percent. Usage of gratitude words like “thankfulness” and “appreciation” dropped by 49 percent… Usage of compassion words like “kindness” and “helpfulness” dropped by 56 percent…
Daniel Klein of George Mason University has conducted one of the broadest studies with the Google search engine… Klein adds the third element to our story, which he calls “governmentalization.” Words having to do with experts have shown a steady rise. So have phrases like “run the country,” “economic justice,” “nationalism,” “priorities,” “right-wing” and “left-wing.” The implication is that politics and government have become more prevalent.
So the story I’d like to tell is this: Over the past half-century, society has become more individualistic. As it has become more individualistic, it has also become less morally aware, because social and moral fabrics are inextricably linked. The atomization and demoralization of society have led to certain forms of social breakdown, which government has tried to address, sometimes successfully and often impotently.
(Thanks to reader R.) 

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Gillard will be gone, and knows it

Andrew Bolt May 27 2013 (11:50am)

It’s interesting that Gillard didn’t give the usual “we will win” response:
PRIME Minister Julia Gillard won’t commit to a future in politics if the Labor party loses the upcoming federal election.
The first woman to fill the nation’s top job has shied away from giving an undertaking that she will remain a regular face in Canberra if her party fails at the September 14 poll.
“You would have to talk to me about that in the days afterwards. I don’t spend time thinking about the days beyond,” Ms Gillard told The Guardian website when asked of her future.
I’ve said before that something seemed to have snapped inside Gillard a couple of weeks ago. She knows she’s gone.
When Labor finally contemplates the destruction she has wrought on Labor’s numbers and its legacy, questions about Gillard’s future in politics will seem inane.
UPDATE
A spokesman tries to tidy up:

JULIA Gillard has committed to serving another term in parliament, even if she loses the election.
“The PM is focused on securing a Labor majority government at the next election and will serve a full term (after the election),” the Prime Minister’s spokesman said.

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Galaxy: Gillard gone, and Palmer no chance

Andrew Bolt May 27 2013 (9:59am)

The Galaxy poll is of just 800 Queenslanders, but the results will still depress Labor - and Clive Palmer:
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(Thanks to reader elinjaa.) 

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Indigenous round: two stories, little unity

Andrew Bolt May 27 2013 (9:30am)

A rude 13-year-old girl calls out “ape” to a bearded footballer of Aboriginal descent. She is evicted from her seat, grilled by police (without her parents present) for nearly two hours and threatened with charges. Her face is shown on national television as journalists and football clubs bosses vilify her as a racist.
On ABC radio this morning a woman says Aborigines at the same game slashed an Australian flag, replaced the Union Jack with an Aboriginal one and were abusive. Security was called but removed no one.
How an Indigenous round divides, not unites. 

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We need immigration, not colonisation. And honesty, not censorship

Andrew Bolt May 27 2013 (8:50am)

Culture wars, Islamism, Media
AS Stockholm burns and a soldier is hacked to death in London, I recall the foolish words of Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus. 

Dreyfus represents the federal seat which takes in much of Greater Dandenong, more than half of whose population comes from overseas.
Here is the sunny picture he painted of Dandenong two months ago: “Our community is a wonderful example to others of a modern, diverse and harmonious society.”
Mind you, it is easy to rhapsodise about mass immigration, especially from poor and Muslim lands, when you live not in your fabulously diverse electorate but 20km away, in the very affluent and very white suburb of Malvern.
That may explain why this “harmonious society” of “150 different nationalities” turns out to be not quite the “wonderful example” Dreyfus claims.

Last month, The Age reported: “Around Dandenong, young men stalk parks in gangs and rob anyone who walks through.
(Read full article here.) 

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Seventh night of riots in Stockholm

Andrew Bolt May 27 2013 (8:26am)

Mass immigration from poor, Muslim nations seems much harder than was sold:
Swedish police say rioting in Stockholm has ebbed despite a seventh night of scattered violence. The unrest has spurred debate among Swedes over policies to integrate immigrants in a country long seen as egalitarian.
Stockholm police spokesmen said… that on Saturday night windows had been smashed at a school in southern Stockholm and 16 people arrested…
A day earlier, the unrest had spread to other middle-sized towns in Sweden, but early on Sunday there were no reports of trouble outside the capital.
UPDATE
When a government fails to defend its people from the consequences of its foolish mass migration programs, the backlash can be as ugly as it is utterly predictable.
Sweden:
Faced by another night of terror at the hands of predominantly immigrant rioters, Swedes grown tired of the police’s inability to put an end to the unrest took to the streets Friday night to defend their neighborhoods.
The vigilantes were described as a motley crew of homeowners and concerned citizens, as well as neo-Nazi activists and football hooligans.
In the Stockholm suburb of Tumba the police decided to abandon their earlier non-intervention policy as a large group of police officers rounded up and dispersed a group of vigilantes trying to fend off rioters.
The decision to round up vigilantes while, according to Stockholm Chief of Police Mats Löfving, “doing as little as possible” to stop rioters, met with a wave of protests in various social media and on the Internet.
Britain:
Fears of a prolonged backlash against Muslims have intensified after dozens of Islamophobic incidents were reported in the wake of the murder of the British soldier Lee Rigby in south London.
The Tell Mama hotline for recording Islamophobic crimes and incidents recorded 38 incidents over Wednesday night, including attacks on three mosques, with more reported on Thursday.
The Metropolitan police put 1,200 more officers on the street on Thursday, with extra patrols deployed to mosques and religious sites as far-right groups reacted to the tragedy.

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Surrendering freedom to the violent: ANU censors student paper for mocking Islam

Andrew Bolt May 27 2013 (8:22am)

Free speech
Threats of violence from religious bigots is all it takes for an Australian university to censor its students:

THE Australian National University has cited international violence in the wake of the Danish cartoon and Innocence of Muslims controversies in justifying its decision to force student newspaper Woroni to pulp a satirical infographic which described a passage from the Koran as a “rape fantasy”.
The university also threatened student authors and editors of the infographic with disciplinary action, including academic exclusion and the withdrawal of the publication’s funding.
The piece was the fifth in a satirical series entitled “Advice from Religion” which had previously discussed Catholicism, Scientology, Mormonism and Judaism.
No complaints were received about any of the earlier instalments.
In the April 16 edition of Woroni, authors Jamie Freestone, Mathew McGann and Todd Cooper posed the question, “How should I value women?”
Their answers referenced Aisha, the prophet Mohammed’s nine-year-old wife, and described the 72 “houris” - women depicted in the Koran as large-bosomed virgins who are a reward in paradise - as a “rape fantasy"…
The Chancelry then issued a statement to Woroni, maintaining the infographic breached university rules and Australian Press Council guidelines, as well as posing a threat to the ANU’s reputation and security.
“In a world of social media, (there is) potential for material such as the article in question to gain attention and traction in the broader world and potentially harm the interests of the university and the university community,” the statement said.
“This was most clearly demonstrated by the Jyllands-Posten cartoon controversy ... and violent protests in Sydney on September 15 last year.”
Utterly disgraceful. Weak. Unprincipled.
Note, incidentally, how the Press Council is again cited as an instrument of censorship. Newspaper proprietors need to re-examine this dangerous drift.
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The Woroni editors explain what happened. It is simply appalling. If universities do not defend free speech, who will?
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Paul Sheehan can still say it because he works for a media organisation with deep enough pockets (just) to defend his right to speak:
Thereligionofpeace.com keeps a monthly list of bloody incidents [of Muslim violence] and during the past 30 days it records 222 incidents, in 25 different countries, including much of the Arab world and North Africa, and Britain, France, Russia, Nigeria, Thailand, the Philippines and China… Seventy per cent of these 222 incidents in the past month took place in four countries - Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Syria - all battlefields in the ancient religious civil war between Sunni and Shiite Muslims, a civil war more violent now than it has been for decades.
The existence of this violent sectarian schism, and the systemic repression of religious dissent throughout the Muslim world, demolish the absurd claim that Islam is ‘’a religion of peace’’.
Most Muslims are peaceful, like most non-Muslims, but the Koran groans under the weight of its own contradictions, with entreaties to kindness co-existing with exhortations to merciless war. If the Koran were only a text of peace and mercy, tens of thousands of Muslims could not invoke its verses to engage in violence.... Apologists argue that those who use the Koran to justify violence are not Islamic. And in the West there is fearfulness to trigger the belligerent victimology that extreme Muslims use to cloak intransigence, separatism and special-pleading.
The most disturbing aspect of the record of violence of Muslims invoking the name of Islam in violence is that the public record understates, not overstates, the problem. Not included in the log of violent crimes are the outbreaks of civil violence such as the riots that have rocked Stockholm over the past week, where an urban underclass of predominantly Muslim immigrants, refugees and asylum-seekers and their children has erupted in violence, vandalism and attacks on police. You will not find the word ‘’Muslim’’ in media reports.
The ANU and Press Council have played their modest role in such censorship.
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Tim Blair notes more self-censorship of the kind I discuss in my column today:

Readers will recall the words from one of Rigby’s murderers, Mujahid Adeboloja, who obligingly hung around following the slaying to explain himself.
“We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you. You people will never be safe,” Islamic convert Adeboloja said, his blood-soaked hands providing dramatic emphasis. “There are many, many ayah throughout the Koran that we must fight them as they fight us, an eye for an eye, a tooth for tooth.”
Several hours after video of Adeboloja’s declaration had begun to be broadcast around the world, the ABC’s man in London told evening news viewers what he knew about the killing. It turned out to be less than was known to anybody who’d been paying even vague interest.
“What happened was clear,” the correspondent said. “The motivation, less so.”
Well, apart from Allah and all of those ayah in the Koran. Take them out of the frame, as the ABC naturally did, and Adeboloja’s motivation does indeed become slightly unclear. Removing the central component of a news story will tend to do that.

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How Joe Hockey could replace Tony Abbott

Andrew Bolt May 27 2013 (7:41am)

Politics - federal
Troy Bramston on a loose-lipped Joe Hockey:
“I’m shaping up for Wayne Swan’s job,” he says.
But it’s not just the Treasurer’s job he wants - he wants Tony Abbott’s job too. Eventually. Over the past few months, Hockey has been telling people in Sydney and Melbourne that he is now “serious” about replacing Abbott should the opportunity arise at some stage.
This is what he told guests at Peter FitzSimons and Lisa Wilkinson’s Australia Day barbecue at their waterfront home in Sydney. And he has said the same thing to several senior business leaders in private meetings and boardroom discussions in recent months.
He’s also told colleagues: “I won’t make the same mistakes that Peter Costello made on the leadership. Unlike Peter, I won’t die wondering.”
Here is how Hockey could very well become prime minister.

The reality:

- The next three years are likely to be much tougher economically than many yet realise. Mineral prices are falling, mining investment is falling fast, our costs are killing manufacturers, China may falter.
- Tony Abbott has not sought a mandate for the kind of changes he may well need to get the economy in shape for the 2016 election.  His cuts are too shallow, his workplace reforms too small, his planned welfare schemes too big, his global warming schemes still too wasteful.
The play:
Hockey has played the tough cop to Abbott’s soft. He opposed the baby bonus but got overruled. He warned the Age of Entitlement had to end, but got little support. He was against Abbott’s parental leave scheme but was overruled again.
Hockey will not want his own reputation for financial management ruined by anything done by Abbott. He will also wish to establish a point of difference between them.
This leaves Hockey looking like an alternative if Abbott’s approach proves not vigorous enough to deal with any financial decline. A change of leaders is also a (partial) excuse for breaking election promises.  
The caveats:
I seem to have attracted a new kind of critic who screams that I should say nothing critical at all of Abbott, for fear of hurting his election chances. I should also not be advocating policies which would hurt his chances should he adopt them. I should act the cheerleader, not the analyst.
In response, I say I am no cheerleader for a party. I am an advocate for good policy.
I am not an Abbott hater. Indeed, I like, respect and even admire Abbott. I consider him an honorable man, and suspect he will make a better prime minister than many think. He will not play the politics of division that Labor has inflicted on us.
I say Abbott should advocate now all the policies I believe the country needs. Not, that is, if it will cost him the election. His job is do what is possible. My job is to change the definition of possible.
I do not write off Abbott. There are still more than 100 days to the election. He still has time to announce more policy. He may after the election do more than he’s suggested. And the economy may not fall as business leaders fear. Besides, who on earth truly thinks Labor would do any better?
But here’s the bottom line. We face big challenges, and if you want our politicians to tackle them you must say what they must do. Else nothing gets done.
Argue not for a side but for policies and principles.
UPDATE
Maurice Newman, former chairman of the Australian Securities Exchange and the ABC, warns what the Liberals will be up against:
While no manufacturer receiving government patronage will admit it publicly, the combination of the carbon tax and clean energy policies has catapulted Australia’s power prices, critical to manufacturing profitability, from among the cheapest in the world to the most expensive…
Add the relatively high wage costs, entrenched organised labour arrangements with accompanying industrial relations rigidities, low productivity and the red and green regulatory tape imposed by all tiers of government, and the handicaps manufacturers face are daunting…
Prominent economist Ross Garnaut ... said: “If we continue with the current economic policy settings and mentality, then a recession is very likely and the economy may kick along the bottom for a long time."…
It matters little whether the first casualty of the carbon tax and general economic mismanagement is Geelong or Whyalla. What matters is that we prepare for what Garnaut says will be a hit to the economy “that we have not experienced in modern times” and work urgently to restore our international competitiveness.
If elected in September, that task will fall to an Abbott-Hockey government. They must find the courage to act decisively.

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Abbott’s parental leave scheme - a tax we’ll all pay

Andrew Bolt May 27 2013 (7:39am)

Of course the costs will be passed on, just as were the costs of the carbon tax:

THE nation’s four major banks are increasingly hostile to the Coalition’s $4.3 billion paid parental leave scheme, warning that shareholders and customers will ultimately pay for the $400 million-plus cost to the industry.
A senior banker said the Commonwealth Bank, Westpac, National Australia Bank and ANZ Bank were each facing an annual charge of $80m-$115m, based on Tony Abbott’s plan to fund the scheme with a 1.5 per cent levy on companies with taxable incomes above $5m.
UPDATE
I am informed by a senior Liberal that Abbott’s scheme would hand over up to $75,000 in parental leave entitlements to working women without even obliging them to return to work after six months. All they need do is to lie about their plans, leaving the employer trying to cover for them until the employee tells them, oops, she’d rather have more time with the baby, after all.
It is not difficult to see where this will lead. Women planing to have a child will have a strong incentive to take a job (or new promotion) for even less than a year, just to qualify for the parental leave payout. They then don’t come back.
As a boss, you’d think twice before hiring a newly married woman. As a taxpayer, you’d be stung. As a stay-at-home mother, now to lose your baby bonus, you’d feel punished.  

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Adam Goodes vs a 13-year-old girl. Seriously?

Andrew Bolt May 27 2013 (7:33am)

The new morality, The politics of race
I DETEST racists. But the monstering of the Collingwood fan who shouted at Sydney footballer Adam Goodes is shameful.
She is just a 13-year-old who was at the football with her nan.  

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Boat people: now out of Africa, too

Andrew Bolt May 27 2013 (7:21am)

Boat people policy
A new development in what the Press Council tells journalists not to call illegal immigration:

Three vessels carrying Africans have now arrived this month with the boats, detected near Christmas Island, leaving from Indonesia.
A vessel spotted by federal police at Christmas Island on Friday had 33 Congolese, Somali and Sudanese asylum seekers on board and two Indonesian crew.
Another was intercepted by HMAS Larrakia north of Christmas Island on Saturday with 30 Somali asylum seekers and three Indonesian crew on board.
The third vessel carrying Africans arrived about a week ago.
So few Africans have previously arrived on boats there are no statistics available from the Department of Immigration which breakdown African arrivals.
Cheap communications, cheap travel and millions of people in the Third World now with the money to try their luck somewhere else. The world is very different now, and the UN’s refugee convention unable to deal with it.
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I don’t think “heavily guarded” means what the reporter thinks it means:

INVESTIGATORS are looking at how seven Vietnamese asylum seekers escaped a high-security immigration centre on Cape York, flew 810km south, visited a casino and checked into a backpacker hostel in Cairns.
In a hugely embarrassing “organised” mass break-out, the seven scaled the razor wire at the heavily-guarded Scherger detention centre on Thursday when an outside group was allegedly waiting to drive them 30km into Weipa about 5.40am.
Six of the seven boarded a midday flight to Cairns where they enjoyed lunch and visited the Pullman Reef Casino.
UPDATE
More seem to have been lured to their deaths, to add to the 1000 who have drowned since Labor scrapped John Howard’s tough border laws:
There are fears more asylum seekers have drowned in a bid to get to Australia after a number of lifejackets washed up on Cocos Island
It is understood one jacket contained a small amount of Iranian money.

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End corporate welfare now

Andrew Bolt May 27 2013 (7:08am)

Hasn’t Ford proved already that governments are mad to try to prop up struggling businesses with grants funded by taxes on good ones?

The fashion industry’s latest high-profile victim Lisa Ho pocketed nearly $200,000 in taxpayer subsidies before collapsing and jeans queen Bettina Liano was given $300,000 in innovation grants after going into voluntary administration, records show.
Another well-known women’s fashion chain, Ojay, took $20,000 in government handouts just months before its financial woes tipped it into administration in September.
The taxpayer subsidies were part of a six-year $112.5 million federal government program to ‘’drive innovation and renewal’’ in the textile and clothing industry.
I discussed such madness with the Opposition’s Sophie Mirabella yesterday:

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.. I'd be happy to eliminate Pit - Bulls as a breed ..
.. I'd extend it to include rapists, murderers and pedophiles .. just to be fair .. - ed
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To coincide with Reconciliation Week, the Memorial will be paying tribute to Private William Reginald Rawlings at today's Last Post Ceremony. Pte Rawlings was killed in action, aged 27 on 9 August 1918, in France. The ceremony will be streamed live via webcam at 4.55 pm (AEST).

https://www.awm.gov.au/events/daily-closing-ceremony/

http://www.awm.gov.au/research/people/roll_of_honour/person.asp?p=502570

http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/P01695.001
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Just some happy grass cells under the microscope.
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If you are reading this, thank this woman. Her name is Grace Hopper, and she is one of the most under appreciated computer scientists ever. You think Gates and Jobs were cool? THIS WOMEN WORKED ON COMPUTERS WHEN THEY TOOK UP ROOMS. She invented the first compiler, which is a program that translates a computer language like Java or C++ into machine code, called assembly, that can be read by a processor. Every single program you use, every OS and server, was made possible by her first compiler.
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This photo is running the world. Twin brothers born in Spain joined hands shortly after birth, and nurses recorded the moment.
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Billions of 17 year cicadas are emerging to find a chilly spring and world temperatures just about the same as when they dug in.

While they were underground world temperatures hit a stand-still, defying climate computer models. 

Any cicadas hoping global warming would bring on an early mating time are experiencing a severe case of deferred gratification.

One cicada explains at CFACT.org: http://www.cfact.org/2013/05/26/17-year-cicadas-outraged-to-find-temperatures-unchanged/


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"Spotlight Effect" a psychological phenomena is when you think everyone around is looking at you specially when you're hiding something.
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Larry Pickering
JOURNOS SUPPORT LOONY LEFT... poll

Surprised? Well, you shouldn’t be because it’s simple really. If you are Green or of the rabid Left you will gravitate to the media as surely as a homosexual or a paedophile will gravitate to the priesthood.

Last Wednesday I was invited to speak to a journos’ luncheon in Sydney and it was no surprise that an ex president of the Cartoonists Association (whatever that is) called Lindsay Foyle (whoever he is) tried to arrange a boycott. It obviously didn’t work as there were no spare seats.

But the attempted boycott is emblematic of what’s left of many unrepresentative members of the Press.

I recall with pride the last time I addressed the Press Club when Mungo MacCallum and his unwashed mates chucked their food at me. I was chuffed that I had upset the Marxists to that extent.

John Fairfax (pictured) turned up on Wednesday and it was great to see him again. John had severed his ties with the media empire that bears his name by relinquishing his board membership and selling his 9.7 per cent stake in Fairfax Media for $193 million.

In 2007, Fairfax shares were trading at $4.80. John sold out at $1.80 in 2011, they have now slumped to 58c. Good to see a Fairfax with foresight.

Fairfax’s problems began many years ago when cadet journalists were sourced solely from university graduates. Those graduates were eventually promoted to management who then recruited only those of like mind.

The Left has never been synonymous with competent management, thus Fairfax’s present malaise.

It is lost in a foreign doctrine at middle management and board level. People don’t relate to it and there is no better indicator of a lost cause than a share price.

The Fairfax board is strenuously resisting a Reinhart/Singleton takeover, demanding editorial freedom, and we know exactly what their “editorial freedom” means.

Anyway, why the hell is the board of a listed company interested in anything other than shareholders’ profit? Best that suitors sit back and wait... and they are!

If any doubt remains as to where the Press stands politically then consider if Abbott had a predilection for married women, constantly lied, facilitated an Islamic boat invasion, wasted $350 billion in borrowed funds, had a documented criminal history with a communist background and was seeking re-election while under investigation by a major fraud squad. Mmmm.

Would the Press have then built a protective wall around Abbott, shielding him from criticism? I don’t think so.

Proof of a dishonest Press requires no more than that question.

Murdoch takes a more impartial approach but is threatened and labelled the “hate media” by Gillard. She conveniently forgets that News Ltd supported Whitlam in 1972 and has often been scathing of conservative leaders since.

Time is up for the dishonest Left of media. Cassidy, Summers, Waterhouse, Marr, MacCallum, Fitzsimons, Pasco, Bongiorno and a dozen others, along with their beloved Gillard, can soak up the sun’s last rays before they sink into oblivion.

Footnote: Laurie Oakes reported that the Opposition hadn’t bothered to turn up to Gillard’s “weeping” NDIS speech when he knew all along there had been no notice given of it. No explanation... and at the time he wasn’t aware of the telling photograph below.

Believe nothing of what you read and only half of what you see.

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Built on an island on Lake Texcoco, Tenochtitlán was an Aztec city that flourished between A.D. 1325 and 1521. Learn all about the history of Tenochtitlán: http://bit.ly/11fvsHx

Here, a statue of Tlaloc, the Aztec god of rain, stands at the entrance of the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City.
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Survivors of the deadly Oklahoma tornadoes are now faced with rebuilding and healing after losing everything. Together, we can help in the relief efforts.
Watch: http://bit.ly/DRPOKCTornadoRelief 
Help: http://bit.ly/OKCTornadoReliefEffort
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With grateful hearts Americans recognize how sweet it is to live in a country where men and women offer to serve something greater than self. They choose to support and defend the Constitution to preserve our rich heritage, they deny themselves comfort to secure our well-being, and they sacrifice their personal freedom daily that we may enjoy liberty in perpetuity. “Thank you” cannot do justice to the gratitude we feel for our nation’s finest.

This year, more than ones prior, I am especially mindful of those who have served and those who gave their all. Contemplating the September 11th terrorist attack in Benghazi, our government’s targeting of conservative patriots, snooping into reporters’ personal communications records, the usurping of Second Amendment rights – how can one not notice the disregard for our Constitution? Our military men and women risk their lives to uphold our rights. They deserve better than to have their sacrifice trampled on by people who pretend to have heard nothing, seen nothing, and therefore can say nothing about abusing their power over We the People. Americans deserve better. Certainly our military veterans’ honor deserves better. (By the way, pleading the Fifth while showing no regard for the First is as bold an exercise in adding insult to injury as I have ever seen.)

It is time to declare, “Enough is enough.” It’s time to halt the fundamental transformation of the country our soldiers have given all to preserve.

Traditionally Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, replete with family outings, barbecues, and parades. As much as we enjoy these wholesome American pastimes, this observance represents so much more. For the love of all who have ever worn the uniform, as a memorial to the service rendered, and in the spirit of those who paid the price we can never repay, may we mark this day by committing ourselves to the fundamental restoration of the greatest country on the face of the earth.

Happy Memorial Day. We will never forget.

- Sarah Palin

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בגבולנו הצפוני, בסוריה, נטבחים סורים בידי סורים. דמם של עשרות אלפים, גברים, נשים, צעירים, מבוגרים, ילדים, נשפך כמים בידי אחיהם. לעולם לא נהיה כמוהם. לעולם לא נניף את ידינו על אחינו באיבה חסרת מעצורים. 

On our northern border in Syria, Syrians are being slaughtered by their fellow Syrians. The blood of tens of thousands -- men, women, and children, the young and the adults --- is being spilled by their brothers as if it was water. We will never be like them. We will never lift our hands against our brothers with unfettered enmity
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China: Wu Conghan, 101, and wife Wu Sognshi, 103, married for 88 years, jumped at the chance to have new wedding photos.

Visit our Page -► Beautiful Amazing World ◄- For more photos
 
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John Wayne’s Senior Year High School Yearbook Was Bought For A Dollar On ‘Pawn Stars’

http://independentfilmnewsandmedia.com/john-waynes-senior-year-high-school-yearbook-was-bought-for-a-dollar-on-pawn-stars/

A man who picked up John Wayne’s high school yearbook for only a dollar at an estate sale brought it into the “Pawn Stars” to see what they thought of the rare item.
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Bam! Fox News’ Martha MacCallum slams Obama admin with key question ==>http://twitchy.com/2013/05/26/bam-fox-news-martha-maccallum-slams-obama-admin-with-key-question/
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Pittsburgh – Fight Scene (John Wayne and Randolph Scott)
- Film Clip -

At this link:
http://independentfilmnewsandmedia.com/pittsburgh-fight-scene/
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Dost thou think that Christ would have come all the way from heaven to keep the law for thee if thou couldst keep it for thyself?
Charles Spurgeon
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Happy Birthday to "Doctor Who" Peter Cushing, who would have been 100 years today. Have you seen the movies with him as Dr. Who ?
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HE IS WAITING FOR YOU AND ME AT HOME!
I will never never end my journey half way, until i reach home. Hebrews 12:1 says "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us" Don't get tired,until you get home.God bless you.

Madu Odiokwu Pastorvin

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When you find yourself a little stressed out. Find that place that takes you away from all the overwhelm and just let go.  Positive Mind Flow II Life Coaching with Aprille Lim
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Why is Lebanon not on the Syria side? Israel? Iraq? Kuwait? Is it unfinished? - ed
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Tonight I was at a prayer service for the persecuted Coptic Christian community of Egypt. St George orthodox church, Kensington

"The UN needs to be involved ...". 
#teamnile
Sadly the UN are involved - ed
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May 27Children's Day in NigeriaMemorial Day in the United States (2013)
Curtiss NC-4 after her transatlantic flight

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