Wednesday, May 01, 2013

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Happy birthday and many happy returns Cele D'or and Tommy Nguyen. Born on the same day, across the years. The same day the Illuminati was founded in 1776 in Bavaria. I like chocolate Bavarian. Thank you.
May Day may sound ominous .. but the call for help was to do with French WW1 pilots calling out "Mai dez" which translates to "Help me!"
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No dragons live in PM’s perilous fiscal fantasy

Miranda Devine – Tuesday, April 30, 2013 (7:30pm)

‘IMAGINE a wage earner, John, employed in the same job throughout the last 20 years.
“For a period in 2003 to 2007 every year his employer gave him a sizeable bonus. He was grateful but in his bones knew it wouldn’t last. The bonuses did stop and John was told his income would rise by around five per cent each year over the years to come. That’s the basis for his financial plans.
“Now, very late, John has been told he won’t get those promised increases for the next few years but his income will get back up after that to where he was promised it would be. What is John’s rational reaction?”
This was Julia Gillard’s patronising attempt to explain her government’s latest budget crisis. In a speech this week the Prime Minister used “John” to explain why it’s the fault of everyone but her feckless spendthrift government that there will be a $12 billion revenue shortfall in the year she promised a surplus.
“John” appears to be the human embodiment of her government, two weeks before Wayne Swan hands down his fifth Budget, complete with its fifth deficit.
In the real world, a man who found his income reduced would tighten his belt. His family would look at the household budget and figure out what luxuries to give up.
Lamb might be off the menu, for instance, as would the Foxtel subscription, and the HCF membership. The holiday overseas might become a trip to the Forster caravan park. Private schools would have to wait until Year 11.
This is the sort of thrift Australian families have practised as a prudent response to global economic uncertainty, job insecurity, and a mercurial government, with household savings tripling in two years.
But the Prime Minister scoffs at such parsimony.
In “John’s world” - that arcadia of protected jobs, plenty of cash and government benefits that flow like water, when John’s income is cut, he doesn’t curb spending.
Eat two-minute noodles for dinner? Take his kids out of private school?Perish the thought, says the PM.
He borrows money to keep his “family and lifestyle intact” because tomorrow is always another day of free money.
You can only understand John’s behaviour if, like everyone in government, the public service, academia and a good deal of the media, he has a protected job sheltered from the disciplines of the market.
In the real world, mistakes have consequences, dad loses his job, incomes fall, people can’t pay their mortgages, kids are pulled out of private school and belts are tightened by necessity.
The division in Australian society exploited by Gillard and Swan is not between left and right, haves and have-nots or even insiders and outsiders.
It’s between those who have protected incomes and those who are exposed to the real economy - the small business owners who create wealth, the PAYE employees who work for the wealth creators.
In John’s world, an 18-year-old working as a “glassie” on Anzac Day in a Balmain pub earns $550 for 11-hours work, because his employer is obliged to pay double time and three quarters under the Fair Work Act.
The result is that youth unemployment has skyrocketed to an average of 18 per cent and students can’t find casual jobs once taken for granted by their parents. Only pizza delivery and off-the-books labouring is immune from the new harsh economic realities.
In the real world, bustling suburban high streets have become ghost towns on Sundays because shop and restaurant owners can’t afford to pay penalty rates.
In John’s world this is a “fair go” for workers.
The ABC lives in John’s world, which is why it received an extra $10 million this year and reflexively spruiks for the federal government.
Take, for example, Four Corners’ belated discovery of more than 1000 asylum seeker children in detention, after five years of see-no-evil journalism.
During the Howard era it couldn’t focus enough on detention centres. But apart from once in 2011, it hadn’t touched the subject since 2008 when it featured the reminiscences of detention centre guards in the Howard era, starring special guest villain Philip Ruddock, who had not been immigration minister for five years.
Meanwhile, the actual Rudd government was dismantling border protection policies, with the result that a trickle of two boats per month has exploded to more than 2000 people a month - and hundreds of asylum seekers have drowned. The cost to the taxpayer is more than $2.2 billion a year.
In John’s world, this is a good policy. In John’s world, $6 billion thrown at schools to please militant teacher unions will fix our children’s declining performance in reading and maths, when evidence around the world shows little correlation between money and educational outcomes.
In John’s world, the financial woes of the federal government are the fault of John Howard and Peter Costello.
In the real world, Howard and Costello inherited a budget in deficit in 1996 and left $22 billion in surplus in 2007, plus a $60 billion future fund.
Spending has blown out by 35 per cent a year since Labor came to office. Eighty cents in every dollar of income tax goes to social welfare and the government keeps promising to spend more.
Only in John’s world is this sort of profligacy sustainable.
In the real world it is the road to ruin.

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HE’S ON TO US

Tim Blair – Wednesday, May 01, 2013 (6:04pm)

Someone’s been talking:

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Come on, people. Keep it quiet for just 135 more days. Remember, we’re a team.

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MISO-JOHNNY

Tim Blair – Wednesday, May 01, 2013 (5:40am)

“Who is this Julia that she should be lecturing us Johns over how we conduct our financial affairs?” asks outraged reader John E. “It’s time for the Johns of this great nation to call out the PM over her disgraceful miso-johnny!”
Quite so. Meanwhile, what is it with the Prime Minister and FM radio personalities?

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THE BODDINGTON HOT SEATERS

Tim Blair – Wednesday, May 01, 2013 (5:37am)

Mining sector ads are simultaneously informative, entertaining – and infuriating to leftoids who cannot cope with empowered women:

 


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FOUR STEPS

Tim Blair – Wednesday, May 01, 2013 (5:35am)

Iowahawk summarises
So the Tsarnaevs came on a refugee visa, collected $100k, went back home for vacation, then blew up 260 Americans. 
That’s about it so far, as the ABC’s Jonathan Green might say. In other Iowahawk news, despitemassive Australian involvement in this year’s Earth Week Cruise-In, the winner is some kind offly-by American.

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Cultural vandals

Andrew Bolt May 01 2013 (4:12pm)

Which idiot thought this was smart?

The prominent billboard advertising the Foxtel arts channel Studio has been erected on William Street in Kings Cross and carries an image depicting a man having sex with a pig.
UPDATE
It will be torn down:
A press release from [Foxtel] said the billboard “was intended to provoke, but is clearly in appalling taste and demonstrates a lapse of judgment by Studio and a failure in the approvals process at Foxtel”.
“Once senior management at Foxtel became aware of the nature of the image we instructed Studio to remove and replace the billboard.

“Foxtel regrets any offence that has been caused.”

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A fair-dinkum levy for the NDIS would be at least 1.5 per cent

Andrew Bolt May 01 2013 (3:37pm)

If the Gillard Government really wants a levy for its unaffordable disability scheme, let it at least be honest:

[Opposition Leader Tony] Abbott ... seized on the Productivity Commission’s report into the scheme which said general government revenue should be used to fund the NDIS, now renamed DisabilityCare. The commission said if the government did not adopt that option it should legislate for a levy with funds hypothecated to the scheme’s full revenue needs.
University of Wollongong economics professor Henry Ergas said levies could be inefficient and distorting and an NDIS levy would increase average effective marginal tax rates. But he said if a levy were introduced it should be a flat rate and fully fund the scheme. By fully funding it this would send a price signal and provide an incentive to control costs.
The mooted levy of 0.5 per cent would raise $3.2 billion - a fraction of the cost of the full program.
From a Centre for Independent Studies report:

The government’s cost estimates of the NDIS have been revised upwards regularly. Early estimates found that the scheme would cost about $11 billion. Revised estimates from the Productivity Commission increased the total cost of the scheme first to $13 billion, then $13.5 billion and later to $15 billion a year.

Estimates of the NDIS eligible population have regularly changed as well: first they were 600,000, then the commission revised them downward to 360,000, and then back up to 411,000
But these estimates include current spending - but not a blowout detected by the Australian Government Actuary:

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will cost Australian taxpayers around $22 billion a year (gross) and $10.5 billion (net) in its first full year of operation. This figure is substantially larger than the $15 billion (gross) and $8 billion (net) currently being used by politicians and commentators in the public debate.
This revision is a result of a Freedom of Information (FOI) request by The Centre for Independent Studies for the costings of the NDIS conducted by the Australian Government Actuary (AGA)…
The reason for the upward revision is simple: the ... NDIS will not be fully operational until 2018–19, so in effect, the $15 billion figure does not include nine years of price inflation, wage growth, and population increases.
So the levy would pay just one seventh of the full cost of the NDIS, or less than a third of the extra costs above current spending.
A levy to pay for the full scheme should then be a 3.5 per cent tax increase - or at least a 1.5 per cent increase just to pay for the extra spending, rather than the total package.
UPDATE
Stella Young writes powerfully on why we need to pay the money, by hook or by crook.

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Jailing kids again: Gillard simply cannot be trusted

Andrew Bolt May 01 2013 (11:27am)

What Julia Gillard said in 2010:

I don’t think it’s the Australian way to, you know, have kids behind razor wire in the hope that that may be a deterrent.
What Gillard does in 2013:

Children will again be held in mainland detention centres, with authorities setting aside a compound at Darwin’s Wickham Point centre for families.
In case you are in doubt:
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Will the Left now go Gillard as it did John Howard?
Silly question.
(I originally showed a picture of one of the other Darwin detention centres. The above is Wickham Point. Thanks to reader Steve.)  

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Gillard’s seven deadly sins

Andrew Bolt May 01 2013 (10:06am)

Robert Gottliebsen on Gillard’s seven deadly sins - how to trash a Budget and drive down an economy. Read it all, but the dot points are:

– Sin number one is rarely mentioned in mainstream commentary: A dedicated and vicious campaign against small business…
– Sin number two: Actively fan the greatest government employment binge in Australia’s history…
– Sin number three: Allowed the export of gas from Queensland, which under present extraction rules we did not have…
– Sin number four: Encourage the return of cartel-style agreements between big builders and building unions…
– Sin number five: Pay no need heed to productivity in health. It’s all about handing out money…
– Sin number six: Decide to be completely remote from business… Worse still, they spent the money that they incorrectly anticipated receiving…
– Sin number seven: ... The Gillard government saddled Australia with an uncompetitive carbon price at the same time as a high dollar and rising electricity prices. They used much of the carbon money for social welfare and then later effectively slashed future carbon revenue, but did not cut back the spending...
Simply not up to the job. 

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There will be more new taxes under a government I lead

Andrew Bolt May 01 2013 (9:39am)

Julia Gillard is holding a press conference:
Her disability plan will be in part funded by the a levy of 0.5 per cent - “around a dollar a day” per family.
“It will be only spent on disability care.” Easy promise to make, since it will cover at best one third of the extra cost. 

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No whites need apply

Andrew Bolt May 01 2013 (9:30am)

The New Racism leads to this modern variant of the “No Jews Need Apply” rule - this time for a job with Canada’s taxpayer-funded national broadcaster:

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(Thanks to reader Betaplug.) 

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Academics push Labor, and now must pay the price

Andrew Bolt May 01 2013 (9:24am)

Universities lean hard to the Left. Now they must pay for that mistake:
UNIVERSITY professors feel betrayed by Labor government cuts which they say fundamentally jeopardise the future of tertiary education in Australia.A thousand academics have signed an open letter to Prime Minister Julia Gillard, published in newspapers across the country on Wednesday, urging her not to go ahead with the cuts in the May budget.
Academics must now pay for what they preach, and not whinge for special treatment.
(Thanks to reader CA.) 

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The real oppressors of Gaza. Will the Greens say so?

Andrew Bolt May 01 2013 (9:05am)

Which Palestinians in Gaza are they in solidarity with exactly? Which oppression are they against?

The NSW Parliamentary Friends of Palestine invites you to join them on Sydney Harbour aboard the Mari Nawi to raise funds for Gaza’s Ark and show international solidarity with the people of Gaza...
Are they with the Gaza government or with the people it beats up?
It’s three weeks since his arrest but Ismail Halou still has streaks of purple bruising on the soles of his feet. The 22 year-old was filling cars at his family’s petrol station in Gaza City at 5pm on April 4th when a black jeep pulled into the forecourt, plain-clothed police stepped out and ordered him into the car. He was blindfolded and driven to the nearest police station.
“I could hear the screams of people being beaten in the rooms next to me. Two men held my legs down and tied them together on a wooden board then they beat the soles of my feet with a plastic rod. They beat me for at least five minutes. I was crying and screaming with agony. It was the worst pain I’ve ever felt,” Mr Halou recalls.
It was only after the beating that police officers set to work trying to shave off the one-inch fin of gelled hair that was the cause of his arrest…
Police in Gaza, a Palestinian coastal enclave run by Islamist faction Hamas, have arrested at least 41 men on charges of immodesty this April.
Most of them were beaten, all of them had their heads forcibly shaven. Some were shaven because their haircuts that were deemed culturally inappropriate, others because their trousers were either too low-slung or too fitted. In at least two cases, police also cut-up jeans deemed too tight.
Put your questions on this matter to the politicians claiming to want an end to the oppression of Gaza’s people. Start with NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge
David also co-convenes the NSW Parliamentary Friends of Palestine with Labor MLC Lynda Voltz.
(Thanks to reader Barry.) 

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Growing poorer

Andrew Bolt May 01 2013 (8:58am)

So many Australians have lost a chunk of their retirement savings:
Negatively geared property investors lost an astonishing $13.2 billion in 2010-11, up from $10.1 billion the year before.
The latest Tax Office statistics show the average loss per negatively geared investor was $10,950, up from $9130 the year before. The average loss for a negatively geared investor earning more than $180,000 was $23,800.
Higher interest rates and rising property prices during 2010-11 swelled the losses.


The figures identify negative gearing as one of the key drains on personal tax collections with one in every seven Australian taxpayers now a property investor and one in every 10 negatively geared.
Now many on the Left, having seen Labor squander the massive taxes it’s already raised, want capital gains taxed more. Wonder what this would do to the provision of housing stock? 

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O’Farrell “Liberal in name only”

Andrew Bolt May 01 2013 (8:45am)

Janet Albrechtsen says NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell made a craven deal in signing up to Julia Gillard’s unfunded Gonski plan:
After last week, O’Farrell is a Liberal in name only. By grabbing the Gillard government’s offer to pump $3.3bn into the state education system, O’Farrell chose the easy option, pretending extra money equalled reform.
This has long been the position of the teachers unions. Ignoring clear evidence about what is needed in the classroom, teachers unions have denounced merit-based pay for good teachers, the ability of principals to hire and fire teachers, and sound curriculum reform. They have even demonised a phonics system of teaching children to read as a wicked conservative agenda.

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Gillard spends borrowed money on important Labor ads

Andrew Bolt May 01 2013 (8:24am)

Julia Gillard warned on Monday she was so short of money that she’d have to cut spending on even important stuff:

But, because we now are confronted with new facts and far more significant reductions in tax money than was expected, we are going through the process now of making decisions to spend less in some areas than we had hoped, to raise more in revenue in some areas than we had planned…
Therefore, I have expressly determined we need to have every reasonable option on the table to meet the needs of the times, even options previously taken off the table.
We will save responsibly, even when that means spending less on things which are important and valuable.
But some things are too important and valuable for Gillard to cut:
TAXPAYERS are facing a lavish election-year advertising campaign of up to $50 million to promote Julia Gillard’s Gonski school reforms - despite NSW being the only state to embrace the $14.5 billion funding overhaul…

Prime time television commercials of up to 90 seconds will be broadcast using ‘’real people’’ to sell the Prime Minister’s education blueprint - despite Labor pledging before the 2007 election to crackdown on blatant election-year advertising.
So Gillard. Borrowing taxpayer money for political advertising of an unaffordable program that’s half-baked - and all in breach of an election promise.
What a deceitful, wastrel, incompetent government.
UPDATE
More vital government spending of borrowed money on political advertising of an unaffordable program that’s half-baked:
STEPHEN Conroy’s department is spending $25 million to spruik the National Broadband Network to suburban voters in a campaign that has so far required a record 21 reviews by the body that vets government advertising.

UPDATE
Jennifer Westacott, chief executive of the Business Council of Australia, says the problem is an out-of-control, big-spending government:
Let’s be clear here: we don’t have an economic problem - our economy is fundamentally strong. What we have is a budget management problem and it’s a problem the government has had four years to address.
The loss of control over the budget strategy really set in when, in 2011-12, the government increased its spending to 25.3 per cent of gross domestic product, a level not seen since the global financial crisis, on the basis of expected rising revenue.
What has made the budget deterioration even worse is the collapse in fiscal discipline. Committing billions in ongoing spending based on assumptions about volatile revenue fails the budget integrity test.
Examples:

...don’t spend money we don’t have. Both the Gonski education plan and the national disability insurance scheme are important reforms. But we should not pursue them at any cost when our fiscal circumstances don’t allow it…
On the NDIS, now renamed DisabilityCare, the government should finish the pilots, independently evaluate them, bed down the detail… Only then should we put all the funding options on the table through a cost-benefit analysis, including a levy paid by all taxpayers.
Former Liberal Treasurer Peter Costello says the same - but more memorably:
Julia Gillard says we’ve got a structural deficit which we now have, that we’ve come off record terms of trade, which we now are, and so what’s her response? New spending. We’re still going into new spending. We’re going into the NDIS, we’re going into the Gonski spending. Wouldn’t you sit back and say we’ve had five budget deficits in a row, we’re heading for another one, we shouldn’t be introducing new spending…
The easiest spending cut you’ll make is the new spending you don’t go into… But if you can’t pay for what you’re currently spending, why would you, in your right mind, spend some more?
And for the Opposition, Costello has more good advice:
LEIGH SALES: In March 2010 you wrote a piece for the Sydney Morning Herald which was scathing of Tony Abbott’s Planned Paid Parental Leave Scheme…
PETER COSTELLO: My view is that is a very generous scheme. And again I would say…
LEIGH SALES: Too generous?
PETER COSTELLO: If we can’t afford our current spending, which we obviously can’t because we’re borrowing money, why would you pile into new spending?…
LEIGH SALES: Or direct action on carbon.
PETER COSTELLO: Or direct action on carbon. Hey, fellas, you’re borrowing to fund the current spending. The easiest cut you’ll make is the stuff you never go into.
The bottom line about the Budget crisis is this: government revenue this financial year will still go up more than 7 per cent. That’s a healthy rise - yet this free-spending Government still can’t pay all its bills.
UPDATE
Julie Novak:
That this government is crying foul over an anticipated seven per cent increase in general government sector revenues, rather than the 11 per cent expected at the time of December’s mid-year economic and fiscal outlook statement, should tell average voters everything they need to know about the Gillard-Swan-Wong approach to public sector financial management.
Alan Moran doesn’t even break sweat in identifying $22.5 billion a year of savings. But would the Coalition dare privatise the ABC? Does the ABC dare test its contention that what it does is valuable?
UPDATE
There will be more new taxes under a government she leads:

JULIA Gillard will this morning announce a 0.5 per cent hike in the Medicare Levy to raise $3 billion towards her national disability insurance scheme.
The Australian understands the Medicare levy will be lifted to 2 per cent from July 1, 2014.

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The real danger of the EDL: being blown up by their enemies

Andrew Bolt May 01 2013 (8:22am)

Academics have no trouble talking about the danger of the white Right:
A British university has established a dedicated centre to study the extremist far right, with a particular focus on the increase in violent anti-Islamic sentiment and the possibility of a lone, Anders Behring Breivik style attack.
The Centre for Fascist, Anti-Fascist and Post-Fascist Studies at Teesside University will be formally launched later this month… Beginning with two academics, Professor Nigel Copsey and Dr Matthew Feldman, the centre will specialise in both the history of far-right radicalism in this country, and current trends and dangers.
The two main UK public fronts for far-right sentiment, the British National party and the street-based, anti-Islam English Defence League, are both in apparent decline… [But Feldman argued] this should not obscure a more gradual shift from race-based far-right activism towards “cultural nationalism”, notably against Islam.
As it turns out, the real danger of the EDL is of being nearby when they are blown up by some of the very people they worry about:
Six Islamist extremists admit planning a bombing attack on a rally organised by the far-right English Defence League.
The plot, involving a nail bomb, a partially assembled pipe bomb, shotguns, swords and knives, failed because the rally in Dewsbury ended earlier than planned.
These Islamists don’t even drive responsibly:

The planned attack was only uncovered because a traffic officer stopped Uddin and Khan on the M1 as they travelled back to their home town, Birmingham.
He made checks on their Renault Laguna, which came up as being uninsured, and the car was impounded.
Any chance of the pompously named Centre for Fascist, Anti-Fascist and Post-Fascist Studies studying the true fascist movement of the 21st century? The one that’s going “bang”?
UPDATE
Never jump to conclusions when a bomb goes off. After all, one of the FBI’s 31 most wanted terrorists is not a Muslim.
Damn animal rights extremists.
(Thanks to reader Electric Zorro.) 

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Essendon claims it was duped - into taking a drug that doesn’t enhance performance

Andrew Bolt May 01 2013 (7:21am)

Essendon claims it may have been duped, and its internally commissioned report backs James Hird:

ZIGGY Switkowski’s internal review into Essendon’s governance… does not call for the heads of coach James Hird or chief executive Ian Robson…
Bombers officials have admitted to ASADA investigators some of their players took AOD 9604 last year, but only because they claim they were shown a letter by Dank, and allegedly read by club doctor Bruce Reid.
But WADA yesterday told the Herald Sun it had sent no such letter…
WADA claims Dank was referred to ASADA for advice on the S.0 category of banned substances.
The S.0 category states substances not approved for human use are prohibited at all times.
The patent owner explains the product:
Over the last 2 years, Metabolic Pharmaceuticals has found that AOD9604 may have potential to be used as a treatment for the repair of cartilage, muscle and joint disorders such as Osteoarthritis… Furthermore, there is no evidence that AOD9604 dosing increases the number of muscle or cartilage cells…
In a statement dated 22 April 2013, the World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA) advised that AOD9604 falls into the S0. Non-approved substances category of the 2013 Prohibited Substances and Methods Lists.
AOD9604 has not been granted approval by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration or any other government health authority in the world to be marketed as a pharmaceutical product.
However, Australian registered doctors can legally prescribe AOD9604 with prescriptions made up by a compounding pharmacy.
Following provision of an unconditional “GRAS” (Generally Recognised As Safe) status, a product containing AOD9604 in its intended use in foods, drinks and dietary supplements can be marketed as safe for human oral consumption in the USA at daily amounts of up to 1mg per day.
Since April 2011, AOD9604 has been used as an ingredient in a topical cosmetic cellulite cream (BodyShaperTM) that is readily available through pharmacies and cosmetic counters at major Department stores throughout Australia and Asia.
Safety profile
In the six (6) human clinical trials involving 925 patients conducted at Medeval, Manchester, UK and sixteen (16) major Australian hospitals and medical centres between 2001 and 2007, and in further substantial pre-clinical testing, it has been shown that AOD9604 is very safe.
This record has been further validated in June 2012 by AOD9604 receiving a pivotal GRAS status recognition to enter the U.S. market as a food additive, conditional only on publication of existing safety data in peer-reviewed journals. One paper in this regard is due for imminent publication.
Which suggests the drug is not unsafe and not a performance enhancer. 

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Yearning for the marriage many once attacked

Andrew Bolt May 01 2013 (7:12am)

Gerard Henderson on a quick switch by activists from critics of marriage to appopriators of it:

Journalist Steve Dow, whose book Gay: The Tenth Anniversary Collection has recently been released, appeared on ABC News 24’s The Drum on April 19… During the discussion, Dow acknowledged that the gay movement’s support for same-sex marriage has been a recent development. He added that gays have “gone from quite a radical critique of the whole institution of marriage” to support for same-sex marriage in just 10 years…
In 2002 the radical Australian-born gay activist Peter Tatchell opposed the very concept of “the nuclear family”, depicting it as a bourgeois institution. Yet earlier this year he condemned Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott for not supporting same-sex marriage.
It’s one thing for Tatchell and many of his fellow activists to change their position. It’s quite another for them to expect that the rest of society should immediately alter their views, or simply accept that same-sex marriage will be imposed by legislation.
Then there is gay marriage activist Andrew Sullivan (who has since changed his mind):

(In his book) Virtually Normal Sullivan explains how gay marriage might change the meaning of marriage—for everybody.
“There is more likely to be greater understanding of the need for extramarital outlets between two men than between a man and a woman; and again, the lack of children gives gay couples greater freedom,” he argues.
Indeed, “the openness of the contract makes it more likely to survive than many heterosexual bonds.”
And he sums up: “Marriage should be made available to everyone, but within this model, there is plenty of scope for cultural difference.”
You might think Sullivan exaggerates how different gay marriages might be.
But to state the obvious: a man makes a different kind of wife than does a woman. Or put it this way: a marriage of two men tends to lack the settle-down influence many women bring to their own.
And the statistics reflect it. As researchers in the United States, Europe and Australia have independently found, gay couples indeed tend to be more promiscuous.
Americans David McWhirter and Andrew Mattison, themselves gay, found just that in a survey for their book The Male Couple.
They interviewed 156 gay couples and found that although most had intended to be faithful, only seven still were. Every one of the couples who had been together for at least five years had made arrangements for affairs on the side.
Concluded the authors: “Many couples learn very early in their relationship that ownership of each other sexually can become the greatest internal threat to their staying together.”  

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The bastardy of hypocrite Latham

Andrew Bolt May 01 2013 (6:04am)

Former Labor leader Mark Latham is not only acting like a complete bastard but an utter hypocrite:
How low can you go? Paul Murray Live, Sky News, March 11: 
MARK Latham: Anyone who reads Andrew Robb’s Black Dog Daze could not possibly vote Liberal ... I’d be letterboxing chapter 16, where the man who wants to be the finance minister admits that he lied about his mental illness and the impact of his medication.
Peter Reith: How low are you gonna go, Mark? I mean seriously.
Very ... Mark Latham, Crikey, March 4:

THE book also set out (Andrew) Robb’s lifelong struggle with mental illness ... It recalled how his wife “had to be on suicide watch” when Robb started treatment for his problem in 2009 ... The most revealing section of Robb’s book is chapter 16 ... This was also a shockingly cynical act by Robb, a strategy to milk his illness for political advantage.
Low. Latham, Australian Financial Review, February 28:
THE chances of a troubled character like Robb successfully planning the transformation of northern Australia are zero. 
A new low in Australian public life? Latham in the Australian Financial Review yesterday:
WHILE politicians sometimes lie about policy proposals, I have never known an MP to be disingenuous about something as important as mental illness and the impact of their medication. (Andrew) Robb has set a new low in Australian public life.
Latham, Hansard, June 21, 2000:

I SAID that we needed to learn lessons from [Labor MP Greg Wilton’s suicide] ... is it still too much to expect the media to show just a speck of sensitivity and consideration to those suffering depressive illnesses? ... These stories could not have been published unless people in the political system contributed to them. They have given new meaning to the term “political animal”, because only an animal would go out of its way to pressure and harass someone with a depressive illness. Only an animal would have seen Greg Wilton as a political number instead of a human life. Only an animal would have been so cold, so calculating and so ruthless ... people can proclaim their compassion for humanity in the abstract as loudly as they like but there is no such thing as humanity in the abstract ... If you treat people in your lives with contempt, then your great compassion for humanity in the abstract does not mean a lot.

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Bucks for Boston bombers

Andrew Bolt April 30 2013 (8:01pm)

State-sponsored terrorism:
The Tsarnaev family, including the suspected terrorists and their parents, benefited from more than $100,000 in taxpayer-funded assistance — a bonanza ranging from cash and food stamps to Section 8 housing from 2002 to 2012, the Herald has learned.
A lousy $100,000 in support? No wonder they hated America. 

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How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart?(Psalm 13:2)

Remember that God is sovereign and the battle of life can be very difficult. Probably the last thing you think about as you suffer in a trial is that God is working all things out for your good. When you are overwhelmed with problems, it takes all the strength you have to just barely whisper a prayer.

My friends, I write this message to again empathize with so many of you that are feeling literally torn apart by painful trials. I struggle also. We are definitely living in a time of darkness. The laws of God simply don’t matter as the evil spirit of self-righteousness fills the hearts of most. Satan’s main weapon of attack is to destroy families. He works to divide and conquer. If he can break up loved ones, he can use their pain to do his work. Don't let loose please.We read in 2 Timothy 3 that there will be terrible times in the last days. Be a strong soldier,be at alert for the days are evil.God bless you. 

Madu Odiokwu Pastorvin's status.
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Andrew Rohan MP, Senator Marise Payne, and Shadow Immigration Minister Scott Morrison.
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Thank God Ninos Khoshaba didn't get his way with the former compromised motion, the motion, which was passed by the NSW Parliament reads as follows: 

Whereas the NSW Parliament passed a motion in 1997 recognising and condemning the Genocide of the Armenians, this House recognises that Assyrians and Greeks were subjected to qualitatively similar genocides by the then Ottoman Government between 1914 -- 1923: and

(a) joins the Assyrians, Armenians and Greeks communities of New South Wales in honouring the memory of the innocent men, women and children who fell victim to the first modern genocides;

(b) condemns the genocides of the Assyrians, Armenians and Greeks, and all other acts of genocide as the ultimate act of intolerance;

(c) recognises the importance of remembering and learning from such dark chapters in human history to ensure that such crimes against humanity are not allowed to be repeated;

(d) condemns and prevents all attempts to use the passage of time to deny or distort the historical truth of the genocides of the Assyrians, Armenians and Greeks, and other acts of genocide;

(e) recalls the testimonies of ANZAC prisoners-of-war and other servicemen who were witness to the genocides of the Assyrians, Armenians and Greeks;

(f) recalls the testimonies of ANZAC servicemen who rescued Assyrians, Armenians and Greeks genocide survivors;

(g) acknowledges the significant humanitarian relief contribution made by the people of New South Wales to the victims and survivors of the Assyrians, Armenians and Greeks; and

(h) calls on the Commonwealth Government to condemn the genocides of the Assyrians, Armenians and Greeks.

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This week's blog isn’t a nursery rhyme you’ll want to tell the kids: http://www.corybernardi.com/2013/05/old-mother-hubbard.html
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Caught up with former NSW Premier and Federal Minister for Finance, The Hon. John Fahey AC, currently President of the World Anti-Doping Agency, at the launch of the Salvation Army Central Coast Red Shield Appeal. Don’t forget Red Shield Appeal is on the 25th & 26th May, please give generously to the Salvos.
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Shadow Minister Scott Morrison — at Brenan Park
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Philociraptor wisdom at its finest
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Something ghastly is afoot in Victorian Yorkshire, as bodies are found with their skin a waxy, glowing red… 

Don't miss 'The Crimson Horror' this weekend!
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Spectacular new images from a NASA spacecraft orbiting Saturn have captured the most detailed views ever of an enormous hurricane churning around the ringed planet's north pole. See more images and a great video that explains the vortex here: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/4jql
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Same kind of misleading statements said my energy bill would rise less than 1% if I chose renewable energy .. ed
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1911 - Puck Magazine - "Senatorial Courtesy": Illustration shows Uncle Sam standing behind a group of legislators and businessmen who are bowing before a large hog labeled "Greed" with its front feet in a trough labeled "Wall Street".
Caption: "Those who know the term but not its meaning may find enlightenment above."
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An old man was going for a walk on the beach, when he noticed a little boy feeding a thin, shaggy looking dog with bits of bread.

He went up to the boy and asked him why he was sharing his bread with the dogs.

The little boy answered, "Because they have nothing. No home, no family, and if I don’t feed them they will die."

“But there are homeless dogs everywhere," the old man replied. “So your efforts don’t really make a difference”

The little boy looked at the dog and stroked him. “But for him, for this little dog, it makes all the difference in the world.”

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Oysters tenaciously attach to a ROCK larger than themselves. Then no punishing wave or violent storm can sweep them away.

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June 8, 1961 - The world was introduced to the voice of Marvin Gaye with his debut album: The Soulful Moods of Marvin Gaye.
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“I feel like I am his property. I feel trapped in my own skin, like I’m just screaming inside and nobody can hear me.” http://bit.ly/DRP0430
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My friends, I have lost Sunshine. She is missing. Last seen in the cabramatta area. Please keep a look out for her and share with your friends. I am unsure if someone came into my back yard and took her. She won't grow any more bigger than she is in these photos. Please, I love this dog so much. — in Cabramatta.
update .. Home sweet home. She had been found and given to a couple who had posted pictures of Sunshine on Facebook and a mutual friend saw it and contacted me. 
Thank you everybody who kept a look out, shared and anything else to contribute in reuniting Sunshine and I. 
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Spent today with Hon. Peter Dutton MP, Shadow Minister for Health & Ageing and Lucy Wicks. Thank you to the Healthcare providers including Central Coast Medicare Local who met with us today to discuss healthcare here on the Central Coast.
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Jerusalem, Israel
"I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; They shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent, And give Him no rest till He establishes And till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth."
Isaiah 62:6-7
 
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We are thrilled to announce that Brian Minchin is to be the new Executive Producer of Doctor Who, alongside showrunner Steven Moffat.

Brian has previously worked on 'Wizards Vs Aliens', 'The Sarah Jane Adventures' and 'Torchwood' to name but a few. Find out more on the BBC Doctor Who website:http://bbc.in/11UjWDP
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In this video excerpt, catch a glimpse of how the birth of Jesus as Savior of the world was perfectly timed and arranged by the Father. Be encouraged to know that everything in your life will go according to your heavenly Father's good plans and purposes for you when, like the wise men, you seek Jesus and place everything in His hands!
http://josephprince.com/
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The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him (Ps 28:7, NIV).
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Beloved, no matter what you’re going through today, I want to encourage you to give thanks to your heavenly Father. 

Thank Him that He is making all things work together for your good (Rom 8:28) despite your circumstances!

And as you praise your Father even in the midst of your challenges, you’re declaring that He is your God and He’s in control of your life. And you will see Him release His mighty power to work effectively in your favor!http://josephprince.com/
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Friend,
"Congressional leaders in both parties are engaged in high-level, confidential talks about exempting lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides from the insurance exchanges they are mandated to join as part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, sources in both parties said."
That comes from a recent Politico article detailing discussions that some on Capitol Hill - members of Congress and staff from both parties - are having in an attempt to exempt themselves from the requirements of ObamaCare.
Wait a second.  What?
Your read that right.  Those who represent us in Washington are suggesting that they - the very ones who passed Obamacare - are finding ways to weasel their way out of having to follow that law.
This line from that article is especially compelling:
"...lawmakers - especially those with long careers in public service and smaller bank accounts - are also concerned about the hit to their own wallets..."
Of course they are upset about the hit their wallet will take.  Aren't we all?
This is absurd and an example of government hypocrisy:  Do as I say, but not as I do.
While many on Capitol Hill are backpedaling since this report has come out, one thing is very clear: our elected officials - the very ones who voted for this flawed piece of legislation - recognize that Obamacare is expensive to individuals and crippling to small businesses.
Patriot Voices is compiling a petition to present to Congress to tell them that exempting themselves from Obamacare is wrong, hypocritical and a slap in the face to our democratic process.
Please sign our petition today.  It can make a difference.
Game on!
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