Sunday, July 14, 2013

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Happy birthday and many happy returns John MorrisPallavi ThapaVytautas JuodisRima Dablan and Damian Clarke. Born on the same day, across the years. On your day in 756, Emperor Xuanzong fled the Tang capital Chang'an as An Lushan's forces advance toward the city during the An Lushan Rebellion. 1769, Spanish soldier Gaspar de Portolá led the first European land expedition to present-day California. 1933, With the enactment of the Law for the Prevention of Hereditarily Diseased Offspring, the Nazi Party began its eugenics program. 1965, The NASA spacecraft Mariner 4 flew past Mars, collecting the first close-up pictures of another planet. 2003, In an effort to discredit U.S. Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson, who had written an article critical of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Washington Post columnist Robert Novak revealed that Wilson's wife Valerie Plame was a CIA "operative". Your remarkable day says much, as your dreams are realised with long journeys. Probably best to keep the secret agent business secret. You are flexible, and will leave that capital when you must, those long term projects you have great follow through with .. don't forget to read the instructions first, or you might have to correct mistakes ;)
And a special welcome to Teresa Limbu who came to Australia on this day .. and on her journey acquired a good man and a lovely child ..

Now Kevin’s back, he needs to finish the Heiner Affair

Piers Akerman – Saturday, July 13, 2013 (11:55pm)

AFTER years of obfuscation and denial by a spectacular array of senior Labor figures and associates, I believe that Kevvie from Brizzie can no longer avoid questioning about his role in the long-running Heiner Affair.
When Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry head Tim Carmody SC handed down his finding into the origins of the notorious matter on July 1, he stated in his 144-page report that all members of the March 5, 1990, Goss cabinet were open to a criminal charge under section 129 of the Criminal Code for destroying evidence known to be required for a “realistically possible” future judicial proceeding.
Kevin Rudd was cabinet secretary at the time.
The Heiner Affair began with an inquiry into the management practices of the John Oxley Youth Centre in late 1989 and early 1990 conducted by retired magistrate Noel Heiner in the last days of the Cooper National Party government under public service law by the Families Department. Trade union interests were involved.
The inquiry generated the controversially shredded evidence.
Whistleblower Kevin Lindeberg, a former union organiser sacked while trying to preserve the records to uphold his members’ legal rights, maintained to the Criminal Justice Commission in 1990 that section 129 had prima facie been breached.
He was ridiculed by the ALP, the CJC and most in the media. But two unions and lawyers for the then-centre manager and his deputy had placed the Queensland government on notice via the department and warned them not to shred and warned them of court action to access the documents if necessary.
As Lindeberg persisted, he became aware of child abuse being in the documents (which the Carmody Inquiry has now proven conclusively), and potential evidence of child sexual abuse, in particular the rape of a young Aboriginal girl.
The girl was raped by other inmates during a supervised bush outing in May, 1988. One of the excursion supervisors told Carmody that it was unfortunate but “shit happens.” The way it was handled caused great angst amongst certain staff with records showing that at least one person said that a cover-up was taking place.
Lindeberg took this matter to Carmody when he was the head of Queensland Crime Commission in late 2001. Carmody’s Commission confirmed in writing to Lindeberg that, at law, it was an incident of potential “criminal paedophilia” which Carmody had a standing reference to investigate. Despite the commission being on the brink of closing, Lindeberg wanted it investigated immediately, or, at the very least, to be given a reference number. He got neither.
Lindeberg gained the support of some of this nation’s leading jurists, including the former Chief Justice of the High Court Sir Harry Gibbs, who upheld his view on the illegal shredding of evidence and his call for a full inquiry into the scandal.
When the Newman government honoured its pre-election promise to review the Heiner Affair - largely due to a series of reports which had appeared in The Sunday Telegraph - and appointed Carmody, it ignored his earlier involvement.
Included in the evidence received by the commission is a 10-volume report covering the 17-year history of the alleged cover-up period prepared by senior Sydney QC David Rofe and running to 2693 pages. It is publicly available as a privileged document.
The thrust of the Rofe audit is that the shredding was an alleged prima facie crime under sections 129 and/or 132, conspiracy to defeat justice.
Last July, Lindeberg sought to have Carmody recuse himself on the grounds he had a conflict of interest.
Carmody declined on the basis that “government” meant “the political executive” instead of “whole of government” saying, inter alia, that otherwise he may have to investigate himself.
Early this year, Carmody amended the terms of reference, strictly confining the review period from January 1, 1988, to December 31, 1990.
In his report, Carmody says he could not conclusively find evidence of child sexual abuse having been given to Heiner and categorised two key witnesses as “unreliable” and/or “suggestive”.
One testified that she was 100 per cent certain she had told Heiner about the rape. And, after hearing a 2001 tape recording of an interview, another recalled Heiner asking questions about the rape.
In mid-2010, the rape victim was paid $140,000 by the Bligh government and ordered to remain silent. She immediately described the payout as “dirty, yucky money” to keep her “hush, hush”.
In 2004, Queensland Baptist pastor Doug Ensbey was found guilty under section 129 in unrelated proceedings, when he destroyed the diary of a girl who had kept a record of abuse by a parishioner.
Though the destruction occurred six years before legal action commenced, the Queensland Appeal Court (in accord with District Court jury) ruled he should have known at the time, being a reasonable person, that the diary might be required as evidence for a “realistically possible” future judicial proceeding.
The diary wasn’t even adduced in evidence when the abuser stood trial six years later having admitted to his crime, but the pastor’s act was seen to be an attempt to obstruct justice and could not be tolerated.
The Beattie government appealed the leniency of his sentence because of the gravity of the pastor’s crime. It wanted him jailed as a warning to others despite his spotless reputation and having nothing to gain in his shredding act.
Unless the Newman government believes there should be one law for Baptist pastors and another for members of the Goss cabinet, in my view it must take this matter further.
As Carmody ominously pointed out in his report: “The case against the cabinet ministers is arguably stronger than that faced by Mr Ensbey.”


Rudd 2.0 - bathroom selfies, puffball speeches … but no plan

Miranda Devine – Saturday, July 13, 2013 (11:56pm)

HOW stupid does Kevin Rudd think we are? Does he really think a selfie of his latest shaving cut will translate into votes?
People might notice and laugh, but only for the novelty of a Prime Minister behaving so childishly.
Of course, after three years of Julia Gillard’s grating divisiveness and political misjudgment, Rudd’s ascension came as a relief to the electorate. It was the next best thing to a change of government.
But if we are upset with soaring energy prices, rising unemployment, the wasted billions, the layoffs, the shuttered shops and failing small businesses, not to mention the 45,000 boat people he ushered to our doors, Rudd has no answers.
It’s extraordinary that, having spent three years in the wilderness, Rudd has not retooled his persona, nor come up with a plan. His puffball National Press Club speech was notable for its premature hubris, lack of substance and internal contradictions. Pumping up the need to be positive, he laid into Tony Abbott 22 times.
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His latest “brain explosion”, scribbled on a piece of paper before a speech in Arnhem Land last week, was more evidence Rudd hasn’t learned from his disastrous first term.
He announced a referendum within two years to recognise Aborigines in the Constitution and blamed “Captain Negative” Abbott for the delay. The allegation couldn’t have been more dishonest.
Former Labor Party president and indigenous leader Warren Mundine called it “disgusting” on Sky News.
In fact, Abbott and Jenny Macklin have been working together for two years to ensure bipartisan support for the referendum.
As for his much ballyhooed changes to the way Labor leaders are removed, all is not as it seems.
The rule change has not been written into the ALP constitution. So a simple caucus vote in the future could undo Rudd’s so-called reform. The next vote would be to remove Rudd once and for all.
But, first, it’s the voters’ turn.


A special man

Miranda Devine – Saturday, July 13, 2013 (11:56pm)

IT IS a rare gift for a journalist to meet a person whose knowledge, intellect and clarity of thought shine through the fog of information like a beacon of truth.
Kurt Lance is such a man. He became a staple in my reporter’s contact book more than a decade ago as a bushfire brigade volunteer with enormous practical knowledge.
He had an abiding contempt for incompetent bureaucracies and well understood the ideology creeping through the Green movement at that time, which cared so little for people.
He was the Cassandra who warned us that the failure to manage fuel loads in national parks with regular hazard reduction would lead to catastrophic bushfires.
He knew that the loss of life and property was a human failure, not an inevitability to be blamed on arsonists or climate change. He has been one of the few people brave enough to speak out against the pack and educate those willing to listen..
But little did I know that this old farmer in Ebenezer, with a charming Austrian accent and a rare talent for clear expression, had lived such an extraordinary life: a child of the Holocaust, champion skier, soldier, pioneer of the Australian ski industry, mechanic, successful businessman, refugee, survivor.
He was too humble to boast, but I have just read the manuscript of his biography, Flame Of Leviticus, which I will be launching in Thredbo next month. He has been planning to ski the Masters’ competition there at the same time, at the age of 88, having last competed three years ago.
Kurt’s story is a boy’s own adventure of a wilful, politically aware 13-year-old in Vienna in 1938, who heard the drumbeat of war before his parents and determined to take his destiny into his own hands.
He ran away from home, swimming across a river to Czechoslovakia under the nose of Nazi soldiers. He found a job pulling beers in an alehouse, and impressed various adults along the way so they helped him.
But he feared for his parents when he heard from a Russian soldier about Kristallnacht, “the night of the broken glass”, November 9-10, 1938, when Nazis attacked Jews and ransacked their homes and businesses in Germany and parts of Austria. He immediately made the hazardous journey home to help his family.
The story of how this brave, fierce boy defied the Nazis and rescued his broken father from Dachau would bring you to tears.
The book also cracks open the inner Kurt Lance, the gentle romantic who loves women, who remained true to his first wife Sylvia and who cared for her when she had Alzheimer’s disease until she had to go to a nursing home, where she died.
Then he found love with Dorothy, who had been the matron of the nursing home where his wife had lived. They married on his 80th birthday.
A self-described rogue, Kurt embodies the manly virtues, of stoicism, fortitude, justice and humility. His story is an ode to the nobility of honest hard work and the possibility of redemption. It is also a spiritual journey that brought a man back to God.
While his parents fled to Shanghai before the war, Kurt was whisked to safety in Britain as one of 10,000 Jewish children on the Kindertransport mission. He was on his own from the age of 14, working like a navvy on an English dairy farm, and eventually fighting in the British Army against the Germans.
He drove tanks in Italy, went on daring missions behind enemy lines to blow up Nazi strongholds, and worked as a translator for army intelligence.
It was during the war he saw the tragic waste of badly managed bureaucracy.
During a difficult battle in northern Italy, his tank unit punched a hole in German fortifications so the 7th Armoured Division could forge though.
That was the plan. But, as Kurt tells it, “the generals managed a big stuff up”.
The 7th Armoured Division was in Rome on leave, and Kurt’s tank unit was devastated, half its men killed or injured.
The book is also a sort of history of skiing in Australia, in which Kurt has played such a large role over 65 years, receiving an Order of Australia for his contributions.
Skiing has been his life’s enduring passion since he first strapped on a pair of skis in Austria at the age of five under the tutelage of his dear Uncle Max, who would later die in a concentration camp.
He fell in love with downhill racing in northern Italy during the war and continued the sport in Thredbo.
Over the years, in numerous conversations, Kurt became my guide through the science of bushfire management and the perverse obstructionism of Green bureaucracy.
After one hugely destructive fire on Sydney’s northwest fringe in 2002, he invited me to the lovely tallowwood and ironbark farmhouse he had built on the Hawkesbury for a cup of tea, before taking me on a tour of the devastation.
He showed me melted trucks and warped signs, houses vaporised but for a few red tiles. The fire was so hot it split whole layers off ancient sandstone boulders, and burned so deep into the earth nothing would grow for years.
He wanted the world to understand that the failure to manage fuel loads had caused the inferno to burn so fiercely, and wreaked infinitely more damage on the environment than it should have.
Kurt is a genuine environmentalist, who once carved off a portion of his own farm as a wildlife reserve, and has fought against environmental degradation in his district and in the Snowy Mountains. Through force of will and the strength of his argument, he came to be invited onto government bushfire inquiries, where his testimony made a difference.
The great burden of 20th century tragedy and war has borne down on Kurt Lance but he survived to build a life of uncompromising integrity.
He concentrated on what he could fix in the world, not what had gone wrong, helping others as he was helped and contributing richly to his adopted country.
How fortunate Australia is to have had such a man.



Tim Blair – Sunday, July 14, 2013 (5:52am)

Kevin Rudd will announce plans to scrap the carbon tax within days as he clears the decks for an election …
In an attempt to neutralise Tony Abbott’s anti-carbon tax crusade, the Prime Minister will announce the plan to “ease cost of living pressures for families”. 
Rudd won in 2007 by posing as a tamer version of the then-leader of the Liberal party. In 2013, he’s attempting the same thing.



Tim Blair – Sunday, July 14, 2013 (5:39am)

As she was reading these names live to air, the newsreader possibly felt that “sum ting” was indeed “wong”: 



Lots prefer me, says Malcolm Turnbull

Andrew Bolt July 14 2013 (1:28pm)

He’s not going out of his way to play it down:
MALCOLM Turnbull says he knows many people would prefer he lead the Liberal Party rather than Tony Abbott, but that they should vote for the party anyway.
He ruled out having a tilt at the leadership…
“There are a lot of people out there who would rather I was leading the Liberal Party; it is ridiculous to deny that that’s not happening… If they think I am a person of capability and quality and so forth, they should be comforted by the fact that I am part of that team in a senior leadership position.
“So if you are a Malcolm Turnbull fan rather than a Tony Abbott fan, you may prefer Malcolm ... I was in the top job rather than Tony: I will be up the top table.”


The Liberals attack

Andrew Bolt July 14 2013 (1:10pm)


Zimmerman found not guilty. This racial witchhunt ends

Andrew Bolt July 14 2013 (12:43pm)

The framing of George Zimmerman by the media and the prosecution was an utter disgrace. It was the racism that some reporters purported to denounce.
Thank God for America that a jury has found him not guilty. But as his defence counsel said, it should never have got that far. The jury prevented a “tragedy from being a travesty”.
Zimmerman’s lawyers foreshadow civil action. Some news organisations which doctored tapes, hid evidence and stirred up racial hatreds should be very, very worried. So should the celebrities who tried to direct a lynch mob to Zimmerman and his parents.
Some celebrities are still preaching a lethal race-based hatred:
After George Zimmerman was found not guilty of all charges on Saturday evening, New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz sent a threatening tweet that has since been deleted from his account.
He tweeted, “Thoroughly confused. Zimmerman doesn’t last a year before the hood catches up to him.”
A timeline on how media, celebrities and - yes - even President Barack Obama - set the racist mob loose on George Zimmerman:

The day after Sharpton held his rally and said, “Trayvon could have been any one of our sons,” President Obama made huge news when he stepped before the cameras, demanded action in the Zimmerman case, and famously said, “If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon.”
In just two days, a network news anchor and an American president had blasted the Zimmerman case into the nation’s top story and did so based on a racial narrative without a shred of evidence to support it. Almost every other major news outlet would now commit every journalistic sin imaginable to fabricate evidence.
Just one despicable example:

On the storied Today Show, NBC News told America Zimmerman said this on the 911 call
Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.
When the truth is that the unedited audio actually went like this:
Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. Or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.
Dispatcher: OK, and this guy — is he black, white or Hispanic?
Zimmerman: He looks black.
Shame, shame on them. 

I think the verdict was right .. had it actually been the case he was trolling it would have come out. But the smear will live with him forever. Richard the Lionheart was the subject of a smear campaign, and an outraged young man shot him with a crossbow. The wound was fatal, but not immediate. Richard explained to the young man what had happened, gave the man some money and sent him on his way, before Richard died. Whereupon, members of Richard's retinue, captured the man and flayed him. - ed

The Bolt Report today

Andrew Bolt July 14 2013 (10:46am)

The twitter feed.
The place the videos appear


Rudd cools on global warming. To cut the carbon tax

Andrew Bolt July 14 2013 (7:26am)

Once he said global warming was “the great moral challenge of our generation”. Now he is doing an Abbott, axing the tax (albeit replacing it with a lower price through emissions trading):
KEVIN Rudd will announce plans to scrap the carbon tax within days as he clears the decks for an election.
The decision could slash electricity bills by up to $150 a year for families spending $2000 annually, assuming a floating price for carbon emissions as low as $6 per tonne.
Federal cabinet has agreed to fast-track the planned introduction of an emissions trading scheme to July 1, 2014…
Australia had previously planned to move from the current fixed-price carbon tax on the biggest polluters - much of which is passed on to consumers through higher utility prices - to an emissions trading scheme, where the price is determined by the market, by July 2015.
The planned shift from a fixed to a floating price threatens to blow a massive hole in the federal budget, costing billions of dollars a year.
The government will claim the shift is “revenue neutral”, with tough spending cuts to offset reduced revenue.
Tony Abbott demands more:
‘’Mr Rudd can change the name but whether it is fixed or floating, it is still a carbon tax,’’ the Opposition Leader said....  ‘’Only the Coalition will do the right thing by families to reduce their cost of living by scrapping the carbon tax, lock, stock and barrel.’’

Now for the fun in seeing all the Labor MPs and the Left embracing the destruction of what they once swore we needed. Pretending to be wise as they retreat from their stupidity.
But politically this is smart. It shows the advantage of Labor being led by a populist prepared to ditch anything for cheap votes.
Next he’ll announce he’s turning back the boats.
I’m watching Treasurer Chris Bowen on Meet the Press telling us the carbon tax should go to meet “cost of living” pressures. Telling us that switching to world prices - now just under $6 a tonne - will cut our power bills, and that this is good.
I’m gobsmacked by the utter gall. Astonished that the reporters just nod at the latest version of wisdom from Labor.
This from the Labor Government which earlier:
- passed the carbon tax precisely to increase electricity prices and make us cut emissions,
- spent the last year claiming the carbon tax wasn’t actually a big deal in driving up power prices, anyway.
- swore Australia’s carbon tax wasn’t ahead of the rest of the world, and world prices would soon match it.
- insisted global warming was “the great moral challenge of our generation”, requiring a carbon tax set at a minimum of $23 a tonne to drive the cuts in emissions we needed.
All crap, from a party of liars.
This latest change dumps what Labor wrought just a year ago, at amazing expense and accompanied by massive government advertising. And we’re supposed to applaud its wisdom now that it’s proved an expensive disaster? 


Rudd gives in to Gillard

Andrew Bolt July 14 2013 (7:20am)

Rudd backer Richard Marles - aided by David Feeney - tried to parachute his own woman into Julia Gillard’s seat of Lalor. That didn’t work out well:
AFTER a shaky start to her campaign young diplomat Lisa Clutterham has withdrawn from the preselection race for former prime minister Julia Gillard’s seat of Lalor.
Ms Clutterham was one of six nominees for Labor’s preselection in the coveted safe seat in Melbourne’s west....

Ms Clutterham made a spectacular entrance to the public stage on Thursday when she gave a radio interview in which she admitted she had no connection to Melbourne and had joined the ALP less than a month ago.
Now time for a tactical retreat, with Rudd preferring to back Gillard’s preferred candidate instead - for fear of payback:
Fairfax Media also understands that Mr Rudd supports Joanne Ryan’s candidacy for the safe Melbourne seat of Lalor, vacated by former prime minister Julia Gillard. It is understood he is supporting Ms Ryan in a move possibly designed to minimise animosity from Ms Gillard’s internal supporters.


Katter claims Palmer tried to “buy” his party

Andrew Bolt July 14 2013 (5:51am)

Would Clive Palmer try to run government this way, too?

MINING billionaire Clive Palmer tried to “buy” Bob Katter’s party for $20 million and merge it with his fledgling United Australia Party, sources close to the extraordinary deal said yesterday.
Although Mr Palmer denies a direct offer was made, Mr Katter said there was a series of confidential meetings where funding was discussed.
“If we had joined forces there would have been huge money on the table,’’ Mr Katter said from Cairns.
“We walked away from a lot of money - tens of millions at least. We thought about it and said, ‘No thank you’.

Apocryphal - ed
Judy Rudd an amateur genealogy researcher in south east Queensland , was doing some personal work on her own family tree. She discovered that ex-Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's great-great uncle, Remus Rudd, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in Melbourne in 1889. Both Judy and Kevin Rudd share this common ancestor.

The only known photograph of Remus shows him standing on the gallows at the Melbourne Jail.

On the back of the picture Judy obtained during her research is this inscription:

'Remus Rudd horse thief, sent to Melbourne Jail 1885, escaped 1887, robbed the Melbourne-Geelong train six times.

Caught by Victoria Police Force, convicted and hanged in 1889.'

So Judy recently e-mailed ex-Prime Minister Rudd for information about their great-great uncle, Remus Rudd.

Believe it or not, Kevin Rudd's staff sent back the following biographical sketch for her genealogy research:

"Remus Rudd was famous in Victoria during the mid to late 1800s. His business empire grew to include acquisition of valuable equestrian assets and intimate dealings with the Melbourne-Geelong Railroad..

Beginning in 1883, he devoted several years of his life to government service, finally taking leave to resume his dealings with the railroad.

In 1887, he was a key player in a vital investigation run by the Victoria Police Force. In 1889, Remus passed away during an important civic function held in his honour when the platform upon which he was standing collapsed."

4 her


Oprah apologizes for post-Zimmerman verdict tweets ==>

Moshe Schwartz
Hate is a crime that is punishable once it is matched with behaviour that is criminal. Until then, it isn't a crime. I hate everybody, but I don't have the energy to do anything about it. Sometimes, I wish those I hate would just hand over the cash, gold and trinkets. But we are locked in this eternal battle where I have to work for a living. I accept status quo. What worries me is when hate mixed with action isn't criminalised. As when the UN lets people bomb others and throw rocks .. ed
Should "hate" be a crime that is punishable? If so under what specific circumstances. Also if it is punishable then what thought should be legislated to replace it?


Maggie loves pulling into port! It means grass is minutes away! Ahhh. ‪#‎MansBestFriend‬ ‪#‎Vacation‬‪#‎DrPhil‬ 

Cahill U.S. Marshal – Trailer
- Film Clip -

IPCC vice chairman exposes his bias:

Google held a fundraiser for a skeptic senator (Jim Inhofe), which caused an uproar on the blogsphere. Now the IPCC vice chair tweets:

"Funding lunch for climate ‪#‎skeptic‬ should be unthinkable for @Google. Read … cc @jtemple @MichaelEMann via @RichardTol"

".@EricSchmidt Are you OK with @Google, your company, funding climate ‪#‎skeptics‬? Andrew Revkin"

"I just told @Google not to support ‪#‎climate‬skeptics like @JimInhofe! ‪#‎dontfundevil‬ See petition:… via Forecast the Facts"

This conclusively destroys the idea that the IPCC is a body that tries to make an unbiased assessment, of the global warming question.

Twitter feed here:

Shub Niggurath responds:

"@JPvanYpersele Funding IPCC should be unthinkable for govts. Be forwarding msgs to mine @plazaeme @google @jtemple @MichaelEMann @RichardTol"

- Gold Shub, and here at CCL, we wholeheartedly agree.

"More than ever the establishment a Palestinian state in any format vaguely approaching the pre-1967 lines is likely to place hundreds of thousands of Israeli civilians in mortal danger.

In light of past precedents, present circumstances and the high probability of a disastrous future outcome, pressure on the government to adhere to a policy that will imperil so many of its citizens should be considered tantamount to enemy action." - Martin Sherman, "Into the Fray: Incompetent, impotent, irrelevant" - JPost

Roma Downey
"You can tell children how to act, but they will live what they see. Be an example of faith and love." -- Victoria Osteen


The Making of The Great Escape

The Great Escape is a 1963 American film about an escape by Allied prisoners of war from a German POW camp during World War II, starring Steve McQueen, James Garner, and Richard Attenborough.

Archaeologists in Poland believe they've made a startling discovery: a group of vampire graves.
Graves of vampires is a concept I get. Vampire graves sounds threatening but obscure .. ed

Deliciously brutal: Laura Ingraham demolishes Texas pro-abort Wendy Davis in one tweet ==>


Graphic Quotes: John Wayne on Well-Educated Idiots

“I’d like to know why well-educated idiots keep apologizing for lazy and complaining people who think the world owes them a living.” John Wayne

Pastor Rick Warren
The real treasure in life isn't things but relationships. Sadly, most people don't figure this out until retirement.






It’s ‘n*gga season’: Marlon Wayans tweets epic meltdown about ‘fat guck Zimmerman’ ==>

Holly Sarah Nguyen
When I'm tempted to walk with my head down I remember ~ Psalms 3:3 ~ O Lord you are always here, a shield and lifter of my head


How can anyone trust an Iranian regime's ex IRGC/ Qods forces interrogator who had forced political Prisoners playing a role in his films in the 80s?

A storm passes by in the night, just south of Chickasha, Oklahoma. — in Chickasha, OK.

I was looking through my storm chase pics and noticed that this image was in fact meant to be a three photo panorama. I took it through the process and it turned into this. A much better feeling for what it is like to be under a huge shelf cloud system in the late morning hours, that is dumping baseball sized hail not all too far away.— at Newcastle Ok.

9:00 seems .. wonky .. - ed

Milky Way rises over Yosemite National Park. It probably would have been a nice quiet night in the meadow if not for the two photographers ooohing and aweing at the screens on the back of their cameras. — with Lynneal Dawn Atkeson andMatt Granz at Yosemite National Park.

REAL unemployment is double the official figure - with 13 per cent of Australia's workforce wanting a job or longer hours.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) yesterday released a new analysis that combines the official unemployment rate with "discouraged" jobseekers, the "underemployed'' and those who want to start work within a month, but cannot begin immediately.
The 13.1 per cent rate of "extended labour force under-utilisation'' in August 2012 was more than double the official unemployment rate at the time of 5 per cent.
The ABS counts people as employed even if they only work an hour a week.
But the new measure also counts underemployment - workers in part-time or casual positions who want a permanent job or longer hours.
And it includes those "discouraged'' jobseekers who want to work but have given up looking because employers consider them to be too old or too young, if they are ill or disabled, lack the necessary training or experience, cannot find a job locally or in their line of work, or cannot speak English well.
The ABS report shows the labour under-utilisation rate fell steadily between 2001 and 2008 but "increased sharply'' when the global financial crisis hit in 2009, from 10.6 per cent to 14.3 per cent.
Mission Australia chief executive Toby Hall yesterday called for a change to how the federal government calculates unemployment.
He said the current 5.6 per cent unemployment rate did not reflect the number of Australians on disability pensions, or who have given up looking for work.
"There are very few long-term jobs for people who are unemployed or work-challenged,'' he said.
"People are just giving up looking because there are no jobs to go to.''
Mr Hall said casual jobs that provide work for 10 hours one week and 20 the next "make life difficult to manage''.
Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Peter Anderson said bosses wanted to hire extra staff and give existing workers more hours - but could not afford to.
"Many staff working part-time or casual hours want more work to supplement their income but the patchiness of the Australian economy is making that a very difficult ask,'' he said yesterday.
"Industry has sought to keep as many people in work as possible by adjusting their hours rather than retrenching them.''
The ABS report shows the "labour under-utilisation rate'' was much higher for women - at 14.2 per cent - than men, at 11.3 per cent.
And young Australians were find it toughest to crack the job market, with a third of 15 to 19-year-olds and nearly one in five 20 to 24-year-olds "under-utilised''.
Tasmania suffered the nation's highest rate of labour under-utilisation - with 18 per cent of the workforce wanting a job or more hours of work.
In South Australia, 14.6 per cent of the workforce was "under-utilised''.
In Victoria, 14.2 per cent of the workforce was "under-utilised".
In Queensland, 13.8 per cent of the workforce was "under-utilised".
In NSW, 12.3 per cent of the workforce was "under-utilised''.
In the Northern Territory, 7.5 per cent of the workforce was "under-utilised''.
The ABS report said the under-utilisation rate gave a "more comprehensive picture'' of the state of Australia's workforce than the pure jobless rate.
"While the unemployment rate is the most commonly used measure of available labour supply, it is by no means a comprehensive measure,'' it said.



Father in heaven,I thank You for loving and accepting me. I choose to do what is right and honor You with my attitude, words and actions. Holy Spirit, show me if there is anything in my life that isn’t pleasing to You and help me live as an example of Your goodness all the days of my life. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.


Madu Odiokwu Pastorvin
If I preach the Gospel, this is no reason for me to boast, for an obligation has been imposed on me, and woe to me if I do not preach it (I Cor 9: 16).


July 14Bastille Day in France (1789); National Day of Commemoration in Ireland (2013)
Valerie Plame





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