Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Tue Jul 23rd Todays News

Happy birthday and many happy returns Anthony MartinezAndrew Ngo,Daryn LuLawrence L. Urquhart and Ricky Kek. Born on the same day, across the years. Along with Leopold Engleitner (1905), Bert Newton (1938), David Essex (1947), Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967) and Alison Krauss (1971). Revolution Day in Egypt (1952)
1829 – William Austin Burt was awarded a patent for the typographer, the first practical typewriting machine.
1940 – US Under Secretary of State Sumner Welles issued a declaration that the US would not recognize the Soviet Union's annexation of the Baltic states.
1970 – Qaboos overthrew his father Said bin Taimur to become Sultan of Oman.
1983 – Air Canada Flight 143 made an emergency landing in Gimli, Manitoba, Canada, without loss of life after the crew was forced to glide the aircraft when it completely ran out of fuel.
2001 – Megawati Sukarnoputri became the first female president of Indonesia after the People's Consultative Assembly removed Abdurrahman Wahid. A revolutionary day for you. You invented the type. You don't recognise what is clearly wrong. You are the Caboose that could. A first. Cheers.

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Kevvie’s slippery poll

Piers Akerman – Tuesday, July 23, 2013 (2:46am)

LAST night’s Newspoll would indicate that Kevvie from Brizzie has missed his mark not once but three times with his electoral siren song.
Having called to errant voters with his phony class war on an almost non-existent band of FBT and self-sacrificing car driving rorters, having falsely portrayed himself as the great Labor Party reformer and after mantling himself in John Howard’s cast-off Pacific Solution garb, the ALP has slipped behind the Coalition 48-52 on the two-party preferred vote based on preference flows from the 2010 election.
Even his Biggest Loser celebrity status took a slide down the slippery poll, with his better PM rating easing from 53 per cent to 50 as Opposition leader Tony Abbott’s rose three points to 34.
Released exclusively in The Australian, Newspoll showed Labor’s primary vote had dropped a point to 37 per cent, while the Coalition’s regained three points to firm at 45.
Yesterday, Kevvie’s lemmings gathered in the once-were-workers haven of Balmain where the median house price according to realestate.com.au is running at $1.43 million.
Ducking the ultra-Left protesters noisily there to remind Labor that it once used to parade its moral vanity on the illegal boat arrival issue, the dwindling band of Kevvie’s latest crop of ministers, a largely duplicitous gaggle of chancers, led support for his principal position – locking in his Prime Ministership.
It was not a happy group. Kevvie won his demanded reform that sitting PMs could only be removed with the agreement of 75 per cent of Caucus members, but a good number wanted that reduced to 50 per cent plus one.
The other burning question – who selects the front benchers, the Prime Minister or the Caucus – was left hanging.
The Newspoll result will increase pressure on Kevvie to hold an August 31 election against his wishes.
Delusional as ever, he still thinks the masses will respond to his nonsense and see the error of their ways if he only has longer to parade his dubious talents before them,
He has completely forgotten why he was rejected by his own party three short years ago.
It wasn’t his total lack of ideology or his immorality or hypocrisy that caused the party to turn on him, though those factors played into the decision.
It was his total lack of credibility as Prime Minister and his inability to govern for the nation.
Kevvie was only for Kevvie then and he is only for Kevvie now.
At least the rampantly corrupt members of the NSW Right never pretended to be sanctimonious as they duped the voters.
They knew what power was for, Kevvie thinks power is his prerequisite. 

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In Rudd, we no longer trust

Miranda Devine – Tuesday, July 23, 2013 (5:58pm)

I WAS at a rollicking north shore dinner party on Saturday night, at which talk turned briefly to Kevin Rudd’s much trumpeted Papua New Guinea “solution” to the asylum seeker boats problem.

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PRE-SHORTENED

Tim Blair – Tuesday, July 23, 2013 (4:08pm)

This site, 13 months ago
Right now, on available figures, around four per cent of those who try to reach Australia by boat die in the attempt. We’ve put out a lure so compelling that people are prepared to risk a mortality rate equal to 650 deaths at every NRL match. 
Bill Shorten on Q & A last night
If we were going to have a football match at the MCG, large sporting stadium in Melbourne, and if you knew 100,000 people coming to the grand final and if you knew that 4 per cent or 4,000 were not going to get home safely and they were going to die, you’d cancel that football game. 
As Andrew Bolt once pointed out: “What’s the difference between conservative commentators and the Left? Answer: About 12 months.”

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KEVNI DECLINE

Tim Blair – Tuesday, July 23, 2013 (7:22am)

The latest Newspoll, revealed exclusively in The Australian, has Labor falling two points from the highs it enjoyed on Mr Rudd’s return, to now trail the Coalition 48 to 52 on a two-party preferred vote …
Senior Labor strategists had said that if Labor had not pulled ahead of the Coaltiion this week it could prompt a rethink about an early election.
Labor’s primary vote dropped a point to 37 per cent, while the Coalition’s regained three points to firm at 45. 
This result comes despite increased approval for Labor’s asylum seeker policies – all the way up to 26 per cent, provoking an enthusiastic report from AAP: 
Kevin Rudd’s tough new stance on asylum seekers has lifted Labor’s ratings to its highest level since Julia Gillard’s proposal for regional processing in East Timor during the 2010 election. 
Er, yes. By “Labor’s ratings”, AAP refers only to Labor’s score on asylum seekers – still seven percentage points behind the Coalition on the same issue.

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TAX-FUNDED BROADCASTER STUNNED

Tim Blair – Tuesday, July 23, 2013 (7:07am)

Commercial media is dependent on commercial funding. This won’t surprise many readers, but it’s apparently a huge shock to Media Watch. Astonished host Paul Barry, who devoted Monday night’s entire program to this revelation, was also shocked that tabloids didn’t pick up a 2012 story about Coles selling Irish-sourced bread: 
A year ago The Australian ran a piece in which former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett laid into the supermarket chain for selling Irish bread, claiming it was Baked Today …
It seemed the perfect tabloid story. 
Really, Paul? The local baking schedule of bread from Ireland is “the perfect tabloid story”? Readers are invited to provide front-page headlines for this massive loaf scandal.

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LABOR FIRST

Tim Blair – Tuesday, July 23, 2013 (7:05am)

Lawyer and human rights activist Julian Burnside reveals his priorities:

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TRAYVON, IT’S A CRAZY FEELING

Tim Blair – Tuesday, July 23, 2013 (6:53am)

Australian media was entranced by weekend demonstrations against the Trayvon Martin verdict, but didn’t really indicate the scale of those demonstrations. Roger L. Simon checks the numbers: 
According to Reuters, in New York a grand total of 2000 people showed up Saturday to protest in favor of Trayvon Martin in the George Zimmerman trial. That’s .00024257 of the population of our most populous city …
In our second most populous city, my hometown of Los Angeles, the results were even worse, according to the Los Angeles Times. A measly 400 people demonstrated. The totals in Miami, closest big city to the event, were 300.
In other words, the turnout was somewhere between minuscule and puny — maybe, at best, fifteen thousand people nationwide in a country of 314 million. 
For equivalence’s sake, imagine a Sydney demonstration of 11 people making news in the US.

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THE GREAT ESCAPE GOAT

Tim Blair – Tuesday, July 23, 2013 (6:13am)

Steven Warner – brother of dropped Australian Test opener David – sparks a Twitter fight over team selection, and reveals a new species: 
In another tweet he described [sacked Australian coach Mickey] Arthur as an “escape goat” following the coach’s dismissal. 
Warner’s hircine discovery aside, Australia faces greater problems. Having lost six consecutive Tests, we’ve now matched our 1984 record of defeat against the West Indies.

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SHARES STUCK

Tim Blair – Tuesday, July 23, 2013 (5:49am)

According to author Pamela Williams, former Fairfax executive Bruce Wolpe warned then-boss Brian McCarthy in 2009that McCarthy risked “cementing a reputation for being unable to grasp the challenges of the online world, while implementing a narrow corporate strategy based mostly on cutting costs”: 
He also warned that Mr McCarthy was at risk of working “like a dog, year in, year out, and not be any better off than today, and the shares will be stuck between $1 and $2.
“And that is a painful prospect”. 
Fairfax wishes shares were that high. The current price is just 50 cents. As for Wolpe, he quit Fairfax last year to become Julia Gillard’s senior adviser responsible for business liaison.

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SUPER CEREAL

Tim Blair – Tuesday, July 23, 2013 (5:30am)

The relentlessly alarmist Independent described 2012 as “the year the grains failed”, and predicted the usual global grief. Now the UN reports: 
World total cereal production is forecast to increase by about 7 percent in 2013 compared to last year …
The increase would bring world cereal production to 2 479 million tonnes, a new record level.
FAO now puts world wheat output in 2013 at 704 million tonnes, an increase of 6.8 percent, which more than recoups the previous year’s reduction and represents the highest level in history. 
Credit to global warming, the gift that keeps on giving.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MISS LEWINSKY

Tim Blair – Tuesday, July 23, 2013 (5:11am)

Mark Steyn celebrates a White House milestone
This Tuesday the world’s most famous intern hits the big four-oh. No longer an intern, and no longer that famous, Monica Lewinsky has kept her head down in recent years: the fashion line of Monica handbags is gone, and the reality show went nowhere, and last I heard she was over in London finishing up a degree at the LSE.
She has never married, so she remains as she was the day Bill Clinton first uttered her name – “that woman, Miss Lewinsky”. 
Fond memories for crank broadcaster and serial sackee Keith Olbermann, whose first stint at MSNBC ended after he “griped endlessly about having to cover the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky saga on his nightly news show.”

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Hanson-Young shown sign of hypocrisy

Andrew Bolt July 23 2013 (5:49pm)

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young in 2011 flamed the Opposition Leader for standing in front of a sign he actually did not see:

Having spent months inciting a people’s revolt, Tony Abbott needs to take responsibility for the revolting tactics of his ‘’revolutionaries’’.
Like many Australians, I was stunned to see the Leader of the Opposition and his some of his frontbench colleagues standing in front of a placard referring to the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, as ‘’Bob Brown’s bitch’’.  It defies belief that none of them read this sign before standing in front of it.
Sarah Hanson-Young on Saturday looked right at a sign likening Kevin Rudd to Hitler and said nothing:
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Hypocrite.
(Thanks to reader Bucket of Money.) 

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Rudd picks on 550,000 motorists. No wonder Labor’s vote dipped

Andrew Bolt July 23 2013 (5:31pm)

This is a lot of voters Rudd has upset overnight - especially when you consider their partners won’t be too happy, either:
The number of people hit by the Rudd government’s shock overhaul of tax benefits for cars is more like 550,000 according to the car leasing industry, dwarfing by almost double the 320,000 claimed by the government…
Fleet management company Fleetcare will shed up to one quarter of its staff base after new leasing business dived by 95 per cent and customers pulled out of orders in the past week.
“To have a third of your business destroyed overnight is unprecedented,” said founder and CEO Nigel Malcolm… The Perth-based company is looking at making up to 20 staff redundant, but Mr Malcolm said it would work with teams over the next couple of days to see if it can minimise the impact…
NLC, the nation’s third largest salary packaging company, let go of 74 of its 145 staff on Thursday saying that business had stopped dead…
The government has defended its estimates. A spokesman for Mr Bowen said that the 320,000 figure came from ATO and Treasury advice and captured the number of people salary packaging a car. Another 160,000 were driving cars provided by their employers, usually as part of a fleet.
That brought the total figure to 480,000, closer to industry estimates. The government is assuming the only impact to those with fleet cars is the need to use a log book.
The Australian Motor Industry Federation points out a few things Kevin Rudd might not have considered when deciding to take $1.8 billion from people driving a company-supplied car, apparently in the belief they were probably fat cats driving BMWs:

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The Australian Salary Packaging Industry Association points out who Labor is losing with this:
ASPIA has reviewed the salary packaging data for over 100,000 vehicles and confirmed the following sector by sector use: 
- Charities & public health – 28%
- State & Federal Government public servants – 33%
- Police & teachers – 21%
- Private sector – 18%
ASPIA has reviewed the salary packaging data for over 100,000 vehicles and confirmed:

- The average price of a packaged car is just $34,500
- Just 5% of packaged cars are BMW, Mercedes and Audi
- 35% are made by local manufacturers Toyota, Ford and Holden
- Over 70% of drivers earn less than $100,000

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Council pays people money to walk their own dogs

Andrew Bolt July 23 2013 (5:12pm)

It takes a government - in this case the loopy Port Phillip Council - to make walking your own dog a community service requiring a grant of $9980.
As the successful application explains, this grant is to:

… celebrate the positive potential of pet ownership for the well being of marginalized people. Connecting diverse individuals through their shared love of animals, this facilitated dog walking group enjoy regular exercise, access to community amenities, mutual support, and are developing their own dog biscuit enterprise!
Obscene. Are ratepayers really that flush with cash?
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More tribal clashes in France

Andrew Bolt July 23 2013 (4:25pm)

Just more of the multiculturalism that has made France what it is today:
Community leaders in Trappes, a commuter town to the west of the French capital, joined politicians in calling for calm following two nights of disturbances. Hundreds of people have surrounded the police headquarters in the area over the past two nights and bombarded officers with stones, while also starting fires and vandalising property.
Manuel Valls, France’s interior minister, on Sunday ordered hundreds more police into the area…
A 14-year-old boy suffered a serious eye injury in the violence, while four police were hurt on Saturday, said Vincent Lesclous, a local prosecutor.
A police source in Trappes said: ”The disturbances are related to the arrest of a man who objected to his wife being stopped for wearing a veil...”
(Thanks to reader Terry.) 

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Killing the car industry to “terminate” Labor’s tax

Andrew Bolt July 23 2013 (12:11pm)

Former Treasurer Peter Costello:

The introduction of the Carbon Tax cost jobs. Its very purpose was to close down heavy smokestack industry. So reversing it should save jobs… That’s the reason for doing it. Yet when our Government announced it was cutting the carbon tax, it put hundreds of people out of work. It takes a special incompetence to destroy jobs when you are removing a job-destroying tax. These are the people who govern us.
More signs that Labor simply does not understand the consquences of its actions:
Why focus on cars? Well the suggestion is that employee benefits in this area were getting out of control. So it is worth asking how and when the current rules were introduced. They were announced in the 2011 Budget by (Labor) Treasurer Wayne Swan. He thought they were a great tax reform. He said he got the recommendation from the Report on ``Australia’s Future Tax System’’, the 1000-page report by former Treasury Head Ken Henry…
So the Government reckons Ken Henry recommended a tax rort, does it? And that hero of the class struggle Wayne Swan—the man who took his inspiration from Bruce Springsteen and songs about the working class man—legislated a tax rort that has to be closed down two years after he announced it?

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Children should be saved before we save Aboriginal culture

Andrew Bolt July 23 2013 (10:17am)

Part-Aboriginal academic Anthony Dillon on the new racism which kills:
THE death of six-year-old Kiesha Weippeart makes me wonder whether we are creating an abused generation of Aboriginal children. ..
While many have been outraged by what they see as a lenient sentence for the mother, I am outraged by the role Aboriginal ancestry may have played and how we as a society have been conditioned to factor in Aboriginal culture when deciding how best to help or care for Aborigines. Because Kiesha had Aboriginal ancestry, there has been speculation that this may have prevented appropriate actions that could have saved her life.
Courts in NSW and Victoria require welfare authorities to keep children with what they deem to be “culturally appropriate” carers. Most Aboriginal children live with loving families, often with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal parents and other relatives. But when a child is in need of protection or removal and has Aboriginal ancestry, even if that ancestry is minimal, the practice of keeping that child with its own or another Aboriginal family, despite neglect or abuse, has devastating consequences. In the name of preserving culture, neglected children sometimes end up being placed in shocking environments…
Is it really inappropriate to place Aboriginal children with non-Aboriginal carers? I don’t think anyone would mind if non-Aboriginal children were placed in the care of loving Aboriginal carers. Is there a sort of racism happening here?…
For those who believe culture should be placed ahead of a child’s essential needs, I urge you to stop. For those who believe Aboriginality should be elevated above other racial groups, I urge you to stop…
There are many dimensions to our lives - gender, sexual orientation/preference, religion, race. To focus on one and, in the case of Aboriginality, to obsess about it, is proving deadly to many.
Miranda Devine:
Kiesha was fostered out for 18 happy months. Her mother often didn’t show up to access meetings.
Inexplicably, in 2006, Kiesha was returned home, despite the strong recommendation of a case worker that she stay with her foster family till she was 18.
The court knew better. Kiesha was reunited with her mother, who had a new boyfriend, the gormless Robert Smith, since jailed for burning Kiesha’s body to hide the evidence.
Why was the case worker’s recommendation of permanent removal over-ruled by the court?…
So was it the fact that Kristi was half-Aboriginal, and therefore her daughter classed as indigenous, that influenced the court’s decision to return the child to her mother, against the best advice?
Another child sacrificed on the altar of the Stolen Generations?
The court was complying with the Aboriginal Placement Principles of the Children and Young Persons Act which effectively requires welfare authorities in NSW to keep a child with its family or place the child with “culturally appropriate” carers, even though Aboriginal foster carers are thin on the ground…
The irony is that Kiesha’s mother rejected her own Aboriginality because of the “extreme violence” she suffered as a child.
When she was 11, after her mother died, welfare workers recommended Kristi be placed with a non-Aboriginal family “despite statutory provisions to the effect that Aboriginal children should be placed in Aboriginal care. This was because the offender’s experiences with her Aboriginal father caused her to reject her Aboriginality,” said the sentencing judge.
“Despite the recommendation, the offender was placed in an Aboriginal children’s group home - the emotional support (she) so greatly needed was not provided.”
Kristi was growing up as the hysteria over stolen children was reaching a crescendo. She was put into care a year before the inquiry that would lead to the Bringing Them Home report with its urgings to keep Aboriginal families intact at all costs.
The consequences of her loveless childhood were disastrous. She could not have been better set up to fail as a parent. By 2010, she was stuck in a small dark flat in Mt Druitt with no family support.

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Will PNG take Muslim boat people?

Andrew Bolt July 23 2013 (9:59am)

Will PNG will actually take our Muslim boat people?:
Last Friday, Hela province governor, Anderson Agiru, moved a motion to carry out a nationwide consultation on the question of religious freedom and whether to ban non Christian religions.
The motion was passed with the unanimous support of both sides of the House.
Will PNG take gay boat people?
Papua New Guinea criminalises homosexuality with imprisonment for up to 14 years. Where will this leave refugees persecuted for their identity?
(Thanks to reader Gavin.) 

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Now for the bill for the PNG con

Andrew Bolt July 23 2013 (8:22am)

Labor considers more way to tick off voters now the the polls are receding:

THE search for budget savings has intensified ahead of a potential economic statement by Chris Bowen, expected as early as this Friday.
Cabinet’s expenditure review committee met yesterday and is scheduled to meet again tomorrow to consider options that would preserve the government’s commitment to return the budget to surplus in 2015-16.
The ERC is also considering savings to offset the cost of increasing the capacity of the Manus Island detention centre.
A budget analysis released yesterday by Barclays chief economist Kieran Davies found Canberra would still run a $5 billion deficit in 2015-16, before allowing for additional costs associated with the asylum-seeker deal with Papua New Guinea… Mr Davies said the government’s economic statement would downgrade the growth forecasts from 2.75 per cent this year and 3 per cent next to 2.5 per cent in each year…
The lower growth will increase the 2013-14 deficit from $18bn to $20bn.
(Thanks to reader Peter of Bellevue Hill.) 

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Rudd may be the best news Abbott ever had

Andrew Bolt July 23 2013 (8:20am)

Kevin Rudd’s greatest gift may turn out to be the one he gives to Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Rudd has announced (albeit dishonestly) that the carbon tax is “terminated” - which undercuts Labor’s moral case for fighting Abbott’s plans to abolish it for real. That could spare him the danger of having to call a double dissolution election to force his legislation through an otherwise hostile Senate.
Second, Rudd has given Abbott as least the bare bones of a deal with PNG, and set a standard of toughness in dealing with boat people.  Labor will struggle to crank out the moral outrage over anything Abbott does to try to honor his bold promise to “stop the boats”. Anything he tries will almost certainly be less draconian that what Labor under Rudd is now promising. Again, Rudd has made his path smoother. 

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The PNG deal may be swamped in a day or two

Andrew Bolt July 23 2013 (8:01am)

Number of places currently at the Manus Island detention centre at PNG:
500
Number already filled:
145
Boat people who’ve arrived since the deal was announced:
Four boats carrying more than 250 people have arrived since Friday but only single adult men can be sent to PNG immediately with families to remain in Australia until facilities are ready, which could take until next year.
With 100 free places left on Manus Island, how long before we have more boat people than places to send them?
PEOPLE smugglers are testing Kevin Rudd’s new PNG Solution with up to ten boats on their way amid revelations the cost of the first year operation of an expanded Manus Island camp could exceed $1 billion.
How fast can Manus be expanded to take in another 2400 people?

Yesterday Immigration Minister Tony Burke said ...  temporary facilities such as tents would be used. However, PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill appeared to contradict Mr Burke claiming he would demand a permanent facility.

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Rudd’s sugar hit over. But can Labor force him to the polls before it’s too late?

Andrew Bolt July 23 2013 (7:08am)

I’m surprised Kevin Rudd’s make-believe “fix” to the boats didn’t make the sugar hit last longer - and now the fun begins:
According to the latest Newspoll survey, taken exclusively for The Australian last weekend, Labor’s rise in primary vote steadied, going from 38 to 37 per cent, while the Coalition’s rose to a four-week high of 45 per cent, up three percentage points.
Based on preference flows at the 2010 election the Coalition now leads Labor on a two-party-preferred basis, 52 to 48 per cent, after Labor had fought back to 50-50 two weeks ago.
I suspect the public is now remembering that Rudd’s grand schemes sound great, work badly. His carbon tax con, for instance, came at the cost of the car industry and hit an estimated 320,000 people with novated car leases - and hit probably harder than the Government foresaw. I’m told Treasury officials rang salary packaging industry officials only last Thursday to ask how the industry Rudd had just savaged actually worked.
As for the PNG deal, the latest four boat arrivals and the detainees already at Manus Island mean just 100 more boat people can come before there are more boat people than there are places in PNG to handle them. Rudd has given Labor a big rise in support for its ability to handle the boat people issue, but seems to have lost support in other areas.
Now to the election calculus.
Yes, this poll has a margin of error that means Labor could actually be just ahead (or further behind). But Essential Media last week also had Labor behind by this margin. No poll, other than Morgan, has it ahead.
The general belief of commentators and Labor insiders is that things can only get worse for Rudd as the gloss wears off. It is in Labor’s interests for Rudd to go to the polls straight away to maximise the vote and restrict Labor’s losses.
But here is where Rudd’s interests divide from Labor’s. He is not there to lead Labor to an honorable loss. He is there to win.
He would not want to take Labor to an election he thinks he would lose, even narrowly. He would rather wait in hope for a change in fortune, even if that means there’s a greater risk of losing big. He’d rather go for broke - for all or nothing. At least he’d be Prime Minister for longer, something he really, really loves.
That means Rudd, a confidence player, will now come under a lot of pressure from insiders telling him he’s less popular than he thinks and shouldn’t ride his luck. That he shouldn’t put self before the party. Moreover, he is now getting booed in the streets by protesters rather than mobbed by the faithful - which will test his confidence further and cut some of the messianic walk-throughs he’s staged to such effect. Some of his many critics in Labor may soon feel an irresistible urge for a bit of told-you-so.
Suddenly the pressure is switching back to Rudd.  A couple of polls to confirm the sugar hit is over could make Labor crack.
UPDATE
More signs the sugar hit is over:
According to an exclusive News Corp Australia poll of more than 26,000 readers, trust in Mr Rudd has gone backwards in the past three weeks.
Compared with a similar survey conducted following Prime Minister Rudd taking office on June 26, this week Mr Rudd is considered less trustworthy to sort out any of the major policies including immigration, health, education and the economy.
Almost two-thirds of respondents trust Opposition Leader Tony Abbott over Mr Rudd to sort out the economy and immigration policy. Mr Rudd has not been able to shake his negative image with “liar”, “arrogant” and “fake” the most common words associated with him.In comparison, Mr Abbott is considered “honest” and “trustworthy”. While also considered “negative”, this has not prevented the Opposition Leader from attracting support from 63.8 per cent of survey respondents, more than double the support that Mr Rudd enjoys.
(Thanks to readers Peter, Gab, Michael and others.) 

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For many on the Left it’s not the principle but the side

Andrew Bolt July 23 2013 (6:59am)

Nick Cater on Professor Robert Manne, voted Australia’s top public intellectual:
When a famous public intellectual of the Left (let’s call him Bob) was asked at the Byron Bay Writers Festival two years ago why he was not condemning Julia Gillard’s Malaysia solution he replied: ”I am not willing to fight for a cause - or not anyhow for this cause, if it’s going to help the Coalition.”
Julian Burnside, “human rights” lawyer:
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AZ Sunset, 2012 — in Picacho, AZ.
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Was a fellow student in my year at Turramurra HS
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Now is your chance to volunteer for the Cabramatta Moon Festival! We are looking for energetic, dedicated individuals to join our 2013 team! Send your name, mobile phone number and email address to events@fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au by July 31 to register your interest. Be sure to put "volunteer" in the subject line. Cabramatta - A Taste of Asia ‪#‎cabramoonfest‬
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Great speaking with Wah from the Bangladesh community in Lakemba about law & order issues.
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Pastor Rick Warren
Narcissism causes most leader sex scandals. It's why they can't stay out of the spotlight after a fall.

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Simon Birmingham & I announcing that if elected the Coalition will support our local environment and volunteerism by supporting a green army initiative at Burpengary — at CREEC Community Nursery.
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KEV’S ELECTION DATE AN EXECUTION DATE


The Labor Party faithful grit their teeth, unconvincingly defending positions they were denouncing only yesterday. They stand by helplessly watching their muted union comrades being attacked by a despised, recycled leader.

They toss and turn, struggling to sleep with bellies full of Mylanta and hearts full of remorse. What have they allowed their beloved Party to become? And all for the sake of a few crappy seats.

They are desperate for an election date because only then, win lose or another draw, can they plan for the devil’s demise.

They have done it before, and they will do it all again.

Uncle Kev has done his best to ward off his fate. He even demanded that 75% of them must first agree to his execution... but they stood firm, staring him down to 60%, knowing that’s all they will need to rid themselves, once and for all, of the traitorous psychopath who is bereft of Labor values.

The Left is uncomfortable sitting somewhere to the Right of Abbott but they must get through this election without too much loss of life.

They must somehow retain the core of the force to enable a successful sortie on the enemy within.

This shell of a man, with puerile popularity his only prop, will have no blindfold. He will be made to watch as the sights settle on his pudgy frame. No blanks in this squad.

Only then, when the smell of gunpowder has dispersed and Uncle Kev lies in an unmarked shallow pit, can their beloved Party be reclaimed.

Only then, can it once again become the rightful plaything of corrupt unions.

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Ali Kadhim
The thing that separates you from achieving your goals and ambitions are not exterior forces that surround you, they are not your circumstances or opportunities. What seperates you is what goes on within the realm of your mind. ELIMINATE EXCUSES. DESTROY DOUBTS. HUSTLE HARD.

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The Lost World of Communism – Part 1 (Documentary)

http://independentfilmnewsandmedia.com/the-lost-world-of-communism-part-1-documentary/

The BBC’s documentary series from 2009, The Lost World of Communism, examined the legacy of communism twenty years after the fall of the Stalinist regimes of the Eastern Bloc, focusing on personal memories and descriptions of daily life. The three programmes of the series were each about a different country — East Germany, Czechoslovkia and Romania. Part 1, about East Germany, below.
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It's our 30th Wedding Anniversary today. Killy + l got married on the 23rd July 1983 in Cambridge. We thank the Lord for 3 wonderful decades

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Dreaming of Jeannie: John Ford’s STAGECOACH

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From now through April, the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival will present “Film Studies in Motion”, a Web Series curated by Volker Pantenburg and Kevin B. Lee. This series, available on the festival’s website and Facebook page, presents weekly selections of analytical video essays on the web, in preparation for Pantenberg and Lee’s presentation “Whatever happened to Bildungsauftrag? – Teaching cinema on TV and the Web”, scheduled for April 28 at the festival.
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Pastor Rick Warren
When God calls you to do something, you don't negotiate. You just obey in faith.

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What happens when a Science teacher is on playground duty.
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Cthulu found love, and left this - ed
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Former Treasurer Peter Costello
The introduction of the Carbon Tax cost jobs. Its very purpose was to close down heavy smokestack industry. So reversing it should save jobs… That’s the reason for doing it. Yet when our Government announced it was cutting the carbon tax, it put hundreds of people out of work. It takes a special incompetence to destroy jobs when you are removing a job-destroying tax. These are the people who govern us.
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Obama supporters in San Diego, California petition to grant the President immunity for any crimes he has committed or will commit while in office. Media analyst and author Mark Dice simply asks random people if they'll sign a petition to support Obama by granting him immunity for his crimes, and one person right after the other signs it to show support for dear leader. 

Take a look at Mark's previous Man on the Street crazy petition videos and subscribe to to http://www.YouTube.com/MarkDice to see what happens next week, and check out his books in paperback on Amazon.com or e-book on Kindle, iBooks, Nook, or Google Play.

Mark Dice is a media analyst, political activist, and author who, in an entertaining and educational way, gets people to question our celebrity obsessed culture, and the role the mainstream media and elite secret societies play in shaping our lives. 

Mark frequently stirs up controversy from his commentaries, protests, and boycotts, and has repeatedly been featured in major media outlets around the world. 

Several of Mark's YouTube videos have gone viral, earning him a mention on ABC's The View, Fox News' O'Reilly Factor, CNN, Drudge Report, Infowars, TMZ, and other mainstream media outlets. Mark has also been featured in (or attacked in) the New York Post's Page Six, Rolling Stone Magazine, USA Today, The New York Daily News, and in major papers in Pakistan and Iran. 

Mark Dice appears in several documentary films including Invisible Empire, The 9/11 Chronicles, and has been featured on the History Channel's Decoded, Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura, the Sundance Channel's Love/Lust: Secret Societies and more.

He enjoys enlightening zombies, as he calls them, (ignorant people) about the mass media's effect on our culture, pointing out Big Brother's prying eyes, and exposing elite secret societies along with scumbag politicians and their corrupt political agendas. 

The term "fighting the New World Order" is used by Mark to describe some of his activities, and refers to his and others' resistance and opposition (The Resistance) to the overall system of political corruption, illegal wars, elite secret societies, mainstream media, Big Brother and privacy issues; as well as various economic and social issues.

Dice and his supporters sometimes refer to being "awake" or "enlightened" and see their knowledge of these topics as part of their own personal Resistance to the corrupt New World Order. This Resistance involves self-improvement, self-sufficiency, personal responsibility and spiritual growth.

Mark Dice is the author of several books on current events, secret societies and conspiracies, including his newest book, Big Brother: The Orwellian Nightmare Come True which is available on Amazon.com, Kindle, Nook, Google Play and iBooks. While much of Mark's work confirms the existence and continued operation of the Illuminati today, he is also dedicated to debunking conspiracy theories and hoaxes and separating the facts from the fiction; hence the "Facts & Fiction" subtitle for several of his books. He has a bachelor's degree in communication from California State University. 

If you have an iPad or Android tablet, then you can get his books in the iBooks or Google Play store for only $6.99 or $7.99. Or you can get paperback copies from Amazon.com too if you prefer a physical book. They are not available in stores. A lot of work and research went into them and they'll save you countless hours of web surfing or YouTube watching in your search for pieces of the puzzle. 

Your support also funds more of Mark's videos and other operations. Equipment, software, travel, and the props all cost money, so by purchasing his paperback books and e-books, you are helping The Resistance continue and your help is greatly appreciated. Be sure to subscribe to Mark's YouTube channel, and look him up on Facebook, and Twitter.http://www.YouTube.com/MarkDicehttp://www.Facebook.com/MarkDicehttp://www.Twitter.com/MarkDice http://www.MarkDice.com
Isn't that premature? His supporters claim there aren't any .. - ed

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In his defence, he is a Democrat - ed
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Obama wanted him behind bars - ed
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Good morning! Seize the day! Make each moment yours!
Positive Mind Flow II Life Coaching with Aprille Lim
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That adds to the image! today is the day of first fruit (grape) harvest in ancient Israel .. a minor holiday for Jews .. a bit like Valentine's Day. They call it Tu B'Av and the season for grapes ends on Yom Kippur .. their holiest day .. which is Sept 16th this year. In the image, one dancer grasps a love letter .. ed
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Dry Bones cartoon: Prisoner Release, Convicts, Negotiations, Palestinians, Abbas, Kerry, Pollard, Jonathan Pollard, Peace, Peace Agreement, terrorists, Terrorism, PLO, Israel
I did today's cartoon ten years ago back in 2003. The cartoon text uses accepted terminology in order to communicate smoothly. So the cartoon uses the accepted term "prisoners" rather than the more accurate "convicts."
In the latest set of rumors (2013) it seems that we're agreeing to release convicted murderers, to make Abbas and Kerry look good. Do you think that the name Pollard came up in the "prisoner" release discussions?

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This is great! The guys are so original. One of the biggest commandments for Jews is to make a bride and groom happy at their wedding. See how these guys fulfill this commandment! I remember the days when me and my friends used to create special dances fpr friends of ours at their weddings. The big difference? Back then there was no youtube and nobody had smartphones to take videos!!!
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The Last Hours of Netzer Hazani
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See this video that touches everyone who watches it - the human story of the evacuation of Jews from Gush Katif, Gaza.
It had 50,000 views in 2 weeks! Back in 2005, before youtube, facebook or twitter existed!
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Catalyst One Day August 22, 2013 Southern California Leadership Essentials
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August 22nd | Saddleback Church
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You are invited. On August 22nd, Catalyst will present a One Day leadership experience packed with insight from two of the principal leadership voices in the church today. Hear Craig Groeschel and Andy Stanley cover church leadership essentials such as vision casting, decision making, team building, work/life balance, and much more.
Catalyst One Day is a can't miss opportunity to hear practical leadership application, take part in idea inducing Q&A, and experience dynamic worship. Make plans now to take advantage of this special offer in partnership with Pastors.com.
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Keeping you in the loop....July 22, 2013
 
Hello!
I hope you are having a great summer. We were thrilled with the amazing speakers and attendees at our first-ever media and political strategies training seminar. We have started to load the sessions onto youtube and all the handouts are on our website as well. Thus you can go online to learn how to be a successful disability advocate. 

Our three focus groups went very well. Meanwhile, HRC Foundation and others released a very helpful poll that shows that Americans with disabilities ARE a major potentialvoting block
. This confirms data that we had done in a previous survey before RespectAbilityUSA opened so it's great news. 
Right now we are getting ready for the unprecedented opportunity at the National Governor's Association meeting where they will launch a tool kit on jobs for Americans with disabilities. I will be attending the NGA meeting and have invited leaders from major other national disability groups to join me. We anticipate having several 1-1 meetings with Governors to talk about the importance of enabling ALL Americans to achieve the American dream. Very exciting!
We need your help to do that! We are looking for new fellows/volunteers in our Bethesda office and hope you will spread the word. We want more good people!
We are still the "new kids on the block". We are grateful to the advice and support that good people are giving us, as well as the good press. But the bottom line is enabling people with disabilities achieve the American dream.  To do this we need support from people like you who care about making this nation stronger and better. I hope we can count on you!
All the best, 
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi
P.S. We are a non profit organization and are operating under the umbrella of the Autism Society until our final IRS paperwork comes through. But all donations are already tax deducatable. We hope that you will support our vital work!

RespectAbilityUSA.org is Accepting Applications for Fellowships to Help Empower Americans with Disabilities to Achieve the American Dream
RespectAbilityUSA.org is proud to announce fall fellowships and an on-going program in Washington for four outstanding leaders at a time. Fellows, who will work directly with RespectAbility President Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, must exhibit leadership skills to follow through on their own projects following their training. Hours are 9-5 and fellows must be able to work at least 25 hours a week, though 40 hours per week is preferred. They must also commit for a minimum of one month, though applicants making a minimum of a two-month commitment will also be preferred.
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"Nuts & Bolts of Winning Media & Political Strategies to Help People with Disabilities Achieve the American Dream"
Watch hightlights from this event online.
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Moves to help more disabled people into the workplace
A campaign to help people with disabilities get into the workplace has been launched by the UK government.  It includes a plan to offer disabled young people new internships and training to help them find jobs.
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Corporate Disability Employment Summit: Leading Practices on Disability Inclusion
In the spirit of appreciation and working together to advance disability inclusion, we are pleased to announce our ongoing collaboration with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  Together, we will be hosting a "Corporate Disability Employment Summit: Leading Practices on Disability Inclusion" from 8:00 am - 12:35 pm EST on July 25, 2013 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington D.C. 
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Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi & Donn Weinberg Launch "RespectAbilityUSA.org" to empower Americans with disabilities to achieve the American Dream 
On a conference call held at the Weinberg Foundation with hundreds of disability leaders, journalists and philanthropists, Donn Weinberg, Founding Chair of RespectAbilityUSA.org, and its new President/CEO Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, announced the launch of RespectabilityUSA. A powerpoint for the call, the group's business plan and an audiorecording and transcript of the call can be found at www.RespectAbilityUSA.org. The group also launched a facebook site which broke 300 "likes" in it's first 24 hours.
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Exclusion of disabled people from jobs causes 3-7 pct loss of GDP – UN study
The exclusion of persons with disabilities from jobs resulted in an estimated loss of 3 to 7 percent of gross domestic product, said a UN pilot study.
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Chantilly bakery gives disabled workers ingredients for success
Thomas Britton, a tall, dark-haired 25-year-old with a thick mustache, has fragile X syndrome and doesn't speak very much. But standing at a stainless-steel counter in the large kitchen of his workplace, he can grate 50 pounds of potatoes in half an hour — faster than many talkative prep cooks. That impresses his boss, and it makes Britton smile.
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Rolling dole: Number of PA residents getting disability up 50 percent since '03
The number of people in Pennsylvania getting monthly disability benefits through Social Security is growing at an alarming rate.  Social Security Administration data show more than 390,000 Pennsylvanians qualified for disability payments in 2011, the most recent year for which data is available.
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