Friday, June 06, 2014

Fri Jun 6th Todays News

Knowledge is driven by teaching and learning, but the recent reflexive thoughtless activity of the CSIRO does not constitute best practice. It is precisely because of the partisan nature of the CSIRO the ALP is stridently denouncing the creation of a research fund backed by a $7 co payment to a doctor. But when one becomes partisan, there can be victims. One example of this is the terribly biased news organisation Al Jazeera which prides itself on its close contact with terrorists in the Middle East. But, because Al Jazeera is so clearly partisan, enemies of its' affiliates, e.g. Egypt, can prosecute Al Jazeera journalists. And those journalists have their private interests compromised as a result. An Australian journalist is facing 15 years in jail, and is lucky not to be facing a death penalty. However, many terrorist victims have paid the higher price. 

Some say it is the inhumane experimentation of people like Mengele which drive knowledge in large strides. The body of that butcher was exhumed in the land he had fled to, on this day in 1985. An outrageous abuse of power had led to the scientific discovery of the process of digestion. It involved an accident that happened on this day in 1822. Alexis St. Martin was shot in the gut, and there was insufficient remaining flesh to cover the hole. An army surgeon, William Beaumont took the opportunity to study the working gut. And that is why we know how a Big Mac gets digested. 

It is fun to stay at the YMCA. And people could do so from this day in London in 1844, after it was founded. Andrew Jackson was not a good President of the US, but he was the first to ride on a train on this day in 1833. They say but for venetian blinds, it would be curtains for all of us. But it was the Venetians who did for Holy Roman Emperor Maximillien I on this day in 1508. 

However, this day should forever be remembered for the invasion of Normandy in 1944. In terrible weather, over 150,000 men of many nations faced a dug in and determined Nazi defence, and won. The invasion would balloon to over a million in following days, and liberate Western Europe from oppression. Technically, the UK remained at war with Finland, being the only example of democracies who declared war on each other. UK relented in '47. 
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For twenty two years I have been responsibly addressing an issue, and I cannot carry on. I am petitioning the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to remedy my distress. I leave it up to him if he chooses to address the issue. Regardless of your opinion of conservative government, the issue is pressing. Please sign my petition at https://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/tony-abbott-remedy-the-persecution-of-dd-ball
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Hatches
Happy birthday and many happy returns Jason Hall and Ariel Ojeda. Born on the same day, across the years. In 1944, it was the Normandy invasion. The largest invasion in modern history. Aspects seen in movies like Saving Private Ryan or The Longest Day. They were said to be "The greatest generation." But you can do better. Try not to fight ..
Matches
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JUST PAY IT

Tim Blair – Friday, June 06, 2014 (4:06pm)

According to this Greens-endorsed payment calculator, it will take two decades for someone to pay off an arts degree HECS debt:

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That’s just $23 per week. Is there no provision under HECS for debts to be paid more quickly? Here’s a young complainer whose $133,292 debt will apparently be closed in 2054: 
40 years to pay off my HECS debt… May as well move overseas. Thanks Libs. 
There are always other options, by the way. On the whole issue of subsidised education, this chap seems to get it: 
There is no such thing, of course, as “free” education. Somebody has to pay. In systems with no charges those somebodies are all taxpayers. This is a pretty important point: a “free” higher education system is one paid for by the taxes of all, the majority of whom haven’t had the privilege of a university education. Ask yourself if you think that is a fair thing. 
The speaker? Paul Keating, in 1995. 
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BIG BUDGET CUTS

Tim Blair – Friday, June 06, 2014 (10:43am)

Huge cuts on the way for the BBC: 
Director of news and current affairs, James Harding, said in an email to staff that the division had to make savings of “tens of millions of pounds” as part of the so-called Delivering Quality First programme …
“I am afraid that there is no escaping the fact that there are likely to be a significant number of redundancies – most of our costs are tied up in people so there is limited scope for other big savings elsewhere,” he said. 
The potential scale of the cuts is enormous: 
A BBC spokesman said they are working to deliver savings of $A1.46 billion a year by 2016/17 …
So the annual savings the BBC is aiming for are worth more than the ABC’s entire annual budget. That’s one goliath of a broadcaster there.
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The Bolt Report on Sunday

Andrew Bolt June 06 2014 (5:22pm)

On Channel 10 at 10am and 4pm.
Clive Palmer: the most dangerous man in Parliament.
My guest:  the man who could help Tony Abbott break the Palmer grip.
The panel: former Labor advisor Cassandra Wilkinson and former Victorian Liberal president Michael Kroger. Plus a message to Malcolm Turnbull.
On NewsWatch: Hedley Thomas on how Palmer was spun - and could be unspun.
Plus Barack Obama’s amazing surrender.
The videos of the shows appear here.
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No conservatives may judge history

Andrew Bolt June 06 2014 (7:33am)

Gerard Henderson has a long history of identifying errors in books claiming to be factual, many of them of the Left. This, according to Leftist publisher Chris Feik, makes him unacceptable as a judge for a prize for non-fiction:
Tony Abbott and George Brandis announced that Gerard Henderson was the new chairman of the judging panel for the 2014 prize for non-fiction…

Henderson has a long history of incessant and obsessive criticism of leading Australian writers, journalists and thinkers with whom he disagrees politically…

If any of these writers were to submit a book for the 2014 Prime Minister’s non-fiction literary prize, Henderson’s history of campaigning against them means they could have no confidence of receiving an unprejudiced reading.
His appointment politicises what has until now been an apolitical award based on merit.
To be clear: it is not that Henderson is a conservative that is the issue here....
The point is everything is politics for Henderson.
So it’s not a political objection, but it is.
Feik did not complain about the 2008 judging panel being dominated by Leftists:
Hilary Charlesworth, academic (chair)

Sally Morgan, indigenous artist and author
John Doyle, comedian and script writer
He did not complain when the 2009 panel was chaired by Leftist Phillip Adam, an obsessive critic of conservative writers:
Phillip Adams AO (chair)
Peter Rose
Professor Joan Beaumont FASSA
He did not complain when the 2010 panel was chaired by a Leftist, Brian Johns, whose mates included the inner Labor coterie:
Brian Johns AO (chair)
Colin Steele
Dr Faye Sutherland
He did not complain when the 2012 panel was chaired by former ABC star Chris Masters, Leftist author of a book trashing conservative Alan Jones:
Christopher (Chris) Masters PSM (chair)
Dr Faye Sutherland
Colin Steele
Dr Michelle Arrow
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Fairfax peddles lie that Labor fed me anti-Turnbull material

Andrew Bolt June 06 2014 (7:21am)

I can reveal that Fairfax just makes stuff up:
Fairfax Media can also reveal that Bolt and Jones have asked Labor for ammunition to use against Mr Turnbull, particularly in relation to his stewardship of the national broadband network.

Complete crap. I have asked no one from any party for any such material.  Nor have I used any such material.  I don’t even believe Turnbull has done anything but a good job in his portfolio.
Fairfax is lying or being spun by Labor or being fed untruths by a paranoiac. 
But to make this crazier, Fairfax claims that I am actually egged on by Liberals, while being fed material by Labor. What a grand conspiracy this is!:
The stoush prompted government discussion about what had fuelled the attack on Mr Turnbull, with suspicion that Jones and fellow right-wing commentator Bolt were being egged on by the hard right of the party.
Which loon is promoting these conspiracy theories? Such rubbish. My interview with Abbott and my column were completely my own work, people. No one egged me, no one briefed me. I just used my own eyes and my own brain to conclude Turnbull seemed more eager to sell himself than the Budget to Abbott’s enemies. The objective facts bear me out.
Also false:
Mr Turnbull was forced for a fourth straight day on Thursday to affirm his loyalty to the Prime Minister and support for the budget during a combative interview with Sydney radio host Alan Jones.
No one forced Turnbull to do anything such thing. I have never seen a man so eager to volunteer interviews to declare he is completely loyal, but of course if anything should one day happen to the leader…
This cartoonish no-but-yes performance makes my analysis now seem acutely penetrating;
In an interview on the ABC’s 7.30 on Thursday night, Mr Turnbull said he didn’t have “any plans, any desires, any expectations to be the leader” of his party again.
“Politics is an unpredictable business so people say to me often, ‘Do you think you’ll be leader again?’ and I say my prospects are somewhere between nil and very negligible and I think that is probably about right,’’ he said.
However when asked directly about his leadership ambitions, Mr Turnbull said he “didn’t think there is any member of the House of Representatives who, if in the right circumstances, would not take on that responsibility”.
Another Turnbull falsehood:
He also said Bolt and Jones had undermined the prime minister by suggesting the government was divided which was an enormous falsehood.
I said no such thing.  I merely said Turnbull was not pulling his weight with the Budget, and was advertising his friendship with Abbott’s natural predators. I also noted that his affinity with Palmer and the ABC could one day allow him to argue only he could deal with a hostile Senate. Bloody obvious, I would have thought. Turnbull is just advertising, not undermining. Or not until this week, at least.
Bottom line: it seems to me that my perfectly reasonable column is being used by Turnbull forces to argue that nasty Abbott forces are geeing up demented me to undermine a great and loyal Turnbull with lies and outrageous smears, and isn’t it time the party had a leader who wasn’t so influenced by unhinged conservative commentators? This is a narrative too many journalists seem only too eager to repeat. It is what they, too, would wish, and therefore they do not ask if it is actually true. 
UPDATE
After all those denials, Turnbull leaves more people unconvinced:
COMMUNICATIONS Minister Malcolm Turnbull has infuriated colleagues after stirring up leadership speculation while Prime Minister Tony Abbott was overseas…
His comments exploded across the Liberal party with colleagues baffled as to why he would make the remarks, particularly while the PM was overseas.
UPDATE
What I wrote on Monday in the column that drove Turnbull ballistic:
That said, a disclaimer: I’m sure Turnbull isn’t contemplating any imminent challenge or is fostering destabilisation.
Nor do I think the Liberals are considering any such switch at the moment...
What Turnbull last night said I said:

...  that the Government is divided and that a senior cabinet minister, in this case me, is without any evidence at all is seeking to undermine the Prime Minister...
Why is Turnbull misrepresenting and exaggerating my argument? 
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Just another HSU allegation. Poor members

Andrew Bolt June 06 2014 (7:07am)

More claims about the much-rorted HSU, this time involving the alleged whistleblower:
Self-professed union whistleblower Kathy Jackson used $1 million in members’ funds to pay off two personal credit cards she claims to have used on work expenses between 2000 and 2011.
Documents prepared for the royal commission into unions also reveal that between 2007 and 2010, Ms Jackson withdrew a further $220,000 in cash using union bank cheques.
A Fairfax Media investigation has also obtained a leaked NSW police statement that alleges Ms Jackson knew of serious corruption claims involving Health Services Union boss Michael Williamson and Craig Thomson more than a decade before she reported the pair to police in 2011.
The witness, Sydney businesswoman Carron Gilleland, told detectives she asked for Ms Jackson’s help in 1999 after discovering the possible ‘’illicit’’ use of union members’ funds by the pair.

The leaked police statement and other documents also suggest that a private company directed by Ms Jackson and her then husband Jeff Jackson was used both as a slush fund and a vehicle for charging the union for ‘’industrial consulting’’ fees in the late 1990s.
Jackson did not respond to these latest claims but I am sure she would deny any illegality or impropriety. And Fairfax adds:
This newspaper is not suggesting she engaged in criminal conduct. 
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Occupied no longer

Andrew Bolt June 06 2014 (6:34am)

Quite proper, and it exposes Labor:
AUSTRALIA has made a historic shift in its policy on Israel’s control over the Palestinian territories, dumping its 47-year-old position that Arab land captured in 1967 is “occupied”.
Attorney-General George Brandis yesterday read a statement to the Senate foreign affairs committee indicating the language of occupation was “judgmental”, “freighted with pejorative implications” and “neither appropriate nor useful” for the peace process.
The reversal of the bipartisan position was castigated by Labor as a “foreign policy embarrassment”, as the Palestinians’ top diplomat in Australia warned the move undermined Australia’s credibility as an advocate for a two-state solution.
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Palmer quits company board as China hunts for missing money

Andrew Bolt June 06 2014 (6:23am)

Hedley Thomas on a brawl over missing money that could one day break up Clive Palmer’s party:
Clive Palmer has quietly quit as a director of his flagship company Mineralogy and two other major entities amid a forensic financial investigation by China’s inter­national investment company into where more than $12 million of its funds went in the weeks before the federal election.
Legal experts told The Aus­tralian yesterday that Mr Palmer’s resignation from the most important company in his corporate network may not distance him from any fallout from his escalating dispute with his Chinese business partner, Citic Pacific, which has accused the resources tycoon in court documents of wrongfully spending the money…
Mr Palmer ... stepped down from the board Mineralogy on May 20 and from the companies behind his trouble-plagued Queensland Nickel refinery on April 5....
The battle between the Chinese and Mr Palmer worsened last month when Mineralogy was accused in court documents of wrongfully spending more than $12m and of having no legitimate reason to siphon the cash, $10m of which was taken from an account in August last year and a further $2.17m in September, just days before the election.
Mr Palmer’s costly election campaign saw candidates stand in every seat at a time his companies were under severe financial stress, but he has strenuously denied the allegations that Chinese money was wrongfully spent to bankroll his political career… Mineralogy told Citic Pacific that the funds were for “port management” expenses, but documentation to support the expenditure was not produced…
The matters including hundreds of documents and bank statements are likely to be referred to police…
Mineralogy and the companies behind his refinery — QNI Resources and QNI Metals — have accrued significant financial losses in recent years… Mineralogy’s most recent financial accounts disclosed a net loss of about $104m in the 12 months to June last year. 
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‘Obscenely outrageous’: Al Gore fury over report of Obama administration blanket surveillance ==> http://twitchy.com/2013/06/05/al-gore-fury-obama-administration/
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LOOK INTO THE FUTURE: Researchers in Western Australia say screening for Alzheimer's disease could soon become as easy as having your eyes checked.

The CSIRO says because the disease develops slowly, it's currently only possible to detect once significant damage to the brain has already been done. This new eye test could reveal the presence of Alzheimer's up to 17 years before symptoms appear.

More details in our 9 News afternoon bulletins onChannel 9.
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Midnight Sunrise. Shot a week ago with Paul Porter. Orange glow is from the nearby city of Novato. — at Nicassio Reservoir.
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Your part is to believe and to trust the Lord. So let go and let God be God! ~ Proverbs 3:5-6
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“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11NIV
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Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon

Morning

"The Lord shut him in."
Genesis 7:16
Noah was shut in away from all the world by the hand of divine love. The door of electing purpose interposes between us and the world which lieth in the wicked one. We are not of the world even as our Lord Jesus was not of the world. Into the sin, the gaiety, the pursuits of the multitude we cannot enter; we cannot play in the streets of Vanity Fair with the children of darkness, for our heavenly Father has shut us in. Noah was shut in with his God. "Come thou into the ark," was the Lord's invitation, by which he clearly showed that he himself intended to dwell in the ark with his servant and his family. Thus all the chosen dwell in God and God in them. Happy people to be enclosed in the same circle which contains God in the Trinity of his persons, Father, Son, and Spirit. Let us never be inattentive to that gracious call, "Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee, and hide thyself as it were for a little moment until the indignation be overpast." Noah was so shut in that no evil could reach him. Floods did but lift him heavenward, and winds did but waft him on his way. Outside of the ark all was ruin, but inside all was rest and peace. Without Christ we perish, but in Christ Jesus there is perfect safety. Noah was so shut in that he could not even desire to come out, and those who are in Christ Jesus are in him forever. They shall go no more out forever, for eternal faithfulness has shut them in, and infernal malice cannot drag them out. The Prince of the house of David shutteth and no man openeth; and when once in the last days as Master of the house he shall rise up and shut the door, it will be in vain for mere professors to knock, and cry Lord, Lord open unto us, for that same door which shuts in the wise virgins will shut out the foolish forever. Lord, shut me in by thy grace.

Evening

"He that loveth not knoweth not God."
1 John 4:8
The distinguishing mark of a Christian is his confidence in the love of Christ, and the yielding of his affections to Christ in return. First, faith sets her seal upon the man by enabling the soul to say with the apostle, "Christ loved me and gave himself for me." Then love gives the countersign, and stamps upon the heart gratitude and love to Jesus in return. "We love him because he first loved us." In those grand old ages, which are the heroic period of the Christian religion, this double mark was clearly to be seen in all believers in Jesus; they were men who knew the love of Christ, and rested upon it as a man leaneth upon a staff whose trustiness he has tried. The love which they felt towards the Lord was not a quiet emotion which they hid within themselves in the secret chamber of their souls, and which they only spake of in their private assemblies when they met on the first day of the week, and sang hymns in honour of Christ Jesus the crucified, but it was a passion with them of such a vehement and all-consuming energy, that it was visible in all their actions, spoke in their common talk, and looked out of their eyes even in their commonest glances. Love to Jesus was a flame which fed upon the core and heart of their being; and, therefore, from its own force burned its way into the outer man, and shone there. Zeal for the glory of King Jesus was the seal and mark of all genuine Christians. Because of their dependence upon Christ's love they dared much, and because of their love to Christ they did much, and it is the same now. The children of God are ruled in their inmost powers by love--the love of Christ constraineth them; they rejoice that divine love is set upon them, they feel it shed abroad in their hearts by the Holy Ghost, which is given unto them, and then by force of gratitude they love the Saviour with a pure heart, fervently. My reader, do you love him? Ere you sleep give an honest answer to a weighty question!
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Today's reading: 2 Chronicles 23-24, John 15 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: 2 Chronicles 23-24

1 In the seventh year Jehoiada showed his strength. He made a covenant with the commanders of units of a hundred: Azariah son of Jeroham, Ishmael son of Jehohanan, Azariah son of Obed, Maaseiah son of Adaiah, and Elishaphat son of Zikri. 2 They went throughout Judah and gathered the Levites and the heads of Israelite families from all the towns. When they came to Jerusalem, 3 the whole assembly made a covenant with the king at the temple of God....

Today's New Testament reading: John 15

The Vine and the Branches
1 "I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me...."


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