You can just see the glow of my laptop where I was working on a clients web sIte in Tassie hosted through Rumcorps.net servers in Dallas Texas. As good an office as any!
A pod of about 20 whales come fast from astern and passed either side of the yacht, frightening hell out of us.
No flames apparent so I hardly slowed down until I had travelled a hundred odd meters with no visibility. About the time I started to panic I came out the other side.
Have a good one
I thought I’d reserve my opinion on Di Natale and not presume he’s just another stupid Greenie hellbent on destroying the economy whist espousing opinions that deny the truth of life, the universe and all that.
I could’ve saved some time and gone straight to “he’s just another Greenie” as witnessed by his take on Scott Morrison.
“It’s not easy to sit in a room with somebody like Scott Morrison and look him in the eye and know this is somebody who locked up young kids, but you have to get past that,” Di Natale told this newspaper.
Well, I thought, if he has that opinion about Morrison who has been steadily releasing kids from refugee lock-ups, then he must have been apoplectic when the Rudd/Gillard/Rudd government were just as busily incarcerating them.
It appears not, or at least I can’t find any record of him commenting on the matter then.
I would suggest the good doctor has a lot to get past, starting with his political hypocrisy.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says the return of Khaled Sharrouf’s family to Australia will only be considered after his death has been confirmed.
Sharrouf and fellow Australian Mohamed Elomar are believed to have been killed in the Iraqi city of Mosul in the past week. “Once those reports have been verified, then we can deal with other circumstances, including the children,” she told the Seven Network.
Good! I mean the bit about them being killed.
Labor leader Bill Shorten, asked if Sharrouf’s wife should be allowed to come home, said it was “a pretty complex situation”.
“I feel very much for the children. For me the well-being of the children is what’s important,” the Opposition Leader said in Canberra.
I wonder how Bill feels about the guy whose severed head was held by one of these children, photographed and posted on the media like it was a happy holiday snap.
Does he feel very much for him?
Notorious Australian terrorist Khaled Sharrouf survived the drone attack in Syria that killed fellow extremist and friend Mohamed Elomar, it’s been reported.
Classified images captured by the US military in Al-Raqqah have confirmed the death of Sydney terrorist Elomar, the Sunday Telegraph reports.
But none of the photographs suggest Sharrouf was killed in the Predator drone missile strike on an Islamic State group convoy, authorities say.
Reload, regain the target and fire.
Diana Abdel-Rahman, president of the Australian Muslim Voice in Canberra, says the Muslim community has “very deep concerns” about the Abbott government using its counter-terrorism policy as a “political wedge” to evoke anxiety.
Evoke anxiety! The way I see it is that it’s the Muslims provoking anxiety. 9/11, Bali; Jakarta, London, happy snaps with son holding severed head and then there is this little list.
- 2003-04: An investigation of Faheem Lodhi found he was plotting to bomb the national electricity grid or defence sites; he was convicted of terrorism offences.
- 2005: Nine individuals were arrested in Sydney after sourcing chemicals and materials for use in the preparation of an explosive device; possession or attempted purchase of firearms and ammunition; and possession of large quantities of extremist material. All were convicted of terrorism offences.
- 2005: 13 individuals were arrested in Melbourne and charged with plotting mass casualty attacks, with the intention of coercing the Australian Government to withdraw from Iraq. Nine individuals were convicted of terrorism offences.
- 2009: Five men charged with conspiracy for preparation for an attack using firearms on Holsworthy Army Barracks in Sydney. Three were convicted.
- 2014: In response to intelligence revealing an alleged plot to kill a random member of the public, entry and search operations were conducted on multiple occasions in Sydney.
- 2014: Lindt Cafe Seige. On the morning of December 15, 2014, a self-styled spiritual healer, clairvoyant and sheikh who had arrived in Australia from Iran in 1996 under the name of Mohammad Hassan Manteghi, took staff and customers hostage at gunpoint inside the Lindt cafe in Sydney’s Martin Place. When the smoke cleared away there were two hostages dead and Monis was killed.
But wait, there’s more;
Authorities believe that around 150 Australians are currently fighting alongside ISIS in Iraq and Syria, making the country the highest foreign per capita contributor to the violence. Many more have left the country for the Middle East in recent weeks, though their intent in doing so has not yet been determined.
And Abbott is evoking anxiety. God give me strength!
“I believe the language that he uses and the tone that he uses, the consistency of the words that he uses … (is) as if he is taking advantage of a situation to heighten the levels of fear in the community to a point that it can be perceived as being racist,” Ms Abdel-Rahman said.
Technically she is wrong. If Abbott’s legislation was targeting Lebanese, Syrian, or Iranian nationals then she might have a case but Islam is a religion followed by Muslims of all nationalities so targeting them may be lots of things, but it isn’t racist.
The levels of fear have been evoked by the radical Muslims, not by any politician. The politicians are simply trying to make the country safe.
Her father migrated to Australia from Lebanon 64 years ago and Ms Abdel-Rahman said four generations of her family had felt “alienated” during the political debate on how to combat Islamic State.
If four generations of her family are feeling “alienated” then they need to talk to their Muslim mates and get them to quieten down.
No good talking to us. we’re not the problem.
Washington: A draft of an environmental encyclical by Pope Francis says “the bulk of global warming” is caused by human activity. He calls on people – especially the world’s rich – to take steps to mitigate the damage by reducing consumption and reliance on fossil fuels.
Pope Benedict proposed we should recognise that the natural environment is full of wounds produced by our irresponsible behaviour.
In words likely to anger some of his conservative critics, the Pope backs the science of climate change, saying “plenty of scientific studies point out that the last decades of global warming have been mostly caused by the great concentration of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane, nitrogen oxide and others) especially generated by human action”.
It’s not often the case but the Pope and I are in lockstep. His encyclical confirms what I have always believed, that belief in AGW is a faith system, a religion. I have long referred to the more extreme followers of AGW as members of The Church of the Latter Day Alarmists.
Damn. I got it right again.
The Olkola people are scattered across the country but Aboriginal elder Michael Ross wants them to come back home.
The cattleman is confident more of his people, a clan of about 500, will begin making that journey after the Olkola Aboriginal Corporation won a seven-year contract in the federal government’s first emissions reduction auction last month.
The corporation, which Mr Ross heads, plans to capture 65,000 tonnes of carbon each year through early burning — a method used by the elder’s family for generations — to reduce wildfires across its 766,272ha of land in central Cape York
“It’s not all about getting handouts. We have to make this land support the Olkola people for the journey home and put something back on to our country. It’s a great hurdle we’ve overcome.”
And the bottom line is:
The corporation could not disclose how much the government would pay it but under the average auction price of $13.95 per tonne it would receive $906,750 a year.
Who makes this stuff up?
Could someone explain to me how back burning bush to prevent dry season bushfires helps the ecology. I understand that small wet season fires could produce less ash and smoke than dry season events but seriously, paying someone nearly a million dollars to do it doesn’t seem like money well spent to me.
It seems like money for old rope to use an old saying
Outgoing army chief David Morrison says the focus on the white, Anglo-Saxon males of the Anzac legend has made it more difficult to recruit a diverse defence force.
Lieutenant General Morrison said that the “iconic narrative” of the Anzac story did not reflect the reality of modern Australia, nor the needs of a modern defence force.
“Some of the stories we tell ourselves about Anzac — overwhelmingly white, overwhelmingly male, overwhelmingly Anglo-Saxon — if those stories are given an undue emphasis then how do you attract in today’s ranks, men and women who aren’t male, who aren’t Anglo-Saxon, who aren’t rough-hewn country lads who never salute officers, particularly the Poms, and who fight best with a hangover?”
Maybe I’m being over sensitive here but I never fought with a hangover and always saluted officers where applicable. I think that’s a put down on today’s diggers
The ANZACS were overwhelmingly white, overwhelmingly male and overwhelmingly Anglo-Saxon and no amount of politically correct thinking or pushing gender equality and people of non-English speaking backgrounds is going to change that.
I might add that today’s diggers are also overwhelmingly white, overwhelmingly male and overwhelmingly Anglo-Saxon. The other people in our society overwhelmingly do not volunteer for military service. They are more into Friday’s mosque rantings and place religion above all else, particularly service to their new nation.
They are yet to assimilate into our society and considering too many of them support the Islamic sub-humans in the Middle East slaughtering Christians and Moslems or anyone that stands in their way, then I’m not sure when, if ever, they will consider themselves Australian and look at service as part of their civil responsibility.
From my perspective, I’m glad to see you go General Morrison.
UPDATE: An article by Ross Eastgate here
I just went down to the shops and passed about a hundred bikies all resplendent in their club colours and taking up about a kilometer of road.
I take it that under the new Queensland ALP Government crime gangs are once again free to consort and indulge in extortion, prostitution and drug running as in days of yore.
I haven’t noticed any press releases on the matter but it must be so.
Emptied the rain gauge at 3:00pm and went off to the club. It rained and when I phoned the bride to come get me she couldn’t. Roads were jammed in gridlock with people trying to get home. Cars were flowing down creeks where they crossed Sandgate Road. I spoke to one guy who just got out, locked his car and walked home figuring it was quicker.
I walked home and found it flooded throughout. We live at the top of a hill but it was raining so much it simply couldn’t get away. Wet carpets and wooden floating floor.
Hello Insurance company
I text the bride and say stay where you are. I’m home, I’ve had a shower and I’m having a rum with Chloe the black lab (She doesn’t drink much but keeps me good company.)
Just checked the rain gauge…190 ml and it’s just 8:0pm
Australian Catholic University has created two scholarships for Indonesian students to study in Australia named after Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.
The scholarships will cover the full cost of tuition for up to four years and be awarded on academic merit as well as an essay on the theme “the sanctity of human life”.
“In a small but deeply symbolic way, the writing by Indonesian students on the sanctity of life would be an ongoing contribution towards the eventual abolition of the death penalty in Indonesia,” ACU vice-chancellor Greg Craven said in a statement. “The scholarships would be a fitting tribute to the reformation, courage and dignity of the two men.”
Ah, yes – “the sanctity of human life”. How does that play out with the four to five Australians who die of an overdose every day courtesy of dealers like Chan and Sukumaran.
Not well at all in my opinion.
Some other suggestions from readers at Catalaxy Files…
I’ve heard that in recognition of the 20th anniversary, Oklahoma City University will be establishing two Timothy McVeigh scholarships; one for organic chemistry students and one for a student for postgraduate study into “making sense of terrorism denial”.
The University of Western Sydney needs an Ivan Milat scholarship for overseas students
…puts the matter in perspective.
A Sydney man facing the death penalty in China for alleged drug-smuggling has reportedly had his trial moved forward to next week.
New Zealand-born Peter Gardner, 25, has been detained in China on suspicion of drug-smuggling since he was arrested on November 8.
He is accused of trying to smuggle 40kg of methamphetamine out of the country after customs officials allegedly found the drugs in two bags during check-in at Guangzhou airport.
I wonder if we are going to go through the same gnashing of teeth, the flailing of our minds, the endless wailing, the candle lit vigils, abuse of Indonesia and thousands of tweets blaming Abbott and/or the AFP for the recent execution of two drug dealers in Indonesia?
Don’t think so.
Do I feel sorry for the two drug dealers? In a sense Yes. It always sad to hear of untimely deaths and wasted lives but seriously I have much more compassion for the three to four Australians who die every day from drug overdoses.
By the time my compassion is all spent on those who succumb to drugs, some of whom could’ve been supplied by the two dealers in Bali, all I can manage is a yawn and a move on, nothing to see here moment.
Listening to the ABC where a guy from some Human Rights organization said we should stop all trade with Indonesia. Way to go dipshit! Indonesia imports about $12 billion in cattle and beef from Australia every year. How many small to large businesses would cancellation of that trade kill. If we are going to stop trading with Indonesia then we should, to be consistent, stop trading with other nations that have the death penalty. The USA and China spring to mind.
Yep, that’s his answer. Totally destroy the nation’s economy because one of our trading partners topped a couple of drug dealers.
These people vote……most probably for the Greens.
Withdraw our Ambassador….reasonable thing to do. Tells ‘em we are not happy. Indonesia yawns and says “Yea, fair enough we do that from time to time as well”
Some time soon a shiny object off to the side, in the form of Kate Middleton having her baby, will distract the inane and insane Twitterverse and the ” executions were so last week” syndrome will apply and we will all move on.
Except for the Human Rights industry – they never move on.
As you may have gathered I don’t have much time for drug dealers and only a limited amount of compassion for drug addicts however, I have less time for those who say we should legalize all drugs and the problems will go away.
No they won’t. The economic basics of drug dealing will change and the number of addicts will increase. I recently note a comment at Catalaxy Files and found myself nodding in agreement as I read it.
There is no “war on drugs” to be lost, talking about it as a war is completely idiotic – there is no “war”. People still murder and rape and steal, but no one talks about having “lost the war against murder” or “lost the war against rape”. Should we decriminalise rape because people still rape and clearly we’ve lost the “war against rape”? Obviously not – there will always be rapists amongst us even if you brought in the cruelest punishments against it. Just as there will always be heroin or cocaine users amongst us – and just because people still take these drugs doesn’t mean the laws have failed and should be abolished.
I was once at a BBQ with a senior AFP guy who had spent some time in Argentina trying to nobble the South American link in the drug logistic chain to Australia. I said “We need a war against drugs”. He said “We have one”. I said “No we don’t. I’m talking about D Day at Normandy. Tanks, Naval gunfire, missiles, flame throwers, artillery and bombing and staffing runs. Having problems with drug plantations in South America? Then fill up the bomb bays of the F11As with napalm (the BBQ was awhile ago) and give them a Pilot Mission Brief of seek and destroy”
He smiled politely and started talking about how he liked his career and didn’t want to stuff it up by being proactive. He was posted to Canberra.
I wonder if Kate has had that baby yet?