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
Watching ABC Morning news and they seem confused. The subject of Adam Goods come up and apparently people are booing him at matches whenever he touched the ball
Their take on the matter was racism.
I’ve got an alternative thought – people don’t like him because as a hulking 6 foot plus fit footballer he publicly singled out a pudgy, naive 13 year old teenage girl for ridicule in the national media.
Way to go hero.
People simply don’t like men who abuse kids.
Speaker Bishop under pressure to resign for inappropriate expenditure. I’d expect her to resign a little after Bill Shorten resigns for stealing $40,000 and using it for his own electoral campaign.
Right-wing extremism is emerging as an equal, if not greater, threat than Muslim radicalisation in Australia and multiculturalism is “close to death” at a federal level, academics and police have told a conference on social cohesion.
Violent extremism in Australia is beginning to mirror that of the US, counter-terrorism expert Anne Aly from Curtin University said.
She highlighted a New America Foundation study released last month that found right-wing extremists had killed twice as many people since September 11 as jihadists.
Most probably because Intelligence agencies are all over anyone who even looks like a Jihadist whereas no one notices gun toting nutters until they implode and start killing.
I note that the report uses stats post 9/11 and doesn’t mention Bali, London underground and the tens of thousands of Christians and Muslims slaughtered by Jihadists around the world.
That would skew the stats a little too close to the truth
Dr Aly said there was a need to educate children on violent extremism in the same way we have done with other social issues like drugs and bullying.
Have to agree with the good Doctor there. Kids need to be made aware that violent extremism of the Muslims is a problem and they need to be alert lest they get caught in another maelstrom of religious slaughter.
I sometimes question the motives of the Fairfax press. They seem to be always on the side of the Jihadist, or more particularly, not on the side of governments that try are trying to stem the Muslim onslaught.
The Q and A justification continues
Australian journalist Michael Ware, who has spent much of his career reporting on the Iraq war from Baghdad, said that Mallah’s appearance on the program was useful in exposing a wider audience to the views of people who were or had been susceptible to extremism.
“If we don’t have people like Zaky Mallah on a show like this, that’s quite responsibly run and is quite a sophisticated forum, then when are we going to hear their voices?” he said, to murmurs of agreement from the audience.
And exactly why do we need to “hear his voice?”
We’ve already heard his “voice” when Mallah tweeted: “Australia has two decent whores, @RitaPanahi and Miranda Devine. Both need to be gang banged on the Sunrise desk. #freedomofspeech love it!”
Yep absolutely love it!
He was also charged with terrorist acts but got off on a technicality. However, he was convicted of threatening ASIO agents and with possession of an illegal firearm.
We don’t need to hear his voice at all. He needs to be starved of oxygen until he chokes on his insanity.
I’d also like to take Ware’s to task on his description of Q and A as responsibly run and …sophisticated forum. It is a forum that regularly lines up a mob of left wing “experts” against a conservative politician with the aim of embarrassing them, hopefully in a “gotcha” moment.
The “experts” they choose are always arguing for same sex marriage, global warming, boat people being given instant citizenship, how the evil live cattle trade is, how terrible Abbott is, how terrible the Coalition are and how reasonable and compassionate the ALP are.
It is sophisticated in a lefty kind of way but I wouldn’t call it responsible.
challenges Prime Minister Tony Abbott to debate on frantically tries to distract the public from the Trade Union Royal Commission
Ain’t working Bill!
He challenges Toy Abbott to “have a debate with me in parliament or any town hall about work place relations“.
The debate that matters is happening now Bill as the TURC uncovers rorting and straight out fraud committed by you and your mates.
He goes on;
“As parliamentary secretary I fought to introduce the National Disability Insurance Scheme (and) as a union leader at the Beaconsfield mine tragedy, I saw how important our fight for workplace safety is.”
NIDIS wasn’t a fight – Gillard was always going to introduce it. In fact she was so keen that she didn’t even bother to fund it. As for the union leadership at the Beaconsfield coal mine disaster it wasn’t called for. Hither too, the only contribution unions made to mining disasters was to sit on the sidelines and carp about the evil capitalist bosses. On this occasion, you decided it was your chance to get yourself in the public eye with a view to gain a seat in parliament. With the ALP media arm, the ABC complicit in your plan, you became the de facto face of the disaster.
Worked a treat but don’t try and set yourself up as a caring union boss. You were just caring about yourself and your first step on the way to PM
Don’t think that’s happening now Bill. People are onto you.
Another tactic being bandied around is talking about the millions the RC is costing.
Lawyers enjoy $25 million windfall from unions royal commission
Don’t care – unions cost the economy hundreds of millions a year so if we can stop it and bring them within the law then that’s a win for the country.
This week the RC delves into the CFMEU. Mining these thugs for rorting and fraud examples will give a better yield than mining for gold at Kalgoorlie.
I look forward to the daily revelations.
Bill Shorten failed to declare a donation from a labour hire company that funded his campaign director for the 2007 federal election, but denies gaining any personal advantage from the deal, the unions royal commission has heard.
The former union boss revealed to the unions inquiry he had only declared a $40,000 donation from labour-hire company Unibilt, made in 2007, on Monday.
Just as well it only $40k and not something valuable like a bottle of port or he would have had to resign.
Tony Abbott has been roundly criticised by the panellists on Q&A for prohibiting government MPs from appearing on the show.
I can see their problem – no Coalition MPs to gang up on and ridicule must make for a disappointing night for them and let’s face it, without them, the whole raison d’être of Tony Jones and his show is negated.
As Bolt says;
Q&A was quite boring last night without a Coalition MP on – a bit like the Christian not turning up to the colosseum to meet the lions …
And do spare a thought for the battalions of Twitter front line troops, trigger fingers poised to send of another volley of insane and inane abuse aimed squarely at the Abbott government.
Personally I think it’s a good idea for Coalition MPs to give Q & A the flick. Most viewers tune in hoping for a gotcha moment engineered by Tony Jones so getting a rational message over to these people is pointless – they are watching for the sport.
Someone suggested that by not appearing on the show the Coalition is missing out on getting their message over to a million rural viewers. That presumes that rural viewers get their politics from Q & A which is obviously not the case.
I say starve them of oxygen…let them remain what they have always been – a platform for the dissemination of left wing views for the luvvies.
By the Left for the Left.
Meanwhile, this comment by Ray Martin, appointed to investigate Q & A, bodes ill for any balanced results as he raises his pro ALP colours up the flag pole
“I’d like to see what happened last year, the year before rather, when there was a Labor government. I expect Tony Jones was just as tough on the Labor government as he has been on the Coalition right now. I think a Bex and a good lie down may help at the moment.”
Not so, Ray.
He goes on to suggest Barnaby Joyce should have ignored Abbott’s direction not to appear on the show.
“I just think it’s so silly to do it. I would have thought that Barnaby Joyce who wasn’t on last night should have said (to Abbott) look I’m not a member of the Liberal party, I’m a member of the National Party, I can do what I like, and go and do it.”
Nothing will come of the investigation while Ray is involved. A slap on the wrist at most and “lets move on, nothing to see here”
The only answer to the ABCs bias is to not debate the issues with them. I mean to say – who has ever heard of a Left winger being converted and involved in rational debate.
QUEENSLAND’S attorney-general has thanked embattled chief justice Tim Carmody for standing down.
YVETTE D’Ath said it was a “significant gesture” that was in the best interests of the court. Actually, it was in the best interests of the left-wing judicial cartel that were furious that Newman had the temerity to appoint Carmody in the first place when he clearly wasn’t one of them.
It definitely had nothing to do with public interest.
Although Justice Carmody has resigned from his post, he will retain his office and standing as a Supreme Court judge, and will serve as a supplementary judicial member of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
Part of the joint statement by Chief Justice Carmody and Ms D’Arth reads:
“The Chief Justice’s sacrifice of the significant rights, remuneration and privileges of the Office of Chief Justice is recognised as an honourable act. Consistent with the principle of the separation of judicial power, this decision was one for His Honour alone and he has shown strength of character in making his decision to do so.
Consistent with the principle of the separation of judicial power my arse. He was hounded from the position by the other judges with the support of the new ALP government.
Hand in glove…no separation there.
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.