Amanda and Gran Torino

After an ultrasound doctors found a large quantity of fluid in Amanda’s chest yesterday, and asked us to leave for a few hours while they sedated her and inserted a drain. Dad and David and I went and had pizza for dinner and then went to see Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino.  Gosh! Wow! Heck! It was a great …

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Up to 38,000 Civilisations in Our Galaxy

In a process described by University of Edinburgh researcher Duncan Forgan as ‘quantifying our ignorance,’ scientists have estimated that there are at least 361 ‘intelligent civilisations’ (are there unintelligent ones too?) in the Milky Way, and possibly up to 38,000. While this is interesting, a guess about a number that could be anywhere between 361 …

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Tamil Tigers Almost Defeated

I don’t know what I think about this. The Tamils have not been treated well by the majority Sinhalese. Tamils are in the majority in the north of Sri Lanka. I can understand their wanting a state of their own. On the other hand, this has been a terrible civil war in which some 70,000 …

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Villainous Capitalism to Blame – Not

Greedy or stupid policiticans, probably…  Prime Minister Kevin Rudd gets one thing right in his 7,000 word reiteration of the destructive Whitlam era philosophy that big government, big spending and high taxes are good. The thing he gets right is this: ‘Soft or hard, protectionism is a sure-fire way of turning recession into depression, as it …

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Nyuh Zuhlunders Spuk Funny, eh?

I am a native New Zealander myself. Coming back to NZ this time I was struck by the difficulty I was having in understanding ordinary speech. New Zealanders are inclined to drop the fina consonan of wors. But more confusingly, every vowel sound (with the exception of the eu dipthong – as in duel – …

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And Now Solis

After Geithner, Daschle, Richardson, Killefer, et al, further consideration of Labor Secretary nominee Hilda Solis has been postponed because her husband ‘only yesterday paid off tax liens, some of which had been pending for up to 16 years’.’ What is it with Obama’s team and taxes? Is forgetting to pay your taxes part of the whole ‘wealth …

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