Obama – Winging It On Foreign Policy

In this case, on Afghanistan. As with Gitmo, and his cabinet candidates, and … and …  it might have been better to have done the research and asked the questions before stating the policies which were part of his election platform, and which are now being discovered to be unworkable. In both foreign policy and …

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Faked Autism Data Amounts to Murder

Dr Andrew Wakefield must have known the likelihood that his faked research would reduce vaccination rates and and lead to increased levels of preventable infectious childhood diseases. That is, he must have known than faking data so as to suggest a link between MMR vaccinations and autism would lead to increased child deaths. But obviously getting …

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Hamas Steals Aid, Again.

The UN agency which oversees delivery of aid to the Palestinian Territories has suspended deliveries to Gaza after Hamas last week stole 3500 blankets and 450 food packages from a warehouse, and this week stole ten trucks containing aid for the Palestinian people. After previous thefts of aid, constant violence, including the torture and murder of Palestinian …

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Worst Fires in Australian History

Not the biggest, but the deadliest. So far 108 people reported dead. This figure is likely to increase because some bodies are still in burnt homes and vehicles. 750 homes destroyed. Whole communities have disappeared into ash. Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd described the deaths as ‘mass murder.’ Many of them were deliberately started. Thousands …

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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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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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A Better Package

Interesting to compare New Zealand’s stimulus package with those proposed in Australia and the US. New Zealand has a conservative government made up mostly of people who have actually run things before, including in many cases their own farms or other businesses. The NZ package includes some infrastructure spending, but the focus is on building business …

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Drought Fears – Walk Across The Murray

There’s always something to be scared about. But in the history of things to be scared about, this has to be at the very bottom of the list. The Murray is Australia’s largest and longest river. It’s not all that spectacular by world standards, but we’re quite fond of it. Before European intervention, The Murray …

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Battle of the Bagpipes

A brave busker versus the Evil Dunedin Council of Doom (EDCOD, P.O. Box 666, Dunedin Central). Ha ha. I learned the pipes as a teenager, and love pipe music. But I am also a business owner. In this case I think my sympathies are with the local shopkeepers. There’s a time and a place for …

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Obama Charges World Into Debt

I was in the airport in Auckland the other day and saw this headline. Well, it didn’t actually say that. The magazine was upside down, and that’s what it looked like. It actually read ‘Obama Changes Words Into Deeds’. I think my version is truer. The proposed stimulus programme will not, cannot, do anything to improve …

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90,000 Sex Offenders Booted Off MySpace

Given the well documented use of the internet by sexual predators, I don’t know whether to be alarmed that so many registered sex offenders were users of just one of many social networking sites, or delighted that they have been identified and removed. A little of both I think. Interesting that before MySpace commissioned a …

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Daschle Out

This is a good thing, not just for Obama’s administration, but for the credibility of the US overseas. Daschle may be talented, but his appointment would not have passed the ‘smell test’. Tax issues with Killefer, who was to ‘be a chief performance officer’, allegations of corruption in the form of favourable treatment for political donors …

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Britney Spears Sued by Former Manager

Poor Britney. She has made some very foolish choices. But it seems to me she is basically a decent person, who like most decent people, assumes everyone else will do the right thing. She does not seem to have had much luck in choosing her friends and advisors, many of whom seem to have seen her and their association …

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We’d Be the Heroes. Yes, Sure

Via Kathy Shaidle, this report from  the Catholic Register. ‘In elementary school, teachers tried to deprogram students of any anti-Jewish sentiment we might have heard at home. In high school history class, we watched footage of what Allied soldiers found at the newly liberated concentration camps. Sometimes girls would faint or vomit. “Never again,” said …

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