Windschuttle, ‘Gould’ and the Quadrant ‘Hoax’

In an article on Real Clear Politics, Thomas Sowell wrote: ‘No one in his right mind would say that the Bush administration was flawless. But many of their worst political mistakes were the kinds of mistakes that decent people often make when dealing with indecent people, both domestically and internationally.’ The same could be said …

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Secret Whale Deal

Despite Peter Garrett’s angst, I think this is possibly a reasonable option, if only because it will stop some of the whining from local anti-whaling activists. However, stopping any taking of Minke Whales in Antarctic waters may not be a good thing for endangered whale species. Minke Whales are widely distributed and abunbdant. On the IUCN …

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From Well Meaning Politicians …

Good Lord Deliver Us. There should be a rule that anyone wishing to enter public life should have worked with his or her hands, and should have owned, or at least managed, some sort of business. This would help to get rid of the idea that there is such a thing as free money, which the …

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Serial Murderer Milat Cuts Off Own Finger

Outstanding. He can cut off anything he likes as far as I’m concerned. And if that sounds harsh, well tough. The movie Wolf Creek, which was based in part on Milat’s murder of seven backpackers (it’s a vile film, I don’t recommend it), did not exaggerate the horror of Milat’s treatment of his victims. What …

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What the … ?

Australia Day honours and all that. A chance for recognition for people who have made a substantial contribution to their local communities or to state or nation. In addition to many other awards, numbering in the hundreds, each year one person is selected by a committee to be ‘Australian of the Year’. My understanding is …

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Gay MPs Demand Death Sentence for Disagreeing With Them

No that is not an overstatement. Members of the European Parliament have called for the suspension of all aid to Nigeria following the Nigerian Parliament’s unanimous support for legislation prohibiting marriage between persons of the same gender. Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country. Despite recent reforms, it still needs help to overcome violence, poverty, lack …

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Why Can’t the Liberals Win an Election?

Or even a single seat in a by-election? How many elections now is it since the Liberals had a victory? (Not counting the minority government of Colin Barnett in WA). For non-Australian readers, the Liberals are the conservative party in Australia – we’re on the opposite side of the world, so this is perfectly logical, really. But some things to …

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Oh Yeah, That’ll Work

Hamas says it will be the only body to oversee relief efforts in Gaza. Given Hamas’ record in the prompt and careful delivery of aid, giving this job to some other organisation might produce a better outcome for the people of Gaza. Mahmoud Abbas says (of course) that the Palestinian Authority should be in charge of …

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This Must be Some Sort of Record

A Mexican man has been arrested after confessing to dissolving some 300 bodies in caustic soda. The bodies of victims of drug related violence in Northern Mexico were delivered to him for disposal by gang members. He was apparently paid $600 a week for this service, a substantial amount in Mexico. Incidentally, caustic soda is not an …

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Tragic

After the violent insurgent activity in Southern Thailand, it is hardly surprising that Thailand is not enthusiastic about welcoming Muslim refugees. Thailand has the right to protect its borders. But the UN High Commissioner in Bangkok says they have had complaints that the Thai military is confiscating refugees’ boats and either dumping people on deserted islands or sending …

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Well, There’s a Surprise!

Palestinian deaths greatly exaggerated. Most of those dead Hamas activists. I guess the real surprise is that it is a Palestinian doctor who says so, and that it is actually being reported (even though not widely). Any deaths are regrettable, and there is still (and will be for some time) disagreement about the total casualties, but given …

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Guilders for Geert, Please

Via Instapundit and Samizdata, a request for funds to assist Geert Wilders in his defense against charges of inciting hatred against Muslims. The charges are based on Wilders film Fitna, in which verses from the Koran were read over visuals of Islamic terrorism. According to the panel of three judges, Wilder’s insults against Islam were so serious …

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Tainted Milk Death Sentences

I still don’t understand this. Not the imposition of the death penalty – I don’t have a problem with that if the milk really was deliberately contaminated with melamine, and those who did it knew what the effect was likely to be. But why did they do it? I don’t understand how there could have been …

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Israel and Gaza

Israel is not blameless in its relationships with the Palestinian people. Palestinian homes, farms and businesses have been bulldozed to make way for Israeli settlers. Genuine and appalling atrocities have been committed against some Palestinians. People have been right to express concern about these things, and to urge Israel stop further occupation and settlement of …

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