Bad for Phelps, Bad for Swimming

If it is true that Michael Phelps was smoking dope at a party, then he is a very silly boy. The four year ban for drug taking means that he would not be able to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.  On the other hand, I have looked pretty closely at that picture, and …

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Octuplets and the Cost of Raising Children

I came across this self-righteous article yesterday. Apparently the mother of the octuplets born in California last week, had once filed for bankruptcy, and already has six children. According to the report this ‘casts an unflattering light’ on her. The article goes on to report the mother’s mother as saying that her daughter had multiple embryos …

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No Wonder the Children are Thugs

A group of Melbourne girls invited a sixteen year old intellectually disabled girl to their home, saying they would be her friend. Then they took her to a nearby park where they beat her up so badly she could not stand up after the attack and had to be taken to hospital. Bad enough. A mob of other …

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Bring Sean Home

The story of the kidnapping of Sean Goldman has become much more widely known in the couple of days since the US Dateline report on January 30th. For those who don’t know, Bruna Goldman took her son Sean ‘on vacation’ to her home in Brazil in 2004. She never returned. David Goldman has struggled ever since to …

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Traditional Marriage Supporters Worried About Violent Retribution

‘The mandatory disclosure of thousands of contributors to Proposition 8 on the secretary of state’s Web site has led to numerous acts of vandalism, boycotts and even death threats, lawyers for the Prop. 8 campaign said in a suit filed in U.S. District Court in Sacramento.’ Even if this is an exaggeration, and there’s no …

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Blagojevich Out

No surprise, given how strong the FBI audio tape evidence semed to be. Illinois senators ‘found Mr Blagojevich guilty of engaging in a lengthy pattern of pay-to-play politics in which he traded campaign donations for political favors and tried to swap his ability to pick Mr Obama’s replacement for a cabinet post, ambassadorship or high-paying job for …

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Aid Stranded in Egypt

Israel closed its crossings into Gaza on Tuesday after a bomb attack on the Israel-Gaza border killed an Israeli soldier. The crossings were later re-opened, allowing 174 trucks of food and other aid into Gaza on Wednesday, and 149 on Thursday. But the crossing from Egypt at Rafah remains closed, with some two dozen aid …

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Thank Goodness

For the common sense of ordinary people. Penny Wong, The Australian Federal Minister for Climate Change, says three hot days at her place prove global warming is real. And what’s more, no one is going to convince her otherwise, and she’s going ahead with emission controls, even if it wrecks the economy, because that’s the …

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Give the Guy a Break

Obama tries to enter the Oval Office through a window. To be fair, those look like they could be French doors, and he’s only just moved in. It sometimes takes me a few weeks to remember where the light switches are when I move house. It is not the trivial mistake by a man in a …

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CIA Station Chief Accused of Raping Local Women

‘The CIA’s station chief at its sensitive post in Algeria is under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department for allegedly raping at least two Muslim women who claim he laced their drinks with a knock-out drug.’ It appears there may be video tape of the alleged offences. If this is true there will be massive …

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Three Hot Days – Global Warming Proven!

But of course. I wondered how long this would take. Federal Climate Change Minister Penny Wong says the current heatwave is a sign of global warming. It doesn’t matter that we have had a cooler than usual Summer, that world temperatures have been trending down for the last ten years, that much of the Northern …

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Let’s Get Microsoft

In the lead up to the release of Windows Vista in January 2007, some 19 million computers were sold in the US with labels saying they were ‘Vista Capable.’ A distinction was made between ‘Vista Capable’ and ‘Vista Premium Ready.’ Computers which were ‘Vista Premium Ready’ were required to have more memory and better graphics peformance …

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Handouts Working

Federal Government handouts designed to stimulate the economy by taking money from people who earn it, and giving it to people who don’t (OK, I know that’s a generalisation) seem to be working well. If you make underpants, or run poker machines. Otherwise forget it.

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Russia Halts Missile Deployment

This is good news. But… Russia says its change of mind is based on a change of attitude in the US administration over plans to install a missile defence system in Eastern Europe. ‘Russia had said the US missile shield plan in Europe was a direct threat. In November last year, Mr Medvedev announced that short-range …

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‘Racist’ Shirts

OK, I can see why they might be offensive. On the other hand the first described is moderately amusing, precisely because it isn’t true except as a stereotype of white Australians. The second is perhaps a natural over-reaction to unpleasant complaining about Australia, its customs and people, from some recent immigrants. But even they if are offensive, why is necessary …

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