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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Another Hot Day

Forecasts suggest we will folllow our usual pattern of being 2 degrees cooler than Adelaide, but 42 degrees (Celsius – nearly 108 degress Fahrenheit) is still very hot for the island. This will make three days in a row over forty. It is unusual, and dangerous, especially if we get some wind and/or thunderstorms later …

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Dalai Lama: “I Love President George Bush”

via Gateway Pundit “It is difficult to deal with terrorism through non-violence,” the Tibetan spiritual leader said. “They (terrorists) are very brilliant and educated…but a strong ill feeling is bred in them. Their minds are closed.” He said that the only way to tackle terrorism is through prevention. The head of the Tibetan government-in-exile left the …

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Cool. Cooling

Tim Blair and Andrew Bolt are both ahead of me on this one, but it is worth listing anyway. James Hansen is the NASA scientist who complained loudly and incessantly about being silenced, particularly under the evil chimpybushitler regime. At the same time he got a huge amount of publicity, and some additional income, from equally …

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Triumphs of Australian Science

Australian researchers have found that alcohol consumption improves male sexual performance. ‘After other risk factors were excluded, weekend drinkers, high-risk drinkers and those who exceeded alcohol-intake guidelines had lower rates of erectile dysfunction than those who drank one day a week or less. Ex-drinkers, however, had the highest risk.’ Say that again…   ‘Ex drinkers had …

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Men are From Mars, Women are ..

No, men and women are both from Earth. But what planet is Jimmy Carter from? ‘Hamas Can be Trusted.’ ‘According to the former president, Hamas never deviated from their commitments as per the ceasefire agreement.’  It would be funny if it wasn’t so sad. He has one thing right though, Hamas can be trusted – to try …

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What I Said

About what seemed to be a startling lack of graciousness in Obama’s inauguration speech. But she says it better.

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This Lunatic Must Be Silenced At Once

And probably will be… Via Instapundit, this story of an EU official who says Hamas bears ‘overwhelming responsibility’ for the destruction of Gaza. Of course he also goes on to say some nasty things about Israel killing civilians, but heck, then he tells Hamas off for using civilians as human shields, and for fighting in …

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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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All the News From The SAG Awards

Though not nearly as interesting as FAG, SAG nonetheless produced a night of some attractive frocks, and reasonable award choices. I haven’t seen The Reader, though I loved the book, and I can believe Kate Winslet would do a good job. Also pleasing to hear of the posthumous award to Heath Ledger, whose characterisation of …

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Australia is a Great Country

In how many other places would a state chief of police, in an official vehicle, on his way to an official function, be pulled over for travelling 12 kilometres (about 8 mph) over the speed limit, and actually be given a ticket (well, his driver) and actually pay it? Cool.

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Jefferson, Patrick Henry and Obama

Still thinking about my earlier post on Obama’s inauguration speech. I have been reading Made in America by Bill Bryson. It is about the development of the American version of the English language, and like most of his books, is funny and informative at the same time. On page thirty-nine Bryson tells the story of Patrick Henry. …

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Ding!

Just hit 70 with my Night Elf Druid (feral spec). When I logged on I noticed I had played this character for 14 days 8 hours and 22 minutes. That’s 344 hours on this toon alone. I have another main on a different account – a demonology specced undead warlock, on whom I have spent slightly …

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Empty Apologies

This was an article I wrote ten months ago after comment by The Anglican Archbishop of Adelaide in the Church Guardian of March 2008 that Anglicans welcomed the Prime Minister’s apology to indigenous people for the stolen generations. The announcement of Mick Dodson as Australian of the Year seemed an appropriate context in which to dust it …

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