Not Bad for Abos

I ended my post featuring Morgan Freeman with the suggestion: ‘if you don’t think race should make a difference, stop acting like race makes a difference.’ So I was interested to read in Qantas’ in flight magazine about how jolly well some of those indigenous football players are doing. Qantas even has a program to help them along, …

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Free Country

I saw a bumper sticker this morning that said ‘Free Tibet.’ I thought, ‘Well, I’ll have it if no one else wants it.’

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Return of the Hawk-Faced Harridans

It was like being back on Ansett. On Tuesday Kathy and I travelled from American River to Geraldton. it was a long day. Drive from American River to Penneshaw. Ferry to Cape Jervis. Drive to Adelaide. Fly to Perth. That was with Qantas, and it was OK. One of the lunch choices was chicken korma. …

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Diocese Of The Murray

I have a number of friends who are members of The Voice of the Laity, an organisation of lay people in the Anglican Diocese of The Murray. Their website was recently hijacked. They have started a new website at murraydiocese.org The contents are an older copy of the original website, so some updating needs to be done, …

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Mohler Men Could Have Ruled Over A House Of Horrors

But I seriously doubt it. Six male members of the Mohler family in Missouri have been charged with various sexual offences after being accused of raping and sodomising a group of children over many years. Such things do happen. But in this case, the accusations rested initially on ‘recovered memories.’ In other words, likely fantasies. …

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Parents’ Jury Demonstrates Remarkable Dumbness

The Parents’ Jury, whoever the heck they are, take a shot at McDonalds in dishing out their inaugural Fame and Shame Awards. McDonalds won the Techno Hack category for their Maths Online programme – a free (and very good) online maths tuition available at no charge to every Australian teacher and student. Well, we certainly don’t want …

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The Real Climate Change Catastrophe

Christopher Booker summarises the arguments of his new book: The Real Global Warming Disaster: Is the Obsession with “Climate Chanage” Turning Out to Be the Most Costly Scientific Blunder in History? Long title, but the answer is almost certainly yes. The cost in human life of the greenies’ DDT ban is in the tens of millions. …

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Discipline in Schools

One of my best friends is a highly intelligent and capable woman who has raised four lovely daughters, run a successful business, and is a respected teacher whose students have produced consistently good results. This will be her last year of teaching. She just does not have the energy to struggle every day with children who …

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Wayne Carey Whines

It’s not my fault I’m a drunk, a womaniser and a liar, says Carey in his book The Truth Hurts – my Dad was mean to me. Well maybe. Dad says otherwise of course. This reminds me of the old saw about what a patient learned in therapy: I am responsible for all my own decisions, and …

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Pennies Drop

I have a friend who is a bit left-leaning. A lot left-leaning actually. Bosses exploit the workers, socialism is a fairer system, etc, etc. Then she opened a shop. Of course, it is one of those trendy organic food, fair trade coffee, home made soap type places, but I respect anyone who risks their own money and puts …

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JBC Shares Trading Software

Final update to the JBC scam saga. For background see the two earlier articles. David reported in comments that he has written to ASIC. He has had a response which I cannot detail here. But they are taking his complaint seriously. What is not so good has been the response from his bank. Apparently Mastercard …

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JBC Share Trading Software Part Two

A brief update to my earlier article on JBC. Others have been caught by this scam. JBC have set up fake websites to give their share trading /stock trading software credibility. This is dishonest.  It shows clearly that this is not simply a product that does not work for some people, but a deliberate scam. You can …

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Art Without Bludging Off the Taxpayer

I know, I’ve said it a thousand times before, almost all subsidies are a waste of time, and end up costing more than any benefit they provide. There are three reasons: First, if you are getting a subsidy, you don’t have to worry so much about careful planning, or financial responsibility (because someone else – the …

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Sexist Ads

The two major Australian grocery retailers are both currently running offensively sexist ads. The Coles ad is the less offensive of the two. ‘You shouldn’t be taxed for being a woman’ it says. So Coles will pay the GST on the whole range of feminine hygiene products. How nice. I don’t think I should be …

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Sunset at Second Valley

Last Monday I had half an hour to spare on my way from Adelaide to catch the ferry back to KI. I stopped at Second Valley, which is about five minutes off the main road. It was just about sunset. I thought you might like this photo, taken with my Nokia N95:

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