Not Having The Approved Opinions

Busy at work this morning, but had to stop to comment on the claim this morning from the legacy media that a survey by ‘leading universities’ (I guess as opposed to Australia’s other, less impressive universities) has found that as many as 50% of Australians are racists. This survey was conducted for something called the ‘Challenging Racism Project.’ The …

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Grasp Your Flotation Device Firmly!

This is one of those ‘only in Australia’ stories. A young couple grabbed two inflatable women they had lying around the house and took them for a ride down the flooded Yarra River in Victoria. The man and woman, both 19, were left clinging to a fallen gum tree in the middle of the river in North …

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Rare Earths, Monazite, Thorium and China

The rare earth elements are not ‘earths’ but metals. Nor are they rare. They are expensive because they are difficult to extract. Thorium isn’t a rare earth. It is generally found as a by-product of the processing of Monazite ore for rare earths elements (REEs). Thorium is a radio-active metal approximately three times as abundant as Uranium. I’ll come …

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Australia’s Leading Expert In Irrelevance

Former Australian Prime  Minister and big job at the UN hopeful Kevin Rudd gave a few tips today to the UN General Assembly on how to increase its level of irrelevance. Speaking to a session to which almost one third of delegates turned up, Mr Rudd warned that: “If we fail to make the UN work, to make …

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What The Heck?

The blighters were just playing games when they checked Tony Crook’s intentions. What was the point of that? Just to prove that they are the big boys now? No one in the playground is going to push them around, cause it’s their turn to do the pushing? Based on their performance over the last week, these …

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The GG, COI, and a SIATC

In 2009 Greg Sheridan wrote a brief and thoughtful, if confronting, article about the Rudd government’s misuse of the office of the Governor General. The article was not primarily about Quentin Bryce’s political views, but about the then Prime Minister’s willingness to use any means, even obviously inappropriate means, to lobby for a seat for Australia on …

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Hottest Decade?

It is certainly hot in South Australia – over 40 degrees on Kangaroo Island. Adelaide is even hotter – about 43 degrees. One or two very hot spells in a season are not unusual, however. The hottest day I have ever lived through was 46 degrees in the early 80s, also in Adelaide. Has the last decade been …

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