Archive for May, 2011

No Surprises here
May 31, 2011

NBN cost blowouts? And all in the name of monopoly, dated technology and, as time will show, censorship.

Heath risks of mobile phone technology. More time is clearly required for properly grounded data becomes available for truly meaningful conclusions. See here for long-standing interest in this question. ‘Prolonged usage’ seems to provide most cause for concern (heavy users’ reported average: 30 minutes per day over a 10‐year period). By rights authorities, not least parents and schools, should discourage children from using mobile phones. Using a hands-free headset minimises risks. (Update: Even more cause for caution!)

Recession: only a matter of time. The Australian economy has been in recession for several years. The only excuse authorities have for claiming otherwise is deliberately engineered indebtedness–all to be the responsibility of another generation. And add new taxes to complete the mix.

And the big scam of climate change (apd): note how difficult it is to find on <www.abc.net.au/news> reports heard on ABC radio. They differ in significant ways. Regular listeners hear, not least from spokespersons of the Australian Conservation Foundation, that green jobs simply await the starter’s gun, so to speak: the same shot that then destroys two or more jobs for every one, ahem, created by government. The mobile phone stories were different too, radio news seeming to belittle hands-free headsets. Meanwhile, Paul Kelly contributes more fatuity, looking after friends and trying to appear unbiased (that is, ineffectually concealing prejudices) and concluding in typically trite manner.

apd = as presently defined.

Foreign debt . . .
May 31, 2011

Australia’s net foreign debt expanded by 5.0 per cent to $677.320 billion in the March quarter. And that’s with the Australian well above parity with the US greenback. Anybody in Australian politics care to comment? No? I didn’t think so.

The best just got better!
May 31, 2011

Almost the only satire abroad (apologies to Mark Steyn): Tribal Update, the television on internet news satire show produced by Latma, the Hebrew language media satire site run by Caroline Glick. See the wonderful expression of media megalomania here.

More than cattle treated appallingly
May 31, 2011

Australian politicians could not get on the bandwagon fast enough regarding apparently appalling treatment of cattle in Indonesian slaughter-yards. Yet how many have taken the least interest in the relentless persecution of Christians throughout much of the world, especially that which is primarily Islamic. Instead they, like the dismal Australian and other media thrill over the use of western technologies such as Facebook for the overthrow of regimes, legitimate or otherwise. They don’t really care: it’s the thrill of defiance that holds their attention, assuming it’s not from climate change sceptics. The Barnabas Fund tells of the situations more as they are than what western media would have us believe. it makes for unhappy reading but better that than a drenching of falsehood and wishful thinking.

More publicity-seeking
May 30, 2011

Nick Xenophon has considerable support from his electorate. I’ve often wondered why that should be, for Like Senator Brown (Greens, Tas.) his main talent seems to be publicity-seeking. His latest foray into public matter is no exception. Just as he seems to have been silent regarding the taxpayer-funded redevelopment of Adelaide Oval, he has only made a noise now of the fatuous type. Did he at any time oppose the expenditure of taxpayers’ funds during the campaign to host the 2022 World Cup. If not why not? (And don’t say these processes are all above board etc.)

If a refund is defensible it should come from the Australian Football Federation (with a contribution from SBS). Meanwhile, did anyone ever defend making this choice, for 2022, at this time?

Adelaide Oval shown up for what it is
May 30, 2011

Surely even the Liberal party can now see the fatuity and then some of the taxpayer-funded redevelopment of Adelaide Oval. We know from Christopher Pyne that the issue was looking after his personal expenses as a member of SACA. Now, it is becoming increasingly clear that probably neither code, cricket nor Australian rules football, are viable as professional sports. So the axe falls on taxpayers. The sewer rules.

Mind you, unless some-one from the Liberal party makes a door-stop remark in the vain hope that some-one else is listening, no comment is forthcoming, at least, not since December last year.

Deadly expectations deepen
May 30, 2011

Around 20 months ago a grazier in relatively harsh country, well outside Goyder’s Line, expressed his deep fear of the significance of government policies, both state and federal, toward rural industries. Nothing has occurred to suggest any error of perception on his part. Others, too, have remarked with great seriousness how government seems determined to destroy viable industries, not least horticulture. Now, the carbon tax, which has little if any public support, threatens the livelihoods of his cereal farmers.

Cattle breeders seem likely to fare little better. Surely one needs more reliable source than the ABC to make decisions regarding export industries. It may be that a number of Indonesian abattoirs are indeed extremely badly managed. But that an entire industry should shut down on the basis of one TV programme. Nonsense.

For Independents and Greens MPs and Senators publicity is all that matters for their own survival at the public trough. Ignorable. We shall see with what integrity the Minister and his department can investigate the matter. Hmm.

 

So the waste goes on and on and . . .
May 29, 2011

It may or may not technically-speaking be corruption but in terms of democratic politics it surely is, certainly it is by nineteenth-century standards. Government favours two apparently insolvent professions, cricket and football. To suggest otherwise is to assume they can fund their own places of employment. But apparently not.

Hospitals, not least Keith Community, can die but so-called professional sports must continue, even at the ludicrous cost, almost entirely borne by tax-payers, exceeding one-half of a billion dollars.

So we’re told of yet more money ‘given’ by taxpayers (ha-ha) to the so-called Stadium Management Authority.

Note how the ‘Aerial view of the proposed Adelaide Oval’ shows no car park. A few vehicles do appear on grass but that, if what little information trickles out from discussions in government and Adelaide City Council is a guide, is not what the honchos have in mind. No car park in fact is tolerable except insofar as it is place underneath the playing area. It’s done elsewhere so why not here?

South Australia urgently needs a government that has a clearer, saner view of its priorities. Neither Labor not Liberal qualifies, which makes the situation very difficult indeed. In fact it wipes out hope for responsible government. Tweedledum and Tweedledee won’t do. Instead, both parties and their media and other mates will continue to lie in their own interests. Tax-payers remain as ever the suckers in their sick game.

Salt but no savour
May 25, 2011

Now this (per Drudge) is a true environmental disaster. Unlike the great bulk of unrelenting outpourings of wannabe gibberish regarding the lower lakes in South Australia. No fatuous models required. Just evidence.

Oratory? Hector?
May 25, 2011

The fawning over President Obama’s oratorical skill continues unabated. It is nothing more than complete nonsense. The man is hectoring bore. What Andrew Gimson means in The Telegraph is that he finds Obama politically attractive, unremarkable and thoroughly commonplace as that may be.

Remember all the wondrous things that would follow his election: hope and change. Pit that, ahem, vision against all that has followed: primarily debt and governmental demoralisation and arrogance. Think of his recent outpourings regarding Israel and the Middle East. The style was, yet again, that of the candidate, not of a responsible national leader. (For thorough, if interim, analysis see the remarks from Caroline Glick). It took no account of realities on the ground.

On that point, who does? With or without genuine oratory.