The Dog’s Bollocks

Truth is like a dog’s bollocks – pretty obvious if you care to look.

Nelson to tackle tackling Climate Change

Bruce Petty - The AgeBrendan Nelson is buoyed by a ‘stunning’ result in which two conservative candidates defeated a Labor candidate to retain a seat held by the National Party for the last 40 years. The MSM are convinced that the defeat sends a message to the federal Rudd government, although no-one is entirely clear exactly what that message is. Apparently the electorate is unhappy about the cost of living and reckon that Rudd needs to do something about global oil prices, the rorting of grocery prices by our supermarket duopoly, the tax on alcopops, and falling share prices as the sub-prime shake-down continues. Or something.

Nelson is convinced the electorate is responding to the price of petrol and his plan to cut the fuel excise by 5c a litre. Now he is warning: “I suspect there’s a high probability that we won’t support what the Government chooses to do.”

Never mind that the Garnaut draaft report won’t be released until Friday and the Government won’t outline its options until July 16. Never mind that one of the reasons the Howard government was dumped from office was its climate change denialism and the electorate’s desire to do something done about it. Nelson is, to be fair, not a denialist – he wants to tackle climate change too. Just as long as we don’t have to actually do anything about it and it doesn’t cost us anything. Well apart from using a few government-subsidised energy efficient light bulbs, and maybe some minor carbon trading scheme for those able to make some money out of it.

Good luck with that one, Brendan. There’s nothing like re-fighting the last war as a strategy for winning the next one.

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Party on like it’s 1999!

Manilla TyphoonDenialist lobby shills and hacks are pleased with their tiny contribution to the relentless propaganda campaign to undermine public confidence in science which has resulted in an Observer poll that finds the majority of the British public is still not convinced that climate change is caused by humans – and many others believe scientists are exaggerating the problem. Mind you, if scientific understanding depended on public opinion we’d probably still be banging rocks together in a cave somewhere.

The finding is not surprising as Britons are starting to feel the burden of actually doing something about energy consumption and carbon emissions. Much easier to believe that there’s nothing that can be done without Greater Asia following suit so we may as well party on like it’s 1999! It’s not our problem, even if it exists. I dare say the Filipinos in the picture above may have other ideas.

Glad we sorted that one out.

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Bolt explained

Changa’s Boots, at the new Possum Box offers insight into why Andrew Bolt and his ilk do what they do:

[The Right]…“know that by playing to their base in very well-crafted ways, they can shift the very definition of what the middle is. By introducing radicalism into the public discourse (and taking initial heat for it), whatever used to be radical within this context becomes moderate by comparison.”

Australian attack bloggers and the Overton Window « The Possum Box

And here I was wondering whether an otherwise intelligent, educated person (I’m giving Bolt the benefit of doubt), pouring out a relentless excrescence of dishonest and disingenuous drivel for the purpose of cultivating ignorance, prejudice, intolerance and misinformation could have some qualms about his fundamental lack of moral, intellectual and ethical integrity.

Oh wait…

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Polar bears head south for the summer

Must be all that global cooling. It’s enough to make a self-respecting bear wanna head south for some warmer weather.

Another polar bear has been discovered in Iceland, which is hundreds of kilometres from the threatened species’ natural habitat.

Polar bears are rare sightings in Iceland, since they have to swim hundreds of kilometres through icy waters to reach the island from their natural Arctic habitats. The bear discovered on Monday is the second spotted on the island in the past two weeks.

The bears’ appearances could lend credence to warnings from experts that climate change is creating a more perilous environment for the majestic Arctic animals.A warming climate means the ice – where the bears usually hunt the seals – is receding and literally melting under their paws, forcing them to swim ever greater distances.

Another polar bear sighted in Iceland – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Everybody must get Flocked

Hey you gotta check out Flock. It’s maintained on Firefox core (check out the 2.0 beta – based on FF3 which comes out tomorrow) so it’s great browser technology – but the added social networking functionality is inspired and quite awesome. I hereby declare Flock to be the first truly Web 2.0 browser. It’s my default browser after an hour of playing with it.

It has some serious smarts. It learns what you do and provides seemless integration of active content into your personalised web space. Active feeds provide status info from social networks such as Facebook, Flickr, as well as media feeds such as YouTube, webmail, blogs, news and tagging services. Flock senses if any page has xml dynamic content and will light up a feed icon. The status bar lets you know if you have mail, changes in friend status etc. Pretty cool. And if that’s not enough it has a web clipboard sidebar where you can drag and drop snippets of stuff wherever you find it. A smart scrapbook.

Firefox on steroids and Es!

Indeed this WordPress post was composed using Flock’s blog editor. Select some text from another site, right mouse click, select blog it, and it pastes blockquoted text with an auto-citation at the bottom. That’s cool.

People use the Web
today in extremely different ways than they did a decade ago. However,
web browsers – the application at the center of all that we do online –
has not kept pace with these changes in online behavior.Flock was
founded on the vision that the web browser can and should enable the
richest user experience possible across information-gathering, sharing,
communication, self-expression and interaction.Every individual has
their own unique preference for favorite sites, utilities, media and
friends. Flock’s philosophy is to deliver a more personal experience of
the web, where its users are in control and more connected to what they
value. Flock is committed to working with our vibrant community and
best of breed partners to allow users to be everywhere they care about,
from one single place.Flock’s vision reaches far beyond the currently
available version of our browser. As the Web continues to evolve, Flock
believes that an important opportunity exists to push the boundaries of
browser innovation. We will continue to be champions of open-standards,
and strive to continually deliver unique, innovative and meaningful
user experiences made possible only from within the browser.Flock was
founded in 2005. The company is based in Redwood City, CA, and has an
office in Victoria, British Columbia. The company is funded by Bessemer
Venture Partner, Shasta Ventures, Catamount Ventures and prominent
angel investors. Flock is made up of a passionate team of
industry-leading innovators, including world-class developers with
expertise in browser development.Flock is an open source company that
innovates on the superior, constantly-improving Mozilla architecture to
provide a fast, safe and competitive browsing experience.

Flock Browser – Company Info | Flock

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Obama’s a’changin the masters of war

The Times Online

In a recent interview published in The Times, Bob Dylan gives his take on the run up to the US presidential election in November and says Barrack Obama is ‘redefining the nature of politics from the ground up’:

“Well, you know right now America is in a state of upheaval. Poverty is demoralising. You can’t expect people to have the virtue of purity when they are poor.

“But we’ve got this guy out there now who is redefining the nature of politics from the ground up…Barack Obama.

“He’s redefining what a politician is, so we’ll have to see how things play out. Am I hopeful? Yes, I’m hopeful that things might change. Some things are going to have to.”

He added: “You should always take the best from the past, leave the worst back there and go forward into the future.”

It’s a simple choice: a young man offering hope for the future or an aging master of war. Obama? It’s a No Brainer. He will win handsomely. Let’s hope the military industrial complex resists the urge to take him out.

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Melbourne Zookeeper impregnates Elephant!

The Age

At least that seems to be the case according to the caption accompanying this photo and story at The Age online today.

Dokkoon the Asian elephant trumpets her approval at being two months pregnant to Melbourne Zoo handler Dave McKelson.

Well done Dave. One question — did you need a stepladder?

Will the offspring be the next Elephant Man?

Long gone are the days when journalists, copywriters and sub-editors needed to know anything about grammatical construction of the English language. Having subjects and verbs in agreement would be a good start.

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