This accidentally fell out of her pocket when I bumped into her. Took me four goes.

Tuesday, July 05

World

Does Australia Have A Government Yet, Again

No Probably.



Currently the major parties are split 68/67, with 10 seats still undecided, and needing 76 to form a government.  There are also 5 independents who will obviously be getting sweet-talked to death right now.

Sadly, the site from 2010 now seems to belong to a Chinese bus company.

Update: Official but not final results have the Liberal (i.e. conservative) Party returned with a much reduced majority, down from 90:55 to 76:69.  One seat has not yet been declared, but that can't affect the overall outcome.

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Monday, June 13

World

Orlando

Well, crap.  Condolences to everyone affected by this atrocity.

Meanwhile, the burying-the-lede contest is on:

CNN: 0 mentions of Islam, prominent link to story on the dangers of guns.
New York Times: 0 mentions of Islam, prominent link to story on the dangers of guns.
Washington Post: 0 mentions of Islam, prominent link to story on the dangers of guns.
ABC Australia: Mentions Islam, mentions recent shooting in Miami, but no lectures.

The American mainstream media are consistently to the left of one of the left-most institutions in Australia.

Oh, and Reddit is a total train wreck on this story.  Just amazingly bad.  The moderators are deleting anything that doesn't fit the narrative, or that questions why so many posts not fitting the narrative are being deleted, or that questions why so many post that question...  Train wreck is putting it mildly.

This is what it looked like:

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Update: CNN now has a mention of Islam.  The Washington Post, to its credit, has made that their headline.  And the New York Times...  Has a picture of Obama.

And it looks like a second attack was stopped by police in Santa Monica.  Details are still sketchy.

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Thursday, June 09

World

Retraction Of The Week

Via PowerLine:
The authors regret that there is an error in the published version of "Correlation not Causation: The Relationship between Personality Traits and Political Ideologies” American Journal of Political Science 56 (1), 34–51. The interpretation of the coding of the political attitude items in the descriptive and preliminary analyses portion of the manuscript was exactly reversed. Thus, where we indicated that higher scores in Table 1 (page 40) reflect a more conservative response, they actually reflect a more liberal response. Specifically, in the original manuscript, the descriptive analyses report that those higher in Eysenck’s psychoticism are more conservative, but they are actually more liberal; and where the original manuscript reports those higher in neuroticism and social desirability are more liberal, they are, in fact, more conservative.
(My bold.)

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Monday, June 06

World

Hello Keroro


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Tuesday, April 26

World

Imaginary Pontifex

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Wednesday, April 06

World

Hamburgers

The total energy output of the Sun is equivalent to two quadrillion hamburgers per person per day.

Eat up.

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Friday, January 01

World

2016: Year Of The Sadmonkeycat

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Monday, October 05

World

This Is Going To Be Interesting...

Construction has started in Sydney on putting back the tram lines we ripped up fifty years ago.  Well, they ripped up, I wasn't around, much less involved.

Straight up George Street, the busiest street in the CBD.  I'm not sure this is necessarily a bad idea - at peak hour George Street isn't a thoroughfare so much as a bus depot lined with shops, and trams will be a nice change even if they make traffic worse - but it will certainly be interesting.

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Tuesday, August 25

World

The Sky Is Falling!

Or not.  Who knows?

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Monday, August 17

World

Bad Cartoon Nation

You know you're in trouble when the three frontrunners for presidential nomination are characters from a bad 1970s cartoon.

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