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Friday, September 30, 2005

No to four year terms

So the Federal Government wants to go to four year terms for members of the House of Reps. What this really means is that the pork barrelling is costing too much every three years. Thus having four year terms will reduce the cost by at least a third.
I can't not see the people going for it as does need to be approved by the people. Here are the reason why:
1. People already says they don't have enough of a say. Adding another year to a governments term is going to piss them off even more.
2. Four year terms for the lower house will mean eight year terms in the Senate. Just what is needed for the party Machine Men's retirement home: longer terms.
3. Referendums in Australia don't often get up. Even when both sides support the "yes" side, the people will vote "no". Plus one of the major issues in during the Republic vote was the fact that it was giving the pollies more power. It was voted "No".

The business community likes the idea as it means there will more stability, but then again a dicatorship would also be popular with them if they wanted stability. It would be a politically stupid move for the ALP to support it. Yet, they will because the machine men are ones who will reap the reward.

I can see the minor parties rejecting it. Thus the Greens will lead the "No" campaign and gain very valuable experience and crediblity from the vast majority of the public.

Peter Brent points that it might just be pigs flying.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Atlantic Tropical Weather Outlook

I have been recently watching the Atlantic Tropical Weather Outlook on a fairly regular basis. There is a gap of about a day between when I notice a report of a new storm and when the markets oil price starts to move in an upward direction if it is in the right area. It took about about two days for the Oil price to start rising when Rita first appeared. If only I had some money to deal in oil futures.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Latham's Diary and the Reviews

"The Book fascianated him, or more exactly it reassured him. In a sense it told him nothing that was new, but that was part of the attraction. It said to him what he would have said, if it had been possible for him to set his scattered thoughts in order. It was the product of a mind similar to his own... The best books, he perceived, are those that tell you what you know already."
"Nineteen Eighty-Four" by George Orwell.

It is interesting to see who is actually enjoying reading Latham slag fest of a book. Members of the press gallery and people like Stephen Manye have said it is a really enjoyable read. This is simply because it re-enforces their pre-existing beliefs. Anyone who has paid any attention to politics would know it is a dirty game. They know that parties are not democracy and that factions rule. This is true of the ALP, but is also true of the Liberal party and, to a lesser degree, in the minor parties. Anyone who says otherwise is kidding themselves. Sad, but true.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

The Age and their give aways

What is with The Age and their need to give away free stuff with the Saturday paper? In the month I have got two classical music CD's, a yoga DVD and a set of four Coasters. It is not like the coasters have anything to do with the age. I guess they will however protect my coffee table. I made the coffee table in year 9 woodwork and I don't want to ruin nine months worth of sanding*.

*It was supposed to take six weeks to make, but I liked sanding.

Grand Final - Swan Wins but Football was also a winner

What a close exciting game it was! The Sydney Swans won but it will go down as one of the best grand finals in History. A margin of four points in the end decided the final outcome of the 189 games that were season 2005. And the West Coast Eagles had several chances in the dying seconds. Just great.
The funniest moment was in the final quarter when Luke Ablett kicked the ball straight to Ben Cousins in the goal square in one of the biggests stuff ups ever* giving the eagles a certain goal and also costing the Swans the match. I could not stop laughing. The people in crowd would thought I was mad. Luckly for the kid, they still managed to win.
A fine day even if I did get a cold.

* If they had lost it would rivalled making Latham leader of the ALP.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Grand Final tomorrow

I am going. And I think I am going for the Eagles. Most Victorians are going for the Swans, but I can't do it. Sydney is a market that really doesn't care about footy and I think they get too many free-kicks by the AFL.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Is this the point where it really goes wrong?

Iraq yet again. What actually happened in Basra today? If the British have wrong a foul of the locals down there you kiss the whole country goodbye. There are only 25,000 troops in the south of the country with a population of at least five million. This is just too few. Victoria has about this many police for the same population and we are not at war. Basra is the main port and there main supply point for most of the forces. If it becomes hairy there, they are stuffed. Completely. No question.

Tests side

We are still playing the rest of the world next month in Cricket, even though the English showed us that they can beat us by themselves. And the chop has come to Kaspra, Dizzy and Marto. I can understand Marto as he was playing shit and wasn't making enough runs. And Kaspra was only every a bit part player and has just not been in great form.
But Dizzy..... We need a player with a decent mullet. Basically, if we get rid of Dizzy we are left with Warne's birds nest as the player with the worst hair. So for the stake of team morale, Dizzy needs to be in the team.

German election fun

Those fun loving Germans have had an election and they seem to have managed to elect a hung Bundestag. They have the two major parties (CDU and SPD) basically equal, and the other three major parties (Greens, Left, FPD) are all on about the same number of seats. It will require either the two main parties getting together or one of the major parties and two of the minor ones.
But I love the names for the coalitions they come up with: "Traffic light" (SPD (Red), Green, FPD (Yellow)) and Jamician (CDU (Black), Green and FPD).
Joschka Fisher (Leader of the Greens) is such a joker. He said "Can you really see Angela Merkel and Edmund Stoiber sitting round the table in dreadlocks?" So I guess Jamician is off the table. "Traffic Light" is also off as the FPD said nope.
If the SPD bite the bullet and dealt with the ex-commies in the Left there might be some hope but basically it looks like they might need an election.

Friday, September 16, 2005

The diary of a dead man

Mark Latham is an angry man. Actually he was always angry. He is also very bitter. Bitter and Twisted. The best thing he could have done as leader of the Labor party is actually have died or started dying. Instead, I am left wondering if anyone is going to read his book to their kids.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

I know I have been a cunt at times in my life

I saw her. The girl. I was at a bar. I don't think she remembered me. She looked at me and I looked at her. I am certain it was her. It didn't help that "Gobi" who was with me kept saying she was hot.
I felt I should say sorry to her. I knew she was sick and I didn't go and see her. The problem was I did not know her well enough to be rocking up to a hospital. But perhaps I should have.
In the end I didn't say sorry but I should have. It would have made me feel better and anything that benfited her would have been an extra. So I should have. Half way home I thought about going back to say sorry. But I didn't. And I am still unsure about what I should have done.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

RIP Australian Cricket

We lost the Ashes. All is lost. I feel like burning something and putting it in an Urn.

(And what was worse about the tour was Australia lost to Bangladesh in a ODI.)

Monday, September 12, 2005

Having a blast in Melbourne

One more thing to add to the Melbourne-Sydney rivalry. Sure, Sydney has the bridge, the habour and the Opera House, but Melbourne has been choosen by Al-Quida to have the fuck blown out of it. So stick that in your pipe and smoke it Sydney. Clearly, the terrorist can see Melbourne, not Sydney, is more important.
And did this threat affect me today? Well, I didn't get out of bed this morning but that had more to do with the night shifts I did on the weekend. And as I drove to work, was I worried? Only by the price of petrol. Oh, And that I might be cut off the road by a BWM, or Volvo, or Audi etc. I have recently noticed the more expensive the car the more up themselves the driver is.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Typical for an Aussie

The last missing Aussie in New Orleans has been found in prison. It sounds like he got picked up for Drunk and disorder, stuck in prison for his own safety, had the prison flood, got moved to a higher security prison, had his records lost and has been stuck in a prison for about two weeks now. That story has got to be worth a few drinks.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Wikipedia

I have been spend a huge amount of time reading Wikipedia lately. I think I might be addicted. As a child I always loved reading encyclopedias, but the addition of hyperlink means I am able to get instant access to any individual section. I know that so much of it can't be trusted but it is not like someone is going to lie about types of apples.
At work, I spent eight hours baby sitting a safe (It is not really a baby as it weighs 900kgs). Thus I spent eight hours doing nothing but sitting and reading Wikipedia. The only problem is the Webmarshal filter thinks it is a porn site and blocks it every 10 minutes. (It also blocks The Australian as being offensive.)
Anyway, I can't think of any interesting to say today. Thus this dud post.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

I just been polled

I was just polled by Roy Morgan. I tell you what it is a bit confussing. They give you a book and you are supposed to tell them a number that corresponds to your feelings. however, the bits on politics are really simple and easy to do. It is the questions about what TV you watched last week that stumped me.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Early days

When El Slavador offers to spend help to America you know that things are grim. I don't have anything important to add as I have never been there. I have to say, it is really sad that it seems to be the poor and sick that seem to be ones who have lost the most.

As to the effect on me, I have "stolen"* my parents car whilst they are oversea and thus owe them a tank of petrol, I am not looking followed to filling it back up before they returned.

* Borrowed because a VS Commodore is better than a VC.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Yeah, what ever they say

They reckon Holt drowned. Yeah, right that is what they want you to think. We all know he was taken by a Chinese sub and the government is just covering that up so as to not harm trade relations. As to what he did in China is still about up in the air. (However, one suspects that he was not on the ping pong team that played America.)

When the good times end.....

The day has come. Well, Sunday is the actual day. But it looks like I might be needing a new job after Sunday. I knew the good times were not going to last for ever, but having earned $1500 last fortnight for 55 hours of work in a job trained monkeys could do*, I think I am going to miss it.
Thus as the world is about to slide into a recession on the back of Katrina, I find myself looking at the job market. Not that I hadn't been in the job market**, it is now that it is important as I am going to lose a lot of weight otherwise***.


*How was I to know that they would train monkeys to do it because they are cheaper?
** I need a professional job, not the shit kicker one I have at the moment.
*** Not in a good way either. And yes I do know I need to lose weight.