Thursday, December 21, 2006

Shane Warne?

Crazy as it may sound I think the surprise announcement by Shane Warne that he is going to retire after the Sydney test is a set up by Channel Nine.
The test series against England is over, 3 Nil down and 2 matches to go. Apart from the barmy and army and some die hard fans who would bother to go to MCG on Boxing day.

A dead rubber is a dead rubber.

Not now, Shane has changed all that with this announcement and all the management at channel nine must be sighing a collective sigh. It has guaranteed an audience for the last two tests despite the no contest situation. Who wouldn't want to watch the worlds best bowler of the last century firstly get his 700 th wicket, and play in his penultimate and then his last test match.

The reason I link this to channel nine is that it is definite that he will work for nine on his retirement and so to kick off his career with nine he announces his retirement in time to maximise the interest in these last two tests. There you go simple.

Best of luck Shane enough said.

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Monday, December 18, 2006

Planes and Water

As the summer heats up and here in Melbourne we watch as our parks turn yellow and brown from lack of rain. We have been informed that as of the 1st of January we will be on stage 3 water restrictions. This means, I think that we can no longer use the watering hose as and when we like, and other water restrictions will be imposed. The government that is imposing these restrictions needs to reassure the public that they are on the case with regard to reusing the water we are already using. Not only that, but also how we are to find new water supplies from as many places and treatments as possible.
There are too many people living in cities like Melbourne to be left wondering about their future water provision and the quality of that water. So here's a water tip to the Brack's government announce some some water strategies so we can have a worry free Christmas.

Qantas is to be sold and now the pilots have come out saying they want to start a fighting fund to stop the takeover. If you read a previous blog you will see that I am against the sale too. So good on you pilots I'm right behind you.

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Thursday, December 14, 2006


What the hell, The management at Qantas have agreed to be bought by a group called 'Airline Partners Australia' a bunch of faceless men who will now control our national airline. And all the minister responsible for this area could say was subject to compliance with regulatory blah blah blah and the share holders deserve a return on their investment. Again it is Macquarie bank behind this, the chief exec of Qantas is getting 60 million dollars for this deal so I wonder why the board caved in and sold. The chief exec is going to donate his 60 million to charity and in some way that will be alright.
So it is OK to fleece a major company of millions of dollars if you can be seen to be giving some of it to charity. Cause the CEO is not going to stop at the first 60 million he has many more where those were stashed.
The Macquarie pay their chiefs squillions and when asked just say that's what you need to pay them to keep good staff. Well try telling that to the hundreds of workers who will now get the sack so as to maximise profits to these new faceless owners. Not even a share holders meeting to air any grievances.
This government must take some of the blame for this they set up piss weak regulatory frameworks and then sit back and watch these companies get sold and their only comments are about market places and share holders.
If you want to run an airline and you have squillions to spend go make one for yourselves and try and make it profitable.

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Thursday, December 07, 2006

How we can't undo the done

An article today in The Age by my very favourite journalist Kenneth Davidson, is titled, 'The AWB scandal is a lesson on the pitfalls of privatisation'. And of course relates to the bribery scandal of the Wheat board and Iraq.

It got me thinking about a pet topic I have going around my head at the moment. That is that we as a species will find it almost impossible to wind back, unravel, undo, the way we survive. We are very good at inventing ways of survival, or reinventing our habitat. But if we were met with the challenge of undoing technology or reducing our populations, using less of things we consume as nations we don't just don't get it. We always want to do better than the last generation. We can pull together to improve our lot, but not to [in our eyes] diminish our standards of living.

Privatisation has been part of all that, because 'Wealth creation' is the corner stone of a capitalist society and by and large that is the predominant system around at the moment. I see privatisation as a last ditch attempt by big business to take from the many and give to the few. And I don't just mean the assets that they are taking, but the control as well.

If we want to control the green house gases, or the water resources, the energy consumption, Limit the population growth, protect the environment. All these things and more, require good unselfish governance, not privatised companies running these sensitive areas with profit as a motive, and a way out, if it all gets too messy.

An example of how bad governance that allows big business to get away with corruption. One response from the Government can be, 'I know nothing response.' If as prime minister you claim you haven't been told, you therefore don't know, so you can't be blamed. Or as our prime minster says of the AWB bribery scandal.

"There was absolutely no belief anywhere in the government at the time that the AWB was anything other than a company of great reputation. It had been involved in the wheat trade since the 1930s, it had not entered my mind that it could have acted corruptly."

This is a company that had been given the unique position of being the sole exporter of Australian Wheat. A monopolist in a capitalist world. Allowed by a government that professed to support free trade and enterprise. Note: [Take from the many give to the few] style of capitalism.

So in a world where we increasingly need to put our resources into sorting out our environmental problems our government shut their eyes to hundreds of millions of dollars going to a regime that we were at war with, in the form of bribes to prop up a dictator that we were being told had to be deposed with force.

Our government is a disgrace in so many areas, and to boot they have wasted the prosperity of the last decade on this kind of behaviour.

By the way congratulations to Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard. Lets hope they win the next election and bring about some honesty to governance in Australia.


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Friday, December 01, 2006

The sacred cow has gone mad

Stephen Hawking thinks we should look to other solar systems to survive. Please consider alternatives to this statement.
P.S. I saw Kim Beasely looking very chipper at the MCG on Thursday a touch of madness in his eyes too. Today we hear there is to be a leadership challenge that is most likely to succeed. I probably saw him for the last time as the leader of the opposition.
Woof again

LONDON, England (Reuters) -- Humans must colonize planets in other solar systems traveling there using "Star Trek"-style propulsion or face extinction, renowned British cosmologist Stephen Hawking said on Thursday.

Referring to complex theories and the speed of light, Hawking, the wheel-chair bound Cambridge University physicist, told BBC radio that theoretical advances could revolutionize the velocity of space travel and make such colonies possible.

"Sooner or later disasters such as an asteroid collision or a nuclear war could wipe us all out," said Professor Hawking, who was crippled by a muscle disease at the age of 21 and who speaks through a computerized voice synthesizer.

"But once we spread out into space and establish independent colonies, our future should be safe," said Hawking, who was due to receive the world's oldest award for scientific achievement, the Copley medal, from Britain's Royal Society on Thursday.

Previous winners include Albert Einstein and Charles Darwin.

In order to survive, humanity would have to venture off to other hospitable planets orbiting another star, but conventional chemical fuel rockets that took man to the moon on the Apollo mission would take 50,000 years to travel there, he said.

Hawking, a 64-year-old father of three who rarely gives interviews and who wrote the best-selling "A Brief History of Time", suggested propulsion like that used by the fictional starship Enterprise "to boldly go where no man has gone before" could help solve the problem.

"Science fiction has developed the idea of warp drive, which takes you instantly to your destination," said.

"Unfortunately, this would violate the scientific law which says that nothing can travel faster than light."

However, by using "matter/antimatter annihilation", velocities just below the speed of light could be reached, making it possible to reach the next star in about six years.

"It wouldn't seem so long for those on board," he said.

The scientist revealed he also wanted to try out space travel himself, albeit by more conventional means.

"I am not afraid of death but I'm in no hurry to die. My next goal is to go into space," said Hawking.

And referring to the British entrepreneur and Virgin tycoon who has set up a travel agency to take private individuals on space flights from 2008, Hawking said: "Maybe Richard Branson will help me."

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