Dr Seuss Meets Tony

The phrase “A Crying Shame” was tailor made for Abbott.

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I do not like this Tony Twit I do not like his plans one bit I do not like his constant noes I do not like the way he blows I do not like his Workplace Choices I do not like his changing voices I do not like his Front Bench friends with all the sense of a frog with bends! I do not like "A Woman's Place" is back in 1950's space. I do not like his thuggish air I do not like his lack of care I do not like his hate of science I do not like his Popish penance I do not like his Big Town friends I do not like their selfish ends I do not like the Power he craves He wants us all to be just slaves!

I do not like this Tony Twit
I do not like his plans one bit
I do not like his constant noes
I do not like the way he blows
I do not like his Workplace Choices
I do not like his changing voices
I do not like his Front Bench friends
with all the sense of a frog with bends!
I do not like “A Woman’s Place”
is back in 1950’s space.
I do not like his thuggish air
I do not like his lack of care
I do not like his hate of science
I do not like his Popish penance
I do not like his Big Town friends
I do not like their selfish ends
I do not like the Power he craves
He wants us all to be just slaves!

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Bird Sense: What It’s Like to Be a Bird

Science Book a Day

Bird Sense by Tim Birkhead, published by Bloomsbury
By Tim Birkhead

Synopsis: What is it like to be a swift, flying at over one hundred kilometres an hour? Or a kiwi, plodding flightlessly among the humid undergrowth in the pitch dark of a New Zealand night? And what is going on inside the head of a nightingale as it sings, and how does its brain improvise?

Bird Sense addresses questions like these and many more, by describing the senses of birds that enable them to interpret their environment and to interact with each other. Our affinity for birds is often said to be the result of shared senses–vision and hearing–but how exactly do their senses compare with our own? And what about a bird’s sense of taste, or smell, or touch, or the ability to detect the earth’s magnetic field? Or the extraordinary ability of desert birds to detect rain hundreds of kilometres away–how do they do it?

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Top five science reads of 2013 › Opinion (ABC Science)

It\’s been a great year for science books! Devoted sci-phile blogger George Aranda shares his top five science reads of 2013.

Too good to put down: There were many great science reads published in 2013 (iStockphoto: diego_cervo)

There were many great books published this year, so it was very hard to cut down the list to my top five.

A number of biographies about people in the history of science, both past and current hit our shelves such as Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age by W Bernard Carlson; and Robert Oppenheimer: A Life Inside the Center by Ray Monk.

Autobiographies included Stephen Hawking\’s Stephen Hawking: My Brief Life, Richard Dawkins\’ An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist and Colonel Chris Hadfield\’s An Astronaut\’s Guide to Life on Earth.

via Top five science reads of 2013 › Opinion (ABC Science).

Fukushima Radiation Hits US West Coast

The meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is nearing its third anniversary and the disaster and radiation are still being felt around the globe, most recently in the North American west coast where the hit is being felt by Canadians, Mexicans and US citizens alike.

It is believed that an area of ocean as far as ten miles distant from the nuclear power plant was contaminated by the disaster in March of 2011.  With ocean tides and sea life which is by no means confined to only miles within the ocean, that contamination was easily spread.  It presents its most dangerous form in radioactive seafood and fish, which can be caught nearly anywhere and brought to the table in various countries.  Surprisingly, seafood captured on the Pacific coast may be far more likely to contain radionuclides from the disaster than seafood from the Sea of Okhotsky, which is actually much closer to Japan.  The world ocean currents are said to be responsible for this trend.

via Fukushima Radiation Hits US West Coast.

Noam Chomsky: We’re no longer a functioning democracy, we’re really a plutocracy | The Raw Story

The world faces two potentially existential threats, according to the linguist and political philosopher Noam Chomsky.

“There are two major dark shadows that hover over everything, and they’re getting more and more serious,” Chomsky said. “The one is the continuing threat of nuclear war that has not ended. It’s very serious, and another is the crisis of ecological, environmental catastrophe, which is getting more and more serious.”

Chomsky appeared Friday on the last episode of NPR’s “Smiley and West” program to discuss his education, his views on current affairs and how he manages to spread his message without much help from the mainstream media.

via Noam Chomsky: We’re no longer a functioning democracy, we’re really a plutocracy | The Raw Story.

The Abbott Form of Social Engineering

My only thought is ‘why did the voters fall for his crap, it was so blatant!’

The Australian Independent Media Network

social engineering

In recent weeks I have written on three subjects relating to what I shall loosely call “The Psychology of Politics.” The first was titled Hidden Persuaders, the second You’re Being Manipulated and the third Political Lies and Who Tells Them. This one deals with Social Engineering.

This week I posted on Facebook the following statement.

“I have seen many governments come and go in my lifetime. All incoming governments naturally implement their policies within the constraints that exist within the two Australian Houses of Parliament.

The Abbott Government, however, seems to have embarked on some form of social engineering.”

I was taken to task for this statement by one person in particular and I told him I was writing an extended piece this week. To put my piece in some sort of context I begin with some quotes.

In one of his most influential essays, (Milton) Friedman articulated…

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Space Images: Titan’s North – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

This colorized mosaic from NASA\’s Cassini mission shows the most complete view yet of Titan\’s northern land of lakes and seas. Saturn\’s moon Titan is the only world in our solar system other than Earth that has stable liquid on its surface. The liquid in Titan\’s lakes and seas is mostly methane and ethane.

The data were obtained by Cassini\’s radar instrument from 2004 to 2013. In this projection, the north pole is at the center. The view extends down to 50 degrees north latitude. In this color scheme, liquids appear blue and black depending on the way the radar bounced off the surface. Land areas appear yellow to white. A haze was added to simulate the Titan atmosphere.

via Space Images: Titan’s North – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The Ashes: Australia has reclaimed the Ashes after beating England by 150 runs at the WACA – ABC News Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Australia has won the third Ashes Test at the WACA by 150 runs, reclaiming the famous urn for the first time since 2006/07.England showed resistance early on the fifth day led by rookie all-rounder Ben Stokes who scored Englands first ton of the series.

via The Ashes: Australia has reclaimed the Ashes after beating England by 150 runs at the WACA – ABC News Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Just put this up for my own delight.

Public Transit Is Underfunded Because the Wealthy Dont Rely on It | Autopia | Wired.com

Another report has come out in support of Bus Rapid Transit BRT, an innovative way to provide public transit at a low cost with dedicated bus lanes, stops, and schedules.The study PDF, from pro-transit group Embarq, found that BRT drastically reduced commute times, improved air quality, and cut road fatalities in congested cities like Bogota, Istanbul, Johannesburg, and Mexico City. And we already know that BRT is one of the most cost-effective public transit investments a municipality can make.

via Public Transit Is Underfunded Because the Wealthy Dont Rely on It | Autopia | Wired.com.