Published July 31, 2008
Aquatica represents all the undersea and underwater regions of the world, primarily consisting of the single planetary ocean that encircles the globe. This is the flag of that region that will soon be occupied permanently by a human population of Aquaticans.
The blue background represents the three dimensional blue void that will soon be filled with human dwellings, cities and the foundation of a new human empire. The sphere represents the blue ocean planet of the earth of which a vast majority is overlain by Aquatica. The green wave in the center represents the life of the ocean in all of its astonishing complexity and variations – including its human inhabitants. The green wave overlies the globe because knowledge of this living world comprises the most important aspect of why we will move there to stay – to understand, to protect and to recover from centuries of human abuse. As stewards of this – the most vital region of the planet – we come here to make it as pristine, beautiful and robust as it was in the beginning.
Published July 30, 2008
The Iemma government hired a British transportation expert , Jim Steer, to review their Metro trains project. Unsurprisingly he found it a waste of money:
The document, obtained by the Herald , demolishes the metro proposal and the “optimistic” assumptions underpinning it.
It raises serious questions about the key transport commitment on which Morris Iemma has staked his Government’s future.
Written by Jim Steer, a world-leading transport consultant and executive with Britain’s former Strategic Rail Authority, the Sydney Transport Review report says the planned 38-kilometre Euro-style subway – from Rouse Hill to St James Station – is too long to be viable as a metro, is predicated on a poor business case and will do little to alleviate the CityRail congestion crisis.”
As it stands, it would seem that more harm than good would accrue to Sydney and its economy from proceeding with the project,” it says….
But of course the government has ignored the review, at least publicly:
Mr Watkins confessed he did not think “Jim Steer knew much about Sydney”, despite being paid to conduct the report.
“I have to say I met him in London in December. He had very little knowledge at that time of Sydney’s rail network or road network. I actually remember drawing both for him on a piece of paper,” he said.
“I think he’d visited Sydney once before.”
Then why was he hired Mr Watkins?
From the Premier’s office we get:
Justin Kelly, a spokesman for the Premier said: “Mr Steer’s work did not adequately address the question of how to deliver on the Government’s election commitment to deliver rail services to the north-west by 2015. The Government has a clear commitment to deliver rail services to Castle Hill by 2015 and Rouse Hill by 2017. So when advice was received that took it away from the plan we’d outlined to the people of the north-west, it was never going to be accepted….
Was he ever asked to provide an alternative? I expect the Metro project will last a bit longer but eventually die. Properly when Labor dumps Iemma the Incompetent.
Published July 26, 2008
The auto electrician is in the news again this time for taking a mate on terrorism tour:
DEFENCE Minister Joel Fitzgibbon has admitted taking a close friend on an official visit to Turkey and war-torn Afghanistan, a move dubbed “terrorism tourism” by the Coalition.
The revelation has sparked immediate calls from the Opposition to explain the security implications of Scott Holmes’ inclusion in Mr Fitzgibbon’s official party and what additional risks his presence posed to Mr Fitzgibbon’s Defence Force detail in Afghanistan.
Mr Fitzgibbon’s office has confirmed that Professor Holmes, an academic from the University of Newcastle in Mr Fitzgibbon’s electorate of Hunter, accompanied the minister on his official tours in May this year…..
Professor Holmes, who specialises in small business economics, has no expertise in either security or defence issues.