Published January 30, 2009
government intervention , Rudd
Mr Rudd has a plan to save capitalism:
The Prime Minister has vowed to use the “greatest market failure” in 75 years to commit his Government to sensible new market regulation and intervention to stabilise the economy and save jobs.
“The time has come, off the back of the current crisis, to proclaim that the great neo-liberal experiment of the past 30 years has failed, that the emperor has no clothes,” Mr Rudd says in a lengthy essay for The Monthly magazine, to be published next week, The Australian reports.
Twenty years of economic reforms that have freed up the economy and given us unprecedented prosperity are now to be replaced by regulation. And the leaders of the new socialist intervention will be those Labor social democrats like Mr Rees, Mr Bracks etc. Oh dear.
Published January 29, 2009
SOLDIERS, police, prisoners and displaced people cast early ballots today in provincial polls that will define Iraq’s political landscape as US forces withdraw and Iraqi forces seek to defend a fragile calm.
Polls open to the general public on Saturday in the first Iraqi election since 2005….
Interestingly the Dali Lama likes Dubya:
“I love President George W Bush.” He went on to add how he and the US President instantly struck a chord in their first meeting unlike politicians who take a while to develop close ties.
His Holiness has some words of wisdom on non-violence and terrorism too:
NEW DELHI: The Dalai Lama, a lifelong champion of non-violence on Saturday candidly stated that terrorism cannot be tackled by applying the
principle of ahimsa because the minds of terrorists are closed.
“It is difficult to deal with terrorism through non-violence,” the Tibetan spiritual leader said delivering the Madhavrao Scindia Memorial Lecture here.
Published January 26, 2009
asteroids , Ralph Buttigieg
We have a new neighbor, a small asteroid called 2009 DB:
An asteroid the size of a small house is slowly passing through space less than twice as far away as our moon.
The recently discovered space rock poses no immediate threat. It will, however, hang around.
The asteroid, catalogued as 2009 BD, is an oddity. Astronomers think it might be what’s known as a co-orbital asteroid, “circling the sun in near-tandem with our planet,” according to the web site Spaceweather.com.
Spaceweather.com has this to say:
Newly-discovered asteroid 2009 BD is slowly passing by Earth today only 400,000 miles away. The small 10m-wide space rock poses no threat, but it merits attention anyway. The orbit of 2009 BD appears to be almost identical to the orbit of Earth. 2009 BD may be a rare co-orbital asteroid, circling the sun in near-tandem with our planet. Extrapolating the motion of 2009 BD into the future, we see that it remains in the vicinity of Earth for many months to come, never receding farther than 0.1 AU (9.3 million miles) until Nov. 2010
Its unfortunate theres no quick launch facility available that could get a space probe out there to have a look at it. More here.
Published January 25, 2009
Anyway. The time comes for the motion to be debated. Noel asks for a mover…
NOT A SINGLE DELEGATE WAS WILLING TO EVEN MOVE THE MOTION.
Not one. Every single voting delegate from every single state delegation was against this ridiculously stupid motion.
The motion lapsed and went promptly into the dustbin of history where it belongs.
It’s good to know that the Young Liberal Movement believes in freedom.
Thanks to Tim Andrews for the update.